The South will be decided between three teams: USC, Arizona State and Utah. Since USC will be unable to participate in a championship game, that opens the door for Arizona State or Utah (in their first year) to take a trip to Oregon.
- Oklahoma St.
- Texas A&M
- Kansas State
- Texas Tech
- Idaho State
The bottom half of the Big XII features most of the familiar faces that have been stuck down there for the last few years (minus Colorado). Kansas State should come out on the top of that half, with Baylor and Texas Tech having a good chance to sneak into that #6 spot.
|Auburn RB Michael Dyer will have to carry his team in the West division|
- South Carolina
The East and West divisions of the SEC are two very different halves. You can expect the team to come from the West to be playing for a spot in the National Championship game, while the East school will have a 8-4 record and will be playing for bragging rights.
Alabama is the king of the SEC this year but the West will look to stop that. Alabama will have 4 difficult games against the Western teams (Auburn will play hard against them). LSU or Arkansas have the chance to win the West if they can take out Alabama.
The East will be decided between Georgia and South Carolina. I gave South Carolina the repeat since I'm not sure what to make of that Georgia team. If Georgia is as advertised they will have a legitimate chance to upset South Carolina's conference championship bid.
- Florida State
- Boston College
- North Carolina State
- Wake Forest
- Virginia Tech
- Georgia Tech
- North Carolina
The ACC has two clear front runners for the conference championship game now that Miami and North Carolina are in the NCAA crosshairs. With those two out of the way the Coastal division belongs to Virginia Tech, even without Tyrod Taylor.
The Big Ten may be the strongest conference top to bottom this year (though they certainly don't have the strongest division names). With Ohio State down, the Leaders division will be up for Wisconsin or Penn State to grab. I expect Wisconsin to be playing for a second Rose Bowl appearance.
The Legends side will be dominated by the newcomer Nebraska while Micigan State, Michigan and Iowa try to keep up.
The championship game will be a good battle of the old vs. the new, with Nebraska making a big statement in their first year in the Big Ten.
There are my conference predictions! What do you think? Did I do a terrible job?