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The Sammy Curse!

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There’s alot of superstitions in sports. With the Madden Curse being one of the most infamous ones. Well here’s a lesser known and a newer one. The Sammy Curse.

What is the Curse and how did this start

This is more of a gambling thing. But the history of this is scary consistent and has a history dating back to 3 years ago. With the 2012 Florida State Seminoles team.

The knock I had on them were that they were playing a very weak schedule and blowing teams away were a result of this. They would soon take Auburn to the woodshed after a slow start.

Following years 

This would again happen to me in the following year with my own Ohio State in 2014-15. In the beginning of the year following a rough performance against Navy and then the following week Iagainst VT where we lost at home. I wrote us off along with the rest of the nation.

They would soon improve the offensive line which was my biggest knock on them and become the best team in the nation at the right time. With a 3rd string Quarterback.

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This year I wasn’t a big fan of Alabama and Clemson. Both not only went to the playoff. But won their semi final games convincingly.

This March Madness. I said one of the most overrated teams were Oklahoma and Villanova. In this year’s starting a weak era of college hoops.  But they both made the final four. Now with all those being said. Teams I bought high on. Only one of them are remaining and that’s UNC.

I promise you guys I watch sports. Whether it’s a 3 year strand of bad luck or a real curse. It is what it is.

Until next time. I’ll see you guys later!

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Michigan State Spartans

Two years ago, Michigan State took down Ohio State and QB Braxton Miller in the Big 10 Championship 34-24, ruining Ohio State’s BCS National Championship hopes and allowing Auburn to sneak in.

After winning the 2013 Rose Bowl over Stanford, MSU would fail to reach the same mark in 2014, losing the conference championship and watched as Ohio State make it to the first College Football Playoff.

SEASON IN A SNAPSHOT

This season, Michigan State had with one thing on their mind; Revenge. They had the schedule to do it too.  Playing Oregon at home without Mariota, saw the Spartans win 31-28 after holding off a late rally by Vernon Davis.

Then a late season game against Ohio State, on the road.  The odds were already stacked against them and Connor Cook wasn’t able to play that game due to a shoulder injury.  MSU was able to overcome the injury and beat Ohio State 17-14.

In the conference championship against an undefeated Iowa, Sparty’s one loss team won a tough game, 16-13. With 14:49 left on the clock and down by 4 points, MSU milked the clock to inside the last minute before punching it in with freshman RB L.J. Scott to secure a spot in the CFP.

TEAM STRENGTHS

This team with a healthy Connor Cook can use the play action better than anyone in the nation and the pass rush is a force to be reckoned with.

TEAM WEAKNESSES

The pass defense of the Spartans are not on par with the other CFP teams and if Cook is banged up, the offense suffers as well.

PLAYOFF FORECAST

This team can look very average at times and has had trouble scoring points, as in the Nebraska loss. But if they get in a rhythm they have shown they can be as good as Ohio State was last year.

I personally think they can win it all due to the depth at running back and at wide out.

Well that’s all for the CFP previews! Stay tuned for the National Championship preview!

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma’s winding road to the College Football Playoff starts two years ago, when OU put a beat down on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl 45-31.

2014 turned out to be a disappointment, as they put up a 8-5 record. Trevor Knight would transfer out of the program and Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield would take over the starting job for 2015.

SEASON IN A SNAPSHOT

Oklahoma came in to this year with lowered expectations, but after an early come-from-behind win against Tennessee, Boomer Sooner soon became a favorite again.  A middle of the season loss to Texas looked like the end of title dreams as they would have to catch fire to get back in the CFP discussion.

And catch fire they did, beating Baylor impressively 44-34, TCU 30-29 and Oklahoma State 58-23 to win the Big 12. At the end of the season they looked like the best team, not just in the Big 12 but in the nation.

TEAM STRENGTHS

The Sooners rely on a heavy passing attack like most Big 12 teams, but this team can also run the ball with Samaje Perine and others. QB Baker Mayfield was a Heisman contender and is no joke.  As for the defense, they were one of the best run defenses in the Big 12.

TEAM WEAKNESSES

Although they have looked like a juggernaut, you could poke holes in the defense. Like Oregon, they use a bend-but-don’t-break type defense, and in all those major wins I mentioned, the opposition did score over 20 points.

PLAYOFF FORECAST

I have the Sooners going to the title and potentially winning it all. But the question is how will the defense hold up and can their offense move in the CFP like they did in the Big 12.

Coming up later today will be the last of the CFP team previews with the Michigan State Spartans. See ya’ll later!

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College Football Playoff Preview: The Clemson Tigers

This time, we go back two years ago with the Clemson Tigers.

