CFB TOP 25 WEEK 10
The College Football Today CFB Top 25 for week 10 has been updated and it sure was a crazy Halloween weekend. First off, I understand how some people might not understand the complexity of how top 25 rankings work at College Football Today and that is completely understandable. The fans, media and coaching staffs always think their team is better than another, simply because of the tribalism that the sport of American football thrives off of. In conducting top 25 rankings the last three seasons, I only use fact based evidence that is clearly identifiable to the bipartisan human mind. I try my absolute best to do the same with top football recruit rankings and have lost some friends along way, who think that their kid is better than another. My main intentions was to provide every football recruit a chance to get seen by every college football team in the nation and that mission has been well served, from the class of 2016 up until the Class of 2025. The fact of the matter is, it doesn't matter what I think or believe. College coaches will offer the players they believe best fit their program and offensive or defensive system. The majority of top 25's are based off a collective opinion of sports writers, coaches and the CFB Playoff committee, which I have learned can be swayed by making a legitimate case that cannot be denied factually. This also goes for recruits, but we will get into that at another time, as most recruit rankings are 100% opinion based by people that never played or coached in the game of American football. But let's divulge into the new College Football Today Week 10 Top 25 and justify our rankings for week 10.
WEEK 10 CFB TOP 25 RANKINGS
In the week 10 CFB top 25 rankings, I still have Alabama as the number one team in the nation and a good friend of mine called and said they actually mentioned our top 25 during the Alabama game. Maybe they were hearing things or maybe it's true, I am not positive as I had my eyes fixated on the Ohio State vs Penn State match-up. The Alabama Crimson-Tide were able to post a shutout on Coach Saban's birthday and simply manhandled the Mississippi State Bulldogs for four straight quarters. Ever since allowing 48 points to the Lane Kiffin led Ole Miss Rebels, the Alabama defense has had an awakening and has only allowed 41 points in their last three SEC contests. Losing a potential NFL 1st round pick in Jaylen Waddle, certainly made people question whether or not the Crimson-Tide offense could sustain their dominance and it hasn't seemed to slow them down a bit. Alabama was able to light up the scoreboard for 48 points against a very good Vols team and scored 41 points in yesterday's thrashing of the Mississippi State bulldogs. The Crimson-Tide are running full-throttle offensively with Mac Jones leading the way and are getting back to pounding the rock with Najee Harris, who is virtually unstoppable once he gets motoring downhill. They finish the season against LSU, Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas, in which they will be heavily favored to win all four games heading into the SEC Championship game. As we have seen this season, anything can happen any given Saturday and major upsets have taken place every week thus far of the 2020 college football season, but I like their chances moving forward. In recent recruiting news, the Alabama Crimson-Tide offered number one overall 2022 football recruit Myles Rowser! Which had nothing to do with why they are ranked number one in our CFB Top 25 at College Football Today. Which brings me to the Clemson Tigers and why we ranked them number two in our week 10 College Football Top 25. Who have also began recruitment of Top 2022 OT recruit Hunter Moss and Top 2024 football recruits RB Jordan Triplett, as well as Top 2024 LB recruit Keith Hodge Jr. Both teams set the standard in college football recruiting year in and year out, as they normally reign at the top of team recruiting rankings in each respective class.
