<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Colorado State Rams 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/25/colorado-state-rams-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Colorado State Rams with a new stadium and potent offense have the 2017 Mountain West championship in their crosshairs.

Overview: Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams have an offense capable of some big things but the defensive side of the football has to improve their run defense to succeed.

Offense: After some ups and downs in 2016 where he lost his job at quarterback, Nick Stevens and the Colorado State Rams offense came on in a big way the last eight games of last season. Stevens has momentum heading in to the new year and CSU has the…

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The Colorado State Rams with a new stadium and potent offense have the 2017 Mountain West championship in their crosshairs.

Overview: Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams have an offense capable of some big things but the defensive side of the football has to improve their run defense to succeed.

Offense: After some ups and downs in 2016 where he lost his job at quarterback, Nick Stevens and the Colorado State Rams offense came on in a big way the last eight games of last season. Stevens has momentum heading in to the new year and CSU has the their top two receiving options back in Olabisi Johnson and Michael Gallup  with nearly 1,900 yards in receptions in 2016 but the team needs others to step up with no proven targets otherwise. The Rams proved they could also move the chains on the ground behind Dalyn Hawkins who will be spelled by Isaiah Matthews but only two starters are back on the offensive line with All MWC center Jake Bennett leading the way.

Defense: Colorado State did show some backbone defensively at times and at others, they gave up yards and points in bunches but the offense also helped because they were generally awesome and on the field a lot and milked the clock. Teams like to run in the Mountain West and the Rams were in the bottom third nationally versus the run but three of the top four return up front along with a few JUCO transfers to help achieve respectability against opposing rushing attacks. Colorado State also gets back four of their top five at linebacker including Tre Thomas and Evan Colorito who bring back almost 15 TFL while Deonte Clyburn comes back after missing the entire 2016 season because of blood clots. The CSU secondary has plenty of safeties but lost two of their top three at corner.

Special Teams: Colorado State will be breaking in Ryan Stonehouse as punter but placekicker Wyatt Bryan is back after connecting on 11-14 field goals.

Outlook: The Rams should produce plenty of excitement with a fantastic offense in a brand new stadium and with a viable defense there is an opportunity to approach double digits in wins and a conference title.

Schedule:

8-26 vs. Oregon State

9-1 vs. Colorado

9-9 vs. Abilene Christian

9-16 @ Alabama

9-30 @ Hawaii

10-7 @ Utah State

10-14 vs. Nevada

10-20 @ New Mexico

10-28 vs. Air Force

11-4 @ Wyoming

11-11 vs. Boise State

11-18 vs. San Jose State

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:38:23 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90144
<![CDATA[Boise State Broncos 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/24/boise-state-broncos-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Boise State Broncos will be gunning for their first MWC title in three seasons in 2017.

Overview: Head coach Bryan Harsin has done nothing but win at his alma mater but the Boise State Broncos are no longer a factor on the national scene and have not won the Mountain West in back to back seasons so the question is whether some key losses on both sides of the ball are filled and helps the team return to prominence.

Offense: Whatever questions the Boise State Broncos might have on offense, quarterback Brett Rypien isn’t one of them as one of…

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The Boise State Broncos will be gunning for their first MWC title in three seasons in 2017.

Overview: Head coach Bryan Harsin has done nothing but win at his alma mater but the Boise State Broncos are no longer a factor on the national scene and have not won the Mountain West in back to back seasons so the question is whether some key losses on both sides of the ball are filled and helps the team return to prominence.

Offense: Whatever questions the Boise State Broncos might have on offense, quarterback Brett Rypien isn’t one of them as one of the best signal callers in the game. However, will Rypien be as productive with three of his top receiving targets gone with Chaz Anderson, Jeremy McNichols and Thomas Sperbeck taking almost 150 receptions and over 2,000 yards to graduation? Cedric Wilson is the number one after totaling over 1,100 yards in catches in 2016 with Akilian Butler, AJ Richardson and Sean Modster in the mix but after Wilson the Boise State receiving corps is unproven. With McNichols gone in the rushing attack, the Broncos will lean on Ryan Wolpin and Alexander Mattison but neither has shown any big play ability which might be an even bigger worry with just two starters back on the line.

