Episode Description

Ty and Dan put a bow on their season previews but giving their spicy predictions for the 2023 college football season. Which over/unders, Heisman longshots, and playoff contenders does Ty like most? On which make-believe prop bets would Dan wager if given the chance?

ON TODAY’S EPISODE, PREDICTIONS!
WELCOME TO THE SOLID VERBAL.
THE SOLID VERBAL.
COME AFTER ME!
I’M A MAN! I’M 40!
I’VE HEARD SO MANY PLAYERS SAY, “WELL, I WANT TO BE HAPPY.”
YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY FOR A DAY? EAT A STEAK.
IT’S THAT WOO WOO!
AND NOW, DAN AND TY.
WELCOME BACK TO THE SOLID VERBAL, BOYS AND GIRLS.
MY NAME IS TY HILDENBRANDT.
THAT FINE GENTLEMAN OVER THERE,
BACK FROM HIS TRAVELS, TRAVELING COAST TO COAST,
PLAYING ON THE ATP TOUR.
DAN RUBENSTEIN, SIR, WELCOME BACK.
– THANK YOU.
I WAS IN A BIG 12 COUNTRY, TY.
I WAS IN, JUST OUTSIDE OF CINCINNATI, TO BE CLEAR.
I WENT TO BEAUTIFUL MASON, OHIO,
TO WATCH THE WESTERN AND SOUTHERN OPEN
FOR ABOUT TOTAL SIX HOURS,
FOR ABOUT 24 HOURS OF BACK AND FORTH TRAVEL AND STAYING.
AND IT WAS WONDERFUL AND DID PASS
THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI,
PAST THE BENGALS STADIUM, PAST THE REDS STADIUM.
DIDN’T GET TO SPEND ANY TIME
IN THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF CINCINNATI.
IT SEEMED BEAUTIFUL.
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING EITHER WAY,
BUT HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
HAD A GREAT TIME AND IT MADE ME THAT MUCH MORE ENERGIZED
GETTING OUT AND ABOUT FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON.
– IT’S WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU BACK.
– THANKS.
– AND WE WELCOME ALL OF OUR VERBALLERS BACK TO THE SHOW.
IT IS GETTING CLOSER, GETTING CLOSER.
WE DID ALL OF OUR CONFERENCE PREVIEWS.
WE HAD A CHANCE TO RUMINATE,
TO LET SOME OF OUR THOUGHTS FESTER AND COME TO A BOIL.
I’M USING ALL SORTS OF MIXED METAPHORS HERE.
NO, IT’S OKAY.
TODAY IS THE PREDICTION SHOW
WHERE WE’VE GOT PREDICTIONS FAR AND WIDE,
ACTUAL PREDICTIONS, SOME OF THE MORE ABSTRACT FANTASY THINGS-
VARIETY AS WELL.
WE ARE GOING TO JUST LAY IT ALL OUT HERE.
IF YOU WANT TO SAVE THIS EPISODE TO USE AGAINST US LATER,
FOR ALL THE HATERS OUT THERE,
THIS WOULD BE THE EPISODE THAT YOU’D WANT TO MAKE SURE
YOU HIT DOWNLOAD AND SAVE TO YOUR PODCAST ROLL.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR PREDICTIONS
ARE YOU WILLING TO STAND BY TODAY?
LIKE, IT WAS LIKE, NO MATTER WHAT,
I’M STANDING BY THIS AND–
– 100%.
– WILL YOU APOLOGIZE IF YOU GET SOMETHING
DRAMATICALLY WRONG? – NO, NO, NO.
THIS IS THE NO APOLOGIES EPISODE.
– NO APOLOGIES, AND YOU WILL OWN IT.
LIKE, YEP, I SCREWED THAT UP, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
AT THE TIME, IT WAS A DEFENSIBLE POSITION.
DEFENSIBLE POSITION. – NO APOLOGIES TOUR RIGHT HERE.
NO APOLOGIES. – NO APOLOGIES.
HERE ARE THE RECEIPTS.
YOU CAN USE THEM ALL ALL SEASON LONG. AND THE ONLY THING IS IF YOU ARE GOING TO SAY
YEP, TY WAS TOTALLY WRONG ABOUT OKLAHOMA. YOU GOT ALSO HAVE TO WHAT COME CORRECT. I
IS THAT THE TERM? YOU GOTTA GOTTA BE REASONABLE HERE AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT BUT
HE NAILED THE PIT THING. YOU GOTTA SAY IT GOTTA SAY IF TY NAILS SOMETHING GOT IT GOT
US YOU GOTTA GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE. SO IF ONE OF THESE HITS FOR ME FOR TY WHATEVER
IF TY IS JUST LIKE, I KNOW THIS IS OUT THERE,
CAL’S WINNING 10 GAMES.
IF ONE OF THESE HITS OF HOWEVER MANY PREDICTIONS YOU HAVE,
WHICH IS HOW MANY?
– I HAVE MANY, I DON’T EVEN COUNT HOW MANY I HAVE.
– I HAVE 16 DOWN HERE, OKAY?
– YEAH, I PROBABLY HAVE AROUND THERE.
– YEAH, 16 PREDICTIONS, ONLY NEED ONE, RIGHT?
THE OLD ADAGE FOR LIKE TV NETWORKS,
YOU JUST NEED ONE HIT.
– JUST NEED ONE HIT.
– YOU JUST NEED ONE HIT.
SO I DON’T CARE IF I GO ONE OF 16.
IF I NAIL ONE, YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ABOUT IT
FOR THE NEXT 11 YEARS.
– THAT’S WHY PEOPLE LISTEN TO THIS SHOW, DAN.
I KNOW.
AS ALWAYS, MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW ALONG ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
IF YOU AGREE, DISAGREE, FEEL INDIFFERENT
ON ONE OF OUR PREDICTIONS, JUST LET US KNOW.
WE’RE @SOLIDVERBAL ON PRETTY MUCH EVERY SOCIAL PLATFORM.
WE’RE ALSO OUT ON YOUTUBE WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THIS EPISODE.
@SOLIDVERBAL IS THE HANDLE THERE AS WELL.
YES.
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST,
IF YOU’RE A PODCAST LISTENER,
MAKE SURE YOU HIT FOLLOW OR SUBSCRIBE.
IT’S GREAT TO HAVE NEW PEOPLE.
THIS TIME OF YEAR, DAN. VERBALLERS.COM’S THE PATREON.
AND WE’RE GONNA BE MAKING BIG UPDATES,
HOPEFULLY IN TIME FOR OUR NEXT EPISODE.
SO STAY TUNED FOR THAT.
SHALL WE DIVE IN?
YES.
(XYLOPHONE MUSIC)
THAT’S BEEN MY HYPOTHETICAL,
MY PREDICTION SOUND FOR MANY YEARS RUNNING.
I NOW HAVE THE FULL,
YES.
FULL DEPTHS OF THE SOUNDBOARD READY TO GO.
WHOA.
THE FULL COMPLIMENT. MID-SEASON FORM.
THE FULL MONTY.
EVERYTHING IS HERE.
YOU WANT A LITTLE LET DOWN LOOK AHEAD?
LOOK AT THAT SANDWICH.
I CAN DO LET DOWN LOOK AHEAD.
YOU WANT SHOOTOUTS?
WE CAN DO SHOOTOUTS.
WHATEVER YOU WANT, JUST LET ME KNOW.
I’M READY TO GO.
I’M GETTING READY HERE FOR THE SEASON.
– WE MIGHT NEED SOME NEW SOUNDS TOO.
EVERY YEAR WE’RE ADDING TO THE BOARD.
– OH, WE DO.
WE NEED THE YANNI SOUND.
CAN YOU MAKE THE YANNI SOUND?
– I WILL MAKE THE YANNI SOUND FOR YANNI KARLAFTIS.
OKAY, HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?
WE JUST GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH PREDICTIONS?
– I THINK WE’RE GOING BACK AND FORTH.
I HAVE A NUMBER OF OVER-UNDERS
THAT I THINK WOULD BE A GOOD STARTING POINT.
– OKAY.
– BECAUSE THESE WERE ONES THAT,
AS WE WERE GOING THROUGH OUR CONFERENCE PREVIEWS,
I PUT A LITTLE ASTERISK NEXT TO THE TEAMS
THAT I WAS INTERESTED IN AND I WENT BACK
AND I THINK CAME TO A REASONABLE DETERMINATION
ON WHICH ONES I WOULD ACTUALLY PUT MY MONEY BEHIND.
THERE ARE SOME THAT I LIKED,
LIKE I KIND OF LIKED VIRGINIA TECH
BECAUSE THE SCHEDULE WAS MISS MURDER
AND IT WASN’T BRUTAL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
IT’S LIKE VIRGINIA TECH.
WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH,
DO I REALLY WANT TO PUT MY MONEY THERE?
NO, THE ANSWER ULTIMATELY FOR ME WAS NO,
EVEN THOUGH I DO KIND OF LIKE THEM MORE THAN I EXPECTED.
I PUT TOGETHER A LIST HERE OF TEAMS
THAT I ACTUALLY WOULD PUT
AND PROBABLY WILL PUT SOME MONEY ON.
– YOU ADORE THESE NUMBERS IS WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.
YOU ADORE THE FOLLOWING OVERS AND UNDERS.
YOU WOULD DRIVE THESE SPECIFIC PICKS TO THE AIRPORT.
– I WOULD. – YOU WOULD HELP THEM MOVE.
– I WOULD.
I WOULD.
– OKAY.
– NUMBER ONE, MICHIGAN OVER 10 AND A HALF.
– OKAY.
– MICHIGAN HAS THE EASIEST SCHEDULE IN THE BIG TEN.
AND THAT IS NOT A REFLECTION ON HOW GOOD THE TEAM IS.
I GOT THIS COMMENT A LOT IN THE GEORGIA VIDEO, ACTUALLY,
THAT WE POSTED OUT ON YOUTUBE.
PEOPLE WERE SAYING, “WELL, SO WHAT
IF THEY’VE GOT AN EASY SCHEDULE?
THERE’S STILL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP QUALI-”
YES, I UNDERSTAND.
– YEAH.
– THESE ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE THINGS.
HAVING AN EASY SCHEDULE DOES NOT MEAN
YOU’RE NOT A GOOD TEAM.
I’M PICKING MICHIGAN TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
– OH MY GOD.
– OKAY?
– IS THAT ANOTHER, IS THAT A SUB-PREDICTION?
– NO, IT’S, YOU COULD ARGUE THAT THIS IS A SUB-PREDICTION
OF THAT PREDICTION.
– OKAY, OKAY.
– OKAY, WE’LL GET TO THAT IN DUE COURSE.
BUT EASIEST SCHEDULE IN THE BIG TEN.
NOT A REFLECTION OF HOW GOOD THEY ARE,
BUT EASIEST SCHEDULE.
THEY MISS WISCONSIN AND IOWA FROM THE WEST.
THE SCHEDULE IS BACKLOADED
WITH ROAD GAMES AT PENN STATE AND MARYLAND.
MARYLAND KIND OF A SANDWICH SPOT
BEFORE THEY GET TO THAT HOME TILT AGAINST OHIO STATE.
FOR ME, IT’S JUST A MATH PROBLEM WITH MICHIGAN.
IT’S NOT A TALENT PROBLEM.
IT’S NOT A COACHING PROBLEM.
IT’S A MATH PROBLEM.
IN ORDER TO HIT THE UNDER 10 AND A HALF,
THEY HAVE TO LOSE PROBABLY TO BOTH PENN STATE
AND OHIO STATE.
AND I THINK THERE’S A CHANCE IT COULD LOSE TO ONE OF THEM,
BUT I DON’T THINK THEY’RE LOSING TO BOTH.
AND I DON’T THINK THEY’RE LOSING ANYBODY ELSE
IN THE SCHEDULE GIVEN THE WAY THAT THEY’RE BUILT,
ESPECIALLY FROM THE LINES OUT.
THIS IS A VERY, VERY GOOD TEAM.
SO OVER 10 AND A HALF TO ME FEELS LIKE A NEAR CERTAINTY.
– OKAY.
– DO YOU HAVE THE RECEIPT SOUND?
DO YOU HAVE THE RECEIPT SOUND AT THE READY?
(MIMICS BUZZER)
THERE IT IS.
– THERE IT IS.
SEE, I’M NOT A TY.
SO DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE’VE BECOME
TOO MICHIGAN POSITIVE ON THIS SHOW?
I MEAN, THAT’LL CHANGE BY WEEK FOUR.
YOU KNOW THAT.
– I KNOW.
I’M JUST WONDERING.
– I’VE BEEN BROWBEATEN BY ALL THE MICHIGAN FOLKS
WHO HAVE BEEN SENSITIVE OVER THE YEARS.
– I LIKE FADING TY CONFIDENCE.
I LIKE THAT.
SO IF THIS MEANS ANYTHING, I HAVE SOMETHING,
IF WE WANT TO STICK WITH THIS THEME OF TY CONFIDENCE,
I HAVE A PREDICTION.
– OH, WELL GO AHEAD.
LET’S JUST GO FREEFORM HERE THEN.
FREEFORM IT.
