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College Football 2013…Recapping Week 4

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Here we are in week 4 of the 2013 college football season and we have to sit through horrific matchups like Ohio State vs. FAMU, College Football Week 4.. Week 4 was not without its moments. Louisville vs. Florida International, Miami vs. Savannah State, and FSU vs. Bethune-Cookman.

It is an absolute joke that these schools are playing for a payday – that’s all it is. I can see one tune up game to start the year, let’s face it, college football does not a a pre-season like the NFL, but to have games like this in week 4 is another black eye for the NCAA. Next week, Ohio State plays Florida Sweetwater, or is it Florida Bluewater, no, it’s Florida Coldwater, or is it Florida Bridgewater??? OMG….I just looked at next week’s schedule and Ohio State plays a team that knows how to form a huddle…Wisconsin! It has taken the Luckeyes 5 weeks to play a game in which the center can snap the ball to the QB. Teams like Ohio State and Louisville that play pitiful schedules and go 12-0 do not deserve a shot at the BCS title game. You may be sick of the SEC, but, they play tough schedules both in conference and out of conference. Take South Carolina for example. They open with a border war with North Carolina and finish with their hated rival Clemson. In between they have their tough SEC schedule. That is the type of schedule that keeps your program relevent, keeps you in the national spotlight. If OSU opened with a made-for-TV game with FSU, then played Ohio, and finished with TCU before starting the Little 10 conference schedule, they would get some respect and credibility around the country. Call me foolish, call me a dreamer, but you have to say I am right!

Even with all of the bad games yesterday, there were some interesting developments in college football this week. The story of the week has to be Nick Saban going to Texas. I have been saying for 2 years now that Mack Brown was in trouble at Texas. Sure, they won the BCS title prior to the SEC run of 7 straight, but since then they have been stuck in mediocrity. Did you see the T-Shirts the Longhorn fans were wearing yesterday? SABAN in 2014. WOW!! Texas could pay Saban $12,000,000 a year. Nick has more money than he could ever spend and ‘Bama probably would match that and raise it another mil! He could go there and resurrect the program and probably win 1 or 2 titles before retiring. Or, he could stay at Alabama, win 4 more BCS championships, and set the bar so high that no one will ever surpass it! So is it about money or ego? We will soon see. The better choice for the Longhorn faithful would be to go after Chris Peterson of Boise State. Just a thought….

Newsflash….Jeremy Hill is the best back in the country. No, he won’t win the Heisman because of his off the field problems, but he is a stud. As soon as the season ends, ” The Hat” needs to send him to an deserted island in the Pacific…with a tutor of course ( wink wink nod nod ), and keep him out of trouble for the off season! The “Game of the Year” Part II is this weekend ( #6 LSU @ #7 Georgia ) and it will be a huge test for the Tiger “O” line to get Mr. Hill 150 yards.

Did you catch that ACC basketball game yesterday between Pitt and Duke? A real defensive battle with Pitt hitting a 3 pointer at the buzzer to win 58-55. Coach K was livid with his perimeter defense. Sorry! Wrong sport!

Florida’s inept offense took a big hit with QB Jeff Driskell going out for the year with a broken leg. The bigger story this week was whether or not Florida could score enough points to cover the 14 point spread. Florida won by….you guessed it – 14. HMMM…….makes you wonder??

So who is it going to be the QB this weekend as Ohio State opens competitive play with Wisconsin? Kenny Guiton or Braxton Miller? This is a real QB controversy and could divide the team. Guiton has been sharp ( against the Little Sisters of the Poor ) while Miller has been on the sideline. For what it is worth, I say you go with Guiton – he is the hot hand right now! Just ask LSU what happens when you give the keys back to the day one starter and he goes out with an injury. #2 comes in and the team rolls. #1 gets healthy and is inserted back into the lineup and the season turns sour!

And Meechigan survives another scare! Talk about dodging bullets. The Wolverines should have lost against lowly Akron last week and should have lost last night at UCONN. Not a good sign for the Maize and Blue!

WEEK 4 TOP 25

  1. College RankingsAlabama 3-0
  2. Oregon 3-0
  3. Clemson 3-0
  4. Stanford 3-0
  5. Ohio State 4-0
  6. LSU 4-0
  7. Georgia 2-1
  8. Texas A&M 3-1
  9. Louisville 4-0
  10. FSU 3-0
  11. UCLA 3-0
  12. South Carolina 2-1
  13. Oklahoma 3-0
  14. Oklahoma State 3-0
  15. Michigan 4-0
  16. Miami 3-0
  17. Mississippi 3-0
  18. Washington 3-0
  19. Baylor 3-0
  20. Northwestern 4-0
  21. Notre Dame 3-1
  22. Florida 2-1
  23. Wisconsin 3-1
  24. Texas Tech 4-0
  25. Georgia Tech 3-0 TIE Arizona State 2-1

WEEK 5 KEY GAMES:

