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NFL Week 7 Picks

The NFL season is already full of surprises, which makes it hard to pick winners. Cecil Walker and Joe DiTullio, of The Third and the Don Football Show, will do their best to try to predict the winners for every NFL game this season. Here are the NFL week 7 picks. Thursday Night: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals Joe- Denver is on a four-game losing streak, but the Cardinals won’t pose much of a problem unless Case Keenum throws the game away. The Broncos have a weak secondary, but rookie quarterback Josh Rosen won’t be able to take advantage of that.- Broncos Cecil- The Broncos have not looked good at all as Case Keenum continues to struggle. They will need to rely heavily on the run in order to win. However, this is a game that David Johnson could really go off. If that happens the Broncos won’t be able to keep up – Cardinals Sunday: Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers (in London) Joe- Can Tennessee block anyone? They allowed 11 sacks in their game against the Ravens. The Chargers will look like Bobby Boucher in Waterboy attacking the Titans’ offense. Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon will do enough after that to win the game.-Chargers Cecil Let’s be honest. Anything can happen in these London games considering both teams will still be asleep until the second half. The Chargers would win hands down if it was anywhere else. but it will be a lot closer with a slow start paired with a surprisingly good Titans’ defense. – Chargers New England Patriots at Chicago Bears Joe-The Bears just lost to Brock Osweiler…enough said. New England is seemingly revving up the offense for the end of the year.-Patriots Cecil- Belichick always excels against younger quarterbacks and almost managed to stop the high-powered Chiefs. Turbisky will struggle in this one as the Patriots continue to improve. -Patriots Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts Joe-Josh Allen is out, which means Nathan Peterman, or Derek Anderson, will be starting. Neither quarterback can score a win on the road in Indianapolis. The Colts are bad, but can focus on just stopping the run.-Colts Cecil- Josh Allen was the Bills only bright spot and he is out for this one. Andrew Luck tends to do well in the dome and will do enough to keep the Colts in control. -Colts Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins Joe-Are the Dolphins actually good? A 4-2 record looks good, but Osweiler could start again in this game. Detroit has the better quarterback (obviously) and therefore will win the game- Lions Cecil- I have no idea which teams we will see on the field Sunday. These teams are the definition of mediocre with their inconsistent play. That said, I have to go with the team with more talent on its roster.- Lions Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets Joe- The Jets have looked better than expected this year, but the Vikings will win this game due to their offense. With or without Dalving Cook.- Vikings Cecil- Vikings all the way! The Jets may keep it together for a half, but Kirk Cousins will throw 40 times if needed as Theilen and Diggs exploit a weak Jets defense.-Vikings Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles Joe- Philadelphia has been banged up to start the year and that likely won’t change going forward. Carson Wentz is starting to regain his from last season, which is scary. This will be a close win for the Eagles.-Eagles Cecil- The Panthers have looked like the better team this season. The Eagles are starting to improve, but the Cam Newton and Christian McCafferty tag team will prove to be too much.-Panthers Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Joe- Jameis Winston looked good in his debut start of 2018. He has the talent around him and with the Browns, defense struggling, should be able to do some damage.-Buccaneers Cecil- I have to go with the hot hand of Jameis Winston in this one. If he plays anything like last week, the Browns won’t be able to keep up. Especially without Baker Mayfield.- Buccaneers Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars Joe- Bill O’Brien’s red zone offense is atrocious. He is as bad at making decisions as Fredo from The Godfather. Jacksonville’s defense is struggling, but the Texans arguably get worse the closer they get to the end zone.- Jaguars Cecil- The Jags have played very well against divisional foes over the last few seasons. Deshaun Watson is going to get beat up in this one. -Jaguars New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens Joe-The Ravens’ defense looks good, but the Saints look like they are on the path to a Super Bowl. With Mark Ingram back, they can keep everyone fresh in the backfield and Brees can light up the Baltimore secondary.- Saints Cecil- I trust Drew Brees and company to get it done against a tough Ravens defense. I do not trust Joe Flacco and his group of No. 2 receivers to be able to accomplish enough. Alex Collins should have a good game though.- Saints Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Joe- Well, the 49ers played the Packers tough, but the Rams are a way more complete team. Jared Goff will have a banged up receiving core, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of this game. -Joe Cecil- The Rams are the best team we’ve seen so far this season. The 49ers showed some life last week, but this is a completely different animal. -Rams Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins Joe- Both of these teams are hard to figure out. At times they seemed as confused as the characters in The Hangover when they are trying to find Doug. The Cowboys beat the Jaguars, with a terrible offense. Washington gets destroyed by the Saints, then beats the Panthers. Dallas seemingly has their offense figured out and should be able to win a close game.- Cowboys Cecil- I like the Redskins’ strategy this season. Run the ball with Adrian Peterson and have Alex Smith protect it. Meanwhile, their underrated…

College football week 8 picks

The college football season is underway. Rob Doerger and Joe DiTullio of the DiTullio and Doerger College Sports Show will make their picks for every game involving an FBS team this season. Here are their college football week 8 picks. Away Home Location Rob Joe Georgia State Arkansas State Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR Ark St Ark State Stanford Arizona State Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ Stanford Stanford Colorado State Boise State Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID Boise Boise State Air Force UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV AFA AF #6Michigan #24Michigan State Spartan Stadium , East Lansing, MI Michigan Michigan #9Oklahoma TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX OU Oklahoma Maryland #19Iowa Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA Iowa Iowa #20Cincinnati Temple Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA Temple Temple Illinois #23Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI Wisconsin Wisconsin Buffalo Toledo Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH Buffalo Buffalo Tulsa Arkansas Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Arkansas Auburn Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS Ole Miss Auburn Northwestern Rutgers HighPoint.com Stadium, Piscataway, NJ NW NW Miami (OH) Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY Army Army North Carolina Syracuse Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY Cuse Cuse Virginia Duke Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC Duke Duke Idaho State Liberty Williams Stadium , Lynchburg, VA Liberty Liberty Bowling Green Ohio Peden Stadium, Athens, OH Ohio Ohio Utah State Wyoming War Memorial Stadium , Laramie, WY Utah St Utah St Florida Atlantic Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV Marshall FAU Charlotte Middle Tennessee Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN MTSU MT Eastern Michigan Ball State Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN EMU Ball St Western Michigan Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI WMU WMU #1Alabama Tennessee Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN Bama Alabama #16NC State #3Clemson Memorial Stadium , Clemson, SC Clemson Clemson Colorado #15Washington Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA Washington Washington #18Penn State Indiana Memorial Stadium , Bloomington, IN Penn St Penn State Coastal Carolina UMass Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA Coastal Umass Houston Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD Houston Houston SMU Tulane Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA Tulane Tulane Akron Kent State Dix Stadium, Kent, OH Akron Akron Louisiana Appalachian State Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC App St App State UTEP Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA La Tech La Tech Wake Forest Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL FSU FSU Minnesota Nebraska Memorial Stadium , Lincoln, NE Nebraska Nebraska Kansas Texas Tech Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX TTU TTU Memphis Missouri Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO Mizzou Missouri California Oregon State Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR Cal Cal Georgia Southern New Mexico State Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM GSU Ga Southern #22Mississippi State #5LSU Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA LSU LSU #10UCF East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC UCF UCF UConn #21South Florida Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL USF USF UTSA Southern Mississippi M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS USM So Miss Texas State UL Monroe Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA ULM UL Monroe #2Ohio State Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN OSU OSU #12Oregon #25Washington State Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA Oregon Oregon Vanderbilt #14Kentucky Kroger Field, Lexington, KY UK Kentucky Fresno State New Mexico Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM Fresno Fresno Rice Florida Intl FIU Stadium, Miami, FL FIU FIU North Texas UAB Legion Field , Birmingham, AL UAB NT Old Dominion Western Kentucky L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY WKU ODU USC Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT Utah USC Arizona UCLA Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA UCLA UCLA San Jose State San Diego State SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA SDSU SDSU Nevada Hawai’i Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI Hawai’i Hawai’i ESPN College Gameday Celebrity Guest Picker The guy with the Ol’ Crimson flag LaVar Ball   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

