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2022 SEC Football Preview

SEC Championship: Alabama over Georgia

SEC East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Projected Record: 12-1

Wins: Oregon, Samford, South Carolina, Kent State, Missouri, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Georgia Tech

Losses: Alabama (SEC Championship)

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Georgia is back after their 2021 national championship win. However, the Bulldogs lost a ton on the defensive side. They still have plenty of talent to star on this team including one of the best defensive lineman in the country Jalen Carter. Nolan smith and Rober Beal also return as the starting pass rushers. The concern remains at inside linebacker as they lost three guys who were all drafted in the first three rounds. Also there is a question on who starts opposite of star cornerback Kellen Ringo. On offense, returning quarterback Stetson Bennett is efficient. But he struggled against elite defenses by often turning the ball over and is the least talented starter on offense. Georgia’s skill positions are deep with studs including Adonis Mitchell and Arian Smith at wideout. Georgia also has by far the deepest, most talented tight end room with Brock Bowers, Arik Gilbert, and Darnell Washington. The offensive line is also one of the best in the nation. Overall, this has a team with enough talent to make the college football playoffs again. But replacing that much defensive talent to the NFL won’t be easy and may lead to an early College Football Playoff exit.

2. Tennessee Volunteers

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: Ball State, Pittsburgh, Akron, Florida, LSU, UT-Martin, Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt

Losses: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina

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When Hendon Hooker took over at starting quarterback for the Vols last year, this became a legitimate top ten offense. Expect a similar explosive offense. The offensive line was good last year and now returns four out of the five starters. The key will be filling in the left tackle spot with Darnell Wright moving back to right tackle. The wide receiver room is also solid with Cedric Tillman coming off a 1000 yard season and transfer Bru McCoy could be a wildcard. As for the defense, the Vols unit finished in the top 50 last year. The defense will have some work replacing their top three defensive lineman and try to improve what was an inconsistent pass rush from last year. One guy that will be relied on to be a key rusher is defensive end Byron Young. Another stud on the defense is linebacker Jeremy Banks, but the Vols will need another linebacker to step up (possibly Juwan Mitchell after only playing 3 games last year). This defense needs to improve in the secondary after finishing near the bottom of the SEC in passing yards against. Expect this defense to finish in the middle of the SEC conference. Overall, this is a quality team who has a legitimate shot at finishing second in the SEC East.

3. Kentucky Wildcats

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Miami (Ohio), Youngstown State, Northern Illinois, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Louisville

Losses: Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia

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Coach Mark Stoops has done a phenomenal job keeping Kentucky a steady 8-9 win team the last few years. Even with the new offensive coordinator, expect this to be your classic run-first team. Specifically behind talented, tough-nose running back Chris Rodriguez. Despite the offensive line losing three starters, the coaching staff seems confident in a few former four star recruits stepping up. What continues to be the concern is at wide receiver. Virginita Tech transfer Tayvion Robinson from Virginia Tech will be the top guy, but the complimentary pieces are unknown. Last but not least, quarterback Will Levis will need to improve his efficiency. He has all the tools with even a few publications projecting him as a first round NFL pick. Defensively, there are a few concerns including the defensive line and defensive back. Specifically at cornerback, someone needs to step up other than Carrington Valentine. The strength is Justin Rogers on the defensive line and the outside linebacker unit. Overall, this seems like another classic Kentucky team reliant on the run game and decent defense. But hopes of the SEC East title are too ambitious.

4. Florida Gators

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Kentucky, South Florida, Eastern Washington, Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida State

Losses: Utah, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Texas A&M

Coach Billy Napier takes over for Dan Mullen after a disappointing season for the Gators. However, the season wasn’t a total loss as there were glimpses of stardom from quarterback Anthony Richardson. He has all the tools to make Florida a tough team in the SEC East. The offense has major issues though as the wide receiver position is unproven. Florida hopes Justin Shorter can be the guy to step up at WR. The offensive line will need to step forward from last year for this offense to reach its potential. Transfer offensive lineman Ocyrus Torrence will help after finishing last year as a first team All-Sun Belt. On defense, Gervon Dexter is the stud that leads the defensive line. But the defensive depth is incredibly thin especially at linebacker, safety and defensive tackle. The strength of this team is at defensive back especially after Jalen Kimber transferred from Georgia. Overall, this team has some talent but the lack of depth is a major concern. Expect just an OK first year from the Gators.

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Georgia State, Charlotte, South Carolina State, Texas A&M, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Tennessee

Losses: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Clemson

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Shane Beamer comes into his second year after vastly exceeding expectations in year one. The bar just got set higher after acquiring a few transfer portal guys including Spencer Rattler. Helping out Rattler will be a few decent receivers (Josh Vann and Arkansas State transfer Corey Rucker) and a tight end room with Jaheim Bell and his former Oklahoma TE Austin Stogner. The running back room is also talented with Wake Forest transfer Christian Beal-Smith and Marshawn Lloyd. The offensive line is experienced, but will have to take a step forward after a down year last year. On defense, the Gamecocks are led by their secondary and in particular Cam Smith, who will move to nickel this year. The front seven will be OK, but Jordan Burch will have to fill the hole left by Kingsley Engbare on the defensive line. Overall, expect the Gamecocks to make a small step towards being a solid team in the SEC East.

6. Missouri Tigers

Projected Record: 4-8

Wins: Louisiana Tech, Abilene Christian, Vanderbilt, New Mexico State

Losses: Kansas State, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas

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Missouri struck out in the transfer portal filling the quarterback position. Now it will turn to returning backup and bowl game starter Brady cook at QB. However, this is a team that is very excited about their wide receiver room with star freshman Luther Burden, Mookie Cooper, and leading receiver from last year Tauskie Dove. Where this team needs to focus on is stopping the run after finishing 126th in the nation last year. Jayden Jernigan from Oklahoma state may help, but it needs to be a point of emphasis if this team will find any success. The secondary is solid returning four starters including Ennis Rakestraw returning from an ACL injury. Overall, this is a decent team, but a lack of a true starting quarterback and weakness against the run could keep them near the bottom of the SEC.

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

Projected Record: 3-9

Wins: Hawaii, Elon, Northern Illinois

Losses: Wake Forest, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee

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Vanderbilt remains a huge work in progress. The offensive line continues to be a huge issue and in the SEC that isn’t a good thing. As for quarterback look for Mike Wright to take over for Ken Sells as the starting quarterback. There also a few guys who could step up at receiver including Will Sheppard and true freshman Jayden McGowan. Again, the main question offensively is if this line can be competent in the SEC. On the defensive side, the Commodores returns a decent amount of starters. Add in a few transfers including UConn transfer CB Jeremy Lucien and Clemson transfer LB Kane Patterson, and this defense should improve from last in the SEC last year. Overall, Vanderbilt is focusing on high school development and recruiting. With it only being Clark Lea’s second year as head coach, expect something similar to Vanderbilt’s 0-8 SEC record last year.

