NCAA college football 2017-18: Official thread

Holysh*tholysh*tholysh*tholysh*t!

Well, I won't say I'm not disappointed, but damn that was exciting. Ehlinger might turn out to be OK after all, if he can stop turning the ball over and turning away right before the center snaps the ball. The defense was amazing. Ah well. It was fun.

Helluva game.

TN Vols should not have lost that game. Why do they keep playing like Peyton Manning is still there? Run the ball! Stop passing every play. Especially when running is what got you to the end. Regardless, the playcalling and the recruiting just isn't there. They need more dynamic players and better coaching.

Penn State, on the other hand, was great and did as expected. That's the team the Vols need to emulate. A deep roster with extremely dynamic players that can cover several positions. They're a multi-threat team that cannot be easily countered at all. You've got players that can run, pass, catch, cover, and everything else all over the team. You try to nullify one of them and you're missing coverage on the next guy that will run it to endzone.

GO BEARS!!!

Abu5217 wrote:

PSA for Rad: bighoppa=UT, Fedaykin=TAMU

Def. some solid context, thank ya!

bighoppa wrote:

Holysh*tholysh*tholysh*tholysh*t!

Jibbers Crabst, double OT. Forget what I said, that was a solid game.

Carlbear95 wrote:

GO BEARS!!!

Nice win for Cal! It seems like they're secretly decent this year? If so, nice turn around.

ND wins big in a game they should...finally. Feels like it's been years since I could say that.

Man, USC and the longhorns should play every year.

Carlbear95 wrote:

GO BEARS!!!

I hope Tim Deruyter has a very successful career with y'all. There aren't a ton of former Aggie coordinators I miss, but he's one of them.

Carlbear95 wrote:

GO BEARS!!!

I think we may need to do a wellness check to see if Carlbear is okay and hasn't had a stroke watching the Bears today.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Carlbear95 wrote:

GO BEARS!!!

I hope Tim Deruyter has a very successful career with y'all. There aren't a ton of former Aggie coordinators I miss, but he's one of them.

I'll be honest I felt DeRuyter was the most questionable hire on Wilcox's staff but whatever he's done its been amazing. For the 2nd game in a row Cal shut out a team in the 2nd half. Compare that to the previous two defensive coordinators who refused to make any adjustments at the half even if it was clear the opposing offense was taking advantage of mismatches. Combine the fact that this D was recruited to be a 4-3, the transformation to a pass rushing 3-4 has been remarkable. General Cal consensus was that the LBs were not very good but as the primary focus in a 3-4 they have been awesome. Cal's down lineman are undersized but they are doing just enough to occupy the O-line and let the LBs come clean. Also those two Ole Miss WRs were ridiculous. We were calling them Megatron 1 and Megatron 2.... (I would have called the other Galvatron but I don't think the guys I sit with would have understood). So to keep them in check for the entire 2nd half is a testament to great DB play and good pressure on the QB.

It is frustrating that the talent is clearly there and we wasted 3 years of Jared Goff and one year of Davis Webb with whatever boneheads Sonny Dykes hired to run the Cal Defense.

On offense, Cal did just enough, scoring 19 points (there was a pick 6 for the final Cal TD). This despite the fact that our top WR was out for this game. On top of that there were 2 missed Cal FGs (one for Ole Miss as well), and we also took 3 points off the board on a leaping penalty, and we then proceeded to throw an INT, so effectively 9 points squandered (net 6 with the missed Ole Miss FG).

Anyways, this is just game 1 of a brutal 5 game stretch.. up next home against USC, @Oregon, @Washintgon home WSU. Whatever you think of the Pac-12 conference, you would be hardpressed to find another conference where you have to gameplan defensively against so much diversity in offense on a week to week basis.

Oh, and as RB Vic Enwere twittered after the game.. "What's an SEC?"

GO BEARS!

Ouch! Cal faces 2 top 10 teams in the next 3 weeks and 4 top 25 teams in the next 4 weeks? Brutal. Good luck...

BoogtehWoog wrote:

TN Vols should not have lost that game. Why do they keep playing like Peyton Manning is still there? Run the ball! Stop passing every play. Especially when running is what got you to the end. Regardless, the playcalling and the recruiting just isn't there. They need more dynamic players and better coaching.

I disagree about the recruiting. I think Jones and his staff have recruited pretty well, it's just that some of the players aren't developed as well as they could.

I think 2018's class is ranked top 5 or so IIRC.

That's part of the reason that people wanting to fire him even if he goes 9-3 or so are nuts. You'll lose a lot of that, then we'll start the whole post-Fulmer trying to find the right coach for a decade process again. UT just won't pay for what some of the other big teams will, so you have to take a lot of chances on up and comers. Risky.

Abu5217 wrote:

Oh man, sorry Stele.

Yeah. Rough night.

1st half was just a lot of drops, some questionable play calls, and those compounded in the tired defense being on the field too much and giving up a late easy score. All seemed correctable. Hell we were basically down the same score last year at their place at the half and then rolled off 26 straight.

