College Football Week Five Recap

Week five featured three top ten match-ups, which included one game between top five teams. There were a lot of great finishes and conference defining results. Here are takeaways from the weekend’s action!

1. It is the return of the 1990s.

Tennessee won this weekend in dramatic fashion. Their Hail Mary play to beat Georgia is one of the best plays in recent college football memory. The Volunteers may not be playing as well as they are capable of, but they are winning week in and week out. This is the best they have played since Phillip Fulmer’s tenure as head coach, when they won a National Championship in 1998.

Chris Petersen has Washington playing really well. Not only did they beat Stanford in a big Pac-12 North clash, they destroyed them, which doesn’t happen often to a team as physical as Stanford. It is still early in the season, but the Huskies are starting to resemble their teams in the early 1990s, when they were a national powerhouse.

Nebraska stayed undefeated this weekend and is slowly moving up the polls. They didn’t beat Illinois like a top fifteen team should, but they got the win. Their wins may not be the greatest, but they have gotten the results they desired. Tom Osborne coached the Cornhuskers to dominate the 1990s, something they have yet to acheive since.

With these three teams succeeding, after not doing really well in the 2000s or 2010s, it sure does feel like a blast from the past. Can one of these powers reach greatness in the new age of college football by making the CFP? Only time will tell.

2. Blaming the refs will do you no good.

Referees do their best to keep the game of football fair and clean, but it is impossible to do a perfect job. Two coaches got into headlines this week for criticizing officials. Jim Mora has been fined by the Pac-12 and Gary Patterson has gotten the same treatment from the Pac-12. The game is over and no bad calls will be changed by complaining to the media. So why do it? Head Coaches are getting fined and are starting to look more childish by being sore losers (Patterson even criticized Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield). There is a correct way to handle this, which includes talking to your conference and maybe appealing the game, but not taking it public like that. Let’s hope that coaches can start to behave better on the sidelines.

3. LSU can score.

The Tigers fired Les Miles because they didn’t score enough points. On Saturday night in Death Valley, LSU scored 42 points against a solid Missouri defense. The offense wasn’t too dynamic, they scored all six touchdowns on the ground, but they put up points. LSU may have two losses already, but if they can continue to score like this, the SEC West race could be a fun one. Credit interim head coach Ed Orgeron for getting the Tigers ready to play.

2017 NFL Mock Draft October 3

The draft order of this mock draft is decided by using current NFL standings and predictions on where teams will finish.

1. Cleveland Browns- DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Kizer has flown up draft boards since the season began due to his great play. He has the size, arm strength and accuracy to make all throws required of an NFL quarterback. His athleticism is also a huge plus and he doesn’t run recklessly, which will make Browns fans happy after the RGIII injury. Hue Jackson likes Cody Kessler, but Kizer fits more of what he had at quarterback before being successful with Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.

2. Chicago Bears- Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

Could there be two straight years of quarterbacks going number one and number two in the draft? The Bears need to move on from Jay Cutler. John Fox has said Cutler isn’t guaranteed the starting job back after he returns from injury, which means he is most likely on his way out after the season. Kaaya isn’t as athletic or big as Kizer, but he is great at knowing how much heat, or lack thereof, to get the ball to his receivers and is very accurate at making throws down field.

3. New Orleans Saints- Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

New Orleans has a chance to be the worst defense in the history of football…again. If they draft this high they need to take a guy who can be an elite player for years. Garrett is one of the best pass rushers to come into the league in the past few years. He has great speed and power, but more impressively he is able to set up his opponent to get where he wants to and make a play. He needs to work on his run defense, but the Saints can’t pass up on his pass-rushing abilities.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Jags aren’t thrilled with T.J. Yeldon’s production and Chris Ivory certainly isn’t a long term solution. Blake Bortles is accused of being a garbage-time quarterback, because he and his talented receivers are putting up numbers when the game is already lost. One way to help fix this problem is to run the ball early to open things up. Fournette is a physical freak and can do just about anything asked of him. With Fournette, Jacksonville could have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.

5. San Francisco 49ers- Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Watson hasn’t played great this season, but last year more than makes up for his slow start this year, so far. Watson can run the ball, but hasn’t done so  effectively this year. His passing has been off and he locks on his best receiver Mike Williams a lot. If Chip Kelly is still with the 49ers next year, Watson would be a good fit for his system and would give the 49ers more help on offense.