COLLEGE FB TOP 25
After the Ole Miss game Alabama had fallen to number three in the college FB top 25 and I had major questions about their defensive production. Given the fact that Lane Kiffin is a very intelligent offensive football mind, he simply was able to find the weaknesses in the Crimson-Tide defense and exploit them. Those weaknesses have clearly been addressed and the Bama defense is once again the best in the nation. The fact of the matter is Alabama has beaten two top 10 opponents handily in Texas A&M and Georgia, who have proved to be two of the best teams in all of College Football Today. Clemson destroyed the Top 25 Miami Hurricanes, who are fully relying on D'Eriq King for their offensive output and both quarterbacks appeared to struggle to push the ball downfield in the wet conditions in Death Valley. Clemson went to their workhorse back and the best running back in the nation Travis Etienne, as well as the short passing game to dismantle the Canes defense. Coach Venables arguably will go in the history books as the best defensive coordinator in the history of college football, as his game-plans are second to none when it comes to neutralizing a star-studded dual-threat quarterback. But this is Clemson's only top 25 win of the season thus far and they have been tested by ACC opponents Virginia, Syracuse and escaped with a 6 point win over Boston College. I agree 100% with Coach Dabo Swinney, as a win is a win and it is not easy reigning victorious week in and week out like the Tigers have done consistently. So we must give them credit for finding ways to get the job accomplished, even when their star 1st RD NFL Draft pick QB Trevor Lawrence is sidelined due to Covid-19. If the Clemson Tigers come out in the first half against Notre Dame sluggish like they did against Boston College, they could have trouble finishing the job against the very talented Fighting Irish. It is really heartbreaking that Trevor Lawrence will not be able to play against Notre Dame, as I pray he clears Covid-19 protocol and has an epic finish to the 2020 college football season. The ACC has proven to be much more competitive than in years past, as Virginia was able to topple top 25 North Carolina and has made Clemson's schedule look more competitive than the records actually show. Even Boston College has proven to be a team that is tough to beat, as their only losses on the 2020 season came to the hands of North Carolina and Virginia Tech. But, the SEC and BIG 10 still appear to be the best football conferences from top to bottom, which brings me to the third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
CFB TODAY TOP 25
The CFB Today Top 25 has featured Ohio State ranked number three in the nation since we added the Big 10 teams back to the FBS Top 25. We also inserted teams like Marshall and Coastal Carolina into the CFB Today top 25 back on 9/19/2020 and those teams remain undefeated in the 2020 college football season. I Tweeted yesterday that Coach Ryan Day calls the offensive plays for the Buckeyes and that he was under the tutelage or Urban Meyer & Chip Kelly, as well as was a former collegiate QB at the University of New Hampshire. This wealth of experience is now on full display with one of the most talented teams in the world of College Football Today and Justin Fields has been magnificent throughout his career as an Ohio State Buckeye. Through the first two games of the 2020 college football season, Justin Fields is 48 for 55 passing and has thrown for 594 yards, while not having thrown an interception and has hurled 6 touchdowns. His QB rating through the first two Buckeyes victories is an enamoring 218.4 and he is the best quarterback I have seen on tape for the 2021 NFL Draft. Last season, Fields finished the year with 3,273 yards and was able to toss 41 TD's, while only throwing 3 interceptions on the season and finished the year with a 181.4 QB rating. With that being said, I am more impressed with the offensive balance the Buckeyes have demonstrated and the variety of offensive sets that they are using to confuse defenses, while creating mismatches or wide open receivers down field. The powerful running combination of Master Teague and Trey Sermon, has proven to be able to take over a game and leave gaping holes in the defense when utilizing the play-action pass. Justin Fields is also a threat on the ground, but always looks to distribute the football to his play-makers in a timely manner and looks extremely confident behind center for the Ohio State offense. They were able to defeat Nebraska by a score of 52-17 and went into Happy Valley to defeat an extremely talented Penn State by a score of 38 to 25. Penn State proved to be an elite Big Ten football team in my opinion, after losing to Indiana in Bloomington on a last second controversial touchdown. They were competitive from start to finish, but the Ohio State Buckeyes simply had too many weapons offensively and could not be slowed down. The Buckeyes defense has also been impressive and is able to create turnovers, which is able to give Ohio State's highly potent offense more possessions in a span of four quarters. The Buckeyes remaining schedule features Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State and they end the season at home against their arch nemesis the Michigan Wolverines. They will have to be fully ready to play week in and week out, as the Big 10 conference appears to be stacked this season from top to bottom. Top 25 Indiana will have to travel to Columbus, Ohio, which should be a very exciting and competitive Big 10 football match-up and Michigan State just beat Michigan, so this game could be closely contested as well. Ohio State's former defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is once again leading the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, so he will also have his team well prepared to play the juggernaut that is Ohio State football. Ohio State has also shown interest in many top football recruits and you can find many of them in the football recruitment database by clicking the button below!
