Daly Dose 08-21-18 The toughest roads to football success in 2018

Tuesday on the Dose, the first 2018 AP college football poll is out and a familiar face is at the top, but one team has already slid without playing a game.

In the NFL, running back Adrian Peterson has a new home, but will it mean success? There are a few reasons for doubt.

Finally, we take a look at the upcoming NFL and college football seasons. Which teams have the toughest roads to success this year? We look at a few teams that will have their work cut out for them!

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Daly Dose 08-20-18 NFL injuries and White House selfies

Monday on the Daly Dose, we are looking at what we learned from the weekend in sports!

We remember a position in sports that is slowly fading away, and a Major League Baseball team learned that they may not be getting a late season lift.

As the NFL preseason begins to get more competitive, we are already beginning to see more injuries, but one team is getting a player back, and Denver Broncos fans made a business decision.

In college football, we learned about some selfies taken at the White House, and we update a few of the quarterback battles that are finishing up prior to the season.

Finally, we learn that you don’t have to hit a hole-in-one in order to have a good day on the golf course!

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Daly Dose 08-15-18 The best NFL and CFB defenses for 2018

Wednesday on the Daly Dose, we discuss the latest episode of Hard Knocks, and a top NFL quarterback is already in concussion protocol.

The Miami Dolphins are either changing their ways this season, or they are starting to feel the pressure to perform. Can they stick with it?

Then, we take a look at which NFL and college football defenses should be among the elite in the coming season. Defense wins championships, and these defenses just might have a shot!

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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 08-07-18 Surprise players to watch in CFB and the NFL in 2018

Tuesday on the Dose, the head of NASCAR is in trouble, an NBA player switches teams again,  and we look at an odd story involving a Denver Broncos player and a local radio host.

Then, we turn our attention to the upcoming college and NFL seasons! Which players might surprise us that we should keep an eye on? And which players could be due for a let down this year?

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Daly Dose 08-06-18 The failures of Urban Meyer

Monday on the Daly Dose, we are looking at what we learned from the weekend in sports.

In college football, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer admits to a few failures, and the Alabama quarterback situation is far from settled.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted a few new members, but some of the ceremony speeches were less than stellar. An NFL wide receiver throws his former quarterback under the bus, and that can’t be good for his karma.

We also saw player movement in Major League Baseball, and a career in boxing could be over.

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Daly Dose 08-03-18 Those Pro Football HOF snubs

Friday on the Daly Dose, the first college football poll is out and there is one surprise on it.

The New England Patriots have signed a new wide receiver, and it makes sense when you think about it.

Plus we have new Rick Pitino news, a weekend sports preview, and we count down the Top 5 biggest Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs!

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The Daly Dose Sports College Football Power Ranking Top 5

It was a wild weekend in college football, as we saw four Top 10 teams get upset, and seven upsets in the Top 25!

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No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 Washington, No. 8 Washington State, No. 10 Auburn, No. 19 San Diego State, No. 24 Texas Tech, and No. 25 Navy were all beaten by unranked teams.

With all of the shakeups, we now release our first Daly Dose College Football Power Ranking where we recognize the only the top five teams in the country in whom, we still have faith.

So which teams have managed to garner our trust so far this year?

5. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

4. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

3. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

2. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

1. Alabama (7-0)

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The SEC

Southeastern Conference

The rumors of the demise of the baddest conference in college football have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the league has been a little down the past couple of years, but make no mistake this is where the big dogs run.  Yes, Alabama is stacked every year, but those next level teams are getting better, and even the lowest level teams are as talented as any team in the country. It is no surprise that these are the greatest players in the country. I mean, you get what you pay for, right?

SEC

East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 10-2

The Bulldogs regressed significantly in 2016 under new head coach Kirby Smart, but this team has a ton of young talent. The defensive front seven is a force, and the running game should produce results with Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel. If the offensive line can show up, and the wide receivers can actually catch a ball, this team could really accomplish something. And if not? Well, Georgia fans are used to that.

2. Florida Gators

Predicted finish: 9-3

Has anyone gone to the SEC Conference Championship Game more quietly than Gators head coach Jim McElwain? In his first two years on the job McElwain has gone 19-8 and represented the SEC East to decide the conference. Yet in those two games, UF has been outscored 83-31, and McElwain’s record against ranked opponents? Just 3-7. Fortunately, Florida fans are a model of good judgement, and realistic expectations. So none of this will ever be a problem for Coach Mac.

