With spring ball coming to a close and the summer dead period rapidly approaching let’s take a closer look at the top two teams from each division in the Big Ten.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Despite losing the most decorated quarterback in conference history in JT Barrett the Buckeyes are once again poised for a playoff run. Although little has been seen of him the small glimmer we have gotten of Dwayne Haskins has been positive. Look for him to thrive behind an experienced offensive line, and three very talented backs to take the heat off of the passing game. Ohio State may have the best running back duo in the country in Mike Webber and JK Dobbins. Dobbins is coming off a monster year which saw him rush for 1400 yards. Defensively the Buckeyes lose star corner Denzel Ward, but this defense should be stout as ever. A deep D-Line anchored by Nick Bosa should be downright terrifying. If the Buckeyes can navigate a stretch that has them playing TCU in Arlington and going on the road at Penn State two weeks later, then they should be right there in the College Football Playoff race Read Full Article Here!
It was same old same old in college football this past season. Alabama won the National Championship. A year after getting shocked by Clemson in the national title game, the Tide got revenge on the Tigers and won a thrilling national championship game against Georgia. Now Alabama has the familiar task of defending their title. This is always a challenge for any team, but it will be especially hard for Bama this year. Read Full Article Here!
More than a few teams either having a surplus of talented quarterbacks itching to take the field, meanwhile other teams have a glaring hole at the signal caller position that must be addressed. I decided to look into the major QB battles heading toward the 2018 season, and tried to provide predictions.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
In contention- Brandon Wimbush, Ian Book, Phil Jurkovec.
How it will shake out- Wimbush started off the 2017 campaign red hot leading the Irish to a 4-1 record heading into the North Carolina game. After the game against the Heels Wimbush’s statistics started to take a dip culminating into a bowl game benching in favor of Ian Book. Book played against UNC as Wimbush was out that came and struggled a bit, however Book did come in for relief in the Citrus Bowl. In the bowl game Book looked polished and played with a chip on his shoulder leading the Irish to a gritty 21-17 victory over LSU. Finally there is Phil Jurkoec the 4 star pocket passer out of Pennsylvania. On film Jurkovec can make the necessary throws and is also a solid game manager, however he did struggle against elevated competition in the Army All America Bowl. Expect Book to get the nod, and Wimbush to pursue transfer options at the end of the 2018 season. Read Full Article Here!
With the season six grueling months away let’s take an extremely early look at teams poised to make a run at the playoff that may not be receiving enough national attention.
West Virginia Mountaineers
A healthy Will Grier will be ready to go come opening day, and he should be a favorite to earn All-American honors. In his first season at WVU Grier threw for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. The Mountaineers have a deadly three headed monster in the backfield in Kennedy McCoy, who rushed for nearly 600 yards as the number two back last year, Martell Pettaway, and Tevin Smith. These backs should help carry the load offensively. The Mountaineers also have returning deadly receiver threat David Sills and will add Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons. Look for defenses to have a tough time stopping the high-powered WVU offense that will be able to torch teams both on the ground and through the air. WVU has an iffy defense that will be interesting to watch this year, but they do have a chunk of their top defensive performers returning. WVU will be battle tested by the end of the season as they have to play Tennessee to open the season, and navigate an ever improving Big 12 slate. If this defense can improve from last year fully expect them to push Oklahoma for the Big 12 title, and maybe a playoff spot. Read Full Article Here!