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Top Ten Games of Week Nine

10. Michigan State 6-1 @ Northwestern 4-3: The visitor is 9-1 in the last 10 games. The last time the Spartans were in Evanston, they won, 30-6! MSU is 21-8 in B-10 road games, including last year’s 0-4 debacle!, That said the Cats scored at will against the Spartans last year in East Lancing, winning 54-40! Northwestern enters the game with 2 straight wins, 37-21 over Maryland & 17-10 in OT over Iowa. MSU has not lost since the ND game, winning four in a row including a 14-10 victory over Michigan! Vegas Hot$heets opened with MSU -1, while SCFP thinks, MSU wins the Statistical battle 6-2 and the Game 23-22! 

TV ESPN 2:30 P.M.

9.  Mississippi State 5-2 @ Texas A&M 5-2: The visiting team has lost 4 in a row! The games have not been nail-biters; in 13 MSU lost to A&M, 51-41, in 13′ the Bulldogs won, 48-31, in 2015, it was A&M, 30-17, and in 16;, we finally had a one score game with Mississippi State winning, 35-28! Last year the Aggies were ranked 4th in the 1st CFP poll and entered this game with a 6-1 record (only loss was to Bama, 33-14) they lost this game and then 3 of their final 4, including their Bowl game vs Kansas State, 33-28! Vegas Hot$heets opened with Texas A&M -2, while SCFP says not so fast my Friend, Miss St. wins in a Statistical rout 7-1 and the Game score of 30-25  Bulldogs! 

TV ESPN 6:15 P.M.

8. Georgia 7-0 vs Florida 3-3: “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, no longer in vogue. but none-the-less an appropriate name to describe the the prelude goings-on prior to kick-off. This is the 22nd straight year the game has been played in Jacksonville, Fl and fittingly Florida has won 3 in a row! Further, these games have not been close, in 14′ the Gators won 38-20, in 15′ 27-3 and last year, Florida won, 24-10.  Georgia is 7-0 and ranked 2nd on SCFP while Florida is 3-3 and unranked! Vegas Hot$heets opened with Georgia -12.5, while SCFP says its all Georgia, ‘Dawgs’ win in a Statistical rout 8-0 and the Game by a score of 31-19! 

TV CBS 2:30 P.M.

7. Georgia Tech 4-2 @ Clemson 6-1: G-Tech 2 losses are both by 1 point, 42-41 in double OT to Tennessee & 25-24 to Miami, FL! Clemson’s one loss is to Syracuse, 27-24 on Oct 13th. Miami beat Syracuse, 27-19 a week after surviving the Yellow Jackets! These comparative scores may be meaningless, as Kelly Bryant, Clemson’s QB has been cleared to play on Saturday. He suffered a concussion and was forced to leave the Syracuse Game. Paul Johnson is 5-5 vs Clemson and Clemson has not lost 2 straight in 78 games. Vegas Hot$heets opens liking Clemson -16, while SCFP agrees, Clemson dominates the Statistical battle 6-2, but wins a tight game, 27-25! 

TV ESPN 2 / 7:00 P.M.

6. USC 6-2 @ Arizona State 4-3: The Trojans will be limping into Sun Devil Stadium or will they? It depends how quickly they recover from the 49-14 tail-whippin they suffered in South Bend! The winner of this game is in the drivers seat to make the P-12 Championship game and the loser, sadly, is more or less over & out! These teams are passing in the night with ASU heading up the ladder and USC sliding down. SC needs to  to recover mentally from the ND experience, its play-off hopes gone, and focus on the P-12 Championship. While ASU has beaten an undefeated (at the time) Washington, 13-7,  a very good Utah team, 30-10 and has only objective; a berth in the P-12 Championship Game! Heading into Saturday, SC is 4-1 and ASU is 3-1 in P-12 play! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying it is USC -6, while SCFP thinks SC recovers and easily wins the Statistical battle 6-2, and yet survives a close game, 30-28!

TV ESPN 9:45 P.M. 

5. UCLA 4-3 @ Washington 6-1: The Huskies are now the standard bearer for the P-12 to reach the CFP and to do so, will need, not only to win out, but do so impressively! Washington is entering a tough five week stretch that will make or break their play-off aspirations (UCLA & Oregon @ home, @ Stanford, and Utah and Wash. St at home). Meanwhile the Bruins are coming off a win over Oregon, 31-14 and feature one of the nations best QB’s, Josh Rosen. He is 2nd in the country in passing yardage with 2,620 and tied for 8th with 19 TDs! To make matters worse for the Huskies, their secondary is banged up! CBs Jordan Miller & Byron Murphy are both out! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying forget those D-Backs, its Washington -17.5, while SCFP thinks Washington wins the Statistical battle 6-2, and the game, by a score of 38-25! 

TV ESPN 2 / 2:30 P.M.

4. Oklahoma State 6-1 @ West Virginia 5-2: This game will turn on 2 words Will & Grier. WV’s QB is one of the best kept secrets in both the B-12 & the nation. Grier leads the nation with 26 TD passes to only 5 picks and 66.% completion rate! Or Maybe, the 2 words are Mason and Rudolph! OSU’s QB leads the nation in passing yards 2.650 (30 more than Rosen) and in Passing yards per game @ 378.6. Clearly, this is the day’s best match-up in QB play! The WRs in this game are also outstanding, the Cowboy’s James Washington leads the nation in receiving yards per game (130.6) and is 2nd in the nation in receiving yards (914). While WV’s David Stills leads the country in Receiving TDs (15) and a 2nd WV receiver, Gary Jennings, is 4th in the FBS in receptions per game (8.0)! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying Mason & Rudolph, its Ok. St -7, while SCFP thinks Oklahoma State wins the Statistical battle 6-2, and the game, by a score of 37-33!

TV ABC 11:00 A.M.

3.  TCU 7-0 @ Iowa State 5-2: Ohio ain’t that far from Iowa, but for Matty Campbell, it must seem like light years ‘ from Toledo to Ames. Two years ago he was winning games for the Rockets in relative obscurity, now he is becoming a household name in the college football world. Four weeks ago, the Cyclones were 2-2 and headed to yet, another so-so season and then came the shocker! ISU went into Norman and beat an undefeated (at the time) OU, 38-31, followed by a stomping of Kansas. 45-0, and then a successful invasion of Lubbock’s Jones AT&T Stadium with a 31-13 trashing of T-Tech! TCU comes in to Ames, Iowa unbeaten at 7-0 and clearly, the standard bearer for the B-12’s CFP hopes! The Frogs have already beaten Oklahoma State, 44-31 & West Virginia, 31-24 and headed for a showdown in Norman with OU. All that changed when ISU won in Norman, now Gary Patterson’s team faces a strong challenge from the Cyclones @ Jack Trice Stadium, and an improved Texas team (who beat ISU, 17-7) before they even think about their trip to Oklahoma. That OU game is now a long way off! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying its TCU -7, while SCFP thinks its the Horned Frogs, 7-1 in the Statistical whippin but a narrow 31-25 victory on the scoreboard!

TV ESPN 2 / 2:30 P.M. 

2. NC State 6-1 @ Notre Dame 6-1: If Matty Campbell thinks his journey from Toledo to Ames was traveled at Light Speed, so to, must Dave Doeren, who, like Campbell. arrived in the ACC via the MAC! This time the journey originated in DeKalb, Il (NIU) and ended in Raleigh, NC @ NC State.  NC State features one of the best defensive ends in the country in Bradley Chubb and worse for ND, Bradley is the cousin of Nick Chubb, who ran for 63 yards vs the Irish in their only loss. Georgia 20 ND 19! Chubb is rated as 6th over all pick in the 2018 NFL draft (Tampa). He is matched up with the lest side of the ND line and Mike McGlinchey , who is projected as the 7th over-all pick (Arizona). This should prove interesting! Pre-game comments by the coaches suggest that the Wolfpack have the better game focus! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying its ND -8, while SCFP thinks its the Fight Irish, 7-1 in the Statistical battle and winning the game, 32-26! 

