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2018 ACC Preview

Atlantic

1. Clemson
2. NC State
3. Florida State
4. Boston College
5. Wake Forest
6. Syracuse
7. Louisville

Coastal

1. Miami
2. Virginia Tech
3. Georgia Tech
4. Duke
5. Pittsburgh
6. North Carolina
7. Virginia

ACC Championship- Clemson over Miami

Independent

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Projected Record: 9-3

Notre Dame gets included with the ACC teams because of how many games they play against the ACC. On offense they lose two starting wide receivers including Equanimeous St. Brown along with starting RB Josh Adams. Brandon Wimbush is back at starting quarterback, but he must develop as a better passer for the Fighting Irish to be a playoff contender.

The strength of Notre Dame is the defense with nine returning starters. The front seven gets five returning starters including talented DT Jerry Tillery. Notre Dame has a tough schedule that includes a home opener against Michigan and an away game against USC. Notre Dame should enjoy a solid season.

ACC Atlantic

1. Clemson Tigers

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

Back from a College Football Semi-Final loss, Clemson comes back loaded especially on the defensive front. Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant all should be drafted within the first three rounds.

The offense will need to step up after only scoring 6 points against Alabama. Mitch Hyatt leads a good offensive line even with losing two starting offensive guards to graduation. The running backs are solid with a combination of Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster. Talented Freshman QB Trevor Lawrence could take over for Kelly Bryant if he is not effective. Clemson does have two non-conference games against SEC opponents Texas A&M and South Carolina. Clemson will try to avoid a trip up like last year when they lost to 4-8 Syracuse.

2. NC State Wolfpack

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

NC State was my pick last year to be the surprise team of in College Football. After a few close loses the Wolfpack still finished with a solid 9-4 record, but were never a contender for the playoffs. The offense returns a very good QB with Ryan Finley and also returning 1,000-yard receiver Kelvin Harmon.

On the defensive side of the ball they lose 8 starters including the entire defensive line. The secondary remains a question mark as well. If NC State is able to get by a tough non-conference schedule that includes West Virginia they will be set up for a good season in ACC play.

3. Florida State Seminoles

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

Florida State returns a lot of starters to the offense including QB Deondre Francois returning from a season ending injury. The 1-2 punch of Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick should also be solid like last year. The offensive line will have to make an improvement from last year.

The defense is very young and only return three starters. However, they are talented across the board with big time recruits like Marvin Wilson, Joshua Kaindoh, and Stanford Samuells. Levonta Taylor also is one of the best corners in College Football. They will have a rough finish ending the season with consecutive games against Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Florida.

4. Boston College Eagles

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

RB AJ Dillon was almost unstoppable during his freshman year totalling almost 1600 yards. The offense will be led by him and returning the entire offensive line.

The defense should be solid too returning six starters including DE Zach Allen who had 100 tackles and 6 sacks last season. They played well without their best player, Harold Landry, last year and will look to continue that success after Landry was drafted by the Titans. The schedule is not too tough with non-conference games UMass, Holy Cross, Purdue, and Temple. They do have a matchup against Miami and Virginia Tech, the Coastal divisions two toughest teams.

5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5 ACC)

Wake Forest had one of the biggest surprise seasons last year finishing 8-5. The offense led the charge finishing 17th nationally on offense. This year they will have to replace graduating quarterback John Wolford, but the offense does return eight starters.

The defense is the major question mark as they finished last in the ACC on defense and lost two major pieces to the NFL Draft in Duke Ejifor and Jessie Bates. The Demon Deacons have six returning starters and need to make an improvement. Other than Notre Dame, the non-conference schedule is more than manageable with Tulane, Towson, and Rice.

6. Syracuse Orange

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Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5 ACC)

Year 3 of Dino Babers at Syracuse starts this year. After shocking Clemson last year they lost their last five games. On offense, Senior QB Eric Dungey returns with inexperienced WRs.

Defensively, the unit is led by Chris Slayton at nose tackle. The defense is a older group, but they have to replace all of last years starting linebackers. It will be interesting to see if Dino Babers can take the next step after back-to-back 4-8 seasons.

7. Louisville Cardinals

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

Louisville will be much different without Lamar Jackson. There are Still plenty of playmakers at wide receiver, including Jaylen Smith and Dez Fitzpatrick. The questions remain the same on this offense, can the offensive line protect new quarterback Jawon Pass.

Besides replacing Jawon Pass, the defense is even a bigger concern. The Cardinals return only two starters lack the talent that they had under former coach Charlie Strong. LB Dorian Etheridge is a bright spot and the leader on defense. Louisville also added former Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder to try and straighten out a defense that finished 10th in the ACC last year. Louisville’s schedule is not easy with two non-conference games against Alabama and Kentucky.

ACC Coastal

1. Miami Hurricanes

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Projected Record: 11-2 (8-0 ACC)

The wheels fell off last year. After a 10-0 start, Miami lost their final three games. Malik Rosier is the key to the offense as he played more inconsistent near the end of the year. He has talented wide receivers including Ahmonn Richards, Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Cager.

The defense should be the strength for the Hurricanes. Miami returns all three starting linebackers and an experienced secondary including S Jaquan Johnson.. Joe Jackson and Jonathan Garvin are highly rated defensive ends that will also contribute. The schedule is pretty easy after LSU and the Coastal conference is not very difficult. Miami should be a playoff contender this upcoming year.

2. Virginia Tech Hokies

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

There’s Miami and Virginia Tech before a huge drop off in the Coastal division. Josh Jackson returns at QB for his sophomore year season after a pretty good freshman campaign. Virginia Tech will have to replace the all-time leading receiver, Cam Phillips.

On defense the Edmonds twins left for the NFL. The Virginia Tech defense is very young, but they do have talented defensive tackle Ricky Walker. The Florida State home opener is a big one, but the schedule is more than manageable after that.

3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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

The triple option is back again led by returning QB Taquon Marshall and three other experienced backs. With eight starters returning from last year the offense should return to averaging over 300 yards rushing per game.

