College Football 2017-2018

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  1. BarryWhite

    BarryWhite Well-Known Member

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    Great call on Oklahoma Matt.
     
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  2. SoCalJoe

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    Ditto on Matt's thought on Iowa-ISU

    Missed the WSU-Boise St finish, but shocked Wazzu didn't 'Coog' it and actually won in the 3rd OT.

    Speaking of absurd, have you ever wanted to see a 3rd and 93 situation? How is that even possible you ask? watch what happens in the LA Tech game vs Mississippi State on a 2nd and goal:

     
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  3. AggieMatt

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    That play in the video was absurd.

    Joe, yeah a buddy of mine in Bellingham (UDub grad) and I were joking about that via text because as Wazzu started to make a comeback, they went into Coog mode. Then Boise ripped off a string of 2-3 inexplicable errors and it was a game again. That game was like watching two rednecks playing "hold my beer."
     
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  4. SoCalJoe

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    Not a huge slate of marquee games (especially w/Miami-Florida State being postponed);

    #23 Tennessee at #24 FlArida (Still No O). Fla has traditionally owned the series in recent memory, but I have zero idea how good they are after getting whooped by Michigan. The Vols had a nice but unimpressive (very entertaining though) win over GTech and cruised over a cupcake last week. Will take UT and know that's probably a mistake given history.

    #12 LSU at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have rolled over a couple of small schools, but have to be feeling good about themselves nonetheless (Dan Mullen is a very solid coach), and their fans will have the cowbells ready. In typical LSU fan reaction, there are rumblings if Coach Odgeron was the right call, a loss and those will only get louder. Hard to pick, but I'll go w/the Bayou Bengals, but certainly hoping I'm wrong (who doesn't like the Cowbell?)


    GAME of the WEEK
    #3 Clemson at #14 Louisville. If there was a time for Louisville to spring the upset this is it. First home game of the season for UL, and it's a Sat. night. Conversly it's the first roadie for Clemson and first road start for their QB Kelly Bryant. The defending champs are also coming off a physical game w/Auburn. Will go w/Clemson based on this stat; No team has sacked the QB more since the beginning of last season than the Tigers, and no QB has been sacked more than Lamar Jackson over that same time period. However, it would not be a stunner if the Cards get it done @jumpkutz , did you find yourself a ticket? or are you grilling and kicking it w/friends?

    Upset Alert:
    #25 UCLA at Memphis. Here comes the east coast bias rant. UCLA will attempt to have lights out at their hotel probably at 10pm (7 o'clock for the players), breakfast at 6am Memphis time (3am for the players) and kickoff at Noon Eastern, 9 am for UCLA...sorry but that's Bulls#&t! Add in Memphis having 2 weeks to prepare, and this has upset written all over it.

    #19 Stanford at San Diego State; Does this tell you of what I think of the Pac 12 this year? Not an indictment of the Cardinal, but coming off a tough loss at USC and turning around and going back further south won't be easy. The Aztecs under Rocky Long are no joke as evidenced of them going into Tempe and beating the Scum Devils by 10 last week.
     
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  5. jumpkutz

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    I don't spend ticket money on "pointy ends" football (as The Godfather, Don Hatter Don calls it). I'll be kicking it at the homestead with some Four Roses Single Barrel and let the amateurs play pinball on the highways and byways around here. As much as I would like to see Louisville win, I don't think it's going to happen. Lamar's protection may or may not be marginally better than it was last season. And the Card defense is even more suspect than usual after the first two contests. Mr. Jackson might be able to keep them in it longer than they should be, but I don't see them preventing Clemson from outscoring them. If it does become a shootout, Louisville will win or lose on turnovers and/or special teams. If they don't cough it up, like they managed against to do against North Carolina, they've got a chance. If they revert to the loaf of bread act they showed vs. Purdue, it could get ugly. Lamar Jackson IS the best college football player in the country and, win or lose, he WILL put on a show. You can count on that.
     
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  6. AggieMatt

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    Not buying the advertising hype of Texas @ USC as a big game, Joe?:D Yeah, me either. This really is a thin week.

    Tennessee @ Florida - The Gators have to get the run game going to have a shot but they have qb and o-line problems, so first one to 20 probably wins this one. I'm hesitant to pick Florida to start 0-2, but I think the Vols win it.

    LSU @ Miss St - The Bulldog qb Fitzpatrick is a gamer, but the LSU D is too much. Bayou Bengals win. And I hate those f'g cowbells.

