College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 6

Wow, what a wild weekend – especially for us fans of the Miami Hurricanes. I am so disappointed they could not pull out a comeback victory against Virginia Tech. What a let down. Anyways, we are on to a new week, here we go:

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 6 poll. For the first time ever, we had six people participate:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 6

The Alabama Crimson Tide maintain their #1 status – however – Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, and LSU also received a first place vote. Clemson fell all the way to #4, being passed by Georgia and Ohio State. Auburn fell out of the top ten after losing to Florida this past weekend.

UCF and Oklahoma State are the two teams that dropped out of our top 25 – they were replaced by Cincinnati and Memphis.

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 10, Memphis 10, Cal 7, Army 4, Michigan State 6, Minnesota 3, Appalachian State 2, BYU 1, Hawaii 1, Arizona 1.

Voting Trends

Week 6 Picks

If The CFP Happened Today…

  • LSU – beat Texas and has not stumbled against lesser teams. Ohio State – best win was over #25 Michigan State, but the Buckeyes look impressive. Florida – beat Auburn who beat A&M and Oregon. Wisconsin – Destroyed Michigan and is steamrolling everyone they play with Big 10 football.
  • There are legit 8 Teams that deserve a real playoff shot with “0” or “1” quality loss: Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida
  • SEC will beat itself up. Wouldn’t be surprised if Bama or Georgia lost and still got in.
  • Maybe we should have a raffle for the 4 spots in the CFP. That would be more exciting.

Heisman Picks

  • Will a runningback win the Heisman this year? Chuba Hubbard and Jonathan Taylor are legit.
  • All aboard the Chase Young Train! Come on people, let’s be progressive and stop suppressing the best player in the country just because he is an unblock-able force on…”DEFENSE”
  • Red River Rivalry will showcase Jalen as the frontrunner
  • Tua with 23 TDs and no picks…will need to keep doing it in their big games like Burrow has for LSU.
  • It’s Jalen’s to lose
  • I think Burrow may throw 100 TDs this year.

Previous Weeks

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
  • Week 1: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
  • Week 2: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
  • Week 3: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma AND Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
  • Week 4: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
  • Week 5: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

Final Week Three Thoughts

  • Buzz: Miami is such a disappointment this season. That was such a wild game, and for them to throw away that amazing comeback was heartbreaking. DeeJay Dallas is a stud.
  • Tommy Nuggets: Shaping up to be The Ohio State v. The SEC. Big 12 will beat itself up, Pac-12 is poo-poo, Clemson plays in the FCS.
  • Klyde Frog: Michigan is really boring to watch.
  • Stormin Mormin’: I read an article saying BYU has a 6% chance at making a NY6 bowl even after losing to Toledo. Hope restored.
  • Bix: Seasons over, uw sucks.
  • Chamby: Penn State 👀

Wrap Up

Two HUGE games next week. Oklahoma vs Texas and Florida vs LSU. Should set us up for some movement in our polls, especially our top ten.

– Buzz

College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 5

We had another dud of a week in college football. The one bright spot…Clemson almost lost! That would have been awesome! Oh well.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 4 poll. Once again, we had five people respond…for the fifth week in a row:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 4

The Clemson Tigers lost their place at the top of our polls. The Alabama Crimson Tide are our new #1 program – jumping Clemson and Georgia in the process. Ohio State made the jump into the top 5, and Penn State found themselves back in our top 10.

We had three teams drop out of the poll this week. Former #15 Cal, #20 Kansas state and #21 Texas A&M have all dropped out of the poll. #18 Wake Forest, #21 ASU, and #24 Baylor enter our poll this week.

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 10, Memphis 10, Cal 7, Army 4, Michigan State 6, Minnesota 3, Appalachian State 2, BYU 1, Hawaii 1, Arizona 1.

Voting Trends

Week 5 Picks

If The CFP Happened Today…

  • The same 6 rotating teams every year is getting really boring…
    #EightWouldBeGreat
  • Boringggggg. These teams are too good though.
  • Georgia and LSU have big wins over ranked team. Alabama and Ohio State look untouchable at this point.
  • If you do not win your conference, you do not deserve to be in.

