NCAA Football Thoughts – 12-13 Season Wrap-Up

Dustin James checks in with a wrap-up of the 12-13 NCAA College Football season.

Hello again readers of the MAN-CAVE! Once again, this is your resident college football “expert” (I nicknamed myself that by the way….) Dustin James back once again with some more college football deliciousness to soothe your appetites. As most of you will remember, I posted my 2012 NCAA Predictions here at the MAN-CAVE months ago before the college football season even started. Well, I thought it would be a fun idea to go back and see just how wrong I was at my predictions because the only thing I like more than college football, is making myself look stupid. For the record, by no means do I consider myself an “expert” in the world of college football. The real college football experts are getting paid by ESPN and other big time sports companies to give you their unbiased opinions. I just happen to be a big-time college football fan with an opinion who thinks he knows more than the average Joe does.
Anyway, this wrap-up will be a little long because I’m going through team-by-team to see how my predictions went. In this wrap-up, you will see how each team finished in their respective conferences, my predictions from the beginning of the season for each team as well as my predictions as to where they would land come bowl season (something that is harder to do than most people think…..). Also, I will have a little final thoughts section at the end of every big conference’s wrap-up. So while I will go into details about how the Oregon Ducks finished the season, you won’t get the same detailed description for someone like Florida Atlantic. I just don’t have the time do that. Anyway, why delay the good stuff any more?
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SEC:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 13-1 (7-1)
My Prediction: 11-1 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Texas
Actual Bowl Game: BCS National Championship vs. Notre Dame
2. Georgia Bulldogs: 12-2 (7-1)
My Prediction: 10-2 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Chick-Fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson
Actual Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. Nebraska
3. Florida Gators: 11-2 (7-1)
My Prediction: 10-3 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
Actual Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Louisville
4. South Carolina Gamecocks: 11-2 (6-2)
My Prediction: 10-2 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. Illinois
Actual Bowl Game: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan
4. Texas A&M Aggies: 11-2 (6-2)
My Prediction: 5-7 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma
6. LSU Tigers: 10-3 (6-2)
My Prediction: 13-0 (8-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: BCS National Championship vs. USC
Actual Bowl Game: Chick-Fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson
7. Vanderbilt Commodores: 9-4 (5-3)
My Prediction: 4-8 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Music City Bowl vs. N.C. State
8. Mississippi State Bulldogs: 8-5 (4-4)
My Prediction: 10-2 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Gator Bowl vs. Purdue
Actual Bowl Game: Gator Bowl vs. Northwestern
9. Ole Miss Rebels: 7-6 (3-5)
My Prediction: 4-8 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Compass Bowl vs. Pitt
10. Missouri Tigers: 5-7 (2-6)
My Prediction: 7-5 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Music City Bowl vs. Virginia
Actual Bowl Game: None
11. Tennessee Volunteers: 5-7 (1-7)
My Prediction: 7-5 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan
Actual Bowl Game: None
12. Arkansas Razorbacks: 4-8 (2-6)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Liberty Bowl vs. Houston
Actual Bowl Game: None
13. Auburn Tigers: 3-9 (0-8)
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Compass Bowl vs. Rutgers
Actual Bowl Game: None
14. Kentucky Wildcats: 2-10 (0-8)
My Prediction: 3-9 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Johnny Manziel (TEXAS A&M)
2. Aaron Murray (GEORGIA)
3. Tyler Bray (TENNESSEE)
4. AJ McCarron (ALABAMA)
5. Tyler Wilson (ARKANSAS)
Running Backs:
1. Todd Gurley (GEORGIA)
2. Eddie Lacy (ALABAMA)
3. Mike Gillislee (FLORIDA)
4. Kendial Lawrence (MISSOURI)
5. TJ Yeldon (ALABAMA)
Wide Receivers:
1. Cobi Hamilton (ARKANSAS)
2. Jordan Matthews (VANDERBILT)
3. Justin Hunter (TENNESSEE)
4. Donte Moncrief (OLE MISS)
5. Chad Bumphis (MISSISSIPPI STATE)
Tight End:
1. Mychal Rivera (TENNESSEE)
2. Jordan Reed (FLORIDA)
3. Arthur Lynch (GEORGIA)
4. Chris Gragg (ARKANSAS)
5. Rory Anderson (SOUTH CAROLINA)
Defensive Line:
1. Jadeveon Clowney (SOUTH CAROLINA)
2. Damontre Moore (TEXAS A&M)
3. Chris Smith (ARKANSAS)
4. Sam Montgomery (LSU)
5. CJ Johnson (OLE MISS)
Linebackers:
1. Jarvis Jones (GEORGIA)
2. Cameron Lawrence (MISSISSIPPI STATE)
3. Chase Garnham (VANDERBILT)
4. CJ Mosley (ALABAMA)
5. Jon Bostic (FLORIDA)
Defensive Backs:
1. Dee Milliner (ALABAMA)
2. Robert Lester (ALABAMA)
3. Darius Slay (MISSISSIPPI STATE)
4. Bacarri Rambo (GEORGIA)
5. Byron Moore (TENNESSEE)
SEC Final Thoughts: Unfortunately for the rest of the college football world, 2012 was once again the SEC’s year. The SEC brought home yet another BCS championship to what is no doubt the strongest conference in football. Alabama won it’s second consecutive BCS title and one has to wonder if this team will ever take a dip off in production as long as Nick Saban is the brains behind the whole operation. It seems that every year Alabama churns out NFL product after NFL product and all they do after losing a bunch of players to the big leagues is reload and come back stronger than ever. Looking ahead at Alabama’s 2013 schedule, I see absolutely no one that can beat them outside of Texas A&M pulling off the shocker once again. Will Alabama make it three in a row next season? I’m not betting against them…….Georgia came out and had yet another good year but once again hit a road block when they got to the SEC title game. The Bulldogs will be back in the hunt for a position in the BCS National Championship next year, especially with stud QB Aaron Murray returning for his senior season………Florida may have embarrassed themselves in the Orange Bowl, but this team is a lot better than the one that got a beat down from Louisville. The Gators were a little bent out of shape that they didn’t even get a chance to play for the SEC title, which is why they decided not to show up for the bowl game. A good team with a chip on their shoulder? Something tells me we’d all better watch out for Florida next season…….South Carolina had a fantastic year, but just happened to get beat by two teams better than them. Will those two teams be better than a South Carolina team that is returning the best player in the Nation next year (Jadeveon Clowney!)? The Gamecocks are one of my early favorite’s to make plenty of noise in 2013…….Texas A&M were one of the biggest surprises of the college football world in 2012 and that was mainly due to one player, Heisman winner Johnny “Football” Manziel. Unfortunately for the rest of the SEC, “Johnny Football” is only a redshirt freshman and if you thought his freshman campaign was impressive, just wait. Texas A&M may not only be a dark horse to win the SEC next year, but they could be a dark horse to contend for the National Championship…….2012 was kind of a down year for LSU (yes, a 10-3 season is considered “bad” by LSU standards). The Tigers ended up getting beat by both Florida and Alabama in the SEC and lost to an ACC team in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to drop them to 1-3 in their last 4 bowl games. As if that wasn’t enough, LSU is losing a bunch of talent to the NFL draft and will be a very young team next year. If you thought 2012 wasn’t friendly to LSU, 2013 could be even worse…….Vanderbilt had a surprising year this year going 9-4 and easily having the school’s best year in awhile. James Franklin is turning this program into something special and that trend should continue next year. Can Vanderbilt turn into an SEC power? I doubt it, but it’ll be fun to watch………Mississippi State was a team that I had picked to be a “surprise team” in college football this year. While they weren’t exactly as good as I originally predicted, they still managed to go 8-5, but couldn’t beat any of the top dogs in the SEC. Oh well, there’s always next year………Ole Miss had somewhat of a surprising year and made a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and destroyed Pitt. Ole Miss is a young team that could end up sending some shockwave’s through the SEC in 2013……..As for the rest of the SEC, Missouri, Tennessee, Auburn, & Kentucky all had crap years and will be looking to put 2012 in the rear view mirror as soon as possible.
