Scoop and Score is back for the fourth — fourth? fourth! — season of college football discussion. In this ‘sode, we preview the entire 2017 college football season, delivering our picks for the Heisman, conference championships, and playoffs. Also, Steve has clearly never seen Fargo.
The college football playoff field is set. Do we agree with the selections? Of course we do. It wasn’t that hard. We look at other bowl match-ups and tackle some interesting questions from listeners. Subscribe and rate, for once!
Can Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers win the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded on December 10th? Yes, but history shows that just getting an invite to New York won’t be easy. As Michigan enters its bye week, midway through its regular season schedule, here are the elements working for and against Peppers as he makes his Heisman case:
Season preview episode! Steve and I give our picks for the playoff, Heisman, and more. We both like the Tigers that play in Death Valley. Not one but two discount codes for listeners. Plus our inaugural “fire truck alarm = impromptu hot take” segment.
Davidson College will not retire Stephen Curry’s jersey. It has nothing to do with basketball accomplishments, obviously. Curry took the small North Carolina school to athletic heights it had never reached. As you may have heard, his NBA career has also been successful. From a hoops standpoint, if Curry’s jersey were not worthy of retirement than there is no sense in hanging jerseys anywhere.
“I think you can drop-kick the ball at any point.”…”One of them is Western Kentucky if you want to not count them.”…”[Our mom] is the moral compass of the show.” Just your typical weekly recap, Heisman discussion, playoff debate, and Week 11 preview.
Why is the Heisman Trophy essentially reserved for quarterbacks and running backs? My latest college football column attempts to answer that. I attended the press conference for the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class, which included 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel, Orlando Pace, and Tedy Bruschi (pictured above), among others, and I spoke to them about the Heisman’s skill position bias.
I’ve been doing a lot of college basketball reporting as well, covering several games at Madison Square Garden for Newsday. I’ve also started a weekly column for CBS Local in which I profile a “Rising Star” in the sport (I’ve written the two from this season). Remember, this blog is home to most all of my freelance work. If you have any suggestions for my next “Rising Star,” or any other story ideas, send them my way. Even if it’s a local story that received little attention, I’d love to give it a bigger audience. Thanks for reading. Happy holidays.