SEC West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Projected Record: 13-0

Wins: Utah State, Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State, LSU, Ole Miss, Austin Peay, Auburn, Georgia (SEC Championship)

Losses: None

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Heisman trophy winning quarterback Bryce Young leads a very talented Alabama team. However, this year’s team may be led more by their defense. The strength is at edge rusher where Will Anderson, Dallas Turner, and Chris Braswell are all dangerous. The Crimson Tide still has strong units outside of this on the defense including secondary, linebacker and defensive line. As for the offense, transfer wide receivers Jermaine Burton, Tyler Harrell, and running back Jahmyr Gibbs will all step in and be major contributors. The major question mark and weakness of this team is at offensive tackle after Evan Neal was drafted in the top ten. Expect transfer offensive tackle Tyler Steen to fill in at left tackle, but right tackle remains wide open. Regardless, expect one of the better Nick Saban teams this year with the expectation being an appearance in the National Title.

2. Texas A&M Aggies

Projected Record: 10-2

Wins: Sam Houston, Appalachian State, Miami, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, UMass, LSU

Losses: Alabama, South Carolina

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Texas A&M comes into the year with the overall number one recruiting class and a loaded roster. This is especially true on the defensive side of the ball where they finished in the top ten last year. The secondary returns almost anybody including talented corner Jaylon Jones and safety Antonio Johnson. The question on that side of the ball is who steps up at defensive line after losing their top four guys off last year’s team? Lucky for the Aggies they have six five star freshman coming in and talented returning guys in Tunmise Adeleye, and McKinley Jackson. As for the offense, the Aggies have wide receivers ready to step in, but the best of the bunch might be true freshman Evan Stewart. Expect the offensive line to also be a solid, deep unit. There is one major question keeping this football team from reaching their potential… quarterback. The Aggies need Max Johnson, Haynes King, or Connor Weigman to step up if they want a chance at the SEC West or even the playoff. My gut tells me they’re not going to get that type of production and they’ll drop a few games during SEC play.

3. Ole Miss Rebels

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: Troy, Central Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Tulsa, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State

Losses: Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas

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Ole Miss is coming off a very good season where they finished in the top 10-15 team with a Sugar Bowl appearance. Last season will be tough to repeat after losing Matt Corral. Quarterbacks Jaxon Dart and Luke Altmyer will compete for the starting job. While Ole Miss did lose their starting quarterback, they were aggressive in the portal and pulled Zach Evans and Ulyssess Bentley to make up a great RB room. As for the pass catchers Mingo leads the unit with help from Watkins from Louisville and a high upside TE in Michael Trigg. The offensive line could be improved as well led by Jeremy James at left tackle. The question will be can the defense repeat as an effective unit after finishing in the top 35 last year.  The Achilles heel of last year’s team was a poor run defense. JJ Pegues from Auburn will attempt to help as they are playing him at nose tackle. Cedric Johnson will also be a key defensive player on the edge after a solid 6.5 sacks last year. The Rebels should be solid at defensive back again, but linebacker is a major question. Overall, this is a talented team whose success will be dependent on how Dart or Altmyer replaces Matt Corral.

4. LSU Tigers

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Florida State, Southern, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Auburn, Florida, Arkansas, UAB

Losses: Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M

Brian Kelly enters his first year as LSU’s head coach. The LSU team will look different from last year with only around six starters returning. The strength on offense is at the wide receiver position especially with one of the best in the nation, Kayshon Boutte. With very little tight end depth, expect LSU’s offense this year to go with more four wide receiver sets. Who is throwing the ball to the receivers is a major question going into the season with a three quarterback battle brewing between Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels, Garrett Nussmeier, and Myles Brennan. The offensive line is also a concern as the Tigers lost all four of their snap count guys from last year. On the other hand, the defense has a chance to be solid with a talented defensive line that features Jaquelin Roy and Mason Smith. The edge is also a position of strength with rushers Ali Gaye and Ben Ojulari. A key position on the defensive side of the ball is defensive back where they lost 4 out of their five top defensive backs. LSU brought in four defensive back transfers including Arkansas transfers Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks to help the back end. Overall, LSU is still a talented team. But the questions at quarterback, offensive line and defensive back keeps them in the middle of the pack of the SEC West.

5. Arkansas Razorbacks

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Cincinnati, South Carolina, Missouri State, Mississippi State, BYU, Liberty, Ole Miss, Missouri

Losses: Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, LSU

The Razorbacks are coming off an excellent 9-4 season. There is a reason for excitement in Fayetteville as the starting quarterback KJ Jefferson returns after a quality season. Also retuning is the entire offensive line. The skill positions took a hit trying to replace first round pick Treylon Burks. But Oklahoma transfer Jaden Haselwood and breakout candidate Ketron Jackson will help at wideout. Look for Dominic Johnson to be the premier running back in the offense coming off a 500 yard season. Expect him to have an even bigger season as this offense likes to focus on establishing the run game. On defense the Razorbacks will be playing a 3-2-6 base. The defense had some key losses including losing their top three defensive lineman and two impact linebackers from last year. While the defensive line remains a concern, the same can’t be said at linebacker with Bumper Pool and Alabama transfer Drew Sanders starting. The secondary is scattered with new talent including Latavious Brini from Georgia at safety and Dwight McGlothern from LSU at cornerback. Jalen Catalon also returns at safety after a disappointing year following a 2020 first team SEC season. Overall, this should be your classic, hard-nosed, Sam Pittman team that focuses on running the ball and good defense. Expect a pesky team in the SEC West.

6. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Projected Record: 6-6

Wins: Memphis, Arizona, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Auburn, East Tennessee State

Losses: LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss

Quarterback Will Rogers leads the Bulldogs back after a 7-6 season. The offensive line remains a concern as they are faced with replacing both starting tackles. The Bulldogs also must find a wide receiver to replace former wide receiver Makai Polk’s 1046 yards. Mike Leach has his work cut out after finishing 59th in scoring offense last year. The strength of this team actually is on the defensive end with a loaded front seven. The secondary is led by Emmanuel Forbes at corner. Richardson and Marcus Banks, a transfer from Alabama complete a decent cornerback room.  Overall, Mississippi State is a solid team, but faces a tough uphill battle in the SEC West.

7. Auburn Tigers

Projected Record: 5-7

Wins: Mercer, San Jose State, Missouri, Arkansas, Western Kentucky

Losses: Penn State, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Alabama

Auburn had an eventful offseason that ended with the administration bringing back Coach Bryan Harsin for a second season. It won’t be any easier this year. For one, the Tigers still have to decide who is the starter between Zach Calzada, TJ Finley or Robby Ashford. The offensive line returns most of the starters from last year, but needs to make an improvement. On the offensive side it is Tank Bigsby at running back who will have to lead the offense as the receivers are unproven.  The strength of this team is on the defensive line led by (Wooden, Marquis Harris, Northwestern transfer, Hollis). Overall, Auburn is one of the least talented teams in the SEC West and face a difficult schedule. Expect Auburn to be a fringe bowl team.

2022 Pac 12 Football Preview

Pac 12 Championship: Utah over USC

1. Utah Utes

Projected Record: 12-1

Wins: Florida, Southern Utah, San Diego State, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington State, Arizona, Stanford, Colorado

Losses: Oregon

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Utah was very close to a Rose Bowl victory last year against Ohio State. Now Utah returns their starting quarterback, Cam Rising, who had Utah playing as a top ten offense last year. The  offense will be led through the tight ends Brant Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid. On defense, Utah’s strength is at linebacker with Lander Barton and Mohamoud Diabate. It should be a strong unit, but they will need to find an edge rusher (Van Fillinger could be that guy). Overall, this should be the favorite in the Pac-12 and a potential College Football playoff team.

