College football open thread & notes (week 8)

This weeked I am watching the following:

Syracuse vs Clemson
Ole Miss vs LSU
Mississippi State vs Alabama
Washington vs California

My focus will mainly be on defensive players this week. I will watch the quarterbacks as usual when those become available (I will aim to watch all 2022 games of the big name QB’s) but I also want to get an angle on the defensive class.

Due to work commitments no notes this week but a quick plug — if you’re in the UK (and you might be able to listen globally online) — I am hosting the BBC’s national radio coverage of the NFL tomorrow and the featured game is none other than the Seahawks vs Chargers. I’ll post a link tomorrow and if you get a chance, check it out.


  1. Peter

    Seahawks v. Chargers.

    Is this a random move or concerted choice by higher ups due to your seahawks/nfl knowledge?

    Any chance the ESPN gods will let you catch Ucla v. Oregon even later or in truncated form.

  2. Blitzy the Clown

    Watching Syracuse at Clemson and Brian Bresee is looking good early. Very good.

    Saw some of Tulsa at Temple last night and I’ll be keeping my eye on Temple RSo LB Yvandy Rigby.

  3. Mark

    Rob, if you ever want to come across the pond and do NFL commentary here in the states a lot of us would welcome you.

  4. cha

    What does the coverage include Rob? Play by play and color like the American broadcasts?

    What role will you be doing?

    • Rob Staton

      Same as I’ve done in previous years. I host the coverage and we take Westwood One comms

  5. Chuck

    Congrats on the announcing gig, I hope to be able to catch it!

  6. Roy Batty

    Ohio State fizzling on the Iowa side of the field. Stroud missing some easy short passes. Iowa is not a pushover, so he is looking average, so far.

    Iowa QB, Petras, looks terrible. Two INTs (one a pick six) that looked like they were intentionally thrown to the defender. They were that bad.

    • Roy Batty

      Stroud bounced back in the 2nd half. They simply overwhelmed Iowa.

  7. Peppapig

    Hi Rob
    Is it radio5 live?

  8. Ashish

    Russ ruled out for Jets game due to Hamstring injury. Denver pick will be higher than Hawks turning into reality.

    • Elmer

      Unless their backup QB has a great game. If so there will be a lot of noise from their fans.

      • Peter

        Jets defensive vs broncos back up oline with a back up qb and a fumbling running back….I could see like every year a good game followed by a three int game. Seems the nfl is good for one or two of those every year.

    • dand393

      Sounds good and all but is the back up QB going to actually play worse then Russ is anyways maybe it will give there offence a boost, might not be a good thing as Russ seems pretty broken right now

      • AlaskaHawk

        Denver has a tough defense. So if anyone can give the offense a boost it will help them win a game.

  9. Thomas


    Can I listen to your BBC coverage in the U.S.?

    • Rob Staton

      Not sure but try the link tomorrow

  10. Sea Mode


    • Sea Mode


      So he’s like the offensive version of Tariq Woolen…?

      Harrison is a big dude at 6-3 1/2, 206 pounds. He benched 380 pounds this offseason, doing 22 reps at 225. He clocked a blistering 3.94 pro shuttle time and did 10-9 on the broad jump. He’s maxed out running at 23 mph.

  11. Blitzy the Clown

    Clemson are limiting Bresee’s snaps but when he’s in there he’s making plays.

    Trenton Simpson notched his first sack of the season. He wasn’t blitzing either. He was in a shallow zone about 5 or 6 yards off the LOS either looking for short crossing routes or spying on Syracuse QB Shrader, who first was pressured to step upfield and then looked like a threat to run but Simpson shot forward to sack him before he could. Simpson’s athleticism and burst are evident.

    FWIW, one of the announcers mentioned that Simpson is at WILL this year, a new position for him that takes time to learn and also has him covering more than focused downhill at the LOS.

  12. Blitzy the Clown

    Give me Charbonnet in this draft. Trade down one of our two R2s and pick him in the 55-65 range.

    And sorry doubters but DTR is in command of his game. That first TD will be negated by a holding call, but otherwise he’s just dialed in.

    • Blitzy the Clown

      Hmm a shaky end to his opening drive. But he marched them downfield brilliantly.

      • TomLPDX

        I was gonna say…2 questionable throws into the endzone…settled for 3. Good game though.

    • Old but Slow

      Is Bobo out? I have not seen him.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        Not that I know of

    • Blitzy the Clown

      Well this certainly aged well 🙄😭

      • AlaskaHawk

        At least you didn’t bet on UCLA. Did you???

  13. DriveByPoster

    I am watching the UCLA game. Charbonnet is a monster. DTR is being a bit of a try hard at the moment but I expect him to settle into the game as it goes on. But, most importantly, the black Oregon uniforms with the yellow & pink highlights are super cool!

  14. Blitzy the Clown

    Perfect throw by Nix

    • Big Mike

      Dropped a dime for sure

  15. TomLPDX

    Special Teams with an awesome play. Pretty cool execution. Lanning might be here for a few years!

  16. Big Mike

    Anyone know what happened to Miami today? They got hammered by Duke for heaven’s sake.