– WELL, I DON’T WANT TO INTERRUPT YOUR OVER-UNDER PICKS.
– OH, OKAY.
MICHIGAN OVER 10 AND A HALF.
– OKAY.
YOU CAN GET TO THE TY CONFIDENCE THING IN A LITTLE BIT. I’M ALSO ON OKLAHOMA OVER NINE AND A HALF. UM, I CALLED
THIS ONE OUT WHEN WE DID OUR BIG 12 PREVIEW. THE OFFENSE WILL BE VERY GOOD. THERE ARE WHAT,
FOUR, FIVE, MAYBE FIVE TEAMS ON THE SCHEDULE THAT I THINK CAN POSSIBLY SCORE WITH OKLAHOMA.
UM, THE TALENT LEVEL IS SO HIGH, I’D BE STUNNED BY ANYTHING NINE OR THREE, NINE AND THREE OR WORSE.
YEAH. AND SO I’M GOING TO GIVE
VENABLES A MULLIGAN.
THERE WERE ISSUES WITH LAST YEAR’S
TEAM THAT KIND OF EXTEND BEYOND
IT JUST HIM BEING A FIRST-YEAR
COACH. SO I’M PRETTY BULLISH
ON OVER NINE AND A HALF FOR
OKLAHOMA. WOW. OKAY, YOU THINK
EVERYTHING IS FIXABLE AND LOOK
SOME OF IT WAS INJURY AND INJURY
IS OBVIOUSLY FIXABLE AND YOU
KNOW, HEALTH ALWAYS SORT
OF REGRESSES TO OR ADVANCES TO
A POINT WHERE EVERYTHING IS KIND OF EVEN FOR EVERYBODY. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE DECIMATED
BY INJURIES EVERY YEAR. SO BETWEEN INJURIES BETWEEN AN INFUSION OF TALENT ON BOTH SIDES
OF THE BALL VIA RECRUITING IN THE PORTAL, YOU THINK OKLAHOMA IS JUST THEY THEIR APPEARANCE
IS A 10 WIN TEAM TO YOU. IT IS. I MEAN, I COULD SEE THEM LOSING TO TEXAS. I COULD SEE
TEXAS LOSING OKLAHOMA, BUT I DON’T I DON’T KNOW LIKE THAT. THERE ARE TWO OTHER LOSSES
ON THE SCHEDULE FOR THEM TO HIT THE UNDER. WOW. OKAY. KEEP GOING. KANSAS STATE OVER EIGHT
AND A HALF. OOH. OKAY. I LOVE KANSAS STATE. THEY’VE GOT A VERY GOOD OFFENSIVE LINE. TRESHAWN
WARD SHOULD EAT. WILL HOWARD REMAINS TO ME THE PROBABLE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE CONFERENCE.
I’M IN ON K-STATE, BABY. IT IS SOME BIG DEFENSIVE LOSSES. IT IS ONE OF THE EASIEST SCHEDULES
IN THE CONFERENCE.
I’VE GOT ONE OF THE BEST COACHES
IN THE CONFERENCE.
I THINK WE’RE
SLOWLY COMING TO THAT CONCLUSION.
YEAH, OBVIOUSLY WON THE CONFERENCE
LAST YEAR. CERTAINLY NOT WITHOUT
QUESTIONS THIS YEAR AFTER LOSING
PLAYMAKERS. DEUCE VAUGHN,
YEAH, MOST NOTABLE AMONG THEM.
YEP, BUT THIS IS A BET ON THE
TRANSFERS WORKING
AND THE DEFENSE NOT BOTTOMING OUT
BECAUSE THEY ARE ALMOST COMPLETELY
GUTTED ON DEFENSE AT THIS POINT.
SO THAT’S I THINK THE LINE REFLECTS
THAT SKEPTICISM WITH RESPECT TO THE
DEFENSE, BUT I DON’T SHARE IT. I’M IN ON K-STATE OVER NINE OR EIGHT AND A HALF.
YEAH. OKAY. DON’T HATE IT.
MIAMI OVER SEVEN AND A HALF, DAN.
OKAY.
GETTING SPICIER AS I KIND OF ORDERED THESE FROM…
A BIG LEAP. YEP.
I THINK MIAMI IS TOO TALENTED TO GO SEVEN AND FIVE. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY WON’T GO SEVEN AND
FIVE.
OKAY.
DOES NOT MEAN THEY WON’T. I JUST FEEL LIKE I AM BUYING INTO THE NARRATIVE THAT I READ IN EVERY
PREVIEW PUBLICATION THAT MIAMI IS TOO TALENTED. YEAH. SEVEN AND FIVE. I ENTERED TOO TALENTED
FOR SEVEN TO FIVE. THEY’RE BUILT FROM THE LINES OUT. TVD WAS HURT LAST SEASON. THERE
ARE ONLY THREE TEAMS IN THIS SCHEDULE WITH MORE TALENT AND THERE ARE SIX GAMES IN THE
SCHEDULE THAT I LOOK AT AND I SAY THOSE LOOK LIKE GUARANTEED WINS TO ME. OKAY.
I’M BETTING THAT THEY CAN PICK UP TWO MORE ALONG THE WAY TO GET TO EIGHT AND FOUR AT A MINIMUM.
OKAY. UH, HERE, OKAY. I THINK MIAMI’S OFFENSIVE LINE IS GOING TO BE LEVELED UP. I THINK THEIR
SKILL POSITIONS WILL BE BETTER. I THINK THEIR COHESION ON OFFENSE WILL BE BETTER. THEY WERE
JUST A MESS THERE LAST YEAR, ESPECIALLY WITH TVD HURT. THE THING THAT I WOULD WORRY ABOUT IF I
WERE MIAMI IS I STILL DON’T THINK THEY’RE GOOD ENOUGH TO BEAT A BUNCH OF TEAMS BY TWO OR THREE
TOUCHDOWNS THAT THEY SHOULD BE BY TWO OR THREE TOUCHDOWNS. AND THEN IT’S MARIO CRISTOBAL IN A
TIGHT GAME. THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE WAGERING ON. I GET IT. HE’S GOING TO WIN GAMES BY THREE
INSTEAD OF LOSING BY THREE. OKAY. BY THE WAY, THESE ARE THE TYPES OF TEAMS THAT WILL MAKE
THE DIFFERENCE ON OUR GRAND TOTAL GAME, WHICH YOU CAN FIND OUT AT FOURBALLERS.COM. YOU PICK
THE OVER UNDER ALL 69 POWER FIVE TEAMS, ALL 69 POWER FIVE TEAMS WINNER GETS A COOL PRIZE PACK.
YES. SO IF TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY OF THIS IS INSTRUCTIVE, I DON’T KNOW, BUT THIS IS,
THESE ARE GOING TO BE SOME OF MY PICKS.
OK, KEEP GOING.
KENTUCKY OVER SEVEN.
I LIKE THIS.
THE SCHEDULE IS NOT EASY.
IT DOES GET TOUGHER AS THE YEAR GOES ON.
MY CONCERN WITH KENTUCKY IS THE LINE.
THE LINE WAS BAD LAST YEAR.
YEAH.
THIS IS A BET THAT THEY CAN GET THEIR LINE
SORTED IN SEPTEMBER
WHEN THERE ARE FOUR VERY, VERY
WINNABLE GAMES IN TIME
FOR THE REST OF THE WAY.
I DON’T THINK THIS IS A SIX AND SIX TEAM,
NOT WITH DEVIN LEARY,
NOT WITH LIAM COHEN COMING BACK.
THE DEFENSE SHOULD AGAIN BE PRETTY
SOLID. SO I THINK YOU’RE STARTING AT
A REALLY GOOD POINT WITH THE CATS.
JUST WE WE HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND
THAT THE DEFENSE WILL BE FINE.
THIS IS NOT THIS IS NOT A SIX AND SIX
TEAM.
EVEN IF THEY GO SEVEN AND FIVE AND
YOU PUSH FINE.
BUT FOR ME, THIS IS NOT.
A SEVEN TO FIVE TEAM AT ALL.
AND I’M ACTUALLY QUITE BULLISH ON
LIAM COHEN COMING BACK.
I LIKE THE COMBINATION.
UNCLEAR HOW I FEEL ABOUT DEVIN LEARY
AS A, YOU KNOW, TOP TOP TIER
SEC QUARTERBACK, EVEN THOUGH HE HAS GOOD EXPERIENCE.
IT’S MORE LIKE I’M BUYING THESE KENTUCKY RECEIVERS.
I LIKE THE POTENTIAL OF LIAM COHEN WITH THESE RECEIVERS,
GETTING CREATIVE, USING THEM ALL OVER THE FIELD.
I LIKE THAT.
NEXT.
NEXT UP, I’VE GOT PITT OVER SEVEN WINS, DAN.
SMART.
THAT’S WHAT THEY DO.
IT IS THERE AND THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEFENSIVE
LINE THIS YEAR.
IE WHERE THE PASS RUSH PEOPLE COMING FROM WHO ARE THE PASS
RUSH PEOPLE?
UM, PAT NARDUZZI ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY BUILDS PASS RUSHES EVERY YEAR, EVEN IF YOU DON’T,
EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THE PASS RUSHERS WILL BE AT THE START OF THE YEAR, HE FINDS
THEM AND HE HAPPENS TO FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT WHAT HE’S GOT COMING BACK.
IT’S JUST, YOU DON’T HAVE LIKE AN AARON DONALD, RIGHT?
YOU DON’T, YOU DON’T HAVE THE NAME UP FRONT THIS SEASON THAT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO BE
WORRIED ABOUT.
IT’S JUST GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME, I THINK, FOR THAT NAME TO DEVELOP.
UM, THERE AREN’T FIVE LOSSES HERE.
I DO THINK THAT PHIL JURKOVEC WILL BE PRETTY GOOD NOW,
BEING REUNITED WITH FRANK CIGNETTI,
COMING HOME TO WESTERN PA.
I THINK THAT WILL ACTUALLY WORK OUT PRETTY WELL.
SO I’M PRETTY HIGH ON PITT.
AS LIKE AN EIGHT AND FOUR TEAM.
BUT OVER SEVEN TO ME.
TWO MORE, CAL UNDER FIVE.
– OKAY, SO NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR,
NEW QUARTERBACK, LOSING COUPLE PLAYMAKERS,
BUT STILL HAVE A COUPLE PLAYMAKERS ON OFFENSE.
DEFENSE GETS A LOT HEALTHIER,
BUT THE PAC-12 SEEMS TO BE HEAVIER AT THE TOP.
– THAT’S RIGHT.
– SO, OKAY.
– I SAID THIS WHEN WE WERE DOING OUR PREVIEWS
THAT I WOULD PUT ONE MONTH’S MORTGAGE ON CAL’S UNDER.
I’M NOT ACTUALLY GONNA DO THAT, FULL DISCLAIMER.
– YEAH.
– BUT JUST AS A MEANS OF LIKE ILLUSTRATING
HOW SERIOUS I AM ABOUT THIS POINT,
WE HAVE LOVINGLY REFERRED TO CAL
AS THE CALIFORNIA SANDWICH COMPANY, AT LEAST I HAVE,
BECAUSE THEY CONSTANTLY ARE PLAYING
SOME OF THE BETTER TEAMS IN THEIR SCHEDULE IN WEIRD SPOTS. THEY’VE GOT OREGON, OREGON STATE
USC, UTAH AND WASHINGTON ALL IN
ADVANTAGEOUS SPOTS ON THE SCHEDULE
UNLESS YOU HAVE AN UNWAVERING BELIEF
IN SAM JACKSON V
THE TRANSFER FROM TCU WHO I THINK WILL BE FUN
AND INTERESTING
IN THIS NEW
OFFENSIVE SCHEME
UNLESS YOU’VE GOT THAT UNWAVERING BELIEF. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY WAY CAL IS GOING OVER FIVE
THEY MAY GET TO 5,
BUT I THINK THE ODDS OF YOU ACTUALLY WINNING THIS BET ARE VERY LOW.
THEY’RE NOT A 6-WIN TEAM.
THEY’RE JUST NOT.
SO, UNDER 5 FOR ME WITH CAL.
SO, THE GOOD NEWS WITH CAL, IF YOU’RE A CAL FAN,
IS THEY ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY,
UNTIL RECENTLY, WIN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES AGAINST POWER 5 OPPONENTS.
AND THEY HAVE ONE THIS YEAR,
WHO’S STARTING OVER AND HAS A NEW LOOK ROSTER,
A NEW COACH IN AUBURN, YES?
THEY’RE NOT BEATING AUBURN.
THEY’RE NOT BEATING AUBURN.
BUT WOULDN’T THEY? WOULDN’T WOULDN’T IT BE JUST LIKE CAL TO BEAT AUBURN AND THEN LOSE
TO LIKE ARIZONA STATE?
IT WOULD BUT THEY’RE NOT BEATING AUBURN.
OKAY.
THEY’RE NOT THEY’RE NOT BEATING AUBURN UNDER FIVE UNDER FIVE.
OKAY.
AND MY MY FINAL OVER UNDER RECOMMENDATION SHALL WE SAY YEAH VANDY OVER THREE AND A HALF.
I HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR.
YEAH.
VANDY.
VANDY’S GOT A TON BACK.
