Monday, December 4
A look back at the experts' predictions

Sometimes, even the best experts can stumble on preseason predictions. A look back at our panel's preseason picks for conference winners and who they thought would be in the Orange Bowl.

And here's a quick rundown of the right answers:
Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Oklahoma
ACC: Florida State
Big East: Miami
Big Ten: Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue(tie)
Big 12: Oklahoma
Big West: Boise State
C-USA: Louisville
MAC: Marshall
Mtn. West: Colorado State
Pac-10: Oregon, Oregon State, Washington (tie)
SEC: Florida
WAC: TCU


Kirk Herbstreit
ORANGE BOWL:
Miami vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Wisconsin
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Boise State
C-USA: East Carolina
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: Colorado St.
PAC-10: Oregon
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU

Lee Corso
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Kansas St.
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Kansas St.
BIG WEST: Idaho
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: BYU
PAC-10 Washington
SEC: Florida
WAC: TCU

Rod Gilmore
ORANGE BOWL:
Alabama vs. Kansas St.
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Virginia Tech
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Kansas St.
BIG WEST: Idaho
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: Colorado St.
PAC-10: Oregon
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU

Bill Curry
ORANGE BOWL:
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Wisconsin
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Boise St.
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: Colorado St.
PAC-10: USC
SEC: Georgia
WAC: TCU
 

John Mackovic
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Nevada
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: Wyoming
PAC-10: Washington
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU

Mel Kiper, Jr.
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Boise St.
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Toledo
MTN. WEST: BYU
PAC-10: USC
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU

Gene Wojciechowski
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: N. Mexico St.
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: Colorado St.
PAC-10: Oregon
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU

Mike Gottfried
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Boise St.
C-USA: Southern Miss/E. Carolina (tie)
MAC: Toledo
MTN. WEST: Colorado St.
PAC-10: USC
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU
 

Beano Cook
ORANGE BOWL:
Texas vs. Wisconsin
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Wisconsin
BIG 12: Texas
BIG WEST: Boise St.
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Toledo
MTN. WEST: Utah
PAC-10: Washington
SEC: Florida
WAC: TCU

Todd Christensen
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Boise St.
C-USA: Southern Miss
MAC: Toledo
MTN. WEST: Colorado St.
PAC-10: USC
SEC: Alabama
WAC: TCU

Mike Tirico
ORANGE BOWL:
Florida St. vs. Nebraska
CONFERENCES:
ACC: Florida St.
BIG EAST: Miami
BIG TEN: Michigan
BIG 12: Nebraska
BIG WEST: Boise St.
C-USA: Southern Miss/ E. Carolina (tie)
MAC: Marshall
MTN. WEST: BYU
PAC-10: Washington
SEC: Florida
WAC: TCU






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