College Football Rankings, Ramblings and Marquee Matchups and Upset Specials

Tom Hanken AND Andrew Reichmeier   Heisman Favorites1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): 32-47 388, 3 TD; 11-84-1 rushing2.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): IDLE 3.     QB Deshaun Watson (Clemson): 23-30 383, 5 TD 4.     WR Corey Coleman (Baylor): IDLE 5.     WR Josh Docston (TCU): 11-183, 2 TD 6.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): IDLE     Playoff Predictions1.     Ohio State2.     TCU 3.     Alabama 4.     Stanford Only a win (or loss) away ·       LSU ·       Utah ·       Memphis The Big 12 sure is fun! They have given us some exciting and fun games this season; most of those games have involved Texas Tech. The Big 12 is going to be fun to watch down the stretch and has some teams with really nice looking records. TCU and Baylor continue to be the conference’s best chance of getting a team into the playoff and the conference must be hoping that they only lose to each other and end the season with one undefeated and the [Read more...]

College Football’s Week 9 Marquee Match-ups and Upset Alerts

Another a ho-hum slate of games this week with only one match-up of ranked teams, but if you're looking for something to watch before or after the Royals game, here are your best options: Georgia (5-2) vs. 15 Florida (6-1) - Saturday, 2:30, CBS "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is what they call it down south when the Gators and Bulldogs square off in Jacksonville. SEC East title implications are on the line here, but this game doesn't have quite as much hype with Georgia's Nick Chubb injured and Florida's Will Grier suspended. This one has low-scoring slobber-knocker written all over it. Florida rebounds after the loss to LSU as the Georgia passing game continues to struggle. Prediction: 23-13 Florida 8 Notre Dame (6-1) at 21 Temple (7-0) - Saturday, 7:00, ABC Could a team from the American Athletic Conference sneak into the playoff? Memphis, Houston, and Temple are all 7-0. Only one of them can finish the season undefeated. Memphis had a signature win [Read more...]

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’s Week 8 Marquee Match-ups and Upset Alerts

A pretty weak slate of games compared to last week. After a loaded week 7 with five match-ups of ranked teams squaring off, there's only one this week. But as I always say, college football never disappoints, so don't let the lack of big games prevent you from being camped in front of the TV on Saturday. Marquee Match-ups 17 Texas A&M (5-1) at 23 Ole Miss (5-2) - Saturday, 6:00, ESPN Here's your only match-up of ranked teams this week. Both are coming off losses last week (A&M to Alabama, Ole Miss to Memphis).  Contrary to how they looked last Saturday, the Aggies and Rebels are still right in the thick of things in the SEC West. Mississippi rebounds at home and continues to control its own destiny in the West. Prediction: 30-27 Ole Miss 5 Utah (6-0) at USC (3-3) - Saturday, 6:30, Fox I had this in mind as an upset alert until I found out USC (-3.5) is actually favored at home, making Utah the first Top 5 dog against and unranked team in the last 25 years.  [Read more...]

College Football Ramblings, Week 8

Heisman Favorites1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): 27-32, 436 yards, 4 TD; 13-74-1 rushing 2.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): 31-180-2 3.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): 27-153-1; 4-21 receiving 4.     WR Corey Coleman (Baylor): 10-199-3 5.     WR Josh Docston (TCU): 10-190-2 Playoff Predictions1.     Ohio State 2.     TCU 3.     Alabama 4.     Utah Only a win (or loss) away ·       Baylor ·       Stanford ·       Michigan State This will be short, as I spent my College Football Saturday in Florence, Kansas at a wedding trying to follow scores on my phone with limited service….After their 55-0 win over Kansas State, Oklahoma is now 59-0 against an unranked Kansas State. The Kansas Jayhawks are awful, almost as bad as the officiating this season. Officials seem to have taken the ‘when in doubt, throw a flag’ approach. Let the players play, at least a little. Earlier this season after losing to South Dakota, we asked how Kansas would fare in [Read more...]

College Football’s Week 7 Marquee Match-ups and Upset Alerts

This week's slate is pretty loaded, so let's get right to it. Marquee Match-ups 17 UCLA (4-1) at 15 Stanford (4-1) - Thursday, 9:30, ESPN Both teams are fresh off bye weeks here, but come in with different morale. Stanford has won four games in a row, while UCLA was spanked by Arizona State their last time out. Consider this a playoff elimination game. Stanford stays in the driver's seat in the Pac 12 North as UCLA struggles without Myles Jack. Prediction: 31-23 Stanford 18 Iowa (6-0) at 23 Northwestern (4-1) - Saturday, 11:00am, ABC After sarcastically voting Northwestern number one in our poll last week because I was unimpressed with everyone else at the top, the Wildcats proceeded to lose 38-0 at Michigan. (I voted Utah number one this week, so they'll probably lose). We'll see how Northwestern responds against an unbeaten Iowa team, who's enjoyed nice wins over Wisconsin and Illinois the past couple weeks. At the risk of jinxing Northwestern again, I like them to [Read more...]