College Football week nine open thread

This weekend I’ll be watching them following games:

Florida vs Georgia
Kentucky vs Tennessee
Michigan State vs Michigan
Stanford vs UCLA

Plus there will be others I dive into later in the week to watch specific players as I continue to build my horizontal board.

Meanwhile, Tony Pauline is reporting that Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is leaning towards entering the 2023 NFL draft:


  1. Blitzy the Clown

    The physical talent and upside are enormous for Richardson, but he needs a ton of work on his game. While I presently have a third-round grade on him, there’s no denying a team could reach for him during the first frame with the hopes of developing his game and harvesting Richardson’s talent. TP

    Tell me if you’ve heard that one before…

    Tony Pauline reports Josh Allen is considering declaring. Both TP & Greg Gabriel have said it would be a mistake

    For me, Richardson is Target One in this draft. He won’t go top 4 so as long as they have a top 10 pick from Denver, they have the draft capital to get him.

    • TomLPDX

      Is that assuming that we are able to sign Geno to a new contract for next year?

      • 509 Chris

        I find myself going back to Drew Locke. With a year in the system could he be that place holder? If geno becomes too expensive it might be the only option. I suppose a lot will depend on how the team progresses throughout the season. I tend to agree that Richardson is the guy I’d most like to see sea draft. Just way too much upside.

        • Hawks4life

          Would prefer it if Richardson had a year to sit under Geno and learn, not sure he would learn anything from Locke. It’s going to be an interesting off season

          • Elmer

            He might be able to learn what not to do. Unfortunately Lock has shown some erratic tendencies. In spite of potential upside, the Hawks prefer a reliable, efficient QB.

      • Roger Davis


        Gino is as good as gone – IM(H)O.

        He is having a year for the ages and at his age his ONLY concern will be the bucks, yens, pounds or peso’s on the table. Period.

        IF – he comes back it’ll only be because he shits the bed in the rest of the season and the offers fall off the table!

        • Rob Staton

          This is a mile off Roger.

          As good as gone?

          Come on.

    • Simon McInnes

      All the Richardson comparisons we read are based on physique and relate to Josh Allen. In terms lack of experience, I think Trey Lance. I would be comfortable with picking him – but high in the first round? Hmmmm

      • GoHawks5151

        On Richardson vs Lance, I’m not sure you can compare a full season and change in the SEC to a season of DII. You can make the argument they are similar athletes but Richardson has passed well at times in a more projectable offense. He’d be a potential steal

      • Rob Staton

        I’ve watched every college game for Lance and Richardson.

        They’re nothing like each other.

      • Big Mike

        Lance had barely played a game in a year and a half or two when the 9ers took him. Richardson is playing every week this season and gaining experience. That’s a huge difference. On top of that, Lance played against FCS “competition” while Richardson is playing against the best defensive players college football has to offer.

  2. cha

    Fun meme hype video

    • 509 Chris


    • Jabroni-DC

      Good Shhtufff!!!

  3. Blitzy the Clown

    My goodness DE JT Tuimoloau is having a monster game for Ohio St vs Penn St.

    Sack, strip sack, fumble, interception and a pick six interception! And I probably forgot something

    • Hawk Finn

      And it was all on the same play!

    • Donovan

      Tuimolau is a local product, graduating from Eastside Catholic. #1 overall recruit when he signed w Buckeyes. Glad to see him doing well!

      Buckeyes also have Emeke Egbuka, from Pierce County, starting for them.

      Both seem to be likely high 1st rounders in future drafts.

  4. Blitzy the Clown

    It wasn’t the hit as much as the way Richardson went down. Looks like his cleat caught and his knee/ankle twisted a bit

    Hope he’s ok

  5. Rob Staton

    Commentators still pronouncing ‘Etienne’ wrong I see now that his brother is playing in college

    The NFL broadcasters also continue to say Ee-tee-en even though the correct pronunciation was made clear pre Travis’ draft

    • swedenhawk

      They can get Charbonnet right. So why not Etienne?

