Football 2013

National college blitz: Predictions for 2013

Updated: 2013-08-26T02:03:49Z


The Kansas City Star

Heisman finalists

•  AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: Bidding for his fourth national title ring.

•  Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: The leader of a team favored to play for national title.

•  Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: Also an early favorite to be top pick in 2014 NFL Draft.

•  Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Big hit in bowl game, and early big games could give Clowney momentum.

•  Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: If eligible, looks to become second two-time winner.

•  Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: Needs to improve numbers against top competition.

BCS matchups

•  BCS championship game: Alabama vs. Ohio State

•  Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon

•  Rose Bowl: Nebraska vs. Stanford

•  Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Notre Dame

•  Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Louisville

Conference champions

•  Southeastern: Alabama over Georgia

•  Big 12: Oklahoma State

•  Big Ten: Ohio State over Nebraska

•  Pac-12: Stanford over UCLA

•  ACC: Clemson over Miami, Fla.

•  American: Louisville

•  Mountain West: Fresno State over Boise State

•  Conference USA: Marshall over Rice

•  Mid-American: Northern Illinois over Ohio

•  Sun Belt: Arkansas State

Major award winners

•  Heisman/Maxwell/Camp (top player): Aaron Murray, Georgia

•  Davey O’Brien (quarterback): Murray

•  Doak Walker (running back): De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

•  Butkus (linebacker): C.J. Mosley, Alabama

•  Nagurski/Bednarik (defensive player): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

•  Outland/Lombardi (lineman): Clowney

•  Biletnikoff (wide receiver): Sammy Watkins, Clemson

•  Jim Thorpe (defensive back): Jason Verrett, TCU

•  Ted Hendricks (defensive end): Clowney

•  Rimington (center): B.J. Finney, Kansas State

•  John Mackey (tight end): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

•  Lou Groza (kicker): Chris Boswell, Rice

•  Ray Guy (punter): Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State

| Blair Kerkhoff,

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