Defending ACC Atlantic Division Co-Champs and 11-2 after a Chic-Fil-A Bowl win.  If could ever beat Florida State they could win their ACC division and likely the conference.

It was another rough outing against the Seminoles.  Clemson entered the game ranked eighth  in the nation, 6-0 and playing in Death Valley against redshirt-freshman and eventual Heisman Winner, Jameis Winston. It looked like a hard battle for the young FSU QB, until the game started.

A very lopsided game was the result.  A final of 51-14 for Florida State.  Clemson could not get a shot at the ACC title as Florida State went unbeaten. The Tigers did win the 2013 Orange Bowl against Ohio State that year, 40-35.

In 2014; with no more Tahj Boyd, Clemson had to find a QB.  Without a proven starter, Clemson traveled to Tallahassee.  Sean Maguire started in place of the suspended Jameis Winston.  A boring, low scoring game went to OT and Clemson fell short again 23-17.

Season in a Snapshot

Going in to 2015, Clemson finally had a QB they could rely on in Dashaun Watson.  With star defensive end Vic Beasley gone, the question was defense.  After a stormy 24-22 win over the Fighting Irish, the question was answered.  They were/are good enough.

A few weeks later would come the ultimate test.  Florida State entered with one loss, Clemson again unbeaten, but the Tigers finally break through 23-13, and make it to the ACC championship game.

Facing off against a one loss North Carolina, Clemson survived over the surprisingly offensive minded Tar Heel’s 45-37.  The Tigers were helped by a controversial off-sides call that went their way and they recovered an on-side kick to end the late UNC rally.

Team Strengths

Clemson has a really high powered pass offense. The pass rush is elite.  The passing game creates running opportunities.

Team Weaknesses

The overall defense is average at best.   If you can contain QB Dashaun Watson, you shut down half the offense due to the system.

Playoff Forecast

Even with the best QB and the best spread in the playoffs, Clemson will still have to make stops to win games.  And the late game rally’s by opponents will have to be prevented. If they can, they have a great shot at winning the College Football Playoff.

Well thanks for reading again!

Next up is a preview of the Oklahoma Sooners.

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College Football Playoff Preview: The Alabama Crimson Tide

Three years ago, Alabama was rolling with back-to-back beat downs of LSU and Manti Teo’s #1 Notre Dame.  With AJ McCarron coming back for his senior season in 2013 and another top recruiting class, it seemed almost a given that this Alabama team would complete the first three-peat in BCS history.

Little did they know, they would run into an Auburn “Team of Destiny, as they edged Alabama on a kick that was just not quite enough.

In the 2014 season, Alabama looked good, until they ran into a red hot Ole Miss, losing 23-17, with Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace putting the game away late.

Alabama would overcome the loss and win their way to the SEC Championship game.  Amari Cooper and the Tide would roll through Mizzou, and play another red hot Ohio State.   Alabama was up 21-3 only to see Ohio State roar back and win 42-35 with Ezekiel Elliot setting bowl records with rushing yards.

2015 Season SnapShot

The year started off with a QB controversy between Cooper Bateman and Jake Coker.  Coker would be the starter for the season opener in Dallas against Wisconsin. The Tide rolled 35-17, but two games later,  Coker couldn’t hold on to the job and Cooper Bateman started against Ole Miss.  After a terrible start, 11/14, 87 yards, a INT, with a QBR of 48.3, Coker came in to try to save the day.

In a crazy game of ups and downs, Alabama would give the ball up 4 times in the 43-37 loss to Ole Miss.  But Jake Coker solidified his role as starter and the Tide has not looked back.

Once again Bama made it to the SEC championship game, and once again Alabama would roll, this time over Florida.  Derek Henry needed multiple briefcases to carry home all of his awards.  Even winning the biggest award FBS has to offer, the Heisman Trophy.

The only blemish so far on 2015 is the loss of defensive coordinator Kirby Smart who is leaving next year to become the head coach of Georgia.

Team Strengths

The front 7 on this defense is monstrous.  They can hold up to any offensive line in the country.  The same goes for the Alabama offensive line, which of course helps the run game.  And don’t forget Derek Henry, Heisman winner, Maxwell award winner.  Need anything else?  SEC single season rushing record?

Team Weaknesses

The lack of depth at running back and on the offensive line is a concern heading into the playoffs.  Jake Coker still doesn’t look as good as he looked at Florida State.  On defense, the secondary is still susceptible to a high-speed and up-tempo offense.

Playoff Forcast

The Alabama front seven on defense is the best and deepest in the field.  If they can slow the game down, and force a defensive dual, Alabama should have the CFP locked up.

Well there ya’ll have it.  This is the first of a four-part series.  Next up, the Clemson Tigers!

Have a good day. See yall later.