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2022-2023 cbhsports North Carolina basketball preview 

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Projected Starters:
G:RJ Davis (Junior)
RJ’s scoring and toughness kept the Tar Heels in games in the NCAA Tournament while the other starters were struggling. Davis will have to keep that up to make the Heels a top ten team in the country.
G:Caleb Love (Junior)
Caleb Love’s clutch shot to end Coach K’s career in the Final Four is going to be what most Heels fans remember him for during his sophomore campaign. But the general public saw Love’s terrible shooting performance in the title game that led to Carolina’s demise.
G/F:Leaky Black (Senior)
Leaky’s defense and playmaking will again prove to be meaningful if the Heels make another run at a championship.
F:Pete Nance (Senior)
Nance, the Northwestern transfer, will replace former Oklahoma transfer Brady Manek at forward. Manek, arguably UNC’s best incoming transfer of all-time (Cam Johnson would also like to have a word). Pete may not shoot the ball at the level of Manek but he provides better size, rebounding, and inside offensive and defensive play.
C:Armando Bacot (Senior)
Bacot is the most important player to North Carolina’s success this upcoming season. If Bacot did not get hurt in the national championship game, they probably would have finished the job and won it all. He is a clear national player of the year candidate entering the season.

Bench
Justin McKoy, Senior, Forward
Puff Johnson, Junior, Guard
Rob Landry, Junior, Guard
Creighton Lebo, Junior, Guard
Dontrez Styles, Sophomore, Guard
Will Shaver, Sophomore, Forward
Seth Trimble, Freshman, Freshman
Jalen Washington, Center, Freshman
Tyler Nickel, Forward, Freshman

2022 Class (per 247sports composite)
32.Seth Trimble (#6PG) Menomenee Falls,WI (Menomenee Falls)
41.Jalen Washington (#9C) Gary,IN (West Side)
81.Tyler Nickel (#19SF) Elkton,VA (East Rockington)

Transfer Additions:
Pete Nance, Senior, Forward

2022-2023 Schedule Predictions:
11/7 UNC-Wilmington
Heels should cruise to an opening night win in the Dean Dome.
Projected Record: 1-0 (0-0) ACC
11/11 College of Charleston
North Carolina had some trouble with College of Charleston on their home floor next year but with an improved second unit, the Heels should be fine in this one.
Projected Record: 2-0 (0-0) ACC
11/15 Gardner-Webb
After the College of Charleston game, it is hard to see the Tar Heels lose a game against a lower mid-major squad.
Projected Record: 3-0 (0-0) ACC
11/20 James Madison
Projected Record: 4-0 (0-0) ACC
11/24, 11/25, 11/27 Phil Knight Invitational (Portland)
11/24 Portland
North Carolina should take care of business in round 1 in Portland against the host team, the Portland Pilots.
Projected Record: 5-0 (0-0) ACC
11/25 Iowa State/Villanova
The Tar Heels will face either Iowa State or Villanova in their second match up in Portland. Either way, this game will represent the first true test for North Carolina and I think they pass that test.
Projected Record: 6-0 (0-0) ACC
11/27 TBD
Based off of my projections, the Tar Heels would either see the winner of Connecticut/Oregon or Alabama/Michigan State in the finals of the Phil Knight Invitational. All four of those teams are expected to contend for spots in the NCAA Tournament, so it will definitely be a test. All teams lose at some point, and I think the Tar Heels will end up dropping their first game of the season here.
Projected Record: 6-1 (0-0) ACC
11/30 at.Indiana (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Indiana will be the first of three Big Ten opponents for North Carolina to face in the span of about three weeks. The Tar Heels lost to the Hoosiers last time they met in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and with the challenging environment of Assembly Hall, the Heels will drop another game.
Projected Record: 6-2 (0-0) ACC
12/4 at.Virginia Tech
North Carolina continues on the road for their first ACC game against the Virginia Tech Hokies, who eliminated them from the ACC Tournament in last season’s semifinals. However, in their last regular season battle, the Tar Heels went into Blacksburg and defeated the Hokies. The Tar Heels will use those strategies to get back in the win column.
Projected Record: 7-2 (1-0) ACC
12/10 Georgia Tech
North Carolina will easily defeat Georgia Tech.
Projected Record: 8-2 (2-0) ACC
12/13 The Citadel
Projected Record: 9-2 (2-0) ACC
12/17 Ohio State (CBS Sports Classic; New York City)
In the first of two Big Ten games, North Carolina finally gets a quality win.
Projected Record: 10-2 (2-0) ACC
12/21 Michigan (Jumpman Invitational; Charlotte)
The Tar Heels will notch their second consecutive win over a Big Ten school, this time in the first ever Jumpman Invitational against Michigan.
Projected Record: 11-2 (2-0) ACC
12/30/31 at.Pittsburgh
Projected Record: 12-2 (3-0) ACC
1/4 Wake Forest
The Tar Heels will be challenged in this game and the Notre Dame game but I believe they will win both of these games.
Projected Record: 13-2 (4-0) ACC
1/7 Notre Dame
Projected Record: 14-2 (5-0) ACC
1/10 at.Virginia
The Tar Heels begin a road trip to play in tough environments in Charlottesville and Louisville. The Heels will drop this one and bounce back at the KFC Yum Center against the Cardinals.
Projected Record: 14-3 (5-1) ACC
1/14 at.Louisville
Projected Record: 15-3 (6-1) ACC
1/17 Boston College
Projected Record: 16-3 (7-1) ACC
1/21 NC State
Projected Record: 17-3 (8-1) ACC
1/24 at.Syracuse
Projected Record: 17-4 (8-2) ACC
2/1 Pittsburgh
Projected Record: 18-4 (9-2) ACC
2/4 at.Duke
Projected Record: 18-5 (9-3) ACC
2/7 at.Wake Forest
Projected Record: 18-6 (9-4) ACC
2/11 Clemson
Projected Record: 19-6 (10-4) ACC
2/13 Miami
Projected Record: 20-6 (11-4) ACC
2/19 at.NC State
Projected Record: 21-6 (12-4) ACC
2/22 at.Notre Dame
Projected Record: 21-7 (12-5) ACC
2/25 Virginia
Projected Record: 22-7 (13-5) ACC
2/27 at.Florida State
Projected Record: 23-7 (14-5) ACC
3/4 Duke
Projected Record: 24-7 (15-5) ACC
Final Regular Season Record: 24-7 (15-5) ACC
3/7-3/11 2023 ACC Tournament (Greensboro)



