How football rose to power on college campuses

By Terry McMillan

The National Football League (NFL) may be the top tier for American football in the United States, but its historical importance is much less significant. The sport we know today had its beginnings in the 19th century, when it diverged from the English sports of association football (soccer) and rugby football (rugby).

Many of the rules that led to American football were championed by Yale University graduate and football coach, Walter Camp. He had been a rugby player before he began to make tweaks to the game. Camp originated the line of scrimmage and the downs system that distinguish American football from other forms of the sport.

An economic powerhouse

College level sports outside of the United States are typically not given as much money or attention, with sports facilities being typically designed to act as community sports centres as well. The sheer size of college football in America can be seen from the fact that major sportsbook companies like FoxBet take dozens of different bets on NCAAF games, including moneyline and points spread wagers and in-game propositional bets.

The first game between two college teams took place on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton, with Rutgers prevailing 6-4. This was 23 years before the first professional football game, which took place between the Allegheny Athletic Association and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club on November 12, 1892.

The rules for the first college game were very different from the college football we know today. Firstly, carrying or throwing the ball was not allowed; the main objective was to kick the ball into the opponent’s goal (similar to soccer today).

Harvard Holds Out

Photo by Cindy Rice Shelton

In the 1870s US colleges tried to come together to agree a standard set of rules so that they could more easily schedule games against each other. Prior to this, each college played slightly different variations of the rules. Whilst most colleges had been pushing to play a form of football that was similar to soccer, Harvard resisted, instead wanting to play a rougher game where the player could carry the ball under certain circumstances instead. After playing a game of rugby against McGill, Harvard quickly took to these rules and over time this began to morph into the modern American football rules.

In almost all other sports, minor leagues are where the younger and less experienced players get to develop their skills before being signed by a team in the major league. This is common across most countries, as well as most sports.

College football is an exception, acting as the training and proving ground for new talent. This created the need for the NFL Draft, since players cannot be signed up to development programmes earlier in their careers.

At a time when soccer and rugby were growing in popularity, American colleges could have just as easily opted to play one of those sports. Instead, due to some prominent individuals like Walter Camp and some stubborn players at Harvard, we instead have the uniquely developed rules of American football. Colleges have done well to maintain their prominence in the sport, despite the phenomenal growth of the NFL.

Big, bad A. J. Dillon savors Boston College return to Cardinal Stadium

Don’t look now but A. J. Dillon is coming back to Cardinal Stadium. The scene of one his most dominating games ever. Yes, against the University of Louisville.

Not all that imposing, the six-foot, 245-pound Boston College running back. But looks can be deceiving, as the bedraggled UofL defense discovered the hard way in 2017.  Dillon was unstoppable in a 45-42 win over UofL, carrying the ball 39 times for a total of 272 yards.

Surprising that the experts on football gambling sites like Bovada have the Cardinals picked as a 4.5-favorite over the visiting Eagles in Saturday’s game at 12:30.

Nightmares still linger of Dillon and his offensive line pushing the UofL defense backwards, crushing them time after time. Then a freshman, Dillon would score four touchdowns that day, from one, three, 11 and 75 yards. Stealing the spotlight in a game when UofL’s Lamar Jackson was scoring three touchdowns and rushing for another.

Louisville would catch a break last season with Dillon being sidelined with an ankle injury when they played in Boston. The Cardinals would still get crushed 38-20.

A couple of key defensive stats favor UofL.  Boston College allows 304 passing yards per game. On the flip side, Louisville yields up just 160.  The Cardinals also only allow 4.55 yards per play at home while the Eagles are giving up 6.33 yards per play.

Anyone overlooking the Golden Eagles, however, Vegas experts or not, has short memories and could be in for a rude awakening. A. J.Dillon is licking his chops for another shot at Louisville in Cardinal Stadium.

No lack of competition at Louisville quarterback

Two former University of Louisville quarterbacks – Lamar Jackson and Teddy Bridgewater – were featured in back to back games in NFL action on Sunday. Both looking impressive, with Teddy winning and Lamar losing.

