Week 4 College Football Preview

2019 SEASON RECORD: 21-15

Week 4 Game(s) of the Week

Notre Dame at Georgia (-14) UNDER 58 – Saturday 7:00pm

Game Preview: This line is exactly right… Georgia’s defense will keep Notre Dame in check. Georgia’s offense will score, but not enough where I’m confident in them covering or overshooting the over. The UNDER is the play here.

Pick: Georgia 31-17

Auburn at Texas A&M (-3.5) – Saturday 2:30pm

Game Preview: YOU CANT TRUST BO NIX. Nix has completed one good pass against Oregon and people think he is the next coming of Cam Newton. Auburn will flat out struggle to move the ball. I do think Auburn’s defense will hold the Aggies for awhile, but Kellen Mond does just enough and A&M wins by a touchdown.

Pick: Texas A&M 23-17

Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)

Utah (-3.5) at USC – Friday 8:00pm

LOCK OF THE WEEK. Utah isn’t getting any respect. USC has a true freshman quarterback facing a loaded Utah defense. Utah wins by double digits.

Michigan at Wisconsin (-3) OVER 43.5 – Saturday 11:00am

Wisconsin has shown to be the better team during the season. Michigan also can’t stop the run…. 43.5 is too low of an O/U  for a Wisconsin team that has scored an average of 55 points per game. These defenses aren’t that great. WISCONSIN and the OVER are the moves.

Western Michigan at Syracuse (-5) UNDER 65.5 – Saturday 11:00am

Ok… Syracuse isn’t that bad. Sure they don’t have an offense, but they can beat Western Michigan by more than five points in the Carrier dome. Also… they don’t have an offense so 65.5 is way too high of an O/U.

Michigan State at Northwestern (+9.5) – Saturday 11:00am

WE DON’T TRUST MICHIGAN STATE AS AN (almost) DOUBLE DIGIT FAVORITE

Appalachian State at North Carolina (-3) – Saturday 2:30pm

This isn’t a big enough line. North Carolina isn’t nearly as bad as the early preseason projections. Meanwhile Appalachian State has played East Tennessee State and Charlotte this year (no I didn’t make these teams up). North Carolina wins by a touchdown or more.

SMU at TCU (-9.5) – Saturday 2:30pm

TCU can run the ball and whoever they start at quarterback will do enough to win by double digits.

South Carolina (+10) at Missouri – Saturday 3:00pm

These two teams are similar to me. So if I get one with ten points I’m going to take it. Also, the Hillinski led Cocks are differently than the Jake Bentley Cocks. South Carolina covers.

West Virginia (-4.5) at Kansas – Saturday 6:00pm

They’re still Kansas. West Virginia is bad, but not as bad as Kansas. Because they’re Kansas. And why would I bet on Kansas? So I’m taking the team that’s not Kansas. Because Kansas is Kansas.

Oregon (-10) at Stanford – Saturday 6:00pm

Put all the money on Oregon because Oregon will put all the points on Stanford. You know why? Oregon is really good and Stanford stinks. This isn’t the Stanford of a few years ago. Stanford has been getting bullied by teams that aren’t known as physical teams (USC and UCF). AND GUESS WHAT?? Oregon has one of the best offensive lines in the country. OREGON BY A MILLION.

 

 

Week 3 College Football Recap

Not much happened this week so I’m going to rant about how bad the ACC is. But if you did take a nap all weekend here is your quick review:

Iowa/Iowa State was delayed for about five hours and Iowa wins by 1. BYU Mormons said no to Trojans. Maryland is fake, Michigan State is whack, Florida State is bad. Oklahoma and Hurts continue to score. TCU beats the wheels off Purdue. Arizona and Tech decided not to score during PAC 12 AFTER DARK. UCF actually impressive. Kentucky is still alright. Florida loses Feleipe. Bama and Syracuse still untested. Buckeyes kings of the Big 10. AND Penn State wins ugly.

ALRIGHT NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE ACC…

The ACC is the WORST Conference

The All Crappy Conference. What a terrible weekend. Disclaimer: this does not include Clemson. Sure Trevor Lawrence has 4 Touchdowns and 5 Interceptions, but he’ll turn it around. The point is they have zero challengers in their conference. Let’s take a look:

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ACC Atlantic

Boston College– Lost by double digits to Kansas. Yes Kansas. The team that just lost to Coastal Carolina… Kansas.

NC State– Lost by double digits to a terrible West Virginia team.

Wake Forest– Actually not awful…

Louisville– Also not awful… comparing to last year’s team.