  6. cha

    Travis Homer activated

    Bruce Irvin & Cade Johnson are practice squad elevations for tomorrow.

    • Elmer

      Have to wonder if Cade’s elevation means Metcalf and Lockett will be out. Interesting that Cade was elevated ahead of Melton or Arcega-Whiteside.

      • Rob Staton

        I would imagine Metcalf is out, Lockett plays

  7. Sea Mode

    👀 Wynn available per Breer

    The Patriots are another team that could add an off-ball linebacker or offensive line help or subtract ahead of the deadline. They’ve certainly shown an openness to moving Nelson Agholor and Isaiah Wynn, both of whom are in contract years and have a lot of money coming to them over the balance of the season.

    Jacob Martin for a R6, anyone?

    The Jets have shown a willingness to add, but also have a few pieces they could move—receiver Denzel Mims, defensive end Jacob Martin and corner Bryce Hall are in that group.

    And confirming what some have already suggested:

    Thanks to the progress of rookie corners Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant, the Seahawks have explored dealing veteran Sidney Jones.

    • Rob Staton

      There’s no point trading for Wynn. It’d be a rental for a few weeks. A team desperate on the O-line might do it but we aren’t desperate there.

      He’s a player I’d have an interest in as a free agent but not via trade.

      • HOUSE


        Agreed. I know you previously mentioned Wynn as a name to potentially watch in Free Agency. Obviously it’s way too early, but do you think he’d play at RG (leaving Lewis at LG) or Wynn at LG/Lewis at RG?

  8. Jed Simon

    I’m liking this Orin Patu from Cal. Lanky, versatile, physical, good ball awareness; personally wrecked one Oregon drive today. Cal lists him at 6-4 235; not sure about his SPARQ metrics, but he looks fairly explosive on the field. Seems that a player with his skill set could be put to good use in the Hawks’ evolving defensive scheme. Granted, Patu is playing in the Wac-12, and Oregon always plays down to the competition in Berkeley (read: apply asterisks as necessary), but he looks like he’s got some upside.

  9. cha

    If you turned Georgia-Florida off at halftime, you may want to turn it back on.

    28-20 Georgia. Richardson hit his receiver with a laser for a 73 yard TD on a blown Georgia coverage.

    • HOUSE

      Yup. Florida picked off a nice pass and then that big TD happened. UGA just scored quickly and is back up 35-20, curious to see how Richardson responds

    • Big Mike

      Aaaaaaaaand unfortunately Georgia answered. 🙁

  10. Sea Mode

    I’m always interested in looking into an Alpha.

    Jim Nagy

    Penn State DS Ji’Ayir Brown has one of coolest pre-game routines @seniorbowl has seen this year. Can do this when you have 10” hands. Coaches tell us Brown (5110v, 211v) is THE Alpha and voice of @PennStateFball team, not just DB room. Good player!

  11. Sea Mode

    I feel like this play has equal chance of TD or getting your kicker absolutely clobbered…

  12. Trevor

    My four favorite offensive players in the draft for the Hawks are all playing in the Ten / UK game.

    Levis QB
    Jalen Wyatt Wr
    Darnell Wright RG / Backup OT
    Chris Rodriguez RB2

  13. Blitzy the Clown

    Tough INT for Levis. Not his fault. Nice play by the defender.

    • Rob Staton

      Brilliant hit from the safety

      Not much you can do about that

  14. Palatypus

    I think Will Levis just made a tackle.

    • TomLPDX

      He did, and survived!

  15. Palatypus

    That was not how to run a two minute offense.

  16. Rob Staton

    You’re not going to beat Tennessee if you keep letting Jalin Hyatt run downfield on his own for easy touchdowns

  17. HOUSE

    Wow… Hyatt just allowed to score at will. Safety clearly blew that play. 🤦‍♂️

    • Palatypus

      Two false starts.
      A bad snap and a terrible kick.
      Blown assignment in the secondary.

