With a big win from Wake Forest on Thursday night, the 2010 college football season had officially begun. This is a highly anticipated season, as many teams throughout the country believe they will be hoisting the crystal football at seasons end.
Alabama will rightfully begin the season ranked #1 in the country following their championship run from a year ago. The Crimson Tide returns the majority of their championship team and Head Coach Nick Saban is back at the helm. In week two, they will welcome Penn State to Tuscaloosa and the SEC is as dangerous as ever. Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia continue to improve, as they attempt to dethrone Alabama and Florida for SEC supremacy. Simply, the Tide will roll out quietly this season.
Florida will excel despite losing Superman, otherwise known as Tim Tebow. Quarterback Jonathon Brantley will be a star. Despite the colossal impression Tebow has left on Florida and all of college football, the combination of Brantley’s ability to throw the ball down the field and the Olympic sprinters on the outside, provides Florida with a scary new feature. Look for the Gators to be playing in the Sugar Bowl or more likely, the National Championship.
Regardless of a preseason #2 ranking and Heisman hype swirling around quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State will come up short once again. In week two, the Buckeyes better not bring their championship level play (they consistently choke in big games) into the game against Miami, or else they will be dominated up and down the field. Quarterback Jacory Harris of Miami is a big time player. If he is able to cut down on turnovers, the Canes will be dangerous throughout the season.
Ohio State will face a much improved and experienced Big Ten Conference. The team to watch for in the Big Ten is Wisconsin; if able to stay healthy, the Badgers will be booking tickets to Pasadena.
Michigan will surprise the doubters throughout the season. They will not compete for a national championship or even a Big Ten title this year, but Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is assembling the necessary pieces to be successful within his system. In time, the Wolverines will be national contenders once again, but it all depends on if the Michigan boosters can wait that long.
Out west, the Trojans are on the hunt. With everything to play for but a bowl game, USC is looking to make a loud statement. Under the direction of controversial, new Head Coach Lane Kiffin, the Trojans will “Fight on,” and win the conference in convincing fashion. The “experts” predict that the PAC 10 has caught up to USC following a down year. In reality, USC runs out a team of players that will be playing on Sunday; not many teams can or will compete with the Trojans.
Boise State will play for and win the National Championship. They return 20 of 22 starters from last years undefeated team, which includes the soon-to-be Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore has always impressed me with his composure and natural ability, but after the performance he provided the nation on Monday night against a good Virginia Tech team, I as well as the rest of the country are convinced; the kid is a stud. No, I am not living in the moment and riding the bandwagon from Monday night; this team is loaded all over the field, but most importantly, they have the swagger and confidence of a champion.
This is going to be one of the best years ever in college football. The passion brought to the field every Saturday is truly exciting. Look for many upsets and surprises along the way, but count on a great season full of amazing stories.
In case opening weekend snuck up on you, here’s a video that will put you in a football state of mind. Enjoy!