Tue, Feb 20, 2018

College Football

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  1. Allegiances of college football coaches will change as their location does. That’s simply a part of recruiting. Still, it’s hilarious when they’re caught contradicting a past pitch.And Oklahoma assistant Cale Gundy has the receipts.Gundy shared a picture of Texas A&M tight ends coach Tim Brewster — who is also the Aggies’ recruiting coordinator — calling the ACC the nation’s best conference in July 2017. But now, he says the SEC holds the title. That debate happens every year, and the answer often changes. In fairness to Brewster, he’s probably right! The ACC excelled in 2016 but the SEC re-emerged as the class of college football last year.However, the sport’s shifting landscape doesn’t have any affect on Brewster’s pitch. No, he would be touting whatever conference with which his school is affiliated, and that’s fine! It’s his job.But Gundy’s troll might make Brewster a little more aware of what he’s posted on social media in the past.
  2. University of Texas football coaches will soon be sporting Kevin Durant-branded Nike gear when they hit the road for recruiting trips.Durant may have only spent one season at Texas, but his impact continues to be felt around campus. In the past, Durant has hooked up the men’s basketball team with versions of his signature sneakers in colorways that match Longhorns’ uniforms. Now, football coaches will wear gear with Durant’s initials as well.On Monday, the Twitter account for the football program shared a photo of what coaches will wear while recruiting. Last year, head coach Tom Herman offered an embarrassing quote on the state of recruiting for Texas’ football program. According to ESPN, the Longhorns have the No. 3 recruiting class for 2018.Getting new swag with the backing of Kevin Durant can only help going forward, right?
  3. There is a lot of talk about whether the Pac-12 is as good as some of the other Power-Five conferences in college football. Trojans athletic director Lynn Swann thinks something needs to be done to balance the scales, and his comments on the matter could rub others in the conference the wrong way.“Because of time zones, people on the East Coast aren’t really seeing us,” Swann said in a Q&A session with The Orange County Register. “We have to play a tougher schedule. If the voters are going to look at four teams to be in the top four, the Pac-12 playing the Pac-12 won’t get it by itself.”Ouch.Though, he’s not exactly wrong. Based on the way the rankings have played out in recent years, it’s safe to say those who make the final decisions believe the Pac-12 to be less of a challenge than the SEC, ACC or Big Ten.“We have to schedule teams and we have to have that very competitive schedule to be able to get that look,” Swann said. “And we’ve got to win those games. So it’s important to have Texas on the schedu
  4. Patience is often thin in the college football world. No matter how coaches are doing on the recruiting trail or in development, expectations must be matched or surpassed on the field. Otherwise, their job is at risk.Entering the 2018 season, several coaches will be feeling extra pressure to excel. While that doesn’t mean a poor campaign will result in a pink slip — although in some cases, it might — a rough 2018 can become problematic in the near future.Mike Jinks, Bowling GreenNo matter who replaced Dino Babers at Bowling Green, it would’ve been difficult. The roster lost an All-MAC quarterback and several standout receivers. Still, six wins in two seasons is a problem. The Falcons went 4-8 in Mike Jinks’ first year and dipped to 2-10 last season, during which they ranked 84th in total offense per game and surrendered 30-plus points in nine contests. Few victories will follow with that combination plaguing the roster. If Bowling Green doesn’t improve in the win column, frustration will start to mount and Ji
  5. Michigan Football wrapped up Year 3 of the Jim Harbaugh era with a thud, losing in the Outback Bowl and falling to 8-5 on the season. The Wolverines featured a championship-level defense, but had far too many issues on offense and special teams to be a threat in the Big Ten race. Heading into Year 4 of the Harbaugh era there are some issues that need to be resolved. Quarterback Michigan’s quarterbacks combined to throw nine touchdown passes in 2017, the lowest number since 1975 – when the Wolverines were running the triple option. In fact, Michigan’s quarterbacks threw more interceptions (10) than they did touchdown passes. As much as the offense struggled in big games, they had a chance in their biggest game of the season to drive for a winning touchdown with two minutes remaining in the Ohio State game. In a moment that captured the frustrations of an entire season, on the first play of that drive, John O’Korn heaved an errant pass deep down the middle of the field and it was easily intercepted, crushing th

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