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Deace: Conference predictions; bowl projections

By Steve Deace

AAC – Predicted Order of Finish

Louisville (7-1, 11-1)
Central Florida (6-2, 9-3)
Cincinnati (6-2, 9-3)
Rutgers (5-3, 7-5)
Houston (5-3, 7-5)
SMU (4-4, 6-6)
Connecticut (3-5, 5-7)
South Florida (2-6, 4-8)
Temple (1-7, 4-8)
Memphis (1-7, 3-9)

All-AAC Offense

QB — Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

RB — Lyle McCombs, Connecticut

RB — Charles Sims, Houston  

WR — Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

WR — DeVante Parker, Louisville

TE — Gerald Christian, Louisville

OL — Torrian Wilson, Central Florida

OL — Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers

OL — Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati

OL — Antwan Lowery, Rutgers

OL — Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati  

K — John Wallace, Louisville

All-AAC Defense

DL — Jamil Merrell, Rutgers

DL — Aaron Lynch, South Florida  

DL — E.J. Dunston, Central Florida  

LB — Preston Brown, Louisville

LB — Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

LB — Tyler Matakevich, Temple

LB — Greg Blair, Cincinnati

DB — Kenneth Acker, SMU

DB — Hakeem Smith, Louisville

DB — Calvin Pryor, Louisville

DB — Devon Drane, Cincinnati  

P — Richie Leone, Houston

AAC Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Hakeem Smith, Louisville

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR — Aaron Lynch, South Florida

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Gerald Christian, Louisville

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Aaron Lynch, South Florida

COACH OF THE YEAR — Charlie Strong, Louisville

COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED — Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut

GAME OF THE YEAR — Louisville at Cincinnati  

CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Cincinnati over Louisville

NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Buffalo over Connecticut

BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN — Central Florida over Penn State

BUY LOW — Cincinnati

SELL HIGH — Rutgers  

ACC – Predicted Order of Finish

COASTAL

Clemson (7-1, 11-2)
Florida State (6-2, 9-3)
Wake Forest (5-3, 7-5)
Maryland (4-4, 6-6)
N.C. State (3-5, 6-6)
Boston College (2-6, 4-8)
Syracuse (2-6, 4-8)

ATLANTIC

Virginia Tech (7-1, 10-3)
Miami, Fla. (5-3, 9-3)
North Carolina (5-3, 8-4)
Georgia Tech (5-3, 7-5)
Pittsburgh (4-4, 6-6)
Virginia (1-7, 4-8)
Duke (0-8, 2-10)

ACC Championship — Clemson over Virginia Tech

All-ACC Offense

QB — Tahj Boyd, Clemson

RB — Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)

RB — Kevin Parks, Virginia   

WR — Sammy Watkins, Clemson

WR — Stefon Diggs, Maryland

TE — Nick O’Leary, Florida State

OL — James Hurst, North Carolina

OL — Brandon Thomas, Clemson  

OL — Bryan Stork, Florida State

OL — Cameron Erving, Florida State

OL — Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech

K — Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson

All-ACC Defense

DL — Kareem Martin, North Carolina  

DL — Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

DL — James Gayle, Virginia Tech   

DL — Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

LB — Christian Jones, Florida State

LB — Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

LB — Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

DB — Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

DB — Ross Cockrell, Duke  

DB — Demetrius Nicholson, Virginia  

DB — K’Waun Williams, Pittsburgh

P — Will Monday, Duke  

ACC Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Tahj Boyd, Clemson  

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — James Gayle, Virginia Tech

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR — James Hurst, North Carolina

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Jameis Winston, Florida State

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Alex Figueroa, Miami

COACH OF THE YEAR — Jim Grobe, Wake Forest   

COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED — Mike London, Virginia  

GAME OF THE YEAR — Florida State at Clemson  

CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Wake Forest over Florida State  

NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Miami over Florida

BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN — Clemson over Georgia  

BUY LOW — Virginia Tech   

SELL HIGH — Syracuse   

BIG 12 – Predicted Order of Finish

TCU (7-2, 10-2)
Texas (7-2, 10-2)
Oklahoma State (7-2, 10-2)
Oklahoma (6-3, 8-4)  
Baylor (5-4, 8-4)
Kansas State (5-4, 8-4)
West Virginia (2-7, 5-7)
Iowa State (2-7, 4-8)
Texas Tech (2-7, 4-8)
Kansas (2-7, 4-8)

