Posted on: June 17, 2009 7:39 pm

2009 Pre-season College Football Poll

Here's my entry for TBDPITL
1. Florida Gators - I bet it's great to be a Florida Gator.  The defending champs return much of their national championship team and are the clear favorites for the title once again this year.

2. Texas Longhorns - I still don't like Colt McCoy.  I hardly ever felt he had the mental (and sometimes physical) toughness to be playing at such a high level at D-I college football for a team in the Big XII conference.  Last year changed my opinion somewhat on him.  If he has a great senior year, there might not be a whole lot stopping the Longhorns from charging through the Big XII once again.

3. Southern Cal Trojans - Pete Carroll always seems to throw out a very talented team onto the football field.  Of course, he also seems to lose to a lesser team at least once a year ever since Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush left.  Who will be that team this year?  Can somebody dethrone the Trojans?

4. Virginia Tech Hokies - I really hope the Huskers can beat this always strongly defensive-minded team.  Tyrod Taylor returns as well as Darren Evans, both very talented players to help the Hokies on offense.  Can Beamer push these Hokies to a possible national championship?

5. Oklahoma Sooners - Sam Bradford returns from a very potent offense.  I actually thought the defense was somewhat impressive in the national championship game, when you compare it to the defenses that couldn't stop anybody within the Big XII, so it's worth mentioning the 9 returning starters on D.

6. Ohio State Buckeyes - Tyrelle Pryor was impressive when he took over for Todd Boeckman, but now, it's time to get down to some serious business.  Pryor will need to become the leader of a very potent Buckeyes team.

7. Penn State Nittany Lions - Despite losing a lot on D, JoePa is going to make it very clear, once again, that his team will not go away.  Daryll Clark and Evan Royster returning is beneficial to the offense's success.  Let's face it, Clark has already looked much better than Anthony Morelli.

8. Oregon Ducks - Will this be the year that some Pac-Ten team jumps over the hump and beats out USC for the conference title?  It seems that many are giving Oregon a chance and it's not too hard to see why.

9. Mississippi Rebels - Jevan Snead helped turn this team in a huge surprise.  Not only did they beat Florida, but with Houston Nutt's help, they became a 9 win team one year after going 3-9.

10. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Zac Robinson returns in a conference full of talented QBs.  Also returning is a very talented receiver in Dez Bryant and leading rusher Kendall Hunter.

11. Alabama Crimson Tide - The Crimson Tide may be losing John Parker Wilson and Glen Coffee, but Julio Jones returns on offense and the defense returns 9 players including Ronaldo McClain.

12. Texas Christian Horned Frogs - The Horned Frogs are losing 7 players on a very good defense from last year, but returning is the leader in sacks, Jerry Hughes.  I admit, I am a sucker for the mid-majors, but with TCU almost always having a great D, and the offense actually returning a QB (Andy Dalton) and a few receivers, the Horned Frogs could make a bit more noise this year.

13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Paul Johnson's first year was a huge success as he brought over the triple option offense to the ACC and turning this team into a very successful one.  They have a total 16 returning starters so experience won't be a problem.

14. Georgia Bulldogs - Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno may be gone, but A.J. Green returns, giving Joe Cox a nice target.  There are still 7 returning starters on each side of the ball, so Richt may not have too much of a problem possibly improving on last year's results.

15. California Golden Bears - Another team in the Pac-Ten many say have a legit shot at the Pac-Ten title (including myself).  Jahvid Best has Heisman potential while Kevin Riley got some experience last year at QB.  The defense also returns 8 starters.

16. Iowa Hawkeyes - Ricky Stanzi gained valuable experience at QB last year while leading Iowa to a 9-4 record.  Losing Shonn Greene is huge, but it seems Iowa is able to find another running back to replace those who leave.  Jewel Hampton is that choice.

17. North Carolina Tar Heels - Butch Davis' first year for the Tar Heels was a little bittersweet, but North Carolina was able to finish 8-4 during the regular season with a bowl appearance, losing to West Virginia.  There is plenty of potential on defense, something Davis knows much about.

