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College Football 2014-Recapping Week 13…Taking Care Of Business!

Week 13 College Football was all about “taking care of business.”

College Football A to ZAll of the top teams did what they were supposed to do in week 13 – take care of business and get ready for the upcoming wild finish to a fabulous year of college football. I said last week that this was chalk week – all the top teams would win and there wouldn’t be any movement in the Top 10. Well, we had a few scares as FSU had to kick a late FG to beat BC and Ohio State had to rally in the 4th quarter to beat hapless Indiana. Other than those 2 close calls, everyone else put away the Little Sisters of the Poor setting the stage for the biggest weekend in college football – RIVALRY WEEKEND.

College Football 2013 – Recapping Week 12

College Football A - ZJust when you thought there may be some stability in the world of college football after a few wild weeks, BAM, we got hit with another crazy week.

Iron Bowl Alabama and AuburnRight from the opening kickoff, Auburn was in total control over Georgia. Georgia had to win to keep it’s slim SEC east hopes alive and fell behind by 20 points in the 4th quarter. Then, QB Aaron Murray took control and the ‘Dawgs fought back to take the lead with a little over a minute to go. The knock on Murray has been that in the big games he can’t pull out a win. He surgically cut up the Tiger defense and kept Georgia’s title hopes alive until the last play of the game when 2 Georgia defenders tipped a pass in the air that somehow fell into the Auburn receivers hand for a game winning TD.

I said a few weeks ago that Auburn really controlled the entire SEC race. Sure enough, with that win, they eliminated Georgia and are now on the verge of another Iron Bowl showdown with #1 Alabama in 2 weeks.

Win that one and they play for the SEC championship game. What a turnaround after the Gene Chizek debacle!

If that game didn’t get your juices flowing, then hopefully the Southern Cal vs. Stanford game did. Stanford, coming off a dismantling win over Oregon, has had the Trojan’s number over the last few years. USC has been playing very well since their ouster of Lane Kiffin and for the first time in several years, the Trojans had something to play for. They jumped on the Cardinal early, held on, and kicked a game winning field goal at the buzzer. Bedlam pursued as the Trojan faithful stormed the field. Could we be heading for a MONSTER showdown in 2 weeks between the Trojans and the Bruins for a chance to play Oregon in the PAC 12 championship game? WOW!!

Maybe the biggest game of the day was at Cameron Indoor Stadium where Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils moved closer yet again to another ACC title. What a minute…this is football season. Why are we talking about basketball? Isn’t Duke a perennial football power? What the hell is going on here? Duke routs the stumbling “U” and is now in control of the ACC Coastal Division and on their way to the ACC championship game against FSU. This can’t be happening. What are we talking about here? Duke football? With 2 road games left, at Wake Forest and at UNC, Duke is on it’s way to playing for a conference championship and major bowl game! Congrats to everyone associated with the Duke football program!

BCS National ChampionshipIt will be very interesting tonight on the BCS Countdown Show. Let’s see if the Talking Heads will want to put FSU at #1 because Alabama had a bit of a letdown last night with a lackluster performance at Mississippi State. Let’s see….play a tough SEC schedule or play Wake Forest, Syracuse, and Idaho. Hmmmm……..America wants Alabama and FSU in the BCS title game and FSU has a cake walk to get there. ‘Bama still has to go to Auburn and then the SEC championship game.

Staying in the SEC, the east race tightened up last night when South Carolina nipped a determined Florida squad and Auburn beat Georgia. The Steve Supperior lead Gamecocks now just need a little help from Mississippi or Texas A&M to get a piece of the Crimson Tide for the SEC title game. Remember the last time South Carolina played Alabama? Just saying…..

OK, so I rip Ohio State every chance that I can. Here is the reality. I feel bad for the kids, they don’t make the schedules.

The administration should be ashamed of themselves for not giving the Buckeyes a chance to play in the big game. Sure, they have won 22 straight games under Urban but it’s almost 22 meaningless games when you don’t beat or play any quality competition. For them ( and the Big 10 ) to get relevant again, they are going to have to upgrade their schedule and prove to all of America that they can play with the SEC or PAC 12 heavies.

Speaking of the Big 10, how about those Cornshuckers? For 5 straight years under Bo, they have lost 4 games every year. Yesterday, they lost their third game for 2013 and with 2 games remaining ( and maybe a pitiful bowl game ), they are well on their way to ANOTHER 4 loss season. How much longer can this go on in Lincoln?

Did yesterday finally seal the fate of Mack Brown and his tenure at Texas? After starting out 1-2, the Longhorns ripped off 5 wins in a row and the buzz was back. But, after laying a cow pie yesterday versus OK State, Mack may be on his way out now with a new AD riding into town. Great career, great ambassador for the game, but it’s time to move on.

A TO Z TOP 25:

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

Quick Heisman update. Johnny Manziel is statisically having a better year than last season. With huge road games left at LSU and at Missouri, he has the national spotlight to capture his second Heisman in a row. Jameis Winston has put up numbers v Wake, The ‘Cuse, and this week against Idaho. Both have off the field issues and AJ McCarron could have put a nail in the coffin last night but he had an average game. Wide open with a few weeks to go!

