And It’s Back!! College Football Talk and other quick Hitters

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Yep, We’ve waited and waited, and now It’s here… I feel like I should play this song before each season..

So now it’s on to tonight the start of the college football season, some great games to get us started before the full slate begins on Saturday… Here’s what we saw a ton of during the off season….

That video above never, NEVER gets old… What about this guy? He came out of nowhere, right?

And then it was Manziel mania…. Oh yeah, I forgot, Bama wins AGAIN.

So enough about last year.. time to talk this year and time to talk big games starting on Thursday night:

North Carolina Vs (6) South Carolina

The skinny:  The college football world has talked Jadaveon Clowney and that hit (and rightfully so) a ton, now the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier have one of the most talented rosters in history, and hope to make a run to a BCS game or possibly more, North Carolina on the other hand wants to shock the football world early with a win tonight on the road.

What will happen: This game could go either way. Lost in all the Clowney talk, is that the Gamecocks lost some experienced play makers on defense, and will be breaking in some new linebackers tonight.. not a good recipe for the Tar Heels potent offense led by senior Brynn Renner. I think the Tar Heels will scare the Gamecocks throughout, and could play well late into this game, before the Gamecocks makes a play of two, on Defense to get the win at home.

North Carolina 17  South Carolina 28

Ole Miss Vs Vanderbilt

The Skinny: This game is HUGE for both teams moving forward. After tonight’s game, Ole Miss has a layup against South East Missouri and then  will play at Texas, Alabama, Auburn, and then at home against Texas A&M. Vandy on the other hand will have a layup against Austin Peay, but then a big one with South Carolina after that… meaning that either team could gain some serious momentum with a win tonight.

What will happen: Vanderbilt will have a new QB at the helm in Wyoming transfer Austyn Carta-Samuels.  A Source that watched a ton of Fall Camp at Vandy  told me that he’s struggled and been inconsistent throughout fall camp, which could mean trouble for wideout Jordan Matthews tonight early on. I think Samuels has talent, but this is not the type of game you want to get your feet wet in. Hugh Freeze and the Rebels will score, in bunches and two step out of Nashville with a win.

OIe Miss 35   Vanderbilt 17

Saturday Games

1 Alabama Vs Virginia Tech

The Skinny: Alabama is number one, what else is new? The Tide come into their game in Atlanta a heavy favorite to blow out the Hokies. Heck, even longtime Hokies coach Frank Beamer has said this is the best Alabama team he has ever faced (cue the no one believes we can win inside the Tech locker room prior to the game talk). The Tide have to replace three parts to an all time great offensive line, but returns the best skill position talent in the history of the program.

What will happen: Three months ago, I would have said that this game would be close, and that Alabama would win a close one. But Tech has lost some key parts on defense including top corner back Antone Exumm, and a few other players on what would have been a salty and stingy D. So now that  means the Tide don’t win close, but big, as September 14th becomes more of a a reality.

Alabama 49  Virgina Tech 13

Washington State VS Auburn

The Skinny: It’s the Gus Malzahn era at Auburn, he brings his offense back to the Plains that was responsible for that 2010 BCS National Title.  Like Auburn, Washington State was terrible a year ago in Mike Leach’s first year. Two offenses that like to go fast, what defense will get the job done is the key.

What will happen: Mike Leach’s group will get hit early by Tigers newcomer Nick Marshall at QB who’s as athletic as they come under center (Marshall a former DB at Georgia… Bulldogs starter Aaron Murray said he’s the best athlete he’s ever seen), will make some highlight plays early on to excite the night crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Cougars will show signs of improvement from a year ago, but the 4-2-5 of Ellis Johnson will get some pressure on the Cougars to force some turnovers.

Washington State 13  Auburn 31

5 Georgia Vs 8 Clemson

The Skinny: The game of the weekend. the Bulldogs head to Death Valley to face a Clemson team that’s thinking National Title.  Clemson is everyone’s “hot” team heading into the season, while Mark Richt’s group has questions on Defense, but his best offense ever in Athens.

What will happen: I’ve went back and forth.. and back again on this game. In the end, I have to stick to my first thoughts. Aaron Murray will shine on Saturday night with a really, really good offense, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will have success running the football. The problem is that it’s hard for me to think that a young and very talented Bulldogs D can withstand blow after blow by Clemson and their offense. Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and that hurry up implemented by offensive Coordinator Chad Morris is a lot to handle already. Add in National TV, at night, at Death Valley, and it becomes that much tougher. One things for certain. Clemson needs this game more than Georgia does. Clemson loses this game, It could spell disaster for the rest of the season. Georgia wins this game, they’re playing with house money with South Carolina coming between the hedges next week.

Georgia 17 Clemson 24

Quick Picks for Week 1:

USC over Hawaii

LSU over TCU

Utah St over Utah

Fresno St over Rutgers

Western KY over Kentucky

Oklahoma St over Mississippi St

Washington over Boise St

The other two Louisiana schools

Would it be a shock if three Louisiana programs go 3-0 after week 1? I picked LSU to beat TCU… But what about UL- Monroe over Oklahoma, and UL-Lafayette over Arkansas? I’m not sayin, but just sayin…. keep an eye out for those two games.

