Best College Football Bets For Week 11

We are back at it again for the best bets on the Week 11 college football schedule. We almost went perfect last week, but got burned on the over in the Tennessee-Georgia game. Still picked Notre Dame over Clemson though! Here are five great college football bets for this Saturday’s games. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday morning.

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#7 LSU at Arkansas: LSU -3.5 (-110)

LSU is a roll right now. They have won three straight against impressive competition. Alabama and Ole Miss were both top ten teams at the time, and Florida isn’t too shabby, either. Also worth noting, two of those three wins were by double digits.

Meanwhile, Arkansas just lost to Liberty. The Razorbacks are also 1-3 against ranked opponents this year. That lone victory came in the season opener against Tennessee. They just don’t look like they have the talent to compete with the top teams in the country right now.

With where the spread is, it’s clear what the bookies are thinking. They are factoring in the potential for an LSU letdown after that massive overtime victory over ‘Bama. I don’t see it. This Tigers team looks like it is just getting going. Jayden Daniels looks like he is making one of those classic late-season pushes for the Heisman.

LSU should take this one by at least a touchdown, and we should kick off our college football bets for Week 11 with a win.

#9 Alabama at #11 Ole Miss: Ole Miss +11.5 (-110)

I am violating a rule of mine here. Alabama is one of those teams that you should typically never bet against. However, this is not your typical Crimson Tide team. They are not nearly as dominant as they have been, especially on the road. In those games, they are 2-2 straight up and 1-3 against the spread. That one cover was against Arkansas and they were only spotting them 17.

The Rebels are quietly having a great season. One could argue they have had an easy schedule, but you can only beat the teams in front of you. They have beaten everyone but LSU. On paper, there is a significant gap between them and ‘Bama. That doesn’t factor in the current state of affairs though.

The Tide are reeling right now, as they are likely eliminated from the playoffs. The Rebels, however, still have everything to play for. A win this week would keep them in the CFP mix. That isn’t to say Ole Miss will win this one, but they should be able to stay within 10.

Wisconsin at Iowa: OVER 35.5 (-110)

We are going to go against conventional logic once again here. You wouldn’t typically bet the over in Big Ten contests, especially not this one. However, 35 is a borderline insulting number to set the over/under at. That means the oddsmakers are expecting something like a 17-16 game.

That would have made sense a few weeks ago, but a things have changed. Both of these teams are playing much better football as of late, especially offensively. In their last three games, the Badgers have scored about 27 points per contest. In that same span, the Hawkeyes have averaged about 22.

These teams aren’t going to exactly light the scoreboard up, but they know how to move the ball. Another thing that should help is that it will likely be a tight game. I would predict something like 20-17, maybe 21-20. Take the over here and capitalize on a head-scratching Week 11 college football bets line.

#4 TCU at #18 Texas: TCU Moneyline (+230)

Anytime a top-five team is an underdog, alarm bells should be going off in your head. This one feels like an overreaction. Do the Horned Frogs look extremely vulnerable? Yes. Are the Longhorns the team to knock them off? Probably not.

I get the concerns about TCU. They play everyone close, and they tend to not wake up until the fourth quarter. The consistency with which they do that is actually comforting. It means that they are less prone to letdowns and trap games. This game doesn’t fit into either of those scary categories, anyway.

For some reason, everyone thinks Texas is somehow back this year. It makes no sense considering they have three losses. Two of those losses coming in a good, but not great, conference, while the other one was a close defeat at home to an Alabama team having a down year.

Texas looks no different from recent years, in that they just look like another Big 12 team. Rest assured, TCU will get beat at some point before the CFP, but it is not happening this week. There is too much value here let Texas deter you.

#15 North Carolina at Wake Forest: UNC Moneyline (+155)

This one makes very little sense. I guess the idea is that two high-octane offenses should make this a toss-up. From there, the bookies probably just went with the home team in Wake Forest. There are several flaws with that logic.

First of all, the Demon Deacons’ offense has slowed down significantly in recent weeks. That, combined with the fact that they are terrible defensively, has led them to drop their last two games. With three conference losses, their season is effectively over. They’re bowl-eligible, but that is meaningless for a team that had ACC title aspirations three months ago.

The Tar Heels, on the other hand, are currently riding a five-game winning streak and look great. Their offense is playing great, and their defense has an actual pulse. Plus, they still have a lot to play for.

