Friday, September 27, 2013

Eastern Echo Sports Podcast 9-23-13 Ball St./EMU Recap

Friday, September 6, 2013

Geno's Top Ten- Week 2

  1: Alabama
  2: Clemson
  3: Ohio State
  4: Louisville
  5: Stanford
  6: Oregon
  7: Notre Dame
  8: Michigan
  9: LSU
10: Georgia

Honorable Mention (11-25)

11: Florida
12: Florida State
13: South Carolina
14: Texas
15: Northwestern
16: Oklahoma
17: Washington
18: Nebraska
19: Oklahoma State
20: Kent State
21: Northern Illinois
22: UCLA
23: Cincinnati
24: Miami (FL)
25: USC

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Upsets to watch out for in Week 1

Each week throughout the college football season, I will have five upsets to watch out for. I am not on record saying that these upsets will happen, but there is potential of it happening.

3: TCU vs. LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx. Sat. 9 p.m. on ESPN
With redshirt senior quarterback Casey Pachall returning to the team after his drunk driving arrest last October and redshirt senior running back Waymon James coming back from a torn ACL suffered against Kansas last season, the Horned Frogs are primed to knock off the Tigers. The Tigers strength the last few seasons has been their defense, but it might need more than that in order to survive in Jerryworld. Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger must show that he is more than a game manager in order for the Tigers to avoid losing the season opener.
2: Western Michigan at Michigan State, Fri. 8 p.m. on BTN
With senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell winning the starting position earlier this week— that on its own merit could be a harbinger of things to come in this contest. The Broncos have nothing lose with first year head coach P.J. Fleck and will stop at nothing to make the Spartans’ home opener as miserable as possible. With Leveon Bell in the National Football League, the Spartans could have trouble on every facet of offense.
1: Boise State at Washington, Sat. 10 p.m. on Fox Sports 1
The Boise State Broncos might be caught off guard as the Washington Huskies re-christen Husky Stadium on this night. It will be a test for senior quarterback Joe Southwick as he will face off against the team that he played against in the Las Vegas Bowl last season. However, Huskies senior quarterback Keith Price will have a say in this one as he has shown on multiple occasions that he can put up 300 yards in any given game and can hang up a lot of points, so it expect this one to be shootout in Seattle.

Social Media:

Follow Eugene Evans on Twitter @EasternEchoGeno.

Photo Credit:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Geno's 2013 College Football Predictions

With the college football season starting in less than two weeks, now is the time to reveal my yearly conference and BCS championship picks. Last year was a hit and miss, but I hope to bounce back this time around. Feel free to comment on these picks.
Conference Champions:
Big Ten Champion:
Ohio State Buckeyes over the Michigan Wolverines in the championship game.
Southeastern Conference Champion:
Georgia Bulldogs over the Texas A&M Aggies in the championship game.
Pac-12 Champion:
Stanford Cardinal over the Arizona State Sun Devils in the championship game.
Atlantic Coast Conference Champion:
Florida State Seminoles over the Miami Hurricanes in the championship game.
Big 12 Champion:
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
American Athletic Conference Champion:
Louisville Cardinals
BCS/Cotton Bowl Predictions:
Rose Bowl Game:
Stanford Cardinal over the Michigan Wolverines
Sugar Bowl:
Georgia Bulldogs over the Kent State Golden Flashes
Fiesta Bowl:
Texas A&M Aggies over the TCU Horned Frogs
Orange Bowl:
Florida State Seminoles over the Oregon Ducks
Cotton Bowl:
Oklahoma Sooners over the Alabama Crimson Tide
BCS National Championship Game:
Ohio State Buckeyes 42, Louisville Cardinals 24
Remember to cherish and enjoy every Saturday like it is your last.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My College Football Preseason Top Ten

