Sunday, September 14, 2014

0 College Football Top 25, Week 3

By Kenny Howell

I am starting to wonder if there is a best team in college football. Just when it seems that someone separates themselves, they get knocked down a peg. Maybe that means that parity is at its best this year, so it should make for an exciting first playoff.

1. Oregon (3-0) (2) - The Ducks hold the most impressive win while still being undefeated and convincing in three wins.

2. Texas A&M (3-0) (3) - The Aggies didn't blow out Rice like they should, only 38-10, so it keeps them out of the top spot.

3. Florida State (2-0) (4) - The Seminoles didn't play, but they are still the defending champs, so they get a seat at the table.

4. Alabama (3-0) (5) - The Tide seem to be ironing out their problems against some weaker opponents before getting ready for SEC play.

5. Auburn (2-0) (7) - The Tigers didn't play, but should be in the mix.

6. Oklahoma (3-0) (10) - The Sooners defense is for real, but the Tennessee defense showed their offense has some problems closing things out. Might show up against elite opponents.

7. LSU (3-0) (8) - LSU got its second straight shutout against an inferior opponent, but their offense definitely needs some work.

8. Georgia (1-1) (1) - Georgia seemed to be the chosen one after the first week win, but then you have to go on the road in the SEC and you drop quickly.

9. Notre Dame (3-0) (11) - The Fighting Irish didn't look overly impressive against Purdue, but they came out with the win.

10. Missouri (3-0) (13) - Mizzou looks like they are coming together after a solid win over Central Florida.

11. South Carolina (2-1) (16) - The Gamecocks got a much needed win when they needed it, knocking off my previous No. 1 Georgia.

12. UCLA (3-0) (17) - The Bruins looked kind of unimpressive again, but it was without starting quarterback Brett Hundley. Still undefeated right now.

13. Michigan State (1-1) (15) - The Spartans were idle, still reeling from the whirlwind that is Oregon.

14. USC (2-1) (6) - The Trojans looked poised to be the team that challenges Oregon for the Pac-12 possible spot in the playoffs, but then they lay a dud against Boston College.

15. Stanford (2-1) (9) - Stanford's loss to USC looks a little bit more questionable after the Trojans went down to Boston College.

16. Clemson (1-1) (14) - The Tigers loss to Georgia looks a bit worse now that Georgia is in the column.

17. Florida (2-0) (12) - Kentucky may be much improved, but there is nothing really impressive about the Gators being taken to 3 OTs against the Wildcats.

18. Arizona State (3-0) (18) - The Sun Devils weren't impressive against Colorado, but they did get the win.

19. Baylor (3-0) (19) - Still not sold on this Baylor team. They can score a lot of points against bad teams is all I know right now.

20. Ole Miss (3-0) (20) - Ole Miss had no trouble against La.-Lafayette as expected.

21. BYU (3-0) (24) - BYU struggled against Houston, but stayed undefeated.

22. Kansas State (2-0) (NR) - This might not last long as the Wildcats host Auburn this weekend.

23. Ohio State (2-1) (23) - The Buckeyes let out some frustration against Kent State, running up 66.

24. Nebraska (3-0) (NR) - The Cornhuskers are winning, but haven't played anyone yet.

25. Duke (3-0) (NR) - David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils off to another undefeated start.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

0 College Football Top 25, Week 2

By Kenny Howell

Things become clearer week by week, and a few teams have separated themselves through big wins. I try to do my top 25s based on what you have done as opposed to what you haven't, so the teams that have proven themselves early on are higher in the rankings. Each team will be followed by their ranking as well as what they were last week.

1. Georgia (1-0) (2) - The Bulldogs didn't play this week, but South Carolina's underwhelming performance against East Carolina tells me that Texas A&M's win is not quite as big. So I gave the Bulldogs the top spot because they have had the most impressive win so far.

2. Oregon (2-0) (7) - The second most impressive win belongs to the Ducks, who put up 46 on a usually stingy defense of Michigan State. The Ducks are still tough.

3. Texas A&M (2-0) (1) - The Aggies didn't drop too far, and are still one of the most impressive teams so far.

4. Florida State (2-0) (3) - The Seminoles are still probably an elite team. Just haven't showed it too much yet.

5. Alabama (2-0) (4) - The Tide had a storm shortened blowout of a terrible team, so still not a lot shown yet, but it will come around at some point.

6. USC (2-0) (10) - USC got a little help from Stanford, but they did get it done, and that moves them toward the top.

7. Auburn (2-0) (5) - Auburn looked impressive again, but once again against a bad opponent.

8. LSU (2-0) (8) - LSU holds a solid win against Wisconsin this season, but they definitely have some problems to fix.

9. Stanford (1-1) (6) - I still think Stanford is a pretty solid team, just met the better team Saturday.

10. Oklahoma (2-0) (9) - The Sooners haven't really been tested yet, but they have been impressive against two bad teams. Competition will get a tad tougher against Tennessee this week, but they should still be OK (see what I did there).

11. Notre Dame (2-0) (14) - The Fighting Irish have looked pretty good so far, dominated Michigan, 31-0.

12. Florida (1-0) (16) - The Gators finally got to play a full game, and they looked pretty solid doing it, shutting out Eastern Michigan, 65-0.

13. Missouri (2-0) (18) - Mizzou had to go on the road for some reason against Toledo, and they dominated in what some saw as a trap game.

14. Clemson (1-1) (17) - Clemson bounced back with their first win of the season, a 73-7 win over South Carolina State.

15. Michigan State (1-1) (13) - The Spartans got a dose of reality in the second half as Oregon went on those Oregon like runs that saw the game slip away in a few minutes.

