With 60 days or so left until the start of the season, what storylines do you think will potentially emerge? To me the signs points to a few things:
1. Oklahoma, Missouri, and Ohio State have the best shot at going undefeated this season. USC has a slightly tougher obstacle in having to beat OSU on the road as well as tangle with improving Pac-10 foes. SEC teams like Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, and Florida have either too daunting of a schedule (UGA, FL) or have too much pressure on a brand new QB (AUB) or both (Tennessee) to really be a threat to win out.
2. Parity. The last two years have been a dropoff from the epic 2005 season. I'm obviously biased from the Texas standpoint, but the numbers don't lie. Texas, USC, Penn State and a few other teams were dominant teams that could have compeated with any college football team in any season. The last couple of years you would be hard pressed to find any team that you could honestly make that claim about. While I believe the three teams mentioned above (OU, Mizzou, and OSU) have the best shot to run the table, don't expect an undefeated team in a BCS conference.
3. BYU. Get used to hearing about them. If I were BYU fan, I'd start making the travel plans to be in a BCS bowl game. As sad as it sounds, if they put together a Hawaii-like season they could find themselves playing for it all. They return a potent offense and might as would be more challenged facing the Utah School for the Blind 12 straight weeks.
4. Left field. Parity, injuries, schedules, underclassmen etc means that some teams will seemingly come out of no where to challenge for a spot at the top. By the same token, there are easily 3 to 4 preseason top 10 teams that may not be in the top 15 to end the season. Last year it was ASU, Kansas, and Illinois emerging. Most people seem to think Tech is the darkhorse to emerge this year, personally i think the darkhorse will come out of the ACC between VTech and Wake Forest. On the other hand teams like Clemson, WVA, and Auburn could easily drop following a tough offseason of injuries, arrests, uncertainty at the like.
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