OSU vs PSU - The "Cover Up Bowl" 2018
In anticipation, fans have been calling the upcoming Ohio State vs. Penn State game, “The Cover Up” bowl. While the staff that facilitated Penn State’s child abuse scandal are no longer there and James Franklin has ushered in a new era of Penn State football, many still feel that Urban Meyer deserved a harsher punishment for his alleged cover up of domestic abuse within his coaching staff. Off-the-field controversies aside, this game will have a decisive impact on the entire 2018 season. Both teams are currently undefeated, but also enjoyed easy opponents last week in Tulane and Illinois.
The first Ohio State-Penn State Match-Up was a Blood Bath
Historically, Penn State and Ohio State have a long-standing rivalry that dates back to 1912 when Penn State, coming off an 8–0–1 season in 1911, shut out Ohio State, 37–0. The entire game was a bloodbath with Penn State's Al Wilson getting knocked out cold and losing several teeth. Red Bebout (who later died in World War I) was severely lacerated from being stomped in the face. But this was 1912 so both men sucked it up and got back in the game.
With about nine minutes left in the game, Ohio State player was viciously laid out during a kickoff. Coach Richards screamed illegal blocking, but no penalty was called. He had had enough and walked his Ohio State team off the field, even as the judge informed him that he would be automatically forfeit the game before time expired.
So the Penn State players walked about the field as the hometown fans threw insults and debris at them. One PSU fan came down out of the stands and began to rush them, but was knocked him out cold with a single right fist by assistant coach Dick Farlow. Police rushed the field to surround the Penn State players and protect them as fans grabbed some blue and white bunting under one of the goalposts and set it on fire. The game was such an insult to both teams that it would be another 44 years until the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions would meet again. They would only play each other sporadically before 1993 when Penn State joined the Big Ten.
Paterno vs. Tressel vs. Franklin vs. Meyer
For an entire decade between 2001 and 2010, Joe Paterno and Jim Tressel enjoyed an intense in-conference rivalry. In fact, Penn State's "whiteout" tradition, which is being revived this Saturday, was born out of this rivalry in 2005, when Penn State upset the then-favored Buckeyes 17–10 in State College with the help of a of a loud and boisterous home crowd. All in all, Tressel finished this 10-year rivalry on top with 7 wins to Paterno's 3 (if you count the Ohio State wins vacated in 2010).
In the aftermath of Penn State's prolific scandal and the emergence of the Coach Urban Meyer era in 2013, Ohio State served Penn State's their worst loss, and most points scored against the team, since 1899 by beating them 63-14. Under Coach Franklin, Penn State has only beaten Ohio State once in 2016, but came incredibly close last year, only losing by 1 point. Here's a recap of this shoot-out below. Now the Buckeyes are the ones still reeling from a largely publicized scandal and Penn State is enjoying incendiary success with their relatively new coach James Franklin.
Penn State's Odds
First off, the game is going to take place at Beaver Stadium, giving the Nittany Lions the home field advantage. The last time Penn State hosted Ohio State, they beat the then No. 2 ranked Buckeyes 24-21, outscoring them 17-0 in the fourth quarter and taking the lead with 4:27 remaining on a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. The odds were against them then and the odds are against them now, but statistically underdogs with big offenses like Penn State often deliver big upsets.
The Nittany Lions allowed 23 points by the unranked Fighting Illini last week, and nearly lost their season opener to App State, 45-38. By no means, is Franklin's defense vulnerable, but with only 3 returning starters, he's been doing a lot of swapping and shifting to develop his backups. So far, it's been working and if this game was later in the season, I probably wouldn't even question Penn State's defensive unit against Haskins and the Ohio State offense.
After their win against the Fighting Illini, James Franklin admitted to the press, “we have starters, and we have guys we’re rotating in, but I don’t know if anybody’s separated themselves from the pack. And I think that’s probably some our challenges there. Having a guy who you know is running the defense and can be an eraser for you in terms of making plays, we’re not there yet.”
