Skull Session: C.J. Stroud is Very Confident in His Hoops Game, Kevin Warren Rethinks Automatic Bids, and Michael Thomas is Excited to Play With Chris Olave

By Kevin Harrish on July 28, 2022 at 5:30 am
C.J. Stroud is very confident in today' skull session.

As if our nation wasn't already divided enough...

To be clear, I'm happy to ride the middle of the aisle here. I will gladly and bravely consume either – both, even! – at any given hour of the day.

Thank you.

Word of the Day: Torpor.

 TWO-SPORT STAR? C.J. Stroud's the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, but based on what people are saying, it sounds like maybe he should be the preseason Naismith favorite, too.

And by "people," I mean C.J. Stroud.

Stroud went out at Big Ten Media Days yesterday and hyped himself up as a shooter while claiming that he thinks the Buckeye football team could be the Buckeye basketball team in hoops – and was presumably serious.

I'm skeptical! But I admire his confidence!

But he better watch his back now, because it sounds like the Basketbucks are about that action.

I'm just furious they waited until the season is nearly upon us to start this talk. Bring this out in mid-June when I need content!

 SOFTEN THAT STANCE. Do you know what's a very clear byproduct of suddenly becoming arguably the most powerful conference in college football? No longer giving a shit about anybody else.

In the past, Kevin Warren has been pretty much adamant that Power Five conference champs should get an automatic bid to an expanded College Football Playoff.

But now with the Big Ten assembling the damn Avengers and ensuring that the conference will have one if not two teams in the playoff every year...

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said Wednesday that he will not take a hardline stance on automatic College Football Playoff berths for Power 5 conference champions heading into the next set of CFP expansion meetings. This had been a public sticking point for Warren in the past.

“I’m going to soften my stance on it,” Warren told The Athletic. “I just feel like we have to give some credit for conference regular-season success. Now, whatever that looks like, I don’t know.”

He added that there are “creative ways” to do that that aren’t automatic qualifiers, and that means it’s a solvable issue, not an immovable one.

This is almost as amazing of a selfish heel turn as the backstabbing he performed to pretty much kill the ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 Alliance when he stole USC and UCLA from the Pac-12 after pretty much explicitly agreeing not to.

Personally, I think the new Kevin Warren rules and it's a delightful change of pace from the version of him stumbling through the pandemic.

 CAN I GET A COUPLE BUCKS. Michael Thomas is officially back in action after playing just four games in the past two seasons. He's without a doubt excited to get back, but he's also excited to have a new, but familiar face lining up on the other side of him.

I don't think my brain could possibly even invent a player that compliments Thomas' game more perfectly than Chris Olave, so I am profoundly stoked to see the absurd numbers they put up, especially with Jameis Winston running that spray and pray offense this year.

 DESIGN YOUR GAME. By this time next year, I'm finally going to be able to waste my life away playing video games again, and the SEC's lizard king wants to know how I'm going to do it.

Personally, I'm ready for the mini-game that allows you to take control of a strength and conditioning assistant and level a fan that runs out on the field.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt.

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