Posted 12/22/2017 at 08:24 PM
The bowl season has been hard to watch so far with only two of the first 10 games decided by fewer than 10 points. The games have been filled with turnovers with an insane 44 turnovers combined in the first 10 games through December 22. Five underdogs have won outright but five have also lost by 20 or more points. Louisiana Tech had a 6-0 turnover edge and Wyoming had an 8-0 turnover edge, simply inconceivable advantages in a pair of closely-lined games.
The situation for SMU was a bit understandable with a bizarre set of coaching circumstances. Late in the hiring season Chad Morris left for Arkansas taking many assistants with him including the initially appointed interim coach. That left freshly hired Sonny Dykes to lead the team in the bowl game with only a few days to prepare, very limited knowledge of his players and little support from the previous coaching staff. A graduate assistant was left to call offensive plays in the game as Louisiana Tech delivered a rout.
Josh Allen has been talked about all season as a potential 1st Round NFL draft pick along with the two Los Angeles area quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold. With Wyoming struggling on offense this season he certainly lacked the numbers that signaled great NFL potential. Allen made the most of his showcase opportunity in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl with precision passing and great mobility for his size, clearly making the right decision to play coming back from injury when many suspecting he might sit out.
While most of the NFL attention in Week 16 will be on the playoff races there are some interesting races at the bottom. Cleveland, the NY Giants, and the Colts are the current bottom three and all likely in the market for a quarterback in the NFL Draft. Houston, Chicago, Tampa Bay, and San Francisco are next all currently tied at 4-10 with a victory in the final two weeks causing a significant bump backwards in the draft order as there are currently three other 5-9 teams as well. None of those four current 4-10 teams are obvious quarterback drafters but the 49ers or Buccaneers could be in many scenarios. Adding intrigue is that Cleveland has Houston’s first round pick for a powerful set of early assets for the new leadership.
The current Super Bowl odds unsurprisingly features the Patriots on top but recent injuries have increased the value on the Eagles and Steelers, teams still very much in play for the top seeds in their respective conferences. There is a substantial gap between the Saints and the Panthers and Falcons even though those three teams can still shuffle in the NFC South standings with head-to-head games the next two weeks. Best of Luck and on to this week’s slate…