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Big 12 Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

For the first time in years, Oklahoma is not the favorite to win the Big 12. The Sooners may still end up on top, but the league is wide open at the top, with 4 teams capable of winning 10+ games. We think the conference will boil down to the two traditional powers and Oklahoma State, but anything could happen in the unpredictable Big 12.

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  • 1. Texas 10-2 (7-2): The Longhorns spend the last few years meddling around in the middle of the conference, but the burnt orange is primed to leap back to the top of the pile this year. The offense is shifting back to a fast-paced, spread style, and the only question mark is if QB David Ash can run the show. Texas is as stacked at the skill positions as any team in the conference, and the line will be a strength. The defense should be among the best in the league, with big-time star potential in DE Jackson Jeffcoat, LB Jordan Hicks and CB Quandre Diggs. This team is a lock to win 8 games, but if Ash can settle in and provide a consistent presence at QB, the Longhorns could find themselves in the BCS picture. The conference could very well come down to Texas vs. Oklahoma State, and we’ll give the nod to the home team.
  • 2. Oklahoma State 10-2 (7-2): Much like in-state rival Oklahoma, the Cowboys must replace an offensive star from last season. For Okie State though, that star is RB Joseph Randle. RB Jeremy Smith has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and he won’t need to shoulder the whole load on offense. Even with the departure of QB Wes Lunt, the passing game is in good hands with QBs Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh and WRs Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore, both of whom may end up as all-conference players. The defense was only middle-of-the-road in the Big 12 last season, but we expect slightly better play this season, which should be all the offense needs to outscore most opponents. The schedule has just four conference road games, and only a date with Texas looks like a challenge there, which sets the Cowboys up nicely for a run at the conference crown. (more…)
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Pac 12 Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The Pac 12 North boasts two teams with legitimate National Championship hopes, while the South is wide open and waiting for a team to step up and take control of the division.

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North Division

  • 1. Stanford 11-1 (8-1): At first glance it seems the Cardinal offense is filled with question marks, but a closer look reveals big potential on that side of the ball. QB Kevin Hogan is a legitimate dual-threat and is 5-0 as a starter. Stanford will replace RB Stepfan Taylor with a trio of backs including Taylor Gaffney, who spent last season playing baseball, and redshirt freshman Barry Sanders Jr. Hogan and the group of backs will operate behind one of the nation’s best lines. The only real question on offense is at WR, but Stanford knows how to utilize RBs and TEs as good as any team in the country, so the lack of proven wideouts shouldn’t be a major concern. Much like the offensive line, the defense is loaded. A pair of ferocious defensive ends, a trio of talented LBs, and a secondary stacked with NFL players ensures the Cardinal defense will again be among the best in the nation. The schedule is a bit tougher than Oregon’s, but Stanford gets the Ducks at home and looks strong enough to make a run at the Rose Bowl.
  • 2. Oregon 11-1 (8-1): How much will the loss of Chip Kelly effect the Ducks? There will almost certainly be a drop off: Kelly led the Ducks to four BCS games and won 46 games in his four seasons. The good news is that few teams in the country return as much talent as Oregon. QB Marcus Mariota is coming off of a fantastic season and is getting Heisman publicity, and do-everything RB De’Anthony Thomas will get his chance to shine with the departure of Kenjon Barner. The Ducks also return a deep receiving corp and at least three future NFL players on the line. The defense must break in several new linebackers, but a loaded secondary and solid line should make the transition easier. Even with the loss of Kelly, the Ducks seem like a lock for double-digit wins and another run at a BCS bowl, with only a November date at Stanford standing between Oregon and the Pac 12 Championship game. (more…)
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ACC Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Clemson and Florida State appear to be the class of the ACC this season, and the matchup between the two will likely decide the eventual conference champion. The Coastal division is much more wide-open as it looks like a toss-up between the top three teams in the division. However, each of the top teams is flawed enough to leave the door open for a surprise team to sneak into the CCG. Let’s get to it.

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Atlantic

  • 1. Clemson 11-1 (8-0): The offense was explosive a year ago and returns star QB Tajh Boyd, but the losses of WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Andre Ellington will sting. Roderick McDowell is capable of filling in for Ellington (and let’s not forget that Boyd is no slouch on the ground), but WR Sammy Watkins will need to rebound in a big way in order to replace the production lost with Hopkins. The line should be a strength, but a lot hinges on the WR position. The defense should be fine; DE Vic Beasley is a capable replacement for departed Malliciah Goodman and the rest of the front seven is back in full force. The non-conference schedule is brutal with a season-opening bout with Georgia and the annual season finale at South Carolina. Those two games will make it tough for the Tigers to run the table, but only a date with FSU should stand between Clemson and an 8-0 run in the ACC.
  • 2. Florida State 10-2 (7-1): Freshman QB Jameis Winston appears to have won the keys to the offense and he has plenty of talent to make him feel comfortable, most notably Rashad Greene and a loaded WR group. The line is also well stocked and FSU boats two capable runners in Devonta Freeman and James Wilder. Expect the Seminoles to take a step back from last season’s 39 points per game, but the offense should still be a threat no matter who lines up under center. On defense, the key will be replacing all four starters on the defensive line. Bjoern Warner and Cornellius Carradine can’t simply be replaced, but rising star Mario Edwards and a pair of solid tackles should have the line playing better than expected. Overall, the schedule is fairly friendly and even with a new QB the Seminoles should make a run at double-digit wins. (more…)
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American Athletic (formerly Big East) Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

It may be just a shadow of the league it once was (and will soon lose both Louisville and Rutgers as well), but technically the new American Athletic Conference is still a BCS league: the winner will get an automatic spot in a BCS game. This year it will be a battle of the old members, as none of the new teams look up to the challenge of tackling the top teams in the conference. Read on for our 2013 AAC predictions.

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  • 1. Louisville 11-1 (7-1): Fresh off a surprising Sugar Bowl win over Florida, Louisville is widely considered the obvious conference favorite in 2013. Star QB Teddy Bridgewater tore apart defenses all season and he will return a ton of weapons this season, including a two-headed running attack and WR DeVante Parker. The defense also returns mostly intact, led by tackle-machine LB Preston Brown. Behind the steady arm of Bridgewater and what should be an improved defense, the Cardinals will only need to fend off Rutgers and Cincinnati – which they should do – to take the AAC and lock up a BCS bid. In fact, we think it’s more likely that Louisville runs the table than it is that they win less than 10 games.
  • 2. Cincinnati 10-2 (6-2): QB Brendon Kay took over for the struggling Munchie Legaux last season and never looked back, leading the Bearcats to a 4-1 finish. Kay should put up another solid season behind the conference’s best offensive line, led by potential All-American LT Eric Lefeld. Look for a big year from RB Ralph David Abernathy as the Bearcats look for someone to fill the production lost with departed George Winn. The defense is led by what could be one of the best LB groups in the country. MLB Greg Blair will be at the top of the nation in tackles, OLB Nick Temple has a chance for all-conference honors, and former FSU LB Jeff Luc is a former high school All-American that could elevate the group to elite status. Cincy should roll through the early part of the schedule, with the conference race coming down to their final three games: @ Rutgers, @ Houston and a home date with Louisville on senior day. If the Bearcats take care of business the rest of the way, they could send the seniors out with a win that clinches a BCS game. (more…)
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