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NFL Picks Week 14, 1:00 o’clock games

 

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5), O/U (41.5)

Miami is 0 and 2 since 1995 when they play the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Dolphins have a 2-6 record in their last 8 games against Pittsburgh and are on a 5 game losing streak against the Steelers overall. Ben Roethlisberger seems to have a knack for winning games late in the season at home when they mean something and the Steelers are 18-6 ATS at home over the past 24 games.

Gonna go with Pittsburgh here to cover the spread.
Take the under 41.5.

Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots (-10), O/U (45)

New England plays every team tough at home and are coming in on a 5 game winning streak at home. The Browns are 1-4 against the Patriots in their last 5 meetings and are 1-4 against the spread versus the Patriots in their last 5 matchups. Cleveland is going off a tough loss to the Jaguars at home and now have to go on the road against a tough opponent in the Patriots.

Gonna take New England to cover the 10 point spread.
4 out of the past 5 games between Cleveland and New England have gone over the line. Gotta go with the OVER here.

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins (+2.5), O/U (44)

Kansas City and Washington have both not fared well against the spread in their last 6 games going just 1 and 5 ATS. Washington is on a 5 game losing streak against the Chiefs and haven’t covered the spread in those games either. With the Redskins struggling not looking to make the playoffs and Kansas City looking to get back on track against at team that head coach Andy Reid knows well, I expect this game to get oit of hand rather quickly.

Got to take the Chiefs to cover the 2 points.
Chiefs have gone UNDER the line in 14 of their past 20 games and Washington has gone UNDER the line in 8 of its past 12 at home. All signs pointing to the UNDER here.

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5), O/U (53)

Detroit has gone under the line in 4 of their last six road games and the Eagles have also gone under the line in 5 of their past 6 homes games. Philadelphia is coming in hot and are 6 and 1 against the Lions at home in their past seven meetings. Detroit has covered the spread in the past two games against Philadelphia and with both teams looking to make a run at the playoffs its going to be a tight game. This game is going to come down to a field goal.

With that I’m going with the Eagles to win this one at home but the Lions WILL COVER the 2.5 point spread.
both defenses have been playing well of late which leads me to believe this is going UNDER the 53 point line.

Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals (-5.5), O/U (44.5)

The Colts have beaten the Bengals 7 times in the last 8 meeting between the two and the Colts have covered the spread in those games 5 times. Cincinnati is just 2 and 6 against the spread when playing Indy at home in their last 8 meetings. The Bengals are coming off a 17 to 10 win over the Chargers in week 13 and they had their bye week during week 12. I think the Bengals are going to hit their stride this week and put up a bunch of points against the Colts defense through the air.

Take the Colts to cover the 5.5 in a low scoring game that will go UNDER the 44.5 point line.

Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5), O/U (41.5)

Truly a toss up here with two rookie quarterbacks going head to head and two pretty good defenses both against the run and pass. EJ Manuel is heading back to the state where he spent his college career and will have a bunch of fans there pulling for him and that will play a factor in this game. Tampa Bay is 5 and 1 in their last six home games against the Bills and the Bills haven’t cover the spread in their past 5 games in Tampa Bay.

Gonna go with the Bills to win this game covering that 2.5 point spread.
The Bucs and the Bills have both gone OVER the line in 6 out of the last 8 games. Take the OVER again here.

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (-3), O/U (41.5)

The Jets have played better of late at home this season going 4 and 2 in their past 6 home games. and are also 4 and 2 in their past 6 games against the Raiders. The Raiders will be relying on Rashad Jennings with Run DMC out with an ankle injury against the leagues best run defense so expect Matt McGloin to be throwing the ball a lot against a Jets secondary that has been struggling.

Gonna take the Raiders to COVER the spread in a nail biter with the Jets sneaking out the win but by less than 3 points.
It’s going to be a fast paced game with a lot of drives that end with long touchdowns so I’ve gotta go with the OVER 41.5 point line.