Defense: The Boise State Broncos return the bulk of their defensive line although the team needs to add some depth and establish a rotation because an injury or two would be a huge setback. The Boise front was not exceptionally strong or weak in most areas and needs to meet or exceed their production of last season because there will be new faces at linebacker and the secondary which means injuries and inexperience could cause some growing pains. Blake Whitlock and Leighton Vander Esch did show potential as back ups and Vander Esch was hurt the latter half of 2016 so potential would describe this unit. The Boise State secondary was decent a season ago and despite some losses have plenty of highly ranked athletes available so this group might not miss a beat.

Special Teams: The Broncos hand over the reins of the kicking game to Joel Valezquez for punting and placekicking and right now, Cedrick Wilson is listed as the primary returner.

Outlook: Many simply pencil in Boise State as the best team in the Mountain West and that was the case several years ago. While I still believe this team is more then capable of winning the conference, I’d say the Broncos are an obvious challenger that has less room for error then in previous seasons.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Troy

9-9 @ Washington State

9-14 vs. New Mexico

9-22 vs. Virginia

10-6 @ Brigham Young

10-14 @ San Diego State

10-21 vs. Wyoming

10-28 @ Utah State

11-4 vs. Nevada

11-11 @ Colorado State

11-18 vs. Air Force

11-25 @ Fresno State

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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90075
<![CDATA[MTSU Blue Raiders 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/22/mtsu-blue-raiders-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are expected to be a factor in the CUSA in 2017.

Overview: Head coach Rick Stockstill has the ingredients to make noise in the CUSA with son Brent under center leading the offense but he needs to find some run stoppers on the defensive line to compete for a conference title.

Offense: The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders offense needs to protect ‘franchise’ quarterback Brent Stockstill who  missed some time with a broken collarbone in 2016. Stockstill has plenty of options and experience to play catch…

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are expected to be a factor in the CUSA in 2017.

Overview: Head coach Rick Stockstill has the ingredients to make noise in the CUSA with son Brent under center leading the offense but he needs to find some run stoppers on the defensive line to compete for a conference title.

Offense: The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders offense needs to protect ‘franchise’ quarterback Brent Stockstill who  missed some time with a broken collarbone in 2016. Stockstill has plenty of options and experience to play catch with especially Ty Lee and Richie James who will lead a very productive Blue Raiders receiving corps. Despite possessing a dangerous air attack, the ground game has to be respectable and that falls on the shoulders of Maurice Gordon and Terelle West with I’Tavius Mathers taking almost 1,600 rushing yards to graduation. The MTSU offensive line lost a chunk of experience as well so succeeding on the ground is not a guarantee.

Defense: The 2016 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders struggled to stop the run which is the bad news but even worse is the unit will have to be rebuilt with five of the top six gone which might end up being a be a good thing. The Blue Raiders are projected to start Tyshun Render at end and Malik Manciel at tackle with both having some limited experience but the unit has to prove themselves to be good or bad which only comes from being on the field. The Middle Tennessee secondary was adequate in 2016 but they were victimized by a lack of a pass rush and not enough help on run ‘D’ so the potential of this unit is rather good if help is on the horizon in 2017…and that’s a big if!

Special Teams: Matt Bonadies will handle the punting chores and placekicker Canon Rooker was strong on sub 40 yard field goals while Desmond Anderson is a reliable returner but Rooker and Anderson are clearly the best of the MTSU special teams.

Outlook: I think the Blue Raiders season could be described as a big IF. If the run defense is viable and if the rushing attack compliments what should be a productive passing game, Middle Tennessee State will be in the running for the CUSA East crown.  

