College Football Power Rankings Week 6

A quick note: Because I procrastinated last week, two posts in a row will be CFB power rankings. Fun.

Where did that come from? Week 6 was supposed to be a boring, predictable slate of games. It was anything but. Oklahoma and Michigan went down, Alabama had trouble with Texas A&M, and Miami launched itself into the playoff race. As you might expect, the rankings changed quite a bit.

1. Clemson

The top spot is unchanged this week, as the Tigers took care of Wake Forest despite their star quarterback going down.

2. Alabama

I confess the second paragraph is not entirely true. The Tide only beat Texas A&M by 8 points. . . but they had a two touchdown lead until the final minute. Don’t expect them to drop anytime soon.

3. Georgia

The SEC Championship Game might be contested by the top two teams this year. The Bulldogs’ latest victim is Vanderbilt, a team Alabama whacked 59-0. Georgia delivered an almost as impressive 45-14 win, and the undefeated Bulldogs are in control of the East. And where is the SEC Championship Game? Atlanta.

4. Penn State

Last year’s Big Ten champions control the conference. . . for now. The loaded B1G East also features Michigan, Ohio State, and a sneaky good Michigan State team that pulled of a victory in Ann Arbor last week.

5. TCU

Lurking behind the Lions, the Horned Frogs keep picking up impressive victories. They leap over Washington this week after their superb win against West Virginia.

6. Washington

Cal is a solid team that should make a bowl game. The Huskies just don’t care. Washington is destroying opponent after opponent, but the Apple Cup looms.

7. Auburn

Helped by teams above them losing, the Tigers roared to a 44-23 victory over a shell-shocked Mississippi side. Helped by teams above them losing, Auburn rises once again.

8. Washington State

Similar to Auburn, Wazzou moves up after destroying a subpar Oregon side, only because. . . well, upsets.

9. Miami 

The Hurricanes have launched themselves into the national spotlight. Malik Rosier’s heroics against Florida State thrust Miami up five spots in my rankings, and they will climb even further if they remain undefeated and earn a trip to the ACC Championship Game. The Hurricanes would have a chance to book a place in the Playoff by knocking off Clemson.

10. Oklahoma

The Sooners lost to Iowa State’s third string QB. The only thing keeping them in the top ten is that win over Ohio State.

11. Ohio State

The team most affected by Oklahoma’s collapse, the Buckeyes took care of Maryland 62-14. . . but the loss to OU doesn’t look as good anymore.

12. USC

Oregon State is not a good team, and the Trojans won’t benefit from destroying them. Here’s some bad logic not to use. USC beat Oregon State by 28, and Minnesota beat the Beavers by 38. So our Gophers are 10 points better than the Trojans!

I wish.

13. Michigan

In-state rivalry losses don’t look as bad on a resume, especially when your team is playing with its backup quarterback. I’ve seen some people drop the Wolverines all the way to 22. Michigan State is a solid team though, and Michigan boasts some nice non-conference wins.

14. Wisconsin

The Badgers are undefeated, but they will keep falling until they actually play a decent team. Nebraska doesn’t count.

15. North Carolina State

An article detailing this year’s thrilling ACC race will be out soon, and the Wolfpack are in the thick of it. NC State dominated Louisville for the entire game en route to a 39-25 victory. Interesting scoreline, but the Wolfpack are very, very good.

16. Virginia Tech

Another surprise ACC contender, the Hokies’ only loss is to Clemson. They fall one spot due to NC State’s massive win and their uninspiring 23-10 victory over Boston College.

17. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys had a bye last week. Don’t expect much change in their ranking unless the teams above are upset.

18. Notre Dame

The Irish benefit from Michigan State’s win at the Big House, a team Notre Dame beat by 20.

19. San Diego State

20. South Florida

21. UCF 

Three impressive Group of Five teams who look like the prime contenders for the slot in the New Year’s Six appear here, and could rise in the rankings. SDSU in particular, as a win at Boise State would be very impressive.

22. Stanford

Filling the shoes of Christian McCaffrey is a challenging task. But Bryce Love is tearing up Pac-12 defenses, and Stanford have won four straight.

23. Louisville

24. Texas Tech

25. Navy

 

Hopefully you all enjoyed the article! Come back tomorrow for analysis of the thrilling ACC race unfolding before our eyes.

 

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College Football Power Rankings Week 5

The conclusion of week 5 of college football means two things. The Gophers lost, and it’s time for the debut of After the Whistle’s college football power rankings.