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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 11/5 Preview

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CFP Top 6
1.Tennessee 8-0 (4-0) This week: at.3.Georgia
2.Ohio State 8-0 (5-0) This week: at.Northwestern
3.Georgia 8-0 (5-0) This week: 1.Tennessee
4.Clemson 8-0 (6-0) This week: at.Notre Dame
5.Michigan 8-0 (5-0) This week: at.Rutgers
6.Alabama 7-1 (4-1) This week: at.10.LSU

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of CFP Poll)
3.Tennessee at. 1.Georgia (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
6.Alabama at. 10.LSU (Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN)
21.Wake Forest at. 22.NC State (Saturday, 8 PM ET, ACCN)

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Basketball Preview

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2022-2023 Power 6 Projected Conference Standings:
(Conference Records only)

ACC
Duke (17-3)
North Carolina (16-4)
Virginia (14-6)
Miami (14-6)
Wake Forest (13-7)
Florida State (12-8)
Virginia Tech (12-8)
Notre Dame (11-9)
Louisville (11-9)
Georgia Tech (10-10)
Syracuse (9-11)
Clemson (8-12)
NC State (7-13)
Pittsburgh (7-13)
Boston College (5-15)

Big 12
Baylor (15-3)
TCU (14-4)
Kansas (13-5)
Texas (13-5)
Texas Tech (11-7)
Oklahoma State (10-8)
Oklahoma (10-8)
West Virginia (9-9)
Iowa State (9-9)
Kansas State (5-13)

Big East
Creighton (16-4)
Villanova (15-5)
Connecticut (14-6)
Providence (12-8)
Xavier (12-8)
St. John’s (11-9)
Seton Hall (10-10)
Marquette (10-10)
Butler (9-11)
DePaul (6-14)

Big Ten
Indiana (15-5)
Illinois (14-6)
Purdue (13-7)
Michigan (13-7)
Ohio State (12-8)
Michigan State (11-9)
Iowa (11-9)
Wisconsin (10-10)
Rutgers (9-11)
Penn State (9-11)
Maryland (8-12)
Nebraska (7-13)
Northwestern (5-15)
Minnesota (4-16)

Pac-12
UCLA (17-3)
Oregon (15-5)
Arizona (15-5)
USC (14-6)
Colorado (13-7)
Arizona State (11-9)
Washington State (10-10)
Washington (10-10)
Stanford (9-11)
Utah (8-12)
California (5-15)
Oregon State (4-16)

SEC
Kentucky (15-3)
Arkansas (14-4)
Alabama (13-5)
Auburn (12-6)
Tennessee (12-6)
Texas A&M (11-7)
Florida (9-9)
LSU (8-10)
Missouri (8-10)
Mississippi State (7-11)
Ole Miss (7-11)
Vanderbilt (6-12)
South Carolina (6-12)
Georgia (5-13)

Top 5 conference Match-Ups:
1.Duke/North Carolina (February 4, March 4)
2.Arkansas/Kentucky (February 7, March 4)
3.Baylor/Kansas (January 23, February 18)
4.Indiana/Purdue (February 4, February 25)
5.Arizona/UCLA (January 21, March 4)

Top 5 interconference Match-Ups:
1.Kentucky at. Gonzaga (November 20)
2.Kansas at. Kentucky (January 28)
3.Baylor vs. Gonzaga (Sioux Falls) (December 2)
4.Arkansas at. Baylor (January 28)
5.Kansas vs. Duke (November 15)

Final Four and National Championship Game Projections:
Virginia
Arizona

Arkansas
Purdue

Virginia
Arkansas

National Champion: Arkansas

Check out the top 25 incoming recruits to college basketball in 2022 (per 247sports composite).

