Monday, September 25, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 5

1 Alabama
2 Oklahoma
3 Clemson
5 Penn State
6 Washington
8 Georgia
9 Michigan
10 Wisconsin
11 Ohio State
12 Virginia Tech
13 Washington State
14 Oklahoma State
15 Utah
16 San Diego State
17 Auburn
18 South Florida
19 Notre Dame
20 Miami FL
21 Louisville
22 Texas Tech
23 Mississippi State
24 Duke
25 Minnesota

Dropped Out- Oregon, Colorado, Florida State
New- Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Duke

Friday, September 22, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 4


Florida State, Miami FL, and UCF all finally get to play their 2nd games of the season three weeks later. How will they respond after Hurricane Irma postponed/canceled the previous two weeks of their season? All three should be very fresh compared to their opponents. Will this help or will they be rusty? How will each fair this weekend?

Toledo over Miami FL

Upset-Minded Toledo at 3-0 will certainly be ready to play in Miami. The Hurricanes should be super motivated to finally play game 2 of the season. With only one game of experience against Bethune-Cookman, they take on their first FBS team of the season in Toledo. The Rockets are already 3-0 on the season. Will Toledo's season experience give them an advantage? Will Miami's fresh legs give them an advantage? It will be interesting to see how the Hurricanes perform after a long break.

NC State over Florida State

The Seminoles got beat up in their only game of the season against Alabama. They have likely benefited a lot with two weeks off to recuperate and prepare for NC State. The Wolfpack come in at 2-1 and like almost every other team in college football, they have three games under their belt. Usually three games, teams have answered a lot of questions about their team. Francois is out for the season and James Blackman will make his first start as quarterback. How will Blackman respond? Will the Seminoles be rusty or hungry? Can the Wolfpack's three game experience help them pull off the upset?

Arizona over Utah

The Wildcats have given the Utes fits the last five seasons winning 4 out of 5. The game is in Tucson. It will be interesting to see how QB Brandon Dawkins runs the offense against a great Utah defense. He struggled against Ed Oliver and the Houston Cougars. Both teams are coming off great offensive games against San Jose State and UTEP where Utah QB Tyler Huntley and Arizona QB Brandon Dawkins had big nights. The Wildcat defense has improved from last season. Which Quarterback's performance will carry into this week? Defense will likely be a factor in this game as whichever quarterback can find more rhythm on offense should come away with victory.

Kentucky over Florida

This game should be low scoring as these offensives particularly Florida's won't even attract painters from their drying paint. Kentucky is off to a pretty good start and might be in position to finally beat Florida as the Gators come to town struggling to move the ball. Last week's ending might give the Gators positive momentum though, but this might be the day the Wildcats finally get it done after 30 years of waiting.

Purdue over Michigan

The Boilermakers have improved a lot from last season. The defense really shut down Missouri's offense and should be able to help give Purdue a chance at home against Michigan. In the last 2 games, the Wolverines have been able to pull away late against Cincinnati and Air Force at home. This will be their first true road game of the season. Upset-minded Purdue is ready to make statement this weekend. The Boilermakers played Louisville to the end at a neutral site. Jim Harbaugh's team needs to take control early and steal the momentum.

Western Illinois over Coastal Carolina

If a FCS team can beat a FBS team this week, this one shows potential. Western Illinois is 2-0 on the season as the Chanticleers are 1-1. Coastal Carolina's win came against 0-4 Massachusetts and lost to UAB last week. There is a chance this could be the best team Coastal Carolina has played this season. Western Illinois is ranked 21 in the latest FCS Poll. The Chanticleers better not sleep on the Leathernecks or they will be added to the list of FBS teams who have lost to FCS teams this season.