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Vanderbilt

9-9 @ Syracuse

9-16 @ Minnesota

9-23 vs. Bowling Green

9-30 @ Florida Atlantic

10-7 vs. Florida Atlantic

10-14 @ UAB

10-20 vs. Marshall

11-4 vs. UTEP

11-11 @ Charlotte

11-17 @ Western Kentucky

11-25 vs. Old Dominion

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:13:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89940
<![CDATA[Old Dominion Monarchs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/21/old-dominion-monarchs-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Old Dominion Monarchs have been labeled as a challenger in the CUSA in 2017 after winning ten games a season ago.

Overview: Bobby Wilder and the Old Dominion Monarchs are looking for an encore to last season’s 10-3 record but much will depend on a new quarterback and the passing attack.

Offense: The Old Dominion Monarchs lose 2016 starting quarterback David Washington and their top receiver in Zach Pascal which has many wondering about the state of the air game. Blake LaRussa will enter the year as Old Dominion's number one under center but…

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The Old Dominion Monarchs have been labeled as a challenger in the CUSA in 2017 after winning ten games a season ago.

Overview: Bobby Wilder and the Old Dominion Monarchs are looking for an encore to last season’s 10-3 record but much will depend on a new quarterback and the passing attack.

Offense: The Old Dominion Monarchs lose 2016 starting quarterback David Washington and their top receiver in Zach Pascal which has many wondering about the state of the air game. Blake LaRussa will enter the year as Old Dominion's number one under center but he and his competition are largely unknowns. The Monarchs do have weapons at receiver in Isaiah Harper, Travis Fulgham, Jonathan Duhart and tight end Melvin Vaughn which makes for a potentially solid unit. The ODU rushing attack is a strength behind Raw Lawry and Jeremy Cox and an experienced offensive line which might have to do the bulk of the heavy lifting if the passing attack suffers some growing pains which means the quarterback is struggling.

Defense: While many can’t forget the days when Taylor Heinicke threw for a million yards to try and outscore opponents because the defense had little stopping power, things have changed for ODU who have slowly built a viable defense. The ODU defensive line brings back experience and size at tackle with four starters returning with three tipping the scales at 300+ pounds. Bunmi Rotimi and Oshane Ximines were playmakers at defensive end with over 14 sacks and 21.5 TFL so the Monarchs have plenty of potential up front. ODU does have questions at linebacker with four of the top five graduating including All CUSA performer TJ Ricks and Anthony Wilson who challenged for conference honors. Old Dominion does get back ten of their top 12 in the secondary so the unit boasts plenty of experience.

Special Teams: Baily Cate and Brad Davis return at punter and placekicker respectively while the Monarchs also get back Kesean Strong and Darell Brown in the return game so this unit threaten a top 50 ranking.

Outlook: If Old Dominion gets decent play under center the Monarchs could threaten last season’s win total but worse case, the team goes to another Bowl with so much talent in other areas.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Albany

9-9 @ UMass

9-16 vs. North Carolina

9-23 @ Virginia Tech

10-7 vs. Florida Atlantic

10-14 @ Marshall

10-20 vs. Western Kentucky

10-28 @ North Texas

11-4 vs. Charlotte

11-11 @ Florida International

11-18 vs. Rice

11-25 @ Middle Tennessee

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:53:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89883
<![CDATA[College Football 2017: Power Ranking SEC Quarterbacks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/21/college-football-2017-power-ranking-sec-quarterbacks#comments Last season the SEC had five quarterbacks who had 20-plus touchdown passes and two who threw for more than 3,000 yards. A lot of those quarterbacks return this season and when you throw in a few others with high upside, this could end up being one of the better QB seasons in the SEC we’ve seen in a while.

With the 2017 college football season right around the corner, let’s power rank each quarterback in the SEC. 

1. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State Bulldogs - In his first season as a starter, Nick Fitzgerald threw for 2,400 yards…

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Last season the SEC had five quarterbacks who had 20-plus touchdown passes and two who threw for more than 3,000 yards. A lot of those quarterbacks return this season and when you throw in a few others with high upside, this could end up being one of the better QB seasons in the SEC we’ve seen in a while.

With the 2017 college football season right around the corner, let’s power rank each quarterback in the SEC. 

1. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State Bulldogs - In his first season as a starter, Nick Fitzgerald threw for 2,400 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. The potential for Fitzgerald is off the charts with his size and athleticism, and he’ll become a household name this season.  

2. Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide - While not a perfect freshman year, Jalen Hurts more than held his own against some of the top teams in the country, completing nearly 63 percent of his passes and combining for 36 total touchdowns. Hurts may be the most talented QB Nick Saban has ever had at Alabama. 

3. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn Tigers - Don’t look now, but coach Gus Malzahn has a quarterback again. Jarrett Stidham is a transfer from Baylor who completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in a limited role in 2015. Stidham has the arm and the size to give Bama a run for the SEC West. 

4. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss Rebels - In three games last season, Shea Patterson threw for 880 yards, six touchdowns and showed his athleticism on 41 carries. There’s comparisons floating around that Patterson is the next Johnny Manziel, and while that may be a stretch, the kid is exciting and will help keep Ole Miss above water with all the mess going on off the field. 

5. Austin Allen, Arkansas Razorbacks - Austin Allen led the SEC last season with 3,430 passing yards and was second with 25 touchdown passes. Allen would be a tad higher on this list if he didn’t throw 15 interceptions and have constant dips in his play. But Allen is a gamer and brings experience and toughness to the field each week. 

6. Jacob Eason, Georgia Bulldogs - Jacob Eason may have the best arm of any quarterback in the SEC, and he finished the season strong with five touchdown passes in his last three games. If Eason can get protection from his offensive line and find a rhythm, he could lead the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship Game. 

7. Malik Zaire, Florida Gators - Malik Zaire didn’t live up to his recruiting status at Notre Dame despite six touchdown passes in 15 games played. However, don’t give up on Zaire just yet, as the raw talent is there. Zaire’s arm strength and athleticism is unmatched and could finally come together in Gainesville.  

8. Jake Bentley, South Carolina Gamecocks - Jake Bentley turned South Carolina’s season around last year, throwing for a pair of touchdowns in each of his first three games and completing nearly 66 percent of his passes. The problem is Bentley then went on a cold streak and had a hard time taking control of the offense. With a summer under his belt as the man, Bentley could become something special for the Gamecocks. 

9. Drew Lock, Missouri Tigers - Drew Lock has the arm and did throw for 3,400 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. The problem is Lock made constant foolish decisions with the ball and had four games with two or more interceptions. This season is about finding a happy balance for the more experienced Lock. 

10. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky Wildcats - Stephen Johnson showed ability last year with 2,000 passing yards, 13 touchdown passes and 300 rushing yards with three touchdowns. Johnson can be a playmaker for the Wildcats and says he’s eager to prove the doubters wrong this season. 

11. Danny Etling, LSU Tigers - Danny Etling has been in college forever, as he threw 267 passes for Purdue back in 2013 as a freshman. And while Etling had flashes last year of being the difference maker LSU needs at QB, he’s never played with consistency and just doesn’t have that explosiveness to get the Tigers over the top offensively. 

12. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt Commodores - Kyle Shurmur was dreadful to watch last season, throwing nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions, but he came out of nowhere towards the end and torched Tennessee with 416 passing yards. Vanderbilt would love to if that performance was a fluke or a sign of things to come. 

13. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee Volunteers - Quinten Dormady has just 39 passes under his belt for his career and is being asked to replace Joshua Dobbs, who led the SEC last year with 27 touchdown passes. Dormady could be better than this ranking, but it’s all about show and prove with me. 

