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Sweet and Elite

Wow. What a slew of games that we saw last week as a 1 and a couple of 2 seeds fell in this NCAA tournament. Villanova, Duke and Louisville all packed their bags early, heading back to their schools disappointed and ashamed.

Wisconsin, South Carolina and Michigan all have crashed the party and they did it in both dramatic and convincing fashion. We also have a clash of the titans in the south region, as seeds 1 through 4 all made it to the Sweet 16.

So let’s break down these sweet 16 games, and I will also give you my new picks for the final 4, since I had Duke in my final, my bracket is a bit busted. Here we go, let’s start up in the East.

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(8) Wisconsin vs (4) Florida

This is a great game that we would see in the Capital One Bowl during the college football season. Wisconsin led by Seniors Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes have brought Wisconsin back to the big time with their play in the first two games.  The Badgers have beaten Virginia Tech in a close one, and upset Villanova by 3 in a thriller.

Florida beat ETSU by 15 then smoked Virginia by 26. The Gators have been led by Junior forward Devin Robinson. Robinson has been a big time player for the Gators in this tournament. It’s an awesome matchup, and a tough one to pick. But I like Wisconsin in this one, that Senior leadership of Nigel Hayes is what will do it.

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I had neither of these teams in the Sweet 16, my matchup was USC-Duke. Boy I was wrong. Let me say this, I am not a Baylor Bear believer, but Jonathan Motley has been a force this year for the Bears. He is making me contemplate changing my mind about them. Baylor walked by NMSU by a bunch and squeaked by USC by 4.

South Carolina smoked Marquette by 20, and then took out Duke by 7. The Gamecocks led by Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, had plenty of scoring in their game with Duke. The Gamecocks had 5 fellas in double figures, 4 with fifteen points or more. I like South Carolina, they’re coming off the impressive win against Duke, and I think if Thornwell gets hot early, then it will be a long night for the Bears.

So the Elite 8 game would pit (7) South Carolina vs (8) Wisconsin, let’s stick with the Badgers to the Final 4. Hayes and Koenig led them back to the kingdom and they’re back as one of the prime teams in the Big 10.

EAST WINNER: (8) WISCONSIN

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(4) West Virginia vs (1) Gonzaga

Gonzaga is in this game because the NCAA didn’t want them bowing out early again. That game against Northwestern was officiated horribly . I think Bob Huggins will coach West Virginia and put Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s mind into a pretzel. The duo of Jevon Carter and Nathan Adrien are what will put the Mountaineers over the top in this one. The Zags aren’t as good as people think they are. If I am wrong, I will admit that. But give me WVU and convincingly.

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I give Xavier all the credit in the world. They have beaten elite teams night in and night out. The Musketeers first took out Melo Trimble and Maryland then Dwayne Bacon and Florida State, now they get Arizona led by Allonzo Trier. Arizona has blown out North Dakota and slipped by St Mary’s. But this game could be a big one, if Xavier plays to their true potential, then I think they put up a fight. But then again, led by Trier and Lauri Markkanen, the Wildcats could blow this game into the stratosphere and it’ll be over at halftime. I like Arizona by at least 10.

My winner of the Elite 8 game of WVU and Arizona is going to be Arizona. I think Nathan Adrien will get into foul trouble early, and that could crush the hopes of WVU. They’ll close the deficit but Trier and company will be just too much.

WEST WINNER: (2) ARIZONA

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(5) Purdue vs (1) Kansas

Kansas may be the most complete team in this region with Frank Mason and Joshua Jackson. Jackson has had big tournament with big play after big play. Kansas should get their first true test with the Boilermakers on Thursday night.

Caleb Swanigan and Vince Edwards are the duo who I think could give the Jayhawks their toughest match-up in the tourney thus far. Swanigan has at least a double-double a game and Edwards has dropped 20. This could mean Landon Lucas and Devonte Graham will need to be huge for the Jayhawks.

