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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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September 17, 2017 Posted by | AAC, ACC, Big 10, Big Games, Big XII, Colorado, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Houston, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan St., Mississippi St., Must See Games, NC State, NCAA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma St., Pac 12, Penn St., SEC, Stanford, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, UCLA, Washington, Week 4 | Leave a comment

2017 BIG XII PREVIEW AND PREDICTIONS

I think without a doubt, the Big XII from top to bottom is going to be the most competitive conference in college football in 2017. It would be easy to saw the conference is top heavy because Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. look to be outstanding this year leading one to assume those two are going to finish 1-2 in the conference and give us a chance at Bedlam! round 2 in Dallas at the conclusion of the regular season but consider:

TCU returns 17 starters from last season’s squad that went 6-7 but lose 4 close games meaning the Frogs could have been 10-3. From 2014-2015, TCU went 23-3 so this program isn’t far removed from being an ELITE top-10 program. Kenny Hill doesn’t get as much publicity as Baker Mayfield or Mason Rudolph, but Hill ran for 609yds & 10TD last season while throwing for over 3200 yards & completing 61% of his passes. If Hill becomes a bit more judicious with his throws & avoids turnovers, TCU is going to be hard to stop on offense. Note too that TCU returns their top-9 receivers, and I’d expect them to get A LOT better defensively given HC Gary Patterson’s reputation for fielding solid defenses.

Texas returns 17 starters from last season’s 5-7 squad that lost 5 close games meaning the Longhorns were fairly close to being a 10-2 squad in a best case scenario and that is with a true freshman QB playing for a lame duck head coach. QB Shane Buechele is the most talented QB in the conference in my opinion and threw for almost 3000 yards & 21TD last season while completing 60.4% of his passes. If he improves upon those numbers, Texas is going to be DIFFICULT to handle. RB Chris Warren is a beast & UT brings back their top- 3 receivers along with their entire O-Line. Defensively Texas struggled last season but they return 10 starters & have immense talent. Texas plays Oklahoma in Dallas and gets Oklahoma St. in Austin. They play at USC, but this team has the ability to get to 11-1!

Kansas St. returns 14 starters from a 9-4 team that lost 2 close games so you could argue they could have been 11-2 in a best case scenario. The only player of consequence lost was DE Jordan Willis. QB Jesse Ertz is a dual threat option that ran for over 1,000 yards last season & also passed for 1755. The senior should be a lot better this season as his receiving corps should be a lot better & his O-Line returns 4 starters. I think DE Reggie Walker can take over the void left by Jordan Willis and the defense will keep moving forward. Kansas St. also has a very favorable schedule as they get Oklahoma, TCU & Baylor at home. It is entirely possible for the Wildcats to be 10-0 when they travel to Stillwater to play Oklahoma St. on November 18th!

I think Baylor could be an under the radar team. The situation is difficult, but new HC Matt Rhule did a tremendous job at Temple especially on the defensive side of the ball and the Bears have quite a bit of talent coming back on defense that showed the ability to put pressure on opposing QBs. You can win a lot of turnover battles when this happens on defense & if you win the turnover battle then you put yourself in position to win a lot of football games. QB Zach Smith wasn’t terrible splitting time with Seth Russell last season & RB Terrance Williams has a lot of upside. Keep an eye on RB JaMycal Hasty as well. Williams & Hasty could make for a special 1-2 punch out of the backfield which would give Baylor a COMPLETELY NEW identity of running the ball and playing great defense which would be almost the opposite of what we saw in the Art Briles era of big time passing offense!

West Virginia on paper doesn’t appear to be as good as the top-6 teams, but the Mountaineers finished 10-3 last season and ranked 18th in the nation! They take on significant losses from a season ago so it’ll be interesting to see what WVU can accomplish this season. I’m a big believer in HC Dana Holgorsen so while it doesn’t seem like West Virginia will be in the running to win the Big XII title, they do add to the overall competitiveness of the league because they do have enough coaching moxie and talent to pull of upsets at home against teams like Oklahoma State & Texas.

Texas Tech, Iowa St. and Kansas won’t be factors but I think Matt Campbell and David Beatty are going solid jobs so far at Iowa St. & Kansas respectively. Will the Cyclones & Jayhawks win a lot of games? Probably not, but I also think those teams have some upside to be competitive and not just a 30pt win for whoever they are playing like they have been in recent times. In Lubbock, Kliff Kingsbury might be coaching for his job and the Red Raiders will score some points making the games at the very least exciting.

All in all, there doesn’t seem to be an off week in the Big XII which makes it one of the most exciting, and in my opinion, the most competitive conference in college football.






# TEAM BIG XII
1 Computer Hope He doesn’t get as much media attention as some other guys but Cowboys QB Mason Rudolph is a legitimate Heisman and All-American candidate. He passed for 4091yds last year with a 28:4 TD to INT ratio! OK State brings back 4 starters on the O-Line along with RB Justice Hill, All-American WR James Washington & WR Jalen McCleskey. Oklahoma St. is going to score A TON of points! Defensively, OSU lost quite a bit & bring back just 5 starters but I think edge rushers Cole Walterscheid & Jarrell Owens can get after it. LB Cody Whitener is an All-Conference talent & the safeties are nice. Getting OU in Stillwater is HUGE!
2 Computer Hope If Bob Stoops hadn’t abruptly retired, I think I go with the Sooners to win the Big XII, but there will have to be some transition and given that Bedlam is in Stillwater this season, I think it tips the scales just enough in Oklahoma St.’s favor. That being said, this is an INCREDIBLE Oklahoma squad headlined by QB Baker Mayfield & TE Mark Andrews. The O-Line returns all 5 starters including all world LT Orlando Brown. However, OU loses Joe Mixon, DeDe Westbrook & Samaje Perine. That’s a lot to lose! OU does return 7 starters on defense & that unit should be much improved over last year’s unit. OU returns 6 of their back-7 on D.
3 Computer Hope TCU had a down year last year going 6-7 after going 23-3 from in 2014 & 2015. It certainly was a transition year for Gary Patterson & his staff, but the Frogs should be back to winning this season. Offensively TCU brings back QB Kenny Hill & RB Kyle Hicks along with their top-9 receivers! The O-Line returns 4 giving TCU 10 starters returning from an offense that scored 31PPG! Defensively TCU brings back 7 starters including 5 of their top-6 tacklers. TCU’s defense in the Big XII hasn’t been as good statistically as it was in the MW, but they’ll have big improvement this year. The schedule is a BEAST with their road slate.
4 Computer Hope If HC Tom Herman is as good as everyone thinks he is and he can keep improving over what he did at Houston, then this year has a feel like you had better beat Texas now because you aren’t beating them later. The Longhorns offense should be exceptional especially if QB Shane Buechele improves. He’s my favorite QB in college football & was outstanding as a true freshman. I think RB Chris Warren could be outstanding & the O-line returns 4 starters. Defensively Texas returns 10 starters including LB Malik Jefferson & NT Poona Ford. The unit did allow 31.5PPG last season, but the talent is fantastic and I’d expect big improvement.
5 Computer Hope Kansas St. is coming off a 9-4 years & they are a dangerous team in the Big XII. Bill Snyder always gets the most out of his teams & this team could be special especially given that the Wildcats play only Texas & Oklahoma St. on the road. It’s certainly possibly for KSU to finish 10-2 this year. Offensively it starts with do everything QB Jesse Ertz, but he’s got some help. I think RB Alex Barnes has big upside & Ertz also gets his top-2 receivers back along with 4 starters on the O-Line. KSU returns 6 starters on D & will have to replace Jordan Willis, but Reggie Walker looks salty and both CBs return along with both DTs. This is a good team.
6 Computer Hope I’m excited to see what HC Matt Rhule can do in Waco. Rhule first season at Temple saw the Owls go 2-10 and by years 3 & 4, Rhule had Temple with back-to-back 10 win seasons! Rhule’s a defense first guy & Temple was marked by their extremely stingy defense once Rhule had his systems in place. That’s a sea change from the Art Briles Baylor era where the Bears were incredible offensively & just decent on the defensive side. Rhule steps into a tough situation but recruited well & probably has more talent to work with than he’s ever had. Keep an eye on Baylor edge rushers. They could make or break the season & they’re pretty good.
7 Computer Hope From the outside you definitely can see how this might be a transition year for West Virginia. Offensively the Mountaineers return just 5 starters & lose their QB Skyler Howard along with their top-2 receivers & 3 starters on the O-Line. On the other hand, RB Justin Crawford is a special player & WVU has Florida transfer QB Will Grier coming in. HC Dana Holgorsen can coach up an offense so Grier’s play will be important. Defensively WVU returns just 3 starters, but they returned only 3 in 2016 & had the best defense to date in the Holgorsen era. A lot has to go right for WVU, but if Grier plays to his talent, they’ll be tough.
8 Computer Hope I hate putting Texas Tech 8th because I’m not sure that can allow HC Kliff Kingsbury to keep his job. The Red Raiders have some HUGE shoes to fill on offense needing to replace QB Pat Mahomes & WR Jonathan Giles. When you consider that the O-Line is young & they’re breaking in a new QB, things could get tough. On the other hand, TT brings back their top-2 rushers and the WR unit is still explosive. If QB Nic Shimonek can step in and play well, the Red Raiders will score. The problem is the disaster of a defense. TT has allowed 40+PPG in each of the last 3 seasons! Whatever happens, the defense has got to get better or it’s over.
9 Computer Hope HC Matt Campbell is doing a good job in Ames thus far and if not for a road date against Texas Tech, I’d have the Cyclones in 8th place this season. I think there is some upside to this squad. Offensively ISU brings back quite a bit at the skill positions. WRs Allen Lazard, Trever Ryen and Deshaunte Jones make a solid trio & TE Chase Allen has quite a bit of upside. QB Jacob Park has enough talent to exploit his weapons. The problem is that the O-line is young & inexperienced. Defensively I like JaQuan Bailey coming off the edge & ISU returns 5 of their back-7 which is interesting because those guys played well. They could get to a bowl.
10 Computer Hope Kansas hasn’t been relevant since the Todd Reesing years going back to the last 2000s! The Jayhawks haven’t had a winning season since 2008 so HC David Beatty has a lot of room to make up. Oddly enough KU is worth the price of admission because they have a couple of potential All-American candidates on defense in DE Dorance Armstrong & DT Daniel Wise. They have one of the better D-lines in the country which isn’t want you’d expect from a program like Kansas. No depth but solid players. Kansas is relying on a lot of JUCO talent while trying to slowly build the roster. Last year KU was 2-10. If they win 3-4 this year, solid!

BIG XII CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

1-SEED BIG XII CHAMPIONSHIP 2-SEED
Computer Hope I think this is a dangerous game for Oklahoma St. because it’s one thing to beat a rival the caliber of Oklahoma once in a season, but to be asked to do it a second time seems almost like an impossibility. I’ll say this for the Big XII this season, going to a championship could hurt them. If Oklahoma St. runs the table to 12-0 & Oklahoma is 10-2 with losses to both OK State & Ohio State, then it seems like a near impossibility for Oklahoma to get to the playoffs if they beat Oklahoma St. in the championship game. That’s bad for the conference, but I think OU wins here. Computer Hope

August 26, 2017 Posted by | Baylor, Big XII, Iowa St., Kansas, Kansas St., NCAA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Predictions, Preseason, Previews, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia | Leave a comment

TERRIFIC 20: TOP 20 OL FOR 2017 NCAA FOOTBALL

THE BIG UGLIES!!! One thing that is incredible about learning as much as you can about football is realizing how important the O-Line play is. If your team can’t block then it’s screwed. I think the evolution of talent evaluation and where it ranks in building a team roster is interesting though. As teams become more pass heavy, it’s important to realize how to build a winning team. You always have to build your team up with a QB, but for the longest time the thought was that after QB, your LT was the most important position. I think in recent NFL drafts you have seen that change in that teams will now be more likely to build their teams at QB first, but then start in with edge rushers, corners and interior defensive linemen. In an odd way this legitimizes just how important the offensive lineman are, because if teams are valuing D-Linemen at an all time high, then the O-Linemen needed to block them must be equally as important.

One things seems certain. You might be able to have a bad team with a good offensive line because you haven’t properly surrounded that particular O-Line with the right pieces, but it’s practically impossible to have a good team with a bad O-Line. This should illustrate just how important these positions are.

