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NFL Round 2 Mock Draft

Round 2
Pick Team Name Position School Height Weight
33 Browns Harold Landry DE Boston College 6’2″ 252
34 Giants Connor Williams OT Texas 6’5″ 296
35 Browns Ronald Jones RB USC 5’11” 205
36 Saints Derris Guice RB LSU 5’11” 224
37 Saints Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia 6’5″ 250
38 Bucs Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’0″ 196
39 Bears Will Hernandez OG UTEP 6’3″ 327
40 Broncos Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’0″ 201
41 Raiders Donte Jackson CB LSU 5’11” 178
42 Dolphins Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays St. 6’4″ 315
43 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St. 6’5″ 235
44 Redskins Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’2″ 207
45 Packers Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6’3″ 218
46 Bengals Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
47 Cardinals Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6’1″ 206
48 Chargers Chukwuma Okorafor OT  Western Michigan 6’6″ 320
49 Saints D.J. Chark WR LSU 6’3″ 199
50 Cowboys James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
51 Lions Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St. 6’5″ 260
52 Eagles Jessie Bates S Wake Forest 6’1″ 200
53 Bucs Justin Reid S Stanford 6’1″ 207
54 Chiefs Anthony Averett CB Alabama 5’11” 183
55 Panthers Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6’5″ 256
56 Bucs James Daniels C Iowa 6’3″ 306
57 Titans Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5’10” 201
58 Falcons Austin Corbett OG Nevada 6’4″ 306
59 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5’11” 201
60 Bears Mike Gesicki TE Penn St. 6’6″ 247
61 Bucs Dante Pettis WR Washington 6’1″ 186
62 Vikings Fred Warner OLB BYU 6’4″ 235
63 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St. 6’5″ 270
64 Browns Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6’5″ 309

 

