Happy MLK Jr. day everyone!!!Check out my thoughts on this at https://cbhthoughts.home.blog/2019/01/22/lets-celebrate-martin-luther-king-jr/.
The Rams got to the Super Bowl on two questionable pass interference calls.The Rams only had a lead once and that was the end of the game.If the Chiefs got the ball to start overtime maybe they would’ve beaten the Patriots.Both games went into OT.The prediction for the Rams-Patriots will be posted by at least Saturday.
Just like in my Pac-12 post,we are using the pod system for the SEC.A team would play every team from their pod and would play every other team from one pod in 2019-2020 and would play the other two by 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.In the other pods that a pod wasn’t playing,they would play the teams from the other pods who finished in the same standing that they did in their pod.
West Pod (Pod A)
1.Texas A&M (5-3) C:at.Kentucky D:Georgia
2.LSU (5-3) C:South Carolina D:at.Florida
3.Missouri (4-4) C:at.Vanderbilt D:Central Florida
4.Arkansas (0-8) C:Tennessee D:at.South Florida
Central Pod (Pod B)
1.Alabama (8-0) C:Kentucky D:at.Georgia
2.Mississippi State (4-4) C:at.South Carolina D:Florida
3.Auburn (3-5) C:Vanderbilt D:at.Central Florida
4.Ole Miss (1-7) C:at.Tennessee D:South Florida
North Pod (Pod C)
1.Kentucky (5-3) A:Texas A&M B:at.Alabama
2.South Carolina (4-4) A:at.LSU B:Mississippi State
3.Vanderbilt (3-5) A:Missouri B:at.Auburn
4.Tennessee (2-6) A:at.Arkansas B:Ole Miss
Sunshine Pod (Pod D)
1.Georgia (7-1) A:at.Texas A&M B:Alabama
2.Florida (5-3) A:LSU B:at.Mississippi State
3.Central Florida *(8-0)* A:at.Missouri B:Auburn
4.South Florida *(3-5)* A:Arkansas B:at.Ole Miss
As we watch the NFC Championship,I would like to pick the AFC Championship.A lot like the Saints-Rams game,it is veteran quarterback versus young quarterback (Brees versus Goff) and in the AFC Championship,Brady versus Patrick Mahomes.While it is hard to beat the Patriots,I see playing in Arrowhead helping the Chiefs win in overtime 59-55.Andy Reid versus Bill Belicheck will be a fun one and I think the speed of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce at the receiver and tight end positions and Patrick Mahomes at quarterback will be too much for the Patriots.
The Saints and the Rams will meet for the first time since the Saints win over LA in the shootout they had late in the season.C.J. Anderson and the Rams ran over the Cowboys and Drew Brees and the Saints caught some lucky breaks against the Eagles and made their way into the NFC Championship.Both came into the playoffs at 13-3.I predict the game will be a shootout,once again,with Drew Brees leading a game winning drive,38-35.Brees should outmatch the young Jared Goff and throw for five touchdowns.Jared Goff,I’m predicting,will throw for three touchdowns and a pick.
Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan was fired by the Dallas Cowboys.Linehan coach two running backs with rushing titles in his stint in Arlington:DeMarco Murray (2014) and Ezekiel Elliott (2016,2018).The Cowboy’s parted with their offensive coordinator on Friday.
Daniel Gafford and the Arkansas Razorbacks have fallen to one and four in SEC play.Arkansas opened up versus Texas A&M,their lone win versus an SEC team this season and since have lost four consecutive to Florida,LSU,Tennessee,and Ole Miss.
Ben Hicks,the graduate transfer from SMU,will reunite with his former head coach in Chad Morris,and transfer to Arkansas.Hicks will be the projected starter and when Ty STorey officially transfers to another school,I don’t see much competition except for Sophomore (RS) QB Daulton Hyatt (and I don’t know if Morris wants to see anyone else on the field except for Hicks).La’Michael Pettway,Arkansas’ leading receiver in 2018-19,will be transferring for “family reasons according to espn.com.
Duke survived a scare from Virginia,72-70,giving the Cavaliers their first loss of the year.Wisconsin upset number 2.Michigan 64-54.
12.North Carolina got rid of Miami 85-76,18.Ole Miss dealt with Arkansas,Purdue beat ranked Indiana by fifteen,NC State and Tennessee survived scares from Notre Dame and Alabama respectfully,West Virginia upset Kansas,and Texas upset Oklahoma.
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 Georgia Tech Win 1-0 (1-0) ACC
2 Texas A&M Win 2-0 (1-0) ACC
3 at.Syracuse Win 3-0 (2-0) ACC
4 Charlotte Win 4-0 (2-0) ACC
5 at.UNC Win 5-0 (3-0) ACC
6 Bye None 5-0 (3-0) ACC
7 Florida State Win 6-0 (4-0) ACC
8 at.Louisville Win 7-0 (5-0) ACC
9 Boston College Win 8-0 (6-0) ACC
10 Wofford Win 9-0 (6-0) ACC
11 at.NC State Win 10-0 (7-0) ACC
12 Wake Forest Win 11-0 (8-0) ACC
13 Bye None 11-0 (8-0) ACC
14 South Carolina Win 12-0 (8-0) ACC
14.Auburn Projected Starter:Malik Willis
2018 Stats:12 Carries,88 Rush Yards
While former top notch recruits Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix could take his place,Malik Willis has the most expierence so I’m pegging him as the projected starter.The only thing really to say about Willis is that he needs to develop as a passer but may have the best speed out of any QB in the SEC.