A quick reminder, the 20 players are listed alphabetically by their team. As I’ve said before, I don’t try to actually rank the top-20 because I’m not entirely sure how much value added I’d receive by doing so. The margins are fairly thin between some of the players.

TEAM COMMENTS
Computer Hope Jonah Williams/6’5/301lbs/SO: Williams immediately stepped into the starting role at right tackle as a true freshman and didn’t disappoint earning 3rd Team All-SEC honors playing opposing Cam Robinson who was himself a 1st Team All-American. According to Alabama statistics, Williams actually graded out as a better O-Lineman than Robinson which is crazy. Earned Alabama’s offensive player of the week 5 different times. Didn’t allow a sack in games against LSU or Texas A&M! Williams looks like a 1st Rd. pick.
Computer Hope Frank Ragnow/6’6/319lbs/SR: Ragnow is the best center in college football and should have no problems being a 1st Team All-American. He’s incredibly smart and will be an NFL starter sooner rather than later. In what has to be one of the most amazing stats of current college football players, Ragnow hasn’t allowed a QB sack for two straight seasons! Arkansas should be a lot better on the O-Line this year with 4 starters returning. Devwah Whaley should run well & Austin Allen will be well protected by Ragnow.
Computer Hope Braden Smith/6’6/305lbs/SR: Smith turned down overtures from the NFL last season to return to Auburn for his senior year. A big nasty on the interior of the Tigers O-Line, Smith will kick out to right tackle this year to help protect new QB Jarrett Stidham, the transfer from Baylor. Smith was a 3rd Team All-American as a junior. He was a 2nd Team All-SEC player as a sophomore and made the All-SEC freshman team as a true frosh. He’s made 27 straight starts. He’ll have no trouble moving to RT this year.
Computer Hope Mitch Hyatt/6’5/295lbs/JR: Hyatt stepped in as a freshman in 2015 and started at LT for 15 starts, protecting Deshaun Watson’s blindside as Clemson barely lost to Alabama 45-40 in the national championship game. He did the same as a sophomore except this time Clemson closed the deal and beat the Crimson Tide 35-31. In two seasons as a starter at LT, Clemson is 28-2 during Hyatt’s tenure. Hyatt was a freshman All-American in 2015 and was 1st Team All-ACC in 2016. He’ll be an integral part for Clemson.
Computer Hope Martez Ivey/6’5/305lbs/JR: An outstanding talent, Ivey was considered the best O-Line prospect in the 2015 high school recruiting class by Phil Steele. The Florida native chose the Gators over practically ever other program in the country. Has made 20 starts at LG over his first two seasons but Florida is finally moving him to LT where they had hoped he would eventually wind up. Ivey should handle the transition well. He earned 2nd Team All-SEC honors last season. Florida has yet to not win the SEC East with Ivey.
Computer Hope Will Clapp/6’3/309lbs/rJR: Clapp was an outstanding interior O-Lineman last year for the Tigers helping Derrius Guice and Leonard Fournette combine to rush for 2230 yards & 23TD! Those numbers aren’t a typo! Clapp earned 1st Team All-SEC honors last year at LG and will make the switch to C after Ethan Pocic moved on to the Seattle Seahawks. Pocic was a 2nd Team All-American and I’ve read reports where quite a few people felt Clapp outplayed Pocic at times in 2016. If true, Clapp is in for a monster year.
Computer Hope Maea Teuhema/6’5/315lbs/JR: Big and nasty! Teuhema hasn’t gotten a ton of national attention just yet but I think that is about to change as he’s a legitimate All-American candidate who is going to pave the way for Derrius Guice to have a monster year that should put him in the Heisman discussion. Teuhema was a freshman All-American back in 2015 when he started at LG. Last year he kicked out to RT as a starter but should kick back in to RG this year as his run blocking is outstanding. He could be a 1st Rd. pick.
Computer Hope Mason Cole/6’5/305lbs/SR: Mason Cole became the first player in Wolverines history to start a season opening game on the O-Line back in 2014. Cole has bounced around a bit on Michigan’s O-Line being a tackle in 2015 before being move to center in 2016 an earning 1st Team All-Big 10 honors. Cole will bounce back out to LT this season as the most veteran offensive lineman on Michigan’s line. He’s started in every Michigan game since arriving in Ann Arbor. Cole will be extremely important this year for Michigan.
Computer Hope Brian Allen/6’2/305lbs/SR: Allen is somewhat of an undersized interior lineman who has spent most of his career playing guard for the Spartans but will slide into the center’s role in 2017 for a Michigan St. squad that should be pretty young. Allen is very smart and plays with a mean streak which you see oftentimes in the Big 10 with their interior linemen. He’s been a 2nd Team All-Big 10 lineman the last two seasons. The Spartans will need an outstanding leader on the O-Line and Allen should provide that for Michigan St. in ’17.
Computer Hope Greg Little/6’6/332lbs/SO: Little is HUGE at 6’6/332lbs and has the athleticism and quickness to stick at LT despite his weight. Little really started to get attention in Ole Miss’ 29-28 win at Texas A&M when he held Myles Garrett to just one tackle. Little was considered the best O-Lineman in the 2016 high school class according to Phil Steele and eventually became the starting LT for the Rebels over their last 5 games. He’ll have the responsibility of protecting Shea Patterson’s blindside in what will be a trying season for Ole Miss.
Computer Hope Martinas Rankin/6’5/305lbs/rSR: Rankin came from the junior college ranks to Starkville and didn’t waste much time making an impression. He became the Bulldogs’ starting LT after 3 games and did a great job pass protecting for MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald who had a great season. Rankin also did a solid job in a highly effecting MSU rushing attack. He tested the NFL waters after last season but was given a 2nd round grade so Rankin decided to come back to Mississippi St. and try to improve his draft stock.
Computer Hope Mike McGlinchey/6’8/312lbs/rSR: Amazingly enough Mike McGlinchey never played LT until last season and wound up a 3rd team All-American. McGlinchey is a natural left tackle with a mean streak. He has great size at 6’8 and almost 320lbs. Has elite athleticism and arm length combined with heavy hands. He loves to run block and I’ve read reports where some scouts think he’s quite a bit better than his former teammate Ronnie Stanley who was the 6th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He can get even better.
Computer Hope Quenton Nelson/6’5/329lbs/rJR: Big and nasty, Nelson is arguably the best guard in college football. He’s huge at 6’5/330lbs and has done a great job opening up holes on the defense during his tenure with the Irish. Nelson has somewhat of a mean streak and is incredibly smart. He’s good in pass protection as well and has had excellent coaching from Notre Dame OL coach Harry Hiestand. Combined with McGlinchey, the Irish have two potential All-Americans who could be 1st round picks. I think he’ll get better.
Computer Hope Billy Price/6’4/312lbs/rSR: Price isn’t flash but all he’s done since arriving in Columbus is start every game for the Buckeyes during a 3-year period in which Ohio St. posted a record of 37-4 and was the starting LG for the national championship team of 2014. Price is moving to center and Phil Steele makes him a 1st Team All-American in his annual, putting him above Arkansas’s Frank Ragnow. He’s gotten much better in pass protection and is already an outstanding run blocker. Price is extremely valuable.
Computer Hope Orlando Brown/6’8/360lbs/rJR: Not quite as big as Washington St.’s Cody O’Connell but Brown is enormous at 6’8/360lbs. Brown had a banner year last season earning 2nd Team All-American honors and being named the Big 12’s offensive lineman of the year. Brown will be a tricky NFL grade. He’s outstanding for the Sooners protecting Baker Mayfield in their high octane offense but he has trouble being in a 3-point stance and is obviously not very quick at the point of attack. Gotta love his size though.
Computer Hope Connor Williams/6’6/288lbs/JR: Immediately started at LT for the Longhorns as a true freshman and earned Freshman All-American honors. Followed that up last season as a sophomore by become only the 4th player in Texas history to be a 1st Team All-American as a true sophomore! Williams will be immensely important in Texas’s ability to compete in the Big XII because he needs to keep QB Shane Buechele upright. He needs to put on a bit more weight to his frame, but he’s probably NFL ready right now.
Computer Hope Scott Quessenberry/6’4/315lbs/rSR: Quessenberry has racked up 30 career starts for the Bruins and is the most veteran lineman for UCLA’s squad this season. I think Quessenberry is going to be an integral part of UCLA’s season because of the return of Josh Rosen. Rosen needs to have a huge season after his disappointing 2016 campaign and obviously having a great center would be important. Quessenberry is a smart savvy player on the interior and should do a great job quarterbacking the O-Line for UCLA.
Computer Hope Trey Adams/6’8/320lbs/JR: Adams enters the 2017 collegiate football season as arguably the best O-Line prospect in college football. He’s ENORMOUS at 6’8/320lbs with the athletic ability to play LT. Last season Adams was a 1st Team All-Pac 12 lineman and also garnered 2nd Team All-American honors. Adams really got noticed with how well he played against Alabama’s fantastic edge rushers in last year’s playoffs. He has great athleticism for his size & should continue to get better. He’s a top-5 pick in the NFL Draft.
Computer Hope Cody O’Connell/6’8/370lbs/rSR: When your nickname is “THE CONTINENT” you belong on a Terrific 20 list! O’Connell is obviously enormous and it’s interesting that he plays guard in the sense that he’s so tall at 6’8 that most coaches feel that a man of his size would clog up the passing lanes. Oddly enough Luke Falk had no problems passing for almost 4500 yards with almost 40TDs! He’s obviously not athletic enough to play in the NFL at a tackle spot but he was a 1st Team All-American guard last year!
Computer Hope Beau Benzschawel/6’6/316lbs/rJR: A kid from Wisconsin with the name Beau Benzschawel is simply destined to play on the offensive line for the Badgers. Benzschawel started in all of Wisconsin’s 14 games last year at RG and earned 2nd Team All Big 10 honors. Benzschawel is a terrific interior lineman with excellent size at 6’6 and almost 320lbs. He’s got a real chance to be a 1st Team All-American this year & make himself into a 1st Round NFL Draft pick. Wisconsin always turns out solid O-Lineman.

FIVE FRESHMAN WHO COULD MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN 2017

Alex Leatherwood/Alabama/6’6/327lbs: Arguably the best O-Lineman in the 2017 recruiting class, Leatherwood enrolled early at Alabama and is now the projected starting RT for the Crimson Tide going into the season. Leatherwood was a Parade All-American as a HS senior and also an Under Armour All-American. It’s not like Alabama’s depth chart is devoid of talent. There are high school All-Americans everywhere so the fact that Leatherwood immediately steps into the starter’s role means something. It means even more considering Alabama is the odds on favorite to win the national championship. Leatherwood should move to LT when Jonah Williams moves on and I’m guessing that Leatherwood is a 1st round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Foster Sarell/Stanford/6’7/320lbs and Walker Little/Stanford/6’7/315lbs: It feels wrong to have a Terrific 20 list of offensive linemen and not see anyone from Stanford or Iowa make the list. Sarell and Little could rectify that problem for the Cardinal as soon as this year. According to Phil Steele, Sarell was the best O-Line recruit in the 2017 class while Little was considered a top-10 O-Lineman. Both immediately become the most talented O-Linemen on the Stanford roster the minute they hit campus and I can’t help but think they won’t get significant playing time early. Both are tall. Both have the requisite bulk to play at the collegiate level so neither should require any redshirting to get their size up enough to play in the Pac 12. David Bright is the projected starting LT this year but Bright is 6’5/299lbs and spent time at left guard last season. The projected RT is AT Hall who is 6’3/287lbs, hardly the right size to play a mauling tackle position on the strong side. Hall started 13 games at tackle last year with 11 of them coming on the left side, but he’s projected to slide right. I wouldn’t be shocked if Sarell and Little take over the tackle spots at some point this season.

Jack Anderson/Texas Tech/6’5/315lbs: A Texas Tech legacy, Anderson was a high school All-American who turned down offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami-FL, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA for a chance to play for the Red Raiders. He was the crown jewel for Kliff Kingsbury’s 2017 recruiting class and is projected to start right away fro the Red Raiders at guard. Anderson is an incredibly smart and intense O-Lineman that likes to maul. Guard suits him well and that is probably where he will wind up in the NFL, but at Texas Tech I could see him eventually move to RT. I think it’s a big year for Texas Tech. They break in a new starter at QB after Pat Mahomes left for the Kansas City Chiefs, but if Anderson works out then the O-Line should be really good with 3 starters returning at WR. Kingsbury & Texas Tech need to get to a bowl. Anderson could be a big part of that up front on the interior line.

