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New Year’s Six Bowl Games Predictions

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6.) Boise State vs. Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) 

Line: Arizona (-3) – Take Boise State on the line as it is much safer. The Wildcats have a young team and are coming off an absolute thrashing against Oregon in the PAC 12 Championship game. Boise has been solid all year for the most part.

O/U: 68- Take the over on this. Arizona has an explosive offense and Boise State has the number nine scoring offense in the nation. Expect a lot of points in this game.

Prediction: Boise State 45, Arizona 41- Anu Solomon has been prone to make mistakes in big situations as freshmen quarterback. Nick Wilson has been an important key running the ball for the Wildcats as well. This game will be decided by which defense shows up and makes plays.

 

5.) Ole Miss vs. TCU (Peach Bowl)

Line: TCU (-3)- Take TCU and the points if you are looking at this line. The Horned Frogs have a legitimate reason to believe that they should be in the college football playoff, while Ole Miss has been reeling late in the season.

O/U: 56.5- You are going to want to take the over on this one as well. One thing that can be said about the majority of college football teams is that there really is no elite defense out there this year. Ole Miss has been pretty weak in the secondary, and TCU loves to pass the ball. Ole Miss should still be able to move the ball with Bo Wallace playing his final game of his career.

Prediction: TCU 42, Ole Miss 28- Too much TCU in this one. Trevone Boykin is having a phenomenal year, and B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green have combined for 18 of TCU’s rushing touchdowns this season. The loss of Laquon Treadwell hurts the Rebels, because he was Bo Wallace’s go to receiver. The Rebels will need to be able to run the ball effectively.

 

4.) Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech (Orange Bowl) 

Line: MSU (-7)-  I personally think that this line is way too large in favor of Mississippi State. Take Georgia Tech even if you do not think the Yellow Jackets will win the game.

O/U: 62- This is a tricky one, but take the under, due Georgia Tech’s ability to burn game clock on long drives. This will limit possessions from both teams, making each drive that much more important. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs do not move at a fast pace either, and usually draw out long drives themselves.

Prediction: Georgia Tech 27, Mississippi State 24- Mississippi State will have trouble with Georgia Tech’s option offense. Tech has already beaten some solid teams this year, including Georgia, and nearly beating Florida State. Georgia Tech’s defense will need to play well, but if Justin Thomas and the offense can successfully establish the run, look for Georgia Tech to take a few shots down field as well, because Thomas is a legitimate passing threat.

 

3.) Michigan State vs. Baylor (Cotton Bowl)  

Line: Baylor (-2.5)- This is obviously a close line, and it will pretty much come down to who you think will win the game. I think Michigan State is the safer bet.

O/U: 71.5- Take the over and do not look back. Both of these offenses are very good, and should be able to score a lot of points as well, despite the defenses being pretty good too.

Prediction: Michigan State 44, Baylor 37- I think that the Spartans defense will be able to make some plays in crunch time, which will be enough for Michigan State to get out of Dallas with a victory. Look for Connor Cook to connect with Tony Lippett as much as possible. Jeremy Langford is also key for the Spartans, as he has rushed for over 100 yards in every game so far this year. Bryce Petty has many weapons on offense as well. The Spartans secondary has struggled against every legitimate passing threat they have played so far. It will be interesting to see how the Spartans’ secondary responds in this game.

 

2.) Ohio State vs. Alabama (Sugar Bowl/ CFP Semi-Final)

Line: Alabama (-9)- Take Ohio State in this one. I think that the winner of this game will win by a touchdown or less, so it will be safer to go with the Buckeyes.

O/U:  58.5- Take the over. Seriously, this is a bad line one. I am not impressed with either secondary, and both teams can pass the ball efficiently. Like I stated earlier, there is no dominant defense in college football this year. As good as Ohio State and Alabama are up front, they have had trouble against good passing teams.

Prediction: Ohio State 31, Alabama 27- I really like the way that Cardale Jones and the Ohio State offense played against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Even though Alabama is a completely different monster than Wisconsin, the Buckeyes have threats all over the field. Alabama is great as we know, but Blake Sims might have trouble playing away from Tuscaloosa, where his stats are not nearly as impressive. T.J Yeldon and of course Amari Cooper are the biggest keys for the Tide on offense. Urban Meyer has beaten Nick Saban before, and I think that he will have his team ready, so that they do not get embarrassed on national television.

 

1.) Oregon vs. Florida State (Rose Bowl/ CFP Semi-Final)

Line: Oregon (-9)- This is yet another surprising large line. Not only has Florida State not lost in two years, but if they do lose this game, it will be by a field goal or less. Take the ‘Noles even if you are a Ducks fan.

O/U: 71.5- I think it would be wise to take the under on this one. Vegas made this line so that everyone would immediately figure to go over with how explosive Oregon’s offense can be. That being said, if Florida State’s defense is able to make plays and slow down the Ducks on offense, I think we will see a lower scoring game than expected. Remember, neither team has played in nearly a month heading into this game.

Prediction: Florida State 35, Oregon 33- They are the defending national champions, they have not lost in 29 games, so until you beat them, I am not going to go against them. Oregon does have the talent and speed on offense to give the Seminoles hell. With Marcus Mariota, Rocye Freeman, and Byron Marshall, the Ducks will look to go fast. Do not be surprised if Oregon is not as effective as you would expect. Florida State has some speed on defense that could surprise Oregon. For the Seminoles it will obviously come down to Jameis Winston, who has yet to lose a start in his collegiate career. With Oregon’s top cornerback out of this game, I do not know if they have anyone who will be able to cover Rashad Greene. Nick O’ Leary will also be a matchup nightmare for the Ducks’ defense, who just about never go up against a big physical tight end. If Dalvin Cook can run the ball efficiently, then Oregon could be in for a surprise. I think that this has potential to be an excellent game.

