The Daly Dose Sports College Football Power Ranking Top 5

It was a wild weekend in college football, as we saw four Top 10 teams get upset, and seven upsets in the Top 25!

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No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 Washington, No. 8 Washington State, No. 10 Auburn, No. 19 San Diego State, No. 24 Texas Tech, and No. 25 Navy were all beaten by unranked teams.

With all of the shakeups, we now release our first Daly Dose College Football Power Ranking where we recognize the only the top five teams in the country in whom, we still have faith.

So which teams have managed to garner our trust so far this year?

5. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

4. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

3. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

2. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

1. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

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Daly Dose #149 Solving the mysteries in the NFL

This week on the Daly Dose, we are trying to figure out what has already been a very puzzling NFL season! Clint is joined by NFL writer Dillon Brooks and they discuss some surprising MVP candidates, which quarterbacks should be benched, and which teams are actually legitimate contenders.

The NBA is making some changes to their rules, and we are seeing some big name players change teams! Do any of these moves mean that a team will be able to challenge the Golden State Warriors?

We briefly discuss the Major League Baseball playoffs, and what we might expect in the upcoming postseason series.

We are beginning to see some college football teams separate themselves from the pack. We take a look at a few teams that have been even better than expected so far.

And with the college basketball scandal looming, we count down the Top 5 college basketball scandals of all time, and what they each have in common!

Listen here to Daly Dose #149 Solving the mysteries in the NFL

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Daly Dose #148 Our no politics sports show

This week on the Dose, we are already tired of all of the political talk in sports. So, we sidestep the politics, and stick with what we actually know.

Major League Baseball is finally getting interesting, and we take a look at possible postseason matchups. We know that the Cleveland Indians, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will wrap up the top spots in each league, but which other teams can contend?

We respond to a few listener emails, including who won the NBA trade between the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Carmelo Anthony deal. Our answers just might surprise you!

We are now about one month into the college football season. Which teams are failing to live up to all of the preseason hype?

And in the NFL, the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Los Angeles Chargers might be off to a slow start, but we have some good news for them. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers, and Los Angeles Rams are off to very good starts, but could be facing trouble down the stretch. We look at the good news and bad news for a number of teams!

Finally, if your favorite NFL team is off to a slow start, we provide you with a ray of hope! Our Daly Dose Top 5 counts down the five times that NFL teams have started the season 0-3, yet still managed to make the playoffs!

If you want to stick with sports instead of politics, listen here to Episode 148 The no politics sports show!

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Daly Dose #147 The LIVE show!

This week on the Dose, we are doing something we have never done! Immediately following the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight, we go live, and record some immediate reaction to the fight. A number of friends stop by to talk about the decision, but we also discusss the NFLcollege football, even the English Premier League. Talking with a few guests, Clint also finds out what it’s like to play football at the Air Force Academy, what it might take to get the Kansas City Chiefs to bench Alex Smith, and what it really feels like to tackle former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis!

Then, we look at a few NFL teams that have returned to reality in Week 2 of the season, and we count down the Top 5 worst boxing decisions of all time!

Listen here to a very special Daly Dose #147 The LIVE show!

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Daly Dose #146 The NFL overreactions

This week on the Dose we are gauging the overreactions from Week 1 of the NFL season! Are the New England Patriots in trouble? Are the Kansas City Chiefs a true contender? And are the Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars going to be improved in 2017? We look at some of the biggest overreactions that we are hearing, and try to sift through what is actually true.

After a very entertaining week in college football, we are trying to piece together what we have learned so far. The Oklahoma Sooners are looking strong, the Clemson Tigers just keep rolling, and Lamar Jackson wants to win another Heisman trophy at Louisville.

Canelo Alvarez will square off against Gennady Golovkin this Saturday for the middleweight championship of the world, and we take a look at what could unfold in that fight.

Plus, we look at some past NFL overreactions, as we count down the Top 5 bad starts to a Super Bowl winning season!

Listen here to Episode #146 The NFL overreactions!

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After apologizing for planting OU flag, Mayfield yells “Psyche!”