Quick Hitters:

–Did anyone really think Johnny Manziel would get “hammered” by the NCAA? I was shocked he got even a half game suspension.

–You want to see a really good QB and RB? tune in to Utah State against Utah and check out Chuckie Keeton and Joe Hill. the Aggies have a ton of starters returning from an 11-2 team a year ago. Auburn fans remember Keeton and Hill who almost pulled off the upset in 2011.

–Another QB you haven’t heard of? Fresno State’s Derrick Carr. He threw 37 TD passes a year ago, and is poised for an even bigger year through the air (4,104 yards in ’12) this season. Fresno State could be this year’s “BCS buster”.

–Im ready to see this guy. I miss you, good sir.

HAPPY COLLEGE FOOTBALL EVERYONE!!! ENJOY WEEK ONE!!!!!!

The Top 25, Manziel, and 28 Days Till Kickoff

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The Top 25 Is FINALLY HERE!!

Please you over the top, enthusiastic college football fan. DO NOT act like you didn’t get excited that the first USA Today Top 25 came out Thursday. Ok… maybe it was just me, but still…

Seriously, whatever some may think, polls have always been a  staple with college football. They make things fun throughout the season, and of course mean a lot when we get toward the latter part of the year with titles on the line. So let’s Look at the list, and yours truly will try to give a few words on each team in the poll:

1. Alabama- Can they Three-peat? That will be the talk all during fall camp. Alot has to do with that one game on September 14th, against the team at number 6.

2. Ohio State- They were the only undefeated last season, now with the pressure of having a chance to play for it all, can Urban Meyer lead the Buckeyes to Pasadena? They need Carlos Hyde, and the D to help out Braxton Miller.

3. Stanford- David Shaw has taken over nicely for Jim Harbaugh and in my opinion, elevated the program even more. Can they take the next step of being a BCS title contender?

4. Oregon- They dodged NCAA sanctions, and now the Ducks are poised to finally get back to the title game. They will be as explosive as anyone in the country on offense with DeAnthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, and a much improved D ran by Nick Aliotti.

5. Georgia- The Best offense in Mark Richt’s tenure at Georgia. Can they reload on D, without Alec Ogletree, Bacari Rambo, and Jarvis Jones, among others. They get tested right out the gate in Death Calley against Clemson.

6. Texas A&M- I hope we can talk about the best quarterback in the SEC (yes Tide fans, I said BEST) and football instead of Manziel and his college hi jinks (that I, and you should care less about..more on him later). Are they a National Title team? We will know when they host the team ranked #1 September 14th.

7. South Carolina- Steve Spurrier’s best team in Columbia. Dylan Thompson may be the for sure answer at QB, but Connor Shaw hasn’t done anything to keep himself out of the lineup. Number 7 on D will be in Beast Mode all year, along with his uber talented teammates on that side of the ball.

8. Clemson- Does Clemson and offensive Coordinator Chad Morris have the best offense in the country? Hard to argue with Tahj Boyd, Sammie Watkins and company. Can the Defense take another step under Brent Venables?

9. Louisville- They have a soft schedule, BUT I can hold that against Charlie Strong and his program. Why? They had Texas A&M scheduled, and the Aggies..OPTED OUT. Not the Cards fault that they tried to boost the resume and they couldn’t get anyone to play them. Manziel may be the best QB in the SEC, Teddy Bridgewater is the best QB in the COUNTRY.

10. Florida- Will Muschamp must retool that dominant D, but he’s trying to build his program the way Saban does it in Tuscaloosa. The D should be fine, Can Jeff Driskel continue his progression as a vertical threat at QB?

11. Notre Dame- Yep.. the last time we saw the Irish, they were bludgeoned to death by Alabama in Miami. Everett Golson is out after being expelled from school (Should be back in ’14), in his place Tommy Rees, who MUST take care of the football. Notre Dame’s D will be dominant again, Rees will be the difference in a 10-2 year or another trip to a BCS National Title appearance.

12. Florida State- There are rumblings in Tallahassee that Charlie Ward 2.0 will lead the Noles to a BCS bowl game and possibly much more. Jameis Winston hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass in his career on the gridiron, but has shown Jimbo Fisher and his teammates that he’s poised to make the quarterback position deadly. If he’s Ward 2.0, the Noles could be on their way to starting a championship dynasty Bobby Bowden could be proud of.

13. LSU- shhh… no one is talking about the Mad Hatter and his Bayou Bengals. Les Miles may like it that way. Jeremy Hill is needed to take the running game to a different level (hopefully he can get past legal issues). Zach Metennberger has some weapons to throw to in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Even losing 11 underclassmen wont keep the Tigers from playing in some high stakes games late in the season.

