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College Football 2019

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 3:45 pm

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My job here is breaking news headlines but I am deviating from that today to talk about college football. The first Division 1 games are still a week away and most teams don’t start for two weeks. But if you are like me, you are ready now.

The Preseason Top 25 rankings are:

1. Clemson.
2. Alabama.
3. Ohio State.
4. Georgia.
5. Oklahoma.
6. Michigan.
7. LSU.
8. Florida.
9. Texas.
10. Notre Dame.
11. Texas A&M.
12. Oregon.
13. Penn State.
14. Washington.
15. Utah.
16. Wisconsin.
17. Auburn.
18. Iowa.
19. UCF.
20. Nebraska.
21. Virginia Tech.
22. Michigan State.
23. Missouri.
24. Northwestern.
25. Boise State

The Sporting News has composite rankings. Here’s hoping our teams are on these lists at the end of the season.


45 Responses to “College Football 2019”

  1. How can anyone take this list seriously? Only *8* of the Top 25 are from the Big Ten?!

    What an insult to Indiana, Illinois, Rutgers and Maryland!

    Dave (1bb933)

  2. Longhorns at nine? Can someone explain this to me?

    Dustin (6d7686)

  3. The 2019 Preseason Top 25 is almost the same as the 2018 final rankings.

    DRJ (15874d)

  4. 2 –

    Tom Herman, a favorable schedule and a bowl win over Georgia.

    But they lost some good players.

    harkin (58d012)

  5. The best teams money $$$ can buy.

    lany (61001a)

  6. The best teams money $$$ can buy.


    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  7. Golden Gophers
    Optimistic 9-3
    Realistic 7-5

    mg (8cbc69)

  8. ND will be playoff bound again.

    NJRob (2a3e33)

  9. Rah! Go sports! May your athletes get the ball to the place that gets them more/less points so that they can go to the competition where they get the right number of points to be declared to be the best sports-ball athletes.

    Nic (896fdf)

  10. Football sucks. That is all.

    Gryph (08c844)

  11. The usual suspects. Here’s my prediction: a team from the SEC or ACC will win the championship. Because they do every year.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  12. College football is 100X better than Pro.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  13. Rah! Go sports! May your athletes get the ball to the place that gets them more/less points so that they can go to the competition where they get the right number of points to be declared to be the best sports-ball athletes.

    May your prayers fail and prove that the sky-man thinks you deserve punishment and humiliation, while we deserve cheers and fizzy wine.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  14. 😛

    Nic (896fdf)

  15. No pinching, ladies…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. My buddies and I make a pilgrimage visit to a college football cathedral each year. This season we’re going to Ole Miss @ Alabama on September 28. Tuscaloosa on a football weekend. It should be epic. If anyone here has been there, done that, let me know everything that is a do-not-miss. Thanks.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  17. College football is 100X better than Pro.

    Could not agree more, unless you increase by another exponent or two.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  18. I wish I could give you Tuscaloosa tips but I’ve never been to a home game at Alabama. It should be worth it, as would (IMO) home games at Ole Miss and LSU and Michigan.

    DRJ (15874d)

  19. Where else have you been?

    DRJ (15874d)

  20. Here we go:
    U Texas
    U Tennessee
    U Wisconsin
    U Washington
    U Colorado
    U Michigan
    U Mississippi
    San Diego State U*
    Louisiana State U
    Northwestern U
    Cal Berkley
    Stanford U
    U Minnesota
    U West Virginia

    * Yeah, that one was more about doing a tour breweries but it was one of our best weekends.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  21. JVW (54fd0b) — 8/17/2019 @ 9:55 pm

    My best football roadtrip story happened in Europe.

    January 1992 was my first New Years working at CERN, and one my best buddies there was also a Michigan alum (in fact he worked for Michigan at the time). Michigan was playing Washington in the Rose Bowl, but there was ZERO chance of seeing the game live anywhere near where we lived in France or Geneva. We thought that US Army bases in Germany might have the game on, so we came up with an crazy plan to try to find a hotel close enough to an Army base where we could get reception. Since the typical PAL/SECAM format European TVs wouldn’t be able to receive a US television signal, I bought an NTSC-compatible set on December 31, and the next day we threw it in the back of my Renault Dix-neuf and headed north.

    We only had a vague idea where we going, but we eventually found a pretty large US base near Stuttgart. It was about 9 pm, and snowing, when we drove up to the front gate of the base, showed the sentries our passports and told them what we were trying to do. “Oh yeah, they’ll have the game on in the PX,” they said, and just waved us through.

    We found the PX, and sure enough they had college football on, with off-duty GIs sitting around and relaxing, but the Rose Bowl wasn’t going to start until, IIRC, midnight local time, when the PX closed. One of the guys there was from Washington and he said “You can come over to my quarters and watch the game with the wife and I”. So we bought a 12-pack from the PX to bring over as our contribution to the festivities, and ended up watching the game in the guy’s living room.