Florida State– Actually Awful. A Louisiana Monroe extra point from possibly being 0-3.

Syracuse– Turns out Maryland wasn’t good… Syracuse was just bad. They have as much offense as the Dolphins.

ACC Coastal

Virginia– I guess they’re the best in the Coastal. Even if they almost lost to Florida State. So I guess they’re the best bad team.

North Carolina– Not great, not bad. Outclassed by Wake Forest.

Duke– Has played nobody except Alabama. At least they have a quality loss.

Miami– The “U” stands for Underachievers

Georgia Tech- LOST TO THE CITADEL. Just in case you were wondering Citadel came into the game 0-2 with losses to Towson and Elon.

Pittsburgh– Respectable. Competitive against Penn State… Still 1-2.

Virginia Tech- Tough game with Furman and lost to Boston College… you know…the team that lost to Kansas.

Basically this isn’t even a real conference anymore. No more talking about the Pac-12… ACC is now officially the worst Power Five conference. The schools are counting down the two months until College Basketball season and should have about 20 people in the stands by then.

Now we are only a few games into the season and maybe a team like Virginia or Wake Forest makes this more than a one team conference. But I doubt it. This conference through a few cupcakes at the beginning of the season have shown why the ACC is the WORST.

Terrible AP Top 25 Ranking of the Week

THEY ARE STILL RANKING WASHINGTON OVER CAL. This is over a week after Cal beat Washington at home. I thought maybe it was because the game was late last week and it would be corrected this week… NOPE. Washington ranked 22 and Cal 23.

MY TOP 25

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Utah
  9. Auburn
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Florida
  12. Michigan
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Oregon
  15. Texas
  16. UCF
  17. Penn State
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. Iowa
  20. Boise State
  21. Virginia
  22. Cal
  23. Kansas State
  24. Washington State
  25. TCU

Week 3 College Football Preview

Week 3 Game of the Week

#19 Iowa (-2.5) at Iowa State – Saturday 6:30pm

Game Preview: At the start of the year I believed this game was going to be a big Cyclone win. However, a 2OT game close win against Northern Iowa changed my view. I honestly think this game is a toss up and I wouldn’t touch it. BUT ITS THE GAME OF THE WEEK AND I GOTTA PICK IT. I like a close, low scoring Iowa win based on what I’ve seen. Also, what a terrible weekend of football that this is the game of the week.

Pick: Iowa 20-14

Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)

SEASON RECORD: 13-9

Washington State at Houston OVER 73.5 – Friday 8:15pm

Mike Leach and Dana Holgersen facing off with explosive offenses. Washington State has played two lowly opponents and have scored 50+. Houston put over 30 points in each game including against an improved Oklahoma defense. Expect a lot of points deep into Friday night.

#21 Maryland (-7) at Temple – Saturday 11:00am

This is stealing and an example of Vegas not reacting to early results. Maryland offense is rolling and has been blowing teams out. I truly believe Maryland is in the top part of the Big Ten and therefore should beat Temple by double digits. Call him Coach Mike LOCKsley this week.

#6 Ohio State (-15.5) at Indiana – Saturday 11:00am

I have no idea how this line isn’t in the 20s. Indiana is not very good and Ohio State just got done blowing out a good Cincinnati team. Ohio State wins big.

Oklahoma State (-13.5) at Tulsa – Saturday 2:30pm

Oklahoma State may play on the road, but Tulsa is right down the road. Tulsa is better than last year, but in no way should be under two touchdown underdogs against a dangerous Cowboy team. It is the game after Oklahoma State’s Backbone Booster Boone Pickens death too. They’ll win big in his honor.

#24 USC (-3.5) at BYU – Saturday 2:30pm

USC’s Freshman quarterback didn’t look like a freshman quarterback in their blow out of Stanford. BYU is coming off a comeback Tennessee win, but they’ve been outplayed in both games they’ve played. Easy logic here: USC is better than BYU so I’m betting USC.

Arizona State (+14) at #18 Michigan State – Saturday 3:00pm

Michigan State scored only 28 points against Tulsa. I’m not buying into their improved offense especially against a Power Five team. Arizona State hasn’t looked great, but they’ll keep it within two touchdowns.

#9 Florida (-7.5) at Kentucky UNDER 50 – Saturday 6:00pm

Another offense I’m not buying is Kentucky with a backup quarterback. Florida’s defense is also really good and Felipe Franks showed against Miami he has not evolved as a quarterback. I wouldn’t expect a 40 point performance from Florida. What this all equates to is not a lot of points. Florida wins 27-14.