TV NBC 2:30 P.M.

1. Penn State 7-0 @ Ohio State  6-1: No question this is the day’s best game, the Lions are 7-0 and our coming off a 42-13 pounding of Michigan in Happy Valley. This to avenge a 49-10 whipping at the hands of the Wolves a year ago in the Big House! PSU has one more score to settle, this time it is with the CFP Committee, who, although PSU beat OSU in OT, 24-21, won the B-10 East Division Championship, and then beat, an 11 win Wisconsin, 38-31 in the B-10 Championship, were, somehow, left out of the FBS’ Final Four! Instead, the committee selected the team that they beat from the division that they won, Ohio State! On the surface; how can that be? Well, here we go again! OSU comes in with one loss, a bad one, to Oklahoma, 31-16! Since that game, the Buck]s, QB JT Barrett has thrown 18 TDs, 0 INTs, winning 5 straight (Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland, & Nebraska), while OSU offense has scored 50 or more points and accounted for 500 or more yards in the last four games! It should be noted that PSU was coming off a BYE prior to the Michigan game, now note, OSU is coming off a BYE this week! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying its OSU -7, while SCFP thinks its the Bucks easy in the Statistical battle. 7 to 1 and but winning the game in a nail-biter, 29-28! 

TV FOX 2:30 P.M.

 

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P5 Top 25, G5 Top 15, FCS Top 10 Week 9

Power Five: Top 25: Week 8

1.  Alabama (SEC) 8-0: Beat Tennessee, 45-7; Up Next: BYE Week

2.  Georgia (SEC) 7-0: BYE Week; Up Next: vs Florida, 3-3 (Jacksonville)

3.  Penn State (B-10) 7-0: Beat Michigan, 42-13; Up Next: @ Ohio State, 6-1

4. TCU (B-12) 7-0: Beat Kansas, 43-0-6; Up Next: @ Iowa State, 5-2

5. Wisconsin (B-10) 7-0: Beat Maryland, 38-13; Up Next: @ Illinois, 2-5

6. Clemson (ACC) 6-1: BYE Week: UP Next: @ H vs G-Tech, 4-2

7. Oklahoma (B-12) 6-1: Beat Kansas State, 42-35; Up Next: @ H vs T-Tech 4-3

8. Notre Dame (IND) 6-1: Beat USC, 49-14; Up Next: @ Home vs NC State, 6-1

9. Ohio State (B-10) 6-1: Bye Week; Up Next: @ Home vs Penn State, 7-0

10. Virginia Tech (ACC) 6-1: Beat UNC, 59-7; Up Next: @ Home vs Duke; 4-4

11 Miami (ACC) 5-0: Beat Syracuse, 27-19; Up Next: @ UNC, 1-7

12. Oklahoma State (B-12) 6-1: Beat Texas in OT, 13-10; Up Next: @ W. Virginia, 5-2

13.  Washington (P-12) 6-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ H vs UCLA  4-3

14. Michigan State (B-10) 6-1: Beat Indiana, 17-9; Up Next: @ Northwestern  4-3

15.  NC State (ACC) 6-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Notre Dame 6-1

16.  Stanford (P-12) 5-2: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Oregon State, 1-6

17. LSU (B-12) 5-2: Beat Ole Miss, 42-24; Up Next: BYE Week

18. Auburn (SEC) 5-2: Beat Arkansas 52-20; Up Next: BYE Week

19. Michigan (B-10) 5-2: Lost to PSU, 42-13; Up Next: @ H vs Rutgers, 3-4

20. USC (P-12) 6-2: Lost to ND, 49-14; Up Next: @ Arizona State 4-3 

21. Washington St. (P-12) 6-1: Beat Colorado, 28-0; Up Next: @ Arizona, 4-3

22. Georgia Tech (ACC) 4-2: Beat Wake Forest, 38-24; Up Next: @ Clemson, 6-1

23. South Carolina (SEC) 5-2: BYE Week; Up Next: B@ Vanderbilt, 3-4

24. Arizona State (P-12) 4-3: Beat Utah, 30-10Up Next: @ Home vs USC 6-2

25. Iowa State (B-12) 5-2: Beat T-Tech, 31-13; Up Next: @ H vs TCU, 7-0

Group of Five:  Top 15

1. South Florida (AAC) 7-0: Beat Tulane, 34-28; Up Next: @ H vs Cincinnati 2-5

2. Central Florida (AAC) 6-0: Beat Navy, 31-21; Up Next: BYE Week

3.  Memphis (AAC) 5-1: Beat Houston, 42-38; Up Next: @ H vs Tulane, 3-4 (Friday)

4. Toledo (MWC) 6-1: Beat Akron, 48-21 ; Up Next: @ Ball State 2-5

5. Marshall (C-USA) 6-1: Beat Middle Tennessee, 38-10; Up Next: @ H vs FIU 4-2

6. Boise St. (MWC) 5-2: Beat Wyoming, 24-14; Up Next: @ Utah State 4-4

7. Appalachian St. (SBC) 5-2: Beat Coastal Carolina, 37-29; Up Next: @ U-Mass 1-7

8. Colorado State (MWC) 6-2: Beat N. Mexico, 27-24; Up Next: @ H vs Air Force 3-4

9. Army 6-2 (IND): Beat Temple in OT,  31-28; Up Next: BYE Week

10. Navy (AAC) 5-2: Lost to UCF, 31-21; Up Next: BYE Week

11. Troy (SBC) 5-2: Beat Georgia State, 34-10 ; Up Next: @ Georgia Southern. 0-7

12. N. Illinois (MAC) 5-2: Beat Bowling Green, 48-17, Up Next: @ H E. Michigan 2-5

13. Fresno State (MWC) 5-2: Beat San Diego State; 27-3; Up Next: @ H vs UNLV 2-5

14. Ohio (MAC) 6-2: Beat Kent State, 48-3; Up Next: @ H vs Miami OH, 3-5

15. San Diego St. (MWC) 6-2: Lost to Fresno State, 27-3; Up Next: @ Hawaii 3-4

FCS: Top 10

1. James Madison (CAA) 7-0: Beat W & M, 46-14; Up Next: @ H vs N. Hamp.

2. N. Dakota St. (MVFC) 7-0: Beat, 27-24 OT; Up Next: @ H vs N. Iowa 4-3

3. Jacksonville St 6-1 (SLC): Beat E. Illinois, 30-14; Up Next: @ ESE Missouri St. 2-5

4. N Car. A&T (MEAC) 8-0: Beat Bethune Cookman, 24-20;Up Next: BYE Week

5. Elon (CAA) 6-1: Beat R. Island, 35-34; Up Next: @ Villanova,4-3

6.  Sam Houston State (SLC) 6-1: Beat Lamar, 63-27;  Up Next: @ SE Louisiana 5-3

7.  S. Dakota (MVFC) 6-1: Lost Illinois State, 37-21; Up Next: @ H vs S. Ill. 4-3

8. McNeese St. (SLC) 5-1: Beat Incarnate Word, 55-7; Up Next: @ C. Arkansas 5-2

9. Grambling State (SWAC) 6-1: Beat Alcorn, 41-14; Up Next: @ H vs Texas S. 0-6

10. N. Arizona (B-Sky) 5-2: Beat UC Davis, 45-31, Up Next: @ H Sacramento St 4-3

 

 

 

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Week 8: P5 Top 25, G5 Top 15. FCS Top 10

