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2019 Pac 12 Football Predictions

Pac 12 Championship: Oregon over Utah

Pac 12 North

1. Oregon Ducks

Projected Record: 12-1 (8-1 Pac 12)

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2. Washington Huskies

Projected Record: 10-2 (7-2 Pac 12)

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3. Stanford Cardinals

Projected Record: 8-4 (6-3 Pac 12)

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4. California Golden Bears

Projected Record: 5-7 (3-6 Pac 12)

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5. Washington State Cougars

Projected Record: 5-7 (3-6 Pac 12)

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6. Oregon State Beavers

Projected Record: 2-10 (0-9 Pac 12)

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Pac 12 South

1. Utah Utes

Projected Record: 10-3 (7-2 Pac 12)

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2. USC Trojans

Projected Record: 7-5 (5-4 Pac 12)

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3. UCLA Bruins

Projected Record: 6-6 (4-5 Pac 12)

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4. Arizona State Sun Devils

Projected Record: 6-6 (4-5 Pac 12)

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5. Colorado Buffaloes

Projected Record: 6-6 (4-5 Pac 12)

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6. Arizona Wildcats

Projected Record: 5-7 (3-6 Pac 12)

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2019 ACC Football Predictions

ACC Championship: Clemson over Miami

ACC Atlantic

1. Clemson Tigers

Projected Record: 13-0 (8-0 ACC)

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Clemson is playoff bound again. Trevor Lawrence is a generational quarterback and Clemson has weapons at the skill positions especially with Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross, and Tee Higgins. How Clemson does reloading the defense will be a question on how elite this team is. Replacing the entire defensive line and numerous other defenders won’t be easy.

2. Florida State Seminoles

Projected Record: 8-4 (5-3 ACC)

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Talented team who is off a nightmare 5-7 season. If James Blackman can evolve as a QB, this team has a high ceiling. The defense has experience and talent, but we will see if  this will translate to on the field success. Expect an improvement.

3. Syracuse Orange

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3 ACC)

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Dino Babers has turned Syracuse around in three years. Now it is time to see if this is sustainable. Babers returns a veteran team and Alton Robinson is the real deal at Defensive End. Probably won’t be 10-3 again, but Syracuse should be a good football team.

4. Boston College Eagles

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-4 ACC)

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AJ Dillon is one of the best running backs in the nation and he will carry this offense. However, Boston College hasn’t had the same level of defense lately and Steve Addazio has been just 38-38 in his career. The Eagles will be a tough team, but I don’t think they’ll be anywhere close to a double digit win season.

5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Projected Record: 7-5 (3-5 ACC)

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Wake Forest has had two straight successful seasons under coach Dave Clawson. Wake has their leading rusher and quarterback back. The defense will need a major improvement after finishing 116th last year.

6. NC State Wolfpack

Projected Record: 7-5 (3-5 ACC)

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They lose a lot on offense and the defense is alright. Sophomore starting quarterback Matthew McKay will try to pick up where Ryan Finley left. Honestly, BC, Wake Forest, and NC State are very average in the middle of the ACC, but they’ll all most likely finish bowl bound due to the ACC being down.

7. Louisville Cardinals

Projected Record: 4-8 (2-6 ACC)

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Louisville flat out quit last year. The Cardinals are more talented than the 2-10 they finished. 9 starters return on defense and Juwan Pass should make some strides in his progress as a quarterback. They will most likely lose non-conference games against Notre Dame and Kentucky, but they’ll be competitive in the ACC.

ACC Coastal

1. Miami Hurricanes

Projected Record: 9-4 (6-2 ACC)

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Miami will be good defensively, but how is the offense going to be with redshirt freshman QB Jarren Williams? I think Williams will start off with some growing pains, but pick it up when ACC play starts. The opener at Florida will be a test.

2. Virginia Tech Hookies

Projected Record: 9-3 (6-2 ACC)

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Virginia Tech has a lot of promise. All 11 defensive starters are coming back, but there is going to have to be growth unless they want to lose to Old Dominion again. QB Ryan Willis had a solid year last year and he will be back again. Virginia Tech could go from 6-7 to ACC division champs.

