Saturday may have marked the end of Ohio State’s playoff hopes. They will have a shot at retribution when they play Michigan near the end of the season, but this week’s upset loss to Penn State was detrimental. After a tight game versus Wisconsin last week, Ohio State already looked to be in hot water. […]
All three ranked versus ranked showdowns take part in the SEC this weekend. The game of the unbeaten consists of some of the best one-on-one match-ups we have seen all season with most notably being the nation’s top rated offensive tackle versus the best player in college football. By: Christian Page With a few games […]
Carson Wentz may have led the small school prospect renaissance last season,but the FCS level has made a habit of producing high end NFL players over the last ten years. The 2017 draft class has a chance to be one of the deepest small school (FCS and below) classes in recent memory, and it’s in […]
It’s crazy to think it’s already Week Seven as Alabama’s 52-6 victory over USC seems like it happened last night along with Les Miles’ hot seat rising in temperature beginning with LSU losing to, then, an average Wisconsin team in Green Bay. With almost half the season over this is when the list of NFL […]
The Miami Hurricanes have not beaten the rival Florida State Seminoles since 2009. On Saturday night, Miami had as good a chance as ever to defeat the garnet and gold. The Hurricanes had the home field advantage, the momentum of an undefeated season and the tenth spot in college football’s official rankings. The stars appeared […]
In one of the biggest and most heated annual interstate division rivalries in College Football, the #10 ranked Miami Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 Conf.) square off this Saturday at home against the #23 ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-2, 0-2 Conf.). Losers of six straight to Florida State, Miami has plenty of motivation. This game will be […]
The SEC steals the show this weekend with two ranked battles taking place in the west division as underdog Arkansas looks to finally get over the hump versus Alabama and Tennessee facing another ranked opponent with us wondering when will its luck run out? I don’t breakdown as many games in this week’s preview but […]
The BIG12 continued to cannibalize itself this week as Mason Rudolph and the Oklahoma State Cowboys knocked off the No.22 ranked Texas Longhorns. It was a high scoring event from both sides, but the Rudolph-lead passing attack of Oklahoma State was too much for the Longhorns. Oklahoma State handed Texas their second loss of the […]
At Optimum Scouting, both on and off the internet, we evaluate and work with small school prospects for our pro team clients as well as for our All-Star game work. Our primary All-Star game client, the Dream Bowl, features many of the best non-FBS prospects in the country, and players like current Colts receiver Chester […]
This week will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Washington gets a true test playing host to Stanford and the No. 3 ranked Louisville Cardinals travel to Clemson for its biggest game in program history. North Carolina will have the chance to flex its muscle against a descending Florida State defense that has averaged giving […]
Prior to Saturday, the Tennessee Volunteers had not defeated the Florida Gators in over a decade. Josh Dobbs had lost to the Gators twice himself heading into the game, but he would walk away with a different result than he had in the previous two seasons. In the tale of two halves, Tennessee snapped their […]
With a full swing of conference games, match-ups consist of top ranked battles between players including Texas A&M top-billed pass rushers lining up opposite of Arkansas’s Dan Skipper and Tennessee’s expected rushing attack versus the instinctive and speedy Jarrad Davis of Florida. Those are just two match-ups of many that you should keep an eye […]
No.19 ranked Ole Miss hosting No.1 ranked Alabama was the biggest game of the weekend. Major implications for the SEC West title were on the line for this game, as were Ole Miss’s hopes for a national championship. The Rebels needed to dethrone Alabama to keep their playoff dreams alive.
An attractive set of contests is back in play this weekend with four games consisting of ranked versus ranked teams. With conference play in full swing now, we are spoiled with scouting matchups galore across the country. Here are some players to watch and matchups to highlight this weekend with a focus on draft-eligible players. By: Christian […]
In one of the most controversial, mismanaged turn of events in recent memory, Cooper Rush threw a hail mary that turned into a hook-and-ladder play to put away a ranked Oklahoma State team. Rush will have an asterisk next to this critical victory, but that is somewhat unfair to him. As undeserving as the opportunity […]
We were spoiled with Week One matchups as the weekend was described as the “best opening weekend ever” and it did not disappoint. The matchups do not scream high rating this week but that doesn’t mean competitive battles are not in the works.
2015 was a monumental season for the Houston Cougars. First-year head coach Tom Herman lead them to a near undefeated season, but he wanted more in 2016. With an offense lead by athlete turned quarterback Greg Ward Jr., Herman wanted to come out swinging in week one, scheduling an Oklahoma team ranked in the top […]
I started off with this sentence in last year’s Week One Preview and I will repeat it for the start of the 2016 college football season: “The opening weekend of college football is finally here and we are welcomed with a plethora of attention-grabbing games with big-named teams with plenty of next-level talent.”
Brad Kaaya is one of many victims of Miami’s Al Golden era. While at Miami, Golden mishandled a number of players, ran bland systems on both sides of the ball and severely underperformed at one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs. It was a miserable five year stretch for all parties involved, especially Kaaya, […]
Mason Rudolph is a soon-to-be star of the 2017 draft class. It was tough for Rudolph to grab the attention of national media circles because Oklahoma State stole many of his touchdowns and gift wrapped them as quarterback runs, screen passes or touch passes for JW Walsh. Despite Rudolph being the starting quarterback in 2015, […]
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is squandering a chance to groom a superstar. After Malik Zaire, Notre Dame’s original starter, went down with an injury early on in the season, DeShone Kizer stepped in and lit up the remainder of Notre Dame’s schedule. Kizer displayed rare arm talent, played with poise beyond his years […]
I’m getting pretty confident in my hypothesis by now: players tend to try a lot harder when money is on the line, and they slack off when it’s not. This aspect of the game is frequently talked about, but almost never annualized using real data. That’s my goal. Last time, we looked at pass rushers. […]
Deshaun Watson will be entering his junior season as the crown jewel of the 2016 quarterback class. He has everything that scouts search to the ends of the earth for every year. Size, arm strength, athleticism, poise- the list goes on for miles and miles.
Teams shelled out record amounts of cash to defensive linemen and pass rushers this offseason, including Von Miller, Muhammad Wilkerson, Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Olivier Vernon. Are they going to maintain their levels of production? Will their defenses be better as team?
The NFL has rarely seen a drastic change in the way teams do things on the field. Over the course of football’s long, long history strategies and tendencies have shifted greatly, but not to the degree of a strategical quasi-revolution. Using Expected Points we will debate whether or not the NFL is due for a […]