College football 2015-2016

T1000

Legend
searched and couldn't find one for this year you're slacking @stringertom

It's opening day lots of good games this weekend

Yes I realize I got the dates wrong lol should be 2016-2017
 

jaggy

Talk Tennis Guru
I was gifted a ticket for the Georgia dome Georgia-UNC match yesterday. $137 face value ticket and it was far from a great seat. How do you justify that? I enjoyed my weekend in Atlanta but mostly from watching ComicCon peeps in the street (that was free).
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Was BC a suitable sub for ND?

This just in...very bad start for the "dominant" SEC with the exception of 'Bama.
Not a great start but they sure handled the Pac 12. Absolute throttling of a top 3 or 4 Pac 12 team in USC. My bro in law is a USC grad and was at the game-said he can't remember being more embarrassed (and he was a member of the marching band and at a lot of games). Unranked A and M beat a good UCLA.
Miles and their QB have a tendency to hand games over. Groundhog Day with LSU after storming back. Georgia beat a similarly ranked Tar Heel team and I don't think anyone expected Auburn to beat Clemson. Va tech is down again this year but it will interesting to see if Tennessee bounces back after a poor showing against Appy St.

Not a Bama fan but they looked scary good.


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Chicharito

Hall of Fame
Was BC a suitable sub for ND?
tbh it was a lower attendance than these games have attracted in the past, for whatever reason. Plenty of GT fans over though.

Boston played the first game in 1988 at the same ground, Just found the original NYT report on that game:


DUBLIN, Nov. 19— American college football came to Ireland today, complete with cheerleaders, marching bands, mascots and hot dogs, and a result that pleased most of the 42,525 fans at Lansdowne Road Stadium here: Boston College 38, Army 24.

Not just the game, but 10,000 of the fans were imported from America, providing a welcome boom for the local tourist business. And what could not be brought in was painstakingly copied. Irish craftsmen proved equal to the strange task of making football goal posts.

When it was discovered that animal quarantine regulations prevented Army from bringing over its cherished mule, a local stand-in named Brendan was recruited from an obliging Irish livestock breeder.

Dubbed the Emerald Isle Classic, this was the first major National Collegiate Athletic Association game ever played in Europe. American football has gained a surprising following in Europe during the past few years, helped by the telecast of professional games in many European nations, including Ireland. Annual Game Envisioned

The organizers hope to make the Dublin game an annual affair, and today's fast-paced contest surely increased local interest in seeing more games. Boston College took a disappointing 2-7 record into the game, while Army, at 8-1 and headed for the Sun Bowl, was the clear favorite.

But Boston College jumped to an early lead on a 53-yard touchdown run by Mike Sanders, the tailback, halfway through the first quarter. Though Army, with its strong running offense, kept the game close, it could not catch Boston College.

After missing five games with a broken jaw, Mark Kamphaus returned to direct a strong Eagle offense, both on the ground and in the air. The final touchdown came with 6 minutes 21 seconds left in the game when the Boston College fullback, Ed Toner, dived into the end zone from 1 yard out for his third touchdown, capping a 77-yard drive.

For Ireland, the game was a big success in every respect. Given the large Irish-American community in the Boston area, Boston College was clearly the sentimental favorite. Both teams were cheered, but every touchdown by Boston College received a thunderous ovation.

An estimated 7,000 fans came from the Boston area, thanks to enterprising package-tour agents. The Irish-American presence was highlighted by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who met with Prime Minister Charles Haughey and was generally treated like royalty, right down to newspaper accounts detailing what he ate at a ceremonial dinner on Thursday.

Still, the Irish would have been pleased with the game no matter what the final score. Government officials encouraged the game when first approached about the idea nearly three years ago by a former Boston College football player. They viewed it almost as a mini-Olympics: a sports event that could be used as a tool of economic development.

There are more than 40 million Irish-Americans in the United States, but most of them have never visited Ireland. So the Dublin Government viewed the game as a way to draw Irish-Americans to the land of their ancestors as tourists and potential investors.

''This game was an opportunity to show Irish-Americans that Ireland is not just history, it's a modern country,'' said Padraic White, managing director of the Irish Industrial Development Authority. ''We're trying to get them really involved here, creating jobs and economic growth in Ireland.'' Seeking Support

As a nation of 3.5 million people, with 18 percent unemployment and a steady emigration of many of its brightest young people, Ireland needs economic support. During the week, the industrial development agency held lunches and seminars with Irish-American business executives, extolling the virtues of investment in Ireland, internship programs for young Irish professionals and the like.

