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The ACC Coastal is one of the toughest divisions to project in 2013. Miami is considered a slight favorite by most, but Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and North Carolina aren’t far behind.

The Hurricanes are still searching for their first trip to the conference title game and haven’t recorded a season of double-digit wins since posting 11 victories in 2003.

Coach Al Golden seems to have Miami back on the right track, and the Hurricanes return 12 starters from last year’s 7-5 team. The cloud from the ongoing NCAA investigation still hangs over the program, but Miami should have a resolution on its penalties before kickoff on Aug. 30 against FAU.

There’s no question Miami’s offense should score plenty of points, but the defense is a major concern after allowing 30.5 points a game in 2012.

What will Miami's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Miami's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
Lassan
John
Cassillo
Braden
Gall
Mark
Ross
Ryan
Tice
David
Fox
8/30 FAU
9/7 Florida
9/21 Savannah State
9/28 at USF
10/5 Georgia Tech
10/17 at North Carolina
10/26 Wake Forest
11/2 at Florida State
11/9 Virginia Tech
11/16 at Duke
11/23 Virginia
11/29 at Pittsburgh
Final Projection9-310-29-39-310-210-2

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
The ACC Coastal is one of the most wide-open leagues in college football this season. Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia Tech all have a strong case to be picked as the preseason favorite, and three of those teams (Miami, North Carolina and Georgia Tech) all tied for the top spot at 5-3 in conference play last year. The Hurricanes are still searching for their first ACC Coastal title, but there’s plenty of reasons to like this team in 2013. Assuming there’s a seamless transition to new coordinator James Coley, the offense should rank among the best in the ACC. Running back Duke Johnson has a standout line leading the way, while quarterback Stephen Morris should build off a solid 2012 campaign (3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns). Miami’s defense is in need of major repair after allowing 486.4 yards per game last year. However, this unit should get a boost with another set of offseason practices to develop some of the younger players like safety Deon Bush and linebacker Alex Figueroa. The schedule is manageable, as Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech visit Sun Life Stadium, and the Hurricanes play at North Carolina on 11 days of rest. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a tie atop the Coastal, but I’m taking Miami to represent the division in the conference championship game.

John Cassillo, (@JohnCassillo), Atlantic Coast Convos
Miami's schedule gives us ample opportunity to figure out who they are early on. The Hurricanes' matchups against Florida and Georgia Tech in their first five games should be the barometer. Beat Florida, we're looking at a top-10 squad. Lose to the Gators and beat Georgia Tech, maybe they're just another eight-win team. Obviously, Duke Johnson and Stephen Morris will lead this group, but it'll come down to whether the defense can improve from last year. If they don't, it could serve as their downfall once again, despite what should be an even better offense.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
I’m probably wildly optimistic about my projections on Miami’s season, mainly because in our previous game-by-game picks to pick the Canes to upset Florida and Florida State. Those are bold projections, particularly if Florida State’s Jameis Winston becomes a superstar and Miami’s defense shows little improvement from last season. That’s why I’ve picked Georgia Tech and North Carolina to defeat Miami this season. Few other teams on its schedule are as certain on offense as those two. Georgia Tech’s option is always trouble, and North Carolina has skill position talent that’s been in Larry Fedora’s system for a season.

Ryan Tice (@RyanTice), TheWolfpacker.com

Miami, which boasts 19 returning starters including 10 on offense, is looking for defensive improvements this year. However, they might be able to outscore the majority of their opponents regardless, thanks to the return of quarterback Stephen Morris, running back Duke Johnson, a solid wide receiving corps led by Phillip Dorsett and an experienced group up front. The schedule is also favorable with two of the three toss-up games — Florida, Florida State and Virginia Tech — on the slate coming at home. It’s possible they could even go 0-3 in that trio of games and still represent the wide-open Coastal Division in the ACC Championship game, as long as they take care of business the other nine weeks. The two most important games in the division race will be vs. Virginia Tech and at North Carolina. The ceiling for this season is extremely high in Coral Gables, which is probably why the Canes self-imposed sanctions and sat out last postseason for the second-straight year despite a possible trip to the ACC Championship contest on the line when the decision was made.

 

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
There are a lot of reasons to be pessimistic about the Miami Hurricanes. This is a deep and competitive division, Miami is dealing with severe off-the-field turmoil, the defense was horrendous last year and the team is still very young. However, there is much to like about this team as well. Al Golden might be the best coach in the conference, all those young underclassmen are one year older and the despite being very competitive, the Coastal Division is very winnable. With Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech both coming to South Florida and Clemson noticeably absent from the schedule, the Canes are the pick to win the division and have an outside chance at 10 wins. Keep in mind, had this team played four easy non-conference games last year instead of Notre Dame and Kansas State on the road, it would have won nine games.

Mark Ross

Miami has re-entered the ACC championship discussion, although the NCAA could pull the rug out from under its feet before the season starts. Until then, however, the Hurricanes have to at least be considered a potential title contender with all-purpose dynamo Duke Johnson leading what could be an explosive offense. The 'Canes' success will likely come down to how much improvement a young defense, one that finished near the bottom of the national rankings in the main defensive categories last season, shows. The defense will be what holds Miami back from beating either Florida or Florida State and it also will cost them at least one ACC game. To that end, the key conference swing games to watch are on the road against North Carolina and Pittsburgh, along with home dates with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Even then, there is more than enough talent on both sides of the ball for Al Golden's team to contend for supremacy in the ACC Coastal division and its first trip to the conference championship game.

 

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Oregon has been a model of consistency in the Pac-12 recently, winning 10 or more games in each of the last five years. The Ducks have been on the doorstep of playing for a national title and they finished last season with a 12-1 mark, with the only defeat coming to Stanford in mid-November.

Chip Kelly left for the NFL, and the keys to one of the nation’s top programs was handed to assistant Mark Helfrich. Oregon has had success by promoting from within, but there’s a lot of pressure for Helfrich to keep the program at the top of the Pac-12.

Even though 2013 will be a year of training for Helfrich, the Ducks are still in great shape to compete for a national title. 16 starters are back, including sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De’Anthony Thomas. The defense ranked third in the Pac-12 in points allowed and should boast one of the nation’s top defensive backfields with the return of junior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

The schedule is manageable, but road dates against Washington and Stanford could decide whether or not Oregon plays for the national title in 2013.
 

What will Oregon's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 
 

Oregon's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
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Braden
Gall
Mark
Ross
David
Fox
8/31 Nicholls State
9/7 at Virginia
9/14 Tennessee
9/28 California
10/5 at Colorado
10/12 at Washington
10/19 Washington State
10/26 UCLA
11/7 at Stanford
11/16 Utah
11/23 at Arizona
11/29 Oregon State
Final Projection11-111-112-011-1

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Mark Helfrich is stepping into one of the best situations for a first-year coach in 2013. Oregon suffered a few key personnel departures (Kenjon Barner, Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso), but the Ducks are still one of the top-five national title contenders. Expect to see a few tweaks on offense, as Oregon may look to throw more with quarterback Marcus Mariota and a solid group of receivers returning. The defense will need some time to jell, but there’s not an offense that should threaten this team until Oct. 12 at Washington. And even though the front seven will have four new starters, the replacements have played plenty of snaps over the last few years. Coaching transition is never easy, and there may be a few bumps in the road for Oregon in 2013. However, the Ducks should win 10 or 11 games in the regular season this year, with the only loss coming at Stanford in early November. Even if Oregon loses to the Cardinal, I still expect the Ducks to be playing in a BCS bowl in January.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Oregon could easily produce another one-loss, top-five season despite the loss of prolific head coach Chip Kelly. And just like last year, that one loss will come to Stanford and once again cost the Ducks in a big way. With one slip-up, this team will not only miss out on a BCS National Championship berth but also a Pac-12 title. In fact, this team could be a top-five team nationally and not even win the division — just like a year ago. The Oregon offense could be the most dangerous in school history and the best in the nation, but the defense will take a major step back. With teams like Oregon State and Washington improving around them, in particular on defense, the Ducks will again barely miss out on the national title.