1. Clemson

Controversy! Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have won three games against top 15 teams. That blows away any other team’s resume at this point of the year, and Clemson takes the top spot.

2. Alabama

Who pissed off the Tide? Alabama has won their first two SEC games by a combined score of 125-3. 125-3.

3. Oklahoma

Behind Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma continues trouncing opposition’s hopes and dreams with ease. As Ohio State will attest, the Sooners are for real. Next victim: Iowa State’s defense.

4. Georgia

Knocking Tennessee out of the top 25 is impressive. Posting a 41-0 shutout against them is unheard of. Couple that with an undefeated start including demolishing Notre Dame and Mississippi State, and you have a very successful football team.

5. Penn State

Perhaps influenced by their preseason ranking, Penn State hasn’t lost a game, but the Lions’ schedule has been comically easy. The real tests will come against Ohio State and Michigan.

6. Washington

Sinilar to the Nittany Lions, Washington has played one of the easiest non-conference schedules in the nation, but that undefeated record looks good.

7. TCU

Whoever scheduled the TCU season should be ashamed of themselves. Fresh off a terrific win at Oklahoma State, the Horned Frogs found themselves with an extra week to prepare for. . . West Virginia. Fun.

8. Michigan

Purdue had “trap game” written all over it. But the Wolverines destroyed them, and had an extra week to prepare for Michigan State. Michigan also boasts a win over a solid Florida team, albeit one that just lost their starting quarterback for the year.

9. Ohio State

I know, I know. They lost. . . to a very good Oklahoma team. A 56-0 demolition of in-a-Rut-gers doesn’t mean anything, but a win against an inspired Maryland team on Saturday might.

10. Auburn

This year’s Iron Bowl might mean something! The other team from Alabama has a statement to make, although it won’t be against an Ole Miss team their neighbors just beat 66-0.

11. Washington State

Heisman caliber QB? Check. Terrific win over previously top 5 opponent? Check.

Wait, what? No, I’m talking about Washington State. Luke Falk led this team to a terrific win over USC last week, and I was tempted to put them over Ohio State. Unfortunately for Wazzou, they haven’t played any other quality opponents yet.

12. Wisconsin

They are undefeated and in a quality conference. That and their preseason ranking are the only reason I look past their joke of a non-conference schedule.

13. USC

The Trojans won last week. . . just not these ones. Troy beat LSU.

USC has a great opportunity to move back up, as a dominating win over Oregon State this week would probably lead to them leaping over Wisconsin.

14. Miami

I am impressed, Hurricanes. Two weeks ago, they played a Toledo team that always fields a solid rushing attack, which most Power 5 teams have trouble with. Kareem Hunt may have gone to the NFL, but Toledo screamed “trap game”. Miami destroyed them. The Hurricanes followed it up by demolishing a Duke team that would have gone into my rankings. This week is the litmus test, as they face Florida State.

15. Virginia Tech

A Week 1 victory over West Virginia showed the nation what this team can be. Winning everything’s up until the Clemson game got them ranked. And staying with the champions for three quarters gets them a very good reputation. A dominant win over Boston College this Saturday, coupled with teams above them losing could catapult the Hokies upwards.

16. Louisville

The only quality opponent the Cardinals have faced is Clemson, and we all know how that turned out. But their record and preseason ranking keep them afloat in my power rankings.

17. Oklahoma State

Read: Louisville. Just substitute TCU for Clem—oh wait. The Horny Toads may be in the top 10 right now, but I’m not confident they can keep that up. The Cowboys have a bye this week, followed by Baylor and Texas. Mason Rudolph’s team needs some help to move up in these rankings.

18. South Florida

USF is angry! The Bulls ran up and down the field against Illinois and Temple, delivering impressive blowouts in the process. Then South Florida scored 61 against East Carolina. The defense raises questions, but that offense. . .

19. Notre Dame

One quality win. Yet it was a 38-18 win over a sneaky good Michigan State team. The Fighting Irish haven’t done anything wrong, and their only loss is to fourth-ranked Georgia.

20. San Diego State

21. Florida

Similar to Notre Dame, both of these teams have delivered solid wins over solid teams. Although Florida just lost its quarterback for the season. . .

22. UCF

What’s this? The third Floridan team to enter the rankings, UCF destroyed a decent Maryland team and is undefeated. I’m impressed.

23. Utah

Being undefeated in the Pac-12 will get you ranked. Unfortunately the Utes haven’t beat anyone good. If they beat Stanford this week, Utah will move up.

