Boston College offensive coordinator John McNulty ousted after one disappointing season

Multiple sources reported on Wednesday evening that Boston College plans to part ways with offensive coordinator John McNulty.
After just one season as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, John McNulty has stepped down. The news was confirmed by BC Athletics to The Heights. Story to follow. January 12, 2023 — Heights Sports (@HeightsSports)
McNulty was fired as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator after only one season in charge. He joined the Heights in the offseason after two seasons as Notre Dame’s tight ends coach.
Boston College’s offense had a disastrous season in McNulty’s first year, with the worst rushing attack in FBS football, averaging only 63 yards per game. The offensive line bore a large portion of the blame, as BC entered the season with five new starters in the trenches due to the NFL Draft, graduation, or injury. But what happened as a result of that change was far worse than anyone could have predicted. Patrick Garwo, coming off a 1,000-yard season, was repeatedly stuffed at the line, unable to match his previous All-ACC honor. Above all, that aspect of their game doomed BC’s chances in 2022.
Another criticism leveled at McNulty’s coaching was QB Phil Jurkovec’s regression. He entered 2022 as a potential NFL draft pick, but he finished the season on the bench after a string of poor performances. Jurkovec regressed in almost every aspect of his game under McNulty’s leadership, from decision-making to pass accuracy. A promising season quickly devolved into a shambles, with the Eagles finishing 3-9.
This is a much-needed improvement for a new chapter of offense. Jurkovec and Zay Flowers have left, leaving a new generation of playmakers to steer the ship. This offensive coordinator replacement could make or break head coach Jeff Hafley’s tenure at Boston College.


The Biggest College Football Playoff Threats to the Georgia Bulldogs in 2023

The Georgia Bulldogs won their second consecutive College Football Playoff National Championship, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Peach Bowl before defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 65-7 in the title game. Georgia clearly has a stranglehold on college football right now, but is there any team that can topple them in 2023?
While it is prudent to allow the Georgia football team to enjoy their national championship and bask in their glory, it is far too tempting to start thinking about the 2023 season—specifically, the College Football Playoff.
So, who is the most dangerous threat to the ‘Dawgs in 2023? Could it be the TCU Horned Frogs, who stunned the college football world by becoming Texas’ first CFP representative?
What about Ohio State football, which was arguably the closest team in the country this year to defeating the Bulldogs?
What about the Alabama Crimson Tide, who fell short of the College Football Playoff this season?
Is there a dark horse waiting in the wings to prevent Georgia football from completing a three-peat in 2023?

That’s what we’ll talk about today.

Without further ado, here are the Georgia Bulldogs’ top 2023 College Football Playoff opponents.
Is Ohio State a contender for the College Football Playoff?
If there is a list of Georgia football threats, the Ohio State Buckeyes must be on it. The Buckeyes had the ‘Dawgs on the verge of defeat in the Peach Bowl, holding a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter before Kirby Smart’s squad stormed back for the victory.
One could argue that the College Football Playoff semifinal between these two teams was a more competitive game than the National Championship.

That is how well Ohio State performed.

Yes, the Buckeyes are losing key players such as quarterback CJ Stroud and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
The Buckeyes, on the other hand, still have Marvin Harrison Jr., arguably the best receiver in the country.
They have head coach Ryan Day, who has taken a lot of flak but has done a lot of winning since arriving in Columbus, even if he has faltered against Michigan the last two years.
There’s no reason why Ohio State football can’t return to the Playoff in 2023 if they can figure out their quarterback situation.
And if they do, Day’s team has shown it can compete with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Is Alabama a primary football foe for Georgia?

Who else is there? The Crimson Tide will be a perennial College Football Playoff contender as long as Nick Saban is on the sidelines.
Yes, the Tide missed the playoffs, which has happened only twice since it was implemented in college football.
Yes, they will lose key players on both sides of the ball as Bryce Young and Will Anderson leave for the NFL.
But if it hadn’t been for Jimbo Fisher’s monster recruiting class in 2022, Saban would have had the best recruiting class in 2023, edging out Kirby Smart and Georgia football.

What do seven 5-star recruits sound like?

The Tide may have slipped a little on the field in 2022, but Saban still has it.
If anyone can knock Georgia off the mountain, it’s the team that has so often been the last man standing in college football.

