College football preseason 2017 top 25: 25-21

The college football season is about a month and a half away and it can’t come soon enough. As rosters are finally completed with transfers (thank you Malik Zaire) and spring ball all wrapped up, it’s time to look forward to the fall. Who will be the top 25 teams in college football this season?

25. Kansas State Wildcats

Bill Snyder is back for another season as the head man of Kansas State. He had his youngest team ever last season and still finished 9-4. This year should show improvements for the Wildcats, but the record will likely be similar. They will grind out games in typical Snyder fashion.

College football preseason 2017 top 25: 25-21

Byron Pringle

Jesse Ertz will be back to lead the offense at quarterback with his dual-threat abilities. He led the Wildcats in both rushing and passing last year and looks like he will do the same this season.

A few running backs will get a chance to help him out on the ground, including Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon. Byron Pringle and Dominique Heath are good wide receivers on the outside, and will have to make the most of their opportunities, as Ertz only threw for 1,755 yards last season.

The bulk of the offensive line is back including center Reid Najvar and tackles Scott Frantz and Dalton Risner, which should help create more than the 32.2 points per game last year.

Defensively, the Wildcats will have to replace the pass-rushing ability of Jordan Willis, who is off to the NFL, but they do return the other three starters from the defensive line. They help make this defense great at stopping the run which ranked 11th in the country.

The linebackers will be all new starters this year, but keep an eye on Da’Quan Patton who was one of the best JUCO linebackers last season.

Three out of four starters from the secondary return to a unit that needs to improve from its 114th ranking against the pass a year ago.

With an easier non-conference schedule this season, the Wildcats should be undefeated heading into conference play. Their big games at home will be TCU, Oklahoma and West Virginia, while they will be on the road to face Texas and Oklahoma State. With these games posing problems, Kansas State should be able to get out of the regular season with a maximum of four losses by grinding out games and winning the turnover battle.

24. Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern had a solid 7-6 season last year that was capped off with a win over Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl. This season they return a lot of key players that should help them compete for the Big Ten West.

College football preseason 2017 top 25: 25-21

Justin Jackson (Photo by: Chicago Tribune)

The backfield is stacked with talent for the Wildcats, featuring three-year starter Clayton Thorson at quarterback and the man who will likely be the school’s all-time leading rusher at year’s end, Justin Jackson at running back. Both can run the ball really well and Thorson improved significantly as a passer from his freshman to his sophomore year. With his natural progression he can make Northwestern’s scoring offense one of the best in the Big Ten.

Four starters return on the offensive line, but they will need to replace Big Ten leading receiver Austin Carr from last year’s squad.

Defensively the Wildcats are best in the secondary, with Godwin Igwebuike and Kyle Quiero, who are two of their best players and are paired with two other returning starters.

They lose Anthony Walker from their linebacking core, but feature a lot of capable replacements. There isn’t much depth on the defensive front, but their starters are solid. The defense lost its best player in Walker, but there is no reason why they should take a step back this year after ranking 24th in the country in scoring defense.

The schedule matches up favorably for Northwestern. They travel to Wisconsin and play Penn State at home in back to back games, but the rest of the games on their schedule should be manageable. The Wildcats will be going to a bowl game and expect at a very minimum eight wins.

23. Washington State Cougars

Winning the Holiday Bowl would have been a nice way to cap off the season, but the Cougars fell to Minnesota to finish with an 8-5 record. Mike Leach got the team rolling and won all eight games in a row, including seven of them being in conference. Washington State got the most important player to return to school for one more year, which will give them another solid season.

College football preseason 2017 top 25: 25-21

Luke Falk (Photo by: seattletimes.com)

Luke Falk could’ve gone to the NFL Draft, but elected to come back to Pullman for his senior season. Falk has two-straight 4,000-yard passing seasons and has a touchdown to interceptions ratio of over three to one. He will have another big year, even though he loses key receivers River Cracraft and Gabe Marks.

Multiple wide receivers are capable of stepping up, but Tavares Martin Jr. is the big play guy. Three returning starters on the offensive line will help protect Falk and the Cougars are also very deep at running back.

Last season, Washington State ranked in the top half of the country in scoring defense, and with that offense humming that’s all they really have to do to make the team successful.