#1 Clemson at Syracuse (+28) – Saturday 6:30pm

Syracuse has played Clemson close the last two years. So you’re telling me I get them as a four touchdown under dog at home? Yes please. Keep it close Syracuse.

#12 Texas at Rice (+33) – Saturday 7:00pm

Rice has played Army and Wake Forest tough. 33 points, despite Texas’s improved offense, is too much. I think Rice makes this interesting for a quarter or two and ends up losing by 24.

#5 Oklahoma (-22.5) at UCLA – Saturday 7:00pm

UCLA is a terrible football team that will struggle to score on an improved Oklahoma defense. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma offense will put up a ton of points. Oklahoma BY A TON in this game.

Texas Tech (-2) at Arizona – Saturday 9:30pm

This game will last until 1:30am with a lot of points scored between the two. Arizona isn’t good and Texas Tech is average. The Arizona loss to Hawaii is still in my head…. Tech by a field goal or more.

 

Week 2 College Football Recap

LSU Has an Offense

LSU had the points raining down Saturday night in Texas with the 45-38 victory.  However, LSU played about as much defense as they had Air Conditioning in their locker room (none). Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton are great players in the secondary, but Sam Ehlinger throwing for over 400 yards brings serious concerns about the other starters.

People also are finally paying attention to Joe Burrow. His stat line over his last six games is 135/187 (72%) 1915 yards 19 TDs and 2 INTs.  LSU… welcome to the Playoff Discussion.

Army Exposes Michigan

Last year Army exposed Oklahoma for their bad defense. This year Army exposed Michigan’s offense. Michigan couldn’t move the football at all as they barely escaped with a 24-21 2OT win.

Michigan averaged just 2.4 yards per carry against Army. Last week Rice averaged 6 yards per carry against this same defense. Michigan should have major concerns as they no longer look like a top team in the Big Ten.

Knoxville is Burning

Pruitt’s Tennessee team BLEW IT. BYU completed a 64 yard pass that put them in field goal range and sent the game to OT. Tennessee then lost in 2OT.

BYU and Georgia State were supposed to be the easy part of the schedule. Tennessee now has Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi State as four of their next five games. Will Phillip Fulmer give Pruitt another season if they finish 4-8? Pruitt’s recruiting has been impressive… the on the field results have not.

Maryland and North Carolina Surprise

As for good surprises Mike Locksley has Maryland as a serious Big Ten contender. They dismantled Syracuse, scoring 40+ points in the first half and 63 points overall. It is not out of the realm of possibilities for Maryland to be 8-0 in November before their game against Michigan.

North Carolina has also been a pleasant surprise. Mack Brown has the Tar Heels 2-0 and may be a contender in the terrible ACC Coastal.

Clemson Locks Up a Playoff Spot

Clemson’s schedule somehow looks easier now than it did in the off-season. The Tigers played their toughest opponent of the season beating the Aggies at home 24-10. The Tigers likely won’t face another top 25 team the rest of the season. As long as Clemson doesn’t collapse, they’ve already solidified their playoff spot with the win on Saturday.

Worst AP Top 25 Decision

This one is easy… Washington ranked #23 above unranked California despite losing at home to California. Guess some AP voters didn’t want to stay up until 3am.

MY TOP 25

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Utah
  9. Auburn
  10. Florida
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Michigan
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Oregon
  15. Texas
  16. UCF
  17. Penn State
  18. Maryland
  19. Iowa
  20. Michigan State
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Virginia
  23. Boise State
  24. USC
  25. Cal

Week 2 College Football Preview

Week 1 Recap

Auburn and Oregon Down to the Wire

Oregon seemed like the better team. Their offensive line held there own and their defense held Bo Nix to 13/31 177 yards passing. But a few late drives and a late touchdown throw put Auburn on top. Auburn proved to be a top 20 team, but I still don’t trust Bo Nix.

Oklahoma’s Defensive Improvement the Real Story

Jalen Hurts played great, but we knew the Oklahoma offense can score. What we didn’t know is if the Oklahoma defense has improved. After the first game it is evident Oklahoma defense looks improved… to average. Still they are a top team without many competitors in the Big 12.

Bottom of the SEC is Historically Bad

Ole Miss, South Carolina, Missouri, and Tennessee all lost. This doesn’t even include Arkansas winning by just seven against Portland State.  The conference is still strong at the top with Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, and Auburn.

