WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST MONTH OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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Happy Thursday all! Been awhile since I’ve posted, But with such a great week of college football in the rear view mirror, It’s time to talk the rest of the year and the past month of the season.

GENO SMITH. BEAST MODE

I barely remember Andre Ware and that high flying offense at Houston,  I do remember Ty Detmer and Tommy Chang and the numbers they threw up at BYU and Hawaii respectively, But Geno Smith out in Morgantown is shall I say.. off THA chain (that mean’s good for all you post 90’s folks). The numbers… 1,996 yards, 20 TD’s.. O INTERCEPTIONS. His team passed a minor test against Baylor where he threw for 8 TD’s at home, and then went on the road and beat Texas in Austin, not an easy place to play. He is the front runner for the Heisman, and it’s not even close. It’s up to him to close the show the rest of the way.

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PUMP THE BRAKES ON ONE LOSS TEAMS, AND THE UNDEFEATED’S.
Nine teams in last week’s AP Top 25 loss football games last Saturday, one of those teams, LSU. Yes the offense hasn’t looked great, and yes the penalties have racked up this season. BUT, the only difference between last years one loss team and this year’s one loss team. TURNOVERS. What would fans be saying if Odell Beckham would have held onto that deep ball late in the second half? It would have been a score (or at least a Field Goal) and the game would have been tight till the end.

What about Georgia. Jump off the bandwagon all you want, But the Bulldogs, the Gamecocks and Florida all have elite qualities to them, with Tennessee, Yes Tennessee not too far behind (more on the Vols later) If you were to play the Georgia/South Carolina game 10 times, the outcome would be split, with maybe one or two blowouts like last Saturday’s score. As elite as Steve Spurrier has his program right now,  they do travel to Death Valley this Saturday to face some P-oed Bayou Bengals. We will know more about some undefeated teams (outside of #1 Alabama) and those one loss teams after the day on Saturday.

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Some BIG ONES ON SATURDAY

(3) South Carolina (6-0) Vs (9) LSU (5-1)

Two of the Very best teams in America set to battle in Baton Rouge. Fans can say what they want about the Tigers, they are elite.  The Gamecocks have shown every bit of being top shelf as well. I think being at home, with so much emotion, and the most sound they may play all year will be the difference for LSU. I like the Tigers in this one, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they win by a pair of TD’s.

Tennessee (3-2) Vs (19) Mississippi St (5-0)

I like Dan Mullen, but I like Tyler Bray and that offense a little better. The match up between the Bulldogs secondary and the Vols receiving corps will be fun to watch. Should be an exciting game in Starkville Saturday night. and if you haven’t visited Starkville for a game, below is what you’ll hear..CONSTANTLY.

UPSET ALERT

BYU over Oregon ST- The Beavers without Sean Mannon at QB, spells doom for Mike Riley’s bunch. If they win, who’s laughing at that #10 AP ranking now?

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SHOUT OUT TO SOME BULLDOGS AND LIONS!

Gotta send some love to two local programs I cover here in Huntsville… Alabama A&M is 6-0 heading into their Homecoming game with Alcorn State, and The UNA Lions are 5-1 on the season as they host Valdosta State. Head coach Anthony Jones and UNA head man Bobby Wallace are working toward some special seasons in the North Alabama area.

YOU MAY BE WONDERING…

Why I haven’t said anything about those Auburn Tigers and that 1-4 start to the season. Trust me, I will, just want to see the program travel to face Ole Miss in Oxford before I chat about the program in next week’s blog.  Stay tuned

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LETS TAKE A TRIP

So I had the chance to head back to  my home state of Kentucky last weekend to watch a day at the races at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with my wife, and a bunch of close friends we ate, drank, and were very merry, (OK so I drank the most bourbon and gin, and ate the most food, but who’s counting)..

It was also the second straight year that we enjoyed a cocktail hour with Garden and Gun Magazine before the races:To check their publication out on everything Southern, copy and paste the link below..

http://gardenandgun.com/

Also met Barbara Bing Vice President and Publisher of Garden and Gun, who was gracious and a very cool lady to talk to about the magazine, and the great state of Kentucky and Alabama. Just a great weekend to meet some fantastic people in the Bluegrass State. Thanks again for everything Barbara!

REALITY TV

There are no words for what the Real Housewives Reunions of New Jersey have done to me. They are can’t look away TV. I love Reality shows, as crazy as they are, and the ladies on that cast have had my mouth open from start to finish. and after two parts, they have a third part of their season reunion left! The New York Housewives have been drama filled in their own right as well…

FALL TV LINEUPS

I like: Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Boardwalk Empire, 666 Park Avenue, Nashville, among others.. More to come as I clean out the DVR.
Everyone enjoy the weekend, Enjoy the games, and TV.. See ya next week!

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.

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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!

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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!!!!