Tommy Kraemer/Notre Dame/6’6/313lbs: Kraemer is arguably the most talented O-Lineman in the 2016 recruiting class but actually redshirted last season because the Irish O-Line depth was so deep. Mike McGlinchey & Alex Bars were the starting tackles. Quenton Nelson & Collin McGovern were the guards while Sam Mustipher held down the center position. Bars is moving to RG because ND can’t keep Kraemer down any longer and he’s projected to be the right tackle. The Irish are in a unique situation because in reality they could have as many as 4 potential All-Americans on the O-Line in McGlinchey, Nelson, Bars & Mustipher. ND also has a TREMENDOUS amount of weapons on offense with guys like Josh Adams, Alize Mack, Durham Smythe and Equanimeous St. Brown, Miles Boykin, CJ Sanders, Chase Claypool and Dexter Williams. What will be interesting is the play of QB Brandon Wimbush who is coming off a redshirt year watching Deshone Kizer. The left side of the O-Line has McGlinchey & Nelson. Those guys are going to hold up, but that leaves Kraemer on the right side. If he can hold up his end then Wimbush should have all day to do whatever he wants with the weapons around him.

Obinna Eze/Memphis/6’8/283lbs: Eze is a name probably a bit off the beaten path but I thought this situation was intriguing. Memphis returns practically their entire team except the LT spot which is open. Eze seems like an ideal candidate to red shirt seeing that he’s 6’8/283lbs which is HUGE but light for sure. He could stand to gain 40lbs and he’d still be fairly thin for a guy 6’8. Even so, he’s the most talented O-Lineman on the Memphis roster and right now the projected LT is Harneet Gil who is pretty light himself at 6’7/277lbs. Gil is also coming off a redshirt so he has as much playing time at Memphis in 2016 as Eze does. Memphis is going to score and they are going to score a ton with guys like Riley Ferguson, Dorland Dorceus, Tony Pollard and Anthony Miller. Whoever plays LT for the Tigers will be responsible for Ferguson’s blindside which is going to be very important. If Eze becomes that guy, he’ll have a significant impact on how good Memphis can be in 2017.

August 16, 2017 Posted by | Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan St., Mississippi, Mississippi St., NCAA, Notre Dame, Offensive Linemen, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Predictions, Preseason, Previews, Stanford, Terrific 20, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, Washington, Washington St., Wisconsin | Leave a comment

RANKING POWER-65 COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES – #49 to #40

If you missed the rankings for the coaches ranked #65 to #50, you can find it here or just keep scrolling and it’s the post directly after this one. We left off with Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez at #50 so let’s take a look at the coaches landing in the forties.

#49 – Kliff Kingsbury – Texas Tech

I’m not as down on Kingsbury as some people are. He’s heading into 2017 on the hot seat to be certain, but I don’t think it’s been all bad. Texas Tech isn’t the easiest place to win and so far in his 4 years in Lubbock, Kingsbury is 24-26 overall and 13-23 in conference play. Those aren’t tremendous numbers, but if you look at the league historically, the Red Raiders are following Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma St., TCU, Kansas St. and West Virginia. That makes them 7th in the league and a good coach at Baylor puts Tech 8th. Kingsbury has yet to record a winning record in conference play, but he recruits fairly well and I think he’s good for the university and the program. If trends hold, he should be in for a 7-9 win season in 2017.

#48 – Dave Doeren – North Carolina State

Doeren didn’t walk into a great situation given how NC State AD Debbie Yow dismissed his predecessor Tom O’Brien. Yow essentially cited lack of enthusiasm for the football program as justification for canning O’Brien, but in O’Brien’s last 3 seasons, NC State went 24-14 (13-11). In Doeren’s last 3 seasons as HC, the Wolfpack have went 22-17 (9-15). Yow wanted a football coach who could bring in Top-25 classes. Doeren hasn’t done that either. With that said, Doeren has been consistently 7-6/8-5 in his last 3 years, but he’s also went 3-5 in conference play those same three seasons. I think a coach can win at NC State & Doeren is doing just that, but he needs a breakthrough season with 9-10 wins.

#47 – Todd Graham – Arizona State

A lot of what I wrote about Rich Rodriguez can be written about Todd Graham as well. Graham is better than this but the Sun Devils have been regressing for a couple of year now. In 2013-2014, the Sun Devils posted a 20-7 record. The last two years that total has dropped to 11-14. Graham has been better than Rodriguez in conference play, but only marginally so. ASU went 8-1 in the Pac 12 South in 2013 and won the division. Just 3 years later they finished 2-7 and this is with USC still somewhat regrouping. Graham has recruited top-25 level classes to Tempe and Sun Devil Stadium can be a bear to play in for opposing teams. ASU was pretty young last year and I think 2017 will see a much improve Sun Devils squad.

#46 – Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M

Sumlin’s star could have been any brighter after the 2012 season when he took the Aggies to an 11-2 record and a final ranking in the top-5. A&M would beat a #1 ranked Alabama team that year and then go on to humiliate a solid Oklahoma team in the Cotton Bowl. QB Johnnie Manziel wasn’t quite as spectacular in 2013 and the Aggies dropped to 9-4. Life after Manziel hasn’t been promising either as Sumlin has turned in 3 consecutive 8-5 seasons with a slew of QB transfers that can’t help morale down in College Station. Making matters worse is that Texas A&M is 15-17 in SEC play over the last 4 years & Alabama isn’t going away. Life in the SEC West isn’t easy and Sumlin probably enters 2017 on a seat that is heating up.

#45 – Derek Mason – Vanderbilt

Mason has to deal with some of the difficulties of being a HC at a school like Vanderbilt in much the same way that Northwestern, Duke, Stanford and even possibly Virginia has to deal with. Stanford is somewhat of an exception, but Vanderbilt is the only one of those schools playing the SEC which makes their ceiling quite a bit lower. You can’t help but be impressed with Mason so far in taking over for James Franklin. Mason cut his teeth under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw at Stanford so he knows the drill. His first year in Nashville saw Vandy post a 3-9 (0-8) record. Last year, Mason’s 3rd, Vandy improved to 6-7 (3-5) with a bowl appearance. The rebuild wasn’t as fast as James Franklin coming in, but the Commodores are in good hands.

#44 – Mark Stoops – Kentucky

Like Mason, you can’t help but be impressed by the work Stoops is doing in Lexington. Stoops took over a disaster of a program left behind by Joker Phillips and turned them into a bowl team 4 years later. In Stoops’s first year (2013), UK was terrible going 2-10 (0-8) but last year the Wildcats jumped to 7-6 (4-4) and got a rivalry win over Louisville! Stoops has shown the ability to recruit top-25 level classes to Kentucky which is borderline amazing considering they are surrounded by football blue bloods which is another feather in Stoops’ cap. UK was smart to stick with their HC despite back-to-back 5-7 (2-6) seasons. It paid off in spades last year with UK having their best season since 2009. The talent is there for UK to be even better in 2017.

#43 – Dave Clawson – Wake Forest

Wake Forest hasn’t been relevant since the days of Riley Skinner and Aaron Curry. When Clawson took over in 2014, the Demon Deacons hasn’t had a winning season since 2008 nor had they had a bowl win since 2008. Winning in Winston-Salem isn’t exactly easy which is why it was so amazing what Jim Grobe was able to accomplish with Wake. He couldn’t sustain that and eventually Wake ended up being a sub-.500 team which led to Clawson’s hire. Clawson had to do some rebuilding his first two seasons which saw WF finish with back-to-back 3-9 (1-7) seasons, but the Deacons broke through last year finishing 7-6 (3-5) including a bowl win over a very good Temple squad. That’s solid progress for this program.

#42 – Butch Jones – Tennessee

This is probably too low for Jones. I’m of the opinion that the Vols should have never fired Fulmer, but I’m also not sure Fulmer was going to get Tennessee another national title which should always be the goal in Knoxville. Tennessee made a couple of bad hires in Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley and Jones was hired to clean up the mess. In his first season UT went 5-7. In his 2nd the Vols went 7-6 followed up by back to back 9-4 seasons. That’s progress, but to a degree Jones’s tenure at Tennessee has been marked by disappointment. In and SEC East where Missouri won a couple of division titles, Tennessee has come up empty despite SC not being very good and Florida being in a holding pattern until McElwain showed up. Is that a missed opportunity? It sure seems like it. Throw in the fact that UT is 14-18 in SEC play during Jones’s stay and he doesn’t look so good.

#41 – Jim Mora – UCLA

Like Jones, I think Mora is somewhat disappointing which is why he’s ranked in the 40s instead of the 20s. Last season was depressing with expectations that weren’t close to being met. The Bruins entered the 2016 season as the odds on favorite to win the Pac 12 South. With Washington thought to still be a year away, with USC still in rebuilding mode and with Oregon headed towards disaster, the conference and potential playoff spot was ripe for the taking. Instead, UCLA turned in a 4-8 season that saw star QB Josh Rosen miss half the season and potential 1st round NFL Pick DT Eddie Vanderdoes turn in an underwhelming season. The talent is here & Rosen is great so there is time for Mora to improve his stock in 2017.

#40 – Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh

Narduzzi was a tough one to figure out. On the one hand it seems as if he’s a little underrated. Since coming to Pittsburgh, he’s led the Panthers to a 16-10 overall record with an 11-5 mark in conference play. Last year’s Pitt squad was the best they’ve fielded since Dave Wannstedt took Pitt to a 10-3 final record back in 2009. On the other hand, the team under Narduzzi has also been puzzling. The 16-10 record is nice, but if you have watched Pitt the last two years, it could have been so much more. Last year the Panthers lost 4 games by a total of 18 points! The year before they lost 4 games by a total of 27 points. If Narduzzi can figure out how to win close games, we might be looking at a dominant Panthers team. However, Pittsburgh is also 0-2 in bowl games under Narduzzi’s watch & the defense got worse from 2015 to 2016 despite Narduzzi’s reputation as a defensive wizard. Narduzzi loses a truck load of talent so we’ll see how he responds in 2017.

May 15, 2017 Posted by | ACC, Arizona St., Big XII, Coaching, Kentucky, NC State, Pac 12, Pittsburgh, Rankings, SEC, Tennessee, Texas AM, Texas Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest | 4 Comments