18. Kansas Jayhawks - Todd Reesing and Dezmon Briscoe are really the 5 words I need to say.  This is an explosive offense coupled with some potential on defense, the Jayhawks may be the team to beat in the Big XII North --- stay tuned.

19. Nebraska Cornhuskers - Despite losing QB Joe Ganz, the Huskers have plenty on offense to work with.  Shawn Watson doesn't seem to have problems inserting QBs into his system, so Zac Lee looks as if he may have a great shot to be decent at Nebraska.  The defense should be much improved as the Huskers fight w/ Kansas for the Big XII North title.

20. Boise State Broncos - The perennial mid-major powerhouse might just have one of their best teams in 2009.  Jeremy Avery and Kellen Moore improve off of a great 2008 for both of them.  There are only 5 returning defensive starters, but the secondary is very experienced, so the linebackers and d-line may need work.

21. Florida State Seminoles - This year might be a great shot for Bobby Bowden to lead the 'Noles to another ACC title.  The offense returns 9 starters, along w/ QB Christian Ponder.  The offense has been much of the problem the last few years, and experience might just be the answer.

22. Oregon State Beavers - Jacquizz and James Rodgers return as Oregon State looks to continue the consistency (3 straight seasons of at least 9 wins) they have had the past few years and maybe even shock the Trojans once again.  The defense may need work w/ only 3 returning starters.

23. Louisiana State Tigers - The Tigers are talented, no doubt, but will that talent translate to wins?  Les Miles needs to prove that his players can work under his system.  The offense have many key returnees, but QB is the position that really needs to be figured out.

24. South Florida Bulls - The Bulls are only returning 11 starters from last year's team, but Matt Grothe has plenty of experience and so does George Selvie.  Can the Bulls finally start playing to their potential instead of starting well and flaming out to end the year?

25. North Carolina State Wolfpack - Russell Wilson is a very impressive player and helped lead the Wolfpack to a bowl game appearance.  There is plenty of experience w/ 15 returning starters (8 on offense, 7 on defense) and ACC is usually open and evenly matched.
Posted on: December 16, 2008 1:19 am
Edited on: December 16, 2008 1:21 am

Final Regular Season Poll

Well, here's the link to my pre-season poll so that you can compare this one to that one.  Hope you enjoy this and enjoy the bowl season.  I might have something special up for the bowl season, but we'll see...

Pre-season poll

1. Florida Gators (12-1) (8-1) - Counting the SEC championship game within the record, the Florida Gators had an outstanding season.  There were concerns about the defense to begin the year, but the Gators were able to go against these odds and are now SEC champs and in the national championship game.
Bowl Game: National Championship vs. No. 2 Oklahoma - Jan. 8

2. Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) (8-1) - The Sooners' only loss this was to a great Texas team who many felt should be in the national championship game.  The Sooners are recepients of the Big XII title once again, dominating a very overmatched Missouri team.  They are hoping for not another BCS choke.
Bowl Game: National Championship vs. No. 1 Florida - Jan. 8

3. Utah Utes (12-0) (8-0) - Many thought at the beginning of the season that it would be the Brigham Young Cougars busting the BCS, but instead it will be the Utah Utes facing Alabama in a BCS bowl.  The Utes had a terrific season, beating teams like Brigham Young, Texas Christian, and Oregon State.
Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. No. 5 Alabama - Jan. 2

4. Boise State Broncos (12-0) (8-0) - Many also thought Fresno State had a good shot at busting the BCS out of the WAC.  I am one of the few that thinks that Boise State got snubbed, well, sort of.  Boise State still gets a great match up in their bowl game, against Texas Christian.
Bowl Game:
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl vs. No. 11 Texas Christian - Dec. 23

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) (8-1) - The Crimson Tide's magical season came to an end when the Gators defeated them in the SEC championship game.  The Crimson Tide need to finish strong as they face a formidable Utah team in the Sugar Bowl.  I hope it is a great match up.
Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Utah - Jan. 2