13.Vanderbilt Projected Starter:Riley Neal (Grad transfer from Ball State)
2018 Stats for Riley Neal:1,917 Yards,11 TDs/4 INTs,58 Completion %
Riley Neal should have some big numbers for Vanderbilt after being hurt for some part of the season for Ball State.Neal is pegged the starter after Kyle Shurmur left.
12.Arkansas Projected Starter:Ben Hicks (Grad transfer from SMU)
2018 Stats:2582 yards,19 TDs,7INTs,56% Completion %
Ben Hicks and Head Coach Chad Morris have reunited and Hicks will fit perfectly into a Morris offense that should be a whole lot better despite Ty Storey and Cole Kelley (their top two QBs transferring) and leading receiver La’Michael Pettway leaving the program as well.
11.Mississippi State Projected Starter:Keytaeon Thompson
2018 Stats:458 Yards,226 Rushing Yards,10 Total TDs
Thompson should easily win the starting job and had little playing time with Nick Fitzgerald at the helm.Thompson should make this offense go with some dual threat abilities that Joe Moorehead wants in his offense.
10.Ole Miss Projected Starter:Matt Corrall
2018 Stats:16/22 239 Yards,13 Carries,83 Rush Yards
The very talented Matt Corrall,who came out of high school as a five-star recruit to many people,will get his shot to get Ole Miss back to the promised land.While he’s losing some top targets at receiver to the draft,like projected first round prospect A.J. Brown,Corrall should be the perfect man for the job.
9.Tennessee Projected Starter:Jared Guarantano
2018 Stats:1097 Yards,12 TDs,3 INTs,62% Completion %
Guarantano led a Tennessee offense that showed some progress in Jeremy Pruitt’s first season as head coach.He led Tennessee to wins over ranked Kentucky and Auburn during the season.
8.Kentucky Projected Starter:Terry Wilson
2018 Stats:1889 Yards,11 TDs,8 INTs,547 Rush Yards
Wilson does need to cut down on the picks and that may not be something he can change as NFL draft prospect Benny Snell is gone but I do see some upside with Wilson as a dual threat who should continue what he did last year with a few more touchdown throws.
7.Texas A&M Projected Starter:Kellen Mond
2018 Stats:3107 Yards,24 TDs,9 INTs,472 Yards Rushing
Mond was in a QB competition last spring but ran away with it over Nick Starkel.Mond played a huge part in the Jimbo Fisher’s first season in College Station with a close loss to the eventual national champion Clemson Tigers.
6.LSU Projected Starter:Joe Burrow
2018 Stats:2894 Yards,16 TDs,5 INTs,399 Rush Yards
After transferring to LSU from Ohio State,Joe Burrow made the LSU offense go when it wasn’t running the football.Although the tigers are usually known to be and a ground and pound team,LSU was finally able to have a capable passer,for the first time since 2013-14,with Zach Mettenberger.
5.South Carolina Projected Starter:Jake Bentley
2018 Stats:3171 Yards,27 TDs,14 INTs,62% Completion %
Jake Bentley needs to cut off his turnovers and loses star wide receiver and return man Deebo Samuel to the NFL.This is Bentley and South Carolina’s last chance to take over the SEC East,with Georgia and Florida both fielding more talented teams in 2019.
4.Florida Projected Starter:Feleipe Franks
2018 Stats:2457 Yards,24 TDs,6 INTs,350 Rush Yards
Feleipe Franks is becoming the prototypical Dan Mullen QB.He’s a dual threat.If he continues and does more than in 2018-19 Feleipe Franks could become a dark horse Heisman candidate.
3.Missouri Projected Starter:Kelly Bryant
2017 Stats:2802 Yards,13 TDs,8 INTs,665 Rush Yards
The graduate transfer from Clemson adds instant impact to a Missouri team that needs a new QB as Drew Locke heads to the NFL.Bryant,as you can see from his final full season at Clemson,is a running back at the QB position.Bryant will need to develop as a passer with one season left to get the attention of NFL scouts.
2.Georgia Projected Starter:Jake Fromm
2018 Stats:2761 Yards,30 TDs,6 INTs,67% Completion %
While Fromm has been inconsistent,he outplayed Tua Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship and the ‘Dawgs should have gotten the job done.With Justin Fields transferring,Jake Fromm should be locked in to have another great season.
1.Alabama Projected Starter:Tua Tagovailoa
2018 Stats:3996 yards,43 TDs,6 INTs,69 Completetion %
Tua is the top dog of SEC QBs despite poor showings in two of his last three games,throwing four picks combined in the SEC Championship versus Georgia and the National Championship versus Clemson.Tua put up video game like numbers with his 43 passing touchdowns.
Former Ohio State QB Tate Martell is headed to Miami. Martell will have to sit out one year. Jalen Hurts will transfer to Oklahoma as a graduate transfer. This means that Hurts will be able to play immediatley.