If defense truly does win championships then look for the ‘Bama faithful to be singing rammer jammer after they win the NC this year. Coach Saban’s defense is unyielding lead by their relentless secondary, throw in mind the Tide’s big-play running back in Trent Richardson and it will be hard to keep them from winning it all.
This year the Sooners are lead by their jewel under center-Landry Jones, and playmaking WR Ryan Browles. Oklahoma is forced to play both FSU and rival Oklahoma on the road, where they struggled last year, but if they win these two crucial away games look for the Sooners to join the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship game.
Last year running back LaMicheael James carried the Ducks all the way to the Title Game where the inexperience of QB Darron Thomas was exposed as they came up short. This year James returns in the backfield behind a much matured Thomas to lead the ‘Quack Attack’ offense back to the NC. If Oregon can overcome tough games against LSU and Stanford, and win the PAC-10 title game, they have a legitimate shot at winning it all.
To say the Tiger’s early part of their schedule is tough would be an understatement. The LSU defense will be the base of the team’s success, and if they could get as much as average play from under center, the Bayou Bengals are looking BCS-bound. The opener against Oregon and the games against Mississippi St. and West Virginia all on the road in the first 4 weeks of the schedule will definitely test the Mad Hatter’s team…not to mention the consistently tough SEC conference games.
5- Florida State
I’ll tell you what-Jimbo Fisher is on the cusp of returning FSU to the powerhouse it used to be. With a questionable QB and a tough schedule, the ‘Noles may be a year or two away. However, the Seminoles will face arguably the nation’s finest team in Oklahoma in week 2 at home, and if they win this game listen for the FSU Warchant at the BCS game near you come bowl time.
6- Boise St.
Last year Boise State traveled across the nation and knocked off Frank Beamer’s Hokies to prove that they were for real. This year;however, they travel to the ATL where they will face a hungry and motivated Georgia Bulldogs. If they knock of the ‘Dawgs in week one, look for Kellen Moore once again to lead his team as they coast through their new conference and head to a BCS game.
The Huskers have to face some difficult road games against Penn St., Wisconsin and Michigan this season; however, I see their dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez leading the team to victory against each of these three opponents. Another hurdle has been thrown at their feet with a Big Ten title game put into effect, but if even a tad of their head coach, Bo Pelini’s fire and enthusiasm rubs off on them, look for the Huskers to have a great season.
The Hog’s offense is full of playmakers, lead by both RB Knile Davis and WR Greg Childs. If Arkansas can squeeze out decent play from their quarterback, the Razorbacks could put together a great squad capable of playing for the SEC championship and beyond.
9- Virginia Tech
This year’s Hokies fit the script of a typical Frank Beamer-type team: the defense is as good as any other, thanks to a great coordinator in Bud Foster and the team yet again prizes themselves in a spectacular and very-well coached special team’s corps. I see first-year quarterback Logan Thomas to surprise critics and well replace Tyrod Taylor in the Hokie offense. With this, look for VT to contend for a chance to play in what is seems to be an annual trip to the Orange Bowl.
10- Notre Dame
This year’s Fighting Irish team will shock the nation as it takes steps to restoring the winning tradition in South Bend. Coach Kelly’s offense will feature many different looks as Tommy Rees and Dayne Crist compete for the starting QB role with two youngsters supplying a more mobile threat from certain formations this fall. To complement the offense, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has worked in creating a defense centered on linebacker Manti Teo that will finally get rid of the image of a consistent below average ND defense. With an improved D, an average schedule and the return of big-play receiver Michael Floyd; don’t be shocked to see the Irish run the table and end up BCS this season!