      In two minutes.

  18. cha

    Mazi Smith making impact plays in the first half. Great call Rob, he’s the real deal.

    • Rob Staton

      I think this has been one of his quieter games too!

  19. 206

    What’s up with Levis?

    • Mark

      Looks like he is pressing some, mixed in with some kinda head scratching throws. The pick before this latest one was poor decision making, threw it late.

    • Chawks1

      Really looks bad vs 130th ranked pass D in CFB. Carson Wentz 2.0

      • Rob Staton

        Don’t be silly

    • Rob Staton

      He’s playing QB for a team being totally outclassed, that’s what

      Kentucky’s OL is abysmal. The defense has no answer. He’s throwing to freshman receivers who appear allergic to contact. The running game has gone at this deficit. His top receivers’ most meaningful contribution was a dropped pass at 13-6.

      He’s pressing trying to make things happen but the last two picks at 1v1 coverage and the receivers don’t seem interested.

      Tennessee on the other hand look like a team completely in control, with talent everywhere

  20. HOUSE

    Looks like Levis has forced some passes tonight. When he’s not getting dumped in the back field, it appears to me he’s looking for the bigger plays. For his sake, he needs to survive this OL for the rest of the year.

    • Rob Staton

      He hasn’t had a chance tonight

      And when you’re down 24 points and pressing I kind of shrug

      If you throw a 1v1 fade and the receiver doesn’t even compete for the ball I struggle to muster much criticism there. Last two picks where does he go? Nobody is open

      Especially when the OL is a car crash, heck the whole team has been a car crash

      • HOUSE

        You’re right. I’m not blaming him for the lack of effort of his teammates.

        That last INT… There is NOTHING Levis could’ve done better. His WR didn’t even attempt to get it or fight the CB. It’s hard being the only guy that gives a damn and I can see the frustration. He’s got grit and I think seeing him not giving up is a HUGE upside.

        I just don’t want to see him get hurt…

        I know we probably have very little shot of getting him now, but if this hurts his stock a bit, so he doesn’t end up on a crap team and comes to SEA, so be it

        • Rob Staton

          I think teams will watch this game once and throw it out

          • Palatypus

            Mama said there’d be days like this.
            There’s days like this Mama said.
            Chorus: Mama said, Mama said.

          • HOUSE

            Agreed. I’ve heard comparisons to Young/Stroud and people use TEAM SUCCESS as a direct reflection of the QB’s play. It’s apples/oranges to me.

            People will also use this to blow up Hendon Hooker (not personally a fan). I don’t think he’s a bad QB, but I see a lot of people talking him up like he’s a top 10 pick or something.

            • Rob Staton

              You’re absolutely right

          • CHaquesFan

            It feels like this is every game where he’s getting destroyed though, what separates this game from all the others?

            • Rob Staton

              The opponent being probably the second best team in college football, at home

              And not a single aspect of Kentucky’s play was average. They were awful across the board.

      • Dregur

        I don’t know if I can agree. The second interception was very much on Levis. It was inaccurate, and the WR was bracketed by the CB and LB. Not sure why he would think that was a good throw. It would’ve been better eat it or throw it away to punt it away.

        The third interception looked like it was late coming out and underthrown on a go route. I’m don’t think it was a fade route.

        Levis was getting hammered that game, but both interceptions were coming out of the limited clean pockets he was getting.

        • Rob Staton

          He threw marginally late both times

          Bracketed? They were thrown to single coverage and the receiver was nowhere to be found. Just dominated in every sense

          And Levis was crap. But everyone was crap. It’s the biggest beating I can remember seeing being two supposedly competitive teams in a long while. Kentucky were hopeless and it’s as if they expected Levis to keep them in it. I doubt teams will spend much time on this tape.

  21. JC

    Tough night to be a Will Levis draft proponent.

