College Football: Predicting the Winner of Each FBS Conference

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College Football: Predicting the Winner of Each FBS Conference

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The college football season is quickly approaching, and every college football fan has the same question on their mind – can any team in the country stop Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide from winning the National Championship once again?

The answer I have to grudgingly give is a whole-hearted no. Alabama is the best team in the country and will once again win the national championship.

However, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be surprises in other conferences. Many of the major college football conferences have a free for all at the top. Conferences such as the PAC-12, the Big 12 and the ACC have three or four teams that could.

On top of the inter-conference competition, the non BCS Automatic Qualifying teams that win their conferences are going to be extremely dangerous. Teams like the Boise State Broncos, the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, the Northern Illinois Huskies and the San Jose State Spartans could all go undefeated in conference play, and sneak into a BCS game.

Predicting the winners of each conference consisted of looking at the quarterback, the offense, the defense, the opponents, the strength of the conferences, and the hype surrounding the team.

Remember, this is college football so crazy things can happen to shake things up. Who knows, maybe Butch Jones will win the SEC in his first season with Tennessee – okay, that's not going to happen, but one can dream, right?

If you disagree with any of my selections, feel free to comment below and explain why a different team will win the conference. Here is a list of the 10 FBS conferences (independents are excluded) and predictions on who will win.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google.

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No. 10 Sunbelt – Troy Trojans

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As much as I want to give Western Kentucky the benefit of the doubt with new head coach Bobby Petrino, the Trojans have one of the best non AQ conference quarterbacks in the nation, Corey Robinson.

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No. 9 Conference USA (C-USA) – Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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Tulsa is in another class than most of the teams in Conference USA. Southern Mississippi, Rice and MTSU will put up a fight, however.

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No. 8 Mid-American Conference (MAC) – Northern Illinois Huskies

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They went to a BCS bowl last season and return a majority of the team in 2013. Expect a big year from Jordan Lynch and co.

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No. 7 Mountain West Conference (MWC) – San Jose State Spartans

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Boise State is the favorite to win the conference, but I don’t think there is a defense capable of stopping both David Fales and Noel Grigsby.

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No. 6 American Athletic Conference (AAC) – Louisville Cardinals

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I’m not a big fan of Terry Bridgewater, but I don’t think there’s a team capable of beating Louisville's defense in the AAC except Houston.

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No. 5 Big 12 – Texas Longhorns

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I know it sounds crazy that the Longhorns will win the title with teams like Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to compete against, but I believe that Texas' run game is one of the best in the country.

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No. 4 Big Ten – Ohio State Buckeyes

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Unless two SEC teams are in the National Championship, Ohio State should be favorites to go. The Buckeyes should go undefeated once again.

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No. 3 Pacific 12 (PAC-12) – Oregon Ducks

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Marcus Mariota is my sleeper pick for the Heisman. He's accurate and efficient, everything needed in a run-first offense. Stanford will give them trouble, but it won't be enough.

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No. 2 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – Florida State University

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Yes, Florida State, not Clemson, will win the ACC. It's almost as if everyone forgot that they won last year. Tajh Boyd will still be the best QB in the conference, but I don't think anyone can beat FSU's defense in the conference.

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No. 1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) – Alabama Crimson Tide

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Georgia will give the Crimson Tide a run for their money, but it still won't be enough. Alabama is a dynasty under Nick Saban, and will continue to be in the future. It's National Championship or bust in 2013.

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