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College Gameday Signs Are Out In Full Force: Right In Tennessee’s Mug

It was only a matter of time until a Tennessee sign came flailing out from the crowd, they have became the complete joke of college football since they have botched their coaching search by epic proportions:

So, so many questions here. College gameday is in Charlotte for the ACC championship game between Clemson and Miami – and here’s this guy, in enemy territory, wearing a South Carolina shirt, and making a Tennessee joke, at a Clemson/Miami game. Even the Miami fan right next him is wondering, “wyd???” If you’re a South Carolina fan, and you’re taking shots at Tennessee at a Clemson game, you’re just fighting the wrong battle. Clemson just killed South Carolina last week yet again, at least take shots at Clemson to earn some petty points dude.

College Football Judgment Day is Upon Us

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*The Rock Voice* FINALLY, the best weekend of college football, has come back! Tonight starts out the first of five top 15 match-ups this weekend and I’m here to give you all your picks that you probably will end up fading.

Current Record on the year: 173 – 4 – 1, (I get the spreads earlier than everyone else)

#12 Stanford (9-3) vs #10 USC (10-2) Friday, 8PM EST
Line – USC (-3.5) O/U 59
Last  Meeting Between Teams- USC 42-24

USC has all the talent in the country, it always seems like they just fall flat at some points during a season. They have their typical two losses out of the way. Stanford is coming off their best win of the season, over Notre Dame. Also, no same team has ever beaten Stanford twice in a season since 1913. Records were meant to be broken.

I’ll take USC and the points in a battle of differing styles, and D’Arnold puts on a show

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USC 38-31
USC (-3.5) Over 59

#11 TCU (10-2) vs #3 Oklahoma (11-1) Saturday, 12:30PM EST
Line – Oklahoma (-7) O/U 63.5
Last  Meeting Between Teams- Oklahoma 38-20

TCU comes into this game looking to spoil the Sooners shot at the CFP, and they are doing it close to home. TCU campus is located a cool 25 minute drive from AT&T Stadium, so expect the Horned Frog’s to have a steady diet of fans behind them. For Oklahoma, a W here would all but lock up a Heisman for our guy Baker Mayfield, so knowing these stakes expect him to put on a show.

If TCU wants to stay within the number, they’ll have to get a great game out of Kenny Hill, and I expect this one to be closer than expected. Oklahoma punches their ticket to the CFP, but with Mayfield getting the last laugh

Oklahoma 31-28
TCU (+7), Under 62.5 

#6 Georgia (11-1) vs #2 Auburn (10-2) Saturday, 4:00 PM EST
Line – Auburn (-1.5) O/U 48
Last  Meeting Between Teams – Auburn 40-17

Auburn has been on a tear, beating two #1 teams in the past 3 weeks (Georgia and Alabama in the Iron Bowl). Auburn is very reliant on their running game, and there are question marks in the backfield for the Tigers with starting RB Kerryon Johnson suffering an injury late in the Iron Bowl. Johnson has had over 100 yards in each other last 4 games, and if he is absent it’ll be a big adjustment for Auburn. Georgia has not disappointed, with the exception of the Auburn game, all season. It is also very difficult to beat a top tier team twice in three weeks.

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Georgia 23-17
Georgia (+1.5), Georgia ML, Under 48

#7 Miami (10-1) vs #1 Clemson (11-1) Saturday, 8:00 PM EST
Line – Clemson (-9.5) O/U 46.5

These teams have not met this season so there will be a feeling out process at the beginning of this one, I have a feeling the offenses won’t be able to find a rhythm to start so bonus take the 1st half under, if that doesn’t work it’s not my fault you took my advice. Both of these defenses are fast and hungry, winner of this one is all but guaranteed a birth in the CFP. Miami is 2-9 this season going under the O/U so look out for that, but I think Clemson has the fire power and experience to win and cover.