The Alabama Crimson Tide.

Is Michigan a Football Threat to Georgia?
There are undoubtedly unanswered questions surrounding the Wolverines in 2023. With NFL rumors swirling once more, will Jim Harbaugh return? Will JJ McCarthy maintain the momentum he gained at the end of the 2022 season?
Who will take the field on defense? Fortunately, Blake Corum will return to Michigan in 2023. This offense will have some punch if he recovers from his meniscus injury.
Furthermore, this Michigan team was arguably a questionable call away from facing Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
If Harbaugh returns, as it appears he will, the Wolverines must be considered the Big Ten favorites and a serious contender for the national championship in 2023.

Is USC a College Football Playoff underdog?

The Trojans may have lost to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl, but they still have a lot going for them in 2023.
Caleb Williams, the Heisman Trophy winner, will return under center for USC, giving them a significant advantage at the most important position in the game.

Lincoln Riley, the team’s head coach, is among the best in the business.

Yes, there are many unanswered questions about the defense.
However, Williams may be good enough to overcome a poor defense.
Look out if the Trojans are even average on that side of the ball.

They are a long-shot candidate for the College Football Playoff in 2023.


How TCU Can Avoid Being a One-Hit Wonder After Their National Championship Loss

There’s a reason why a few thousand heartbroken TCU fans stayed in their seats at SoFi Stadium until the final seconds of their team’s 65-7 loss on Monday night. They sat through every Stetson Bennett touchdown, every U-G-A chant, and every rendition of Hail to Georgia because history suggests it will be a long time before they get to see the Horned Frogs compete for the national championship again.
The past decade in college football has been dominated by the same half-dozen traditional powers. Interlopers who unexpectedly enter the College Football Playoff have a history of being one-hit wonders.
Michigan State made a surprise semifinal appearance in 2016 during Mark Dantonio’s tenure. The Spartans plummeted the following season and have only won more than seven games twice since.
Washington also made the CFP the following year, thanks to a dynamic passing attack. Since then, the Huskies have gone through two coaching changes and have only once reached the Pac-12 championship game.
Cincinnati became the first Group of Five program to break through college football’s glass ceiling and make the playoffs last season. Following that, the Bearcats had a mediocre four-loss season in 2022, which resulted in coach Luke Fickell leaving for Wisconsin.
Now it’s TCU’s turn to try to buck the trend and avoid relegation to the ranks of fringe contenders. While red-eyed seniors left SoFi Stadium mourning a humiliating loss and carrying locker name plates as souvenirs, underclassmen framed Monday’s thrashing as offseason motivation and this 13-win season as a springboard.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan (15) lost the national championship game after a magical and unexpected season. What will the Horned Frogs do next? (Image courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.) )
“We’re going to try to use this season to build confidence,” said Chandler Morris, who is expected to take over as TCU’s starting quarterback next season after Max Duggan retires. “Look what we accomplished in Coach Dykes’ first season here. We’ll try to build on this and get to the level of the Georgias and Alabamas.”
The impending changes to the CFP format give TCU a better chance of building on its record-breaking season than previous underdogs. The expansion of the field from four to twelve teams in 2024 will allow a broader range of teams to dream of securing a playoff bid and making an unexpected run.
With Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC, TCU’s path to the playoffs becomes more open in the coming years. There will no longer be any perennial juggernauts in the Big 12. Why can’t TCU beat out Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, and Baylor to become the conference’s dominant force?
TCU had 11 double-digit win seasons from 2001 to 2017 before regressing in Gary Patterson’s final three seasons. During that underachieving stretch, they went 21-22 and lacked the toughness that defined the program during his heyday.
The heart of this year’s team was already in Fort Worth when Sonny Dykes arrived following Patterson’s resignation. Dykes and his staff did an admirable job developing Heisman Trophy finalist Max Duggan and fellow multi-year starters receiver Quentin Johnston, corner Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, and linebacker Dee Winters by employing a lighter vibe and an innovative approach.
Dykes took full advantage of the transfer portal, which makes it easier than ever to fill roster gaps on the fly. During Dykes’ first offseason, TCU added 13 transfers, with more than half of them becoming starters or key rotation players.
As a result, the team rallied from multiple double-digit deficits, won seven one-possession games, and exceeded all expectations. TCU was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 media poll this season. The Horned Frogs were 150-to-1 long shots to win the national championship as recently as October.
TCU overcame a talent deficit against Michigan in the semifinals nine days ago, but the Horned Frogs looked like a deer staring down a semi truck against Georgia’s stable of future NFL prospects. After one quarter, the Bulldogs led 17-7, 38-7 at halftime, and 52-7 when Kirby Smart pulled starting quarterback Stetson Bennett after three quarters.
TCU may never be able to compete with Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State for five-star prospects, but the transfer portal allows Dykes to stockpile talent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Horned Frogs’ 2022 roster included several such players who signed with Texas, LSU, and Oklahoma out of high school before transferring back home to TCU in search of a second chance. Dykes has already secured some key transfers for 2023, in addition to a high school recruiting class ranked among the top 20 in the country by Rivals.
While Monday night was Duggan’s final game in a TCU uniform, the Horned Frogs don’t appear to be in need of a quarterback next season. Morris, a former Oklahoma transfer, started ahead of Duggan this season before spraining his knee in the third quarter of TCU’s season opener. He fits Dykes’ offense even better than Duggan does, and his arm talent and accuracy have earned him praise.
Morris made it clear in a somber postgame locker room on Monday night, after a remarkable season ended with a whimper, that he will not be content to be another Michigan State, Washington, or Cincinnati. He believes TCU can close the gap on the Georgias and Alabamas of college football and return to this stage soon.
“Ultimately, we want to win championships,” Morris said. “The seniors laid the groundwork. We must now continue.”


