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  • Phil Steele Preview

    June is here which means I've got my Steele football magazine for the 12th year in a row. Don't envy the job he had to compare teams that played as few as two games last season, but here's the big takeaways:

    Our schedule is the most "overrated" of FBS teams in terms of this year's opponent's winning percentage from 2020 (7th highest) versus their expected strength for 2021.
    We're picked to be 3rd in the East, below the top two (Kent and OU) mostly on the basis of playing both them on the road but close otherwise. UB would've been 1st if Leipold and a bunch of players didn't leave for KU.
    None of our guys was picked Preseason 1st Team All-MAC, the only ones on the 2nd are Jack Sorenson/Kameron Butler/Jalen Walker (as a punt returner). Sorenson has the most YPG of any returning receiver in the nation.
    Don't laugh, but our best position rating in the conference is our coaching staff (2nd, below OU and tied with Toledo); next best position is our DL at 3rd, worst is OL/DB at 9th.
    The MAC is projected to he the worst conference in the nation for the coming season. BG is projected dead last of 130 teams.
    UC is ranked the top G5 in the nation.
    Random, but he rated every single position for KU last in the Big 12 so that's something interesting.
  • Sendy gets contract extension

    If Chuck got $1K for heating OU that could buy a half semester of an Uptown apartment between his two wins!
  • Shane Montgomery: back in the MAC

    Having not been a fan of Miami until well after Montgomery was let go he always struck me as a nice guy who was in over his head, though crappy admin certainly ensured that his tenure didn't work out. Who knows, in some alternate universe where B2 didn't suck maybe he would've turned out well and gotten hired elsewhere to continue the cradle like Walker and Hoeppner before him.
  • UB Lance Leipold to Kansas

    And the plot thickens: Shane Montgomery hired away from James Madison to be the new OC at Buffalo.
  • SDSU fight song

    Per Wikipedia, Raymond Burke was a professor at Miami until 1915 and wrote our fight song during his tenure (along with the Scalp Song and Old Miami). It was then adapted for UC in 1919, presumably later for South Dakota State.