Big Northeast Podcast: The Return of the B1G! Plus other Northeast CFB Stuff.

Rumors of the B1G’s demise were greatly exaggerated! Alex Glowatz (Bro) joins the pod to talk the B1G East as well as the other games in the Northeast. Chief topics are Rutgers’ “upset” of MSU and Penn State clutching defeat from the jaws of victory.

1:00 – Cuse put up a good fight vs.  Clemson

2:02 – Boston College beats Georgia Tech handily

3:27 – Pitt got dominated by Notre Dame

5:19 – Army accepts Independence Bowl invite

6:51 – Navy falls to Houston  

6:58 – Temple drops one vs. Memphis – Russo needs to tighten it up

8:18 – Rutgers “upsets” MSU – defense dominates with 6 turnovers

RU’s defense needs a turnover celebration – “get knighted”?

16:19 – Maryland got lambasted by Northwestern

18:22 – Michigan handles Minn – Milton looked competent, Defense shined

19:45 – Ohio State handled business against Nebraska  

21:28 – Penn State woes against Indiana.  Couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot

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B1G East Football Preview

The B1G football season kicks off this Friday, Oct 23! As the North East college sports dude, I have taken it upon myself to preview the East division. This year could be incredibly fluky with COVID and the shortened schedule. However, below is the best approximation I could come up with. Let’s start with what the division standings will probably look like at the end of the year.

Projected B1G East Standings

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1Ohio State8-06-2
2Penn State7-15-3
3Michigan6-24-4
4Indiana5-33-5
5Maryland4-42-6
6Michigan State4-41-7
7Rutgers3-50-8
Ceilings and Floors for the B1G East

Rutgers

Floor 0-8 | Ceiling 3-5

Greg Shiano comes in for his second stint at head coach for RU. He brings with him a cadre of quality transfers:

  • Noah Vedral, QB – Nebraska
  • Brendon White, S – Ohio State
  • Michael Dwumfour, DL – Michigan
  • Aron Cruickshank, WR and return specialist – Wisconsin

The Scarlet Knights also return:

  • Artur Sitkowski, QB – two-year starter and had planned to transfer out prior to Schiano’s hiring
  • Isiah Pacheco, RB – 2019 leading rusher
  • Bo Melton, WR – 2019 leading receiver
  • Tyshon Fogg, LB – 2019 leading tackler

The Schiano man hit the ground running upon his hiring by RU. He is older and wiser now. He’s shown that he knows how to get what he wants from the administration. We’ll see if he still knows how to get wins. I like Rutgers’ chances to get a win or two this year. Potentially winable games are against: Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, and Maryland.

Michigan State

Ceiling 4-4 | Floor 1-7


The good news is the Mel Tucker era is set to begin in East Lansing. The bad news is that Mark Dantonio left the cupboard pretty bare. This might not start showing for a year or so as recruiting was the thing that most dropped off. Though, I would not expect a banner year for the Spartans.

In addition, MSU will have to replace Brian Lewerke under center. In the mix are:

  • Rocky Lombardi – most experience but struggled last year filling in for Lewerke
  • Theo Day – 6’5, pro style QB
  • Payton Thorne – dynamic, dual-threat QB

With a shortened schedule and fall camp it might be hard for any of the three to get comfortable. I see two likely wins on their schedule (Rutgers and Northwestern) and a couple of games that could go either way (Indiana and Maryland). After that, it gets dicey for the Spartans.

Maryland

Ceiling 4-4 | Floor 1-7

There is decent room for optimism for Mike Locksley’s squad. This is mainly due to two big time newcomers:

  • Taulia Tagovailoa, QB – sophomore transfer from Bama
  • Rakim Jarrett, WR – 5-star signing day steal, was previously expected to sign with LSU

Taulia is the brother of Bama legend Tua, but he is not as skilled as his elder brother. He will be competing for the QB1 spot with Lance LeGendre. Expect Taulia to win that competition. Jarrett is a big get for UMD in keeping local talent home in College Park. The Terrapins will also get some returning help from the following:

  • Antwaine Richardson, S – missed 2019 due to injury, leader on defense
  • Jeshaun Jones, WR – missed 2019 due to injury
  • Ace Eley, LB – not injured in 2019 but a defensive powder keg

It looks like Maryland is trending in the right direction, but it will still be hard for them to get more than four wins. I like them over Michigan State this year and likely Rutgers and Northwestern. Indiana seems like potentially a bridge too far but the Terrapins have a chance.