3. Virginia Cavaliers

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3 ACC)

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Tons of hype for Virginia as they are the media’s pick to win the division. It makes sense with 13 returning starters including QB Bryce Perkins. The defense was top twenty last year and have one of the top corners in the country returning in Bryce Hall. Virginia will be in the running for a division championship.

4. Pittsburgh Panthers

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-4 ACC)

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The defense will be tough under Narduzzi, but will the offense ever get going? QB Kenny Pickett is alright, but they need him to progress if they want to compete for the division. I don’t think they’re talented enough to win it, but 8-4 is not out of the question.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels

Projected Record: 5-7 (2-6 ACC)

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Mack Brown is in and the roster isn’t too bad. Only problem is they do not have a quarterback with experience on the roster. They may end up starting freshman QB Sam Howell. The opener against South Carolina is almost a sure loss. A bowl game would be a great first season for Mack.

6. Duke Blue Devils

Projected Record: 4-8 (2-6 ACC)

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They’re not an awful team… they just have to play Bama and Notre Dame non-conference. Daniel Jones leaves and they don’t have many offensive weapons. Nine returning starters on defense should help.

7. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Projected Record: 3-9 (0-8 ACC)

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Georgia Tech goes from the triple option to a modern day offense. Only problem is they have a bunch of guys recruited to play the triple option. It is going to be rough year.

2019 Big 12 Football Predictions

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma over Iowa State

 

Big 12

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Projected Record: 12-1 (8-1 Big 12)

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Jalen Hurts takes over and their offense should be explosive again. They have the best player in the Big 12 with CeeDee Lamb and some outstanding freshman receivers. The defense just has to be not terrible. Oklahoma wins the Big 12 and makes the playoffs because their defense will improve to average.

2. Iowa State Cyclones

Projected Record: 9-4 (6-3 Big 12)

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Not enough attention is on Brock Purdy. He put a heck of a freshman campaign as a first year starter. The defense will be one of the best in the Big 12 and playing in Ames is never easy. Iowa State is a major contender in the Big 12.

3. Texas Longhorns

Projected Record: 8-4 (6-3 Big 12)

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I’m not on the Texas as a national playoff contender train. The defense has young talent, but only returns two starters. Sam Ehlinger is good, but the media is making him out to be a top 5 elite quarterback. Overall, I still think Texas is a year away from being in the national conversation. LSU will be the test in week 2.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Projected Record: 8-4 (5-4 Big 12)

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Oklahoma State could be a breakout team. They have playmakers with Biletnikoff finalist Tylan Wallace and breakout running back Chuba Hubbard. If they can find consistent quarterback and average defensive play, this team will compete for a Big 12 championship spot. They almost beat Oklahoma last year, but they get them at home this year and might be able to pull the upset.

5. Baylor Bears

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-5 Big 12)

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Charlie Brewer is one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 and Matt Rhule has this team  on an upward trajectory. The defense will need to improve for Baylor to end up in the top half of the Big 12.

6. TCU Horned Frogs

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-5 Big 12)

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I love everything about TCU’s roster except the quarterback position. They will be a top defense and possess one of the best playmakers in the Big 12 with receiver Jalen Reagor. If a quarterback like Alex Delton or Justin Rogers steps up they’ll have a really good season.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-5 Big 12)

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Texas Tech found their QB of the future with Alan Bowman and the offense should stay explosive. Defense is the question mark. Jordyn Brooks and Riko Jeffers are bright spots at linebacker, but the depth and star power are lacking around the rest of the defense. Look for the Red Raiders to be in some shootouts.

8. Kansas State Wildcats

Projected Record: 6-6 (4-5 Big 12)

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It is your classic upperclassmen Kansas State team. Not a lot of star power, but they will play you tough. Really like the new coach hire in Chris Kleiman, but it will take some time before they are contenders for Big 12 championships.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers

Projected Record: 5-7 (3-6 Big 12)

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West Virginia lost just about everybody including their head coach. New coach Neal Brown has patched some holes with JUCO players and Oklahoma transfer quarterback Austin Kendall. They’ll sneak a few wins, but them going bowling will be tough.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Projected Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big 12)

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Les Miles inherits a bad team with a little bit of younger talent. Kansas always sneaks one Big 12 win by being over looked. The Mad Hatter turnaround will take a few years to have this team back over .500.

