Posted by: pandajerk | August 27, 2007

The Panda Loves College Football

As summer comes to an end, it is the beginning of a whole new season. Football season that is. Yes, football fans the time we have all been waiting for is upon us. The college football season kicks off on Thursday. So before the first games are played, here are Drunken Panda’s Top Ten and Conference Champ Predictions:

Drunken Panda’s Pre-Season Top Ten

1. USC – Loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. 10 returning starters on defense. John David Booty under center. A great offensive line and a plethora of playmakers in the backfield. With their depth at RB, the loss of RB Emmanuel Moody won’t even be felt.
2. LSU – Arguably the best defense in the country. Despite the loss of JaMarcus Russell, the offense should be better this year. Matt Flynn has been brilliant at QB when he’s played.
3. Michigan – Chad Henne and Mike Hart in the backfield teamed up with wideouts Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington will make this one of the best offenses in the country.
4. Texas – With a healthy Colt McCoy under center playing pitch and catch with WRs Limas Sweed and Quan Cosby, the Longhorns will be hard to defend.
5. Florida – The defending national champs will have a lot of question marks on defense after losing 9 starters. However, the offense is loaded with playmakers. With Tim Tebow at QB, a solid O-line and guys like Percy Harvin and Andre Caldwell flying around the field, Urban Meyer’s spread offense will be dangerous.
6. West Virginia – The backfield tandem of RB Steve Slaton and QB Pat White is the best in the country. Defensively the Mountaineers are solid. Watch out for true freshman Noel Devine, this kid is something special with the ball in his hands.
7. Oklahoma – The Sooners have a big question mark at QB. Besides their question mark at QB, they have a lot of talent and size. Offensively they will need work out the kinks early on, but until then their defense should keep them in games. Bob Stoops always puts a good defense on the field. (Except when he plays USC for the national championship. USC – 55 pts and 525 yds of offense.)
8. Wisconsin – The Badgers went 12-1 last year behind the running of P.J. Hill and a solid defense. They will have some questions as they bring in a new starter at QB. Wisconsin can be successful, but the number one factor in that is going to be how well they can move the ball through the air.
9. Virginia Tech – Offensively this team can be deadly. The Hokies’ trio of WRs (Justin Harper, Josh Morgan, and Eddie Royal) is one of the best in the country. RB Branden Ore is healthy and should have a great season running the ball. On defense the Hokies are fast and strong. Their only question mark is QB Sean Glennon. Virginia Tech’s season will ride on Glennon’s decision making and ability to get the ball to his playmakers.
10. Louisville – Brian Brohm is the best QB in the nation. The Cardinals have an experienced O-line to protect Brohm and give the time he needs to get the ball to his WRs. On the defensive side of the ball they are pretty solid. The X-factor for the Cards is their Groza Award winning kicker, Art Carmody. He will be the difference maker in those tight ones.

CONFERENCE CHAMP & NATIONAL CHAMP PREDICTIONS

ACC – Virginia Tech. The ACC is weak and the Hokies are loaded. Hokies win the Coastal Division and defeat Atlantic Division Champ Florida State in ACC Title Game.
BIG XII – Texas. After defeating Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout, the Big 12 belongs to Texas. Nebraska will come out of the North, but will be dismantled by the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship.
BIG EAST – West Virginia. The Mountaineers have too much fire power for the likes of Rutgers and Louisville. Pat White and Steve Slaton will not be denied the Big East Title this year.
BIG TEN – Michigan. Wolverines run the table in the Big Ten. Everyone will be looking at November 17th when the Buckeyes come to town, but the real make or break game for the Wolverines will be on November 10th at Wisconsin.
CONFERENCE USA – Does anyone care? Southern Mississippi wins Conference USA.
MID-AMERICAN – Central Michigan. Magic Eight Ball said so.
MOUNTAIN WEST – Texas Christian University, TCU. Go Horned Frogs!!!
PAC-10 – USC. How can you not pick the Trojans? They would be the safe pick.
SEC – Florida. The Gators come out of the SEC East, losing one game to LSU. The Tigers run the table and win the SEC West. Florida edges LSU in the SEC Championship game. It’s always harder to beat them the second time.
SUN BELT – Troy. Trojans are always a safe decision.
WAC – Hawaii. The Warriors, led by Colt Brennan finish the season with a perfect record, but are not this year’s BCS buster because of a weak schedule that includes two home games against Division I-AA teams.