Top NFL Draft Prospects Raiders Must Watch During CFB Bowl Season

The Las Vegas Raiders are currently projected to pick 12th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. With that choice, they could go in a variety of directions.

The Raiders’ extensive list of needs should cast a wide net for prospects to pursue in the coming months. Some of those prospects could be evaluated by Josh McDaniels and his staff during college football bowl games.

Some of the best players in the country will sit out their bowl games. This may make it easier for the Raiders to choose which games to target in order to get one last look at potential first-round picks in action.

In the Orange Bowl, Myles Murphy is the standout defensive player to watch. The Clemson Tigers edge-rusher is one of two potential top-10 picks on the roster, along with Bryan Bresee, who has been out with injuries this season.

Murphy has 6.5 sacks, which ties him for the team lead. He has 40 total tackles and one forced fumble. According to Bleacher Report’s NFL scouting department, Murphy is the No. 3 overall prospect.

Murphy, like most top prospects, could decide to skip the bowl game between now and when it is played, but as of this writing, he is scheduled to play against the Tennessee Volunteers on December 30.

If the Raiders do not reach an agreement with Josh Jacobs, they may be forced to enter the running back market in the first round. Bleacher Report’s NFL scouting department ranks Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson as the No. 4 overall prospect.

This season, Robinson rushed for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. Robinson is currently scheduled to play in the Alamo Bowl on December 29. He may or may not play, but if he does, the Raiders must keep a close eye on San Antonio.

The Raiders would welcome the addition of another dominant pass-rusher to their roster. That’s what LSU’s BJ Ojulari could provide. The edge-rusher has 56 tackles and five sacks on the season. Bleacher Report’s NFL scouting department ranks him 12th. That is exactly where the Raiders are expected to pick.

On January 2, Ojulari and the LSU Tigers will compete in the Citrus Bowl. That could be one more opportunity for him to show off his pass-rushing abilities before heading to the NFL.


Former college teammates of current 49ers LBs try out for team


On December 4, 2022, Christian McCaffrey and Aaron Banks celebrate a 49ers touchdown.

Baker Mayfield may have been absent from the San Francisco 49ers practice facility on Tuesday, December 6, amid speculation that he would be added to the team’s roster. However, four linebackers were in the building hoping to sign with the Niners. Two former college football teammates of current starters Aaron Banks and Talanoa Hufanga were also included in the quartet of tryouts.

Who Tried It Out?

The 49ers worked out four linebackers on Tuesday, according to the NFL’s transaction wire: Jordan Genmark-Heath, Isaiah Graham-Mobley, Storey Jackson, and Kana’i Mauga.

