Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Matt Barkley (pictured above) will have a special year in 2012 as he leads USC back to the pinnacle of college football and takes home the Heisman Trophy.
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
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Many are wondering if Silas Redd (pictured above #25) will return to Penn State next season or take his talents out West to USC.
By Josh Kramer
Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was at least unique, which was one of the things he was going for. Even the Queen almost cracked a smile. All eyes in the sporting world are focused on London, as they should be. But let’s not forget about the rest of the sporting world. Last week was fun, but this week is sure to be great in its own right.
5. The “Dwight Howard Soap Opera” continues. At least now, most NBA fans can focus their attention on Team USA’ s quest for gold in London. The Howard reality television series has definitely dragged on far too long, but it is still a big story. Wherever Howard lands, that team is very likely going to be an instant contender.
4. The world continues to keep an eye on “Happy” Valley in the wake of the harsh NCAA sanctions. How will the program actually respond outside of saying the right things at press conferences? How will the new administration ensure nothing like this ever happens in the future at Penn State? What players will stay? What players will go? Keep a special eye on star running back Silas Redd. It appears Lane Kiffin is working hard to add a final piece to a USC team poised to make a run at the National Championship. Continue reading
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