The passing defense is awful and they lost Shalom Luani which hurts. They do return four starters from the secondary, two linebackers and two defensive linemen. Peyton Pelluer is a great linebacker who brings back a lot of experience with 233 career tackles. They will need the secondary and pass rush to get a lot better to be a successful defense.

Washington State has it’s fair share of tough games in 2017 including: Boise State, USC, Stanford and at Washington. Having three of those key games at home is a huge boost to the Cougars. They should be able to beat Boise State at the very least. Getting USC in the crossover game is tough, but Washington State could max out at 10 wins or bottom out with eight, assuming they don’t lose to an FCS opponent for the third year in a row.

22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

There is no doubt that Brian Kelly’s seat is hot after finishing 4-8 last season. He brought in new coordinators so now the onus is totally on him. No Notre Dame team should ever go 4-8, especially given their schedule. A lot of players need to step up this season, but the talent is there.

College football preseason 2017 top 25: 25-21

Equanimeous St. Brown (Photo by: usatoday.com)

Notre Dame will be breaking in a new quarterback in Brandon Wimbush. He was a highly-touted recruit, but he didn’t play well in the spring game. The key for Wimbush’s development is the great offensive line he has in front of him. Four of the linemen are returning starters and two, Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson, could have been drafted very early in the 2016 NFL Draft.

A lot of the wide receivers are inexperienced, but Equanimeous St. Brown (along with being one of the coolest names in college football) is blossoming into a star. Durham Smythe and Alize Mack (formerly Alize Jones), provide good targets at tight end.

Running the ball is a versatile player who is capable of running and catching out of the backfield, Josh Adams.

The Fighting Irish have been decimated with injuries the past few seasons on the defensive side of the ball and don’t return many starters. The good news is that a lot of players have gotten experience over the last few years. The bad news is they didn’t play particularly well.

This season they need to get better at stopping the run. Nose tackle Jerry Tillery and linebacker Nyles Morgan will do what they can, but will need help. The secondary and defensive lines are shaky overall, but the linebackers are talented and will have to lead the team.

As always, Notre Dame does have some marquee games this season. They host Georgia and USC and travel to Miami and Stanford. Other games on the schedule are tricky, but those are the bigger games. Their matchup with Georgia in week two will let everyone know if the Fighting Irish are bouncing back or not. Notre Dame should win eight games during the regular season and if they don’t Kelly likely won’t be on the sidelines anymore.

21. Virginia Tech Hokies

Justin Fuente rejuvenated the Hokies last year and got them a 10 win season after they defeated Arkansas in the Belk Bowl. They lost some key players, but with Fuente, Virginia Tech will be able to figure it out.

College football preseason 2017 top 25: 25-21

Tremaine Edmunds (Photo courtesy: athlonsports.com)

Jerod Evans surprisingly left for the NFL Draft and went undrafted, so the Hokies will likely turn to Josh Jackson, who has great playmaking ability. Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges also left school early, but Cam Phillips will be a great target for Jackson. Other receivers need to produce as well.

Travon McMillan saw his production slip during his sophomore season, but is a solid running back and should have a good junior season. Three returning offensive linemen will help the Hokies move the chains.

The defensive front has one starter returning in Viny Mihota, but the back seven brings back a lot of experience. Their secondary should be one of the best in the country with Terrell Edmunds, Brandon Facyson and Greg Stroman. Tremaine Edmunds will stand out as the best linebacker in the ACC. Virginia Tech was good on defense last year, but should be able to take it to another level in 2017.

The schedule shouldn’t be too rough on the Hokies, but they do have a few big games. They play a neutral site game against West Virginia, Clemson at home, at Miami, at Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech should be able to win most of those games. The Hokies can win anywhere between nine and 11 games in the regular season and can get back to the ACC Championship Game.

 

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Best 2018 NFL Draft Prospects: Linebackers

Linebacker is a position that is often overlooked, but very important nonetheless. In the 2017 NFL Draft there were plenty of talented linebackers selected. There are a lot of linebackers in this class that have potential, but will have to play well to justify a high draft pick. Here are the top prospects heading into the 2017 college football season:

Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

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Tremaine Edmunds (Photo by: zimbio.com)

Edmunds is one of three brothers that have played for Virginia Tech and will look to have a big junior year. He has the most draft potential and has great size at 6’5″ and 236 pounds.

