Okay, I just want to take a quick second here and welcome everybody that is tuning in on SportsCastr, Uh, got great support over there.
This is our second week over there, but talking about the college football national championship game last night, it was an amazing game.
And through through 3/4 it felt like it was fairly close.
Even though I don't think it really waas even when l s u went down when they were, you know, down by one point, something I had Ah, they went down.
They still still, um I didn't really I really didn't see any other outcome than l s u winning this game because there have been times.
It just seems like Clemson was trying to throw out their whole bag of tricks right from the get go, You know, all the stuff right from the get go.
To get the spark offensively really wasn't working defensively.
They were in a 317 which is a really different kind of exotic look.
You had three down rushers, one linebacker, and then you have, you know, seven defensive backs.
So that automatically now you're playing 2 to 3 guys that don't normally play.
So did it work for a little while? Yeah, I worked in the first quarter.
Uh, Ellis, you didn't score till amid mid end of the first quarter.
Ah, I think clumps came right back.
Um, but it was It was awesome.
It was It was really a fun game to watch.
I can't say it wasn't entertaining.
I don't see, I didn't see at any point in time where I thought Clemson was going or Ah, that Ellis you was gonna lose.
It was fun to watch.
And even even in ah, even in the fourth quarter before that final dagger touchdown to put him up 42 25.
It felt like maybe Clemson could muster up one of these comebacks that they've had Ah, several different times this year.
Just looking a couple weeks ago.
Maybe it was months ago when they played Ohio State.
It was so weird, you know, yesterday and today to be at the shrine game and be like, Yeah, so we have five guys that are on these two teams.
They're supposed to show up.
Ah, this week, Um, and a couple of them still are.
Ah, but we're gonna watch the national championship game side.
So it was just the championship game was so late.
So my my worries.
Now, if we move it to eight teams, that means we're looking at, you know, the wait Mason 20 something of of January before you're playing the national championship game.
So it gets in the way of some of these other opportunities.
No, probably not done after you because and I'll get back to being serious.
Totally serious now that the the pushback of the national championship game, which was a quirk of the calendar.
Um, it's initially the semifinals were supposed to take place on New Year's Eve.
Well, when the committee cultural play of committee or the people that operated crossover playoff, huh? That group had such a bad rating situation with New Year's Eve last year.
They moved the games back to Saturday the 28 and by the time they did that, it was actually too late to move the championship game back to January the sixth, which is where it should have been.
Yeah, um and so it resulted in a two week because if the if the semi files have been New Year's Eve, the pilot would have been they couldn't do it on the 13th.
Emily would have been five days between between Gay didn't want to do that, do that close.
So in the future and Ivan, I have not seen what the ratings were for the Saturday semifinals.
I thought it was great.
I mean, I thought it was It was It was It was fantastic because, um, they kept it away from the phone football stuff.
So they had. They had the stage all to themselves.
I thought it was great.
It was a great great after an evening of football.
Ah, and so that so if they go to 18 you're really not gonna mess with the schedule.
I think if they go to a team, what I understand is they're gonna They're gonna try to find a way to do away with these conference championship games, which, for the most part, are just, you know, another mother money grab.
But if you have, if you have the quarter finals of the national of the playoffs, I think that will offset some of that.
But you got the F C championship, which has been around for almost 30 years now.
They were the ones that started that.
You know, you once again, you have to get some of these conferences on board for that.
Yeah, they got him on board.
It's the big hold up.
Initially for the playoff was was, uh, with a bet packed Pac 12 and Big 10.
You want to preserve the the Rose Bowl? And so they worked around that father waited to make that work.
And, uh, could you remember during the DCs era, there were a few times when the two best teams weren't playing Yeah, for the national championship because the Big 10 attack 12 didn't get on board.
So later on, they preserved the Rose Bowl.
So, uh, you know, there was that.
So we'll say, I think we'll go this late again.
I you know, I hope I hope they don't go displayed again because it interferes with other things.
I think it takes a little bit from the game.
I mean, you know the teams and getting back to game.
I thought I agree with you.
I would sit there in the third quarter thinking, Wow, it actually was talking to my wife about it.
We were watching it, and they were like, Wow, this is a really good day.
I mean, this is what we wanted to, not you.
I cooked chicken wings and shrimp and we had a big you know, we have a big thing on the big day, big games and stay with the Super Bowl.
So when the game is compelling and good, it's really fun, right? Yeah.
You usually have something going on.
You either ordered in you having a party or something like that? It was really cool.
Um, I thought that the officiating was spotty at best.
I thought impact swell crew was in over their head.
They don't need.
That was that was part of the problem coming into the game.
Ah, they had had criticism about the back 12 officiating throughout the year and the fact that they were officiating the game coming in.
Ah, yes, I know many had reservations of Ah, about that, but I mean, the ratings were for ah, why not put a But why not put a big? This is the best officiating in the country is in the big town.
I mean, I've been watching, but I walked a lot of football.
It, I think, is a lot of I think it's in part because when they scheduled the crew, they thought Ohio State was going to be in the national championship game.
So they wanted a neutral conference.
Yeah, I I think that's what it waas again.
They're not going to say that Well, right? Yeah, right.
There was no Pac 12 team in the in the in the in the playoffs, but exactly so that.
And so that set of that targeting call against the Clemson defender in the third quarter that resulted in his ejection was ridiculously bad.
That board the whole game and that wasn't even called on the field.
That was the replay guys calling that play.
There was no there was no flag on the play that was not targeting.
I'm sorry, I I disagree wholeheartedly with the rules of food that was in the boot.
That may have been a letter of that of the of the rule, but that was not the intent of the rules, that it is not what they were trying to legislate out of the game.
That was a clean hit.
His helmet was up.
He hit him in the shoulder.
Ink, ink, signatures, helmet.
That was a good football hit.
There was no way that guy was gonna answer on that play yet yet.
And here's my Here's my, uh, beef yet.
See, L s U Defender laid out earlier in the game, a Clemson wide receiver took a cheap shot, hit him in the back and laid him out just because you could.
Well, they didn't call that.
It was a cheap shot.
It was a hit on a defenseless receiver, but the ball was within reach and you know, he didn't catch it, but he didn't.
He didn't target the shoulders, head or neck area.
That's why the officials allowed it.
I get It was legal.
I get the reasoning, I get the reason it was I think that is worse than the cause.
They called Clemson on a return for a blindside block.
I don't think it was necessarily I thought I was.
I was like, Okay, I'm pretty sure he hit the guy in front.
He made sure that he did shoulder to shoulder with the guy and they hit him on the front side of his body, out on the side of the back.
His head was in front. Exactly.
This head was in front, and later in the game there was a clear helmet to helmet hit on Trevor Laurence by yellow shoe.
That was absolutely, totally targeting the guy lost with this helmet hit with the crown of his helmet and no call.
So that should have been reviewed from above.
So my my beef was it was poorly officiated.
It was inconsistently officiated.
And this is the biggest game now.
I'll doing more towards Yeah, the inconsistent which led Maur to porn officiate.
And then then do I think it So I think it changed the outcome of the game. No.
Okay, it wasn't that close.
It wasn't closed enough, but But that young man got ejected by Clemson's.
That was a big deal for Clemson.
That pretty much they were behind, they were going, they were gonna lose.
But that eluded any any chance that Clinton was probably gonna be out in a couple of big place and defense to get back in the game.
But it probably didn't change the outcome of the game.
I think Clemson was overmatched.
My my take on game waas.
That job earns 1/5 year guy and Trevor, Lords of the sop****re, and I think that what what we saw that game was Jo'burg got the ball his weapons more effectively than Trevor.
One's got the ball to his like Jennings.
Number number five for reflection.
What do you have? One catch.
They took that away, and an agenda didn't run very well, so but I think the difference in the game was Clemson couldn't do what they want to do on offense.
And Ellis, you got to do what they want to do it up.
And I think that was a reflection of the number one, the play calling my legacy but also the talent, but also that there were at least four plays that job er wriggled out of a shack and turn it into a positive.
Yeah, well, that's the thing is like, I mean, if you go back to the play where ah, the, um, light comes on linebacker hit him and and ah, okay, essentially, at that point, I'm he's knocked out of the game. He's hurt again.
They're on defense.
At this point, he came back out but had a had it not had have been another down.
I don't I don't necessarily know.
He would have stepped right in.
They probably might have brought somebody else in tow.
Give him a few minutes to ah gather themselves himself.
But even that is crazy.
He got rid of the ball so quick he that that hit that blitz came on the blind side.
He he was moving away.
He felt it coming and he got rid of the ball.
And it's crazy because Ross, our mosque, the way that he ran that route, he ran it, that he was going to the corner.
And he saw that that his defender was biting on that.
Because a lot of times what What defensive backs coach will teach you is if all right, if you know the route, stop covering the defender and just run the route.
You hear a lot like I was here all day the last two days yapping at these Ah, the guys at the shrine game.