Heisman Picks

  • Chase Young should be in the running, most disruptive & unstoppable player in CFB
  • Holding onto TUA. Alabama out for blood
  • Joe Burrow is the best pure passer of the group. It is hard to evaluate the other QBs until they play decent competition. I also like what Chuba Hubbard is doing at Oklahoma State.
  • Joe Burrow was still throwing touchdowns over the bye week.

Previous Weeks

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
  • Week 1: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
  • Week 2: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
  • Week 3: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma AND Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
  • Week 4: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU

Final Week Three Thoughts

  • Buzz: Very disappointed that North Carolina could not pull off the upset. The ACC is a weak conference. The Pac-12 gets shit on, but I believe that they have a few teams that would come out of the ACC undefeated.
  • Tommy Nuggets: I wish Clemson played in a real conference…must be nice to only have 2 games a season: Playoff and National Championship
  • Klyde Frog: At least UCLA’s JJ Molson has a brewery in his family…

Wrap Up

This was a pretty meh week for college football. Hopefully we have some upsets next weekend.

– Buzz

College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 4

We had another solid weekend of college football. For me, the game that stood out was the #pac12afterdark showdown between Washington State and UCLA. Anthony Gordon somehow threw NINE touchdowns and lost.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 3 poll. Once again, we had five people respond…for the fourth week in a row:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 3

The Clemson Tigers remain at the top of our poll for the fourth week in a row, while Georgia jumps up to #2 after their big win over #10 Notre Dame. Wisconsin made a huge jump, moving up eight spots to #7 in our poll. Our lone undefeated Pac 12 team is Cal at #15. Now that #23 UCF has a loss, #13 Boise State our highest ranked Group of Five team.

Others receiving votes: Wake Forest 8, USC 7, SMU 5, Army 4, Minnesota 3, Appalachian State 2, Mississippi State 2, BYU 1.

Voting Trends

Week 4 Picks

If The CFP Happened Today…

It looks like I am the only voter that truly values what teams have done on the field. Everyone else clearly just regurgitates what the media is feeding them.

Heisman Picks

#1 Joe Burrow – QB – LSU

  • Joe “Freakin” Burrow
  • 1,520 YDS and 17 TD
  • Can’t spell Burrow without TD

#2 Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

  • Still the man

#2 Anthony Gordon – QB – Washington State

  • The next great Gardner Minshew II

Previous Weeks

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
  • Week 1: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
  • Week 2: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
  • Week 3: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma AND Joe Burrow – QB – LSU

Final Week Three Thoughts

  • Buzz: Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns were clutch in a few key situations to come away with that win against Oklahoma State. I was pulling for Notre Dame towards the end of their game at Georgia – even with a loss they still have a chance at a playoff spot later on.
  • Chamby: #pac12afterdark
  • Tommy Nuggets: Meh.
  • Stormin’ Mormon: 2-2 through 4 games ain’t half bad for BYU.
  • Klyde Frog: Pac-12 after dark never disappoints! Chip Kelly is a magician.

Wrap Up

We have a pretty lame weekend of games coming up. Keep your fingers crossed for some upsets.

– Buzz

The Gambler’s Guide To College Football Week 3

If you followed The Gambler’s Guide To The NFL Week 2, you would have made some money. I was not horribly profitable, but you would have come away with something.

This week I am taking a stab at some college football action, here are my picks:

Houston @ Tulane

Houston +3.5

Rationale:

Houston is coming off of a close loss to a very good Washington State team. Tulane beat up on Missouri State. I think Houston is the better team, and getting 3.5 points makes this an easy bet for me.

Utah @ USC

Utah -3.5

Rationale:

Utah beat BYU by 18, who beat USC by 3 points. Math tells me that Utah will beat USC by 21 – so they easily cover 3.5 in this game.