More Bowl Mania Predictions

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I hope you saw the ending to the Central Michigan-Western Kentucky game in the Bahamas bowl, because it was absolutely fantastic. This was even a better finish than the Miami Beach bowl game. Anyways, the bowl games are really starting to heat up. Some of the big name schools will hit the field this coming weekend and especially all of next week. Here are my predictions for the rest of the bowl season disregarding the New Year’s six bowl games, which will all be in a separate article soon.

Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5) 

Texas A&M was once a top ten team earlier in the year before everything fell apart for the Aggies. A&M started off 5-0, but finished just a measly 7-5. West Virginia spent this year rebounding from an awful 4-8 campaign in 2013. Clint Trickett has been a big help towards the offense, which really struggled to move the ball consistently last season. Trickett has shown consistency and should be able to light up the weak Aggies secondary with his star receiver Kevin White. Ever since the Aggies suffered several blowout losses, Kenny Hill got benched, and their season has gone down the toilet.

Prediction: West Virginia 42,  Texas A&M 34

 

Russell Athletic Bowl: Oklahoma (8-4) vs. Clemson (9-3)

For Oklahoma, this season has been an ultimate failure. The Sooners fully expected to be playing the college football playoff, especially since they had an incredible load of confidence after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan. Trevor Knight was inconsistent again at quarterback, and also suffered an injury and was sidelined the last couple of games. Even worse for Clemson, their star Freshmen quarterback, Deshaun Watson, tore his ACL late in the year, and will not play in this game. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris is going to Dallas to coach SMU as well. So now the Tigers will look to Cole Stoudt, who had a pretty awful season when his name was called. As much talent that Clemson has, it will tough to beat the Sooners without Watson.

Prediction: Oklahoma 33,  Clemson 21

 

Texas Bowl: Arkansas (6-6) vs. Texas (6-6)

Two old rivals from the SWC meet up in this one in Houston. The Razorbacks finally got to a bowl game this year, but their offense remains completely one-dimensional. The Razorbacks still have all kinds of trouble with Brandon Allen playing consistent football at quarterback. Luckily, they usually do not need him to make too many plays through the air, because Arkansas has been able to beat several good teams from the SEC West this season by pounding the ball on the ground. Texas has a really nice defense. Vance Bedford has done a solid job overall with a talented Longhorn bunch. Texas thrives against the pass, but their rush defense is not too shabby either. Their are so many talented stars on this defense. Malcolm Brown, who is an All-American on the defensive line, Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond at linebacker, and Quandre Diggs as a lockdown cornerback. The biggest key for Texas will be their offense as usual. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is jekyll and hyde, and you never know what you will get from him. If Texas can establish the run, they should be able to make some plays through the air. Ultimately, this one will be close to call.

Prediction: Texas 24 , Arkansas 21

 

Music City Bowl: LSU (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (7-5) 

The Irish come into this one losing four out of their last five ball games. Ever since they lost to Florida State they have been a different team. The defense has struggled, and Everett Golson has become the complete turnover machine. That is not the formula you want heading into a matchup with a strong and physical LSU defense. I fully expect John Chavis to throw all kinds of different schemes at Golson, and it should confuse him. After all, LSU’s only real problems are on the offensive end. Moving the ball has been an issue for the Tigers. Notre Dame’s defense is fully capable of slowing down LSU on offense, but it will be a matter of if the Irish show up or not. This could be a great game, but I do not expect a whole lot of points from either side.

Prediction: LSU 17, Notre Dame 14

 

Belk Bowl: Louisville (8-4) vs. Georgia (9-3)

This should be an excellent game, but for Louisville they will need Kyle Bolin to continue off his successful day against Kentucky that he had in the final game of the regular season. Georgia has gotten used to life without Todd Gurley, and have gotten tremendous help and success from Nick Chubb. Hutson Mason has still not developed into anything more than a game manager, but if Georgia can pound away on Louisville’s defense with Chubb, they will be just fine. After all, it might be more difficult since they are going up against their former defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham. Georgia’s defense will need to focus on shutting down the Cardinals running game, and force Bolin to make tough plays through the air. Louisville running back Michael Dyer has been suspended for this game due to being academically ineligible.

Prediction: Georgia 35, Louisville 28 

 

Foster Farms Bowl: Maryland (7-5) vs. Stanford (7-5)

After getting to watch those two good match-ups, we get to finish the night with this garbage bowl. Woo-hoo! Seriously, Foster Farms? I guess this is just another bowl game that they made up. Here is the bottom line for this game. Stanford is coming off a very impressive performance over UCLA in the final week of the year, and their defense is still dominant and elite. Kevin Hogan and the offense have had a down year. Luckily for the Cardinal, they get to play Maryland. Maryland is a bad football team and got their wins against even worse Big Ten inferior opponents. C,J Brown might be the worst passer in the nation. This one will be ugly.

Prediction: Stanford 34, Maryland 10

 

Outback Bowl: Auburn (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (10-3)

Auburn put up 43 points on Alabama’s defense, and now will get to light it up even more on Wisconsin in the Outback. Badgers coach Gary Andersen left for Corvallis, so Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the bowl game. It will ultimately come down to Melvin Gordon. If he is shut down, they have no chance whatsoever. However, Auburn’s defense is nowhere near as good as Ohio State’s front seven, so expect Gordon to have a solid game on the ground. Joel Stave will have to make plays through the air though if Wisconsin wants to even stand a chance in this game. Nick Marshall should be able to light up the Badgers secondary with Sammie Coates, or Duke Williams. Cameron Artis-Payne also had an impressive year, leading the SEC in rushing yards. Expect a lot of points in this game.

