Florida State entered halftime down 28-13 vs Ole Miss last night. The Rebels seemed to be in control of the game till Mr. Crab thief himself gave this inspiring half time speech.
Jameis Winston may be a lot of things but you gotta admit this dude loves to win and compete and he will never give up even if he isn't on the team anymore.
The speech was effective as FSU outscored Ole Miss 32-6 in the second half.
B12 officiating guru Walt Anderson on no-targeting UT call: "Play was reviewed. Replay (refs) did not feel action warranted egregious foul."— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) September 6, 2016
BK says they sent the targeting clip to the ACC officials. Confirmed that it would have been a targeting call. They will reach out to Big 12— Tim O'Malley (@timomalleyND) September 5, 2016
I'm still amazed two days later a targeting flag wasn't thrown. I've seen lesser hits by Stephon Tuitt and Elijah Shumate not only get a flag for targeting but tossed out of the game. But somehow Big 12 officials think it was not targeting while ACC officials think it's clearly targeting. Why can't we just get one universal NCAA officiating crew instead of having conferences who clearly favor one over the other? It doesn't seem like it would be a hard thing to accomplish but then again it's the NCAA and these things tend to take some time.
10. North Carolina Tar Heels
The Great Nick Chubb shredded the Tar Heels for 222 yards and two touchdowns on a newly reconstructed knee at the Georgia Dome proving UGA as a legit contender in the SEC while exposing the Tar Heels as a pretender in the ACC. I expected North Carolina to have a better defense this season but after Saturday they will be lucky to win more than 8 games this year.
9. UCLA Bruins
UCLA should have won this game easily in College Station but lost because of two reasons: QB Josh Rosen made some awful throws resulting in turnovers and his wideouts did him no favors by dropping 6 balls. The fact it went to overtime should be encouraging for UCLA who fought hard on the road but they need to get their QB and receivers on the same page if they want to contend for a PAC 12 title.
8. Ole Miss Rebels
You are up 28-6. You are playing against a redshirt freshman quarterback making his first start. Granted it's against FSU but you should never get outscored 39-6 and lose by double digits when holding a more than 3 touchdown lead. Swag Kelly didn't look anywhere close to being the elite QB he thinks he is and the Ole Miss defense was awful after the 1st.
7. Mississippi State Bulldogs
I knew losing quarterback Dak Prescott to the draft would hurt but losing to South Alabama at home is inexcusable. I think the SEC with the exceptions of Bama and Georgia did a little too much partying this summer and not enough football preparation.
6. Florida Gators
Yes the Gators eventually pulled away from the "mighty" UMASS Minutemen in the 4th quarter for a 24-7 win but it shouldn't take that long. They entered the 4th with a 10-7 lead. Are you kidding me? The Gators have too much talent and experience to struggle with a team like UMASS for 3 quarters.
5. Tennessee Volunteers
The Vols, a preseason pick to win the SEC East, needed OT to win at home vs Appalachian State. Not only were they lucky to win they got completely outplayed on both lines of the football. If Butch Jones can't right the ship soon this could be his last season in Knoxville.
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
ND was expected to compete for a playoff spot after narrowly missing last season, but it might have completely evaporated on a hot humid night in Austin. Somehow ND managed to lose a game in which they didn't turn the ball over and had nearly 500 yards of total offense and 47 points on the scoreboard. But instead of celebrating an elusive road win ND watched a true freshman QB torch their Mickey Mouse defense for 50 points. ND has now lost 3 straight games and is definitely trending down. One of the few positives was Deshone Kizer who threw for 5 TDs and ran for another in a performance that should help clinch the starters spot...for now.
3. USC Trojans
I probably have USC a little too high on this list because I didn't think they would contend for the PAC 12 this season much less beat Alabama Saturday night. But the way they got completely annihilated in Dallas was both breathe taking and deplorable. No USC team should ever lose 52-6. Not a good start for the Clay Helton era who in all honesty was a head scratching hire to begin with.
2. Oklahoma Sooners
I had Houston beating Oklahoma week 1 I just didn't think the Cougars would do it so easily. The Sooners were outplayed and outcoached for pretty much all 4 quarters. Greg Ward looked like the Heisman contender and not Baker Mayfield. If the Sooners don't regroup soon they could be looking at a 1-3 start and plenty of rumors of Houston coach Tom Herman replacing Bob Stoops.
