Doomsday predictions regarding college football’s transfer portal look foolish already

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Jaylen Daniels vs Southern 2022 by Jonathan Mailhes
Former Arizona State quarterback Jaylen Daniels has shown his dual-threat skills early this season as LSU’s transfer starter (Photo: Jonathan Mailhes).

The sky is falling.

If you listen, watch and read in every facet of American life, you will find those people who spout that narrative every single day.

The naysayers were certainly out in college football in recent times.

One of their targets was the transfer portal. You know, the new rule that would ruin the college game. They said it would be like NFL free agency. Traditionalists said the movement of players from school to school would certainly harm the very fabric that made college football so special.

What a crock.

The transfer portal has made college football better. The sport is having one of its best Septembers in years.

LSU fans who complained about the portal aren’t so vociferous now that Jayden Daniels is on campus. The Arizona State transfer has led the Tigers to touchdowns on his last eight possessions.

If LSU is to defeat Mississippi State Saturday evening in Tiger Stadium, my guess is Daniels will have his fingerprints (and footprints) all over such a victory.

Daniels is completing 77.8 percent of his passes. With a Tigers offensive line still figuring itself out, Daniels’ mobility has been a godsend.

Did I mention how good college football has been already this season?

Last Saturday was the greatest day in the history of the Sun Belt Conference.

On the road, Appalachian State defeated Texas A&M, Marshall did the same to Notre Dame and Georgia Southern beat Nebraska.

By the way, the leaders in charge of the Cornhuskers could have waited until October 1st and halved head coach Scott Frost’s $15 million buyout, but director of athletics Trev Alberts fired Frost anyway. The school ate the cash.

All three of those Sun Belt wins happened, in part, because of the work of transfer quarterbacks.

App State’s Chase Brice started at Clemson and transferred to Duke before winding up in the mountains of western Carolina. He has thrown seven touchdown passes in two games for the Mountaineers. In a game against North Carolina, App State did the unthinkable by scoring 40 points in the fourth quarter and lost anyway. Talk about a bounce-back in College Station.

Buffalo transfer Kyle Vantrease, in his sixth year, passed for 409 yards on 37 completions in Georgia Southern’s victory in Lincoln.

Henry Colombi started at Utah State, then left for Texas Tech before winding up at Marshall. In South Bend, the Thundering Herd played turnover free football, and Colombi’s steadiness was a huge part of that.

So, mark me down as a fan of the dreaded portal.

If the portal didn’t exist, not only would LSU not have Daniels but the Tigers might be a three-win team this season.

A bunch of those transfers will be on the field Saturday at Tiger Stadium giving LSU a good chance in what should be a very interesting game against Mississippi State.

College football has always been a great game. The portal, for some, has been program changing. And not in a bad way.

Just ask the Sun Belt Conference.

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Ed Daniels

WGNO Sports Director/106.1 FM

Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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