<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Michigan Wolverines 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/04/26/michigan-wolverines-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Michigan Wolverines have won 10 games in each of the first two seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh and now hope to take that next step and play for a national championship. Michigan certainly enters the season as a national contender and will be a favorite along with Ohio State to win the Big Ten.

Is this the year the Wolverines make that college football playoff leap?

Here’s the Michigan Wolverines 2017 college football preview.

Offense: Michigan has its quarterback…

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The Michigan Wolverines have won 10 games in each of the first two seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh and now hope to take that next step and play for a national championship. Michigan certainly enters the season as a national contender and will be a favorite along with Ohio State to win the Big Ten.

Is this the year the Wolverines make that college football playoff leap?

Here’s the Michigan Wolverines 2017 college football preview.

Offense: Michigan has its quarterback in Wilton Speight, who completed better than 61 percent of his passes for 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. You’ll like to see Speight be more of a difference maker with a year under his belt, but the reliability and experience he brings is encouraging. The Wolverines lose their top rusher in De'Veon Smith, but had more than enough depth with Chris Evans and Karan Higdon returning, a RB duo that combined for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. The receiving position was hit hard with Amara Darboh, Jake Butt and Jehu Chesson gone, which puts pressure on youngsters such as Donovan Peoples-Jones, Eddie McDoom and Tarik Black, a trio that was highly recruited but unproven up to this point. The UM offensive line should get left tackle Grant Newsome back from injury which is a big boost, and Cesar Ruiz has a chance to be one of the better centers in the Big Ten. However, overall, the lack of experience and depth at receiver and along the offensive line could be the reasons Michigan has an offense that’s hit or miss for much of this season.

Defense: The Wolverines defensive line is deep and talented, as Chase Winovich was solid in his first real season with 5.5 sacks and Rashan Gary had six quarterback hurries despite limited playing time as a freshman. Aubrey Solomon is a 5-star defensive tackle who will make an immediate impact and could become a household name in college football before the season is finished. The linebacking corps obviously loses some of its fire with Jabrill Peppers now in the NFL, putting pressure on Devin Bush and Jordan Glasgow to produce with a larger workload. Good news is that Mike McCray returns after finishing second on the team with 75 tackles. The big question mark for Michigan’s defense is a secondary that lost nearly everybody, inducing Jeremy Clark, who was denied a sixth-year of eligibility. The secondary will include Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, Tyree Kinnel, David Long and Josh Metellus, which makes for an inexperienced group that’s sure going to experience growing pains. You just hope guys can gel into their positions before the heart of the schedule picks up.

Special Teams: Ryan Tice will replace Kenny Allen at kicker after missing one field goal attempt and making all 10 of his extra points. Brad Robbins will replace Allen at punter, a 2017 recruit who 247Sports lists as the 14th best punter of the class.

Outlook: The Michigan Wolverines have the quarterback, coach and young talent to make another run at the college football playoff. To be taken seriously as a top contender will be determined by the offensive line and secondary play. The Wolverines have questions along their OL that need answers before the season starts and the overwhelming youth in the defensive backfield is going to be tested by nearly every team this season. Either way, Harbaugh has shown what he can do with this program and that alone makes the Wolverines a contender. Michigan may have lost too much talent to be as good as it was last season, so I’m not betting on a CFP appearance, but double-digit wins for a third straight season is likely.

Schedule:

Sept. 2: vs. Florida (Arlington, Texas) 

Sept. 9: vs. Cincinnati 

Sept. 16: vs. Air Force 

Sept. 23: at Purdue 

Sept. 30: BYE 

Oct. 7: vs. Michigan State 

Oct. 14: at Indiana   

Oct. 21: at Penn State 

Oct. 28: vs. Rutgers 

Nov. 4: vs. Minnesota 

Nov. 11: at Maryland   

Nov. 18: at Wisconsin 

Nov. 25: vs. Ohio State   

Dec. 2: Big Ten championship game 

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:27:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84115
<![CDATA[Florida State Seminoles 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/04/21/florida-state-seminoles-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Florida State Seminoles have won double-digit games in each of the last five seasons and enter this year as a national title contender. Coach Jimbo Fisher has set the bar high for FSU, and the goal yearly seems to be hosting the ultimate trophy at the end of the year. Florida State has a chance to win its second national championship in the last five years if everything goes right.

