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2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – WEEK 5 BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope Easily the best game of Week 5! The implications of this game are pretty huge. The winner (especially if it is Clemson) establishes themselves as the best team in the ACC with a prime shot at getting to the playoffs. This might very well be a preview of the ACC Championship game. I can’t wait to see how the Hokies gameplan here. Clemson’s defense is NASTY but VT plays a run heavy ball control offense. Can they keep the ball away from Clemson? Computer Hope
Computer Hope USC needs to get healthy. Last week against California they played without RB Ronald Jones & DE Porter Gustin. Can they play without them again & beat the Cougars? Probably, but I don’t think the Trojans can play sloppy ball & win in Pullman. Washington St is averaging 44PPG so far. Their defense has been suspect against offenses with a pulse so the trick to pulling off the upset is the defense giving up 40 points but the offense scoring 44. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Bulldogs were destroyed by Georgia, a team that I believe is a top-5 squad. Auburn was beat by Clemson, a team I believe is arguably the best team in the nation. It’ll be interesting to see how Hail State rebounds in the 2nd of back-to-back road games. Auburn put on a clinic last week in beating Missouri, but it was Missouri! The Bulldogs did a great job of shutting down LSU’s rushing attack and they’ll have to do the same to Auburn to win. Computer Hope
Computer Hope A sneaky good game. If you just look at the names, you’d think this is a blowout win for the Hurricanes because it’s Duke for goodness sake. However, Duke beat a Baylor team that just gave everything they had to Oklahoma. They beat a Northwestern team that some thought had a great chance at winning the Big 10 West. They beat rival UNC in a great come from behind win this past week. Advanced metrics love Duke. Miami can’t overlook. Computer Hope
Computer Hope It’s interesting that both of these teams are 3-1 & playing each other because a win here I think takes each on a different trajectory. The loss to Kentucky stings a bit for SC, but this is still a talented team that can potentially win the East. Texas A&M has looked a little shaky in all 3 of their wins but if they beat the Gamecocks, they’ll be 4-1 with a fluke loss to UCLA. If they finished that game and were 5-0, would we be talking about a top-10 team? Computer Hope
Computer Hope If Iowa got a 4th down stop we’d be talking about a 4-0 Hawkeyes squad that you’d have to put in the top-10 due to their win over Penn State. If not for a lot of miscues & turnovers, Michigan St. comes close to beating Notre Dame. If the Spartans pull that off & get to 4-0, you’d have a squad that beat the Irish just like Georgia did. So how good are these two teams really? Both will be salty after their losses & I think this is a fork in the road game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The last time Florida St. started the season 0-3 was in Bobby Bowden’s first year in Tallahassee back in 1976 when the Noles finished the year 5-6! It’s also incidentally the last losing season Florida St. has had since! NC State showed that a team could potentially beat FSU if the young QB is off and the opponents D-Line is spectacular. The Deacons aren’t as good as NC State up front, but DE Duke Ejiofor is solid so a perfect game by Wake maybe? Computer Hope
Computer Hope I actually don’t think Tennessee has any chance at this game, but if those hairy DAWGS come to Knoxville and play like they did against Mississippi St., the Volunteers are going to get humiliated in front of their home fans & that could be the final nail in Butch Jones’ coffin. The Vols BARELY beat Georgia Tech. They didn’t play that well against Indiana St. and they lost to Florida. They struggled with UMass. Does a loss here signal a coaching change? Computer Hope
Computer Hope There is absolutely no stopping Bryce Love at this point so Arizona St. is going to have to bring their A++++ game to have a chance to beat Stanford on the road. At this point would anyone really be surprised if Stanford ran the table & finished 10-2 to win the Pac 12 North? Does an 11-2 Stanford team that won the Pac 12 prevent the conference from getting a playoff team? Another reason to watch is ASU RB Kalen Ballage. He’s a beast. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Vanderbilt ran off at the mouth a little too much and like Baker Mayfield to Baylor, Alabama had to remind Vandy who Daddy was. That doesn’t mean Vanderbilt can’t play a little football and they’ll give the Gators a very tough test in the Swamp. Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur can play a little football, but it’ll be key for the Commodores to play a perfect game because they’ll be outmatched athletically. Can Vanderbilt slow up the Florida defense? Computer Hope
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September 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NCAA POWER 25 – 2017 WEEK 4

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#1 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Vanderbilt 59-0. Well…..Vanderbilt looked pretty darn good up to this point. Talk about vintage Alabama football. The Crimson Tide ran the ball 66 times for 496 yards & 6TD! When Alabama is running the ball like this they are unbeatable. Nobody gets close to them. Period. They are a team that absolutely imposes their will on other squads & if you can’t beat them in the trenches then you can’t beat them at all. Bama outgained Vandy 677 yards to 78!
#2 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Boston College 34-7. The final score said “BLOWOUT” but can you believe this game was tied 7-7 after 3 quarters? The Tigers couldn’t really get anything going offensively for the first half and then opened the 2nd half with a pick. They got things going with some chunk plays in the 4th & opened up offensively with some big plays. You sort of felt a letdown was coming here. Clemson was coming off wins against Auburn & Louisville. Solid win for the champs!
#3 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Baylor 49-41. Hmmm, a couple of thoughts here. The first thought is that the Sooners did a pretty darn good job taking the heat off of Baker Mayfield and relied a bit on the running game. Abdul Adams ran for 164 yards while while Trey Sermon ran for 148 yards as OU totaled 342 rushing yards. On the other hand, Oklahoma gave up 41 points to Baylor who came in 0-3 & was beaten by Liberty earlier in the year. Where in the world was the defense!?!?
#4 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Mississippi St. 31-3. I think it might be safe to say that Jacob Eason isn’t starting anymore for the Georgia Bulldogs. QB Jake Fromm didn’t throw a ton but he went 9 for 12 for 201yds/2TD without making any mistakes. If he does that every game  leans on his runners, Georgia might not lose. I don’t know if it’s necessarily underrated, but Georgia’s defense is a NASTY unit. It’s incredibly fast & athletic. Not quite Alabama, but it’s not that far off either. Scary!
#5 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Oklahoma St. 44-31. Give credit to Gary Patterson. His game plan against Oklahoma St. was outstanding limiting the Cowboys opportunity to have the ball. TCU dominated time of possession 39 minutes to 21. Oklahoma St. actually scored more points per minute than the Horned Frogs, but TCU never allowed Oklahoma St. to have the football. It might seem like 31 points is a lot, but TCU’s defense is for real. This is the 2nd best team in the Big 12.
#6 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Iowa 21-19. 80 yards in under 2 minutes to beat a feisty Iowa team in Iowa City! Saquon Barkley set a Penn St. record for total yards by rushing for a RIDICULOUS 211 yards but he also had 94 receiving yards & 53 return yards. As good as Barkley was, it was QB Trace McSorley who threw a froze rope through the eye of a needle with 4 seconds left in the game to win the game. At some point you simply can’t bet against McSorley in close games. I’m not.
#7 Computer Hope Last Week Beat California 30-20. The Trojans were outgained in total yards by 60, but thanks to 6 turnovers by the Bears, the Trojans were able to escape Berkeley with a 10-point win. Give credit to the Trojans defense for forcing those turnovers, but USC was playing without RB Ronald Jones & DE Porter Gustin, two HUGE components to their team. QB Sam Darnold’s stats aren’t overwhelming but WOW does he deal with dropped passes! Cal’s no joke. This was a solid win.
#8 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Purdue 28-10. Michigan got a tough break with QB Wilton Speight having to leave the game in the first quarter to never return, but John O’Korn played pretty well & Michigan wore down the Boilermakers in a TOUGH game in West Lafayette. Like Clemson, Michigan had a tough time getting anything going offensively, but the Wolverines outscored Purdue 21-0 in the 2nd half. Defensively, Michigan was dominant holding Purdue to 189 total yards. Nice!
#9 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Colorado 37-10. Colorado is better than you think even if they are a bit young, but Washington didn’t have the best game. Jake Browning was a little off and I still think the Huskies are missing John Ross just as I’m not sure Dante Pettis can take the top off a defense. Myles Gaskin ran for 202 yards which alleviated a lot of the offensive problems. UW’s defense showed out pretty well stopping CU’s running attack & causing 3 turnovers. To be determined.
#10 Computer Hope Last Week No Game, Bye. No game this weekend but some developments the past couple of weeks would seemingly work in Wisconsin’s favor. A couple of weeks ago Northwestern got waxed by Duke down in Durham. No question the Blue Devils are playing well & are tougher than people expect, but I don’t think Duke is close to Wisconsin. This past week Nebraska fired their AD & the program seems wrecked. The path the Big 10 West seems easier than ever this season.
#11 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Missouri 51-14. Missouri is terrible so going into Columbia and spanking the Panthers by 37 isn’t overly fantastic. I mean, Purdue just hammered Missouri last week, but it was another convincing win for War Eagle. The Auburn defense turned Mizzou over 4 times & the runners ran well with Kam Martin leading the way with 74 yards but the star being Kerryon Johnson who ran for 5 TDs!!! The Clemson loss is acceptable & Auburn is still a playoff hopeful.
#12 Computer Hope Last Week Beat UNLV 54-21. Not to hammer away at Ohio State again, but at this point there is absolutely nothing to be learned from the Buckeyes beating on UNLV just like there was nothing to be learned last week when Ohio St. beat Army. Their first test came against Oklahoma & they failed miserably. Their next test will probably come when they host Penn State. JT Barrett had a fantastic game going 12/17 with 5TD passes, but he tends to do that against lesser teams.
#13 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Old Dominion 38-0. ODU isn’t fantastic but the Hokies played exceptionally well in all phases of the game & they might be a team hiding in the woods for a potential ACC title. QB Josh Evans threw for 300 yards & 3TD while VT ran the ball for 271 yards. The Hokies defense held the Monarchs to 149 total yards & just 7 first downs. VT outgained ODU 582-149. The Hokies are a playoff contender. Beat Clemson next week & they’ll be talking national title.
#14 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Michigan St. 38-18. If Notre Dame plays to win when they were up against Georgia instead of playing not to lose, they are 4-0 right now and in the top-10. Instead they are 3-1 and almost a puzzle. I don’t think Michigan St. is a good squad, but even so, Notre Dame ran the Spartans over & Michigan St. always gives the Irish fits. The Irish have some landmines to avoid, but Brandon Wimbush is gaining confidence & an 11-1 season is a possibility.
#15 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Toledo 52-30. Like Florida St., this was Miami’s first game in 3 weeks and the rust showed as the Canes were down 16-10 at halftime & only led 24-16 after 3 quarters. The Canes finally wore Toledo down and won by 22. Toledo is an outstanding MAC squad & QB Logan Woodside can sling it a bit as the Rockets QB passed for 342yds/3TD. Mark Walton had a huge game for THE U rushing for 204 yards. Miami had over 500 total yards of offense & 7TDs. Not bad!
#16 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Kent St. 42-3. It’s pretty wild to think QB Lamar Jackson had an off game and he “only” threw the ball for 299 yards & 2TD while rushing for 34 yards & another TD. The Cardinals didn’t have any trouble with Kent St. holding the Flashes to 150 total yards. Louisville turned the ball over 4 times and only had the ball for 23 minutes so they were a bit sloppy. With Florida St. ailing, Louisville has a chance to finish 11-1 with a potential 12-1 season. That’s crazy!
#17 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Nevada 45-7. This was never a game as the Cougars were up 35-0 at half time. Luke Falk carved up the Nevada defense for 478 yards & 5TD to push the Cougars to a 4-0 record. We’ll know for real how good Wazzou is next week when they host Southern Cal, but so far they’ve avoided the early season pitfalls of past seasons. The Boise St. win doesn’t look nearly as good as it did now that the Broncos lost to Virginia who was destroyed by Indiana. We’ll see.
#18 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Florida St. 27-21. How bad does the South Carolina loss back in Week 1 hurt now? NC State’s D-Line was nasty in beating Florida St., but to be honest they had quite a bit of help from FSU starting a true freshman QB making his first start along with the Seminoles looking a bit rusty on defense. You can’t take away NC State going into Doak Walker and getting a win though. A top-20 team? Absolutely. A championship level squad? Doesn’t seem like it.
#19 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to TCU 31-44. TCU has a solid team and Gary Patterson is one of the best. Oklahoma St. had to know coming in that they’d need to adjust a bit given how TCU would attack them and the Cowboys ended up with 4 turnovers and that simply can’t happen. The Cowboys didn’t really get anything going on the ground & they were a bit sloppy with penalties as well. Oklahoma St. is a good team, but they can’t deviate from their game plan and beat very good teams.
#20 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to NC State 21-27. The rust showed at Doak Campbell as the Seminoles came up 6 points shy in their first game in 3 weeks. I’m not going to discount FSU. NC State is a very good football team with a fantastic D-Line and it was OBVIOUS Florida St. was the much more talented and much faster team on the football field. The defense missed some tackles & true frosh QB James Blackman was a freshman. The last time FSU started 0-2, they finished 10-2 in 1989.
#21 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Georgia 3-31. Speechless. Last week the Bulldogs beat LSU 37-7 and this week they lose to Georgia 31-3!? I’m not ready to sell out on Mississippi St. just yet, but the SEC is a mess. South Carolina beat NC State who just beat Florida State. Kentucky beat S.Carolina but just lost to Florida. Georgia just throttled Hail State who destroyed LSU. How good is anyone? Dan Mullen is an outstanding coach & I really like Nick Fitzgerald & Aeris Williams. A blip maybe?
#22 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Kentucky 28-27. I’m keeping Florida in the Top-25 because when you look at this team in their uniforms, they look like one of the best teams in college football. Then they start playing. They lost to a Michigan team that had a hard time with Purdue. They needed a Hail Mary to beat a Tennessee squad that had trouble with UMass. The Kentucky win seems big until you realize it’s….KENTUCKY! The SEC is a mess so how do you rank any of these teams.
#23 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Kansas 56-34. The Mountaineers have scored 50+ points in each of the past 3 weeks. They’ve won all 3 games by an average score of 57-23. Will Grier has been fantastic in Morgantown after transferring from Florida. RB Justin Crawford has been All-American quality in the running game & Kennedy McKoy is starting to give WVU a 2nd option at tailback. The defense isn’t the best but Dana Holgorsen is a great coach & WVU can score with anybody in the country.
#24 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Temple 43-7. The Bulls beat Temple by 36 points. Notre Dame beat Temple by 33. The Irish should have beaten Georgia two weeks ago and I think the Bulldogs are a top-5 team at this point. Where does that leave South Florida? Having them at #23 is probably too low, but they are a real threat to finish 13-0. The win against Temple is especially nice because Quinton Flowers was off. South Florida’s defense was straight FILTHY against the Owls. They are for real.
#25 Computer Hope Last Week Beat San Diego St. 28-24. The Aztecs avoided a huge let down against Air Force after having a fantastic win over Stanford the previous week. Rashaad Penny is the best RB nobody is talking about. So far this season Penny has rushed for 716 yards & 7TD in 4 games. Air Force is a tough game to play with their offensive scheme, but the Aztecs played tough & got a tough win. San Diego St. should battle South Florida as a non-Power 5 team that can go undefeated.

