Daly Dose #92 The 2016 College Football Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we bring you our 2016 College Football Preview!

Clint takes a look at the upcoming college football season, discusses some of the top returning players, and which teams will contend for titles in theAtlantic Coast Conference, the Big 10, the Big 12, the Mountain West, the Pac 12, and the Southeastern Conference.

Plus we have some NFL talk. How will the Dallas Cowboys do without Tony Romo? Why did the Denver Broncos go with an unproven 7th round draft choice at quarterback? And our thoughts on the Colin Kaepernick protest.

We finish the show with the Daly Dose Top 5 triple option college quarterbacks of all time!

You have to check out Episode 92!

Listen here: Daly Dose Episode 92

Dowis

 

Our top 5 triple option quarterbacks of all time!

5. Dee Dowis

4. Jamelle Holieway

3. Keenan Reynolds

2. Darian Hagan

1. Tommie Frazier

Advertisements

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Southeastern Conference 

This is it.

The big one.

That land where college football is a religion, and the teams are loaded with future NFL stars.

The SEC has won 8 of the last 10 national championships, and if you aren’t sure which conference is the best…the fans will remind you.

Sure, most of those fans didn’t actually attend these places of higher learning. But don’t worry about that. Just be impressed that they can actually spell “S-E-C”.

East

1. Tennessee Volunteers

Predicted finish: 10-2   

This is it. This is the season that head coach Butch Jones has been building for, and the year that Vols fans have been waiting for. The offense should be potent under QB Josh Dobbs. The defense should be improved. This is your year, UT. Don’t blow it.

2. Georgia Bulldogs   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Georgia ran off former head coach and nice guy Mark Richt, primarily because in 15 seasons he won 74% of his games, but went just 5-10 against arch-rival Florida. But would Bulldog fans be happy if they lost more games overall, had jerk for a coach, but beat Florida? Well yeah, obviously.

3. Florida Gators

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Gators got back to winning last year, going 10-4 and making it to the SEC Championship.  And then we saw a number of UF players get arrested in the off-season. Head coach Jim McElwain wanted to get Florida back to where they were under Urban Meyer. And he seems to be on his way.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Predicted finish: 7-5   

South Carolina goes from Steve Spurrier to Will Muschamp. I’ve seen Steve Spurrier. I’ve watched Steve Spurrier. You, Will Muschamp, are no Steve Spurrier.

5. Missouri Tigers

Predicted finish: 5-7

Coming off of a disappointing season, the Tigers will look to improve behind a stout defense. But with a young QB and an inexperienced offensive line, Mizzou could be in for another long year. At least they have a quiet, peaceful campus to go home to.

6. Vanderbilt Commodores

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Dores have a solid defense, and least season QB Kyle Shurmur and RB Ralph Webb were at least productive enough to beat Missouri and Kentucky. Oh, I know that isn’t much, but this is Vandy we are talking about.

7. Kentucky Wildcats

Predicted finish: 4-8   

The Wildcats had a pretty loaded roster and eight home games in 2015, and managed just a 5-7 record. A more challenging schedule, and less talent, will leave Kentucky fans wondering for the millionth time “Why couldn’t we get Bob Stoops instead of Mark?”

West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Predicted finish: 11-1   

Nick Saban just keeps plugging in new talent and winning year after year, despite not getting stellar play from his quarterbacks. But at some point, that deal he made with the Devil has to run out, doesn’t it?

2. LSU Tigers

Predicted finish: 10-2   

LSU has the talent and experience to contend for an SEC and maybe even national title. But a nasty schedule could keep them from reaching those lofty goals. Oh, and also…Les Miles.

3. Ole Miss Rebels   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Rebels went 10-3 a year ago, and they have the talent and recruits to contend again this year. If they can get past Florida State in the opener, Ole Miss could be in the hunt for some impressive accomplishments that will be forcibly vacated in the very near future.

4. Auburn Tigers

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The Tigers were preseason favorites to contend for a National Championship last year, but instead struggled, going just 7-6. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Auburn has always struggled when they have high expectations.  No wonder Cam Newton went there.

5. Texas A&M Aggies  

Predicted finish: 7-5

A&M lost reliable punter Drew Kaser which could be a bit of a problem, because they signed OU transfer QB Trevor Knight. So we know they are going to need to replace Kaser, because they are going to be punting. A lot.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks   

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Razorbacks are going to be rebuilding their offensive line and breaking in a new quarterback.  That doesn’t sound like a good combination to us. Like Bret Bielema in a China shop.

