July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner talks to the media during PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Preseason prediction threads are an easy out for journalists. They're eye-catching, because fans want to see if an "expert" thinks their team will win a Super Bowl or a World Series or a national title. Depending on the tone the writer wants to convey, they can choose a pick that is safe and boring (Alabama, The Patriots, The Yankees), trendy (USC, The Thunder), usual and wrong (Michigan or Florida State, The Cowboys), out-of-the-box and darkhorse-y (South Carolina, The Pacers), or downright ridiculous (Boise State and the Cubs). And by the end of the year, that prediction has been so far lost in the downpour of sports news, that there's no accountability towards the writer for the pick they made, as wrong as it may be (Clemson). That's why I'm staying away from team predictions: they're too easy, and there's the chance I could be right. And what kind of person would I be to walk around all chest-puffy for getting lucky with a guess? That's like bragging to your friends about going on a hot streak at a roulette wheel; sure I won, but I didn't actually do anything. Instead, I'm predicting things far more specific and impossible: individual stats and achievements. And especially with closed practices, this will be like guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar, only instead of looking at the jar and guessing, a man with astigmatism will be describing the jar to me. Via text message. This can't lose.
I know many of you out there fancy yourselves a bit clairvoyant. All-knowing, all-seeing. So much more of the smarters than everybody else, me included. Be sure to leave your predictions in the comments section, so we can look back after the season and see who is knowing, and who is a big fat liarpants.
Passing Yards: Marcus Mariota - 2983
Rushing Yards: Kenjon Barner - 1388
Total Touchdowns: De'Anthony Thomas - 17
Receiving Yards: Josh Huff - 756
Total Tackles: John Boyett - 111
Sacks: Dion Jordan - 9
Interceptions: Terrance Mitchell - 4
Forced Fumbles: Michael Clay - 3
First Touchdown of the Year - Mariota to Daryle Hawkins
First Forced Turnover of the Year - Avery Patterson INT
First Sack of the Year - Jordan
First Uniform Jersey Color - Green
Most touchdowns in one game - Barner, 3
Most players scoring a touchdown in a single game - 7 (Barner, Thomas, Vaughn, Lyerla, Bennett, Dungy, Forde)
Number of All Pac-12 First Team Performers - 7 (Barner, Grasu, Jordan, Hart, Clay, Boyett, Thomas)
Show me what you got in the comments!