What did we learn in Week 1? Not a dang thing.

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You Think You Know…..

1. Hope everyone had a awesome Labor Day. I ate enough that would make any serious food eater proud… besides the guy below.

 

Back to ball talk. I know every college fan and general  football fans (besides those who love the NFL and had to wait a week) were excited to see competitive football on TV. We watch the games and every elite team that didn’t win by 3,542 points is in SERIOUS trouble. Lets all breathe. The same thing you knew before the start of the season, is exactly what you know heading into week 2. Besides Vanderbilt. No answers for ya there.

 

OMG! (people say that still?) Whats wrong with Bama? FSU!?!?!?!

Simple answer. nothing. So West Virginia was supposed to lose by 20 plus. All we found out is that Dana Holgerson is one hell of a play caller, and that the Mountaineers have talent on offense. Are they as talented as Bama? No, but Holgerson called a solid game, and put the ball into his play makers hands to, well, make plays.

That leads us to Alabama. This team is a work in progress. Everyone (including myself) just assumed that Jacob Coker had the job simply by transferring over in late spring and early summer. He doesn’t have a grasp of the offense the way like Nick Saban would like. Can that change? Sure, it’s very possible. Lets give Blake Sims some credit. Yeah, did he wing it everywhere on the turf  last week? No. Was he inconsistent, and had some “rattled” like moments? Yeah. But the guy is a fifth year senior who two years ago was playing running back, who made his first start for not just any program, but a program where the QB position is heavily scrutinized. Memo to Tide fans. BREATHE.  This team is a work in progress, that basically went through a successful workshop a week ago, and will now prepare for a take home test this week against the Owls of Florida Atlantic. We will know alot more after four quarters of play September 20th.

 

The Noles are OVERRATED!!!

That’s what I heard this week. Once again. Overreaction. Florida State literally showed up, and played just good enough to pull out the win. It felt like when going back and watching the replay of the game this week, that:

A) Mike Gundy can call plays, and call them very well.

B) The Cowboys talent level is good, the Noles talent level. Off. The. Charts.

C) Yes fans, It’s  true that teams that are super talented can literally show up, go through the motions and win against most teams. Maybe not against elite of the elite, but how many teams are that?

Give credit to Oklahoma State, but in my opinion  there wasn’t a time when I thought FSU would lose. Not one. There was some moments late where there could have been some issues, Oklahoma State trimmed the lead down to 3. Then the Noles Groza Award watchlist kicker put three up, followed by Jameis connecting with Rashad Greene, and that was that. Basically, Jimbo Fisher will have his guys attention after game one. Not that it will really matter. The Noles will be 5-0 before Notre Dame comes to town October 18th

 

Gurley, Hill the truth.

Kenny Hill didn’t surprise me. The only thing that surprised me was the 511 through the air. If you said 300, OK, but 511? Beast stuff. Thought the Aggies would win if the defense played average against South Carolina, and that unit did. If they keep playing average. They win 8-9 at least moving forward. Back to A&M’s first year starter, he wants to be called “Kenny Trill” moving forward. The nickname in reference to Houston rap great Bun B (you ARE allowed to nod your head to the beat if you are at work reading this, heck it’s Friday):

 

 

As for that Todd Gurley dude. No need to say a word. Just enjoy this animal below:

 

 

Quick Hits

–Remember Larry Coker. He won a National Title at Miami in 2001, and is now trying to do work at UTSA. They played Rich Rod and Arizona Thursday, and came away with a tough 26-23 loss inside the Alamodome. Didn’t see it, besides the highlights and the tough INT by the UTSA QB Tucker Carter. A win’s a win, and a quick look at Rich Rod’s Wildcats schedule could have the ‘Zona 4-0 heading to Autzen Stadium to face Oregon October 2nd (Cal could be tricky the week before).

 

–Texas A&M Commerce 98, East Texas Baptist 20. Thursday night in Division II. A&M commerce had 986 total yards of offense.

 

–There’s this:

 

 

–And this word you need to type in. Ickeyfy. Watch Everything on Youtube after the search.

 

 

–McDonald’s. 20 piece nuggets. $5. Your life depends on it.

 

–I watch a ton of absolutely awful TV. No denying it. The worse this week. Love and Hip Hop. Basically the WWE’s version of Survivor Series on VH1, with their reunion part II. And yes there’s another part upcoming. Don’t judge me.

–Gypsy sisters as well. Once again. Don’t. Judge.

 

— Imagine if Gael Monfils actually won ANYTHING. He would be a mega star.

