Every Thursday Yahoo! Sports college football expert Pat Forde joins Booger and Rich to get you geared up for the weekend ahead in college football. Today Forde helped us preview the season and talked about Johnny Manziel’s half a game suspension for violating NCAA rules.
Forde said that the SEC is giving everyone else a chance by playing tough teams to open the season. Forde still thinks the SEC is by far the best conference and Alabama will be the top contender for the national championship this season.
Forde said that the NCAA likely didn’t have enough evidence to convict Johnny Manziel of taking money so instead they punished him for not doing everything he can to keep his autograph out of the hands of brokers.
Teddy Bridgewater is a major Heisman candidate to watch according to Forde who said he will contend for the trophy and will likely come out of college early and be the first QB taken in the NFL Draft.
FSU is primed for a national title run this year, but Forde says they’re still a little ways away from that. Forde noted their tough schedule going to play at Clemson and at Florida that will be road blocks for the Noles and Jimbo Fisher.
The Gators won some good games and ugly games and Forde said the Gators need some young players come through to compete. Forde also said he thinks Florida has the toughest schedule in the country.
The Hurricanes should be better this year according to Forde. There should also be some closure in the NCAA investigation that’s been ongoing Forde told Booger and Rich. To Forde, the mishandling of the case by the NCAA had lead to an extended period of unknown for the Canes and that could mean less severe punishments for the university.