Clowney Will Play Opener Steve Spurrier says South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney will play against the Tar Heels on Aug. 29.#17 Mississippi @ #1 Alabama

#23Wisconsin @ #5 Ohio State

#6 LSU @ #7 Georgia

#12 South Carolina @ UCF

#13 Oklahoma @ #21 Notre Dame

Va. Tech @ #25 Georgia Tech

After the poor games of week 4, week 5 sets the tone for a major shake up in the Top 10! We will get some awesome meaningful games that will go a long way in determining who goes to the BCS title game. If LSU wins, Georgia is out of the national scene and LSU sets themselves up for the Game of the Year Part III on November 9 when they travel to Alabama. If Wisconsin beats Ohio State, OSU is done for the year because of their poor schedule and the weakness of the Big 10. Oklahoma could move up the ladder win a “W” over the Irish. South Carolina is in a position now that they will continue to move up as people ahead of them knock each other off. What if Ole Miss shocks the world and upsets Alabama? LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

“I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” (Bear Bryant)

“When in doubt, punt!” (John Heisman)

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Notable Football Quotes

“That boy don’t know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades, and that boy don’t know the meaning of a lot of words.” (Bobby Bowden)

“When Clemson players rub that rock and run down the hill, it’s the most exciting 25 seconds in college football.” (Brent Musberger)

“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” (Bear Bryant)

College Football 2013….What have we learned so far??

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With 2 weeks now in the books, some interesting things are starting to unfold in the world of college football. We knew going into the season that it College Football Week Twocould be one of the most memorable seasons of all time. I think we are on schedule for the most controversial BCS National Championship game of all time.

Alabama controls the SEC right now and a win over A&M on Saturday will give them a leg up on the field. All that stands in their way after that is a heated rivalry game with LSU and then the SEC Championship game. Oregon is headed for a showdown with Stanford to probably have a shot at the Tide. Clemson could run the table by beating FSU and South Carolina and stake their claim to be in the big game. Louisville will go undefeated and want a piece of someone. The Cardinal’s play a weak schedule and will be 25++point favorites for the rest of the year. Ohio State has only 1 competitive game all year ( at Michigan in the last game of the year ) and will be screaming for respect and a shot in the title game. Both Louisville and Ohio State play such a weak schedule and in the end, it will cost them a shot at the title.

So, what are the most intriguing match-ups for the BCS Championship right now? Alabama vs. Oregon would give us flash and dash versus strength and power. Two contrasting styles. A rookie coach vs. the most polished coach in the sport today. How about Alabama against Stanford? This would be a dog fight. A 20-17 defensive struggle. What if Oregon played Clemson for it all? The scoreboard would explode – fireworks being shot off every 20 seconds! In the end we could have a 55-53 game. What if it were Texas A&M and Oregon? How about Georgia versus FSU? What if the title game featured Michigan and LSU? So many scenarios, so many games left to play…and it is only week 2!!

Game of the year… PART 1. The hype has begun for this week’s first game of the year. Alabama goes to Texas A&M for a revenge game. Last year Johnny Football burst into the national spotlight by pulling off the improbable upset over the Tide. Coach Saban has been drooling for this game since then and with a week off last week, you can bet the Crimson Tide will ROLL into Aggie land with fire in their eyes!

All the Talking Heads thought the Texas Longhorns might be on their way back into the national scene. I guess BYU forgot to read the press clippings and put an old fashion butt whipping on them! Welcome back to mediocrity Texas!

Cudos to the ACC. They are shaping up to be the second best conference in the land. Clemson upsets Georgia to kick off the year and The “U” trips Florida on Saturday. Clemson only has FSU left to play in conference ( and South Carolina in the season ending game ) and should destroy everyone else. Miami has just FSU and Va. Tech remaining in conference play. FSU has the toughest path to the conference title by having to play Miami and Clemson ( and the Gators ). Looks like a banner year for the ACC! They may have a shot at the BCS title game as well as several other big bowl games.

Here is an interesting scenario. Michigan and Ohio State should both be undefeated going into the season ending ( 11/30 ) clash. Most likely, they will meet agian the following week ( 12/7 ) in the Big 10 Championship game!

This is hard to believe. In the SEC East, Tennessee and Missouri are undefeated.  South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia all have 1 loss! Think that is going to last much longer?

For all you Notre Dame haters out there, I guess you won’t have to worry about them playing for the title this year after losing to the Wolverines on Saturday night. The funny thing is that they may be a better team this year and will probably end up lose 2 games this season!

Several weeks ago I said that Odell Beckham of LSU has a shot at the Heisman Trophy this year. Before it is given to Braxton ( I get hurt every year ) Miller, or Johnny ( show me the money ) Manziel, or Teddy ( I deserve better than playing against Division 3 schools ) Bridgewater, or Tajh ( I hope I don’t have to face Jadeveon Clowney ) Boyd,  take a look at what Odell has done so far. I think you may just change your vote! Tyrann who??????????

