The 2012 college football season is right around the corner. For some schools, big wins, Heisman candidates and bowl games are on the way. Unfortunately for these schools, the basketball season won't start for several months. The colleges listed below will have to suffer through a long season on the gridiron before tipping off on the hardwood.
Nothing new here, Wallace Wade Stadium will once again be home to one of the best high school football teams in the nation. Problem is that they will once again be playing in the ACC. Duke will struggle to win six games this season, which will once again leave them with a losing record and no bowl game.
Kentucky would probably just disband it's football team if the SEC would let them. Like Duke, Kentucky is not expected to win enough games to be bowl eligible. Kentucky might not win a game in the SEC. This play epitomizes Kentucky football:
Vandy and Kentucky are such misfits in the SEC. Even Vandy's new uniforms are below average. In a league of 14 teams, Vandy and Kentucky are the only two that don't focus on football. Because of a cupcake non-conference schedule, Vandy has a shot to go .500 this year, but I wouldn't bet on the Commodores going bowling.
Unlike Kentucky or Vandy, Ole Miss actually cares a lot about football, and next to nothing about basketball. Still, the Rebels have been terrible recently. Houston Nutt couldn't get it done so the Rebs brought in a big replacement... None other than Hugh Freeze, formerly of Arkansas State. Freeze and the Rebels will once again struggle to make a bowl. On the other hand, the basketball team that no one cares about has won at least 20 games in three straight seasons.
The football team finished with 1 win last year. The basketball team will be ranked 1st in the nation. Indiana will take "Basketball School" to a new level this year. The only reason fans will attend football games is so that they can gather to talk about basketball. It will be another long season for the Hoosiers.
The jerseys are about the only bright spot in the Maryland football program these days. They didn't even get the black/pewter new field. Coach Randy Edsall could be on his way out of College Park if the football Terps struggle again. On the court, Mark Turgeon is working hard to get Maryland back to the glory days of Gary Williams, Juan Dixon and Steve Blake.
No more RGIII in Waco could be big trouble for the Bears. Coach Art Briles has done an incredible job making this program respectable, but he has a lot of work to do replacing the Heisman winner. Basketball coach Scott Drew on the other hand will once again field an ultra talented basketball team, but they will probably once again bow out early in the tournament.
New coach Charlies Weiss isn't the answer to the Jayhawk's football woes. If he can't win at Notre Dame, he certainly won't succeed at Kansas. Like Indiana and Kentucky, Kansas is purely a basketball school. Jawhawk fans have already skipping pre-football season talk in favor of the Kansas basketball squad.
Have you seen Notre Dame's football schedule? Brian Kelly could once again turn into a tomato this year. The Irish have a daunting schedule that takes them all over the world (literally). Anything more than eight wins is realistically a big success for the Irish, but their fans will of course want more. We know, Notre Dame will never really look forward to basketball season, but they will once again be disappointed when the football season comes to an end.
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