Weekly rumblings with a side of Bangerz (And yes it is who you think it is)

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Your rumblings heading into the weekend:

— OMG! (that’s what kids are saying in texts right?) Louisville only beat Rutgers 24-10 last night! What gives? I told you they were underrated!!!

Signed,

College football fan that doesn’t believe Louisville is any good because of their schedule

OK. I get that Louisville’s schedule is putrid at best. Unfortunately folks these schedules are put in place way before just this year. I do know (and believe it’s common knowledge that Louisville tried to set a game up with Texas A&M… in which the Aggies and Cards couldn’t get worked out. They even tried to find a neutral game against Alabama or Wisconsin to start the year. You think the Tide or Badgers wanted to take that risk to play Louisville to start the year? I’ll let you answer that.

Look, I’m all for teams on the rise having to play a tougher schedule, but these teams also have to have the help from the power leagues to do so. This will all change starting next season and beyond when strength of schedule becomes a factor in determining the four teams in the College Football Playoff.

— Speaking of the start of next year’s playoff, Next Wednesday in Dallas, the 13 member committee selecting the four teams will be announced. According to the Associated Press and ESPN, the members are expected to be as follows:

Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Jeff Long, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

The members will also be responsible as well as ranking and placing at-large teams in the non contract New Year’s Day bowls (Cotton, Fiesta and Chick-fil-A).

Everyone saying that Condolezza Rice doesn’t belong on the committee need to relax. Do I believe Ms Rice watched college football all day Saturday in years past? No. But do I think that she will be very diligent in watching now. Yes. Listen, We could take 15 women, and make them watch the top ten teams games on a weekly basis, and I believe they could pick the top four teams. The ol’ eyeball test, and who you’ve played will tell you all you need to know. Not as difficult as folks are making it out to be. Just my two cents.

—I LOVE ED ORGERON!! I love his passion and how players love being around him (And Bruce Feldman’s book, Meat Market on Coach O and his former team Ole Miss is a classic, must read).  USC just looked like they were having fun last night at the Coliseum in their win over Arizona.

Here’s the reality. The Trojans are razor thin depth wise, and can’t really afford any injuries down the stretch. Do I think Coach O should be in consideration for the job, yes. I think he’s a tireless recruiter, and would have all the resources he needs to win at USC (better than what he had to deal with at Ole Miss).  I just don’t think AD Pat Haden will go that route, and will try to “stamp” the program from his point of view with a hire of his own.

—Mark Richt should just open up MASH units all across his football facilities in Athens. Banged up is the understatement of the year for Georgia.

—And no I’m not picking Missouri to win Saturday. Prove it Tigers, and my ears will perk up mid day Saturday.

—With or without D’Anthony Thomas, Oregon wins on the road against Washington. Although I think the Huskies are rising under Steve Sarkisian. Bishop Sankey is serious in the Huskies backfield.

—As great as Florida’s Defense is, I’m rolling with LSU Saturday. The Gators D will keep them in it early, but the Gators offense (although better with Tyler Murphy at QB) will sputter just enough for LSU to not go score for score with the Gators.

LSU 35  Florida 13

—The Red River Rivalry will be closer than we think Saturday. If it’s not, that Mack Brown hot seat, will be white hot after four quarters.

If There’s an Upset Saturday:

Arkansas over South Carolina.

Can we honestly just say that Arkansas have played as hard as anyone in the SEC this season? The Hogs led 24-7 over Rutgers before losing on the road, and loss to the greatest show on earth in Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. The running game is beastly with Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. And Brandon Allen has the makings of a future standout in the league moving forward. The defense aren’t world beaters, but they are good enough to pull of the upset, especially if the Gamecocks start slow (see UCF two weeks ago).

Funny Times since the last time I posted:

I was sent this actually three weeks ago. I didn’t laugh. Everyone around me did at the office when I watched it. In hindsight, It is… well…

This is funny in the sense that I can’t understand how in the world the defense can’t tackle, and how this kids just Thunder punches, and goes all beast mode on the would be tacklers.

 And Without Further Ado:

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Shhh… I like it. Well done Miley. Well done.

P.S, don’t judge me.

Enjoy the weekend!

Quick Picks Week 2

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Quick Picks for Saturday

A great week one of the year.. a longer post to come for a MEGA week 3 (Bama/A&M anyone?)

14 Notre Dame Vs 17 Michigan

I think you will see the emergence of Greg Bryant at the Big House under the lights Saturday night. Look for the highly touted freshman to make an impact, Notre Dame’s defense will also step up and play well in the front seven.

Notre Dame  35  Michigan 14

6 South Carolina Vs 8 Georgia

I think the Bulldogs will play inspired between the Hedges.. This game is the SEASON for the Dawgs if they want to try and make it to Atlanta in December. I love the young talent the Dawgs have on D, just think South Carolina’s the best team in the East. And for anyone that questions Jadeveon Clowney’s play in week one… don’t poke the bear.. He may play out of his mind Saturday.

South Carolina 17  Georgia 14

12 Florida Vs Miami

Al Golden has done just a masterful job with the Miami program amid the NCAA’s stupidity and their so called investigation or lack thereof with the program that has went on for EVER. Duke Johnson is  star, Stephen Morris is NFL ready right now at QB… I just don’t know if the Canes can stop the run well enough… Still I think the Canes get the upset, even though Florida has the better personnel.