The defense faded down the stretch last year, giving up 38+ points in three of the last four games of the season. With six returning starters, the Yellow Jackets will try to improve. Non-conference play won’t be easy as they have to play in Athens against Georgia and in Tampa against South Florida.

4. Duke Blue Devils

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Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5 ACC)

Duke could surprise some people this year with a lot of returning starters to a 6-6 team last season. QB Daniel Jones returns with all of his starting wide receivers back. The offensive line must improve from last season though if they want to have success.

The defense ranked 21st in the nation last year and has a very talented front seven led by MLB Joe Giles-Harris. Questions remain in the secondary with so many new starters. Duke does start out the season with a tough non-conference schedule that includes Army, Northwestern, and Baylor.

5. Pittsburgh Panthers

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

QB Kenny Pickett was the hero on Senior Day against Miami that capped off a 5-7 season. Pitt will try to take that momentum into this season as Pickett leads the offense again. Pickett will continue to improve going into his Sophomore year with the aid of a 1-2 punch backfield of Senior running backs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison.

Defensively, the linebackers are the strength with 3 returning. OLB Oluwaseun Idowu is the top returning tackler and sack leader to the defense. A point of emphasis for the defense will be improving a secondary that finished 106th in passing yards allowed per game. Tough non-conference games against Penn State and UCF may make it tough for the Panthers to be bowl eligible.

6. North Carolina Tar Heels

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

North Carolina is without 13 players to start the season after they were busted trying to sell their team-given Nike Jordans online. This includes returning starting QB Chazz Surratt. The offense still has two talented running backs in Jordon Brown and Michael Carter to lead the offense, but the offensive line is inexperienced.

The defense has finished last against the run in the ACC for the past 5 seasons. In order to avoid another 1-7 record in the ACC, they must make stopping the run a focus. With the early suspensions it will make the opener at Cal-Berkeley a tough game along with a game against UCF.

7. Virginia Cavaliers

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

Virginia finished last season 1-6 and with a 6-7 record. This season will be tough replacing Kurt Benkert at QB, but it seems JUCO transfer Bryce Perkins is ready to take over. The offensive line is also a major question returning only two starters. Look for RB Jordan Ellis to carry a heavy load early in the season.

On defense, the Cavaliers also have major work to do. They lose safety Quin Blanding, linebacker Micah Kiser and defensive end Andrew Brown. LB Jordan Mack is a good player who will look to lead this defense. The schedule isn’t too bad, but a trip to Indiana to face the Hoosiers will be the biggest non-conference test.

 

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2018 Big 12 Preview

Big 12 Predicted Standings

1. Oklahoma
2. West Virginia
3. TCU
4. Texas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kansas State
8. Texas Tech
9. Baylor
10. Kansas

Big 12 Championship- Oklahoma over West Virginia

1. Oklahoma Sooners OU

Projected Record: 11-2 (7-2 Big 12)

The Baker Mayfield era is over, but that doesn’t mean Oklahoma won’t be competing for the playoffs. Kyler Murray is expected to take over, but Redshirt Sophomore Austin Kendall has pushed him for the starting job. The offense returns one of the best running backs in college football with Rodney Anderson. The offense will revolve around Anderson and a strong offensive line. The receiving group should give the new quarterback help with high profile WRs Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, CeeDee Lamb and Mykel Jones.

The defense continues to be a question especially after allowing 54 points to Georgia in the semi-final game last year. There are some solid young players including LBs Caleb Kelly and Kenneth Murray. The non-conference schedule is interesting with FAU, UCLA, and Army. FAU will try to pull the upset in Norman for the first game of the year. Replacing a quarterback with Baker Mayfield’s talent won’t be easy, but there is still enough talent on the roster to compete for a spot in the playoffs.

2. West Virginia MountaineersWV Logo

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

The offense will be lethal with quarterback Will Grier. West Virginia also has one of the best receiving groups with Gary Jennings, David Sills, and Alabama transfer TJ Simmons at wide receiver. They were 13th in passing yards last year, but 84th in rushing yards. In order to be elite West Virginia will need a running back to step up.

The defense is the exact opposite. The defense was ranked 107th in the nation and only returns 4 starters. In order for West Virginia to compete in the Big 12 they will have to improve. West Virginia has a few big non-conference games including the season opener against Tennessee and a road game at North Carolina State. The offense will have the Mountaineers competing for a Big 12 championship, but the defense will most likely prevent them from attaining a spot in the playoffs.

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

TCU enjoyed a great year last year finishing 11-3 with a comeback win against Stanford. Shawn Robinson will replace Kenny Hill as the starting quarterback. He’ll have some weapons including versatile playmaker KaVontae Turpin. Look for Darius Anderson to have a breakout year as one of the Big 12’s best running backs.

Defense has consistently been TCU’s strength and it will be again for the 2018 season. The defense is led by pass rusher Ben Banogu. Senior linebacker Ty Summers should also be a leader on the defense. TCU faces a tough non-conference game in Cowboys Stadium against Ohio State. TCU should be a legitimate contender in the Big 12.

4. Texas LonghornsUT Logo

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

Every year it seems like it will be the bounce back year for the Longhorns. This season actually looks like it could happen. Coach Tom Herman was a great offensive mind with Ohio State and Houston, but Texas actually took a step backwards in 2017. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger must play more consistent, but with talented wide receiver Collin Johnson it should make the step up easier.

The defense has talent across the board including the secondary. The secondary includes veteran corners Kris Boyd and Davante Davis. True freshman safety Caden Sterns should see some action as well. Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler make for a solid linebacker pair and

Brecklyn Hager will try to improve on his four sacks in 2017. Texas plays Maryland, Tulsa, and USC in non-conference play. USC will be a tough game and Maryland could possibly trip them up just like last year. An improvement on the 6-6 regular season finish is likely for Tom Herman’s 2018 team.

