Weekly College Football Picks–Week 1


This year, I am going to be posting my picks for each week in college football. I’ll pick every Top 25 game, plus a few others that I think mean something. My goal for the year is to be better than 78% correct with these predictions. Here we go!

 

Top 25

#9 South Carolina 27, #21 Texas A&M 17.

In the first game of the SEC Network, South Carolina will host a Texas A&M team that will try to move on from the Johnny Manziel era. The Aggie defense is supposed to be better this year, but have they improved enough to where they can shut down Gamecock runner Mike Davis? I doubt it. Kenny Hill will have some flashes of brilliance, but in the end Spurrier will prove to be too much.

#18 Ole Miss 34, Boise State 21.

This is supposed to be the year where Ole Miss finally breaks through into the upper-tier of the SEC. Of course, to get that campaign going, they must open the year with a big win against the Broncos. I think that Boise will give the Rebels a very good game; however, there just isn’t enough firepower for Boise to keep up with Bo Wallace and Hugh Freeze.

#19 Arizona State 59, Weber State 14.

An easy game to kick off the year for the Sun Devils. Tyler Kelly posts unbelievable numbers in this route.

#8 Michigan State 30, Jacksonville State 10.

The Gamecocks from Jacksonville, Alabama, are a very solid team. However, I don’t think there offense will have nearly enough to put a dent in the Spartans’ defensive armor. Connor Cook will ease in to his role as full-time starter, and Michigan State wins going away.

#1 Florida State 41, Oklahoma State 27.

The Seminoles kick off their campaign to repeat as national champions against a middle of the pack Big 12 team. I doubt we see much from Oklahoma State this year (I have them 7-5), and while I do think they will score some points, the Cowboys won’t really scare Famous Jameis and the ‘Noles.

#2 Alabama 38, West Virginia 10.

The question is not whether West Virginia will give Alabama a tough game, but instead who the starting quarterback will be for the Crimson Tide. Either way, expect to see a heavy dose of T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry. I would assume Jacob Coker and Blake Sims will split time, so it’ll be interesting to see if either can separate himself in the quarterback race.

#3 Oregon 66, South Dakota 7.

This one won’t be close. Marcus Mariota will begin his Heisman campaign with a HUGE game against lesser competition.

#4 Oklahoma 40, Louisiana Tech 17.

Most years, Louisiana Tech might provide stiff competition. However, this is not the same Bulldogs team we usually see. Plus, this is one of the best Oklahoma teams that Bob Stoops has fielded in years. Watch for the Sooners to pull away early.

#5 Ohio State 26, Navy 24.

Life without Braxton Miller begins. How will Ohio State respond? This game will be a huge test for them. Navy is much improved; Keenan Reynolds is a wonderful duel-threat quarterback who will give the Buckeyes’ defense a huge test. This one will be fun, but I think a late field goal gives Ohio State the win.

#6 Auburn 37, Arkansas 17.

Arkansas is not terrible. Even last year, Arkansas had two of the best running backs in the SEC. The Razorbacks can move the football; the question mark is the defense. Can they stop Auburn? The Tigers return basically everyone on offense. They will score like crazy, just like last year. Arkansas may make it interesting early, but look for Nick Marshall to explode in the second half.

#7 UCLA 34, Virginia 7.

UCLA is the popular pick right now among media members to win the national championship. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon quite yet. However, Brett Hundley is a wonderful quarterback who will have a fantastic season. Virginia simply isn’t good enough to stay with the Bruins.

#11 Stanford 36, UC Davis 7.

Another Pac-12 easy victory. Stanford should not be challenged in this one.

#12 Georgia 38, #16 Clemson 31.

I am sold on Georgia. I think Hutson Mason is going to be a great quarterback for Georgia this year, and Todd Gurley will rekindle the magic he had in the freshman year running the football. This should be another fantastic game, but I just don’t think Clemson’s young offense can hang with the Bulldogs. They simply lost too many weapons.

