Way Too Early Top Ten for the 2016 CFB Season

By: David Parks
Twitter: @_Parksie

This is the way too early preseason top ten.  Chances are I don’t like your team and obviously have them too low.  SPOILER:  No poll really matters until mid-October (Except this one).

Off we go…

The real reason Nick Saban is smiling? The #1 ranking in this poll obviously

The real reason Nick Saban is smiling? The #1 ranking in this poll obviously

1) Alabama

Yes Derrick Henry is gone. Yes they’re likely losing three defensive linemen to the first round along with their middle linebacker. Yes their defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach is leaving. But we’ve seen this script before, and when has it mattered? The Tide are stocked at every position on the field and until the head coach himself leaves, it won’t matter which of his assistants come and go. [Read more…]

College Football: SEC Eastern Division Breakdown

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Last February, I left the heart of Big 10 country near Chicago and landed here in South Florida. As a result, the travails of Ohio St no longer percolate the way they always have for me. I’m learning about the fervor of the SEC and the joy of Florida vs. Georgia, Alabama vs. everybody. The next couple of days I’m previewing the SEC, today the East Division, the West will be coming soon.

University of Florida. Head coach Will Muschamp is tasked with the rebuilding of a Florida program that struggled last year to a 4-8 record. Jeff Driskel returns under center for the Gators, under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper who comes to Gainesville from Duke, where he held the same position for the upstart Blue Devils. He replaces fired OC Brent Pease whose offense struggled and finished last in the SEC in points per game and yardage per game.

Driskel will try to lead an offense featuring emerging running back Kelvin Taylor, who seized the starting job last year, and RB Mack Brown who led the offense in yards and yards per carry. Wide receiver Quinton Dunbar is the primary receiving threat for Florida and Driskel, who completed nearly 70 percent of his passes last year but for a paltry 1,400 yards. The offensive line is a strength and overall the offense returns eight starters from last year so there is some continuity with the starting unit. Depth is a question mark. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 41: Scott Crichton

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 41 – Scott Crichton (Jr.), DE – Oregon State

Oregon State DE Scott Crichton

Oregon’s Dion Jordan was taken third overall in last April’s NFL Draft not even being the best defensive end in the state of Oregon. That accolade belongs to Beavers’ defensive end Scott Crichton. Entering his redshirt junior season, Crichton bypassed the NFL to return to school a year after garnering first team All-Pac 12 honors. As a sophomore, Crichton finished with nine sacks desipte constant double teams. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 42: Stefon Diggs

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 42 – Stefon Diggs (So.), WR – Maryland

Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

Over the past two seasons few programs have been as futile as Maryland. After firing long-time head man Ralph Friedgen, the Terps turned to Randy Edsall to take the program to the next level. Edsall has certainly taken them to a new level – unfortunately for Terp nation that level is way below where Friedgen had them. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 43: Jordan Lynch

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 43 – Jordan Lynch (Jr.), QB – Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch

The nation’s fourth leading rusher last season wasn’t a running back, but rather a quarterback. It wasn’t Johnny Football, nor was it Braxton Miller, but rather Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. As a sophomore, Lynch rushed for 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns while casually throwing for 3,138 yards and 25 touchdowns. In doing so, he led Northern Illinois to a 12-2 record, including a 12-game winning streak, and the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) berth ever earned by a Mid-American Conference team. Despite his team’s success and his video game-like numbers, Lynch finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting with 52 points. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 44: Ha’sean Clinton-Dix

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 44 – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix (Jr.), S – Alabama

Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The first of several Tide players that will grace our countdown is safety Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix. Don’t let his nickname of Ha Ha fool you – Clinton-Dix’s game is nothing to laugh at. Coming out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL, Ha Ha was an elite prospect at the safety position. He was the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2011 class according to rivals.com as well as the No. 1 safety prospect. After seeing mop up duty in his freshman season, Ha Ha was thrust into the starting lineup after Mark Barron elected to turn pro. In his first season as a starter, Clinton-Dix recorded five interceptions including closing the season out with interceptions in the Tide’s final three games including the national championship against Notre Dame. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 45: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 45 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jr.), TE – Washington

Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The first and only tight end to appear in our countdown is Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  In what is a somewhat down year for the position, ASJ is the clear No. 1 prospect at his position – despite some recent off-the-field issues.  (On another note, what is it with stud tight ends and DUIs?)  Regardless of some questionable decision-making away from the field, ASJ is a beast on the gridiron.  Standing in at 6-6, 266, he bullies safeties that try to match up with him while linebackers are simply left in the dust when presented the task of slowing ASJ. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 46: Jordan Matthews

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 46 – Jordan Matthews (Sr.), WR – Vanderbilt

Last season Vanderbilt enjoyed their best season since – wait for it…. 1915.  That’s right, the last time the Commodores won nine games in a season Woodrow Wilson was serving his first of two terms in the White House and Babe Ruth made his debut for the Red Sox. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 47: Iko Ekpre-Olomu

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 47 – Iko Ekpre-Olomu (SJr.), CB – Oregon 

Oregon CB Iko Ekpre-Olomu

It’s easy to forget Oregon even plays defense in their games but one of the main reasons why people remember is Ekpre-Olomu. IEO as we’ll call him, enjoyed a fantastic sophomore year that saw him earn first team All-Pac 12 honors along with third team All-American honors. IEO led the conference with 20 pass deflections, tied for first in forced fumbles with six and finished tied for fifth in interceptions with four. Quietly, Oregon continues to churn out defensive players in the NFL. This past April saw the Ducks crank out five pros – three of which were on the defensive side of the ball. Barring a collapse in 2013, IEO should hear his name called in either the first or second round, which is a lot more than the last big-time Duck cornerback prospect can say.


50) Gabe Ikard, OC – Oklahoma

49) A.J. Johnson, LB – Tennessee

48) David Fales, QB – San Jose State

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Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013: #49: A.J. Johnson

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

#49: A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee

The countdown continues with a rising junior who starred on one of the nation’s worst statistical units last season. Linebacker A.J. Johnson led Tennessee in tackles and finished fourth nationally registering 138 on the season. It was the most for any Vols defender since Jerod Mayo piled up 140 in 2007. But for as good as Johnson was on defense last year, most fans outside of Tennessee know him best for lining up in the shotgun. Wait, what? Last season, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney designed what would be reffered to as the “Beast package.” Johnson would lineup in shotgun, take the snap and plow forward in goal line or short-yardage situations. Whether it’s a testament to how well the package worked or how mediocre the Vols’ run game was last year, Johnson also led the team in rushing touchdowns with six despite carrying the ball only 12 times. [Read more…]

College Football: Week 3 Observations

By David Parks
PSDC Staff

Another week in the books, and now is when things really start to get interesting.  Week 3 was the beginning of conference play for some while for others, that starts this week. [Read more…]

College Football Power Rankings: Week 2

By David Parks
PSDC Staff

Another week in the books, and there are already major shakeups happening in the top 25.  Week 2 of the college football season claimed four ranked teams including eighth ranked Arkansas.  Who will go down in Week 3?  Only time will tell.  But enough with the useless drivel…on to the rankings.  (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis) [Read more…]