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College Football 2014 – Who Will Replace Will?

The worst kept secret in all of college sports ( the firing, I mean resignation ) of Florida Head Football Coach Will Muschamp, has finally been made public.

With that, there is a tremendous amount of speculation as to whom AD Jeremy Foley will select as the next head coach of the Gators.

One thing is certain, Foley cannot miss on this selection. His last 2 hires, Muschamp and Zook, have been busts. If Urban Meyer had not won 2 national championships, Florida may be looking for a new AD also. Those 2 titles earned him a free pass but in an era of must win now mentality, Gator Nation is thirsty to get back on top – NOW! With FSU’s recent success and The “U”‘s slow build back to respectability, Florida can’t handle being the third ( or 4th – UCF?? ) best team in that football hotbed known as Florida. Whatever Florida does, they need to name a coach soon. Muschamp is going to coach the Gators for the remaining 2 games and then he is done. If Florida is fortunate enough to get a bowl bid, someone else will run the team ( one of the current assistants ). In the meantime, the recruiting clock is ticking and many of the top players in the country have already committed. That doesn’t leave the incoming new coach much time to put a big class together for this year.

College Football 2014-Recapping Week 12…The Convicts Escape…Again!

Ok, I am going to admit it, I am no different than anyone else outside of the penitentiary called FSU. I am rooting for anyone that plays FSU. That is what the 2014 College Football season has become. Everyone, and I mean everyone outside of Tallahassee, wants FSU to go down. I truly think that the college football playoff committee is hoping for an FSU loss to once and for all, get them out of the picture. We are sick and tired of the  accusations, lack of discipline, out of control behavior, and total disregard of the law that is allowed to go on down there. Not only is FSU undefeated on the field, they are undefeated in the court room…7-0. 7 arrests and 0 convictions! Talk about turning a blind eye to the law! This is a win at all cost program and Jimbo has lost all respect and credibility. The Winston case got conveniently postponed until after the season – not enough time for his lawyer to prepare his case. It’s only been 2 years! And the latest debacle involving a hit and run accident that is being swept under the table. Hey Barney, did you see anything? Nope, good, let’s go get some doughnuts and coffee! Good luck this weekend kids, we gotta beat dem boys down in Miami!

Let’s get out of the courtroom and back on to the playing field where we belong. Yesterday was just a normal day in the world of college football. Upsets, OT games, last second field goals, poor use of time management, miraculous comebacks, dropped interceptions that lead to eventual scores, bad officiating, and unbelievable performances. One of the big questions for me yesterday was, how where some of the previous week’s big winners going to respond? Would Ohio State have a hangover from beating Michigan State? Would TCU have a hangover from beating Kansas State? How about Arizona State and their thrashing of ND? Answers please, OSU escapes at Minnesota by winning 31-24, TCU comes back to edge lowly Kansas 34-30, and Arizona goes to Oregon State and losses 35-27. How about lowly Northwestern going to ND ( ND stands for NO DEFENSE ) and upsetting the Irish 43-40 in OT? How about ( predictable ) Clemson going to Hotlanta and laying an egg versus Georgia Tech? I think Clemson had to finish with their third string water boy as the QB with hard luck Watson going down with a knee injury and Stoudt throwing more pic 6’s that completions! And poor Duke losing at home to Virginia Tech 17-16! Coach C sure could have used some of Coach K’s offense! Has Auburn quit or is Georgia that good? The Bulldogs smashed the Tigers 34-7 in Todd Gurley’s return. Stay tuned…Gurley hurt his knee. Of course, the game of the day was #1 Mississippi State going to ‘Bama. The Tide flexed their muscle and beat the Bulldogs 25-20. Jack, I mean Zack, I mean Dak Prescott had 3 pics in ‘Bama territory – OUCH! Just when the Talking Heads said there may not be a team from the SEC in the Final Four, if ‘Bama wins out and Mississippi State wins out, we may get 2 SEC teams in!!!

College Football 2014..Recapping Week 11..The Mighty Have Fallen!