Todd Gurley gets his chance to avenge last year's loss to Clemson in this year's opener.

Todd Gurley gets his chance to avenge last year’s loss to Clemson in this year’s opener.

#13 LSU 27, #14 Wisconsin 23.

I think this will be Wisconsin’s only loss this year. LSU lost a lot of talent,        but that seems to be the story every year. Les Miles always finds a way to  reload. It’ll be interesting to see which of the two LSU quarterbacks pulls ahead in the QB race. This game should be a classic.

 #15 USC 50, Fresno State 31.

Fresno State comes in to the season without its leading passer (Derek Carr)   and leading receiver (Devante Adams) from a year ago. USC comes in with a new coach and lots of new enthusiasm. This one will be high scoring, but I anticipate the Trojans to jump out to a big lead early and to never take their foot off the gas.

#17 Notre Dame 31, Rice 13.

Rice is decent, but a Notre Dame team led by Everett Golson will be looking to kick the season off on the right foot. Shout-out to Woodberry alum C.J. Prosise for the Irish.

#20 Kansas State 41, Stephen F. Austin 13.

The Wildcats should have this one in hand. Bill Snyder’s team has a lot of talent, and maybe it’s time they make a move in the Big 12 race.

#22 Nebraska 27, Florida Atlantic 3.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. will lead a Huskers attack against the Owls of Florida Atlantic. This one won’t be close.

#23 North Carolina 40, Liberty 23.

Liberty can actually score some points. They might give the Tar Heels some trouble early, but I anticipate the Larry Fedora-led squad to pull away.

#24 Missouri 49, South Dakota State 13.

An easy win for M-I-Z Z-O-U in the era of Maty Mauk. The development of the defense is key in this game.

#25 Washington 38, Hawaii 16.

Washington is not starting the quarterback they want, but it shouldn’t make much of a difference against a poor Hawaii team. The Rainbow Warriors don’t have the offense to keep up, and they don’t have the defense to stop the Huskies. The Chris Peterson era kicks off with a win.

#10 Baylor 51, SMU 26.

Baylor will pick up exactly where they left off last year scoring-wise, getting at least four touchdowns from Bryce Petty. SMU can score, but they can’t keep up with the Bears.

Louisville 23, Miami (FL) 13.

The Bobby Petrino era kicks off with a Monday night game at home. If Louisville wants to be the team they can be, they need this win. Quarterback Will Gardner will be the player to watch. Will he be as successful as the man he is replacing (Teddy Bridgewater)? I think yes.

Tennessee 36, Utah State 31. 

Many think that the Aggies can pull off the upset. They certainly have the talent; Chuckie Keeton is one of the brightest stars in the game. Butch Jones needs this game to get the season going in the right direction. Justin Worley needs this game to prove himself as a reliable starter for the Vols.

 

Well there it is. What do you think?

College Football Pre-Season Predictions 2014


With everybody posting their bold predictions for the 2014 college football season today, I realized maybe it’s time for me to get my picks out there. These were all made a few weeks ago, but I’m sticking with them. Here we go!

 

ACC

Atlantic

1. Florida State–11-1 (7-1)

2. Clemson–10-2 (7-1)

3. Louisville–9-3 (6-2)

4. Syracuse–6-6 (4-4)

5. NC State–6-6 (3-5)

6. Boston College–5-7 (2-6)

7. Wake Forest–3-9 (0-8)

I expect Louisville to hand Florida State it's lone loss of the regular season.

