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Craig Bohl addressed the media for over 30 minutes at Mountain West Media Day. Listen in as he talks about Josh Allen, the Mountain West standing in the College Football Playoffs, and more!

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From GM Six productions, a highlight reel on why we should believe the hype on Wyoming Cowboys and NFL top draft prospect Josh Allen.

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Bryan Harsin Addresses Media on Death Of Boise StateCoaching Legend Lyle Smith

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin addressed the Mountain West Media Summit this morning on the death of Bronco coaching legend Lyle Smith, who was considered the grandfather of Boise State football. Smith went 156-6-6 as head coach of the Broncos, and passed away today at the age of 101.

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Scott Bilo and Keith Harding discuss Day 2 of the Mountain West Media Summit, with info about Josh Allen, Bryan Harsin, Wyoming football, and much more.

Oklahoma State won ten games last season, and likely should have won 11 if not for a badly officiated ending to their loss at home against Central Michigan. The Cowboys look, on paper, like a team with enough offensive firepower to run sprint for sprint with Oklahoma in the Big 12, and quietly, at least offensively, may be one of the best teams in the nation this season. I have them as an early top ten program this fall, but will they live up to it?

What To Be Excited: Offense
The biggest reason to be pumped is that the triad returned intact this season in QB Mason Rudolph, RB Justice Hill, and WR James Washington. This may be one of the best trios in the nation at the offensive skill positions in college football.
Rudolph returns as the top trigger man after passing for 4091 yards, 28 TDs, and just four INTs last fall. He averaged 314.7 yards passing per game while attempting 34.5 passes per contest. He is a quiet Heisman contender in a crowded field in 2017.
Washington was a beast last season at WR, as he collected 71 receptions for 1380 yards and ten TDs. Washington is a big play machine, and averaged over 19 yards per catch, and averaged 106.2 yards per game. Other good news comes in the form of the return of fellow starting WR Jalen McCleskey, who finished second on the team with 73 receptions for 812 yards and seven...

Mountain West Football Media Summit 2017

The Mountain West Media Summit got underway this morning at the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas this morning. The event kicked off with a Coaches Round Table for the West Division coaches from San Diego State, UNLV, Hawaii, Fresno State, Nevada, and San Jose State. That event was followed up by the Leadership Conference with Commish Craig Thompson. Here's what we have learned thus far...

The conference with Craig Thompson was the most enlightening part of the morning thus far, as the Mountain West fights to raise their profile in the overall power structure of major college football. He used the acronym FANG to describe the various social media outlets that the conference is trying to use to elevate their profile with a group of people that no longer watches traditional television.

Craig Thompson uses the acronym FANG to discuss social media initiates to reach out to segment of population that no longer watched traditional TV.

There is a real fight to keep the Mountain West relevant as other conferences jocky for position in power structure.

Craig Thompson does not know what streaming will be like even in three years time. Talked about the broadcast deals struck by the NFL with Yahoo, other outlets.

The early signing period for recruits was discussed, and...

UTEP Miners
The Miners have been more up than down in Sean Kugler's era as head coach at UTEP, and last season was definitely a down year, as the Miners finished just 4-8. Kuger currently ranks #17 on the rankings for coaches who are in jeopardy of losing their jobs, but if the Miners get off to a rocky start, he could rocket up that list.

What To Be Excited About: Offense

Ryan Metz returns for his junior season, and was a solid performer last fall. He tossed 14 scores and only tossed four INTs. He needs to not have to look over his shoulder at Zack Greenlee, who also received significant snaps last fall, and if he can get full control of this offense, he may blow up this season.

What To Be Concerned About: Offense

I've given you all of the good news I can muster up for the Miners this fall. There is much more negative news that good. Aaron Jones, the one massive star player the Miners had, is gone at RB. Quardrais Wadley, the likely leader at RB heading into fall camp, carried the football just 47 times last season.
Eddie Sinegal and Warren Redix got some experience starting last fall, but they combined for just 41 receptions last fall, and Sinegal had 29 of them. There will be very limited...