However, only Genmark-Heath and Mauga have prior ties to Banks and Hufanga. Genmark-Heath, a three-star safety out of San Diego private school powerhouse Cathedral Catholic, committed to Notre Dame in the Class of 2017. Banks was also a member of the 2017 recruiting class in South Bend, Indiana. According to the school’s website, the native of Stockholm, Sweden got his start on special teams for the Fighting Irish, leading the team with 11 kickoff return tackles, the most by a Fighting Irish player since Austin Collinsworth in 2011. He eventually moved to linebacker and appeared in 39 games, but only made one start during his ND career. He eventually transferred to UCLA as a graduate transfer in 2021, where he started at inside linebacker and recorded 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries, according to the Bruins’ website. Genmark-Heath, 24, went undrafted before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent on May 3. On the same day, he was drafted by the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League’s Global Draft. On October 4, 2022, the CFL franchise signed the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder.

Mauga also draws parallels between Genmark-Heath’s recruitment and his own. Mauga joined the same recruiting class as a future 49er. Except for the outside linebacker from Walanae, Hawaii, who enrolled at USC in the Class of 2018. Mauga and Hufanga both arrived in Troy with two things in common: According to 247Sports, they were four-star recruits and the top prospects in their respective states at their respective positions. Mauga ended up playing in 43 games and starting 24 of them. According to USC, he finished his career with 206 total tackles, 16.5 of which were behind the line of scrimmage. He also forced two fumbles and intercepted three passes. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder, like Genmark-Heath, went undrafted. Following the 2022 draft, he signed a UDFA contract with the Denver Broncos.

What You Should Know About Other LB Tryouts

Aside from the former teammates of the 49ers’ rising young talents, here’s what you need to know about the other two players who worked out.

Jackson: The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder came to the Dallas Cowboys as a UDFA from Liberty University. In 2021, he had 102 tackles and seven sacks while playing for Hugh Freeze, who was recently hired by Auburn. That campaign persuaded the Cowboys to give him a shot. Jackson also played for Prairie View A&M and is best remembered for recording 20 tackles against Texas Southern on March 6, 2021.

Graham-Mobley: Graham-Mobley, like Genmark-Heath, began his CFB career as a safety before moving to inside linebacker at Temple and then Boston College. From 2017 to 2020, he had five sacks with the Owls and a career-high 70 tackles with 51 solo stops in Philadelphia. In his lone season with BC, he had 52 tackles and 34 solo stops. On September 13, 2022, Graham-Mobley was waived by the Carolina Panthers as part of an injury settlement.


TheACC has suspended a judge for a crucial offsides call in last week’s Notre Dame-Cal game

The ACC will reportedly suspend a side judge for a critical blown offsides call in Notre Dame’s win over the Cal-Berkeley Golden Bears last week.
Roxy Bernstein, ESPN play-by-play announcer:

According to sources, the ACC has suspended the side judge who called Cal offside on this play last Saturday at Notre Dame. ACC apologized to Cal for the mistake and admitted it was a bad call. They do not intend to make public acknowledgement of error and punishment at this time.
September 24, 2022 — Roxy Bernstein (@roxybernstein)

“According to sources, the ACC has suspended the side judge who called Cal offside on this play last Saturday at Notre Dame,” Bernstein wrote. “ACC apologized to Cal for the mistake and admitted it was a bad call.” They do not intend to make public acknowledgement of error and punishment at this time.”

The call came early in the second quarter, with Notre Dame facing a fourth-and-five situation on the Cal 30-yard line, trailing 7-0. The Irish were saved by a phantom offsides call against Cal linebacker Kyle Smith after Irish kicker Blake Grupe missed the 45-yard field goal.
Two plays later, Irish quarterback Drew Pyne tied the game with a 21-yard touchdown pass.
The college football world reacted quickly to the bad news for the Golden Bears:

Can we take those seven points and go to overtime? I didn’t believe so. However, I appreciate your apologies. That means a great deal.
September 24, 2022 — Michael Silver (@MikeSilver)

“Can we take those seven points off the board and go to overtime?” Michael Silver inquired. “I didn’t believe so. However, I appreciate your apologies. That means a great deal.”