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (-3), O/U (46.5)

Atlanta has really struggled this year but they have picked it up of late and I believe that Mike smith’s team will finish the season strong. Green Bay is good at home but they are still without Aaron Rodgers and have been struggling to find the endzone on offense. I think that will continue this week for Green Bay’s offense and the Packers defense will have to try to find pay dirt somehow and keep Matt Ryan at bay. I like the Falcons to upset the Packers here and get a much needed win in regulation by a touchdown.

Take the Falcons against the spread.
Gonna have to go with the UNDER, as I don’t expect much scoring from the Packers offense but their defense will keep the Falcons offense under 30 points.

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-6), O/U (42.5)

The Vikings have been playing surprisingly well in the past two weeks getting a win versus Chicago and tying with the Packers the week before that. Both of those games went into overtime. We could attest that to Minnesota’s defense and Adrian Peterson. The Ravens know that the Vikings are going to give AP a lot of touches and will probably challenge the Vikings wide receivers to beat them on the outside. Matt Cassel should be able to take advantage of the play action and hit his receivers and tight ends down the field. Baltimore has played really well at home all season but they haven’t scored that many points at home.

Gonna take the Ravens here to COVER the 6 point spread getting the win by a touchdown over Minnesota.
But I’m going to take the OVER on this 42.5 point line with both teams scoring into the twenties.

Jacoby Ellsbury may have gotten overpaid but…

It does not matter how much money the Yankees paid Ellsbury, he’s in pinstripes and that is all that matters. The Yankees will pay any amount to put the best product in the Bronx. As a Mets fan I envy the Yankees spending habits. News is the Mets signed Curtis Granderson which is a step in the right direction but if the Mets would have signed Ellsbury to the deal he just got with the Yankees I would have been furious. Now it’s time to wait 5 months to see Ellsbury on the field, healthy. That’s all Yankees fans want to see. I’ll make a prediction right now that Ellsbury, just like former Yank and Red Sox Johnny Damon, will be a hit in the Bronx and love the short porch/second deck of Yankee Stadium.

Also gonna make the prediction that Ellsbury will wear #22.

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The very short story of ‘The Woody Johnson Circus’!!!

When you walk through the ticket booth at the Woody Johnson Circus and look towards the attractions in front of you, there is a carousel.  On that carousel are around 50 New York Jets football players riding, Rex Ryan’s coaching staff stand by their sides, John Idzik and Ryan sit on the largest stallions on the carousel, and Mister Johnson is atop the dragon that dwarfs all the other carousel animals.  Woody Johnson hops down from the dragon and yells “Lets go to the spinning TEA CUPS!!!” to coach Rex Ryan as he exits the saddle of his stallion.  Spinning in those tea cups sit Al Groh, Herman Edwards and Eric Mangini waiting for the operator to start the ride.  Woody tells Rex that he can go sit in the lone tea cup that remains and steps away to watch them spin.  Johnson twiddles his thumbs and says to himself “Soon Rex will be just like the others. Crushed by the power of the woody johnson. Unable to succeed and stuck without a quarterback!!! HAHAHAHA!!!”  Woody walks back to the carousel to find Geno Smith, Matt Simms, Mark Sanchez and David Garrard where the lone players left on the ride.”  As the carousel turns Woody notices that Brett Favre has gotten on the carousel accompanied by Tim Tebow on a Gator and Jenn Sterger riding Rex Ryan’s stallion dressed in a deer hide.  The carousel continues to rotate and there sits none other than Kellen Clemens holding onto a rams horns being chased by Greg McElroy on an elephant.  Woody Johnson runs back to see if Rex was finished spinning on the tea cups.  But he wasn’t surprised when he go back  as somehow Rex and Mangini found the only hot dog stand at the circus and were woofing down dogs in handfuls.  The point here is that Rex Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards, and Al Groh are all one dimensional coaches.  Rex and Mangini had a longer leash than Herm and Al which means that if Woody parts with Rex, John Idzik will have the  task of finding a coach that himself and Johnson agree on in turn causing a power struggle that will not allow the coach to reach his potential. In the 13 years Johnson has been at the helm, the Jets offense has been in the top 15 of the NFL just three times with the highest being ranked 13th in 2011.  What Woody Johnson refuses to acknowledge is that nobody likes a ‘know-it-all’ and that is how he is viewed.  It’s time for Woody to step back and hand the reigns of the circus over to the ones who know how build a football team.  It’s too bad that when I refer to “the ones who know how to run a football team” John Idzik is not one of them.  It’s going to be a long five years of ‘rebuilding’ again with Rex Ryan or whoever else decides to join the circus along with [Insert Quarterback Name Here].

