The website I chose to look at was ESPN’s NCAA Football website. I chose this website because it is like mine as we both talk about college football. I think what works for the website is the balance. They have a large article that takes up ⅔ of the page, but they also have a “top headlines,” on the other ⅓ to balance it out. Adding a big picture and bold font titles really helps to draw in a viewer to an article. I also think it is good how they use multiple rows at the top of the site to show upcoming games, other links to differents sports and more info about college football. This helps take the eyes of the viewer from the top with the upcoming games to the bottom where the big picture is. One thing that could be a concern is the amount of information that is shown to the viewer as they might be overwhelmed and not know what to look at first. Overall, this website is a favourite of mine and it always helps that it is easy to get to where I want to go.
This week for my website I made a few upgrades to it. First, I removed the “HOME” tag from the menu bar at the top as it was pointless and if you want to get the homepage you can just click the website name at the top. I also removed my POSIEL posts from the home page. When you come to my website you should not be seeing my course posts as they have nothing to do with college football and no one cares about them. I added the plugin “WP Hide Post” to get this done and so far it looks like it is working. Finally, I took away, “A WordPress Website” that was under the title of my website and switched it to, “Who will make the playoffs?” We don’t really need everyone knowing it is a WordPress website so it’s better that is just removed. What I’ve seen from trying to change my website up is that I am very constricted by my theme and there is not much flexibility on what I can customize. With this I might change my theme, but I don’t know if it would help at all or make much of a difference.
College football would not be college football if it wasn’t for its massive upsets and this weekend did not disappoint. #5 LSU, #7 Oklahoma, #8 Auburn, #13 Kentucky and #14 Stanford, all had major loses while also shattering the hopes of any of them making the playoffs. Most notably Oklahoma’s loss to Texas was a big one as there had been a lot of questions surrounding the Texas program and many were asking if Texas was “back.” Well we can now say that after beating Oklahoma 48-45 in the Red River Showdown, Texas close to being a top tier program in the nation again. In the game, Oklahoma’s defence looked terrible while their offence tried to keep them in the game, but as usual another upset was complete with Texas kicker Cameron Dicker making a last second field goal.
Another major upset was #5 LSU losing to unranked Florida. LSU’s season was looking good so far after big wins against Miami and Auburn. Even though they have an insanely tough path to the playoffs, having to play #1 Alabama and #2 Georgia in the near future, if they do win those two games they are basically guaranteed to make it. However, with this loss to Florida their chances plummet to almost zero and all they can hope for is just putting up a fight against the top two programs in the nation.
With being halfway through the season now, here are my predictions for who will make it into the college football playoff. The four teams will be #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State, #3 Clemson and #4 Notre Dame. Alabama is leaps and bounds ahead of every single team in the country and will definitely make it in 100%. Ohio State has a fairly straight forward schedule with their only real big match up left being against their arch rivals #12 Michigan. If they win out, they should be in as they will have some big name defeats on their resume. Clemson looks to make it back to the playoff for a 4th year in a row and now look to healthy freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence to take them there. They’ve had a pretty simple schedule this year and their only big opponent left is #20 NC State in week 8. If they win the rest of their games they should be in the playoff, but you never know what the committee will do on decision day. Finally, Notre Dame is looking extremely good right now and they have the resume to get them to the playoff. Big wins over Virginia Tech, Michigan and Stanford, will be critical in proving why a non conference team should be allowed in the final 4. Two teams that could easily be dark horses in the mix are Georgia and West Virginia which are both undefeated. They story is win and they should be in. This year will be a real difficult year for the committee to decide who makes it to the playoff as there are many one and zero loss teams on the hunt. Hopefully there will be more big upsets as that would make life so much easier in deciding.
