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Bracketology 3/3


As we prepare for Selection Sunday next weekend, it’s crunch time for a lot of the bubble teams. I’ll be in Nashville next weekend for the SEC Basketball Tournament, and I’ll be interested to see how Georgia and Vanderbilt play with so much on the line. I’ll tweet out “Last Four In, First Four Outs” all next weekend as well (Follow @gray_robertson for those updates). Now, let’s get to the bracket.

 

East Region

1 Villanova

16 UC Irvine/Mount St. Mary’s

 

8 Miami (FL)

9 Michigan State

 

5 Cincinnati

12 UNC-Wilmington

 

4 Florida State

13 Princeton

 

6 St. Mary’s

11 Providence

 

3 UCLA

14 Bucknell

 

7 Maryland

10 Xavier

 

2 Louisville

15 CSU-Bakersfield

 

West Region

1 Gonzaga

16 South Dakota

 

8 South Carolina

9 VCU

 

5 Virginia

12 Nevada

 

4 West Virginia

13 Vermont

 

6 Creighton

11 USC/Wake Forest

 

3 Duke

14 Akron

 

7 Wisconsin

10 Arkansas

 

2 Baylor

15 North Dakota

 

Midwest Region

1 Kansas

16 New Orleans/Texas Southern

 

8 Virginia Tech

9 Michigan

 

5 Notre Dame

12 Vanderbilt/Illinois

 

4 Purdue

13 Monmouth

 

6 Iowa State

11 Middle Tennessee

 

3 Butler

14 Florida Gulf-Coast

 

7 Dayton

10 Seton Hall

 

2 Oregon

15 UNC-Greensboro

 

South Region

1 North Carolina

16 NC-Central

 

8 Wichita State

9 Northwestern

 

5 SMU

12 UT-Arlington

 

4 Florida

13 Belmont

 

6 Minnesota

11 Syracuse

 

3 Arizona

14 Winthrop

 

7 Oklahoma State

10 Marquette

 

2 Kentucky

15 Oakland

 

Last Four In: USC, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Illinois

First Four Out: Rhode Island, California, Georgia, Georgia Tech

Next Four Out: Kansas State, Iowa, Houston, TCU

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Bracketology 2/17


It’s that time of year again! I’m putting out my first Bracketology of the year, fully aware that this will be totally wrong in just a few weeks. Here we go:

 

East Region

1 Villanova

16 Texas Southern/Mount St. Mary’s

 

8 Dayton

9 Oklahoma State

 

5 Wisconsin

12 UT-Arlington

 

4 West Virginia

13 Vermont

 

6 Notre Dame

11 Arkansas

 

3 Arizona

14 Florida Gulf-Coast

 

7 Northwestern

10 TCU

 

2 Florida State

15 CSU-Bakersfield

 

South Region

1 Baylor

16 New Orleans

 

8 VCU

9 California

 

5 Purdue

12 Monmouth

 

4 Virginia

13 Valparaiso

 

6 SMU

11 Middle Tennessee

 

3 Florida

14 Princeton

 

7 USC

10 Michigan State

 

2 North Carolina

15 Bucknell

 

Midwest Region

1 Kansas

16 UC Davis/Weber State

 

8 Virginia Tech

9 Wichita State

 

5 Cincinnati

12 Clemson/Tennessee

 

4 Butler

13 Belmont

 

6 South Carolina

11 Georgia Tech/Seton Hall

 

3 Duke

14 UNC-Asheville

 

7 St. Mary’s

10 Michigan

 

2 Oregon

15 Furman

 

West Region

1 Gonzaga

16 NC-Central

 

8 Iowa State

9 Miami (FL)

 

5 Creighton

12 UNC-Wilmington

 

4 UCLA

13 Akron

 

6 Xavier

11 Syracuse

 

3 Kentucky

14 Colorado State

 

7 Minnesota

10 Kansas State

 

2 Louisville

15 North Dakota State

 

Last Four In: Seton Hall, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee

First Four Out: Illinois State, Wake Forest, Marquette, Georgetown

Next Four Out: Providence, Texas Tech, Alabama, Indiana

 

Woodberry Varsity Basketball Bracketology


Well, Tiger Nation, last night surely wasn’t what we wanted. After the best quarter of basketball that Woodberry has played all season, the Tigers couldn’t run with St. Anne’s-Belfield and fell 61-46. Another chance for a “good” win faded away, and now the Tigers’ profile is looking more bubblicious than ever. Let’s take a look at where Woodberry stands right now in the hunt for a State Playoff bid.

