The usual suspects of pre-season magazines are out, and I thought I'd chime in with my predictions for the national championship since my shots in the dark are just as worthy as others'.
Later in the week I'll provide the predicted final standings of college football's premier conference, the SEC, if you're interested.
After checking out the pre-season mags, it's clear that the fashionable picks for national champions are either UGA or USC.
If there is a program that has the easiest road to the BCS National Championship Charade in January, it would have to Southern Cal. They're stocked with talent, and there are no major roadblocks in the juggernaut's way except for its home game on Sept. 13 vs. Ohio State.
USC is a safe bet. I get it.
I see why UGA is getting lots of pub. Knowshon Moreno is a stud. They have a solid QB. And they have consistently recruited outstanding talent for years. But they play in the SEC where programs are notorious for beating up on each other. Also, the last two national champions have been SEC squads. I don't see a three-peat. SEC schedules will take their toll on UGA, Florida, LSU, and AllBarn (all legit national title contenders).
So I'm going to make a bold prediction: Mizzou will meet USC in the title game.
While Tony Temple is gone, there is depth at RB. The offense will be much the same, and the defense will be strong. The first game is against Illinois, which is on the rise, but I'm still not a believer in the Illini beating them this year. The crucial test will be Mizzou's visit to Austin on Oct. 18.
So you read it here first: USC vs. Mizzou in the BCS National Championship Game.