 

2019 Big Ten Football Predictions

Big Ten Championship: Michigan over Iowa

Big Ten East

1. Michigan Wolverines

Projected Record: 10-3 (7-2 Big Ten)

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2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Projected Record: 10-2 (7-2 Big Ten)

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3. Michigan State Spartans

Projected Record: 9-3 (6-3 Big Ten)

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4. Penn State Nittany Lions

Projected Record: 8-4 (5-4 Big Ten)

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5. Maryland Terrapins

Projected Record: 6-6 (4-5 Big Ten)

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6. Indiana Hoosiers

Projected Record: 5-7 (2-7 Big Ten)

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7. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Projected Record: 2-10 (0-9 Big Ten)

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Big Ten West

1. Iowa Hawkeyes

Projected Record: 10-3 (7-2 Big Ten)

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2. Wisconsin Badgers

Projected Record: 9-3 (6-3 Big Ten)

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3. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Projected Record: 8-4 (5-4 Big Ten)

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4. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-5 Big Ten)

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5. Northwestern Wildcats

Projected Record: 6-6 (4-5 Big Ten)

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6. Purdue Boilermakers

Projected Record: 5-7 (4-5 Big Ten)

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7. Illinois Fighting Illini

Projected Record: 5-7 (1-7 SEC)

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2019 SEC Football Predictions

SEC Championship: Alabama over Georgia

SEC East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Projected Record: 11-2 (7-1 SEC)

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Kirby has been bringing in top three recruiting classes the past few years and this team is loaded with young depth. Jake Fromm at QB has plenty of experience to lead, D’Andre Swift is a talented runner, the offensive line is talented and experienced, but their wide receivers are a huge question mark. The defense will be talented and experienced in the back end, but a pass rusher will have to step up. Notre Dame in Athens will be a highlight game.

2. Florida Gators

Projected Record: 9-3 (6-2 SEC)

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Florida will be carried by their defense who returns seven starters to a top-30 defense. Felipe Franks also broke out as the Florida finally found a QB. Florida returns all their skill players, but the offensive line is a huge concern replacing four starters. Another solid season is going to happen after last year’s 10-2 year.

3. Missouri Tigers

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

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Lose Drew Lock off a 8-4 team and replace him with Kelly Bryant. Missouri returns 13 starters and are poised for another solid year. The schedule is an absolute cake walk by SEC standards.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-4 SEC)

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Will Jake Bentley ever be anything but above average? A lot of starters return to the above average offense and the defense looks to be above average too with solid players like T.J. Brunson and Javon Kinlaw. What does all this equal? A slightly above average season.

5. Tennessee Volunteers

Projected Record: 7-5 (3-5 SEC)

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Year two of Jeremy Pruitt after a 5-7 season should see a slight increase. The eight returning starters on offense will try to improve the 122nd ranked offense. Defensive line is a huge concern, but the rest of the defense will be alright. Expect the Vols to finally go bowling.

6. Kentucky Wildcats

Projected Record: 6-6 (2-6 SEC)

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Kentucky lost just about every premier player they had off last years 10-3 team. This includes their best offensive player and six other starters to the 104th ranked offense. In summary, Kentucky will go back to being Kentucky.

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

Projected Record: 6-6 (2-6 SEC)

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Vanderbilt actually has some solid offensive players with RB Ka’Shawn Vaughn, WR Kalija Lipscomb, and TE Jared Pinkney. However, the defense and offensive line are not at a SEC level. Derek Mason can sneak this team to 6-6 and bowl bound.

SEC West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Projected Record: 13-0 (8-0 SEC)

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Going to be the most dangerous offense in the country. Have four WRs with blazing speed and a very deep talented offensive line. Throw in Tua and this offense will put up 50 points per game. The defense is good across the board with the only potential issue being inside linebacker. Alabama is going to the playoffs again.

2.LSU Tigers

Projected Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

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They lose Devin White and Greedy Williams, but with safety Grant Delpit and corner Kristian Fulton in the secondary this defense will be elite again. The offense has Joe Burrow leading it again. 15 returning starters returning off a 10-3 season makes LSU a playoff contender.

