Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Projecting the New Year's Six for Sept. 18

Welcome to the third New Year's Six projections of the 2018 college football season.

The projections will be based off the CSO Mock CFP Committee rankings on a weekly basis.

Here are the third set of projections for this season:

Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal), Dec. 29:

1) Alabama vs 4) Ohio State

Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal), Dec. 29:

2) Clemson vs 3) Georgia

Peach Bowl, Dec. 29:

8) Notre Dame vs 12) West Virginia

Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1:

11) Washington vs 14) Central Florida

Rose Bowl, Jan. 1:

7) Stanford vs 9) Penn State

Sugar Bowl, Jan. 1:

5) Oklahoma vs 6) LSU

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Geno Green Experience- 2001 Michigan/Michigan State with Sean Baligian

On this edition of The Geno Green Experience, Sean Baligian from WJR 760 and Fox 2 in Detroit comes on to chat about the 2001 Michigan/Michigan State game.

Notable topics covered:

Michigan's dirty dozen sacks on MSU quarterback Jeff Smoker
The birth of Spartan Bob
T.J. Duckett's all-around performance and how he etched his name into the rivalry

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CSO Mock College Football Playoff committee Top 25 for Sept. 17

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Thanks to the mock selection committee for coming through and making the third edition of the rankings possible this season.

Biggest jump: Oklahoma State 17 (+6)

Biggest fall: Auburn 15 (-8)

       Team                        Points     Last Week

1) Alabama (10) (3-0)      250            1

2) Clemson (3-0)              234            2

3) Georgia (3-0)              231            3

4) Ohio State (3-0)          223            4

5) Oklahoma (3-0)          210            5

6) LSU (3-0)                    197          10 (+4)

7) Stanford (3-0)             180            9 (+2)

8) Notre Dame (3-0)       177            8

9) Penn State (3-0)          165           11 (+2)

10) Virginia Tech (2-0)    147          12 (+2)

11) Washington (2-1)       142          13 (+2)

12) West Virginia (2-0)     137         14 (+2)

13) Missisippi State (3-0)  119        16 (+3)

14) Central Florida (2-0)  114        17 (+3)

15) Auburn (2-1)               113          7 (-8)

16) Wisconsin (2-1)            91         10 (-6)

17) Oklahoma State (3-0)  85          23 (+6)

18) Oregon (3-0)               81          19 (+1)

19) TCU (2-1)                   77          15 (-4)

20) Michigan (2-1)           66           20

21) Miami (FL) (2-1)        36          24 (+3)

22) Michigan State (2-1)   32          25 (+3) 

23) Boston College (3-0)   26         NR

24) South Florida (3-0)     15          NR

25) Missouri (3-0)             12          NR

Dropped out of rankings:

Boise State (18), USC (21), Arizona State (22)

Others receiving votes:

Syracuse 11, Texas A&M 11, Boise State 11, Kentucky 10, USC 10, Iowa 9, Colorado 7, NC State 4, Duke 4, North Texas 4, Hawaii 3, BYU 2, California 2, Arizona State 1, Utah 1

Schaible: Crimson Tide storm past the Rebels behind Tua's arm

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By: Brian Schaible
Twitter: @SBNationReports

As the chants of “We Want Bama” reverberated through the entranceways of Vaught-Hemingway stadium, the stage was set for a mighty Mississippi charge against the top ranked Crimson Tide.

The 2-0 Rebels believed that they could be victorious. After the very first play of the game, they were on their way. Jordan Ta’amu found D.K. Metcalf down sideline and tiptoed his way into the end zone and suddenly Alabama trailed 7-0.

In hindsight, maybe the fans should have stormed the field at the time. Unfortunately for the home team, everything went downhill after that.

This game was ugly.

Actually, this game was beyond ugly. Alabama destroyed Ole Miss by a score 62-7.

After the game, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. “He does a nice job of keeping his eyes downfield, stepping up in the pocket,” Saban said. “There’s a couple of third down plays where he bought some time and we were able to convert on throws.”

Tagovailoa finished the game with 47 yards rushing and 191 in the air with two touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy caught a touchdown pass for both Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. This was the third consecutive multiple touchdown game for Jeudy.

“The offense is real dynamic. Having three receivers that can play all positions, and they know them all really well, plus having the young guys step in helps the team a lot,” Jeudy said.

