UConn to the BCS & Other Mysteries

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Title Town For Someone

The UConn Huskies playing in a BCS game seems almost farfetched, but when you consider how close they played in each of their losses last season, the Huskies stand a chance to prove themselves nationally this year. Winning the Big East Conference championship would provide the Huskies with that access; who’s to say that UConn won’t win it all?

The Bleacher Report is just one of many websites offering up their predictions about how the 2010 college football season might unfold. And writer Ben Carson got one thing dead right: most avid fans think about college football year ’round, thus the prognostications are never too early.

SEC Rules

One thing on most fan’s mind is this: will the SEC fill out the glove and claim their fifth consecutive championship? Importantly, are the Tennessee Volunteers good enough to knock off the Tide and keep all challengers at bay?

Clearly, college football is one of the hardest sports to predict with supposed top teams going from glory to gloom in just one season. Yes, Hawaii got creamed by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl a few years back, but there always seems to be a handful of Cinderella teams who defy the odds and get an unaccustomed January play date.

Best Guess

Personally, I haven’t bothered to throw my predictions out there, not that I’m afraid of what you may think. I simply find it too difficult to offer anything that could possibly be taken seriously; then again I see the following trends unfolding in 2010:

New Champ — This will be the season that the national champion won’t be from the SEC. Instead, I see Texas (not Oklahoma as Carson suggested) winning the Big 12 and playing for the national title. The Longhorns will face off against an SEC opponent and surprise everyone with a statement making win.

No Irish — This is the year that the Irish will turn the corner. Not so fast.  Brian Kelly will make some much needed improvements including getting the Notre Dame defense to do their job, but I don’t expect they’ll manage much more than a lower tier bowl bid this year. Three years out and the Irish could be playing for the national championship.

Mountaineers Run It — UConn may be the odds on favorite for some, but I see West Virginia winning the Big East on the legs of Noel Devine. If Devine rushes for 2,000 yards, he’ll lead a perfect West Virginia team to a shot to play for the national championhip. Yes, they’ll have to beat LSU, UConn and Pitt on the road along the way.

In a few weeks we’ll take a look at the first games of the season and offer up our predictions then.


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