3. Texas A&M Aggies

Projected Record: 8-4 (5-3 SEC)

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Kellen Mond and seven starters return to a top 20 offense. The receivers are studs including Quartney Davis, Jhamon Ausbon, and Kendrick Rogers. The defense is where I question if this team can be a playoff contender. It is full of first time underclassmen starters and replaces a ton of talent on the defensive line. The schedule does them no favors playing at Clemson, at Georgia, at LSU, and Alabama.

4. Auburn Tigers

Projected Record: 7-5 (4-4 SEC)

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I really like Auburn’s roster… outside of the quarterback position. They are forced to start either Freshman Joey Gatewood or Freshman Bo Nix. It is a long shot either one will be a stud right away. Defensively, Auburn will be top 20 with talent in the secondary and upfront. I just don’t trust the quarterback to put this team in SEC championship contention.

5.Mississippi State Bulldogs

Projected Record: 7-5 (3-5 SEC)

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Mississippi State replaces way too much on defense for me to consider them a threat in the SEC. They were the top ranked defense last year with Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat on the defensive line and Jonathan Abram in the secondary. Only three starters return to that defense. Do I trust Penn State transfer QB Tommy Stevens and the offense to lead this team to 10 wins? No.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Projected Record: 5-7 (1-7 SEC)

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I mean they’re going to be better than 2-10 last year. Arkansas has much better options at QB with SMU transfer Ben Hicks and Texas A&M transfer Nick Starkel. The defense returns some quality players including McTelvin Agim and De’Jon Harris. Expect a slight

7. Ole Miss Rebels

Projected Record: 5-7 (1-7 SEC)

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This is the worst team in the SEC. A 5-7 Ole Miss team lost all of their offensive talent to the NFL and their defense continues to be NOT GOOD. All of the big time five star recruits that Hugh Freeze recruited onto Ole Miss are gone. Add in they will be starting a freshman quarterback and you get a really tough year for Ole Miss.

2019 White Cornerbacks Rankings

Dinosaurs, sabre-toothed tigers and starting white NFL cornerbacks… three creatures that have gone extinct. Jason SehornA white cornerback has not started at the position in the NFL since Jason Sehorn in 2003, making this the 17th consecutive NFL season without a starting white cornerback. The last time we even got a glimpse of a white cornerback was Julian Edelman playing some emergency nickel late in the 2011 season.

This phenomenon isn’t only in the NFL. College Football also has a severe lack of white cornerbacks.

This marks the third annual ranking of White Corners. No white cornerbacks have even been close to play in the NFL during this time. There is some promise on the current list, but no sure NFL players. The search continues for the next Jason Sehorn and to break a 17 year drought of no white cornerbacks in the NFL..  Here are your 2019 rankings:

  1. Ashtyn Davis, CalAshty Davis

Davis took a step up in 2018 earning first team All-Pac 12 honors as a kick returner. The ultimate move to safety happened, but he still has corner experience. He could be a NFL player, but will he ever be moved back to corner? Let’s hope so.

  1. Jonathan Durham, Kansas Statetexas_tech_vs_kstate_football_092

Durham started the final 6 games and also had an interception during the season. Durham will compete this year for a starting cornerback role on the Wildcats and hopes to have a solid season. The NFL is unlikely, but maybe he will impress enough for a spot on a training camp roster.

  1. Ethan Bonner, Stanford 6_7503265-2

The highest ranked recruit on the list as the 107th rated corner on 247 for the class of 2018. Bonner saw playing time in the final four games as a freshman. He has the most promise on the list and the most likely to play in the NFL. Bonner will look to see the field more often as a Redshirt Freshman.

  1. Brandon Ezell, San Jose State 9139301

Ezell will compete for a starting cornerback spot on San Jose State. He played sparingly in 2017 as a JUCO transfer and took a redshirt year in 2018. He also has potential as a punt returner. He is not going to be a NFL player, but he makes the list.

  1. Jake Herbstreit, Clemsongettyimages-104489704-e1542668317692

Kirk’s son debuts at number five. Herbstreit is a freshman walk on at Clemson. He most likely won’t see the field for a few years (if at all), but playing at a power five school is quite the accomplishment.

