College Football Top 25 Preview- Countdown #25

College Football Top 25 Preview- Countdown #25

 

 

 

We are about 25 days away from college football’s first weekend so it is time to get some preview work in.

Mississippi State #25

They started so well last season with a 9-0 start and was the #1 team in the nation for awhile. Coach Dan Mullen then saw his team finish at 1-2 and a loss in the Orange Bowl to Georgia Tech 49-34.

So now they are attempting to repeat that start and use senior quarterback Dak Prescott to build on his 41 touchdowns and 4.435 yards from last season. One thing that will hurt them is losing three members of their offensive line but will count on a trio of receivers to score points. Fred Ross, De’Runnya Wilson and freshman Dontavian Lee will be the target of many passes from Prescott.

On the defensive side of the ball Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond return to the corner spots. Gerri Green, freshman middle linebacker will make the loss of Benardrick McKinney to the NFL much easier to take. He is 243 pounds and can run the 40-yard dash in 4.57.

The schedule is tough. Maybe it is even brutal. There may be as many as six teams on their schedule that are better than they are. Week 2 finds them hosting LSU and then later in the season they are playing Auburn and Texas A&M back-to-back. In November they will take the field against Missouri and Alabama at home on face Arkansas and Ole Miss on the road.

Schedule:

Sept 5  @ Southern Miss

Sept. 12 LSU

Sept. 19 Northwestern State

Sept. 26  @ Auburn

Oct. 3    @ Texas A&M

Oct. 10   Troy

Oct. 17   Louisiana Tech

Oct. 24   Kentucky

Nov. 5  @ Missouri

Nov. 14   Alabama

Nov. 21   @Arkansas

Nov. 28  Ole Miss

 

Prediction: 7-5

 

first one out: Tennessee

Seriously, Why do Schools have Mascots?

Seriously, Why do Schools have Mascots?

 

How does a guy in a mountain lion suit inspire a shrine, a book, and 107,000 screaming fans? There’s something about mascots that stir up powerful emotions. Penn State’s Nittany Lion is a larger-than-life symbol of the pride that fans feel, says Jackie Esposito, University Archivist and co-author of The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale. “Mascots embody that desire to support your school and are a visual representation of what we believe to be the best parts of our school or organization,” she says.

Penn State’s Nittany Lion mascot does one-handed pushups for fans after a touchdown vs. Notre Dame.

One of the most famous mascots was Old Abe the bald eagle, who was said to have called out a fierce battle cry as she circled the sky above her regiment, the 8th Wisconsin infantry. After the war, young men carried on the inter-state competition through sports. “Historically, post-Civil War was when intercollegiate athletic games and rivalries emerged,” Esposito says. Some mascots even trace their names to the war. For example, Illinois College’s teams are known as “The Blueboys,” or “The Lady Blues,” nicknames that began when many of the college’s students volunteered for the blue-uniformed Union army.

 

Schools or teams become embodied in their mascots. While many schools choose lions or panthers or bears for their fierceness or physical strength, other mascots convey decidedly different qualities. One such belongs to the University of California-Santa Cruz-Sammy the Banana Slug. “It sounds funny,” says Esposito, “but this mascot denotes something about the school.” With an emphasis on science and conservation, UCSC describes itself as “nestled in the redwood forests,” which is the slug’s home. Another example of an “anti-mascot” is found at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which doesn’t have an athletic program, but does boast…The Fighting Pickle.

College Basketball- Top 50 Players in 2015- #50

College Basketball- Top 50 Players in 2015- #50

The idea of ranking players becomes very subjective and always open for debate. But to do this, you have to start somewhere. Here we go…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#50- Rico Gathers 6’8″ 280 lbs.

Rico Gathers, F, Baylor – Ricardo Darnell Gathers

 Born Jan. 7, 1994, in New Orleans, La.

Son of Richard Sr. and Janice Gathers

Father is cousin of late Loyola Marymount All-American basketball player Hank Gathers

Finance major.

 

Gathers is a big bruising forward that has played in all 75 games of his college career but played behind Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin so he only started 3 games. Included in his stats are seven double-doubles and ranked fourth in the nation with one offensive rebound per minute. Two-time Gatorade Louisiana High School Player of the Year.

Season gp gs min min avg pts pts avg fgm fga fg% 3-pt fg 3-pt fga 3-pt fg%
2012-13 37 2 617 16.7 210 5.7 83 158 .525 0 0 .000
2013-14 38 1 678 17.8 245 6.4 80 169 .473 0 0 .000
2014-15 13 13 357 27.5 125 11.6 44 103 .427 0 0 .000

 

 

SEC College Football Preview

SEC College Football Preview

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, just a note for clarification before I start. This blog will be primarily about football for quite awhile. I will rejoin politics as it gets closer to some kind of meaningful election.

Today, I will examine the SEC. For awhile they had dominance over the college sport of football but the past few years they have come up short. It is the premier conference in the United States and has the most teams that are very, very good. In 2015, the preseason finds them having seven teams listed in the Top 25 polls.

In the East, we have a dogfight between two top teams and I am going with Georgia. They will miss Todd Gurley for about 2 seconds until Nick Chubb breaks loose and runs all over the conference. Tennessee is everyones’ darling team with Butch Jones as head coach and has many believing in them. Florida comes third this year and will need to be tough down the stretch.

My EAST picks:

Georgia 10-3

Tennessee 9-4

Florida 9-4

Missouri 7-5

South Carolina 7-5

Kentucky 6-6

Vanderbilt 3-9

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The West is tough. I don’t like picking against Alabama but I really like the Auburn team. The difference maker to me will be Freshman POY Jovon Robinson and his running back play along with the breakout player Jeremy Johnson. I believe the comeback players will be Carl Lawson.

My WEST picks:

Auburn 11-1

Alabama 11-2

Arkansas 9-3

Ole Miss 9-3

LSU 8-4

Texas A&m 7-5

Mississippi State 6-6

 

AWARD WINNERS

Offensive Player of the Year- Nick Chubb

runner-up= Dak Prescott

Defensive POY- Derek Bennett

Coach- Butch Jones

Top Freshman- Jovon Robinson

Breakout- Jeremy Johnson

Comeback POY- Carl Lawson

 

 

I will get more in-depth with player analysis as we get closer to the start of the college season.

 

Next- Big Ten

 

 

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