2016 NCAA FOOTBALL WEEK 11 – BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope This is a huge game for the Huskies as it’ll give them more credibility as one of the ELITE playoff teams. I’m a huge fan of Washington’s team so I definitely have them in, but when you think about their resume, I guess you could argue it’s lacking. Their best non-conference win is over Rutgers & the Pac 12 is down. USC has played like a top-10 team since QB Sam Darnold took over so expect the Trojans to put up a fight. I think Washington will ultimately be too tough to handle. They are for real. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Ed Orgeron’s first road game as LSU’s head coach. This game doesn’t necessarily have any implications nationally, but both teams are incredibly good and a win by either is important for the programs. For Arkansas a win means a 10-win season in on the table which is a program milestone under Bret Bielema. It also would mean Arkansas is likely a top-15 team. For LSU it adds to their legitimacy. The Tigers proved last week they might be the #2 team in the nation right now. A win here helps. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Here is a weird stat for you, this is Georgia’s 10th game of the season yet it will only be their 4th in Athens! War Eagle had some trouble with Vanderbilt last week until QB Sean White came in and dominated the 2nd half. Georgia is 2-4 in their last 6 & had issues with Kentucky last week. The Bulldogs haven’t faced ANYONE like Auburn this season and I think it’ll show. I think this is another opportunity for Auburn to solidify itself on their road to the true SEC Championship game at Alabama! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Don’t blink in this one! Wazzou QB Luke Falk currently ranks 3rd in the NCAA in passing yards with 3,237. He completes 74.1% of his passes and has 28TD to 5INT. Cal QB Davis Webb currently ranks 4th in the NCAA in passing yards with 3,176. He completes 61.0% of his passes and has 30TD to 11INT. Both teams are top-5 in passing offense! The O/U is 82.5! Strategically it’s a great win for WSU. Cal isn’t a great team but they’ve beat a couple of good teams so it’ll look good for the Cougs. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Gophers are 7-2 and I don’t think anyone in the nation has noticed. That’s partly due to the Gophers’ biggest win coming against….Illinois? Regardless, Minnesota is in play to win the Big 10 West believe it or not! If they win out, they go to the Big 10 championship game! Their two losses have come against Iowa & Penn St. by a combined 10 points. Nebraska is coming off 2 losses to Wisconsin & Ohio St. so opportunity could be there. I think it’s a long shot, but this one has implications. Computer Hope
Computer Hope I cannot wait to watch this one. Penn St. is showing out and while you can get all hot and bothered over Saquon Barkley & Trace McSorley, the real protagonist of the Penn St. football team is the defense. The Hoosiers haven’t been as prolific offensively as they’ve been in recent years but IU can score & they are looking for bowl eligibility at 5-4. Penn St. is rolling SO WELL right now that I keep waiting for the let down, but who knows? I want to see the Penn St. defense dominate Indiana today. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Texas RB D’Onta Freeman is on pace to finish the season with 2,169 rushing yards & 20TD while averaging 7+ypc! I know it’s going to be impossible for him to jump Lamar Jackson or Jake Browning in the Heisman race, but he needs to be invited to NYC for the ceremony. He’s been the most physically dominant RB I’ve seen all season. WVU’s Big 12 chances are still there but Texas & Charlie Strong NEED this win. They could win out & get to 9-4 & that’s huge improvement in Year 3 for Strong. Computer Hope
Computer Hope This is OK-State’s last home game before finishing up with back-to-back road games against TCU and Oklahoma. If they can beat Texas Tech & TCU then playing Oklahoma would be a defacto Big XII championship game assuming the Sooners take care of their own business. This should be a good game because Texas Tech plays pretty hard & forces teams into shootouts where anything can happen. Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury needs to figure out a way to recruit elite defensive players to Lubbock. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Iowa isn’t THAT much different than last season except for a couple of things. In 2015 the Hawkeyes got a few more turnovers and the breaks seemingly went their way in close games which led to a 12-2 mark and a top-10 ranking. The hurricane known as Michigan is coming to Iowa City & I don’t expect it to be close AT ALL, but Iowa has pride so they’ll play fairly hard. Iowa is always going to skate a fine line. Sometimes it results in 2009 or 2015 seasons. Sometimes it results in 2011 & 2016. Computer Hope
Computer Hope After starting the season 5-1 with wins over Texas Tech, Cal & UCLA, the Sun Devils have lost 4 straight games & are now fighting for bowl eligibility. This is an interesting game to me because ASU plays well at home and Utah’s resume is a little bit suspect. The Utes are coming off a loss to Washington & really are fighting for respect as they are living off an early season win over USC. ASU’s defense is SO BAD I’d expect Utah to handle them easily, but if ASU could make it interesting if they play well. Computer Hope

November 12, 2016 Posted by | Arizona St., Arkansas, Auburn, Big Games, California, Georgia, Indiana, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Must See Games, NCAA, Nebraska, Oklahoma St., Penn St., Texas, Texas Tech, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington St., Week 11, West Virginia | Leave a comment

2015 NCAA BOWL GAMES PREVIEW

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Computer Hope Las Vegas Bowl: The people in Vegas couldn’t have gotten a better bowl game than the HOLY WAR! After the 2013 season, this game was supposed to be on hiatus until 2016 due to Utah joining the Pac 12 & BYU going independent, but it’s awesome we get this rivalry back! Given how each team started, I think both are probably a bit disappointed to be here. I’d expect Utah to win. They are better & BYU is dealing with the loss of their HC, Bronco Mendenhall. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Camellia Bowl: This is a cool matchup between two extremely run heavy offenses. App St.’s Marcus Cox has had a tremendous year rushing for over 1200 yards while Jalin Moore has also chipped in over 600 as his backup! AJ Ouellette & Daz’Mond Patterson aren’t quite as dominant for the Bobcats, but Ohio is a run first squad behind that duo. Expect lots of running & I’d expect a Mountaineer win which would take Appalachian St. to 11-2! A great year! Computer Hope
Computer Hope New Orleans Bowl: Sun Belt champion Arkansas St. draws CUSA-West division runner up Louisiana Tech. The Red Wolves actually come into this bowl on an 8-game winning streak having gone perfect through conference play, but this is a bad draw. While both sport prolific offenses, Arkansas St.’s defense leaves much to be desired & LA Tech can hammer you in a myriad of ways. Tune in to watch former Florida QB Jeff Driskel light it up for the Bulldogs. Computer Hope
Computer Hope New Mexico Bowl: One of the more interesting teams this season, the Lobos of New Mexico have some convincing wins over the likes of Air Force, Boise St., & Utah State but a couple of close losses to the likes of Colorado St. & San Jose St. potentially kep the Lobos from a MWC championship. New Mexico is VERY run heavy which could cause some problems, but now that the questions surrounding Rich Rodriguez have halted, I think Arizona pulls it out. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Cure Bowl: Does anyone really care about this game at all? San Jose St. is 5-7 while Georgia St. is 6-6. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have a postseason bowl featuring 2 teams that are a combined 11-13! A couple of interesting points though. This is Georgia St.’s first ever bowl game & San Jose St.’s 10th so this is history for GA State, but did you know SJSU is 6-3 in their previous bowls? I wouldn’t have thought that. Will anyone bother to show up? Computer Hope
Computer Hope Miami Beach Bowl: Solid matchup here. It took a while for the Bulls to get going, but South Florida turned it on and went 7-1 down the stretch & finished the season as arguably the 2nd best team in the AAC behind Houston. The Hilltoppers are 11-2 & coming in as CUSA champions. WKU has a helluva program & QB Brandon Doughty has been EXCEPTIONAL this season as has WR Taywan Taylor. USF’s defense has been stingy & watch Bulls RB Marlon Mack! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Idaho Potato Bowl: Interesting matchup between the MWC & the MAC. Akron is coming on a 4-game winning streak while Utah St. has struggled to end the season going 2-4 in their last 6. Neither of these teams does anything particularly well obviously as Akron is 7-5 & Utah St. is 6-6. It will be the last game that Utah St. QB Chuckie Keeton will play in. The 41-year old 17th-year senior will finally lace them up with 3 of his grandchildren in the stands. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Boca Raton Bowl: This is only the Boca Raton’s 2nd year as a bowl, but this bowl so far has been excellent. Last year in its inaugural season, the bowl featured MAC Champion N.Illinois going up against CUSA Champion Marshall! Both teams were 11-1 & Marshall prevailed 52-23. This year Temple (10-3) plays Toledo (9-2) which is an OUTSTANDING game between two teams some thought could have been in a Big Six bowl by year’s end. Home run pairing. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Poinsettia Bowl: Bad memories for the Broncos here! The only other time Boise St. has played in the Poinsettia Bowl was back in 2008 when they came in 12-0 to play an Andy Dalton led TCU squad. Boise St. would take a 13-0 lead over the 10-2 Horned Frogs but would lose 17-16! This one won’t be as exciting as both teams come in with 8 wins, but still cool when you consider that both of these teams are 2 of the most winningest teams over the past 5 seasons. Computer Hope
Computer Hope GoDaddy Bowl: GA Southern has arguably the most prolific RB in college football. Matt Breida has ran for 1540yds/16TD this year while averaging 8.2ypc! Even more amazing is backup RB LA Ramsby ran for 700+/12TD! The MAC Champions have quite a bit of offense as well. QB Matt Johnson threw for 4700yds/43TD while WR Roger Lewis (1476yds/15TD) & RB Travis Greene (1220yds/14TD) are as explosive as they come. Lots of points here. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Bahamas Bowl: Last year C.Michigan came back from a 49-14 deficit after 3 quarters to pull to within 1 but came up short 49-48 to W.Kentucky! Nothing fancy here as both teams come in at 7-5 with balanced offenses and suspect defenses. I think WMU HC PJ Fleck is an interesting case. Western Michigan went to great lengths to keep him in Kalamazoo & his star is definitely on the rise. His 1st year the Broncos were 1-11 & now he’s got them to B2B bowls. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Hawaii Bowl: Wow! Going to Hawaii is nice and all but the Mountain West champion deserves better than the AAC’s 6th best team! Cincinnati’s rush defense is terrible while SD State’s rushing attack is ridiculously lethal behind Donnel Pumphrey & Chase Price. Throw in a top-10 defense by the 10-3 Aztecs & you have the makings of a blowout. It took SD State a bit to get warmed up, but they come in on a 9-game winning streak & should improve to 11-3. Computer Hope