  1. Dawson Hurst, Cal Poly

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  1. Justin Murray, Bucknell

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White Cornerback Prospects on the Radar

Ayden Hector- Sammamish, WA

By far the highest white ranked cornerback recruit we’ve had. He is a top 300 player and 4 star recruit. Hector hold 22 offers including Pac-12 Powerhouses USC, Stanford, and Oregon.

 

Many of these players were found by comments left by the readers. So if there is someone I’m missing, let me know. As you can probably tell, it is tough to find white cornerbacks.

Twitter: @TylerVesely

Opening Weekend Bowl Games

New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM)
North Texas vs. Utah State (-9), 2pm ESPN

The start of bowl season is a good one. North Texas started the season strong, but ended up with three losses. Utah State on the other hand lost only two games including a close seven point loss to Michigan State. So it should be an easy win for the Mean Green right? Wrong.

Utah State’s coach has departed to Texas Tech and I struggle to trust an interim coach in a bowl game. Both quarterbacks are very good throwing for 3000+ yards 27+ TDs and only 5 INTs. Expect a close game in New Mexico.

Top NFL Draft Prospect: EJ Ejiya, ILB, North Texas

Gambling Advice: Too many points for an interim coach. Still like Utah State to win, but close.

Auto Nation Cure Bowl (Orlando, FL)
Tulane (-3) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2:30pm CBSSN

You have to be a hard core football fan to watch this game of two group of five teams barely above .500. Especially with two better bowls on. Tulane is the most unpredictable team in all of college football. They blowout Memphis and take Wake Forest to OT. They then get blown out by USF, Houston and Cincinnati.

The Ragin Cajuns lead this game with quality losses including Mississippi State and Alabama. I guess I’ll lean towards them.

Top NFL Draft Prospect: Donnie Lewis Jr, CB, Tulane

Gambling Advice: Take the Ragin Cajuns

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV)
Fresno State (-4.5) vs. Arizona State, 3:30pm ABC

The best game of opening bowl weekend. Fresno State won the Mountain West and only have two losses on the year (one is Boise State who they beat in the MWC Championship). Meanwhile everyone is surprised to see Arizona State in a bowl game in Herm Edward’s first season.

I want to focus in on Arizona State starting QB Manny Wilkins. The guy is in LAW SCHOOL while  playing football. I did the grunt work by finding the exam schedule at the ol’ Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law and guess what… he’s been done with his semester for over a week. Look out Fresno State, Wilkins can finally concentrate on X’s and O’s instead of Civ Pro. Arizona State star WR N’Keal Harry will be at the blackjack table instead of game, but how do you not pick the Sun Devils in Vegas?

Top NFL Draft Prospect: Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State (N’Keal Harry not playing)

Gambling Advice: Arizona State not only covers, they win.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, AL)
Georgia Southern (-1) vs. Eastern Michigan, 5:30pm ESPN

Georgia Southern got back to triple option football in 2018. They went from 2-10 to 9-3. Eastern Michigan has tried to stop the triple option before when they gave up 37 points to Army. The 15 point loss was their biggest all season.

I don’t care Eastern Michigan beat Purdue… it’s bowl season and I’m trusting the triple option.

Top NFL Draft Prospect: Nobody

Gambling Advice: Georgia Southern and the triple option

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State (-7), 9pm ESPN

Are you really going to bet against a father and son’s last game together? Middle Tennessee State Head coach Rick Stockstill and QB Brent Stockstill team up for their final game together against Appalachian State. Appalachian State is a really good football team with their only losses to Penn State and triple option Georgia Southern.

But I have faith in Middle Tennessee State to keep it close against a team with a interim coach in New Orleans. Good luck to the substitute teacher from keeping the kids from going wild in NOLA.

Top NFL Draft Prospect: Darius Harris, OLB, Middle Tennessee State

Gambling Advice: The Stockstill family keeps this one close for Middle Tennessee State

Georgia is a Top Four Team, But OU Should Be In

The SEC does it again. In a weekend full of conference title game snoozers, the SEC put on the game of the year. Anybody that watched the game could tell you Georgia is a talented team capable of beating anyone in the country… but at some point wins and losses throughout the season have to matter.