PAC 12:
1. Oregon Ducks: 12-1 (8-1)
My Prediction: 11-2 (8-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin
Actual Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State
2. Stanford Cardinal: 12-2 (8-1)
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. TCU
Actual Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin
3. Oregon State Beavers: 9-4 (6-3)
My Prediction: 4-8 (3-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Alamo Bowl vs. Texas
4. UCLA Bruins: 9-5 (6-3)
My Prediction: 9-3 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
Actual Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. Baylor
5. Arizona State Sun Devils: 8-5 (5-4)
My Prediction: 3-9 (4-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Hunger Bowl vs. Navy
6. Arizona Wildcats: 8-5 (4-5)
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Hunger Bowl vs. Army
Actual Bowl Game: New Mexico Bowl vs. Nevada
7. USC Trojans: 7-6 (5-4)
My Prediction: 13-0 (10-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: BCS National Championship vs. LSU
Actual Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. Georgia Tech
8. Washington Huskies: 7-6 (5-4)
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: New Mexico Bowl vs. Wyoming
Actual Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State
9. Utah Utes: 5-7 (3-6)
My Prediction: 7-5 (4-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Alamo Bowl vs. Kansas State
Actual Bowl Game: None
10. California Golden Bears: 3-9 (2-7)
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Nevada
Actual Bowl Game: None
11. Washington State Cougars: 3-9 (1-8)
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
12. Colorado Buffaloes: 1-11 (1-8)
My Prediction: 3-9 (0-9)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Matt Barkley (USC)
2. Marcus Mariota (OREGON)
3. Brett Hundley (UCLA)
4. Matt Scott (ARIZONA)
5. Taylor Kelly (ARIZONA STATE)
Running Backs:
1. Ka’Deem Carey (ARIZONA)
2. Kenjon Barner (OREGON)
3. Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)
4. Bishop Sankey (WASHINGTON)
5. Stepfan Taylor (STANFORD)
Wide Receivers:
1. Marqise Lee (USC)
2. Austin Hill (ARIZONA)
3. Markus Wheaton (OREGON STATE)
4. Robert Woods (USC)
5. Brandin Cooks (OREGON STATE)
Tight End:
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (WASHINGTON)
2. Zach Ertz (STANFORD)
3. Joseph Fauria (UCLA)
4. Chris Coyle (ARIZONA STATE)
5. Colt Lyerla (OREGON)
Defensive Line:
1. Will Sutton (ARIZONA STATE)
2. Morgan Breslin (USC)
3. Scott Crichton (OREGON STATE)
4. Star Lotulelei (UTAH)
5. Dion Jordan (OREGON)
Linebackers:
1. Anthony Barr (UCLA)
2. Carl Bradford (ARIZONA STATE)
3. Trent Murphy (STANFORD)
4. Travis Long (WASHINGTON STATE)
5. Chase Thomas (STANFORD)
Defensive Backs:
1. Jordan Poyer (OREGON STATE)
2. Ed Reynolds (STANFORD)
3. Marquis Flowers (ARIZONA)
4. Keelan Johnson (ARIZONA STATE)
5. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (OREGON)
PAC-12 Final Thoughts: The Stanford Cardinal shocked the world this year by coming out and winning the PAC-12. Seriously, if you go back and look at everyone’s pre-season college football predictions, did anyone have Stanford winning the PAC 12? No. That’s just how impressive of a feat this was for the private school in Palo Alto. Stanford lost close games to Washington and Notre Dame, but ended up getting huge victories over the two teams everyone was picking to win the PAC-12 (Oregon and USC) en route to earning a spot in the Rose Bowl. Can Stanford maintain their dominance in the PAC-12? I have my doubts, but I also doubted them this year and look where that got me………The Oregon Ducks lost to Stanford by overtime and that cost them a spot in the BCS National Championship game. The good news is, the Ducks are a young team and with Chip Kelly coming back, will once again be on top of the PAC-12 next year. The bad news is, the team could be facing sanctions of some sort heading into next season. Let’s all cross our fingers that the NCAA gives Oregon a slap on the wrist and not a big time punishment like a post-season bowl ban……….No one expected the Oregon State Beavers to do much this year. You know how they responded? By once again exceeding expectations and coming out and smacking teams like Wisconsin in the mouth. The Beavers will lose some of their best players to the NFL (Jordan Poyer and Markus Wheaton) and it’s hard for me to see them having continued success. However, as long as Mike Riley is coaching in Corvallis, the Beavers should always be considered a sleeping giant who could wake up at any point……….UCLA wasn’t supposed to be the best college football team in Los Angeles, but that’s how it worked out this year. Jim Mora has turned UCLA into a winner, but they just need some sort of consistency. While reaching two consecutive PAC 12 title games is impressive, the Bruins have also lost in two straight PAC-12 title games and also seem to lose games they should have easily won (getting blown out by the Cal Golden Bears comes to mind…). UCLA is a young team and something tells me that they will likely be making more appearances in the PAC-12 title game in the near future……….Arizona State wasn’t expected to contend for anything in their first year under Todd Graham, but lo and behold, the Sun Devils came out and were quietly one of the best teams in the PAC-12. Arizona State has the talent, location, and the fan base to become a power in college football, but for some reason the team manages to underachieve every year. This year, they overachieved a little but they also definitely made the rest of the PAC-12 take notice that this is definitely a team on the rise……..The most interesting thing surrounding the Arizona Wildcats this year was easily Rich Rodriguez and the questions regarding if the former Michigan & West Virginia coach could have any kind of success in Tucson. Well, an 8-5 record is a good start and once Rich Rod gets the players he wants in his system, the rest of the conference is going to have their hands full………..Perhaps no team in college football was more disappointing than the USC Trojans. Almost every “big time” college football writer (as well as myself) had USC winning the PAC-12 and potentially making the BCS National Championship game. Oops! How a team that has the offensive talent that USC has can lose six games in a season is beyond me. It was definitely a bad year for the Trojans and a bad year for Matt Barkley who arguably cost himself millions by deciding to return to USC and watching his draft stock plummet all season long as he was exposed. Barkley was a top 5 draft pick before the season started. Now he’s going to be lucky if someone drafts him in the second-round………It seems that every year the Washington Huskies are predicted to do great things in the PAC-12 and it seems that every year people are left saying “Hmmm, maybe next year will be THE year?”. Steve Sarkisian has been under-whelming since arriving in Seattle four years ago and if his team doesn’t finally get over that hump, the guy will find himself unemployed this time next year. Huskies fans are getting impatient and are sick and tired of watching the Oregon Ducks beat them down year after year………..The California Golden Bears, Utah Utes, Washington State Cougars, and Colorado Buffaloes were all dumpster fires in the PAC-12 and will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. Man, adding Utah and Colorado to the conference was a real GREAT move.
