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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

 

 

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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)

 

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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-Jack Corsi (@corsi_light)