Georgia’s resume is still impressive with 3 wins over top 25 teams (Missouri, Kentucky, Florida) all by 14 points or over. But the 20 point loss to LSU is keeping the Dawgs in the Sugar Bowl instead of the playoffs. Along with a non-conference schedule that is pretty weak with Georgia Tech being the best team they’ve faced. I’m not saying Oklahoma’s non-conference schedule is good either, but that could’ve seperated helped them separate from Oklahoma.

Now, I absolutely think Georgia would crush Oklahoma this year by 20 points, but OU has the better resume. Oklahoma is a 12-1 Conference Champion with 2 big wins (I’m not going to count Army), and their only loss of the season was a three point loss to a top 15 team who they later beat in the season.

To summarize, we can’t just cherry pick who we think is better unless the resumes are even. Ultimately, it is going to be a 20 point loss to LSU that will keep the Dawgs out of the playoffs and proving once again in College Football EVERY WEEK MATTERS.

College Football Playoff Race

  1. Alabama

Their Resume: They’ve dominated everyone. The closest win this year has been by 22 points. In addition, they have quality wins with LSU and Mississippi State, along with Texas A&M and Missouri ranked right outside the top 25. The whole “they haven’t played everybody” just isn’t true. Alabama has the best resume in the country.

Road to the playoffs: Beat Auburn and Georgia in the SEC championship and they’re in. Alabama could lose to Auburn and beat Georgia and they’d most likely still be in. The only way it would get close is if they lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship. It’d be tough to leave out a 12-1 Alabama team. I think they’d be in over a 12-1 Washington State, Ohio State and Oklahoma. A 12-1 Michigan team would be close however and it would test the committee how much a Conference Championship game is worth.

  1. Clemson

Their resume: Along with Alabama, Clemson has also separated themselves from the rest of the group. They haven’t had a win by less than 20 points since September. However, the ACC is bad this year and they lack quality wins. Syracuse is their best win and they’re a fringe top-20 team. They have a few other wins that could sneak into the top 25 including NC State, Texas A&M, Boston College and Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship game.

Road to the playoffs: Beat South Carolina and Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship. A loss to either of these teams will put Clemson at the risk of missing the playoff due to their lack of quality wins.

  1. Notre Dame

Their Resume: Notre Dame has turned it on as of late and actually has more quality wins than Clemson. A win against Michigan is the most impressive of the playoff contenders and they have also beat ACC and Big Ten Divisional champions Pittsburgh and Northwestern. However, the eye test favors Clemson as Notre Dame has a 8 point win against Ball State, 5 point win over Vanderbilt, and close wins against Pittsburgh and Northwestern.

Road to the Playoffs: Notre Dame’s road is simple. Beat USC and they’re in. Lose and they’re most likely out unless they get some help.

  1. Michigan

Their Resume: Pretty solid. They have quality wins against Penn State and Northwestern with just one loss against Notre Dame. The problem is they are anchored by Notre Dame. Meaning they cannot be ranked above Notre Dame due to the head-to-head loss.

Road to the Playoffs: If they beat Ohio State and Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship they are most likely in. The only scenario where that is not the case is if Georgia upsets Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Then the question becomes 12-1 Michigan or 12-1 Alabama? Alabama would have the eye test, but Michigan would have the conference championship, solid resume and quality loss against Notre Dame.

  1. Georgia

Their Resume: They have quality wins against Kentucky and Florida, but the 20 point loss to LSU isn’t great. It does help that LSU is a quality opponent. They do have a monumental showdown with Alabama that will decide everything.

Road to the Playoffs: They control their own destiny. Just beat Georgia Tech and Alabama and they are in.

  1. Washington State

Their Resume: They have one quality win over Utah and a close loss to USC that doesn’t look great. However, they have some blowout victories and an upcoming matchup in the Apple Cup with Washington. Washington State is hurt because the Pac 12 is bad this year.

Road to the Playoffs: Win out against Washington and Utah in the Pac-12 Championship is a start. They then need Alabama to win out, Oklahoma to lose a game, and Northwestern to win the Big Ten. It’s going to take a miracle.

  1. LSU

Their Resume: They have a great win against Georgia and quality win over Mississippi State. The Florida loss isn’t terrible and they get a small increase to the resume for the non-conference win against Miami.

