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It’s time to pump the brakes on the Michigan hype-train

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If you have been on social media or have paid attention to anything college football related recently, you know exactly what I’m talking about. This post does not plan to have any factual statistics, but I just want to point out some common sense– the Michigan hype needs to come to an end already.

This has nothing to do Michigan being overrated, in fact, they should have a solid team this season. But come on, let’s be real. This team does not deserve to be ranked in the pre-season top four. What has this Michigan team even done from last season to justify it? Sure, they whooped up on an overrated and depleted Florida team in their January bowl game. but they also lost their three most important regular season games last year. The Wolverines coughed up their season opener against Utah, lost in the most absurd way possible to Michigan State, and got their behinds handed to them at home to Ohio State.

Michigan’s only “quality” wins last season were beating BYU and Northwestern, who both turned out to be just a tad overrated. Michigan returns several starters on both sides of the ball, but also has no quarterback still. John O’Korn was supposed to be the new-guy, but is in a three-way battle for the position now.

The Wolverines do play a joke of a schedule early on, as they do not even leave the state of Michigan until October. I still have no idea how they got away with that. I honestly do not think you can play a more pathetic non-conference schedule. Hawaii is not a good team, UCF literally lost every game last season, and Colorado has been an embarrassment for the last ten years. The losses will come one way or another, with road contests at MSU, Iowa, and Ohio State. There is just no plausible way Michigan doesn’t drop at least two of those games.

Look, Harbaugh is a complete nut-case, but he is a brilliant coach. Michigan will win at least nine or 10 games this coming season. They will obviously be good, but they will not be playing in the College Football Playoff, and will probably be nowhere too close to it by the season’s end. Down the road, Michigan will be playing for a national title. Just not this year.

As for now, MSU and Ohio State are still the class of the Big Ten. There are too many question marks on this UM team to start claiming them Big Ten favorites and national title contenders.

 

College Football Week 5 Recap: Is Anyone Good?

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After Saturday’s games, you can honestly sit here and make the argument that there are no dominant teams in college football. I think that it will eventually play itself out and we will see four much deserving teams advance into the playoff. But for right now, things most certainly do look shaky.

Ohio State and Michigan State have struggled greatly recently. The Buckeyes defense is very talented, and for the most part has played exceptionally well, but outside of Ezekiel Elliot on offense, the Buckeyes have several question marks including the new-named starter Cardale Jones. Jones has made good throws every now and then, but still looks uncomfortable when his first option is not there and he has to evade the pocket.

Indiana nearly and probably should have beat Ohio State yesterday, but then again it is Indiana, and they of course coughed that game up worse than a hospital patient with pneumonia.

Michigan State is hard to predict this year. While the Spartans have remained unscathed at 5-0, they also have had several close calls in the 4th quarter to teams who are bad. The Oregon win is great and all, but Utah beat the Ducks by 42, and there is no legitimate reason to ever get out-gained by both Central Michigan and Purdue, even if all of Sparty’s defense looked practically hungover.

MSU needs to finish games stronger, and quit playing conservative after they build a large lead.

Seriously, your pushing toward Butch Jones territory with that non-sense, and that is one place no man ever dreams to be.

Ole Miss essentially proved that they are a one-hit wonder, who will likely fade into the sunset with an 8-4 record. After the big win over Alabama, people were proclaiming the Rebels to be the class of the SEC. The win was in my mind a fluke, and it’s really starting to show.

Beating a barely division one caliber Vanderbilt team by only eleven at home, and then getting man-handled in the Swamp to Florida pretty much proves my point.

See ya later Ole Miss.

TCU and Baylor both looked good yesterday, but come on let’s be real; nobody plays any defense in the Big 12. You don’t even have to watch these games. Just play NCAA football with a friend on XBOX and whatever your final score is, is probably pretty close to some of these absurd final scores.

Baylor’s offense is good, but it is not 70 points a game good, and they haven’t played anyone who’s defense could stop some high school offenses. Let’s just pump the brakes on the Bears for now.

