The time has come for college football. We are just a few days away from the beginning of the 2008 college football season. After talking with two co-workers, I felt it was time to be bold and make some predictions:
1. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will NOT repeat as a Heisman Trophy winner.
There are too many other contenders for Tebow to repeat and I believe that if he doesn't put up the numbers he did last year (passing: 3,286 yards, 32 TDs; rushing: 895 yards, 23 TDs), the voters may look down on that for not improving. He'll have to deal with the numbers of Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell (5,705 yards passing, 48 TDs last year), Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (134 receptions, 1,962 yards, 22 TDs), Ohio State quarterback Chris Wells (1,609 yards rushing, 13 TDs), and Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel (4,306 yards, 33 TD).
2. Notre Dame will win six or fewer games this year.
First, here's the Fighting Irish's 2008 schedule:
Sept. 6 vs. San Diego State
Sept. 13 vs. Michigan
Sept. 20 at Michigan State
Sept. 27 vs. Purdue
Oct. 4 vs. Stanford
Oct. 11 at North Carolina
Oct. 25 at Washington
Nov. 1 vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 8 at Boston College
Nov. 15 at Navy
Nov. 22 vs. Syracuse
Nov. 29 at USC
Notre Dame is coming off a 3-9 season. I think the Irish can beat San Diego State, Stanford, Washington and Syracuse. North Carolina, Navy and Pittsburgh are tossup games in my opinion. I think USC and Michigan State are automatic losses.
But I'll officially say 5-7. Wins over San Diego State, Stanford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
3. The game between Florida and Georgia on Nov. 1 will send a team to the national championship game.
These two teams are clearly the elite of the SEC. Florida holds current Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, as well as stud all-around player Percy Harvin. And never count out the mind of head coach Urban Meyer. Georgia won its last seven games of 2007, including a 42-30 victory over Florida, a 45-20 win over Auburn, a 24-13 win over Kentucky and a 41-10 thrashing of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. They're led by junior quarterback Matthew Stafford (2,523 yards, 19 TDs last season) and running back Knowshon Moreno (1,334 yards, TDs), who burst on the scene last season as a freshman.
Both teams will have their share of tests. Florida hosts Miami and travels to No. 18 Tennessee in back-to-back games. It will host No. 11 LSU on Oct. 11 before the meeting with Georgia. Georgia plays at South Carolina, at No. 15 Arizona State, hosts No. 24 Alabama and hosts Tennessee in a four game span. The Bulldogs will host Vanderbilt and travel to defending national champion LSU before the game against Florida.
4. Ohio State WILL beat the University of Southern California.
I've heard some say that Ohio State plays a weak schedule before the USC game. On the counter of that, it plays two games compared to USCâs one. Thatâll give Ohio State an extra game to work out its kinks and find out what to do with that one recruit named Terrelle Pryor.
Yes, I understand USC has the home-field advantage. Ohio State has had its tough trips on the road, including a jaunt to Austin, Texas. Ohio State returns one of the top defenses in the country, led by James Laurinaitis and Malcom Jenkins. Meanwhile, on offense, Chris Wells, Todd Boeckman and Alex Boone anchor a solid group that'll be capable of putting up points.