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Clemson 27-10
Clemson (-9.5), Under 46.5

#8 Ohio State (10-2) vs #4 Wisconsin (12-0) Saturday, 8:00 PM EST
Line – Ohio State (-6.0) O/U 51

Wisconsin is the lone team in the Power 5 that is still undefeated at this point, and they have been catching some heat for their scheduling. I am one of those people giving them shit for it. Look, when the best team you’ve played all year is a sorry ass Michigan team at home, you deserve it. But could this be the year for the Badgers? Do they have the recipe? JT Barrett is hobbled, Ohio State doesn’t look as great as they usually do. But, I’ll always take the Buckeyes over Wisconsin until they prove otherwise.

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Ohio State 34-20

Ohio State (-6.0), Over 51

Recap: USC -3.5, Over 59
TCU +7, Under 62.5
Georgia ML and +1.5, Under 48
Clemson -9.5, Under 46.5
Ohio State -6.5, Over 51

Thanks for bearing through this MLA formatted essay and good luck this weekend

PS There’s gotta be a scandal coming to Florida State right? Jimbo Fisher basically had to wait until Bobby Bowden couldn’t speak to snag that job, and he just up and runs to one of the weaker SEC jobs? Just remember who called it first when something comes out

Marvin Bagley Proved Why He’s The Man

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PK80 did not disappoint, unlike some other tournaments and some other teams (looking at you, Arizona). Between the two brackets, there were five ranked teams, including #1 Duke, #4 Michigan State (who won the Victory bracket) , #7 Florida , #9 North Carolina  and #17 Gonzaga, five teams that have serious national championship aspirations, and there was one guy who stood out most in the whole field.

#1 recruit out of high school, after he reclassified for eligibility, was Marvin Bagley, the 6’11” Power Forward for Duke and a lot of NBA scouts have named Bagley their #1 prospect. He played like it this weekend. Between the three comeback wins, where Bagley was the catalyst, the freshman averaged over 27 points and 15 rebounds a game on 55% shooting from the field.  On the season, sans the Michigan State game where Bagley left with an injury, Bagley would is posting about 25 points and 12 rebounds a game.

The skill set of Bagley is rare, so rare that people speculate that he has the ability to be a face of an NBA franchise today at the age of 18. Many have said the spark to this Duke team was going to be the senior Grayson Allen, but as Bagley goes, Duke goes. With a vicious comeback of #7 Florida last night, who looked like a perennial Final Four team, the Blue Devils could be looking  at a run that the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats could be jealous of.

3 Easy Bets For Rivalry Week

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Ohio State vs. Michigan Line: Ohio State -12 / 49.5 points:

Under: A cold November game in the big house between two big ten foes will have all sorts of punts – shanks, high hangers, line drives you name it. A 50 point total where John O’Korn is playing QB against JT Barrett is the easiest under bet I have had the last 3 days. Not to mention we have two of the best defensive lines in college, put your coins on the under.

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma: Oklahoma -23 / 68.5 points:

WVU +23: Wil Grier’s finger is at a 90 degree angle and there’s a good chance Baker Mayfield is still traumatized at his crotch grab from the looks of his presser. Leading to this retarded spread, it’s a trap – This is an extremely over inflated spread that has no chance in being covered. NO CHANCE.

Washington State vs. Washington: WSU -10.5 / 48 points:

Over/UW +10.5: You can take either bet here, they will both hit. The Apple Cup will be a shootout, on top of it – Washington State still screams fraud in my opinion. There’s no way I can bet you to cover a 10 point spread if you let Cal drop a 37 spot on your brain and you only put up 3. Take both here.

Finally, the Maui Invitational Starts Today

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Some college basketball fans associate the beginning of the season with the Champions Classic, which was last Tuesday where Michigan State lost to Duke, sans- Marvin Bagley for most of the game, and Kansas beat Kentucky in a blue blood thriller. But most fans know the fun doesn’t start until the Maui Invitational, arguably the most well known in-season tournament in the country.

Taking a look at the bracket, it looks like the Zodiac Killer letters to me

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But with only two teams ranked in the Top 25 in this tournament (#6 Wichita State and #13 Notre Dame), and not much other talent out of the remaining six teams, there seems to be a consensus on who is going to link up in the championship game.

Wichita State is always known for their non-conference schedule being soft serve ice cream, but a win against ACC power Notre Dame, and a Maui Invitational title, could prove the naysayers wrong when the postseason rolls around. Expect Wichita State to roll through this tournament, and have a date with the Fighting Irish for the championship and the right to wear the fire lei’s at the end, they even makes Roy Williams look cool as a cucumber.

