Danny Kanell explains why UCF could go ‘toe-to-toe’ with Georgia
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Danny Kanell makes the case for why UCF could match up with Georgia
It’s well documented that Danny Kanell isn’t very fond of the SEC conference. He’s long pounded the drum that the conference as a whole is overrated. And the CBS Sports commentator took a shot at Georgia while making the case for UCF.
The Knights are the No. 11 ranked team in the country, and hold the nation’s longest winning streak at 22 games. But despite their unbeaten record, UCF is still nowhere close to the College Football Playoff. And Kanell thinks that the Knights should be given more consideration.
Kanell said that UCF would go “toe-to-toe” with this Georgia team, citing UCF’s impressive offense, and how Georgia played against last year’s Oklahoma team in the Rose Bowl.
“You didn’t hear anybody complain about that game, when Georgia gave up over 500 yards of total offense, nobody had a problem with that,” Kanell said. “And Oklahoma almost won with an incredible offense and a sub-par defense. Does that sound familiar? That’s exactly what UCF has.”
The 2017 Oklahoma team was led by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, who also went on to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. While McKenzie Milton, UCF’s quarterback, is very good, he’s also not exactly at Mayfield’s level.
Kanell also added that because UCF is used to giving up points— Temple scored 40 on them— it would be better equipped than Georgia to win a shoot-out.
“They go up-tempo. They’re used to getting scored on, Georgia’s not,” he said. “That game would come down to the wire just the same way the Rose Bowl did.”
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Georgia did win that game a season ago. And that in the second half and overtime, Oklahoma only scored one offensive touchdown. I also think that Lincoln Riley is a much better coach and play-caller than UCF’s Josh Heupel.
I actually do agree that I would like to see UCF get in to an eight-team playoff. It’s ridiculous that in college football over half the teams competing have zero chance to win a national title. But in the current four-team setup, the College Football Playoffs committee has shown us that a Group of Five team will never sniff the playoffs.
UCF is clearly a good team. It’s hard to win that many games in a row, as not even Alabama has done that despite having a significant talent margin over every team they’ve played. I’m just not sure why Kanell needed to take a swipe at Georgia to prove his point.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 15, 2018
Jake Fromm in the same category as Tua Tagovailoa
The 2020 NFL Draft is still a long way off. But that didn’t stop one NFL draft expert from giving Jake Fromm some early praise. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted that Fromm is at the same level as Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who many expect to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Miller also added that a number of 2019 draft eligible quarterbacks may decide to enter the draft this year because they wouldn’t want to compete with Fromm and Tagovailoa.
Starting to hear names of underclassmen QBs that want in the 2019 draft class. Players are aware that they don't want to compete with Tua and Fromm in 2020 and could jump early to potentially go higher this year with less top-end competition.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 14, 2018
Fromm’s numbers (19 touchdowns to 5 interceptions) aren’t significantly worse than Tagovailoa’s (28 touchdowns to 2 interceptions). But when someone questioned whether or not Fromm was as good as Tagovailoa, Miller admitted that while he hasn’t done a deep dive on either quarterback, Fromm does have some “promising traits that make him a fun prospect.”
We're 1.5 years from the 2020 draft. Fromm has a lot of promising traits that make him a fun prospect for then. Same with Tua. But I'm not doing deep film dives on either guy yet. https://t.co/PwnNPMyj35
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 14, 2018
As any Georgia fan will recall, Fromm didn’t play well at LSU. But he’s played excellent since then, as he’s led Georgia to three consecutive wins. Georgia has not had a quarterback taken with in the first round of the NFL draft since Matthew Stafford went No. 1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. And again, Fromm still has plenty of time to improve before he can even declare for the NFL draft. He’s far from a finished prospect.
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