Mark Ross

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's the theme for Oregon's 2013 season, as Mark Helfrich replaces Chip Kelly as the head Duck and the team keeps on churning out wins, not to mention a bunch of yards and points. Helfrich's flock shouldn't break much of a sweat until the second week of October in Seattle against Washington, and even then I think the Ducks have too much firepower for the Huskies to match. No, Oregon's season will more than likely again come down to its matchup with Stanford. Even though this one takes place on The Farm, I think quarterback Marcus Mariota, running back De'Anthony Thomas and company learned their lesson from last season's heart-breaking 17-14 overtime loss at home to the Cardinal. This time the Ducks take care of business against their Pac-12 North rival and ride the momentum to an unbeaten regular season and potential BCS title game shot.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)

Yeah, yeah. I know it’s boring to pick Oregon to go 11-1 with one loss on the road against its best opponent. Road trips to rivals Washington and Oregon State will be difficult, but the Ducks haven’t had trouble with them in the last three seasons. The coaching change is a question mark, but we’re still talking about a dominant team. Oregon was one of only two teams to defeat its home and road opponents each by at least three touchdowns (the other was Alabama). That doesn’t go away over night.

 

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Catching up from a busy weekend around the college football world. 


Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)


College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Monday, July 29th
 

Saturday Down South looks at five scheme changes to watch in the SEC this year.

All signs point to Michael Dyer landing at Louisville this year.

Chris Williams of Cyclone Fanatic projects Iowa State's record for 2013.

Lost Lettermen looks at players with famous fathers in college football this year.

A good read from WVUPressbox.com on Dana Holgorsen: Is he building a foundation or a golden parachute?

Can Jeremy Johnson or Nick Marshall push Kiehl Frazier or Jonathan Wallace for the starting quarterback job at Auburn?

Here are five keys to West Virginia's season.

Where does Barry Sanders fit into Stanford's running back rotation? 

Florida should have one of the best defensive backfields in college football this year. Here's a breakdown of how the Gators will look in the secondary.

Texas A&M has announced a timeline on the renovations to Kyle Field.


Anthon Samuel talks about his decision to leave Bowling Green for FIU.

Syracuse needs to find a few more playmakers at receiver this fall.

Who will start at nose tackle for Georgia this year?


Temple has picked up a Maryland transfer that’s eligible to play this year.

Here are five key questions surrounding Minnesota in 2013.

Current California coach Sonny Dykes is reaching out to the man he replaced - Jeff Tedford.


Ira Schoffel has an excellent Q & A with ACC commissioner John Swofford about Florida State athletics. 

Former Oklahoma State defensive end Naim Mustafaa is planning on attending Hawaii.

Saturday Blitz ranks Conference USA’s coaches for 2013.

 

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With games against Arkansas and Kansas State to open the 2013 season (and an excellent coach on the sidelines in Mark Hudspeth), UL Lafayette has a chance at a couple of high-profile upsets. And it certainly won’t hurt the Ragin’ Cajuns cause that the team unveiled some impressive uniforms for this year.

These photo tweeted by Eric Narcisse (@TDANarcisse) showcase UL Lafayette’s new uniforms, which feature white, black and red fleur-de-lis helmets, along with the traditional stacked Ragin’ Cajuns look.

Overall, this is a strong group of uniforms for UL Lafayette. Maybe the best-dressed team in the Sun Belt?





 

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It’s a never-ending arms race in the SEC and for the rest of college football. With the television dollars flowing into each program, athletic facilities are getting facelifts, especially as teams try to keep up on the recruiting trail.

Arkansas recently opened the Fred W. Smith Football Center, and the new photos and video coming out of Fayetteville are impressive.

Here’s a short video tour of the new facility, which should be one of the best in the SEC this season:

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South Carolina, Ole Miss and now Auburn. Chrome helmet concepts have made the internet rounds over the last couple of weeks for the Gamecocks and Rebels, and one for the Tigers popped up over the weekend.

It’s uncertain if this helmet will ever see the field for Auburn, but you have to admit, it’s a pretty cool concept. Chrome schemes seem to be one of the newest and hottest trends when it comes to helmets, so expect to see more of these designs over the next few years.

Should Auburn wear this helmet in 2013?

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been in and out of the spotlight most of the offseason, and the sophomore quarterback was back in college football's TMZ news edition over the weekend.

As this video below shows, Manziel was tossed from a Texas frat party - I mean, it’s no surprise the Longhorns don’t want an Aggie on campus, right?

Before the Heisman Trophy winner was escorted from the party, he has beer cans tossed in his direction, as well as a few choice words. (Wouldn't it be awesome if we could settle the Longhorns-Aggies rivalry on the field again?)

Much has been made of Manziel’s offseason, but what happens in July means nothing for the upcoming college football season. The sophomore should still be one of the top players in college football this year, and all of his offseason travels and tweets will be forgotten once the season starts in August.

Note: Video contains some graphic language.
 

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Urban MeyerWith the one-year bowl ban completed, Ohio State is loaded for a run at the national championship in 2013.

Despite having nothing to play for except pride last year, the Buckeyes went 12-0 in coach Urban Meyer’s first season, which included a win over Michigan and a 63-38 thrashing of Nebraska.

Ohio State is considered the biggest threat to the SEC’s national title streak in 2013, with the Buckeyes ranking No. 2 in Athlon’s projected final 125. Quarterback Braxton Miller is one of the top Heisman contenders, and his supporting cast should be better than it was last year.

If there’s a concern for Ohio State, it’s a defense that returns only four starters. The line was hit hard by departures, and cornerback Bradley Roby’s status is uncertain after an off-the-field incident in July.

The schedule is very manageable, but can the Buckeyes finish two straight seasons without a loss?

What will Ohio State's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Ohio State's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
Lassan
Brent
Yarina
Braden
Gall
David
Fox
Kevin
McGuire
Mark
Ross
Kevin
Noon
8/31 Buffalo
9/7 San Diego State
9/14 at California
9/21 Florida A&M
9/28 Wisconsin
10/5 at Northwestern
10/19 Iowa
10/26 Penn State
11/2 at Purdue
11/16 at Illinois
11/23 Indiana
11/30 at Michigan
Final Projection12-012-011-111-112-012-012-0


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Finishing another regular season with an unbeaten record is going to be a tough assignment for Ohio State. However, I think the pieces are in place for the Buckeyes to run the table, especially with a favorable schedule. Keeping quarterback Braxton Miller is the top priority for coach Urban Meyer, but the junior signal-caller should have more help this year. The offensive line should be the best in the Big Ten, the receivers are deeper and improved and with or without Carlos Hyde, there's a solid stable of running backs. The defense still needs some work, as the line is littered with inexperience. There’s no question Ohio State has talent on defense, but it may take a few games for this unit to perform at a high level. If there’s a positive about the rebuilding effort on defense, it’s a favorable schedule that should give this unit plenty of time to get everything sorted out. Road games at Northwestern and Michigan, and the home Sept. 28 date against Wisconsin will be the toughest challenges for Ohio State. However, I think Meyer and his staff find a way to navigate the regular season with an unbeaten record once again, giving the Buckeyes a shot at Alabama in the national championship.

Brent Yarina, Big Ten Network, (@BTNBrentYarina)
Ohio State is a popular preseason pick to make the BCS title game, and for good reason. There are three overwhelming reasons, to be exact: 1.) Urban Meyer; 2.) Braxton Miller; and 3.) a favorable schedule. And all three are equally important to Ohio State’s 2013 fate. Pretty much, all the elements seem to be in place for a very special season in Columbus, Ohio. Now, it’s all about the Buckeyes staying healthy and winning 13 games – including the Big Ten title game – all of which they’ll likely be favored to win. Not the easiest task, of course, but, remember, Ohio State has a two-time national championship coach and a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback to help it navigate its manageable slate. 