3. Tennessee Volunteers

Predicted finish: 9-3

Last year was a big test for this team. They returned a ton of talent, but went just 9-4, and even lost to Vanderbilt. Numerous injuries, and a porous defense were simply too much to overcome. This season, there will be less talent, but also much lower expectations. And that’s just the way Rocky Top likes it. Just ask Peyton Manning.

4. Kentucky Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Wildcats actually found themselves playing in a bowl game last season, as they went 7-6, after adopting a run-heavy offense. UK rushed for nearly 240 yards per game behind Freshman All-American running back Benny Snell, who returns for his sophomore season. You might be tempted to think the Cats could contend in the SEC East with that running game. Well, you might be tempted… if you hadn’t seen the UK defense. If you have seen them, then you know better.

5. Vanderbilt Commodores

Predicted finish: 7-5

They didn’t start very strong, but the commodores finished the 2016 season by beating Ole Miss and Tennessee, to finish 6-6. There’s nothing like a great comeback to make everyone to feel better about your program. And also to help everyone forget the fact that you started the season 4-6, and almost lost to Western Kentucky.

6. South Carolina Gamecocks

Predicted finish: 6-6

You have to give head coach Will Muschamp some credit for the way that he got this group to respond in his first season in Columbia. The Gamecocks somehow won six games, and went to a bowl game, despite having a very depleted roster. This year the roster is a little better, but the schedule is also much more difficult. This team won’t have much depth, so any injuries will be magnified. As will Muschamp’s crazy eyes the first time he loses his temper on one of his players.

7. Missouri Tigers

Predicted finish: 5-7

There will be more scoring in Missouri games this year. The problem for Tigers fans, is that most of it will be done by the opposing team.

 

West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Predicted finish: 11-1

Head coach Nick Saban lost some significant talent to the NFL, but does it even matter anymore? He just reloads more quality players, and goes back to the College Football Playoff again. There are a few things you can count on in the world. Death, taxes, and Nick Saban getting better recruits than everyone else. Oh, and also…about once a season, his talented recruits will lose a game on the final play of the game.

2. Auburn Tigers

Predicted finish: 10-2

After taking a step back over the past few seasons, this Auburn team could return to being a contender. The Tigers should be loaded on offense with quarterback Jarrett Stidham and running back Kamryn Pettway. And don’t forget that this team almost beat eventual National Champion Clemson last season. Gus Malzahn’s team could be getting ready for something special.  Of course, every time we pick the Tigers to do anything, they make us look bad. And I think they do it on purpose.

3. LSU Tigers

Predicted finish: 9-3

Let me guess, the Tigers are loaded with talent, if they could just find some consistency at quarterback. But this season, senior quarterback Danny Etling is going to be the guy, right? Next, you’ll be telling me that you don’t judge head coach Ed Orgeron for the way he talks. I’m not buying it, is what I’m saying.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks

Predicted finish: 7-5

Head coach Bret Bielema has done a very good job in Fayetteville, taking over a struggling program, and going to bowl games three years in a row. The biggest knock on Bielema, is that he has been unable to beat Texas A&M. Well, we believe that this is the year he can do just that. The Razorbacks defense has to be better in 2017, and the backfield combo of QB Austin Allen and RB Rawleigh Williams should be enough for Arkansas to slay their dragon. Of course visits to Alabama and LSU, will have them feeling like a better dragon was out there waiting to blast them with hell-fire and brimstone.

5. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 7-5

We aren’t entirely sure how in the world Dan Mullen has built a legitimate program in Starkville, but he seems to have done it. The Bulldogs have been to a bowl game seven years in a row now, and if the defense can turn things around, this team will be going to an eighth. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is a very good passer, and has a number of weapons at his disposal. You can make a pretty decent case that Mullen is the greatest coach in the history of Mississippi State football. It isn’t that he’s that great. It just kind of tells you the history of this fine institution.

6. Texas A&M Aggies  

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Aggies are out to turn things around in 2017. For the past three seasons, head coach Kevin Sumlin has seen his Aggies start off strong, and then fade down the stretch, and finish 8-5. Well, his job might be on the line this season, so that isn’t going to happen this time. The Aggies are going to stumble both early, and late, and finish 6-6.

