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Trimming The Fat

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, we have reached the biggest point of the college football season. It is time to begin what I like to call the “Trimming Of The Fat” stage of the season. The phrase comes from the MTV Challenge: The Gauntlet III, and by one of my favorite contestants, CT. It was a movement that was used to get rid of the weakest links in the competition. I think that phrase and idea can be used here as we get down to it in Week 8 of this college football season.

at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Last week, we saw a number of things. Lets start in Knoxville, with Alabama and QB Jalen Hurts putting up 49 points on the Vols. Alabama this week gets Trevor Knight and the Texas A&M Aggies, which I will be previewing later on in the post. We also saw a Buckeye comeback in Madison, as Urban Meyer coached the Buckeyes back to defeat the Badger in heroic fashion. And FINALLY my lock of the week won, as Clemson got some help from a boneheaded kicker. The Tigers got the 24-17 victory in overtime, as NC State had a suspect play call in the overtime period.

My overall pick record last week was 5-1. Yes, you are reading that right, I had one lone defeat. Not a bad week for your pal. This week I look for the same luck, and maybe I go with an upset or two of some of the big teams.

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Let’s start off in Tuscaloosa, as “The number one team in all of the land”, the Alabama Crimson Tide, take on the Sixth ranked Aggies of Texas A&M. I LOVE this game. I truly think if anyone is to beat the Tide, it will be A&M. My reasoning is this: the last time a stud QB went into Alabama and won, they had a superstar QB. That man was named Johnny Manziel and he played for Texas A&M. Well would you look at that, A&M and a stud QB, but this time around it’s Trevor Knight. A&M must beat that Bama defense, and they must limit Jalen Hurts to something in the 200 total yardage game. If they can do that, I think the Aggies can win this game.

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Now we head to Iowa City in a make or break match-up in the Big 10 West, between Iowa and number 10 Wisconsin. The Badgers have dropped back to back contests with Ohio State and Michigan, while the Hawkeyes are coming off a big win over Purdue. I think this game comes down to CJ Beathard against that Wisconsin defense. I think if Beathard can be successful, then the Hawkeyes will be the victors. Now on the other-side of the ball, this is a must win for the Badgers, especially with number 8 Nebraska on the docket next week. This could be the third loss out of 4 in four weeks for Wisconsin. This could be a major downfall for the Badgers.

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My LOCK of the week last week played NC State, and my LOCK of the week this time around will play NC State. This week, I love number 7 Louisville at home against the Wolfpack. I heard on last weeks broadcast, that NC State’s coaching staff believes they’re still one year away from being where they want to be. I totally agree with that, and that is why Louisville might put up about 700 points in this game.

So without further adieu, here are my picks for this week:

#6 (6-0) Texas A&M 37-# 1(7-0) Alabama 35

(5-2) Iowa 24-#10 (4-2) Wisconsin 14

#7 (5-1) Louisville 45- NC State 10

#14 (6-0) Boise State 38- (4-3) BYU 21

#2 (6-0) Ohio State 31-(4-2) Penn State 17

Need the Aggie win, just so we see analysts heads explode. If Bama is to win this game, let me tell you then, they will not lose another game this season. This is the game the empire falls.

Heisman is in the grasps of Lamar Jackson still. But I think Baker Mayfield and Deshaun Watson are totally in the mix. Do not, I repeat, do not count out JT Barrett. I am also on the Jabrill Peppers train, I think he could throw a wrench in the mix. But right now, it’s Jackson Time.

So until next week and until Saturday (they are for the boy don’t you forget that), I am Jack “Emperor Of Handsome” Corsi (@jcorsi11).

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Bend Not Break

Last week, we saw a mixture of everything. Heroics, controversy and blowouts highlighted in college football. We even had Lee Corso tears on College Gameday. I cried man tears watching him tear up. The way Trevor Knight is playing right now makes me believe that the Aggies are most certainly contenders. They played a thriller last week against Tennessee, and look to be the toughest test for number 1 Alabama.

So for me? Once again I am in neutrality, a 3-3 mark. UNC and Houston thoroughly let me down and well, Miami stunk up the joint. But enough about that, let’s hop right into this week.

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Let me start off with my LOCK of the week. I absolutely love the Clemson Tigers at home against North Carolina State. NC State got a gift win last week against Notre Dame. We all know that when it’s raining cats and dogs the Irish are basically useless. Clemson went into Chestnut Hill and destroyed Boston College. I think Clemson is a LOCK this week and the Wolfpack will look like a group of scared puppies. Look for Deshaun Watson to have a HUGE week, and the Tigers to roll.

