Nick Radivoj’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft

By: Nick Radivoj, TGIS Contributor

Round 1
 

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals

Pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The Andy Dalton days are over and a new era in Cincinnati begins. Joe Burrow brings his elite mental processing and competitiveness to the Bengals. Pairing Burrow with playmakers already in Cincinnati should give Coach Zac Taylor everything he needs to get this offense on track as long as they address OL throughout the rest of the weekend.

 

2. Washington Redskins

Redskins

Pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Chase Young is the best defensive if not overall prospect in this entire draft. Coming out of Ohio State, Young is as clean as a prospect as you can get – he can rush the passer, hold the edge against the run, and make plays trailing on the weak side. One of the Redskins stronger positions groups improves with this addition.

3. Detroit Lions

Lions

Pick: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

No more excuses for Matt Patricia as this is a make or break year. Although the Lions lost Darius Slay, they bring in Okudah who brings tremendous ability to play press man. Many say the draft starts with this pick as it is up for sale to the highest bidder between the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers.

4. New York Giants

Giants

Pick: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Hopefully, Dave Gettleman breaks his trend of not drafting offensive tackles in round 1 as he needs to protect his franchise quarterback. Daniel Jones was often under duress in his rookie campaign but with the selection of Jedrick Wills his life may get a little easier. Wills brings the best pass sets from any prospect and has the versatility to play both the left and right side of the line since he played right tackle to protect Tua’s blind side at Alabama.

5. Miami Dolphins

Dolphins

Pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The Dolphins have done a tremendous job in not showing their hand in which QB they want to come away with in this draft. I believe they are currently building this offense for Tua with Chan Gailey’s horizontal spread that can resemble action Tua saw at Alabama. Ryan Fitzpatrick can still lead this team in 2020 as Tua can take a redshirt year and build up some muscle, recover, and learn the offense.

6. Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers

Pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Herbert brings his prototypical size and big arm out to LA. Since the organization is comfortable moving forward in 2020 with Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback, Herbert can come along slowly and develop. Herbert’s biggest strength is throwing down the field which will play well with Mike Williams, but he needs to work on pocket presence and short to intermediate accuracy.

7. Carolina Panthers

Panthers

Pick: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

If I were predicting trades in this draft this would be one of the easiest trade back candidates as the new regime under Rhule wants to pick up more draft capital for 2020 and 2021. Kinlaw brings raw untapped potential that Rhule will want to coach up to its ceiling. The Panthers fill one of their biggest needs in the middle of their defense as Kinlaw can create havoc up the middle and be a force in the run game.

8. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, ClemsonCardinals

Often an offensive tackle is slated in here for this pick but too good of a player is sitting here for the Cardinals tacking. Simmons is an athletic freak that weights in at nearly 240 pounds and ran a 4.39 at the NFL Combine. Simmons has the ability to help in all 3 levels of the defense as he can rush the passer, play in coverage with tight ends, and even played single high occasionally at Clemson. With nearly the worst defense in the league this helps the Cardinals defense.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

Jaguars

Jaguars are slowly running out of good players as they said goodbye to 4 key players this season with Ngakoue heading out the door soon. Derrick Brown alleviates that a bit as he is a force up the middle, living in the backfield with tackles for loss.

10. Cleveland Browns

Browns

Pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

I want to start this off by saying the Browns are a prime trade down candidate in this spot. Coach Kevin Stefanski fills not one, but two offensive tackle spots this offseason as he pairs free agent signing Jack Conklin with Tristan Wirfs. Both tackles are athletic and can climb to the second level which will work wonders as Stefanski tries to implement his outside zone scheme. The additions the Browns have made this offseason look to make for a fun season in Cleveland.

11. New York Jets

Jets

Pick: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

The Jets walk away with this pick with a full smile on their face as they fill the biggest need they have in protecting Sam Darnold. Becton has the highest ceiling out of the OT prospects in this draft but should still make for a good rookie year as his size alone will make it nearly impossible for rushers to get around the edge. Sam Darnold can finally take a deep breath.  

12. Las Vegas Raiders

Raiders

Pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Lamb brings his dog mentality as well as his insane YAC and contested catch ability to Las Vegas. Gruden finally gets the number one wide receiver he has been looking for. This addition makes it easier to move Williams back to a more natural Z spot. Suddenly the Raiders offense looks very potent with Lamb tagging along with Hunter Renfrow in the slot, second year running back Josh Jacobs, and break out gadget tight end Darren Waller.

13. San Fransisco 49ers

49ers

Pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jerry Jeudy is the most polished route runner in this draft and pairing him with an offensive mind like Kyle Shanahan should make for a fun year. Trading Buckner to acquire the 13th pick gives the 49ers the luxury to be able to add a talent like Jeudy. Jeudy will bring an infusion of talent to a relatively unknown wide receiver room besides Deebo Samuel.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs

Pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The addition of Tom Brady changes everything for the Bucs as they are in win now mode. Andrew Thomas has the capability to play both sides of the line as he was a 3-year starter at Georgia in the SEC playing both right tackle and left tackle. As long as Tom Brady stays away from the proverbial cliff then the Bucs will be a force in the NFC.

15. Denver Broncos

Broncos

Pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

John Elway finally believes he has answered the QB question with Drew Lock. The addition of Ruggs will help space the field for Sutton and Fant underneath as he brings his 4.27 speed to the Mile-High City. Ruggs is blazing fast, but brings he can also run the full route tree. Drew Lock will have playmakers around him to help him succeed.

16. Atlanta Falcons

Falcons

Pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

CJ Henderson contains the most potential and highest ceiling of any corner in this cycle. He’s a sticky defender but finds himself unwilling to provide support in the run game often. Dan Quinn needs to revamp this defense and with no current answer for corner on the roster, plugging in Henderson to the room will work out nicely.

 

17. Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys

Pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

The loss of Robert Quinn this offseason will be felt if not for this pick. Chaisson can play opposite of D-Law and can play the run, rush the passer, and drop in coverage. Both Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory are applying for reinstatement, but shouldn’t be relied on as future starters. If Smith and Gregory do end up panning out, then Cowboys have exciting depth at the edge position.

18. Miami Dolphins

Dolphins

Pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

New coaching staff in Miami prides themselves on the ability to teach and develop players. With Jones, the Dolphins are getting a raw offensive tackle with plenty of upside. Consider this first round a success for the Dolphins walking out with their quarterback of the future and a bookend tackle. I consider drafting Jones this early a little bit of a reach, but must be done with the uncertainty he would be available when the Dolphins use their third first round pick at 26.

19. Las Vegas Raiders

Raiders

Pick: AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson

Mike Mayock loves shopping at the Clemson store of football players. Terrell brings good press man skills, but more importantly a championship pedigree to Las Vegas. The linebacker need was addressed during free agency leaving secondary as the Raider’s biggest need. Terrell and Mullens are paired up again a few years removed from being teammates in the Clemson secondary.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars

Pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Xavier McKinney stepped up to the challenge of being the leader and field general of the Alabama defense after 2021 NFL Draft prospect Dylan Moses tore his ACL prior to the 2019 season. McKinney does not fit the Earl Thomas mold of playing single high safety, but is versatile to move in other defensive positions while bringing sure tackling. The Jaguars can revamp their defense and team with the capital they have in 2020 and 2021.

 

21. Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles

Pick: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Carson Wentz finally gets an athletic and talented wide receiver to play with him. From the looks of it Alshon may not be on the Eagles in 2020 plus has his chemistry issues with Wentz. Mims brings deep speed ability demonstrated by running sub 4.4 at the NFL Combine. He has the ability to slide into a primary wide receiver role as Wentz has a nice wide receiver option to go with his two tight ends.

 

22. Minnesota Vikings

Vikings

Pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Vikings lost Stefon Diggs this offseason, but received a pretty nice haul in return from the Buffalo Bills. In doing so they opened up a need at the wide receiver position and to fill that need we add Justin Jefferson. Jefferson put worries to rest about his long speed, as he ran in the 4.4’s at the NFL Combine. He is a great route runner similar to Diggs and will do great on timing routes with Kirk Cousins.

23. New England Patriots

Patriots

Pick: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

Instead of losing Joe Thuney in free agency, the Patriots applied the Franchise Tag in order to have the opportunity to either negotiate a long term agreement or sell him to the highest bidder. Nevertheless, the Patriots go into 2020 with 3 question marks in the middle of their offensive line as Joe Thuney could be a trade piece, David Andrews has health concerns, and Shaq Mason had a down season. Cesar Ruiz can bolster the unit up front and play any of the 3 interior offensive line positions.