BIG 12:
1. Kansas State Wildcats: 11-2 (8-1)
My Prediction: 7-5 (4-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Alamo Bowl vs. Utah
Actual Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon
2. Oklahoma Sooners: 10-3 (8-1)
My Prediction: 11-1 (8-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. North Carolina
Actual Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M
3. Texas Longhorns: 9-4 (5-4)
My Prediction: 11-1 (8-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama
Actual Bowl Game: Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon State
4. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 8-5 (5-4)
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. Florida
Actual Bowl Game: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Purdue
5. Baylor Bears: 8-5 (4-5)
My Prediction: 5-7 (2-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. UCLA
6. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 8-5 (4-5)
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: Meineke Bowl vs. Cincinnati
Actual Bowl Game: Meineke Bowl vs. Minnesota
7. TCU Horned Frogs: 7-6 (5-4)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. Stanford
Actual Bowl Game: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. Michigan State
8. West Virginia Mountaineers: 7-6 (4-5)
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. Michigan State
Actual Bowl Game: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse
9. Iowa State Cyclones: 6-7 (3-6)
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Liberty Bowl vs. Tulsa
10. Kansas Jayhawks: 1-11 (0-9)
My Prediction: 3-9 (0-9)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Geno Smith (WEST VIRGINIA)
2. Nick Florence (BAYLOR)
3. Seth Doege (TEXAS TECH)
4. Landry Jones (OKLAHOMA)
5. Collin Klein (KANSAS STATE)
Running Backs:
1. Joseph Randle (OKLAHOMA STATE)
2. John Hubert (KANSAS STATE)
3. James Sims (KANSAS)
4. Damien Williams (OKLAHOMA)
5. Glasco Martin (BAYLOR)
Wide Receivers:
1. Terrance Williams (BAYLOR)
2. Tavon Austin (WEST VIRGINIA)
3. Stedman Bailey (WEST VIRGINIA)
4. Darrin Moore (TEXAS TECH)
5. Eric Ward (TEXAS TECH)
Tight End:
1. Blake Jackson (OKLAHOMA STATE)
2. Jace Amaro (TEXAS TECH)
3. Ernst Brun (IOWA STATE)
4. Travis Tannahill (KANSAS STATE)
5. Jimmay Mundine (KANSAS)
Defensive Line:
1. Meshak Williams (KANSAS STATE)
2. Devonte Fields (TCU)
3. Alex Okafor (TEXAS)
4. Adam Davis (KANSAS STATE)
5. Kerry Hyder (TEXAS TECH)
Linebackers:
1. Terence Garvin (WEST VIRGINIA)
2. Josh Francis (WEST VIRGINIA)
3. Justin Tuggle (KANSAS STATE)
4. Bryce Hager (BAYLOR)
5. Eddie Lackey (BAYLOR)
Defensive Backs:
1. Jason Verrett (TCU)
2. Sam Carter (TCU)
3. Aaron Colvin (OKLAHOMA)
4. Javon Harris (OKLAHOMA)
5. Allen Chapman (KANSAS STATE)
BIG-12 Final Thoughts: The Kansas State Wildcats weren’t expected to do much this year. Most experts picked them to finish somewhere in the middle of the BIG-12, but it was pretty obvious that this team was better than everyone thought after beating Oklahoma on September 22nd and sending waves throughout the college football world. The Wildcats were even the #1 team in the country at some point and a lot of people had penciled them in as the 2012 BCS champions. They were close to achieving that title until late-season losses to Baylor and Oregon sent Bill Snyder and company back to the old drawing board. Coach Snyder isn’t getting any younger, and neither is this team. K-State will lose a bunch of seniors this year and early signs say that next year will be a reloading year for the Wildcats………At the beginning of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners were expected to contend for the National Championship. It’s a damn good thing that didn’t happen because the Sooners were quickly exposed as being a team that’s not very good. The Sooners lost a close game to Kansas State early in the season, but were blown out by Notre Dame and Texas A&M down the stretch. The BIG-12 and Oklahoma are perfect for each other as both are hugely overrated. Bob Stoops is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in college football, but people in Norman have to be growing tired of him getting beat in big games……….The Texas Longhorns are one of the most storied programs in college football, but they just haven’t been the same these last few years. They showed some steady improvement this last season, but they just couldn’t beat any of the top teams in the BIG-12. I know Mack Brown is a coaching legend, but I personally think it’s time for Texas to bring in a new stud coach who can get the big-time recruits the Longhorns are used to getting. The fact that the Oregon Ducks have been recruiting the state of Texas better than the Longhorns have really says a lot about where this program is heading……..I’ve never been sold on the Oklahoma State Cowboys being one of the top progams in college football. Even when the team finished 12-1 last year, I was never sold on them. They play GREAT offensive football, but there defense has always been piss poor. This year was more of the same. Beating a Division-II team like Savannah State 84-0 in week 1 is extremely impressive, but you kind of shrug it off after watching Oklahoma State let Oklahoma score 51 points, Baylor score 41 points, Kansas State score 44 points, Texas score 41 points, and Arizona score 59 points! Defense wins championships and that’s why Oklahoma State will never win a championship……….The Baylor Bears were supposed to be in a re-building year after losing arguably the best player the program has ever seen (Robert Griffin III). Looks like no one told that to Baylor. The Bears were having a remotely quiet year until they gave the Kansas State Wildcats their first loss of the season back on November 17th. Baylor ended up finishing 8-5 on the year and will likely be even better next year. Is there a new top dog in the BIG-12?………..A lot of people had the Texas Tech Red Raiders finishing in the middle of the pack of the BIG-12 and that’s exactly what they did. Like Dennis Green once said, “they are who we thought they were” and that statement applies directly to teams like Texas Tech……….The TCU Horned Frogs got off to a hot start this year after winning their first four games. Before their October 6th meeting with Iowa State, a lot of experts had TCU pegged as a dark horse in the BIG-12 race. Well, that all changed once TCU got upset by Iowa State and then ended up dropping half of their remaining games. This team will be better next year, which is bad news for the other teams in the BIG-12………..At the beginning of the season some ESPN experts had the West Virginia Mountaineers as dark horses to win the BCS National Championship. That’s the bonus of having someone like Geno Smith behind center for you. Unfortunately for West Virginia fans, the team underachieved this year and it looks like the transition from playing in the Big East to the BIG-12 was a little tougher than West Virginia fans had hoped for. Going into next year, maybe they will curb their expectations a little?………..The Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks were kind of hoping I would just pass them up and not mention their lack of success this season. You know what? That sounds good.