Ohio State's Odds
QB Dwayne Haskins has been extremely impactful in his first four career starts, averaging 10.4 yards per attempt and completing 76 percent of pass attempts. He is currently ranked second in the nation with 16 touchdown passes, while only throwing a single interception. Aside from the likes of Alabama, there are few teams in the NCAA that could conceivably stop Haskins in the passing game.
Ohio State became the target of unrelenting moral outrage following their decision to keep Meyer as head coach, so they are probably doing everything in their power to make that decision count. Moreover, the 2016 loss to Penn State on the road was Urban Meyer's first true road loss as the esteemed head coach of Ohio State. For Coach Meyer, this game is about more than the rivalry or making playoffs, it's about his legacy.
Ohio State football should have running back Mike Weber and defensive tackle Robert Landers back this week against Penn State, but will still be without junior DE Nick Bosa due to his recent surgery to repair a "core muscle" injury. Bosa was considered to be a central part of the Ohio State defensive unit, and they will need every defensive weapon available against Franklin's highly productive offense.
Which ever way the wind blows, Penn State's offense is going to put Ohio State's defense to the test. But with two of the most productive offenses in the nation, it is going to be up to Penn State's rotation-heavy defensive unit to find their rhythm and stick to it in order to stop QB Dwayne Haskins if they want to pull of an upset. It's going to be a loud and high scoring shoot out between two teams who began their century-old rivalry with a literal bloodbath. Two Top 10 teams will enter Beaver Stadium on September 29th, 7:30 pm ET and only one will leave with an undefeated record.
This battle will also serve as a major recruiting showcase, as Penn State is expected to host several of its top targets from various classes. The winner of this matchup will move forward as the favorite to win a Big Ten title in December.
2018 Rocky Mountain Showdown Recap
Colorado Leads Series - 65 Wins - 22 Losses and 2 Ties
This has been a one-sided series in Colorado and this year not many are picking the Colorado State Rams to win at Mile High Stadium tomorrow night at 7:34 PM Mountain Time. The Buffs could have a very good season with the talent that has transferred in like graduate transfer Running Back Travon Mcmillan and big play tight end JuCo transfer Darrion Jones. With Steven Montez working rigorously over the off-season in perfecting his craft, he was named to the Maxwell Trophy watch list, and it will be interesting to see if he can live up to the hype against a bewildered Rams defense. The Colorado State Rams defense did not live up to par against the talent rich Hawaii offense, who were able to reinvent the historically successful run and shoot offense that is known to light up the scoreboard. Coming off of a historic offensive performance from KJ Carta-Samuels, where he was able to throw for 537 yards and 5 touchdowns. The only time KJ found himself making errant throws was when the Hawaii defensive front applied pressure, which caused the games only interception. Colorado State needs to create more turnovers defensively if they will have any chance of beating this highly touted Colorado Buffaloes team tomorrow night at Mile High Stadium.
Coach MacIntyre is 22-38 as Head Coach of The Buffs
This is a make it or break it year for a struggling Head Coach in a loaded PAC-12 conference and this opening contest will prove if Colorado will be able to compete in Power-5 play. The Buffs defense will look to more JuCo transfers in Davion Taylor and Delrick Adams Jr to make big plays to slow down the Rams brilliant passing attack. This is the first match-up of the season for the Colorado Buffaloes, as on the other side of the ball, The rams have already experienced the bitter taste of defeat. Seeing if CSU really has the "EDGE" that they preach in their program will be on full display tomorrow night in Denver. Did the Rams look past the Hawaii team in the first half, as they were heavy favorites at home? Or, was Coach Nick Rolovich and the Hawaii team one of the top teams in this year's Mountain West play and were just better prepared to face adversity? As I left GNC today in Fort Collins one of the employees I was speaking with stated that the Hawaii Warriors were playing for their people back home who were experiencing a terrible storm and had a reason to play the game. I challenge the Colorado State Rams to find one reason and one reason only to beat the Colorado Buffs, not just to save your still young season, but because you have been manhandled by your so-called rival for years now. Do you have what it takes to turn the tides in the favor of the Rams for years to come or will you continue to be a mediocre .500 ball club? Your fans will flock to your home games for New Belgium Beer and stadium food anyways, as you get to play football in one of the greatest places to live in the United States. My advice is, make the most of it while you are here and become winners, on and off the gridiron. It all begins tomorrow night in Denver, you either will surpass expectations or fade away into the abyss of "what if's".