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 10/29 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Georgia 7-0 (4-0) This week: Florida (Jacksonville)
2.Ohio State 7-0 (4-0) This week: at.13.Penn State
3.Tennessee 7-0 (3-0) This week: 19.Kentucky
4.Michigan 7-0 (4-0) This week: Michigan State
5.Clemson 8-0 (6-0) This week: Off
6.Alabama 7-1 (4-1) This week: Off

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
2.Ohio State at. 13.Penn State (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX)
Ohio State has not faced many tests this season. But, they will seemingly play their first one in an always raucous Happy Valley against Penn State in the early Saturday window. Penn State’s running game will be hard to stop for the Buckeyes but if their offense keeps playing liked it did a week a go-54 points on an “off week” against Iowa, it should be no problem for a win. Projected Score: Ohio State 42, Penn State 24

9.Oklahoma State at. 22.Kansas State (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, FOX)
Oklahoma State keeps finding ways to win games, highlighted by their two touchdown comeback against Texas a week ago. But can they do it on the road against red hot Kansas State, who lost a lead of their own against TCU a week ago? Projected Score: Kansas State 24, Oklahoma State 20

Florida at. 1.Georgia (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
Georgia should handle Florida. But, if Anthony Richardson can make timely passes for the Gators, it could be a quality ball game. Projected Score: Georgia 31, Florida 14

19.Kentucky at. 3.Tennessee (Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN)
In the battle for second in the SEC East yet again. Tennessee’s offense has garnered new heights with Hendon Hooker at QB and Jalin Hyatt at receiver so it will have to be the average Kentucky defense getting timely stops to win this key battle. Projected Score: Tennessee 35, Kentucky 24

Michigan State at. 4.Michigan (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
Michigan should be focused after falling to the Spartans last year and the game in the Big House. But, you never know if Mel Tucker and the Spartans have something up their sleeves. Projected Score: Michigan 24, Michigan State 17


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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 10/22 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Georgia 7-0 (4-0) This week: Off
2.Ohio State 7-0 (4-0) This week: Iowa
3.Tennessee 6-0 (3-0) This week: UT-Martin
4.Michigan 7-0 (4-0) This week: Off
5.Clemson 7-0 (4-0) This week: 14.Syracuse
6.Alabama 6-1 (3-1) This week: 24.Mississippi State

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
Iowa at. 2.Ohio State (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX)
Ohio State should take care of an Iowa offense that is pedestrian at best. If this game was at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, I would give the Hawkeyes a better chance but if CJ Stroud continues to play the way that he is, it should be all Buckeyes. Projected Score: Ohio State 49, Iowa 10

14.Syracuse at. 5.Clemson (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ABC)
Can Syracuse upset Clemson and grab the inside track to being the ACC Atlantic’s representative in the ACC Championship game? If Clemson does what they do at a successful rate, the tigers should be fine at home. But, Syracuse is undefeated and they will pose many challenges for the tigers. Coming off of a win over NC State, the Orange should continue to run the ball and test Clemson. Projected Score: Clemson 35, Syracuse 24

9.UCLA at. 10.Oregon (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, FOX)
ESPN’s College GameDay heads to Chip Kelly’s homecoming in Eugene. UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been terrific for Kelly this season in addition to Zack Charbonnet at running back. Since an opening loss to Georgia, Bo Nix has helped Oregon become a top ten team for the first time this season. Projected Score: Oregon 27, UCLA 17

20.Texas at. 11.Oklahoma State (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ABC)
Spencer Sanders and Oklahoma State look to bounce back from their first loss as they host Texas. Quinn Ewers, Bijhan Robinson, and Xavier Worthy have led the Texas offense to terrific heights and they will look to continue their prowess on Saturday afternoon. Projected Score: Oklahoma State 31, Texas 28

7.Ole Miss at. LSU (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
With Ole Miss undefeated and LSU having one loss in the SEC, there is a lot at stake in the division in this one. With the game being played in Baton Rouge, the crowd will be hostile and something hard to deal with for Lane Kiffin’s Rebels whose offense has been humming up to this point. It’s always a good one between the Rebels and Tigers. Projected Score: Ole Miss 27, LSU 24

24.Mississippi State at. 6.Alabama (Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN)
Alabama is going to bounce back. Nick Saban does not lose after a loss. Projected Score: Alabama 38, Mississippi State 13

17.Kansas State at. 8.TCU (Saturday, 8 PM ET, TBD)

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2022-2023 cbhsports NBA Preview

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Projected Conference Standings (of teams predicted to make playoffs/play-in tournament)

Eastern Conference
1.Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks re-signed forward Bobby Portis. They of course have former MVP Giannis Antekounmpo and will look to get back to the Finals for the first time in 2021.
2.Boston Celtics
The Celtics added the Indiana Pacers’ Malcolm Brogdon to shore up their point guard position. Star forward Jayson Tatum’s turnover problems in the NBA Finals’ loss to Golden State will have to be fixed if Boston want to get back to winning a championship.
3.Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers re-signed star James Harden on a smaller contract, allowing Philadelphia to add other free agents. Harden wants to win a championship and he can do that with last season’s leading scorer Joel Embiid.
4.Miami Heat
The Heat were a Jimmy Butler made three away from reaching the Finals for a second consecutive year. It will be up to off ball guards Tyler Herro and Max Strus to play well next to Butler and get the Heat deep into the playoffs.
5.Toronto Raptors
Toronto will continue to play through forwards Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam and add assets to push through and make a run at Milwaukee, Boston, and Philadelphia at the top of the eastern conference.
6.Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta is just a year removed from an Eastern Conference Finals appearance. The Hawks paired guard Trae Young with San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray to share ball handling duties. Now, Young will be able to come off of screens and take more open threes, which should help the Hawks scoring load.
7.Chicago Bulls
Chicago maintained wings Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan but will need to get better defensively to be a true contender in the eastern conference.
8.Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland will use young big man tandem Evan Mobley and former Brooklyn Net Jarrett Allen to create offense and suffocate other opponents on defense.
9.Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte lost young star Miles Bridges due to legal issues but will trot Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball out in their backcourt and continue to be one of the most exciting teams in the league.
10.New York Knicks
The Knicks added Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson to hopefully fix their point guard role. Brunson is surrounded by wing RJ Barrett and forward Julius Randle.