Northern Illinois Huskies
Last season saw a rare dip in the Northern Illinois win total, and the Huskies were stumped with a five win season, the first season in recent memory where the Huskies did not see a bowl game. Everyone wanted Rod Carey's head on a platter last fall, but that, in my opinion, was a rush to judgement, as the Huskies could not buy a healthy QB. With a wealth of health in 2017, can NIU climb back to the perch in the MAC West?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Jordan Huff will be the lead RB in a three headed monster setup for the Huskies, and rushed for 703 yards last fall, while scoring five times as the primary backup. He averaged 6.33 yards per carry, and could be a big breakout candidate for the Huskies this fall. Marcus Jones and Tommy Mister will also get into the action, and could give the Huskies one of the deeper rotations in the nation.
Christian Blake is back at WR, as is Shane Wimann at TE. They should provide reliable targets for whomever comes out ahead in the QB battle that will carry over into fall camp. They combined for over 56 receptions last fall for just over 700 yards and nine scores.
Three starters are back on the line in LT Max Scharping, LG Jordan Steckler, and C Luke Shively.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
The Huskies have played five different QBs in the starting role...

Georgia State Panthers

Georgia State is starting over this fall, as Trent Miles finally ran out of time with the Panthers as coach. Shawn Elliott, the offensive line coach from South Carolina, is the new man in charge, but has a limited sample size to see what he can do. He did not succeed during his time as interim head coach for the Gamecocks, but that was a tricky situation after a mid-season resignation. He will get every chance to move this team forward, but the roster he inherits is not exactly built to succeed right away. The Panthers will move into Turner Field, but can they make themselves interesting enough to fill the seats?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

The line should have experience in 2017, as four upperclassmen are slated to start. LG Davis Moore, RG Alex Stoehr, and RT Sebastian Willer are all seniors. C Gabe Mobley will start as a junior.

What To Be Concerned About: Offense

The QB position is up i the air as we head into fall camp. Last year's starter, Conner Manning, returns after passing for 2684 yards, but he ha slipped to second string on the most recent depth chart posted just days ago behind the backup last year, Aaron Winchester. Winchester passed for 271 yards in limited duty last fall. This battle is going to continue through fall camp.

The run game was one of the...

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Bryan Harsin was on the podium in the writers room, and was the most in demand in a room consisting of three coaches, and he did not disappoint. Listen in as he talks, at length, about the Bronco program.

Rice Owls
It was clearly shocking to not only me, but many people, when David Bailiff was brought back for the 2017 season. It was a foregone conclusion that he was likely not to make it through the end of last fall, and then suddenly, nothing happened, and now he is back as the embattled coach in 2017 of a team that many cannot figure out how he is still in charge. Can Rice get it together to save his job this season, or will we be on firing watch once again?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
It's quite difficult to find any reason to get excited about the Rice offense in 2017. The losses are extremely heavy, and the returning talent is thin. WR Kyle Granson is one of the few returning starters, but he has very limited production number, with just 33 receptions last fall.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
Everything. The QB position is up fro grabs once again, with Tyler Stehling being gone. Jackson Tyner, JT Granato, and Nate German are the three returning QBs who will be battling for the job in fall camp.
Nobody averaged double digits in average carries in the run game last fall, and that will not get games won. It's nice to have a stable of backs, but at some point Bailiff would be wise to pick one or two to carry the load. The truth is that there may not be anyone on the roster currently capable of doing that job.
The receiving...

Scott Bilo on "The Drive @5" show with Jake WImberly

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If you missed my appearance on ESPN Radio 105.9 on "The Drive @5" show with Jake Wimberly in Jackson, MS today, June 14, 2017, here is your chance to catch up, as we discuss Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State, Tom Herman at Texas, Coaches who may be next to win a national title, and whether or not Malik Zaire can have an impact at Florida!