6. Miami Dolphins- Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

If Ryan Tannehill doesn’t start playing well, the Dolphins could go after a quarterback. For now they can get a talented running back, which fills a need. Cook is elusive as a runner and is a great receiver out of the backfield. He is not great as a pass protector, but could improve in time.

7. San Diego Chargers- Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

The left side of the Chargers’ offensive line hasn’t played well. Phillip Rivers can play for several more years if he has the proper protection. Robinson is the best offensive tackle in the class by far, making this an easy pick for the Chargers.

8. Tennessee Titans- Adoree Jackson, CB, USC

Jackson is one of the best athletes in this draft class and can do a little bit of everything. The Titans will need him at corner, but he will also help in the return game and could also help out on offense as a receiver. The defense has been awful for the Titans and Jackson can start immediately in their secondary.

9. Detroit Lions- Malik McDowell, DT, MSU

The Lions don’t have great players on the interior of their defensive line. McDowell has great size and athleticism and uses his talents to get through blockers to make plays in the running game. He won’t put up huge numbers as a pass rusher, but he does take on double teams to free up other players on defense to get to the quarterback.

10. Buffalo Bills- Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

Rex Ryan is a defensive guru, but his players can’t get to the quarterback. The Bills offense may never be too dynamic, so they need to get to the opponent’s quarterback to help keep their team in the game. Allen had 12 sacks last year and already has three this season.

11. Washington Redskins- Jabril Peppers, LB/S, Michigan

Josh Norman is the only player on the Redskins’ defense who has played great this season. If they want to continue being competitive they need to upgrade a lot of positions, because their offense won’t win them too many games. Peppers may be the best all-around defender in this class. He has the versatility to play linebacker or safety in the NFL. He is a sure tackler who is always in great position. One knock on him is that he doesn’t have an interception in his college career, so he needs to show the ability capitalize when quarterbacks throw his way. His ability to return kicks will be highly coveted.

12. Indianapolis Colts- Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

Indianapolis has two options in the draft: 1. help protect Andrew Luck or 2. improve the defense. There aren’t many great offensive lineman in this draft, so the selection should be easy. Harris is a great pass rusher, with three sacks on the season for the Tigers. He can also help stop the run behind the line of scrimmage, he totaled 18.5 tackles for loss last season.

13. New York Jets- Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Darrelle Revis hasn’t played well all season. The Jets’ other corners haven’t been the greatest either. Jets’ fans may not like taking another corner from Alabama (they just cut Dee Milliner, a former Alabama player), but Humphrey is certainly talented enough to be selected in the first half of the first round. Humphrey is young, but has already made a lot of great plays for the Crimson Tide. He should continue to grow and get better as this season goes on.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Barnett is a great pass rusher, who is overshadowed by Myles Garrett. His 21 career sacks are amazing for playing on an SEC team, but he needs to stop the run better to be an elite prospect. The Bucs need better defensive line play to help Jameis Winston take this team where they want to go.

15. Carolina Panthers- Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Another team that could use offensive linemen, but there isn’t one worthy of being picked. The Panthers can upgrade over Kurt Coleman, who has been a below average player so far this season. Hooker has been a ball hawk this season and has great size and speed.

16. Arizona Cardinals- Caleb Brantley, DE, Florida

The Cardinals have had a need on defensive line for a long time, but it has been better recently. Calais Campbell can’t play forever though. Brantley is one of the best players on a great collegiate defense at Florida.

17. Cincinnati Bengals- Micke McGlinchy, OT, Notre Dame

Before week four of the NFL season the Bengals had given up the most sacks in the NFL. Right tackle and center need to be upgraded so Cincinnati can fill one of those void here. McGlinchey plays left tackle at Notre Dame now, but has extensive experience at right tackle in previous seasons.

18. Tennessee Titans- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Williams is a tall lanky receiver who is capable of making plays. He isn’t the fastest guy, but uses his size to make grabs over defenders. The Titans’ best receiver is Tajee Sharpe, who has potential, but another good receiver is needed for Mariota’s development.

19. Houston Texans- Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

Jonathan Joseph has played horrible this year. The Texans look to have a decent offense now, but upgrading the secondary can make their defense elite.

20. Oakland Raiders- Tim Williams, LB, Alabama

Oakland has a terrible defense and needs upgrades everywhere. Even Khalil Mack hasn’t played well this season. Williams has impressed as a pass rusher who has athletic ability this season.

