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!

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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!