By Josh Kramer
Opening night for the 2012 edition of College Football is just a week away. It seems like it was just yesterday that Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide were celebrating on Bourbon Street. In actuality, it was 227 days ago when Alabama clinched the SEC’s sixth consecutive national championship. Don’t expect that streak to reach seven though.
Here are my predictions for the season ahead.
ACC Champion: Florida State Seminoles
I along with most people around the country jumped the gun and proclaimed Florida State’s greatness last season. Will this finally be the year that the Seminoles and their outstanding recruiting classes live up to the hype? Jimbo Fisher along with the entire city of Tallahassee certainly hope so. A loaded defense led by Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner, and Xavier Rhodes are ready to roll. As is their experienced senior quarterback EJ Manuel. A September 22nd showdown with the reigning ACC Champs Clemson and a visit to Blacksburg for a Thursday night tussle (November 8th) with the always dangerous Virginia Tech Hokies are the two dates to keep in mind at this time.
Big 12 Champion: Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners are a definite contender to not only win the conference crown, but to take home the whole thing after a very disappointing and injury-riddled 2011. This will be a team that has a chip on its shoulder from start to finish in 2012. Unfortunately for the Sooners, their schedule does not get serious until their final three games, which features road contests against Big 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU, and a showdown with in-state rival Oklahoma State. Also, keep an eye on the Red River Rivalry Game against a dangerous Texas team on October 13th. Senior quarterback Landry Jones may face more media pressure than any other player in the country not named Matt Barkley. I have a feeling that the very experienced senior will welcome it as he finishes his Sooner career with a bang. Continue reading