Oh no. Was it a bad call that cost Cal football? That’s awful. #whatgoesaroundcomesaround COFIELD (@stevecofield) September 24, 2022

“Oh no. Was it a bad call that cost Cal football? “That’s terrible,” Steve Cofield said.

Cal did, in fact, defeat Notre Dame.
September 24, 2022 — Eric Spillman (@ericspillman)

“Translation: Cal actually beat Notre Dame,” tweeted Eric Spillman.

The ACC is terrified of the Pac-12, as confirmed by
September 24, 2022 — Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays)

“The ACC is terrified of the Pac-12,” Kevin Wade said.

@mcclureWX, your ACC refs
September 24, 2022 — Mike Clay (@Mike Clay)

“Your ACC refs,” Mike Clay said.

Oh yeah,
September 24, 2022 — Evan A. (@TwoSeamGripe)

“Ah,” another user commented.
Cal will play host to the University of Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. Notre Dame is also in action on Saturday, when it travels to Raleigh to face the North Carolina Tarheels.
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The College Football Playoff is on the horizon, but what about Notre Dame?

Notre Dame’s home opener against Marshall is just a few days away — PULL THE TRIPLE OPTION FROM THE PLAYBOOK!
DUH I was surprised to see how much surprise there was about the Notre Dame vs. Ohio State TV viewership. The Irish and Buckeyes have two of the most devoted fan bases in sports, let alone college football. Add in the excitement of the season and a top 5 matchup, and the recipe for capturing the attention of fans across the country was quite delicious.
The numbers are massive, so what can we conclude about the future of college football? We’ve all seen how much money is at stake with conferences and TV packages, and it’s figures like these that have television executives salivating.
But, in five years, will that be a reality? Now that the college football playoff is set to be a 12-team format, there are a couple of competing theories regarding the future schedules of these teams. According to one theory, schools may make a greater commitment to better matchups to begin the season. In the new playoff era, a “good loss” hurts far less than it used to.
The other theory is that schools will not be required to schedule these difficult games outside of conference because there is no real need to strengthen the schedule.
I can’t predict which direction more schools will take over the next decade, but the television industry will undoubtedly have a say in some way. After all, the networks have been the primary drivers of conference realignment over the last decade, so their hands are already soiled and they are in the same bowl as athletic directors, presidents, and conference commissioners.

After losing to Ohio State, Notre Dame remained in the top 10, putting them in a good position to compete for a CFB playoff spot in the future. Notre Dame still has games against the #5 Clemson Tigers, the #10 USC Trojans, and the #21 BYU Cougars if they win out.
Heather Dinich of ESPN isn’t ready to rule out the Irish, and I’m just going to hitch my wagon to the HD train.

I’m still a fan of Utah and Notre Dame. They had to play their way into a serious discussion, but they did not play their way out. September 6, 2022 — Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather)

BRIAN KELLY IS STILL KING OF THE PRESSERVE. While the reporter in this clip claimed that she was joking and that she later laughed with BK, it’s still awkward AF.

Greg Flammang, one of our friends, is always good at talking with his finger. Here are a few highlights from the Ohio State game, because there were still some highlights.

There’s a lot to like about this play:

-Going four wide in 11 personnel -Rees calling a shot to begin the drive -Buchner taking the shot rather than looking short to Mayer –

Lenzy took a good route to get on top of the DB and then upfield to make room for the pass—great effort on the catch

September 7, 2022 — Greg Flammang (@greg2126)


On Saturday, Corso picked Brutus to be his headgear again.

