BMore Wired – Episode 13: Jeremy Conn Interview, College Football Preview

Nov 14, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) prepares to throw the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the first half at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) prepares to throw the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the first half at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

Episode 13 of BMore Wired features an interview with Jeremy Conn of 105.7 The Fan and a preview of the upcoming college football season.

We have reached that time of the year. Football is around the corner so over the upcoming months, we will have plenty of NFL and college football talk for our listeners.

With that said, we open the show with our “7s” because we wanted to get the hot topic issue right out of the way.

  1. Colin Kaepernick has made national news by refusing to stand during the national anthem. It has not been popular around the country, but he has the right to protest that way in this country.
  2. A team from the United States won the Little League World Series, defeating South Korea, 2-1. It was the first win for a U.S. team since 2011, and Scott has a conspiracy theory on how they won
  3. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo injured his back and will be out 6 to 10 weeks. Dak Prescott takes over for “America’s Team” but they better stay away from Florida with him in charge.
  4. The San Diego Chargers and first-round pick Joey Bosa have finally come to an agreement on a contract and he will report to training camp. The Chargers have a bad history of doing this to high draft picks, but those who think the hold out is going to affect his career have lost their minds.
  5. We could not hold our laughter talking about the scene in which Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers slid hard into Minnesota Twins second baseman Jason Kipnis. Kipnis backed up on Odor, joking with Odor not to punch him like we saw him do to Jose Bautista. The Rangers got a laugh out of it and we wonder what Joey Bats thinks of the stunt.
  6. San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Moore had his no-hitter broken with one out to go before Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Corey Seager broke it up. That has to be gut wrenching to have it within your grasp and it’s over just like that.
  7. Nick Diaz, brother of UFC fighter Nate Diaz, was jumped by four guys and it sounds as though he got the upper hand against them. If you are going to jump someone, make sure it’s not a professional fighter.

The Baltimore Orioles are in the playing in the first game of a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays and it is an important series that could determine the O’s playoff scenario. Baltimore is not trotting out any aces in the series with Wade Miley, Ubaldo Jimenez and Yovani Gallardo to start against a Jays pitching staff that has been underrated all season long.

It is a tough time for Adam Jones to be out, but the team is welcoming back Tommy Hunter and we are excited to see Big Game back in the clubhouse. We debate whether the Orioles should put in a claim for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, update our prediction on the number of home runs that Mark Trumbo will hit and argue how Manny Machado went from stealing 20 bases last season, but has zero this year. Hell, even Trumbo has two stolen bases. Why does Machado have none?

We are happy to bring Jeremy Conn of 105.7 The Fan to the show and ask him to get us his opinion on the state of the Orioles. He makes the argument that Chris Tillman is the Orioles MVP and it will be tough to win the American League East without him, and a wild card berth could match them up against the Boston Red Sox.

We ask Jeremy for his thoughts on the upcoming Baltimore Ravens season and he thinks they can go anywhere between 11-5 and 5-11. The AFC North will be tough again this year and it will come down to how well the defense plays. Brandon Williams could be the most important player on the defense as everything seems to work around him.

Scott goes off the rail – what else is new? – by asking who would win in a WWE Cage Match between Jeremy and former host at 105.7, Mark Zinno. He tells us a story about the two playing each other in a football game. That prompts Scott to ask if he can cover Jeremy in football and basketball. Fun fact, Jeremy finished third in assists his senior season, behind some guy you might have heard of named Juan Dixon.

We thank Jeremy for joining the show and hope to get him on again for some picks during the college football season. On that note, we move the discussion over to football, beginning with the Ravens. They are currently starting the process of cutting the team down to 75 players. The biggest name to be on the go is former first-round pick Matt Elam, and we are not too upset he is on the way out. 

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We got a prediction from our guest, but we both feel that is a little high and agree that a 9-7 season is likely the best scenario. There is plenty to be excited about entering the season with Joe Flacco back on the field and Mike Wallace is his clear No. 1 receiver at this point of the season. The Ravens are also getting Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman back on the field, but have lost Ben Watson for the season. That opens up the competition at tight end and makes some of the upcoming roster decisions more intriguing.

We touch on two stories that I have previously written: the players that have impressed after three preseason games Anthony Levine and Jeremy Butler – and whether the Ravens should call the Cowboys about a Ryan Mallett trade. Jerry Jones will probably end up bringing back Kyle Orton or Brandon Weeden.

We move to Maryland football and explain how the Terps can become bowl eligible this season after only winning one conference game last year. We run down their schedule and they have a realistic chance of going 4-0 to start the season. We are excited to see Walt Bell run this offense with Perry Hills as the starting quarterback and D.J. Durkin has done a wonderful job of recruiting in his short time in College Park.

We transition into our college football preview and give some bold predictions. We predict the winner of every power conference, and give our picks for the Heisman Trophy winner, college football playoffs and national champion. We both agree that a Clemson vs. Alabama rematch is on the horizon, but with the Tigers getting the win this time around.

We run through the slate of big games this game, and my upset of the week is a Houston win over Oklahoma. Greg Ward, who I name as a sleeper to win the Heisman, gets the job done in the shocker of the first week. Scott is excited about a Georgia vs. North Carolina matchup after picking UNC to win the ACC. He might still be drunk from his recent trip to Nashville.

Next: Episode 12 - Orioles Tragic

We close the show on that note and again want to thank Jeremy Conn for joining us. We will have plenty to talk about on the next episode with the Orioles and Terps underway, and we will give a full preview of the Ravens season. Until then, cue the Delmon Young.