Computer Hope St. Petersburg Bowl: Bob Diaco has done a great job turning around the UConn program. Last year the Huskies were 2-10 in his first year & Diaco now has them bowl bound at 6-6 including a huge win over Houston which ended the Cougars perfect season. It’s not surprising that the Huskies like to pound the ball & play nasty defense as Diaco is a defense guy. Marshall is a good matchup for UConn as they’ll have trouble scoring & stopping the run. UConn wins. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Sun Bowl: Our first Big 5 conference matchup pits the ACC against the Pac 12. This looks like ACC #5 v. Pac 12 #5. This one could get ugly. Miami-FL is going through a coaching transition as it is with Mark Richt set to take over for Al Golden but the bigger issues is Wazzou QB Luke Falk being cleared to play. The two closest offenses to Wazzou that the Canes have faced are Clemson & UNC & Miami gave up 58 & 59 to those teams respectively. The Pirate wins! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Heart of Dallas Bowl: Southern Miss had a nice season but Washington had the best defense in the Pac 12 & I think towards the end of the season the Huskies really started figuring things out. UW was 3-2 in their last 5 games & all 3 wins were HUGE blowouts. If Chris Petersen has the Huskies focused then this bowl is going to get out of hand. Southern Miss won’t have an answer for dynamic freshman duo Myles Gaskin or Jake Browning. Tune in for those two! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Pinstripe Bowl: ACC #7 v. Big 10 #9. Neither team is amazing as IU comes in at 6-6 while Duke is 7-5, but to me this game is more about Indiana’s imposition of will via their offense. Indiana can argue they almost beat Michigan, Ohio St., Michigan St. & Iowa! Those are 4 AMAZING teams. Duke shouldn’t be difficult at all by comparison which puts pressure on the Hoosiers to win this game, but Duke is solid in their own right. A sneaky good football game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Indepedence Bowl: Frank Beamer’s last stand! Both teams are 6-6 but Tulsa gives up almost 40 points a game so I think the Hokies should be able to send Frank Beamer out a winner. It has been interesting to watch the Hokies since Michael Brewer has come back as QB. He started the last 5 games of the season & Tech went 3-2 but those 2 losses were by a combined 5 points to Duke & UNC. If Brewer is healthy you almost wonder if Tech would have gone 11-1. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Foster Farms Bowl: In case you were wondering this used to be the Fight Hunger Bowl which used to be the Emerald Bowl which used to be the San Francisco Bowl. This is one of those bowl games that is better off dead than living. Nebraska doesn’t even have a winning record & these two teams met in 2013. I guess it’s a chance to watch Josh Rosen, but at the same time, UCLA is in a no win situation. They are playing a 5-7 team. A very unexciting bowl. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Military Bowl: This is the 8th installment of the Military Bowl & only twice before has one of the service academies been in the game & both times they lost! If the Notre Dame commonality means anything this should be a FANTASTIC bowl game. I think the Panthers have been underrated all season & this will also be Navy QB Keenan Reynolds’ last game. I’d love to see the Middies win & finish the season 11-2. What an amazing season for Navy. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Quick Lane Bowl: I think this is one of 3 games played in baseball stadiums. The Pinstripe Bowl is played in Yankee Stadium & the Alamo Bowl is played on Chase Field home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. This another bowl featuring a sub-.500 team in the Gophers who are 5-7 taking on Central Michigan at 7-5. Sort of a no win for the Big 10. If they win they should, but if they lose it’s embarrassing. The Gophers are a tough crew so I think they’ll pull this one out. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Armed Forces Bowl: This used to be the Ft. Worth Bowl! This an interesting game to watch as far as contrast in styles is concerned. Air Force is a run heavy team with their spread option attack & they should see some success as Cal’s defense is very porous. QB Jared Goff, on the other hand, should have no trouble moving Cal’s offense up & down the field. This might be one of those games where defenses don’t really matter & whoever has the ball last wins. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Russell Athletic Bowl: The first big game of the bowl season pits 9-3 Baylor up against 11-2 North Carolina. I’d be a lot more excited about this game if I knew that Seth Russell & Corey Coleman were suiting up for the Bears, but they aren’t. Even Jarrett Stidham is on the sidelines so we are only seeing a shadow of what Baylor really is. That said, Baylor still should move the ball but I think the Tar Heels prevail in this one & get to 12-2 & an incredible finish. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Arizona Bowl: The first non-championship bowl game to feature teams from the same conference since the 1979 Orange Bowl which featured Oklahoma & Nebraska. This is the worst bowl of them all this year. Two teams from the Mountain West? Even worse is that neither team is any good. Theoretically this game should be MW v. CUSA or MW v. Sun Belt, but neither conference could come up with a team so we get MW v. MW. What in the world went wrong? Computer Hope
Computer Hope Texas Bowl: How lucky is the Mad Hatter? Les Miles goes from essentially being fired to beating Texas A&M & then getting a bowl game against a team that Lenoard Fournette might actually rush for 300 yards against! Texas Tech throws the ball entirely too much for a defense like LSU! The Tigers are likely to come up with 2-3 interceptions to go along with Fournette’s dominance while spells blowout city for LSU. As always, Texas Tech really needs a defense. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Birmingham Bowl: Memphis let down at the end of the season. The Tigers started 8-0 but went 1-3 in their last 4 to finish 9-3 & 3rd in the AAC  West. For that they were rewarded with a bowl game against the SEC West last place team! Auburn is a big name of course, but it feels like Memphis deserved better than a 6-6 team if only to see how Paxton Lynch performs against at top shelf defense from one of the Big 5 conferences. Conversely, Auburn could win! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Belk Bowl: This is sort of an interesting game as both teams have decent records but you could certainly argue that both teams beat up on the dregs of their conference along with some non-conference cupcakes to get where they are. I love Mississippi St. & like where NC State is going, but both teams need to take that next step. The Wolfpack don’t have much to stop Dak Prescott who will be making his last start as a MS State QB. He’s had an amazing career! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Music City Bowl: Obviously the storyline here is Kevin Sumlin & his fate with Texas A&M. Kyle Allen & Kyler Murray are transferring. Last year Kenny Hill transferred meaning Sumlin has lost 3 ELITE QBs to transfer in the last 2 seasons. Sumlin needs the win here to take a little bit of the heat off, but I don’t see them getting it. Louisville is a solid football team & Bobby Petrino has time to prepare against a 3rd string QB. The SEC West is no joke my friends! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Holiday Bowl: I’ve read rumors that a lot of big money donors at USC did not want Clay Helton to be the next HC & that a lot of boosters preferred USC to make a splash & go hard after a candidate like Nick Saban! That seems crazy but it also points to the heat being on Helton to produce quick or face a fast exit. A win over Wisconsin would definitely buy some time but the Badgers could use this game to prove they are among the nation’s elite football teams. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Peach Bowl: A brutal draw for Florida State. Some big 5 conference team was going to draw Houston & it’s a no-win situation. Beat Houston & who cares? It’s Houston. Lose to Houston & catch flack for losing to a non-Big 5 conference opponent. Houston is a good squad but they haven’t seen ANYTHING close to Dalvin Cook! No team has average more than 4ypc on Houston’s D this year but Cook averages 7.9ypc & ran for 7+ypc on a nasty Florida D-line. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Orange Bowl: ACC champ versus Big XII champ! Clemson comes in at 13-0 while the Sooners have won 7 straight games. I have the sneaking suspicion that Oklahoma is going to roll Clemson pretty hard in this game. The Sooners have played the like the best team in football for the past 7 weeks & I don’t see that offense being stopped. The scary part is how good the Sooners defense has been as well. I think OU wins big & the ACC is exposed as very inferior. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Cotton Bowl: SEC champ versus Big 10 champ. It’s worth noting that Tide QB Jake Coker is averaging 191 yards per game. That might not mean much, but this game is going to come down to how well Michigan St. can defend Derrick Henry in the Alabama running game. If they can limit Henry then it forces Coker to try & win the game & that is something he hasn’t had to do. I think Alabama wins, but if the Spartans defense of the last 4 weeks shows up…… Computer Hope
Computer Hope Outback Bowl: Touch matchup for Northwestern & this is a bowl I’m really looking forward to. At 10-2, you’d think the Wildcats would have an advantage over the 8-4 Vols, but I think by year’s end Tennessee was playing like the SEC’s second best squad so I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see UT’s superior talent & athleticism overwhelm Northwestern. Then again, Northwestern has been ugly all season & figures out ways to still get wins. Should be a great game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Citrus Bowl: The Gators got some horrible news this past week when it learned of Will Grier’s intent to transfer! That’s awful news but somehow I don’t think it’ll mess up what Jim McElwain is going to do down in Gainesville. Florida didn’t draw well anyway & I think the Gators are in for a curb stomping at the hands of Jim Harbaugh & the Wolverines who definitely want to get that 10th victory. Although they’ll lose, Florida ends with an impressive 10 wins. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Fiesta Bowl: A playoff game that isn’t, Ohio St. at 11-1 & Notre Dame at 10-2 are likely the first two teams taken if the playoffs were to expand from 4 to 8. Ohio St. is the best team in the nation if it plays like it did against Michigan & I don’t see the Irish beating them. Then again, the Buckeyes sometimes don’t show up. They will against the Irish so I think ND needs to keep it close & see what happens. The worst case scenario for ND is shades of 2012 v. Alabama. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Rose Bowl: Like ND/Ohio St., it’s hard not to see this game as an extension of the playoffs as these 2 would have certainly been the other 2 if the field had expanded to 8. I’m in the tank for Iowa so I’m rooting hard for the Hawkeyes to win & finish 13-1! Iowa will also have their eyes on Michigan State. If the Spartans end up winning the national championship then Iowa has a legit claim to be the #2 team in the nation & probably should be so. Go Hawks! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Sugar Bowl: Unfortunately we won’t get to see DT/DE Robert Nkemdiche. The 6’4/295lbs potential #1 overall draft pick is suspended. I love this game in that it’s a good test of overall conference strength. OK State is probably the 4th best team in the Big XII while Ole Miss is likely the 2nd/3rd best in the SEC. Should be a layup for the Rebels & that is what I’d expect. The closest defense OK State has seen to Ole Miss is Oklahoma’s and that was ugly! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Taxslayer Bowl: This is an exciting matchup when you look at the jerseys only as both programs are historically great, but right now neither is very good. These teams are a combined 0-7 against AP Top-25 teams which is an amazing stat considering. The Dawgs are probably the 7th-8th best team in the SEC while Penn St. is probably the 7th best team in the Big 10. It’s a good test to determine the overall depth of the conferences, but it won’t live up to the names. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Liberty Bowl: Brutal draw for Kansas St. as they don’t defend the run all that well & Arkansas is an ELITE rushing offense. Arkansas really turned their play on at the end of the season & if they didn’t struggle early on they probably would have been the 2nd place team in the West. I think Bret Bielema also wants to build which means the 7-5 Razorbacks need a win to get to 8-5 which is a game better than last year’s 7-6 team. K-State isn’t very good. Hogs roll. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Alamo Bowl: OUTSTANDING BOWL MATCH-UP! There were more than a few people before the season began that entertained thoughts that this game would be for the national championship. The good news is that TCU QB Trevone Boykin will play & maybe even WR Josh Doctson could get in on the action. The bad news is Oregon right now is a top-5 team & TCU’s defense is still atrocious. Both teams score but Oregon might score 60! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Cactus Bowl: This is an important game for the Big XII. Arizona St. might be the 9th best team in the Pac 12 this year & I think the Big XII has a shot to lose quite a few bowl games. A win by the Mountaineers could at least add some credence to the depth of the conference. A loss here though could mean a clean sweep of the Big XII outside of Oklahoma, but given the state of college football right now, it seems like the ACC & Big XII are severely lacking. Computer Hope

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NCAA POWER-25 WEEK 10 2015

RANK TEAM COMMENTS
#1 Computer Hope The complete beatdown of LSU is almost inexplicable. Leonard Fournette could probably run for 100 yards a game in the NFL. The Crimson Tide defense held him to 31 yards on 19 carries & might possibly have cost him the Heisman Trophy. Forget the Ole Miss loss. This is hands down the best team in college football with arguably the best defense Nick Saban has had while in Tuscaloosa. Derrick Henry is unstoppable. The defense can’t be score on. Jake Coker is getting better. Unquestioned #1 team.
#2 Computer Hope Clemson slayed the dragon in beating Florida St. 23-13 which included over 500 total yards & almost 30 first downs! The Tigers are now ACC Atlantic division champions so they are going to play in the ACC title game regardless of what happens. Their remaining 3 games come against Wake Forest, Syracuse & South Carolina, three schools with a combined record of 9-18. A 12-0 season could be a foregone conclusion at this point, but Clemson could have some work to do potentially against North Carolina.
#3 Computer Hope Pittsburgh’s a good football team. This game could have been close. It wasn’t. Notre Dame flexed its offensive muscle in beating the Panthers 42-30 in Pittsburgh. If you are in love with Clemson you have to be in love with Notre Dame to a degree, but the Irish are being helped now by Navy & Temple’s good fortune. Navy’s win over Memphis is a huge positive for Irish apologists & USC winning makes them look even better. ND should be 10-1 when they had to Pao Alton in a game that could decide their fate.
#4 Computer Hope I can’t hammer LSU too much for losing 30-16 in Tuscaloosa. Not against that Alabama defense. The thing with LSU is that you knew going into that game that Alabama was going to do everything they could to stop Fournette & they did. Brandon Harris was going to be forced to beat Alabama & Harris ended the game going 6 of 19 for 128yds with 1TD & 1INT. He was also sacked twice. The issue now is will teams be able to replicate what Alabama did without having the personnel that Alabama displayed?
#5 Computer Hope I expected some separation on Saturday, but this wasn’t what I was expecting. Oklahoma St. blew the barn doors off TCU in a 49-29 route that was never close. I do think there needs to be some caution with the Cowboys. TCU committed 4 turnovers while OK State played a near flawless game. Even with that said, TCU still rang up more than 660 total yards & outgained the Cowboys by over 200! They also held OK State to 81 rushing yards. Tremendous win no doubt but questions still linger.
#6 Computer Hope Baylor beat Kansas St. 31-24 & they look to be in good shape with Jarrett Stidham taking over for Seth Russell….at least for now. In the latest College Playoff Poll, the Big XII is on on the outside looking as Ohio St., Alabama, Notre Dame & Clemson are in the top-4. The problem with the Big XII is they schedule NOBODY in their non-conference. Here is each team’s biggest non-conference win: Baylor (Rice), Oklahoma (Tennessee), Oklahoma St. (C.Michigan), TCU (Minnesota). What do you do with that?
#7 Computer Hope It took way too long for Ohio St. to put away a Minnesota team that probably isn’t there emotionally. A late score made the final 28-14. It’s tough to get a read on Ohio State. JT Barrett was suspended against the Gophers & clearly the Buckeyes are a different team with him as QB. When he finally took the reigns against Rutgers & Penn St., the Buckeyes outscored their opponents 87-17. Forced to go back to Cardale Jones, tOSU gets a 28-14 win over Minny. And let’s be honest, Ohio St. hasn’t played anyone.
#8 Computer Hope The Hawkeyes had a little scare in Bloomington this past Saturday but nothing Michigan St. & Ohio St. didn’t have to deal with earlier against the Hoosiers. Iowa pulled away in the 2nd half & led 35-20 before a late Indiana TD made it a 35-27 final. This is a consistent football team that is getting better. I love the blueprint & when Jordan Canzeri comes back, Iowa will have a 3-headed monster at tailback that is going to be difficult to handle. A 12-0 record should be a foregone conclusion for the Hawkeyes.
#9 Computer Hope HC Jim McElwain wasn’t wrong when he said in his post game presser that teams on championship runs oftentimes have close games that they need to find ways to win. Oftentimes those games come against teams you wouldn’t think would have any chance against a championship caliber team. Florida found itself in one of those games against Vanderbilt this past weekend & came out with a 9-7 victory. It happens! Florida is still SEC East champs & should get to 10-1 when Florida St. comes calling.
#10 Computer Hope Given what we know about the college football playoff poll, it doesn’t seem likely that a 1-loss Big XII team gets in when you already consider that a 1-loss Alabama and a 1-loss Notre Dame already rates higher than undefeated Oklahoma St. & Baylor teams do. Because of that, TCU’s hopes of getting to the playoffs are probably over after their 49-29 loss to Oklahoma State. The good news is that you can argue TCU beat themselves & could win out to get to 11-1. The bad news is that it might not be enough.
#11 Computer Hope Figure this one out. Iowa St. beats Texas 24-0. Texas beats Oklahoma 24-17. Oklahoma beats Iowa St. 52-16! The Texas loss is incredible when you look back at it & it could come back to haunt the Sooners. Since that loss, OU has won 4 straight, outscoring their opponents 232-50! QB Baker Mayfield is literally playing out of his mind at this point & with OU’s running game, the offense is the best in the nation right now. I have this nagging feeling that the Sooners are the Big XII’s best. I hope they prove it.
#12 Computer Hope I think going on the road & beating Washington 34-23 is more impressive than Utah is getting credit for. Devontae Booker has been a horse all season & Travis Wilson is a gamer at QB. Outside of the loss to USC, the Utes have played incredible football. It’s amazing to me to see Stanford getting more love than Utah. Both have one loss but Utah lost to USC while Stanford lost to Northwestern. I wonder why nobody is talking about a potential 12-1 Utah team getting to the playoffs? It could happen!
#13 Computer Hope Michigan took care of business this weekend by thumping Rutgers 49-16 & improving to 7-2. Michigan might be the most fascinating team going forward for the rest of the season. Their next two games are tricky road games against Penn St. & Indiana. Win those & they are 9-2 & playing Ohio St. at home. If Ohio St. takes care of Michigan St. the week prior & Michigan beats Ohio St., then Michigan wins the Big 10 East. If they beat Iowa they’d be 11-2 with a helluva resume! Do they make the playoffs?
#14 Computer Hope After a close call at Washington St. last week, Stanford put on a clinic in Boulder in dealing out a 42-10 loss to Colorado in which RB Christian McCaffery added throwing TD passes to his already impressive arsenal of offensive capabilities! QB Kevin Hogan has been great. RB Christian McCaffery has had 6 straight 100 yards rushing games. Stanford’s season really gets interesting. Their last 3 games are all at home against Oregon, California & Notre Dame. A 12-1 Stanford team would be hard to deny.
#15 Computer Hope Another week another win for the Trojans, this time dispatching Arizona 38-30 for their 3rd straight. Those 3 wins have come against Utah, California & Arizona so it’s not like USC is beating up on Oregon St., Colorado & Washington State! The Trojans aren’t getting any poll love because they are 6-3, but if you over look the Washington loss, their only 2 losses were against Stanford & Notre Dame, and at the time their coach was going off the rails. If USC wins out & Utah slips up, the Trojans are South champs!
#16 Computer Hope This is a different team with Corey Clement at tailback. The week before Clement suited up against Rutgers and ran for 115 yards & 3TD on 11 carries. Wisconsin blasted the Scarlet Knights 48-10. A week later Clement sits out against Maryland & Wisconsin struggles until the 2nd half where they finally pull away & win 31-24. I’m guessing Wisconsin wanted Clement to rest up before Northwestern. Wisconsin is 8-2 with their only losses coming against Iowa & Alabama. Maybe #16 is way too low.
#17 Computer Hope If you play with fire long enough, you are bound to get burned & this is precisely what happened to Michigan St. in Lincoln this past week as the Spartans fell from the ranks of the unbeatens in a 39-38 loss to Nebraska. The Spartans are on the outside looking in at 8-1, but they still control their own destiny. If Michigan St. wins out they’ll finish the season at 12-1 with wins over Oregon, Michigan, Ohio St., Iowa, Air Force & Penn State! It would be awfully hard to keep a resume like that out of the playoffs.
#18 Computer Hope Duke isn’t a bad football & the Tar Heels flat wore them out 66-31 on Saturday! The offense was on FIRE against a decent Blue Devils defense. Marquise Williams threw for 4TD. Elijah Hood ran for 3TD. Ryan Switzer & Mack Hollins both had over 100yds receiving! You can argue that UNC’s defense left a lot to be desired as Duke ran for over 300 yards & totaled more than 500 total yards, but the defense doesn’t have to be that great when the offense scores 60+PPG and runs up 700 yards of total offense!
#19 Computer Hope SMU tried to make it a game with the Owls, trailing 21-17 at halftime, but Temple came out after halftime with guns blazing & outscored the Ponies 39-23 for a 60-40 win! It was Temple’s biggest offensive output of the season with QB PJ Walker throwing for 4TD & freshman RB Jager Gardner running for 110yds! Obviously Temple’s defense could have played a lot better. SMU shouldn’t have scored 40, but I really like this Temple team. Like Navy, they are a one loss team with their only loss to Notre Dame.
#20 Computer Hope An incredible win for Navy beating Memphis 45-20 in a game that was never close. Memphis had no answer for the Middies triple option attack that racked up 374 yards & 5TD including 3 by Chris Swain who rushed for 108. Kudos also to the Navy defense which held Memphis start QB Paxton Lynch relatively in check, didn’t allow Memphis to get anything going on the ground, and forced the Tigers into 3 turnovers while playing turnover free football. Navy is for real & has a legit shot at an 11-1 finish!
#21 Computer Hope The Bruins feel like the forgotten team in the Pac 12. They’ve got lost in the shuffle with Utah’s tremendous start & the all the hoopla surrounding the USC program and the drama that unfolded with their head coach, yet here UCLA is at 7-2 with a chance to win the Pac 12 South. Hammering Oregon St. this past week 41-0 isn’t a huge deal but the offense is finding its grove. Josh Rosen hasn’t thrown a pick in 3 games. Paul Perkins is having a solid year running the football. Three huge games to end the season.
#22 Computer Hope Northwestern put together a solid 23-21 win over Penn St. who came into the game 7-2 & winners of two straight. Barring a complete collapse from Iowa down the stretch, Northwestern can’t win the Big 10 West even if it finishes 10-2 which is something it can do assuming they get a road win against Wisconsin. Even a loss there means a 9-3 record with your only losses coming against Iowa, Michigan & Wisconsin. That’s a top-20 team right there. Too bad it feels disappointing given how they started.
#23 Computer Hope Another week another win for the Bulldogs who improve to 7-2 after their 31-13 victory over Missouri. Once again Dak Prescott was virtually flawless in throwing 4TD & 303yds. WRs Fred Ross & De’Runnya Wilson both have over 100 yards receiving. MSU’s real schedule starts now. You can argue that the only real teams MSU has faced have been losses to Texas A&M & LSU. They need some important wins & get Alabama, Ole Miss & Arkansas the rest of the way. It’s put up or shut up time for the Dawgs!
#24 Computer Hope The 53-52 win over Ole Miss is one of the most bizarre game endings I’ve ever seen! From the lateral to the face mask penalty to Brandon Allen being virtually knocked out in converting that 2-point conversion, Arkansas was killed like 10 times in that game & still found a way to win. It’s incredible how Arkansas is followed the same script they did a year ago. They could play serious spoiler to LSU & Mississippi St., and to be honest, is there a more dangerous team that playoff contending teams don’t want to face?
#25 Computer Hope Beating Texas Tech 31-26 doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the Mountaineers held the Red Raiders to 26 points, their lowest output of the season, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU & Oklahoma St. gave up on average 42 points to Texas Tech. WVU held them to 26. I have the top-4 Big XII teams ranked in my top-11 so you could argue West Virginia is #12 as their only losses have come against those team. WVU should get to 8-4 & potentially 9-4 with a bowl win. They need to take the next step into Big XII Elite status.

DROPPING OUT

MEMPHIS TIGERS (previously #17): Dropping them out is probably a bit premature. Memphis can definitely win their way back into the top-25 and possibly even the top-15 if they win their next two games which are road affairs against Temple & Houston. Don’t bet against Paxton Lynch!

MISSISSIPPI REBELS (previously #18): Losing to Arkansas in that manner? Memphis losing didn’t help their cause & now the win over Alabama simply looks like a game where the Tide were incredibly unlucky with turnovers. Ole Miss could have their 7-3 record turn into 7-5 with their last 2 games against LSU & Mississippi State. It sounds nuts but this may be the 2nd worst team in the SEC West currently.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (previously #19): It was either going to be West Virginia or Texas Tech. Turned out it was West Virginia. I will say the win over Arkansas could look better & better depending on how disruptive the Razorbacks can be to end the season.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (previously #20): Losing to Auburn at home? Ouch. Texas A&M has lost 3 of their last 4 games & the one win was a close win over South Carolina. They still have LSU to play so A&M could finish 8-4 after starting the season 5-0.

November 11, 2015 Posted by | Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan St., Mississippi, Mississippi St., Navy, NCAA, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Power 25, Stanford, TCU, Temple, Texas AM, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Utah, Week 10, West Virginia, Wisconsin | Leave a comment