Prediction: Auburn 52, Wisconsin 42

 

Citrus Bowl: Minnesota (8-4) vs. Missouri (10-3) 

The Golden Gophers had a nice season, and will get the chance to take out a decent SEC team. Missouri has a solid ball team, but they are not as good as their record says. They racked up all kinds of wins against the pathetic SEC East, and even got blown out to Georgia at home 34-0. Also just to remind everyone how bad the SEC East is, Indiana beat the Tigers in Columbia as well. Minnesota has a great running back in David Cobb, and it will be interesting to see how the Tigers try and slow him down on defense. Matty Mauk will have his hands full against an underrated defense in Minnesota. This one should be close and could really go either way.

Prediction: Minnesota 31, Missouri 27

 

Alright, for these last few games I am going to summarize them up quickly, cause you know, most of these bowls are not worth watching. 

Armed Forces Bowl: Houston (7-5) vs. Pitt (6-6)

James Connor will be an absolute force to be reckoned with, and the Cougars might not be able to stop him. Luckily, Pitt’s defense is not very good, so Houston should be able to make this a game.

Prediction: Pitt 30, Houston 28

 

TaxSlayer Bowl: Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6)

It has been a while since the Vols have gone bowling. Expect them to be ready, with their new offense lead by Josh Dobbs. Iowa has an inconsistent offense, but Jake Rudock has been able to convert plays at times. This should be a close, physical game.

Prediction: Tennessee 20, Iowa 14

 

Alamo Bowl: Kansas State (9-3) vs. UCLA (9-3)

This should actually be a great game. Brett Hundley has been up and down, but overall pretty successful this season. Kansas State has struggled to beat teams that are built to their competition and speed. I definitely have to give the edge to the Bruins here.

Prediction: UCLA 38, Kansas State 34

 

Cactus Bowl: Washington (8-5) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6)

The Huskies defense should be able to stop Oklahoma State on offense. This game has potential to be good, but it really depends on if Oklahoma State can move the ball on offense ,which is something that has been a major problem this year against good opponents. It definitely does not help that Tyreek Hill will not be in this game for the Cowboys either.

Prediction: Washington 28, Oklahoma State 17

 

Birmingham Bowl: East Carolina (8-4) vs.Florida (6-5) 

With Will Muschamp out at Florida, there might be a lack of motivation for the Gators in this game. Shane Carden and East Carolina have a pretty good offense despite being overrated in the rankings all year. The Gators defense is good, but Treon Harris and the offense are a major concern.

Prediction: East Carolina 23, Florida 20

 

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Toledo (8-4) vs. Arkansas State (7-5)

Honestly, I do not even care enough to write about this game. By this time of the year, I am so done with these no name bowls.

Prediction: Arkansas State 24, Toledo 17

Upcoming Bowl Game Picks

NCAA Football: Colorado at Southern California

I missed the BYU-Memphis prediction, but hey, it was a heck of a football game. Clearly the best bowl game yet, and defense was optional, which is always fun. Here is this weeks bowl games predictions:

Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2)

Nobody really knows how good Marshall is, and NIU is a solid football team even without their old star Jordan Lynch. Rakeem Cato will probably have a big day through the air, and it should be a high scoring game. NIU is more consistent on both sides of the ball, but the Huskies have not won a bowl game in a while. This is a good opportunity to pull it off.

Prediction: Northern Illinois 45,  Marshall 38

 

San Diego Credit Country Poinsettia Bowl: Navy (7-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5) 

Try saying this bowl game three times fast. This one should actually be a pretty good ball game. Most bowl games are, but it’s the lack of interest that seems to be the biggest reason why people will not be tuning in for this one. I think that Navy has a nice offense, but there defense has question marks. San Diego State has a better offense, and they spanked the Midshipmen last time they met up with them in 2010.

Prediction: San Diego State 33,  Navy 23

 

Bahamas Bowl: Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5) 

Central Michigan knocked off Purdue earlier in the year, so they are for real, but Western Kentucky also beat Marshall and spoiled their undefeated season. The Hiltoppers offense is electric and should light up the scoreboard. I do not think that the Chippewas have enough offense to keep up with WKU. Central Michigan better hope that their defense steps up in a big way on Christmas Eve.

Prediction: Western Kentucky 49, Central Michigan 37

 

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State (6-7) vs. Rice (7-5) 

I am not gonna lie; unless you are a fan of either of these teams, or are trapped in a basement, I hope that you are not watching this game. It is Christmas Eve night, and I would assume that everyone has something else better to do than to watch the Hawaii bowl. That being said, Rice should have the edge on a Fresno team who is reeling into the bowl season. In fact, the Bulldogs altogether have been exceptionally lousy when it comes to their last few bowl games.

Prediction: Rice 24, Fresno State 14

 

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-5) 

Illinois is a bad football team. They squeaked into the bowl season, and got smashed several times during the year. It is still astonishing at how they beat Penn State and Minnesota this year. That is really that is all that needs to be said about them. Louisiana Tech can score on offense, especially on the ground. Look for Kenneth Dixon to have a big day for the Bulldogs.

Prediction: Louisiana Tech 28, Illinois 17

 

Quick Lane Bowl: Rutgers (7-5) vs. North Carolina (6-6)

Rutgers really never established themselves at all during their inaugural Big Ten season. The Scarlet Knights struggled against any team who was just as good as them, and got absolutely crushed by the teams that are defined as the class of the Big Ten. Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State, gave the biggest beatings to Rutgers. North Carolina has been an incredible disappointment. Many people, including myself, thought that they had enough talent to possibly win the ACC coastal division this year. This will be a hard game to predict, because neither team has shown up hardly this year.