Road to the Playoffs: They need a miracle that includes: Alabama winning out, Clemson losing out, Northwestern winning the Big Ten, Oklahoma losing, Washington State losing a game. They would then have a shot at the playoffs. Oh, they have to beat Texas A&M too.

  1. Oklahoma

Their Resume: No quality wins yet, but they will have West Virginia and Texas (if they beat West Virginia) left on the schedule. The Texas loss isn’t bad and only have one loss, but the problem is they’re not passing the eye test. Giving up 40 points to Kansas does not help.

Road to the Playoffs: Win out and then have Northwestern win the Big Ten. Notre Dame losing would be an interesting debate, as well as a 12-1 Oklahoma or 12-1 Ohio State debate. I think they could get in over Ohio State if it came to that.

  1. Ohio State

Their Resume: Just like Oklahoma they’re not passing the eye test. They have a quality win against Penn State, but a terrible blowout loss to Purdue. Beating Michigan would give them a great quality win, but the way they’ve been playing that is looking unlikely.

Road to the Playoffs: Win out and have Alabama win the SEC Championship would be a great start. Oklahoma losing a game would also solidify their spot in the playoff.

  1. UCF

Their Resume: Pittsburgh could be a quality win, but the rest of their schedule hurts them. If they blew everybody out that’d be one thing, but they barely won against Memphis by one point and the defense has looked bad. They do not have a resume that earns them a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Road to the Playoffs: Chaos. They need absolute chaos. They need to blowout their next two opponents to make this possible. But after that they’d need:

  • Georgia losing last two games to Georgia Tech and Alabama
  • Ohio State beating Michigan and losing to Northwestern
  • Washington State losing a game to either Washington or Utah
  • The winner of Oklahoma and West Virginia losing to Texas in the Big 12 Championship
  • LSU losing to Texas A&M

Week 12 Preview

We’re back again! I know it is the week with the least exciting matchups, but the season is winding down and this is just an appetizer to the Thanksgiving lineup of College Football action. Here are this weeks top bets!

Indiana +28.5 at Michigan

Too many points against an average Indiana team. I know Michigan has absolutely been smoking people, but 28.5 points? That spread should be reserved for Alabama and Clemson. Michigan is not on that level. Michigan wins by a few touchdowns, but not by 28.5.

Texas Tech -6 at Kansas State

Texas Tech is a pretty good football team and their offense can score some points. Even without QB Alan Bowman, Texas Tech is by far the better football team. Tech by double digits.

Cincinnati +7.5 at UCF

College Gameday will be there. However, Cincinnati needs to be the team talked about. Cincinnati’s defense is by far the best UCF has faced. And don’t give me this “UCF is undefeated” garbage. Half the SEC would be undefeated with their schedule. No I’m serious. HALF THE SEC would go undefeated with that schedule. It’ll be a tight football game, but I like Cincinnati to win outright.

Syracuse +10 at Notre Dame

Notre Dame does not consistently blow teams out. Syracuse is a good team that can score and even kept it close with Clemson. They’ll be able to keep it close and may even mess around and win the thing.

Arkansas +21.5 at Mississippi State

Arkansas is a lot better than their record says they are. Their defense may not be great, but their offense can score. Mississippi State has a great defense, but their offense can’t put up points. 21.5 points is way too many for this game.

West Virginia -5.5 at Oklahoma State UNDER 73.5

DOUBLE BET. Love West Virginia being favored by only 5.5. They are the best team in the Big 12, they can score points, and unlike the rest of the Big 12 their defense doesn’t stink. West Virginia wins big.

Also, Taylor Cornelius is not as good as the Oklahoma defense made him look. There will not be 74 points scored in this game. West Virginia wins 34-17.

Iowa State +3 at Texas

It is the end of the season. It is time for a Texas collapse. Iowa State also is undefeated since making Brock Purdy the starting quarterback. Iowa State wins, Texas fans comeback from the earlier season fantasy that “TEXAS IS BACK!”

Also how dumb is it that this game is on the Longhorn Network?

TCU at Baylor UNDER 52

TCU’s offense struggles just to get to double digits, but their defense is still pretty good. I know it’s the Big 12, but this has low scoring game written all over it. TCU wins 21-17 or something like that.