The season is fast approaching the halfway mark; and with Week 7 just around the corner, some changes have emerged in the Super Bowl lines and odds. Specific teams are slowly cementing their positions as true contenders while a few favorites have begun to struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys smacked the Green Bay packers around in Lambeau Field, which isn’t something most teams can do. Dak Prescott is the quarterback that everyone is talking about.
Coming in as Tony Romo’s replacement, Prescott has proven his naysayers wrong, helping the team achieve their 5-1 start. Of course, that introduces a whole new problem for the Cowboys who must decide whether or not to go back to Romo when he recovers and makes his return.
There have been a boatload of opinions, accusations and insults hurled in the SEC this week regarding the LSU vs. Florida game that has been postponed. Rising to the forefront of the brainless is none other that fake Rush Limbaugh blogger Clay Travis, who, by the way, is a Tennessee native.
On his radio show (yes they gave him a radio show), Travis takes aim at the University of Florida for the game not being rescheduled between the two clubs and saw it fit to put it out there publicly because controversy is his only talent. Travis suggests that Florida had a meeting of the minds and said that we can be inflexible about this game and give our QB a chance to get healthier. Mind you LSU’s Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette was ruled out for this game but what’s facts amongst geniuses. Basically, Mr. Travis suggests that Florida is scared to play LSU and used Hurricane Matthew to dodge LSU and use the rulebook to advance to the SEC Championship Game. Travis, a Tennessee native who was once a Virgin Island’s attorney (lol) has much skin in the game as a Volunteer fan. Tennessee stands to lose if they fall twice in SEC play and Florida wins out. Such an occurrence would send Florida to Atlanta for the SEC championship game instead of Travis’ beloved Tennessee Volunteers. There’s no doubt that the LSU game is one that Florida could lose as they were listed as a 3 point underdog going into the contest. However, it was LSU who cried foul when Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley stated on Wednesday that the game would be played at it’s scheduled time of 12 noon Saturday in Gainesville. It was LSU who had their state senate representative David Ritter, who is no stranger to controversy (Google him) write a letter, devoid of professional tact and send it to the University of Florida.
The NFL recent released the hometowns of all of the players on active opening day rosters and the results are in. We are sure that the map will spark many debates as state residents bicker over which state has the best football, produces the most NFL talent and has the best athletes.
In terms of pure numbers, the state of Florida takes the crown for 2016 as 239 NFL players come from the Sunshine State. Coming in second was California with 220 and Texas is third at 214. Florida, California and Texas benefit from size and excellent year round weather to help bolster their numbers. In terms of smaller states that pack a punch, states like Louisiana (62), North Carolina (60), South Carolina (57) and Ohio (94) have some impressive numbers as well.
The 2016 high school football season is finally here. Some schools have already played two games and some take to the field for the first time this week. By Monday morning, every high school football team in the country would have gotten at least one football game under their belt for the new season.
Amidst the shuffle of all the wins and losses in the on field battles, the battle still remains in another area and that is recruiting. There’s no way around it, recruiting is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the high school football game with each passing calendar year. The word “exposure” has become a part of every young high schoolers vocabulary. Now, more than ever, there are many ways for an athlete to get exposure. However, there is a catch-22 to the increase in ways to broadcast your talent. The more ways to get exposure, the harder it is to be seen. Now, virtually everyone can get their highlights on social media outlets where some coaches may have the opportunity to see it but the more videos that are available for coaches to see on social media, the less of a chance they have to see yours.
As they do every year, the GridironStuds Show released their college football conference by conference predictions along with predictions on which teams will make the college football playoff and win the championship.
Co-hosts of the GridironStuds Show, Chad Wilson and Emil Calomino have been pretty adept in years past picking the playoff participants and while there weren’t a ton of surprises in this year’s show, each host had a bit of a surprise finisher in their top 4. Both hosts also agreed on which school would be hold up the trophy at year’s end. It should be noted that neither host discuss their selections prior to doing the show making their unanimous decision as to who would be champion a bit unusual.
In a much anticipated decision, 4-star cornerback Marco Wilson from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida committed to the Florida Gators on his father’s radio show (Gridiron Studs Show) on Monday.
Wilson’s final five schools were Georgia, Miami, Ohio St., USC and Florida. Wilson is currently in the top rankings at all the major recruiting companies despite missing his entire junior season recovering from a torn ACL. Wilson’s brother Quincy Wilson is currently a starting cornerback for the Gators having signed with Florida out of high school in 2014.