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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: For those who need Foots Fix Now something to pass the time.

Some stuff from the Playbook:


2017 Big Ten Conference Football Betting Preview
Marc Lawrence
Posted: 2017-06-18

We're Back

The 2017 campaign will feature 33 All-Big Ten players (seven first-team, 12 second-team, 14 third-team) and 46 honorable mention selections from last season.

The Big Ten had 35 draft choices. That total ranked fourth among the Power Five conferences, as the SEC led the way with 54, followed by the ACC 43 and the Pac-12 with 36. Michigan led the nation with 11 players selected in the draft, while Ohio State had seven players heard their name called in Philadelphia.

And once again the Big Ten has not had a QB taken in the 1st round since Penn State's Kerry Collins in 1995.

Welcome Aboard

Just like last year, the Big Ten welcomes three new head coaches in Indiana's Tom Allen, Minnesota's P.J. Fleck and Purdue's Jeff Brohm.

Allen joined the Indiana staff as an associate coach last season. He's a 25-year coaching veteran who led a dramatic defensive turnaround for the Hoosiers, just as the he done at Ole Miss and South Florida... Fleck's was 1-11 in his first year with Western Michigan before going 13-1 last season... Brohm comes from Western Kentucky where his Hilltoppers went 30-10, including 19-5 in conference games.

Five current Big Ten mentors have been college head coaches for 10 years or more Iowa's Kirk Ferentz (20 seasons), Nebraska's Mike Riley (15), Ohio State's Urban Meyer (14), Michigan State's Mark Dantonio (12) and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (10).

Welcome Aboard

Eleven Big Ten teams will square off against at least one non-conference team that played in a bowl game last season, with 17 total games against squads coming off bowl trips. Indiana is the only school to not make the list. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers will each face two non-conference bowl teams in 2017.


Note: Team write-ups are excerpts from the 2017 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine the 25th Anniversary Issue, on sale at newsstands nationwide. The numbers following each team name represents the amount of returning starters on offense and defense, along with the number of returning linemen, with an asterisk (*) designating a returning quarterback.

2017 BIG TEN EAST PREVIEW

INDIANA Off *7/3 Def 9/3 62 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: A COMFORTABLE PAIR OF NEW SHOES
Indiana engineered one of the top defensive turnarounds in the country last year when, despite taking on four Top 10 opponents, the Hoosiers managed to improve 11 PPG and 130 YPG. It was good enough to land defensive associate coach Tom Allen his first college head coaching position. The good news is, thanks to former coach Kevin Wilson, Allen inherits the highest-rated recruiting classes in school history over the past five seasons. Mike DeBord, OC at Tennessee the past two seasons, joins Allen's staff. Back in the day, DeBord tutored Tom Brady at Michigan, and will work with talented 6' 6" SR QB Richard Lagow, who aired it out for 3,362 yards and 19 TDs for IU last year.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Over the last 22 years, the teams for which Allen has been a member of the coaching staff have posted a combined 222-69 record (.763).

PLAY ON: at Penn State (9/30)

MARYLAND Off 6/3 Def 8/2 53 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: SPINNING A NEW TUNE
Regarded as one of the brightest young coaching minds in college football, DJ Durkin quickly changed the culture and brought instant energy to the Maryland program last season when the Terps doubled their win total and earned a bowl bid in his first year on the sidelines. Durkin also showed his recruiting prowess by signing a consensus Top 20 class in 2017. The class, which included eleven 4-star signees, and five members of the ESPN 300, ranked among the best in program history. A former star LB at Bowling Green where he captained the team and led it in tackles, this DJ is a star in the making. And the Terps are on the rise.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Terps are 0-8 SUATS following a win from Game Seven out the last four years.

PLAY AGAINST: vs. UCF (9/23)

MICHIGAN Off *5/2 Def 1/0 55 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND
A team that started the season 8-0 last year before closing out 1-3, UM could be in a world of hurt in 2017. That's because Wolverine seniors accounted for the highest percentage of starts of all FBS teams last season (76.6%). It's a wickedly high number and it means that Jim Harbaugh will need to rely on a bevy of underclassmen to compensate this season. Gone are 138 receptions, more than 1,900 yards and 13 touchdowns just between two senior WRs and TE Jake Butt. That said, Harbaugh has now brought in consecutive Top-10 recruiting classes. Remember, we saw this same pattern last season when Ohio State returned barefoot with only 6 total starters returning and all they did was land a spot in the College Football Playoffs. And don't forget, the SU winner 'In The Stats' is 24-2 in UM games with Harbaugh as its head coach. After an offseason trip to visit the Pope in Roma, they'll lean on any sanctification they can get.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The 11 UM players selected in this year 's NFL Draft were the most in school history, and the most of any team in the Draft.

PASS

MICHIGAN STATE Off 4/1 Def 4/1 43 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WHO'S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES?
As we outlined on this page last season, a fortuitous band of Spartans won 7 one-possession games in 2015 the best in the nation. They went 0-3 in those same games last season. It came back to bite them when Mark Dantonio suffered his first losing season with MSU, falling from 12 wins to 3 in 2016. The epitome of a 'Mission Team' this season, Sparty should be in a nasty mood. The bad news is over 50% of the starts made for the Spartans last season were by seniors. Thus, improvement from a defense that had just 11 quarterback sacks and 13 forced turnovers last year (as opposed to 37 and 28 respectively in 2015) is mandatory. Beware: with an impending NCAA investigation swirling over sexual abuse by players (including 10 four-star recruits) this program might suddenly have "Baylor" written all over it.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Spartans dropped from fourth in the nation in turnover margin in 2015 to 101st at -0.42 in 2016.

PLAY ON: vs. Notre Dame (9/23) - *KEY as a dog

OHIO STATE Off *8/4 Def 7/4 48 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: URBAN'S NEW MODERN DEVELOPMENT
That the Buckeyes again returned to the CFB Playoffs last year despite a staggering lack of experience was truly remarkable. 1,000-yard RB Mike Weber was one of two first-team, two second-team and one honorable mention Freshman All-American starters on Urban Meyer's squad last season, one that played 29 freshmen. Not so shockingly, only 5.6% of the starts made by the baby Buckeyes last season were by seniors the fewest in the land (compare that to 76.6% for Michigan the most). With that, this season finds 40 upper classmen dotting the roster for new OC Kevin Wilson, the former Indiana head coach and offensive guru, led by All-American QB J.T. Barrett. Beware of this ready-for-prime-time group.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Buckeyes will play no back-to-back road games in 2017.

PLAY AGAINST: vs. Michigan State (11/11)

PENN STATE Off *9/3 Def 7/2 45 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WINNING BIG
Penn State earned eight Big Ten wins in 2016 for just the second time in program history, and the Lions celebrated their first Big Ten title since 2008. A whopping 31 school records were eclipsed or tied during the Big Ten Championship season, one being four double-digit comebacks which included rallying from a 21-point deficit in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. Both QB Trace McSorley and/or RB Saquon Barkley set a majority of the aforementioned records, and both return in 2017. Also back is PK Tyler 'Automatic' Davis who has nailed 30-of-32 career field goals, with both misses being blocks. He's also made all 73 of his PAT attempts.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Penn State and Wisconsin are the only Big Ten teams that have posted winning seasons the last 12 consecutive years.

PLAY AGAINST: at Ohio State (10/28) - *KEY

RUTGERS Off *6/3 Def 8/2 44 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: BURNT BEYOND RECOGNITION
It's hard to imagine there was an offense worse than Boston College's popgun attack last season, but Rutgers actually ranked dead last in the NCAA in total offense (including red zone offense). And it's difficult envisaging a worse effort than what the Knights delivered in 2015 when they lost by 20.5 points and 167 yards per game in Big Ten play. But, hey, when you're outclassed from head to toe by every team in your conference, there's always room for more. Rutgers was so pitiful in Chris Ash's first season in New Brunswick they were actually dismantled by 30.5 PPG and 230 YPG while losing all nine Big Ten battles. Talk about being charred.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Rutgers suffered the worst two-game scoring span last year (to Michigan and Ohio State) by an FBS school since 1939.

Play On: at Illinois (10/14)

2017 BIG TEN EAST PREVIEW

ILLINOIS Off 5/3 Def 4/0 32 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: LOVE, THE SECOND TIME AROUND
There was little love in the air at the conclusion of the 2016 Illinois football season, Lovie Smith's 1st year with the program. Because of his decision to start the second-most amount of freshmen in the country last year (29.2 percent of players that started games for the Illini), his troops were ranked No. 127 (2nd last) in the nation in first down offense, and also No. 127 in 3rd down conversion percentage. Five players with significant experience return up front. If star WR Mike Dudek, former Big Ten Freshman POY, can fight his way back from a gruesome knee injury suffered in 2015, the underclassmen just might come to Lovie's rescue in 2017.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Illinois is 3-31 SU and 11-23 ATS in its last 34 Big Ten games versus .500 or greater opponents.

PLAY ON: at Purdue (11/4)

IOWA Off 7/4 Def 8/3 48 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: LET'S GO BOWLING
After just missing a berth in the 2015 College Football Playoffs, the Hawkeyes 'regressed' to 8-5 last season. It marked the 14th bowl appearance in 18 seasons for the Hawkeyes under Kirk Ferentz. Unfortunately, Captain Kirk loses star QB C.J. Beathard 20-5 SU as a starter during the regular season to the NFL. However, SR RB Akrum Wadley, Iowa's leading rusher with 1,081 yards and 10 TDs a year ago, returns. The best news, though, is that four starters from an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award given to the best OL in the nation are back. With eight starters back on defense, Ferentz is well positioned to land another bowl berth in 2017.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Kirk Ferentz shares the distinction of being the longest-tenured head coach in the nation.

PLAY ON: at Northwestern (10/21)

MINNESOTA Off 7/2 Def 6/1 43 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: ROWING A NEW BOAT
Minnesota is located in the land of lakes and captaining one of the new boats in the Big Ten football waters this season will be P.J. Fleck, named as the new skipper of the Gophers. The former Western Michigan head coach makes the transition from the MAC to the Big Ten with a core team that won nine games last season. Fleck went 1-11 in his first year with the Broncos, and 13-1 in his final season. The biggest loss, though, is the Ekpe brothers from the defensive line. Thankfully, the first seven games on the schedule include only one winning team from last season. The remaining five contests are all against bowl teams from 2016. Hopefully by then, the Gophers will have learned how to row the boat.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Golden Gophers are 17-2-1 ATS as conference underdogs since 2012.

PLAY AGAINST: at Northwestern (11/18)

NEBRASKA Off 7/5 Def 7/2 49 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: COACH ME UP
With Nebraska owning 385 victories over the past 40 seasons (tops in the land), HC Mike Riley is always feeling the heat. As a result, he made key hires in the offseason, bringing in Bob Diaco from UConn as his defensive coordinator, and Bob Elliott from Notre Dame as his secondary coach. They served together on the 2012 Fighting Irish defense that was 12-0 and played in the BCS Title Game. Diaco won the 2012 Broyles Award and is recognized as one of the college game's top defensive minds. Meanwhile, Riley owns 16 wins over ranked foes in 16 seasons as a college head coach. It all makes Tulane transfer QB Tanner Lee's job that much easier.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Mike Riley has 43 overall years of coaching experience, the second-most among any active FBS head coach.

