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 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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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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