Air Force @ Boise State

Air Force +8

Rationale:

Boise State is a good team, but they have only beat Florida State and Marshall by a combined 11 points. I think 8 points is a lot to give to an Air Force team coming off of a solid victory over Colorado.

Michigan @ Wisconsin

Michigan +3

Rationale:

Michigan is not as great as everyone thought they would be coming into this season. Wisconsin is Wisconsin. I do not know who wins, but Michigan +3 is hard to pass up.

Washington @ BYU

BYU +6.5

Rationale:

After losing their season opener, BYU is coming off of back to back OT wins. I think Washington is the better team, but BYU keeps it close.

Auburn @ Texas A&M

Auburn +4

Rationale:

Texas A&M has played one competitive team this season, Clemson, and lost by double digits. Other than that – they blew out Lamar and Texas State. Auburn has the lone impressive win between the two – over Oregon. Even though Auburn is on the road, I’m taking them and the points.

LSU @ Vanderbilt

LSU -23.5

Rationale:

Joeeeee Burrow.

UCF @ Pitt

UCF -11

Rationale:

UCF beat up on Stanford last week. I think they do the same against Pitt.

Charlotte @ Clemson

Clemson -41

Rationale:

Clemson has to win by at least 6 touchdowns, right?

West Virginia @ Kansas

Kansas +4.5

Rationale:

Both of these teams are unpredictable. I have to go with Kansas and the +4.5.

Kentucky @ Mississippi

Kentucky +7.5

Rationale:

Is this actually what the line was at? This seems too good to be true. I think Kentucky looked good against Florida last week. I think they win this straight up. This is easy money. (Everything that I wrote means that Ole Miss will probably blow out Kentucky now)

Oregon @ Stanford

Stanford +9

Rationale:

Stanford will bounce back after a rough road loss to UCF. They always play spoiler to the Ducks season. I think the Cardinal easily keep this within nine points – and possibly take home the W.

Southern Miss @ Alabama

Alabama -39

Rationale:

Alabama is too good. They easily win this by six touchdowns. I think they will be up by at least 39 by the end of the first half.

Notre Dame @ Georgia

Notre Dame +13.5

Rationale:

I think that Georgia is worse than their ranking, and Notre Dame is better than their ranking. To me, this seems like an even matchup. Notre Dame easily covers as almost 2 TD dogs.

– Buzz

College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 4

It was quite the dud of a weekend for college football last week. There were no major matchups and not many games to look forward to. The most excitement came from the BYU and USC overtime game. Outside of that…kind of a meh weekend.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 3 poll. Once again, we had five people respond…for the fourth week in a row:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 3

The Clemson Tigers remain at the top of our poll, followed by the Crimson Tide of Alabama. There is now only a 1 point difference in voting between the #1 and #2 teams. LSU remains as the #3 team. BYU once again jumps – from an unranked to #18. Partly because of their overtime win against last week’s #23 team USC – partly because of the rogue #1 vote they received. The biggest drop in rankings is awarded to #21 Texas A&M – who fell 8 spots. We also have #23 Virginia, #24 Cal, and #25 TCU showing up in our rankings for the first time.

RankTeamRecordPointsTrend
1Clemson (2)3 – 0121
2Alabama (1)3 – 0120
3LSU (1)3 – 0111
4Georgia3 – 0109
5Oklahoma3 – 0103-1
5Ohio State3 – 0103+2
7Notre Dame2 – 090+1
8Utah3 – 083+1
9Auburn3 – 073-3
10Florida3 – 069+1
11Texas2 – 165+2
12Michigan3 – 064+4
13UCF3 – 061-1
14Penn State3 – 054-4
15Wisconsin3 – 052
16Oregon2 – 150+1
17Iowa3 – 040+1
18BYU (1)2 – 136NR
18Washington State3 – 036+4
18Boise State3 – 036+2
21Texas A&M2 – 129-8
22Washington2 – 127+2
23Virginia3 – 021NR
24Cal3 – 0 14NR
25TCU3 – 0 9NR
  • Others receiving votes: Michigan State 8, Arizona State 8, Maryland 7, Wake Forest 3, Temple 2, Army 1, Louisiana -Lafayette1

