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Bottlegate’s Week 3 College Football Top 10 and Top Heisman Hopefuls

A wild week 3 is in the books and Alabama has been dethroned as the best team in the country, Notre Dame is dead, and the Big 10 is the best conference in college football.

 

Here’s the top 10

Dropped out: Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida State

 

10. Miami

Is Miami deserving of being the 10th best in the country? Nah, probably not. But maybe though… however, any school that drops these unis in the middle of the season is top 10 material in my book.

They have a bye this weekend then travel to play Georgia Tech on October 1st.

 

9. Arkansas 

They put a beatdown on Texas State and travel to Texas A&M in what is probably one of the better games of the week.

 

8. Texas A&M

Texas A&M is quietly flying under the radar in the SEC while having 2 pretty solid wins- vs. UCLA and on the road at Auburn. Huge test this weekend when Bert and the Razorbacks invade College Station.

 

 

7. Michigan

Jabrill Peppers is good. We all know that Michigan will probably start off the season 7-0 but it’s all about style points right now, however, and they were getting smacked around by Colorado for a little bit last Saturday before realizing they were playing Colorado and winning 45-28. They host Penn State on Saturday.

 

6. Clemson

They were beating South Carolina State so bad they had to shorten the quarters to 12 minutes.

They travel to Georgia Tech on Thursday which’ll be a sneaky tough test for the Tigers. A short week compounded by trying to defend that stupid Mickey Mouse Wing T offense makes this a pretty intriguing game. I still haven’t been overly impressed by Clemson this season but they can make a little statement vs the Yellow Jackets on a nationally televised game.

 

5. Michigan State

Every time you want to write off Michigan State, Mark Dantonio wins a big game. He’s literally the .gif where The Undertaker sits up in his coffin.

Wrestler Undertaker pops out of coffin

They were up 29 points on the road at Notre Dame and held on to beat the Irish 36-28. They start their Big Ten play this Saturday when they host AP #11 Wisonsin. Should be a good one.

 

4. Houston

Houston went on the road last Thursday and struggled a bit against Cincinnati. Then all hell broke loose and the Cougars ended up winning 40-16. Houston’s win over Oklahoma seems a little less cool now after what Ohio State did to the Sooners last Saturday but we’ll keep them in the top 5 nonetheless.

Big game vs. Texas State on Saturday (jk)

 

3. Alabama

Finally Alabama got that Ole Miss monkey off their back after losing to the Rebels the past 2 seasons. At one point they were down 24-3 but somehow ended up beating Ole Miss 48-43. They were up 18 in the 4th quarter and didn’t end up covering the 10.5 point spread. For that I should drop them out of the top 10 altogether.

They host Kent State this Saturday. Thoughts and prayers, KSU.

 

1.Ohio State & Louisville

By far the 2 most impressive teams last weekend. Louisville dropping 63 points and beating Florida State by FORTY THREE and Ohio State rolling to a 45-24 win at Oklahoma which was more of a blowout than the score indicates. Both teams are led by dynamic quarterbacks who most likely will be Heisman finalists.

Oh, and the Buckeyes proved that they are definitely not basic

Louisville plays at Marshall on Saturday and Ohio State has a bye and hosts Rutgers on October 1st.

 

Heisman Frontrunners (aka Lamar Jackson and everyone else)

 

Jabrill Peppers

He had had 9 tackles, 3.5 TFL and 208 all-purpose yards. Oh and he also had a nice 54 yard punt return for a touchdown.

 

Christian McCaffrey

Has 291 rushing yards and 3 TDs and 11 catches for 113 yards and a TD. Sucks that he plays on the west coast and we don’t get to see most of his games.

 

JT Barrett

10 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs on the season and QBs the co-best team in the country. Assuming OSU makes the Big Ten Championship game, JT is going to finish with around 56 total touchdowns this season. Unfortunately if the guy ahead of him keeps playing the way he is, JT might not have a shot…

Lamar Jackson

No brainer here. Quite possibly the most dominant player in the country right now. Put up 63 points vs. a good Florida State team (it could have been more) and has 18 total touchdowns. If the Heisman voting ended today he’d win unanimously.

 

On to week 4

Bottlegate’s Week 2 Top 10 College Football Teams And The Top Heisman Hopefuls

Last Saturday’s slate of games was pretty terrible overall so a lot of the shakeup in the top 10 is mostly because I was bored and a lot of teams underperformed vs vastly inferior teams.

Let’s go

 

10. Arkansas

Going on the road and beating a good TCU team in double overtime was one of the better wins of the weekend. I don’t expect the Razorbacks to be here long but if they can beat Texas A&M in 2 weeks then they might be for real.