Notre Dame has done a pretty good job coping with the losses of Malik Zaire and Tarean Folston, but the Irish couldn’t overcome Clemson’s big lead and a monsoon of rain last night. Deshone Kizer played well, but it’s really hard to blame anyone with how hard it was raining last night. There were a lot of dropped passes on both sides, but hey that’s what gloves are for right?

UCLA might as well had not shown up at all last night. The Bruins couldn’t afford to lose to Arizona State, but Jim Mora’s players apparently should have gone to class more this week. It was a home game, why were his players out of class for six straight days? Anyways, UCLA is a young talented team, but more losses seem to be on the way when it’s all said and done. UCLA is the west coast Clemson essentially.

Georgia without a doubt is the most embarrassing and pathetic performance of the weekend. For a team who was supposed to be “back” and make a national championship run, they looked like they didn’t even belong on the same field with Alabama. And well to be quite frank, they didn’t belong on the same field as the Crimson Tide.

Bama completely outmatched and outclassed Georgia in every single way possible. Greyson Lambert was so bad at quarterback, that Mark Richt was forced to go to Brice Ramsey, who may have been even worse. Come on Georgia, learn how to do that quarterback stuff.

For a program that has never been able to get over the hump with Richt at the helm, should anyone really be surprised that the Bulldogs lost?

Finally, the one bright spot of the top ten, LSU.

The Tigers may not even be in the playoffs when the season is over, but Leonard Fournette is truly special. He will be making big bucks in two years.

What’s more crazy? The numbers that Fournette is already putting up, or the fact that he still has to return to Baton Rouge next year for one more season before being eligible to enter the NFL Draft? I’ll go with the latter. Fournette could be effective in the NFL already.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t suffer any serious injuries, and let’s enjoy the magic that he continues to bring week in and out.

So there you have it, nobody is good. The best teams in the country might be sitting outside of the top ten at the moment actually.

Every team has some sort of petty  flaw, but that doesn’t mean this season won’t be one to remember. With no dominant team, the chase for the playoffs is going to be one hectic finish.

Also, great win over BYE this week Utah. They are a tricky opponent, good job.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4 of the Good, Bad, and Ugly in College Football

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The Good:

Utah- Talk about a holy whacking. The Utes clobbered Oregon in Eugene 62-20, and the Utes can make the case for being a top five team in the nation. This was a beatdown of historic proportions. Travis Wilson was a stud at quarterback, as he went 18/30 for 270 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown. Wilson easily had the best weekend in college football and it was not even close. The Utes defense also shutdown Oregon’s offense which was also impressive. The PAC 12 slate wont be easy, as the Utes face off against Cal, USC, Arizona, ASU, and UCLA still.

 

LSU- Granted, Leonard Fournette is really the only reason the Tigers are even here, but his performance on Saturday was flat out phenomenal. Fournette rushed for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns, as he was the only bright spot yet again on the Tigers offense. His 62 yard rush to the house was incredible, as he left the Syracuse defenders in the dust. As for the Tigers, they need to play better complete games. LSU is still one of the teams to beat in the SEC, and might be the favorite in the West division. But for now, Brandon Harris is going to have to throw the ball better, because LSU’s current offense is in Jordan Jefferson 2.0 mode. Still, absolutely unreal performance from Fournette.

 

Michigan- By tomorrow, the Wolverines will find themselves among the top 25 in the nation. That’s what they deserve after pitching a 31-0 shutout on the #22 BYU fighting Mormons. Michigan’s defense was very impressive, and held Tanner Mangum to just 55 yards passing. It almost is astonishing at how much better the Wolverines already are under Jim Harbaugh. De’Veon Smith is going to be a force in the running department all year for Michigan, but Jake Rudock is still a question mark at the quarterback spot. We’ll see how for real the Wolverines are when they face off against Northwestern, Michigan State, and eventually Ohio State.