PLAY AGAINST: at Oregon (9/9)

NORTHWESTERN Off *9/4 Def 8/3 50 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: IN GOOD HANDS
When Indianapolis selected LB Anthony Walker in this year's NFL Draft, history was made: Walker became the first Wildcat drafted after leaving school early. The junior amassed 227 tackles, including 30.5 for a loss, at NU. The message is that Northwestern is an academically focused institution that is now getting top athletes. It's not HC Pat Fitzgerald's job to prepare players for the NFL. His job is to build the best football team he can to represent Northwestern. And because he's exceeded expectations, Fitzgerald signed an extension to remain NU's coach through 2026. With 17 starters returning from a bowl-winning team, the school is in good hands.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Pat Fitzgerald has not had a player selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft since taking over at NU 11 years ago.

PLAY AGAINST: at Illinois (11/25)

PURDUE Off *5/2 Def 8/2 51 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: LOVE POTION NO. 9
New head coach Jeff Brohm was needed in West Lafayette like a transfusion for a dying vampire. Purdue fell to 9-39 in four years behind Darrell Hazell. To which we wonder: how did he last four years? Check these rancid numbers: despite having the most returning starters in the Big Ten last year, Purdue won one conference game. They finished last in the nation in turnover margin (-17) and averaged 96.2 rushing YPG in conference play last season dead last. Hence, it's no surprise to learn from Ralph Michaels of Cal Sports that the Boilermakers have played UNDER their season win total each of the last five years. Good luck, Jeff.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Purdue was 1-8 SU in one-possession games versus FBS foes under former head coach Darrell Hazell.

PASS

WISCONSIN Off *8/4 Def 7/3 52 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: NO PRESSURE HERE
To say Badgers head coach Paul Chryst was up against it when he replaced Gary Andersen in Madison two years ago would be an understatement. After all, Andersen won 20 games in two seasons. That was after Bret Bielema averaged nearly 10 wins a season in his seven years with the Badgers before Andersen's arrival. So how has Chryst responded to the self-imposed pressure? By averaging more wins per season than both Andersen and Bielema. With no Ohio State sighting, and only six foes on this year's itinerary with a winning record in 2016, it would be nothing short of disappointing should Chryst win less than his usual 10 games this season.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Badgers' 15 consecutive bowl appearances is tops in the Big Ten.

PASS


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2017 American Athletic Conference Football Betting Preview
Marc Lawrence
Posted: 2017-06-14

Coach Me Up

Entering its fourth year of existence, the American Athletic Conference remains the top Group of 5 League heading into the 2017 football season.

While the loop has struggled in bowl games, going 6-14 SU and 7-13 ATS, it has become a breeding ground for up-and-coming head coaches.

Tulsa's Phillip Montgomery, SMU's Chad Morris, and Memphis' Mike Norvell are three promising young coaches on the rise, and we didn't even mention Tulane's Willie Fritz. Meanwhile, the 23 wins by Navy's Ken Niumatalolo over Power Five or BCS Conference foes is the most of all Group of Five schools.

The AAC has five new coaches for 2017: Cincinnati's Luke Fickell, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Houston's Major Applewhite, Temple's Geoff Collins, and USF's Charlie Strong.

And rest assured, East Carolina's Scottie Montgomery is fully aware that the Pirates have missed out on bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004-05.

Beware of the AAC. Its coaches take a back seat to no one.

Talking Points

• Average attendance at American Athletic Conference home stadiums was 31,611, clearly No. 1 for Group of Five conferences, and right on the heels of 2015 when it averaged 31,842 in 2015, after an average of 21,193 in 2014. USF was up 41% in 2016 with a 10-2 record and a home game vs. Florida State. On the flip side, Temple fell 38% without facing Notre Dame. Other than BYU, East Carolina (44.113) had the largest average attendance outside the Power Five.

• Danger ahead: since the AAC formation in 2014 the conference has struggled mightily in non-conference games following a SUATS loss, going just 4-26-1 ATS. And if they are not taking at least 7 points in these games they fall off the face of the earth, going 0-13-1 ATS. Gulp.

Note: Team write-ups are excerpts from the 2017 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine the 25th Anniversary Issue, on sale at newsstands nationwide. The numbers following each team name represents the amount of returning starters on offense and defense, along with the number of returning linemen, with an asterisk (*) designating a returning quarterback.


2017 AMERICAN ATHLETIC EAST PREVIEW

CINCINNATI Off *6/3 Def 6/3 42 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: BEING FICKELL
A 3-1 start last season turned into a 1-7 disastrous finish and an absolute P.R. nightmare when head coach Timmy Tuberville went off on a disgruntled fan in front of cameras. As a result of the implosion, the Bearcats brought in longtime Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell to right the program and polish its image. Fickell also served as the Buckeyes' interim coach in 2011 following the Jim Tressel fallout while guiding OSU to its first losing season since 1988. The good news is Fickell has defensive DNA in his blood and the strength of this Bearcats team appears to be its defense. Behind an experienced Power 5 coaching staff, cool hand Luke looks right at home in Cincinnati.
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Fickell was 1-5 ATS in games following a win as a head coach with Ohio State.

Play Against: vs. UCF (10/27)

CONNECTICUT Off *7/3 Def 5/3 57 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: OLD DOGS...NEW TRICKS
Like a stray dog returning home, former head coach Randy Edsall is back at UConn. With the Bob Diaco experiment officially history, Edsall returns to Connecticut for a second tour, this time trying to ignite an offense that was virtually non-existent in three seasons under Diaco. The 20 touchdowns they scored was lowest tally of any team in the nation in 2016. Edsall turns to former Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee a Gus Malzahn prot g and Villanova DC Billy Crocker for his new coordinators. The good news is five OL with starting experience are back. And remember: Huskies' sophomores made a total of 127 starts in 2015, the most in the nation. Those young pups are now seniors.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Huskies scored a total of nine first-quarter points (three field goals in two games) last season.

Play On: vs. UCF (11/11)

EAST CAROLINA Off 6/3 Def 7/3 53 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: WHERE'S THE BOUNTY?
Year One under head coach Scottie Montgomery was expected to be productive. After all, 51 upper classmen dotted the Pirates' roster, including star WR Zay Jones and transfer QB Phillip Nelson. Neither disappointed with Jones leading the nation in receiving while Nelson, a prot g of quarterback specialist coach Terry Shea, finished 7th in completion percentage (67.9). Through it all the offense improved 53 YPG, but the defense horse-collared with injuries slipped 51 YPG. It didn't help that ECU was also the worst team in the nation in turnovers gained (8) last season. The question is with Jones and Nelson gone, what can they to improve on last year's three wins?

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Pirates are 2-16 SU and 0-18 ATS versus conference foes with a winning record since 2010.

PASS

NAVY Off - 4/2 Def 7/1 47 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: NIUMATALOLO SPELLS SUCCESS
We could write a book about the Navy program every year, but due to space limitations, we'll go with the Cliff Notes version. Ready? Since Ken Niumatalolo became head coach Navy in 2008, the well-disciplined Middies have never finished lower than 2nd in penalties per game. They also know how to win, going 144-92 in Coach N's 19 seasons on the Navy sidelines. Last year they saw 102 games missed by key starters or contributors due to injury and the Midshipmen still won 9 games! You can do that when you're the No. 1 team in the land in 3rd down conversion percentage, and when you've got the horses to topple your first AP Top 10 team since 1984. And beware: Navy will enter the 2017 season on a three-game losing streak. It is Navy's longest losing streak since 2014. Navy won 26 of their next 31 games after the previous three-game losing streak. Forewarned is forearmed.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Navy played nine FBS teams in 2016 that finished with eight or more wins (tied with North Carolina for the most in the country).

Play Against: vs. Houston (11/24)

TEMPLE Off - 5/3 Def 4/1 42 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: #GREAT HIRE
When Florida DC Geoff Collins replaced Matt Rhule as the Owls coach this season, he almost immediatley began using social media hashtags to show his footprint on the program. The one that has gotten most of the attention from the players is #the STANDARD, as they quickly learned that the standard expected from every player has been raised even higher this year. After fighting thru a 2-10 seaosn in 2013, Temple concluded the final two years of the Rhule regime with a pair of 10-win seasons. But because 50% of the starts made for the Owls last season were by seniors, Collins realizes everone must step up in 2017. The ranks are thin but the spirit is high.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: New Temple coach Collins is the only coach to be a Broyles award nominee the nation's best assistant coach - at three schools.

PASS

UCF Off *8/3 Def 4/3 43 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: COOLNESS AT ITS BEST
After taking over a program that failed to win a game in 2015 and leading them to a bowl game, the big question is what does Scott Frost do for an encore? He was 24-2 as a quarterback at Nebraska. As a DC at Northern Iowa the Panthers went from 7-4 to 12-1. And while an assistant at Oregon, the Ducks went 79-15. So yes, the man knows how to win. It's also no coincidence that the UCF freshmen made the 2nd most starts in the nation in 2015. After coming up big as sophomores last season, they are now juniors. With added improvement in store this year behind a powerful front seven, the question has been answered.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: UCF was the No. 2 team in the nation in red zone defense in 2016.

Play Against: vs. East Carolina (10/14) - *KEY

USF Off *7/3 Def 9/4 49 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: STRONG ARMED
One of 11 teams to win 11 games last season, USF set nearly 40 team records in 2016, including total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77), and scoring (569) in its best season ever. JR QB Quinton Flowers was named AAC Offensive POY while leading a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team. While those are some mighty big shoes to fill, six of those players - including Flowers - return in 2017. Among the missing, though, is head coach Willie Taggart who moves on to Oregon. Enter controversial Charlie Strong, whose first task will be to rebuild a defense that actually regressed over 100 YPG last season. Just the way he likes it.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: USF was the No. 1 team in the nation in 4th down conversion percentage last season.

PASS

2017 AMERICAN ATHLETIC WEST PREVIEW

HOUSTON Off *6/3 Def 8/2 37 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: APPLE SEEDS
It's been said that Major Applewhite likes big challenges. In succeeding Tom Herman as the Cougars' new head coach he has taken on a gargantuan task. On the heels of its best two-season effort (22 wins) in school history, Applewhite inherits two terrifically talented recruiting classes left behind by Herman, including 2016 Defensive Freshmen All-American of the Year, DT Ed Oliver, the most decorated recruit in Cougar history. Dynamo QB Greg Ward Jr. is gone, creating a big hole behind center. The hope is Texas A&M transfer QB Kyle Allen can live up to his blue-chip recruit hype. If new DC Mark D'Onofrio (Miami and Temple) can continue to plug holes, gargantuan just may turn to tiny.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Former Utah OC and Mississippi State QB coach Brian Johnson is Houston new offensive coordinator.

PASS

MEMPHIS Off *9/4 Def 8/3 43 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: FUENTE, WHO?
When Memphis won 8 games in Mike Norvell's first year after replacing Justin Fuente in 2015, he set the bar high. Real high, considering it was the most wins by a first-year coach in school history. He was also the first coach to lead the Tigers to a bowl game in his first season, plus the first rookie head coach at Memphis to defeat a ranked team since 1975. Now, after 27 wins in three seasons, and with a boatload of starters returning, the upside for this fledgling program has never been higher. A quick glance of the schedule confirms that Memphis could be favored in as many as 10 games this campaign. Beware of the Tiger.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Memphis is 12-0 ATS as an underdog in regular season road finales.