DROPPING OUT

#18 LSU TIGERS: Turns out BYU stinks so that win didn’t mean much. LSU got hammered by Mississippi St. who got hammered by Georgia. They then struggled at home against Syracuse, one of the worst teams in the ACC. What to make of LSU? Their QB play is mediocre at bets and Derrius Guice isn’t dominating. Arden Key is barely playing. Can Ed Orgeron’s seat be getting warm after only 4 games with his team 3-1? The coaching staff is fantastic and LSU should be better than they have been.

#19 OREGON DUCKS: The win over Nebraska doesn’t mean too much now that the Cornhuskers program seems in complete disarray. Then the Ducks go out and lose to Arizona State. Losing to Arizona St. in Tuscon isn’t awful, but Oregon’s defense didn’t flash at all in giving up 37 points to the Sun Devils. Oregon going 1 for 11 on 3rd down certainly didn’t help but the defense allowed Arizona St. to go 8 of 20 on 3rd down. Arizona St. also dominated time of possession 38 minutes to 22. Not a good showing for the Ducks although they played well offensively. Tough game.

#23 MARYLAND TERRAPINS: The win over Texas seems like a lifetime ago and this week Maryland gets absolutely hammered by Central Florida. Not having Tyrrell Pigrome at QB has been unfortunate for Maryland. The quicker they get him back the better they’ll be until that happens, Maryland’s expectation should probably revert back to what we thought they’d be before the season began. That’s unfortunate because the team that played Texas was exciting.

#25 KENTUCKY WILDCATS: The loss to Florida has to be heartbreaking for Kentucky after they’ve seen how terrible Tennessee has been. Beat Florida in Lexington and the Wildcats had a shot to win the SEC East with a road win over Georgia. If things had gone to plan, Kentucky could have been 10-0 when they went to Athens. The SEC East is still on the line assuming Florida can lose some games, but what a tough loss at home. As it stands you have to start wondering what UK has done. The South Carolina win now doesn’t look as good with the Gamecocks barely beating Louisiana Tech this week. Their next two games are against Eastern Kentucky & Missouri. The next test will be 3 weeks from now with a trip to Starkville.

September 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NFL PLAYOFF SEEDINGS AFTER WEEK 2

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NFC ANALYSIS

NFC EAST: Philly & Dallas losing with Washington winning put a 3-way tie for 1st in the NFC East. The Eagles are the division winner here because they have the best W-L percentage among games between the clubs since they beat the Redskins to open the season. Dallas didn’t play Washington so maybe they get screwed a little but the Eagles remain in 1st. Dallas is over the Redskins because of division record & the G-Men are in last due to being 0-2. I think the East is going to be interesting because I think the Redskins are going to hang around a bit. Right now they are in 3rd, but they are a sneaky wild card team. The Giants are horribly disappointing at this point.

NFC NORTH: The Lions look GOOD. Beating the Giants doesn’t seem that hard, but Matt Stafford didn’t even play that well and it’s been a long time since the Lions could win games based on their defense & running the football. Teams in the North should be worried. Minnesota is over Green Bay because of conference record. Chicago is bringing up the rear at 0-2. The North has health issues. Sam Bradford is beat up and the Packers are missing what seems like half the team. Hard to think either team is out of it, but dropping to 1-3 or 1-4. Green Bay should get to 2-1 against Cincinnati this week but the Vikings host Tampa Bay. If Bradford doesn’t play they’ll drop to 1-2.

NFC SOUTH: The Falcons are over Carolina due to combined conference rank in points scored and points allowed. Both are over Tampa because 2-0 is better than 1-0, but the NFC South at the moment has 3 teams in the playoffs and I think that is a trend that could continue as you look at the rest of the NFC. I’m surprised the Saints are 0-2, but then again they opened on the road against the Vikings and then hosted the Patriots. Maybe there isn’t much cause for concern for the Saints as those two games they probably shouldn’t have won.

NFC WEST: The Seahawks, Rams & Cardinals are all 1-1, but the Seahawks win because of their 1-0 division record due to their victory over the 49ers. Arizona is just ahead of Los Angeles because Arizona’s strength of schedule thus far has been more difficult than the Rams. It’s hard to beat the Seahawks at home so they at least get a home wild card game but if they were to win, they’d have to play on the road. Frankly, the NFC West looks really bad. Seattle can’t block. Arizona can’t do anything well. San Francisco has no QB. The Rams are young, but to be honest, I like them the most.

WILD CARD GAMES AFTER WEEK 2

#6 TAMPA BAY @ #3 PHILADELPHIA
#5 CAROLINA @ #4 SEATTLE

This is a slate that seems possible. That Tampa/Philadelphia match-up is NUTS. If you are the Eagles, how screwed do you have to feel if you win the East and your reward is the Bucs! Carolina & Seattle might be a battle of attrition as the defenses are playing extremely well while the O-Line are like a sieve. Does Russell Wilson or Cam Newton survive, and even if they do, could you really expect anything out of them in the divisional round?



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AFC ANALYSIS

AFC EAST: It’s not often you see the Patriots in 3rd! Despite the convincing win over the Saints, the Patriots are still buried in the East. Miami is 1-0 so they win the division. The Bills have a 1-0 division record compared to New England’s 0-0 meaning Buffalo wins the division tiebreaker. New England should move up. They’ll get Houston this week, but Miami gets the Jets so the Dolphins are likely to get to 2-0 and hold of NE for another week. The Bills get the Broncos in Buffalo. If they win they still lead New England. A loss puts them in 3rd. This is actually pretty fun and I wonder if Miami can battle the Patriots all season long?

AFC NORTH: Despite being 2-0 the Ravens are out of the playoffs. They fall behind Kansas City & Oakland because of strength of victory. The Ravens have looked great so far this season but they’ve only beaten the Bengals and Browns who are a combined 0-4. The Chiefs beat the Patriots & Eagles who are a combined 2-2 and the Raiders have beaten the Titans & Jets who are a combined 1-3. It’s also why the Ravens lose out to Pittsburgh in the division. The Steelers beat the Vikings & Browns who are a combined 1-3. Schedule has made getting to 2-0 easy for Baltimore, but schedule is also what keeps them out of the playoffs.