The game itself was a result of the kind of active involvement by Irish-Americans that the Dublin Government is seeking to encourage. Three years ago, Jim O'Brien came to Ireland for the first time as a tourist. O'Brien, now 50 years old, recalls reading a novel, ''The Lion of Ireland,'' by Morgan Llewellyn, and deciding that he had to return to County Clare, where his family came from.

But O'Brien, a former tackle for Boston College who played for two years in the National Football League, turned his sentimental journey into a project. Seeing his size, Irish people asked if he had played football and they seemed interested in the sport generally.

''So I sort of put two and two together, and decided that a college football game would be a good way to bring people back to their roots,'' O'Brien said.

The Irish Government has estimated that the game brought nearly $30 million in spending to the local economy. Hotel rooms in Dublin and other major cities were booked solid weeks in advance. In Dublin, restaurant tables were scarce and stores remained open a couple of hours later than usual to accommodate the American shoppers.

An estimated 80 percent of the Irish-Americans from the Boston area who came to Ireland for the game were first-time visitors.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
For a half, Ole Miss restored some luster to the SEC. Then Deondre Francois happened.

With Famous Jameis watching from the sideline, another redshirt freshman QB stood up on Labor Day and threw his hat in the ring for the Heisman Trophy discussion. 22 points down? No problem! The supposed Heisman candidate teammate making a horrible move to take valuable points off the board? Don't worry Dalvin! I've got your back!

Amazing game!
 

T1000

Legend
Ap poll week 2

6 sec teams in the top 25 (2 top 10 4 17-22)
Houston up to 6 (over Stanford at 7 not sure I buy that right now)
Texas up to 11

Ya I know early polls are meaningless, just trying to get some discussion

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. FSU
4. Ohio St
5. Michigan
6. Houston
7. Stanford
8 Washington
9 Georgia
10 Wisconsin
11 Texas
12 Michigan St
13 Louisville
14 Oklahoma
15 TCU
16 Iowa
17 Tennessee
18 Notre Dame
19 Mississippi
20 Texas A&M
21 LSU
22 OK St
23 Baylor
24 Oregon
25 Miami
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
Iowa looked great against Miami (OH). I think they will be National Champs as long as they can avoid facing Christian McCaffrey.
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Iowa looked great against Miami (OH). I think they will be National Champs as long as they can avoid facing Christian McCaffrey.
I saw that your Hawkeyes extended Ferentz through 2026 and gave him a big fat raise. The bad news is, Iowa will continue to wallow in mediocrity. The good news is you'll probably be just good enough to vacation in CA, TX or FL for your bowl games. :)

I think the poll looks about right, though I would put FSU ahead of Clemson after that win last night and Ole Miss ahead of ND. They finished strong last year but not ready to make Michigan top 5.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Just want to point out the distasteful hypocrisy of Stephen A Smith on First Take this morning. Not once but many times did he mock Deondre Francois' surname and FSU by implying with his catty drawn out pronunciation of "Frannnnswa" that the comeback win was fool's gold vs Ole Miss and the young man isn't tough enough solely due to Smith's imaginary femeninization of the redshirt freshman of Haitian descent. As though being born as a Smith automatically makes you tougher than being a Francois. I hope Ricky Jean-Francois of the Washington Redskins unloads all 300+ pounds of his body on Smith one day and see Big Mouth Smith get up.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
Big 10 went 12-2 opening week. Toughest conference in football

SEC went 7-7, including a loss to the Big 10.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I saw that your Hawkeyes extended Ferentz through 2026 and gave him a big fat raise. The bad news is, Iowa will continue to wallow in mediocrity. The good news is you'll probably be just good enough to vacation in CA, TX or FL for your bowl games. :)

I think the poll looks about right, though I would put FSU ahead of Clemson after that win last night and Ole Miss ahead of ND. They finished strong last year but not ready to make Michigan top 5.
I'd put Tennessee much lower, if not out of the top 25...pure luck they escaped Appalachian State at home.