Play Against: vs. Houston (10/19)

NAVY Off - 4/2 Def 7/1 47 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: NIUMATALOLO SPELLS SUCCESS
We could write a book about the Navy program every year, but due to space limitations, we'll go with the Cliff Notes version. Ready? Since Ken Niumatalolo became head coach Navy in 2008, the well-disciplined Middies have never finished lower than 2nd in penalties per game. They also know how to win, going 144-92 in Coach N's 19 seasons on the Navy sidelines. Last year they saw 102 games missed by key starters or contributors due to injury and the Midshipmen still won 9 games! You can do that when you're the No. 1 team in the land in 3rd down conversion percentage, and when you've got the horses to topple your first AP Top 10 team since 1984. And beware: Navy will enter the 2017 season on a three-game losing streak. It is Navy's longest losing streak since 2014. Navy won 26 of their next 31 games after the previous three-game losing streak. Forewarned is forearmed.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Navy played nine FBS teams in 2016 that finished with eight or more wins (tied with North Carolina for the most in the country).

Play Against: vs. Houston (11/24)

SMU Off - *9/4 Def 5/3 40 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: GROWING UP LIGHTNING FAST
The Mustangs continued their upward ascent last season under head coach Chad Morris. Noteworthy in the Ponies' annual improvement run last season was its first win over a Top 15 team since 1986. Morris' non-stop triple option attack is loaded with returning starters, including exciting SO QB Ben Hicks and last year's top eight targets, along with four-star LSU transfer Trey Quinn, who starred during spring camp. Defensively, depth and attrition became issues down the stretch in 2016. Five starters from that unit are gone, but no less than 16 contributors are back. Like we said last year, if the defense can hold the fort, the Mustangs should be ordering up bowl shirts by season's end.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Freshmen have started a total of 101 games for the Mustangs last two seasons.

Play Against: vs. Houston (10/7)

TULANE Off *8/3 Def 7/2 49 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: HITTING THE RESET BUTTON
Perhaps no other coach in college football hits a groove like Willie Fritz does when it comes to his second-year with a program. According to Bill Connelly of SBNation.com, in his second year at Blinn College his team won the NJCAA title. In his second year at Central Missouri, the Mules went from 5-6 to 8-3. In his second year at Sam Houston State, the Bearkats went from 6-5 to 14-1. And in his second year at Georgia Southern, the Eagles secured their first bowl bid. Better yet, because Fritz played a ton of underclassmen last year, that youth turns to experience this year. Sure, they were the worst team in the nation in team passing, and 3rd down conversion percentage, last season. But rest assured, Willie is right where he wants to be this season.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Head coach Willie Fritz is 14-0 SU and 11-1 ATS versus .333 or less opponents.

PLAY ON: vs. Houston (11/18)

TULSA Off 7/4 Def 6/2 49 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: CATEGORY 5 WARNING
Tulsa's high octane offense hit on all cylinders under head coach Phillip Montgomery - remember that name when it became the first team in FBS history to have a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers, and two 1,000-yard WRs in the same season. Even more satisfying for Montgomery, though, was the fact that the Hurricane defense actually improved over 100 YPG over the previous season. Throughout it all, an offense going full-speed for 60 minutes continued to percolate with its second straight Category 5 effort under Monty when its 527 YPG effort topped the 507 YPG posted in his first year with Tulsa. And oh yeah, Tulsa has scored 30-plus points in each of its last 11 games. Yikes.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Tulsa is 29-7 SU and 28-8 ATS in conference games in which it scores 30 or more points.

Play On: vs. Navy (9/30)
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2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Betting Preview
Marc Lawrence
Posted: 2017-06-12

Two By Fours

The Atlantic Coast Conference is the only conference in the nation to have two football national champions in the past four years. Florida State took the final BCS National Championship after the 2013 season and Clemson claimed the 2016 National College Football Playoff title last year.

In addition, the ACC returns the Heisman Trophy winner for second time in four years with junior QB Lamar Jackson returning to lead Louisville in 2017. Florida State's Jameis Winston did so in 2014 after winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Jackson is the youngest athlete (19 years, 337 days) to win the Heisman Trophy, while Winston (19 years, 342 days) is the second youngest.

ACC Powering Up

ACC teams will play more games (22) against Power Five non-conference teams in 2017 than any of its peer conferences. The ACC will also have a higher percentage (.393) of its non-conference games against Power Five opponents than any other league.

In addition, the ACC will play more games against 2016 AP-ranked teams than any other conference. ACC teams will play more games in 2017 against non-conference teams (7) that were ranked in last year's final Associated Press Top 25 than any other Power Five conference.

Including the 11 ACC teams that went to bowl games, no ACC team will face fewer than seven opponents that went to bowls in 2016, while eight teams will face eight or more opponents that played in the postseason. Through it all, a total of 11 ACC teams ended 2016 with winning records, the most of any FBS league and the most in ACC history. The next highest total by a conference was eight teams.

Orange Bowl Roll

The ACC has won the last five Orange Bowl games, the longest winning streak for a conference in the Orange Bowl in 72 years. The SEC won seven straight from 1938 through 1944.

Note: Team write-ups are excerpts from the 2017 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine the 25th Anniversary Issue, on sale at newsstands nationwide. The numbers following each team name represents the amount of returning starters on offense and defense, along with the number of returning linemen, with an asterisk (*) designating a returning quarterback.

2017 ACC ATLANTIC PREVIEW

BOSTON COLLEGE Off 9/3 Def 7/2 47 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WHERE'S THE BEEF?
Last year, for the second straight season, the Eagles' overall defense ranked in the nation's Top 10. In fact, BC's 'D' finished No. 2 in team sacks (ahead of Alabama and Michigan). Unfortunately, as good as Yin was, Yang was simply deplorable. Steve Addazio's squad averaged less than 300 YPG for the second straight year when it gained just 110 PYPG in conference play, while completing only 46.5% of its passes for a mere 4 TDs. The good news or is it? - is that nine starters are back on offense, sans QB Patrick Towles. Better news is that star pass rusher Harold Landry (16.5 sacks) decided to forgo the NFL draft and returns in 2017.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Home field disadvantage? The Eagles are 0-6 SUATS as home underdogs since 2014.

PASS

CLEMSON Off 5/4 Def 7/3 53 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: A BIG DAB TO FILL
Reigning National Champion Clemson will have a tough row to hoe in 2017, as it will be the only FBS school to replace a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard running back, and a 1,000-yard wide receiver. That's a LOT of production to supplant, especially while also carrying the biggest bulls-eye of all on its back in 2017. And don't forget that the Tigers won seven games by a TD or less last season (tops in the nation). On top of it all, 10 Clemson players were either drafted or signed free agent contracts, making the Tigers one of only four programs that have had at least one 1st-round selection for five consecutive years. Good luck, Dabo!

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Tigers have the nation's third-longest current streak (71 games) without losing back-to-back games.

PLAY AGAINST: at Louisville (9/16)

FLORIDA STATE Off *6/3 Def 10/3 48 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: ROLLING IN IT
Talk about a loaded team: the Seminoles will likely need to take breathalyzers onto the field with them in 2017. FSU is one of only two teams (along with Bama) to have appeared in five straight BCS/New Year's Six bowl games, while Jimbo Fisher's 11.14 average wins per season leads all current head coaches. Meanwhile, QB Deondre Francois passed for more yards than any freshman in the nation last year (3,350) while guiding FSU's top-ranked red zone offense. And the FSU defense has 186 career starts, including 15 players who have started a game! Remember, only 18.4 % of starts by Florida State last year were made by seniors. Yep. They're rolling in it.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Noles have the longest current streak (76 games) without losing back-to-back games, dating back to the 2011 season.

PLAY ON: vs. Louisville (10/21) - *KEY

LOUISVILLE Off *5/2 Def 7/1 45 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: TURNING THE PAGE
2016 Heisman Trophy winning QB Lamar Jackson returns after becoming the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 3,500 yards and rush for over 1,500 yards in a season. As powerful as the offense once again promises to be in 2017, it's the defense that will be the linchpin of the team. The stop-unit returns 12 players who recorded 20 or more tackles last season, including star LB Stacy Thomas with 85. In addition, Trevon Young, a senior LB who missed the entire season last year with a hip injury, is back. He was an all ACC performer in 2015. A major concern only three teams tallied more giveaways (32) than the Cardinals last season.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Bobby the Louse is 0-15 SU away versus AP Top 15 ranked opponents.

PLAY ON: at Kentucky (11/25)

NC STATE Off *8/4 Def 8/4 47 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: THE PACK IS BACK
With 22 seniors on the roster 11 of who are returning starters, including the entire DL NCSU will field their most experienced team in school history. In addition, two seniors who sat out last season, but have started multiple games in their careers, join the fray. The defense, which owned the second best 1st-down defense and the 8th best rush unit, returns the entire starting front six. On the flip side, the veteran offense is keyed by H-back Jaylen Samuels, who has averaged 6.25 YPR and a TD every 5.9 carries the last two seasons, and Boise State graduate transfer QB Ryan Finley, who tossed for 3,059 yards and 18 TDS for the Pack in 2016.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Wolfpack is 23-3 SU and 18-5 ATS in games where they outgain their opponent under head coach Dave Doeren.

PLAY ON: at Florida State (9/23)

SYRACUSE Off *9/5 Def 10/4 42 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: GETTING THERE, FAST
This from our crack fact-finding research department: Syracuse seniors started the 2nd fewest amount of games in the nation last season. As a result, head coach Dino Babers welcomes back a bevy of experienced, young talent in 2017 as 53.4 % of all Syracuse starts made last season were by underclassmen. As you know by now, we've come to expect good things from teams fitting this M.O. The hurdle this year, though, is that no less than 11 foes on the schedule appeared in a bowl game last season. Despite the salty slate, and last year's season-ending crash, Dino is aching to lead this team to a bowl game. Don't bet against him.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Syracuse amassed 5,290 yards under Dino Babers in 2016, the 2nd-highest total in the 127-year history of the program.

PLAY ON: vs. Pittsburgh (10/7)

WAKE FOREST Off *9/3 Def 6/3 42 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WAKE UP CALL
If patience is a virtue, then Wake Forest should be a very advantaged team in 2017. Freshmen made a total of 71 starts in 2015, the 3rd most in the land. Then last year underclassmen accounted for 45.8 % of the team's starts (10th most in the nation). A pronounced increase in the ground game finally emerged in 2016 when the Deacs gained 40 YPG more on the ground than in 2015, but that was largely attributable to the fact that Wake Forest was the only FBS school in the nation in 2015 whose top three rushers were all true freshmen. It's time for this suddenly experienced team to step up in 2017.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Demon Deacons have ranked 12th or worse in the ACC in scoring the last five consecutive seasons.