Week 2 Game of the Week

LSU (-5.5) at Texas – Saturday 6:30pm

Game Preview: It’s going to be wild in Austin. The Texas defense will get their first test of the season as they only return two starters from last years team. Believe it or not LSU has a very good offense. This will be Sam Ehlinger’s biggest test and to see if Texas will actually be a playoff contender and “back”. I trust LSU’s offense and defense more.

Pick: LSU 34-24

Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)

SEASON RECORD: 8-3

Cincinnati at Ohio State (-15.5) – Saturday 11:00am

Yes, Cincinnati beat UCLA and looked good defensively. But I have a feeling that had more to do with UCLA’s bad offense rather than Cincinnati’s defense. Ohio State is three touchdowns better.

Syracuse (+1.5) at Maryland – Saturday 11:00am

Maryland won 79-0 against Howard and all of a sudden Maryland is favored. Hate to break it to Maryland fans, but Howard is terrible. Syracuse is the better football team and to get them as an underdog is too good to pass up.

Army (+23) at Michigan – Saturday 11:00am

I told a friend last week to never bet Army (triple option team) when they are favored over three touchdowns. The same theory works when they are over three touchdown underdogs. Michigan is the much better team, but Army’s style of play keeps it within the line.

Vanderbilt (+7) at Purdue – Saturday 11:00am

Purdue lost to Nevada and are still a seven point favorite. Vanderbilt isn’t a bad football team and this one should be close.

Texas A&M (+17.5) at Clemson – Saturday 2:30pm

Second best game of the week and the line is way too high. Trevor Lawrence looked a little shaky the first week against Georgia Tech, but he should turn it around. Unlike Georgia Tech, A&M has an offense that can actually score. This is a single digit game and Texas A&M has a chance to pull the upset. This will be Clemson’s toughest game all year.

Wyoming (-7) at Texas State – Saturday 6:00pm

I believe the upset Wyoming pulled against Missouri wasn’t a fluke. Coach Bohl has a really tough football team. Meanwhile, Texas State’s offense is pitiful. Wyoming by double digits.

BYU at Tennessee (-3) – Saturday 6:00pm

Tennessee is still a better team than BYU despite losing to Georgia State. Also, Knoxville will burn if the Vols lose this game.

UCF at FAU Over 68 – Saturday 6:00pm

I’m not as confident in this because I haven’t seen UCF QB Brandon Wimbush play an actual D1 football team. However, both teams will go fast and like to score. 68 points is too low of a total.

Miami (-3.5) at North Carolina – Saturday 7:30pm

Miami lost a close one to a good Florida team. North Carolina upset a bad South Carolina team. I’m honestly confused why the line is so low. Miami’s offensive line isn’t good, but they should be able to handle the Tar Heels. Miami is double digit points better than North Carolina.

Stanford (+1) at USC – Saturday 9:30pm

USC lost their starting QB and are still one point favorites? This line doesn’t make sense. Stanford wins a low scoring game.

Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Michigan
  9. Utah
  10. Washington
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Texas
  13. Auburn
  14. Florida
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Oregon
  17. Boise State
  18. Iowa
  19. Michigan State
  20. Penn State
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. UCF
  23. Virginia
  24. Miami
  25. Stanford

Week 1 College Football Preview

Week 0 Recap

Florida vs. Miami was exciting, but there was some bad football during it. Miami clearly does not have a competent offensive line. They do have playmakers on both side of the ball and I believe QB Jarren Williams will be just fine. Even with the bad offensive line they still are probably the second best team in the ACC.

Florida on the other hand is not ready to take over the SEC East. QB Feleipe Franks has not made the needed improvements and his weaknesses put a ceiling on this team.

Week 1 Game of the Week 

Auburn (-3.5) vs. Oregon – 6:30pm Arlington, TX

Game Preview: It’s strength vs. strength and weakness vs. weakness. Oregon has one of the best offensive line in the country and they’re facing one of the top five defensive lines in the country. However, Auburn is starting QB Bo Nix, a pocket passing true freshman. This is going to be a back and forth, lower scoring game.

Pick: Oregon 24-17

Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)

Texas State at Texas A&M (-33.5) – Thursday 7:30pm

Texas State is bad and Texas A&M is loaded on offense. As long as A&M defense hold up I think this game ends up being something like 45-10. Not one of my favorite bets, but A&M should cover.

Utah (-6) at BYU – Thursday 9:15pm 

Utah is a top ten team this year. I don’t care it is a rivalry game, if you’re giving me less than a touchdown spread against a team ranked outside of the top 25, I’m taking them.