Last year Edmunds finished with 94 tackles. He has a great all around game with 16.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception and three passes defended. If he can improve his coverage skills this season and keep consistent production, he will be a highly sought after prospect.

The Hokies play West Virginia, Clemson, North Carolina, Miami and Pittsburgh. Edmunds will need to step up in the game against Clemson for his team to win and if he does, his draft stock will be improved.

Malik Jefferson, Texas

One of the more highly touted linebackers coming out of high school, Jefferson has played early and often for the Longhorns. With solid size at 6’3″ and 238 pounds, he has all the tools to be the first linebacker selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jefferson has 121 total tackles in his two seasons at Texas. He has great athleticism that makes him a well-rounded linebacker. With 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks, five passes defended and a touchdown scored he makes a lot of plays. Coverage and ball skills are things he will need to work on this season, but what he has already accomplished has made him a top prospect.

Texas has some big matchups this year that will require Jefferson’s best. They play USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. If he can help slow down the USC and Oklahoma offenses, he could be the first linebacker taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Kendall Joseph, Clemson

Joseph may have been overlooked because of all the talent on Clemson’s roster last year, but he will need to be the one making headlines this season. He is a little undersized at 6’0″ and 230 pounds, but makes plays.

Last year was his first season getting a lot of playing time and he broke out. He finished the season with 106 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. If he can have a solid campaign to follow up his breakout season, NFL teams will move him up on their boards.

Clemson plays Auburn, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Florida State, which should give Joseph a lot of opportunities to prove what he can do. He needs to produce against these good offenses this season to hold his ranking.

Skai Moore, South Carolina

Skai Moore NFL

Skai Moore (Photo by: cbssports.com)

Moore is a good prospect, but did miss all of the 2016 season with a neck injury. Staying healthy will be key to preserve and enhance Moore’s draft stock. He has average size at 6’2″ and 220 pounds.

In 2015, the last season he played, Moore finished with 110 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. He is a good run stopper and coverage linebacker, with 11 career interceptions, but could improve his blitzing ability. If his neck checks out and he has a productive year he will be one of the first linebackers taken.

The Gamecocks have Texas A&M, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Clemson all on the schedule. Moore will be called upon to be at his best this season for South Carolina and will reap the rewards if he answers that call.

 

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National Signing Day 2017: ACC and Notre Dame

The ACC had a great year for football, which was capped off by a National Championship for the Clemson Tigers. Now it’s time to move over to see how the ACC Signing Day has gone. This will be throughout Signing Day. Here is how the teams rank:

1. Florida State Seminoles

Signees: 21, 5*: 3, 4*: 13, 3*: 5, Other: 0

The Seminoles have a solid class that should remain in the top ten, if not the top five, in the nation. Their class is headed by their two five-stars who are signed. Cam Akers is considered by some to be the best running back in the whole class and Joshua Kaindoh is also considered the number one defensive end in the class by some. Florida State targeted a lot of skill position players with plenty of running backs and wide receivers in the class, as well as secondary players. They are in the running for one more five-star recruit and many more four-star recruits.

Top Prospects Signed: DE Joshua Kaindoh (5*), RB Cam Akers (5*), DT Marvin Wilson (5*)

2. Clemson Tigers

Signees: 14, 5*: 0, 4*: 11, 3*: 3, Other: 0

Dabo Swinney has a championship and now, likely has a top ten recruiting class. Tee Higgins is the best committed player so far and will remind a lot of Tiger fans of Mike Williams at the wide receiver position. With Higgins, comes a very talented quarterback prospect in Hunter Johnson. The two will look to be the future of Clemson’s offense. Behind them, Clemson made sure to get depth for the trenches, on both the offensive and defensive line. While there are no five-star players considering them, the Tigers do have a lot of four-star prospects who could sign with them.

