No matter what the outcome was Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game, the SEC was going to have one of its members win the title for sixth straight year.
Unless you root for a team in the SEC, then you are ready for someone else from a different conference to hoist the AFCA National Championship Trophy. Monday night’s game featured two teams from the SEC, and after that unentertaining game, most college football fans are ready for the next champion to come from a different conference.
* – Matt Barkley and Lane Kiffin photo credit: via Neon Tommy
Matt Barkley’s decision to stay in school makes USC the favorites to run the table in the PAC 12 and prime candidates to play in the BCS National Championship Game. They have 16 returning starters coming back next season and a home game against Oregon, which sets up nicely for the Trojans to go undefeated.
They are losing LaMichael James, but RBs Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas will be just as productive, and the Ducks should be just as dominant on offense as they have been in recent years. Oregon plays a lot of home games early and should be undefeated on November 3 when they head to Los Angeles to play USC. If they can win that game against USC, the Ducks will have a very good chance of heading to the national championship game.
When Landry Jones decided to stay in school, it made the Sooners become the favorites to win the new look Big 12. They return a lot of starters next season and if they can avoid a typical upset loss then they could easily find themselves undefeated at the end of the season.
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
The Seminoles did not live up to expectations in 2011 but did show glimpses of the superior team that they could be. They have a lot of young talent coming back, and right now on paper they might have one of the best defenses in college football. Being in the ACC is a huge luxury for the Seminoles because the conference is not strong and they could very easily be undefeated next season.
The Big Ten is wide open next season and the Wolverines will be returning the conference’s most athletic player in Denard Robinson. They were better than most people thought they were going to be in 2011, and if they can build off that, then they will tough to beat.