For the heisman, last years winner running back Mark Ingram, will not repeat. I think one of these quarterbacks, Ryan Mallet, Jake Locker, Case Keenum, Jacory Harris, Terelle Pryor will take the trophy this season.
Here are some top non-conference matchups.
September 4th- Connecticut @ Michigan– 3:30, ABC. Huge game for the Wolverines. This is a make or break year for Rich Rod and this game set the table for the season. It’s vital to come out with a win, but Michigan can’t come out expecting to win, because UCONN is VERY capable of pulling off an upset.
- Sept. 4 LSU vs. North Carolina– Both teams could come out of this game with the win, expect LSU, though.
- Sept. 4 Oregon State vs. TCU- This game will be played in Cowboys Stadium and truthfully could be a very good matchup. TCU is another capable BCS buster and Oregon State has the Rogers brothers who are possibly the most dynamic pair of players this year.
- Sept 6 Boise State @ Virginia Tech- Boise State’s first tough test of the season. If they prevail it should be smooth sailing from there. Virginia Tech doesn’t usually let smooth sailing happen often in Blacksburg, Virginia.
- Sept 11 Florida State @ Oklahoma– Florida State has the athletes to match up with most other teams. FSU’s quarterback Christian Ponder, is a possible heisman candidate. I expect Oklahoma in this.
- Sept 11 Penn State @ Alabama– This game surprised me that Penn State, the Big Ten representative and Alabama the SEC, have a non-conference clash between two big schools in two big conferences. Penn state is playing at Alabama who is the defending national champions, but somehow needs to keep it close for the Big 10’s sake.