A win locks up the ACC Coastal division. The playoff door isn’t totally shut either. If they win out and capture the ACC title, they have a decent shot — depending on how everything else shakes out around the country. Hammer the Tar Heels and take home some money with your Week 11 college football bets.

Best College Football Bets for Week 10

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We are officially entering the stretch run for college football. Every game is important now. Last week’s college football bets finished out a rocky October, but it’s a new month, we’ve got a clean slate and five more great bets for this Saturday’s Week 10 college football slate. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday morning.

Kentucky at Missouri: Kentucky Moneyline (-105)

Nobody had a worse October than Kentucky. In the span of a month, the Wildcats have gone from a top-ten ranking to being one point dogs to Mizzou while they fight for bowl eligibility. Life comes at you fast. Luckily this Missouri team is wildly mediocre.

Don’t let the two-game winning streak fool you into thinking the Tigers are surging. South Carolina is a total enigma, and Vandy is, well, Vandy. Look for Kentucky to get back on track and for Will Levis to solidify his NFL draft stock. Watch the lines on this carefully because they are a bit wonky.

Kentucky is only getting a point, plus they should win this one outright anyway. Don’t bother with the spread and just take the moneyline.

#4 Clemson at Notre Dame: Notre Dame Moneyline (+150)

I can’t believe I’m doing this. Especially after picking against the Irish last week. The thing is this pick isn’t about them, it’s about Clemson. The Tigers have been eking out wins all season. Half of their games have been decided by one score. When you play with fire that often, you eventually get burned.

Notre Dame is just as good as, if not better than, the likes of Syracuse, Florida State, NC State, and Wake Forest. While the Irish have been inconsistent this year, they have the talent to match up with Clemson. That win over Syracuse last week was probably a big confidence boost, as well. That is what you need going into a big primetime matchup. A paper tiger (no pun intended) Clemson squad playing a talented team with nothing to lose on a cold evening in South Bend could be the perfect recipe for a top-five upset.

The spread (Clemson -3.5) isn’t wide enough to be worth shying away from solid value on the moneyline. This may be one of the tightest, and most surprising, bets we have for Week 10 — if not the rest of the college football season.

James Madison at Louisville: L’Ville -7.5 (-105)

I think folks have become a bit too enamored with JMU. The Dukes have been a funs story as they seamlessly transition from FCS juggernaut to Sun Belt contender. However, the past two weeks have shown that they still have a long way to go. It is hard to see how they can stay within a score against a power-five opponent.

The Cardinals aren’t slouches either. They just hammered a good Wake Forest team by 27. Louisville is coming off three straight ACC victories and is now hosting an FBS infant. So why are they only a one-score favorite? I guess there is the idea that they will sleepwalk through this one before a brutal three-game stretch featuring Clemson, NC State, and Kentucky.

That is a possibility, but at the end of the day, this JMU team is simply not talented enough to contain Malik Cunningham. For that reason, this should be a comfortable cover.

Minnesota at Nebraska: UNDER 45 (-110)

I really like the under in this one for a litany of reasons. For starters, you have heavy favorite in Minnesota, that likes to run the ball. They also play good defense, and lack an explosive passing attack. All that has led more than half their games to come in under 45 total points. Looking deeper, their only win that went over that total came against FCS Western Illinois.

On Nebraska’s side, their already average offense could be hampered by a banged up quarterback. The ‘Huskers have a pretty awful run defense as well, so they should struggle to get off the fie

This game should be fairly straightforward. Minnesota’s inconsistent play is the main reason why I’m apprehensive about the 16-point spread. Even if they don’t cover, we’re still looking at low-scoring affair. Even if junk-time points cause them to only win around 28-14, the under still hits.

#1 Tennessee at #3 Georgia: OVER 66.5 (-115)

We end our look at the top bets for Week 10 with the biggest game in college football this season. Picking who comes out on top in this one feels next to impossible. This Tennessee team feels special. Could this be the year the Vols get back to title contention?

Standing in their way are the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs somehow look even more dominant than they did last year — outside of that scare with Mizzou, of course.

One thing is certain: we’re going to see a ton of points in this one. Both teams have explosive offenses, and defenses that haven’t always dominated. I think that 35 points is the minimum for either team to even have a shot at winning. Hammer the over in the biggest game of the week.