Indiana

Ceiling 5-3 | Floor 3-5

This is a solid squad that won 8 games in 2019. And they return a ton of production from that team. Most notably:

  • Michael Penix Jr., QB – played 5 games last year due to injury, went 4-1, posted a 157.6 QBR.
  • Stevie Scott, RB – more of a runner than a receiver, 18 yards shy of 2,000 rushing yards for his career, 22 total TDs
  • Whop Philyor, WR – 2019 2nd Team All-Big Ten

So, the offense looks to be solid in 2020. Expect a lot of shoot-outs for this Indiana squad. They should be favored over the teams we already mentioned and likely in-state rival Purdue. If they can steal one from the likes of Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, or Wisconsin they’ll be looking at 5-3.

Michigan

Floor- 4-4 | Ceiling 6-2

The Wolverines have a daunting schedule ahead of them, drawing both Wisconsin and Minnesota from the West. A lot of changeover as well with Junior QB Joe Milton out of Florida, four new starters on the offensive line, and not a ton of returning production at WR. The defense had the usual matriculation to the NFL but should be the usual stout Michigan defense. This might be the make or break year for Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. The seat is heating up if he can’t at least make a good showing against Ohio State. It doesn’t seem like Michigan fans expect a B1G championship or even a win against OSU this year but they have to be competitive.

Penn State

Floor 5-3 | Ceiling 7-1

Losing star LB Micah Parsons will hurt Penn State, no doubt. Fortunately, LBU is deep at the position with potential replacements:

  • Jesse Luketa – recorded two starts in 2019
  • Ellis Brooks – second most sacks among LBs in 2019
  • Brandon Smith – coming on strong, was a five star recruit
  • Curtis Jacobs – also a five star

QB Sean Clifford looks to expand on his stellar 2019 season, and has four Offensive Linemen returning to protect him. Unfortunately, Penn State is thin at receiver:

  • Jahan Dotson – only WR with more than 12 career receptions
  • Daniel George – burner who caught 95-yard touchdown against Kent State (9/15/18) for the longest play from scrimmage in program history
  • Cam Sullivan-Brown – figures to gain a foothold on offense

Youngsters also hoping to crack into the WR rotation are:

  • T.J. Jones
  • KeAndre Lambert-Smith
  • Parker Washington

Other offensive skill positions are solid. TE Pat Freirmuth should hold down an All-American caliber season. The RB room has an embarrassment of riches with the Lawn Boyz, as they have dubbed themselves:

  • Noah Cain – Lawn Boy
  • Journey Brown – Lawn Boy
  • Devyn Ford – Lawn Boy

The secondary has to perform better than it did last year. Looking to compete for the honor are:

  • Keaton Ellis – true freshman in 2019, forced three fumbles
  • Marquis Wilson – also true freshman in 2019, also forced three fumbles
  • Joey Porter Jr – name sound familiar?

This team should expect to go 7-1 and make a NY6 bowl. If Clifford takes a big step forward and they get some lucky breaks they could upset Ohio State for a chance at the CFP.