CLEMSON VS NOTRE DAME
The Clemson vs Notre Dame game is arguably the biggest game of the 2020-2021 college football season and the Tigers will have to travel to South Bend, Indiana without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Much like Clemson, Notre Dame has found a way to win very close games throughout the 2020 college football season, but a win is a win. They have looked stronger as the season has moved along and are also a very balanced football team on both sides of the football. Notre Dame will have to play a flawless football game offensively and take care of the football for four quarters. They will have to find ways to exploit the Tigers defense led by arguably the best defensive coordinator in the history of College Football and find a way to slow down the best running back in the nation Travis Etienne. Back on October 7th, 2018, I predicted that Notre Dame would make it into the CFB Playoff and that prediction held true. They then went on to get completely ran off the field by the Clemson Tigers in the CFB playoff Semi-Finals and my prediction was mainly based off the remaining schedule they had to finish the 2018-2019 season. Brian Kelly and the Fighting-Irish have been patiently waiting for almost two years for a rematch with Clemson, after getting embarrassed on National TV. The 2020 Notre Dame team features a much more potent running attack with Kyren Williams and Ian Book is an outstanding play-maker in his own right. The main question is, are they fully prepared to make another CFB Playoff run or will they once again fall to the mighty Tigers of Clemson? The remainder of the week 10 college football top 25 analysis will be posted to the College Football Today RokFin channel!
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CFB TOP 25 WK 9
I expect the CFB top 25 for week 9 to be a lot of different than the AP top 25 for week 9, as I kinda already know the moves they most likely will be making in their political polling methods. Much like the old NCAA football video game, the program prestige factor seems to hold a lot of weight in the CFB Top 25 polls as well as football recruit rankings. Having mulled through almost 3000 football recruits the past few years, I have watched three star recruits become five star recruits just by committing to a prestigious football program. Many of them from 2018 & 2019 have yet to see the football field and many are some of the best players in College Football Today. It has been 50/50 for the most part as far as production on the field is concerned. I do hold the pollsters in a high regard who have voted week in and week out for the teams we placed in the Top 25 way in advance. These teams like Coastal Carolina, Marshall and Liberty are playing undefeated football and if you study head to head match-ups across the board, they have proven themselves to be top 25 teams. As I look below at the "others receiving votes" in the AP Top 25 last week, I see that many agreed that Liberty should have been in last week, as they were able to garner 37 top 25 AP votes. The quandary of having multiple conferences starting play at separate times of year, I understand can be quite a conundrum and things will change substantially as we move further into the 2020-2021 college football season. I know Memphis beat UCF, who the AP holds in high regard due to their prolific offense, but being able to stop another team from scoring is also a part of the game of American football and executing on Special Teams weekly. Even though I have released articles on many coaches and teams, I did it for the same reason 99% of media channels do it, because it was a trending topic and I happened to know a lot about the history of the greatest coaches in College Football Today. I also have been lucky enough to travel the country and visit many of these amazing college football facilities and Universities. My agenda over the years was solely to help young men get exposure and recruited by these programs and not to get subscriptions, get clicks or sell fan gear. In last week's Top 25, we actually had 24 out of the 25 teams that the AP choose to rank in their Top 25 poll. The Bearcats blew out SMU yesterday and Memphis lost to SMU, so my justification was to give SMU a one game pass and keep them in the FBS top 25 this week, instead of giving Memphis the 24th spot. Oklahoma will be in the AP Top 25 in my opinion, based off the prestige factor and they dismantled a very good TCU football team by a score of 33 to 14. This week, I gave that spot to Kansas State, who beat Oklahoma head to head in Norman after losing to Arkansas State. They have since beaten a very good Texas Tech team, TCU and Kansas, but will have a lot to prove moving forward. I also believe that the AP will possibly add Auburn back to the top 25 and possibly keep Iowa State in, as they lost a closely contested match-up to 6th ranked Oklahoma State by a score of 37-30. Iowa State's other loss came to Louisiana-Lafayette to start the season and Coastal Carolina beat them head to head, as well crushed Arkansas State who beat Kansas State by a score of 52 to 23. In my opinion, Tulsa could also be in the AP top 25 according to the votes last week, but that was before we got to see the likes of Northwestern and other Big Ten conference teams in action. We might even see the Ragin Cajuns back in the AP top 25, but many of the teams listed below lost this week and Indiana was able to topple Top 10 Penn State in dramatic fashion. We both obviously had Penn State ranked too highly and as Steve Levy stated on national television, "The AP will probably keep Penn State in the Top 25, because it's the AP voters". This statement further proves the politics behind how the AP Top 25 works and I believe it is why the College Football Playoff committee exists. After watching Ohio State play against Nebraska today, I don't believe Penn State will beat the Buckeyes and may start the season out 0-2, which doesn't warrant a Top 25 ranking at this juncture of the college football season. Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham boasts a 131-64 record and has the Utes ready to play week in and week out, as it really came down to them in Purdue for the 25th spot in the week 9 College Football Today FBS Top 25. I know Utah has yet to play game, but you guys are doing it, so why can't we? In going by solely the eye test, head to head match-ups and statistics, I couldn't really find a team that I felt comfortable putting in that spot in the week 9 College Football Today FBS Top 25. Click the other teams receiving votes to view the AP Top 25, as it will be released tomorrow around 1:00pm EST and read more below.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 25
The college football top 25 at College Football Today, has moved Alabama slightly ahead of Clemson at this point in the college football season. Having got to watch each game, I believe Alabama once again has the best defense in the nation and are going back to pounding the football, while setting up their prolific play-action passing attack. I understand they lost arguably their best wide receiver in Jaylen Waddle and we pray for a quick recovery before he either elects to enter the 2021 NFL Draft or returns to Alabama for his senior season. But the offense didn't seem to slow down much without him and the power style running sets Bama used against Georgia and Tennessee, are exactly what is needed to play more ball control offense, while still utilizing play-action to go over the top of the defense for huge chunks of yardage. Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones has proven that he can thread the needle on deep passes down the field and execute the offense extremely efficiently through the first five games of the season. The remainder of the Crimson-Tide's schedule is all games they should win handily, as they play Miss State, LSU, Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas to finish out 2020 SEC football play. Of course, we have seen some crazy things happen in the Iron Bowl, but ever since the Bama defense woke up after letting up over 50 points to Ole Miss, it appears they are gradually getting better week by week. According to ESPN, Mac Jones has a higher passer rating this season than Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and when you watch the games, Jones is making much tougher throws down the field, as Lawrence is throwing mostly quick screen passes and letting his play-makers do the rest. This not a knock on Trevor Lawrence, as he is currently one of my highest rated QB's for the 2021 NFL Draft, it is just statistical analysis, as well as the eye test from observing both quarterbacks this season. Both Jones and Lawrence are arguably two of the most pro ready quarterbacks at this juncture of the college football season and we could be seeing them face-off in the national championship down the road.
FBS TOP 25
We have had Ohio State ranked 3rd in the College Football Today FBS top 25 for a few weeks now and it's because we believe that Justin Fields is the best overall quarterback in the nation. When you watch his decision making and pin-point accuracy, you cannot deny that he should be the first quarterback taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. It comes as no surprise that he was 20-21 passing against Nebraska and finished the game with a 237.1 rating according to ESPN. We also have watched the NFL move to more mobile quarterbacks and depending on what team is picking, Fields fits the mold of a prolific passing dual-threat QB. Ohio State has stocked ample weapons around him and appears to have one of the best defenses once again in the Big Ten. I had already posted on Facebook days ago, that the Nebraska game would be no contest in Columbus, Ohio. We will see how the Buckeyes fair on the road in Happy Valley, but after watching a very talented Indiana team defeat the Nittany Lions yesterday, I don't think they can handle this Ohio State team in 2020. Ohio State's remaining schedule after departing Happy Valley, features Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan St and Michigan to end the season in Columbus, Ohio. Coach Ryan Day has stated many times that this is the best Buckeyes he has coached and from watching their opening performance, I am 100% sold on the Ohio State football team early in the 2020 college football season. The Michigan Wolverines also played outstanding football in week one and have seemed to solve their issues at the quarterback position with Joe Milton at the helm, but have not been consistent week to week in the past. They have jumped all the way up to the number 9 spot in our FBS week nine top 25, after a 49 to 24 win over Top 25 ranked Minnesota, but will play in State rival Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland and finish the season against Ohio State. This proves to not be an easy schedule, except for Maryland, who Northwestern took to the wood shed and defeated 43-3 at home. After that epic performance by the Wildcats, we had no choice but to put them in this weeks FBS Top 25. After watching the Michigan game, I do believe they could be the only team in the Big 10 that could topple the almighty Buckeyes, but we will have to wait and see how things transpire moving forward. We will see if the Hoosiers can upset Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin, as they have arguably one of the toughest schedules in Big Ten play. I do believe if they in at least one of these games they will remain a Top 25 team at the end of the 2020 college football season. The Boilermakers were able to beat Iowa in their opening game and we could see them enter the top 25, as they play Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota, Rutgers, Nebraska and Indiana to end the season for the old oaken bucket.
