Sunday, July 20, 2008

2008 Big Ten Football: All for One...

Will there be much of race in the Big Ten Conference in football this fall? Of the eight publications or media outlets that have come out thus far, they are clearly all for one!

Ohio State is seeking a share of the Big Ten title for the fourth straight season and their third straight outright title. Other than Penn State in 2005, it's been all Ohio State in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes are still a candidate for the BCS Title Game. However, with back to back disappointments in the last two BCS Title Games, no one is picking the Buckeyes #1 nationally. They will have to earn the top nod on the field. Look for many to root against the Big Ten's unanimous favorite for this year's BCS Title Game.

Will the Buckeyes make it three in a row in '08? If they do make it to the title game... look for them to get it done. Of course SEC fans will likely sing the following tune in '08: Who in the SEC will knock the Buckeyes out in the Title Game this year?

Ohio State isn't the only conference unanimous choice, thus far:

  • ACC Atlantic: Clemson Tigers
  • ACC Coastal: Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Big East: West Virginia Mountaineers
  • Big 12 North: Missouri Tigers
  • Big 12 South: Oklahoma Sooners***
  • Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Pac Ten: USC Trojans
  • Sun Belt: Florida Atlantic Owls***

*** You can take Florida Atlantic in the Sun Belt per Pro Football Weekly's 2008 College Football Preview, they have Middle Tennessee #1. Surprisingly, they have Texas Tech #1 in the Big 12 South. I don't know Stassen's 2008 Preseason Consensus Chart will list PFW/CFN Season Preview among their listed picks?

Other than the SEC races, the majority of the BCS Conference Races repeat the Big Ten's theme of "All for One"... at least for now!


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