Five Downs

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1st Down

Can We Give Auburn Credit?

College Football fans should. Yes I know that we will hear the “Auburn was fortunate, they were lucky to win in Manhattan” moniker for the next two or three days. That may be good fodder to talk about, but it’s not Auburn’s fault that Kansas State was so inept in the kicking game, and couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities in the red zone.

We could also say this game would have been over had Duke Williams caught a for sure TD in the first half. He made it count in the second half with a big score, and a 3rd and 9 conversion to ice the game 20-14. And about Nick Marshall not being able to throw? Big time conversions late in this game including that deciding 3rd down throw to Duke. Auburn  is for real. K State had won 42 of their last 44 at home. Let’s give the Tigers credit for a few days. Then we can look at the gauntlet of SEC games starting October 4th.

 

2nd Down

Does Florida have a Chance?

No clue on that Saturday against 3rd ranked Alabama. The Gators Defense will be as elite as they’ve been under WIll Muschamp. We all know what the elephant in the room is. Jeff Driskel. This offense just seems lost at times, and inconsistent. I thought before the season that if the Gators could just score 21-24 points they win at least 9 games. They needed 36 points to beat a ryoung and talented Kentucky team in 3 OT’s last week.

 

3rd Down

 

As for Alabama….

Can I just say that I just want to see Amari Cooper and Vernon Hargreaves III go at it? Excited to see that. As for the Tide, we will see how much the offense has improved over a quality opponent. Blake Sims is the starter, with Jacob Coker on the sidelines. Florida will try to confuse Sims as we all know, will be interesting to see if Lane Kiffin stays with the bubble screen left, bubble screen right, handoff to running back A philosophy or will the offense continue to grow in game. Alot of question marks still for both teams as we head to kickoff.

 

4th Down

Is Mississippi State ready to make the jump?

Dan Mullen’s bunch head to Death Valley where as my guy Les Miles says dreams come to die. He also does things like this which makes EVERYONE love him even more. It’s the gift that keeps on giving:

 

As for the game Saturday, The LSU offense is still finding it’s way after a few games, while we really don’t know much about the Bulldogs (wins over  So Miss, UAB, South Alabama). Business picks up this week, I just think the Baton Rouge faithful and those 22 guys on the field in Purple and Yellow will be a little too much for State. The best thing for State, is if LSU’s offense starts slow in this one, if that happens, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bayou Bengals find themselves in trouble.

 

 5th Down

Jameis

Yes he’s 20. yes he’s been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Would I scream what he screamed in my college student union… nah, but I’ve done my fair share of REALLY, REALLY, stupid things in college. Do I have any clue on if this is a concern for Winston moving forward. Honestly no. I could be wrong, and wouldn’t have an issue in saying so in the future. Whether it was a quarter or a half, Winston got football taken away from him this week. That’s never happened. I think it would do wonders for him, realizing that he has an opportunity to play a kids game, and enjoy the rewards that surround it.

I literally laughed when I heard some of the national talking heads suggest that Winston’s draft stock would fall. Yeah right. He will be the first or second QB taken and one of the first ten players taken in the draft if he decides to leave. For all those that want to cast stones to any collegiate athletes regardless of sport. Just remember. There are far worse things going on with athletes and college students that we just don’t hear or see about.

 

Quick Hitter

The NFL.

I don’t even know where to start with the league. It would take me hours to go through it all. We all know the environment that the league is in right now. The biggest thing I hope comes from all these issues, is that it brings awareness to domestic violence. So many women are in trouble each and everyday in the world and in this great country. I hope the common sports fan understands that this goes beyond the white lines on Sunday’s. There are people in trouble, and I hope the awareness is raised even more with all the recent issues with the NFL.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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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!