START THE SEASON WITH FOUR WINNABLE GAMES.
MM-HMM.
LITTLE BIT OF IMPROVEMENT ON DEFENSE, LIKE A LOT OF TEAMS
THAT WE’VE DISCUSSED A LITTLE BIT OF IMPROVEMENT ON DEFENSE
AND THEY COULD GET THE FIVE WINS.
SO I ACTUALLY LIKE THIS PICK A GREAT DEAL THE OVER THREE
AND A HALF.
I THINK I THINK VANDY IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GO TO
A BOWL GAME.
THE SCHEDULE IS TOO TOUGH, BUT WITH WITH THE THE PRODUCTION
THEY’VE GOT BACK.
I THINK WITH A GOOD COACH WHO WILL BE ABLE TO TUNE THE DEFENSE
UP A LITTLE BIT MORE.
I’M GOING OVER THREE AND A HALF SAY THE NUMBER 12 OUT LOUD
RIGHT NOW. 12. OKAY. MY NUMBER 12 PREDICTION. VANDY’S MAKING A BOWL GAME. WOW. SO YOU’RE
OVER. YES, YOU’RE DEFINITELY OVER THEN. I’M OVER ON VANDY. I THINK THEY MAKE A BOWL GAME.
I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT WINNING CLOSE, WHICH THEY WERE ABLE TO DO NEAR THE END OF
LAST YEAR. THE CONTINUITY. I LIKE CLARK LEA. I THINK VANDY MIGHT BE THE TEAM THAT TOO MANY
TEAMS PENCIL IN AND PERHAPS AGAIN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE EARLY PART OF THEIR SCHEDULE AND
AND THEN LATER ON IN THE SEASON, IF THEY FINISH WITH SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, AUBURN, OLE
MISS, ANY ONE OF THOSE TEAMS, YOU COULD SEE BEING IN WEIRD DISARRAY IN NOVEMBER. AND THERE’S
VANDY LITTLE OLD VANDY, WEIRD DISARRAY, WEIRD DISARRAY, WHICH IS HOW YOU’VE DESCRIBED YOUR
HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. OKAY. DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE OVER UNDER PICK? NO MORE OVER UNDERS FOR ME.
YOU HAVE. OKAY, GIVE ME A NUMBER BETWEEN 1 AND 16. ACTUALLY 1 AND 14. THAT IS NOT 12
13 13 TY OR DAN WILL LOCK UP A TEAM THAT LOSES BY 28 PLUS OUTRIGHT. I DON’T HAVE A LOT TO
EXPAND ON. THE SCREAM IS YOU AT THE END. IT’S BEEN AN OFFSEASON OF SUPREME CONFIDENCE.
YEAH. AND YOU FALLING IN LOVE WITH TEAMS COAST TO COAST SCHEDULES COAST TO COAST. AND BOTH OF US,
I THINK, WILL LINGER A LITTLE BIT TOO LONG ON A TEAM JUST TO SAVE FACE. BE LIKE, I TOLD YOU IN MAY
THERE’S GOING TO BE SOMEBODY THAT WE PICK OUT RIGHT THAT IS GOING TO LOSE BY AT LEAST 28 POINTS.
THERE’S GOING TO BE A TEAM THAT I PUT IN MY PLAYOFF THAT I THINK MEETS ALL OF THOSE PRE-REQS.
ALL OF THEM. WE’LL GET TO THAT IN A LITTLE BIT. IT’S ALSO ONE OF THOSE THINGS BECAUSE OF THE SWINGS
IN ROSTER, ESPECIALLY TEAMS THAT UTILIZE THE PORTAL MORE THAN OTHERS THAT YOU TALK YOURSELF
INTO BETWEEN JANUARY AND LATE AUGUST AND COME LIKE SEPTEMBER 22ND. IT’S EASY FOR I’LL SPEAK FOR
MYSELF HERE. IT’S EASY FOR ME TO SING. THEY’RE JUST GELLING. THEY’RE JUST GELLING. I’M STILL
GOING TO LOCK THEM UP AND AUBURN LOSES BY A CRAZY AMOUNT TO SOMEBODY GOOD OR YOU KNOW, THAT IS ONE
ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE I THE PORTAL AFFECTS ME IN UNREALISTIC WAYS. AND THAT’S A SELFISH
ONE. THAT’S A PREDICTION. IT’S AN INTER SHOW PREDICTION, BUT I CAN SEE IT HAPPENING. GIVE
ME NUMBER NINE. NUMBER NINE. THIS ALSO IT’S NOT INTERNAL. TY LIKED WISCONSIN TOO MUCH
FOR TOO LONG THIS OFFSEASON. WISCONSIN WILL EITHER LOSE TO WAZZU OR PURDUE BECAUSE OF
IT POSSIBLY BOTH BOTH. OKAY, SO IT’S A WISCONSIN PROGRAM THAT IS GOING THROUGH A TON OF CHANGE.
IT’S NOT AN INTERNAL HIRE. IT’S NOT A WISCONSIN GUY. THE WISCONSIN GUY HIRE WOULD HAVE BEEN
JIM LEONHARD INTERIM FROM LAST YEAR AND THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT CHANGING THINGS ON OFFENSE
WHAT THEY HAVE TO CHANGE ON DEFENSE AND THEY STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT TO LIKE ON DEFENSE,
BUT I STILL I STILL THINK IN SEPTEMBER, THEY’RE GOING TO BE FINDING THEIR WAY UNDER LUKE FICKELL.
I THINK LUKE FICKELL IS GOING TO BE AN INCREDIBLE COACH FOR WISCONSIN, BUT, TY, LOOKING AT THIS
SCHEDULE IN AND THIS IS A TOTALLY REALISTIC THING TO DO. ONCE YOU LOOK AT THIS SCHEDULE,
THIS IS PRETTY NICE. IT’S A GREAT SCHEDULE. I AM JUST THAT. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S A FIRED.
IT’S A TAKE YOU PREDICTION, WHATEVER, BUT I’M NOT THERE IN THE WAY THAT YOU ARE STILL
WHEREAS WITH WAZZU, WHO IS CHANGING A TON,
YOU KNOW, LOSES A TON TO THE PORTAL,
LOSES A TON OF ASSISTANT COACHES,
BUT THE GAME IS IN PULLMAN.
AND I THINK IT’S AT PURDUE AS WELL,
THAT THERE IS SOMETHING CHAOTIC
ABOUT EARLY WISCONSIN UNDER LUKE FICKELL,
THAT HE WILL GET STRAIGHTENED OUT
IN THE LONGTERM MAGNIFICENTLY, BUT THAT’S MY PREDICTION.
– SEE, I THINK THEY’RE GONNA HIT THE GROUND RUNNING.
– OKAY.
– I REALLY DO.
I THINK THEY’RE GONNA HIT THE GROUND RUNNING.
IT’S NOT LIKE YOU’RE GIVING PHIL LONGO GRAHAM MERTZ.
YOU’RE GIVING PHIL LONGO TANNER MORDECAI,
WHO’S AN ESTABLISHED QUARTERBACK,
WHO’S PLAYED AT A REALLY HIGH LEVEL AT HIS PREVIOUS STOP.
WHAT ONCE WAS AT OKLAHOMA, RIGHT?
BEFORE COMING OVER FROM A G5 SCHOOL.
SO LIKE, I DON’T KNOW, I JUST, I DON’T BUY THAT.
I THINK THE SCHEDULE IS VERY ADVANTAGEOUS.
I THINK THEY’VE GOT ENOUGH TALENT ON HAND
TO BE REALLY, REALLY GOOD.
AND I THINK IT’S REFLECTED IN THEIR OVER-UNDER,
WHICH IS LIKE NINE.
SO IT’S PRETTY HIGH.
THEY’RE A TOP 25 TEAM PER THE PRESEASON AP TOP 25.
I HEAR YA.
SO I’M PRETTY BULLISH ON WISCONSIN.
AND I WANTED TO BE MORE BULLISH.
I JUST KIND OF HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE
WITH THE NEW COACH WHO I RESPECT COMING ABOARD,
HAS A LOT OF TALENT ON HAND.
THEY’RE CHANGING THINGS IN A WAY THAT I THINK IS MODERN
AND LONG OVERDUE.
AND EVERYBODY’S EXCITED ABOUT IT.
AND I TEND TO GET TOO EXCITED.
SO YOU’RE NOT WRONG IN SAYING THAT.
– RIGHT. – AND I’M WRONG AT ALL.
AND I COULD 100% SEE THIS BET HITTING,
BUT I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT WISCONSIN.
– SO THE REASON, THE CAUSE FOR PAUSE,
YOUR FAVORITE PET CHARITY, WAS TANNER MORDECAI.
A PRETTY DRAMATIC SPLIT BETWEEN WHEN SMU PLAYED
POWER FIVE TEAMS AND TEAMS WITH A WINNING RECORD
VERSUS DOWNED TEAMS.
SMU BEAT UP ON A LOT OF DOWNED TEAMS.
AND SO I THINK THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF STAT INFLATION THERE
THAT EVERYBODY, NOT EVERYBODY,
BUT I THINK THERE IS THIS ASSUMPTION THAT LIKE,
ALL RIGHT, HE’S LEVELING UP.
I DON’T KNOW MAN, AMERICAN DEFENSES AREN’T QUITE WHAT HE’LL BE FACING ON THIS GAME.
NO, IT’S FAIR.
IT’S A FAIR POINT.
THAT’S ALL I WORRY ABOUT.
OKAY, GIVE ME GIVE ME NUMBER FIVE.
OH, WE’RE JUST RIFLING THROUGH.
HERE WE GO.
BOISE STATE IS GOING TO BEAT WASHINGTON, WHO WILL THEN GO ON TO RUN THE TABLE DURING THE
REGULAR SEASON.
I LIKE THIS ONE.
SO THIS THIS LANDS ON THE HEELS OF WHAT WE SAY EVERY SEASON.
DON’T BE CONFIDENT IN WEEK ONE.
THE BIG CHANGE HAPPENS BETWEEN WEEK ONE AND WEEK TWO WHEN EVERYBODY SEES WHAT THEY HAVE
AND WHAT BOISE STATE DOES AND WHAT ANDY AVALOS DOES IS THEY CONFUSE QUARTERBACKS, THEY SCHEME
WELL, THEY RUN WEIRD SETS ON DEFENSE, AND EVEN THOUGH BOISE IS REPLACING A LOT OF DUDES
ON DEFENSE, I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING THERE.
AND THERE HAS BEEN AN OFF-SEASON OF THE DRUMBEAT ABOUT WASHINGTON AND PLAYOFF AND WINNING THE
CONFERENCE AND BREAKING THROUGH ONCE AGAIN POST-CHRIS PETERSEN THAT I THINK THERE IS
IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT TOO LONG-TERM THINKING
ON THE PART OF WASHINGTON, LOOKING AT USC ON THE ROAD,
I THINK, OREGON AT HOME.
SO I HAVE WASHINGTON LOSING AND THEN WINNING 11 STRAIGHT.
HOW ABOUT THAT? – I LOVE THAT PICK SO MUCH.
– THANK YOU. – I LOVE THAT PICK SO MUCH.
I’VE GOT WASHINGTON WINNING THE PAC-12, BY THE WAY.
– OKAY.
– AND I’M STANDING BY WHAT I SAID
DURING THE PAC-12 PREVIEW.
WASHINGTON’S GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN THAT CONFERENCE, FOR SURE.
– YEAH.
I ALSO THINK EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE CONFERENCE
IS GOOD ENOUGH TO BEAT WASHINGTON.
AND I EXPECT A FULL ON–
– EVERYBODY IN THE CONFERENCE
IS GOOD ENOUGH TO BEAT WASHINGTON?
– EVERYBODY AT THE TOP, FORGIVE ME.
I THINK THAT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER
PAC 12 CANNIBALIZING ITSELF TYPE OF SITUATION.
– OKAY.
– IN 2023.
– YEAH, I MEAN, LOOK, YOU HAVE OREGON,
YOU HAVE USC ON THE ROAD AND YOU HAVE UTAH AT HOME.
AND SO IT’S TRICKY AND IT’S OREGON STATE RIGHT AFTER THAT,
APPLE CUP RIGHT AFTER THAT.
A REALLY TRICKY NOVEMBER FOR WASHINGTON. NO, BUT I STILL THINK THE COMBINATION. I THINK
WASHINGTON IS IN GREAT SHAPE. IF THE OREGON GAME WAS IN EUGENE, I’D LIKE OREGON THAT GAME.
I THINK THEY’RE PRETTY TIGHT. AND IF THE GAME WERE IN SEATTLE, WHICH IT IS, I LIKE WASHINGTON.
THAT’S THE EDGE I GIVE. AND SO I THINK THEY’RE MORE COMPLETE TEAM THAN USC AND I THINK THEY
HAVE MORE FIREPOWER THAN UTAH. SO THAT IS THE BOLD TAKE PREDICTION THAT I HAVE AT THIS
I LIKE THAT.
BUT YEAH, BOISE STATE EARLY, WEEK ONE WEIRDNESS.
I DO LIKE THAT.
LET ME JUMP IN, YOU KIND OF GAVE ME A NICE SEGUE
TO TALK ABOUT THE HEISMAN ODDS THAT I LIKE.
