Recap of NCAAF Week 6| Heading into Week 7 This is the time of year upsets start to happen. Week 7 has a lot of interesting match-ups that could shake up the Power Rankings. Last week Texas bested Oklahoma and LSU...
Recap of NCAAF Week 6| Heading into Week 7
This is the time of year upsets start to happen. Week 7 has a lot of interesting match-ups that could shake up the Power Rankings. Last week Texas bested Oklahoma and LSU couldn’t escape the swamp. This week 7 ranked teams go on the road to play unranked opponents. What’s in store for Week 7?
Let’s keep this short and sweet. Roll Tide is on a collision course with LSU on November 3rd. Nothing else matters. This week they play Missouri and next week they play at Tennessee. Both will be wins. Can Alabama cover the 28 points spread against Missouri? Yes, yes they can.
Lean: Alabama -28
2.) Ohio State
Last week Ohio State hosted Indiana and ParadisePicks told you that the Buckeyes would be flat. The first half there was no emotion. The second half the Buckeyes pulled ahead but couldn’t cover the spread. This week Ohio State host Minnesota and the line currently sits at -29.5 points. The Buckeyes will be refocused and will cover the spread with ease. Watch Dwayne Haskins continue to put up Heisman numbers.
Lean: Ohio State – 29.5
Georgia takes it’s talents on the road to battle the LSU Tigers. This should be a must watch game. Georgia really hasn’t been tested this year, and LSU is coming off a tough loss against Florida down in the swamp. Currently the line sits at -7 in favor of the Bulldogs. That seems like a lot of points, and if this was a night game down in death valley ParadisePicks would agree. However, this is a 3:30 PM EST kickoff and that plays in favor of Georgia.
Lean: Georgia -7
4.) Notre Dame
Strength of schedule matters. When you beat Michigan, Stanford, and Virginia Tech on the road you deserve to be in the Top 4 of the Power Rankings. This week the Irish come back to South Bend to host the Pitt Panthers. Yes, Pittsburgh upset Syracuse last week but don’t expect that to happen this week. The line sits at 21 points in favor of the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame rolls.
Lean: Notre Dame
Clemson keeps winning and at this point in the season that is all that matters. However, they sit on the outside looking in to the Top 4 because of strength of schedule. Yes, they traveled to Texas A&M and won, but that is their only impressive win. This week Clemson is on a bye week. They play NC State next week at 3:30 PM EST.
Lean: Bye Week
Welcome back Texas. Tom Herman calling plays makes them a different team. Herman is the best play caller in College Football. Again, look at the schedule and they have beat USC, TCU, and Oklahoma. Texas isn’t going anywhere and is here to stay. Expect them to be playing for the Big 12 Championship. This week they play Baylor in Austin, TX. It’s going to be hard for Texas to get up for this game, and they are currently favored by 17 points. Expect Baylor to keep it close but the Longhorns to win.
Lean: Baylor +17
The Huskies continue to win after their week one loss to Auburn. If they win out you can expect the them to be in the playoffs. However, this week they travel to Oregon and that is going to be a tough challenge. The Ducks have one of the best home fields in college football. Currently, the Huskies are 3 point favorites. This will be the first upset of the weekend.
Lean: Oregon +3
8.) Penn State
Penn State lost to Ohio State two weeks ago. Even with that loss the Nittany Lions have everything in front of them, and they are coming off a bye last week which gives them an extra week to prepare for Michigan State. The Spartans haven’t looked all that great this season and currently are 13.5 point underdogs. This is a spot that that the Spartans typically thrive in, but with Penn State getting the extra week of prepreation expect the Nittany Lions to roll.
Lean: Penn State -13.5
The only loss the Sooners have is to their rival Texas. What a game that was by the way. The Sooners stay in the Top 10 because they are extremely explosive. This week the Sooners are on a bye, but will come back and play TCU which should be a shootout.
Lean: Bye Week
10.) West Virginia
Yes, we hear you guys. ParadisePicks isn’t giving the Mountaineers any love, but who have they played? This week they travel to Iowa State and should win right? Currently West Virginia is -4.5 favorites and this will be another upset on Saturday. Matt Campbell is one of the coaches on the rise, and this is a perfect spot for the Cyclones to get the win.