14. Oklahoma State- T Boone Pickens keeps forking over the money, Mike Gundy keeps building the Cowboys into a consistent winner. The Cowboys should win the Big 12, if they do that, they could be in the hunt for a surprise trip to Pasadena. If that’s the case, T Boone may pay for the entire state to go.

15. Texas- A make or break year for Mack Brown? I think that if the Longhorns struggle, Brown will retire. It could all go bad with a early visit from the Ole Miss Rebels. Or, we could have a possible rematch of the 2009 BCS Tile game… It’s either peak or valley for Brown on the 40 acres in 2013. Nothing in between in my opinion.

16. Oklahoma- Bob Stoops will hope  that Blake Bell is the answer at QB. If he’s not, the Sooners could not even make a New Year’s Day game. a lot of question marks with this group.

17. Michigan- Brady Hoke is slowly building something special in Ann Arbor (as his verbal commitments in ’14 and ’15 show). Most of his players are being acclimated to his system and we could see more of his pro set principles this season. Watch for super freshman Derrick Green at RB.

18. Nebraska- It was a disaster in that Big 10 title game a year ago against Wisconsin. Bo Pelini has Taylor Martinez at QB (who has been in Lincoln since Tom Osborne was on the sidelines it seems), and his best offense since during his tenure. Martinez must become a more efficient passer, to score points and help bring along a young defense.

19. Boise State- Remember the Broncos? They have seem to become an afterthought, since Kellen Moore and crew left. With that talent, it’s easy to see it may have taken some time to get back to that elite level. The Broncos may have to hold off a team (Utah St) to win the Mountain West.

20. TCU- Gotta give credit to Gary Patterson. Year in and year out he plays some of the best non conference schedules in the country. This year no different with LSU in Arlington at Jerry World (or Cowboys Stadium, whichever you prefer). His group wins that game, another BCS bowl berth could be in the works.

21. UCLA- Jim Mora has some pieces to work with on offense (Brett Hundley, Shaquille Evans) and on defense (Anthony Barr future 1st round pick in ’14 NFL Draft). He will miss James Franklin at running back, who was super reliable. Can Mora take this group to the next step of vying for the top of the Pac-12 standings?

22. Northwestern- Could we have a Stanford of the Midwest soon? Pat Fitzgerald is showing that you can win with high academic standards in Evanston, Illinois. Could the Wildcats shock the world and pull the upset this season against Ohio St? Do that and the program could be smelling roses for the first time since 1994, when Fitzgerald was in uniform.

23. Wisconsin- This program has big fellas up front, and will always run the football. Brett Bielema is in the SEC, in comes Gary Anderson from Utah State, who like Bielema will ground and pound. Can they develop more of a vertical threat? That will be the difference for the team to have staying power under his watch.

24. USC- #1 last year in the preseason, now at #24.. and that’s being generous. Lane Kiffin’s heat is up to 250 Degrees, but a 7-8 win season with reduced scholarships would make a happy AD in Pat Haden. The Trojans have weapons, and blue chippers all across the roster, just not as many in number as Kiffin would like. If  Max Wittek shows promise, man child Marquise Lee continues to destroy opposing corners, and the defense can bend and not break, the groundwork could be laid for an ever better 2014 season.

25. Oregon State- Mike Riley had Corvallis rocking to start the first half of the 2013 with that 6-0 start. The Wheels fell off after, but still Riley managed a 9-4 record to close things out.  Some experienced guys return on offense (Sean Mannon, Cody Vaz, Brandon Cooks), and the defense will hope to keep scoring points and forcing turnovers.

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Mr Manziel

So, the college football off season has centered around the Heisman trophy winner. Johnny Manziel has, partied while in college, left the Manning Passing camp in Thibedoux, La early (AJ McCarron was his roommate and apparently couldn’t wake him up), two articles have come out about Manziel and his family, (by Wright Thompson and Andy Staples which are great reads), along with countless other opinions on sports talk radio, about the downward spiral of Manziel.

My take: I don’t care. Whether people want to believe it or not, EVERYTHING that has happened to Manziel (which I’m still trying to figure out that’s broke the law, outside of drinking underage), we have all either known someone in our college/youthful years that have did it, or done them ourselves.

Does Manziel have a different life comparable to other college students in the country, of course. He’s a Heisman trophy quarterback, that electrified the football world last season. I ask this. If he were the third string QB at Joe University, none of this would be an issue. It would be a non news story. He’s been the center of attention during what I call the “silly season” in college football (the time when there is nothing to talk about, because no games are being played and we’re thirsty for any news), for as number of reasons:

1. He beat Alabama, mostly single handily- 99.9% of Alabama fans give him props for what he did on that day last season. the problem like EVERY fan base in the country, is that it’s hard for one to believe this kid came out of nowhere and beat your team. It happen. Can’t change it. Get over it.

2. He Can do a ton of cool things that others can’t- You mean to tell me that if you had the chance to go to a NBA Finals game, hang out with Drake (or your favorite musician), throw out a few opening pitches at Major League baseball games, you wouldn’t? Stop lying to yourself.

