Welcome to October! This week, our panelists answer the biggest question about the biggest game last week and look at Scott Frost, Notre Dame and name some potential playoff teams.
As we approach Week 4, the roundtable is joined by Bryce Hodge to review last week’s games, look at Urban Meyer and predict a few games.
As we enter Week 3, we’re starting to see which teams might be good enough to make the playoff and the others which are pretenders. We’ll discuss our Top 4, Herm Edwards and yes, Kansas State.
College football season begins tomorrow, and each week Mitch and I will impanel a group of writers and fans to discuss various football topics. This week’s panel:
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Welcome to the Jumbo Package where I’ll try and give you a bit about the biggest topics in sports (and other areas), what’s coming up this weekend and a little history along with the best items I’ve read this week. I hope to publish this every Friday morning through the SportsHax newsletter then cross-publish on the website in the afternoon.
The 2017-18 National Football League season begins (in earnest) this Sunday. We would be remiss if we didn’t give you our Super Bowl picks, thoughts on our Cleveland Browns and notes on our secondary team.
We probably get all of these wrong.
July 20, 2009 – the date that Michael Vick was released from federal and state prison on charges related to dog fighting convictions. On September 10, 2017, Michael Vick will be the newest member of FOX’s NFL Sunday coverage and there are a lot of people upset about it.
Good; they should be.
Welcome back to college football, the weekend was glorious, wasn’t it? We’re left with just Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech on the Week 1 schedule, so I think it’s a good time to play the Good, the Bad and the Ugly game with Week 1. Short of Tennessee losing and Butch Jones being left on a tarmac at Atlanta’s airport, nothing can top what we’re about to talk about.
Easily the best story in college football this week is UAB. After a three-year hiatus and my friends in Tuscaloosa doing everything in their power to prevent football in Birmingham, the Blazers have returned and were triumphant over Alabama A&M. On their first drive, UAB went 76 yards in fourteen plays and converted a touchdown on fourth down. Solid start.
UAB’s football schedule is mostly “easy,” but a solid showing against Florida on Sat Nov 18 could go a long way in bringing more of the right kind of attention to the program in 2017 and beyond.
Also, nice to see a record crowd for UAB in its return, but the long-term success of the program depends on constant support from fans and the community.
— UAB Football (@UAB_FB) September 2, 2017
This wasn’t a great opening weekend for three of the major football teams in Texas. Texas A&M was up on UCLA last night and forced the Bruins to score 34 points without a turnover is nothing short of amazing. Honestly, I turned the game off and switched to NASCAR then Netflix. If we started the evening with Jim Mora at the top of the coaching hot seat, he was quickly replaced by Kevin Sumlin.
Then there’s Tom Herman’s debut at Texas. For the record, I didn’t think Herman was ready for a job like Texas when he was hired and I’m not saying that Saturday’s loss to Maryland cemented that thought to me, because one game does not make a coach. Herman will have his team playing better, and as Chase will tell you this week there’s a lot that likely needs to happen behind the scenes for the Longhorns to get better. Turning non-Power 5 Houston around is a lot easier than turning Big 12 Texas around. That said, in the earlier three meetings between Maryland and Texas, Maryland had never scored; on Saturday they scored 51.
Last, we must talk about Baylor. I think we knew at some point all the shenanigans related to the off-field sexual assault was going to catch up to them in a big way. Coaching changes, players leaving or refusing to play there, negative press, and the constant stories hurt. Did I ever think it would show itself against FCS Lamar in Waco? absolutely not. Do I think this is absolute rock bottom for Baylor? Not even close.
99-0 was the score between St. John’s University and St. Scholastica (yes, she is real because I’m Catholic and I also checked Wikipedia.) in beautiful Collegeville, Minnesota. Per SB Nation, St. John’s used – and get ready for this one – almost 180 players in this game and wanted to play the fourth quarter with a running clock, but the men of Benedictine from Scholastica said, “No, thanks.”
It’s a final. pic.twitter.com/xuU1xKm6zX
— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) September 2, 2017
And as a bonus: The Weird
Lane Kiffin. Down by 23 as his FAU Owls are facing the Midshipmen of Navy, the game is already in its third lightening delay and it is nearly 1am and Kiffin refuses to let the game go. He forces both teams to come back out, btw – Navy had already eaten their post-game meal, only to lose the game 42-19.
We get it, Lane – it’s still all about you.
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I’m not prepared to go all doom and gloom like some people and say it’s all over for Netflix, but unless they take corrective action now, they’re likely to lose a great deal of significance in the coming years. Disney announced yesterday on its earnings call that company is accelerating its purchase plan of BAMTech, and launching a paid streaming service for the Mouse and for ESPN. ESPN’s service will launch in 2018 and Disney’s streaming will launch in 2019. Disney will then remove its content from Netflix, and I have to assume ESPN will want to reduce access or completely remove WatchESPN access to cable subscribers.