Lean: Iowa State +4.5
Outside Looking In On Week 7
LSU, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, UCF
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Recap of NCAAF Week 4 | Heading into Week 5
Week 4 is officially in the books and not much has changed on Paradise Picks Power Rankings. The Tide Rolled! The Bulldogs of GA handled business, and so did everyone else. Let’s dive into this weeks Top 10 plus our leans for each a game. Current record stands at 19-8 through the first 4 weeks.
Surprise! Bama continues to hold the number one spot in the Power Rankings. The Aggies came to town and never really had a chance. Yes, they stayed within the spread but Alabama controlled the game from start to finish. Louisiana Lafayette heads to Tuscaloosa this week as 48 point underdogs. The Tide is currently 3-1 ATS however can the Ragin Cajuns keep it within the 48 points? Sometimes you have to take a stand on these massive spreads but now is not the time. Final thought: no one is challenging the Tide till their showdown with LSU on November 3rd.
Lean: Alabama -48
Well, things just got interesting at Clemson. Trevor Lawrence has proven to be the better QB this season, but with Kelly Bryant transferring, how will the team respond? Bryant was well liked on the team, with a very successful record. However, Dabo is taking one out of Saban’s book and making the right decision. The only way Clemson wins a national championship this year is with Lawrence under center. Clemson is 1-3 ATS but owns a 4-0 record. This week, they are 24 point favorites against Syracuse. Syracuse has a horrible defense however they move fast on offense and should be able to score. The difference will be Trevor Lawrence, he should shred the Orange’s defense.
Lean: Clemson -24
The Bulldogs are still number 3 this week, and things will surely start to shake out over the course of the season. There is no doubt Georgia will be playing for a shot at the playoffs at the end of the season. They traveled to Missouri this past week and after a slow start finally got it going. Traveling anywhere and getting a win is impressive in itself. They ended up pushing on the point spread, and this week they host Tennessee who is in complete train wreck mode. The Bulldogs are 31 point favorites. That’s a lot of point, but expect Georgia to cover and move to 3-1-1 ATS.
Lean: Georgia -31
4.) Ohio State
Welcome back Urban! The Buckeyes move to 4-0 on the season and a cool 3-1 ATS. This week is probably the toughest challenge of the season as they travel to Penn State to battle the white out. Penn State had a battle in week 1 against App St, but have really turned things on since then. Currently, the Buckeyes are 4 point favorites and even though it will be a major challenge you should expect the Buckeyes to walk out with the victory.
Lean: Ohio State – 4
5.) Notre Dame
The Irish jump up one spot in the Power Rankings. Notre Dame traveled to Wake Forest and put a complete beat down on the Demon Deacons. There seems to be a common trend in college football: finding a quarterback. This week Brian Kelly started Ian Book at QB and it appears the Irish are a real threat to make the college football playoffs. Ian Book when for 325 yards, and the offense looked smooth for the first time this year. Stanford comes to South Bend this week and what a game it should be. Bryce Love against that nasty Irish defense should be an amazing match up. Can the Irish continue to move against a solid Cardinals defense? Currently the Irish are 5 point favorites. Expect them to move to 5-0 and cover the spread.
Lean: Notre Dame -5
The Tigers continue to climb in the Power Rankings. This past week LSU hosted Louisiana Tech and the Tigers did what they had to do to cruise through the game. Coming off such an emotional win against Auburn the week prior LSU is happy to get another W against an in-state school. This week Ole Miss brings its talents to Death Valley to take on the Tigers. Currently, the line sits at -10.5 in favor of LSU. It’s really hard to back Ole Miss right now considering they don’t play defense. Sure the Rebels can score because they have the NWO, but it’s doubtful they can get many stops.
Lean: LSU -10.5
The Sooners escaped last week against Army in OT. Paradise Picks locked in Army at +33 and the spread was never in doubt. Army played ball control and held the ball for 45 minutes. The Sooners move on to Baylor this week, and while Baylor looked good last week you can’t read too much into it considering it was against Kansas. Currently, the line is 24 points in favor of Boomer Sooner. Expect Baylor to put up some points, but the Sooners will slice and dice the Baylor defense. Oklahoma has Texas on deck, so hopefully they can keep their players in tact for the game.
Lean: Oklahoma -24
Overcoming a 17 point deficit at Oregon is very impressive. Oregon had every chance to win that game and couldn’t close the door. This week the Cardinals don’t get it any easier as they travel to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish at 7:30 PM EST. This game could go a long way in determining the college football playoff picture. It will be very interesting to see if Bryce Love can get it going against a tough Irish defense. With the change at QB for Notre Dame except the Irish to cover the 5 point spread. Stanford is coming off an emotional win against the Ducks.