As far as the independent teams are concerned, Notre Dame does not qualify for a BCS Bowl Game this year. College football fans everywhere but South Bend rejoice because a BCS game won’t be wasted on someone kicking the crap out of the Irish.

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPION: I pick the Trojans to wrap it up and bring it home.

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Responses

  1. What the hell, what about LMU? They were undefeated last year.

  2. USC is a good choice for number one:
    Defense: Possible NFL caliber players. A bunch of play makers. Still a little weak in the secondary.
    D-line: Jackson, Moala, Ellis these guys will be fighting for sacks, batting down passes and stuffing the run all season long. They will also wreak havoc in the opposing defenses backfield.
    LBs: Cushing, Rivers, Maualuga. These guys will be playing on Sunday. Possibly one of the top LB crews in the nation.
    Secondary: They got talent, they just haven’t proved it yet.
    Watch for: Taylor Mays. 6-4 225 FS Soph. This guy has got speed, hits hard and makes a lot of great plays.

    Offense: Look for USC to still be explosive and have big plays but they won’t come as often as they used to. Drives will be longer, more run plays until the WRs can get into the groove. Still high scoring and potent.
    Good depth in the backfield: 9 solid backs, Gable, Washington, Johnson, Bradford, Green, Reed, Dennis, McKnight, Tyler (I think a couple are injured but still a deep backfield).
    Wideouts: Turner, Hazelton, Ausberry, McFoy and Johnson have the speed, talent and size, they just lack experience. They got pretty big shoes to fill.
    O-line: Rachal, Radovich, Byers and Baker are all solid, Spanos is replacing Ryan Kalil which is going to be tough. This O-line will create big holes and give Booty enough time to pick apart defenses.
    QB Booty: I wouldn’t say he is the most talented QB out there but seems to get the job done.
    Watch for: Fred Davis 6-4 250 TE Sr. This guy will get USC in the endzone whether it is goal line blocking or a big target in the endzone, this guy will come up big in scoring situations.

    Overall: This is going to be one great season for SC fans. A few guys need to step it up but for the most part, the team looks pretty solid. Throughout the season watch for the talented Freshmen class to step in and try to make a name for themselves.

    They should have an easy early schedule, besides Nebraska, but look for them to show their true character when they hit the road against Notre Dame then Oregon. They’ll be home to face Oregon State but hit the road again to face Cal. That’ll be a tough stretch of games. UCLA game is always a tough one to close out the season.

    Fight On!

  3. GOOD ARTICLE!!! USC ALL THE WAY!

  4. #23 UH: Look for them to continue where they ended off last year. UH returns it’s entire WR corps (except 1) and most importantly the best unknown QB in the nation and Heisman hopeful, Colt Brennan. A new two headed monster at RB will compliment the offense nicely. Local standout Pilares and Nebraska transfer (that’s right) Jackson will give the offense a potent rush (maybe the best in the Jones era). The only question mark is the offensive line which lost 3 players to the NFL.

    As for the defensive side of the ball, Greg McMackin returns as Def. Coord. He was very successful in his first year with June Jones (also his first year) which helped lead UH to a conference championship. Anchored with two solid LB Lenard and Eliminmian and several JC transfers the defense should be stronger this year.

    UH is team to keep an eye on this year. If you’re looking for this year’s Boise St. here it is. They will be one of the most enjoyable teams to watch and root for. There will be a ton of points scored in every game (don’t be surprised to see them average 60 pts/game) and also have an outside chance of making a BCS bowl.

  5. Colt Brennan sounds like a porn star name…..that’s hot

  6. (I love how unbiased the west coast blog is. )

    I love how everyone is building up how tough USC’s schedule is this year. They only play 3 ranked teams….and as soon as Tennessee destroys Cal like they did last year in the opening game, there will only be 2 ranked opponents on their schedule. What a joke. They’ll still manage to lose at least one game.

  7. Yes, John David Booty does eat scrotum. Despite this being a west coast blog, it seems like the article itself is fairly unbiased. Two of the top five teams on the list are out of the SEC (the greatest conference in college football…period).

  8. After Saturday’s meltdown in Ann Arbor, I’m glad I didn’t mention anything about Michigan’s defense.

  9. Michigan #3? oh well


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