Following Oklahoma’s victory over Ohio State on Saturday night, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was overcome with emotion. The senior quarterback ran back out onto Ohio Field, after the Sooner’s 31-16 victory, and planted a Sooners flag at midfield of “the Shoe”.

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On Monday, the quarterback apologized for his actions.

“I didn’t mean for it to be disrespectful to any Ohio State people at all, especially the team or the players, because they’re a great team and a great program,” Mayfield said. “It was an emotional game. I knew that it was going to have a lot of implications on the playoffs. … I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should’ve been something I did in the locker room. So I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”

As the reporters started to file out of the Oklahoma press room, Mayfield began to leave the podium, but then rushed back to the microphone, and yelled “Psyche! Ohio State can suck it! Boomer Sooner, son!”

Daly Dose #145 The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview

This week on the Dose, we are gearing up for football season!

First, we discuss the weekend of college football. Teams like AlabamaUCLA, and Colorado had some big wins, but was it all good news? We may have some bad news for those teams that could damper their spirits a little.

Then, Clint is joined by Larry to break down the NFL season that is nearly here!

Can top teams like the New England PatriotsPittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons stay on top?

Will up and coming teams like the Tampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans, and Oakland Raiders be able to take that next step?

And what in the world are the Denver Broncos doing cutting safety TJ Ward, and bringing back QB Brock Osweiler?

We break down each division, give our picks for Super Bowl 52, and Clint and Larry count down the Top 5 things that they love about the return of the NFL each year!

Listen here to Episode #145 The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview!

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Daly Dose #144 The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview

This week on the Dose, we are getting you ready for the upcoming 2017 College Football season!

What are the major storylines heading into the season?

We look at the contenders, the pretenders, and the sleepers from the ACCthe Big Tenthe Big 12the Mountain Westthe Pac 12, and the SEC!

We give our pick for the Heisman Trophy, and we tell you which four teams will end up playing in the College Football Playoff!

Plus, we count down the Top 5 most exciting players that we have ever seen in college football!

Listen here to Episode 144: The Daly Dose 2017 College Football Preview!

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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The SEC

Southeastern Conference

The rumors of the demise of the baddest conference in college football have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the league has been a little down the past couple of years, but make no mistake this is where the big dogs run.  Yes, Alabama is stacked every year, but those next level teams are getting better, and even the lowest level teams are as talented as any team in the country. It is no surprise that these are the greatest players in the country. I mean, you get what you pay for, right?

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East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 10-2

The Bulldogs regressed significantly in 2016 under new head coach Kirby Smart, but this team has a ton of young talent. The defensive front seven is a force, and the running game should produce results with Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel. If the offensive line can show up, and the wide receivers can actually catch a ball, this team could really accomplish something. And if not? Well, Georgia fans are used to that.

2. Florida Gators

Predicted finish: 9-3

Has anyone gone to the SEC Conference Championship Game more quietly than Gators head coach Jim McElwain? In his first two years on the job McElwain has gone 19-8 and represented the SEC East to decide the conference. Yet in those two games, UF has been outscored 83-31, and McElwain’s record against ranked opponents? Just 3-7. Fortunately, Florida fans are a model of good judgement, and realistic expectations. So none of this will ever be a problem for Coach Mac.

3. Tennessee Volunteers

Predicted finish: 9-3

Last year was a big test for this team. They returned a ton of talent, but went just 9-4, and even lost to Vanderbilt. Numerous injuries, and a porous defense were simply too much to overcome. This season, there will be less talent, but also much lower expectations. And that’s just the way Rocky Top likes it. Just ask Peyton Manning.

4. Kentucky Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Wildcats actually found themselves playing in a bowl game last season, as they went 7-6, after adopting a run-heavy offense. UK rushed for nearly 240 yards per game behind Freshman All-American running back Benny Snell, who returns for his sophomore season. You might be tempted to think the Cats could contend in the SEC East with that running game. Well, you might be tempted… if you hadn’t seen the UK defense. If you have seen them, then you know better.

5. Vanderbilt Commodores

Predicted finish: 7-5

They didn’t start very strong, but the commodores finished the 2016 season by beating Ole Miss and Tennessee, to finish 6-6. There’s nothing like a great comeback to make everyone to feel better about your program. And also to help everyone forget the fact that you started the season 4-6, and almost lost to Western Kentucky.

