College GameDay Picks Week 10

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Army at Air Force

Des – Air Force

Thurman – Air Force

Corso – Air Force

Kirk – Army

Gaby – Air Force

Penn State at Michigan State

Des – Penn State

Thurman – Penn State

Corso – Penn State

Kirk – Penn State

Gaby – Penn State

LSU at Alabama 

Des – Alabama

Thurman – Alabama

Corso – Alabama

Kirk – Alabama

Gaby – Alabama

Clemson at NC State

Des – Clemson

Thurman – Clemson

Corso – Clemson

Kirk – Clemson

Gaby – Clemson

Baylor at Kansas

Des – Baylor

Thurman – Baylor

Corso – Baylor

Kirk – Baylor

Gaby – Baylor

Arizona at USC

Des – USC

Thurman – USC

Corso – Arizona

Kirk – USC

Gaby – USC

Stanford at Washington State

Des – Stanford

Thurman – Washington State

Corso – Washington State

Kirk – Stanford

Gaby – Washington State

Texas at TCU

Des – TCU

Thurman – TCU

Corso – TCU

Kirk – TCU

Gaby – TCU

Iowa State at West Virginia 

Des – West Virginia

Thurman – West Virginia

Corso – Iowa State

Kirk – Iowa State

Gaby – Iowa State

Virginia Tech at Miami (Kirk Calling Game)

Des – Miami

Thurman – Miami

Corso – Virginia Tech

Gaby – Miami

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Des – Oklahoma State

Thurman – Oklahoma State

Corso – Oklahoma State

Kirk – Oklahoma

Gaby – Oklahoma State

Sold Out Crowd Top 25 — Week 10

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1) Alabama (8-0) – Nick Saban has had we week to get ready with a big matchup against LSU in Tuscaloosa.

2) Georgia (8-0) – The Bulldogs continue to steam roll through the SEC.

3) Ohio State (7-1) – What a massive come from behind win for the Buckeyes against number two Penn State. Ohio State is back in the College Playoff picture, like we knew they would be.

4) Wisconsin (8-0) – The Badgers took care of Illinois and continue to take care of business on their side of the B1G.

5) Clemson (7-1) – Clemson came to play against Georgia Tech. They displayed how dominant they can be once again. When it is all said and done, the Tigers will be in the playoff.

6) Notre Dame (8-1) – Notre Dame is one point away from being undefeated. They showed how good of a team they are in a massive win over a good NC State team. The College Football Playoff committee will be much nicer to Notre Dame than I am being right now. Do not be surprised to see them in the playoff picture later on today.

7) Miami (7-0) – Although they have not put together a comfortable win since Duke in September, Miami escaped October undefeated. The Hurricanes carry the nations longest active winning streak — 12 games. The Canes host Virginia Tech in a matchup that could decide the ACC Coastal.

8) Penn State (7-1) – Penn State was leading the whole game, but could not close it out when it mattered most. A late Ohio State touchdown was the dagger for the Nittany Lions, who fell 39-38.

9) Oklahoma (7-1) – The Sooners took care of a powerful Texas Tech offense on the road. It was a homecoming for Baker Mayfield, who started his career with the Red Raiders. Bedlam looms on the horizon in a big College GameDay matchup.

10) Virginia Tech (7-1) – The Hokies have outscored their last three opponents 106-20. Their team is clicking on all cylinders and Justin Fuente believes they are the best team in the ACC. They will have to prove that against a tough Miami team in a top 10 matchup in South Florida.

11) Oklahoma State (7-1) – The Cowboy offense stalled a bit against Texas last weekend, but bounced back in a big way at West Virginia. Stillwater is going to be absolutely nuts for this weekends matchup with Oklahoma.

12) TCU (7-1) – Turnovers killed the Horned Frogs who dropped a big game at Iowa State. The Big 12 just got a lot more interesting. The Frogs travel to Austin to take on a confident Texas team that could be catching the Frogs at a great time.

13) Washington (7-1) – The Huskies are still in a position to win the PAC 12 and they probably will. The loss to Arizona State put them on the back burner, but they are still very relevant. It must be those 10:30 start times.

14) UCF (7-0) – This team will not lose. Period. I wonder where Scott Frost will end up next year?

