College football can be a real joke for the first couple of weeks. So finally this week we see some actual matchups of note. All good games, all will have an impact on conference championships and even the BCS. So, we here at Frank-ly sports wanted to wait to pick the conference. I’ll even take a stab at the Heisman.
Big Ten-Penn State
JoePa’s team really has a two game season this year, both at home. Illinois and Ohio State will come to Happy Valley and take on the loaded Lions offense. They could also have the conferences top offensive threat in Daryl Clark.
Darkhorse: The Ohio State University-The loss to USC was early which has proved to be ok in the BCS.
Team I’m obsessed with: Michigan-I might be the only person that Rich Rod and the gang are going bowling this year, and they could even give the Buckeyes fits. Tate Forcier has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.
Yes I know they just lost to Washington after a win against OSU, but they are still the best team in the conference. They have to go to Cal later in the year which should be an EPIC battle, but Pete Carroll’s crew will be WAY better by then, you can count on that. The loss probably takes them out of title contention right now, but again an early loss isn’t a bad thing. As Matt Barkley matures, Carroll will give him more and more responsibility. SC is by far the closest thing to an NFL team in college football this decade.
Team I’m obsessed with: USC-mostly because I want ND to beat them. Matt Barkley is an intriguing storyline for this team. When will he make his “freshmen” mistake.
SEC Championship game: Florida vs. Alabama
We all know that Tim Tebow is great. But this team is loaded folks. I mean really, really loaded. Brandon James, Chris Rainey, and Emmanual Moody give Tebow a ton of speed in his running scheme. Let’s not forget 18 returning starters.
Darkhorse: LSU-The Bayou Bengals got kicked around last year, and that rarely happens twice. Jordan Jefferson is a year older but will have to prove that he can make a big play in the through the air. LSU is sure to have a tough defense. If they don’t stumble along the way they could end up in the National Title hunt. Les Miles’ group finds a way to win, and that will always keep you alive in a very tough conference
Team I’m obsessed with: Alabama-Julio Jones could be the best WR in the Country(58 catches 948 yds). Nick Saban always has his defense cranked up, and last years loss to Utah has the Tide looking to roll everyone. Greg McElroy has been a gigantic surprise
Big 12 Championship: Texas vs. Nebraska
Colt McCoy is really good. On this very site I have mentioned that he should have taken the money and jumped to the NFL. He’s proving my point so far this year. McCoy is a for sure heisman finalist(forshadow), and he and Mack Brown have a national title lined up in their sights. I look for his main weapon and roommate Jordan Shipley to be ripping people all year for the horns. He averaged 11.9/catch and had a long of 68 yards last year. He can flat out fly.
Darkhorse: Kansas-the North side of the conference is weak, and Todd Reesing works extremely well in the Kansas spread. He was in the top 5 of the conference in total offense last year. If Nebraska doesn’t take care of business, I think that Ralk Chalk can fill in nicely.
Team I’m obsessed with: Texas Tech-I’m an ex-high school wide receiver, of course I want to see 100 WR’s on the field and people chucking it 65 times.
ACC Championship: Virginia Tech vs. FSU
Va. Tech has dominated this conference since they added teams. Frank Beamer’s team will be more experienced this year with16 returning starters. Tyrod Taylor will need to prove that he’s more then just a runner to get that tough Hokie defense some leads to hold. The Hokies were horrible last year because they were so young.
Darkhorse: North Carolina State-Russell Wilson is a pretty nice player for the Wolfpack. This conference is so watered down, someone is always capable of sliding in the back door. NC State is probably the 5-6 best team in this league, but you never know.
Team I’m obsessed with: Clemson-mostly because CJ Spiller is electric. Other then that they have obnoxious fans and ALWAYS underachieve.
The Big East sucks, so I’m not even going to waste my time. Cincinnati’s QB, Tony Pike is phenomenal. He has a big time arm, and that team is going to be good for a while.
National Championship: Florida vs. Texas
An easy one I know. Oklahoma is going to struggle to beat Texas, especially if Sam Bradford isn’t 100%. Plus, I can’t pick that game, it happend last year. In that match up, I like the Gators, but in a close one. McCoy is too good not to keep his team in it.
Heisman Trophy(As of right now)
Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Jahvid Best, Jimmy Clausen
This really is a two man race between Tebow and McCoy. If Tebow doesn’t play this week against LSU it could give McCoy the edge right away. The Heisman voters only want one Archie though…
Colt McCoy is your winner….