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Jalen Hurts Letter to Alabama Family Great Pride and Appreciation

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There was never a time that you saw Jalen Hurts without his head held high.

Despite the obstacles he faced, his willingness to remain on the sidelines and cheer on the team he once lead and a quarterback by the name of Tua Tagovailoa who looked up to Hurts as a mentor, a friend and a teammate who would one day would take over as the starting quarterback at the the University of Alabama.

College Football – 2014. Ranking The Top Coaches

College Football A - ZSo, you have been named AD at your favorite university and your first priority is selecting a new head football coach.

If you could pick any coach out there, who would it be? There are so many excellent coaches in today’s game to choose from, the selection process is tough. Are you looking for the seasoned, proven HC? Do you want the “hot” up and coming coordinator? Someone with a defensive background? An offensive guru? There are a lot of factors that go in to making the best selection for your school especially now that coaches salaries have climbed up to the $5,000,000 per year level. If A To Z were picking a new HC, below are my top candidates:
Nick Saban Alabama1.  Nick SabanAlabama. How can Nick not be #1? National Championships. A plethora of  All-American’s. Top recruiting classes year after year. Nick’s overall coaching record is 170-57-1 with stops at Toledo ( 9-2 ), Michigan St. ( 34-24-1 ), LSU ( 48-16 ), and Alabama ( 79-15 ). Could you imagine how many BCS National Championships he could have won had he stayed at LSU?? Not taking anything away from ‘Bama, but he would have owned recruiting in Louisiana and the Southeast. Louisiana is a hotbed for recruiting and Nick would have closed the door on the state to any outsiders! Hmmm……

Steve Spurrier2.  Steve SpurrierSouth Carolina. I don’t care that he is 70 years old now. I don’t care that he failed in Washington. He is the greatest interview in the game as well as being one of the greatest college football coaches in history. His overall coaching record is now 219-72-2 with stops at Duke ( 20-13-1 ), Florida ( 122-27-1 ) and South Carolina ( 77-39 ). USC is gunning for their 4th straight 11+ wins seasons in a row. Are you kidding me? A mediocre program at best ( with an awesome fan base ) prior to Mr. Superior arriving there, the Gamecocks are a force annually in the tough SEC East and growing nationally. Just ask Clem-And-Son about what Spurrier has done at South Carolina.

Chris Peterson Washington3.  Chris PetersenWashington. We are very anxious to see what he will do outside of Boise State. I have said for years now that he is a premier coach and should have gotten out of Boise years ago. He built a powerhouse on the Blue Turf and many of the Big Boys were scared to play them ( just ask Big Game Bob ). What could he have done at LSU? Chris is an offensive genius and with all that talent in the Southeast, Mr. Saban may have been in trouble! In his 9 years at Boise, Petersen compiled a staggering 92-13 record. Let’s see how that translates in the now very tough PAC-12. I have a feeling it won’t take long for the Huskies to become a power!

College Football: 60 Days To 2001!!!

College FootballFinally, the countdown can begin! It’s officially 60 days until Steve Superior and the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Johnny Manziel less Texas A&M Aggies at the rocking Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina!

It will be an electric atmosphere with “Cocky” getting the Gamecock faithful jacked up and 2001 blaring – the greatest opening in all of college football. ESPN will be there, a national audience will be watching, and the greatest game in the land will start another season. And what a season it shapes up to be! Many of the Talking Heads have penciled in Oklahoma as the pre-season #1. Some have FSU repeating while many others see the Tide in the top spot. And then there is Auburn, loaded and ready for year 2 under Gus Malzahn. What about the high flying Ducks out west? Baylor should be right behind Oregon averaging 52 points per game!

This truly could be one of the most unpredictable years in recent memory. Our national champion could have ( and probably will have ) 2 losses. The only certainty this year is that it will be decided on the field of play, not by a biased vote or some computer ranking. Even though only 4 teams get to be in the playoff, that is a starting point for an eventual 8-12 team playoff structure.

Scheduling is the biggest factor in having a chance to win a national championship. The reason why I say this years champion may have 2 losses is so many of the top programs have tough schedules this year. In years past, a soft Ohio State like schedule got you in prime position to hang around the top of the polls week after week. Win and hope someone at the top losses. Keep winning with some style points along the way and you can back door your way to the title game. Not in 2014! Let’s look at some of the top programs and their schedules for 2014.

College Football 2013 – Recapping Week 14

The greatest week in college football, rivalry week, provided college fans all around the country everything you could possibly hope.