3. Like Tebow, He will never win- So what happens if A&M and his team gets blown out against Alabama September 14th? You will hear so many “I told ya so’s” everywhere. But here’s a thought. What happens if the Aggies beat The Tide again? What happens if this team wins the league? Like Tim Tebow, no matter what he does on and off the playing field, people will have something to say. Tebow was everything you wanted in a “model football citizen”, and he was lambasted to this day. And he’s never even had any controversy like Manziel. It’s just this simple. Both have had a ton of success in their football careers, and people just don’t like it. If there’s another reason, I would love to know.

4. What were you doing at 20?- If you are his age, and have all this celebrity coming at you 220 mph, could you handle it? Some could, that doesn’t mean he’s a bad person because of this. His father in the ESPN article earlier this week said that, “Yeah, it could come unraveled. And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”  How many parents don’t worry about their kids while in college or in high school when going to parties, hanging out with friends, much less when you are the face of an entire University, and you can go and come as you please? My take, Johnny Manziel will have peaks and valleys in his life, even on the football field, all while trying to find his way as a young man in a world where his every waking move is out in public on display.

5. He deals with Social Media-  If we didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, Smartphones, would this even be an issue? Yes he was arrested (misdemeanor) for a fake ID. If There were none of the social media outlets that dominate our world today, would this be an issue? What if Twitter and Facebook were around in the 60’s, 70’s 80’s? Johnny Manziel would be a saint compared to the craziness that went  on. Heck, ask Riley Cooper if he wished no one had a Smartphone to record video.

I’ll be back next week for another post as we get close to kickoff of the college football season… Have a great weekend!

The Honey Badger can run, and March Madness is close

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The Honey Badger Returns

After more than a year away from the LSU/National/College Football world… Tyrann Mathieu.. AKA The Honey Badger showed up at the NFL combine to show that he hasn’t missed a beat as far as football conditioning and skills. Did he ever show up… Mathieu ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and wowed all NFL personnel with his on field drill work. I don’t know where the heck he plays in as a DB (island cornerback, or a nickel), but I know that he is a pure FOOTBALL PLAYER, that can make plays anywhere on the field, including special teams. Although Alabama’s Dee Milliner ran a 4.3… I think that Mathieu was the best overall defensive back in Indy on Tuesday.

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ONE SHINING MOMENT

I LOVE college basketball. I’m from the great state of Kentucky, and nope, not a UK, UL or even Indiana fan. I’m a Duke Bludevil fan much to the chagrin of almost everyone in my family (and my friends who think I stink and I’m crazy). Many media experts believe that this years tournament is wide open, meaning anyone can win. When’s the last time we have heard of any “off the radar” team winning a title. Butler was as close as it came to winning one… and as a Duke fan.. those last final seconds had me nervous

http://youtu.be/SB00wfyuQjY?t=5m47s

Who can Win it?

I think there are a handful of teams that can cut the nets down in Atlanta in April, I just don’t think it’s as many as college hoops fans think. Remember, you have to win 6 games to get there, and you gotta have a team, that can do the following:

1. Win a game when you can’t shoot the ball well

2. Players that can come off the bench and give you a spark

3. Doing one thing Very well outside of scoring (defense, defensive pressure, 2nd chance points, etc)

4. and having more than one star on your team.

5. If you don’t have number 4, then you MUSt have at least two Really, Really good go to players.

So who qualifies for that in my opinion that can win it all?

1. Indiana- Talent, Talent, Talent. I’m taking that above all else in the tournament. They have a little bit of everything. Size on the interior (Cody Zeller) they have shooters that can extend the defense (Christian Watford, Will Sheehey) and a flat-out stud that can take over games when needed (Victor Olidipo). They play good enough defense, which equals a deep run into March and possibly much more. And yes I know they lost to Minnesota Tuesday night Gophers are a good team). I don’t care. They’re still elite.

2. Louisville- They just impose their will on teams. I know they reached #1 this season, and followed that up by losing three straight. I could care less. It’s very hard in this new college hoops world to not have a lapse in a season. It happens. This team is far better than the one that reached the Final Four a year ago. Russ Smith can go off for 30 at anytime, while Chene Behannan and Gorgui Dieng can pound the post with their scoring and defensive ability. And even when they can’t get a much-needed bucket, they can  just absolutely smother you with their varying defenses. From a full court man, to a trapping 3/4 court, to a matchup zone, the Cards can easily break of a 15-0 run before a team can blink.

3. Michigan- The Wolverines are playing in the toughest league this season (Big Ten), a league that could easily have two of the four Final Four Teams in Atlanta this season. Like Louisville they have had their hiccups, but 3 of their four loses were to ranked teams within the Big Ten, along with a OT loss to Wisconsin. This team will be a force to reckon with, elite guards in Tim Hardaway Jr, and Trey Burke, along with a versatile freshman wing in Greg Robinson III, that can have a tournament run that could carry the Maize and Blue. Add a capable post in Mitch McGary, and a shooter that can shoot from the hashes (Nik Stauskas), The Wolverines can be deadly

4. Duke- And yes I’m a Duke fan, but this team can win it all… IF and a big IF Ryan Kelly can return to form and play a reasonably high level. Kelly has missed the last month due to a foot injury. The Dukies have dropped 3 games, two of them to ranked teams (Miami, NC State) and another to a team that could make the big dance as well (Maryland). They are athletic enough to be able to score from the perimeter, and Mason Plumlee is playing at a Wooden award level. Ryan Kelly will be key, If they have them, they can win it, if they don’t.. they can still head to the Final Four, but just would like to have him in the lineup if possible.