But defensive back home is where they teach you.
If you know the route.
Stop covering the defender and run the route.
Especially if the balls up.
Don't worry about the defender.
Run the route. Go get the ball.
That's what you want.
You know, Either knock it down or catch it, you know, But do what you can to go to the ball and Ah, and and in this situation Ah, Ready? Ah, hey.
Ah ah, yeah, they did, Ellis, You did, uh, a great job.
Ah, breaking it off.
And he was wide open.
He's just standing It was he literally It's not like he made a move and then was running around now.
He literally broke off his route and then stood there.
He had time to look around and see where people were.
The ball came in, he caught it and he just stood there.
It was It wasn't like, you know Oh, I got to get over here.
You gotta make No, he literally like it's like they were standing there, just playing catch.
He he wasn't He broke off his route and he just stopped to stood there and Ah, yeah.
Ah, bro, I don't think I think I believe I think that I think that the and I'm not used to want to really talk about the fishing because I think it usually balances out.
But it did not balance out last night.
Um, Clemson was probably the recipient of more bad calls like that.
The offensive interference call where the guy caught the ball walked in the end zone.
That was not offensive interference.
If anything, it was a no call, and it could have been defensive interference.
Yeah, they they I think they called.
I think they called too much, you know, they would call a bunch of they wouldn't call anything.
It was, you know, as a player, you think they have that hand fighting go early in the game, right? Yeah, on a number of no, it's like then all of a sudden on a touch can throw. They throw the flag.
Well, if you're getting so the flag on that So it's going on the first play of the game so that players just they can't be doing that.
So I you know, I think it detracted from the game.
I don't think it changed the outcome, but I think it's attractive from it for me because a CZ a journalist and as a fan.
Well, let go crap.
Think these guys, these guys injected themselves into the, you know, in in into the game in a manner that they shouldn't have.
And I think they were Well, I think they got caught up.
Act well, as there's kind of this kind of game.
I mean, the Pac 12 little play defense in the Pac 12.
I mean, organs defense was decent this year.
Stanford's had one and Utah other than that, there's not a lot of a lot of, you know, big games like that.
And I think I think the crew was overmatched a little bit with the athleticism of the players that they were appreciated.
I think the moment got that got the better of him.
Um, and I don't know if that was an all star Pac 12 crew or if it was a, um, uh, crew that worked together all season.
They didn't seem to be on the same page with each other and that that to me that I think that I think the committee has to be a football player.
They need to look at how they do that in the future because this was this was a black guy, you know, on the whole thing.
And I feel it's unfortunate we talked about that.
Um, you know, I think it's gonna be good that Trevor Lords has has another year, but he can't go out.
He's only a sop****re.
He's a true software, so he can't He can't leave.
So he's he's he's at Clemson.
Think it's good for him.
He needs, um, you know, as good as he is and a CZ, uh, and a fine young man, too, By the way, I mean, you know, all of that's really good he needs of the year, because I think what showed itself up in the game last night and a little bit in the in the game early against Ohio State id Clemson did play anybody this year.
The look you're surrounded by a point with disease that that's that's where they suffered in the rankings, but it just showed goes to show.
At the end of the day, the committee said, As long as you're undefeated and you're the conference champion power five conference champion, you'll get in.
You'll get an opportunity so I don't see, My thing was, I didn't I don't I don't think that Clemson I never thought that Clemson wasn't good enough or not deserving as a team to be there.
I just feel like the resume that they put in front of everyone was lackluster.
You know? Obviously, the A CC being down, I agree.
But outside of outside of scheduling a game with Texas A and M, But the thing is, if Miami's up to par of Florida State's up to par, you know, are we are you know, HVT is is, you know, a bar.
We're not having this conversation.
So is it? And then you're saying Okay, well, good.
They scheduled they scheduled an SEC West team.
You know, they scattered Jimbo Fisher and and Texas A and M.
I mean, it's not like they went and looked for, you know, uh, they went, you know, searching around for Vandy.
You know what gives the power five team by default? Let's do it. Let's go with Northwestern.
Right? Yeah, but my point, my point was not an entity that but my point was that that, um, Clemson on a week to week basis this season this season did not see the cat lover of athletes that they saw with the Ohio State.
Nellis, you they just didn't, um they didn't play Virginia Tech.
Who could have given him a pretty good game later in the season.
Anyway, um, so they didn't even play.
You know, Detective, your second in the in the coastal.
They drill Virginia in the in the coppers championship game.
They just didn't have it.
No, because because of the, uh, the weakness of the a.
C C edition, I think that's going to change for next year.
That this was a big anomaly in terms of how how week the conference waas.
But, uh, but we're being it.
So when Clemson got in the situation, Trevor Laurence did.
She didn't see a secondary like that at all.
I mean, l issue is they are really good football team. They're the most complete.
They're one of the most will be quick ball teams.
I've I've seen the last 2020 some years.
You know, we talked a couple of two weeks ago about that Nebraska teams.
There's Nebraska teams in the nineties that were so incredible.
Both sides of the ball that was active at the national championship team. Man.
Well, this l s u team is is like that.
Um, it's a little different here.
There's more scoring, so it's harder to It's harder.
It's harder to judge a defense these days because they're so many possessions, right? Especially with a team like Ellis.
You. That's who were so quickly.
Um, so they know you're in there in 48 to 21 games instead of 31 to 7 games.
Right? And so I started a judgment.
But this was one.
This was one good football team, but they were playing a really good football team. Everything.
You know, uh, I think I think trouble once had a bad night.
I think I think that was part.
I think that's part of it.
Uh, Ellis, you may have a bad night, but hey, wasn't sharp.
He was rushing a little bit.
I think you should come to the moment of it.
They didn't do last year.
Um, Ellis, you did some things in the back end of their defense in Alabama, Did not last year.
And so and make some more reeds.
And he wasn't it was It was his footwork wasn't great.
And, um do I still think he's gonna be the number one pick next year? Yeah.
Um, you know, it It wasn't He had a horrible game.
You just didn't have a game good enough to be the really good football team. Like Like, tell issues.
I enjoyed the whole season.
Um uh, yeah, I got Ellis.
You. I like the other words around a lot.
I think I think I think he should have been.
If you're USC fan today, what are you saying? Well, that's the thing is so it's a lot of aspects.
I mean, there's there's Like I said, a lot of people, if you're in s if you're an SC fan, you're the routing for Oh, same same way is a lot of people.
A lot of Nebraska fans were rooting for l s U because of his because of Joe Burrows, roots and ah.
Oh, yeah, and ah, and and some people were just rooting for him to win because of his his humble speech.
He gave ah after a won the Heisman.
This If this wasn't life.
You would think that this this season for him was the corniest movie you could make about a football season.
You know, a transfer kid that didn't get an opportunity.
It really wasn't what you know.
He was supposed to be coming in, takes an off season, gets better and plays the best season of college football A quarterback has ever played ever.
Pretty amazing, huh? Pretty amazing I've ever seen.
I think it's fantastic.
What does it say? That college football that the last three Heisman Trophy winners have all been transfers and to the last three were walk ons.
Former walk ons? No, I think I think I think what it says the most is that we don't have enough opportunity for athletes to showcase their talent.
That's what I think it is because you can get talent at smaller schools and lesser schools, but you're gonna usually have unless her talent at coaches at coach and and what the school provides.
I mean, the reason the NFL can have parody the way that it does is because they have a financial structure that limits certain aspects of what they can put in like you.
There's no rule on how biggest stadium you have or ah, how nicer facilities are for training.
But there's a limit on how much you can play pay players.
And there's a definite limit on how many players you can have.
Regardless, if you're a home or travel, I mean travel squads.
They're taking 85 90 guys on the road and at home.
They could have up to, like 100 and 50 guys on the sideline.
So it's it's, um you know, it's Ah, it's a mob.
It seems like half the student body in some of these schools is a football team, you know? So it's it's crazy the way, um, in some respects and set up, they're able to They have so much fluidity over the scheduling.
You know, it's there is not an equal playing field on the on the scheduling, you know, we see a CC and sec again, you know, eight conference games.
You know, they have probably to f f C s schools.
Ah, just making it an extra win.
A couple extra wins every year make it a little bit easier for them.
Um, Alice, you on the other hand, they just happen to have that that season where you know, they were paid seven top 10 teams and beat all of them.
So it's Ah, sometimes it seems like, Ah, it's the luck of the draw And other times it's people manufacturing their fortune.
That's why it's tough.
A lot of times to tell what I was State is until you know, four weeks, three weeks left in the year because until you know, this is what I was talking about.
When we get halfway through the season, we got we D'oh! Week seven, we started doing a ranking.
Yeah, I'll get get in the week seven.
We k and you know, week eight of, uh, you know of a 14 week season your week eight, you're over halfway through, and it's still difficult to say like, ah, where they played when you're halfway through your schedule and it and it's it's tough to tell who you've played that to really like, have a healthy barometer for a committee, right? Yeah, exactly.
