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There's no need to play the rest of the season because the future has already been written and now the story simply needs to be told. Having been granted exclusive access to the gameplan for the second half of the year as written up by the College Football Gods, consider this your spoiler alert. If you don't want to know what's going to happen, stop reading immediately. You've been warned.
No team will be unbeaten by the end of the day on December 1st
Alabama looks unbeatable, right? It should – it hasn't played anyone with a pulse. Actually, Michigan isn't bad, but Denard Robinson and that offense was the perfect one-dimensional fit for a Tide defense that had no problems keying on one player.
The defending national champion has played just one team – 2011 Arkansas – over the past two seasons that could throw with any semblance of effectiveness, and it's soon going to be tested by Tyler Bray and the Tennessee passing attack and the Texas A&M offensive show. Those two games, along with a road date at LSU and a nasty home battle against Mississippi State, will all be dangerous, but it will be the Aggies who'll have just the right mix to pull off the shocker to be the right team on the right day. Alabama will then go on to beat Georgia in the SEC championship.
Oregon will lose at USC on November 3rd, but will win the rematch in the Pac-12 championship. Kansas State will lose at West Virginia; Florida will lose to Georgia; Notre Dame will lose at Oklahoma; Oregon State will lose a few times; Mississippi State will lose to Alabama and LSU; Ohio State will lose at Wisconsin; Cincinnati will lose to Louisville; Louisville will lose to Rutgers; Rutgers will lose to Cincinnati; and Ohio will lose at Ball State and to Northern Illinois in the MAC championship.
But Alabama will still play for, and win, the national championship. As for the second team …
The winner of the SEC championship will end up going to Miami to be the No. 1 seed in the BCS championship, and then the discussion will turn to whether or not it should be an all-SEC national title game for the second season in a row.
Georgia will get out to an early lead before hanging on for dear life to give Florida its only loss. The Dawgs will win the head-to-head tie-breaker and go to the SEC championship game where they'll lose to Alabama. An 11-1 Florida team will be hovering around the top two after beating eventual ACC champion Florida State in the regular season finale, but there will be many who'll argue that it's not right that a team that didn't win its own division – like Alabama last year – would get a chance to play for the national championship for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, the only other viable one-loss team in the hunt – the Big Easters won't get a seat at this adult table - will be Notre Dame, who'll drop its date at Oklahoma in a close, hard-fought loss, but will make a major statement by rolling over USC in the regular season finale to finish 11-1.
The polls will be split down the middle and the BCS computer formulas will kick into high gear. With the Gators and Irish each not playing a 13th conference championship game, nervous fans will be trying to figure out all the various factors on Championship Saturday that might come into play. In the end, the human pollsters aren't going to want to see an SEC vs. SEC BCS championship for a second straight season, the Irish will get just enough of a bump to get the call, and the sports world will be screaming and yelling for the timetable on the upcoming playoff system to be moved up a year.
Your 2012 Heisman finish will be …
1. Braxton Miller, QB Ohio State; 2. Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame; 3. Geno Smith, QB West Virginia; 4. Collin Klein, QB Kansas State; 5. Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M.
The BCS matchups will be …
BCS championship – Alabama over Notre Dame (and big)
Rose Bowl – Oregon over Wisconsin (and bigger)
Fiesta Bowl – Oklahoma over USC (by far the most fun shootout of the bunch)
Sugar Bowl – Florida over Kansas State (in the grindiest BCS game ever)
Orange Bowl – Florida State over Rutgers (by double digits)
The conference champions will be …
ACC – Florida State; Big East – Rutgers; Big Ten – Wisconsin; Big 12 – Oklahoma; Conference USA – Tulsa; MAC – Northern Illinois; Mountain West – Boise State; Pac-12 – Oregon; SEC – Alabama; Sun Belt – Western Kentucky; WAC – Louisiana Tech
Five interesting things to watch out for in the second half of the season
- Boise State will finish a very, very quiet 11-1. It won't have the big win over a top BCS team like it had in past seasons, and there won't be any style points, but the Broncos will finish the regular season with one loss or fewer for the fifth straight season.
- There won't be nearly as many big job openings as there usually are at the end of the year. Some of the top coaches on the hot seat - Mack Brown, Bo Pelini, Gene Chizik, Tim Beckman and Paul Johnson - will all be back. Arkansas will be the big one, but that will be filled by Louisville's Charlie Strong. Tennessee will be the other huge job, while Boston College, Kentucky, California and Colorado will also be open.
- Several lower-tier bowls will be scrambling because the Big East and Conference USA won't have enough teams to fill their slots. The idea of bowl tie-ins won't mean much with several bowls looking to take care of their own ticket-selling needs.
- The next big realignment moves will be Rutgers to the Big Ten, Louisville to the Big 12 and South Florida to the ACC.
After what's going to happen over the second half of 2012, the 2013 preseason top ten will be …
1. Alabama, 2. Ohio State, 3. Florida, 4. Oregon, 5. Notre Dame, 6. LSU, 7. Michigan, 8. Clemson, 9. Georgia, 10. Oklahoma
After what's going to happen over the second half of 2012, the top ten picks in the NFL draft will be …
1. Star Lotulelei, DT Utah; 2. Geno Smith, QB West Virginia; 3. Johnathan Hankins, DT Ohio State; 4. Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia; 5. Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas; 6. Barkevious Mingo, LB LSU; 7. Sam Montgomery, DE LSU; 8. Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State; 9. Johnthan Banks, CB Mississippi State; 10. Matt Barkley, QB USC