Ohio State Lock For CFP

The way I see it; Ohio State’s bid for the 2019 College Football Playoff is signed, sealed, and delivered. They are easily the best team in this year’s Big Ten Conference and are going to be just fine in the absence of Urban Meyer. In fact, it could actually help them. Fortunately, OSU still has great leadership on both sides of the ball in QB and Heisman hopeful Dwayne Haskins and DE Joey Bosa’s younger, more attractive brother, Nick. Without a head coach last week, the Buckeyes were still able to throw up 77 points. I don’t care that they were playing the dumpster fire that is Oregon State. Scoring 11 touchdowns will always be impressive. There are 3 scenarios I can see for Ohio State’s season. All of which, end with them in the CFP.

Scenario 1:

I think this scenario is very possible: Ohio State goes undefeated and waltzes into the College Football Playoff as the 2 seed. Maybe throw in a close game or 2. They do play several ranked opponents, but some of them will have never been tested before playing the Buckeyes and others looked very weak in their first games.

Scenario 2:

Most likely Scenario. Ohio State will lose one game in the regular season, but still make it into the CFP. If I had to pick a loss, I think that OSU drops their regular season match up with TCU. Everything is stacked against them. They are playing at TCU in Fort Worth, no Urban Meyer, and it’s their first away game in a hostile environment for their young quarterback. Even if they do lose, it is early in the season and they will have plenty of time to move back up the rankings and slip in as a 2, 3, or 4 seed. Another loss is unlikely since Penn State almost lost to Applachian State and Harbaugh is incapable of beating his rivals.

Scenario 3:

This is the one that pains me to even think about, but it can happen, so I’m going to go ahead and get over it. Ohio State losing two games. I’m not mad about that at all. I’m mad about what the CFP Committee will do. If OSU loses two games, I’m sure one will be against TCU and the other will probably be against Michigan State. I really would not worry about Penn State or Michigan. Even with two losses, I think they still make it in. The Playoff Committee will completely disregard the early loss to TCU with no Urban Meyer the same way Urban Meyer disregards domestic violence charges. The money obsessed CFP Committee sneaks in OSU at the 4 seed.

I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, Wic, you know OSU is going to have to play #5 Wisconsin the the Big Ten Conference Championship game, right?” Believe me. I’ve thought about this. If history has taught us anything, it is that we should never trust Wisconsin in a championship game. History repeating itself, as it so often does, points directly at Wisconsin proving to be the choke artists they truly are yet again.

Sadly, Ohio State’s season will end in a loss in the CFP. No one is going to beat Alabama.

I’m Not Impressed With Clemson

Clemson has been at the forefront of all the quarterback controversy this season. Somehow beating out Alabama for most QB drama in a single week. This past week, Clemson Head Coach, Dabo Swinney, announced that freshman Trevor Lawrence had won the starting quarterback position over last year’s starter Kelly Bryant. Honestly did not see that coming. This left Bryant with a decision: transfer and explore options elsewhere or stay and lose any chance at going pro. He did the smart thing, which no announcer agreed with, and will be transferring to a destination to be decided later. Everything should be fine, right? After all, they do still have the better of the two quarterbacks. Nope, Trevor Lawrence was hit in the helmet Saturday vs Syracuse and taken into concussion protocol. Thankfully, it was only a strained neck and Lawrence is already back taking first team reps.

This was a close one for Clemson. Yes, then ended up winning the game with the third stringer, Chase Brice, but it was absolutely not his doing. The sole reason for the win was running back Travis Etienne who ran for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns including the game winner. If Lawrence was to not come back this week, Clemson would be in a world of hurt. Chase Brice would have had to start again and the whole weight of the offense would have been placed back on Etienne who has proven that he cannot run against a decent run defense. He only had 44 yards against Texas A&M. If in some terrible twist of fate Brice were to be injured, Swinney would be forced to play another freshman in Ben Batson or senior wide out and future New England Patriots slot receiver, Hunter Renfrow. Personally, I would love to see Renfrow back there.