2nd half started with a stop, then a nice 50 yard run. But no that was called back for a questionable blocking penalty that wasn't anywhere near the play even. And the next play was the pick 6 and then the f*cking wheels came off. Frustrating to see some of the team just look like they quit.

I actually had to turn it off when it was 40-21 in the 4th, for my own sake. Not good to yell at the TV that much.

I suppose we should take the FSU view from last year. Just one game, no matter what the score was. And maybe the team is still good enough for an Orange Bowl.

Sometimes it is not great when you are a fan of a football team that almost always has high expectations. Welcome to the club!

Carl - Fun fact, some of us tried to get the nickname "Galvatron" going for Mike Evans. He's an amazing wide receiver, for one thing, but he's also from Galveston.

Michigan went 0-for-5 on touchdowns on red zone offense against Air Force, making them 1-for-10 on the year.

Michigan's (co-)championship 1997 team, which I remember well due to that being my final year in the Michigan band, had an elite defense and a thoroughly mediocre offense. Wouldn't it be nice if similarities of that team to this year's panned out?

Michigan's defense this year is off to a very strong start as well, and now 3-0 as a team. Still, I don't see Michigan making it through a tough B1G East unscathed without getting the offense at least a little more on track.

Have we discussed that Baylor is 0-3? Big XII power!

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Have we discussed that Baylor is 0-3? Big XII power!

For a program that should have been shut down for a couple years after all the illegal activities on campus and cover-up, they deserve much worse.

Stele wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Have we discussed that Baylor is 0-3? Big XII power!

For a program that should have been shut down for a couple years after all the illegal activities on campus and cover-up, they deserve much worse.

Agreed. They got less than Penn State, who also should have gotten more than they did.

WolverineJon wrote:

Michigan went 0-for-5 on touchdowns on red zone offense against Air Force, making them 1-for-10 on the year.

Michigan's (co-)championship 1997 team, which I remember well due to that being my final year in the Michigan band, had an elite defense and a thoroughly mediocre offense.

Michigan's defense this year is off to a very strong start as well, and now 3-0 as a team. Still, I don't see Michigan making it through a tough B1G East unscathed without getting the offense at least a little more on track.

The offense feels like it's going to continue to struggle with Speight being inconsistent and a line that needs time to develop, but it also feels to me like they're also having the kind of bad luck in places that is unlikely to sustain. They've had at least two offensive TDs (one red zone) called back this season on absolutely phantom penalties. That Isaac run in the first qtr (also not red zone) was about a half inch of a heel on the sideline away from being a long rushing TD. There may have been a couple others. I think it's one of those things where the offense looks bad, but it's not quite as bad as it looks.

That may be all this team needs, because yeah, that D is flying right now. I can't allow myself to buy into the idea it's better than last year's (which was a better LB core and a year in Don Brown's system away from being an all-time great defensive unit), but all the signs are there for this one being something special too.

Oh, hey, time to look at the Week 4 schedule and ...

* gouges his eyes out *

When Alabama-Vandy is your mid-afternoon CBS matchup, you know you're in for a bad week.

USC-Cal (3:30 ABC) looks interesting - maybe the Bears have saved up some upset mojo? TCU-Okla State (3:30 p.m., ESPN) is ranked vs. ranked, but I don't know or care about either team or the Big 12. (I like tackle football, not 7-on-7 drills.)

Michigan-Purdue? Penn State-Iowa? Auburn-Missouri? Ugh, no thanks.

If I've got to pick one game, I'll go with Mississippi State-Georgia (7 p.m., ESPN), with the option to switch to Penn State-Iowa (7:30 p.m., ABC) if it stinks. Notre Dame-Michigan State (8 p.m., Fox) might be OK as Plan C. Plan D is an early bedtime.

Here's your weekly SB Nation grid of must watch/maybe/meh games.

Purdue might be interesting. The fighting Jeff Brohms can put up some points.

But yeah I picked a good weekend too go to the beach. I'm not going to miss much on Saturday

Hey, Kansas-West Virginia is on ESPNU at 11am CST this week! That ought to be a hoot!

Texas A&M - Arkansas is at 11 Central. That's been a very close, entertaining game for several years. We haven't lost it since joining the SEC. Both coaches are on the hotseat. Should be entertaining!

I'm pretty sure "both coaches are on the hot seat" is just a euphemism for "both teams suck."

This is annual Joe Roth game that Cal plays each year. Doesn't have much meaning outside of Berkeley, but you should all take a look at this promo youtube video and see something you wouldn't expect to see. Its about 3 frames at 0:07 and another at 0:24.

GO BEARS!

Ralphie and Bevo would be stampeding out the stadium.

* looks up Joe Roth game *

Wow, that's a heck of a story.

The game results page is hilarious.

"1978 ... vs. UCLA ... L ... 45-0 ... Cal turns the ball over 12 times"

How in the world?

Wow, never realized how much Cal has dominated UCLA recently. Last UCLA win was 1998? Impressive.

Last UCLA win in the Joe Roth game at Cal.

They've beaten us plenty of times in non-Joe Roth games since 1998, and Cal hasn't won in LA (USC or UCLA) in forever million years (ok 2009).