The start to the 2012 College Football season is upon us. Everyone is still undefeated right now, as optimism flows through each fanbase.
I'll break down and pick the winner of each conference, the winner of the BCS championship game, and the finalists and winner for the Heisman trophy.
Big East Champion: South Florida--USF is led by quarterback B.J. Daniels, an athletic dual-threat QB who ran for 601 yards and six touchdowns last year. The Big East is the weakest of the BCS conferences, but USF, Louisville, and Pitt give them a strong top three.
Big Ten Champion: Michigan--Quarterback Denard Robinson will lead the Wolverines to the top of the Big Ten this year. One of the fastest and most dynamic players in the country, Robinson will cause problems for the strong defenses of the Big Ten.
ACC Champion: Virginia Tech--There is a lot of competition for VT this year, but they should come out on top. FSU, Clemson, and UNC also have very good teams. NC State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and UVA are no pushovers either. But the Hokies have a great defense and enough offensive firepower to win the conference.
Big 12 Champion: Oklahoma--This pick was basically a toss up between Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State. But OK State should take a big step back after losing Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to the NFL, while Landry Jones chose to stay in college and the Sooners also brought in top WR recruit Trey Metoyer. Texas has some QB uncertainty, and WV is talented but played a weak conference schedule in the Big East.
SEC Champion: LSU--The SEC is so good that it's hard to predict here. I think LSU will face UGA in the SEC championship game, but Alabama could easily replace LSU from the West and Florida replace UGA in the East. LSU gets Alabama at home this year, which is the biggest reason I have them winning.
Pac-12 Champion: USC--Quarterback Matt Barkley might be the best player in the country this season, and his presence is the biggest reason I have USC winning the Pac-12. He also gets to throw to arguably the best WR in the country, Robert Woods. This offense will be tough to stop.
5. Marcus Lattimore, RB (South Carolina)
4. Aaron Murray, QB (Georgia)
3. Montee Ball, RB (Wisconsin)
2. Landry Jones, QB (Oklahoma)
1. Matt Barkley, QB (USC)
BCS Championship: USC defeats LSU. LSU lost Morris Clairborne, Michael Brockers, Reuben Randle, and Brandon Taylor to the NFL and Tyrann Mathieu to suspension, and they have to face Auburn, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas A&M, all great teams. They are going to be worn down by the time they have to face the powerful USC team. The Trojans' offense is exceptional, maybe best in the country, led by quarterback Matt Barkley. Coach Lane Kiffin has a lot of doubters, and will silence them with a BCS championship victory.