Power Five: Top 25: Week 8

1.  Alabama (SEC) 7-0: Beat Arkansas, 41-9; Up Next: @ H vs Tennessee 3-3

2.  Georgia (SEC) 7-0: Beat Missouri, 53-28; Up Next: BYE Week

3.  Penn State (B-10) 6-0: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs Michigan 5-1

4. TCU (B-12) 6-0: Beat Kansas St., 26-6; Up Next: @ H vs Kansas 1-5

5. Wisconsin (B-10) 6-0: Beat Purdue, 17-9; Up Next: @ Home vs Maryland 3-3

6. Clemson (ACC) 6-1: Lost to Syracuse, 27-24: UP Next: BYE Week

7. Miami (ACC) 5-0: Beat G-Tech, 25-24; Up Next: @ Home vs Syracuse 4-3

8. Ohio State (B-10) 6-1: Beat Nebraska, 56-14; Up Next: BYE Week

9. Oklahoma (B-12) 5-1: Beat Texas, 29-24   Up Next: @ Kansas St. 3-3

10. Virginia Tech (ACC) 5-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs UNC 1-6

11 USC (P-12) 6-1: Beat Utah, 28-27Up Next: @ Notre Dame 5-1

12. Notre Dame (IND) 5-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs USC 6-1

13.  Oklahoma State (B-12) 5-1: Beat Baylor, 59-16; Up Next: @ Texas 3-3

14. Washington (P-12) 6-1: Lost to Arizona St., 13-7; Up Next: BYE Week

15.  Michigan State (B-10) 5-1: Beat Minnesota, 30-27; Up Next: @ H vs Indiana  3-3

16.  NC State (ACC) 6-1: Beat Pitt, 35-17; Up Next: BYE Week

17. Michigan (B-10) 5-1: Beat Indiana, 27-20 in OT; Up Next: @ PSU 6-0

18. LSU (B-12) 5-2: Beat Auburn, 27-23; Up Next: @ Ole Miss 3-3

19. Auburn (SEC) 5-2: Lost to LSU 27-23; Up Next: @ Arkansas 2-4

20. Stanford (P-12) 5-2: Beat Oregon 49-7; Up Next: BYE Week

21. Kentucky (SEC) 5-1: BYE Week, Up Next: @ Miss St. 4-2

22. Virginia (ACC) 5-1: Beat UNC, 20-14; Up Next: @ Home vs BC 3-4

23.  Washington St. (P-12) 6-1: Lost to Cal, 37-3; Up Next: @ H vs Colorado 4-3

24. South Carolina (SEC) 5-2: Beat Tennessee, 15-9; Up Next: BYE Week

25.Georgia Tech (ACC) 3-2: Lost to Miami, 25-24; Up Next: @ Wake Forest 4-2

Group of Five:  Top 15

1. South Florida (AAC) 6-0: Beat U-Mass, 33-3; Up Next: @ Tulane 3-3

2. Central Florida (AAC) 5-0: Beat E. Carolina 63-21; Up Next: @ Navy 5-1

3.  Memphis (AAC) 5-1: Beat Navy, 30-27; Up Next: @ Houston 4-2

4. Toledo (MWC) 5-1: Beat C. Michigan, 30-10 ; Up Next: @ H vs Akron 4-3

5. Marshall (C-USA) 5-1: Beat Old Dominion, 35-3; Up Next: @ M. Tennessee 3-4

6. Navy (AAC) 5-1: Lost Memphis, 30-27; Up Next: @ H vs Central Florida 5-0

7. Appalachian St. (SBC) 4-2: Beat Idaho, 23-20; Up Next: @ H Coastal Carolina 1-5

8. Boise St. (MWC) 4-2: Beat San Diego St., 31-14; Up Next: @ Home vs Wyoming 4-2

9. San Diego St. (MWC) 6-1: Lost to Boise, 31-17; Up Next: @ H vs Fresno St. 4-2

10. Houston  (AAC) 4-2: Lost to Tulsa, 45-17; Up Next: @ H Memphis 5-1 (Thursday)

11. Troy (SBC) 4-2: Lost S. Alabama, 19-8 ; Up Next: @ Georgia St. 3-2

12. N. Illinois (MAC) 4-2: Beat Buffalo, 14-13, Up Next: @ B. Green 1-6

13. Colorado State (MWC) 5-2: Beat Nevada, 44-42; Up Next: @ N. Mexico 3-3

14. Army 5-2 (IND): Beat E. Michigan 28-27; Up Next: @ E. H vs Temple. 3-4

15. Wyoming (MWC) 4-2: Beat Utah State, ; Up Next: @ Boise State 4-2

FCS: Top 10

1. James Madison (CAA) 6-0: Beat Villanova, 30-8; Up Next: @ W. & Mary 2-4

2. N. Dakota St. (MVFC) 6-0: Beat Youngstn, 27-24 OT; Up Next: @ H vs W. Ill. 5-1

3. Jacksonville St 5-1 (SLC): Beat E. Kentucky, 41-25; Up Next: @ E. Ill 4-3

4. S. Dakota (MVFC) 6-0: Beat Indiana State, 56-0; Up Next: @ Illinois St. 4-2

5. N Car. A&T (MEAC) 7-0: Beat FL A&M, 31-20;Up Next: @ H vs B. Cookman 3-3

6. Wofford (SoCon) 6-0: Beat The Citadel, 20-16;  Up Next: @ H vs Samford 4-2

7.  Elon (CAA) 5-1: BYE week; Up Next: @ Rhode Island 1-5

8. E. Washington (B-Sky) 5-2: Beat Montana St., 31-13, Up Next: @ H vs S. Utah 4-2

9. W. Illinois (MVFC) 5-1: Beat Missouri St., 35-24, Up Next: @ N. Dakota St. 6-0

10. C. Arkansas (SLC) 5-1: Beat SF Austin, 24-20; Up Next: @ NW State 1-5

 

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Ten Best Games of Week 7

10.  South Carolina 4-2 @ Tennessee 3-2: The visitor is 2-8 in the last 10, Tennessee won at South Carolina, 45-42, in 2015, and the Gamecocks returned the favor in 2016 beating the Volunteers, 27-24! To date, SC’s best win was their season opener against NC State, 35-28, in Charlotte and while the Vols best was beating Georgia Tech, 42-41 in OT @ the Georgia Dome. Vegas Hot$heets like the Volunteers -2.5  while the SCFP Game Simulator says Carolina 5-3 in the 8 categories assessed! (TV” 11:00 A.M. ESPN Network)

9. Michigan State 4-1 @ Minnesota 3-2: The Spartans have beaten the Gophers 4 straight times, their last meeting was in Spartan Stadium, a MSU victory, 14-3, in 2013! State is coming off their biggest win of the year, a 14-10 win over Michigan! While Minnesota is limping around after taking a, 31-17, pounding at Purdue. The Golden Gophers started the season 3-0 but have lost 1st two conference games. Vegas Hot$heets like MSU -4.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , Flip a coin, it’s a 4 to 4 statistical Tie!  (TV” 7:00 P.M. B-10 Network)

8. Boise State 3-2 @ San Diego State 6-0: These teams last met in 2014, a game won by Boise State, 38-29, that game was played at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho! The Aztecs come into the game on a roll, having beat two PAC 12 teams, ASU, 30-20 and Stanford, 20-17. They also have one of the top 5 RBs in the country, Rashaad Penny. The Broncos are having a down year by their standards at 3-2, however, they are coming off a big win against one of their biggest rivals, BYU, 24-7!  Vegas Hot$heets like SDSU -7, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , SDSU 7-1!  (TV” 9:30 P.M. BCSSN)