All-Big 12 Offense

QB — Casey Pachall, TCU  

RB — Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

RB — Damien Williams, Oklahoma   

WR — Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State  

WR — Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

TE — Jace Amaro, Texas Tech  

OL — Cyril Richardson, Baylor   

OL — Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma  

OL — Spencer Drango, Baylor  

OL — Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State  

OL — Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech   

K — Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

All-Big 12 Defense

DL — Devonte Fields, TCU

DL — Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas   

DL — Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State   

DL — James Castleman, Oklahoma State

LB — Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB — Ben Heeney, Kansas

LB — Jordan Hicks, Texas   

DB — Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma  

DB — Jason Verrett, TCU

DB — Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

DB — Sam Carter, TCU

P — Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State   

Big 12 Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Casey Pachall, TCU   

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Devonte Fields, TCU

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR — Devonte Fields, TCU  

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Kevin White, West Virginia   

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Shawn Oakman, Baylor  

COACH OF THE YEAR — Gary Patterson, TCU   

COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED — Charlie Weiss, Kansas   

GAME OF THE YEAR — Texas at TCU  

CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Texas Tech over Baylor   

NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — TCU over LSU

BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN — TCU over LSU   

BUY LOW — TCU   

SELL HIGH — Kansas State    

Big Ten – Predicted Order of Finish

LEADERS DIVISION

Ohio State (7-1, 12-1)
Wisconsin (5-3, 8-4)
Indiana (4-4, 7-5)
Penn State (3-5, 6-6)
Purdue (2-6, 4-8)
Illinois (1-7, 4-8)

LEGENDS DIVISION

Michigan (7-1, 11-2)
Nebraska (6-2, 10-2)
Northwestern (5-3, 9-3)
Michigan State (5-3, 8-4)
Minnesota (2-6, 6-6)
Iowa (1-7, 4-8)

Big Ten Championship — Ohio State over Michigan

All-Big Ten Offense

QB — Braxton Miller, Ohio State   

RB — Venric Mark, Northwestern  

RB — Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska  

WR — Kenny Bell, Nebraska  

WR — Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin  

TE — Devin Funchess, Michigan

OL — Taylor Lewan, Michigan

OL — Spencer Long, Nebraska  

OL — Andrew Norwell, Ohio State

OL — John Urschell, Penn State

OL — Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska   

K — Brendon Gibbons, Michigan  

All-Big Ten Defense

DL — Tyler Scott, Northwestern    

DL — Deion Barnes, Penn State   

DL — Adolphus Washington, Ohio State   

DL — Noah Spence, Ohio State  

LB — Chris Borland, Wisconsin

LB — Ryan Shazier, Ohio State  

LB — Max Bullough, Michigan State

DB — Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

DB — Bradley Roby, Ohio State  

DB — Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

DB — Blake Countess, Michigan

P — Mike Sadler, Michigan State   

Big Ten Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Braxton Miller, Ohio State  

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Bradley Roby, Ohio State  

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR — Taylor Lewan, Michigan  

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Tanner McEvoy, Wisconsin  

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Taco Charlton, Michigan   

COACH OF THE YEAR — Kevin Wilson, Indiana  

COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED — Tim Beckman, Illinois  

GAME OF THE YEAR — Ohio State at Michigan

CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Illinois over Michigan State  

NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Michigan over Notre Dame   

BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN — Nebraska over UCLA  

BUY LOW — Michigan  

SELL HIGH — Penn State  

Pac-12 – Predicted Order of Finish

NORTH DIVISION

Stanford (7-2, 11-2)
Oregon (7-2, 10-2)
Oregon State (6-3, 9-3)
Washington (5-4, 8-4)
California (3-6, 5-7)
Washington State (1-8, 3-6) 

SOUTH DIVISION

Arizona State (7-2, 10-3)
USC (7-2, 9-3)
UCLA (5-4, 7-5)
Arizona (3-6, 6-6)
Utah (2-7, 4-8)
Colorado (1-8, 3-9)

Pac-12 Championship — Stanford over Arizona State  

All-Pac-12 Offense

QB — Marcus Mariota, Oregon

RB — Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona  

RB — De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon   

WR — Marquise Lee, USC  

WR — Kasen Williams, Washington  

TE — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington  

OL — David Yankey, Stanford

OL — Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA  

OL — Cameron Fleming, Stanford

OL — Hroniss Grasu, Oregon  

OL — Jake Fisher, Oregon   

K — Vince D’Amato, California

All-Pac-12 Defense

DL — Will Sutton, Arizona State  

DL — Sean Crichton, Oregon State

DL — Ben Gardner, Stanford  

DL — Henry Anderson, Stanford  

LB — Shayne Skov, Stanford

LB — Trent Murphy, Stanford  

LB — Anthony Barr, UCLA  

DB — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon  

DB — Ed Reynolds, Stanford

DB — Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State  

DB — Dion Bailey, USC

P — Darragh O’Neill, Colorado   

Pac-12 Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Marcus Mariota, Oregon  

