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A Penny for Pat’s Thoughts: College Football

A Penny For Pat's Thoughts

A Penny For Pat’s Thoughts

This year of NCAA football has been full of many interesting story lines, perhaps one of the biggest being the retirement of the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier. With a record of 228-89-2, he is among the top coaches in all of college football history.  A former player for the Florida Gators and quarterback for numerous NFL teams, he was destined for greatness as a football coach. He brought Florida back to their winning ways in the 90’s and brought South Carolina their first ten-win season in their entire history.

Being a big college football fan, I have developed several opinions on who the top conference and top schools are. Based on my analysis of strength of schedule, recruiting, and quality of the team, I believe that the top conference in all of the NCAA is the Southeastern Conference (SEC). 7 of the past 9  National Champions have been from the SEC, and one of the wins came against another SEC team. 8 of the top 25 recruiting classes for the year of 2016 are from the SEC. While some people say that the SEC is overrated because they feel the polls rank them too high, the SEC is clearly the best conference in all of NCAA football based on the strength of their schedule.

Other thoughts on college football this week:

  • Baylor’s rank at #2 is far too high, considering their best opponent so far has been Texas Tech. Most likely with the loss of their QB, Baylor will finish 10-2 at best.
  • Ohio State will finish the season strong against their opponents, including Michigan State & Michigan, now that J.T. Barrett is back to being the starting QB.

    Ohio State Quarterback J.T. Barrett Photo Credit MGoBlog via Flickr - https://flic.kr/p/qco6v3

    Ohio State Quarterback J.T. Barrett
    Photo Credit MGoBlog via Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/qco6v3

  • At this rate, Leonard Fournette of LSU will be the first RB to win the Heisman Trophy since Mark Ingram from Alabama won in 2009. His streak of games with 150+ yards will be put to the test on November 7th against Alabama and their vaunted run defense.
  • Florida’s loss of QB Will Grier for the season due to his suspension for PED use will not hurt the team, as they maintain a strong QB in Treon Harris.
  • With Florida State losing to Georgia Tech, Clemson has control of their own destiny, as all they have to do is win out (including a game against Florida State on November 7th) to reach the playoff.

Predicted Playoff Bracket

  1. Ohio State
  2. LSU
  3. Clemson
  4. TCU

Pat’s Quick Picks for Week 10

  • Notre Dame over Temple
  • Tennesse over Kentucky
  • USC (Southern California) over Cal
  • Arizona over Washington

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