On defense, the Crimson Tide held the Rebels to 248 total yards and forced three turnovers. One of those was a huge pick six by Xavier McKinney.

“We were confident in our game and the way we play. They were great receivers and got open, they were physical, but I feel like we prepared well,” said McKinney.

Christian Miller seemed to live in the Ole Miss backfield all night long. He talked about bouncing back from the initial long touchdown by the Rebels. “It’s just one play out of a whole game,” said Miller. “You still have to play another 59 minutes.”

Alabama did just that.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Green's five things to take away from South Florida's 25-19 win over Illinois

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On a sunny day in Chicago, the South Florida Bulls (3-0) produced their second straight fourth-quarter comeback in as many weeks with a 25-19 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1) on Saturday. Here are my five things to take away from South Florida’s win.

1) Comeback kids:

The South Florida Bulls are no stranger to adversity as they came from 10 points back to defeat Georgia Tech, 49-38 on Sept. 8. Saturday’s game proved to be another hurdle as USF came from 12 points down in the fourth quarter in the six-point win over Illinois.

A touchdown reception by wide receiver Darnel Salomon off a rollout pass by Blake Barnett seven seconds into the final stanza, which helped kickstart the run. Coby Weiss’ 26-yard FG pulled the Bulls to within two at 19-17 with 7:47 left, which could have been viewed at the time as USF coach Charlie Strong having confidence in getting the ball back again with a chance to go ahead.

The chance became reality after Illinois punted on fourth down with 3:41 left and ample opportunities for USF’s up-tempo offense to produce. Despite a pair of false starts, which threatened to destroy the Bulls’ drive at third-and-20, the Illini secondary fell asleep on coverage and Barnett took advantage and found an open Salomon for a 50-yard touchdown to go ahead for the first time in the game. USF added a two-point conversion as it hung on for the six-point victory.

“It was similar to last week, where we put ourselves in that position where we had to make something happen,” Bulls quarterback Blake Barnett said. “We tried to put the [Illinois] safety in a bide and [Salomon] has some wheels like all of our receivers and was able to get over the top to bring it in.”

2) USF penalties:

After committing five penalties against Georgia Tech, South Florida racked up 14 on 124 yards, with the majority of the calls resulting in lost scoring opportunities as Illinois took advantage on offense for the first three quarters.

The apex of the penalties came with 7:39 left in the third quarter on what appeared to be a made 35-yard field goal from Coby Weiss, but called back because of a false start, which ended up being a re-kick and a 40-yard miss.

Strong knew that USF did not come out prepared and can’t afford another lackluster showing as AAC play begins against East Carolina on Sept. 22 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

“We were not prepared to play or be focused. The first two games, we didn’t have many and we get into this game and had too many,” Strong said. “Stopping drives and throwing interceptions and were not able to stop the run, along with being outside of our gaps. This is a lesson well learned and a good thing that we came away with the victory.”

3) Fast start by the Illini stalled in the second half:

Despite falling short to the Bulls, one of the critical issues the Illinois Fighting Illini endured was their inability to score in the first half with a combined three points in the first two games. That issue would be corrected against South Florida with 16 points in the first half, highlighted by three made field goals from Chase McLaughlin.

The momentum could not be sustained in the second half as the Illini scored a field goal and to add insult to injury, quarterback MJ Rivers would be sacked three times on the game’s final possession.

The Illini have yet to put together a complete game despite their 2-1 start and things will not get any easier with a night game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sept. 21.

4) Illinois’ run game on fire:

With 200-plus yard outings against Kent State and Western Illinois, Illinois continued its dazzling display on the ground with 212, led by Mike Epstein’s 113, highlighted by a 43-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Reggie Corbin provided stability as a change of pace running back with 98 yards on 12 carries and will play a big part in whether Illinois can produce some wins in Big Ten conference play as Penn State comes calling.

5) Chase the clouds away:

Placekicker Chase McLaughlin has become one of the focal points for Illinois with 7-of-9 field goal makes this season and went 4-of-4, highlighted by a 53-yard conversion.

The 53-yard FG came as the first half expired with plenty of room to spare, which put the Illini at a 16-7 advantage on the Bulls. McLaughlin’s leg could be relied upon to possibly keep Illinois in some games in conference play.

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