Here’s the Florida State Seminoles 2017 college football preview.

Offense: Florida State has big holes to fill with…

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The Florida State Seminoles have won double-digit games in each of the last five seasons and enter this year as a national title contender. Coach Jimbo Fisher has set the bar high for FSU, and the goal yearly seems to be hosting the ultimate trophy at the end of the year. Florida State has a chance to win its second national championship in the last five years if everything goes right.

Here’s the Florida State Seminoles 2017 college football preview.

Offense: Florida State has big holes to fill with the loss of Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph. However, quarterback Deondre Francois showed terrific promise as a freshman, throwing for 3,300 yards and 20 touchdowns while getting up after taking monster hits throughout the season. Francois is crazy tough and super talented, and he should be one of the better QB’s in the country with another season under his belt. Jacques Patrick has been a decent running back for FSU in limited playing time and Cam Akers is arguably the best offensive recruit Fisher has ever landed. That duo should be able to replace Cook’s production. Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate bring stability to the wide receiving corps after combining for more than 800 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. However, there needs to be more depth discovered at the wide receiver position. The offensive line should make steps forward after a shaky season with Alec Eberle returning at center, Landon Dickerson capable of playing either guard spot and Rick Leonard showing more consistency late in the year. If this offensive line holds up better than it did last season, FSU could have one of the better offensive teams in the country this season even with the loss of some of its more recognizable names.

Defense: There’s no way for the Seminoles to replace DeMarcus Walker, who was second on the team in tackles and second in the country in sacks. However, a combination of Josh Sweat and Brian Burns creates a solid 1-2 punch along the defensive line that did combine for 16.5 sacks last season. Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was also very impressive in the second half of the season and Demarcus Christmas adds depth to one of the more talented defensive lines in the country. Linebacker Matthew Thomas returns as the Seminoles leading tackler and Ro’Derrick Hoskins has been a reliable player for the past two seasons. Tarvarus McFadden is one of the better cornerbacks in college football after intercepting eight passtes last season and Derwin James is one of the top defensive players in the country, period. Throw Trey Marshall in the mix and FSU has an extremely talented secondary that's sure to make life difficult for opposing ACC quarterbacks. Florida State’s defense has been deep for years, and we’re now starting to see that depth pay off with some of its key contributors from last season no longer on the roster.

Special Teams: Ricky Aguayo returns at kicker after making 19 of 26 field goals and 51 of 52 extra point attempts. Logan Tyler returns at punter after averaging 40.3 yards on 54 attempts.

Outlook: Florida State is going to have one of the top defenses in the country this season and we all know that defense is usually the deciding factor in winning the national championship. Francois has less proven talent around him, but he showed enough as a freshman that he should be able to become more of a leader and make players around him better. The Noles defense is going to do its job, the season basically comes down to how much Francois grows in his second season. If he improves his completion percentage above 60 percent and takes less of a beating, you’re looking at a Heisman candidate and a FSU team that will make the college football playoffs. If the offense doesn’t fulfill expectations and the defense is on the field too often, FSU will have another 9-10 in season and be a team on the outside looking in. I’m high on Florida State, Francois and think this is a team to bet on to win the national title.

Schedule:

Sept. 2, Alabama (in Atlanta)
Sept. 9, Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 16, Miami*
Sept. 23, NC State*
Sept. 30, at Wake Forest*
Oct. 14, at Duke*
Oct. 21, Louisville*
Oct. 27, at Boston College* (Friday)
Nov. 4, Syracuse* (Parents Weekend)
Nov. 11 at Clemson*
Nov. 18 Delaware State (Homecoming)
Nov. 25 at Florida

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:38:08 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83698
<![CDATA[Oklahoma Sooners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/04/20/oklahoma-sooners-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Oklahoma Sooners have won double-digit games in six of the last seven years but hope to get back into the national championship picture in 2017. The Sooners have a lot of promising players returning from last years squad and hope this is the season they can run through the Big 12 and get back to the college football playoffs.

