Friday, December 1, 2017

M+J's College Football Conference Championship Predictions

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS

Pac-12

USC vs Stanford

USC won the season matchup and look to win the Pac-12. Stanford looks to continue the north's dominance over the south. With the Cardinal the King of the North and the Trojans on the Iron Throne in the South, who will claim the championship? Sam Darnold vs Bryce Love should make this an entertaining game.

USC 31, Stanford 27

American 

UCF vs Memphis

A battle of ranked opponents in the American Athletic Championship. UCF crushed Memphis in the first meeting and look to finish the regular season undefeated and represent the Group of 5 in the New Years Six' Bowls. The Tigers can spoil the Golden Knights season with a win. 

UCF 56, Memphis 38

MAC

Toledo vs Akron

The Rockets beat the Zips in their regular season matchup and look to win the MAC. The Zips at 7-5 play in the MAC Championship for the first time since 2005. Toledo has been a consistent power in the MAC and should be favored in this game. This is the same team that gave Miami FL a run early in the season.

Toledo 41, Akron 24

Conference USA

North Texas vs Florida Atlantic 

Lane Kiffin has led the Owls to an undefeated conference play regular season in his first season. FAU dominated North Texas in the first matchup 69-31. This was the only loss in conference play for the Mean Green. Both teams enter at 9-3 with a 10 win season and a conference championship on the line.

Florida Atlantic 49, North Texas 42

Big 12

Oklahoma vs TCU

The Sooners won the regular season matchup and are looking to get back to the playoff after missing it a season ago. Baker Mayfield, the Heisman favorite would like to cement his chances by leading his team to a Big 12 Championship and playoff bid. The Horned Frogs can still sneak their way in the playoff with win as long as other dominos fall their way. The first conference championship since 2010 should be a good one.

Oklahoma 27, TCU 24

SEC

Georgia vs Auburn

The Tigers won the regular season matchup and are coming off an Iron Bowl victory over Alabama and looking to make the playoffs as a 2-loss team. The Bulldogs are looking to avenge their loss to Auburn. The winner will be in the playoff and the loser will be eliminated. With an SEC Championship at stake and a ticket to the College Football Playoff, its going to be a full house in Atlanta.

Georgia 24, Auburn 21

Mountain West

Boise State vs Fresno State

The Bulldogs beat the Broncos last week and will play for the Mountain West Championship this week. The game was played in Fresno. This time it will be in Boise. Advantage goes to the Broncos under these circumstances. The winner likely won't be the Group of 5 champ, but will finish in the Top 25. 

Boise State 30, Fresno State 23

ACC

Clemson vs Miami 

The Canes fell hard last week against Pitt and now have to beat Clemson in order to make the playoff. The Tigers at number one, can't feel safe with a loss but could still make it if the dominos fell their way. Miami must play better if they want to win. Defense will be the key to this matchup. The defense creating more turnovers will win the ACC.

Clemson 20, Miami 19

Big Ten

Ohio State vs Wisconsin

The Badgers are the only undefeated team outside of UCF. The schedule hasn't been as challenging as others but they are 12-0 and one win away from a playoff appearance. The Buckeyes can spoil the Badgers' chances with a win and could still climb to number 4 but will need enough dominos to fall for this to happen. As one loss Alabama sits at Number 5, will the Big Ten have a playoff team if Ohio State wins?

Wisconsin 28, Ohio State 27


Friday, November 24, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 13

UPSET WATCH

Michigan over Ohio State

Ohio State enters the Big Game with a slight chance of making the playoff. Last season, both teams were in the hunt and this game knocked the Wolverines out. Michigan is out for revenge and get to play this one at their house. Ohio State's last road performance was a disaster. Can Michigan get revenge?

Stanford over Notre Dame

Bryce Love and the Cardinal have played well down the stretch and now have an opportunity to eliminate the Irish from playoff contention. Notre Dame has been limping lately but know that this one is a must. Can Stanford spoil the Irish's season?

Auburn over Alabama

The Iron Bowl is always a classic when both are in contention. The Kick Six is the most famous of recent times. Auburn has taken Alabama's championship away before in this game, and the Tigers get it at home this season. Nick Saban hardly ever loses, but this one has been one of his hardest ones in his career. Auburn needs this one to keep their playoff hopes alive. Will this be another memorable upset win for Auburn?

Virginia over Virginia Tech

The Hokies have struggled lately including last week's escape against Pitt. Virginia nearly upset Miami (FL) last week. This rivalry is always interesting especially because the Cavaliers are all over the map. If last week's performances are an indication of the result, then an upset should happen.

Texas A&M over LSU

Kevin Sumlin might need this one to keep his job. Good thing, this one is on the road. The Aggies under Sumlin have performed better on road against ranked teams than at home. Coach O and his Tigers have really bounced back after the Troy loss. If history repeats, an upset is likely.