Other teams that can cut the nets down:

Arizona, Kansas, Florida

**And yes I know there are some other teams out there can you may think can win it.. Leave a comment and let me know, I’ll answer during next weeks blog post***

 

Top College Football Jobs in America

These are according to Athlon sports. Take a look. And nope, Alabama is not number one, or even number two…

http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-college-footballs-coaching-jobs-2013

 

Reality News stream of consciousness

— The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the best set of Housewives on Bravo

-The ladies of Beverly Hills an d New Jersey are tied for my second favorite.

-I have not missed an episode of Kourtney and Kim take Miami. Nor will I  ever.

-I’m upset with myself for  not watching this seasons The Bachelor

-The Gypsy sisters are AWESOME on TLC. Great TV.

-The Real Husbands of Hollywood. Great Stuff. Shout out to Kevin Hart.

-Shahs of Sunset great TV too, can’t wait till they return next season. Lily is my openly secret crush. My wife knows and understands.

-Swamp People. Watch it.

-Big Rich Atlanta. Watch it.

That will do it for this week… See you all next week… until then, enjoy a little Uncle Drew. I. Get. BUCKETS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvwMsbgVNoY

The Stars of Tommorrow, with a side of Cool Ranch Tacos, topped with Don Johnson

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Signing Day 2013

The stars of tomorrow are signed, sealed and delivered to college football programs around the country. And guess who took home that big fella pictured above (Derrick Henry), and an abundance of other talent? ALABAMA. surprise, surprise. Look, They are the creme de la creme of the college game right now, and players have taken  notice. For those that think that prospects pick universities for universities are sadly mistaken. It’s who’s winning, and winning at a high level, and what coaching staff can get them to the next level the fastest. Check, Check, Check for Nick Saban and his staff. Here are my Top 5 recruiting classes in the SEC:

1. Alabama- Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny, Robert Foster, A’Shawn Robinson, the list goes on and on. Kudos to Saban’s coaching staff (Mike Groh, Lance Thompson, etc)  on landing some of these huge gets across the country. Every recruiting service out there has tabbed this class as numero uno.

2. Ole Miss– Had Alabama missed out on one or two players late on signing day, Ole Miss would have grabbed the top spot. What Hugh Freeze and his staff did is nothing short of unbelievable. Not only did they grab the nation’s number one player, DE Robert Nkemdiche, but then the nation’s top lineman in Laremy Tunsil, and then the possible next great SEC  WR in Laquon Treadwell, along with a slew of other instant talent, the Rebels could have laid a foundation to be special down the road.

3. Auburn- I’m putting the Tigers here because the way Gus Malzahn and his new staff hustles and close the deal on a number of talented prospects, that include DE Carl Lawson, and DT Montravious Adams. Getting Jonathan Ford to flip his commitment from Vanderbilt to Auburn was also huge, he could be a sleeper for the Tigers in the future. Overall from top to bottom a very solid class that fits the need of what Malzahn wants to do in his offense and what defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson wants to establish in his 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

4. Florida- Will Muschamp established  a toughness and physical nature during his tenure in Gainesville. He has restocked his cupboard with some top end talent. Vernon Hargreaves II could be the next great DB, with Alex Anzalone becoming a versatile LB that can run sideline to sideline.

5. Texas A&M– Kevin Sumlin has recruited some new weapons for Johnny Football to throw to, and it starts with Sealy, TX native Ricky Seals-Jones. a huge target that can stretch the field, he along with teammate Jaquay Williams could be much-needed infusion of talent for the Aggies passing game. Sumlin and the Aggies are as hot as any program in the country.. and they have that QB for the next two seasons

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College Hoops quick hitters

–Hated to see Nerlens Noel go down with a apparent knee injury Tuesday night against Florida. It was revealed Wednesday that he has a torn ACL is out for the season. Even as Duke fan that was born and raised in the great state of Kentucky, It stunk seeing this guy get hurt. He works so hard and does so much for a team that is average at best. Here’s to a speedy recovery Nerlens, the NBA is waiting.

–there are about 10 teams I think that can win a National Title. yes we’ve had a ton of upsets during the regular season, and yes there are no all time great teams (i.e Kentucky 2012), but there are still a handful of teams that are very, very good. I’ll talk about those teams next week.

— Victor Oladipo is sick.

–The Louisville Cardinals will be fine.

–Even though Miami beat the brakes off Duke, I still need to see more. this is the same team that loss to Florida Gulf Coast this season. It’s one thing to be the hunter, but when you are the hunted, things change, they will find that out heading into March.

