College football, finally!

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt's Take:

Please don't call me, text me, send me an email, tweet or Facebook message between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. I won't respond.

I hate to sound rude, but Ohio State's journey to the National Championship kicks-off against Buffalo, and I can't be disturbed or distracted. Since I can't be at the Horseshoe for the game, I'll be propped up on my couch, complete with wings, pizza and a craft brew.

It's time to take a look at the contenders for this year's BCS National Championship. The preseason top five looks like this — Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, and Georgia.

Honestly, there are only a few schools outside of this grouping with a legitimate shot of making the National Championship game. You can pen in Texas A&M and Louisville as contenders, but that's as far as they will go.

This may sound like a complete homer pick, but The Ohio State Buckeyes will be one of the two teams playing for it all at the end of the season. The schedule doesn't scare me really, with the exception of a road game at California.

There are a lot of people picking Alabama and Oregon to play for it all at the end of the season, but I don't see that panning out.

Alabama will be knocked off by either A&M or LSU and the Ducks will lose out to Stanford. It's been a great run for the Southeastern Conference, but it ends this year.

It's going to be a PAC 12 and BIG 10 matchup this year, as the Buckeyes and Cardinal play for it all.

I may end up eating my words, but Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will prove to be too much for David Shaw's Cardinal. The BCS Championship is coming back to Columbus.

Ohio State 27, Stanford 17.

Andrew's Take:

If you don’t expect the current Southeastern Conference (SEC) “trend” to continue, you’re not leading an efficient life.

I realize that, “to assume is to make an ass out of u and me,” but you have to learn from the past.

College football is working with seven straight from the SEC. And it’s not the product of some AP/ESPN/NCAA conspiracy.

But, for the sake of competition, here’s who will win each BCS conference.

Louisville will take the American Athletic Conference, but, unless everyone else in the country gets two losses, the Cardinals will miss the championship game.

I’ve got Oklahoma State winning the Big 12, but not with a perfect record.

The same goes for Stanford in the Pac-12.

I think Clemson is a better team than Florida State, but the Seminoles’ schedule is considerably easier. I think they’ll win the ACC, by default.

My first pick in the national championship dual is Ohio State. Sweeping the Big Ten schedule should not be a problem.

Then there’s the SEC. Not as easy to pick. You’ve got Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M in the West. And the East has Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

It comes down to scheduling. South Carolina has the most “survivable” schedule in their division, and Alabama in theirs.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Alabama’s offensive line will not be able to handle Jadeveon Clowney.

So, will it be eight in a row for the SEC? Of course it will. The SEC Championship IS the National Championship.

Oh you don’t think it’s a sure thing? I’ve told you that the SEC was going to win every year, and they have. I understand that it doesn’t take a stroke of genius to come to such a conclusion, but if you disagree with me, you’re the opposite of a genius.

South Carolina 34, Ohio State 13.