The 2009-2010 NCAAF Season is in the books, but gamblers shouldn’t let that get them down. April, the traditional month for college football programs to start training camp, is just around the corner.
What will the college football landscape look like when late August rolls around and the 2010-2011 NCAAF Season kicks-off? More importantly, whom will gamblers look to bet in the NCAAF sportsbook? Who knows, but the Top Ten below is a good starting point for gamblers to start preparing for next season.
2010-2011 NCAAF Top Ten
- Boise State Broncos - - The Broncos return 21 of 22 starters including quarterback Kellen Moore. They lose cornerback Kyle Wilson. On paper it looks like a big loss but the way the Broncos defended TCU and Oregon this year in those two victories has to give gamblers hope if they are planning on betting on the Broncos to win the BCS National Championship next season. This team is going to be very, very good.
- Oregon Ducks - - The Ducks return all but three starters next season. QB Jeremiah Masoli as well as running back LaMichael James. It will also be Chip Kelly’s second season as the head coach of the Ducks. With Pete Carroll going to USC, expect Oregon to reign supreme in a deflated Pac 10 Conference. An undefeated regular season and a date against Boise State in the BCS National Championship is not out of the question.
- Alabama Crimson Tide - - Yes, they return Mark Ingram and Julio Jones on offense, but they lose three key players on defense, defensive lineman Terence Cody, Javier Arenas and linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain might stay but the man can shut down offenses and the NFL will be calling. Without those three, the chances of Alabama going undefeated in the SEC aren’t very good. They could still make it into the BCS title game with a single loss during the regular season and a victory in the SEC Championship Game should Oregon or Boise State stumble.
- Nebraska Cornhuskers - - The Cornhuskers routed Arizona in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl 33 to 0. Expect coach Bo Pelini to really build upon that. Yes, the Cornhuskers lose the best player in college football (in my opinion) during the 2009-2010 season, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, but that’s okay. The rest of the defense will be pretty much intact and everybody on the offense will return except for center Jacob Hickman. These guys are going to be very, very tough next season. They won’t have an excuse to lose in the Big 12 Championship Game again.
- Ohio State Buckeyes - - QB Terrelle Pryor returns and the Buckeyes lose only five starters on defense. The most important thing to realize about Ohio State is that their offensive line should be much, much better next season than it was this season. Pryor playing behind a dominant offensive line is a scary thought Coach Jim Tressell should be able to get his defense to play solidly, which he usually does, so Buckeye fans shouldn’t worry. This team could definitely play their way into the BCS title game by going undefeated during the regular season.
- TCU Horned Frogs - - The Horned Frogs finished the 2009-2010 season with a disappointing loss to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl, but that won’t stop them from possibly going undefeated again next season. TCU loses only two starters on offense and only four starters on defense. The schedule will actually be easier next season than it was this season (if that’s possible!) and the Horned Frogs no doubt learned something from the Fiesta Bowl loss.
- Wisconsin Badgers - - Wisconsin loses only one player from their offense next season. That would be tight-end Garrett Graham. What it means is that the best rushing team in college football in the 2009-2010 season will have their entire offensive line and starting running back returning for the 2010-2011 season. The Badgers will need to replace a lot of players on defense, but who cares? With the type of rushing game they figure to have, Wisconsin is going to be playing keep away in most of their games.
- Texas Longhorns - - The Longhorns should be okay even though wide receiver Jordan Shipley and quarterback Colt McCoy are leaving. A bigger issue will be replacing three starters along the offensive line. Defensively, Texas figures to dominate the Big 12 as only three starters are leaving. Coach Mack Brown will have this team on the verge of a Big 12 Championship but going undefeated will be tough without McCoy and a revamped offensive line.
- Oklahoma Sooners - - The Sooners will have to replace a bunch of starters on defense and two offensive linemen, but QB Landry Jones should be ready to dominate Big 12 defenses and does anybody really believe that Oklahoma will suffer through another 8 and 5 season? I don’t. Oklahoma will find a way to contend for the Big 12 Championship in 2010.
- Virginia Tech Hokies - - The Hokies will have to replace two players on the offensive line, guard Sergio Render and tackle Ed Wang, but other than that, the offense should be set. QB Tyrod Taylor could have an exceptional season and Virginia Tech has more than one running back that can dominate a defense. The key for Virginia Tech will be to get their own defense set as the Hokies will lose seven players from that unit. That, and not losing an early game, is the two biggest things keeping the Hokies from playing into the Top 5.