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1. The SEC is even stronger than we thought. From Florida's and Georgia's impressive offenses to Alabama's complete dismantling of #9 Clemson, this year's SEC is even stronger than it was in 2007. This could be a blessing in disguise for the other conferences as it makes it that much more unlikely that any team will escape the SEC without at least 1 loss. While all the top teams made huge impressions, Alabama definitely made the biggest impression. Call me a bandwagon jumper, but my first impression says that Alabama will defeat Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

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2. The ACC has officially taken the spot of bottom-feeder among the BCS conferences. Things weren't looking good after the ACC Champion fell to the 3rd best team in the Big 12 in the 2007 Orange Bowl, but now, it is officially a nightmare. The ACC only had 3 teams in the top 25 to kick off the 2008 season, but after Virginia Tech's collapse against East Carolina and Clemson's getting completely exposed by Alabama, it looks like the ACC will be looking to Wake Forest and Miami for salvation. Expect those two teams to duke it out for the ACC Championship in December with the Hurricanes earning a surprise trip to the Orange Bowl.

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3. The Pac-10 race is wide open. USC was very impressive in their 52-7 win over Virginia, and Oregon survived their first conference game of the season by completely dismantling Washington (say goodbye, Ty.) California played decently enough against a tough non-conference opponent while Arizona State was honestly unimpressive in a 17 point win over a Division I-AA team that was only 6-5 in 2007. The real story of the night though is the Arizona Wildcats. They embarrassed Idaho with a score of 70-0 in a game that was over before it started. You may remember USC opened against Idaho in 2007. That final score? An unimpressive 38-10. Forget Sanchez. Forget Carpenter. The new name in the Pac-10 that fans should get used to hearing is Tuitama. Mike Stoops is on the hot seat, but if he can get Arizona to the Rose Bowl (which by the way I am predicting here and now) he will be on a pedestal as the God of Tucson.

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4. The Big Ten could be back on the rise while leaving Michigan behind (don't worry Wolverine fans; I foresee you catching up in 2 seasons). Ohio State looked much like they did in 2006-unbeatable. Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Penn State put up impressive wins, and though Illinois came up short, they still looked promising in their shootout with Missouri. If Beanie Wells' injury was only minor, Ohio State should still win this conference and possibly get back to the National Championship Game. However, don't count Joe Pa out just yet. Wisconsin will give Ohio State and Penn State all they can handle but will still probably have to settle for 3rd.

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5. The Big East is still unclear to me, but I expect West Virginia, South Florida, Connecticut, and possibly Cincinatti to fight it out until the end. My instinct tells me to go with Connecticut, but the weekend performances scream South Florida. While still in the mix, West Virginia didn't make a huge impression on me, and their reign may be coming to an end. For now, I'm picking the unranked Huskies, but a South Florida win over Kansas in 2 weeks could sway me.

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6. The Big 12, while not as strong as the SEC, is definitely in the top 2 as far as conference depth and toughness. Missouri is definitely the favorite to win the North, while Oklahoma is most experts' pick to take the South. Kansas could be in the mix, but I foresee them falling to 3rd place in the Big 12 North as their conference schedule is brutal. Colorado, though we have yet to see them play, is my pick to finish behind Missouri in the Big 12 North as their team will only be better from last season. Nebraska will see improvement, but first year head coach Bo Pelini won't be able to undo Callahan's damage in one season. Texas Tech could challenge Oklahoma and Texas for the top spot in the South, but I think their evident lack of defense will be too much to overcome, especially in Norman. People will sleep on Texas. As a Sooner fan, I was most worried about the Red Raiders entering this season, but after the first day of games, Texas is back to being top dog on my radar. Oklahoma State will try to make waves, but they just don't have the depth or talent that the other 3 do. Ultimately though, things will play out as they did in 2007, and Oklahoma will defeat Missouri for the 2008 Big 12 Championship.

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