The committee. Right? Right. Clinton.
Nobody knew what Clemson waas because I mean, they were defending national chance a lot of the team back, but frankly, it was difficult.
You knew that you knew they were playing up to their potential.
But you didn't know because they hadn't played anybody that really.
You know, I just did them.
And so it waas interesting this year.
And I think I think the first Poletti guy, Clint I Clinton outside the top four that if I definitely did, I think I think I did.
It wasn't because I thought that was 1/5 or sixth best team.
Okay? It was because they hadn't shown me anything.
And Oklahoma, Ohio State from these other teams.
Heard you're just killing people, right? Yes.
Because Because when you're doing a ranking, what you have your Yes, it's an opinion.
It is, But you're basing it on something.
Ah, are Week eight pole our college football.
On college football Week eight Top 10 was L s u Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson was five Wisconsin Penn State and Notre Dame, Oregon, Georgia, An Army guy and Clinton six.
I think I'd was constant in my bowl.
Honey Guide was constant.
Head of class and kids was he did.
Remember, you did at that point this season had just drilled everybody everybody until Illinois.
And then on they were.
And then they lose to Minnesota, which actually which actually makes l s U season all the more remarkable because they beat a lot of really good teams.
I mean, some teams like like Clint.
So let's just say Clemson, for instance, um head had Mack Brown head coaching Savanah gone for the extra point.
Put that game in overtime.
Who knows what would have happened that game, right? But they missed it.
Two point conversion and Clemson won it in regulation.
But L s you didn't have a **** game, Joe Burden have a down game.
They couldn't because your schedule, they couldn't afford to have it down yet, right? We they were playing really good teams the whole season.
And so I feel like that's what made their season more remarkable.
That's why I would put that I would put them.
And now I finally know back I could go back about 55 years, okay, in my memory, which is it's a long time, I'm sure people saying, Oh my God, this guy's old But Um, and I wouldn't eso Stella's you, Susan.
That's what a lot of people are saying.
I put it, I had to put the top box of of seasons.
Um, you know that there were do a, uh there was an Oklahoma team that was just devastating.
There was a the Nebraska team that we talked about earlier was unbelievable.
There was a Miami team in there that his defense was just ridiculously good in the late eighties.
Um, and so and so that's where I put Ellis you.
That's where that's where I put them.
You know, in terms of in that cow in that category of season this year of have good, that was any.
I gotta put closings in their last year.
But the trouble with Clemson even last year was a student.
A souse week last year, too.
Uh, but I obviously obviously Ohio State loses to Clemson.
Do you think this outcome changes much? If it's Ohio State Ellis, you I That's who I picked.
That was my pick.
Um, but clearly, if if if Ohio State again, Ohio State was before the Big 10 championship and then even after they finished dismantling and, uh mmm.
Dismantling Ah, Wisconsin and then coming in and just, you know, doing what they did with, uh, I think I I don't know how this looks, but it's the better team against Clemson.
But they didn't put the ball in the engine in them.
They were finishing stuff.
Thing is, Ohio State was moving the ball well.
And you know what? They looked very Nebraska ish.
I'm gonna put that way because that's that's kind of the thing is it's They moved the ball well, but they didn't score points.
I give you go back and again.
I don't have the game up, but I bet you if you go back at the statistics, Ohio State probably looked like they were winning the game.
Ah, as faras the yards and first downs and conversions.
And, you know, except for in touch dance like touchdowns and points, you know, the most important everything what they want.
Everything except that except the most important one.
And that's the score at the end of the game.
I mean, and you know, Ohio State lost that game in the second quarter, right? Because they you know, they had that 16 nothing lead Consummated 16 7 And then I think I didn't know how the state turned the ball over.
Left Clemson's bit before thine and and at that point, the momentum that shifted and Clemson's got their feet under them and said, Okay, we could play with these guys, you know? But early in the game, I didn't think Clinton could play with him.
And I think Ohio State's win that game as well.
By the way, I mean, that was my tech.
Yeah, and, uh, even though I was rooting for Clemson.
But I picked the Ohio State in that game because I actually thought Ohio State was the best team in the country for a lot of the season.
S u started to really stack up the winds against really quality opponents.
Um, but the United the Ohio State Clinton Games exit.
And I know Ohio State L s u game would have been similar to last night.
They have been a little bit better defensively.
Then Clinton played last night, but I I think it would have been I think we have very similar act with exotic Ohio state.
Clemson. We're pretty evenly maps.
Well, I think I think very from most of the year is far is when I look back at my rankings and And where I put him at, it was pretty much l s u won A and then Ohio State one B But they don't do that.
We're not doing ties.
So I would defer Ohio State to number two.
Um, but I mean I mean, I can check the first poll.
Ohio State might have been number one in our first poll.
I think they were number one in the first place. They were.
I think they were because they have been playing well.
It was Ohio State. Alabama.
Ellis, you Oklahoma again.
Clemson didn't get up to the top four, I think, until after Oklahoma had lost.
So Oklahoma lost to K State.
I think that got Clemson up to four.
And even then Georgia might have been ahead of them.
I'd have to go back and look at it.
I didn't I don't have them all up here.
I don't know why they didn't only opposed it, but so really? Yeah, it's a great season.
I mean, yeah, you look a, uh, all the story lines, right? Because, um, no.
Wisconsin was dominant early.
Um, Ohio State. Great.
Um, you have, in the end, up with three unbeaten teams is 200 teens is the, uh And then, you know, I think a team a team that I'm looking at for next year.
Although, although, uh, Dustin Herbert's gonna be gone Is Oregon.
Um, how how they stub their toe.
I have no idea, because organ wins there.
They're in the playoffs.
Yeah, club is not the player.
Organ would have been the playoff, and I just I just It just boggles my mind how they lost kingdom.
It's crazy to me does it doesn't make allies in college football, right? Yeah, just crazy stuff happened and in it, and it didn't happen to Clemson.
That didn't happen.
Unless you didn't happen to Ohio State.
Um, and so, you know, I just I just feel like we get three unbeaten teams.
They will have elements teams are being, so you know, I feel like, um, you know, it turned out that they were There were three really good teams and the rest of the field and that it's kind of what happened when l s u just scores to Oklahoma.
Right, Cause there wasn't really 1/4 team.
I thought that was gonna be able to play with the other three.
And so whoever it was, but it was Taylor or of Oklahoma or again or whatever.
I think they all would have faced the same fate against Ellis.
You in the semifinal.
Maybe not quite well, that's the thing.
Is that That's the way you know.
L l s u has has blade, you know, um, and again, if ever.
You know, there's a couple of their completions there.
L s u wins by more so that that that defeat could have been a whole lot worse.
But this thing is like, let's not yeah, it let's let's let's credit the l S u coaching staff.
Like like we talked earlier.
They got their weapons of all that running back.
Just you know, Clinton had Crimson had trouble.
And you saw it early on.
When when Davos Sweeney, the Clemson coach, when they started going to those gadget plays the gim****y plays, you know, that's a red flag that, uh, I think we're over events, right? I mean, yes, a little bit, but that he had to try to pull out some stops to try to get this.
It was like Alabama two years ago when they when they when they think they pulled the onside kick at halftime, it coming up next safe and knew that his team was was was in a really tough game.
He did some things at the end of one of the game, but yeah, I think that that's that show.
And I have tremendous respect for Clemson, for Debra Sweeney and his coaching staff.
And there's the fine.
Both those teams out there seems fine.
Young men find, you know, exemplified a lot of sportsmanship everything last night, and so I have a lot of respectful boat, but, you know, somebody has to lose.
And last night it was Thompson.
Uh, check that one to the last three.
They've been the playoffs all but one season.
So, you know, I feel like I can't feel that badly for Clemson, cause I was really rooting for Ellis.
You and its most important, I was rooting for the head coach.
It was because he? Yeah, you probably got it, but I think he's finally getting easy because I know that when when he was the interim, it at USC.
I think we even have the conversation on this show that us.
He should keep him.
Yes, that that was my That was my consensus.
And then when Bo Pelini was fired and he literally tweeted, I'm interested in the Nebraska job.
I was like, higher Ed Orgeron.
They hired Mike O'Reilly and, of course, and of course, USD hard sees dark Asian And that went that went south in a hurry to fly, right? I mean, all sorts of stuff.
So, uh, but I'm very happy.
And, uh, I think that he's a I mean, you You talk about a great story, but it's more than a great story.
It's a It's a testimony to perseverance and sticking to your guns and keeping just doing what you that what you know is right, right, doing in a way that, you know, is right and ultimately coming out on top.
And that's what he did.
Yeah, because L s u L s u did not change their game plan.
They they stuck to their game plan, and I knew what they wanted to do to win because that's the thing is like I said, When you're you're going in a new and different because they what Clemson did is they knew on defense they had to change the way they play defense to beam or effective against.
