2019 Power Rankings + Bowl Predictions 1) Texas (BCS Ranked #1) cmassey13 - Vince Woods shocked the world when he elected to return for his senior season, despite being the first quarterback that would've been taken in the NFL draft last April. Woods took the risk like we've seen many juniors who finish the year on a hot-streak and eventually not pan out as well as projected had they left school early. We've also seen guys who leave early only to be swallowed up by some elite professional defenses. Woods broke the mold in both instances as he's put his Longhorns in a terrific position to win a national championship. He's cut down on his mistakes and is throwing the ball with a 76% completion rate, by far highest of any college QB. He's ammassed over 3000 yards through the air and ground combined, 39 touchdowns to just 13 turnovers. Defensively for the Longhorns, Jeremy Mitchell is the outspoken leader of the group and leads his team in tackles. JR Max Jones provides the pass rush from his LE spot with 13 sacks on the year and every one of his 15 solo tackles coming for a loss. This is a Longhorn defense that is extremely talented and has shut down every offense this year, to date including last years National Champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish. We don't expect anyone to be able to stop Woods & Co. as they likely breeze their way to the National Championship. 2) Ohio State (BCS Ranked #2) Spayer419 - Coach Meyer and his Buckeyes finish a close 2nd in the power rankings. The undefeated Bucks had a soft OOC schedule but they absolutely dismantled an up and coming FSU team 59-28 earlier in the season and have edged out some close games since then over PSU, WISC, IU, MARY that experts believed they should've crushed. QB Chris Butler is the teams offensive leader but we believe its the depth in tailback that makes OSU so strong this season. Cornell Landrum the former 5* and #1 RB of the 2018 class has taken the majority of the handoffs and split stasticis with upperclass men Vernon King who is as fast as they come. Last years most prized recruit Jermaine Peters is the homerun threat on the receiving corps and return game, he's lightning in a bottle and can strike from any distance out. Defensively, it's a team effort as the majroity of the starters have anywhere from 10-30 tackles on the year. Don't expect any one to stick out because it's a strong unit that gets the job done week in week out on Meyer's close victories down the stretch. We expect another classic between Texas and OSU in the Big Game. 3) Notre Dame (BCS Ranked #5) cyhiphopp - Losing two time National Champion JR Gant proved to be the difference when Notre Dame hosted Texas earlier in the year, the ONLY blemish on Coach Hopp's schedule thus far. That stingy Irish defense has held 8 opponents within 10 pts or less this year and is clearly the teams glaring strength. SS Gary Andrews is as tenacious a defender as you will find in the entire college football landscape, he is a tackling machine whose amassed 10 sacks from his SS spot and forced 5 turnovers (2 INT 3 FF). Andrews has put himself in a position to become a top 10 draft pick in April with his strong senior campaign and is the teams best player. The Fighting Irish may not have the same dual threat at QB as they did in Gant but Jeremy Mathis runs a smooth offense that likes to get WR Joe Stewart the ball. Stewart has 51 catches 985 yards and 10TDs allready this season and will be a first round selection in April as well. Notre Dame looks to clinch what should be a 4th straight ACC title this season and will likely have to play Georgia Tech to do so, who they narrowly beat earlier this year. 4) Georgia Tech (BCS Ranked #4) Rekkapryde - The only reason the Yellow Jackets are below Notre Dame despite a higher BCS ranking is because they lost in South Bend earlier this year, but since then - they've easily handled Wisconsin and absolutely dismantled their ACC competition since. GT's reputation for success has been simple and consistent through the past few seasons - Quarterback play. Joseph Flowers waited patiently this year for his time to shine and his patience as paid off in dividends, he's passed for 2871 yards 35TDs to just 7INTs and 3Fumbles. Junior wideout Patrick Cox has established himself as his favorite target, stretching out 34 catches for 1115 yards and 13TDs, he's argueably the biggest deep threat in the country and likely to challenge for Biletnikoff honours this season. Strong play on the egdes for GT on defense allows their talented backfield to make plays, where Ricky Foster and Tim Roberts can hurt QBs who rush throws. We will find out a lot about GT when they take on UNC this evening. 5) Oklahoma (BCS Ranked #6) fishdock - The Boomer Sooners have rebounded from a dismal season last year to having a terrific, SEC title challenging year behind QB Brent Price and MLB Tyler Slaughter. Slaughter likely wins some serious hardware when all is said and done this season with his 48 tackle, 26 TFL, 20 sack, 3 FF season. The emotional leader and captain on this team, it goes as far as he takes them. A true linebacker with a tenacious reputation for destroying ball carrier, Slaughter is a once in a life time type prospect who projects to be a top 10 pick in April. Coach Fishdock's signature wins have come against Alabama and Northwestern and they'd be playing in the SEC Championship game if it werent for a loss to Texas. We like where Brent Price has taken this offense, he's improved his numbers and passed for 2294 yards 26 TDs with just 7INTs. If Price can continue to limit the turnovers he is going to lead the Sooners for a serious run at a BCS Bowl game. 6) Florida State (BCS Ranked #9) LongGONE24 - The Seminoles are red hot winning 8 games straight since two ugly losses to Notre Dame and then Ohio State. The