Jan 8, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; The coaches trophy which was awarded to the Alabama Crimson Tide was on display during head coach Nick Saban winning coach press conference at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort

Victory Bell Round Table 2013 Football Season Preview-National Championship

Yesterday the conference, today the country! After taking a look at who the VBR staff feels will take home the Big 10 title (spoiler: we all are terrified of Ohio State), it’s time to look at the big crystal football.  Who will be crowned the 2013 National Champion?

Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)

If you’re a betting man, and I most certainly am, the odds say Ohio State and Alabama meet in a clash of college football royalty, with everything on the line.  Urbz versus Saban would be fun, eh?  Sadly, I don’t think we get it.  College football is a strange thing, and it seldom seems to play out the way we expect.  Yes, Alabama is loaded, and yes Ohio State’s schedule sets up perfectly, but I think the Tide’s schedule catches up with them, and the Buckeyes falter at least once with the expectations of greatness.

So who will it be? I’m pretty sure the rules say one SEC team has to appear, and I’m going with the team that was about 5 yards from playing for the title last year, Georgia.  Go ahead, make your Mark Richt has lost control of Matt’s prediction jokes, but if the Bulldogs stay healthy, they have the talent to play with Alabama.  On the other side, I’m going with one of last season’s SEC killers, Louisville.  They have the best quarterback that doesn’t get enough attention in Teddy Bridgewater, and a schedule that sets up for a perfect season.  They’ll need some help, but this feels like a year they get it. But at the end of the day, the SEC will still reign supreme, and Georgia takes up the title for the first time since 1980.

Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)

Common sense says to pick Alabama vs. Ohio State for the BCS National Championship Game. But I’m going to change it up a bit and say that Alabama will play Stanford for the 2014 national title. And guess what: Stanford is going to win. Many people have been saying that if a team is going to unseat the SEC, it’s going to be either Oregon or Stanford. I’m going with the Cardinal because I’m a huge fan of the team that David Shaw has there in Palo Alto and I think they match up well with the Crimson Tide. They have the best defense in the nation that isn’t in Tuscaloosa and they’re also a team that can match Alabama’s physicality in the trenches. Stanford has a quarterback in Kevin Hogan who won every game he started last season and he’s only going to get better. Five of Stanford’s final six regular season opponents are ranked in the preseason, so they’ll also be very battle-tested. Call me crazy, but I think Stanford has what it takes and I think that the SEC’s reign will finally come to an end.

Staff Writer Barry Leonard Jr. (@barryleonardjr)

I’m really going out on a limb here by picking Ohio State and Alabama to play for the BCS title. This will be the popular pick, but there’s good reason for it, as both team are loaded on both sides of the ball. I see the game being close, but Braxton Miller and Ohio State will pull off the upset and prevent the Bama three-peat.

Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)

Last season Notre Dame came virtually out of nowhere to play in the title game against a powerhouse Alabama team. Will that same thing happen this season? My gut says ‘possibly’. I think the BCS title game will feature Ohio State – it pains me to write that – and Louisville. Yes, I said it, the Cardinals will make the title game!

You may be asking ‘why Louisville’? The reason is simple…they have easiest schedule and the clearest path to an undefeated record. Pollsters like a clean won/loss record sometimes more than they like quality wins. I also see potential trap games for many of the top-tier teams. In fact, I can see Bama getting knocked off somewhere this year. I mean, c’mon, the SEC can’t win the title every year, can they?

So who wins the title matchup? I think Ohio State wins the game in fairly convincing fashion.  The big stage, Ohio State’s potent offense AND defense are too much for the Cardinals to overcome. Look for a 27-13 triumph for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

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