PLAY AGAINST: at Boston College (9/9)

2017 ACC COASTAL PREVIEW

DUKE Off *7/3 Def 5/1 43 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: THE NUTCRACKER
Talk about a tough nut to crack. Not only will the Blue Devils face only ONE foe this year that owned a losing record last year, but also 11 of whom that were in a postseason game! Fortunately, QB Daniel Jones finished with the 5th-most passing yards of all freshmen in 2016. He was named the team's MVP after matching or establishing 23 school records, including most offensive yards by a freshman (3,322). Head coach David Cutcliffe is widely recognized as a quarterback whisperer, having coached nine QBs who either earned all-conference honors or led their school to a bowl victory. In a 'mission year' this season, expect Cutcliffe to crack the code.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Duke is 4-5 SU versus ranked opponents under HC Cutcliffe. They were 0-47 SU versus the same prior to his arrival.

PLAY ON: at Virginia (10/7)

GEORGIA TECH Off 8/3 Def 8/2 43 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: TALL PAUL
As we alluded to on this page last year, Paul Johnson stands tall within the NCAA coaching ranks. He averages 8.85 wins per season, which ranks No. 9 among all current head coaches, and in his previous 19 years as a head coach, Johnson led his teams to either FCS playoffs or FBS bowl games 18 times. That's impressive, to say the least. The key to his success is simple run the ball down your opponent's throat until they succumb. Four of the top five running backs return in 2017, but a new quarterback will be at the helm. Its Achilles' heel is a defense that allowed a .492 conversion rate on third down (3rd worst in the land) last season.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: In his 15 years as a FBS head coach, Paul Johnson's teams have each averaged at least 5 Yards Per Rush per season.

PLAY AGAINST: at Virginia (11/4)

MIAMI FLORIDA Off 8/4 Def 8/4 40 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: A HURRICANE WARNING IN EFFECT
For the first time since 2009, the Hurricanes finished the 2016 season ranked in the Top 25. With it, the return of head coach Mark Richt to his alma mater was met with cheers and applause in Miami. Richt is 90-43 in conference games in his career, while averaging 9.63 wins per season, which ranks No. 7 among all current head coaches. Sixteen starters are back from last year, including WR Ahmmon Richards, a 4.3 sprinter who pulled in 46 receptions for 866 yards to smash Michael Irvin's single-season yards mark for a freshman last year. Yes, it's safe to say the Canes are back on a winning path.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Miami tied with Old Dominion for the 2nd best team in
the nation in fewest turnovers lost last season (10).

PLAY AGAINST: vs. Georgia Tech (10/12)

NORTH CAROLINA Off 5/3 Def 7/2 35 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: BACK TO SQUARE ONE
As UNC head coach Larry Fedora likely reminds himself each night, it was nice while it lasted. It started after losing a star quarterback (after one year) to the NFL when Mitchell Trubisky was selected as the second player in this year's NFL Draft. Also gone are workhorse RBs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, along with three key WRs. But the biggest loss of all is not a player. It's DC Gene Chizik, who decided to retire after two highly productive seasons in which the Tar Heels' defense improved 90 YPG after his arrival. Here's hoping LSU transfer QB Brandon Harris lasts longer than Trubisky. Otherwise, it will be back to square one again for Fedora.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Larry Fedora is 12-0 SU and 11-1 ATS in regular season games
vs. foes who were upset as a favorite in their previous game.

PASS

PITTSBURGH Off 6/3 Def 4/1 36 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: A DOOZEY SURPRISE
It's hard to imagine that Pat Narduzzi's defense was the No. 119 team in the nation in red zone defense in 2016. To top it off, the architect and former DC from Michigan State's most recent glory days, was also hit hard in the NFL Draft when he lost five starters, including QB Nathan Peterman (Bills), and RB James Conner (Steelers) among others. In all, over 50 % of the starts made for the Panthers last season were by seniors. Despite it all, Pitt was the only team to defeat two opponents ranked in the Top 5 of the final College Football Playoff rankings. With no back-to-back road games, expect that to be enough to build on.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: All of Pitt's 10 losses under Narduzzi have occurred versus bowl teams that went 98-37 combined on the season.

PLAY AGAINST: vs. Virginia (10/28)

VIRGINIA Off *5/2 Def 8/2 37 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: HOG-TIED
As we outlined here last year, new Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall's hands were tied when he inherited a team that had recorded the largest decline in recruiting talent the previous five years of all Power 5 teams. And it showed up as expected last year like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day. A super soft defense (6th worst team in the nation in red zone defense) and an anemic rush offense (8th weakest in the land) left the Cavs little or no chance of succeeding. UVA did, however, manage to snap a 17-game road-losing skid, while Mendenhall improved to 4-0 ATS in his career as a dog of 20 or more points numbers worth remembering.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Cavaliers are 2-18 SU in their final two games of the season the last ten years.

PLAY ON: vs. Connecticut (9/16)

VIRGINIA TECH Off 5/3 Def 8/1 37 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: BIG FOOT
Justin Fuente knew coming in that he had some mighty big shoes to fill as Virginia Tech's new head coach last season. Replacing a legend like Frank Beamer is never easy. But to his credit Fuente delivered, leading the Hokies to their first double-digit win season in five years. Along the way, Virginia Tech not only improved all of its numbers convincingly on both sides of the ball, they took the College Football Playoff champion Clemson Tigers right down to the wire in the ACC title game as well. Thus, the question begs: What can Fuente do for an encore? Having defensive guru Bud Foster on his sideline makes it a moot point.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Hokies' current 24-game bowl streak is the longest in the nation.

PLAY ON: at Georgia Tech (11/11)
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2017 fast facts from Lawerence:


Georgia’s top 3 rushers are back, including Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who have rushed for 5,835 yards and 48 TDs in their careers. Meanwhile, only 19.3% of all starts for Georgia in 2016 were made by seniors, the 9th fewest in the nation.


Danger ahead: since the AAC formation in 2014 the conference has struggled mightily in non-conference games following a SU /ATS loss, going just 4-26-1 ATS.


Fresno State
New coach Jeff Tedford, former California boss, was brought in after the Bulldogs fell from 11 wins to 11 losses in three years under Tim DeRuyter. Back to back road trips to Alabama and to Washington in September is not pleasant.


Florida State
FSU is one of only two teams to have appeared in five straight BCS/New Year’s Six bowl games, while Jimbo Fisher’s 11.14 average wins per season leads all current head coaches. Only 18.4 % of starts by the Sems last year were made by seniors.


Florida Intl
Celebrated head coach Butch Davis takes over the FIU football program. The 65-year old Davis has compiled a 79-43 overall record in 10 years as a college head coach, including three Big East Championships while coaching the University of Miami.


Florida Atl
:FAU made a celebrity hire in inking controversial Lane Kiffin, the former Tennessee, USC and Oakland Raiders head coach as its new mentor. This year’s junior class lead the nation with 16 true freshmen starters two seasons ago.


Florida
Since Tim Tebow left in 2009, the Gators have had 10 different starting quarterbacks, none of whom passed for 2,500 yards or 12 TDs in a season. UF owned the No. 1 passing efficiency defense in 2016 but 3 members of the secondary were drafted.


E Michigan
Eastern Michigan enjoyed its first winning season last year since 1995. Back for the Eagles this season are 16 starters from last year’s bowl squad led by QB Brogan Roback, who threw for 2,694 yards in 10 games last season.
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2017 Big 12 Conference Football Betting Preview
Marc Lawrence
Posted: 2017-06-25

Title Time

At long last the Big 12 will have a conference championship game this season. The Big 12 title game will be December 2 at AT&T Stadium (Jerry's World) in Arlington, Texas, a move that should increase the chances for a playoff team. Oklahoma went undefeated in Big 12 play last season and didn't make the playoff.

Over the last eight seasons, the Big 12 football conference has had six different teams win a conference trophy. No other Power 5 conference has had as many different champions since 2009.

Bowl Me Over

The Big 12 concluded postseason games with a .667 winning percentage, the second-highest among all conferences. In addition, Big 12 defenses were the nation's best in bowl games as they surrendered an average of 21.5 points, holding five of six opponents below their season average.

Plus, Big 12 offenses had the second-highest scoring average in postseason among the Power Five leagues at 29.0 ppg. Oklahoma's current 10-year bowl skein is the longest in the nation.

No Cupcakes Allowed

After years of devouring non-conference cupcakes, the Big 12 is manning up in 2017. Nine of 10 teams (save Kansas) have dates with Power Five teams on the docket, including the likes of Ohio State, USC and Virginia Tech.




BAYLOR Off *7/3 Def 7/4 66 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: NEW RHULES
The first step in torching any traces of the Art Briles era a coach who was 50-15 SU during his final five years with BU was the immediate hire of squeaky-clean, hard-nosed Matt Rhule, former Temple head coach. The first thing he'll clean up was the fact that the Bears led the nation in most penalty yards per game in 2016, and were the 3rd most penalized team in 2015. FYI: Rhule's Owls ranked 21st in the land in fewest penalty yards per game last year. Baylor was rocked by player defections following the end of last season, but Rhule signed 27 recruits and a number of them will likely find playing time in 2017. Rhule's troops were grinders at Temple, averaging 69 plays per game the last two years. Conversely, the Bears' up-tempo offense tallied 85 plays per game over the same span. Our guess is we'll hardly recognize the players in Bears uniforms just the way the brass wants it.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Bears are 30-0 SU in their first six games of the season the last five years.

PASS

IOWA STATE Off *5/1 Def 7/1 44 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: SOUP'S OUR MAN
Sophomore coach Matt Campbell's work with the Cyclones in his inaugural season last year proved he's the right man for the job. Inheriting a program with depleted numbers on both sides of the ball, the Cyclones displayed gradual improvement throughout the season. Iowa State played the 2016 campaign with 38 combined starts from true or redshirt freshman (only 20 teams had more). On defense, the Cyclones also improved, holding five of their final seven opponents to under their season scoring average. FYI: For the second year in a row, the Cyclones boasted a freshman running back who led the team in rushing as Mike Warren and David Montgomery bring talent and experience aplenty. Once Campbell is able to knock down a ranked foe (Cyclones 0-21 SU against the same) it will be safe to say he is 'the man' in Ames.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Cyclones suffered four losses by a TD or less in 2016.

PLAY ON: at Kansas State (11/25)

KANSAS Off 7/3 Def 5/3 47 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: BUILDING BLOCKS
Despite the usual mix of expected blowout losses and close-call defeats in 2016, Kansas finally managed to crack the win column in head coach David Beaty's 2nd season in Lawrence. KU's first 8 losses last year were against schools that were 62-9 combined in 2015. The big news? Beaty is making inroads on the recruiting trail landing a consensus Top 20 2018 Class, while even extending offers to the Classes of 2019 and 2020. Beaty understands that Kansas is a school that has to do this sort of thing, build relationships with kids early on so they can have a chance at signing them before the "power schools" come calling. They also have to begin to learn to win conference games, where they are 5-65 SU since 2009. Beaty's rebuild is on.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Ball security? Hah! Kansas was the worst team in the nation in most turnovers lost last season (36).

