Thursday, August 15, 2013

2013 College Football Blockbuster Season Upcoming: Sports Illustrated SI's Preseason Top 25 Leaves Out Nebraska: A Great Mistake? Can Stanford Go Undefeated? Can the Tide Threepeat?

Jamal Turner thinks Nebraska this year could average 50 points a game.
Is this THE year for senior Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez?
We always thought Martinez would have a banner year at Nebraska, so this year should be it, as his stats improved markedly last year. Taylor Magic?

Will Amani Cross, whose running style reminds this writer of Jim Brown, emerge as a dominant force?

Will the lackluster Husker defense of last year, improved this year, be able to hold opposing teams to fewer than 50 points a game to preserve the wins?

Looking at the matchups of the college football schedule of the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the 2013 season and in view of a Big Red backfield full of top running backs, any of whom could be destined for greatness this year, it is hard to believe that Sports Illustrated has left the Huskers out of their 2013 Preseason Top 25: Alabama ranks No.1 in SI's preseason college football Top 25. Compare the 2012-2013 Post-Bowl SportPundit & YPPSYS TEAM RANKINGS AND RATINGS.  We were one of the few to pick Alabama at Number One in the preseason last year. This year we are not so sure. TOO MANY good teams.

Take a look at an evaluation of this year's Cornhuskers by position at HuskerMax.

To this writer, it is difficult to see Nebraska losing any games during the regular season and at the most two, and we see the Nebraska squad this year as definitely having a chance to enter the Top 10 again, as in days of yore.

Of course, being a Husker alumnus makes us biased, but there seems to be a determination of purpose and a physical presence at Nebraska right now that has been missing in past years. Nebraska is beginning to get the size and physical prowess that used to wear down opponents in the Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne eras. Winning football is a process of domination.

College football is still a running game among the best teams, and this team looks in fact like it might average 50 points a game.

So if the defense can hold opponents to less, and Nebraska scores 50 a game, who can beat these Huskers this year?

Well, maybe Stanford could beat them! But we are an alumnus there as well, so the heavy optimism at the Cardinal this year has to be taken with a grain of salt. The season will show how good they are. We will be rooting for wins!

It looks like quite a college football year brewing, in which Alabama will find it hard to keep its national title.

Ohio State went undefeated last year and the Buckeyes will be an even better team this year, as the always strong program blossoms under Urban Meyer.

At Michigan, magic man Brady Hoke is going over to a pro-style offense, which should result in massive points on the scoreboard.

Georgia is traditionally a power to reckon with, and the Dogs have a top senior quarterback in Murray and nearly beat Alabama already last year.

What the situation will be at Texas A&M is anyone's guess, but the team is dangerous no matter what the result on their quarterback.

South Carolina has the physical tools to win any game, and the ever dangerous Florida and LSU are just waiting for their chances.

And as always, one or two surprise teams will surface.

Add to that the unknown impact of many significant coaching changes and you have the makings of a blockbuster college football season coming up.

Everyone is predicting Crimson Tide superiority, but three in a row and four out of five bucks the historical odds.


Europe Coming Out of Euro Zone Recession

David Böcking at Spiegel Online reports that the Euro Zone is coming out of the recession.

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Recession Ending: Euro Zone Shows Growth in Second Quarter.

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