7. Ole Miss Rebels

Predicted finish: 4-8

Ole Miss is banned from the postseason, and will be playing for an interim head coach, after the Rebels fired High Freeze. It seems that Freeze was associating with shady boosters, and even calling escort services during his time in Oxford. It’s crazy to think that a coach with limited in-state resources would resort to such things in a football crazy conference. I mean, who saw that coming? Okay, all of you put your hands down.

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The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Southeastern Conference 

This is it.

The big one.

That land where college football is a religion, and the teams are loaded with future NFL stars.

The SEC has won 8 of the last 10 national championships, and if you aren’t sure which conference is the best…the fans will remind you.

Sure, most of those fans didn’t actually attend these places of higher learning. But don’t worry about that. Just be impressed that they can actually spell “S-E-C”.

East

1. Tennessee Volunteers

Predicted finish: 10-2   

This is it. This is the season that head coach Butch Jones has been building for, and the year that Vols fans have been waiting for. The offense should be potent under QB Josh Dobbs. The defense should be improved. This is your year, UT. Don’t blow it.

2. Georgia Bulldogs   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Georgia ran off former head coach and nice guy Mark Richt, primarily because in 15 seasons he won 74% of his games, but went just 5-10 against arch-rival Florida. But would Bulldog fans be happy if they lost more games overall, had jerk for a coach, but beat Florida? Well yeah, obviously.

3. Florida Gators

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Gators got back to winning last year, going 10-4 and making it to the SEC Championship.  And then we saw a number of UF players get arrested in the off-season. Head coach Jim McElwain wanted to get Florida back to where they were under Urban Meyer. And he seems to be on his way.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Predicted finish: 7-5   

South Carolina goes from Steve Spurrier to Will Muschamp. I’ve seen Steve Spurrier. I’ve watched Steve Spurrier. You, Will Muschamp, are no Steve Spurrier.

5. Missouri Tigers

Predicted finish: 5-7

Coming off of a disappointing season, the Tigers will look to improve behind a stout defense. But with a young QB and an inexperienced offensive line, Mizzou could be in for another long year. At least they have a quiet, peaceful campus to go home to.

6. Vanderbilt Commodores

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Dores have a solid defense, and least season QB Kyle Shurmur and RB Ralph Webb were at least productive enough to beat Missouri and Kentucky. Oh, I know that isn’t much, but this is Vandy we are talking about.

7. Kentucky Wildcats

Predicted finish: 4-8   

The Wildcats had a pretty loaded roster and eight home games in 2015, and managed just a 5-7 record. A more challenging schedule, and less talent, will leave Kentucky fans wondering for the millionth time “Why couldn’t we get Bob Stoops instead of Mark?”

West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Predicted finish: 11-1   

Nick Saban just keeps plugging in new talent and winning year after year, despite not getting stellar play from his quarterbacks. But at some point, that deal he made with the Devil has to run out, doesn’t it?

2. LSU Tigers

Predicted finish: 10-2   

LSU has the talent and experience to contend for an SEC and maybe even national title. But a nasty schedule could keep them from reaching those lofty goals. Oh, and also…Les Miles.

3. Ole Miss Rebels   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Rebels went 10-3 a year ago, and they have the talent and recruits to contend again this year. If they can get past Florida State in the opener, Ole Miss could be in the hunt for some impressive accomplishments that will be forcibly vacated in the very near future.

4. Auburn Tigers

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The Tigers were preseason favorites to contend for a National Championship last year, but instead struggled, going just 7-6. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Auburn has always struggled when they have high expectations.  No wonder Cam Newton went there.

5. Texas A&M Aggies  

Predicted finish: 7-5

A&M lost reliable punter Drew Kaser which could be a bit of a problem, because they signed OU transfer QB Trevor Knight. So we know they are going to need to replace Kaser, because they are going to be punting. A lot.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks   

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Razorbacks are going to be rebuilding their offensive line and breaking in a new quarterback.  That doesn’t sound like a good combination to us. Like Bret Bielema in a China shop.

7. Mississippi Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 5-7

Dan Mullen has to try to find a way to replace Dak Prescott. That won’t prove to be an easy task, but the Bulldogs should still have enough talent to get a bowl berth. If that means anything.

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