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Rambling On

As we head into this week of the college football season, one thing is for sure, I cannot break the .500 mark. I went 3-3 on my picks last week. This week, I will go above .500 and get the winning streak going. So here go!

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For Ole Miss, this is the biggest game of their season with the Georgia Bulldogs coming to town. I like the matchup, it’s a classic cross divisional matchup between two SEC powers. Chad Kelly for Ole Miss has to be darn near perfect for the Rebels. On the other side, win or lose, Nick Chubb should be electric. This kid really needs to pick it up. This game will most likely be a shootout between two teams with playoffs hopes. Ole Miss takes the L here and they’re basically done, but it’s going to be a high scoring affair.

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Before the season, no one had Wisconsin in the top 25, now they stand at 11. This week, they head to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. The Spartans are coming off an emotional victory over Notre Dame and hope to continue that momentum. Wisconsin sat down Bart Houston last week, but I don’t expect him to be out for too much longer. But Tyler O’Conner for Sparty might be the X-Factor in this game. He’s a kid that can be the next big QB. He can solidify himself with a win over the Badgers. Being at home really could be the difference in this one, it’s a typical BIG 10 game. Home-field means everything in one of these games and it’s going to matter in this one.

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My lock of the week involves the Stanford Cardinals. The Cardinals stand inside the top 10 and have a trip to UCLA coming up this weekend. Christian McCaffrey is going to have himself a field day as David Shaw’s Stanford team is going to run all over the Bruins in this one.

Along with the games I mentioned, I will be adding in some quick picks as well.

(12) Georgia 43-(23) Ole Miss 27
(8) Michigan State 27- (11) Wisconsin 14
(7) Stanford 37- UCLA 17
(19) Florida 24-(14) Tennessee 17
(16) Baylor 56- Oklahoma State 38
(10) Texas A&M 35-(17) Arkansas 24
Arizona 35-(9)Washington 32

I have an upset as a part of my quick picks. I am not a believer the Huskies.

Heisman quick rankings
1. Lamar Jackson
2. Christian McCafferey
3. J.T. Barrett

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-Jack Corsi (@corsi_light)

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The Round Up and Look Into Week 2

WOW! ESPN was not wrong when they said this would be the best opening weekend of games. A bunch of teams impressed me and a few shocked me. I have to say, usually with a bunch of nationally televised games, you usually get a dud or two in there. This time around, there wasn’t a dud among the diamonds. My official record for picks for the weekend was 2-3. Not the best, but I will most certainly take it. This week however there are not many pickable games, so that sort of stinks. But let’s recap what we saw in Week 1.

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I told you Alabama would roll, and the Tide rolled to a blowout victory over USC. It will be interesting to see how USC responds after this embarrassing loss. ‘Bama did not look good in the first half, but turned it on in the second half. Thats the tale of Nick Saban’s career, always having a team that could do a lot more in the first half. Then comes out in the second half and blows the victim out of the water.

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Greg Ward Jr. and Nick Chubb will both be names to watch in the Heisman race. Both guys were big parts for their teams getting the job done in their neutral site wars. Chubb, may have overtaken Leonard Fournette as the best RB in the SEC with his performance against UNC. For Ward Jr., he led Houston over OU, and I got to say came to play. Get that team in the Big 12, they deserve it.

at Lambeau Field on September 3, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

LSU and Wisconsin was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. Corey Clement and Bart Houston are names to watch folks, that’s the RB and QB combo for the Badgers. How in the world I overlooked this one, especially with it being from Lambeau is mind-blowing. Leonard Fournette was stuffed like a turkey, and could not get anything other than a 30 yard burst in the second half.

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FSU and Texas both overcame insurmountable odds too. I picked FSU and was pumped to see that comeback. But whenever ND loses, I get a lot happier. Texas is back folks. Good for head coach Charlie Strong. If QB Shane Buechele continues to sling the rock around with Tyrone Swoopes in the wildcat, the Longhorns are a scary bunch to watch.

599438004So let’s get to the 2 games I really like in Week 2.

First game will be live from Bristol Motor Speedway as the 17th ranked Tennessee Volunteers faces the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies. Both teams were very underwhelming in their openers because they had step-stool games. But now this is where you lay down the lumber. Especially for the Hokies and QB Jerod Evans, if you win in Knoxville you can be considered a massive threat. This game is a coin flip for me, it’s also a big game for Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs. Dobbs needs to be the X-factor for the Vols, I just don’t know if he has it in him.

The other game comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 5th ranked Michigan Wolverines get the UCF Knights. Both teams are coming off blowout victories and will look to capitalize on that momentum. I really like Michigan based off home field advantage, UCF might really get overwhelmed by the Big House. UCF QB Justin Holman had 2 TD’s last week, but threw 14-28, those are Sam Bradford numbers. He is going to have to be a lot better this week if the Knights want a chance. I like Harbaugh and the Wolverines by at least 10.

