15 Bold Predictions For Week 15 Of College Football Action
15 Bold Predictions
It is Conference Championship time in College Football. Week 15 will showcase seven Conference Championship Games, and there are only 15 total games left between now and bowl season. The Army-Navy game next week cannot be forgotten. There will be no BCS implications coming from that game, but the tradition and level of respect will always be there.
In looking at the schedule for this week, the list of teams not playing is just as impressive as the teams that will strap it up on the field. Led by the highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide and Oregon Ducks, there are a few preseason picks with an unanticipated bye week this week.
The Big-12 Conference does not have a championship game, but that bid will be decided as well this week with the top four teams all in action. The same can also be said for the AAC as well where the top three teams are all in action. Not only will automatic qualifiers be decided this week, but the BCS at-large bids are still up for grabs and there is still much to be decided with the Heisman Trophy race.
With the frantic, amazing finishes last week, it will be hard for the college football gods to top what transpired with this week's action. Here are 15 bold predictions for Week 15 action, and may the champions rise from the battles. One thing that is a certainty is that the games will be exciting and college football fans will be in for yet another treat.
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15. Louisville Cardinals
The Louisville Cardinals will get their 11th win of the season, but it will still not be enough for a BCS bid or Conference Championship.
14. UCF Knights
How many predicted the UCF Knights to be the team with the unbeaten conference record in the AAC? The Knights have had close calls lately, but they will be in the BCS for the first time after winning this weekend.
13. Rice Owls
The Rice Owls will be crowned Conference USA Champions after a win this weekend.
12. Northern Illinois Huskies
The Northern Illinois Huskies will complete an undefeated season heading into a bowl game after winning the MAC Championship. The win will secure a second straight BCS bid for NIU.
11. Fresno State Bulldogs
The Fresno State Bulldogs bounce back from a difficult loss last week to win the Mountain West Championship. It will not be enough for a BCS bid, but the Bulldogs still had an excellent season.
10. Derek Carr
Derek Carr will miss out on being able to showcase his talents in a BCS game, but he will prove why he deserves to be in the conversation of being one of the five best quarterbacks this year.
9. Jordan Lynch
Jordan Lynch will show yet again why he deserves a trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Lynch can do it with his arm and legs and should be in the top three in Heisman voting.
8. Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears have struggled a bit the last two weeks and now need help to win the Big-12 championship. This week they will win another battle against an in-state rival and make a claim for an at-large BCS bid.
6. Jameis Winston
Jamies Winston will have another solid performance this weekend. If the off-field news can get cleared up without any questions, Winston is the heavy Heisman favorite.
5. Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Oklahoma State Cowboys were preseason favorites in the Big-12. At home this weekend, they will defeat their in-state rival and in impressive fashion receive an automatic bid for winning the conference.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes received quite a scare last week. Their defense can be questioned as being championship worthy. However, the offense will be able to make enough plays to become Big Ten champions this week. They will be one of three undefeated teams left going into bowl season, but their spot in the last game of the year is not quite guaranteed.
3. Arizona State Sun Devils
Quietly, the Arizona State Sun Devils are one of the hottest teams going right now. Playing out west, not many eyes are looking at what they are doing. In what could be the most entertaining game of the weekend, look for the Sun Devils to shock some critics and win the Pac-12 title.
2. The SEC Championship Game
The Auburn Tigers and Missouri Tigers will be playing for the SEC Championship. This match-up was predicted by who? There is no doubt that the game will be captivating to watch. Since winning last week, it seems that Auburn has already won the conference and should be playing for the BCS title. But as Lee Corso says, "Not so fast my friend." The other Tigers will be SEC champions.
1. Pure Chaos
What is a college football season without sheer chaos until the very end? In the final year of the BCS there has to be some sort of chaos to go out with a bang. The Boldest Prediction: Expect the unexpected from the action this week.