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    Washington -27 over Rutgers:
    Fresh off the heels of last year’s CFB playoff semi-final appearance losing to Alabama, the 8th ranked Huskies are returning starters on both sides of the ball making most believe that they could be equally as solid if not more than 2016’s results. One thing however, that really has been getting my goat just 5 games into the new season is that while Washington hasn’t been ignored nor underrated, the Pac-12 talk seems to be surrounding all about USC, Oregon, Stanford, and the overall improvement of the league. How about some respect where it is due? Ok, we understand that U-Dubs opener just like last season should be a cakewalk against Big 10 doldrum Rutgers, who dropped this rematch 48-13 in a game where the score could have been a lot worse. However, most experts and sharps will concur that the first few weeks of the season lines and matchups are relatively soft, so laying points requires picking your spots wisely with the comparison of powers on either side.

    It all begins with Jake Browning who last season threw for 287 yards with 3 TD and an INT last season in this matchup. Browning went on to throw for over 3,400 yards with 43 TD against just 9 INT’s in 2016 leading the Huskies to a 12-2 finish. The Huskies went on to average 42 points and gain 456 total yards per contest, good for 8th in the nation. Head coach Chris Petersen has plenty of talent returning for his 4th season. Of course losing John Ross to the NFL will be tough as Browning’s top target last season with 81 catches producing 1150 yards and 17 scores. Now the focus will shift to Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher who will share the role of the receiving duties. Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman return for the Huskies rushing attack that has enough coming back up front to keep the offense clicking once again. Oh yeah, did we mention tath Rutgers was 126th in the country against the run last season? This Washington squad topped 40 points 10 times last season and that does not bode well for a Scarlet Knights defense that allowed nearly 38 points per game including the infamous 78-0 just watching shutout at home to Michigan.

    Even more intimidating is the Washington defense, who was ranked 12th in the country last season surrendering only 19 points per contest and returning back 9 starters. The Scarlet Knights were the worst offense in the game with less then 16 points on just 284 yards with both the run and pass being extremely inefficient and unproductive. In desperate times schemes call for desperate measures. Things could only go up from there as former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is taking over at offensive coordinator, while Louisville transfer Kyle Bolin has earned the starting quarterback job. Another bright spot includes the re-emergence of Janarion Grant to join forces at WR with Juwan Harris to give Rutgers an opportunity for a decent passing attack. Of course their second option is Giovani Rescigno, who basically completed half of his attempts throwing as many TD (5) as picks. Rutgers will be ill-advised to run the football evident of their 8 TD runs all season in 2016 averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. Washington’s defensive front poses a significant advantage in agility and size that Rutgers may be forced to move the ball at a methodical pace rather than challenge the Huskies athletically toe to toe.

    While Rutgers has somewhat improved on paper from last season, they haven’t done much to bolster their running game not to mention the changes desperately needed at QB. The CFB playoff loss to Alabama last season will only fuel the fire to Browning’s success, giving the Huskies more than enough offense to let the 2 headed monster running game to take over with the contest well in hand. Rutgers will have little to no success putting up points against this Washington defense, and the back-door factor here will not be much of a factor at all. Lay the wood with Washington, as it will be all about having confidence in the road warriors who physically have matchup advantages on both sides of the ball and on paper even against the most intimidating of spreads.

    I’ll have another selection for Saturday action coming up.

  • #2
    I like it. I didn't pull the trigger on it but if Rutgers is anywhere close to as bad as last year -- it's gonna hurt.

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      Clemson -39.5 over Kent St:
      The 2016 defending champions who went 14-1 overall in 2016 begin their title defense ranked 5th in the country scheduling a MAC conference cupcake in Kent St for week 1. Something these two teams have in common from last season? They both played the playoff runner up in Alabama. The Golden Flashes, who went just 3-9 last season were shut out by the Crimson Tide 48-0. With one second remaining in the fourth quarter, quarterback Deshaun Watson found slot receiver Hunter Renfrow in the right corner of the end zone, giving Clemson a 35-31 victory dethroning the previous national champs. Since gone is Watson who was drafted by the Houston Texans in the offseason, but the Tigers get their opportunity to repeat as champions with an unproven but determined Kelly Bryant taking the helm at QB. He has more than enough talent surrounding him to have success. Clemson has their most deep stable of running backs under Dabo Swinney, who received a new eight-year, $54 million contract extension earlier this week, paired with their elite wide-outs.

      Sure, filling the shoes of Watson with Bryant will be tough especially since the junior has attempted only 9 passes thus far in his career. Gone also is Wayne Gallman who led the Tigers in rushing last season, leaving CJ Fuller as the key RB to muster the workload in the backfield. In addition to Renfrow, Bryant has some depth and talent in the receiving core, namely Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud who should have their way handily on Saturday against the Golden Flashes. If that’s not enough, Clemson returns a stout defense which allowed just 18 points per contest led by Brent Venables who returns for his 6th season at DC. With quick, powerful linemen bent on gap penetration and edge-setting, plus the occasional linebacker fire and bullet blitzes, Clemson overwhelms the line of scrimmage, thereby forcing the opposition into obvious passing situations. Tre Lamar is beyond the prototypical build at linebacker, and Kendall Joseph plays with the same smarts and controlled aggression with a strong presence against an undetermined overmatched Kent St OL.