Western Conference
1.Golden State Warriors
The reigning NBA champions will just keep doing what they’ve been doing with guard Stephen Curry leading the way.
2.Los Angeles Clippers
LA added guard John Wall to come off the bench and with star forward Kawhi Leonard returning from injury, the Clippers are expected to make a bounce back season in 2022-2023.
3.Denver Nuggets
Back to back MVP Nikola Jokic gets star guard Jamal Murray and forward Michael Porter Jr. back from injury entering this season. The Nuggets are a clear top four or five team in the west and will challenge Golden State again for the west crown.
4.Dallas Mavericks
Dallas eliminated the reigning western conference champions at the time in the second round of the playoffs. The Mavericks lost guard Jalen Brunson but former Brooklyn Nets starter Spencer Dinwiddie should fit right in next to star Luka Doncic in the backcourt. Dallas will be a quality team in 2022-2023.
5.Phoenix Suns
Phoenix has a salty taste in their mouth after losing in the West Semifinals to the Mavericks in May. Back to back Coach of the Year Monty Williams will have to keep working with Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and his entire team on keeping their defensive intensity up every game.
5.Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis was the two seed in the playoffs last season but many believe only because of injuries in Denver and LA. But the Ja Morant led Grizzlies will most definitely be in the playoffs next season in a loaded western conference.
7.New Orleans Pelicans
In a crowded southwest division (Memphis, Dallas, …), New Orleans has finally gotten star forward Zion Williamson back from his injury. He will team up with off-ball guard CJ McCollum and wing Brandon Ingram to form a competitive team down south.
8.Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota traded for former Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to play center for them. They will move Karl-Anthony Towns over to the four and allow Anthony Edwards to create outside at guard.
9.Portland Trail Blazers
Portland’s Damian Lillard continues to remain content in Portland while developing guard Anfernee Simons gives the Blazers a second option outside. Portland will be okay in 2022-2023.
10.Los Angeles Lakers
LA needs shooters outside of LeBron, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis. Their front office has not done that yet. Until that happens, this is as high as I will project the Lakers.

Projected NBA Finals:
Milwaukee 4
LA Clippers 2

Projected Award Winners
MVP: Giannis Antentokounmpo, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks
DPOY: Mikal Bridges, Guard/Forward, Phoenix Suns
MIP: Bobby Portis, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks
COY: Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 10/15 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Georgia 6-0 (3-0) This week: Vanderbilt
2.Ohio State 6-0 (3-0) This week: Off
3.Alabama 6-0 (3-0) This week: at.6.Tennessee
4.Clemson 6-0 (3-0) This week: at.Florida State
5.Michigan 6-0 (3-0) This week: 10.Penn State
6.Tennessee 5-0 (2-0) This week: 3.Alabama

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
10.Penn State at. 4.Michigan (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX) Projected Score: Penn State 24, Michigan 21
15.NC State at. 18.Syracuse (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ACCN) Projected Score: Syracuse 31, NC State 24
3.Alabama at. 6.Tennessee (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS) Projected Score: Tennessee 45, Alabama 42
4.Clemson at. Florida State (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC) Projected Score: Clemson 34, Florida State 24
20.Utah at. 7.USC (Saturday, 8 PM ET, FOX) Projected Score: Utah 27, USC 20

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 10/8 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Alabama 5-0 (2-0) This week: Texas A&M
2.Georgia 5-0 (2-0) This week: Auburn
3.Ohio State 5-0 (2-0) This week: at.Michigan State
4.Michigan 5-0 (2-0) This week: at.Indiana
5.Clemson 5-0 (2-0) This week: at.Boston College
6.USC 5-0 (3-0) This week: Washington State

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
17.TCU at. 19.Kansas (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FS1)
TCU and Kansas are the surprises of the Big 12 this year as both have gone undefeated. Kansas is in the AP top twenty-five for the first time since 2009 and will look to continue their winning ways with QB Jalon Daniels at the helm. Expect the atmosphere to be crazy in Lawrence as ESPN’s College GameDay heads there for the first time ever. Projected Score: Kansas 34, TCU 31

8.Tennessee at. 25.LSU (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN)
LSU gets to host red-hot Tennessee in Death Valley tomorrow. LSU has gone undefeated since their season opening loss at the hands of Florida State. Jayden Daniels has been the pioneer at QB for the tigers but they will have a tough task at hand dealing with Heisman favorite Hendon Hooker and the Vols. Tennessee’s defense has looked okay throughout the season but in a hostile road environment like Tiger Stadium, they will have to string multiple stops together. While LSU does have home field advantage here, it is tough for me to go against the Volunteers. Projected Score: Tennessee 31, LSU 24

Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas) (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ABC)
With Quinn Ewers expected to start tomorrow, Texas should have a much better chance to defeat the reeling Oklahoma Sooners, who have lost their last two games. Brent Venables’ defense has looked atrocious during losses to Kansas State and TCU and will look to get going against an offense getting their star signal-caller back. With Ewers back, expect the Longhorns to air it out to star receiver Xavier Worthy while keeping the Sooners honest with arguably the best running back in the country in Bijhan Robinson. The game is always phenomenal in the Cotton Bowl ever year, who will be the star of this one? Projected Score: Texas 27, Oklahoma 21

11.Utah at. 18.UCLA (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, FOX)
Utah has looked terrific since their season-opening loss to Florida. The Utes will go into the Rose Bowl and defeat the Bruins. Projected Score: Utah 35, UCLA 20

Texas A&M at. 1.Alabama (Saturday, 8 PM ET, CBS)
Before the season started, the Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher and Alabama head man Nick Saban were in the headlines because of Saban calling out Fisher’s recruiting tactics in attaining the best recruiting class ever. A&M has since been upset by Appalachian State, bounced back against Miami and Arkansas, and then fallen to Mississippi State. After hurting his shoulder during a win over Arkansas last Saturday, last season’s Heisman winner Bryce Young will be a game-time decision tomorrow (Update:He has been ruled out by a source). In his place would be Jalen Milroe, who had a relatively pedestrian game against Arkansas, outside of a terrific fourth quarter where the Razorbacks defense fell apart. For the Aggies, starter Max Johnson has been ruled out so former starter Haynes King will be taking snaps. King’s lack of ability to get the ball down field worries me about their chances in the game. Even if Young does not play, Alabama is surely not to lose to a team that upset them last season at Kyle Field. Projected Score: Alabama 49, Texas A&M 28



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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 10/1 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Georgia 4-0 (1-0) This week: at.Missouri
2.Alabama 4-0 (1-0) This week: at.20.Arkansas
3.Ohio State 4-0 (1-0) This week: Rutgers
4.Michigan 4-0 (1-0) This week: at.Iowa
5.Clemson 4-0 (1-0) This week: 10.NC State
6.USC 4-0 (2-0) This week: Arizona State

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
16.Ole Miss at. 8.Kentucky (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN)
Jaxson Dart has now been named the starter for Ole Miss at quarterback for their game in Lexington against red hot Kentucky. Will Levis has had a tremendous season thus far and with last season’s SEC rushing leader Chris Rodriguez coming back. If Kentucky’s defense continues to play the way it has, they have a great shot to win this game. Projected Score: Kentucky 27, Ole Miss 20

9.Oklahoma State at. 16.Baylor (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, FOX)
Spencer Sanders (OSU) and Blake Shapen (Baylor) have both looked good at quarterback for their respective teams but not phenomenal. The Cowboys and Bears are both known to rely on their defense more than other Big 12 teams and one of them will make a big stop to help their team win the game. Projected Score: Baylor 28, Oklahoma State 20

2.Alabama at. 20.Arkansas (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
Arkansas struggled after their successful first quarter against Texas A&M, resulting in their first loss of the season. Alabama has not looked as dominant as expected but Nick Saban’s team is 4-0 going into October yet again. Arkansas’ secondary looked better last week with Myles Slusher back in the fold but it will be tested even more against Bryce Young and the Alabama offense. Arkansas has to play a complete game, something they have not done yet, to win this game. Projected Score: Alabama 49, Arkansas 31

10.NC State at. 5.Clemson (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
ESPN’s College Gameday heads to Clemson for a huge ACC showdown between the Tigers and the Wolfpack. Clemson’s DJ Uagalelei looked terrific in last Saturday’s double overtime win over Wake Forest, 51-45. NC State has struggled from time to time this season but quarterback Devin Leary has kept them going offensively. NC State upset the tigers last year but something tells me Dabo Swinney will have his team ready to beat the Wolfpack in prime time even if Clemson is coming off a tough test at Wake Forest. Projected Score: Clemson 35, NC State 24


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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 9/24 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Georgia 3-0 (1-0) This week: Kent State
2.Alabama 3-0 (0-0) This week: Vanderbilt
3.Ohio State 3-0 (0-0) This week: Wisconsin
4.Michigan 3-0 (0-0) This week: Maryland
5.Clemson 3-0 (0-0) This week: at.Wake Forest
6.Oklahoma 3-0 (0-0) This week: Kansas State

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
5.Clemson at. 21.Wake Forest (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ABC)
In a huge ranked match up in the ACC, Clemson goes for another win at Wake Forest headed by their quarterback Sam Hartman. It will be up to Clemson’s offense, led by running back Will Shipley and quarterback DJ Uagalelei to dismantle a weak Wake Forest defense. Projected Score: Clemson 31, Wake Forest 27

20.Florida at. 11.Tennessee (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
Florida has struggled some since their opening win over then top ten ranked Utah in the Swamp. They lost to Kentucky at home but then struggled to a 31-28 win over South Florida. Highly praised QB Anthony Richardson posts a low QBR of 35.9, which is 104th in the country. Tennessee on the other hand is riding high with a 3-0 record, including a win over Pittsburgh. It is not surprising that GameDay chose to go to Knoxville with the Vols’ play but with the way Florida has played, the Gators should hope to be in this one by the fourth quarter