6. Texas Longhorns (11-1) (7-1) - Some Longhorns fans are upset with the selection of Oklahoma to go to the Big XII title game and also to the national championship game to face Florida, but they still had an outstanding season with Colt McCoy bouncing back from a sophomore year where he struggled a bit.
Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 10 Ohio State - Jan. 5

7. Southern California Trojans (11-1) (8-1) - Once again, the Trojans are kings of the Pac-Ten and heading to the Rose Bowl.  It might not be so easy this time around as they get to face the Penn State Nittany Lions, who are the Big Ten champs.  Probably one of the better bowl match ups this year.
Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. No. 8 Penn State - Jan. 1
8. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-1) (7-1) - The Nittany Lions were just a few seconds away from a perfect season.  The Iowa Hawkeyes got them in the end, but still a very good season for JoePa as he continues to coach.  Now the class of the Big Ten will try to gain a Rose Bowl win, facing the Trojans of Southern Cal.
Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. No. 7 Southern California - Jan. 1

. Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1) (7-1) - Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree are still the dynamic duo that they were last year.  I really thought that Michael Crabtree deserved a shot at the Heisman, but I guess it's too late now.  The Red Raiders now face a Rebels team that is much improved.
Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. No. 17 Mississippi - Jan. 2

10. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) (7-1) - Terrell Pryor's freshman year was surely impressive.  The Buckeyes are rewarded with a BCS bowl berth, facing the Texas Longhorns.  It will definitely be a tough match up for the Buckeyes, who impressed me by coming back the way they did after suffering a beatdown against Southern Cal.
Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 6 Texas - Jan. 5

11. Texas Christian Horned Frogs (10-2) (7-1) - The Horned Frogs of TCU had a nice year.  They were able to beat Brigham Young, but couldn't keep up with Utah.  Nonetheless, a good year for this non-BCS team and they get Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Bowl Game: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl vs. No. 4 Boise State -
Dec. 23

12. Cincinnati Bearcats (11-2) (6-1) - The Bearcats win the Big East title in football for the first time in school history and there may be more to come if Brian Kelly stays.  He's done a nice job, turning this team in a Big East contender.  They get rewarded with a BCS bowl match up.
Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. No. 19 Virginia Tech - Jan. 1

13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-3) (5-3) - The Yellow Jackets may have not won their conference, but they had an outstanding year under first year coach Paul Johnson.  The triple option offense does still work, as Johnson proved.  The Yellow Jackets now get Louisiana State.
Bowl Game: Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Louisiana State - Dec. 31

14. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) (5-3) -
Aside from the whole "I'm a man!  I'm 40!" stuff, you can't help but be impressed with what Mike Gundy has done with the Cowboys.  The Cowboys may not have been able to pull out a win against the big 3 of the Big XII south, but they kept it close against Texas and for awhile against Oklahoma.
Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. No. 15 Oregon - Dec. 30

15. Oregon Ducks (9-3) (7-2) -
Despite all of the quarterback shuffling the Ducks had to go through, they had a respectable season and are rewarded with a match up against Oklahoma State.  Their win against Oregon State helped make this year very satisfying for Ducks fans.
Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. No. 14 Oklahoma State - Dec. 30

16. Northwestern Wildcats (9-3) (5-3) -
Pat Fitzgerald has done a great job turning this team around.  The Wildcats made a very nice turnaround from last year as they propelled themselves to a 9 win season.  The Wildcats hope for ten wins when their bowl game rolls around.
Bowl Game: Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri - Dec. 29

17. Mississippi Rebels (8-4) (5-3) -
Houston Nutt's first year at Mississippi was certainly an impressive one.  They were able to upset Florida early in the year, and then finished strong, including a big win against Louisiana State, to go 8-4 on the season.  A very big turnaround, one in which Jevan Sneed was also a part of.
Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. No. 9 Texas Tech - Jan. 2

18. Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) (6-2) -
Matthew Stafford and Knoshown Moreno both had terrific years this year and are looking like they're headed for the draft.  They have to finish off the year against a tough Michigan State team as Stafford and Moreno (maybe) look to go out winners.
Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. No. 21 Michigan State - Jan. 1

19. Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4) (6-3) -
The Hokies are once again ACC champs thanks to Beamer and Bud Foster.  The Hokies recovered from a slow start, making the decision to remove Tyrod Taylor's redshirt and allow him to run and pass all over the field like he should.  Their reward: a BCS bowl.
Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. No. 12 Cincinnati - Jan. 1

20. Ball State Cardinals (12-1) (8-1) -
The dream of a perfect season ended when the Cardinals ran into a feisty Buffalo Bulls team led by Turner Gill.  Coach Hoke, though, fielded a team that look destined for a perfect year.  It wasn't the case.  Nate Davis is one quaterback that is definitely worth watching.
Bowl Game: GMAC Bowl vs. Tulsa - Jan. 6

21. Michigan State Spartans (9-3) (6-2) -
Michigan State didn't look very good in their losses (Penn State, Ohio State, and California (close)), but they have looked good in general on the year.  Javon Ringer is a definite workhorse as he'll hope to tire out the Georgia defensive line and linebacker corps.
Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. No. 18 Georgia - Jan. 1

22. Brigham Young Cougars (10-2) (6-2) -
At the start of the year, many felt the Cougars had the best shot at busting the BCS.  The Cougars were two losses away (TCU and Utah) from making that happen.  Now they face Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl, which could be a good game.  Max Hall and Austin Collie look to return for next year and continue their dominance.
Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Arizona - Dec. 20

23. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) (5-3) -
Not a bad year for Iowa considering where they were at before the season started.  It seems as if Kirk Ferentz has been given chance after chance after chance.  The win against Penn State was the exclamation mark this year as Ferentz hopes to build on this good year.
Bowl Game: Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina - Jan. 1

24. Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) (5-3) -
This is slightly biased, but the Huskers finished strong, winning 5 of their last 6.  They had a close loss to Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.  A couple of mistakes that weren't made could've put Nebraska at 10-2 on the year.  Bo Pelini did a great job turning a 5-7 team to an 8-4 team in one year.
Bowl Game: Gator Bowl vs. Clemson - Jan. 1

25. Boston College Eagles (9-4) (5-4) -
Give credit to Jeff Jagodzinski as he helped turn this team back into contenders even though they lost Matt Ryan.  The Eagles lost yet again in the ACC championship game to Virginia Tech, but exceeded expectations in the jumbled up ACC.
Bowl Game: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt - Dec. 31
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 21, 2008 12:03 am
Edited on: October 26, 2008 2:31 am

Remaining 2008 Husker schedule

Well, the Huskers are about where I expected them to be.  4-3 after a win against Iowa State, a pretty good win as a matter of fact.  Despite the 5 forced fumbles, the Huskers played well for most of the game.  The defense has stepped up and the offense, led by Joe Ganz, hopes to continue successful production as we head into the last 5 games.  I think in these last five games (vs. Baylor, @ Oklahoma, vs. Kansas, @ Kansas State, vs. Colorado) that the Huskers should win at least 2 of them, if not 3 of them.  Here's what I think.

vs. Baylor - October 25
The Huskers should win this game.  Baylor is a tougher team than in previous year though.  They did destroy Iowa State in Waco on October 11th.  The way the Huskers played against Iowa State, if that's any indicator of future performance, should help pave the way for a victory against Baylor.
Prediction:  Huskers win

at. Oklahoma - November 1
This will probably be the toughest task for the Huskers all year.  If you thought the Missouri game was brutal, wait until this game, it might be harsh.  Oklahoma has played well all year with the Texas game being a little exception.  They don't have the greatest defense (as don't most teams in the Big XII), but their offense more than makes up for it.  Sam Bradford is in the running for the Heisman (though Colt McCoy is the front runner) and leads a force to be reckoned with.
My Prediction: Huskers lose handily