Last class we got given the prompt, “what would you do if you only had an hour left with internet?” This was interesting to me as I’ve never really thought about it before and it could, but not likely, someday be a reality. The internet is now so intertwined in the worlds society that most people would have no idea what to do if they lost it. This would be the biggest event of the century and is a good thing to plan towards or at least have a general idea of what you would do with your final hour. After thinking about it for awhile, I came to the conclusion that getting contact information from friends online would be my top priority. Most of my interaction with people online is either through Discord, Facebook or Instagram and if any of those were to just go away I would have no way of getting in contact with anyone anymore. So much of my day is spent texting and calling friends on Discord while we play games and it would be super sad if I could never talk to them as they live in Orlando, Florida and I can’t just go see them whenever I want. Getting phone numbers are the best way to stay in contact as phones will still work without internet. Other ideas of what to do with my final hour were mostly to do with downloading content off the internet to be able to have accessible offline later. Examples would include music that is only available online or videos I like from Youtube, Facebook or Instagram. Most movies, songs and TV shows you can get hard copies of so I wouldn’t bother with them. Some things that I wouldn’t waste my time on would be maps and information. We still have map books at our house and I have an extremely good sense of direction and memory. Information would also not be a worry as you can still go to the library to get all the information you will ever need. Losing the internet might seem like a major event and for most people they would lose their minds, but we have to remember the internet is still fairly new only being 30 years old and we will be able to easily survive. Billions of people have survived without it before and we would be able to still survive. Overall, getting friends contact information would be key and I’m not to worried about what life would be like without internet.
The website I had to review for my peer review was Tessa’s blog called “Tessa’s Thoughts.” The blog is her place to express her thoughts and feeling or really anything that she is interested in.
When first looking at Tessa’s website it looks very good at face value. I really like the “tags” area on the right side and since she talks about various topics it makes it real easy for a viewer to find exactly what they want. I also like that we get to see the first few sentences of the article to read to help draw us into read more. I like how there is the category the post is from which helps even more if someone is just scrolling through and they don’t know where to start. I like the idea of adding a self portrait to the “About Me,” page to make it more personable and give a face to the person behind the words.
If I were to make some suggestions to make the website even better than it already is, I would not change much, however I would just take what is already there and restructure it a bit better. First of all, the header at the top of the website seems really big and when first clicking onto the website that is all a viewer can see and doesn’t actually know if the website contains any posts. I would cut the header vertically in half and also make the font white so the name pops more as right now it’s not the easiest to read. Another thing I would change would be having “you may also like” under every single post on the home feed. It feels a bit repetitive and it is just showing the same posts over and over again. This should only be shown at the bottom of the screen where the reader is reading the article. Finally, I would make the featured images for each post a lot small in height as they take up so much real estate when scrolling through. The main focus should be on the writing and not so much the photo that people don’t care as much about. Overall, just resize a few things to give more focus to the writing.
A suggestion for the actual posts would be to maybe add some hyperlinks. I see reviews of shows that and a hyperlink to a scene from one of the shows would help a lot. Also while scrolling through posts, the featured images are a bit confusing as to how they relate to the topic our talking about. For example I don’t see the connection between the “Week 3 Process Post,” and the photo of a river. Maybe try to connect the two a little better and site the source of the photo, whether it is one taken by the writer or from the internet.
One last suggestion which definitely doesn’t have to be taken into consideration is maybe condensing down the various topics. Get it to a select few as readers will want to come back to see posts they like and that are similar. If they don’t see more of what brought them here in the first place they might not come back. I know this might not be the purpose of the website but its just a suggestion. Overall, the website has lots of potential and with a bit of work it will be an amazing website to showcase the great writing talent.
Going into week 5, Clemson was all the media could talk about. Clemson was going through massive changes as coach Dabo Swinney announced freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, would become the new starter which resulted in graduate quarterback Kelly Bryant deciding to transfer out of Clemson. Kelly Bryant, was Clemson’s starting quarterback last year who took them to the college football playoff semifinal and had a 16-2 college record while propelling Clemson’s offence with his great running ability. With Kelly now gone, the weight of the program and the hopes of another national championship were now on the 18 year old freshman. Clemson was now low on quarterback depth as after Trevor, there was not many more great options. Third string quarterback Chase Brice now turned backup, had very little playing time and rarely received any reps in practice. So going into Saturday Clemson was going against Syracuse which was a redemption match for them as Syracuse handed Clemson their only loss last year and the Tigers were out for revenge. Everything was looking well and then late in the second quarter, Clemson’s worst nightmare came true. While running a quarterback scramble, Trevor ran down the left side line and took a hard hit to the “upper body area.” Now thrown into the spotlight, it was Chase Brices job to help lead Clemson back being down 16-7. Chase started of a little shaky but eventually settled in converting a clutch forth down throw to Higgins and a nice first down run to save the game and eventually go on to barely win with 45 seconds left 27-23. Clemson did have to heavily rely on Travis Etienne in the game as he contributed 203 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns and their amazing defence to help them win. Dabo Swinney told media, Trevor Lawrence participated in practice on Monday and is likely to be ready for Wake Forest next week. Hopefully this will be the only speed bump for Clemson is the year but one thing they have shown is they have the capability to win even without their starting quarterback.