7. Texas A&M 4-2 @ Florida 3-2: Loser go Home! Both teams are coming off home field loses, A&M to Alabama, 27-19 & Florida to LSU, 17-16 and the way Georgia & Bama are playing, a second loss and your divisional title hopes are all but gone. Especially for the Aggies as they would need the Tide to lose twice in any head to head tie breaker! The Gators are 2-1 all-time vs the Aggies and the last time A&M was @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was in 1962, Florida won, 40-6, that game was the first meeting between the clubs. Last time these teams played was in 2012, Florida also won that one, 20-17!  Vegas Hot$heets like A&M  -4.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers, A&M 6-2!  (TV” 6:00 P.M. ESPN 2)

6.  West Virginia 3-2 @ Texas Tech 4-1: Kliff Kingsbury will your defense tackle someone this week? Your squad has given up 45 to Arizona State & 41 to Oklahoma State. True your Red Raiders are 4-1, but they had to score 51 vs ASU to be at that 4-1 mark. Will Grier and that WV offense have put up 56, 59, & 56 in the weeks prior to the game last week vs TCU, 31-24 loss. In fact, the Mountaineers lost to Virginia Tech by an identical, 31-24 score. Both the Horned Frogs & the Hokie defenses are outstanding, as is that WV offense. Best wishes if your plan is simply out score them! Vegas Hot$heets like WV  -7.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , A toss up, 4 to 4 statistical Tie!   (TV” 11:00 A.M. ESPN U)

5. Navy 5-0 @ Memphis 4-1: Last time Navy was in Memphis, the Tigers were 8-0 and ranked 15th in the country. The teams played to a 17-17 half time tie and then. the Midshipmen put the pedal to the metal pulling away to 45-20 win. Last year Navy won an offensive dominated game, 42-28. With 3 minutes and some change left in the 4th quarter, the Tigers trailed by 7, 35-28, were driving for the tying score, but fumbled on Navy’s 43 yard line. The USNA then scored to put the game out of reach! Vegas Hot$heets like Memphis  -3, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s Navy, 5 to 3 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:45 P.M. ESPN U)

4. Oklahoma 4-1 vs Texas 3-2: The Red River Shoot out has evolved into the Red River Rivalry in 2005 and then, changed again, in 2014, to the AT&T  Red River Showdown! These teams have been playing since 1900, this being the 112 meeting with Texas leading the series, 61-45-5. Oklahoma won last year in an actual “shoot out” 45-40, that score being somewhat unusual, as 12 of the last 19 games have been double digit wins! Bob Stoops was 11-7 in this game (Most OU wins vs Texas) while the Lincoln Riley & Tom Herman face off for the first time! Vegas Hot$heets like Oklahoma  -8.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s OU in a 6 to 2 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:30 P.M. ESPN)

3. Georgia Tech 3-1 @ Miami 4-0: Last time the Rambling Wreck were in Miami, they took their opening possession into the End Zone for a 7-0 lead. Miami scored the next 31 points and went on to win 38-21. Last year, the game was tied at 7 and then Miami put up 21 straight on their way to a 35-21 victory. The Canes are 7 and 1 in the last 8 games vs Tech, but were just 2-6 in the previous 8! Vegas Hot$heets like Miami -10.5, (The opening line has changed to -5.5) while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s the U in a 5 to 3 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:30 P.M. ESPN)

2. Auburn 5-1 @ LSU 4-2: This game is an absolute must win for LSU if they are to have any hope to stay alive in the West Division. Their win last week over and at Florida, 17-16, was impressive, given that they lost to Troy the previous week, 24-21! A second loss to a West Division opponent and its Good Night Irene for the Tigers! A win here by LSU and the possibilities seem endless! Meanwhile, Auburn has only one loss this season, 14-6 to Clemson! The Tigers (The Auburn Tigers) are 3-0 in the SEC, with wins over Missouri 51-14, Ole Miss 49-10, & Mississippi State 44-28! Vegas Hot$heets like Auburn -5.0, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s Auburn, 7 to 1 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:30 P.M. CBS)

1. Utah 4-1 @ USC 5-1:  The SC loss to Washington State, 20-17, hurt but was not a death knell from winning the P-12 and even getting into the play-offs. A loss this week to Utah and a P-12 South Championship is in serious doubt or a loss next week, in South Bend, would do the same to their play-off hopes in 2017! Put simply, the Trojans must win the next 2 games to  get the poll position back in the P-12 South Division! The Utes come in off a tough loss to Stanford, 23-20 and cannot absorb a second conference lost to a team they may very well need to have the tie-breaker against! Vegas Hot$heets like USC -13.0, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s USC, 5 to 3 statistical Victory!   (TV” 7:00 P.M. ABC)

 

 

 

 

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Week 7: Top P5 25, G5 15, & FCS 10

Please note: SCFP ranks the Power Five teams (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC … Plus 2 Independents; ND & BYU) as one group of 66 teams into a Top 25. Next, we rank the Group of Five (AAC, CUSA, MAC, MWC, & SBC … Plus 2 Independents, Army & U-Mass, a group of 64 teams into a Top 15. Finally, we rank the 124 FCS teams into a Top Ten! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Power Five: Top 25: Week 5

 

1.  Alabama (SEC) 6-0: Beat Texas A&M, 27-19; Up Next: @ Arkansas 2-3

2.  Clemson (ACC) 6-0: Beat Wake Forest, 28-14: UP Next: @ Syracuse 3-3 (Friday)

3.  Georgia (SEC) 6-0: Beat Vandy, 45-14; Up Next: Missouri 1-4 @ Home

4. Penn State (B-10) 6-0: Beat Northwestern, 31-7; Up Next: BYE Week

5. Washington (P-12) 6-0: Beat Cal, 38-9; Up Next: @ Arizona St.  2-3 

6. Wisconsin (B-10) 6-0: Beat Nebraska, 38-17; Up Next: Purdue 3-2 @ Home

7. TCU (B-12) 5-0: Beat WV, 31-24 ; Up Next: @ Kansas St. 3-2

8. Auburn (SEC) 5-1Beat Ole Miss. 44-23; Up Next: @ LSU 4-2

9. Ohio State (B-10) 5-1: Beat Maryland, 62-14; Up Next: @ Nebraska 3-3

10. Washington St. (P-12) 6-0: Beat Oregon.  33-10; Up Next: @ Cal 3-3

11 Miami (ACC) 4-0: Beat FSU, 24-20Up Next: G-Tech 3-1 @ Home

12. Oklahoma (B-12) 4-1: Lost to Iowa State, 38-31  Up Next: vs Texas 3-2

13. Virginia Tech (ACC) 5-1: Beat BC, 23-10; Up Next: BYE Week

14. USC (P-12) 5-1: Beat Oregon State, 38-10Up Next: @ Home vs Utah 4-1

15. Notre Dame (IND) 5-1: Beat North Carolina. 33-10; Up Next: BYE Week

16. Michigan State (B-10) 4-1: Beat Michigan, 14-10; Up Next: @ Minnesota 3-2

17. Michigan (B-10) 4-1: Lost to MSU, 14-10; Up Next: @ Indiana 3-2 

18. Oklahoma State (B-12) 5-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs Baylor 0-5

19. Utah (P-12) 4-1: Lost to Stanford, 23-20; Up Next: @ USC 5-1

20. NC State (ACC) 5-1: Beat Louisville, 39-25; Up Next: @ Pitt 2-4

21. Kentucky (SEC) 5-1: Beat Missouri, 40-34, Up Next: BYE Week

22. Texas A&M (SEC) 4-2: Lost to Bama, 27-19;  Up Next: @ Florida 3-2

23.  Georgia Tech (ACC) 3-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Miami 4-0

24. Virginia (ACC) 4-1: Beat Duke, 28-21; Up Next: @ North Carolina 1-5

25. T-Tech (B-12) 4-1: Beat Kansas, 65-19; Up Next: @ West Virginia 3-2

Group of Five:  Top 15

 