Voting Trends

Week 4 Picks

Heisman Picks

Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

  • Hurts, Tua, Lawrence, Burrow, Fields – no point in ranking them, they will separate themselves once legitimate conference play begins.
  • He is barely edging out BYUs Jake Oldroyd
  • Boomer Sooner baby

Previous Weeks

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
  • Week 1: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
  • Week 2: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU, Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

Final Week Three Thoughts

  • Buzz: Honestly did not watch much football yesterday. The BYU game had a fun ending.
  • Chamby: No.
  • Tommy Nuggets: Plenty of upset opportunities, but everything mostly played out as it should have.
  • Stormin’ Mormon: BYU is taking the nation by storm.
  • Klyde Frog: UCLA still needs to bench DTR. And cupcake games are boring.

Wrap Up

We did it! We made it to a solid week of football. Auburn @ A&M, Michigan @ Wisconsin and Notre Dame @ Georgia!

– Buzz

College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 3

This past weekend was pretty solid for college football. We had two huge matchups – and only one lived up to the hype. There was also a late night surprise amid lighting storms out here on the West Coast.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 2 poll. Once again, we had five people respond…for the third week in a row:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 2

The Clemson Tigers remain at the top of our poll for the third week in a row, followed by the Crimson Tide of Alabama. LSU climbs up to 3rd after an impressive win on the road against now # 13 Texas. #10 Penn State and #12 UCF continued to rise up the poll this week. The biggest drop in rankings is awarded to #23 Washington – who fell 12 spots after losing at home to Cal. #16 Michigan dropped 8 spots after an unimpressive win against unranked Army. The Maryland Terrapins make their first appearance in our poll, going from unranked to #19 this week.

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RankTeamRecordPointsTrend
1Clemson (4)2 – 0124
2Alabama 2 – 0118
3LSU (1)2 – 0117+1
4Georgia2 – 0106-1
4Oklahoma2 – 0106
6Auburn2 – 096+1
7Ohio State2 – 095+1
8Notre Dame1 – 082+2
9Utah2 – 073+4
10Penn State2 – 071+5
11Florida2 – 066+1
12UCF2 – 062+6
13Texas1 – 160-7
13Texas A&M2 – 060+1
15Wisconsin1 – 158+1
16Michigan2 – 048-8
16Oregon1 – 148+1
18Iowa2 – 046+1
19Maryland2 – 034NR
20Boise State2 – 030+2
21Michigan State2 – 029+2
22Washington State2 – 027-1
23USC2 – 021NR
24Washington1 – 114-12
25Mississippi State2 – 09NR
  • Others receiving votes: Cal 6, Hawaii 5, Colorado 4, ASU 2, Virginia 2, Army 2.

Voting Trends

Week 3 Picks

Heisman Picks

#1 Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

  • We will see once he gets to league play.

#1 Joe Burrow – QB – LSU

  • Joe Burrow could surprise if he keeps up recent performance and beats Alabama.
  • Solid and consistent. 82% completion percentage. 749 YDS. 9 TD. 1 INT.
  • He made Matthew McConaughey sad.

#2 Tua Tagovailoa – QB – Alabama

  • Tua’s due for some big games against big teams. It’s almost like he’s flying under the radar.

Previous Weeks

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
  • Week 1: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

Final Week Three Thoughts

  • Buzz: LSU looks great. Joe Burrow finally gives them a solid and consistent QB to rally behind. The Maryland offense is really fun to watch. It was so disappointing to not see Army come away with the win in the Big House.
  • Chamby: Michigan still isn’t very good.
  • Tommy Nuggets: Getting really tired of week FBS and FCS scheduling…
  • Bix: PAC-12 is still hurting….
  • Klyde Frog: UCLA needs to bench DTR.

Wrap Up

This week provides a pretty weak slate of games. We are just biding our time until we get Auburn @ A&M and Notre Dame @ Georgia next weekend.

