Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 NFL Week 11 Results & Week 12 Power Rankings and Predictions

Steelers WR Antonio Brown with a highlight reel catch vs Titans

Week 11

My Prediction
29-24 TEN
Tennessee Titans (6-4) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2)
40-17 PIT
31-17 DET
Detroit Lions (6-4) vs Chicago Bears (3-7)
27-24 DET
42-20 JAX
Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) vs Cleveland Browns (0-10)
19-7 JAX
23-21 GB
Baltimore Ravens (5-5) vs Green Bay Packers (5-5)
23-0 BAL
16-14 ARI
Arizona Cardinals (4-6) vs Houston Texans (4-6)
31-21 HOU
28-20 MIA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) vs Miami Dolphins (4-6)
30-20 TB
36-31 LAR
Los Angeles Rams (7-3) vs Minnesota Vikings (8-2)
24-7 MIN
55-17 KC
Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) vs New York Giants (2-8)
12-9 NYG
27-25 NO
Washington Redskins (4-6) vs New Orleans Saints (8-2)
34-31 NO
34-20 LAC
Buffalo Bills (5-5) vs Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)
54-24 LAC
29-24 CIN
Cincinnati Bengals (4-6) vs Denver Broncos (3-7)
20-17 CIN
30-21 NE
New England Patriots (8-2) vs Oakland Raiders (4-6)
33-8 NE
32-22 PHI
Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (5-5)
37-9 PHI
20-18 SEA
Atlanta Falcons (4-6) vs Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
34-31 ATL

BYE: New York Jets (4-6), Indianapolis Colts (3-7), San Francisco 49ers (1-9), Carolina Panthers (7-3)

Week 11 Results: 7-7
Overall Record: 34-20


Rough week for predictions, drawing even with a 7-7 mark on the week. A lot of tough games to predict yet again this week, so there's possibly more of the same for the upcoming week. Steelers' wide receiver is the player of the week, amassing 144 yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches. The Steelers' offense seems to be waking up at the right time, and its scary. Philly continues it's dominance, Vikings defeated the upstart Rams, Chiefs continue to struggle in a loss to the Giants and the Saints win streak continues. More exciting football for week 12, here's the power rankings.

Week 12 Power Rankings

1.       Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) +/- No Change
2.       New England Patriots (8-2) +/- No Change
3.       New Orleans Saints (8-2) +/- No Change
4.       Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2) +1 Rise
5.       Minnesota Vikings (8-2) +2 Rise
6.       Carolina Panthers (7-3) +2 Rise
7.       Los Angeles Rams (7-3) -3 Fall
8.       Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) -2 Fall
9.       Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) +3 Rise
10.   Seattle Seahawks (6-4) -1 Fall
11.   Detroit Lions (6-4) +2 Rise
12.   Dallas Cowboys (5-5) -2 Fall
13.   Tennessee Titans (6-4) -2 Fall
14.   Atlanta Falcons (6-4) +/- No Change
15.   Washington Redskins (4-6) +/- No Change
16.   Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) +1 Rise
17.   New York Jets (4-6) +3 Rise
18.   Baltimore Ravens (4-6) +4 Rise
19.   Houston Texans (4-6) +2 Rise
20.   Green Bay Packers (5-5) -4 Fall
21.   Oakland Raiders (4-5) -3 Fall
22.   Indianapolis Colts (3-7) +2 Rise
23.   Buffalo Bills (5-5) -4 Fall
24.   Cincinnati Bengals (4-6) +1 Rise
25.   Arizona Cardinals (4-6) -2 Fall
26.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) +2 Rise
27.   Chicago Bears (3-7) -1 Fall
28.   Miami Dolphins (4-5) -1 Fall
29.   Denver Broncos (3-7) +/- No Change
30.   New York Giants (2-8) +1 Rise
31.   San Francisco 49ers (1-9) -1 Fall
32.   Cleveland Browns (0-10) +/- No Change

Biggest Winner: Baltimore Ravens (4-6) +4 Rise
Biggest Loser: Green Bay Packers (5-5) -4 Fall, Buffalo Bills (5-5) -4 Fall