7. Mississippi Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 5-7

Dan Mullen has to try to find a way to replace Dak Prescott. That won’t prove to be an easy task, but the Bulldogs should still have enough talent to get a bowl berth. If that means anything.

Did you miss our Daly Dose Pac 12 Preview?

Be sure to stop by on Thursday for our Daly Dose College Football Top 10!

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Pac 12

Our focus now goes out west where we take a look at the Pac 12. This conference has it all: the tradition and strength of Southern California, the talent that has come out of UCLA, the modern day appeal of Oregon, and the lack of interest from literally everyone east of St Louis.

North

1. Stanford Cardinal

Predicted finish: 10-2

The Cardinal returns a significant amount of talent, including do-everything speedster Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey is the team’s top returning rusher, receiver, and special teamer. But they did lose veteran QB Kevin Hogan. So maybe they just just put McCaffrey under center too.

2. Oregon Ducks

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Ducks struggled early, getting off to a 3-3 start in 2015. But they caught fire by mid season and won six in a row to close the regular season. But their defense was ranked 116th last year under defensive coordinator Brady Hoke in his first season. And as we know from when Hoke started strong at Michigan, it just goes downhill from here.

3. Washington Huskies

Predicted finish: 9-3

With the talent that head coach Chris Petersen has assembled, the Huskies are darkhorse pick to win the Pac 12. Yet, we know that UW doesn’t always do that well with high expectations.  So everyone kind of keep it to yourself, k?

4. Washington State Cougars   

Predicted finish: 8-4

Say what you will about Cougars coach Mike Leach, he does win. And he has developed another Air Raid QB in Luke Falk, who threw for 38 touchdowns last year. Hard to believe but, Leach has now won at both Texas Tech and Washington State. Suck it, Craig James.

5. California Golden Bears

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Jared Goff Era is over in Berkeley, leaving head coach Sonny Dykes wondering who will step up and lead the Bears in 2016. But that’s still better than wondering where the sun rises each morning.

6. Oregon State Beavers

Predicted finish: 2-10

The Beavers finished 2-10 last year, and lost nine games in a row to finish the season. OSU will actually be a little better this year, but a Pac 12 schedule and match-ups with Minnesota and Boise State out of conference, will leave the Beavers struggling to even win twice again. So chew on that, you tree chomping maniacs.

South

1. UCLA Bruins

Predicted finish: 11-1

UCLA disappointed last year, going 8-5 despite having some NFL talent. But with sophomore phenom QB Josh Rosen back, anything is possible for the Bruins. And if the offensive line doesn’t come together, and protect the young QB better this season, any injury is possible for Rosen.

2. USC Trojans   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Clay Helton will lead the Trojans in his first full year this season. There is no question that this team has talent. If Helton can find some steady quarterback play, and stay away from that pre-prep rally beer bong, USC should be fine.

3. Utah Utes

Predicted finish: 8-4   

Utah lost some very skilled players, but head coach Kyle Whittingham has proven that he is more than capable of bringing in another batch of 25 year old men fresh off their missions, to dominate some 19 year old players.

4. Arizona Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Rich Rodriguez has an offense that is capable of putting up some big points. But he has a defense that is going to give up some big points. Yes, we know, stop us if you’ve heard this before.

5. Arizona State Sun Devils

Predicted finish: 6-4   

ASU says they are they only FBS school in the country without a QB on their current roster who has thrown a pass at the D-I level. Looks the the tradition that gave us former greats like Andrew Walter, Rudy Carpenter, and Jeff Van Raaphorst will continue.

6. Colorado Buffaloes   

Predicted finish: 3-9

Colorado has gone 2-25 in the Pac 12 so far under head coach Mike McIntyre. The bad news is that the Buffs will struggle to win two games in conference this season. The good news is that they probably won’t lose 25 games this season. Probably.

Did you miss our Daly Dose Mountain West Preview?

Coming up on Tuesday: the Daly Dose SEC Preview!

Daly Dose #91 Those scandalous Olympic games

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we take a look a look back at some of the pros and cons of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As usual, the patriotism was running high in the USA, but sometimes it may have been a little misguided. Our men’s Team USA Basketball came through with the gold, but did they really win anything? And what in the world happened with swimmer Ryan Lochte?

We also talk a little UFC 202, and whether the judges got the Conor McGregor decision correct.