Prediction: North Carolina 37, Rutgers 31

 

St. Pete Bowl: NC State (7-5) vs. UCF (9-3)

The Wolfpack have had a nice turnaround from this season, after only winning three ball games last year. Jacoby Brissett, has had a nice year, after adjusting from his transfer from Florida. Brissett made many solid plays and boneheaded plays altogether at once this year. NC State will be dependent on him to play to his full potential on Friday night. As for the Golden Knights, they have had an overall solid season. I still like this defense, and I think that it will give the Wolfpack all kinds of fits. UCF has been in just about every game they have played this year, and have had some crazy finishes, including their Hail Mary victory over East Carolina to secure a share of the American. I still do not understand how they lost to Connecticut though.

Prediction: UCF 24, NC State 21

 

Military Bowl: Cincinnati (7-5) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6)

Virginia Tech’s season has gone completely down the drain ever since they beat Ohio State in Columbus back in September. Still, the Hokies have a strong defense and it should be able to keep them in this game against the Bearcats. Gunner Kiel had a strong first season at the quarterback helm for Cincinnati. Kiel threw for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster will have to prepare an attacking defensive scheme to slow down the Bearcats. With Virginia Tech’s offense being so bad, they will need the defense to win the game for them.

Prediction: Cincinnati 17, Virginia Tech 13

 

Sun Bowl: Arizona State (9-3) vs. Duke (9-3) 

The Sun Devils should be heavily favored in this game, because let’s be honest; Duke is just not as good as their record says. The Blue Devils might have 9 wins, but they lost to woeful Virginia Tech and got absolutely crushed by a bad North Carolina team as well. Arizona State should be able to do just about anything they want on offense. Look for Taylor Kelly to have an effective and efficient day at the quarterback position. Nobody on the Blue Devils defense will be able to slow down Arizona State wideout Jaelen Strong either.

Prediction: Arizona State 45, Duke 21

 

Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College (7-5) vs. Penn State (6-6)

The Golden Eagles were very competitive this season as they knocked off USC at home for their big signature win. BC also nearly beat Florida State in Tallahassee. It has been a different year for the Nittany Lions. Christian Hackenberg seems to have regressed at the quarterback position, and James Franklin’s play calls on offense seem to be very questionable. Even with Penn State having a strong defense, if their offense cannot move the ball, they will have a very hard time scoring points. Look for Tyler Murphy to build off his 1,000 yard passing and rushing season.

Prediction: Boston College 27, Penn State 20

 

Independence Bowl: Miami (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6)

Neither of these teams had seasons worth remembering, but the Hurricanes were 6-3 when they nearly and probably should have beaten Florida State a while back. South Carolina has been dreadful all year. Dylan Thompson has had a decent year, but the offense is nowhere near as good as Spurrier wants it to be. Also, the Gamecocks cannot stop anyone on defense. Bad trouble is lurking, because the Hurricanes have Duke Johnson, who is the most underrated and unappreciated running back in college football. He finished the year with over 1,500 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. There is no way South Carolina will be able to slow him down. Look for Brad Kaaya to have a good game as well.

Prediction: Miami 35, South Carolina 24

 

Holiday Bowl: USC (8-4) vs. Nebraska (9-3)

I think the Cornhuskers will come out inspired due to the firing of Bo Pelini. Look for Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ameer Abdullah to be the key catalysts for the Nebraska offense. The biggest problem the Huskers will be facing, is that USC has been playing really good football towards the end of the year. The Trojans are coming off a blowout victory over Notre Dame. Cody Kessler will be expected to throw the ball around on this Nebraska defense, which is nothing less than inconsistent. The Trojans will also be virtually playing a home game for this one in San Diego.

Prediction: USC 38, Nebraska 34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowl Season Mania: A whole bunch of nothing going on tomorrow

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There are not exactly too many great bowl games to pick and choose from this year. I will say this however; with the playoff intact it will be interesting to watch those games along with the other top match-ups featured on December 30th and 31st, and of course the big New Years day bowl games.

Other than that, there is no real reason to watch some of these other games, unless you are a fan of the team playing in that specific lower tier bowl game. That is unless, you are a crazy college football fan, who watches every game. There is nothing wrong with that, but man, some of these games just do not sound appealing whatsoever.

We begin with tomorrow’s five mouthwatering match-ups (sarcasm):

New Orleans Bowl: Nevada (7-5) vs LA- Lafayette (8-4)- I’ll take the Ragin’ Cajuns, but this one that will not get many TV ratings. LA-Lafayette is essentially playing this ball game at home, so they should have the home field advantage in this less than prestigious bowl game.

New Mexico Bowl: Utah State (9-4) vs UTEP (7-5)- This a tossup as well, but I like the Aggies defense to slow down the Miners on offense. UTEP has not won a bowl game in nearly 50 years.

Las Vegas Bowl: #22 Utah (8-4) vs Colorad0 State (10-2)- This one actually will be one that I will be watching, as it should be an exciting match up. The Utes were a surprise team coming out of the PAC 12 this season, but Colorado State has been solid all year. This should be a fun, close game, but I think Travis Wilson will have a nice, efficient game at quarterback for Utah to get past a truly underrated Rams team.

Potato Bowl: Western Michigan (8-4) vs Air Force (9-3) – I like Air Force with the triple option attack on offense, and Western Michigan is an extremely young team. I probably will not be paying any attention to this one, but it should be close. Both teams have been rather lousy in the postseason, as the Broncos have never even won a bowl game.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: South Alabama (6-6) vs Bowling Green (7-6) First off, who comes up with these bowl game names? What in the world is up with this one? It’s just like they are not even trying to be remotely creative anymore. Looking at the game, it’s South Alabama’s first bowl game ever, and Bowling Green has proven to be a more stable team overall. Look for the Falcons to get the win in Montgomery.