Hot take alert: Clemson will not make the College Football Playoff. There is nothing impressive about this team. I realize Lawrence is a freshman and they will get better with him coming back, but they didn’t look very good with him either. Keep in mind that against Syracuse they were down 9 at halftime. Yes, they are undefeated, but you cannot tell me that my high school wouldn’t also be against the same competition. Furman? Georgia Southern? Georgia Tech? Syracuse? (who almost won) The only quality win (I guess) that Clemson has is against Texas A&M. An unranked team who, again, almost won. I am not the only one who is picking up on this either. Clemson started the season at #2 then dropped after playing nobody to #3, then dropped again to #4 after continuing to play some JV opponents. This is only going to continue since they only have one ranked opponent left on their schedule in NC State. Their toughest games include South Carolina with awful quarterback Jake Bentley (or as I like to call him, Jake Kia) and football powerhouse Duke.

Clemson’s strength of schedule could really come back to bite them in the ass this year. Normally, the playoff committee reserves strength of schedule arguments for teams from weaker conferences (ya know, the whole reason the playoff system was created), but Clemson could actually lose a spot to UCF. With how powerful the SEC is this year, there may not be any room for the ACC. If Clemson wants in, they can’t just win, they need to dominate. No more 4 point wins over Syracuse. You need a 40 point win over Wake Forest next week and a 30 point win over NC State the week after.

Regardless, if Clemson keeps playing the way they have, they will lose to Miami in the ACC Championship and none of the playoff talk will even matter. The Clemson Tigers are easily the worst top 5 team and I cannot realistically see them at Levi’s Stadium in January.

How Is Michigan Ranked 6?

Last week in College Football, 8 of the Top 25 teams were defeated, including 4 in the Top 10. One of the teams that not only escaped a loss, but also dealt one out to another Top 25 team was the Michigan Wolverines. Yes, Harbaugh got a much needed win versus a ranked team this past Saturday with an absolute beat down of Wisconsin, 38-13. Because of this, the AP has Michigan at #6 jumping 6 whole spots in the polls. This is utterly ridiculous. Let me first say, I know that a bunch of other teams ahead of them lost, they destroyed another ranked team, and their only loss came against a very good Notre Dame team that has yet to choke this year. I get it, but #6 is far too high for this team.

Let’s look at the teams that Michigan jumped this week. Oklahoma. Fine. They also only have one loss to a Top 10 team, but Michigan has been playing better. I am fine with them being ranked higher than the Sooners. UCF. Give this team some damn respect. There were 4 Top 10 losses and these guys remain at #10. Does the phrase “defending national champions” mean nothing anymore? All they lost was their coach who apparently is a piece of hot garbage. I guess Michigan has beaten a ranked team or whatever, but I do not agree with that. Texas. Seriously? Texas is playing so much better than Michigan right now. There is absolutely no reason for Michigan jumping them in the rankings. Georgia. So Georgia lost to what is now a Top 5 team and they drop 6 spots? The AP poll dudes (or chicks) really think that Michigan could beat Georgia? What is going on at the Associated Press?

So not only does Michigan not deserve to be ranked higher than most of the teams they jumped, but their win last week was not as impressive as everyone thinks. They beat Wisconsin. The same team that lost to the fourth best team in Utah, BYU. After their second loss of the season, the BADgers dropped 8 spots to #23. I feel like it’s got to be one or the other. When there is a blowout of one ranked team by another ranked team, especially when the blowout is won by the favored and higher ranked team, it proves that one team is either really bad or really good. So if Michigan jumps 6 spots, then Wisconsin should drop but not 8 spots. And if Wisconsin drops 8 spots, then Michigan should not jump as much. It just doesn’t make any sense that they were 3 spots away from each other last week and now they are 17.

I have a couple theories about why this happened. The only one that really holds any weight involves Ohio State. The #2 ranked team in the nation. Their annual rivalry game is coming up and they really want a spectacle this year. It’s been a while since they have been able to justify a Top 10 match up and this year, it makes sense. I’m on to you, AP. I already knew the NCAA was a bunch of corrupt bastards, but I expected better from you all.

