2012 college football survey results

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Scout.com surveyed 100 of its top college football experts, scouts and publishers about the upcoming 2012 season. Here's what they had to say.

From national champion to top uniforms, Scout.com's 2012 college football survey covered the biggest and best topics for the year ahead in the sport. Check out who gets the early season nods from our experts in a variety of categories. (Only most significant answers displayed for each)

National champion
School
Votes
Southern Cal
29
Alabama
25
Louisiana State
24
Paper Tiger (won't live up to hype)
School
Votes
Arkansas
13
Florida State
12
West Virginia
10


Heisman Trophy winner
Player
Votes
Matt Barkley, QB, USC
50
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
12
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
9
Denard Robinson, QB, Mich.
7
Biggest sleeper team
School
Votes
Washington State
11
Ohio State
8
Texas
7


Sleeping giant (ready for top 10)
School
Votes
Washington
9
UCLA, Miami, UNC
6
34 other teams received votes
Game of the year (non-conference)
Game
Votes
Alabama vs. Michigan
44
Notre Dame at Oklahoma
8
Boise State at Michigan State
8


Game of the year (conference)
Game
Votes
Alabama at LSU
47
Oregon at USC
17
Best traditional rivalry
Rivalry
Votes
Auburn vs. Alabama
21
Michigan vs. Ohio State
20
Texas vs. Oklahoma
14
Army vs. Navy
13


Stadium I'd love to go to
Stadium
Votes
Notre Dame
20
Louisiana State
14
Michigan
11
Best game day atmosphere
School
Votes
Louisiana State
16
Ole Miss
9
Alabama
7


Best active coach
Coach
Votes
Nick Saban, Alabama
60
Gary Patterson, TCU
6
Les Miles, LSU
5
Best recruiter (head coach)
Coach
Votes
Nick Saban, Alabama
38
Lane Kiffin, USC
17
Mack Brown, Texas
8


New coach with best future
Coach
Votes
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
43
Mike Leach, Washington State
13
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
9
Who will win the SEC?
School
Votes
Alabama
46
LSU
43


Who will win the ACC?
School
Votes
Florida State
52
Virginia Tech
21
Clemson
16
Who will win the Big East?
School
Votes
Louisville
38
Pittsburgh
17
South Florida
15


Who will win the Pac-12?
School
Votes
USC
76
Oregon
19
Who will win the Big Ten?
School
Votes
Michigan
53
Wisconsin
16
Ohio State
14


Who will win the Big 12?
School
Votes
Oklahoma
68
Texas
15
Oklahoma State
8
Who will win Conference USA?
School
Votes
Houston
27
SMU
18
Southern Miss
17


Who will win the MAC?
School
Votes
Northern Illinois
22
Ohio
18
Toledo
13
Who will win the Mountain West?
School
Votes
Boise State
80
Air Force
5
San Diego State
5


Who will win the Sun Belt?
School
Votes
Arkansas State
35
Troy
17
Florida International
16
Who will win the WAC?
School
Votes
Louisiana Tech
50
Utah State
25
San Jose State
8


What is the best conference?
School
Votes
SEC
81
Pac-12
11
You'd want your son to play at ...
School
Votes
Stanford
24
Alabama
11
Notre Dame
5


Thoughts on new playoff system?
Answer
Votes
Prefer eight-team playoff
57
It's perfect
16
Prefer 16-team playoff
15
Should college athletes get paid?
School
Votes
Yes -- added cost of living
43
No
35
Yes -- revenue sports only
12


Who has the best uniforms?
School
Votes
Oregon
20
Michigan
11
Penn State
6
Who has the worst uniforms?
School
Votes
Oregon
26
Maryland
20
Penn State
7

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