Who’s my pick? I like Kansas by 7 or 8, much closer game than the 2 previous match-ups for Kansas, but I do reserve the right to say if Josh Jackson heats up early, this one could be a double-digit blowout.

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This game is the biggest one in the career of Dillon Brooks. This game is the legacy game I think for the guard. Brooks and company will face a Michigan team that will have overcome basically every obstacle in their way.

But do the Ducks have someone that can stop Moritz Wagner? I don’t think so, it will be one of those big man on one side and a guard on the other side games. Brooks got help from the other guard Tyler Dorsey against Rhode Island, and he will need all the help he can get in this one. Michigan on the other hand has won a majority of their games in the second half, if they wait that long, they will be blown away. I just flipped a coin and I like the Ducks by 2.

I think Kansas walks out of the Midwest. They boast way too much firepower. Jackson and Mason will eat the Oregon duo alive.

MIDWEST WINNER: (1) KANSAS

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(4) Butler vs (1) UNC

I won’t lie, I think this game comes down to the possible match-up of Kelan Martin for Butler and Justin Jackson for UNC. I think Jackson is most likely the most underrated player in the entire country and Kelan Martin is the most unnamed good player in the country.

Butler needs Martin to take over this game from buzzer to buzzer.  Then again, the starting five that UNC trots out is arguably the best in the nation. After a scare from Arkansas, I don’t think the Heels fool around with Butler, and escape with a 5 or 6 point win.

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The rematch we did not think we would get to see. Bruins vs. Wildcats was a thriller earlier this season, with the Bruins leaving Rupp Arena with a win. The Monk-Fox tag-team will have to be at its utmost best from start to finish. This could be the game of the tournament, a true matchup of stars that could give us another rematch. My big pick was Kentucky and I’m sticking with it. The Cats win by 8 as Lonzo Ball has an off game, and TJ Leaf gets into early foul trouble.

I am sticking with Kentucky, no other way to put it.

MIDWEST WINNER: (2) KENTUCKY

 

 

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Almost Playoff Time

Here we go, the final “week” of the college football season, and this time it’s for conference supremacy. BIG TEN, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC and SEC titles are all on the line this week, and in some of the most pivotal matchup’s of the college football season. This will most likely define who is in and who is out when it comes to the 4-team playoff.

So as we sit right now, Alabama would take on Washington and Clemson would battle Ohio State. Teams on the outside are Penn State, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Colorado. Michigan is right there as well, but with the loss to Ohio State, it might be borderline impossible that the Wolverines get in. They did play the game of the year last week, but sorry Michigan, better luck next year.

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Let’s start with the game on Friday night for the PAC-12, Colorado vs. Washington. Truth be told, this game is near impossible to pick. Jake Browning and John Ross have been so dynamic this year for the Huskies it is so tough not to take them. But Sefo Liufau and the Buffalo’s will not go slowly into the night. They were a team I had finishing at the bottom of the pack, but they have been a surprise and have proved me wrong all season long. But after last week, and Washington’s performance in the Apple Cup, the Huskies might absolutely annihilate the Buffs’. This one could be more interesting than we think.

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Bedlam, and it’s coming at you from Norman, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will certainly give us one to remember in the early game on Saturday. Baker Mayfield vs. Mason Rudolph is the match-up to look at it in means of QB. I want to know what the Cowboys will do to stop Dede Westbrook, the man who could steal the Heisman from Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Oklahoma is 12 point favorites as well, so as a betting man, I might take Oklahoma State and those 12 points. But as for winners, I tend to side with the Sooners.

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Clemson getting Virginia Tech for the ACC belt is an interesting match-up. The Tigers struggled on the big stage last season against UNC, and honestly, I could see it happening again. The two met back in 2011, and the Tigers blew out the Hokies 38-10, but we should get a closer one this time around. If Jerod Evans can get on his horse early on, then I like the Hokies chances. But you have Deshaun Watson coming in, so it could be a testy match-up for the Hokies.