15) USC (7-2) – After getting demolished by Notre Dame, the Trojans put a similar beat down on Arizona State in a Pac 12 After Dark game. They host Khalil Tate and the potent Wildcat offense this weekend.

16) Stanford (6-2) – Last week, I talked about the risk factor in Thursday night road games. Oregon State gave Stanford a real scare, but the Cardinal found a way to pull it out.

17) Iowa State (6-2) – Matt Campbell has something going on in Ames. You will not find one person that would have told you that Iowa State would beat two top five teams this season. Oh, and they are playing their third string quarterback.

18) LSU (6-2) – The Tigers had a bye week to get ready for this weeks game, but so did Alabama. This matchup is always one of the best of the season and I expect this to be another great game. LSU plays hard and Alabama needs to respect them.

19) Auburn (6-2) – The SEC had plenty of bye weeks for some reason. Auburn has to travel to College Station to take on a Texas A&M team that just got smoked by Mississippi State. The Tigers host Georgia in two weeks.

20) Mississippi State (6-2) – Since dropping two straight (Georgia and Auburn) the Bulldogs have won three straight. They will likely make it four when as they host UMass this coming Saturday.  Memphis (7-1) – Memphis’ only loss on the year came against a UCF team that does not look like they are going to lose at all. They have beaten two ranked teams this year and continue to prove they are worthy of being at least talked about.

21) NC State (6-2) – The Wolfpack suffered a tough loss to Notre Dame, but they kept it close in the first half. Notre Dame is as good as they have been and teams like NC State cannot always over come those types of teams. They are still very much in the picture in the ACC and they host Clemson in a game that will likely decide the ACC Atlantic. USF (7-1) – Unfortunately for the Bulls, their undefeated streak comes to an end in a tough home loss to Houston. They travel to Connecticut to take on the Huskies. Memphis (7-1) – Memphis’ only loss on the year came against a UCF team that does not look like they are going to lose at all. They have beaten two ranked teams this year and continue to prove they are worthy of being at least talked about.

22) Memphis (7-1) – Memphis’ only loss on the year came against a UCF team that does not look like they are going to lose at all. They have beaten two ranked teams this year and continue to prove they are worthy of being at least talked about.

23) USF (7-1) – Unfortunately for the Bulls, their undefeated streak comes to an end in a tough home loss to Houston. They travel to Connecticut to take on the Huskies.

24) Arizona (6-2) – If you have not heard of Khalil Tate you have to go search him up right now. The Wildcats quarterback is averaging 13.4 yards per carry and has 926 yards rushing with eight touchdowns. He has had a run go for over 70 yards in four consecutive games. That is something nobody has done in 10 years. The Wildcats have also won four straight games. They hope to make that five when they take on USC in Pasadena.

25) Michigan (6-2) – Welcome back, Wolverines. You have a couple of extremely winnable games coming up before you travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin. Prove that you belong.

College GameDay Week 9 Picks

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Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Des – Oklahoma State

Nicklaus – Oklahoma State

Corso – Oklahoma State

Kirk – Oklahoma State

Gaby – Oklahoma State

 

TCU at Iowa State

Des – TCU

Nicklaus – TCU

Corso – Iowa State

Kirk – TCU

Gaby – TCU

 

NC State at Notre Dame

Des – Notre Dame

Nicklaus – Notre Dame

Corso – Notre Dame

Kirk – Notre Dame

Gaby – Notre Dame

 

Georgia at Florida

Des – Georgia

Nicklaus – Georgia

Corso – Georgia

Kirk – Georgia

Gaby – Georgia

 

Mississippi State at Texas A&M

Des – Texas A&M

Nicklaus – Texas A&M

Corso – Texas A&M

Kirk – Texas A&M

Gaby – Texas A&M

 

Washington State at Arizona

Des – Arizona

Nicklaus – Washington State

Corso – Arizona

Kirk – Arizona

Gaby – Arizona

 

USC at Arizona State

Des – USC

Nikalus – Arizona State

Corso – Arizona State

Kirk – Arizona State

Gaby – USC

 

Michigan State at Northwestern

Des – Michigan State

Nicklaus – Michigan State

Corso – Michigan State

Kirk – Michigan State

Gaby – Michigan State

 

Penn State at Ohio State

Des – Ohio State

Nicklaus – Ohio State

Corso – Ohio State

Kirk – Ohio State

Gaby – Penn State

Heat Talk: Initial Thoughts

JRICHSo far so good (for the most part) for the Miami Heat just a week into the season. They are 2-1 and have seemed to get better as each minute of each game has gone by.