Tulsa (+24) at Michigan State – Friday 6:00pm

Tulsa will be much improved with Zach Smith at QB. This also has to do with how bad Michigan State’s offense was last year. They didn’t cover by more than 24 points all last year and their offense struggled mightily at the end of the year. I like it a lot.

Wisconsin at South Florida Under 57.5 – Friday 6:00pm 

Wisconsin runs the ball and plays good defense. South Florida will struggle to score and the game play won’t be overly fast. Under, under, under in Tampa in August.

Colorado State at Colorado (-13.5) – Friday 9:00pm

Colorado has legitimate playmakers and Colorado State is still bad. 14 point cover should be easy.

Oklahoma State (-14.5) at Oregon State – Friday 9:30

Oklahoma State can put up points and Oregon State is not a good team. Cowboys by 20 plus.

South Alabama (+36) at Nebraska – Saturday 11:00am

Nebraska will have a good offense, but this team was 4-8 last year. They didn’t even cover 36 points against Bethune Cookman. Too many points for a team I think finishes 8-4.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina (-9) – Saturday 2:30pm

I like betting against true freshman QBs in their first game. South Carolina is much more experienced than North Carolina and a much better football team.

Duke vs. Alabama (-33.5) Over 57 – Saturday 2:30pm

Always bet Alabama on opening games no matter what. This offense will also average close to 50 points per game too. Just need to give up a touchdown to Duke for the over.

Houston at Oklahoma Under 83 – Sunday 6:30pm

Don’t get me wrong, there will be a lot of points. But Oklahoma’s defense will be better this year and Jalen Hurts running style will lead to less points. Expect a 45-24 type of score.

2019 Playoff Predictions and Preseason Top 25

Preseason Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Oregon
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Michigan
  9. Ohio State
  10. Utah
  11. Washington
  12. Florida
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Iowa State
  15. Texas
  16. Iowa
  17. Missouri
  18. Miami
  19. Syracuse
  20. Stanford
  21. Michigan State
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Virginia
  25. Oklahoma State

Final Four

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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

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Alabama has a complete team this year. Their offense is loaded on the offensive line and wide receiver position. All this will help Tua lead one of the most explosive offenses in College Football history. Defensively, the only concern is at middle linebacker and defensive line depth. The only competition on their schedule that could realistically beat them is against Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, or in the SEC Championship game. Alabama should win all of these as long as they don’t have a mental collapse.

2. Clemson Tigers

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

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Their offense is going to be great and only Texas A&M will give them any sort of a challenge. The defense will take a step back, but they have enough talent to replace the starters they lost. If Bama and Clemson go undefeated Alabama has the edge based on their schedule.

3. Oklahoma Sooners

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

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I’m not high on this Oklahoma team even though I have them in the playoffs. I just don’t think they will be challenged in the Big 12. Jalen Hurts does well playing against lackluster defenses and I don’t see a defense on their schedule that will challenge them. Add the fact I think their defense will be average equals a one loss playoff team. They will get stomped by Clemson or Alabama, but I think they’re good enough against bad teams to make the playoffs.

4. Oregon Ducks

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

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I love this Oregon team. Their offensive line is one of the best in the country and they have a top 3 QB with Justin Herbert. Add in a tough non-conference game against Auburn and they’ll have the resume to get to the playoffs. As long as their defense is decent they can get through Pac-12 play.

 

2019 Pac 12 Football Predictions

Pac 12 Championship: Oregon over Utah

Pac 12 North

1. Oregon Ducks

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

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I’m all in on Oregon. They have a top three quarterback and one of the best offensive lines in the country. As long as the defense finishes similar to last year’s 55th ranking they are going to be alright. With seven returning starters on defense and almost everybody back on offense… this team is going to be good.

2. Washington Huskies

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

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Washington has major changes on the defensive side as they have to replace nine starters on defense. I think going from Jake Browning to Jacob Eason will actually be an upgrade to the quarterback position though. Washington takes a step forward on offense, but a step back on defense.

3. Stanford Cardinals

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

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Stanford has a young team this year. They are replacing a lot of starters on the defensive side and will have to find some new offensive weapons. QB K.J. Costello and a solid offensive line makes this team a contender in the Pac-12.

4. Washington State Cougars

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

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No Gardner Minshew and replacing a lot of defensive starters adds up to this not being a 11-2 cinderella team like last year. The offensive line is experienced, but expect Mike Leach to fall back closer to .500. Going to Houston will be a tough non-conference game for the Cougars.