AP TOP 25
When the AP top 25 comes out today, I honestly could care less if we have similar top 25 rankings, as this was also created to draw exposure for the outstanding football recruits we find through the world's largest football recruiting network. The sport of College Football has a million statistics, players, coaches and schemes that make it very easy to make a case for one team or another. The same goes for identifying football players as a recruit or for the NFL Draft. In knowing this, I actually do my due diligence and use my 25 years of playing the game of American football to rationalize recruit and top 25 rankings. We honestly never get to see a case from the Associated Press and it's normally because they don't really have one. After they placed Texas in the Top 25 after losing to TCU head to head at home, it all made sense, they stick to what they know and who puts food on their plates. This shouldn't trickle down to the recruiting world, but from conducting national recruit rankings the past few years, it certainly has and it's a major reason why we have seen FCS over FBS upsets, as well as many FCS, D2 and even D3 players getting selected in the NFL Draft. Somethings you can't overcome as a Student-Athlete when the deck is completely stacked against you, so I encourage you to control what you can control and become the best student-athlete you can be on and off the field. No matter what level you play at, you will have the tools to become something that is unstoppable if that is the direction you choose in your daily process. In order to achieve success in the football industry, you must become obsessed with refining your daily habits, goals and most importantly your mind-set. The best athletes I have been lucky enough to play with never cared what anyone else thought about them, they stuck to the core principals they were taught at an early age and were able to build upon that solid foundation. You have the choice to be whatever you wanna be life, but making the sacrifices to get to the mountaintop is never an easy task.
FOOTBALL RECRUIT RANKINGS
I have been slowly moving the football recruit rankings to RokFin channel, as I now have a very large scope on around 3,000 football recruits from the class of 2021 to 2025. I have never been a fan of football recruit rankings, as any recruit can evolve into a top tier football recruit by the time they get to the college level. Some recruits I have learned develop later in the process and hit growth spurts, learn new techniques or just one day develop the work ethic needed to dominate the opposition. Every NCAA evaluation period, which lasts from April 15th to May 31st I have ranked incoming recruits for free by using the data from over 20,000 recruiting profiles that have come in since Scout Trout Elite LLC started on Thanksgiving of 2016. This time of year is extremely busy in both recruiting, covering college football games and scouting for the upcoming NFL Draft. So, at this point, if you want to join the world's largest network and get ranked, create a recruiitng profile. If not, I will be skimming through them starting April 15th and all the way until May 31st. You can also subscribe to the Rokfin channel after submitting a recruiting profile and I will add your name to the list. In totality, I have completely lost track of the amount of offers that have gone out to recruits ranked through the STEP ratings algorithm and in the recruiting database, which is not a bad thing, but I can't respond to the millions of direct messages, emails and texts to be ranked from players, coaches and parents. I will be checking DM's, emails and voicemails this week, but I have to stick to the process that helped this platform become what it is today. I will be talking more about the recruit rankings on national media networks this week and what I discovered since starting this project after the 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl in Mobile, Alabama the weekend of the NFL Reese's Senior Bowl.
WINNERS CIRCLE 2020
The College Football Today winners circle in 2020 feels a lot different for most of us, as many athletes, families and coaches felt the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic. While many are still coping with the mental and physical anguish that the Coronavirus left that United States of America in. The cream still persevered through the bacteria ridden society and found themselves in the winners circle in the year 2020. Top 2022 DB recruit Myles Rowser has been in the winners circle since the 7th or 8th grade and we would like to congratulate him on his 25th offer from The University of Alabama. Offering a special young man of his caliber will always bring good fortune to the Crimson-Tide, as they look to win their 18th claimed national title. Top 2022 DB recruit Chandler Rivers was located over a year ago during our travels in South Texas and recently announced his first 15 offers, as he has proved week in and week out that he is a winner on and off the field. New Top 2022 QB recruit Brogan McCaughey recently earned an offer from Kent State and was able to shatter single game school records the week prior at St.Xavier. He is currently leading St.Xavier on an epic playoff run and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. Click on each Top 2022 offer photo's or picture edits to read their initial scouting reports.