Breaking down Oregon-Florida State

Marcus Mariota has been beyond dominant this year.

Marcus Mariota has been beyond dominant this year.

The first semifinal playoff game will feature Florida State and Oregon in Pasadena, California, at the Rose Bowl. Oregon brings their super-explosive offense, lead by Heisman winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. Florida State brings their 29 game winning streak and their defending national champion crystal ball with them to southern California. Also, you cannot forget, Jameis Winston and his Heisman trophy from last year. It is number two versus number three and it should be a lot of fun on new year’s day.

When I first look at Oregon, I look at the one thing everyone else looks at as well; speed. The Ducks are incredibly fast on offense and have done a solid job of getting bigger and more athletic defensive players on their defensive line. I think that this is one of the reasons the Ducks are competing for a championship. Not only do they have an amazing offense, but Marcus Martiota is truly under appreciated. However, the Ducks rushing defense is nothing to brag about though, as they rank 66th nationally. Against the pass, Oregon is ranked 120th nationally, which is even worse. However, with other statistics included, such as interceptions, tackles, fumbles, and sacks, Oregon has the number 2 defense in total statistics according to ESPN.com/stats&info.

This will give Florida State a big test, but the question comes down to, is if the Ducks can get to Jameis and sack him. If they can, it will be a really successful day for the Oregon offense, and will give Mariota and company an easier time on the offensive end.

Oregon had a tough go against Arizona, and had many injuries on the offensive line. With the offensive line not being healthy, the Ducks struggled against Washington State and UCLA despite winning those games. Oregon is not as invincible as everyone thinks, but they are still one heck of a football team.

 

Jameis Winston has yet to lose a game in his collegiate career

Jameis Winston has yet to lose a game in his collegiate career

Looking at Florida State, you see a team who has not lost a game in nearly two years. Not much of it has been pretty, but nobody has been able to shut down the Noles for four quarters. FSU struggled mightily against Oklahoma State, Clemson, (but won without Winston), NC State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami, Boston College, Florida, and Georgia Tech. For those of you counting at home, that is nine games, and that 3/4 of the season. Florida State has been playing against the clock and the world as they seem to be public enemy number one in college football this year.

Jameis Winston has not quite been as great as last year statistically, but I think this season has helped Winston mature and grow as a quarterback through adversity. Dalvin Cook has also been a world of wonders for help offensively towards the Seminoles. Karlos Williams was just not getting the job done as the top back, but once Cook got his chance he never looked back. Oregon has a pretty good overall rush defense, so it will be very interesting to see if they can slow down the freshmen phenom.

The receivers have not helped out Winston much this year. If you take away Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary, who can Winston rely to on offense? There really is not much there when you take them out of the passing equation. The good news for Noles fans is that nobody has been able to completely slow down the All-Americans Greene and O’Leary, who is easily the best tight end in the nation.

The only other receivers who have been of help are Travis Rudolph and Jesus “Bobo” Wilson. Oregon’s secondary is going to do everything in their will to try and force Winston to have to throw to these guys or any of the other receivers on the field. Wilson has had a pretty sub par season, and Rudolph is only a freshmen, and sometimes has trouble creating space to get open when covered heavily. One thing to not forget either, is that Florida State’s offensive line has been playing well the past few games.

Defensively, the Seminoles are very strong on the line. Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr. are absolute athletic monsters. They will be key in helping slow down Oregon’s quick attack offense, which likes to go to the outside corners. It will be important for the Seminole defense to cut them off as quickly as possible. Georgia Tech presented a strong run attack, but Oregon is a completely different animal. Florida State’s defense has not been very good all year, and it really has struggled against the rush.

The Seminoles secondary has been average all year, but they have continued time after time to make big plays when necessary. Jalen Ramsey has had a terrific year in the secondary. Florida State ranks 73rd nationally in passing defense according to ESPN.com/stats&info. The Noles are 26th nationally in total defense however. The Seminoles have always seemed to rise to the occasion on both sides of the ball, especially when it matters most.

Florida State also has an edge over Oregon in the kicking game. Roberto Aguayo is the most coveted kicker in college football, and easily has the best accuracy and leg in the country. He should really consider getting insurance for that leg. It is worth millions.

The game will likely come down to intangibles and clutch plays, which both teams are quite spectacular at. I still think Jimbo Fisher is a better coach than Mark Helfrich, who in my opinion, has yet to win anything to brag about. This has the makings to be a very good game, but if Oregon turns on the jets and gets loose all game, and if the Seminoles struggle, it could be a blowout. If Florida State shows up, Oregon better hope the game is not close late in the fourth quarter. Like I have said over and over again, when it comes down to the wire, it’s winning time for the Noles.

The Final Four: The committee has some explaining to do

Did TCU deserve to fall three spots?

We all now know who the final four teams are that will be playing in the college football playoff. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State. The committee overall did an extremely poor job in showing why Ohio State deserved to be in the playoff over TCU and Baylor. All three teams were deserving, and TCU was ranked #3, literally five days prior to the final poll a week ago. The injustice of TCU falling all the way to #6 despite being named co-champions of the Big 12 and beating Iowa State 55-3 in the final week of the season is still incredible.

I think that the committee has some definite explaining to do, because as of right now, I am pretty sure the only reason Ohio State got in, was because they are Ohio State, and are a much bigger brand name than TCU and Baylor. This would mean better TV ratings, and more revenue for the NCAA through ticket sales as well. While all of this is true, it by no means should determine who gets into the college football playoff.