The NFL preseason is now half over, and we discuss one team that is having a rough offseason, plus a new NFL rule that could have a hidden agenda.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 Olympic scandals of all time!

Do not miss Episode #91!

Condom_Rings_article

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Mountain West Conference 

Next up, we take a look at a conference that isn’t always considered among the elite.

Sure, the SEC, the Pac 12, and the Big 10 get all the attention, but the Mountain West plays second fiddle to no one!

I think it’s pretty obvious that this conference is clearly more like 6th or 7th fiddle.

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

1. Boise State Broncos    

Predicted finish: 10-2   

Boise State went just 9-4 last season, including back to back losses at home to New Mexico and Air Force. But I expect the Broncos to bounce back this year, much like the ducks that bounce off of their blue field, thinking it is water.

2. Air Force Falcons

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Falcons should be very competitive, as they return 14 starters from a team that went 8-6, and made it to the Mountain West Conference Championship game. Air Force will be led by running back Timothy McVeigh, who scored 13 touchdowns in 2015, and is in no way related to the Oklahoma City bomber. We’re pretty sure.

3. Colorado State Rams

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Rams will be playing their final season in Hughes Stadium this year, before moving to their new facility, and head coach Mike Bobo is hoping that every seat will be filled this season to pay tribute to the teams of the past. Based on the history of CSU going .500 for the most part, I’d say the stadium should only be half full.

4. Wyoming Cowboys   

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Cowboys finished 2-10 last year under second year head coach Craig Bohl. But Bohl knows what he’s doing, and has proven it by winning three national championships when he was at North Dakota State. So Wyoming fans just need to be patient. I mean, it isn’t like there’s anything else to do in Wyoming anyway.

5. Utah State Aggies

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Aggies will see a number of changes this season, including new coordinators on both sides of the ball. And a number of new players will be getting playing time this year. And the schedule will be significantly easier this year. So this is really a year of transition for Utah State. Except for the whole being a middle of the pack team in a middle of the pack conference. That doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

6. New Mexico Lobos

Predicted finish: 4-8   

Somehow Bob Davies managed to get the Lobos to actually win seven games and reach a Bowl Game last year. Quite frankly, we aren’t sure if he has sold his soul to the Dark Lord himself or what, but the Lobos could be bowl bound again this year. Nevermind eternal damnation, New Mexico would like to go to the New Mexico Bowl again!

West Division

1. San Diego State Aztecs   

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Aztecs went 11-3 last year, winning the MWC Championship, and the Hawaii Bowl. And with 14 returning starters they are primed to be even better this season. If they can get past an early date with California, and not trip up in conference, there is a chance they could find themselves playing in…gasp!…the…Arizona Bowl!

2. Nevada Wolfpack    

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Nevada had the most proficient offense in the country when they ran the Pistol back in 2005. Since then, they have slowly been taking steps backward each year. And last season, they averaged just 164.5 passing yards per game. Is Jeff Fisher coaching this offense?

3. San Jose State Spartans   

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Spartans are hanging their hopes this season on returning starting senior quarterback Kenny Potter, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. But just so we’re clear, Potter is six foot two and a whopping 208 pounds. So San Jose State is hitching their wagon to a kid that makes Steph Curry look like The Rock.

4. UNLV Runnin Rebels

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Head coach Tony Sanchez did an amazing job changing the Rebs from doormat to a high energy team that is capable of scoring points. Unfortunately the UNLV defense allows opponents to score quicker than a Vegas call girl, and without the STDs!

5. Fresno State Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Fresno State defense allowed 446 yards and 38 points per game last year. So seeing the Bulldogs on the schedule is kind of like getting a date with a Kardashian. You aren’t going to have to work that hard, and I think we all know how the night is going to end.

6. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors       

Predicted finish: 2-10

The Rainbow Warriors go to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and are even playing Cal-Berkeley in Sydney, Australia, because just traveling from Hawaii to the West Coast wasn’t challenging enough. They will be travelling nearly 47 thousand miles this year. I guarantee they will sleep through at least one game due to jet lag.


Did you miss the Daly Dose Independent preview?

Coming on Thursday: the Daly Dose Pac 12 preview!

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Independents and other notable teams 

Next up, we look at those  teams that are too high and mighty to even join a conference.  These spoiled brats were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and expect everyone to just cater to them. Yeah that’s right, we are looking right at YOU, Army!

