Now that you’ve seen my conference championship picks, it’s time for me to offer a few more general forecasts. These will follow no particular pattern, and, as a lawyer, I reserve the right to "plead alternately and inconsistently" (read: contradict myself). These are a few of the things I think will happen in the course of the 2009 football season:
- Although no SEC head coach will be fired this year, at least one SEC head coach will step down voluntarily.
- The winner of the September 3 showdown between the Boise St. Broncos and the Oregon Ducks will have one loss on its record on January 8, 2010. The loser of that game will have three losses on its record as of that date.
- At least one of the teams ranked in the preseason BlogPoll top ten will finish no better than .500.
- Neither the Boston College Eagles nor the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will win a bowl game this season.
- At least two Big East teams will be tied for the conference’s best record and the league’s BCS representative will be determined using tiebreakers.
- Exactly two Pac-10 teams will be tied for the conference’s best record and the league’s BCS representative will be determined to be the USC Trojans.
- The Duke Blue Devils will enter November with a record no worse than 4-4 but they will lose each of their last four games.
- When Bobby Bowden and Urban Meyer shake hands at midfield on November 28, it will represent the final meeting between the two men as the head coaches of their current schools.
- Tavarres King will rank third in receiving yardage for the Georgia Bulldogs this fall.
- Caleb King will rank third in rushing yardage for the Georgia Bulldogs this fall.
- The highest vote-getter among non-quarterbacks in the Heisman Trophy balloting will finish fourth in the running for college football’s most overrated award.
- The Florida Gators will go 13-1, win the Eastern Division outright, attend and win the SEC championship game, attend and win the national championship game . . . and lose to Georgia.
Well, those are my daring forecasts on the eve of the season. Now it’s your turn to tell me your opinion. Where am I spot on and where am I wide of the mark? What gutsy prognostications are you prepared to tell us now and stand by later? Fire away in the comments below.