Top 5 Coaches in College Football Today

January 11, 2013

As Alabama head coach Nick Saban just took home his third BCS National Championship in four years, and fourth overall, it is a good time to look at who might be the top five coaches who are in college football today.

With Saban climbing up the ranks of the best coaches of all time, where does he rank among current college coaches.

#5 – Chip Kelly, Oregon

Kelly runs his offense and he runs it well.  His up-tempo, stretch the field offense just physically and mentally wears out the Ducks’ opponents.  Kelly continues to turn out phenomenal athletes in the college ranks; they don’t always work out in the NFL.

Kelly has been the most rumored to make the jump to the NFL, he recently announced he would remain at Oregon, at least for this year.  It would have to be an ideal situation, with the right athletes already in place, for Kelly’s system to work at the next level.

#4 – Les Miles, LSU

There is probably not a coach with more guts in college football right now than Miles.  He thrives on making calls that other coaches would never make.  His sustained success in the SEC at LSU is only overshadowed by one coach.

#3 – Chris Petersen, Boise State

Every year, college football fans wait for the year Boise State seriously stumbles.  Yet every year, Boise State is competing on the national stage, and often in the running to make a BCS game as an at-large bid (a.k.a. the same exact way Northern Illinois got in).

Boise State obviously is not going to draw in the big name recruits, but Petersen continues to coach the teams to top finishes every year.

#2 – Urban Meyer, Ohio State

It shows what type of coach Meyer is when he can lead and motivate the Buckeyes, a team banned from postseason play in 2012, to the only FBS team with an undefeated record.  His offenses at Florida, especially with Tim Tebow at quarterback, were magical, and Ohio State fans hope that success is duplicated with Braxton Miller.

While Meyer has had to deal with a number of off-the-field issues, there is no denying that he is one of the brilliant coaches in college football today.

This space indicates how far ahead the #1 coach on this list is ahead of the previous four and all of the other coaches in college football.

#1 – Nick Saban, Alabama

What Saban has been able to do at Alabama is just unbelievable.  The Crimson Tide were just better in all aspects of the game against Notre Dame.

There is not another coach in college football right now, that if there was one game to win, that I would want roaming the sidelines and preparing my team.

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2012-13 Bowl Game Picks

December 14, 2012

In past years, I have compared my picks to that of a coin flip.  This year, the coin won’t continue, but the picks will.

Overall, it was a great season picking games, and hopefully the bowl picks keep up the great work.

Last Week:  1-0  (1.000) [Navy beat Army]

Overall:  302-77 (.797)

Nevada vs. Arizona  (First bowl game of the year, should actually be a close one.)

Toledo vs. Utah State

BYU vs. San Diego State  (Essentially a home game for San Diego State.)

Central Florida vs. Ball State  (Essentially a home game for Central Florida.)

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. East Carolina  (Essentially a home game for Louisiana-Lafayette.)

Boise State vs. Washington

Southern Methodist vs. Fresno State  (June Jones gets a win in Hawaii, his old stomping grounds.)

Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Bowling Green vs. San Jose State

Duke vs. Cincinnati  (An upset special.)

UCLA vs. Baylor  (Essentially a home game for UCLA.)

Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers  (Virginia Tech tries to salvage an otherwise disappointing season.)

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota  (Essentially a home game for Texas Tech.)

Air Force vs. Rice

Syracuse vs. West Virginia  (Geno Smith has a great game in his final game.)

Navy vs. Arizona State

Oregon State vs. Texas  (Essentially a home game for Texas.)

TCU vs. Michigan State

North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt  (North Carolina State has been disappointing after the Florida State win.)

Georgia Tech vs. Southern California

Tulsa vs. Iowa State

Clemson vs. LSU  (Defense should win this game.)

Northwestern vs. Mississippi State  (Northwestern will lead for 3 1/2 quarters, only to lose late.)

Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Michigan vs. South Carolina

Georgia vs. Nebraska

Wisconsin vs. Stanford  (Defense wins this game.)

Florida State vs. Northern Illinois  (Congratulations to Northern Illinois for making it to a BCS game, that will be about when the celebration ends.)

Florida vs. Louisville

Oregon vs. Kansas State  (The only other good BCS game match-up.)

