Apollo’s Preseason College Football Predictions

SEC Championship Game: #3 Alabama 11-1 (24) vs. #5 UGA 11-1 (17)

Big Ten Championship Game: #1 Michigan State 12-0 (32) vs. #14 Wisconsin 10-2 (10)

ACC Championship Game: #4 Florida State 11-1 (38) vs. #19 Miami 9-3 (15)

PAC-12 Championship Game: #2 Oregon 11-1 (34) vs. #9 UCLA 10-2 (28)

Big XII Champions: #6 Baylor 11-1

College Football Playoffs Seeding

#1 Michigan State vs #4 Florida State

#2 Oregon vs. #3 Alabama

 

Heisman Trophy

Todd Gurley (Winner)

Marcus Mariota

Kenny Hill

Jameis Winston

Bryce Petty


Coach of the Year

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Biggest Surprises

Texas Longhorns, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Texas A&M Aggies

Biggest Disappointments

Clemson Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks, USC Trojans

The Truth about Immigration

Immigrants bring more crime. Wrong. Native-born American men between 18-39 are five times more likely to be incarcerated than immigrants in the same demographic. Numerous reputable studies have shown that the problem of crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status.

Immigrants are taking our jobs. Wrong. CNN reports that immigrants are twice as likely to start businesses as U.S.-born citizens and that immigrants create 28% of all new businesses. Moreover, some immigrants work jobs Americans simply do not want. They are farm workers, janitors, chambermaids, busboys, dishwashers, gardeners, nannies, and household domestics. Those are not the careers most Americans seek. The “good jobs” they do “steal” are just because they’re better in that fieldnot because they’re immigrants (see below).

We need to secure the border first before tackling immigration reform.  Well for starters, the net migration from Mexico has practically fallen to zero. The federal government has spent more money on immigration enforcement ($18 billion) than they have on FBI, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshalls, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives combined ($14.4 million). The government also spends about 15 times more on immigration enforcement than it did in the mid-1980s, adjusted for inflation. There are more than 20,000 border patrol agents stationed along the border now. So the border is quite secure right now. Lastly, roughly 40% of undocumented immigrants enter the US legally and overstay their visas.

America doesn’t want immigrants here. Well, quite the contrary, most Americans don’t want to kick them all out. In a Fox News Poll, it showed that 74% of the people they polled were in favor of allowing the 11 million illegal immigrant currently in the country to remain in the country and eventually years down the road qualify for U.S. citizenship, as long as they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check.

Obama is giving the country to the illegal immigrants. This could be challenged. The Obama Administration has deported as many illegal immigrants in one term as the Bush Administration did in two. In fact, Obama is on track to deport more people than the US did from 1892-1997. As stated earlier, the Obama Administration has put many resources in stopping illegals.

Illegal aliens don’t contribute to the U.S. economy and they don’t pay taxes. I’m pretty sure everybody in this country pays taxes when they purchase anything. Most undocumented immigrants live in Texas and Florida. Neither state has a state income tax. When it comes to federal income tax—well, I believe we should be more concerned about the $305 billion revenue lost due to tax evasion for current US citizens.

Immigrants don’t contribute anything to the country. Currently, one in six college-educated adults in the US was born abroad. There are roughly 35 million immigrants ages 25 and older in America. Of those, 28% had a bachelor’s degree or higher (compared to 29% of American adults 25 and older). Immigrants represent nearly 28% of physicians, more than 31% of computer programmers, and over 47% of medical scientists.

The Truth. We need immigration reform YESTERDAY! This country was founded upon immigration. Keep the American vision alive by demanding that we become the Land of Opportunity again!

College Football Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

Apollo’s College Football Preview Series | #2 Alabama Crimson Tide

#1: Florida State Seminoles

Which team can lose its three year starting quarterback, Butkus Award winning linebacker, twelve other players to the NFL, and still be heavy favorites to make the college football playoffs? Only Alabama!

If Nick Saban taught us anything it is to never count out Alabama. Let me paint this picture for you. Alabama is coming off a disappointing end to their previous season. They lost multiple starters including their multi-year starting QB. Does that sound familiar? Well, this was the situation in 2009 and 2011 and we all know what happened in those years.

The 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide might be the most talented team in the nation. They will return multiple future NFL draft picks on offense and defense.  Former Jameis Winston backup, Jacob Coker, is already getting Heisman consideration;  probably because of the weapons he will have. Amari Cooper is one the best WR in the nation. Christion Jones is a homerun threat every time he touches the ball. DeAndrew White, Chris Black, Robert Foster, Raheem Falkins and newcomer Cameron Sims will add great depth to the passing attacking. O.J. Howard is a mixmatch at the TE positon. Oh yea, there are also 3 great running backs. TJ Yeldon is only 1,155 yards away from Shaun Alexander’s record and 16 TDs away from Mark Ingram’s record. Both of those records are quite doable…except there is this stud called Derrick Henry who will demand carries. Getting everyone involved will be task of new Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin. Kiffin has experience in this before during this time at USC under Pete Carroll. Remember Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Matt Leinhart, Dwayne Jarrett, and Steve Smith anyone? This offense should be exciting.