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Coach Harbaugh Names Shae Patterson Starter
Many sports channels have been after Jim Harbaugh for whatever reason in bringing up the fact that his Quarterbacks have not lived up to the "Big Blue" standard and that Harbaugh was not an outstanding QB coach. Given that Coach Harbaugh was one of the QB's who helped set the standard for what it takes to be an elite Michigan QB, I believe he has found the right guy to help him prove the naysayers wrong in Heisman Trophy Watch List student-athlete Shea Patterson. Patterson has been dubbed a man that can " do it all" for the Wolverines this season and will have one of the best defenses in the country to back the Michigan offense up. With revenge on the minds of the Michigan Wolverines for the embarrassing blowout loss they suffered in 2014 and Notre Dame dubbing this contest "Absolute War," we are in for a treat on NBC at 5:30 PM on Saturday, September 1st. To learn more about Coach Harbaugh, check out the College Football Today Nebraska preview, where we defend Coach Harbaugh against "The Land of 10".
Michigan Defense Arguably The Best In Nation
The Fighting Irish faithful have dubbed the game with the Wolverines "Absolute War" and are embracing the challenge according to multiple sources. The Irish seem very laid back in recent practices and Coach Brian Kelly is eager to see what the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are made of in 2018. That being said, he is going up against a defense that only allowed 18 points a game last year and ranked as one of the nation's top defenses in every statistical category. Khaleke Hudson will replace Jabrill Peppers, who was one of the best players in all of college football last season, and can provide a fierce pass rush to opposing offenses. With the Michigan offense struggling last year due to a QB carousel and young receiving core, the Wolverines were able to win games by creating turnovers, along with many 3 and outs. With the spike to the Michigan offense with having a Heisman Trophy contender at the helm in Shea Patterson, we could be talking Michigan Football's first ever BCS playoffs appearance. If anyone deserves to get his team to the mountaintop of College Football, it is Coach Jim Harbaugh and a QB who was once dubbed "Manziel 2.0" by the world of college football after his freshmen season at Ole Miss.
Michigan will face off against the Fighting Irish first and if they can get the revenge they seek, they will get the next three games at home, including starting out Big Ten competition against the Huskers of Lincoln, Nebraska. After traveling to a very good Northwestern team in which they should beat, they will face off against Maryland for homecoming in Ann Arbor. In my opinion, the next three games against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State will dictate whether the Michigan Wolverines will get a BCS playoffs bid and get a shot at the coveted NCAA FBS National Championship. They will than face-off against a dangerous Rutgers football team in New Jersey and than have the Hoosiers in Ann Arbor on Nov 17th. Depending on what happens with the Ohio State head coaches and Urban Meyer, the game against Ohio State at the Horseshoe will be a game a major significance and one that will also dictate Shea Patterson's stake for the Heisman Trophy award!