You know, you don't often have a spread West Coast offense that's physical, that go five receivers.
Why, that's odd.
That's really odd, because that's normally not what you do.
But that's what that's what L s u does.
L s u plays in this, you know, hybrid West Coast spread offense with some elements under snap here and there.
Ah, the have of power run game.
But also add in those spread concepts to stretch it out.
They really do push you to to bend as much as possible.
And then they break you and that that's that's how wonderful the offense was.
The defense had its issues at times, um, but was able to always do enough.
I mean, they gave up 25 points, but they knew with Borough on with the offense that they had that they were going to be able to outscore them.
So, uh, giving up 25 points, That's that's not good.
You don't want to do that.
You want to keep him under 20 But you're playing against a good offense.
That's probably not gonna happen.
So although I wouldn't, I wouldn't give it up and say that this Ellis you defense was overall superior.
But, um, throughout the season there, their linebackers, who I think at the beginning of the season was probably there one of the weaker points on the defense the defensive backfield was strong, really deep for L S U.
And over the season they really mesh.
And we saw it culminate in the national championship game. We saw it culminate.
And against Alabama, you know, so ah, ah, ah, we saw them.
Everybody that that was put up in front of them.
We're the outside.
It would, except for these one little game.
They still won by double digits.
Ah, where they had some struggles against Ah, 317 So you're playing a completely exotic defense we have new guys in and you have so much on the line.
You know, everything was going so fast for everybody.
The beginning of that game.
Everything was so so pack and so high.
I mean the hype around.
I mean, you talk about Trevor.
Laurence hasn't lost a game since his freshman year of high school.
You know all this, All this icing you put you put the sugar thick on the cake.
You know, uh, I was like, Well, well, we'll see.
But from what I see, you know, I know.
I know for a fact that Clinton hasn't seen anything of this caliber of team all season, but oh, yeah, l s u has seven times.
Listen, and I think that was the difference is that is l s u was able to just go about business as usual because they've been faces.
Just have a game against a good team, which they've been playing all season long.
I mean, um, they played a lot of good teams all burn and apple **** mud next day in, and then you just look at the West.
I mean, their own division.
Um, not to mention that.
Didn't, um and they played Florida.
I mean, they played.
They played the good teams from the other half of the litigants well, And so, uh, the private, the sec.
So they just went out and do what they do.
And Clemson, because he hadn't they settle season.
Could steam shovel. Lawrence.
It looks like they kind of had to force things a little bit.
Whereas l s u was just able to go out and do what they do.
And that was just a normal Ellis. You gained 43.
25 against the top 10 opponent.
They do it all season.
Um, and so I think that that helped.
And I think that Listen, I got to go to the coaching.
Um, actually, Proteins will coach.
Well, I mean, Dad, Bo knew.
I think coming in that he was at a disadvantage little bit and well, I think, Well, I think we'll really find out.
Well, it was easy, fellas.
You to stop Clemson because Kristen didn't have as many weapons as zealous.
You did, and so I don't necessarily agree with that.
I don't think that there is well known Maybe there I would say Yeah, okay. I'll give.
I'll give l issue that they're more talented.
I'll give him that, but I wouldn't say.
It's remarkably different.
I don't think it was.
Yes, some of their marquee guys.
Some of the main guys that they had on offense or defense were hurt, you know.
Ah, and losing their losing.
Losing, huh? Was s o sole lick.
So salty the linebacker.
And that ends up going out for targeting.
Ah, you know, you can't.
Obviously, he was having an impact on the game.
Ah, did that make it? Did that make it easier for Ellis you to win? I think so.
I think I think l s u had a distinct advantage without him in there.
Uh, just from the simple fact that he had been he's been hidden.
He had been hitting people hard all game, and Joe Burrow had to know where he waas.
I don't think job was backing down from it.
Okay, so it's 37 28 43 25.
I mean, but you know, my feeling waas that l s u was a little bit was better.
And they played a better game.
So if you're the better team, you play a better game, you're gonna win.
Most of the time. I mean 90% right, and that's what happened last night.
They were the better team and they play.
They played a better game, you know, There's been times in the playoffs When the better team didn't play, it didn't play a really good game.
I mean, think about two years ago, Oklahoma in the second half, and they just totally fell apart and, you know, lost a game.
So No, I think I think.
But last night was yeah, for 3/4.
I wish it would have been a bit closer in the fort, but But it just talkto where Dec lamps and defense.
It couldn't offense.
Wasn't moving the ball well enough.
Keep the comes in defense off the field.
They just wore out.
Yeah, just, you know, And then when it got to be, that's a big deficit.
Clemson couldn't run the ball, hit the football and Elvis, you outstanding Sunbury.
That could just sit there and you know, uh, in a traveler's sort of guard.
And he wasn't quite sharp enough, is it? Last night so it was a That was great.
I mean, I'll take I'll take a chicken**** game like that every year, so but I don't I don't think the final school is indicative of the of the game.
That was about it. Yeah.
Bigger margin is you're both fine.
But we know you've been given the team, but we know now.
I mean, we Trevor Laurence clearly coming back, uh, probably is not going to challenge any sort of rules.
She's a sop****re.
Uh, we'll be back.
He's not that kind of kid anyway, he's not.
He's not that kind of kid.
And obviously, l s u this is this is using you kind of tell it where a program is.
They say you could tell where a program is when they win like this.
When you have your generational player, when you have that guy, what you do after that I think that says a lot more about where the program is.
That because Joe Burrow is the heart and soul.
I feel of this hellish. Your team.
Yes, Egg gives it all up to them, and they're all they're all great.
They played well, all of them, but that what he did to develop and get better this past offseason was huge because clearly some sort of switch something clicked for him.
You know he's making the better decisions.
He's making quicker decisions.
He's getting the ball out faster and, you know, getting also getting in it with a new offense, getting in the right system.
You know, if you just show playcalling makes a big difference.
Uh, when you're rolling stuff out there and things were clunky, you know it makes a difference.
West Coast, the West Coast and the spread to spread hybrid.
It's predicated some of it's on timing.
So when you see him, because I'm gonna tell you this and I I don't know if some people are gonna be surprised by this.
He's not wowing people with his arm strength.
He's not going out there, you know, throwing fastballs.
He doesn't He doesn't have that kind of a cannon.
Baseball. He's not Nolan Ryan.
He's not Randy Johnson.
He's more like I'm more like Greg Maddux.
You know, he's more finesse.
He's more accurate.
He's Ah, no, he's He's better than Philip Rivers.
His mechanically better.
Philip Rivers has a weird delivery, has a pretty weird delivery Yeah, I know, but but know what I'm talking about? The guys that that doesn't mean.
I mean, Peyton Manning.
So the ball 90 yards, right? Yeah.
The guy was just well, rockets, right? Yeah.
Patrick Holmes could throw the ball a mile, right? Yeah.
I'm agreeing with you.
Yeah, but we haven't.
We haven't seen a job or a kid or not because he hasn't had to.
Yeah, well, this thing is like when he threw that 60 yard passed to the back of the end zone.
You know, he didn't have to put everything into it so clearly has the arm strength to make all the throws he needs to.
But he knew where he needed the ball to be any through it and relied on his guy to get to the ball.
So that's the difference between West Coast offense and the timing versus when you see a lot of ah lot of the the bubble screen concepts or, um, other, uh, you know, other schemes where ah, it is not necessary.
Relying on that, you run a lot of patterns, and then you're you're just breeding going through your progressions.
Sze throwing somebody open versus throwing to somebody that's open.
It's a different.
It is a big difference, and it takes a unique talent to do that.
You know, not not everybody can do it because you have to be accurate and you're throwing to where nobody is.
That's a big That's a big concept for a lot of people.
You know, if you're thrown to where nobody is, you're relying on somebody to go where it's going.
Yes, but let's take the take the temperature 40 Niners offense, for example.
Which one Jimmy Garoppolo know today's 40 Niners offense? Okay, The day I'm talking about right now today? Yeah, the letters.
Right now? Yeah, this season.
Jimmy Garoppolo is average.
Average completion was under seven yards.
Now they double that with yards after catch.
They you know, But, hey, he keeps threw the ball seven yards downfield on average.
Yeah, you completed the past because the job strength for that their concept is get the ball toe open space and allow your athletes to create ah, play to make it more but my point.
But my point being and my point being yeah, they depending on the system, you don't have to have, you know? Yeah, You don't know.
It can't be city.
I mean, I mean in playing in the Northeast, But you have to have arm strength of Kansas City's offense because because that's a vertical passing game you got.
You got those weapons in the outside and you know, they go down fuel a lot, but some some teams don't go downfield that much, you know? And frankly, you don't have to anymore.
You have to go downfield because you have to get.
But now you can't touch the receivers.
They're running wild.
15 15 yards downfield, please.
Any time you want crackers in the NFL, it seems like it.
Anyway, I know that I know that's not actually true, but it seems like it's in a that those little dump passes are open all the time.
