June 18th, 2013 01:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Northwestern Big Ten, Notre Dame Independent, SEC, Stanford Pac
Phil Steele is the master of the preseason football guide. His book is a treasure trove of information, data, facts, figures, stats, comparisons, charts, etc. It could be this by-the-numbers approach that helps him put out what are considered to be the most accurate football predictions each year.
Today on his website, Steele has taken a by-the-numbers approach to determining which schools have a good shot at this year’s BCS championship. You won’t be surprised to learn that six of the 14 schools that fit “the mold” for a national champ come from the SEC. You will be surprised by one of the SEC school’s on that list.
You can check out the categories he used to whittle the entire FBS down to just 14 programs here. (Be warned: you may have to re-read a few of his category descriptions multiple times.) When all of his numbers were crunched his list looked as follows:
Alabama — SEC
Florida — SEC
Florida State — ACC
LSU — SEC
Michigan — Big Ten
North Carolina — ACC
Northwestern — Big Ten
Notre Dame — Independent
Ohio State — Big Ten
Oregon — Pac-12
South Carolina — SEC
Stanford — Pac-12
Texas A&M — SEC
Vanderbilt — SEC
Personally, I think James Franklin deserves some sort of raise or bonus for raising Vanderbilt’s program to the point that anyone could possibly list the Dores as national title contenders.
Further, here’s hoping for a Vandy/Northwestern BCS Championship Game in January. Everyone in attendance should be forced to wear a mortar board.
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