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Who will be the best in football this year?

Published 8:49am Thursday, September 1, 2011

Column: Thanks for Listening

Please take your time and copy this column. It is not cheating. I give you permission to copy both my college and NFL picks. As I have proven before (Green Bay as Super Bowl winners — ’nuff said), copying my picks will lead you to becoming a winner in your football pools.


The college football world comes down to three games.

One is LSU vs. Alabama on Nov. 5. The second game is Stanford vs. Oregon on Nov. 12. The third game is this Saturday. It is LSU vs. Oregon.

My prediction is this: Oregon beats LSU Saturday. Alabama beats LSU Nov. 5. Oregon beats Stanford Nov. 12. The national championship game is Alabama vs. Oregon with Alabama winning another national championship.

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Oklahoma

4. LSU

5. Nebraska

6. Wisconsin

7. Stanford

8. Texas A&M

9. South Carolina

10. Michigan State

11. Boise State

12. Florida State

13. Virginia Tech

14. Arizona State

15. Missouri

16. TCU

17. Auburn

18. Oklahoma State

19. Arkansas

20. Florida

Heisman Trophy

The Heisman battle is between five players:

1. Andrew Luck at Stanford, an easy pick as he would have been the No. 1 pick in the NFL last year.

2. LaMichael James of Oregon. Last year he was the leading rusher in the nation.

3. Trent Richardson of Alabama. Mark Ingram is gone, and he is the featured back.

4. Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma, a receiver who had 131 catches last year. Amazing.

5. Denard Robinson of Michigan. The guy can run, throw and catch anything.

I think the winner is going to be Andrew Luck unless he gets hurt. This pick is pretty lame as I think it is his to win. I would love to see Broyles get it, but quarterbacks or running backs always win this award.


Are you ready for some football? Here are the NFL picks.

AFC East

1. Patriots 13-3

2. Jets 11-5

3. Bills 5-11

4. Miami Dolphins 4-12

AFC North

1. Ravens 12-4

2. Steelers 11-5

3. Browns 7-9

4. Bengals 5-11

AFC South

1. Colts 11-5

2. Texans 9-7

3. Titans 6-10

4. Jags 5-11

AFC West

1. Chargers 11-5

2. Chiefs 10-6

3. Raiders 8-8

4. Broncos 5-11

AFC Championship will be Ravens over the Patriots.

NFC East

1. Eagles 12-4

2. Giants 11-5

3. Dallas 7-9

4. Washington 4-12

NFC North

1. Packers 13-3

2. Lions 10-6

3. Bears 9-7

4. Vikings 5-11

NFC South

1. Falcons 11-5

2. Tampa Bay 10-6

3. Saints 9-7

4. Panthers 3-13

NFC West

1. 49ers 10-6

2. Rams 8-8

3. Seattle 7-9

4. Cardinals 5-11

NFC championship will be Packers over Eagles.

AFC MVP will be Chris Johnson of the Titans.

NFC MVP will be Matt Ryan of the Falcons.

Super Bowl XLVI will result in the Packers defeating the Ravens.

MVP of Super Bowl will be Greg Jennings of the Packers.

Rookie of the Year will be A.J. Green of the Bengals.

So go to your copier or rip this out of the paper and stick to these picks as they are solid. Good luck on your own picks.

Tribune Publisher Scott Schmeltzer’s column appears every Thursday.