24. New Orleans Saints

Saints

Pick: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Saints have the luxury with coming into the draft with no glaring needs at any position on their roster. With no major needs, they have the luxury to add and keep LSU standout linebacker in the state of Louisiana. They can worry about replacing Drew Brees later as the Saints are in win now mode.

25. Minnesota Vikings

Vikings

Pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Vikings go to Baton Rouge for both of their first round picks. Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander are all gone after leaving the team in free agency. Currently the Vikings have Mike Hughes and a whole lot of question marks for their corners. Fulton is a bit of a different mold than most Mike Zimmer corners but perhaps a change of philosophy is in order. Fulton brings more fluidity and looser hips and can man one of the boundary corner spots as he excels in press man but can also play off man and zone.

26. Miami Dolphins

Dolphins

Pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

If Flores buys into the fact the tackling issues were created by injuries Delpit was suffering from in the 2019 season, then this can turn out to be a homerun pick as the last missing piece for the Dolphins secondary. Delpit brings range and the ability to play single high safety allowing Flores the ability to manufacture pressure by blitzing. Bobby McCain can slide back into a more natural position as the nickel corner and line Byron Jones and Xavien Howard on the outside. This secondary could end up haunting opposing quarterbacks.

 

27. Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks

Pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

This pick comes contingent with the looming loss of Jadeveon Clowney on the team. Gross-Matos flashed special plays all throughout his junior season at Penn State and brings a nice mold into Seattle. He looks to play well versus the run as he has vines for arms and will continue to grow and develop his pass rushing prowess.

28. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Ravens

Kenneth Murray is not the cleanest linebacker prospect all around as he still has plenty to learn and grow in his coverage skills. He is a sideline to sideline athlete who can make plays all over the field. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale will love Murray’s pass rushing skills from the linebacker position as he prefers an aggressive blitzing philosophy.

29. Tennessee Titans

Titans

Pick: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Titans need to stick to their identity and what helped them go on their run towards the end of last season. Adding Wilson will help ease the loss of Jack Conklin this offseason in free agency as the Titans look to continue to run behind their offensive line with Derrick Henry. Wilson needs a lot of development, but can mow people over in the run game when asked to do so.

30. Green Bay Packers

Packers

Pick: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

The jump in quarterback play can’t get much better for Reagor as he goes from a stable of quarterbacks at TCU to one of the game’s best throwers. Packers need to provide Aaron Rodgers with some weapons as the game plan isn’t hard to figure out when Devante Adams is his only target. Reagor brings shiftiness and explosion to Green Bay as they go away from their mold of bigger bodied and stiffer wide receivers.

31. San Fransisco 49ers

49ers

Pick: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

49ers fill the question mark of who will play opposite of Richard Sherman. Gladney is not the youngest of prospects as he will be 24 during this upcoming season, but provides coverage ability and willingness to tackle in the run game. 49ers should be high on the fact Sherman can take Gladney under his wing and help him prosper into his eventual heir in San Francisco.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs

Pick: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

Arnette provides the Chiefs with a cornerback that is a day one starter. While Arnette is an immediate starter, there are questions how high his ceiling is. Regardless, the Chiefs are in win-now mode for more championships and aren’t looking for a prospect to nurture.

Round 2

PickTeamNamePositionSchoolHeightWeight
33BengalsLloyd CushenberryIOLLSU6’3″312
34SaintsJordan LoveQBTCU6’4″224
35LionsA.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa6’5″275
36GiantsTerrell LewisEDGEAlabama6’5″262
37ChargersAustin JacksonOTUSC5’8″212
38PanthersNoah IgbinogheneCBAuburn5’10”198
39DolphinsJ.K. DobbinsRBOhio State5’10”209
40TexansMarlon DavidsonIDLAuburn6’3″303
41BrownsAntoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota5’9″203
42BucsTrevon DiggsCBAlabama6’1″205
43BearsJaylon JohnsonCBUtah6’0″193
44SaintsBrandon AiyukWRArizona State6’0″205
45

Bucs

D’Andre SwiftRBGeorgia5’8″212
46BroncosNeville GallimoreIDLOklahoma6’2″304
47FalconsRoss BlacklockIDLTCU6’3″290
48JetsMichael Pittman Jr.WRUSC6’4″223
49BearsJalen HurtsQBOklahoma6’1″222
50BearsJonah JacksonIOLOhio State6’4″310
51CowboysCameron DantzlerCBMississippi State6’2″188
52RamsWillie Gay Jr.LBMississippi State6’1″243
53EaglesJeremy ChinnSSouthern Illinois6’3″221
54BillsJonathan TaylorRBWisconsin5’10”226
55RavensZack BaunEDGEWisconsin6’3″240
56DolphinsRobert HuntIOLLouisiana-Lafayette6’5″323
57RamsMatt HennessyIOLTemple6’4″307
58VikingsEzra ClevelandOTBoise State6’6″311
59SeahawksLaviska Shenault Jr.WRColorado6’1″227
60RavensTee HigginsWRClemson6’4″216
61TitansJustin MadubuikeIDLTexas A&M6’3″293
62PackersRaekwon DavisIDLAlabama6’6″311
63
Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-HelaireLSULSU5’7″207
64SeahawksLucas NiangOTTCU6’6″315

2020 NFL Draft Positional Rankings

[Height is formatted where the last number is an eighth of an inch. (Ex: 6021= 6’2″ 1/8)]

QUARTERBACKS

QB Name School Ht. LBS. Year
1 Joe Burrow LSU 6034 221 SR
2 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama 6000 217 JR
3 Justin Herbert Oregon 6062 236 SR
4 Jacob Eason Washington 6057 231 JR
5 Jordan Love Utah St. 6036 224 JR
6 Jake Fromm Georgia 6017 219 JR
7 Jalen Hurts Oklahoma 6010 222 SR
8 Anthony Gordon Washington State 6023 205 SR
9 Cole McDonald Hawaii 6031 215 JR
10 James Morgan Florida International 6037 229 SR
11 Nate Stanley Iowa 6007 235 SR
12 Jake Luton Oregon St. 6062 224 SR
13 Steven Montez Colorado 6040 231 SR
14 Tyler Huntley Utah 6005 190 SR
15 Brian Lewerke Michigan State 6024 213 SR

RUNNING BACKS

RB Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 D’Andre Swift Georgia 5082 212 4.48
2 J.K. Dobbins Ohio State 5094 209
3 Clyde Edwards-Helaire LSU 5072 207 4.6
4 Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin 5102 226 4.39
5 Cam Akers Florida State 5103 217 4.47
6 Zack Moss Utah 5093 223 4.65
7 Eno Bejamin Arizona State 5090 207 4.57
8 Ke’Shawn Vaughn Vanderbilt 5094 214 4.51
9 Darrynton Evans Appalachian State 5102 203 4.41
10 Antonio Gibson Memphis 6004 228 4.39
11 Anthony McFarland Maryland 5081 208 4.44
12 A.J. Dillon Boston College 6003 247 4.53
13 Mike Warren II Cincinnati 5091 226
14 LaMical Perine Florida 5106 216 4.62
15 DeeJay Dallas Miami 5101 217 4.58
16 Joshua Kelley UCLA 5105 214 4.49
17 Darius Anderson TCU 5104 208 4.61
18 Salvon Ahmed Washington 5107 197 4.62
19 J.J. Taylor Arizona 5052 185 4.61
20 James Robinson Illinois St. 5090 222 4.64
21 Raymond Calais Louisiana Lafayette 5081 188 4.42
22 JaMycal Hasty Baylor 5080 205 4.55
23 Javon Leake Maryland 6001 215 4.65
24 Sewo Olonilua TCU 6025 232 4.66
25 Benny Lemay Charlotte 5083 222 4.75

