Taylor’s Tuesday Top 25, College and Pro Picks

by Taylor Zarzour
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Some people find ways to win and some people find ways to lose. I wrote that on twitter on Sunday after Ron Rivera’s Panthers blew their tenth 4th quarter lead in his 34 games as a head coach. It’s unfortunate because he is such a likeable person, full of integrity. But he doesn’t seem to have a plan, can’t handle adversity, and his team plays without confidence in crunch time. It’s simply now a matter of when he is removed as the Panthers head coach.

Philly over SD
Min over Cle
Hou at Balt
Wash over Det
Saints over Ariz
Pats over Bucs
Dallas over Rams
Cincy over GB
Giants at Panthers
Atlanta at Miami
Bills at Jets
Niners over Colts
Seattle over Jags
Bears at Steelers
Broncos over Raiders

Johnny Manziel’s performance against Alabama on Saturday might have been the single greatest game I have ever seen a college QB have in a losing effort. I think he only strengthened his chances of repeating as a Heisman Trophy winner, and more importantly, forced the general public to think about how great of a college football player he is, instead of the self inflicted scrutiny he’s received off of the field.

32-7, 15-15 ATS
Clem -14 at State
Wake -4 at Army
Tech -6 vs UNC
VT -11 vs Marshall
Duke +4 vs Pitt
Cuse -12.5 vs Tulane
West Va +4.5 vs Md, Md wins
Fla -14.5 vs Tenn
LSU -16 vs Auburn
Stan -7.5 vs Ariz St
UVA, FSU, and Miami will win.
App St wins at Elon
UNCC loses at JMU

Top 25
Bama, Ore, Stan, Clem, Ohio St, FSU, L’ville, LSU, UGA, UCLA, A&M, S Caro, N’western, Miami, Ole Miss, Ok St, Okla, Mich, Fla, Ga Tech, Wash, Baylor, Ariz St, T Tech, Fresno.


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