21. Atlanta Falcons- Desmond King, CB, Iowa

The Falcons also has an awful defense and need help just about everywhere. King is a ball-hawk who can turn an interception into a touchdown quickly. He is also a sure tackler who can help in the running game.

22. Dallas Cowboys- Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

White is not only an athletic corner who makes plays, but is also a team leader. He has worn the number 18 at LSU for two years now, which symbolizes that leadership. The Cowboys still need pass rushers, but taking a corner here would fill a need as well.

23. New York Giants- Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

McCaffrey may be the most complete back in this class. He can return kicks, catch passes and run the ball inside the tackles. He would bring a whole new dimension to the Giants offense and make it better.

24. Kansas City Chiefs- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Kansas City really only has Jeremy Maclin as a viable receiver. Smith-Schuster has disappointed scouts this season, but still has the necessary size and speed to be molded into a good NFL pass-catcher.

25. Green Bay Packers- Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The Packers have a talented roster as always, so they can take the best player available. Adams is the most accomplished safety in the class as he has started at LSU for multiple years now.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers- O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Jesse James hasn’t played great yet and Ladarius Green isn’t reliable. Howard can make the Steelers’ offense even more dynamic. He is very talented, but is underutilized at Alabama.

27. Seattle Seahawks- Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

Russell Wilson needs to be protected and he hasn’t been for the last two years. Johnson has fallen in most mock drafts, but should produce good value at the end of the first round, while also filling the Seahawks’ biggest need.

28. Cleveland Browns- Dawaune Smoot, DE, Illinois

Smoot is an underrated player because he goes to Illinois, but he can get after the quarterback. The Browns need help across the board to help their young team. They picked Kizer with the first pick and can now address the pass rush.

29. Baltimore Ravens- Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennesse

Sutton has been hampered by injury this season, but is still a great shut down corner. The Ravens upgraded their safety position by adding Eric Weddle, but can now get some corners to go with him.

30. Philadelphia Eagles- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

Carson Wentz has looked great despite not having a great running game. If Chubb can overcome his injuries, he can be a workhorse back in the NFL.

31. Denver Broncos- Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

The Broncos lost a few linebackers from their Super Bowl winning team last year and can now get some young guys to help out at that spot. McMillan will fit nicely next to Brandon Marshall, if he is still with Denver next season.

32. New England Patriots- Devonte Fields, DE/OLB, Louisville

Fields won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year when playing at TCU. There are some concerns about his character, as he was kicked out of TCU, but his on-field play has been great. The Patriots have taken players with questionable backgrounds before and made them into stars.

 

 

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LCS Weekly 9/30/16

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The Third and The Don NFL Picks Week Four

Joe DiTullio and Cecil Walker (Personalities on the Third and the Don Football Show) make their picks for the week four match-ups.

Away TeamHome TeamJoeCecil
Miami DolphinsCincinnati BengalsBengalsBengals
Indianapolis ColtsJacksonville JaguarsColtsJags
Tennessee TitansHouston TexansTexansTexans
Cleveland BrownsWashington RedskinsBrowns (Upset Pick)Redskins
Seattle SeahawksNew York JetsSeahawksJets
Buffalo BillsNew England PatriotsPatriotsPatriots
Carolina PanthersAtlanta FalconsPanthersPanthers
Oakland RaidersBaltimore RavensRavensRavens
Detroit LionsChicago BearsLionsLions
Denver BroncosTampa Bay BuccaneersBroncosBroncos
Dallas CowboysSan Francisco 49ersCowboysCowboys
St. Louis RamsArizona CardinalsCardinalsCardinals
New Orleans SaintsSan Diego ChargersChargersChargers
Kansas City ChiefsPittsburgh SteelersSteelersSteelers
New York GiantsMinnesota VikingsVikingsVikings
Season Total3028

College Football Week Five Picks

Rob Doerger and Joe DiTullio (personalities on the DiTullio and Doerger College Sports Show) pick every game including an FBS team in week five.

