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      /  No. 3 Notre Dame was able to cruise past

laiyongcai92 No. 3 Notre Dame was able to cruise past




: 2018/11/27
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No. 12 Syracuse despite their New York Yankees-inspired uniforms Atlanta Falcons Hats , 36-3. They are now 11-0 on the season, and will wrap things up next Saturday against USC.USC is 5-5, and fresh off of a loss to the previously 2-8 UCLA Bruins. S&P+ will likely favor the Irish on the road by 10 or more points. A win for Notre Dame seems like a given, and in that case, the Irish would get their first taste of the Playoff since its inception in 2014.If everything holds as is, Notre Dame is likely the No. 3 team.Since Notre Dame isnt in a conference, theres no title game to be had after the Nov. 24th game against the Trojans. They can do no better than 12-0, assuming they beat USC.If Alabama wins the SEC, and Clemson wins the ACC, the No. 1 and No. 2 spots belong to those teams, respectively. The Irish would maintain the third spot, with Michigan (having beaten Ohio State, and then Northwestern in the Big Ten title) at No. 4.All of those results would give us the following Playoff:Cotton (Arlington, TX): No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 MichiganOrange (Miami): No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre DameKnowing college football, things can and likely will happen that will change the outlook.But even if Georgia steals a spot with an SEC Championship win, the Irish should feel great about their chances of getting in the Playoff.Lets say (lol) Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC Championship. Theres probably no way Alabamas not getting in, at worst as the No. 4 seed. Georgia currently sits at No. 5, and would likely jump Michigan, because wins over Ohio State and Northwestern just arent all that sexy.Notre Dames also got the head-to-head victory over Michigan. They also have a better win over Northwestern than Michigan (so far). Those things count for something and are two of the committees stated tiebreakers between teams of similar quality.For those that would argue a Michigan Big Ten championship would put them in over the Irish, well...Notre Dame being independent and not winning a conference title is fine.The committee has previously said it wont hold Notre Dames lack of conferencehood against it. Here are four simple reasons why, that SB Nations Alex Kirshner has detailed here:Theres no arguing that one.Those two were 2016 Ohio State, who went 11-1 after a loss to a two-loss Penn State that won the Big Ten, and 2017 Alabama, who lost to Auburn, who got smoked by Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.Theyve been in the discussion before, so this is nothing new.Notre Dame has wins over Michigan (currently sits at No. 4 in the Playoff rankings), Big Ten West champ Northwestern Atlanta Falcons Womens Hoodie , ACC Coastal champ Pitt, and a 36-3 win over No. 12 Syracuse. Wins over Virginia Tech, Florida State, and (probably) USC would also look rather nice in most other years, even if theyre not much this year.Oh, and the Irish also have the advantage of being finished a full week before everybody else.A little rest never hurt nobody.So barring a surprising loss to USC, Notre Dame should be in the Playoff.That wont sit well with some conference champions, but its hard to argue against the Irish.NFC South 2018 divisional preview Week 1 is finally upon us! The Falcons play football in approximately 48 hours, which is awesome. Before that, however, it might be a good idea to check in on our greatest competition: our rivals in the NFC South. This is a division that sent three teams to the playoffs in 2017, which is a pretty incredible feat in a stacked conference. Is that likely to happen again in 2018, and who ends up on top when the dust clears? Check out my predictions and thoughts on the other teams below.For reference, here is how the division finished in 2017:New Orleans Saints* 11-5Carolina Panthers* 11-5Atlanta Falcons* 10-6Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11New Orleans Saints2017 Record: 11-52018 Projection: 10-6Major Additions: EDGE Marcus Davenport (draft), CB Patrick Robinson (FA), LB Demario Davis (FA), S Kurt Coleman (FA), TE Benjamin Watson (FA), QB Teddy Bridgewater (trade)Major Losses: S Kenny Vaccaro, OL Senio Kelemete, CB Delvin Breaux, WR Willie Snead, QB Chase DanielThe Saints were among the NFCs best teams in 2017, and the trend is likely to continue in 2018. They benefited greatly from a phenomenal draft class that produced five starters, and managed to stay relatively healthy throughout the year. New Orleans also had a ridiculously efficient offense that is likely to come back down to earth somewhat this season.The Saints added some interesting pieces this offseason. Marcus Davenport required two first round picksa gamble that the developmental pass rusher will turn into a top-tier player sooner rather than later. Patrick Robinson, Demario Davis, and Kurt Coleman are all serviceable starters. Ben Watson is quite old and their only real option at TEthat position is likely to be a weakness in 2018. A last minute trade for Teddy Bridgewater solidified their back-up QB spot Julio Jones Jersey Limited , but it was a costly move that required a 3rd round pick.New Orleans lost a few big namesVaccaro and Breaux were long-hyped by Saints fans as high-level playersbut nobody that will significantly move the needle for this team. Willie Snead seemed to fall out of favor last season, but had been a quality receiving option before that. Chase Daniel was a dependable and reliable back-up QBhis loss had the Saints scrambling for QB help, and they ended up trading for Bridgewater.The Saints will still be very good in 2017, but this all-in strategy is going to cost them long-term. Giving up next years first and third round pick will make 2019 a thin class at the top. Weve seen how big trades can gut the depth of rosterslook no further than 2013 and 2014 in Atlanta. With the Saints already cutting three of