Texans head coach Gary KubiakSheer entertainment, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, heart pounding finishes, questionable calls, and the realization that your team is still in the hunt or your dream season has vanished. We should have known that when Fresno State’s dream of a BCS bowl game went up in flames that we were going to be in for a wild weekend.

For all of you SEC haters out there, you got your Christmas wish early with Alabama going down in the Iron Bowl. ‘Bama looked tight right from the start and Auburn continued to do what it does best – run the football and hang around until you make a mistake. Sure enough, Alabama missed 3 field goals and when they needed a conversion on 4th and 1, they failed giving Auburn a chance. The Tigers marched down the field and tied the game up. Then the unthinkable happened, a missed 57 yard FG try and Auburn returns the short kick to win the game. What an ending and for the second game in a row, Auburn wins in dramatic fashion. Meanwhile, in Columbia, SC, the Gamecocks were locked up with their rival to the north, Clemson. USC was hoping that the other team from Columbia, Columbia Missouri that is, would fall to Texas A&M and give the Gamecocks a birth in the SEC title game. The Gamecocks handled the Tigers for their 5th win in a row in the series. Clemson turned the ball over 6 times and Dabo is now 1-5 versus Carolina. The SEC championship game is now set with Missouri and Auburn. How many of you out there predicted that title game on August 30??

Let me say this. I am an SEC honk – the SEC is the best conference in America and a 1 loss team from the SEC deserves to be in the BCS title game. If FSU beats Duke, they deserve to be there. If Ohio State beats Michigan State and they win the Big 10 championship, they do not deserve to be there. Their body of work is not impressive at all. They win a very weak conference and beat a bunch of nobodies out of conference. Wasn’t that the knock on Boise State for all of those years? Why should Ohio State be any different? The Buckeyes would be lucky to finish third in the SEC East OR West. Whoever wins the SEC championship should be in the BCS title game vs. FSU….if FSU can beat Duke. In my opinion, the only way OSU can play for the BCS championship is if Duke beats FSU. Then, and only then, should the Luckeyes deserve a chance to play for the ring. I am sorry, but a FSU vs. OSU title game does not get my juices flowing. It would represent all that is wrong with college football and I am a HUGE fan of the game! Two teams from the 2 weakest conferences ( of the big 5 power conferences ) with the weakest schedules having a chance to play in the biggest game of all. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Thank goodness this is the last year for this BCS crap and we may once and for all be able to settle this on the field next year!

Cracking on the Big 10 some more….Is Michigan still in the Big 10 or are they in the MEAC now? How about Wisconsin laying an egg at home to lowly Penn State? After OSU, isn’t Wisconsin the face of the conference? Did Bo and the Cornshuckers lose their 4th game this year….again? Bo has lost 4 games every year since taking over the program but got a big vote of confidence over the weekend from the AD. Mediocrity has set in in Lincoln and it is there to stay.

Speaking of votes of confidence, Will Muschamp got his over the weekend and will be back on the sidelines for the Gators next year. Kevin Sumlin got a new 6 year deal to remain at the helm for the Aggies. I bet he will be glad when Johnny Football and his traveling circus hits the road and goes to the NFL! Texas A&M is investing a lot of money in the program and Kevin is the right man to lead them. There are still a couple of huge coaching decisions to be made. What will happen at USC? Coach Ed has done a wonderful job getting the program going forward again. How about Texas? If the Longhorns beat Baylor this week, will it be enough to save Mack Brown’s job?

Nobody wants to “win” the Heisman. Looks like it may fall in the hands of RB Andre Williams of Boston College!

A TO Z TOP 25:

  1. FSU 12-0
  2. Auburn 11-1
  3. Ohio State 12-0
  4. Missouri 11-1
  5. Alabama 11-1
  6. Stanford 10-2
  7. South Carolina 10-2
  8. Oklahoma State 10-1
  9. Michigan State 11-1
  10. Baylor 10-1
  11. Clemson 10-2
  12. Oregon 10-2
  13. Arizona State 10-2
  14. Northern Illinois 12-0
  15. LSU 9-3
  16. Oklahoma 9-2
  17. UCF 10-1
  18. Fresno State 10-1
  19. Louisville 10-1
  20. UCLA 9-3
  21. Duke 10-2
  22. Wisconsin 9-3
  23. Cincinnati 9-2
  24. Notre Dame 8-4
  25. Texas 8-3

WEEK 15 KEY GAMES:

#21 Duke vs. #1 FSU

#4 Missouri vs. #2 Auburn

#3 Ohio State vs. #9 Michigan State

#6 Stanford vs. #13 Arizona State

#16 Oklahoma vs. #8 Oklahoma State

#25 Texas vs. #10 Baylor

#19 Louisville vs. #23 Cincinnati

Conference championship weekend will finally set up the BCS National Championship Game. In the ACC, FSU may have been picked to win the Atlantic, but Duke winning the Coastal?? Great season for Duke and what would happen if FSU overlooks them? How will FSU react as the #1 team in America? Duke has nothing to lose and will play their butts off for Coach Cut! Did anyone pick Stanford to play Arizona State for the PAC 12 championship? Oregon vs. UCLA was the consensus choice. What about the SEC championship game? Who in their right mind would have picked Missouri to meet Auburn? Most experts had South Carolina vs. Alabama. In the Big 10, OSU was a lock but Michigan State ended up as a big surprise!

What if Sparty and the Dookies shock the world this weekend and Auburn beats Missouri? We could have Auburn playing Alabama for the BCS National Championship!!!! NOOOOOO!!!! YES!!!! SEC, SEC, SEC!!!!  Sounds like another “normal” weekend of college football to me!! I love this game.

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It’s Saturday, It’s College Football, It’s Crazy!!

Week after week I tell you to hang on to your jock straps and let the season play out. 3 weeks ago your team may have been out of the BCS title game but as each week unfolds, you get closer and closer to the big game.

BCS Poll College FootballWho would have thought that about 3 weeks ago we would be talking about FSU and Baylor playing in the BCS National Championship game?

After Thursday nights games, anything can happen at this point. I have been saying for a month now that the title game was going to be played by ‘Bama and Oregon, that’s the matchup all of America wanted to see. Today, after Stanford once again showed the college world the blueprint for beating ( dismantling ) Oregon, we now have the title game that the Talking Heads have been suggesting for a few weeks – Alabama vs. FSU. Make no mistake, what Stanford did to Oregon was no accident. Imagine what a bigger, stronger, and faster Alabama team would have done to Oregon!

The Alabama – FSU game will be a better game. The Seminoles “look” more like an SEC team than the Ducks. But here is the reality – it may not happen after all!

FSU is pretty much a lock at this point to play in the BCS title game. With an Ohio State like schedule for the rest of the year ( Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho, Florida, and the ACC championship game vs. Miami or Va. Tech ), they surely won’t stumble against those cream puffs. Alabama on the other hand gets a huge test at home tonight against their nemesis LSU. Always expect the unexpected when you play Les Miles. When he is supposed to win, they falter. Give him no chance, and they play like world beaters. Tonight, they have no chance! So, you know what that means. After the Tide play the Tigers, they still have the #10 team in the country and hated rival Auburn to contend with. Then, if they can escape those 2 monster games, they have to contend with the SEC East winner in the SEC championship game!

The way this season is unfolding there is a very good chance that for the first time in like 54 years we won’t have an SEC team in the BCS championship game! All you SEC haters out there must love that possibility!

With Baylor dismantling Big Game Bob and Stanford taking Oregon to the wood shed on Thursday, the biggest loser of all of that was Ohio State. Before we start play in a few hours today, here are my Top 6 teams:

  1. college-footballAlabama
  2. FSU
  3. Stanford
  4. Baylor
  5. Ohio State
  6. Oregon

Your conference and who you play really takes on more significance as the season unfolds. After beating up #8 Oklahoma the other night, the Bears still have ranked teams Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, just on the outside and rising quickly Texas, and always tough TCU. As long as Baylor keeps winning they will stay ahead of OSU who has not played anyone and may only have #19 Michigan State left on their schedule. Truly, a one loss ‘Bama, a 1 loss Stanford, or a 1 loss FSU team is better than Ohio State. OSU fans, you may love your Buckeyes, but understand your team is not going anywhere until you start playing a national schedule….and winning those games! Don’t schedule Buffalo, Florida A&M, Cal, and San Diego State. How about Buffalo, Texas A&M, Va. Tech, and Arizona State ( as an example ) for your non-conference games? Win those games, dominate the Big 10, and you would be knocking on the door for the BCS National Championship game!

So, it’s almost game time. Lace up your shoes, get that cup in place ( beer cup that is ), put on your eye black, and crank up the volume on the big screen – Gameday is about to start and it’s time to settle in for another wild day of college football – the greatest game in the land!

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