Who can resist the historic rivalries in college football? Who isn’t thrilled when Notre Dame hits the field each week? Who doesn’t smile when Navy bests Army, or when the other service academies hit the gridiron?
Millions of sports fans around the country can’t wait for Saturdays in Fall to begin, and neither can you. Check out these Top Ten Teams and my preview of the 2009 college football season. Mind you, the selection of these particular college football teams may have more to do with the heart than the head. Hopefully, you’ll agree that these teams, and so many others, are red hot and ready to play this Fall.
2009 Schedule: http://www.gatorzone.com/sched.php?sport=footb
These 2008 National Champions are red-hot, and so will be the 2009 season for the Florida Gators. Majority of players return for the 2009 season, leaving nothing to chance for the season ahead. Games to watch? Nov. 28th home game against arch-rivals Florida State and October 10th away game against LSU in Baton Rouge. I predict a big win for the Gators at home against Florida State Panthers, but nothing but trouble in the Bayou.
2009 Schedule: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/okla-m-footbl-sched.html
In 2009, once again, Oklahoma will tear up the field as it has for 115 seasons. The Sooners are a terrific team, with great heart and true grit. Games to watch? November 28th against in-state rivals Oklahoma State, and October 17th against Texas in Dallas. I predict a big win against fellow Okies, but a rough ride in J.R. Ewing country.
Alabama Crimson Tide
2009 Schedule: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/alab-m-footbl-sched.html
Who doesn’t fear the Crimson Tide? 2009 will be no different as the Crimson Tide honor the contributions of the late, great Bert Bank, war hero, civic leader, and great friend to Alabama. Nick Sabin is ready to go and so is his team, the Crimson Tide. Games to watch? Home game, season opener on September 5th against formidable Virginia Tech, and November 11th against LSU in Tuscaloosa. I predict Tech may pull off the big upset against Crimson Tide, but ‘Bama will win big against Conference rival LSU.
2009 Schedule: http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/
Watch out: Texas Longhorns are ready to roll in 2009 as Mack Brown enters his 12th season as Head Coach. This season is payback for Brown as he dusts off a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds to Texas Tech last year and capitalizes on the 24-21 victory over No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, The Longhorns finished the 2008 season ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Games to watch? Don’t miss the grudge match against Texas Tech on September 19th in Austin, and the October 17th home game against Oklahoma. This year, I predict the Longhorns will take Texas Tech in a close match up, but may have more than they can handle against the Sooners.
Ohio State Buckeyes
2009 Schedule: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/SportSelect.dbmlDB_OEM_ID=17300&KEY=&SPID=10408&SPSID=87745
Perennial favorite Ohio State will once again dominate on the playing field this 2009 college football season. Already the media is calling Ohio State Buckeyes the likely conference champs for 2009, and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be the former No. 1 Buckeye recruit to watch. Games to watch? September 12th against USC in Columbus, and November 21 against Michigan. I predict close matches and even odds to win for both games for Ohio State’s formidable Buckeyes.
2009 Schedule: http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/usc-m-footbl-sched.html
Lookout for the Trojans. They’re on the march, and looking to score yet another national title and eighth straight Pac-10 championship. USC is always a tough team and a great club to watch. Must see match ups? September 12th match up against Ohio State in Columbus, and arch in-state rival UCLA on November 28th in the L.A. Coliseum. I predict that the game will be close and evenly matched against Ohio State, but USC may have the edge against UCLA in November.
Penn State Nittany Lions
2009 Schedule: www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/psu-m-footbl-sched.html
Once, again, Penn State Head Coach Joe Patterno and his Nittany Lions will prove to be strong opponents in the 2009 college football season. Penn State earned its 22nd Top 10 ranking under Paterno for the 2008 season. Nittany Lions went 11-2 for the season, and were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll. All in all, Penn State earned its 34th “Top 25” ranking under its Hall of Fame coach. Nittany Lions plan to return 12 starters for the 2009 season which will contribute to an awesome game. Games to watch? November 14th game against Indiana on home turf in University Park, and October 17th game against Minnesota, also at home. I predict Penn State will win handily against these tough conference rivals.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
What 2009 college football contenders’ list would be complete without mention of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. As a rule, GA Tech shows up to play, and so many conference rivals rue the day they took GA tech for granted. 2009 will continue to see the team struggle, especially the defensive line. Games to watch? October 17th against Virginia Tech in Bobby Dodd Stadium at home, and November 28th against Georgia, at home. Coach Paul Johnson already predicts that Virginia Tech is the team to beat in the ACC. I predict that the Yellow Jackets will fall to Virginia Tech in a cliffhanger at home, and rise again for a big victory against in-state rival Georgia.
2009 Schedule: http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2164&SPSID=27811
Coach Les Miles has his hands full in the 2009 college football season, as the Tigers come off an 8-victory and 1 bowl win in the 2008 season. Jordan Jefferson will likely lead the charge as LSU starting quarterback, but Jarrett Lee will also get significant playing time. Games to watch? September 12th game against conference rival Vanderbilt in Tiger Stadium, and the October 24th match up against Auburn at home. Both are solid, conference match ups, but I predict a Tiger win against both Vanderbilt and Auburn. This team is motivated and has the stuff to win.
2009 Schedule: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/schedule.html
Here come the Hokies! A media favorite in the 2008 season, the Hokies show a lot of heart on the playing field and on any given week, they play to win. Games to watch? November 14th against the Maryland Terps in College Park, and November 28th against Virginia in Charlottesville. These games are great in-conference rivalries and it’s almost impossible to predict the outcomes. But, the Hokies may have an edge against Virginia in what promises to be a great post-Thanksgiving holiday dust up.
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