Week 12 Predictions

Minnesota Vikings (8-2) vs Detroit Lions (6-4) – 33-27 MIN

Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) vs Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – 22-20 DAL

New York Giants (2-8) vs Washington Redskins (4-6) – 26-17 WAS

Tennessee Titans (6-4) vs Indianapolis Colts (3-7) – 27-20 TEN

Chicago Bears (3-7) vs Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) – 44-20 PHI

Carolina Panthers (7-3) vs New York Jets (4-6) – 23-21 CAR

Miami Dolphins (4-6) vs New England Patriots (8-2) – 31-16 NE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) vs Atlanta Falcons (6-4) – 31-24 ATL

Cleveland Browns (0-10) vs Cincinnati Bengals (4-6) – 19-14 CIN

Buffalo Bills (5-5) vs Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) – 27-21 BUF

Seattle Seahawks (6-4) vs San Francisco 49ers (1-9) – 23-17 SEA

New Orleans Saints (8-2) vs Los Angeles Rams (7-3) – 38-35 NO

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) vs Arizona Cardinals (4-6) – 28-23 JAX

Denver Broncos (3-7) vs Oakland Raiders (4-6) – 15-10 OAK

Green Bay Packers (5-5) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2) – 33-20 PIT

Houston Texans (4-6) vs Baltimore Ravens (5-5) – 23-14 BAL

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 NFL Week 10 Results & Week 11 Power Rankings and Predictions

Saints RB Mark Ingram vs the Bills

Week 10

My Prediction
22-14 SEA
Seattle Seahawks (6-3) vs Arizona Cardinals (4-5)
22-16 SEA
24-21 GB
Green Bay Packers (5-4) vs Chicago Bears (3-6)
23-16 GB
35-13 DET
Cleveland Browns (0-9) vs Detroit Lions (5-4)
38-24 DET
27-16 PIT
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) vs Indianapolis Colts (3-7)
20-17 PIT
23-21 JAX
Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
20-17 JAX
17-16 BUF
New Orleans Saints (7-2) vs Buffalo Bills (5-4)
47-10 NO
27-22 NYJ
New York Jets (4-6) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
15-10 TB
35-33 MIN
Minnesota Vikings (7-2) vs Washington Redskins (4-5)
38-30 MIN
24-16 TEN
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) vs Tennessee Titans (6-3)
24-20 TEN
38-13 LAR
Houston Texans (3-6) vs Los Angeles Rams (7-2)
33-7 LAR
25-24 DAL
Dallas Cowboys (5-4) vs Atlanta Falcons (5-4)
27-7 ATL
23-16 SF
New York Giants (1-8) vs San Francisco 49ers (1-9)
31-21 SF
44-17 NE
New England Patriots (7-2) vs Denver Broncos (3-6)
41-16 NE
23-14 CAR
Miami Dolphins (4-5) vs Carolina Panthers (7-3)
45-21 CAR

BYE: Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11 Record: 11-3
Overall Record: 27-13


Another good week for me in predictions, going 11-3 and making me feel like I have a little niche for this weekly predictions stuff. Week 11 games were harder to pick though, so I don't think I'll have the same success. As for the games this week, for the most part, the good teams took care of business. The 49ers finally got in the win column, defeating the lifeless Giants who are embarrassing themselves more and more as the season goes on. The Cowboys started life without Zeke and the results weren't pretty. The run game was actually fine, but with all-world tackle Tyron Smith injured, the Falcons line had a field day. If Prescott can't stay upright the Cowboys will take themselves out of the playoffs.

