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Experts Discussion ... The Next Superpower
Alabama OT Andre Smith
Alabama OT Andre Smith
Posted Jul 14, 2008

The next really big, national title-caliber superpower will be …

Preview 2008 - Experts Roundtable

Part 13 - The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...

CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about them.

Along with
Pete Fiutak and Richard Cirminiello from CFN in the discussion are ...

- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, - College Football Columnist

- Bruce Feldman, - College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The Sporting News - College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, - College Football Columnist

- Part 1 What aspect of college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football guilty pleasure
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8 Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two Heismans?
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11 How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games

- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman Winner

The next really big, national title-caliber superpower will be …

Does Michigan count? Wisconsin seems like it’s one top-shelf recruiting class away from going to another level, but the next really big national title superpower is going to be Alabama. Nick Saban, after his monster recruiting classes of the past few years, will make Alabama a yearly player in the national title chase, sort of like LSU and Florida is right now, by 2010.

Richard Cirminiello: Clemson.  If Tommy Bowden can finally…get…Clemson…over…the…hump, the program is poised to go on an extended role.  All bets are off if the Tigers gag this season, but the table is set for them to use 2008 as a launching pad.  They’ve got the tradition, facilities, fan support, and recruiting base to become a powerhouse out of a suddenly watered-down ACC that’s there for the taking.  Now all they have to do is go out and meet expectations for a change.

Steve Greenberg: UCLA

Dennis Dodd: --South Florida has a chance. It plays in a league it can dominate. It has access to all those great Florida players. It has a donor base and the coaching staff is fantastic.

In the Big East also, look out for Rutgers and -- can't believe I'm writing this -- Cincinnati.

--This Missouri thing isn't a fluke. Gary Pinkel is recruiting great. Even when his program was down, I couldn't find a coach around the country who said a bad thing about him. Now he's got the weapons in a league he can win.

--BYU is returning to its previous form, but by its non-BCS status it is going to have trouble dominating.

--Oregon or Arizona State in the Pac-10. USC can't go on forever. Oregon has a great coaching staff and the Nike money. As long as Dennis Erickson stays at ASU, it will be a Pac-10 contender.

--This is going to sound weird but how about Alabama? It's been a looooong time since it was a superpower. If the Sabanator stays around the Tide could turn.

Bruce Feldman: Michigan. Rich Rodriguez will recruit better than Lloyd Carr did and his staff is great at developing talent. It’s amazing to think that West Virginia, which probably has had no top 20-rated recruiting classes beat both Georgia and Oklahoma in BCS bowls in the last four years.

Teddy Greenstein: Northwest Missouri State. Those Bearcats can really play. And the recruits they have coming in ... wow. A Division II juggernaut.

Charles Davis:
Next National Title Superpower? If Brian Kelly ever takes over a “traditional” top 25 type program, look out…he’ll continue to do great things at Cincinnati in the meantime

Stewart Mandel: Florida.