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Week 10: Separation of Bad vs. Good

After missing out on last week’s Thursday Night game we went 8-4 Money Line and 6-6 Against the Spread. Some teams suffered serious injuries last week, none bigger than that of the Green Bay Packers. Some teams are poised to get stars back like the Falcons and the Giants. Let’s jump into this week:

THURSDAY:

png-12 Vikings @ Redskins png-19 – MONEY LINE: Redskins — SPREAD: Redskins (-2.5)

The Redskins eeked out a win in overtime as Darrell Young scored three touchdowns. RGIII is picking and choosing his games to progress his performances. If he can stay consistent this team can catch fire and win the division. The Vikings lost a game on the coaches’ shoulders on Sunday. Leslie Frazier has the best 50 yard field goal kicker in the NFL and he went for it on 4th and 5 from the Cowboys 35 yard line and didn’t get it. The game could have looked different, but it didn’t and Tony Romo took the Cowboys back and won the game.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Week 3: The Real Start of the Season.

I apologize for not giving insights to the previous couple of college football games. I, however, intend, to not miss another week. This post is intended to breakdown the top 25 match ups throughout the college world. Unfortunately, this week holds a grudge match between two teams from last year. By that, I refer to the early Sunday NFL game that is Texas A&M and Alabama. With that in hand, let the madness begin!!

#25 Ole MIss. vs. Texas

With the 550 rushing yards giving up from Texas defense, the once prominent and powerful longhorns have fallen from grace. The one possible chance that can save Texas and bring them back in the polls is this chance Texas is a powerful offense and David Ash does have a plethora of weapons. Texas has the ability to beat this upcoming young Ole MIss team, but the key is defense. the defense has to shutdown the experienced receiving corps. This Big twelve defense has another task poised in front. This SEC team has the always speedy and illusive Jeff Scott. Texas is able to win if they shut them down. Ole Miss has a multitude of play makers to be shutdown on offense. Ole Miss is going to walk out of this game with a win and a statement that this team has been pieced to be a legitimate threat for South Carolina, LSU, and Georgia. Ole Miss wins 31- 21.

#24 TCU vs. Texas Tech

This is going to be an interesting game and I will say this is upset alert for the Red Raiders. TCU played LSU and lost by ten points. The next week they win by three scores but this does not matter. TCU’s defense will not match up with the up tempo no huddle that the Air Raid Raiders have to offer. In addition, the Red raider’s defense has improved a lot more recently and they are ready to be the wall that has been expected all these years. upset alert with Texas Tech winning 45-24. Sorry TCU.

#21 Notre Dame vs. Purdue

Notre Dame falls as expected because they are not as potent as they used to be. Notre Dame will win with Tommy Rees having another strong game. The defense for Notre Dame is the main concern at the moment. Purdue does not have a great offense, but Notre Dame’s defense surrendered 34 points last week which is unheard. The team was second last year in allowing the least amount of points. It is proven the team can score, but the Notre Dame defense must do its job and deny Purdue.  Notre dame takes an easy win 34- 17

#20 Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

This is going to be a fun game to watch and keep you stopped until the end. For Both teams, this is the real match up for the year and each one can win the game. I have to give it to WIsconsin at the moment. Wisconsin is prized to be more complete and impressive compared to its opponent. They have a dominant line along with the running game. All three running backs already have at least 250 yards rushing and this has been accomplished by 3 separate backs. Their quarterback (Joel Stave) has 416 passing yards with 7 tds and 2 picks. Overall, Wisconsin looks very good in his game and I look forward to seeing how well they perform. Wisconsin walks away with a nice win, but Purdue will put up points unlike the sub division A teams. 31-17 Wisconsin.