Week 11 Power Rankings

1.       Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) +/- No Change
2.       New England Patriots (7-2) +/- No Change
3.       New Orleans Saints (7-2) +3 Rise
4.       Los Angeles Rams (7-2) +3 Rise
5.       Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) -2 Fall
6.       Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) -1 Fall
7.       Minnesota Vikings (7-2) +2 Rise
8.       Carolina Panthers (7-3) +2 Rise
9.       Seattle Seahawks (6-3) -1 Fall
10.   Dallas Cowboys (5-4) -6 Fall
11.   Tennessee Titans (6-3) +/- No Change
12.   Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) +/- No Change
13.   Detroit Lions (5-4) +/- No Change
14.   Atlanta Falcons (5-4) +3 Rise
15.   Washington Redskins (4-5) +4 Rise
16.   Green Bay Packers (5-4) +6 Rise
17.   Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) +1 Rise
18.   Oakland Raiders (4-4) +2 Rise
19.   Buffalo Bills (5-4) -5 Fall
20.   New York Jets (4-6) -5 Fall
21.   Houston Texans (3-6) -5 Fall
22.   Baltimore Ravens (4-5) -1 Fall
23.   Arizona Cardinals (4-5) +/- No Change
24.   Indianapolis Colts (3-7) +1 Rise
25.   Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) +2 Rise
26.   Chicago Bears (3-6) +/- No Change
27.   Miami Dolphins (4-5) -3 Fall
28.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) +1 Rise
29.   Denver Broncos (3-6) -1 Fall
30.   San Francisco 49ers (1-9) +/- No Change
31.   New York Giants (1-8) +/- No Change
32.   Cleveland Browns (0-9) +/- No Change

Biggest Winner: Green Bay Packers (5-4) +6 Rise
Biggest Loser: Dallas Cowboys (5-4) -6 Fall

Week 11 Predictions

Tennessee Titans (6-3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) – 29-24 TEN

Detroit Lions (5-4) vs Chicago Bears (3-6) – 31-17 DET

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) vs Cleveland Browns (0-9) – 42-20 JAX

Baltimore Ravens (4-5) vs Green Bay Packers (5-4) – 23-21 GB

Arizona Cardinals (4-5) vs Houston Texans (3-6) – 16-14 ARI

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) vs Miami Dolphins (4-5) – 28-20 MIA

Los Angeles Rams (7-2) vs Minnesota Vikings (7-2) – 36-31 LAR

Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) vs New York Giants (1-8) – 55-17 KC

Washington Redskins (4-5) vs New Orleans Saints (7-2) – 27-25 NO

Buffalo Bills (5-4) vs Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) – 34-20 LAC

Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) vs Denver Broncos (3-6) – 29-24 CIN

New England Patriots (7-2) vs Oakland Raiders (4-5) – 30-21 NE

Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (5-4) – 32-22 PHI

Atlanta Falcons (5-4) vs Seattle Seahawks (6-3) –20-18 SEA

BYE: New York Jets (4-6), Indianapolis Colts (3-7), San Francisco 49ers (1-9), Carolina Panthers (7-3)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Marist Cross Country: The Definition of a Grit Squad

Marist Junior Shea Bohan

This past Friday some history was made for a small school from Poughkeepsie, New York. The Women’s Cross Country team from Marist College finished with the highest place in school history at NCAA Regionals held at Buffalo on a cold, snowy day.

The women worked their tails off, pun intended as Marist’s mascot is the Red Fox, and finished 11th in the region. Their previous best finish was 15th back in 1998, almost 19 years ago exactly. What the women accomplished was historic, but it was the way they accomplished it that made it even better.

For starters, the women were not in the preseason top 15 rankings to begin with. But from the first race of the season, began to show everyone just how talented they were. Led by a group of freshmen and a group of veterans that have no quit in them, they ran strong week after week.

The Lady Red Foxes finished second at the MAAC Championships this season, but lost their lead runner, Ali Bartolotta, due to injury for the Regional meet. She has been their top finisher for most of the year, so this loss should have been devastating.

Now there are many teams that would see this situation and put their heads down and wonder “Why Us?” But not this team. This team saw it as a challenge, a challenge to their depth, and they stepped up dutifully.

Juniors Shea Bohan, Emily Burn, Jordan Casey and senior Mara Schiffhauer put in some of their strongest races of the year, battling both the weather and their opponents. They competed hard and finished only eight points away from a top 10 finish in the region.

Marist Sophomore Alex Hogue

Not to be outdone, the men’s team also put together a gritty finish, which has been their style over the past few seasons. Going into the season they weren’t even on the radar in the region, but they fought and finished with a hard earned 18th place result.