WIDE RECEIVERS

WR Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Jerry Jeudy Alabama 6010 193 4.45
2 CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma 6015 198 4.5
3 Henry Ruggs III Alabama 5110 188 4.27
4 Tee Higgins Clemson 6035 216 4.54
5 Justin Jefferson LSU 6012 202 4.43
6 Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State 5116 205 4.50
7 Laviska Shenault Colorado 6005 227 4.58
8 Jalen Reagor TCU 5105 206 4.47
9 Michael Pittman Jr. USC 6037 223 4.52
10 Denzel Mims Baylor 6026 207 4.38
11 Bryan Edwards South Carolina 6026 212
12 K.J. Hamler Penn St. 5085 178
13 Tyler Johnson Minnesota 6013 206
14 Van Jefferson Florida 6014 200
15 Devin Duvernay Texas 5104 202 4.39
16 Collin Johnson Texas 6056 222
17 Antonio Gandy-Golden Liberty 6035 223 4.60
18 KJ Hill Ohio State 5117 196 4.60
19 Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan 6015 212 4.48
20 Lynn Bowden Jr. Kentucky 5105 204
21 Gabriel Davis Central Florida 6020 216 4.54
22 Isaiah Hodgins Oregon St. 6035 210 4.61
23 Quartney Davis Texas A&M 6012 201 4.54
24 Kendrick Rogers Jr. Texas A&M 6042 208 4.51
25 James Proche SMU 5105 201
26 Trishton Jackson Syracuse 6006 197 4.50
27 Kalija Lipscomb Vanderbilt 6001 207 4.57
28 Joe Reed Virginia 6004 224 4.47
29 Jauan Jennings Tennessee 6031 215 4.72
30 Quintez Cephus Wisconsin 6007 202 4.73
31 John Hightower Boise State 6014 189 4.43
32 Juwan Johnson Oregon 6040 230 4.58
33 Lawrence Cager Georgia 6046 220
34 Jeff Thomas Miami 5087 170 4.45
35 Aaron Fuller Washington 5106 188 4.59
36 Darnell Mooney Tulane 5101 176 4.38
37 Aaron Parker Rhode Island 6016 209 4.57
38 Binjimen Victor Ohio State 6036 198 4.60
39 Isaiah Coulter Rhode Island 6017 198 4.45
40 Freddie Swain Florida 6001 197 4.46

TIGHT ENDS

TE Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Adam Trautman Dayton 6050 255 4.8
2 Hunter Bryant Washington 6024 248 4.74
3 Chase Claypool Notre Dame 6043 238 4.42
4 Devin Asiasi UCLA 6030 257 4.73
5 Cole Kmet Notre Dame 6056 262 4.7
6 Brycen Hopkins Purdue 6037 245 4.66
7 Harrison Bryant Florida Atlantic 6046 243 4.73
8 Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri 6054 258 4.49
9 Thaddeus Moss LSU 6017 250
10 Cheyenne O’Grady Arkansas 6036 253 4.81
11 Colby Parkinson Stanford 6072 252 4.77
12 Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt 6040 257 4.96
13 Josiah Deguara Cincinnati 6025 245 4.72
14 Charlie Taumoepeau Portland State 6022 240 4.75
15 Dalton Keene Virginia Tech 6041 253 4.71

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

OT Name School Ht. LBS. Year
1 Jedrick Wills Jr. Alabama 6042 312 JR
2 Andrew Thomas Georgia 6051 315 JR
3 Mekhi Becton Louisville 6073 364 JR
4 Tristan Wirfs Iowa 6047 320 JR
5 Josh Jones Houston 6051 319 SR
6 Lucas Niang TCU 6060 315 SR
7 Ezra Cleveland Boise State 6060 311 JR
8 Austin Jackson USC 6047 322 JR
9 Saahdiq Charles LSU 6041 321 JR
10 Isaiah Wilson Georgia 6064 350 JR
11 Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn 6051 308 SR
12 Ben Bartch St. John 6056 308 SR
13 Matt Peart Connecticut 6065 318 SR
14 Hakeem Adeniji Kansas 6043 302 SR
15 Tyre Phillips Mississippi State 6051 342 SR
16 Jack Driscoll Auburn 6045 306 SR
17 Cameron Clark Charlotte 6044 308 SR
18 Charlie Heck North Carolina 6077 311 SR
19 Jon Runyan Michigan 6042 306 SR
20 Kyle Murphy Rhode Island 6032 316 SR
21 Colton McKivitz West Virginia 6062 306 SR
22 Trey Adams Washington 6080 318 SR
23 Terence Steele Texas Tech 6062 312 SR
24 Alex Taylor South Carolina St. 6084 308 SR
25 Tremayne Anchrum Clemson 6021 314 SR

OFFENSIVE GUARDS

OG Name School Ht. LBS. Year
1 Lloyd Cushenberry LSU 6032 312 JR
2 Robert Hunt Louisiana Lafayette 6051 323 SR
3 Damien Lewis LSU 6020 327 SR
4 John Simpson Clemson 6044 321 SR
5 Ben Bredeson Michigan 6046 316 SR
6 Jonah Jackson Ohio State 6034 310 SR
7 Netane Muti Fresno State 6027 315 JR
8 Logan Stenberg Kentucky 6061 317 SR
9 Kevin Dotson Louisiana Lafayette 6040 310 SR
10 Michael Onwenu Michigan 6025 344 SR
11 Shane Lemieux Oregon 6037 310 SR
12 Solomon Kindley Georgia 6032 337 JR
13 Yasir Durant Missouri 6060 331 SR
14 Danny Pinter Ball St. 6041 306 SR
15 Calvin Throckmorton Oregon 6050 317 SR

CENTERS

C Name School Ht. LBS. Year
1 Cesar Ruiz Michigan 6026 307 JR
2 Matt Hennessy Temple 6037 307 SR
3 Nick Harris Washington 6007 302 SR
4 Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin 6035 314 JR
5 Keith Ismael San Diego State 6027 309 JR
6 Darryl Williams Mississippi State 6023 304 SR
7 Cohl Cabral Arizona State 6047 300 SR
8 Jake Hanson Oregon 6043 303 SR
9 Kyle Hinton Washburn 6021 295 SR
10 Trystan Colon-Castillo Missouri 6030 313 JR

DEFENSIVE ENDS

DE Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Chase Young Ohio State 6047 264
2 K’Lavon Chaisson LSU 6030 254
3 Yetur Gross-Matos Penn St. 6050 266
4 A.J. Epenesa Iowa 6051 275 5.04
5 Jonathan Greenard Florida 6034 262 4.87
6 Alton Robinson Syracuse 6026 264 4.69
7 Julian Okwara Notre Dame 6044 252
8 Bradlee Anae Utah 6033 257 4.93
9 Jabari Zuniga Florida 6033 264 4.64
10 Darrell Taylor Tennessee 6035 267
11 Curtis Weaver Boise State 6023 266
12 Jason Strowbridge North Carolina 6042 275 4.89
13 James Lynch Baylor 6035 289 5.01
14 Khalid Kareem Notre Dame 6036 268
15 Alex Highsmith Charlotte 6031 248 4.7
16 Jonathan Garvin Miami 6041 263 4.82
17 D.J. Wonnum South Carolina 6047 258 4.73
18 Trevis Gipson Tulsa 6034 261
19 Kenny Willekes Michigan State 6036 264 4.87
20 Chauncey Rivers Mississippi State 6020 262 4.97
21 Carter Coughlin Minnesota 6032 236 4.57
22 Derek Tuszka North Dakota 6044 247 4.79
23 Trevon Hill Miami 6027 248 4.89
24 Nick Coe Auburn 6045 280 4.89
25 Oluwole Betiku Illinois 6030 249
26 James Smith-Williams North Carolina State 6035 265 4.60
27 Kendall Coleman Syracuse 6026 257 4.95
28 Jonah Williams Weber State 6050 281
29 Qaedir Sheppard Mississippi 6033 252 4.83
30 LaDarius Hamilton North Texas 6020 264 4.89

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

DT Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Javon Kinlaw South Carolina 6051 324
2 Derrick Brown Auburn 6045 326 5.16
3 Ross Blacklock TCU 6031 290 4.90
4 Raekwon Davis Alabama 6061 311 5.12
5 Marlon Davidson Auburn 6032 303 5.04
6 Neville Gallimore Oklahoma 6020 304 4.79
7 Justin Madubuike Texas A&M 6025 293 4.83
8 Jordan Elliott Missouri 6037 302 5.02
9 Davon Hamilton Ohio State 6036 320 5.14
10 Leki Fotu Utah 6053 330 5.15
11 Rashard Lawrence LSU 6020 308 5.07
12 McTelvin Agim Arkansas 6025 309 4.98
13 Larrell Murchison North Carolina State 6023 297 5.05
14 Benito Jones Ole Miss 6011 316 5.26
15 Khalil Davis Nebraska 6010 308 4.75
16 Raequan Williams Michigan State 6040 308 5.04
17 Bravvion Roy Baylor 6011 332
18 Tyler Clark Georgia 6033 289
19 Broderick Washington Texas Tech 6021 305
20 Malcolm Roach Texas 6021 297 4.84
21 Robert Windsor Penn State 6044 290 4.90
22 Breiden Fehoko LSU 6026 301
23 Carlos Davis Nebraska 6020 313 4.82
24 Josiah Coatney Ole Miss 6035 309 5.21
25 Darrion Daniels Nebraska 6034 311 5.18

