Ty and Dan recap the firing of Manny Diaz at Texas and the recent articles published by Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports before making their official selections for most relevant games in college football’s third week. Plus, a brief discussion on the genesis of “Doctor Bo Wallace” and other Mississippi-related topics.
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Today on The Solid Verbal, Ty and Dan preview the week three action, including Bama/A&M, and they touch on the scandalous news pervading college football.
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Ty and Dan get into the scary scary Sports Illustrated story and the Yahoo! Sports report that athletes are receiving improper benefits (OMG NO WAY). The guys have a hard time mustering up outrage because college football is essentially viewed and treated as a professional sport. Dan is more concerned with the academic side of the scandal and Ty thinks people are feeling malaise with these stories because the Penn State debacle was an actual big time scandal.
They also touch on Manny Diaz’s excommunication from the Texas program and how Ole Miss might take advantage of the Longhorns’ coordinator transition.
UCLA at Nebraska: This game has a Wild West feel to it with the over/under at 70 points. Dan goes with UCLA because of the ugly state of Nebraska’s defensive front, even though he does like the Cornhusker offense. Ty agrees, thinking points come a little bit easier for the Bruins.
Chris the Capper drops in and also takes UCLA.
Tennessee at Oregon: Ty and Dan both agree Oregon wins handily. The question is can Tennessee score enough to cover the spread? Dan locks up the Ducks.
Boston College at USC: Ty says that if you want to bet Boston College the time is now with the line at +14, because it’s sure to come down as we get closer to Saturday. Dan assumes USC’s offense improves, but isn’t sure Cody Kessler is 14 points better than an average Boston College squad.
Alabama at Texas A&M: Alabama is the better team top to bottom, but Ty doesn’t want to go against Johnny Football at home. Dan is concerned with the Aggies’ defensive line and thinks Alabama will be able to run straight at them and wear down the defense. Roll Dan Tide.
Washington at Illinois: Illini fans are unsure if they should buy into this team. Dan isn’t completely confident about either squad and thinks that Illinois can pass the ball well enough to keep this game interesting. He takes Illinois plus the points.
Ohio State at Cal: Dan takes the trap game tag off this matchup and picks Ohio State, regardless of whether Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton plays. Ty goes irrational logic, taking Cal plus the points in a Fox night game.
Ole Miss at Texas: Ty’s high on the Rebels for this game, locking up the win. Dan likes Texas to bounce back and can’t see Ole Miss going on the road to avenge a blowout loss last year without its best defensive player.
Wisconsin at Arizona State: This game is a big gauge for both of these teams, with neither side facing a quality opponent thus far. Dan doesn’t trust a changed Wisconsin defense and a shuffled offensive line, and takes Arizona State. Ty also goes Arizona State, as he really likes the defense.
The guys close the show with a lightening round of the light games on the schedule.