Exxedera’s FBS Top 25 – Week 10

Another one bites the turf.

The #5 (formerly) Oklahoma Sooners just lost their first game of the season to the Kansas State Wildcats by a score of 48-41. The game highlighted OU’s biggest hinderance over the past few years: Defense. The Sooners defense has got to find a way to be able to make stops when needed if they ever want to get over the hump in the Lincoln Riley era.

Let’s see where they rank in this weeks power rankings.

Power Rankings

1. LSU Tigers (8-0)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)

3. Clemson Tigers (8-0)

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0)

5. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-0)

6. Florida Gators (7-1)

7. Oregon Ducks (7-1)

8. Georgia Bulldogs (7-1)

9. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1)

10. Baylor Bears (8-0)

11. Utah Utes (7-1)

12. Minnesota Gophers (8-0)

13. Auburn Tigers (6-2)

14. SMU Mustangs (8-0)

15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2)

16. Cincinnati Bearcats (7-1)

17. Wisconsin Badgers (6-2)

18. Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-0)

19. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2)

20. Michigan Wolverines (6-2)

21. Memphis Tigers (7-1)

22. Texas A&M Aggies (5-3)



25. Texas A&M Aggies (4-3)

Exxedera’s FBS Top 25 – Week 9

Week eight of the college football season featured a huge top 10 upset as Wisconsin fell to the fighting Illini of Illinois. As for the rest of the Big Ten Penn State stayed undefeated against Michigan while Minnesota also started 7-0 for the first time since 1960.

Let’s see how the rest of the country ranks in this weeks top 25.

Power Rankings

1. LSU Tigers (7-0)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)

3. Clemson Tigers (7-0)

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)

5. Oklahoma Sooners (7-0)

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0)

7. Florida Gators (7-1)

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)

9. Oregon Ducks (6-1)

10. Georgia Bulldogs (6-1)

11. Auburn Tigers (6-1)

12. Texas Longhorns (5-2)

13. Baylor Bears (7-0)

14. Utah Utes (6-1)

15. Wisconsin Badgers (6-1)

16. Minnesota Gophers (7-0)

17. SMU Mustangs (7-0)

18. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-1)

19. Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-0)

20. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2)

21. Michigan Wolverines (5-2)

22. Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2)

23. Boise State Broncos (6-1)

24. Memphis Tigers (6-1)

25. Texas A&M Aggies (4-3)

NFL Power Rankings – Week 7

The NFL is a wild league. One week a team may look like playoff contenders and the next they may look like nobodies. This is the case of the Dallas Cowboys who have seen the wheels fall off following a 3-0 start. Their divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles are 3-3 after back to back weeks of having an impressive win then a bad loss. At 3-3 they’re firmly tied for first in their division but who is actually the better team?

Check out where the Eagles and Cowboys rank this week in our power rankings.

Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (6-0)

2. San Francisco 49ers (5-0)

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

5. Green Bay Packers (5-1)

6. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)

7. Carolina Panthers (4-2)

8. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

9. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

10. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

11. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

13. Houston Texans (4-2)

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

15. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

17,Carolina Panthers (3-2)

18. Chicago Bears (3-2)

19. Detroit Lions (2-2-1)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

22. New York Giants (2-3)

23. Tennessee Titans (2-4)

24. Jacksonvillew Jaguars (2-4)

25. Cleveland Browns (2-4)

26. Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1)

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)

28. Atlanta Falcons (1-5)

29. Washington Redskins (1-5)

30. New York Jets (1-4)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-6)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5)

Exxedera’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 6

Week six of the NFL is set to kick off Thursday night as the undefeated New England Patriots face off against rookie Daniel Jones and the New York Giants. We’ve already seen some upsets happen this season so an upending of the Patriots wouldn’t be too surprising especially to the Giants.

Let’s take a look at how the entire league stacks up ahead of week six.

Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (5-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (4-1)

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

6. Green Bay Packers (4-1)

7. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

9. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

10. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

11. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

13. Houston Texans (3-2)

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

15. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

17,Carolina Panthers (3-2)

18. Chicago Bears (3-2)

19. Tennessee Titans (2-3)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

22. New York Giants (2-3)

23. Cleveland Browns (2-3)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)

25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

26. Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)

27. Denver Broncos (1-4)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-5)

30. Miami Dolphins (0-4)

31. New York Jets (0-4)

32. Washington Redskins (0-5)

SEC Bottom Feeders Look…. Horrible

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has long been the cream of the crop when it comes to conferences in the college football world. The conference once was winners of 7 straight national championships and it was so dominant then that one of the BCS national championships even ended up being an SEC vs. SEC matchup (Alabama vs. LSU, 2011). Even after the BCS faded away and fans got acquainted to the new College Football Playoff (CFP) the SEC still someway somehow got two teams in and then they competed for the Natty (Georgia vs. Bama, 2017).

It’s mind-blowing to see a conference display so much talent, but we all knew at some point that would all fade away and 2019 may just be the year. Alabama and Georgia are still great, but what else is new? All offseason many heard about how improved teams like Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina and Ole Miss would be this season.

Well that notion faded quickly.

Ole Miss fell to the Memphis Tigers 15-10 in an ugly game where the Rebels could only garner 173 yards of offense. Tennessee embarrassingly lost 38-30 (They scored a late TD) to Georgia State in a game which they paid the Panthers almost $1 million to come to Knoxville just to defeat the Vols. Senior QB Jake Bentley led the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 20-9 lead before North Carolina quickly turned it around and won the game 24-20. Kelly Bryant’s Mizzou debut went worse than expected as Tigers were gashed by two 100 yard rushers in a 37-31 loss to Wyoming.

Cover Photo By Matthew Grimes Photography.

Chargers Take Another Hit Before The Season Even Begins

The Los Angeles Chargers have had the roughest offseason out of any team in recent memory. Star RB Melvin Gordon is holding out while he seeks a new contract, WR Keenan Allen is out with an ankle injury and tackle Russel Okung is also nursing an injury. Now Derwin James is set to be out for a few months after he has surgery on his foot. James’ injury places another hit on LA’s offseason and maybe their biggest one of all since their secondary got the boost they needed when the Florida State product arrived last season via the draft.

Derwin James’

Is Holding Out Becoming A Trend Amongst NFL Stars?

Every NFL offseason fans are glued to their television’s to see which big names have made the biggest moves (Changing teams through free agency, draft, etc) but now they have to begin to watch for another reason. NFL stars are now beginning to hold out of training camp, part of the season or even the whole season (More on that later) in order to receive better contracts that fit them in regard to how much they individually mean to their team.

The Le’veon Bell Effect

New York Jets running back is basically the face of the holdout committee. He used his leverage as a superstar player to basically give the Pittsburgh Steelers an ultimatum a year ago: Pay me or I’ll sit for an entire season. The Steelers decided against paying Bell a salary exceeding $14 million per year, while Bell also decided against signing a franchise tag for the second year in a row.

In the end, Bell forfeited his entire salary for the season while the steelers missed out on the postseason even after getting off to a 6-2-1 start to last season. Surely the Steelers missed Bell’s presence as a playmaker out of the backfield. Although rookie James Connor rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns, it wasn’t the same as having Le’Veon Bell pour in 1,300 yards as well as 85 receptions as he did in the 2017 season.

His decision to sit came as a reward to him and also his body when he signed a deal with the New York Jets that was in the same $14 million range as the Steelers offered but the difference was the Jets offered way more in guaranteed money which is a big deal to a running back that’s nearing 30 and just led the league in touches a couple of seasons ago. Now he may have taken himself out of yearly playoff contention, but he’s getting more money for the repeated beating his body is going to take over the next half decade+

Did The Seahawks Overpay Russell Wilson?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the owner of the richest contract in NFL history moment and he’s surely worth it. But did the Seahawks give him too high of a tab considering how many impact players they lost over the years?

Wilson led the Seahawks to a playoff berth in his rookie season and a super bowl title in his second. He got the Seahawks back to the promise land in his third season just to be denied at the goal line when he threw an interception in the end zone near the end of the game. Since that throw at the end of his third NFL season, Wilson has seen relatively little playoff success, although he’s been to the playoffs every year of his career besides one.