Kansas State Wildcats
Bill Snyder will one day star in a film where he plays a character called "Time Immortal". He has now been at Kansas State forever, with that short hiatus where some very foolish administrators actually believed Ron Prince to be a head coach. Health is starting to show some issues for the venerable old coach, and the end of his run may truly be coming, but is this a season where he could pull one last rabbit from his sleeve and lead a dark horse team into the trenches to steal some thunder?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
It can be said that Jesse Ertz was never 100% last season, and he underwent shoulder surgery immediately after the season ended. He is in full recovery, and Snyder has stated in recent days that he has never seen Ertz throw the ball as well as he is right now in rehab. Ertz should be ready to go full speed in fall camp, and if his shoulder is better, and he gets unleashed in the passing game, he could be one of the more interesting stories at QB in the nation. He passed for a limited 1755 yards last fall, and added over 1200 yards rushing. If he can pass for over 2000 yards this season and keep the rushing totals churning, he could be a dark horse Heisman guy when all is said and done.
Ertz should have a solid wall in front of him, as four starters return on the line. Abdul Beecham, Scott Frantz, Reid Najvar, and Dalton Risner will all anchor up...

The Pitt Panthers were one of the surprises in 2016 of the ACC Coastal Division, as they finished within one win of tying for the division title and having a shot to head to the conference title game for the first time, but they did fall just short, and now they have questions to answer, much like the rest of their division in 2017. Will Pat Narduzzi find enough answers to make a run at what would be an unlikely ACC Coastal title?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Qadree Ellison started virtually the entire 2015 season when James Conner missed that season due to his illness, and he flourished in the role, rushing for 1121 yards. He rushed for 631 yards as the lead backup last season when Conner returned, but he is back in the lead role once again. He averaged over 10 yards per carry as the reserve last fall, and has big play ability, which should be prominently featured this fall in the rushing attack. Chawntez Moss averaged 5.4 yards per carry, and Darrin Hall has also lettered for the last two seasons. Both return to add competition and depth.
Jester Weah led the team last fall with 36 receptions for 870 yards and ten scores last fall, and will return to be the primary target for whomever wins the QB derby that will take place in fall camp. Henderson could also see a ton of time at WR, with the other two...

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Power Rated PodCast: Episode 1

Welcome to episode one of "The Power Rated Podcast"! This is part one of a two night event, as we report live from Day one of the Mountain West Conference Football Media Summit at the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. I am joined by Keith Harding of the Bilo College Football Report, as we discuss Mountain West Media Days, the crumbling cable TV and newspaper industries, and more!

The last straw was finally located in Oxford, and after piles of allegations over the course of the last few years, Ole Miss was finally forced to provide an ultimatum to head football coach Hugh Freeze, quit or be fired. The reasoning was not the 21 plus allegations, including lack of institutional control charge. The final shot to the proverbial skull was the fact that phone records could be traced from a university provided cell phone belonging to Freeze to a Tampa, Florida based escort service, a number that was mentioned in a lawsuit brought upon the university and Freeze by former head coach Houston Nutt.

Nutt is suing Freeze and Ole Miss for slander among other things, as Freeze, solid scumbag this he is, tried to throw Nutt and his staff under the bus for some, or many of the allegations brought against the school from the NCAA. Nutt has to feel very vindicated this evening, as it was his lawyer that found the phone number connection in a records gathering effort for the lawsuit. It was the lawyer for Nutt who told Ole Miss that their team had damaging information that could potentially be very embarrassing to the university should it get out. Ole Miss played chicken, and they lost.

Let me paint a picture for you. Houston Nutt has a wife, Jill, of 25 years. He has three daughters. He...

Army Cadets (Black Knights)

Army turned a major corner under head coach Jeff Monken last season, and won eight games, including a Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over North Texas, which was revenge for a loss to UNT earlier in the year. Army also beat Navy last year, snapping a massive drought. Will Army have enough talent returning to make another solid run in 2017?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

Ahmad Bradshaw is back at QB for his senior season after passing for 703 yards and rushing for 826 yards and eight scores. He averaged 4.46 yards per carry in the triple option attack. He is hardly what I would call an accomplished passer, but in this offense, that is all back burner stuff.

FB Andy Davidson returns after leading the Black Knights with 961 yards and 12 scores. He is the power back that makes everything run in this offense. Jordan Asberry also returns after rushing for 421 yards, and averaged 7.31 yards per carry last season at Slotback. Darnell Woolfolk also returns after rushing for 600 yards, and Kell Walker returns after averaging 6.52 yards per carry. Army will have the deepest stable of backs of anyone in the nation, with many of the backs returning having massive game breaking ability.