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

Iowa State was a major surprise last season under Matt Campbell as they finished 8-5 and were the only Big 12 team to beat Oklahoma. Look for a similar year from the Cyclones who return running back David Montgomery, one of the best backs in college football. Senior quarterback Kyle Kempt was efficient in 2017 with 15 TDs to just 3 INTs.

The Defense returns six starters to the 2nd best defense in the Big 12 from last season. Ray Lima is a really good nose tackle that leads the defense along with Marcel Spears Jr. who had 107 tackles last year. The yearly matchup against Iowa will be key in starting the year right. With a solid offense and defense Iowa State should be a legitimate competitor for a Big 12 championship appearance.

6. Oklahoma State CowboysOSU Logo

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

Oklahoma State will have to replace a plethora of offensive talent with QB Mason Rudolph, WR James Washington, and WR Marcell Ateman moving onto the NFL. There is still talent at wide receiver with Jalen McCleskey and Tyron Johnson, along with 1400-yard rusher Justice Hill. But the question remains who will be giving them the ball. Coach Gundy stated at Big 12 media days that Taylor Cornelius was “their guy” at quarterback. However, Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown just arrived in Stillwater. The offense will most likely take a step back from being the 2nd ranked offense in the nation.

After a bad season on defense, Coach Gundy brought in a new defensive coordinator that will install a 4-2-5 defense. The defense does return 7 starters, but will need to make a major improvement from last year. The non-conference schedule is interesting with a September 15th game at home against Boise State. Look for the Pokes to take a step back this year due to the major losses on the offensive side of the ball.

7. Kansas State WildcatsK state logo

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

A Bill Snyder coached team always finishes a few spots better than expected. The offense should improve from last season with running QB Skylar Thompson and returning the entire offensive line. Skylar Thompson had the Sooners nervous last year when Oklahoma barely made it out of Manhattan, KS with a 42-35 victory.

Defense was an issue last year for the Wildcats and this year the front seven is inexperienced. The secondary must also replace standout CB DJ Reed. Add the defensive worries with an early tough game against Mississippi State, and that equals a slow start. Look for Kansas State to be an average team this year that will most likely make a bowl game.

8. Texas TechTTU Logo

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

For the first year in Kliff Kingsbury’s tenure at Texas Tech the offense is a bigger question mark than the defense. This stems from a quarterback competition with no clear winner. The contestants for this role include McClane Carter, Jett Duffey and Alan Bowman. Reports are out that true Freshman Alan Bowman may be the best of the group. In addition to the quarterback worries the receivers are not as talented of a group as in years past. What will be a plus for the offense is an experienced offensive line.

The defense on the other hand is starting to make a turnaround. They jumped 30 spots in scoring defense from 2016 to 2017, and return 9 starters to the defense. Linebacker and Last Chance U star Dakota Allen is the leader on the defense. The secondary has a senior tandem at safety with Vaughnte Dorsey and Jah’Shawn Johnson. The schedule is tough for the Red Raiders with an early game against the Ole Miss Rebels explosive offense. The week 3 game against Houston is also not an easy game. With the questions on offense, but a good defense the Red Raiders could finish anywhere between 4 and 8 wins.

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

Baylor had a nightmare season last year going 1-11 with their only win against Kansas. QB Charlie Brewer did show some promise last year and will look to improve during his Sophomore year. Brewer has some good playmakers to throw to with wide receivers Denzel Mims, Tennessee transfer Jalen Hurd and Chris Platt. The offense wasn’t bad last year and should take another step up.

The defense was horrible last year and is a major question mark again. They are young and inexperienced with only 5 returning starters. The defense could make an improvement in year 2 of defensive coordinator Phil Snow. The non-conference schedule is not bad, but does include a very even matchup against Duke. Baylor will win more than one game this year, but may fall just short of a bowl game.

10. Kansas JayhawksKansas Logo

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

It must be tough for a Kansas football fan to be optimistic about the season. Coach David Beatty acquired a dumpster fire and it has remained that way through his 3-33 record. A bright spot of the offense is RB Khalil Herbert who had a 291 yard game against West Virginia last year. Steven Sims is also a solid receiver for Kansas.

On defense the Jayhawks have a lot of young talent that hopefully will develop. Defensive tackle Daniel Wise is a first-team Big 12 performer along with safety Hasan Defense (yes that is his name). There is no easy victory for this Kansas team so they need to come ready to play during their non-conference schedule of Nicholls State, Central Michigan, and Rutgers.

2018 SEC Preview

East

  1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina
  3. Florida
  4. Missouri
  5. Tennessee
  6. Kentucky
  7. Vanderbilt

West

  1. Alabama
  2. Mississippi State
  3. Auburn
  4. LSU
  5. Ole Miss
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Arkansas

SEC Championship: Alabama over Georgia

SEC East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

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Projected Record: 12-1 (8-0 SEC)

Georgia comes off a great season and heartbreaking loss in the National Championship. Getting back to the playoffs will not come easy as they must replace 8 starters on the defensive side of the ball. The roster is talented with Georgia having three out of the last four years a top five recruiting class.

On offense talented WRs Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman, and Riley Ridley should give SEC defenses trouble along with shifty RB De’Andre Swift. It’ll be interesting whether QB Jake Fromm can hold off freshman phenom Justin Fields for the starting job. There will be new starters across the defense, but Georgia still has reliable players like CB Deandre Baker, Safety J.R. Reid and DE Jonathan Ledbetter. The schedule will not be easy with matchups against Auburn and LSU from the West. If Kirby Smart can find a way to replace the lost defensive starters Georgia should not only be in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, but the College Football Playoffs as well.

2. South Carolina Gamecocks

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

There is some buzz growing for the Gamecocks to be sleepers in the East. Now, I do not believe they will be able to take down Georgia, but they do have enough talent on their roster to have a nice season. South Carolina has one of the best duos at wide receiver with Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards. Whether Jake Bentley continues to improve will be the difference in the Gamecocks being contenders or pretenders. The 126 yard performance against Clemson last year will not be near good enough if South Carolina has top ten dreams.

