College Football Ramblings, Week 9

Heisman Favorites 1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): IDLE 2.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): 26-150-1 TD 3.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): 19-142-2, 3-29 4.     WR Corey Coleman (Baylor): 6-85-2 5.     WR Josh Docston (TCU): IDLE Playoff Predictions 1.     Ohio State 2.     TCU 3.     Alabama 4.     Stanford Only a win (or loss) away ·       Baylor ·       Utah ·       Michigan State Memphis-Tulsa was the highest scoring so far this year with 108 points, edging out TCU-Texas Tech (107).   TCU-Baylor are going to do their best to top this mark. Baylor’s offense is incredible, they jump on their opponents early and often. They are averaging a nation-leading 19 points per game in the first quarter. Houston failed to score on their opening possession this past Saturday and now Baylor is the only team in the nation that has scored a TD on all of their opening possessions. Saturday the Bears punted twice in the first quarter doubling their total [Read more...]

College Football Week 6 Ramblings: Firings, retirees, PED’s and lame celebrations

Heisman Favorites1.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): 20-158-1 2.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): 20-30, 301 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 11-124-2 rushing 3.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): 21-106-2, 6-47 receiving 4.     WR Corey Coleman (Baylor): 7-102-2 5.     WR Josh Docston (TCU): 8-155-2 Outside Looking in ·       QB Chad Kelly (Ole Miss): 24-33, 384 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT     Playoff Predictions1.     Ohio State 2.     TCU 3.     Alabama 4.     Baylor Only a win (or loss) away ·       Utah ·       Michigan ·       Michigan State ·       UCLA Urban Meyer has had three separate 20-game winning streaks in his career. He is one game way from his fourth. Tennessee has not been able to hold on to leads this season, then they fixed that by deciding to play from behind and comeback and win. That was a bold strategy and it paid off. Baylor wideout Cory Coleman has 13 touchdowns; Kansas as a team (offense, defense, and special teams) [Read more...]

Week 2 College Football Ramblings

Heisman Favorites 1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU) 2.     Ohio State player of your choice 3.     QB Cody Keesler (USC) 4.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU) 5.      RB Nick Chubb (Georgia) Playoff Predictions 1.     Ohio State 2.     TCU 3.     Georgia 4.     UCLA Only a win (or loss) away ·       USC ·       Alabama ·       Michigan State BYU and Tanner Mangum do it again! Jim Mora might want to have a meeting with his clock operator this week to make sure that BYU does not pull off another late 4th quarter TD. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma QB, appears to be a gamer. His stats were not spectacular, 19-39 187 yds, 3 Td, 2 INT (43.2 QBR), but he made play after play to bring OU back from 17-0 to beat a good Tennessee team on the road (the Sooner defense should also get a lot of credit.) Coming out of high school - the same school as Todd Reesing, Garrett Gilbert, and Michael Brewer - Mayfield had one scholarship offer to from Florida Atlantic. After [Read more...]

Week 1 College Football Ramblings

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Heisman Favorites 1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU) 2.     Ohio State player of your choice 3.     QB Cody Keesler (USC) 4.     QB  Malik Zaire (Notre Dame)       Playoff Predictions 1.     Ohio State 2.     TCU 3.     Georgia 4.     UCLA Only a win (or loss) away ·       USC ·       Alabama ·       Michigan State It must be bowl season…The B1G looks over matched and the SEC is making statement after statement. You could not have asked for a worse start for the B1G. That being said, the conference needs credit for scheduling some big time opponents like Alabama, Stanford, BYU (twice), TCU, Oregon, Miami (FL), Oregon St., Utah, Pitt, Virginia Tech (2), North Carolina, and West Virginia early on this season. Fans in burnt orange should be concerned, they played a tough opponent but we extremely overmatched, not what they want to see out of their Horns early in the season. The rest of us love it. Now, they have [Read more...]

Conference Championship Week and College Football Playoff Ramblings

Heisman Hopefuls: 1. RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) 2. QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon) 3. QB J.T. Barrett (Ohio St.) 4. QB Dak Prescott (Mississippi St.) Top 4: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State Playoff Matchups: Alabama vs Ohio State; Oregon vs Florida State Conference Power Rankings: SEC, Pac 12, Big 12, B1G, ACC *** Brian already wrote about the College Football Playoff Committee having their hands full trying to select one team out of three very similar and deserving teams, but I think they got the four best teams in the country aligned into the playoff. Baylor and TCU seemed to be slighted because of the lack of a 13th game against a quality opponent; that combined with the impressive play of the Buckeyes (11 straight wins – 9 against bowl-eligible teams and 59-0 Big Ten Championship win over Wisconsin) made it easy on the committee to leave them out. Some conspiracy theorist may say that the helmets played out in this scenario and TV ratings were a factor. Those theories [Read more...]

College Football Ramblings, Week 12

Heisman Hopefuls: 1. RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), 2. QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon), 3. QB J.T. Barrett (Ohio St.), 4. QB Dak Prescott (Miss St.) Top 4: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State Playoff Projections: Florida St, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State Conference power rankings: SEC, Pac 12, Big 12, B1G, ACC *** Big changes to my top 4 and Heisman list this week. Barrett jumps to third – he is having a fantastic season while leading Ohio State to a 9-1 record and almost certainly to a conference title and a playoff spot. Most people thought that Ohio State and was going to miss Braxton Miller, now the question is how will Meyer handle the quarterbacks next year when Miller returns? Auburn wins a close game at the 1-yard line at Ole Miss, loses a close home game fumbling inside the 5 in the final minutes, then they travel to Athens, Ga and get housed by the Dawgs. Life in the SEC is truly brutal. Todd Gurley made his presence felt the first time he touched the ball Saturday [Read more...]

Separation Saturday College Football Ramblings

Heisman hopefuls: QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon), QB Dak Prescott (Miss St.), QB Trevone Boykin (TCU), RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), and RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) Top 4: Miss St, Florida St, Oregon, Alabama Playoff Projections: Florida St, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State Conference power rankings: SEC, Pac 12, Big 12, B1G, ACC *** Northwestern must be tired of seeing the Michigan uniform, back to back overtime losses and then they lose on a failed two conversion while going for the win against the maize and blue. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald went against the book and went for two and the win at home, instead of the tie. Obviously, it backfired, as they lost 10-9. The B1G has been fighting to build up its reputation nationally then they come out and have a game like that or that ugly Penn St-Indiana game. You cannot watch the B1G and then turn it to the SEC and not think they are drastic differences in their products. Yes, they are good quality teams at the top of the conference, but top [Read more...]

College Football Ramblings, Week 10: A look ahead to Week 11

Heisman: QB Dak Prescott (Miss. St.), RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), QB Trevone Boykin (TCU), QB Jameis Winston (Florida St.) and QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon) Top 4: Miss St, Florida St, Auburn, Michigan State Playoff Projections: Florida St, Auburn, Oregon, Michigan State Conference power rankings: SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, B1G, ACC *** Want to start a rivalry with a neighboring school in your first year in a new conference? Do not shake the opposing team’s hands for the opening coin flip. Maryland coach Randy Edsall wants the make Maryland and Penn State a rivalry game, looks like he is well on his way. It has the makings of one, too, as Penn St. has a bunch of Maryland players on their roster. The season rolls on and the games are getting bigger, the pressure is mounting… More big games this week across the nation: Kansas St at TCU: This game should be fantastic. The classic teacher vs. pupil, Jedi vs Padawon, strength vs. strength match-up that we all love. Snyder’s defense [Read more...]