 

On opening night last Wednesday, the Heat lost to the Magic 116-109.

 

If you listened to our podcast on the website or over on iTunes, you heard how I felt about this loss. By no means did I panic, but against an inferior Magic team, you need to handle business. These are the losses that later in the year, in a tight race for the playoffs, can come back to bite you in the ass.

 

Giving up 116 points to the Magic obviously shows it wasn’t the best defensive game for the Heat, but hey, it was opening night.

 

On Saturday night, the Heat took on a young Pacers team and did what they needed to do. Hassan Whiteside did not play due to a bone bruise in his knee that he suffered in the 3rd quarter of the Magic game. The Heat started to really click and offense and give us a taste of how good they can be throughout this game. Dion scored 19 points and looked as healthy as he could possibly look. The ankle which I was worried about doesn’t seem to be a problem as of now.

 

Goran scored 23 points and threw in 5 rebounds with 3 assists. The Heat ended up winning the game 112-108. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicated guys, the Pacers made a late run near the end of the game.

 

Just letting you guys know that James Johnson dunked so viciously on Victor Oladipo that he might end up retiring. I wanted to throw that in there.

 

Moving on, the Heat played the Hawks last night and won the game 104-93. Still no Whiteside, although I think he should be back soon. Josh Richardson had 21 points along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

 

This guy is looking like he took the next step. Richardson is the most aggressive ive seen on offense and it is working. He’s always been athletic enough to get to the rim and finish but he’s never really put it together, until now. Josh is playing the best basketball of his career so far and he’s well on his way to becoming the best 2ndround pick the Heat have ever had.

 

He’s your guy at small forward the rest of the year. Mark my words.

 

The Heat’s defense has to improve a bit, but that is nothing to worry about in my opinion. You know this organization prides itself on defense, so they will find their way on that end of the court. On offense the team is looking just fine, in three games they haven’t scored less than 104 points. Against the Hawks they made 14 threes which is a good sign, the threes need to fall with this drive and kick offense lead by Goran and Dion.

 

From what I have seen so far, when Dion finds his way once again and Hassan comes back healthy, this team will compete with just about anyone. I like what I have seen. Wednesday night against the Spurs will be a good test to see where this team is at.

 

Review – Miami Dolphins 31 – NY Jets 28

OH HAPPY DAY!

I don’t know you, but I am riding a high today. It’s always a great weekend when the Dolphins beat the Jets, and especially the way we did it. My God, the Jets Twitter melt down was glorious. I want to bathe in the tears of Jets fans.

 

I had someone messaging me during the game, a Jets fan mind you, talking shit about how we’re terrible and how Josh McCown was going to lead them to the playoffs.

 

Fun Fact Time!

 

Before this season, Josh McCown has not won back-to-back games in 13 years. 13! The guy is a load of garbage and we absolutely exposed him. Sure, he made some plays in the first half, but we ate him alive. In fact, rumor has it that Cam Wake sacked him again when he was getting on the team plane. He’s seeing 91 in his sleep. It’s fucking beautiful and the Jets are atrocious. Our front seven man-handled the offense with 3 sacks and they held them to only 92 rushing yards. Josh McCown had nice numbers but couldn’t make plays when it counted because our defense is rock solid. Cordea Tankersly and Xavian Howard are play makers and Reshad Jones is trying to end your life every play. I’d be mortified.

 

Our offense scared me, but you know what? They sacked up. 17 points in the fourth quarter. My God, that was gorgeous. Just scrolling through my TL watching the meltdown unfold was beautiful. It was great. I didn’t gloat, I stayed humble because I’ma gentleman. But now it’s marinated, and this is my world. Jets are in the thunder dome. No lives spared.

 

That Jay Cutler guy you all were talking shit about? 12 for 16 with 138 yards and two TD’s. THREE of those incompletions were DROPS! Miami Jay is a different animal. They should rename Cutler Bay to Cutler Jay and I mean that with all my heart. He’s meant to don the aqua and orange. It absolutely shattered my heart when I heard he cracked his ribs. I stood for a moment of silence when he got hurt. And what did he do? He walked it off and got his team excited. He probably gave a very impassioned speech to Matt Moore, and he walked into the locker room. That’s my QB. I already ordered his jersey.