The defense is solid in the front 7 with star linebacker T.J. Brunson. Where the Gamecocks need to improve is in the secondary. Games against Georgia and Clemson will test the secondary and show if they can compete on the national stage. The Cocks also avoid Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and LSU in SEC play.

3. Florida Gators

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

I know they had a terrible 4-8 year and still haven’t found a quarterback. But there are too many playmakers on this Florida Gators roster to stay down for long. Coming off a tragic year that was plagued by suspensions and injuries, Dan Mullen will look to turn things around.

The Gators return the entire offensive line and have talented wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson. However, the offense will only go as far as Feleipe Franks takes them.

The defense is talented across the board highlighted by Cece Jefferson rushing the passer, David Reese at MLB and Chauncey Gardner playing a playmaker role at Nickelback. They have a tough non-conference game with Florida State and play LSU and Mississippi State from the SEC West. The talented roster should be good enough to have a solid year in the East.

4. Missouri Tigers

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

Missouri had one of the worst starts to the college football season starting 1-5, but they finished the season 6-2. The Tigers have one of the most talented quarterbacks with Drew Lock along with 9 returning starters to an offense that was 8th in the nation.

The defense will need to improve, but they have the talent on the defensive line with Terry Beckner Jr. and Texas transfer Jordan Elliott. They return all of their starting linebackers including leading tackler Cole Garrett.

Part of Missouri’s schedule is absolutely brutal. They play Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama in back-to-back-to-back weeks. But if Missouri takes care of business with their winnable games in the SEC East, they should enjoy a nice season.

5. Tennessee Volunteers

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

Tennessee welcomes new head coach Jeremy Pruitt after a whirlwind of a search. It will be anything but easy for Tennessee to bounce back from a 4-8 season with no conference wins. It starts with the quarterback position which will come down to Stanford transfer Keller Chryst or Jarrett Guarantano. Trey Smith is one of the best offensive lineman in the SEC and Alabama transfer Brandon Kennedy should help.

The defense has talent and should make an improvement with Coach Pruitt. However, the schedule is absolutely brutal. They start out against West Virginia and then have a five game stretch of Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina. With the difficult schedule it will be tough for Tennessee to make a bowl game.

6. Kentucky Wildcats

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

The big question for Kentucky will be at QB between Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak, neither have thrown a pass in a FBS game. Kentucky will instead rely on one of the best running backs in the SEC in Benny Snell and an offensive line that returns four starters.

Josh Allen leads a defense with a lot of returning starters especially in the secondary. The schedule isn’t too tough, but with the unsettled quarterback situation it is tough to see Kentucky competing for a SEC East championship.

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

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

There was once upon a time that Vanderbilt wanted Alabama. The season was all downhill after that with the Commodores winning just one game. Kyle Shurmur is back and will lead the offense for his senior year. The offensive line also returns all of their starters from last season.

The defense was the strength early, but fell off in SEC play. There are only 4 returning starters on this defense, but CB Joejuan Williams and OLB Charles Wright are talented. It will be tough for Derek Mason to make a bowl game with the SEC schedule and facing Notre Dame.

SEC West

1. Alabama Crimson TideAlabama logo

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

The defending National Champions shouldn’t fall off. The national media is making it out like there is a quarterback controversy. There is none… Tua is the starter. The offense is loaded at Running Back with Damien Harris and Najee Harris. The receivers are young and talented. To cap it off four out of the five offensive lineman are back. Expect Alabama to average 40 points per game.

The defense should stay elite with the front seven. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs lead up front. Inside linebackers Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses also make a dynamic duo.

The secondary remains the one unknown. Deionte Thompson is a dynamic safety, but there are young, unproven corners that will have to step up. The schedule sets up well with Louisville the only Power 5 test for nonconference play. A trip to LSU for a Saturday night game could be tricky as well.

2. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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

Just because Dan Mullen is gone doesn’t mean this team isn’t talented. Nick Fitzgerald leads an experienced offense that includes 1000-yard rusher Aeris Williams and four of the five offensive line starters.

The defensive line is the strength of a defense, led by sack leader Montez Sweat and former five star Jeffrey Simmons. The defense was ranked 10th in the nation last year and should be good again. The schedule sets up nicely with SEC East matchups against Kentucky and Florida, as well as a home game against Auburn. Look for Mississippi State to compete in the West and possibly finish as a top ten team.

3. Auburn TigersAuburn Tigers Logo

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

The Tigers should be back challenging for the SEC even after blowing it in the bowl game against UCF. Jarrett Stidham is one of the most talented passers in college football and has his favorite target back with WR Ryan Davis. However, the offense will have to overcome losing RB Kerryon Johnson and an inexperienced offensive line.

The defensive line is solid with Marlon Davidson, Derrick Brown and Dotavius Russell. However, the secondary has some concerns. The schedule is tough with games against Washington, Alabama, Mississippi State and Georgia.

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

LSU has the same story every year, will the offense be at least decent? The quarterback competition is between Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan after LSU has had two transfers. Jonathan Giles is a talented WR transfer from Texas Tech that should help the new signal caller out.

The defense is LSU’s strength again with defensive lineman Breidan Fehoko (Texas Tech transfer), Ed Alexander and Rashard Lawrence. LSU’s tackle leader, Devin White, is back again along with one of the best corners in college football, Greedy Williams. LSU has a tough season opener in Arlington, TX against Miami.

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

Everyone counts out Ole Miss because of all the turnover and mess left over from the Hugh Freeze scandal. Ole Miss’s roster still has a lot of talent on it especially on the offensive side of the ball. Jordan Ta’amu is a talented QB who played just as good and maybe even better than Shea Patterson. Ole Miss also has one of the best receiving units in the country with DK Metcalf, AJ Brown, and Demarkus Lodge.