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Final NFL Mock Draft 2018

Round 1
PICK TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Browns Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6’0″ 216
 With the recent news, it looks like Baker is on his way to the Browns. Browns get their future quarterback to build around, but leave the best QB in the draft on the board. At least they didn’t make the mistake of taking Josh Allen. With 4 picks in the top 35, Cleveland could be on the brink of turning the corner.
2 Giants Saquon Barkley RB Penn St. 6’0″ 233
 The Giants get another weapon to use on offense. Barkley is a blue chip player who the offense will be built around for years to come. Eli Manning is 37 years old and there is no long term replacement so Sam Darnold could be an option. But I think the Giants want another playmaker and end up going with Barkley.
3 Jets Sam Darnold QB USC 6’3″ 221
Jets traded up in order to secure a top notch quarterback. I’m sure they were not anticipating Darnold being here, but they somehow end up with the best quarterback in the draft. Someone could hop the Jets with a trade for the second pick with the Giants in order to secure Darnold. In that scenario, I believe they would select Rosen and still be happy.
4 Browns Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6’4″ 269
 They locked up their franchise with the first pick and acquire a blue chip player Bradley Chubb. The combination of Chubb and Garrett at defensive end should be a nightmare to opposing offensive lines.
5 Broncos Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6’5″ 238
 I believe that in this scenario Denver would probably trade back, most likely with Buffalo. However, I believe that quarterback could still be in play. Josh Allen has a lot of the qualities John Elway looks for in a quarterback and could be the call here.
6 Saints Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 6’1″ 236
 Colts have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Roquan Smith is a talented player that could be a cornerstone to the Colts defense. He’s a three down player who could be an instant impact player on this defense.
7 Bucs Denzel Ward CB Ohio St. 5’11” 183
 Brent Grimes is 34 and Hargreaves is a better nickel cornerback. Denzel Ward is by far the most talented corner in this years draft and could go as high as 4. Ward gives Tampa Bay some depth and talent at corner.
8 Bears Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6’5″ 325
 The Bears moved on from Josh Sitton at guard, and Nelson would be an immediate starter on the line. Having Nelson fall this far would be a tremendous win for the Bears as a great match between talent and need.
9 Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6’0″ 204
The 49ers have one of the best players in the draft fall to them thanks to the amount of quarterbacks taken. John Lynch loves big school talent and I believe will pick Fitzpatrick with this pick. 49ers are in a shaky position at linebacker with Reuben Foster so Tremaine Edmunds could be an option here.
10 Raiders Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6’5″ 253
 The Raiders need an upgrade at weakside linebacker. Edmunds is only 19 years old and extremely athletic. The addition of Edmunds improves this defense right away.
11 Dolphins Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6’4″ 226
 A great scenario where a good quarterback falls right in the Dolphins lap. The Dolphins are in a prime position to add a quarterback of the future either by moving up or hoping one falls. In this instance, Rosen is the Dolphins answer at quarterback.
12 Bills Leighton Vander Esch OLB Boise St. 6’4″ 256
Vänder Esch is a late riser in this draft and is a perfect fit with the Bills. The Bills need an upgrade at the outside linebacker position. Vander Esch is an athletic, tackling machine that could be an impact player at the next level
13 Redskins Vita Vea DT Washington 6’4″ 347
 The Redskins went defensive line last year with Jonathan Allen, but it still remains a need. Vea is one of my favorite players in the draft as a strong, athletic freak that man handles offensive lineman. The addition of Vea turns the Redskins defensive line from a weakness to a strength.
14 Packers Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’0″ 196
Green Bay’s secondary is by far the biggest need. While Calvin Ridley does look like an attractive option to pair with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Jimmy Graham, improving the defense is the biggest concern. Joshua Jackson was a ballhawk at Iowa and could step into this secondary right away. Moving up for Minkah Fitzpatrick could also be a viable option.
15 Cardinals Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6’1″ 189
 The Cardinals will be looking for a quarterback at some point in the draft to replace retired Carson Palmer, but receiver also remains a need. With the number 1 receiver still on the board the Cardinals take a chance at trying to find Larry Fitzgerald’s future replacement.
16 Ravens Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6’6″ 259
Terrell Suggs is not getting any younger. Davenport is a little bit of a project on the edge, but is exactly what you look for as a 3-4 edge rusher with his length. I believe Ozzie Newsome takes a chance at a potential great pass rusher with this pick.
17 Chargers Derwin James S Florida St. 6’2″ 215
 A dream scenario for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers corner position is highly talented, but the safety position needs a major overhaul. Derwin James is a highly talented safety. If James isn’t there, an offensive lineman is probably the most likely option.