2. USC Trojans

Projected Record: 10-3

Wins: Rice, Stanford, Fresno State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State, Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Notre Dame

Losses: Utah, UCLA, Utah (Pac-12 Championship)

The Lincoln Riley era starts at USC. Coming with Riley are a ton of impact skill position transfers and quarterback Caleb Williams. The offense should be one of the nation’s best. Defense is another story. The linebackers, Alabama transfer Shane Leee and Romolo Heights were the best players on the defense in the spring. But the secondary and defensive line are not strong units. Overall, the offense will put up almost 40 points per game. But the defense will keep this team from being a playoff team.

3. Oregon Ducks

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: Eastern Washington, BYU, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, Cal, Colorado, Washington, Utah

Losses: Georgia, Washington State, Oregon State

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Dan Lanning enters his first season with quite a bit of talent leftover from Mario Cristobal. The offensive line is by far the strength with four strong starters returning. The skill positions and whether Auburn transfer QB Bo Nix can thrive in the Pac-12 are the main questions. Another position of strength is the front seven where Oregon has legitimate defensive lineman and linebacker sprinkled throughout. On defense the secondary will be the question, but getting transfer cornerback Christian Gonzalez from Colorado will help. Overall, do not expect much of a drop off as Oregon is still a legitimate Pac-12 contender.

4. Oregon State Beavers

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Boise State, Montana, Washington State, Colorado, Cal, Arizona State, Oregon

Losses: Fresno State, USC, Utah, Stanford, Washington

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What an incredible job Johnathan Smith has done turning around this Oregon State program. The Beavers have another strong team this year with a good offensive line and returning most of their skill players. Quarterback Chance Nolan will have to step up if they want to go to the next level. Defensively, while there is some concern on the defensive line, the linebackers and secondary are solid. Overall, expect Oregon State to go bowling again and finish in the middle to upper tier of the Pac 12.

5. Washington State Cougars

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Idaho, Colorado State, Oregon, Cal, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington

Losses: Wisconsin, USC, Oregon State, Utah, Stanford

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Jake Dickert enters his first full season after taking over as head coach last year. His season will be locked to talented Incarnate Word QB transfer Cam Ward. The offense has an offensive line issue and questions on who will step up at wide receiver. Defensively there are real secondary questions after losing four of six starters to an average defense. Overall, I expect this team is good enough to make a bowl, but can’t see them as a legit contender in the Pac-12.

6. Washington Huskies

Projected Record: 6-6

Wins: Kent State, Portland State, Stanford, Arizona, Oregon State, Colorado

Losses: Michigan State, UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Washington State

The issue with Washington continues to be their offense. Michael Penix transfers from Indiana to be presumably the new starting quarterback, but the offense finished 114th last year and I don’t see them making a vast improvement. Defensively this group will be a good unit despite only returning three starters. Overall, this is a little bit of a rebuild for new coach Kalen Deboer where making a bowl game will be a good season for the Huskies.

7. UCLA Bruins

Projected Record: 6-6

Wins: Bowling Green, Alabama State, South Alabama, Colorado, Washington, USC

Losses: Utah, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona, Cal

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UCLA finally made progress under Chip Kelly finishing 8-4 last year. Now they have Dorian Thompson-Robinson and and Zach Charbonnet back at quarterback and running back. The offensive line is decent, but they lost quite a few talented pass catchers of last year’s team. On defense, UCLA’s unit has some legitimate concerns with five out of the six defensive backs gone. Overall, UCLA will score points, but the defense could hold this team back.

8. Arizona Wildcats

Projected Record: 5-7

Wins: San Diego State, Cal, Colorado, UCLA, Arizona State

Losses: Mississippi State, North Dakota State, Oregon, Washington, USC, Utah, Washington State

Arizona is coming off a 1-11 season where they played much better than their record would indicate. Part of the problem was at quarterback. But now stepping in is Washington State transfer Jayden de Laura who played well last season. Also at Arizona is stud UTEP transfer Jacob Cowing. On defense, they return most of the starters to an average unit. Overall, a tough schedule makes it tough for the Wildcats to finish with a good record. But a bowl game could still be a possibility and would be an excellent season for Arizona.

9. California Golden Bears

Projected Record: 5-7

Wins: UC Davis, UNLV, Washington, Stanford, UCLA

Losses: Notre Dame, Arizona, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon, USC, Oregon State

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Cal is coming off a rough 5-7 season. But I honestly don’t see it getting any better. The offense wasn’t great last year and it could get worse with losing Chase Garbers, the wide receivers, and most of their offensive line. The team will have to be led by the defense that lost most of their starters. Jackson Sirmon, a transfer from Washington, will be a major contributor. Overall, this team is in a bit of a rebuild where a bowl game should be celebrated.

10. Stanford Cardinals

Projected Record: 4-8

Wins: Colgate, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State

Losses: USC, Washington, Oregon, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Utah, Cal, BYU

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Stanford had an abysmal year in 2021, finishing 3-9 with a bad offense and defense. The good news is the offense brings back almost everyone including talented quarterback Tanner McKee. Stanford does have two solid wide receivers with Elijah Higgins and Benjamin Yurosek, but the offensive line isn’t great. On defense, the line is thin with very little depth or talented guys. The secondary is the strength of this team led by corner Kyu Blu Kelly. Overall, the deficiencies at defensive and offensive line will bring this team down, but quarterback Tanner McKee could bring them a few surprising wins.

11. Arizona State Sun Devils

Projected Record: 4-8

Wins: Northern Arizona, Eastern Michigan, Colorado, UCLA

Losses: Oklahoma State, Utah, USC, Washington, Stanford, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona

Arizona State has totally fallen apart after losing all but five starters off last year’s team due to transfers, the NFL Draft, and graduation. It is an absolute dumpster fire with the upcoming NCAA sanctions over their head. As for the team, the offensive line, secondary, and skill players aren’t great. The one bright spot is Florida transfer QB Emory Jones could be alright. Overall, expect this to be Herm Edwards last year with a bowl game being unlikely.

12. Colorado Buffaloes

Projected Record: 2-10

Wins: Air Force, Cal

Losses: TCU, Minnesota, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State, Arizona State, Oregon, USC, Washington Utah

Colorado is going through major changes after 23 players left the program. Brandon Lewis returns to lead what was one of the worst offenses in power five college football last year. Transfer RJ Snead from Baylor will help lead the wide receivers. The defense wasn’t great last year and only returns four starters. Overall, don’t expect much from Colorado this year.

2022 ACC Football Preview

ACC Championship: Clemson over Miami

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1. Clemson Tigers

Projected Record: 12-1

Wins: Georgia Tech, Furman, Louisiana Tech, Wake Forest, NC State, Florida State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami, South Carolina, Miami (ACC Championship)

Losses: Boston College

Clemson had an incredibly disappointing year last year and still finished 10-3. The problem last year was the offense as they finished 100th in yards per game. Whether they improve will be a major indicator on how far this team goes. If DJ Uiagalelei continues to decline look for true freshman Cade Klubnik to take over. On defense this is one of the greatest defensive lines in the country and, even after losing some key pieces in the secondary, Clemson should still finish as a top ten defense in the nation. Overall, I expect this team to be carried by the defense and the offense to improve from last season. Expect them to be on top of the ACC and be a college football playoff contender.

