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Week 6: AAC Favorites, MACtion, and Sun Belt Picks

After suffering my first losing week of the season, it’s time to get back on the saddle and rattle off some winners. As always, feel free to comment or leave a question below, or reach out on Twitter @Smithers513. Good luck! Record: Week 1: 3-1 Week 2: 3-1 Week 3: 2-2 Week 4: 2-1 Week 5: 1-3 Overall: 11-8 (57.9 %) Memphis +4 at Cincinnati When this game opened Sunday night at +6, I was all over it. I still like it at...

Week 4: MAC, AAC, and C-USA picks

I only found three games I really liked this week. As always, feel free to comment or leave a question below or on Twitter @Smithers513. Good luck! Record: Week 1: 3-1 Week 2: 3-1 Week 3: 2-2 Season: 8-4 (66.67%) Marshall at Akron +9 There’s a lot to like about taking Akron this week. To start, Marshall’s Jekyl and Hyde home and road split has a chance to rear it’s ugly head. Marshall is a staggering 1-9-1...

Sun Belt, MAC & AAC – Week # 3

After consecutive 3-1 weeks to start the season, let’s hope to keep the momentum rolling with some plays I like in Week 3. As always, feel free to comment or leave a question below, or reach out on Twitter @Smithers513. Good luck!   South Alabama +15 at Mississippi State After Louisiana’s meltdown last week, it has become clear for South Alabama that the Sun Belt could be theirs to lose. The Jaguars will...

Week 1 CFB Picks: C-USA, Sun Belt, AAC & the ...

Welcome back, college football. We’ve missed you dearly. This year, in addition to the usual trio of the MAC, Sun Belt, and C-USA, I will be focusing on the AAC as well. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. You can follow me on Twitter @Smithers513. Good luck!   UTSA +11 @ Houston I’m going to get the 2014 season kicked off with two teams that had solid seasons last year. Last year, when...

C-USA Football 2014: Finding Value

With the season fast approaching, I am going to take a look at teams inside the C-USA, MAC, and Sun Belt and provide some analysis on where I think teams are going to be overvalued and undervalued. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Smithers513.    UTSA  If you followed any of my write-ups last year, you’ll know my documented love affair with the Roadrunners. In only their 3rd season in college football,...

Fresno State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abou...

Fresno State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE Fresno State’s offense is unlikely to be better in 2014 than it was in 2013. Derek Carr, Marcel Jensen, Davante Adams, and Isaiah Burse have moved on to the NFL Draft. The Bulldogs’ biggest task will be replacing Carr, who is considered by many to be a first-round NFL Draft pick. Fortunately, the Bulldogs got a little help in this department when Duke QB...

FIU Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

FIU Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths The offensive line, a group of young grasshoppers last year, looks much improved with a year of experience and physical growth. All five starters return from a group that went from pure spread blocking to blocking out of a one-back, double-tight end formation a good chunk of the time.  FIU started a walk-on freshman cornerback at one point last year. This year, with cornerback...

Middle Tennessee Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Middle Tennessee Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up. Strengths & question marks coming out of spring Strengths – Offensive run game. Although they sat out spring practice with injuries, all four RBs return from last season’s team that averaged nearly 200 rushing yards per game. And regardless of which quarterback is named the starter in August, it will be a mobile QB that can add to the ground attack. Defensively,...

Tulsa Football 2014 Spring Review

One of our readers, jimmyd, who also hangs out with SoonerBS over at Cappers Empire, sent me this thorough and humorus preview of the Tulsa Hurricane. 2013 in Review Tulsa finished 3-9 (2-6) and next to the bottom of the C-USA West conference last year. Thank you UTEP. Mind you, this was vs. competition that included Southern Miss, who won a game for the 1st time in 2 years, UTSA a 1st time Div 1 school and some ex-Sun Belt...

Ball State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Ball State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring  The team’s strength offensively is the offensive line and the run game. Jahwan Edwards is back and is one of the MAC’s most talented running backs. He will benefit from running behind the offensive line, which returns four starters from last season. The biggest question mark is who is going to be the starting quarterback in the...