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma

Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi

Kent State vs. Arkansas State

Notre Dame vs. Alabama  (Game has the potential to be one of the greatest in college football history.  Alabama just has a little more offense than the Fighting Irish.)

Keep track of all of the bowl game results here.


2012-13 College Football Bowl Schedule

December 2, 2012

Here is the complete listing of the match-ups for all of the bowl games this year, for your viewing pleasure.  There were several winners, and several losers.

Central Michigan gets to a bowl game, but Louisiana Tech stays home.  However, after the reports that emerged about the Bulldogs’ bowl selection process by the athletic’s department, they are probably right where they deserve.

Northern Illinois does end up climbing high enough in the BCS rankings to go to the Orange Bowl as a non-AQ team.  This appears to have created duds in several of the BCS bowls.

Nevertheless, the National Championship game stands to be one for the ages, and several of the ‘other’ bowls are potentially great games.  Picks for all of the games will be coming in a couple of weeks.

So here is the complete list, before ESPN announces it.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl – University Stadium, Albuquerque – December 15th, 1 p.m., ESPN

Nevada vs. Arizona

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Bronco Stadium, Boise – December 15th, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Toledo vs. Utah State

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – December 20th, 8 p.m., ESPN

BYU vs. San Diego State

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl – Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg – December 21st, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Central Florida vs. Ball State

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans – December 22nd, 12 p.m., ESPN

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. East Carolina

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas – December 22nd, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Boise State vs. Washington

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – December 24th, 8 p.m., ESPN

Southern Methodist vs. Fresno State

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl – Ford Field, Detroit – December 26th, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. – December 27th, 3 p.m., ESPN

Bowling Green vs. San Jose State

Belk Bowl – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte – December 27th, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Duke vs. Cincinnati

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – December 27th, 9:45 p.m., ESPN

UCLA vs. Baylor

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl – Independence Stadium, Shreveport – December 28th, 2 p.m., ESPN

Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Russell Athletic Bowl – Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando – December 28th, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers

Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl – Reliant Stadium, Houston – December 28th, 9 p.m., ESPN

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas – December 29th, 11:45 a.m., ESPN

Air Force vs. Rice

New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Yankee Stadium, Bronx – December 29th, 3:15 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2

Syracuse vs. West Virginia

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl – AT&T Park, San Francisco – December 29th, 3:15 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2

Navy vs. Arizona State

Valero Alamo Bowl – Alamodome, San Antonio – December 29th, 6:45 p.m., ESPN

Oregon State vs. Texas

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl – Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe – December 29th, 10:15 p.m., ESPN

TCU vs. Michigan State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – LP Field, Nashville – December 31st, 12 p.m., ESPN

North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt

Hyundai Sun Bowl – Sun Bowl, El Paso – December 31st, 2 p.m., CBS

Georgia Tech vs. Southern California

AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Liberty Bowl, Memphis – December 31st, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Tulsa vs. Iowa State

Chick-fil-A Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta – December 31st, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Clemson vs. LSU

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl – Everbank Field, Jacksonville – January 1st, 12 p.m., ESPN2

Northwestern vs. Mississippi State

Heart of Dallas Bowl – Cotton Bowl, Dallas – January 1st, 12 p.m., ESPNU

Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Outback Bowl – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa – January 1st, 1 p.m., ESPN

Michigan vs. South Carolina

Capital One Bowl – Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando – January 1st, 1 p.m., ABC

Georgia vs. Nebraska

Rose Bowl Game presented by Visio – Rose Bowl, Pasadena – January 1st, 5 p.m., ESPN

Wisconsin vs. Stanford

Discover Orange Bowl – Sun Life Stadium, Miami – January 1st, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Florida State vs. Northern Illinois

Allstate Sugar Bowl – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – January 2nd, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Florida vs. Louisville

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale – January 3rd, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Oregon vs. Kansas State

AT&T Cotton Bowl – Cowboys Stadium, Arlington – January 4th, 8 p.m., FOX

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma

BBVA Compass Bowl – Legion Field, Birmingham – January 5th, 1 p.m., ESPN

Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi

GoDaddy.com Bowl – Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile – January 6th, 9 p.m., ESPN

Kent State vs. Arkansas State

Discover BCS National Championship – Sun Life Stadium, Miami – January 7th, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Notre Dame vs. Alabama


Bowl Predictions FINAL Edition (After 12/1)

December 1, 2012

Here they are, the final edition of the Bowl Predictions.  Tomorrow the final BCS standings will be released, and the bowl picks will be revealed.

