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!

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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!