AwayHomeLocationRobJoe
Connecticut#6 HoustonTDECU Stadium, Houston, TXHoustonHouston
KansasTexas TechJones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TXTexas TechTTU
#7 Stanford#10 WashingtonHusky Stadium, Seattle, WAStanfordStanford
ToledoBYULaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UTBYUBYU
Notre DameSyracuseMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJNotre DameNotre Dame
Alcorn State#20 ArkansasWar Memorial Stadium , Little Rock, ARArkansasArkansas
#13 BaylorIowa StateJack Trice Stadium, Ames, IABaylorBaylor
#23 FloridaVanderbiltVanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TNFloridaFlorida
#22 TexasOklahoma StateBoone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OKOK StateOk St
Rutgers#2 Ohio StateOhio Stadium, Columbus, OHOSUOSU
Margin of Victory4235
NorthwesternIowaKinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IAIowaIowa
UCFEast CarolinaDowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NCECUECU
SMUTempleLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PATempleTemple
#14 MiamiGeorgia TechBobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GAMiamiMiami
Georgia StateAppalachian StateKidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NCApp StApp St
VirginiaDukeWallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NCDukeDuke
BuffaloBoston CollegeAlumni Stadium , Chestnut Hill, MABCBC
Oregon StateColoradoFolsom Field, Boulder, COColoradoColorado
OhioMiami (OH)Yager Stadium, Oxford, OHOhioOhio
Eastern MichiganBowling GreenDoyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OHBGBG
NavyAir ForceFalcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, COAir ForceAF
Louisiana MonroeAuburnJordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, ALAuburnAuburn
#11 Tennessee#25 GeorgiaSanford Stadium, Athens, GAGeorgiaTennessee
TulaneMassachusettsWarren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MAUmassUmass
Northern IllinoisBall StateScheumann Stadium, Muncie, INBall StBall St
North Carolina#12 Florida StateDoak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FLFSUFSU
Wake ForestNC StateCarter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NCWakeNC State
AkronKent StateDix Stadium, Kent, OHAkronAkron
PurdueMarylandMaryland Stadium, College Park, MDMarylandMaryland
#8 Wisconsin#4 MichiganMichigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIMichiganMichigan
Illinois#15 NebraskaMemorial Stadium , Lincoln, NENebraskaNebraska
MinnesotaPenn StateBeaver Stadium, University Park, PAPenn StPenn St
Kansas StateWest VirginiaMilan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WVWVUWVU
#9 Texas A&MSouth CarolinaWilliams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SCA&MTAMU
San José StateNew MexicoUniversity Stadium , Albuquerque, NMSan Jose StSJSU
Oklahoma#21 TCUAmon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TXOklahomaOklahoma
TroyIdahoKibbie Dome, Moscow, IDIdahoIdaho
Old DominionCharlotteMcColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NCODUODU
#18 UtahCaliforniaMemorial Stadium , Berkeley, CACalUtah
Memphis#16 Ole MissVaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MSOle MissOle miss
Kentucky#1 AlabamaBryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, ALAlabamaBama
Florida AtlanticFlorida IntlFIU Stadium, Miami, FLFIUFIU
UTEPLouisiana TechJoe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LALTLT
Middle TennesseeNorth TexasApogee Stadium, Denton, TXMTSUMTSU
RiceSouthern MississippiM. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MSSo MissSo Miss
Houston BaptistWestern KentuckyL.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KYWKUWKU
South FloridaCincinnatiNippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OHUSFUSF
Western MichiganCentral MichiganKelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MIW. MichWMU
Incarnate WordTexas StateBobcat Stadium , San Marcos, TXTexas StTexas St
MarshallPittsburghHeinz Field, Pittsburgh, PAPittPitt
MissouriLSUTiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LAMizzouLSU
#3 Louisville#5 ClemsonMemorial Stadium , Clemson, SCClemsonLouisville
#19 San Diego StateSouth AlabamaLadd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, ALSan Diego StSDSU
Louisiana LafayetteNew Mexico StateAggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NMULLULL
#17 Michigan StateIndianaMemorial Stadium , Bloomington, INMich StMSU
Arizona StateUSCLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CAArizona StUSC
OregonWashington StateMartin Stadium, Pullman, WAWash StWazzu
Utah State#24 Boise StateAlbertsons Stadium, Boise, IDBoiseBoise
WyomingColorado StateHughes Stadium , Fort Collins, COColorado StColorado State
Fresno StateUNLVSam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NVUNLVUNLV
ArizonaUCLARose Bowl, Pasadena, CAUCLAUCLA
NevadaHawai’iAloha Stadium, Honolulu, HIHawai’iNevada
Gameday Guest Picker (Clemson, SC)Brian DawkinsDwight Clark
Season Totals243235

College Football Bracketology September 27, 2016

Four weeks into the season for college football and there has been a lot of pandemonium. There are a lot of games left on the schedule, but enough have been played that we can start to predict the teams that will make the College Football Playoff. These rankings will not project future wins or preseason rankings, but rather what teams have accomplished on the field.

