Sunday, November 12, 2017

Butch Jones is an ex-Tennessee head coach.


If you had Tennessee firing Butch Jones in Week 11 of the 2017 of the college football season, then today is your lucky day. Tennessee announced Jones had been fired on Sunday afternoon a day after the Volunteers were trounced by Missouri 50-17.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Clemson among five ACC bowl-eligible teams.


 Week 10 of the 2017 college football season has been completed, and time is running out for ACC teams wanting to earn eligibility to a postseason. Clemson, North Carolina State, Miami (FL.), Virginia Tech, and Virginia are the only conference teams with at least six wins, the number required to be considered bowl eligible.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Georgia and six other SEC teams bowl eligible, rest of conference still technically in the race.


The biggest surprise for the SEC in Week 10 of the 2017 season is that all fourteen conference members technically are still in the race to become bowl eligible. Even 3-3 Florida has a shot winning out and earning a bowl invite.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Virginia Tech joins Clemson, NC St., and Miami among ACC bowl eligible teams.

Virginia Tech joined North Carolina State, Clemson, and Miami as the only four ACC teams that are currently bowl eligible. Because of bye weeks for Boston College and Louisville, only Virginia and Wake Forest will have a chance to join them in Week 10.

Bowl projections (unless otherwise noted) are from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

Six or more wins (Bowl eligible)


ACC Atlantic


North Carolina State (6-2, conference 4-0)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 30, Jacksonville, FL.)

Kirk 2017 Sun Bowl vs. Utah (Dec. 29, El Paso, TX.)

Clemson (7-1, conference 5-1)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Ohio State (Jan. 1, 2018, Pasadena, CA. (College Football Playoff semifinal no. 2 vs. no. 3)

Kirk: 2018 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2018, New Orleans, LA. CFP semifinal no.1 vs. no. 4)

These projections were made before the first CFP Committee Rankings were released on Tuesday.

ACC Costal 


Miami (FL.) (7-0, conference 5-0)

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Orange Bowl vs. Georgia (Dec. 30, Miami, FL.)

Kirk: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Texas (Dec. 28, Orlando, FL.)

Palm still going with the "ICWYDT" pick of Mark Richt-coached Miami, and Richt's former employer, Georgia.

Virginia Tech (7-1, conference 3-1) 

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa St. (Dec. 28)

Kirk: 2017 Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame (Dec. 30)

Bowl featuring ACC school vs. independent school wth a business arrangement with ACC. This has got be the most mind-numbing projection of the week.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


ACC Atlantic 


Boston College (5-4, conference 3-3)

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 vs. NC State

Nov. 18 vs. UConn

Nov. 25 @ Syracuse

UConn is the opponent that Boston College is most likely to get its sixth win.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)

Kirk: 2017 Quick Lane Bowl vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 26, Detroit, MI)

The Pinstripe Bowl would probably be the preferred bowl here, as it would be the bowl that BC supporters would be more likely to attend.

Wake Forest (5-3, conference 2-3)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Notre Dame

Nov. 11 @ Syracuse

Nov. 18 vs. NC State

Nov. 25 vs. Duke

Millions of college football fans hope that Wake can get it's sixth win over Notre Dame, presumably knocking the Fighting Irish out of the CFP semifinals.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 28, Annapolis, MD.)

Kirk: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy

Rare agreement between Palm and Kirk here.

Louisville (5-4, conference 2-4) 

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia

Nov. 18 vs. Syracuse

Nov. 25 @ Kentucky

There shouldn't be a problem for Louisville to get at least one win before the end of the season.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Sun Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 29)

Kirk: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. South Carolina (Dec. 30)

Louisville vs. South Carolina would probably be the better matchup here.

ACC Costal 


Virginia (5-3, conference 2-2) 

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 11 @ Louisville

Nov. 18 @ Miami

Nov. 24 vs. Virginia Tech

In theory, Virginia should be able to chalk up the sixth win it needs for guaranteed bowl eligibility. In reality, all four the Cavilers' upcoming opponents will be strong challengers.

