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Ex-Colorado star Joel Klatt shares message for Deion Sanders

Joel Klatt on the field

Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt during the Michigan Wolverines game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders on Saturday was officially named the new head coach at the University of Colorado, and one notable Buffaloes alumnus is ecstatic about the hire.

FOX analyst Joel Klatt was calling Saturday night’s Big Ten Championship Game between Purdue and Michigan when the Sanders news broke. Klatt, who played quarterback at Colorado from 2002-2005, could not contain his excitement.

“I am over the moon. Go Buffs. Deion — text me, call me. Whatever you need, brother, I’m there,” Klatt said.

Gus Johnson also praised the Sanders hire and said there is “going to be so much positive energy surrounding that program.”

Sanders has already landed one big transfer for Colorado, though most people saw that coming. Recruiting is the one area where he likely will not have any issues.

Colorado went 1-11 this season, so there is nowhere for Sanders to take the program but up.

FOX analyst has ominous warning about College Football Playoff

Joel Klatt on the field

Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt during the Michigan Wolverines game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There has always been a great deal of debate surrounding the College Football Playoff rankings, but one analyst feels the system is causing a major issue with the sport.

Joel Klatt of FOX Sports issued an ominous warning after the latest CFP rankings were released on Tuesday. He called the CFP selection committee a “failed experiment.”

“The @CFBPlayoff Ranking Committee is a failed experiment … every indefensible ranking builds distrust in this system … distrust leads to distain (sic) which inevitably ends with disinterest … Not good for the sport we all love!” Klatt wrote.

Klatt did not specify what his issue was with the latest rankings, but the “indefensible ranking” he referred to may have been LSU’s No. 5 ranking ahead of No. 6 USC. LSU is 9-2 and coming off a win over UAB. USC is 10-1 and won a 48-45 thriller on Saturday against ranked opponent UCLA.

A lot of people disagree with LSU being ranked ahead of USC, but Klatt’s criticism of the CFP ranking system is one of the strongest we have heard. Another prominent analyst said this week that the CFP may be headed for an “armageddon” scenario.

Joel Klatt shares update on status of Gus Johnson

Joel Klatt and Gus Johnson on camera

Joel Klatt on Saturday shared an update on the status of Gus Johnson after his broadcasting partner got sick earlier in the day.

Johnson and Klatt were the broadcaster’s for FOX’s Big Noon game Saturday between Oklahoma and Nebraska. Just a few minutes into the start of the third quarter, Klatt shared that Johnson would miss the second half due to illness.

“If you’re just joining us, folks, Gus is doing well. He’s just very much under the weather. He’s going to step away here in the second half. I’ll be taking you the rest of the way …” Klatt said.

Klatt, who typically serves as the color commentator, handled play-by-play duties thereafter.

Following Oklahoma’s 49-14 win over Nebraska, Klatt shared an update on the status of Johnson.

“Gus is doing well and already looking forward to next week!! Can’t wait to have him back,” Klatt wrote.

Klatt and Johnson have partnered on FOX’s lead college football announcing team since 2015.

Joel Klatt shares two most disappointing teams in college football

Jim Harbaugh

The standings in the Big Ten conference look extremely bizarre through the early part of the season, and Michigan and Penn State have contributed to that. According to college football analyst Joel Klatt, those two teams have underachieved more than any other in the country.

Klatt said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Wednesday that Michigan and Penn State have been “the two most disappointing teams in college football.” The FOX analyst admitted he was impressed with the Wolverines after Week 1 because he overvalued Minnesota, which Michigan beat 49-24. Jim Harbaugh’s team has since lost to Michigan State and been blown out by Indiana.

“The problem is, their defense reverted back to what it was at the end of last season, which was a team that couldn’t get off the field on third down and gave up way too many plays in the passing game,” Klatt said, as transcribed by Nick Kosko of 247 Sports. “One of Don Brown’s staples is…the fact they were a great pass defense. They don’t have the requisite corners to play the aggressive style of man coverage they want to … and they can’t do that this year.”

Klatt also pointed out that Michigan rushed for just 12 yards on 13 carries against Indiana. Harbaugh’s best teams have been able to run the football and play stout defense, and Michigan is doing neither. While Michigan has had disappointing losses in recent years, those are typically against superior competition. Klatt does not feel that has been the case this season.

“There are some flaws with Michigan we haven’t seen in previous years. In previous years, they go into games they should win and they win soundly,” he added. “Then we get to the games and say alright let’s see who they are against the Notre Dame’s and Ohio State’s of the world. Then that’s where they would fall short. Listen they have plenty of talent to beat Michigan State and Indiana and they didn’t.”

As for Penn State, they are 0-3 following losses to Indiana, Ohio State and a shocking blowout at the hands of Maryland last week.

Ohio State is currently atop the Big Ten East at 3-0. Indiana and Northwestern are the other 3-0 teams, which we are not accustomed to seeing. It has certainly been an unusual season with COVID-19 complications, but the struggles of Penn State and Michigan have made it even stranger.

Joel Klatt: There will 100 percent be a college football season

Joel Klatt

FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt is bullish on a 2020 season.

Klatt, who doesn’t tweet very often, shared a few thoughts on Twitter Saturday about the upcoming season. He says it is happening and that there will be fans at many locations.

This is great news for college football fans, and much different than the sentiment shared by an analyst at a rival network.

While the coronavirus still poses a significant threat to many people in the country — namely, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions — stats have shown it is not especially hazardous to college-aged people.

A lot can and will change from now until September, but the thought of a season taking place is comforting for many of the sport’s fans.

FOX analyst Joel Klatt pokes fun at himself over Lamar Jackson snub

Joel Klatt

FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt poked some fun at himself Saturday for snubbing Lamar Jackson from his top five quarterbacks in college football before the season.

Prior to the season, Klatt listed his top five QBs in the sport. His top five included: Sam Darnold, J.T. Barrett, Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield and Trace McSorley.

Not included in the list was reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson.

Jackson went 25/39 for 393 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 132 yards and three scores in the Cardinals’ 47-35 win over North Carolina Saturday.

Here’s what Klatt tweeted in response to the performance:

This response makes you wonder whether Klatt even watched Jackson last year, because that’s all the QB did all last season to earn the Heisman in the first place.