Christian Poe returns at WR...

Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State certainly did not look like a football team that would win the Big 10 early on in the 2016 season, but they did just that. They turned their season around in conference play after a bad loss to Michigan, and they never lost again in a miracle run that saw the Nittany Lions fall just short of winning the Rose Bowl in what was an all-time classic in the longest running bowl game ever. This fall, targets will be squarely on the backs of this football team, as they will surprise no one. James Franklin has plenty of weapons coming back to make another run, but can Penn State move past Ohio State in the East and make a national title run in 2017?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
There is always a great deal of importance with an offensive line, especially with this particular team. Four starters return to the fold in 2017, including Ryan Bates, Brendan Mahon, Connor McGovern, and Andrew Nelson. This is important because of the talent that will be lining up behind this group and around them as we head into fall camp.
Penn State will certainly boast one of the more talented backfields in the Big 10, if not the nation this season. Trace McSorley completely evolved last season as the year wore on, and became a star at QB. He passed for 3614 yards and 28 TDs to just nine INTs, and was just a different player at the end of the season...

BYU Cougars

Kelani Sitake is heading into year two of his term as BYU head coach, and despite some things going up and down at the QB position, the Coougars could be called a success last season after winning nine games. Sitake did not walk into a typical empty cupboard as a new head coach sometimes does, and there is some serious talent coming back this season, although there are losses as well. Still, it will be interesting to see how the Cougars come back in year two under Sitake, and try to emulate and surpass the success of last season.

What To Be Excited About: Offense

Tanner Mangum finally gets to gt out from the shadow of Taysom Hill, and quite frankly, that should have happened last season when it was painfully obvious that Hill was a shadow of his former self. Mangum was the hero of two seasons ago at QB, and now, this is fully his show. Mangum completed 22/33 passes last fall, and showed that he really is the guy to run this offense. In 2015, he passed for 3377 yards and 23 TDs, so we all know what he can do.

Jamaal Williams is gone as the all-time leading rusher for BYU, and Squally Canada is slated to start, but look out for RS freshman Ula Tolutau, who originally signed with Wisconsin before going on his two year Morman mission. He is a big, bruising back that could carry the load for this run game.

Four starters return on the line for the Cougars in LT Thomas Shoaf, LG Keyan Norman, CTejan...

California Golden Bears
The Cal Bears got sick and tired of the wandering eye of head coach Sonny Dykes after last season, as his name continually came up in job searches from Missouri to Baylor, and he did nothing to squash those rumors. It became obvious that he had no long term want to be the head coach at Cal, and so they freed him up to go after a job that he never got, and they turned to Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox, who is no stranger to the PAC-12 and west coast football in general. Wilcox generated a massively successful defense at Wisconsin, and since Cal has had no defense at all under Dykes, it should be an interesting transition to get Cal back to playing balanced football of any kind.

What To Be Excited About: Offense
One thing is assured, and that is the receiving corps may end up being one of the better units in the PAC-12 this fall, despite the departure of Chad Hansen early to the NFL Draft. Demetrius Robertson, Melquise Stovall, and Jordan Veasy all return this season. Robertson caught 50 passes for 767 yards last fall as a freshman, and scored seven times, and could break out even bigger depending on the unknown QB situation coming into camp. Stovall caught 42 passes as a freshman last season, and scored three times. Veasy caught 25 passes as well as a reserve, and will step in to start.
Matt Anderson will provide some scoring from the PK position, as he...

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Scott Bilo On ESPN 1100 In Las Vegas

Scott Bilo joins the ESPN Las Vegas Midday Show with Ed Graney and Mike Pritchard, as we discuss the Hugh Freeze resignation at Ole Miss, From Friday, July 21, 2017.

Georgia Bulldogs

Year one of the Kirby Smart era was largely an up and down affair that ended with a birth in the Liberty Bowl against TCU. Year two could be a far more successful run, specifically based on returning talent on offense, where eight starters return, and the running game should be amped up with both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel returning. Look for the Bulldogs to make a major push for a birth in the SEC title game in the second year of the Smart era.