2. NC State Wolfpack

Projected Record: 10-2

Wins: East Carolina, Charleston Southern, Texas Tech, UConn, Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Louisville

Losses: Clemson, North Carolina

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The Wolfpack have a really solid team going into 2022 and they are led by the best quarterback in the ACC, Devin Leary. If NC State opens up the passing game and lets him throw more, this is a team that could take down Clemson in the ACC Atlantic. Especially,  because this team is so good defensively with ten returning starters to a top 20 defense. The defense is led by one of the best linebacker duos in college football between Drake Thomas and Payton Wilson. Overall, if I knew NC State would open up the offense a little more I would trust them to take down Clemson… but even if they don’t I still see this team with a good chance of getting to double digit wins.

3. Boston College Eagles

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Maine, Louisville, Clemson, UConn, Duke, Syracuse

Losses: Florida State, Wake Forest, NC State, Notre Dame

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Coach Jeff Hafley continues to build this team in the right direction. Now with a very good defense and talented QB Phil Jurkovec and WR Zay Flowers returning, this Boston College team will be a tough out in the ACC. However, they are faced with replacing all five offensive lineman from last year. Overall, expect a solid squad who will surely make a bowl game.

4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: VMI, Vanderbilt, Liberty, Army, Boston College, Louisville, Syracuse, Duke

Losses: Clemson, Florida State, NC State, North Carolina

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Wake Forrest brings almost everyone back to a fringe top ten offense. This includes QB Sam Hartman and one of the best receivers in the country in AT Perry. The questions surrounding this team are on the defensive side after finishing last year 92nd in the country. Expect the defense to improve a little, but not enough to win the Atlantic like they did last year.  

5. Louisville Cardinals

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Syracuse, UCF, Florida State, USF, Virginia, Pitt, James Madison

Losses: Boston College, Wake Forest, Clemson, NC State, Kentucky

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Louisville’s offense is extremely dangerous especially with four of the five starters back on offensive line and quarterback Malik Cunningham leading. However, I see defense being the issue especially along the defensive line. Overall, I see this being one of Coach Satterfield’s best teams he has had while at Louisville and should be a solid team in the ACC.

6. Florida State Seminoles

Projected Record: 6-6

Wins: Duquesne, Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Louisiana

Losses: LSU, Louisville, NC State, Clemson, Miami, Florida

Florida State showed real improvement and growth last year. Now in Mike Norvell’s third year expect the best team yet. When healthy, Jordan Travis was a solid dual threat QB. The Seminoles also bring back 4 of the 5 starters on offensive line that should be decent. Defensively, expect Florida State to be solid with very good linebacker and defensive line play. They also have an edge rusher that transferred from Albany named Jared Verse who will make an immediate impact. Overall, I really like this team in the ACC. But a tough non-conference schedule featuring Florida and LSU will be tough to overcome.

7. Syracuse Orange

Projected Record: 4-8

Wins: UConn, Virginia, Wagner, Florida State

Losses: Louisville, Purdue, NC State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Boston College

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Dino Babers is going into his seventh season as the head coach of Syracuse and they’ve gone straight downhill since winning ten games in 2018. This offense will be led by their running attack between running back Sean Tucker and mobile quarterback Garrett Shrader. Still, it is hard to trust them as I don’t project them having a good offensive or defensive line. Overall, don’t expect Syracuse to go bowling in what might be Dino Babers last season as the head football coach.

ACC Coastal

1. Miami Hurricanes

Projected Record: 10-3

Wins: Bethune-Cookman, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh

Losses: Texas A&M, Clemson, Clemson (ACC Championship)

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Miami found their quarterback of the future with the emergence of Tyler Van Dyke last year. Along with Van Dyke, Miami also has a solid offensive line and some talented tight ends. On defense this team was young last year, but return a ton of starters and added quality players via the transfer portal. The strength will be in the secondary after Miami played three talented freshman last year. West Virginia transfer Akheem Mesidor and Leonard Taylor make up a solid defensive tackle duo. Overall, in Mario Cristobal’s first season as head coach he has a solid team. If the defense matures quickly and the offense continues their momentum from last year… this is a legitimate ACC contender.

2. Pittsburgh Panthers

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: West Virginia, Western Michigan, Rhode Island, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Duke

Losses: Tennessee, Louisville, Miami

Coming off an ACC title, Pittsburgh returns 14 starters. However, they are losing first round quarterback Kenny Pickett and Biletnikoff award winner WR Jordan Addison. Still, with their entire offensive line coming back and a good replacement in USC transfer QB Kedon Slovis, Pittsburgh is in a good position to repeat as the ACC Coastal champion. This is especially true on defense where they return almost all of their defensive lineman and a solid secondary. Also returning is Habakkuk Baldonado who finished with 9 sacks last year. Overall this is a really good team, but I worry about coach Pat Narduzzi getting too conservative after his Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple left for Nebraska.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Florida A&M, Appalachian State, Georgia State, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, NC State,

Losses: Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Miami, Pittsburgh

The Tar Heels failed to live up to expectations last year, but they actually come into this season a little underrated. The strength of this team is the front seven and especially at the defensive line. Taking over at quarterback will most likely be Drake Maye who will have explosive wide receiver Josh Downs, coming off a 1300 yard season, to throw to. If North Carolina can have the offensive line and a complimentary wide receiver step up, this could be a dangerous team. Overall, expect the Tar Heels to compete in the top half of the ACC Coastal.

4. Virginia Tech Hokies

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Old Dominion, Wofford, North Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech, Duke, Liberty

Losses: Boston College, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, NC State, Virginia

The Hokies moved on from the Justin Fuente era after a 6-7 season. Now, former Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Prye takes over for the Hokies. Also coming to Blacksburg is Marshall transfer quarterback Grant Wells who is a decent option. However, there are major questions with the offensive line and at wide receiver. Overall, this team will be led by their defensive experience. Expect an average ACC team who will most likely make a bowl game.

5. Virginia Cavaliers

Projected Record: 6-6

Wins: Richmond, Old Dominion, Duke, Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Virginia Tech

Losses: Illinois, Syracuse, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh

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Quarterback Brennan Armstrong returns after last year’s Virginia offense finished as a top five offense. Also returning are their top three wide receivers including do it all player Keytaon Thompson. The issues for this offense are on the offensive line as they lost all of their starters from last year’s team. Add to the fact this defense was 108th last year, this is a team with major holes. Overall, Brennan Armstrong and the Virginia offense will do enough to make a bowl game.

6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Projected Record: 2-10

Wins: Western Carolina, Duke

Losses: Clemson, Ole Miss, UCF, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Georgia

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Georgia Tech is a tough spot with a hard schedule and an inexperienced lineup. The Yellow Jackets return just one starter to the offensive line and zero starters in a secondary that finished 121st last year. Overall, it would be a miracle if this team makes a bowl game… don’t expect much.