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

OLB Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Isaiah Simmons Clemson 6035 238 4.39
2 Patrick Queen LSU 6002 229 4.50
3 Terrell Lewis Alabama 6053 262
4 Zack Baun Wisconsin 6024 240 4.65
5 Joshua Uche Michigan 6013 245
6 Akeem Davis-Gaither Appalachian State 6014 224
7 Justin Strnad Wake Forest 6033 238 4.74
8 Davion Taylor Colorado 6004 228 4.49
9 Troy Dye Oregon 6032 231
10 Anfernee Jennings Alabama 6021 256
11 Jacob Phillips LSU 6030 229 4.66
12 David Woodward Utah St. 6016 230 4.79
13 Markus Bailey Purdue 6001 235
14 Khaleke Hudson Michigan 5111 224 4.56
15 Kamal Martin Minnesota 6027 240
16 Cameron Brown Penn State 6053 232 4.72
17 Michael Divinity Jr. LSU 6015 242 4.85
18 Azur Kamara Kansas 6032 245 4.59
19 Casey Toohill Stanford 6044 250 4.62
20 Chapelle Russell Temple 6020 236 4.69

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

ILB Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Kenneth Murray Oklahoma 6024 241 4.52
2 Malik Harrison Ohio State 6025 247 4.66
3 Jordyn Brooks Texas Tech 6000 240 4.54
4 Logan Wilson Wyoming 6021 241 4.63
5 Willie Gay Jr. Mississippi St. 6011 243 4.43
6 Shaquille Quarterman Miami 6004 234 4.74
7 Evan Weaver California 6021 237 4.76
8 Francis Bernard Utah 6004 234 4.81
9 Joe Bachie Michigan State 6010 230 4.67
10 De’Jon Harris Arkansas 5115 234 4.69
11 Mykal Walker Fresno State 6030 231 4.65
12 Kyahva Tezino San Diego State 6000 235
13 Jordan Mack Virginia 6026 241
14 Michael Pinckney Miami 5111 235
15 Chris Orr Wisconsin 5106 223 4.78
16 Shaun Bradley Temple 6005 224 4.51
17 Clay Johnston Baylor 6010 227
18 Dante Olson Montana 6023 237 4.88
19 Daniel Bituli Tennessee 6020 246 4.84
20 T.J. Brunson South Carolina 6004 219

CORNERBACKS

CB Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Jeff Okudah Ohio State 6011 205 4.48
2 Kristian Fulton LSU 5115 197 4.46
3 C.J. Henderson Florida 6006 204 4.39
4 Trevon Diggs Alabama 6013 205
5 Jaylon Johnson Utah 5117 193 4.50
6 Jeff Gladney TCU 5102 191 4.48
7 A.J. Terrell Clemson 6011 195 4.42
8 Damon Arnette Ohio State 5115 195 4.56
9 Bryce Hall Virginia 6012 202
10 Troy Pride Jr. Notre Dame 5113 193 4.40
11 Michael Ojemudia Iowa 6005 200 4.45
12 Noah Igbinoghene Auburn 5103 198 4.48
13 Cam Dantzler Mississippi St. 6022 188 4.64
14 Amik Robertson Louisiana Tech 5083 187
15 Darnay Holmes UCLA 5101 192
16 Reggie Robinson Tulsa 6010 202 4.44
17 A.J. Green Oklahoma State 6014 202 4.62
18 Lamar Jackson Nebraska 6022 208 4.58
19 John Reid Penn State 5103 187 4.49
20 Dane Jackson Pittsburgh 5115 187 4.57
21 Josiah Scott Michigan State 5092 185 4.42
22 Kindle Vildor Georgia Southern 5097 191 4.44
23 Harrison Hand Temple 5111 197 4.52
24 Javaris Davis Auburn 5084 183 4.39
25 Shyheim Carter Alabama 5104 194
26 DeMarkus Acy Missouri 6001 195
27 Essang Bassey Wake Forest 5093 191 4.46
28 Stanford Samuels III Florida State 6010 187 4.65
29 Javelin Guidry Utah 5090 191 4.29
30 Trajan Bandy Miami 5076 180 4.50
31 Lavert Hill Michigan 5100 190
32 Kamren Curl Arkansas 6013 206 4.60
33 Stantley Thomas-Oliver Florida International 6002 183 4.48
34 Grayland Arnold Baylor 5091 186 4.59
35 Myles Bryant Washington 5077 183 4.62
36 Madre Harper Southern Illinois 6016 196
37 Levonta Taylor Florida State 5100 190
38 BoPete Keyes Tulane 6007 202
39 Parnell Motley Oklahoma 6000 183
40 Jace Whittaker Arizona 5102 189

SAFETIES

S Name School Ht. LBS. 40
1 Xavier McKinney Alabama 6003 201 4.63
2 Grant Delpit LSU 6024 213
3 Antoine Winfield Jr. Minnesota 5091 203 4.45
4 Jeremy Chinn Southern Illinois 6031 221 4.45
5 Kyle Dugger Lenoir Rhyne 6007 217 4.49
6 Ashtyn Davis California 6007 202
7 Brandon Jones Texas 5111 198
8 Kenny Robinson XFL 6’2″ 200
9 Terrell Burgess Utah 5113 202 4.46
10 Geno Stone Iowa 5103 207 4.62
11 K’Von Wallace Clemson 5111 206 4.53
12 Julian Blackmon Utah 5116 187
13 Antoine Brooks Jr. Maryland 5107 220 4.64
14 L’Jarius Sneed Louisiana Tech 6003 187 4.37
15 Tanner Muse Clemson 6020 227 4.41
16 JR Reed Georgia 6006 202 4.54
17 Alohi Gilman Notre Dame 5105 202 4.6
18 Jared Mayden Alabama 5117 201
19 Jordan Fuller Ohio State 6017 203 4.67
20 Brian Cole II Mississippi State 6017 213 4.52
21 Josh Metellus Michigan 5111 210 4.55
22 Daniel Thomas Auburn 5100 215 4.51
23 Myles Dorn North Carolina 6012 211
24 Jalen Elliott Notre Dame 6004 205 4.80
25 Nigel Warrior Tennessee 6000 297

KICKERS

K Name School Ht. LBS. Year
1 Tyler Bass Georgia Southern 5100 183 SR
2 Rodrigo Blakenship Georgia 6007 187 SR
3 JJ Molson UCLA 5112 182 SR
4 Samuel Sloman Miami (Ohio) 5080 198 SR
5 Cooper Rothe Wyoming 5110 175 SR

PUNTERS

P Name School Ht. LBS. Year
1 Braden Mann Texas A&M 5113 197 SR
2 Joseph Charlton South Carolina 6042 194 SR
3 Tommy Townsend Florida 6013 191 SR
4 Michael Turk Arizona State 6004 226 JR
5 Arryn Siposs Auburn 6024 213 JR

2020 College Football Way-Too-Early Top Teams

1. Clemsonorange

Clemson will have to replace most of the offensive line, Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers, and Travis Etienne. But with Trevor Lawrence, Justyn Ross, and a deep WR core they should be fine. The defense was semi-young this year and return a lot of starters. Clemson will be dangerous again in 2020.

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The offense should be the best in the Big Ten again with Justin Fields and most of the offensive line back. WR Garrett Wilson is coming off a great freshman season and will be the number 1 target. The question will be on defense where they replace many talented starters including Chase Young and Jeffrey Okudah.

3. AlabamaAlabama logo

Tua is gone, but the combination of Mac Jones and Bryce Young keeps the quarterback position a strength. The offense will stay a strength, but can the 2019 defense improve? The youth last year will have an extra year of maturity and their defensive MVP Dylan Moses will actually play in 2020. The dynasty isn’t over…

4. LSULSU Tigers

The champions return most of their defense including star CB Derek Stingley. The offense also has plenty of weapons with Biletnikoff winner WR Ja’Marr Chase and Terrance Marshall. However, Myles Brennan is not Joe Burrow and a run like 2019 is not likely.

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They lose Justin Herbert and most of their offensive line. However,  rumors are going around Eugene that there won’t be much of a drop off to new starting QB Tyler Shough. The defense will continue to be solid especially with how Oregon has been recruiting. They’ll compete for the Pac-12 and the defense will keep them in the playoff conversation again.

