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2016 Heisman Preview

The 2016 Heisman Trophy is up for grabs, with five nominees having a shot to go down in college football history.

  1. Lamar Jackson

Jackson was one of the most electrifying players in football this season, with 3,390 passing yards and 1,538 rushing yards, plus a combined total of 51 TDs. Lamar Jackson is my Heisman leader.

2. Deshaun Watson

Watson finished the season with almost 4,000 yards passing, totaling 3,914 yards with 37 TDs, and adding another 529 on the ground and 6 TDs, but he averaged 1.25 interceptions per game, with 15. For that, Deshaun Watson will not win the Heisman.

 

3. Baker Mayfield/Dede Westbrook

Mayfield had 3,669 passing yards with a TD/INT ratio of 38/8, and QBR of 91.6, while Westbrook totaled 70 receptions for 1,465 yards and 16 TDs. Both players struggled early in the season, which means neither will win.

NEW Top 10 Week 13

1. Ohio State
The Buckeyes are the nation’s top team for one reason, and one reason only: winning. The Bucks are consistently winning, even when they don’t deserve it. Michigan State was one two-point conversion try, or even a field goal, away from upending Ohio State, but the D showed up.
2. Alabama
Jalen Hurts is a consistent QB, for a freshman, but he is much more than a game manager. Hurts threw for 136 yards and three TDs in the win over Chattanooga, and the Tide keeps on rolling.
3. Clemson
Deshaun Watson and Wayne Gallman are carrying the offense, and the defense showed up against Wake Forest, only allowing 13 points in the win.
4. USC
The Trojans keep on winning, and Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones II, and JuJu Smith-Schuster are providing the offensive firepower for USC.
5. Penn State
Their SOS is crazy good, with the loss to Pitt looking better, but they need some help to get into the CFP.
6. Tennessee
7. Colorado
8. Oklahoma
9. Michigan
10. Wisconsin

NEW Top 10 Week 12

After a huge week of upsets, during which SIX of the top 12 teams in my rankings went down, I have decided to slim down the rankings further, to ten teams.
1. Ohio State
After consecutive dominant performances against Nebraska and Maryland, coupled with the only team ahead of them, Clemson, losing, I feel the Buckeyes are deserving of the top spot in this week’s rankings.
2. Louisville
A huge comeback against Wake Forest, but Lamar Jackson did not impress me last night, throwing for 145 yards and rushing for 154 more.
3. Alabama
Bama continues to dominate lesser opponents, but that is the reason why I disagree with most major polls. Alabama SHOULD dominate lesser teams, but when will they beat a quality opponent?
4. Tennessee
The main reason I have the Vols here is all of the quality wins they have. Four of their ten opponents so far are leading their division: Ohio, Virginia Tech, and Florida.
5. Clemson
The loss to Pitt, at home, on Senior Night, was devastating, but the Tigers are still on pace to win the ACC Atlantic, and probably clinch a CFP spot.
6. Michigan
7. USC
8. Utah
9. Oklahoma
10. West Virginia

UK-Tennessee | 3 keys and a prediction — USA TODAY Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three keys and a prediction for Kentucky football’s game at Tennessee: Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) in action during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Video | UK DC D.J. Eliot…

via UK-Tennessee | 3 keys and a prediction — USA TODAY Sports

NEW Top 12 Week 11

I have decided each week to trim down the rankings until we get to Selection Sunday, December 4th, so this week will be the top 12 teams in the country. So without further ado, here is the new edition of the Top 12, with some changes, courtesy of Mississippi State.

  1. Clemson

These Tigers are showing why they deserve to be the #1 team in the nation, with the offense rolling and the defense gelling.

  1. Ohio State

A huge surprise on Saturday, as Ohio State blew out the Cornhuskers 62-3. J.T. Barrett looked like a Heisman candidate as the Buckeyes won big over a Top 10 opponent.

  1. Louisville

Lamar Jackson went over 1,000 yards rushing Saturday in Boston, passing for 231 yards and 4 TDs and rushing for 185 yards and 3 TDs. As long as Jackson continues this pace, Louisville has a great shot to crash the CFP party.

  1. Michigan

Jabrill Peppers has played almost every position except on the O-line and D-line plus Wilton Speight is much more than a game manager, averaging 245.8 yards per game throwing to Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh and Jake Butt.

  1. Alabama

The offense sputtered yesterday in Death Valley, but Alabama pulled one out in the fourth quarter to win 10-0 over LSU. The streak of 10 consecutive games with a non-offensive TD was broken Saturday, but Bama is on the fast track to the SEC Championship.

  1. Washington
  2. Texas A&M
  3. Auburn
  4. West Virginia
  5. Penn State
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. Tennessee

Week 10 Predictions

As most of you know, I have been predicting the winners of each AP Top 25 game, with a bonus game each week. This week it is the Tennessee-Tennessee Tech game. Enjoy!

