Gary Andersen is a quarterback killer

Year 1 in the second Gary Andersen tenure for Utah State has been such a disappointment, capped off by Friday night's loss to Kent State in the Frisco Bowl to finish 7-6 for a team that won 11 games in 2018 and returned an NFL prospect at quarterback. Andersen's offenses are the final resting place where the game's most important position goes to die. The latest victim is Jordan Love. Love had a fantastic 2018 season, completing 64% of his passes for 3,567 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions, leading the Aggies to a bowl win. Enter Gary Andersen, the quarterback Grim Reaper. Love had more turnovers than touchdown passes leading up to the bowl game this season with numbers dropping in

Minnesota football ain’t ready for prime time

I've written about this extensively in my "Minnesota football is the worst undefeated team in the history of organized athletics" series, but it seems appropriate to bring it back as the Gophers play Wisconsin for the axe on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. Sometimes teams cannot handle success. It's the sad truth, but we see it all the time. In fact, we've seen this twice in the past year with this very Minnesota football program. Earlier this season, the Gophers beat up on Penn State to get to 9-0, which led to a Minnesota fan suggesting I kill myself, which I ultimately decided against. That was immediately followed up by a loss to Iowa. The other example of Minnesota football not being able

College football traditions under attack

For three weeks in a row, a top-10 team has lost to an unranked team. Georgia lost to South Carolina, Wisconsin was topped by Illinois and Oklahoma was stunned by Kansas State. In all three of these games, tradition and college football pageantry were put under attack for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. College football traditions make the sport great but in just the past month, plants are being destroyed, songs are being mocked and a cart filled with people toppled over due to rogue horses. If I'm the Oregon Duck, I'm hiding before tonight's matchup with a desperate USC. Trim the hedges After beating Georgia in overtime, South Carolina players and coaches went straight to the hedges surrounding

Gary Patterson calls out Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl gameplan

Conference media days are happening, which means the college football season is getting close. You have a few constants every year at these things. Nick Saban talks about how much he hates everything and everybody, Dabo Swinney talks about how much everybody hates Clemson and Jim Harbaugh goes after Urban Meyer. And of course how could you forget Gary Patterson taking shots at... Paul Chryst? During Big 12 Media Days, the TCU head coach talked about the game plan to beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl eight years ago when Chryst was the offensive coordinator for the Badgers. Patterson said he heard Chryst was going for the offensive coordinator job at Texas and because of this, he expected Wisconsin to throw the

Is Bret Bielema the GOAT?

We are one week away from the Super Bowl, and the storylines are heating up as we get closer and closer to the big game. Is this going to be it for Tom Brady? Is this the end for Rob Gronkowski? Are the Rams about to start the next great sports dynasty? Is Sean McVay the sexiest man alive? Those topics are all worthy of discussion, but a theory that might slip by the Super Bowl coverage needs to be considered. Bret Bielema might just be the greatest coach of all time. "Woah, what? Are you crazy?" "You're so dumb." "I hate you." Those quotes have nothing to do with this story, but that's what random people said to me today on my weekly

Not MY Heisman: Dwayne Haskins

This is one of three articles in the Not MY Heisman campaign leading in to Saturday night's Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City. We're down to three finalists with Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma Sooners QB Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Every one of them has their flaws. As we know, Tua Tagovailoa does not possess the clutch gene, and Kyler Murray's talent cost him a Heisman. And now it's up to Dwayne Haskins. If you read the other two articles in the Not MY Heisman campaign, it was easy to find obvious reasons why Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray were not Heisman worthy. This one took some digging. After approximately four minutes of thought, I

Should I have been punched? Ohio State fan thinks so

Should I have been punched is a question I ask myself on a daily basis following my interactions with people when I find myself outside of the Deceptive Speed Command Center. Sometimes that answer is yeah, probably. A quick pop to the jaw would have been deserved, but other times the answer is a firm no. It gets tricky in that little gray area where I don't think I should have been assaulted but perhaps a knuckle sandwich might have made some sense. This is my story. The date is Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. I make the quick six-hour drive to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game with a few people I paid quite handsomely to make it seem like I

Karaoke with Sam Dekker

UPDATE: Olivia Harlan Dekker responds. Hahaha poor Sam knows the whole Mamma Mia sound track (it’s my favorite movie- especially the sequel!). I have the best husband — Olivia Harlan Dekker (@OliviaDekker) November 6, 2018   The College basketball season begins today, and there's plenty to sing about. Full disclosure, this video is from a few months ago after the Wisconsin football season opener against Western Kentucky. It was a simpler time when I thought the Badgers were ready to contend for a Big Ten title. I attended the game that Friday night, went out and about on the town and took a seat at the fine establishment Karaoke Kid. And what do I see next? I see former Wisconsin basketball star Sam Dekker and

Football in Evanston should be illegal

Would I be typing about this had Wisconsin won on Saturday? Of course not, but I've had this thought for years and it's time we do something about it. Something has to be done, and we need to find a way to prosecute anyone who starts playing a football game in Evanston, Illinois and punish them to the fullest extent of the law. Before we get started, I must say I love Northwestern football. The Wildcats will always be that gritty, deceptive speed, high motor team that gets the most out of their abilities. Listen to announcers speak during any one of their games and you'll hear any one of those cliches for a three-hour period. But you shouldn't be allowed to