With the college football season just a month away, I believe it is time for some football discussion. Most pre-season polls I have seen have My Sooners, Miami, and Ohio State in the top three and not necessarily in that order. Kansas State and Auburn are usually ranked in the next couple of slots.
I'm going to give what insight I have on the top three with some predictions on the upcoming season.
My Sooners: OU is predited to have one of the top offensive lines and top defenses in the nation. Both are vital to winning championships. Some questions still remain at quarterback and replacing Quentin Griffin will be tough.
Predictions: If OU is as good as they are predicted to be they should win conference and the national title. They will, however, need someone on both sides of the ball to stand up and be a leader on the field. This is something they didn't have last year and it showed in both of their losses.
Miami: Those bastards will have a great defense once again. They will also have a good offense as well. It will be interesting to see how Brock Berlin can do in the replacement of Ken Dorsey. Dorsey was the backbone of the offense and a leader for the team in general.
Predictions: Miami has a bitch of a non-conference schedule. It will be tough to beat Florida State, Tennessee, and Florida, especially with Florida and Tennessee improving from last year. With this being said, I see Miami losing probably one game going into the BCS. It would not surprise me at all if they played OU at the Sugar Bowl for the title. OU and Miami have teased a match-up since 2000.
Ohio State: They lost several key defensive players, but also return many from last year. The offense also returns most of their starters from last year. Krenzel, at least offensively was the most important person to return. His leadership and guts got the Buckeyes out of many a jam last year.
Predictions: This is tough because of the way Ohio State played last year. There were a handfull of games that they won off of a great defensive play, a questionable call from the refs, or a miracle catch. With the loss of several key defensive players I see Ohio State stumbling at least once during the year, maybe even twice. I just see some of the breaks the got last year not going their way this year. At least, the odds are that they won't catch every break as they did last year. Plus, the Buckeyes have to make a trip to the Big House this year.
Again, this is just one college football fans opinion. I think with OU's defense improving they will be able to carry the Sooners in some close games, like the Ohio St. defense did last year. Feel free to talk smack and/or give your own opinions. Maybe this thread will bring out Mufasa and JC#10 from hiding.
Dustin (Boomer f'n Sooner)