The Dirty Dozen and Bottom of the Barrel: It's Not Over 'Til We Say it Is


Yes, I know it's hard to believe the College Football season is coming to an end. For many teams, it ended this past week. Those with a losing record are done. And this year for the first time in several years, not many 6-6 teams are going to a bowl game.

Which to be perfectly honest is a good thing....

But alas, all good things---do eventually come to an end. Depending on my free time, I may produce a "Bowl Game" column, otherwise, we finish here.

The last regular season of picks ended ok, 11-4 is pretty good by most standards, but not for this column. It moved the season total to 118-20 which by ALL standards is freakin' awesome....

Which is why you all should share this seasonal column with your friends....tell the world!!

But hey, enough about me....

THE DIRTY DOZEN:

1) Alabama 12-0: Yup, to the shock of, well, nobody...the Crimson Tide ran the table without seriously getting pushed by anyone. They've actually slowed a bit the past few games---it's time to find out if they are the real deal....

This Week: SEC Championship vs. Georgia; My Pick: Alabama 37, Georgia 23

2) Clemson 12-0: Boggles my mind the Clemson faithful are bitching about beating South Carolina because they gave up a ton of Passing yards to the Gamecocks. Which, while an issue---is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things and it really pissed off Dabo Swinney...

This Week: ACC Championship vs. Pitt; My Pick: Clemson 41, Pitt 17

3) Notre Dame 12-0: The Irish took care of business. Combine that with the brand recognition and they're College Football Playoff bound. They aren't perfect, but Notre Dame seems to do what is needed in order to win the game. Which is all that matters...

This Week: Season Over; #CFP game is next

4) Georgia 11-1: The Bulldogs are peaking at the right time. A young team, they seemed to learn a lesson in the loss to LSU. They have a shot vs. 'Bama, as much as anyone does. But they'll need to be almost flawless to win.

This Week: SEC Championship---See #1

5) Oklahoma 11-1: It's on....this is the country's best offense. Period. They really need the defense to step up in order to compete with any of the 4 teams ahead of them. They also have to beat an arch rival for a second time in the same season which ain't easy...

This Week: Big 12 Championship; My Pick: Oklahoma 47, Texas 37

6) Ohio State 11-1: The Buckeyes were damn impressive in crushing Michigan. It was their most complete performance all season long. But does it matter? Getting smoked mid-season by Purdue and struggling with Maryland and Nebraska were big strikes. Is a win this week enough?? This Week: Big 10 Championship; My Pick: Ohio State 41, Northwestern 27

7) UCF 11-0: Huge win for the Knights but a crushing loss when star QB Mackenzie Milton's knee was bent in directions it should not go. The defense stepped up as did RB Greg McRae, but is it enough? Milton was set to finish his career at the end of this season, its now time for Darriel Mack to prove if he's the guy.

This Week: AAC Championship Game; My Pick: UCF 31, Memphis 23

8) Michigan 10-2: This may be high for the Wolverines who proved to be a phantom powerhouse this season. They had no answer for anything Ohio State did on both sides of the ball. 10 wins is great, but if you look closely, the schedule was a typical soft Big 10 schedule. Which hurts...

This Week: Season Over---Bowl Game Ahead

9) Washington 9-3: The Huskies were a bit of a disappointment. I expected more from them. Good win in Pullman last week over Washington State but the losses to Oregon and Cal are perplexing. Myles Gaskin, when he's on is a game changer and the defense is stout...

This Week: Pac 12 Championship; My Pick: Washington 33, Utah 31

10) Florida 9-3: All in all a pretty good season for the Gators. Felipe Franks has some issues at QB which has limited them but the Gators appear to be back and heading in a good direction. Really there isn't much else to say....

This Week: Season Over---Bowl Game Ahead

11) Washington State 10-2: Tough finish to the regular season. The Cougars could do nothing vs. Washington in the snow and wind. Gardner Minshew looked very mortal and that spelled doom. Still, by far the most complete season in the Mike Leach era for these guys....

This Week: Season Over--Bowl Game Ahead

12) LSU 9-3: Tough way to lose vs. Texas A&M with some strange officiating. The Tigers played better than expectations but still are a bit flawed on both sides of the ball. Still they had enough to get some good wins this season. If they can find some Offense they'll be dangerous

This Week: Season Over---Bowl Game Ahead

THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL

The Barrel giveth and the Barrel taketh away. Somehow, someway, Rice found a way to win a game. And UConn did what we all expected giving them the title of AMERICA'S WORST TEAM. Though I should add they had plenty of competition....

Also receiving votes: North Carolina, Rice, San Jose State, Kent State, Oregon State

5. Louisville 2-10: What more needs to be said. The Cardinals were AWFUL on defense, they were offensive on offense and offered little to no challenge vs. anyone in the ACC. And Bobby Petrino got fired, so everyone was happy....The new coach has a ton of work ahead.

4. Rutgers 1-11: Somehow Chris Ash will return to coach the Scarlet Knights which is baffling on multiple levels as Rutgers showed ZERO improvement in 2018. But hey, this is the gift that keeps on giving. Can't complain when we're guaranteed to see these guys return in 2019 now can we?....

3) Central Michigan 1-11: Nothing like finishing the season with a 51-13 loss. Which sums up the Chippewas season pretty much in one game. They actually weren't horrible on defense overall this season, but they offense was um, well, horrifically bad.

2) UTEP 1-11: Yes, I know, the Miners won a game. But they were pretty awful outside that. They beat Rice which really isn't a huge accomplishment, the Miners were trampled pretty much every other time they were on the field. Which is why they return to the bottom...

1) UConn 1-11: Oh boy, where do I start. I still don't know how Randy Edsall convinced Connecticut Athletics to hire him. And I have no idea why he's still employed. Nor does anyone else. This was a historically bad team who gave up 50+ points a game on average...for the entire season. Really, nothing else needs to be said....

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