1. LSU Tigers
Poor Les Miles. The Mad Hatter is in for another dead man walking scenario after LSU lost to Wisconsin 16-14 at Lambeau Field. Leonard Fournette was solid as usual but the quarterback play and play calling continues to shit the bed. LSU was a popular Final 4 pick going into this season with all their NFL talent ready to take over but right now it looks like they will struggle to get 10 wins.
1. Stanford (10-2) - Having the best player in the conference and perhaps the nation helps with RB Christian McCaffrey. If you look on paper it looks like a rebuilding season for the Cardinal but they simply reload and most importantly don't beat themselves.
2. Oregon (8-4) - If the Ducks had any spec of a defense they would be a top 5 team. But they don't. In fact their defense is awful. RB Royce Freeman is back after setting a school record with 1836 rushing yards.
3. Washington (8-4) - The Huskies are still on the rise in Chris Petersen's third season in Seattle but they still don't have the talent up front to compete with Stanford. Watch out for QB Jake Browning. Only a sophomore, Browning could have a better season overall than the more heralded Josh Rosen.
4. Washington State (7-5) - Good for the Cougars and the Pirate Mike Leach stopping their 11 straight non winning seasons with a 9-4 season last year. This year the schedule does them no favors.
5. California (5-7) - Cal will have to out shootout other programs because to put it mildly their defense is average. Expect a lot of 50-45 scores in Berkeley.
6. Oregon State (2-10) - Coach Gary Anderson is going to be taking his lumps this season in a tough North division. He's got Utah St transfer Darrell Garretson at QB but I don't see them winning a PAC 12 game.
1. UCLA (9-3) - If only Josh Rosen had USC's receivers. Rosen will put up good numbers and will continue to open up his mouth when not necessary.
2. Utah (8-4) - Just another run of the mill 8-4 solid season for coach Kyle Whittingham. The Utes aren't as flashy as their Los Angeles counterparts but they tend to beat them up in the trenches.
3. USC (7-5) - The schedule is by far the hardest in the nation with out of conference games vs Alabama, Notre Dame and Utah State. Max Browne will get the snaps after waiting for what seems like half a decade to start for the men of Troy. If he's smart he will target WR JuJu Smith-Schuster at least 15 times a game.
4. Arizona State (6-6) - It's going to be another mediocre season for the Sun Devils as they break in a new QB.
5. Arizona (5-7) - Sorry RichRod but these Wildcats are on the proverbial decline.
6. Colorado (4-8) - Remember when Colorado was good? Yeah that was 25 years ago. Now a good season is not losing double digits so I got them making slight improvements this year.
OVERRATED TEAM - Oregon is still living off the hype that Chip Kelly/Marcus Mariota brought to Eugene.
UNDERRATED TEAM - Utah has a great defense and might have the best offensive line in the conference.
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKER - Stanford's Christian McCaffrey set an NCAA record for all-purpose yards (3864) and finished 2nd for the Heisman Trophy.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKER - USC's Adoree' Jackson is a track star who can also return kicks for touchdowns when not playing a really good corner.
TOP FRESHMAN - Cal's WR Demetris Robertson shocked pretty much everybody when he decided to leave the South and go all the way out to Berkeley. He should be a featured product on the field.
COACH OF THE YEAR - As much as it pains me to type this it has be Stanford's David Shaw. 4 of the past 5 seasons the Cardinal have won at least 11 games.
FINAL PREDICTION - Stanford (10-2) wins the PAC 12 again by beating UCLA (9-3) but misses out on the playoffs. Rose Bowl bound.
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Notre Dame has released it's first depth chart for 2016 season.
Josh Adams OR Tarean Folston
Weak-side defensive end
Daelin Hayes OR Jay Hayes
Strong-side defensive end
CJ Sanders OR Dexter Williams
1. TCU (10-2) - Horned and Dangerous. Last season the Horned Frogs won 11 games and would have easily won the Big 12 if not for Trevone Boykin getting injured. They also lost a ton of players due to injuries but it helped build the depth for this season. I see their defense stepping up big time and new QB transfer Kenny Hill being effective while leading the Horned Frogs to the outright Big 12 title.
