Sunday, January 8, 2017

CFB National Championship: Alabama vs Clemson (Pick/Predictions)

After another exciting season of college football, we get another exciting matchup between Alabama and Clemson, who played last season in a 45-40 thriller which the Tide won.  This game should be another good one for the fans.  Here are my pick/predictions.

Line via Westgate Las Vegas Superbook

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#1 Alabama (14-0) vs #2 Clemson (13-1) (8:15 PM ET, on ESPN, in Tampa, Florida)

Line is set at: #1 Alabama (-7)

My pick: Alabama defeats Clemson 27-20

What to watch for: Turnovers.  Both of these teams have had their difficulties over this season with turning the ball over.  However, Alabama's defense has feasted on forcing turnovers and returning them back for touchdowns more than Clemson's had throughout the season, and I feel like if Bama can put enough pressure on Deshaun Watson, which they have the abilty to do, then it could be a game-changer, especially in tight games like these.

My thoughts on this game: This game has all the story lines, and excitement, especially since these two met last season in the championship game.  I believe both teams will come out ready for the game, but I see Bama and their stout defense coming up big with the win in the end, in a game I see being close like last season but lower scoring.

Photo credit: David Goldman - AP
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Enjoy the game!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

College Football New Years Six & CFP Picks/Predictions

After a wild regular season, we head into bowl season where teams try to finish off their season strong, and some are even vying for the National championship.  Here are my picks/predictions:

Lines via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook

Capital One Orange Bowl
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#6 Michigan (10-2) vs #11 Florida State (9-3) (8:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Miami Gardens, Florida)

Line is set at: #6 Michigan (-)

My pick: #6 Michigan defeats #11 Florida State 26-17

What to watch for: Michigan's defense.  The Wolverines' defense is very talented, and well coached.  However, they'll face a tough task vs Florida State and Dalvin Cook in the Orange Bowl.  With that being said, I see Michigan's defense playing well enough to get the victory and win the Orange Bowl.

My thoughts on this game: This is an interesting game to see how Michigan responds, and it's interesting because of the matchup between these two teams because both are very well coached and talented, and play a similar type of football.  I see it being pretty close the whole game, but I see Michigan making the big plays to get the victory.

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Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
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#4 Washington vs #1 Alabama (3:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Atlanta, Georgia)                     

        Line is set at: #1 Alabama (-14.5)                                                              

  My pick: #1 Alabama defeats #4 Washington 38-17                                                             

What to watch for: Alabama's defense.  The Tide's defense will face a tough challenge vs the Huskies of Washington, but this defense can go up against anybody and play well, and I think vs #4 Washington, they'll be well prepared and they'll go out there and execute en route to a CFP victory.

My thoughts on this game: I think this is an interesting matchup between these two teams mainly because of the styles of play, and the coaching matchup.  Both of these teams are very deserving to be in this spot, but obviously only one of them will advance, and I see that team being Bama in a dominate victory.

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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl 
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#3 Ohio State (11-1) vs #2 Clemson (12-1) (8:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Glendale, Arizona)

Line is set at: #3 Ohio State (-3)                                                                                

My pick: #3 Ohio State defeats #2 Clemson 24-23                                                        

What to watch for: Ohio State's defense.  Ohio State's defense has been very good this season, but they'll face the toughest challenge they've faced all season with Clemson and Deshaun Watson going up against them.  With that being the case, I feel like Ohio State's defense will be able to come up with enough big plays to barely, barely, pull out a victory.

My thoughts on this game: This game, in my opinion, is the hardest one to pick.  Because both of these teams are very evenly matched, and are well-coached, but I feel the Buckeyes are going to find a way to pull out another close victory to advance to the National championship.

Photo credit: Joshua A. Bickel - ThisWeek Newspapers
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Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
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#15 Western Michigan (13-0) vs #8 Wisconsin (10-3) (1:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Arlington, Texas)

Line is set at: #8 Wisconsin (-8.5)                                                                                

My pick: #8 Wisconsin defeats #15 Western Michigan 28-19                                            

What to watch for: Wisconsin's defense.  Western Michigan has a very good offense, but as most know, they haven't played very tough of a schedule and haven't faced a team with the defense or physicality of Wisconsin.  So with that being said, I see Wisconsin being the more physical and bigger team, but I see this game actually being pretty tight in a game Wisconsin wins to win the Cotton Bowl.

