Questions value asking about the state of school soccer in the Sunshine State, the Jaguars’ wildly inconsistent trend, NFL unpredictability and the Major League Baseball postseason:
Halfway thru the school soccer season, are you able to truthfully say which FBS group in the state of Florida is the best one?
Who would you’re making the favourite between Florida, Florida State, UCF and Miami to win a four-team playoff without reference to the semifinal pairings?
Did someone a month in the past believe the Jaguars going to the west coast and routing the Los Angeles Chargers 38-10, then coming house and scoring a measly six issues on the Houston Texans?
Whatever issues Jaguars enthusiasts have about the inconsistency of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, how foolish is it that his even-keeled, calm demeanor even will get introduced up as some form of destructive frame language?
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How a lot smaller did the FSU bandwagon get after the abnormal approach during which the Seminoles blew a 17-3 halftime lead at North Carolina State, shedding 19-17 regardless of the Wolfpack taking part in maximum of the 2d part with out beginning QB Devin Leary?
Has anyone ever observed a punter in fact punt the ball past the line of scrimmage like FSU’s Alex Mastromanno?
Who knew the penalty for such an infraction used to be 5 yards and lack of down, giving the receiving group ownership 5 yards nearer to the finish zone from the earlier line of scrimmage?
What infuriated FSU enthusiasts extra — shedding to a backup quarterback (Jack Chambers) whose coaches didn’t accept as true with sufficient to throw the ball? Or QB Jordan Travis tossing an ill-advised go that used to be intercepted in the finish zone, denying the ‘Noles a field goal attempt from 39 yards that could have won the game?
Seeing as how Clemson is next up and 4-2 FSU gets a resurgent Georgia Tech team under interim coach Brent Key next week, is there even the slightest concern about the ‘Noles making a bowl game?
Will Anthony Richardson ascend?
Can any NFL scout look at Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson and say with any conviction, as was hyped as a strong possibility in preseason, that this is a future first-round draft pick?
How many highly-touted NFL quarterback prospects have five touchdown passes in six games and a 55.9 completion percentage?
Don’t you assume the best transfer for UF trainer Billy Napier is to let Richardson run extra, even at the larger possibility of him getting harm?
With handiest two house video games (LSU, South Carolina) left on their time table, is a profitable season for the 4-2 Gators thought to be a mortal lock at this level?
How decreased is Florida’s No. 99-ranked protection (412.8 yards allowed in keeping with recreation) when linebacker Ventrell Miller, gamely taking part in whilst rehabbing a foot harm, isn’t on the box?
Did someone see Miami favourite son Mario Cristobal shedding 3 consecutive video games (Texas A&M, Middle Tennessee St., North Carolina) in his first season as head trainer or at any level in his tenure?
Was it any roughly comfort in the 27-24 UNC loss that slumping Hurricanes’ QB Tyler Van Dyke threw for 496 yards and 3 TD passes?
Can 4-1 UCF be disregarded as the state’s best group with top-30 nationwide ratings in scoring offense (35.6 ppg), general offense (482.8 yards) and scoring protection (14.6 ppg), in addition to being No. 1 in red-zone protection (4 TDs allowed in 19 probabilities)?
Is this in any case the 12 months that unbeaten Tennessee, with trainer Josh Heupel guiding the No. 1 offense (547.8 yards) in the nation and a deadly quarterback in Hendon Hooker, in any case snaps a 15-game shedding skid to Alabama?
Even if Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young returns from harm to play for ‘Bama, doesn’t it appear to be the Crimson Tide is considerably extra prone than previous Nick Saban championship groups?
Has any group fallen sooner after shedding its superstar trainer than Oklahoma with Lincoln Riley’s departure to USC?
Stop pampering QBs
Seeing how NFL officers are calling roughing-the-passer consequences on sacks handiest fairly rougher than a love faucet, will Tom Brady now believe taking part in to age 50?
How else to provide an explanation for the appalling flags on Kansas City Chiefs’ pass-rusher Chris Jones and the Atlanta Falcons’ Grady Jarrett than the NFL overreacting to the scientific fiasco with Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa?
When it involves deciding whether or not to move for a 2-point PAT or kick the further level, why do NFL head coaches bow to analytics over basic math and commonplace sense?
What used to be the advantage of Raiders trainer Josh McDaniels, trailing 30-29, going for 2 issues with 4:30 left and quite a few time for Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes to move get a box function?
Could anyone fault McDaniels going for 2 and the win on the highway if there used to be too little time for Mahomes to reply to?
Isn’t the maximum pertinent query a trainer will have to ask himself when going for a two-point PAT all the time this: what are the penalties of no longer making it?
Shouldn’t Las Vegas Raiders receiver Davante Adams be extra annoyed with teammate Hunter Renfrow colliding into him on a game-deciding play, moderately than pushing a mic operator in anger whilst strolling to the locker room?
Did anyone assume when the season started that the Indianapolis Colts, at any level, may have the NFL’s Twenty sixth-ranked dashing offense (91.4 yards in keeping with recreation) and just one operating TD with Jonathan Taylor in the backfield?
How hesitant will NFL homeowners be about hiring a school head trainer after fired Carolina Panthers’ boss Matt Rhule failed and not using a franchise QB and the Jaguars’ Urban Meyer used to be merely incompetent?
With frontline starters Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin and a roster deeper than the Pacific Ocean, does anyone see the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers and their plus-334 run differential (best since 1939 New York Yankees) no longer profitable the World Series?
Other than the Dodgers no longer having a dominant nearer, does anyone in baseball have a better embarrassment of riches?
How tricky a matchup used to be the Dodgers’ lineup for San Diego Padres Game 1 starter, Wolfson High product Mike Clevinger (nonetheless pitching with knee discomfort), who were given knocked out in the 3rd inning and has now allowed 18 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings this 12 months towards L.A. with six house runs allowed?
When you have a look at the 101-win New York Mets’ epic crash-and-burn, what extra can proprietor Steve Cohen do when his group with an MLB-high $282 million payroll went stomach up at the worst imaginable time?
How a lot is the FOX community rooting for a New York Yankees-Dodgers assembly for the twelfth time in World Series historical past and their first matchup on the greatest degree since 1981?
If Brett Favre — amongst 38 folks being sued by means of the state of Mississippi for fraudulently diverting price range from a federal program designed to lend a hand needy households — insists he “did nothing wrong” and is being smeared by means of the media, then why does the Hall of Fame quarterback do extra to shield himself than simply issuing a observation to Fox News?
Gene Frenette Sports columnist at Florida Times-Union, practice him on Twitter @genefrenette