10.Arkansas vs. 23.Texas A&M (Arlington) (Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN)
Arkansas was almost upset by their former coach, Bobby Petrino and his team, Missouri State last Saturday. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said that he was out-coached but something tells me Arkansas needed to go through that game to be more prepared for their trip to Arlington, their first game outside of Fayetteville this season. Texas A&M bounced back from their loss to Appalachian Sate by defeating then top fifteen Miami by a score of 17 to 9. Max Johnson, the new quarterback for the Aggies, looked better than Haynes King. With Arkansas’ struggling secondary being Johnson’s next opponent, viewers should expect A&M to air it out to star receiver Anias Smith and others. This game is a toss-up for me definitely. Projected Score: Arkansas 24, Texas A&M 21

Wisconsin at. 3.Ohio State (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
Braelon Allen, Wisconsin’s running back, will be the lone proponent going for the Badgers on Saturday night in Columbus. Ohio State’s offense, led by QB CJ Stroud and injured receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, has not had the numbers we have expected just yet, but this could very well be their coming out party. With Smith-Njigba and fellow standout receiver Julian Fleming back on the field, this game could be a blowout. Projected Score: Ohio State 42, Wisconsin 20

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 9/17 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Georgia 2-0 (0-0) This week: at.South Carolina
2.Alabama 2-0 (0-0) This week: UL-Monroe
3.Ohio State 2-0 (0-0) This week: Toledo
4.Michigan 2-0 (0-0) This week: Connecticut
5.Clemson 2-0 (0-0) This week: Louisiana Tech
6.Oklahoma 2-0 (0-0) This week: at.Nebraska

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
6.Oklahoma at. Nebraska (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX)
Oklahoma defeated Nebraska in Norman last season in their first meeting since the Corn Huskers exited the Big 12. But, things are different now in Norman. Brent Venables replaced Lincoln Riley (who left for the same job at USC) as the team’s head coach. The Sooners added Central Florida transfer QB Dillon Gabriel to pair with what was left from the skill position players that did not join Riley in Los Angeles. Nebraska head coach Scott Frost was fired following a 1-2 record to open the season. Nebraska will hope to get a season-defining win at home over their old rivals on Saturday with interim coach Mickey Joseph. Projected Score: Oklahoma 38, Nebraska 21

1.Georgia at. South Carolina (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN)
With Georgia’s success in their opening game against Oregon and Samford, they ascended to number one in the AP Poll this week after Alabama struggled to defeat Texas on Saturday. Their defense looks (almost) as good as it did a season ago and QB Stetson Bennett has become less of a game manager but a “real” quarterback in many people’s eyes. South Carolina defeated a tough Georgia State team and then lost their SEC opener at Arkansas on Saturday. South Carolina was dominated on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and will have to be much better there if they want to upset the Bulldogs. Projected Score: Georgia 42, South Carolina 21

12.BYU at. 25.Oregon (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, FOX)
BYU defeated Baylor in overtime last Saturday and Oregon rebounded from their loss to Georgia. If this game was in Provo, it would be easy to pick the Cougars but it is in Eugene so it makes it more difficult to pick who the winner will be. BYU QB Jaren Hall and receiver Chase Roberts were spectacular last week and they will outshine Oregon QB Bo Nix and his weapons to get a second consecutive top 25 win. Projected Score: BYU 24, Oregon 20

22.Penn State at. Auburn (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
Penn State defeated Auburn last season in Happy Valley but will have to travel to “The Plains” to face Auburn, who handily beat Mercer in week 1 and then struggled to defeat San Jose State in week 2. Penn State beat Purdue to open their season and then easily took care of Ohio on Saturday. The winner of the line of scrimmage in this game wins it I think so it will be up to Auburn running back Tank Bigsby and his offensive defensive lines and Penn State running back Keyvone Lee and his offensive and defensive lines. Projected Score: Penn State 21, Auburn 17

13.Miami at. 24.Texas A&M (Saturday, 8 PM ET, ESPN)
Texas A&M’s upset loss to respected Sun Belt program Appalachian State is probably why ESPN College GameDay didn’t choose to go to College Station this weekend. Jimbo Fisher’s team and his quarterback Haynes King will look to bounce back against a Miami team with lots of expectations going into the season. Oregon coach Mario Cristobal came back to his alma mater to take over at “The U” and will look to give A&M a second consecutive loss. His quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has led dominant wins over Bethune-Cookman and Southern Miss but will have to lead his troops into a much better environment and face a much better team in College Station and Texas A&M.

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Evaluating Bronny James’ college options

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A month ago, I tried to write a blog post about Bronny James and Mikey Williams (Bronny’s former AAU teammate) and their recruitments. I could not find any information about James, who despite being LeBron’s son, was not getting that much buzz on recruitment sites.

But, in the last month, five schools have emerged with interest in Bronny. According to an sbnation report, the interest comes from schools such as Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, and USC. He will not play in the NBA G-League, Overtime Elite, or any other pro league before entering the NBA Draft after he becomes eligible according to multiple reports.

Michigan
At first when I looked at this option for Bronny, I questioned why he would ever end up in Ann Arbor. LeBron James always said that if he went to college it would’ve been at Ohio State, Michigan’s main rival. But, a former teammate of LeBron’s (on the Miami Heat), Juwan Howard, is the head coach of the Wolverines. I can’t see James not going there for that reason alone, but this does not seem like Bronny’s landing spot.

