With the 2012 season in the books, here is college football beat writer Bob Asmussen’s extremely early look at the 2013 season:
1. Ohio State
Urban Meyer went undefeated without a bowl-game carrot. So, how good will the motivated Buckeyes be? Braxton Miller is part of the early Heisman conversation.
Smart move by Chip Kelly to stay in college, which shows he learned from John Blutarsky. Marcus Mariota is a good starting point.
3. Texas A&M
Speaking of starting points, did you see Johnny Manziel in the Cotton Bowl? Better than in the regular season. We trust Kevin Sumlin will fill in the holes on the offensive line.
A.J. McCarron will make a serious run at the Heisman Trophy, though he is going to miss Barrett Jones. Something tells us Nick Saban has continued recruiting.
Some in Gatorland are freaked out after the loss to Louisville. Instead, Will Muschamp will use it for spring and summer reminders that they aren’t back yet.
6. South Carolina
While you were reading this, Jadeveon Clowney was sacking your family. Play like he did against Michigan and Clowney is the favorite for the 2013 Heisman.
Turns out that David Shaw and the Cardinal can win without quarterback Andrew Luck. Shaw wants his team to be the Alabama of the West. He’s getting there.
Aaron Murray’s decision to stay isn’t as good as if Jarvis Jones decided to come back. But the guy did just throw five TD passes in a bowl game.
9. Notre Dame
The Irish are going to miss Manti Te’o in a big way. But like Saban at Alabama, Brian Kelly has been piling up players in South Bend.
Teddy Bridgewater showed his stuff in New Orleans. Just wait until he gets fully healthy. Great for the Cardinals that coach Charlie Strong decided to stay put.