7. Duke Blue Devils

Projected Record: 2-10

Wins: Temple, North Carolina A&T

Losses: Northwestern, Kansas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest

New coach Mike Elko has a major rebuild on his hands. The defense finished 118th last year and only brings back four starters. Offensively, there isn’t a clear starter at quarterback. Overall, expect this to be one of the bottom teams in the power five.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: Marshall, Cal, North Carolina, BYU, Stanford, UNLV, Syracuse, Navy, Boston College

Losses: Ohio State, Clemson, USC

The Marcus Freeman era starts at Notre Dame. Notre Dame is led by a strong offensive and defensive line. Tyler Buckner will take over as the starting QB along with a questionable wide receiver room. Overall, expect the Fighting Irish to be led by their defense. But the offense will need to step up if they want to be a legitimate playoff contender.

2022 Big Ten Football Preview

Big Ten Championship: Ohio State over Minnesota

Big Ten East

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

Projected Record: 13-0

Wins: Notre Dame, Arkansas State, Toledo, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota (Big Ten Championship)

Losses: None

The Buckeyes were uncharacteristically bad on defense last year finishing 59th overall. Now Ryan Day has brought in new DC Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State to change that. There are still questions on how good this defense can be with linebacker and cornerback being a mystery. The defense will be heavily reliant on Sophomore defensive linemen like JT Tuimoloau, Jack Sawyer, and Tyleik Williams. Offensively, Ohio State will be one of the best in the nation with the top receiving group, top running back (TreVeyon Henderson), and a top quarterback (CJ Stroud). The great offense will be enough to get through the Big Ten, but the defense will need to step up if the Buckeyes want to be legitimate national title contenders.

2. Michigan Wolverines

Projected Record: 10-2

Wins: Colorado State, Hawaii, UConn, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Rutgers, Nebraska, Illinois

Losses: Penn State, Ohio State

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The Wolverines are coming off a great season where they won the Big Ten and made the playoffs. The offense will be good again with either JJ McCarthy or Cade McNamara leading the group. Michigan has one of the deepest groups in the Big Ten at wide receiver, second to Ohio State. The question this year will be how Michigan replaces a ton of key leaders to their defense. The defensive line is especially thin and could keep Michigan from returning to the playoffs. Overall, this is a good team, but replacing that much defensive talent will be tough to make a return trip to the playoffs.

3. Penn State Nittany Lions

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: Purdue, Ohio, Auburn, Central Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Rutgers

Losses: Ohio State, Maryland, Michigan State

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Penn State is coming off two disappointing years including finishing 7-6 last year. Starting quarterback Sean Clifford is back again for his super senior season, but there are questions on what his ceiling is. The offensive line has to make an improvement as they struggled last year, especially in the run game. Even with the loss of Jahan Dotson, Penn State still has quality receivers including Parker Washington, Keandre Lambert-Smith, and Michael Tinsley (transfer from Western Kentucky). Defensively, the Nittany Lions lost five guys to the NFL Draft along with losing defensive coordinator Brent Prye. Despite the losses, expect a very good defense, especially in the secondary. Overall, look for James Franklin to turn it around and compete with Michigan for the number two spot in the Big Ten East.

4. Maryland Terrapins

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Buffalo, Charlotte, SMU, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers

Losses: Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio State

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Taulia Tagovailoa returns at quarterback with a great receiving group with Florida transfer Jacob Copeland, Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus. The offense also has four returning starters on the offensive line which makes this one of the Big Ten’s best offenses. The question for this team will be on defense where they finished 85th last year. Still with seven returning starters the Terps may make enough of an improvement of defense to be a sneaky good team in the Big Ten.

5. Michigan State Spartans

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Western Michigan, Akron, Washington, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Indiana, Penn State

Losses: Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois

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The Spartans are coming off a great year where they overachieved to a 11-2 record and Peach Bowl champions. Payton Thorne returns to quarterback after a mediocre season, but he will have two really good wide receivers in Jayden Reed and Tre Mosley. However, the offensive line is a major concern going into the season as they are faced with replacing four starters to a line that wasn’t great. The strength of this team again will be at running back with Jarek Broussard (Colorado transfer) and Jalen Berger (Wisconsin transfer). Defensively, Michigan State was one of the worst pass defenses last year, but still finished as a top 40 defense. Ameer Speed is a Georgia transfer who will come in and start right away at cornerback to try to help out. Another huge concern with the Spartans is finding an edge rusher as they had a very low pass rush rate last season. Overall, I expect this team to come back down to a seven win team with just an ok offense and defense.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Projected Record: 4-8

Wins: Boston College, Wagner, Temple, Indiana

Losses: Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Maryland

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Rutgers continues to make improvements under Greg Schiano, improving to five wins last year even with a terrible offense. Look for Gavin Wimsatt to take over at quarterback who enrolled early last year and is probably the most talented guy Rutgers has had in a while. Rutgers also has talented transfer wide receivers Taj Harris from Syracuse, Sean Ryan from West Virginia, and Aaron Cruickshank from Wisconsin. However, they will be heavily reliant on transfers on the offensive line. On defense they will be reliant on young players to step up as they lose three of their top four defensive lineman and linebackers. Overall, Rutgers is still in the rebuilding process and a bowl game this year will be a massive success.

7. Indiana Hoosiers

Projected Record: 3-9

Wins: Illinois, Idaho, Western Kentucky

Losses: Cincinnati, Nebraska, Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue

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Indiana is coming off a dreadful 2-10 season. During the offseason they received a commitment from Mizzou transfer starting quarterback Connor Bazelak. The Hoosiers are inexperienced at the skill positions and replace a ton in their front seven on defense. Given Indiana’s current personnel, I can’t see a drastic improvement for this team.

Big Ten West

1. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Projected Record: 9-4

Wins: New Mexico State, Western Illinois, Colorado, Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin

Losses: Illinois, Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State (Big Ten Championship)

The Golden Gophers return a bunch of starters on offense and defense coming off a nine win season. However, the offense needs to improve, especially quarterback Tanner Morgan. Luckily for Minnesota they get back Kurt Ciarrocca at offensive coordinator from their successful 2019 season. Mohamed Ibrahim is also one of the best running backs in the Big Ten back from an Achilles injury, while Chris Autmen-Bell is one of the conference’s top receiver. The defense was a top ten defense last year, but lost a few guys. However, they have enough talent still left to finish on top of the Big Ten West. Overall, expect this to be one of coach PJ Fleck’s most talented teams.

2. Wisconsin Badgers

Projected Record: 9-3

Wins: Illinois State, Washington State, New Mexico State, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska

Losses: Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota

The Badgers had an absolute beast of a defense in 2021. But now they have to replace some key pieces at linebacker and in the secondary. Wisconsin went in the transfer portal to grab three cornerbacks to help out. They have a strong defensive line led by Keanu Benton. But the offense will have to make major improvements this year, led by star running back Braelon Allen, if they want to win the Big Ten West. Overall, expect a strong defense that will most likely be held back by an average offense from being a top team in the nation. However, they still will be the favorite to win the Big Ten West.