Florida vs Georgia Preview

Date: October 29, 2022
Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Network: CBS
Records: Florida Gators (4-3) vs Georgia Bulldogs (7-0)
Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Spread: Florida +22.5
Over/Under: 56.5
Pick: Georgia 49 – Florida 28

Florida vs Georgia Preview

Florida takes on Georgia at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in a heated rivalry game. The Bulldogs are coming into the game undefeated, while Florida is sitting at 4-3. Georgia won the game last year, on their way to winning the SEC East and the National Championship. The game would have been kept close last year, but Florida had turnover issues at the end of the first half that helped the Bulldogs get the victory.

Florida’s offense looks more explosive this year, but has had some inconsistencies, while Georgia’s defense has taken a small step back. However, the Bulldogs are still a championship contender and should look to get a win.

Florida vs Georgia
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Georgia Bulldogs

Offensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 43.2 (3)
Total Yards Per Game: 534.5 (2)
Passing YPG: 326.2 (8)
Rushing YPG: 208.3 (16)
Points Per Play: 0.589 (5)
Yards Per Play: 7.3 (2)
3rd Down Conversion %: 54.93 (4)
4th Down Conversion %: 100.00 (1)
Red Zone Scoring %: 100.00 (1)

Rush Play %: 48.64 (84)
Yards Per Carry: 5.8 (5)
Runs Per Game: 35.7 (68)

Pass Play %: 51.36 (48)
Completion %: 70.91 (20)
Yards Per Pass: 8.9 (11)
Passes Per Game: 36.7 (28)
Interception %: 0.45 (3)
QB Sack %: 2.65 (11)

Defensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 10.7 (2)
Total Yards Per Game: 267.0 (5)
Passing YPG: 172.8 (8)
Rushing YPG: 94.2 (8)
Points Per Play: 0.181 (2)
Yards Per Play: 4.5 (10)
3rd Down Conversion %: 32.93 (22)
4th Down Conversion %: 55.56 (78)
Red Zone Scoring %: 70.00 (9)

Rush Play %: 45.33 (10)
Yards Per Carry: 3.5 (26)
Runs Per Game: 26.7 (1)

Pass Play %: 54.67 (122)
Completion %: 53.48 (8)
Yards Per Pass: 5.5 (3)
Passes Per Game: 31.2 (55)
Interception %: 3.21 (37)
QB Sack %: 3.11 (125)

Advanced Stats

F+ combines FEI, a neutral field scoring differential metric broken down per-possession, and SP+, a tempo and opponent adjusted efficiency metric. F+ can be broken down into Offensive F+ (OF+) and Defensive F+ (DF+). All metrics are from Football Outsiders. PFF’s power rankings are Point Spread Rating.

F+: 2.44 (2)
FEI: 1.43 (2)
SP+: 28.4 (3)
OF+: 1.92 (4)
DF+: 2.20 (1)
PFF: 31.4 (1)

Georgia Bulldogs Team Breakdown

The Bulldogs are led on offense by quarterback Stetson Bennett. They have two elite tight ends in Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington. Florida has struggled to stop tight ends throughout the season, so Bowers and Washington will be vital in Georgia’s offensive attack. Georgia’s receivers have not lived up to expectation thus far, somewhat due to injury, and that continues as Adonai Mitchell is questionable. The running game is led by Kenny McIntosh.

Georgia’s defense has still been very good despite a step down due to a large number of losses to the NFL. Star defensive tackle Jalen Carter is questionable for the game. The secondary is extremely talented, led by future first round pick Kelee Ringo at cornerback.

Georgia Bulldogs Keys To Victory

  1. Limit Turnovers
  2. Convert Third Downs
  3. Stop the Run
  4. Limit Anthony Richardson

Florida Gators

Offensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 28.0 (60)
Total Yards Per Game: 389.7 (65)
Passing YPG: 187.8 (104)
Rushing YPG: 201.8 (25)
Points Per Play: 0.453 (29)
Yards Per Play: 6.3 (25)
3rd Down Conversion %: 41.89 (48)
4th Down Conversion %: 60.00 (35)
Red Zone Scoring %: 80.00 (80)

Rush Play %: 57.72 (48)
Yards Per Carry: 6.3 (25)
Runs Per Game: 33.8 (90)

Pass Play %: 45.28 (84)
Completion %: 54.32 (112)
Yards Per Pass: 7.0 (82)
Passes Per Game: 27.0 (105)
Interception %: 3.70 (103)
QB Sack %: 3.57 (20)

Defensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 30.0 (80)
Total Yards Per Game: 441.2 (104)
Passing YPG: 242.0 (78)
Rushing YPG: 199.2 (111)
Points Per Play: 0.421 (86)
Yards Per Play: 6.2 (112)
3rd Down Conversion %: 54.43 (131)
4th Down Conversion %: 44.44 (35)
Red Zone Scoring %: 83.33 (60)

Rush Play %: 56.78 (110)
Yards Per Carry: 4.9 (115)
Runs Per Game: 40.5 (108)

Pass Play %: 43.22 (22)
Completion %: 65.52 (109)
Yards Per Pass: 8.3 (114)
Passes Per Game: 29.0 (29)
Interception %: 3.45 (28)
QB Sack %: 5.95 (62)

Advanced Stats

F+: 0.67 (36)
FEI: 0.32 (37)
SP+: 9.6 (31)
OF+: 0.96 (22)
DF+: 0.07 (64)
PFF: 3.8 (51)

Florida Gators Team Breakdown

The Gators are led on offense by Anthony Richardson, as well as a two-headed attack out of the backfield from Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne. Justin Shorter has been the most productive receiver for the Gators, and Ricky Pearsall has also been good, but with more limited production. The tight ends have not provided consistent production for the team.

The offensive line gets a massive addition with O’Cyrus Torrence coming back from injury this week. The star right guard has a chance to be an All-American at the end of the season. Others along the offensive line have also played well, and there are no weak points along it, which is vital for success.

The defense has struggled mightily this year. The secondary has given up a ton of big plays, and the defensive line has consistently failed to get pressure. Even the linebackers have struggled as well. The Gators are last in the country in 3rd down defense. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong defensively. Florida must create turnovers in this game, and must greatly improve on third down to stand a chance in the game.

Florida Gators Keys To Victory

  1. No Turnovers
  2. Force Multiple Turnovers
  3. Get Stops On 3rd Down (Under 40%)
  4. Run the Ball (200+ Yards)
  5. Anthony Richardson 250+ Total Yards

Best College Football Bets For Week 9

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Another great weekend of college football is almost upon us. Last week was a bit of a setback, but the smell of redemption is in the air. There are some truly generous lines this week. It almost feels like the bookies took the week off. Here are five great college football bets for Week 9. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday morning.

Notre Dame at #16 Syracuse: Syracuse -2.5 (-110)

The Week 9 college football bets start off with Notre Dame getting way too much credit. The Orange just went on the road against a top-five Clemson team and took them down to the wire. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish are just two weeks removed from losing at home to an awful Stanford team. The fact that Notre Dame is getting less than a field goal on the road is insane.

Look for an angry Syracuse team coming off a loss to have some extra motivation in this one. Playing in the Carrier Dome against a still overrated Notre Dame team shouldn’t hurt, either. The Orange still have everything to play for, the Irish do not. I like this one up to about 10, in all honesty. If you can get alternative lines, it might be worth a look.

Florida vs #1 Georgia: OVER 56.5 (-110)

We have a classic rivalry game here at a neutral site. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be a memorable tilt. Georgia is an absolute WAGON once again this year. Florida… is not, to put it lightly. Expect the Bulldogs to win this one handily. Will they win by enough to cover the 22.5 point spread? That is more difficult to predict.

There is one major reason why I like the OVER rather than the spread here: Junk time. Florida can’t play defense. Georgia is going to score a lot of points. Their defense will likely stifle the Gators’ offense early on in the game. The problem is that we might see Georgia’s starters leave this game early if the game is something like 41-10 heading into the fourth quarter. If that happens, we could see the Florida claw back to 41-24 against Georgia’s backups.

The OVER is the safe play in this one.

Northwestern at Iowa: Northwestern +11 (-110)

With how inept that offense is, one has to wonder how the Hawkeyes can be favored by 11 against anyone. Iowa has only scored more than 10 points in two of their seven games this year. To hell with winning by 11, Iowa will be lucky just to score 11.

Now, this is arguably the worst Northwestern team of the entire Pat Fitzgerald era. Nevertheless, all Fitzgerald teams want to play stout defense and run the football. Both teams will want to play some classic, low-scoring, Big Ten football. A double-digit spread feels massive in a game where it might not take more than 13 to win it.