      All this does not bode very well for Kent St who ranked just 125th in the nation last season in total offense. In fact, head coach Paul Haynes is taking a medical leave of absence for a couple of weeks without any details provided.
      The Golden Flashes’ wins came against Monmouth, Buffalo and Central Michigan and lost a 39-36 4 OT heartbreaker to North Carolina A&T. Nick Holley returns as QB after 868 yards, four TDs and three picks last year. Mylik Mitchell may also earn some time under center in a 2 QB set, but that won’t be nearly enough to hang with an opener of an opponent with this magnitude. Holley was Kent State’s leading rusher in 2016 by a wide margin, but Justin Rankin had 108 carries for 511 yards and three scores last year which gives Kent St limited depth, if any. Raekwon James will slot in with Kris White and Johnny Woods in expanded roles. I will give the Golden Flashes this, their defense did not play badly last season yielding 29 points and 387 yards per contest. Considering their finish in the standings overall, it’s clear that their offense is the achilles heel here and may need to depend on their defense to create turnovers and short fields to turn into points. Losing safety Nate Holley was bittersweet to say the least, as he faced charges of felony kidnapping but was not guilty. Holley is now gone, but Kent’s front seven is also at a major disadvantage though they return 3 senior starters in the secondary.

      Clemson’s defense will be more than up to the task as Kent averaged just 142 passing yards in 2016. Nick Holley’s is going to have to do much more to show opponents that Kent is worthy of improving on last season’s futility. the future looks bright over the next few seasons for Bryant to excel with a balanced mix in the running and passing game. Given that Clemson has the opportunity to prove themselves in the ACC and nationally with a relatively fresh slate of players, not many are expecting much compared to last season’s success. Auburn is waiting in the wings in a non-conference meeting ahead but scheduling Kent St in their opener should be no less than a cakewalk given the matchups on both sides of the ball. Tigers keep the pedal to the metal and roll over the Golden Flashes in this one. Best of luck however you play!

      Since 2010: 80-57 .584

      GL!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JTG View Post

        Clemson -39.5 over Kent St:
        The 2016 defending champions who went 14-1 overall in 2016 begin their title defense ranked 5th in the country scheduling a MAC conference cupcake in Kent St for week 1. Something these two teams have in common from last season? They both played the playoff runner up in Alabama. The Golden Flashes, who went just 3-9 last season were shut out by the Crimson Tide 48-0. With one second remaining in the fourth quarter, quarterback Deshaun Watson found slot receiver Hunter Renfrow in the right corner of the end zone, giving Clemson a 35-31 victory dethroning the previous national champs. Since gone is Watson who was drafted by the Houston Texans in the offseason, but the Tigers get their opportunity to repeat as champions with an unproven but determined Kelly Bryant taking the helm at QB. He has more than enough talent surrounding him to have success. Clemson has their most deep stable of running backs under Dabo Swinney, who received a new eight-year, $54 million contract extension earlier this week, paired with their elite wide-outs.

        Sure, filling the shoes of Watson with Bryant will be tough especially since the junior has attempted only 9 passes thus far in his career. Gone also is Wayne Gallman who led the Tigers in rushing last season, leaving CJ Fuller as the key RB to muster the workload in the backfield. In addition to Renfrow, Bryant has some depth and talent in the receiving core, namely Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud who should have their way handily on Saturday against the Golden Flashes. If that’s not enough, Clemson returns a stout defense which allowed just 18 points per contest led by Brent Venables who returns for his 6th season at DC. With quick, powerful linemen bent on gap penetration and edge-setting, plus the occasional linebacker fire and bullet blitzes, Clemson overwhelms the line of scrimmage, thereby forcing the opposition into obvious passing situations. Tre Lamar is beyond the prototypical build at linebacker, and Kendall Joseph plays with the same smarts and controlled aggression with a strong presence against an undetermined overmatched Kent St OL.

        All this does not bode very well for Kent St who ranked just 125th in the nation last season in total offense. In fact, head coach Paul Haynes is taking a medical leave of absence for a couple of weeks without any details provided.
        The Golden Flashes’ wins came against Monmouth, Buffalo and Central Michigan and lost a 39-36 4 OT heartbreaker to North Carolina A&T. Nick Holley returns as QB after 868 yards, four TDs and three picks last year. Mylik Mitchell may also earn some time under center in a 2 QB set, but that won’t be nearly enough to hang with an opener of an opponent with this magnitude. Holley was Kent State’s leading rusher in 2016 by a wide margin, but Justin Rankin had 108 carries for 511 yards and three scores last year which gives Kent St limited depth, if any. Raekwon James will slot in with Kris White and Johnny Woods in expanded roles. I will give the Golden Flashes this, their defense did not play badly last season yielding 29 points and 387 yards per contest. Considering their finish in the standings overall, it’s clear that their offense is the achilles heel here and may need to depend on their defense to create turnovers and short fields to turn into points. Losing safety Nate Holley was bittersweet to say the least, as he faced charges of felony kidnapping but was not guilty. Holley is now gone, but Kent’s front seven is also at a major disadvantage though they return 3 senior starters in the secondary.

        Clemson’s defense will be more than up to the task as Kent averaged just 142 passing yards in 2016. Nick Holley’s is going to have to do much more to show opponents that Kent is worthy of improving on last season’s futility. the future looks bright over the next few seasons for Bryant to excel with a balanced mix in the running and passing game. Given that Clemson has the opportunity to prove themselves in the ACC and nationally with a relatively fresh slate of players, not many are expecting much compared to last season’s success. Auburn is waiting in the wings in a non-conference meeting ahead but scheduling Kent St in their opener should be no less than a cakewalk given the matchups on both sides of the ball. Tigers keep the pedal to the metal and roll over the Golden Flashes in this one. Best of luck however you play!

        Since 2010: 80-57 .584

        GL!
        BANG! Way to go JTG! Thanks and nice cash here!

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