#19 Washington vs. Illinois

Washington performed a smart move by including a bye week between the past #19 ranked Boise State and Illinois so they can prepare for the long road ahead. Look for Bishop Sankey (junior) to have another strong performance against the Illini defense which has already surrendered 100 yards per game to two sub division teams. Illinois has also surrendered too many points (41 combined) to these sub division teams. Washington comes in with quarterback Keith Price ready to go and looking phenomenal off the first game performance. However, Washington’s real surprise will be the defense which only allowed Boise State to score two field goals. Washington wins 31-10.

#17 Northwestern vs. W. Michigan

Northwestern has proven me wrong in the past two weeks so I am prepared to do this right, unless they wanna lose to Western Michigan. This team has outscored the previous two teams who are not sub division teams. Northwestern’s passing game with Trevor Siemian leading is a potent attack group. In addition,  Treyvon Green has aided the team in a unopposed running game with already 4 total rushing touchdowns. Northwestern wins 38-10 with a strong performance by Siemian.

#16 UCLA vs. #23 Nebraska

I am not going with an upset alert. The reason is almost the same with Washington. This UCLA team has proven to have a strong batch of starters. The UCLA team looks to continue their defensive prowess against a very potent offensive unit. Tyler Martinez leads the Cornhuskers and has looked excellent through the first couple of weeks. The main fight for this game will be the Huskers offense and the UCLA offense. I expect UCLA to control the tempo with the run and to put the game in hand early on. UCLA wins 31-17,

#14 Oklahoma vs. Tulsa

This one is not even close like most of the remaining games. Tulsa can barely stand up to teams in their own division nowadays. Oklahoma comes in the game at home and awaiting a weak C-USA team. The strongest player in the game will Brennan Clay the runningback for Oklahoma. He has already accumulated 213 running yards with 1 touchdown in the season. The Oklahoma team has allowed 7 points in both games which is the lowest in the entire country. Oklahoma wins this no problem with no sweat or tears shed from it. 45-6 Oklahoma.

#13 South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt

This is a much more interesting game to watch. South Carolina looks to bounce back from the close loss last week to Georgia. Clowney has knocked himself out of the heisman race for the moment, but he could resurface with a strong performance against this Vanderbilt offense. Look for the Matthews to be the leading receiver in this game as Vanderbilt will throw a lot since South Carolina takes an early lead. South Carolina comes out on top though, 31-13.

#12 Oklahoma State. vs. Lamar

Another interesting game to watch out for. All the speculations and scandals about Oklahoma State can distract the team having an easy win in this sub division game. However, I could not see Oklahoma State, who is now the power house of the Big 12, side tracked that much to surrender a fair amount of points to Lamar. More or less, I could not see the Oklahoma State team side tracked to not put up enough points against this sub division defense. This game should be over around the 3rd quarter for Oklahoma State taking an easy win at home and not worrying about the scandals involving their school. Oklahoma State wins 38-10.

#11 Michigan vs. Akron

Last week Michigan accomplished the Notre Dame game as I expected they would. Devin Gardner looks good, but his full potential has not been tapped into just yet. The team scored a high 34 points against the stingy Notre Dame whom allowed very little points last year to Michigan. With Gardner, the team will take this game in an instant and not worry about this MAC opponent knocking at their doorstep. Michigan wins 45-16.

#10 Florida State. vs. Nevada.

I would say this is an upset alert, but I called the pittsburgh vs. Florida State game completely wrong and for that I apologize to the Florida State program. This team comes in from a bye with their freshman sensation Jameis Winston emerging as a strong candidate for december. Weinston knows how to throw the ball with some purpose and how to lead an efficient attack. This is something that Florida State has looked for in their QB’s in the past but the defense has always carried them. I think Florida State keeps it close until the second half when they open it up and bench the starters with ten minutes left in the game. Florida State wins 42-15.