BIG 10:
1. Ohio State Buckeyes: 12-0 (8-0)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
2. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 10-4 (7-1)
My Prediction: 11-2 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. Florida State
Actual Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia
3. Northwestern Wildcats: 10-3 (5-3)
My Prediction: 5-7 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State
4. Penn State Nittany Lions: 8-4 (6-2)
My Prediction: 5-7 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
5. Michigan Wolverines: 8-5 (6-2)
My Prediction: 9-3 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee
Actual Bowl Game: Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina
6. Wisconsin Badgers: 8-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 12-1 (8-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
Actual Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. Stanford
7. Michigan State Spartans: 7-6 (3-5)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. West Virginia
Actual Bowl Game: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU
8. Purdue Boilermakers: 6-7 (3-5)
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State
Actual Bowl Game: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
9. Minnesota Golden Gophers: 6-7 (2-6)
My Prediction: 4-8 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Meineke Bowl vs. Texas Tech
10. Indiana Hoosiers: 4-8 (2-6)
My Prediction: 3-9 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
11. Iowa Hawkeyes: 4-8 (2-6)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Little Cesar’s Bowl vs. Ohio
Actual Bowl Game: None
12. Illinois Fighting Illini: 2-10 (0-8)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. South Carolina
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Matthew McGloin (PENN STATE)
2. Taylor Martinez (NEBRASKA)
3. Braxton Miller (OHIO STATE)
4. Cameron Coffman (INDIANA)
5. Andrew Maxwell (MICHIGAN STATE)
Running Backs:
1. Montee Ball (WISCONSIN)
2. Le’Veon Bell (MICHIGAN STATE)
3. Venric Mark (NORTHWESTERN)
4. Carlos Hyde (OHIO STATE)
5. Ameer Abdullah (NEBRASKA)
Wide Receivers:
1. Allen Robinson (PENN STATE)
2. Kenny Bell (NEBRASKA)
3. Cody Latimer (INDIANA)
4. Antavian Edison (PURDUE)
5. Jared Abbrederis (WISCONSIN)
Tight End:
1. Ted Bolser (INDIANA)
2. Dion Sims (MICHIGAN STATE)
3. Kyle Carter (PENN STATE)
4. CJ Fiedorowicz (IOWA)
5. Kyler Reed (NEBRASKA)
Defensive Line:
1. John Simon (OHIO STATE)
2. D.L. Wilhite (MINNESOTA)
3. Eric Martin (NEBRASKA)
4. Tyler Scott (NORTHWESTERN)
5. Kawann Short (PURDUE)
Linebackers:
1. Ryan Shazier (OHIO STATE)
2. Mike Hull (PENN STATE)
3. Chi Chi Ariguzo (NORTHWESTERN)
4. Chris Borland (WISCONSIN)
5. Michael Mauti (PENN STATE)
Defensive Backs:
1. Devin Smith (WISCONSIN)
2. Daimion Stafford (NEBRASKA)
3. Landon Feichter (PURDUE)
4. Johnny Adams (MICHIGAN STATE)
5. Josh Johnson (PURDUE)
BIG-10 Final Thoughts: How do you know when you have people working against you? When you are the Ohio State Buckeyes and you finish undefeated on the season the same year that you have a post-season ban that prevents you from playing for a National Championship. Not only that, but you are an undefeated team that finishes THIRD in the final polls, even behind a one-loss Oregon Ducks team. Do you ever think you’d see the day where a team coached by Urban Meyer was getting under-appreciated by the media? Fortunately for Buckeyes fans, the real fun starts next season and that’s when we’ll really get to see what Urban Meyer has up his sleeves and if he can turn OSU into a powerhouse once again………This was the Nebraska Cornhuskers second year in the BIG-10 and it looked like it would be a successful one, until the team got blown out by Wisconsin 31-70 in the BIG-10 title game. Seriously, how do you let Wisconsin score SEVENTY POINTS? The bad news for Nebraska is that they are going to lose a bunch of seniors from their defense next year. The good news for Nebraska is that the defense wasn’t very good in the first place and maybe the guys stepping in will be better than their counterparts. We’ll find out in 2013 which could be Bo Pelini’s last year if he can’t find a way to win the conference title………No one expected the Northwestern Wildcats to contend for the BIG-10 title this year, but they did. As a matter of fact, they were quietly one of the best teams in the BIG-10 all-year long and were one of only two BIG-10 teams that won their bowl game. Of course, it’s not hard to have a good year when you don’t play the toughest team in the conference at all (Ohio State). Don’t expect this from Northwestern every year……….Perhaps no team in the country was more surprising than the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having the WORST off-season in the program’s history and facing numerous NCAA sanctions, the Nittany Lions still managed to roll off eight wins. If it wasn’t for early-season losses to Ohio and Virginia (two teams that Penn State would have beat at the end of the year), Penn State would have been the talk of the college football world for good reason. Can this program maintain this level of consistency while dealing with NCAA sanctions still? Only time will tell……….The Michigan Wolverines regressed this season under Brady Hoke, but maybe finally getting rid of Denard Robinson at quarterback will give this team more chances to win in the coming years. Robinson is a talented football player, but he’s a horrible QB. Michigan did look good in a loss to a very talented South Carolina team in the Outback Bowl though and that has to get Wolverines fans a little excited heading into next year…………Unfortunately for the BIG-10, the Wisconsin Badgers represented the conference in the Rose Bowl and even though the Badgers played Stanford close, they still shouldn’t have been there. How a team that lost to Oregon State, Michigan State, and Penn State ended up playing in the Rose Bowl is beyond me (Wisconsin fans should send Ohio State and Penn State fans a “thank you” card). I actually whiffed pretty hard on Wisconsin as I had them finishing as one of the best teams in the country and they weren’t even close to that. OOPS! Lesson learned………….Speaking of a team that seriously underachieved this season, ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the Michigan State Spartans! After going 11-3 in 2011, Michigan State fans had high hopes for 2012. Unfortunately for them, losing a player like Kirk Cousins hurts more than you think. This team will be better next year, mark my words………..Teams like the Purdue Boilermakers, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Illinois Fighting Illini are all wondering how everything ended up so badly this year. It was definitely not a good year to be a university starting with the letter “I” in the BIG-10 conference in 2012.