North Carolina over Duke
Arguably the best rivalry in college basketball takes the football field this Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils are off to a 3-0 start with wins over Northwestern and Baylor. The Tar Heels put one in the win column last week against Old Dominion and return home this weekend where they are looking for their first home win of the season after losing to Cal and Louisville. In rivalry games, the underdog loves the opportunity to ruin the other's season. In this case, North Carolina can give Duke their first loss. This should be an exciting game where the defense that steps up and makes big plays should win this game.
Mississippi State over Georgia

Nick Fitzgerald and Mississippi State crushed the LSU Tigers last week and have a lot of confidence heading to Athens this Saturday. This game features possibly the two biggest challengers to Alabama in the SEC. The Georgia Bulldog defense has been stout this season. Confidence will be the key ingredient in this matchup. Does Nick Fitzgerald have the confidence to lead his team to another big win? The defenses will likely make this a defensive style matchup where the playmakers on offense should decide the game. Will it be Nick Chubb and Jake Fromm or Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams? A chance for Fitzgerald to enhance his Heisman champaign awaits.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Arizona 23, Utah 20
Boise State 38, Virginia 14
Arkansas 28, Texas A&M 27
West Virginia 56, Kansas 14
Houston 31, Texas Tech 21
Florida State 21, NC State 17
Georgia Tech 45, Pittsburgh 35
UCF 37, Maryland 34
South Carolina 44, Louisiana Tech 27
Alabama 27, Vanderbilt 7
Oklahoma State 42, TCU 35
USC 27, Cal 21
Nebraska 24, Rutgers 14
Clemson 35, Boston College 0
North Carolina 45, Duke 41
Miami FL 28, Toledo 24
Purdue 24, Michigan 23
Washington State 49, Nevada 7
Oklahoma 56, Baylor 10
Mississippi State 28, Georgia 24 
LSU 30, Syracuse 12
SMU 42, Arkansas State 38
San Diego State 27, Air Force 20
Kentucky 14, Florida 9
Auburn 42, Missouri 14
Oregon 52, Arizona State 28
Washington 28, Colorado 21
Stanford 35, UCLA 28
Penn State 31, Iowa 27
Notre Dame 27, Michigan State 25

Louisville 63, Kent State 14
Virginia Tech 41, Old Dominion 7
Wake Forest 18, Appalachian State 12

Georgia State 20, Charlotte 17

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

M+J's Heisman Trophy Watch- Week 4

Baker Mayfield- QB- Oklahoma
Mayfield added another 4 touchdowns through the air in impressive beat down of Tulane.With this performance, Mayfield now has the highest QBR. His team has continued to show that they are ready to compete for a National Championship. His credentials look very well as they begin Big 12 play at winless Baylor.

Up next: Baylor

Mason Rudolph- QB- Oklahoma State
Rudolph finally got the opportunity to impress the country in what was supposed to be a good game. Rudolph and company pounded Pittsburgh on the road where Rudolph passed for 5 touchdowns in an epic blowout. If he played the whole game, he likely would have had more. This performance really boosted his stock as he not only has the second best QBR but has showed everyone that the Cowboys are here to compete for the Big 12 championship and a National Title. Next game vs. TCU gives Rudolph and his team another great chance to make a statement.

Up next: TCU

Lamar Jackson- QB- Louisville
Jackson and the Cardinals had a rough going at home against Clemson. Last year's Heisman winner took a beating but still managed to throw for 317 yards with 3 TDs. His stats are still impressive being a true duel threat. A bounce back is needed here, and good news for Lamar is that Kent State is coming to town.

Up next: Kent State

Saquon Barkley- RB- Penn State
Barkley didn't have a great game running but was a great receiver in an easy win over Georgia State. He didn't get many touches as there was no need to risk injury against this cream puff. This weekend's showdown at Iowa gives Barkley an opportunity to make a statement for himself and his team.

Up next: Iowa

5 Sam Darnold- QB- USC
USC held off Texas in 2OT. Darnold had a great game with 397 yards and 3 TDs. The downside was the two interceptions. He is still very much in this race but needs some style points now and needs to avoid throwing interceptions. However, it is important for his team to keep winning. Next up is a trip to Berkeley to face undefeated Cal.