    • GoHawks5151

      TVD hurt early

    • TomLPDX

      Can you say “Mario Cristobal?” I thought so. So glad he isn’t at OR anymore.

  17. Blitzy the Clown

    There’s Bobo. Noice one hander

  18. Blitzy the Clown

    Oregon just shredding a very good Bruin defense that came into this game #1 inFBS in yards and points per game

    • TomLPDX

      Bo Nix making some really impressive throws in the first half. Really surprised and he is looking good in this game.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        Same with Troy Franklin

    • Volume12

      That Oregon team is loaded w/ NFL talent. Seattle notices it too

      • Elmer

        Meanwhile Washington is expected to start a true freshman CB as they search for someone who can play.

  19. Volume12

    Cincy LB Ivan Pace just keeps putting up #s. My goodness

  20. TomLPDX

    This is the best OR offense I’ve seen in quite a while. Who is this Bo Nix dude!

  21. Blitzy the Clown

    Some of the hogs on the Oregon OL are pretty damn good. Forsythe in particular.

    Credit to Oregon their offense thoroughly outplayed the Bruins defense and their defense did enough to prevent UCLA from keeping it close.

  22. HOUSE

    Looks like we had scouts at the UCLA/Oregon game. I’m interested to see who they were looking at. I know there are easily 4-5 names between those two teams.

  23. KD

    LOL at good ‘ol Marchawn Lynch “All these muthafuckas…. oops”

  24. Ben Ft. Worth

    Jaden Daniels! Wow! He’s on my radar!

    • Ben Ft. Worth

      At one point Daniel’s had 10 straight completed passes in a row and broke school record. Not even the almighty Joe Burreaux didn’t do that. I always say, you can’t teach accuracy. Excellent decision making. Also had 3 rushing g TD’s to go with 2 passing TD’s!!! Daniels could come out early, but if he stays, expect LSU to pass A LOT next season!!

  25. KD

    Man, for a year of CFB that has been at least interesting, this was a really boring day. 🙁

    • Ben Ft. Worth

      You were watching the wrong games then.

  26. Ben Ft. Worth

    Vs. Ole Miss today: “Harold Perkins Jr., No. 40, is LSU’s five-star freshman phenom linebacker from Texas who has been an impact player for LSU, but it’s been tricky getting him on the field. As a freshman, he doesn’t have full knowledge of the playbook. And against spread-out teams like Tennessee and Ole Miss, LSU often is forced to play nickel and dime defenses with sometimes just three linemen and two linebackers. And LSU’s outside linebacker happens to be its best player, projected first-round NFL draft pick BJ Ojulari.

    This time, though, LSU did something bold. It played Perkins over Ojulari for large stretches. This wasn’t because Ojulari was doing something wrong. It was because Ojulari is more of a true edge rusher, and Ole Miss’ offense forced LSU to play that position as more of a hybrid — out in coverage and along the edge in run defense. Perkins was a better fit. So LSU let him spy the quarterback, drop into coverage and cause havoc in pass-rush situations.”

    Ojulari is one I will definitely be watching in the upcoming draft. We need better LB’s in Seattle.

  27. Jed Simon

    KD says:
    “Oregon has no business whatsoever being ranked #15”

    Rob Staton says:

    Seven NFL teams sent scouts to Autzen to check out DTR, Charbonnet, Bobo, and Osling, all of whom put up big numbers—against a team that doesn’t belong in the Top 15. Asterisks, stat!

    • KD

      Yep. I was wrong on that one. Oregon’s looking pretty good now

    • Jed Simon

      . . .Just having fun with ya, Rob.

      • Rob Staton

        And when Oregon play non PAC-12 teams they’ll be found out again

        • Jed Simon

          Exactamundo, Rob. . .because this year is exactly like every other: The usual suspects occupy Tier One; everybody else is Tier Two.

          Tier One always wins the National Championship; Tier Two never does. Oregon and UCLA are Tier Two, but I’ll admit those sure are fun teams to watch when they’re not going against a Tier One opponent. Ducks-Bruins was wildly entertaining, featuring high-level offensive line play by both teams, and outstanding performances by all the main skill players. No sacks, only one quarterback hit, no drops, just a single turnover—even batted balls were being caught to move the chains. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if these two rematched in Vegas six weeks hence.

          Though the Wack-12 is generally an embarrassment to “collegiate athletics”, one could fairly speculate that any of Oregon, UCLA, or USC could legitimately challenge Clemson, Michigan, Tennessee, or TCU in a non-playoff bowl game—because those teams are all Tier Two, too.

  28. sonicreducer

    ESPN reporting Carolina turned down 2 1sr round picks for Brian Burns. I really, really hope it wasn’t PCJS.

    • Rob Staton

      I would guess Eagles

      • Sea Mode

        Chiefs, Eagles, and… Rams (surprise, surprise) were reported to have interest.

        • Rob Staton

          Can definitely imagine Chiefs and Rams. Picking late in a crap first round for the Chiefs, need a spark on defense.

          Rams badly miss Von Miller.

  29. Sea Mode

    Twitter in a nutshell (thinking back on that comment from a few days ago)

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