His wife's co rings up.
Well, they they are because defense is air playing off more because they don't want to get beat over the top.
So they're giving a lot more upfront.
Give up the three and four yard pass, which is also why, which is also why you see, you see, um, you see teams struggling.
The Reds like like the depth in the day and I'll go way back.
But I'll go back to the to the to the, um, Pittsburgh Steelers at 14 Super Bowls.
Okay, um, let Terry Bradshaw on one swan still work.
Hey, I think that was a vertical passing game.
Well, they didn't.
Well, they were in the red zone.
They were running the ball with Frank O'Hare When? Well, Dalla days, when teams get into the red zone building, we have another option, and in the field has shrunk.
You can't do it.
Six yard you go past from the three yard line.
You know what I mean? This is the space where you can, but there's something There's gonna be somebody there, you know, three yards deep into the end zone.
Yeah, it's good to be in the interest.
So I think that I believe that Joe Burrow is going to be can be quite successful at the next level. I mean, it's always a crapshoot.
We've seen there is no color.
Berry had a good season this year, not getting out of being the Cardinals work good.
Baker Mayfield's done very well.
Umm umm, some of the some of that past some of the recent Heisman Trophy winners a quarterback have done better than they did there for a while.
Um, um, you know, and so the last few have done done actually pretty well in the NFL.
So I think I mean, plus, you know, so birds coming out of the year and the next minute to programs he's mature.
He kind of shows why it makes sense, but you're to stay in college or stay in where in a position where you can continue to develop.
It's not necessary if you're in a good program to a boat right away.
You know, also last year he wasn't He wasn't a first round projection last year by any means, any stretch of the imagination.
You know how he wasn't even if he wasn't even a top top men around? Uh, he was a middle round.
Now, I think I think, uh, I think a lot of people, a lot of eyes were opened.
As I was saying like, week three, I was like, Wow, he looks really good.
He's playing really well.
We'll see how long it happens.
We were just kind of waiting for, you know, the wheels to fall off the wagon.
They didn't the Bangles.
And I'm and I want I want to bring in James Hero Quick, but ah ah, I I I'm I'm certain that the Bangles will pick him because they're a spread West Coast offense.
Type of team again.
This is Ah, you know, Zach Taylor is throughout.
His coaching career has been in West Coast and spread offenses going all the way back to Bill Callahan being his coach in Nebraska, you know, all the way up through the NFL.
It was time coaching.
With Ram's thing was spun off.
Stellar and making football decision.
Well, it's a family affair, like like the cowboys.
You know, um, so you know, obviously when you have the owner who's the GM and his daughter is the president and his brother is the vice president and, you know, 92nd it's a family affair, you know.
Ah, not every family run businesses is ran great.
The cowboys happened to do an exceptional job of doing it, especially with, you know, ah, franchise like this.
It's It's not uh, it's it's not easy at all to do well so well that the Cowboys, the Cowboys, have done a great job with everything but winning football.
62nd the organization.
The whole is, well, way winning, winning, playoff football games.
That's their problem.
And I went in playoff football games.
Well, well, Jake, Jason gears careers.
So it is nine years, nine years.
The Cowboys, the Cowboys under the last two coaches and and and are the last two quarterbacks have pretty much been a 500 team.
They were just a little under 500 before that, Uh, after eight mint left.
Yet the ad is going to do with the quarterbacks of the coaches.
Gently add Advent of free agency in the NFL.
And I did a piece on this for if I get on with 10 seconds.
Did a piece on this. The Cowboys.
The Cowboys haven't there in it, and a lot of it has to do.
They never have a just being able to deal with your agency, and and the the reason patients you're so good is because they have.
I feel like you should do an update.
An article get rid of players to get their players.
Ah, you're too early.
They don't stand too much.
They spend on looking and they even got even gotten.
Tom Brady so basically played for half of market, you know, 60% of market that you write.
He's a $30 million quarterback displaying for $18 million.
You know, they've just done a masterful job of being able to piece together a team year after year, which is what you have to do.
It's almost like a college environment, right? You just you re tool.
And, uh, Jerry built a team in night in 8th 1989 basically with all the draft picks and her soul walks straight.
He got his quarterback gutters running.
That guy's a wide receiver.
Got some defense of guys.
They rode that team for seven years, six years, and then when free agency came, they all left.
He never has been able to replace it, so I mean, that's my philosophy.
Anyone, uh, is what their issue is, Um, and so it's It's the spend too much money on two key players.
What they do, and then they don't have enough money that really sure you looked at the roster This year was fantastic, but it's not very deep.
So what? We'll have to sign up, guys.
I'm gonna all right.
And that we have a great guest for next week.
Great guest for next week.
By the way, Jay's gorn it's gonna be joining us.
And he is the, um, get his exact title here Days is the executive director of the National Sports Media Association.
And they just been asked their Hall of Fame class yesterday, which include Dan Patrick and Mike Wilbon, among others.
And so we'll talk to him about that next week and, uh, get his few one on the stay the broadcast.
But he's also he's also an on air talent.
Uh uh, here, in here and there.
Um, So we will be talking to him next week, so I'm looking forward to it.
Hey, man, we'll talk later.
All right? Kevin Crest, Ladies and gentlemen, for James, I know that you we're not bought in on Ellis you, primarily because you pick clumps and a win.
And, uh, and you've been pretty skeptical of their defense all season for just reasons.
What do you make of last night's national championship game? Yeah.
I was just listening, listening and listening in.
And then I was like, Oh, my God, I didn't I wasn't looking at that.
What do you What? I'm sorry that Kevin Chris Less Because I would have told him.
What are you talking about? Because this is the same guy that said, Watch out for Wake Forest playing claims in this season.
That's the same guy.
Well, you should watch out for Wait for us.
Don't dismiss Wait for us.
And I I and again wait for us again after that after he said that was winning and they were ranked higher in the ranks was absolutely five.
So obviously and I agree with him on the point.
It wasn't out of base, too off base to say, Hey, look, look out Because again, were you thinking you know, Clinton is gonna win this game? They should win this game, and they should.
But based on what Clemson had put out, it's not like they were blowing teams out of the water.
Trevor Laurence was seemed to be having looked like he was starting into a sop****re stamped they had to come up with the last play of the game to beat North Carolina.
And for all intensive purposes, it felt like Clemson lost in North Carolina, even though they want.
So it didn't appear they didn't They didn't they didn't show anything this season to really show that they were here and that a team like Wake Forest might have an outside chance.
I'm not saying he and I don't think he was saying that they were being favored in the game, you know? Ah, just the same way you know, people that might have alluded to Ah, the the unexpected start of North Carolina and Mack Brown with Buddy.
I kind of got sputtering along at North Carolina, where they did so if if if North Carolina, who last year seemed to be a bit of a Dumpster fire come close again, Kevin Steele coming out with a 317 and just really clear.
You could clearly tell Ah, North Carolina really prepared for that game and then that that was the big game that they were looking for all season.
Ah, but wait for us.
Didn't look at the same way they felt confident what they did, and they went out and tried to play their brand of football, which clearly wasn't after that level.
So despite again, if that's what that's what makes it tough again, I don't think I know you had Clemson up at one or two in your poll 12 or three in your poll. I think all season.
Whereas when I was looking at it's like, I don't know, I don't have something tangible to grab onto here.
Yes, do I think Clemson is the top four teams? But yeah, but I don't have anything tangible to show it like they're not putting that out on the field.
And they're not scheduling competition.
That is, you know, ah, playing very mediocre competition and, you know, just drawn out there.
Ah, on a leisurely stroll.
Did the struggle with with anybody else, but But, ah, North Carolina.
But it's the same time they should have been putting everybody away.
That's what they had set this level of expectation beating Alabama the way they did the year before that they were capable of doing that.
This was now a capability.
This is now a trajectory in a direction that Clemson was going into and the way they came out.
Trevor Laurence looks like he's coming.
Could be having a sop****re slump.
It was very underwhelming.
So because yeah, maybe maybe the success that they had last season was just so high that this season seem a lot more sop****re.
Then what? They put out their last year.
So again, I don't I'm not.
Obviously the right teams were in the Final Four.
But I mean, I Yeah, I could say the final four. E.
I mean, Oklahoma or Oregon either one of the two. Oklahoma.
I was fine with those four.
Alabama didn't belong Georgia Long.
Who else should have been in the Final Four? That wasn't there? No, I'm not.
No, I'm not saying I'm not saying what a reference to the Final Four.
I'm saying what you reckon Sequins because what I'm getting from you.
And when I was getting from Kevin West that Clemson didn't quote unquote wow this season, they did basically the same thing this season that they did last seat. They didn't.
It was not much difference in that at all.
No, they don't much difference.
Wait, Hold on now, hold on, Hold on.
They played text saying them on the road last year, they struggled to win last year.
They struggle to get a win against Syracuse last year when they cut of law affecting the Syracuse at home last year.