Information is certainly going to be pouring in throughout tomorrow on leaked bowl picks, and I will try to keep the table and subsequent changes updated leading up to the selection show.

The complete list, and times of games, is listed here.

UPDATE #1 1:10 p.m.:  Pittsburgh is in to a bowl game.  Appears they are going to be allowed to play in a game, even with one of their 6 wins coming against different division.

UPDATE #2 1:50 p.m.:  Looks like ACC, Big Ten, and SEC bowls are close to being set, at least the bigger games, based on reports.  Remember, it is still VERY UNOFFICIAL.  On the NIU in the BCS front, I just don’t think it will happen

UPDATE #3 2:20 p.m.:  Rutgers has accepted bid to Russell Athletic Bowl (source) and Nebraska returns to the Capital One Bowl (source).

UPDATE #4 3:10 p.m.:  Cincinnati officially going to Belk Bowl and Michigan to the Outback Bowl.

UPDATE #5 3:40 p.m.:  The rest of the Big Ten bowl games appears to be set.

UPDATE #6 4:50 p.m.:  The BCS has busted, as reports are that Florida State and Northern Illinois will play in the Orange Bowl.  That changes everything.

UPDATE #7 5:40 p.m.:  It appears that SEC teams will be next to start announcing where they are going.  Georgia to Capital One, Mississippi State to Gator, and South Carolina to Outback.

UPDATE #8 6:10 p.m.:  No more specific updates, the bowl announcements should be coming quick now, as with the BCS figured out, it’s just about slotting teams at this point.  Will continue to update as information is released.

BOWL: TEAMS:
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Nevada Arizona
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State Toledo
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl BYU San Diego State
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Central Florida Ball State
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette East Carolina
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Boise State Washington
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Southern Methodist Fresno State
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Central Michigan Western Kentucky
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Bowling Green San Jose State
Belk Bowl Duke Cincinnati
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl UCLA Baylor
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Ohio Louisiana-Monroe
Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech Rutgers
Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl Texas Tech Minnesota
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Air Force Rice
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Syracuse West Virginia
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Navy Arizona State
Valero Alamo Bowl Oregon State Texas
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl TCU Michigan State
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Vanderbilt North Carolina State
Hyundai Sun Bowl Georgia Tech Southern California
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa Iowa State
Chick-fil-A Bowl Clemson LSU
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Northwestern Mississippi State
Heart of Dallas Bowl Oklahoma State Purdue
Outback Bowl Michigan South Carolina
Capital One Bowl Georgia Nebraska
Rose Bowl Game presented by Visio Wisconsin Stanford
Discover Orange Bowl Florida State Northern Illinois
Allstate Sugar Bowl Florida Louisville
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Kansas State Oregon
AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas A&M Oklahoma
BBVA Compass Bowl Mississippi Pittsburgh
GoDaddy.com Bowl Kent State Arkansas State
Discover BCS National Championship Notre Dame Alabama
Italics indicate team has already accepted bid.

Week 14 College Football Picks

November 28, 2012

It is championship week for some conferences, while others are playing the final week of games.  This week’s picks will include all games in the FBS.

The big game to watch will be the MAC Championship.  If Kent State wins, they will more than likely go to a BCS game.  The second biggest game, the SEC Championship, since this is a national semifinal to face Notre Dame for the National Championship.

Last Week:  17-8 (.680)

Overall:  286-73 (.797)

Louisville vs. Rutgers

#21 Northern Illinois vs. #17 Kent State

#16 UCLA vs. #8 Stanford (Stanford’s defense does it two weeks in a row against UCLA.)

UCF vs. Tulsa

#23 Oklahoma State vs. Baylor (Just a warning:  Baylor has played the upset card real well this season.)

#11 Oklahoma vs. TCU (Just a warning:  TCU has played the upset card real well this season.)

Nicholls State vs. #15 Oregon State

Kansas vs. West Virginia

Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Florida Atlantic

Cincinnati vs. Connecticut

#20 Boise State vs. Nevada

#2 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia (QB A.J. Murray just does not show up to play in the big games.)

New Mexico State vs. Texas State

Pittsburgh vs. South Florida

#13 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (Florida State does not deserve to go to any bowl if they lose this game.)