Rutgers over Michigan State

Michigan State clearly is not as good as its ranking. Rutgers is improved this year and maybe moving in the right direction. An upset win would be huge for Chris Ash and his rebuilding process. Could the Spartans really fall to the Scarlet Knights?

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
TCU 48, Baylor 17
Miami (FL) 45, Pittsburgh 14
Houston 24, Navy 21
Missouri 31, Arkansas 24
UCF 38, USF 28
Iowa 25, Nebraska 17
Texas 42, Texas Tech 31
Virginia 28, Virginia Tech 24
UCLA 48, California 38
Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 21
Kentucky 38, Louisville 35
Michigan 24, Ohio State 21
Purdue 20, Indiana 14
Memphis 58, East Carolina 21
SMU 27, Tulane 21
Syracuse 38, Boston College 35
Wake Forest 30, Duke 14
Alabama 23, Auburn 21
Iowa State 27, Kansas State 21
Penn State 41, Maryland 24
Wisconsin 21, Minnesota 7
NC State 34, North Carolina 17
Boise State 31, Fresno State 20
Oklahoma 47, West Virginia 28
Tennessee 23, Vanderbilt 20
Northwestern 28, Illinois 0
Michigan State 20, Rutgers 17
Arizona 45, Arizona State 42
Oregon 62, Oregon State 14
Texas A&M 21, LSU 20
Clemson 27, South Carolina 21
Stanford 28, Notre Dame 21
Washington St. 35, Washington 28
Utah 24, Colorado 17




BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Oklahoma State 66, Kansas 7
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Troy 42, Texas State 14
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Florida State 14, Florida 10

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Cincinnati 28 Connecticut 17

Thursday, November 23, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 13

1 Alabama
2 Oklahoma
3 Miami FL
4 Clemson
5 Wisconsin
6 Georgia
7 Notre Dame
8 Auburn
9 USC
10 UCF
11 Penn State
12 TCU
13 Washington State
14 Ohio State
15 Washington
16 Mississippi State
17 Stanford
18 Oklahoma State
19 Memphis
20 LSU
21 Michigan State
22 Iowa State
23 Northwestern
24 Boise State
25 South Florida

Dropped Out- West Virginia, Arizona, Michigan

NEW- Iowa State, Boise State, South Florida

Friday, November 17, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 12

UPSET WATCH

Western Carolina over North Carolina

The Tar Heels host in state little brother, The Catamounts of Western Carolina. Its been a bad year for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels. The 7-4 Catamounts have had this game circled and will be fired up. Can the Tar Heels motivate themselves to beat Western Carolina? They need to take control early. The longer the game stays close, The Catamounts will gain confidence and the Tar Heels will feel butterflies in the stomach.

UAB over Florida

The Gators season has turned into a burning dumpster fire. Fired coached- check. 5 game losing streak- check. Loss to UAB in their first year back? Maybe. The Blazers are bowl eligible and playing with a lot of confidence and can put an explanation mark in their first year back with a win in the swamp. Can the Gators end their losing streak?

Wake Forest over NC State

The Deacs put up 64 points at the Carrier Dome last weekend and return home to host the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack can't win the ACC but can still earn a 10 win season. This weekend is a must win in order to reach 10 wins. With a lot of offensive confidence, John Wolford and company are looking to repeat last weekend.

Georgia Southern over South Alabama

Can the Eagles get their first win of the season? The Jaguars come to Statesboro this weekend with a chance of reaching bowl eligibility if they win out. The Eagles can ruin their opportunity with their first win of the season. Its possible as the Eagles will be playing with nothing to lose because when your winless, losing is the norm.



Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Alabama 56 Mercer 0
Miami FL 31 Virginia 7
Wisconsin 24 Michigan 17
Auburn 45 UL Monroe 7
TCU 42 Texas Tech 28
UCF 52 Temple 17
Mississippi State 35 Arkansas 24
Memphis 42 SMU 35
Florida Atlantic 48 Florida International 31
West Virginia 33 Texas 24
Indiana 34 Rutgers 27
Clemson 48 The Citadel 6
Virginia Tech 35 Pittsburgh 14
Iowa State 38 Baylor 24
Arizona State 39 Oregon State 21
Georgia 42 Kentucky 14
Notre Dame 35 Navy 21
Ohio State 59 Illinois 7
Oklahoma State 49 Kansas State 28
Louisville 56 Syracuse 45
Georgia Tech 28 Duke 13
Iowa 28 Purdue 14
Penn State 45 Nebraska 14
Michigan State 27 Maryland 7
LSU 21 Tennessee 10
Arizona 45 Oregon 38
Texas A&M 37 Ole Miss 34
Missouri 42 Vanderbilt 27
Wyoming 34 Fresno State 28
USC 49 UCLA 24
Stanford 28 California 14
Boise State 30 Air Force 20
Washington 27 Utah 13




BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Oklahoma 70, Kansas 7
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Southern Miss 28, Charlotte 6
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Northwestern 16 Minnesota 9

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Cincinnati 30 East Carolina 28

Thursday, November 16, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 12

1 Alabama
2 Oklahoma
3 Miami FL
4 Clemson
5 Wisconsin
6 Georgia
7 Notre Dame
8 Auburn
9 USC
10 UCF
11 Penn State
12 TCU
13 Oklahoma State
14 Ohio State
15 Washington State
16 Washington
17 Stanford
18 West Virginia
19 Mississippi State
20 Memphis
21 Arizona
22 Michigan State
23 Michigan
24 Northwestern
25 LSU

Dropped Out- Virginia Tech, Iowa State

NEW- Northwestern, LSU


Friday, November 10, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 11

UPSET WATCH

Stanford over Washington

The Cardinal are looking to bounce back and get back in the Pac-12 title race. A win here would keep them in the run for the Pac-12 North. Stanford is always difficult at home. Washington hasn't had a road test like this, so an upset could be looming.

Boston College over NC State

The Wolfpack are good but have not shown to be Top 25 good. The Eagles have been surging as of late and get to play this one at home in freezing cold weather. An upset seems likely here.

Baylor over Texas Tech

Baylor finally got on the win board last week as expected. Now, they get a Texas Tech team that has been limping as lately they have been unable to win lately. The Bears are improving which could be dangerous for Kingbury's job.

Iowa over Wisconsin

The Hawkeyes demolition of Ohio State last week was a shocker. Will they be able to keep this momentum into Wisconsin this week? This will be the Badgers toughest opponent yet.

Iowa State over Oklahoma State

The Cyclones nearly won at West Virginia last week ending their hot streak. With wins over Oklahoma and TCU, we know an upset is possible. Iowa State really needs this one to stay in the Big 12 Title hunt. The Cowboys do as well. Whoever wants it more will come out on top.

Army over Duke

Somehow Duke is the road favorite against the 7-2 Black Knights, who have been playing better each week. In comparison, Duke has played worse each week as it is hard to believe that this team beatdown Northwestern early one. On another note, Duke gets to play in frigid temperatures.

Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech did not look week at Miami(FL). Bad news is that they hit the road again. This time, it is at Georgia Tech. Judging by the Hokies performance on the road last week, this could be a dangerous trap in front of the Yellow Jacket fans.

Utah over Washington State

Washington State showed at California that they can be vulnerable on the road. Utah has been close in their conference losses this season and is due another win. If Utah can keep Falk to average numbers, an upset could be in the bag.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Washington 21 Stanford 17
Ohio State 28 Michigan State 24
Penn State 48 Rutgers 24
Boston College 41 NC State 24
LSU 27 Arkansas 7
Army 28 Duke 17
Baylor 48 Texas Tech 35
Minnesota 31 Nebraska 28
Georgia Tech 27 Virginia Tech 21
Syracuse 38 Wake Forest 28
Georgia 35 Auburn 24
Clemson 31 Florida State 14
Iowa 16 Wisconsin 14
Louisville 55 Virginia 35
Michigan 45 Maryland 28
Kansas State 33 West Virginia 28
Navy 28 SMU 24
USC 42 Colorado 28
Kentucky 24 Vanderbilt 21
Washington State 27 Utah 21
Alabama 28 Mississippi State 24
Northwestern 20 Purdue 15
Notre Dame 38 Miami (FL) 27
Oklahoma 24 TCU 21
UCLA 37 Arizona State 29
Arizona 58 Oregon State 21
Colorado State 31 Boise State 30




BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
UCF 64, Connecticut 12
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
North Texas 35, UTEP 14
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
South Carolina 17, Florida 10

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Nevada 32, San Jose State 10

Sunday, November 5, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 11

1 Georgia
2 Alabama
3 Notre Dame
4 Oklahoma
5 TCU
6 Clemson
7 Miami FL
8 Wisconsin
9 Washington
10 UCF
11 USC
12 Penn State
13 Oklahoma State
14 Auburn
15 Ohio State
16 Michigan State
17 Washington State
18 Mississippi State
19 Virginia Tech
20 West Virginia
21 Iowa State
22 Memphis
23 Iowa
24 Stanford
25 Arizona

Dropped Out- LSU, NC State

NEW- West Virginia, Iowa

Friday, November 3, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 10

UPSET WATCH

Texas A&M over Auburn

The Aggies are looking to bounce back after a bad showing last weekend against Mississippi State. Auburn has spoiling Alabama and Georgia's seasons on their mind and thinking SEC Championship. This could be a trap game for the Tigers. The Aggies offense will be the key to their success. If they can score against Auburn, they will give themselves a chance to win. Auburn needs to take control early or they might find themselves in a dog fight with Texas A&M's raucous 12th Man in the 4th quarter.