18 Seahawks Connor Williams OT Texas 6’5″ 296
The Seahawks offensive line needs an overhaul. Williams played left tackle at Texas, but could possibly be kicked inside to guard. A versatile offensive lineman is exactly what Seattle needs.
19 Cowboys Da’ron Payne DT Alabama  6’3″ 311
Dallas lacks depth on the interior defensive line. Payne has star potential, but will need to improve his consistency. A wide receiver is a possibility, but there doesn’t seem to be a receiver worth the 19th pick in this draft.
20 Lions Taven Bryan DT Florida 6’5″ 291
The Lions hit on the draft two years ago with A’Shawn Robinson at defensive tackle. They could try that again with Bryan. Bryan has a high upside and is more of a pass rusher. He is a boom or bust prospect that could booster this Lions defensive line.
21 Bengals Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6’2″ 232
Vontaze Burfict is suspended for four games and the Bengals need to revamp their linebacking core. Evans is a versatile linebacker who shouldn’t drop below here. Evans and Bengals would be a great match.
22 Bills  Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6’2″ 216
 Yes he is a QB. Given the chance, Lamar could be a very successful NFL starter. He has a lot of zip in his passes, but will need to improve his intermediate accuracy. Lamar is going to be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators when he gets a shot to start.
23 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6’8″ 309
 The Patriots have a major need at left tackle after Nate Solder left. Mike McGlinchey is one of the top tackles in a weak class and could be a potential starting left tackle on this team.
24 Panthers Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5’10” 196
 The Panthers need some star power at the cornerback position opposite of James Bradberry. Jaire is one of the best corners in the draft and also adds return ability for the Panthers.
25 Titans Harold Landry OLB Boston College 6’2″ 252
The Titans need pass rushers on the defense. Having Landry fall all the way to 25 would be a perfect scenario for a defense that needs to improve.
26 Falcons Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6’1″ 292
 The Falcons lost Dontari Poe to the Carolina Panthers. Therefore defensive tackle is one of the Falcons biggest needs. Maurice Hurst is an incredibly quick 3 technique that could compete for time early. The Falcons will hope he can have the same kind of success as Grady Jarrett.
27 Saints Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina 6’5″ 250
 The Saints lost out on getting Jimmy Graham back and Coby Fleener has not lived up to his free agent contract. Hayden Hurst is an athletic and versatile tight end that could fit the Saints need.
28 Steelers Mike Hughes CB UCF 5’10” 189
 The secondary for the Steelers is the weakness of the team. Mike Hughes would help out this unit along with possibly the return game as well.
29 Bucs Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 6’3″ 308
 The Jags defense is very good. The offense is the thing holding the team back. Wynn gives the Jaguars a plug and play guard that will help bolster the offensive line.
30 Vikings James Daniels C Iowa 6’3″ 306
 The Vikings got a steal last year in Ohio State Center Pat Elflein. Adding James Daniels could push the Vikings interior line to the next level. Elflein or Daniels could be moved to guard.
31 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’0″ 201
 As seen in the Super Bowl, the secondary needs some help. Isaiah Oliver is a highly athletic corner with good ball skills. With Malcolm Butler moving on to the Titans, Isaiah Oliver could start opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
32 Eagles Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’2″ 207
Round 2
Pick Team Name Position School Height Weight
33 Browns Ronald Jones RB USC 5’11” 205
34 Giants Will Hernandez OG UTEP 6’3″ 327
35 Browns Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6’9″ 309
36 Saints Derris Guice RB LSU 5’11” 224
37 Saints D.J. Moore WR Maryland 6’0″ 210
38 Bucs Sony Michel RB Georgia 5’11” 214
39 Bears Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia 6’5″ 250
40 Broncos Frank Ragnow C Arkansas 6’5″ 307
41 Raiders Donte Jackson CB LSU 5’11” 178
42 Dolphins Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays St. 6’4″ 315
43 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St. 6’5″ 235
44 Redskins Billy Price C Ohio St. 6’4″ 305
45 Packers Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6’3″ 218
46 Bengals Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
47 Cardinals Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6’1″ 206
48 Chargers Chukwuma Okorafor OT  Western Michigan 6’6″ 320
49 Saints Arden Key DE LSU 6’5″ 238
50 Cowboys James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
51 Lions Austin Corbett DG Nevada 6’4″ 306
52 Ravens Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6’5″ 256
53 Bills D.J. Chark WR LSU 6’3″ 199
54 Chiefs Anthony Averett CB Alabama 5’11” 183
55 Panthers Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St. 6’5″ 260
56 Bills Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6’5″ 309
57 Titans Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5’10” 201
58 Falcons Jessie Bates S Wake Forest 6’1″ 200
59 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5’11” 201
60 Bears Mike Gesicki TE Penn St. 6’6″ 247
61 Bucs Dante Pettis WR Washington 6’1″ 186
62 Vikings Fred Warner OLB BYU 6’4″ 235
63 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St. 6’5″ 270
64 Browns Justin Reid S Stanford 6’1″ 207

