Eight weeks ago, a bunch of us Bloguin writers got together and discussed how we thought the college football season was going to turn out. Well some of us were right, some of us were wrong, and some of us jumped into on coming traffic. So the football gods have given us another chance to revisit those picks and make changes if we want. I for one will take this opportunity and I hope you enjoy as well. Without further ado, here is our Midseason Report on College Football
1. Prediction to win each BCS Conference
ACC - Pick: Florida State Revised Pick: Florida State
My pick is looking good so far this year and I’ll stick with the Noles. The surprise has been their amazing run game and dominating defense. Now UNC, my pick to win the Coastal Division, probably won’t go to Charlotte, but whatever team it is (GT, VT, or Miami) doesn’t look like a good match up for FSU.
Big East - Pick: Pittsburgh Revised Pick: West Virginia
Well since there are only eight teams in this conference, the first half of the year has been mainly OOC games, but they have told a lot about how the Big East will shape up. Pitt is just flat this year and has not gotten their ground game going. But West Virginia has looked the most impressive and consistent so far, especially with Smith and Devine in that spread offense. So right now its theirs to lose.
Big Ten - Pick: Iowa Revised Pick: Iowa
With Ohio State losing last week, there is a possibility of a log jam at the top of the conference. But I still think Iowa has the most favorable Big Ten schedule left so I'm sticking with them.
Big XII - Preseason: Oklahoma Revised Pick: Oklahoma
I had Oklahoma as one of my picks for the national championship, and they are still undefeated. But a few other teams have stepped up their play as well, most notably my North pick Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. It should be an interesting race, but OU just has a knack for pulling of wins, so I’ll stick with them.
Conference USA - Pick: Houston Revised Pick: UCF
Well so much for Case Keenum, at least they have his backup Cotton Turner. What? He’s gone too? In the same game? Geez. Even though the Cougs are still undefeated, I’m going to pick Central Florida, because they have a very wide open offense and the 4th highest scoring defense in the nation.
Mid American - Pick: Temple Revised Pick: Northern Illinois
Temple has done very well this year. They went into Happy Valley and gave Penn State everything they wanted. But after watching Northern Illinois two weeks ago against the Owls, I like the Huskies defense, and I don’t believe that anyone in the MAC can match up with them on that side of the ball.
Mountain West - Pick: TCU Revised Pick: TCU
I was dead on with this prediction, except for the part about “the Utah game they should win with ease”. TCU will win, but not with ease.
Pac 10 - Pick: Oregon Revised Pick: Oregon
I’m not giving up this pick for anything. And as for Oregon and Oregon State playing for the title at the end, I thing we have already seen to two best teams play when Stanford came up to Eugene.
SEC - Pick: Alabama Revised Pick: LSU
Well, so much for my National Championship pick. It will take a small miracle to even get out of the West with LSU and Auburn both without a loss yet in conference. And since the East is pretty weak outside of South Carolina, I’m going to take the Tigers from here on out. They have a great defensive team, and if the O can get clicking here shortly, they will be a tough team to beat.
Sun Belt - Pick: MTSU Revised Pick: Troy
Still don’t care about this conference, but since MTSU’s best weapon has been out for a while and they have dropped a game already in conference to my other pick, Troy, I’m taking the Trojans.
WAC - Pick: Boise State Revised Pick: Boise State
Nothing will stop the Broncos this year but the Broncos. I hate to see them start slipping down the polls for winning, but that is the crux of the college landscape right now. As far as their conference, they have to go to ranked Nevada later this year, but it should be more of the same for Boise State
2. Prediction to win the Heisman, including dark horse.
Winner: Pick - Terrelle Pryor, OSU Revised Pick - Cameron Newton, Auburn
He is now the #1 player on a undefeated SEC team, and he has been the Tigers complete offense, both running and throwing. He will not be going to NYC with Ingram, Locker, or Dalton, but he will be going with Moore along with Robinson from Michigan, James from Oregon, and Pryor. If they keep winning, which is very possible at this stage, he should win in a rout.
Dark Horse: Pick - Gabbert, Missouri and Lewis, Pittsburgh Revised Pick: Gabbert, Missouri
Whiffed on Lewis, but Gabbert has been good for an undefeated Tigers team. It will take a huge effort from him here on out, and possibly for the Tigers to win the Big XII for him to go to the Downtown Athletic Club, but if all that happens, then he should get some votes.
3. BCS Champion - Pick: Alabama over Oklahoma Revised Pick: Oregon over Boise State
Like I have stated before, Alabama has a long road ahead just to get out of the SEC, so I don’t see them with one loss going to the NC. The Sooners are still on track, but they look a little vulnerable to all the good teams in the Big XII. But, Oregon is putting up some huge numbers and, so far, nobody has slowed them down. On the other side, Boise State crashing the BCS would be a great case for a playoff system. A rematch of last years slugfest (literally) would be great TV, for the west coast.