Oregon State Beavers
When talking about the football revival in the Pacific Northwest, we can’t forget about what the Beavers are doing in Corvallis. 2-5 in 2020, Jonathan Smith has turned the corner, leading the Beavers to a bowl appearance in 2021 an incredible 2022 season that saw the Beavers win 10 games for the first time since 2006. The defense will have to replace most of its secondary, but most of the roster returns, including 4 of their 5 starters along one of the best offensive lines in college. That line will be key for the success of Clemson transfer D.J. Uiagalelei. When healthy and decent mechanics, D.J. has looked like a dominant dual-threat option. When he gets out of rhythm, he looks unplayable. His success or failure could decide how far OSU can go in 2023.
Prime Time to a New Year’s Six bowl in year one? With Deion, all things are possible. Sanders’ move to the Pac-12 and Colorado could be the ultimate boom or bust for his and the Buffs’ future. After a dominant run at Jackson State, Sanders will be bringing an army of talented players, recruits, and portal snipes from other teams. Most notable arrivals are his son, spectacular QB Shedeur Sanders, as well as the top two cornerback recruits the past two years in Travis Hunter and Cormani McClain. Expect Sanders to play like the 1st round potential he has, while Hunter and McClain provide the Buffs the perfect counter to all these fantastic QBs in the conference. I believe that Deion is changing the game for college football roster building, but he’s also one hell of a coach. This team is capable of winning 8-10 games.