While 18th may not seem like anything special, they were only 38 points off from a 15th place finish, and in the world of Cross Country, that’s minimal. Like they have done so often, the men ran tough and exceeded expectations.

What made this finish even better was that they finished ahead of both Manhattan and Siena, two teams that beat them at the conference meet this season.

The best quality of this men’s team is that there is no quit in them. They had a disappointing finish at the MAAC meet, but did not let that sway them. They came back and braved the elements to get a stellar finish.

A little more history behind the race. The women had five finishers within the top 100 and the men had three. On the men’s side, senior Dietrich Mosel’s 45th place finish is the best finish by a Marist Runner since Quimes DelaCruz’s 26th place finish in 2012 (took that tidbitfrom you Pete).

Marist Women's XC Regional Team
The women improved 14 places from last season’s regional meet and the men fought hard from a slow start to improve 11 places during the race from 29th to 18th. Both squads grinded out the races and had results that they can be proud of.

Both teams really encompass the personalities of their coaches. On the women’s side, head coach Charles Williams is fiery and never backs down from anything. He has confidence in himself and his team, and it gives them all the confidence they need to go out and perform at each meet.

Marist Men's XC Regional Team

For the men, head coach Pete Colaizzo is even tempered, tough as nails, and instills this in all of his athletes. His teams work harder than anyone else during the week and know that hard work can beat better talent. It is why his teams are often some of the toughest on the course and outwork opposing teams that are supposed to be better than they are.

Both coaches are some of the finest in the country and are continuing to build programs that consistently challenge the schools ahead of them. When other schools see Marist walking off the bus, they know that they are going to have to work that much harder to earn a win over them in the final results.

These teams encompass what it is to compete with grit and overcome all adversity. Being an alumni of Marist Track and Field, I am proud of what both teams accomplished at the Regional meet and look forward to seeing how they finish at the IC4A/ECAC Meet at Van Cortland Park this Saturday. I know they won’t disappoint. #GoRedFoxes.

Friday, November 10, 2017

K-Doc's College Football Rivalries to Watch in November


Its me, K-Doc, maker of rivalry lists and enjoyer of fights between rabid drunk fanbases.

College football is a beautiful game to watch and experience in person. Not because of the quality  of the game (if you want quality, watch the NFL), but because of the environment that it takes place in, and how much you hate the other guy.

We are now entering the best month of college football. as it is the time of the most hatred and the most passion, Rivalry Month. This list is going to give you the 7 biggest rivalry match-ups I will be looking forward to all month long.

1. War on I-4 (USF vs UCF, 11/24)

For the first time ever and possbily for one year only, the battle between Tampa's school and Orlando's school will be the best rivalry game in the state of Florida. Let's be frank here, Florida State and Florida, the two flagship schools, are awful. And Miami is the only P5 jewel of the state this year (we'll come back to you later).

This year it  is all about the overlooked American Athletic Conference (AAC not ACC) teams that are playing extremely well. Scott Frost is one of the hottest names on the coaching market with his UCF Knights 8-0, 2 years removed from an 0-12 season. Charlie Strong is back in the Sunshine State and regaining his stature by leading the USF Bulls to an 8-1 record.

This is not FSU-UF or FSU-Miami, but these two schools do not like each other. The War on I-4, the Interstate that goes from Tampa to Orlando, has been official for 2 years now but this rivalry has been in existance for years. It only got better when USF and UCF ended up in the AAC after the mess of the Big East was finished.

If you are looking for a great Black Friday match-up which can determine a "Group of 5" spot in the "New Years' 6", then this game is gonna fill your need for great football.

2. Catholics Vs. Convicts (Miami vs Notre Dame, 11/11)

Its a Household Name (Florida Football Insider)

I know what you are thinking. No, not that Alabama fans are extremely annoying and no, not that you probably left the stove on and your house might burn down because you are an idiot. It is, "Hey you bozo, Miami-Notre Dame is not a real rivalry, talk about the Iron Bowl you nerd".

Except #1: this is a classic rivalry, and #2, seriously, go home and make sure your stove is turned off, insurance is insane these days. College football fans that were around in the 1980s are sure gonna get a kick out of Saturday night's match-up in Miami.

