The 4th part of our 6-part installment highlighting the best players returning for the Power 5 conferences and finally made it to the BIG-10 after a short break. These players can be incoming recruits, but most of the players featured will be returning stars from previous seasons. 

We cover the BIG-10, which is home to fourteen different programs and is home to multiple national champions. Ohio State has been the best team for multiple consecutive seasons now; winning the past 3 conference championships. Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, & Wisconsin have all made New Year’s Six bowls. In the CFB Playoff era, Ohio State made a run and upset Alabama and Oregon to win the national championship. We have seen elite players, such as Dwayne Haskins take the college football world by storm and make a Heisman run. 

The BIG-10 is one of the deepest conferences in college football; indicated by the 40+ players that were drafted in this past NFL Draft. Make sure to check out these players in the 2020 season, because these guys will be playing on Sunday in the near future.

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.

  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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The past two weeks of college football madness has ruined many dreams and gave other teams much promise as the season enters the last few weeks of the season. We have seen teams like LSU make a statement against Alabama and others like Minnesota watch their dreams of an undefeated season be spoiled by Iowa. The new playoff rankings will be released Tuesday night at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT and it will all be irrelevant for the teams outside the Top 15. Which teams have all but booked their ticket to New Orleans and what teams need some help to get there? 

Continue reading “The Playoff Landscape”

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.   

Continue reading “McKinnell’s Week 12 Playoff Predictions”