Up next: Cal

Next 5

- Royce Freeman- RB- Oregon
- Rashaad Penny- RB- San Diego State
- Josh Rosen- QB- UCLA
- Nick Fitzgerald- QB- Mississippi State
- Dante Pettis- WR- Washington

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 4

1 Alabama
2 Oklahoma
3 Clemson
5 Oklahoma State
6 Penn State
7 Washington
8 Wisconsin
9 Michigan
10 Georgia
11 Ohio State
12 Mississippi State
13 Virginia Tech
14 TCU
15 Florida State
16 Washington State
17 Utah
18 San Diego State
19 Auburn
20 Oregon
21 Miami FL
22 Colorado
23 Louisville
24 South Florida
25 Minnesota

Dropped Out- LSU, Stanford, Kansas State, Tennessee, UCLA
New- Mississippi State, San Diego State, Oregon, South Florida, Minnesota

Friday, September 15, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 3


Central Michigan over Syracuse

The Orange lost to Middle Tennessee at the Carrier Dome and now host Central Michigan who is riding a 2-0 start with a win over Kansas last week. Syracuse better be ready as the Chippewas already beat one Power 5 opponent on the road. The Orange so far appear to have improved on defense from last season. Are they ready to stop a balanced offensive attack from Shane Morris and the Chippewas?

North Carolina A&T over Charlotte

Another one of those FBS vs FCS games that appears to have upset potential. The 49ers have really struggled this season especially on offense where they have only scored 14 points total in two losses to Kansas State and Eastern Michigan. The Aggies on the other end have been very successful on offense and defense against weaker competition. They are averaging 50.5 points/game and the defense has only given up 3 points. Confidence is there on both sides of the football. Can they get it done over a FBS team?

Purdue over Missouri

The Boilermakers have looked better this season with a 1-1 start that includes a close loss to Louisville and a pretty good win over a decent Ohio team. As for Missouri, Barry Odom has really already fired his defensive coordinator. Both teams come in at 1-1. By the looks of the statistics, this game should have a lot of offense. Whoever's defense can make stops down the stretch will likely pull their team to victory.

New Mexico State over Troy
The Aggies are coming off a big win over rival New Mexico and suddenly have fans thinking can this be the season we finally end our bowl drought? 1960 was the last time New Mexico State played in a bowl game. This is a big opportunity at home against the Troy Trojans who played Boise State tough a couple weeks ago. Expect a close game that could end up being important in the Sun Belt conference race. The fans will be ready as will the Aggies. Can they knock off Troy?

Mississippi State over LSU

The Bulldogs offense has looked really well as the LSU defense has been dominant. Both teams so far have produced very balanced offensive attacks as the defenses have both been able to make plays. The bad news  for Mississippi State is they haven't faced a defense like LSU yet. LSU's defense also hasn't faced a team with an offense like Mississippi State yet. Fitzgerald has been excellent for the Bulldogs and Guice has been tough for the Tigers. LSU wins the game if they can shut down Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs offense. I feel the game favors Mississippi State if they are able to score touchdowns. This should be a great SEC West opener.
Louisville over Clemson

Lamar Jackson has already put up big numbers in wins over Purdue and North Carolina. Now the defending National Champs come to town. A chance for a big marque win and an opportunity for Jackson to continue his campaign for Heisman. The Tigers defense has been dominant so far this season as Kent State and Auburn offensives could never find any rhythm. With great defensive numbers from Clemson and dominant offensive numbers from Jackson, something's got to give. This will be a big test for the Clemson defense as for the Louisville offense. Will it be Louisville's offense or Clemson's defense? Should be a great one in Louisville.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
USF 37, Illinois 27
Oklahoma State 45, Pittsburgh 24
Michigan 35, Air Force 21
UCLA 34, Memphis 27
Duke 49, Baylor 21
Washington 45, Fresno State 14
Virginia Tech 52, East Carolina 3
Minnesota 35, Middle Tennessee State 24
TCU 35 , SMU 14
Ohio 36, Kansas 24
Tennessee 24, Florida 21
Notre Dame 30, Boston College 7
Purdue 45, Missouri 42
Oklahoma 46, Tulane 17
Ohio State 38, Army 24
Washington State 52, Oregon State 14
Alabama 42, Colorado State 17
LSU 27, Mississippi State 24
Oregon 49, Wyoming 35
Kansas State 44, Vanderbilt 38
South Carolina 42, Kentucky 24
Louisville 28, Clemson 27
Texas Tech 59, Arizona State 49
USC 52, Texas 24
Stanford 34, San Diego State 27
California 47, Ole Miss 42