#19 Kentucky at #3 Tennessee: Kentucky +12 (-110)

I think we should make something clear: There is no chance Kentucky wins this game. The Wildcats are simply not talented enough — and more specifically not explosive enough — to go on the road and beat a Tennessee team that is firmly in the National Championship conversation. However, the methodical style of Kentucky’s offense might be just what they need to cover.

Despite all of the (well-earned) hype surrounding the Vols, their defense is a glaring weakness. They can’t stop anyone. Will Levis and company will have no trouble moving the ball in this game. They should be able to chew enough clock, and score enough points to keep this game within 10.

#2 Ohio State at #13 Penn State: Ohio State -14.5 (-110)

After much deliberation, we are going to round out the Week 9 college football bets column with the biggest game of the week. The Buckeyes are headed to Beaver Stadium in what will be Penn State’s last chance to stay in the College Football Playoff hunt. Can you really trust a team to cover two touchdowns in a rivalry game, on the road, against a top-15 opponent? In arguably the toughest place to play in all of college football? In this case, yes, you can.

This Ohio State team is just built different. They haven’t won a game by fewer than 29 points since their season opener against Notre Dame. Also, it is important to note that this is not the “Whiteout” night game that the Buckeyes typically have to deal with when playing in Happy Valley.

Thanks to Fox, this game kicks off at noon. Penn State actually just played this year’s “Whiteout” game last week against Minnesota. This could leave potential for a bit of a hangover. While these games are typically close, this is not your typical Ohio State-Penn State game. Lay the points.

2022 Senior Bowl mid-season All Riser Team

The Senior Bowl just released it’s 2022 mid-season all riser team. Hussam Patel takes a look at the defensive side of the ball.

The Senior Bowl just released its 2022 mid-season All Riser team. It consists of offensive and defensive players that have risen two rounds or more on the Senior Bowl board from their junior year tape grades.

Let’s take a look at the defensive prospects.

All-riser Defensive Lineman

EDGE Keion White

Keion White joined Old Dominion as a freshman and transferred to Georgia Tech as a junior. Before making the transition to an EDGE rusher, White was a Tight end. He made Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks list”.

“White was a devastating player for Old Dominion in 2019, making 19 TFLs. He was 265 then. He transferred to Tech, but then suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him. He’s now 6-4, 290, and primed to be a problem for ACC teams. White has hit 21 mph despite being almost 300 pounds. He also has vertical-jumped 32 inches and done 38 reps of 225 on the bench press.”

Bruce Feldman

White is a well-built and dense-framed defensive end. He plays with good power on initial contact that can help soften edges and rush angles. His power in short spaces is effective. He’s a high-motor player, and he shows good enough hand use, as well as a tight spin move, to win as an edge rusher.

EDGE Mike Morris

Michigan EDGE rusher Mike Morris leads the Wolverines with five sacks on the season and is third-best in the Big Ten conference overall. As a junior, behind David Ojabo and Aidan Hutchinson, Morris played in four games and contributed on 107 snaps. He recorded just five tackles, no assists while making seven stops.

Morris explodes off the line with a quick first step, with agile feet to counter inside and closing burst to finish plays. His hand use is excellent; he’s strong in the upper body and consistently swats away blockers. As a pass rusher his junior year, he produced 14 total pressures, which included 10 QB hurries, one QB hit, and three sacks on the year.

“He’s one of those types of guys that he’s good at so many things. I think at some times, it’s like, ‘Oh, we can do this with him, we can do that with him.’ But he’s also a really good one-on-one rusher. And I think that’s what he’s proven to me. I think the most (he’s improved) is he has a great ability to win one on ones using his tools and what he’s good at a really consistent level.”

Michigan Defensive Coordinator Jesse Minter

DT Tyler Davis

Clemson defensive tackle Tyler Davis has made an immediate impact at Clemson, earning the starting role in his first career game as a true freshman in 2019, and becoming a key interior piece for Clemson’s defense ever since. Davis looks like a potential pro starter and top 100 pick, ideally suited for a team that utilizes a rotation-heavy defensive line.

Hearing from his head coach, Dabo Swinney, Davis is “Fundamentally sound. Technically sound. Relentless with his effort.” A compactly-built, high-motor lineman, he brings a nice blend of power and quickness. Davis shows impressive get-off, often exploding off the line and getting into gaps before blockers can react.