That horrible first half by FSU's defense rates them below Clemson, who will expose them even more if fixes are complete by October 29. Going to Louisville in two weeks will be the first test to see if things are fixable.
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Big 10 went 12-2 opening week. Toughest conference in football

SEC went 7-7, including a loss to the Big 10.
This is true, though Wisconsin and Minnesota were the only Big 10, errrr 14, teams that played schools that had actually played football before. :)
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
I'd put Tennessee much lower, if not out of the top 25...pure luck they escaped Appalachian State at home.

That horrible first half by FSU's defense rates them below Clemson, who will expose them even more if fixes are complete by October 29. Going to Louisville in two weeks will be the first test to see if things are fixable.
D is certainly suspect but that win is much more impressive than Clemson routing a highly overmatched Auburn squad.
Can't wait to watch the UT/Va Tech game...150k+ fans at Bristol Motor Speedway. Unfortunately I'm on the wrong side of the country right now and can only dream of the obese, Kentucky Fried Chicken eating, bourbon and moonshine-infused redneck fights I'll miss in the tailgating area. :)
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Just want to point out the distasteful hypocrisy of Stephen A Smith on First Take this morning. Not once but many times did he mock Deondre Francois' surname and FSU by implying with his catty drawn out pronunciation of "Frannnnswa" that the comeback win was fool's gold vs Ole Miss and the young man isn't tough enough solely due to Smith's imaginary femeninization of the redshirt freshman of Haitian descent. As though being born as a Smith automatically makes you tougher than being a Francois. I hope Ricky Jean-Francois of the Washington Redskins unloads all 300+ pounds of his body on Smith one day and see Big Mouth Smith get up.
He's why I barely watch ESPN anymore. His knowledge base in his supposed area of expertise (the NBA) is sketchy enough. He's basically just a blowhard regarding any other sport.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
D is certainly suspect but that win is much more impressive than Clemson routing a highly overmatched Auburn squad.
Can't wait to watch the UT/Va Tech game...150k+ fans at Bristol Motor Speedway. Unfortunately I'm on the wrong side of the country right now and can only dream of the obese, Kentucky Fried Chicken eating, bourbon and moonshine-infused redneck fights I'll miss in the tailgating area. :)
And that's just the Tennessee fans going at each other!:eek:
 

atatu

Legend
I'm kind of conflicted about Texas, I like Charlie Strong and I want to see him do well, but the UT fans are pretty insufferable and they are talking national championship after winning one game (against a shorthanded Notre Dame team in double OT)...
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
This is true, though Wisconsin and Minnesota were the only Big 10, errrr 14, teams that played schools that had actually played football before. :)
Appalachian State? South Alabama? LA Tech? Southern Miss? U Mass?

In all seriousness, the days of SEC dominance are over/coming to an end. That's not to say Alabama won't be good this year and LSU won't bounce back. But the rest of the conference looks far from dominant.
 
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Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Appalachian State? South Alabama? LA Tech? Southern Miss? U Mass?

In all seriousness, the days of SEC dominance are over/coming to an end. That's not to say Alabama won't be good this year and LSU won't bounce back. But the rest of the conference looks far from dominant.
USC, Wisconsin, Clemson, FSU, UCLA, UNC...:). I think Appy State actually BEAT Michigan a few years ago, right? :)

Big 10 humor aside, the SEC won't be nearly as dominant as the recent past but more often than not, the champ will come out of the SEC. It's not going to be the Big 12 anytime soon. I don't think a Bama vs Oregon or UCLA or even Stanford would have seen a different result. The ACC has Clemson and FSU and a couple of reasonable teams after that (L-ville and maybe UNC). Though Michigan is coming on, the Big 10 is OSU. There are always surprises in college football but I think we have 4 possible champions this year: Bama, Ohio St and the winner of FSU/Clemson. The PAC is solid and probably the best all around but doesn't have a stand out. Big 12...not happening.
 

mikeler

Moderator
D is certainly suspect but that win is much more impressive than Clemson routing a highly overmatched Auburn squad.
Can't wait to watch the UT/Va Tech game...150k+ fans at Bristol Motor Speedway. Unfortunately I'm on the wrong side of the country right now and can only dream of the obese, Kentucky Fried Chicken eating, bourbon and moonshine-infused redneck fights I'll miss in the tailgating area. :)
Clemson definitely did not rout Auburn. If Auburn catches the hail mary on the last play and hits an extra point, they win 20-19. The good thing is Clemson's defense looked good but Auburn's offense is not exactly prolific. The bad thing is the offense got 399 yards but only 19 points. I'm not too concerned about the offense coming around.