6. South Carolina Gamecocks

Predicted finish: 6-6

You have to give head coach Will Muschamp some credit for the way that he got this group to respond in his first season in Columbia. The Gamecocks somehow won six games, and went to a bowl game, despite having a very depleted roster. This year the roster is a little better, but the schedule is also much more difficult. This team won’t have much depth, so any injuries will be magnified. As will Muschamp’s crazy eyes the first time he loses his temper on one of his players.

7. Missouri Tigers

Predicted finish: 5-7

There will be more scoring in Missouri games this year. The problem for Tigers fans, is that most of it will be done by the opposing team.

 

West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Predicted finish: 11-1

Head coach Nick Saban lost some significant talent to the NFL, but does it even matter anymore? He just reloads more quality players, and goes back to the College Football Playoff again. There are a few things you can count on in the world. Death, taxes, and Nick Saban getting better recruits than everyone else. Oh, and also…about once a season, his talented recruits will lose a game on the final play of the game.

2. Auburn Tigers

Predicted finish: 10-2

After taking a step back over the past few seasons, this Auburn team could return to being a contender. The Tigers should be loaded on offense with quarterback Jarrett Stidham and running back Kamryn Pettway. And don’t forget that this team almost beat eventual National Champion Clemson last season. Gus Malzahn’s team could be getting ready for something special.  Of course, every time we pick the Tigers to do anything, they make us look bad. And I think they do it on purpose.

3. LSU Tigers

Predicted finish: 9-3

Let me guess, the Tigers are loaded with talent, if they could just find some consistency at quarterback. But this season, senior quarterback Danny Etling is going to be the guy, right? Next, you’ll be telling me that you don’t judge head coach Ed Orgeron for the way he talks. I’m not buying it, is what I’m saying.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks

Predicted finish: 7-5

Head coach Bret Bielema has done a very good job in Fayetteville, taking over a struggling program, and going to bowl games three years in a row. The biggest knock on Bielema, is that he has been unable to beat Texas A&M. Well, we believe that this is the year he can do just that. The Razorbacks defense has to be better in 2017, and the backfield combo of QB Austin Allen and RB Rawleigh Williams should be enough for Arkansas to slay their dragon. Of course visits to Alabama and LSU, will have them feeling like a better dragon was out there waiting to blast them with hell-fire and brimstone.

5. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 7-5

We aren’t entirely sure how in the world Dan Mullen has built a legitimate program in Starkville, but he seems to have done it. The Bulldogs have been to a bowl game seven years in a row now, and if the defense can turn things around, this team will be going to an eighth. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is a very good passer, and has a number of weapons at his disposal. You can make a pretty decent case that Mullen is the greatest coach in the history of Mississippi State football. It isn’t that he’s that great. It just kind of tells you the history of this fine institution.

6. Texas A&M Aggies  

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Aggies are out to turn things around in 2017. For the past three seasons, head coach Kevin Sumlin has seen his Aggies start off strong, and then fade down the stretch, and finish 8-5. Well, his job might be on the line this season, so that isn’t going to happen this time. The Aggies are going to stumble both early, and late, and finish 6-6.

7. Ole Miss Rebels

Predicted finish: 4-8

Ole Miss is banned from the postseason, and will be playing for an interim head coach, after the Rebels fired High Freeze. It seems that Freeze was associating with shady boosters, and even calling escort services during his time in Oxford. It’s crazy to think that a coach with limited in-state resources would resort to such things in a football crazy conference. I mean, who saw that coming? Okay, all of you put your hands down.

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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Pac 12

Pac 12 Conference

The Pac 12 is deep with talent, and there are two or three teams that are capable of contending for a national title. Yet, there is more to this group than just the top teams. The middle of the pack teams are brimming with talent too, and every week is a battle in this conference. Even a lower level team like Cal is dangerous, if you threaten the environment.