I expect Louisville to hand Florida State it’s lone loss of the regular season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal

1. Virginia Tech–9-3 (6-2)

2. Miami (FL)–8-4 (6-2)

3. Duke–9-3 (5-3)

4. North Carolina–8-4 (5-3)

5. Pittsburgh–7-5 (4-4)

6. Georgia Tech–5-7 (2-6)

7. Virginia–2-10 (0-8)

 

ACC Championship Game: Florida State over Virginia Tech

 

Three Bold Predictions

1. Louisville will upset Florida State on October 30th.

2. Jameis Winston won’t win the Heisman

3. Clemson finally beats South Carolina.

 

Big Ten

East

1. Michigan State–11-1 (7-1)

2. Ohio State–11-1 (7-1)

3. Michigan–9-3 (6-2)

4. Penn State–10-2 (6-2)

5. Indiana–6-6 (3-5)

6. Maryland–6-6 (2-6)

7. Rutgers–3-9 (0-8)

West

1. Wisconsin–11-1 (8-0)

2. Nebraska–9-3 (5-3)

3. Iowa–9-3 (5-3)

4. Northwestern–7-5 (4-4)

5. Illinois–5-5 (2-6)

6. Minnesota–4-8 (1-7)

7. Purdue–3-9 (0-8)

Connor Cook is ready to lead Michigan State to a Big Ten title.

Connor Cook is ready to lead Michigan State to a Big Ten title.

 

 Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan State over Wisconsin

 

 Three Bold Predictions

1. Michigan State beats Oregon in Eugene.

2. Wisconsin runs the table in conference play.

3. James Franklin wins Big Ten Coach of the Year.

 

Big 12

1. Oklahoma–11-1 (8-1)

2. Baylor–10-2 (7-2)

3. Texas–10-2 (7-2)

4. TCU–9-3 (6-3)

5. Kansas State–7-5 (5-4)

6. Oklahoma State–7-5 (5-4)

7. Texas Tech–6-6 (3-6)

8. Iowa State–4-8 (2-7)

9. West Virginia–2-10 (1-8)

10. Kansas–2-10 (0-9)

 

Three Bold Predictions

1. Texas beats Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.

2. Texas beats UCLA to shock all of the media members picking the Bruins to win it all.

3. Charlie Weis gets fired after Kansas loses at home to Iowa State.

 

Pac-12

North

1. Oregon–10-2 (8-1)

2. Stanford–9-3 (6-3)

3. Washington–9-4 (5-4)

4. Oregon State–8-4 (5-4)

5. Washington State–6-6 (3-6)

6. California–2-10 (0-9)

South

1. UCLA–10-2 (8-1)

2. Arizona–8-4 (5-4)

3. USC–8-4 (5-4)

4. Arizona State–8-4 (5-4)

5. Utah–5-7 (3-6)

6. Colorado–3-9 (1-8)

 

Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon over UCLA

 

Three Bold Predictions

1. A Pac-12 team misses the College Football Playoff.

2. Washington pulls off at least one huge upset.

3. USC is the league’s biggest disappointment.

 

SEC

East

1. Georgia–11-1 (7-1)

Will Muschamp is coaching for his job at Florida.

Will Muschamp is coaching for his job at Florida.

2. Florida–8-4 (5-3)

3. South Carolina–8-4 (5-3)

4. Tennessee–7-5 (4-4)

5. Missouri 8-4 (4-4)

6. Vanderbilt–5-7 (1-7)

7. Kentucky–3-9 (0-8)

West

1. Alabama–12-0 (8-0)

2. Auburn–10-2 (6-2)

3. LSU–9-3 (5-3)

4. Mississippi State 9-3 (5-3)

5. Texas A&M–7-5 (3-5)

6. Ole Miss–7-5 (3-5)

7. Arkansas–3-9 (0-8)

 

SEC Championship Game: Alabama over Georgia

 

Three Bold Predictions

1. Alabama and Georgia get revenge on Auburn…but those two games are the only ones Auburn loses.

2. Kentucky will scare some people this year.

3. Dak Prescott is voted 1st Team All-SEC Quarterback.

 

College Football Playoff Predictions

Sugar Bowl: 1 Alabama over 4 Oklahoma

Rose Bowl: 3 Michigan State over 2 Florida State

CFP National Championship: 1 Alabama over 3 Michigan State

 

Heisman Trophy Winner

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma

 

Well, there you have it. All of my predictions. What do you think? Let me know!