Here’s the Oklahoma Sooners 2017 college football preview.

Offense: The Sooners enter another season with one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Baker Mayfield, who…

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The Oklahoma Sooners have won double-digit games in six of the last seven years but hope to get back into the national championship picture in 2017. The Sooners have a lot of promising players returning from last years squad and hope this is the season they can run through the Big 12 and get back to the college football playoffs.

Here’s the Oklahoma Sooners 2017 college football preview.

Offense: The Sooners enter another season with one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Baker Mayfield, who completed 71 percent of his passes for nearly 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. Mayfield may have had his hiccups last season, but he has 88 touchdown passes and nearly 10,000 passing yards for his career and is the engine to this Sooners offense. Rodney Anderson and Abdul Adams will be asked to replace Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon at running back, which won’t be easy, but they have the talent and upside to be effective. Mark Andrews, Jeffery Mead and Jeff Badet will all be given a larger workload with Mixon and Dede Westbrook no longer around, which does raise some questions at the wide receiver spots. Oklahoma also still has a young offensive line led by Orlando Brown, Ben Powers, Bobby Evans and Erick Wren, but the Sooners were above-average at protecting the quarterback last season. While there are questions with this unit, having Mayfield at quarterback gives Oklahoma a dangerous offense with high upside.

Defense: Oklahoma returns one of the top defensive playmakers in the Big 12 in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who had nine sacks and 71 tackles. Emmanuel Beal finished second on the team with 81 tackles and gives the Sooners one of the better linebacker pairs in the country. Caleb Kelly is also a name to watch, as he came on strong late last year and should be the starter on the strongside. Jordan Thomas is an experienced cornerback who came away with two interceptions and 19 passes defended last season, which was tid for the most in the Big 12. Steven Parker has been a quality safety the last three years for Oklahoma and has improved each season, while Will Sunderland is poised for a breakout season with more playing time. The Oklahoma defensive line is also a promising unit with another year of Matt Romar and Neville Gallimore clogging up the middle at defensive tackle. There’s also a lot of options at defensive end with D.J. Ward, Kenneth Mann and Amani Bledsoe rotating. With most of this unit returning from last season, I don’t expect the Sooners to be ranked 82nd in the country in yards allowed per game.

Special Teams: Austin Seibert returns at punter & kicker after making 11 of 16 field goal attempts and 72 of 74 extra points while also averaging 41.1 yards on 48 punts.

Outlook: I’m always hesitant on putting Oklahoma in the national title conversation because I have little faith in Bob Stoops coming through in big games. It seems like the Sooners surprise folks when nobody is paying attention and disappoint when everybody is expecting a playoff run. Getting smoked by Houston and Ohio State in the first three weeks last season was a perfect example. Regardless, the Sooners have all of the talent to not only win the Big 12 but also be a college football playoff team. There are questions at the skill positions on offense and the defense wasn’t good last season, but Mayfield is a proven and experienced quarterback, and this team did finish the year strong with 10 straight wins. There's 16 starters returning from last years squad, so maybe this is the year OU finally gets it together. At +1000 to win the title, there may be some value to that if you're a bigger believer in Stoops than I am.

Schedule:

  • Sept. 2 – OU vs. UTEP
  • Sept. 9- OU @Ohio State
  • Sept. 16 – OU vs. Tulane
  • Sept. 23 – OU @ Baylor
  • Oct. 7- OU vs. Iowa State
  • Oct. 14- OU vs. Texas
  • Oct. 21- OU @ Kansas State
  • Oct. 28 – OU vs. Texas Tech
  • Nov. 4- OU @ OSU
  • Nov. 11- OU vs. TCU
  • Nov. 18 – OU @ Kansas
  • Nov. 25 – OU vs. West Virginia.
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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:54:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83632
<![CDATA[USC Trojans 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/04/20/usc-trojans-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The USC Trojans hope to build on their first double-digit winning season since 2013 and have goals of winning the national championship with the amount of talent returning. It may be safe to say USC is back, which is scary for the rest of the Pac-12.