vs. Kansas - November 8
I do believe this is a game that the Huskers can win.  I'm a little pessimistic and I'll say they won't, but Kansas, who struggled against Iowa State, does have weaknesses.  Todd Reesing is a very talented QB and has done a great job with the younger players being inserted into the system at Kansas.  Kansas does have a tough match up against at. Texas Tech and could be looking ahead to Texas the week after playing us (though I don't think they will be).  Should be a fun game w/ some high scoring.
My Prediction: Huskers lose in a close one

at. Kansas State - November 15
Josh Freeman has quietly been impressive for Kansas State.  I read somewhere that he's on pace to do what Tim Tebow did last year in his Heisman Trophy year and that is get 20 passing and 20 rushing TDs in the same year.  This guy can pass and he can also run.  Hopefully the Huskers can continue the success they have had when facing him and K-State as this could be a dangerous game in Manhattan, Kansas.
My Prediction: Huskers win

vs. Colorado - November 28
The day after Thanksgiving, the Huskers will have to face Dan Hawkins' Colorado Buffaloes.  It should be another entertaining game as this struggling Colorado team (who may recover) hosts Nebraska.  I do believe the Huskers can win this game.  This is a Colorado team who was able to beat West Virginia, but struggled against Florida State.  Cody Hawkins has been benched as he struggled through the season.  Watch out for that Colorado running game though, Scott can be a dangerous runner.
My Prediction: Huskers win

So, by my calculations, the Huskers will finish the year at 7-5 and 4-4 in the Big XII.  All in all, what I had expected out of Bo Pelini's first year.

Go Big Red!
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Huskers, schedule
Posted on: August 11, 2008 8:45 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2008 11:01 pm

NCAA Football Conference Standings Predictions

Well..the first time I tried this, it got totally messed up.  So anyway, here are my predictions as to how teams will finish record-wise and in their respective conferences.  Have fun reading, enjoy, and hopefully you'll have some comments to share.  I'm liking how this football season is shaping up to be a good one.  I apologize for the unevenness.

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic                                  W-L   Conf.
Florida State          10-2    6-2
Wake Forest          10-2    6-2
Clemson                  9-3    6-2
Boston College       8-4    4-4
Maryland                   8-4    4-4
N.C. State               2-10    1-7

Virginia Tech          10-2    6-2
North Carolina         6-6    5-3
Miami (FL)                7-5    4-4
Georgia Tech           5-7    3-5
Virginia                      4-8    2-6
Duke                        2-10    0-8

Champion: Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies will be looking for another ACC Title.

North                                       W-L   Conf.
Missouri                   11-1    7-1
Kansas                      8-4     5-3
Colorado                   7-5     5-3
Nebraska                  7-5     4-4
Kansas State           4-8     1-7
Iowa State                 3-9     0-8
Oklahoma               11-1    7-1
Texas                       10-2    6-2
Texas Tech               9-3    5-3
Texas A&M                8-4    4-4
Oklahoma State       7-5    3-5
Baylor                         3-9    1-7

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is looking to make it to another BCS bowl.

Big East                                    W-L   Conf.
West Virginia              12-0    7-0
Cincinnati                    10-3    5-2
South Florida              10-2    5-2
Louisville                       9-3     4-3
Rutgers                          8-4     3-4
Connecticut                   8-4     3-4
Pittsburgh                      5-7     1-6
Syracuse                      2-10     0-7

Pat White looks to win another Big East title.

Big Ten                                         W-L   Conf.
Wisconsin                      10-2    7-1
Ohio State                      10-2     7-1
Michigan                           8-4     5-3
Illinois                                8-4     5-3
Purdue                               8-4     5-3
Michigan State                  6-6     4-4
Iowa                                    7-5     4-4
Penn State                         7-5     3-5
Indiana                                7-5     3-5
Minnesota                           3-9     1-7
Northwestern                      3-9     0-8

Will Wisconsin dethrone Ohio State?

Conference USA
East                                                W-L   Conf.
Central Florida                 8-4     7-1
East Carolina                   8-4     7-1
Southern Mississippi     7-5     6-2
Memphis                           7-5     4-4
Marshall                          2-10     1-7
Alabama-Birmingham  2-10     1-7
Tulsa                                11-1     8-0
Houston                             7-5     5-3
Texas-El Paso                  3-9     3-5
Rice                                     5-7     3-5
Tulane                                5-7      2-6
Southern Methodist        1-11     0-8

Champion: Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Tulsa will look to follow up a great 2007 season.

