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Friday, September 4, 2015

College Football Preview 2015


The 2015 season is here!!

We already ran through the Conferences so now it's time to look at the big picture.  Let's take a look at the conference winners, the final Top 25, the Playoff 4, the National Champs and the Award Winners.

Conference Champs

Big Ten: Ohio State
SEC: Alabama
PAC 12: Stanford
Big 12: TCU
ACC: Georgia Tech

Final Top 25
  1. TCU - 12-0
  2. Ohio State - 11-1
  3. Alabama 11-1
  4. Stanford 11-1
  5. Baylor 11-1
  6. Auburn 11-1
  7. USC 11-1 
  8. Georgia Tech 10-2
  9. Georgia 10-2
  10. Michigan State 10-2
  11. Clemson 10-2
  12. Minnesota 10-2
  13. Arizona State 10-2
  14. Missouri 10-2
  15. Wisconsin 10-2
  16. Oklahoma 9-3
  17. Florida State 9-3
  18. Notre Dame 9-3
  19. Oregon 9-3
  20. Mississippi State 9-3
  21. Nebraska 9-3
  22. Arizona 9-3
  23. Pitt 9-3
  24. North Carolina 9-3
  25. LSU 8-4
The College Football Playoffs

#4 Stanford beats #1 TCU
#2 Ohio State beats #3 Alabama

Ohio State beats Stanford to repeats as National Champions.

Major College Football Awards 

Heisman: Outstanding Player
  • Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State
Maxwell: Outstanding Player
  • Trevone Boykin, QB TCU
Walter Camp: Player of the Year
  • Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State
Doak Walker: Running Back
  • Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State
Davey O'Brien: Quarterback
  • Trevone Boykin, QB TCU
Fred Biletnikof: Receiver
  • Sterling Shepard, WR Oklahoma
John Mackey: Tight End
  • Evan Engram, TE Ole Miss
Vince Lombardi: Outstanding Lineman
  • Jack Conklin, OT Michigan State
Chuck Bednarik: Defensive Player
  • Jaylon Smith, OLB Notre Dame
Dick Butkus: Linebacker
  • Scooby Wright, LB Arizona
Ted Hendricks: Defensive End
  • Joey Bosa, DE Ohio State
Jim Thorpe: Defensive Back
  • Adoree Jackson, CB USC
Coach of the Year
  • David Shaw, Stanford

Well there you have it.  Everything you need to remember for the very end of the year.  Let's check back in five months to see how accurate this is.  

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

ACC Conference Preview 2015



I'm somewhat conflicted about the ACC because I see talent at a few teams and a 1980s legacy that is sorely out of date at others.  There is no real threat to be in contention for the College Football Playoff here but there will be a few good games hopefully.

Atlantic:
Clemson 10-2
Florida State 9-3
Louisville 8-4
NC State 7-5
Boston College 6-6
Syracuse 3-9
Wake Forest 1-11

Coastal:
Georgia Tech 10-2
Pitt 9-3
North Carolina 9-3
Duke 7-5
Miami 7-5
Virginia Tech 6-6
Virginia 3-9

Notre Dame:
Notre Dame 9-3

Offensive MVP: James Conner, RB Pitt
Defensive MVP: Jaylon Smith, LB Notre Dame
Breakout Star: Mike Williams, WR Clemson

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Big 12 Conference Preview


The Big 12 is probably the conference most eager to start the new season after getting shut out of the playoff last year despite two teams that would have been an easy choice to include.  Outside of adding New Mexico and maybe Cincinnati,  some MAC team, or North Dakota State they will stick with 10 teams for the foreseeable future and continue to struggle finding their One True Champion.

The focus remains on TCU and Baylor as they've built very solid programs in the vacuum of Texas' recent implosion and Oklahoma's mysterious disappearance from national relevance.  What happened?

Big 12:
TCU 12-0
Baylor 11-1
Oklahoma 9-3
West Virginia 8-4
Texas 8-4
Oklahoma State 7-5
Kansas State 6-6
Texas Tech 4-8
Iowa State 3-9
Kansas 1-11

Offensive MVP: Trevone Boykin, QB TCU
Defensive MVP: Dominique Alexander, LB Oklahoma
Breakout Star: KD Cannon, WR Baylor


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Pac 12 Season Preview


The Pac 12 has been stepping up it's game lately with nearly all these schools hiring top tier coaches over the past 5 years or so.  While last year brought us some exciting games and a level of parity not often seen in power conferences, it seems this year might show some regression to the mean.  The conferences top team lost probably the best player in their history with Mariota going to the NFL, UCLA is rolling out a true Freshmen at QB, USC lost a few 1st round draft picks, Oregon State has a new head coach, etc

I think there will be some good teams but I don't think we'll see quite the same ridiculousness as we did last year when it seemed like every week there was a game that saw the underdog win in remarkable fashion.

Pac 12 North:
Stanford 11-1
Oregon 9-3
Cal  7-5
Washington 5-7
Washington State 4-8
Oregon State 3-9

Pac 12 South:
USC 11-1
Arizona State 10-2
Arizona 9-3
Utah 8-4
UCLA 6-6
Colorado 4-8

Offensive MVP: JuJu Smith, WR USC
Defensive MVP: Scooby Wright, LB Arizona
Breakout Star: Vernon Adams, QB Oregon


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SEC Preview 2015


Continuing our coverage of the 2015 College Football conference breakdown we head down east to the the former best damn conference in the land with the SEC.  While they haven't been winning championships like they used to the unimaginative pollsters haven't lost faith as the SEC is quite prevalent in this year's Top 25 polls.  A full seven teams from the SEC appear in this year's Top 25 which calls into question the ability for anyone to make an accurate assessment of what teams are any good.  By having so many teams in the Top 25, every game is automatically considered a quality win/loss and is thus a self fulfilling prophecy regardless of its' validity.  This is exactly why I harp on the fact that college football would be more fun if there were more intra-conference FBS games.  Conference games are cool but it's those matchups that get me excited.

But let's talk about the SEC.  They recruit lots of highly ranked guys and it shows in the players they put into the NFL so this is naturally a conference you should be paying attention to despite the fact that recently they just can't win the big one.  Maybe next year?

SEC East
Georgia 10-2
Missouri 10-2
Florida 8-4
Tennessee 6-6
South Carolina 5-7
Vanderbilt 5-7
Kentucky 4-8

SEC West
Alabama 11-1
Auburn 11-1
Mississippi State 9-3
LSU 8-4
Texas A&M 8-4
Arkansas 7-5
Ole Miss 6-6

Based on those results I don't think you could say too much has changed.  I've got Georgia beating Bama in the mid-season game but Bama won't lose to them twice as Saban and Co will secure another SEC championship this year.

Offensive MVP: Dak Prescott, QB Mississippi State
Defensive MVP: Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M
Breakout Star: Jeremy Johnson, QB Auburn




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B1G Preview 2015



Time to pony up.  It's been a while since posting but the dawn of a new day approaches and that day brings us Football.  Sweet sweet regular season football.  

Here are my Big Ten predictions.

Big Ten East:
Ohio State 11-1
Michigan State 10-2
Rutgers 8-4
Penn State 8-4
Michigan 7-5
Maryland 5-7
Indiana 5-7

Big Ten West:
Minnesota 10-2
Wisconsin 10-2
Nebraska 9-3
Iowa 7-5
Northwestern 4-8
Illinois 4-8
Purdue 3-9

Offensive MVP: Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State
Defensive MVP: Joey Bosa, DE Ohio State
Breakout Star: Leonte Caroo, WR Rutgers






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