– Buzz

College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 2

Our first full weekend of college football for the year had some pretty decent games. The game on the largest stage came down to the wire – and Oregon managed to shit the bed again. We had an electric performance from Jalen Hurts in his Oklahoma debut. We also had a true freshman QB from Boise State lead his team to a comeback on the road at FSU.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 1 poll. Of the ten people invited – five responded, again. Here is what we have after the first full week of action:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 1

The top of our poll has the same names we are used to. We had LSU jump into the top 5 after looking like they finally have a decent QB in Baton Rouge. Auburn leapt into the top 10 after an impressive win against the Ducks. There was some shuffling amongst the rest of the teams in our poll, likely due to us not remembering where we ranked teams last week.

Two teams debuted in our top 25; Syracuse at #25 and BYU at #20. The Cougars somehow managed to steal a first place vote from Clemson even after losing their opener to Utah. Two teams from the northwest managed to gather votes – even though they are not Division I programs. FCS Portland State received a #24 vote in one poll, Division III Linfield College received a #25 vote in another.

RankTeamRecordPointsTrend
1Clemson (3)1 – 0122
2Alabama (1)1 – 0119
3Georgia1 – 0107+1
4Oklahoma1 – 0102-1
4LSU1 – 0102+3
6Texas1 – 090
7Auburn1 – 084+8
8Ohio State1 – 083-3
8Michigan1 – 083
10Notre Dame1 – 078-1
11Washington1 – 069-1
12Florida1 – 064-1
13Utah1 – 061+4
14Texas A&M1 – 059+1
15Penn State1 – 056-1
16Wisconsin1 – 050+5
17Oregon0 – 140-5
18UCF1 – 037-2
19Iowa1 – 029-1
20BYU (1)0 – 125NR
21Washington State1 – 023+4
22Boise State1 – 022+2
23Stanford1 – 020-4
23Michigan State1 – 020-3
25Syracuse1 – 015NR
  • Others receiving votes: TCU 7, Iowa State 7, Oklahoma State 6, Cincinnati 6, Nebraska 5, Mississippi State 4, Army 3, Portland State 2, UL-Lafayette 1, Linfield College 1.

Week 2 Picks

Heisman Pick

Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

Not close right now. Murray or Baker never put up those numbers. He looked better than Kyler and Baker. Hurts could be the third Oklahoma transfer QB to win in a row. Jalen definitely stood out this weekend and he will continue to put up unreal numbers trying to outscore the Big 12 each game.

Other’s Receiving Votes: Tua Tagovailoa – Lawrence gets the hype but Tua will be showcased by Alabama to try and win it after being runner up last year.

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

Final Week One Thoughts

  • Chamby: PAC 12 North is going to be interesting to watch. Oregon and Washington obviously look good. Teams like OSU can score on you so can’t have a bad day. Washington State always dangerous.
  • Buzz: Impressed with the Boise State offense and true freshman QB – coming back on the road at FSU. Oregon was embarrassing. Herbert is not a top QB prospect after that performance. If you are a top QB you simply cannot lose to a true freshman at a neutral place. Oklahoma looks great with Jalen Hurts – he is electric.
  • Stormin’ Mormon: BYU got screwed
  • Tommy Nuggets: It’s going to be a long season, buckle up…
  • Bix: Jacob Eason for Heisman!!

Wrap Up

We are all on board with Clemson beating Texas A&M this weekend, so I would put my money on A&M winning. There is a ton of football to watch this weekend – we will be back with our thoughts next week.

Geaux Tigers.
– Buzz

College Football Picks: Week 1

The first actual weekend of college football kicks off tomorrow. This is a pretty okay-ish weekend of football matchups – but hey – at least football is back. Each week our experts will pick the winners for the five matchups that I find the most interesting. If you get confused by the rankings that are attached to teams, remember, we only are referencing the Hefty Headlines Pre-Season Poll.

– Buzz

Predicting The 2019 College Football Season With NCAA14

The video game series I have put the most hours into is – without a doubt – the NCAA football franchise from EA sports. Mid July would roll around and I would pick up that game on day 1 and play the hell out of it. As everyone knows, the series stopped being produced after NCAA 14. Luckily, the game still survives thanks to community roster updates.