I think that a lot of people are forgetting that Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech early on in the season. The Hokies finished just 6-6. That is a terrible loss, and should have eliminated the Buckeyes from the conversation in my opinion. TCU may have lost to Baylor, but that was their only loss, and Baylor is a pretty darn good football team. Baylor also beat TCU, which is a great win on the resume, but their loss was to West Virginia, which is only a little better than losing to Virginia Tech.

I really think that TCU got the shaft here. The Horned Frogs did everything that they needed to do to get into the mix, but they fell three spots. If the committee can actually thoroughly explain this logic, then I will listen. But as for now, I really think that because the Big 12 conference lacked a championship game, the committee wanted to give it to Ohio State for smashing Wisconsin 59-0.

The Committee really acted like a little kid about this. They got worked up into the moment, just like everyone else essentially, and thought that Ohio State was deserving because they won by 59 points. I think that we need to remember that OSU was not playing well at all to end the year. The Buckeyes greatly struggled with a terrible Indiana team, and only beat an awful Michigan team by fourteen points. Everyone seemed to be caught in the moment and in awe of Ohio State’s impressive win. Overall, all three teams were deserving in a way, but ultimately TCU got the small end of the stick and it easy to see why.

New College Football Rankings: What is even going on in that committee room?

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Just one week remains before the final college football rankings are made. There are still several huge match-ups this weekend, but anything can still happen. Here are some of my quick thoughts on this weeks rankings:

 

  • This committee is a joke- How in the world can you honestly drop Florida State for winning against an SEC team, while in the process TCU jumped all the way to number three just for beating down a rebuilding Texas squad. I actually miss the BCS, at least the computer system had a little form of justice, because it is impossible for a computer to be biased.

 

  • Apparently head to head match-ups mean nothing either- Along with my first comment, how is Baylor 6, yet TCU 3? Baylor beat TCU at home after trailing by 21 points in the fourth quarter. It is quite incredible at how delusional some of the logic is from this committee. I am honestly not even sure how many of them watch all of the games. It gets more hysterical every week.

 

  • Arizona is in a great spot- The Wildcats beat Oregon in Eugene earlier in the year, but the Ducks have reconstructed their offensive line and are almost at full strength. If Arizona can get the win, it would be playoff worthy without a doubt.

 

  • Ohio State might be in trouble- J.T. Barrett is out for the year, and the Buckeyes will now look for Cardale Jones to try and manage the OSU offense. Wisconsin is one of the hottest teams in the nation, so Ohio State better be ready Saturday night in Indianapolis. Even with a win, the Buckeyes might find themselves on the outside looking in. The loss to Virginia Tech nonetheless, hurts their resume.

 

  • No SEC teams still a possibility- If Missouri beats Alabama in Atlanta, which is a massive if, but if the Tigers did pull the upset, than Alabama will likely fall from 1 to at least 4 and probably number 5, which would knock them out of the college football playoff. This would also mean no SEC teams either. I find it hard to believe this committee will leave an SEC team out of the playoff regardless if Bama loses.

 

  • Yellow Jackets to knock off the ‘Noles?- This definitely is more possible than Mizzou over Alabama, but the Seminoles still have one thing that nobody else in America has; a loss. Even as bad as Jameis Winston played on Saturday, Florida State still found a way to win. Georgia Tech will try and limit the Seminoles possessions, but if Georgia Tech has an opportunity to knock the ‘Noles out of the game, they better do it. If the game is close in the fourth quarter, you might as well forget about it, because the in the fourth quarter, it’s winning time for Florida State and they refuse to lose.

 

My College Football Playoff Rankings:

1.) Florida State

2.) Oregon

3.) Alabama

4.) Ohio State

 

Outside Looking In:

5.) Baylor

6.) TCU

7.) Arizona

8.) Michigan State

 

Need a lot of help:

9.) Kansas State

10.) Georgia Tech

11.) Mississippi State

12.) Wisconsin

 

 

 

Rivalry Weekend: Stakes are even higher as Playoff looms

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There are many great rivalry matchups this weekend with much at stake. Most conference division winners are still undecided and these games will impact who wins the division and has a closer step at making the college football playoff. Here is a look at my prediction for the most impactful games this weekend:

  • Florida @ #3 Florida State- We start with the defending champs, who have now won 27 consecutive football games. They have had their fair share of close calls this year, and have needed every bit of luck and swing to go their way. Florida comes in with a 6-4 record and a talented defense, but their offense is rather terrible. However, FSU has had trouble slowing down the run and Boston College put together multiple long drives down field, burning clock and pounding the ball. Florida has a very physical defense, so Jameis Winston will need to play well and limit throwing any interceptions period. Rashad Greene will be covered heavily, so look for Nick O’Leary and Travis Rudolph to get most of the receptions. Dalvin Cook and Karlos Williams will get the carries for the ground attack, but Florida has a strong defense against the run. Luckily for the Noles, Treon Harris is not a passing quarterback whatsoever. Look for the Seminoles to stack the box all afternoon at the Doak. Prediction: Florida State 28 Florida 17

 

  • Michigan @ #6 Ohio State- This one is always hyped up, no matter how bad the other team is. However, I have a feeling that this one is going to be a snoozer. The Buckeyes have been playing great as of late, and Michigan has been putrid on both sides of the ball all year. J.T. Barrett and the offense should steam roll past this pathetic Michigan defense. OSU has won 10 of the past 12 meetings. Look for them to make it 11. Prediction: Ohio State 45 Michigan 14

 

