First true freshman Heisman winner, other bold predictions for 2014
AUG 26, 2014 1:00p ET
For the past few years we've done our Bold Predictions list, and it's that time again.
Hopefully, at least two or three of these will come true.
1. Fournette wins Heisman
We will be talking about how LSU's freshman crop may be the best class in the past decade and the gem of it all, RB Leonard Fournette, will become the first true freshman to win the Heisman.
2. The “fun fact” you’ll be completely tired of
The "fun fact" that Miami's true freshman starting QB Brad Kaaya's mom was Felisha in the movie Friday (as in bye, Felisha) will become the most over-told factoid of the 2014 season like oft-told stories of the Texas connection that Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley were in fact roommates, that Kliff Kingsbury kinda looks like the guy from “The Notebook” or that AJ McCarron had a telegenic girlfriend. Kaaya's accuracy and poise -- a combination no UM QB has had in a decade plus -- will prove to be a Godsend for Al Golden as Miami avenges last year's bowl blowout loss against Louisville.
3. Two Oregon QBs will get first-round love (kinda)
Charlie Weis will be the first head coach from a Power 5 conference to be fired this year. After going 1-17 in Big 12 play in his first two years at Kansas, the 58-year-old comes into this season already on thin ice. Won't help that his team lost its top two running backs to season-ending injuries or that word is he's falling asleep in team meetings.
6. Driskel saves Muschamp
Florida QB Jeff Driskel will be the most improved player in the country. He will get Will Muschamp off the hot seat and propel new OC Kurt Roper to a head coaching job of his own.
7. Baylor makes Norman history
Baylor's never won at Oklahoma, but that will change this year. Baylor football had never accomplished a lot of things till Art Briles showed up. The Bears, behind star QB Bryce Petty, will win in Norman and go to the College Football Playoff.
8. A sleeper coaching commodity
Louisiana-Lafayette Mark Hudspeth will emerge as one of the hottest commodities in college coaching and it'll have nothing to do with the fact that he can bench press more than like 95 percent of his players. Well, almost nothing. The 45-year-old Hudspeth, 99-33 all-time as a head coach, has 18 returning starters and has a good shot to knock off Ole Miss or Boise State even though both games are on the road.
9. Perfect won’t be enough
My new colleague Clay Travis will alienate fans beyond just the SEC and Big Ten footprints. You're on deck, Pac-12 folks. Your QBs don't impress him. And Oregon would be only the 17th-best team in the SEC?
Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FOX Sports 1. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB.