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Inside 50 Days

We are now inside 50 day until selection Sunday. To the common man, that’s just a gentle reminder. But to a guy like me, it’s a day I have circled and highlighted on my calendar.

Selection Sunday is in my opinion, a national holiday, and is one of the best days of the year. There are some teams that I know are legit 1 seeds, then there are teams with resumes worth noting that could get the top seed or even a 2 or 3 seed. This year’s field is one of the most unpredictable, which makes me happy as a clam. It’s going to be an exciting March to say the least. So let’s look at some teams who I think will be a top 3 seed.

Here are a couple notes I have about the 1 and 2 seeds thus far. I am projecting a couple things with them. For the fourth and final one in each one of the groupings, I have created a group called “The CUSP”. Meaning they are on the edge of being a 1 or 2 seed.

1 Seeds:

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  • Kansas: Bill Self and the Jayhawks are a perennial 1 seed choice. It seems like these fellas are in this position every season. In fact, they’ve won 12 straight Big 12 regular season titles, and 7 of those regular season titles have transferred into Big 12 Tourney Titles. With just 1 blemish on the record thus far this season, the Jayhawks look to be locking up a 1 seed once again this season.

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  • Villanova: The reigning champs look as good as ever. Jay Wright’s team looks poised to make another run at the crown. Josh Hart looks like one of the favorites for the Wooden Award as well, as he averages 19 points a night. An interesting matchup with Virginia coming up could really bolster that résumé for the Wildcats. If they do win that matchup, then I will say this, Nova could really take over that number 1 overall spot.

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  • UCLA: While the Bruins lost a home contest the other night to Arizona, I love their chances to take a 1 seed. Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford are two names to watch, especially come tourney time. They are an awesome duo to watch. They, along with TJ Leaf and Isaac Hamilton average over 30 minutes a night, so you know the bench could be a factor if they get into foul trouble. But with a stud like Ball, anything is possible.

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  • The CUSP: In my honest opinion, the final 1 seed could come down to 3 teams. Those 3 teams being Kentucky, Baylor and Gonzaga. My gut feeling says if the Zags stay unbeaten, then they get the 1 seed. But if they drop just 1 game and Kentucky wins the SEC, the Wildcats get it. Baylor is in trouble since they have Kansas and WVU in their conference. I am sorry but whenever Gonzaga a 1 seed, they get to the Sweet 16 and lose. Give the Kentucky Wildcats and the best player in the country, Malik Monk, the 1 seed.

2 Seeds:

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  • North Carolina: The Tar Heels, in my honest opinion, is the team that has underachieved this season. They lost Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, who were the top guys last year. Justin Jackson looks to be coming into his own, and with the addition of Theo Pinson, who missed a majority of this season, the Heels look poised to make a run. Kennedy Meeks is a guy who just doesn’t do it for me; he needs to step up big time. And I really think if you can get the young freshman Tony Bradley going, the Heels could even steal a 1 seed. But I like them at the 2 for now.
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  • Creighton: 1 loss on the season for the Blue Jays. Wow is the word I describe them with for their start. I think Coach Mac has something special in guard Marcus Foster, who averages 18 a night. This kid is a game-breaker and reminds me of guards who have single-handedly taken their teams to the promise land. If they can somehow beat Nova again, maybe that run goes even further. Coach Mac has something great over there and something that could continue to be great for years to come.
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  • Arizona: Now you’re probably saying, “Jack are you pulling my leg with this?” I most certainly am not. The Wildcats look legit now that Allonzo Trier is back. Trier was once said to be done for the year due to a suspension. But after he won his appeal, the Wildcats took down UCLA in Triers opening contest and he scored 12 points. Is Arizona back? I think so.
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  • The CUSP: There are plenty of teams that you could make the argument for in this position. I like two teams in this spot right now, those being Florida State and West Virginia. Bob Huggins and WVU look really good, and are looking like they have the goods to go deep. Florida State, in my opinion, is a sleeper. The Seminoles will go as far as Dwayne Bacon will take them, he’s an future star but if he can be stopped, then the Noles are in trouble. For the Moutaineers, a lot more will be needed to be done to stop them. They have somewhere in between 8 and 10 guys who will go out and give it their all. That depth will get Bob Huggins deep into the tourney.

I leave out such teams like Oregon, Duke and Louisville. Oregon is going to miss Dillon Brooks a lot, he takes them to the elite level. Without him, they look very shaky.

Duke needs to figure it out, and everyone needs to get off Grayson Allen’s back. They have a kid in Luke Kennard who can take them places like Allen once did.

Lastly, Louisville needs Quentin Snider to step up, if he doesn’t then the Cardinals are done for. Too bad Damion Lee is a Boston Celtic, that kid would have elevated them into the top 5 and even the top 3 conversation.

So if you have any questions, comments or concerns, tweet at me @jcorsi11 or throw something in the comments. But until next week, stay handsome my friends.

 

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Shocktober At Its Finest

When we look at the month of October in the world of College Football, I like to name the month Shocktober. No not because Halloween is coming up, but for a different reason. Shocktober in college football is the meaning of upset central, top teams being shocked in their home stadium or on the road. And last week we saw a major shakeup in the rankings as the team in the second position was shocked by a hated rival!

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The Buckeyes of Ohio State were shocked in Happy Valley by Penn State. I am just as shocked as pretty much everyone, I DID NOT see this coming. This throws a major wrench in the grand scheme of things. Ohio State falls unexpectedly and goes from 1st to 3rd in the Big 10 East standings. This opens the door big time for not only just Penn State, but for Michigan as well. Michigan remained unbeaten last weekend and now owns sole possession of the top spot in the Big 10 East. Now that final week rivalry game in Columbus means the division will be on the line, Penn State has to remain with one loss to have a chance. They were blown out by Michigan earlier this season, they’ll need help from the Buckeyes in the final week of the year.

Next off, I am 2-0 in my lock of the week picks the last two weeks. I am FIRED up about that, but due to the happenings of Shocktober, I ended last week 2-3. Not how I was thinking I would finish. But it is what is, life goes on.

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My lock this week comes from the Big 12. I love the Baylor Bears on the road against the Texas Longhorns. This could be the nail in the coffin of the Charlie Strong tenure at Texas. Baylor should win this game convincingly. The Bears are sneaking up the polls right now, and with some help and if they do their job could find themselves in the top 5 by the end of the weekend. Texas showed shines of greatness in week 1, but since have been just piss poor. Longhorns might give up 50 at home on Saturday.

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Now in one of the possible games of the week, we see Nebraska take on Wisconsin live from Camp Randall. The 7 ranked Cornhuskers have been a team I have been keeping my eye on all season. I think it could be safe to say that the Huskers have returned to the elite of the college football world. Tommy Armstrong is something else at quarterback and may lead the Huskers back to glory. Looking at the history books, the Badgers have won 3 in a row dating back to 2012, one of those being a Big 10 title game. This is the highest ranked match-up of the two since 2011, the Badgers were ranked 7 and the Huskers were ranked 8. I think we are in for an exciting one here.

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The fourth ranked Washington Huskies travel to Utah to take on the 17th ranked Utes, in a huge Pac-12 match. Washington is a team that has silenced the doubters(including me) with an elite defense and a stellar QB. Jake Browning has been nothing short of spectacular, and is honestly a Heisman hopeful. The last big named Jake the Huskies trotted out was Jake Locker(remember him?). This is the biggest game left on the Huskies schedule, and if they win this one they could probably punch that playoff ticket. They, in my opinion, control their own destiny. We could see a rematch in the Pac-12 title game too! Man, someone call Goddell, this is how it is done.

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Now the heavyweight matchup in the ACC pits number 3 Clemson heading into Bobby Bowden field to take on the 12th ranked Seminoles. If I am a Louisville fan, I am watching this one closely. You need a Florida State victory, I really think thats the only way they get into the playoff. The Seminoles have won 3 out of the last 4 too, and won the last two meetings from Tallahassee. Deshaun Watson has to be perfect in this game, this cannot be a repeat of the NC State game. You cannot, I repeat cannot play from behind at Doak-Campbell. This has major ACC implications, and well it is the last weekend of Shocktober, so lets see some SHOCKING events.

It’s Picking Time! ESPN wouldn’t open for me this week, so I left out the records of the clubs. But here are the picks!

LOCK (8) Baylor 48-Texas 10

(4) Washington 31-(17) Utah 17

(7) Nebraska 24-(11) Wisconsin 16

(12) Florida State 35-(3) Clemson 24

Oklahoma State 54-(10) West Virginia 48

I like the favorites, can you blame me?

I think the Heisman is a three man race right now between Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and Jabrill Peppers. Peppers has climbed the ladder, and has really impressed me after the last couple weeks. I think Jake Browning might be in the top 3 if he comes up big in Utah this weekend.

 

CFP Contenders and Pretenders

Week 5 is now and the books and more questions, or prayers, have been answered. This was a huge week for the landscape of college football and giving us a better understanding of who is a pretender and who is a contender in this year’s college football playoff race. The committee is quietly waiting in the wind for November 1st to release the first college football playoff ranking, but it is never too early to speculate what they might be thinking. What we learned last week is Stanford can’t win the big game, Clemson still rules the ACC, and the Michigan vs. Ohio State game in late November will decide everything. So let’s see who the contenders and pretenders are for this year’s college football playoff.

Contenders:

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SEC:

Alabama: Roll Tide is rolling once again and there is no surprises about that, Nick Saban and the boys are cruising to an SEC west title once again. They haven’t faced there toughest opponents just yet, but based on everything I have seen they will win out and get into the playoff as the number 1 seed. Bama puts up plenty of points and smothers opponents constantly on defense. Their kryptonite the last few years has been Ole Miss, and the Tide took care of them already this season. I hate Alabama with pure passion, but we’ll be seeing them in the playoff.

Tennessee: The Volunteers are flying high after a huge last second Hail Mary victory over Georgia last week, and the Vols have had Lady Luck on their side all year. To me Tennessee was a pretender before last week, but Josh Dobbs is balling out so far this year, and as long as he keeps it up Tennessee is on the fast track to the SEC title game against Alabama. The reason they aren’t a pretender still is because anything can happen in a title game. Alabama will probably beat Tennessee by 28+ but you just never know.

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ACC:

Clemson: First and foremost I am still shaking from Saturday’s game against Louisville. Clemson put on an absolute show in the second quarter to get themselves to a 28-10 halftime lead, and I was well aware it wasn’t over. Louisville fought back aggressively in the third to regain the lead 36-28, but Dabo rallied the boys for the fourth quarter and led them to a 42-36 victory in Death Valley. Clemson was supposed to be this good and they are finally playing like it again. A tough road test in Tallahassee in a few weeks stands between Clemson and the ACC title game, assuming no slip ups from here on out, but let’s all knock on some wood.

Louisville: What Louisville proved to me on Saturday night was that if they win out, which would mean a huge road victory over Houston, they could potentially be a top 4 team in the country by the final college football playoff vote. They need Clemson to lose twice to get into the ACC championship game, so that seems unlikely, but the committee could absolutely put in a 1 loss Louisville team with Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Louisville gained enormous amount of respect from me after Saturday, but better luck next year Cardinals.

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BIG 10:

Ohio State: Need I say more? It just comes with the name at this point, but the Buckeyes are nasty yet again. JT Barrett is having a stellar season and has led OSU to number 2 in the nation to this point. What will get the Buckeyes into the college football playoff? A big win over…

Michigan: A tough road lies ahead with Michigan St, Iowa, and Ohio St all on the schedule but I believe the Wolverines will get to the final week of the season undefeated. And as it is for Ohio State, Michigan needs a win in that huge rivalry game to get into the playoff. I really hope we get those two undefeated for that game.

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Big 12:

Better luck next year!!

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Pac 12:

Washington: I never thought Stanford was going to lose to Washington, let alone that badly, but here we are with Washington as a legitimate college football playoff contender. The Huskies have gotten extraordinary quarterback play from Jake Browning. The Huskies just need to win out and they are in no questions asked, but can they do it?

Group of 5:

Houston: Win out, beat Louisville, and pray to God that Oklahoma wins out as well. Houston can go undefeated but being in the AAC is making it tough for them, time to move to the Big 12. Good luck Houston, you deserve to get in if you are undefeated, but will the committee allow that?

Pretenders:

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Texas A&M: The Aggies are good don’t get me wrong, but they cannot beat Alabama, and that is what separates them from the playoff. A&M has a huge home game this week against Tennessee and they could absolutely win that, but being in the SEC west is tough because of the likes of Alabama. I actually see the Aggies winning against Tennessee, but not the SEC west.

Florida: A huge lead over Tennessee wasn’t enough for the Gators to win, so they are out, unless by some miracle they win out and Tennessee loses twice and the Gators beat Bama, good luck to them.

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ACC:

Florida State: 63-20 loss to Louisville and another loss this week to North Carolina, smell ya later Seminoles.

Miami: Plain and simple this team hasn’t really beaten anybody that great and I don’t think they’ll even get to the ACC title game. I believe North Carolina will beat the Hurricanes and then Miami will probably fall off and finish like 9-3 or something.

North Carolina: They must win out and then beat either Clemson or Louisville in the ACC title game, no chance they do both.

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BIG 10:

Nebraska: 5-0 isn’t bad, playing Michigan or Ohio State in the B1G title game is.

Wisconsin: They have the best chance out of the B1G west, but Wisconsin couldn’t beat Michigan last week on a bad day for Michigan. But there is a chance, if they get to the title game anything could happen, but I don’t see it for the Badgers.

Iowa: They lost to North Dakota State, a very good team mind you, but how you going to lose to the Bison at home and expect to beat Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan and then win the B1G title game? Answer is you’re not.

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Big 12:

Baylor: Narrowly escaping Iowa State, real impressive.

West Virginia: Apparently they are 4-0, but who knew.

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Pac 12:

Stanford: We all saw what Washington did to them, that’ll demoralize any team, they’ll lose again, I promise.

Utah: The Utes love having a solid start and then falling off the face of the earth once people start to recognize them. They won’t do anything with their season, maybe win the Las Vegas Bowl over New Mexico or someone stupid.

My playoff prediction after week 5 is Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Washington. Who do you have?

Week 4 preview

Last week I hit the .500 mark. I had Michigan and Virginia Tech. Michigan did their job and blew out UCF badly. UCF may have not gotten off the bus and let the JV squad play. While Virginia Tech was blown away at Bristol Motor Speedway by Tennessee. But hey, a 1-1 record is something I will take into this week. We got ourselves some great games.

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Let’s start at the noontime games with number 2 Florida State heading into Louisville to take on the 10th ranked Cardinals. The story in this game is Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson. This kid is the closest thing we have seen to Michael Vick since well, Michael Vick. Except he might be a little bit better. Jackson has 7 passing TD’s and 6 rushing TD’s so far this season, better yet he had 4 in the FIRST QUARTER LAST WEEK. This is Jackson’s first formidable test of the season. I think this could be the biggest game of his career. This also could be the ACC game of the year if we get a thriller. The Jackson vs FSU defense is something to watch for.

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At 3:30, the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will head to Oxford to take on the 19th ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Ole Miss has had ‘Bama’s number the last couple seasons, and honestly they may have it again. Chad Kelly is a guy to watch this week. He could be the catalyst that leads the Rebels to victory. But don’t count out the Tide and WR ArDarius Stewart. Stewart is the next guy in the elite line of ‘Bama wideouts.

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Two BIG 10 vs PAC 12 matchup’s also highlight the 3:30 games. Michigan comes in ranked 4th and they face the Buffaloes from Colorado. Michigan has arguably their first toughest task of the season, but if they do the job right, this game could be a blowout. The other game I will mention is number 22 Oregon heading to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers. Nebraska comes in favorites by 3 points, and let’s say if I was a betting man (and I am), I would take Nebraska. This is a game that brings the Huskers back to prominence. I was down on them before the year, but they can really prove something with a W.

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A rivalry is renewed when the 12th ranked Spartans of Michigan State travel to South Bend to take on the 18th ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The story is DeShone Kizer, the elusive QB of the Irish. This kid has the talent in the world, and why not showcase it this weekend against the hated Spartans. This could be a party that has Kizer’s name written all over it, and help solidify him as a favorite for the Heisman.

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Ding, ding, ding. We have a HEAVYWEIGHT MATCHUP in Norman, Oklahoma. As the 14th ranked Oklahoma Sooners play host to the 3rd ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State. This is a battle of Hall Of Fame coaches, and two elite college QBs. I have been an Oklahoma guy this year because of Baker Mayfield, he is the x-factor for the Sooners. If he can’t pick up the slack, the running game of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon will have to take care of the load. JT Barrett of OSU is dangerous and could be looking to WR Curtis Samuel a ton in this game. I think this could be OU’s last chance to make the playoff, you are reading that right, the last chance.

My Picks:

Florida State over Louisville: 38-34

Alabama over Ole Miss: 28-17

Michigan over Colorado: 42-14

Notre Dame over Michigan State: 34-21

Nebraska over Oregon: 24-17

Oklahoma over Ohio State: 31-24

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-Jack Corsi (@corsi_light)

Just A Bit Outside

For weeks and weeks on end, I have lived in a hole, sitting, waiting and wishing for College Football to come back into my life. Now this weekend, WE GET IT BACK! Okay, we got to see Cal and Hawaii put up a zillion points but that wasn’t worth it. I’m talking the big time, the Alabama’s and the Florida State’s of the world are about to lace up the cleats and play some good ole football.

This week, I look at the a couple teams that will miss the playoff by just the smallest bit. So in the words of Blink-182, “So sorry, it’s over”. Here are the two teams that I think get left out in the cold when it all comes down to playoff selection.

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My first selection will be the Florida State Seminoles. This years club has been said to be better than the clubs led by Famous Jameis Winston. I find that hard to believe. With DeShaun Watson still in the fold in the ACC, I find it tough for Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles to win their division, let alone the conference. I have them winning their opener against Ole Miss, but this Florida State club could EASILY drop that game. That game, and the season in my opinion, will fall on the shoulders of Dalvin Cook. If Cook is to get shut down by one of the able-bodied defenses of the ACC, then FSU is in trouble. I don’t have them winning too much and will probably be playing in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl when it all comes down to it.

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The other club that I see on the outside looking in is the LSU Tigers. Now many experts are picking the Tigers to join Alabama as the other SEC team to make this set of 4. I don’t see it that way. I really think if you do not win your conference or somehow prove yourself in the conference title game, you have no business in the playoff. The only way LSU gets in is if ‘Bama is to fall to whoever they play in the SEC title game. But if that is the case, that said team from the SEC East could be the team that enters the fold and leaving the Tigers outside. Like Florida State, the LSU attack will rely on a RB, but this time it’s Leonard Fournette. This guy should have won the Heisman last season, then he faced Alabama and curled up next to the fire and fell asleep. He literally fell asleep and didn’t perform for the rest of the season. This team is in much more of a hole if Fournette doesn’t perform. With that being said, he is a huge part of this team.

I really don’t have a clue who the Final Four will be. I honestly think that Oklahoma and Alabama are two of them, but besides them, I really do not know who the other two could be in the end.