Penn State 62, Georgia State 10
Utah 31, San Jose State 0
Wisconsin 18, BYU 6

Coastal Carolina 28, UAB 27

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

M+J's Heisman Trophy Watch- Week 3

1 Lamar Jackson- QB- Louisville
Jackson once again led his team to victory away from home. In two games Jackson has 5 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns with a total of 1,010 yards. He also has zero interceptions and only one fumble. With wins over North Carolina and Purdue, Jackson and the Cardinals return home for their home opener against the reigning National Champion Clemson. A huge opportunity awaits this Saturday for Jackson to enhance his Heisman campaign and to add a marque win for their Playoff resume.

Up next: Clemson

2 Josh Rosen- QB- UCLA
Rosen continued his hot 4th quarter from the comeback win over Texas A&M by absolutely shredding Hawaii's defense with 5 passing touchdowns and 329 yards. With 9 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season, Rosen is putting together a strong Heisman campaign so far and looks very confident and ready to compete in the Pac-12. His first road test of the year awaits this weekend at Memphis.

Up next: Memphis

Baker Mayfield- QB- Oklahoma
Mayfield owned the 2nd Half at the Horseshoe in Columbus on Saturday. Baker threw for 386 yards with 3 touchdowns to collect the biggest win of the season for any team. With a Game of Thrones like celebration in the middle of the horseshoe at the conclusion of the game, Mayfield is very much in the Heisman race and also has his team ready to compete for a National Championship. The Green Wave visit Norman this weekend before the Sooners open Big 12 play.

Up next: Tulane

4 Sam Darnold- QB- USC
A great bounce back game for the Trojans as Darnold found his stride from last season in a big victory over the Stanford Cardinal. He threw for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns. His biggest negative so far is 4 interceptions on the season including two against the Cardinal. Completing about 75% of his passes on the season and leading his team to a 2-0 start lands him currently in 4th place. Texas visits the Coliseum this Saturday. An opportunity awaits for Darnold to enhance his numbers and add a victory over a Power 5 team.

Up next: Texas

5 Saquon Barkley- RB- Penn State
Barkley didn't have his best game but was still very consistent averaging 6.3 yards per carry in a good win over the Pitt Panthers. He currently has rushed for 260 yards with 3 touchdowns. Barkley also has a receiving touchdown as well. An opportunity for Barkley to run crazy this weekend comes to Happy Valley when the Georgia State Panthers arrive.

Up next: Georgia State

Next 5
- Mason Rudolph- QB- Oklahoma State
- Taquon Marshall- QB- Georgia Tech
- Shea Patterson- QB- Ole Miss
- Royce Freeman- RB- Oregon
- Ronald Jones II- RB- USC

Monday, September 11, 2017

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 3

1 Alabama
Penn State
6 Washington
7 Oklahoma State
8 Wisconsin
9 Michigan
10 LSU
11 Georgia
12 Ohio State
13 Louisville
14 Florida State
15 Virginia Tech
16 Kansas State
17 TCU
18 Stanford
19 Auburn
21 Miami(FL)
22 Colorado
23 Washington State
24 Tennessee

Dropped Out- Notre Dame

Thursday, September 7, 2017

College Football Week 2 Upset Watch/Picks


Western Michigan over Michigan State
The Broncos almost pulled off a stunner at the coliseum. They seem poised to compete for the MAC Championship once again. The Spartans beat Bowling Green and now prepare for a Western Michigan team who is already battle tested. The Broncos have had this one circled since the summer workouts. Sparty better be ready to play.

New Hampshire over Georgia Southern
If there is a chance for a FCS team to beat a FBS team in Week 2, this one very well could be one. The Eagles offense was not existent against Auburn. The Wildcats are currently ranked 12th in the FCS coaches poll. The Eagles need to answer their offensive struggles from last week, otherwise they could become prey for the Wildcats. With the game now in Birmingham due to Hurricane Irma, there is no longer a home field advantage.

