|J-Rupe, what is your opinion on Brian Kelly? Gotcha. Well said.|
Damman: Player To Watch – Braxton Miller, Ohio State. You know I couldn’t resist throwing a Buckeye into the mix. He actually has competent offensive coaching this year. The offensive line will no longer be a joke. This Buckeye offense is going to be leaps and bounds better than last year (would not take much). Getting extensive experience last year will help a lot. I am concerned with the stable of wide receivers or lack thereof but I’m going to assume they will step up as well. This kid’s growth is gonna be fun to watch.
Coach Fired – Derek Dooley, Tennessee. This guy is just awful. The Tennessee fan base also thinks that they are a much better program than they really are. I mean, what have they ever won other than a fluke title in 1998 in which Ohio State was by far the best team? They will run this poor schmuck out of town before season’s end.
Drew: Player To Watch - Stefon Diggs, WR/KR, Maryland. The kid has Ted Ginn Jr. type electricity in the return game. His highlight reels will be fun weekly to see....and the reason you'll see them is because he will be the only Maryland highlight in any games.
Coach Fired - Jeff Tedford, Cal. There actually appears to be a ton of guys in solid footing this year for the top 25 teams this year. Anybody that picks interim John L. Smith should not be counted either. I'll go with California coach Jeff Tedford. There are a ton of new coaches in the Pac-10 and Cal has gone from a very solid program to a very mediocre one over the last couple of years. They will be mediocre once again this year...and the alumni will put a lot of pressure on the administration after seeing a lot of their fellow Pac-10 teams move to something new.
The Wig Master: Player To Watch - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama. G Funk asked for one player to watch out for…I will disregard his Taliban-like control and drop a few nuggs on ya: Landry "Lance" Jones is being overlooked. Lance certainly has Heisman potential.I also think the guy that will shock is Eddie Lacy, RB Bama. Ingram was great, Trent was better, Lacy might be better than Trent. He will explode this year. Finally, don't sleep on that WVU offense either, Geno and Tavon are going to put up some serious stats.
Coach Fired - Frank Spaziani, Boston College. After going 4-8 last year and .500 for his three years at Boston College, Frank Spaziani and his mustache will be relieved of their head coaching duties this year. I don’t think that the BC fans ask for much! Frank, however, has provided very little…even going 0-3 against Notre Dame. Adios muchacho.
Li'l Strut: Player To Watch - Marqise Lee, WR, USC. I want to say Braxton Miller, but since others will, I will go with Lee. USC is going to be an offensive machine this year. As a true freshman, Lee had 73 rec., 1143 yds, and 11 TD’slast year. Look for those numbers to rise with Lee, and his fellow Trojan WR Robert Woods both earning All-American honors.
Coach Fired - Brian Kelly, Notre Dame. The time has come to put up or shut up. ND always has great recruits, so talent is not an excuse. The fans are fed-up and, unfortunately for Brian Kelly, the Irish schedule is probably the toughest in the nation. Sparty, Michigan, Da U, Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC could all be losses. We all know ND will lose to someone it is not supposed to, as well. The Irish will end the season 7-5, at best, and Brian Kelly will be gone.
GSaul: Player To Watch - James Franklin, QB, Missouri. Franklin (6’2”, 225) – think Denard Robinson on steroids – averaged 75 rushing yards and tallied a 139.1 passer rating per Big 12 conference game last year. With Missouri moving to the SEC, Franklin’s talents will be on display for everyone to see and he will easily earn his place in the conversation among the best dual-threat quarterbacks.
Coach Fired - Derek Dooley, Tennessee. He’s 11-14 in his first two seasons with the Vols. This is a classic Rich Rod “Three and Out” situation, but I won’t be buying Dooley’s book. I’d like to blame most of this on Lane Kiffin, but a third losing season would be unacceptable, especially in the SEC.
Dut: Player To Watch - Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Fuck it, I'm going with a homer pick in Braxton Miller. He showed flashes last year while getting thrown into the fire with below average coaching. Urban Meyer's track record with QB's is stellar (Josh Harris, Alex Smiff, Chris Leak, Tebow). He will contend for B1G offensive player of the year.
Coach Fired - John L. Smith, Arkansas. The normal cast of characters (Zook and Weis) have no chance, so I gotta dig deep here. I'm going with John L Smith at Ar-Kansas. I think people are underestimating how much of an impact Bobby Petrino had, even if he is terrible at driving motorcycles/cheating on his wife. One thing John L Smith was good at while at Michigan State was blowing games (and dicks). With Petrino-like expectations and not having Petrino-like skills, I don't see this ending well.
G$: Player To Watch - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State. - The Columbus product is about to go HAM on the rest of the Big Ten. I say this because he is a good player and, after losing Kirk Cousins, this year's Sparty team is about to become the 2002 Ohio State team incarnate. They are going to run the ball 60 times a game and rely heavily on a nasty defense. And you know what, it's going to work.
Coach Fired - Derek Dooley, Tennessee. This guy could fuck up a cup of coffee. He has no business being employed by anyone. As the new label that I created today says, Derek Dooley eats from the toilet.
Take your shots at stupid Buckeye fans like Damman and Dut today. They left themselves wide open for your hate. Tomorrow, we will get into Bold Predictions which can only mean one thing: GSaul's annual update on Duke football!!!