College Football 20-21’

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  1. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

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    Had to include 21’ in the thread since just putting 2020 is too painful. :rolleyes:

    Have started this late, because as a Pac 12 guy we are always late to the party. Speaking of which a special shout-out to the biggest scumbag/crook in college sports Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott. There is an uproar to get rid of this guy as ol’ Larry made sure to give himself and his cronies bonuses this summer (Larry paid himself 2.4 million), then promptly put over 90 employees on furlough...The only positive is the 7 game schedule means Arizona will only lose 7 games o_O

    Games this week:

    #19 Va Tech at #8 North Carolina. No way the Tar Heels are a Top 10 team, but they’ll win this one.

    #4 Florida at #21 Texas A&M Year 3 of the Jimbo Fisher redonkulous contract and the Aggies got boat raced by Bama last week (@AggieMatt what is going on? veteran QB Kellen Mond doesn’t look like he’s improved). Dan Mullen at Florida has the Gators back and in a hurry.

    #22 Texas v Oklahoma in Dallas. The Red River Rivalry is way down as the Land Thieves have lost twice already and Texas is a mistake prone mess despite these great recruiting classes. Still it’s a game that is interesting to watch, going to take OU to heap misery on Herman.

    #14 Tennessee at #3 Georgia. Have no clue about either team, not buying the Dawgs ranking w/an average at best QB, but not buying the Vols either, so going with the home team.

    Game of the Week:
    #7 Miami at #1 Clemson. The Canes have a great transfer QB from UHouston in D’Eriq King and he should keep this game competitive, but can’t see them winning at Clemson.
     
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  2. dtowndough

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    UNC/A&M/OU/UGA/Clemson
     
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  3. SoCalJoe

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    Not a big selection of teams ranked facing off, but an early season hot seat game for coaches.

    Before those have to give a shout out @astroevan, here’s a shocker I thought Coastal Carolina was making a mistake by moving up to D1. Surprise :rolleyes: I was wrong about CC, they are 4-0 off a W over #21 Louisiana and could very well be ranked next week.

    Hotseat Game: #15 Auburn at South Carolina. Both coaches need to have good seasons and neither off to a good start. Auburn to heap more misery on Will Muschamp.

    Upset Alert: Pitt at #13 Miami. Canes might come in flat after losing to Clemson, Pitt coming off two last second losses are due for something good to happen.

    Games of the Week:

    #11Texas A&M at Mississippi State @AggieMatt @dtowndough This will be entertaining as the Aggies come in off their biggest win in the Jimbo era and the Cowbells will look to bounce back after throwing away a game (literally, 6 interceptions against Kentucky). Going with A&M to keep the momentum going.

    #3 Georgia at #2 Alabama: Odd to see a regular season game between these two (rarely are they on each other schedules until a possible SEC title game). The big question as of now will be if Nick Saban will be on the sideline. I will hedge my bet and say Dawgs win if he’s not, Bama wins if he is.
     
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  4. AggieMatt

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    I actually like S Carolina over Auburn. The Tigers offense is brutal, the o line is a bit of a mess and I trust Muschamp to be able to dial up some stuff to keep Nix confused. Cocks have enough on offense to get this done, especially if they can establish the run.

    Interesting fact, Pitt’s k hit a 50+ yarder to force ot, then flat missed the game tying xp in ot. Doh! The Pitt qb is beat up with a leg issue and they haven’t looked as good the last 2. I’ll go with the Canes.

    Jimbo does well against these B12/Air Raid offenses in his time at A&M. The State D is actually really good, especially against the run. Could be interesting if we revert back to excessive penalties and turnovers. The Dawgs looked great week 1 when Bo Pelini insisted on playing man the entire game:rolleyes:. Teams have played zone against them exclusively since and State has struggled so much Leach isn’t announcing a qb until game time. Think the Ags win and hopefully avoid the letdown after last weeks big win.

    Bama over UGA. No Saban is an issue (potentially) but I’m not sold Georgia has the offense sorted out enough yet. They appear to have a big advantage on D, but the Tide are ridiculous at getting non offensive td’s and forcing turnovers. Think that and not being able to keep pace with Jones and co. is the difference.

    Ready for B10 to return. The SEC can’t carry college football weekends alone and the other 2 are too thin. When pregames are analyzing and picking Duke v NC State, you’re hurting for content.
     
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  5. AggieMatt

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    I’m curious what Evan thinks as well. I think I’d rather compete for 1-AA National Championships than a New Orleans or Mobile Bowl win. But I imagine the $ is better in the FBS and that’s why they’re there.
     
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  6. MicahMan

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    I didn't know FSU was allowed to win games against rank competition anymore! What a nice surprise against North Carolina for FSU fans.
     
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  7. SoCalJoe

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    Welcome back Big 10. Nebraska was the lone school that voted to play, and was even looking to form its own schedule before the conference slapped their wrists. So shocker :rolleyes: the Cornhuskers open at Ohio State. Speaking of which:

    Nebraska at #5 Ohio State. Scott Frost has learned the hard way that the Corn needed a complete overhaul. The Buckeyes as usual lost a bunch of talent to the NFL, but still have Justin Fields at QB, closer game then expected but Ohio State wins.

    #23 NC State at #14 North Carolina. Heels will be served well that a huge arch rival is on the schedule after their big disappointment.

    Georgia Southern at #25 Coastal Carolina @astroevan congrats on the ranking. This is actually a really good game. GS is always well coached and this game will come down to a play or two.

    #18 Michigan at #21 Minnesota. Not sure what they play for in this game (jug, bucket, pig??), but this is a really big game for both. Meatchicken will want to run it w/a couple good RBs, can the Gophers stop it, and get an early lead? @encorespanish Going with your boys just because seeing Harbaugh miserable is fun.