College Football: Week 8 News and Notes

Seven weeks of the college football season has certainly brought a lot of excitement. With the more weeks that go on, more news and notes will be put together. Here are some of the things happening around the sport of college football heading into week 8. Nick Bosa’s college career is over Nick Bosa has decided to end his college football career to rehab from his core muscle injury and prepare for the 2019 draft. Ohio State had been without Bosa since he suffered an injury in week 3 against TCU. The absence of Bosa will hurt a defense that has been susceptible to big plays. Bowling Green has fired head coach Mike Jinks Bowling Green has decided to fire head coach Mike Jinks after a 1-6 start to the year. Their only win was over FCS-level Eastern Kentucky. Jinks is 7-24 in his two-plus seasons in charge. Carl Pelini will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Key injuries pile up Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has a first-grade shoulder sprain and will rest this week while Texas is on bye. USC outside linebacker Porter Gustin is out for the season with a broken ankle. Tennessee defensive end Jonathan Kongbo is out for the season with a torn ACL. Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is out for the season with a neck injury. Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell will miss six weeks with an injured ankle. Appalachian State’s Jalin Moore out 8-12 weeks with a dislocated right ankle. Alabama DL Raekwon Davis will miss time for punching Missouri player Nick Saban has said that defensive lineman Raekwon Davis will miss time after getting caught punching a Missouri player. Other news and notes SEC fines LSU $100,000 for storming the field after their win over Georgia. Louisville tight end Kemari Averett has been suspended (via Brett McMurphy)   You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

Nick Bosa to withdraw from Ohio State, prepare for NFL

Ohio State announced Nick Bosa has decided to withdraw from the university to focus on his NFL aspirations. Bosa had been sidelined with a core muscle injury since the Buckeyes’ third game of the season against TCU. His major focus now will be on rehab and training for the NFL Draft. “I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program. He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach.” Bosa is considered one of the best prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft. He is in play for the first overall selection in the draft. In his Ohio State career, Bosa totaled 29 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks through 29 career games. He was the 2017 Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year and an American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American,   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

Fantasy Football: Players to add for week 7

It is six weeks into the fantasy football season and the waiver wire is heating up. Any good champion will need to go to the waiver wire to acquire players to make their team even better. Here are the best players to add for week 6. (All stats and rankings are for standard, non-decimal scoring) 1. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts Mack had only been able to play in one game before this week due to injury. He came back to the lineup this week and was productive with 12 carries for 89 yards. Although he did good work on the ground, he hasn’t done much this year in terms of pass catching with just two receptions for six yards in the two games he has played. Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines still figure to get some work out of the backfield, but Mack should be the lead back moving forward. Mack had nine more carries than Hines, showing how much they value him. Hines will be used in third-down duties. He is available in nearly 75% of ESPN leagues and if available, will be highly sought after. 2. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles Although Corey Clement got the touchdown and therefore more points against the Giants, Smallwood had more carries. The Eagles’ leading rusher on the season, Smallwood got 18 carries on Thursday night. He may have only had 51 yards in this game, but the yards will soon follow if the Smallwood gets the most carries out of the Eagles’ backfield. Clement is definitely still a threat to steal carries and touchdowns, as they will both be used. Clement is already owned in over 50% of ESPN leagues, while Smallwood is owned in fewer than 50% of leagues. 3. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston has returned to the starting lineup for the Bucs, which changes the offense. The production was in question with the change at quarterback, but Godwin produced again with six receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Godwin will still be a featured part of the offense, as he had nine targets against the Falcons. Atlanta isn’t the greatest defense, but the fact that he tied for the team lead in targets with Desean Jackson makes him still fantasy relevant moving forward. He is available in about 60% of ESPN leagues. 4. Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears The last two games have both been great for Gabriel, as he grows more comfortable with Bear’s quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. This week he had five catches for 110 yards, but failed to reach the end zone. In week 4, the week before the bye, Gabriel put up 23 fantasy points. He does give some cause for some concern, as he had just five targets this week. He had seven targets in week 4, but has caught all his targets in the last two games. Gabriel has a knack for a big play and can be a solid situational play for fantasy owners. He is owned in just 32.6% of ESPN leagues. 5. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers Any time a player scored 26 fantasy points, they need to be looked at in terms of fantasy. Goodwin had four receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. He is an extreme boom or bust player, but if he builds up a rapport with C.J. Beathard, he could pay off. Goodwin has been injured to start the season with both hamstring and quad issues. It’s hard to get a real idea about how productive Goodwin can be given the injuries and quarterback change. Only add him in deep leagues, but he is worth watching in the coming weeks. He is available in over 50% of ESPN leagues. 6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers Valdes-Scantling has been productive in Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison’s absence, but the problem is that it is hard to predict when they will be back and how much of an impact it will have on his fantasy value. Against the 49ers, the rookie wide receiver tallied three receptions for 108 yards. He got six targets which bodes well, but the injury reports of Allison and Cobb need to be watched before counting on Valdes-Scantling. He is available in virtually every ESPN league.   You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

