2013 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: SEC


BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Our easy-to-digest previews come to an end with the vaunted SEC. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Active Since: 1933

Current Member Schools:
East Division: Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Missouri Tigers
West Division: Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Louisiana State (LSU) Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies (14)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: Sugar Bowl (BCS), Capital One Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Outback Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Bowl (10)

2012 Results:
Conference Champion — Alabama Crimson Tide
Conference Runner-up — Georgia Bulldogs
BCS Bowl Results: BCS National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide 42 vs. Notre Dame 14; Sugar Bowl: Louisville 33 vs. Florida 23
Overall Bowl Record: 6-3

2013 Heisman Hopefuls: Texas A&M QB Johny Manziel, Alabama Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Georgia QB Aaron Murray

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Alabama Crimson Tide
Conference Runner-up — Florida Gators
BCS bids: Alabama Crimson Tide — BCS National Championship Game; Georgia Bulldogs — Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists — Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney

2013 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: Pac-12


BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Our easy-to-digest previews continue with the Pac-12, a conference experiencing a true renaissance. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Pacific 12 Conference (Pac-12)

Active Since: 1915

Current Member Schools:

North Division: California Golden Bears, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Stanford Cardinal, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars
South Division: Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, UCLA Bruins, Southern California (USC) Trojans, Colorado Buffaloes, Utah Utes  (12)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: Rose Bowl (BCS), New Mexico Bowl, MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl (7)

2012 Results:
Conference Champion — Stanford Cardinal
Conference Runner-up — UCLA Bruins
BCS Bowl Results: Rose Bowl — Stanford 20 vs. Wisconsin 14; Fiesta Bowl — Oregon 35 vs. Kansas State 17
Overall Bowl Record: 4-4

2013 Heisman Hopefuls: USC WR Marqise Lee, Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Oregon Ducks
Conference Runner-up — Stanford Cardinal
BCS bids: Stanford Cardinal — BCS National Title Game; Oregon Ducks — Rose Bowl
Heisman Finalists — USC WR Marqise Lee, Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

2013 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: Big 12

BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Our easy-to-digest previews continue with the Big 12. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Big 12 Conference (Big 12)

Active Since: 1996

Current Member Schools: Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, West Virginia Mountaineers, Baylor Bears, Oklahoma State Cowboys, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns. (10)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: Fiesta Bowl (BCS), Texas Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Cotton Bowl (7)

2012 Results:
Conference Champion — Kansas State
Conference Runner-up — Oklahoma Sooners
BCS Bowl Results: 2013 Fiesta Bowl — Oregon 35 vs. Kansas State 17
Overall Bowl Record: 4-5

2013 Heisman Hopefuls: Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk, Oklahoma QB Blake Bell

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Oklahoma State Cowboys
Conference Runner-up — TCU Horned Frogs
BCS bids: Oklahoma State — Fiesta Bowl; TCU — Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists — None

2013 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: Big Ten

BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Our easy-to-digest previews continue with the Big Ten. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Big Ten Conference (Big Ten, B1G)

Active Since: 1896

Current Member Schools:

Leaders Division: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan Wolverines, Iowa Hawkeyes, Northwestern Wildcats, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Legends Division: Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers (12)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: Rose Bowl (BCS), Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Gator Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl (8)

2012 Results:
Conference Champion — Wisconsin Badgers
Conference Runner-up — Nebraska Cornhuskers
BCS Bowl Results: 2013 Rose Bowl — Stanford 20 vs. Wisconsin 15
Overall Bowl Record: 2-5

Heisman Hopefuls: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah, Michigan QB Devin Gardner

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Ohio State Buckeyes
Conference Runner-up — Nebraska Cornhuskers
BCS bids: Ohio State — Rose Bowl
Heisman Finalists — Braxton Miller

2013 AQ Conference Profiles: American Athletic Conference

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BCS Know How will take you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Short and sweet previews begin with the newly renamed and reorganized American Athletic Conference. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC)

Active Since: 1979 (as the original Big East)

Current Member Schools: Cincinnati Bearcats, Connecticut Huskies, Houston Cougars, Louisville Cardinals, Memphis Tigers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, SMU Mustangs, South Florida Bulls, Temple Owls, UCF Knights (10)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: BCS Bowl (At-large), Russell Athletic Bowl, Belk Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (7)

2012 Results:
(As the Big East)
Conference Champion — Louisville Cardinals (11-2, 5-2)
Conference Runners-up — Cincinnati Bearcats (10-3, 5-2), Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-4, 5-2), Syracuse Orange (8-5, 5-2)
BCS Bowl Results: 2013 Sugar Bowl: Louisville 33 vs. Florida 23
Overall Bowl Record: 3-2

Heisman Hopefuls: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Connecticut RB Lyle McCombs, Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Louisville Cardinals
Conference Runner-up — Rutgers Scarlet Knights
BCS Bids — Louisville — Fiesta Bowl
Heisman Finalists: None

Conference Profile Wrap Up and 2010 College Football Predictions

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 12-part series of conference profiles here at BCS Know How, and now that that’s complete here are all of the projections grouped together to make one ultimate 2010 college football season projection. Enjoy!

