Are you an Auburn Tigers fan who has seen your title hopes dashed by a lackluster offense? Maybe you root for the Wisconsin Badgers, and you are sweating it out thanks to their loss to BYU. Or, perhaps, you support UCLA, and you’ve quickly realized that Chip Kelly can’t turn it around in a day. If you are a fan along those lines, this college football season may have lost its fun. But it doesn’t have to be like that.There are a lot of fun college football teams out there. Even if you don’t root for them, you can enjoy watching their games. They may not be the elite of the elite — nobody needs to tell you to watch Alabama. However, you should give the Tide a gander if you need to relieve some of your stress and disappointment that stems from watching your own team.Texas Tech Red RaidersIt’s been years since Mike Leach has been around, but Texas Tech remains one of the most exciting offenses in college football. No team has put up more yards per game, … [Read more...] about College football teams to watch and root for now that your team is out of it
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1 of 19 View 19 Items Ravell Call, Deseret News Rev. France A. Davis applauds the Utah Utes as he walks with them to the locker room following an NCAA football game against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Related Link How chaplains master the art of listening SALT LAKE CITY — Two days before the University of Utah hosted the No. 10-ranked Washington Huskies at Rice-Eccles Stadium, about half the team, coaches and staff sought shade along the practice field fence as they concluded their Thursday preparations. Drenched in sweat, some players sat on coolers while others took a knee or sat on the grass. "Chapel, chapel, chapel!" Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham called out. After a 30-second pause for a few latecomers, the coach continued. "OK, let's fire it up." Team chaplain Pastor France A. Davis, a 72-year-old African-American dressed in a white shirt, red bow tie and black slacks, stepped forward. … [Read more...] about How chaplains for Utah college football teams are helping athletes to ‘be the best they can be’
The opening week of the college football season gave us some surprising results. Highly-ranked teams looked like they couldn’t justify the hype. Five Top 25 teams fell during the opening weekend, with one going down to an unranked opponent and several others coming dangerously close. That doesn’t include some unranked teams who had hopes of making noise but were ultimately cast aside quite quickly.Here are ten teams that had very foreboding starts to the 2018 season that could be a sign of trouble ahead.10) Kansas … [Read more...] about 10 college football teams that had concerning starts to the season
It's time for questions to start being answered by Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli 38s ago • 6 min read The beginning of the college football season is a beautiful time of year for a few reasons. The first -- and biggest -- is that we have college football to watch. That cannot be overstated. I like baseball a lot, but having nothing but baseball to watch the last couple of months was wearing me down.I needed this.Another reason I find the start of the year interesting is I can finally start the process of figuring out the answers to the questions I've had about teams for the last eight months. Once a season ends, we spend some time reviewing it and going over what happened, then we turn our eyes forward to the next season, wondering what will happen.I believe I've been on 100 different radio or television shows the last few weeks, being asked about my thoughts for the 2018 season. I've had to write stories here about what I believe teams will do. Who … [Read more...] about Friday Five: College football teams I’m most interested in watching in Week 1
It happens to at least one top 10 team nearly every season by Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli 2m ago • 12 min read College football teams are a lot like people: they're all bound to disappoint you eventually.I was reminded earlier this week that it happens on a regular basis. Following the release of the preseason AP Top 25 poll, The Athletic's Matt Brown did a breakdown of the history of the poll over the last 29 seasons and found some interesting trends. One of them stood out to me.Most years, at least one top-10 team turns out to be wildly overrated and finishes the season unranked. That held true for preseason No. 3 Florida State last year and No. 10 Notre Dame in 2016. All 10 preseason top-10 teams have finished the season ranked in the top 25 in 4 of 29 seasons, and as many as four preseason top-10 teams have finished unranked (2002).To recap, at least one team that began the season in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll finished the season unranked … [Read more...] about Which top 10 college football team is the most likely to finish the season unranked?