2019 SEC Football Power Rankings (entering bowl season)

1.LSU
As the top seed in the CFP, having won five games versus then top ten teams (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Texas) they have the best resume in college football and it’s not that close. A dominant performance in Saturday’s SEC Championship, vulted LSU to the top spot in the rankings and rightly so.

2.Georgia
Despite getting their butts kicked by LSU this past Saturday, Georgia will play in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game and have earned the right do so. Georgia won the SEC East for the third straight year and have been dominant while doing it.

3.Florida
Florida was very competitive during the first half of the 2019 campaign but since losses to LSU and Georgia, they have flown under the radar. Florida will s still play in a high tier bowl game, though.

4.Auburn
A win in the Iron Bowl kept Coach Gus Malzahn off of the hot seat as things are looking up on the plains for 2020-21.

5.Alabama
Nick Saban’s team had its first two loss season since 2013-14. Because of injuries to the defense this season, the Tide have looked pitiful on that side of the ball. But a win in a bowl game should get this team fired up headed into next season.

6.Texas A&M
A tough 7-5 season for the Aggies doesn’t mean they didn’t have success. They played LSU, Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia who were all ranked inside the top three at one point and were competitive in all of those games. Another highly ranked recruiting class from Jimbo Fisher and his staff needs to mean a ten win season within the next two years.

7.Tennessee
Since losing to BYU and Georgia State early in the season, Jeremy Pruitt turned it around, as they went six and one in their final seven games. Things should be looking up for the Vols in 2020.

8.Kentucky
Despite losing two QBs, receiver turned QB Lynn Bowden led Kentucky this season to bowl elgibility. Mark Stoops, Kentucky’s head man, may be a high profile candidate for bigger jobs, but if he is retained expect another season like this or better in 2020 for the basketball power in football.

9.South Carolina
Even with an early season win over Georgia, South Carolina still went 4-8 and did not have any success after that. So, what does keeping Will Muschamp as coach do. Who knows?

10.Mississippi State
Despite the ideal hiring of former Penn State OC Joe Moorhead, things have not looked so hot for Mississippi State. A win versus Ole Miss a few weeks ago should do some healing, though.

11.Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt retained Derek Mason as its head coach, meaning not many transfers. That’s the only reason why Vandy is this high in the rankings.

12.Missouri
Missouri fired Barry Odom and after a week, have not found anyone as its new head coach. So, many players leave regarding transfer, so don’t expect huge things from Missouri next season.

13.Ole Miss
Ole Miss hired former USC and Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin (who also used to be Alabama’s OC) as its next head coach after firing Matt Luke. So, expect an offensive explosion from Ole Miss next season, despite many players leaving due to transfer.

14.Arkansas
Arkansas was the first to fire their coach of these three but have lost their top two candidates many presume (Kiffin to Ole Miss, Norvell to Florida State) to other jobs. So, at this point, Arkansas is at the lowest of lows in the SEC.

Did the committee get it right?

The CFP committee might have had the easiest job in the era. Did they botch this year’s four or nail it?

Playing in the Peach Bowl, the CFP Committee got the top spot right when it sent gave LSU the top ranking and sent them to the closest site to Baton Rouge, to Atlanta. With Utah and Georgia losing, all the committee had to do was pick the winner of the Big 12 Championship. Oklahoma defeated Baylor, and thus were given the four spot. LSU had five wins over then top ten teams, over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Oklahoma has beaten everyone on their schedule except for Kansas State (who they were upset by). But, Oklahoma has looked great since, and have their best defense in the CFP era, something that the committee always questions for the Sooners. Now, the committee slid Ohio State down from the top ranking to number two after they had to comeback to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. Thus, now the Buckeyes have to play Clemson, another undefeated (like LSU and Ohio State) who won their respective conference championship game (ACC). Both of those seedings are correct concerning most of the public. Clemson and Ohio State will meet in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona come December 28. According to me, the committee got it right by moving LSU to the top spot and Ohio State down to the number two spot.