My thoughts on this game: These games are always interesting, because of not only the matchup, but also what the situation between these teams usually are.  Wisconsin, a team that was playing for a chance to win the Big-10, and maybe a chance to make some noise on the day that the playoff was announced, will face a 13-0 Western Michigan team from a Group of 5 conference, who knew they weren't going to the playoffs, but will have a chance to play with the big boys and make a statement.  So, it'll be interesting to see how these two teams will come out and play in this game, and I personally think that both will come out prepared in a slug fest type of game, where I see Wisconsin winning.

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Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
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#9 USC (9-3) vs #5 Penn State (11-2) (5:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Pasadena, California)

Line is set at: #9 USC (-6.5)                                                                                            

My pick: #9 USC defeats #5 Penn State 38-28                                                                

What to watch for: USC's athleticism.  I know it's kinda an odd thing to "watch out for"; but USC is one of the most athletic teams in the country.  Guys like Adoree' Jackson, and JuJu Smith-Schuster, can just go off any minute, and as good and well-coached as Penn State is, they just aren't there yet in talent or athleticism to match up with the Trojans, and I see the play-making ability of those guys being too much in the end.

My thoughts on this game: This is a nice, and interesting match up to see.  Mainly because of two reasons: (1) It's nice to see because it's a matchup between two blue bloods.  (2) It's an interesting matchup to see because of who these two teams matched up against in the regular season (USC lost to #1 Alabama, and beat #4 Washington, and Penn State beat #3 Ohio State).  So both of those teams have played very tough opponents, and have been well-tested.

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Allstate Sugar Bowl
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#14 Auburn (8-4) vs #7 Oklahoma (10-2) (8:30 PM ET, on ESPN, in New Orleans, Louisiana)

Line is set at: #7 Oklahoma (-3)                                                                               

My pick: #14 Auburn defeats #7 Oklahoma 28-24                                                       

What to watch for: Auburn's defense.  The Tigers have a very good defense, that is very well-coached.  However, they will face a tough challenge vs the high-powered Sooners offense.  With that being said, I see the defense of Auburn holding the offense of Oklahoma down enough to pull out the victory.

My thoughts on this game: This game is an interesting game because of the matchups.  It's a good defense of Auburn vs a good offense of Oklahoma, and a not so great Auburn offense vs a not so great Oklahoma defense, so that's a interesting situation for this game.  In the end, I just see Auburn being more focused, and prepared in this game especially with Oklahoma's recent distractions.

Photo credit: Shanna Lockwood - USA TODAY Sports
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Enjoy the bowl season!

Here are some other bowl games to watch out for:
#12 Oklahoma State vs #10 Colorado (Belk Bowl)
#20 LSU vs #13 Louisville (Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl)




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Thursday, December 1, 2016

College Football Week 14 Picks/Predictions (Championship Week)

This weekend is a huge weekend for teams trying to make the CFP, and win their conference.  So you better believe that this weekend will be filled with great games, and passion.  Here are my week 14 picks/predictions.

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#7 Colorado (10-2) at #4 Washington (11-1) (9:00 PM ET, on FOX, in Santa Clara, California FRIDAY

Line is set at: #4 Washington (-7.5)

My pick: #4 Washington defeats #7 Colorado 38-35

What to watch for: Washington's offense.  The Huskies have a high-powered, explosive offense.  However, the Buffalos' defense has a knack for forcing turnovers, and that could be a problem for the Huskies.  With those things being said, I see Washington's offense putting them over the top late in the game to get them to 12-1 on the season, and possibly a playoff birth.

My thoughts on this game: This game has huge implications for not just being conference champions, but also getting a playoff birth.  So both of these teams have a lot at stake, and I see Washington being the team to get the win on Friday night in a hard fought game.