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PS. Winner of last year’s Maui tournament won the National Title, just saying.

Other Tournament Predictions:

Battle for Atlantis- #2 Arizona over #5 Villanova

  • Arizona is my pick to win the national title this year, they have to size and experience to take down the smaller Villanova unit in a battle of Wildcats.

Phil Knight Invitational (Victory Bracket)- #9 North Carolina over #4 Michigan State

  • In a matchup that seemingly I’ve had as my national championship for the past 8 years, I’ll take the Tar Heels in an upset. No rationale, I just know going all chalk in college basketball is a mistake simpletons make.

Phil Knight Invitational (Motion Bracket)- #1 Duke over #17 Gonzaga

  • Marvin Bagley is back, going to the West Coast could be a problem for some teams, but nobody has as much talent as the Blue Devils.

Phade Sports College Football Recap

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All of the top teams in college football won their games against inferior competition today, making for a pretty boring Saturday.  The biggest threat for an upset going into the weekend was said to be Wisconsin, who hosted a banged up Michigan team in Madison.  This was probably wishful thinking as Michigan was starting freshman Brandon Peters.

This did not last long as Peters was hit in the third quarter and landed on his left side.  He was carted off the field and taken into the locker room in a wheelchair.  Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh said that Peters was being tested for a head injury.  Peters was replaced by John O’Korn and Michigan’s offense was unable to do anything.  Wisconsin won the game 24-10.

Oklahoma’s game against Kansas went much smoother than that, at least that is what the final score would indicate.  However, the controversial quarterback for the Sooners, after throwing his third touchdown pass of the game, made an inappropriate gesture towards the Kansas sideline.

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College Football Guide for the Weekend- November 18, 2017

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What a shitty weekend for College Football after last weekends absurd slate of games. There is only one match-up between Top-25 teams and it has to be a Big 10 game that is sure to set football back 100 years before they knew they could throw a forward pass.

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Lets get through the top games of the weekend so you can fade me.

Rutgers @ Indiana (-11) O/U 46

See what I mean? One of the highlighted games for this weekend is between two 4-6 Big 10 teams. I’ll take Indiana to cover the 11 points because betting on Rutgers is a mistake most people should only make once.

#12 TCU (-6.5) @ Texas Tech O/U 53.5

TCU is coming off their worst loss of the season, basically eliminating themselves from the CFP, traveling to Lubbock to play the Red Raiders. TCU has gone under in their past 6 games, expect water to find its level and take the OVER and Texas Tech to cover the 6.5.

#24 Michigan @ #5 Wisconsin (-7.5) O/U 40.5

Wisconsin has had a soft schedule so far this season, lets just let the record show that. Both of these teams are boring to watch, so that means that everything considered, it looks like the under is the pick, but I wouldn’t touch it. Wisconsin has not covered on any even week besides Week 10, I’ll take Michigan to cover and would not be surprised if they won outright.

Virginia @ #3 Miami (-19.0) O/U 50.5

Miami just had their win of the season, noon start for this game, I could see Miami sleep walking throughout the first half and not really getting into a groove until later into the game. I’ll take Virginia to cover, and Miami games have gone Under every game except for one all season, expect that trend to continue here.

Navy @ #8 Notre Dame (-18) O/U 58.5

Notre Dame, like TCU, just had their hopes for the CFP taken. What a shame, poor Brian Kelly, can that guy ever catch a break!!!! Navy tends to play Notre Dame tough, and NN really doesn’t have much to play for. I’ll take Navy.

#20 LSU (-16) @ Tennessee O/U 45.5

Tennessee is the the college football equivalent to the New York Giants right now. I don’t like kicking people while they’re down, but LSU is 5-0 ATS in their last 5, and they are going to drain the Tennessee defense with running the football. gumbogumbogumbo, play Tiger football, Coach O and LSU cover and win BIG

UCLA @ #11 USC (-16) O/U 71.5

71.5 is a lot of points, I understand that. But Sam D’Arnold and Josh Rosen are both NFL level QBs, UCLA has zero defense, this could end up looking like a Big 12 final score. USC and Over.

