We've got another Slate of Eight and it's the first weekend of the greatest month of the year. Halloween was last night and now we're speed racing to the end of the season, starting with a big weekend. I'm flying it solo again, and to be honest I like it because I get a chance to ramble on about football and let the passion come through. There's a lot of topics discussed here, including one that's near and dear to my heart.
Here's the Slate:
Texas A&M-Mississippi State
Arizona State-Oregon State
Oklahoma State-Kansas State
We kick it off out west where Arizona is taking on UCLA. Of course I pat myself on the back about the Bruins turn around and point out that they might be the Pac-12 South Champs if they can keep finding ways to win. More importantly, with Arizona playing, we get a chance to talk about concussions. Yes, I get pretty angry because I realized just how realistic and accessible that real time impact monitoring could be, if only the NCAA or conferences or schools cared to do it.
After that we talk Aggies and Bulldogs quickly. Hit on Clemson taking on Duke. Explain the difference between a guy looking healthy and a guy beating a bad team because apparently idiots can't tell the difference. We also talk about how much I dislike Texas now after the terrible way they play football. Then we talk Mike Riley as the coach of the year as he hosts Arizona State. Oklahoma State and their new found run game has a good shot at Kansas State but can they pull it out?
Then we get to the "games of the year" from preseason, that sort of aren't really games of the year anymore. USC looks like their defense couldn't play dead in a cowboy movie. LSU has an anemic passing game that has so many flaws it is basically the worst passing game out there. Tough to imagine both teams, or either team honestly, pulling off the upset. Even though they are both playing at home. Enjoy.
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