Ohio State And Boise State….A Tale Of 2 Big Time Football Programs

After reading all the publications, on line polls ( AP-Coaches-Sporting News-A To Z ), and listening to all of the Talking Heads, I can’t believe the love that Ohio State is receiving for the upcoming college football season.

Ohio State FootballSure, the Luckeyes have some talent, but their schedule is putrid and the Little 10 is a shell of what it used to be. With only 1 competitive road game all year ( the last game of the year vs. Michigan ), I got thinking about another school that gets criticized all the time for their “weak” schedule – Boise State.

Boise State has perhaps the second best coach in America right now, Chris Peterson. Since taking over the Broncos in 2006, Coach Peterson is 84-8! That is an astounding .913 winning percentage.

Imagine what he could do at a school like……let’s say LSU??? With that talent and his offensive genius/creativity, the Tigers might be rolling the Tide! Since 1999, Boise is 9-4 in bowl games with 2 BCS victories.

In 2006 they beat mighty Oklahoma and Big Game Bob 43-42 ( OT ) in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – one of the greatest bowl games ever.

Boise State is also 49-4 since ’09 and has never finished higher than 4th in either the AP or coaches poll. So, here is a program often maligned for a soft schedule that does all the right things and never gets the national love. I thought the name of the game was to win?

On the other hand, we have Ohio State. Since 1999, they are 7-6 in bowl games ( 1-5 versus the SEC ) including 2 thrashings in the BCS National Championship games against Florida in ’07 and LSU in ’08. Since 2009, they have had 3 coaches – Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, and now Urban ( I can’t take the pressure at Florida anymore ) Meyer.

In 2010, the Luckeyes finished 12-1 but vacated all of those wins, the conference championship, and the Sugar Bowl victory due to NCAA infractions.

The program has come under fire recently with all of the suspensions, arrests, and violations. While at Florida from 2005 to 2010, the Gator program ( under the leadership of Urban ) had 31 arrests. I am not even going to address Aaron Hernandez!

So, let me see if I understand this correctly. You play in a weak conference, play a weak schedule, and get no respect. Sounds like the continuing saga of Boise State. You play in a weak conference, play a weak schedule, and get voted #2 with the easiest path to the BCS National Championship. Sounds like this years Ohio State. I am really confused now!

All we can hope for at this point is that OSU beats up on those perennial powers Buffalo, Cal, Florida A&M, San Diego State, Indiana and gets voted #2 in the country. That way they will face an SEC powerhouse ( South Carolina or Georgia or Florida or Alabama or Texas A&M or LSU ) in the BCS National Championship game and get thrashed once again in front of millions of viewers, and the fraud known as Thee Ohio State Buckeyes, will get exposed once again!

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National Championship 2013, Go Bama, Go Irish

The clock it is ticking…the hour is near…as we all anticipate the game of the year.

The fight of the Irish and the red tide will meet in hopes of a victory and the  smell of defeat.

For “Bama” they’ve been their they know the routine… The excitement and glory the fans they will scream.

For the “Irish” there fighters they have what it takes… with their “Lucky charm Teo” he raises the stakes.

Coach Saban and Kelly…they coach from the heart…which makes them both winners and sets them apart.

Their quest of a victory…can be felt in the air…but what keeps them humble is what got them there.

The true meaning of a champion  means more than win….it’s the right and the honor to play to then end.

Go Bama…Go Irish…give it your all…no teams are more deserving to take home the glass ball.

Quotes About Champions…

Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision.    Muhammad Ali

Champions are not always the best at what they do. They’re the ones who work hardest & persevere when it was time to be counted.  T.J. Taylor

 

High Tide in Miami as Alabama Fans Flock the City

It’s ‘high tide” in Miami Beach today after a chartered plane from Mobile, Alabama touched down in South Florida , carrying 150 “Bama” fans who hope to see the “Crimson Tide” win their second consecutive, and three of out of the last four  BCS  National Championships Monday night. 

Also aboard the plane was a family of Notre Dame fans who are hoping that the “Fighting Irish” and their lucky charm,  Monte Teo, the 2012 Heisman Candidate  and his crew of over sized Leprechauns will do what they need to do and  take home the “crystal ball.”

According to sources the comradely between the fans made for a fun flight even though flight attendants played the Alabama fight song over the speakers and teased the few Notre Dame fans that made the trip.

Upon arrival…the  “friendly flyers” headed to their hotels throughout South Florida and seemed eager to hit Miami Beach later this afternoon and then it’s off to enjoy the pre-game festivities. 

Best of Luck to both teams in their quest for the title…

(PHOTOS) The Alabama football team loading a plane bound for Miami on Wednesday and  Brian Kelly and Family Arrive in Miami 

QUOTES by Bear Bryant

“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”

“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”

“In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it.”

“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”

Nick Saban Alabama Crimson Tide

Brian Kelly – Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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