SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Bold predictions for the new year

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 03:00 PM.

I love New Year's Day. There's just something fresh and exciting about the clean slate of 365 days that await us.

Yes, this time of the year is filled with more football than the most avid fan can digest, but that's OK.

And the year ahead offers so much more than football.

Since I ranked the area's top sports stories of 2013 in Saturday's edition, it seems only natural that I look ahead on this, the first day of 2014. I have no idea what the new year holds, here are some guesses:

The Seminoles will win 42-31 in the National Championship football game between Auburn and Florida State.

This is a tough one because it involves my two favorite teams not located in Knoxville, Tenn. That said, I like Auburn's running game, but I think FSU has too many offensive weapons for the Tiger defense to contain.

Laurel Hill will bring home a title in the District 1-1A championship. Although Laurel Hill boys lost their recent game at Paxton, I see many good things happening in basketball.

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