AFC SOUTH: This one is pretty easy. Tennessee beat Jacksonville who beat Houston. With the Jaguars getting crushed by Tennessee this past week, it makes it look like the division is pretty lopsided. I mean after all, Tennessee’s loss came in Week 1 to the Raiders. Certainly forgivable. Given that Houston was curb-stomped by the Jaguars and barely got by the Bengals, we can conclude at this point they are non-factors. The Colts aren’t even worth talking about until Andrew Luck returns, if he does at some point in 2017.

AFC WEST: Denver maintains its stranglehold on the top spot and are the #1 overall seed in the AFC due to combined ranked in points scored and points allowed over the entire league. The win over the Chargers gives them a 1-0 division record which puts them above Oakland & Kansas City because neither the Raiders nor Chiefs have played any division opponents. Kansas City tops Oakland due to strength of victory. The Chargers are bringing up the rear at 0-2 despite being just -5 in point differential. That team is cursed. One note is that the AFC West has 3 teams in the playoffs and to be honest I think that is accurate. Frankly if you wanted to put all 4 teams in the West in the playoffs along with Pittsburgh & New England, I’m sure hardly anyone outside of Miami, Nashville & Baltimore would complain.

WILD CARD GAMES AFTER WEEK 2:

#6 OAKLAND @ #3 MIAMI
#5 KANSAS CITY @ #4 TENNESSEE

This scenario seems far fetched because I don’t think the Dolphins can beat New England in the East, but what is crazy about this is that I could see Oakland & Kansas City being Wild Card teams. At this point it seems likely that the Patriots & Steelers still have to be considered the favorites to snag the top two seeds but if the West gets 3 teams in the playoffs, it would mean we’d either get a 3/6 or 4/5 tilt with two AFC Rivals going at it. If an AFC West teams gets 3 teams into the playoffs with one being one of the top-2 seeds, then we’d see a divisional round game potentially between 2 AFC West teams. That would be pretty interesting.

September 20, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2017 NFL FOOTBALL – WEEK 3 BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope After the 49ers efforts against Seahawks last week this game looks a lot more interesting. The Rams missed an opportunity to start 2-0 largely because they couldn’t stop the Redskins running attack last week and Carlos Hyde is coming off a great showing running the football on Seattle. Brian Hoyer has got to play better, but I think there is a shot the Niners could come away with a win here. A sneaky good game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Ravens are better equipped to handle their QB making plays than the Jaguars are and this is where I think things break down. Jacksonville has to be committed to the run, but the Ravens defense has looked downright nasty so far this season so they’ll take that away & force Blake Bortles to throw the football, and that is when bad things start happening. The Jags have to keep this close & keep pounding or lose. Computer Hope
Computer Hope It would be interesting to see Buffalo get loose in this one because they showed last week they can get off the edge pretty well on defense. Unfortunately they are going up against one of the most complete teams in the NFL. The weakness of the Denver franchise was thought to be their QB coming into 2017, but Trevor Siemian has been a beast so far and I don’t think the Bills have enough playmakers on offense to contend. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Cleveland has been playing pretty competitively to date, but the Browns are definitely going to be without Corey Coleman & Myles Garrett and possibly without Jamie Collins and DeShone Kizer. Andrew Luck isn’t playing for the Colts either but Indy showed a little bit against Arizona last week so this might be a game Indianapolis can win. The loser of course moves to 0-3. It’s too bad these teams are so beat up so early! Computer Hope
Computer Hope It’s still up in the air whether or not Sam Bradford plays, but if he doesn’t, I don’t think there is any way the Vikings win this game. Tampa Bay FLASHED big time defensively last week against the Bears and the jury is still out whether or not the Vikings O-Line is good enough for Minnesota to be a legitimate contender in the NFC. If the Vikings can clean up the penalties & Dalvin Cook gets loose it’ll help tremendously. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Jets are terrible and the Dolphins did a pretty good job in their first game going on the road and coming away with a 19-17 win over the Chargers. I thought the defensive effort against Los Angeles was excellent. Josh McCown isn’t Philip Rivers and I think Jay Cutler & the offense still has room to get better as Cutler gets more comfortable with his personnel. Miami has a solid blueprint in place & they’ll win. Computer Hope
Computer Hope If the playoffs started after 2 weeks, the Lions would be the #1 seed in the NFC with the Falcons being right behind them in the #2 spot! I wonder if we’ve ever had a game in NFL history where this sets up? Vegas has Atlanta as 3-point favorites but that has come down from the opening line of 3.5. Both teams are playing well right now, but it’ll be interesting to see how Atlanta does without Vic Beasley off the edge. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Nasty! The Giants can’t get anything going offensively. Their O-Line is abysmal and Eli Manning looks like he’s 50. Going up against an incredible Front-7 isn’t going to help things especially as this game is on the road. The Eagles are coming off a tough road loss to the Chiefs so they’ll be salty. A loss here puts the G-Men at 0-3! That’s an incredible hole to climb out of but I sense some things changing quick for New York. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Saints are another team that could start the season 0-3 if they lose a road game to the Panthers who have a shot at starting the season 3-0! The NFL has odd ways of keeping things fairly close so it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Giants & Saints pull off odd ball wins on the road, but the Saints defense is terrible & the Panthers defense has been NASTY and that should be enough to send the Saints packing. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Bears got hammered last week in Tampa Bay, but if you go back to Week 1 when they played at home, Chicago was a play or two short of beating the Falcons. It’ll be a tall order beating Pittsburgh at home & I think a pivotal piece to the game will be Bears RB Tariq Cohen. He got loose against Atlanta but Tampa bottled him up pretty good. If he can find a way to make plays & the Bears can run, it could be interesting. Computer Hope
Computer Hope UGLY. Tom Brady showed last week that Week 1 was an anomaly and the Texans have absolutely no offense to speak of. Houston is coming off a road win against the Bengals and they BARELY pulled that off. Now they get a Patriots team that looks like their Super Bowl winning self going up against a rookie QB who isn’t a good QB. That spells disaster. I wouldn’t be surprised if NE wins by 30 & Brady throws 5TDs! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Seattle is a mess right now. They got beat by Green Bay who was hammered by Atlanta who played the Bears close. They can’t get ANYTHING going offensively and the O-Line can’t protect at all. The Titans got away from their run blueprint against the Raiders in Week 1 which led to a 10-pt loss but did get back to it against Jacksonville which ended in a 3TD win. Can Seattle stop this? Does Tennessee stick to the run? Computer Hope
Computer Hope Even without half the team due to injuries, I have a hard time believing the Packers lose this game in Lambeau which is only going to make things worse for the Bengals. Talk about a dumpster fire. At this point I don’t see how Marvin Lewis is the HC in 2018 & I’m not sure Andy Dalton can survive the year as QB. It’s also important for Green Bay because I’m not sure the Vikings or Lions choke down the stretch. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Another interesting Week 3 game because the fallout could be the Chargers starting the season 0-3. It’s possible that the Chargers, Saints, Bengals & Giants all start the season 0-3! That’s crazy. I’ve been a big Chargers apologist the last few years thinking they could break out. This year looked likely but two missed FGs have sent them to 0-2 & the Chiefs look like the best team in the NFL. That’s not a good recipe for LA. Computer Hope
Computer Hope SUPER BOWL XVIII REMATCH!!!! The Raiders dominated the Super Bowl back in 1984 beating the Redskins 38-9! Marcus Allen ran for 191yds/2TD and Joe Theismann was destroyed being sacked 6 times & playing terribly. Given how explosive Oakland is on offense, we might see repeat performance, but the Raiders might be week at corner & Kirk Cousins can get rid of the ball fast. Will that make a difference? Computer Hope
Computer Hope Arizona’s defense at times made Jacoby Brissett look like a legitimate NFL starting QB! That doesn’t bode well for Arizona going up against Dak Prescott & a Cowboys squad that should be angry after being humiliated on national television by the Broncos last week. On the other side, Dallas can have solid efforts on defense & Arizona simply cannot get anything going on offense. David Johnson missing time is brutal! Computer Hope

September 20, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NFL POWER 32 – 2017 WEEK 2

