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Meltdown Week (9/4)

Michigan Stadium. Photo by Andrew Horne/Flickr

Ty and Dan marvel at the awesome performance of Florida State’s Jameis Winston, celebrate Colorado’s first win of the season, and make their picks for an underwhelming card of games for college football’s second week.  Plus, a rant on the latest “Clemsoning” fad in sports media, thoughtful and anxious planning for Saturday’s showdown between Notre Dame and Michigan, and an aside on whether “David Watford” is the most Virginia name ever.

Show Summary

Today on The Solid Verbal, Dan and Ty get back together to discuss the weak week two slate of games.

They start off by recapping Florida State at Pitt and Ty gives the Seminoles’ freshman quarterback a new nickname: Jameis “The Wonderful Monster” Winston. Ty claims he bought the preseason hype and was in on this kid from the start.

Continuing to look back on the last few games of the weekend, The Solid Verbal bump prevails again with Mike MacIntyre and Colorado getting a win Sunday and matching its win total from last year.

Ty then plays a voicemail from a Clemson fan who would like to properly define the  verb “to Clemson” to avoid any further misuse.

Before they move on to the weekend’s matchups, Verballers are encouraged to try Audible.com. Through a special offer, listeners can download a free audio book when they sign up.  You can check it out by clicking here.

Florida at Miami: Dan goes with the Gators saying ugly-Will Muschamp football should get the job done. He also notes that Stephen Morris only looked ok last week and Miami’s defense isn’t a finished product. Ty goes Florida as well, with the Gators having a decided advantage on the offensive line.

Oregon at Virginia: Ty points out that Oregon has been exceptional on the road in the past few years. Dan wouldn’t be surprised if it was close early, but thinks the Ducks run away with it. The only way Virginia can win is if it plays perfectly and catches a few breaks, while Oregon implodes. This is an unlikely scenario.

South Carolina at Georgia: Ty thinks South Carolina is the better team no matter where this game is played. Dan and Ty agree that the way to beat the Gamecocks is by stopping the run. Georgia didn’t stop Clemson’s rushing attack very well last week and that’s a problem. They both take the Gamecocks.

Texas at BYU: Ty has a suspicious feeling that Vegas is in the know on something with the line at -7. Dan thinks Texas wins late, but BYU covers through defense and playing ugly. Ty takes Texas minus the points and, in a ballsy move, Dan locks up BYU.

Notre Dame at Michigan: Ty cites the interior offensive line as an area of weakness for Michigan and questions whether it can handle Notre Dame’s front seven. On the flip side, Notre Dame’s offensive line also a soft spot for the Irish. Dan is more confident in Michigan’s chances to win at home in a few different ways and needs to see a big game from Tommy Rees before he would bet on it. Ty takes Michigan minus the points.

The guys pause for a moment to remind Verballers that the show is sponsored by FanDuel.com, the home of one-day fantasy sports leagues for cash payouts.

Chris the Capper calls in and takes Michigan +3

Washington State at USC: When the line on this game opened, it quickly dropped from USC -21 to -15. Ty locks it up, taking USC minus the points. His rationale being the line movement is a huge overreaction. Washington State looked better last week, but they still allowed 300 yards on the ground and Connor Halliday will throw interceptions. That’s just what he does. Dan takes USC.

Other action:

  • South Florida at Michigan
  • Cincinnati at Illinois
  • Syracuse at Northwestern
  • Oklahoma at West Virginia
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