The biggest game of week 5 would have to have been #4 Ohio State vs #9 Penn State. This game was amazing, as it was Penn State’s white out game as 110,889 fans gathered in Beaver Stadium all dressed in white while waving white pom poms. The game was so anticipated and hyped up that students camped out for a week in order to get the best seats they possibly can to cheer on their Nittany Lions. The stadium was electric, deafening and all around the best atmosphere college football has to offer. Penn State also brought out 145 of their potential high school recruits to the game to show them what it’s like to be a Nittany Lion. Penn State was almost able to cap off a perfect night however they did not convert on a two point play and made a super confusing fourth down and five call to run the ball. This resulted in them coming up short losing 26-27 and making their playoff hopes a lot harder. Overall, watching this game live was one of my favourite moments of the year as a fan of college football and I look forward to watching next years white out game.
Looking ahead to week 6 we have the big game of #6 Notre Dame going on the road to play #24 Virginia Tech. This will be Notre Dame’s final real challenge of the season as the rest of the teams they play in the season aren’t very good and they should be able to win out if they survive the clash against Virginia Tech. I predict Notre Dame to keep rolling behind quarterback Ian Book and they win 34-23.
Hey whats up guys its Peter Parker here, and I’m super honoured to be writing on Dylan’s College Football Blog. Now personally I don’t play football but I secretly watch my best friend every week from the best seat in the stadium. I am so excited college football season is back and Empire State Universities team this year looks amazing. Captain Eugene “Flash” Thompson, who is also my best friend, leads the team as the new quarterback on campus. He got the name “Flash” in highschool when he broke the school record for fastest on field speed recorded. That was truly an amazing game. I can still remember to this day the crowd of two thousand high school students in awe as Flash burst down the field. Flash gained many full ride scholarships out of high school from universities all across the country but funny enough he decided to stay in his hometown and play for ESU which was also where I was going to attend.
Week 4 has just concluded and true to prediction ESU are off to a strong start of 4-0 and are ranked #1 in the nation. Flash is just tearing up the competition and so far has 15 touchdown passes and 9 touchdown runs. I am probably the luckiest person watching the game as I’m able to get the one of a kind view from the top of the scoreboard standing high above the field. This weeks game was as usual not a difficult task for Flash as he did the unthinkable like he always does while bringing home the win for ESU.
As much as I love watching the game, my favourite part of Saturdays is the pregame tailgate parties. All of the students and fans gathered around their cars and tents eating good food and overall having an amazing time getting ready for an even better game which is sure of a win. Me and my college buds always have a bbq set up with hamburgers and hotdogs ready for anyone who walks by and wants one. The most difficult part of the tailgate is coming up with an excuse of why I can’t go see the game with them as I can’t reveal that I’m Spiderman and tell them I watch the game from on top of the scoreboard. I usually just make up some excuse I have to go help back at home and dip out. College gameday is always a blast and spending it with friends and good food is probably the best part. GO ESU GO!!!
One of the articles I read this week was, “Why I Am Not a Maker,” by Debbie Chachra. It was a good article but the part that stood out to me the most was the part about coding. This was relevant to me as I’m right now studying Computing Science at SFU and eventually my dream is to become a video game programmer. What stood out to me was the strong bias towards coders and how she basically knocked them down to and says its, “nearly the easiest possible way to “make” things.” My response is, just because it is done on a computer and you can’t physically feel the code doesn’t mean it is easy and anyone can do it. What’s the point of me going to university to study to be a programmer if it is supposedly so “easy.” I actually think that making physical objects such as tables and chairs for example are a lot easier to make as you don’t need an extreme amount of training and background. I’ve made many things in my high school shop class and I don’t have a big carpentry background but I was easily able to make a fairly decent side table with only a little bit of instruction. On face value looking at an app you might think it is super easy to make, however the backend is extremely complicated and takes a long time to make and perfect. Yes making the computer put out “hello world” is nice and you technically made something but doesn’t mean it is easy. The one thing I learned from this article which probably most people won’t take away from this article, is don’t judge something that you might not know all the facts about. Overall, I was very surprised about the strong negative bias towards programing and how it is the easiest way in the world to create something.