Lean: Notre Dame -5
The Tigers are back home this week after taking care of business at Arkansas. Southern Miss comes to town as 27 point underdogs. Auburn will win this game with ease, but 27 points might be too much. It’s hard to tell since Southern Miss has been up and down this year. We will lean Auburn here to cover since they are at home and have a great defense.
Lean: Auburn -27
10.) Penn State
Saturday night things get real in Happy Valley. The Buckeyes come to town looking to stay undefeated against Penn State and the white out. It will be interesting to see how Ohio States defense matches up with Penn States offense. This year the Buckeyes have been vulnerable at the linebacker spots. However, there is just too much fire power on offense for the Buckeyes. Expect Ohio State to look to get a lead early, and then control the game with running the ball.
Lean: Ohio State -4
Outside Looking In On Week 5
Washington, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, UCF
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NCAAF Week 3
The upsets are already happening, folks! Wisconsin takes a stunning home loss. Auburn can’t close it out at home. Now that we are officially going into Week 4 we will start separating the pretenders vs the contenders. Here are Paradise Picks Top 10 after week 3.
Roll Tide again. What a performance against Ole Miss. Yeah, Ole Miss is bad but that bad? Alabama could of scored more points if they didn’t call the dogs off. Moving on this week to Texas A&M as the Aggies travel to Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M looked tough against Clemson back in Week 2 however that was played in their stadium. Can they give Roll Tide a game? Take the +26.5 against Alabama. Lean: Texas A&M +26.5
Clemson remains in the two spot even though they played Georgia Southern last week. Lucky for them they probably needed it after coming off such an emotional win against the Aggies. The Tiger couldn’t cover the spread last week. Can they get the job done against Georgia Tech? Yes, Paradise Picks believe they can. Lean: Clemson -15
Georgia remains at #3 because they traveled to South Carolina and dominated them. This week they played Middle Tennessee and did exactly what they were supposed to do. Win. However, they didn’t cover the -32.5 point spread which was another Paradise Picks lean. The Bulldogs travel to Missouri this week and open as -14 point favorites. The Bulldogs are much more talented than the Tigers and should cover this week. Lean: Georgia -14
4.) Ohio State
What a game this week against TCU. Talk about speed! TCU gave every effort to win that game, but the Buckeyes come out on top. There could be a massive loss with Joey Bosa being out for a significant amount of time. For now, he is week to week. Tulane comes to town and the Buckeyes are -37 point favorites. That’s a large number specially after coming off an emotional road win. However, the Buckeyes find a way to cover. Lean: Ohio State -37
Previously, number 7 in the Top 10 Oklahoma moves up 2 spots because the teams in front of them lost. The Sooners continue to dominate teams. Iowa State tried to make it a game, but it was too much Boomer Sooner. This week Army comes to down. The Golden Knights like to play ball control offense and have a solid defense. Expect the Golden Knights to keep it within the spread. Lean: Army +33
6.) Notre Dame
Vanderbilt traveled to South Bend to take on the Irish last week, and the Commodores had every change to win that game. The Irish are still having issues pushing the ball down field with QB Brandon Wimbush. They will need to get that corrected if they want to contend for a Playoff spot. This week the Irish travel to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons. Currently, the spread sits at -7.5 for the Irish. They should win by two scores. Lean: Notre Dame -7.5
Making their first appearance in the Paradise Picks Top 10 is the LSU Tigers. They have had a very impressive start to the season. Beating Miami (FL) in week 1 and then last week escaping Auburn in the final seconds of the game. This week Louisiana Tech travels to Baton Rouge as the Tigers currently sit at -21 point favorites. Expect Louisiana Tech to keep it closer than the experts think! Lean: Louisiana Tech +21
Auburn drops down a few spots with the loss to LSU. However, they are still in the Top 10 and have everything in front of them to play for. The Tigers take on the Razorbacks this week in Little Rock. Auburn knows they can’t afford to lose this game, and that is bad news for Arkansas. The Tigers cover the -30 points spread. Lean: Auburn -30
The Huskies had an impressive road win at Utah this past week. Honestly, Washington could be ranked higher, but they stay at number 9 for now because of the loss to Auburn in Week 1. Arizona State comes to Seattle at +17 underdogs. Yes, the Huskies had somewhat of an emitional win on Saturday and this could be a let down spot, but they know they must win every game from here on out to make the playoffs. Lean: Washington -17
10.) Virginia Tech
The Hokies didn’t get a chance to play in Week 3 because of hurricane Florence, and they won’t be penalized for that. Therefore, they remain in the 10 spot. The win against FSU in Week 1 isn’t look as good anymore, but that doesn’t mean Va Tech isn’t good. This week the Hokies travel to Old Dominion. Yes, that Old Dominion. Currently, the line sits at -27 in favor of Va Tech and with an extra week of rest they should cover. Lean: Virginia Tech -27
Outside Looking In – NCAAF After Week 3
Stanford, Mississippi St, Penn St, Wisconsin, West Virginia
Record After Week 3: 14-14
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MLB Power Rankings
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This week’s MLB Power Rankings have a few surprises, some disappointments and all sorts of intrigue. Without further ado:
1. Houston Astros | 80-50 | +8
After momentarily slumping, the reigning world champs are back on it. They’ve won five straight games by a combined margin of 17, and with Jose Altuve back in the lineup, the Astros don’t look to fall anytime soon, even with two of the best teams in baseball on their tail. Making their way all the way up from ninth, they have claimed the prestigious title of the number one ranked team on our weekly power rankings.