PLAY ON: at TCU (10/21)

KANSAS STATE Off *8/4 Def 6/3 44 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: KIDS R US
As we alluded to last year on this page, Bill Snyder is on a youth kick. A total of 47 redshirt or true freshmen combined to make their first start in 2015. To top it off, the 2016 team was the youngest in Snyder's 25-year career at KSU, with a combined 135 starts coming from freshmen (42) or sophomores (93), including DE Reggie Walker the Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year. And lest we forget, the Wildcats are the best team in the nation in non-offensive TDs with 106 since 1999 plus they've scored on 42 kickoffs and punt returns since 2005, 14 more than any other FBS school. Yeah Gramps can coach.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Wildcats are the only team to rank in the Top 15 nationally in red zone offense each of the last three seasons.

PLAY AGAINST: at Texas Tech (11/4) - *KEY

OKLAHOMA Off *9/5 Def 7/1 49 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: AND LIKE THAT... HE'S GONE
No, not Keyser Soze from 'The Usual Suspects.' We're talking about Big Game Bob Stoops, who shockingly resigned as Oklahoma's head coach on June 7th. In Stoops' 18 years at the helm, OU won a national championship and had more Big 12 titles (10) than home losses, while averaging 10.5 wins per season. Lincoln Riley, 33, takes over after two seasons as the Sooners' OC. Under his direction, OU led the country in team passing efficiency in 2016, and returns 99.4% of last year's passing yards (read: QB Baker Mayfield), plus all five starting OL. Lincoln, though, has never been a head coach, so this will be a huge test. With Oklahoma entering 2017 riding a nation's-best 10-game win streak, perhaps Stoops is right to say, "Now is the ideal time to make this transition." We'll see.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: OU is the highest scoring football program of all-time, and its 7.5 yards per play in 2016 rank as 2nd most in school history.

PLAY ON: as a dog at Ohio State (9/9)

OKLAHOMA STATE Off *8/3 Def 5/2 39 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: LETHAL WEAPON 3
When a baseball team possesses three home run hitters at the No. 3, 4, and 5 spots in the order, they are considered offensively threatening. When a college football team owns three similar caliber players at its QB, RB, and WR positions, they are lethal. In Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill, and James Washington, OSU has the best quarterback-running back-wide receiver trio in the Big 12 and perhaps the nation heading into 2017. Collectively, they played together for one of only two schools in the nation with a 4,000-yard passer, and 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver (Clemson was the other). Watch out for the Cowboys!

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Cowboys are 11-0 SU and 10-1 ATS off back-to-back wins versus a foe off back-to-back losses under Mike Gundy.

PLAY AGAINST: at Texas (10/21)

TCU Off *10/4 Def 7/1 55 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: LEAP FROG
It's safe to say the Frogs were hopping mad (sorry about that) after falling from 11 wins in 2015 to 6 last season when the offense slipped 11 points and 100 yards per game. As a result, TCU suffered only its second losing season in 16 years behind head coach Gary Patterson. Patterson went to work, hiring Sonny Dykes, the former California head coach, and son of longtime Texas Tech head football coach Spike Dykes, as his offensive analyst/consultant. After winning six one-possession games in 2015 (2nd most in the nation), and then reverting to 1-3 in the same games last year, look for Patterson's squad to revert back to their winning ways in 2017.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: In the two losing seasons Gary Patterson has endured at TCU, his troops went 11-1 and 12-1 the following years.

PLAY ON: at Arkansas (9/9) - *KEY

TEXAS Off *7/4 Def 10/4 46 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: FRESH NEW FACES
After starting 3-4 each of the last three years all losing seasons Charlie Strong was dispatched and Tom Herman was hired to turn the tables in Austin. The glowing look on new head coach Herman's face is hard to dismiss. That's because only 16.3% of the starts made by the Longhorns last year were by seniors the 5th fewest in the nation. The reason being is underclassmen accounted for 54.4% of all teams starts by the Horns in 2016, the 2nd most in the nation. In fact, UT freshmen have now started 109 games the past two seasons, tops in the nation. Five losses by a TD or less in 2016 made the difference between 2017 being Charlie Strong's 4th season on the 40 Acres versus Herman's first. Thus, you can understand Herman's desire to get this party started.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Longhorns haven't suffered four consecutive losing seasons since 1938.

PLAY AGAINST: at Baylor (10/28)

TEXAS TECH Off 9/4 Def 7/1 48 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: FIRST AND LAST
The Red Raiders were the nation's No. 1 ranked team in total offense in 2016. They were also ranked last (No. 128) in total defense, which made TTRR an 'Over' machine all by themselves. Unfortunately, they lose the cannon-like arm of star QB Patrick Mahomes, who left early for the NFL (1st round, Kansas City Chiefs). More important, though, is Kliff Kingsbury's ridiculous disguise of a defense, one that has surrendered over 500 YPG in three straight seasons. How bad is it? It's so bad, opponents rushed the ball for 40 or more attempts in 29 of 37 games in that span. The good news is freshmen played in a total of 104 games. That should help this year.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: SR QB Nick Shimonek has served as a backup to four QBs in the NFL: Jake Ruddock, C.J. Beathard, Davis Webb, and Patrick Mahomes.

PLAY AGAINST: vs. Baylor (11/11)

WEST VIRGINIA Off 6/3 Def 3/0 36 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: TOOL TIME
With the 3rd highest percentage of starts by seniors of all FBS teams last season (60.1%), HC Dana Holgersen will be forced to re-tool his troops in 2017. Helping out will be Jake Spavital, who begins his first year as OC, returning to WVU after stints at Texas A&M and California. He'll be operating without QB Skyler Howard who graduated with 7,302 yards and 60 TDs in his career. Howard's replacement is Will Grier, who transfers from Florida where he started six games as a redshirt freshman. The good news is the Mounties return three of their top four running backs, led by Justin Crawford (1,100 yards), the returning rushing leader in the Big 12.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Mountaineers from Morgantown are 9-1 ATS as conference underdogs from Game Ten out.

PLAY ON: as a dog at Oklahoma (11/25)
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More Fast Facts:

Houston
New coach Major Applewhite inherits two terrifically talented recruiting classes left behind by former coach Tom Herman, plus Texas A&M transfer QB Kyle Allen. And new DC Mark D’Onofrio (Miami and Temple) joins new OC Brian Johnson (Utah).



Hawaii
Second year coach Nick Rolovich found an exciting QB in Dru Brown and an explosive RB in Diocemy Saint Juste to form one of the Mountain’s more frightening backfields. Hawaii is 1-7 SU in Eastern Time zones since 1959, outscored by 286-30.


Georgia Tech
head coach Paul Johnson averages 8.85 wins per season, which ranks No. 9 among all current head coaches, and in his previous 19 years as a head coach, Johnson had led his teams to either FCS playoffs or FBS bowl games 18 times.


Georgia State
Former South Carolina offensive line and interim head coach Shawn Elliott replaces Trent Miles who was vanquished after a 10-39 mark in four years with GSU. The Panthers will call revamped Turner Field (formerly of the Atlanta Braves) home.


Ga Southern
Following a 3-0 start, the Eagles went 2-7 out last year. Second-year head coach Tyson Summers, a non-option coach, canned his co-offensive coordinators and brought in Paul Johnson disciple Bryan Cook to run the show this season.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:37 am    Post subject: Re: For those who need Foots Fix Now something to pass the time.

Joe Lisi
Posted: 2017-06-21

1. LSU vs. Alabama

If you love defensive football, then this game is for you!

To me, this classic rivalry epitomizes all that is great about the game of college football. From the intensity on and off the field, this battle leaves the college football fan wanting for more after the game has been decided.

Each team brings it in terms of physicality each and every season. For fans that love hitting and a blue collar style of play, this game should satisfy your taste buds.
Last season, LSU lost 10-0 in a classic defensive match-up. Both teams laid it on the line in Death Valley and Alabama was able to win with a late fourth quarter touchdown run by Jalen Hurts.

LSU struggled in stretching Alabama's secondary vertically once again and left the Tigers trying to figure out a way to move the football against the Crimson Tide defense. If LSU wants to make a title run in 2017, the road will lead through Tuscaloosa as both teams square off in November with possible SEC West implications on the line.
Since 2011, Alabama is 6-0 against LSU and have won those games by a total score of 140-63 or 12.8 points per game.

Alabama won 14 games in 2016 against 13 FBS opponents (USC, Western Kentucky, Ole Miss, Kent State, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida and Washington) with a combined overall record of 103-65 or .613%. The Crimson Tide won those games by a total score of 520-157 or 27.9 points per game. Alabama also defeated Chattanooga (FCS) by a score of 31-3 last year.

LSU won 8 games in 2016 with 7 wins (Mississippi State, Missouri, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Louisville) against FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 46-43 or .516%. The Tigers won those games by a total score of 269-116 or 21.8 points per game. LSU also defeated Jacksonville State (FCS) by a score of 34-13.

LSU's four losses in 2016 to Wisconsin, Auburn, Alabama and Florida were a combined 42-13 overall or .763%. The Tigers lost those games by a total of 23 points or 5.7 points per game.

2. Alabama vs. Florida State
Nick Saban against Jimbo Fisher-nothing better!

What a way to kick off the season than with this classic SEC vs. ACC match-up. This can make or break each team's possible run to a national championship and could propel either team to a number one ranking once the polls are released.

The match-up to watch will be both quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts (Alabama) and Deondre Francois (Florida State).

Both players have had big game experience in 2016 and will look to kick start their sophmore campaigns off in a big way against each other. While Alabama has defeated teams like Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Michigan and USC on week one in recent years-this will be the toughest test for each team over the last five years to start the season. This game is must watch television for any college football fan.

Alabama has won 15 straight opening season week one games by an average margin of victory of 25.4 points per game. The Crimson Tide's last loss came in 2001 at home to the UCLA Bruins.

Since 2007, under Nick Saban Alabama is 5-1 against the ACC and have won those games by a total score of 210-97 or 22.6 points per game. The loss to Clemson in the National Championship game was the Tide's first against the ACC since Saban took over.

Since 2010, Florida State has won 7 straight opening season week one contests by an average margin of victory of 34.4 points per game.

Since 2009 under Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles are 9-1 against the SEC and have won those games by a total score of 276-137 or 15.4 points per game. Only loss against SEC under Fisher came in 2012 against the Florida Gators (37-16).

The Seminoles last week one loss came in 2009 to the Miami Hurricanes (38-34) in Tallahassee.

Florida State won 10 games in 2016 against 9 FBS opponents (Ole Miss, USF, Miami, Wake Forest, N.C State, Boston College, Syracuse, Florida and Michigan) with a combined overall record of 69-46 or .600%. The Seminoles won those games by a total margin of 315-180 or 15.0 points per game. Florida State also defeated Charleston Southern (FCS) 52-8 last year.

Florida State lost three games to Louisville, North Carolina and Clemson (all ACC opponents) who were a combined 31-10 in 2016 or .756%.

3. Ohio State vs. Michigan
After last season's controversial ending this game should have huge ramifications at the end of the season for 2017.

In case you missed last year's classic grudge match-the Wolverines appeared to have stopped the Buckeyes on a fourth down attempt in overtime. However, measuring the football and reviewing the play, the Buckeyes maintained possession and went on to score the decisive touchdown on the ensuing play.

Ohio State won 30-27 and found their way into the 2016 College Football Playoff, while Michigan was on the outside looking in.