 

The Bad:

Missouri: Lets be honest; the Tigers should have never been ranked anyways. However, the Tigers looked awful all night, especially on offense. It is almost mind-boggling how this team won the SEC East the past two seasons. Credit Kentucky for making the necessary plays, but Matty Mauk is one of the most inconsistent passers in college football. The Tigers defense is nowhere near as good as it used to be. It could be a rough year in Columbia.

 

Arizona: This game was over after the first quarter, and for it being the prime-time game of the week, it was a horrible game. Anu Solomon had to leave the game after getting knocked out, and the game was never in doubt after that. UCLA completely dominated the Wildcats in every aspect of the game. With the PAC 12 being a consistently deep conference, the Wildcats will still have several games that will be tough on the schedule. The good news is that they can hopefully forget about this one.

 

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets dropped the ball big time on the road in Durham against Duke 34-20. A late fumble from Justin Thomas sealed Tech’s fate late in the fourth quarter, but the Yellow Jackets defense has been surprisingly bad so far this year. Luckily for Tech, they play in the ACC Coastal, where literally anyone could still win the division.

 

The Ugly:

Oregon: This is pretty obvious. Oregon got hammered at home, and never even stood a chance. The Ducks defense is beyond pathetic, and we should have realized this after Eastern Washington in week one dropped a 40 spot on them. Is this the end of the Ducks’ PAC 12 regin? It looks like it will most definitely take a major step back this year, but I’m not going to go as far as saying Oregon’s best days are behind them. However, this season could be one to forget in Eugene.

 

Tennessee: Another blown game? Butch, please. What horrible 4th quarter clock management. I almost feel bad for Vols fans. They had this one in the bag up 27-14 late in the 4th at the Swamp. This now marks two times already that Tennessee has blown double-digit 4th quarter leads. Butch Jones has continued to play not to lose, and that strategy is clearly not working. Joshua Dobbs really played a solid game at quarterback, and Jalen Hurd was fantastic on the ground as well. Just another game Tennessee should have won. With Arkansas, Alabama, and Georgia coming up, the Vols better figure out how to close out games soon.

 

Texas’ Special teams: Losing back to back weeks because of special teams errors has to be tough to swallow for all Longhorns fans. Nick Rose missed the game-tying extra point against Cal, and this week punter Michael Dickson muffed a snap deep in his own territory, allowing Oklahoma State to set up for a game winning field goal. Two brutal losses for Charlie Strong. The good news for Horn’s fans is that this team is much improved since the season opener, and the young players are starting to make the most of their opportunity. The bad news is that Texas has to face TCU and Oklahoma in the next two games. Good luck with that.

 

 

 

The Good ‘Ole Days Of Vince Young And Colt McCoy

Ah, the glory days for the Texas Longhorns. Not sure we will see anything like this in Austin ever again. Two of the all-time greats.

 

 

 

 

 

FSU’s Reputation Continues to Digress

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In the span of one week, we have seen (allegedly) two Florida State University football players being involved in a conflict with a woman. And by conflict, I mean, striking a woman straight in the face multiple times. This is obviously not good to ever hear this kind of news, regardless of who and where it was. Backup quarterback DeAndre Johnson’s situation was awful, because not only did he drill a woman straight in the face, but it was also caught on video for the entire world to see. Shortly after news broke out, Jimbo Fisher made a pretty easy call by dismissing Johnson from the FSU  football program. It’s not like this was a difficult decision for Fisher though, so let’s not go out and start praising him for making a decision every single coach in the country would have made. This debacle happened on video, and it’s not like Johnson was ever going to see the field anytime soon, so it was indeed a simple call.

The other situation (allegedly) involved star running back Dalvin Cook. Now this becomes a very interesting situation for Coach Jimbo Fisher. Cook is arguably the best returning starter on offense, as he led the Seminoles in rushing last year as a true freshmen. This will be extremely intriguing to see what Fisher does with disciplining Cook. He decided yesterday to suspend him from workouts with the team indefinitely.