So here are all of the New Year’s Six Bowls for 2019:

December 28

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Penn State vs. Memphis
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Noon, ESPN/ESPN App

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
1.LSU vs. 4.Oklahoma
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta
4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
2.Ohio State vs. 3.Clemson
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
State Farm Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

December 30

Capital One Orange Bowl
Florida vs. Virginia
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

Januray 1

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Michigan vs. Alabama
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida
1 p.m., ABC/ESPN App

Outback Bowl
Minnesota vs. Auburn
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
1 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
Oregon vs. Wisconsin
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
5 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Georgia vs. Baylor
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans
8:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

This might be the least controversial four ever…

For the College Football Playoff Committee, this might be the easiest four to choose in the era. Today, I predict who those four will be and all who will be in the New Year’s Six Bowl Games.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
4 or 8 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN
1.LSU vs. 4.Oklahoma

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
4 or 8 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN
2.Ohio State vs. 3.Clemson

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Noon, Dec. 28, ESPN
17.Memphis vs. 8.Wisconsin

Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
8 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN
23.Virginia at. 9.Florida

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
8:45 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN
7.Baylor vs. 4.Georgia

cbhsports College Football Conference Championship Week Preview

Top 6 entering Week 14 (My rankings)
1.LSU 12-0 (8-0) Next Week:vs.Georgia (Atlanta,GA)
2.Ohio State 12-0 (9-0) Next Week:vs.Wisconsin (Indianapolis,IN)
3.Clemson 12-0 (8-0) Next Week:vs.Virginia (Charlotte,NC)
4.Georgia 11-1 (7-1) Next Week:vs.LSU (Atlanta,GA)
Outside Looking In
5.Oklahoma 11-1 (7-1) Next Week:vs.Baylor (Dallas,TX)
6.Utah 11-1 (8-1) Next Week:vs.Oregon (Santa Clara,CA)

Predicting Conference Championship Games
Frdiay
12.Oregon at. 5.Utah
I won’t predict this game as we our over midway through it but if Utah wins they just improve their case for a CFP spot. A loss for the Utes would kick them out of the discussion, though.

Saturday
7.Baylor vs. 6.Oklahoma
With All-American Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb back in this game, Oklahoma should have it much easier versus Baylor this time. With Oklahoma’s twenty-five point comeback, Baylor should come with vegeance in this game. Oklahoma still wins as Jalen Hurts makes his final statement for a Heisman Trophy. Prediction:Oklahoma 38, Baylori 34

Louisiana at. 21.Appalachian State
App State has dominated all year long and it doesn’t stop here. Prediction:Appalachian State 49, Louisiana 31

20.Cincinnati at. 17.Memphis
In a rematch from a week ago, Memphis should win again. Home field advantage is big in this game, and Memphis gets it both times. Prediction:Memphis 38, Cincinnati 30

4.Georgia vs. 2.LSU
Georgia versus LSU should be close but LSU’s new school offense should lift them up late in this game. Prediction:LSU 49, Georgia 31

Hawai’i at. 19.Boise State
Boise State should continue to dominate and shouldn’t have many problems with Hawai’i. Prediction:Boise State 35, Hawai’i 17

23.Virginia vs. 3.Clemson
Virginia’s defense can keep them in the game but Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers will have a field day versus this Virginia defense. Prediction:Clemson 52, Virginia 24

8.Wisconsin vs. 1.Ohio State
In a rematch from earlier this season, Ohio State dominated late in the game. I expect the same type of the game this time. Prediction:Ohio State 35, Wisconsin 24

Three candidates to replace Jason Garrett if/when he is fired

Despite Dallas Cowboys General Manager/Owner Jerry Jones being loyal to Head Coach Jason Garrett, another first round playoff exit with one of the most talented rosters in football means that Jones will have to fire Garrett at some point. So, here are candidates to be the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in no order.

1.Lincoln Riley,Head Coach,Oklahoma
Since taking over for Bob Stoops, Riley has become one of if not the best offensive coach in college football. Riley coached two heisman winners in current NFL QBs Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. So, Cowboys fans (like me) would not mind hiring Riley as the new head coach.