–Ben McElmore is sick.

–Speaking of Kansas and other teams that have had losing streaks of late, does anyone expect teams to just go undefeated? Teams will have lulls in seasons, not a huge deal in the grand schemes of things. Now if you start losing late heading into Conference Tourney play…

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ITS ON THE WAY! YES!

I ate seven Los Doritos Tacos last week… in one sitting. On March 7th, my favorite flavored Doritos will now come to the Taco Bell. I will eat 10, and wont blink.  I am so excited to destroy as many of these as I can in about a 2 week period. Thank you Taco Bell for blessing us with this pure goodness.

FINALLY.. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Here’s my Love day song to you by the greatest musician ever. Enjoy below.

That’s it! Enjoy the weekend!

It’s BACK! First Post of 2013!

To start this off right.. Enjoy below:

Now.. A TON of things have happened since my last blog post on Carl’s Clipboard. The last time I posted, Alabama was getting ready for the SEC Championship game against Georgia. Fast forward two months later, and The Tide are BCS National Champions for the third time in four years. For those that may have forgotten that beat down of Notre Dame in Miami:

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Three Things I learned from the sidelines of that game:

1. Alabama is the programs of programs RIGHT NOW. Kudos to Nick Saban for finding a way to win back to back  National Titles. His last two teams have had one thing that other programs didn’t have… All time great defense (2011 Title Team Vs LSU), and an all time great offensive line (2012 Vs Notre Dame).

2. Notre Dame is relevant, but still has a way to go. Whether you love or hate the Irish, they aren’t going anywhere for a LONG, LONG time. Were they one of the five best teams in the country? Yes. Were they better than Alabama, or Oregon? No. But you’re crazy if you didn’t think they shouldn’t play for a National title undefeated. The program will never win from Notre Dame haters, because they are Notre Dame, I get it. But when you look at what Head Coach Brian Kelly has done in just three seasons, that previous coaches couldn’t do (Weis, Willingham, Davie) how can you not say that the Irish will be in the Hunt for a BCS crown, and WIN a few in the next five seasons?

3. The margin for the SEC and it’s dominance is thisclose. The morning after the game, Tide head coach Nick Saban  said the difference from his team winning a National Title and playing elsewhere, was 5 yards (Vs Georgia in SEC Title game). As great as the Tide were in spots this year, they could easily have had three losses, and played on New Years Day. The rest of the country and the rest of the SEC is catching up, and I think you will see a number of teams continue to close the gap. BUT, when you have someone like Nick Saban on the sidelines, he understands he will have to make subtle changes to continue to stay on top.

SIGNING DAY EVE!

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A ton of young men will sign their letters of intent on Wednesday to play for numerous colleges across the country. The picture of above is that of 5 star linebacker Ruben Foster. Foster who verbally committed to Alabama, de-committed and verbally committed to Auburn, got a tattoo:

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and roughly three weeks ago de-committed from the Tigers and made a announcement on regional TV Tuesday night to recommit to Alabama. Got all that? I’ve listened to people on message boards, and on talk radio about Foster last night and this morning. My opinion, Foster can commit, de-commit,and ride this out as long as he pleases. Here’s why.

There are thousands of 18 year olds that are having to make the biggest decision of their respective lives. What is wrong with taking every official and unofficial visit you can possibly make? Why not be able to travel to the West coast, or go visit LSU, ALabama, USC, and everywhere in between. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young men, to make a decision for their future. I LOVE the signing day hoopla, and all that it entails. You know why? We have college football coaches that can up and leave a university that these 18-year-old young men “commit” to for them. Coaches have agents, and can go to another destination without penalty. News flash folks. These young men go to a university for the coaches and the relationships they make with them, not because they are a fan of a school. So when Coach A goes to University B, what happens to the so-called student athletes that came there for you to lead them? One word. STUCK.  I get it, opportunities are opportunities, and we all want to make the best decisions for ourselves. BUT don’t get on a young  man who wants to explore all of their options before signing on that “X” on the Letter of Intent on signing day.

SUPER BOWL!!!!!

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A GREAT game, period. AS a lifelong 49ers fan, I would have of course loved for my guys to win a World title. But, I LOVE the Ravens and all that they stand for as men, so I couldn’t be that upset. But the stars of stars of the show… well what can you say. Beyoncé was AWESOME during the halftime show:

COMMERCIAL TIME!

Time to rank my favorites of the Super Bowl:

5. Paul Harvey’s God Made A Farmer. Paul Harvey in a commercial. Priceless.

4.  Man Vs Cheetah Sketchers. Animals in the wild in commercials make me laugh. This did as well.

3. Fashionista Daddy (Doritos). If I had a daughter and my buddies were over, this would so happen to me.

2. Joe Montana Miracle Stain. As mentioned earlier, I’m a 49ers fan. I laughed out loud.

1. Old Folks at Taco Bell. The best by far in my opinion. Hands down, I was crying laughing. And if I ever have to go to pasture in my later life, this will be me.