team is on the cusp of having enough talent to challenge with anyone and judging by the recruiting class they're putting together for next fall, they have the pieces in place to do so. Losing one of the most dynamic receivers in the country in Marcus Johnson was a shocking blow to the receiving corps but the play of Chip Mitchell and freshman TE Darren Heyward have kept the passing offense rolling. A new found run game has also propelled the Noles this high and giving them a better chance to end the season where they want to be, and not in just a Champs Sports Bowl. MLB Patrick Dunbar, OLB Joey Brewster and FS Jordan Smith lead the defense and the scary thought about this is that all 3 players return next year, along with some coveted high school prospects to add to Coach Macc`s bag of tricks. Despite being a sophmore, Patrick Dunbar may prove to be the best defender in all of college football yet again with another monster season. 7) Wisconsin (BCS Ranked #11) Glen Cieske - Wisconsin has one of the games most talented young QBs in recent memory in Eddie Murphy. The dual threat has accounted for well over 3000 yards multi purpose and almost 30 touchdowns. Murphy completes a ton of his passes well over 60% and spreads the ball around efficiently with 5 receivers over 15 catches. Many will say senior Adam Barrett is his favorite target, and with 4.2 40 speed, why wouldn't he be? Wisconsins offense utilizes a talented young TE Prince Sims whose amassed 427 yards on 26 catches with 3 TD. CB Myron Greene is the most dynamic player on their defense, and the redshirt freshman Tyler Kirpatrick is a promising young talent. Wisconsin came within the skin of their teeth at upsetting Ohio State, in Columbus so that is a massive moral victory for Coach Cieske who close out the year with Illinois and Purdue, but unfortunately won't be playing in a conference title game. 8) North Carolina (BCS Ranked #15) Antonio T. - The North Carolina TarHeels are riding a 5 game win streak since nearly coming back vs. our power ranked #6 Florida State. The Heels are a high powered offense behind O'Brien Award contenders Chris Archer's right arm. This QB has really come into this season focused and exploded onto the scene leading the nation in passing yardage and touchdowns by a landslide. Amassing allready 3545 yards and 40TDs Archer is a man on a mission. Scott Russell is clearly the favorite target as he's the few receivers to allready pass the 1000 yard mark on the season, but it's a relatively balanced attack with 5 receivers over 20 catches and 300+ yards. Phillip Fuller heads a backfield that's rushed for 892 yards and 7TDs so you can consider them a balanced offense. Freshman CB Anthony Patterson is the return specialist with 3 kick offs ran back for touchdowns with 956 yards. Senior MLB Otis Clark leads the defense and has accounted for 43 tackles 20 TFL and 9 sacks with 2FF. This is an offensive juggernaut that could continue their incline up the BCS and should have a ton of momentum to build off of next season. 9) Northwestern (BCS Ranked #23) Captain Clutch - This is a team whose burst onto the scene only this year but have locked themselves up a spot to play Ohio State in the B1G Championship game. Close narrow victories against Penn State, Indiana and Michigan are Coach Pied's signature wins on the year who has his team certainly steered in the right direction. Taking over only after the Bowl Game last year, the turn around we've allready seen is amazing in Chicago. Brandon Davenport is the QB with a strong arm and dual threat ability to move the chains and score touchdowns on the ground as well. Andrew Mangum probably the teams best offensive player, while Luke Martin and Joe Harris are the wide out threats. Coach has maximized the abilites out of redshirt freshman MLB Ken Moore who the entire country has taken notice to and likely has solidified his spot in the freshman All American team. This is a team the country should keep a close eye on with what Coach Pied's done allready expect big things in the city of Chicago down the line. 10) Florida (BCS Ranked #24) CJTHA1 - Here's a team whose seen their ranking slip recently due to some close losses to SEC opponents. Coach Ransom dials up his pro style offense behind soph QB Jermaine Martin whose had a respectable sophmore season throwing for 2200 yards and 20 TDs, despite 8 INTs. We've seen the true freshman Steven Robertson just once and he's shown enough promise to expect a good QB competition next fall. Justin Cade is the teams most experience tailback but we expect to see more from the true freshman Joe Pierce, the 6-5 bruising tailback with good speed for his size. Dustin Moore may be the most gifted route runner in the country and if he can improve his speed should be a Day 1 selection in April. He plays like he has superglue on the insides of his gloves, and he's amassed 46 catches for 609 yards and 6TDs. Oscar Hamilton and Antwuan WIlliams lead the team in tackles and are the Gators' enforcers on that side of the ball. The cornerback trio of Marhsall Richard, Jeff Paul and Travis Carlton may be the best 3 in the country and have accounted for 13 interceptions between the 3 of them. These three are also very active in run support with nearly 20 tackles each. The big matchup where they host FSU in a few weeks will tell us a lot about where this Gator program is headed. Alabama (jandy) and Michigan Crumbler81 are two teams who are no longer ranked within the top 25 and are both feeling the affects of having their head coaches missing on the sidelines. The two teams are currently struggling to become bowl eligible and have a lot of work ahead if they want to get there. They both however have top 10 classes as Bama has 5 5* prospects committed and Michigan has 11 4*s including CB Marshall Waters and WR Adam Rivers.