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
I don't know for certain if it will be Northwestern, but I don't think Ohio State will run the table this fall. I think they lose one game along the way as the defensive line isn't going to be undefeated season-good just yet. This is an elite team that is the clearcut frontrunner — and my pick — to win the Big Ten, but to reach the BCS National Championship game as a non-SEC team, a perfect record is a must. With the margin for error virtually paper thin, I don't see Ohio State going 13-0. This team is the most talented in the league, has a Heisman Trophy candidate under center and a two-time national title winning head coach roaming the sidelines - but it will slip-up one time in 2013.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
On paper, Ohio State may have the best odds to go undefeated of any team in the country other than Louisville. Its toughest nonconference trip is to rebuilding Cal, and the Big Ten schedule, for the most part, is manageable. The toughest spot may be Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Badgers will be the first real test, and Northwestern will give Ohio State’s defense fits in Evanston. Don’t forget: Ohio State’s defense did not have a great October last season against Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue and Penn State. Ohio State won all four, of course, and I’ve picked the Buckeyes to do the same here with its first two Big Ten games. When it comes down to it, I’ve picked Michigan with homefield advantage and Heisman darkhorse Devin Gardner to spoil Ohio State’s title hopes.

Kevin McGuire (@KevinonCFB), No2MinuteWarning.com and NittanyLionsDen.com
You don't have to over-think it when it comes to Ohio State this season. The Buckeyes went undefeated by finding every way needed to win last season, using defense one week and offense another. Whatever the situation was for Ohio State in 2012, they responded in spite of not being eligible for any postseason scenarios. You can credit a terrific coaching staff for much of that, but having a quarterback worthy of Heisman consideration in 2013 surely helps. Braxton Miller enters a junior season already with basically two years of starting experience behind him, and he could be better in 2013. One look at the schedule and it is easy for me to call Ohio State the favorite in every game in front of them, including the season finale at Michigan. There are two road games I think will test Ohio State, at California and Northwestern, but ultimately I think Ohio State has enough talent and drive to return home with victories to help them make a run for another undefeated regular season.

Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon), BuckeyeGrove.com
Even with the recent offseason turmoil the Buckeyes still have a schedule that is more than manageable and the right pieces to get through the season unscathed. With apologies to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Michigan the biggest foe the Buckeyes will have to face this year will be themselves. Will a combination of being told that "you are expected to win" along with the threat of any further off-the-field issues submarine Ohio State's plans to Pasadena? I don't believe that will be the case with Urban Meyer as the master motivator and a 3rd-year Braxton Miller at the helm of the ship. Ohio State needs to find some leadership however on-the-field, and in a hurry. This season won't be the cakewalk that some in scarlet and gray glasses are calling for but the Buckeyes will be left standing with zero losses at the end of November.

Mark Ross
I am very leery when it comes to predicting a team will go undefeated, but in Ohio State's case I'll make an exception. Recent turmoil aside, the Buckeyes are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, starting with quarterback Braxton Miller, and have had a year to get acclimated to Urban Meyer's spread offense. And don't forget this team went undefeated last season when they really had nothing to play for. This season won't be a cakewalk by any means, but when the toughest road game on the slate is in Ann Arbor to finish the regular season, it's hard for me to say where, if at all, these Buckeyes will slip up. Michigan will certainly be a tough test, especially in the Big House, but I'll take Meyer and company to find a way to come out with the win, especially if they are undefeated (and completely healthy) leading up to this one.

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Whether you hate or love the BCS, the bowl season is exciting time for college football fans. Although some believe there are too many bowl games, it's one last chance to see teams before the long offseason sets in. And considering how long the offseason is, maybe 35 bowl games isn't too many after all. 

With college football's new playoff format coming with the 2014 season, this will be the final year for many of the tie-ins with current bowls. And of course, the BCS format will morph into a four-team playoff, with a national championship site awarded to the highest bidder. With more bowl games expected in 2014 and beyond, we may see at least 40 postseason matchups starting next season.

Athlon has released its 2013 rankings but it's time to unveil where teams will be spending the postseason. 

Alabama and Ohio State are Athlon's prediction to play in the national title game, but who will play in college football's remaining 35 bowls?


College Football's 2013-2014 Bowl Projections
 

BowlDateTie-InProjection
New MexicoDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWC Washington vs. Air Force
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21MAC vs. MWCNevada vs. Bowling Green
Las VegasDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCOregon State vs. Fresno State
New Orleans BowlDec. 21Sun Belt vs. CUSALouisiana-Lafayette vs. MTSU
Beef 'O' Brady'sDec. 23American vs. CUSAPittsburgh* vs. Louisiana Tech
HawaiiDec. 24MWC vs. CUSASan Jose State vs. East Carolina
Little Caesars PizzaDec. 26MAC vs. Big TenNorthern Illinois vs. Minnesota
Poinsettia Dec. 26Army vs. MWCArizona* vs. San Diego State
Military Dec. 27CUSA vs. ACCMarshall vs. Maryland
TexasDec. 27Big 12 vs. Big Ten TCU vs. Indiana
Kraft Fight HungerDec. 27BYU vs. Pac-12 BYU vs. USC
PinstripeDec. 28American vs. ACCRutgers vs. West Virginia
BelkDec. 28American vs. ACCNorth Carolina vs. USF
Russell AthleticDec. 28American vs. ACCCincinnati vs. Miami
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Big 12 vs. Big TenBaylor vs. Northwestern
Armed ForcesDec. 30MWC vs. Navy Navy vs. Utah State
Music CityDec. 30ACC vs. SECOle Miss vs. Georgia Tech
AlamoDec. 30Big 12 vs. Pac-12Stanford vs. Oklahoma
HolidayDec. 30Pac-12 vs. Big 12Arizona State vs. Kansas State
AdvoCare V100Dec. 31ACC vs. SECNC State vs. Auburn
SunDec. 31Pac-12 vs. ACCVirginia Tech vs. UCLA
LibertyDec. 31SEC vs. CUSATulsa vs. Tennessee
Chick-fil-ADec. 31ACC vs. SECSouth Carolina vs. Florida State
GatorJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenVanderbilt vs. Michigan State
Heart of DallasJan. 1Big Ten vs. CUSARice vs. Texas Tech*
Capital OneJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenTexas A&M vs. Wisconsin
OutbackJan. 1SEC vs. Big Ten Florida vs. Nebraska
RoseJan. 1BCS vs. BCS Oregon vs. Michigan
FiestaJan. 1BCS vs. BCSOklahoma State vs. Boise State
SugarJan. 2BCS vs. BCS Georgia vs. Louisville
CottonJan. 3SEC vs. Big 12 Texas vs. LSU
OrangeJan. 3BCS vs. BCSClemson vs. Notre Dame
BBVA CompassJan. 4SEC vs. AmericanMississippi State vs. UCF
GoDaddyJan. 5MAC vs. Sun BeltULM vs. Ball State
National TitleJan. 6BCS vs. BCSAlabama vs. Ohio State


* According to our 2013 conference predictions, Army, the Big Ten and American will fail to fill their allotted slots.

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Braxton MillerQuarterback play is the most scrutinized position in college football each season. The difference between winning a conference championship or just getting bowl eligible could all depend on the player under center. Last season, Texas A&M’s offense thrived under the direction of Johnny Manziel. However, on the other side of the coin, Michigan State regressed after the departure of Kirk Cousins. Had the Spartans received better quarterback play from Andrew Maxwell, they could have won the Big Ten Legends Division.

Considering how much of an impact quarterbacks play in determining the outlook of a team, it’s no surprise to see this position discussed prominently when it comes to preseason predictions.

Debating which league has the best quarterbacks isn’t as prevalent as which conference ranks second to the SEC in terms of overall strength, but the overall depth of leagues in terms of quarterback talent is an interesting preseason discussion.

The SEC ranks as Athlon’s No. 1 quarterback league, but the Pac-12 and Mountain West are also a strong overall group. The ACC and Big Ten have solid options at the top, but plenty of question marks remain in the middle. The Big 12 is usually one of college football's top quarterback leagues, but the conference has an inexperienced group of signal-callers returning for 2013.