Before we do jump to conclusions and start pointing the guilty finger at Dalvin Cook (ESPN), I am actually going to give Cook the benefit of the doubt until he is proven guilty. Now obviously, if Cook did indeed hit the woman multiple times, he should be kicked off the team. I do not think anyone is disregarding this. The interesting thing regarding this case though, is that it took place eighteen days ago from today, and still no charges have been filed. However, there has been a warrant issued for the arrest of Dalvin Cook from the Tallahassee Police Department.

The only problem that I do have with this entire situation, is that all of the media outlets are posting this story everywhere. I do not know about you, but technically this kid is still innocent! I mean even if this case is completely true, it is still to early to start posting a story about a kid who will have to live with the name tag “woman beater” for the rest of his life, especially if he did not actually do it. I find it funny how on ESPN we do not see any stories about other players getting arrested from other conferences (SEC), but once anything is reported about a FSU player it is on the front page.

Seriously though, how can all of this news break in one week? One week? Come on Jimbo! Take control of your program for crying out loud. We all know you are one of the best coaches in college football, but over the past two years FSU’s reputation as a university has taken a serious hit. Most people consider FSU’s discipline program to be a joke, and laughed at the entire Jameis Winston situation as it unfolded. Depending on the ultimate outcome of the situation, we will see everything that we really need to ever know about Jimbo Fisher. If Cook is guilty, he should be gone, and if Fisher only suspends him for Texas State and Chattanooga, well then, I guess everyone out there is right about Jimbo Fisher.

So I only have one question and one question only for Coach Fisher: Will the real Jimbo Fisher please stand up? Obviously something in the program’s culture needs to change quickly. Winning is not everything, and hopefully this situation gets resolved in a timely and proper manner.

Everett Golson brings Hope to Florida State for 2015

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Everett Golson is coming to Tallahassee and is the ultimate wild card for the Seminoles in 2015. Florida State is returning several talented players, but they also lost key players who went 27-1 over the course of the past two seasons, and brought a national title back home in 2013.

The offense will be interesting without Rashad Greene, Nick O’Leary. and of course Jameis Winston. However, with Golson FSU has a chance to make some noise next year. With a rather light schedule, a double digit win season is definitely possible, and if Golson can come in and learn the playbook and perform on the field, the Noles could be a decent team.

Golson struggled severely toward the end of last year with his former team Notre Dame. He was incredibly inconsistent last year, and threw way too many interceptions. In fact, he actually led college football with the most interceptions last year. That is most certainly not something that you want to be on top of the standings for.  If I had to bet on it, it looked like he truly lost his confidence altogether. Not to mention, Golson also lost his starting job in the final game of last season at the Music City Bowl in Nashville against LSU.

We have seen Golson make plays before. He can be consistent. Maybe a change of scenery is what the mobile and agile graduate quarterback needs. If anything, he can definitely rely on Jimbo Fisher to help him improve his game. Fisher has been incredible in building his quarterbacks’ game and confidence over the years. What he did with Jameis Winston cannot go unnoticed either.

The starting job is not exactly Golson’s just yet. He will be in a battle all summer long against Sean Maguire for the starting job. Golson can win this position, but he will have to prove his consistency and cut down on the interceptions.

Florida State is going to be a young team on offense next year, and Golson cannot afford to make costly mistakes, when his receivers are going to have just enough trouble catching the ball and being on the same page with him. Regardless, its a win-win situation for Golson, who has nothing to lose, and he can easily become the 2015 starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles in 2015.

 

Early Top 25 for 2015-2016

1.) Ohio State – The Buckeyes will have just about everyone back on both sides of the ball. The biggest storyline over the offseason will be who starts next year. Does Braxton Miller transfer? Can Cardale Jones keep his momentum or will J.T. Barrett get back what he started? It will be interesting to say the least.

 

2.) TCU- Trevone Boykin is back along with Aaron Green and B.J. Catalon. The Horned Frogs will be primed for a title run assuming they get in the playoff.

