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

2010 Non-BCS Conference Profiles: Western Athletic Conference

This is 11th in a series of conference profiles as part of BCS Know How’s season preview. Today’s conference is the Western Athletic Conference.

Conference: Western Athletic Conference (WAC)

Active Since: 1962

Current Member Schools: Boise State Broncos, Fresno State Bulldogs, Hawaii Warriors, Idaho Vandals, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Nevada Wolfpack, New Mexico State Aggies, San Jose State Spartans, Utah State Aggies. (9)

Bowl Affiliations: New Mexico Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl . (5)

2009 Results:
Conference Champion – Boise State
Conference Runner-up – Nevada
Overall Bowl Record: 2-2
Heisman Vote Recipients: Boise State QB Kellen Moore (7th Overall)
AP All-Americans: Idaho OG Mike Iupati (1st Team), Fresno State RB Ryan Matthews (2nd), Boise State CB Kyle Wilson (2nd), Boise State QB Kellen Moore (3rd)

2010 Outlook: Returning 20 of 22 starters from a decent team would probably lead any casual observer to expect great things from a team.

But returning 20 of 22 starters from an undefeated team that nearly crashed the BCS party at its highest level? We could be in store for the most surprising national title contender in the BCS era.

Yes, Boise State is back and in full force and will once again be the class of the Western Athletic Conference. Coach Chris Peterson, QB Kellen Moore and the Broncos have an outside chance this season to do something that no other non-BCS school has done — make the BCS National Championship Game.

And it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to think the Broncos could just pull it off. Their schedule, while including two BCS conference foes, is more than conquerable for a team that proved its worth time and again last season. Plus Boise will likely start the season among the top of the polls, leaving very little climbing needed in order to get to the championship game. For more on their chances click HERE.

Boise aside, there is some real depth to the WAC this season, which while beneficial to the Broncos, could spell their downfall somewhere along the line. Nevada, who other than a disastrous first quarter, hung quite well with Boise State in a late-season match up in ’09 and is poised to improve in 2010.

Wolfpack dual threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks ready to improve on an impressive 2009 season where he ran for more than 1,000 yards while throwing for 22 TDs. If Kaepernick can improve his aerial prowess, Nevada could prove a thorn in Boise and the conference’s side, and when the teams collide in late November, could derail the Broncos’ hopes.

Fresno State and Idaho aren’t far behind, as both return starting quarterbacks looking to improve upon solid ’09 campaigns, with Idaho’s Nathan Enderle seemingly ready to step into the class of Moore and Kaepernick in the WAC.

New Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes could help the Bulldogs make a surprise run at a bowl after a 4-8 record in 2009.

2010 Heisman Hopefuls: Boise State QB Kellen Moore, Idaho QB Nathan Enderle, Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

BCS Know How’s 2010 Predictions:
Conference Champion – Boise State (12-0, 8-0)
Conference Runner-up – Nevada (10-2, 7-1)
Heisman Finalists: Boise State QB Kellen Moore
BCS Bowls: One – Boise State – Rose Bowl

2010 Non-BCS Conference Profiles: Sun Belt Conference

2010 Non-BCS Conference Profiles: Sun Belt Conference

This is tenth in a series of conference profiles as part of BCS Know How’s season preview. Today’s conference is the Sun Belt Conference.

Conference: Sun Belt Conference (Sun Belt)

Active Since: 1976 (Football since 2001)

Current Member Schools: Arkansas State Red Wolves, Florida Atlantic Owls, Florida International Golden Panthers, Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, North Texas Mean Green, Troy Trojans, Western Kentucky Hilltopers. (9)

Bowl Affiliations: New Orleans Bowl, GMAC Bowl. (2)

2009 Results:
Conference Champion – Troy
Conference Runner-up – Middle Tennessee State
Overall Bowl Record: 1-1
AP All-Americans: None

2010 Outlook: Although not the strongest non-BCS conference, the Sun Belt does have a track record of very equal skill level across the entire conference. The parity is so overwhelming that in the past five seasons, just three of the conference members have less than 19 conference wins, and that includes Western Kentucky, who has been in the league all of one season.

2010 looks like another toss up, with at least six of the top teams having a legitimate shot at the conference title and berth into the Sun Belt’s best bowl tie-in, the GMAC Bowl.

Troy, whose 29 victories is most in that five-year span and have finished first each of the past four seasons, would usually be a good place to start when thinking about a potential Sun Belt champ, but the Trojans have some major kinks to work out this season.

2009 Sun Belt Player of the Year and single-season school record holder for passing yards Levi Brown will be missed by a Trojan offense that could strike at any moment, as was evidenced in last season’s GMAC Bowl where the Trojans posted nearly 600 yards of offense, including 403 from Brown.