2.Kellen Moore,Offensive Coordinator,Dallas Cowboys
Despite team struggles for Dallas, Moore has led Dallas QB Dak Prescott to a career year in his first year as offensive coordinator. But, not many think Moore is ready to coach the most valuable team in sports.

3.Urban Meyer,Former Head Coach,Ohio State (FOX CFB Analyst)
Urban Meyer may not return out of retirement but Dallas fans can dream of having one of the best college football coaches ever as the head man. While it would be great, I don’t see Meyer coming to the Big D.

NFL Playoff Picture in the beginning of December

AFC

First Round Byes
1.Baltimore Ravens (10-2)
2.New England Patriots (10-2)
Wild Card Games
6.Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at. 3.Houston Texans (8-4)
5.Buffalo Bills (9-3) at. 4.Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)

NFC
1.San Francisco 49ers (10-2)
2.New Orleans Saints (10-2)
Wild Card Games
6.Minnesota Vikings (8-3) at. 3.Green Bay Packers (9-3)
5.Seattle Seahawks (9-2) at. 4.Dallas Cowboys (6-6)

cbhsports College Football Week 14 (Rivalry Week) Preview

Top 6 entering Week 14 (My rankings)
1.LSU 11-0 (7-0) SEC Next Week:Texas A&M
2.Ohio State 11-0 (8-0) Next Week:at.Michigan
3.Clemson 11-0 (8-0) Next Week:at.South Carolina
4.Georgia 10-1 (7-1) Next Week:at.Georgia Tech
Outside Looking In
5.Alabama 10-1 (6-1) Next Week:at.Auburn
6.Utah 10-1 (7-1) Next Week:Colorado

Games that will impact the CFP in Week 14 (Rankings are from CFP Poll)
24.Virginia Tech at.Virginia
Can UVA finally beat VTU? The winner of this game will face 3.Clemson in the ACC Championship. Plus, legendary Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster will coach the Virginia Tech defense for the final time in the regular season. I have UVA getting to their first ACC championship, though. Prediction:Virginia 24, Virginia Tech 20

19.Cincinnati at. 18.Memphis
This could be a preview of next week’s AAC Championship game. Cincinnati has wrapped up the AAC East but Memphis has to win to get to the conference championship next week. Anyway, this game will decide who will be the highest ranked group of five team in next week’s CFP rankings but the one both of these teams want is next week. Prediction:Memphis 38, Cincinnati 34

4.Georgia at. Georgia Tech
Georgia has to win to stay in the CFP race and they should have no problem with their rivals and will head to Atlanta next week looking to knock off LSU in a chance to return to the CFP. Prediction:Georgia 28, Georgia Tech 13

3.Clemson at. South Carolina
This has everything to be an upset kind of game but the way South Carolina has played since beating Georgia means that Clemson should run away with this game handily in the second half. Prediction:Clemson 38, South Carolina 20

1.Ohio State at. 13.Michigan
It is always challenging to play in the Big House but these Ohio State Buckeyes won’t have any trouble with the team up north. Prediction:Ohio State 45, Michigan 24

9.Baylor at. Kansas
A loss to the nothing-to-lose Kansas would mean the bears would have no shot at making the CFP. So, win Baylor. Prediction:Baylor 49, Kansas 21

5.Alabama at. 15.Auburn
There’s a lot on the line in this one. Auburn could all but end the small playoff chances for their in-state enemies and without Tua, Auburn should end the hopes of Alabama’s CFP chances. Prediction:Auburn 21, Alabama 17

12.Wisconsin at. 8.Minnesota
This game’s winner will meet Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship next week so there’s a lot on the line. If it were in Madison I would go with Wisconsin but it’s in Minneapolis. Prediction:Minnesota 28, Wisconsin 20

Texas A&M at. 2.LSU
With revenge on their minds from last year’s game, LSU should have this one in hand quickly. Prediction:LSU 35, Texas A&M 24

Colorado at. 6.Utah
Utah has to win this one and the Pac-12 Championship to have a chance at the CFP. Prediction:Utah 42, Colorado 17

What the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six Bowls would look like if they were played today

