Scott Moore Makes His Predictions

Each year at this time I try to make an educated guess at the top BCS contenders from the top 25 and see how it stacks up. Last year in this space, I picked Florida to repeat as National Champion and defeat Texas in the BCS Title game.

I picked Alabama to go 13-1 and play in the Sugar Bowl and finish in the top 5 but was off just a tad as the Tide picked up it's 13th National Championship.

Realistically, there are only 7-8 teams that have the talent, depth, coaching, and schedule that can lead to a national title, and rarely does one come from outside the top 15 to win it all. There are contenders and then there are pretenders.

Let's take a look at my 2010 pre-season top 25:

No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats: Wonder how Cincy will adjust to life after Brian Kelley.

No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies. Great offensive football team, but NO defense.

No. 23 Stanford Cardinal: With NCAA sanctions looming at USC, Andrew Luck is the key for the Cardinal.

No. 22 North Carolina Tar Heels. They can make some noise in the ACC but have to win the close ones.

No. 23 Miami Hurricanes: Randy Shannon has recruited very well, but if the Canes don't win nine games, the natives will start to gripe...loudly!

No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Paul Johnson might be the ACC's best coach and he will have a team that can be the dark horse for the ACC Championship.

No. 21 Pitt Panthers: I never would have believed it, but Dave Wanstedt has become a pretty good football coach and his team will have a lot to say about the Big East Crown in 2010.

No. 20 Georgia : Mark Richt : Two SEC titles and the best 10 year run since the Dooley era. All adds up to the hottest seat in the SEC East.

No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions: Great defensive football team. Very average offensive team and lack of overall team speed.

No. 18 LSU Bengal Tigers: 8-8 in the SEC the past two seasons with top five talent nationally. Les Miles is running out of fans in Baton Rouge. Hottest Seat in the SEC West.

No. 17 USC Trojans: How in the world is a punk like Lane Kiffen earning nearly 4 mill a year with a losing record? NCAA sanctions straight ahead for USC may mean an end to the Trojan dynasty.

No. 16 FSU Seminoles. Bobby is out and Jimbo is in. But if you are a Seminole to the core are you really all that excited about Fisher in Tallahassee?

No. 15 Arkansas Razorbacks : Petrino spent the spring on plan to beat Bama. Problem is his defense and an SEC West that is the most talent laiden in the country,

No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks: If ever there was a time for Carolina, this could be it!

No. 13 Auburn Tigers : A manageable schedule and upgraded talent give AU a 10 win season.

No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers: In a conference three horse race , The Badgers are the third best team in a weak big 10.

No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Pelini can coach defense for sure, but where is the O?

No. 10 Oregon Ducks: With Masoli out for the season, so goes with it the Ducks' shot at Glendale (site of BCS Championship Game).

No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs: Their performance on the big stage last year is may be something they can learn from. Still on the outside looking in as far as the BCS goes.

No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes: This is a real big time BCS Title contender. They will have to run the table to get to Glendale, and that road goes through Columbus.

No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners: Landry Jones got some big time experience last year and The Red River Rivalry will decide the Big 12 title again.

No. 6 Boise State Broncos: Boise State is talented and very well coached but if they played in the SEC they are at best a three loss team. A loss to Virginia Tech in the opening week will keep the Broncos out of the BCS Title game.

No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies: This could be one of Frank Beamer's best teams at Tech. For the ACC Champ to make it to Glendale, they must be undefeated. A tough schedule will keep the Hokies just short of the national title.

No. 4 Florida Gators : No Tebow, lack of experience of defense and playing Alabama twice will put the Gators in the Sugar Bowl for the second consecutive year.

No. 3 Texas Longhorns: Garret Gilbert will be one of college football's newest stars at quarterback and the Horns' defense will again be outstanding. Texas might not have the luck it had a year ago against Texas and OU and a loss to either one will spell Holiday Bowl for Texas.

No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes: The Bucks have it all on offense and defense and if Terrel Pryor can continue his growing spurt The Bucks will play for the BCS Title in Glendale.

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide: Heisman winner and the nation's best backup. On the edges, the country's most talented wide out. A quarterback who has never lost a game. A defense that has the nation's most feared linebacker ( Dont'a Hightower), most dominant defensive lineman and most productive safety. 24 straight wins over the past two regular seasons make Alabama the team to beat in 2010.

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