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 #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.

Did you miss our Daly Dose Pac 12 preview?

Coming up on Saturday: We begin our NFL previews!

Daly Dose #139 Our Fifty States Tour

This week on the Daly Dose we begin our 50 States Tour!

We make a brief stop in each state across the nation, and look at their greatest athletes, the best moments, and the most disappointing losses. From Alabama and their heated in-state rivalry, to the amazing athletes that the states of CaliforniaFlorida, and Illinois have produced, to some of the most memorable wins and losses in ColoradoIdaho, and Kentucky, we are touring the USA sports world!

We know that Massachussets has had some memorable wins with the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, but what is the worst moment in their sports history? The state of Mississippi has given us some of the greatest athletes in the world, and Maryland has a few sports moments that we will never forget!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our 50 States Tour, as we remember some of the best and worst in sports from across this nation!

Listen here to Daly Dose #139 Our Fifty States Tour!

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Daly Dose #137 The third annual Dosey Awards

This week on the Daly Dose we host our third annual Daly Dose Dosey Awards show! We hand out the coveted Dosey Award to recognize individual and other sports-related performance over the past calendar year!

We present Doseys in a number of different categories including Best Record Breaking Performance, College Football Moment of the YearBest Major League Baseball Player of the YearNational Hockey League Moment of the YearCollege Basketball Moment of the Year, and Comeback of the Year!

Nominees for Doseys include Tom BradyVon MilllerDeShaun WatsonKevin DurantBill BelichickRoger FedererLewis Hamilton, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and David Ortiz!

Don’t miss out on the Gala Event as we look back at the past year in sports, and honor the best of the best!

Listen here to Episode #137 The third annual Dosey Awards!

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Daly Dose #136 The annual Daly Dose email show

This week on the Daly Dose, we realize that it may be a dry time of year in sports, so we take the time to answer YOUR emails! Clint responds to the best emails that we have received recently.

Are the Golden State Warriors good for basketball? How will the Houston Rockets use both Chris Paul and James Harden at the same time? Who should get the blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers loss in the NBA Finals?

Plus, we discuss the inconsistencies in comparing sports eras, the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight, and which top NFL rookies from last season could take a step back in their second season!

Listen here to Episode #136 The annual Daly Dose email show!

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Daly Dose #132 LeBron vs. Michael

This week on the Daly Dose, we are taking a look at what we have seen so far in the 2017 NBA Finals, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Is the series over, or can Cleveland stage another comeback?

The Stanley Cup Final is actually very competitive, but we have a warning for Nashville Predators fans as their team battles the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NFL offseason has been full of storylines so far, but many of them are just hype.

With Mike Trout on the disabled list, who is now the best player in Major League Baseball?

Do you realize that College Football is just 80 days away? And we have some great early season matchups coming!

And then we count down the Top 5 reasons that LeBron James can never be on the same level as Michael Jordan!

Listen here to Episode #132 LeBron vs Michael!

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Daly Dose #128 The fights that we wish had happened

The NFL Draft put a few players around the league on notice that their days could be numbered. Who should be looking over their shoulder?

We are nearly finished with the NBA conference semifinals, and of course we are seeing some players getting it done in the biggest moments, and a few players that are failing to make the big plays.

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban just got a big raise, so of course that means we have to hear about how that money should go to the players. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy.

Finally, with the Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez fight finally being announced, we look back at the Top 5 greatest fights that never did take place.

Listen here to Episode #128 The fights that we wish had happened

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