Weekly Links — Alabama QBs, Bryce Love-led Stanford, Ohio State mess, Washington-Auburn, Boise State on the Week 1 menu

Posted: 08/31/2018 in Uncategorized, weekly links
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Week 1 of the college football season means it is time for the return of Weekly Links.

Our opening-week assignments included Alabama, Ohio State, Washington-Auburn, San Diego State-Stanford and Boise State.

Sorry, no baseball previews for you. Short shelf life. But hey, I can probably dig up an MLS preview.

Anyway, here we go with Weekly Links: 

Nick Saban can’t figure out who should quarterback Alabama between holdover Jalen Hurts (26-2 record) and Tua Tagovailoa (hero of last season’s title game) so both guys are listed as co-No. 1 on the depth chart. I say he could start an offensive guard at QB for the fun of it and still beat a Louisville team trying to regroup after the departure of former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson.

Here is the stellar preview — http://fieldlevelmedia.com/latest-stories?storyId=16886

If you prefer a preview with team formats, here is this stellar preview — https://www.scoresandstats.com/previews/football/NCAAF/louisville-cardinals-vs-alabama-crimson-tide-preview-and-predictions/296322/

Stanford running back Bryce Love was the runner-up for the Heisman last season and he will look to get off to a good start against the Aztecs. Love was the nation’s second-leading rusher last season. The leader was former San Diego State star Rashaad Penny. Now the Aztecs will see if Juwan Washington can keep up the school’s recent trend of big yardage campaigns.

Here is the stellar preview — http://fieldlevelmedia.com/latest-stories?storyId=16946

Ohio State’s program has been a mess leading up to the season so Urban Meyer won’t be on the field for the opener against Oregon State, the first of his three-game suspension for his less-than-stellar handling of the Zach Smith situation (coach accused of beating his ex-wife). Funny that Meyer can’t always remember important things due to a faulty memory. Hmmmm, wonder if he recalls Iowa putting up 55 points on the Buckeyes last season?

Here is the stellar preview — https://www.scoresandstats.com/previews/football/NCAAF/oregon-state-beavers-vs-ohio-state-buckeyes-preview-and-predictions/296547/

Washington and Auburn are both ranked in the Top 10 and their matchup is the best of the week. But isn’t it weird that the national experts (term used super loosely) say Washington has to win to have any chance of reaching the College Football Playoff? What happened to that saying that “every week matters?” If the Huskies’ season is over because they started 0-1, then 85 percent of the teams can join Washington on the sidelines. Funny that Auburn’s playoff hopes can continue with a loss.

Here is the stellar preview — https://www.scoresandstats.com/previews/football/NCAAF/washington-huskies-vs-auburn-tigers-preview-and-predictions/296305/

Speaking of the poor system in college football, Boise State hopes to be in a New Year’s Six bowl at the conclusion of the season. Remember the not-too-distant past when a team could at least dream of being in the national title game? The big schools have closed the door on the minor conferences.

Here is the stellar preview — https://www.scoresandstats.com/previews/football/NCAAF/boise-state-broncos-vs-troy-trojans-preview-and-predictions/296518/

And last but not least. If you can write MLS previews, you can write about ANYTHING. Even WNBA games (oh, yeah, I’ve done that too). So enjoy all you need to know about the Portland Timbers visiting the New England Revolution … where Tom Brady plays in Foxborough!

Here is the stellar preview — http://fieldlevelmedia.com/latest-stories?storyId=17063

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