NC State over Clemson

The Wolfpack were so close last year and have had this one circled since then. The opportunity is there for the Wolfpack to end Clemson's chances to repeat. The Tigers bounced back against Georgia Tech but now travel to Raleigh for a big Atlantic Division showdown. A NC State win puts Clemson two games behind the Wolfpack in the Atlantic Division standings giving them complete control of their own destiny. Bradley Chubb has been the x-factor for the NC State defense and will be a headache for the Clemson offensive line. Expect a defensive game coming down to whichever offensive line can shutdown the defensive line from making plays. Should be an great one in Raleigh.

Southern Miss over Tennessee

The Volunteers have struggled and Butch Jones is on the hot seat. The pressure is on the Volunteers this weekend as the Golden Eagles come to Knoxville. Can Tennessee develop any rhythm on offense? This is the same team that almost beat Kentucky week one. Southern Miss will not be afraid.  The Volunteers need to develop momentum early and try to take early control. The longer the game favors Southern Miss, the more pressure builds up for Butch Jones. A loss for Tennessee would likely end Butch Jones' tenure at Tennessee.

Virginia Tech over Miami (FL)

Mark Richt has gotten Miami back on the football map. However, they have had many close calls and really haven't played any teams as good as Virginia Tech. The Hokies are looking to get the ACC Championship as Miami poses as their biggest threat in the Coastal Division. The Hurricanes have an opportunity the next two weeks to prove to the Selection Committee they are better than their #10 ranking. There should be a lot of defense with the a quarterback leading his team to victory late in the 4th. With almost identical stats for QB's Josh Jackson and Malik Rosier, which one leads their team to victory?

Arizona over USC


Khalil Tate has arguably been this year's Sam Darnold. Last year, Darnold turned USC's season around after becoming the starting QB game 4. This year Tate became starter in game 5 and has turned the young Wildcats into a competitor in the Pac-12 with incredible offensive numbers and 4 consecutive wins. As the quarterbacks headline this battle, USC's RB Ronald Jones and Arizona's RB JJ Taylor are coming off big games from last weekend. This game will likely come down to the defense that can create turnovers and more stops. Expect a higher scoring and very entertaining game worth staying up to watch. The winner takes control of the Pac-12 South.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Memphis 49, Tulsa 28
Utah 28, UCLA 24
Penn State 28, Michigan State 21
Wisconsin 28, Indiana 24
Texas A&M 29, Auburn 27
Florida 24, Missouri 21
Texas Tech 42, Kansas State 35
Syracuse 23, Florida State 19
Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 21
Georgia 42, South Carolina 10
Notre Dame 42, Wake Forest 13
NC State 20, Clemson 17
Ohio State 23, Iowa 21
Iowa State 27, West Virginia 21
Stanford 24, Washington State 20
Rutgers 27, Maryland 21
Nebraska 17, Northwestern 15
Army 28, Air Force 21
Oklahoma State 35, Oklahoma 32
Kentucky 30, Ole Miss 20
Colorado State 37, Wyoming 27
California 37, Oregon State 17
TCU 28, Texas 17
UCF 49, SMU 21
Michigan 26, Minnesota 17
Alabama 35, LSU 17
Virginia Tech 23, Miami (FL) 18
Arizona State 27, Colorado 20
Washington 42, Oregon 14
Arizona 41, USC 39




BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Boise State 56, Nevada 14
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Middle Tennessee 35, UTEP 14
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Purdue 20, Illinois 3

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Baylor 41, Kansas 24

Thursday, November 2, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 10

1 Georgia
2 Alabama
3 Notre Dame
4 Oklahoma
5 Ohio State
6 Penn State
7 TCU
8 Clemson
9 Wisconsin
10 Miami FL
11 Oklahoma State
12 Washington
13 UCF
14 Virginia Tech
15 Iowa State
16 Stanford
17 USC
18 Auburn
19 Arizona
20 LSU
21 NC State
22 Mississippi State
23 Washington State
24 Memphis
25 Michigan State

Dropped Out- Texas A&M, USF, West Virginia

NEW- Arizona, Mississippi State, Memphis

Friday, October 27, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 9

UPSET WATCH

Baylor over Texas

The Bears were so close last weekend at home against West Virginia only losing by 2 points. On the other side, the Longhorns were so close against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Both teams have improved since the start of the year. Baylor gets Kansas next week, the team they know they can beat and the Longhorns travel to Fort Worth next weekend to take on TCU. Since the Bears are winless on the season, could the Longhorns be looking ahead to next week? Are the Bears looking ahead to next weekend? Whichever team is more focused on the current game will get it done.

