Now comes the week I do my annual college preview column, where I predict what I think will happen in the upcoming season. I and many others are thankful that the season kick-off is just a week away.
First things first; I am never right. I certainly didn't pick Florida State last year. I certainly didn't anticipate Jameis Winston would have the year he had.
But I do expect him to have a repeat year. And, yes, like most other forecasters, feel the Seminoles will repeat as kings of the hill.
Who is going to stop them? The games they have that figure to be the toughest will be home contests. Clemson and Notre Dame may be pretty good but they're no match for FSU. Neither will be any of their other regular season opponents. After winning the ACC Atlantic Division with ease, they'll dispose of Coastal Division winner North Carolina and head to the first-ever Division 1 play-offs.
The big question is, who will the other three play-off teams be? If former Seminole quarterback Jake Coker works out, Alabama will be one. The Tide will win the SEC West and clip SEC East champ South Carolina despite having hired Lane Kiffin.
What about Auburn, last year's SEC winner? No one can have the luck of the bounce again like the Tigers had last year, so I think they will come up short in the SEC West.
Joining FSU and Alabama in the play-offs will be PAC 12 winner UCLA and Big Ten winner Wisconsin.
Stanford and Oregon will make noise in PAC 12 play but UCLA has a very talented quarterback in Brett Hundley and a very favorable home schedule.
Wisconsin will get in because they will beat Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes will enter that game with a high ranking, thus almost forcing voters to put Wisconsin in the final four after the Badgers topple OSU.
The other major conference with a chance to put a team in the bracket is the Big Eight. Oklahoma is the league's best shot but any loss will hurt the Sooners because the league doesn't have a conference championship game.
The team that will really get the shaft is South Carolina. I just think the committee will do anything to keep the SEC from having more than one team in the fray.
In the first round of the play-offs, Alabama will get by UCLA and Florida State will beat Wisconsin.
The Tribe will then make their second trip of the year to Jerry's World (they open the season against Oklahoma State in the venue) and clip the Tide.
Looking ahead to other local favorites, Florida and FAMU. I think Florida will have trouble winning over seven games. If one of any number of wins isn't a Georgia victory, look for Will Muschamp to be gone.
Another coach that may be on the hot seat is Earl Holmes at FAMU. Holmes’ team has anything but a easy schedule, but Rattler fans have been going through tough times and they're looking for any kind of turn-around.
To finish this column, I say Winston will again win the Heisman and become only the second player to be a two-time winner. He's talented enough to do it on his own, but he also has a lot of talent on his side of the field. Which is a big plus in winning the Heisman and the National Championship.