1 Alabama loses to 15 LSU  38-21

2 Michigan over Maryland 59-7

3 Clemson over Syracuse 31-14

4 Washington loses to California 58-56

5 Louisville over Boston College 51-14

6 Ohio State over 9 Nebraska 21-17

7 Texas A&M over Mississippi State 48-27

8 Wisconsin over Northwestern 28-24

10 Florida loses to Arkansas 35-32

11 Auburn over Vanderbilt 59-3

12 Oklahoma over Iowa State 45-14

13 Baylor loses to TCU 38-35

14 West Virginia over Kansas 39-0

17 Western Michigan over Ball State 52-20 (Sorry I cheated)

18 North Carolina loses to Georgia Tech 49-45

19 FSU over NC State 54-23

20 Penn State over Iowa 24-10

21 Colorado over UCLA 31-17

22 Oklahoma State over Kansas State 27-24

23 Virginia Tech over Duke 38-7

24 Boise State over San Jose State 24-14

25 Washington State over Arizona 34-10

BONUS: Tennessee over Tennessee Tech 38-27

Thanks for reading! If you disagree please feel free to leave a comment below.

Garrett

New Top 16 Week 10

I know that I was originally posting and ranking the Top 32 teams in the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision), but with all of the more highly ranked teams falling, I felt that it was not worth it to rank 32 teams and most of them have no shot at the CFP.

With that in mind, I decided to rank 16 teams, from 1-16, with the following criteria:

  1. Strength of schedule, based on the ESPN FPI metric
  2. the good old-fashioned eyeball test
  3. Each team’s chances to make the playoff
  4. the amount of quality wins and losses

The main point of this is not to rank the teams the way I think the committee will rank them, these are just my rankings.

  1.  Clemson

Earlier in the season I would have scoffed at anyone who put Clemson in the top spot, but way this team has been playing has convinced me that they are for real. Deshaun Watson has been utilizing all of his weapons offensively and the defense has performed admirably for a pass rush that lost Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson, both studs on the line.

2. Texas A&M

Their only loss is to Alabama, their SOR is 3rd and the team is gelling well. What more can you ask for?

3. Alabama

Nick Saban’s squad has performed well and their record against the AP Top 25 is 5-0.

T4. Louisville

Lamar Jackson is on a roll. However, I would have placed them higher if not for the ugly win over Virginia.

T4. Auburn

After that loss to Texas A&M, Auburn has had over 200 yards rushing in every game since then. They are also undefeated since then.

6. Ohio State

J.T. Barrett has taken control of this team and their only loss is to now #12 in the CFP poll Penn State, and Northwestern, who they struggled against, has rebounded since that loss to Western Michigan (heard of them?)

7. Michigan

Jim Harbaugh has coached this team well and he has utilized his many weapons, namely Jabrill Peppers, Amara Darboh and others.

8.Washington

Chris Petersen has coached this team well and he has utilized his many weapons. (Is there an echo in here?)

9. Utah

I saw more from this Utah squad than I did in any other game. Joe Williams is a force in the backfield, coming out of retirement.

10. Western Michigan

P.J Fleck’s team is “rowing the boat” this season, as Zach Terrell and Corey Davis are connecting a whole lot and Jamauri Bogan is averaging almost 100 yds per game.

11. Tennessee

12. LSU

13. West Virginia

14. Virginia Tech

15. Oklahoma

16. Texas

Top 32 Week 6

The Top 32 has had a major shakeup with Louisville, Michigan State, Stanford, and many others losing. Plus, Tennessee had a huge win at the last second over Georgia, North Carolina beating Florida State, so this top 32 will look totally different.

  1. Ohio State
  2. Houston
  3. Tennessee
  4. Clemson
  5. Michigan
  6. Louisville
  7. Alabama
  8. Washington
  9. Texas A&M
  10. North Carolina
  11. Baylor
  12. Ole Miss
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Miami (FL)
  15. Nebraska
  16. Boise State
  17. Western Michigan
  18. Oklahoma
  19. Air Force
  20. Auburn
  21. Pittsburgh
  22. Indiana
  23. West Virginia
  24. Colorado
  25. Utah
  26. California
  27. Florida
  28. NC State
  29. Oklahoma State
  30. Florida State
  31. Georgia Tech
  32. Army

Tennessee @ Georgia Preview

Photo courtesy of http://www.utsports.com

 

Matchup Preview  |  October 1, 2016
@
#11 Tennessee Volunteers
(4-0, 0-0 Away)
#25 Georgia Bulldogs
(3-1, 2-0 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
1551 Total Yards 1652
805 Passing Yards 865
746 Rushing Yards 787
32.8 Points Per Game 25.3
10 Passing TD 5
7 Rushing TD 7
Defensive Stats Comparison
1412 Total Yards Allowed 1532
.923 Red Zone Percentage .929
13 Red Zone Attempts 14
21 Points Per Game 30
 My Game Notes
The Vols lead the East after a huge win against Florida, while the Bulldogs are coming off an enormous loss to Ole Miss. Georgia will be going into this game not knowing the status of Nick Chubb, who is a “game-time decision”. Tennessee is also ravaged by injuries, with Cam Sutton, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Darren Kirkland Jr, and Quart’e Sapp out for this game. My prediction is Tennessee 38-Georgia 34 in three overtimes.