David Smoak and Phil's brother Jerry bonded over the years when David had a radio show in East Texas. Jerry was a football coach at my alma mater Jefferson. Smoak moved to Waco during the early 2010s and had a show on ESPN Radio in Waco. This led to Phil being on the ESPN radio show weekly during the Baylor football season. David still has Phil on from time to time to discuss college FB.
Can UNLV ever turn this thing around?
It might be the most overdue program in college football. Seriously, every team in the Mountain West has been able to have some fun, but not UNLV.
It’s been eight years since the program has enjoyed a winning season, and the 2013 team that got there ended with a bowl loss.
The 2000 Rebels went 8-5 and beat Arkansas in the Las Vegas Bowl. In the 21 seasons since, there’s been just that one lonely winning campaign, and no bowl bids.
Since 2019, eight current Mountain West programs have at least played in the conference championship, and six have won one. Nevada won a WAC title in 2010, New Mexico has at least tied for a division title and has been to seven bowl games over the last 22 seasons, and …
UNLV’s lone conference title was the 1994 Big West.
UNLV Key Game To The 2022 Season
North Texas, Sept. 17
Just for the confidence at a program that hasn’t had a lot of fun in a long, long time, starting a season 2-1 would do wonders.
Last year’s team won two games, the 2020 version didn’t win any, and there’s been just one 2-1 start since 2009. Assuming a win over Idaho State to kick things off, and a loss at Cal to follow that up, getting by a dangerous and experienced North Texas team at home would be a terrific step forward.
Considering the rough slate the rest of the way – New Mexico is the only time the Rebels might be favored.
Read more: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/06/unlv-rebels-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players
Upcoming AAC Realignment
In one of the biggest conference “trades” in NCAA history, three current American Athletic Conference teams – Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF – will be leaving for the Big 12 before the 2023 academic year.
Six C-USA teams replacing them (FAU, UAB, Charlotte, Rice, North Texas, and UTSA) would do so at the same time, to prevent the AAC from dropping to just eight teams.
The buyout for the AAC schools is going to be $18 million each. That’s the standard $10 million buyout fee, plus another $8 million each to leave early. The buyout will be paid over 14 years.
Meanwhile, lawyers with billable hours are still working out further details on the new incoming schools.
With it, the American will compete as a 14-team league in football after the transition next summer.
MEMPHIS – ATTRITION MISSION – 7.5 W – *7 / 6
The Tigers’ 7-year bowl streak came to an end last season. The culprit was the Tigers’ shoddy 5-7 mark ‘In The Stats’ (ITS) as they now stand 10-13 ITS in all games under Ryan Silverfield, including 2-7 away. This pales in comparison to the 34-20 ITS mark in the Mike Norvell years from 2016-2019. Thus, you can see where erosion is occurring. Despite seniors making 145 of the 260 overall team starts last season, they will line up with a good amount of returning experience this season. With four of its first five games this campaign against foes with losing records in 2021, a fast start is imperative if Memphis is to revisit the alleys this season.
PLAY AGAINST: at Mississippi State (9/3) – *KEY
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Tigers are 0-9 ATS away under head coach Ryan Silverfield.
SMU – 50 LASHES – 7 W – *6 / 7
New head coach Rhett Lashlee led what should have been a mess of a Miami offense to a top-50 rank in points-per-drive last season while developing young star Tyler Van Dyke in the process. His reward was landing the top spot with an SMU squad that has gone 25-10 the past three seasons under Sonny Dykes, who now takes over the reins at TCU – an hour down I-30 in Dallas. Lashlee was a quarterback at Arkansas from 2002-05 where the Hogs won 23 games and played in two bowl games. He’s worked under Gus Malzahn for a good portion of his college coaching career and looks to be a good fit for the Ponies.
PLAY ON: at Tulsa (10/29)
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Mustangs are 10-2 ATS at home versus greater than .600 opponents the past five seasons.
read more: https://www.wagertalk.com/news/college-football/2022-aac-football-betting-preview-marc-lawrences-playbook/
I love how we have 2 coaches, McCasland and Littrell, that are literally the complete opposite of each other when it comes to public speaking.
McCasland does it like it’s his job, Littrell does it while Wren holds a gun to his skull.