Ohio State

Ceiling 8-0 | Floor 6-2

Most years, Ohio State is disappointed if they don’t win the B1G and reach the CFP. That expectation will be amplified this year with QB Justin Fields in year two and all of the other talent on the roster. A couple other factors break in the Buckeyes favor:

  • The Big Ten saw fit to give them a very “favorable” schedule (cross division with Nebraska & Illinois)
  • As if the Buckeyes needed any more good fortune, projected All-Americans CB Shuan Wade & OL Wyatt Davis opt back in (they had both previously decided to sit out the season)
  • There will be no fans in attendance when they travel to Happy Valley for a Halloween night game (in what would assuredly be a white-out game for the Nittany Lions)

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Big Northeast Podcast – College Football Week 7 & B1G East Preview

‘Bat’ joins the pod once again to talk about week 7 of the college football season. Namely: Georgia v Bama, Notre Dame’s poor showing, FSU’s upset of UNC, and Tenn v Kentucky. We also delve into the Northeast headlines: UMass getting blanked and Dino Babers on the hot seat. Finally, we do a preview of all the teams in the B1G East.

  • 1:00 – Week 7 Highlights
    • 1:07 – Georgia v Bama
    • 3:28 – Notre Dame v Louisville
    • 5:50 – UNC v FSU
    • 7:57 – Tenn v Kentucky
    • 10:11 – Umass gets blanked
    • 14:00 – Cuse – Is Dino Babers on the outs?
  • 17:50 – B1G East Preview
    • 19:15 – Indiana
    • 21:34 – Maryland
    • 25:39 – Michigan
    • 31:45 – Michigan St
    • 34:10 – Rutgers
    • 38:40 – Penn State
    • 42:30 – Ohio State

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Big Northeast Podcast – Week 5 College Football Headlines

Fellow Baseline Times college football analyst Arian Johnston joins the pod to talk college football week 5’s major headlines. The SEC turning into the Big 12, the top of the ACC (Clemson, UNC, and Notre Dame) taking care of business, the Red River Shootout, and Northeast match ups BC-Pitt and Navy-Temple.

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CFB Betting Locks & Predictions – WEEK 6

Each week, our experts share their CFB betting locks & predictions throughout the season.

Louisville QB Malik Cunningham. | Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

LOUISVILLE (-4.5) at GEORGIA TECH

In the battle for redemption between two teams fighting to get their second victory of the season, I am rooting for the road dogs. While the Cardinals have dropped back-to-back games after their season opener, they did so against two of the better teams in the ACC (Miami and Pitt). Furthermore, (and I know he has not been stellar), I trust QB Malik Cunningham and his arsenal of offensive weapons more than Georgia Tech’s defense. Get this, the Yellow Jackets defense allows a whopping 441.3 yards a game, making them one of the worst in the entire FBS. – Rhoby Sala

PICK: LOUISVILLE -4.5

Kickoff: Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Where to watch: ESPN

Records Overall: Louisville (1-2), Georgia Tech (1-2)

Records ATS: Louisville (1-1-1), Georgia Tech (1-2)

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Head Coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies take on the Tar Heels this weekend.

#19 VIRGINIA TECH at #8 NORTH CAROLINA (-4.5)

I like Virginia Tech to win outright against the Tar Heels this week. UNC did not look overly impressive in their wins over Boston College and Syracuse. The Hokies also have UNC’s number after winning their last meeting in SIX overtimes! – John Glowatz

PICK: VIRGINIA TECH +4.5

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m.

Where to watch: ABC

Records Overall: Virginia Tech (2-0), North Carolina (2-0)

Records ATS: Virginia Tech (1-1), North Carolina (1-1)

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The deadly combination of Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts will give TAMU’s defense headaches this weekend. | Photo by John Raoux/AP

#4 FLORIDA at #21 TEXAS A&M

As a Miami fan I hate to admit it, but boy, are those Gators looking good this season. But before we can count them as contenders along with Clemson and Alabama, they must win in College Station convincingly. They will be up against a much tougher defensive front and will have to do a better job at not letting A&M play catch-up in the 4th quarter. However, the Aggies are still finding their groove on both ends of the ball and won’t find any more confidence against the deadly combination of the Kyles at Florida (QB Kyle Trask & TE Kyle Pitts). – Rhoby Sala

PICK: FLORIDA -6.5

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 10 Noon ET

Where to watch: ESPN

Records Overall: Florida (2-0), Texas A&M (1-1)

Records ATS: Florida (1-1), Texas A&M (0-2)

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