6. Georgia

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A boatload of defensive returning talented players come back next year for Georgia. But Georgia has to replace four offensive lineman to a struggling offense. The offense may be getting an upgrade with Wake Forest graduate transfer QB Jamie Newman as the probable starter. The defense is talented, but without the offense improving playoffs are out of the question.

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7. Florida

QB Kyle Trask and almost the entire defensive secondary returns after two straight 10+ win seasons. Dan Mullen has something going on there and should compete with Georgia for the SEC East.

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The entire offense comes back and the defense returns their MVP LB Micah Parsons. If the Nittany Lions plug and play some new quality starters on defense, the playoffs is not out of the question. QB Sean Clifford will need to step up his play in order to achieve this top ten ranking.

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The Badgers return several quality starters on each side of the ball, but lose their MVP in RB Jonathan Taylor. If they can find a substitute to the impact of Taylor a Big Ten Championship isn’t out of the question.

10. Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma defense went from terrible to average in 2019. The defense was actually pretty young so a jump to an above average defense is possible. No LB Kenneth Murray, NT Neville Gallimore, or CB Parnell Motley will make an impact. The offense is also a question mark. The entire offensive line is back, but they lose their two playmakers Jalen Hurns and CeeDee Lamb. It’ll be the start of the QB Spencer Rattler era, but many questions remain with the 2020 Sooners.

11. Texas A&MTexas A&M Logo

Year 3 of the Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M and this team looks promising. Sure the team returns their starting QB Kellen Mond and four out of the five starters on the offensive line. But where the promise lies is in the young, talented defense that returns nine starters. A&M will be a tough opponent in the SEC in 2020.

12. Oklahoma StateOSU Logo

QB Spencer Sanders, WR Tylan Wallace, and RB Chuba Hubbard are all back on offense. The 82nd ranked defense only loses one starter and will most certainly improve. The Cowboys are a sleeper for the Big 12 Championship in 2020.

13. AuburnAuburn Tigers Logo

The offensive line and defensive line will be hit hard by graduating senior departures. Add in the question of does Bo Nix take a leap in performance from his average Freshman year. The offense does have skill position weapons, but the defense declining has Auburn outside the top ten.

14. Michigan1280px-Michigan_Wolverines_logo.svg

Michigan loses their quarterback and four offensive lineman to an offense that mostly struggled in 2019. WR Nico Collins and WR Ronnie Bell are the few bright spots to the start of the QB Dylan McCaffrey era. The defense gets a few key pieces back including DE Kwity Paye and S Dax Hill… but lose other key starters mostly in the secondary. Overall, the team isn’t as strong as 2019.

15. Notre DameNotre Dame

QB Trevor Book and the top two linebackers back is a major plus for the Fighting Irish. The negatives? They lose their entire secondary and their top skill position player returning is Braden Lenzy… who had a total of 254 yards.

Why Tua Could Return to Alabama

Tua Tagovailoa could actually be coming back? Many have scoffed at the idea including Joseph Goodman from AL.com. Goodman asks the question, why would Tua come back? He even admits he is having a hard time thinking of any reasons he should come back and alleges that if you hope he comes back to Alabama you are SELFISH.

So let’s help Goodman out with why it makes sense for Tua to comeback:

  1. Financial Gain

“Tua will make millions if he goes to the NFL next year.” Yes, that is true. But to really understand what is to gain, it has to start with analyzing the projected earnings of the total contract for first round picks (Forbes.com):

#1 Pick: $35.2 Million ($21 Million Signing Bonus)
#2 Pick: $33.6 Million
#3 Pick: $32.6 Million
#4 Pick: $31.4 Million
#5 Pick: $29.3 Million

#10 Pick: $18.9 Million ($10 Million Signing Bonus)
#15 Pick: $14.9 Million
#20 Pick: $12.6 Million
#25 Pick: $11.8 Million
#30 Pick: $10.5 Million

The difference  between being a top five pick and falling out of the top ten is about double the contract value. Right now with Tua’s hip injury he isn’t guaranteed to be in the top five. Rather, if he came back for his senior season and proved he was healthy, he would solidify top five contract status. The difference? At least $15 million dollars including $10 million just in signing bonus. Going back to school to be a top five pick is worth it especially considering the NFL first round contract is for four years with a fifth year option.

But what about his injury status?

  1. Recovery Time from his Injury

Tua right now is on crutches and can’t stand for an extended period of time due to his hip injury. His timeline for his injury recovery looks like this:

Late February 2020: Resumes athletic activity
Spring 2020: Can start throwing again
April 23, 2020: NFL Draft
May-July 2020: Fully Healthy

There is a possibility Tua will not be cleared to throw before the NFL Draft requiring teams to chance a draft pick that he will be 100% back to normal. A risky move for an NFL team especially at the top of the first round. Tua will also not be fully healthy while NFL teams do their extensive physicals and examinations of him. Wouldn’t it be prudent to fully recover a hip injury without having countless examinations on you? But again he could get hurt playing College Football in 2020.

So what happens if he gets hurt?

  1. Protected by Insurance

Part of the reason Alabama LB Dylan Moses came back was due to insurance coverage if he drops in value. Tua could do something similar so he is further protected if his stock drops due to injury or loss of value. A max of $10 million insurance policy is allowed by the NCAA and will offer a safety net due to the unexpected. Given his top fifteen NFL draft projection by the NFL Advisory Committee, the payout will be large. Plus Nick Saban is an insurance expert.

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  1. National Championship and Legacy of an All-Time great

Peyton Manning came back for his senior season. The entire Clemson defensive line came back for their senior seasons despite being projected first round picks. Sometimes guys just love playing for their school and finishing out on a high note.

Not only that… Tua hasn’t won a Heisman despite being one of the all-time great college quarterbacks. He would have a chance to break the SEC passing touchdowns record and the NCAA Career Passer Rating Record. But most importantly… he’d have the chance to win another National Championship. After a 10-2, injury plagued year and Coach Orgeron saying “Roll Tide, What? F**K YOU!” Tua and Alabama could be heading for a 2020 revenge tour.

Tua’s Decision

Tua will decide what is best for Tua. But saying there is “no reason to comeback” is flat out wrong. There are risks to coming back and risks to declaring. No matter what he chooses, it is clear Alabama nation will support him despite how selfish Goodman thinks the Crimson Tide fan base is. Until then, we will wait and get teased by Tua’s Instagram.

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TGIS Bowl Picks

2019 SEASON RECORD: 91-75-1 (54.8%)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – December 28th

Peach Bowl
Orlando, FL
#1 LSU (-13.5) vs. #4 Oklahoma UNDER 76- 3:00pm

Game Preview: LSU’s offense is rolling with Joe Burrow (Bureaux). While the Oklahoma’s defense is improved it is nowhere near ready for LSU. LSU’s defense has also been much better giving up on average 12.3 points in their last three games. The Oklahoma offense will not be able to keep up. LSU to the Championship

Pick: LSU 45-24

Fiesta Bowl
Orlando, FL
#2 Ohio State vs. #3 Clemson (-2)- 7:00pm

Game Preview: The best game of bowl season. Ever since Clemson had their scare against North Carolina, they have been unstoppable. Ohio State will be by far their toughest opponent though. Both defenses are good, but not elite. This will come down to the offenses. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross, and Tee Higgins are too dangerous and will lead Clemson to the championship.

Pick: Clemson 34-20

BOWL PICKS (All Times CST)

December 20

Bahamas Bowl
Nassau, Bahamas
Buffalo (-6.5) vs. Charlotte – 1:00pm

Buffalo is one of the most up and down teams. However, when they are on they put up a ton of points. They’ll turn it up for the Bahamas.

Frisco Bowl
Frisco, TX
Kent State vs. Utah State (-7.5)- 6:30pm

The last game for Utah State QB Jordan Love. He’ll put on a show despite being cited for marijuana possession earlier this week.

December 21

New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM
Central Michigan vs. San Diego (-3.5)- 1:00pm

San Diego State is a very good Mountain West team finishing the year at 9-3. Central Michigan on the other hand played well in MACtion, but the MAC isn’t a strong conference. Aztecs win by double digits.

Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL
Liberty vs. Georgia Southern (-5)- 1:30pm

Liberty may be the worst bowl team out there. They played a weak schedule including New Mexico State twice. Georgia Southern wins.

Boca Raton Bowl
Boca Raton, FL
FAU vs. SMU (-3) OVER 69.5- 2:30pm

No Lane Kiffin will have an impact. SMU has slumped down the stretch, but they’re still a good team. Expect a high scoring game.

