Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 NCAA Football Bowl Projections

December 20
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - UL-Lafayette vs. San Diego State
Gildan New Mexico Bowl - UTSA vs. Nevada
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl - Boise State vs. Arizona
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Utah State vs. Akron
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl - Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State

December 22
Miami Beach Bowl - 24 BYU vs. Cincinnati

December 23
Boca Raton Bowl - Toledo vs. Middle Tennessee
SD Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl - Navy vs. Fresno State

December 24
Bahamas Bowl - Ball State vs. Louisiana Tech
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl - Colorado State vs. North Texas

December 26
Heart of Dallas Bowl - Rice vs. Central Michigan
Detroit Lions Bowl - Syracuse vs. Northwestern
BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl - 23 UCF vs. Georgia Tech

December 27
Military Bowl - Pittsburgh vs. East Carolina
Hyundai Sun Bowl - Miami vs. Arizona State
Duck Commander Independence Bowl - Duke vs. Florida
New Era Pinstripe Bowl - North Carolina vs. Indiana
National University Holiday Bowl - 21 Washington vs. 22 Nebraska

December 29
AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech 
Russell Athletic Bowl - 17 Notre Dame vs. 25 Texas
AdvoCare Texas Bowl - Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

December 30
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Belk Bowl - Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee
San Francisco Bowl - 15 UCLA vs. Maryland

December 31
*Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl - 7 Ohio State vs. 14 Marshall
*Fiesta Bowl - 8 Baylor vs. 10 Stanford
*Discover Orange Bowl - 5 Michigan State vs. 16 Clemson

January 1
Capital One Bowl - 11 Georgia vs. 18 Iowa
Outback Bowl - 12 South Carolina vs. 20 Wisconsin
*AT&T Cotton Bowl - 6 Oklahoma vs. 9 LSU
*Rose Bowl (National Semifinal) - 2 Alabama vs. 3 Oregon
*Allstate Sugar Bowl (National Semifinal) - 1 Florida State vs. 4 Auburn

January 2
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl - Houston vs. Texas State
Taxslayer Bowl - 19 Missouri vs. Michigan
Valero Alamo Bowl - 13 USC vs. Oklahoma State
Cactus Bowl - Oregon State vs. TCU

January 3
Birmingham Bowl - Vanderbilt vs. NC State

January 4
Godaddy Bowl - Northern Illinois vs. South Alabama

January 12
National Championship Game - 2 Alabama over 1 Florida State

The Alabama Crimson Tide will win their 4th National Championship in 6 years!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 NCAA Football Predictions

ACC
Atlantic
1. Florida State (13-0, 8-0)
2. Clemson (9-3, 7-1)
3. Louisville (8-4, 5-3)
4. Syracuse (6-6, 3-5)
5. NC State (6-6, 2-6)
6. Boston College (4-8, 1-7)
7. Wake Forest (3-9, 0-8)
Coastal
1. Miami (9-4, 6-2)
2. Duke (9-3, 5-3)
3. North Carolina (8-4, 5-3)
4. Virginia Tech (8-4, 5-3)
5. Pittsburgh (7-5, 4-4)
6. Georgia Tech (6-6, 3-5)
7. Virginia (4-8, 2-6)

ACC Championship - Florida State over Miami

Big 12
1. Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1)
2. Baylor (10-2, 7-2)
3. Texas (8-4, 6-3)
4. Oklahoma State (8-4, 6-3)
5. Kansas State (7-5, 5-4)
6. Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5)
7. TCU (7-5, 4-5)
8. West Virginia (4-8, 3-6)
9. Iowa State (3-9, 1-8)
10. Kansas (3-9, 1-8)

Big 10
East
1. Michigan State (12-1, 8-0)
2. Ohio State (11-1, 7-1)
3. Penn State (10-2, 6-2)
4. Michigan (8-4, 5-3)
5. Indiana (6-6, 3-5)
6. Maryland (6-6, 3-5)
7. Rutgers (4-8, 1-7)
West
1. Wisconsin (9-4, 6-2)
2. Iowa (10-2, 6-2)
3. Nebraska (9-3, 5-3)
4. Northwestern (6-6, 3-5)
5. Minnesota (5-7, 2-6)
6. Illinois (4-8, 1-7)
7. Purdue (3-9, 0-8)

Big 10 Championship - Michigan State over Wisconsin

Pac-12
North
1. Oregon (12-1, 8-1)
2. Stanford (9-3, 7-2)
3. Washington (10-3, 6-3)
4. Oregon State (7-5, 4-5)
5. Washington State (5-7, 2-7)
6. Cal (2-10, 1-8)
South
1. USC (10-3, 7-2)
2. UCLA (9-3, 6-3)
3. Arizona State (8-4, 5-4)
4. Arizona (7-5, 4-5)
5. Utah (5-7, 3-6)
6. Colorado (4-8, 1-8)

