Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Georgia on the minds as No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 3 Georgia clash in the biggest game of the season to date

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By: Jon Opiela
Twitter: @jonopiela24

Eyes all over the country will be descending upon Athens, GA as No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) heads south of the Mason-Dixon line to take on No. 3 Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC East). The Irish and Bulldogs will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and the game will be televised nationally on CBS and the CBS Sports App.

Georgia On Their Minds:

Notre Dame is 29-19 all-time against the Southeastern Conference and 9-5 all-time on the road against SEC opponents. The last time Notre Dame battled an SEC program on the road came in 2004 when the unranked Irish knocked off No. 9 Tennessee, 17-13 led by quarterback Brady Quinn.

One of the intriguing battles to watch throughout the contest will be how the battle in the trenches fare between Notre Dame’s defensive line and Georgia’s offensive line. 

Georgia’s offensive line averages 6 feet, 5 inches tall and 328.6 pounds, which is the largest line in Bulldog history. Four of the five starters on Georgia’s offensive line are returning, including All-American left tackle Andrew Thomas and Freshman All-American left tackle Isaiah Wilson. Returners Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara will have tall tasks to face, while juniors Myron Tagoviloa-Amosa and Kurt Hinish will need to step up and make timely plays.

Quarterback Ian Book leads the Irish offense in all sense. Through the first two games, Book has tossed six touchdown passes and thrown for 553 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to Javon McKinley. In addition, Book leads the Irish with 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns
Tony Jones Jr. leads the Irish running backs with 134 yards rushing and Chase Claypool leads the receiving core with 190 receiving yards. 

Between The Hedges:

Seating for Sanford Stadium will be expanded to a new record capacity of 92,746 for the prime-time contest as the University of Georgia will be adding temporary seating to the upper bowl of the stadium.

Coming into the Notre Dame game, Georgia has won 15 consecutive home games, dating back to 2017. Under Kirby Smart, the Dawgs are 18-3 at Sanford Stadium and 11-2 under the lights in night games. The last time a non-conference opponent came into Athens for a top 10 matchup was in 1966 when No. 7 Georgia defeated No. 5 Georgia Tech 23-14.

D’Andre Swift comes into the game averaging 96.7 rushing yards per game, totaling 294 yards and two tochdowns to this point this season. Jake Fromm has totaled 601 yards through the air and five touchdowns with George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock being his favorite targets. Pickens and Blaylock have 162 and 160 receiving yards, respectively and three touchdown receptions.

Mark Webb and Monty Rice have led Georgia’s defense to this point. Webb has tallied 16 total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss, and Rice is right behind him with 15 total tackles.

Series History:

In the two previous meetings between Georgia and Notre Dame, the Bulldogs have walked away victorious both times. The first meeting between the two schools came in the 1981 Sugar Bowl which saw No. 1 Georgia defeat No. 7 Notre Dame by a score of 17-10 to secure the National Championship. The other meeting came in 2017 under the lights in South Bend when Jake Fromm knocked off the Irish in his first career start 20-19.

Monday, September 16, 2019

CSO Mock College Football Playoff committee top 25 for Sept. 16

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Thanks to the mock selection committee for coming through and making the fourth edition of the rankings possible this season.

Biggest jump: Virginia 25 (+4)

Biggest fall: Michigan State NR (-13)

        Team                      Points         Last Week

1 Clemson (8) 3-0                 248                    1

2 Alabama (2) 3-0                242                     2

3 Georgia 3-0                       225                     3

4 Ohio State 3-0                   215                     4

5 LSU 3-0                             213                     5

6 Oklahoma 3-0                    206                     6

7 Notre Dame 2-0                 180                     7

8 Auburn 3-0                        168                      9 (+1)

9 Utah 3-0                             164                    10 (+1)

10 Florida 3-0                      161                       8 (-2)

11 Michigan 2-0                   141                       11

12 Wisconsin 2-0                  139                       12

13 Penn State 3-0                 133                       12 (-1)

14 UCF 3-0                          118                        15 (+1)

15 Texas 2-1                         112                        14 (-1)

16 Texas A&M 2-1                 86                        18 (+2)

17 Washington State 3-0        85                        19 (+2)

18 Iowa 3-0                            84                        17 (-1)

19 Boise State 3-0                  68                        21 (+2)

20 Oregon 2-1                        67                        20

21 Virginia 3-0                       39                        25 (+4)

22 California 3-0                   29                        NR

22 Washington 2-1                 29                        23 (+1)

24 Arizona State 3-0              24                        NR

24 TCU 3-0                            24                        NR

Dropped out:

Michigan State (16), Maryland (22), USC (24)

Others receiving votes:

Memphis 13, Oklahoma State 12, Kansas State 9, Michigan State 9, Wake Forest 6, BYU 1

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Air Force 30, Colorado 23 (OT): Falcons survive in an instant classic after a 16,412-day hiatus in the rivalry

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By: Adam Chalifoux
Twitter: @kungfouxhustle

BOULDER, CO— After a 16,412-day hiatus, the Air Force Falcons and Colorado Buffaloes renewed their football rivalry Saturday afternoon. The last time the Falcons visited Boulder on the gridiron, Richard Nixon had resigned, Colorado Head Coach, Mel Tucker was a year old, and the goal post was moved to the back of the endzone.

While the game has evolved by leaps and bounds since 1974, the Air Force Falcons came into Folsom Field with an old-school game plan; punish the defense with the run game. Colorado brought a modern style by spreading the ball with a high-flying passing attack. Early on, it worked. On the first drive of the game, Senior signal caller Steven Montez found junior Laviska Shenault for a 42-yard passing touchdown.

Air Force went right to work on their signature power run game but Aaron Maddox put a stop to the Falcons’ drive, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Taylor Waters. Colorado looked as if it could put it away early, marching down for a field goal to make it 10-0 halfway through the first.

The Falcons responded however by hitting the Buffaloes with a slew of power run plays to lull the defense to sleep before scoring on a 32-yard passing touchdown from DJ Hammond to Geraud Sanders.

On the ensuing drive, the Air Force defense turned up the pressure on Montez, forcing a missed snap and several inaccurate passes forcing a punt.

“Plain and simple it is on me. I can’t come out lethargic like that,” said Montez after the game.
With the ball and momentum, Air Force bruised its way down the field with a 12-play, 78-yard drive that was sealed with a Hammond two-yard rushing touchdown. Suddenly, the loud and confident home crowd became a little less raucous.

Despite the 11 a.m. local start, the sun looked like it could really be setting early on the Buffaloes when Hammond continued to impress with an 81-yard passing touchdown to Ben Waters as the Falcons lead increased to 20-10.

“I was surprised on his burst of speed. At first, I thought he was going to get tackled when they tried to trip him but then he got away,” said Hammond.

At halftime, there were a few alarming numbers for Colorado who came into the game fresh off a huge win over Nebraska and the three-point favorite. Air Force had more than doubled Colorado’s total yards with 290 to the Buffaloes’ 133. 154 of Air Force’s yards came off the rushing attack, which worked like body punches in a heavyweight fight, leaving the defense gasping for air and desperate to stay on their feet. Colorado also sustained self-inflicted wounds by losing 30 yards on their five first half penalties.

The Buffaloes, however, were not in unfamiliar territory having rallied from down 17 the previous week. Just as in their games versus Colorado State and Nebraska, the defense improved in the second half, keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard for the entire third quarter. However, Colorado was unable to chip away at the deficit either in that time and lost senior strong safety, Aaron Maddox to injury.

“I don’t know exactly what his injury is but I heard it didn’t look too good,” said Montez, on Maddox who was carted off the field.”

