Tim Brando got a little wild on Friday morning (and why not, it’s the preseason). Fans are looking for any type of debate, and thanks to Brando’s newly unveiled top 10, College Football Playoff and champion picks, there’s plenty of fodder for discussion.
First off, let’s dive into his preseason top 10. SEC fans, particularly Alabama, are not going to like what they see. The FSU faithful might have a bone to pick as well.
- Michigan State
- South Carolina
Yes, that is UCLA at No. 1, with FSU and Oklahoma following behind at No. 2 and No. 3. The Bruins are coming off a 10-3 season and are poised to make another stride under head coach Jim Mora. Is it bold to predict UCLA as national champions? Sure, but that’s precisely how Brando sees it going down.
Alabama, which is ranked in the top two by most outlets, finds itself all the way down at No. 7. Brando views South Carolina as a stronger SEC team coming into the season than Nick Saban’s squad.
When it comes to the College Football Playoff, Brando has four conferences representing - none of which are the SEC.
1. UCLA vs 4. MSU
2. FSU vs 3. OU
He projects UCLA and FSU to win in the semifinals, with the Bruins then besting the Seminoles in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game.
It might take a moment to digest Brando’s preseason rankings and predictions, but once you do, sound off in the comments below. Will UCLA be competing for the national championship in 2014?