2. Oklahoma (9-3) - Sooners have high expectations coming off a playoff loss to Clemson. Heisman contender Baker Mayfield is back and should lead a potent Sooners offense. The Sooners got a ton of breaks last year including a last second win vs Tennessee and a one point win over TCU. The law of averages catches up with them this year and they lose some heartbreakers to Houston, Ohio State and TCU before recovering in October.
3. Oklahoma State (8-4) - The Cowboys jumped to 10-0 last year before dropping their final 3. The same could be said this year as the schedule sets up favorably going into late November. QB Mason Rudolph is back along with his favorite target WR James Washington. The offense should click all season but their defense will again be their achilles.
4. Texas (8-4) - It's kind of sad to think this is an optimistic prediction for Longhorns football but here we are as Charlie Strong enters his third season in Austin after 6-7 and 5-7 seasons. It looks like Texas is going to go with the true freshman Shane Buechele who from all reports has been outstanding. If Texas can pound the rock and play some good defense (watch out for LB Malik Jefferson) they could win 10 games.
5. Texas Tech (8-4) - QB Patrick Mahomes is going to put up Heisman worthy numbers in Kliff Kingsbury's system. The problem is the Red Raiders have no defense. I see a lot of 40-60 point shootouts in Lubbock this fall.
6. Baylor (7-5) - Art Briles is gone. He's the best coach by far in Baylor history. The team lost a ton of starters on both lines of the football. QB Seth Russell is back from injury but this is going to be a tough season for Baylor after a tumultuous offseason of sexual misappropriation.
7. West Virginia (7-5) - Head coach Dana Holgorsen has his work cut out for him as he tries to find a way to replace some talented defensive players on the back end. Team captain QB Skyler Howard is back and the Mountaineers return most of their offensive playmakers.
8. Kansas State (6-6) - Bill Snyder is still coaching this team, his 25th in Manhattan. The Wildcats were dealt some awful blows with multiple QB injuries where they were forced to convert WR Kody Cook to behind center to finish the season. This year QB Jesse Ertz returns and should help the timing with the offense.
9. Iowa State (4-8) - First year coach Matt Campbell comes from Toledo where he led the Rockets to 4 straight winning seasons. He's got his work cut out for him as the Cyclones have only won a combined 8 games the last 3 seasons. The key is to get the ball into WR Allen Lazard's hands. Kid is special.
10. Kansas (2-10) - There is nowhere but up after Charlie Weis torpedoed the Jayhawks into Big 12 oblivion and first year coach David Beaty went 0-12 last season. Their 5 year record is 9-51. Wow. Did I mention how much Weis shit on this program? Kind of reminds me of what Ty Willingham did to Washington after he got fired from Notre Dame. Hmm.
OVERRATED TEAM - Oklahoma is top 5 in most preseason polls and it doesn't usually bode well in scoreboard results for Bob Stoops teams. I see them losing 3 early games.
UNDERRATED TEAM - I got TCU winning the conference despite being picked middle of the pack by most experts. The talent and the coaching is there and they are coming off 12 and 11-win seasons.
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKER - Oklahoma's Samaje Perine has over 3000 yards rushing in his first two seasons in Norman.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKER - Sophomore LB Malik Jefferson is an animal. Texas should take off the chain and let him wreak havoc this fall.
TOP FRESHMAN - Texas QB Shane Buechele will start vs Notre Dame. No pressure kid.
COACH OF THE YEAR - TCU coach Gary Patterson will again get the Horned Frogs back into playoff contention. No wonder they have a statue of him outside their stadium.
FINAL PREDICTION - TCU (10-2) edges out Oklahoma (9-3) for the Big 12 Title but misses out on the playoffs. Cotton Bowl bound.
Here are ten 2016 College Football BOLD PREDICTIONS:
1. Tennessee will finally beat Florida. I shit you not it's been 11 years since Rocky Top has been sung in victory at the end but somehow, someway Butch Jones manages not to fuck up this game and the Vols come out with a HUGE W.
2. Houston QB Greg Ward will be the early Heisman Trophy favorite after his Cougars upset Oklahoma and he outplays top Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield.
3. LSU will fire Les Miles after he again goes through a 3-game losing streak in November capped off by a devastating loss in Fayetteville. It will also end Leonard Fournette's Heisman run.