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Saturday December 28, 12 PM ET)
18.Memphis vs. 9.Baylor

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Saturday December 28, 4 or 8 PM ET)
3.Clemson vs. 2.LSU

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Saturday December 28, 4 or 8 PM ET)
4.Georgia vs. 1.Ohio State

Capital One Orange Bowl (Monday December 30, 8 PM ET)
24.Virginia vs. 10.Penn State

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Wednesday January 1, 5 PM ET)
8.Minnesota vs. 6.Utah

Allstate Sugar Bowl(Wednesday January 1, 8:45 PM ET)
7.Oklahoma vs. 5.Alabama

cbhsports 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis Preview

When:November 27-29
Location:Nassau, Bahamas

Bracket
Michigan
Iowa State

North Carolina
Alabama

Gonzaga
Southern Miss

Seton Hall
Oregon

Synopsis:Four teams that could be top three seeds in the NCAA Tournament-North Carolina, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, and Oregon are here for this tournament. This should be the best tournament we see.

Predicted Championship:Gonzaga vs. North Carolina

Predicted Champion:Gonzaga

2020 Post Early Signing Period MBB Class Rankings

Let’s take a look at the top ten college basketball classes according to ESPN after the early signing period.

()=Rank at position and high school

1.Kentucky
Top three signees/commits
9.BJ Boston (3SF) Chatsworth,CA (Sierra Canyon)
13.Terrence Clark (4SF) Wolfeboro,NH (Brewster Academy)
22.Isaiah Jackson (4PF) Pontiac,MI (Waterford Mott)

2.Duke
Top three signees/commitments
4.Jalen Johnson (1SF) Glendale,WS (IMG Academy)
15.Jeremy Roach (3PG) Leesburg,VA (Paul VI)
23.Jaemyn Brakefield (5PF) Huntington,WV (Huntington Prep)

3.North Carolina
Top three signees/commits
14.Walker Kessler (3C) Fairburn,GA (Woodward Academy)
20.Day’Ron Sharpe (4C) Winterville,NC (Montverde Academy)
24.Caleb Love (6PG) Saint Louis,MO (CHristian Brothers College)

4.Tennessee
Top three signees/commits
16.Jaden Spriner (3SG) Charlotte,NC (IMG Academy)
34.Keon Johnson (8SF) Bell Buckle,TN (The Webb School)
40.Corey Walker (7PF) Jacksonville,FL (Hargrave Military Academy)

5.Oklahoma State
Top three signees/commits
2.Cade Cunnigham (1PG) Arlington,TX (Montverde Academy)
47.Rondel Walker (10PG) Oklahoma City,OK (Putnam City West)
NR.Montreal Pena (NR) Arlington,TX (James Martin)

6.NC State
Top three signees/commits
54.Josh Hall (12PF) Hickory,NC (Moravian Prep)
69.Cam Hayes (15PG) Greesboro,NC (Greensboro Day)
NR.Shakeel Moore (NR) Greensboro,NC (Moravian Prep)

7.Texas Tech
Top three signees/commits
19.Nimari Barnett (5SG) Chicago,IL (Prolific Prep)
33.Micah Peavy (7SF) Houston,TX (Duncanville)
NR.Chibuzo Agbo (NR) San Diego,CA (Saint Augustine)

8.Virginia
Top three signees/commits
32.Jabri Abdur-Rahim (6SF) Short Hills,NJ (Blair Academy)
42.Reece Beekman (9PG) Baton Rouge,LA (Scotlandville Magnet)
NR.Carson McCorkle (NR) Greensboro,NC (Greensboro Day)

9.Michigan
Top three signees/commits
7.Isaiah Tood (1PF) Richmond,VA (Word of God Christian Academy)
75.Zeb Jackson (15SG) Toldeo,OH (Montverde Academy)
(only two signees for Michigan)

10.Iowa State
Top three signees/commits
52.Xavier Foster Oskaloosa,IA (Oskaloosa)
91.DUdley Blalckwell (21SF) Huntington,WV (Huntington Prep)
NR.Jaden Walker (23PG) Lawrenceville,GA (Discovery)