ACC:
1. Florida State Seminoles: 12-2 (7-1)
My Prediction: 13-0 (9-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. Nebraska
Actual Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. Northern Illinois
2. Clemson Tigers: 11-2 (7-1)
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Chick-Fil-A Bowl vs. Georgia
Actual Bowl Game: Chick-Fil-A Bowl vs. LSU
3. North Carolina Tar Heels: 8-4 (5-3)
My Prediction: 11-2 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
4. Miami Hurricanes: 7-5 (5-3)
My Prediction: 2-10 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
5. Virginia Tech Hokies: 7-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. UCLA
Actual Bowl Game: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Rutgers
5. N.C. State Wolfpack: 7-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Independence Bowl vs. Air Force
Actual Bowl Game: Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt
7. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: 7-7 (5-3)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Notre Dame
Actual Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. USC
8. Duke Blue Devils: 6-7 (3-5)
My Prediction: 3-9 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Belk Bowl vs. Cincinnati
9. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 5-7 (3-5)
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
10. Maryland Terrapins: 4-8 (2-6)
My Prediction: 4-8 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
11. Virginia Cavaliers: 4-8 (2-6)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Music City Bowl vs. Missouri
Actual Bowl Game: None
12. Boston College Golden Eagles: 2-10 (1-7)
My Prediction: 5-7 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Tajh Boyd (CLEMSON)
2. Bryn Renner (NORTH CAROLINA)
3. EJ Manuel (FLORIDA STATE)
4. Mike Glennon (NC STATE)
5. Stephen Morris (MIAMI)
Running Backs:
1. Giovani Bernard (NORTH CAROLINA)
2. Andre Ellington (CLEMSON)
3. Duke Johnson (MIAMI)
4. Devonta Freeman (FLORIDA STATE)
5. Chris Thompson (FLORIDA STATE)
Wide Receivers:
1. DeAndre Hopkins (CLEMSON)
2. Alex Amidon (BOSTON COLLEGE)
3. Jamison Crowder (DUKE)
4. Conner Vernon (DUKE)
5. Stefon Diggs (MARYLAND)
Tight End:
1. Brandon Ford (CLEMSON)
2. Eric Ebron (NORTH CAROLINA)
3. Clive Walford (MIAMI)
4. Jake McGee (VIRGINIA)
5. Mario Carter (NC STATE)
Defensive Line:
1. Bjoern Werner (FLORIDA STATE)
2. Cornellius Carradine (FLORIDA STATE)
3. Vic Beasley (CLEMSON)
4. Joe Vellano (MARYLAND)
5. Zach Thompson (WAKE FOREST)
Linebackers:
1. Jeremiah Attaochu (GEORGIA TECH)
2. Kevin Reddick (NORTH CAROLINA)
3. Darin Drakeford (MARYLAND)
4. Bruce Taylor (VIRGINIA TECH)
5. Justin Jackson (WAKE FOREST)
Defensive Backs:
1. Ross Cockrell (DUKE)
2. David Amerson (NC STATE)
3. Tim Scott (NORTH CAROLINA)
4. Tre Boston (NORTH CAROLINA)
5. Juston Burris (NC STATE)
ACC Final Thoughts: The ACC is the one “big-time” college football conference that I just don’t think is very good. Outside of the Florida State Seminoles, I don’t think the ACC has a legitimate National Title contender (you could make an argument for Clemson though…). FSU had a very good year though and once again dominated the ACC. If it wasn’t for a close loss to N.C. State and a trip up against the Florida Gators late in the season, the Seminoles would have been playing for a National Title in Miami. Watch out for this team next year to as Jimbo Fisher has turned FSU into a powerhouse in the college football world once again………..The Clemson Tigers had a very solid year under quarterback Tajh Boyd and are early favorites in the ACC next year considering Boyd has decided to come back for his senior season. Clemson surprised the world when they defeated LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and if they can keep that momentum going into next year, Florida State won’t be the only National Title contender from the ACC heading into 2013. Ahhhh screw it. I’ll go ahead and pencil Clemson in as a dark horse to win the National Championship in 2013. If they play as well as they did this year, that shouldn’t surprise anyone……….The North Carolina Tar Heels had a pretty nice year, even though they had NCAA sanctions applied to them preventing them from playing in a bowl game. It seems like every year I pick North Carolina to be a dark horse in the ACC and every year they come out and turn out to be a middle of the road ACC team. I guess that’s what happens when you are a good football team who finds ways to lose to teams like Wake Forest and Duke every year. Let’s clean that shit up Tar Heels………The Miami Hurricanes used to be one of the biggest powerhouses in college football but they just haven’t been the same in years. The Hurricanes are facing some serious NCAA sanctions coming up and this year was likely the last year for them to make some noise in the ACC for quite some time. However, for a team that just went 7-5 ad has no true studs at any position, that feat was a little harder to muster up than most people think. Should we continue to bury the legacy of the once powerful Miami Hurricanes? I say continue shoveling the dirt because this program is as good as dead as a powerhouse in the eyes of many……….The Virginia Tech Hokies are another team that I pick to finish high every year and they continue to disappoint me. I believe I picked them to go undefeated in 2011 and they went 11-3. I picked them to go 9-3 this year and they finished 7-6. What’s my point? Whatever I pick Virginia Tech to finish at, give them about three to four more losses and you will be looking at a more realistic prediction………..I just never know what to make of the N.C. State Wolfpack and this year was no different. They managed to pull off an upset over the likes of Florida State, but then they come out and drop the ball against teams like Virginia and Miami. If N.C. State was ever going to make any noise in the ACC, it was this year when they had arguably the most talented QB in the conference in Mike Glennon. Now Glennon’s headed off to the NFL and N.C. State will likely remain as a middle of the road team in the ACC. Sometimes in life, you are who you are supposed to be and that defines the N.C. State program and mediocrity……..The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were lucky to even sneak into a bowl game, but they also were arguably the biggest surprises of the bowl season. No one gave Georgia Tech much of a chance against the USC Trojans in the Sun Bowl, but Georgia Tech came out and walloped USC. Can the Yellow Jackets carry that momentum into 2013? I doubt it, but it’ll be fun to watch……….The bottom feeders in the ACC were your usual teams like the Virginia Cavaliers, Maryland Terrapins, Boston College Golden Eagles, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and the Duke Blue Devils. However, Duke actually made a bowl game for the first time since 1994 and could potentially be a team on the rise in 2013.