#18 Texas vs. #6 Kansas State

#12 Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (Nebraska does not deserve to go to any bowl if they lose this game.)

South Alabama vs. Hawaii (Slight home field advantage for Hawaii.)


Week 13 College Football Picks

November 22, 2012

It is rivalry week across college football, which makes it even tougher to pick in some of these games.  Some teams have everything to lose this week, while others are merely playing for pride and bragging rights.

Several teams also need wins to become bowl eligible, while others are just jockeying to get a little higher in their conference.

Last Week:  24-5 (.828)

Overall:  269-65 (.805)

TCU vs. #16 Texas

#7 LSU vs. Arkansas

#14 Nebraska vs. Iowa

Ohio vs. #23 Kent State

Arizona State vs. #24 Arizona

#25 Washington vs. Washington State

#1 Notre Dame vs. USC  (No Matt Barkley means no chance for the Trojans.)

Auburn vs. #2 Alabama (Not exactly the Iron Bowl of a couple years ago.)

Georgia Tech vs. #3 Georgia

#4 Florida vs. #10 Florida State

#5 Oregon vs. #15 Oregon State  (This probably would be closer if Oregon beat Stanford last week, but the Ducks likely want revenge.)

#8 Stanford vs. #17 UCLA  (This could be the first of back-to-back weeks of this match-up.)

Missouri vs. #9 Texas A&M

#12 South Carolina vs. #11 Clemson (Gamecocks’ defense won’t be able to hold Clemson the entire game.)

#21 Oklahoma State vs. #13 Oklahoma

#18 Rutgers vs. Pittsburgh

#19 Michigan vs. Ohio State (Ohio State finishes off the season undefeated by winning the best rivalry in football.)

Connecticut vs. #20 Louisville

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech

Miami (FL) vs. Duke

Boston College vs. North Carolina State

Maryland vs. North Carolina

Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest

Kentucky vs. Tennessee

Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss


Week 12 College Football Picks

November 14, 2012

It’s November for college football, meaning losses now hurt much worse than they did back in September.

However, with the recent BCS rankings, it shows if you’re in a good enough conference, it might not hurt as bad.

With that said, it was a solid week picking, still with single digit losses for the week, continuing the streak of not incorrectly picking more than nine games this season.  You can never complain with that.

Also, after checking out the picks, be sure to find where your favorite team might be playing after the regular season on our 2012-13 College Bowl Projections.

Last Week:  20-7 (.741)

Overall:  245-60 (.803)

#1 Kansas State vs. Baylor

#13 Stanford vs. #2 Oregon (If Oregon makes it to the National Championship game, you can not say that November was easy for them.)

Wake Forest vs. #3 Notre Dame

Western Carolina vs. #4 Alabama

Georgia Southern vs. #5 Georgia

Jacksonville State vs. #6 Florida (The Gators should be able to win this without Jeff Driskel, but then you do have to remember about last week.)

Ole Miss vs. #7 LSU

Sam Houston State vs. #8 Texas A&M (Normally you would say that the Aggies are set for a let-down, but that shouldn’t happen with Sam Houston State.)

Wofford vs. #9 South Carolina

#10 Florida State vs. Maryland

North Carolina State vs. #11 Clemson (If N.C. State were to win, they could at least claim they beat the two best teams in the ACC this year.)

#12 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia

Minnesota vs. #14 Nebraska

California vs. #16 Oregon State

#18 USC vs. #17 UCLA (Winner will likely go to Pac-12 Championship game.)

Utah State vs. #20 Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech has to win out to have a shot at going to a BCS bowl.)

Iowa vs. #21 Michigan

#22 Rutgers vs. Cincinnati

#23 Texas Tech vs. #24 Oklahoma State

#25 Washington vs. Colorado

North Carolina vs. Virginia

Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

South Florida vs. Miami (FL)

Duke vs. Georgia Tech (Closest to 100 wins, unless they go over.)

Arkansas vs. Mississippi State (The Bulldogs have to rebound; they were going strong but have really stunk it up the last few weeks.)

Alabama A&M vs. Auburn (The SEC should win this, right?)

Syracuse vs. Missouri (The SEC should win this, right?)

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

Samford vs. Kentucky (The SEC should win this, right?)