We are back with the conference previews for the PAC 12, SEC, and BIG 12.

PAC 12 Championship Game Prediction

pac12Oregon (North Division Champion) vs. UCLA (South Division Champion) – Oregon PAC 12 Champion

Contenders: Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona

This conference boils down to; can anyone stop Oregon? With Marcus Mariotta returning for his senior season, the Oregon offense is poised to the score a ton of points. They have an early test at home against Michigan State and that will be a great challenge to see if they can control the line of scrimmage. They should win the North easily but if they were to slip up against Stanford (which they have in recent years), they will have to go undefeated against other conference foes. UCLA brings back Brett Hundley, who had a breakout season last year and should be a first round pick in next year’s draft. UCLA should be able to handle their South Division foes but will have important non-conference road games against Virginia and Texas. Devin Fuller (New Jersey’s own) will be deep threat that will take off pressure on Hundley. Stanford prides itself on playing a run heavy offense and out-toughing their opponents. If they can continue that trend, they should be a formidable force in the North Division.

Sleepers: USC

I would have put USC as one of the contenders in the South Division but they just lost their top defensive player Josh Shaw, due to him lying about jumping out a window to save a drowning nephew. It turns out he jumped out a window and no one knows why. USC is entering the last year of dealing with NCAA sanctions and should be ultra-competitive in the PAC 10’s weakest division.

Big 12 Championship Game Prediction

big12No championship game. Conference Champion- Baylor

Contenders: Baylor, Oklahoma

With no conference championship game, this conference championship is going to be determined by best conference record and if teams are still tied, the best AP/Coaches Poll ranking. In the age of the college football playoff, the conference championship game is made moot and the Big 12 is taking advantage of being the only conference not to have one, as its one less game to be judged on. Baylor returns an exceptional offense that will blow teams out and win games 50-40. If they play consistent defense they could potentially sneak in as the last football playoff team. Oklahoma comes into the season ranked as the 4th best team in the country but they always seems to stub their feet against inferior competition. It’s fair to say that if they go undefeated they will make it into the playoffs, but how they win those games will be more of an indication of their post season future.

Sleepers: Texas, Texas Tech

I am one of the biggest Kliff Kingsbury fans and think he will be one of the top college coaches in the country. He was the genius behind Johnny Manziel when he was at Texas A&M and can make dog poop into gold. That is what he will need to do this year for Texas Tech to be bowl eligible. They will score points, but it will come down whether their defense can get off the field. Charlie Strong takes over a Texas team that has been underperforming for what seems like 2 years. He has already kicked off multiple players from the team which is never a good thing but will set the tone for the type of team he wants to have in the future. They have a ton of talent across the board and it will be mostly about how consistent they can be.

SEC Championship Game Prediction

secAlabama (SEC West Champions) vs. Georgia (SEC East Champions) – Alabama SEC Champions

Contenders: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss

Talk about a loaded conference. There are 5 legitimate teams that could win the conference plus they might get two teams in the college playoff, depending on how the other conferences fair. Alabama returns most of their stout defense and should have enough firepower on offense to win games. There is a lot that can happen from now until the Auburn game in late November, but I do not see how they can lose as long as they do not suffer significant injuries on defense. Auburn returns Nick Marshall, who was a revelation last year in leading Auburn to the national title game. They are not going to sneak up on many teams this year as beating Auburn will make any teams’ season. They have the same problem Alabama has in looking to that last game. Georgia is the clear favorite to win the East division and their annual game against Florida will most likely determine the division winner. In a crowded SEC West, look for Ole Miss to make noise with returning Five-Star recruits who will only get better. They will need a lot of things to happen for them to win the West, but if they play hard-nosed defense and don’t turn the ball over (as they are prone to do) they will be in the conversation.

Sleepers: Texas A&M, LSU

How can LSU be a sleeper? Very easy, they play in a crowded SEC WEST. They will be playing the number one team in the country, with a true freshman at running back, which always scares me, in Leonard Fournette. They comparisons are already being thrown around, billing him as the next Adrian Peterson. If he can be 50% of what AP was in his freshman year, they’ll have a Heisman contender. Texas A&M has Kevin Sumlin as their head coach, and with his innovative offense he should be able to guide his team to score a ton of points. They have a tough first game against South Carolina in Columbia and if they can get a win there, it will go a long way to competing for an East Division championship.

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