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Sports Inquirer Show 69 (8.13.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #nycfc #raiders #cowboys #tiger #serena #nfltrainingcamp #epl

In this edition of The Sports Inquirer Show, we discuss:

-Atlanta United’s home win over New York City FC with audio from Frank de Boer and Brad Guzan, Josef Martinez’s scoring records, the rest of MLS particularly Philadelphia’s emergence as a power in the Eastern Conference as well as the start of the English Premier League with the early dominance of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United and struggles of Chelsea with Christian Pulisic in Offside Trap (7:00-35:00)

-The continuation of NFL Training Camps and the dysfunction of the Oakland Raiders with the Antonio Brown saga and the Dallas Cowboys with the contract issues of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper in Gridiron Blitz (35:00-46:00)

-The injuries of sports legends Tiger Woods and Serena Williams proving that they’re like the rest of us and the exciting past weekend in professional wrestling particularly the G1 Climax finale in New Japan Pro Wrestling and SummerSlam for WWE in the Miscellaneous Department (46:00-55:00)

Sports Inquirer Show 69 (8.13.19)
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Triple Option Attack: SEC Football Preview Week Seven

sec logoBy E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

Music to listen to: Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

Game of the Week:

Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC)

If you’re reading this post, you already know about Mississippi State’s win over Texas A&M. We’ve been touting Dak Prescott’s skills for two years at the Inquirer, so his “breakout” performance on the national stage wasn’t surprising for us.

The reason why Mississippi State has the potential to be a special team besides Prescott is the rushing attack. The Bulldogs gained 280 yards on the ground against the Aggies last week. This minimizes mistakes on the offensive end and allows Prescott to have an efficient 20-for-26 effort in the air for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the Bulldogs also allowed 526 yards of total offense last week.

That’s why Auburn may be the quietest second-ranked team in the country that I can remember and our pick to win against Mississippi State.

LSU may have one of its weaker teams over the past five or six years but Auburn still put up 566 yards of offense last week in a 41-7 victory. 298 of those yards came on the ground and the two things that translate best on the road are defense and a rushing attack.

Nick Marshall, who had four touchdowns and 326 yards of total offense against LSU, has made improvements throwing the ball and may do enough to get past the Bulldogs.

Other games of interest:

Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC): We’ve been waiting to see that type of performance from Rebels’ senior quarterback Bo Wallace for nearly two years. Against Alabama, he threw three touchdown passes but most importantly, no interceptions. Ole Miss had only one turnover in the entire contest which is critical against a team like Alabama.

The Aggies have holes in their defense which can be exploited. However, the Rebels don’t have the offensive firepower to take advantage of it. Furthermore, Texas A&M are good for at least 35 points scored at home and if Ole Miss has to play catchup, that’s going to be too much to handle.

Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC) at Missouri (4-1, 2-1 SEC): Similar to the NBA & NHL Eastern Conference, the SEC East has found itself as the inferior division/conference in its league.

I would honestly take both Mississippi schools, both Alabama schools, LSU and Texas A&M before an SEC East squad. With some convincing, Arkansas could be in that same category as well.

The biggest reason is coaching talent. If you looked at the rosters of Florida and Georgia strictly from a physical skill set perspective, those are top-10 teams nationally. However, the coaching staffs haven’t been able to maximize the potential.

The fact that Missouri and Kentucky are going to be at the top of the standings of the SEC East by the end of this week shows that clearly.

Can Georgia face a decent offense and give up less than 30 points? I have my doubts with the Bulldogs’ defense. The problem in Athens hasn’t been offense especially with the best player in the country Todd Gurley running the ball. Georgia will get some points but give up more.

LSU (4-2, 0-2 SEC) at Florida (3-1, 2-1 SEC): When you’re taking pride in beating a below-average Tennessee team 10-9 by getting excited in the post-game interview, that’s a bad sign of how far Florida has regressed. Jeff Driskel has always been a below-average quarterback despite the win-loss record.

The fact that Treon Harris is suspended and can’t start at quarterback for the Gators makes this an incredibly difficult game for them to win.

Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at Arkansas (3-2, 0-2 SEC): Alabama loses on the road to a top-10 team and some are already saying that the program is declining. This was expected. Its impossible in this era to have a team consistently contending for a national title every single season including the Crimson Tide.

Alabama is still in line for a solid season and depending on how things shake out, an SEC title which would put it in the playoffs.

Louisiana-Monroe (3-2) at Kentucky (4-1): Will Kentucky play in the SEC title game? Probably not with the schedule that includes trips to LSU and Missouri while hosting Mississippi State but the rebuilding process is in full swing for the Wildcats.

The South Carolina win was an emotional one for Kentucky and the letdown potential against UL-Monroe is high.

The Wildcats will rely on Jojo Kemp (I love typing that name) to grind out a tough win over the Warhawks.

Tennessee-Chattanooga (3-2) at Tennessee (2-3): The Vols have lost two very winnable games this season at Georgia and last week in a home tilt against Florida. Win either or both of those games and I would feel more optimistic about the direction the program is heading with Butch Jones. I applauded the hire two seasons ago and think Jones has the potential to build a winner in Knoxville but progression must be made.

