Bama is my favorite to win BCS

Aug 18, 2011

I thought I’d dedicate this week’s column to finishing out my college football top 10.
Teams listed in order of where I think they’ll finish the season this year.
10.  Florida State — Jimbo Fisher has this team on the verge of powerhouse status again.  The most talented team in the ACC may not necessarily translate into the best team you’ll see.  
Big games, as usual, with Florida and Alabama.  I look for them to play Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. Chick-Fil-A Bowl
9. Georgia —  Georgia definitely had a disappointment at the end of their season losing to UCF in the Liberty Bowl and dropping to 6-7.  They may not be in any one else’s top 10 but their talent and schedule bode well for them.  
The game against Boise will be huge to open up the season and I like for Georgia to hang around, if not win outright this one.  Capital One Bowl
8.   Texas A & M — The Aggies won big games last year against Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas.  A & M won their final 6 regular season games when Tanneyhill became the starting QB.  
They have a quality WR/RB group, they are deep and defense, and have quality coaching.  I see them winning 10 games against their schedule.  Sugar Bowl
7.  LSU — The tigers are a legitimate National Title contender and last year got to 11-2 despite quarterback play that was iffy.  Games against Oregon and West Virginia will be difficult out of conference.
The Alabama game will really tell us how good they are. Sugar Bowl
6.  Notre Dame —  I know, I know.  Every year someone says that this will be the year that Notre Dame will be back on top.  Know that they have very skilled people and each position and their schedule is very manageable with only one game against this top 20.  
I believe that this is a double digit win team.  Fiesta Bowl
5.  Virginia Tech — Here is a team that looks a great deal like last year’s Auburn.  The Hokies have a big and young mobile quarterback and a schedule that tells me that they could be 12-0 at the end of the year.  
This is a blue collar type team that I think complements the ACC well in terms of match ups.  Orange Bowl
4. Oregon — The Ducks were #1 in the AP poll for 7 weeks last year and played in the National Championship game.  
This year, the Ducks have only 11 returning starters but that includes QB Darro Thomas and RB LaMichael James.  They have LSU and Stanford on the road but each game they play in this year is very winnable.   Rose Bowl
3.  Boise State — The Broncos have a tougher schedule this year thanks to their move over to the Mountain West Conference.  They do play Top 10 Georgia at the Georgia Dome in just a couple of weeks.  Last season in a similar event, Boise beat up on Virginia Tech.  
I think the Broncos have the easiest path top 12-0 which would more than likely put them in the National Title game and I like QB Kellen Moore a lot in this offense.  Fiesta Bowl
2.  Oklahoma — The Sooners were a surprise in most people’s radar last year.  
That won’t happen again this year.  QB Jones and WR Broyles are highlights on a team that are very good at each position.  Oklahoma has games to watch against Florida St and OSU.
If they can win those 2 on the road, the National Title game should be within reach.  BCS National Title Game
National Champion
1.  Alabama — How can you not like the Tide this year.  Alabama does lose their QB, RB, and top wide receiver but they  won’t suffer with quality players ready to step in.  
The defense isn’t just good, they may be the best in the country from D-line to secondary.  They will not play the best teams from the SEC East and get LSU and Arkansas at home.  
Seems like the perfect storm for this excellent group. BCS National Title Game.

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