Saturday, September 30, 2017

College Football Hot Seat Report- 1st Review

After 4 weeks, this season is beginning to foreshadow what could be coming. There are teams that are contenders. There are those that are pretenders in which some of these paper tigers have yet to be exposed. You have the teams experiencing a down year and those that seem to be cupcakes each season. Then, there are those teams whose leaders are fighting for their jobs each game knowing that a colossal screw up especially on the road might result in the "Lane Kiffin Treatment" in which you are on your own getting home. We are now entering the end of September which is when Lane Kiffin was left at the airport after being dismissed following the game.

Here are the 11 coaches who currently have the best chance to be Lane Kiffin'd:

11. Butch Jones(Tennessee)
2017 Record: 3-1
Overall Record at Tennessee: 33-22
The Butch Jones era has been relatively mediocre, but so has Tennessee football over the last decade or so. Butch Jones should make it through the season, but if things get bad like blowout losses or bad losses, he could been sent out the ticket out of town in the snap of finger.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Getting blown out on the road to an inferior opponent at any point this season might do the trick.

10. Jim Mora (UCLA)
- 2017 Record: 2-2
- Overall Record at UCLA: 43-26
Mora won the Pac-12 South in 2012 during his first season. He followed it up with consecutive 10-3 seasons making UCLA a consistent threat to win the Pac-12. Going 8-5 in 2015 and 4-8 last season, Mora cannot afford to duplicate last season and miss a bowl.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: If a loss at USC happens and the Bruins have no chance to go bowling, Mora might need an Uber to get home.

9. Steve Addazio (Boston College)
- 2017 Record: 1-3
- Overall Record at Boston College: 25-30
Addazio is in his 5th season at BC where he has went bowling three times but has not won more than 7 games in a season. Since Spaziani was canned after two bad seasons, one can assume that Addazio needs to get his team bowling or at least win 5 games. Anything less as well as more pointless unsportsmanlike penalties, he could be sent packing.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: If BC loses their next 3 and then falls at Virginia, no bowl is happening and Addazio might have to pitch a tent in Charlottesville while he plans to get home.

8. Bret Bielema (Arkansas)
- 2017 Record: 1-2
- Overall Record at Arkansas: 26-28
Bielema has brought the Hogs bowling the last three seasons after going 3-9 his 1st season. However, he has not won more than 8 games in a season and is 10-23 in the SEC. Though Arkansas is not a normal SEC powerhouse, Bobby Petrino led them to four great seasons from 2008-11 in which fans believe should be duplicated. Petrino's success has hurt Bielema giving him expectations that might be too high for this program. With that being said, a bowl game is a must for job security.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Assuming they win this weekend, the possible loss in Baton Rouge on 11/11 could keep the Hogs on the couch during bowl season, and Bielema might need alternative plans  back to Fayetteville. Of course, a stop at Bourbon Street could be an option.

7. Mike Riley (Nebraska)
- 2017 Record: 2-2
- Overall Record at Nebraska: 17-13
Riley has one of the hardest jobs in FBS in trying to make the Cornhuskers a revenant title contender. Something they have been far from over the last 20 years with only one conference title since the great Tom Osborne retired in 1997. Most years, it has been a struggle to even have a Top 25 team. Riley is coming off a good year going 9-4 where the Husker faithful are hoping to continue to move towards a conference title. After a early home loss to Northern Illinois, it is clear that it will not be happening this year and after a lackluster win at home over Rutgers, a bowl might not be a shoe in either. Therefore, Riley has a difficult task at hand. Winning less than 7 games might hurt his tenure there. Another bad loss will likely get him the boot.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Assuming things do not get better, a loss in West Lafayette on 10/28 could be 3rd in a row and 5 overall. Getting to Indianapolis could be on Riley's mind shortly following this game.

6. Mark Whipple (UMass)
- 2017 Record: 0-5
- Overall Record at UMass: 8-33 (2nd Stint)
Molnar went 2-22 after 2 seasons at UMass, so they brought back Mark Whipple who led the Minutmen to the 1998 1-AA Championship. This time around he is in the FBS, and it has been far from successful. Starting out 0-5 in his 4th season where he has not won more than 3 games in a year yet in FBS. He has suffered several close losses including last weekend's to Tennessee, but a loss is a loss. With this putrid start and seeing how fast Molnar was shown the door, Whipple is almost as good as gone unless there is a complete turnaround. His success during his 1st stint might be the only thing that could keep him around.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Whipple will likely make it to the end of the season. However, if they go winless, he might earn extended time in South Florida following a loss at FIU.