Here’s the USC Trojans 2017 college football preview.

Offense: USC has one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Sam Darnold, who completed 67.2 percent of his passes for more than 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. Darnold is a big reason why many are…

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The USC Trojans hope to build on their first double-digit winning season since 2013 and have goals of winning the national championship with the amount of talent returning. It may be safe to say USC is back, which is scary for the rest of the Pac-12.

Here’s the USC Trojans 2017 college football preview.

Offense: USC has one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Sam Darnold, who completed 67.2 percent of his passes for more than 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. Darnold is a big reason why many are so high on USC this season. Ronald Jones II rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns despite just 177 carries, and he’ll make a case as one of the top running backs in the country this season. Receiver is a bit of a question mark with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers gone, but Deontay Burnett was highly productive last season with 56 catches and there’s tons of upside with Josh Imatorbhebhe. The USC offensive line has two anchors in Nico Falah and Viane Talamaivao, but the tackle positions are up in the air. The Trojans offensive line is the x-factor to making this USC offense absolutely deadly.

Defense: USC returns its leading sacker in Rasheem Green, but will have to find a new leader with Stevie Tu’ikolovatu no longer around. Josh Fatu showed promise late last season and getting Kenny Bigelow back from injury is big for the reshuffling defensive line. The Trojans should be fine at linebacker with a trio of their top tacklers in Porter Gustin, Cameron Smith and Uchenna Nwosu returning. The secondary does have holes to fill with Adoree' Jackson gone, but Jack Jones proved he’s capable of stepping up and a safety combination of Chris Hawkins and Marvell Tell III is one of the better pairs you’re going to find in college football. Like the offense, there's a lot to like with this USC defense.

Special Teams: Chris Tilbey returns at punter after averaging 38.3 yards on 50 attempts. Matt Boermeester will return at kicker if he’s allowed back on the team due to off-the-field issues. If not, redshirt freshman Michael Brown will likely take over place kicking duties.

Outlook: USC always has overwhelming talent on both sides of the ball, making the Trojans a dark horse title contender every season. It’s the fact USC has a proven and one of the top quarterbacks that puts this season over the top. Because Darnold is capable of putting up 40 points any game makes USC legit and capable of winning anywhere against anybody. The talent was always there, but with USC, it’s all about the consistent QB play that puts this program in the title picture. Darnold has a large enough sample size to say he’s the best this school has had in awhile. Teams with elite quarterbacks are always treated as contenders and USC is in the picture because of that this season. Anything less than a Pac-12 title and trip to the college football playoff would be considered a disappointment for the Trojans.

Schedule:

Sept. 2 – Western Michigan
Sept. 9 – Stanford
Sept. 16 – Texas
Sept. 23 – at California
Sept. 29 (Fr.) – at Washington State
Oct. 7 – Oregon State
Oct. 14 – Utah
Oct. 21 – at Notre Dame
Oct. 28 – at Arizona State
Nov. 4 – Arizona
Nov. 11 – at Colorado
Nov. 18 – UCLA

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83629
<![CDATA[Ohio State Buckeyes 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/04/19/ohio-state-buckeyes-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Ohio State Buckeyes are 61-6 since Urban Meyer has taken over at head coach, and they enter another season as one of the top contenders to win the college football national championship. With elite offensive weapons and a defense that returns a lot of players, OSU has to be the favorite to win the Big Ten and get into the playoffs for yet another CFB season.

Here’s the Ohio State Buckeyes 2017 college football preview.

Offense: The Buckeyes will get another season of quarterback J.T. Barrett, who…

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 61-6 since Urban Meyer has taken over at head coach, and they enter another season as one of the top contenders to win the college football national championship. With elite offensive weapons and a defense that returns a lot of players, OSU has to be the favorite to win the Big Ten and get into the playoffs for yet another CFB season.

Here’s the Ohio State Buckeyes 2017 college football preview.

Offense: The Buckeyes will get another season of quarterback J.T. Barrett, who threw for over 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Barrett can go through slumps and his accuracy can be a problem, but he brings playmaking ability and experience to the most important position. Mike Weber is a 1,000-yard running back and Demario McCall should get more carries after averaging 5.5 yards per carry in a limited role. Tight end Marcus Baugh is the Buckeyes top returning receiver after 269 receiving yards and two touchdowns. While experience is thin, OSU has plenty of options at receiver in Terry McLaurin, Binjimen Victor, Johnnie Dixon and Austin Mack. The Buckeyes offensive line should be improved after Billy Price returned for another season, and Isaiah Prince and Michael Jordan showed improvement later on in the season.

Defense: Ohio State is going to have one of the best defensive fronts in all of college football with Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes returning. That’s a group of players that combined for 18.5 sacks last season, which is 66 percent of the Buckeyes total. OSU will get after the quarterback a ton this season. Jerome Baker will lead the linebackers after racking up 83 tackles last season, while Chris Worley and Malik Harrison are familiar names who bring stability to the second unit. Damon Webb will remain at safety after 57 tackles last season, and youngsters such as Denzel Ward, Damon Arnette ad Jordan Fuller will benefit from playing last season and should be poised for breakout seasons.

Special Teams: Drue Chrisman is expected to replace Cameron Johnston at punter. Sean Nuernberger will takeover at kicker after not playing last year but making three of four field goals and all 15 extra points in 2015.

Outlook: The Ohio State Buckeyes have an explosive offense that will get better offensive line play and is led by an experienced and talented quarterback. The Buckeyes also have far more experience on their defense than last season, which can be scary considering OSU was ranked sixth in the country in yards allowed per game. With a proven quarterback, a loaded defense and a coach in Meyer who has done nothing but win with the Buckeyes, it would be a disappointment for Ohio State to do anything but return to the college football playoffs. And with double the odds of winning the title compared to Alabama, Ohio State may be worth some money on a future bet.

Schedule:

Sept. 2 — at Indiana

Sept. 9 — Oklahoma

Sept. 16 — Army

Sept. 23 — UNLV

Sept. 30 — at Rutgers

Oct. 7 — Maryland

Oct. 14 — at Nebraska

Oct. 21 — Off

Oct. 28 — Penn State

Nov. 4 — at Iowa

Nov. 11 — Michigan State

Nov. 18 — Illinois

Nov. 25 — at Michigan

Dec. 2 — Big Ten Championship Game

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:18:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83557
<![CDATA[Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/04/19/alabama-crimson-tide-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Alabama Crimson Tide enter another college football season where they’re the favorite to win the national title. With Nick Saban, a loaded defense and no more quarterback concerns, Alabama remains the team to beat and should have another successful season that includes double-digit victories.

Here’s the Alabama 2017 college football preview.

Offense: Unlike recent years, Alabama heads into this season knowing who its quarterback is, and that’s Jalen Hurts. He finished last season with 23 touchdown…

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The Alabama Crimson Tide enter another college football season where they’re the favorite to win the national title. With Nick Saban, a loaded defense and no more quarterback concerns, Alabama remains the team to beat and should have another successful season that includes double-digit victories.

Here’s the Alabama 2017 college football preview.

Offense: Unlike recent years, Alabama heads into this season knowing who its quarterback is, and that’s Jalen Hurts. He finished last season with 23 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of nearly 63 percent, and seemed to get better as the season went on, which is always a positive for a younger player. Damien Harris is coming off a 1,000-yard season at running back and Bo Scarbrough was turning into a monster before breaking his leg against Washington. The Tide do lose tight end O.J. Howard, but Alabama does return its top two receivers in ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley, a duo that combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Alabama also has experience and stability along the offensive line with Bradley Bozeman, Ross Pierschbacher and Jonah Williams all coming off promising seasons. This offense should compete with last years unit that averaged 38.8 points per game.

Defense: Alabama’s defense always starts with the front, and that will be anchored by Da’Ron Payne, who has All America potential. Theres also depth for days with Isaiah Buggs, Raekwon Davis, Da’Shawn Hand and Joshua Frazier rotating in and out. There’s inexperience at the linebacker positions, but Shaun Dion Hamilton was one of the Tide’s top tacklers before getting hurt. Mack Wilson is versatile and Christian Miller has the potential to be a breakthrough player his junior season. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a versatile defensive back who finished fourth on the team in tackles, while Anthony Averett started every game at cornerback and broke up eight passes. Ronnie Harrison also returns as the second-leading tackler and plans to take on more of a leadership role this season.

Special Teams: JK Scott returns at punter after averaging 47.1 yards on 64 attempts. Andy Pappanastos will take over at kicker after making his only field goal attempt and all six extra points last season.

Outlook: We know Alabama is going to be great defensively, the concern has always been can the offense match the defense and not get caught going several drives in a row not scoring. With Hurts at QB and the weapons around him, this has a chance to be one of the more balanced teams Saban has had at Alabama. You know what to expect with the Crimson Tide in terms of defense and the coaching, but having an offense that can score 30-plus easily, makes this team that much scarier. I wouldn’t touch a futures bet due to the low line of +300 (I need bigger odds with my money tied up for months), but you should expect to see Alabama in the college football playoff once again.

Schedule:

Sept. 2: vs. Florida State (Atlanta) 

Sept. 9: vs. Fresno State 

Sept. 16: vs. Colorado State 

Sept. 23: at Vanderbilt 

Sept. 30: vs. Ole Miss 

Oct. 7: at Texas A&M 

Oct. 14: vs. Arkansas 

Oct. 21: vs. Tennessee 

Oct. 28: BYE 

Nov. 4: vs. LSU 

Nov. 11: at Mississippi State 

Nov. 18: vs. Mercer 

Nov. 25: at Auburn 

Dec. 2: SEC championship game (Atlanta)

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:53:36 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83554
<![CDATA[Alabama vs. Clemson: National Championship - 1/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/09/alabama-vs-clemson-national-championship-1/9/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers clash Monday night in the college football national championship at Raymond James Stadium on ESPN.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for their 17th claimed national title and fifth since 2009 CFB season. The Alabama Crimson Tide are also looking for their 12th undefeated season in school history. Jalen Hurts is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,649 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Hurts has one or less touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. ArDarius Stewart and Calvin…

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The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers clash Monday night in the college football national championship at Raymond James Stadium on ESPN.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for their 17th claimed national title and fifth since 2009 CFB season. The Alabama Crimson Tide are also looking for their 12th undefeated season in school history. Jalen Hurts is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,649 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Hurts has one or less touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley have combined for more than 1,585 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while O.J. Howard has 41 receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 246.7 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 1,013 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 11.4 points and 244 yards per game. Reuben Foster leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 103 tackles, Jonathan Allen has 9.5 sacks and Minkah Fitzpatrick has six interceptions.

The Clemson Tigers look for their second national title and first since the 1981 CFB season. The Clemson Tigers also look to win 14 games for the second straight season. Deshaun Watson is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,173 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 13 games. Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett have combined for more than 1,908 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Deon Cain has 33 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 175.3 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 1,087 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 17.1 points and 306.9 yards per game. Ben Boulware leads the Clemson Tigers with 110 tackles, Carlos Watkins has 10.5 sacks and Jadar Johnson has five interceptions.

The Tigers are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. The Crimson Tide are 14-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Crimson Tide last 7 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 games overall.

I think the Clemson Tigers proved in their dominating win over the Ohio State Buckeyes that they have the combination of offense and defense to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. Clemson has the defensive line to slow down the Alabama running game and the pass rush to confuse and force Hurts into mistakes. Remember, Alabama didn't do much last week offensively against a smaller Washington defensive front. But the deciding factor for me in this game is at the quarterback position, as Clemson has the best quarterback in the country in Watson, while Alabama still has a freshman at QB, who is completing just 53 percent of his passes with one touchdown in his last two games. If this turns into a high-scoring contest, Alabama will be in trouble. Let's not forget Clemson dropped 40 points on Alabama in last years national title game, and that was against a better Alabama defense, and the Tigers didn't have Mike Williams.

There's also the motivation factor, as Clemson mentioned it wanted to face Alabama for a rematch after falling just short last season. This has the same vibes as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors from a year ago.

I'm rather confident that the Clemson Tigers win this game, so I'm saying forget the points, and I'm backing Dabo Swinney and company in an outright victory.

See you folks next season!

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:55:19 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=69866
<![CDATA[Penn State vs. USC: Rose Bowl - 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/penn-state-vs-usc-1/2/17-college-football-rose-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The USC Trojans and Penn State Nittany Lions clash Monday afternoon in the college football Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl on ESPN.

The USC Trojans look for their 10th victory of the season and their 10th bowl victory since the 2002 CFB season. The USC Trojans have 25 double-digit winning seasons. Sam Darnold is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,633 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Darnold has two or more touchdown passes in eight straight games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers have combined for 1,435 receiving yards and…

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The USC Trojans and Penn State Nittany Lions clash Monday afternoon in the college football Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl on ESPN.

The USC Trojans look for their 10th victory of the season and their 10th bowl victory since the 2002 CFB season. The USC Trojans have 25 double-digit winning seasons. Sam Darnold is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,633 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Darnold has two or more touchdown passes in eight straight games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers have combined for 1,435 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Deontay Burnett has 43 receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 207.2 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 22.2 points and 359 yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the USC Trojans with 79 tackles, Porter Gustin has 5.5 sacks and Adoree' Jackson has four interceptions.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their 12th victory of the season and their second bowl win under coach James Franklin. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t won 12 games since the 1994 CFB season. Trace McSorley is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 3,360 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki have combined for 1,463 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while DaeSean Hamilton has 34 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 168.8 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 23.4 points and 352 yards per game. Marcus Allen leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 101 tackles, Garrett Sickels has six sacks and Brandon Smith has two interceptions.

The Trojans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

I get it, it's tough to turn down a free touchdown with Penn State considering the Nittany Lions are one of the hottest teams in the country and made a strong case to be a playoff team. However, USC is playing some great football as well and has the overall talent advantage at damn near every position in this contest. This is also pretty much a home game for the USC Trojans, and they've had a truckload of success playing in the Rose Bowl. With the way Darnold is playing quarterback and that improved USC defense, Penn State could get a dose of reality if its not careful.

This is a game USC could win by double digits.

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<![CDATA[Iowa vs. Florida: Outback Bowl - 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/iowa-hawkeyes-vs-florida-gators-outback-bowl-1/2/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Florida Gators will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in college football action.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 8-4 (6-3) this season after beating Nebraska by a score of 40-10 in their last game. Iowa finished the season by winning their last 3 games and finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten West standings. Iowa has wins over Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, Rutgers, Iowa State, and Miami (OH). The Iowa offense is averaging 26.8 points per game with 171.9 rushing yards and 161.33 passing yards per game. C.J. Beathard is completing 58.6% of his passes…

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The Florida Gators will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in college football action.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 8-4 (6-3) this season after beating Nebraska by a score of 40-10 in their last game. Iowa finished the season by winning their last 3 games and finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten West standings. Iowa has wins over Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, Rutgers, Iowa State, and Miami (OH). The Iowa offense is averaging 26.8 points per game with 171.9 rushing yards and 161.33 passing yards per game. C.J. Beathard is completing 58.6% of his passes for 1874 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for Iowa. LeShun Daniels has rushed for 1013 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Akrum Wadley has rushed for 966 yards and 10 scores for the Hawkeyes. Riley McCarron has caught 41 passes for 506 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Jerminic Smith has added 23 catches for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns for Iowa. The Iowa defense is giving up 17.9 points per game with 153.2 rushing yards and 199.6 passing yards per game. Josey Jewell has led the Iowa defense with 114 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks, while Bo Bower has added 88 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. Keith Duncan has gone 8-9 on field goals, with a long of 41 yards.