The fact that he continually gets to the playoffs leads many to believe that his four-year, $140 million contract extension was worth it. If you think about it, it sort of is. The fact that he went from super bowl appearances during the Beast Mode and Legion Of Boom era to playoff appearances following the departures of Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and others says alot about how great of a leader Wilson is. He’ll be in for a huge challenge next year as they lose their defensive leader, Earl Thomas to free agency. The Seahawks did make a great effort to improve their defense through the draft, drafting players on that side of the ball with three of their first four picks.

The biggest setback on the Seattle roster however falls on the offensive side of the football. Their offensive line is so terrible that Wilson is almost relegated to making most of his throws outside of the pocket and on the run. The Seahawks drafted WR D.K. Metcalf following the retirement of longtime receiver Doug Baldwin due to nagging injuries. Will the addition of Metcalf plus the running of RB’s Chris Carson (5th most yards in the league last season) and 2018 first round pick Rashaad Penny should be enough to will the Seahawks back to the playoffs. But is a super bowl run possible?

A run back to the Super Bowl may have been made more possible if the Seahawks had used some of that money from Wilson’s contract to sign impact players in free agency such as Eric Berry to replace Earl Thomas. Maybe they could have even pulled off a trade

It’s Now Or Never For The Oregon Ducks

The time is now.

No more inexcusable losses, no more fast starts yet slow finishes, no more high hopes dashed. No more. The time is now.

The Oregon Ducks have been on of the most successful team in college football without a championship in the last decade plus joining programs such as Boise State, Wisconsin & Stanford as teams with a 76% or better winning percentage with no championship. They’ve reached two championship game in the span unlike the three aforementioned programs, however they lost to Auburn in 2010 and Florida State in 2014.

Those championship games were played under two separate head coaches. Chip Kelly, who is the engineer of Oregon’s fashionable uptempo spread system that swept through college football and Mark Helfrich who served as Kelly’s Offensive Coordinator before taking over the head position prior to the 2014 season. Helfrich was known as a masterful recruiter during his time as coordinator, recruiting quarterbacks Dennis Dixon, Darren Thomas, Marcus Mariota & Johnny Manziel to the Ducks (Many don’t even know Manziel was a Duck for a year), but when he became the HC he regressed as a recruiter and the state of the program following Mariota’s departure showed that.

Fast forward to 2019 and the Ducks have gone through three different head coaches in the past three seasons. The only difference this upcoming year will be that the last of the three, Mario Christobal is remaining on the sidelines as the head man for another year after a 9-4 record in his first season. Christobal, like Helfrich is known as a great recruiter and his biggest recruiting job to date may be getting QB Justin Herbert to return for his senior season. A likely first-round pick in April’s draft, Herbert threw for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. Oregon navigated their way to a 5-1 record and a number 12 ranking before falling off and going 4-3 the remainder of the season. That’s almost reminiscent of the 2017 season when they began 4-1 and ended up 7-6 to end the year.

Pay Me Or Trade Me: Melvin Gordon Edition

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has demanded that the Chargers either give him a new contract or trade him before the new season kicks off.

Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in the upcoming season however the four-year pro believes that he’s worth more due to his consistency out of the backfield and ability to stay on the field. He has an argument as he’s started at least 11 games in each of his four seasons which includes two pro bowl appearances (2016 & 2018).

The former first-round pick out of Wisconsin is one of the best workhorse backs in the league as he has tallied 5,205 yards from scrimmage and 38 total touchdowns over his four seasons. He ran for over 1,000 yards in the 2017 season and this past year he fell just short of that, but he missed four games and had 100 less carries. He made up for that by averaging over five yards per carry for the first time in his career (He averaged 3.8 before).

If the Chargers don’t pay him now they would be risking watching their best back since LaDainian Tomlinson walk away in next year’s offseason. Would that be a wise move? I don’t believe so. Gordon wants to be paid in the same range as the game’s best backs who have already gotten big paydays such as Todd Gurley and LeVeon Bell and quite frankly he deserves it, especially with Phillip Rivers nearing retirement.