Independents and other notable teams

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Irish have a bit of a quarterback controversy in South Bend, as DeShone Kizer played well last year as a sophomore, and previous starter Malik Zaire returns from injury. Notre Dame lost a significant amount of talent, but a softer schedule shapes up nicely for them to get ranked far too high, and then get blown out of a bowl game that they didn’t belong in anyways.

2. Brigham Young Cougars   

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Say what you will about the Cougars, but they are unafraid to challenge themselves with a difficult independent schedule. BYU will face Arizona, Utah, UCLA,  West Virginia, Michigan State,  and Boise State. So they might be afraid of caffeine and gay people, but bring on the ranked opponents!

3. Army Black Knights   

Predicted finish: 3-9   

Army returns 12 starters from last season. Of course, they went 2-10 last season. So we aren’t sure that’s a good thing, but it seemed like it sounded important.

We also decided to add top 25 contender Houston on this list from the American Athletic Conference. Sure, we could have previewed the entire conference, but quite honestly, we can’t name another team from it.

* Houston Cougars

Predicted finish: 13-1

The experts will tell you that Greg Ward Jr is the best QB in the American Athletic Conference. But they won’t tell you that Keenan Reynolds and Paxton Lynch are now gone, so it honestly isn’t that impressive.

*AAC team

Did you miss our Daly Dose Big 12 College Football Preview?

Next up: Our Daly Dose Mountain West Conference Preview!

Daly Dose #90 The Rio Olympics

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint discusses some of the incredible performances that are taking place in the 2016 Summer Olympics and why we really shouldn’t be all that surprised by them. It isn’t all good news, as the Team USA Women’s soccer team got knocked out early and the Men’s USA basketball team has been struggling. Will they be able to put it together and win the Gold? We also discuss some of the weird stories that are coming out of Rio.

The NFL Preseason is finally here! Sure, the games aren’t that fun to watch, but we do get another season of HBO’s Hard Knocks…even though it is with the Los Angeles Rams. The San Diego Chargers are being dumb again, and the Houston Texans are hoping they didn’t get a lemon in free agency.

Plus some Major League Baseball talk and the Top 5 most decorated US Olympic athletes in history!

Check out Episode 90: Daly Dose #90 The Rio Olympics

rio

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 12

We now turn our attention to a conference that could be looking to expand and add a few teams to make it a true super conference. Or maybe the Big 12 will collapse completely and go away forever.

Either way.

Big 12

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Predicted finish: 10-2

Baker Mayfield took over the QB position in Norman last year, and took the Sooners all the way to the College Football Playoff with his high-risk gambling pirate style. But then we saw what he did against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Arrrgh!

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys   

Predicted finish: 9-3

Okie State actually has a chance to contend in this conference, as they return 10 starters from an offense that averaged almost 40 points per game last year. But the Cowboys do also have to play defense. And I think we all know how that usually turns out.

3. TCU Horned Frogs

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Horned Frogs are going to miss talented QB Trevone Boykin. Can Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill take the reins? Or will he get beat out, cry about it, and transfer again? No seriously, I’m asking.

4. Baylor Bears

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Bears lost some major talent on both sides of the ball, and then Art Briles got fired because his players were quite literally raping and pillaging the Baylor campus. So the win total will probably go down this year, but the crime numbers will drop too.

5. Texas Longhorns

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The team that might stand to benefit the most from Baylor’s slide might be Texas, who has been patching together their roster over the past two seasons. Now they are finally  assembling some talent. So maybe they only lose to Notre Dame by 20 in this year’s opener instead of 50.

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The WVU offense has some studs. Skyler Howard, Shelton Gibson, and Daikiel Shorts could compare to former Mountaineer greats Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, and Stedman Bailey. Which means they will put up some big meaningless numbers this year and then get punched in the face in the NFL.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Texas Tech is like a big budget summer blockbuster movie. Yes, there will be special effects (high powered offense). But there will also be poor acting (no defense). And we ultimately know the outcome: the plot goes nowhere, and we end up with diarrhea from all that butter on the popcorn.

8. Kansas State

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Sure, Bill Snyder is 104 years old, but he has the passion and exuberance of an 87 year old.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Predicted finish: 4-8

You might look at this pick and think I am down on the Cyclones, but look who’s picking them to double their win total from a year ago! This mostly drunk guy!

10. Kansas Jayhawks   

Predicted finish: 1-11

Aww come on, it isn’t that bad, Jayhawk fans. OK, maybe it is.