#8 LSU vs. Kent State

This is another strong game for the seeding team. Mettenberger has transformed into a strong quarterback who can control his offense. In addition, Kent State has not been the same team. Look for LSU’s defense to shut down Kent State and bring this game to an end quickly. However, I think Kent State has a good chance to beat their matchup in the top 10 out of all the lower teams playing against the others this week. They have a  dyanmic team who scores consistently at times, but they must out produce the home team. If they were home, I would give Kent State a higher score, but LSU stays strong with a 31-20 win.

#7 Louisville vs. Kentucky

This is Louisville’s first challenge of the entire year and a semi strong one. Bridgewater looks to continue his campaign with already 800 passing yards and seven touchdowns against the weak Kentucky team. Kentucky has been a weak team in the SEC consistently. I cannot see Louisville going wrong in this game considering they are a stronger team, but Kentucky is an SEC team and they are home. So, I can see this game being close for a while, but the talent between the two teams will begin to show and Louisville wins 35-13 against the SEC team.

#5 Stanford vs. Army

Stanford comes into this game giving a strong performance in their opener. Now, they go to Army to play the knights who have a knack for running the ball…like a lot. Gaffney has already accumulated 100 yards and 2 touchdowns in his debut nad looks to increase on the performance throughout the game. Army will be routed very quickly in this game despite being home and having a potent run game. The end score will be a little close, but the Cardinals will prevail. 28-17 goes to the Cardinals and they survive another week.

#4 Ohio State vs. California 

This is a bit of a strong one to look at. Braxton Miller is hurt and does not look like he did last year. In addition, Ohio State is going to play at California and these Golden Bears are looking for an upset alert win. They missed their chance against Northwestern in the season opener. Now, they have another shoot at taking down a top 25 team and Ohio State looks a little weak right now. Their defense looks terrible since they have surrendered so many points to weaker teams. I expect California to win by double digist, but this occurs towards the end as Miller tries to throw the ball and it is taken the other way. Cali wins 35-24.

#2 Oregon vs. Tennessee

I am not going to take long on this one. Oregon is still potent even without Chip Kelly’s offensive prowess there. The team is averaging more points with him gone than before. The original black mamba looks to turn things up with Mariota against Tennessee. The offense will be too much for this Tennessee defense which ends up in their route already. The defense will cause turnovers against Bray and the volunteers to the point that the game is out of hand in the 2nd quarter. Oregon wins 59-14 in this game.

#1 Alabama vs. #6 Texas A&M

Two of the best teams around go head to head as Nick Saban is out for sweet sweet vengeance against Manziel. Although McCarron does not look like the strong heisman candidate they were boasting about, it does not matter. The A&M defense has been almost non existent in the past couple of games. Manziel has 6 touchdowns with around 400 passing yards, but not a lot of rushing yards in hand. Look for multiple blitzs to hinder Manziel in this game. Saban has already looked all the tape on Manziel and made a sound proof strategy. He has even had a bye week to plan the game out and prep both sides of his teams to defeat A&M. The only thing to save Manziel is his line and receivers. If the line holds nad the receivers somehow get open against this athletic and powerful secondary, Manziel may pull this game out. In addition, the Aggies are also home which could help them with having McCarron not hear the snap count and the defense getting an advantage over Bama. I am going with roll tide since they are the more poweful and all around team from what I have seen in the one game they had.  31-17. Roll tide

Well, these are the predictions for the week. Thanks for reading and see you next week. Remember you heard the word from here.

Thursday Night Football Preview

The NFL regular season kicks off Thursday, September 6 at 8:30 with the Ravens heading to Denver to take on the Broncos in a rematch between two AFC heavyweights.