 

NFL Draft Fever’s Top 200 Players

Top 40

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I believe Chubb, Nelson, Barkley, Darnold and Fitzpatrick are the tier 1 talent of this draft. Chubb has that combination of having a great motor, but also the athleticism to give offensive tackles a lot of trouble. Nelson is the one player who really does not have many weaknesses. Saquon has rare athleticism as a running back, but will need to improve his vision in the NFL. Fitzpatrick is a do everything defensive back who will thrive with his versatility.

After that I believe Rashann Evans could be the steal of the draft. He can play inside or outside linebacker and does have edge rushing talent. Denzel Ward is by far the most talented corner in this draft with great man coverage skills. Leighton Vander Esch (LVE) gets a lot of hate for being a linebacker from Boise State, but he is a player. He is athletic and is always around the ball. He will need to improve getting off blocks to be a successful NFL player.

The bottom half of the first round has a ton of talented interior offensive lineman including James Daniels, Will Hernandez, Isaiah Wynn, and Billy Price. One guy that will most likely go first round that I am not the biggest fan of is Courtland Sutton. He is a big height-weight-speed guy, but does not always play to his size and does not get the best seperation. He could develop into a good NFL wide receiver, but he will have to improve on his route running in order to get separation at the next level.

Finally, one of my favorite second round guys is Nathan Shepherd from Fort Hays State. He may have played DII football, but he constantly was causing problems even when double and even triple teamed. Shepherd has the size and athleticism to translate into a very good NFL defensive lineman.

Best of the Rest

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NFL Mock Draft 2018

Round 1
PICK TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Browns Sam Darnold QB USC 6’4″ 225
 Browns get their future quarterback to build around and the best QB in the draft.
2 Giants Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6’4″ 220
 Eli Manning is 37 years old and there is no long term replacement. Rosen fills that role.
3 Saints Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina St. 6’3″ 275
 Colts need a major talent upgrade to their roster. They get one of the top players in the draft and fill a defensive line need.
4 Browns Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6’1″ 201
 Minkah would be a major upgrade for the Browns and would add versatility to the secondary.
5 Broncos Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6’0″ 216
 Denver coached him at the Senior Bowl. John Elway takes a chance that Baker can translate that college success into nfl success
6 Jets Saquon Barkley RB Penn St. 5’11” 223
 Barkley slides a little due to the running back depth in the draft. Jets add an instant impact player for the offense.
7 Bucs Denzel Ward CB Ohio St. 5’10” 191
 Brent Grimes is 34 and a pending free agent and hargreaves is a better nickel cornerback. Ward gives Tampa Bay some depth and talent at corner.
8 Bears Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6’5″ 325
 The Bears moved on from Josh Sitton at guard, Nelson would be an immediate starter on the line. this is a great match between talent and need.
9 Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6’5″ 250
49ers are in a shaky position at linebacker with the arrest of Reuben Foster and both the outside linebacker positions needing upgrades. Tremaine Edmunds is an athletic freak and one of the best tacklers in the draft.
10 Raiders Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 6’0″ 225
 The Raiders need an upgrade at weakside linebacker. Roquan Smith is a three down linebacker that will fit this need. if Navorro Bowman leaves that will increase the need.
11 Dolphins Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6’2″ 234
 Evans is a do it all linebacker who can rush the passer on the edge or play the inside. This will add to the Dolphins linebacking unit that they’ve been trying to upgrade for years.