 

Woodberry Forest

Overall: 10-11

The issue with the overall record is, of course, the fact that Woodberry is under .500. While I’m not sure how the committee looks at overall records, I have a problem with teams losing more than they win. I was against 5-7 teams making bowl games in college football, and I feel similarly about high school basketball in the state playoffs.

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The Tigers have won 10 of 15 after an 0-6 start. Can they close the season strong and steal a state playoff bid?

Conference: 6-6 (4th)

With the loss last night, Woodberry locked in to fourth place in the Prep League. First off, finishing in 4th isn’t bad at all because that puts Woodberry right in the middle–neither on the top tier nor the bottom tier. Plus, finishing in fourth ensures that the Tigers will host their first game in the Prep League tournament (against Collegiate next Tuesday, but more on that in a bit). Finishing at .500 isn’t fantastic in conference, but it’s not a con either; if anything, this may be a stat that the committee with only glance over.

MaxPreps Quality Rating: 8.5 (9th out of 14 in Division I)

This ranking doesn’t mean that much because it will probably drop a bit after the loss to STAB. However, the bottom line is that there isn’t much margin for error for the Tigers. This rating doesn’t say that the Tigers will or will not get in. Instead, it simply states what we all know–the Tigers are very, very on the bubble.

MaxPreps Strength of Schedule Rating: 9.1 (9th in Division I)

The Tigers strength of schedule rating has gone down due to the recent decline of Fork Union and Christchurch. While this rating doesn’t mean that much, it does show that the Tigers schedule is hovering right around the middle of Division I. Therefore, if the Tigers close the regular season at 10-12 heading into the Prep League tournament, they may not have the argument of a tough schedule to bank on.

Good Wins: None

Here’s where everything gets complicated. In terms of beating the teams that Woodberry’s supposed to, the Tigers have done everything they’ve needed to do. The issue is that they haven’t done more than the bear minimum. The six conference losses are all sweeps against STAB, St. Christopher’s, and Trinity Episcopal. While one could argue that Woodberry was competitive in four of those six losses (the home defeats against STAB and Trinity are a black eye), close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and bocce ball. The committee isn’t looking for close; they’re looking for teams that got it done. Take a look at Collegiate–the Cougars were able to pick up a home win by 15-points over Trinity a week ago. While that’s their only quality win and Collegiate did get swept by Woodberry, they have something the Tigers don’t have…a shiny, big win on their resume. (Also, note that Collegiate won at Steward earlier this season. If the final playoff spot comes down to these two teams, then how Woodberry fares against Steward on Friday could be the deciding factor.)

Bad Losses: vs. Bishop Ireton

Listing Bishop Ireton as a bad loss isn’t that fair to Woodberry, mainly because at the time these two played the Cardinals were a strong-looking team. However, since conference play has begun, Bishop Ireton has lost 13 of 15 (against the toughest schedule in Division I) and has dropped to 7-21 overall. Sure, this game was the second of the year for the Tigers. However, the committee will look at it equally along with the rest of Woodberry’s non-conference schedule. Whether that’s fair or not isn’t important; that’s the reality. The good news for the Tigers is that they didn’t slip in conference. While all six losses were sweeps, so were all six wins. Despite the closeness of the scores, dual victories over FUMA, Collegiate, and (to a lesser extent) Christchurch could provide Woodberry with some extra ammo when the committee meets to decide the state playoff field.

January 16, 2016.  Woodberry Forest Varsity Basketball vs Landon School.

The Tigers could be sweating it out on Selection Day. It all depends on how Woodberry closes the season.

Gray’s Pick: In or Out?

In, but by a thread. Right now, the Tigers are barely hanging on. A loss against Steward might tip the scale considering that Steward is a Division II team listed as one of the “others receiving votes” squads. If anything, Woodberry has to win Friday against Steward and then has to beat Collegiate to feel good (plus, with the sudden rise of Collegiate, that first round Prep League tournament game has gotten much more important for both teams). A loss in either of those two games means that Craig Dawson’s squad will be sweating it out on Selection Day and, despite how well Woodberry has closed down the stretch after an 0-6 start, that would certainly be a disappointing predicament for a team that came in to the season with a lot of promise.