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#10 Oklahoma State at #8 Oklahoma (12:30 PM ET, on FOX, in Norman, Oklahoma)

Line is set at: #8 Oklahoma (-11.5)


My pick: #8 Oklahoma defeats #10 Oklahoma State 41-37                                                                                                                                                         
What to watch for: Oklahoma's offense.  The Sooners' offense has been great this season, while their defense has not been good at all; so if they want to win this game over a rival in Oklahoma State, they are going to have to put some points up on the scoreboard, and I see them putting enough up there to pull out the victory.

My thoughts on this game: These teams have a very long-shot chance at making the playoffs, but what they do have a chance to do that is not a long shot is make a New Years' Six bowl game, and defeat their rival.  So even though they may not make the playoffs, they still have some important things to play for in this game, and I see Oklahoma playing well enough to get the victory at home.


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#15 Florida vs #1 Alabama (4:00 PM ET, on CBS, in Atlanta, Georgia)

Line is set at: #1 Alabama (-24)

My pick: #1 Alabama defeats #15 Florida 31-6

What to watch for: Alabama's defense.  As always the Tide's defense is the main thing to watch in their games, because of the fact they are the best in the country, and the team kinda goes as they go.  Their opponent's offense on the other hand, has struggled a lot recently and I think that makes for a great defensive performance from the Tide en route to a SEC championship victory, and CFP berth.

My thoughts on this game: This is an interesting game because of the fact it's a SEC championship game, without a lot at stake for the SEC getting a team in because most think that Bama will be in regardless, although you shouldn't tell Nick Saban that because like he said, "It's never OK to lose a game".  In terms of the actual game on the field, I see the Tide rolling to a victory that improves them to 13-0 on the season.

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#23 Virginia Tech vs #3 Clemson (8:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Orlando, Florida)                        

Line is set at: #3 Clemson (-10)                                                                                           

My pick: #3 Clemson defeats #23 Virginia Tech 27-21                                                            

What to watch for: Clemson's defense.  Clemson's defense which has talent, but has been somewhat inconsistent this season will face a pretty good offense in Virginia Tech's which could cause some problems for them.  However, I see Clemson DC Brent Venables getting his defense ready to play and with the talent they have I see them playing well enough to get the victory.

My thoughts on this game: There is a lot at stake here for the ACC, because a Clemson loss would mean the ACC would in all likely hood get shut out of the CFP.  So this is a big game on that alone, I think Virginia Tech will come out ready to play, and I think they'll give the Tigers a tough game but I see them falling short in the end in a game that will clinch Clemson's playoff berth.

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#7 Penn State (10-2) vs #6 Wisconsin (10-2) (8:00 PM ET, on FOX, in Indianapolis, Indiana)
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Line is set at: #6 Wisconsin (-3)

My pick: #7 Penn State defeats #6 Wisconsin 24-20

What to watch for: Penn State's defense.  I see this game being mostly a defensive of struggle, because both of these teams have great defenses, and you can debate about which defense is better, and their is an argument that Wisconsin's defense may be better if you look at the numbers, and that may be true.  However, I believe that Wisconsin's defense will face a tougher challenge vs Penn State's offense than Penn State's defense will against Wisconsin's offense, and I think that slight difference will make the difference in this football game.

My thoughts on this game: This is one of the biggest games of not only the week, but of the whole year.  The winner of this game could very easily be in the CFP playoff, and it's certain that the loser will not be, so these two teams have a whole lost to play for on Saturday night.  With that being said, I think that it will be a hard fought game that will go down-to-the-wire that Penn State pulls out.

Photo credit: Brett Carlsen - Getty Images
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Enjoy week 14 of the college football season!

Here are some other games to look for:
Ohio vs #17 Western Michigan (FRIDAY)
Temple vs #19 Navy



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

College Football Week 13 Picks/Predictions (Rivalry Week)

The college football season now heads into "Rivalry Week", where truly anything can happen.  Here are my week 13 picks/predictions.

Lines via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook

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LSU at Texas A&M (7:30 PM ET, on ESPN, in College Station, Texas) THURSDAY

Line is set at: LSU (-4.5)

My pick: LSU defeats Texas A&M 30-16

What to watch for: LSU's defense.  The Tigers' defense has been one thing that has remained solid throughout the whole season for them, and I think their defense will come up big again on the road in College Station vs the Aggies in a good win.

