Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 7

For the Second Straight Week, Oregon Takes Home Both Versions of the Hypothetical Playoff Title

For the Second Straight Week, Oregon Takes Home the Hypothetical Playoff Championship

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or a large majority of the individuals who will ultimately decide who’s in and who’s out.

So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Clemson vs. #3 Oregon

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Stanford

National Championship: #3 Oregon over #4 Stanford

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

Very little changes compared to last week, outside of Clemson jumping Oregon for the second spot in the overall rankings. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do the Tigers much of a favor, since the game’s at the Rose Bowl either way, giving home field advantage to the Ducks. Like last week, we see Oregon beating Stanford, too. It’s also worth noting how close Florida State was to joining fellow ACC school Clemson in the top four, and overall, just how many spots are between Alabama and the next SEC team (six until we get to Georgia).

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

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Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 6

Would a College Football Playoff Allow the Pac-12 to End the SEC's Dominance Over the Sport?

Would a College Football Playoff Allow the Pac-12 to End the SEC’s Dominance Over the Sport?

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Stanford

National Championship: #2 Oregon over #4 Stanford

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

LSU’s loss to Georgia last week really tossed a wrench in the gears of what we had going on. But the reworked version for this week certainly looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? We switched Clemson and Stanford around to avoid an all-Pac-12 Rose Bowl (assuming that’s what they’d do in real life), and the Ducks were awarded the title by way of being terrifying this year. Also good to see: UCLA nabbing a Fiesta Bowl spot against LSU in what would be an extremely entertaining matchup.

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ACC Football 2013 Power Rankings: Week 6

Don't Look Now, But the Hokies' Defense Has Virginia Tech Steadily Rising in the Rankings

Don’t Look Now, But the Hokies’ Defense Has Virginia Tech Steadily Rising in the Rankings

We’re starting to get a better idea of this year’s ACC contenders, though the story’s far from written out yet. While FSU and Clemson are exactly where they’re supposed to be, teams like Virginia Tech and Maryland are surprising possible contenders who will show their true colors as the weeks wear on. As always, the poll includes all 14 current ACC members, plus future member Louisville. Feel like I’m totally right or completely off-base? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

ACC Football Power Rankings 2013 (Week 6)

1. Clemson Tigers (4-0) (1-0) (Last: 1): Clemson simply lit up Wake Forest last week, and perhaps put to bed (for now) some concerns about their overall performance on offense. Since Tajh Boyd‘s injury in week two, things hadn’t seemed up to snuff. However, after laying a casual 56 points on Wake and getting back to his standard line of nearly 400 total yards and four scores, Boyd and the Tigers appear to be back on track.

2. Florida State Seminoles (4-0) (2-0) (Last: 2): That was a scary opening half, wasn’t it? On the road versus Boston College, FSU looked dreadful early, allowing the Eagles to get on the board with relative ease. Once down 18 though, that’s when Jameis Winston got into the flow of the game and simply controlled things from there on out. Still a bit concerning, but more for the defense than the offense. The 34 points were the most BC had put up all year, meaning the ‘Noles have some issues to address before facing Maryland this Saturday.

3. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 3): Louisville had an off-week last week, so some might have already forgotten what they’ve been doing to teams thus far this season. To jog your memory: the Cardinals have scored an average of 48 points per game, while holding every opponent to single-digit scoring but Kentucky (13). There a few tests left on the schedule — that October 18 date with UCF looks a bit daunting after seeing how impressive the Knights have looked — but the Cards are primed for more of the same going forward.

4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (4-0) (0-0) (Last: 4): Miami ran right through USF on Saturday, but it was not without consequence. Stephen Morris‘s lingering ankle injury is a real cause for concern, though we’ve yet to see it make an impact on this team due to the schedule. Ryan Williams has filled in well enough to this point, however if forced to see more competitive game action, there could be a much different result. It’s early, but we’ve yet to really see what this defense is made of, or if Duke Johnson can match last year’s levels of production. Continue reading

ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

The Entire North Carolina Tar Heels Defense is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 5

The Entire North Carolina Tar Heels Defense is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 5

No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.

ACC Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

This has been a couple weeks in the works, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing for the Tar Heels. In a home game against East Carolina, UNC should have been able to keep containment on defense, while the offense operated at a healthy clip. Instead, all hell broke loose early, and it just went downhill from there. The Pirates jumped out to 21-3 lead and never looked back, lighting up the North Carolina defense for 55 points and 603 yards (with 36!!! first downs) on the afternoon. ECU quarterback Shane Carden completed passes at will, amassing 376 yards on the game, and the usually pitiful running game (averaging just over 104 yards per game), simply walked all over the UNC front four. Against any opponent, the Heels’ defensive performance was appalling, but in a must-win versus supposedly “lesser” ECU, this was on another level entirely. As has been stated already when recapping this Saturday’s action, UNC is now in crisis mode, and they’ll stay there until this defense improves.

