The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Other Guys

Those notable teams from outside the Big 5 conferences

Sure, these teams might not be the blue bloods of college football, but they are still very talented. We take a look at some of the top from the smaller conferences that might not have the big name, but they can play with anyone if given the opportunity. Except we know that they will never get the chance to play on the big stage unless there is a major world catastrophe. Then again…looking at the current political landscape, that doesn’t seem so far fetched, does it?

Independent

American Athletic Conference

South Florida Bulls

Predicted finish: 12-0

After being fired from the University of Texas, head coach Charlie Strong was scooped up by South Florida, who return a team that could go undefeated in 2017. The Bulls have talent on both sides of the ball including senior quarterback Quinton Flowers, who accounted for 42 touchdowns last season. If this team makes it through their AAC schedule without a single blemish, there is no saying where they might end up for the postseason. Like the Birmingham Bowl. Or maybe even the Vegas Bowl. The sky’s the limit.

Independents

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Irish bottomed out last year, going 4-8, and putting head coach Brian Kelly squarely on the hot season in South Bend. Starting quarterback DeShone Kizer has departed for the NFL, and the coaching staff has been revamped. If the offensive line can live up to it’s potential, and the defense can find some play-makers this team could save their coach. Otherwise, it will be school administrators cursing in his face, like he enjoys doing to his players.

Mid-American Conference

Toledo Rockets

Predicted finish: 9-3

The rockets will be favored in most of the games on their schedule, as they have the MAC’s best quarterback in senior Logan Woodside. This squad averaged 38 points, and over 500 yards per game last year. Toledo should be the class of the MAC this year. Which is sort of like being the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback. You’re the “best”. Sort of.

 

Mountain West Conference

Boise State Broncos

Predicted finish: 10-2

Have the Broncos taken a step back since Chris Petersen left in 2013? Maybe a slight one, but don’t underestimate the job that Bryan Harsin has done in his three seasons at the helm. Boise has gone 31-9 under Harsin. Then again, they have only gone to the Mountain West Championship game once in its four years of existence. You know what? Nevermind. They have taken a huge step back. Enjoy another crappy 10 win season, Broncos.

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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 #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

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.


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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The Colorado Rockies mercifully ended their season on Sunday finishing 68-94 and dead last in the National League West.
  • As bad as they were, the Rockies weren’t without a bright spot.
  • Third baseman Nolan Arenado led the league in RBI’s (130) and finished tied for first in the National League for most home runs with 42.
  • Arenado is also the first Colorado player to lead the majors in RBIs since Andres Galarraga drove in 150 in 1996.
  • Arenado, just 24, was named National League Player of the Month for September. In 28 games, Arenado hit .339 (38-for-112) and led the majors with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 79 total bases. His 38 hits led the National League, while his .705 slugging percentage ranked second.
  • Which leaves us to play a little game called “Where will Nolan Arrenado end up when the Rockies cut salary and trade him in two or three years?”
  • I’m going to say Tampa Bay. They should have some money laying around.
  • But I suppose Oakland is a possibility too. And Arenado is a California kid.
  • Oh I know.
  • “They would never do that! He is a bright young talent! He is their future!”
  • Tell that to Troy Tulowitzki.
  • Or Dexter Fowler.
  • Or Ubaldo Jimenez.
  • Or Matt Holliday.
  • On Saturday the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, and University of Colorado college football teams were beaten by a combined score of 53-107.
  • Which is kind of funny, because the local media keeps telling us every year how this is finally the year that Colorado and Colorado State are really going to be special.
  • In fact, last week one of the big talking points on Denver sports radio was “When Colorado upsets Oregon should their fans storm the field?”
  • This is the equivalent of me trying to plan how I will accept the Republican Presidential Nomination.
  • Or… you know…Donald Trump planning how to accept it.
  • I understand the limitations that the Air Force Academy has with athletics. And I root for those kids. Getting to play football is the easiest, and honestly most meaningless, part of their day.
  • But when I see programs like Utah and Boise State able to compete with the big boys it makes me wonder why our state schools are so snakebitten.
  • Maybe the Buffs and Rams need to bring back Bill McCartney and Sonny Lubick.
  • Hey, it worked for Kansas State.
  • Bill Snyder is older than Mac and Sonny combined and Kansas State is at least competitve every season.
  • That old vampire clearly feeds on the blood of the youth and he is still going at a high level.
  • I wonder if Peyton Manning has looked into that?

