September 10, 2013, 8:08 pm
Todd Blackledge guided the Penn State Nittany Lions to a National Championship in his Davey O’Brien award-winning season of 1982. He then spent the next seven seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. These days, he is one of the best college football analysts in the business and every week he hosts a segment on ESPN called “Todd’s Taste of the Town” where he visits a notable local restaurant and samples its menu. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Tuesday to talk about his weekly food segment and to break down the first few weeks in college football.
“He didn’t disappoint anybody. What I was impressed with was his accuracy and his poise. He still has growing to do and learning to do as the schedule gets tougher and people have a little more of a read on him, but it was a very impressive showing.”
He also talked about the Ducks and what he has seen from them the first two weeks of the season.
“That offense is built so much on execution – Whether it’s execution of the pace and tempo, the running game, being in sync with the line, working together with the backfield, most of that just comes through playing. The luxury for them is that they’ve been able to win their first two games handily and easily and put up a lot of points and still have things to correct and still have things to improve on as the season goes along.”
And finally he gave his prediction of what he expects to see from the big matchup between Alabama and Texas A & M this weekend.
“I think Alabama will be the better team on the field on Saturday because I think they will be stronger in the trenches. I think they will control the line of scrimmage. You can say all you want about the flashy players and the skill players but games are still won or lost at the line of scrimmage. Last year a lot of people got mesmerized by Johnny Manziel and the incredible plays that he made, and he is exciting to watch, but Texas A & M had an outstanding offensive line last year as well.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to pick up a copy of the new book: Taste of the Town: A Guided Tour of College Football’s Best Places to Eat.