    • Rob Staton

      No it isn’t

  22. Canadian Hawk

    Levis seems to be fighting for his life out there.

    Just hope he can stay healthy.
    Thought Hooker has played quite well tonight.

    Rob, seeing anything new from him that might move him up your board?

    • Rob Staton

      Just more of the same for Hooker and doubt anything will change now.

      So many easy wide open throws for big touchdowns because the scheme is so effective (and Kentucky kept blowing coverages). Some misses but not as many tonight because frankly what’s there been to miss? Some good execution of an offense he knows very well. It is what it is. He plays in a cheat code offense and has all of his reads made for him by the sideline, plus it’s all half field read stuff.

      It is what it is

  23. HOUSE


    What’s your take on Tyree Wilson (Edge, Texas Tech)? Frame wise and speed, he reminds me a lot of Michael Johnson (played for the Bengals). I remember him being a FA or potential trade piece back in 2011ish time frame. Seemed like he wouldn’t really fit our scheme back then, would Wilson have a place in our new 3-4 alignment?

    • Rob Staton

      Never been blown away by him to be honest.

      Curious to see how he tests.

  24. Palatypus

    The kicker for Michigan has five field goals and up until the last touchdown that was the difference in the game. Now it’s 22. It’s a good formula. Play suffocating defense and just lean on them until they break.

    I miss this kind of football.

    • Palatypus

      Michigan has not yet punted.

  25. clbradley17

    Great size at 6’6″ 275. Has quite a few sacks & TFLs, just heard he’ll disappear for stretches of games, or have a good one and a bad one.

    • clbradley17

      In reference to Tyree Wilson.

      • HOUSE

        I was just reading about him and saw that: “INCONSISTENT. Disappears at times…”

  26. Palatypus

    Charbonet 99 rushing yards, 2TD.

    Stanford offense 94 total yards.

    West coast Mike Glennon looking like Mike Glennon.

    • cha

      Seahawks need to find a way to take him in the 2nd.

      The ‘RBs don’t matter’ crowd going berserk for a second year in a row would just be the cherry on top.

      • Palatypus

        LOL !!!

      • HOUSE

        Agreed. There is nothing wrong with having 2 solid RBs. Rashaad Penny is prime example. Since BEASTMODE, we have been extremely unlucky with running backs. Injuries just keep happening and losing your main guy and then the whole running game goes out the window cannot happen to us again.

      • Palatypus

        You know Cha, this is what I want to see us do.

        The Denver Broncos fist pick in next year’s draft right now is projected at #67. The Houston Texans right now are projected at #65 & #66. I say TRADE FOR THEM !!! Give them a 2024 1st if you have too, but jump in front of them and take two players off the board that they desperately want.

        This is how I play 7 card no peek. You gotta pay!

  27. cha

    That’s what I want. Charbonnet breaking spirits and taking souls.

    Those tackle attempts on 4th and 1 were pathetic.

  28. Troy D

    If Denver continues to stink then tonight maybe gives us a chance to get Levis.. Lets hope he drops in our lap and we take him.

    • Palatypus

      I am here in Pensacola, Florida wearing the Jacksonville Jaguars tank top I bought when they made Gus Bradley head coach completely without irony.

  29. CHaquesFan

    If Penny is gone or whatever, not effective, etc. I’d like to see Seattle look into RB in the draft, need 2 good RBs at all times IMO

    • Palatypus

      Let’s not succumb to target fixation. That is what sank the Kido Butai.

    • James Kupihea

      Not sure what the palatypus is smokin’; there’s plenty to go around the 206, but we need a capable backup and probably a better 3rd down back. DJ Dallas is a talented, if not a low-ceiling, role player

      • DJ 1/2 way

        I saw some nice plays from CJ Donaldson of West Virginia. I am no expert, but that is a big dude who can get going fast.

  30. cha

    Schefter cites sources that say both DK and Lockett will play tomorrow.

  31. Robert Las Vegas

    Let’s go Jacksonville

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