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The luck of Tennessee ran out in College Station against the Texas A&M Aggies. This week the Vols need a big turn around game, but it won’t come easy as they get the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide are in for a tough test against Joshua Dobbs. Dobbs has been heroic all season long. He could be the new guy to take down the Tide, and join a list of names like Manziel, Newton, and Kelly. Remember: Saturday’s are for the boys…and for Saban. Coach Saban has been known to dash the hopes of the Volunteers. God bless the people who will miss this one, and the best part is Verne Lundquist is on the call.

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In this weeks primetime game of the week, we get the BIG 10 matchup of Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Buckeyes come in undefeated and have not lost to Wisconsin since 2010. Yes, that dates back to the days of Bret Bielma, Montee Ball, and John Clay, who are basically irrelevant now. This could be the biggest test of the Buckeyes season until they take on Michigan in the regular season finale. My big question is, will the Badgers be starting Bart Houston? The true freshman could really be crushed by the pressure, but Paul Chryst could start anyone in this huge matchup.

LOCK: Number 3 (6-0) Clemson 48 – (4-1) NC State 14

(4-2) UNC 24 – Number 16 (4-1) Miami 14

Number 1 (6-0) Alabama 34 – Number 9 (5-1) Tennessee 24

Number 13 (5-1) Houston 38 – (4-1) Tulsa 10

Number 12 (3-2) Ole Miss 36 – Number 22 (4-2) Arkansas 31

Number 2 (5-0) Ohio State 17 – Number 8 (4-1) Wisconsin 13 

My heisman favorite right now could be JT Barrett. I think Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight are making up some ground after last week. But Christian McCaffrey is in my opinion on the outs. Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson are very much alive. WHERE IS LEONARD FOURNETTE?

Until next week college football fans….

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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SEC:

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?

College Football Scores and Predictions

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have once again picked a group of duds and not diamond studs. I went a pitiful 1-4 record last week and I am ashamed of myself. But we have a new week, and a new Jack (figuratively speaking).

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My lone correct pick was Tennessee, thank you Josh Dobbs and that beautiful Hail Mary pass. That must have been the most beautiful ball I have ever seen thrown. That thing was spiraling beautifully into the receivers arms and I have to say, I shed somewhat of a tear. But no one else beside the Vols gave me help in the win column, so special shout-out to them.

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Houston sits right now at number 6 in the polls as they head to Annapolis and take on the Midshipmen of Navy. This my friends is my lock of the week. I LOVE the Cougars this week and QB Greg Ward. Ward is due for a 5-6 touchdown game, and I think it comes this week. Navy is 3-1 on the year, but they’re running into a freight train in Houston. Look for Houston and the over in this game. Houston is averaging 44 points, a game and they’re favored by 17.5 right now. Take them and the 17.5 like I am, its a LOCK.

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The QB dual of the week goes to Tennessee and Texas A&M. I am in agreement with the analyst (and everyone in the country) when I say these two teams are Alabama’s biggest threat in the SEC. So Jack, what is the match-up? We get Josh Dobbs vs Trevor Knight, and let me say that this is a heavyweight fight between two premier guys. I was down on Dobbs but man has he proved himself. While Knight is in a career resurgence since joining A&M. A&M are five point favorites in this one, that should shrink down to like 2-3 by Saturday, and I really am stuck when I have to make a pick on this one. It may come down to Tennessee defender Derek Barnett, he’s the X-factor in this one. I think this kid is a future first rounder but he needs to be a factor for the Vols to win this game.

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UNC was the team who decided to take my lock of the week and smash it relentlessly to pieces against Florida State last week. FSU storms back, takes the lead and it looks like rainbows and sunshine for my lock. Then BOOM, UNC daggers a FG late and the Heels were heading back to Chapel Hill with a victory. This week the Heels are ranked and await a matchup with Virginia Tech. Chapel Hill will be rocking when the 25th ranked Hokies come to town. This is the Mitch Trubisky coming out party. The Heel’s QB is on a roll this year with 13 TD’s and ZERO interceptions. The Hokies are unbeaten since getting smoked by Tennessee in Bristol, TN. They need a big game out of QB Jerod Evans, who has thrown 13 TD’s as well and just 1 INT. This game is a huge one in the ACC, and could cause a massive swing in the ACC standings.

Pick time, the first number before the team refers to ranking, then their record then the last number are the points scored.

6th ranked (5-0) Houston 52– (3-1) Navy 23

8th ranked (5-0) TAMU 42– 9th ranked (5-0) Tennessee 28

17th ranked  (4-1) UNC 45– 25th ranked (3-1) Va Tech 17

1st ranked (5-0) Alabama 35– 16th ranked (4-1) Arkansas 17

10th ranked (5-0) Miami 23– 23rd ranked (3-2) FSU 16

20th ranked (2-2) Oklahoma 48– (2-2) Texas 10