Division I-A Independents         W-L
Navy                                   9-3
Notre Dame                      5-7
Army                                 2-10
Western Kentucky         2-10

The Midshipmen look to make another bowl game.

East                                             W-L   Conf.
Bowling Green              8-4     6-2
Ohio                                7-5     5-3
Buffalo                             7-5     5-3
Miami (Ohio)                   6-6     5-3
Akron                                4-8     3-5
Temple                            3-9     3-5
Kent State                        3-9     2-6
Central Michigan            9-3     8-0
Western Michigan          7-5     5-3
Ball State                          6-6     5-3
Eastern Michigan            4-8     3-5
Northern Illinois             2-10     1-7
Toledo                             2-10     1-7

Champion: Central Michigan Chippewas

LeFevour will look to lead the Chippewas to another title.

Mountain West                           W-L   Conf.
Brigham Young             12-0    8-0
Utah                                 10-2    7-1
Texas Christian               8-4    5-3
Air Force                            7-5    5-3
Colorado State                 6-6    4-4
New Mexico                       3-9    3-5
San Diego State               5-7    2-6
UNLV                                2-10    1-7
Wyoming                          0-12    0-8

Brigham Young hopes to bust the BCS.

Pacific Ten                                 W-L   Conf.
Southern California     12-0    9-0
Arizona State                   9-3    7-2
Oregon                             8-4    6-3
UCLA                                7-5    6-3
California                         7-5    5-4
Oregon State                   6-6    4-5
Washington State           6-7    4-5
Arizona                              6-6    3-6
Washington                      3-9    2-7
Stanford                           2-10   1-8

Southern Cal looks to continue its Pac Ten dominance.

Southeastern Conference
East                                             W-L   Conf.
Florida                          10-2    7-1
Georgia                        10-2    6-2
South Carolina              8-4    4-4
Tennessee                    7-5    4-4
Kentucky                         5-7    2-6
Vanderbilt                       3-9    0-8
Auburn                           10-2    7-1
Louisiana State           10-2    6-2
Mississippi State           8-4    4-4
Alabama                          7-5    4-4
Mississippi                     6-6    3-5
Arkansas                       2-10    0-8

Champion: Florida Gators

Tebow looks to add more awards in 2008.

Sun Belt                                       W-L   Conf.
Florida Atlantic              10-2    7-0
Troy                                   8-4    6-1
Louisiana-Monroe         5-7    4-3
North Texas                     5-7    4-3
Arkansas State               4-8    3-4
Louisiana-Lafayette       5-7    2-5
Middle Tennessee         3-9    2-5
Florida International     1-11    0-7

Florida Atlantic looks for the 2nd ever Sun Belt title.

Western Athletic                        W-L   Conf.
Boise State                    10-2     7-1
Fresno State                  10-2     7-1
Nevada                              8-4     6-2
New Mexico State            7-5     4-4
Hawaii                                5-8     4-4
San Jose State                 4-8     3-5
Louisiana Tech                 5-7     3-5
Utah State                         1-11    1-7
Idaho                                  1-11    0-8

Boise State looks to hold off a tough Fresno State team for the WAC.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 17, 2008 10:32 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2008 8:17 am

Preseason Top 25

I don't know if I'll be using the preseason poll as I continue to post weekly polls once the season starts. I'll also be having a later one where I'll have where I think teams will be finishing, many projections yet to come from me, including the conference standings and possibly bowl games (though not likely, if requested, then fine, I'll try). Without further ado, my preseason top 25.

Edit note: I had completely forgotten to include Clemson. It wasn't as if I hadn't forgotten about how good Clemson could be this year, it's that I thought I had included them, so I had it in the back of my mind and just went on. Sorry ECU fans..The Pirates are no longer on the list. I hate admitting my mistakes..but this was a REAL slip-up on my part.

