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Horrible Predictions: College Football ’13

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AJ McCarron and Alabama looked poised to win their fourth title in five years.

Over the past four years, I’ve started to think my daughter is good luck for Alabama football.

Since she was born in 2009, the Crimson Tide has lost just four games and won three national championships.

It seems as though she is quite the lucky charm – and I expect that to continue again this year.

I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t want Alabama to win the title again this season. They are hoping this is the year the Tide suffers two or three losses and ends up in the Cotton or Capital One Bowl.

Sorry to tell them, but I think this is Alabama’s best team in the Saban era. Yes, even better than the 2009 title team.

I know that’s a bold statement, but quarterback AJ McCarron and the load of skill players could be even more explosive than the 2009 squad that had Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Julio Jones. As for the defense, that’s never a question for a Saban team. I think it will have a better pass rush than last year, and will also be better prepared for spread offenses.

Yes, I’m picking Alabama to win its fourth title in five years, and cement its place amongst the top dynasties in all of college sports.

I predicted Bama to win last year, although I was way off in them facing Wisconsin (the Badgers did end up winning the Big Ten thanks to Ohio State being ineligible).

Overall, I got three of the conference winners correct last year. Hopefully my 2013 predictions are a bit more accurate.

SEC: Alabama over South Carolina

The Tide cap off an unbeaten regular season with a second-half beat down on South Carolina.

Big Ten: Ohio State over Nebraska

The Buckeyes don’t go unbeaten in conference play, but they roll in the B1G title game against the Cornhuskers.

Big 12: Oklahoma

A late slip-up is the only thing that keeps the Sooners out of the title game, though they still win the conference thanks to a big win over Texas.

PAC 12: Oregon over UCLA

The Ducks wrap up an undefeated regular season and clinch a berth in the BCS title game.

ACC: Clemson over Miami (Fla.)

A late drive from Taj Boyd and the Tigers seals the conference title for Clemson.

American Athletic: Louisville

The Cardinals go unbeaten, but find themselves out of the title picture due to a poor schedule.

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Jadeveon Clowney should win the Heisman this season.

Heisman: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Clowney beats out SEC rivals AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel, as well as Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, to become the first defensive player to win the Heisman since Charles Woodson.

Orange Bowl: Clemson over Louisville

In a match-up between two of the top QBs in the country, it turns out to be Clemson’s defense that wins the day.

Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M over Texas

Texas won’t like this match-up, but would they really opt out of a BCS game just to avoid playing A&M? Meanwhile, the Aggies would absolutely try to run up the score.

Rose Bowl: Stanford over Ohio State

The Cardinals have shown they know how to slow high-paced offenses, which leads them to a win over the Buckeyes.

Fiesta Bowl: Florida State over Oklahoma

The Sooners, still bummed about blowing a chance at the title game late in the year, come out uninspired and get blasted by the Seminoles.

National Championship: Alabama over Oregon

Four title in five years. Dynasty.

Mad Ramblings

• There was so much hype heading into the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, that it seemed unlikely it would live up to it. Instead, it has exceeded expectations

The first three episodes of the final season have been amazing. AMAZING.

Each episode has been intense with at least one “oh shit!” moment. There’s only five episodes left, and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

• Speaking of Breaking Bad, here is a great animated video of the Star Trek fan fiction as imagined by Badger.

• Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are still having their little tiff. Sambora released a new song on YouTube a couple of weeks ago, which drew rave reviews from fans. Then he tweeted this:

“Thank u everyone.. No ones considered me a lead singer…..”

Sigh. Something tells me the band won’t be getting back together anytime soon.

• I’m teach Yeh-Peu-Dah how to play fantasy football after she joined a league with her co-workers. When we were going over basics, she looked at the magazine and said, “Trent Richardson? Didn’t he play for Alabama?” Yup, she’s a keeper.

• With the preseason nearly over, I’m cautiously optimistic about the Bears this season. How optimistic? Check my NFL Horrible Predictions next week.

• Finally, Patty got these in the email last week. I can’t wait for Sept. 14!

Bear Down and Keep the Faith!

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About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

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