Column: Bold predictions for college football
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 00:08
The 2013 NCAA football season is upon us and I’m sure that we’re all nervous about what is going to happen. Well I’m here to take the worry out of the season and just tell you what’s going to happen. Here are my no-doubt, 100 percent correct predictions about college football this year:
This is an easy pick. Nick Saban is an absolute machine who only has fun winning national championships. And when he wins, he doesn’t appear to be having that much fun. Quarterback A.J. McCarron returns to lead a team that lost 13 players to the NFL Draft, but reloaded at every position. Look for him to hit rising star Amari Cooper for double-digit touchdowns this season as well as TJ Yeldon to rush his way into the Heisman race.
Teddy Bridgewater becomes the first and only AAC Heisman winner
One year, one Heisman winner. Not too shabby for a conference that didn’t exist until a couple months ago. Teddy Bridgewater will continue the trend of mobile quarterbacks taking home college football’s most distinguished honor. His schedule is so easy; the only thing it’s missing is an intramural flag football team. His only real test of the season will come against anyone Louisville plays in a bowl game as the meager AAC should prove no match.
The most exciting game of the season will be the Rose Bowl
If you want an entertaining game to watch this season, look no further than the Rose Bowl. It is my firm belief that Alabama will be playing either Louisville, Florida State, or Clemson in the NCAA Championship.
That game is already over and Alabama has won by a hundred. The Rose Bowl, however, looks pretty promising.
I think that the Pac-12 and Big 10 will beat themselves up this year with Oregon and Ohio State emerging the victors. These are two flashy, exciting offenses with hard hitting defenses that will have you on the edge of your seat. The Rose Bowl will be the game to watch this season.
Johnny Manziel has a sophomore slump
Manziel has been in the news lately for everything but football. Whether it’s for being courtside at NBA games or selling autographs, the overall tone of his offseason has been pretty poor. I believe that Manziel will have a fairly successful season, but by the media’s standards it will have been a failure. Defenses will no longer be surprised by his athleticism and will have had a whole year to discuss ways to stop him. Manziel will spend more time trying to overcome his haters than other teams defenses and ultimately fall short in 2013.
UConn makes first bowl game in 3 years
This is the third year for UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni and it will be his most successful. With a defense lead by Yawin Smallwood and an improved offensive line, there’s no way that the Huskies can’t win at least six games in the horrendous AAC. UConn will get big wins against Cincinnati and Rutgers at home and reach the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.