2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Couple more Air Force previews before MWC media days

    Mon, July 26, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    Saw through a heads up from Militarytimes.com (and the Gazette’s Angie DiSalvo) that the New York Times ranked Air Force at No. 48 on its blog, The Quad – although that preview was done by Pre-Snap Read, who also had Air Force at the same spot. Still, if the New York Times puts its stamp on it, we’ll go with it. And prepare to shake your head at this one: The Orlando Sentinel has Army 44th overall, and MilitaryTimes.com says that’s higher than Tennessee, Michigan, Clemson and Notre Dame. The Black Knights return a lot of starters, but that still seems high.

    Just picked up Phil Steele’s annual work of art, his 328-page college football preview (if you’ve never read it, you’re missing out. Only Blue Ribbon does more extensive work … and lucky for you, Blue Ribbon’s Air Force preview is free on ESPN.com). Steele watches an insane amount of games and has great statistical models, which make his work compelling and authentic. He has Air Force as the 47th best team in the nation (Navy is 48th … Army not in the top 52, although Steele rights they have a great shot at a bowl). Steele’s top four in the Mountain West conference are TCU, Utah, BYU and Air Force. Cornerback Anthony Wright is the only Falcon on his All-MWC first team, with fullback Jared Tew (ranked 7th nationally by Steele among all fullbacks in the nation), defensive lineman Rick Ricketts, cornerback Reggie Rembert and kicker Erik Soderberg on the second team.

    Can’t wait for the Mountain West to release its preseason poll and preseason All-MWC teams this week at the media days. As a reminder, Jake and I will be filling up the blog on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I’ll be tweeting live (Twitter @GazetteAirForce) any bit of information from Troy Calhoun, the conference’s other coaches and the players there. Should be plenty to talk about.

  • The Final Ballots

    Fri, January 8, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    Hey folks, Jake here checking in from paternity leave to post my final ballot for the Associated Press Poll and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun’s final ballot for the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

    I’ll be back from leave a week from this Monday to dive back into the Air Force hoops beat and tackle football recruiting.

    Calhoun’s Final Ballot
    1. Alabama
    2. Florida
    3. Texas
    4. Boise State
    5. Ohio State
    6. TCU
    7. Iowa
    8. Penn State
    9. Cincinnati
    10. Virginia Tech
    11. BYU
    12. Oregon
    13. Georgia Tech
    14. Nebraska
    15. Pittsburgh
    16. Wisconsin
    17. LSU
    18. Utah
    19. Miami
    20. Texas Tech
    21. Mississippi
    22. USC
    23. Oklahoma
    24. Central Michigan
    25. Clemson

    Jake’s Final Ballot
    1. Alabama
    2. Boise State
    3. Texas
    4. Florida
    5. Ohio State
    6. TCU
    7. Iowa
    8. Penn State
    9. Cincinnati
    10. Virginia Tech
    11. BYU
    12. Nebraska
    13. Georgia Tech
    14. Oregon
    15. Utah
    16. LSU
    17. Wisconsin
    18. Pittsburgh
    19. Miami
    20. Mississippi
    21. USC
    22. Clemson
    23. Texas Tech
    24. Oklahoma
    25. Navy

  • Polls

    Sun, November 29, 2009 by admin with no comments

    The new Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls can be found here. My ballot for the AP poll, and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun’s ballot for the coaches poll are below.

    Calhoun’s Ballot
    1. Florida
    2. Alabama
    3. Texas
    4. TCU
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Boise State
    7. Oregon
    8. Ohio State
    9. Penn State
    10. Georgia Tech
    11. Virginia Tech
    12. Iowa
    13. Oregon State
    14. LSU
    15. BYU
    16. Miami
    17. Pittsburgh
    18. Houston
    19. California
    20. Stanford
    21. Oklahoma State
    22. USC
    23. Nebraska
    24. Clemson
    25. Utah

    Jake’s Ballot
    1. Florida
    2. Alabama
    3. Texas
    4. TCU
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Boise State
    7. Ohio State
    8. Oregon
    9. Georgia Tech
    10. Virginia Tech
    11. Iowa
    12. Penn State
    13. Oregon State
    14. LSU
    15. Miami
    16. BYU
    17. Pitt
    18. California
    19. Stanford
    20. USC
    21. Nebraska
    22. Houston
    23. Oklahoma State
    24. West Virginia
    25. Clemson

  • Polls

    Sun, November 22, 2009 by admin with 1 comment

    The new Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls can be found here. My ballot for the AP poll, and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun’s ballot for the coaches poll are below.

    Calhoun’s Ballot
    1. Florida
    2. Alabama
    3. Texas
    4. TCU
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Boise State
    7. Georgia Tech
    8. Pittsburgh
    9. Oregon
    10. Ohio State
    11. Penn State
    12. Oklahoma State
    13. Clemson
    14. Virginia Tech
    15. Iowa
    16. Oregon State
    17. BYU
    18. LSU
    19. Miami
    20. Utah
    21. UNC
    22. California
    23. Houston
    24. Nebraska
    25. Stanford

    Jake’s Ballot
    1. Alabama
    2. Florida
    3. Texas
    4. TCU
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Boise State
    7. Georgia Tech
    8. Pittsburgh
    9. Ohio State
    10. Oregon
    11. Oklahoma State
    12. Clemson
    13. Virginia Tech
    14. Iowa
    15. Penn State
    16. Oregon State
    17. LSU
    18. North Carolina
    19. Miami
    20. BYU
    21. Utah
    22. California
    23. Mississippi
    24. USC
    25. Navy

  • Monday Morning Links

    Mon, November 9, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Good Monday morning.

    In today’s edition of The Gazette, Brian Gomez wrote a follow-up story on the Falcons’ 35-7 victory over Army, which includes some bowl possibilities.

    Big thanks to Brian for pinch-hitting for me for the last few days and hitting a few home runs.

    Here’s the game story he wrote on Saturday’s victory, a sidebar he wrote on the presence of ESPN College GameDay and a notebook he wrote that includes thoughts from the Armed Forces Bowl rep at Saturday’s game. Also, here’s a column written by David Ramsey about receiver Kevin Fogler and his long touchdown and a sidebar written by Ramsey on Anthony Wright Jr.’s punt return. Ramsey wrote more about Fogler’s catch and run today in his blog.

    Also, check out SI.com writer Stewart Mandel’s College Football Overtime column and ESPN.com’s updated bowl projections. Both writers still see the Falcons back in Fort Worth.

    Finally, the new BCS, Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls can be found here. My ballot for the AP poll, and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun’s ballot for the coaches poll are below.

    Calhoun’s Ballot
    1. Florida
    2. Texas
    3. Alabama
    4. TCU
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Boise State
    7. Georgia Tech
    8. Pittsburgh
    9. USC
    10. LSU
    11. Ohio State
    12. Iowa
    13. Houston
    14. Utah
    15. Oregon
    16. Oklahoma State
    17. Penn State
    18. Miami
    19. Clemson
    20. Arizona
    21. Virginia Tech
    22. Wisconsin
    23. BYU
    24. Rutgers
    25. Auburn

    Jake’s Ballot
    1. Alabama
    2. Florida
    3. Texas
    4. TCU
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Boise State
    7. Georgia Tech
    8. LSU
    9. Pittsburgh
    10. Miami
    11. Houston
    12. Oregon
    13. USC
    14. Utah
    15. Ohio State
    16. Iowa
    17. Oklahoma State
    18. Penn State
    19. Arizona
    20. Wisconsin
    21. Virginia Tech
    22. Clemson
    23. Auburn
    24. South Florida
    25. Navy