12 Bengals Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6’8″ 355
 Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher have been disappointing at tackle. Orlando Brown gives the bengals a potential franchise tackle for their offensive line.
13 Redskins Derwin James S Florida St. 6’3″ 211
 The Redskins need an upgrade at safety. Derwin james has star potential and would be a nice fit in Washington.
14 Packers Vita Vea DT Washington 6’5″ 344
New defensive coordinator likes a 3-4 nose tackle. Vita Vea is an absolute terror on the defensive line and would be a great fit for a Packers line that lacks depth.
15 Cardinals Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6’5″ 233
 With the retirement of Carson Palmer, the cardinals are without a longterm option at QB. Allen could be that QB that the Cardinals take a chance on.
16 Ravens Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6’1″ 190
Ozzie Newsome loves himself some Alabama players.  Jeremy Maclin is getting older and Mike Wallace could be gone in free agency. Ridley would be the ideal Mike Wallace replacement.
17 Chargers Connor Williams OT Texas 6’6″ 320
 The Chargers offensive line is aging. Connor Williams is a nice option as a future left tackle or kick him inside to guard.
18 Seahawks Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’1″ 192
Corner has gone from a position of strength to a need. Joshua Jackson has the height seattle looks for and the ball hawking ability.
19 Cowboys Da’ron Payne DT Alabama  6’2″ 308
Dallas lacks depth on the interior defensive line. Payne has star potential, but will need to improve his consistency.
20 Lions Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6’6″ 259
Even with giving Ansah the franchise tag they still need someone on the opposite side adding a pass rush. Davenport has the potential to be a very good defensive end in the league.
21 Bills Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6’2″ 282
 The Bills need interior defensive line help. Hurst has rare pass rush ability for a DT and can help the bills on defense.
22 Bills  Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6’3″ 200
 Yes he is a QB. Given the chance, lamar could be a very successful NFL starter. He has a lot of zip in his passes, but will need to improve his intermediate accuracy.
23 Rams Mike Hughes CB Central Florida 5’11” 191
 Even with acquiring Marcus Peters, the Rams still need corner help. Mike Hughes adds another playmaker to the Rams defense.
24 Panthers James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
 Cam Newton needs help at receiver. Washington adds a playmaker to the panthers receiving core.
25 Titans Arden Key DE LSU 6’6″ 238
 Key has the talent to go much higher, but has some off the field issues. The Titans could take a chance on him adding a premier pass rusher to their defense.
26 Falcons Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
 The Falcons will likely lose Dontari Poe. Harrison Phillips is a possible replacement.
27 Saints Harold Landry OLb Boston College 6’2″ 250
 This would be ideal for the Saints to add a pass rusher like Landry. Landry had an injury filled 2017, but is a talented edge rusher when healthy.
28 Steelers Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’3″ 214
 The secondary for the steelers is the weakness of the team. Adding a hard hitting, playmaking like Ronnie Harrison could change that.
29 Bucs Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 6’3″ 308
 The Jags defense is very good. The offense is the thing holding the team back. Wynn gives the Jaguars a plug and play guard that will help bolster the offensive line.
30 Vikings Billy Price C Ohio St. 6’3″ 312
 The Vikings got a steal last year in Ohio State Center Pat Elflein. Billy Price could push the Vikings interior line to the next level as Price can be moved to guard.
31 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’1″ 190
 As seen in the super bowl the secondary needs some help. Isaiah Oliver is a highly athletic corner with good ball skills. With malcolm Butler Likely moving on he could start opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
32 Eagles Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6’7″ 310