I just downloaded the 2019-2020 roster update for NCAA 14. I am going to sim through the season – without playing – and provide the most interesting information I can.

Top 10

After the regular season played out and conference titles were decided – this was the Top 10 we were left with heading into bowl season. It is surprising to see an undefeated Texas A&M squad at the top of the polls.

Conference Champions

  • ACC – #5 Clemson – (12-1)
  • American – #15 UCF – (9-3)
  • Big 12 – #3 Texas – (12-0)
  • Big Ten – #2 Michigan – (13-0)
  • Conference USA – Tulsa – (10-3)
  • MAC – Miami (OH) – (10-3)
  • Mountain West – New Mexico – (8-5)
  • PAC-12 – #7 Utah – (12-1)
  • SEC – #1 Texas A&M – (13-0)
  • Sun Belt – #15 Georgia State – (11-1)

Heisman

PlayerPositionSchoolClassPointsStats
Zack MossRBUtahSenior1876305 ATT 1,943 YDS, 6.4 YPC, 22 TD, 22 REC, 342 YDS, 2 TD
Sam EhlingerQBTexasJunior1430203/298, 68%, 3,177 YDs, 36 TD, 10 INT, 160 ATT, 622 YDS, 12 TD
Travis EtienneRBClemsonJunior777218 ATT, 1,521 Yds, 7 YPC, 14 TD, 22 REC, 295 YDs, 2 TD, 1 KR TD
Kellen MondQBTexas A&MJunior334230/374, 62%, 3,467 YDS, 45 TD, 3 INT, 79 ATT, 154 YDS, 2 TD
Brian HerrienRBGeorgiaSenior232312 ATT, 1,629 YDS, 5.2 YPC, 13 TD, 34 REC, 398 TDS, 3 TD
  • I think I have to disagree with the voters on this one. There is no way you can ignore the season that Kellen Mond had. Not only did he put up incredible numbers, he also led A&M to an SEC title and #1 ranking. In real life he would get the Heisman here.

Other Notable Players

PlayerPositionSchoolClassStats
Trevor LawrenceQBClemsonSoph.260/386, 4,051 YDS, 44 TD, 5 INT
Tua TagovailoaQBAlabamaJunior187/297, 2,798 YDS, 37 TD, 13 INT
Jalen HurtsQBOklahomaSenior214/424, 2,715 YDS, 23 TD, 16 INT, 167 ATT, 797 YDS, 11 TD
Justin HerbertQBOregonSenior235/382, 3,438 YDS, 29 TD, 5 INT
Khalil TateQBArizonaSenior244/408, 3,578 YDS, 35 TD, 10 INT, 136 ATT, 530 YDS, 5 TD
  • Trevor Lawrence likely wins the Heisman without the early regular season loss from Clemson.

College Football Playoff

If there were a College Football Playoff in this game – there are three teams that would for sure be in: Undefeated SEC Champ Texas A&M, Undefeated Big Ten Champ Michigan, and Undefeated Big 12 Champ Texas. The Debate would come down to three teams: Alabama (11-1), Clemson (12-1), and Utah (12-1).

  • Alabama: Suffered their lone loss of the season on September 14th against #1 Texas A&M. Did not participate in a conference championship game.
  • Clemson: Suffered their lone loss of the season in their opener to #12 Georgia at home on August 31st. Won the rest of their games by at least two touchdowns and beat #19 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game.
  • Utah: Suffered their lone loss of the season on September 14th against unranked Oregon State at home. Won the rest of their games, including defeating #23 Stanford in the PAC-12 Championship.