Will he choose us? The truth is that it is neither. Is it a curse, or a blessing? Lee Corso is the host of “College Gameday.” It’s just for fun. Everything revolves around Corso. When “College Gameday” arrives on a campus, the buzz rarely revolves around the analysis Kirk Herbstreit or Desmond Howard will provide or the human interest pieces that will air during the broadcast. In 1996, he begged Ohio State to let him put on Brutus the Buckeye’s head, and a tradition was born when the program reluctantly agreed just hours before the show aired. It’s a legendary show on par with the best in sports television, but it’s become a cultural touchstone thanks to one man. In addition, he is 87 years old. He has become a cultural phenomenon. Rece And it’s one of the best parts of every Saturday. Is that a bad omen? His headgear selections have grown more elaborate and absurdist over the years, and the entire show builds to a climax leading into the day’s all-you-can-eat buffet of college football. His participation on the show has been reduced in recent years, but his co-hosts defended his remote performance to begin this season last week. Corso was on a satellite broadcast from his home during Week Zero, and he struggled with no one on the desk with him. “He’s doing fantastic,” Davis said. “I would advise those who were, to use your word, unkind or cruel to exercise some restraint. “I talk to him on a regular basis, and this weekend in Columbus, you’ll see a more relaxed atmosphere, and you’ll see him deliver, which is remarkable.” Corso is still 87 years old. During an appearance on Dan Le Batard’s show last week, Davis also took issue with some of the criticism leveled at Corso following the show’s return for 2022. Herbstreit is a valuable asset to him on the air. Corso performed better in a more natural setting, with his co-hosts next to him rather than in his ear. Because his mind is still very sharp at the age of 87.” Davis and Herbstreit were proven correct on Saturday. Corso is still entertaining. So, what happens next? However, without delays, remote locations, and earpieces, the job is made easier. “Anytime you do these shows like we’re doing right now, and we all watched TV back in 2020 when it became normal to watch these kind of shows, and I can just tell you in doing them, the delays and the things that go on are challenging for anyone, let alone you’re 87 years old,” Herbstreit said. “So I’m not sure who that is, but I’m enjoying every minute I can spend with Lee.” But, eventually, he will have to step away from the desk, and college football’s signature show will have to re-establish itself without the man who helped shape it. He’s still the same free spirit who approached Herbstreit early in his tenure on the “College Gameday” desk when Corso was tasked with assisting his new co-host in filling Craig James’ seat. The truth is that Corso cannot be replaced. “That chair needs to be someone who is fun and has a lot of personality,” Herbstreit said. The show will have to adapt. “He says to me, ‘Sweetheart, we’re in the entertainment business, and football is our vehicle,’ and nobody, I believe, gets that better than Lee Corso,” Herbstreit said last week. But, should the headgear be kept? Pat McAfee’s run on the show a few years ago was especially memorable, and his career on the field and in media make him a compelling first choice, but he has had a complicated relationship with ESPN and appears to be more focused on his role with his daily show and work with the WWE. “I’ve given the headgear a lot of thought. I sat beside him. That seems to be a Lee Corso thing. Former coaches such as Steve Spurrier and Les Miles would be excellent candidates, but Spurrier has never seemed interested in leaving the golf course for the TV studio, and the way Miles’ tenure ended, along with his issues at LSU, would make “fun” an apt descriptor for his addition. And, depending on who you ask, you might get different answers. Herbstreit promised he’d never do it, but he wondered aloud if the show’s signature guest pickers could do it at the end as a tribute to the man who invented the practice. “I will never, ever put on headgear.” I can’t imagine that person feeling comfortable being asked to put on headgear.” “This will be my 27th year, and I can’t imagine another person putting on the headgear when Lee decides to step down,” Herbstreit said. But the final scene of the show is still electrifying. Nobody can replicate it. It’s more difficult than ever to get through shows. The show will never be the same without him. So, if Corso is thinking about how many days he has left on the job, I have only one message for him: Not so quickly, my friend. It will never be the same after it is gone. And I still enjoy his winks at us internet-obsessed college football fans. Until this moment, when Tessitore rose to meet it. A few observations from the weekend’s sporting events on television: Joe Tessitore is still one of the game’s seminal