Did you miss the Daly Dose Big 10 Preview?

Coming on Thursday: The Independents and other notables

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 10

We now turn our attention to the heart of America. The Midwest. The Heartland. This is Big 10 country.

It was just a few years ago that the Big 10 was getting beat again and again in National Championship games.

But then Ohio State restored the conference reputation by winning it all in 2014. And just like that, the Big 10 was back in a big way.

Of course, Michigan State burned that reputation to the ground last year in the Cotton Bowl, but nevermind that. Let’s look at what will happen this season.



Big 10 East

1. Michigan Wolverines

Predicted finish: 11-1   

It isn’t that we think the Wolverines are more talented than everyone else, but they have enough talent and an early soft schedule should get them off to a fast start. Plus, this is the type of season where Jim Harbaugh excels: when the expectations are still low, and the hatred and loathing for him hasn’t yet reached its eventual peak.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes   

Predicted finish: 10-2

Urban Meyer lost a number of talented players from a year ago. So now we see whether he is up to the challenge of transforming this young roster into a contender, or if he starts clutching his chest and talking about “spending more time with the fam” again.

3. Michigan State Spartans

Predicted finish:: 9-3   

The Spartans offense will get a new look this year as three year starter Connor Cook is gone. They will miss his leadership, his poise, and his ability to rip the Big 10 trophy from legendary Ohio State players without the slightest remorse.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Gone is Happy Valley favorite quarterback Christian Hackenburg, who the Nittany Lions allowed to be sacked 39 times last season alone. So maybe they didn’t like him all that much afterall.

5. Indiana Hoosiers

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Hoosiers are showing some signs of improvement under head coach Kevin Wilson, as they averaged nearly 37 points per game last year. Of course the defense allowed nearly 38 points per game. So don’t pass yourself on the back too much there, Kev.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Rutgers finished 4-8 in 2015 and head coach Kyle Flood was suspended and then dismissed amid numerous off the field transgressions by players. New head coach Chris Ash will have enough to worry about just keeping his kids in line, let alone winning. Of course, this is Rutgers, no one really  expects them to win anything anyway.

7. Maryland Terrapins

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Last June, Maryland administration gave head coach Randy Edsall a $3 million dollar extension and told us what a bright future he had. Just four months later, they fired Edsall after the Terps started off 2-4. Now they have hired DJ Durkin and are telling us that he will lead them back to prominence. And I believe them. Don’t you?

Big 10 West

1. Iowa Hawkeyes

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Iowa had a historic season last year. They finished the season 12-2 and went undefeated in the regular season for the first time in 93 years. So I guess they should be due for another big season in about 2108. Can’t wait.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers   

Predicted finish: 8-4   

Nebraska found new and inventive ways to lose games in 2015, dropping five games by five points or less. The schedule starts off with some winnable games early on and then the Husker can revert to their creative ways down the stretch.

3. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Predicted finish: 8-4

Minnesota was 6-7 last year, but that was against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. This season will be more manageable,  but I mean, this is Minnesota and much like the hometown Vikings…I think we all know this will probably end in disappointment.

4. Wisconsin Badgers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Badgers are hoping their defense can stay stingy, and they are hoping for big things from Jr linebacker TJ Watts – brother of NFL great JJ Watt. Can TJ bring QB pressure like his brother? Can he force fumbles? Will he wear a t-shirt two sizes too small? Stay tuned!

5. Northwestern Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Northwestern exceeded expectations last year, winning 10 games for the first time in 20 years. But the schedule won’t be quite as forgiving this year, so get ready for a return to reality, you purple wearing geeks.

6. Illinois Fighting Illini

Predicted finish: 6-6   

How tough is it to win at the University of Illinois? Head coach Lovie Smith actually misses working with Jay Cutler and winning five games in a single season.

7. Purdue Boilermakers   

Predicted finish: 3-9   

Purdue football is so bad that they are going to finish 14th in a conference called the “Big 10”.

Did you miss the Daly Dose ACC preview?

Coming on Tuesday: the Daly Dose Big 12 Preview!

Daly Dose #89 The best players in NFL history: Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we continue to get ready for the 2016 NFL season with our look at the best players from every single NFL franchise. This week they discuss each team in the AFC. Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show, Mike in Castle Rock, and they make their selections for the best players from each and every franchise. Who makes their list for the best player in the history of the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs,Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans?

Check out Episode #89!

Listen here: Daly Dose #89 The best players in NFL history: Part 2

afc