2. Oakland Athletics | 79-52 | +-0
Remaining stagnant this week, the A’s allowed Houston to regain control of the division while facing two relatively easy opponents in Texas and Minnesota. While their performance didn’t warrant a drop in these rankings, it certainly didn’t signify that they should rise.
3. Boston Red Sox | 90-42 | -2
Like every great team, the Red Sox have finally hit a wall, this time in the form of the surging Tampa Bay Rays, the peskiest team in all of baseball, who could certainly make a dent in any team’s playoff hopes this September. It’s only a matter of time though before the Rays breakout the sledgehammer, and continue their lordship over the American League.
4. New York Yankees | 82-47 | -1
Don’t get too excited Yankee fans, it’s not time to celebrate when you’re still seven games back. You narrowly swept the second worst team in baseball. Not exactly impressive.
5. St. Louis Cardinals | 73-58 | +1
Back at it again, Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals took the series against a seemingly unbeatable team. The Cardinals are showing postseason promise for some of the most loyal fans in the league.
6. Tampa Bay Rays | 70-61 | unranked
In teams one would never expect to see in the MLB Power Rankings, enter the Tampa Bay Rays, with an eight game winning streak and the first team to sweep the Red Sox all season. They just play hard. It’s that simple: they want to win. Combine their desire to win and the Red Sox Player’s Weekend jerseys and you have a recipe for success.
7. Chicago Cubs | 76-53 | +1
Not much to say here, they’ve been streaking, so that projects a good outlook, the Central division is basically theirs, barring any major slumps.
8. Colorado Rockies | 71-59 | -3
The Rockies need to pick it up if they want to make some noise. It’s unacceptable for them to walk away from the St. Louis series with anything short of two wins. To make the playoffs, they have to win those key games and series.
9. Seattle Mariners | 74-57 | -2
The Mariners are playing mediocre to alright baseball at best, not exactly of the caliber that this team is capable of. They definitely need to step it up.
10. Arizona Diamondbacks | 72-58 | unranked
The D-backs want the NL West, and are talented enough to win it if they maintain this level of play. Do they have it in them? Only time will tell.
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NCAAF Pre-season Picks
The 2018 college football season is only days away. All 130 FBS teams have wrapped up camp, and have a clean slate to start with. There are many questions surrounding the top teams in America. Paradise Picks has already broken down all 130 FBS teams. Here’s our top ten pre-season picks:
Alabama got all they could handle from Georgia in the championship game last year, and needed OT to pull out the 3 point win. Nick Saban enters his 12th year in Tuscaloosa with 5 National Championships. Alabama starts the year off as #1. Yes, they have a QB decision to make between Jalen Hurts & Tua Tagovailoa but that shouldn’t worry fans. Alabama consistently puts the most talent team on the field because of Nick Saban’s recruiting. Fans can expect to see them back in the playoffs again.
The Tigers met the Tide again in the playoffs last year, but couldn’t get past them. No need to worry though, the Tigers are loaded once again. Clemson front 4 might be the best in NCAAF history, with all 4 starters returning. The biggest question for the Tigers: who will be the starting quarterback? Will it be Kelly Bryant, who struggled to push the ball downfield last year, or will it be 5-star incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence? Either way, expect the Tigers to be back in the playoffs in 2018.