    #17 Iowa State at #6 Oklahoma State. OU Lite tends to hate prosperity but will take them here.

    #9 Cincinnati at #16 SMU. Got a buddy that’s a SMU grad that texts me every Sat. Time for the Ponies to lose.

    Hot Seat Game
    #2 Alabama at Tennessee. Vols fans still think Phillip Fulmer is the coach. They got humiliated by Kentucky, what’s Bama gonna do? Maybe the UT AD will put Fulmer back in charge. Who is the UT AD?...yep it’s Phillip Fulmer.

    Upset Alert:
    #3 Notre Dame at Pitt. (I must be loco bringing up Pitt again). Not a snowball’s chance in Hades that the Irish are a top 3 team. @jumpkutz Louisville is in complete rebuild and had a 2nd half lead before losing 12-7 in South Bend. The Irish should win ugly again, but Pitt will keep it close.
     
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  8. AggieMatt

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    Haven’t seen who any of the Big 10 teams have coming back so I’m picking kinda blind on some of these.

    Nebraska @ Ohio St - the Bucks reload every year and the Corn have been a mess for a long time. I’ll need to see something from Nebraska before I pick them to beat anyone, much less Ohio St in the Shoe.

    NC St & UNC - I don’t buy the Heels even a little bit. But they’ll be well served by their rival losing their starting qb last week, likely for the year. Shame, because this would have easily been my upset pick if not. The Pack have won 5 of the last 6 v Carolina.

    Ga Southern @ Coastal - haven’t seen either team play and, with apologies to Evan, don’t care.

    Michigan @ Minnesota - has Harbaugh won any big games at Michigan yet? I’ll take the Gophers at home to lift the jug.

    Iowa St @ Okie St - the Pokes haven’t played anyone with a pulse yet (Tulsa, Kansas, WV) and since Baylor has yet to show they can manage covid even a little bit (shocker!) State hasn’t played since 10/3. They get their qb back after being injured v Tulsa week 1, but that’s a lot of rust to overcome. Think the Clones get up on them early and hang on for the win.

    Cincy @ SMU - haven’t seen either team but looks like the Bearcats have the better d and the Ponies are more explosive. SMU has a victory over Memphis as well. I’ll take them at home in a shootout.

    Alabama @ Tennessee - I don’t think a loss to Bama makes anyone’s seat hotter these days outside of Auburn. So Pruitt will probably be fine after their beatdown this week.

    Notre Dame @ Pitt - Pitt qb Pickett is questionable after missing practice all last week with a leg injury and not traveling to Miami. With him, I’d like the Panthers chances for an upset but without, Notre Dame gets to remain overrated for another week.

    QB injuries killed my two favorite upset bids so I’m grasping here. If I take Joe’s beat the spread approach, give me the Huskers. 27 is a lot for a season opener, especially in conference. If I’m picking an upset win, give me the Turtles, spotting 11.5 at NW. They’ve got Tua’s little brother as their possible qb (won’t announce starter til game time) so I’ll roll the dice, even though I always seem to jinx the Terps when I pick them.
     
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  9. astroevan

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    I'm excited that Coastal Carolina is ranked, although the pessimist in me knows that it's only because of COVID. They were supposed to start the season by going to Columbia and losing to the Gamecocks, but the SEC wiped off all non-conference games so Coastal adds.... the Campbell Fighting Camels!

    All that aside, being in the Sun Belt has been okay. We were forced to expand the stadium to accommodate FBS rules, but that just makes the stadium look even more empty on game days. Yes, I'd rather see them play for a championship (which is also how I feel about Fulham on some days) and the move was most definitely all about money. I'm not too excited or certain about the direction of the board of directors and administration recently, but that's not a conversation for this forum.

    The game tomorrow should be a fun one. It'll be interesting to see how well Coastal handles Georgia Southern's rushing attack. Redshirt Freshman QB Grayson McCall has been fantastic for Coastal - completing 68% of his pass attempts with 11 TDs to only 1 INT. As long as Georgia Southern doesn't dominate the time possession, I'm guessing both teams may reach 30 points. I just hope Coastal has at least one more at the end.

    Interesting side note: When I started my job at Coastal in 2017, there were a couple of new employees from athletics in my orientation group. And one of them that I happened to be chatting with turned out to be current head coach Jamey Chadwell.
     
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  10. AggieMatt

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    Saw a highlight from the Coastal game during one of the halftimes. Teal turf?!? Are you kidding me?:mad:

    Congrats on the win though.
     
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    The truncated pigskin season around my neck of the woods is, in a word, typical. Neither Louisville or Kentucky has shown much overall improvement, although the every other epoch beat down at Neyland by UK was pretty sweet. But the Cats have been very inconsistent, losing to Auburn, Ole Miss and Mizzou whilst beating Mississippi State at home for a 2-3 record. This is Mark Stoops’ 8th season in Lexington. He’s 46-47 after yesterday’s loss in Columbia. Kentucky football fans are satisfied with winning seasons and bowl games, but they’re a bit picky about the bowl game. Too many Music City or carquestautoparts.com Bowls eventually irritate them.
    Scott Satterfield’s sophomore campaign in The Ville is slightly worse. Before yesterday’s big home win over Florida State, the Cards had lost four straight conference games after beating Western Kentucky in the opener. The game in South Bend was within reach, but they made too many mistakes. They’ve made an exorbitant number of mistakes on both sides of the ball, especially turnovers, but there’s some talent on offense. The run defense is a sieve. Since it’s only his second season and things are wacky because of the pandemic, Satterfield will receive some grace for this season. But a similar start next season will have him on the hot seat early.
    The bottom line here is a familiar refrain:
    When’s basketball season start?
     
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