It's that day of the year! The first day of the college football season. You've read all the predictions. You've combed through all the camp reports. You've watched one too many videos of Noel Mazzone making jokes. (For the record, one video of Noel Mazzone making jokes is one too many.)
It's time to make our official preseason predictions!
For a team with a lot less hype than last season, this people sure seem to think highly of the Bruins. At least the people who write for and read Bruins Nation do. The hype has not been there and that's a good thing. Hopefully, it's allowed our favorite team to focus on preparing for the unexpected and the unscouted. Hopefully, the defense has learned a lot from new DC Tom Bradley. And, hopefully, Mr. Rosen is, in fact, "J. Chosen"
Let's get down to the predictions, but, before we do, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First of all, the predictions were made using only conference games, so this is Pac-12 games only. That's not an easy task consider the level of play across the conference. But who cares, it's just for fun.
Secondly, we are not going to provide the specific W-L results on all the games (except for a certain game in late November). It would be a bit much to provide all the results anyway.
Thirdly, 6 of us participated in this little poll, and the results are based on average win-loss record. That's a small sample size, to be sure, but it is what it is.
With those caveats out of the way, here is the result of the poll:
Now remember, this is just based on averages. From this, we notice a few interesting items:
UCLA is picked to win the division comfortably.This year, we were not unanimous in picking UCLA to beat Southern Cal as one of us thinks the Trogans will prevail at the Mausoleum.
Also, every single one of us has UCLA winning the division with a minimum of 7 wins while one of us has the team going undefeated in the conference.
Oregon seems to have distanced itself over Stanford to win the conference. But we have underestimated Stanford before.
Beyond Oregon and Stanford, though, there seems to be very little respect for the North as none of the remaining teams were predicted to have more than 4 conference wins.
In short, we are predicting a date with the Ducks at Levi's Stadium. It's a game UCLA needs to get to and needs to win if the team wants to reach elite status.
Now, for the first time this year, we asked all of you to rank how you think the teams will finish in the standings. It's not a measure of wins and losses, but who will finish first, second, third and so on.
The response was excellent. Almost 550 responded to the South poll and about 360 responded for the North poll.
Your votes were ranked similar to the way to Top 25 polls are. Each team got 6 points for a 1st place vote, 5 for a 2nd place vote and so on down to 1 point for a 6th place vote.
|South||Points||1st Place Votes|
|North||Points||1st Place Votes|
Some notes about these results. The readership does not seem to respect the Utah Utes as much as the team of BN writers. That's interesting. The writers predict the Utes will come in second while the readers think they'll finish fifth.
But both groups are in agreement about the North standings which are basically Oregon, Stanford then everyone else.
We'll have to see how accurate each group is at the end of the season.
Hopefully, both groups are right in predicting UCLA to win the South. We're all an impartial bunch, aren't we?