Hello, and welcome to the 2014-15 College Football Season! Needless to say, I’m quite excited, not only because there’s actual football happening, not only because we finally get a playoff (such as it is), but because I’m actually going to be at one of the Week 1 games – the Croke Park Classic in Dublin!
UCF stomped on Penn State last year (although the final scoreline made it seem closer), but it will be interesting to see how Nittany Lions’ stud QB Christian Hackenburg has come on against what promises to be a still-very-good Knights’ defense. The game is one of ELEVEN live games across the BT Sport stable this weekend.
They say that you can’t judge how good a team’s NFL draft class is until three years later. In my prep for this year’s, I’m taking a look at how John Fox did in his first draft as head coach in Denver, back in 2011:
1st round, #2: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
The 2011 DROY, second in the 2012 DPOY, and considerably noticeable by his absence in 2013, where the bonehead stuff in the summer counts against him. On the field grade would be A+, but the off-field brings it down to Grade: A-
2nd round, #45: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
It’s a real shame that Rahim will probably forever be linked with that play about which we will never talk of again. Beyond that, he’s a solid starter in a position that takes a few years to bed into. Grade: B+
This is a post from another blog…
Originally posted on Game of the People:
As sad at it is that Bashley are on the verge of collapse, no longer able to support football at Step 3, or indeed any step, we shouldn’t be too surprised that yet another non-league club looks set to bite the dust. You don’t have to look too far to see that year-by-year, the list grows of clubs that are living beyond their means or have lost the financial clout they once had.
In the mid-1990s, Wivenhoe Town’s ground was a monument to thwarted ambition. The groundwork for a stand to match their once considerable ambitions stood unfinished. Again, it shouldn’t have come as a great revelation to people, for Wivenhoe has a population of 7,000 and the standard ratio of audience to population would give them a crowd of 70. But Wivenhoe went through a spell where they were able to attract big-name players…
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So, here we are. AFC Championship Sunday. The last time we were here, 8 years ago, we had one of the more unexpected regular seasons to end up #2 seed with Jake Plummer at QB, but it was still a massive upset to lose to the #6 Steelers.
I prefer to remember the Championship Games of 1997 and 98 where, stung by an upset defeat in the 96 playoffs, our 36-year-old QB with questions about his legacy without a ring led the team to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. Sounds vaguely familiar, eh?
The Championship Games before then were a little before my time of watching live, but I was brought up on stories and VHS videos of The Drive and The Fumble.
Couple all that with my intent hatred of all things New England Patriots, and tonight takes on a very important hue. I’m nervous, yeah, but we’ll succeed when #UnitedInOrange.
Welcome to Week 4 of the college football season, ladies and gentlemen. We have a slate of five live games and just one as-live to sate our appetites, but ultimately the options weren’t that great in the first place. Tonight’s ACC matchup is certainly interesting, and is Clemson’s first opportunity for their annual in-conference mess-up, and Friday night’s game out West could decide who wins the MWC, but beyond that it gets a bit… bland.
GameDay is coming from North Dakota State this week, which is a sweet gesture of ESPN, if a little bizarre; San Jose State and Minnesota is a matchup I doubt many will be itching to see; and Tennesse and Florida isn’t quite the close rivalry it once was. Even Sunday’s as-live game is hurt by both teams’ subpar seasons so far.
Let’s not pretend last week was about anything other than Alabama overcoming their biggest test of the year, and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel’s incredible solo performance against Nick Saban’s defense. Defeat by just seven points to the then-unanimous #1 sees the Aggies drop five spots in our ranking, but hang onto their top ten spot by their fingernails.
This week is a little “after the Lord Mayor’s show”, to be honest, with only a couple of our top 25 even facing a moderate test – Stanford hosting Arizona State, and LSU hosting Auburn. For there to be much change next week, something pretty spectacular will have had to happen…
No sooner does the dust settle on Week 2, as Week 3 is upon us. Here’s what college football is slated to be on ESPN this weekend:
In the early weeks of the college football season, there can often be a fair amount of flux in the rankings as teams begin to face tougher opponents and we find out who they really are. Thanks to powder puff out-of-conference scheduling, not many teams have faced common opponents yet, and even less have faced another ranked opponent, but hopefully that will begin to change this week.
After all, last week’s all-ranked matchups have shaken things up a bit. Florida’s defeat at Miami sees the two teams as our biggest faller and risers respectively, while Georgia and South Carolina also saw reversals of fortune on the back of their Week 2 meeting.
I can’t go any further without mentioning our game of the week – #1 Alabama travelling to #5 Texas A&M. Will a defeat irreparably damage either team’s rankings? Probably not, but it should still be one hell of a fun game. Other all-ranked games see #15 UCLA travel to #23 Nebraska, and #18 Wisconsin travel to #24 Arizona State.
So, without further ado, the rankings:
My, how the NFLUK poll has grown. From humble beginnings tucked away in a subforum on the under-utilised UK website of a niche sport, we now have 12 pollsters in three countries, and our preseason poll has had over 2,000 views on the aforementioned forum.
One of the things that makes our poll unique is that, for the most part, it’s an eyeball-test poll. Our pollsters aren’t grads or former players of the colleges themselves, and don’t have a vested interest in promoting one team over another. But it still carries the quirk that make college football the fantastic entertainment that it is – disagreement between fans.
Before you read on, let me get this out of the way from the off. Alabama are ranked #1, and will be until they lose (and even then, some people might still think they’re the best team)…