NCAA POWER-25 WEEK 9 2015

RANK TEAM COMMENTS
#1 Computer Hope Alabama is coming off a bye to get ready for the showdown with LSU. I think this is the best team in the nation and it’s telling that the narrative coming out of Tuscaloosa this week is how can LSU win the game without Leonard Fournette, or how LSU needs Fournette to go off in order to have a chance at winning. Notice that nobody is talking of Alabama in this regard. The assumption is that the Crimson Tide don’t have to do anything special to get the W. That says a lot without saying much of anything.
#2 Computer Hope Clemson was the big winner in the first college football playoff poll this year as the Tigers came out as the #1 team in the nation. I was surprised by this a little bit because Clemson is in the ACC which is fairly weak, but the win over Notre Dame must have meant a great deal as the Irish were #5 in the first poll proving that Clemson/Notre Dame has been the biggest game of the year thus far. The Tigers get Florida St. this week which will bolster their resume. They need big wins & this is the last opportunity.
#3 Computer Hope LSU has a great opportunity to show they are for real heading to Alabama this week to take on the Crimson Tide. I’m with everyone else in wondering if LSU can come up with a victory if Alabama’s defense takes Leonard Fournette away. The one problem I see with it is Fournette might be unstoppable. The guy has a legit chance to rush for 2700 yards & 30TD! I’ve never seen anything like it at the highest levels of college football! Bo Jackson & Herschel Walker never even came close to those numbers! Crazy!
#4 Computer Hope I thought long & hard about Notre Dame, but they fit at #4 to me & not just because I’m an Irish homer! ND’s only loss came against Clemson in a hurricane on the road & at that they only lost 24-22. If you believe Clemson is #1, then ND has to be #2. ND has also beaten Temple & Navy & both squads only have one loss….to Notre Dame! The USC win keeps looking better & better. Georgia Tech beat Florida St.! Notre Dame should sail to 10-1 before Stanford & at #5 can control their path into the playoffs.
#5 Computer Hope Georgia is a complete mess, but it’s still a big time rivalry game & Florida dominated the Bulldogs from start to finish in a 27-3 curb stomping. Florida showed their hand a little bit not having Will Grier as QB. The Gators are going run heavy & asking Treon Harris not to make mistakes & buttress that with a suffocating defense. It worked. Harris didn’t throw a pick. The Gators ran for 258yds led by Kelvin Taylor’s 121 and the defense forced 4 Georgia turnovers. The Gators get a layup against Vandy this week.
#6 Computer Hope With JT Barrett being arrested, the QB situation goes back to Cardale Jones. This probably won’t matter this week as Ohio St. plays at home against a Minnesota team that is likely to not carry over their emotional play from last week against Michigan following the resignation of HC Jerry Kill. Worst comes to worst, the Gophers rush defense ranks 49th in the nation so the Buckeyes can force Ezekiel Elliott all day long & move the football while killing the clock. The schedule is a joke. What can you do with that?
#7 Computer Hope Michigan St. should be on upset alert this week in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers are reeling at 3-6 (Hey, another 10-4 season from Bo Pelini doesn’t look so bad right now does it Nebraska fans?!), but I think the record is misleading. Nebraska has lost their 6 games by a combined 23 points! The Cornhuskers have actually outscored their opponents 300-253 which means their expected record would be 5-4 & their best case record is 7-1. It’s not enough to bet on Nebraska, but a Sparty loss wouldn’t be shocking either.
#8 Computer Hope It took the Horned Frogs about 2 quarters to warm up against West Virginia, but TCU took control late in the 2nd & never looked back. After a Josh Lambert 51-yard field goal for the Mountaineers, WVU pulled to within 17-10 & it was this way until about a minute left in the 2nd quarter. From that point, TCU would outscore WVU 23-0. It’s pretty much the same story each week for TCU at this point. Trevone Boykin is unstoppable, TCU scores a lot & wins. The schedule gets a lot tougher from this point.
#9 Computer Hope After losing starting QB Seth Russell, the Bears were on a bye before handing the keys to the offense to true frosh Jarrett Stidham on the road against Kansas State. Baylor probably deserves to be higher than #9, but I want to see how things pan out with Stidham before moving the Bears back up. I did think it was interesting that the Big XII was once again left out of the playoffs in the first playoff poll. The Big XII schedule is severely back heavy between OK State, OU, Baylor & TCU so that should change.
#10 Computer Hope Maryland isn’t any good but I was happy to see the Hawkeyes take of business in a 31-15 whipping of the Terps. Iowa’s defense held Maryland to 74 yards passing & forced 4 turnovers. The rush defense was just OK but Iowa was up 31-7 late in the 4th so you can certainly make some allowances. This week’s game at Indiana is a tricky one. The Hoosiers have shown to be the “anti” clutch team, but they can put up some points. Iowa’s defense will have to come to play & the Iowa running game has to be on point.
#11 Computer Hope Tracy Claeys took some heat for going for it on the 1-yard line to get the win at home, but he was right. The old adage of “play for the win at home & tie on the road” was apparent & you couldn’t let the emotion of beating Michigan get in the way of what could have been a last second win in a game that was definitely played for outgoing HC Jerry Kill. The only problem with the storybook ending is Michigan stopped the 1-yard run & the Wolverines escaped with a 29-26 win. Michigan could still win the East!
#12 Computer Hope I’ve been bearish on the Cowboys all season long but the 70-53 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock impressed me. Oklahoma St. was down 24-7 late in the 1st quarter & 38-28 at half, but it didn’t matter as Oklahoma St. kept fighting & outscored the Red Raiders 42-15 in the 2nd half! How efficient was WR James Washington? The Cowboys WR had 4 catches for 200 yards & 2TD! The only issue I have is that this was the worst game the OSU D-Line had. I would have liked to have seen a bit more dominance but…..
#13 Computer Hope Oklahoma loses to Texas 24-17. Iowa St. beat Texas 24-0. Does that mean Iowa St. beats Oklahoma this week 48-0? Hardly. The loss to the Longhorns in Dallas looks inexplicable now, but Oklahoma could still argue they are the best team in the Big XII & will have plenty of opportunity to prove it when down the stretch. Last week’s 62-7 destruction of Kansas now has the Sooners on a 3-game winning streak in which they’ve outscored their opponents 180-34! Iowa St. this week before a hellacious last 3 weeks!
#14 Computer Hope It took everything they had, but Stanford escaped Pullman with a 30-28 win over Washington State! A lot of credit needs to be given the Stanford defense as the Cardinal held Wazzou to 5 field goals on their first 5 scoring attempts! Given the explosiveness of the Cougar offense, Stanford won early & often. Stanford also kept QB Luke Falk in check. Falk only completed 57% of his passes & threw two picks. Stanford avoided disaster here as they are likely the Pac 12’s last hope for a playoff spot & a loss kills that.
#15 Computer Hope The 27-21 win at California doesn’t look like a dominating effort & it wasn’t but Cal is a solid if not spectacular football team so a road win is impressive for the Trojans. If you chalk up the Washington loss to the Sarkisian mess then USC’s only losses have come against Notre Dame & Stanford. There are worse outcomes & USC could still win the Pac 12 South if Utah loses one more conference game. If USC’s defense can start swarming, would it shock anyone to see USC run the table and finish 11-3?
#16 Computer Hope The Utes got back on track last week with a 27-12 win over Oregon State. Like some other teams, Utah almost feels like a forgotten team despite being 7-1 with their only loss coming to USC. It’s interesting how Stanford seems like the best hope for the Pac 12  instead of Utah. Both teams are 7-1, but Stanford’s loss came in Week 1 whereas Utah lost recently, but I’d say the USC loss is better than the Northwestern loss. Utah still has a chance to finish 12-1 & Pac 12 champions. USC keeps them out? Tough!
#17 Computer Hope Now we’ll really get to see what Memphis is made up. Getting to 8-0 was the easy part (save the Ole Miss victory), but now the Tigers have 3 straight games of: Navy, @Houston and @Temple before finishing up against SMU. What’s going to be really interesting to me if Ole Miss runs the table & Memphis finishes the year at 13-0. At that point, how can you not have Memphis in the college football playoffs? This is a remarkable story & at some point Paxton Lynch is going to enter the Heisman race.
#18 Computer Hope Ole Miss did a solid job beating Auburn last week 27-19. It was a road divisional game sandwiched between home games against Texas A&M & Arkansas. It would have been easy for the Rebels to overlook a disappointing albeit talented War Eagle squad. It wasn’t the best game Ole Miss has played this season, but the Rebels are a sloppy team. They are going to commit turnovers & penalties. Ole Miss is still the front runner in the SEC West. They control their own destiny to win the SEC West with the Bama win.
#19 Computer Hope I think it’s interesting that the two best teams in Texas are Texas Tech & TCU instead of Texas & Texas A&M. You could even argue that Houston is in the top-3! The 70-53 loss to Oklahoma St. was BRUTAL especially as Tech dominated early & led by 10 at halftime and that isn’t even mentioning how in the hell you lose a game you score 53 points in!? This team can’t play D but it can score & keep in mind that Tech’s only losses have come against TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma St. & Oklahoma. Can’t blame them.
#20 Computer Hope Last week’s 7 point win over South Carolina is a bit iffy, but this Aggies team is still 6-2 with their only losses coming against Ole Miss & Alabama. You can’t really argue with those losses! The interesting thing with A&M is the decision by HC Kevin Sumlin to go with QB Kyler Murray over Kyle Allen. A true frosh, Murray is listed at 5’11/185lbs so he’s probably 5’9-5’10/180lbs! He had a solid debut against the Gamecocks, but it’ll be interesting to see if Sumlin & Co. believe they have the next Johnny Manziel.
#21 Computer Hope We don’t hear much about “triplets” in college football the way we do in the NFL, but UNC has a solid trio of players in QB Marquise Williams, RB Elijah Hood & WR Ryan Switzer. UNC finally had a defining game beating Pittsburgh last week 26-19 in the Steel City. They still have Duke left and a tricky road game in Raleigh against NC State, but the Tar Heels should find themselves at 11-1 and ACC Coastal champions at the end of the year. Could they crash the playoff party with a win over Clemson?
#22 Computer Hope The Badgers might be the most overlooked team in college football at this point. You have to wonder what would have happened if Corey Clement had played in the game against Iowa in which the Badgers lost 10-6 in Camp Randall!? If Clement plays & Wisconsin wins then the UW is 8-1 with their only loss against Alabama! Even so, Wisconsin is 7-2 with their only losses coming to Iowa & Alabama. You can argue this is a top-10 team & they should have no issues getting to 10-2 with a possible 11-2 finish!
#23 Computer Hope Tough to put Northwestern down here when their only losses have come against Iowa & Michigan St. and they have 2 wins over Stanford & Duke. Still, the Wildcats were blown out by Iowa & Michigan St. & then followed that up with a 2-point win over a 3-6 Nebraska team! QB Clayton Thorson has to pick up his play. In NW’s first 5 games, Thorson completed 57% of his passes for 711yds & 4TD. In his last 3 he’s completed 48% of his passes for 408yds & 2TD. He’s not Cody Kessler but needs to play better soon.
#24 Computer Hope This ranking seems too low but the Bulldogs are somewhat hampered by their 30-17 loss to Texas A&M. Despite being 6-2 & playing in the SEC West, Mississippi St. slots here. Their only losses have come against LSU & Texas A&M! The rest of the season should be interesting for MSU. They still have Alabama & Ole Miss left but both are home games. The season is a huge success if MSU can get to 10 wins & QB Dak Prescott should be getting more attention. I really wish Josh Robinson would have come back!
#25 Computer Hope Give A LOT of credit to Temple for almost pulling off the stunner against Notre Dame before falling 24-20. The Owls played out of their minds & did a fantastic job at neutralizing ND’s 2 biggest weapons in CJ Prosise and Will Fuller. Temple’s inability to stop DeShone Kizer from making plays with his legs was the difference. Temple has a great shot at running the table & getting into a Big-6 bowl. They get Memphis at home & a win there means 11-1 & potentially 12-1. Could Temple finish 13-1 this season!? I hope so!

DROPPING OUT

TEXAS LONGHORNS (previously #20): Just when you think the heat is off of Charlie Strong, it’s back on with a 24-0 loss to Iowa St.! It was going to be difficult for Texas to get bowl eligible, but with the loss to Iowa St. it’s now practically impossible. Texas is 3-5 with 4 games left against Texas Tech, Baylor, West Virginia & Kansas. They have to go 3-1 in their final 4 to get to 6-6 and I don’t see it happening although it definitely could. If I’m Charlie Strong I am giving the Miami-FL opening a HARD LOOK! It’s not an easy place either, but unless Texas routines goes 10-2/11-1, the seat is going to be hot.

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (previously #25): I hate dropping Pittsburgh after just one loss, but the ACC is incredibly weak and it’s difficult to Pittsburgh over teams like Temple, Texas A&M, Mississippi St., Northwestern, Wisconsin & North Carolina.

November 7, 2015 Posted by | Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan St., Mississippi, Mississippi St., NCAA, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Pittsburgh, Power 25, Stanford, TCU, Temple, Texas, Texas AM, Texas Tech, USC, Utah, Week 9, Wisconsin | Leave a comment

