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Spring 2008 Top 10
Joined: 27 Aug 2007
Topic: Spring 2008 Top 10
Posted: 07 Apr 2008 at 2:36pm
With spring practice in session, it is as good of a time as any to look at my take on next year's top 10 teams, with some other predicitons thrown into the fold as well.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno are the stars of this year's team, but they will have a tough road ahead of them. With non-conference games at Arizona State and at home against Central Michigan and Georgia Tech and road games at LSU and Auburn, they will have to play flawlessly to finish the season with a perfect record. If Stafford and Moreno stay healthy, they will have a legit shot at the national championship.
2.) Ohio State:
Linebacker James Laurinaitis returns to lead a stingy defense while running back Chris Wells is a potential Heisman candidate. Their schedule is manageable, but a visit to Los Angeles to take on the mighty Trojans on Sept. 13 will be their biggest bump in the road on their way to a third straight national championship appearance, but they get Purdue, Penn State and Michigan at home.
They don't have a starting quarterback yet, but the job will go to either Mark Sanchez, who filled in at times for John David Booty at times last season, or the highly touted recruit from Arkansas, Mich Mustain. USC shouldn't have trouble succeeding either way due to their abundance of talent at all positions and their workable road schedule.
They return their starting quarterback and running back in Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray but losing juniors Malcom Kelly, Curtis Lofton and Kenny Smith to the pros could prove costly. They have a favorable schedule which could propel them to the national championship in Miami.
They return Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his favorite target at receiver Percy Harvin and they look to USC transfer Emmanuel Moody to help create a more consistent running game. Their schedule will be tough, but everyone else in the SEC will have the same issue. Their defense was young and had its issues last season, but they should fare better in 2008 with a year of experience under their belts.
Quarterback Colt McCoy struggled at times in 2007 and could have his issues again this season due to the early departure of running back Jamaal Charles to the draft. The Longhorn faithful hope that former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp can help them return to the promise land.
They will have a hard time emerging as Big 12 champs with Oklahoma and Texas both poised to make national title runs, but they return starting quarterback Chase Daniel and 11 starters on defense. The Big 12 will be deep this year, but the Tigers lucked-out in that they do not have to face Oklahoma, Texas Tech or Texas A&M.
Their offense has the weapons to be the best in the ACC this season and we will see if the Tigers' 15 returning starters can finally help Tommy Bowden capture the conference title.
9.) Arizona State
Quarterback Rudy Carpenter returns to help lead the Sun Devils to a shot at the Pac-10 crown. A non-conference matchup against Georgia and road tests against Cal and USC could prove costly. If they can make it through those tough matchups unscathed, they could be looking at a shot at the national championship.
The Badgers will have to replace their starting quarterback for the second time in as many seasons, but their extreme depth at running back could put the Badgers in position to make a run at a BCS bowl. They must shore up some concerns on defense before they make any reservations for January.
ACC: Clemson has the best shot, but Florida State and Virginia Tech will be breathing down their necks.
Big East: West Virginia lost their head coach and some key weapons on offense, but the return of Steve Slaton and Noel Devine should help them return to the BCS.
Big 12: This is a tough conference to predict, but Oklahoma has the talent and depth to emerge victorious.
Big Ten: Wisconsin will beat Ohio State at home on Oct. 4 on their way to their first Big Ten title since 1999.
Pac-10: USC has to find themselves a quarterback, but they should win the conference whether it's Mark Sanchez or Mitch Mustain.
SEC: The SEC is always the toughest conference to predict given its amount of depth and talent, but Georgia has the tools to win it all.
Heisman Hopefuls: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida; Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech; Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri; Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia; Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State; Pat White, QB, West Virginia.
Joined: 04 May 2001
|Quote Reply Posted: 09 Apr 2008 at 8:29am|
UCLA should be # 1....
Ok maybe not :)
Joined: 04 Nov 2008
|Quote Reply Posted: 14 Nov 2008 at 2:13pm|
Interesting how things change.
Joined: 22 Aug 2013
|Quote Reply Posted: 11 Oct 2013 at 8:12pm|
This is awesome to read 5 years later!!