The defense will be the weakness coming off a season where they were ranked 124th against the run. Ole Miss starts off with a game against Texas Tech, but the SEC schedule isn’t too bad with their SEC East opponents being Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

6. Texas A&M AggiesTexas A&M Logo

Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5 SEC)

The Jimbo Fisher era has started at Texas A&M. The first major decision he will need to make is whether Nick Starkel or Kellen Mond is the starter. Outside of the quarterback position they have talented young wide receivers led by Jhamon Ausbon. Running back they return 800-yard rusher Trayveon Williams.

The defense has a few bright spots with linebacker Otaro Alaka and defensive lineman Kingsley Keke. They will need to improve especially after allowing 55 points to Wake Forest in their bowl game. Texas A&M has a tough home game against Clemson and along with questions along the offensive line and defense, it could be a tough first year for Jimbo Fisher.

7. Arkansas Razorbacks

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

The Razorbacks are coming off a tough 4-8 season and new coach Chad Morris is in charge now. Last season Arkansas finished 94th offensively and 102nd in defensively in the nation. The offense does return a veteran offensive line and a good running back with Devwah Whaley. Cole Kelley should be the new starting quarterback.

On defense there is talent to work with linebackers De’Jon Harris and Dre Greenlaw. The new defensive coordinator John Chavis is one of the best in the business so a turnaround could happen. The schedule sets up decently for Arkansas with no tough non-conference games and SEC East opponents Missouri and Vanderbilt. A bowl game would be the step in the right direction.

NFL Round 2 Mock Draft

Round 2
Pick Team Name Position School Height Weight
33 Browns Harold Landry DE Boston College 6’2″ 252
34 Giants Connor Williams OT Texas 6’5″ 296
35 Browns Ronald Jones RB USC 5’11” 205
36 Saints Derris Guice RB LSU 5’11” 224
37 Saints Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia 6’5″ 250
38 Bucs Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’0″ 196
39 Bears Will Hernandez OG UTEP 6’3″ 327
40 Broncos Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’0″ 201
41 Raiders Donte Jackson CB LSU 5’11” 178
42 Dolphins Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays St. 6’4″ 315
43 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St. 6’5″ 235
44 Redskins Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’2″ 207
45 Packers Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6’3″ 218
46 Bengals Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
47 Cardinals Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6’1″ 206
48 Chargers Chukwuma Okorafor OT  Western Michigan 6’6″ 320
49 Saints D.J. Chark WR LSU 6’3″ 199
50 Cowboys James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
51 Lions Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St. 6’5″ 260
52 Eagles Jessie Bates S Wake Forest 6’1″ 200
53 Bucs Justin Reid S Stanford 6’1″ 207
54 Chiefs Anthony Averett CB Alabama 5’11” 183
55 Panthers Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6’5″ 256
56 Bucs James Daniels C Iowa 6’3″ 306
57 Titans Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5’10” 201
58 Falcons Austin Corbett OG Nevada 6’4″ 306
59 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5’11” 201
60 Bears Mike Gesicki TE Penn St. 6’6″ 247
61 Bucs Dante Pettis WR Washington 6’1″ 186
62 Vikings Fred Warner OLB BYU 6’4″ 235
63 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St. 6’5″ 270
64 Browns Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6’5″ 309

 