BIG EAST:
1. Louisville Cardinals: 11-2 (5-2)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Pinstripe Bowl
Actual Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Florida
2. Cincinnati Bearcats: 10-3 (5-2)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Texas Tech
Actual Bowl Game: Belk Bowl vs. Duke
3. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 9-4 (5-2)
My Prediction: 8-4 (4-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Compass Bowl vs. Auburn
Actual Bowl Game: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
4. Syracuse Orange: 8-5 (5-2)
My Prediction: 2-10 (0-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Pinstripe Bowl vs. West Virginia
5. Pittsburgh Panthers: 6-7 (3-4)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Belk Bowl vs. BYU
Actual Bowl Game: Compass Bowl vs. Ole Miss
6. Connecticut Huskies: 5-7 (2-5)
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: Beef O’ Brady Bowl vs. East Carolina
Actual Bowl Game: None
7. Temple Owls: 4-7 (2-5)
My Prediction: 2-9 (1-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
8. South Florida Bulls: 3-9 (1-6)
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Teddy Bridgewater (LOUISVILLE)
2. Tino Sunseri (PITT)
3. Ryan Nassib (SYRACUSE)
4. Gary Nova (RUTGERS)
5. BJ Daniels (USF)
Running Backs:
1. George Winn (CINCINNATI)
2. Montel Harris (TEMPLE)
3. Ray Graham (PITT)
4. Senorise Perry (LOUISVILLE)
5. Jawan Jamison (RUTGERS)
Wide Receivers:
1. Alec Lemon (SYRACUSE)
2. Mike Shanahan (PITT)
3. Brandon Coleman (RUTGERS)
4. DeVante Parker (LOUISVILLE)
5. Marcus Sales (SYRACUSE)
Tight End:
1. Travis Kelce (CINCINNATI)
2. Ryan Griffin (UCONN)
3. Beckett Wales (SYRACUSE)
4. Ryan Hubbell (LOUISVILLE)
5. John Delahunt (UCONN)
Defensive Line:
1. Trevardo Williams (UCONN)
2. Brandon Sharpe (SYRACUSE)
3. Dan Giordano (CINCINNATI)
4. Aaron Donald (PITT)
5. Walter Stewart (CINCINNATI)
Linebackers:
1. Sio Moore (UCONN)
2. Khaseem Greene (RUTGERS)
3. Yawin Smallwood (UCONN)
4. Cameron Lynch (SYRACUSE)
5. Devekeyan Lattimore (USF)
Defensive Backs:
1. Jason Hendricks (PITT)
2. Camerron Cheatham (CINCINNATI)
3. Logan Ryan (RUTGERS)
4. Brandon Jones (RUTGERS)
5. Dwayne Gratz (UCONN)
BIG EAST Final Thoughts: There wasn’t a conference I predicted worse than the Big East. The fact that the team I picked to win the league actually finished dead last in the league is proof enough of that. I’ll admit that I didn’t give enough credit to the Louisville Cardinals and they ended up making me pay for that one. Outside of losses to Syracuse and UCONN, Louisville was easily the best team in the Big East all season long and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater makes them an early season favorite to make plenty of noise next year as well. The Big East is a horrible conference and Louisville is definitely a big fish in a small pond right now. Expect this team to be even better next year……….The Cincinnati Bearcats finished right about where I thought they would finish. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is heading into Bearcat country next year and something tells me that Tubbs could be the coach to finally take the Bearcats over that hump. Tuberville is losing a bunch of guys on defense, but I’m betting he has no problem re-loading quickly………A lot of people didn’t know what to expect from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights after the team lost it’s coach to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. Well, could anyone even tell Greg Schiano was even gone this year? The Scarlet Knights came out and once again had a typical Rutgers season that ended with a close bowl game loss to Virginia Tech. Can Rutgers continue to win under new head coach Kyle Flood? We’ll see……….Perhaps no team in the country was more surprising than the Syracuse Orange. It was just a few years ago that Syracuse was easily one of the WORST teams in college football and now look what has happened. Did anyone ever think an NFL team like the Buffalo Bills would look at SYRACUSE to get their next head coach? Well, that happened. Doug Marrone turned the Syracuse program around and now he’s headed to the NFL to try and do the same thing to the Bills. Can the Orange maintain their winning ways with Marrone bolting out of town? It’s going to be tough……….Speaking of tough, 2012 was definitely a tough year for teams like the Pittsburgh Panthers, the UConn Huskies, the Temple Owls, and the USF Bulls as all teams failed to make any sort of noise this year. I still can’t believe how bad I whiffed on the USF Bulls. Seriously.
MOUNTAIN WEST:
1. Boise State Broncos: 11-2 (7-1)
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Poinsettia Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech
Actual Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Washington
2. Fresno State Bulldogs: 9-4 (7-1)
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Tulsa
Actual Bowl Game: Hawaii Bowl vs. SMU
3. San Diego State Aztecs: 9-4 (7-1)
My Prediction: 7-5 (4-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: TicketCity Bowl vs. Marshall
Actual Bowl Game: Poinsettia Bowl vs. BYU
4. Nevada Wolfpack: 7-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 10-2 (8-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Cal
Actual Bowl Game: New Mexico Bowl vs. Arizona
5. Air Force Falcons: 6-7 (5-3)
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Independence Bowl vs. N.C. State
Actual Bowl Game: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Rice
6. Wyoming Cowboys: 4-8 (3-5)
My Prediction: 7-5 (4-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: New Mexico Bowl vs. Washington
Actual Bowl Game: None
7. Colorado State Rams: 4-8 (3-5)
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
8. New Mexico Lobos: 4-9 (1-7)
My Prediction: 3-10 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
9. Hawaii Warriors: 3-9 (1-7)
My Prediction: 4-8 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
10. UNLV Rebels: 2-11 (2-6)
My Prediction: 3-10 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Derek Carr (FRESNO STATE)
2. Brett Smith (WYOMING)
3. Cody Fajardo (NEVADA)
4. Joe Southwick (BOISE STATE)
5. Nick Sherry (UNLV)
Running Backs:
1. Stefphon Jefferson (NEVADA)
2. Kasey Carrier (NEW MEXICO)
3. Adam Muema (SAN DIEGO STATE)
4. Robbie Rouse (FRESNO STATE)
5. DJ Harper (BOISE STATE)
Wide Receivers:
1. Davante Adams (FRESNO STATE)
2. Isaiah Burse (FRESNO STATE)
3. Brandon Wimberly (NEVADA)
4. Devante Davis (UNLV)
5. Matt Miller (BOISE STATE)
Tight End:
1. Zach Sudfeld (NEVADA)
2. Gavin Escobar (SAN DIEGO STATE)
3. Marcel Jensen (FRESNO STATE)
4. Kivon Cartwright (COLORADO STATE)
5. Holden Huff (BOISE STATE)
Defensive Line:
1. Demarcus Lawrence (BOISE STATE)
2. Brock Hekking (NEVADA)
3. Andy Jennings (FRESNO STATE)
4. Tavita Woodard (HAWAII)
5. Jacori Greer (NEW MEXICO)