1. South Florida (AAC) 5-0: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs U-Mass 0-6

2. San Diego St. (MWC) 4-0: Beat UNLV, 41-10; Up Next: @ Home vs Boise St. 3-2

3. Central Florida (AAC) 4-0: Beat Cincy 51-23; Up Next: @ Home vs E. Carolina 1-5

4. Navy (AAC) 5-0: Beat Air Force, 48-45; Up Next: @ Memphis 4-1

5. Troy (SBC) 4-1: BYE Week; Up Next: South Alabama 1-4 @ Home

6. Toledo (MWC) 4-1: Beat E. Michigan, 20-15 ; Up Next: @ C. Michigan 3-3 

7. Houston  (AAC) 4-1: Beat SMU, 35-22; Up Next: @ Tulsa 1-5

8. Memphis (AAC) 4-1: Beat U-Conn, 14-3; Up Next: @ U-Conn 1-3

9. Marshall (C-USA) 4-1: Beat UNC Char, 38-21; Up Next: @ Home Old Dom. 2-3

10. W. Michigan (MAC) 4-2: Beat Buffalo, 71-68 (7 OT’s); Up Next: @ H vs Akron 3-3

11. Appalachian St. (SBC) 3-2: Beat N. Mex. St., 45-31; Up Next: @ Idaho 2-3

12. N. Illinois (MAC) 3-2: Beat Kent State, 24-3, Up Next: @ Buffalo 3-3

13. Colorado State (MWC) 4-2: Beat Utah State, 27-14; Up Next: @ H vs Nevada 1-5

14. Army 4-2 (IND): Beat Rice 49-12; Up Next: @ E. Mich. 2-3

15. Wyoming (MWC) 3-2: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Utah State 3-3

 

FCS: Top 10

 

1. James Madison (CAA) 5-0: BYE Week; Up Next: @ H vs Villanova 4-2

2. N. Dakota St. (MVFC) 5-0: Beat Indiana St., 52-0; Up Next: @ Youngstown 3-2

3. Jacksonville St 4-1 (SLC): Beat A. Peay, 34-14; Up Next: @ H vs E. Kentucky 4-2

4. S. Dakota (MVFC) 4-0: Beat Youngstown, 31-28; Up Next: @ H vs Indiana St. 0-5

5. N Carolina A&T (MEAC) 5-0: Beat Delaware St., 44-3  Up Next: @ Fl A&M 2-4

6. Wofford (SoCon) 5-0: Beat W. Carolina, 35-28;  Up Next: @ The Citadel 3-2

7.  Elon (CAA) 5-1: Beat William & Mary, 25-17; Up Next: @ Rhode Island 1-4

8. Weber State (B-Sky) 4-1: Beat Montana St., 25-17, Up Next: @ H vs S. Utah 3-2

9. W. Illinois (MVFC) 4-1: Beat N. Iowa, 38-29, Up Next: @ H vs Missouri St. 1-4

10. C. Arkansas (SLC) 4-1: Beat Houston Baptist 27-7; Up Next: @ H vs SF Austin 1-4

 

 

 

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2017 Power Five, Group of Five & FCS Rankings

Please note: SCFP ranks the Power Five teams (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC … Plus 2 Independents; ND & BYU) as one group of 66 teams into a Top 25. Next, we rank the Group of Five (AAC, CUSA, MAC, MWC, & SBC … Plus 2 Independents, Army & U-Mass, a group of 64 teams into a Top 15. Finally, we rank the 124 FCS teams into a Top Ten! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Power Five: Top 25:

 

  1. Florida (SEC) 0-1: Lost to #15 Michigan, 33-17, Up Next: Northern Colorado (B-Sky) 1-0

 

  1. Nebraska (B-10) 1-0:Survived Arkansas State, 43-36; Up Next: @ #19 Oregon (P-12) 1-0

 

  1. Washington State (P-12) 1-0: Beat Montana St., 31-0; Up Next: #3 Boise State (MWC) @ H

 

  1. UCLA (P-12) 1-0: Beat Texas A&M (SEC) Up Next: Hawaii (MWC) @ Home

 

  1. Virginia Tech (ACC) 1-0: BeatW. Virginia (B12), 31-24; Up Next: Delaware (CAA) @ Home

 

  1. TCU (B-12) 1-0:Annihilated Jackson State (SWAC), 63-0; Up Next: @ Arkansas (SEC)

 

  1. Oregon (P-10) 1-0:Beat S. Utah (B-Sky), 77-21; Up Next:#24 Nebraska 1-0 (B10) @ H

 

  1. Louisville (ACC) 1-0Got pastPurdue, in Indianapolis, 35-28; Up Next: @ UNC 0-1 (ACC)

 

  1. Miami (ACC) 1-0: Picked on Bethune-Cookman (MEAC), 41-13; Up Next: Arkansas St. 0-1 @ H

 

  1. Notre Dame (IND) 1-0: Whipped Temple AAC), 49-16, Up Next: #7 Georgia 1-0 (SEC) @ H

 

  1. LSU (SEC) 1-0:Dominated BYU, 27-0; Up Next: Chattanooga 0-1 (SoCon) @ Home

 

  1. Stanford (P-12) 1-0: Beat Rice 62-7; Up Next: @ #3 USC 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. Michigan (B-10) 1-0: Beat up#12 Florida, 33-17; Up Next: Cincinnati 1-0 (AAC) @ Home

 

  1. Oklahoma State (B-12) 1-0:Beat Tulsa 59-24; Up Next: @ South Alabama 0-1 (SBC)

 

  1. Auburn (SEC) 10-0: Toyed with Georgia Southern, 41-7 Up Next: @ #6 Clemson 1-0 (ACC)
  1. Florida State (ACC) 0-1: Lost to #1 Alabama (SEC), 24-7, Up Next: ULM 0-1 (SBC) @ Home

 

  1. Washington (P-12) 1-0: Beat Rutgers (B-10), 30-14, Up Next: Montana 1-0 (B-Sky) @ Home

 

  1. Wisconsin (B-10) 1-0:Beat Utah State (MWC), 59-10, Up Next: FAU 0-1 (CUSA) @ Home

 

  1. Georgia (SEC) 1-0:Beat Appalachian State (SBC), 31-10; Up Next: @ ND (IND)

 

  1. Clemson (ACC) 1-0: Hammered Kent State, 56-3; Up Next: @ Home vs #11 Auburn (SEC)

 

  1. Oklahoma (B-12) 1-0:The Sooners blasted UTEP, 56-7; Up Next: @ #2 OSU 1-0 (B10)

 

  1. Penn State (B-10) 1-0: Dismantled Akron, 52-0, Up Next: Pitt (ACC) @ Home

 

  1. USC (P-12) 1-0: Struggled @ Home with Western Michigan, 49-31; Up Next: Stanford @ Home

 

  1. Ohio State (B-10) 1-0: OutscoredIndiana, 49-21; Up Next: #5 Oklahoma (B12) @ Home

 

  1. Alabama (SEC) 1-0: Controlled #4 Florida State, 24-7; Up Next: Fresno State (MWC) @ Home

 

 

Group of Five:  Top 15

 

  1. Tulsa (AAC) 0-1: Lost to #16 Oklahoma State, 59-24; Up Next: @ Home vs Louisiana Lafayette 1-0 (SBC)

 

  1. Western Kentucky (CUSA) 1-0: Got by Eastern Kentucky (OVC), 31-17; Up Next: Bye Week

 

  1. Appalachian State (SBC) 0-1: Lost @ #8 Georgia (SEC), 31-10; Up Next: Savannah State 0-0 (MEAC)

 