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North

1. Stanford Cardinal

Predicted finish: 11-1

The biggest question for the Cardinal will be under center, as projected starting quarterback Keller Chryst is coming off of a significant injury. Yet, we shouldn’t underestimate this team, as they return a significant amount of talent on both sides of the ball. And does it really matter who plays quarterback for Stanford with their smash-mouth offensive front? I mean, they made Andrew Luck look good.

2. Washington Huskies

Predicted finish: 11-1

It was a memorable season in 2016 for the Huskies. They rolled through the season, winning 12 games, and making it to the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Sure, they lost 24-7 to Alabama, but this team proved they can play with the big boys, and they return 13 starters in 2017. The lone unit that could be undermanned is the secondary. Good thing the Pac 12 isn’t loaded with quarterbacks that might take advantage of it.

3. Washington State Cougars

Predicted finish: 9-3

Predictably, the Mike Leach-led Cougars will be exciting to watch with senior quarterback Luke Falk throwing the ball all over the field. If the defense line comes together, this could be a very dangerous team. And also just as predictably, the Mike Leach-led special teams will be awful, and cost this team a big game at the worst possible time.

4. Oregon Ducks

Predicted finish: 8-4

The Ducks will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in 2017. Coming off of a disappointing 4-8 season, and the firing of the coaching staff, new coach Willie Taggart will have his hands full. The Oregon defense will be a focal point, as they allowed over 40 points per game last year. They do return eight starters from that unit, but I’m not sure why I am saying that like it’s a good thing.

5. Oregon State Beavers

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Beavers finished 4-8 in 2016, and they look to be improving. Head coach Gary Anderson is working to build a physical rushing offense that can chew up clock, and wear down opponents.  Don’t forget that the Beavers actually beat their in-state rival Oregon for the first time since 2007 last year. Sure it was Oregon’s worst season since the early 1980’s , but just stop dwelling on the negatives for once, will you?

6. California Golden Bears

Predicted finish: 3-9

Cal fans will point at their 2016 season and see the positives in Sonny Dyke’s final season, like the season-finale win over UCLA. Critics will point at the Bears history of mediocrity and laugh, and laugh.

 

South

1. USC Trojans

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Trojans could be a little bit of a mystery this season. Yes, they have Heisman candidate and NFL-bound quarterback Sam Darnold back. Yet, they lost a ton of talent around him, including the bulk of his offensive line. It isn’t all bad news though. It could be good experience for Darnold to get knocked around this year. It will prepare him for his future with the Jets or the Browns.

2. UCLA Bruins

Predicted finish: 11-1

UCLA was a huge disappointment last season, going just 4-8, as quarterback Josh Rosen suffered a shoulder injury and missed significant time. This team should bounce back, with a healthy Rosen in the lineup…that is, if he can get better protection, more consistency from his receivers, and if he can somehow endure the heinous challenge of quarterbacking UCLA while attending some college courses. We all have our crosses to bear.

3. Utah Utes

Predicted finish: 7-5

They may not be the sexiest program in the Pac 12, but the Utes have proven to be the most consistent. All head coach Kyle Whittingham does is keep winning the Pac 12 South. In fact, he has done it six out of the past seven seasons. He won’t do it this year, though. This team has too many holes to fill, and too tough of a schedule. So yeah, they’ll probably do it again.

4. Colorado Buffaloes

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Buffs had a storybook season in 2016, after winning just 10 games in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s previous three seasons, CU won 10 games, made it to the Alamo Bowl, and finished the season ranked in the Top 25. Sure, they got blown out in that Alamo Bowl game 38-8 by Oklahoma State. We never said it was a great storybook. Or even one with a happy ending. It was a story, and someone made a book out of it. Get off our back.

5. Arizona State Sun Devils

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Sun Devils will have some talent. This is a collection of top-ranked recruits. They will play fast, and aggressive. They will look to attack opponents on both sides of the ball. They will also be inexperienced, make silly mistakes, and have to overcome a number of injuries. Oh yeah, and more importantly, they will lose more games than they win.

6. Arizona Wildcats

Predicted finish: 5-7

We’re not saying that head coach Rich Rodriguez is trying to run this program into the ground on purpose. But let’s say he was. It would look pretty similar to what we are currently seeing, wouldn’t it?

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