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Friday, August 03, 2018

2018 College Football FBS Preseason Amway Coaches Poll Ranks Alabama No. 1 : UCF 23rd, and the Huskers?

As reported at "EU USA Today", head football coach Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide have been ranked No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Preseason Poll.
But we would not bet on it. Repeating as national champion is difficult, depending of course upon who you put up on that particular pedestal.

65 of the 130 FBS head coaches vote in the poll, and 61 of them gave their Number 1 nod to 'Bama, which was followed in the preseason rankings by Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, and Oklahoma in the Top Five.

In spite of the move of former UCF head coach Scott Frost -- architect of Central Florida's amazing undefeated championship quality record last season -- to his alma mater Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Knights were ranked 23rd preseason under their new head coach Josh Heupel.

See what 247Sports writes about Heupel maintaining success at Central Florida.

Vegas apparently sees/saw problems in UCF maintaining its momentum, earlier having set the win total over/under for UCF at 8.5, which, however, in the last list that we saw at Oddsshark the win total over/under was set at 9.5. UCF AD whiz Danny White has an eye for champions, following former college national championship team quarterback Scott Frost (Nebraska, 1997) with former college national championship team quarterback Josh Heupel (Oklahoma, 2001). Champions breed champions. This year the surprise factor will be largely gone for UCF, but who is going to outscore the Knights in any game this season?

Frost's Huskers are unranked and not (yet) getting much respect in Vegas, with Nebraska's win total over/under earlier being set at 5.5. We just went to Oddsshark on August 3rd and saw that the win total over/under has not only risen to 6.5, but you have to put up $125 to win $100.

At Scott Frost plans to follow Osborne formula to rebuild Nebraska we read:

"The culture Frost promises ... is going to be akin to the one Osborne fostered back in the day when the Cornhuskers were among the best teams in the nation....

The Huskers already have seen significant gains under strength coach Zach Duvall, who worked with Boyd Epley as a Husker Power assistant in the 1990s and came with Frost from UCF along with most of the coaching staff. The 2018 fall roster shows the projected starting offensive linemen have gained 15-25 pounds since the spring."


That "visible" stat of the weight training program in action illustrates the massive changes being made under Frost's head coaching in Huskerland. This team is not being rebuilt on hype, but rather is based on a system geared for success. Frost did not go 13-0 at UCF by chance, you can be sure.

See Oddsshark and Scott Hastings for the
2018 College Football Over/Under Win Totals.

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Sky Earth Native America

Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.


    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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