  1. Air Force (MWC) 1-0: Blasted VMI (SoCon), 62-0; Up Next: @ Michigan 1-0 (B10)

 

  1. Toledo 1-0 (MAC): Whipped Elon (CAA), 47-13, Up Next: @ Nevada 0-1 (MWC)

 

  1. Army (IND) 1-0:Beat Fordham (CAA), 64-6; Up Next: Buffalo 0-1 (MAC) @ Home  

 

  1. Memphis (AAC) 1-0: Beat Louisiana Monroe (CUSA), 37-29; Up Next: @ #8 Central Florida 1-0 (AAC)

 

  1. Central Florida (AAC) 1-0: Ran past Florida International (CUSA), 61-17; Up Next: Memphis 1-0 (AAC)

 

  1. Temple (AAC) 0-0: Lost to #17 Notre Dame (IND) 49-16; Up Next: @ Home vs Villanova 1-0 (CAA)

 

  1. . Colorado State 1-1 (MWC): Lost to Colorado (p-12) 17-3; Up Next: Abilene Christian (SLC)

 

  1. San Diego State (MWC) 1-0: Beat UC Davis (B-Sky), 38-17; Up Next: @ Arizona State 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. Navy (AAC) 1-0: Beat Florida Atlantic (CUSA), 42-19; Up Next: @ Home vs Tulane 1-0 (AAC)

 

  1. Boise State (MWC) 1-0: Beat Troy (SBC), 24-13; Up Next: @ Washington State, 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. Houston (AAC) 0-0: Texas San Antonio (Game Canceled: Harvey) Up Next: @ Arizona 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. South Florida (AAC) 2-0:Beat Stony Brook (CAA) 31-17; Up Next: @ U-Conn 1-0 (AAC)

 

FCS: Top 10

 

  1. Howard (MEAC) 1-0: Beat UNLV, 43-40 (a 45 point Dog) Up Next: @ Kent State (MAC)

 

  1. Grambling State (SWAC) 0-1: Lost @ Tulane (AAC) 43-14; Up Next: @ Home vs Northwestern State (SLC)

 

  1. Villanova (CAA) 1-0: Won @ Lehigh, 38-35 (Patriot) Up Next: Temple (AAC)

 

  1. Illinois State (MVFC)1-0: Hammered Butler (Pioneer), 45-0 Up Next: @ Eastern Illinois (OVC)

 

  1. Liberty (BSC) 1-0: Beat Baylor (B12), 48-45; Up Next: Morehead State (Pioneer)

 

  1. Jacksonville State 1-0 (OVC):Beat Chattanooga, 27-13; Up Next: @ Georgia Tech (ACC)

 

  1. South Dakota State (MVFC) 1-0: Beat Duquesne (BSC), 51-13 up Next: @ Montana St. (B-SKY)

 

  1. North Dakota State (MVFC) 1-0: Beat Mississippi Valley (MEAC), 72-7, Up Next: @ Eastern Washington (B-Sky)

 

  1. Sam Houston State (SLC) 1-0: Beat #6 Richmond 48-34, Up Next: Prairie View A&M (SWAC)

 

  1. James Madison (CAA) 1-0: Won @ East Carolina (AAC), 34-14, Up Next: @ Home vs East Tennessee (SoCon)
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Athlon Sports Top 25 for 2017

Our second publication, Athlon Sports (A.S.), will have a slightly different look than Phil Steele’s line up. Eight teams recognized by Steele’s Staff stayed in Athlon’s Top Ten, with the top three being identical, Bama, OSU, & FSU. A.S. moved Florida & Wisconsin out of the Top 10 and Auburn & Michigan have been added at 9 & 10 respectively.

Comparing Athlon Sports Ranking with Steel’s 11 thru 20 (Steele’s rank is listed after the team, check below to compare Athlon’s rating): LSU (13), Wisconsin (10), Texas (21), Oklahoma State (15), Georgia (22), Florida (9)  Stanford (14), Louisville (17), Tennessee (NR), & Notre Dame (19). Athlon did not rank TCU (20)

The Publications also differed on 21 through 25: Oregon (23), Kansas State (24),  Miami FL (11), South Florida (18), & Virginia Tech (25)

How Athlon Ranked the Power 5 Conferences: SEC 6 Teams: #1 Alabama, #9 Auburn, #11 LSU, #15 Georgia, #16 Florida, & #19 Tennessee; ACC 5 Teams: #3 Florida State, #7 Clemson, #18 Louisville, #23 Miami FL, & #25 Virginia Tech.; Big 12 4 Teams: #8 Oklahoma, #13 Texas, #14 Oklahoma State, & #22 Kansas State; B-10 has 4 Teams:  #2 Ohio State, #6 Penn State, #10 Michigan, & #12 Wisconsin, PAC 12 4 Teams: #4 Washington, #5 USC, #17 Stanford, & # 21 Oregon; Independents 1 Team: #20 Notre Dame; AAC 1 Team: #24 South Florida

Athlon & Steele ranked only one Group of Five (G5) Team, South Florida was the choice in both cases. Interestingly, USF’s coach, Willie Taggart has departed for Oregon. Enter fired Texas Coach, Charlie Strong, this could give new meaning to the concept of the “Phoenix rising from the ashes”! I for one, hope so!

  1.  Alabama: Nation’s Best recruiting program / a few seconds from 15-0 in 2016
  2. Ohio State:  Meyer is 61-6 @ OSU, but only 1 B-10 Title! Bucks want more in 17
  3. Florida State: The Seminoles may begin and end their season against the Tide!
  4. Washington: A playoff team in 16, Peterson is a great coach, but is #4 a reach?
  5. USC: 9 straight wins to end 2016, The Bush Sanctions are over, Trojans are back!
  6. Penn State: The Lions have 10 starters back on O / D’s front 7 is the ? mark!
  7. Clemson: Watson (QB) & Williams (WR) gone! Talent yes / Experience not yet
  8. Oklahoma: Bobby Stoops is gone, Lincoln Riley is in, what’s next for OU?
  9. Auburn: Gus Malzahn’s D, not the O, will determine the height of success in 17.
  10. Michigan: The Wolves have 5 starters back/is the rank about Jim Harbaugh?
  11. LSU: Talent everywhere, QB Danny Etling & OC Matt Canada hold the keys!
  12. Wisconsin: Return 4 of 5 O linemen, LBs are great, & TE is an All American
  13. Texas: Horns have had 3 straight losing seasons, Herman is good, but this good?
  14. Oklahoma State: Gundy has won 10 or more games in 5 of the last 7 seasons
  15. Georgia: Best running combo in the country and 10 starters back on D
  16. Florida: QB is the ? mark, Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio, or ND’s Malik Zaire?
  17. Stanford: Shaw is outstanding, he has won 10 games +, 5 of the last 6 seasons
  18. Louisville: QB Lamar Jackson is back … enough said!
  19. Tennessee: Butch Jones has gone 9-4 the last 2 season, not good enough!
  20. Notre Dame: If Brian Kelly goes 4-8 again, well, Brian Kelly goes!!
  21. Oregon: Helfrich won 33 games in 3 years, 4-8, fired, Willie Taggart better win!
  22. Kansas State: Bill Snyder has won more games than any current FBS Coach
  23. Miami FL: Mark Richt is back … So is Miami!
  24. South Florida: Like Phil Steele, the only G5 Program ranked by Athlon.
  25. Virginia Tech: Fuente & Hokies won’t quit, comeback wins vs ND & Arkansas
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Pre-Season Publications Top 25: 1st up, Phil Steele

Phil Steele’s Top 25 vs his Top 25

 

The teams with the greatest challenges, at least in terms of quantity of opponent, are Oklahoma, Florida State & Texas, as they all take on 5 Top 25 Opponents … this according to Phil’s Steele’s  Top 25 rankings.