2015 NCAA WEEK 10 – BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope This is the game of the year to this point although the LSU/Alabama game each year is becoming almost the de facto game of the year! LSU continues to surprise me year in & year out. I think each year is going to be the year they falter & it never seems to happen. To me this game comes down to Brandon Harris & the LSU defense. Bama will take Fournette out of the game so can Harris win it? Can the LSU defense stop Henry? Computer Hope
Computer Hope I don’t think Florida St. can win this game, but if Everett Golson & Dalvin Cook don’t play then they certainly won’t win. It’s easy to forget that FSU still controls its destiny even with the loss to Georgia Tech as they’d own the tiebreaker with Clemson. The Tigers are too tough though. Deshaun Watson will make a case for the Heisman & Shaq Lawson has been unblockable all season long. Death Valley is becoming just that for the opposition. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Amazingly enough, Oklahoma St., Oklahoma, TCU & Baylor have managed to avoid one another…..until now. Finally we’ll get some type of separation in the Big XII as one team will endure their first loss of the season. Something tells me that giving up 53 points to Texas Tech doesn’t bode well for the Cowboys when facing Trevone Boykin. OSU’s front-7 is finally going to get a significant test. It’ll be interesting to see if they handle it. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Navy is one the most overlooked teams in college football & while they don’t have the athletic talent to stay with Memphis’ high octane passing offense guided by Paxton Lynch, the Middies can run on anyone & Keenan Reynolds is as good as they come running the triple option. If Navy’s running attack can grind time of possession, Navy could give Memphis their first loss. Remember, Navy is 6-1 with their only loss at Notre Dame! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Texas Tech is 5-4 with loss to Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma St. & Oklahoma! West Virginia is 3-4 with losses to Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma St. & Oklahoma. The winner of this game establishes themselves as the 5th best team in the Big XII. That might not seem like much at face value, but given who the top-4 teams are, WVU or Texas Tech could make a pretty convincing argument they are a top-15 team in a tremendous conference! Computer Hope
Computer Hope With the way Indiana has shot themselves in the foot against teams like Ohio St., Rutgers & Michigan St., you’d think the Hawkeyes don’t have much to worry about, but the fact that Indiana can stick with the Buckeyes & Sparty should show some cause for concern. Iowa should destroy the Hoosiers, but Indiana has proved it can score on anyone. The problem will be IU’s defense stopping Akrum Wadley from running wild. Computer Hope
Computer Hope This game was a lot more interesting before Pittsburgh dropped a home game to North Carolina last week. Following that loss up with hosting Notre Dame can’t be good for the soul! I really liked this Pitt team coming into the year. I still like them, but maybe the James Conner loss is bigger than I thought. It seems now that Pittsburgh is a solid team, but one that can’t be superior opponents. Pitt has to be careful not to finish 6-6. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Duke has to be smarting over the disaster last week which resulted in the Blue Devils losing 30-27 to Miami-FL! I think there would be even more outrage if it cost Duke an opportunity to win the Coastal. Luckily it didn’t & Duke controls its own destiny. Win out & Duke goes back to the ACC title game. Lose, and it’s an uphill battle. On the other side, UNC has a chance for a really special season if they can win out & win the Coastal. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Looking at the evidence, you can argue that Kansas St. is arguably the 2nd worst team in the Big XII, ahead of only Kansas. On the other hand, Bill Snyder is a helluva coach & K-State is playing at home against a Baylor team that just lost their starting QB. All Jarrett Stidham has done this year in relief is complete 86% of his passes for 331yds & 6TD! That’s insane, but Stidham is now the man with his first start on the road. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Don’t look now but Penn St. is 7-2 & undefeated at home. Let’s say the Nittany Lions pull off a miracle next week & beat Michigan. Let’s also say they beat Northwestern this week. That puts PSU at 9-2 going to East Lansing! The 38-10 loss to Ohio St. is somewhat exposing & a loss in Evanston will show that Penn St. isn’t ready for Ohio St., Michigan St. & Michigan just yet, but they are closer than they have been. A win here proves a lot. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Since coming back from injury, Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel has completed 41 of 50 (82%) passes for 646 yards & 7TD in wins over UCF & UConn. That’s hardly the competition they’ll face when Houston throws Greg Ward & Kenneth Farrow at them, but Kiel was once thought to be a future starting NFL QB with a huge arm. The Bearcats will have to play tremendous defense, but Kiel could make it interesting if he’s on his A-game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope It turns out that Arizona isn’t very good so this is more of an opportunity for USC to showcase their ability & get another big division win to improve their record to 6-3 & put themselves a step closer to getting to the Pac 12 championship game. Remember, the Trojans could end the season 11-3! With the RichRod rumors to Miami-FL/Virginia Tech heating up, there has to be a lot of distractions around the UA program. Terrible timing. Computer Hope
Computer Hope If he keeps his pace up, Oregon RB Royce Freeman is going to rush for 1700yds/17TD! I think Oregon deserves more attention than they are getting but being inconsistent will do that to you. California started the season 5-0 but have lost 3 straight now that they are playing real football teams. A road game at Oregon is a chance for the Bears to right the ship or fall further away proving Sonny Dykes has a little more work to do at UC. Computer Hope
Computer Hope This game is probably too low on my importance list. Ole Miss needs to be ready for this one. The Rebels control their own destiny in the West, but last year Arkansas was 4-4 before going 3-1 in their last 4 including a 30-0 win over Ole Miss who was 8-2 at the time. The Hogs have won 2 straight & 3 of their last 4. Alex Collins is heating up so would it be shocking to see Arkansas go 3-1 in their last 4 this year & ruin Ole Miss’ season? Computer Hope
Computer Hope This doesn’t look like much of a game. Michigan St. comes in 8-0 & ranked in the top-10 while Nebraska is 3-6 coming off a road loss to Purdue! NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS! Sure Nebraska is 3-6 & you can’t always argue in “What ifs?” but Nebraska’s best case record is 8-1 & if you say the Purdue game was an anomaly then Nebraska can at least make an argument for being close to a 9-0 squad. Michigan St. hasn’t looked sharp so???? Computer Hope
Computer Hope Another tricky game for a team fighting for playoff spots. Washington is 4-4 but you can see the product Chris Petersen is building in Seattle. Jake Browning & Myles Gaskin make for a terrific QB/RB combination & both are freshman. Washington’s defense is underrated especially after what they lost to the NFL Draft. The Huskies might not make huge waves this season, but they are definitely a team I don’t want to play. Computer Hope
Computer Hope It’s really hard to hold an emotional response for consecutive weeks, but if the Gophers come out & play Ohio St. with the same intensity they played Michigan, then the Minny might really be able to send Jerry Kill a present he won’t soon forget! Kill was an outstanding program builder who had the Minnesota program on the right track. While not as dramatic as Terry Hoeppner’s departure from Indiana, the effects could be similar. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Given how bad Auburn is, this game doesn’t have much flex, but it is worth mentioning as Auburn’s talent is incredible so you never know what could happen. Texas A&M has a couple of losses so their playoff hopes are dead, but the two losses have come against Ole Miss & Alabama. The Aggies should be 9-2 when they travel to Baton Rouge on Nov. 28th! Still a lot of season to play for with Texas A&M. They could finish 11-2. Computer Hope
Computer Hope I thought this game had a lot more juice before Washington St. blew it last week against Stanford. If Wazzou wins that game, then the Cougars would be 6-2 with wins over Oregon & Stanford & not USC or Utah remaining on the schedule! How amazing would it have been if WSU went 10-2 with a possible chance at winning the Pac 12!? Arizona St. provides a good test to see if Wazzou gets back on the horse & starts dominating. Computer Hope
Computer Hope My MAC special!!!! Don’t be surprised if Northern Illinois gets a win here. Toledo has been an incredible story getting to 7-0 with wins over Arkansas & Iowa St., but NIU has been king of the MAC for a VERY long time & I don’t think they are giving up the crown all that soon. The 5-3 record doesn’t seem great but close road losses to Ohio St. & Boston College? It’s forgivable! The one issue is the loss to C.Michigan. What happened there? Computer Hope

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2015 NCAA WEEK 9 – BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope A good game in theory because the Irish are ranked 9th while the Owls come in at #21 & are playing at home. The problem however is that Temple hasn’t seen a team like Notre Dame & they are susceptible to the pass which the Irish will have problems taking advantage of. Will Fuller is averaging 22ypc. Chris Brown & Corey Robinson are big targets. That should open up the running game for CJ Prosise. All of this adds up to a huge blowout win for the Notre Dame. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Georgia is still looking for any type of validation that they are a competitive football team. They were blown out at home by Bama. Went on the road & lost to Tennessee. Then beat Missouri 9-6? Amazingly enough, UGA could still win the East & potentially the SEC Championship. A win here puts them in 1st & they should win out. This becomes the de facto SEC East championship game. It’s a huge game to be sure, but I don’t know if Georgia can withstand a bad loss here. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Duke will have something to say about the ACC Coastal, but for the most part, this game will decide who wins the Coastal division. I think it’s amazing nobody is talking about UNC or Pittsburgh. Both are 1-loss teams who avoid Clemson & Florida St.! If they get lucky in the ACC Championship game, it’s possible one of these teams is 12-1. All the Panthers do is win close games while the Tar Heels tend to blow teams out. A little under the radar but a great game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Really cool Pac 12 game with a couple of neat story lines. For Cal, this is a chance to beat a legitimate opponent. The Bears feasted on their early schedule to start 5-0 but a couple of weeks ago got Utah & lost. The Trojans are coming off a HUGE win over Utah & they almost beat Notre Dame in South Bend despite the insanity they were going through with the Steve Sarkisian ordeal. The Trojans can still win the Pac 12. They need Utah to lose but it can happen. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Oklahoma St. comes into game undefeated, but the Red Raiders have only lost to TCU, Baylor & Oklahoma. I still think you can make an argument that Tech should be a top-25 team & beating Oklahoma St. will lend even further proof to that assertion. This is a chance for Texas Tech to say they are a top-4 team in the Big XII. For the Cowboys, this is a HUGE test to see if the undefeated record is more substance that taking advantage of an early soft schedule. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Don’t look now but Washington St. is 5-2 with both losses being by 7pts or less. They have won 3 straight games & have averaged close to 50PPG in those 3 wins. QB Luke Falk has really turned it on the last 3 games & the Cougars are getting great run support. Wazzou can’t play a lick of defense, but they are at home where crazy things can happen. Stanford had better come to play because if they overlook Washington St., they could easily leave Pullman with a loss. Computer Hope
Computer Hope I can’t wait to see how Michigan plays after having a week off to stew about the Michigan St. loss. The Gophers can put up a fight if they are inclined & Jerry Kill is a tremendous coach so you know Minnesota will come prepared. The big question is whether it will matter? My guess is that it won’t. The Michigan defense is going to come out with guns blazing & overwhelm the Gophers offense. I wouldn’t be shocked if this game was 14-0 or 58-0. Depends on the offense. Computer Hope
Computer Hope There hasn’t been a team more unlucky than Tennessee this season. The Vols are 3-4 but their 4 losses have come by a total of 17 points! Tennessee is 1-4 in close games & their “best case” record is 7-0. Kentucky had shown to be a very difficult out until last week when Mississippi St. gave them a pounding in Starkville. I’m interested to see how the Vols finish. They should win out to get to 8-4, but I think Tennessee needs style points to make up for the 4 close losses. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Auburn has been a disaster from start to finish this season. From Jeremy Johnson not getting it done at QB to the defense being terrible to stud WR D’haquille Williams being thrown off the team, this one of those seasons I’m sure Gus Malzahn could start over. That said, it’s still Auburn & Ole Miss has known to slip (hello Memphis!) in the past. It’s worth noting that if Ole Miss wins out they’ll be SEC West champs. What if Ole Miss goes 11-2 & Memphis goes 13-0? Computer Hope
Computer Hope Starting over doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Just look at USC & the Miami Dolphins! The Al Golden era finally came to a merciful end & now we’ll get to see how the Hurricanes react. It’s really amazing how good Duke is despite the Coastal containing Virginia Tech & Miami-FL. The Pitt/UNC game is huge of course but Duke could be in line to win their 2nd ACC Coastal division title in 3 years! Crazy. THE U could end that of course if they play like THE U plays. Computer Hope
Computer Hope This is sort of interesting because West Virginia is a pretty good team & TCU hasn’t been destroying all comers, but it’s in Fort Worth so you can pretty much guess the Frogs are going to score 50-60 points & it won’t matter what WVU does on offense. I really like the Mountaineers and Dana Holgorsen but where is this team going in the Big XII? Trevone Boykin will add to his Heisman resume & then sit back & look on to see if Leonard Fournette matches. Computer Hope
Computer Hope It seems like this should be a bigger game than what it is, but both teams enter this bout with a 4-3 record. I think this is an interesting test for Arizona State. So far the Sun Devils have only lost to Texas A&M, USC & Utah. You can make an argument from those losses they are still a top-20 type of team & the road win over UCLA is more than solid. Still, a win here would further legitimize the team & give them a chance to win out. ASU could still have a 10-3 season. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Navy’s first year in the AAC has been an interesting one. Memphis, Houston & Temple have gotten all the attention but the Middies are 5-1 with their only loss coming against Notre Dame. USF isn’t fantastic but they are a solid football team. Navy has a unique system & they’ve handled Air Force, ECU & UConn. Navy gets both Memphis & Houston on the road, but the defense has been outstanding & Keenan Reynolds is amazing so be on the lookout for Navy! Computer Hope
Computer Hope San Diego St. is another one of those intriguing teams. It’s easy to discount the Aztecs because of their early loss to South Alabama which doesn’t make sense, but they’ve won their first 4 MWC games & destroyed Utah State who destroyed Boise St.! Colorado St. will be another good test especially in Ft. Collins. Many people think this is the best team HC Rocky Long has ever had. They should win out & should get to 10-3 with a MW championship. Watch the defense! Computer Hope
Computer Hope I’m going FCS with the IVY LEAGUES!!! Dartmouth & Harvard get together in a battle of unbeatens as both teams come into the game 6-0. Harvard is ranked 16th & Dartmouth 22nd. The Big Green haven’t won an Ivy League championship since 1985 while Harvard has won the last 2. Harvard is actually on a 20-game winning streak. They haven’t lost since October 26, 2013 when Princeton came out victorious 51-48 in triple OT! Harvard won last year 23-12. Computer Hope

October 28, 2015 Posted by | Arizona St., Auburn, Big Games, California, Colorado St., Dartmouth, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Harvard, Kentucky, Miami-FL, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Must See Games, Navy, NCAA, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Pittsburgh, San Diego St., South Florida, Stanford, TCU, Temple, Tennessee, Texas Tech, USC, Washington St., Week 9, West Virginia | Leave a comment