16. South Carolina (1-1) (15) - The Gamecocks got their first win, but it wasn't very impressive against East Carolina.

17. UCLA (2-0) (12) - The Bruins looked pretty mediocre for the second week in a row against a below average team. They still got the wins.

18. Arizona State (2-0) (20) - The Sun Devils scored a lot of point against New Mexico, but gave up quite a few too.

19. Baylor (2-0) (21) - Baylor played another nobody and scored a ton of points.

20. Ole Miss (2-0) (23) - Ole Miss had no trouble with a lost Vandy team.

21. Louisville (2-0) (25) - The Cardinals put up big numbers for their second win.

22. Virginia Tech (2-0) (NR) - The Hokies went on the road and knocked off an Ohio State team that looks good on paper.

23. Ohio State (1-1) (11) - The Buckeyes are searching for answers right now.

24. BYU (2-0) (NR) - BYU made Texas look silly again. Different coach, same result.

25. Tennessee (2-0) (NR) - This won't last long as their next couple of weeks are going to be brutal. They have exceeded expectations so far. We'll find out how good after going to Oklahoma, Georgia and hosting Florida.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

0 College Football Predictions, Week 2

By Kenny Howell

I started strong in week 1, going 13-1 in games picked. I just missed Texas A&M beating the dump out of South Carolina, but I wasn't the only one. There is a bunch of cupcake games this week, so it should be a pretty easy week for picking.

No. 2 Alabama 56 Florida Atlantic 3
No. 3 Oregon 20 No. 7 Michigan State 10
No. 4 Oklahoma 42 Tulsa 17
No. 5 Auburn 52 San Jose State 14
No. 8 Ohio State 35 Va. Tech 14
No. 11 UCLA 41 Memphis 17
No. 13 Stanford 30 No. 14 USC 21
No. 15 Ole Miss 41 Vanderbilt 10
No. 16 Notre Dame 31 Michigan 20
No. 17 Arizona State 42 New Mexico 7
No. 20 Kansas State 45 Iowa State 14
No. 21 South Carolina 31 East Carolina 10
No. 22 North Carolina 34 San Diego State 31
Toledo 35 No. 24 Missouri 31

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

0 College Football Top 25, Week 1

By Kenny Howell

The top 25 will be a bit altered this week because I have actually seen teams play now. The top of the rankings are drastically different as two teams I think set themselves apart from the pack.

1. Texas A&M (1-0) (17) - That's a heck of a jump from No. 17 to No. 1, but they had the most impressive weekend. Unlike Georgia, who was also really impressive, the Aggies did their butt kicking on the road against a really talented team.

2. Georgia (1-0) (13) - How many elite running backs to the Dawgs have? Todd Gurley had nearly 300 all purpose yards, and freshman Nick Chubb might actually be better when his career is over. And they still have a few other guys. Dismantled Clemson.

3. Florida State (1-0) (1) - Not sure if they were a bit pleased with themselves winning the National Championship, or they just aren't as good, but Oklahoma State took the fight to them. They were outcoached and outplayed, but the Seminoles just had too much talent.

4. Alabama (1-0) (2) - Have people figured out Saban's defense? It's starting to seem like it as a once dominant group seems like it might could be a liability. If West Virginia was able to do that against them, what is Texas A&M going to do?

5. Auburn (1-0) (3) - It took until the second half, but Auburn exploded on Arkansas who handed Head Coach Bret Bielema his 9th straight SEC loss.

6. Stanford (1-0) (4) - Don't really know too much about them yet because they played UC Davis. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

7. Oregon (1-0) (7) - Oregon murdered a no name team, but they are still Oregon.

8. LSU (1-0) (6) - LSU turned it on the second half to come back from 24-7 down against Wisconsin. LSU has some issues most notably whoever is playing QB, and I am not sure the Badgers are that good. If the Tigers are the team in the second half, they will stay here, but if the first half team comes back, they will drop.

9. Oklahoma (1-0) (11) - A lot of people think Oklahoma is the elite power. They looked good against La. Tech, but it is La. Tech.

10. USC (1-0) (12) - The Trojans looked pretty solid in their debut against Fresno State.

11. Ohio State (1-0) (5) - The Buckeyes will get better, but Navy gave them a fight. New QB J.T. Barrett might have just needed to get his feet wet.

12. UCLA (1-0) (9) - The Bruins looked a little sloppy on the road at a mediocre Virginia team, but they got the win.

13. Michigan State (1-0) (14) - The Spartans played Jacksonville State, so it's hard to tell, but they are still pretty good.

14. Notre Dame (1-0) (18) - The Fighting Irish were solid in their debut against Rice.

15. South Carolina (0-1) (8) - Time will tell if the Gamecocks are that bad or A&M is that good.

16. Florida (0-0) (16) - The Gators debut was halted by storms, so I will keep them where they were last week.

17. Clemson (0-1) (10) - The Tigers ran into a buzz saw of a Georgia team in week one. Will probably still be OK.

18. Missouri (1-0) (15) - Mizzou was not very impressive in their opener against South Dakota State.

19. Texas (1-0) (19) - The Longhorns weren't overwhelmingly impressive in their opening win over North Texas. Keep them at 19.

20. Arizona State (1-0) (20) - The Sun Devils did what they had to do against Weber State.

21. Baylor (1-0) (21)- Bryce Petty was banged up, but the Bears still got a shutout of SMU.

22. Michigan (1-0) (22) - The Wolverines had no trouble with Appalachain St.

23. Oklahoma State (0-1) (NR) - Cowboys lost, but took the defending National Champion to the wire.

24. Ole Miss (1-0) (NR) - Their defense shut down Boise State long enough for their offense to get going.

25. Louisville (1-0) (NR) - The Cardinals got their first ACC win over visiting Miami to restart the Bobby Petrino era.
 

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