My thoughts on this game: This game doesn't really have too much at stake for either team, with the exception for maybe a better bowl game, and maybe Orgeron and Sumlin's future.  However, I think it will be a nice game to watch on Thanksgiving Day with the LSU Tigers getting the victory.

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#5 Washington (10-1) at #23 Washington State (8-3) (3:30 PM ET, on FS1, in Pullman, Washington) UPSET FRIDAY
    Line is set at: #5 Washington (-6)

My pick: #23 Washington State defeats #5 Washington 38-35                                                    

What to watch for: Washington State's offense.  The Cougars have a very good offense, but they will face a pretty good defense on Friday when they face the Huskies of Washington.  However, I think the Cougars will play great on offense en route to a huge upset shootout win.

My thoughts on this game: This game has a lot riding on it: Washington's playoff hopes, who goes to the PAC-12 championship game, and bragging rights.  So this game will be hard fought, and I think it will go down-to-the-wire with #23 Washington State coming out with the upset.

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#3 Michigan (10-1) at #2 Ohio State (10-1) (12:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Columbus, Ohio)       

Line is set at: #2 Ohio State (-6.5)                                                                                       

My pick: #2 Ohio State defeats #3 Michigan 23-16                                                                

What to watch for: Ohio State has a very good defense, and they'll face a team that has a very good offense, but will be without starting QB Wilton Speight on Saturday.  So with that being said, I think that it will actually be a close game that is lower scoring with Ohio State pulling it out to improve to 11-1 on the season.

My thoughts on this game: This is the biggest game of the week, and it's pretty much a de facto CFP game, along with it being such a huge rivalry game.  So you better believe that both of these teams will come out ready and prepared.  However, I see Ohio State being too much to overcome for Michigan in the end.

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#13 Auburn (8-3) at #1 Alabama (11-0) (3:30 PM ET, on CBS, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Line is set at: #1 Alabama (-17.5)

My pick: #1 Alabama defeats #13 Auburn 34-16

What to watch for: Alabama's defense.  The Crimson Tide has undoubtedly one of the best defenses in the country, and not only are they giving up just 11.2 PPG so far this season, they also have not allowed a touchdown since the 3rd quarter of their game vs Texas A&M on October 22nd.  So I think that Bama's defense will show up and play well vs a viable opponent in their rival Auburn.

My thoughts on this game: This is one of college football's best rivalry games, if not college football's best rivalry game, so on that alone it's an important game for these two teams.  With that being said, I see Bama getting the victory to improve to 12-0 on the season.



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UPSET OF THE WEEK
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#15 Florida (8-2) at #14 Florida State (8-3) (7:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Tallahassee, Florida)   
UPSET
Line is set at: #14 Florida State (-7)                                                                                   

My pick: #15 Florida defeats #14 Florida State 17-16                                                            

What to watch for: Florida's defense.  The Gators have a very talented, well coached defense, that has been responsible for some of their wins this season.  With that being said, they may face some challenges vs Florida State's offense, especially since the Noles have Dalvin Cook running the football; but I still see the Gators pulling off another close victory to improve to 9-2 on the season.

My thoughts on this game: The rivalry between UF-FSU is one of the best rivalry games in college football, and I think it will live up to its hype on Saturday night in a game I see Florida getting the very close win in vs their arch rival.  (Note: This game is the "Upset Of The Week" because Florida State is the most favored team (via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) that I have predicted to go down this week.

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My Sneaky Good Game Of The Week
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#22 Utah (8-3) at #9 Colorado (9-2) (7:30 PM ET, on FOX, in Boulder, Colorado)                 

Line is set at: #9 Colorado (-10)                                                                                        

My pick: #9 Colorado defeats #22 Utah 37-30                                                                      

What to watch for: Colorado's offense.  Colorado's offense has played consistently good this season, and ranks 25th nationally in total offense.  While their opponent's defense ranks 53rd nationally in total defense.  So, there are some holes in the Utes defense I think the Buffs will exploit enough to pull off a big victory in a close game.

