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 Big 10

The Big 10 Conference

It was just a few seasons ago that the Big 10 was being talked about as being too slow, and too out of date. Then Urban Meyer went to Ohio State, and the Big 10 won a national title, and has been to all three of the College Football Playoffs. Just forget the fact that they have been outscored 69-0 in the past two. Okay?

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East Division

1. Penn State Nittany Lions

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Nittany Lions are for real. After going 11-3 in 2016, and beating Ohio State, they are looking for more in 2017. Penn State returns 16 starters from that team, including QB Trace McSorley, but this team will see something this year that they haven’t seen since like 2009. Actual expectations. So, a 7-5 season is probably coming.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Predicted finish: 10-2

Urban Meyer will return a ton of talent from a team that went to the College Football Playoff last year including a terrific defensive front and QB JT Barrett. The Buckeyes should once again find themselves in the…wait a second…JT Barrett? He’s still around? How old is that guy? What is he, like a seventh-year redshirt senior? I think he was handing off to Eddie George as a freshman.

3. Michigan Wolverines

Predicted finish: 9-3

2016 has to feel like a missed opportunity for the Wolverines, who probably lost too much to contend in 2017. The schedule looks to be too difficult for this team, that will be talented, but inexperienced. But at least Michigan has head coach Jim Harbaugh. Remember when that used to be worth getting excited about?

4. Indiana Hoosiers

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Hoosiers are heading into unfamiliar territory this year, as they actually have an aggressive, stingy defense. If the offense could generate a running game, IU could find themselves in even stranger territory, with a shot at a big bowl game. If not, they will struggle to finish above .500. Now that, they’re used to.

5. Michigan State Spartans

Predicted finish:: 7-5

The Spartans knew they would need to rebuild in 2017 anyways, so they decided to  go 3-9 in in 2016 too, just to hurry the process along. Now they actually don’t have much talent returning. If you thought head coach Mark Dantonio was grouchy before…

6. Maryland Terrapins

Predicted finish: 5-7

Head coach DJ Durkin inherited a mess when he took the job in College Park, but he somehow got the Terrapins to be competitive, in his first season at the helm. Durkin’s enthusiasm helped bring in a solid recruiting class, and could propel this team back to another bowl game. Unfortunately, the schedule has visits to Texas, Ohio State, and Wisconsin on it. That should sap that darned enthusiasm.

7. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Scarlet Knights still have a ton of work to make themselves look like an actual Big 10 football program, but we are saying that they are going to double their win total from a season ago. So that’s something.

 

West Division

1. Wisconsin Badgers

Predicted finish: 10-2

Don’t be surprised to see the Badgers have an excellent season, as they return talent on both sides of the ball. The defense should be terrific, and the offense could take some major strides, if they can develop a running game. A more manageable schedule, could be a recipe for another loss in the conference championship game. Keep your fingers crossed!

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Cornhuskers haven’t been to a conference championship since 2012 when they lost to Wisconsin 70-31. They have a fair amount of transition to overcome this season, so at least they shouldn’t have to worry about another embarrassing loss like that in a championship game for a few more years.

3. Northwestern Wildcats

Predicted finish: 8-4

Northwestern just keeps surprising everyone, going to back-to-back bowl games in 2015, and 2016. Could this be the year that they actually contend for a Big 10 championship? Considering their first two conference games will be against Wisconsin, and Penn State, no….no, it will not.

4. Iowa Hawkeyes

Predicted finish: 7-5

As a true Kirk Ferentz team should be, the 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football team will be tough. They will have a physical defensive front, and a solid running back tandem in Akrum Wadley, and transfer James Butler. That should be enough to get them to another crappy bowl game that no one cares about.

5. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Predicted finish: 6-6

New head coach PJ Fleck has proven himself up to the challenge of getting a program like Western Michigan into the national conversation. But that change didn’t happen overnight, and neither will this one. The Golden Gophers have a number of questions on both sides of the ball, but could be scrappy enough to go 9-3, or thin enough to go 3-9. So we will just save some time, and split the difference.

6. Purdue Boilermakers

Predicted finish: 4-8

Purdue hired what may have been a steal in Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm. He has proven to be a very capable offensive mind, and could eventually get the Boilermakers back to a level of respectability. At least, until he leaves for a better job.

7. Illinois Fighting Illini

Predicted finish: 3-9

How can a football program located in such a talent-rich state like Illinois manage to be terrible every single year? Focus and determination, mostly. And you probably thought we were going to say something negative here, didn’t you? Nope. We are glass half-full at the Daly Dose.

 

Did you miss the Daly Dose ACC preview?

Coming tomorrow: the Daly Dose Big 12 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 #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 #121 The NCAA Sweet 16 Preview

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint discusses why March Madness always seems to live up to expectations, and why we see so many upsets every single year. We look at who has been a little better than we expected, and who has been worse so far in the tournament, and we preview each of the Sweet 16 games.

NFL free agency is now three weeks in, and there are still some big-name players that have been left unsigned. Why is no one touching these top players? We take a look at a bizarre soccer story in Brazil, preview some possible playoff matchups in the NBA, and count down the Top 5 last times that we saw back to back NCAA Basketball National Champions!

Listen here to Episode #121 The NCAA Sweet 16 Preview!

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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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Fans and teams agree: Everyone overwhelmingly content with playoff selection

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee released their final rankings including the final four teams that go on to the College Football Playoff.

This year the final four consisted of SEC Champion Alabama, ACC Champion Clemson, Ohio State, and Pac 12 Champion Washington.

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And while these final rankings usually trigger coaches, players, and fan bases venting their anger at what they deem to be a miscalculation…this year there were none of those arguments.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh surprised everyone with his dignity and humility.

“Look, we had hoped to make the final four.” Harbaugh stated calmly. “But we know that we lost two of our final three games. And one of those games was to unranked Iowa. I think No. 6 is fair and we look forward to our game in the Orange Bowl.”

Penn State coach James Franklin was also remarkably calm. Despite going to, and winning the Big 10 Conference Championship game Franklin understood the committees’s decision. “It would have been nice to make it to the playoff, but there’s always next year. We could have taken the decision out of the committee’s hands by winning all of our games. No hard feelings.”

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt expressed surprise over the maturity and sophistication that everyone viewed the selections.

“We expect criticism. Much like when a husband argues with his wife, we realize that even if we are right, it will be pointed out to us all of the ways that we are wrong. This is truly a special occasion.”

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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CFB Playoff Committee: “Champ games are a must unless your name is Ohio State”

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee raised some eyebrows this week, when it announced that it may look overlook Ohio State not participating in the Big 10 Conference Championship game.

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Since its inception, the committee has been steadfast in holding to the same criteria, as laid out on their website.

They have made it clear that above all else, they value conference championships. After that comes strength of schedule and head-to-head competition.

But on Monday, Chairman Kirby Hocutt completely changed his tune.

“Look, we have always said that we value conference championships, but this is a very unique situation that we have unfolding this season.” Hocutt told the Daly Dose.

The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 2 and after a victory over No. 3 Michigan on Saturday, that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.

But Ohio State lost to Penn State back in October, and as a result it will be the Nittany Lions facing Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Is this sudden flip the result of Ohio State being a big name and perennial favorite?

“Well duh!” said Hocutt. “You think we’d be doing this for Western Michigan?”