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The final championship game is between a team I loathe and a team that is loved by one of the big names of Barstool Sports. I will be perfectly honest, I hate Penn State. I don’t see them being a credible threat to any of the top 4, and I think that the Ohio State win was a fluke. So if you catch my drift, I like Wisconsin in this ballgame. I think Bart Houston is a name to watch. Also, if Alex Hornibrook can’t go, then Houston will be calling the signals. I also love the twin-headed rushing attack the Badgers are trotting out. Corey Clement being the lead-back could spell nightmares for the Nittany Lions.

Let me be perfectly honest, and not waste anyone’s time, the Gators are about to get fried by Alabama. This game will be ugly quickly in Atlanta for the SEC crown.

My picks

(5)Washington over (9) Colorado

LOCK (1) Alabama over (15) Florida

(8) Oklahoma over (10) Oklahoma State

(4) Clemson over Virginia Tech

(6)Wisconsin over (7) Penn State

Temple over (25) Navy

Those are my picks and I am sticking to them. Oh, and I went 5-0 last week, check back next week for the playoff breakdown and the New Years bowl breakdown.

Stay golden pony boy.

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.

 

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.

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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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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?

On To The Next One

Another week, another sub-par finish for the Emperor of Handsomeness. I don’t think it’s my expertise, maybe these teams do not like me. If you didn’t get the chance yet, Dave Nolan dropped some hot fire about the love for the college game, click here to go check it out! Might have to talk to Dave about getting his picks in the coming weeks, maybe he can help a brother out with some winners.

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Last week, I stumbled to a 3-4 finish. Georgia and Florida both got stomped in SEC play by rivals Ole Miss and Tennessee. Chad Kelly and Josh Dobbs have my respect, for now. Michigan State got attacked by a rabid pack of Badgers from Wisconsin where the Spartans lost, 30-6. Sounds like a finish to one of my freshman football games. My upset special was wrong, so I won’t be having one of those this week. I did however hit on my lock of the week in Stanford, now do I dare take the Cardinal as my lock two weeks in a row?

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So let’s start with the Cardinals: sitting at 7th in the nation and undefeated heading north to take on the 10th ranked, and also undefeated Washington Huskies. I thought Washington was going to be exposed by upset last week and I couldn’t have been more wrong. So this week, the Huskies are sitting at a 3 point favorite, an interesting betting line especially in a Pac-12 game. I think Washington has to stop one guy, and that is Christian McCaffery. Not saying who I have yet, but Washington could be the team to stop the stud back.

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Possibly Michigan’s toughest test yet, and obviously it comes at home. I really cannot believe that the Wolverines have yet to play on the road. Well, nonetheless, the Wolverines get the Badgers at Ann Arbor this week, and this one, again, has me looking at the line. Michigan is a whopping 10.5 point favorite in this one, do the odd makers think Wisconsin is soft or something? They must. It seems like they do not have too much respect for the 8th ranked team in the country.

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My last game before my picks has massive Heisman implications, with Louisville traveling to Death Valley to take on Clemson. DeShaun Watson of Clemson vs. Lamar Jackson of Louisville. I think a slight edge goes to Clemson based off home field, but Jackson is electric, so that edge is the slightest of slightness. This game is a make or break game for the Heisman race as well as the playoff. It will come down to that ONE BIG MISTAKE.

So here are the picks this week.

(7) Stanford 31-(10) Washington 21

(12) Florida State 42-UNC 24 (LOCK OF THE WEEK)

(11)Tennessee 38-(25) Georgia 17

(8) Wisconsin 27-(4) Michigan 21

(3)Louisville 49-(5) Clemson 44

I like the road teams this week except for Florida State at home against the Tar Heels.

Heisman Race

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. Christian McCaffery
  3. JT Barrett

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-Jack Corsi (@jcorsi11)