 

I’m back next week… I’ll talk more crazy stuff, and College football, including thoughts on the notable games of week two

 

Till next week yall.

 

I Came, I Saw, I Iron Bowled. Thoughts from The best game in History

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What The Hell Did I Watch?

I thought that this game would be a classic, I thought that Alabama would win the game. That didn’t happen. This did instead:

To be able to watch that first hand, and seeing Chris Davis run toward yours truly to win the game. Epic. It’s not only the best iron Bowl in history, It’s the greatest ending in the history of college football. Incredible. Just incredible.

So without further ado,  my take on the game that I was honored to be at:

Auburn ran the football when they wanted to early and often.

296 yards on the ground. Tre Mason, 164 yards. Nick Marshall 99 yards. Many believed Alabama would stop what many said prior to the game that was a basic read option. Prior to the game, Auburn players said that they believed they would have success on The Tide front seven. Did they ever. The Tigers literally ran it when they wanted to, and dominated the lines of scrimmage.

Nick Saban believed his offense could get 1 yard on 4th and 1.

You have the right to believe that Alabama should have attempted a field goal up 7 on 4th and 1 late in fourth quarter. They didn’t. Why? because he felt that his team., his Alabama team, with his offensive line, his running backs could get one yard and ice the game. Auburn stuffed it. Could Alabama kicked the field goal and ultimately ended the game? Sure. But Nick Saban believed that his team could get one yard. Auburn had other plans.

Ellis Johnson should get a TON of credit.

Is The Tigers 4-2-5 scheme ready from a personnel standpoint for first year coordinator Ellis Johnson moving forward?. No. But he has 9-10 guys on the defensive line that are as good as anyone in the SEC. Give credit to the likes of Gabe Wright, Nosa Eugae, Dee Ford, Eljah Daniel, Carl Lawson, etc for not sacking AJ McCarron, but getting him off his “spot” making his night very uncomfortable. Alabama could go deep, (was looking more from the Tide going vertical) but for one reason or another that didn’t happen.

Alabama didn’t control the lines of scrimmage.

Many thought that the Tide offensive and defensive lines had improved over the course of the season. They have. They just played a better Offensive and Defensive line on Saturday. The Tide were good enough to win no question (T.J. Yeldon  141 yards, 1 TD), but for four quarters, Auburn controlled the lines of scrimmage.

Amari Cooper is unstoppable

When Healthy, I’m taking #9 over any wide out in the country. He’s a beast. Elite speed, and an elite route runner. He couldn’t be covered all night, that 99 yarder tells you everything. 6 rec, 178 yards, 1 TD. Pretty darn good.

I have even more respect for AJ McCarron

36-3 as a starter. 3 National Championships. 90 plus percent winning percentage. McCarron has been special at Alabama, and over the years he has continued to gain more respect from me. Well done #10 on a great career.

Missed opportunities for Alabama

If Cade Foster makes a field goal or two, the game is over. End of story. But give credit to Auburn, and the Jordan-Hare Stadium electric crowd as well. They influenced a kicker that has been spot on all season.

The Final Play

Adam Griffith kicked that 57 yarder as good as anyone could have kicked it. With wind behind him. It looked good. What did Auburn do? put Chris Davis who three weeks earlier returned a punt against Tennessee in the back of the end zone just in case. Not only did he get a running start when the kick was short, but he got GREAT blocking by his teammates initially on the return,  with Gus Malzahn and his staff understanding that  Alabama had there field goal blockers or as they say “big guys” on the field. They took advantage, and the rest is history.

Quick Hitters:

—If Florida State and Ohio State win their conference title games, They play for the BCS National Title. End of Story. Never in the history of the BCS has  two remaining teams in power conferences NOT played for the National Championship, with everyone else having one loss. Yes Auburn’s resume is better than Florida State and Ohio State, but they do have one loss. If both the Noles and Buckeyes win, the SEC streak of title appearances will be over.

—Who in the world will win the Heisman?

—A special job well done to former Alabama A&M Head Coach Anthony Jones. The University fired Jones Sunday after just his  third losing season in 12 years. Jones won at A&M with sub par resources and graduated his players. It’s safe to say he won’t be out of a head coaching job anytime soon, wouldn’t be surprised if he lands another coaching gig right in the SWAC if he wants it. A good man, that deserves to be recognized for what he did on “The Hill” considering some terrible circumstances during his tenure.

A conference championship preview later this week…

And I leave you with something pretty cool and fun on the Iron Bowl….