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#1 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Eagles 27-20. Right now Alex Smith might be the best QB in football. He’s THAT sharp. Kansas City didn’t even use Tyreek Hill that much & beat a very good football team in the Eagles. I thought the loss of Eric Berry might be tough to deal with but Daniel Sorensen stepped up & had a huge game especially getting pressure on Carson Wentz. The defense as a whole was dominant & with Kareem Hunt running as effectively as he’s been, I don’t see a real weakness on this team.
#2 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Packers 34-23. That’s the Falcons team we saw win the NFC last year! Green Bay was destroyed from the get go as the Falcons led 24-7 at the half and 34-10 at the end of 3 quarters! The Falcons used a balanced offense & turned the Packers over twice. Atlanta also did a good job with not allowing the Packers to get anything going with their running game. It wasn’t all roses however, Vic Beasley was injured and is expected to miss about a month. Bealsey is the most important guy on D.
#3 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Saints 36-20. Tom Brady was 30/39 (77%) for 447 yards & 4TD. Yes it was against the New Orleans Saints defense, but I think we can say that Brady’s week 1 performance against Kansas City wasn’t really indicative of his overall prowess or maybe we can argue that the Chiefs defense is incredible. Either way this wasn’t a game. The Pats jumped out to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter & were up 30-13 at halftime. I think New England needs to get better off the edge on D, but great game.
#4 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Jets 45-20. Yes I know it was the Jets but the Raiders scored 45 points and didn’t even really use Amari Cooper on offense! The Raiders even rushed for 180 yards & 3TD. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t put up crazy numbers but you can see he gives this offense a ton of confidence. Oakland’s defense looked really good. They gave up too many yards, but the Raiders are almost looking like a big play defense. They can afford to as the offense looks virtually unstoppable. They look GOOD!
#5 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Chiefs 20-27. The Eagles had issues with what we thought they’d have issues with. The Eagles ran the ball just 17 times and LeGarrette Blount didn’t get a single carry. The Eagles were never so far out of the game against the Chiefs that they should have gone to a pass happy offense. Defensively they had issues covering Travis Kelce, but their Front-7 having issues with Kareem Hunt is troubling. The Chiefs are the best team in the NFL right now. Losing by 7 isn’t the end of the world for Philly.
#6 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Vikings 26-9. Beating the Vikings is a huge feather in Pittsburgh cap especially because it gives them a win that could have been an easy loss & this will help when deciding their playoff seeding. The win loses a bit of shine because beating a Sam Bradford led Vikings squad looks a lot better than a Case Keenum led Vikings squad. It was nice seeing Martavis Bryant get loose giving the Steelers a weapon opposite Antonio Brown. The offense wasn’t crazy sharp but the Vikings have a stout D.
#7 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Cowboys 42-17. GOOD GRIEF! If Trevor Siemian keeps this up for another couple of weeks you have to wonder if the Broncos aren’t right there with the Chiefs for being the best team in the NFL. I don’t think the Cowboys are as good as they were last season but 42-17!? That’s insane! The Broncos completely shut down Dallas’ running game although the Cowboys barely attempted to run the football. Siemian threw 4TD passes & the guy is about as tough as you can get from a QB. Impressive win.
#8 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Giants 24-10. You have to give a lot of credit to the Detroit defense on this one. They made life miserable for Eli Manning and the Giants for first whistle going for 5 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, completely shutting the run game down & getting Eli to throw a terrible looking interception. Ezekiel Ansah was un-blockable and rookie Jarrad Davis looked like an All-Pro at times. Darius Slay & Tahir Whitehead also played great. If the Lions can get defense like this every week, they’re a problem!
#9 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Bears 29-7. You can’t really do this kind of analysis but the Falcons had problems with the Bears and the Bucs destroyed them. The Falcons destroyed the Packers so is it possible that Tampa Bay is already ahead of both Atlanta & Green Bay? That Bucs defense is NASTY. They only got home on Mike Glennon for one sack, but they also had 8.5 tackles for loss and recorded 8 QB hits. Gerald McCoy might be your defensive player of the year in the NFL. He is getting LOOSE in the middle!!!
#10 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Browns 24-10. Yes it’s the Browns & the Bengals but Baltimore’s defense is starting to look like their defenses of old when they were winning tons of games. The Ravens picked off Cleveland QB DeShone Kizer 3 times and eventually knocked the rookie completely out of the game. Kizer also lost a fumble and as a unit the Ravens  logged 10 QB hits! The offensive gameplan was a little more balanced with Flacco throwing the ball more often, but it was hardly a concern with the game in hand.
#11 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Falcons 23-34. Green Bay is HURTING. They started the game against Atlanta without both starting tackles Bryan Bulaga & David Bakhtiari. During the game they saw WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb suffer through injuries along with DT Mike Daniels. You are going to have a hard time winning football games if you have no players left to play. Aaron Rodgers can do only so much. I’m a big fan of Ty Montgomery, but the Packers need to get healthy & it’s only Week 2! Ouch!
#12 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Steelers 9-26. Losing by 17 looks pretty bad when you have Super Bowl aspirations but the the Vikings are a completely different team without Sam Bradford at QB. To be fair, outside of giving up a big play to  Martavis Bryant, the Vikings defense looked solid, but the offense couldn’t get much going. The Vikings can’t become a pass first team with Keenum under center. Keenum threw 39 passes compared to 20 rushing attempts. Got to give the ball to your best players I think.
#13 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Chargers 19-17. Probably closer than the Dolphins wanted, but after being forced to miss their opening week game because of a hurricane, I’m sure the Dolphins don’t mind escaping a road game against the Chargers with a win & heading back home. The Chargers have a beast of a defense & Jay Cutler was able to complete 73% of his passes for 230yds/1TD without throwing a pick. Jay Ajayi ran for 122 yards. Those are great signs moving forward & Cutler seems pretty comfortable.
#14 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Broncos 17-42. That was humiliating. Dallas completely got off their game plan of running the ball with Ezekiel Elliott, bending not breaking on defense, and allowing Dak Prescott to make a play or two and avoid mistakes. Dallas ran the ball 14 times compared to Prescott throwing 50 passes. The defense completely broke down as Trevor Siemian shredded the D for 4TD and CJ Anderson ran wild. Prescott made a few mistakes & threw 2 picks. If it could go wrong, it did go wrong.
#15 Computer Hope Last Week Beat 49ers 12-9. Wow! I don’t mean to overreact but the Seahawks lost to a Packers squad that was just manhandled by Atlanta and they barely beat a 49ers team that was beaten soundly by a Panthers team that just barely got by Buffalo. Seattle has issues up front & they aren’t unlike the problems the Panthers are having. Russell Wilson is a tough little QB, but he can’t take the pounding he did last week against the 49ers on a weekly basis and expect to survive. That O-Line has to get much better.
#16 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Jaguars 37-16. Tennessee got back to their winning formula of grounding & pounding and proceeded to grind up the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The Titans had Marcus Mariota pass only 27 times compared to their 36 rushing attempts. Derrick Henry had a great day going for 92yds/TD on only 14 carries. This is the evolution of Tennessee’s offense. Henry needs to be the starter & get 25-30 touches a game allowing Tennessee to out muscle teams. Let’s see if they keep this ratio going in Week 3.
#17 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Rams 27-20. The Skins needed a last minute TD drive to secure the win, but with Philly & the Cowboys losing, Washington is now tied with the Eagles & Cowboys for the division lead. You get the feeling this is how the year is going to play out. Washington isn’t going to take control of the East, but they’ll play well enough to always be around. Given how Dallas & New York played this week, you can argue the Redskins are the 2nd best team in the NFC East. That means playoff possibilities.
#18 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Dolphins 17-19. Is this the most cursed team in the NFL right now? They can’t stop avoiding injuries and when they do play they can’t avoid close losses. K YoungHoe Koo misses a 44-yard FG to win the game 20-19 with only a few ticks left on the clock. Last week after a furious 4th quarter comeback, Koo missed  44-yard FG against that would have sent the game into OT with all the momentum going towards the Chargers. Instead LA is 0-2 and already 2 games back in the West.
#19 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Bills 9-3. Carolina is shaping up to have a nasty defense. They’ve held their opponents to a combined 6 points over the first 2 weeks, but there are MASSIVE problems on the offensive side. Losing Greg Olsen is game changing for the Panthers & he’s their most reliable receiver. Cam Newton is taking a POUNDING and I’m not sure how the guy holds up. The coaches also don’t seem to quite understand how creative they need to be to use Christian McCaffery. It doens’t look good.
#20 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Redskins 20-27. Brutal loss for the Rams who had a real shot at starting the season 2-0 with a couple of home wins, but a late TD drive by the Redskins doomed the Rams to settling for a 1-1 record. The Rams were playing from behind most of the game, but this isn’t discouraging. The Rams would rather have a win but Todd Gurley had 136 total yards & 2TD which is a huge step forward from Week 1. If Gurley can be good, the Rams have a potent offense that will score a lot.
#21 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Titans 16-37. This was a solid game in showing teams that need to do similar things to win. The Titans rode their ground game to a dominant win. The Jaguars reverted back to a passing offense relying heavily on the play making abilities of Blake Bortles and disaster ensued. Making Bortles throw with no Allen Robinson & no DeDe Westbrook seems cruel & unusual, but when the Titans got loose in the 3rd quarter, Bortles had so start throwing. Hopefully they correct this.
#22 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Lions 10-24. I’m still holding out hope for the Giants, but right now they look terrible. Eli Manning looks old and there is virtually no running game with an O-Line that isn’t very good. Even Odell Beckham’s return didn’t really spark the offense. I still think this can be a pretty good team. The defense can be good. I still think the passing offense can be dangerous & maybe Paul Perkins can start giving the G-Men some type of running game. An 0-2 start is bad but I think they can rebound.
#23 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Panthers 3-9. Are the Bills…..decent? Yes they took a loss to Carolina, but it was a road loss by just 6 points and the Bills absolutely brought the HAMMER down on Cam Newton sacking the Panthers QB 6 times and also getting 6 QB hits. I know they’ve only played Carolina & the Jets, but Buffalo has given up only 21 points & the switch back to the 4-3 under DC Leslie Frazier is paying big dividends so far. They still don’t have any receivers, but you can win games when you keep them ugly!
#24 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Bucs 7-29. Chicago doesn’t have a bad offensive line but they had no answer for Gerald McCoy on the interior. McCoy tormented Chicago’s offense from the jump and never took his pedal off the gas. Chicago was turned over 4 times as well. That defense is going to give a lot of teams trouble. Chicago has no receivers so they are going to rely heaving on Tariq Cohen & Jordan Howard, but both were relatively non-factors against Tampa. Chicago also suffered quite a few injuries on Sunday.
#25 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Colts 16-13. If you can only beat a Colts team without ABSOLUTELY NO JUICE by 3 points then you have some big problems! With David Johnson out, the Cardinals have no go to guy on offense. They can’t keep relying on Carson Palmer & Larry Fitzgerald. The defense made Jacoby Brissett looks good at times & I don’t see at this point how the Cardinals aren’t the worst team in the NFC West all of a sudden. There is still quite a bit of talent on this squad but they need to play to potential.
#26 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Ravens 10-24. Maybe worse than the loss itself is the fact that the Browns weren’t just beat, but they were beat up. DeShone Kizer took a thrashing and eventually had to leave the game. The Ravens just teed off whenever they felt the need. WR Corey Coleman broke his hand & it looks like he’s out for 6-weeks at least. That’s your last 2-first round picks the last couple of years that are now not on the field. They travel to Indy next week in a game they could win, but who shows up?
#27 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Bengals 13-9. Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones called Houston the worst team in the NFL and it’s hard to quibble with him unless you want to argue the Bengals are worse and that’s a good argument! The Texans did get a solid road win that they needed, but at the same time nothing looks good. The defense stiffened considerably, but the offense is terrible. I know everyone wants to believe in Deshaun Watson, but the guy is basically running around keeping plays alive. That can’t work long term.
#28 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Patriots 20-36. I heard last week a commentator start to compare Sean Payton to Jeff Fisher in the fact that Payton, like Fisher, is supposed to be this great coach, but the results are hardly proving that assumption. Granted, Payton has a Super Bowl ring, but that was 2009 & the Saints since then are 63-51. Not bad but not great either. Plus they are now 21-29 since 2014. I liked the Saints coming into the season but there are maybe 5 wins on the schedule now. That’s terrible with Brees.
#29 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Seahawks 9-12. If San Francisco had any type of QB play, they beat the Seahawks last week in Seattle which would have been nothing short of amazing! RB Carlos Hyde ran wild and the SF defense is salty up front. They even played without Reuben Foster and still got the QB for 10 hits, 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Seahawks RB Chris Carson flashed at times, but the 49ers put together a solid defensive effort. All of a sudden there seems to be a view that tells us the 49ers are competitive.
#30 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Cardinals 13-16. Indianapolis might not be terrible with Jacoby Brissett. He missed on quite a few passes when playing against Arizona, but they looked a lot more like timing & familiarity issues which will resolve with time hopefully. The defense still can’t bring heat & the play of Marlon Mack has been somewhat disappointing at this point, but Indianapolis could beat Cleveland next week putting them at 1-2 which should give some confidence. The team is better than after Week 1.
#31 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Raiders 20-45. The Jets are terrible of course but they aren’t playing THAT bad. Given how the Bills played against Carolina last week, losing to the Bills 21-12 isn’t that bad. Yes Oakland beat them by 3TDs, but Josh McCown wasn’t terrible & the Jets were not completely out of it until the 4th quarter. The defensive front-7 should get better & Jamal Adams is going to get better with more experience. Wins will be hard to come by for certain, but I think they can at least put up a fight.
#32 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Texans 9-13. This is turning into a dumpster fire rather quickly. There are now reports that some of the Bengals players are quietly lobbying for Cincinnati to take a look at Colin Kaepernick because Andy Dalton has been so bad. I have to admit, the defense played very well against Houston, holding the Texans to 13 points. That should be enough to win, but Cincy has scored 9 points in their first two games & Dalton looks horrific. Can the Bengals change QBs this early? That’s a statement.