voices, and it’s great to see him back after his stint on “Monday Night Football.” He’s not quite at the Keith Jackson/Herbstreit level, where the sound of his voice adds significant gravitas to a contest, but he’s on his way. “There’s no need for the surrender cobra just yet,” he cautioned as LSU charged up the field on what appeared to be a game-tying drive Sunday night. Schedule Announcers (@announcerskeds) • I’ve never seen a puke-six, but can the production truck hit the drop button or switch to a camera faster? When we see someone puke, some of us get dry heaves. #CFB #FSUvsLSU @JoeTessESPN (pbp) & @GregMcElroy (analyst) “You can tell he pushed himself!” September 2, 2022 — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) — Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) in response to Chris Jefferson’s 72-yard pick-six (: @CFBONFOX) #BoilerUp Having said that, it was entertaining viewing. And provided the most viral moment of the day. Even after a year, seeing Bryce Young in Heisman House commercials while still wearing an Alabama uniform is surreal. • It’s long overdue, but it’s still surreal. Between that and Corso’s legendary F-bomb in Houston a decade ago, “College Gameday” should toss a coin to see who will accept the FCC fine and try to go viral every Saturday morning. Daly is hilarious. On second thought, John Daly could work on the “College Gameday” desk. Nothing beats starting a segment by admitting you’re already drunk at 10 a.m. • The “College Gameday” crew playing a “Inside the NBA”-inspired “Who He Plays For” segment was a risky move that could undermine their credibility in a way that Charles Barkley can get away with but analysts like Herbstreit, Howard, and David Pollack may not. College football has returned. 3 September 2022 Marty Smith of ESPN (@MartySmithESPN) • Oncoming traffic jam! • Tim Brando’s attempt to mount Spencer Tillman made for great TV, but the song is “Jump Around,” not “Pony.” 😂😂😂😂😂 “College Gameday” is coming to Austin next week, but so is Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff.” As an amateur college football television historian, I believe three pregame shows on one campus on a single gameday will set a new record. The stadium also serves as the location for the Longhorn Network’s weekly show. Timmy B adores college football, so this is fantastic! @TimBrando writes another chapter in his legend. • It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that this is the most fun time of year, and those of us who cover it have the best jobs in the world. (It wasn’t strange. I met Robert Griffin III for the first time more than a decade ago, when I accompanied him to his first day of school. September 4, 2022 — John Fanta (@John_Fanta) Later, I appreciated Brando’s Twitter behind-the-scenes. It was for a story, after all.) On Saturday, this was on display. He does things his way, and the results are fantastic. I liked how Griffin didn’t try to do TV the same way it’s always been done. He’s always done things his way, and I mentioned it to him last year when we ran into each other at a College Football Playoff mock selection and he was gaining prominence for his newest venture: television. September 3, 2022 — Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) THE BIG HOUSE WAS EPIC FOR THE FIRST TIME. Game introductions are, by definition, forgettable. What the hell is going on in the FS1 booth???? That was not the case. Griffin is undeniably a rising star on college football television, and he’ll continue to rise if he follows his instincts to do things no one has ever done before. 5 September 2022 “Big Noon Kickoff” seemed odd to punt on a Saturday show after hosting a Thursday night show at Purdue leading up to the Boilermakers’ game against Penn State. • Wrighting — FOLLOW @FTBeard7 (@FTBeard7) And his essay on college football consolidation making the sport more fragile and in danger of losing its soul was powerful. 4 September 2022 But as I watch it air… let me double-check my notes… This week’s fiery take: Thompson has always had the ability to get to the heart of a sport that he understands on a fundamental level. Yes, watching ESPN felt a little like watching a passionate essay video produced by bemoaning the demise of mom-and-pop shops and local retail in America. Arizona defeated the Aztecs 38-20, led by transfers Jayden de Laura from Washington State and Jacob Cowing from UTEP. Thursdays are good, but people awoke on Saturday with a lot of energy, and Fox had nothing to offer. Howard on USF: Freezing cold take of the week Davis’s thoughts on Arizona They were down 28-0 after the first quarter and went on to lose 50-21. Howard won last season’s Superdog contest, but he’ll have to start from scratch after picking the Bulls to upset BYU. (Photo courtesy of Junfu Han/USA Today) Despite the Wildcats coming off a 1-11 season and facing a San Diego State team that went 12-2 last year, Davis rolled with the Wildcats as touchdown underdogs.