Projected BCS Conference Champions

Atlantic Coast Conference: Virginia Tech Hokies

Big Ten Conference: Ohio State Buckeyes

Big 12 Conference: Oklahoma Sooners

Big East Conference: Connecticut Huskies

Pacific 10 Conference: Oregon State Beavers

Southeastern Conference (SEC): Alabama Crimson Tide

Projected 2011 BCS Bowls

Rose Bowl: Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon State Beavers

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Orange Bowl: Connecticut Huskies vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Sugar Bowl: Texas Longhorns vs. Georgia Bulldogs

BCS National Championship Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

2010 Heisman Hopefuls

In no particular order:

Miami (FL) QB Jacory Harris, Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams, Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor, Penn State RB Evan Royster, Oklahoma QB Landry Jones,  Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter, Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis, West Virginia RB Noel Devine, Alabama RB Mark Ingram; Georgia WR AJ Green; Alabama WR Julio Jones, Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet, Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Oregon State RB Jaquizz Rodgers, Oregon RB LaMichael James, Washington QB Jake Locker, Houston QB Case Keenum, Rice RB Sam McGuffie, Southern Miss WR DeAndre Brown, Temple RB Bernard Pierce, Northern Illinois RB Chad Spann, TCU QB Andy Dalton, Wyoming QB Austyn Carta-Samuels, Middle Tennessee State QB Dwight Dasher, North Texas RB Lance Dunbar, Florida Atlantic RB Alfred Morris, Boise State QB Kellen Moore, Idaho QB Nathan Enderle, Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, Navy QB Ricky Dobbs, Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd

Projected 2010 Heisman Finalists

Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor, Alabama RB Mark Ingram, Boise State QB Kellen Moore, Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis

A preseason Heisman Watch is coming up soon! Stay tuned!

Think we missed anything/anyone/any team? Let us know!

2010 BCS Profiles: Independent FBS Schools

This is 12th and final in a series of conference profiles as part of BCS Know How’s season preview. Today we focus on the FBS independent schools.

Conference: FBS Independents

Current Member Schools: Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Navy Midshipmen, Army Black Knights. (3)

Bowl Affiliations: Poinsettia Bowl (Navy), Armed Forces Bowl (Army and Navy), Big East Bowls (Notre Dame).

2009 Results:
Overall Bowl Record: 1-0
Heisman Vote Recipients: Notre Dame WR Golden Tate (10th Overall)
AP All-Americans: Notre Dame WR Golden Tate (1st Team),

2010 Outlook: Three teams — Navy, Army and Notre Dame — make up the odd troika of Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools, three squads that although are a part of the FBS and can participate in the BCS, do not belong to any conference.

Of course, these three schools are well known and well followed around the country, with the armed forces getting national support and Notre Dame the closest thing the nation has to a collegiate “America’s Team” with their national television contract.

Yet, for all their past glory and tradition, the past couple seasons have been tough for Fighting Irish football as high expectations have been met with sub-par results on the field. Coach Charlie Weiss, quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wide receiver Golden Tate have all moved on after two disappointing seasons.

Notre Dame now looks to break out of a two-season funk with a new coach (former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly), new quarterback (likely junior Dayne Crist) and new lead receiver and Heisman hopeful (Michael Floyd).

The Irish are usually a media darling if successful and could be in contention for a BCS bowl bid if they can get to nine wins this season.

For all the recent struggles of the Fighting Irish, the Midshipmen at Navy have been a surprisingly consistent and successful team during the past half decade. The Midshipmen were even able to weather the departure of coach Paul Johnson after the 2008 season, and finished 10-4 last season including a convincing 35-13 victory in the Texas Bowl over Missouri.

Navy’s star on offense, quarterback Ricky Dobbs is back to improve upon his record-breaking 2009 campaign, when he broke the FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (27). Mastering the triple option has been a revelation for Dobbs and the Midshipmen, a different look for teams accustomed to more traditional offensive attacks, and gives the team an upper hand in every game.

Don’t be surprised if the Midshipmen finish the season ranked or even make a late push at a BCS bowl.

A revitalized Army team may round out a group of three without a losing record among them, as second-year coach Rich Ellerson may finally have the pieces to make a marked improvement on the Black Knights offense and defensive scheme. Air Force transfer fullback Jared Hasin and any combination of Army quarterbacks might just hold the keys to whether the Knights can submit a winning record in 2010.

2010 Heisman Hopefuls: Navy QB Ricky Dobbs, Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd

BCS Know How’s 2010 Predictions:
“Conference Champion” – Navy (10-2)
“Conference Runner-up” – Notre Dame (8-4)
Heisman Finalists: None