14. Nick Starkel, Texas A&M Aggies - Nick Starkel seems to be the early favorite to win the starting job after redshirting last season. And while he doesn’t have the explosiveness the Aggies are used to seeing, he does get rid of the ball quickly and has good pocket awareness.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:34:32 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89874
<![CDATA[Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/19/louisiana-tech-bulldogs-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to capture the elusive CUSA championship in 2017. 

Overview: Skip Holtz has a few areas to address on both sides of the football but his Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have enough playmakers to compete for the CUSA title although that has been the case the past few years as well. Can the Bulldogs take the next step?

Offense: The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have enjoyed stellar play under center for the past few years and the team is looking to J’Mar Smith to continue that string of success. The Bulldogs ground attack should…

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to capture the elusive CUSA championship in 2017. 

Overview: Skip Holtz has a few areas to address on both sides of the football but his Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have enough playmakers to compete for the CUSA title although that has been the case the past few years as well. Can the Bulldogs take the next step?

Offense: The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have enjoyed stellar play under center for the past few years and the team is looking to J’Mar Smith to continue that string of success. The Bulldogs ground attack should garner attention from opposing defenses with Jarred Craft and Boston Scott with the latter averaging over seven yards per touch the past two seasons. The La Tech passing game will feature heavy doses of Adrian Hardy (Oklahoma) and Teddy Veal (Tulane) but the receiving corps has enough highly ranked athletes that will give Smith options. Louisiana Tech gets back two starters on the offensive line including All CUSA guard O’Shea Douglas but this unit is a concern on paper.

Defense: The 2016 La Tech defense had to replace the majority of their top contributors and even though their run ‘D’ was respectable, opponents found the air game more then inviting. Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson is the star of the line after recording 14.5 sacks a season ago while the rest of the line has enough experience and ability to be competitive up front for the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech is wait and see at the linebacker position but the secondary has some pieces coming back. Safety’s Secdrick Cooper and DaMarion King along with cornerback Ephraim Kitchen give Louisiana Tech experience and production which hopefully will translate into a viable pass defense.

Special Teams: Davan Dyer will handle the punting duties and Jonathan Barnes is back at placekicker after going 9-12 on sub 40 yard field goals but the Bulldogs return game will have a new look.

Outlook: Louisiana Tech has enough new faces to cause concern but the team has overcome similar situations in recent years and the assumption is that will be the case once again. If so, the Bulldogs have enough to challenge for the CUSA crown.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Northwestern State

9-9 vs. Mississippi State

9-16 @ Western Kentucky

9-23 @ South Carolina

9-30 vs. South Alabama

10-7 @ UAB

10-21 vs. Southern Miss

10-28 @ Rice

11-4 vs. North Texas

11-11 vs. Florida Atlantic

11-18 @ UTEP

11-25 vs. UTSA

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:45:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89760
<![CDATA[UTSA Roadrunners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/19/utsa-roadrunners-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The defensive minded UTSA Roadrunners hope to make plenty of noise in the CUSA in 2017.

Overview: Frank Wilson might have ‘only’ gone 6-7 in his first year as head coach for UTSA but that was three more wins then the team had in 2015. Can Wilson get consistent scoring from the offense to help a solid Roadrunners defense?

Offense: The success of the UTSA Roadrunners offense likely depends on what quarterback Dalton Sturm and the receiving corps can do in the air. Sturm completed under 57% of his throws last year which was down from 2015 but he…

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The defensive minded UTSA Roadrunners hope to make plenty of noise in the CUSA in 2017.

Overview: Frank Wilson might have ‘only’ gone 6-7 in his first year as head coach for UTSA but that was three more wins then the team had in 2015. Can Wilson get consistent scoring from the offense to help a solid Roadrunners defense?