You don’t like what I have or have a separate set of teams on the outside ? Shoot me a comment. Let me know. I want to here opinions.

Next week, I will recap and preview. Get ready folks, we are about to take a ride on the WILD SIDE. Mötley Crüe reference there, that is something everyone can enjoy.

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-Jack Corsi (@corsi_light)

 

 

Trial By Fire: NCAAF Week 1

Months and months have pasted since Alabama defeated Clemson, but now our college football fix will be fed this weekend. How so Jack? Is ESPN Classic running a classic games marathon or is ESPN running those spring game replays? NOPE! WE ACTUALLY GET REAL LIFE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEXT WEEKEND. Yes, I needed to use all caps because I am as hyped as Rob Gronkowski, Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder combined (I don’t get hyped, I stay hyped).

The opening weekend of games will be dubbed “Trial By Fire”. Some of the top teams in all of college football will immediately be put to the test. Dream games, games you could only think of happening on NCAA 2014 (I think that was the last one). So let’s get to it with our first game of the few I will speak of.

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“The number 1 team in all of the land.” The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the 20th ranked USC Trojans. This game will take place from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. This game will be a true test for the Tide and the throne that they will be defending. ‘Bama comes in with a new QB, but with Nick Saban at the helm, they should come in looking pretty darn good. USC comes in coached by a man named Clay Helton. Helton took over mid-season last year due to the firing of Coach Steve Sarkisian. I am not going to lie to you, this one could get ugly quickly. I think the Trojans are lucky to be playing in Arlington instead of Tuscaloosa. If this game was in Tuscaloosa, then I think that the Tide win this game by 25-30 points. Even now with it being at a neutral site, I think the Tide could have this game won by halftime.

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Let’s stay in Texas but head over to NRG Stadium in Houston for the tilt between the number 15th ranked Houston Cougars and the number 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Houston was robbed of a perfect season last year by a trick play courtesy of the UConn Huskies. But folks the Cougars look pretty good again. Many are saying that Houston could be the next addition to the BIG 12, and a win at NRG Saturday afternoon could be the icing on the cake. But there is only one problem, and that problem is the Oklahoma Sooners. The last time the two met, the Sooners skinned the Cougars 63-13. Yes that was in 2004, but if history repeats itself, the Cougars will most certainly look weak after a triumphant 2015 campaign.

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Texas is hosting another one of the big games this weekend, as the 10th ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame head down to take on the Texas Longhorns. I will be honest, this game is the biggest game of the Longhorns season, and it will prove to be the test on whether or not Charlie Strong keeps his job. It is just plain and simple, this is the biggest game of Strong’s career as coach of the Texas Longhorns. I am shocked that the Irish have yet to pick a QB heading into this season. You have DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, who are both capable of being stud QB’s for the Irish. But coach Brian Kelly has yet to make a decision. Could this be costly for the Irish on Sunday night? Yes this game is our FIRST official Sunday Night game of the football season.

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Now we head to the Georgia Dome for an ACC-SEC matchup between the 18th ranked Georgia Bulldogs and the 22nd ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. I am thrilled by this match-up and think we are in for a real treat with these two clubs. I really don’t know who I like in this game. Last time the two met was in 1973 and the final score was 7-3 in favor of UGA. So let’s not take that score into consideration at all. This should be a great football game with a lot of playoff implications on the line. The loser of this one might as well look at the bowl schedule for around Christmas time. Why? You lose this game and you can kiss this playoff hopes goodbye.

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Then we get a game on Monday night! Yes! Three nights of college football! The 11th ranked Ole Miss Rebels travel to take on the 4th ranked Florida State Seminoles. I LOVE this match-up for Florida State. The ‘Noles has arguably one of the toughest teams and one of the best running backs in all of the nation. So why not put them to showcase on Monday night against Ole Miss? The Rebels will rely on the QB play of senior Chad Kelly. Kelly is a gunslinger and could easily keep the Rebels alive in this game. He will need to be at his best just to keep up with the explosiveness of Dalvin Cook.

