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CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Going out on a limb with predictions for the 2010 season

The following prognostications are virtually guaranteed to come true this season. As for any that don't . . . he was only kidding.

August 28, 2010|Chris Dufresne

Enough with the two-a-days, coach-speak, NCAA committee of distractions, poll posturing and depth charts — it's time for Hawaii and USC to strike up the sand.

With the season opening Thursday, we offer a kitchen-sink slew of phony-baloney predictions you can take straight to the Bailey Savings & Loan.

—Expect upsets over Labor Day weekend. The numerically challenged Big Ten (Minnesota) will steal an early game from the Sun Belt (Middle Tennessee) now that Blue Raiders quarterback Dwight Dasher has been suspended for accepting a $1,500 loan in violation of NCAA rules.

Middle Tennessee had been favored.

—Kansas State will pull off a mild home upset over UCLA. The Bruins can't get through a walk-through without someone ending up in surgery. Quarterback Kevin Prince's back muscle injury will be lingering and threaten to turn the "pistol" offense into the pop gun.

—UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers will make first-team All-America.

—A janitor sweeping Pauley Pavilion will be determined to have eligibility left and end up starting at left guard.

—UCLA will finish closer to 4-8 than 8-4.

—Contrary to reports, USC will end its season with a bowl game (Dec. 4, vs. UCLA at the Rose Bowl).

—A school will find its starting kicker after holding a contest among the student body.

Five schools that, if not careful, could lose their home openers next weekend:

—Michigan . . . to Connecticut.

— Brigham Young . . . to Washington.

—Iowa . . . to Eastern Illinois.

—California . . . to UC Davis.

—Virginia . . . to Richmond.

—Former USC quarterback Aaron Corp will lead Richmond to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title and Pete Carroll will tweet "I'm pumped for Aaron!"

—Someone will try to argue a September game, Clemson vs. Presbyterian, before the Supreme Court.

—Alabama will blast San Jose State in its home opener, 73-6 (or something like that).

—Wisconsin will blast San Jose State the next week in Wisconsin, 56-13 (or something like that).

—Utah will blast San Jose State on Sept. 25 in Salt Lake City, 46-12 (or something like that).

—San Jose State's first-year Coach Mike MacIntyre will say these kind of games build character (or something like that).

—USC will receive another visit from the NCAA., but this time it will be the University of South Carolina.

—North Carolina's once-promising season will unravel under the weight of an academic scandal.

—The BCS will join the Football Writers Assn. of America and strip USC of its 2004 national title. Trojans Athletic Director Pat Haden will return the trophy and call a news conference to announce he's out of bubble wrap.

— Reggie Bush will be forced to return his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

—Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez will keep his job if he goes 7-5 but lose it if he goes 6-6.

—This season will define Notre Dame's future. If Brian Kelly is as good as people think, and he restores greatness to a program that hasn't won a national title since 1988, Notre Dame can survive as an independent. If Kelly fails, the Fighting Irish will have to strongly consider joining the Big Ten.

—Boise State or Texas Christian will play in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl.

—A team will lose a game because of a player's taunting his opponent on his way for a touchdown. Rule change this year: Instead of the penalty's being assessed on the extra point or kickoff, taunting is now a spot foul, meaning the points come off the board and the penalty is marked off from where the taunting occurred.

—A San Jose State player, during the Alabama game, will be penalized for wearing an eye-black message that reads "Call 911." Eye-black messages have been banned this season.

—Some national columnists willing to sell out college football's regular season for a 16-team playoff will go ballistic if the Big Ten dares to compromise the integrity of the regular season by moving the Ohio State-Michigan game to October.

—The Pacific 10 will retain the firm of Richter and Associates to help divide the future 12-team league into divisions on either side of a major fault line: San Andreas "East" and San Andreas "West."

And it will all, ultimately, be Texas' fault.

—Mike Riley of Oregon State will lose tough games to Texas Christian and Boise State in September but have his team in contention for the Pac-10 title at the end.

—No more naked Oregon State players will be arrested until after signing day next February.

—Alabama won't repeat as national champion, and the reason is: It's hard. No school in the BCS era has won consecutive BCS titles. The last school to do it was Nebraska in the mid-1990s.

—The Southeastern Conference will not win a fifth straight national title.

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