So far college football has been a snoozer. Nothing surprising has occurred in this early season. We knew Alabama would beat Michigan.
Maybe the wide margin of victory was surprising, but all sports fans knew the Tide would roll.
Sure Notre Dame is undefeated, but after all, how long did we expect Notre Dame to stay down and not contend?
Was USC losing to Stanford, really that shocking? No.
Stanford is a well-coached team, will win 10-plus games and will contend for the PAC-12 title, so that wasn’t surprising.
UCLA is a surprise, but talent has never been a problem, it was coaching. Now that they have a good coach, with a good system, they will win many more games. Beating Nebraska wasn’t shocking because the Huskers have been an iffy team since their move to the Big 10.
Drum roll please.
The SEC will not play in the National Championship game this year. Yes you read that correctly. Neither Alabama nor LSU will be there in January playing for the title.
Alabama is playing a cream puff schedule (see wins over Western Kentucky, an overrated Arkansas team, and future wins against Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina). They would have to go undefeated and beat LSU to play for the National Championship.
After LSU, Alabama and maybe Georgia, the SEC is not that strong of a conference. I’m not sold on Florida yet, but they won’t be an easy outing for any SEC team. But here is where things start to shake up, Bama will lose three games.
Are you ready for this? Mark down October 13th at Missouri. The Tigers will upset the Tide. That wide open offense that Mizzou runs will give the Tide fits. I know Nick Saban is a defensive guru, but I think Missouri will have figured out the SEC by then and take down the Tide. Now, here is where things get more interesting . . .
In back-to-back weeks on November 3rd and 10th, the Tide will lose to LSU and Texas A&M. The LSU loss will be no surprise, but the Aggies will reap the benefits of playing a Bama team that just lost a physical game against LSU.
Don’t get too excited Tigers fans because I have bad news for you . . .
LSU will fall to Florida at the Swamp on October 6th. They will still make the SEC Championship game where they will lose to SEC East champ Georgia.
The PAC-12 champion will be crowned this Saturday. I’m going out on a limb and say that the champion will not be the Ducks, but the Arizona Wildcats. The “Desert Swarm” is back on the offensive end as Rich Rodriguez has the Wildcats on fire.
After the turmoil in Michigan, Rich Rod is on a mission to prove the nation wrong. Truth be told, he is one of the best coaches in the country and will shock the world Saturday night in Eugene. Expect a high scoring game, but the Wildcats will make the necessary stops to beat the Ducks.
The PAC-12 is a lot better than people expected. Oregon State beat Wisconsin, UCLA knocked off Nebraska, Stanford beat USC and Arizona State is very explosive.
This will be the conference that will dominate the national scene in years to come, but there is one team that will own the PAC-12 in about 2-3 years.
That team is Washington State. Once Mike Leach gets all of his recruits in, the Cougars will be the team to beat in the PAC-12 and the country. Give the “Mad Scientist” three years and watch the Cougars rise to the Top 10.
Heisman Watch. And the winner is . . .
DeAnthony Thomas. Is there anybody more explosive in the country than “The Black Mamba?” Clearly, he is the nation’s best player as he can kill you catching, returning and running the ball. I know Geno Smith from West Virginia is hot, but overall is there anybody better than Thomas?
Thomas averages a ridiculous 18 yards per carry and 14 yards per catch. With 7 touchdowns to go along with that, Thomas numbers will clearly blow up the stat sheet this year. One name to keep an eye on is Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. He has a bright future ahead and will be playing on Sundays for sure.
The team nobody is talking about and don't want to play . . .
Kansas State. Bill Snyder has turned back the clock and brought “old school” football back -- tough and physical defense and ground and pound on offense. Collin Klein is an efficient passer and second on the team in rushing.
He gets it done! Don’t be surprised if the Wildcats win the Big 12 and playing for the national title. They will dominate Oklahoma this weekend and people will see that this team is for real.
The National championship trophy will reside in Tallahassee in 2013. Florida State will bring the title back to the Sunshine State.
Sure the ACC is weak and watered down, but there is no team in the country as talented as Florida State is on both sides of the ball. Yes, I am comparing them to Alabama, LSU, USC and Oregon. Pound for pound, FSU can match talent for talent with those schools.
This team is reminiscent of the old Bobby Bowden teams in the 90s where they played tough defense and could score at will. Despite losing Brandon Jenkins to a season ending injury, the Seminoles still bring the pressure and attack.
Is there any defensive front as aggressive and disruptive as the Seminoles? Defensive end Bjoern Warner leads the nation in sacks with 6.5 and the Noles have outscored their three opponents 176-3.
The level of competition may be weak, but to only give up 3 points in three games is incredible for a college football team to do.
In summary here is the breakdown in college football:
ACC - Florida State
Big East - Rutgers
Big 10 - Michigan
Big 12 - Kansas State
SEC - Georgia
Pac-12 - Arizona
Heisman - DeAnthony Thomas, Oregon
National Champion - Florida State