Monday, November 30, 2015

Best NCAA Football Conference Championship Games in 2015

NCAA Football Championship 2015
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We have officially reached one of the sacred days of the sports calendar every year - College Football's “Conference Championship Saturday”. Here is my preview of the notable games.

Temple vs Houston (2015 American Athletic Conference Championship) - Greg Ward, a duel threat quarterback, is having a monster 2015 season, and is a borderline Hesiman Trophy candidate. Temple comes in here the higher ranked team though, ranked 25th in the polls. Greg Ward has another big game and Houston wins 55-31.

Texas @ Baylor - The Big 12 doesn't have a conference championship game, so their schedule spills over into this weekend. Baylor is unable to win the Big 12 because of their loss to Oklahoma, so now it is a matter of pride for them, and playing in as good of a bowl game as they can. This is an important game for recruiting in Texas, and it doesn't help Baylor that they are down to their third string quarterback. Texas pulls off the stunner here 38-31.

Florida vs Alabama (SEC Championship) - Florida won a mediocre SEC East, and Alabama navigated their way through the nightmare SEC West to get to this game. This should be an easy win for the Crimson Tide, 34-13.

Stanford vs USC (PAC-12 Championship) - Stanford knocked Notre Dame out of the college football playoff race last weekend with a last second field goal. USC back-doored their way in here following Utah's late season meltdown. This will be a good pro-style game with Stanford winning 31-24.

Michigan State vs Iowa (Big 10 Championship) - This game has MAJOR college football playoff implications. The winner is in, essentially, the loser is out. This will be a physically brutal game, with a lot of hard hitting. Iowa wins 23-16.

North Carolina vs Clemson (ACC Championship) - The Tar Heels have rattled off 11 impressive wins in a row following that opening night disaster against South Carolina. Clemson is the number one ranked team in the nation. This should be this best game of the day, with Clemson winning 48-41.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Wisconsin Badgers Need a New Quarter Back As Soon As Possible

Badgers Joel Stave
For his career, current Badgers starting quarterback Joel Stave has a record of 23-8. He has a completion percentage of 59.7, 5,614 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions. Just for the record, that is a very poor touchdown to interception ratio. At the core, other than the interceptions, the numbers aren't exactly the worst out there. However, in the world of collegiate athletics, it is a known fact that you need to look underneath the numbers in order to get the truth. By looking both underneath and past the numbers, we find the ugly truth here, Joel Stave is just, plain, terrible.

There are many throws that Stave can't make. I know, I know, at the collegiate level that is to be expected, as most quarterbacks will never play a down in the NFL much less start at the next level, so you can't expect them to be able to make “all the throws”. But still, your quarterback should contribute to your win, or at the very least not get in the way. That is where we have a problem with Stave. Joel Stave doesn't really contribute much to Badgers wins. In fact, the Badgers usually win in spite of Stave getting in the way many times of their attempt to win the game with his poor decisions, and inability to make throws. At this point, you could even ask the question, is Joel Stave improving? Well, not only is he not improving, he seems to be getting worse and worse.

Last year the Badgers tried to switch quarterbacks to TannerMcEvoy, but that didn't work. McEvoy was even worse than Stave. By the way, McEvoy is no longer a quarterback. He is now playing wide receiver and safety. Still, the Badgers have other quarterbacks who deserve a shot with as bad as Stave has been. Last Saturday Stave got hurt with a strange head injury, and Bart Houston entered the game. He played perhaps better than Stave has in quite some time. He should be the starter now. If he falters, there is mega talented redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins from Jacksonville, FL, who is too talented to ignore. They could also try Thad Armstrong, a junior from Ottawa, Illinois, if they wanted to.

The bottom line is there is no reason Stave shouldn't be anywhere other than buried on the depth chart at this point. He has had plenty of chances and has done nothing but play poorly.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 NCAA Football Predictions for the Week.

Included with my prediction for the outcome of the next Badgers football game, I submit for your review my predictions for all the marquee games coming up this week.  

Washington @ USC(W)- The PAC-12 has been brutal so far this season. They won't produce a playoff participant by the time they are all done beating each other up. USC wins this game by three touchdowns over a lackluster Washington team 38-17.

(W) NC State @ Virginia Tech- This is going to be a dull, boring 20-13 NC State victory.

