J.T.’s 2015 NFL Forecast

J.T.’s 2015 NFL FORECAST

J.T. Sounds OFF

— J.T. Sounds OFF September 7, 2015

     WOW!  That was quite the roller coaster offseason.  So much talk of deflated Footballs that I forgot who threw away  Super Bowl XLIX back in January.  Supposedly a trip to Maui is all it takes to put that heartbreaking defeat permanently to rest.  That remains to be seen.  One thing for certain though, I’m willing to bet that the Seahawks weren’t breaking down tape from SB XLIX on their flight.

With any new season, comes a handful of Buzzing Storylines or unanswered questions.  The 2015 season is no different.

Buzzing AFC Storylines … Can new head coach of the Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan put an end to the NFL’s longest playoff drought of 14 years? … If things start out slow for the Cincinnati Bengals (Raiders, Chargers, Ravens (2x) Chiefs and Seahawks before Week 7 Bye), will Marvin Lewis still be the man in charge in Cincy? … Is 39-year-old Peyton Manning equipped physically to sustain another (long) trek at a Championship? … Is the addition of Ndamukong Suh good enough for Miami to dethrone the mighty Patriots from atop the AFC East? … Do the Indianapolis Colts possess enough (Luck on) Defense in order to make it to San Francisco in February?

Buzzing NFC Storylines …  The calendar says that the 2016 Super Bowl belongs to the N.Y. Giants (Champs in 2008 and 2012), but are the G-Men too far back in the rear view mirror of division foes Dallas and Philadelphia in order to keep the winning a Super Bowl every four years tradition alive? …  With second year Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater blossoming under offensive coordinator Norv Turner a year ago as a rookie and the return of all-pro running back Adrian Peterson, are the Vikings a legitimate sleeper in the NFC? … Will anyone in the NFC South division finish the regular season above .500 (2014; Panthers 7-8-1, Saints 7-9, Falcons 6-10, Buccaneers 2-14)? … Over the past four seasons, Aaron Rodgers has thrown 139 TDs to 25 INTs.  Which begs the question, does the loss of just one starter (WR, Jordy Nelson) derail the Packs dreams of a second Super Bowl for Mr. Rodgers? … Is 2015 the year that Jeff Fisher puts an end to the St. Louis Rams 11 consecutive season of .500 or worse record to rest?

Before we jump aboard the roller coaster that is a new NFL season for answers to those questions and more, here’s a look at how I see the 2015 season playing out.  Worth noting; I had zero assistance from the New England Patriots with video surveillance or individual spying in obtaining these thought out predictions.

Drum roll please …..


“You Play To Win The Game” 

AFC EAST

  1. Patriots  [3] 11-5
  2. Dolphins [5] 10-6
  3. Bills 9-7
  4. Jets 3-13

AFC NORTH

  1. Steelers [4] 10-6
  2. Ravens 9-7
  3. Browns 7-9
  4. Bengals 5-11

AFC SOUTH

  1. Colts [1] 12-4
  2. Texans 9-7
  3. Jaguars 4-12
  4. Titans 4-12

AFC WEST

  1. Broncos [2] 11-5
  2. Chiefs [6] 10-6
  3. Chargers 8-8
  4. Raiders 6-10

NFC EAST

  1. Eagles [2] 12-4
  2. Cowboys [5] 11-5
  3. Giants 6-10
  4. Redskins 3-13

NFC NORTH

  1. Packers [3] 12-4
  2. Vikings 9-7
  3. Lions 7-9
  4. Bears 4-12

NFC SOUTH

  1. Saints [4] 9-7
  2. Panthers 8-8
  3. Falcons 6-10
  4. Buccaneers 4-12

NFC WEST

  1. Seahawks  [1] 12-4
  2. Rams [6] 10-6
  3. 49ers 8-8
  4. Cardinals 6-10

Playoffs?!? Don’t Talk About Playoffs? … Actually, YES! Let’s Talk Playoffs 

AFC WILD CARD 

•   Patriots 34, Chiefs 24   •   Dolphins 27, Steelers 23   •

AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

•   Colts 31, Dolphins 17   •  Broncos 27, Patriots 24   •

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

•   Colts 38, Broncos 34  •

NFC WILD CARD

•  Packers 23, Rams  20  •  Cowboys 31, Saints 27  •

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

•   Cowboys 24, Seahawks 23  •  Packers 34, Eagles 20  •

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

•  Cowboys 27, Packers 23  •


SUPER BOWL 50 – February 7, 2016 

•   Indianapolis Colts 27, Dallas Cowboys 17   •


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J.T.’s 2015 College Football Forecast

J.T. Sounds OFF

– September 2, 2015 J.T. Sounds OFF! –

College Football Power 5 Conferences & Playoff Forecast 


ACC POWER 5 SCHOOLS

  1. Virginia Tech Hokies
  2. Florida State Seminoles
  3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  4. Clemson Tigers
  5. North Carolina Tar Heels

