1. Will Alabama Repeat? - If Alabama can stay healthy, get past early foes Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, (Ole Miss scares me a little as well) they could cruise into the National Championship game undefeated. To ask the Tide to win their fourth title in five years is a tall order, but you can never count a Nick Saban coached team out of raising yet another crystal ball. Roll Tide my friends, Roll Tide.
2. Johnny Football – In an off-season of turmoil, and autograph sessions, Johnny Football staggered in the public eye. All reports from Aggie land say he (or the whole team) isn’t affected by the self-inflicted trials that swirl around him. I don’t buy it. If none of these problems affect the 12th man, then someone better check them for a pulse. The truth is A&M will suffer a little on the field for the off the field tactics of their star quarterback. They also will have deal with having a target on their backs this year, as fellow SEC teams are sure to throw weekly haymakers at them all season long. (They have had a year to watch Johnny Paycheck’s tapes so don’t look for him to put up quite the same numbers this year.) (Also, they lost their star offensive tackle and Alabama is looking for revenge, Ouch.)
3. Texas thrives or Mack Brown dies- Texas is poised to be a top ten team in 2013. If they can get David Ash to play consistently, and have their defense play actual defense, they should win eleven games, and earn their spot back among the elite of college football. If this isn’t the case then Mack Brown might be fired, David Ash might be labeled a bust, and we might find Manny Diaz at the Austin shelter. (Okay, the last one probably won’t happen, but you never know. If Texas loses to Texas Tech, people might just snap.)
4. Texas Tech continues to lose- Good feelings are like Kliff Kingsbury, they’re nice at first, but they don’t last once reality sets in. People in Lubbock are so excited to have their favored son return to school to coach the Red Raiders, but in all honesty, good feelings aside, does anyone really think Tech is going to win a national championship under his guidance? (If you do, are you a realistic person? Should you have medication administered to you?)
5. LSU is LSWHO? - Who is LSU these days? They have a decent QB, but with a backpack full of stars exiting Baton Rouge early for the NFL, LSU is looking at losing three to four games (Maybe more) just inside the SEC. (By the way, Can someone please tell Les Miles to stop clapping his hands like Gumby?)
6. Auburn Tigers- Are they still paying, I mean, playing football?
7. Lou Holtz- Is this the year Lou Holtz finally admits to the world that he would rather marry the University of Notre Dame than continue on with his wife?
8. The Louisville Cardinals Grandiosity- They have the easiest schedule in one of the easiest conferences this country has ever seen. Their big games are at Lee Port High School, and Davis County Jr. High. (Not really, but might as well be) Word on the street is Louisville wanted to play Alabama, and are in the illusion that they are going to win the National Championship, but in all reality they’re biting off a wee bit more than they can chew. (I know, I know, they beat Florida, but it was one game, so let’s get serious and not get to hyped up, even if they did put a “no guns allowed” sign in front of their locker room.) Besides, if one of your “huge” games is Kentucky, and you think you’re a “dominating” program, you’re definitely suffering from dementia that’s fabricated from a grandiose mind.
9. Show Me The Money- As the hot August days roll on people are more and more stirring the “Let’s pay the players” pot. I know that a lot of guys and gals think this is a great idea, but in my opinion it will ruin the very things we love about college football, including that the players are playing to represent their respective schools, while not being paid to do it. Going to college is a privilege, and playing college football is a privilege on top of a privilege. So why should certain athletes get a free full ride in school and a paycheck on top of that? If that’s the case, then if we pay the football players to play, we should pay the chess team as well. “But the NCAA makes so much money off of their poor souls!” Yes, the NCAA does make a lot of money off of them, but they benefit from the NCAA as well. Should the NCAA, who does most of the grunt work for these athletes, not receive any benefits for doing it? (P.S. – Does anyone really want a guy like Aaron Hernandez to have 300,000 dollars worth of endorsements at 19 years of age?)
10. You ruined NCAA Football- I grew up playing NCAA football, and now a few elect college football players have ruined my cherished childhood game. (Okay, that’s a little too Mr. Rogers, but I really did enjoy playing it!) The truth is NCAA football is about to be extinct because they (The NCAA) can’t afford to pay the athletes to be on it. What in the world is going on here? Why would these guys bite the NCAA hand that feeds them? If it weren’t for the NCAA they wouldn’t be playing college football, as it is, in the first place. They benefit from the NCAA because they get exposure on television, and the ability to appear on a video game, free of charge. (How cool is that?) Now these guys want the NCAA to pay them for their likeness and image on the video game? They want to be financially compensated for playing football on television to? Yes and yes. The result being that there’s no more NCAA football video game, only Madden. And by the way guys please stop with the morality crap. We all know you’re not “protecting college athletes from being exploited.” It’s your money, and you want it now, even if it costs the rest of us the video game we O’ so loved to play. So what’s next? You want the NCAA to pay for your retirement as well? Wake up America!
In closing, I’m interested in the 2013 season because things are constantly shifting and changing, but Kansas is still the same…….awful.