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The Colorado State Rams are said to be in a re-building year going into the 2018 season and are relying heavily on graduate transfer QB K.J Carta-Samuels for offensive production. With Preston Williams transferring in from Tennessee and serving his one year of residency at CSU, he is ready to pair up with (SR) WR Olabisi Johnson who caught 69 passes last season for over 1,200 yards. Warren Jackson had two touchdowns last season against Alabama and looks to add another dynamic deep-threat to this fantastic trio of receivers. I believe this is a big reason that Carta-Samuels was named to the 2018 Johnny United Golden Arm "Watch List" heading into this season. I applaud Coach Bobo and staff for being able to land a QB late in the game like K.J, as they had their leading candidate for starting Quarterback go down with his second ACL tear in February in Collin Hill, whom Coach Bobo is not ruling out to compete this fall. Rumors have circulated that K.J was committing to UCLA but that Coach Bobo was able to convince him to change his mind last minute, in order to solidify the Rams' QB spot. The Rams have a solid rushing attack returning with (SR) RB Izzy Matthews, who has rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in 3 seasons, along with 26 touchdowns for the Rams. The Rams should be able to put up plenty of points this season, but do have questions on the offensive line that have hopefully been addressed in beautiful Fort Collins, CO at Fall Camp. Looking with a unbiased approach, as I am moving in the "Uncommon" Colorado State student housing this week, I think the Rams number one concern is can they stop the likes of Boise State from scoring more points? In one possession finishes against top 100 FBS programs they are 1-6 under Coach Bobo. This newly formed offensive unit will have to produce points in intense moments, unlike the Rams of the past who have folded when the going gets tough. With veteran leadership from players like Carta-Samuels and Olabisi on the offensive side of the ball, the Rams look set for a collision course with the high powered Run-and-Shoot offense of the Hawaii Warriors. The Rams return five offensive linemen with starting experience and have more key transfers in former Louisville linemen T.J Roundtree and JuCo transfer Keith Williams. Coach Bobo has been able to land 52 three-star prospects over the last three recruiting classes and has plenty of highly touted sophomores to rely on to provide depth to the struggling Rams defense. The defense will need to improve drastically in 2018 for the Rams to have a chance against the likes of Wyoming and Boise State, which will allow them to compete in the Mountain West Championship game.
The Rams Defense Allowed 431.6 yards a game in 2017.
Any defense that allows over 400 yards a game has issues and is the main reason the Rams find themselves ranked 96th out of 130 FBS teams by SB Nation heading into the 2018 season. This is why Coach Bobo brought in new Defensive Coordinator John Jancek and the Rams are desperately looking for a drastic turnaround from this years defense. They will be playing a more aggressive defense, as I have seen Coach Helow teaching his safeties techniques to dislodge the football to create turnovers for the Rams defense in 2018. The Rams had a majority of their problems last season up front and are transitioning from a 3-4 alignment to a 4-3 alignment, as Coach Jancek ran as Defensive Coordinator at the University of Tennessee from 2013-2015. It will be imperative that the Rams be stout up front with (DE) Arjay Jean, (DT) Richard King and Sophomore Ellison Hubbard. If they can provide stellar run support and a adequate pass rush, linebackers like Josh Watson can fly around and stuff plays before they can get going. Max McDonald is a Fort Collins native who attended Rocky Mountain High School and will be looked to step up in this new 4-3 system that Coach Jancek will implement. Speedy Linebacker (SR) Tre Thomas looks to build off of a great career thus far as a Ram and will fill the strong side backer most likely in the 4-3 system. Braylin Scott will return for 2018 and was cleared to practice during the spring, after snagging three interceptions for the rams defense in 2016. He missed 2017 for personal reason and the Rams are extremely excited to have him back in the defensive backfield. Anthony Hawkins will be lining up on the other side of the field and players like Darius Campbell look to fill the nickle back roll. Depth is a key concern for the Rams at corner, but the safety position is solidified by former returning Utah Safety Jordan Fogal. When opposite safety Jamaal Hicks went down last season, the Rams hit a steady decline at the end of the 2017 season. He returns from a broken arm that kept him out the last 5 games of last season, and it will be key for the Rams to stay healthy for an entire season. The Rams consistently have some of the best special teams units in all of college football and returning kicker Wyatt Bryan, punter Ryan Stonehouse and kickoff specialist Braxton Davis. Johnson will look to fill the return man role, left open by the departure of Ram great Detrich Clark.
Our regards go out to Colorado State Head Coach Bobo and his family, as he was hospitalized as of late for feeling "numbness in his feet". We send our thoughts and prayers to the Colorado State family and Coach Bobo, as they continue to prepare for their upcoming battler with the Hawaii Warriors on August 25th, 2018.
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Colorado State 2018 Prediction
The Hawaii match-up will give us a very clear look at how good Colorado State will be this year, as they will have to defend the high scoring run and shoot offense. The Rocky Mountain Showdown will prove to be a great contest against the in-state rivals CU Buffs and then they welcome their first SEC opponent to Fort Collins, Co when the Razorbacks come to Canvas Stadium. I believe after they go up against yet another highly touted SEC opponent @ Florida, we will be able to see if they can compete in the Mountain division of the up and coming Mountain West Football Conference.
