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LOTS of questions here at Media Day about the Alabama remarks about Clemson/Clemson not getting its credit. John Simpson says Notre Dame -not Bama- was the best team Clemson played.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) July 17, 2019
I would say this shuts the door on all those people (media and UGA football players) who insisted Notre Dame didn't deserve a playoff spot last year despite being 12-0.
Clemson offensive guard John Simpson played against both Notre Dame and Alabama in the playoffs last year. I'll take Simpson's words at the ACC Media Days over which was the best team Clemson played last season over the pollsters and media.
If you don't remember the final polls came out after the playoffs. For some illogical reason Notre Dame didn't even finish in the top 4 despite losing only one game to the eventual champs who absolutely throttled Alabama 44-16. If you don't remember that final National Championship game score we made a shirt for you to remind everybody.
But yet Notre Dame finished 5th despite making the playoffs and losing only one game. They dropped from 3rd because Oklahoma who despite getting throttled by Alabama in the semifinals and finishing the season with two losses and Ohio State who beat a dog shit PAC 12 team in the Rose Bowl and got throttled themselves by fucking Iowa in the regular season both jumped ND. It was horse shit then and it's still horse shit now.
It's good to see Clemson players doing the classy thing and give Notre Dame the props and respect they deserve. Look I get it a lot of people hate Notre Dame. You either love them or hate them. There really is no Switzerland in between when it comes to Notre Dame football. But you gotta respect how Notre Dame will schedule anybody, anywhere and go 12-0 while traveling all around the country and making their players actually go to class unlike most other programs.
So proud you Chris! @chris_tyree4 Chris won States this weekend in the 55m dash. His time of 6.30 is currently the #1 time in the US!! Chris also placed 2nd in the LJ at states. Stay humble and keep grinding!! @milesplit @RivalsFriedman @SWiltfong247 @HamiltonESPN pic.twitter.com/bLUfWwRrvd— Richard Tyree (@RichardTyree) February 25, 2019
The nation's top 2020 high school runningback, Chris Tyree out of Virginia, competed in his state's 55 meter dash this past weekend. As you can see in his dad's clip on his Twitter page Tyree is smoking fast. Elite fast. Tyree not only smoked the competition but he ran a nation's best 6.3. To put it in perspective that equates to running a 4.189 in the 40 yard dash. Deion Sanders ran a 4.21 at the 1989 NFL Combine. Does that mean Primetime wears Chris Tyree's pajamas?
Chris Tyree is the 6A 55m dash STATE CHAMPION! He is also currently ranked US #1 !!! pic.twitter.com/wEEMETHVz0— Thomas Dale TF/XC (@TDKnightsTFXC) February 23, 2019
All joking aside Tyree has Olympic elite track speed that every college football program would love to have on their team. Tyree has the speed you only see come around once in a while. Bo Jackson had it. Rocket Ismail had it and obviously Deion had it. The question remains which college football team will be strutting out Tyree as a true freshman in 2020?
Right now Tyree has more than 31 D1 offers and that will only go up after this past weekend. So far Tyree has visited Penn State and Happy Valley 5 times and they are seen as the early favorites for his commitment. Coming in second with visits is the in-state Virginia Tech Hokies with 3. Tyree recently visited Oklahoma in early February. In December Tyree visited Notre Dame and is scheduled to return for an official to South Bend on June 21-23 with the whole family. Michigan got a visit last month. Alabama is getting a visit next month and FSU is pushing hard for Tyree's services.
Listed at 5'10 and 185 lbs Tyree isn't an every down back. He's seen as an all-purpose back who can split out and catch the ball when not lining up in the backfield. He's too small right now to be an every down back and will clearly need to bulk up in a college football weight program to take the beating on fall Saturdays. With that being said Tyree is an elite RB who can change the fortunes of any football program.
If you watched the college football playoffs you could see the difference an elite freshman playmaker can have on a program. Clemson used freshmen QB Trevor Lawrence and WR Justyn Ross (both 5-Stars) to shred both Notre Dame and Alabama defenses in route to a perfect 15-0 record and a National Championship. Without those two true freshmen Clemson would probably be home shaking their heads about what could have been like the year before when they got smoked by Alabama in the playoffs. Getting Tyree could be on the same level as getting a Ross out of Alabama was for Clemson.
The only team in the playoffs without those true game day play makers was Notre Dame. Right now the Fighting Irish don't have an elite talent at RB on their roster. Don't get me wrong they have some good backs in Jafar Armstrong and Tony Jones Jr but neither of those guys are "5-star can change a game with the ball in their hands" type of players. Or as some would call them home run backs. Which is why new ND RB coach Lance Taylor's #1 priority is to get Chris Tyree to sign his letter of intent for the Fighting Irish. If Notre Dame wants to compete with the big boys in Alabama and Clemson they need to have a play maker with Tyree's speed on the field. Taylor's recruiting prowess was a deciding factor for his hire because the man he replaced, Autry Denson, simply wasn't getting the recruiting job done by ND standards.
With about 10 months to go till signing day Tyree's recruitment is still wide open. Penn State is the presumptive favorite but anyone from Alabama to Notre Dame to Oklahoma to Michigan to Virginia Tech could woo the top RB prospect in the nation. Getting somebody with Tyree's speed could make the difference between not only a playoff appearance but actually winning the whole thing. Just ask Dabo.
College Football week 1 betting lines are already out. Here are some games I'm going heavy on to get the ball rolling for early Christmas shopping aka filling up the SportsCrack Pub with booze and victory cigars.
Georgia Tech (-3) vs Boston College in Dublin - Last year was a disastrous season for Justin Thomas and the Yellow Jackets. Big expectations were thrown on Paul Johnson and his crew because of an 11 win 2014 season. Now everyone thinks they suck because they went 3-9. They are playing an awful Boston College team in Dublin and since I've been to Dublin to watch college football (ND vs Navy 2012) I'm 100% confident the Yellow Jackets run all over the Golden Eagles. GT covers big!
Houston (+10) vs Oklahoma - How in the world is Houston at home a double digit underdog? This game will be close and right now I'm leaning on Tom Herman and his Cougars for the down right win. 10 points is way too much. Oklahoma is a tad overrated going into this season anyways. Houston as the homedog!
Wisconsin (+10) vs LSU at Lambeau Field - While it's not on their homefield you know Wisconsin is going to play their asses off on Lambeau Field. It's basically a home game for them and SEC teams don't travel well north of the Mason Dixie line. Leonard Fournette will have a big game and I think LSU wins a close one but you gotta take Wisconsin as the double digit dog here!
USC (+10.5) vs Bama at JerryWorld - In terms of pure talent USC with maybe the exception of LSU might be the only team that can match up with Bama athletically on their schedule. Everyone has been talking about how Bama is going to blow out the Trojans in Dallas but I don't see it. I think USC gives them a run for their Nick Saban bail money. Take FUSC as the dog!
Notre Dame (-4.5) at Texas - Last year ND throttled Texas 38-3. This year they return a seasoned QB (Deshone Kizer or Malik Zaire it won't matter) going into Austin vs a true freshman QB for the Horns. Charlie Strong is already fighting like mad to keep his job but this result will not help. ND beats Texas and wins big!
Ole Miss (+6) vs FSU in Orlando - For some reason and it's really the only reason I can't shake how bad FSU got beat by Houston in the Peach Bowl. I also can't forget how Ole Miss has beaten Bama the last two seasons. The Rebels match up well here with the Criminoles and will be sending in Swag Kelly to face a likely first time starter in Deondre Francois. I'm betting my money on Kelly to get the job done. Ole Miss wins a close one!
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