The Florida Gators are 8-4 (6-2) this season after losing to Alabama by a score of 54-16 in the SEC Championship Game. Florida has lost 2 games in a row, but was able to win a weak SEC East Division. Florida has wins against Massachusetts, Kentucky, North Texas, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina this season. The Florida offense is averaging 23.4 points per game with 129.8 rushing yards and 215.2 passing yards per game. Austin Appleby is completing 61.4% of his passes for 1225 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Florida. Jordan Scarlett has rushed for 795 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Lamical Perine has ran for 402 yards and 1 score for the Gators. Antonio Callaway has caught 47 passes for 666 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Brandon Powell has added 43 catches for 372 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Gators. The Florida defense is giving up 17.9 points per game with 142.2 rushing yards and 156.3 passing yards per game. Marcell Harris has led the Florida defense with 64 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Jarrad Davis has added 60 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Eddy Pineiro has gone 18-22 on field goals, with a long of 54 yards.

Florida is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The over is 6-1 in Florida’s last 7 games against the Big Ten. Iowa is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 6-0-1 in Iowa’s last 7 games on grass.

Florida had a successful season despite their issues at the quarterback position. Iowa started the season slow but finished strong and will be looking for their 9th win. Both of these defenses are very good and we should be in for a low scoring game. Florida has more speed than Iowa and I expect that to be the difference. 

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan: Cotton Bowl- 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/wisconsin-badgers-vs-western-michigan-broncos-1/2/17-college-football-cotton-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up in college football action on Monday, January 2 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, it’s the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, featuring the Western Michigan Broncos and the Wisconsin Badgers. 

Wisconsin comes into this game with a 10-3 record on the year, bagging a six-game win streak toward the end of the season but stumbling against Penn State 38-31 in their last game. In that one, Wisconsin RB Corey Clement rushed 21 times for 164 yards and a TD, but it wasn’t enough. 

On the season, Alex Hornibrook leads the passing categories for the Badgers…

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Coming up in college football action on Monday, January 2 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, it’s the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, featuring the Western Michigan Broncos and the Wisconsin Badgers. 

Wisconsin comes into this game with a 10-3 record on the year, bagging a six-game win streak toward the end of the season but stumbling against Penn State 38-31 in their last game. In that one, Wisconsin RB Corey Clement rushed 21 times for 164 yards and a TD, but it wasn’t enough. 

On the season, Alex Hornibrook leads the passing categories for the Badgers with 1243 yards, eight touchdowns and seven picks, while Clement is tops in the running game on 1304 yards and 14 touchdowns on 292 carries. Jazz Peavy is Wisconsin’s top receiver on 43 catches for 635 yards and five scores. 

Over on the Western Michigan side, they’re coming into the Cotton Bowl with a flawless 13-0 record, running the gauntlet with wins against Northwestern on September 3 all the way through the 29-23 victory over Ohio that marked the end of the season. In that one, Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell tossed a pair of picks but made up for it with a pair of TDs to help win the game. 

On the year, Terrell sits on 3376 yards, 32 touchdowns and three picks, while Jarvion Franklin is tops in the Western Michigan running game with 241 carries for 1300 yards and 12 scores. Corey Davis is the Broncos’ top receiver with 91 catches for 1427 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

Wisconsin is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite, and 6-2-1 ATS against a team with a winning record. Wisconsin is also 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral-site games as a favorite, and 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the MAC. 

Meanwhile, Western Michigan is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, and 6-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Western Michigan is also 7-0 ATS in their last seven non-conference games, and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog. 

This should be a fun matchup. Even though the Broncos are supposedly outclassed here, they’ve got an explosive offense that should serve to give Wisconsin fits deciding who to focus on. The line is thick enough that I think Western Michigan can cover, finish this one close and maybe even pull out an upset victory.

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