Honorable Mention: Leon Sandcastle.

That’s it for now, I’ll be back next week to talk recruiting classes, college basketball, and reality TV (Big Rich Atlanta, watch it)! Enjoy the Week!

SEC Title Time…And as the Coaches Turn…

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SEC Championship Game: (2) Alabama 11-1 Vs (3) Georgia 11-1

What’s at stake: It’s simple for both programs. Win Saturday night inside the Georgia Dome, and you head to the National Title game in Miami to face Notre Dame. The loser most likely playing on New Year’s Day in a bowl that will leave fans and players within the programs looking back at would could have been.

T Town Notes: What seemed like a forgone conclusion in September turned into no shot in October, to everything on  the line Saturday. Alabama fans and media types thought this team was unstoppable until their matchup with LSU in Baton Rouge. Tide fans remember how that turned out…

But then, that guy they call Johnny Football went nuts at Bryant-Denny Stadium…

and single handily beat the Tide, putting their hopes of a National Title berth in serious jeopardy. We all know the rest, Kansas St and Oregon fall, putting the Tide 60 minutes away from playing for another title.

Between The Hedges: They were favorite to win the SEC East preseason, and with an outside shot of winning a National title, but after a beat down against South Carolina, all seemed lost for Mark Richt and company. But Georgia kept chipping away and are now playing as good as anyone in the country. And now the program has a chance to do something they haven’t done since 1980. Reach a National Championship game. I wasn’t even born yet… but how classic is this?

What will happen Saturday:

The dome will be electric, both the Tide and Bulldogs will be amped from the start. I think this will be a really close game, both teams having their moments of making big plays. I will be honest. I picked Alabama to win this game, in a runaway, but the more I look at Georgia and the way they are playing on defense with Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, Baccari Rambo, John Jenkins and company, I’m making a slight lean to the Dawgs. The key to the game is one player. Aaron Murray. He has not showed up in any big games this season, and in his career. He hasn’t talked to the media this week regarding the game, hoping to focus in more. The Tide defense could give him fits, but for Alabama, they have not generated any sort of pass rush at all this season on the defensive line. I think that Murray should have plenty of time to make plays, while the defense should give AJ McCarron trouble throughout.

If Alabama is dominating the line of scrimmage and running the football with ease, Georgia will get run out of the stadium, period. And if wideouts not named Amari Cooper can step up and make plays (Chris Black, Marvin Shinn, DeAndrew White, tight end Michael Williams), it could really be a problem for the Dawgs.

In the end I want to pick Alabama, just because I have to see Georgia win a big game other than Florida this year. BUT, my gut is telling me the Bulldogs are due, and may play their finest game in the biggest game in 30 plus years for the program.

Alabama 21  Georgia 24.

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Another Episode of AS The Coaches Turn:

I thought that if Gene Chizik would have a decent showing in the Iron Bowl there was hope that he could save his job. A 49-0 beatdown later, he’s out the door. Was it the right decision? Yes. Could he have maybe stayed another season? in my opinion I would warrant that. But in the end, the losing, and the losing in a big way to quality opponents, coupled with the off the field troubles, just proved to be too much.

I voiced my displeasure when they hired Gene after a 5-19 record at Iowa State. He then went on to go 8-5 in year one, with a Outback Bowl win, that magical 14-0 season with Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and company to win Auburn’s first National Title in 50 years.  He came back and went 8-5 a season later, before the wheels came off on a 3-9 season, 0-8 in the SEC.

Inside those numbers, Chizik never had a winning record in the SEC outside the National Championship season. Inside the program, people with knowledge of the program saying that he became too lenient, allowing players to have more control than what was needed. The Birmingham News Kevin Scarbinsky later made me more of a believer.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/11/scarbinsky_gene_chizik_set_the.html

Add those up plus the lack of  developing talent after a three seasons  of top 5-10 recruiting classes, and you have a recipe for what transpired this season.  And as Bill Parcels says, “You are what your record says you are.” And 5-19 prior to Auburn tells the story.

My Two Cents on the new coach at Auburn:

Either Bobby Petrino, Gary Patterson, or Gus Malzhan, in that order. we shall see in the coming days if that is indeed the case.

That is all for this Friday, enjoy the weekend and the game. Next week I’ll talk about the new head man at Auburn, plus the rest of the coaching carousel across the country. BUT  in lieu of Les Miles staying with LSU (and getting a raise I might add)  I will leave you with Les Miles and Les being, well Les, and the rant of the year.. SO far.

ENJOY THE GAMES!!!!!!

KICKOFF 2012!!!

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Happy college football kickoff!!! Yes, It’s been awhile since I have posted a new blog post, but after the Summer Olympics, I had to wait until we got to this week, because quite frankly I wanted to talk football and not the high beam or floor exercise (no offense USA gymnast).

So… without further ado….

Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy runs 33 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern during the fourth quarter in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Vanderbilt lost 21-23.