1. Louisiana State Tigers - I, like some posters here, feel that you can't dethrone the previous national champion until they go down. I like LSU as preseason #1, even though it's likely they won't finish there. With the whole Ryan Perrilloux (sp) situation, can the Tigers keep focus on the season at hand with whomever they choose at QB?
2. Oklahoma Sooners - With Sam Bradford at the helm and Bob Stoops being the mastermind that he is, expect Oklahoma to make a big push this year. Some of Oklahoma's toughest tests include Texas Tech, Texas, and Kansas, there will be plenty of chances to slip up. Oklahoma won't have to face Missouri until the Big XII championship game (assuming both teams make it there).
3. Ohio State Buckeyes - They have been to the last two national championship games and have failed in both of them. With a huge meeting with USC within the first couple weeks of the year, can the Buckeyes pass the test, win the Big Ten, and go to another national championship game? Not to make it a three peat this year.
4. Southern California Trojans - With QB Mark Sanchez finally taking the lead for the Trojans' offense, will he be able to lead this team to more national prominence? Having one of the most talented backfields will definitely help. Can Patrick Turner step up and play to his potential? That Trojan defense are not a bunch of pushovers either, to say the least.
5. Georgia Bulldogs - Knoshown Moreno, a name just about every college football fan should know. Will Matthew Stafford prove to all of the doubters out there that he is the QB that will lead Georgia to the national championship? Two young players will help decide the fate of this Bulldog team.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers - With the always entertaining Pat White at QB, the Mountaineers should once again be the full-fledged favorites of the Big East conference. Noel Devine has a big void to fill with Steve Slaton leaving early. Not to mention Owen Schmitt is gone also. Darius Reynaud is gone also, but that won't stop the dangerous West Virginia spread offense.
7. Missouri Tigers - If there is one thing I did learn last year that will stay in my head for the following year to come, it's that Chase Daniel is one of the best QBs in the nation. The Missouri Tigers' offense is still very formidable as they look to replace the loss of Tony Temple. No worries. They have one of the best TEs in the nation also in Chase Coffman.
8. Florida Gators - There is no doubt that Tim Tebow can contend for the Heisman trophy once again as he is back for more in Gainesville. Despite the Gators' defense (the secondary especially) being suspect, the offense may have enough firepower to move through that. The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will definitely be one of the most interesting match ups this year.
9. Wisconsin Badgers - The Badgers are returning some very solid players here this next coming season. They are replacing QB Tyler Donovan with, who I believe is a very talented QB, in Allan Evridge. Can the Badgers steal the Big Ten from the Buckeyes?
10. Arizona State Sun Devils - Coach Dennis Erickson led this team out of nowhere and had them going undefeated for awhile, until they sort of..well, kind of collapsed near the end of the season. No worries, the Sun Devils return the gun of Rudy Carpenter as he'll be looking to sling more TDs this year.
11. Virginia Tech Hokies - Can Frank Beamer continue his excellent coaching at Va Tech? Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor will both be competing for playing time, well, at least both will be used throughout the season. Will we continue to see Beamer Ball at it's best?
12. Auburn Tigers - This could quite possibility be a team that is ready to overtake the LSU Tigers in the SEC West. The Tigers will be doing it a lot more with their offense while maintaining their great defense, despite the loss of their defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
13. Brigham Young Cougars - This could quite possibility be the team that becomes a BCS-buster. With Max Hall returning for Bronco Mendenhall, this offense will be ready to go. The biggest match up of the year will be the last game, on the road at Utah.
14. Texas Longhorns - Could the Longhorns' Colt McCoy take another step back, or will he be stepping forward this year? There's no doubt this kid is tough and gritty, but that doesn't stop me from calling him an overrated QB. Nevertheless, the Longhorns are in the hunt for the Big XII South title once again, but can they get over the hump of just beating a spunky Texas A&M team?