With the dog days of summer in full swing and conference media days on the horizon, what better time than now to break down my top ten schools for the upcoming college football season.
10. Michigan Wolverines:
Coming off an 8-5 campaign last season, the Wolverines dealt with the key losses of star players such as Denard Robinson and Jordan Kovacs.
The Wolverines have reloaded by adding freshman quarterback Shane Morris as a backup.
With redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner being granted an extra year of eligibility, it will give Morris more than enough time to develop into a great talent.
Unlike last season, the Wolverines’ schedule is less daunting and the majority of their toughest games are at home.
If third year coach Brady Hoke can steer clear of injuries and show more consistency on both sides of the ball, then the Wolverines could be looking at another Bowl Championship Series birth.
Notable Games: vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 7), at Michigan State (Nov. 2), vs. Nebraska (Nov. 9), vs. Ohio State (Nov. 30).
9. Florida Gators:
Fresh from a stunning 33-23 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, the Gators have a lot of questions to answer— most notably on offense.
Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel never looked comfortable in the offense as they finished 118th in passing yards last season with 146.3 yards per game.
The Gators defense was their strength as they allowed 14.5 points per game, good enough for fifth in the nation.
If Florida wants to win their first Southeastern Conference title since 2008, then their offense must become more fluid and productive.
Notable Games: at LSU (Oct. 12), vs. Georgia (Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.), at South Carolina (Nov. 16), vs. Florida State (Nov. 30).
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
Even with the key losses of quarterback Everett Golson (Academic Reasons) and middle linebacker Manti Te’o (NFL Draft), the Fighting Irish appear to be on track for another great season.
Senior quarterback Tommy Rees will take the reigns again as starter after losing his job to Golson last season.
Rees’ arrest last off-season attributed to the loss of his job and is looking to prove to skeptics that he has what it takes to win in South Bend, Ind.
Notable Games: at Michigan (Sept. 7), vs. Oklahoma (Sept. 28), vs. Southern California (Oct. 19), at Stanford (Nov. 30).
7. Stanford Cardinal:
The sudden medical retirement of quarterback Josh Nunes due to a freak accident while lifting weights leaves their situation up in the air, but with a power running attack led primarily by senior Anthony Wilkerson and a defense which finished 11th in the country allowing 17.2 PPG, expect the Cardinal to be a contender in the Pac-12 again.
Notable Games: at Oregon State (Oct. 26), vs. Oregon (Thu. Nov. 7), at USC (Nov. 16), vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 30).
6. Georgia Bulldogs:
Time ran out on the Bulldogs’ chances of going to the national championship as they fell to Alabama 32-28 in last season’s climactic SEC Championship game.
With senior quarterback Aaron Murray returning, expect Georgia to use the disappointment as motivation to get back to the SEC title game and right the wrong from last season.
The Bulldogs will be tested out the gate as they play rivals Clemson and South Carolina to start the season.
We will know very quickly if they were able to get rid of that bitter, nine-month hangover.
Notable Games: at Clemson (Aug. 30), vs. South Carolina (Sept. 7), vs. LSU (Sept. 28), vs. Florida (Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.).
5. Clemson Tigers:
Could this be the year that head coach Dabo Sweeney gets the Tigers over the hump and into a BCS bowl game?
Juniors Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins highlight the returning players for the Tigers.
The knock on the Tigers has always been that they start strong, but always slump to finish line.
We will know right out the gate when Georgia comes calling in Death Valley whether they have what it takes to be a legit national title contender.
Notable Games: vs. Georgia (Aug. 30), vs. Florida State (Oct. 19), at South Carolina (Nov. 30).
4. Oregon Ducks:
Even with former head coach Chip Kelly bolting to the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, expect the Ducks to not miss a beat.
With sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota and junior wide receiver DeAnthony Thomas returning, expect to good times to keep rolling in Eugene.
The Ducks’ defense quietly finished 25th in the country last season, giving up 21.6 PPG.
If both sides of the ball stay consistent, expect the Ducks to be quacking their to way to Pasadena.
Notable Games: vs. UCLA (Oct. 26), at Stanford (Nov. 7), vs. Oregon State (Fri. Nov. 29).
3. Alabama Crimson Tide:
Can the Crimson Tide threepeat? Only time will tell, but their schedule once again is daunting and on top of it, they must find a replacement for running back Eddie Lacy— who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.
Expect sophomore T.J. Yeldon to follow in the recent lineage of great running backs, such as Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
Senior A.J. McCarron has been the perfect game manager, but finally proved last season in the LSU game that he can lead a team down the field with the game on the line and win it with his arm.
Expect this season to be no different as the Crimson Tide as long as they can endure the grind that is the SEC regular season and potentially the conference championship game.
Notable Games: vs. Virginia Tech (Aug. 31 in Atlanta, Ga.), at Texas A&M, (Sept. 14), vs. LSU (Nov. 9).
2. Ohio State Buckeyes:
With their one-year bowl ban a thing of the past, the Buckeyes are now back on everyone’s national radar with head coach Urban Meyer leading the way in his second season.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller will be counted on to carry most of the load on offense and with senior Corey “Philly” Brown and junior Devin Smith returning at wide receiver, expect the scoreboard to light up multiple times in Columbus this upcoming season.
Notable Games: at Northwestern (Oct. 5), at Michigan (Nov. 30).
1. Louisville Cardinals:
No other team in the country is riding the wave of momentum than Louisville. Last season, they knocked off the Florida Gators, 33-23, in the Sugar Bowl and as a result, put the rest of college football on notice.
With 19 returning starters most notably, preseason Heisman Trophy candidate junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals are primed to make a run for the national championship in their final season in the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East Conference) before moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2014.
You can make the argument that their soft schedule would be a weakness, but that might become their strength if they are able to not let all of the preseason hype get the best of them.
The Cardinals have proven already that they can any of the “big boys” on a neutral site.
Notable Games: vs. Ohio (Sun. Sept. 1), at Kentucky (Sept. 14), at Cincinnati (Thu. Dec. 5).
Honorable Mention (11-25):
11. LSU Tigers
12. Texas A&M Aggies
13. Boise State Broncos
14. South Carolina Gamecocks
15. Texas Longhorns
16. Northwestern Wildcats
17. Nebraska Cornhuskers
18. Oklahoma Sooners
19. Florida State Seminoles
20. Oklahoma State Cowboys
21. Kent State Golden Flashes
22. UCLA Bruins
23. Washington Huskies
24. Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
25. USC Trojans
Social Media:
Follow Eugene Evans on Twitter @EasternEchoGeno.