Top Prospects Signed: QB Hunter Johnson (4*), WR Tee Higgins (4*)

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Signees: 21, 5*: 0, 4*: 11, 3*: 10, Other: 0

Notre Dame needs better players after a lackluster 2016 season. They have done a solid job in recruiting so far and are looking to have a top 15 recruiting class. Brock Wright is a very talented tight end and Robert Hainsey is a great offensive guard. Those two recruits are the two best players the Fighting Irish have signed so far. Although the defense was a major problem last year, Notre Dame has a lot of offensive players signed in this class. There are a lot of standout prospects still considering the Irish, so they have a real chance to move up in the recruiting ranks.

Top Prospects Signed: TE Brock Wright (4*), LB Robert Hainsey (4*)

4. Miami Hurricanes

Signees: 24, 5*: 0, 4*: 13, 3*: 11, Other: 0

Miami has a good recruiting class, in large part due to the number of commitments they already have. Defensive end D.J. Johnson is one of the best in the class and quarterback N’kosi Perry will provide an athletic quarterback as the two best commitments. Behind these players Miami has a very diversified class, as Mark Richt tries to fill the roster with his types of players. Richt has a chance to make this class even better by getting uncommitted players to choose the Hurricanes today.

Top Prospects Signed: WR Jeff Thomas (4*), DE D.J. Johnson (4*)

5. North Carolina Tar Heels

Signees: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 8, 3*: 11, Other: 0

Larry Fedora should have the recruits to feel good about his team again heading into the 2017 season. Billy Ross and Jonah Melton are two good offensive line prospects, while Jake Lawler is a good defensive line prospect. The Tar Heels have a well-rounded class, with plenty of players who still may choose to go to school their.

Top Prospects Signed: OT Billy Ross (4*), DE Jake Lawler (4*)

6. Virginia Tech Hokies

Signees: 26, 5*: 0, 4*: 5, 3*: 19, Other: 2

Justin Fuente has put together a pretty good crop of players for his first full recruiting class. With 27 commitments, they have a deep class. Nathan Proctor is their top recruit and plays outside linebacker. Devon Hunter is also a talented safety recruit. Even though they have a lot of players committed, they have more considering becoming a Hokie.

Top Prospects Signed: LB Nathan Proctor (4*), S Devon Hunter (4*)

7. Louisville Cardinals

Signees: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 6, 3*: 13, Other: 1

The Cardinals had an impressive 2016 campaign and need some more talent to help them cap off a season with an ACC Championship. C.J. Avery is a safety who will help out with all of their departures in the secondary. Justin Marshall will be, yet another good target for Lamar Jackson to throw to.

Top Prospects Signed: S C.J. Avery (4*), WR Justin Marshall (4*)

8. Pittsburgh Panthers

Signees: 25, 5*: 0, 4*: 5, 3*: 16, Other: 4

Pittsburgh has a good class for Pat Narduzzi’s second full year of recruiting. The class is led by a great athlete in Paris Ford and a good running back in Todd Sibley. Running back A.J. Davis is confident he can have an instant impact for the Panthers due to being familiar with their blocking schemes. There is a lot of focus on offense in this class, which will be beneficial for Pitt, due to a lot of players moving on to the next level.

Top Prospects Signed: ATH Paris Ford (4*), RB A.J. Davis (4*)

9. Duke Blue Devils

Signees: 23, 5*: 0, 4*: 3, 3*: 19, Other: 1

David Cutcliffe has done wonders with Duke and now has a chance at a top 40 recruiting class to help him in the future. Jake Marwede will be a tight end that may see the field early for the Blue Devils.  Safety Drew Jordan and outside linebacker Damani Neal will also have a chance to play next season as incoming freshmen. With a lot of good offensive players in the class, Duke should have good depth for Cutcliffe on at least one side of the ball.

Top Prospects Signed: TE Jake Marwede (4*), LB Drew Jordan (4*)

10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Signees: 24, 5*: 0, 4*: 4, 3*: 18, Other: 2

Georgia Tech is coming off a bowl win over Kentucky and will be looking to become ACC Title contenders again soon. They focused on mostly defense in this class, but their best player is offensive. Running back Bruce-Jordan Swilling will look to get a lot of touches in the triple option attack.

Top Prospects Signed: CB Jaytlin Askew (4*), RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling (4*)

11. North Carolina State Wolfpack

Signees: 22, 5*: 0, 4*: 1, 3*: 18, Other: 3

The Wolfpack had a good season last year, but is still looking to make their recruiting class better. Dual-Threat quarterback Matt McKay is their only four-star commitment so far, but he should be a good player at the college level. NC State has several other decent offensive prospects in the class as well.