Final NFL Mock Draft 2018

Round 1
PICK TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Browns Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6’0″ 216
 With the recent news, it looks like Baker is on his way to the Browns. Browns get their future quarterback to build around, but leave the best QB in the draft on the board. At least they didn’t make the mistake of taking Josh Allen. With 4 picks in the top 35, Cleveland could be on the brink of turning the corner.
2 Giants Saquon Barkley RB Penn St. 6’0″ 233
 The Giants get another weapon to use on offense. Barkley is a blue chip player who the offense will be built around for years to come. Eli Manning is 37 years old and there is no long term replacement so Sam Darnold could be an option. But I think the Giants want another playmaker and end up going with Barkley.
3 Jets Sam Darnold QB USC 6’3″ 221
Jets traded up in order to secure a top notch quarterback. I’m sure they were not anticipating Darnold being here, but they somehow end up with the best quarterback in the draft. Someone could hop the Jets with a trade for the second pick with the Giants in order to secure Darnold. In that scenario, I believe they would select Rosen and still be happy.
4 Browns Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6’4″ 269
 They locked up their franchise with the first pick and acquire a blue chip player Bradley Chubb. The combination of Chubb and Garrett at defensive end should be a nightmare to opposing offensive lines.
5 Broncos Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6’5″ 238
 I believe that in this scenario Denver would probably trade back, most likely with Buffalo. However, I believe that quarterback could still be in play. Josh Allen has a lot of the qualities John Elway looks for in a quarterback and could be the call here.
6 Saints Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 6’1″ 236
 Colts have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Roquan Smith is a talented player that could be a cornerstone to the Colts defense. He’s a three down player who could be an instant impact player on this defense.
7 Bucs Denzel Ward CB Ohio St. 5’11” 183
 Brent Grimes is 34 and Hargreaves is a better nickel cornerback. Denzel Ward is by far the most talented corner in this years draft and could go as high as 4. Ward gives Tampa Bay some depth and talent at corner.
8 Bears Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6’5″ 325
 The Bears moved on from Josh Sitton at guard, and Nelson would be an immediate starter on the line. Having Nelson fall this far would be a tremendous win for the Bears as a great match between talent and need.
9 Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6’0″ 204
The 49ers have one of the best players in the draft fall to them thanks to the amount of quarterbacks taken. John Lynch loves big school talent and I believe will pick Fitzpatrick with this pick. 49ers are in a shaky position at linebacker with Reuben Foster so Tremaine Edmunds could be an option here.
10 Raiders Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6’5″ 253
 The Raiders need an upgrade at weakside linebacker. Edmunds is only 19 years old and extremely athletic. The addition of Edmunds improves this defense right away.
11 Dolphins Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6’4″ 226
 A great scenario where a good quarterback falls right in the Dolphins lap. The Dolphins are in a prime position to add a quarterback of the future either by moving up or hoping one falls. In this instance, Rosen is the Dolphins answer at quarterback.
12 Bills Leighton Vander Esch OLB Boise St. 6’4″ 256
Vänder Esch is a late riser in this draft and is a perfect fit with the Bills. The Bills need an upgrade at the outside linebacker position. Vander Esch is an athletic, tackling machine that could be an impact player at the next level
13 Redskins Vita Vea DT Washington 6’4″ 347
 The Redskins went defensive line last year with Jonathan Allen, but it still remains a need. Vea is one of my favorite players in the draft as a strong, athletic freak that man handles offensive lineman. The addition of Vea turns the Redskins defensive line from a weakness to a strength.
14 Packers Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’0″ 196
Green Bay’s secondary is by far the biggest need. While Calvin Ridley does look like an attractive option to pair with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Jimmy Graham, improving the defense is the biggest concern. Joshua Jackson was a ballhawk at Iowa and could step into this secondary right away. Moving up for Minkah Fitzpatrick could also be a viable option.
15 Cardinals Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6’1″ 189
 The Cardinals will be looking for a quarterback at some point in the draft to replace retired Carson Palmer, but receiver also remains a need. With the number 1 receiver still on the board the Cardinals take a chance at trying to find Larry Fitzgerald’s future replacement.
16 Ravens Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6’6″ 259
Terrell Suggs is not getting any younger. Davenport is a little bit of a project on the edge, but is exactly what you look for as a 3-4 edge rusher with his length. I believe Ozzie Newsome takes a chance at a potential great pass rusher with this pick.
17 Chargers Derwin James S Florida St. 6’2″ 215
 A dream scenario for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers corner position is highly talented, but the safety position needs a major overhaul. Derwin James is a highly talented safety. If James isn’t there, an offensive lineman is probably the most likely option.
18 Seahawks Connor Williams OT Texas 6’5″ 296
The Seahawks offensive line needs an overhaul. Williams played left tackle at Texas, but could possibly be kicked inside to guard. A versatile offensive lineman is exactly what Seattle needs.
19 Cowboys Da’ron Payne DT Alabama  6’3″ 311
Dallas lacks depth on the interior defensive line. Payne has star potential, but will need to improve his consistency. A wide receiver is a possibility, but there doesn’t seem to be a receiver worth the 19th pick in this draft.
20 Lions Taven Bryan DT Florida 6’5″ 291
The Lions hit on the draft two years ago with A’Shawn Robinson at defensive tackle. They could try that again with Bryan. Bryan has a high upside and is more of a pass rusher. He is a boom or bust prospect that could booster this Lions defensive line.
21 Bengals Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6’2″ 232
Vontaze Burfict is suspended for four games and the Bengals need to revamp their linebacking core. Evans is a versatile linebacker who shouldn’t drop below here. Evans and Bengals would be a great match.
22 Bills  Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6’2″ 216
 Yes he is a QB. Given the chance, Lamar could be a very successful NFL starter. He has a lot of zip in his passes, but will need to improve his intermediate accuracy. Lamar is going to be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators when he gets a shot to start.
23 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6’8″ 309
 The Patriots have a major need at left tackle after Nate Solder left. Mike McGlinchey is one of the top tackles in a weak class and could be a potential starting left tackle on this team.
24 Panthers Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5’10” 196
 The Panthers need some star power at the cornerback position opposite of James Bradberry. Jaire is one of the best corners in the draft and also adds return ability for the Panthers.
25 Titans Harold Landry OLB Boston College 6’2″ 252
The Titans need pass rushers on the defense. Having Landry fall all the way to 25 would be a perfect scenario for a defense that needs to improve.
26 Falcons Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6’1″ 292
 The Falcons lost Dontari Poe to the Carolina Panthers. Therefore defensive tackle is one of the Falcons biggest needs. Maurice Hurst is an incredibly quick 3 technique that could compete for time early. The Falcons will hope he can have the same kind of success as Grady Jarrett.
27 Saints Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina 6’5″ 250
 The Saints lost out on getting Jimmy Graham back and Coby Fleener has not lived up to his free agent contract. Hayden Hurst is an athletic and versatile tight end that could fit the Saints need.
28 Steelers Mike Hughes CB UCF 5’10” 189
 The secondary for the Steelers is the weakness of the team. Mike Hughes would help out this unit along with possibly the return game as well.
29 Bucs Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 6’3″ 308
 The Jags defense is very good. The offense is the thing holding the team back. Wynn gives the Jaguars a plug and play guard that will help bolster the offensive line.
30 Vikings James Daniels C Iowa 6’3″ 306
 The Vikings got a steal last year in Ohio State Center Pat Elflein. Adding James Daniels could push the Vikings interior line to the next level. Elflein or Daniels could be moved to guard.
31 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’0″ 201
 As seen in the Super Bowl, the secondary needs some help. Isaiah Oliver is a highly athletic corner with good ball skills. With Malcolm Butler moving on to the Titans, Isaiah Oliver could start opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
32 Eagles Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’2″ 207
Round 2
Pick Team Name Position School Height Weight
33 Browns Ronald Jones RB USC 5’11” 205
34 Giants Will Hernandez OG UTEP 6’3″ 327
35 Browns Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6’9″ 309
36 Saints Derris Guice RB LSU 5’11” 224
37 Saints D.J. Moore WR Maryland 6’0″ 210
38 Bucs Sony Michel RB Georgia 5’11” 214
39 Bears Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia 6’5″ 250
40 Broncos Frank Ragnow C Arkansas 6’5″ 307
41 Raiders Donte Jackson CB LSU 5’11” 178
42 Dolphins Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays St. 6’4″ 315
43 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St. 6’5″ 235
44 Redskins Billy Price C Ohio St. 6’4″ 305
45 Packers Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6’3″ 218
46 Bengals Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
47 Cardinals Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6’1″ 206
48 Chargers Chukwuma Okorafor OT  Western Michigan 6’6″ 320
49 Saints Arden Key DE LSU 6’5″ 238
50 Cowboys James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
51 Lions Austin Corbett DG Nevada 6’4″ 306
52 Ravens Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6’5″ 256
53 Bills D.J. Chark WR LSU 6’3″ 199
54 Chiefs Anthony Averett CB Alabama 5’11” 183
55 Panthers Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St. 6’5″ 260
56 Bills Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6’5″ 309
57 Titans Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5’10” 201
58 Falcons Jessie Bates S Wake Forest 6’1″ 200
59 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5’11” 201
60 Bears Mike Gesicki TE Penn St. 6’6″ 247
61 Bucs Dante Pettis WR Washington 6’1″ 186
62 Vikings Fred Warner OLB BYU 6’4″ 235
63 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St. 6’5″ 270
64 Browns Justin Reid S Stanford 6’1″ 207

