Once Deshaun Watson dethroned Alabama in 2016, I began to develop my theory that spread passing wins championships these days at the college level. I then began to look around at the 2017 rosters for teams that could mimic Clemson’s method and take down Alabama, settling on the Sam Darnold USC Trojans who were returning … [Read more…]
Check out my reasoning at Football Study Hall and try to forget that I picked Georgia to win two years ago, or when I picked Michigan last year.
There’s not a lot of evidence that I’m particularly good at picking the playoff teams. Maybe no one is, but my track record isn’t great. Last year I apparently picked Michigan, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State. FSU got derailed early by injuries and Francois wasn’t as good as I expected. Michigan was a solid pick but … [Read more…]
I went on the “Traveler hates thursdays” podcast, a USC Trojan pod, to talk about Texas football, the upcoming rematch between the programs, and some other stuff. I made my “Athens v Sparta” metaphor while describing some of the difficulties that programs like Texas and USC have in fielding physical, tough-minded football teams. In hindsight … [Read more…]
I broke down the Trojan QB’s remarkable freshman year for a piece at SB Nation that just got published here. Darnold has obvious attributes that will make him attractive to the NFL after this next season assuming it goes as well as I expect it will. Lightning quick release, strong arm, great athleticism, and a … [Read more…]