 

Bracketology 3/9/15


After the final weekend of the regular season, it’s time for championship week. I’ll be in Nashville working at the SEC Basketball Tournament, but I’ll have my eye on what’s going on around the country. My next bracket will be posted on Thursday night, with some bubble updates coming every day. The final bracket will be posted on Saturday night. Here’s my updated Bracketology!

 

Midwest Regional

1 Kentucky

16 Montana/Lafayette

 

8 Iowa

9 Oregon

 

5 North Carolina

12 Texas/Indiana

 

4 West Virginia

13 Central Michigan

 

6 Providence

11 Boise State

 

3 Notre Dame

14 William & Mary

 

7 Ohio State

10 Davidson

 

2 Kansas

15 New Mexico State

 

West Regional

1 Villanova

16 North Florida

 

8 San Diego State

9 Dayton

 

5 Utah

12 Wofford

 

4 Louisville

13 Yale

 

6 SMU

11 Purdue

 

3 Iowa State

14 UC Davis

 

7 St. John’s

10 LSU

 

2 Wisconsin

15 St. Francis (NY)

 

South Regional

1 Duke

16 Texas Southern

 

8 Xavier

9 Colorado State

 

5 Arkansas

12 Stephen F. Austin

 

4 Northern Iowa

13 Valaparaiso

 

6 Butler

11 Ole Miss

 

3 Maryland

14 Georgia State

 

7 VCU

10 Oklahoma State

 

2 Arizona

15 Belmont

 

East Regional

1 Virginia

16 Coastal Carolina/Albany

 

8 Georgia

9 Cincinnati

 

5 Wichita State

12 Louisiana Tech

 

4 Baylor

13 Iona

 

6 Georgetown

11 Temple/Texas A&M

 

3 Oklahoma

14 NC-Central

 

7 Michigan State

10 NC State

 

2 Gonzaga

15 South Dakota State

 

Last Four In: Texas, Temple, Indiana, Texas A&M

First Four Out: BYU, Miami (FL), Tulsa, UCLA

Next Four Out: Illinois, Stanford, Murray State, Richmond

SEC Bubble Watch 1/11/15


After an exciting Saturday of basketball yesterday, there have been some changes in the ordering of the bubble teams. Here we go:

 

IN-No Doubt About It

Kentucky

Record: 15-0

RPI: 1

SOS: 3

Non-Con SOS: 5

Key Wins (RPI 1-50): vs. Kansas, Providence, North Carolina, at Louisville, Texas

Bad Losses (RPI 125+): None

One Sentence: After another close win, Kentucky suddenly doesn’t look invincible anymore, making next Saturday’s road match-up against Alabama suddenly dangerous.

 

ON THE BUBBLE-In Good Shape

Arkansas

Record: 13-2

RPI: 12

SOS: 65

Non-Con SOS: 101

Key Wins: Dayton, at SMU, at Georgia

Bad Losses: None

One Sentence: With the Clemson loss looking better, Arkansas’ resume continues to impress.

 

LSU

Record: 12-3

RPI: 41

SOS: 131

Non-Con SOS: 144

Key Wins: at West Virginia, Georgia

Bad Losses: at Missouri

One Sentence: Maybe I’m buying in too much to the West Virginia win, but LSU still owns the best non-conference win not collected by LSU.

 

ON THE BUBBLE-In the Mix

Georgia

Record: 9-5

RPI: 33

SOS: 8

Non-Con SOS: 22

Key Wins: Seton Hall

Bad Losses: None

One Sentence: The Seton Hall win can only take Georgia so far, which means the best three for the Bulldogs (at Vanderbilt, Florida, Ole Miss, at Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt at home) are must wins.

 

Alabama

Record: 12-3

RPI: 27

SOS: 82

Non-Con SOS: 119

Key Wins: None

Bad Losses: None

One Sentence: Alabama won a tough road game against Tennessee Saturday, and have a big week ahead with chances to snag two keys wins (at South Carolina, Kentucky at home).

 

ON THE BUBBLE-Need Some Work

South Carolina

Record: 9-5

RPI: 97

SOS: 93

Non-Con SOS: 114

Key Wins: vs. Iowa State, Oklahoma State

Bad Losses: vs. Akron

One Sentence: An 0-2 conference start and a bad loss against Akron in the non-conference, almost makes Tuesday’s Alabama game a must win.