College Football: 5 things to watch for in week 8

College football is seven weeks into what is shaping up to be a great season. Now that more is known about all teams involved, fans can know what to watch for in the coming weeks. This list will narrow it down to five things to watch for in week 8. 1. Can NC State upset Clemson? Both teams were off last week and should be relatively fresh heading into this game. They are also both undefeated and will be vying to win the ACC Atlantic with this matchup playing a key part. Can NC State pull off the upset? Clemson has been the dominant team in the ACC for the last few seasons, but NC State has kept this game, also known as the Textile Bowl, close. Two years ago Clemson won by seven in overtime, while last year the Tigers won by seven in regulation. The Wolfpack clearly know how to play Clemson tough. With Clemson still trying to get quarterback Trevor Lawrence used to being the starter, they could be vulnerable. NC State only allows 16.8 points per game and could create some problems for the freshman, but the Wolfpack also haven’t faced a team as talented as the Tigers. After playing Clemson close the last few years, can NC State come out on top? 2. Will Harbaugh beat a ranked rival? A lot has been made about Jim Harbaugh’s inability to beat rivals. He has just one win over Michigan State and Ohio State in his tenure at Michigan and it came against a 3-9 Michigan State team. Harbaugh did just score a big win over Wisconsin, but now they travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans. Michigan State enters the game ranked 24 after upsetting Penn State. The Spartans have struggled all year with losses to Arizona State and Northwestern, but seemed to toughen up when taking on the Nittany Lions. The Spartans defense ranks 44th in the country, giving up 22.3 points per game. On offense, they have found success through the air, but have struggled on the ground. The Wolverines are a touchdown favorite to win on the road. Their secondary will have the tough task of shutting down Brian Lewerke. Given that their pass defense has been shaky, Michigan State may be able to take advantage and take a lead. If the Spartans get the lead, the Michigan offense will need to produce big plays through quarterback Shea Patterson and running back Karan Higdon. Michigan has a lot riding on this game, as they can stay undefeated in the Big Ten and set up a big matchup with Ohio State to end the year. 3. LSU’s running game vs. Mississippi State’s defensive front LSU has faced two ranked teams and a row, but now will face another in Mississippi State. The Tigers have gotten through a brutal schedule with just one loss so far and will have a bye week after this to rest up for Alabama. The Tigers will run the ball heavily in order to generate their offense, then rely on quarterback Joe Burrow to convert on third down. Their rushing attack averages 202.7 yards per game and features a few different rushers to get the job done. Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are both good runners for the offense. Brossette averages 4.8 yards per carry, while Edwards-Helaire averages 5.3 yards per carry. They have combined for over 1,100 yards rushing. Burrow has even chipped in 245 yards on the ground. Mississippi State has the manpower to slow down the LSU rushing attack, but that is easier said than done. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons is one of the best in the country and has 9.5 tackles for loss through six games. Montez Sweat, a defensive end, has 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks on the season. Those two combine to form a powerful duo and will be going up against a good LSU offensive line. If the Bulldogs can step up and stop the run, they stand a chance to pull off an upset. 4. Quarterback play between Oregon and Washington State One of the biggest matchups of the weekend is going on in Pullman Washington. Two one-loss teams will be going at it when Oregon and Washington State take the field. While there are many keys to this game, the quarterback play will be a sight to see. Justin Herbert has helped bring life to the Oregon Ducks this seasons from his quarterback position. The junior has thrown for 1,613 yards and 17 touchdowns already this season. His play has him as the frontrunner to be the first quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. He’ll want to play particularly well in this game to keep the Ducks College Football Playoff hopes alive and to have an edge in the Pac-12 North. Washington State has a productive quarterback of their own in Garnder Minshew. Minshew operates Mike Leach’s air raid attack well with 2,422 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. He will be slinging the ball all over the field against Oregon and will have to have a great game for Washington State to have a chance at winning. Get ready for a long game, as the ball will be thrown around in excess of 80 or 90 times. 5. Can Cincinnati stay undefeated? One of the best turnarounds this season has been the Cincinnati Bearcats. Head coach Luke Fickell went 4-8 with the team last year, his first season in Cincinnati. This season the Bearcats sit at 6-0 and are looking to compete in the AAC East with the likes of USF and UCF. The Bearcats will face a stiff test while traveling to Temple. Temple will try to get their playmakers loose against a Cincinnati defense that ranks third in the country with 13.7 points per game allowed. The Owls have defeated Maryland, but have been inconsistent. Cincinnati has been consistent, but have yet to beat a real quality opponent. Winning this game for Cincinnati will keep their…