Top Prospects Signed: QB Matt McKay (4*), LB Louis Acceus (3*)

12. Virginia Cavaliers

Signees: 27, 5*: 0, 4*: 3, 3*: 19, Other: 5

Bronco Mendenhall has put together a solid first recruiting class for the Cavaliers so far. Two four-star athletes lead the recruiting class in Shawn Smith and Germane Crowell. There are a lot of positions represented, but if the Cavaliers want to compete in the future, they need to get some more players on the offensive line.

Top Prospects Signed: ATH Germane Crowell (4*), ATH Shawn Smith (4*)

13. Syracuse Orange

Signees: 24, 5*: 0, 4*: 1, 3*: 19, Other: 4

Syracuse may rank at 13 in the ACC, for now, but they have an average class nationally. Quarterback Tommy Devito is their only four-star, but can be a program changer as a signal caller. He competed in the elite 11 quarterback camp last summer. The Orange have a lot of solid offensive players in the class, as things currently stand.

Top Prospects Signed: QB Tommy Devito (4*), WR Sharod Johnson (3*)

14. Boston College Eagles

Commitments: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 0, 3*: 15, Other: 5

It looks like it will be another year near the bottom of the recruiting ranks for the Eagles. Three-star players C.J. Lewis (QB) and A.J. Dillon (RB) are the best players in the class, but will likely not see the field early on in their careers.

Top Prospects Signed: QB C.J. Lewis (3*), RB A.J. Dillon (3*)

15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Commitments: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 0, 3*: 17, Other: 3

Wake Forest had a good season on the field in 2016, but that didn’t translate to the recruiting trail. It will be hard to sustain success in the ACC with no four-star players in the class. Michael Allen Jr. has a chance to be a productive player for the Demon Deacons at defensive end.

Top Prospects Signed: DE Michael Allen Jr. (3*), WR Sage Surratt (3*)

 

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NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2016 Belk Bowl

The Belk Bowl will have Arkansas squaring off with Virginia Tech. There are some really good tight end prospects to watch for in this game, but a few other key players will also be featured in this game. Here are the prospects to watch:

Arkansas Razorbacks

Dan Skipper, OT

Projected Draft Range: Third round-fifth round

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Dan Skipper (Photo Courtesy: razorbackers.com)

Skipper is a big man at six feet ten inches tall and 319 pounds. This means he should have the ability to extend his arms to keep pass rushers at bay and to plow through defenders on run blocks. Skipper is a superb run blocker for the Razorbacks. He needs to work on his pass blocking and his mobility, as understandably he looks a bit mechanic due to his size. Prospects that are seen as left tackles are taken highly in the NFL draft, but because Skipper is probably more of a right tackle (Despite playing left tackle this season), he may not get drafted as highly.

Jeremy Sprinkle, TE

Projected Draft Range: fourth round-sixth round

This tight end class is loaded and there are two in this bowl game that will be drafted. Sprinkle has the size, at six feet six inches and 256 pounds, to be an NFL tight end. His production has never been great for Arkansas, as he never had a season of above 400 receiving yards in a season. Sprinkle does add the value of a good blocker, which will be very valuable to NFL teams, with him likely being a second or third tight end on a team’s roster.

Virginia Tech Hokie

Bucky Hodges, TE

Projected Draft Range: First round-third round

Hodges has great size at six feet seven inches tall and 245 pounds. He isn’t the greatest blocker and is really more of a receiving tight end. Hodges has lined up wide as a receiver and on the line of scrimmage as a tight end, making him very versatile. He is one of the most athletic tight ends in the class and some team will take him as a valuable target from day one in the NFL.

Isaiah Ford, WR

Projected Draft Range: Second round-fourth round

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Isaiah Ford (Photo courtesy: zimbio.com)

Ford is a junior who may decide to go back to college for a year, but should take advantage of a wide receiver class that isn’t great and enter the draft. Ford is slight at 190 pounds and will need to add strength to beat press coverage in the NFL. At six feet two inches tall he has solid size for an outside receiver. He has two straight 1,000 receiving yard seasons, so he can produce, even when the quarterback play hasn’t been the greatest.

