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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:45 pm

Image In 2009, the Mountain West had one of its best seasons on record. TCU went 12-1 and finished sixth in the AP poll, BYU went 11-2 and finished 12th, and Utah went 10-3 and finished 18th. The conference’s average S&P+ rating was a healthy minus-0.3, only about a touchdown behind the Pac-12, which had finished with only one AP-ranked team.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:50 pm

Image It's never a good sign when a school has to issue a statement explaining why its head coach isn't going to be fired at the end of a losing season. UNLV coach Tony Sanchez got the vote of confidence to close the 2019 season, which likely means he has one more season to deliver wins or he will be fired.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:08 pm

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A Hawaii season is a journey, both literally and figuratively.

First, your non-conference schedule is going to be a strange cocktail of Pac-12 opponents (the Warriors have played 15 games against the conference over the last 10 years), trips to Big Ten heavyweights (Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State), service academies, FCS opponents from Duquesne to UC Davis, and whatever mid-majors are willing to schedule home-and-homes (lots of indies, from BYU to UMass).

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:12 am

Image Just a little bit more offense. That’s all it would have taken to make 2018 a special year for the Cal Bears.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:47 am

Image fter losing to Ohio State in 2014’s national title game, Oregon’s level of play plummeted. From 13-2 and fifth in S&P+, they fell to 9-4 and 19th in 2015, then 4-8 and 55th in 2016. Mark Helfrich was fired and replaced by Willie Taggart, but while Taggart engineered a bit of a rebound (7-6 and 37th), he also left for Florida State after one year. Former FIU head coach and Taggart assistant Mario Cristobal was tasked with continuing the ascent while working through all the culture and chemistry issues that can arise when a program goes through three head coaches in three seasons.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:57 am

Image Mike Riley’s first season as Oregon State head coach was a challenge, but he had to know it would be.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:06 am

Image Football is a messy, small-sample activity that rarely leaves us with crystal-clear answers. You lose games to lesser teams, you beat better teams, and because we’re dealing with a 12-game regular season and not, say, 82 or 162, we learn to live with the lack of transitive clarity.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:10 am

Image Imagine going back in time to 2008, running into some Washington fans at the tail end of their 0-12 campaign under Ty Willingham, and telling them that in a decade’s time, their Huskies would be...

winning double-digit games each year,
taking two of three conference titles (don’t tell them it’s the Pac-12, let’s throw just one thing at them at a time),
dominating the Apple Cup (six wins in a row and counting),
improving their recruiting almost every year (from an average ranking of 28.8 nationally from 2014-17, to 16th in back-to-back years in 2018-19),
... and that they’d maybe feeling the slightest bit underwhelmed by it all.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:23 pm

Image Each year, it seems Mike Leach becomes a little more Mike Leach.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:12 am

Image A year ago, I said, “if Chip Kelly’s UCLA isn’t the most fascinating team in the Pac-12, Arizona is.” Kevin Sumlin came to town with a track record for first-year success and inherited both a quarterback who was by far the most exciting player in the conference in 2017 and a defense that might have been the conference’s worst.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:17 am

Image Once the smoke had cleared and the gross MBA jargon had been fumigated from the premises, Herm Edwards’ first season at Arizona State was startlingly normal.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:23 am

Image Mel Tucker likely recognizes good coaching when he sees it.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:26 am

Image It takes a certain anti-social — damn near sociopathic — tendency to commit to new ideas the way Chip Kelly does. In both success and failure, his commitment to a plan has defined his career.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:34 am

Image In last year’s USC preview, I wrote about how a coach’s third year in charge of the Trojans tends to tell the tale. Clay Helton better hope that does not hold true.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:39 am

Image A mere seven years ago, the Golden State Warriors were a basketball afterthought. They had some intriguing young talent, but they had just finished up their fourth consecutive losing season and had been to the playoffs only once in 19 years. There wasn’t much history here — they hadn’t been to even a Western Conference final since 1976 — and there was definitely no blue-blood status.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:46 am

Image Our college football 2019 season preview issue is here, which means we're checking in with all 25 teams from SI's official preseason Top 25 ranking. What do you need to know about each of this year's top contenders, from top-ranked Alabama down to Stanford? We'll be rolling out scouting reports for each team over the next two weeks, all of which are being collected here. Next up, it's No. 10 Florida.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:51 am

Image This is Kirby Smart's fourth year as Georgia’s head coach, and the feeling around the program is different. It's calm. There's a sense that things have truly settled in. The offseason saw two big changes, as both coordinators left, but when Smart replaced them both from within, he opted for continuity, showing confidence in himself and his process.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:56 am

Image Following the program's best season in more than 40 years, it is a time of transition for Kentucky.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:02 am

Image Not that Mizzou fans have noticed. The Tigers’ 2015 collapse coincided with the Mizzou racial protests and the football team’s brief boycott; due to either or both of those causes, attendance has dipped 21 percent since 2014.

Maybe the emergence of a new rival — the NCAA — can help spur some energy.

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Re: 2019 College Football Season

Post by Hachiko » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:11 am

Image Will Muschamp likes his team entering his fourth year at South Carolina.

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