Heisman: RB Todd Gurley (Georgia), RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), QB Jameis Winston (Florida St.), and QB Dak Prescott (Mississippi St.)
Top 4: Auburn, Florida St, Baylor, Notre Dame
Playoff Projections: Florida St, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Auburn
Conference power rankings: SEC, Pac 12, Big 12, ACC, B1G
Upset Saturday. There’s at least one every year. But, we don’t remember one like this one. Three Top 5 teams lost; five of the Top 10 and 10 ranked teams.
This weekend’s craziness is just a sign to come! The SEC and especially the SEC West is going to be a roller coaster ride with huge games every week with teams falling one week and getting a huge week the next. Next week, Auburn at Mississippi State, Ole Miss at Texas A&M, Alabama at Arkansas, Georgia at Missouri. All huge games.
Does a Missouri win mean that the SEC East race is over? They will have a 2-game lead and the tie-breaker.
South Carolina has been eliminated from East contention. Are the Gamecocks that bad, or has Stoops and Kentucky arrived?
Are Alabama and Texas A&M facing elimination games?
Seeing Mack Brown on ESPN breaking down the problems at Texas seems almost tongue in cheek and it is pretty hilarious to watch a guy defend the program that he let get fat and lazy – especially in recruiting, where they stopped putting in that extra work. They also missed out on way too many good quarterbacks from Texas. Since Colt McCoy they have struggled at the key position. It is not like there has been a shortage of talent from Texas or a shortage of guys wanting to play for Mack and Texas. Nick Foles, Chase Daniel, Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty, Ryan Mallet, Matt Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Darron Thomas, Robert Griffin III (Luck, Thomas and RG3 were a part of the same recruiting class, Brown did not take a QB in this class), James Franklin, Tommy Armstrong and Jameis Winston. Winston is from Alabama but has stated in interviews that had he gotten a Texas offer he would be playing at Texas. If he would be playing at Texas, Brown would still be coaching.
These quarterbacks only went on to:
- Six NFL QBS; including five current starters; Winston and Petty may add to this.
- 3 Heisman winners
- Two #1 overall draft picks, Winston may be a third
- Five Qbs drafted in the first round, Winston and possibly Petty will add to this.
- Two Heisman runner-ups
- Three are starters for ranked teams
J.T. Barrett has Ohio State humming which will only help the B1G. Wisconsin did not heed my warning of that the conference can only rebound of their big horses (Michigan St, Ohio St, Wisconsin, and Nebraska) only lose to each other. Although Wisconsin has struggled at times this year, the conference needs a fourth team to step up. No matter how good Michigan State plays the story of the conference is going to be the demise of Michigan.
From 1996-2008 Baylor won 11 Big XII games, since 27. Art Briles is an underrated coach and QB talent evaluator/coach.
Until next week.