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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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Pac 12

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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?

Did you miss our Daly Dose Other Notable Teams Preview?

Up next: The Daly Dose SEC Preview!

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 #108 Our Daly Dose Christmas Wish List

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we read our Christmas wish list! But the list isn’t for us. We ask dear old Santa for a variety items for a number of different sports figures!

What does LeBron James really need this holiday season? Richard Sherman?

And despite the hope that so many feel around this time of year, we give you a few NFL teams that have no hope whatsoever. And we don’t just mean this season.

Plus some surprising NBA teams, a college football scandal, and the Top 5 least popular holiday gifts for sports fans!

Check out Episode #108 Our Daly Dose Christmas List!

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Daly Dose #106 The College Football Playoff Mess

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we take a look at the College Football Playoff Final Four. The selection committee chose Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington. But did they have an agenda for selecting those teams? And who got left out?

We offer a few solutions for how to fix the current college football playoff system, and do a quick interview with new LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.

This week in the NFL there were a few teams that took a big step backward. We look at which teams disappointed us in Week 13.

It is very early in the NBA season, but a couple of players are off to a very good start, and one team is surprisingly awful.

Finally we count down the Daly Dose Top 5 College Football snubs of all time!

Be sure to check out Episode 106: The College Football Playoff Mess

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Daly Dose #105 The College Basketball Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we bring you our college basketball preview! Who are the favorites, the contenders and the dark horses that could surprise everyone? We give you our picks for the Final Four and who will be the eventual National Champion!

The National Football League is now hitting the final stretch, and things can change very quickly, we look at a few developments that could be coming. Did the Denver Broncos’ Gary Kubiak make a mistake on Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs?

And Ohio State caused a bit of chaos for the College Football Playoff Committee. Will their victory cost the Pac 12 Conference a playoff bid? And we look at how the conference championships could affect the final poll.

Finally, the Alabama Crimson Tide have been dominant all season, but are they one of the all-time great teams? We count down the Top 5 most dominant college football teams of all time!

Don’t miss Episode 105: The College Basketball Preview!

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Daly Dose #104 The Thanksgiving Show

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint discusses all of the things that we have to be thankful for in the world of sports!

From Thanksgiving football games to March Madness, we have much to celebrate!

We aren’t the only ones giving thanks, as we take a look at one thing each NFL team should be thankful for!

The college football picture is beginning to come into focus a little more each week, and we look at which teams have the best resumes.

Finally, there have been a number of crazy stories in sports this year, and we count down the Top 5 Turkeys of the Year!

You don’t want to miss a big helping of Episode 104: The Thanksgiving Show!

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Daly Dose #97 Winners and losers

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we are taking a look at some of the biggest winners and losers from another exciting week in college football and the NFL!

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan had a good week, the San Francisco 49ers got some bad news, and why the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer may want to avoid the team doctors.

It was an exciting week in college football as one Heisman candidate might be out of the race, a kicker got to talk some trash, and the military academies are holding their own.

Plus, we take a look at the Major League Baseball playoffs and make our picks for who should advance in the Wild Card games, and we even talk a little NBA preseason news.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 quarterbacks to be suspended by the National Football League!

Be sure to check out Episode 97 Winners and Losers!

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Daly Dose #96 Teams that are under the radar

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we take a look at a few teams that might be lurking under the radar.

With the Major League Baseball playoffs nearly upon us, who are a few of the teams that could surprise everyone in the postseason?

And we are starting to figure out which teams are the contenders in college football, but which darkhorses could sneak into playoff contention?

Sure, we know the favorites in the NFL, but there are a few other teams to keep an eye on.

With the passing of golf legend Arnold Palmer, we take a look at a few other sports personalities that could have a drink named after them.

And with the loss of young superstar Jose Fernandez, we count down the Top 5 athletes that we lost too soon, that might not be the first that will come to your mind.

Be sure to check out Episode 96: Teams that are under the radar!

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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!