Howard over Kent State
Caylin Newton and Howard pulled off the biggest upset according to point spread in college football history over UNLV last week. Now they go to Kent, OH to play another weaker FBS team. Can they upset Kent State too? With Paul Haynes out for medical leave and coming off a blowout lose to Clemson the pressure is on the Golden Flashes to not become the 2nd victim of Howard. The Bison will be ready for this one.

South Dakota over Bowling Green
The Coyotes scored 77 points in a blowout victory over Drake last week. Bowling Green is coming off a 35-10 loss at Michigan State. Chris Streveler is ready to test his arm against the Falcons defense after throwing for 5 touchdowns last week. The Falcons defense better be ready or otherwise an upset is definitely possible.

San Diego State over Arizona State
The Sun Devils escaped New Mexico State by 6 points and play an Aztec team with a pretty good offense and defense. The Sun Devil offense is the key for Arizona State. Can the Aztecs shut down Manny Wilkins? Can the Sun Devils shutdown Chapman and Penny? This should be an exciting game.
Oregon State over Minnesota
The Gophers did not look impressive at all in their opening win over Buffalo. The Beavers also had to escape Portland State last week. Game is in Corvallis, Oregon. Will it be the Minnesota defense or the Oregon State offense? The Beavers get a chance to avenge their loss last season.
Notre Dame over Georgia
This should be an exciting game in South Bend. Eason is out for the game which puts true freshman Jake Fromm is the spotlight at South Bend. Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush looked impressive last week in their win over Temple. The Georgia defense also looked impressive in their win over Appalachian State. This could come down to quarterback play. This is the biggest game so far in Wimbush and Fromm's careers. Who will lead their team to victory?

Western Kentucky over Illinois
The Illini needed a fourth quarter comeback to beat Ball State last week and now play a tougher Western Kentucky team. In order to avoid the upset, the Illini will need to be better on offense. Only 216 yards of offense will probably not be enough against Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers will be ready to pull the upset.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Iowa 27, Iowa State 17 
Northwestern 27, Duke 21
Michigan 48, Cincinnati 3
Purdue 24, Ohio 20
Wisconsin 56, FAU 7
Louisville 42, North Carolina 27
Wake Forest 19, Boston College 13
TCU 38, Arkansas 32
Western Michigan 31, Michigan State 28
Penn State 49, Pittsburgh 24
Virginia 27, Indiana 20
Oregon 52, Nebraska 42
Clemson 28, Auburn 21
Missouri 49, South Carolina 45
Notre Dame 24, Georgia 16
Mississippi State 45, Louisiana Tech 42
Toledo 27, Nevada 24
Ohio State 35, Oklahoma 34
USC 24, Stanford 23
Arizona 35, Houston 31
Washington State 28, Boise State 17
Arizona State 38, San Diego State 36
Oregon State 30, Minnesota 28

Alabama 63, Fresno State 10
LSU 38, Chattanooga 3
Utah 13, BYU 7

UTEP 28, Rice 27

Top 5 Heisman Candidates- Week 2

1 Josh Rosen- QB- UCLA
Rosen led UCLA to an incredible comeback victory over Texas A&M 45-44 where he threw for 491 yards and 4 touchdowns. He completed 35 out of 59 passes which isn't as good as other quarterbacks but the epic comeback victory over a quality opponent and his 4th quarter performance lands him in the top spot after Week 1.

Up next: Hawaii

2 Baker Mayfield- QB- Oklahoma
Mayfield went 19 for 20 and threw 329 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma's dominating 56-7 win over UTEP. It was only UTEP. Let's see what Mayfield can do at the Horseshoe on Saturday against the Buckeyes.

Up next: Ohio State

3 Lamar Jackson- QB- Louisville
Jackson threw for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns and finished 30 for 46 in completions. Jackson also rushed for 107 yards. He was the main reason the Cardinals beat Purdue. Jackson has another chance to continue to build his Heisman resume this weekend as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heels.