September 19, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – 2017 WEEK 4 BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope Mississippi St. faced off against the best defense they’ll see all season save Alabama and all the Bulldogs did was score 37 on LSU en route to a 30-point win. Hail State beat 3 ranked teams in a row (#8 LSU, #6 Texas A&M & #2 Auburn) back in 2014 before ascending to #1. They’ll get 3 this year (LSU, Georgia & Auburn) and the first domino has already fallen. Both teams have a chance to make a big national mark with a win here no question. Computer Hope
Computer Hope With Texas opening up 1-2, it would seem the Big XII’s top-3 teams are Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. & TCU. This is first tilt between two of these three teams. I think this game will depend on which TCU defense shows up. Is it the stifling D that held Arkansas to 7 points in Fayetteville or will the defense that gave up 36 at home to SMU!? Oklahoma St. is bringing a breathtaking offense to the field so TCU will have to play excellent defense and hope. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Kentucky rolling into South Carolina & beating the Gamecocks transform the East quite a bit. With Florida coming off a stunning last play win over Tennessee, you’re left wondering how the Gators will handle the following week after such an emotional win. Kentucky hasn’t played particularly well, but they’ll be difficult to beat at home & their rush defense is tight. A win here would place Kentucky as a prohibitive favorite in the East with Georgia. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Colorado brought back only 3 starters on defense from their 10-4 season a year ago so there was some thought that the Buffs might struggle a bit to contain teams, but so far Colorado has allowed just 27 points in their first 3 games en route to a 3-o start. It’s true they haven’t really played anyone of note outside a decent Colorado St. squad, but we’ll get a good feel for how good the defense is when they go up against the Huskies. UW wins this big. Computer Hope
Computer Hope I think Iowa gets exposed here. The Hawkeyes have played pretty well to start and QB Nate Stanley looks great, but a deeper look at the stats show that Iowa cannot get loose off the edge on defense. Josey Jewell is going to go up against Saquon Barkley which is going to be a FANTASTIC match-up, but I think Trace McSorley is going to get loose a bit. One thing that is interesting is Iowa’s O-Line. If it controls the trenches, Iowa keeps it close. Computer Hope
Computer Hope NC State has rebounded nicely after losing a stunner to South Carolina to open the season. The D-Line hasn’t gotten as loose as many of us thought going into the season, but this is a big ACC game now that Florida St. has lost Deondre Francois but also because of the rest they might have had after missing the last two weeks of games. QB James Blackman is going to have a hard time against a D-Line as fierce as NC State, but FSU has talent. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Both teams are coming off odd losses. UCLA to Memphis and Stanford to San Diego State. I think both teams are on the cusp of either an abyss or possibly getting their seasons back on track. A win for the Cardinal might show that the SD State loss was a fluke & they still have a shot at the Pac 12 North. A win for UCLA means they are still players in the South. A loss for UCLA might mean the season goes down in flames. It’s a huge contest. Computer Hope
Computer Hope This will be an interesting test for Notre Dame. The Spartans always play the Irish tough and Sparty has gotten off to a  nice 2-0 start after heading into the season thinking it would be a rebuild year. They are going to play tough up front so if the Irish can run the ball on Michigan State then you could maybe make an argument that ND made some adjustments after Georgia. If MSU wins, however, then the Spartans will get more attention. Computer Hope
Computer Hope UCF has a pretty nice offense led by QB McKenzie Milton, but they’ve been hampered a bit by the hurricane season so this is their 2nd game instead of their 4th. With Texas going into USC and taking the Trojans to double-OT, things for Maryland get a bit more interesting. If Texas keeps playing well & Maryland keeps winning, then the Terps make a big case for ranking pretty high. A tricky game for the Terps but I think they’ll prevail here. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Red Raiders picked up a big win this past week beating Arizona State in Lubbock to improve to 2-0. The slate this week is a little weak in college football, but I think this is an under the radar game. Texas Tech is 2-0 while Houston has started 2-0 as well. I thought Kliff Kingsbury’s seat was a little warm going in, but starting 3-0 would be a great start for the head coach & a win at Houston would be a big one. A win & 7-5 is on the table for TT. Computer Hope

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NFL PLAYOFF SEEDINGS AFTER WEEK 1

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NFC ANALYSIS

NFC EAST: Every week is a season and the NFC East was brutal in Week 1 with two divisional games. Obviously the division changes with the possibility of Ezekiel Elliott playing the full season. Right now the East breaks down to: 1)PHI, 2)DAL, 3)NYG & 4)WAS which seems conceivable at this point. Odell Beckham getting healthy is imperative for the Giants and the Redskins finding rhythm on offense would help. The Eagles & Cowboys being playoff teams seems plausible.

NFC NORTH: The tiebreakers are a bit odd this early in the season. It’s staying with the season narrative that the Lions, Vikings & Packers are fighting for the North but the tiebreakers are combined rank within the conference with respect to points scored & points allowed so it’s a bit tricky. That tiebreaker leaves the Vikings at #1 in the division followed by Detroit & Green Bay. What does seem interesting is that the Bears played the Falcons hard so while the Bears are probably not a wild card team and definitely not a division winner, they could have a significant say in who does win the North & who could possibly get a wild card berth.

NFC SOUTH: Carolina’s 23-3 win over the 49ers gave the enough juice in the tiebreakers to be the #1 seed i the NFC. The South was easy with the Panthers in 1st following by Atlanta. Tampa being 0-0 slots in at #3 while the Saints wind up 4th after losing their opener to the Vikings. The South is completely up for grabs at this point because I think all 4 teams will have a say at some point. Seeing how competitive the Saints can be at home in Week 2 against the Patriots will be telling.

NFC WEST: Easy slot for the Rams as they were the only NFC West team to win in Week 1. Their win came against Indianapolis and the other division leaders beat NFC teams so LA’s conference record is 0-0 slotting them into the 4th seed. Obviously this will change. The Rams looking that dominant without Aaron Donald could change the complexion of the division just a bit. Seattle still seems like the overwhelming favorites, but the Rams could be the 2nd place team and thus at least in play for a potential wild card berth depending on how they keep playing.

WILD CARD GAMES AFTER WEEK 1

#6 ATLANTA @ #3 MINNESOTA
#5 DALLAS @ #4 LOS ANGELES

Unless the Seahawks completely implode (and we are REALLY WRONG about the Rams upside) then that 4/5 matchup doesn’t happen. That is WAY TOO BAD because there are two team that the Cowboys have played 8 times in the playoffs: the Rams & Packers with 8 games each which is the most the Cowboys have ever played another team in the postseason. Both the Rams & Cowboys have won 4 of those 8 games. The 6/3 game is completely plausible although it would mean the Falcons being a wild card which might seem odd. I don’t think these two games remain for long in the playoff scenarios but both would be fantastic games.



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AFC ANALYSIS

AFC EAST: Yeah this won’t hold. New England’s opening week loss to the Chiefs combined with the Dolphins canceling their game against Tampa Bay ensured that the winner of the Jets/Bills game would mean the winner would wind up in 1st place in the AFC East! Obviously this will change. It’s interesting though that at this point the Patriots would be the #11 seed. What is interesting here is that if the Dolphins lose to the Chargers in Week 2, the Bills could lose and still be in first place because their division record would be 1-0 and they’d be 1-1, the same as New England assuming the Patriots beat the Saints in Week 2.

AFC NORTH: No shock here. The Ravens hold the tiebreaker over the the Steelers because of combined conference rank in points scored and points allowed. Shutting out the Bengals gave the Ravens the #1 defense in the AFC and that was more than enough to push Baltimore past Pittsburgh. Nothing completely crazy if you think the Ravens & Steelers are potential playoff teams. The only problem is that the Bengals look horrible offensively so it’s possible they could flirt with the basement assuming the Browns keep playing as competitively as they did against Pittsburgh in Week 1.

AFC SOUTH: I had the Titans & Jaguars at the top of the division anyway so Week 1 isn’t that shocking to me. What is rather shocking is how Jacksonville DESTROYED Houston. If the Jaguars can keep their plan in place of running the ball hard & playing swarming defense, then the division is definitely in play & the Jaguars are even a potential wild card team. This assumes the Titans keep gumming it up with passing more than they run. The Colts are already the 16th seed & if Andrew Luck remains on the sidelines, they might take up permanent residence in the basement.

AFC WEST: Denver is in 1st place because they beat San Diego so their division record is 1-0. The Chiefs beating New England and the Raiders beating Tennessee give them conference wins, but the Broncos lead by virtue of the division win. I think Week 1 illustrated just how insane the division is. If the Chargers defense didn’t need a quarter or quarter & a half to wake up on defense, we me be talking about the Chargers in 1st place due to divisional record. I start to wonder if the West can get 1-2 wild card berths because they are going to hammer each other.

WILD CARD GAMES AFTER WEEK 1:

#6 PITTSBURGH @ #3 BUFFALO
#5 OAKLAND @ #4 DENVER

How tantalizing is that 4/5 matchup being a 3rd contest between heated division rivals!? Buffalo/Pittsburgh isn’t going to happen. That’s an idiosyncrasy of the playoff seedings after a single week. I thought it very interesting how close the AFC West is to having 3 playoff teams and sweeping both wild card seeds. The Chiefs are #7. Even the Chargers who are 0-1 get the #9 seed! I think a good story line going forward is seeing if the West can get 3 teams in. The West is nuts because in a lot of was I could see them getting only 1 playoff team because they’ll beat on each other. On the other hand, I think all 4 teams could make a HUGE case they are good enough to be playoff teams.

