College Football,Preseason Talk

2016 Awards Watchlist: The One-Hit Wonder

14 Jul , 2016  

To kick off the 2016 season, we’re introducing a slough of awards for the year — and with them, our preseason watchlist for each.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest! Today: The Tommy Tutone One-Hit Wonder Award.

In football, as in music, every so often we get a big hit out of nowhere: the Cinderella story of a historically meh team that rises above its station to capture the attention of the media. These teams typically feast on early season under-performers to reach the Top 10, then flame out once they hit the meat of the schedule. Even if they make the big time (a CFP bowl game), they are usually back in the throes of mediocrity by the next season.

Who will be this year’s Right Said Fred of college football?  Here’s our pre-season picks for…

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The Tommy Tutone One-Hit Wonder Award

Because nothing says “fade back into obscurity” like Wake Forest.

  • Pitt — Most famous in recent memory for denying West Virginia a shot at a national championship in 2007, they have a returning QB with high expectations. Plus a date with a team that (last year excepted) was known for flubbing games mid-season (Clemson).
  • Houston — From Andre Ware and David Klingler to Case Keenum, Houston rides big-name QBs to the dizzying heights of near-greatness before the lure of NFL smacks them back into place.
  • Rutgers — Greg Schiano managed to get Rutgers on the national radar just long enough to earn an NFL job. Could Chris Ash be next?  Tampa Bay fans certainly hope so…
  • Minnesota — The Rutgers of the Big 10 “Champleaders” Division.
  • Washington — Like Georgia, it seems like every season is “their season” to really take off.  Unlike Georgia, they don’t actually win very many games.

Who are your preseason favs to be the one-hit wonder of 2016? Call us at 867-5309, leave us a comment here, or post on social media. Catch all of our 2016 awards watchlists, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to nominate your favorite players!

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2016 Awards Watchlist: The Brodie Parker McCoker Award

12 Jul , 2016  

To kick off the 2016 season, we’re introducing a slough of awards for the year — and with them, our preseason watchlist for each.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest!  Today, we present:

The Brodie Parker McCoker Game Manager of the Year Award

Scraggly mop of frat bro hair optional.

Brandon Harris (LSU) — Leonard Fournette is going to get Derrick Henry level carries this year, which means Harris only needs to step it up when/if Fournette gets shut down (ahem, 2015 vs. Bama). His 2015 numbers look like they’re from a Doug Nussmeier led offense: 148-of-276 passes (53.6%) for 2,158 yards (7.8 YPA) with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Some Dude (Stanford) — This offense has Christian Friggin’ McCaffrey. We didn’t even bother looking up the quarterback’s name.

Greyson Lambert (QB, UGA) — Lambert isn’t a playmaker, much less a game-changer, and yet Georgia fared well last year. That’s pretty much the epitome of a Game Manager.

(QB, Alabama) Be it Cooper Bateman or newcomer Blake Barnett, one thing is for sure…they are just the next player up in a LONG-ASS lineage of Game Managers.

Who are your preseason favs to win the nearly-illustrious Brodie Parker McCoker? Leave us a comment here, or on social media. Catch all of our 2016 awards watchlists, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to nominate your favorite players!

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2016 Awards Watchlist: The Ninj-eisman

11 Jul , 2016  

The Christian McCaffrey Ninj-eisman

Given annually to the dude what comes from nowhere to super-hype seemingly overnight.

To kick off the 2016 season, we’re introducing a slough of awards for the year — and with them, our preseason watchlist for each.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest!

Our Watchlist (see if you can figure which one is Jeremy’s)

  • Nathan Peterman (QB, Pitt) — Pitt surprises everyone by running through the weak Coastal division of the ACC off Peterman’s hot hand and a strong run game. Also, his name sounds like a fictional Seinfeld character.
  • John Franklin III (QB, Aub) — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…..Auburn picks up a JUCO QB who formerly played at a big time school but left for whatever reason and made their way to the Lovliest Little Football Rehab on the Plains. Gus Malzahn has a way to take second-hand players and turn them into stars.
  • Mitch Trubisky (QB, UNC) — If I’m going to be stuck in basketball country and listen to people talk about North Carolina teams like they’re real entities, then so are you. Larry Fedora has been building a fairly stable program, and the Tar Heels might be on the verge of pulling off something special this year.  (see also: Pitt, weak Coastal division)

Who are your preseason favs to win the Ninj-eisman? Leave us a comment here, or on social media. Catch all of our 2016 awards watchlists, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to nominate your favorite players!

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2016 Preseason Awards Watchlist – Crab Legs of Destiny

8 Jul , 2016  

 

As the mayflies die out, the ticks become more aggressive, and the long muggy summer drags slowly towards the finish line of Autumn, so too does Igno Rants of College Football emerge from its long off-season hibernation.

To kick off the 2016 season, we’re introducing a slough of awards for the year — and with them, our preseason watchlist for each.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest!

The Jameis Winston “Crab Legs of Destiny” Award

This award is given to the player whose off-the-field antics represents a significant proportion of their total media coverage. Named for none other than FSU’s own “Famous” Jameis Winston, this award represents the pinnacle of “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.”  Unless it lands you with Tampa Bay. In that case, it sucks real bad.

The Watchlist

  • Kenny Hill (QB, TCU) — Famously flamed out at the school that made Johnny Manziel a hero. Still playing in the lawless Republic of Texas. (See: Baylor)
  • Dalvin Cook (RB, FSU) — What Texas is for lawlessness, Florida is for reckless stupidity. Bonus: hails from Miami.
  • The entire Colorado roster — Buff’s history + legal weed = Rocky Mountain High baby!
  • Anyone featured in the Netflix documentary “Last Chance U”

Catch all of our 2016 awards watchlists, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to nominate your favorite players!

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