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Bottlegate’s Week 5 College Football Top 10 And Heisman Hopeful

College football Saturdays are the best days of the year and if you disagree you’re just flat out wrong. The 20 minutes when the trio of FSU-North Carolina, Wisconsin-Michigan, and Tennessee-Georgia were ending was absolutely incredible and what makes college football arguably the best sport in America. I get giddy just thinking about it.


Here’s the top 10:


10. North Carolina

I’m all in on the North Carolina bandwagon right now. A cocky kicker, a coach that looks like he could kick your ass, awesome jerseys… and, oh yeah, they’re led by a kid from Northeast Ohio (Mentor) who is generating a little bit of Heisman buzz right now. They lost a close game early in the season to Georgia in the Georgia Dome and their last two games vs. Pitt and Florida State have been instant classics. They’re the favorites to represent the Coastal divison in the ACC Championship.

They host AP #25 Virginia Tech in an interesting afternoon game on Saturday.


9. Houston

I said I’d keep Houston around the 5-9 range the rest of the year and nothing changes until they host Louisville in November. Once Oklahoma starts wiping the floor with the other Big 12 teams, Houston’s signature win over the Sooners is going to look better and better.

They travel to Maryland to take on Navy and I can see this being a tough game for the Coogs.


8. Texas A&M

They were pretty unimpressive in their 24-13 win over South Carolina but that was to be expected after their drubbing of Arkansas last week and their big clash with Tennessee this Saturday.


7. Tennessee

There’s always that one team that no matter what happens to them, you never think they’re out of it. Coming back from 21-3 halftime deficit vs. Florida and then their Hail Mary win over Georgia this week, Tennessee just kind of seems like they can’t lose right now… And I don’t even really think they’re that good. These next 2 games (A&M and Alabama) will show us who the Vols really are.


6. Washington

Confession: Friday night was probably the first time I’ve watched the Washington Huskies play football in about 4 years and I (shocker) was impressed with what I saw. #6 is probably too high for the Huskies since I know nothing about them but when you beat Standford FORTY FOUR TO SIX, you vaulted to one spot out of the top 5. Washington also has one of the most underrated college football stadiums in the country. Boatgating seems like it’d be the best thing ever.

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The Huskies travel to Eugene to take on Oregon.


5. Michigan

That was just some good old fashioned Big 10 football between Wisconsin and Michigan on Saturday.

Michigan travels to Rutgers.


4. Louisville

Louisville and Clemson played possibly the game of the year on Saturday and Louisville came out looking great even with the loss. As long as Lamar Jackson is under center I think the Cardinals have a shot against anybody. On a neutral field I think Louisville beats Clemson.

This is still a high quality loss for the Cardinals that probably won’t hurt them because it happened still semi early in the season. What hurts the Cardinals, however, is that they’re not in the driver’s seat to get to the ACC title game. Would a one loss not conference champion Louisville team make it in the CFB Playoff over a one loss power 5 conference champion? It’ll be interesting to see how the committee handles that if it were to happen.


3. Clemson

Clemson is now in the driver’s seat to win the ACC after an impressive win over Louisville on Saturday. Is there a better gameday atmosphere than Clemson for a night primetime game? From the buses carrying the players to the hill and Howard’s Rock, Death Valley looks like the most fun place on Earth to watch a football game.


2. Alabama

Keeping the Tide as the second best team after they beat (but didn’t cover) Kentucky. I still think the inexperience at quarterback may hurt Alabama sometime down the road this season.


1.Ohio State

Ohio State took care of business and their offense and defense seem to be firing on all cylinders right now. I still give Ohio State the nod over Alabama because of their quarterback.


Heisman Frontrunners aka Lamar Jackson and everybody else

This quarterback from UNLV who had one of the craziest runs you’ll ever see in college football:

Mitch Trubisky

My new dark horse. We’ll see how he responds against Virginia Tech with the new national recognition he’s received this week.

JT Barrett

Rutgers and Indians are great teams to pad your stats. Once Ohio State starts their slate of primetime Big 10 games, JT will start to garner a lot of Heisman talk.
Lamar Jackson

Even with his loss to Clemson Jackson was phenomenal. It’ll take an insane stretch of games for anyone to catch him by December. 

Great slate of games this weekend- Tennessee-Texas A&M, North Carolina-Virginia Tech, Alabama-Arkansas, and Miami Florida State. Let’s go!

Beat the Hoosiers  

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

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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.