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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 4 College Football Top 10 And Heisman Hopefuls

Week 4 in the books. Les Miles is out at LSU, Notre Dame is officially dead, Texas A&M is an SEC darkhorse, Wisconsin is for real, and Lamar Jackson just can’t stop scoring touchdowns.

Here’s the Top 10:

 

10. Stanford

Stanford is gonna have one of those seasons where they fly under the radar all season and then somehow end up as the #4 seed in the CFB playoff, I can just feel it. Any team with Christian McCaffrey on it has a chance to run the table. Stanford travels to AP #10 Washington for some Friday Night Lights PAC 12 action. Should be a good one.

Thoughts and prayers if you bet on last week’s Stanford-UCLA game, however.

 

9. Houston

Houston’s win over Oklahoma looks a little less impressive after we found out Oklahoma is kind of average. The Coogs beat up on Texas State last week which isn’t saying much. For Houston, it all comes down to November 17th when they host Louisville. Until then, I’ll probably bounce them around the #5-9 range unless they lose.

 

8. Tennessee

Tennessee was down 21-3 to Florida at the half on Saturday, I declared that they stunk, and then they decided to go Super Saiyan and outscore Florida 35-7 in the second half. It was one of the more fun games this season.

The Vols play Georgia on Saturday, then @ Texas A&M, then they host Bama. Woof.

 

 

7. Michigan

Michigan beat Penn State 49-10 and the only highlight of the game was a tackle by Penn State’s chubby kicker. Michigan hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

 

6. Clemson

They beat Georgia Tech last Thursday in a pretty boring game. I really just can’t get a read on Clemson this season. We’ll find out a ton about them this Saturday when they host Louisville in the biggest game in college football so far this season. Deshaun Watson vs. Lamar Jackson. God damn this game is going to be a lot of fun.

 

5. Texas A&M

Had Texas A&M ranked #8 last week and this week they jumped 3 spots after an impressive win vs. Arkansas. They’ve been flying under the radar the past few weeks but everyone is starting to find out that these boys can play. Friendly reminder- Trevor Knight has already beaten Nick Saban and Alabama when he played for Oklahoma. People forget that. (Except Nick Saban. Nick Saban hasn’t forgotten that)

 

4. Wisconsin

They already have two top 10 wins this year after beating LSU week 1 and demolishing Michigan State last week. If Ohio State didn’t look like such a dominant team in their victory at Oklahoma I’d probably rank Wisconsin as the best team in the Big 10. Yuuuge matchup with Michigan this week.

 

3. Alabama

They beat Kent State and host Kentucky on Saturday.

 

1.Ohio State & Louisville

Ohio State had a bye and Louisville beat Marshall. At this point it’s not even if the Cardinals can outscore the other team, it’s if Lamar Jackson can outscore the other team by himself. He did. 7 TDs for the Heisman frontrunner compared to 4 TDs for Marshall.

Ohio State hosts Rutgers (yawn) and Louisville travels to Clemson on Saturday.

 

Dropped out: Miami, Arkansas, Michigan State

 

Heisman frontrunners aka Lamar Jackson & everybody else

 

Christian McCaffreyĀ 

436 yard rushing and 119 yards receiving with 4 total touchdowns.

 

Jabrill Peppers

Jabrill Peppers is college football’s version of Terrelle Pryor šŸ™‚

 

JT Barrett

13 total touchdowns in 3 games for JT. Expect him to keep up that pace vs, Rutgers this Saturday.

 

Lamar Jackson

13 passing TDs and 12 rushing TDs. Pretty sure he’s going to score more touchdowns this year than 3/4 of the teams in the SEC.

 

Stanford v Washington on Friday night, Ā and Wisconsin v Michigan plusĀ Louisville v Clemson on Saturday. Lettt’s gooo!

 

One of these weeks I’ll actually have this done on a Tuesday (when it should be posted) but Indians clinched a playoff berth so, sorry.

 

 

 

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. ArkansasĀ 

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 hadĀ had 9 tackles, 3.5 TFLĀ 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 TDsĀ 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 QBsĀ 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 teamĀ (it could have been more) and has 18 total touchdowns. If the Heisman voting ended today he’d win unanimously.

 

On to week 4