FSU looked tough in the 2nd half last night. It should be a great game when the two meet. I really wish Clemson-FSU were in opposite divisions so they could meet for the ACC championship to decide the winner.
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Clemson definitely did not rout Auburn. If Auburn catches the hail mary on the last play and hits an extra point, they win 20-19. The good thing is Clemson's defense looked good but Auburn's offense is not exactly prolific. The bad thing is the offense got 399 yards but only 19 points. I'm not too concerned about the offense coming around.

FSU looked tough in the 2nd half last night. It should be a great game when the two meet. I really wish Clemson-FSU were in opposite divisions so they could meet for the ACC championship to decide the winner.
That was my poor attempt at sarcasm RE Clemson/Auburn. :) Considering you lost your best pass rushers and pretty much your entire secondary, that D was pretty good. Agreed RE Clemson/FSU. It's a bummer one will get knocked out of the playoff (barring a miracle scenario).

Glad to see you posting, Mikeler! Haven't seen you around these parts in a while.
 

mikeler

Moderator
That was my poor attempt at sarcasm RE Clemson/Auburn. :) Considering you lost your best pass rushers and pretty much your entire secondary, that D was pretty good. Agreed RE Clemson/FSU. It's a bummer one will get knocked out of the playoff (barring a miracle scenario).

Glad to see you posting, Mikeler! Haven't seen you around these parts in a while.
Life is busier these days but I'll be following this thread. It's a bunch of football junkies that know their stuff.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
There are always surprises in college football but I think we have 4 possible champions this year: Bama, Ohio St and the winner of FSU/Clemson.
I agree with your choices above.

If LSU beats Alabama, they are right back in it. I wouldn't count Stanford out. Michigan has a shot; they only have to play OSU, MState, and Wisconsin. They could win all those.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm liking FSU's chances against Clemson IF we can contain their offense like Auburn did. We run some seriously risky coverages that can be exposed if our Dline is not getting pressure on the QB.

I honestly have no idea how good Clemson's Defense is compared to Ole Miss. Ole Miss with quality DBs would be an elite defense because their front 4 is pure beast mode. Unfortunately for them, so is FSU's.

I'd like to add Houston to the playoff list. They may not have a strong schedule, but they are legit. Well coached with NFL talent.
 

mikeler

Moderator
I'm liking FSU's chances against Clemson IF we can contain their offense like Auburn did. We run some seriously risky coverages that can be exposed if our Dline is not getting pressure on the QB.

I honestly have no idea how good Clemson's Defense is compared to Ole Miss. Ole Miss with quality DBs would be an elite defense because their front 4 is pure beast mode. Unfortunately for them, so is FSU's.

I'd like to add Houston to the playoff list. They may not have a strong schedule, but they are legit. Well coached with NFL talent.
Auburn's D played well but Clemson had a lot of drops and other mistakes. They just looked out of sync. Still, FSU was probably the toughest defense we faced last year. What I don't know is how good Clemson's defense is. Auburn used 3 QBs and mostly ran the ball. Our secondary is very young and could be exposed by the pass. The FSU QB is the real deal, I don't see any reason to give the ball to anyone else unless he gets hurt.
 

T1000

Legend
I'm liking FSU's chances against Clemson IF we can contain their offense like Auburn did. We run some seriously risky coverages that can be exposed if our Dline is not getting pressure on the QB.

I honestly have no idea how good Clemson's Defense is compared to Ole Miss. Ole Miss with quality DBs would be an elite defense because their front 4 is pure beast mode. Unfortunately for them, so is FSU's.