WOOO HOOO for Fantasy football being back!!!! That’s all I really care about anymore as a Jets fan. Now, what is going to make this game interesting is the star studded talent on the offensive side of the ball for Denver. The Broncos with Peyton Manning and his 12 disciples (Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Knowshown Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Jacob Tamme, Julius Thomas, Ryan Clady, Adam Gase, John Elway, Jesus Christ, and Manny Ramirez (not that Manny Ramirez) are going to give the Raven’s defense a headache. Peyton will and has picked apart every defense in this league and Baltimore is no exception especially after the off-season where they saw two veteran and emotional leaders in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed depart from the team.  To go along with losing Lewis and Reed the Ravens lost key linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger to free agency, but they brought in Elvis Dumervil and Chris Canty to bolster up an already Pro Bowl studded line with Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata.  It’s going to be interesting to see how the Broncos offensive line deals with the Ravens defensive front seven specifically in the run game. Back to the Denver offense.

Wes Welker and Peyton Manning are going to take over this game.  I can’t imagine the Ravens putting LaDarius Webb on Wes Welker all game, Webb is going to have to take care of Demaryius Thomas on the outside.  That leaves Jimmy Smith covering Welker in the slot and that is going to be bad for the Ravens D.  Jimmy Smith doesn’t have a chance covering Welker in the slot and with Manning throwing the ball Smith really doesn’t have any chance at slowing him down.  Smith’s head will be spinning by the end of this game.

What I will be paying attention on the Broncos offense is the running back situation.  Adam Gase who is Denver’s offensive coordinator has said that the Broncos will use a running back by committee approach in their offense.  Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshown Moreno are the three backs that will make up Peyton Manning’s backfield and the playing time that they will get will be based on their production start the regular season.  I’m looking at this running back committee approach extra close to figure out which back will have the most productive play behind Manning in this first game.  The cream will rise to the top.  By the end of the Broncos first game I think the back that will stay at the bottom is Montee Ball.  Ball is a rookie and was a great runner in college and showed that he is a dynamic back out of the back field but it’s going to take a some time for him to warm up to NFL defenses.  Knowshown Moreno won’t rise all the way to the top but he will definitely be hovering around it.  Moreno reminds me of Joseph Addai when he played in Indianapolis with Manning.  Moreno is the best pass protector of the three backs but he’s not great by any means.  He can run between the tackles and catch a ball out out the backfield.  Moreno will be in for a lot of pass protection and that also takes time away from Ball.  The Denver back that will be the cream going into week two is Ronnie Hillman.  I believe in Ronnie Hillman.

I think that Hillman is the back that Peyton trusts the most.  Hillman learned a lot in his rookie season and with that Hillman has been able practice the hiccups in his game with an even better team this year.  I may be completely wrong but in my defense I’ve never claimed to have read the future.  Just a gut feeling.

Now onto what we’ll be seeing on the Baltimore offense. A couple of changes here, wide receiver Anquan Boldin went over to the 49ers, tight end Dennis Pitta is done for much of the year with a hip injury and the only other significant loss on offense was center Matt Birk.  Joe Flacco will have speedster Torrey Smith on the outside to work with and from there, progress together over the past two seasons, things are looking up for this connection.  Flacco can launch the deep ball and isn’t afraid to.  Smith is deceptively fast and his quickness compliments his size and speed. Let’s add in the fact that these guys have a great trust in each other and we get a thunderous combination.  I’m real high on Torrey Smith to have a breakout year this season.  Ray Rice will still be vacating the backfield for the Ravens and will share some time but not much with Bernard Pierce.  I’ve heard that Rice may be flanked out to the slot at some point this season to see what havoc he could cause there.  Rice’s size has always amazed me.  Rice is about 5 foot 7 inches and has always played bigger no matter the level.  I had friends on the defensive line in high school that were twice as big as me tell me that trying to tackle Rice is like tackling a chain chomp.  Rough.

Flacco will have to deal with the Denver pass rush that will be without Von Miller but is still a pretty damn good pass rush.  Second year defensive end Derek Wolfe and veteran Robert Ayers will be gunning for Flacco’s head all night.  I’d expect them to get at least three sacks between the two of them for the night.  Champ won’t be able to take care of Torrey Smith on the outside because of his injury but they have Dominque Rodgers Cromartie to put on Smith expect for some fire works as Rodgers-Cromartie has been known to get burned by quick receivers in his past.

Should be a great game to start the 2013 regular season.  All that matters is that football is back!!!!!!!!