Updated Bracketology 2/28


Last Four In

Arkansas

Providence

Minnesota

Tennessee

First Four Out

BYU

Missouri

St. John’s

Florida State

Next Four Out

Nebraska

Georgetown

Richmond

LSU

Full Bracket can be viewed here: UPDATED BRACKET

Bracketology 2/21


Here’s my updated bracket. What do you think?

 

East

1 Syracuse

16 High Point/Weber State

8 VCU

9 New Mexico

5 UCLA

12 Providence/Baylor

4 Michigan

13 Delaware

6 Connecticut

11 Tennessee

3 Michigan State

14 North Dakota State

7 Kansas State

10 SMU

2 San Diego State

15 Boston U.

 

South

1 Florida

16 Davidson

8 Colorado

9 Xavier

5 Iowa

12 Green Bay

4 Saint Louis

13 Stephen F. Austin

6 Louisville

11 Minnesota

3 Creighton

14 Iona

7 Oklahoma

10 California

2 Duke

15 Vermont

 

Midwest

1 Wichita State

16 Alabama State/Utah Valley

8 Arizona State

9 George Washington

5 Kentucky

12 Harvard

4 Iowa State

13 Belmont

6 North Carolina

11 Oklahoma State/Saint Joseph’s

3 Wisconsin

14 Middle Tennessee

7 Memphis

10 Missouri

2 Villanova

15 North Carolina-Central

 

West

1 Arizona

16 Robert Morris

8 Massachusetts

9 Gonzaga

5 Texas

12 Toledo

4 Virginia

13 Mercer

6 Ohio State

11 St. John’s

3 Cincinnati

14 Georgia State

7 Pittsburgh

10 Stanford

2 Kansas

15 UC Irvine

 

Last Four In

Oklahoma State

Saint Joseph’s

Providence

Baylor

 

First Four Out

BYU

Oregon

Richmond

West Virginia

 

Next Four Out

Georgetown

Dayton

LSU

Arkansas

Weekend Bubble Review


Which teams are trending up and which are trending down? That’s what this post is about. Which teams took a loss this weekend that will hurt their seeing or place on the bubble? Read below to find out.

 

SMU

Previous Projected Seed: 8

Trending: Down

New Projection: 10-11

 

Southern Miss

Previous Projected Seed: 11

Trending: Down

New Projection: OUT

 

Arizona State

Previous Projected Seed: 10

Trending: Up

New Projection: 8-9

 

Pittsburgh

Previous Projected Seed: 7

Trending: Down

New Projection: 8-10

 

LSU

Previous Projected Seed: First Four Out

Trending: Down

New Projection: Off the Bubble

 

St. John’s

Previous Projected Seed: First Four Out

Trending: Up

New Projection: Last Four In

Bubble Teams to Watch


Here are the big bubble games that will occur today (Saturday) and Sunday. It may still be February, but these teams have a lot riding on games this weekend. Here’s the list:

 

Baylor (vs. Kansas State)

Saint Joseph’s (at LaSalle)

Clemson (vs. Virginia)

Oklahoma State (vs. Oklahoma)

Missouri (vs. Tennessee)

Ole Miss (at Georgia)

LSU (at Arkansas)

West Virginia (at Texas)

BYU (at Saint Mary’s)

 

Keep up with results! New bracket will be out Friday.

Bracketology 2/14


Bracketology is back! I’ll post a new bracket every Friday to give you my tournament predictions. Here we go!