Catholics Vs. Convicts is a classic tale from 1988, even so that it was made into a ESPN 30 for 30. The 2017 edition of this game has the chance to be as great. There is no heat at the moment, but the styles are still the same.

Notre Dame are the "rich pricks" who get everything they want and are the good ole boys of college football. Miami are the "thugs", the ungrateful a-holes who do not care what you think and will kick your ass and do it with style. Yeah these were all generalizations, but they are the generalizations that drive this rivalry, as in T-shirts Notre Dame students made.

Out of all this, we have the game that carries playoff implications.. Notre Dame is #3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, with their only loss coming to Georgia (Go Dawgs!), who are the #1 team in the land. Every game for the Fighting Irish is must win, as one more loss means no more playoff for the independant team.

As for Miami, this is it for them. They are 8-0 and playing in the ACC, but they have not proven themselves in the eyes of the voters, who have them at #7, behind 4 one loss teams.

This game means everything and with the stakes high, the heat will be on between these classic rivals. College football fans do not need a stupid article to tell them that this game will be must watch, but I am going to tell you anyway, THIS GAME IS MUST WATCH!!!!

3. Deep South's Oldest Rivalry (UGA vs. Auburn 11/11)
Good boy!
I was hesitant at first to include this game for many reasons. First, Georgia is just that good right now. Yeah they had a sloppy game against South Carolina, but that has been their only hiccup, as they have blown the doors off of almost every team they have faced.

The rushing attack of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and the 100 other 5 star running backs in the backfield cannot be matched by any other team. The defense is stellar, anything less would be unacceptable under guru Kirby Smart. Also, for a guy that cannot seem to throw a pass downfield, Jake Fromm is pretty good.

Second, Auburn is one of the biggest uncertainties in the SEC. They are #14 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but if you were to stroll down the Twitterverse, you would think Auburn is 0-8 right now.

Gus Malzahn may be on the hot seat, especially with Jay Jacobs, FORMER Auburn Athletic Director, set to resign in June of 2018. He has led his teams to various collapses ever since blowing a lead to Florida State in the 2014 National Championship game. This game may be for his job, as Auburn fans are getting collapse fatigue and sick of watching Alabama win a National Title every other year. 

However, Auburn is not that bad and this is the first true hostile environment the Georgia Bulldogs will play in this season. Not even at Notre Dame in Week 2 was the environment as hostile as it will be at Auburn.

University of Georgia fans basically took over South Bend against the Fighting Irish, I refuse to accept the Tennessee Vols as a real football team until Butch Jones is no longer the head football coach (UGA won 41-0, they obviously felt no pressure).

This is one of the SEC's biggest rivalries and this means that Kirby Smart's squad will have to buckle down and be ready to face an amped up Jordan-Hare Stadium environment. This may be a trap game for the Dawgs, so anything has the potential to happen, as Georgia fans have experience with before.

4. Iron Bowl (Alabama vs Auburn 11/25)

Blah, blah, blah, best rivalry in sports, blah blah blah, Roll Tide, blah blah blah, War Eagle, blah blah blah, Alabama is probably gonna win but it still a fun rivalry. blah blah blah.

5. Apple Cup (Washington vs Washington State 11/25)

This match-up could have been much better than it is going to be. Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars have had two terrible losses, getting blown out by Cal and Arizona. Chris Peterson and the Washington Huskies have been rolling ever since their embarrassing loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff last season.

Except for one disappointing loss to Arizona State three weeks ago, the Huskies have been playing good football. Okay, maybe that loss to Arizona State has cost them and the PAC-12 a shot at making the College Football Playoff, but the Huskies are still damn good.

Even though playoff implications are out the window now, this game will still be the most important of the year for both teams. Right now, Washington is at the top of the PAC-12 standings with only one loss, and Washington State is in sole possession of 2nd place with two losses. Theoretically, by the way this season is going, this should be the PAC-12 North Championship Game.

With the potential magnitude of this match-up, this match-up could be one that lives in Apple Cup lore the next few decades. Washington State is no longer a pushover in the conference and they want to assert themselves as the state's team. And Washington is just looking to continue their newfound reign over the PAC-12, including another win over dreaded Wazzu.