I have learned football recruitment can be just as confusing on how the Associated Press ranked the AP Top 25. Recruits are often now identified as young as the 7th or 8th grade and receive early offers, as everyone wants to be the first to offer the big time middle school player, who could pan out to be a 5 star recruit down the road. Many of these top tier student-athletes have panned out recently, but if the truth is to be told, many recruits will also arrive late to the recruitment party down the road. Some studs in the Class of 2023 already have 3 or more D-1 FBS offers, but are back-up quarterbacks for their high school teams and being asked to wait their turn. Case by case, you honestly never know what the future holds and many times you will be totally caught off guard at the amount of offers you receive from teams you have never spoken with. Every team has a different recruitment strategy and the way they handle in-state and out of state recruiting, as many will study and remain silent until they feel 100% confident pulling the offer cord. Top 2022 Dual-Threat QB Conner Harrell got his first chance to lead Thompson HS in Alabama in 2020 and has been full-throttle since taking the field. Through his first 9 games he has thrown for 2,318 yards and 26 touchdowns, while only throwing one interception on the 2020 season. His completion percentage is sitting around 74% and he has also rushed for 138 yards and 4 touchdowns. We knew Conner would have a breakout year, but his excellent numbers and game film earned him offers from Tennessee and UAB, as well as the number one 2022 Dual-Threat QB ranking at College Football Today. More recently, Scout Trout 2024 Elite 11 QB recruit Tyler Aronson earned his first D1 offer from Coach Willie Taggart and the Florida Atlantic Owls. Tyler has been a proven commodity at the quarterback position and carried his brilliant Pop Warner play to the Varsity level at The Benjamin School in Florida. Click on each Top QB recruits offer picture below and check out their new highlight's, as well as their initial scouting reports.
While working CFB recruiting in the Class of 2020, I ran across one of the most gifted linebackers in the nation in top 2020 LB recruit Gary Osby. I quickly noticed 2021 Louisville commit T.J Quinn scouring sideline to sideline in the defensive backfield and a few weeks later, he was added to the Top 2021 DB recruitment database. After observing his progression in pass coverage over the years, Quinn would take off in his recruitment and received offers from Virginia Tech, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wake Forest, FSU, Troy, Duke, FIU, Coastal Carolina, Tulane, Cincinnati, FAU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Colorado,NC State, Illinois, Syracuse, App State, Kent State, Boston College, Air Force, Washington St, Liberty, ECU, MSTU & Tennessee St. I believe Quinn is a certified 5 star football recruit and has an enormous amount of potential to one day hear his named called in the NFL Draft. Top 2021 O-Line recruit Will Jones was also identified a few years back and has since taken his talents to the IMG Academy National Team. Will had an outstanding body of work, but was from a very small high school in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Top 2021 OL recruit Will Jones didn't let that stop him from earning offers from Brown, MTSU, Elon, Villanova, Fordham, Campbell, Navy, Air Force, VMI, New Hampshire, Lehigh, Coastal Carolina, Kent St, Arkansas St, Liberty, William & Mary, Richmond, Tenn-Chattanooga, Army, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, James Madison, Gardner-Webb, Furman & Georgetown. Coastal Carolina and Liberty are currently undefeated and members of the College Football Today week 8 FBS Top 25! Click their 2021 recruitment images below and read more about two of the top 2021 football recruits in the nation!
Modern day FB recruiting already had enough complexity in how it is conducted nationally, but when you throw in the monkey wrench that Covid-19 brought forth, it became even more media driven. This is not always a good thing if you are a late riser in the recruitment process, as the media tends to stick to charts and whose offered who, rather than play on the football field. I know of two recruits in the Elite Recruitment Database who had scheduled visits to the University of Alabama, which were cancelled due to the extended dead period. Many 2021 late risers felt the harsh affects of the pandemic, but from working recruiting classes from 2016 to now the Class of 2025, it's certainly not over yet. The 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl had mostly top players that were identified after their senior seasons and hundreds of offers went out after the data was sent out to college coaches. Unfortunately, many current commits will have to take the junior college route after failing to meet the NCAA clearinghouse requirements and some players will declare early for the NFL Draft. This leaves college coaches scattering last minute to find potential system fits and recruits they deem can play at their respective level in College Football Today. Most FCS, D2, D3 and NAIA teams have not even begun recruiting yet and will wait until the aftermath of the D1-FBS recruiting process. There are many top tier 2021-2025 football recruits still available that can be located in the elite recruitment database by clicking the image below! Many have already received offers and heavy interest nationally, as they will continue to rise at College Football Today.
TOP FOOTBALL RECRUITS
We will be highlighting many top football recruits in the College Football Today Winners Circle 2020, as we begin to update top football recruit rankings at College Football Today. Many will be just wrapping up their 2020 high school football seasons and many will just be starting their 2020 campaigns. This is why recruitment could run deeper into the off-season in 2021, as many players have been identified, but coaches want to see how they bounce back in their senior seasons. As a believer in production over hype, I see many arriving late to the recruitment party in the near future.