 

East

1 Syracuse

16 Coastal Carolina/Southern U

8 SMU

9 Colorado

5 Saint Louis

12 Georgetown/Baylor

4 Iowa State

13 Delaware

6 UCLA

11 Southern Miss

3 Cincinnati

14 Iona

7 Kansas State

10 New Mexico

2 Michigan State

15 Vermont

 

West

1 Arizona

16 Davidson

8 Massachusetts

9 North Carolina

5 Louisville

12 Toledo

4 Kentucky

13 Mercer

6 Connecticut

11 Providence

3 Michigan

14 Georgia State

7 Pittsburgh

10 California

2 San Diego State

15 Boston U

 

Midwest

1 Wichita State

16 Utah Valley/Robert Morris

8 George Washington

9 Oklahoma State

5 Iowa

12 Missouri/West Virginia

4 Virginia

13 Belmont

6 Ohio State

11 Tennessee

3 Creighton

7 Gonzaga

10 Stanford

2 Kansas

15 UC-Santa Barbara

 

South

1 Florida

16 Weber State

8 VCU

9 Xavier

5 Texas

12 Harvard

4 Wisconsin

13 Green Bay

6 Memphis

11 Minnesota

3 Duke

14 Stephen F. Austin

7 Oklahoma

10 Arizona State

2 Villanova

15 NC-Central

Last Four In: West Virginia, Georgetown, Missouri, Baylor

First Four Out: BYU, St. John’s, LSU, Saint Joseph’s

Next Four Out: Clemson, Richmond, Oregon, Dayton

Week 13 College Football Picks


Top 25

1 Alabama 48, Chattanooga 3. 

Just a warm-up before the Iron Bowl of all Iron Bowls next weekend. Alabama sails by.

 

2 Florida State 63, Idaho 7.

Idaho just might be the worst team in college football. Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but this one won’t be a challenge for Jameis Winston. The most drama this weekend for the Heisman candidate is what comes out of the investigation currently going on in Tallahassee.

 

3 Ohio State 59, Indiana 27.

Ohio State’s defense showed me a lot last weekend. They allowed a weak Illinois offense to move the ball with relative ease. While the Hoosiers didn’t show it last weekend against Wisconsin, this offense can put up points. They just can’t stop the run. Ohio State and Carlos Hyde pull away in the third quarter to win again and set up a huge rivalry game next weekend against Michigan.

 

4 Baylor 45, 10 Oklahoma State 34.

A lot of people are saying Oklahoma State has the best defense in the Big 12. I kind of agree with that, although I’m not sure they’re good enough to slow down Baylor. Bryce Petty has looked impressive this year, and Shock Linwood has been fantastic in place of starting running back Lache Seastrunk. (Seriously, Baylor, where do you find RBs with these names???) It’ll be close for most of the game, but expect Baylor to make a huge stop late to secure the victory.

 

5 Oregon 58, Arizona 31.

Love Ka’Deem Carey. Don’t like the rest of Arizona’s team. Plus, they just lost at home to Washington State. No team that loses at home to Washington State will beat Oregon.

 

7 Clemson 51, The Citadel 17.

Tajh Boyd has a huge day in preparation for next week’s game against South Carolina.

 

8 Missouri 31, 24 Ole Miss 27.

A sneaky good game on ESPN at 7:45 p.m. ET, this match-up is pretty darn even. Missouri gets James Franklin back at quarterback, but how effective will he be? Ole Miss has been hot of late, and they’ve got the home crowd. One loss and Missouri is out of the SEC Championship. Something tells me Gary Pinkel will have his team ready to play.

 

9 Stanford 41, California 14.

This Cal team is dreadful. Just absolutely horrendous. Stanford will pound this one away to an easy win.

 

11 South Carolina 48, Coastal Carolina 10.

Another SEC-FCS match-up. Naturally, the SEC will come away victorious.

 

12 Texas A&M 48, 22 LSU 34.

14 points is my pick, and I think it might be bigger. Obviously, the question mark is Texas A&M’s defense. They’re pretty terrible, but LSU has had its issues on that side of the ball as well. I think Johnny Manziel plays the best game of his career and stuns Tiger Stadium into silence.

 

13 Michigan State 20, Northwestern 14.

This one smells like an upset. Northwestern has had some pretty rotten luck the last few weeks. I think this one will be a battle, and the Spartans will struggle early because it’s a noon kick and for some reason, the Wildcats play pretty well in noon games. Still, Michigan State’s defense IS the best in America…

 

14 UCLA 40, 17 Arizona State 35.

VERY even game. Brett Hundley vs. Taylor Kelly will be compelling. However, in games like this, I lean with the home team.