 

Matt Moore came in and did NOT look great right away. He threw a really ugly pick his second drive, but then he remembered the words that Biscayne Jay Cutler said to him and he was inspired once again. He fought hard and lead valiantly and made some great plays. That’s why he’s the highest paid back up in the league – to do just that. Is there now some sort of controversy? Find out in my piece tomorrow (insert shameless plug here followed by the winking emoji).

 

Our running game was not great, though Ajayi did have some good runs in his 55 yard day, but our receivers ATE. Juice had 7 receptions with 93 yards and a HUGE TD. Not only were his stats impressive, but he embarrassed the Jets secondary. Just toyed with them. It’s Jarvis’s world and were just living in it. I don’t care what the amount is, I hope we sign Landry to a Stantonesque deal. I want him forever. Did you hear that post game speech? Lock him up for life and give him some stake of ownership for when he retires.

 

Stills had a career day also with 6 catches for 85 yards and two TD’s and Julius Thomas did what I asked him to do in my preview of the game Sunday morning.

 

I know we have a tough leg of the schedule coming up and no BYE weeks, but we’re 4-2. We’re playing some good football, and if we can play every game like we’ve played the second half of the last two, we’re a force to be reckoned with.

 

In the meantime, prayers up to my man crush, Jay Cutler. See you soon, boo. Get better.

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets Preview and NFL Predictions

The sun is shining, the mimosas are flowing, and it’s Christmas Day in Miami – at least to Dolphins fans.

 

We play the Jets and Dolphins celebrate by showing up to Hard Rock Stadium at 9:00am with loaded coolers, portable grills, and an unrelenting ambition to win today. There will be plenty of that God-awful Green, those stupid Jet hats, and Jersey shore accents. There will be fights, there will be arrests, and there will definitely be some ambulance rides. That is football in Miami for you.

 

Dan Marino

 

The series offers plenty of memories, like Dan Marino’s fake spike. The Jets took Ken O’Brien over Marino. I just wanted to remind Jets fans about that.

 

On to the game.

 

As we mentioned in Episode 2 of our weekly podcast, The Jets have over performed this year. They kicked our ass earlier this year, and also beat the Jaguars and the Browns. This same team also played a very good first half against the Patriots last week until Tom Brady Brady’d all over the place. They looked very bad and much more Jets like in the second half.

 

The Jets have the 24th ranked defense in football, though they have plenty of talented young players like Jamal Adams, Sheldon Richardson, and Leonard Williams, amongst others. They also have the 21st ranked offense in the league, and are ranked in the bottom 12 in virtually ever offensive category. What we have seen that if Matt Forte and Bilal Powell can’t run the ball, their offense stalls.

 

Luckily for us, the Dolphins have the 4th ranked run defense in football right now, and our defense as a whole has been lights out. Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons together pair together like orange juice and champagne. I kind of get why Adam Gase was so quick to forgive. Timmons is a flat out monster.

 

As far as our defensive line goes, I think I would match them up against any teams in the league. We dominated a good Atlanta Falcons O-Line this week and I do anticipate them to bully a mediocre Jets line today.

 

As far as our offense goes, I don’t see why we can’t carry over from the second half of last game. It seems like Gase and the offensive staff have finally figured it out, and as we saw, when Ajayi gets going, were tough to beat. Jay Train had 135 yards last week, and I fully expect (demand) a similar type of performance today. Our offensive line held up well last week and we established the ground game, which made Jay Cutler’s job a lot better.

 

It’s going to be tough having DeVante Parker out, but I think we will manage. If Julius Thomas can be (at the very least) a barely functioning football player today, I think we can have a big day.

