Predictions are made every college football season. Some come to pass as predicted, while many fall flat as soon as the season starts. That is what makes college football so great. We get to hear predictions as soon as the bowls end in January, as soon as national signing day comes in February, during and immediately following spring training, and the list goes on. As the SEC Media Days show every year before the start of two-a-days, college football is a year long fascination. So what is in store for the 2009 college football season?
Rise of the Mountain West
The Mountain West Conference will continue to get better and compete with the BCS schools. The Mountain West is a better football conference on the field than the Big East, yet the BCS continues to shun them. Utah, TCU, and BYU all return good football teams and all look to continue to carry the Mountain West argument.
Big Ten-less National Title Game
The Big Ten will again be left out of the national title game. While there will be a Big Ten team in the discussion (Penn State or Ohio State), there definitely will not be one in the game. A one loss SEC champion, unbeaten Big 12 champion, or undefeated Southern Cal team will all finish ahead of the best the Big Ten has to offer in the BCS rankings.
All Eyes on the SEC West
The SEC West will be the most exciting division in college football. The three way horse race in the Big 12 South had every college football fan’s attention last season. This year it will be the race between Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss in the Western half of the SEC. The winner of the three very well may be decided in Oxford, Miss on November 21st when the Rebels host the Bayou Bengals in the Magnolia Bowl.
Battle for the Heisman Trophy
Tim Tebow will become only the second player in history to win two Heisman trophies. Tebow, who should be up for his third Heisman, may not have better passing numbers than Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy, but he is one of the best college football players of all time. Tebow is the best overall player in college football. Look for him to land on the cover of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 2010.
Red River Shootout
The Big 12 will be exciting again this year with many of its middle and bottom tier teams getting better. This year’s battle will not be as interesting as last year’s three way tie in the South, but the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry will only get better. This year expect Texas to overcome Oklahoma and win the Big 12 South.