Pac-12 Championship - Oregon over USC

SEC
East

1. Georgia (10-3, 6-2)
2. South Carolina (9-3, 5-3)
3. Missouri (9-3, 5-3)
4. Florida (6-6, 3-5)
5. Tennessee (6-6, 3-5)
6. Vanderbilt (6-6, 2-6)
7. Kentucky (4-8, 1-7)
West
1. Alabama (12-1, 7-1)
2. Auburn (11-1, 7-1)
3. LSU (9-3, 5-3)
4. Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4)
5. Ole Miss (8-4, 4-4)
6. Mississippi State (7-5, 3-5)
7. Arkansas (4-8, 1-7)

SEC Championship - Alabama over Georgia

American
1. UCF (10-2, 8-0)
2. Cincinnati (10-2, 8-0)
3. East Carolina (7-5, 6-2)
4. Houston (8-4, 5-3)
5. Tulsa (5-7, 4-4)
6. Memphis (5-7, 3-5)
7. SMU (4-8, 3-5)
8. UConn (4-8, 2-6)
9. South Florida (3-9, 2-6)
10. Temple (3-9, 2-6)
11. Tulane (2-10, 1-7)

Mountain West
Mountain
1. Boise State (11-2, 8-0)
2. Utah State (10-3, 7-1)
3. Colorado State (7-5, 5-3)
4. Wyoming (5-7, 2-6)
5. Air Force (3-9, 1-7)
6. New Mexico (4-8, 1-7)
West
1. Fresno State (7-6, 6-2)
2. Nevada (6-6, 5-3)
3. San Diego State (7-5, 5-3)
4. San Jose State (5-7, 4-4)
5. UNLV (3-9, 2-6)
6. Hawaii (3-10, 2-6)

Mountain West Championship - Boise State over Fresno State

Conference USA
East
1. Marshall (13-0, 8-0)
2. Middle Tennessee (7-5, 6-2)
3. Western Kentucky (5-7, 4-4)
4. Old Dominion (6-6, 4-4)
5. Florida Atlantic (3-9, 3-6)
6. UAB (3-9, 1-7)
7. Florida International (3-9, 1-7)
West
1. Rice (7-6, 6-2)
2. UTSA (7-5, 6-2)
3. Louisiana Tech (7-5, 6-2)
4. North Texas (6-6, 5-3)
5. UTEP (3-9, 2-6)
6. Southern Miss (3-9, 1-7)

Conference USA Championship - Marshall over Rice

MAC
East
1. Bowling Green (11-2, 8-0)
2. Akron (7-5, 6-2)
3. Buffalo (6-6, 4-4)
4. Ohio (6-6, 4-4)
5. Kent State (4-8, 3-5)
6. Miami (OH) (2-10, 1-7)
7. UMass (0-12, 0-8)
West
1. Northern Illinois (9-4, 7-1)
2. Toledo (7-5, 6-2)
3. Ball State (8-4, 5-3)
4. Central Michigan (6-6, 5-3)
5. Eastern Michigan (3-9, 2-6)
6. Western Michigan (3-9, 1-7)

MAC Championship - Bowling Green over Northern Illinois

Sun Belt
1. Louisiana-Lafayette (10-2, 8-0)
2. South Alabama (7-5, 6-2)
3. Arkansas State (7-5, 6-2)
4. Louisiana-Monroe (5-7, 5-3)
5. Troy (5-7, 4-4)
6. Idaho (3-9, 3-5)
7. Appalachian State (4-8, 2-6)
8. Georgia Southern (3-9, 2-6)
9. Georgia State (2-10, 1-7)
10. New Mexico State (1-11, 0-8)

Independents
1. BYU (10-2)
2. Notre Dame (9-3)
3. Navy (9-3)
4. Army (3-9)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Conference Semifinals

Ringer's Record
Playoffs: 7-1

The Conference Semifinals get started tomorrow when an old school rivalry is renewed between Boston and Montreal. My three year string of picking the Cup winner before the season begins ended when the Blues were bounced by the defending champion Blackhawks. That was my lone series loss so far, as I correctly picked the winner of the other seven Conference Quarterfinals matchups. Most of the league's best teams are still alive, meaning we should be in for some very good hockey in the next couple weeks. Here is how I expect the rest of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs to play out.

