Who wins the major conference championships?
CARVILLE: In the ACC, Miami. LSU wins the SEC. The Big East--who cares? I mean West Virginia, but, again, who cares? The Big 12--man that's a tough, tough one. I'm going to go against all common sense and say Mizzou, because one of my upsets is Oklahoma State beating Oklahoma and that gives Missouri the edge. Well, maybe I'd better backtrack and go with Oklahoma. In the Big Ten, I thought about this, and I can't get the words out, but I am going to try: Minnesota. You know, I can't believe I didn't say Ohio State. Well, maybe I should say Ohio State. I'm going to be gutless, just like Michigan, and change my pick to Ohio State. Southern Cal in the Pac-10.
How will Notre Dame do this year?
CARVILLE: Not well. Notre Dame's problem is that no one in the athletic department ever took a class in the history department. They don't realize what happens when hubris and arrogance take control. All that arrogance usually leads to you getting your butt kicked, and that's what's going to happen to Notre Dame. For all those years they had their NBC contract, and they had all the nuns praying for them. Well, there aren't as many nuns as there used to be.
Handicap the Heisman race.
CARVILLE: The running back from Texas, Cedric Benson. With a close second to the running back at LSU [ Justin Vincent].
Which team will fall the hardest this season?
CARVILLE: Michigan. Put the New England Patriots in Michigan uniforms and they'd lose two out of three to Ohio State and two out of three Rose Bowls. Michigan plays dull, uninspired, gutless football, year in and year out. Other than that, I like them fine.
Which coach is on the hottest seat?
CARVILLE: Ron Zook at Florida. Mack Brown at Texas. If either one loses three, they're probably fired.