Replacing Brown will be of the utmost concern to the Trojans, but holes on defense could also derail their chances at another conference crown.

Waiting in the wings might just be Middle Tennessee State and their explosive QB Dwight Dasher. Dasher is a classic dual-threat quarterback in the mold of Dan LeFevour whose offensive prowess landed him among the top ten in the nation in total offense last season. Dasher will have to make up for a team that was hut deeply by graduation and departure to the pros, but are poised to take the crown away from Troy.

Skill and potential are all around the remainder of the conference, including running backs Lance Dunbar (North Texas) and Alfred Morris (Florida Atlantic), who ranked 13th and 14th respectively in the FBS in rushing.

Parity mixed with potential around the conference could once again make the Sun Belt among the nation’s most entertaining and unpredictable conferences for another season.

2010 Heisman Hopefuls: Middle Tennessee State QB Dwight Dasher, North Texas RB Lance Dunbar, Florida Atlantic RB Alfred Morris

BCS Know How’s 2010 Predictions:
Conference Champion – Middle Tennessee State (8-4, 7-1)
Conference Runner-up – Troy (8-4, 6-2)
Heisman Finalists: None

2010 Non-BCS Conference Profiles: Mountain West Conference

I’ll leave this here for those looking for the new Mountain West Logo. Enjoy!

Yes, I agree, this is a pretty dumb logo. Looks like the old N64 logo if you ask me.

 

This is ninth in a series of conference profiles as part of BCS Know How’s season preview. Today’s conference is the Mountain West Conference.

Conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)

Active Since: 1999

Current Member Schools: Air Force Falcons, Brigham Young (BYU) Cougars, Colorado State Rams, New Mexico Lobos, San Diego State Aztecs, Texas Christian (TCU) Horned Frogs, UNLV Rebels, Utah Utes, Wyoming Cowboys. (9)

Bowl Affiliations: New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Independence Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl. (5)

2009 Results:
Conference Champion – TCU
Conference Runner-up – BYU
Overall Bowl Record: 4-1 (Bowl Challenge Cup Champion)
AP All-Americans: TCU DE Jerry Hughes (1st team), BYU TE Dennis Pitta (2nd)

2010 Outlook: Three top-25 teams, a BCS bowl bid and a Bowl Challenge championship. Sounds like a BCS conference right?

Actually, it was the 2009 edition of the Mountain West Conference, a conference that in the past few years has been able to produce not only some of the best non-BCS conference action, but also has seemingly mastered the role of BCS-buster, submitting three teams — TCU last season and Utah in two other seasons — to the BCS.

2010 finds the MWC at an all-time high, coming off one of its best seasons and returning most of the skill that helped the conference make so much noise last year. Of course, any conversation about a repeat of last year has to begin with TCU, who not only made their way to a Fiesta Bowl bid, but also finished fourth in the final BCS standings, the highest ever finish for a non-BCS school.

The Horned Frogs return star quarterback Andy Dalton and most of the explosive offense that averaged nearly 40 points per game last season. And despite losing 1st-team All-American DE Jerry Hughes, the Frogs’ defense returns seven of 11 starters. However, the schedule looks quite daunting for the Frogs, with games at SMU and Utah plus visits from Oregon State and Baylor looming.

If TCU is to falter anywhere along the line, Utah is poised to retake control of the conference and can easily make their way to another BCS bowl. The Utes take on two tough BCS opponents, the Big East’s Pittsburgh and independent Notre Dame, along with tests against TCU and BYU. If they can make their way through that schedule unscathed, it would be hard to refuse the Utes a BCS bid.

Although the conference has been the domain of the Utes and Frogs these past few seasons the conference has quietly become strong from top to bottom, and any of a variety of teams could challenge the two for conference bragging rights.

BYU, who toppled both Sam Bradford and Oklahoma early in 2009, finished 11-2 last year and looked as strong as any MWC team, will compete again despite losing QB Max Hall to the pros. Air Force and Wyoming looked revived in ’09 and are poised to continue improving in 2010. Wyoming’s young gun Austyn Carta-Samuels could challenge Dalton as the conference’s player of the year and could make some early noise against BCS schools like Texas and Boise State.

Its not a surprise to find a strong Mountain West anymore, but the depth of the conference this season could go a long way towards solidifying its spot among the Football Bowl Subdivision elite, and even a BCS automatic bid somewhere down the line when the board reviews the automatic qualifiers in 2012.

2010 Heisman Hopefuls: TCU QB Andy Dalton, Wyoming QB Austyn Carta-Samuels

BCS Know How’s 2010 Predictions:
Conference Champion – TCU (11-1, 8-0)
Conference Runner-up – Utah (10-2, 7-1)
Heisman Finalists: None