 

3.) Georgia- Nick Chubb was sensational and Malcolm Mitchell will return to Athens next year as well. The Dawgs will be the favorites in the SEC East next year.

 

4.) Michigan State- Connor Cook returns along with a boatload of talented players. The Spartans lose Jeremy Langford and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, but MSU will be among the nation’s elite next year.

 

5.) Georgia Tech- Justin Thomas has given Paul Johnson’s offense a new look with Thomas being a legitimate passing threat. The Yellow Jackets will lose some key players but should compete for the ACC crown.

 

6.) USC- The Trojans will have all of the talent, but will they get it done on the field?

 

7.) Alabama- The best recruiting class in America comes to Tuscaloosa. Despite some key losses across the field, the Tide should reload with Saban at the helm.

 

8.) Florida State- The Seminoles will also benefit with an easy schedule along with stellar recruiting class in Tallahassee. Now we will see how the Seminoles are without Jameis Winston.

 

9.) Clemson- DeShaun Watson will be a force for the Tigers next year as long as he can stay healthy. The defense will need to rebuild but the Tigers will remain among the nation’s contenders for next year’s college football playoff.

 

10.) Mississippi State- Dak Prescott will be back and the Bulldogs will be talented. Can they win the big games though?

 

11.) Oregon- The Ducks have a solid system, but they have yet to win a championship. It will be even tougher without Marcus Mariota,

 

12.) Notre Dame- Malik Zaire will provide a new look for the Irish. Everett Golson is expected to transfer. Notre Dame will compete for a title, but will need to win out, since they are not in a conference.

 

13.) Arizona  State- Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devils will look to build off their 10 win season.

 

14.) Baylor- No more Bryce Petty, but the Bears have a perfect offensive system under Art Briles. Next man up.

 

15.) Boise State- The Broncos will continue to use momentum of their Fiesta Bowl victory headed into next year.

 

16.) Arizona- The Wildcats have a lot of potential with young talent on both sides of the ball.

 

17.) UCLA- Brett Hundley is gone, but UCLA will still be a solid team next year.

 

18.) LSU- The quarterback situation in Baton Rogue is rough, but Leonard Fournette returning at running back will keep the Tigers afloat.

 

19.) Arkansas- The Razorbacks will be tough to deal with next year, but will need to improve on their passing game.

 

20.) Wisconsin- The Badgers have a better coach in Paul Chyrst and should be in the hunt for a Big Ten division title again.

 

21.) Missouri- The Tigers have been under appreciated in the SEC so far, and will still be good under Gary Pinkel. The Tigers will be right there again for the SEC East title.

 

22.) Tennessee- The Vols will be much improved with Josh Dobbs at quarterback. Butch Jones has this thing turned around in Knoxville.

 

23.) Auburn- The Tigers will rebuild, but should still be competitive next year.

 

24.) Oklahoma- A lot of question marks are surrounding Bob Stoops and his program, but they have the talent to be a solid team next season.

 

25.) Ole Miss- Dr. Bo has left Oxford, but Hugh Freeze is building a competitive contender in the SEC.

 

Next 5: Utah, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Kansas State

Urban Meyer: The New College Football King

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Urban Meyer has put himself on the platform with some of the greatest coaches in college football history. Meyer has lost just three games in his three years at Ohio State and has become just the second coach besides Nick Saban to win multiple titles at FBS schools. Meyer has given Ohio State an excellent chance to repeat as national champions next year as well.

The excellence and winning culture that Meyer has produced at Ohio State is astonishing. Ohio State is solid in every way. Their offensive line was among the best in football and they have one of the most talented running backs in Ezekiel Elliot, who set a record for the most rushing yards in national championship game history. This is one of the biggest reasons for the success that Ohio State had at the quarterback position.

Urban Meyer has also done a fabulous job of developing an elite defense. The Buckeyes had the best defensive line in all of college football this year. This was fairly obvious in the title game against Oregon.