After that, well, there was Syracuse was, Ah, much better team last year.
One that first game.
They won the first game against Notre Lane, and then they beat Alabama.
They had basically the same scheduled issue.
With the exception of Syracuse not being as good as they were the previous year, Texas A and M is nothing.
So with the exception of all the teams exception of all the teams, so with the sections of all the teams outside of Texas A and M being down, being worse and and instead of instead of being instead of being Syracuse, it was North Carolina.
I get what you're saying the generality of it, But it wasn't it wasn't it wasn't about.
Did they have the same schedule? They It was It wasn't about the wow.
You used your it used a whole I used the term Wow Yes, I agree.
Yes, they didn't wow us like they did last year.
That's exactly the point, though, cause there's a level of expectation that the eye test, because the eye test wasn't there.
The eye test wasn't there.
We had Trevor Laurence throwing multiples interceptions in a game.
They elderly win because they're playing lesser competition.
But if so, I think what the general feeling and general consensus of Clemson that first you knows, let's say for seven weeks of the season was okay.
They got by Texas saying them, but they just it was very underwhelming.
They were not performing and had the competition.
Had they had more quality competition, the likeliness that they finish the season the way they did would have been reduced.
And that's just especially the beginning of the season.
If their first games against Oregon, Maybe it's different.
I don't know, because I would take Oregon over Texas A and M, you know, but But that's again.
The point is again and they can't They can't control their conference being down.
You know, the There they were the clear choice and the clear understanding by basically everyone that was gonna win the A C C.
Was is pretty much there's too, you know, donate.
It was theirs, you know, like they just by rule, they had to wait to a certain date to write their name on the trophy.
We get that, but it's just the way they perform again. Again.
Last year was much different again, eh? In again? No.
But what I will say the last season was a remarkably different team overall, especially on the defense.
That defense was tremendous.
I mean, when you have your whole defensive line go in 1st 50 picks, you know your four guys in the 1st 50 picks just from the defensive line.
For But But with the exception of the front floor, who else do they have on plenty of defense? Last year? It out because the thing that you tryingto bring up in reference to Clemson West was that they were a whole lot different last, a whole lot different on both sides of the ball.
I didn't say they were.
I didn't say they were, I said defensively they were a whole lot different, but that's what I'm.
But then again, that you're just helping me make my point, James, because they didn't play the same way they did last year. They didn't.
Now, people like they did your last, which is using which you home.
How? My offer that they were off.
I tell you, they were off.
So you have your that you can look at whatever Statue one.
Listen, you can look at whatever statue want.
You know, this is Kraft cheese versus great value.
You know what? You have a sandwich you might not even notice.
But at the end of the day, one of them was clearly better than the other.
You know, you got named Brandon off.
No, this year was more of an off brand again.
Better than other cheese.
You know, uh, but this this was your supposed this was, sir Gento vs.
You know, uh, versus maybe some Kraft cheese size and Delhi size.
You know, it was different.
It was different. It wasn't.
It wasn't the quality of what they put out last year.
They did not put out the same quality of team this year and performance this year do they did last year.
It is a different team, so it's probably wrong.
It is a different team.
It is a different team.
Okay, but no, no, no, no, no.
Here's what I'm signed in reference to this.
Why do you think that travel? Lawrence last year dominated.
Latte dominated on offense last year.
I think he dominated last year, and this year he just dominated in a more proficient way.
He looked better doing it.
Last year it was it was a better product.
Last year, he didn't dominate.
He didn't dominate.
He looks I'm better.
Last year, they base it on, played the same schedule last year as they did Fish, and they didn't necessarily dominate on the till in of that season.
In comparison to this season, they didn't dominate Pittsburgh in the agency championship game like they did against Virginia this year in the championship game.
I'm saying Trevor Laurence, Travel Travel Lawrence was basically get having those same type of staff put.
My thing is it was spread out over several games.
Only thing that made people really noticed Clemson in their offense was when they made it to the college football playoff.
They weren't necessarily Oh wow, they doing this.
They're doing that because, as the point is with cleansing work, pretty much anything.
Team that comes up the CDC is the A C C, and they are affected by the preseason polls.
In were, teams are placed before the season starts.
That's why when you have the whole thing about But they were bringing up this thing about l s u A beaten, uh, what 72 that were top 10.
Okay, who were those teams? Texas.
I'll burn Georgia.
Was Georgia really that good this year? Was Florida really that good? Come on.
Florida's automatically a top 10 teams just with the schedule that they have.
These are usually guaranteed 10 wins every season because they don't play anybody out of conference.
Other than Florida State, they're guaranteed at minimum 10 wins.
So when l issue plays a border, of course, Florida is gonna be ranked in the top 10 because at that particular point, they haven't brained anyone.
They haven't played the Georgia.
They haven't played in Alabama.
They haven't played, you know, basically who it was, they probably play auburn before that.
Maybe they did, and maybe they got the wind.
But that's pretty much it.
Other than that their schedule usually is favorable.
Force border to win at least 10 games per season.
That's why they always end up in the top 10 because they don't have anybody in their division other than George.
And they only play L S U guaranteed every single year from the SEC West.
So that's the one thing.
And like they say, you had Texas that was there Georgia, Auburn, Auburn and Top 10 team with a freshman quarterback.
They did the organ organ blew that.
So, yeah, you have.
You have them playing go stop 10 teams.
But at the beginning of a game against cleansing and they weren't executing problem, they had to figure out what Clinton was doing on defense.
The major difference that game was in second quarter.
When's your march? Stace? Beats are, well, one on 12 times for big plays, 14 touchdown and one to get him in the red zone in their scores.
11 points in that reporter under that thing that they only had seven points and every other quarter.
That was a bit that was the thing about what bad with mum but claims them because in the second half of the beginning of the second half, they were up 2017.
They had the ball story in out cleansing that the bowl they drove down in their score.
It was 28 25 and then what happened was that list.
You scored that one trust now to go up 30 to 25 after that was when cleansing couldn't really execute and get the ball to the received.
That's pretty much that's pretty much to tell her the game other than a couple of calls that meant on the side of them issue.
But this wasn't like a flat out blowout.
This wasn't like anything like a pure domination of by L S U.
It was just that they made war big plays it, close it it that's it.
Jamaar Chance had over 2120 yards receiving it.
So that means he is James digress.
Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech Week one.
How are they? How are the new coach? They were good.
So a good team Are we talking about the A t.
C? We're talking about Georgia Tech this year.
Game won their first game of the season opening game against corruption was Clemson or what? What was Georgia Tech? Good, Jess or No, I don't put Georgia pick on any good of any sense.
Texas A and M, their average air quality appointed.
Would you agree? Ad there. Okay.
Their worst this year than last year.
Do you agree? Okay, so in those three games, against average at best, Texas A and M and very fair free diminished teams and Georgia Tech and Sarah Juice.
He had the same number of touchdowns as he did interceptions.
And he actually had one more interception in those 1st 3 games than he had all of last season.
Eso what he was showing to come out the season was two interceptions against a terrible Georgia Tech team.
He played well, had a touchdown.
You get one touchdown, one interception against ah ah, against Texas.
Saying him That was a close game.
You know, He he had to throw more to get the win.
They beat Syracuse handily.
He had three touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions.
So against a terrible team.
Then he came out against Charlotte, you know? Hey, didn't play along in that game and then comes out.
And then And then again, he didn't play that long in that game, didn't need Thio and then goes to North Carolina and they squeak one out.
He didn't have an interception a game, but it is very close on a couple occasions.
So where were those were the 1st 5 games of the year? And they were tremendously underwhelming.
Now, overall, if you look and you compare the stats from last year to this year very similar, except for this year.
Trevor Laurence had more guards passing.
He had Maur touchdowns, but he also had more interceptions.
It's the way Trevor Laurence started the season and having that that negative notion that that whom question mark in in in North Carolina, placed in people's minds? E mean a They didn't come out and just wax everybody.
They didn't, you know.
He had a good game against a really crappy Syracuse team.
He had a pretty okay yet, okay.
I mean, he had one.
He had 106 160 s, Really, That's not really very good at all.
He rushed for Yeah, so I mean, he didn't you have a good game.
Is Texas Tech in Texas A and M? He put up 268 yards.
But this day and age, you feel like it should have been over three.
Ah, it's not a bad showing, he rushed.
He was negative on his rushing yards, though.
He had a touchdown rushing touchdown.
So there was struggles there.
There was struggles, more so this year than last year.
Last year, a freshman comes in and shows that he's the guy and shows right from the get go that, you know, he should be considered a legit starter anywhere in college football, let alone Clemson.
He had four picks all year, and, ah, Muslim came towards the end of the year.
So you can't you can't compare just again.
Looking at the start of the seasons are very different.
They're very different.
The way he came out was ready, confident, hungry last year, and then this year he came out sputtering, hit five touchdowns and five interceptions in three games and needing to get by to win one of those three games and then two weeks later against a below average.
