Winner: Stetson Bennett 

Even the strongest supporters for Stetson Bennett could not have seen this coming; especially on the stage that was set Saturday night. Not many experts gave Stetson the respect he deserved, but to be fair he was facing a former 5-star QB in Bo Nix who was a candidate for breakout player of the year. But by the end of the night in Athens there was no question who was the better QB on the field. 

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The NFL is the only league generating sports news currently, which makes this a perfect time to release the inaugural mock draft from The Bluebloods. The draft is currently projected to start on April 23rd in Las Vegas, NV. This mock draft comes after the NFL combine, which gives us a more complete picture of most prospects.

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow, QB 

Many experts seem to think the Dolphins could trade up for this pick, but I do not agree. The Bengals know that any pick other than the Ohio hero, Joe Burrow, will result in their jobs if things go south in the coming years. Burrow played at an elite level throughout the 2019 season and set multiple records in the process. The Bengals have weapons for Burrow to use (A.J. Green & Joe Mixon), which makes this pick a no-brainer.

National Signing Day has passed and a sense of optimism is contagious; as programs across the country believe players in the most recent recruiting class will bring wins and championships to their schools. Regardless if you have the #1 class in the country or the #50 class in the country; fans & coaches will tell you that every player has the potential to be the next college football superstar.

Now whether that player has the potential or was completely overrated by analysts; the truth remains that most players will not win the heisman, but these players will lay the foundation of your program for 3-4 years into the future. You could have the next 3-star turned Heisman winner (Johnny Manziel) or you could have totally whiffed on a 5-star that had no real potential (Ryan Perrilloux).

Even the best programs in the country have recruited one of the best prospects in the current recruiting class and that player end up transferring and never playing a down in that uniform. We aim to cover some of these players here and highlight some of the most notorious busts in college football recruiting since 2010. As college football fans we all hope our team is not featured on this list in another 10 years, but the odds are not in our favor. 

The 2019 season is officially over, but now it is time to reflect on an amazing season filled with outstanding moments and outstanding games. We will start by reflecting on the best games from this past season, which all contributed to this being one of the most exciting seasons of college football that I can remember. This was one of the hardest posts to write due to the large amount of games that deserve some mention when talking about this topic. These games will be replayed on ESPN & YouTube by a lot of fans and I highly recommend going back and watching these games if you love college football because these games showcase why this is the greatest sport in the world.

  1. USC (2019: 8-5)

Impact Returning Players: Kedon Slovis (QB) & Tyler Vaughns (WR)

USC had a lot of ups and downs last season, but that is to be expected with a true freshman QB. Clay Helton will have a lot of talent returning from a very young 2019 team that was 1 win away from the PAC-12 championship. Due to some recruiting struggles for this team, optimism should be contained until further notice. A ridiculous schedule with games against 3 teams in the Top 10 (Alabama, Oregon, & Notre Dame) of this poll might limit the ceiling for this team.

Slovis.jpegKedon Slovis throws pass in 2019 Holiday Bowl. (Source: LA Times)

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1. LSU (15-0; SEC Champion; National Champions)

The most dominant team in recent memory capped off their memorable season with a national championship win over Clemson. This team had an improbable run to a perfect record, in which the Tigers beat 7 teams that were ranked inside the Top-10 at some point of the season. This team became the first in CFB history to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll and to make it even more impressive beat these teams by an average of 21 points. Burrow led these Tigers to one of the most impressive seasons in CFB history and I do not think this ranking can be debated.

LSULSU celebrates their 4th National Championship. (Source: New York Times)

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The 2019 college football season is coming to an end, but with the early signing day being introduced last year recruiting ramps up early. The “Early Signing Period” ranges from December 20-22 and allows recruits to shut their recruitment down early and enroll early in their school of choice. Other recruits can continue their recruitment and sign on National Signing Day on February 5th, 2020. Here we analyze what teams are leading the all-important recruiting race and which teams have compiled the best classes as of today.

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The playoff committee will release the 2nd round of playoffs rankings tonight at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT and after a wild weekend of games and upsets it should be interesting who makes the top 4 in the rankings.

  1. LSU (9-0): No team has four wins over top 10 teams other than LSU. LSU dominated Alabama in Bryant Denny Stadium and looked superior in almost every aspect of the game. This team is on a collision course with Georgia in the SEC Championship and if LSU wins that game will have five top 10 wins going into the playoffs.   

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On October 25th, Joey Gatewood was “all in” for Auburn. It took exactly 5 days for Gatewood to be “all out” and announced he was leaving Auburn. The news that everybody expected to hear in early August finally struck The Plains of Auburn. This sent huge shockwaves throughout the college football landscape and triggered a lot of questions that have yet to be answered. Where will Gatewood transfer and what impact will he have on his new team? I attempt to answer these questions and speculate where Gatewood will take his talents (probably not South Beach if we are being honest). So I list the Top 5 landing spots for Gatewood below and talk about why these schools may be landing spots for Gatewood next season. 

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