College Football: 5 things learned from week 7

College football has seven weeks in the books, but there is still a long way to go. Each week more is learned about each team, even though not everything can be known. Putting the pieces together on college football each season is part of why fans love it. With that being said, here are five things learned from week 7. 1. Michigan vs. Ohio State a battle for the Big Ten East This weekend saw Michigan dominate Wisconsin in Ann Arbor. The win does a lot to alleviate the fears of Michigan fans, giving hope that they can still win the Big Ten and make the College Football Playoff. This hope was helped by the fact that Penn State dropped a game to Michigan State and now already has two losses in conference. The problem for Michigan is that their rival, Ohio State, stands in their way. Ohio State struggled against Minnesota, but was able to close them out late. The Buckeyes have been the class of the Big Ten since Urban Meyer arrived and are undefeated this season. They will be ready and battle-tested by the time “The Game” happens between Ohio State and Michigan. Even if either team drops a game before the regular season finale, whoever wins will, in all likelihood, represent the Big Ten East in the Big Ten Championship Game. This fact will make “The Game” that much more important this season. 2. Oregon has to win out for Pac-12 CFP chances Washington was the Pac-12’s best bet to reach the College Football Playoff (CFP), but lost this weekend in overtime at Oregon. With two losses, Washington and Stanford, the preseason favorites for the conference, will need a miracle to make the CFP. There has never been a two-loss team to make the CFP, and even if they come close, the legitimacy of their conference will come into question. With the rest of the Pac-12 having at least one loss, including Colorado and Washington State, Oregon, who also has one loss, is likely the Pac-12’s last hope to make the CFP. The Ducks have beaten Cal and Washington now, giving them a few legitimate wins, but there is still a long way to go. Oregon will not have too many chances to get resume-building wins the rest of the season and will need some help from the teams above them in order to really get consideration for the CFP. They are though the only hope for the Pac-12. 3. Iowa State is no longer a doormat Iowa State is a program that has had little success over its years, but that is quickly changing. They were able to upset West Virginia on Saturday, which helped shake things up after a crazy weekend of football. This could be seen as a fluke, but over the last two seasons Iowa State has shown they aren’t an easy win. This upset pairs nicely with the Cyclones upset of Oklahoma last year. What’s better than just scoring a few upsets, Iowa state is winning enough games to go to bowl games. Last year they finished at 8-5 with a win over Memphis in the Liberty Bowl. This season they are 3-3 with a lot of winnable games left. The Cyclones need to do everything possible to keep Matt Campbell in Ames, as he has started to build a consistent program. 4. LSU can (and has) shake up the whole CFP race After losing to Florida, there were questions about how good LSU was this season. The Tigers bounced back though and upset Georgia at home. The win gives them some confidence heading into some important games down the road, but also has shaken up the CFP picture. There could be more of this to come. The Tigers’ win over Georgia will make it harder to get two teams in the CFP, as all teams, but Alabama have a loss already with more tough games coming up. Georgia will likely have to go undefeated the rest of the way, with games against Florida, Kentucky, Auburn and a possible SEC Championship Game left. If LSU can beat Alabama, which is a big if, the Tigers would likely be the representative from the SEC West in the SEC Championship Game. This would leave Alabama idle in the last weekend, which went in their favor last season, but could end in a different result this year. The key games to watch for the SEC CFP race are Florida vs. Georgia and LSU vs. Alabama, but as always, anything can happen on a college football Saturday. 5. Auburn is ice cold and struggling Auburn was thought to be a good team with a chance to be great with their early-season win over Washington. Unfortunately, the season hasn’t played out like the Tigers would’ve hoped. They sit at 4-3 and have had two straight losses, including this week’s loss to Tennessee. Losing to LSU and Mississippi State is understandable, but the loss to the Volunteers this weekend really exposed Auburn. Tennessee is under a first-year head coach and in the midst of a rebuild. Auburn is supposed to be competing for the SEC West. The offense sputtered and now they are likely looking at a mediocre bowl game. Auburn has yet to find a lot of consistency under Gus Malzahn. They have gone from seasons of competing for the SEC and National Championships to 8-5 records. Can Malzahn get the Tigers back on the right track soon?   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