Offense: The success of the UTSA Roadrunners offense likely depends on what quarterback Dalton Sturm and the receiving corps can do in the air. Sturm completed under 57% of his throws last year which was down from 2015 but he made fewer mistakes and got the ball downfield a little better. UTSA does get back their top four targets from a season ago but as a whole, this group struggled to catch the ball. The Roadrunners were far more efficient on the ground and should be again behind Jalen Rhodes who averaged over five yards per touch with the added benefit of being sure handed in the passing game. The Texas-San Antonio offensive line has plenty of experience which should only help but they don’t throw or catch the football.

Defense: In 2016, the UTSA Roadrunners were solid on the defensive side of the football but were vulnerable to big pass plays and were near the bottom of the rankings last season in big plays allowed. Overall, Texas-San Antonio returns four of their top five linemen led by end Marcus Davenport who can play in a few positions. The Roadrunners also get back three of their top four linebackers including Josiah Tauefa (9 TFL) and Wilson has added plenty of high rated recruits throughout the front seven so depth and performance looks good on paper. UTSA will have to break in new safety’s so the big pass plays allowed a year ago might haunt the secondary although Wilson has addressed his secondary with more high ranked recruits coming in!

Special Teams: Yannis Routsas will handle punting after averaging 42 yards on 69 boots in 2016 while Victor Falcon was fantastic on sub 40 yard field goals. Matt Guidry gives UTSA a boost in the return game and anchors what is likely a top 60 special teams unit. 

Outlook: If Texas-San Antonio develops a competitive passing attack, the defense will hold up their end of the bargain and have the Roadrunners Bowling and possibly challenging Louisiana Tech for supremacy in the CUSA West.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Houston

9-9 @ Baylor

9-16 vs. Southern U

9-23 @ Texas State

10-7 vs. Southern Miss

10-14 @ North Texas

10-21 vs. Rice

10-28 @ UTEP

11-4 @ Florida International

11-11 vs. UAB

11-18 vs. Marshall

11-25 @ Louisiana Tech

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:40:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89772
<![CDATA[College Football 2017: Power Ranking Top 10 Defensive Backs]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/19/college-football-2017-power-ranking-top-10-defensive-backs#comments We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m looking at the best defensive backs in the country. 

In today’s game where it’s become so pass-happy, it’s important to have a great secondary to solidify a defense.

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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m looking at the best defensive backs in the country. 

In today’s game where it’s become so pass-happy, it’s important to have a great secondary to solidify a defense.

Top 10 Quarterbacks in College Football

Top 10 Running Backs In College Football

Top 10 Wide Receivers in College Football

Top 10 Tight Ends in College Football

Top 10 Linebackers in College Football

Top 10 Defensive Linemen in College Football

Here are the top 10 defensive backs heading into the 2017 college football season.

1. Jaire Alexander, Louisville Cardinals - Jaire Alexander was just getting his feet wet his first two seasons and is coming off a year in which he had five interceptions and nine pass deflections. The sky is the limit for Alexander, who should have his best season yet before leaving for the NFL draft. 

2. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama Crimson Tide - Minkah Fitzpatrick can play anywhere in the secondary, as he’s physical enough to patrol the middle while being athletic enough to make plays in the box. Fitzpatrick is the swiss army knife of Alabama’s defense and will be the glue to this years unit. 

3. Derwin James, Florida State Seminoles - Derwin James played just two games last season, but his production in 2015 and his pure athleticism makes him one of the best players in college football regardless. James will be used all over the field this season, as he’s simply a playmaker regardless of where he lines up.   

4. Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State Seminoles - Tarvarus McFadden had eight interceptions last season despite playing through a shoulder injury that required surgery. A healthy McFadden to go along with James gives Florida State possibly the best secondary in college football. 

5. D.J. Reed, Kansas State Wildcats - D.J. Reed is just another example of Bill Synder finding guys and getting the best out of them, as he had 16 pass deflections, 75 tackles and three interceptions last season. Reed is one of the best in the country at closing on the ball and making a play. 

6. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama Crimson Tide - Ronnie Harrison is a massive defensive back at 6’3”, 220 pounds, and he finished second for Alabama last season with 85 tackles. Harrison is the thumper who is going to set the tone for the Crimson Tide on the back end. 