 

NFL Draft Fever’s Top 200 Players

Top 40

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I believe Chubb, Nelson, Barkley, Darnold and Fitzpatrick are the tier 1 talent of this draft. Chubb has that combination of having a great motor, but also the athleticism to give offensive tackles a lot of trouble. Nelson is the one player who really does not have many weaknesses. Saquon has rare athleticism as a running back, but will need to improve his vision in the NFL. Fitzpatrick is a do everything defensive back who will thrive with his versatility.

After that I believe Rashann Evans could be the steal of the draft. He can play inside or outside linebacker and does have edge rushing talent. Denzel Ward is by far the most talented corner in this draft with great man coverage skills. Leighton Vander Esch (LVE) gets a lot of hate for being a linebacker from Boise State, but he is a player. He is athletic and is always around the ball. He will need to improve getting off blocks to be a successful NFL player.

The bottom half of the first round has a ton of talented interior offensive lineman including James Daniels, Will Hernandez, Isaiah Wynn, and Billy Price. One guy that will most likely go first round that I am not the biggest fan of is Courtland Sutton. He is a big height-weight-speed guy, but does not always play to his size and does not get the best seperation. He could develop into a good NFL wide receiver, but he will have to improve on his route running in order to get separation at the next level.

Finally, one of my favorite second round guys is Nathan Shepherd from Fort Hays State. He may have played DII football, but he constantly was causing problems even when double and even triple teamed. Shepherd has the size and athleticism to translate into a very good NFL defensive lineman.

Best of the Rest

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NFL Mock Draft 2018

Round 1
PICK TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Browns Sam Darnold QB USC 6’4″ 225
 Browns get their future quarterback to build around and the best QB in the draft.
2 Giants Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6’4″ 220
 Eli Manning is 37 years old and there is no long term replacement. Rosen fills that role.
3 Saints Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina St. 6’3″ 275
 Colts need a major talent upgrade to their roster. They get one of the top players in the draft and fill a defensive line need.
4 Browns Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6’1″ 201
 Minkah would be a major upgrade for the Browns and would add versatility to the secondary.
5 Broncos Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6’0″ 216
 Denver coached him at the Senior Bowl. John Elway takes a chance that Baker can translate that college success into nfl success
6 Jets Saquon Barkley RB Penn St. 5’11” 223
 Barkley slides a little due to the running back depth in the draft. Jets add an instant impact player for the offense.
7 Bucs Denzel Ward CB Ohio St. 5’10” 191
 Brent Grimes is 34 and a pending free agent and hargreaves is a better nickel cornerback. Ward gives Tampa Bay some depth and talent at corner.
8 Bears Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6’5″ 325
 The Bears moved on from Josh Sitton at guard, Nelson would be an immediate starter on the line. this is a great match between talent and need.
9 Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6’5″ 250
49ers are in a shaky position at linebacker with the arrest of Reuben Foster and both the outside linebacker positions needing upgrades. Tremaine Edmunds is an athletic freak and one of the best tacklers in the draft.
10 Raiders Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 6’0″ 225
 The Raiders need an upgrade at weakside linebacker. Roquan Smith is a three down linebacker that will fit this need. if Navorro Bowman leaves that will increase the need.
11 Dolphins Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6’2″ 234
 Evans is a do it all linebacker who can rush the passer on the edge or play the inside. This will add to the Dolphins linebacking unit that they’ve been trying to upgrade for years.
12 Bengals Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6’8″ 355
 Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher have been disappointing at tackle. Orlando Brown gives the bengals a potential franchise tackle for their offensive line.
13 Redskins Derwin James S Florida St. 6’3″ 211
 The Redskins need an upgrade at safety. Derwin james has star potential and would be a nice fit in Washington.
14 Packers Vita Vea DT Washington 6’5″ 344
New defensive coordinator likes a 3-4 nose tackle. Vita Vea is an absolute terror on the defensive line and would be a great fit for a Packers line that lacks depth.
15 Cardinals Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6’5″ 233
 With the retirement of Carson Palmer, the cardinals are without a longterm option at QB. Allen could be that QB that the Cardinals take a chance on.
16 Ravens Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6’1″ 190
Ozzie Newsome loves himself some Alabama players.  Jeremy Maclin is getting older and Mike Wallace could be gone in free agency. Ridley would be the ideal Mike Wallace replacement.
17 Chargers Connor Williams OT Texas 6’6″ 320
 The Chargers offensive line is aging. Connor Williams is a nice option as a future left tackle or kick him inside to guard.
18 Seahawks Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’1″ 192
Corner has gone from a position of strength to a need. Joshua Jackson has the height seattle looks for and the ball hawking ability.
19 Cowboys Da’ron Payne DT Alabama  6’2″ 308
Dallas lacks depth on the interior defensive line. Payne has star potential, but will need to improve his consistency.
20 Lions Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6’6″ 259
Even with giving Ansah the franchise tag they still need someone on the opposite side adding a pass rush. Davenport has the potential to be a very good defensive end in the league.
21 Bills Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6’2″ 282
 The Bills need interior defensive line help. Hurst has rare pass rush ability for a DT and can help the bills on defense.
22 Bills  Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6’3″ 200
 Yes he is a QB. Given the chance, lamar could be a very successful NFL starter. He has a lot of zip in his passes, but will need to improve his intermediate accuracy.
23 Rams Mike Hughes CB Central Florida 5’11” 191
 Even with acquiring Marcus Peters, the Rams still need corner help. Mike Hughes adds another playmaker to the Rams defense.
24 Panthers James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
 Cam Newton needs help at receiver. Washington adds a playmaker to the panthers receiving core.
25 Titans Arden Key DE LSU 6’6″ 238
 Key has the talent to go much higher, but has some off the field issues. The Titans could take a chance on him adding a premier pass rusher to their defense.
26 Falcons Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
 The Falcons will likely lose Dontari Poe. Harrison Phillips is a possible replacement.
27 Saints Harold Landry OLb Boston College 6’2″ 250
 This would be ideal for the Saints to add a pass rusher like Landry. Landry had an injury filled 2017, but is a talented edge rusher when healthy.
28 Steelers Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’3″ 214
 The secondary for the steelers is the weakness of the team. Adding a hard hitting, playmaking like Ronnie Harrison could change that.
29 Bucs Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 6’3″ 308
 The Jags defense is very good. The offense is the thing holding the team back. Wynn gives the Jaguars a plug and play guard that will help bolster the offensive line.
30 Vikings Billy Price C Ohio St. 6’3″ 312
 The Vikings got a steal last year in Ohio State Center Pat Elflein. Billy Price could push the Vikings interior line to the next level as Price can be moved to guard.
31 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’1″ 190
 As seen in the super bowl the secondary needs some help. Isaiah Oliver is a highly athletic corner with good ball skills. With malcolm Butler Likely moving on he could start opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
32 Eagles Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6’7″ 310

