Obviously, most of us have a college team we follow and root for. I'm a Huskies fan, JSeahawks is a Ducks fan, we've got plenty of Coug, Beavs, and USC fans too. So a question, other than your favorite team, are there any other teams out there you wish you were fans of or really like?
For me it's quickly becoming Texas A&M. It feels like every time I put on a prospect compilation from that school I end up being highly impressed. Last year they had Johnny Manziel, Christine Michael, Ryan Swope, Luke Joekel, Jake Mathews, DaMonster, and Mike Evans. The year before they had Ryan Tannehill, who was a damn good receiver before he was an intriguing QB. Not only do they have great players, but I really like the vibe down there. The superstars they had belied a team that was actually just SEC average overall talent-wise, giving them the underdog label last season.
I also really like Alabama, the only thing that holds me back is how they are basically the Miami Heat of college football. Too evil empire for my tastes. That said, Nick Saban might be the best football coach in the world, I seriously mean that. He knows how to identify and coach up talent much like Pete does, and both have that smooth talker / huckster side to them (which I like) and both brainwash their players into saying "compete" in every sentence. They are very similar coaches. It's extremely rare that I evaluate a player from Alabama these days who doesn't impress the heck out of me.
In the Pac-12, I like what Stanford is doing. We'll see if Shaw can keep it up, but the best teams always build from the trenches first and the Cardinal do it as well as anyone in college football. Not only is their offensive line arguably the most talented in college football, but their defensive front seven was probably the nastiest I'd seen in the conference since the Pete Carroll days at USC.
I also like South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, West Virginia and Rutgers. Clemson is mostly because of Boyd. Rutgers have a lot of good players that slip under the radar. I've been a big backer of Steve Spurrier's SC project for a few years now. I love their physical brand of football. Georgia is a lot like Alabama, it's an NFL factory though if anything Georgia players have recently become over-rated. I still like watching them though because it feels like their entire starting roster will be playing on Sundays. West Virginia I'd mention if only because one of their fans, Dougitydog, makes the best highlight videos on the internet, including ones for Bruce Irvin and Tavon Austin, two players I really like.
Last edited by kearly
on Sat May 11, 2013 2:54 pm, edited 3 times in total.