Eastern Conference

Boston (-255) vs. Montreal (+215)

The Montreal Canadiens handled Tampa Bay decisively in the opening round. Carey Price was terrific in net, leading to a series sweep. Now they run up against the most well-rounded team in all of hockey. Boston is capable of shutting down anyone, so Montreal will need to find some offense. These bitter rivals are both playing great hockey and it should be a battle. Boston has had the better season, and they will extend it by knocking off the Canadiens.

Prediction - Boston over Montreal 4-2

Pittsburgh (-145) vs. NY Rangers (+125)

The Penguins and Rangers both had to fight extremely hard to survive the East Quarterfinals. Their Pens showed their prowess in Games 5 and 6 of their opening round matchup to overcome the gritty Blue Jackets. The Rangers went the distance to eventually outlast the Flyers. Both teams were thought to have Stanley Cup potential when the season began. In the end, I don't think that the Rangers possess enough firepower to get past the Pens.

Prediction - Pittsburgh over NY Rangers 4-1

Western Conference

Anaheim (-110) vs. Los Angeles (-110)

The playoffs are all about getting hot at the right time. It did not appear that the Kings were playing very good hockey at all, as they fell behind the Sharks 3-0 in their Conference Quarterfinals series. Then something clicked, and the Kings rattled off four straight wins to complete a historic comeback. LA definitely has their mojo back. It is the Ducks that were the best team in SoCal and all of the Western Conference this season though. The Kings could be gassed after such a comeback. They could be in trouble if this series goes a long way.

Prediction - Anaheim over Los Angeles 4-3

Chicago (-340) vs. Minnesota (+270)

As the regular season ended, not many people were talking about the Blackhawks being able to repeat. That has suddenly become a real possibility. Chicago rebounded from the injury bug, and dint miss a beat in rattling off four consecutive wins over my pick for the Cup, St. Louis. They are heavy favorites to get past Minnesota and back to the Conference Finals. Minnesota's win over Colorado was viewed as an upset, but not by me. I had the Wild advancing and believed they had the better roster. I don't believe their roster can compete with Chicago's over the course of a 7-game series.

Prediction - Chicago over Minnesota 4-1





Friday, April 25, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft

4/22/14

*This is the third edition of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft. The combine is long over, pro days have been had, and free agency is all but over. There is only one major event remaining in the offseason, and that is the NFL Draft itself. A lot of things have changed in the past month and a half when I posted my second NFL Mock Draft (http://ringersports.blogspot.com/2014/03/2014-nfl-mock-draft.html). As the rumor mill heats up, these projections are sure to change again. Please note that these picks are simply who I think each team will select without projecting trades.

Round 1
1. Houston - Jadeveon Clowney  DE/South Carolina
2. St. Louis - Greg Robinson  OT/Auburn
3. Jacksonville - Blake Bortles  QB/UCF
4. Cleveland - Sammy Watkins  WR/Clemson
5. Oakland - Johnny Manziel  QB/Texas A&M
6. Atlanta - Khalil Mack  LB/Buffalo
7. Tampa Bay - Mike Evans  WR/Texas A&M
8. Minnesota - Haha Clinton-Dix  S/Alabama
9. Buffalo - Jake Matthews  OT/Texas A&M
10. Detroit - Justin Gilbert  CB/Oklahoma State
11. Tennessee - Anthony Barr  LB/UCLA
12. NY Giants - Aaron Donald  DT/Pittsburgh
13. St. Louis - Darqueze Dennard  CB/Michigan State
14. Chicago - Calvin Pryor  S/Louisville
15. Pittsburgh - Eric Ebron  TE/North Carolina
16. Dallas - Taylor Lewan  OT/Michigan
17. Baltimore - Zack Martin  OT/Notre Dame
18. NY Jets - Brandin Cooks  WR/Oregon State
19. Miami - CJ Mosley  LB/Alabama
20. Arizona - Kony Ealy  DE/Missouri
21. Green Bay - Louis Nix  DE/Notre Dame
22. Philadelphia - Odell Beckham  WR/LSU
23. Kansas City - Xavier Su'a-Filo  G/UCLA
24. Cincinnati - Dee Ford  DE/Auburn
25. San Diego - Jason Verrett  CB/TCU
26. Cleveland - Teddy Bridgewater  QB/Louisville
27. New Orleans - Kyle Fuller  CB/Virginia Tech
28. Carolina - Marquise Lee  WR/USC
29. New England - Ra'Shede Hageman  DT/Minnesota
30. San Francisco - Kelvin Banjamin  WR/Foorida State
31. Denver - Bradley Roby  CB/Ohio State
32. Seattle - Ryan Shazier  LB/Ohio State