One of the bigger story lines heading into next year will be who will start at quarterback for the Buckeyes next year. Cardale Jones played incredible in his three starts, and J.T. Barrett was unstoppable up until his injury. Braxton Miller is expected to transfer to either LSU, Florida State, or Duke. It is unlikely that he will return to Ohio State with the rising surge of Barrett and Jones.

Meyer has shown that he is right there at the upper echelon of college football with Nick Saban. Each have 3 championships, and Meyer is out to get more. I personally think that he will, and the Buckeyes very well could win the national championship again next year. With most of the skill players returning, the Buckeyes will be very dangerous on offense and defense. The biggest point of note, is that Urban Meyer has yet to lose a Big Ten regular season game in his 3 years in Columbus.

Oregon-Ohio State : Oregon is tough, but do not count out Urban Meyer and his resilient Buckeyes

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The national championship game is on Monday night in Dallas. I would have never guessed that Ohio State would have been in the national title at the beginning of the year. Not to mention, I think that most people counted them out of everything after losing star quarterback Braxton Miller to a season-ending injury.

How foolish of us. How can you possibly forget about the Urban Meyer factor. Meyer has only lost 3 games in his three years at OSU. J.T. Barrett was incredible as a red-shirt freshmen before getting hurt in the Michigan game. Once again, after Barrett’s injury, everyone counted the Buckeyes out of everything again.

The Buckeyes were set to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis with a third string quarterback in Cardale Jones. You know the story. Everyone counted the Buckeyes out of it, including myself, and thought that there was no way possible that they would be Wisconsin. Silly us, little did we know that Cardale Jones would take off right where J.T. Barrett would have. The Bucks dominated Wiscy 59-0.

On to the college playoff now, and it is starting to get really old in Columbus. All the naysayers once again shouted that Ohio State did not even belong on the same field with Alabama, let alone even making the inaugural college football playoff. How could Ohio State honestly defeat the great Nick Saban and the SEC champs who have dominated college football the past five seasons?

Wrong. Once again, the Buckeyes proved that they have the tenacity and toughness needed for a championship football team. And it all starts with Urban Meyer. Most people, including several analysts, thought that the Buckeyes were one year away from truly being able to compete at an elite level and national championship.

As we all know, they are wrong as well. Ohio State continues to do what they do best; proving everyone wrong, and turning naysayers into believers. The system that Urban Meyer has stabilized in Columbus is truly astonishing. Meyer has developed a winning culture that all of his players have bought into. Meyer has fixed many of the key problems to the past Buckeye teams. Defense, and especially the secondary, which were both awful last year.

Ohio State now boasts one of the best defensive lines in America, lead by star Joey Bosa. Don’t forget about that secondary either. Even though it is not dominate by any means, it is much improved. The Buckeyes offense is still their bread and butter, and they have developed one of the best passing and running attacks in the country. Ohio State has the best offensive line in college football, which is another reason why each quarterback who has played under Meyer here has had tremendous success. Not to mention, the Buckeyes have some elite skill players as well.

Cardale Jones has proven that he can most certainly take Ohio State to the promised land. A national title is much sought after in Columbus. It can most certainly happen, but the Bucks better find a way to slow down Marcus Mariota, or that national championship trophy is headed out west to Eugene.

Winners and Losers of Bowl Season

Winners:

1.) The Big Ten-

How about the B1G? The core of the conference did its job and got some impressive victories. Wisconsin was able to get a huge win over an SEC West Auburn team, who many predicted the Tigers to roll over the Badgers. Melvin Gordon was incredible as always, and only ended up being 40-something yards short of Barry Sanders career rushing totals.

Michigan State got another huge win for the conference by rallying from a 20 point deficit to knock off the Big 12 co-champs Baylor. This was a great game overall, and one of the best bowl games of the entire bowl season. Connor Cook probably had one of his worst games of his career, but was still able to make huge plays when necessary. The Spartans proved to the rest of the country that the Big Ten is tough and physical. A great win for the conference and MSU.

