November 26, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) rolls out to pass against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Stripe Hype College Football Roundtable


In celebration of the first college football Saturday of the year, we did a brief roundtable with some of our writers and got their opinions and predictions on how the 2012 college football season will play out, and here’s what we came up with:


Sean McMahon:

Power Rankings:
1. USC
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Flordia State
5. Arkansas
6. Michigan
7. South Carolina
8. Stanford
9. Wisconsin
10. Oregon

BCS Championship: USC vs. LSU

Heisman: Matt Barkley

National Champion: USC

2013 #1 NFL Draft Pick: Matt Barkley


Joe Elder:

Top 10
1. USC
2. LSU
3. Oklahoma
4. Alabama
5. Oregon
6. Georgia
7. South Carolina
8. Florida State
9. West Virginia
10. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl- Big 12 Champion Oklahoma and Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl- SEC Runner-Up Alabama and West Virginia
Orange Bowl- ACC Champion Florida State and Georgia
Rose Bowl- Big Ten Champion Michigan and Pac-12 Runner-Up Oregon
BCS National Champion Game- LSU and USC
BCS National Champion- USC
Heisman Winner- Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Barkley had a huge season last year and set a Pac-12 record with 39 touchdown passes. What’s even more impressive is that he threw the ball 446 times, but only threw 7 interceptions. He is the frontrunner for the Heisman.
#1 Overall Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft- Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
I thought about going with Barkley, but I think that whoever has the #1 pick will not pass on a stud running back. Ball ran for over 1,900 yards last season and scored 33 rushing touchdowns. He also added in over 300 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. He is also my #2 pick for the Heisman.


Jason Marcum:

Top 10


2 Alabama


4 Oklahoma

5 Oregon

6 Georgia

7 Florida State

8 Michigan

9 South Carolina

10 Arkansas

Fiesta Bowl-  Oklahoma and Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl-  Alabama and West Virginia
Orange Bowl-  Florida State and Georgia
Rose Bowl-  Michigan and  Oregon


BCS Championship: Southern California Trojans and Louisiana State Tigers

Heisman: USC QB Matt Barkley

National Champion: Southern California Trojans

2013 #1 NFL Draft Pick: Matt Barkley goes to the Arizona Cardinals. Barkley is the #1 quarterback prospect, and the Cardinals will need a breath of fresh air after another long season of John Skelton/Kevin Kolb at the helm.


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