7. Duke Dawson, Florida Gators - Florida is building a history of turning out elite defensive backs and Duke Dawson is next in line. Dawson has great ball skills and never gets caught out of position, and this will be his best season yet in a Florida uniform. 

8. Quin Blanding, Virginia Cavaliers - Quin Blanding has lived up to his recruiting hype, as he’s produced 356 tackles, six interceptions and 14 pass deflections in three seasons. Blanding is a safety with natural cover ability and will be a high NFL draft pick after his senior season. 

9. Marcus Allen, Penn State Nittany Lions - Most people know Marcus Allen for blocking the kick against Ohio State, but he’s coming off a season in which he had 110 tackles and set the tone for the surprising Nittany Lions. While the offense gets a lot of the credit in Happy Valley, Allen is a difference maker on the defensive side and a key piece to PSU’s title hopes. 

10. Iman Marshall, USC Trojans - In his first two seasons, Iman Marshall has combined for 119 tackles, six interceptions and 17 pass deflections. Marshall will prove his worth now that Adoree' Jackson is no longer around, and he’ll impress NFL scouts by locking up the top guy in the Pac-12 each week.

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<![CDATA[College Football 2017: Power Ranking Top 10 Defensive Linemen]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/19/college-football-2017-power-ranking-top-10-defensive-linemen#comments We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m looking at the top defensive linemen in college football, otherwise known as the first line of defense and the guys who make life easier or harder on the back end. 

Every great defense needs a great defensive front and it helps to have one of these guys on the list.

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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m looking at the top defensive linemen in college football, otherwise known as the first line of defense and the guys who make life easier or harder on the back end. 

Every great defense needs a great defensive front and it helps to have one of these guys on the list.

Top 10 Quarterbacks in College Football

Top 10 Running Backs In College Football

Top 10 Wide Receivers in College Football

Top 10 Tight Ends in College Football

Top 10 Linebackers in College Football

Here are the top 10 defensive linemen heading into the 2017 college football season.

1. Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars - Ed Oliver lived up to the hype his freshman year in which he produced 66 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and nine pass deflections. Oliver is a man amongst boys and could be the most dominating defensive lineman since Jadeveon Clowney.  

2. Harold Landry, Boston College Golden Eagles - Harold Landry is coming off a season in which he had 22 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Yikes. In three seasons, Landry has 39.5 tackles for loss and 10 forced fumbles. The guy simply makes plays on the football field like few other. 

3. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson Tigers - Dexter Lawrence was key in Clemson winning the national title, as he had 62 tackles, 6.5 sacks and consistently clogged running lanes. Lawrence has possible No. 1 pick potential if he continues on this track as arguably the best defensive tackle in college football. 

4. Christian Wilkins, Clemson Tigers - Christian Wilkins has his fun on special teams and offense now and then, but he’s still one of the top defensive linemen in the country who had 13 tackles for loss and 10 pass deflections. A 1-2 punch of Wilkins and Lawrence make Clemson a factor in the ACC despite so much talent lost overall. 

5. Vita Vea, Washington Huskies - Vita Vea received Pac-12 honors last season despite only a handful of starts, and this season he’s posted for an even bigger year as he enters at nearly 350 pounds. Vea doesn’t have the fancy stats, but he’s a monster in the middle and will be a first round pick. 

6. Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State Wolfpack - Bradley Chubb has gotten better each season with NC State, which is rather scary when you consider he had 21 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last year. Chubb is an all-around great defensive lineman and gives the Wolfpack one of the more underrated defensive fronts. 

7. Maurice Hurst, Michigan Wolverines - Maurice Hurst is another player who has limited starts in his career, but he’s shown promise with 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks. This year, Hurst is going to be the go-to guy up front and will certainly become a household name before his career comes to an end. 