Next up vs Texas State

 

9. Tennessee

Yes they needed overtime to beat App State in week one but that was an absolute decimation of Virginia Tech at the Battle At Bristol. Plus Tennessee gave us this classic video which instantly catapults them into the top 10

Image result for the battle at bristol

 

8. Clemson

Kind of getting a “2015 Ohio State” vibe with this year’s Clemson team. Tons of expectations rest on the shoulders of the Clemson players this season and they’ve underperformed in their first 2 games. Sure a win on the road at Auburn is nice but only beating Troy by 6 at home? Need to see a lot more out of the Tigers.

Next up: vs South Carolina State

 

7. Wisconsin

Didn’t have the Badgers ranked last week but I’m starting to like what I’m seeing out of Bart Houston. Plus it’s a QB named “Bart” playing football in Wisconsin. That’s gotta be worth a spot or two by itself. The Badgers have the best win among Big 10 teams and probably do deserve to be the highest ranked team in the Big 10, but I just can’t put them over OSU or Michigan.

They take on Georgia State on Saturday

 

6. Texas

With Clemson’s exile out of the top 5, Texas moves up a spot. They beat UTEP 41-7. Didn’t do anything spectacular this weekend but they took care of business.  They have an interesting late game at Cal on Saturday night before they start their Big 12 schedule.

 

5. Michigan

Has a team ever been dropped out of the top 10 altogether because their coach was caught on camera eating his boogers? Because that’s what I think should happen. If Jim eats anything else that comes out of his body next weekend I’m dropping Michigan indefinitely from any future rankings.

Michigan hosts Colorado on Saturday.

 

 

4. Ohio State

The Bucks honestly didn’t look too great in their win over Tulsa and still won by 45 points. The defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown yet and will have their hands full this coming Saturday vs. Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma. I’ve had this game circled for like two years so it’ll be VERY interesting to see what plays out in Norman.

 

3. Houston

The Cougs! Have them over Ohio State and Michigan because they have the more impressive win. If OSU can beat Oklahoma this weekend, they’ll jump Houston but for now the Cougars are #3.

Houston has a nice little challenge Thursday night when they travel to take on Cincinnati on ESPN.

 

2. Alabama

The fact that Nick Saban was about to murder Lane Kiffin on the sidelines while the Tide were 28 with under a minute left was almost enough to put Alabama in the top spot. They handily beat Western Kentucky and will take on Kent State next Saturday.

 

1.Florida State

They were my #1 team last week and did nothing over the weekend to change that. My Heisman darkhorse Deondre Francois had another nice game throwing for 262 yards and 3 TDs.

Huuuuuge game this weekend at AP #10 Louisville. Can the Seminoles stop Lamar Jackson and keep their top spot or will Louisville break into the top 10?

Dropped out: Georgia (only beat Nicholls by 2 at home), Stanford (didn’t play)

 

 

Heisman Top 5

5. Christian McCaffrey

Stanford didn’t play. According to Topbet.com, he’s the Heisman favorite at 3-1.

 

4. Deondre Francois

262 yards passing 3 TDs. Still unlisted right now. A big game vs. Louisville would do wonders for his campaign.

 

3. JT Barrett

149 yards passing & 55 yards rushing & 2 TDs. Listed at 6-1.

 

2. DeShone Kizer

156 yards passing 2 TDS & 35 yards rushing 1 TD. Listed at 30-1, up from 40-1 from last week. Riding the Kizer For Heisman bandwagon hard this season, get your bets in now.

 

1.Lamar Jackson

He did this.

And threw for 411 and 1 TD and also rushed for 199 yards and 4 TDs. He’s played shit competition but there’s no denying he’s the favorite right now.

 

Got a GREAT slate of games this weekend:

Florida State @ Louisville, Michigan State @ Notre Dame, Alabama @ Ole Miss, Ohio State @ Oklahoma… Games that will definitely impact the top 10. Much better than what we got last weekend.

Go Bucks.

 

Bottlegate’s Top 10 College Football Teams And The Top 5 Heisman Hopefuls

College football is back! The preseason polls don’t mean a damn thing (except for Alabama). Notre Dame is losing heartbreaking games, an Urban Meyer team is scoring a lot of points, double overtimes, drunk fans, Heisman hopefuls, the GameDay crew… WE’RE BACK, BABY. It’s the best time of the year and if you’re like me you watched enough college football to make your eyes bleed this past weekend.

Here is Bottlegate’s weekly Top 10 teams in the country from what my eyes told me. I’ll try and have these up around every Tuesday before the AP Poll comes out once we get back into the swing of things.