By far the best win was Ohio State. Just about everybody counted them out of even having a chance to knock off Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Cardale Jones played as best as he possibly could have, and Ezekiel Elliot was able to establish the run on the great Bama rush defense. Ohio State’s defense showed that up front they are just as physical and tough as everyone else. The secondary bent at times, but never broke. Urban Meyer has one special group of resilient Buckeyes. This is great for the Big Ten to have a team in the national championship game, and it will be interesting to see how the Buckeyes handle the explosive Oregon Ducks.

2.) Notre Dame-

The Irish picked up a huge win over LSU in Nashville to finish the season on a much needed positive note. Notre Dame played two quarterbacks all game as Malik Zaire played outstanding in his first ever start. Everett Golson struggled much of the game, but was incredible when it mattered most. Golson lead a late drive down the field in the fourth quarter to set up the Irish for a short field goal as time expired. As bad as Notre Dame’s second half of the season was, this was a good way to end the season on a positive note.

3.) TCU-

The Horned Frogs showed why they probably should have been left in the playoff pool, as they absolutely dismantled Ole Miss 42-3. Trevone Boykin played his best game of his TCU career, and Aaron Green was phenomenal on the ground for the Horned Frogs. TCU will be ranked in the pre-season top three next year, and quite possibly could be ranked number one. I do not think that too many people would argue this.

4.) SEC East-

Who would have ever thought that the SEC East would have gotten the conference 5 of their 7 conference wins? In fact every team in the east won their bowl game giving them a 5-0 record. The main reason that this is so startling is because the SEC East was an absolute anomaly all year. Outside of Georgia, nobody really was an elite team. No, Missouri is not as good as their ranking. Tennessee was electric in their thrashing of Iowa. The Vols could be a sleeper team to win the East next year. South Carolina won, because the Ole ball coach does not do losing seasons. Florida’s defense was awesome yesterday, but their offense is so bad that they still had to hold on for dear life.

5.) Boise State-

The Broncos showed once again that they can compete with some of the nations best teams. A huge win for Boise State heading into next year, as they could be seen as a team that could potentially make the college football playoff.

 

Losers:

1.) SEC West-

For being called the greatest division of all time, they were pretty awful during the bowl season. LSU lost to an average Notre Dame team, Ole Miss got absolutely hammered to TCU. Ole Miss proved that over the course of the year that they were the most overrated team in the nation. Another team who was right there with them was Mississippi State. The Bulldogs could not stop the run all night against a good Georgia Tech team in the Orange Bowl. Auburn proved that they were an average team as well, finishing 8-5 on the year. As good as Auburn’s offense was, their defense was equally atrocious. Alabama’s loss to Ohio State does not show that the Tide were overrated, but it does show that they were not the best team in the country, and had no business being ranked number one in the nation.

2.) Florida State-

Yes, Florida State got absolutely destroyed by Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but the Seminoles did not help themselves with all of the turnovers they had. Dalvin Cook, Travis Rudoolph, and Bobo Wilson were all responsible for fumbling the ball and giving it over to the Ducks. Oregon capitalized on all four of FSU’s fumbles. Still, as bad as Florida State’s loss was, the Seminoles had an accomplished season. Florida State continued to put their streak all the way to 29 games, and capped off another ACC championship. I certainly think that Jameis is gone, but we will see what he ultimately decides.

3.) Baylor-

Yikes. The Bears had the ultimate downfall in the span of one quarter. The Bears lead 41-21 over Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, and the completely fell apart. You have to credit the Spartans for never giving up and showing character, but you also have to question Baylor’s coaching staff, as they made several head-scratching decisions late in the game. Overall, this game showed that Baylor did not belong in the college football playoff.

4.) Oklahoma-

The Sooners were a pre-season top five team in the nation, and finished the year 8-5. The Sooners got absolutely destroyed by Clemson 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. This is bad for OU, because they definitely regressed over the year. Bob Stoops may be on the hot seat. This is a bad football team.

5.) North Carolina-

The Tar Heels continued to show that they were an absolute awful football team yet again. UNC got hosed by a horrible Rutgers team.