3. Iowa Hawkeyes

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: South Dakota State, Nevada, Rutgers, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska

Losses: Iowa State, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota

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The Hawkeyes are coming off a 10-4 season despite having an absolute terrible offense (ranked 94th). Iowa needs Spencer Petras to improve if they want to compete at the top of the Big Ten West. Defensively, the group brings eight starters back to a talented group from last year. The linebackers are all back including Jack Campbell. Overall, Iowa will be a tough out, but the lack of offense puts a cap on their ceiling.

4. Purdue Boilermakers

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Indiana State, Syracuse, FAU, Maryland, Nebraska, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana

Losses: Penn State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa

Purdue’s offense will be strong again coming off a 9-4 season. They will rely on Aidan O’Connor to throw it around coming off his 3700 yard season. The defense will also be strong returning nine starters to a top 50 defense. Still replacing first round edge rusher George Karlaftis will be tough. This is overall a solid team that will be contender in the Big Ten West.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Northwestern, North Dakota, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota

Losses: Oklahoma, Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa

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This could be it for Scott Frost who enters his fifth year with a 15-29 record. The offense could be decent this year with Texas transfer quarterback Casey Thompson leading the offense with LSU transfer wide receiver Trey Palmer and Omar Manning providing a solid receiving group. Defensively, Nebraska will also be strong with a big addition from TCU edge rusher Ochaun Mathis and four solid returners at linebacker. However, they are replacing a lot in the secondary. Overall, this should be a solid team in the wide open Big Ten West.

6. Illinois Fighting Illini

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Projected Record: 5-7

Wins: Wyoming, Virginia, Chattanooga, Minnesota, Michigan State

Losses: Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan, Northwestern

The Illinois offense was absolutely awful last year, but they still finished with a 5-7 season including a 4-5 record in conference. The team was led by their defense last year finishing fourth in scoring defense Big Ten. The offense should be somewhat improved with Tommy Devito transferring from Syracuse and he should be the starting quarterback. They also have a solid running back with Chase Brown and wide receiver Isaiah Williams has the potential to have a 1000 yard from scrimmage season. Defensively this team should still be solid, but they do have to replace some key linebackers and defensive backs. Overall, this is a decent team where getting to a bowl game will be the goal.

7. Northwestern Wildcats

Projected Record: 4-8

Wins: Duke, Southern Illinois, Miami (Ohio), Illinois

Losses: Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue

Northwestern was incredibly bad last year and non-competitive finishing 3-9. This year’s team has very good running backs with Evan Hull and Cam Porter. They will be running behind one of the better offensive lines in the Big Ten which has four returning starters. Still, Ryan Hillinski at quarterback is a major question. Defensively, the Wildcats return only five starters and will be relying heavily on transfers. Adetomiwa Adebawore on the edge will lead this defense. Overall, Northwestern will try to get back to a bowl game by relying on the run game and offensive line.

2022 Big 12 Football Preview

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma over Texas

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Projected Record: 11-2

Wins: UTEP, Kent State, Nebraska, Kansas State, TCU, Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas (Big 12 Championship)

Losses: Texas, Iowa State

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The Brent Venables era starts in Norman with a ton of turnover. The Sooners have the most talent in the Big 12, but return only eight starters from last year’s team. On offense UCF transfer Dillon Gabriel takes over at quarterback and instantly becomes one of the best in the conference. He has two talented receivers to throw to in Marvin Mims and Theo Wease. The offense will be explosive with new OC Jeff Lebby, but will need to get better offensive line play. On defense the Sooners are coming off a year where they finished 79th overall. The secondary was a huge issue last year and Brent Venables will have his hands full fixing it. Oklahoma will rely on a few transfers on the defensive line Jeffery Johnson from Tulane and Jonah La’ulu from Hawaii. Overall, this Oklahoma team is a mystery heading into the year where their success will depend heavily on the defense. The expectation should be Big 12 champions, but there are many contenders in the conference that can compete with this team.

2. Texas Longhorns

Projected Record: 9-4

Wins: Louisiana-Monroe, UTSA, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU, Kansas

Losses: Alabama, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship)

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Texas is coming off a disappointing 5-7 season. But there is huge optimism in Steve Sarkisian’s second season. The offense is loaded and has a top five receiving group in the country with Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington, and Isaiah Neyor. Add in top running back Bijan Robinson and highly ranked QB Quinn Ewers, this offense has a chance to be special. However, offensive line is a huge issue where the Longhorns might have to start two true freshman offensive tackles. Defensively, they were awful last year finishing 100th in total yards per game. The interior defensive line isn’t bad with Keondre Coburn and Alfred Collins, but I do not see any premier pass rushers on the roster. The Longhorns also are weak at linebacker as they’ve been searching the transfer portal all offseason. The secondary remains shaky as well, but Ohio State transfer Ryan Watts will help the improvement. Overall, with an inexperienced offensive line and average defense I don’t see Texas as a college football playoff contender. However, they have enough offense to be in the mix for a Big 12 title.  

3. Kansas State Wildcats

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: South Dakota, Missouri, Tulane, Texas Tech, Iowa State, TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor

Losses: Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Kansas

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Kansas State was a solid team last year finishing 8-5 in Coach Chris Klieman’s third season. The Wildcats are led by one of the best players in the nation in RB Deuce Vaughn. Whether the offense takes a step up will depend on inconsistent Nebraska transfer QB Adrian Martinez. The strength of the team last year was defense. It will be the same this year with Felix Anudike-Uzomah coming off an 11 sack season, Daniel Green being a stud linebacker, and a solid cornerback tandem of Julius Brents and Ekow Boye-Doe. Overall, this is another Big 12 darkhorse that I would not be surprised if they make the Big 12 Championship.

4. TCU Horned Frogs

Projected Record: 8-4

Wins: Colorado, Tarleton, SMU, Kansas, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Iowa State

Losses: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas, Baylor

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TCU replaced longtime head coach Gary Patterson with former SMU coach Sonny Dykes. The change came after TCU had the worst defense in the Patterson era. The biggest question going into the season will be whether Chandler Morris or Max Duggan starts. Whoever starts will have plenty of options to throw to with Quentin Johnson and the other four leading receivers all back. A few other options could emerge as huge target Geor’quarius Spivey at Tight End and Gunnar Henderson at slot WR were great in spring practice. The only issue I see with this offense is whether the offensive line will take a step up from last year. The defense returns seven starters after finishing second worst in the Big 12 last year. After looking at the depth chart, there is no way this defense doesn’t improve. In the secondary TCU has two solid cornerbacks in Noah Daniels and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson. The Horned Frogs also have a few linebackers that are ready to breakout including Dee Winters and Marcel Brooks. The weakness of the defense is on the defensive line as they do not have a premier pass rusher. Overall, TCU is a dark horse Big 12 contender that will surprise some people.

5. Baylor Bears

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Albany, Texas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, TCU, Texas

Losses: BYU, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State

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Baylor came out of nowhere last year and won the Big 12. Now Coach Dave Aranda will try to keep the momentum going. The Bears won double digit games last year despite having a mediocre offense. Blake Sharpen is taking over at quarterback and is looking to build off of his Big 12 championship game performance. But other than a very good offensive line, this team lost a ton of production at wide receiver and running back. Tight end Ben Sims and WR Monaray Baldwin will look up to pick up the slack. Baylor was great defensively last year and will be a good unit this year with a strong defensive line and stud linebacker Dillon Doyle. However, they will have to replace most of their secondary starters who were big time leaders. Overall, Baylor will be solid. But I disagree with the Big 12 media naming them the favorites to win the Big 12 this year due to the massive exodus of talented players from last year to the NFL.