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Will Sutton, Arizona State  

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR — Will Sutton, Arizona State  

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Jaelen Strong, Arizona State  

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Su’a Cravens, USC  

COACH OF THE YEAR — Todd Graham, Arizona State  

COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED — Lane Kiffin, USC  

GAME OF THE YEAR — Oregon at Stanford   

CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Utah over Arizona State  

NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Arizona State over Notre Dame  

BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN — Arizona State over Notre Dame  

BUY LOW — Arizona State

SELL HIGH — UCLA  

SEC – Predicted Order of Finish

EAST DIVISION

Georgia (7-1, 10-3)
South Carolina (6-2, 10-2)
Florida (6-2, 9-3)
Missouri (3-5, 7-5)
Tennessee (3-5, 6-6)
Vanderbilt (2-6, 6-6)
Kentucky (0-8, 1-11)

SOUTH DIVISION

Alabama (7-1, 12-1)
Texas A&M (5-3, 9-3)
LSU (5-3, 8-4)
Mississippi (5-3, 8-4)
Mississippi State (3-5, 6-6)
Arkansas (2-6, 6-6)
Auburn (2-6, 5-7)

SEC Championship — Alabama over Georgia  

All-SEC Offense

QB — A.J. McCarron, Alabama   

RB — T.J. Yeldon, Alabama  

RB — Todd Gurley, Georgia   

WR — Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR — Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt  

WR — Mike Evans, Texas A&M

OL — Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL — Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama

OL — Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State  

OL — Anthony Steen, Alabama   

OL — Tiny Richardson, Tennessee

K — Carey Spear, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Defense

DL — Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL — Domonique Easley, Florida  

DL — Chris Smith, Arkansas   

DL — Anthony Johnson, LSU

LB — C.J. Mosley, Alabama  

LB — A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

LB — Denzel Nkdemiche, Mississippi  

DB — Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

DB — HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama

DB — Craig Loston, LSU

DB — Damien Swann, Georgia  

P — Kyle Christy, Florida    

SEC Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — A.J. McCarron, Alabama  

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR — Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn  

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi   

COACH OF THE YEAR — Gary Pinkel, Missouri

COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED — Gary Pinkel, Missouri  

GAME OF THE YEAR — South Carolina at Georgia   

CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Missouri over South Carolina   

NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR — Arkansas over Rutgers  

BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN — South Carolina over Clemson  

BUY LOW — Missouri  

SELL HIGH — Texas A&M   

2013 BOWL PROJECTIONS

BCS National Championship: Ohio State vs. Alabama

Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Stanford

Sugar Bowl: Texas vs. South Carolina  

Orange Bowl: Oregon vs. Clemson

Fiesta Bowl: Louisville vs. TCU 

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Capitol One Bowl: Nebraska vs. Florida

Outback Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Mississippi  

Gator Bowl: Michigan State vs. LSU  

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Georgia vs. Florida State

Alamo Bowl: USC vs. Oklahoma

Sun Bowl: Arizona State vs. Virginia Tech  

Holiday Bowl: Washington vs. Kansas State

Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon State vs. Fresno State

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Northwestern vs. Baylor

*Texas Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Indiana

New Mexico Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State

Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech  

Russell Athletic: Central Florida vs. Miami, Fla.

Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina

Armed Forces Bowl: Navy vs. Utah State

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: BYU vs. Arizona

*Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Buffalo

Liberty Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Mississippi State

Advocare V100 Bowl: Missouri vs. Pittsburgh

*Poinsettia Bowl: San Diego State vs. Vanderbilt   

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Minnesota vs. East Carolina

BBVA Compass Bowl: Arkansas vs. Houston

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: San Jose State vs. Ball State

*Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Maryland

Military Bowl: Tulsa vs. Wake Forest

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl: Rice vs. SMU

Hawaii Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Air Force

GoDaddy Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Ohio University

R&L Carriers Bowl: Louisiana-Monroe vs. Marshall

* At-large selection was made since slotted team wasn’t eligible 

 

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