Camellia Bowl
Montgomery, AL
Arkansas State vs. Florida International (+2.5)- 4:30pm

Butch Davis got his team pumped up enough to beat Miami, he is good enough to get them motivated to beat Arkansas State in a bowl game

Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV
#19 Boise State vs. Washington (-3.5)- 6:30pm

Chris Petersen’s last game as a coach for the Huskies against his former team. Boise State has played some close games with below average opponents. Washington wins with their talent.

New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA
#20 Appalachian State (-16) vs. UAB- 8:00pm

UAB played a weak non-conference and got destroyed by FAU. Appalachian State wins big.

December 23

Gasparilla Bowl
Tampa, FL
Marshall (+18) vs. UCF- 1:30pm

From a New Years Six bowl to the Gasparilla Bowl. UCF wins, but doesn’t blow out a decent Marshall team.

December 24

Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu, HI
BYU (-1.5) vs. Hawaii- 7:00pm

The Hawaii bowl is back on Christmas Eve! BYU is the better team and wins on the island.

December 26

Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA
Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (-6.5)- 3:00pm

Miami already has some players sitting out and ended the season terribly. But less than a touchdown favorite against Louisiana Tech? I’m not going that far.

Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit, MI
Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh (-11)- 7:00pm

Eastern Michigan finished last in the MAC West and is somehow faced against one of the better ACC teams… Pitt wins big.

December 27

Millitary Bowl
Annapolis, MD
North Carolina (-4.5) vs. Temple – 11:00am

North Carolina will be excited to be there in Mack Brown’s first year. They seem to be going the right direction following their 41-10 win over NC State. Tar Heels by a touchdown

Pinstripe Bowl
New York, NY
Michigan State vs. Wake Forest (+4.5)- 2:20pm

Two very average football teams who didn’t finish the season great. I’d take Wake Forest and the points.

Texas Bowl
Houston, TX
#25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M (-7)- 5:45pm

Oklahoma State is not the same without Spencer Sanders. A&M can minimize Chuba Hubbard and finally get their quality win.

Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA
#16 Iowa vs. #22 USC (+2)- 7:00pm

Iowa finished the season struggling against Nebraska and Illinois. USC meanwhile posted an average of 46.5 points in their last two games. I’m going with the hot team and emerging USC QB Kedon Slovis.

Cheez-It Bowl
Phoenix, AZ
Air Force vs. Washington State (+3)- 9:15pm

Air Force lost twice this year to Boise State and Navy. They haven’t seen an offense like the Cougars yet though. Washington State QB Anthony Gordon plays great in his last game as a Coug.

December 28

Camping World Bowl
Orlando, FL
#15 Notre Dame (-3) vs. Iowa State- 11:00am

Notre Dame’s offense has been rolling, but they face a tougher Iowa State defense. I don’t trust Iowa State’s offense against the Notre Dame defense though. Fighting Irish win by double digits.

Cotton Bowl Classic
Arlington, TX
#10 Penn State vs. #17 Memphis (+6.5)- 11:00am

There’s a lot going on in this game. Memphis coach Mike Norvell isn’t coaching and they face a tough Penn State defense. But I don’t really trust the Penn State offense or Memphis defense. I have no idea what will happen so I’m just going to take the points and the team more motivated to play in this game. At least I’m honest with you guys.

December 30

First Responder Bowl
Dallas, TX
Western Kentucky (-2.5) vs. Western Michigan- 11:30am

Western Kentucky have played good football down the stretch including beating Arkansas 45-19. Western Kentucky also has played the better schedule. Really like the Hilltoppers here.

Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN
Louisville vs. Mississippi State (-4.5)- 3:00pm

Louisville couldn’t handle Kentucky’s run game… no idea how they are going to stop Mississippi State. Bulldogs win without the Cowbells.

Redbox Bowl
Santa Clara, CA
California vs. Illinois (+6.5)- 3:00pm

I have no idea what to expect from Illinois. They are good enough to beat Wisconsin, but can be bad enough to lose to Northwestern. It will be a low scoring affair though so take Illinois with the points and just hold on.

Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, FL
#9 Florida (-14.5) vs. #24 Virginia- 7:00pm

Virginia’s offensive line is bad. Florida’s defensive line is really good. Expect a blow out in the Orange Bowl.

December 31

Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC
Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech (-3)- 11:00am

Kentucky’s offense the second half of the season has been to run the ball with Lynn Bowden. Virginia Tech’s Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster coaches his last game and should be able to figure out a plan to stop him. Hokies win a close one.

Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX
Arizona State (-5.5) vs. Florida State – 1:00pm

All season we’ve trusted Herm Edwards… why stop now. QB Jayden Daniels is a special freshman and RB Eno Benjamin plays in his last game. Florida State’s best player RB Cam Akers is also skipping. Sun Devils win big.

Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN
Kansas State vs. Navy (+1) UNDER 52- 2:45pm

If you love QBs throwing it all over the field… this game is not for you. Expect Run, run, run, and more run plays. Navy runs the ball better and wins.

Arizona Bowl
Tuscon, AZ
Georgia State vs. Wyoming (-7)- 3:30pm

Trust a good team in the Mountain West over an average Sun Belt team.

Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX
#11 Utah (-7) vs. Texas – 6:30pm

Utah’s run game is going to give the Texas defense trouble. Their defensive line should also not make it easy on Sam Ehlinger. Texas may be able to keep it close, but I don’t see them winning. Utah by 9.

January 1

Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
#13 Alabama (-7) vs. #14 Michigan OVER 59- Noon

Alabama has basically their entire team playing. Mac Jones and the Bama offense should outscore Michigan by a decent margin and try to make a statement. Alabama 41-24.

Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL
#12 Auburn (-7) vs. #18 Minnesota- Noon

Minnesota’s top linebacker is sitting out the bowl game. The Tigers will be by far the toughest defense the Golden Gophers face. Auburn wins by double digits.

Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
#6 Oregon (+3) vs. #8 Wisconsin – 4:00pm

Oregon’s the better football team and can minimize RB Johnathan Taylor’s impact on the game. It should be close, but Oregon wins.

Sugar Bowl
Pasadena, CA
#5 Georgia (-6.5) vs. #7 Baylor UNDER 41 – 7:45pm

Expect very little scoring. Georgia’s left tackle is sitting out the game and their right tackle might be also. Their offense has not been great and Baylor’s defense isn’t bad. Still the Georgia defense will give Baylor more problems. 24-10 Georgia.

January 2

Birmingham Bowl
Birmingham, AL
#21 Cincinnati (-7) vs. Boston College UNDER 55 – 4:00pm

With no AJ Dillon and an interim coach I don’t see Boston College being able to do much. Like the UNDER.

Gator Bowl
Jacksonville, FL
Indiana vs. Tennessee (-1.5)- 6:00pm

Tennessee have won it’s last five… Indiana has lost two of its last three. Tennessee wins and this line is too easy.

January 3

Famous Idaho Bowl
Boise, ID
Nevada (+7.5) vs. Ohio – 2:30pm

I’m taking Nevada that beat a good San Diego State team. Ohio has been blowing out MAC teams, but Nevada should at least cover.

January 4

Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, TX
Southern Miss (+7) vs. Tulane – 11:30am

Tulane has QB Justin McMillan who is up and down. Southern Miss is talented enough to keep this game close.

January 6

Lending Tree Bowl
Mobile, AL
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio) (+14)- 6:30pm

The MAC Champs can keep it within 14.

Week 14 College Football Preview

2019 SEASON RECORD: 87-67-1 (56.5%)

Week 14 Games of the Week

#10 Michigan (+8.5) at #1 Ohio State – Saturday 11:00am

Game Preview: THE GAME. Michigan hasn’t beat Ohio State since 2011. Michigan comes into this game hot winning their last four games by over 24 points. Ohio State had their first challenge last week against Penn State. They get challenged again against Michigan and win a close one.

Pick: Ohio State 31-24

#5 Alabama (-3.5) at #16 Auburn – Saturday 2:30pm

Game Preview: I trust Mac Jones over Bo Nix. Auburn will be much tougher than Arkansas and Western Carolina however. If Alabama keeps the Auburn offense in check they should win by double digits.

Pick: Alabama 34-20

Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)

Texas Tech (+10) at Texas UNDER 65– Friday 11:00am

Texas Tech hasn’t lost a game by more than 3 points since Mid-October. Texas hasn’t beat a team by more than 3 points since October 5th. This game will be close and low scoring.

Virginia Tech (-2.5) at Virginia– Friday 11:00am

Virginia Tech has played great down the stretch. They’ll win and head to the ACC Championship to play Clemson.