Power Ranking the Conferences in Terms of Quarterback Strength


1. SEC

With three potential All-American signal-callers returning for 2013, the SEC gets the nod as the top quarterback conference. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel may have trouble repeating last year’s numbers, but the sophomore is still in line for another monster season. Alabama’s AJ McCarron isn’t going to match Manziel’s passing totals, but the senior has won back-to-back national titles and tossed just three picks on 314 attempts last year. Georgia’s Aaron Murray ranked second nationally in pass efficiency in 2012 and passed for a career-best 36 scores. There’s a drop off after the top three passers, but the next group – Connor Shaw, Tyler Russell and Bo Wallace – are all coming off solid seasons. Florida’s Jeff Driskel should be improved in his second year as the starter, while Missouri’s James Franklin is expected to be at full strength after playing at less than 100 percent from shoulder surgery in 2012. The bottom of the league has room to improve, but new coaches at Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn and Kentucky should breathe some much-needed life into their offenses.

Ranking the SEC Starters: (SEC predictions for 2013)

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
2. AJ McCarron, Alabama
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia
4. Connor Shaw, South Carolina
5. Tyler Russell, Mississippi State
6. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
7. Jeff Driskel, Florida
8. Zach Mettenberger, LSU
9. James Franklin, Missouri
10. Austyn Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt
11. Jalen Whitlow, Kentucky
12. Justin Worley, Tennessee
13. Brandon Allen, Arkansas
14. Kiehl Frazier, Auburn
 

2. Pac-12

Even though Chip Kelly left for the NFL, Oregon’s offense should remain one of the best in the nation, largely due to the return of quarterback Marcus Mariota. The sophomore is poised to take another step in his development in 2013, and if the Ducks are in the national title hunt again, look for Mariota to jump into Heisman discussion. UCLA’s Brett Hundley totaled 4,095 yards and 38 scores in his freshman campaign last year, and Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly returns after finishing ninth in the nation in pass efficiency in 2012. Ranking the Pac-12 as the No. 2 quarterback conference will largely hinge on if Washington’s Keith Price can regain his form from 2011, along with the development of Stanford’s Kevin Hogan. This group could get even deeper if USC settles on a quarterback, and Sean Mannion or Cody Vaz seizes the job at Oregon State. Keep an eye on Utah’s Travis Wilson and California’s Zach Kline. Both quarterbacks could be in for a breakout season in 2013.

Ranking the Pac-12 Starters: (Pac-12 predictions for 2013)

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
2. Brett Hundley, UCLA
3. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
4. Keith Price, Washington
5. Kevin Hogan, Stanford
6. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
7. Max Wittek, USC
8. Connor Halliday, Washington State
9. Zach Kline, California
10. Travis Wilson, Utah
11. B.J. Denker, Arizona
12. Connor Wood, Colorado
 

3. Mountain West

The Mountain West has quietly assembled one of the nation’s top quarterback groups for 2013. Fresno State’s Derek Carr and San Jose State’s David Fales are on the radar for NFL scouts, and Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton shared first-team All-WAC honors last year. Nevada’s Cody Fajardo nearly had 4,000 yards of total offense in 2012, while Wyoming’s Brett Smith has 6,417 yards and 47 passing scores in two years in Laramie. Boise State’s Joe Southwick and UNLV’s Nick Sherry are set to improve in their second year as the No. 1 quarterback, with the bottom of the conference having potential with Ohio State transfer Taylor Graham (Hawaii) and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson.

Ranking the Mountain West Starters:
(Mountain West predictions for 2013)

1. Derek Carr, Fresno State
2. David Fales, San Jose State
3. Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada
5. Brett Smith, Wyoming
6. Joe Southwick, Boise State
7. Nick Sherry, UNLV
8. Adam Dingwell, San Diego State
9. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
10. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico
11. Kale Pearson, Air Force
12. Taylor Graham, Hawaii
 

4. ACC

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is one of the top-10 signal-callers in the nation, and North Carolina’s Bryn Renner is due for an increase in in passing yards and touchdowns in the second year under coach Larry Fedora’s offense. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas was one of the ACC’s top quarterbacks in 2011, but he struggled in 2012 and will have a new coordinator (Scot Loeffler) this year. Miami’s Stephen Morris should build off a solid junior year (3,345), while Florida State’s Jameis Winston is poised for a breakout season. Wake Forest’s Tanner Price and Boston College’s Chase Rettig are solid, and Georgia Tech’s Vad Lee was impressive in limited action in 2012. For the ACC to climb higher on this list, the bottom of the conference has to improve. NC State’s Brandon Mitchell, Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage and Syracuse’s Drew Allen are three intriguing transfers to watch this year.

Ranking the ACC Starters: (ACC predictions for 2013)

1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
2. Bryn Renner, North Carolina
3. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
4. Stephen Morris, Miami
5. Jameis Winston, Florida State
6. Tanner Price, Wake Forest
7. Vad Lee, Georgia Tech
8. Chase Rettig, Boston College
9. Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
10. Anthony Boone, Duke
11. Brandon Mitchell, NC State
12. C.J. Brown, Maryland
13. David Watford, Virginia
14. Drew Allen, Syracuse
 

5. Big Ten

The Big Ten boasts one of the nation’s top Heisman candidates (Braxton Miller), an improving senior (Taylor Martinez), and one of the year’s breakout candidates in Michigan’s Devin Gardner. While the top of the conference is strong, the rest of the Big Ten has much to prove. Northwestern’s Kain Colter is one of the nation’s top all-purpose players, but he splits time under center with Trevor Siemian. Indiana’s Tre Roberson missed most of last season with a leg injury, and Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell was a disappointment in his first year as the starter. Two names to watch: Penn State true freshman Christian Hackenberg and Minnesota sophomore Philip Nelson. If Hackenberg lives up to his recruiting hype, and Nelson continues to improve, it will strengthen the Big Ten’s overall quarterback outlook.

Ranking the Big Ten Starters: (Big Ten predictions for 2013)

1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
3. Devin Gardner, Michigan
4. Kain Colter, Northwestern
5. Tre Roberson, Indiana
6. Joel Stave, Wisconsin
7. Andrew Maxwell, Michigan State
8. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
9. Philip Nelson, Minnesota
10. Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
11. Rob Henry, Purdue
12. Jake Rudock, Iowa
 

6. Big 12

Transition is the key word when it comes to Big 12 quarterbacks this year. There’s no clear No. 1 signal-caller for first-team all-conference honors. Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf played well over the final weeks of 2012, throwing for 14 touchdowns in the last six games. TCU’s Casey Pachall is back after missing most of last year due to a suspension. Oklahoma’s Blake Bell has played well in limited action but still has plenty to prove with his arm. Baylor’s Bryce Petty, Kansas State’s Daniel Sams and Texas Tech’s Michael Brewer are in for breakout years, while Kansas hopes Jake Heaps lives up to his recruiting hype. Texas’ David Ash improved from 2011 to 2012 and has the most career starts by a quarterback in the Big 12. Overall, this group is a weakness heading into the preseason. But by the end of 2012, the Big 12 could have a strong group of signal-callers.

Ranking the Big 12 Starters: (Big 12 predictions for 2013)

1. Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
2. Casey Pachall, TCU
3. Blake Bell, Oklahoma
4. Bryce Petty, Baylor
5. David Ash, Texas
6. Michael Brewer, Texas Tech
7. Daniel Sams, Kansas State
8. Clint Trickett, West Virginia
9. Jake Heaps, Kansas
10. Sam Richardson, Iowa State
 

7. MAC

The MAC is in good shape at the top of the conference. Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch finished seventh in Heisman voting last season and is one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. Ohio’s Tyler Tettleton and Ball State’s Keith Wenning both ranked in the top 50 nationally in total offense last year, while Toledo’s Terrance Owens returns after throwing for 2,707 yards and 14 scores last season. Western Michigan’s Tyler Van Tubbergen takes over for Alex Carder and has played well in limited action. The bottom of the conference has a lot of unknowns, especially with Central Michigan, Akron and UMass.