College Football Playoff Bracketology 10/14/18

The seventh week of the college football season is in the books. There were plenty of good games to watch and some matchups had College Football Playoff implications. So who set themselves up well enough to make the College Football Playoff? Note: These rankings only take into account what has happened on the field and will not project what will happen in the future. Teams with weaker schedules, to this point, will not be ranked as highly until they get some better wins. CFP Four 1. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) The Buckeyes did struggle with Minnesota, but pulled away late to win 30-14. They still have a great win over Penn State, although the Penn State win looks a little worse now that Michigan State was able to go into Happy Valley and get a victory. The Big Ten East looks like it is theirs for the taking yet again and after that all they have to do is win the Big Ten Championship to make the College Football Playoff. This week: at Purdue Boilermakers 2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0) Notre Dame played one of their worst games in weeks, only beating Pittsburgh 19-14. They had to come back to win in the fourth quarter, but they did get the job done. The Fighting Irish do however still have a good resume for the CFP committee with wins over Stanford, Michigan and Virginia Tech. The rest of the schedule will be pretty light, but if they win out, they’ll be in the college football playoff. This week: BYE 3. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0) Nick Saban sure has his team looking like the best team in the country. The win over Missouri is decent, but the only really good team they’ve played is Texas A&M who has been rising up the rankings. Their schedule is brutal in November, but it doesn’t look like Alabama will have too many troubles this season. This week: at Tennessee Volunteers 4. Clemson Tigers (6-0) Clemson had a bye this week, but moves up as a result of Georgia losing. Their resume still lacks a marquee win, but their win over Texas A&M is pretty good and getting better. The Aggies beat South Carolina and still have only lost to Clemson and Alabama. With the ACC struggling, Clemson doesn’t have too much margin for error down the stretch. This week: vs. NC State Wolfpack First four out 5. LSU Tigers (6-1) LSU pulled off the home upset over Georgia and controlled the game in doing so. Although the loss to Florida still stings, the win over the Bulldogs helps move them back up these rankings. Auburn losing to Tennesse hurts LSU’s case for the CFP, but ultimately they control their own destiny. This week: vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs 6. Georgia Bulldogs (6-1) There should be no shame in losing at LSU, but it does result in a small drop in these rankings. The Bulldogs got beat handily, but still have a chance to play in the SEC Championship Game and possibly the CFP if they win out. The SEC East does pose more challenges than originally thought, but Georgia has supreme talent. This week: BYE 7. Texas Longhorns (6-1) Texas may have overlooked Baylor, even though they were able to hang on for the win. Their win over Oklahoma still holds the most water in terms of impressing the CFP committee. They will get a much-needed breather before resuming Big 12 play. This week: BYE 8. Michigan Wolverines (6-1) The Wolverines made easy work of Wisconsin to propel themselves back into the CFP conversation. Since their loss to Notre Dame, Michigan has dominated the competition other than a close win at Northwestern. Harbaugh doesn’t have much success against Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State, but if he keeps this up he could break that trend. This week: at Michigan State Spartans Next four out 9. Oregon Ducks (5-1) The Pac-12 is not looking good in terms of getting a team in the CFP. Stanford and Washington each have two losses, after Oregon beat the Huskies in overtime Saturday, and no two-loss team has made the CFP. Colorado, who was undefeated, ended up losing to USC. Oregon holds the best chances of making the CFP, with one loss and a win over Washington to help, but they’ll need some real help. This week: at Washington State Cougars 10. Kentucky Wildcats (5-1) There was a great chance that Kentucky could fall down the rankings with other teams getting a chance to play games while the Wildcats were on a bye this week, but a lot of the contenders lost. With their wins over Florida and Mississippi State looking really good, Kentucky is in a good position. This week: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores 11. NC State Wolpack (5-0) The Wolfpack were on a bye this week and with their game against West Virginia being canceled earlier in the season, haven’t had a chance to really prove themselves. Their wins over Virginia and Boston College are ok, but if the Wolfpack can get a win this week, those will be forgotten. This week: at Clemson Tigers 12. Florida Gators (6-1) Florida started off slow against Vanderbilt, but was able to fight back to beat Vanderbilt. The win over LSU not only looks good, but helps to show that Florida might be able to beat Georgia in two weeks. The Florida defense is good, while the offense is coming along steadily, which means they could be a much better team by the time the year ends. This week: BYE   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!  

