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TSP College Football Bowl Projections: Week 1

November 6th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on TSP College Football Bowl Projections: Week 1 | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports

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Ahhh…….November. The seasons are in transition, the World Series just reached its conclusion (Congratulations to Kansas City) , the NHL and NBA seasons are in just about full swing, and for football…..it’s time to get serious, especially for the College Football scene. So with that, I welcome you to the 1st installment of the TalkSportsPhilly College Football Bowl Projections. During the course of the next 5 weeks, I will be making my projections for the College Football Playoff Games, the “New Year’s Six” games, as well as provide projections for both Temple and Penn State and where they might end up for bowl season, so with that in mind……..Let’s get Started.

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So earlier, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee released their first Top 25 poll of the season. This group of 12 individuals ranging from former Athletic Directors, to former Head Coaches, to even former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meet every week in a sequestered room in Grapevine Texas to come up with this poll. So some of you might be saying to yourselves, “What goes into this poll???” or “What does this committee base their decisions on?”

Well, the short answer is in 3 simple parts: Strength of Schedule, Head-to-Head, and Conference Championships. The last one could definitely be the tipping point come that 1st Sunday in December (Just ask TCU and Baylor last year about that). The top 4 teams in that final poll will meet in the College Football Playoff Semifinals on New Year’s Eve at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida and the Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas (Site of last years National Championship Game). The pair of winners will then meet on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona to crown a National Champion. So now that the poll has been explained, here is the 1st Top 25 poll of the playoff season:

College Football Playoff Top 25 as of 11-3-2015
1 Clemson 8-0
2 LSU 7-0
3 Ohio State 8-0
4 Alabama 7-1
5 Notre Dame 7-1
6 Baylor 7-0
7 Michigan State 8-0
8 TCU 8-0
9 Iowa 8-0
10 Florida 7-1
11 Stanford 7-1
12 Utah 7-1
13 Memphis 8-0
14 Oklahoma State 8-0
15 Oklahoma 7-1
16 Florida State 7-1
17 Michigan 6-2
18 Ole Miss 7-2
19 Texas A&M 6-2
20 Mississippi State 6-2
21 Northwestern 6-2
22 Temple 7-1
23 UCLA 6-2
24 Toledo 7-0
25 Houston 8-0

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NCAAF: Penn St vs Ohio St Preview

October 16th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on NCAAF: Penn St vs Ohio St Preview | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports

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So during the preseason I had thought that when we got to this game that both teams would be 6-0, and then Temple came along and spoiled that. In any case, Penn State travels to Columbus this week to take on the undefeated and top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a Saturday Night clash at “The Horseshoe.” However, Ohio State has not been that impressive this year either pulling out closing against Northern Illinois and more recently against Indiana. However, I think that Penn State might actually be the least impressive of the 2 teams coming into this game.

Now I know what you’re saying….. “Penn State is 5-1 that is impressive in itself!”. Well I’m here to give a reality check for those who are saying this. Yes Penn State is 5-1, BUT, in 3 of their 5 wins the margin of victory was by 15 points or less, including a 6 point win against Army, which the Nittany Lions gave up almost 300 rushing yards to the Black Knights. Both teams seem to have some weak spots so lets dive in deeper with the matchups.

Suffice to say that both teams have struggled at times this year, however, Ohio State has been more consistent in the 2nd half of games when they have pulled away in all but 2 of those games. The Buckeyes are led by QB Cardale Jones, who has struggled at times this year, while throwing for 1158 yards and 7 TDs this season. They also have another QB in J.T Barrett who can be a very dangerous red zone threat with his legs. Running back Ezekiel Elliott adds another dimension to Urban Meyer’s offense on the ground as he has already ran for almost 900 yards and 10 touchdowns through six games. QB turned WR Braxton Miller is perhaps more dangerous now than he ever was on a team that is looking to get back to the playoffs and defend the national title that they won last season.

Meanwhile for Penn State, QB Christian Hackenberg has not lived up to his pre-season Heisman hype, and is having an average season at best throwing for 1087 yards and 7 TDs to date.  He will need to have a career game if Penn State has a chance. The defense will have to stand on it’s collective heads all game because they will be tested all night by Ohio State’s stout Offensive Line.

Prediction:  Bottom line, as much of a Penn State fan that I am, Ohio State has to much firepower for Penn State to keep up.  I fear this game may be over by halftime.

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