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NCAA POWER 25 – 2017 WEEK 3

RANK TEAM COMMENTS
#1 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Colorado St. 41-23. The Rams scored some garbage TDs in the 4th quarter that made the final score appear closer than it actually was. This is the Alabama formula on full display. So far the Tide have ran the ball 120 times compared to 66 rushing attempts. It was the same against Colorado State. I’m surprised the defense is allowing 13.3PPG, but as you saw against Florida St., when the defense shows up fully motivated, opposing offenses don’t score.
#2 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Tulane 56-14. Tulane actually played pretty well in the first quarter being tied with the Sooners 14-14, but over the next 3 quarters, Oklahoma outscored the Green Wave 42-0! The Baker Mayfield show was on full display as he went 17/27 for 331yds/4TD without a pick. Mayfield is on pace for 4,881 yards/47TD. Given what happened to Kansas St. on Saturday & TCU giving up 30+ to SMU, it really looks like Bedlam! is the only thing standing from 12-0!
#3 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Louisville 47-21. Back to back wins against Auburn & Louisville with Louisville being played on the road is easily the most impressive two weeks of football by any team in the nation thus far & Clemson could definitely make a case for being the #1 team in the nation. The Tigers defense flexed hard last night against Lamar Jackson recording 4 sacks, 7 tackles for loss & 5 passes defended. Kelly Bryant is playing well & at this point I don’t see a weakness.
#4 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Texas 27-24 (2OT). How good is USC? It needed double OT to beat a Texas team that gave up 51 to Maryland in their season opener. Yes the Stanford win looks good but Stanford just lost to San Diego State! USC also had a little bit of trouble against a 1-2 W.Michigan squad. I think the reason you rank the Trojans high is because of Sam Darnold. There is enough talent here to never get blown out & I don’t think you bet against Darnold in a close game.
#5 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Georgia St. 56-0. Another week another blow out win for the Nittany Lions but at this point who have they really beat? Two of their wins have come against Georgia St. & Akron. The other against a Pittsburgh team that was destroyed by Oklahoma State. Those 3 teams have a combined record of 2-6 & none of them are a bowl team. Yes Saquon Barkley is on pace for at least 2400 yards from scrimmage but good grief Penn St. play a decent opponent!
#6 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Air Force 29-13. The academies are a lot tougher than people imagine & Air Force is a pretty good football team that can run the football. They tried like crazy to get things going on the ground against Michigan, but the Falcons only managed 168 yards on 49 carries which translates into a great showing defensively for the Wolverines. Wilton Speight is going to have to make some plays at some point though. The Florida wins looks really good now.
#7 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Fresno St. 48-16. Last week Fresno St. faced Alabama! This week they had Washington! They got two playoff teams in back to back week & were outscored 89-26. In some ways that feels like a win! The average score is 45-13 and it seems as if the Bulldogs should have been beaten by a greater margin. QB Jake Browning was almost perfect in this game going 19/22 for 255yds/4TD & no picks. Washington hasn’t played anyone yet, but Colorado is up next.
#8 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Pittsburgh 59-21. Is #10 too low for the Cowboys? Last week Penn St. hosted Pittsburgh and beat the Panthers by 19 points. This week Oklahoma St. travels to Pittsburgh and beats them by 38. Mason Rudolph finally threw an interception yesterday but he also almost threw for 500 yards & had 5TD. The Cowboys had 4 receivers go over 100yds & Justice Hill ran for 2TD and 91yds. The weapons are outstanding here & OK-State should probably be top-5.
#9 Computer Hope Last Week Beat BYU 40-6. Brigham Young is terrible & they have no offense, but the Badgers are completely thrashing teams at this point. Have they played anyone yet? Not really, but Alex Hornibrook is a darn near perfect QB & the Badgers can run with Jonathan Taylor & Chris James. The Badgers are always going to be able to run so if Hornibrook doesn’t make mistakes, they’ll be fine. How about the LB crew from Wisconsin? TJ Edwards, Chris Orr & Leon Jacobs?!!!
#10 Computer Hope Last Week Beat LSU 37-7. WOW! I thought the Bulldogs could win this game in Starkville and I also am getting the feeling that this team has a chance to mimic what the 2014 team did when they were the #1 ranked team in the nation. This wasn’t just a win. It was a THRASHING of a team with ELITE level talent. I know we can get caught in Nick Fitzgerald or Aeris Williams, but the Bulldogs O-Line has been spectacular this season. Next week at Georgia is CRAZY!
#11 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Army 38-7. I’m not sure you can get up too much over this win. Sure JT Barrett looked great, but he’s always going to look great against inferior opponents. Ohio St. was going up against a bunch of 1-2 star guys and they ran wild which isn’t surprising. I like Army and like the Navy & Air Force they try to get after you with their running game with that triple option attack, but the Buckeyes are too fast for that to be very effective. We didn’t learn too much.
#12 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Samford 42-14. The win in South Bend looks good with the Irish rebounding against Boston College. Jake Fromm might have taken the starting QB position from Jake Eason & isn’t looking back. The true frosh QB went 8/13 for 165yds/3TD in a game where Nick Chubb flashed his old self running for 131yds/2TD on just 16 carries. No Sony Michel but UGA played a little smash mouth running it 54 times. Fromm is 2-0 as a starter with a 5:1 TD:INT ratio.
#13 Computer Hope Last Week Game No Game. The Seminoles had another week off before they resume playing next week when they host NC State. That’s an interesting game for the Seminoles as true freshman James Blackman gets the nod at QB & will be facing a pretty stout defensive line from the Wolfpack. NC State had a tough opening loss to South Carolina but have rebounded to win two straight so they’ll be ready to go while FSU might have a little rust from their layoff.
#14 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Mercer 24-10. Not overly dominant but Auburn went off script a bit by passing the ball so much. This almost felt like a game where War Eagle was working out some kinks on offense. Jarrett Stidham threw the ball 37 times which is never going to happen in big games, but he completed 32 of them (86.5%) although he didn’t find the endzone. Nine receivers caught the ball with 8 of them having multiple catches. They are still a solid playoff possibility.
#15 Computer Hope Last Week Beat East Carolina 64-17. Sometimes things make sense. Virginia Tech beat West Virginia. Both teams played East Carolina in back to back weeks. West Virginia beat the Pirates by 36. Virginia Tech beat them by 47. It works out! Virginia Tech is going to run you into the ground & D up against the run, but QB Josh Jackson can make some plays & I think this is what separates the Hokies. They get Clemson & play Miami-FL on the road but 10-2 is the floor.
#16 Computer Hope Last Week Beat SMU 56-36. Give up 7 points to Arkansas on the road, come back home and give up 36 points to SMU? TCU’s defense looked abysmal. No sacks. Just 3 tackles for loss. The Mustangs racked up almost 500 total yards of offense & only had the ball for 26 minutes! The Horned Frogs offense did show up. Kenny Hill threw for 4TD and the TCU rushing attack ran for 254yds/3TD! TCU plays at Oklahoma St. next week & if they just gave up 36 to SMU? Scary.
#17 Computer Hope Last Week Game No Game. Like Florida St., Miami-FL hasn’t played since Week 1 and they’ll finally get back on the field next week when they host a Toledo squad who has started out 3-0 & is playing pretty good football. Rockets QB Logan Woodside is a player so the Hurricanes will have to defend against him, but Toledo’s defense has looked pretty bad all season so I’m guessing the ultra athletic skill players in Miami won’t have any issues getting loose.
#18 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Mississippi St. 7-37. WOW! I thought Mississippi St. would win this game, but by 30 points!? LSU’s defense was absolutely shredded in this game. Aeris Williams ran for 146 yards on 23 carries. Nick Fitzgerald chipped in 88 & 2TD on 14 carries. Derrius Guice ran well for LSU but the Tigers didn’t have the ball much. I also think this was a good example of LSU not creating turnovers on defense. I’m not selling on LSU completely but this was a red flag.
#19 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Wyoming 49-13. The win over Nebraska last week doesn’t look nearly as good as it did when it happened now that the Cornhuskers dropped a home game to Northern Illinois! That being said, the Ducks still ran wild over an over-matched Wyoming squad and the defense made Josh Allen look terrible. Royce Freeman had over 2ooyds from scrimmage & Justin Herbert completed 62% for 251yds. The offense is averaging 56PPG which ranks #3!
#20 Computer Hope Last Week Lost to Clemson 21-47. So you lose to Clemson? If the Tigers are ranked #3 then Louisville has an argument for being the #5 team in the nation after Clemson, Oklahoma, Alabama & Auburn. They still have the most electric QB in the country and the defense is super athletic. The Florida St. game will pose a problem because it’s in Tallahassee, but it’s going to be hard for the Redbirds not to finish 10-2 with a shot at an 11-2 season. They are THIS close however.
#21 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Tennessee 26-20. The 63-yard pass from Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland on the last play of the game to win it was total bananas. The Gators almost threw it away up 20-10 with 5 minutes left in the 4th only to see Tennessee pull off the miracle comeback to tie it up. I think this gives Florida quite a bit of confidence & watching them, you just can’t get away from how extraordinarily athletic this team is. The loss to Michigan stinks, but it was Michigan!
#22 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Oregon St. 52-23. Luke Falk went out of his mind against the Beavers throwing for 396 yards & 6TD on 37/49 (75.5%) passing. Oregon St. isn’t great but neither is Montana & the Cougars beat both of them. Throw in the 3-point win over Boise St. and Wazzou has started 3-0 against teams they should beat. This is a big deal. Washington St. hasn’t started a season 3-0 since 2005. Don’t sleep on the defense either. Not fantastic but very opportunistic.
#23 Computer Hope Last Week No Game. The Terrapins got the week off after great wins against Texas & Towson. The Texas win looks fantastic now that the Longhorns went into the Coliseum and took USC to double overtime. Texas probably wins that game if not for the strip fumble in 2OT that gave USC the ball only needing to score. If you rank USC as the #4 team in then nation, then Maryland makes a good case for being in the top-10. Should be 4-0 when they visit Columbus.
#24 Computer Hope Last Week Beat Boston College 49-20. The Irish rush offense went absolutely crazy against BC rushing for 515 yards on 51 carries with 7TD! RB Josh Adams led the way with 229yds on just 18 carries but QB Brandon Wimbush also chipped in 207yds on 21 carries! This has to give ND & especially Wimbush a lot of confidence, but last week against Georgia you saw ND struggle. To me this is where the Irish are. Good enough to win some games, but not against the elite.
#25 Computer Hope Last Week Beat South Carolina 23-13. I might have been higher on South Carolina more than anyone outside of Columbia, so if Kentucky can go into South Carolina and get a 23-13 win, I have to reward the Wildcats who ran their record to 3-0. I thought UK would be pretty good this year & may even challenge in the SEC East but troubles with E.Kentucky & Southern Miss early spelled disaster. Then they beat South Carolina & now what? Can they beat Florida next?