 

Vanderbilt

Record: 11-4

RPI: 66

SOS: 114

Non-Con SOS: 184

Key Wins: None

Bad Losses: None

One Sentence: A missed chance at Arkansas makes the next game against Georgia a must win as Vandy searches for a quality victory.

 

Tennessee

Record: 9-5

RPI: 67

SOS: 60

Non-Con SOS: 65

Key Wins: Butler

Bad Losses: None

One Sentence: After getting squashed at home by Alabama, Tennessee is on the brink of elimination from the bubble.

 

Ole Miss

Record: 10-5

RPI: 56

SOS: 40

Non-Con SOS: 90

Key Wins: vs. Cincinnati

Bad Losses: Charleston Southern

One Sentence: Ole Miss is barely hanging in the mix, making this week a very important slate for the Rebels (vs. LSU, at Arkansas).

 

Texas A&M

Record: 9-5

RPI: 58

SOS: 32

Non-Con SOS: 96

Key Wins: None

Bad Losses: None

One Sentence: A missed chance against Kentucky is disappointing, but also positive because it showed the talent and potential of the Aggies.

 

OUT-Until Further Notice

Florida (9-6)-A nice start to conference play shows the true ability and talent of this team.

Missouri (7-8)-A home win against LSU is a nice start to the career of Kim Anderson at Mizzou.

Auburn (9-6)-Bruce Pearl is turning around this program, but they need one more year.

Mississippi State (7-8)-The Bulldogs have a solid player in Craig Sword, but not much else.

Weekly College Football Picks–Week 2


Week 1 Record: 23-1 (95.8%)

 

Solid Week 1, but I want a perfect week. This time around, there are a few more toss-ups on the slate. Here we go!

 

Top 25

#1 Florida State 48, The Citadel 7.

Jameis Winston and Florida State get going once again as they hum against this FCS team. The defense needs to prove a point in this match-up; a big day from the Bulldogs would definitely bring up more question marks.

Will we finally get a chance to see Jacob Coker at quarterback for Alabama?

Will we finally get a chance to see Jacob Coker at quarterback for Alabama?

#2 Alabama 44, Florida Atlantic 10.

This game will be a blowout, but it might still be worth watching simply to get a look at Jacob Coker. We’re assuming he’s going to play; Saban said he would and that this was still a QB “competition.” How will Coker do in his first real action and can Blake Sims back up last week’s performance with another good outing? In my opinion, I think Coker will have the better game.

#7 Michigan State 31, #3 Oregon 23.

I am sold on Michigan State. I honestly believe that they are the most SEC-like team in America, and I think they will give Oregon fits. All eyes will be on Marcus Mariota; this could be his early season Heisman moment. At the same time, a loss for Sparty could severely hurt the Big Ten’s CFP stock. I think this game will be tight early, but in the end Michigan State will be just too physical for the Ducks. I think Connor Cook throws for three touchdowns and leads Mark Dantonio’s squad to a huge win.

#4 Oklahoma 31, Tulsa 13.

Trevor Knight played extremely well against Louisiana Tech, and I think he continues his run against the Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa has had a rough few years; it took two overtimes to beat Tulane last week, and I simply don’t think they can compete with the Sooners.

#5 Auburn 56, San Jose State 20.

Auburn’s defense has something to prove, but SJSU won’t be able to keep up. The Tigers will roll; watch for Cameron Artis-Payne to get over 150 rush yards in this one.

#8 Ohio State 28, Virginia Tech 25.

Ohio State still worries me. The loss of Braxton Miller really cannot be overstated. Even though the offense played better in the fourth quarter against Navy, I still feel like the Buckeyes have a long way to go. On the other side, Virginia Tech comes in with Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer as quarterback. Brewer hasn’t shown anything amazing yet, but this could be his chance. I like the Hokies to take a lead into halftime, but I think Ohio State will make another second half comeback to steal a win in Columbus.

#9 Texas A&M 63, Lamar 14.

Poor Lamar. Kenny Trill is going to go insane in this one.

#10 Baylor 52, Northwestern State 0.

If I were Art Briles, I wouldn’t play Bryce Petty even if he is available. Petty hurt his back against SMU, cracking his vertebrae. Simply put, there are bigger and better things ahead this season for Baylor. Risking a re-injury to get him a start in basically an automatic win would no be smart.

#11 UCLA 41, Memphis 17.