Midway Review of the AP Top 25

We are over half way through the College Football season and other than Alabama, I have no idea who is good. The final games late in the season should make the playoff and bowl picture more clear. But taking into account what has already happened this season here are a few problems I have with the AP top 25 rankings:

  1. No love for Notre Dame

I’ve been talking about how underrated Notre Dame is for the past few weeks. The “usually most overrated” program in college football has been far under the radar after their 4-8 season. The rest of the country is finally starting to pick-up after their beat down of USC.

Still, Notre Dame should be ranked higher than 9. Josh Adams RB Notre DameThe only loss was a one-point game at home against, in my opinion, the second best team in the nation Georgia. They’ve also blown out every other team they’ve faced including USC. I think there is a case for Notre Dame to be ranked as high as number five and if they beat NC State this weekend, they should absolutely be a top 5 team. This includes being ranked over teams like Wisconsin and Miami who have yet to face a solid opponent.

Ohio State being ranked above Notre Dame makes absolutely no sense. This brings me to point number 2.

2. Ohio State ranked way too high

Apparently if you get blown out at home, all you have to do is play UNLV, Army, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska then everyone will forget. Ohio State has only beaten one team with a winning record and that team was Army.

What is even crazier is they are ranked above Oklahoma, THE TEAM THAT BEAT THEM IN THEIR HOUSE BY 18 POINTS. I know Oklahoma hasn’t been playing their best football, but the College Football playoff committee has proven time and time again that when two teams have a similar resume, head to head is very important. Yet, Oklahoma is ranked 10 and Ohio State is all the way up to 6.

Clemson has beaten top 25 teams Virginia Tech and Auburn, but for some reason voters have Ohio State ranked higher. A win against Penn State will be a major resume booster, but for now they have nowhere near the credentials to be ranked 6th.

3. Georgia has a better resume than Penn State and TCU

I don’t have as big a problem with this because their resumes are so close, but I believe Georgia should be the number 2 ranked team. Georgia has the best win out of anybody in the country, a win on the road against Notre Dame. They also have a blow-out win against a fringe top 25 team Mississippi State. Other than the Notre Dame game, they’ve blown out everyone.

Penn State had an impressive win against Michigan, but they’re not even a top 25 team. And that is their best win. Nick ChubbOther than that it has been mostly blowouts other than a close 2-point win over Iowa. I wouldn’t consider moving them up to number 2 unless they beat Ohio State this week.

Finally, TCU is undefeated with a decent resume. Their best win is at Oklahoma State and also have a top 25 win against West Virginia. They’ve won the games they needed to win by a decent margin. Honestly they even have a better resume than Penn State right now, but not a better resume than Georgia.

4. Can someone explain to me how LSU is ranked

I swear, voters have the memory of a gold fish. The month of September LSU lost by 30 points to Mississippi State and also lost to Troy. A win against Auburn has made everyone forget about this. How are you going to rank LSU in the top 25, but not Mississippi State when they beat LSU in Death Valley by 30? The Auburn win is nice, but it does not erase the terrible month of September.

5. UCF has a better resume than USF

This is where voters cling onto their preseason rankings and don’t take a fresh look at the resumes. South Florida has not played a team with more than 3 wins and their opponents overall record is 13-33. They beat an average Tulane team this past weekend by only 6 points.

UCF is the exact opposite. UCF FootballThey smoked 24th ranked Memphis by 27 points and also beat a good Navy team by 10 points this past weekend. Ranking South Florida above UCF is idiotic and shouldn’t even be a discussion at this point.

The good news is both teams play each other at the end of the year which could decide who goes to a New Year’s Six bowl.

 

Here is how I would vote the top 25:

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. TCU

4. Penn State

5. Wisconsin

6. Notre Dame

7. Miami

8. Clemson

9. Oklahoma

10. Ohio State

11. Virginia Tech

12. Oklahoma State

13. NC State

14. Washington

15. UCF

16. Washington State

17. Michigan State

18. West Virginia

19. Auburn

20. South Florida

21. Texas A&M

22. USC

23. Stanford

24. Iowa St.

25. Mississippi State

 

Week 2 College Football Picks

Tyler Vesely’s Season Record: 7-4

A lot of Road Underdogs and Over picks in week 2. Here are the picks:

Best Bet of the Week

South Carolina +3 @ Mizzou

South Carolina beat a good NC State team. Missouri’s defense is garbage and gives up a ton of points. I think South Carolina actually wins by double digits. Easy Money.

Friday Night Game

Oklahoma State @ South Alabama, Over 67

Oklahoma State can put up points… they also can give up a decent amount of points. South Alabama scored 27 points against Ole Miss, which means if they do the same Oklahoma State just has to score 40 points. The over is the right pick here.

Saturday Games

Oklahoma +7½ @ Ohio State

Ohio State’s secondary is not good, but they do have a good defensive line. However, Oklahoma has one of the most elusive quarterback and one of the best offensive line in the country. I think it is a close game the Oklahoma ends up winning in Columbus.

Stanford +6 @ USC, Over 55

USC will score points and Stanford showed by putting up 62 points the first week they can too. USC did not look great the first week and Stanford is getting 6 points? Give me the over and Stanford.