Also put it in my last post but Ohio State may win by 85 over Illinois Saturday.

So to recap:

USC -16 and Over 71.5

LSU -16

Navy +18

Virginia +19 and Under 50.5

Michigan +7.5

Texas Tech +6.5 and Over 53.5

Indiana -11

Have a good weekend!

Alabama or the Field? The Biggest Threats to the Crimson Tide

Since what feels like the beginning of time, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are sitting at #1 in all of the rankings across the College Football world. Just a ho-hum, typical undefeated start for the Crimson Tide and once again are the lone undefeated team in a rather top-heavy SEC, and currently 6-5 odds to take the title. Alabama has made every CFP since the new postseason format came into play three seasons ago, winning the 2015-2016 Championship over Clemson, the only team that has achieved that, but have found trouble when the best competition is in their path. Who’s got the best chance of tripping up the *Verne Lundquist voice* mighty Crimson Tide?

4. Ohio State Buckeyes- # 7 in CFP Rankings, 20-1 Odds to win National Title

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Yeah, the Buckeyes are on the outside looking in to the playoffs at the moment. Doesn’t matter, the season doesn’t end today and the Buckeyes absolutely have the firepower to run the table and get themselves into the playoffs. With games coming against a sorry Illinois team at home, and “The Game” in Ann Arbor, that seem like wins for the Buckeyes, they would just need to take down undefeated, but untested, Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game, and they can work their way in to the playoff.

Why the Buckeyes:  They are the fifth ranked scoring offense in the country, and have, playmakers and the experienced QB that Alabama rarely sees with the lackluster QB  play in the SEC. Also Urban Meyer is 2-2 against Nick Saban in his career, including the upset in the inagural College Football Playoff where Ezekiel Elliott ran for 725 yards (per Elias).

3. Georgia Bulldogs- Former #1 in CFP Rankings, Currently #7, 14-1 Odds to win National Title

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Was the showing at Auburn great for the former #1 team in the country? Some would say no. I also would say no because it took them out of the race for an undefeated season, but that game was not a *must win*. The Bulldogs have a two game lead over an average South Carolina team in the SEC East, with only games against Kentucky and Georgia Tech remaining before the SEC Title game, which coincidentally is in Atlanta.

Why Georgia: Despite the slip up at Auburn, Georgia still has been the second most impressive team in the SEC. They are physical and extremely fast on both sides of the ball, have the 10th ranked rushing team in the country with the excellent backfield of Nick Chubb and 18th year senior Sony Michel, and their defense is fifth in the country in points allowed per game at less than 15. If slowing the game down and dominating time of possession is what it takes to take down the Crimson Tide, that’s how Georgia will go at them.

2. Clemson Tigers- #2 in CFP Rankings, Defending National Champions, 5-1 Odds to win National Title

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The Tigers got their bad loss out of the way early on in the season when they lost in the Carrier Dome to a pretty average at best Syracuse team. They have taken care of business as usual ever since though, and have two regular season games remaining against the always overpowering Citadel Bulldogs and South Carolina. Biggest issue for Clemson is ACC Title Game against the U who has got their ole swagger back, but win that game and Clemson could have a date with Alabama for a third time in the National Title.

Why the Tigers: Clemson is currently ranked as the seventh best defense in the country in terms of points allowed per game. Dabo Sweeney also knows how to gameplan for the Crimson Tide, since these two teams have met in the National Championship the past two seasons, splitting those games. If Kelly Bryant can change the game with his feet and his arm, you can very well be looking at back to back titles for Clemson.

  1. Auburn Tigers- #6 in CFP Rankings, 7-1 Odds to win National Title

As the old saying goes, theres no love lost between these two teams. Also, “you can throw the records out” when these teams get together. All the cliches sayings in the book, you can use them for this game. Auburn is hot, coming off their biggest win of the season in a route of formerly #1 Georgia, and their offense is starting to find a groove.

Why these Tigers: There is nothing scarier in College Football than a hot underdog at home, and thats exactly what Alabama will be facing when they go to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Iron Bowl on November 25th. Jarrett Stidham is evolving into a certified problem and the Auburn defense is FAST. The Tigers want more than anything to spoil the Alabama perfect season, and they would love to play their way into the playoff.