OKAY.
YOU MENTIONED WASHINGTON, MICHAEL PENIX RIGHT NOW
IS 16/1, WHICH I THINK IS A PRETTY GOOD NUMBER,
TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.
AND I WAS LOOKING AT HIM RELATIVE TO A GUY
LIKE A J.J. MCCARTHY, WHO I ALSO THINK
IS AN INTERESTING NAME IN THIS DISCUSSION.
– OKAY.
– WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MICHAEL PENIX THOUGH,
IS I THINK GIVEN THAT SYSTEM,
IT’S NOW GONNA BE WHAT, HIS THIRD YEAR WITH KALEN DEBOER?
I THINK HE HAS A STRONGER LIKELIHOOD
OF PUTTING UP THOSE PINBALL NUMBERS.
AND I LIKE THAT.
THAT PLAYS WELL IN THE HEISMAN RACE.
AT 16/1,
MICHAEL PENIX JR. IS AN INTERESTING PLAY FOR ME.
I DON’T LIKE THE HEISMAN TROPHY IN GENERAL,
BUT I DO ENJOY THE HEISMAN CONTENDER CONVERSATION.
– OKAY.
– I THINK MICHAEL PENIX SAID 16/1 IS INTERESTING.
IF YOU LIKE ODDS THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT LONGER
AND YOU LIKE MICHIGAN AS MUCH AS I DO,
I PROBABLY WOULDN’T GO J.J. MCCARTHY,
I STILL WOULD GO WITH BLAKE CORUM.
AND I KNOW THERE’S THE HEALTH CONCERN,
HE’S RECOVERING FROM THE INJURY, I GET ALL THAT.
I THINK HE’LL BE FINE.
HE WILL AGAIN BE THE FOCAL POINT OF THAT OFFENSE.
IF MICHIGAN HAS THE KIND OF SEASON I’M EXPECTING,
WITH HIM AS THE FOCAL POINT OF FULL SEASON, FULL HEALTH,
28/1 FOR BLAKE CORUM FEELS LIKE A REALLY GOOD NUMBER.
– HAVE WE HIT, WELL, WHO IS THE LAST RUNNING BACK TO WIN?
– I DON’T KNOW.
– DERRICK HENRY, 2015?
– IT’S BEEN A MINUTE.
– SO IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ODDS, OBVIOUSLY QUARTERBACK,
UNLESS THERE’S A GAME-CHANGING RECEIVER,
WHICH WE HAPPEN TO HAVE IN THE SPORT THIS YEAR,
AT LEAST ONE IN MARVIN HARRISON JR.
– THAT’S RIGHT.
DEVONTA SMITH WINS IT TWO THREE YEARS AGO. I THINK YOU HAVE TO STICK WITH QUARTERBACK IF
YOU’RE GOING WITH A SLEEPER. I DON’T THINK DRAKE MAYE IS GOING TO WIN ENOUGH GAMES. NO,
BECAUSE HIS ODDS ARE DOWN THERE. HIS ODDS ARE DOWN THERE. I DON’T LIKE PICKING A RUNNING
BACK IN CORUM, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE HE’S NOT A REGGIE BUSH TYPE. HE’S THEY’RE NOT GOING
TO SPLIT HIM OUT IN THE SLOT. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO USE HIM IN THE RETURN GAME. LIKE
I THINK YOU NEED THAT ALL-PURPOSE CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY-ISH
TYPE WEAPON AT A RUNNING BACK.
– OKAY, SO HOLD ON, HOLD THAT THOUGHT.
– PLEASE.
– 60/1, WILL SHIPLEY, MY THIRD PICK.
– DON’T LIKE IT.
I JUST DON’T.
– I MEAN, WILL SHIPLEY IS MORE
OF THE CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY TYPE.
– YES, AND I THINK THERE’S A DECENT SHOT
HE ENDS UP IN NEW YORK.
I JUST, I DON’T KNOW.
I DON’T.
IT’S RARE THAT I GET TO BACK YOU INTO A CORNER.
OKAY, AND I FEEL I’VE DONE IT HERE AND I’M GOING TO PAT MYSELF ON THE BACK FOR IT.
WILL SHIPLEY WILL BE USED MORE CREATIVELY, ESPECIALLY WITH GARRETT RILEY.
AGREED.
CLEMSON HAS THE OPPORTUNITY.
IT’S RELATIVELY EARLY ON AGAINST NOTRE DAME TO HAVE THAT TO HAVE THAT LIKE
HEISMAN MOMENT GAME.
YEAH, WHERE HE HAS A DO-EVERYTHING GAME TO ESSENTIALLY BE
WHATEVER IT IS, ANY OF THESE ALL-PURPOSE GUYS THAT WE’VE SEEN OVER
THE YEARS.
UM, MAN, 60/1 IS A PRETTY GOOD NUMBER FOR WALSH. I DON’T HATE IT. I DON’T HATE IT.
THE REASON I ALSO DON’T LOVE RUNNING BACKS IS THEY TEND TO GET BEAT UP OVER THE COURSE
OF A YEAR, WHEREAS A RECEIVER OR A QUARTERBACK, I THINK IT GIVES YOU A BETTER CHANCE AT PLAYING
1213 GAMES. UH, IF I’M GOING LONGER, HEISMAN, JOE MILTON IS INTERESTING TO ME. 22 IS HE
AT 22/1, SOMETHING AROUND THERE. YEAH. YEAH. JALEN MILROE IS INTERESTING TO ME JUST
BECAUSE I THINK HE’S BEEN RUNNING WITH THE ONES MORE AND YOU’RE GETTING AN ALABAMA QUARTERBACK
AT A REALLY NICE PLUS NUMBER. YEAH, THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT JALEN MILROE IS I THINK THAT
OFFENSE IS GOING TO BE GEARED. YOU DID THE ALABAMA PREVIEW. YOU COULD PROBABLY SPEAK
THIS MORE THAN ME, BUT I DO THINK THERE IS SOME VALIDITY TO YOUR WHOLE POINT AROUND THE
SEC BEING MORE MAN BALL THIS YEAR. SURE. AND I THINK PART OF WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE AT
ALABAMA IS ESPECIALLY NOW WITH TOMMY REES STEERING INTO THE QUARTERBACK RUN GAME AND
JALEN MILROE DEFINITELY GOT THAT BONE. THE GUY CAN RUN AND HE’S A BIG DUDE. I THINK COMBINED
WITH WHAT THEY’VE GOT AT THE RUNNING BACK POSITION, WHICH IS ALWAYS STRONG, THAT COULD
BE A REALLY INTERESTING PLAY. HE COULD PUT UP A REALLY NICE STAT LINE IN THAT OFFENSE
IF IT GOES THE WAY I THINK IT’S GOING TO THE OTHER ONE.
AND THIS IS LEANING INTO YOU MORE THAN IT IS LEANING INTO ME. BUT JUST IN TERMS OF PLUS
MONEY CEILING AND THINGS LINING UP FOR HIM IN TERMS OF SPOTLIGHT, DON’T DO IT. DON’T
DO IT. DREW ALLAR NOT SAM HARTMAN. OKAY, DREW ALLAR. YEAH. BECAUSE HE’S AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY.
SAM HARTMAN IS UP THERE. HE’S IN LIKE THE TOP TEN. I ASSUME JUST BECAUSE OF THE STAGE
HE’S ON AND BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS HE’S HAD ALREADY AND SO THAT HE’S SEEN AS LIKE A PLUG
AND PLAY PIECE. WHEREAS DREW ALLAR COULD COME OUT RIGHT AWAY. AND I THINK THEY HAVE IOWA
AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER ISH. SO HE GETS THAT MOMENT TO SHOW OFF AND EVERYBODY WILL KNOW
THAT IOWA HAS A GOOD DEFENSE. SO IF HE CAN SHOW OUT AGAINST IOWA AND LOOK, HE WOULD HAVE
TO HAVE JUST A BONKERS GAME AT OHIO STATE, BUT THE OPERA, THE STAGE IS THERE FOR DREW
ALLAR TO BE SET UP AND THEY SHOULD WIN A TON OF GAMES.
– HERE’S MY HEISMAN PICKS.
MY HEISMAN PICKS ARE MICHAEL PENIX, 16/1,
BLAKE CORUM, 28, WILL SHIPLEY AT 60.
– ALL RIGHT, GIVE ME A NUMBER BETWEEN ONE AND 14.
– THAT I HAVEN’T PREVIOUSLY SELECTED, GIVE ME 10.
– 10 IS GOOD, AND THIS IS KIND OF IN LINE
WITH WHAT WE’VE DISCUSSED.
OKAY, THIS IS, I HAVE A COUPLE OF THESE.
NUMBER 10, NOTRE DAME WILL DO SOME NONSENSE
AND BEAT OHIO STATE AND LOSE TO EITHER DUKE OR LOUISVILLE
IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER.
YEAH, NO OBJECTIONS HERE. THEY WILL BEAT OHIO STATE BECAUSE THE GAME IS IN SOUTH BEND BECAUSE
THEY WILL HAVE A MORE SEASONED QUARTERBACK FOR THAT MOMENT THAN EITHER KYLE MCCORD OR
DEVIN BROWN. OHIO STATE STILL HAS SOME OFFENSIVE LINE QUESTIONS AND THEY WILL BE TRYING TO
HANDLE A PRETTY DANGEROUS NOTRE DAME FRONT THAT I THINK THERE WILL BE A AN ELECTRICITY
A FRENZY IN SOUTH BEND. AND I THINK OHIO STATE WILL STRUGGLE TO CONSISTENTLY DO WHAT IT WANTS
TO DO EARLY ON IN THE SEASON. IT’S A GOOD TIME TO GET OHIO STATE. NOTRE DAME WILL HAVE
AN INCREDIBLY PRONOUNCED LETDOWN IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER. COULD SEE IT. COULD SEE IT. I’M
SURPRISED YOU DIDN’T MAKE A PREDICTION THAT SAM HARTMAN THROWS LIKE SEVEN INTERCEPTIONS
IN THAT GAME. WELL, IT’S SORT OF GOES WITH WITHOUT SAYING. THAT IS THE PICK
THAT IS THE PICK RIGHT THERE THAT ENERGY AND DEFENSE AND SEASONING AT QUARTERBACK HELPS
TO WIN THAT GAME FOR NOTRE DAME IN AN INCREDIBLY RAUCOUS HOME ATMOSPHERE. AND I THINK BOTH
THOSE GAMES ARE ON THE ROAD. YES, LOUISVILLE AND DUKE. I BELIEVE SO. YEAH, THEY’RE BOTH
ON THE ROAD THAT THAT WAS ONE OF MY OPERATIVE PHRASES OF THESE PREDICTIONS DOING SOME NONSENSE
– DOING SOME NONSENSE.
I MEAN, IT’S AN INTERESTING PICK AGAINST OHIO STATE,
‘CAUSE WHEN YOU THINK OF OHIO STATE THIS YEAR,
YOU OBVIOUSLY THINK OF THE AMMO THEY’VE GOT OUT WIDE
WITH MARVIN HARRISON JR., WITH EMEKA EGBUKA,
JULIAN FLEMING, I MEAN, THEY’RE SO DEEP AT RECEIVER.
NOTRE DAME IS SURPRISINGLY DEEP IN THE SECONDARY,
WHICH IS A NEW THING FOR IRISH FANS.
IF YOU’VE FOLLOWED THE TEAM AS LONG AS I HAVE,
YOU’LL KNOW THAT OUTSIDE OF A FEW FLASHES HERE AND THERE
WITH INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS,
TO EVER BE AT THE POINT WHERE IT FELT LIKE
IF IT HAD SECONDARY DEPTH, THAT JUST HAS NOT HAPPENED.
THAT’S NOT TO SAY THAT BENJAMIN HARRISON
CAN GO TOE TO TOE WITH MARVIN HARRISON.
I DON’T KNOW IF ANYBODY CAN COVER HIM.
– RIGHT.
– BUT I DO THINK THAT THEY’RE IN A PRETTY GOOD SPOT
FROM A PASS DEFENSE STANDPOINT.
AND SO MAYBE THEY HAVE A SHOT, I DON’T KNOW.
– YOU READY FOR ANOTHER NUMBER?
– GIVE ME NUMBER TWO.
– NUMBER TWO, IT WILL BE A SURPRISE FINAL SEASON.
AND THIS IS NFL OR RETIREMENT, NOT FIRING.
SO IT’S SORT OF A POSITIVE THING.
NFL OR RETIREMENT UNLESS IT’S SORT OF FORCED UNCOMFORTABLE RETIREMENT FOR SOMEONE HUGE.
NICK SABAN, KIRBY SMART, RYAN DAY, JIM HARBAUGH, LINCOLN RILEY.
YOU THINK HARBAUGH WOULD BE A SURPRISE? I DON’T THINK HE’D BE A SURPRISE.
NOT A SURPRISE IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE’VE ALWAYS SORT OF KNOWN THAT HE
HE COVETS A SUPER BOWL WIN IN THE NFL.
– YEAH.