24. North Carolina State

NC State has started well. The Florida State win stands out on an impressive resume. NC State faces Louisville this week, and the winner will almost certainly crack the top 15.

25. West Virginia

The Mountaineers limited Virginia Tech’s high powered offense, and had a fighting chance to win it. They probably won’t be in the rankings next week. . . unless they beat the Horny Toads.

 

That concludes the first release of After the Whistle’s college football power rankings. Does your list match mine? Who should be #1? Be sure to answer in the comments.

How Paul Pogba ruined the transfer market

In 2013 a young Brazilian named Neymar Jr. was sold to Barcelona for £53 million. For many years people judged transfer fees off of Neymar. For example, Mesut Ozil. He’s an amazing player, but not quite as good as Neymar so he went for £50 million. That’s how it worked. That is how soccer functioned. Until Manchester United and Paul Pogba had to go ruin everything for everyone. Don’t get me wrong. Pogba is world class. Is he better than Ozil and Neymar? Is he worth the £89 million? Only about half of the money was for his current ability. The rest was for what he could become. Now clubs have to pay based on a player’s potential. The big bullies like PSG will thrive. (€140 million for Kylian Mbappe; what the heck?) Sure Mbappe has insane potential and is already world class. But the guy only has had one good season. Again, big clubs with a cash influx will dominate.

The one thing smaller clubs always had is buying players with potential on the cheap. No more. Now they have to scrounge around in Nowheresville, Pennsylvania to find the next Christian Pulisic.

So what’s next? Paul Pogba killed world soccer. One of the most enjoyable things in life was watching a small team loaded with young talents take on PSG or Bayern Munich. Now there is no hope for a team with anything less than £100 million in the bank.

Although with everything I said, Lukaku for £79 million is outrageous. Pogba completely flipped the transfer market on its head. The best striker in the Premier League goes for less than a top 10 midfielder in the Serie A. Only a few Italian teams would even have a remote chance in the PL. So take a minute to think about how Paul Pogba and Manchester United ruined not only the Prem but all of world soccer. I mean, John Stones went for £47.5 million! if you think that is even close to what he is worth, you are simply stupid!

NFL Preview Part IV: The NFC East

The Giants are 0-3.

Wait, what?

Worst to first? A playoff team to go 0-6 in the division? Last year’s conference leaders to miss the playoffs? All that and more is possible in this wild NFC East.

The Dallas Cowboys went 13-3 last year behind Rookie of the Year nominees Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. The defense raises questions, though, and Elliott could face a multi-game suspension for the investigation into his “scandal”. In this division, that could be fatal as the Philadelphia Eagles lurk. Carson Wentz leads a dangerous offense featuring second year RB Wendell Smallwood and vertical playmaker Alshon Jeffery. The defense should star again, despite the lopsided trade that sent Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins last season.

The New York Giants are 0-3 and look a mess, despite a top tier O-line and a star-studded receiving corps. It could be one of those years for Bob McAdoo and Co.

What about the Washington Redskins? One season removed from winning this division, Kirk Cousins is miraculously still here. Jamison Crowder has emerged to lead a terrific receiving corps that added Terell Pryor in free agency. Josh Norman is still jawing away from his spot as the team’s best corner. The Redskins and the Eagles’ games could decide the fate of the East once again,

Miracle in the Meadowlands, anyone?

Vikings vs. Buccaneers live score updates!

Fresh off a destruction at the hands of the Steelers, the Vikings head home to Minnesota to welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 1-0 Bucs had their first game postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and didn’t let it show last week against the Bears. Both sides need a win to stay a step ahead in their respective divisions. SKOL Vikes!

Vikings 7-0 Buccaneers

Dalvin Cook has his first NFL touchdown! The rookie caps off a drive that featured a Case Keenum bomb to Adam Thielen. Let’s go!

Vikings 7-3 Buccaneers

A Nick Folk field goal brings life for Tampa. It took a superb effort from Cameron Brate to deny us the interception on third down, and the Bucs get three.

Vikings 14-3 Bucs

Case Keenum is on fire! Dart after dart to Stefon Diggs lead to a 3 yard touchdown to Jarius Wright. Remember him? This offense is rolling.

Vikings 21-3 Bucs

What a catch. Keenum throws a dart to Diggs, and the receiver makes a terrific grab. The Bucs do get the ball to start the second half, but we’re running away with this!