ACC FAB 5 PLAYMAKERS 

  • James Conner – Junior (RB, Pittsburgh) 
  • Deshaun Watson – Sophomore (QB, Clemson) 
  • Kendall Fuller – Junior (CB, Virginia Tech)
  • Tyler Boyd – Junior (WR, Pitt) 
  • Jalen Ramsey – Junior (CB, Florida State) 

ACC Six-PACK of INTRIGUE 

Sept. 17th Clemson @ Louisville

Oct. 3rd Notre Dame @ Clemson

Oct. 24th Florida State @ Georgia Tech

Nov. 7th Florida State @ Clemson

Nov. 12th Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech

Nov. 14th Miami @ North Carolina 


BIG TEN POWER 5 SCHOOLS 

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes
  2. Nebraska Corn Huskers
  3. Michigan State Spartans
  4. Wisconsin Badgers
  5. Michigan Wolverines

BIG TEN FAB 5 PLAYMAKERS 

  • Ezekiel Elliot – Junior (RB, Ohio State) 
  • Joey Bosa – Junior (DE, Ohio State) 
  • Shilique Calhoun – Senior (DE, Michigan State) 
  • Connor Cook – Senior (QB, Michigan State)
  • William Likely – Junior (CB, Maryland) 

BIG 10 Six-PACK of INTRIGUE 

Oct. 10th Wisconsin @ Nebraska 

Oct. 17th Michigan State @ Michigan 

Nov. 7th Michigan State @ Nebraska

Nov. 21st Michigan State @ Ohio State

Nov. 21st Michigan @ Penn State 

Nove. 28th Wisconsin @ Minnesota

 


BIG 12 POWER 5 SCHOOLS 

  1. Baylor Bears
  2. Oklahoma Sooners
  3. TCU Horned Frogs
  4. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  5. Texas Longhorns

BIG 12 FAB 5 PLAYMAKERS

  • Trevone Boykin – Senior (QB, TCU) 
  • Andre Billings – Junior (DT, Baylor) 
  • Samaje Perine – Sophomore (RB, Oklahoma) 
  • Shawn Oakman – Senior (DE, Baylor) 
  • Emmanuel Ogbah – Junior (DE, Oklahoma State) 

BIG 12 Six-PACK of INTRIGUE 

Sept. 26th Oklahoma State @ Texas 

Oct. 10th Oklahoma vs. Texas [Dallas, TX]

Oct. 17th West Virginia @ Baylor 

Nov. 14th Oklahoma @ Baylor

Nov. 21st TCU @ Oklahoma

Nov. 27th Baylor @ TCU 


PAC-12 POWER 5 SCHOOLS 

  1. USC Trojans
  2. Stanford Cardinal
  3. Arizona State Sun Devils
  4. Oregon Ducks
  5. UCLA Bruins

PAC-12 FAB 5 PLAYMAKERS 

  • Scooby Wright III – Junior (LB, Arizona)
  • Jared Goff – Junior (QB, California)
  • Myles Jack – Junior (ILB, UCLA)
  • Devontae Booker – Senior (RB, UTAH)
  • Royce Freeman – Sophomore (RB, Oregon)

PAC-12 Six-PACK of INTRIGUE 

Sept. 19th Stanford @ USC

Sept. 26th USC @ Arizona State

Oct. 3rd Arizona State @ UCLA

Oct. 31st USC @ California 

Nov. 21st USC @ Oregon

Nov. 28th UCLA @ USC


SEC POWER 5 SCHOOLS

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Tennessee Volunteers
  3. Auburn Tigers
  4. Georgia Bulldogs
  5. LSU Tigers

SEC FAB 5 PLAYMAKERS

  • Reggie Ragland – Senior (MLB, Alabama)
  • Nick Chubb – Sophomore (RB, Georgia)
  • Joshua Dobbs – Junior (QB, Tennessee)
  • Vernon Hargreaves III – Junior (CB, Florida)
  • Myles Garrett – Sophomore (DE, Texas A&M)

SEC Six-PACK of INTRIGUE 

Sept. 19th Auburn @ LSU

Sept. 26th Texas A&M @ Arkansas

Oct. 3rd Alabama @ Georgia

Oct. 10th Georgia @ Tennessee

Oct. 24th Texas A&M @ Ole Miss

Nov. 28th Alabama @ Auburn


New Years Six-Pack Bowl Games

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Nebraska

Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. Oklahoma

Peach Bowl: Auburn vs. Virginia Tech

Fiesta Bowl: TCU vs. Boise State

College Football Playoff II.