Ohio State
Any team would love to have the son of LeBron James but if Bronny ended up in Columbus at Ohio State, he would be the proudest dad on the planet. As I mentioned above, LeBron said he would have attended OSU had he gone to college instead of going to the NBA. This might be the most likely option for James outside of the Pac-12 schools because of that very reason. James also went to an Ohio State football game with his dad, and the fans shouted “We want Bronny” making their want for Bronny a program and fan thing. (Bronny has since visited Ohio State).

Oregon
With Nike headquarters in Eugene and Dana Altman, arguably the top coach in the Pac-12, no one would blame Bronny if he headed up northwest from his LA area home. Altman loves guards that play well on and off the ball, and James fits that mold.

UCLA and USC
I grouped these two schools together just because they bring very similar options. UCLA has won 11 national championships and give Bronny an option to stay close to his family. UCLA coach Mick Cronin has already led the Bruins to back to back NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2021, the Bruins appeared in the Final Four and last season they made it to the Sweet 16. For USC, coach Andy Enfield has been a model of consistency. The Trojans too have made runs in the NCAA Tournament back to back seasons. James would be a good fit both places because of his basketball IQ and willingness to play both guard spots.

As of now, my prediction stays with Ohio State for Bronny. Duke and Memphis have also been showing Bronny interest, and there is a likelihood that both schools will get as involved with Bronny as the above five have.

(Memphis has since reportedly offered Bronny a scholarship and Duke and North Carolina have continued to show interest).

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 9/10 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Alabama 1-0 (0-0) This week: at.Texas
2.Georgia 1-0 (0-0) This week: Samford
3.Ohio State 1-0 (0-0) This week: Arkansas State
4.Michigan 1-0 (0-0) This week: Hawaii
5.Clemson 1-0 (0-0) This week: Furman
6.Texas A&M 1-0 (0-0) This week: Appalachian State

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
South Carolina at. 16.Arkansas (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN)
Arkansas and South Carolina had their fair share of struggles in week 1. South Carolina was down 14-12 at one point during their win last Saturday against respected Sun Belt program Georgia State. Despite secondary injuries and struggles, Arkansas gave Cincinnati its first non-Bowl game loss since 2019. There is some familiarity between the coaching staffs as former Arkansas receivers coach Justin Stepp has now been the South Carolina receivers coach the last few seasons. Former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler made his debut with the Gamecocks last weekend and KJ Jefferson, the signal-caller for the hogs has become faster but is still inaccurate on some throws. This game comes down to who is going to make big plays down the stretch and it could be either one of these teams. Projected Score: Arkansas 30, South Carolina 27

1.Alabama at. Texas (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX)
Texas’ offense, led by QB Quinn Ewers, running back Bijan Robinson, and receiver Xavier Worthy will look to help the Longhorns defeat Alabama on Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns will have to deal with arguably the two best players in college football on Alabama’s side including linebacker Will Anderson and Heisman-winning QB Bryce Young. ESPN’s College GameDay will make the rare trip to a FOX covered game and hope to see a more competitive game than Texas’ 40-21 loss a season ago to Arkansas when they face the Crimson Tide. Projected Score: Alabama 45, Texas 28

24.Tennessee at. 17.Pittsburgh (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ABC)
Pittsburgh defeated Tennessee in Knoxville a season ago but Tennessee would like to return the favor in Pittsburgh tomorrow. Kedon Slovis led the Panthers to a win over West Virginia but playing Hendon Hooker and the Vols is a different test. The aforementioned QB Hooker and their running attack will give Pitt problems and get the win. Projected Score: Tennessee 35, Pittsburgh 24

20.Kentucky at. 12.Florida (Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN)
Kentucky crushed Miami (OH) and Florida upset top ten Utah. Florida QB Anthony Richardson was terrific and the defense made plays when it needed to become 1-0. Kentucky did what they needed to do with QB Will Levis throwing three touchdowns and an interception. He will have to avoid making mistakes like he did last week, as going into “The Swamp” will “eat you up”. Projected Score: Florida 21, Kentucky 17

10.USC at. Stanford (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
While Stanford coach David Shaw is terrific, his teams at Stanford have not been as good as they used to be in the early to mid 2010s. USC, based off of their tremendous week 1 performance, even if it was a 66-14 win over Rice, should handle their first road test (or test overall) this season in the Pac-12. Projected Score: USC 31, Stanford 20

9.Baylor at. 21.BYU (Saturday, 10:15 PM ET, ESPN)
Baylor crushed Albany 69-10 while BYU did the same to South Florida 50-21. The Blake Shapen-Jaren Hall battle at QB is what will win the game for both sides. BYU’s defense and atmosphere at home could be the difference in the game too. Projected Score: Baylor 28, BYU 24


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Taking a look at the future 12-team CFP

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ESPN’s Pete Thamel and Heather Dinich confirmed on Friday that the College Football Playoff’s board of managers unanimously voted to expand the event to 12-teams by 2026 but are encouraging the format by 2024. Although, it is doubtful the CFP 12-team field will make its debut until 2026 according to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. It was described as a “historic day for college football” last summer when conversations were made public.