I'd like to add Houston to the playoff list. They may not have a strong schedule, but they are legit. Well coached with NFL talent.
Houston will get in if they go undefeated and two p5 conference champs have one or more loss. So they basically have a 99% chance. PAC 12 and big 10 will have one loss Clemson/fsu and bama should be undefeated big 12 no idea don't really know anything about them this year except choklahoma is overrated once again

On another note art briles thinks he's gonna be a head coach next year. Hopefully no one hires that pos but someone will cuz he can win football games
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Auburn's D played well but Clemson had a lot of drops and other mistakes. They just looked out of sync. Still, FSU was probably the toughest defense we faced last year. What I don't know is how good Clemson's defense is. Auburn used 3 QBs and mostly ran the ball. Our secondary is very young and could be exposed by the pass. The FSU QB is the real deal, I don't see any reason to give the ball to anyone else unless he gets hurt.
Yeah that sounds like Ole Miss's D, young DBs. That Ole Miss game was an incredible way to start the season. It really was a physical battle up front and I think it will help our OL out moving forward. They probably won't face too many Dlines like that again, but I could be wrong.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Yeah that sounds like Ole Miss's D, young DBs. That Ole Miss game was an incredible way to start the season. It really was a physical battle up front and I think it will help our OL out moving forward. They probably won't face too many Dlines like that again, but I could be wrong.
I think the depth of FSU really helped them in the 2nd half. Ole MIss was fired up and playing well at first but just could not sustain it in the 2nd half. The Ole MIss QB used to play at Clemson until he got booted from the team. Hopefully both our squads come into Doak in October undefeated which would make for a super exciting night game I'm sure.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I agree. It will be the game of the season. We need to survive some traps. Louisville at home and we may play Miami before Clemson as well. Both of those games could be a pain for us.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
Utes beat BYU in the holy war. Bad football, but it was fun to tailgate and go to the game.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I agree. It will be the game of the season. We need to survive some traps. Louisville at home and we may play Miami before Clemson as well. Both of those games could be a pain for us.
Miami is on the road three weeks before Clemson at home. The way @mikeler 's Paper Tigers are playing, both Louisville and Miami may be tougher. Once against Auburn by less than a TD and now another close call vs Troy???:eek:
 

mikeler

Moderator
Miami is on the road three weeks before Clemson at home. The way @mikeler 's Paper Tigers are playing, both Louisville and Miami may be tougher. Once against Auburn by less than a TD and now another close call vs Troy???:eek:
I don't know what's going on. Our offense seems close to getting it into gear and the defense looked good for the first 12 quarters of play but then got ran over in the 2nd half yesterday. The score differential should have been 13 points. We had a 75 yard punt return where our player celebrated too early and threw the ball behind him on the 1-inch line for a touchback. I do think by the end of the season you'll find both Auburn and Troy to have fairly respectable records. But still...
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Man, LOU next week and we may not have our best defender. This game will be tough. Francois has yet to deal with an away crowd.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Man, LOU next week and we may not have our best defender. This game will be tough. Francois has yet to deal with an away crowd.
Derwin James tore cartilage in his knee and had it surgically repaired today. He is out vs Louisville and most probably several more games.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, that's what I figured. If we win this game without Derwin, we are the real deal. Derwin was key to spying and containing their QB last year. It's going to be tough, but we have the DB's. If we can get consistent penetration and flush him out of the pocket while attaching a spy to his hip, we can win this game. But that's a tall task.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Yeah, that's what I figured. If we win this game without Derwin, we are the real deal. Derwin was key to spying and containing their QB last year. It's going to be tough, but we have the DB's. If we can get consistent penetration and flush him out of the pocket while attaching a spy to his hip, we can win this game. But that's a tall task.
Weather likely a mess for the noon kickoff...low 80's, high humidity and a better than 50% chance for rain. I hope we can offer some Cook-ing lessons early to quiet the crowd.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
I'm kind of conflicted about Texas, I like Charlie Strong and I want to see him do well, but the UT fans are pretty insufferable and they are talking national championship after winning one game (against a shorthanded Notre Dame team in double OT)...
Buechele is easily the best QB they've had since Colt McCoy. If they can beat Oklahoma I think they'll be in good shape
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Death Valley in two weeks...the 'Ville vs Clemson winner wins the ACC Atlantic and is now the marquee regular season game of the year.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Death Valley in two weeks...the 'Ville vs Clemson winner wins the ACC Atlantic and is now the marquee regular season game of the year.
I could see a 3-way scenario where Louisville, Clemson and FSU all hold serve on their home fields. With FSU losing early, they could be the highest rated team in the division at the end of the season still putting them in the ACC Championship game.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I could see a 3-way scenario where Louisville, Clemson and FSU all hold serve on their home fields. With FSU losing early, they could be the highest rated team in the division at the end of the season still putting them in the ACC Championship game.
Today's "effort" should count as two losses.:(
 
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