The Daly Dose Sports Mountain West Conference college football preview

Yes I realize that the Mountain West is not one of the Power 5 conferences but we at the Daly Dose believe that sometimes it is important to help the less fortunate. So we will provide a MWC preview and attempt to write it off on our taxes as a donation to the needy. Enjoy!

Mountain West

Team Predicted finish Outlook
Mountain

Boise State Broncos

11-1 Boise State went 12-2 last season under first year head coach Bryan Harsin and they are poised to be just as good if not better in 2015. They key will be a very difficult schedule in September. If they can manage that; they could be a dark horse title contender. It isn’t all good news though as the Broncos field has some sort of fungus that turned their grass an ugly shade of blue.
Utah State Aggies 10-2 Utah State? Yes, Utah State. They actually return a good amount of talent from a team that went 10-4 despite a number of key injuries. Now if they would just stop getting hurt maybe they would win some games against top competition. Are you listening Aggie trainers? This is on YOU!
Air Force Falcons 9-3 Sure, they look like a junior varsity lining up against the varsity every single game but they also seem to manage to win one for the little guys. And the Falcons should soar this year on offense. At least until those Navy boys shoot them down again.
Colorado State Rams 7-5 Former head coach Jim McElwain transferred a 22-17 record into an SEC job at the University of Florida. But never fear Ram fans, because former University of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has now taken the helm. And he should do a reasonably good job for two or three seasons before he goes back down south too.
Wyoming Cowboys 6-6 Head coach Craig Bohl is in the process of putting together a disciplined and tough program that should contend for Mountain West crowns in the future. How tough are these kids? Most of them actually live in Laramie, Wyoming!
New Mexico Lobos 4-8 Former Notre Dame head coach and ESPN announcer Bob Davie came out of retirement to take over the Lobos program four years ago and after going 11-26 so far at UNM is now making a strong case for staying retired.
West

San Diego State Aztecs

7-5 The Aztecs stout defense gives them a chance to win every game on their schedule. And considering the STDs that this university has been known to have running rampant on their campus it’s kind of ironic that their team wins games by telling your offense “no”.
Nevada Wolfpack 5-7 Nevada is one of those teams that you rarely get to see but they are a pretty fun group to watch. The Wolf Pack have a solid running back in senior Don Jackson and defensive end Ian Seau is the nephew of late NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau. And you still aren’t going to watch them. I think we both know that, don’t we?
Fresno State Bulldogs 4-8 Fresno State went 6-6 last season, qualified for the Mountain West Championship, and went to a bowl game. The Bulldogs basically got rewarded for being average. What is this, America or something? Oh yeah, it is.
San Jose State Spartans 4-8 With the recruiting classes that head coach Ron Caragher is putting together the future could be bright at San Jose State. And by future I do not mean this season. But maybe later. Some other time. But not now.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 3-9 Hawaii plays Colorado, Ohio State, and Wisconsin out of conference this season which will make it very tough for the Rainbow Warriors to gain much momentum. But they will get significant paychecks for those opponents which will help when they have to buy out head coach Norm Chow’s contract after another disappointing season.
UNLV Runnin Rebels 1-11 UNLV made some news when they bypassed June Jones, Jim Fassel, and Houston Nutt in favor of hiring Bishop Gorman high school coach Tony Sanchez. It will be an adjustment for Sanchez who will have to get used to lesser facilities, not to mention lesser players, than he had at the high school level.

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