UMass over Appalachian State

The Minutemen destroyed Georgia Southern last weekend and looked very confident on offense. In a game that cost Georgia Southern coach Tyson Summers his job, are the Minutemen poised to build from last weekend? The Mountaineers come to Amherst and are arguably the best team in the Sun Belt as Georgia Southern might be the worst team in FBS. UMass has been in every game this season. They will need a repeat of last week if they want to have a chance to the pull the upset.

Arizona over Washington State

Khalil Tate vs Luke Falk. This should be a great battle of quarterbacks in Tucson. The Wildcats have won three in a row with Tate at Quarterback. He has quickly put together insane rushing numbers along with having the best QBR for two weeks in a row and having the 4th best last weekend. All of sudden Tate has given the Wildcats hope to get to the Pac-12 Championship. Falk has had a great career with the Cougars and is one of the best passers in the country. The Cougars are also looking to get to the Pac-12 Championship. Will defense be a factor? The Cougars defensive line and the Wildcats secondary will be important as which ever can produce more stops, will likely help lead their team to victory.

Arizona State over USC

The Sun Devils defense has been a surprise the last couple weeks as they have only allowed 17 points. The Sun Devils are playing with confidence on defense and look to spoil USC's chances to win the Pac-12. The Trojans were blown out in South Bend last week and are likely out of the playoff. They are still in position to get the Pac-12 Championship, but the next two weeks they meet two teams who are have rejuvenated their seasons- Arizona State and Arizona. Can the Trojans bounce back? Sam Darnold and company has to limit their turnovers if they want to win in Tempe.

West Virginia over Oklahoma State


The Mountaineers get the Cowboys in Morgantown. The Cowboys escaped Austin with a win and need to be better on offense this weekend. This should be another entertaining battle of quarterbacks. Will Grier is starting to stiff the Heisman conversation as Mason Rudolph is currently a contender. The Cowboys get the Sooners in the Bedlam Rivalry next weekend and need to focus on West Virginia first. This could be a trap game for the Cowboys.   Game will likely come down to the quarterback who can make a big play late. Should be a good one in Morgantown.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Memphis 35, Tulane 24
Florida State 17, Boston College 14
West Virginia 38, Oklahoma State 35
Miami 42, North Carolina 3
Wisconsin 45, Illinois 7
Texas 27, Baylor 24
Michigan 31, Rutgers 17
Louisville 31, Wake Forest 21
Arkansas 24, Ole Miss 17
Virginia 42, Pittsburgh 35
Colorado 27, California 24
Ohio State 21, Penn State 17
Kansas State 38, Kansas 10
Georgia 28, Florida 6
TCU 30, Iowa State 24
Notre Dame 35, NC State 24
Indiana 34, Maryland 24
Washington 42 , UCLA 21
Michigan State 19, Northwestern 13
South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 10
USF 28, Houston 21
Utah 28, Oregon 14
Texas A&M 35, Mississippi State 31
Virginia Tech 35, Duke 14
Kentucky 20, Tennessee 13
Purdue 23, Nebraska 21
Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 17
Oklahoma 42, Texas Tech 31
Arizona 38, Washington State 35
Boise State 28, Utah State 14
Arizona State 24, USC 21



BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Troy 49, GA Southern 10
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Marshall 31, FIU 13
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Iowa 17, Minnesota 13

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Part 1- BYU 31, San Jose State 14
Part 2- Coastal Carolina 27, Texas State 19

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

M+J's Heisman Trophy Watch- Week 9

Saquon Barkley- RB- Penn State 
Barkley's rushing yards are not the greatest, but his all purpose yards are. He shown to be a threat not just as a rusher but as a receiver and returner on special teams. Barkley has consistently shown he is a Heisman candidate by being possibly the most valuable player in FBS. His team is also in the race for the College Football Playoff. He led his team in a beatdown of Michigan with over 100 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

Up next: Ohio State

Bryce Love- RB- Stanford
Bryce Love has soared recently and the margin between him and Barkley is thin. He leads FBS in rushing by a landslide with 1,387 yards with an amazing 10.3 yards per carry. The Cardinal control the Pac-12 North which helps Love's chance. A trip to Oregon State could really help boost his stats.


Up next: Oregon State

3 Jonathan Taylor- RB- Wisconsin
One of the main reasons the Badgers have ran through there schedule without a punch has been Jonathan Taylor. Wisconsin has not been great, but Taylor has certainly shined so far. This Freshman has led the currently undefeated Badgers with 1,112 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

Up next: Illinois


Baker Mayfield- QB- Oklahoma
Mayfield has looked great all season. Even in the shocking loss to Iowa State, Mayfield posted strong numbers going 24 for 33 with 306 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, it is important that he keeps his team in the Playoff race as it is clear the running backs are taking over.