Teams in the Playoff:

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)

The Crimson Tide have won all four of their games so far this season. Their wins over USC and Ole Miss are impressive and they steamrolled both Kent State and Western Kentucky. Ole Miss was their toughest competition, only winning by five points, but Alabama had the game won for much of the fourth quarter. They did, however, need a great comeback to beat Ole Miss. Alabama has their flaws as a team, but their resume speaks for itself.

2. Louisville Cardinals (4-0)

Louisville has the Heisman Trophy front-runner in Lamar Jackson and they have had a very impressive season. They got easy wins over Charlotte, Syracuse and Marshall. In addition to these wins they also blew out Florida State when they were ranked number two in the country. Because of their good win against Florida State and their large scoring differential, the Cardinals deserve the number two spot, if not the top spot.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)

Norman, Oklahoma got a lot quieter after Ohio State demolished the Sooners 45-21 two Saturdays ago. The Buckeyes were off this weekend, but played really well the first three weeks of the season. Their win in Norman was one of the few great road wins of the young season. Ohio State’s defense has looked good so far and will need to continue to step up in Big Ten play.

4. Houston Cougars (4-0)

The Cougars got a big week one win against Oklahoma to really solidify their status as a CFP contender. They also beat the Cincinnati Bearcats, in a trap Thursday night game, Texas State and Lamar. Houston will have to hope that Oklahoma does well the rest of the year to make their win look better. Their game against Louisville later in the season might be a CFP play-in game.

First Four Out:

5. Stanford Cardinal (3-0)

They might only have three wins on their schedule, but Stanford has played some good competition so far. They beat Kansas State and UCLA on the road, and beat USC at home for solid wins. Because they have played no cupcakes they find themselves pretty high on this list. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier, as they travel to Washington for a Friday night match-up with the Huskies.

6. Texas A&M Aggies (4-0)

Some may not like the Aggies being so high on this list, but they beat an up and coming Arkansas team and a UCLA team that should get better as the season goes on. They also got a big win at Auburn (which is Clemson’s best win thus far), to help put them atop the SEC West standings with Alabama. The Aggies should get an easy win against South Carolina this weekend, which doesn’t really help their case, other than avoiding a loss.

7. Clemson Tigers (4-0)

Clemson hasn’t looked great all year, but has gotten better as the season has gone on. Their win over Auburn looks better as Auburn beat LSU this weekend. Dabo Swinney’s side just escaped a dangerous game against Georgia Tech as well. Their other two wins are unimpressive, but they got the job done. Their game this weekend against Louisville could certainly bolster them in to the top four.

8. Wisconsin Badgers (4-0)

The Badgers have had a surprising start to their season so far. They throttled Michigan State this week and beat LSU in the opener for some impressive early season wins. The problem for Wisconsin has been playing down to their competition, but so far they have gotten away with it. Wisconsin travels to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan this weekend, which should show everyone a lot about both teams.

Next Four Out:

9. Michigan Wolverines (4-0)

A lot has been made about how easy Michigan’s early schedule has been, but their win over Colorado is looking a lot better after the Buffs beat Oregon this week. Beating Penn State by 39 in their Big Ten opener also looks good. This weekend’s game against Wisconsin could propel the Wolverines into the top four.

10. Tennessee Volunteers (4-0)

Tennessee hasn’t looked good this season, but have won all of their games. Beating Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway was a decent win to pair with their most recent victory over the Florida Gators. Both sides were banged up, but the Volunteers came out on top. The committee may show some of their subjectivity by saying the Volunteers haven’t looked good, but with a lot of football left to play, the Volunteers can still improve. They have another big SEC East clash this weekend against Georgia.

11. Florida State Seminoles (3-1)

Yes, Florida State got blown out by Louisville. That doesn’t take away from the rest of their games so far. They beat Ole Miss, who looks like they can still compete for the SEC West despite two losses, and South Florida, who is a solid team from the American Conference. The Seminoles play a trendy UNC team this weekend.

12. Baylor Bears (4-0)

The Bears swept their non-conference slate, as they usually do, because they didn’t schedule any decent teams. They make the twelfth spot on this list because they beat Oklahoma State this week, who despite losing to Central Michigan, should still have a good year. Their next two games, against Iowa State and Kansas, won’t help them look any better, but if they lose, their playoff chances are gone.

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