An Uncommon Year For Mountain West Football
We now live in downtown Fort Collins and will be covering Mountain West Football, along with other college football stories. We will be sponsoring the 2019 Scout Trout All-American Bowl at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex in Alabama and preparing for this up and coming season. It is a very "Uncommon" football season that we will be embarking on and with the help of the Colorado State faithful and coaches, I believe they can bring home a championship if the stars align in accordance. If you would like us to cover your games live, please do not hesitate to ask us to stop by your establishment for the most enlightened football knowledge on the planet.
Coach Trout at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans
Having been at the 2018 Bayou Classic where I got to witness most of the festivities of the events in New Orleans and with the big Grambling Tigers' win over Southern, I started researching one of the most winning college football teams of all-time. If Coach Fobbs can win recruiting battles against the likes of Nick Saban and the University of Alabama, well, I would have to say the resurgence of Grambling football, as well as HBCU Football is more alive than it has ever been. Maurice Robinson chose Grambling over the likes of Alabama, Florida and LSU, while also stating that he wants to play defensive back for the Tigers. This extremely bright young man was quoted saying,
“It was a hard process from the start,” Robinson told The News-Star Monday. “I had big colleges looking at me. All of that could get into your head if you don’t take care of the process the right way. It was an easy decision to make. I didn’t really fall into the light that they shined on me, I didn’t get into the hype they threw at me."
Well I guess this young man realizes his path to the next level involves playing time and a coach like Broderick Fobbs who shows compassion, understanding and an unfathomable amount of loyalty to the players he coaches. Who knows, maybe those D1 powerhouses were not giving him a choice to play at the position he desired, but offering him as the stellar dual-threat QB that he is. It really is not our job to speculate as thousands of scenarios could have led to this young man choosing Grambling and Coach Fobbs is a man who looks at the recruit, not the stars attached to their name. Maybe Robinson felt the sincerity of the Grambling program and also recognized the historic program that has existed at Grambling and is re-surging under Coach Fobbs.
The History of Grambling State Football - The Eddie Robinson Era
Eddie Robinson is known as the greatest collegiate football coach of all-time by many in our industry. He was able to build Grambling State into a powerhouse during a very hard period of time for African American athletes in the southern states of America, as they were not allowed to play for southern programs. Coach Robinson retired in 1997 with 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties. Coach Robinson was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 1997 and was the most winning-est college football coach of all-time when the NCAA stripped Coach Paterno of 111 wins, only to return them to the scandal-ridden former Penn State head football coach. More than 200 of players that were coached by Eddie Robinson went on to the old AFL, CFL and NFL, as he set the standard for college coaches across the country on how to build a program.
A Program on the Verge of Collapse
With 690 million dollars being stripped from Louisiana higher education programs, Grambling State football faced extinction as they did not have the proper funding to support the Tiger Football team. Not even legendary QB Doug Williams could save the Tigers from the wrath of our failing economic and educational systems in America and all was lost for a few years. Former Grambling State running back, Broderick Fobbs became the Head Coach of the historic Tigers program for the 2014 season and has achieved a record of 39-11 and has Grambling as one of our Top 25 FCS College Football Programs heading into this season.
The Coach Fobbs Era & The 2018 Grambling Tigers
Coach Fobbs has the Tiger faithful dancing once again to the beautiful sound of the Grambling State band, who produces magic every time they get to perform, just as the football team did in 2017. Grambling was able to defeat "Air McNair's" alma mater Alcorn State with a score of 40-32 for yet another Grambling Tigers SWAC championship. Coach Fobbs should be the topic of conversation when you look at how he has been able to build Grambling State back to a point that would make the legendary Coach Robinson extremely proud. But after checking out this year's Grambling State team and how practices have gone so far, I believe Grambling will once again be hoisting the SWAC championship trophy and make a run in the FCS playoffs if granted the chance to compete. They will bring home another HBCU National championship, but why are they not talked about when it comes to the FCS playoffs. VICE News wrote a very good article on why SWAC and MEAC teams do not compete in the FCS playoffs, as we never truly get an FCS or 1AA National Champion, outright.
