Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dudek looks to finally showcase his skillset in a make or break season for the Illini

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Bad luck can happen to any human being at one point or another life. There are varying degrees as to the levels of luck and for Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Mike Dudek, two torn ACL’s have set him back over the past three seasons.

While most players might have moved on to other endeavors outside of football, Dudek’s never say die mentality has been a source of inspiration for other Illinois players to push forward in practices.

“Mike has come back a couple of times and knows he can. I don’t think it is a part of his mindset anymore,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. You want your upperclassmen to be an example and guys who are fighting through adversity have seen a Mike Dudek and what [he] has had to do to come back from injury.”

A lot of trust has been thrusted on Dudek to be a main contributor on offense and special teams despite missing five games last season with an injury, including the last four.

“It means a lot given what coach Smith knows the things I have been through and knows that I have been battling to get back to help this team,” Dudek said. “Football is a passion and is my life.”

While it feels like decades ago in college years for a player, Dudek’s capabilities to perform are not a question as he caught 1,038 yards as a freshman in 2014— his only full season.

Dudek will be a primary focus of a rebuilt offense with more emphasis on speeding the tempo as Smith hired Rod Smith as the offensive coordinator on Jan. 19 and brings a bevy of experience from schools such as Arizona and Michigan.

Lovie Smith believes the fifth-year senior will thrive in the new system and have ample opportunities.

Mike's had an excellent offseason. Completely healthy now,” Smith said. “And our new offense that we'll be running, he'll have an opportunity to be the featured guy and be able to -- we should see a lot of production from him.”

Illinois’ chances for improvement could hinge on Dudek and hopes to see a final run with a better ending than the last three seasons. 

The Mike Dudek file:

Class- Fifth-year senior

Height/Weight- 5-11, 195

High School- Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.)

Notable career highlights- Led FBS freshmen in receiving yards per game with 79.8 in 2014 and is the school’s freshman record holder in receptions and receiving yards.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Geno Green Experience- 2007 Missouri football with Jeremy Rosenberg

On this edition of The Geno Green Experience, College Sports Overload college football/basketball writer Jeremy Rosenberg comes on to talk about the 2007 Missouri Tigers football team.

Notable Topics:

5:40- How the 2006 team helped pave the way for 2007
7:07- Missouri's non-conference slate
13:58- Missouri's blowout of divisional rival Nebraska
21:22- Missouri fell to Oklahoma in a close encounter
37:58- How Missouri climbed in the polls because of a ton of upsets in the top 5
46:10- The biggest Border Showdown ever between Missouri and Kansas
58:09- Big 12 championship: Oklahoma vs top-ranked Missouri
1:13:51- Missouri and Arkansas renew an old rivalry in the Cotton Bowl Classic

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

2018 Pac-12 North game by game projections

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Key divisional games:

Sept. 22: Stanford at Oregon
Oct. 13: Washington at Oregon
Nov. 23: Washington at Washington State

Washington Huskies  10-2, 7-2 Pac-12 North

Sept. 1 vs Auburn (Atlanta) W 31-27
Sept. 8 vs North Dakota W 61-10
Sept. 15 at Utah L 28-26
Sept. 22 vs Arizona State W 34-21
Sept. 29 vs BYU W 27-16
Oct. 6 at UCLA W 42-10
Oct. 13 at Oregon W 34-30
Oct. 20 vs Colorado L 33-27
Oct. 27 at California W 41-31
Nov. 3 vs Stanford W 20-10
Nov. 17 vs Oregon State W 25-21
Nov. 23 (Friday) at Washington State W 48-35

Oregon Ducks  8-4, 5-4 Pac-12 North 

Sept. 1 vs Bowling Green W 55-21
Sept. 8 vs Portland State W 47-14
Sept. 15 vs San Jose State W 41-28
Sept. 22 vs Stanford L 37-29
Sept. 29 at California W 48-33
Oct. 13 vs Washington L 34-30
Oct. 20 at Washington State W 41-38 (OT)
Oct. 27 at Arizona W 41-21
Nov. 3 vs UCLA L 28-19
Nov. 10 at Utah L 41-23
Nov. 17 vs Arizona State W 40-34
Nov. 23 (Friday) at Oregon State W 38-24