– BUT I THINK MICHIGAN FANS HAVE CONVINCED THEMSELVES
THAT IT WAS A FLIRTATION, BUT THIS IS A LONG-TERM THING.
LOOK AT HOW EVERYTHING IS NOW LINING UP FOR HIM.
HE’S A PLAYOFF COACH.
MICHIGAN IS THIS TWO-TIME CHAMPION.
LIKE, WHY WOULD HE LEAVE?
THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.
YOU KNOW, THE MINNESOTA THING WAS THE LAST FLIRTATION.
– YEAH, I DON’T BUY THAT FOR A SECOND.
AND THE OTHER ASPECT TO THAT STORY NOW IS
WE’VE MADE A LITTLE BIT OF HAY OVER THE NCAA,
THE SQUABBLE WITH THE NCAA,
THE NEGOTIATED FOUR-GAME SUSPENSION,
WHICH THE NCAA HAS SAID, “NO DEAL, NO DEAL.
“THEY’RE ACTUALLY GONNA PUSH THE ENVELOPE ON THIS THING.”
IT IS NOT ABOUT THE CHEESEBURGER.
THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NCAA CAME OUT AND SAID,
“GUYS, IT’S NOT ABOUT HIM BUYING A CHEESEBURGER.
“IT’S ABOUT HIM GIVING FALSE STATEMENTS TO INVESTIGATORS.”
– WHICH MEANS IT IS ABOUT THE CHEESEBURGER.
PROBABLY ABOUT THE CHEESEBURGERS, BUT NONETHELESS,
THAT IS THEIR LINE, NOT MINE.
AND THAT IS GONNA BE PUSHED OFF INTO THE OFF SEASON.
SO THERE’S A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE THAT BEFORE 2024,
IT’S GONNA HIT THE PROVERBIAL FAN WITH HARBAUGH
AND THE NCAA, AND IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE
TO RIDE OUT INTO THE SUNSET.
IF THEY SHOULD GO TO THE PLAYOFF AGAIN,
IF THEY SHOULD WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP,
THAT KIND OF GIVES HIM–
– I’M JUST SAYING HE’S AN OPTION, NOT THE OPTION.
– A CHANCE TO EXIT STAGE LEFT AND GO OFF INTO THE NFL.
LINCOLN RILEY IS INTERESTING.
RYAN DAY IS ALSO INTERESTING.
IF WE FIND OURSELF IN A SITUATION
WHERE HE LOSES TO MICHIGAN THREE YEARS IN A ROW,
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE SO MUCH TALENT IN COLUMBUS,
YOU KNOW THAT THE NATIVES WILL BE GETTING RESTLESS.
– THEY ALREADY ARE.
– I KNOW, THEY ALREADY ARE.
– RYAN DAY IN BIG GAMES.
AND IT’S CRAZY THAT WE’RE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION
ABOUT RYAN DAY, WHO AGAIN WAS–
– IT’S CRAZY, IT’S TOTALLY CRAZY.
– A FIELD GOAL AWAY.
YEAH, TOTALLY CRAZY. 31 FEET AWAY. WHATEVER IT WAS AT ALL. NO, NO, I AGREE WITH THE RESTLESSNESS
BECAUSE HE OKAY, OHIO STATE WOULD BE THRILLED TO WIN OHIO STATE FANS WILL BE THRILLED TO
WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AS ANYBODY WOULD BE EVERY YEAR. YOU CAN’T DO IT LOSING TO MICHIGAN
ALL THE TIME. YOU CANNOT BE A LONG-TERM GUY AT OHIO STATE LOSING TO MICHIGAN IN STREAKS.
SURE. YOU JUST CAN’T. AND LOOK, WE’RE GETTING AN EXPANDED PLAYOFF. SO THE LIKELIHOOD OF
SURVIVING A MICHIGAN LOSS AND STILL GOING FAR IN THE PLAYOFF HAS INCREASED.
BUT I THINK PEOPLE ARE GROWING A LITTLE BIT TIRED OF LOSING TO MICHIGAN AND LOSING IN THE PLAYOFF
BECAUSE OHIO STATE RECRUITS LIKE A TEAM THAT SHOULD WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. I DON’T KNOW
ONCE EVERY THREE OR FOUR YEARS, FIVE YEARS, WHATEVER. AND WE’RE GETTING TO BE A LITTLE BIT
LONG IN THE TOOTH WITH THAT JUST IN TERMS OF SEEING OHIO STATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. NICK
NICK SABAN, OBVIOUSLY GIVEN HIS AGE, IT’S JUST TIRING TO BE NICK SABAN. IT MUST BE EVEN
THOUGH IT SEEMS LIKE HE LOVES COACHING HIGH LEVEL COLLEGE FOOTBALL. KIRBY SMART, THAT
WOULD BE A BURNOUT THING. LINCOLN RILEY, IT WOULD BE AN NFL THING. AND WE ALREADY DISCUSSED
RYAN DAY, JIM HARBAUGH.
INTERESTING. WOW, THAT IS SPICY, DAN.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU WANT TO PICK ANOTHER NUMBER OR DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING?
GIVE ME NUMBER FOUR.
NUMBER FOUR.
I’M NOT KEEPING TRACK, BY THE WAY, OF WHAT NUMBERS I SELECTED.
I UNDERSTAND. I’LL START GIVING YOU. OKAY, I’LL START GIVING YOU YOUR OPTIONS. NUMBER
FOUR, IF THE PLAYOFF WILL HAVE A NEW TEAM IN ITS FINAL FOUR TEAM SEASON, IT WILL BE
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY. SO I KNOW THAT SORT OF QUALIFYING AND IF THERE AND I’M
NOT SAYING PENN STATE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE IT, BUT IF THERE WERE IF THERE IS
GOING TO BE A NEW TEAM. SO REMEMBER SOME OF THE TEAMS WHO HAVE GOTTEN A LOT OF SPARK AND
HYPE OVER THIS OFFSEASON. I’VE ACTUALLY MADE THE PLAY LIKE FLORIDA STATE HAS MADE THE PLAYOFF.
THEY MADE THE FIRST PLAYOFF WASHINGTON HAS MADE THE PLAYOFF. SO YOU COULD SAY TEXAS AND
I GAVE IT SOME THOUGHT AND THE BATTLE BETWEEN STEVE SARKISIAN AND JAMES FRANKLIN TO ME
EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT RECRUITERS WHO HAVE UNDERPERFORMED AT TIMES GIVEN TALENT
LEVEL JAMES FRANKLIN IS STILL ONE OF BIG TEN TITLE IS STILL ONE DOUBLE-DIGIT GAMES IN A
SEASON STEVE SARKISIAN HAS NOT EVEN THOUGH NEW COACHES AT HIS PREVIOUS TWO SPOTS AS A
HEAD COACH BOTH ONE DOUBLE DIGITS IN THEIR FIRST SEASONS COMBINATION QUARTERBACK AND DEFENSE
YOU GIVE ME THAT DEFENSE YOU GIVE ME THE LINE THAT’S FINALLY COME TOGETHER YOU GIVE ME THE
RUNNING BACKS WHO WILL FORM A GOOD ONE TOO IT’S AT OHIO STATE BUT HOSTING MICHIGAN
THAT THEY ARE THE CLOSEST TEAM TO ME THAT HAVE THAT COMBINATION POTENTIALLY OF QUARTERBACK AND
DEFENSE CONTINUITY WITH COORDINATORS RIGHT WITH UH MIKE YERSUCH AND MANNY DIAZ THEY’VE GOT THE
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. YEAH. AND I COULDN’T THINK OF A TEAM THAT HASN’T MADE THE PLAYOFF
THAT I WOULD SELECT TO TO GET TO THE PLAYOFF GIVEN ROSTER CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR. DO YOU
HAVE A TEAM THAT YOU WOULD GO WELL, ALTERNATIVELY FOR ME, IT’S TEXAS. I KNOW IT IS. IT IS TEXAS
AND IT’S BUT THERE’S ZERO CHANCE YOU WOULD TAKE TEXAS OVER PENN STATE ON A NEUTRAL FIELD
TOMORROW, RIGHT? PROBABLY NOT RIGHT. PROBABLY NOT. THE THING ABOUT TEXAS, THOUGH, IT’S AN
AN EASIER PATH.
IT’S AN EASIER PATH THROUGH THE BIG 12
THAN I THINK IT WILL BE FOR PENN STATE
THROUGH THE BIG TEN.
– PENN STATE HAS WEST VIRGINIA, TEXAS HAS ALABAMA.
– YEAH, PENN STATE’S GONNA ROLL WEST VIRGINIA IN WEEK ONE.
– OKAY.
– THEY’RE GONNA DISMANTLE WEST VIRGINIA IN WEEK ONE.
– WOW.
– YEAH, I MEAN, LET’S JUST–
– I’M SPICY!
– THAT’S NOT THAT SPICY.
THEY ARE FAVORED IN THAT GAME AT HOME.
– YEAH, I MEAN, THEY’RE GONNA DRILL ‘EM.
BUT I THINK THE TEXAS CASE IS PRETTY SIMPLE.
IT’S THEY LOST BY WHAT, ONE LAST YEAR TO ALABAMA.
GRANTED THIS GAME, THIS YEAR WILL BE IN TUSCALOOSA,
BUT PROVIDED THEY DON’T GET BLOWN OUT BY ALABAMA,
IT DOESN’T HURT THEIR PLAYOFF CHANCES.
THAT’S A GOOD LOSS, PROVIDED THEY DON’T GET DESTROYED.
– IT HURTS THEIR PLAYOFF CHANCES
IN THAT THEIR MARGIN IS A LOT LESS
BECAUSE NOW THEY HAVE TO ESSENTIALLY RUN THE TABLE
IN THE BIG 12.
– THEIR MARGIN IS LESS, SURE.
BUT IT’S NOT A BAD LOSS ON ITS FACE.
I THINK TEXAS ALSO HAS THE COMBINATION
OF A REALLY GOOD DEFENSE AND QUINN EWERS,
WHO I BELIEVE IS A REALLY GOOD QUARTERBACK.
THEY’VE ALSO GOT A LOT OF TALENT AROUND QUINEWERS,
PARTICULARLY OUT WIDE.
THE LINE IS VERY, VERY SOLID.
THEY ARE BUILT TO WIN AND BUILT TO WIN NOW.
SO I KNOW THAT TEXAS HAS BEEN A RUNNING JOKE
AND THAT THEY’VE, GOSH, THEY’VE NOT GOTTEN
AS MUCH OUT OF THEIR TALENT AS THEY SHOULD HAVE
FOR WHAT FEELS LIKE AN ETERNITY
SINCE WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS SHOW.
– YEP, YEP.
– BUT I THINK THIS IS A YEAR, I REALLY DO.
SO I’M ON TEXAS.
– YEAH, I MEAN, LOOK. – TO GET INTO THE PLAYOFF GAME.
– THE COUNTERPOINT IS THEY ALWAYS UNDERPERFORM THEIR TALENT
NO MATTER WHO THE COACH IS,
AND NOW YOU ADD IN A SEVEN WIN WASHINGTON COACH.
– RIGHT.
– SO THAT’S THE EASY COUNTERPOINT.
– I GET IT, I TOTALLY GET IT.
AND I UNDERSTAND THE PENN STATE OPTIMISM AS WELL.
BY THE WAY, CAN I SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT?
– PLEASE. – CAN I JUST SAY,
I SAID IT WRONG ON THE PREVIEW.
– OH NO. – IT’S “DENY” DENNIS-SUTTON.
DANI DENNIS-SUTTON, DDS. DANI DENNIS-SUTTON.
– YEP.
I KNEW BETTER AND I STILL SCREWED IT UP,
BUT DANI DENNIS-SUTTON IS THE NAME TO WATCH.
HE’S GONNA BE THE SUPERSTAR.
MAYBE WE CAN MAKE THAT PREDICTION NUMBER 17 FOR YOU, DDS.
– OKAY.
– ONE, THREE, FOUR, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.
– EIGHT.
– OLE MISS IS GONNA DO SOME NONSENSE,
LIKE LOSE TO TULANE AND THEN BEAT BAMA OR BEAT LSU,
OR NO, SO, AND THEN BEAT BAMA, PERIOD,
OR THEY’LL BEAT LSU AND LOSE TO VANDERBILT.
– YEAH.
NOT EVEN THAT SPICY. IT FEELS LIKE THAT’S LIKE TIE MILD RIGHT THERE. TIME. I THAT THAT
IS THE PREDICTION. I JUST THINK THERE’S SO MUCH VARIABILITY WITH A TEAM LIKE OLE MISS
AND YOU’VE GOT A QUARTERBACK. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S AN ACTUAL QUARTERBACK BATTLE, BUT
THERE’S A QUARTERBACK CONVERSATION AT THE TOP.
THEY’VE GOT A TERRIFIC RUNNING BACK. THEY’RE OVERHAULING THINGS ON DEFENSE, WHICH IS A
VERY POLITE WAY OF SAYING A LOT OF DUDES LEFT. A LOT OF DUDES LEFT THAT DEFENSE, NEW COACHES,
NEW COORDINATE. LIKE I JUST, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT OLE MISS THAT IS JUST GOING TO BE VOLATILE
IT’S A VERY MILD PREDICTION.