4. Your 2016 College Football National Champion will come from the ACC conference or at least a team with an ACC affiliation. Whether it's Clemson, FSU or Notre Dame it remains to be seen who can stay injury free but one of those programs will win it all.
5. Houston head coach Tom Herman will take the LSU job after they fire Miles and it will be a huge story in regards to whether he coaches the Cougars in their bowl game or leaves early.
6. The PAC 12 and Big 12 conferences will be shut out of the CFB Playoffs.
7. Michigan and Jim Harbaugh will be a major disappointment this year. A lot of pundits have the Wolverines pencilled in for the playoffs but despite a great start to the season against a weak schedule they crash and burn by the last week of October.
8. There will be three 2000 yard rushers (Fournette, Royce Freeman, and Dalvin Cook) and none of them will win the Heisman.
9. UCLA QB Josh Rosen will talk about skipping his junior season in 2017 and instead prepare himself for the NFL Draft through a "QB guru" and workouts off campus.
10. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will save his dead man walking job by beating an undefeated Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
1. Ohio State (11-1) - You can never underestimate an Urban Meyer led football program but I feel a lot of pundits are doing just that. The Buckeyes are 50-4 since Meyer took over. They should again win the conference with playmakers like QB JT Barrett and LB Raekwon McMillan back.
2. Michigan State (10-2) - Sparty should have one of the better defenses in the college game led by DE Malik McDowell. They get Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State all at home which should help.
3. Michigan (9-3) - Road games at Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State will torpedo a tremendous first half start by the Wolverines because of the lack of good QB play.
4. Penn State (7-5) - As the norm the Nittany Lions have a tremendous group of linebackers and a great tailback in Saquon Barkley. Problem is the rest of the roster is very young and will be starting a new QB.
5. Indiana (6-6) - The Hoosiers have one of the better offensive lines in the conference and should score a lot of points. If the defense can step up they could make another bowl game.
6. Maryland (6-6) - I might be underestimating the Terps with new coach DJ Durkin. They got talent but they still don't have a QB.
7. Rutgers (4-8) - All I can say is good luck to new coach Chris Ash. He's got a complete rebuild in store for him and the schedule does him no favors.
1. Iowa (10-2) - Hawkeyes again will benefit from a joke of a schedule with their toughest road game being in Happy Valley. Desmond King is surprisingly back at cornerback and many pundits are high on QB C.J. Beathard.
2. Wisconsin (9-3) - The early season schedule is brutal for the Badgers with LSU in the opener and Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State all before mid October. If they can manage to pull off a couple of upsets they should finish strong.
3. Nebraska (8-4) - I feel like the Cornhuskers are a legit QB from wining this division. Tommy Armstrong Jr put up some decent stats last year on paper but if you watched him live you would say why is this guy even playing much less starting for Nebraska.
4. Northwestern (8-4) - Pat Fitzgerald is one of the better coaches in the conference and has a big time LB in Anthony Walker leading the defense. If they can pound the ball with RB Justin Jackson I could see them pulling off some upsets including 1 of the road games vs Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State.
5. Minnesota (7-5) - Like Iowa the Gophers play a joke of a schedule and they get the three worst teams in the East Division instead of the best.
6. Illinois (4-8) - It's a total rebuild for new coach Lovie Smith who hasn't coached at the collegiate level since 1995. I like who Lovie brought in as assistants but it's going to take some time to get their talent up to winning standards.
7. Purdue (4-8) - Purdue is 1-11, 3-9, and 2-10 the last 3 seasons. Holy shit they are terrible! Congrats Boilermakers you win 4 games this season.
OVERRATED TEAM - Michigan is top 5 in the nation in the preseason polls but I got them finishing third in their division because of their QB play or lack thereof.
UNDERRATED TEAM - Wisconsin is being written off of their schedule but talent and coaching wise they could be the best team in the Big Ten West Division.
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKER - Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was a top 5 Heisman vote getter his redshirt freshman season. This year he has the starting job and should put up monster numbers.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKER - Sparty's Malik McDowell is basically unblockable at times and should rack up double digit sacks.
TOP FRESHMAN - Michigan got the #1 recruit in the nation in DT Rashan Gary who is expected to contribute right away.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. He's 50-4 as the Buckeyes coach and has 3 Natty's under his belt.
FINAL PREDICTION - Ohio State (11-1) beats Iowa (10-2) to advance to the College Football Playoffs.