Published August 3, 2011 - 10:14am
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I know we rule the country here in the SEC, but let’s take a step outside this great conference for a moment and look at the other BCS conferences and the predicted winners.
ACC – Florida State
FSU returns a ton of talent on both offense and defense. If the Seminoles do not win the ACC this year, it will be a major letdown for their team, staff and fan base. Everyone says FSU is “back”, and we’ll find out this year.
Big East – West Virginia
Is the Big East even relevant? LSU does travel to WVU this year, so we will know what kind of football team the Mountaineers have and how they stack up against the SEC in week four.
Big Ten – Nebraska / Wisconsin
The Big Ten did not choose a preseason predicted winner at the Big Ten Media Days; however, the general consensus heading into the season is that Nebraska will win the Legends division and Wisconsin will win the Leaders division. Finally this league has a championship game.
Big 12 – Oklahoma
The consensus is that Oklahoma will be the “other” team that will play the SEC in New Orleans for the National Championship. The Sooners return their star quarterback Landry Jones and wide receiver Ryan Broyles. It will be a high-powered offense, but the Sooners usually choke in big games.
Pac-12 – Oregon
Everyone will find out week one what this Oregon team is all about because they will get a taste of the LSU Tigers. Oregon should end up winning the Pac-12, but could an early loss to LSU hurt their BCS standings?
Obviously, we’ll find Boise State and TCU making some noise from the Mountain West before it’s all said and done.
UCF or SMU will win C-USA. Remember the Knights defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in last year’s Liberty Bowl…crazy.