Projected bowl and opponent

Ken Bonagura, ESPN: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Houston

Palm and Kirk project Virginia being on the outside looking in this upcoming postseason. Bonagura's ESPN partner, David M. Hale, projects a Military Bowl with Navy vs. Virginia.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)

ACC Atlantic 


Syracuse (4-4, conference 2-2) 

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Florida State

Nov. 11 vs. Wake Forest

Nov. 18 @ Louisville

Nov. 25 vs. Boston College

Two wins in this stretch are feasible, but will have to be hard-fought.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Nebraska (Dec. 27)

Pinstripe Bowl a logical postseason landing place for the Orange.

ACC Costal 


Georgia Tech (4-3, conference 3-2)

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Virginia

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia Tech

Nov. 18 @ Duke

Nov. 25 vs. Georgia

Virginia and Duke may be the best places for Georgia Tech to earn the necessary wins for bowl eligibility

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 29, Charlotte, NC)

Kirk: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Vanderbilt

The Yellow Jackets apparently fated to be in the Belk Bowl

Pittsburgh (4-5, conference 2-3)

Next three games

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 9 vs. North Carolina

Nov. 18 @ Virginia Tech

Nov. 24 vs. Miami

We enter the territory of teams under .500. Two wins for Pitt are going to be hard to get here.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Duke (4-5, conference 1-5)

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 @ Army

Nov. 18 vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 25 @ Wake Forest

There's a possibility for two win in Duke's last three games, but it will have to pull off an upset or two to do it.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. Florida Atlantic (Dec. 27, Shreveport, LA.)

Kirk: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. UAB

Consider: Neither Palm or Kirk projected currently 5-3 Virginia getting a bowl bid, but project 4-5 Duke getting one. Only logical explanation for this would have to be Duke getting the academic waiver.
















Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ohio St., Penn St., four other Big Ten teams are bowl eligible.

Five Big Ten teams are bowl eligible following week five. The quintet of teams with six or more wins  so far in the 2017 season includes Ohio St., Penn St., Michigan St.  Michigan, and Wisconsin. Northwestern has five wins, and could join the above schools as early as next week.

Bowl projections (unless otherwise noted) are from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and Jason Kirk of SB*Nation

Six or more wins (Bowl eligible)


Big Ten East


Ohio State (7-1, conference 5-0)

Next four weeks

Nov. 4 @ Iowa

Nov. 11 vs. Michigan State

Nov. 18 vs. Illinois

Nov. 25 @ Michigan

Iowa. Michigan State, and Michigan will not be pushover games for Ohio St.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Clemson (Jan 1, 2018. Pasadena, CA. College Football Playoff semifinal no. 2 vs. no.3)

Kirk: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Georgia

It would appear the dream of seeing a Rose Bowl sans both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 has faded for the season.

Penn State (7-1, conference 4-1)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Michigan St.

Nov. 11 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 18 vs. Nebraska

Nov. 25 @ Maryalnd

Michigan St. is the biggest stumbling block for Penn State's chances of getting back into contention for the College Football Playoff on its schedule.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2018, New Orleans, LA. (CFP semifinal no. 1 vs no. 4)

Kirk: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma (Dec. 29, Arlington, TX.)

Kirk's projection is the saner of the two bowl projections.

Michigan State (6-2, conference 4-1)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Penn St.

Nov. 11 @ Ohio St.

Nov. 18 vs. Maryland

Nov. 25 @ Rutgers

The safe bet is that Michigan St. goes 2-2 in the last four games of the season. But, as many teams have learned, betting against Sparty is never a good idea.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. Auburn (Jan 1, 2018, Orlando, Fl.

Kirk: 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. LSU

The Citrus Bowl sounds like the best place for Michigan St. this season.