FBS TOP 25 WEEK 8
The College Football Today FBS top 25 for week 8 was updated on October 17th, 2020 at 10:34 PM CST. Our FBS top 25 for week 8 was once again released almost a full day before the AP Top 25 & Coaches polls. The only team missing from the College Football Today FBS top 25 was Kansas State and while we believe Kansas State could be a top 25 later in the season, the loss to Arkansas State is what ultimately kept them out of the week 8 FBS top 25. Given the fact that Coastal Carolina beat Arkansas State head to head by a score of 52-23 and were able to defeat the formerly ranked Ragin Cajuns in Louisiana, we could not justify placing K-State above the Chanticleers. Although Liberty football has been in some closely contested match-ups, they were able to beat Syracuse handily this past weekend and gained enough fan votes to enter our FBS Top 25 at College Football Today.
COLLEGE FB WEEK 7
In our College Football Today college football week 7 preview, we are going to look at mostly what has already transpired and project some of this weekend's action in the world of College Football Today. We had a good bit of fun in the Sun Belt last night and Coastal Carolina was able to upend the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns, which we had predicted would happen at College Football Today. As I watch another competitive match-up as Georgia State takes on Arkansas State, I would like to highlight some big time games this weekend and the ramifications moving forward into this wild 2020 college football season.
ALABAMA VS GEORGIA
Alabama vs Georgia is arguably the biggest game of the 2020 college football season and with the recent contraction of Covid-19 of Head Coach Nick Saban, things could go either way. Georgia appears to be the better team from the early season eye test, but do the Crimson Tide have the ability to overcome the talented Dawgs in this Top 25 SEC match-up? Alabama struggled mightily on the defensive side of the football against Ole Miss, but avoided what would have been a catastrophe and ended up edging the Rebels by a score of 63-48 in a high scoring affair. They boast a 52-24 win over the extremely talented Texas A&M Aggies, who were able to defeat the AP Top 25 Gators by a score of 41-38. Which is why this could be one of the most intriguing games of the 2020 college football season. I am not going to get into the players that will be drafted into the NFL tonight, but rather the obvious significance of this game as it comes to College Football Playoff implications. Whoever wins this contest will set themselves up in prime position to be a CFB Playoff contender and all the conferences starting the season late will be a lap behind. This is the biggest college football game of the season as far as the CFB playoff is concerned and should be a very exciting, as well as competitive contest in the best football conference in America. Mac Jones has proved to be able to orchestrate the offensive extremely well for the Crimson-Tide, but he has never faced a defense of this magnitude yet early in the 2020 season. Read what we had to say about the Dawgs QB Stetson Bennett and why this could be one of the most epic shootouts we have seen in SEC history by clicking HERE!
CFB WEEK 7
The CFB week 7 college football schedule can be found below!
17 SMU at Tulane 6:00pm ESPN Buy Tickets
15 BYU at Houston9:30pm ESPN Buy Tickets
Saturday, October 17th8 Cincinnati at Tulsa 12:00pm ESPN2 Buy Tickets
Navy at East Carolina 12:00pm ESPN+ Buy Tickets
Texas State at South Alabama 12:00pm ESPNU Buy Tickets
USF at Temple 12:00pm ESPN+ Buy Tickets
1 Clemson at Georgia Tech 12:00pm ABC Buy Tickets
Liberty at Syracuse12:00pm RSN/ESPN3 Buy Tickets
Pitt at 13 Miami (FL)12:00pm ACCN Buy Tickets
Kansas at West Virginia 12:00pm FOX Buy Tickets
14 Auburn at South Carolina 12:00pm ESPN Buy Tickets
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CFB PICKS WEEK 7
We are making our CFB picks for week 7 are being conducted now at College Football Today, as we had a late start due to being involved heavily with the recruitment of the best players in the world of College Football Today. They will be available on our College Football Today RokFin channel shortly.