 

Prediction:

Dolphins: 27

Jets: 13

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Bills vs. Buccaneers – Bucs 21 Bills 17

Bears vs. Panthers – Panthers 28 Bears 13

Browns vs. Titans – Titans 17 Browns 10

Packers vs. Saints – Packers 38 Saints 34

Colts vs. Jags – Colts 24 Jags 21

Rams vs. Cardinals – Cardinals 28 Rams 27

Vikings vs. Ravens – Vikings 21 Ravens 10

49ers vs. Cowboys – Cowboys 35 49ers 17

Steelers vs. Bengals – Steelers 23 Bengals 13

Chargers vs. Broncos – Broncos 27 Chargers 14

Giants vs. Seahawks – Seahawks 31 Giants 17

Patriots vs. Falcons – Patriots 34 Falcons 28

Eagles vs. Redskins – Eagles 35 Redskins 20

 

 

Sold Out Crowd Top 25 — Week 9

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1) Alabama (8-0) – Nothing much to see here.

2) Penn State (7-0) – What a statement win for James Franklin and his team.

3) Georgia (7-0) – The Bulldogs were sitting back and relaxing this weekend and they get ready for the Florida Gators next weekend.

4) TCU (7-0) – Holding a team to 21 total yards is unbelievable, even if it is Kansas.

5) Wisconsin (7-0) – The high ranking did not get to the Badgers head. They took care of business against Maryland

6) Clemson (6-1) – Clemson had a bye this week. They play Georgia Tech in Atlanta in primetime.

7) Miami (6-0) – Another close win for the Hurricanes against a Syracuse team that just finished beating sixth ranked Clemson.

8) Ohio State (6-1) – The Buckeyes had all eyes on the Penn State smacking of Michigan. Ohio State hosts second ranked Penn State in the Horseshoe on Saturday night.

9) Notre Dame (7-1) – Notre Dame always gets special treatment when they are good. This is not special treatment — they have just been extremely impressive. A massive win over USC at home will give you the respect you deserve.

10) Oklahoma (6-1) – It took a very late touchdown to beat Kansas State in regulation. As I have mentioned, it is not easy to win in Manhattan. The Sooners found a way to get it done.

11) Oklahoma State (6-1) – It has been quite some time since we have seen the Cowboys offense struggle, but it seems like Texas tests every offense they face. This is a big win for Oklahoma State over a good team.

12) Virginia Tech (6-1) – Virginia Tech blew out a bad North Carolina team. They host their second straight team from North Carolina when Duke strolls into town Saturday night.

13) Washington (6-1) – Washington had a bye week to figure out what went wrong against Arizona State. They host UCLA next weekend for a chance to bounce back.

14) Washington State (7-1) – It is clear to me now that the Cougars overlooked Cal. They sharpened back up and shut out a well-coached Colorado team.

15) South Florida (7-0) – Just keep winning, Bulls. I want to see USF and UCF both play while undefeated.

16) NC State (6-1) – NC State had to be impressed with what they saw Notre Dame do to USC. A bye week should help get the Wolfpack ready to get another win as underdogs in South Bend.

17) UCF (6-0) – A big road win at Navy for the Knights. It is all set up perfectly for November 24 when USF comes into town.

18) Michigan State (6-1) – Not the prettiest win for the Spartans over Indiana, but a win is a win.

19) Stanford (5-2) – Those midweek games can be testy, but coming off a bye week should help the Cardinal be ready for whatever the Beavers throw at them on Thursday night.

20) USC (6-2) – The Trojans got exposed on Saturday. I do not believe that Notre Dame is more talented, but that they were more prepared as a unit that USC was. I thought this game would be the Trojans chance to solidify themselves as a national contender, but they are pretenders once again.

21) LSU (6-2) – What a turn around by this team. If not for Troy, LSU would be a top 15 team. To bounce back from a loss like that with wins against Florida, Auburn, and Ole Miss is impressive. They have two weeks to prepare for Alabama. Good luck, Tighas.

22) Auburn (6-2) – The Tigers bounced back against Arkansas by handing them a quality 32-point loss.

23) West Virginia (5-2) – Baylor has given scares to Oklahoma and West Virginia this year. Finding a way to win means a lot to the committee because winning is better than losing (duh). A matchup with Texas next weekend is going to be exciting for Big 12 fans.

24) Memphis (6-1) – A big Thursday night win against Houston leaves Memphis on this list by the skin of their teeth. But, say it with me guys, “A win is a….”

25) Iowa State (5-2) – Yeah, you heard me. Their only two losses came against very strong teams and they were both close games. They have won three straight games: Oklahoma, Kansas (shutout), and Texas Tech. This team has looked brand new since the Oklahoma win and they deserve to be ranked.