It's very intriguing that both 1AA Historically Black conferences have their own independent "Black College National Championship" and cannot compete in the FCS playoffs. That being said, we will be taking every team in 1AA into consideration when we crown our champion at the conclusion of the 2018 FCS Season. We also take into consideration that Grambling State has produced over 100 players that have gone onto the NFL and will continue to show resiliency, toughness and character moving forward under the new legendary figure, Coach Broderick Fobbs. When they say Geaux Tigers in Louisiana this season, remember the inept Ed Orgeron doesn't have a pot to piss in and the best coach in your state resides at Grambling State University, home of the Tigers!
Coach Helton's 3rd Year Marks A Turning Point
Ever since Pete Carroll left the USC Trojans after coaching from 2001-2009 and bringing them to national prominence, the Trojans have had many notable coaches come and go. The expectations are very high in SoCal, so high, former Coach Lane Kiffin fired his father Monte Kiffin as the team's DC in 2012. I have no idea how that must have felt, but I guess karma came back to bite him when he was hungover for the BCS national playoff game and was relieved shortly after by Steve Sarkisian. Clay Helton has been along for most of the many ups and downs of the USC program. Helton was hired in 2010 as the QB coach of the USC Trojans under Coach Lane Kiffin and after Steve Sarkisian developed off the field problems, Helton was promoted to "Interim Head Football Coach", as he was very briefly after Ed Orgeron quit the job in 2013.
Has Helton Built a Winner At USC?
With a 27-10 record and playing in a very tough conference in the Pac-12, I would say yes that he has. This season will provide a more concise glimpse at the job Helton has been able to accomplish with the players he recruited. In last years 2018 class, players like 5-star QB JT Daniels could be looked to early on their careers to contribute with the uncertainty at the QB postion. The Trojans OC Coach Tee Martin will have whoever takes the first snap for the Trojans highly prepared, he was one of the best to ever play in the SEC. With 5 star Class of 2017 running back recruit Stephen Carr back at full strength the Trojans running game will be at full capacity heading into the 2018 season. USC has not had a recruiting class that has been ranked outside of the top 10 since Coach Helton took over. Overall, they have done a great job at keeping 5 star players in Cali at home.
The Trojans "Horse"
Not often do we mention walk-on kickers in our college football previews, but we have made an exception for heroic kicker Chase McGrath out of Mater Dei High School (CA). The special teams for the USC Trojans will be pivotal to their success as the field goal unit of McGrath, Smith and Olson will be called upon to win games in the clutch. Big match-ups early in the season at Stanford and Texas will show us what this team and special teams unit is all about, as these games should be very closely fought contests. The defensive unit for the Trojans returns mostly all of last years starters that were ranked 20th overall in the nation and has one of the best defensive backfields in the nation. If they can provide an adequate pass rush and solid linebacker core can stop the run, USC could be headed to another Pac-12 championship in 2018.
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Dabo Swinney's Coaching Philosophy
The Swinney-Saban coaching foundations
Similarly, in a recent speech given a camp at Alabama, Coach Saban emphasized the importance of choice to the young athletes in attendance. Much like Swinney’s philosophy of why, Saban aims to instill conscientious action and decision-making in his student-athletes. While working for a publication that also covers college football prospects, I have found these lessons are likely the most imperative in guiding young athletes. Half of the submissions we receive from high school athlete requesting help in their recruiting process show a disturbing lack of purpose and sincerity, and it’s clear that the recruit has yet to ask themselves why they want to play college football. I have also seen this pattern of haphazardness in top rated, 4-5-star recruits. I’m not saying it’s wrong or condemnable for an 18 year-old to not have a meticulous life strategy, but it is imperative for rising college football players, FBS or otherwise, to reflect on the whys:
Why do you want to play college football?
Why did you choose to play football in the beginning, and why is it still a big part of your life?
Why do you want to play in college and not in a minor professional league?
Why did you pick the school you play for?