Alabama LSU 2014

“Holy Cow”, “Do you believe in Miracles”, and whatever other famous sport quotes you want to throw in there, describes what happened yesterday in the world of college football! Dreams were shattered and others were barely kept alive. If you don’t love this, then you don’t have a heartbeat! The haters out there were bashing the committee for having 3 SEC teams in the top 4. I told you to hang on, the season will play out and in the end, it really won’t be that complicated. Most of the top teams will knock each other out and the choices will be obvious. Two weeks ago we had 4 unbeaten teams and 17 teams with just 1 loss. Today, we have 2 undefeated teams ( 3 if you want to include Marshall ) and 7 teams with just 1 loss ( 8 if you want to count Duke ). Guess what? It’s going to change again next week! Then, and as we go down the stretch, the bigger question is going to be…Which 2 loss team gets in the Final Four?

Every Saturday is now “Elimination Saturday”. Yesterday, Auburn, Kansas State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame eliminated themselves from any Final Four consideration. Auburn has pulled several games out of their *#$ recently and it finally caught up with them versus a re-energized bunch from Texas A&M. The Talking Heads were jumping on the K State bandwagon recently. Guess what? Time to get off that wagon! And the great folks in Big 10 land were clamoring for move love for Sparty. Mr. Corso, you can take your Spartan Head Gear and put that back in storage for another year! And what about the Golden Domers? Coulda, woulda, and shoulda beat FSU, but didn’t, got a lotta love, and then proceeded to turn the ball over 19 times in the desert yesterday and get embarrassed by ASU. Thank you for playing and I hope you get a nice bowl game payday!

ABK…Anybody But Kentucky!!

The Final 4 is now set for Saturday, April 5 with Florida playing UConn and Kentucky battling Wisconsin. Show of hands. How many of you had these pairings? A 1 seed, a 2 seed, a 7 seed, and an 8 seed – not quite what the committee had in mind when the brackets came out on Selection Sunday! Of this group, you could see Florida making it and with a few breaks, maybe Wisconsin. But no one in their right mind would have picked UConn and only the diehard fanatics from the Bluegrass State remotely gave the Wildcats the slimmest of chances.

Speaking of Kentucky, I am pulling for Wisconsin to take them out. Listen, I used to be a Kentucky fan. The tradition, the legendary coaches, the flow of All Americans. You mention college basketball and the first program that comes to your mind is Kentucky. But Kentucky today represents everything that is wrong with college basketball. They have a slick Used Car Salesman running the asylum, no one ever graduates from there anymore, and the one and done player is rushed to the NBA – usually too soon and they fall flat on their face. I get it. It is a different era today but the university is doing nothing to prepare the kids for the future. And guess what? Nothing is going to change anytime soon. Coach Cal will get the 1 year players and their fan base will go crazy over some 18 year old that gets in school, never goes to class, and drops out of school on April 8 to pursue his life long dream of playing in the NBA. By the way, as much as I despise Coach Cal and the program now, he has done his best coaching job ever this year with this group. If Kentucky beats Wisconsin, I will be rooting for the winner of Florida and UConn to take down the Wildcats for the title!

Throughout all of the Madness, there truly have been some great games. Last night’s game between Arizona and Wisconsin was one for the ages. If you look at Michigan State’s performance today, you would have to say that their titanic clash with UVA on Friday took their legs away. I had that game circled on my bracket as maybe the best game of the tournament and it lived up to the hype. Dayton’s run was magical, Harvard, Mercer, and North Dakota State gave the “mid majors” continued notoriety. With a blink of an eye, perennial powerhouses like Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas were bounced out early. All of the ESPN Talking Heads has Michigan State cutting down the nets in the end.

Something has got to change with the replay system. Five minutes to get it right?? How come Little League Baseball gets it right in 15 seconds. When you watch the Little League World Series and there is a controversial call, they go to the camera and 15 seconds later we have the call…the correct call. These yahoos referring the college game meet before they go to the monitor, look at 6 camera angles, come to mid court to talk about it, go back to the camera, talk about it some more, let the coaches know of their decision and 3 beers later, make the call. This needs to get fixed NOW!

Now for my picks. I like Florida over UConn and Wisconsin beating Kentucky. Florida vs. Wisconsin would be a great pairing for the championship. Billy the Kid has won 2 NCAA Championships and the Grizzly coaching vet Bo Ryan is looking for his first. Wait a minute…I just thought of something! Let’s have Florida play Kentucky. An SEC match up for the championship?? NOOOOO!!! YESSSSSS!!! SEC!SEC!SEC! I love the way that sounds…another SEC national champion.