Midway Review of the AP Top 25

We are over half way through the College Football season and other than Alabama, I have no idea who is good. The final games late in the season should make the playoff and bowl picture more clear. But taking into account what has already happened this season here are a few problems I have with the AP top 25 rankings:

  1. No love for Notre Dame

I’ve been talking about how underrated Notre Dame is for the past few weeks. The “usually most overrated” program in college football has been far under the radar after their 4-8 season. The rest of the country is finally starting to pick-up after their beat down of USC.

Still, Notre Dame should be ranked higher than 9. Josh Adams RB Notre DameThe only loss was a one-point game at home against, in my opinion, the second best team in the nation Georgia. They’ve also blown out every other team they’ve faced including USC. I think there is a case for Notre Dame to be ranked as high as number five and if they beat NC State this weekend, they should absolutely be a top 5 team. This includes being ranked over teams like Wisconsin and Miami who have yet to face a solid opponent.

Ohio State being ranked above Notre Dame makes absolutely no sense. This brings me to point number 2.

2. Ohio State ranked way too high

Apparently if you get blown out at home, all you have to do is play UNLV, Army, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska then everyone will forget. Ohio State has only beaten one team with a winning record and that team was Army.

What is even crazier is they are ranked above Oklahoma, THE TEAM THAT BEAT THEM IN THEIR HOUSE BY 18 POINTS. I know Oklahoma hasn’t been playing their best football, but the College Football playoff committee has proven time and time again that when two teams have a similar resume, head to head is very important. Yet, Oklahoma is ranked 10 and Ohio State is all the way up to 6.

Clemson has beaten top 25 teams Virginia Tech and Auburn, but for some reason voters have Ohio State ranked higher. A win against Penn State will be a major resume booster, but for now they have nowhere near the credentials to be ranked 6th.

3. Georgia has a better resume than Penn State and TCU

I don’t have as big a problem with this because their resumes are so close, but I believe Georgia should be the number 2 ranked team. Georgia has the best win out of anybody in the country, a win on the road against Notre Dame. They also have a blow-out win against a fringe top 25 team Mississippi State. Other than the Notre Dame game, they’ve blown out everyone.

Penn State had an impressive win against Michigan, but they’re not even a top 25 team. And that is their best win. Nick ChubbOther than that it has been mostly blowouts other than a close 2-point win over Iowa. I wouldn’t consider moving them up to number 2 unless they beat Ohio State this week.

Finally, TCU is undefeated with a decent resume. Their best win is at Oklahoma State and also have a top 25 win against West Virginia. They’ve won the games they needed to win by a decent margin. Honestly they even have a better resume than Penn State right now, but not a better resume than Georgia.

4. Can someone explain to me how LSU is ranked

I swear, voters have the memory of a gold fish. The month of September LSU lost by 30 points to Mississippi State and also lost to Troy. A win against Auburn has made everyone forget about this. How are you going to rank LSU in the top 25, but not Mississippi State when they beat LSU in Death Valley by 30? The Auburn win is nice, but it does not erase the terrible month of September.

5. UCF has a better resume than USF

This is where voters cling onto their preseason rankings and don’t take a fresh look at the resumes. South Florida has not played a team with more than 3 wins and their opponents overall record is 13-33. They beat an average Tulane team this past weekend by only 6 points.

UCF is the exact opposite. UCF FootballThey smoked 24th ranked Memphis by 27 points and also beat a good Navy team by 10 points this past weekend. Ranking South Florida above UCF is idiotic and shouldn’t even be a discussion at this point.

The good news is both teams play each other at the end of the year which could decide who goes to a New Year’s Six bowl.

 

Here is how I would vote the top 25:

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. TCU

4. Penn State

5. Wisconsin

6. Notre Dame

7. Miami

8. Clemson

9. Oklahoma

10. Ohio State

11. Virginia Tech

12. Oklahoma State

13. NC State

14. Washington

15. UCF

16. Washington State

17. Michigan State

18. West Virginia

19. Auburn

20. South Florida

21. Texas A&M

22. USC

23. Stanford

24. Iowa St.

25. Mississippi State