Michigan (6-2, conference 3-2)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Minnesota

Nov. 11 @ Maryland

Nov. 18 @ Wisconsin

Nov. 25 vs. Ohio St.

Minnesota, Maryland, and Wisconsin are the easiest games on the remainder  of the Nittany Lions' schedule.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Outback Bowl vs. LSU (Jan. 1, 2018, Tampa, FL.)

Kirk: 2018 Outback Bowl vs. Auburn

More agreement here, at least for the bowl Michigan may be headed for.

Big Ten West


Wisconsin (8-0, conference 5-0)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Indiana

Nov. 11 vs. Iowa

Nov. 18 vs. Michigan

Nov. 25 @ Minnesota

Wisconsin is getting  overlooked for the CFP. Most logical reason is that the CFB media sees the Badgers being 2017's version of 2015 Iowa.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Fiesta Bowl vs. USC (Dec. 30, Glendale, AZ.)

Kirk: 2018 Peach Bowl vs. Central Florida (Jan. 1, 2018, Atlanta, GA.)

The Fiesta Bowl is most definitely the more perforable projection here.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


Big Ten East


None

Big Ten West


Northwestern (5-3, conference 3-2)

Next four weeks

Nov. 4 @ Nebraska

Nov. 11 vs, Purdue

Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota

Nov. 25 @ Illinois

While no one should ever feel too overconfident of a team's ability to get to six wins, of All of these games are winnable for Northwestern. Get the win, then it's all about avoiding the Quick Lane Bowl.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm:  2017 Holliday Bowl vs. Arizona (Dec. 28, San Diego, CA.

Kirk: 2017 Forster Farms Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 27 @ Santa Clara, CA.)

Northwestern vs. Stanford...NERD BOWL1

Four games (Magic number: 2)


Big Ten East 


Maryland (4-4, conference 2-3)

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Rutgers

Nov. 11 vs. Michigan

Nov. 18 @ Michigan St.

Nov. 25 vs. Penn St.

The only easy game for Maryland is Rutgers.

Projected bowl and opponent

Eric Single, SI.com: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)

Only one of five prognosticators surveyed had Maryland going to a bowl.

Big Ten West

Nebraska (4-4, conference 3-2)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Northwestern

Nov. 11 @Minnesota

Nov. 18 @ Penn St.

Nov. 24 vs. Iowa

Northwestern and Minnesota are where the best chances for the Cornhuskers to earn the two wins they need to become bowl eligible.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Pinstripe bowl vs. Syracuse.

Mike Riley is probably toast when the season  ends, if not sooner.

Minnesota (4-4, conference 1-4)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Michigan

Nov. 11 vs. Nebraska

Nov. 18 @ Northwestern

Nov. 25 vs. Wisconsin

Underperforming Nebraska and Northwestern teams may be the best places on Minnesota's upcoming schedule to earn two wins.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Boston College

Kirk: None

Disappointing projected end to P.J. Fleck's first season as head coach of the Golden Gophers

Three wins (Magic number: 3)


Big Ten East


Rutgers (3-5, conference 2-3)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Maryland

Nov. 11 @ Penn St.

Nov. 18 @ Indiana

Nov. 25 vs. Michigan St.

With Rutgers we enter the  "The impossible takes a little longer" territory.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Indiana (3-5, conference 0-5)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Wisconsin

Nov. 11 @ Illinois

Nov. 18 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 25 @ Purdue

The chances for Indiana to go to a bowl look to be higher than those of Rutgers.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 29, Nashville, TN.)

There is a chance this could be a case of a 5-6 team getting a bowl bid through academics.

Big Ten West


Purdue (3-5, conference 1-4)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Illinois

Nov. 11 @ Northwestern

Nov. 18 @ Iowa

Nov. 25 vs. Indiana

Purdue will need to beat Illinois and Indiana, and pull an upset of either Northwestern or Iowa for a the Boilermakers to earn a bowl bid.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Maybe next season, Purdue.