Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DC's Heisman Ballot: Week 13


1. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: It's don't want to's some videos for the frontrunners.

2. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma:

3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford:


Keenan Reynolds, QB, Navy

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson


Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: It's not Fournette's fault that LSU has dropped three straight games by more than two TDs for the first time in 50 years, but he's not helping:


Zeke Elliott, RB, The NFL Draft: You mad bro?

Wager Wednesday: Week 13

Miami (+6) at Pitt: Miami hates playing in cold weather. Also, Miami football is dead. The Pick: Pitt.

Iowa (-1.5) at Nebraska: Gather around, haters, it's your last chance to bet on Iowa blowing their perfect season and casting the Playoff rankings into utter chaos! The Pick: Nebraska.

BIG 12
Oklahoma (-7) at Oklahoma State: I think I like the Sooners outright, but that's WAY too many points for a rivalry game, on the road, with a conference title at stake. The Pick: Oklahoma State.

UCLA (+3) at USC: I haven't researched this, but I'm 96% sure I've gotten every single USC game wrong this season. Now that that's out of the way, the Trojans HATE UCLA and always show up for this one. The Pick: USC.

Ole Miss (-1) at Mississippi State: I've stopped trying to figure this game out after being wrong for five straight years, so I'm just taking the point. The Pick: Mississippi State.

Ohio State (+2) at Michigan: This line is a MASSIVE overreaction to the Buckeyes' loss and the locker room antics that followed. Harbaugh will get them there, but Ohio State is too talented for this Michigan squad. The Pick: Ohio State.

Baylor (1-5) at TCU: Making this a 1.5-point line is essentially saying it's a Pick Em. It's not. Baylor is better with their fourth-string QB than TCU is with their second. The Pick: Baylor.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DC's Top 10: Week 13

1. ALABAMA (10-1): I don't know why we bother talking ourselves into other teams every August when we know the Tide are just going to steamroll their way into the Playoff behind a Heisman caliber running back and NFL defense. We should just write about Division III or our plan for Syria until January.

2. CLEMSON (11-0): Deshaun Watson and the Tigers offense put up 500 yards for the seventh straight game as Clemson rolled Wake, and the Tar Heels win in Blacksburg pushed us one step closer to a meaningful ACC Championship Game. Clemson has played the hardest schedule of Playoff contenders (according to FiveThirtyEight's witchcraft), so if you want them in the top spot we can't really argue with you.

3. IOWA (11-0): OK, we'll admit it: the Hawkeyes deserve to be in the Top 3 after thumping Purdue to remain undefeated, but we're even more impressed by the strides Wisconsin and Northwestern have made in the last few weeks. That 11-0 mark is starting to look better by the second.

4. NOTRE DAME (10-1): Look, it was a turnover filled slopfest, but they still manhandled the nation's top defense in spite of another slew of injuries. Now they just need Temple, Navy and USC to keep winning...and us to keep reminding you that they pummeled the team that beat Oklahoma.

5. OKLAHOMA (10-1): The Sooners let TCU hang around way too long, but you can chalk most of that up to losing Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma State's loss took a bit of luster off an epic Bedlam, but OU can still make a convincing Playoff case with a win.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Medicine: THE Ohio State Buckeyes

Yahoo's Pat Forde said nobody walks the line between dynasty and train wreck like an Urban Meyer team (with apologies to Auburn), so let's take a look back at a Saturday in Columbus when Meyer's Buckeyes jumped from one to the other...

We started with College Gameday, where the crowds' best sign was directed at their own quarterbacks:

Then it was gametime, where we watched the Buckeyes get MAULED in the trenches by a team who clearly couldn't throw the ball with their third string quarterback and lose an indefensible home game slash shot at the College Football Playoff.

The win helped the Spartans end the two longest winning streaks in Ohio State history in a two year span, and gave America this FIFA celebration right in the Shoe's face:

That would have been bad enough, but the horrific on field display was topped by a Zeke Elliott breakdown for the ages:

What a disaster. Ohio State was the defending national champions with an inside track back to the Playoff and another ring two days ago, now Zeke Elliott is setting fires all over the ship before jumping into the captain's lifeboat and driving away with both middle fingers up while Michigan licks its collective chops in Ann Arbor.

Buckeyes fans: come on down to the pharmacy and enjoy some pizza...

And some Monday Medicine...

Friday, November 20, 2015

DC's Heisman Ballot: Week 12


1. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: The LSU game was Henry's coming out party, but he went over 200 again last week in a win over a tough Mississippi State defense. Henry has 1,458 yards and 19 TDs for an Alabama squad that seems destined for the Playoff, and a big game against Auburn can help solidify his front row seat in Manhattan.

2. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Mayfield has come on strong during the Sooners five game winning streak, and if he can get them through the next two weeks unscathed he's got an excellent chance to reach the Heisman podium and the Playoff. Mayfield's 270 yards and 3 TDs knocked Baylor out of the title hunt and bumped his season totals over 3,000 yards and 30 TDs. Boomer.

3. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: It's been a rough couple weeks for Fournette, on and off the field. We've seen Heisman winners survive one terrible game (like Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow against LSU or Eric Crouch against Notre Dame), but we've never seen one recover from having their two worst games while their team's season imploded around them. As shocking as this would have seemed 13 days ago I think Fournette's campaign is done.


Keenan Reynolds, QB, Navy: Every time I turn my TV on or open my computer Keenan Reynolds sets another NCAA record, and he's leading the best Navy football team since the 1970s. Invite him.


Zeke Elliott, RB, Ohio State: Zeke's stats are good enough, but nobody's paying attention to the Buckeyes because their schedule has been softer than baby shit. If he strings together a stretch of games against Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa like he had in the Playoff last year he'll be in New York.


Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: Coleman had his worst outing of the season against Oklahoma (his first without a TD) and is clearly missing Seth Russell. He'll need a huge stretch for the rest of the month to make it to Manhattan.

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU: Boykin's Heisman campaign certainly seems like it's coming to an end after a subpar day against Oklahoma State and an injury against Kansas, but he's had too strong of a season to drop him. If he plays through pain and leads the Horned Frogs to a win this week he'll be right back in this thing.


Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: He's thrown for 2,600 yards and 23 TDs for the #1 team in the country, and he's leading Clemson to their best season in more than 30 years. He should be getting talked about with the rest of these guys but he's not. I can't explain it, so I'm keeping him on here until they win the ACC and get some love.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DC's Week 12 Picks

#1 Clemson over Wake Forest: Yawn.
#2 Alabama over Charleston Southern: YAWWWWWNNNNNN.
#9 Michigan State over #3 Ohio State: I don't know if the Spartans skill players are good enough to hang with the Buckeyes, I just feel like in every primetime Michigan State game the complete opposite of what we all expect actually happens.
#4 Notre Dame over Boston College: This is gonna be ugly, but at least the Eagles and Fenway will look good:

#5 Iowa over Purdue: Have you ever hated something so much and so early that when everyone else started to hate it you became a fan? That's the point I reached with Iowa and Cam Newton this week. Go get em, Hawkeyes...and dance all you want Cam.
#6 Oklahoma State over #10 Baylor: I miss Seth Russell (but not as much as Corey Coleman does).
#7 Oklahoma over #18 TCU: Boykin or no Boykin, TCU can't hang with this Sooners squad.
#8 Florida over FAU: YAWWWNNNN.
#11 Stanford over Cal: We're legally obligated to show this:

#12 Michigan over Penn State: Potential look-ahead spot for the Wolverines, but they're not losing with this kind of swag in the house:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wager Wednesday: Week 12

North Carolina (-6.5) at Virginia Tech: The Tar Heels are one of the most disrespected teams in the country and are peaking at the right time after back-to-back drubbings of division favorites Duke and Miami. The Hokies are a really bad team that's playing for their coach but have already guaranteed that his bowl streak will continue this year. The Heels have a lot more to play for. The Pick: UNC.

Michigan State (+13) at Ohio State: Connor Cook says his shoulder is fine, but this line says someone ripped his arm completely off his body and beat him with it. This is way too high for an inconsistent Buckeyes team. Take the points. The Pick: Michigan State.

BIG 12
TCU (NL) at Oklahoma: You obviously can't bet on this game until we find out what's up with Trevone Boykin's leg, but I needed a Big 12 game since Baylor at Oklahoma State is the GOTW. Boykin or no Boykin, I like the Sooners. Just ignore whatever spread comes out and take the money line as early as possible. The Pick: Oklahoma.

USC (+4) at Oregon: I'm pretty sure USC is still alive in the Pac-12 South, but I'm not going to bother looking it up because they won't be after their trip to Eugene. The Pick: Oregon.

You know what? I just got a really bad feeling about that one. Screw it. The Pick: USC. 

I hate this season.

LSU (+4.5) at Ole Miss: I know LSU has looked awful the last two weeks, I know this is one of the most talented Ole Miss teams of all time, and I know the game is in Oxford, but I just can't shake the Pavlovian response I get every time I see the Tigers getting points against the Rebs. The Pick: LSU. 

Baylor (+1) at Oklahoma State: Are we sure Baylor's actually good? The defense has been suspect all year, and the offense has sputtered without Seth Russell at the helm. Unless Corey Coleman learns to throw the ball to himself (s/o Gisele) then I don't like them on the road. The Pick: Oklahoma State. 

Florida Atlantic (+46.5) at Florida: Look, the Gators are going to slaughter FAU, but they've only scored 47 points once all season and it was in the opener when they still had Will I'm supposed to bet that they'll win by 47 in a game they clearly won't care about? I don't think so. Take the points. The Pick: FAU, +46.5.