    Unfortunately, Michigan lost, but a good time was had by all… We thought it was incredibly cool of the guy to invite us over (and of course it was) but the obvious fact occurred to me afterward that to them, we were contact with back home while they were far away during the holidays.

    Dave (1bb933)

  22. Dave:

    Awesome story, a testament to your devotion to the game and to how magnificent are our men and women serving abroad.

    But man, that year and Steve Entman — best defensive end I’ve ever seen. Would have taken all of Michigan’s line to block him.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  23. SEC is over-rated.

    JD (734fdd)

  24. Yeah, the score wasn’t close, but it was closer than the game…

    Dave (1bb933)

  25. JVW – Did you see the gophers at Memorial Stadium? Built in the 20’s for the WW1 Vets.

    mg (8cbc69)

  26. You are a dedicated fan and friend, JVW. The first is great fun but the second is priceless.

    DRJ (15874d)

  27. Former UT running back Cedric Benson was killed last night in Austin in a motorcycle wreck.

    DRJ (15874d)

  28. Sad. By the time he was drafted by the Bears, I think he was just plain used up (4 year starter for the Longhorns), kind of like Ron Dayne.

    As that rare creature known as an IlliBuck, I am predisposed to root against Blue. But one of my favorite spontaneous moments caught on TV was when Wolverine S Corwin Brown, a Chicago Julian product, got within earshot of the ABC guy interviewing Coach Moeller after the Wolverines win with Brown shouting “What’s Up 87th Street!!!”

    urbanleftbehind (ed8717)

  29. “JVW – Did you see the gophers at Memorial Stadium? Built in the 20’s for the WW1 Vets.”

    I was on a business trip to Minneapolis around 1990 when I found myself with a free morning near the Brick House.

    It was fenced off but I found an open gate and went in to experience the place from the field.

    The field was covered with portable classrooms, I was pretty bummed but you could still tell the place was pretty cool and had a buttload of bricks.

    Here’s a pic of one of the original entrances, now at the alumni center.

    harkin (cf32fb)

  30. I think the early 80’s is when it came down, harkin. The place always made me feel welcomed. Great old stadium. Played ball with a friend who started 3 years at cornerback and safety under Murray Warmath. Saw Ten Years After, Leon Russel, Dave Mason and J Geils in a all day and night concert.

    mg (8cbc69)

  31. You heard it here, folks. The Washington Huskies are going to make it to the 4-team playoff.
    Am I a homie? Yes, Class of ’84.

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  32. I hope so, Paul…I also hope that the Huskies could overcome the 20 lbs that each starter seemed to give on their respective Bama positional opponent. They looked like toothpicks compared to the Tide at every matchup in the one semifinal game they played maybe 3 seasons ago.

    urbanleftbehind (e35d64)

  33. I think the early 80’s is when it came down,“

    The Gophers moved to the Metrodome in ‘82 but according to the university website Memorial Stadium wasn’t demolished till ‘92.

    harkin (58d012)

  34. mahalo for the info, harkin.

    mg (8cbc69)

  35. urbanleftbehind (e35d64) — 8/18/2019 @ 2:20 pm

    The Dawgs had to play perfect football against ‘Bama, and they obviously didn’t. We didn’t have an answer for 230-pound Bo Scarborough, who’s now trying to make the Seahawk roster.

    Paul Montagu (01a4d8)

  36. Watch out for the mad scientist, Mike Leach, my favorite coach in football.

    JD (734fdd)

  37. Mine, too, JD.

    DRJ (15874d)

  38. It’s so completely sad that football never meant anything to me. I have never followed any professional sports. Maybe it’s because it was completely uninteresting to my own father? Anyway, I envy everyone’s allegiance to this industry.

    Simon Jester (8912cb)

  39. I first enjoyed sports because of my Dad. We played sports and watched sports together, but there are other things you can bond over. Still, sports are popular in Texas, especially football.

    DRJ (15874d)

  40. MIT-Caltech unranked?

    JRM (c80289)

  41. MIT-Caltech unranked?

    Their rankings are expressed in terms of quaternions, which (not coincidentally) are non-commutative and do not have any less than/greater than comparison operation.

    Dave (1bb933)

  42. Hey, wait: MIT is ranked number six in the Eastern D3 region. Go Tech.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  43. God, even MIT has a football team, but UC Irvine doesn’t? *cry*

    The first time I met the Chancellor of UCI at a new-faculty Q&A session, shortly after I was hired, I suggested that having a football team would raise our national visibility and name recognition. He seemed to be quite annoyed by the question…

    The current Chancellor is a bit more amiable, but I don’t even bother asking anymore.

    Dave (1bb933)

  44. JVW,

    Your link confuses me. How do all the teams (but 1) play in-district games thru Nov 2018 and have records of 8-2 or better?

    DRJ (15874d)

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