All-riser Linebackers

LB Owen Pappoe

The senior linebacker has more than lived up to his nickname, the Freak. He’s been compared to former Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses. He’s made 165 tackles and six sacks in his career for the Tigers. Equally good in the run game and pass game, Pappoe reads the offensive line well and attacks blocking schemes – has a natural feel for the game. Can attack the edge with speed and has the flexibility to dip low and under the tackle’s reach.

Pappoe gets the shout out in the 2022 Senior Bowl mid-season all riser team as he arrives at the receiver at the same time as the ball, giving up few yards after the catch.

EDGE/OLB D.J. Johnson

Oregon Duck D.J. Johnson made the 2022 Senior Bowl mid-season all riser team due to his pass rush and cover skills. He has established himself as one of the most versatile players in the country in his senior season at Oregon. He previously played tight end for the Ducks.

Johnson has a good bull rush, but his best attribute is probably his speed off the edge. He has a lot of athleticism for a guy his size, which is probably why he’s in the defensive line position most likely to drop back into coverage. Fluid and quick drop into zone, covers enough ground to be Tampa-2 “MIKE” and knows where the markers are.

Linebacker Daiyan Henley

Daiyan Henley is still relatively new to the linebacker position, which bodes well for his continued development as a player and offers perspective on just how enticing his instincts are. According to the Associated Press, Daiyan Henley is one of the nation’s three best linebackers at the midway point of the season.

The most productive defender for the Cougars, Henley enters the bye week leading his team with 68 tackles. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest 2023 NFL draft big board this week, and Henley came in at No. 24 overall. He’s a former wide receiver and defensive back, so his ball skills when playing in coverage are considered a strength as well.

All-riser Defensive Backs

Cornerback Nehemiah Pritchett

Nehemiah Pritchett’s role for Auburn went up every year and was a key starter on cornerback and helped on kick returning on special teams, showing his ability to play multiple positions and help the team out in anywhere he can.

He’s very quick and very confident cover corner who plays bigger than his size when lined up in press coverage, delivering quick, surprisingly powerful punches and using his natural quickness and change-of-direction ability to mirror on underneath routes. Pritchett can get flat-footed but his makeup speed is impressive. He plays the ball as if it was thrown for him.

Cornerback Devon Witherspoon

The fourth-year Illini cornerback sure has come a long way from being an under-recruited, late addition to the Class of 2019. Now he’s one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. Witherspoon was named a Midseason All-American by Pro Football Focus (First Team) and The Athletic (Second Team). Now, he’s part of the 2022 Senior Bowl mid-season all riser team.

The Illini product reads receivers’ routes and anticipates throws at the first down marker. Covers a lot of ground in a hurry when in space. Reads the quarterback’s eyes and sees the routes very quickly, then has straight-line speed to arrive with, or just after, the ball. Witherspoon shows good awareness when dropping into zone coverage, with good route recognition and the ability to break quickly and cover a lot of ground.

Safety Jay Ward

In 2021, as a junior, Ward played in 11 games and contributed on 704 snaps. He chalked up decent 58 tackles, 15 assists, and added 13 stops. In the secondary, Ward forced two pass breakups and notched two interceptions.

Ward flashes good ball skills for a safety. The Tiger product tracks the ball well downfield and has the hands and coordination to come away with interceptions, even while not targeted often. He has the range and cover ability you want out of a post safety.

Safety Daniel Scott

Safety Daniel Scott is the old man of the Cal defense.  The 2022 season will be his sixth year of college football in Berkeley, and he will turn 24 midway through the season.

“He’s a play-maker, makes quick decisions, and I think that’s what he does best. He has good instincts and when he makes a decision, he can go fast.”

Cal Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon

Regardless of age, he looks the part with prototypical size and strength for a strong safety — long arms with a filled-out frame. Extremely strong with natural power to make punishing hits. He’s a willing and capable hitter in run support and closes fast to make plays against quick screens.

Safety Chris Smith

The Georgia Bulldogs senior made the midseason all-riser team for the Senior Bowl. Christopher Smith has 21 total tackles, two interceptions, and three pass deflections this season.

Smith’s an instinctive center fielder who flies around the field, has the tools to make up for a relative lack of size. He’s got a great football IQ and is versatile. He handles assignments as a deep safety, robber, and nickel corner. His downhill trigger is impressive showing the propensity to click and close, driving on anything in front of him with burst and intent.

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