The Seminoles open the season in Atlanta vs the #1 team in the land, Alabama, then do battle with #8 Clemson & #9 Florida on the road, and finally, welcome #11 Miami FL & #17 Louisville to Tallahassee!

The Sooners travel to Columbus to take on #2 OSU, then head for the other OSU, in Stillwater, #15 Ok State and finally land in Kansas to play #24 Kansas State. Their annual brawl vs #21 Texas is @ a Neutral site, Dallas? Then, at last, they get to play 1 of the 5 games vs Top 25 teams @ home, vs #20 TCU.

The ‘Horns’ host #15 Oklahoma State & #24 Kansas State!  In September, the Longhorns head west for California and a date with #4 USC and in November travel to Fort Worth to call out #20, TCU.  The Red River Shootout … oops … I mean the Red River Rivalry vs Oklahoma is played every year in early October at a neutral site, Dallas, which is about the same distance from Norman as it is from Austin!

The Badgers have only one T-25 opponent, #16 Michigan in Madison, on November 18th. Wisconsin has a legitimate chance to reach the B-10 Championship game this season w/o a blemish on their record. The real scary issue for Bucky is … the team waiting for them in Indy, may also be undefeated and it could be one of two teams … #2 OSU or #6 PSU. This will be decided in Columbus on Oct. 28th!

Conferences represented in Phil Steele’s Top 25 are: B-12 5 teams (#5 Oklahoma, #15 Oklahoma State, #20 TCU, #21 Texas, & #24 Kansas State). SEC has 5 teams (#1 Alabama, #9 Florida, #12 Auburn, #13 LSU, & #22 Georgia). The ACC has 5 teams (#3 Florida State, #8 Clemson, #11 Miami, #17 Louisville, & #25 Virginia Tech) The Big Ten has 4 teams (#2 Ohio State, #6 Penn State, #10 Wisconsin, & #16 Michigan). The PAC 12 has 4 teams (#4 USC, #7 Washington, #14 Stanford, & #22 Oregon) Independents (#19 ND & BYU, The Cougars not rated in the T-25; ND & BYU are counted by SCFP as P5 Teams … the other 2 Independents, Army & U Mass as G5’s) & The AAC has 1 team (#18 South Florida). USF is the only G5 team rated by Phil Steele and his staff!

Finally, as stated, Phil Steele rated only one team from the the Group of Five (G5), South Florida, they play only 1 Power 5 (P5) opponent, Illinois. Lovie Smith (Illini Coach) is at least another year out before he fields a quality team in Champaign. So, if USF were to go unbeaten, should they be consider for one of the play-off spots or have they scheduled themselves out of contention?

Check out the match-ups below and please share your thoughts  …

  1. Alabama: @ #12 Auburn; #3 FSU in Atlanta, & @ Home vs #13 LSU
  2. Ohio State: @ #16 Michigan & @ Home vs #5 Oklahoma & #6 PSU
  3. Florida State: vs #1 Bama, @ #9 FL, #8 Clem; @ H vs #11 The U & #17 L’ville
  4. USC: @ H vs #14 Stanford & #21 Texas in Sept. & #19 ND in South Bend
  5. Oklahoma: @ #2 OSU, #15 Ok St, & #24 K St; @ H #20 TCU, #21 TX in Dallas
  6. Penn State: At #2 Ohio State & Home vs #16 Michigan
  7. Washington: @ #14 Stanford and Home vs #23 Oregon
  8. Clemson: Home vs #3 FSU & #12 Auburn, @ #17 Louisville & #25 V-Tech
  9. Florida: #16 Michigan #22 Georgia Neutral Sites & @ H vs #3 FSU & #13 LSU 
  10. Wisconsin: Vs one Top 25 Opponent, #16 Michigan @ Home in October
  11. Miami FL: @ Home vs #19 ND & #25 V-Tech; @ #3 FSU
  12. Auburn: @ Home vs #1 Alabama; @ #8 Clemson & #13 LSU
  13. LSU: @ Home vs #12 Auburn and @ #1 Bama & #9 Florida
  14. Stanford: @ H #7 Washington & #23 Oregon, #19 ND; @ #4 USC
  15. Oklahoma St.: @ Home vs #20 TCU, #5 OU, & #24 K-St; @ #21 Texas
  16. Michigan: @ Home vs #2 OSU; @ #6 PSU, & #10 UW; and #9 FL @ Arlington
  17. Louisville: @ Home vs #8 Clemson and @ #3 FSU
  18. South Florida: Highest and only G5 in the T-25, USF does not play a T-25 
  19. Notre Dame: @ #14 Stanford & #11 Miami; @ Home vs #4 USC & #22 Georgia
  20. Texas Christian: @ #5 Oklahoma, #15 Ok St. & #24 K-St; @ H vs #21 Texas
  21. Texas: Home vs #15 Ok St. & #24 K-St; @ #4 USC & #20 TCU; #5 OU @ Dallas
  22. Georgia: @ #19 ND & #12 Auburn; & @ Jacksonville (Neutral Site) vs #9 FL
  23. Oregon: @ #7 Washington & @ #14 Stanford
  24. Kansas State: @ Home vs #5 OU, #20 TCU, @ #21 Tx & #15 Ok St.
  25. Virginia Tech: @ Home vs #8 Clemson & @ #11 Miami
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Big Ten vs Power 5, Group of 5 & FCS

The Big Ten Conference is made of of 14 teams, broken into two Divisions, East & West. As a conference, they battle each other in 9 league games, leaving each club with 3 non-conference tilts. As a result, the Big Ten takes on 42 non-conference opponents, here is the 2017 breakdown!

East Division: Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, & Maryland.

West Division: Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, & Purdue.

Big Ten vs Power 5 Conferences/Independents

Big Ten vs ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference): Indiana travels to Virginia on 9/9/17; Northwestern hits the road to battle Duke on 9/9/17; Penn State hosts’ in-state rival Pittsburgh on 9/9/17; Purdue heads south to take on Louisville on 9/2/17! The Big Ten takes on the ACC 4 times in 2017 … 3 of the 4 on the road!

Big Ten vs the B-12: Iowa visits Ames to challenge in-state rival Iowa State on 9/9/17; Maryland meanders south to The Lone Star State to battle Texas on 9/2/17; Ohio State welcomes Oklahoma on 9/9/17! B-Ten and the B-12 line up three times in 2017 … 2 of the 3 are played in B-12 Arenas!

Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) breaks the four Independents into quasi P5’s ( ND & BYU) & G5’s (Massachusetts {U-Mass} & Army). Please do not waste your time agreeing or disagreeing with this breakdown, that argument will not effect how we disseminated the data. We mention it for your clarification only! That Said!

B-Ten vs Power 5 Independents: Michigan State opens the gates for Notre Dame on 9/23/17 & Wisconsin heads west to Provo, Utah to “get it on” with BYU on 9/16/17. The Big Ten laces em’ up twice against these quasi P5’s 

Big Ten vs P-12 (Pacific Athletic Conference): Minnesota hits the Oregon Trail to explore Oregon State on 9/9/17; Nebraska tracks Gophers to take on Oregon on 9/9/17, & Rutgers welcomes the defending P-12 champs, Washington on 9/1/17. The Big Ten and the PAC 12 play three, regular season, Rose Bowls,  fittingly, 2 of the 3 are on the ‘Left Coast’!

B-10 vs the SEC (Southeastern Conference): Michigan vs Florida @ AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX & Purdue battles Missouri in Columbia @ Memorial Stadium! The B-Ten challenges the Mighty SEC twice, once at a neutral site and once on the road!