My thoughts on this game: This game has been somewhat low on a lot of people's radar, but I think it will get attention on Saturday night in a close game that I see Colorado escaping with to go to the PAC-12 championship game.

Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy - USA TODAY Sports
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Enjoy week 13 of the college football season!

Here are some other games to watch out for:
Toledo at #21 Western Michigan (FRIDAY)
Notre Dame at #12 USC
Michigan State at #7 Penn State
South Carolina at #4 Clemson
#17 Tennessee at Vanderbilt



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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

College Football Week 12 Picks/Predictions

After a wild week where 2, 3, and 4 all lost; we head into week 12 where those teams try to bounce back, and some others are trying to cease on their opportunity to move up in the rankings.  Here are my week 12 picks/predictions.


Lines via Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
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#22 Washington State (8-2) at #10 Colorado (8-2) (3:30 PM ET, on, in Boulder, Colorado)

Line is set at: #12 Colorado (-4)

My pick: #10 Colorado defeats #22 Washington State 38-31

What to watch for: Colorado's offense.  The Buffalo's have a pretty good offense, and they'll face a Washington State defense who has played good at times, but who is has also had some iffy performances earlier in the season.  So with that being said, I see Colorado's offense playing well enough to pull off the big victory to keep their CFP hopes alive.

My thoughts on this game: This game has some importance to it because of Colorado's playoff chances, and the impact on how big the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State will be.  Both of these teams have things to play for in this game, but I see Colorado at home getting the win.

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#9 Oklahoma (8-2) at #14 West Virginia (8-1) (8:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Morgantown, West Virginia
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Line is set at: #9 Oklahoma (-3)

My pick: #14 West Virginia defeats #9 Oklahoma 27-23

What to watch for: West Virginia's defense.  The Mountaineers' defense has played well in the majority of their games so far this season, but if they want to pull off the win over #9 Oklahoma to keep their CFP hopes alive, they'll have to play their best game of the season vs a high powered Sooners offense, which I think will happen to help get them a big victory.

My thoughts on this game: This is the biggest game of the week, and of the season for these two teams and the Big-12, so there is a lot at stake.  With the crowd, and the prime-time setting, along with a possible shot at the playoff, I see the Mountaineers getting this victory in another game I think will be close in this week of the college football season.

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                                   My Sneaky Good Game Of The Week
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#23 Florida (7-2) at #16 LSU (6-3) (1:00 PM ET, on the SECN, in Baton Rouge)

Line is set at: #16 LSU (-13.5)

My pick: #16 LSU defeats #23 Florida 28-20

What to watch for: LSU's running game.  As everybody know, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of the best running backs in the nation.  However, he and his whole team will face a challenge on Saturday, especially vs the Gators' running defense which ranks 7th in the nation.  With that being said, I see LSU getting their running game going with Fournette and Guice en route to a close victory over the Florida Gators.

My thoughts on this game: This game is very interesting because of the story lines with this game.  Because not only was this game reschedule from earlier in the season, this also could determine who plays in the SEC championship on the East side, and who goes to the Sugar Bowl.  So, both of these teams have things to play for on Saturday, and I see LSU getting big victory.

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                                                 UPSET OF THE WEEK
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#5 Louisville (9-1) at Houston (8-2) (8:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Houston, Texas) THURSDAY
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Line is set at: #5 Louisville (-13.5)

My pick: Houston defeats #5 Louisville 35-34

What to watch for: The Cougars' offense has shown flashes of being a great offense, but ever since their loss to Navy they haven't recovered.  However, in this game vs a talented Louisville team on Senior Night, I see them playing very well and even well enough to shock the CFB world and defeat #5 Louisville.

My thoughts on this game: People have had their eyes on this game since early in the season, but after Houston fell to Navy, and SMU people started to look elsewhere.  However, I see this game being a great game, and I see it living up to whatever hype it had early in the season in a game I see Houston upsetting #5 Louisville.

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Enjoy week 12 of the college football season!

Here are some other games to watch out for:
#11 Oklahoma State at TCU
Missouri at #19 Tennessee
Indiana at #3 Michigan
#4 Clemson at Wake Forest


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