their 2018 draft picks4th round T Rick Leonard, 5th round DB Natrell Jamerson, and 6th round CB Kamrin Moorethe stage is set for this team to potentially face a serious downfall after Brees retirement in 1-2 seasons.Carolina Panthers2017 Record: 11-52018 Projection: 8-8Major Additions: DT Dontari Poe (FA), WR D.J. Moore (draft), CB Donte Jackson (draft), S DaNorris Searcy (FA), WR Torrey Smith (trade) Major Losses: LG Andrew Norwell, EDGE Charles Johnson, CB Daryl Worley, S Kurt Coleman, QB Derek AndersonThe Panthers were an exciting team in 2017 thatarguablyoverachieved based on their roster. Carolina went an incredible 8-1 in one-score games last season, a feat that is nearly impossible to replicate. There is almost certainly going to be some regression to the mean from probability alone, but what about the state of the roster?Obviously Cam Newton is the engine that drives the offense, and sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey is going to be called upon to become a focal point. The Panthers fired longtime offensive coordinator Mike Shula and brought in Norv Turner for the jobthe same Norv Turner that quit in Minnesota in 2016. Im not sure how well Turners offensive style fits with the Panthers, but it might not matter all that much. The reason? Injuries, particularly on the offensive line. LT Matt Kalil is on IR. LG Amini Silatolu is hurt. RT Daryl Williams appears to have made a miraculous recovery after a knee injury that couldve been season-ending, but hes still only a little over a month past his surgery. Carolina already lost LG Andrew Norwellamong the best in the game at his positionin free agency. This offensive line could end up being a huge liability.Former Falcons DT Dontari Poe signed a big deal to join the Panthers and should help solidify a stout defensive line. Carolina added WR D.J. Moore and CB Donte Jackson in the first two rounds of the draft. S DaNorris Searcy came in to replace Kurt Coleman, but that is likely going to be a downgrade. CB Ross Cockrellwho was expected to be the CB2 next to James Bradberrysuffered a season-ending injury in camp. The secondary is short on proven players with Daryl Worley shipped off to Philadelphia in the offseason. Carolina will be depending on a lot of young players on both sides of the ball to keep them from falling behind.Tampa Bay Buccaneers2017 Record: 5-112018 Projection: 6-10Major Additions: C Ryan Jensen, EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul (FA), EDGE Vinny Curry (FA), DT Vita Vea (draft), RB Ronald Jones (draft)Major Losses: EDGE Robert Ayers, C Joe Hawley, S T.J. WardOh http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/julio-jones-jersey , the Bucs. It seems like every year, Tampa Bay gets hyped as the up-and-coming team. The trendy pick to go from worst-to-first. And, like clockwork, every year they fall spectacularly short. This year appears no different, but fewer people are behind them now with the news of Jameis Winstons 3-game suspension. That suspensionfor groping an Uber driverhas put Winstons future with the team in doubt, and hell need to put together a very good season for the Bucs to consider giving him a big contract after this year.That means well get to see Ryan Fitzpatrick once again for the first three games of the seasonand those three games are absolutely brutal for Tampa Bay. Most are projecting them to go 0-3, and it would be genuinely surprising if they didnt. Recovering from 0-3 (or worse) certainly isnt impossiblewe saw the Saints do it last seasonbut itll be very difficult for this Bucs team against an absolutely stacked NFC South.The good news for Tampa Bay is that the defensive line looks much better all-around. Additions like Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry should give the Bucs some semblance of a pass rush for the first time in forever. C Ryan Jensen was brought in to replace the retiring Joe Hawley, and he should be an upgrade there. In the draft, Tampa Bay added DT Vita Vea and RB Ronald Jones in the first and second rounds. Neither of those two are likely to have major roles to start the seasonVea because of injury, Jones because of...well, hes been bad. Thats not a great omen.Overall, this team basically has the same issues that it has had over the past two years. The offensive line is passable but not a strength. There are big problems in the secondary, where Brent Grimes is solid but the rest of the group is a giant question mark. Somehow, Chris Conte is still a starting safety in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have a quality group of receivers and TEs, as usual, but the RBs are not a position of strength. I think this Tampa Bay team improves in the win column, but not enough to make much of a difference.The NFC South is still quite talented in 2018, but I expect the Saints to regress slightly and the Panthers to regress in a big way. The Bucs will actually improvealbeit by 1 gamebut that probably wont be enough to save Koetters job. This is still going to be a difficult division, and the Falcons playoff fortunes will likely rest on how well they play against their closest rivals.Here is my final prediction for how the NFC South will shake out in 2018:Atlanta Falcons* 12-4New Orleans Saints* 10-6Carolina Panthers 8-8Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-10The changing of the guard continues at the top of the NFC South, as is customary, with the Falcons taking home the division title in 2018. New Orleans is right behind them at 10-6, and they lock up a Wild Card berth despite playing a tough first place schedule. The Panthers fall a bit to 8-8 due to some statistical regression and a few very thin position groupsthe offensive line and secondary come to mind. Tampa Bay is...well, theyre still in the basement of the division. Until they get a new coaching staff, theyre likely to stay there.What are your thoughts on the NFC South heading into the 2018 season? Which team are you most concerned about this season? Who do you think might surprisein a good or bad waythis year?
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