Before going in to overtime, Oregon’s standout quarterback, Justin Herbert was rocking an out of this world 93% completion average (25/27) for 331 yards. These stats were some of the strongest among quarterbacks in the nation, however were still not good enough as Stanford came back from a 24-7 deficit and won in overtime 38 – 31. Justin is in the race right now for the Heisman Trophy and even if he doesn’t win it, he is still on the path for a great career in the NFL and is being projected to be taken in the first round of the draft. As good as Justin is he is still nowhere near the level of Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama’s quarterback. After coming off his amazing second half in the National Championship Game last year in which he brought the Tide back to a win in overtime, many wondered if he was just lucky or would he be able to continue his skill and dominance. Tua not only continued his dominance he surpassed it. Alabama has been averaging well over 50 points with Tua now at 12 touchdown passes and an average of 12.9 yards/attempt. He is way in the lead for the Heisman Trophy and no wonder if he can make throws like this (LINK) that are literally undefendable. Bama are the expected favourites to win the national championship again for the third time in four years. On other quarterback news, Clemson has officially announced that their starting quarterback for week 5 against Syracuse will be Trevor Lawrence. He has been performing extremely well for being a freshman and gives Clemson the extra attack through the air that QB Kelly Bryant just does not do as well. Clemson look to avenge their tough loss this weekend and keep their eye on the playoffs.
The best games for week five are going to be #7 Stanford vs #8 Notre Dame and #4 Ohio State vs #9 Penn State. Haskins and the Buckeyes look to tie up their playoff spot but only if they are able to beat tough Penn State on the road which is extremely difficult. I will be definitely watching this game as I always love seeing Penn State’s white out stadium and Travis McSorley is always fun to watch. I predict Penn State wins 43-40 in a wild overtime finish. After coming off a tough road win in Eugene, Oregon, Stanford look to keep moving forward and on to making their first playoff. Running back Bryce Love leads the way and gives their offence that special spark. Notre Dame’s replacement quarterback, Ian Book looked very good last week against Wake Forest and I expect him to have another good game. I expect Notre Dame to win 29-23 mainly on the fact Stanford could still be thinking of last week’s game and be a bit fatigued from going to overtime.
Progress on my website is right now going a little bit slower than I expected it to go. I have a good understanding of what I want the website to look like but I am running in to the problem right now of either not knowing how to do it or it is not even possible. So far this week I have linked my Instagram to the website and you can get to it by clicking the Instagram icon in the top center under “A WordPress Site.” Also if you click on the 3 lines on the right side you will now be shown archives and the top 5 teams in the recent AP polls. I want this to change soon as I don’t want the viewer to have to press the 3 lines and I just want it to be there on the side of the page. One finally, thing I want to add is a scroll wheel with all the top 25 games. I want this website to be a one stop shop for anyone’s College Football needs. I added featured images to most of my posts and so far I’m liking how they look and draw a reader’s eye to a post. Recently I have also been working on a few designs of how I want my website to look like.
In the first design, I want to include the current top 25 ranked teams from the AP poll. In the top right I will have all the top 25 teams’ games which you will be able to scroll through. Other than that I want to keep this first design fairly simple so it doesn’t overwhelm the viewer.
In the second design, I wanted to include some color in the design. It has a map of America and has all the division 1 teams in America with their logo where their campus is located. The next weeks games are at the top of the screen above the menu bar and you can click through them. Standing are now included in the menu bar. I wanted to only have posts on the front page as that is the main and most important part of the whole website.
The third design, will have a sort of night theme and I hope to have all the text in white and the backgrounds be black. Most of the apps I use if I can use night theme I do and it is just another option for people to possible chose when using my website. The website will be very basic and to get to the posts you will have to click the headers on the top left or right.The home page will have a dominant photo depending on what is going on in college football. It could be either an outstanding player or a team that completed a major upset. Overall the main point of this theme is to have it be night mode.
The fourth and final theme will be a more media based theme with a slightly less focus on the blog posts. I want there to be more videos stats and an overall greater focus on college football and all that comes with it. I put the schedule at the bottom of the page so it draws viewers eyes all the way down to the bottom of the page and they have to see everything. If you want to go to a place where the main focus is the blog posts there will be a tab at the top to take you there. This theme is focused on more information on college football through the uses of videos, stats and player profiles.