FIFA World Cup: Predicting Every Round of 16 Winner

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been a magnificent rollercoaster thus far and I don’t expect it to be any less outrageous in the knockout stage. Before I get further into this, let me just share the fact that I am not a huge soccer fanatic and I don’t follow the sport as close as I do others. Although, I do in fact absolutely love the World Cup and completely immerse myself into it when the spectacle arrives. There is no sporting event that can even compare to it. Witnessing the world come together the way it does for the World Cup is something no other sport can replicate. It’s also just really fun to watch, so that’s always nice.

Nonetheless, we’ve reached the knockout stage and it’s time to predict the Round of 16 matchups.

Uruguay vs Portugal – This one is simple really. One team has the worlds best player and the other doesn’t. Cristiano Ronaldo has been nothing short of sensational so far in this tournament and has given Portugal some serious momentum heading into the knockout stage. It’ll be close, but Portugal will pull this one out.

Winner: Portugal

France vs Argentina – A couple of the biggest Futbol countries battling it out in the Round of 16? Yes, please. Seriously this is a World Cup Final caliber match. Argentina may have struggled a bit in the group stage, but it’d be foolish to sleep on them. Is France the better team? Probably. Will they win? Chances are yes. Will I pick them? Nope.

Winner: Argentina

Brazil vs Mexico – This is a tough one. Mexico may not have ended the group stage on a high note, but they had a couple of pretty impressive wins. As for Brazil, well, they’re Brazil and they have some unfinished business to attend to. If I’m being honest, this game is a coin toss for me. I’m going to go with my gut feeling on this one.

Winner: Brazil

Belgium vs Japan – Admittedly, I’ve only watched Japan play one match in this years tournament, but that one match was one that they won and looked pretty impressive. As for Belgium, they’ve looked ridiculously good. All while going undefeated in the group stage. I’m going to go with the clear favorite in this one.

Winner: Belgium

Spain vs Russia – Russia’s victories against Saudi Arabia and Egypt were as dominant as they get, but they were also against the weakest competition in the entire tournament. Spain drew Portugal, defeated Iran and drew Morocco. Also, Spain is on an unbeaten streak of 23 games in international play. A much more impressive resume if you ask me.

Winner: Spain

Croatia vs Denmark – Croatia is arguably the hottest team in the entire tournament and I’d be silly to not ride with them…Right?

Winner: Croatia

Sweden vs Switzerland – Here sits another toss up for me. I’ll go with the one with no losses.

Winner: Switzerland

Colombia vs England – This is the match I’m most excited for. Why? In each World Cup, I root hard for Colombia (when the U.S. is out of course) and they’ve looked fantastic since their little stumble against Japan. The thing is, England has looked ridiculous as well. I’m a bit nervous, to say the least. Viva Colombia.

Winner: Colombia

This Round of 16 has so many great matches, I’d highly recommend watching as many as you can. I know I will.

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College Football’s 7 Most Consistently Overrated & Disappointing Teams

When it comes to overrating teams, the college football universe does it like no other sport. From pre-season hype to snagging a big week one win, fans and analysts seem to feel the need to declare teams elite when they clearly aren’t. There are a handful of teams that get this sort of hype year after year despite almost always disappointing. Today we look at those teams.

Tennessee Volunteers – Can we please stop making this mess of a team a pre-season playoff contender every single year? Honestly, I believe the Vols have been expected to potentially reach the playoff every season since the first year of the playoff. To no surprise, they have yet to even come close. Tenessee’s best record since 2011 is 9-4. The last time they even won at least 10 games was in 2007.

Texas Longhorns – Remember in 2016, when Texas defeated 10th ranked Notre Dame in a double OT thriller? Remember after the game-winning touchdown, Joe Tessitore said: “Texas is back, folks!”. I sure do. Man, was he wrong and everyone else that believed that nonsense. The Longhorns finished that season 5-7 including a loss to 1-9 Kansas. Last season, the Longhorns slightly improved to a bland 7-6. All in all, this has been the Texas norm for many seasons now and it doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon.

Texas A&M Aggies – Believe it or not, the Aggies were ranked 4th in the playoff rankings for a short time just two years ago. A very short time. Texas A&M almost always starts out hot, but then proceeds to crash and burn the rest of the season. Even when Johnny Manziel was in College Station, they still underachieved. Now that Kevin Sumlin is gone, will Jimbo Fisher turn the program into a real contender? Who knows, but until then they’ll remain on this list.

Florida Gators – Being a Gator faithful, this one hurts to add to the list, but it’s the truth. It’s actually incredible how they’ve managed to accomplish almost nothing since Tim Tebow left. Honestly, it’s been almost a decade now of awful coaching, horrific offense, poor QB play and championship caliber defense. Without that defense, I’m almost certain the Gators would have fallen off the face of the planet. Overall, it’s been a rough eight and a half years. Dan Mullen, please save my Gators…

Nebraska Cornhuskers – This team just makes me laugh. Living in Nebraska, I’ve noticed most of the fans have the same expectations every season: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR BUST. It’s quite amazing actually. To constantly see those “expectations” get crushed is always solid entertainment as well. Of course, not all the fans are like this, but a lot are. The Huskers have had some decent seasons over the past decade, but nothing more. Whenever they reach the top ten, they quickly get beat soundly and disappear for the rest of the season. I will admit I am intrigued with Scott Frost taking the helm. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Huskers actually not be disappointing for a change.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish – The Irish are arguably the best team on this list, but similar to the previous teams listed, never fail to disappoint. Last season, it looked like they were finally going to reach the playoff. That was until they got manhandled by Miami and then again by Stanford just two weeks later. Notre Dame simply fails to show up when the spotlight is on them.

Miami Hurricanes – South Beach was rocking last season. Well, until it wasn’t. The Hurricanes had the college football universe in their grasp for 10 straight weeks only to lose their final two regular-season games and the Orange Bowl. So much for being “back”, Miami? Besides last year, they’ve been pretty average for a while now despite consistently getting some of the nations best recruits.

Honorable Mentions: LSU, USC, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Michigan State

– Collin Borron

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