3.) Ohio State
Things are a little shaky in Columbus right now, but there is no denying their talent. With Urban Meyer suspended for 3 games (Oregon St, Rutgers, & TCU) Ryan Day takes over as the interim head coach. The good news for Buckeye Nation is the coaching staff is full of experience; they might be the best coaching staff in America. With Dwayne Haskins taking over as the starting quarterback, expect to see the Buckeyes push the ball down field more this year. JK Dobbins & Mike Weber both return in the back field for a dynamic 1-2 punch. The defense has some shoes to fill, but they are filled with young talent. Biggest concern for Ohio State is the brutal schedule with them traveling to TCU, Penn St, and Michigan St.
Last year, the Huskies finished 10-3, and there is high expectations for Seattle for 2018. With senior quarterback, Jake Browning (Paradise Picks’ Heisman Pick!) as center Washington should have another explosive offense. However, they will have to find some targets to throw to with Dante Pettis and Will Dissly gone. Washington’s offense line should be fantastic and they boast outstanding running back Myles Gaskin. The defense returns 9 starters and has star power at every level. Overall, the Huskies should be able to navigate through a pretty easy schedule to secure a playoff birth.
Get used to seeing Georgia in the running for the national title for years to come. Kirby Smart is bringing in five star athlete after five star athlete (#1 ranked recruiting class in 2018). Jake Fromm is back for year 2 and he will play a big part in trying to avoid the championship loss hangover. If Fromm can assert himself as the top quarterback in the SEC watch out. You don’t get better by losing two NFL caliber running backs, but D’Andre Swift is next up in the backfield and he looked good last year. If they get by South Carolina in week 2, there is nothing but clear skies for the Bulldogs. Of course there are a few tough games, but Georgia will most likely be favored in all of them. Expect to see them back in the SEC Championship Game.
The Badgers have the best offensive line in the country hands down. With Jonathan Taylor running behind them, expect big numbers to be put up on the ground. The problem with Wisconsin is you can only ground-and-pound for so long. When the going gets tough, does Alex Hornibrook have what is takes to win a game? The good news for Wisconsin is they play on the weaker side of the BIG 10. Yes, they play at Michigan and at Penn State but don’t expect them to drop both games. Wisconsin should be in Indianapolis at the end of the year playing for a spot in the playoffs.
Does Jim Harbaugh finally have a quarterback? Short answer, yes. Shea Patterson is a legit talent that can take Michigan over the top. There is no denying how good Michigan has been on defense the last three years (Defense Rank – #3, #1, #4). Don Brown has done an amazing job and now gets back nine starters. Rashan Gary & Chase Winovich make a case for the best DE tandem in college football. Two biggest question marks for Michigan is will Shea Patterson emerge as the quarterback we think he is, and can Michigan get past a brutal schedule? They play in the group of death a.k.a. the BIG 10 East. They have to play Notre Dame and Wisconsin in their spare time.
Auburn has a great chance to be in the playoff picture late in the year. Two main reasons: their quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the nasty defensive front 4. The problem with Auburn is they start the season off with Washington, and later in the year have to play at Georgia and at Alabama. It will be interesting to see how everything shakes out.
Baker Mayfield is gone. In comes in dual-threat, Kyler Murray. The offense should continue its explosive ways in 2018. Six returning starters come back on defense and Oklahoma will need them to step up. The past two season they have allowed 27.1 and 28.8 PPG. They will need to improve on that number if they want to make a run at a playoff spot. (Note – the Sooners are an impressive 25-15 ATS (62.5%) the past three season)
10.) Penn State
Most expect Penn State to have a down year after losing so much talent to the NFL draft. Plus key offensive coordinator is gone in Joe Moorehead. However, Trace McSorley comes into the season riding some Heisman hype. If Penn State is going to make a run they will need McSorley to continue to grow as a quarterback. The Nittany Lions had a rock solid defense last year, but only 3 returning starters are back for 2018. James Franklin has recruited well so expect some of their raw talent to step up. Keep an eye on these Nittany Lions as the year rolls along.
Outside Looking In
Notre Dame, Michigan State, Stanford, Mississippi St, Miami (FL)
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2017 Record: 27-18
2017 Units: +14.75
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