200-Unit College Football Game Of Year Wins Saturday
200-Unit College Football Game Of Year Wins Saturday With Kent State (-14.5) over Akron 26-3!
By Kelso Sturgeon
MANY BIG QUESTIONS IN THE NFL, AND HERE ARE A FEW
- Locker room chatter from Denver indicates there is a great amount of negative conversation about how new head coach Vic Fangio is running the show, and most of all his game plans. The talk continued after the Broncos (1-4) won their first game last week, beating the Chargers, 20-13, in Los Angeles as 17-point underdogs. This is serious stuff and may continue to impact the team's play because among the disenchanted are several of the Broncos best players. Denver is a 2-point home favorite over the Tennessee Titans (2-3) Sunday.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4) intend to start undrafted rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges at the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday. Hodges, from I-AA Samford University, won the prestigious Walter Payton Award last season as the FCS Player of the Year. While at Samford, he broke Steve McNair's all-time FCS passing record, throwing for 14,584 yards and 111 touchdowns. He was cut by Pittsburgh in late August, was resigned to the practice squad when Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season with an elbow injury and has worked his way right up the depth chart. He made his NFL debut last week, replacing Mason Rudolph who was injured during the Ravens game and completed 7-of-9 passes for 68 yards and running once for 20 yards.
- The San Francisco 49ers (4-0) are one of two undefeated NFL teams (New England is the other) and are showing signs of taking over the NFC West from the Rams (3-2) whom they meet Sunday in Los Angeles as 3-point underdogs. The Rams opened the season 3-0 but come into this game riding a two-game losing streak, 55-40 at home to Tampa Bay and 30-29 at Seattle. While the 49ers have multiple injuries on offense and will be without three starters - (FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee), right tackle Mike McGlinchey (knee) and left tackle Joe Staley (leg), Rams star running back Todd Gurley (thigh contusion) may also miss the game. One thing for certain, the 49ers have become a very physical and aggressive team and will come to play. They crushed Cleveland, 31-3, last week and intimidated the Browns from the get-go.
- It's time for the Cleveland Browns (2-3) to stop living off their preseason hype and get with it. It would also help their cause if second year QB Baker Mayfield would shut up and just play ball. His trash talk about opponents only fire them up. The talent is there for the Browns to be a top team, but their inconsistency makes them suspect. For instance, two weeks ago they won at Baltimore, 40-25, as 8.5-point underdogs, and last week were buried at San Francisco, 31-3, as 5-point underdogs. Cleveland is a team that needs to can its collective arrogance and just play football. The Browns are 2-point home underdogs to a lackluster Seattle (4-1) team.
- The Dallas Cowboys (3-2) hope to snap a 2-game losing streak at the winless New York Jets (0-4) and are solid 7-point favorites to do just that. Only thing I cannot figure out - why just 7? Starting Jets QB Sam Darnold is expected to return for this one and he will be charged with the responsibility of charging up and offense that averages just 179.5 yards of offense and 9.8 points per fame. Figures like that will get you beat at Miami.