8. Da'Ron Payne, Alabama Crimson Tide - Da'Ron Payne doesn’t have the stats as the other guys on this list, but the defensive tackle is one of the best in the country at stopping the run and consistently demands double teams. Payne will be one of the faces of this Crimson Tide defense due to more turnover with Nick Saban’s club. 

9. Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss Rebels - In three seasons with Ole Miss, Marquis Haynes has 127 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. Haynes is the perfect athlete for Wesley McGriff’s defense and has proven he’s good for at least a healthy seven sacks a season.

10. Trenton Thompson, Georgia Bulldogs - Trenton Thompson hasn’t exactly lived up to his recruiting status and has been battling injury issues this offseason, but he’s expected to be ready to go come August. Thompson is a mountain of a man who is impossible to move and is starting to consistently get in the backfield. Thompson has tons of upside to climb this list rather quickly. 

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<![CDATA[College Football 2017: Power Ranking Top 10 Quarterbacks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/14/college-football-2017-power-ranking-top-10-quarterbacks#comments We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m taking a look at the top quarterbacks in the country, the best players at the most important position, which makes these teams hard to bet against. 

If a team has one of these quarterbacks, there should be a lot of winning this season.

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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m taking a look at the top quarterbacks in the country, the best players at the most important position, which makes these teams hard to bet against. 

If a team has one of these quarterbacks, there should be a lot of winning this season.

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Here are the top 10 quarterbacks heading into the 2017 college football season.

1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals - Last years Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson produced nearly 5,000 yards of offense and 51 total touchdowns. Keep in mind that includes the last month were the production dipped a bit. Jackson has the potential to be even better this season, which is scary.

2. Sam Darnold, USC Trojans - Sam Darnold completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards, and the bulk of that production came in 10 games. Darnold has the ability to be that next great USC quarterback, which makes the Trojans a legit national title contender.

3. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sooners - In three seasons, Baker Mayfield has almost 10,000 passing yards and 88 touchdowns. Video game numbers. Mayfield is the reason Oklahoma can beat anybody in the country, but you’d like to see him be more consistent in big games.

4. Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide - I wasn’t as high on Jalen Hurts last year as others, but keep in mind he was just a freshman. Nearly a 63 completion percentage along with almost 1,000 rushing yards was just tapping into his potential. Hurts is only going to improve under the Alabama coaching staff.

5. Jake Browning, Washington Huskies - Jake Browning lost some of his weapons from a year ago, but we’re talking about somebody who had 43 touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns. The kid is the real deal. Washington is still a Pac-12 contender because of who is at quarterback. 

6. Deondre Francois, Florida State Seminoles - I may have Deondre Francois higher than most, but I saw a kid who made countless big plays down the stretch and kept getting up despite getting rocked every single game. Francois has that it factor and the toughness you can’t teach. I’m really high on the FSU quarterback heading into 2017.

7. Trace McSorley, Penn State Nittany Lions - Trace McSorley finished his final three games with 12 touchdown passes and gave us a peak of what could be for Penn State. If McSorley can put together a complete season with that greatness, the Nittany Lions could be the team to beat in the Big Ten. 

8. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State Cowboys - Mason Rudolph has over 7,800 passing yards and 49 touchdowns the last two seasons, and Oklahoma State is 15-3 when he throws at least two touchdowns. Rudolph is possibly the most underrated college quarterback in the country. 

9. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Buckeyes - J.T. Barrett is one of those guys you can’t believe is still in school and his ups and downs make you question just how good he actually is. Bottom line is Barrett is 26-4 in his career and is one of the better dual-threats in the country. Ohio State will be a favorite to a win the national title if Barrett can return to the player he was during the 2014 college football season.

10. Quinton Flowers, South Florida Bulls - Quinton Flowers may not get a lot of national love, but he threw for 2,800 yards, rushed for 1,500 yards and combined for 42 touchdowns. It doesn’t get much better than that, and Flowers has to be considered a dark horse Heisman threat if he can build on those numbers.

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