Ryan Lemerman, Staff Writer
In the most immense offseason in NBA history, fans witnessed the league finally restored to balance, and it would be fair to thank one individual, Kawhi Leonard. This postseason, Leonard defied all odds and not only outshined in the Eastern Conference, but defeated the unstoppable Golden State Warrior team. Granted, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Demarcus Cousins all battled injuries, but Kawhi changed the game, not only for one season, but for the benefit of many NBA franchises for a long awaiting future.
College Division I football is one of the most underappreciated sports of our pastime. It is what builds professional careers to the National Football League, and it exposes the exhilarating environment of many fans, students, and alumni. Many universities carry rich traditions, like Kansas's "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk" and Wisconsin's "jump around,” that bring together a group of fanatics to form a family. A handful of Oswego High School students can look forward to being apart of these college surroundings after graduation this May. As we are now approaching October, we can look forward to cooler skies, brighter futures, and the welcoming atmosphere of college football. Last season, fans witnessed the massacre of Alabama-Clemson for the fourth straight time, and it would be fair to have more variety in pursuit of the championship trophy. I took the time to forecast the biggest surprises, biggest downfalls, the winner of the 84th Heisman Trophy,breakdown of each Power 5 conference, and national Playoff predictions from the field of 130 Division I teams. Some of my predictions may be bold. Some may be basic. Some may be savvy. Still, I stand by them upon the upcoming season for one of the most underrated and infatuating sports in America.