Late Game Feature – USC vs. Stanford

This is the second of two games tonight involving top-25 ranked teams, this time it’s a high-stakes showdown of PAC-12 royalty. Although early in the season this game could have definite implications for both the conference playoff and potentially a CFP birth. Especially after a horrendous bowl season last year where the PAC-12 actually set … Read moreLate Game Feature – USC vs. Stanford

Early game feature – South Carolina v. Georgia

This matchup is one of the two games with both teams ranked in the top 25, we’ll cover the other in a later edition. South Carolina comes into this game as the 24th-ranked team in the land, while Georgia comes in as the 3rd-ranked team. Both teams faced inferior opponents (the so-called ‘cupcakes’ that Popular … Read moreEarly game feature – South Carolina v. Georgia

NFL Preview – AFC West

With the NFL season kicking off this Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles opening up the defense of their Super Bowl LII title against the Atlanta Falcons, what better time to preview the season, especially now that rosters are mostly set after a mostly ignored preseason.
These previews are going to feature a quick look back at last season, any major personnel moves that may affect the upcoming season, and a prediction for how we think each division is going to play out. At the end of the week, we’ll post a separate post that combines them all and predicts the playoff participants, as well as who we think will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.
In our final divisional preview, we take a look at the AFC West. The division has had its share of success, with the Denver Broncos winning Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season. And the Kansas City Chiefs have been the class of the division the past two seasons, going a combined 22-10, though they did lose after one playoff game each season. The San Diego Los Angeles Chargers are settling into their new home in Los Angeles, and the Oakland Raiders are playing out the stretch in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas in a few years. It’s been a while since the AFC West sent three teams to the playoffs, and this year will most likely not be any different, but it will be fun to see how it all plays out and if the teams can live up to the preseason hype.

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Friday Night Spotlight – TCU v. SMU

This series will cover the most intriguing game of the Friday night games, it might not be the highest profile game…
The only Friday night game this week, and so by default is our Friday Night Spotlight, but don’t let that take away from what looks to be a great game. The TCU Horned frogs come into this 1-0 on the season after an obliteration of Southern University (an FCS school). SMU comes into this game 0-1 after a comedy of errors against North Texas that eventually ended up with a 96-yard kick return, a pick six and the defense allowing North Texas to throw for 444 yards and 3 touchdowns.
This is one of college footballs rivalry games with the “Iron Skillet” on the line. The first between the two was in 1915. There are varying stories of how the iron skillet would become the trophy and the one I’ll talk about is the more interesting (and thus, better writing material) one that is often retold by SMU fans.

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NFL Preview – AFC South

With the NFL season kicking off this Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles opening up the defense of their Super Bowl LII title against the Atlanta Falcons, what better time to preview the season, especially now that rosters are mostly set after a mostly ignored preseason.
These previews are going to feature a quick look back at last season, any major personnel moves that may affect the upcoming season, and a prediction for how we think each division is going to play out. At the end of the week, we’ll post a separate post that combines them all and predicts the playoff participants, as well as who we think will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.
As we continue our journey around the AFC, we have arrived in the AFC South, which in recent years, is one of the weaker divisions in football. Since 2002, when the NFL went to eight divisions, only one team from the division has won a Super Bowl, the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts’ win in Super Bowl XLI. The Colts were the dominant team in the division during Peyton Manning’s career in Indianapolis, winning 7 of the first 9 division titles, but in the seven years since he left the Colts, the Houston Texans have the most division titles (4), the Colts have two, and Jacksonville won their first division title in the era last season. The Tennessee Titans last won the division in 2008.

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NFL Preview – AFC North

With the NFL season kicking off this Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles opening up the defense of their Super Bowl LII title against the Atlanta Falcons, what better time to preview the season, especially now that rosters are mostly set after a mostly ignored preseason.
These previews are going to feature a quick look back at last season, any major personnel moves that may affect the upcoming season, and a prediction for how we think each division is going to play out. At the end of the week, we’ll post a separate post that combines them all and predicts the playoff participants, as well as who we think will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.
Our second division in the AFC will be the AFC North, which recently has been the domain of the Steelers, though all but the Browns have won division titles since the NFL went to the eight division format for the 2002 season (Steelers – 8 titles; Ravens – 4 titles; Bengals – 4 titles). The Ravens have the most recent Super Bowl from the division, winning Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 season, and the Steelers have two themselves since 2005 (Super Bowls XL and XLIII). The Bengals are still looking for a playoff victory this century, and the Browns… well, they’re looking for their second win in three seasons.

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