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TONIGHT  6 PM CT

#9 South Carolina Vs Vanderbilt

The 411: It’s the first college football game of the season, on primetime for all the world to see.. James Franklin and the Commodores are in the  Music City where it will be standing room only for the Ol’ ball coach and the Gamecocks. The Dores have upgraded facilities, change uniforms, and hope that a mix of youth and experience can pull off the biggest upset arguably in Vandy history.

What to look for: It will be great to see running back Marcus Lattimore back on the football field after suffering that knee injury last season. He says he’s 100 percent… if that’s the case, LOOK OUT. The Gamecocks also have a pair of book ends on the defensive line that are nothing to play with in sophomore Jadaveon Clowney and senior Devin Taylor. Conner Shaw takes over full time at QB for South Carolina.

As for the Dores, Jordan Rodgers (little bro of that guy that plays QB in Green Bay) has a pair of book ends at Wide Receivers in Chris Boyd and Jordan Matthews that can stretch the field. Look for the Dores to try a few deep throws early to try and get on the scoreboard. Running back Zac Stacy returns in the backfield to help the Dores, and longtime Defensive Tackle Rob Lohr will try to create some surge in the trenches.

What will happen: A TON of emotion for the Dores at home, South Carolina must take care of the football, and ride the early wave of emotion from the Vandy crowd. A close game, and… why not… Vandy with the upset.. 28- 25.

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FRIDAY 6:30

Tennessee Vs NC State (Georgia Dome)

The 411: Who needs this game more? The Vols and Head Coach Derek Dooley, or the Wolfpack coming off a ton of momentum from their bowl win in 2011? I’m going with Dooley, Rocky Top needs this one in a big way for their confidence heading to week two.

What to look for: Tyler Bray is back healthy for the Vols. Bray who may be the best QB in the SEC will face a stingy NC State D led by cornerback (and Future NFL first rounder) David Amerson. UT will have to play without Da’rick Rogers, who was dismissed from the program last week. the Vols are high on JUCO transfer Cordarrelle Patterson, and of course the man child Justin Hunter will also help at wide out.

What will happen: I like Tennessee. I really do. I think they play with an attitude, and those young freshman and sophomores from a year ago are more mature and will play well in the Georgia Dome.. Rocky Top will be happy Friday night… 24-10 Vols… If they don’t win… paging, Derek Dooley….

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SATURDAY 6PM CT

#14 Clemson Vs Auburn (Georgia Dome)

The 411: Anyone that watched the Clemson defense in that Orange Bowl to end the 2011 season… well West Virgina may have just scored again… 70 points can’t cut it. In comes Brent Venebales from Oklahoma to add some teeth to the Tigers D. As for those Auburn Tigers, a new Offensive Coordinator (Scot Loeffler) and D-Coordinator (Brian Van Gorder). and a new QB in Sophmore Kiehl Frazier, question marks all the way around. The Good news for Clemson, the offense is back led by Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, DeAndre Hopkins, and Coordinator Chad Morris… There’s one guy they will miss just a little bit… you may have heard of him.. he’s out the first two games of the season…. enjoy below:

http://youtu.be/_Axf3iuYUnc?t=1s

What will Happen: Clemson will be pleasantly surprised, as will Auburn fans at how well Brian Van Gorder’s D will play. Expect some heavy pressure early on from Auburn, with a commitment to running the football… wouldn’t be surprised if fullback Jay Prosch makes a hole for Onterrio McCalebb or Mike Blakely and they scoot for a long TD..OR two. Clemson will rally late and have a chance to win the contest, but Auburn’s D will make a play late to hold on… Auburn wins…20-14.

Source: crimsonandcreammachine.com

SATURDAY 7 PM CT

#8 Michigan Vs #2 Alabama (Cowboys Classic)

The 411: The Marquee matchup of the first week of the season. The Wolverines led by “Shoelace” Denard Robinson against the reigning and defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.

What will Happen: You know how you try to find a way for a team to have a chance to win a ballgame? You do everything to try and say, well if Denard Robinson gets loose early, the Tide could have problems, or if they can create some turnovers, this could happen. Sorry. Can’t see it. Nope. Alabama could just run the football, run some more, and dare I say run some more. The battle will be won in the trenches. Alabama has one of the programs best offensive lines in history, led by Outland Trophy winner Barret Jones (who by the way may be the least talented on the line)… sprinkle in Eddie Lacy at running back, with true freshman TJ Yeldon making a splash (Dee Hart will make an appearance as well)… AJ McCarron will make throws, the wideouts will make plays (Amari Cooper, Christian Jones, etc), just can’t see the Tide losing in week one… the score will make it closer than what it was… Tide roll 28-14.

ACT OF RANDOMNESS:

SO… the good folks over at Bleacher Report caught some mascots cutting a RUG!

http://youtu.be/St0AR1xl9Fs?t=54s

Enjoy the games and I’ll be back on Tuesday to recap the week that was and a little more pop culture action (I.E. Real Housewives of New Jersey… Team Teresa!!! and New York.. When St Barts goes all the way wrong!!)

Happy football!!!!