Clemson @ Auburn, Over 54

Clemson’s quarterback showed me enough in the first game that this team will still score points. Auburn will move fast too and has a new, very good quarterback in Jarrett Stidham. I am expecting a close 35-30 game that could go either way.

Georgia +6 @ Notre Dame

6 points??? Yes please. I get Georgia won’t have Eason , but Jacob Fromm did decent in the first week. The Georgia defense also held an underrated Appalachian State offense to just ten points. I think this is a game that Georgia actually wins. Georgia and give me the points too.

Minnesota +2 @ Oregon State

It worries me Minnesota traveling to Oregon State, but the Beavers are just not good. They squeaked by last week in a 3 point win over Portland State. I’m Rowing the Boat with Coach Fleck and saying Minnesota will bounce back after an unimpressive performance against Buffalo.

Iowa -2½ @ Iowa State

Iowa pummels Iowa State every year. Think this year is closer, but Iowa still wins more than a touchdown.

Louisville @ North Carolina Over 62½

Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense will put up a lot of points. North Carolina put up 30 points last week against Cal and the Louisville defense didn’t do so great against Purdue. I think it ends up being a 42-31 game with Louisville winning.

Week 1 College Football Recap

A lot of teams aren’t who we thought they were. It was a wild ride in week one with 34 point comebacks, major upsets and dominant teams remaining dominant. Texas may not be back, but College Football definitely is.

Here is a look at my top 25:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Oklahoma
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State
6. Oklahoma State
7. USC
8. Florida State
9. Auburn
10. Georgia
11. Michigan
12. Wisconsin
13. LSU
14. Stanford
15. Washington
16. Kansas State
17. Miami
18. Louisville
19. Virginia Tech
20. South Carolina
21. Maryland
22. Notre Dame
23. Washington State
24. UCLA
25. Tennessee

WEEK 1 HEADLINES

Alabama Remains on top

It’s scary, but this Alabama defense looks like it is going to be just as good as last year. They were flying all around the field on Saturday night. Ronnie and HarrisThis Alabama defense keys in more blitzes than last year since they don’t have Ryan Anderson or Tim Williams getting to the quarterback from the edge. To avoid an upset, the offense has to be better particularly in the passing game. To be fair, this Florida State defense is a top defense in the nation.

Texas is Back (To not being that good)

The Texas hype train got out of control again and crashed in the first week. Maryland over TexasTexas was 19 point favorites against Maryland, which had a better record and recruiting class than Texas last year. The defense continues to be bad. They gave up 263 yards on the ground on 43 carries. Not a good look for a team that plays in an offense-heavy Big 12. If Texas plays like they did on Saturday, it will be tough for them to reach 6-6.

Should Kevin Sumlin be Fired?

The coaching was just plain awful for Texas A&M on Sunday. Up 44-10 in the third quarter, the Aggies were still running the hurry up offense. SumlinThey continued to throw the ball with a true freshman quarterback instead of handing it to Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford who were collectively averaging almost 8 yards a carry. It may be one of the biggest collapses I have ever seen.

As for Sumlin being fired, not yet. Over the last four seasons the Aggies have finished 4th, 6th, 5th, and 4th… IN THE SEC WEST. The whole “Aggies taking over the SEC” was as big a myth as Johnny Football being a successful NFL quarterback. I think the Aggies fire Sumlin after the season and put their hat in the Chip Kelly race.

Oklahoma and Ohio State Game of the Week

In week 2, Oklahoma travels to Columbus to try and avenge last year’s take down.

Oklahoma ohio StateI am also changing my pick after watching Ohio State in week 1. Ohio State’s secondary is hot garbage right now and the only thing protecting them is their stout defensive line. But Oklahoma has one of the best offensive lines in the nation. I think Oklahoma’s line can give Baker Mayfield time to move around and pick that defense apart. I was also unimpressed with Ohio State’s passing game, as that continues to be their Achilles heel. Oklahoma wins by a touchdown.