  • Arkansas @ # 17 Missouri- The Tigers need this victory to secure the SEC east crown. Arkansas has been playing great football as of late and have not given up any points the past two weeks. The Razorbacks passing game is awful though and could be a cause of concern on the road. The good news for the Hogs is that the Tigers have not beaten any good teams this year, so look for Arkansas to continue their run and pull off another win against a team who lost to Indiana at home. Prediction: Arkansas 34 Missouri 31

 

  • #5 TCU @ Texas- This one actually takes place tomorrow night in Austin. The Horns defense is terrific and should be able to limit Trevone Boykin and the TCU offense. The Horns have a solid rush defense as well. The bigger question will be on Tyrone Swoopes and if he can generate enough offense to create points and let the Texas defense get rest off the field. Malcolm Brown and Jonathon Gray will need to have good games running the ball for Texas too. This one will be close, and I really think Texas can pull it off. TCU is due for another loss. Prediction: Texas 27 TCU 23

 

  • #18 Minnesota @ #14 Wisconsin- The winner of this one goes to the Big Ten championship game to face Ohio State in Indianapolis. The Badgers have been playing great, and the Gophers are coming off a nice win in Lincoln over Nebraska. Minnesota does not have much of a passing attack, but they have a nice tight end in Maxx Williams. Melvin Gordon will get his numbers, and the Gophers need to be able to keep him from putting up crazy stats. This is much harder said than done. Minnesota must force Joel Stave to make plays passing the ball more than Gordon making plays on the ground. Prediction: Wisconsin 38 Minnesota 31

 

  • #16 Georgia Tech @ #9 Georgia- Both teams are 9-2 and there should be a lot of points in this one. The Yellow Jackets actually have a top five rush offense. Georgia has put up insane numbers from Gurley even though he is hurt and Nick Chubb. Look for a shootout and expect Georgia to be too much in the end. Prediction: Georgia 49 Georgia Tech 41

 

  • #13 Arizona State @ #11 Arizona- Taylor Kelly will need to play better as Arizona State sleep walked through their comeback win against Washington State. Arizona absolutely crushed Utah last week, and look for Anu Solomon to build off his impressive freshmen season, and Nick Wilson to run the ball effectively. Arizona State’s defense will need to create turnovers. This game has huge implications as the winner will go to the PAC 12 championship game, as long as UCLA loses to Stanford, which is most certainly a possibility. Prediction: Arizona 37 Arizona State 28

 

  • #4 Mississippi State @ #19 Ole Miss- The Egg Bowl is always a classic matchup, but the Rebels are missing their top receiver Treadwell, to a season injury. MSU can keep itself in contention to win the SEC West with a win, then root for Auburn to knock off Alabama later in the evening. Ole Miss isn’t going to just lie down and let the Bulldogs run all over them. Dak Prescott has had an interception problem lately, which is not good to take into a game against the Rebels, who boast one of the nation’s best secondary’s. Luckily Ole Miss has been playing poorly the past couple of weeks. Bo Wallace will need to have a big game against a Mississippi State secondary that is rather mediocre. Prediction: Mississippi State 27 Ole Miss 20

 

  • # 15 Auburn @ #1 Alabama- The Crimson Tide are undefeated at home and should be able to win this one easily. Although last season people thought the exact same thing, and we all know how that eventually turned out. Blake Sims has been impressive at home, but Bama has had some key injuries on the offensive line and star receiver Amari Cooper got hurt last week. If healthy, Alabama should be able to run their offense efficiently as Auburn’s defense has been pitiful the past few games. And no, Samford is not a good team by any means and they were beating the Tigers mid-way through the second quarter. Auburn will have Duke Williams back at receiver which makes him a deep threat to Nick Marshall throwing the long ball. Alabama’s biggest question marks on defense are still within their secondary. Artis-Payne will need to have a lot of rushing yards to keep the Tigers in this one. I really think Alabama will be too much in this one. Prediction: Alabama 33 Auburn 21

Week 13 recap: ‘Noles weather the storm (literally)

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If you looked at the slate of college football games for this week, you were probably disgusted and not too thrilled. While I cannot blame you, there were some awesome games and impressive moments from this weekend despite the lack of quality matchups. Yes, I am looking at you SEC. What a joke. Anyways, here is a look at my recap of Saturday’s games:

  • 27 in a row- It was not pretty, but who said it had to be? Florida State managed to hold off an underrated Boston College squad at home in Tallahassee for a 20-17 victory thanks to Roberto Aguayo for nailing a chip shot field goal with seven seconds left. Jameis Winston honestly played one of his best games all year, but did not get much help from his receivers. FSU had a lot of critical drops that killed several drives. The Noles defense made some big plays as well, and the streak continues for the Seminoles as they escape the Golden Eagles and the awful weather. Those conditions almost made it impossible to throw the ball. The Seminoles have Florida and Georgia Tech left before the college football playoffs (assuming they get there).

 

  • Samaje Perine is the new running back king- Perine broke Melvin Gordon’s record of 408 rushing yards by running for 427 against the Kansas Jayhawks. What an incredible statistic. What is even better is that both of these records were broken within the span of two weeks.  The true freshmen gave the Sooner faithful something to be happy about, because OU’s dreams of making the college football playoff were crushed several weeks ago.

 

  • “Woo Pig Sooie”- The Arkansas Razorbacks have won consecutive SEC games against quality opponents, and also have not given up any points. The Razorbacks won the past two games by a combined score of 47-0. Today, they absolutely crushed #8 Ole Miss 30-0, and ended any dreams and hopes that the Rebels ever had of getting back into the playoff mix. Arkansas is also now bowl eligible, and they have a chance to play spoilers again, as they can prevent Missouri from winning the SEC east next Friday.