The defense should be better than last year. Nick Saban did his annual Kansas City Shuffling of his coaching staff and it might pay off. Chris Rumph and Greg Brown “resigned” and took positions at other colleges. Kirby Smart added secondary to his list of duties and Kevin Steele stepped down from Director of Player Personnel to take over the inside linebackers job. In my humble opinion, the most exciting coaching change was bringing back Bo Davis as defensive line coach. Alabama had a brick wall defensive line when Bo Davis was leading the pack. Now he’s back with some new tools to play with A’Shawn Robinson, Jonathan Allen, Jarran Reed, Tim Williams, Dee Liner, Brandon Ivory, Dalvin Tomlinson and incoming freshman Da’Shawn Hand and Josh Frazier. The linebacker unit lost C.J. Mosley but Denzel Devall is expected to fill in as leader of the front seven. Landon Collins is arguable the best defensive in the nation and he will lead a very young but talented secondary.

Alabama’s schedule is not that hardest one out there…but it’s not a cakewalk neither. Alabama kicks off the season in Ben Hill Griffin Bryant-Denny Dome against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Alabama is currently 6-4 in the Georgia Dome but 4-0 when it’s against a non-Florida Gators team. The Crimson Tide has won the previous three Chick-fil-A Kickoff matchups by a 103-44 margin of victory. The Tide looks to regain its national powerhouse status early but a beat down on West Virginia will not surprise anybody. The first true team will come September 20th against the Florida Gators. The Gators will be returning one of the best defenses in the nation with their own outstanding pass rush and lockdown corner. Alabama will have a bye week before their next text against Ole Miss at Oxford. Ole Miss has all the talent to win the SEC West…but which Bo Wallace will show up to this game? Bama has TAMU at home and will travel to face a much improved Tennessee Vols team. After this second bye week, Bama will head down to the Baton Rouge to face the Bayou Bengals. Many experts are writing off LSU this season, but never count out the Mad Hatter. Alabama will finish the regular season with THE most anticipated game of the season…The Iron Bowl. Alabama will be looking for payback and will go full throttle (see 2011 Iron Bowl). If they win the West, a matchup with UGA or South Carolina looms in Atlanta.

Best Case Scenario: 13-0 2nd Seed in the College Football Playoffs

Realistic Scenario: 12-1 SEC Champs and still 2nd Seed in College Football Playoffs

Worst Case Scenario: 10-2 and an Orange Bowl selection

College Football Preview: Florida State Seminoles

Apollo’s College Football Preview Series | #1 the Florida State Seminoles

FSU
There is no doubt that the defending champs will start the season #1 in all polls. There’s no doubt that Jameis Winston is the greatest QB in college football (maybe even ever). And there’s really no doubt that FSU will repeat as ACC Champs. The question is: Can Famous Jameis do the impossible by repeating as Heisman winner AND lead the Seminoles to another national championship? Jameis is losing some of his favorite targets to the draft but Florida State returns 8 on a defense that was good enough to stop Auburn’s rushing attack.

Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. are gone and so is the 1800 all purpose yards and 23 touchdowns they produced. Senior RB Karlos Williams is more than ready to take over duties. However, despite Williams’ senior status, it’s going to be hard to keep incoming freshman and former 5* recruit Dalvin Cook off the field. Dalvin is a 5’11 197lb running back with 4.46 speed. Williams and Cook could quickly become a deadly duo.  BSC Championship Game hero Kelvin Benjamin took his celebrity status to North Carolina, but Jameis still has his 1st and 4th favorite target returning in Rashad Green and TE Nick O’Leary. Looking to replace Benjamin is another 5* incoming freshman, Ermon Lane. He might not have the side of Kelvin Benjamin or the speed of Rashad Green, but he’s not the 2nd ranked WR recruit for nothing. He’s very strong with great hands as well as possesses the route running skills of an NFL player. He could be another Larry Fitzgerald or Anquan Boldin. I’ll give Ermon Lane 5 games before he becomes a household name.

The biggest departure for FSU wasn’t a player but a coach. Former Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left the Land of Oranges for the Land of Peaches. If you think Pruitt can be easily replaced then think about this. When he was the secondary coach at Alabama, the Crimson Tide had the best secondary in the nation. He leaves for FSU and Alabama’s secondary looked more lost than Christopher Columbus. This is the realization that Jimbo Fisher will face this season.

The schedule is pretty favorable for FSU, but not as easy as it was last year. They start their road to 4 in Jerry Land against the good Big XII foe Oklahoma State. After that game, they can cruise through their schedule. They face Boyd-Watkins less Clemson at home as well as Notre Dame. Their biennial trap game at North Carolina State is earlier in the season this year. They face Louisville in Kentucky, but they will not have Teddy Bridgewater or Charlie Strong. Their toughest games will be against their most hated rivals. The first test is against the heavy favorites to win the ACC Coastal Division, the Miami Hurricanes. Under Al Golden, the ‘Canes have improved their record each year. They will get the pleasure of hosting the Seminoles in their stadium this year. Now that the Heat bandwagon is all but gone, Miamians will gravitate towards the next successful Miami team. I fully expect the stadium to be packed for this game as well as the rematch in the ACC Championship Game. Will Muschamp’s job might be one the line when his Gators travel to the Doak. This Gator team SHOULD…emphasis on SHOULD…be a lot better than they were last year. They return one of the best defenses in the nation. Get through the schedule and they will be a lock for the college football playoffs.

Best Case Scenario: 13-0 and #1 Overall Seed in the college football playoffs.

Realistic Scenario: 12-1 but finish in the top 4 for the college football playoffs.

Worst Case Scenario: 9-4 with an ACC Championship Game lost.