Pick the Season – College Football Predictions with Pete Fiutak

Pick the Season – College Football Predictions with Pete Fiutak

Pete Fiutak – College Football News

Q: Make a call … 

A: Who will win the …

ACC – Miami 

It’s going to be a dogfight down to the finish with North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech all in the Coastal mix, and Florida State and Boston College battling it out in the Atlantic. The Canes will come out as the survivor to finally win the ACC title.

Big 12 – Oklahoma

Much will be made about the Texas-Nebraska battle in Lincoln, but it’ll be the Sooners that find their way to Tempe by beating the Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry and the Big Red in the Big 12 Championship. However, OU will lose at Texas A&M and will be just flaky enough to lose at Missouri to miss out on a national title shot.

Big East – Pitt

It’ll come down to the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia, and finally, FINALLY under Dave Wannstedt, the program will come up with a really big win at the right time (at least one that benefits the Panthers, unlike the 2007 win over the Mountaineers).

Big Ten – Ohio State

The Buckeyes will lose at Wisconsin but will beat Iowa in Iowa City. However, the Badgers will blow it somewhere along the way either at Michigan or at Iowa, while OSU will run the table the rest of the way.

Pac 10 – USC

USC’s problem isn’t talent (at least not yet), it’s motivation, and Lane and company will do a great job of selling the team on the idea that winning the Pac 10 title is everything. Bowl schmowl; screwing up the league with a championship will be just as sweet.

SEC – Georgia

I’m going all in on the Bulldogs. I’m not sold that Bama can repeat with so many huge changes on the defensive side, while the Dawgs have the right schedule and the right season to get back to the title game. However, two conference losses will mean the SEC is left out of the national championship since Vince Young led Texas to the 2005 title over USC.

Heisman – Case Keenum, QB Houston

Mark Ingram won’t have the stats, but he could be more valuable than last year. Terrelle Pryor will come close to winning, but he won’t be the only reason Ohio State is great. Keenum didn’t get a sniff of the Heisman last year, but his stats will be out of this world as he blows the NCAA record book out of the water as the greatest college passer (at least statistically) of all-time.

National Championship – Ohio State over TCU 

The one-loss Buckeyes will get by the unbeaten Horned Frogs, and everyone will still wish the Big Ten champion could get a shot at the SEC champion. In an alternate universe, where I actually have a pair, I pick Georgia over Nebraska (with the Huskers beating the Sooners in the Big 12 title game).

The Biggest Disappointment Will Be … North Carolina.
The NCAA will kill the fun. If everyone was on the field at the same time, the UNC defense would be one of the greats of all-time, but I can’t help but think that all the agent and academic issues are going to be a wee bit of a distraction.

The Biggest Surprise Will Be …
Everyone is talking Alabama and Florida, but the Dawgs will keep on winning (and doing it ugly) on their way to a huge season. Aaron Murray will be just fine.

The Ten BCS Teams Will Be …
BCS Championship – Ohio State vs. TCU

Rose – Iowa vs. Oregon State
Don’t forget, if the Big Ten champion is in the title game, an eligible non-BCS team gets in here. If it’s Ohio State in the title game (or Iowa, or Wisconsin), and TCU or Boise State are eligible (but don’t go to the national title game), the Rose Bowl will look different than expected.

Fiesta – Oklahoma vs. Alabama
This will be the one everyone wants to watch. Would you be upset in any way if this was the BCS Championship matchup and not for the Fiesta?

Sugar – Georgia vs. Pitt
Dan Marino will connect with John Brown on a miraculous last second bomb to deny Herschel Walker and the Dawgs a huge bowl win.

Orange – Miami vs. Nebraska
Even though the Huskers will lose the Big 12 title game, the fans will throw oranges on the field as a nod to the old Big 8 days.