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If you are a true college football fan or just a fan of a certain team, yesterday you rode the emotional roller-coaster! Which one of the following emotions best describes your feelings?

a.) ecstasy and on cloud 9

b.) highly upset and scratching your head in bewilderment

c.) nervous, uncomfortable, worried sick

d.) drained and relieved

e.) all of the above

If you chose (e), then you must have watched Notre Dame versus Pitt, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State, Oregon against USC, and LSU vs. Alabama. Yesterday once again proved why we love the game of college football so much and if those bumbling idiots called the NCAA would tweak the system to give us a true playoff, it would be the greatest sport of all!

Let’s start with Kansas State and Oklahoma State. That sickening thud you heard last night was the hearts of Wildcat nation hitting the turf as Heisman front runner Collin Klein went down with an injury in the third quarter. K State won in dominating fashion but we do not know the extent of Collin’s injury. Stay tuned….. If Collin can’t go next week at TCU, K State could be in trouble. The Big 8 has been wild this year and it will be a tall task for the Wildcats to come away with a win on the road. Could we see another BCS shakeup? Something tells me that Coach of the Year, Bill Snyder will have his team prepared! Kansas State is drooling for a match-up against Alabama, Oregon, or Notre Dame and it’s defense will stymie TCU. Doesn’t defense win championships?

Next gut-wrenching game is Oregon and USC. Watching this game was more like watching a US Open tennis match! Up and down, back and forth, and balls flying everywhere. My neck hurts from going side to side! In the end, Oregon amassed 730 yards of total offense to handle the Trojans. Kenjon Barner rushed through the porous Trojan defense for an astounding 321 yards and 5 touchdowns. Heisman hopeful QB Matt Barkley of USC did all he could as he passed for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns. Game, set, match – Oregon wins! After crushing weak opponent after weak opponent, Coach Phil Knight’s Nike hype machine finally faced a formidable team. With Stanford, Oregon State, and the PAC 10 championship game still ahead, are we getting closer to the “dream” match-up for the BCS National Championship game between Oregon and Alabama? The Ducks versus the Tide. Offense vs. defense. The offensive guru vs. the defensive guru. SEC vs. PAC 10. Sunflower yellow and lime green uniforms versus blood red uniforms. I am getting chills already! There is still a lot of football to be played. Stay tuned…..

You know the old saying, a cat has 9 lives. Well, how many lives do the Irish have? Notre Dame, coming off a HUGE win on the road in Norman last week looked lethargic for most of the day playing NOT to lose against the Pitt Panthers. Pitt, with nothing to play for, played like the Steelers. As we all know, it is very tough coming off an emotional win on the road to play at home the following week against a team that you are supposed to beat by 3 touchdowns. Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish battled all game long and finally persevered in 3 OT’s to secure the victory. With upcoming win-able games against Boston College ( always a thorn in the Irish side ) and Wake Forest, the Irish cannot afford to look ahead to the season finale against their dreaded rival from the left coast, the hated Trojans. Win ’em all, and the Irish give themselves a chance to play for the BSC National Championship. Lose just one game and you are playing for a bowl game payday. How many more lives do the Irish have? Only time will tell.

Alabama and LSUdid the “Mad Hatter” have under that hat last night? Apparently, not a dang thing!! You have to feel sorry for Tiger nation as LSU played their hearts out last night only to have their coach make one bad decision after another. Asking a field goal kicker to attempt one far past his limit?? A fake punt?? A fake field goal?? An on side kick after you had just seized momentum?? I’m sorry, I do not usually criticize coaches, but it is time for the powers at LSU to make a coaching change. There is too much talent there, too many in state athletes, and too much money from it’s fan base, to allow this to continue any longer. Even Nick Saban said in an post game interview that the best team last night didn’t win. What’s that tell you? LSU was out coached…..again! The team that won the game was the team that was more prepared, better coached, and more disciplined. ‘Bama did not flinch when the game was on the line. They acted like they had been there before, managed the clock to perfection, and sucked the life out of the LSU faithful and the night game mystique of Tiger Stadium. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger had been criticized all year long but last night, he turned in the best performance of his young career. We need to add a column to his stat line – dropped balls. This problem has plagued the Tiger wide receivers all year long and last night was no different. At the end of the day, the LSU decision makers need to open up their pocketbooks and terminate Les Miles. Then, they need to jump on their private jet and TOUCHDOWN in Boise, Idaho. Chris Peterson is one of the top 5 coaches in America and it would be scary good to see the things HE could do with all of that talent in the Bayou State. Think ‘Bama nation would be worried if that were to happen?


  1. Alabama 9-0
  2. Oregon 9-0
  3. Kansas State 9-0
  4. Notre Dame 9-0
  5. Ohio State 10-0
  6. Georgia 8-1
  7. Florida 8-1
  8. LSU 7-2
  9. South Carolina 7-2
  10. Louisville 9-0
  11. FSU 8-1
  12. Clemson 8-1
  13. Oregon State 7-1
  14. Texas A&M 7-2
  15. Oklahoma 6-2
  16. Stanford 7-2
  17. Mississippi State 7-2
  18. Nebraska 7-2
  19. USC 6-3
  20. UCLA 7-2
  21. Texas 7-2
  22. Boise State 7-2
  23. La Tech 8-1
  24. Rutgers 7-1
  25. Ohio 8-1


#14 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama

#3 Kansas State @ TCU

#4 Notre Dame @ Boston College

#6 Georgia @ Auburn

#17 Mississippi State @ #8 LSU

Arkansas @ #9 South Carolina

#10 Louisville @ Syracuse

#11 FSU @ Virginia Tech

#13 Oregon State @ #16 Stanford

Penn State @ #18 Nebraska

Once again, we are loaded with great games and there is so much riding on each and every one of them. How does Alabama respond after their slugfest with LSU as they face Johnny Football and the red hot Aggies? Will K State overcome the loss of star QB Collin Klein? Does ND take care of business and pummel hapless BC? Do the Tigers of LSU line up and smash Miss. State? Does Beamer Ball have a trick up his sleeve for FSU?

Hope you got a chance to see the out pouring of love in Columbia, S.C. on Monday as the Gamecock faithful had a celebration for Marcus Lattimore as he turned 21. Too bad he couldn’t be there for his birthday party but he is still in the hospital recovering from yet another devastating knee injury. We can only hope that one day, Marcus will be running wild all over Williams Brice Stadium again!

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A Tale Of Two Athletes

This week in college football reminded us of just how frail the human being truly is and puts into perspective what life is all about. We had 2 different scenarios in which athletes may have ended their careers. One, because of poor decision after poor decision and the other due to a violent injury.

Marcus Lattimore and Tyrann Mathieu

Marcus Lattimore, star running back from The University of South Carolina sustained a devastating knee injury last year that would have ended many a career. His hard work, determination, faith, and family support got him back on the field earlier than many had predicted. Marcus is beloved by his team mates, coaching staff, opponents, and Gamecock Nation. He could have given up, I am sure there were several times when he questioned himself if this was really worth it all. His family is well educated as many family members have graduated from Carolina and he could have taken the easy road and walked away from the game he truly loves. But no, he has his life in order, is on track to graduate, and knows that in order to get anything in this world you have to work hard and sacrifice.

 Marcus has had a solid season to date and every team is geared up to stop him. Some of his numbers this year may not compare with  the numbers he put up in his first 2 years at USC but he is the oppositions focal point week in and week out. Stop Marcus and you have a chance to beat Carolina. Just before his gruesome injury yesterday, he burst through the line for a long touchdown run reminiscent of his earlier runs in seasons gone by. When he crumpled to the ground writhing in pain, you knew it was severe and potentially career ending. The Gamecocks gutted out a win against the Vols and I am sure they all turned their attention to the fallen hero right after the game. As news unfolded today, we have learned that Marcus has dislocated his knee and will need a long time to rehab once again. He may return next year or he may take a red-shirt year. Whether he returns to the field or not, there is a greater plan for Marcus and he knows that. He has made the right choices in life, he knows what his priorities are in life, and he epitomizes what a student athlete is all about. We haven’t seen the end of Mr. Lattimore! Stay tuned……..

Tyrann Mathieu CopsWhen I say bad decision after bad decision, you know that I am speaking of Tyrann Mathieu formerly of LSU. Talk about an athlete that thinks he is bigger than the game, bigger than the team, and above the law! Tyrann broke on the scene last year as an electrifying kick returner.

He earned the nickname “Honey Badger” and rescued the Tigers on numerous occasions with long touchdown runs. He propelled himself into the national spotlight and performed at the highest level while the Tigers were in a year long battle with the Crimson Tide. His on the field performances got him into the Heisman Trophy conversation and going into the 2012 season, he was one of the front runners to win the award. Sadly, we find out about numerous failed drug tests during the off season and finally LSU had to make a tough decision – Tyrann Mathieu had to be dismissed. After flirting with transferring to a Division 2 school in order to be able to play this year, he decided to re – enroll at LSU University and pay his own tuition with the hope of regaining his scholarship for the 2013 season. The lure of pot ( and hanging out with the wrong crowd ) got him in trouble with the law earlier this week and his football career is all but over. He could have chosen to clean up his act. He could have chosen his friends more carefully. He could have chosen to get his life in order and do something most of us only can dream about – play professional football. See, life is a game and it is all about choices. The more “right” choices you make, the more “wins” you have in life. Make “wrong” choices and you suffer “losses”. Consequences and setbacks happen for your bad choices. We all make mistakes but how you overcome those mistakes determine your fate. Tyrann has yet to make the right life choices and has virtually ended what was once a very promising future. Although he may never have a chance to play professionally now, he does have a chance to be a productive citizen for the next 60 years versus a football career of 3-5 years. Tyrann, the choice is yours now!

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