Photo Credit:

Monday, March 11, 2013

NCAA Tournament Announcers Released With Who I Think Should Call The Games

You know the NCAA Tournament is near when the commentating teams are announced. Here are the announcers for CBS/TBS/TNT/TruTV who will broadcast games beginning on March 19 with the First Four.

Announcing Crews: ( Credit to: CBS Press Express)

Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Steve Kerr (Final Four)/ Sidelines: Tracy Wolfson*#
Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/ Sidelines: Craig Sager**
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/ Sidelines: Rachel Nichols*
Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/ Sidelines: Lewis Johnson*
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/ Sidelines: Allie LaForce
Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/ Sidelines: Marty Snider
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski/ Sidelines: Otis Livingston
Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/ Sidelines: Jaime Maggio

*#- Final Four and Regionals
**- First Four (March 19) and Regionals

Former ESPNers Doug Gottlieb and Rachel Nichols (now with CBS/Turner respectively) make their NCAA Tournament debuts along with Allie LaForce from the show Lead-Off on the CBS Sports Network. LaForce has been on the sidelines for select Mountain West games on CBSSN this season.

The first four announcers in Dayton for March 20 is TBD but that crew will be at the same site for the March 22 & 24 games.

Studio - New York
Greg Gumbel & Ernie Johnson (1st weekend), Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Doug Gottlieb (2nd weekend)

Studio - Atlanta
Matt Winer (1st weekend)/Ernie Johnson (2nd weekend), Seth Davis, Steve Smith

Selection Sunday - CBS
Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Seth Davis, Doug Gottlieb

Selection Sunday - truTV
Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Rex Chapman

Here are the announcing teams that I think would be best suited to cover the Tournament. Note: All CBS and Turner announcers are eligible in this pool.

My Announcing Crews:

Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Steve Kerr (Final Four)/ Sidelines: Tracy Wolfson and Craig Sager (Final Four)

- No changes need on the top tier announcing team as Kerr and Kellogg complement each other’s styles and with Nantz in the mix, it has become one of the better trios to listen to in sports.
- In terms of sidelines, Craig Sager has earned the right to be the second sideline reporter and not because of his flashy suits, but for his ability to keep the viewer(s) interested with great reports in-game.

Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/ Sidelines: Craig Sager

- As with the top team, these two do not miss a beat from their telecasts on the NBA on TNT and make the viewer forget that the duo cover few college games a year.

Ian Eagle/Bill Raftery/ Sidelines: Rachel Nichols
- With his energetic and timely calls over the last decade and a half, Eagle has earned the right to move up to the second week of the tournament and what better partner to have than Mr. “Send It In Jerome” himself in Bill Raftery.

Kevin Harlan/Greg Anthony/ Sidelines: David Aldridge

- Anthony is the odd man out in the New York studio with Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith’s dynamic personalities overshadowing his conservative opinions during the game. He is more equipped as an in-game analyst as he is allowed to showcase his expertise.

- TNT’s David Aldridge is very underrated in his role as an analyst and insider. He deserves more recognition by being bumped up to the big stage.

Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel/ Sidelines: Allie LaForce

- Lundquist will forever be known as the announcer who called the legendary Kentucky/Duke game in 1992 when Duke’s Christian Laettner hit the turn-around jumper as time expired, but it is time for him to slowly phase out of the announcing rotation. He has had numerous slip-ups this season, most recently the Michigan State/Michigan contest from two weeks ago. Lundquist will always be one of my all-time favorite announcers but it is time to give some younger talents the opportunity.

Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/ Sidelines: Marty Snider

- A quality pairing to hear during the tournament. No changes necessary to this team.

Tim Brando/Mike Gminski/Reggie Miller/ Sidelines: Otis Livingston

- Reggie Miller is better suited in the lower-tier of analysts, enough said.

Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/ Sidelines: Jaime Maggio

- No changes necessary to this team.

Studio Teams:

New York:
Greg Gumbel, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Seth Davis

Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Steve Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal