Episode 23: We Have More Questions Than Answers

We’re on to the GOAT episode for Verbally Committed. It was another great week of college football. #1 Clemson went down in overtime in an instant classic to Notre Dame. The Big Ten got even messier and we got the Pac-12 back!

First Top 25 Rankings

The AP poll released their pre-season top 25 rankings for college basketball and Gilli is all over it. Gonzaga gets top billing right away and the Big Ten looks to be the top conference this year with three teams inside the top 10.

Also outside of Gonzaga, who will be the second mid-major to crack the rankings? Gilli breaks down what mid-major schools will be climbing the charts rather quickly when we get to playing games.

Coach K + Kobe = ???

Maybe you don’t remember but there was the rumor back around 2004 that Coach K was thinking of leaving Duke for the LA Lakers. Teaming the best college coach with at that time the best player in the NBA.

Would it have worked? We talk it over. Sure they had success together on Team USA in international play but would that have translated to an actual NBA season and championships?

Notre Dame Pulls It Off

Notre Dame and Clemson faced off in an instant double OT classic last week in South Bend. The Irish came away with the victory with the help of Kyren Williams who was a best and Ian Book who was clutch down the stretch.

So congrats, great win. But… did it really matter? Clemson dropped from #1 to #4. So if the season ends, they are still in the playoff. And more than likely these two will meet at the end of the season in the ACC Championship Game.

Now Trevor Lawrence did not play in this game, instead it was the true freshman DJ Uiagalelei who drew the start and was incredible. He threw for over 400 yards and actually threw for more yards in this game than Trevor Lawrence has thrown in any game of his impressive college career.

So with that being said, when these two meet again in the ACC Championship Game, it’s not going to be as simple as some people make it seem for Clemson. Lawrence while obviously the go to option, will not provide THAT much of a boost to the Clemson offense compared to this game.

So exciting game, #1 went down, that’s always fun. But did it really matter? Nope not really.

Is DJ Elite?

What did matter was how DJ Uiagalelei played in that game. So that raises the question is he already elite? Where does the freshman rank for college football quarterbacks?

Where does he stack up against his counterparts like Spencer Rattler, Sam Ehlinger, Kyle Trask, Kedon Slovis, Ian Book and Mac Jones?

The Big Ten Makes No Sense

So while we didn’t learn much from Clemson and Notre Dame, we learned more about how wild the Big Ten is this year.

Maryland destroyed Penn State. The Nittany Lions who we thought maybe had a shot at winning the Big Ten this year are 0-3.

Indiana beat Michigan for the first time in about 30 years. Indiana is undefeated and Michigan has lost two straight after beating Minnesota week one.

So as it stands now there’s obviously undefeated Ohio State. Northwestern who is undefeated, undefeated Purdue and undefeated Indiana. Exactly what we imagined we’d say mid-November!

Time to Go Get the Turnover ______________

It seems like every college team now has a turnover something or another. Last week with the Pac-12 coming back we saw Oregon State unveil their turnover chainsaw. Yikes, but also cool.

So if we ran a college program, or at least for the teams we enjoy to root for what would those turnover items be?

Locks and Predictions

Not too many high profile games this week. Actually no ranked vs ranked games this week. Bama-LSU was canceled as were two other SEC games.

But that doesn’t mean our locks are any less hot! We gave you five locks last week and walked away 4-1. We are on a roll lately so keep riding the money train!

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Mike Gilligan (@BigGilli)

Connor Ryan (@connoryan68)

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