Cincinnati (+11.5) at Memphis – Friday 2:30pm

The spread is too big for two similar AAC teams. This should be a great game.

South Florida (+23.5) at UCF – Saturday 8:00pm

All year UCF has proven to be an adequate team that doesn’t blow anybody out. South Florida covers.

Wake Forest (-3.5) at Syracuse – Saturday 11:30am

Reading the ACC is tough, but I know this much… Syracuse is awful. Take Wake.

#12 Wisconsin (-2.5) at #8 Minnesota UNDER 48.5 – Saturday 2:30pm

The battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The weather in this game will be cold with cross winds so don’t expect a lot of points. Wisconsin hasn’t been great the last few weeks, but neither has Minnesota. Wisconsin wins.

Texas A&M (+17) at #2 LSU – Saturday 6:00pm

LSU’s defense has not been great. Kellen Mond will be able to put up points and keep the game close.

#7 Oklahoma at #21 Oklahoma State (+12) – Saturday 7:00pm

Oklahoma hasn’t beat a team by double digits the last four games. I don’t expect them to do it in an away rivalry game. Oklahoma State may pull the upset so definitely a money line sprinkle opportunity.

 

 

Final Playoff Contenders – Week 13

ELIMINATED AFTER WEEK 13: Oregon and Penn State

1. LSU Tigers

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Record: 11-0

Best Wins: #5 Alabama, #10 Florida, #16 Auburn

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule: Texas A&M, SEC Championship (#4 Georgia)

LSU has the best resume with wins over #5 Alabama, #10 Florida, and #16 Auburn. They have also looked dominant against inferior opponents except for their lackluster defense. If LSU finishes the year undefeated they will have the #1 or #2 spot on lock. LSU has also built their resume enough where they can afford one loss and still be firmly in the playoffs. However, don’t be surprised even if LSU finishes undefeated Ohio State jumps LSU.

Path to the Playoff: Don’t Lose Twice.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Record: 11-0

Best Wins: #12 Penn State, #13 Wisconsin, #17 Cincinnati

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule:  @ #14 Michigan, Big Ten Championship

Ohio State has dominated everyone on their schedule. Their resume is slowly improving with the win over Penn State. The Buckeyes best quality opponents will happen over the next few weeks to end the year  Even with a loss to Michigan, Ohio State has done enough to get in as a one loss Big Ten champion as long as they win the Big Ten.

Path to the Playoff: Either 1. Finish regular season undefeated; or 2. One loss and Big Ten Champs

3. Clemson Tigers

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Record: 11-0

Best Wins: None

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule: @ South Carolina, ACC Championship

Clemson has killed everyone on their schedule… except for a one point win against North Carolina. Since the Tar Heel game, Clemson hasn’t had a scare by any of their opponents. Clemson will finish the season without playing a Top 25 team except maybe Virginia Tech (that’s how bad the ACC is). As long as Clemson wins out they’re in.

Path to the Playoff: If they don’t win-out, they’re out.

4. Georgia Bulldogs

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Record: 10-1

Best Wins: #10 Florida, #15 Notre Dame, #16 Auburn

Losses: South Carolina 20-17 OT

Remaining Schedule: @ Georgia Tech, SEC Championship (LSU)

The South Carolina loss is looking worse. However, it won’t matter if they beat LSU in the SEC Championship. The wins against Florida, Notre Dame, and Auburn have them currently as the best 1-loss team.

Path to the Playoff: If they win-out they are in

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Record: 10-1

Best Wins: None

Losses: #1 LSU 45-40

Remaining Schedule: @ #16 Auburn

They’ve won big against everyone except #1 LSU. Alabama will need to win out to have a chance. In that case, their best win will be against Auburn. What may trip up Alabama is a 1-loss Conference Champion. Some will say Bama doesn’t have a great win, but their Auburn win may be better than any of the other 1-loss conference champions. If Alabama wins out, you have to like their chances of getting in.

Path to the Playoff: Win out with Mac Jones looking dominant, Georgia loses once, and get ranked above the other 1-loss conference champion(s).

OR

Win out with Mac Jones looking above average, Georgia loses once, two loss Big 12 Champion, and a two loss Pac 12 Champion.

6. Utah Utes

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Record: 10-1

Best Wins: None

Losses: USC 30-23

Remaining Schedule: Colorado, Pac 12 Championship

The Utes have a cake walk to end the regular season. A seven point loss to USC remains a dagger in the resume and their only chance at a quality win is in the PAC 12 championship against Oregon. The Oregon loss to Arizona State makes the quality win less impressive. Utah will be in the discussion if they win out, especially with their string of blow out wins. I believe a one loss Utah with a win over Oregon beats out a one loss Big 12 champion.

Path to the Playoff: Win out and Georgia loses.

7. Oklahoma Sooners

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Record: 10-1

Best Wins: #13 Baylor, #23 Iowa State

Losses: Kansas State 48-41

Remaining Schedule: @ #22 Oklahoma State, Big 12 Championship (Baylor)

Oklahoma may finish the year with a bad loss and not many impressive wins. The Big 12 has eaten itself alive. Oklahoma did have an impressive comeback win over Baylor, but their playoff chances have taken a major hit if with their four straight average showings. Oklahoma is in a position where they are behind a one loss Utah right now.

Path to the Playoff: Win Out, Georgia loses, Alabama loses, two loss Pac 12 Champion

8. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Record: 10-1

Best Wins: #10 Penn State

Losses: #20 Iowa

Remaining Schedule: #13 Wisconsin, Big Ten Championship

Yes they are undefeated and have looked impressive the past few weeks, but what hangs over the Golden Gophers is winning 3 terrible non-conference games by a total of 13 points. They now have a loss to an average Iowa team as well. However, winning out with wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State would probably put them in.

Path to the Playoff: Win out (this would create some chaos for the committee)

9. Baylor Bears

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Record: 10-1

Best Wins: #22 Oklahoma State, #24 Iowa State

Losses: #7 Oklahoma 34-31

Remaining Schedule: Kansas, Big 12 Championship (Oklahoma)

Baylor blew it against Oklahoma. What Baylor needs is Oklahoma to win out and beat them in the Big 12 championship. Even after this I still think they need some help mostly because of their bad non-conference schedule and close games with bad teams (Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU). Baylor doesn’t pass the eye test so they have to win out and receive some help.

Path to the Playoff: Win out and need a lot of help

Conference Championship Paths

ACC Championship

ACC Atlantic

Clemson- Clinched

ACC Coastal 

Virginia- Clinches with win over Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech- Clinches with wins over Pittsburgh and Virginia.

Pittsburgh- Clinches with wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College, and a Virginia loss to Virginia Tech.

Big 12 Championship

Oklahoma- Clinches with a win against TCU or Oklahoma State.

Baylor- Clinches with a win against Texas or Kansas.

If Baylor or Oklahoma lose out these teams are still in contention: 

Oklahoma State, Texas, and Iowa State

Big 10 Championship

Big 10 West

Minnesota- Clinches with win over Wisconsin.

Wisconsin- Clinches with win over Purdue and Minnesota.

Big 10 East

Ohio State- Clinches with win over Penn State or Penn State loss to Rutgers.

Penn State- Clinches with win over Ohio State and Rutgers.

Pac 12 Championship

Pac 12 North

Oregon- Clinched

Pac 12 South

Utah- Clinches with wins over Arizona and Colorado; or a USC loss to UCLA.

USC- Clinches with win over UCLA and a Utah loss.

SEC Championship

SEC West

LSU- Clinches with win against Arkansas or Texas A&M.

Alabama- Clinches with win against Auburn and LSU losing to Arkansas and Texas A&M.

SEC East 

Georgia- Clinched

Week 13 College Football Preview

2019 SEASON RECORD: 77-66-1

Week 13 Game of the Week

#8 Penn State (+18.5) at #2 Ohio State – Saturday 2:30pm

Game Preview: Ohio State is a week out from facing Michigan. However, this game is the biggest on Ohio State’s schedule and will determine who wins the Big Ten East. Penn State will be locked in, but does Ohio State get caught looking forward to its rival Michigan? Penn State has a good enough defense to keep Justin Fields from going wild. If Penn State wants a chance at winning they need a major improvement on offense from QB Sean Clifford. Ohio State wins, but Penn State keeps it interesting.

Pick: Ohio State 34-21

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#21 Oklahoma State (-6.5) at West Virginia– Saturday 11:00am

The Cowboys in the last three weeks have beat Iowa State, TCU, and Kansas by a touchdown or more. I like Oklahoma State’s offense to continue that trend and put it on West Virginia (4-6).

