Florida, Alabama favored by ESPN analysts
It's one day before the official start of college football season and in case you haven't noticed, everybody's got an opinion about who's going to be good, who's not, and who's going to win what.
The analysts from ESPN's College GameDay - Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard - have weighed in, along with ESPN analysts Ed Cunningham, Bob Davie, Lou Holtz, Craig James and Jesse Palmer.
Here is the team each predicts will win the SEC and the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN). Check it out and see if you agree:
THE ANALYSTS ON THE SEC
Kirk Herbstreit : Florida (over Auburn). John Brantley is going to perform well, I think Jeff Demps is going to have a breakout year this year, put up some huge numbers. And the defense will have a chance to really rally around people questioning some of the youth and inexperience.
Lee Corso: Florida. They’ve got tremendous athletes on both sides of the ball, a favorable schedule -- they could lose to Alabama at Alabama, and still win it in the SEC title game in Atlanta.
Desmond Howard: Alabama. But not against Florida. I have Alabama against Georgia in the SEC championship game.
Ed Cunningham: ?? There are almost four teams that can compete with all too many unanswered questions.
Bob Davie: Alabama. Because of their ability to run the football and minimize mistakes.
Lou Holtz: Alabama (over South Carolina). A winner at QB, two great RBs, Julio Jones at WR, good offensive line and SABAN will always have a great defense.
Craig James: Alabama. Anybody who picks another team to win the SEC is throwing mud against the wall trying to look good “if” their pick is right. No plausible reason to pick any other team in the SEC.
Jesse Palmer: Alabama. With nine starters back on offense, and the best 1-2 combination in the Bowl Subdivision at RB, Alabama continues its physical dominance on both sides of the ball in 2010.
THE BCS PREDICTIONS
Kirk Herbstreit: Ohio State (over Oklahoma) I like Oklahoma coming out of the Big 12 but I think Jim Tressel will open up the playbook this year for Terrelle Pryor.
Lee Corso: Nebraska Beating Florida, just like in 1995. Nebraska’s defense wins it.
Desmond Howard: Alabama. The trend right now is whoever wins the SEC championship game, they go to the BCS championship game, so I’ve got Alabama beating the team who I say will be there in 2010, Miami.
Ed Cunningham: Wisconsin (over TCU). TCU overtakes Boise State in the standings because of tougher in-conference play at the end of the season and Wisconsin’s schedule sets up pretty well.
Bob Davie: Alabama over Ohio State. Alabama is a back-to-back champ.
Lou Holtz: Ohio State (over Boise State). The Big 10 wins the championship. Boise State loses their first game. Ohio State is not the best team, Alabama is – but they lose to Florida in Tuscaloosa. With a target on your back, it’s hard not to get wounded when everyone is shooting at you.
Craig James: Alabama (over Ohio State). The balance of the Tide’s offense and their speed on defense will allow them to somewhat contain Pryor. There’s nothing like experience when it comes to playing BIG games, and the Tide has lots of experience to pull from.
Jesse Palmer: Alabama (over Ohio State). SEC wins fifth straight national championship behind physical running and aggressive defense.