Who will win the 2022 national championship? Tipico’s updated odds

Photographer: Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports Photographer: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Odds: +7000 Baylor University has 15 Bears. 2022 standings: 1-0 The 16 teams with the best odds of winning the championship, according to Tipico Sportsbook: 2022 standings: 1-0 The Georgia Bulldogs improved their standing with a convincing win over No. 13 Oregon, while Ohio State defeated Notre Dame in Columbus, Ohio. The Crimson Tide remain the odds-on favorite to win the national championship after a 55-0 victory over Utah State, but who else is in the mix? Tipico Sportsbook has updated its odds for which program will win the national championship in 2022. Penn State Nittany Lions (13). Photographer: Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports Odds: +6000 The 14th Miami Hurricanes Wisconsin Badgers (11 points) Oklahoma State Cowboys (12 players) 10 Longhorns from Texas Photographer: Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports Odds: +6000 0-1 record in 2022 7 University of Oklahoma Sooners Odds: +4000 Source: Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports Photographer: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports Odds: +4000 Odds: +3000 Source: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Six Aggies from Texas A&M Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News courtesy of USA TODAY Sports Odds: +2000 Five Trojans from USC Week 1 of college football has come and gone, and we’ve already identified a few pretenders and contenders. The eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines Clemson Tigers (4 players) Two Buckeyes from Ohio State Georgia Bulldogs ranked third Scott Wachter / USA TODAY Sports Odds: +5000 Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports Odds: +2000 Jasen Vinlove / USA TODAY Sports Odds: +7000 (Image courtesy of Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images) Residents of Colorado and New Jersey can bet here. Photographer: Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports Odds: +7000 Ken Ruinard / USA TODAY Sports Odds: +300 Odds: +140 0-0 record in 2022 Alabama Crimson Tide is ranked first. Alabama, Crimson Tide, National Championship, Nick Saban, no_mcc, no_pt, no_yh, no_yhv, Tipico Sportsbook, UGA Ohio State, Football Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports Odds: +300 16 University of Florida Gators Tipico Sportsbook provides the betting lines.


Central State Rams beat Winston-Salem State Rams 41-21 in Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic

Maddie Schroeder/AP Photo 5 September 2022 Alabama A&M defeated Morehouse 35-30 in 2019. Two teams from historically black colleges and universities compete in the annual event. Grambling defeated Tennessee State 16-10 in 2021. The Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic was held for the third time on Sunday. Central State, on the other hand, followed Hines’ touchdown with back-to-back turnovers on their next two drives. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 version of the game was not played. The first half of Sunday’s game between the Marauders and Rams was filled with turnovers, but Central State took an early 7-0 lead in 31 seconds. Aside from the game, the event includes tailgating, music, and other entertainment over the Labor Day weekend. Winston-Salem State scored when Kyles threw an interception that defensive back Justin Fleming returned for a 25-yard touchdown. Following an 81-yard kickoff return by wide receiver Twon Hines, Central State took the lead with a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Kyles to Hines. On Sunday, the Central State Marauders defeated the Winston-Salem State Rams 41-21 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, in the 2022 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic. The Marauders extended their lead to 14-0 when defensive back Anthony Mack intercepted Winston-Salem State quarterback Richard Latimer for a 25-yard touchdown. Both teams traded possessions in the third quarter before Central State scored on its second possession of the second half. It contributed significantly to their one-score lead at halftime. Kyles finished the game for Central State by completing 26-of-41 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns against three interceptions. Winston-Salem State responded with a touchdown pass from Latimer to Mobley, this time from 43 yards out, cutting Central State’s lead to 27-21. Latimer then connected with wide receiver R.J. Mobley for a 23-yard touchdown pass, tying the game at 14-14. However, Central State regained the lead just before halftime when junior running back Kaz Dina scored on a three-yard run, putting the Marauders up by a touchdown. Latimer completed 14-of-21 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions for Winston-Salem State. Kyles connected with receiver Micah Lowe for a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, extending the Marauders’ lead to 41-21. However, Central State scored again on their next drive when running back Aaron Kennebrew rushed in for a one-yard touchdown to put the Marauders up 34-21 at the half. Kennebrew led all running backs with nine carries for 39 yards and one touchdown, while Hines led all receivers with seven catches for 104 yards and one touchdown. Mobley led the Rams in receiving with four catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns, while Barnes led all running backs with 19 carries for 107 yards. With a fumble recovery, Marauders linebacker Jalil Lenore set up a short field for Kyles, who found wide receiver Kenyadus Hollins for a 13-yard score to extend the Marauders’ lead to 27-14. Central State will try to extend its winning streak against Lincoln University on Saturday, while Winston-Salem State will look for its first win of the season against North Carolina Central University. Central State had one interception and one fumble in the first half, compared to Winston-Salem State’s three interceptions and three fumbles. The most recent sports news, updated daily. YOUR INBOX SPORTS NEWS