Early in the fourth quarter, Air Force took its biggest lead of the game, on a 47-yard Jake Koehnke field goal to make it 23-10. After disappearing for three quarters, Colorado’s offense finally returned when they were needed most. Montez led the Buffaloes down the field for a 12-play, 75-yard drive, finding Dimitri Stanley for touchdown. Air Forces defense came up huge however, with a blocked point after attempt that proved to be one of the most important plays of the game. 
Needing a stop to stay alive, the home crowd took their energy to a new level making it difficult for Air Force to hear the snap count which resulted in consecutive false start penalties deep in their own territory, quickly forcing the Falcons to punt giving Colorado a chance to tie or win the game with just under five minutes left.

“Our team will never give up, our team can get the job done, it also shows that no matter what, we keep fighting so we definitely need that type of team if we want to do good down the stretch,” said Shenault, who led all receivers with eight catches, 124 yards, and a touchdown.
Again, the Buffaloes, stampeded down the field, making their way to the two-yard line with 33 seconds remaining. Shenault took a direct snap and fought his way into the endzone. After the point after, the game was knotted at 23 and headed into overtime. This is where things peaked for Colorado.

The Buffaloes elected to defend after winning the coin toss and Kadin Remsberg added 25 more yards to make his total 150 on the day, dashing into the endzone. Despite the support of the home crowd, the Buffaloes finally ran out of late game magic falling to Air Force, 30-23 in overtime.

“We have to give Air Force a lot of credit,” Tucker said. “Those guys have some good players, play extremely hard, are well coached and made more plays than we made.”
After scoring the first ten points of the game, Colorado fell stagnant, demonstrating a trend of slow starts after failing to score in the first half the previous week. 

“It is consistency. You have to do it play in and play out. That is where we are lacking now,” said Tucker. 

Meanwhile, Air Force is not letting their revenge game, 45 years in the making get to their heads.

“It’s a good one but it’s just one win. No more than that. Even if the outcome was different, it still would have been just one game,” said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun.

Colorado will not spend too much time grieving their loss either. Coach Tucker has a “24-hour rule”. Win or lose, the focus must shift to the next opponent after 24 hours. For Colorado, that is on the road against Arizona State a week from today. Air Force, meanwhile is set to play No. 22 Boise State on Friday night. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Pick Six- Week 3 CFB slate

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Welcome to Week 3 of CSO's Pick Six.
Larimore reigned supreme last week with a 4-2 mark, while Baligian went 3-3. Lucas' luck has gotten worse with a 1-5 record last week.

Standings:             GB

Larimore 10-2         -
Bailgian 9-3            1
Lucas 3-9                7

This week's picks:
                                                                  Larimore           Baligian          Lucas

Kansas State at Mississippi State           Miss. State         Miss. State     Miss. State

Stanford at UCF                                          UCF                 UCF            Stanford

USC at BYU                                                 USC                 USC               USC

Arizona State at Michigan State             Mich. State       Mich. State    Mich. State

Iowa at Iowa State                                       Iowa                 Iowa             Iowa

Wild card pick:

Akron at Central Michigan                         Akron                CMU          Akron 

A clash of old and new school offenses occurs between Air Force and Colorado

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By: Adam Chalifoux
Twitter: @KungFouxHustle

On Sept. 5, 1905, Saint Louis University’s Bradbury Robinson did something that changed the game of football forever, throwing the ball across the line of scrimmage.

If you’re reading this article, you likely know that the game has evolved across all levels of play to become pass heavy, spread out and high flying. Ironically, a program that specializes in flight is about 115 years late to the party.

Two weeks ago, Air Force Falcons’ quarterback, Isaiah Sanders went a perfect 1-for-1 on 41 yards passing. The Falcons ran the ball 65 times for 423 rushing yards against Colgate. Despite having only played one game, the Falcons visit Folsom Field on Saturday with the second most rushing yards per game in the FBS behind Navy, who ran for 428 yards against Holy Cross.

The colorful mountain town of Boulder, CO is buzzing optimism after a thrilling 34-31 win over last week’s win over then-No. 25 Nebraska Cornhuskers after overcoming a 17-0 halftime deficit in the third quarter.