Charleston Southern (5-0) at Vanderbilt (1-5): The Commodores should win this contest but a defeat wouldn’t surprise me.

Those are my thoughts, what are yours?

Triple Option Attack: 2014 Mississippi State College Football Preview

mississippi state logo

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

Music to listen to: I’m a Man by Bo Diddley

 

Last Season: When Dan Mullen arrived in Starkville six years ago, Mississippi State was in the bottom half of the SEC and arguably the worst program in the stacked SEC West. Since then, the Bulldogs have reeled off four consecutive winning seasons, including three bowls wins, all under Mullens. Mississippi State won seven contests including defeating in-state rival Ole Miss in an overtime victory. The Bulldogs finished off the season with a decisive 44-7 win over Rice in the Liberty Bowl.

 

Offense: The argument can be made that the Bulldogs return the top quarterback in the SEC in Dak Prescott. While its tough to argue against Nick Marshall of Auburn and the previous sentence exasperates the depletion of signal callers in the conference, Prescott still had a productive season for Mississippi State. The junior threw for nearly 2,000 yards last season and 10 touchdowns. Prescott was even more lethal on the ground, rushing for 829 yards and 13 touchdowns, giving Mullen the long-desired dual-threat quarterback to run the offensive system.

 

The quarterback will have plenty of receiving options led by senior Jameon Lewis who had a breakout season for the Bulldogs with 923 yards and five touchdown catches last season.

 

Consistency at the running back position is desired with junior Josh Robinson getting the bulk of the carries. While Prescott is an impressive runner as stated earlier, Mississippi State’s offense needs for him to throw the ball more and rely on the running backs to get yardage for full potential. Whoever gains the majority of carries will do so with a rebuilding offensive line.

 

Defense: Mississippi State’s defense was stout last season, giving up only 349 yards per game which was good enough for fourth in the SEC and in the top-20 nationally.

 

The deepest unit on the team will be the defensive line led by preseason All-SEC team member, sophomore Chris Jones. The team’s top returning tackler from last season, junior Benardrick McKinney comes back for another season and will be joined by fellow linebacker, senior Matthew Wells, in the starting lineup. The secondary is slightly above-average and should be a solid unit overall.

 

Schedule:

 

 

8/30 Southern Mississippi
9/6 UAB
9/13 at South Alabama
9/20 at LSU
10/4 Texas A&M
10/11 Auburn
10/25 at Kentucky
11/1 Arkansas
11/8 Tennessee-Martin
11/15 at Alabama
11/22 Vanderbilt
11/29 at Ole Miss

 

Here’s where the Bulldogs and many other teams in the SEC fall into trouble. I can make an argument that this may be Mullen’s most talented team in Starkville but the team can still finish with only six wins based on schedule.

 

The good news is that Mississippi State avoids Missouri, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina which are the top four teams in the SEC East no matter how you want to rank them. Instead the Bulldogs get Kentucky and Vanderbilt, two teams they should handle with relative ease.

 

However, they have to travel to Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss, three top-20 teams nationally. Furthermore, they have to host a top-10 team in Auburn and a talented Texas A&M team. Those are five potential losses that wouldn’t be shameful in any way but hurts the overall record.

 

First memory:

egg bowl trophy

Thanksgiving years ago back in the NYC, I’m changing channels trying to watch some more football after a Dallas Cowboys’ game. I turn to ESPN and see two teams battling for a trophy that shaped like an egg. I thought that was bad ass and make a point to watch the Ole Miss/Mississippi State contest for a few minutes every year just at the off chance to see that awesome egg trophy.

 

BTW, my favorite college football rivalry game trophy in order is Paul Bunyan’s Axe, followed by the Fremont Cannon, Floyd of Rosedale, the Golden Egg and the Apple Cup to round up my top-five. If your trophy can be used as a weapon or a tribute to food, I’m in.

 

Favorite alum:

john grisham

Stronger list than expected. I’ll go with John Grisham for writing books about the legal system that got me interested in literature as a young man. Personal favorite was A Time To Kill.

 

Honorable mention: Bill Evans, Bobby Thigpen, Buck Showalter, Will “The Thrill” Clark, Fred Smoot, Jerry Clower

 

Crush:

MARKINA-BROWN-MED-REZ-2

I’ve always had love for attractive meteorologists and this school churns out many. I’ll show some local love to Markita Brown who works down here in Atlanta. Honorable mention: Audrey Puente

 

Overall outlook:

 

The Bulldogs have made tremendous steps under Mullen. I think they potentially have the tools to be a double-digit win team because I only see two guaranteed losses on the schedule; the road contests at Alabama and LSU. Outside of that, there isn’t a reason for Mississippi State to come into the rest of their contests at worst a slight underdog. Win a few of those contests and a ten-win season isn’t out of the question. I’ll predict eight victories and a New Year’s Day Bowl.

 

Previous Previews:

 

ACC:

 

Boston College

 

Duke

 

SEC:

 

Kentucky