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Central Michigan, Arizona State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Texas, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia

Losses: Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma State finished one yard short of winning the Big 12 last year. The Cowboys were the top defense in the Big 12 and it almost carried them to the playoffs. They return quite a few players to the offense, but have questions at receiver and the offensive line. The biggest question on the offensive side of the ball is can Spencer Sanders fix his turnover issues and inconsistent play. Defensively, they lose a ton including their defensive coordinator and four of their five defensive back starters. This defense will take a step back, but Oklahoma State still has decent defensive line and edge rusher play to give teams trouble. Overall, I think the mediocre offense will keep this team out of being in Big 12 championship contention. But expect a solid team that goes to a bowl game.

7. Iowa State Cyclones

Projected Record: 7-5

Wins: Southeast Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech

Losses: Baylor, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU

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The Cyclones failed to live up to weirdly high expectations (some were projecting top ten in the preseason) and finished 7-6. Now after losing Breece Hall and Brock Purdy, the expectations have settled down. But lucky for Iowa State, that is when they are at their best. I’m actually expecting the Cyclones to exceed expectations this year as the wide receiver room is the best it has ever looked (Xavier Hutchinson and Jaylin Noel), and the run game will remain strong. Insiders in Ames actually think QB Hunter Dekker might be a more talented quarterback than Brock Purdy. On the defensive side, the defense was a top ten unit last year. However they only return three starters from last year’s team. Even with all of the lost starters, Iowa State still has solid players to make this a good defense including Will McDonald who had 11.5 sacks last year. Overall, expect a classic solid Iowa State team to finish in the middle to upper tier of the Big 12 conference.

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Projected Record: 6-6

Wins: Murray State, Houston, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Baylor, Kansas

Losses: NC State, Texas, Kansas State, TCU, Iowa State, Oklahoma

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Texas Tech went through a few coaching changes this offseason hiring Joey McGuire at head coach and Zach Kittley at offensive coordinator. With the changes expect the offense to be highly focused on the passing game and up tempo. There is also a legitimate quarterback battle going on between three solid quarterbacks in Tyler Shough, Donovan Smith, and Behren Morton. What might surprise some people is the defensive line is actually pretty good and has decent depth. This is also an improved secondary from past Texas Tech teams. The weakness of this team are at edge and offensive line. Overall, expect a decent Texas Tech team to fight in the middle part of the Big 12. With a brutal schedule, going bowling will be a successful year.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers

Projected Record: 5-7

Wins: Kansas, Towson, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Kansas State

Losses: Pitt, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

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West Virginia has had a rough offseason due to players leaving the program and entering the transfer portal, especially on the defensive side. The Mountaineers lose all five starting defensive backs from last year’s team. Offensively will be interesting with new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and transfer quarterback JT Daniels. Overall, Daniels gives this team a high ceiling, but with not many returning starters back I see this team near the bottom of the Big 12.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Projected Record: 3-9

Wins: Tennessee Tech, Duke Kansas State

Losses: West Virginia, Houston, Iowa State, TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas

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Lance Leipold is continuing his transformation of Kansas football. Entering his second year, the Jayhawks will be improved but still have a long way to go. QB Jalon Daniels had a decent end of the year and is exactly what the Jayhawks needed as they were finally starting to compete. Overall, Kansas has a ton of returning players with 16 starters coming back… but do not expect a bowl game as there is still not much talent on the roster.

Championship Week College Football Preview

OVERALL RECORD: 168-133-3 (55.8%)

2021 SEASON RECORD: 90-77-2 (53.9%)

Started hot, ended cold for a 6-8 week. Doesn’t matter. It is championship week and we are going undefeated… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Championship Game of the Week (All Times CST)

Alabama (+6.5) vs Georgia UNDER 50.5 – 3:00pm

The quarterback edge goes to Bama, but I still have no idea how Alabama’s offensive line blocks that Georgia front seven. Alabama is still a top four team in the nation and keeps it close. Dawgs in a close classic.

Pick: Georgia 24-21

Top Picks of the Week

Western Kentucky -2.5 vs UTSA – Friday 6:00pm

What does TGIS do each week? Bet Western Kentucky.

Oregon vs Utah -2.5 – Friday 7:00pm

We saw this game two weeks ago when Utah crushed Oregon by 30 points. Utah wins again.

Houston +10.5 vs Cincinnati – 3:00pm

A huge matchup to watch is Cincinnati’s average offensive line versus a very good Houston defensive line. Houston keeps it close and may mess around and win. I like a little Houston moneyline sprinkle as well.

USC at Cal -4.5 – 10:00pm

USC was protesting this game earlier this week. The Trojans have totally quit. Cal by double digits.

Week 13 College Football Preview

OVERALL RECORD: 162-125-3 (56.4%)

2021 SEASON RECORD: 84-69-2 (54.9%)

10-2 LAST WEEK!!! We are hot just at the right time entering the last week of a full slate. Happy Thanksgiving… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Week 13 Game of the Week (All Times CST)

Ohio State at Michigan UNDER 64.5– 11:00am

Yes I saw Ohio State’s offense go off last week. But Michigan’s defense is much better than Michigan State’s. Not to mention Michigan State was missing quite a few starters last week. I expect Michigan to keep this close and the under to hit.

Pick: Ohio State 34-28

Top Picks of the Week

Ole Miss +2.5 at Mississippi State UNDER 64 – Thursday 6:30pm

Ole Miss’ injuries scare me a little bit… but they’re a better team the Mississippi State. Expect some rainy and windy conditions that will keep the score low.

Army +3.5 at Liberty – 11:00am

Liberty cannot stop the run as evidenced from their 42-14 loss to Louisiana. That is all Army does. Army wins.

Wake Forest at Boston College OVER 64 – 11:00am

Boston College has Phil Jurkovec back and Wake Forest’s defense is terrible. Expect a ton of points.

Alabama at Auburn OVER 55.5 – 2:30pm

I expect Alabama’s offense to continue to keep up the high scoring. I’m not sure which Alabama defense shows up so we will just take the over.

Penn State -1 at Michigan State – 2:30pm

Michigan State may still have players out. Meanwhile, Penn State is getting healthy and are the better team. Penn State wins this one.

Western Kentucky +1.5 at Marshall – 2:30pm

If you haven’t noticed… TGIS takes Western Kentucky every week. This strategy has remained highly profitable with Western Kentucky going 9-2 against the spread. This week is another blind Western Kentucky bet.

Wisconsin -7 at Minnesota – 3:00pm

Like we said last week, Wisconsin blows out bad teams and keeps it close against decent teams. Minnesota is kind of in the middle. Wisconsin by 10.

Texas A&M at LSU UNDER 46.5 – 6:00pm

Both of these defenses are good. Both of these offenses are average. The under hits.