My Picks

VA Tech over Tennessee: 24-14

Michigan over UCF: 38-10

I would give a quick little Heisman breakdown, but it’s only week 2. I will have one by week 4 at the earliest. That’s usually when the contenders come out to play.

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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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Southern Ball, The SEC

This conference owns CBS on Saturdays and is arguably the most dominant conference in college football history. No, I’m not talking about the Mountain West, I’m talking about the SEC. Good, ole southern boys playing southern style football. Every program has a long line of excellence, and has been dominant at different points over the last century. Last year we saw Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide once again take home College Footballs ultimate crown. But do the Tide have enough in the tank to repeat? Let’s find out!

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First things first, Nick Saban is the best coach in all of college football. If you think differently, then you are probably a moron. The man led a team with Jake Coker as the QB to a title last year. Coker isn’t a Heisman trophy style QB, but he got the job done. When you think ‘Bama, you think hard-nosed run game and hard hitting defense. They boast both of those, even with no Derrick Henry in the backfield this season. Circle the matchup with LSU right now. I’m telling you that this could be the conference game of the year. Calvin Ridley is a big name receiver to watch, but with David Cornwell at QB, things could be different. That defense with Jeremy Pruitt at the helm also could be something to watch. That offense should be the same with Lane Kiffin still at the reigns. ‘Bama is the team to watch as the number one ranked team in the country. Look for their opener against USC live from the Colosseum.

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Speaking of circling games, let’s talk about the LSU Tigers. The Fighting Tigers are their real name which is astounding that people don’t know that. Sorry, weird fact for the day. Now LSU arguably has the best running back in all of college football, Leonard Fournette. Fournette was at once unstoppable last year. He was running for 100 yards in 26 seconds in some games last year. Then ‘Bama came along and broke Fournette’s spirit and was never the same. This kid will probably be a top 7 pick in next year’s draft, but he needs to prove himself big time in the big game. That proving ground is November 5th in Death Valley, when the Crimson Tide come to town. That will be the make or break game for LSU. This game will be another chess match of Saban vs. Les Miles, per usual, a battle of the ages. Who comes out on top?

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Mark Richt is no longer the head coach over in Athens, Georgia for the Georgia Bulldogs. Kirby Smart is the new man in charge for the dogs. Smart was the Defensive Coordinator for Alabama dating back to 2008. The man knows a thing or two about coaching a great defense. He certainly can turn this Georgia team around after last year’s disappointing finish. 10-3 record last season? Yes, but the Georgia faithful may consider that disappointing after what looked to be a promising season for the Bulldogs. Do I think Smart comes in and tears the roof off the house? I really don’t know. He’s got some big name recruits coming in, including the number one tight end and number one QB. But names only matter on paper, it’s how you play that wins you games. I’m not completely sold on Georgia just yet. The opening matchup with Larry Fedora’s North Carolina Tar Heels is where you can lay down the lumber for a successful season. Win that game at the Georgia Dome and you might be in business. Let’s see how Georgia is after that game and then we can discuss if the Bulldogs are a credible threat in the SEC.

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Before I hit you with my picks, I want to say a little bit about the Tennessee Volunteers. Butch Jones has been known to cost his team with boneheaded coaching moves. But with the signing of defensive coordinator Bob Schoop, the Vol’s might be singing a lot more of Rocky Top this season. The Vol’s have a stellar recruiting class, and arguably a Defensive Coordinator that could scheme a top 5 defense in the country. But again, names are just letters put together that make sense. I need action, and some sort of productivity on the field. If they can put it all together and make something happen, be ready for the return of the Vol’s. If not, Butch Jones could find himself on the hot seat. I think this team could be the one to show people that they aren’t a fluke and mean business. I really believe that this is the resurgence of the Vol’s program, but I already said that I need them to prove it to me, and I think they will.

SEC East

  1. Tennessee Volunteers 10-2 (6-2)
  2. Georgia Bulldogs 8-4 (5-3)
  3. Florida Gators 7-5 (4-4)
  4. Vanderbilt Commodores 6-6 (3-6)
  5. Missouri Tigers 5-7 (2-6)
  6. Kentucky Wildcats 5-7 (2-6)
  7. South Carolina 4-8 (1-7)

SEC West

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide 11-1 (7-1)
  2. LSU Fighting Tigers 10-2 (7-1)
  3. Texas A&M Aggies 9-3 (5-3)
  4. Ole Miss Rebels 8-4 (5-3)
  5. Arkansas Razorbacks 7-5 (4-4)
  6. Auburn Tigers 6-6 (3-5)
  7. Mississippi State Bulldogs 6-6 (2-6)

Championship

‘Bama over Tennessee in a close one, this could honestly be the game of the year.

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