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College football picks

Forecasting the 2012 college football season

It is the silly season of making predictions about what is going to happen in the new college football season. So let’s make some guesses:

Heisman Trophy

1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

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2. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

3. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan

4. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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Must-See Games

1. Sept. 1 Alabama vs. Michigan (at Arlington, Texas)

2. Nov. 3. Alabama at LSU

3. Nov. 3 Oregon at USC

4. Oct. 27 Michigan State at Wisconsin

5. Sept. 22 Clemson at Florida State

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BCS Match-ups

BCS title game in Miami

USC vs. LSU

Sugar Bowl

Alabama vs. West Virginia

Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma vs. Michigan State

Rose Bowl

Oregon vs. Michigan

Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Louisville

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Best of the Best

QB--Matt Barkley, USC

RB--Montee Ball, Wisconsin

WR--Robert Woods, USC

TE--Tyler Eifert

OL--Alex Hurst, LSU

DL Sam Montgomery, LSU

OLB--Manti Te’o, ND

ILB--Jarvis Jones, Georgia

S--T.J. McDonald, USC

K--Dustin Hopkins,FSU

P-Brad Wing, LSU

All Purpose--De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

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Freshman Pheonoms

1. Dorial Green-Bedkham, WR, Missouri

2. Kyle Prater, WR, Northwestern

3. Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma

4. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

5. Darius Hamilton, DL, Rutgers

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Old Faces, New Places

Ohio State--Urban Meyer

Arizona--Rich Rodriguez

Washington State--Mike Leach

UCLA--Jim Mora Jr.

Arkansas--John L. Smith

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