Kentucky +3 at Louisville – 6:30pm

Wrong team favored. Louisville has looked good against bad ACC teams… Kentucky is not that. Kentucky wins.

Oklahoma +4.5 at Oklahoma State UNDER 50 – 6:30pm

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State’s offenses have really struggled this year. Meanwhile both of these defenses have been stout. So take the under and take the points.

BYU -7 at USC – 9:30pm

USC has absolutely quit and has nothing to play for. BYU in a blowout.

Week 12 College Football Preview

OVERALL RECORD: 152-123-3 (55.3%)

2021 SEASON RECORD: 74-67-2 (52.5%)

Extremely average week finishing 5-6-1. We are back and going undefeated this week… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Week 12 Game of the Week (All Times CST)

Michigan State at Ohio State UNDER 68.5– 11:00am

Ohio State’s offense has really turned it on as of late. But 68.5 points is too many, considering Michigan State has played in quite a few low scoring games. Michigan State could make this tight which scares me away from the spread. Give me the under 68.5.

Pick: Ohio State 38-24

Top Picks of the Week

Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky -10 – 11:00am

Western Kentucky does nothing but cover spreads. Why would I stop betting them?

Iowa State at Oklahoma UNDER 59.5 – 11:00am

Oklahoma’s offense has looked terrible the past few weeks. Add in a stagnant Iowa State offense and the under is an easy call.

Washington at Colorado +6.5 – 2:00pm

No coach and a terrible offense, Washington shouldn’t be a touchdown favorite over anyone.

Arkansas at Alabama -21 – 2:30pm

For a defense to slow down Alabama’s offense you need to be able to get after the quarterback. Arkansas ranks 13th in the SEC in sacks. Alabama’s offense scores at will.

Michigan -15 at Maryland – 2:30pm

Taulia’s numbers verse tough defenses aren’t great. Michigan in a route.

Minnesota -7.5 at Indiana – 2:30pm

Indiana has quit and given up. This should be a double digit spread.

Nebraska +9 at Wisconsin – 3:00pm

Nebraska is much better than their record says they are. Nebraska will keep this game close.

Virginia +14.5 at Pitt – 2:30pm

If Brennan Armstrong plays this is an easy cover. If he doesn’t… hold on tight.

Florida at Missouri +9 – 3:00pm

The weather will be cold in Missouri. Add in a Florida team that has basically quit? Missouri covers and possibly wins.

Baylor at Kansas State -1 – 4:30pm

Kansas State has been solid as of late with QB Skylar Thompson. Baylor falls after their biggest win since the Art Briles era. Note: I am 0-4 picking against Baylor… I am ready to be hurt again .

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss UNDER 64.5 – 6:30pm

Ole Miss’ defense has significantly improved. Vanderbilt barely scores and we escape with an under.

Week 11 College Football Preview

OVERALL RECORD: 147-117-2 (55.7%)

2021 SEASON RECORD: 69-61-0 (53.1%)

Back on track after a 8-3-1 week! Let’s keep it going… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Week 11 Game of the Week (All Times CST)

Texas A&M at Ole Miss OVER 56– 6:00pm

I think the Ole Miss offense picks it up this week. Not to mention Texas A&M can score against bad defenses. Expect a close, decently high scoring game.

Pick: Ole Miss 35-34

Top Picks of the Week

Cincinnati at South Florida +23.5 – 5:00pm FRIDAY

Cincinnati has played three bottom 25 FBS teams the past three weeks… I don’t expect them to cover against another bottom 25 team. South Florida covers

Michigan at Penn State +1.5 – 11:00am

I don’t trust Michigan as a road favorite against a good Penn State team.

Houston -24.5 at Temple– 11:00am

Temple has absolutely quit as a football team. Houston in a blowout

Western Kentucky -18 at Rice – 1:00pm

Western Kentucky puts up a bunch of points and has covered all season. Trust them to cover here.

Miami -2.5 at Florida State – 2:30pm

Miami has the number three offense in the country since Tyler Van Dyke took over. They cover.

Purdue +21 at Ohio State – 2:30pm

Ohio State blows out bad teams and keeps it close against decent teams. Purdue is decent… take Purdue.

Notre Dame at Virginia +6 – 3:00pm

This line is really nice if Brennan Armstrong plays. Take the risk as Virginia has a good shot to pull the upset.

TCU +13 at Oklahoma State OVER 54.5– 7:00pm

TCU is frisky now with Chandler Morris. Their defense is still bad so expect a high scoring game.

Nevada +3 at San Diego State – 9:30pm

San Diego State has kept teams to low scores this year. That won’t happen against Carson Strong and Nevada. I actually like Nevada to win this game.

Washington State +14 at Oregon – 9:30pm

I don’t trust Oregon to cover 14 points against anyone, especially not the (surprising) second place team in the Pac-12. Washington State covers.

Week 10 College Football Preview

OVERALL RECORD: 139-114-1 (54.9%)

2021 SEASON RECORD: 61-58-0 (51.3%)

Yes we were 4-8 last week. No further questions at this time. We are still over .500 on the year and going to be killing this week… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Week 10 Game of the Week (All Times CST)

Auburn at Texas A&M UNDER 49.5– 11:00am

Texas A&M is underrated as the 4th ranked defense in the nation. I believe the Aggie defense can shut down Bo Nix. Further, if you do a deep dive on Zach Calzada, his games against Mizzou and South Carolina were just alright. Auburn’s defense is much tougher. The Aggies win a close, low scoring game.

Pick: Texas A&M 27-21

Top Picks of the Week

Army vs Air Force UNDER 37 – 10:30am

Unders are 39-9-1 in service academy games. Tom Fornelli special, take the under.

Liberty at Ole Miss -9.5 – 11:00am

I know Ole Miss is banged up. But only 9.5 points? Liberty lost to Louisiana Monroe… take Ole Miss.

Baylor at TCU OVER 58 – 2:30pm

TCU’s defense has looked awful and with no Gary Patterson it isn’t going to get better. Think both of these offenses put up points Saturday. Take the OVER.

Michigan State at Purdue (+3) – 2:30pm

Michigan State is fools gold. This is where it ends.

Navy +21 vs Notre Dame – 2:30pm

Notre Dame isn’t great at stopping the run. Navy keeps this within 3 touchdowns.

Wisconsin (-12.5) at Rutgers – 2:30pm

Wisconsin has been blowing teams out recently with big wins against Iowa and Purdue. Rutgers isn’t good… another Wisconsin blowout win.

NC State (-2.5) at Florida State – 3:00pm

There is a flu virus going around at Florida State athletic department. NC State is more talented than the Seminoles. Wolfpack win.

Tennessee (+1) at Kentucky- 6:00pm

Wrong team favored with these teams having opposite trajectories. Trust Hedon Hooker with Tennessee.

Texas at Iowa State OVER 60 – 6:00pm

Iowa State runs up the score on a bad Texas defense. I also think Texas has some late scores on an Iowa State defense that let up 38 points to West Virginia. Take the OVER

Houston (-13) at South Florida – 6:30pm

Houston’s offense has been on fire. Houston beats up on a bad USF team

Oregon at Washington UNDER 50.5 – 6:30pm

It’s going to be cold, windy, and raining. Add in two bad quarterbacks and the under is the easy call.