Ranking the MAC Starters: (MAC predictions for 2013)

1. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
2. Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
3. Keith Wenning, Ball State
4. Terrance Owens, Toledo
5. Matt Schilz, Bowling Green
6. Tyler Van Tubbergen, Western Michigan
7. Austin Boucher, Miami (Ohio)
8. Joe Licata, Buffalo
9. David Fisher, Kent State
10. Cody Kater, Central Michigan
11. Kyle Pohl, Akron
12. Tyler Benz, Eastern Michigan
13. Mike Wegzyn, UMass
 

8. American

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is one of the nation’s best quarterbacks, but the rest of the American Athletic Conference has room to improve. UCF’s Blake Bortles was solid in his first season as a starter last year, throwing for 3,059 yards and 25 touchdowns. However, after Bortles, that’s where the question marks begin. Brendon Kay stabilized the quarterback play for Cincinnati in the second half of 2012, but he will transition to a new offense under new coach Tommy Tuberville. After a solid start, Rutgers’ Gary Nova tossed 14 picks over the final seven games. SMU’s Garrett Gilbert has yet to live up to his five-star billing out of high school, and Connecticut’s Chandler Whitmer struggled (although he didn’t have much help around him) in his first season with the Huskies. The rest of the conference has quarterback question marks, but picking up Steven Bench as a transfer from Penn State should help stabilize USF’s play under center.

Ranking the American Starters: (American predictions for 2013)

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
2. Blake Bortles, UCF
3. Brendon Kay, Cincinnati
4. Gary Nova, Rutgers
5. Garrett Gilbert, SMU
6. Chandler Whitmer, Connecticut
7. Steven Bench, USF
8. David Piland, Houston
9. Jacob Karam, Memphis
10. Connor Reilly, Temple
 

9. Conference USA

Marshall’s Rakeem Cato is one of the top non-BCS quarterbacks in the nation, and East Carolina’s Shane Carden is back after throwing for 3,116 yards and 23 scores last year. Tulsa’s Cody Green was solid in his first season with the Golden Hurricane, and Rice’s Taylor McHargue has been effective when he can stay healthy. The middle of Conference USA’s quarterback depth chart should get stronger this year, as Jameill Showers and Scotty Young are two of the top transfer signal-callers in the nation. UTSA’s Eric Soza impressed in the Roadrunners’ first season on the FBS level, and Tulane’s Nick Montana – yes, the son of the NFL Hall of Famer – should help keep the Green Wave’s offense averaging over 250 passing yards per game.

Ranking the Conference USA Starters: (C-USA predictions for 2013)

1. Rakeem Cato, Marshall
2. Shane Carden, East Carolina
3. Cody Green, Tulsa
4. Taylor McHargue, Rice
5. Jameill Showers, UTEP
6. Logan Kilgore, MTSU
7. Jake Medlock, FIU
8. Eric Soza, UTSA
9. Austin Brown, UAB
10. Scotty Young, Louisiana Tech
11. Nick Montana, Tulane
12. Derek Thompson, North Texas
13. Cole Weeks, Southern Miss
14. Melvin German III, FAU
 

10. Sun Belt

The Sun Belt’s quarterback play is top-heavy in 2013. ULM’s Kolton Browning and Louisiana’s Terrance Broadway are standout performers, and Troy’s Corey Robinson returns after throwing for 3,121 yards last year. Utah State transfer Adam Kennedy was a solid pickup for Arkansas State. However, the rest of the conference is filled with question marks under center this season.

Ranking the Sun Belt Starters:
(Sun Belt predictions for 2013)

1. Kolton Browning, ULM
2. Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette
3. Corey Robinson, Troy
4. Adam Kennedy, Arkansas State
5. Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky
6. Ross Metheny, South Alabama
7. Tyler Arndt, Texas State
8. Ben McLane, Georgia State

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It's been a busy week in the college football world.

In addition to the latest news, Friday's links will try to highlight some of the best posts of week - just in case you didn't catch our posts from earlier in the week.

Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)

College Football's Must-Read Stories From the Week of July 22-26


Can Kliff Kingsbury replicate Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald's path?

The Big Ten Network's Brent Yarina conducted a player poll at media days. Some interesting answers here.

Bruce Feldman goes one-on-one with Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

The NCAA has finally reinstated Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston.

Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is slated to go on trial in August in a civil securities fraud case.


Penn State and West Virginia are close to finalizing a home-and-home series.

BYU and Utah State have adjusted their future series, which adds one more matchup between these two teams.


Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops received a contract extension. What does Stoops' extension mean for the Sooners?

Saturday Down South ranks the cornerbacks in the SEC for 2013.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr played all of 2012 with an abdominal tear.
 

Texas receiver Cayleb Jones has decided to transfer.

Crystal Ball Run breaks down the latest in the Carlos Hyde saga at Ohio State.

Here's an excellent Q and A with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.

S
outhern Miss coach Todd Monken had some interesting thoughts on an NCAA split.

Mike Leach blasts the new targeting rule.

A timeline has been set for the renovation of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium.

How will Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin split the quarterback duties for TCU in 2013?

An Arizona safety was dismissed from the team after being charged with four felonies.

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks had his request for a medical redshirt approved. 

Rob Moseley previews Oregon's depth chart at running back for 2013.

Kansas could be without one of its top linebacker recruits this season, and the status of receiver Nick Harwell is still unsettled.

UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will retire from football.

Syracuse and Maryland will likely play in a non-conference series once the Terrapins depart for the Big Ten.

Is Michael Dyer close to joining Louisville for the 2013 season?

Wake Forest could be without running back Josh Harris this year.

Wisconsin's incoming JUCO quarterback Tanner McEvoy was the victim of a robbery in Madison.

In case you missed it, no press release will top the one FIU had to send out on Friday.

A great feature from Lost Lettermen: Can Brady Hoke Match Urban Meyer?

What changes should be expected from LSU’s offense with Cam Cameron calling the plays?

West Virginia defensive lineman Korey Harris is no longer with the team. The defensive tackle was arrested on first-degree armed robbery charges earlier this month. (You have to read how he was identified by the victims).

Wake Forest has picked up a safety transfer from Air Force.


Could two redshirt freshmen start on Michigan’s offensive line this year?


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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is known for his passing attacks, but the Mountaineers picked up a key transfer to help the offense on the ground for 2014. Former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell has selected West Virginia as his next home. The Pennsylvania native will have to sit out 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules.

In his only season at Pittsburgh, Shell rushed for 641 yards and four scores, while catching nine passes for 103 yards. He originally selected UCLA as his transfer destination but decided against going to Los Angeles earlier this summer. Shell ranked as the No. 33 recruit in the 2012 Athlon Consensus 100.

Although West Virginia will lean on its passing attack, Shell should see plenty of carries in 2014. The Pennsylvania native could be one of the top running backs in the Big 12 next season and will add to a backfield that features Dreamius Smith, Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison.

Shell's addition is especially crucial with West Virginia facing an uncertain future at quarterback. The Mountaineers reeled in Clint Trickett from Florida State this spring, but Ford Childress and Paul Millard are also in the mix to start. If West Virginia struggles to get consistency from its quarterbacks - which would be a major surprise considering Holgorsen's track record - the Mountaineers may have to focus on the ground game more over the next two years. 

And it's never too early to look ahead, as West Virginia will face Alabama in Atlanta in its season opener in 2014.

 

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Is South Carolina the latest team to have a chrome helmet in the uniform rotation? It’s possible.

The team’s equipment staff tweeted out a photo of this chrome helmet, but also mentioned later on that South Carolina will be wearing its traditional white helmet in 2013.

So will this helmet see the field? Who knows. But it’s a pretty cool (and shiny) look for the Gamecocks.

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Most of college football’s preseason hot seat coach rankings list USC coach Lane Kiffin at the top or in the top five. But if you believe athletic director Pat Haden, there’s no reason for Kiffin to worry about his job security.