5. California Golden Bears

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

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Cal has one of the best secondaries in the Pac-12, but other than that the Golden Bears are pretty underwhelming. The defense and CB Camryn Bynum will have to lead this team to some low scoring wins.

6. Oregon State Beavers

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

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The defense is bad and the offense is not good. There is still a lot of work to Oregon State being decent again.

Pac 12 South

1. Utah Utes

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

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Utah has one of the best and deepest defensive lines in the country. Their defense is going to give teams problems this year in the Pac-12. Offensively they return a lot of starters including QB Tyler Huntley and 1,000 yard rusher Zack Moss. Utah will win the division again.

2. USC Trojans

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

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QB JT Daniels should make an improvement and he has a ton of weapons including Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tyler Vaughns, and Michael Pittman. This USC team is just not as talented as other USC teams in the past as they’ve taken a step back in recruiting. Expect a more competitive USC team than last year.

3. Arizona State Sun Devils

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

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Arizona State was surprisingly decent last year. This year they will start a true freshman highly recruited QB Jayden Daniels. Expect growing pains early, but a strong finish in the Pac-12.

4. UCLA Bruins

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

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UCLA was awful last year as they transitioned to Chip Kelly’s offense. They return a ton of starters and will be better than last year’s 3-9 season. Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s development as a quarterback will be the key for a UCLA improvement.

5. Arizona Wildcats

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

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Can Khalil Tate be as dynamic as he was his Sophomore season? That is a huge question as this defense will again be not very good. Expect Arizona in a lot of shootouts especially  with the offense led by 1400 yard rusher J.J. Taylor.

6. Colorado Buffaloes

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

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Colorado has the top player in the Pac-12 with WR Laviska Shenault and that is about it. Senior QB Steven Montez has been solid,  but the offense will have to improve from it’s 75th ranked finish last year. Defensively, they replace a lot of key starters. Colorado will be an OK team this year, but a non-conference matchup against Nebraska keeps them just out of bowl bound.

 

2019 ACC Football Predictions

ACC Championship: Clemson over Miami

ACC Atlantic

1. Clemson Tigers

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

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Clemson should be playoff bound again. The offense will be electric again with their once in a generation QB Trevor Lawrence. Clemson has weapons at the skill positions especially with Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross, and Tee Higgins. Joe Ngata is a freshman WR to look out for also. How Clemson does reloading the defense will be a question on how elite this team is. Replacing the entire defensive line and numerous other defenders won’t be easy.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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

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

3. Syracuse Orange

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

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Dino Babers has turned Syracuse around in three years. Now it is time to see if this is sustainable. Babers returns a veteran team and Alton Robinson is the real deal at Defensive End. Syracuse possibly could finish 10-3 again and turn into one of the top teams in the ACC

4. Boston College Eagles

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

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

5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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

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Wake Forest has had two straight successful seasons under coach Dave Clawson. They have their leading rusher and quarterback back. The defense will need a major improvement after finishing 116th last year. If they get some better play on defense, they’ll make a bowl and have a good season.

6. NC State Wolfpack

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

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They lose a lot on offense and the defense is just alright. Sophomore starting quarterback Matthew McKay will try to pick up where Ryan Finley left. Honestly, trying to pick between BC, Wake Forest, and NC State is like choosing your favorite vegetable, they are all pretty average.

7. Louisville Cardinals

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

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

ACC Coastal

1. Miami Hurricanes

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

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

2. Virginia Tech Hookies

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

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

3. Virginia Cavaliers

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

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

4. Pittsburgh Panthers

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

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

5. North Carolina Tar Heels

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

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Mack Brown is in and the roster isn’t awful. The problem is they do not have a quarterback with experience on the roster. They will have to start freshman QB Sam Howell because that is their only option. The opener against South Carolina is almost a sure loss. A bowl game would be a great first season for Mack.

6. Duke Blue Devils

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

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

7. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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

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Georgia Tech goes from the triple option to a modern day offense. Only problem is they have a bunch of low ranked recruits who were brought there to run the triple option. It is going to be rough transition year.

2019 Big 12 Football Predictions

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma over Iowa State

 

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1. Oklahoma Sooners

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

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

2. Iowa State Cyclones

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

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

3. Texas Longhorns

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

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

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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

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

5. Baylor Bears

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

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

6. TCU Horned Frogs

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

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

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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

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

8. Kansas State Wildcats

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

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

9. West Virginia Mountaineers

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

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

10. Kansas Jayhawks

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

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