5. Tyson Summers (GA Southern)
- 2017 Record: 0-3
- Overall Record at GA Southern: 5-10
Summers took over when Fritz left for Tulane. The Eagles were a power in FCS and began play in FBS making an instant impact in the Sun Belt. The program even had a few near misses against in state rivals UGA and Ga Tech. Summers began the 2016 season 3-0 and is 2-12 since. In their 3 games, this team has been horrible especially on offense and has hit rock bottom as Summers has turned this program into a cupcake for Indiana and bait for New Hampshire of the FCS. GA Southern is known for not giving coaches long if they are not successful. The Eagles are so bad that winning one game could be a challenge. If they are still winless entering their trip to UMass, a loss there and Summers could be stranded in Amherst.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: If they are still winless entering their trip to UMass, a loss there and Summers could be stranded in Amherst.

4. Brad Lambert (Charlotte)
- 2017 Record: 0-4
- Overall Record at Charlotte: 16-34
Lambert is the first and only coach for the 49ers program which began in 2013. He is in his third season in FBS competition where he has them off to a putrid start after losing back to back home games against NC A&T and Georgia State. In three games against FBS teams, Charlotte has scored a combined 14 points. Charlotte's program is still new, which makes it a very difficult job. Lambert has got them going, but it might be time for a change. Fans are unhappy after the last two defeats. Judging by those performances, winning a game could be a tall task this season. However, going 4-8 last season was great for a brand new program competing in C-USA.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Lambert probably will not get fired before the end of the season unless fans become restless. A loss at Hattiesburg could likely put them at 0-11 in which it might be in their best interest to leave Lambert there.

3. Sean Kugler (UTEP)
- 2017 Record: 0-4
- Overall Record at UTEP: 18-35
Kugler is in his 5th season and has only brought the Miners to one bowl since his arrival. This season could be his worst yet as they are 0-4 and have been far from competitive in any of their losses including at home against Rice. UTEP's offense is bad, and defense would have a tough time stopping elite high school teams. Unfortunately, they do not play Charlotte and will be the underdog in all of their remaining games. If Bobby Boucher or Spike Hammersmith do not walk through their door, the Kugler era does not seem to have much left.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Kugler could be left at any remaining road game. This weekend's game at Army would be nice for Kugler as he could visit his hometown shortly after. However, a loss in Hattiesburg on 10/14 would likely put them at 0-7. Although, the increased APR scores that have occurred during his era could allow him to coach the entire season.

2. Barry Odom (Missouri)
- 2017 Record: 1-3
- Overall Record at Missouri: 5-11
Missouri was one of our team's we mentioned that was looking to rebound as it had been awhile since the Tigers went 3 straight seasons without a bowl. Trying to build off last year's 4-8 record, this season has started poorly for Odom losing 3 straight games at home in which Mizzou was blown out in each. Judging by their performances against South Carolina and Auburn, it appears winning one game in conference play is unlikely. Even beating Idaho and UConn are no longer shoe ins. A loss at Connecticut should lead to the Lane Kiffin treatment.

Lane Kiffin Possibility: A loss at UConn on 10/28 could leave Odom in Hartford. Mizzou fans certainly would not want him back in Columbia.

1. David Beaty (Kansas)
- 2017 Record: 1-3
- Overall Record at Kansas: 3-25
Previous Kansas coaches Turner Gill (5-19) and Charlie Weis (6-22) both had better records than Beaty did after 2 seasons. Somehow Beaty has managed to stick around unlike his predecessors. If the past has any indication, Beaty could go after any game this season. The Jayhawks are underdogs in all remaining games, so it is wonder when Beaty will get the plug. 

Lane Kiffin Possibility: Knowing that wins are going to be sparse this season, Beaty could be left at any airport on their way back from a road game. Of course, beating Texas last season might be pulling more weight than we think.

Friday, September 29, 2017

M+J's College Football Upset Watch/Picks- Week 5


NFL and College Basketball have owned the headlines this week as College Football gears up for Week 5. Who's on Upset Watch?

Duke over Miami FL

An undefeated battle in Durham Friday night will be in the spotlight. Duke has been pretty impressive so far this season and is rebounding nicely. The Blue Devils will be ready to go and looking for the win that would land them in the Top 25. The Hurricanes better come prepared.

Wake Forest over Florida State

Usually a 4-0 team would not be an underdog against an 0-2 team. In this case, the Seminoles are still the favorite with their success from previous seasons. Will Florida State start the season 0-3? The Demon Deacons are 4-0 and playing with more confidence than the Seminoles. This game will likely be a defensive battle where it could come down to whosever offense makes a big play late or a game winning field goal. It will be interesting to see the motivation level of the Seminoles. With the game at Wake Forest, the deacons will be ready for the challenge.

Mississippi State over Auburn

Auburn is 3-1 but has not beat anyone good to note. The Bulldogs have the demolition of LSU to their resume. Mississippi State has shown to be the better team so far. However, the Tigers did hang in there against Clemson and are at home. Mississippi State is the road underdog and are looking to get back on track after being manhandled by Georgia.