AP Top 10 Preseason … ALL HAIL THE SEC! Part 2

6) Texas A&M

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There is so much stuff going on with this team at that the moment that I do not now know where to begin. First, the signal caller needs to stop being Johnny “So College Bro” Manziel. This discussion is meant for another post, but for now I will say, “No Manziel equals no chance at the West title or even at a major bowl game.” Texas A&M has 6 starters both on offense and defense returning but this could change with a possible Manziel suspension. Their rushing game must pick it up in order for Manziel to have the heat taken off him (even if he plays). They have a strong schedule, but they will be “Roll-Tided” early on and knocked out of BCS chances if Manziel is not playing (Possible game of the year here). Whoever plays quarterback will have good protection again thanks to the depth of the line which is what the SEC is notorious for. Their secondary and defense looks good with some starters returning, but there is just so much in the air right now. You need Manziel, and if I were the coaching staff, I would sit this kid down and tell him he better shape up or the team has to take losses or even wins without him.

7) South Carolina

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I dont…I dont even know where to begin, but i will start in an obvious spot. I started following Clowney around the time I really got into college football and football in general. I remember him being the top prospect and wondering why he would go to South Carolina and not Alabama who had just won their first BCS National Championship or Florida who had Urban Meyer and were equally good. Ever since, this kid has been nothing but a menace. He is frightful and I have always thought of him as one of the best defensive ends even when he entered as a freshman. Now, South Carolina shares a similar schedule with Georgia in regards to having to play three top contending teams. The good thing is that South Carolina’s offense has matured, which means they can hopefully do a lot better this year. The defense has carried South Carolina for the past couple of years (as shown by Clowney’s murderous hit). If South Carolina’s offense puts up 30 points a game, then I would recant my comment about Georgia reaching the SEC Championship from before. The hard thing about this is which quarterback will take the snaps and the hopes of Davis filling in for Lattimore, who is a ‘Niner now, may be a long shot. I want Clowney to win this year so he can leave and start his NFL career, but that’s just me and the other SEC quarterbacks’ hopes.

8) Clemson

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I will tell you why this team is going to be much better than the Florida State “powerhouses” we have seen in the past couple of years. Firstly, this team is going up against two SEC teams that are ranked in the top ten in two of their four out of conference games. That alone proves this team is willing to take on the best. Second, they quietly finished at 11-2 last year and they hit bad tides a couple years back when they got embarrassed by 70-35 in their bowl game. However, they can score and not many teams are going to be able to shut down their scoring efforts very well. They have defensive problems much like Georgia, and they look like the Mud Dogs defense without Bobby Bouche. There are 7 returning starters on each side, but the offense is more ready to go this year with Tajh Boyd and and Sammy Watkins. The hardest part is going to be the opener against Georgia (offensive powerhouse SEC) and the closer against South Carolina (defensive powerhouse SEC). If, however, this team rises up and beats both of them (even one of them), I can see them going to a major bowl game. Their schedule may be too weak to warrant a BCS national championship game, unless they are unbeaten and win the conference championship. However, I like this team and they can make a good run if the defense can find a rhythm.

9) Louisville

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Around a year ago in October to November, I text my brother telling him that Lousiville was third in the nation when it comes to the defense giving up points and I said their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a good player. I humbly stand corrected about this and say he is now an excellent player. Louisville is the underdog of this top 10 and I can see them climbing these polls as all these teams destroy their own seasons. The only way at this point for Louisville to make the Big Dance is to be the only team or one of the last two teams standing undefeated. With their schedule, they could be poised to go undefeated and should with all the talent returning. They have 17 returning starters and most of which are on that stingy defense. Their problem is running the ball and their offensive line. If those two big issues are fixed somehow, then Louisville’s fate is sealed and they can move “forward”. However, they showed they can play with the big boys when the thrashed Florida in the Sugar Bowl. That 33-23 win was not as close as many think. Louisville proved that day they can play with the big boys and teams better recognize. Teddy may end up being the Heisman trophy winner unless Clowney decides to start intercepting the ball and sacking the quarterbacks on every other play. Overall, this team can make a run and I am excited to watch them play. It is clear and simple Louisville and I will make it simple: “Win…Win…Win…Win.” You do this, and you will be in the dance or at least a major bowl game.