In a video posted by USC, Haden details the state of USC football, which is especially important timing with Pac-12 Media Days coming up on Friday.

During Haden’s remarks, he specifically addresses Kiffin’s status:

“I anticipate the media will ask me if our football coach is on the hot seat this year. Here is my answer, and will be my answer whenever I’m asked. He is not.”

Haden also comments he is “behind Lane Kiffin 100 percent.”

Of course, if USC’s season completely goes awry, it’s hard to believe Haden would keep Kiffin around.

However, the Trojans have the talent to win the Pac-12 South and won’t play Oregon or Washington in crossover play with the North.

While Kiffin has been a lightning rod for criticism, it’s also important to remember USC is still dealing with NCAA sanctions and is expected to have just 70 scholarship players on the roster this year. While the 7-6 record was a disappointment last season, the Trojans did go 10-2 in 2011. There's no question Kiffin deserves blame for what happened last year. But let's also remember he's not working with a full roster, and depth during the season has become a huge issue.

Kiffin has the potential to be a good coach, and credit to Haden for letting him grow into the job, as well as getting out front of the potential barrage of hot seat questions.

If USC goes 8-4 or 9-3, then some of the talk about Kiffin being on the hot seat will subside. However, a 6-6 regular season certainly wouldn’t sit well with many in Los Angeles, regardless of what Haden says in July.

Here’s the full video of Haden’s comments:

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New Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck has brought some much-needed energy into the program, and the Broncos are already off to a good start on the recruiting trail for the 2014 signing class. And Fleck's task is to get Western Michigan back into the MAC West title picture, which won't be easy in 2013 with Northern Illinois, Toledo and Ball State all coming off bowl appearances last year. 

When trying to build some positive momentum for a program, it certainly doesn’t hurt for the Broncos to unveil a new jersey and helmet combination for 2013. This new look for Western Michigan isn’t quite as drastic at Miami (Ohio), but these are a pretty solid overall design for the Broncos.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the design is the “Ghost Bronco” logo on the helmets, along with the crossing oars as helmet stickers, which fits Fleck’s motto of “Row the Boat.”

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Brady HokeMichigan’s last share of the Big Ten title occurred in 2004, but the Wolverines appear to be inching closer to a return to the top of the conference.

Coach Brady Hoke is assembling some of the nation’s top talent on the recruiting trail, while the offense should thrive under the leadership of junior quarterback Devin Gardner. The offensive line has a few holes to fill, but the return of tackle Taylor Lewan should allow the Wolverines to maintain a solid foundation in the trenches.

Hoke and coordinator Greg Mattison have some work to do on defense, especially on the line. Linebacker Jake Ryan’s status for 2013 is uncertain with a torn ACL, but sophomore James Ross is a future star and is due for a bigger role in the linebacking corps this year.

What will Michigan's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Michigan's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

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Lassan
Brent
Yarina
David
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Kevin
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Mark
Ross
8/31 Central Michigan
9/7 Notre Dame
9/14 Akron
9/21 at Connecticut
10/5 Minnesota
10/12 at Penn State
10/19 Indiana
11/2 at Michigan State
11/9 Nebraska
11/16 at Northwestern
11/23 at Iowa
11/30 Ohio State
Final Projection10-29-310-210-210-210-2

 

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
With Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan all capable of winning the division crown, the Legends Division will be one of the toughest leagues in the nation this year. I’m picking the Wolverines to win the division and play in a BCS bowl with a 10-2 record. However, there’s no question this will be a difficult road for Brady Hoke’s team. Even though the offensive line is a concern, promising redshirt freshman Ben Braden and Kyle Kalis could turn the interior into a strength with some seasoning early in the year. And true freshman running back Derrick Green could end up as one of the team’s top playmakers by midseason. With Hoke and Greg Mattison calling the shots, Michigan should finish in the top four of total and scoring defense in the Big Ten – even with six new starters stepping into the lineup. If the Wolverines can get by Notre Dame on Sept. 7, the Wolverines should be 7-0 going into November. However, the real test for Michigan comes in the final month, as road tests at Michigan State and Northwestern won’t be easy, along with home affairs against Nebraska and Ohio State. Assuming the Wolverines win the Legends Division, it could set up an interesting Big Ten Championship with the rival Buckeyes.
 

Brent Yarina, Big Ten Network, (@BTNBrentYarina)
When it comes to Michigan this season, 9-3 sounds right. Brady Hoke has the Wolverines trending in the right direction (take a look at his recruiting success), but it looks like he’ll have to wait at least one more season to play for his first Big Ten title. While Michigan figures to be in the race for the Legends Division crown, along with Nebraska and Northwestern, its schedule is more daunting than the Huskers, arguably its top competition. That said, there’s plenty of talent in Ann Arbor, so if highly touted freshman RB Derrick Green makes an immediate impact, the revamped defensive line provides some kind of pass rush and stud linebacker Jake Ryan returns from a torn ACL sooner than later, Michigan could be much better than this prediction.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)

It’s tough to find one of these game-by-game picks pieces that I’ve flip-flopped on more than Michigan. First, I changed my mind on Ohio State. I'd bet Carlos Hyde and Bradley Roby are playing in that game, but I'm not as bullish on Ohio State as I once was. I’m a bit worried about overrating a team walked the tightrope for most of 2012. But back to Michigan: The Wolverines are good enough to defeat each team on the schedule, but not every game on the schedule. I like Michigan to defeat Notre Dame early in the season even though that defense is going to be a major test for Devin Gardner. Notre Dame’s still putting the offense on Tommy Rees shoulders, at least at this stage of the year. I picked the two losses — Michigan State and Northwestern — simply because someone has to defeat Michigan this season. Michigan State lost 12-10 in Ann Arbor and will be a tough out on defense. We all know what Northwestern can do on offense with Venric Mark and Kain Colter. The Michigan game last year was one of many Northwestern had right in its grasp.

Kevin McGuire (@KevinonCFB), No2MinuteWarning.com and NittanyLionsDen.com
Michigan returning to a more traditional offensive style this season should serve the Wolverines well, but don't be totally fooled by a good start to the season. Devin Gardner as the full time quarterback from the start of the season will keep things balanced but the Wolverines will have to find a rhythm on offense. The defense was ranked second in the Big Ten last season but there is still room to improve before the Wolverines become a lock-down defense that suffocates the opposing offense. In 2013 they should have enough to pull together a nice first half, highlighted by a home victory over Notre Dame and a road win at Penn State. The question will be what kind of state are they in for the second half, which I predict will be somewhat painful down the stretch. If they are not careful, the Northwestern game could easily slip away from them. The same goes for Nebraska.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

The Legends Division crown will most likely be decided on November 9 in Ann Arbor when Nebraska comes to town. However, the rest of Nebraska's schedule is nothing like Michigan's. So even if Michigan defeats the Big Red, it still likely needs to be at 10 or even 11 wins heading into the season finale with Ohio State to win a trip to Indianapolis. The offense under Devin Gardner won't be an issue at all but the defense needs to prove it has the depth and toughness to beat teams like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska. There are too many tricky road upset alerts on this schedule — at Michigan State, Penn State and Nothwestern — to pick this team to be in the top 10.

Mark Ross
If Michigan takes care of business at home against Notre Dame, the Wolverines should then be sitting pretty entering November. A trip to Happy Valley won't be easy, but this is not the same Penn State team that opened many eyes last fall. Michigan's Big Ten season likely comes down to the Nov. 9 showdown with Nebraska in the Big House. I'll give the Maize and Blue the edge because of home field, although I do think they will be a little flat the following Saturday in Evanston. Regardless, the win over the Cornhuskers should be enough to help Brady Hoke's team claim the Legends Division title, which will take some of the sting out of a season-ending loss at home to Ohio State. Fret not Wolverine fans, if everything goes according to plan, your beloved team will get another shot at the hated Buckeyes the very next week. Only this time the game will be Indianapolis and the stakes could be even higher.

 

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2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year in the Big 12. Six or seven teams have a case to be picked No. 1, so this could be one of the more entertaining (and wide-open) conference title races in the nation.