The loss left Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, fuming and complaining about the officiating. For Ohio State and their head coach, Urban Meyer, the win solidified his legacy as one of the best head coaches in the game today.

For 2017, the stakes should be very high and with the game being played in Ann Arbor-expect drama. Enough said!!!

Since 2011, Ohio State is 5-1 against Michigan and have won those games by a total score of 182-130 or 10.4 points per game.

Ohio State won 11 games in 2016 (Bowling Green, Tulsa Oklahoma, Rutgers, Indiana, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska, Maryland, Michigan State and Michigan) against FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 79-60 or .568%. The Buckeyes won those games by a total score of 491-146 or 31.3 points per game.

Ohio State lost two games in 2016 to Penn State and Clemson who had a combined overall record or 25-4 or .862%.

Since 2012 under head coach, Urban Meyer, Ohio State is 40-3 or .930% against Big 10 opponents and have won those games by a total score of 1,683-800 or 22.0 points per game.

The Wolverines started out 9-0 in 2016 and won those games by an average margin of victory of 37.3 points per game.

Michigan won 10 games in 2016 (Hawaii, UCF, Colorado, Penn State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland and Indiana) to FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 65-66 or .496%. The Wolverines outscored those opponents by a total score of 452-106 or 34.6 points per game.

Michigan lost three out of their next four to end the season against Iowa, Ohio State and Florida State losing by a total of 5 points. Those opponents had a combined overall record of 29-10 or .743%.

4. Florida State vs. Clemson
It all started with the famous "Puntarooski" in 1988 with legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. This is a classic rivalry that has it all-uniforms, tradition, atmosphere and of course-players.

Both teams have solidified themselves as the top teams within the conference over the last five seasons. While schools like Louisville and Virginia Tech have narrowed the gap, both the Seminoles and Tigers have the talent to compete with the best in the nation.

Even though Clemson loses a ton of offensive talent this upcoming season, all roads lead through Death Valley as the defending champs will be looking to retain their title.
Florida State has lost the last two against the Tigers by a total of 13 points. In 2015, Clemson won by a score of 23-13. Seminoles running back, Dalvin Cook, was stuffed on a critical fourth down play which allowed Clemson to seal the victory.

In 2016, Clemson quarterback, DeShaun Watson, engineered a two minute drive which resulted in the go ahead touchdown to tight end Jordan Leggett. Clemson won 37-34 despite Dalvin Cook's four touchdown runs in the game.

This year, the Seminoles will have the offensive advantage with sophmore Deondre Francois taking the Seminoles high octane offense into Death Valley. Most likely, ACC Championship implications will be on the line for both teams in this contest.

This rivalry oozes college football with the pageantry and great players that have showcased their talent in this great rivalry. Players like Deion Sanders, Charlie Ward, Warrick Dunn, Tim Jones, Brian Dawkins, Nealon Greene, Raymond Priester and many more.

Since 2003, Clemson is 8-6 against the Seminoles and have won those eight games by a total score of 247-163 or 10.5 points per game.

However, since 2010, Florida State is 4-3 against the Tigers and have won those games by a total score of 139-81 or 14.5 points per game.

Florida State rushed for 1,490 yards (212. yards per game) with 17 touchdowns in their first 7 games of 2016 (5-2 record). That total came against opponents with a combined overall record of 49-28 or .636%. The Seminoles won those four games by a total score of 137-94 or 10.7 points per game.

The Seminoles rushed for 1,138 yards (189.6 yards per game) with 16 touchdowns in the team's last six games of 2016 (5-1 record). That total came against opponents with a combined overall record of 51-28 or .645%. The Seminoles won those five games by a total score of 178-86 or 18.4 points per game.

Florida State completed 60% of their passes for 1,901 yards (271.5 yards per game) with 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in their first seven games of 2016. The Seminoles averaged 33.1 passes per game during that span.

The Seminoles completed 54% of their passes in the team's last 6 games of 2016 for 1,532 yards (255.3 yards per game) with 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The Seminoles attempted 31.5 passes per game during this span.

Clemson won 14 games in 2016 against FBS opponents (Auburn, Troy, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College, NC State, Florida State, Syracuse, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Alabama) with a combined overall record of 112-59 or .654%. The Tigers won those games by a total margin of 487-227 or 18.5 points per game.
Clemson also defeated SC State (FCS) by a score of 59-0 in 2016.

The Tigers lone loss came to Pittsburgh (8-5 overall) by a score of 43-42 in Death Valley. The Tigers went on to claim their first National Championship since 1981.

5. Louisville vs. Florida State
This game will feature Lamar Jackson and Deondre Francois. The defending Heisman Trophy winner going up against the sophmore phenom that could take home the hardware this upcoming season.

This game features top coaches Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Louisville's Booby Petrino. If the Cardinals are going to continue to make a move in the ACC, they will need to win on the road in a hostile environment.

Last year, Jackson ripped the Seminoles on the ground and through the air en route to a dominating 63-20 win over the Seminoles in Louisville. While the Cardinals dominated in all facets of last year's battle, expect the Seminoles to be chomping at the bit with revenge on their mind.

This game expects to have fireworks in Doak Campbell Stadium and expect the fans in Tallahassee to torment Lamar Jackson throughout the night. Florida State defense came on at the end of last year winning five straight games to end the season. Louisville jumped out to a fast start in 2016 and lost three straight to end the year at 9-4.

Since 2014, Florida State is 2-1 against the Cardinals and have won those games by a total score of 83-52 or 15.5 points per game.

Louisville won 9 games in 2016 against FBS opponents (Charlotte, Syracuse, Florida State, Marshall, Duke, N.C State, Virginia, Boston College and Wake Forest) with a combined overall record of 48-64 or .428%. The Cardinals won those games by a combined score of 460-161 or 33.2 points per game.

The Cardinals lost four games to Clemson, Houston, Kentucky and LSU by a combined score of 148-93 or 13.7 points per game. Those four opponents had a combined overall record of 38-15 or .716%.

Lousiville rushed for 1,997 yards (285.2 yards per game) with 27 touchdowns in their first 7 games of 2016 (6-1 record). That total came against opponents with a combined overall record of 46-43 or .516%. The Cardinals won those games by a total score of 332-117 or 35.8 points per game.

The Cardinals rushed for 1,018 yards (169.6 yards per game) with 10 touchdowns in the team's last six games of 2016. Those opponents had a combined overall record of 40-36 or .526% and Louisville was 3-3 in those contests. Lousiville won those 3 games by a total score of 128-44 or 28.0 points per game. The Cardinals lost those 3 games during that span by a total score of 106-57 or 16.0 points per game.

6. Oklahoma vs. Ohio State
When both teams squared off in Norman last year, it was the first time the Sooners were underdogs in 91 straight home games. After the 45-24 blowout loss, it looked like the Sooners were cooked for the 2016 season as the Buckeyes exposed every one of Oklahoma's weaknesses.

However, OU head coach Bob Stoops kept the team focused and they responded with 10 straight wins, culminating in a dominating 35-19 bowl win over SEC opponent Auburn.
Just weeks ago, though, Stoops resigned and Lincoln Riley (offensive coordinator) has taken over the reigns for the program heading into the 2017 season. While Riley was one of the best young coordinators in college football over the past couple of seasons, he is still only 33 years of age. There will be more responsibility on him as the head coach as opposed to game-planning the offensive scheme. If he can pull off the road upset here against Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, the Sooners could gain serious momentum heading into Big 12 play in October and could be serious contenders for a playoff berth.

While Ohio State will have the home field advantage, the Sooners will not go into this game thinking they've already won it. Last year, the Sooners were over-confident and seemed to take the Buckeyes lightly, calling out their defense as "basic".

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled in the game, throwing two interceptions while completing only 53% of his passes. On the flip side, Ohio State quarterback J.T Barrett embarrassed the Sooners' secondary, tossing four touchdown passes to wide receiver Noah Brown. Over half of Brown's touchdown production (7 receiving touchdowns) was achieved in the win in Norman.

Expect both coaches to have the intensity ramped up for this game. Riley will be looking to add an important win on the road against a Big Ten opponent while Urban Meyer will somehow make the Buckeyes feel that they are the underdog in this battle. Remember, the last time the Bucks took the field, they were SHUT OUT by Clemson and Meyer flatly stated, "This will NEVER happen again." Can't wait!

Oklahoma won 11 games in 2016 against FBS opponents (La. Monroe, TCU, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Auburn)with a combined overall record of 69-69 or .500%. The Sooners won those games by a total score of 527-297 or 20.9 points per game.

Oklahoma lost 2 games last year to Houston and Ohio State who were a combined 20-6 overall or .769%. The Sooners were outscored by a total margin of 78-47 or 15.5 points per game.

Since 2011, Oklahoma is 18-6 or .750% against out of conference opponents (includes bowl games and FCS). The Sooners have those games by a total margin of 773-273 or 27.7 points per game.

7. Texas vs USC
A rematch of the 2006 Rose Bowl when the Longhorns stunned the Trojans to win the National Championship.

Texas has new head coach, Tom Herman, who will be looking to knock off USC on a national stage in prime time. Texas has taken a back seat in recent years under former head coach, Charlie Strong (USF head coach)-losing top 10 games to teams with lesser talent the Longhorns.

At Houston, Herman knocked off teams like Oklahoma, Louisville and Florida State and led the Cougars to national prominence in just over two seasons at the helm. During his tenure at Houston, Herman was 22-5 or .814 as the leader of the team.

On the flip side, USC will be looking to keep the momentum going from last year. USC started out 1-3 but was able to reel off nine straight wins under freshman quarterback-Sam Darnold.

USC's Clay Helton saved his job turning to Darnold in week four last year against Utah. USC was blown out by the Crimson Tide 52-6 in week one last year and will be looking to knock off the Longhorns to establish themselves as the team to beat in the PAC-12 this year.

This game will feature both Darnold and Texas quarterback, Shane Buechele, who completed over 60% of his passes with 21 touchdowns in 2016.

Expect both teams to be fired up as this can catapult each into a possible playoff spot at the end of the year. Even though USC defeated Washington last season, this will be the most significant win in Helton's career as well as the most significant win since the 2008 season.

In 2015, Texas lost 7 games by a combined total of 273-146 or 127 total points (18.1 points per game). In those losses, the Longhorns defense allowed 39 points per game.

In 2016, Texas lost 7 games by a combined total of 247-185 or 62 total points (8.8 points per game). In those losses, the Longhorns defense allowed 35 points per game.

Texas was 1-5 on the road or on a neutral field site in 2016. The Longhorns lost their seven games in 2016 by a total of 62 points or 8.8 points per game.

Texas won 5 five games (Notre Dame, UTEP, Iowa State, Baylor and Texas Tech) in 2016 against FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 23-38 or .377%. The Longhorns outscored those opponents by a total score of 198-131 or 13.4 points per game.

Texas lost 7 games (CAL, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, West Virginia, Kansas and TCU) to FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 53-36 or .595%.
USC had 10 wins in 2016 against FBS schools with a combined overall record of 50-65 or .434% (Utah State, Colorado, Arizona, CAL, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and Penn State).

Since 2006, USC is 10-1 on week one of the college season and has won those contests by an average margin of 31.8 points per game. The Trojans lost last season to Alabama 52-6 breaking the string of consecutive week one game wins.