Memphis is no Virginia. The Cavaliers did a great job shutting down the Bruins’ attack. Brett Hundley looked rushed and pedestrian against UVA, but that all will change against Memphis. The Tigers will get crushed and UCLA will show us how good they can be.

#12 LSU 38, Sam Houston State 7.

Sam Houston State is a decent FCS team–one of the best actually. Watching the battle of Brandon Harris-Anthony Jennings will be interesting. Plus, can Leonard Fournette show us his potential in this game after a poor effort against Wisconsin?

#13 Stanford 27, #14 USC 26.

This is one of the best games of the weekend. Steve Sarkisian’s squad looked fantastic against Fresno State, and Cody Kessler did a great job spreading the ball around. Stanford comes in with a veteran quarterback and a tough defense that will be gearing to shut down the Trojans. This will be a wonderful contest, but I expect the Cardinal to win on a last-second field goal.

#15 Ole Miss 34, Vanderbilt 6.

A few weeks ago, I thought that Vanderbilt would make this a tough game. After seeing the disaster in Week 1 though, I can now guarantee an Ole Miss win. Bo Wallace will only throw two picks this week.

Devin Gardner needs a big game to help Michigan beat Notre Dame in (possibly) the last installment of their rivalry.

Devin Gardner needs a big game to help Michigan beat Notre Dame in (possibly) the last installment of their rivalry.

Michigan 31, #16 Notre Dame 27.

It brings a tear to my eyes that this is the (possible) final year of this rivalry. It’s brought us many great memories over the years, and I think this final game will be just as epic. Michigan show that they can run the ball against App State, and Devin Gardner to Devin Funchess might have been the connection of the weekend. Notre Dame looked re-energized with Everett Golson back at quarterback. I like Michigan to win this one on a late drive that concludes with a pass from Devin to Devin.

#17 Arizona State 51, New Mexico 17.

Tyler Kelly continues his early season tear continues against the outmatched Lobos. The Sun Devils should jump out to a big lead early and never look back.

#18 Wisconsin 30, Western Illinois 3.

Since Joel Stave is apparently out for a while, Tanner McEvoy will be the starter the whole game. I expect McEvoy to finally get on track, for Melvin Gordan to have a huge game, and for the Badgers’ defense to flex its muscles in a huge win to get to 1-1.

#19 Nebraska 66, McNeese State 7.

Ameer Abdullah. That is a name you should know going forward. Bo Pelini won’t hold his team back this week and the Huskers will pounce all over McNeese State.

#20 Kansas State 27, Iowa State 7.

Iowa State showed us that they aren’t ready quite yet for the big time after a loss to FCS North Dakota State. Kansas State needs to use this game as a tune-up for the match-up against Auburn on September 18th, and I expect Bill Snyder’s squad to run away with this one against the Cyclones.

#21 South Carolina 48, East Carolina 35.

The Pirates won’t be a cakewalk. They can put up some points, and after watching the Gamecocks against Texas A&M, a high-powered offense is definitely not what the doctor ordered. Dylan Thompson must have a good day and Mike Davis needs to get on track to help South Carolina stay away from an 0-2 start. I like Spurrier’s squad to win, but this one will be entertaining.

#21 North Carolina 37, San Diego State 20.

UNC struggled a bit last week against Liberty before pulling away in the second half. This Aztec team isn’t quite as good as past teams, so expect the Tar Heels to pull away in this one.

#23 Clemson 34, South Carolina State 6.

A much needed win for Clemson will give them a chance to look at two quarterbacks–Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson will most likely battle for the opportunity to start in two weeks against Florida State.

#24 Missouri 36, Toledo 21.

Missouri will get pushed here simply because Toledo has lots of talent and speed. However, I think Maty Mauk will open up the offense and lead Miz-zou to a big win against a quality team.

#25 Louisville 44, Murray State 3.

My dark horse for the year will continue to learn more about themselves against the FCS Racers. Will Gardner will continue to develop and the defense will show just how good they are for the second week in a row.

Texas 23, BYU 21.

In the wake of the newest suspensions out in Texas, many might be jumping on board with BYU here. I’m not abandoning ship quite yet; the Longhorns’ defense played amazing in Week 1 (albeit against North Texas), and I think they feel like that have something to prove after getting run all over by the Cougars last year. Losing David Ash is huge, but I think the offense will be able to muster just enough points to win.

 

What do you think? Let me know and give me your picks below.

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