Oklahoma has won at least 10 games in six out of the last seven years, but the Sooners won’t start out as the favorite to win the Big 12 title. For most, that distinction belongs to their in-state rival Oklahoma State or a Texas team that finally seems to be pointed in the right direction.

Although the Sooners weren’t picked at media days as the preseason conference favorite, Bob Stoops’ team will be in the thick of the Big 12 title discussion this year. New quarterback Blake Bell will have his growing pains, but the junior should be solid once he gets more experience under his belt. The defense has to be concerned about the lack of depth in the trenches, but there’s still plenty of talent to help keep Oklahoma in the mix for 10 or more wins in 2013.

What will Oklahoma's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Oklahoma's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

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Chris
Williams
Allen
Kenney
Braden
Gall
David
Fox
Mark
Ross
8/31 ULM
9/7 West Virginia
9/14 Tulsa
9/28 at Notre Dame
10/5 TCU
10/12 Texas (Dallas)
10/19 at Kansas
10/26 Texas Tech
11/7 at Baylor
11/16 Iowa State
11/23 at Kansas State
12/7 at Oklahoma State
Final Projection9-39-39-310-210-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Anything from 8-4 to 11-1 is possible with Oklahoma this year. With the rest of the Big 12 also in transition, the Sooners shouldn’t slide too much in the win column after finishing 10-3 last season. Oklahoma’s Big 12 title hopes will rest on the development of quarterback Blake Bell, along with a defense that ranked ninth in the Big 12 in rush yards allowed and 50th nationally in points allowed in 2012. The defense isn’t short on talent, but the Sooners have to be concerned with the depth in the trenches, along with how three new starters in the secondary blend together. Until the defense finds its footing, Oklahoma will need to lean on an offense that has one of the nation’s top lines, along with a deep group of receivers and running backs. Bell has to prove he can be more than just a specialty package quarterback, but games against ULM, Tulsa and West Virginia will give him an opportunity to get comfortable as the starter, especially before key contests against Notre Dame, TCU and Texas. And it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Big 12 title is decided on Dec. 7 in the Bedlam series with Oklahoma State.

Chris Williams, (@ChrisMWilliams), CycloneFanatic.com

This is a team that will go as far as its quarterback allows it to go in 2013. While I’m assuming that Blake Bell (assuming he wins the job) isn’t Landry Jones, I also don’t see him as a bust either. Due to the fact that Norman has, is and always will be one of the toughest places to play in all of college football, that sure helps mask the fact that Bob Stoops has to replace one of the best signal-callers in program history along with a load of defensive players. I see the Sooners getting through its first five games unscathed with a loss to Texas in the Red River Shootout. But should OU pull that rivalry game off then watch out. All in all, I see this a very Bob Stoops-like season in 2013 for the Sooners in route to a solid 9-3 finish.


Allen Kenney, @BlatantHomerismBlatantHomerism.com
Oklahoma appears to have hit a plateau as of late, and I don't think that changes this year. The Sooners will be breaking in a new quarterback - most likely Blake Bell - and have some serious work to do in getting their defense back up to par. On top of that, they have one of the most difficult schedules in the country, catching almost all of their best opponents away from Norman.

Six games look like coin flips to me: at Notre Dame, TCU, Texas, at Baylor, at Kansas St. and at Oklahoma St. I'd peg the Sooners to go 3-3 in that stretch; the harder part is figuring out which of those are Ws and which are Ls. No matter where the losses come from, I don't see this team winning the conference.

Bob Stoops might get a bounce in the public opinion polls with a bowl win. Still, you can bet that the debate about his ability to get the Sooners back to the top of the college football world will only intensify with that kind of season.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Bob Stoops is playing it coy about his starting quarterback, but there is no reason the uber-talented Blake Bell won't be a star this year in Norman. The offensive line is strong and the playmakers are a-plenty so the offense should be in great shape. However, it is the defense that is trending in the wrong direction and returns only four starters. But when in doubt, go with Stoops over most any other coach in the Big 12. The key to a league title for Oklahoma will be what happens in the Big 12 and whether or not an 8-1 record be good enough to win the league. The Sooners could easily win the league even with a loss to Oklahoma State. This will be one of the most wide-open conferences in the nation and it means the Crimson and Cream could lose to Texas, Baylor, Kansas State and the Pokes — or run the table and finish unbeaten in the league.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)

The most important game on Oklahoma’s schedule may be the TCU game. The early part of the schedule isn’t easy. ULM, West Virginia and Tulsa will all test the Oklahoma defense, though I’d expect the Sooners to handle all three. A trip to South Bend will be tough and the first major test for the new Oklahoma QB. TCU, though, will set the tone for the rest of the Big 12 season. The Horned Frogs are legitimate conference contenders. Like Notre Dame, TCU has a defensive front that matches up with Oklahoma’s strength on the offensive line. With that game back in Norman, I’m taking the Sooners. After that, I’m picking Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout until Texas proves me wrong. For the final month of the season, Oklahoma will have to avoid a Big 12 road loss, something that’s been tough for the Sooners in recent years. Baylor may be the tougher matchup for Oklahoma than Kansas State in 2013, but I’ve picked OU to win both. That may set up a de facto Big 12 title game against Oklahoma State. Why did I pick the Cowboys? This season, I think we can consider the rivals on equal footing, and I’ll go with the home team if we’re going to make these picks in July.

Mark Ross

Oklahoma is somewhat hard to figure out since they have an unproven starting quarterback in Blake Bell and only four starters returning on defense. That said, there is no lack of talent in Norman on either side of the ball, which is why I think Bob Stoops will find a way to get 10 wins in the regular season.

This victory total includes beating Notre Dame in South Bend, although I do have the Sooners falling at home to TCU the next week. OU will rebound nicely against Texas in the Red River Shootout and finish out strong, losing only to Oklahoma State to close the regular season out.

As optimistic as I am on this seemingly mysterious team, I will say that the Sooners' margin of error is probably as small as it has been since Stoops has been in charge. By that I mean, 10-2 could easily end up being 8-4 or worse, especially if Bell doesn't pan out as a passer and the defense experiences sustained stretches of growing pains.


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An Ole Miss chrome helmet made its rounds on the internet a week ago, but it doesn’t appear the Rebels will be wearing that version anytime soon.

But what about a powder blue version? Ole Miss previously wore a similar variation, in the 1980s and 90s, but switched to its darker blue scheme in 1995.

This photo was tweeted by Bruce Johnston, Ole Miss’ coordinator of recruiting development, but Kyle Campbell, the Rebels' sports information director, has already indicated there is no plan to wear the powder blue helmets.

Who knows, maybe Ole Miss will break out this version in the future. But for now, it’s simply another concept floating around. 

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A relatively quiet day around college football as Big Ten Media Days winds down in Chicago. 

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Wednesday, July 25th
 

Can Kliff Kingsbury replicate Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald's path?


Penn State and West Virginia are close to finalizing a home-and-home series.

Saturday Down South ranks the cornerbacks in the SEC for 2013.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr played all of 2012 with an abdominal tear.
 

Texas receiver Cayleb Jones has decided to transfer.

How will Kansas State rebuild its defense?

Will California running back Brendan Bigelow be ready to go in fall practice?

Crystal Ball Run breaks down the latest in the Carlos Hyde saga at Ohio State.

Tight end Christo Kourtzidis is transferring from Florida State. 

JUCO recruits are hit-or-miss in the Big 12.

Thankfully, there is no end in sight to the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry.

Here's an excellent Q and A with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Georgia's coordinators enter 2013 with contrasting outlooks.

If Division 4 is created, expect the American to fight to be involved. And on the same subject, Southern Miss coach Todd Monken had some interesting thoughts on an NCAA split.

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has already served his day in jail as a result of an off-the-field incident this summer.

An Oregon State cornerback was dismissed from the team this week.

What are some of the key questions and answers for Oklahoma State this year?

Maryland's linebackers have some big shoes to fill in 2013.