15. Tennessee Volunteers - With all of the buzz that is around the teams like Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and LSU, people may be forgetting that the Volunteers are the defending SEC East champs. Can Jonathan Crompton lead this team back to the SEC title game? It's definitely not outside the realm of possibilities.
16. Clemson Tigers - This Clemson team certainly has the talent to pull through the ACC this year, but will Tommy Bowden finally get it done? It seems like he's been on edge for forever, and this will definitely be the year that he can secure his job. Or this could be yet another disappointment for the fans of Clemson.
17. Illinois Fighting Illini - Coach Ron Zook definitely has Illinois going in the right direction. Despite the loss of Rashard Mendenhall, Juice Williams can still run this offense w/ his legs and quite possibly with his arm. If Arrelious Benn can continue to play like he did as a freshman, there's no doubt Williams will get the ball to him. And this year, Ohio State comes to Champagne.
18. Texas Tech Red Raiders - People are wondering, is this the year that the Red Raiders breakaway from the shadows of Texas and Oklahoma? The defense is certainly better than most years under Mike Leach. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree form the best QB/WR duo in the nation. Will Harrell throw for another ungodly amount of passing yards this year?
19. South Florida Bulls - The Bulls really slowed down last year after defeating West Virginia and catapulting themselves all the way up to number two in the nation. Matt Grothe returns once again and will hope to lead the Bulls past the Mountaineers. They lost two valuable corners and will hope to replace Jenkins and Williams.
20. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - I admit, I've liked this team ever since they made it to a BCS bowl a couple years back. With Riley Skinner back at QB, the Demon Deacons will go for another 9 win season under head coach Jim Grobe. Maybe another ACC title will come to Winston-Salem if they play the right cards.
21. Kansas Jayhawks - Nobody, I mean just about nobody, expected the Jayhawks to come out of nowhere like they did last year. After ending the year impressively by beating Virginia Tech last year, will the Mark Mangino and his Jayhawks prove it was no fluke? Hey, Todd Reesing will definitely have a lot of say into it as the season rolls around.
22. Fresno State Bulldogs - The Bulldogs will have to get through a somewhat tough schedule in non-conference play if they want to play in a BCS bowl game this year. There's no saying they can't. Coach Pat Hill has put together a great team and will be looking to take down Boise State and Hawaii in the WAC.
23. Cincinnati Bearcats - Coach Brian Kelly did a great job working with Wake Forest transfer Ben Mauk. If he can't return, will Grutza have what it takes to lead the Bearcats to another successful season? We'll wait and see.
24. Florida State Seminoles - Will Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fischer help Drew Weatherford lead this team back to where it once was? Well, maybe not all the way to the top, but the Seminoles can still quite possibly compete for an ACC title. Weatherford has underachieved in his time at Florida State and will look to change all that this upcoming season.
25. UCLA Bruins - Quite possibly my sleeper of the year, under the tutledge (however you spell it) of new coach Rick Neuheisal (once again, however you spell it), the Bruins, if their QB situation ever gets sorted out, could have a very formidable team in the Pac-Ten. They have a tough non-conference match up with possible BCS-buster Fresno State along with a game at Brigham Young and against Tennessee.
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Posted on: April 20, 2008 12:33 am

Nebraska Spring Game

Well..The Huskers won first of all... Woo!

Second off, watching the offense, it was a little sloppy for the red and the white team. A lot of overthrown balls by Zac Lee and Beau Davis. Joe Ganz was accurate, but the receivers weren't catching for him. Patrick Witt also had some trouble. The defense played well for both the Red and the White. A fumble returned for a touchdown in the first quarter really exemplified how well the defense played. Armando Murillo made a nice catch also on an interception. Not much yardage, and like I said, sloppy offensive play, which also included a Quinton Castille fumble.

I would've been interested in seeing Niles Paul and Menelik Holt some more this year along with getting to see Marcus Mendoza and Roy Helu Junior.

All in all, not a bad Spring Game for the Huskers, but definitely some stuff for Bo Pelini to work on.

One other thing, DeMorrio Williams should never be an actor..

Also, the Huskers' attendance of 80,149 is the second most at a Spring Game in history..
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