Timely reminders about some really good quarterbacks at UofL down through the years, especially when it comes to the passing game. That’s an aspect of the game in which the Cardinals are seriously challenged this season.

Jawon Pass, who has missed the past two games, was struggling before his injury. He had completed only 24 of 46 passing attempts for 52.1% passing efficiency. His successor, Malik Cunningham, is a little more accurate, connecting on 25 of 41 attempts for 60.9%.

Fortunately, there’s open date on the schedule this week, giving Pass some additional time to recover before that Boston College game on Oct. 5. Meanwhile, Cunningham had to be carted off the field on the final play against Florida State. Plenty of questions about who will be calling signals in the next game.

Fortunately for UofL, which is heavily dependent on the running game, both are blessed with exceptional speed. They are among the leading rushers on the team, with Pass and Cunningham averaging 5.2 and 3.2 yards, respectively.

If UofL is overly dependent on the running game, however, Cunningham is probably the better choice. A quarterback with exceptional speed, combined with elusiveness, a more difficult runner to contain. He moves at a speed similar to that of athletes who have been boosted with gear from Valkyrie online. He’s only going to keep getting better.

Many observers were surprised with Pass’s confidence in the opener against Notre Dame, keeping UofL in the game until well into the third quarter. In the game against EKU, he completed 12 of 19 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns. His injury came at an unfortunately time in his development.

The only thing certain is that will be lots of second guessing about the quarterback situation over the next couple of weeks.

Fear for Lamar Jackson’s running game catching up with him

The real fun of watching Lamar Jackson play football comes when he takes off running, finding that crease in the offensive line, leaving defenders reaching for open air.  He brings a new dimension to the concept of a running game.

So fast, so elusive, a joy to watch.

There are numerous NFL football observers, however, expressing concern that Jackson may be running the ball too often.  In 16 games last season, he ran the ball a record 147 times for 695 yards and five rushing touchdowns. The pundits that provide the NFL betting tips would not be shocked if he runs the ball at an even higher clip this season. Basically, he’s one of the best runners in the NFL.

In contrast, Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran the ball only 43 times during the 2018 season. Following a recent exhibition game,  Rodgers expressed concern about Jackson’s proclivity for running the ball, stating, ““I love watching you play, man. That was spectacular. Have a great season. Slide a little bit.”

That’s what he does best, that’s why the fans buy tickets, why TV ratings for the Baltimore Ravens are soaring, and it’s what the opposition dreads.

Lamar Jackson ran for 50 touchdowns and passed for 69 more at the University of Louisville (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Jackson completely rewrote the record books at the University of Louisville. In three seasons, he ran for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. Not a shrinking violet as a passer either, compiling 3,660 yards and 69 more touchdowns. Did it with notoriously weak offensive line units during his last two seasons, disguising numerous team deficiencies at UofL.

Count Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is among the nervous , “Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game,” he says. “That’s not what this offense is about.” Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t disagree, but, “It’s not like he’s trying to run, but sometimes … What are you going to do? You can’t hold him back forever. He looked good on the play. He looked good on a lot of plays.”

Jackson is aware of the concerns, knowing that injuries are an integral part of the game. The more involved a player is, the greater the possibility. But he’s going to enjoy the game, taking advantage of his God-given abilities, wanting to make the Ravens a title contender.

“I can’t talk about it,” Jackson said recently. “Each and every day we’re looking better and better in what we’re doing, whether … running the ball with our backs, or the pass game, it’s all looking incredible right now.”

All the talk about all the running game may be typical NFL bluster. Jackson’s running abilities make him dangerous, giving Baltimore an unpredictable offense. His ability to make the most of a collapsing play makes Jackson one of the most challenging to contain and among the entertaining runners ever.

From Sports to Slots: The Cure of Heartbreak for UofL Students

By Terry McMillan

Heartbreak is perhaps a huge understatement following the course of play which happened after the ninth inning. Alas, the season comes crashing to an end where reflection can only be used as a positive to build for the next season, till then what is left for the students of the U of L?

Back to the Drawing Board for Team and Students

 As the summer now moves into that unnerving quiet period. You might be at a loss (no pun intended) how to kill the time which most of it will have been spent supporting the team on the field.

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