College Football Week 13 Ramblings, Marquee Matchups and Upset Specials

By Tom Hanken and Andrew Reichmeier   Marquee Match-ups 7 Baylor (9-1) at 19 TCU (9-2) - Friday, 6:30, ESPN Despite all the injuries, TCU put up quite the fight at Oklahoma last week. Baylor is down to its third-strong quarterback now, so they're no stranger to the injury list either. Trevone Boykin is expected to return for TCU, so this should be a classic Big 12 shootout. It's hard to pick against Baylor after how good they looked at OSU last week. The Bears will be playing with a sense of urgency as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive. Prediction: 41-34 Baylor 8 Ohio State (10-1) at 10 Michigan (9-2) - Saturday, 11am, ABC "The Game" is back! Leave it to Jim Harbaugh and his khakis to make this rivalry marquee again. Ohio State, like Michigan earlier in the year, just lost to Michigan State on the last play of the game, last week. I'm curious to see how the Buckeyes respond after their first loss. Khakis will have something up his sleeve, but I [Read more...]

College Football Week 12 Rankings, Ramblings and Marquee Matchups and Upset Specials

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By Tom Hanken and Andrew Reichmeier Rankings   *** Ramblings *** There's some BIG games this week, so let's get right to it. Marquee Match-ups (rankings reflect the College Football Playoff poll) 9 Michigan State (9-1) at 3 Ohio State (10-0) - Saturday, 2:30, ABC This game has been talked about for months, but as it finally arrives, it seems like these Big Ten powerhouses are flying under the radar a little bit. Despite winning the national title last year and a 10-0 start this season, Ohio State is behind Clemson and Alabama in the playoff rankings. Michigan State has to be feeling disrespected as well. Four one-loss teams are ranked ahead of the Spartans, whose lone slip-up came at Nebraska a few weeks ago. Urban Meyer has only lost one B1G game, the Big Ten Championship game to Sparty. He is also undefeated in regular season conference play, that streak will continue. Ohio State is getting 13.5 points here. I like Sparty to cover that spread, but the Buckeyes will [Read more...]

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 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 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 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...]

A look back at Week 5, Week 6 Rankings and Marquee Matchups/Upset Specials

By Tom Hanken AND Andrew Reichmeier Heisman Favorites 1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): 20-35, 332 yards, 5 TD; 7-52 yards rushing 2.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): 26-233 yards, 3 TD 3.     RB Nick Chubb (Georgia): 20-146 1 Td 4.     QB Cody Keesler (USC): 19-33, 37 yards, 5 TD 1 INT 5.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): 23-74, 3 TD Outside Looking in ·       QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma): 14-25, 320 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT ·       RB Derek Henry (Alabama): 26-148, 1 TD Playoff Predictions 1.     Ohio State 2.     TCU 3.     LSU 4.     Utah Only a win (or loss) away ·       Baylor ·       Michigan State ·       Clemson/Florida St. winner ·       Alabama Ramblings The last two times Alabama has been an underdog has not gone well for that opponent.   The SEC might want to petition Vegas and let them know that they no longer want to see a Saban-led Alabama team be an underdog again. Alabama was in this same position last season and won out to still make the playoff. [Read more...]

Week 3 College Football Ramblings

Heisman Favorites 1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU) Last Week: 21-30, 454, 5 TD, 1 INT 2.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU) Last Week: 19-228 3 TD 3.     RB Nick Chubb (Georgia) Last Week: 21-155-3 (11th straight 100-yard game) 4.     QB Cody Keesler (USC) Last Week: 25-32, 272, 3 TD 5.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.) Last Week: 28-101 Outside Looking in QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) Last Week: 32-38, 487, 4 TD; school-record 572 total yards RB Derrick Henry (Alabama) Playoff Predictions Ohio State TCU Georgia UCLA Only a win (or loss) away Baylor Mississippi Michigan State BYU received a taste of its own medicine and allows UCLA to mount fourth quarter comeback. Riley’s Huskers have a lot of fight, but do they have any teeth? Can they finish one of these close games? Riley is known as a really nice guy, but Husker nation is not going to handle losing this way. I felt that the Huskers will be better this year, but their [Read more...]