ONE OF THE MORE INTERESTING TEAMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS YEAR.
YEP.
WE’LL MISS.
ABSOLUTELY.
IN THE PRESEASON.
LET’S DO CONFERENCE CHAMPS REAL QUICK.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS, HIT ME.
WHO DO YOU GOT IN THE BIG 12?
I THINK WE AGREED ON TEXAS.
I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION.
WE AGREED ON TEXAS.
OKAY.
I REMEMBER.
ACC, I HAD FLORIDA STATE.
DID YOU HAVE FLORIDA STATE OR CLEMSON?
NO RECOLLECTION.
I THINK CLEMSON, BUT I DON’T REMEMBER.
BIG 10, I’VE GOT MICHIGAN.
YEAH, I TOOK MICHIGAN AS WELL. PAC-12. I’VE GOT WASHINGTON. I BELIEVE YOU TOOK OREGON.
I DID TAKE OREGON OVER WASHINGTON LOSING IN THE REGULAR SEASON WINNING IN VEGAS IN THE
FINAL PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, WHICH BY THE WAY, SUBTOPIC RUMORS ABOUT THE BIG TEN PLAYING
ITS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN THE FUTURE IN VEGAS. HATE IT. HATE IT. GOD, IT FEELS SO DIRTY.
IT FEELS SO DIRTY TO LIKE RATE A CONFERENCE AND THEN LIKE ACTUALLY LIKE I KNOW I’M MARRYING
YOUR EX-WIFE, BUT COULD WE BUY YOUR BED? IS THAT WEIRD?
I HATE IT. I HATE IT. DON’T PLAY IT IN VEGAS. NOTHING AGAINST VEGAS, BUT JUST IT’S NOT A
BIG TEN CITY.
IT WOULD BE A DESTINATION. YOU HAVE THE WEST COAST PRESENCE. I UNDERSTAND THE THINKING.
BUT I SAW THAT AND IT FELT A LITTLE BIT DIRTY.
JUST DON’T DO IT EVERY YEAR. OKAY? DON’T DO IT EVERY YEAR. ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS IS GREAT.
ROTATE AMONG CITIES, BUT DON’T… NO, PLEASE NO.
I TOOK OREGON. CAN I GIVE YOU ANOTHER SUB ON THAT TOPIC OF CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS? THERE
IS ENOUGH ASSUMPTION THAT USC’S DEFENSE WILL BE AWFUL ONCE AGAIN THAT I ALMOST WANT TO
ZAG HERE AND SAY USC LIKE SUB PREDICTION TO YOUR PREDICTION. USC’S DEFENSE WILL BE FINE.
THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE GREAT. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE GOOD. THEY ARE GOING TO BE FAR
LESS OF A TALKING POINT THIS YEAR. IF THEY’RE FINE, THEY MIGHT BE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. I
KNOW THEY WON’T BE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS AN OKAY DEFENSE JUST BECAUSE I’M NOT SOLD
ON THEM AS A COMPLETE TEAM AND I STAND IN A PLAYOFF. YOU STILL NEED A DEEP DEFENSE TO
WIN TWO GAMES, BUT I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO BE FINE. I DON’T THINK THEY’RE GOING TO BE
GOOD. I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO BE NOTHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO KIND OF GIGGLE ABOUT
AGAINST UTAH. YOU CAN SAY THAT ABOUT NEEDING A DEEP DEFENSE TO WIN A PLAYOFF GAME. BUT
LOOK AT THE SCORES IN THE PLAYOFF GAMES LAST YEAR. I KNOW IT WASN’T A WHOLE LOT OF DEFENSE.
THAT WAS MOSTLY OFFENSE. WELL, TCU WON THEIR GAME BECAUSE OF TWO PICK SIXES. SO I WOULD.
YEAH. ANYWAY, WHICH IS GOOD BY THE WAY. IF YOU CAN WIN A GAME WITH TWO PICK SIXES, THAT
MEANS YOU’RE A GOOD TEAM. I GOT GEORGIA. YEAH. I THINK I TOOK BAMA, RIGHT? I THINK I THINK
YOU TOOK BAMA. YEAH, I TOOK BAMA. THAT’S MY ZAG AS WELL. JUST BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT TO
DOUBT AND QUESTION ABOUT ALABAMA. BUT I THINK THAT DEFENSE, ESPECIALLY AFTER A COUPLE OF
WEEKS, I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE SCARY GOOD. AND I THINK WHOEVER STARTS AT QUARTERBACK,
EVEN IF THEY’RE LIMITED AS COMPARED TO WHAT THEY HAD WITH TWO AND MAC JONES AND BRYCE
YOUNG, I THINK THEY’LL STILL BE A B PLUS. I’VE GOT NUMBER ONE MICHIGAN OVER TEXAS IN
WHATEVER BOWL GAME, I’VE GOT NUMBER TWO GEORGIA
OVER FLORIDA STATE IN THE OTHER.
AND I’VE GOT MICHIGAN OVER GEORGIA
IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. – THAT’S INCREDIBLE.
THAT’S INCREDIBLE.
I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE THE WINTER WONDERS
TO BE A NATIONAL CHAMPION.
THE WINTER WONDERS OUT WIDE.
THE GRAVITATIONAL RECEIVERS THAT PUT THE FEAR OF LIFE
INTO DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS AND SAFETIES.
I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE THAT.
THEY DON’T HAVE JUSTIN ROSS.
– OKAY.
– THEY DON’T HAVE DEVONTA SMITH.
OKAY, NEXT NUMBER. – WHAT’S YOUR PICK?
DO YOU HAVE A PLAYOFF PICK, A CHAMPION PICK?
UM, I THINK I TOOK ALABAMA, GEORGIA, UH, MICHIGAN AND OREGON. I THINK THAT’S WHAT THOSE WERE
MY PLAYOFF PICKS WHEN WE DID THIS A COUPLE WEEKS AGO FOR BLEACHER REPORT. YEAH, UH, I
WOULD PROBABLY HAVE GEORGIA THREE REPEATING OVER. I DON’T KNOW, OREGON OR MICHIGAN, UH,
ONE THREE, FOUR, SIX, SEVEN, 11. LET’S GO. 11 BRENT KEY WILL BE THIS YEAR’S MIKE ELKO.
WOW. HOW ABOUT THAT? AND I KNOW HAYNES KING IS LIKELY STARTING AT QUARTERBACK. I JUST THINK
THERE’S GOING TO BE AN ENERGY TO GEORGIA TECH. I THINK THE CULTURE WILL BE IMPROVED. I THINK
THEY’RE GOING TO BE MORE COMPETENT EVERYWHERE. I THINK THEY’RE THEY’VE BEEN BUILT UP. THEY’VE
DONE ENOUGH IN THE PORTAL AND THE ACC IS WEIRD ENOUGH. AND LOOK, GEORGIA TECH ALWAYS HAS GEORGIA
TO FINISH OUT THE YEAR. THERE’S A LOT TO NOT LOVE ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SCHEDULE. BUT EVEN SO,
THERE’S CONTINUITY. I THINK THEY RETURN THEIR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. BY THE WAY,
ANDREW THACKER, I THINK IS HIS NAME. I ALWAYS LIKE DIGGING DOING MEDIUM DIVES ON PEOPLE.
AND ANDREW THACKER WAS WITH GEOFF COLLINS AT TEMPLE AND PLAYED AT FURMAN AND WAS A DOUBLE MAJOR IN
POLY SCI WHATEVER AND SPANISH. YEAH, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. I LOVE THAT THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
FOR GEORGIA TECH IS LIKELY FLUENT OR SEMI FLUENT IN SPANISH. SO THAT PUT ME OVER THE TOP. IT’S A
COMPLETELY WORTHLESS AND USELESS REASON TO THINK GEORGIA TECH WILL HAVE A NICE YEAR. BUT I THINK
I THINK THEY CAN MAKE A BOWL GAME AND WILL BE THIS YEAR’S.
– WOW, IF GEORGIA TECH MAKES A BOWL GAME,
YOU’RE NOT KIDDING ABOUT BRENT KEY.
– I’M JUST, I’M INTO ENERGY. – IT’S A TOUGH SCHEDULE.
– I’M INTO CULTURE, TY, I JUST AM.
AND I THINK THE FIGHT THEY SHOWED AT THE END OF LAST SEASON
I THINK CAN’T BE DISCOUNTED.
I’M IN ON GEORGIA TECH AS A CUTE STORY,
WHICH IN THIS CASE– – CUTE STORY, LOOK AT YOU.
– IN THIS CASE, I MEAN AS A COMPLIMENT.
MAYBE CUTE IS TOO DEMEANING A WORD.
I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO BE A QUALITY STORY.
– OKAY, WELL, I HOPE SO. – HOW ABOUT THAT?
– ‘CAUSE THEY’VE BEEN DOWN FOR A WHILE.
I’M NOT FULLY ON BOARD WITH THE WHOLE CULTURE THING.
CULTURE’S IMPORTANT, BUT GEOFF COLLINS ALSO BUILT
A PRETTY INTERESTING CULTURE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
WITH THE WAY HE STEERED INTO ATLANTA AND THE RECRUITING
AND TRIED TO SELL THE PROGRAM.
I THOUGHT HE DID AN OKAY JOB WITH THAT.
– THAT’S PUBLIC CULTURE.
I DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT.
I’M THINKING PRIVATE.
ALL RIGHT, ONE, SIX, OR 14?
– GIVE ME ONE.
A POWER NOT USED TO QUARTERBACK MEDIOCRITY
WILL EXPERIENCE IT.
GEORGIA, OHIO STATE, ALABAMA.
– I THINK IT’S MORE LIKELY
THAT WE SEE IT AT GEORGIA.
– CARSON BECK, LIKELY.
– I LIKE CARSON BECK A LOT TOO.
– AS DO I.
– I REALLY LIKE CARSON BECK
AND I THINK HE’S GONNA BE GOOD.
IF I AM SCORING THOSE THOUGH,
THE ONE THAT I’M MORE LIKELY TO SCORE
IS PROBABLY CARSON BECK AND GEORGIA.
AND EVEN IF HE IS MEDIOCRE,
THEY COULD STILL PROBABLY KEEP HIM IN THERE
AND GET AWAY WITH IT.
– OKAY.
– I THINK THEY’RE SO GOOD OTHERWISE ON THAT OFFENSE
THAT EVEN IF HE’S DROPPING BACK
AND THROWING 10 TIMES A GAME TO BROCK BOWERS
ON SHORT UNDERNEATH STUFF,
OR IF HE’S HANDING THE BALL OFF 40 TIMES A GAME,
LIKE MIKE BOBO HAS PLAYED THAT STYLE OF FOOTBALL
HE’S WON AND SCORED A LOT BEFORE. SO YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT AND IT MAY NOT MATTER IF GEORGIA IS
THE ANSWER. OKAY, THE THE REASON WHY I THINK GEORGIA IS THE ANSWER IS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE
THE UNQUESTIONED TOP OF THE SPORT RIGHT NOW. IT’S NOT THAT LONG AGO THAT KIRBY SMART HAD
KIND OF SERIOUS ISSUES MANAGING QUARTERBACKS BE IT FROM INJURY BE IT LIKE STETSON BENNETT
JT DANIELS, JAKE FROMM OVER JUSTIN FIELDS LIKE IT’S IT’S PART OF KIRBY SMART’S STORY THAT HE HAS
NEVER REALLY MAN HAS NOT HASN’T ALWAYS MANAGED A QUARTERBACK ROOM PROPERLY. AND SO THAT’S WHY I
THINK THE ANSWER IS THERE, EVEN THOUGH I THINK WE’RE BOTH IN AGREEMENT THAT CARSON BECK SHOULD
BE VERY GOOD. LET’S GO WITH NUMBER SIX. MIZZOU WILL HAVE A FUN, COMPETENT OFFENSE. HOW ABOUT
THAT SPICE TIE. THAT IS THAT’S TIME MEDIUM RIGHT THERE. THIS IS SORT OF UPON FURTHER REFLECTION.
THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT MIZZOU. I DON’T LOVE BRADY COOK, BUT I LIKE THAT. THEY MAKE MADE A
CHANGE, A COORDINATOR. I KIND OF LIKE ADDING FRESNO SPICE TO THINGS IN KIRBY MOORE. WELL,
THEY NEED AN IDENTITY. THEY NEED AN IDENTITY. THEY NEED AN IDENTITY. AND I DON’T KNOW IF BRINGING
KIRBY MOORE DOWN IS GOING TO HELP THEM DO THAT OR NOT. BUT THAT IS THAT IS LIKE THE TWO THINGS THAT
THE TWO THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MISSING,
AND I’VE SAID THIS TIME AND AGAIN ABOUT MIZZOU,
WE’VE TALKED ABOUT MIZZOU ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE TIMES NOW
IN THE PRESEASON.
THE TWO THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MISSING ON THE MIZZOU FRONT
HAVE BEEN HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING.
OVER THE LONG HAUL,
HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING HAS NOT BEEN WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE.
OBVIOUSLY, THEY GOT A PRETTY BIG PICKUP THIS WEEK
WHEN THEY GOT THE NUMBER ONE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
IN THE CLASS OF 2024.