Baylor losing to Liberty

Baylor’s defense was mostly an unknown going into the season especially since they were starting two sophomore cornerbacks. Liberty over BaylorWell it is known now that they are not very good. They gave up 447 passing yards to LIBERTY. Seriously a team that went 6-5 in FCS play last year. Baylor has gone from a projected middle Big 12 team to the bottom of the league. Maybe Matt Rhule should have stayed at Temple…

NC State and South Carolina

I was all in on NC State and that took a hit after Saturday.

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However, I think this is a case where both teams were underrated to start the year and both will finish in the top 25. It reminds me of when Michigan and Utah played their opening game against each other in 2015. Both teams were unranked and both finished the season 10-3.Now I’m not saying these two Carolina schools will be that good, but I think it was an underrated matchup and ended up being a great game.

Charlie Strong’s South Florida Team Disappoints

I really liked South Florida going into the season, but now I don’t even think they are the favorites in the American conference. They have had two extremely slow starts against San Jose State and Stony Brook. They were only up by a touchdown on Stony Brook late in the fourth quarter. An easy schedule is the only thing going for them right now. From what I have seen so far, this is not a top 25 football team.Flowers

Week 1 College Football Bets

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK! Here are my 10 bets of the week:

 

Best Bet of the Week

South Carolina vs. NC State (-5)

I’m all in on NC State finishing as a top 15 team in the nation. And do you know what Top 15 teams do? They beat the Gamecocks by double digits. A returning quarterback and one of the best defensive lines in the nation is the reason. I think South Carolina does have a talented football team, but the national media is not paying close enough attention to this Wolfpack team.

Thursday Night Games

Tulsa at Oklahoma State (-18) , Over 70

Oklahoma State is a Big 12 favorite. They return most of the offense and will put up a lot of points this year. Tulsa has lost a lot of starters from last year and the 18 points should be covered easily by Oklahoma State.

The one question about Oklahoma State is their defense. Phillip Montgomery (Tulsa’s coach) loves to go fast and put up points. I’m expecting a 49-24 high scoring affair on Thursday night.

Ohio State (-21) at Indiana

Ohio State is loaded with talent and Indiana looks to be a bottom feeder in the Big Ten. Last year Ohio State beat Rutgers, Nebraska and Maryland by an average of 59 points. This year’s Ohio State team should be better than last year and should cover easily.

Saturday Games

Alabama (-7) vs. Florida State, Over 49

These are two teams that can score. People don’t realize Alabama almost averaged 40 points per game last year. Florida State averaged 33 ppg including 33 points against a tough Michigan defense. Take the over.

I never question taking Saban in opening kickoff games. I know Florida State is good, but Saban is 10-0 at Bama in opening games. Additionally, he has outscored opponents 412-120 and has won every game by double-digits. Trust Saban.

Maryland (+19) at Texas

Texas is talented, but giving 19 points to a team that didn’t make a bowl game? Don’t get me wrong, Texas wins this game. But Maryland is talented too with a top 25 recruiting class coming in. Maryland will keep it close and cover.

Gators (+3.5) vs. Michigan Over 45.5

I know Florida has most of their roster suspended for this game, but I think Michigan is getting too much preseason buzz. I see a 9 win team that has a lot to replace on defense. I think Florida is the more talented team and should take care of business in Dallas.

As for the over, Michigan lost 11 defensive players to the NFL. To expect this defense to be just as good as last year is insane. 45.5 is a low line and the Gators will have enough offense. I’m expecting a close 31-28 game.

Vanderbilt (-3.5) at MTSU

Vanderbilt is looking like a 6-6 SEC team… I’m betting for a bowl eligible SEC team to beat Middle Tennessee State by more than a touchdown every time.

Appalachian State at Georgia, Over 46

Appalachian State has a sneaky good offense. I really like the Georgia defense, but I still think the Mountaineers will put up points. Georgia’s offense will be improved as well. Expect a 31-20 type game.