MY PICKS:

‘Bama over USC 43-17

Oklahoma over Houston 31-20

Notre Dame over Texas 28-10

UNC over Georgia 24-21

FSU over Ole Miss 38-28

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ACC Preview: Who is the Favorite?

To some, it’s just a regular Saturday of doing yard work and drinking beer. But to me, Saturday, beside being for the boys, is all about college football. College football during the fall is easily something I look forward to every week. Never a bad match up, and always, I mean always, a chance of someone getting upset. This week I take a closer look at the ACC, or to the yuppies out there, the Atlantic Coast Conference. Real football fans know this conference as the ACC, those fans tune into them every Saturday.

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Last season, the ACC had Clemson go nearly all the way, too bad they ran into Alabama. Deshaun Watson, the Tigers QB, is back again this season and looking to wreak havoc both on the ground and threw the air. Coach Dabo Swinney is going to need a lot of guts on defense, the man is known for BYOG, he will bring it. Losing Shaq Lawson could be bigger than what we think since he was a pivotal piece to the Tigers attack. I like Clemson to be the team to beat again in the ACC.

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North Carolina, yes I said it, the Tar Heels are another team to watch. The Heels nearly knocked off Clemson in the ACC title game last season. But some suspect officiating cost them late. Coach Larry Fedora had a team full of fighters last year and will probably look to capitalize on that this season. The Heels finished the year with a tough loss to Baylor, but let’s just say if that call isn’t blown against Clemson, they could have made a case for the playoff. They lost Marquise Williams, their starting QB, so their will be a competition there before the season begins. The Heels could be in or out of contention solely based of their QB play.

497174384.jpgThe cream of the crop is usually Florida State, coached by Jimbo Fisher. Jimbo and the Seminoles fell victim to Clemson last season and will look to rebound this time around. Dalvin Cook is a Heisman hopeful and was everything for them last year. This kid is a purebred running back and Fisher has something special in Cook. Fisher will probably trot out Sean Maguire to start the year, but their is a freshman hopeful in Deondre Francois. Fisher has a lot of thinking to do before his Seminoles take on Ole Miss.

The team who I think could return to dominance is Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer retired and retired in style with two huge wins to end the year. Justin Fuente is the new coach, Feunte coached Memphis the last two seasons and was impressive for the Tigers. But this is big boy ball now, the American Conference is weaker than the ACC. Feunte will need that style to transfer if not, Tech could be in trouble. This team nearly beat Ohio State too last year, hmm maybe Hokie football could be back.

500248560For us New Englanders, we have Boston College. BC had one of the best defenses in the country last year. But their offense was about as good as my whiffle ball record against my younger brother (not good). Steve Addazio is on the hot seat, but I really can’t place a majority of the blame on him. The Eagles had a few chances last year in big games, but the offense cost them majorly. Hopefully Addazio and the new Offensive and Defensive Coordinator can bring the Eagles out of mediocrity. I like the Eagles to get at least a conference win this year.

My pick right now for the Atlantic division will be Clemson. Watson is too good to pick against. For the Coastal division, I really want to pick Virginia Tech. But I like Carolina and coach Larry Fedora, the Heels are a team on the rise and could be the 1 loss for Clemson.

Atlantic Division

Clemson 12-0 (8-0)

Florida State 10-2 (7-1)

Louisville 9-3 (5-3)

Wake Forest 6-6 (3-5)

NC State 4-8 (2-6)

Boston College 3-9 (1-7)

Syracuse 3-9 (0-8)

Coastal Division

North Carolina 11-1 (8-0)

Pittsburgh 8-4 (6-2)

Virginia Tech 8-4 (5-3)

Duke 8-4 (4-4)

Miami 6-6 (4-4)

Georgia Tech 4-8 (2-6)

Virginia 3-9 (1-7)

Conference Championship

North Carolina over Clemson

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