Illinois (+15.5) at #17 Iowa– Saturday 11:00am

The most points Iowa has scored over the past six games? 26. Iowa does not have a high scoring offense. Illinois has turned it around and is actually bowl bound. Illinois keeps it within two touchdowns.

Kansas (+24.5) at #22 Iowa State – Saturday 11:00am

Another big spread in the Big 12 that I think will end up a close game. Iowa State is off a big win against Texas and a let down maybe coming. 24.5 is too many points for the Mad Hatter and Kansas.

#13 Michigan (-9) at Indiana – Saturday 2:30pm

Michigan is different team than the one that was blown out against Wisconsin.  Meanwhile, I still have not bought into Indiana as a top Big Ten team. Michigan should win by double digits even with Ohio State on the horizon next week.

Texas A&M (+14) at #4 Georgia – Saturday 2:30pm

Georgia’s offense has not improved. They’ve averaged 22 ppg in their last five games. A&M’s offense is good enough to put up points against the Dawgs and cover the spread.

Texas (+5.5) at #14 Baylor – Saturday 2:30pm

All Texas does is play close games and Vegas keeps putting them as the underdog. I actually like them to win this one in Waco. Baylor suffered a devastating comeback defeat against Oklahoma and I’m not sure how they will bounce back. Texas moneyline.

#25 SMU at Navy (-3.5) – Saturday 2:30pm

SMU will struggle to stop Navy’s offense. SMU gave up over 50 points the last two games. On the other hand, Navy has scored on average around 44 points in their last two AAC games. SMU loses a tough away game. 3.5 points won’t mean much in this high scoring affair. The over is also a possible play here.

Purdue (+24.5) at #12 Wisconsin – Saturday 3:00pm

Wisconsin hasn’t won a game by this spread since October 12. Purdue’s third string QB, Aidan O’Connor, came in and didn’t do bad against Northwestern and actually won the game by two points. Purdue covers.

#6 Oregon at Arizona State (+14.5) – Saturday 6:30pm

Believe in Herm Edwards. Oregon comes to town looking forward to their Pac-12 championship battle with Utah. Freshman QB Jayden Daniels has really developed and will be a key in keeping it close. I believe this will be a crazy one in Tempe with a potential upset. Never trust Pac-12 favorites down the stretch.

TCU (+18) at #9 Oklahoma – Saturday 7:00pm

TGIS will be there live.Oklahoma has lost to Kansas State and barely escaped Iowa State and Baylor in their last three games. 18 points is way too many against a decent TCU team. TCU’s defense will keep Oklahoma from running up the score. I would also not rule out a possible upset.

 

Final Playoff Contenders- Week 12

1. LSU Tigers

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Record: 10-0

Best Wins: #5 Alabama, #10 Florida, #16 Auburn

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule: Arkansas, #24 Texas A&M, SEC Championship (#4 Georgia)

LSU has by far the best resume with wins over #5 Alabama, #10 Florida, and #16 Auburn. They have also looked dominant against inferior opponents except for their lackluster defense. If LSU finishes the year undefeated they will have the #1 or #2 spot on lock. LSU has also built their resume enough where they can afford one loss and still be firmly in the playoffs.

Path to the Playoff: Don’t Lose Twice.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Record: 10-0

Best Wins: #14 Wisconsin, #17 Cincinnati

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule: #9 Penn State, @ #14 Michigan, Big Ten Championship

Ohio State has dominated everyone on their schedule. Their best quality opponents will happen at the end of the year (no Cincinnati and Indiana are not quality wins). Ohio State has done enough to get in as a one loss Big Ten champion as long as they win the Big Ten.

Path to the Playoff: Either 1. Finish regular season undefeated; or 2. One loss and Big Ten Champs

3. Clemson Tigers

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Record: 11-0

Best Wins: #24 Texas A&M

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule: @ South Carolina, ACC Championship

Clemson has killed everyone on their schedule… except for a one point win against North Carolina. Since the Tar Heel game, Clemson hasn’t had a scare by any of their opponents. Clemson will finish the season without playing a Top 25 team (that’s how bad the ACC is). As long as Clemson wins out they’re in.

Path to the Playoff: If they don’t win-out, they’re out.

4. Georgia Bulldogs

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: #10 Florida, #15 Notre Dame, #16 Auburn

Losses: South Carolina 20-17 OT

Remaining Schedule: #24 Texas A&M, @ Georgia Tech, SEC Championship

The South Carolina loss is looking worse every week especially after the loss to Appalachian State. The wins against Florida and Notre Dame have them currently as the best 1-loss team. A second loss will knock them out of the playoffs and that second loss is likely with Texas A&M and LSU still left.

Path to the Playoff: If they win-out they are in

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: #24 Texas A&M

Losses: #1 LSU 45-40

Remaining Schedule: Western Carolina, @ #16 Auburn

They’ve won big against everyone except #1 LSU. Alabama will need to win out to have a chance. In that case, their best win will be against Auburn. What may trip up Alabama is a 1-loss Conference Champion. Some will say Bama doesn’t have a great win, but their Auburn win may be better than any of the other 1-loss conference champions. If Alabama wins out, you have to like their chances of getting in.

Path to the Playoff: Win out with Mac Jones looking dominant, Georgia loses once, and get ranked above the other 1-loss conference champion(s).

OR

Win out with Mac Jones looking above average, Georgia loses once, two loss Big 12 Champion, and a two loss Pac 12 Champion.

6. Oregon Ducks

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: None

Losses: #16 Auburn 27-21

Remaining Schedule: @ Arizona State, Oregon State, Pac 12 Championship

Oregon’s only chance at a good win is against Utah in the PAC 12 Championship. The resume isn’t great as they played some average teams really close including Washington and Washington State. A loss to Auburn may end up being the tie breaker between Alabama and Oregon depending on what happens in the Iron Bowl with Mac Jones. Still, I think Oregon is in a position where if they win out they are in.

Path to the Playoff: Win Out and Georgia loses.

7. Utah Utes

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: None

Losses: USC 30-23

Remaining Schedule: @ Arizona, Colorado, Pac 12 Championship

The Utes have a cake walk to end the regular season. A seven point loss to USC remains a dagger in the resume and their only chance at a quality win is in the PAC 12 championship against Oregon. Utah will be in the discussion if they win out, especially with their recent blow out wins. I believe a one loss Utah with a win over Oregon beats out a one loss Big 12 champion.

Path to the Playoff: Win out and Georgia loses.

8. Oklahoma Sooners

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: #13 Baylor

Losses: Kansas State 48-41

Remaining Schedule: TCU, @ #22 Oklahoma State, Big 12 Championship

Oklahoma may finish the year with a bad loss and not many impressive wins. The Big 12 has eaten itself alive. Oklahoma did have an impressive comeback win over Baylor, but their playoff chances would take a major hit if Texas beats Baylor next week. Oklahoma is in a position where they are behind a one loss Pac 12 champion right now.

Path to the Playoff: Win Out, Georgia loses, two loss Pac 12 Champion

9. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: #10 Penn State

Losses: #20 Iowa

Remaining Schedule: @ Northwestern, #15 Wisconsin, Big Ten Championship

Yes they are undefeated and have looked impressive the past few weeks, but what hangs over the Golden Gophers is winning 3 terrible non-conference games by a total of 13 points. They now have a loss to an average Iowa team as well. However, winning out with wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State would probably put them in.

Path to the Playoff: Win out (this would create some chaos for the committee)

10. Penn State Nittany Lions

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: #9 Penn State

Losses: None

Remaining Schedule: @ #2 Ohio State, Rutgers, Big Ten Championship

The loss against Minnesota wasn’t really that tough of a blow. The fact remains Penn State still has to beat the Buckeyes for a chance. They would also get a chance to revenge their Minnesota loss in the Big Ten Championship. The close game against Indiana won’t do them any favors for the eye test though.

Path to the Playoff: Win out (Creates Chaos)

11. Baylor Bears

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Record: 9-1

Best Wins: #22 Oklahoma State

Losses: #10 Oklahoma 34-31

Remaining Schedule: Texas, Kansas, Big 12 Championship

Baylor blew it against Oklahoma. What Baylor needs is Oklahoma to win out and beat them in the Big 12 championship. Even after this I still think they need some help mostly because of their bad non-conference schedule and close games with bad teams (Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU). Baylor doesn’t pass the eye test so they have to win out and receive some help.

Path to the Playoff: Win out and need a lot of help