Mel Tucker and his men in black were able to make the right adjustments and proved to have the clutch chromosome in their collective football DNA. The Buffaloes outscored the Cornhuskers 34-14 to complete a 34-31 overtime thriller. A win over “Big Red” has given fans a lot to chew on.

CU has finished with one winning season over the last 14, but going back to last campaign, it looked as if that could change after their 5-0 start, but reality came crashing in swiftly when they lost their final seven on the year. But even after last year’s dream season turned into a nightmare, the potential has been proven with a signature win and 2-0 start under their new head coach. On to Saturday…

How do the Buffaloes matchup against the Falcons? The obvious place to examine their run defense. In their opener against Colorado State on Aug. 30, CU allowed 131 rushing yards. Last week Nebraska racked up 179 more yards. Colorado comes into the game with an 84th ranked run defense which may not bode well against an Air Force attack that is known for controlling the ground.

16 different players carried the ball for the Falcons last week; leading the way was fullback, Taven Birdow who totaled 80 yards on just nine rushing attempts. Despite their option-heavy offense, Air Forces’ backfield depth could create a challenge by committee as they look to ware down their opponent.

Colorado will look to force Air Force to play from behind and to get them away from its signature run game. Through six of their first eight quarters of football this season, CU has proven that it can score in a hurry. Their 303.5 passing yards per game is currently ranked 28th in the country and senior quarterback Steven Montez has already passed for 607 yards this season.

Look for Montez and the offense to spread the field with their trio of dangerous receivers- KD Dixon, Tony Brown, and Laviska Shenault Jr.

While the safeties may need to help CU’s downfield threats, the Falcons defense cannot afford to lose track of the Buffaloes sophomore standout running back Alex Fontenot, who thrashed Colorado State for 125 yards at Mile High Stadium. Fontenot was pretty bottled up last weekend against the Huskers but may prove to be a crucial element this weekend in order to keep the defense honest.

CU comes in as a 3.5-point favorite and if Air Force is able to run the ball as well as they did against Colgate, you can expect to see a lot of sad faces in the student section. If the Buffaloes are able to slow the run however and then put up some early points, Air Force will be out of its element and things could escalate quickly in the favor of the home team.

Monday, September 9, 2019

CSO Mock College Football Playoff committee top 25 for Sept. 9

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Thanks to the mock selection committee for coming through and making the third edition of the rankings possible this season.

Biggest jump: Utah 15 (+5)

Biggest fall: Washington 23 (-10)

        Team                      Points         Last Week

1 Clemson (8) (2-0)              248                    1

2 Alabama (2) (2-0)             242                    2

3 Georgia (2-0)                    224                    3

4 Ohio State (2-0)                215                     4

5 LSU (2-0)                          213                     6 (+1)

6 Oklahoma (2-0)                207                      5 (-1)

7 Notre Dame (1-0)             183                      9 (+2)

8 Florida (2-0)                    165                     11 (+3)

9 Auburn (2-0)                    154                     12 (+3)

10 Utah (2-0)                      151                     15 (+5)

11 Michigan (2-0)               143                      7 (-4)

12 Wisconsin (2-0)              139                      16 (+4)

12 Penn State (2-0)             139                      14 (+2)

14 Texas (1-1)                     109                        8 (-6)

15 UCF (2-0)                      103                       17 (+2)

16 Michigan State (2-0)       85                        18 (+2)

17 Iowa (2-0)                       84                        20 (+3)

18 Texas A&M (1-1)            82                        10 (-8)

19 Washington State (2-0)    74                        21 (+2)

20 Oregon (1-1)                    69                        19 (-1)

21 Boise State (2-0)              52                        25 (+4)

22 Maryland (2-0)                43                        NR

23 Washington (1-1)             31                         13 (-10)

24 USC (2-0)                        27                         NR

25 Virginia (2-0)                   19                         NR

Dropped out:

Syracuse (22), Stanford (23) and Nebraska (24)

Others receiving votes:

Boston College 10, Memphis 9, North Carolina 8 Mississippi State 8, Iowa State 7, California 3, Colorado 2, Kentucky 2, Army 1

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pick Six- Week 2 CFB slate

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Welcome to Week 2 CSO's Pick Six.