But feisty North Carolina dream again, having to come back out and try to will win and get a win and struggled, you know? Have they turned the ball over? Had he had an interception in that game, comes and loses a game.
It literally came down to the last position as the receiver catches that ball and he's out of bounds.
There they lose.
They are upset by an unranked, but not a confusing North Carolina team, Andy.
And that's why there's a feel to it, like they lost that game.
It wasn't an actual loss, but there's a lot of feel to that game, like it was a loss and Ohio State. Regardless.
You know, they come back, they come out.
They gotta win in that game.
But and a lot of points in that game, especially the beginning, It really did feel out mashed.
It's It's like they caught a good a good wave of momentum and that took him to the victory.
I don't think that they were outmatched.
They were a better.
They were better, you know how stay.
I think Ohio State was a little better than them.
It's just that they weren't scoring the ball.
They weren't finishing.
That was Ohio State's bigger problem.
And I don't and I don't think it was necessarily comes.
Is defense that was doing it because Ohio State's receivers, they were dropping a lot of balls and they weren't running it enough again.
You know, Jake, a doctor's got hurt, too.
So he was in and out of the game with ankle injury.
So you know, it's it's Ah, yeah, yeah, it's kind of it's kind of a coin toss game, but ah, obviously, e.
I could see Ohio State winning that game, you know, two out of three times.
But that's not how it works.
It's not the n b A playoffs.
It's a it's a single elimination.
And they were Singley eliminated simply plain and simply, just like they just like they were the last time they played the Fiesta Bowl.
But whilst they had had won one playoff game since the inaugural player now, okay, as many wins and Oklahoma and neither and neither has Florida State.
But, I mean, that was the 2nd 1 You have a porter stating being incense and they have been in scent.
Either is organ if you think about it.
And he has Oregon, neither.
Michigan State got in once that housed.
You know, Washington Washington roasted.
Well, they actually didn't get roost.
They put up a good fight.
They I think I think they showed a lot in that game.
And then they just fell there. There.
You know, they should have had a much better team because they have.
You know, uh, Easton is a good quarterback.
I think he has a good quarterback.
I'll see next week at Senior Bowl, for sure.
Um, I have something to show their you'll be at the combine.
So, um, but e me and he has some good some good Ah, offensive linemen, too, You know, I e a Washington should.
It should have played better this year, you know, they just didn't.
And their coach, you know, is deciding to ah, call it a career or, um, stop for now.
Maybe he's looking for year off in a new opportunity.
Well, after only time will tell we only got about 1/2 hour left.
I do want to get into, um I do want to get into a shrine game and ah ah, the NFL playoffs.
Um, and what do you What do you make of the playoffs? Uh, the packers finally Ah, you know, new head coach New.
Ah, new kind of philosophy.
And they look kind of revived.
See? Look sincere. They wanna a Super Bowl.
Yeah, um, you know, that was just a matter of, you know, He's between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy.
So, you know, they, you know, they had to part ways at that particular point.
But I think that, you know, the emergence of Aaron zones over the course of the season.
And you know, the way that the defense has made plays, you know, it's pretty much there, you know, the major difference.
Ah, this season, um, so they were able to get, you know, the key win over Seattle.
Ah, but they have to, you know, go over to There was a Santa Clara the Pacer.
Niners were, you know, they lost almost by 30 points this season.
So you got to see how they, you know, react this time around to face in for the head of Dante.
Agrees about a team that you know, human in San Francisco that, you know, Christ, I'm not making too many mistakes is behind the running game.
Um, stingy defense, very stingy defense.
And usually with tribal formula that's usually a Super Bowl winning formula.
Have a group good to great defense force turnovers in that, you know, give up the ball.
You know, so you don't necessarily need, you know, that big playing type of quarterback or anything like that, in most cases, to the, you know, at least gets a Super Bowl.
Sometimes you just need that defense is opportunistic and causing turnovers or causes bad plays.
Um, you know, from the opposing team, which is what they did against Minnesota.
And but, you know, part of that was you know, im Minnesota, too.
They really didn't utilize.
I don't cook that much.
Ah, but for much of the wrong name, it always forgetting.
You know, um, so props to the 40 Niners and we just see what they're gonna do in the NFC championship game.
On that side on the other side, I mean, you you have the Derrick Henry show from, and this is basically the same is Tennessee's pretty much one point San Francisco is doing a hole behind them. Running game.
See if you could see if you got to stop Derrick Henry, stop there, Carrie.
Right now, How about Ryan Tannehill, though, And tell me, our Ryan Tannehill me ranch in the Hill Man in the hill.
So tell me about Ryan.
You know, I thought I would have pretty much made him like, um, he's kind of like in this well, kind of a couple of steps over Trent Dilfer with Bill Baltimore Ravens.
Maybe this will run behind their defense than behind Jamal Lewis.
Some, but he's able to make a couple of plays here and there.
Um, of course you have, Like the men floating around about you know, how he's doing so good in Tennessee.
While Miami no was struggling for most of us, they finished off this.
Okay, so if you look back when he was on the field and playing Miami Waas competing to get in the playoffs or were in the playoffs didn't go far, but still Ah, they were like changing their coach every other year.
Their GM was you know, they're going through a lot of movement and change and a lot of inconsistency.
But yet they were there.
And I mean, you could literally say, Ah, there's not a whole lot different between the Dolphins and the Cowboys other than no ownership as far as what you got out on the field, a ce faras producing it winds, you know, because Miami had some pretty stellar defense is during that time, too.
I mean, for good span there.
I mean, ah, look at how many guys they had there were all pro on the defense alone.
So Ah, yeah, obviously fell short from where anybody wants to be.
But he was serviceable.
He was getting the job done, and that's what we keep.
We keep coming back to the league, and we look at guys that maybe aren't you know, the superstar everybody wants.
That goes out there and really does it.
But there's guys like Ryan Tannehill that can go out.
He plays well and he can win games, but he's not.
He's not a flash guy.
He's not a guy that's really gonna you know, he's not spectacular, and people want spectacular more than they wanna win, You know, that's thing.
So obviously it works for Tennessee because they had a good quality running game.
But they had a good quality running game with him while he was in in Miami and the defense was good.
Same thing here.
So, you know, I mean, you could say a lot about the guy.
Maybe you don't like it. May is not your ideal choice.
Maybe he's not, You know, ah, guy that you even pick up ever in your fantasy league.
Maybe he stays on.
Anoosha claimed all year, I don't know, but in the real world, he he's serious bull.
And he went some football games and he gets to the playoffs.
And that's what Ah, you see, teams are looking for.
If you're in the playoffs, you have an opportunity, and then you can try to ride a wave.
If you think you're outmatched her how talented their whatever.
So at least if you say that for I'd say that for him, Unfortunately, unfortunately.
Ah, I don't see them in Kansas City.
Uh, Kansas City doesn't need to do a bunch of running. Don't.
I think Kansas sees defense has gotten better.
Um, but I will say this about Derrick Henry.
I will eat crow when it comes to Derrick Henry.
Ah, his his his footwork that his his mobility was lackluster.
Coming out of college, he is a much better pro and and has developed considerably from what I saw a couple years ago when he was Alabama.
Hey, his foot works better.
He can run with it, clearly, just runs people over.
I wasn't worried about that, but he was very stiff, which is not anymore.
And I think his development is what helped lead him to some of the success he's at.
But she has a pretty good offensive line, and, ah, they're doing a good job of getting him in the right mismatches and their dental bridge of play calling.
And they're putting in situations where he is running more, decides where this a mismatch and that comes with blocking.
That comes with, you know, uh, play calling.
They've been really good about setting up plays early in the game and then coming back to what they feel like they can really hit home on.
So they've been really good to coaching.
Staff has done a tremendous job as well.
We're Tennessee So it wasn't just, you know, he's bawling out which he is.
Ah, but ah, he has.
And I I admit, I was wrong on my, uh, on my projection for him.
He's better than what I thought it would be.
Anyways, I have Kansas City winning.
Ah, and then, ah, have San Francisco.
So it would be the team Joe Montana played for to start his career and the team.
Joe Montana played his played to end his career.
So in the Super Bowl in Miami, that's a lot of travel.
San Francisco to Miami, Kansas City to Miami, Kansas City of Miami.
Driving is now 26 a half hours, 24 26.
One wouldn't do that.
Even a two day trip wouldn't do that, saying You can't You wouldn't want to do that because Kansas City you'd probably get us far is Atlanta and the first day.
And then the second day you probably get brains, and that's brain tin Miami found.
I would do, Um, and Linda do Miami.
Yeah, but Kansas City tow Atlanta.
No! Ah, Atlanta to Miami's like three and 1/2.
No, no, it's ah nine and 1/2 hours.
I think it was about six toe Orlando.
And you got three.
If you take the expressway.
Probably nine and 1/2 hours to Miami.