These questions are so important in the recruiting process and in the greater realm of college football because when a young player’s motivations are driven one-dimensionally, they are setting themselves up to make destructive choices and even subconsciously sabotage themselves on the field.
The parallels in leadership between these two powerhouse programs demonstrate why they are where they are and why there will be no shortage of competitive Clemson-Alabama match-ups in future college football playoffs as long as they continue to re-install these core values in these young men.
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Offense: the QB Question
"Obviously, Kelly's won a conference (championship) and taken us to the playoffs, and he's got great experience," Swinney said. "The other guys are right there and battling."
Much like Saban's, Swinney's coaching philosophy stresses savvy, conscientious decision-making in players. This perhaps why both head coaches trust their more experienced college football QB over the fresher, younger choice, even when the vast majority of fans, critics and popular opinion think otherwise. Though Lawrence's ability as an accomplished passer seem like the obvious solution to Bryant's ineffectiveness in getting the ball downfield on long passes last year, the freshman will be of much better use after spending time learning from a seasoned QB with a winning record and playoff experience. Bryant's passing yards last season may have fell short of the standard set by Clemson, but he still has a lot to offer and should not be dismissed so quickly just before there is a flashy new dual-threat QB in town.
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With coach's abysmal 22 -38 record at CU, he can only hope that the plethora of talent coming in this year can save not only this season, but Coach MacIntyre's job, as the word is around town, his seat is getting rather hot. If the Buffs can eliminate needless distractions this season and figure out their 'why'? Then they can put the season into proper perspective and be able to operate on the gridiron at full capacity and have a great season in PAC-12 play. Rashaan Salaam brought fire and energy to the Kordell Stewart led offense in 1994 and was able to hoist the Heisman Trophy when it was all said and done. I would like send my condolences to his family as I know it was very hard to understand why such a talented and loving young man would take his own life.
After studying immensely the effects of CTE and constant brain trauma the hard way, I was able to realize that without proper holistic medicines and rehabilitation, all could be lost very quickly. This matter is becoming terrifying for football players globally because of the presentation of the subject. We must learn from our mistakes in the past that wound up costing families close loved ones or the game will fade into a cataclysm of lawsuits and anguish.
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Can the Buffs compete this year in the PAC-12?
Defensively, the Buffs went out and grabbed two more outstanding JuCo players in Davion Taylor and Delrick Adams Jr. With many returning players on the defensive side of the ball and the outstanding leadership shown by the Buffs 2018 team captains, we ranked the Buffs 19th in the Nation in our FBS Top 25. Is this a little to high? Possibly, but a week one rivalry match-up will need to be won handily against Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, and the Buffs will have to handle business on the road against Coach Scott Frost and the mighty Huskers of Lincoln, Nebraska in order to remain in the Top 25. With some of the talent that they have brought in this season, can Coach MacIntyre get his team to mold as a unit and keep his staff from causing off the field distractions? I guess time will tell, as we are in Denver, Colorado at the Crown Plaza preparing for the 2018 match-ups that will be featured here in beautiful Colorado.
The Miracle at Michigan
"The 86 pages of interviews and evidence shed light on the last days of a man who, behind that signature smile, was tortured. Friends and family described a man haunted by his short-lived NFL stint, unable to find a career after football, and weighed down by a trophy he never felt he lived up to."
Kordell Stewart went on to be known as "slash" and had a great NFL career in my opinion. He also struggled with personal issues and recently won 3 million dollars in a settlement against the man who spread false accusations of his sexual orientation. I wore #10 to school after hearing the accusations, as I was always told, "all press is good press" growing up by another former Pittsburgh Steeler, my father David Trout. My father always used to say this when I would bring up anything negative said about me or any other athlete in the press. He took it as a sign that "you were doing something right", so once again Mr.Trout was right because Kordell Stewart is still one of the most versatile football players to ever take the field.
As you can see, there is much more to life than football and how we deal with the little things will keep u you happier down the road. If you are feeling any type of internal anguish or emotional discomfort please reach out to a family member or friend. If you cannot do this, please go see a doctor or someone who specializes in post-traumatic head injuries.
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