DROPPING OUT

#11 STANFORD CARDINAL: Losing to San Diego State? Really Stanford? What has Stanford really done this year to be honest? They blew out a terrible Rice team before losing back to back games against USC & San Diego State. USC had trouble with Western Michigan and Texas took them to OT. This same Texas team that gave up 51 to Maryland in Austin! USC blew out the Cardinal so where does that put Stanford? Behind Texas? Behind Western Michigan? Stanford’s defense could not get off the field! At this point Stanford is completely wasting an AMAZING season from RB Bryce Love who nobody can stop at this point. These first 3 games couldn’t have gone worse.

#16 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS: Losing at home to Kentucky!? Kentucky!!?!?!?!!? Carolina didn’t really have an answer for Kentucky’s running game. They couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down and the Kentucky rush defense was excellent. Deebo Samuel broke his leg late in the game and is now out for the year which is a CRUSHING blow to this offense moving forward. Carolina was a little sloppy as well with turnovers and penalties. This went from a year of infinite possibilities to one of distinct questions in the span of a Saturday afternoon. What a tough loss to take and now the season is in jeopardy.

#22 UCLA BRUINS: Riley Ferguson is a decent QB, but in his first game of the year against UL-Monroe, Ferguson was 10/25 for 97 yards and an interception with no TD passes. In his 2nd game of the year against UCLA, Ferguson goes 23/38 for 398 yards & 6TD to just one pick and outplays potential #1 overall draft pick Josh Rosen! The Bruins defense is giving up 38.3PPG and is complete garbage at this point. It sounds absolutely crazy given the talent level on this squad, but UCLA legitimately could go 4-8/3-9. Next year is going to be wild because Rosen will enter the NFL Draft and I think Jim Mora is looking for a job. Crazy times.

#24 KANSAS ST. WILDCATS: You can’t be taken seriously if you travel to Vanderbilt and lose 14-7. K-State ran the ball for over 200 yards and still lost this football game. The Wildcats had more total yards, more first time, greater time of possession and more rushing yards. And lost. Terrible. Assuming they can’t win road games, KSU has at least 3 more losses and play Oklahoma at home meaning another L which limits them to an at best 7-5 record with home games against West Virginia & Texas Tech potentially preventing them from a bowl game. Goodness! A loss to Vanderbilt!?

September 17, 2017 Posted by | ACC, Alabama, Auburn, Big 10, Big XII, Clemson, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Kansas St., Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami-FL, Michigan, Mississippi St., NCAA, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Pac 12, Penn St., Power 25, SEC, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington St., Week 3, Wisconsin | Leave a comment

RANDOM NCAA FOOTBALL THOUGHTS AFTER 2 WEEKS

I thought it would be interesting to go over some random thoughts about the college football world  now that we are 2 weeks into the season. What has been surprising? Disappointing? Unusual? Let’s take a look by conference.

SEC

  • I’m surprised that Kentucky has had as hard a time as they have in their first two games against Southern Miss & Eastern Kentucky. EKU gave the Wildcats all they could handle before Kentucky pulled away late, but so far Kentucky has outscored both of their opponents 51-33. Benny Snell has not run the ball well and Denzil Ward has not been nearly as dominant off the edge as I thought he’d be. Getting South Carolina this week on the road could expose Kentucky.
  • Missouri QB Drew Lock went from completing 62% of his passes for 521 yards & 7TD in Week 1 against Missouri St. to completing 44% of his passes for 245 yards & 1TD including 2 picks in Week 2 against South Carolina. Lock can be a very good QB, but we might want to pump the brakes on his Heisman candidacy. He learned quickly that Missouri St. doesn’t exactly play SEC style defense. With that said, Missouri could win 6 games and get to a bowl which should set up a monster 2018 season for the Tigers.
  • He’s not getting attention but Ole Miss’s Shea Patterson has had an incredible first two games. The QB has completed 77% of his passes for 918 yards including 9TDs to only 1 interceptions. Over 12 games that equates to 5,508 passing yards & 54TD. You have to allow for competition as the Rebels have beaten South Alabama & UT-Martin, but given the distractions around the program the last few months, Mississippi has to be thankful for this kind of start and seeing how good Patterson can be.
  • They aren’t ranked yet but South Carolina is a real threat to win the SEC East. Their first two wins over NC State and Missouri are impressive considering neither were home games & SC did a great job in each game. Against NC State the Gamecocks scored 30+ against one of the best D-Lines in the nation. Missouri was coming off a 70+ point scoring effort against Missouri St. and the SC defense held the Tigers to 13 points & made Drew Lock look bad. SC QB Jake Bentley is the best QB nobody is talking about.
  • It was very disappointing to see Arkansas have such a hard time running the ball effectively against TCU. They didn’t look all that explosive against Florida A&M in Week 1 either meaning this could be a long road ahead for the Razorbacks. Seeing Bobby Petrino take this program to the brink of playing for a national title has only hurt Bret Bielema. Arkansas has road games against Alabama, LSU & South Carolina. All are almost certain losses meaning AT BEST Arkansas can go 7-5, but that assumes they can beat Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn. Lose 2 of those 3 and Arkansas doesn’t make a bowl. Can Bielema survive?

BIG 10

  • The dominance of Michigan’s defense has to be an incredible surprise to many. You knew Michigan was going to be good but over their first two games, the defense is allowing just 1.4 yards per rush and opposing QBs are completing just 43.9% of their passes and have thrown for only a single TD while being picked off twice. The Wolverins are +4 in sack differential, +2 in tackles for loss differential, and +1 in TO margin. Those differentials show that Michigan could get even better.
  • I’m surprised at Iowa so far. The Hawkeyes did a good job of shutting down potential NFL 1st Rd. pick QB Josh Allen when the Hawkeyes opened up with a 24-7 win over Wyoming. There was every reason to think Iowa was going to lose their rivalry game against Iowa State, but the Hawkeyes pulled out a huge win in OT on the road to get to 2-0. Akrum Wadley is running well and QB Nate Stanley has been EXCEPTIONAL! He’s on pace for 50+TD passes which is amazing from an Iowa offense! LB Josey Jewell is playing out of his mind. He on pace for almost 140 tackles this season & is playing like a 1st Team All-American.
  • Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I’m surprised at Wisconsin and how dominant they’ve been. Granted they’ve only played Florida Atlantic and Utah State, but the defense has been outstanding. What surprises me most about the Badgers is how much they lost from last year’s team and the squad seemingly hasn’t missed a beat. Losing guys like TJ Watt, Vince Biegel, and Jack Cichy would impact the defense. I thought losing Corey Clement would be hard, but Wisconsin has absorbed these losses and looks even better than they did in 2016!
  • Completely surprised with Maryland! The Terrapins opened up on the road against Texas and beat the Longhorns in Austin 51-41 behind HUGE games from RB Ty Johnson, QB Tyrrell Pigrome and WR DJ Moore. Pigrome had to miss Week 2, but Maryland barely noticed as they took down Towson 63-17. I knew Johnson was a home run hitter at tailback but how could you see what was coming? Johnson is on pace to rush or over 1600 yards while averaging 15+ypc! Texas might stink and I’m sure the Terps are going to be tested more fiercely but right now the team is averaging 57PPG & you can be sure they won’t be intimidated in any situation after winning at Texas.
  • How good really is Ohio State? They lost the 1st half to Indiana in Week 1 by the score of 14-13 before blowing the Hoosiers out in the 2nd half. In Week 2, the Buckeyes hosted Oklahoma and had the doors blown off. If you look at quarters, Ohio St. has basically lost 6 of the 8 quarters they’ve played. JT Barrett doesn’t look good and you have to wonder how far Ohio St. can run this year. The Oklahoma loss doesn’t hurt too much if Ohio St. can run the table, but with Michigan progressing much faster than expected and Penn St. being Penn St., Ohio St. might have a very difficult road ahead.

BIG XII

  • Utterly shocked is the best way I can describe what is going on at Baylor. I’m sure when Matt Rhule left Temple for Waco, he didn’t imagine opening up the season with back to back losses to Liberty & UT-San Antonio, but the absolute worst case scenario has played out for the Bears and now they sit at 0-2 and that record could easily run to 0-8 before they get a road game against Kansas that might not be a victory at all. It would be insane to think Baylor could finish 0-12 and the odds are against it because going 0-12 isn’t easy, but it’s in play.
  • It’s one thing for Baker Mayfield to be a good QB. It’s completely another for the guy to be completing 84% of his passes and being on pace for 5,000 yards & 50TD. As good as Lamar Jackson has been for Louisville, if Mayfield completed 80% of his passes and the Sooners finish 13-0, then I don’t see how he’s not the Heisman Trophy winner. The Big XII has been incredible so far, but right now it looks as if Oklahoma is a notch ahead of anyone. They won’t face a defense as tough as Ohio State’s in conference play and the Sooners absolutely shredded the Buckeyes in Columbus.
  • Speaking of great QBs, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma St. is completing 73% of his pass attempts and is on pace for 4,000 yards & 40TD. Rudolph might even be posting bigger stats through the passing game if it wasn’t for RBs Justice Hill and JD King who are running the ball extremely well. The Mayfield shadow is so big that Rudolph gets swallowed up by it, but the Oklahoma St. QB is a legit 1st Rd. NFL QB playing for a team that has a tremendous shot at getting to the playoffs. How in the world does a QB like this get overlooked!?
  • I’m not completely shocked by TCU’s 2-0 start but the Frogs absolutely dominated Arkansas in Fayetteville this past week. I think QB Kenny Hill has to play better for the Frogs to challenge either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, but TCU has a real shot at 10-2 and a possible 11-2 season with a bowl assuming they lose to both Oklahoma & Oklahoma State. Having those two games on the road is a schedule nightmare, but TCU’s defense has been unbelievable so far so who knows. TCU’s defense has been off the charts when it comes to statistics. They’ve only played Jackson St. & Arkansas but right now they look like the best defense in college football.
  • I’m really surprised at how good West Virginia has played. They shouldn’t have lost their opener to Virginia Tech and they followed that up by absolutely destroying East Carolina. QB Will Grier has been amazing and West Virginia can really run the football behind Justin Crawford & Kennedy McKoy. The Mountaineers need to play a bit better on defense, but that is a common theme among Big XII teams. It does seem though that WVU might be able to air it out with anyone if Grier can keep up this pace. Dana Holgorsen is an exceptional HC. I’m very curious to see if he ever gets a top-10 job because the guy can win national championships. Of course it would be awesome if he did so in Morgantown.
  • Overall I’m really impressed with how competitive the Big XII is. Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Kansas St., TCU and West Virginia are really good teams. Texas is super talented although the Maryland loss is a bit rough. Iowa St. probably should have beaten Iowa given they were playing at home & the Hawkeyes gave them plenty of chances. Baylor has had it extremely rough and we don’t really know too much about Texas Tech & Kansas yet, but the Big XII has the chance to go 6-7 deep possibly and that is a lot more than most other conferences.