According to the CFP news release, the playoff will include the six-highest ranked conference champions and six at-large teams. “The four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four and each will receive a first-round bye. The other eight teams will play in the first round with the higher seeds hosting the lower seeds either on campus or at other sites designated by the higher seed. The quarterfinal and semifinal games will be at played at bowl sites with a national championship location announced annually ahead of the next season”.

First Round

Left side
No. 8 Seed
No. 9 Seed

No. 5 Seed
No. 12 Seed

Right side
No. 6 Seed
No. 11 Seed

No. 7 Seed
No. 10 Seed

Quarterfinals

Left side
No. 1 Seed
No. 8 Seed/No. 9 Seed

No. 4 Seed
No. 5 Seed/No. 12 Seed

Right side
No. 3 Seed
No. 6 Seed

No. 2 Seed
No. 7 Seed/No. 10 Seed

Semifinals

Winner
Winner

Winner
Winner

Final

Winner
Winner

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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football 9/1-9/5 Preview

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AP Top 6
1.Alabama 0-0 (0-0) This week: Utah State
2.Ohio State 0-0 (0-0) This week: 5.Notre Dame
3.Georgia 0-0 (0-0) This week: 11.Oregon (Atlanta)
4.Clemson 0-0 (0-0) This week: at.Georgia Tech
5.Notre Dame 0-0 (0-0) This week: at.2.Ohio State
6.Texas A&M 0-0 (0-0) This week: Sam Houston State

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
West Virginia at. Pittsburgh (Thursday 7 PM ET, ESPN)
The last time the former Big East rivals met was in 2011, when the Mountaineers defeated the Panthers 21-20 over Thanksgiving weekend that year. Pitt lost last season’s Bilitnekoff Award Winner (nation’s top receiver), Jordan Addison, who transferred to USC. Pat Narduzzi, the experienced Pittsburgh coach, will have to figure out how to stop former USC and Georgia QB JT Daniels, who will start at QB for the Mountaineers. In the same way, QB Kedon Slovis, who replaced Daniels at USC but then left the program, will start for Pitt and West Virginia coach Neal Brown will have to get his defense ready to stop that offense. Projected Score: Pittsburgh 24, West Virginia 20

23.Cincinnati at. 19.Arkansas (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN)
Despite losing All-American receiver Treylon Burks to the NFL, Arkansas has regrouped by adding former Oklahoma receiver Jadon Haselwood and by developing the group already on the team. KJ Jefferson returns at QB along with three other running backs, namely “Rocket” Sanders who is expected to start in place of Dominique Johnson, who has been hurt through fall camp. Arkansas’ defense got stronger through the transfer portal and should help the hogs win this game. Cincinnati made the College Football Playoff last year and will look to do it again without QB Desmond Ridder and defensive backs Sauce Gardner and Coby Bryant, who headed to the NFL. The replacement for Ridder will either be Evan Prater or Ben Bryant and Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell has recruited well enough for defensive replacements to be good for the program. Projected Score: Arkansas 28, Cincinnati 24

11.Oregon vs. 3.Georgia (Atlanta) (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ABC)
Georgia looks to defend its national championship in a home away from home game in Atlanta against Oregon, led by former defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Without Lanning and the multiple draft picks from that defense in this year’s NFL Draft, their defense will look human compared to last season. But, with the best tight end room in the country and Stetson Bennett back at QB, Georgia should be fine in this game. Former Auburn QB Bo Nix is likely to start for the Ducks and knows the Bulldogs well but expect a young Georgia defense to step up and get the opening season win. Projected Score: Georgia 31, Oregon 20

7.Utah at. Florida (Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN)
Utah, the reigning Pac-12 champions have high expectations this season but will be tested this Saturday in “The Swamp” when they take on Florida. Florida QB Anthony Richardson was good last year, backing up Emory Jones part of the year and starting a few games but the Florida defense will have to stop Utah’s offense led by QB Cam Rising. Projected Score: Utah 27, Florida 24

5.Notre Dame at. 2.Ohio State (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
In a top five match-up to open the season, number two Ohio State and number five Notre Dame face off. Ohio State’s offense is tremendous with returning QB CJ Stroud and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba catching passes. New Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman played football for Ohio State during his playing career but will hope for star tight end Matthew Mayer to lead the Irish to an upset win. Projected Score: Ohio State 45, Notre Dame 31

Florida State at. LSU (Sunday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly makes his debut in New Orleans against Florida State, the same team his Irish faced in week 1 a season ago. The Seminoles are coached by Mike Norvell, who needs to win to keep his job. Kelly named former Arizona State signal-caller Jayden Daniels the starter and Jordan Travis will play QB for the Seminoles. FSU defeated Duquense in their week 0 game but facing LSU, led by receiver Kayshon Boutte will be a different beast. Projected Score: LSU 24, Florida State 14

4.Clemson at. Georgia Tech (Monday, 8 PM ET, ESPN)
Despite Clemson’s struggles at QB last season, it is hard to believe that Clemson will lose to bottom-dweller Georgia Tech. Clemson’s defense is spectacular even if they lost defensive coordinator Brent Venables to Oklahoma and their offense returns its backfield, DJ Uiagaelelie and Will Shipley, will be beneficial for the tigers. Projected Score: Clemson 38, Georgia Tech 13