Linebackers:
1. Derek Largent (SAN DIEGO STATE)
2. Cory James (COLORADO STATE)
3. Jake Fely (SAN DIEGO STATE)
4. Tristan Okpalaugo (FRESNO STATE)
5. Alex Means (AIR FORCE)
Defensive Backs:
1. Phillip Thomas (FRESNO STATE)
2. Derron Smith (FRESNO STATE)
3. Jamar Taylor (BOISE STATE)
4. Eric Pinkins (SAN DIEGO STATE)
5. Sean Alston (FRESNO STATE)
CONFERENCE USA:
1. Tulsa Golden Hurricane: 11-3 (7-1)
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Fresno State
Actual Bowl Game: Liberty Bowl vs. Iowa State
2. UCF Knights: 10-4 (7-1)
My Prediction: 9-4 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Beef O’Brady Bowl vs. Ball State
3. East Carolina Pirates: 8-5 (7-1)
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: Beef O’Brady Bowl vs. UCONN
Actual Bowl Game: New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
4. SMU Mustangs: 7-6 (5-3)
My Prediction: 8-4 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: New Orleans Bowl vs. Troy
Actual Bowl Game: Hawaii Bowl vs. Fresno State
5. Rice Owls: 7-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force
6. Marshall Thundering Herd: 5-7 (4-4)
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: TicketCity Bowl vs. San Diego State
Actual Bowl Game: None
7. Houston Cougars: 5-7 (4-4)
My Prediction: 11-2 (8-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Liberty Bowl vs. Arkansas
Actual Bowl Game: None
8. Memphis Tigers: 4-8 (4-4)
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
9. UAB Blazers: 3-9 (2-6)
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
9. UTEP Miners: 3-9 (2-6)
My Prediction: 3-9 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
11. Tulane Green Wave: 2-10 (2-6)
My Prediction: 4-8 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
12. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles: 0-12 (0-8)
My Prediction: 8-4 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Hawaii Bowl vs. Arkansas State
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Rakeem Cato (MARSHALL)
2. Blake Bortles (UCF)
3. Shane Carden (EAST CAROLINA)
4. Ryan Griffin (TULANE)
5. Cody Green (TULSA)
Running Backs:
1. Latavius Murray (UCF)
2. Zach Line (SMU)
3. Darrin Reaves (UAB)
4. Vintavious Cooper (ECU)
5. Alex Singleton (TULSA)
Wide Receivers:
1. Justin Hardy (ECU)
2. Tommy Shuler (MARSHALL)
3. Ryan Grant (TULANE)
4. Keyarris Garrett (TULSA)
5. Antavious Wilson (MARSHALL)
Tight End:
1. Gator Hoskins (MARSHALL)
2. Kennard Backman (UAB)
3. Eric Frohnapfel (MARSHALL)
4. Craig Wenrick (UTEP)
5. Luke Wilson (RICE)
Defensive Line:
1. Jared St. John (TULSA)
2. Jamie Collins (SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI)
3. Troy Davis (UCF)
4. Margus Hunt (SMU)
5. Cory Dorris (TULSA)
Linebackers:
1. Phillip Steward (HOUSTON)
2. DeAundre Brown (TULSA)
3. Derrell Johnson (ECU)
4. Taylor Reed (SMU)
5. Ja’Gared Davis (SMU)
Defensive Backs:
1. D.J. Hayden (HOUSTON)
2. Zachary McMillian (HOUSTON)
3. Lorenzo Doss (TULANE)
4. AJ Bouye (UCF)
5. Ryan Travis (TULANE)
INDEPENDENTS:
1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 12-1
My Prediction: 7-5
Predicted Bowl Game: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Georgia Tech
Actual Bowl Game: BCS National Championship vs. Alabama
2. BYU Cougars: 8-5
My Prediction: 8-4
Predicted Bowl Game: Belk Bowl vs. Pittsburgh
Actual Bowl Game: Poinsetta Bowl vs. San Diego State
3. Navy Midshipmen: 8-5
My Prediction: 5-7
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Hunger Bowl vs. Arizona State
4. Army Black Knights: 2-10 (2-6)
My Prediction: 5-7
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Everett Golson (NOTRE DAME)
2. Riley Nelson (BYU)
3. Keenan Reynolds (NAVY)
4. James Lark (BYU)
5. Taysom Hill (BYU)
Running Backs:
1. Jamaal Williams (BYU)
2. Raymond Maples (ARMY)
3. Theo Riddick (NOTRE DAME)
4. Larry Dixon (ARMY)
5. Noah Copeland (NAVY)
Wide Receivers:
1. Cody Hoffman (BYU)
2. TJ Jones (NOTRE DAME)
3. Ross Apo (BYU)
4. Brandon Turner (NAVY)
5. JD Falslev (BYU)
Tight End:
1. Tyler Eifert (NOTRE DAME)
2. Kaneakua Friel (BYU)
3. Devin Mahina (BYU)
4. Richard Wilson (BYU)
5. Troy Niklas (NOTRE DAME)
Defensive Line:
1. Stephon Tuitt (NOTRE DAME)
2. Kapron Lewis-Moore (NOTRE DAME)
3. Bronson Kaufusi (BYU)
4. Wes Henderson (NAVY)
5. Eathyn Manumaleuna (BYU)
Linebackers:
1. Manti Te’o (NOTRE DAME)
2. Kyle Van Noy (BYU)
3. Prince Shembo (NOTRE DAME)
4. Keegan Wetzel (NAVY)
5. Nate Combs (ARMY)
Defensive Backs:
1. Bennett Jackson (NOTRE DAME)
2. Daniel Sorensen (BYU)
3. Parrish Gaines (NAVY)
4. KeiVarae Russell (NOTRE DAME)
5. Robbie Buckner (BYU)
MAC:
1. Northern Illinois Huskies: 12-2 (8-0)
My Prediction: 9-3 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: Military Bowl vs. Navy
Actual Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. Florida State
2. Kent State Golden Flashes: 11-3 (8-0)
My Prediction: 4-8 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Arkansas State
3. Ball State Cardinals: 9-4 (6-2)
My Prediction: 1-11 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Beef O’Brady Bowl vs. UCF
4. Toledo Rockets: 9-4 (6-2)
My Prediction: 7-5 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Utah State
Actual Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Utah State
5. Ohio Bobcats: 9-4 (4-4)
My Prediction: 9-4 (7-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Little Cesar’s Bowl vs. Iowa
Actual Bowl Game: Independence Bowl vs. Louisiana-Monroe
6. Bowling Green Falcons: 8-5 (6-2)
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Military Bowl vs. San Jose State
7. Central Michigan Chippewas: 7-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 5-7 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Little Cesar’s Bowl vs. Western Kentucky
8. Buffalo Bulls: 4-8 (3-5)
My Prediction: 2-10 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
9. Miami (OH) Redhawks: 4-8 (3-5)
My Prediction: 8-4 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
10. Western Michigan Broncos: 4-8 (2-6)
My Prediction: 10-3 (9-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Florida International
Actual Bowl Game: None
11. Eastern Michigan Eagles: 2-10 (1-7)
My Prediction: 4-8 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
12. Massachusetts Minutemen: 1-11 (1-7)
My Prediction: 0-12 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
13. Akron Zips: 1-11 (0-8)
My Prediction: 2-10 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Jordan Lynch (NORTHERN ILLINOIS)
2. Zac Dysert (MIAMI, OH)
3. Dalton Williams (AKRON)
4. Keith Wenning (BALL STATE)
5. Ryan Radcliff (CENTRAL MICHIGAN)
Running Backs:
1. Zurlon Tipton (CENTRAL MICHIGAN)
2. Dri Archer (KENT STATE)
3. Beau Blankenship (OHIO)
4. David Fluellen (TOLEDO)
5. Jahwan Edwards (BALL STATE)
Wide Receivers:
1. Martel Moore (NORTHERN ILLINOIS)
2. Willie Snead (BALL STATE)
3. Alex Neutz (BUFFALO)
4. Bernard Reedy (TOLEDO)
