Ten predictions for 2014

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8

The BCS era ended Monday night, with No. 1 Florida State defeating No. 2 Auburn 34-31 in the final BCS National Championship, halting the SEC's string of seven consecutive national titles.

This coming season, college football's national championship will be decided by a new four-team playoff, and it's never too early to look ahead.

While I have missed some predictions over the last few seasons, I did get quite a few things right in 2013. I told you Auburn would be the most improved team in the country, although I'll admit I didn't think Gus Malzahn would guide the Tigers to the BCS National Championship game in his first season as their coach.

Here's what else I got right: The Big Ten would (fortunately) rename its divisions, USC would fire coach Lane Kiffin, Ohio State wouldn't go undefeated again, and Atlanta and Dallas would be the big winners in the new playoff. I correctly had Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Stanford and Ohio State playing in BCS bowl games, although their specific destinations weren't exactly accurate.

Here's what I got wrong (among many other things): Alabama defeating Oregon to win its third consecutive BCS national title; Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas playing in BCS bowl games; and Purdue's Darrell Hazell being the next big thing (whoops).

Well, it never hurts to keep trying, so here are 10 bold predictions for 2014.

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College Football and Basketball



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