What To Be Excited About: Offense

The run game should be at full strength with the return of both Chubb and Michel. They combined for just under 2000 yards rushing last season and 12 TDs. The duo could easily break those numbers in 2017, especially if sophomore QB Jacob Eason progresses as expected.

Eason had a decent freshman campaign, but it was not free of bumps in the road. He finished with 2430 yards passing and 16 TDs to just eight picks. He has to become more accurate in his sophomore campaign, and that is expected. He does not need to be a superstar with his RB corps, but he does need to be at least be an accurate game manager.

Isaiah McKenzie is gone at WR, and was the leading receiver for the Bulldogs with 44 receptions last fall, but that should not be a huge concern with the return of both Terry Godwin and Michael Chigbu returning. Both will be coming into...

Appalachian State Mountaineers

The Mountaineers appear to once again be the favorite to win the Sun Belt, but there should be some push from a couple of other teams like Troy and Arkansas State along the way. There is some explosive talent coming back on offense, and the defense was one of the best in the nation last fall, allowing just 17.8 points per game. Could another major title run be at stake for the Mountaineers this fall? Absolutely, it should.

What To Be Excited About: Offense

The two biggest stars on the team are back on offense in QB Taylor Lamb and RB Jalin Moore. Lamb is a very efficient dual threat passer who passed for 2281 yards and 15 TDs last season to eight picks. He completed 60.6% of his pass attempts, and also managed to rush for 505 yards and nine more scores, while averaging 5.67 yards per carry.

Moore is a beast at RB for the Mountaineers, and rushed for 1402 yards and 10 TDs last season. He averaged 5.92 yards per carry, while averaging over 107 yards rushing per game. He is one of the best returning backs in the nation this fall.

There is decent leadership coming back on the line in RT Beau Nunn and RG Colby Gossett, who are both seniors. Tobias Edge-Campbell is at LG, and will be a junior this fall.
Michael Rubino put in a solid effort at PK as a freshman, as he connected on 15/21 FG...

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

The Chanticleers are busting into FBS football for the first time, and the program is primed to succeed on this level such as Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have before them in the Sun Belt. Despite some holes on the roster, the Chanticleers have a foundation that has built up fairly quickly under Joe Moglia. How quickly will the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers take to move up the ranks?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

There are eight open holes this fall, and that is a tough way to enter FBS football. The only returning starters are WR Chris Jones, LG Adam Lawhorn, and C Jamarion McBride. This is probably not the best look to succeed early on, but it's hard to bet against this coaching staff.

What To Be Concerned About: Offense

There are, as I said, eight starting spots up for grabs, and none bigger than at QB, where as many as many as five candidates have tossed their hats into the ring. Tyler Keane starterd seven games last season, but is getting moved aside by Syracuse grad transfer Austin Wilson. Wilson got a minimal break last season, playing in place of the injured Eric Dungy, but the sample size to get a read on him is very small. Sophomore Austin Bradley and senior Josh Tilley, who was injured during spring ball, are also in the...

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Nobody accepts 4-8 seasons at Notre Dame, and because that is where this team ended up last fall, Brian Kelly is squarely in the firing line if the ship does not turn completely around in 2017. The Irish are turning up the tempo on offense under OC Chip Long, and Mike Eiko's defense will be under heavy scrutiny. Do the Irish have enough gas in the tank under this staff to make the complete turnaround and return to the lofty heights that are expected every season?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

Josh Adams returns to the tea as he led them in rushing last season as a sophomore. If Notre Dame wants to win and win now, a switch to a more balanced approach with Brown getting 18-20 carries per game would probably be more the way to do it. He rushed for 933 yards and five scores while averaging 5.91 yards per carry last fall.

The receiving group should be one of the best that Kelly has had at Notre Dame. Equanimeous St. Brown is the leader of the group, as he caught 58 passes last fall, or 20 more than anyone else. He went for 957 yards and nine scores, while averaging 16.57 yards per grab. He has the size and strength to match up well on the outside. Myles Boykin and Chase Underpool are projected as starters as well, but CJ Sanders and Kevin Stepherson will challenge for time as well. Look for Alize Mack to have a breakout season at...

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