Pre-Load of the NCAAF Season
With the NCAA College Football kicking off its regular season a quick look at some of the top contenders in the biggest leagues will give a run down of whom to watch in the upcoming bid for the BCS Bowl and National Champions Title. A quick run down of the AP and USA Today polls shows the expected teams at the top: Alabama, Ohio, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. However, on any given Saturday we know all the pre-season polls go out the window and the grit and iron in the blood of the players reveal themselves. Who are you watching in the upcoming season?
The Tigers are coming off an impressive season and are nationally ranked in the top 25 again in back to back seasons, 2012-2013 which has not happened since 1996-1997 seasons. Last year saw an impressive 11 game win season matching the 1948 and 1982 season teams. Beating LSU in the end of the year bowl game proved what they, themselves were saying, they are a great team. Last season did not provide enough marquee opportunities to prove themselves BCS Champion contenders, this year could change that. Running the gauntlet of Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina will prove if they are worthy of a BCS title shot and the ACC bowl looks to be almost acclaimed, as long as they can get past South Carolina.
Brady Hoke is the man that has changed the fortunes of Michigan after a couple of dismal years. Even garnering a 500 season his first year and last year he turned that into an 11 game winning season, impressive after only 2 seasons at the helm. The real problem with this team is its ability to conduct a high-powered offense. That and the fact it’s a very young team. It seems like the BCS Championship is out of reach if only slightly so, if they have a dream season. Yet a Big Ten Championship is not out of the question with a team that probably has the most complete package in that league, if they can put it altogether. Perfect season for the BCS bid? Naw!
The Longhorns possibly have the most complete and overwhelming package of players on its roster besides the top 5 in this year’s poll heading into the season. As always in Texas the mentality of ‘what have you done for me lately’ weighs heavy on this team and coaching staff. The Big 12 should be a cake walk for this team and a lead into the BCS Championship is not off the table. If a team with this amount of talent, experience and coaching staff cannot put together a solid run at the title, well let’s just say the pressure is one in Texas for a big season.
College Football unlike any other college sport takes a nation to the edge of its seat every single year. Friday night Lights and any given Saturday have true meaning in the quest for the BCS National Championship and if any teams excepting those in the top 5 have a chance it is Texas, Clemson and maybe even Michigan.