8. Washington vs. USC
This game will feature two of the top quarterbacks in the nation in USC's Sam Darnold and Washington' Jake Browning. PAC-12 implications most likely will be on the line in this great match-up and the winner could be thrust into the playoff scenario after this game.

Darnold passed for 31 touchdowns in 2016 while Browning tossed 43 touchdowns in leading his team to a playoff appearance against Alabama last year.

In last year's game, the Trojans dominated Jake Browning and the Huskies torturing him all night while recording 3 sacks on the evening. USC ran away with this game from start to finish in Seattle-winning by a score of 26-13 which almost knocked the Huskies out off the playoff.

Two years ago, the Huskies stunned the Trojans at home winning by a score of 17-12. That game was Steve Sarkisian's last game as head coach of the Trojans and allowed current head coach, Clay Helton, the opportunity to take over the team.

Expect this game this season to have the feeling of a playoff atmosphere.

USC does not have any room for error this year and all eyes will be on this match-up in the Coliseum. The Trojans are expected to be a contender not only in the PAC-12, but in the nation as they ended their 2016 season in dramatic fashion winning the Rose Bowl 52-49 over Penn State.

USC most likely will be in the pre-season top 5 when the polls are released later in the year and while the Trojans have been in the pre-season top 10 at the start of the season, they have failed to follow through with key wins to propel them into the playoff or even a PAC-12 Championship in recent years.

Since 2011, USC is 3-1 winning those games by a total score of 90-44 or 15.3 points per game.

Since 2013, Washington is 10-3 against out-of-conference FBS opponents and have won those games by a total score of 391-170 or 22.1 points per game.

Since 2009, Washington is 4-3 against FBS opponents on week one of the college football season. The Huskies won those four games by a total score of 124-47 or 19.2 points per game. Washington lost those three games by a total score of 70-53 or 5.6 points per game.

Washington won 12 games in 2016 against 11 FBS opponents (Rutgers, Idaho, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, CAL, Arizona State, Washington State and Colorado) who had a combined overall record of 69-69 or .500%. The Huskies won those 11 games by a total score of 524-195 or 29.9 points per game. Washington also defeated Portland State (FCS) by a score of 41-3.

Washington lost 2 games in 2016 to both USC and Alabama who were a combined 24-4 or .857%. The Huskies were outscored in both of those games by a margin of 50-30 or 10.0 points per game.

9. West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
This former rivalry from Big East members kicks off in week one of 2017. This is a solid Big 12 vs. ACC clash to amp up the college football fan early on in the year.
While both teams lose major offensive talent, both teams will want to start their year off with a solid win to kick-start their 2017 campaigns.

Dana Holgorsen squares off against Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente. Fuente is the young gun that had brought success to Memphis and restored enthusiasm in Blacksburg last year.

West Virginia is coming off of an impressive 10-3 season which was the team's best effort since Holgorsen arrived in Morgantown in 2011 (10-3 in 2011).

West Virginia started the 2016 season with quality wins over BYU, Kansas State and TCU which had the team sitting at 6-0. However, the team would drop games to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma which dashed their playoff hopes at the end of the season. The Mountaineers would end their 2016 season on a negative note losing to Miami in their bowl game 31-14.

West Virginia was outscored by a total score of 124-62 or 20.6 points per game in those three losses.

The Mountaineers seem to be inching closer to the top of the Big 12, however, this game is critical for national recognition in terms of recruiting. A solid win over the Hokies could make this team a sleeper in the Big 12 and could help propel the team to a title run this season.

On the other hand, Fuente led the Hokies to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the ACC Championship against Clemson last season.

This game will feature similar offensive styles in the spread but give the early edge to Virginia Tech's defense led by defensive coordinator-Bud Foster.

The Hokies ended their 2016 season with a come from behind win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl (35-24). The Hokies trailed 24-0 at halftime before making the necessary adjustments to reel off 35 unanswered points. The defense recorded six sacks of Austin Allen and tormented the Razorbacks offensive line in the second half.

Virginia Tech will want to continue the momentum from last year's season. A quality win over West Virginia will look great on their resume as they look to make a return to the ACC Championship this season.

West Virginia won 10 games in 2016 against 9 FBS opponents (Missouri, BYU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas, Texas, Iowa State and Baylor) with a combined overall record of 50-62 or .446%. The Moutaineers won those games by a margin of 305-167 or 15.3 points per game. West Virginia also defeated Youngstown State (FCS-runner-up 2016) by a score of 38-21.

West Virginia lost three games in 2016 to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Miami. Those teams were a combined 30-9 overall in 2016 with a winning percentage of .769%. The Mountaineers were outscored by a 124-62 margin or by an average margin of defeat of 20.6 points per game.

Virginia Tech defeated nine FBS opponents (Boston College, East Carolina, North Carolina, Miami, Pittsburgh, Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia and Arkansas) in 2016 who had a combined overall record of 52-61 or a .460%. The Hokies won by a total score of 358-158 or 22.2 points per game. Virginia Tech also defeated Liberty (FCS) last season by a score of 36-13.

Three of the Hokies four losses in 2016 came on the road or on a neutral field site. Virginia Tech lost to Tennessee, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Clemson who had a combined overall record of 34-19 in 2016 or .641%. The Hokies were outscored in those games by a margin of 148-96 or 13.0 points per game.

10. Clemson vs. Auburn
Both teams played in week one of the 2016 season with Clemson prevailing on the Plains by a score of 19-13.

Auburn will be looking to start September off in a big way with a win over the defending champs. This is a great ACC vs. SEC showdown at the start of the year and will have college football fans watching to see if both teams are legit contenders this season.

Head coach Gus Malzahn was on the "hot seat" last season and most certainly is again after a disappointing 8-5 season in 2016. Auburn lost to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl by a score of 35-19 and has failed to beat arch rival Alabama the past three seasons.

Expectations are soaring on the Plains with the addition of former Baylor quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, transferring to the program. If Stidham can win the job, he will give the Tigers the ability to stretch opposing defenses vertically. This was an area that the team struggled in recent years with quarterback Sean White.

Meanwhile, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has brought home a national championship to Death Valley. All Swinney does is win and he has owned Auburn in recent years along with others from all the major conferences. Swinney is a player's coach that brings "SWAG" to his program and has everyone buying into his methodology.

However, this could be Swinney's toughest coaching challenges as he loses his starting quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end along with others on the defensive side of the ball.

If the Tigers are to keep the momentum rolling from last year, they need to win this game. A loss will have many critics saying that the ACC's success in the bowl season last year (9 wins) was an aberration. A win, however, could make the ACC the "BMOC" for the second straight season.

Since 2011, Clemson is 3-0 against Auburn and has won those games by a total score of 83-56 or 9.0 points per game.

Auburn's last win over Clemson came in 2010 (head coach-Gene Chizik) by a score of 27-24.

Since 2009, Clemson is 22-11 or .666% against FBS out-of-conference opponents and have won those games by a total score of 768-399 or 16.7 points per game.

From 2014-2016, Clemson is 12-2 or .857% against FBS out-of-conference opponents and have won those games by a total score of 413-179 or 19.5 points per game.

Auburn won 8 games in 2016 against 7 FBS opponents (Arkansas State, LSU, LA-Monroe, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt) with a combined overall record of 44-44 or .500%. The Tigers outscored those opponents by a total score of 339-96 or 34.7 points per game.

Auburn lost 5 games in 2016 to opponents with a combined overall record of 55-14 overall or .797%. The Tigers lost those games by a total score of 126-67 or 11.8 points per game.
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ARIZONA Off - *8/4 Def - 8/3 45 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WHERE HAS ALL THE TALENT GONE?

It was a collapse of major proportions. Last year’s awful 3-9 season, after four consecutive bowl campaigns, dropped the Wildcats to 10-15 since winning the Pac-12 South Division in 2014. Last year’s 82-yard slippage on offense can be attributed to a depleted attack unit being forced to play three different quarterbacks, and a wide receiver at running back. Only in this case it was a lack of talent - not injuries - that handcuffed the team. “Part of the problem we had last year was mistakes in recruiting or bad luck in recruiting,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said. “It falls on me.” It's fair to say he won’t be long for Tucson with another 3-9 season.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: For the third time in the last five years, Arizona has had zero players selected in the NFL Draft.

PLAY ON: vs. Utah (9/22)



ARIZONA STATE Off – *7/2 Def – 7/3 57 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: IT’S GETTING HOT AROUND HERE

After a second straight losing campaign in 2016, head coach Todd Graham’s staff underwent more change for the second straight year, losing passing game coordinator Jay Norvell (new HC at Nevada). Also gone is OC Chip Lindsey, who accepted the same position at Auburn. Graham then added former Baylor DC Phil Bennett to the mix. But you know things are going bad when Youngstown State and West Georgia each had more players drafted (2) this year than you did (1). The good news is new OC Billy Napier, Alabama’s WR coach, will work with former Alabama QB Blake Barnett, who transferred out with automatic eligibility.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Arizona State ranked dead last (No. 128) in passing yards allowed for the second consecutive season.

PLAY AGAINST: at UCLA (11/11) - *KEY


COLORADO Off – 9/4 Def – 3/1 53 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: RALPHIE ON THE LOOSE

The Buffaloes improved from 3-33 in conference play the previous four seasons to 8-1 in 2016. And the expectation is that Colorado will likely remain a Top 25-caliber team for the forseeable future. The Pac-12’s best scoring defense will need to overhaul its unit, though, with 8 starters gone. On the flip side, the Buffaloes have one of the best groups of receivers in the conference, and also return 2nd-team All-Pac-12 RB Phillip Lindsay. They should be in good shape with Steven Montez replacing Sefo Liufau at QB, and four starters back on the OL, including OT Tim Lynott, a Freshmen All-American First Teamer who started every game last year.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Buffaloes have forced a turnover in each of their last 25 home games – the longest skein in the nation.

PASS



UCLA Off – *7/4 Def – 6/2 49 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE

Where does a team go that loses its franchise quarterback at the midway point of the season behind an offense that ranked No. 127 (2nd worst in the land) in rushing offense? Not far, or as Dwight Yoakam might say, “A thousand miles from nowhere.” Thus, this year’s team will be all about having the “Chosen Rosen” back behind center. The ‘mission team’ Bruins will also be looking to improve on last year’s 1-5 mark in true road games (as opposed to going 17-6 the prior four seasons). UCLA’s defense actually improved in 2016 when it held six straight opponents to under 400 yards of total offense in a season for the first time since 2010.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: QB Josh Rosen was sacked 13 times in 6 games last season, as opposed to 15 times in 13 games in 2015.

PLAY ON: vs. Texas A&M (9/3)



USC Off – *6/2 Def – 7/1 48 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WELL-EQUIPPED TROJANS

After starting the season 1-2 for the first time since 2001, USC handed the keys over to phenom QB Sam Darnold, who lost his first start and then led the Trojans to nine straight wins – winning the stats in all ten games. Darnold finished with the 2nd-most passing yards (3,086) of all freshmen in 2016, and he projects as the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft (should he decide to enter). Hence, the 2017 Trojans are well-equipped, returning 81 squadmen from last year’s Rose Bowl champion team. A consensus national Top 5 recruiting class of 23 newcomers will join them. That likely tells you all you need to know.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: USC beat both teams that played in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season.



