The end of the 2013-2014 NCAA Football season capped off another great year of excitement from the best teams around the country and the most galvanizing plays from future NFL stars. The most talented individuals squared off against each other on the gridiron in a display of strategy and skill for a chance to bring back the coveted awards associated with each particular bowl game, money for their schools, and bragging rights until the 2014-2015 season. Going into this year, allcal would like to give you a college football preview, but before you start organizing football party plans and fun events with your friends or family, here’s a brief recap of last year’s season.
Emerging Young Talent
The highlight of last season came from Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston who was named the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, marking the second straight season the award has gone to a redshirt-freshman quarterback. The 20-year-old Seminole was also able to lead his team to a 34-31 comeback victory against the Auburn Tigers in the Vizio BCS National Championship despite falling behind drastically after one half of play.Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, also a Heisman finalist and now member of the Cleveland Browns, became the first freshman to win the award in 2012, setting a new precedent that NFL talent is increasingly becoming younger and younger among college athletes. So what can we expect in 2014?
Organizing college parties, attending these events with friends, and performing touchdown celebrations in your family living room all come to mind from a fan perspective. However, before you begin making party plans for the year, let’s take a look and see what this season has to offer from the players and teams.
Preseason Rankings and NFL Draft Picks
According to the AP Top 25 Poll Florida State resides at the top for the #1 team in the country after beating Auburn and breaking the Southeastern Conference’s record streak of seven national championships in a row. However, it will be difficult to repeat this feat with four out of the top 10 teams coming from the SEC and the grueling strength of schedule in arguably what has been the toughest conference in football for nearly a decade. Fortunately, the Seminoles will be keeping their Heisman-trophy-winning quarterback at least until the end of the 2014-2015 season, when Winston is expected to enter the NFL Draft. Players from the NCAA who entered the draft after the previous season and are expected to have an immediate impact in the NFL to their respective teams include college phenoms such as QB Johnny Manziel (Cleveland Browns), QB Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota Vikings), DE Jadeveon Clowney (Houston Texans), QB Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars) and WR Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills).
Manziel (click above to view highlights), who currently leads the entire NFL in jersey’s sold despite not having played one down of pro football, has already acquired a high amount of fame and has caused quite a stir in Cleveland with hopes of bettering the team and improving the Brown’s offense. Other players such as Sammy Watkins hope to light a fire under the Buffalo Bills to add a spark to their offense and push them over the hump to a playoff berth as well.
What To Look Forward To
So who will be this year’s rising young stars in college football or the cinderella team that awes fans on their way to a bowl game? Will the SEC reclaim their title as the most dominant conference in football and take back the national championship in 2014? One thing’s for certain, with the emergence of stars such as Winston and Manziel, we’ll all be glued to the TV or in attendance to support our favorite teams on the field of play come September. With allcal you can share events with friends, make party plans to watch the games or create time to have fun with your family. Whether you’re tailgating or in front of the big screen, you’ll have fun organizing events with the app that brings family and friends together. There’s nothing quite like football in America and now you can share events simpler and easier with the ones you love.
Can’t wait until the season kicks off? Check out some of the greatest highlights of the 2013 NCAA College Football season above featuring the best athletes across the country. We hope this college football preview helped. College football can’t come soon enough!