Theres a lot of things left to be determined and nobody is already packing their bags for the CFP, but Auburn has had this game circled on their schedule since the beginning of the year, a win there would get them the SEC Championship berth against presumably Georgia. This is going to be fun.

Bonus Free Pick of the Weekend

Ohio State -41.0 over Illinois

Illinois has dropped EIGHT straight, Ohio State wants another statement blowout win at home, dont even see why the Illini would dress for this one.

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How Stupid Are The CFP Voters For Putting Georgia & Notre Dame At 1 & 3?

Miami 41 Notre Dame 8

ESPN:

What they saw was not only a return but an awakening. No. 7 Miami (9-0) played a near-perfect game Saturday night with a devastatingly dominant performance that featured a swarming, aggressive, fast, athletic defense and an offense that made plays when it had to, particularly off turnovers.

The result: a jaw-dropping 41-8 victory over No. 3 Notre Dame (8-2), flipping the conversation from “How good is Miami?” to “How high should we rank Miami in the top four?” Given the way the game played out, it is hard to believe now that Notre Dame was the slight favorite going into the matchup.

Auburn 40 Georgia 17

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Tiger running back Kerryon Johnson was a monster, rushing for 167 yards on 32 carries and catching two passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was 16-for-23 passing for 214 yards with three touchdowns and no picks in a solid performance for the Baylor transfer. Meanwhile, Georgia’s vaunted rushing attack was held to just 46 yards on the game — 1.6 yards per carry — by a swarming Tigers defense that was incredibly disruptive.

First of all, what a weekend in college football. We got the best matchups possible at the heat of the season. But, let’s be honest – it was disappointing for the most part. Auburn steamrolled Georgia, The Miami Hurricanes went category 5 on the frauds from South Bend – Ohio State won by a fucking billion over MSU – FSU/CLEM didn’t live up to expectations because FSU blows, and Oklahoma roasted the Frogs legs like a shish kabob on the barbeque.

The Real Problem:

Notre Dame had no business being ranked in the top 4, and Georgia was OBVIOUSLY not the top team in the country. Both of their schedules were complete booty – and they don’t have good QB’s. Jake Fromm could be a good QB for Georgia in the future, but he is still a true freshman in the SEC. Are they seriously putting Notre Dame over Oklahoma? TCU? Clemson? and Georgia over the rest?

Oklahoma and Clemson would probably beat those two teams 5 times out of 7. Quarterbacks rule college football, and Brandon Wimbush actually sucks – he went 10/21 with 119 yards 1 TD and 2 INT. Baker Mayfield and Kelly Bryant would beat out Fromm and Wimbush single handedly. The committee needs to stop playing the favorites with Notre Dame and the SEC, because pleasing a bunch of crawfish guzzling hicks from the deep south and Indiana doesn’t make college football better. The voters are as useless as tits on a bull.

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Duke Has Become The New England Patriots Of College Basketball

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“Next year I will be attending Duke University,” Barrett announced on TSN’s Sportscentre in Canada.

Barrett chose the Blue Devils over Oregon and Kentucky. The Canada native visited all three schools in September.

Barrett’s recruiting process accelerated on July 31, when he announced that he was reclassifying from the Class of 2019 to the 2018 class.

This is literally the third straight number one player to commit to Duke. From Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Grayson Allen, Marvin Bagley, Gary Trent, Tre Jones, Cameron Reddish, Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter, Luke Kennard, Justise Winslow, Amile Jefferson, and now RJ Barrett.

I really didn’t have to list everyone, it was just my pleasure – maybe a little arrogance. To top it off, Duke continues to be untouched in this wave of fraudsters that have hit college basketball. Duke not only dominates the game, but the recruiting better than everyone else – and they still have their morals. It’s even better when Coach K started the one and done trend at Duke after Coach Cal, and continues to beat him at his own game by epic proportions.

Just like the Patriots in football, they have the best, they are coached by the best, and there is no stopping that train. Everything’s coming up Blue Devils, and I love it.

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