Last week, Baligian and Larimore went a perfect 6-0, while Lucas brought up the rear at 2-4.

Here are this week's picks:

                                                  Baligian           Larimore          Lucas

Vanderbilt at Purdue                     Purdue             Purdue          Vanderbilt

Nebraska at Colorado                Nebraska          Nebraska         Nebraska

LSU at Texas                                 LSU                   LSU                Texas

BYU at Tennessee                     Tennessee              BYU              Tennessee

Miami (FL) at N. Carolina      Miami (FL)        N. Carolina      Miami (FL)

Wild card pick:

North Texas at SMU                  SMU               North Texas          SMU

Friday, September 6, 2019

CSO Mock College Football Playoff committee top 25 for Sept. 3

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Thanks to the mock selection committee for coming through and making the second edition of the rankings possible this season.

Biggest jumps: Texas A&M 10, Auburn 12 and Penn State 14 (+2)

Biggest fall: Oregon 19 (-6)

      Team                      Points        Preseason

1 Clemson (9) (1-0)              249                 1

2 Alabama (1)  (1-0)            241                 2

3 Georgia (1-0)                   229                  3

4 Ohio State (1-0)               190                  5 (+1)

5 Oklahoma (1-0)               186                  4 (-1)

6 LSU (1-0)                         181                 6

7 Michigan (1-0)                161                  7

8 Texas (1-0)                      160                  8

9 Notre Dame (1-0)            141                  9

10 Texas A&M (1-0)           135                 12 (+2)

11 Florida (1-0)                 120                  10 (-1)

12 Auburn (1-0)                 118                  14 (+2)

13 Washington (1-0)           114                  11 (-2)

14 Penn State (1-0)            113                  16 (+2)

15 Utah (1-0)                     109                  15

16 Wisconsin (1-0)              89                   17 (+1)

17 UCF (1-0)                       81                  18 (+1)

18 Michigan State (1-0)      68                   19 (+1)

19 Oregon (0-1)                   63                   13 (-6)

20 Iowa (1-0)                       50                   20

21 Washington State (1-0)    44                  21

22 Syracuse (1-0)                 40                  22

23 Stanford (1-0)                  30                  24 (+1)

24 Nebraska (1-0)                 27                 NR

25 Boise State (1-0)              17                  NR

Dropped out:

Northwestern (23) and Army (25)

Others receiving votes:

Cincinnati 16, North Carolina 7, Iowa State 5, Memphis 3, USC 3. Army 2, Arizona State 2, Boston College 2, Virginia 2

Thursday, September 5, 2019

CSO's 2019-20 college basketball schedule

Photo Credit: Geno Green

By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Another season is near in the world of college basketball and College Sports Overload will be there to cover some of the best teams and players in Division I.

With coverage primarily from the Big East and the Big Ten, the 2019-20 slate should be the best yet with Geno Green providing the majority of coverage all season.

NOTE: All times are Central Time, with more games added as the season goes along using the AP Top 25 rankings.

CSO's 2019-20 college basketball schedule:

Nov. 13:

Purdue at Marquette, 8 p.m.

Dec. 4:

Texas Tech at DePaul, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14:

Oregon at Michigan, 11 a.m.

Dec. 21:

Northwestern at DePaul, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 30:

Seton Hall at DePaul, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4:

Villanova at Marquette, 1 p.m.

Jan. 25:

St. John’s at DePaul, 1 p.m.

Feb. 1:

DePaul at Marquette, 1 p.m.

Feb. 9:

Butler at Marquette, 11 a.m.

Feb. 19:

Villanova at DePaul. 8 p.m.

Feb. 22:

Georgetown at DePaul, 8 p.m.

Feb. 29:

Seton Hall at Marquette, 1:30 p.m.

March 3:

Marquette at DePaul, 7 or 8 p.m.

March 13 and 14:

Big East tournament semifinals and final at Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.)

March 17-April 6:

NCAA Tournament, Times TBA