Honorable Mention:

North Carolina Tar Heels offensive line & running game (32 attempts, 67 yards)

Vad Lee, QB/Georgia Tech (7/24 passing, 179 total yards, 0 TD, 2 INT)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons defense (56 points, 573 offensive yards allowed)

Tom Savage, QB/Pittsburgh (13/31 passing, 191 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)

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ACC Football 2013 Previews & Predictions: Week 5

Jeremiah Attaochu and the Georgia Tech Defense Are Aiming to Deliver a Big Win Over Virginia Tech

Jeremiah Attaochu & the Georgia Tech Defense Aiming to Deliver a Big Win Over Virginia Tech

Finally, some actual games that matter (a few anyway). The ACC‘s still got five undefeated teams (sort of six), but will that continue to be the case much longer. I’m sure we all hope so… Just like normal, we’re running down the list of every ACC (plus Louisville) game and predicting outcomes that will almost undoubtedly be wrong. Have some picks of your own? Predict away in the comments!

Game of the Week

Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1) (0-0) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0) (2-0): For all but one year of divisional play, this game has decided the Coastal. And while it may seem like a remote possibility given the state of Virginia Tech’s offense in particular, that’s still on the table for this season’s edition of the matchup. But this one’s not going to last long if the Hokies can’t cut down on mistakes. The kicking game’s a mess and despite some flashes of success, Logan Thomas is still as rough around the edges as he’s ever been — and as error-prone as he’s ever been too. Georgia Tech’s aggressive defense should take advantage of those opportunities, while Vad Lee could have the offense closing the deal by the third quarter. Prediction: Georgia Tech 31, Virginia Tech 21

The Rest of the Slate (in order of start time):

Miami Hurricanes (3-0) (0-0) at USF Bulls (0-3): In the past, this contest has actually been pretty close. But that was the old version of the USF program. The version we’ve come to know lately has fallen on some hard times, and that’ll likely continue this weekend. USF can’t seem to score points (just 12.3 per game this season), though over the last two games, the defense hasn’t been all bad. It’s certainly not the best MIami’s seen though, after facing and beating Florida in week two. Expect the ‘Canes to breeze through yet another contest en route to a 4-0 record. Prediction: Miami 30, USF 13

East Carolina Pirates (2-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-2) (0-1): Considering the high expectations UNC had going into the season and the way things have gone instead, this ECU game is now a must-win. The defense is a bit of a concern, especially after last week’s second-half collapse versus Georgia Tech, but the bigger issue has been and remains the offense. North Carolina’s line is struggling to protect Bryn Renner and can’t open up holes for the running game either. The result has been a neutered attack that pales in comparison to what we’ve seen from previous Larry Fedora teams. They’ve got to figure things out this week against ECU or they’re in full-on crisis mode. Prediction: UNC 41, ECU 28

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Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 5

If There Was a College Football Playoff This Year, Would LSU Win it All?

If There Was a College Football Playoff This Year, Would the LSU Tigers Win it All?

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 LSU

National Championship: #4 LSU over #4 Oregon

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

I’m convinced that LSU could completely handle Alabama at this point, and since Oregon’s yet to play a truly challenging opponent, it’s tough to think they’re going to be able to beat the Tigers either. As usual, a bunch of SEC teams are handed at-large bids here, with Louisville taking the “group of five” spot.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

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ACC Football 2013 Television Schedule & Spreads: Week 5

Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech Leads Off the Weekend in a Battle for the Coastal Division

Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech Leads Off the Weekend in a Battle for the Coastal Division

Every week, we’ll be providing a quick rundown of which ACC football games are on television, and also list the latest spread on each game (should you choose to engage in gambling-related activities). Please plan your days accordingly.

ACC Football Week 5 TV Schedule & Spreads

Thursday, September 26

Virginia Tech Hokies at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-7.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Saturday, September 28

Miami Hurricanes at USF Bulls (+18.5), noon ET, ESPNU

East Carolina Pirates at North Carolina Tar Heels (-11.5), 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 3/College Gameplan

Virginia Cavaliers at Pittsburgh Panthers (-6), 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 3/College Gameplan

Troy Trojans at Duke Blue Devils (-10.5), 3 p.m. ET, ESPN 3

Central Michigan Chippewas at NC State Wolfpack (-23), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 3

Florida State Seminoles at Boston College Eagles (+21.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Clemson Tigers (-28.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

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