Daly Dose 10-03-18 Our early Heisman contenders

Wednesday on the Daly Dose, the Colorado Rockies outlast the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card Game, the NFL needs to rethink their officiating methods, and Le’Veon Bell is ready to play football again…eventually.

Now that we are over a month into the college football season, we take a look at the top contenders to win the Heisman this season, and we discuss a few players that might already be out of the running.

Then we discuss the Major League Baseball playoffs. Who are the true contenders to win the World Series? We look to a very reliable source to shed some light on the postseason!

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Daly Dose 08-31-18 Our Daly Dose College Football Preview Part 4

Friday on the Daly Dose, it is a wonderful time of the year as college football gets rolling! We look at a few of the best matchups this weekend.

The Cleveland Browns make a really weird personnel move that could come back to haunt them, the New England Patriots give tight end Rob Gronkowski some unreasonable contract incentives, and we conclude our 2018 Daly Dose College Football preview!

Who will win the Heisman award? And we give our picks for which teams that will make it to the College Football Playoff, and who will eventually be the National Champion!

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Daly Dose 08-14-18 The best NFL and CFB coaches for 2018

Tuesday on the Dose, we look at our new hero in the NBA, and we are a little worried about the expectations raised by Tiger Woods showing at the PGA Championship.

Then, we continue to preview the upcoming football season by looking at the top coaches in the game today. We count down the best coaches right now in both the NFL and college football. Who grades out on top?

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Daly Dose 08-09-18 CFB and NFL teams that could disappoint in 2018

Thursday on the Daly Dose, the NCAA makes some surprising changes to their rules concerning NCAA basketball, and we think we know why.  

The 2018-2019 NBA schedule is slowly leaking out and a new Christmas tradition could be starting.

Plus, with football season approaching, we take a look at a few teams in the NFL and college football that might struggle to meet the expectations of their fans!

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Daly Dose 06-05-18 Those sports teams still living in the past

Tuesday on the Dose, we look at a few breaking news stories, including an NBA prospect that might need a history lesson, and a player that could soon impact the NBA Finals.

Then, we take a look at a few of the sports teams that have won titles, but they haven’t won anything in years. Which teams are forced to live remembering their past tales of glory?

Finally, we take a look at a few sports events that are coming over the next few months that will give us something to watch of the long hot summer!

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Daly Dose #154 The NFL midseason review

On the Daly Dose this week, we are trying to figure out what has been a wild and surprising NFL season, at the halfway point. Clint is joined by a longtime caller of the show to try to sort it all out. Which teams are the true contenders, and which are the pretenders as we come down the stretch to the postseason? We give our picks for the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year, as well as who we think will be going to Super Bowl LII!

The Houston Astros won the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and we have some thoughts on what their big win means.

We had a few upsets in college football, and one major conference could be getting left out of the College Football Playoff because of them.

And with the Astros winning their first title in franchise history, we take a look at the Top 5 next hard luck teams that we would like to see win a championship!

Listen here to Daly Dose #154 The NFL midseason review!

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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 #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.”

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 10

We now turn our attention to the heart of America. The Midwest. The Heartland. This is Big 10 country.

It was just a few years ago that the Big 10 was getting beat again and again in National Championship games.

But then Ohio State restored the conference reputation by winning it all in 2014. And just like that, the Big 10 was back in a big way.

Of course, Michigan State burned that reputation to the ground last year in the Cotton Bowl, but nevermind that. Let’s look at what will happen this season.



Big 10 East

1. Michigan Wolverines

Predicted finish: 11-1   

It isn’t that we think the Wolverines are more talented than everyone else, but they have enough talent and an early soft schedule should get them off to a fast start. Plus, this is the type of season where Jim Harbaugh excels: when the expectations are still low, and the hatred and loathing for him hasn’t yet reached its eventual peak.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes   

Predicted finish: 10-2

Urban Meyer lost a number of talented players from a year ago. So now we see whether he is up to the challenge of transforming this young roster into a contender, or if he starts clutching his chest and talking about “spending more time with the fam” again.

3. Michigan State Spartans

Predicted finish:: 9-3   

The Spartans offense will get a new look this year as three year starter Connor Cook is gone. They will miss his leadership, his poise, and his ability to rip the Big 10 trophy from legendary Ohio State players without the slightest remorse.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Gone is Happy Valley favorite quarterback Christian Hackenburg, who the Nittany Lions allowed to be sacked 39 times last season alone. So maybe they didn’t like him all that much afterall.

5. Indiana Hoosiers

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Hoosiers are showing some signs of improvement under head coach Kevin Wilson, as they averaged nearly 37 points per game last year. Of course the defense allowed nearly 38 points per game. So don’t pass yourself on the back too much there, Kev.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Rutgers finished 4-8 in 2015 and head coach Kyle Flood was suspended and then dismissed amid numerous off the field transgressions by players. New head coach Chris Ash will have enough to worry about just keeping his kids in line, let alone winning. Of course, this is Rutgers, no one really  expects them to win anything anyway.

7. Maryland Terrapins

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Last June, Maryland administration gave head coach Randy Edsall a $3 million dollar extension and told us what a bright future he had. Just four months later, they fired Edsall after the Terps started off 2-4. Now they have hired DJ Durkin and are telling us that he will lead them back to prominence. And I believe them. Don’t you?

Big 10 West

1. Iowa Hawkeyes

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Iowa had a historic season last year. They finished the season 12-2 and went undefeated in the regular season for the first time in 93 years. So I guess they should be due for another big season in about 2108. Can’t wait.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers   

Predicted finish: 8-4   

Nebraska found new and inventive ways to lose games in 2015, dropping five games by five points or less. The schedule starts off with some winnable games early on and then the Husker can revert to their creative ways down the stretch.

3. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Predicted finish: 8-4

Minnesota was 6-7 last year, but that was against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. This season will be more manageable,  but I mean, this is Minnesota and much like the hometown Vikings…I think we all know this will probably end in disappointment.

4. Wisconsin Badgers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Badgers are hoping their defense can stay stingy, and they are hoping for big things from Jr linebacker TJ Watts – brother of NFL great JJ Watt. Can TJ bring QB pressure like his brother? Can he force fumbles? Will he wear a t-shirt two sizes too small? Stay tuned!

5. Northwestern Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Northwestern exceeded expectations last year, winning 10 games for the first time in 20 years. But the schedule won’t be quite as forgiving this year, so get ready for a return to reality, you purple wearing geeks.

6. Illinois Fighting Illini

Predicted finish: 6-6   

How tough is it to win at the University of Illinois? Head coach Lovie Smith actually misses working with Jay Cutler and winning five games in a single season.

7. Purdue Boilermakers   

Predicted finish: 3-9   

Purdue football is so bad that they are going to finish 14th in a conference called the “Big 10”.

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Coming on Tuesday: the Daly Dose Big 12 Preview!