SO THAT’S A BIG DEAL,
AND I THINK THERE ARE PROBABLY GONNA BE OTHER GUYS
THAT FOLLOW HIM TO COLUMBIA.
THAT WAS A BIG GET FOR ELI.
MY HUNCH IS THAT MAYBE THEY CAN SOLVE THAT SIDE
THAT THEY JUST HADN’T YET.
THE SECOND THING, AND ALMOST THE MORE PUZZLING THING,
IS THAT THEY HAVE NOT HAD AN IDENTITY ON OFFENSE.
AND IT REALLY IS CONFOUNDING,
GIVEN THE FACT THAT ELI DRINKWITZ CAME OVER
AND WAS SEEN AS A BIT OF AN OFFENSIVE GURU.
– YEAH.
– THAT WAS HIS CLAIM TO FAME.
SO YEAH, IF THEY CAN SORT THAT OUT,
MAYBE TAKING SOME OF THE PLAY CALLING,
SOME OF THE OFFENSIVE DUTIES AWAY FROM ELI DRINKWITZ
WILL HELP THAT OFFENSE THRIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE,
GIVE IT THE IDENTITY THAT IT NEEDS,
THEY JUST HAVE NOT HAD THAT. I THINK THEY’VE GOT PLAYMAKERS A RECEIVER. YEAH, THE ALWAYS
LUTHER BURDEN. THEY BROUGHT IN WHAT NATHANIEL PETE FROM THE WEST COAST. I JUST I THINK THEY’RE
INTERESTING ENOUGH PIECES AT MIZZOU. THEY’RE GONNA HAVE A FUN COMPETENT OFFENSE. ALL RIGHT,
SEVEN FOUR OR THREE. I ALREADY DID FOR SEVEN THREE OR OKAY. WE’VE GOT THREE SEVEN FOURTEEN
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN YEAR TO WILL BE BRIAN KELLY’S QUARTERBACK ISSUE YEAR AT LSU.
AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE OF JAYDEN DANIELS ENTRY HISTORY, GARRETT NUSSMEIER CEILING,
BOMBING IT DOWN THE FIELD AS LIKE A 2023. WHO WAS DOING THAT FOR PENN STATE? TRACE
MCSORLEY, EARLY TRACE MCSORLEY JUST BOMBING IT DOWN THE FIELD AGAINST WISCONSIN IN THE
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME? THAT’S THAT THERE IS SOME OF THAT TO GARRETT NUSSMEIER. HE’S GOT A
BIG ARM, LOVES GOING DOWNFIELD.
JAYDEN DANIELS, A LITTLE BIT MORE CONSERVATIVE.
LET’S SAY JAYDEN DANIELS TWISTS HIS ANKLE EARLY ON.
GARRETT NUSSMEIER COMES IN AND LOOKS REALLY GOOD.
– OH MAN. – AND THEN THERE’S THAT
QUESTION IN WEEK EIGHT OR SOMETHING.
– YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN ABOUT A YEAR OR TWO OFF
ON A LOT OF THESE. – YOU’RE A YEAR EARLY.
THAT’S ALL I WAS SAYING. – I’M A YEAR EARLY
ON A LOT OF THE STUFF THAT I’VE PUT OUT THERE.
– YEAH. – AND THAT’S BEEN
A CONTINUED TREND OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS.
I’M NOT ROOTING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN,
BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS.
BRIAN KELLY DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE
A QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY.
HE REALLY DOESN’T.
– YEAH.
– HE REALLY DOESN’T.
AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF THAT’S A CHARACTER FLAW.
FOR EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS-
– IT’S TOUGH.
– FOR EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS GUY-
– YEAH.
– AS LIKE THIS COLD BLOODED COACH
WHO’S WILLING TO MOVE ON A MOMENT’S NOTICE
AND SHOW UP AND TELL THE TEAM FOR FIVE MINUTES
AND THEN HOP IN THE PRIVATE JET
AND START DOING Y’ALL ON THE BASKETBALL COURT.
– MM-HMM.
– ALL THAT’S BEEN SAID ABOUT HOW HE IS COLD AND CALCULATED
AND SOMEBODY WHO IS NOT AUTHENTIC. UM, I THINK HE HAS A HARD TIME. I THINK HE FALLS IN LOVE
WITH ALL OF HIS QUARTERBACKS AND I DON’T THINK HE’S GOING TO KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THAT HAPPENS.
I THINK THE COUNTERPOINT IS IT WILL BE REALLY TOUGH NOW. TWO GOOD QUARTERBACKS, RIGHT? IT’S
A COUNTERPOINT. GREAT, GREAT POSITION TO BE IN. YEAH. THE, THE COUNTERPOINT WHERE IT IS,
WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT IAN BOOK VERSUS WHOEVER THE COUNTERPOINT IS WHEN YOU’VE GOT
JAYDEN DANIELS, GARRETT NUSSMEIER, THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD SPOT TO BE IN. BUT, UM,
I LIKE THAT PREDICTION. THAT IS THANK YOU. THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT MEDIUM SPICE. YEAH,
THAT’S TIME MEDIUM. YEAH, I DON’T THINK IT’S BECAUSE LIKE CLEARLY JAYDEN DANIELS IS A GUY
RIGHT NOW. CLEARLY HE IS, BUT I’M JUST SAYING THERE COULD BE A WINDOW THAT IS OPENED, RIGHT?
THERE COULD BE A LITTLE BIT OF A DRAFT COMING THROUGH. I LIKE THAT. THAT’S GOOD.
WHAT DO I GOT? THREE? THREE. FOURTEEN ARE THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIFIC ONES.
LET’S DO THREE. THREE. IT WILL BE MACK BROWN’S FINAL SEASON. IT WILL ALSO BE THE FINAL YEAR
OF ANOTHER ANOTHER ISH BECAUSE MACK BROWN’S ONLY BEEN THERE FOR A FEW YEARS, BUT ONE OF THE SUPER TENURED GUYS
SO THAT’S KYLE WHITTINGHAM, MIKE GUNDY, KIRK FERENTZ. I COULD SEE IT. I
COULD SEE IT WITH MACK
YOU SEE I THINK I SEE IT WITH MACK
YEAH
I CAN SEE IT WHEN YOU GET THE WHEN YOU GET THE COACHES COMPLAINING ABOUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL THESE DAYS
WHICH HE HAS OR LIKE WE’VE GOT ALL SORTS OF OFFERS OFFERING HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR OUR PLAYERS
I I DON’T KNOW. HE’S IN HIS EARLY 70S
I KNOW HE LOVES IT IN NORTH CAROLINA.
I DON’T THINK THE GAME HAS PASSED HIM BY.
I THINK WHAT THE REALITY OF THE GAME IS RIGHT NOW HAS TO BE SUPER FRUSTRATING FOR HIM AND
I JUST DON’T SEE IT WITH WHAT NORTH CAROLINA’S DEFENSE WILL PROBABLY LOOK LIKE THAT.
I JUST DON’T THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A FUN TIME COACHING NORTH CAROLINA THIS YEAR.
DRAKE MAY BE FUN AS HELL.
OH, OF COURSE, DRAKE MAY BE FUN AS HELL AND I DON’T EVEN WANT TO PLAY THE LOSING EFFORT
BECAUSE I THINK NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE FINE.
I THINK IT WILL BE VERY MUCH DRAKE MAYE
AGAINST HIS OWN DEFENSE THOUGH,
MUCH LIKE CALEB WILLIAMS VERSUS HIS OWN DEFENSE,
LIKE I SAID, WHEN I DID THE USC PREVIEW.
– YEAH.
– HE’S CONSTANTLY GONNA HAVE TO OUTSCORE
HIS OWN DEFENSE’S INEPTITUDE.
BEAR IN MIND, NORTH CAROLINA LOST A LOT IN THE SECONDARY,
LOST A LOT IN GENERAL ON THEIR DEFENSE,
BUT SO MUCH IN THE SECONDARY WITH GUYS TRANSFERRING OUT,
I JUST, I DON’T SEE NEW NAMES STEPPING IN
AND BEING ANY BETTER.
LIKE, THE STORY WITH NORTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN FOR A WHILE
THAT THEY’VE GOT A LOT OF TALENT,
ESPECIALLY ON DEFENSE.
THEY’VE GOT TALENT, THEY’VE RECRUITED TALENT.
THEY JUST HAVE NOT FOUND A WAY TO DEVELOP THAT TALENT.
I DON’T KNOW HOW NEW NAMES IN THIS CASE
MEAN A DIFFERENT OUTCOME.
IT’S A COACHING THING AT THIS POINT.
SO THAT’S AN INTERESTING TAKE.
I COULD SEE, I REALLY COULD.
– AND OF THOSE THREE,
WHITTINGHAM IS INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU COULD SEE ME LIKE,
LOOK, I’M SO PROUD OF WHAT I’VE ACCOMPLISHED
AND WHAT WE’VE ALL ACCOMPLISHED HERE IN SALT LAKE CITY,
BUT WITH THE TEAM JOINING A NEW CONFERENCE,
FELT LIKE THE RIGHT TIME TO GIVE A NEW NAME, A NEW FACE, A FRESH START IN THIS JOB. IT’S
JUST BECAUSE YOU HEARD WHISPERS ABOUT HIM RECENTLY. OBVIOUSLY, A CRAZY EMOTIONAL COUPLE
YEARS IN SALT LAKE CITY WITH THE ROSTER AND THE TRAGEDIES THERE. I JUST HAS TO BE EMOTIONALLY
EXHAUSTING AND HE’S DONE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB THERE. SO YEAH, ONE OF THOSE THREE NAMES,
OBVIOUSLY, WITH ALL THE NEPOTISM STUFF WITH BRIAN FERENCE AND A NEW AD AT IOWA THAT DOESN’T
SEEM LIKE A TAPE TAKE. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH OKLAHOMA STATE A DOWN YEAR LAST YEAR,
BUT CERTAINLY MIKE GUNDY HAS HAD AS MUCH SUCCESS AS 90% OF THE COACHES WHO’VE COME THROUGH
THE SPORT OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS. BUT YEAH, THAT THAT WAS MY TAKE THERE. NUMBER 14, CHARLES
HUFF IS GETTING A NEW JOB. YEAH, IN A GOOD WAY WITH WHAT HE DID AT MARSHALL, OBVIOUSLY
BEATING NOTRE DAME EARLY ON. I HAVEN’T MENTIONED IT LATELY, BUT FINISHES THE SEASON QUITE STRONG,
BEATING APP STATE, BEATING UCONN IN THE BOWL GAME. I LIKE CHARLES HUFF. I JUST THINK HIS
HIS REPUTATION IS GOING TO BE, I DON’T KNOW TO WHAT HEIGHTS HE ASCENDS AS A HEAD COACH,
BUT I THINK IF THEY WIN, YOU KNOW, EIGHT, NINE GAMES AT MARSHALL, HE’S JUST A YOUNG
UP AND COMER THAT HE’S JUST GOING TO GET, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY WITH, YOU KNOW, THE,
A TURBULENT ACC, YOU KNOW, IN THAT REGION, I, I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE A BIG NAME COME
THANKSGIVING TIME.
THREE OTHER NOTABLES HERE ON MY SIDE.
WE VENTURE A LITTLE BIT INTO FANTASY THINGS TERRITORY AT TIMES WITH THESE PREDICTIONS.
I WOULD DRAFT IF WE WERE DOING FANTASY THINGS LIVE, WHICH WE’RE NOT DOING THIS YEAR.
I WOULD DRAFT AS MY FIRST PICK THE MARCUS FREEMAN, GERAD PARKER.
THEY USED TO CARPOOL TO WORK TOGETHER WHEN THEY BOTH WERE AT PURDUE.
THAT’S GOOD.
I’M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW, THE ANNOUNCERS ARE GOING TO GET SO MUCH MILEAGE OUT OF THAT
FRIENDSHIP THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE SICK OF IT.
GET LIKE ONE OF THOSE WEIRD GRAPHICS WHERE IT’S LIKE PICTURES THAT ARE IN MOTION THAT
THEY’RE LIKE BOBBING IN THE SAME CAR. WHAT IS WHAT IS TO YOU ON THAT NOTE TIE? WHAT IS
THE MOST ALLURING ANNOUNCER NARRATIVE THAT COULD POSSIBLY EXIST RIGHT? SO YOU HAVE CARPOOLING.