With all of that considered, it is really hard to believe that Alabama would not be a playoff team – even though they are not a conference champion, the only loss they had was to the #1 team and an undefeated SEC Champion. The CFP would look like this:

  1. Texas A&M
  2. Michigan
  3. Texas
  4. Alabama

CFP Semi Finals

Peach Bowl – #4 Alabama at #1 Texas A&M

Texas A&M dominated the game from the start – putting up a 27-3 lead heading into half time. The second half was a different story, as Alabama worked the A&M lead to just 6 points with 52 seconds left. Alabama was unable to recover the onside kick, sealing a 40-34 victory for A&M. The difference in this game was the turnovers, A&M intercepted the ball 4 times and recovered 2 fumbles.

  • Tua Tagovailoa – QB – Bama – 28/41, 366 YDS, 3 TD, 4 INT
  • Kellen Mond – QB – AM – 26/35, 192 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT

Fiesta Bowl – #3 Texas at #2 Michigan

Texas jumped out to an early lead and went into halftime with a 29-13 lead. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines made a few adjustments at halftime and outscored Texas 34-0 in the second half. Michigan took home the victory with a score of 47-29.

  • Shea Patterson – QB – Mich – 25/32, 222 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • Sam Ehlinger – QB – Texas – 28/38, 246 YDS, 2 INT, 27 ATT, 90 YDS, 1 TD
  • Zach Charbonnet – RB – Mich – 25 ATT, 115 YDS, 1 TD

National Championship

#2 Michigan at #1 Texas A&M

Texas A&M went into halftime with a 20-10 lead. Michigan outscored A&M 20-3 in the second half. Michigan won 30-23 with a rushing touchdown from Zach Charbonnet as time expired.

  • Kellen Mond QB AM – 29/44, 289, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • Shea Patterson – 36/48, 329 YDS, 1 TD

Conclusion

If things play out like this in real life…Jim Harbaugh finally wins a National Championship, Jimbo Fisher wins the SEC with A&M, and a Ute wins the Heisman for the first time.

As long as we don’t have to watch Alabama vs Clemson again, I’m in.

– Buzz

Hefty Headlines Presents: The 2019 College Football Pre-Season Rankings

The 2019 college football season kicks off on Saturday with Miami vs Florida at 4pm.

Prior to the start of the year – we wanted to get our rankings out. We will also include our CFP, Heisman, and National Champion predictions.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in this inaugural pre-season poll. Of the ten people invited – five responded. Anyways, here is what we have:

RankTeamRecordPoints
1Clemson (5)0 – 0125
2Alabama0 – 0120
3Oklahoma0 – 0112
4Georgia0 – 0110
5Ohio State0 – 099
6Texas0 – 096
7LSU0 – 095
8Michigan0 – 090
9Notre Dame0 – 081
10Washington0 – 080
11Florida0 – 079
12Oregon0 – 071
13Texas A&M 0 – 065
14Penn State0 – 048
15Auburn0 – 043
16UCF0 – 041
17Utah0 – 036
18Iowa0 – 030
19Stanford0 – 022
20Michigan State0 – 021
21Wisconsin0 – 020
22Miami0 – 017
23Army0 – 015
24Boise State0 – 014
25Washington State0 – 012
  • Others receiving votes: Nebraska 11, BYU 10, TCU 9, Syracuse 8, USC 8, Missouri 7, Iowa State 7, Northwestern 6, Mississippi State 6, Virginia Tech 5, Utah State 3, Fresno State 1, UL-Lafayette 1, Oklahoma State 1.

Heisman Pick

Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

The most common name chosen was that of Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. Other names that were brought up were Wisconsin RB Johnathan Taylor, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, and Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts.

CFP Predictions

Clemson, Alabama, Texas, and ….Ohio State or Oklahoma.

Clemson and Alabama were unanimously selected to make it into the CFP. Texas was selected by the majority of our voters. Ohio State and Oklahoma were tied for the 4th spot. Washington, Michigan, and Notre Dame also received a vote.

National Champion

Clemson

The Tigers are our pick to win the College Football Playoff – receiving most of the votes. Alabama and Texas were also selected as potential winners.

Wrap Up

We will keep this going throughout the season – hopefully. Some weeks we will have more voters – some weeks we will have less. The only thing that is for sure is none of us really know what we are talking about – just like everyone else.

– Buzz