Have a great week everyone!

The Game Of The Century (For this year) and other tidbits

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The Game

(1) Alabama Vs (6) Texas A&M

What’s at stake

Well, haven’t we talked about this game for what seems like 10 years? It’s the Aggies and Tide in College Station. The winner with a leg up in the SEC West and the National Title Chase, the loser, upset for a week, but with a TON of football left to get back in the hunt.

Alabama wins if…

They show up and play like Alabama. Look, for all the issues with the offensive line, and the lack of production from the offense in their 25 POINT WIN over Virginia Tech, it was one game. You couldn’t have expected for the O-line to lose three NFL draft picks on arguably one of the best lines in the history of college football, and not have some growing pains. The Hokies in week one did a lot of stunts and movement along the line that caused some of those new faces on the line to have some problems. The line then correlates with the running game or lack thereof, AJ McCarron not being comfortable as well.

If Alabama lines up and from the start establishes the run, It’s safe to say they could be on their way to victory that’s because their opponent….

Texas A&M wins if…

MUST STOP THE RUN. In the Aggies first two games of the season (Rice, Sam Houston St) they’ve given up 546 yards on the ground. Not good. In the Aggies defense they have been without their first team starters (injuries, suspensions). Still, 546 yards, is 546 yards, Not good when you have Alabama coming to town, where the Tide want to Establish the run.

X Factor for Alabama

Offensive Line. Yes I just said earlier that the line had some growing pains and dealt with a stout unit from Virginia Tech. But you can’t overlook that the line had issues. If they can’t block, it will be a long day, as in a blowout ling day.

X Factor for Texas A&M

The Aggies Defense. If the Aggies want to remain undefeated they will have to get stops, and 3 and outs. Johnny Manziel wont be the reason the Aggies lose the game (and this time next week he throws 4 picks in the game). In order for Manziel to put points on the board and take a lead and beyond, the defense has to keep the Tide at bay, meaning not allowing them to control the clock and dictate the pace of the game.

What will happen

Before the season, I was emphatic with picking Texas A&M over Alabama. Fast forward to suspensions on defense with the Aggies, and how the team has played in run defense.. it gave me a major cause for concern. One thing is for certain, if A&M leads 21-0 to start the game much like last years meeting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has no chance at Kyle Field.  Alabama did respond in the second half of that game, and took over at times, BUT the best player on the field made the plays down the stretch that gave the Aggies the win.  I think that Manziel will be sensational, would be shocked if he didn’t make a ton of plays, but as I keep going back to… the defense. I haven’t seen anything on D that makes me believe they will be able to get stops consistently. Will that be good enough? Just depends on if the issues we all saw with Alabama are more than that week one win. The Tide are favorite in this game, and Vegas seems to always be right (or at least cover)…

Alabama over Texas A&M

***WARNING***

I wont be shocked if the Aggies win or they win big on the road either, just for the record… So YES. I’m hedging my pick, and I’m on the fence… sort of.

College Football tidbits

—There are some very ROUGE agents in the professional sports world. the Yahoo sports article released Wednesday shows just that. Instead of the ol’ under the table extra benefits, agents re now trying to find players to be intermediaries for prospective athletes. Sadly, there is nothing that will or can be truly done about this, besides the future pro athlete staying away. Agents will continue to go the route of players and teammates close to someone to make illegal things happen.

— And NO, Nick Saban isn’t at fault. It’s like a parent that teaches and guides a child the right way through life, and then they do something wrong. Is it the parent’s fault?

–Oklahoma St should go about its business as usual in Stillwater. I could care less about 30 players, 27 of them that didn’t even finish school saying there was drug use. I always feel it’s the proverbial “ax to grind”

—I heard some Tennessee Vols fans saying they will give Oregon a great game at Autzen Stadium. Oregon may score 60.

—Teddy Bridgewater will throw 6 TD’s over UK in a Cards win

—I’m a HUGE boxing fan, and think that Floyd Mayweather will have some tough moments early on against Canelo Alverez, but will do a masterful job down the stretch to remain undefeated.

FUNNY OF THE WEEK

So… the phenomenon known as “twerking” has become popular in pop culture… alot of that has to do with the person below:

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What was even funnier… when twerking goes wrong, that went viral

What’s even funnier… my co workers telling me that was a prank, put on by none other than funny man Jimmy Kimmel.

Well done, Mr Kimmel, well done… I was duped.

Everyone enjoy the weekend and the games!

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!