Up next: North Carolina

4 Saquon Barkley- RB- Penn State
Barkley ran for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns in only 14 attempts in the Nittany Lions 52-0 victory over Akron. A great opportunity to boost his Heisman resume comes this weekend as the Pittsburgh Panthers come to town.

Up next: Pittsburgh

5 Mason Rudolph- QB- Oklahoma State
Rudolph went 20 for 24 and threw for 303 yards and 3 three touchdowns and also rushed for 1 touchdown in the Cowboys 59-24 win over Tulsa. Rudolph ran a very efficient offense and gets another chance to boost big numbers before they travel to Pittsburgh next week.

Up next: South Alabama

Next 5
- JT Barrett- QB- Ohio State
- Taquon Marshall- QB- Georgia Tech
- Drew Lock- QB- Missouri
- Ronald Jones II- RB- USC
- Jesse Ertz- QB- Kansas State

M+J's College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week 2

1 Alabama
2 Ohio State
3 Penn State
5 Clemson
6 Washington
7 Oklahoma State
8 Wisconsin
9 Michigan
10 Oklahoma
11 Stanford
12 LSU
13 Auburn
14 Florida State
15 Georgia
16 Kansas State
17 Louisville
18 Miami(FL)
19 Washington State
20 Virginia Tech

21 Utah
22 TCU
23 Colorado
24 Notre Dame
25 Tennessee

Dropped Out- South Florida & West Virginia
New- Notre Dame & Tennessee

Saturday, September 2, 2017

College Football Week 1 Upset Watch/Picks


Wyoming over Iowa
Josh Allen could be the best quarterback that most people have not heard of. Kirk Ferentz and company could their hands full here. The Hawkeyes have a tendency of grinding out games even against lesser opponents. The Cowboys also could be a sleeper team making this a very intriguing Week 1 battle where an upset is possible.

Eastern Washington over Texas Tech
Eastern Washington is a Top 10 FCS team known for its offense. Texas Tech certainly has shown struggles on defense. This could be the shootout of the weekend. The Eagles have defeated some pretty decent Power 5 teams before, so don't be surprised if it happens here.

Southern Miss over Kentucky
Southern Miss won in Lexington against the Wildcats last year as we projected. This year, the game is in Hattiesburg. If last year's result has any indication, an upset is certainly possible.
James Madison over East Carolina
James Madison is ranked #1 in the FCS, and East Carolina is coming off a season where they really struggled. This sounds like a case where the FCS team could beat the FBS team.
Middle Tennessee State over Vanderbilt
Middle Tennessee State is hosting a pedestrian Vanderbilt team. The Blue Raiders are usually pretty good for a C-USA team. Being at home could help this slight underdog pull the upset.
Northern Iowa over Iowa State
Iowa State is out for revenge after losing to the Panthers last year. UNI is once again ranked in the FCS Top 25. The difference is that the Cyclones want to get rid of the bad taste of last year's defeat to their FCS rival. An upset is possible here, but the Cyclones know not to sleep on this one.

Grambling State over Tulane
Grambling State took Arizona to the edge last season in their only loss. The Tigers are in the Top 25 FCS poll and do not have to go far to get to Tulane, so they will certainly have a solid fan base here. Tulane better watch out here as Grambling State might not be the cupcake they signed up for.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Texas 42, Maryland 28
Iowa 24, Wyoming 23
UNC 35, California 24
NC State 27, South Carolina 20
Michigan 28, Florida 14
Notre Dame 27, Temple 13
Boise State 27, Troy 24
USC 52, Western Michigan 17
Georgia 28, App State 23
Louisville 45, Purdue 14
Alabama 38, Florida State 21
LSU 17, BYU 13
West Virginia 31, Virginia Tech 28
UCLA 35, Texas A&M 28
Tennessee 30, GA Tech 28

Oklahoma 59, UTEP 10 
Ohio 28, Hampton 3
Marshall 19, Miami (OH) 13

UMass 23, Coastal Carolina 20