It is not a well known match-up, and I myself do not tend to watch PAC-12 games, but this should prove to be a good one come Rivalry Week.

6. Battle for the Governer's Cup (Louisville vs Kentucky 11/25) 
The basketball rivalry that has some thrilling football matchups (Matt Stone, Courier Journal)

Two things, right off the bat. First, yes I do go to Louisville so this game always means the world to me. I have never left a football game early by choice before. I have always enjoyed seeing the reactions by players, even when the Cards lose.

But when Austin MacGinness knocked in a 47 yard field goal to put UK up 41-38 and then the Wildcats picked off Lamar Jackson one last time, I left the stands immediately. I refused to watch the Cats raise that Governor's Cup and throw their L's down, mocking our university.

Second, this also has the potential to be the biggest games in Bobby Petrino or Mark Stoop's coaching careers.

For Petrino, it is simple, he has been a major disappointment to everyone in the business (read my previous post about all of that).

For Mark Stoops, Big Blue Nation is getting restless with the same thing every single season. 5-1 start, and then falling apart once they hit the SEC portion of the schedule. Last year, they finally reached a bowl game at 7-6, but it has been obvious that the SEC has been the worst its ever been for the past two seasons (another post of mine you can check out). 

Big Blue Nation is starting to jump off the Stoops bandwagon with all of the 2nd half chokes that have occurred under his watch. Kentucky is going to a bowl for the 2nd season in a row and have the potential to have 8 wins this season. Unfortunately for Stoops, it is not enough for a team that thought they might be able to compete for an SEC title with the recruits they have been able to bring to Lexington. 

For Louisville, its about salvaging a season that has been extremely dissapointing. Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals still are not eligible for a bowl game and fans of Louisville have been getting restless. As a fan, I can say this is the only game I am looking forward to and even bought tickets to go to Lexington for the game.

But what about the non-UK/UofL college football fan?

Well, ever since Bobby Petrino returned to Louisville, these games have been intense. In 2014, it was a 44-40 Louisville victory, 2015 had Lamar Jackson put his name on the national stage by leading a comeback from down 24-7 to win 38-24 in hostile Lexington, and last season Stoops finally won by coming to Louisville and winning a 41-38 shocker over the then #11 Cards.

These teams once again have less than stellar defenses, so if high scoring, nail-biters, and pure hatred is your game, check out this likely 12:00 PM SEC Network match-up.

7. 2017 SEC Championship Game (Georgia vs Alabama 12/2) 

WOAH THERE! That is right, I ignored the intro and have moved right on into December for this thriller in Atlanta. The battle of these border states is not an official rivalry yet, but if you have been paying any attention to this season and the recruiting trails, then you know that this is the beginning of something special in the SEC.

Its Nick Saban, the living legend himself, against his protege Kirby Smart who is in his 2nd year at UGA and has the Dawgs on a direct path to multiple National Championships in the future. 

Alabama is Alabama. They have been to every single College Football Playoff so far, and have won 4 titles under Nick Saban. Bama has steamrolled everyone once again and are looking to avenge last year's loss to Clemson.

For Georgia, they are showing themselves in to the party of the elite with a unexpected rise to prominence. This match-up is so crazy at the moment, that the possibility of both teams making the playoff no matter who wins this game is extremely realistic. 

There is some history in this match-up. UGA going into Tuscaloosa in Saban's first year and winning in overtime. Alabama spoiling Georgia's blackout game in 2008. And that 2012 SEC Championship Game that needs no additional explanation.

However, it is the future that is on the line here. Georgia has the #1 QB and RB committed to the G for 2018, and is poised to continue this success in Athens.

Alabama is always gonna be Alabama as long as Saban is the head ball coach. This is an accepted fact across the country, as "We Want Bama" is the phrase of the decade. Over the years, hatred is gonna brew between the two schools, and we are all gonna remember that first match-up down at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

So here it is, my 7 rivalries to watch for the rest of the season. College football rules, just sit back and enjoy the ride!