Brandon Facyson, CB

Projected Draft Range: Fourth round-sixth round

Virginia Tech always seems to develop good players in the secondary and Facyson is an intriguing prospect. He is six feet two inches tall, which is a tremendous height for a corner back. This can be his competitive advantage over other corner prospects who may be as many as six inches shorter than him. Facyson still has to grow in to his frame, but should be able to do that in his preparation for the NFL draft. He is a shut down corner back, but needs to work on his ball skills to force more turnovers.

 

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2016 Belk Bowl Preview

The ACC and SEC match-up again in the 2016 Belk Bowl, where the Arkansas Razorbacks play the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Arkansas Razorbacks

The Razorbacks finished at 7-5 to get to a bowl game. They only had one bad loss, which came to rival Missouri in the season finale. Arkansas beat four bowl eligible teams which were: Louisiana Tech, TCU, Florida and Mississippi State.

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Austin Allen (Photo courtesy: wholehogsports.com)

Austin Allen has done a great job filling in the void left by his brother Brandon at the quarterback position. Allen is a bit of a gunslinger with 23 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has 3,152 passing yards on 61% completion percentage. He has a tendency to throw multiple interceptions in games, with four games of that nature. That can’t happen if the Razorbacks want to win this game.

Three receivers and one tight end make up a good receiving core for Arkansas. Drew Morgan, Keon Hatcher and Jared Cornelius are the three receivers who have had good seasons. Morgan is the possession receiver with 61 catches on a 10.2 yards per catch average. Hatcher is the red zone threat with seven touchdowns. Cornelius does a little bit of everything and can line up in the slot. Jeremy Sprinkle is less productive, but is one of the best tight ends in the class.

Rawleigh Williams III is the lead running back for the Razorbacks. He rushed for 1,326 yards and 12 touchdowns behind a good offensive line. Devwah Whaley rushed for 601 yards and three touchdowns as the second running back on the team.

The rush defense for the Razorbacks isn’t good, allowing 209 rushing yards per game. The pass defense is above average and give up 219 yards per game.

Linebacker Brooks Ellis has stood out on the Arkansas defense with 78 total tackles. He also had seven tackles for loss, one interception and a touchdown.

Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies had a great first season under Justin Fuente, finishing at 9-4. The four bowl eligible teams they beat were: Boston College, North Carolina, Miami and Pittsburgh. Their only bad loss was to Syracuse.

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Jerod Evans (Photo courtesy: washingtonpost.com)

Jerod Evans had a great season for the Hokies with 3,309 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. He only threw seven interceptions. Evans also led the team in rushing with 739 yards and had ten touchdowns. Evans will be the key for Arkansas to stop in this game.

Isaiah Ford, Cam Phillips and Bucky Hodges all are great targets for Evans. Ford has 1,038 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Phillips is second on the team in receiving yardage with 868 yards. Hodges is a tight end that the Hokies like to line up wide for match-up issues because he is six feet seven inches tall. He has seven receiving touchdowns as well.

While Evans leads all rushers, Travon McMillan leads all running backs in rushing yards with 637. He has added six rushing touchdown. Fullback Sam Rogers helps out in the running game, passing game and is a really good blocker for the Hokies.

The defense is what has been so impressive for the Hokies. The run defense is solid, giving up 149 rushing yards per game. The pass defense is among the top 25 in the country and allow just 194 yards per game.

Defensive line play has been great for the Hokies, allowing their entire defense to be great.

Prediction

This game will be won in the trenches. Arkansas’ offensive line will move the Virginia Tech defense and allow the Razorbacks to move the ball effectively.

 

Arkansas Razorbacks 27 Virginia Tech Hokies 23

 

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Week Two College Football Picks

Rob Doerger and Joe DiTullio (staff writers and podcast personalities on The DiTullio and Doerger College Sports Show) give their picks for week two of the college football season.