 

15 Fresno State 49, New Mexico 13. 

Next, please.

 

19 Wisconsin 34, 25 Minnesota 20

Minnesota is the feel-good story of the year. This team has been through the ringer, and they are better because of it. However, this vastly underrated Wisconsin team has something to prove. Nobody runs the ball like this Badgers team, and I love what the defense has done the last few weeks. In the end, the Gophers just won’t be able to keep up.

 

Kansas State 31, 20 Oklahoma 23.

Kansas State is probably the hottest team in the Big 12, other than Baylor. Daniel Sams and Jake Waters are doing very well in this two-quarterback system, and Sams has been running like crazy this year too. The difference, though, is the poor play of Oklahoma. Guys, this isn’t a very good team. Spencer Tillman said that in the preseason, and we’re finally seeing it now.

 

21 Louisville 41, Memphis 21.

Memphis has turned things around this year, but not enough so to stop Teddy Bridgewater. Now, Louisville just needs UCF to lose.

 

23 USC 32, Colorado 20.

32? Yeah, it’s a weird score. I needed to throw one in somewhere. USC might suffer a bit of a hangover, and Colorado has improved, but the Trojans will be too much late.

 

Other Important Games

Duke 37, Wake Forest 24.

The dream season will continue. I LOVE this Duke team, especially the running attack. The Blue Devils are for real, and this game will set up the huge match-up against rival North Carolina for the right to go the ACC Championship. Yes, the ACC CHAMPIONSHIP.

 

Tennessee 30, Vanderbilt 28.

This one will be close, and Vanderbilt has played very well in November, but Tennessee wants and needs this one more. I like Rajon Neal, and I think Tennessee wins this one with a late field goal.

 

Samford 34, Elon 14.

I’ll be in attendance for this one to see my dad’s alma mater attempting to win a share of the Southern Conference title. The FCS Playoff automatic bid conversation is a bit more dicey, but one game at a time.

 

We’ll Be Back Thursday!


Thursday marks the end of our three week hiatus. Tune in this week for more of your favorite sports stories, opinions, and interviews take place as “Co-Host Month” gets going!

Bracketology 3/8


After Thursday night’s games, here is my fully updated. It was tough to pick the last few teams to put in because, honestly, there aren’t a lot of tournament teams in the lower part of the bracket. Here we go…

 

West

1 Gonzaga

16 Charleston Southern/Southern

8 San Diego State

9 Minnesota

5 Butler

12 Iowa State/Tennessee

4 Syracuse

13 Bucknell

6 North Carolina

11 La Salle

3 Michigan State

14 South Dakota State

7 UCLA

10 Creighton

2 Georgetown

15 Stony Brook

 

Midwest

1 Indiana

16 Northeastern

8 NC State

9 Colorado

5 Pittsburgh

12 Belmont

4 Kansas State

13 Davidson

6 Saint Louis

11 St. Mary’s

3 Miami (FL)

14 Stephen F. Austin

7 Colorado State

10 California

2 Louisville

15 Princeton

 

East

1 Duke

16 Mercer

8 Missouri

9 Wichita State

5 Oklahoma State

12 Middle Tennessee

4 Ohio State

13 Akron

6 Wisconsin

11 Villanova

3 Arizona

14 Montana

7 VCU

10 Cincinnati

2 New Mexico

15 Long Beach State

 

South

1 Kansas

16 Robert Morris/Norfolk State

8 Memphis

9 Illinois

5 UNLV

12 Ole Miss/Temple

4 Marquette

13 Louisiana Tech

6 Notre Dame

11 Boise State

3 Florida

14 Valparaiso

7 Oregon

10 Oklahoma

2 Michigan

15 Niagara

 

Last Four In: Iowa State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Temple

First Four Out: Virginia, Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor

Next Four Out: Kentucky, Stanford, Iowa, Arkansas

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