YEAH, YOU COULD HAVE LIKE THE THE OLD TEXAS ROOMMATE THE THE COLT MCCOY, JORDAN SHIPLEY
ROOMMATE THING YOU DO. WHAT IS THE THE SINGLE MOST ALLURING THING THAT NO ANNOUNCER COULD
POSSIBLY PASS UP IN LEARNING A FUN FACT ABOUT A COACH OR A QUARTERBACK OR SOMEBODY THAT LIKE
IS GOING TO BE A TALKING POINT DURING THE GAME? I MEAN, IT’S ANY TYPE OF LEGACY SITUATION,
ANY TYPE OF ANY TYPE OF LEGACY SITUATION WITH, UH, YOU KNOW, MARCUS FREEMAN DIDN’T GO TO NOTRE
DAME, BUT HIS GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER DID, OR HE’S GOT A COUSIN TWICE REMOVED WHO WAS A PSYCHOLOGY
MAJOR AT NOTRE DAME. ANYTIME THERE IS THAT CONNECTIVE TISSUE FROM ONE GUY THAT YOU DIDN’T
DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TO HIS CURRENT OR ANOTHER JOB. THE ANNOUNCERS LOVE THAT STUFF. THEY
CAN’T HELP IT. SO YEAH, I MEAN, YOU HAVE THE LAURA QUINN STUFF WHERE THAT’S JUST ANY TIME,
BUT THAT IT’S THOSE TWO TEAMS PLAYING SPECIFICALLY. SO THAT GOT A LOT OF AIR. I THINK THE NUMBER
ONE UNAVOIDABLE, YOU JUST EVERY ANNOUNCER IS SEDUCED. IF YOU HAVE A SITUATION AND IT’S
ALREADY HAPPENED, I DON’T KNOW IF IT COULD HAPPEN AND MAYBE IT IS HAPPENING. THERE’S
A LOT OF QUALIFIERS HERE. IF YOU HAVE A ZACH THOMAS, JASON TAYLOR SITUATION, I THINK JASON
TAYLOR IF I I’M TRYING TO GET THIS RIGHT, I THINK JASON TAYLOR MARRIED ZACH THOMAS’S
SISTER. YEAH, AND THEY WERE ON THE SAME DEFENSE AND I WANT TO SAY IT ENDED BADLY. I THINK
THERE’S LAWSUIT STUFF. AND SO THEN IT WAS EX-BROTHER-IN-LAW IN THE SAME LOCKER ROOM.
BUT IF YOU HAD A COACH MARRYING A COORDINATOR SISTER, VICE VERSA, OR EVEN PLAYER MARRYING
A TEAMMATE SISTER OR ANYTHING IN THAT UNIVERSE, YEAH, I THINK YOU’RE 12 OUT OF 12 WEEKS, 12
OUT OF 12 WEEKS. IF IT’S A AN EYE ON TV GAME, IF IT’S A N S SPANIEL GAME, LIKE I BELIEVE
WHAT WHO’S PLAYING THE EXCLUSIVE SPANISH MATCHUP FRESNO STATE, I THINK TO START THE YEAR, UM,
NO MATTER WHO IT IS. SO THAT WOULD GIVE YOU A WIFE AND A SPOSA. UM, IT WOULD BE A HUNDRED
PERCENT LIKELIHOOD. YEAH. I MEAN, THE OTHER THING I THINK IN THE 2023 SEASON IS GOING
TO BE REFERENCES TO THE NEW LOOK OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN 2024. YES. LOOKING AHEAD TO 24,
WHETHER IT’S THE CONFERENCES AND THE WAY THAT THEY’VE REALIGNED, WHETHER IT’S THE NEW PLAYOFF
SYSTEM, IT’S GOING TO BE IRRESISTIBLE. IT’S, IT IS THE SUBJECT THAT’S ON THE TIP OF EVERYBODY’S
TONGUE. WE’RE KIND OF SICK OF TALKING ABOUT IT AT THIS POINT. HOW MANY IF GAME DAY HAS
SIX COUNTRY ARTISTS AS GUEST PICKER, HOW MANY WILL YOU HAVE HEARD OF OR COULD PICK LIKE
OUT OF A LINEUP COULD PICK OUT OF A LINEUP? PROBABLY ZERO OUT OF SIX. I THINK I COULD
GO ONE. NO CHANCE NOW BECAUSE ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO BE KENNY CHESNEY. I KNOW I VAGUELY
YOU KNOW WHAT KENNY CHESNEY LOOKS LIKE?
YEAH.
I’M NOT SURE I COULD PICK KENNY CHESNEY OUT OF A LINEUP.
HE’S JUST A BALD DUDE.
COWBOY HAT.
I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT.
I JUST REALLY, I HAD NO IDEA.
THAT’S WILD.
OKAY.
WHO’S THE GUY WHO DID THE NATIONWIDE COMMERCIALS?
THAT’S THE GUY I KNOW.
BRAD.
BRAD PAISLEY.
YEAH.
HE, I COULD PICK HIM OUT, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT HIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL APTITUDE IS.
BRAD PAISLEY, I BELIEVE MARRIED TO THE BRIDE OF FATHER OF THE BRIDE.
THERE’S A FUN FACT.
THAT’S A FUN FACT.
THAT’S ALL I KNOW ABOUT HIM.
REALLY.
DRAFT ANY REFERENCE ON THE BROADCAST TO YOUR POINT OF MICHIGAN’S OFFSEASON MANTRA.
WHICH IS?
BEAT GEORGIA.
ALL RIGHT, THAT THEY ADDED A BEAT GEORGIA PERIOD IN ADDITION TO THE BEAT OHIO PERIOD. YEAH.
BEAT GEORGIA.
YEAH, THAT’S GOOD.
I WILL TAKE THE OVER ON THE BRIAN FERENTZ 25 POINTS PER GAME THING.
BECAUSE OF THE FERENTZ FLUFF UPS.
THE FERENTZ FLUFF UPS.
I THINK WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE FERENTZ FLUFF UPS AND TAKE OVER
IN THOSE IOWA GAMES WHEN THEY’RE PLAYING A NOBODY AND THEY NEED TO DRIVE UP THE POINT TOTAL SO THAT
HE CAN STAY AROUND FOR NEXT SEASON. I WONDER IF IT WAS SAID LIKE BIG TEN AVERAGE 25 A GAME. NO,
IT WASN’T. IT WAS ACROSS THE BOARD. ACROSS THE BOARD. IT IS MEANINGFUL FOR IOWA TO STOP IOWA
STATE IF THEY CAN. THE CY-HAWK GAME. OKAY. ALL RIGHT. AND MY FINAL PREDICTION HERE, AND I HATE
TO END ON A SOUR NOTE, BUT THAT’S JUST THE WAY THIS WORKED OUT. I’VE GOT NEAL BROWN AS THE FIRST
FIRST COACH GETTING FIRED.
AND MAYBE AFTER WEEK THREE WITH THE BACKYARD BRAWL.
– I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY OWE HIM.
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT.
I HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT,
SO I’M NOT GONNA MAKE A PREDICTION THERE.
I HAVE TWO POSITIVE THINGS TO END IT ON.
– LET’S DO IT.
LET’S DO TWO PALATE CLEANSERS.
TWO PALATE CLEANSERS.
– NUMBER 15, TY WILL SHOOT A TOURNAMENT-WINNING 77
IN HOUSTON, AND IT WILL BE CAPTURED IN 4K.
I DON’T KNOW WHO’S IN THE SOLID VERBAL INVITATIONAL,
BUT WE’RE HAVING IT.
– YOU’RE REFERRING TO THE SOLID VERBAL GOLF INVITATIONAL?
– YES.
– IS THERE SOMETHING YOU THINK WE CAN PULL OFF?
– YEAH, WHY NOT?
– I DID SEND TWEETS OUT ABOUT A WEEK AGO TO BUD ELLIOTT.
– IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NICE, THE COURSE.
– NO, NO, NO.
– WE CAN FIND A MUNI SOMEWHERE IN HOUSTON.
– I SENT A TWEET OUT TO BUD AND BY EXTENSION, TOM FORNELLI
FROM OUR FRIENDS OVER AT COVER 3 AND CBS.
– YEAH.
– AND BOTH OF THEM ARE IN.
NICOLE AUERBACH FROM THE ATHLETIC,
NEW NBC SPORTS INSIDER, NICOLE AUERBACH.
SHE RESPONDED THAT SHE’D BE IN.
I’M NOT SURE IF RICHARD WILL BE AROUND FROM SPLIT ZONE,
BUT IF HE’S AROUND,
HE AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET TOGETHER
ALL SUMMER TO GOLF.
– BRUCE GOLFS, BRUCE FELDMAN GOLFS.
– YEAH, I THINK WE CAN FIND THIS.
– YEAH, THE SOLID VERBAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL PODCASTING
GOLF INVITATIONAL.
DON’T COUNT THE SYLLABLES,
BUT HOPEFULLY ENOUGH STAR POWER ON HAND
THAT WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
77?
– 77.
I’M GONNA HAVE TO HIT THE SIM HERE
BECAUSE IT’S GONNA GET COLD
AND I’LL PROBABLY BE OUT OF FORM.
– THAT’S TRUE.
– AT THAT POINT.
– I’LL GIVE YOU, I MEAN, I’LL GIVE YOU COURT,
LIKE A TIME ON THE RANGE BEFOREHAND.
I’M NOT GONNA ASK YOU TO GO RIGHT OUT TO THE FIRST TEE.
– I’LL FIGURE IT OUT.
I’LL FIGURE IT OUT.
I’LL STAY LOOSE WITH LIKE SIMULATORS AND STUFF AROUND HERE
IN THE MEANTIME.
– OKAY.
– BUT 77, OKAY.
– FINAL PREDICTION ALSO IN HOUSTON,
VAN RUBENSTEIN PART TWO MIGHT BECOME SO BIG
THAT WE’LL NEED TO RENT A SHORT BUS.
(LAUGHING)
THAT’S ULTIMATELY MY DREAM THAT WE HAVE TO HIRE A SHORT BUS
COMPLETE WITH DRIVER AND THAT I GET THE PA.
– FOLKS– – THAT WOULD BE FUN.
WE DID.
– NEXT PLACE WE’RE GOING TO IS AN ALPASTOR SPECIALTY SPOT.
– WE JOKED ABOUT THIS ON ONE OF THE BREW AND A’S THAT WE DID
OVER AT VERBALLERS.COM.
IT IS 100% TRUE THAT AFTER THE LAST VAN RUBENSTEIN
THAT WE DID, WE, HONEST TO GOODNESS,
WERE EATING AT SOME PLACE THE NEXT DAY
AND LOOKED TO SEE IF WE COULD RENT THE ZERO GRAVITY.
– YEAH, THAT’S TRUE, THE PLANE, YEAH.
– TO DO THE PREVIEW IN ZERO GRAVITY.
AND IT COSTS LIKE 20,000 BUCKS PER PERSON.
– WAS IT 20K PER?
– I THINK IT WAS 20K PER, THE PLACE THAT WE FOUND ON GOOGLE.
– YEAH, I THINK I FOUND LIKE A REAL CHEAP OPTION
FOR LIKE 12 K, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S A, AN EXCURSION YOU WANT TO GO CHEAP ON.
YOU WANT TO DO THE CHEAP OPTION WITH THAT? I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S INVOLVED.
ASK YOUR BROTHER WHAT’S INVOLVED WITH ZERO GRAVITY. WELL, WE COULD, YOU KNOW WHAT? WE
COULD ALSO TRY BECAUSE IT’S HOUSTON. I WONDER IF WE COULD GET ACCESS TO LIKE THE ASTRONAUT
TRAINING WHERE YOU DO LIKE THE SUPER FAST SPINS AND EVERYTHING. IT’S THE ZERO GRAVITY
TRAINING RATHER THAN ACTUALLY GOING ZERO GRAVITY AND EVERYBODY’S JUST HURLING LIKE WE’RE ON
THE SANDLOT AS WE’RE PREDICTING, YOU KNOW, GEORGIA, ALABAMA AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
THAT WOULD BE FUN. WE WE ARE THE ONLY SHOW THAT CAN PULL OFF THE STUNT PREVIEW. YEAH.
AND I YEAH, IT’S A NEAR CERTAINTY THAT WE’RE GOING TO ARI WASSERMAN PUKING UP CARNITAS.
YEAH, SHOUT OUT ARI WASSERMAN, BUT HE WOULD BE THE ONE TO PUKE UP THE CARNITAS ZERO GRAVITY
TRAINING SPINNER. WE ARE WILLING TO TAKE YOUR SUGGESTIONS. YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. SOLIDVERBAL@GMAIL.COM FOR
WHAT OUR STUNT PREVIEW SHOULD BE.
YEP.
IN ADVANCE OF THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
BUT RIGHT NOW THE LEADING CONTENDER I THINK IS PROBABLY VAN RUBENSTEIN: PART 2, THOUGH
WE’VE HAD MANY MANY IDEAS BOUNCING AROUND ABOUT SPACE.
TACOS ARE SUCH A GREAT CRAWL FOOD.
THEY ARE.
HOUSTON HAS GREAT TACOS.
SO I DON’T KNOW WE’LL SEE WE’LL FIGURE IT OUT.
SOLVERBAL@GMAIL.COM IS THE EMAIL. MAKE SURE YOU HIT FOLLOW OR SUBSCRIBE GO TO VERBALLERS.COM
WE’RE GOING TO BE UPDATING PATREON HOPEFULLY NEXT WEEK AS YOU LISTEN TO THIS.
FOLLOW ALONG ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WATCH ALONG ON YOUTUBE, SMASH THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON,
AS KIDS LIKE TO SAY. YEAH.
THOSE ARE OUR PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2023 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON FOR THAT GUY
OVER THERE. MY GOOD FRIEND, DAN RUBENSTEIN.
FOR MYSELF, TY HILDENBRANDT.
WE’LL TALK TO YOU ALL SOON. IN THE MEANTIME, STAY SOLID. PEACE.

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