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2016 College Football Preview: Picking the American

Houston will continue to live the American (Athletic Conference) dream in 2016 I predicted a big year for the Houston Cougars last season, but ultimately picked against them in the conference championship game. I’m not making that mistake again this season, as Houston is easily my pick…


2015 Preview: Picking the American Athletic Conference

College football may still be a little under two months away, but that does not mean it is too early to start doing some projecting. Today I am starting to reveal my offseason win projections, and what more appropriate way to get it started than by sorting…


2014 In Review: Year 2 of the American Athletic Conference

The 2014 season was the second full season for the American Athletic Conference since rebranding from the shambles of the final days of the Big East, yet it saw more changes in conference make-up. Rutgers left the conference to begin competing in the Rutgers, but East Carolina,…


The McGuire Metric vs. the College Football Playoff

This season I started keeping track of overall body of work based on the strength of schedule at the time games are played. Knowing some of the flaws in this method going in, I was interested to hear College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Jeff Long suggest…


McGuire Metric: Where things stand heading to October

With the first full month of the experimental McGuire Metric now official, we are starting to see some trends developing. Perhaps not too surprisingly, the SEC is pretty strong and the SEC West has some very talented teams. The Big 12 continues to appear to be overrated…


McGuire Metric: Ranking the Group of Five

East Carolina has jumped out in front of the competition among Group of Five schools vying for the lone guaranteed┬áNew Years Day bowl spot, at least according to my experimental method of ranking performance on the field based on strength of schedule. The American Athletic Conference’s Pirates…



Wife knows best: Week 3 college football picks

Week two of the college football season did not result in some good predictions from me, or my lovely wife Stefanie. For one week though, I suppose I proved why I am the one writing about college football professionally┬áin this relationship, but there was not much room…


Wife knows best: Week 2 college football picks

Much to my chagrin, my wife was more accurate in predicting straight-up winners in our assortment of games last weekend. In fact, my perfect wife was perfect with her picks. It all came down to Sunday night’s Tennessee home game against Utah State. My wishful thinking in…


Cincinnati tabbed media favorite in AAC

Cincinnati’s has four Big East championship trophies in the trophy case, but this fall the Bearcats are expected to add the first American Athletic Conference championship trophy to the collection. A media poll has labeled Cincinnati as the preseason favorite to win the AAC in 2014. Defending…