College Football Predictions Espn
When it comes to making college football picks, keep in mind that everything old is new again. Or what goes around comes around. Or you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Okay, maybe that last doesn’t quite work, but the point is that some longtime college football powers will meet up this weekend with the outcomes possibly going a long way toward determining this year’s national champion.
Snatching the national spotlight going into the weekend is Miami’s trip to Ohio State, a reprise of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl – a game won by the Buckeyes to earn them a BCS Championship. In the years since, both schools have seen quite a bit of change, but have both returned to national prominence. This Hurricanes team isn’t quite as loaded as the squad from last decade that sent Willis McGahee, Andre Johnson and Antrel Rolle – among others – to the NFL. But Randy Shannon’s team does feature a talented, even if young, defensive line that has shown an early ability to get after the quarterback.
That group will be tested against Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Now in his third season leading the Buckeye offense, no less than a championship is expected from Pryor. Oh, and a Heisman Trophy might be nice as well. If the four guys up front for the ‘Canes can’t slow him down, it’s going to be a long day at The Horseshoe. College Football Predictions Espn
Chances are a lot of the guys taking the field in Columbus on Saturday can remember watching that 2003 bowl game. The same can’t be said in the Penn State-Alabama matchup. Those teams met in the 1979 Sugar Bowl – long before this crop of players was even born. It was a game that belonged to the defenses and was highlighted by the Crimson Tide putting together a goal-line stand that netted them a 14-7 win and a national championship.
This year could be more of the same. Joe Paterno (who was still the Nittany Lions’ head coach way back in 1979) hasn’t quite revived the spirit of Linebacker U, but does have a deep and solid cast backing his front line. Alabama expects to be without reigning Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram again this week, so the pressure will be on Trent Richardson and company to draw those linebackers up and allow Greg McElroy and Julio Jones to light it up in the passing game.
The biggest challenge will likely be Penn State’s offense trying to figure out how to move the ball against the Alabama defense. Last season, the Crimson Tide were among the best in the country defensively and don’t appear to have lost very much in the way of talent. If you’re making college football picks this weekend, expect this to be a relatively low scoring affair with the Tide having more than enough to pull it out. College Football Predictions Espn
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