Semi-Finals 

Orange Bowl: No. 4 Baylor Bears defeats No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes

Cotton Bowl: No. 3 USC Trojans defeats No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

National Championship Game

Glendale, Arizona No. 3 USC Trojans defeats No. 4 Baylor Bears

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J.T.’s 2015 College Football Tour

Time to gas up the Winnebago, pack the portable grill, replenish the cooler and oh yea, let’s not forget the Nerf Football – College Football is back! And so is J.T.’s CFB Campus Tour. In its 11th installment, J.T. takes you from the East Coast to the West Coast to see the most intriguing games (according to him at least) of the 2015 season. The only stipulation is, once the tour has visited a specific venue a.k.a. stadium it can’t revisit for a second trip. Got a game that you feel should make the list? Sound OFF by Tweeting J.T. @JTSOUNDSOFF Using #JTCFBTOUR Now sit back and buckle up. Just because it’s his 11th season of the CFB Tour doesn’t mean that things won’t get a little interesting on the left side, make that right side of the yellow lines.

J.T. Sounds OFF’s 2015 College Football Tour— September 2015

Week 1: (1,047 Miles Charlotte, NC to Arlington, TX)
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE vs. WISCONSIN BADGERS {Site: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas}

Tailgate Menu: Brats. Brats. And more authentic German sausages, brats, bologna, kielbasa and schnitzel. Followed by, Alabama Conechu Sausage Stuufed Pork Tenderloins & Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites.

The Game: The last time we saw Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide they were being manhandled by Mighty Urban Myer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. While this isn’t a rematch, it is however a neutral site game against another BIG Ten team. I don’t think Saban & Co. will have any reluctance of taking out their still distasteful feelings towards OSU on the Badgers. Making this game a “must see” on the tour is the fact that Wisconsin returns 7 starters on the Defensive side of the ball including ALL-BIG Ten Preseason Player of the Year (LB) Vince Biegel and (S) Michael Caputo. Hard to imagine that a Nick Saban led team could drop back-to-back games let alone the possibility of facing consecutive defeats against BIG Ten opponents.

Week 2: (1,135 Miles Arlington TX to East Lancing, MI)
OREGON DUCKS at. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Site: Spartan Stadium in East Lancing, Michigan
Gameday Tailgate Menu: The Famous 32 from Stateside Grill

The Game: Speed. Speed. And, did I mention Speed? That’s exactly what the Ducks used to expose the Spartans defense a year ago in Eugene. Look for the same when Oregon visits Michigan State for Ducks v. Spartans II. The most glaring missing piece to the rematch will be QB Marcus Mariota who departed for the NFL. The Spartans however welcome back Senior QB Connor Cook – 343 yards passing, 2 TDs/2 INTs in 2014 game – and that could prove pivotal in what should be a much closer contest. It also helps that Cook will have 4 of his 5 linemen from a year ago back along with 75,000+ screaming Spartan Fans. Keep in mind that Oregon’s defense allowed opposing signal-callers to complete passes on 42% of third-down attempts (second to last in the Pac-12) but was also susceptible to the rush (164.4ypg, No. 10 in the Pac-12).  I’m typically not one for sequels.  However, this one in particular has got my attention.

Week 3: (1,105 Miles East Lancing, MI to Baton Rouge, LA)
AUBURN TIGERS at. LSU TIGERS
Site: Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Gameday Tailgate Menu: Bayou Fried Shrimp with Ramoulade Sauce, Muffuletta Dip & Gold & Purple Cupcakes

The Game:  LSU finds themselves in a rare position to start a season. They are the “hunters” as opposed to being the “hunted” in the SEC West. Despite being the home team, I expect them to head into this tilt as the underdog. It will be interesting to see how LSU’s Defense – including 7 returning starters – stacks up against Auburn’s new balanced offensive approach. Gus Malzahn’s fast and up-temp, no huddle offense will have a new leader in 6-5, 240lb Quarterback, Jeremy Johnson. Johnson will have touchdown machine (WR) D’haquille Williams as his prime go to target.  A fantastic early season clash of Conference foes makes this trip to Death Valley.

Week 4: (1,444 miles Baton Rouge, LA to Tempe AZ)
USC TROJANS at. ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Site: Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Gameday Tailgate Menu: Bacon Double Cheeseburger Dip, Bacon Wrapped Grilled Hot Dogs and of course, Football Devilled Eggs. Two and a half hours prior to kickoff, get into the gameday spirit by checking out the “Devil Walk” which takes place in Wells Fargo Arena.

The Game: Don’t let the fact that USC lost 49% of its 2014 Offense faze you. I surely didn’t. Head coach Steve Sarkisian has this years’ Trojans squad primed to make a run for the top of the PAC-12. Most of the excitement generated is in large part because of one name- Cody Kessler. I guess it wouldn’t be fair if I failed to mention the fact that USC also returns 7 starters on the other side of the ball. What makes this game intriguing is the fact that this Sun Devil squad brings a punch of their own. In specifically, ASU returns 8 starters on Defense. A unit which should be one of the best in the entire PAC-12.
…. We’ll turn the calendar over to October in the next edition of my College Football Tour Blog.

In the meantime, I’d Love 2 Hear From You,

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