Up next: Texas Tech

5 Josh Adams- RB- Notre Dame
Adams had been posting great numbers all season but has been flying under the radar with the other running backs mentioned here. This was until USC came to town. Adams rushed for 191 yards with 3 touchdowns proving that the Irish are a College Playoff Contender with a beatdown of USC.

Up next: NC State


Next 5

- Lamar Jackson- QB- Louisville
- Mason Rudolph- QB- Oklahoma State
- Luke Falk QB- Washington State
- Will Grier QB- West Virginia
- Rashaad Penny RB- San Diego State


M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 9

1 Alabama
2 Penn State
3 Georgia
4 TCU
5 Notre Dame
6 Wisconsin
7 Clemson
8 Oklahoma
9 Miami FL
10 Ohio State
11 Oklahoma State
12 Washington
13 Washington State
14 UCF
15 South Florida
16 Michigan State
17 NC State
18 Virginia Tech
19 Stanford
20 USC
21 Iowa State
22 Auburn
23 Texas A&M
24 LSU
25 West Virginia

Dropped Out- Michigan, Utah

New- LSU, West Virginia





Thursday, October 19, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 8

UPSET WATCH

Houston over Memphis

A tough road trip ahead for newly ranked ranked Memphis going to Houston. This is a top tier battle in AAC where Ed Oliver returns to the field after missing the blowout loss to Tulsa. This game will show how important he is when Houston pull the minor upset.

Idaho over Missouri

Missouri has been awful this season. Not only has their offense struggled once again, their defense has been like paper. Idaho has not been great but did almost upset App State last week. Overall, it is a pretty lousy game, but if Missouri plans to sleepwalk, they may be awaken with a surprising loss.

Texas over Oklahoma State

Texas has shown signs of a tough out. Put this team in front of a hungry group of Longhorns fans excited for the opportunity to spoil Mason Rudolph and company's season, and this team has the pieces to pull an upset here. Will the Cowboys maintain their composure and be ready to play in this hostile environment? This should be a great game that could go either way.

Eastern Michigan over Western Michigan

Eastern Michigan once again fell just short in their upset bid at Army. This time, their in state rivals from Kalamazoo come to town. The Eagles have shown that they are better than their record, so the Broncos better be ready. This game seems like a likely upset

Syracuse over Miami (FL)


The Orange pulled one of the biggest upsets of the season when Clemson came to town last Friday. Miami (FL) had to escape at the last minute at home against GA Tech. Will the Orange carry their momentum and knock off another unbeaten? If both teams play like last week, Syracuse might do it. Of course, the same team that lost to Middle Tennessee may show up.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Wisconsin 38, Maryland 12
Oklahoma State 41, Texas 33
Iowa 21, Northwestern 18
Louisville 27, Florida State 24
Texas Tech 38, Iowa State 31
Duke 37, Pittsburgh 17
Virginia 34, Boston College 24
Alabama 56, Tennessee 0
Miami (FL) 34, Syracuse 32
Virginia Tech 41, North Carolina 14
Michigan State 21, Indiana 13
UCF 38, Navy 27
Utah 24, Arizona State 14
Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 31
Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 23
UCLA 42, Oregon 31
USF 28, Tulane 21
LSU 21, Ole Miss 10
Penn State 20, Michigan 14
Notre Dame 31, USC 30
Auburn 34, Arkansas 17
Georgia Tech 25, Wake Forest 16
West Virginia 35, Baylor 24 
Arizona 41, California 34
Boise State 27, Wyoming 21
San Diego State 28, Fresno State 10
Washington State 38, Colorado 24


BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
TCU 62, Kansas 3
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Appalachian State 35, Coastal Carolina 10
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Army 21, Temple 7 

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
UMass 34, GA Southern 24

Monday, October 16, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 8

1 Alabama
2 Penn State
3 Georgia
4 TCU
5 Wisconsin
6 Clemson
7 Oklahoma
8 USC
9 Notre Dame
10 Miami (FL)
11 Ohio State
12 Oklahoma State
13 Washington
14 Washington State
15 UCF
16 South Florida
17 Michigan State
18 Michigan
19 NC State
20 Virginia Tech
21 Stanford
22 Auburn
23 Iowa State
24 Texas A&M
25 Utah

Dropped Out- San Diego State, Texas Tech

New- Iowa State, Texas A&M

Thursday, October 12, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 7

UPSET WATCH

Last week the Projected Blowout of the Week turned into the Biggest Upset of the Week. What games will be the stories of Week 7? Who's on Upset Alert?

Texas over Oklahoma

Texas is starting to play better as they beat K-State last week. Oklahoma fell victim to one of the biggest upsets of the season last week. Will the Sooners have a hangover from last week's game? This rivalry is usually a good game. A win here and the Longhorns might be trending back to the football power they once were.