10) Florida

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Florida comes back with a lot of questions raised. The team did not perform well in their performance against Louisville, but that team was tough in respect to them. Florida’s secondary is somehow still good even though they have 3 returning starters. The team has to reload and begin figuring out how to pass the ball this year. In addition, the front seven must be addressed before they can step forward but this SEC team (like many) has good depth and they may only need to find the right chemistry to be okay. For the offense, Driskel must begin passing the ball more, means relying on his receivers to get open. For Florida, correcting the pass rush and getting a pass offense is what they lack from moving up further in the ranks, clearly the pattern is in the word pass. They must play Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina . They could also make a run for the title, but it will be a little more difficult as they are the last team in the top ten and would need to be all teams on their schedule.

BCS National Championship - Alabama v Texas

My choice for the championship realistically/idealistically:

Well, this is the breakdown from the top 10. This group seems to be heavily strong towards offensive prowess which is a nice change. Overall, Alabama is the more realistic choice here and it makes sense really. Three championships in the past four years. However, ideally I would pin them against the Lousville Cardinals. I love this team and everything they have achieved in the past year. They came from nowhere in the Big East and were probably underestimated by many teams and were expected to lose to Florida. Instead, Louisville came in and decided to K.O. Florida within three quarters and prove who the real team was. I hope it happens again and I hope the best for Bridgewater. This young man does not have the best line nor the best run game and he was able to produce an astounding 3,400 passing yards along with 25 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. Louisville v. Alabama, you heard it here first.

Roy Hibbert is filling out

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I’ll be honest I know that the NBA is months away but this is worthy of being looked at. Roy Hibbert looks to be putting on some serious size and at 7’ft. 2″in. he could be nearing 300 pounds in the future. There have been a couple of NBA players who’ve weighed more than 300 pounds. I think that Hibbert could get to the 300 pound club to make him the 14th player since 1990 to eclipse that mark.

Leave Johnny Alone!

LEAVE JOHNNY ALONE!!!

LEAVE JOHNNY ALONE!!!

Johnny Manziel a.k.a Johnny Football has been the talk of the NCAA since last season’s performance, which led to him becoming the first ever Freshman to win the Heisman. Most of the news about Manziel since then has been worrisome relating to his off the field activities. Since last year it has been public knowledge that Manziel likes to have a good time and will definitely enjoy the sweet life of a college quarterback. Throughout this off season Manziel has been criticized and closely watched by the media waiting to pounce on his next move. Johnny Football has not let us down one beat. He has been photographed, Twitter snapped and even caught napping at the wrong time. It is my opinion that we are watching Johnny Football too close as if his life is a reality show.

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Now things have taken a turn for the worst as the NCAA is investigating Manziel for profiting off of signed memorabilia. Jay Bilas from ESPN, who is known for challenging the NCAA’s sanctions and actions taken into improper benefit cases, brought up an interesting point this morning; he said that last week Texas A&M made $20,000 of Manziel by auctioning him off for a day, but they will turn around and punish him for selling a few autographs. Listen, I know he broke the rules and that he should punished accordingly, but it is my belief that the rules should be altered. Let these kids make money, but put a cap on it or something along those lines.

Back to Johnny now. I think we are keeping too close of an eye on a 20 year old kid who is trying to live a normal college life. Yes, many say that he should act responsibly because he is supposed to be a role model, but a 20 year old isn’t necessarily going to think that way. Walk a mile in his shoes before you start telling him how to act, Mark May (College Football Analyst from ESPN). Maybe he should watch what he does a little more closely, but maybe the media should get off his back for one day and stop watching every move he makes or every drink he takes. Let the kid develop on and off the football field and when he makes or doesn’t make the NFL then criticize him and judge him based on his “adult” actions.

FREE JOHNNY!

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-Anthony