 

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College Football 2013 – Recapping Week 11

For all of you SEC haters out there, it looks like you may have to wait a few more weeks in hope of #1 Alabama going down. The Tide rolled again over their nemisis LSU last night in convincing style moving them one step closer to another national championship. The college football world got rocked on Thursday night with Baylor ripping Oklahoma and Stanford handling Oregon. The tone was set for another big time upset but LSU turned the ball over at the Tide 2 yard line early in the game and once ‘Bama got the lead, they never looked back. As of right now, it looks like we are heading towards a BCS National Championship game between Alabama and FSU. And quite honestly, they are the 2 best teams. But, the Tide must get past Auburn ( OK, they do go to Mississippi State this week and then host Chattanooga ) and then team X ( this is where you would insert Missouri, South Carolina, or Georgia ) in the SEC championship game. Something to think about…..The last time Alabama played South Carolina – October 10, 2010 – the Gamecocks handled them 34-21. A championship game between Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban – WOW!! I am not saying South Carolina will win the east, but……

When ESPN airs the BCS Countdown show tonight at 8:30, does it really matter who is ranked 3, 4 ,5, or 6? Of course the Talking Heads will try to make it interesting and tell us that Stanford should be #2 or that Ohio State deserves to play in the title game, or a 2 loss SEC east winner should play for the BCS trophy. Alabama vs. FSU. Period. End of story. Let’s try and make some great bowl match ups instead. Oregon vs. Texas A&M – first team to 100 wins! Clemson vs Louisville in a battle of top QB’s fighting for NFL draft position. Stanford vs. Wisconsin in a battle of “big uglies”. Ohio State vs. Baylor, a clash of 2 teams thinking they deserve to be playing in the BCS title game. Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois, a battle of 2 unbeatens that no one cares about. South Carolina vs. Duke – Steve Spurrier now and then! Texas vs. Auburn – a matchup of 2 recent BCS Champions that fell on hard times and are now working their way back. LSU vs. Oklahoma – Big Game Bob vs. The Hat. Hey, we could have some fun with this…if only I was in charge!

The NCAA needs to go to Durham, NC and conduct an investigation. Duke is bowl eligible. Duke is 7-2. How can that happen? The Dookies are getting ready to host the ‘Canes this week in the biggest ACC game of the year! Wait a minute…I didn’t just say that, did I?? Congrats to Coach Cut and the entire Duke football family. Enjoy the ride!

Newsflash to every coach out there…You better have 2 top notch QB’s on your roster if you plan on going far. Just ask the Florida Gators. They open up 4-1, their QB breaks his leg, and they are now 4-5. South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri, and Ohio State have all leaned heavily on their backup QB’s and they have all delivered keeping them in the title hunt.

What has happened at Northwestern? They open with 4 straight wins, move up in the Top 25, and have now lost 5 in a row. How about Texas Tech? They start out 7-0 and have now lost 3 in a row.

A To Z Top 25:

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

WEEK 12 KEY GAMES:

#1 Alabama @ Mississippi State

#3 Stanford @ USC

Texas Tech @ #4 Baylor

Utah @ #6 Oregon

Georgia Tech @ #7 Clemson

Georgia @ #9 Auburn

#10 Oklahoma State @ #24 Texas

Florida @ #12 South Carolina

#16 Michigan State @ #25 Nebraska

#21 Miami @ #25 Duke

What a HUGE week coming up! Georgia Tech usually gives Clemson a dog fight and it will be no different on Thursday night to start another week of madness. How will the Ducks bounce back from their loss to Stanford? Utah beat Stanford. Stanford beats Oregon. Utah ( fill in the blank ) Oregon. MONSTER game for the ACC Coastal Division as Miami, coming off 2 straight losses, travels to Duke. Auburn has total control over the SEC right now. Beat Georgia and they ( Georgia ) are eliminated from the SEC East race. Then, beat Alabama and they ( Auburn ) win the West. A South Carolina win over Florida moves them a step closer to winning the SEC East. They need either Mississippi or Texas A&M to beat Missouri for that to happen. A few weeks ago we would have said that Stanford would blow out USC. Since Lane was booted out of LA, the Trojans are playing inspired football and may give the Cardinal more than they wanted!

Time to kick back, turn on the NFL, and fall asleep!

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