ESPN college football analyst Andre Ware said he doesn’t factor in a school’s reputation when he makes his season predictions.
That’s for sure.
Recently on ESPN’s "College Football Live,” Ware predicted Oklahoma would go 8-4, including losing the season opener to BYU. In coach Bob Stoops’ 10 seasons at OU, the Sooners have lost four regular-season games only twice (1999 and 2005), and have gone 11-1, 10-2 and 10-2 the past three regular seasons.
"I look at what’s there and kind of dig in and define a team based on the year and not the reputation that a school brings,” Ware said in a conference call this week.
Ware, the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Houston, has called only a handful of Big 12 games in recent seasons, primarily broadcasting Big Ten and ACC games. This season he will work full time in the SEC as the commentator on the SEC Network game of the week, joining play-by-play announcer Bob Neal and sideline reporter Cara Capuano. The syndicated package will be carried in 73 markets, including Oklahoma City on KSBI-52 (Cox 15).
Ware, who also is the Houston Texans’ radio analyst, said he is downgrading OU’s chances because of its inexperienced offensive line.
"My question really is how are they going to protect Sam Bradford,” he said.