West Virginia over Texas Tech

This would not be much of an upset, but Texas Tech is ranked and WVU is not. The game is played in Morgantown, and the Mountaineers need a good win. A minor upset seems possible.

Maryland over Northwestern

Somehow Northwestern is road favorite here. Maryland not only has a better record but has a win over Texas and their only losses are to ranked opponents. Northwestern's only wins are against Bowling Green and Nevada, which are two of the worst FBS teams this season. This seems like a sure bet here for those looking to risk some.

Memphis over Navy

Navy is ranked and undefeated entering this game at Memphis, which was already a site for one upset this season. The Tigers are pretty good though with their only loss to UCF. The home field advantage seems like it could be a difference maker here. Although if Navy controls the pace and stays in front, the Midshipmen likely survive.

Eastern Michigan over Army


The Eagles have lost 3 straight in which were all narrow defeats that went right down to the end. Army's ground attack has been lethal this season. However, their best win is a narrow home over Buffalo. Eastern Michigan has already won at Rutgers and was very close at Kentucky. If the Eagles can learn to close, an upset could be brewing here.

Indiana over Michigan

Michigan did not look well against the Spartans last week. In general, the Wolverines have not been very dominant this year. The Hoosiers are not the punching bag they usually are. Of course, Ohio State and Penn State did not have trouble, but it is still an improved Indiana team. If the Wolverines struggle to score again, they will find themselves in another close game where a hungry Hoosiers team will be anxious for this upset.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Clemson 31, Syracuse 14
Washington State 42, California 14
TCU 31, Kansas State 17
Michigan 27, Indiana 24
NC State 35, Pittsburgh 21
West Virginia 37, Texas Tech 31
Florida State 24, Duke 20
Rutgers 27, Illinois 24
Mississippi State 42, BYU 17
Tennessee 28, South Carolina 27
Iowa State 45, Kansas 12
Louisville 28, Boston College 17
Wisconsin 31, Purdue 24
Auburn 31, LSU 13
Miami FL 26, Georgia Tech 21
Texas 34, Oklahoma 31
Oklahoma State 56, Baylor 28
Virginia 42, North Carolina 28
Maryland 27, Northwestern 23
Vanderbilt 24, Ole Miss 17
Memphis 49, Navy 45
Colorado 42, Oregon State 14
Utah State 32, Wyoming 27
Texas A&M 28, Florida 24
Alabama 49, Arkansas 14
Georgia 49, Missouri 10
Ohio State 45, Nebraska 28
South Florida 48, Cincinnati 13
USC 28, Utah 21
Toledo 34, Central Michigan 24
Arizona 42, UCLA 38
San Diego State 34, Boise State 20
Washington 42, Arizona State 21
Stanford 35, Oregon 17



BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
UCF 62, East Carolina 14
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Colorado State 38, Nevada 10
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Michigan State 17, Minnesota 10

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Hawaii 34, San Jose State 20

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

M+J's Heisman Trophy Watch- Week 7

Saquon Barkley- RB- Penn State 
Barkley's rushing yards are not the greatest, but his all purpose yards are. He shown to be a threat not just as a rusher but as a receiver and returner on special teams. Barkley has consistently shown he is a Heisman candidate by being possibly the most valuable player in FBS. His team is also in the race for the College Football Playoff. The Lions have a by this week.

Up next: Michigan-10/21

2 Luke Falk- QB- Washington State
Falk has already thrown for 2,000 yards and had to sit out for a half and 3 overtime in their opener against Boise State. He also leads the FBS in passing touchdowns with 19. His team has quietly leaped into the Top 10 after the upset of USC and have become a contender for the College Football Playoff. Falk's only negative is that he is not a duel threat.

Up next: California

Bryce Love- RB- Stanford
Bryce Love has soared recently and the margin between him and the guys above him is thin. He leads FBS in rushing by a landslide with 1,240 yards with an amazing 10.5 yards per carry. The Cardinal's big win at Utah put them back in the rankings and has helped draw more attention to Love.


Up next: Oregon

Baker Mayfield- QB- Oklahoma
Mayfield has looked great all season and is still yet to be picked off. Even in the shocking loss to Iowa State, Mayfield posted strong numbers going 24 for 33 with 306 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, it is important that he keeps his team in the Playoff race as it is clear the running backs are taking over.

Up next: Texas

5 Rashaad Penny- RB- San Diego State
Penny has continued to be a dominant force and is in 2nd for total yards in which he has separated himself from the rest except for Love, which has hurt Penny's stock. Penny is a legit Heisman candidate and his team is still undefeated and could go through regular season without a loss. However, if no one slows down Love and Penny does not run up his stat sheet, it does not seem like he would chosen over Love. Anyways, this has been a great year so far for running backs.