College Football: Most Underpaid Coaches

Recently, USA Today published a list of FBS college football salaries for each head coach. With so many salaries being made public, some coaches have to be frustrated with how much they are making in comparison to their peers. With that being said, who are the most underpaid coaches in college football? Paul Chryst, Wisconsin (overall rank 29) Paul Chryst is in his fourth year as Wisconsin’s head coach and has posted a 38-8 record (as of Oct. 12). He has been a good hire for a program that had hired Gary Anderson, who has recently been fired from Oregon State. His salary is $3,750,000, which is too little given how much he wins. Wisconsin is a pretty steady program, but Chryst has gone to two straight Big Ten Championships and is poised for another. He has built the program back to standard with only five losses since the start of the 2016 season. He still hasn’t won the Big Ten or made the College Football Playoff, but he isn’t even in the top 25 of highest paid coaches. Mark Stoops of Kentucky and Bobby Petrino of Louisville both rank higher than Chryst on this list. For a coach of Chryst’s caliber, he should be getting a pay raise soon. David Cutcliffe, Duke (overall rank 51) Cutcliffe has helped coach the Manning brothers, but now is the head man at Duke. He is in his 11th year in charge of the Blue Devils and has accrued a 63-38 record. For his efforts, he is paid $2,540,928 in salary, but no bonuses were shown. Duke had been a program that as a bottomfeeder in the ACC, but that is no longer true under Cutcliffe. Five out of the last six years the Blue Devils have made a bowl game. They were even able to make the ACC Championship in 2013. For someone who has done well at a very tough job, Cutcliffe isn’t paid like it. Ole Miss’ Matt Luke and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason both rank higher than Cutcliffe. Duke is a private school, which on average, pay way less for their coaches. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame (overall rank 59) This one might be the most surprising. Brian Kelly is the head of one of the most storied college football programs in the country but ranks closer to the median salary than the top salaries in the sport. He makes $2,129,638 in salary, with no bonuses shown. Brian Kelly’s tenure has been up and down. There have been some 8-5 seasons, mixed in with a 12-1 year in which they made the BCS National Championship and a 4-8 season a few seasons ago. He has a 68.8% win percentage at Notre Dame, which is a little lower than the boosters would’ve liked, but Kelly surely doesn’t deserve to be ranked this low. Especially this season, as the Fighting Irish are 6-0 and fighting for a College Football Playoff spot. There is a long list of coaches that are paid more than Kelly, that shouldn’t be. The most stunning part of this though is, Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell is right behind him. Fickell is making $2,000,000 with bonuses of $625,000. Kelly left Cincinnati for Notre Dame after the 2009 season and the fact that the AAC program is right behind Notre Dame in terms of head coach salary is staggering. Bryan Harsin, Boise State (overall rank 70) Boise State is a program that is perennially good in the Mountain West. They are getting an absolute discount on a coach who has kept the Broncos winning football games. Harsin makes $1,650,010 in salary with a potential of $475,000 in potential bonuses. Harsin spent one season at Arkansas State before becoming Boise State’s head coach in 2014. Since he has been in charge, the Broncos have a 76.3% winning percentage. Harsin has won two Mountain West Championship Games during his time, but looks like he is poised for more. As for coaches who are paid more than Harsin, that list includes Colorado State’s Mike Bobo, Kansas’ David Beaty and Houston’s Major Applewhite. Harsin has achieved more than all of those coaches in his short time at Boise State. Justin Wilcox, Cal (overall rank 74) Wilcox is the lowest paid power five coach in the FBS. He is actually outranked by several coaches in the group of five as well. Although he is relatively new to head coaching, Wilcox has exceeded expectations. He makes $1,500,000 in salary and can make $900,000 in bonuses. He is in his second season in charge and Wilcox sports an 8-9 record. This is impressive given that when he took over, Cal was expected to be one of the worst programs in the power five. He has the Golden Bears at 3-2 with a big win over BYU. They have a chance to make a bowl game in year two if they play well through the Pac-12 schedule. With all power five conference coaches ranking higher, Wilcox also gets paid less than Tulane’s Willie Fritz and Tulsa’s Phillip Montgomery. If he turns Cal into a team that consistently makes bowl games, his salary should soar up this list. Rocky Long, San Diego State (overall rank 87) At San Diego State, Rocky Long has never had a season at .500 or below. Unfortunately, he ranks in the bottom half of the FBS in terms of pay. Long earns a salary of $872,576 and has the potential bonuses of $720,000. He has been at SDSU since the 2011 season and has a winning percentage of 69.7: Long has helped the Aztecs win two Mountain West Championships, and one three-way tie for the title, in his tenure. To go along with this, Long’s Aztecs put up good fights against power five teams, as they beat Stanford last season. He is old school and preaches running the ball and stopping the run, which has elevated the SDSU program. Someone who has coached this well surely deserves to be paid above the median salary. Liberty’s Turner Gil,…

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