Vikings 28-3 Bucs

Stefon Diggs destroys Chris Conte to extend the Vikings’ lead. Fun!

Vikings 28-10 Bucs

This game isn’t over! Jameis Winston finds Cameron Brate with a perfect touch pass to inject life to Tampa’s offense. Please, please don’t give this lead up. Come on Vikes!

Vikings 31-10 Bucs

Kai Forbath still hasn’t missed a field goal as a Viking.

Vikings 31-17 Bucs

The Bucs just barely get the snap off before the end of the third quarter. The Vikings defense was caught out and DeSean Jackson puts on the afterburners. We have a ball game!

Vikings 34-17 Bucs

That sound you heard is a collective sigh of relief from my end. The lead is back to three scores. Kai Forbath still hasn’t missed a field goal as a Viking.

 

The game is over! Our Vikings improve to 2-1 on the year. Next week we travel to Chicago to play on Monday night. The Bears just beat the Steelers in overtime 🤐.

AFC Preview Part III: AFC West

Last week was terrible, but I’m finally rid of the Browns.

Aaannndd I still don’t have an intro.

 

Part III of my AFC Preview begins with the Kansas City Chiefs. Kareem Hunt has solidified last year’s questionable backfield, forcing defenses to put more than three in the box. Alex Smith and co. defeated the Patriots week 1, so we know they’re capable. So too are the Oakland Raiders. The defense features Khalil Mack and new signing Reggie Nelson. The offense should score points behind Derek Carr throwing to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

The Chargers won’t be competitive in this division, so SKIP!

The Denver Broncos’ defense will always be terrific. The offense? Trevor Siemian gets to throw to Demaryious Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. C.J. Anderson gets to tear it up. It should come down to Denver and the Miami Dolphins for the final wild card in this loaded conference.

Premier League Gameweek 5 Roundup

Did Romelu Lukaku become the fourth youngest player to score 90 goals in the PL? Could Arsenal keep up with Chelsea without Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez? How would Tottenham perform in their second game at Wembley? We at After The Whistle answer these and many more, as I put my own twist on why Spurs su—er, the week’s happenings. Have fun.

Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 0 

Water is wet. Snow is cold. Crystal Palace still haven’t scored a goal this year.

Water is wet. Snow is cold. Southampton maintained a clean sheet.

In all seriousness, it was a fairly boring game. A moment of magic from Steven Davis spoiled Roy Hodgson’s debut as Palace manager, as the Saints took home all three points.

Huddersfield 1, Leicester City 1

No goals were scored in the first half of this one, and Laurent Depoitre decided to do something. The defender powered into the Leicester penalty box and fired the Terriers in front. The lead lasted four minutes, as Jaime Vardy equalized from the penalty spot.

Bournemouth 2, Brighton 1

Solly March’s 55th minute strike looked to be the game winner for Brighton. . . until Andrew Surman finished spectacularly 12 minutes later, and Jermain Defoe flipped the result on its head. Jordon Ibe was electric, assisting both goals and running the show for Bournemouth.

Burnley 1, Liverpool 1

A rare inclusion in the squad for Scott Arfield proved to be key, as the left mid buried  a shot in the 27th minute. The lead was short lived, as a wayward Emre Can pass found Mohamed Salah, who controlled it well and stroked it past Nick Pope. No other scores were to be had, though Dominic Solanke had a point blank shot saved.

Newcastle 2-1 Stoke City

Chants of “NEWCASTLE ARE FOURTH!” galloped around the stadium as Matt Ritchie once again ran the show for Newcastle, assisting Christian Atsu and Jamaal Lascelles en route to a defeat of Stoke.

Hey, Xherdan Shaqiri scored. For once.

West Brom 0-0 West Ham

Skip.

Tottenham 0-0 Swansea

Ahaha Spurs dropped points AT HOME to SWANSEA.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Manchester City 6-0 Watford

Watford looked helpless. A Sergio Aguero hat trick led the way to a complete battering of Watford—and Pascal’s FPL team.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

You would expect us to get blown out without Ozil and Sanchez. Wrong! The defense held up quite nicely as Arsenal did their best West Brom impression. Chelsea couldn’t get anything going. Come on you Gunners!!

Manchester United 133439—er, 4-0 Everton

Romelu Lukaku is indeed the fourth youngest player to 90 goals in the PL. Everton met their bogey team and got DESTROYED!

 

That about rounds it up. I’d just like to take the end to welcome ArsenalFan9 ( the aforementioned Pascal) to the After the Whistle team!