 

10. Texas A&M

Beat a ranked team and a good quarterback in UCLA and Jacob Rosen. After Trevor Knight’s game I wouldn’t be surprised if Katy Perry tries to reignite this lost romance since Trevor and that Duck Dynasty girl broke up. Johnny Manziel is back taking classes in College Station, maybe a little of his Johnny magic rubs off on Trevor Knight and A&M can be the darkhorse of the SEC.  Huge matchup for the Aggies next weekend when they host Prairie View A&M.

 

9. Stanford

Christian McCaffrey had a very ho hum 166 yards rushing and receiving and the Cardinal beat the Wildcats 26-13. Nothing flashy or sexy but that’s who Stanford is. Plus their former quarterback just joined the Browns practice squad so we’ll throw Stanford in the top 10. Big primetime matchup next weekend vs. a USC team that just got embarrassed.

 

8. Georgia

Nick Chubb is BACK. After 1 week Chubb looks like he’ll be invited to New York in December as a Heisman finalist. I imagine that within a couple games Kirby Smart will name Jacob Eason the full time starter and the Georgia offense will really start to take off once he gets some game experience. Big game vs. the powerhouse Nicholls Colonels next week in Athens.

 

7. Texas

Notre Dame v Texas was by far the game of the weekend. Do I think Texas deserves a spot in the top 10 after just one game and opening up the season unranked? Not necessarily but winning that kind of game is worth the #7 ranking. One of their quarterbacks also beat the odds

And a note to all you Notre Dame fans- Now you guys can rest easy. ND got their inevitable soul crushing and demoralizing loss out of the way early in the season and you guys can now coast through 2016 without being stressed every Saturday. Their CFB Playoff hopes are essentially done due to Brian Kelly not rolling with one of the best QBs in the country full time.

Next up: UTEP

 

6. Michigan

I still don’t see the hype with Michigan this season because they haven’t been relevant in like a decade on the field… but there’s this Harbaugh guy… and even as a diehard OSU fan I have to be honest with myself- Jim Harbaugh is awesome for college football. I won’t like Jim Harbaugh for that last week in November but I’ll be a fan the other 51 weeks of the year.

Michigan hosts UCF on Saturday.

 

5. Houston

In their last two games Houston has beaten Florida State and Oklahoma. I’m admittedly not very familiar with the Cougars but every time I see them on TV they look like they’re having the most fun a team’s ever had. That’s a big component of the Bottlegate rankings.  If Houston stays undefeated they’re getting into the playoff. Barnburner vs the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday.

 

4. Ohio State

I don’t care if it was Bowling Green, 77 points is nothing to sneeze at. Mike Weber won’t be Zeke but he showed some signs of being the next big Ohio State running back. This team is athletic and young as hell and should get better game after game. The Bucks host Tulsa next Saturday at 3:30 and will probably win by 30. Oklahoma will be a good measuring stick for this team.

 

3. Clemson

Clemson almost lost to an Auburn team that went 7-6 last year. Auburn may surprise a few people this year, but this Clemson team that almost won the national championship last season, and that has the preseason Heisman favorite under center has no business almost getting upset by a third tier SEC team.

 

2. Alabama

We saw the Tide absolutely decimate a pretty decent USC team in their first game since winning the national championship last season. Bama would get the #1 spot but I’m biased against the SEC and this wasn’t a true out of conference road game. They’ll probably be #1 in a few weeks however because I think this team is pretty terrifying. Bama hosts Western Kentucky and their giant trash can mascot on Saturday.

 

1. Florida State

After the first half on Monday night I was ready to drop Florida State out of the top ten altogether. Second half Florida State was another story. Deondre Francois and Dalvin Cook have a chance to be the most lethal backfield in college football this season. I think this was the most impressive win of the opening weekend. The Noles will have to learn how to win a game without Jameis Winston giving halftime speeches, however.

HUGE matchup vs the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Saturday.

 

Heisman (in no order)

Deshone Kizer

215 yards passing and 5 TDs. 77 yards rushing and 1 TD. Bovada has Kizer listed at +4,000 to win the Heisman. That might be a GREAT value bet.

 

Deondre Francois

33-for-52 for 420 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers vs Ole Miss. His Heisman odds are unlisted on Bovada but when they list them this might be a great bet to throw a few bucks on.  Those Freshman Florida State QBs do pretty well.

 

JT Barrett

379 total yards and seven touchdowns vs Bowling Green. Bovada lists JT as +550.

 

Nick Chubb

222 yards rushing and 2 TDs against North Carolina. Chubb is listed at +1,000.

 

Probably Christian McCaffrey

166 total yards and 2 TDs. Bovada lists him at +400, the best odds of any player to win the Heisman.

 

I don’t expect much movement next week in the top 10 because unlike week 1, week 2 is filled with cupcakes for all of the good teams in CFB.

And someone alert me once Deondre Francois’s odds get listed on Bovada.