2009 College Football Predictions

Two items from this column (via The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) caught my attention. First up is the prediction that the SEC will not capture the BCS title this year.

The SEC’s run of three consecutive BCS titles will end.

Rationale: Said another way, Florida won’t repeat. Not because the Gators aren’t very good. But even very good teams need good fortune to win it all. It’s a hunch the Gators won’t get those breaks. And if Florida doesn’t win it all, who from the SEC will? Not Mississippi (good but overrated), not LSU (not that good and overrated), not Georgia (underrated but not good enough) and not Alabama (a couple of recruiting classes away).

I think this is very valid. This may be the year that the Big 12 (Texas or Oklahoma), USC, or God forbid Ohio St. jumps back into the top spot.

Next was this bit about the Bumble Bees of Georgia Tech …

Georgia Tech, ranked 15th in the preseason Associated Press poll, will not finish in the Top 25.

Rationale: The Yellow Jackets slipped to 22nd in the final AP poll last year after that thorough butt-whipping by LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Five of their nine wins last year came by four or fewer points. Simply put, they overachieved last year and still almost fell from the rankings. Vanderbilt replaces Gardner-Webb on the non-conference schedule. (What, was LaGrange College booked up?) Tech’s winning streak against Georgia will end at one

Let’s hope that the Ramblin’ Wreck falls from grace. No matter what happens to the Dawgs this year, they have to end Tech’s winning streak at one.


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