Something like that.
Yeah, that's not I've I haven't driven that for I've done, you know, Lincoln, Tampa and Lincoln, too, you know, appear so, Uh huh.
And I've done that a couple times.
It's not the greatest Dr.
If you want to stop and see things, it's it's worth.
It's good road tripping, Dr.
Except for when you're in between like Nashville and ST Louis.
There's like nothing there. Nothing.
You see Santa of Chicago? Cool.
I could go to Chicago now.
Oh, South Bend, Indiana.
You know No, you go into ah, to national.
Oh, I'm going to Kentucky this week to go.
No, no, we're going to go.
We're in Nashville.
So anyways, ah, last couple days I've been at the East West Shrine game and I want to kind of remark on some of the marquee players that ah I've seen in this game so far is a couple days.
Oh, no, it's still early.
Um, but one guy I think has actually done more good than any than anything.
Ah, is Ah, Keith Gavin, the wide receiver from Florida State.
I'm listed here.
It's 62 to wait, but I think he's taught in 62 which is very normally there taller than what they're listed at.
But I think he's taller than that.
And he's Ah, he showed some good talent and ability where he had four to state.
He showed a lot of inconsistency.
But given the situation at quarterback, um, that's almost expected.
So he I think he showed up pretty well.
Ah, and that And he's on the, uh he's on the East.
It's on the East team.
I think they've had ah, have couple pretty.
It's a three decent quarterbacks that that ah, that I've I've really looked at Ah, James Morgan.
It's a quarterback from Florida International.
I think you transfer.
He transferred down there from Bowling Green.
He was somewhere else before that too.
So he's Ah, pretty talented kid is he's, ah transom ability, you know, stay within the pocket and ah, he did something that not many people do.
And I was helpful for the Atlantic Wing Games So, uh, another kid's Kevin Davidson news from Princeton.
He's tall have been listed at 64 He looks more like 66 Ah fits the bill, uh, showing some athletic tendencies.
Although he seems to me more, more.
A passer, good, strong arm.
And then, ah, the other guy on the East team have stood out of the quarterback. Tommy Stevens.
He's ah, from Mississippi State.
He was a transfer from Penn State.
Eso those Those three quarterbacks have looked pretty pretty good.
So East has, uh, I think the better overall quarterbacks again.
Not as much athleticism and mobility and their quarterbacks as the West team, um, there and then because, uh, the the one running back they have stands out is ah ah Tabin Finster fester from South Carolina who, uh, had a pretty solid season.
But ah ended up here at at the Shrine Bull to kind of capitalize a bit more on that, obviously, because South Caroline didn't have such a stellar season outside of that one game that was in Athens.
What? So, uh, I think is done.
He's done decent.
Ah, and there's, ah, few offensive lineman that Ah, uh I've done pretty well, too.
I'll get I'll get in those a little bit deeper this week on the defensive side for the east team.
Um, the guys that have stood out the most for me, uh, again, this is the squad.
It's kind of interesting the way they kind of stacked these teams up sometimes.
Ah, you wonder if it's kind of intentional.
Now, Michael Divinity Junior, who was just in the national championship game last night, is supposed to be there tomorrow.
Uh, so I I can tell you from watching L issue is he's a draft picked.
You didn't need to come to this game, but, uh, he's ah, he will be there tomorrow.
Ah, but ah, as far as, ah, defensive players go, uh, I think, um ah, Edward Austen.
He's He's played decent.
He's from ah ah fresh His state.
So small school kid.
Ah, it's nice to see those guys. Alex.
Smith. Defensive end from Charlotte.
He Ah, he's been playing pretty well.
Um, so those guys have kind of stood out.
Ah, I'll say that one guy that probably has been the most remarked guy on the offensive side was the quarterback.
He was a quarterback at Navy Malcolm Perry, but he's here is a wide receiver.
Reynolds did last year switch positions to, ah to create more opportunity on he's done that.
He has good footwork.
Uh, looks, you know, really? Ah, really twitchy has some burst to him.
Uh, is not a natural pass catcher.
They have enlisted here at 59 Okay, we'll go with that.
But ah, yeah, he's he's ah, he's been working with because one of the coaches there's is Antwaan Randle El clearly was a receiver and quarterback.
So, uh, he's been working with them and I've seen some progress.
Ah, and over the last couple of days, him moving to catching more balls with his hands and bringing it in.
Uh, but you could just tell that you he's a guy that needs, ah, a little bit of work.
Ah, he's not Ah, not polished, but athletic.
Could be, Ah, one of those guys that ah, they bring in and work on.
You've seen a lot of, ah, a lot of quarterbacks come into the league in the last five years or so and move over to receiver or H back or some sort of a slot or hybrid position, just athlete, and ah, causing a little bit of havoc.
The West team, for me eyes is clearly Ah, much more.
Ah, much more talented on the skill position.
Um, starting starting at, uh, Juwan Johnson.
Why receiver from Orient? He's tall.
He's been He he could be.
He could be a tight end in the league, but he's really crisp with his routes.
Um, he's a little bit faster than his size leads in leads.
Ah, lead you to believe he is.
And, ah, he's done good all week with creating separation.
So he's he's he's really done.
Well, ah, this week so far, Uh, another guy I thought was going to do much better his way.
Who I still like as ah, as a prospect, is Nick Westbrook out of Indiana? Uh, he kind of caught on a little late today and was catching a bunch, but he was struggling with some dot drops in his first couple of days.
Didn't really stand out as much.
Ah, but who did? Is John Hightower wide receiver out of Boise State To do is quick.
He has burst good hands.
Unfortunately, I think he's a little larger size at 1 85 But ah, thing is, Ah, I want to see him run Maur of the Route tree.
It just seems like he's on a go route all the time.
So I don't know if he's one of those guys just quick and relies on that speed.
Or if he's Ah, if he's going to run, can run more Chris sprouts.
And he's kind of one of those guys that I cannot wait to see.
Um, on the defense.
One of the guys that actually have stood out pretty well is Khalil Davis in Nebraska.
He they moved around from one to a three.
Ah, he's played five technique as well.
They're so Ah, they've really been moving them up and down the defense of line.
And he's been Ah, yes, um, deceptive quickness, some good quickness off off the snap on DA.
He's looked pretty decent.
Another guy that stood out on defense is ah, defensive in from Memphis.
Bryce Huff, huh? He could be a defense band.
Who or ah, you know.
Ahh. 34 Outside linebacker.
Uh, he 62 kind of that tweener type height.
Ah, but he's looked.
He's looked pretty good.
A SZ faras defensive players go, um, but I really liked, uh, Williams.
Chris Williams, cornerback from Minnesota.
He's ah, six foot and was six foot, 198.
He told me he was 112 today.
Um, so he's the size of a safety, and he plays corner.
And I know a lot of teams have talked to him and that they're kind of experimenting, maybe with the nickel.
Ah, but he plays because he plays well, any complaint? Physical? Uh huh.
And that's where they look at the nickel because they might want him to come up and run support, Uh, no questions on on linebacker.
They brought up a nickel that brought up.
So he's one of those guys.
I think, uh, thinks gonna go and, uh, he's gonna have a really quality NFL career, So I have more on the East West Shrine game this week.
Ah, if you wanna watch the game, it is Saturday at three o'clock Eastern on the NFL Network.
So, James, one thing we got, like, two minutes left.
Clemson and Ohio State for the most part.
A lot of that team.
A lot of that team.
Those two teams stay intact.
You got a couple of key guys you're on offense or defense that they lose.
Ah, but for the most part, ah, their core playmakers keep their quarterbacks.
They're keeping some of their skill guys.
Ah, you know, they both lose a little something on defense.
Ah, but for the most part, I think that they're gonna They're gonna bring back the most core players out of the house.
The top 10 teams that we saw.
Um, Oregon is losing almost their entire offensive line and their quarterback.
So where that goes, I don't know.
Ellis Ellis, You loses? Yeah.
Couple other their defensive backfield.
They lose a linebacker and they lose two defensive lineman.
Ah, they lose Joe Burrow.
So and they're gonna lose receivers.
So it's Ah, it's Ah, that team.
What it's gonna look like next year, I don't know.
It's gonna be a big question, is kind of like, um, it's kind of like Clemson the year after they won their, uh, the national championship.
You know what? What? What was to expect her? You're not.
You're in Tampa when they won, You know, they come back, you know, quarterbacks different? Yeah.
Your defense looking a little bit different.
Ah, a couple years down the road all worked out, but ah, I think that's kind of what they're gonna look at.
Is it a rebuild? Is it a reload? So there's some teams in the top 10 that are gonna look very different next year.
Alabama be one of those, you know.
That's a kit. A mat.
Womack, Uh, his brother plays in the league.
Ah, he's at the shrine game this year.
Oh, no, I Now he needs he looks like he's a little bit more of a project.
I didn't really expect that from ah Womack or ah in Alabama offensive lineman.
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