PLAY AGAINST: as a favorite at Notre Dame (10/21)



UTAH Off – *6/1 Def – 6/2 50 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: RANK ‘EM UP

Former Washington Huskies and JCU transfer QB Troy Williams stepped in and filled Travis Wilson’s shoes with aplomb last season when he threw for 2,757 yards and 15 TDs. The Utes tied with BYU for the 2nd best team in the land in turnovers gained (31), and was also the No. 1 ranked team in net punting in 2016. However, Kyle Whittingham’s team took a big hit in the NFL Draft when eight players were selected this year. Fortunately, there are no back-to-back road games this season for the first time since 2003, when they went 10-2. FYI: Utah has appeared in every College Football Playoff ranking since its inception in 2014.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Utes head coach Whittingham owns the best bowl winning percentage (.910) of any coach in NCAA history.

PLAY AGAINST: at USC (10/14)
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2017 Independent College Football Betting Preview
Marc Lawrence
Posted: 2017-07-10

Fearsome Foursome

Roll call among FBS Independent college football teams has quietly inched up to four teams currently competing among the ranks of Independents.

While the look and feel of this autonomous affiliation might appear small in size, its impact is substantial on the outcome in the chase the College Football Playoffs. Just ask the foes that will be taking on a super focused group of Fighting Irish, or the chancy Cougars from BYU this campaign.
Pushing The Needle

According to our well-oiled machine, since 2000 Independent teams that score 16 or fewer points in a contest are just 15-152 SU and 33-130-4 ATS in lined games including 5-28 ATS as favorites.

On the flip side, they are 205-52 SU and 172-81-4 ATS in games in which they put more than 28 points in the scoreboard including 68-21-2 ATS as dogs of 8 or more points.

Proceed accordingly.

Big Ugly Bowl Dogs
Each year one or two Independent teams find themselves earning bowl bids. And when they do they become attractive plays when taking more than 7 points during the post season.

That's confirmed by the fact that Independent bowl dogs of 7.5 or more points are 13-6 ATS in these games since 1980, including 12-3 ATS when facing a foe that allows more than 12.5 PPG on the season.



ARMY Off *8/4 Def 8/2 66 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: TODAY'S ARMY
Something was in the air last year when the Cadets opened the season with three consecutive wins, including a pair on the road. This from a program that was a deplorable 1-24 SU and 4-20 ATS in its previous 25 true road games. The cherry on the cake came when Army ended a 14-year losing drought to Navy, and then went on to win its first bowl game since 2010 (the Cadets' last winning season). While QB Ahmad Bradshaw returns to run the offense, and 11 of the top 14 tacklers return to a unit that ranked No. 2 in first downs defense last season, our concern is that anything less than another bowl will considered a setback. Then again, only once in its history has Amy defeated Navy and won a bowl game the same year. They went 9-3 the following season. Unfortunately, our 'Stat You Will Like' below says otherwise...

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: In the three seasons following a victory over Navy, the Black Knights have gone 1-11, 3-8, and 4-7 the next year.

PLAY ON: vs. Buffalo (9/9) - *KEY

BYU Off 6/4 Def 6/3 59 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
One of only 10 programs to earn a bowl invitation every season since 2005, the Cougars will face 13 foes in 2017, but only four that owned a winning record last season. Three of them, though, finished in the nation's Top 25. Gone this year are two of the most dynamic offensive players in school history all-time leading rusher Jamaal Williams and dual-threat QB Taysom Hill, both of whom accounted for over 6,700 career rushing yards. The good news is JR QB Tanner Magnum will step back into his familiar starting role (13 starts last two years). Meanwhile, rookie head coach Kalani Sitake won nine games, including a bowl, last season. He fits like a glove.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Cougars were the 2nd best team in turnovers gained (31), and the #3 team in red zone offense in 2016.

PLAY AGAINST: at Mississippi State (10/14)

NOTRE DAME Off 8/4 Def 7/2 39 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: WHAT THE HELL'S GOING ON HERE?
Rest assured, losing seven players to the 2016 NFL Draft all in the first 4 rounds took a toll on the Irish last season. Seven of eight losses came by just 8 points or less, and as improbable as it seems, the Fighting Irish are now a sister-kissing 15-15 SU in their last 30 games thanks to their 2nd worst season in 50 years in 2016. It was only the second time since 1963 the Irish finished with fewer than five victories. Brian Kelly even suffered his first loss with a Top 10 team against a non-ranked foe last season (Texas in the season opener). And it doesn't get any easier as Kelly's troops will face a murderer's row schedule, taking on 11 bowl teams from 2016. All of which means Touchdown Jesus will likely need to bless new starting QB Brandon Wimbush pronto.

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The last six times the Irish failed to deliver a winning season, they went bowling the next year all six times.

PLAY ON: vs. Navy (11/18)

UMASS Off *8/3 Def 9/2 51 Lettermen

TEAM THEME: HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
After being tossed about in the turbulent FCS, then discovering significantly calmer FBS waters in 2012 as a member of the Mid-American Conference, the Minutemen were feeling giddy. A 10-40 record and two head coaches later, UMass is suddenly swimming in murky waters, terribly close to being an extinct FBS program. Along the way they managed to lose to Miami Ohio, a team that was on a 21-game losing streak. Gone are three senior offensive linemen, but that may be a good thing considering they allowed 45 sacks and were one of only five FBS teams that rushed for less than 100 YPG last season. Like Chubby Checker wanted to know how low can you go?

STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Minutemen are 1-12 SU in one-possession games under head coach Mark Whipple.

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2017 NFL Pre-Season 'EYE POPPING' ATS and O/U trends
Victor King
Posted: 2017-07-27

It's been a l-o-n-g time (6 months!) since the last game of the 2016 NFL season. Pro Football fans, handicappers, and bettors alike are itching for the 2017 season to kick off. But first, it's ALL about the PRE-SEASON. Sure, the games might not actually count... but the bets sure DO! King Creole has gone through the Playbook NFL 'X' pre-season database, and come up with one 'EYE POPPING' trend for each team in the league. Some of these trends are ATS (against the spread) and some of 'em are O/U (Over / Under). Let's Get it On!

ARIZONA: The CARDINALS have gone an almost PERFECT 7-1 O/U (7 OVERS / 1 UNDER) in the last two seasons of pre-season play (46.6 combined PPG)...

ATLANTA: The FALCONS have gone 1-7-1 ATS when playing off a pre-season WIN the last eight years...

BALTIMORE: The RAVENS have been a strong 'Play ON' team as of late. They've gone 10-2 ATS in the last three years of pre-season play... including 7-1 ATS on the ROAD...

BUFFALO: Just the opposite for the BILLS as a traveler... They've gone 3-13 ATS in their last 16 pre-season ROAD games since 2009...

CAROLINA: Dog win = Play 'On' NEXT week... The PANTHERS have gone 8-1-1 ATS in their history when playing off a pre-season UNDERDOG win...

CHICAGO: Bad 'chalk' taste for the BEARS... They've gone a PERFECT 0-7 ATS as pre-season FAVORITES of > 3 pts the last 10 years...

CINCINNATI: Low-scoring recent run for the BENGALS... They've gone 0-6 O/U in the last two seasons when the OU line is 41 < points (28.5 combined PPG)...

CLEVELAND: Speaking of low-scoring... the BROWNS have not gone OVER in a pre-season game (0-7-1 O/U) in the last two years (32.0 combined PPG)...

DALLAS: The COWBOYS were the ONLY team in the NFL to go a PERFECT 4-0 O/U in their four pre-season games last year (49.0 combined ppg)...

DENVER: In their pre-season history, the BRONCOS have gone an extremely profitable 16-2-1 ATS when off a SU FAVORITE loss...

DETROIT: In the last seven pre-seasons, the LIONS have roared to the tune of a 13-1 ATS record when the OU line is 40< points...

GREEN BAY: Last year, the PACKERS were the league's ONLY team to go UNDER (0-4 O/U) in all four of their pre-season games (28.8 combined PPG)...

HOUSTON: The TEXANS were one of only FOUR teams that brought home the bacon in ALL four (4-0 ATS) of their pre-season games last season (others: Balt / Minn / Phil)...

INDIANAPOLIS: Another bad 'chalk' team. The COLTS have gone a PERFECT 0-8 ATS as pre-season 'pick' or FAVORITES the last four years...

JACKSONVILLE: The JAGUARS have gone UNDER in EACH of their last seven pre-season ROAD games (0-7 O/U) in the last four years (32.7 combined ppg)...

KANSAS CITY: In GAMES 1 or 2 of the pre-season, the CHIEFS have gone a money-burning 3-22 ATS in the last 13 years...

LA CHARGERS: In the last five seasons, the CHARGERS have gone a PERFECT 0-5 O/U in pre-season GAME #3 (29.0 combined PPG)...

LA RAMS: There's no 'lay' in LA.... The RAMS have gone a PERFECT 0-8 ATS in the last four years as pre-season FAVORITES...

MIAMI: Another team you don't want to lay the points with... The DOLPHINS have gone 0-8-1 ATS as pre-season FAVORITES the last five years...

MINNESOTA: No point spread needed here... The VIKINGS have WON 13 of their last 14 pre-season games in the last 3+ seasons (13-1 SU)...

NEW ENGLAND: In the last seven pre-seasons, the PATRIOTS have gone a PERFECT 7-0 O/U in GAME #2 (49.3 combined PPG)...

NEW ORLEANS: The SAINTS were one of only TWO teams in the league that failed to cover the spread (0-4 ATS) in ANY of their four pre-season games last year...

NY GIANTS: In the last 25 years, the GIANTS have gone a dismal 1-10-1 ATS when playing off a pre-season DOUBLE DIGIT win...

NY JETS: In the last nine seasons, the JETS have gone 10-2 O/U as pre-season road UNDERDOGS of +2 or more points...

OAKLAND: Bad road 'chalk'... When laying points on the pre-season road, the RAIDERS have gone a PERFECT 0-7-1 ATS in the last 18 seasons...

PHILADELPHIA: Another strong moneymaker as of late... the EAGLES have gone 9-1 ATS in their last 10 pre-season games over the last 2+ seasons...

PITTSBURGH: The 'tail's not WAGGING' here... STEELERS have gone 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games as pre-season UNDERDOGS in the last fours seasons...

SAN FRANCISCO: Go LOW at home... the NINERS have gone a PERFECT 0-6 O/U in their last six pre-season HOME games the last three years (30.8 combined PPG)...

SEATTLE: 'Canine-a-RIFIC'... The SEAHAWKS have gone a PERFECT 6-0 ATS in the last four seasons as pre-season UNDERDOGS of > 1 point...

TAMPA BAY: Profitable Rebounders... In the last 10 years, the BUCCANEERS have gone 9-1 ATS when playing off a pre-season LOSS...

TENNESSEE: In the last four years, the TITANS have gone a PERFECT 4-0 O/U in pre-season GAME #2 (46.0 combined PPG)...

WASHINGTON: When playing off a SU and ATS pre-season WIN, the REDSKINS have gone 10-2 ATS in the last six years...
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