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 Pac 12

Pac 12 Conference

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.

Pac-12

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?

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The Daly Dose Sports Pac 12 Conference College Football Preview

Oh sure, it isn’t the SEC but the Pac 12 might be the second best conference in college football and that’s pretty impressive. The Pac 12 has it all. Beautiful weather, beautiful coeds, and games that are played way past everyone’s bedtime. Ducks, Trojans, and Beavers…OH MY!

Pac-12

Team Predicted finish Outlook
North

Oregon Ducks

9-3 Gone is Marcus Mariota, the Heisman winning quarterback, but that doesn’t mean the Ducks aren’t still the team to beat in conference. Under head coach Mark Helfrich Oregon has another chance to make it all the way to the big game again. And probably lose it.
Stanford Cardinal 8-4 Stanford ended last season as one of the hottest teams in the country. Quarterback Kevin Hogan and the Cardinal beat Cal, UCLA, and Maryland by a combined score of 114-38. Oh sure, after all of the pressure was gone…
California Golden Bears 5-7 After going 1-11 in their first season under head coach Sonny Dykes Cal surprised everyone last year by somehow managing to go 5-7 and being one of the most improved teams in the country. Good news for the Golden Bears! Since they liked last year so much they are going to go 5-7 again this year! Enjoy!
Washington Huskies 5-7 Head coach Chris Petersen left Boise State for Washington and led the Huskies to an 8-6 record and a bowl game in his first season. But now the real work begins for Petersen because UW lost a good amount of talent on both sides of the ball. Or maybe he could just dye the field at Husky Stadium purple and call it a day.
Washington State Cougars 5-7 Mike Leach led the Cougars to a bowl game in 2013 but WSU struggled in 2014, going 3-9. They still have too many holes to fill this season but Leach feels like they can compete in a very tough conference. And if you disagree with him, he just might lock you up in an equipment shed.
Oregon State Beavers 4-8 The Beavers lost long time head coach Mike Riley to Nebraska in the offseason but Gary Anderson comes over from Wisconsin and should keep them moving in a positive direction. Will they be one of the elite teams in college football? Of course not, but they will maintain one of the silliest mascots in all of collegiate sports. And that’s something.
South

UCLA Bruins

10-2 UCLA returns 17 starters from a team that went 10-3. Yes, they will have to replace QB Brett Hundley and LB Eric Kendricks, but if top ranked QB recruit Josh Rosen can adapt, the Bruins could contend for a title. It would also help if none of their coaches got blasted by a stray kettlebell.
USC Trojans 9-3 The Trojans might have the most talented top 22 players of anyone in the country. The issue for them is still their depth due to the scholarship restrictions that were placed on them in 2011. But that’s what happens when you get caught cheating. You pay for it. Well, unless your name is Tom Brady.
Arizona State Sun Devils 8-4 The Sun Devils return some talented players but their schedule is really tough. They will face Texas A&M, USC, UCLA, and Oregon all before Halloween. That’s a devil of a schedule! See what I did there? “Devil?” Sun Devils? Is this thing on?
Arizona Wildcats 7-5 In his first three seasons at Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has already won 26 games which is a school record. Or maybe the people in Tucson just think it was a record because it was 124° degrees there and they were suffering from heatstroke. Either way.
Utah Utes 6-4 Utah just keeps getting better. The Utes went 9-4 in 2014 but lost some key players to graduation and the NFL. Head coach Kyle Whittingham has done a great job of getting this program to compete in the Pac12 one of the toughest conferences in the country. It is pretty amazing really. I mean if you had told us that a team from Utah could actually compete in the Pac we all would have said BYU, right? No? Just me?
Colorado Buffaloes 5-7 Colorado returns 15 starters from last season which has Buffs fans thinking they could be poised for some major improvement. But these were the same starters that went 2-10 last year and failed to win a single conference game. So good luck with all of that.

Did you miss our Mountain West Conference Preview?

Tomorrow don’t miss the SEC Preview!

The Daly Dose Sports college football preview is coming!

With summer coming to a close and the college football season starting up soon the Daly Dose will begin releasing a free preview for each of the Power Five conferences (plus a few more) on Sunday.

We will take a look at each of the teams in the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac 12, SEC, and even a few other teams and give a brief outlook and prediction for each team.

The Daly Dose gets you ready for college football like no other so you dont want to miss out!

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