    Clemson @ Louisville - The Clemson D has been one of the best in the country the last couple of years and they're off to a great start this year. I expect them to try and force Jackson to throw from the pocket and then capitalize on the mistakes he usually makes (taking bad sacks, inaccuracy, turnovers). The Card D on the other hand stinks. Tigers win.

    Upset - Purdue @ Mizzou (-7.5) - So Mizzou lights up MO St in a game where the teams combined for 115 pts, then gets thumped by SC as Locke throws 3 picks and they fire their DC...and 7 days later they're favored?!? Uh, no. I like the way the Boilers have looked early under Brohm and think they pull the "upset" here.

    While I don't know if they can pull the straight upset, I like Illinois to cover the 17 at #22 S Fla tonight.
     
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  7. SoCalJoe

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    • Mateo, I guess I should've included SC v Texas in terms of competiveness and drama. Was at a boxing party with a bunch of Trojan fans there, so saw the beginning and the end of the game (double OT extravaganza). Sam Darnold must have incredible patience because his Wrs dropped passes (the pick 6 was comical) like nobody's business. Trojans' Natty hopes alive...barely.

    • Tennessee..Um, drop the winning TD, Check. Not having the Hail Mary Defense in, Check. Blowing the game to your nemesis on a 65 yard pass as the time expired..Priceless.

    • Clemson (from highlights and what I read) was simply too physical for Louisville.

    • I'm never in Vegas when I hit the 'Upset Alerts'.
     
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  8. AggieMatt

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    Darn, I was hoping you'd found a Grays Almanac. Great call on both picks. An Aggie friend of mine coaches OL in Cali, and he's a big fan of SDSU's OC Horton.

    You could say Tennessee got a dose of karma from last year's Georgia game. I was kinda right, the first team to 20 did win, just not with 20 and not the team I picked. The Vol k missing 3 fg's didn't help matters.

    Speaking of, LSU had 2 td's wiped out by penalties and lost 2 players to targeting (they were already missing 2 d-linemen to injury). Credit to the Belldogs though, they had a great game plan and executed it almost perfectly.

    Joe, last year Clemson played their usual blitz heavy, man coverage defense. Jackson was too elusive and with the db's having their backs to the play, he went wild. Last night they mostly played contain with zone coverage. As a result, there was a bit of miscommunication with Jackson and his wr's on the reads and he had a lot of throws either over or behind their target. He got outside on some designed runs on the early scoring drive and caused all sorts of havoc, but after that Clemson set the edge and kept him in the pocket. When he did try to take off, they forced him back inside and gang tackled him. His final yds and td's will look respectable, but Clemson held him under 200 passing with 1 td and 1 int, under 50% comp% and about 65 rushing yds through 3 qtrs. He got around 120 yds and 2 td's against the 2's and 3's in garbage time.

    The playbook on stopping Jackson is out and that's why he's lost 4 of his last 6 games. He shouldn't have won the Heisman last year (Watson, Mayfield) and won't win it this year. But he'll torch enough ACC defenses again this year to be in the conversation, especially if Darnold continues as he has so far this year (6 td/6 int). Sam has happy feet and is too careless with the football. Reminds me of Jameis Winston in that regard. He tries to rely too much on his arm and doesn't set his feet first if you get him off his first read.

    Guessing that boxing party was GGG v Alvarez. No comment on the controversial result?
     
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  9. jumpkutz

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    Clemson is still very good. They should repeat as National Champs. I'm still bullish on Lamar. He's talented enough, smart enough and improved enough to make enough adjustments to recover from this shellacking. Problem is, Bobby hasn't held up his end of the deal. Louisville is not as good as they were last season. The supporting cast is weaker in every phase of the game. Not only did Petrino NOT recruit enough talent to equal or surpass last season, he still focuses too much on the offense. Still hasn't figured out defense, and isn't smart enough, or able, to procure coaches that DO know that side of the ball. But hey, Louisville's a basketball school, right? Except it's a foregone conclusion that we're about to have the '13 National Championship AND the '12 Final Four vacated by the NCAA, rightfully so. Got a lot more issues than no help for Mr. Jackson this season.
     
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  10. SoCalJoe

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    Matt, yes it was the Canelo-Triple G bout, and thought GGG won it clearly. The judge that had Canelo lopsided was either paid under the table or drunk. It's boxing, so why have a normal decision when you can rip off the public for a rematch? The party was fun though.

    Forgot to mention Mississippi State's dominant performance. One of the toughest things to do in any sport is replace a legend and that's what QB Nick Fitzgerald is doing following in Dak Prescott footsteps. Saw him play twice last year and didn't think much, but saw the first half and he ran the offense perfectly.
     
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  11. LaxAttack

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    Dan Mullen can coach.
     
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