 

  • Irish falter again- It has to be a relatively disappointing season for Notre Dame fans so far. The Irish were once 6-0, and nearly knocked off Florida State in Tallahassee. Now, they are 7-4 and just lost to Louisville at home 31-28. Turnovers are killing the Irish, along with sloppy special teams play, and Everett Golson needs to control the ball more. He has literally become a turnover machine as of late.

 

  • Buckeyes survive scare- Ohio State really looked sloppy against a terrible Indiana team in Columbus. Ohio State finally got it together late in the third, as they never looked back, and held off an upset-minded Hoosier squad 42-27. Ultimately, a win is a win, and that is all that matters. Urban Meyer remains perfect in Big Ten conference regular season games. Ohio State will play Michigan next Saturday and then Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, assuming the Badgers beat Minnesota next Saturday.

 

  • Mariota for Heisman- Seriously, this kid is a special player. It is honestly a shame that most people do not get a chance to watch him on a regular basis because of the PAC 12 network, which hardly anyone has, and Oregon usually plays late games on the East coast time, which most people are not up that late just watching college football. Mariota continued to impress today as he threw for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with 73 rushing yards and a rushing TD. Oregon will face Oregon State next week, before the PAC 12 championship.

 

  • Come on SEC- I mean do not even get me started. This is just ridiculous. Quit playing FCS opponents this late in the season. This goes for everybody when it comes to stop playing FCS teams even in the early weeks of the season. Just make these games pre-season games, or heck even make them the spring scrimmage games, but nobody wants to watch FBS teams absolutely hammer these poor FCS teams anymore. I am honestly surprised that people still pay money to show up for these matchups. I personally would rather just watch a better game from my own home. Anyways, SEC, please stop playing these worthless games this late in the season. It is just useless stat padding, and is an absolute waste of everyone’s time. I say this every year, but you never listen SEC.

 

CFP Rankings (How I would rank them)

1.) Florida State

2.) Oregon

3.) Alabama

4.) Ohio State

 

Need more help:

5.) Mississippi State

6.) Baylor

7.) TCU

8.) UCLA

 

Just a bit outside:

9.) Georgia

10.) Michigan State

11.) Kansas State

12.) Arizona

All they do is win: Second half rally propels Florida State + Week 12 Recap

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Another close call for the Seminoles. It seems almost as if Florida State enjoys falling behind, so that they can make an impressive second half comeback every single week. Not to mention, Alabama also picked up a key win over #1 Mississippi State at home. Here is a look at my recap for week 12:

  • Noles keep on keeping on: FSU does it again. This time it was a little more dramatic though. Miami jumped out to an early edge and held a 23-10 halftime lead. FSU’s defense played outstanding in the second half, and limited Duke Johnson on the ground and took Brad Kaaya out of the game essentially. Roberto Aguayo made some huge field goals, and Jameis was Jameis and Florida State has now won 26 games in a row. They are the “villains” of college football, but they refuse to lose.

 

  • Bama rolls to the top: Blake Sims was sharp and Amari Cooper had himself another excellent day at wide out, but the biggest story to the game was the Crimson Tide’s defense shutting down Dak Prescott and Mississippi State on offense. Josh Robinson was also virtually taken out of the game as he was a non-factor as well. This is a great win for Alabama, and in a way it exposed the Bulldogs a little bit. While I agree that they are a good team, Dak Prescott should have never been the Heisman frontrunner, and I am still not sure how good this team really is, as Texas A&M & LSU are 7-4 and Auburn is  7-3, which are the Bulldogs best wins this year.

 

  • Run Melvin run: Melvin Gordon set the NCAA record today for most rushing yards in a single game. Gordon rushed for 408 yards in three quarters. Absolutely crazy. What is even better is that his team blew out Nebraska 59-24, and now have sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West division. Gordon should get an invite to New York for the Heisman, and I think he should win it.

 

  • Arkansas finally gets an SEC win: It’s about time. The Razorbacks had been in nearly every conference game, but just kept falling short. Tonight they finally got rid of the monkey on their back and picked up an impressive win over #17 LSU. Looks like Arkansas might be going bowling. They still need one more win, but will have two opportunities to get a W.

 

  • Buckeyes hold on: J.T Barrett continues to impress, but Ohio State held on for dear life late, as the Gophers rallied and nearly came back to tie it up in some awful weather. Ohio State only has Indiana and Michigan left on the schedule, but they will need some help to get into the college football playoff.

 

  • TCU better wake up quick: The Horned Frogs did not look like a team that belonged in the top four in the nation this afternoon. Kansas is not a good football team by any means, and TCU especially on defense will need to play better. Don’t laugh about this now, but Texas is playing very well as of late, and they host the Horned Frogs on Thanksgiving night in Austin. TCU better be ready.

 

  • Georgia will win out: Heck, the Dawgs might even win the SEC championship game as well, but the combination of Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley at running back is going to tough for any team to try and contain. I still do not understand how this team lost to Florida. It has been one crazy college football season.

 

  • ACC coastal is wide open: With Duke losing, it really is up for grabs. Georgia Tech and the Blue Devils are the most likely teams to win the division, but Miami and North Carolina are still in the mix as well. But then again, it probably won’t matter, because the winner of the division will have to play Florida State.

 

  • PAC 12 continues its crazy carousel: Utah got a nice win over Stanford, who really is having a rough season, Arizona got a game winning field goal as time expired to top Washington at home, USC held off California’s crazy rally, and Arizona State just lost to Oregon State in Corvallis. Yep, it was just another weekend in the PAC 12. This conference easily has the most depth, and yes has more consistent better teams overall than the SEC as well.