2013 College Football Predictions: Who Will in the BCS National Championship?
The 2013 college football season is closely approaching and soon every major program in the country will be competing to win the BCS National Championship. Although there are hundreds of teams across the country only a handful of football teams have the talent to win it all this year.
BCS National Championship Odds
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Here is a look at a few favorites, dark horses and longshots to win the 2013 BCS National Championship!
BCS National Championship Predictions
This is no surprise as Nick Saban has transformed the Alabama Crimson Tide into the most powerful college football team in the country. Every year they have enough talent to win the championship and this year will be no different.
Alabama returns six starters on offense and eight on defense from the national title team of 2013. Leading the way among the returnees is quarterback AJ McCarron who emerged as a leader for this team. There is no doubt that Alabama is the favorite, but can anyone challenge them for the crown?
Even without Chip Kelly at the helm, the Ducks have the talent to go to the big game and have a chance to win it all. This team still has a solid core and a reputation as a program that has three consecutive 12 win seasons and three conference titles in four years.
This offense has eight returning starters to include De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota behind one of the best offensive lines in the country. That alone is enough to make the Ducks a favorite to win the championship.
Les Miles is always in the mix for a national championship. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was inconsistent a year ago, but with the added experience a better year is expected. As the Tigers look to establish the run early and often this season, running backs Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue will feel more pressure than any other players on the field due to the style of offense that Coach Miles looks to implement. The real strength of this team is the defense. Everyone knows about Barkevious Mingo and Bennie Logan being lost to the draft, but in total LSU lost seven starters from the smash mouth defense they had assembled a year ago. However Miles knows how to reload on defense and with one of the toughest home field advantages in all of football the Tigers have a chance to win it all.
Johnny Manziel will be one of the most talked about college football players in the country this year but it could be tough for him to live up to the hype from a year ago. He has done wonders for this program as they are a big player in the national recruiting scene.
The Aggies landing ESPN 150 QB Kyle Allen was big and they also added a verbal from a good defensive end in Jarrett Johnson as well.
The Aggies will put youngsters into play right away. Five four-star freshmen, from big Ricky Seals-Jones to tiny Laquvionte Gonzalez, will vie for immediate playing time against four-star redshirt freshman Edward Pope and sophomores Evans and Sabian Holmes. Although they don’t have experience, if it all comes together they could have a shot at the championship.
Anytime I can get head Coach Jimbo Fisher and a team full of talent at these odds I am going to take a second look. They have questions at quarterback and tough road games at Florida and Clemson, but they have a solid core of younger players ready to contribute. If players like Roberto Aguayo, Jameis Winston, and Chris Casher can get started, the Noles will be a dark horse to win it all!
The Gators stumbled down the stretch and in the bowl game against the Cardinals but they have some talent especially on offense. Jeff Driskel is a multi-talented QB who can run and throw and he will be stacked behind a big offensive line that should give him plenty of time.
Will Muschamp has recruited well and this team will be a major player this season with only the schedule being a big problem. The Gators have tough games at LSU and South Carolina along with a home game against the Noles. If the Gators can win a big game on the highway they have a good shot of winning it all.
Tajh Boyd has the potential to be a Heisman winner and the ACC schedule favors the Tigers as the host the Seminoles and don’t play Virginia Tech or Miami. The Tigers are returning seven starters from an offense that last year claimed the incredible achievement of posting 101 team and individual offensive statistical records in a single season.
Clemson also returns 32 sacks from last year’s squad, a total that ranks second in the ACC and fifth in the country. The Tigers’ sack percentage last season of 9 percent in BCS conference games ranked 10th in the country, better than the likes of LSU and Alabama. They are a dark horse for sure, but if Clemson wins the big games on the schedule against Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina they have a real shot at the championship
Mack Brown is considered a great coach by many and he may pull off the biggest feat of them all if he can win a championship this season.
Now Texas, with 19 returning starters, a third-year starting quarterback, two of the top running back recruits in the country, a top-five defensive end, four defensive tackles who would start just about anywhere, an offensive line full of two- and three-year starters, 34 sophomores and juniors who played as true freshmen, a new offensive scheme, and a new playcaller and quarterbacks coach, is ready to contend for the Big 12 title and possibly a national championship.
The rest of the Big 12 is in flux and the Longhorns have experience led by quarterback David Ash. No team in the country has played as many true freshmen (34) as Texas over the past two years. With a smothering defense, depth and experience with a good coach, the Longhorns may be the best long shot to win it all!