Texas Tech over Oklahoma State

Hangover for the Cowboys? Mason Rudolph vs Nic Shimonek. Two of the most efficient quarterbacks square off in Lubbock on Saturday. Texas Tech has looked good so far in their 3-0 start including wins over Arizona State and Houston. The Cowboys arrive after their home loss to TCU where they will try to bounce back. Expect an epic quarterback battle where which ever one shines more likely leads his team to victory.

New Mexico State over Arkansas

The Razorbacks have already been beaten at home twice and have not looked so well. The Aggies of New Mexico State come in with one of their best teams in years at 2-2 with narrow losses to Arizona State and Troy. NM State is a regular cupcake most years, so Arkansas could take them lightly. However, this is not the year for that. Bielema needs to have his guys ready here as this is not a team to sleep on.

Central Michigan over Boston College

The seat is heating up for Addazio who had his team playing well for 3 quarters in each of their previous games before getting wiped out in the 4th. Central Michigan has already won at Kansas and has been a dangerous opponent for Power 5 teams before. Addazio and company better not look ahead to Virginia Tech and Louisville. Sleeping on the Chippewas could cost him his job.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Duke 35, Miami FL 28
Nebraska 21, Illinois 13
USC 28, Washington State 24
BYU 17, Utah State 14
Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 14
South Florida 49, East Carolina 14
Florida 14, Vanderbilt 10
Minnesota 42, Maryland 31
Oklahoma State 38, Texas Tech 35
Georgia Tech 37, North Carolina 28
NC State 31, Syracuse 21
Penn State 48, Indiana 27
Georgia 31, Tennessee 13
Wake Forest 20, Florida State 19
Kansas State 40, Baylor 35
Navy 30, Tulsa 17
Stanford 45, Arizona State 31
Iowa 21, Michigan State 17
Mississippi State 24, Auburn 23
UCF 42, Memphis 35
Ohio State 49, Rutgers 13
Texas A&M 45, South Carolina 42
Clemson 27, Virginia Tech 24
Washington 52, Oregon State 10
Alabama 42, Ole Miss 14
San Diego State 34, Northern Illinois 20
UCLA 35, Colorado 31
Oregon 30, California 28
Colorado State 38, Hawaii 24
Air Force 27, New Mexico 17
LSU 24, Troy 20
Houston 28, Temple 14

Louisville 59, Murray State, 7
Army 42, UTEP 7
Buffalo 12, Kent State 3

UNLV 34, San Jose State 27

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

M+J's Heisman Watch- Week 5

Baker Mayfield- QB- Oklahoma
Mayfield threw for 3 touchdowns and 283 yards in their victory over Baylor. Mayfield has the highest QBR of 93.2 for the second consecutive week. With 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions, Mayfield is currently one of the front runners for the Heisman. Oklahoma is off this week before Iowa State comes to town on October 7th. Another strong performance will help him continue to enhance his Heisman profile as well as keep his team in the race for the College Football Playoff.

Up next: Iowa State- October 7th

Saquon Barkley- RB- Penn State 
Barkley came up big in Penn State's thrilling last second victory in Iowa City. With 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards on Saturday, he has proven to be dangerous running the football as well as a receiver. With 6 total touchdowns on the season and hurdling Iowa defenders, Barkley is making his case for Heisman as well as keeping his team in the race for the College Football Playoff. A visit from Indiana is next.

Up next: Indiana

Lamar Jackson- QB- Louisville
Jackson broke the career record for most touchdowns all time in Louisville history on Saturday in the victory over Kent State. He threw for another 2 touchdowns and rushed for 1 as well. With 14 total touchdowns and his dual threat ability, Jackson will continue to stay in the hunt for Heisman. Murray State comes to Louisville this weekend and Jackson should have the chance to enhance his stats in what should be a cake walk for the Cardinals.

Up next: Murray State

4 Rashaad Penny- RB- San Diego State
With 716 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards on the season, Penny and the undefeated Aztecs have entered the spotlight. With Donnel Pumphrey gone, Penny has stepped up to the challenge and has been Donnel Pumphrey in their 4 victories. With an average of 7.9 yards per carry, Penny has helped lead his team to big victories over Arizona State, Stanford, and Air Force and also has his team in the hunt for a New Year's Six Bowl. Northern Illinois comes to town this weekend. Can Penny's dominance continue?

Up next: Northern Illinois

5 Sam Darnold- QB- USC
Darnold threw for 2 touchdowns and 223 yards in their victory over Cal. With 9 passing touchdowns and 7 interceptions, he needs to start limiting turnovers. The Trojans are 4-0 and Darnold has been good enough to get them to this point and to keep them in the race for the College Football Playoff. Their biggest test of the season so far awaits this weekend when they travel to Pullman to take on the Cougars. This is a big opportunity for a statement road victory as well as a chance for Darnold to enhance his Heisman profile.

Up next: Washington State

Next 5

- Mason Rudolph- QB- Oklahoma State
- Nic Shimonek- QB- Texas Tech
- Luke Falk- QB- Washington State
- Bryce Love- RB- Stanford
- Josh Rosen- QB- UCLA

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