Alabama Can’t Not Win It All

Alabama is once again the best team in college football. They have been so good for so long that saying they will win the championship after just 2 games isn’t even a hot take anymore. They have the best coach, best running backs, and of course, the best defense. But this year they have added yet another weapon. A weapon that should be illegal for Nick Saban to possess. That weapon is Tua Tagovailoa. Finally, a competent quarterback in Tuscaloosa. This team is flat out unstoppable. If their defense stays as consistent as they always are and Saban stops playing Hurts in serious situations, Bama will be just fine. In fact, I cannot see very many teams on their schedule coming within 20 points of them.

So far this season, Alabama has already completely obliterated Louisville and Arkansas State by a combined score of 108-21. Now, I realize that those wins aren’t too impressive, but they held Louisville to only 11 rushing yards and Tua looked incredible. Definitely showed that he is the sole starter. Bama won’t be tested again until November. Their next games until then are against Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. Get ready to see some blood baths. Okay, I know that Texas A&M gave Clemson a pretty good game, but I don’t think that is relevant. Clemson is nowhere near as good as Alabama. Yes, they are the number 2 team in the nation, but the 1-2 divide is incredibly vast. They are only there because technically someone has to be. The aggies aren’t anything I would worry about.

The last 4 games of the season will by far be the toughest for Bama. They play LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, and Auburn. First, LSU is tough this year. Love me some tigers. Love me some Coach O. Orgeron has his team looking the best I have seen in a while. They even found their missing link. Just like Bama, it’s a competent quarterback. Jordan Burrows is great, but I still don’t think he can put up enough points to outlast the Alabama offense. I wouldn’t worry about Mississippi State. They’ll beat The Citadel by 60. I’m not sure why Bama always schedules a super easy team right at the end of their schedule. Last is Auburn. I know that anything can happen in a rivalry game, especially the Iron Bowl, but Auburn had trouble putting up 21 points against a Pac 12 defense. If that is indicative of anything, it’s that Alabama is going to run them for a 40-point blowout. Just calling it how I see it.

Let’s jump to the postseason. The Tide will most likely play Georgia in the SEC Championship. This will be a good test, but here’s why I know Alabama will win. Georgia is not the same team as last year. Yes, they reloaded and they still have Hot Rod Blankenship, but they lost key players like Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Roquan Smith. Plus, Tua is going to play the entire game this time around. Now for the College Football Playoff. No need to worry about those choke artists from Madison. They only team I can see giving Bama a real game is Ohio State, but they rely too much on their speed and Alabama just so happens to have the only defense fast enough to keep up with them. On top of that, the buckeyes defense cannot stop a dominant balanced attack like Alabama has. In other words, it’s in the bag.

Please help me in congratulating you 2019 CFB Champions: the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama IS Missing the College Football Playoffs this Year

Alabama seems to go undefeated every year, and I’m sick of it! Luckily for me, and literally everyone in the world except for people from that dump of a state they call Alabama, they are going to lose some games this year, and I don’t even think they make the National Championship this year. Fingers crossed.

Here is the Tide’s schedule:

Sept. 1 – Louisville

Sept. 8 – Arkansas State

Sept. 15 – at Ole Miss

Sept. 22 – Texas A&M

Sept. 29 – UL Lafayette

Oct. 6 – at Arkansas

Oct. 13 – Missouri

Oct. 20 – at Tennessee

Oct. 27 – Bye

Nov. 3 – at LSU

Nov. 10 – Mississippi State

Nov. 17 – The Citadel

Nov. 24 – Auburn

Ok, so we know they are 2-0 going into Saturday’s game against Ole Miss.That’s obvious. After their first game of the season it seemed like everyone assumed the Tide were up to their usual stuff, and that’s winning football games and by a lot. I watched that Louisville-Alabama game and I hate to break it to y’all, I don’t think they looked that good. What I saw was Nick Saban running up the score against a young, and if we’re being honest, bad Louisville Cardinals football team. No Lamar Jackson and Jaire Alexander really makes a different for their game plan, and it showed. Jalen Hurts, and it’s obvious, is not good, and as long as Nick Saban keeps up with this ridiculous game plan, then I think teams can make it close and maybe even beat them. I also don’t see any real threats on their offense or someone in their defense that scares me enough to think otherwise. You may say, “Oh, Parm what are you talking about they have Tua”. Ok yeah sure they have Tua, but the dude has literally only played 2 and a half games of college football. Even in those full games he split time. Also the first two games of this season have been cake for them. Tua probably played better talent in high school. Looking at how strong the SEC West is this year and all the games they have to play I can easily see them losing 2 or maybe even 3 games. Luckily for them, that will be the only struggle they will have because they schedule such easy teams so that they don’t lose any more. So the teams that I think Alabama may lose to are at Ole Miss (this weekend, look out!), Texas A&M, at LSU, andAuburn.

Ole Miss may not be ranked but their offense is electric. The wide receiving core may be the best I have seen in awhile. They are big, fast, and physical. Alabama’s defense has not been tested like this in a while, or at least this year. I’d say look out for that one. Texas A&M has a new head coach in town and he’s made A&M watchable again. I think that this game will be very close and it all depends on who scores last. If Alabama beats Ole Miss this weekend then look out for a loss from them the next when they play Texas A&M. LSU at home might be the hardest game to play for any team. That environment is the best in the country. If it is a night game then you can absolutely forget about it. LSU might have the best defense in the country this year, and it seems like they have picked up where they left off on stellar running game with Nick Brossette. Also with an actually capable QB that can read defenses and make smart plays, I can see this game being a very tough game for the Tide. This Auburn game is obviously a big one. It doesn’t seem to matter if either team is good it’s always close. Auburn is very good this year, and their play against Washington showed that their defense is too. I think that both teams will be trying to get into the SEC Championship game as well and that will create a lot of anticipation for that game. I think Alabama will finish the year 10-2 and miss the college football playoffs.

Could Kentucky Go 10-2?

Probably not, but hear me out.

Like every college football fan, I get my hopes way too high at the beginning of the season just to be let down and leave me asking, “why do I do this to myself?” Because I love it, dammit. I love getting hyped about every college football season and I’ll be damned if I don’t find a way to do it again. Thanks to the SEC Network that has become possible.

Peter Burns and Chris Doering went through every SEC team’s schedule. In true SEC Network form, they wildly overstated every program’s possible ceiling. They had Kentucky at 8-4, but subtly mentioned that two of those losses were winnable. So, why did I blindly believe that Kentucky was going to have their first 10-win season since 1977? Why did I believe a random TV personality’s take when he gave zero support to back himself up? Because that is the kind of sheep I am when it comes to football.

Kentucky is a lot better of a team than they are getting credit for. On defense, the cats are returning starters that will have a huge impact in the SEC. A linebacker core of Jordan Jones, Josh Allen, and Kash Daniel, then a secondary led by Mike Edwards seems like a damn good crew especially for the SEC East. The offense is not far behind. CJ Conrad is a top 3 Tight End for the sake of this column. Benny Snell is the SEC’s leading rusher from a year ago. And, now we have Touchdown Terry Wilson at quarterback who may be the fastest person in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

Side note: If I see any football player whose name begins with “T,” they will most likely be referred to as “touchdown *insert name.”

Let’s get into the schedule and discuss the wins and losses. Kentucky will lose to Georgia and Mississippi State. That’s just how it is. It be like that sometimes. The rest of the games are winnable though. Kentucky did not have the best game against Central Michigan, but I almost want to guarantee wins against the rest of their opponents except for Florida and Texas A&M. Texas A&M is a complete toss up especially with Jimbo Fisher in his first year of a new program. Finally, there is Florida. It has been 31 years since UK has won a game against them. This year… it ends.