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MIAMI VS CLEMSON
We will see many South Floridians in the Miami vs Clemson match-up tomorrow night, as the Canes have done a tremendous job the past few recruiting classes keeping the best recruits in South Florida at home. This had been a concern in the past, but Miami has built a team that not only can compete with the juggernaut Clemson Tigers, but could possibly reign victorious in Death Valley. They have done a great job bringing in some of the best coaches in the world of College Football Today and revamped the offense around what we believe is going to wind up a 1st round NFL Draft pick in QB D'Eriq King. Rhett Lashley has brought the pistol whipping high octane offense that he ran at SMU to the ACC and he has arguably the best wide receiver coach of All-Time in Coach Rob Likens. On the defensive side of the football the Canes play fast and are able to create turnovers, which leads to the very popular turnover chain being flaunted on National Television. Freshmen running backs Jaylan Knighton and Don Chaney have provided ample production, along side Cam'Ron Harris and the Canes are stocked with weapons offensively. They now have one of the most reliable legs in all of College Football Today in star kicker Jose Borregales and he could wind up being the deciding factor against Clemson. They are going to have to play their absolute best game of the season, along with mistake free football if they plan on taking down the mighty Tigers of Clemson in Death Valley.
Clemson football has set the standard of what it takes to be a dynasty in the world of College Football Today and are mostly everyone's favorite to return to the College Football Playoff. Clemson not only has one of the greatest Head Coaches of All-Time in Dabo Swinney, but Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables is a mastermind when game-planning against highly potent offenses like the Hurricanes possess. Clemson has started the season off 3-0 and Trevor Lawrence is once again leading the Tigers offense as the leading Heisman Trophy Candidate. Running Back Travis Etienne also is in the Heisman race and will be the 1st running back selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Everybody knows how great the Clemson Tigers Dynasty has been in the past and they do not lack anything this year, as far as talent is concerned. See what I had to say about the Clemson Tigers in the CFB Top 25 preview on June 13th, 2020 by clicking HERE!
The Miami Canes football program is arguably the most improved college football team in the nation and last year was disastrous for Coach Diaz, as the Canes were borderline atrocious offensively to finish the season. They finished the season 6-7 and lost the final three games of the season, as many Canes fans were questioning whether Diaz was the man for the job. They had inconsistent play at the quarterback position and relied on their defense to keep them in games. The arrival of D'Eriq King has obviously sparked the Canes offensively and Rhett Lashlee has developed the offense around the weapons the Canes have amassed on the recruiting trail. I have not seen a more impressive start to the season for a revamped staff and it is a true testament to what the Canes are capable of moving forward. The wide receiving corp for the Hurricanes has adjusted extremely well to the new spread style offensive attack and Coach Likens has done a great job in fine tuning their efforts in producing offensive brilliance. Tight End Brevin Jordan leads the Canes in receiving yards and is averaging 14 yards per catch through three games, while amassing 212 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. D'Eriq King's career stats can be found below and as you can see he has maintained a 155.2 QB rating throughout his collegiate career. When watching how quickly he can escape the pocket and create plays on his own, he is a mix between Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson, who both have emerged as two of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League. We have had the Canes in the College Football Today Top 25 from day one, while many still doubted them from their lack of production the year prior. Knowing that D'Eriq King was the perfect fit for the Spread offensive attack, we believed the Canes would contend for an ACC championship and would be in the mix at the conclusion of the 2020 college football season.
CANES VS CLEMSON PREDICTION
The Canes vs Clemson prediction can be found on our College Football Week 6 picks on RokFin and it was by far the toughest to predict yet. Both teams are extremely talented and have plenty of players who will hear their name called in the 2021 NFL Draft on both sides of the football. I expect a high scoring contest tomorrow night that will be exciting for college fans and the winner will be the front runner in the ACC to make it into the College Football Playoff.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY
College Football Today week six schedule is now available and we wanted to congratulate Coach Dana Holgorsen on his big opening win over the Tulane Green Wave last night. Having studied Coach Holgorsen and his tactics for years at West Virginia, I knew he was going to amass the talent needed to dominate on both sides of the football. I also appreciate the love from both programs throughout the many visits to West Virginia and when visiting the University of Houston. Check out who I picked to win last night on the College Football Today CFB Week 6 schedule! Let's just say, I knew the Cougars would be hungry after preparing diligently for their first give games of the college football season and having them cancelled due to Covid-19.
CFB RECRUITING NEWS
CFB recruiting news can be found at on the Scout Trout Elite breaking news feed, as many recruits are stepping up and performing at an extremely high level and will be rising rapidly in the world of College Football Today. Click the S.T.E.P ratings image below and read about many under the radar top football recruits at Scout Trout Elite LLC. We will be releasing more scouting reports throughout the weekend and cannot be more pleased with the production recruits are displaying on and off the field.
CFB TOP 25 RANKINGS