Up next: Boise State


Next 5

- Lamar Jackson- QB- Louisville
- Mason Rudolph- QB- Oklahoma State
- Jonathan Taylor- RB- Wisconsin
- Nick Shimonek- QB- Texas Tech
- Dante Pettis- WR- Washington

Monday, October 9, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 7

1 Alabama
2 Clemson
3 Penn State
4 Washington
5 Georgia
6 TCU
7 Washington State
8 Wisconsin
9 Miami (FL)
10 Auburn
11 Notre Dame
12 Oklahoma
13 Ohio State
14 USC
15 Oklahoma State
16 San Diego State
17 UCF
18 South Florida
19 Michigan State
20 Michigan
21 Virginia Tech
22 Stanford
23 Texas Tech
24 NC State
25 Utah

Dropped Out- West Virginia, Louisville, Florida, Oregon

New- Michigan State, Stanford, Texas Tech, NC State

Thursday, October 5, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 6

UPSET WATCH

Its the first weekend of October and conference play is fully underway. Who will be the biggest surprise of Week 6? Who will choke? Who continues their dominance?

NC State over Louisville

This Thursday night battle is the one of the most intriguing games this week. Can NC State slow down Lamar Jackson? The Wolfpack have bounced back after losing to South Carolina with 4 straight wins including one over Florida State. Louisville has built confidence back in easy wins over Kent State and Murray State. The next challenge awaits for both teams. NC State defense will be the key if they want to pull the upset.

Stanford over Utah

The Cardinal have built confidence on offense following back-to-back losses to USC and San Diego State with wins over UCLA and Arizona State. Stanford visits Salt Lake City to take on the undefeated Utes. Bryce Love has been a beast for the Cardinal and the Utah defense will have their hands full. The good thing for Utah is their defense and playing at home. The Utes boost a great defense but this will be their biggest challenge so far. Will it be another Heisman posing night for Bryce Love or does the Utah defense make a statement?

Purdue over Minnesota

This game is similar to an 8/9 game in the NCAA Tournament. Game is in West Lafayette and the Boilermakers are coming off a bye week. The Gophers lost a tough one at home to Maryland last week. If either team wants a shot at trying to stay with Wisconsin in the Big Ten West, this is the game they need. This should be a defensive style game where maybe a late field goal or touchdown seals it.

Texas over Kansas State

The Longhorns have definitely looked better since their week 1 loss to Maryland. Kansas State had the ugly 14-7 loss to Vanderbilt three weeks ago and followed up with a win over Baylor. The Longhorns defense has been the difference and will be in this game if they want to beat Kansas State. The Wildcats are looking to rejuvenate their season with a quality road win in Austin. Should be an exciting QB battle between Ertz and Buechele.

Nevada over Hawaii


The Wolfpack have had a dreadful start to their season and are still looking for their first win. Can they beat the Rainbow Warriors in Reno? Its possible. Defense for both teams has been terrible this season. Nevada is looking for a spark on offense. If they can find some offense, they will have a chance at home to notch their first win of the season.

East Carolina over Temple

The Pirates get Temple in Greenville this Saturday. As their offense has showed signs of improvement, the Pirate defense has played like mannequins and averages 50 points against which ranks 129 out of 130. On the flip side the Owls only average 16 points/game. If the Pirates can play defense, this game should favor them. 

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Louisville 41, NC State 38
Boise State 27, BYU 17
Clemson 31, Wake Forest 10
Tulane 30, Tulsa 21
Penn State 35, Northwestern 17
Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 0
Auburn 42, Ole Miss 21
Iowa 25, Illinois 14
Texas Tech 56, Kansas 21
Stanford 20, Utah 19
Washington 41, California 10
Virginia 38, Duke 31
Syracuse 44, Pittsburgh 38
TCU 48, West Virginia 34
Miami FL 27, Florida State 17
Notre Dame 49, North Carolina 21
East Carolina 35, Temple 32
Purdue 18, Minnesota 14
Navy 28, Air Force 21
Ohio State 35, Maryland 24
USC 52, Oregon State 14
Arkansas 43, South Carolina 42
Colorado State 37, Utah State 31
Houston 27, SMU 17
Texas 21, Kansas State 17
Alabama 52, Texas A&M 21
Virginia Tech 24, Boston College 14
Michigan 20, Michigan State 14
Kentucky 38, Missouri 14
Washington State 35, Oregon 31
UCF 42, Cincinnati 14
San Diego State 42, UNLV 17
Colorado 24, Arizona 21



BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Oklahoma 52, Iowa State 14
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Memphis 42, UConn 13
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Florida 14, LSU 3

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Georgia State 27, Coastal Carolina 21