(W)LSU @ South Carolina- Leonard Fournette is off to a historic start and is in the Hesiman conversation right now. He has another great game as LSU roles 45-17.
Illinois @ Iowa(W)- This Hawkeye team just smells of a classic Iowa squad that goes 10-2 and plays in the Capitol One Bowl. 23-14 Iowa.
(W) Baylor @ Kansas- Baylor wins 62-6. Move along.
(W)Oklahoma @ Texas- Baker Mayfield is off to a terrific start at his new school. Charlie Strong is safe, for now. Oklahoma Wins this edition of the Red River Shootout 48-20.
Maryland @ Ohio State(W)- These Ohio State quarterbacks are terrible. This is not the number one team in the nation. Fortunately Maryland is even worse. Ohio State wins 24-13.
(W)Indiana @ Penn State- Don't Worry Christian Hackenberg, the scouts no this isn't your fault. Still, Indiana wins 34-23 after giving Ohio State all they could handle a week ago.
Virginia @ Pittsburgh(W)- This is going to be a defensive war. Pittsburgh wins 13-6.
Wake Forest @ Boston College(W)- Same as above. 10-3 Boston College.
Georgia Tech @ Clemson(W)- This Georgia Tech team has underachieved this season in a major way. Clemson hasn't been pretty at times, but they have gotten the job done. Clemson wins 34-16.
(W)Georgia @ Tennessee- Georgia get's back on track this week against a Tennessee team that has underachieved as well. Georgia wins 38-17.
(W)Navy @ Notre Dame- The Midshipmen's first season in the American Athletic Conference is off to a good start. Notre Dame's luck ran out a week ago. Navy pulls the upset here 34-27.
(W)Northwestern @ Michigan- Two of the surprises so far in college football meet in this game. Northwestern pulls off a tough road win here 23-13.
Wisconsin @ Nebraska(W)- Joel Stave is a bad quarterback. The only question is how long until Redshirt Freshman D.J. Gillins is in? Nebraska wins 20-6.
Minnesota(W) @ Purdue- Joel Stave is bad. Mitch Leidner is even worse. Fortunately, the Gophers defense is strong and Purdue is one of the worst power conference teams at the moment. Gophers win 13-3.
Iowa State @ Texas Tech(W)- Texas Tech wins this game by scoring 70 points and winning 70-42.
Oregon State @ Arizona(W)- Arizona wins this game 38-20.
Washington State @ Oregon(W)- I told you this Ducks team wasn't that good. Still, they are better than Washington State. Oregon wins 55-31.
Arkansas @ Alabama(W)- The Razorbacks are the biggest disappointment of 2015. Bret Bielema's job could be in jeopardy if the Razorbacks continue to go south. Alabama wins 41-13.
(W)Oklahoma State @ West Virginia- This will be a high scoring affair and it will be won by the Cowboys 62-55.
(W)TCU @ Kansas State- TCU wins this game 56-34.
(W)Florida @ Missouri- The Gators pulled off a stunning upset last week of Mississippi and are off to a great start. That continues this week with a 34-16 victory over Missouri.
Miami @ Florida State(W)- The Seminoles are very quietly unbeaten and will remain that way 38-23.
(W)Michigan State @ Rutgers- I think this Spartan team is the best team in the nation at the moment. Michigan State wins 34-0.
California @ Utah(W)- Jared Goff is the number one pick in the making and California is off to a great start. However, this Utah defense is good an their special teams are insane. Utah wins 34-23.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NCAA Football Top 25 in Week Four | Badgers Miss the Cut

 1. TCU- Need to start playing some defense soon or they are going to lose some games in conference play.
 2. Michigan State- "Sparty" has the signature win of 2015 so far, at home over Oregon.
 3. Georgia- In my opinion, this has been the most impressive team so far.
 4. Mississippi- They took advantage of five turnovers last Saturday en route to a 43-37 win in Alabama. The Crimson Tide still have no quarterback.
 5. Clemson- Hanging in there, but not looking too impressive out of the gate.
 6. LSU- Awesome start to the season for Leonard Fournette.
 7. Florida State- This defense has looked good so far. But can the offense score enough points?
 8. Utah- Look out for this Utah team, seriously. Their special teams are insane.
 9. Arizona- So far, so good for the Wildcats in 2015.
10. Oklahoma- Baker Mayfield is off to a terrific start at his new school.
11. Ohio State- Yes, this is a big drop for them, but honestly, this team has looked just plain AWFUL. As soon as they play a quarterback with a pulse they are going to lose. Michigan State is going to absolutely destroy these Buckeyes in November at the rate Ohio State is playing at right now.
12. Alabama- The Crimson Tide still doesn’t have a quarterback and could be in for a few more losses this season unless one steps up quick.
13. UCLA- I have been impressed with the play of freshman quarterback Josh Rosen so far.
14. California- Jared Goff is a beast and is turning himself into a number one overall draft choice.
15. Oklahoma State- I still remember that famous day Mike Gundy blew up at that reporter. Since that day, this program has taken off.
16. Baylor- The Bears have looked below average, well below average so far, which is why I drop them.
17. Northwestern- This Wildcat team has put together a pair of solid wins so far- against Stanford and against Duke this last weekend.
18. Texas A&M- Well so far, the two quarterback system is working in College Station. Not sure how long because this usually never works for a full season.
19. Missouri- This team has looked really bad so far, which is why they've been passed up by so many in this poll.
20. Oregon- I knew this team wasn't that good to begin the season.
21. Iowa- This season has been classic Hawkeye football. That is a good sign going forward.
22. Notre Dame- The Irish are walking a fine line between being good, and being lucky so far in 2015.
23. Texas Tech- The Red Raiders are scoring a lot of points, as usual, and as usual, playing very little defense also.
24. Kansas State- Wonder how long Bill Synder can keep going in his return to coaching.
25. Temple- The Owls are off to a very nice 3-0 start.