2013-2014 College Football Picks
By Matthew Martz
The last weekend of 2013 without football has finally come and gone, but before we share our picks on who we think has the best shot at winning this year's Super bowl, we thought it was only fitting that we make some predictions about which team will win the BCS Championship this season.
Will Texas A&M be able to pull off another massive upset, or will another team shock the football world?
Can Notre Dame put together another perfect season or does it really matter if they face Alabama again, a team that has won three of the last four BCS National Championship games and are favorites to do so again next year.
Loaded on defense, the Tide could win a fourth title in five years. But let’s don’t leave out Oregon (+650) who is stacked once again, but no longer have Chip Kelly at the controls. Still they have myriad of offensive weapons that could challenge for a national title.
After an undefeated season that led to nowhere thanks to sanctions, Ohio State is still ranked near the top (+700) and are the favorites to win the Big 10. The team has 13 returning starters with Heisman Trophy contender; quarterback Braxton Miller leading the way.
Meanwhile, LSU (+1300) has a chance at winning this year's conference title, but they will need to find a way to replace a number of key players on defense if they want to first challenge Texas A&M (+1500) for the top spot in the west. The Aggies shocked a lot of people last year by posting an 11-2 record in its inaugural SEC season. And if reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel can find his new receivers, the Aggies could make a charge.
Nevertheless, in a talent-packed SEC, A&M's rebuilt defense may find it difficult to hold opponents like Georgia, South Carolina and Florida off the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs (+1400) managed to win the East after earning a meeting with Alabama in the SEC Championship game, and gets back quarterback Aaron Murray.
However, the defense loses eight starters from a 2012 team that lost to division rival South Carolina (+2000) which notched its second consecutive 11-win season. Steve Spurrier has stocked his squad with plenty of talent, but the Gamecocks schedule may make it difficult for them to secure that elusive conference championship.
Especially, when it comes time to take on Florida (+2000), who despite the lack of a potent offense, maintains a tough defense capable of keeping them in the hunt.
So what about the rest of what the great state of Florida has to offer?
Well the Florida State Seminoles (+2000) will look to get their program back to national prominence, relying primarily on its tough defense, which is talented but untested.
Speaking of good defense, Louisville (+2000) brings back nine starters on that side of the ball. Add in potential overall pick Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, and the Cardinals have to be the favorite to win the conference title and a shot at this year's BCS Championship.
Finally, Texas (+3000) has a great deal of returning experience with 19 starters back from last year’s
9-4 team, and the its schedule plays to the Longhorns favor.
Others worth mentioning are Stanford (+1500), Clemson (+2500), Oklahoma State (+3000) and Oklahoma (+4000).
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