5. Nick Harwell (MIAMI, OH)
Tight End:
1. Zane Fakes (BALL STATE)
2. Garrett Hoskins (EASTERN MICHIGAN)
3. Rob Blanchflower (UMASS)
4. Blake Hammond (WESTERN MICHIGAN)
5. Alex Bayer (BOWLING GREEN)
Defensive Line:
1. Chris Jones (BOWLING GREEN)
2. Sean Progar (NORTHERN ILLINOIS)
3. Alan Baxter (NORTHERN ILLINOIS)
4. Jonathan Newsome (BALL STATE)
5. Colby Way (BUFFALO)
Linebackers:
1. Khalil Mack (BUFFALO)
2. Gabe Martin (BOWLING GREEN)
3. Desmond Bozeman (WESTERN MICHIGAN)
4. Luke Batton (KENT STATE)
5. Dan Molls (TOLEDO)
Defensive Backs:
1. Jahleel Addae (CENTRAL MICHIGAN)
2. Luke Wollet (KENT STATE)
3. Pat Hinkel (MIAMI, OH)
4. Darius Polk (KENT STATE)
5. Jermaine Robinson (TOLEDO)
WAC:
1. Utah State Aggies: 11-2 (6-0)
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Toledo
Actual Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Toledo
2. San Jose State Spartans: 11-2 (5-1)
My Prediction: 5-7 (4-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Military Bowl vs. Bowling Green
3. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 9-3 (4-2)
My Prediction: 7-5 (6-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: Poinsetta Bowl vs. Boise State
Actual Bowl Game: None
4. UTSA Roadrunners: 8-4 (3-3)
My Prediction: 6-6 (1-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
5. Texas State Bobcats: 4-8 (2-4)
My Prediction: 1-11 (0-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
6. Idaho Vandals: 1-11 (1-5)
My Prediction: 5-7 (4-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
7. New Mexico State Aggies: 1-11 (0-6)
My Prediction: 3-9 (2-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Colby Cameron (LOUISIANA TECH)
2. David Fales (SAN JOSE STATE)
3. Chuckie Keeton (UTAH STATE)
4. Eric Soza (TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO)
5. Andrew Manley (NEW MEXICO STATE)
Running Backs:
1. Kenneth Dixon (LOUISIANA TECH)
2. Kerwynn Williams (UTAH STATE)
3. De’Leon Eskridge (SAN JOSE STATE)
4. Marcus Curry (TEXAS STATE)
5. Ray Holley (LOUISIANA TECH)
Wide Receivers:
1. Quinton Patton (LOUISIANA TECH)
2. Austin Franklin (NEW MEXICO STATE)
3. Noel Grigsby (SAN JOSE STATE)
4. Chandler Jones (SAN JOSE STATE)
5. Myles White (LOUISIANA TECH)
Tight End:
1. Ryan Otten (SAN JOSE STATE)
2. Kellen Bartlett (UTAH STATE)
3. Chase Harper (TEXAS STATE)
4. Cole Hubble (TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO)
5. Trevor Walls (NEW MEXICO STATE)
Defensive Line:
1. Travis Johnson (SAN JOSE STATE)
2. Travis Raciti (SAN JOSE STATE)
3. Anthony Larceval (SAN JOSE STATE)
4. BJ Larsen (UTAH STATE)
5. IK Enemkpali (LOUISIANA TECH)
Linebackers:
1. Bojay Filimoeatu (UTAH STATE)
2. Kyler Fackrell (UTAH STATE)
3. Joplo Bartu (TEXAS STATE)
4. Zach Vigil (UTAH STATE)
5. Steven Kurfehs (TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO)
Defensive Backs:
1. Bene Benwikere (SAN JOSE STATE)
2. Will Davis (UTAH STATE)
3. Triston Wade (TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO)
4. Darryl Morris (TEXAS STATE)
5. Erik Brown (TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO)
SUNBELT:
1. Arkansas State Red Wolves: 10-3 (7-1)
My Prediction: 8-4 (6-2)
Predicted Bowl Game: Hawaii Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi
Actual Bowl Game: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Kent State
2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns: 9-4 (6-2)
My Prediction: 6-6 (5-3)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: New Orleans Bowl vs. East Carolina
3. ULM Warhawks: 8-5 (6-2)
My Prediction: 4-8 (4-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Independence Bowl vs. Ohio
4. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: 8-4 (6-2)
My Prediction: 4-8 (3-5)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
5. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: 7-6 (4-4)
My Prediction: 5-7 (4-4)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: Little Cesar’s Bowl vs. Central Michigan
6. Troy Trojans: 5-7 (3-5)
My Prediction: 9-3 (8-0)
Predicted Bowl Game: New Orleans Bowl vs. SMU
Actual Bowl Game: None
7. North Texas Mean Green: 4-8 (3-5)
My Prediction: 3-9 (2-6)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
8. Florida International Golden Panthers: 3-9 (2-6)
My Prediction: 8-4 (7-1)
Predicted Bowl Game: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Western Michigan
Actual Bowl Game: None
9. Florida Atlantic Owls: 3-9 (2-6)
My Prediction: 2-10 (1-7)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
10. South Alabama Jaguars: 2-11 (1-7)
My Prediction: 1-12 (0-8)
Predicted Bowl Game: None
Actual Bowl Game: None
CONFERENCE MVP’s:
Quarterbacks:
1. Ryan Aplin (ARKANSAS STATE)
2. Kolton Browning (LOUISIANA-MONROE)
3. Graham Wilbert (FLORIDA ATLANTIC)
4. Terrance Broadway (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
5. Corey Robinson (TROY)
Running Backs:
1. Antonio Andrews (WESTERN KENTUCKY)
2. David Oku (ARKANSAS STATE)
3. Shawn Southward (TROY)
4. Alonzo Harris (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
5. Benny Cunningham (MIDDLE TENNESSEE)
Wide Receivers:
1. Brent Leonard (LOUISIANA-MONROE)
2. Chip Reeves (TROY)
3. Anthony Amos (MIDDLE TENNESSEE)
4. William Dukes (FLORIDA ATLANTIC)
5. JD McKissic (ARKANSAS STATE)
Tight End:
1. Jack Doyle (WESTERN KENTUCKY)
2. Nexon Dorvilus (FLORIDA ATLANTIC)
3. Greg Hollinger (SOUTH ALABAMA)
4. Wes Saxton (SOUTH ALABAMA)
5. Jacob Maxwell (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
Defensive Line:
1. Quanterus Smith (WESTERN KENTUCKY)
2. Emeka Onyenekwu (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
3. Christian Ringo (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
4. Tourek Williams (FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL)
5. Alex Page (SOUTH ALABAMA)
Linebackers:
1. DaCorris Ford (LOUISIANA-MONROE)
2. Pat Moore (SOUTH ALABAMA)
3. Nathan Herrold (ARKANSAS STATE)
4. Leighton Gasque (MIDDLE TENNESSEE)
5. Justin Anderson (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
Defensive Backs:
1. Jonathan Dowling (WESTERN KENTUCKY)
2. Kevin Byard (MIDDLE TENNESSEE)
3. Rodney Gillis (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE)
4. Brynden Trawick (TROY)
5. Isaiah Newsome (LOUISIANA-MONROE)
And there we go! It’s been a terrific season this year in college football (minus one missed field goal that cost the Oregon Ducks a shot at playing for the BCS title of course) and I was more than happy to both preview the season and finish it off with this wrap-up for the millions and millions of readers here at the MAN-CAVE! I’ll see you guys again in a few weeks when I return with what should be a ridiciously huge column about the upcoming NFL Draft (where the Kansas City Chiefs have the first overall pick for the first time franchise history!).
Until we meet again, stay classy San Diego.
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