Washington State Cougars  8-4, 5-4 Pac-12 North

Sept. 1 at Wyoming W 45-21
Sept. 8 vs San Jose State W 61-23
Sept. 15 vs Eastern Washington W 48-14
Sept. 21 (Friday) at USC W 44-40
Sept. 29 vs Utah L 31-17
Oct. 6 at Oregon State W 36-26
Oct. 20 vs Oregon L 41-38 (OT)
Oct. 27 at Stanford L 35-23
Nov. 3 vs California W 40-30
Nov. 10 at Colorado W 35-17
Nov. 17 vs Arizona W 35-20
Nov. 23 (Friday) vs Washington L 48-35

Stanford Cardinal  7-5, 4-5 Pac-12 North

Aug. 31 (Friday) vs San Diego State W 35-28
Sept. 8 vs USC L 37-31
Sept. 15 vs UC Davis W 49-21
Sept. 22 at Oregon W 37-29
Sept. 29 at Notre Dame L 35-20
Oct. 6 vs Utah L 34-24
Oct. 18 (Thursday) at Arizona State L 29-24
Oct. 27 vs Washington State W 35-23
Nov. 3 at Washington L 20-10
Nov. 10 vs Oregon State W 31-7
Nov. 17 at California W 38-33
Nov. 24 at UCLA W 31-17

California Golden Bears  3-9, 1-8 Pac-12 North

Sept. 1 vs North Carolina L 30-20
Sept. 8 at BYU W 21-12
Sept. 15 vs Idaho State W 38-10
Sept. 29 vs Oregon L 33-18
Oct. 6 at Arizona L 30-20
Oct. 13 vs UCLA L 25-14
Oct. 20 at Oregon State W 35-26
Oct. 27 vs Washington L 41-31
Nov. 3 at Washington State L 40-30
Nov. 10 at USC L 33-28
Nov. 17 vs Stanford L 38-33
Nov. 24 vs Colorado L 35-13

Oregon State Beavers  3-9, 1-8 Pac-12 North

Sept. 1 at Ohio State L 31-17
Sept. 8 vs Southern Utah W 47-21
Sept. 15 at Nevada W 28-25
Sept. 22 vs Arizona L 38-33
Sept. 29 at Arizona State W 40-24
Oct. 6 vs Washington State L 36-26
Oct. 20 vs California L 35-26
Oct. 27 at Colorado L 45-20
Nov. 3 vs USC L 42-23
Nov. 10 at Stanford L 31-7
Nov. 17 at Washington L 25-21

Nov. 23 (Friday) vs Oregon L 38-24

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2018 BYU football game by game projections

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After a disappointing 4-9 mark in 2017, the BYU Cougars look to bounce back in 2018. Things will not be easy in the first quarter of the season as all of their opponents are from Power Five schools.

Breakdown of opponents by conference/subdivision:

Pac-12- 4
Mountain West- 4
FBS Independents- 1
Big Ten- 1
MAC- 1
FCS- 1

BYU Cougars  8-4

Sept. 1 at Arizona L 33-31
Sept. 8 vs California L 21-12
Sept. 15 at Wisconsin L 31-27
Sept. 22 vs McNeese W 48-13
Sept. 29 at Washington L 27-16
Oct. 5 (Friday) vs Utah State W 24-10
Oct. 13 vs Hawaii W 31-14
Oct. 27 vs Northern Illinois W 24-19
Nov. 3 at Boise State W 30-27
Nov. 10 at UMass W 47-21
Nov. 17 vs New Mexico W 31-17
Nov. 24 at Utah W 37-34 (2OT)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 Notre Dame football game by game projections

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Fresh off a 10-win season in 2017, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to take the next step into making an appearance in the College Football Playoff as an independent.

The schedule will be top heavy with schools like Michigan, Stanford, USC and Florida State as Notre Dame.

Breakdown of opponents by conference:

ACC- 5
Big Ten- 2
Pac-12- 2
SEC- 1
AAC- 1
MAC- 1

Notre Dame Fighting Irish  10-2

Sept. 1 vs Michigan L 23-13
Sept. 8 vs Ball State W 49-17
Sept. 15 vs Vanderbilt W 38-34
Sept. 22 at Wake Forest W 45-14
Sept. 29 vs Stanford W 35-20
Oct. 6 at Virginia Tech W 34-31
Oct. 13 vs Pittsburgh W 21-10
Oct. 27 vs Navy (San Diego) W 38-37
Nov. 3 at Northwestern W 34-19
Nov. 10 vs Florida State W 41-38 (2OT)
Nov. 17 vs Syracuse (Bronx, N.Y.) W 31-17
Nov. 24 at USC L 41-21