Miami 13  Florida 10

UPSET OF THE WEEK

Western KY over Tennessee

Why? I’m a Western Alum. And why not? The Vols do have more talent across the board than the Hilltoppers, but I think Western can run the football (Antonio Andrews), and has just enough on defense to make things interesting. If the Tops win, they could be ranked on Sunday… I can dream right?

Season pick record on the Clipboard: 11-3 (after week 1)

Enjoy the weekend!

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!!!!!!

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!!!!!!

It’s Big Game Saturday! Rumblings from this weeks HUGE Matchups

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This Week’s Big Ones:

(5) Notre Dame (7-0) Vs (8) Oklahoma (5-1)

The Sooners to me looked shaky at best in their opener against UTEP.. and it all came to a head in their home loss to Kansas State. The Irish are in the top five and Irish fans have a reserved sense of excitement. The reserve is because this is the Irish biggest test to date. QB Everett Golson will get the start after a concussion sidelined him over the last two weeks or so… The Irish D is elite, they have  playmakers on offense, and a guy on special teams that has yet to break out but could Saturday in Devonte Neal.

In my opinion: The Sooners have really picked it up over the last two weeks, especially on offense, as evident of their 60 plus output against Texas. Notre Dame could win this game if they have some early success by way of turnovers, a quick score or two or even a special teams play by Devonte Neal. I just think that the Sooners and Landry Jones will have success in the air against a young Irish secondary to come away with the win… But it’s Notre Dame, and the hype machine could go into overdrive with a victory.

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(2) Florida (7-0) Vs (11) Georgia (6-1)

There will be a lot of fans having a good time at the World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party that you can’t call the Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville. The Gators have really took on the personality of their coach Will Muschamp… run the ball, play great Defense and ask very little of a young QB (Jeff Driskel). Georgia on the other hand went through the motions last week at Kentucky, with the Cats running for over 200 yards in Lexington.

In My opinion: I love Florida. I love their coach. They will play for a BCS Title, sooner, rather than later. Just not this season. I like Georgia in this one, I think they will be up for this one, and force the Gators out of their running game comfort zone, and force Jeff Driskel to throw the football in situations he has not had to thus far in the season.

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(11) Mississippi St 7-0 Vs (1) Alabama 7-0

The media folks are saying that this is the biggest test to date for the Crimson Tide. But haven’t they said that a few times this season? Last week it was supposed to be Tennessee, and while the Vols had chances to make the game interesting, they couldn’t capitalize on opportunities in Knoxville. So here we are, the Tide number one and facing an upstart Mississippi State team that’s undefeated under Dan Mullen, and riding a wave of confidence. The Bulldogs though had a tough test on the road at Troy early in the year and even the Auburn Tigers had chances to beat them in Starkville. And don’t forget Tennessee pushing the Bulldogs to the limit two weeks ago as well.  Still, Dan Mullen is saying this is a championship game for his program, and rightfully so. Win this game and they will build a statue in Starkville Sunday morning.

In my opinion:   I think the Bulldogs have one of if not the best secondary in the SEC led by Jonathan Banks, I just think that Tyler Russell will be forced into same mistakes in this one. The Bulldogs will have to play the very best game in the Dan Mullen era to have a chance . Even though I think Alabama hasn’t had as many tests as they did during last years National Title run, I do think they win this game going away, setting up that HUGE game with LSU next week in Death Valley.

Other streams of consciousness:

—If you don’t know if Kansas State’s for real, watch this Saturday. The Wildcats defense is legit, which will slow Tommy Tuberville’s bunch from Texas Tech.

—And if you don’t think Tuberville isn’t one of the very best coaches in America, I hope you realize it now. He has literally transformed the Red Raiders into a pass happy team, into a pass happy team that has teeth in their defense.

–Louisville beats Munchie Legaux and Cincinnati this Friday. The Cards have a little bit of everything, and to me is the best team in the Big East.

–Let’s show some love to the MAC conference. And more importantly, the MAC Western Division.  Northern Illinois, Ball State, Toledo, Kent St, Ohio,  and Bowling Green are a combined 37-9 this season, with Frank Solich’s bunch at Ohio ranked in top 25 and in the BCS standings.

—I don’t know why I laugh at this… enjoy below:

—How many points does Oregon score this week against Colorado? Over or under 256?

—My dance of the month below:

—ON another note, Pablo Sandoval. BEAST MODE.

—If you haven’t been to a Magic City Classic in your life, make the trek to Birmingham Alabama to do so. Great food, great bands, and a great game between Alabama A&M and Alabama St. I’ll be there this Saturday…And the bands are AWESOME:

— On the reality TV front…the Real Housewives of Miami have been great, kinda luke warm on Basketball Wives LA, miss the Kardasians, and miss the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders show. I can’t wait till the Beverly Hills and the Atlanta ladies return to Bravo. AND the reunion shows for New Jersey were epic, with the New York reunion VERY solid. Great work Bravo and Andy Cohen.

That’s it for this week, enjoy the games, enjoy the weekend, and I’ll chat back with you next week!  PEACE!