PAC 12

  • How about the play of the two stud QBs in the Pac 12!? Josh Rosen is on fire. So far this season he’s led the Bruins to a 2-0 mark including an INCREDIBLE come from behind victory over Texas A&M! He’s thrown for 820yds/9TD without a pick while completing 68% of his passes! Rosen is on pace to throw for 5,330 yards with 59TD! Sam Darnold of USC has been pretty darn good too. Darnold had thrown for 605yds/4TD with 4 interceptions while completing 75% of his passes. Darnold shredded a great Stanford defense & re-established USC has a national title contender after a difficult outing against Western Michigan to open up the season. Darnold has been plagued by drop passes and bad routes as well so his numbers could be even better. There is a good shot these two guys are the first two taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. I’d say it’s even likely.
  • I’m pretty surprised at UCLA’s defense. The pass defense is allowing opposing QBs to complete just 47.8% of their passes and are allowing just 4.7 yards per pass attempt. The Bruins are +1 in sack differential and +4 in tackle for loss differential. They are -2 in TO margin which outlines a couple of tendencies with the defense. They don’t create a lot of turnovers and their rush defense is absolutely horrible giving up 6.3ypc! If UCLA can fix those issues then this team could compete with USC for the Pac 12 South.
  • I’m pretty surprised Arizona State has looked as bad as they have. They were able to open up the season with 2 home games against New Mexico State and San Diego State. They got by New Mexico State, but by only 6 points. They were dominated by San Diego St. for the most part losing 30-20. RB Kalen Ballage has had a tough time getting off rushing for only 3.7ypc without facing any real stud defenses. Todd Graham was on the hot seat coming into the season, but I don’t see how he survives it. The Sun Devil defense is atrocious and if Ballage has a rough time this year, I can’t see them winning many games. I think 0-10 is a real possibility before the finish the season up against Oregon State and Arizona. Wow!
  • I was shocked to see Stanford get destroyed by USC. I don’t know if that was a blip or just one of those game where everything goes wrong, but Stanford matches up well with the Trojans & yet were dominated. The loss doesn’t kill Stanford as they are more  than capable of winning out (They get Washington in Pao Alto) and meeting USC again in the Pac 12 championship but they have a couple of tricky games the next two weeks playing San Diego St. (who just thrashed Arizona St.) and UCLA who has proven extremely dangerous no matter the situation. I didn’t see any of this coming.
  • I think everyone has to be pleasantly surprised with the job Justin Wilcox has done so far at Cal. I don’t think anyone really expected Cal to go to Chapel Hill and beat North Carolina, but they did and then followed that up with a shaky win against Weber State. Carolina wasn’t awful against Louisville so if you extrapolate, California could be more competitive than we initially though. QB Ross Bowers is playing well. RB Patrick Laird was dominant against Weber St. and the Bears have a real talent at WR in Demetris Robertson. The Bears are also +3 in TO margin which certainly helps.
  • I do want to mention Oregon. I thought their 2nd half against Nebraska was a disaster but the Ducks were playing not to lose & barely held on to that one. If they can get consistent defensive play, Oregon is going to be factor in the Pac 12 North if anything because they’ll be hard games for Washington & Stanford, but QB Justin Herbert is for real and Royce Freeman can run the ball. I’m not sure I thought this team could win 10 games before the season began, but I think that win total is in play.

ACC

  • Look we knew the Clemson defense was going to be good, but that defense is insane. The D-Line completely bottled up Auburn last week which has to be a harbinger for things to come. I honestly don’t think there is a team in the nation outside of Alabama & Oklahoma and I’m not sure that is going to be enough. I don’t want to minimize the the loss of Deshaun Watson because it was a huge loss, but Kelly Bryant looks more than up for the task. I’d be surprised at this point if Clemson doesn’t finish 13-0 especially with Deondre Francois out for the year at Florida State.
  • I’m not sure there has been any real thoughts on the ACC outside of Clemson’s incredible start defensively. We haven’t really gotten to see Florida St. or Miami-FL outside of their first games because of hurricane issues and neither team will play this week. UNC getting beat by Cal is a bit surprising but it’s a rebuild year in Chapel Hill. Louisville having a hard time against Purdue & North Carolina is a bit troubling but Lamar Jackson has been outstanding. Duke’s start is incredible but they haven’t played anyone yet. At best I think we can say we have an incomplete grade on the ACC thus far.

September 13, 2017 Posted by | ACC, Arizona St., Arkansas, Baylor, Big 10, Big XII, California, Clemson, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Pac 12, SEC, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, UCLA, USC, West Virginia, Wisconsin | Leave a comment

2017 NFL FOOTBALL – WEEK 2 BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope Starting off 0-2 isn’t the worst, but I don’t think either of these teams can afford another loss. Both the Bengals and Texans weren’t just beaten last week, they were hammered at home by teams that shouldn’t have blown them out. I’m interested to see how each teams bounces back & especially interested in seeing if Andy Dalton can have a big game after the horrific 4-interception outing last week against the Ravens. Computer Hope
Computer Hope After Week 1 there is only one undefeated team in the AFC South and it’s the…..Jaguars! Jacksonville did everything right last week against the Texans & now they return home against a Titans team that seemingly lost their identity last week against Oakland. I’m interested to see if the Titans can get back to their power football behind Derrick Henry & DeMarco Murray. The Jags had 10 sacks last week. Can they encore? Computer Hope
Computer Hope I think DeShone Kizer is going to have a very rough time because the Baltimore defense is on point and I think their D-Line is a bit underrated with guys like Brandon Williams & Brent Urban. It’ll be interesting to see if the Ravens keep leaning on Buck Allen & Terrance West in the run game, limiting Joe Flacco’s passing attack, which I think is the right strategy. I think Baltimore starts 2-0 with 2 divisional victories. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Beating the Jets wasn’t anything to really write home about, but Buffalo has an opportunity to see what they can do against a Carolina team that is coming off a 23-3 win over the 49ers. Buffalo is a team considered to be playing for a draft pick, but LeSean McCoy is outstanding, Tyrod Taylor is pretty good & the O-line is solid. The defense can get after it a bit with Jerry Hughes & Shaq Lawson. Maybe they aren’t horrible. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Maybe not the game of the week, but this one is interesting because New Orleans is always a tough place to play and if Alex Smith can lead the Chiefs to 42 points against New England, isn’t it fare to say that Drew Brees could find quite a bit of daylight? They Saints are going to have a hard time defensively, and obviously the Patriots are going to make some big adjustments after their opening week loss, but this could be close. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Last week the Cardinals probably should have beaten the Lions. If not for a 4th quarter collapse and the loss of RB David Johnson, Arizona is 1-0 with a victory over a playoff team from last season. Carson Palmer looks like he’s done, but against the hapless Colts, Arizona should be able to get back on track. Indianapolis just gave up 46 to the Rams & they’ll be trotting out Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett. That’s terrible. Computer Hope
Computer Hope What a Week 2 game!!! It’s really disappointing that Ronald Darby & Eric Berry miss these games to be honest as it would have made the matchup even greater. Losing Berry is a tough out because you saw Kansas City last week make use of him on TE Rob Gronkowski. I’m guessing we might have saw the same thing this week with Berry going up against Philly TE Zach Ertz. It’ll be interesting to see how KC plays D. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Minnesota didn’t see from New Orleans the type of D-Line and edge rush that the Steelers are going to bring on Sunday. This will be a big test to see exactly where this Vikings O-Line is against ELITE teams. I think it’ll also be interesting to see what the Steelers offense does against an ELITE defense. They got away from running Le’Veon Bell and I wonder if Pittsburgh will get back to a more physical approach this week. Computer Hope
Computer Hope I’m sure before the season began the Bucs thought this might be an easy out for them, but Chicago played exceedingly well against the Falcons last week and now get a week to refine their approach & improve on the things that worked last week. Tampa missed their opener against Miami so they still might have some rust to work through in their first game of the season. Tampa should win, but the Bears are surprising us! Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Chargers need this win in the worst way. They have to be hoping the Dolphins are still a little rusty from not playing in Week 1 and that Jay Cutler will be a bit off in his Miami debut. On the other hand it’s the Chargers so who knows exactly how they’ll play. I don’t think San Diego can afford to start the year 0-2. While it’s possible the Chiefs & Broncos lose this week, Oakland wins & that would put the Bolts 2 games back. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Jets are arguably the worst team in the NFL excepting the Colts while Oakland looks like a team ready for the Super Bowl. Oakland’s secondary proved surprisingly effective last week against the Titans and that trend probably continues this week against a Jets team that basically plays without a serviceable QB. I think this is a week where the Raiders offense goes nuts and everyone gets involved gaining confidence. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Losing Desean Jackson is brutal for Washington especially if Josh Doctson is a bust. Last week against Philly, the Redskins simply had no outside threat. Jamison Crowder is great in the slot & I love Terrelle Pryor’s size, but defenses can squeeze down & make life tough on Kirk Cousins. Former Redskins OC Sean McVay is now HC of the Rams & Washington should certainly recognize the offense. I think LA wins. Computer Hope
Computer Hope I thought Denver did a good job last week running the football behind CJ Anderson & Jamaal Charles which gave QB Trevor Siemian some room to work & he did well. I wonder how much of that resulted from Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman not providing that inside thump? This week Denver gets Sean Lee & Jaylen Smith who are going to make things A LOT tougher. With Zeke running, hard to go against Dallas. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Given how the 49ers played last week against the Panthers, and the fact that this game is in Seattle, there doesn’t seem any way possible that San Francisco shocks us and pulls off a victory. Playing without Reuben Foster also hurts something fierce, but the 49ers still do have quite a bit of young talent on defense & the Seahawks O-Line is dreadful. That will be an interesting match up to watch if nothing else. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Packers go from a possible 2017 NFC Championship game against Seattle last week to a rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship against Atlanta! Keep an eye on the running game for both teams in this one. I think Ty Montgomery is going to get loose at some point & take off this season. The Falcons had a tough time running last week & Green Bay’s D-Line was exceptional against Seattle. I think running wins here. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Are we in store for Matthew Stafford heroics? The Giants should be completely different this week as Odell Beckham Jr. returns the lineup which completely makes over the Giants offense. New York should be a lot more effective this week and I think Paul Perkins runs a lot better as the passing offense opens up. What New York needs to avoid is a Matthew Stafford 4th quarter comeback! Those are becoming common! Computer Hope

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