The B-Ten has 42 non-conference games, they have scheduled 14 against P5 competition, as defined by SCFP!  Of these 14 games, 9 are road games, 1 is at a neutral site, and 4 are at home!

The Big Ten vs the Group of 5 conferences/Independents

The B-10 vs AAC (American Athletic Conference): Illinois travels to South Florida on 9/9/17; Maryland takes on Central Florida, @ home on 9/23/17; & Michigan has extended an invite to Cincinnati for 9/9/17! The B-10 kicks it off 3 times against the AAC in 2017, only once away from their home stadiums!

B-10 vs C-USA (Conference – United States of America): Illinois hosts Western Kentucky on 9/16/17; Indiana welcomes Florida International on 9/16/17; Iowa plays North Texas @ Iowa City on 9/16/17; Minnesota opens the stadium for Middle Tennessee on 9/16/17; & Wisconsin has extended an invitation to Florida Atlantic for 9/9/17. The B-10 takes on C-USA 5 times, all home encounters for the B-10, and 4 of the 5 are played on Sept. 16th!

B-10 vs G5 Independents (See above): Ohio State battles Army on 9/16/17. This is the only game the B-10 plays against G5 Independents, as the conference does not play U-Mass in 2017!

B-10 vs the MAC (Mid-American Conference): Illinois battles Ball State, @ home, on 9/2/17; Michigan State challenges the MAC twice, Bowling Green on 9/2/17 and Western Michigan on 9/9/17, both games are at Spartan Stadium; Minnesota welcome Buffalo to TCF Bank Stadium on 8/31/17, Nebraska hosts Northern Illinois on 9/16/17, Northwestern and the Windy City have sent an invite to Bowling Green for 9/16/17. Penn State plays Akron @ State College on 9/2/17; Purdue lines up against Ohio in West Lafayette on 9/9/17; Rutgers plays host to Eastern Michigan on 9/9/17!  The B-10 welcomes MAC teams to B-10 Arenas 9 times, in the 9 games they play in 2017!

B-10 vs MWC (Mountain West Conference): Iowa host Wyoming on 9/2/17, Michigan flies in Air Force on 9/16/17; Northwestern battles Nevada in Evanston on 9/2/17; Ohio State bets down vs UNLV @ the Shoe on 9/23/17; Wisconsin welcomes Utah State to Madtown on 9/1/17. The B-10 laces em’ up 5 times vs the Mountain West … all at home! 

B-10 vs SBC (Sun Belt Conference): Indiana welcomes Georgia Southern on 9/23/17; Nebraska lines up at home vs Arkansas State on 9/2/17; & Penn State hosts Georgia State on 9/16/17. The B-10 plays 3 games against the Sun Belt Conference and all three are at home!

The B-10 battles the Group of Five on 26 occasions in 2017, only one (Illinois @ South Florida) is on the road!

Big Ten vs FCS Teams: Maryland Hosts Towson from the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association)  on 9/2/17 & Rutgers takes on Morgan State out of the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) on 9/16/17

As stated, The Big Ten plays 42 non-conference games in 2017, 14 are against Power Five’s (only 4 of the 14 are played in B-10 Stadiums) 26 games are schedules vs the Group of 5 Conferences/Independents (a whopping 25 of 26 are played in B-10 Arenas) and the Big Ten plays only two games against the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision or 63 scholarship programs) 

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Big 12 vs Power 5, Group of 5, & FCS

Big 12 Teams: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, & West Virginia

The Big 12 mysteriously has ten teams, that’s ok, the Big Ten has fourteen! This league is not broken into divisions and unlike other conferences, every team in the B-12 plays every other team. A true round robin and as Big 12 officials like to say, “we produce a true championship.”

Big 12 vs Power 5 Conferences/Independents

B-12 vs ACC: Baylor travels to Duke on 9/23/2017; Oklahoma State heads east, on 9/16/17, to take on Pitt, & West Virginia visits a neighboring state, Virginia, to battle Virginia Tech 9/2/17. The Big 12 plays the ACC 3 times in 2017, all on the road!

Big 12 vs Big Ten: Iowa State hosts Iowa on 9/9/17, Oklahoma visits the Shoe to take on Ohio State on 9/9/17, Texas entertains Maryland on 9/2/17. The Big 12 lines 3 times vs their neighbors to the north, the Big Ten.

Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) breaks the four Independents into quasi P5’s ( ND & BYU) & G5’s (Massachusetts {U-Mass} & Army). Please do not waste your time agreeing or disagreeing with this breakdown, that argument will not effect how we disseminated the data. We mention it for your clarification only! That Said!

Big 12 vs Independent P5’s: B-12 does not Play ND or BYU!

Big 12 vs the PAC 12: Texas heads west to tangle with USC 0n 9/16/17 and Texas Tech opens the stadium gates for Arizona State on 9/16/17. The B-12 has 2 regular season games against the P-12.

Big 12 vs the SEC: TCU heads east to challenge Arkansas on 9/9/17 & Kansas State  journeys to Tennessee to take on Vanderbilt on 9/16/17. The B-12 calls out the Mighty SEC on two occasions!

The Big 12 will play 10 games against Power Five opponents in 2017! Kansas does not face a P5 this coming season (2017) and Texas plays two ( SC & Maryland)

Big 12 vs Group of Five: 

Big 12 vs AAC (American Athletic Conference): Oklahoma @ home vs Tulane 9/16/17; Oklahoma State @ Home vs Tulsa on 9/2/17; TCU @ Home vs SMU on 10/7/17, Texas Tech @ Houston 9/23/17; & West Virginia @ Home vs East Carolina on 10/7/17! The Big 12 takes on the AAC five times in 2017, only once on the road!

Big 12 vs C-USA (Conference United States of America: Baylor takes on Texas San Antonio (UTSA) on 9/9/17; Kansas State welcomes UNC Charlotte on 9/23/17; & Oklahoma hosts Texas El Paso (UTEP) 9/2/17!  B-12 plays C-USA 3 times in 2017, all @ home!

B-12 vs Independent G5’s: The B-12 does not play Army or U-Mass (Massachusetts) in the 2017 season.

Big 12 vs MAC (Mid-American Conference): Kansas takes on Central Michigan at Home on 9/2/17 and travels to Ohio for 9/9/17 date; & Iowa State heads to Ohio to play Akron on the 9/16/17. B-12 has 3 games with the MAC  in 17′, two of them in Ohio!

Big 12 vs MWC (Mountain West Conference): Texas hosts San Jose State on 9/2/17. This is the only 2017 regular season game between the B-12 & the MWC!

Big 12 vs SBC (Sun Belt Conference): Oklahoma State travels to South Alabama! This is the only game between the B-12 & SBC in 17′

The B-12 challenges the Group of Five on 13 occasions in 2017, 9 of the 13 games will be played in B-12 arenas!

The Big 12 vs the FCS:

The Big 12 vs The Big South Conference: Baylor @ Home vs Liberty on 9/2/17

Big-12 vs the MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference): Iowa State @ Home vs Northern Iowa on 9/2/17

Big 12 vs OVC (Ohio Valley Conference): Kansas vs Northeast Missouri State 9/2/17

Big 12 vs SLC (Southland Conference): Kansas State @ Home vs Central Arkansas on 9/2/17

Big 12 vs SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference): TCU @ Home vs Jackson State on 9/2/17

B-12 vs Big Sky Conference: Texas Tech @ Home vs Eastern Washington on 9/2/17

B-12 vs MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference): West Virginia @ Home vs Delaware State on 9/16/17

The Big 12 plays 30 Non-Conference games: 

10 Games vs P5 … 13 Games vs the Group of 5 … & 7 Games vs FCS Opponents …

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