Tulane is expected to add a LSU transfer for the 2013 season.

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Buffalo launched a rebranding effort this summer, and the team debuted its new jerseys and helmets for 2013 at MAC Media Days.

The Bulls are hoping to brand themselves as the State University of New York, and the new jerseys reflect the rebranding effort with a patch just above the number.

It’s not a huge change, but an interesting effort by Buffalo.

(Photos tweeted by (@JasonAmessenger)



 

And here is Buffalo's new helmet for 2013

 

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Miami, Ohio is making a pretty drastic switch to its uniforms for 2013.

And needless to say, it’s quite an interesting change, as the RedHawks are adding a chrome helmet with the block M in front (instead of the sides as in previous years). Miami is also adding the school’s name across the shoulder pads.

Credit Miami, Ohio for trying something different, but I think I would prefer the RedHawks old jerseys.

 

 

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Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and his staff are on an annual coaches treat in Chattanooga, but that didn’t stop the third-year head coach from having a little fun.

Franklin took the challenge of jumping from a 50-foot cliff into the lake, and it was all captured on film thanks to receivers coach Josh Gattis and player personnel coach Andy Frank.

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Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary was involved in a scary motorcycle accident in early May, but details of the crash have been kept largely quiet for the last two months. O'Leary was not seriously injured in the crash, which is hard to believe considering the collision that occurred between his motorcycle and car.

Thanks to some excellent reporting from TomahawkNation.com, the video from the incident and a few more details about the wreck was just released.

And needless to say, it’s great to see O’Leary walk away from the scene after what could have been a serious injury.

 

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Austin Seferian-JenkinsThe Pac-12 North is viewed as a two-team race in 2013. Oregon and Stanford are the class of the North, but there are a lot of eyes on Washington this year.

The Huskies have a revamped and improved Husky Stadium after spending a year in the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, and Washington will open with Boise State on Aug. 31. But the Huskies didn’t draw a favorable conference slate, as they catch Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA in crossover play, with road trips to Oregon State and Stanford also on the Pac-12 schedule.

With a challenging schedule, Washington needs a big year from quarterback Keith Price. After throwing for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011, Price tossed 13 interceptions and regressed in yardage (2,728) last year. Price didn’t have a lot of help from his offensive line in 2012, which is still a concern heading into this year.
 

What will Washington's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Washington's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
David
Fox
Kyle
Kensing
Braden
Gall
8/31 Boise State
9/14 Illinois (Chicago)
9/21 Idaho State
9/28 Arizona
10/5 at Stanford
10/12 Oregon
10/19 at Arizona State
10/26 California
11/9 Colorado
11/15 at UCLA
11/23 at Oregon State
11/29 Washington State
Final Projection8-47-57-58-48-4

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Considering how difficult Washington’s schedule is, it’s very possible the Huskies are a better team, but the progress won’t show in the win column. Much of Washington’s success in 2013 will ride on an improved offensive line, along with the return of quarterback Keith Price to an All-Pac-12 level. Just how difficult is the schedule? Well, there could be four losses on first glance: at Stanford, Oregon, at Arizona State and at UCLA. And games at Oregon State and home against Boise State are tossups or swing games. With the status of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and receiver Kasen Williams uncertain for the opener against the Broncos, I’m going to lean slightly with Boise State on Aug. 31. But I’m going to give Washington – especially with Seferian-Jenkins and Williams back in the lineup – a win over Oregon State on Nov. 23. After three consecutive seven-win seasons, the Huskies find a way to get to eight wins and finish third in the Pac-12 North in 2013.


Mark Ross
I like this Washington team, as I think the offense, with quarterback Keith Price, running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins leading the way, has a chance to do some damage. The defense also has a lot of talent and experience returning. The problem I see for the Huskies this season, however, is their schedule. Washington opens by hosting Boise State in brand-new Husky Stadium. Unfortunately, I don't see that one going Steve Sarkisian's way, and October is shaping up to be a pretty rough month as well with Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State lined up in a row.

Getting to six wins shouldn't be a problem for this team. The thing to watch is if these Huskies are able to pull of an upset or two along the way, such as on the road against Oregon State or UCLA. The potential is there for eight or even nine wins, but to get there Washington has to show up for the big games (lost to both Arizona and Oregon on the road last season by a combined score of 104-38) and must win the Apple Cup at home against in-state rival Washington State, something the Huskies did not do last season.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
If Washington is going to get over that 7-6 hump where the Huskies have been stuck the last three seasons, they’re going to have to win on the road. That hasn’t been easy — Washington is 6-11 on the road the last three years. It’s hard to believe Washington defeated Stanford last season, but that’s not going to happen again in Palo Alto with the Cardinal’s offensive line against Washington’s weakness on the defensive front. After that, the Huskies have three winnable Pac-12 road games in Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State. Washington's defense was one of the most improved units in the country last season (from 6.2 yards per play in Pac-12 games to 5.3). The skill positions are among the best in the league at receiver, running back and tight end. Four linemen are back. That puts the onus on Keith Price, who underachieved last season. I’ll pick Washington to beat Oregon State, which is minus lockdown corner Jordan Poyer.

Kyle Kensing, Saturday Blitz (@Kensing45)
Great recruiting classes add up to equal talent and experience on what is easily the best Washington team of the Steve Sarkisian era. He will finally get over the seven-win mark, but the question is by how much?

Justin Wilcox led a remarkable one-year turnaround of the defense that should carry over into 2013. Unfortunately for the Huskies, offensive regression coincided with the defensive improvement to keep UW from meeting its potential. Keith Price must bounce back to his 2011 level of play for UW to elevate from a good, second tier Pac-12 team to a legitimate Rose Bowl contender. We should get a sense of where the Huskies are immediately against always-outstanding Boise State, which beat UW in the final game of last season.

The Huskies' four-game stretch to open Pac-12 play is season-defining. They open at home with two teams that beat them last year, Arizona and Oregon, and must travel to face defending conference champion Stanford, then travel to face an Arizona State that is my pick to win the South. Coming out of that spell 2-2 would be a major win. Should UW go 3-1, it positions itself at a run for the conference championship game.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
If Coach Sark can combine his offense from 2011 with his defense in 2012, this team might be capable of winning the Pac-12. The defensive coaching changes made last year were wildly effective and this unit should once again be salty. Keith Price, however, needs to revert to his record-setting form from two years ago — and there is no reason to think that won't happen considering his now healthy O-line and talented supporting skill cast. Late season road games with Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State will determine if this team is a 9-10 win team or a 6-7 win team. I will go right in the middle.

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The Big Ten Media Days are underway in Chicago, but the news continues from around the rest of college football.

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Wednesday, July 24th


Mike Leach blasts the new targeting rule.

A timeline has been set for the renovation of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium.

Virginia Tech's new coaches have brought a "culture shock" to the team.

It sounds like Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wants his fanbase to start contacting recruits. What?

The Mountain West Conference is still trying to negotiate a television home for its conference championship game.

Who are the top breakout candidates for Washington in 2013?

How will Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin split the quarterback duties for TCU in 2013?

An Arizona safety was dismissed from the team after being charged with four felonies.

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks had his request for a medical redshirt approved. 

One of Minnesota's offensive linemen has decided to give up football.

Rob Moseley previews Oregon's depth chart at running back for 2013.

Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti was arrested in early May after a traffic incident.

Old Dominion and UNC Charlotte are having a bitter schedule dispute.

David Watford appears to be the frontrunner for Virginia's starting quarterback spot.

Why is Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones only a two-down player?


Houston plans on naming its starting quarterback two weeks into fall camp.

Texas quarterback David Ash says he played with broken ribs against TCU last season.

Where would Boise State fit if college football's top five conferences form their own division?
 

Kansas could be without one of its top linebacker recruits this season, and the status of receiver Nick Harwell is still unsettled.

UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will retire from football.
 

Here's an excellent roundup from SB Nation on some of the hot topics from ACC Media Days.

Former Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is getting closer to finding his next home. 

Seven Nevada players are no longer on the roster.

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