Away Home Location Rob Joe
Maryland Florida Intl FIU Stadium, Miami, FL Maryland Maryland
#13 Louisville Syracuse Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY Louisville Louisville
Central Michigan #22 Oklahoma State Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK OK State Ok St
NC State East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC ECU NC State
Penn State Pittsburgh Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA Penn St Pitt
UCF #5 Michigan Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Michigan
Margin of Victory (1 point) 50 42
Cincinnati Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN Purdue Cincy
Lamar #6 Houston TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX Houston Houston
Howard Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ Rutgers Rutgers
Indiana State Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN Minnesota Minnesota
Rice Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY Army Army
Boston College Massachusetts Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA BC BC
Nicholls State #9 Georgia Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA Georgia Georgia
Prairie View A&M Texas A&M Kyle Field, College Station, TX A&M TAMU
Wyoming Nebraska Memorial Stadium , Lincoln, NE Nebraska Nebraska
Charleston Southern #3 Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL FSU FSU
Troy #2 Clemson Memorial Stadium , Clemson, SC Clemson Clemson
Stony Brook Temple Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA Temple Temple
Georgia State Air Force Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO Air Force AF
Utah State USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA USC USC
Youngstown State West Virginia Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV WVU WVU
Ohio Kansas Memorial Stadium , Lawrence, KS Ohio Ohio
Mercer Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA GT GT
North Dakota Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green BG
Connecticut Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD Navy Navy
Illinois State Northwestern Ryan Field, Evanston, IL NW NW
Tulsa #4 Ohio State Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH OSU OSU
Eastern Illinois Miami (OH) Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH Miami (OH) Miami
Wake Forest Duke Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC Duke Duke
Old Dominion Appalachian State Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC App St App State
Akron Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI Buzzcuts (Wisconsin) Wisconsin
Nevada #18 Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN ND ND
Kentucky Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL Kentucky Kentucky
Western Kentucky #1 Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL Bama Bama
SMU #23 Baylor McLane Stadium, Waco, TX Baylor Baylor
Wofford #19 Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS Ole Miss Ole Miss
Ball State Indiana Memorial Stadium , Bloomington, IN Indiana Indiana
Texas San Antonio Colorado State Hughes Stadium , Fort Collins, CO Colorado St CSU
Middle Tennessee Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN MTSU MTSU
Portland State San José State CEFCU Stadium – Home of the Spartans, San Jose, CA San Jose St SJSU
Idaho #8 Washington Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA Washington Washington
Idaho State Colorado Folsom Field, Boulder, CO Colorado Colorado
Morgan State Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV Marshall Marshall
Elon Charlotte McColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC Charlotte Charlotte
North Carolina A&T Kent State Dix Stadium, Kent, OH Kent St Kent State
Florida Atlantic #25 Miami Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL Miami Miami
Georgia Southern South Alabama Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL Georgia Southern USA
McNeese State Louisiana Lafayette Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA ULL ULL
Louisiana Monroe #14 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium , Norman, OK Oklahoma Oklahoma
North Carolina Central Western Michigan Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI WMU WMU
Maine Toledo Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH Toledo Toledo
Northern Illinois South Florida Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL USF USF
Bethune-Cookman North Texas Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX NT NT
South Carolina State Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA LT LT
Savannah State Southern Mississippi M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS S. Miss So Miss
UTEP #11 Texas Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX Texas Texas
South Carolina Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS Miss St South Carolina
Arkansas #15 TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX TCU TCU
Arkansas State Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL Auburn Auburn
Iowa State #16 Iowa Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA Iowa Iowa
BYU Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT Utah BYU
Eastern Michigan Missouri Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO Mizzou Mizzou
Jacksonville State #21 LSU Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA LSU LSU
North Carolina Illinois Memorial Stadium , Champaign, IL UNC-CH UNC
Southern Tulane Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA Tulane Tulane
Virginia Tech #17 Tennessee Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (5 points) Tennessee Tennessee
UNLV UCLA Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA UCLA UCLA
New Mexico New Mexico State Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM New Mexico NM
Sacramento State Fresno State Bulldog Stadium , Fresno, CA Fresno Fresno
Texas Tech Arizona State Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ Arizona St Texas Tech
Washington State Boise State Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID Wash St Boise
California San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA San Diego St SDSU
Virginia #24 Oregon Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR Oregon Oregon
Grambling State Arizona Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ Arizona Zona
Tennessee-Martin Hawai’i Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI Hawai’i Hawaii
Gameday Guest Picker (Bristol, TN) (10 Points) Kenny Chesney Peyton Manning
Season Total 79 70