WEEK 13 KEY GAMES:

#3 Oregon @ Arizona

#5 Baylor @ #10 Oklahoma State

#7 Missouri @ Mississippi

#12 Texas A&M @ #17 LSU

#14 Michigan State @ Northwestern

#21 Arizona State @ #16 UCLA

#18 Wisconsin @ #23 Minnesota

#19 Oklahoma @ Kansas State

#24 Duke @ Wake Forest

Duke and Minnesota both in the TOP 25?? Great stories that make us love college football! K State lost 4 of their first 6 games and have now won 4 in a row. Watch out Boomer Sooner! The Baylor express keeps moving on and up the leaderboard. UCLA better not be looking ahead to their cross town rival USC or ASU will spank them! With a win, Michigan State moves closer to a showdown with the Buckeyes for the Big 10 championship. Oregon has reclaimed the PAC 12, let’s see what they do with their new life. Stomachs will be churning when Missouri travels to Mississippi. Will their title hopes be shattered? It will be wild down in the Bayou this weekend as the Johnny Football circus travels to Baton Rouge.

It is too bad that we are winding down to the end of another awesome year in college football. There are a lot of stories still to be written and with every week, the drama continues to build. Only 6 more days to go before another zany, nail biting, gut wrenching, heart pounding weekend of college football!

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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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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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College Football 2013 – Recapping Week 7

College football 2013, Week 7 Recap.College Football Week 7

We’ve been waiting for upset Saturday and it finally happened yesterday! Depending on which poll you read ( me personally I like the A To Z poll ), there were 17 undefeated teams going into play on Saturday. Oklahoma got spanked in the Red River clash by Texas, Stanford falls short at Utah, and Mee-chigan gets tripped up in Happy Valley. Once beaten Georgia ( decimated by injuries ) lays an egg at home versus Missouri, Texas A&M barely survives at Ole Miss, Louisville hangs on at home vs. Rutgers, and Clemson holds off a pesky Boston College team.

The top 2 teams, Alabama and Oregon, cruise and stay on course for the BCS National Championship game while many others are now trying to put themselves in position to replace one of these 2 teams should they falter. At this point in the season, it’s hard to see a one loss team making it to the title game. However, as we have seen in the past, there are a lot of games to play and after looking over my list  of online sportbook reviews, many of the unbeaten still have to play each other.

Think about the big time games still left on the regular season schedule. Alabama vs. LSU. Oregon vs. UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon State. Clemson vs. FSU and South Carolina. Louisville plays for their conference championship this week versus UCF. The “U” still has games with FSU and Va. Tech. Baylor has to play Oklahoma, Texas Tech, OK. State, TCU, and Texas. How about unbeaten and new media darling Missouri? They still have Florida, South Carolina, and Texas A&M. Texas Tech has Oklahoma, Ok. State, Baylor, and Texas left to play. Oops…I almost forgot unbeaten Ohio State. They have…. nobody left to play. And what about unbeaten Fresno State, Northern Illinois, and Houston? Nice seasons, thanks for playing!

Biggest news from the week is the 2016 no conference schedule. Seems like LSU and Wisconsin will meet at historic Lambeau Field. Great non conference early season game! Isn’t Lam-beau a little French town outside of Baton Rouge??? How about the announced game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway? Wow, what a game between these 2 schools along the I 81 corridor. Bristol holds 160,000 fans. Can you imagine how much moonshine will be consumed that weekend??  A night race, I mean an aerial circus at a legendary sports venue and according to my “guide on betting odds“…it will be a huge sell out!

Memo to Ohio State….this is why the SEC stays relevant and the Little 10 gets no respect around the country. PLAY SOMEBODY!!

Did Mack Brown save his job yesterday with an inspiring win over Big Game Bob? Doubt it…New AD in Texas = new coach. Sorry Mack, and thanks for the memories!

They don’t mind after they find out they don’t have to study for it.

QUOTE by: Mack Brown, asked his player’s reaction to having to take a drug test at Tulane

OK, Penn State finally did beat Michigan in about 12 OT’s. Michigan finally ran out of luck ( this could have been their third loss in a row ) and young QB phenom Christian Hackenberg made some great throws late to win it for the Nittany Lions. My only question is why didn’t Penn State go for the 2 point conversion at the end of regulation? Why put your team in jeopardy and take a chance in OT? You have nothing to play for – no conference championship – no bowl game – live for the moment! You make the 2 point conversion and the stands empty on the field…a legend is born! You miss it, and the fans applaud you for having the courage to try and win the game. Just my thoughts…

There was a Jadeveon Clowney sighting in Arkansas yesterday! He actually played but the real story was Connor Shaw and the Gamecock offense. They just shredded the Razorbacks defense. It does not get any easier for The ‘Ol Ball Coach as the Gamecocks go to Tennessee this weekend for their second of 3 straight SEC road games.

Another tough break for QB James Franklin of Missouri. Once again, he was injured. In what could have been his most shining moment, he had to watch the end of the game between the hedges at Georgia from the sideline with a shoulder separation. Got to feel bad for him. Missouri, now in control of the SEC East has to face Florida, South Carolina, and Texas A&M with their back up QB. OUCH!!

“The fat lady might have cleared her throat, but she hasn’t sung yet.”

Quote by:  Spike Dykes, Texas Tech Coach, after his team lost five of their first six games

WEEK 7 A TO Z TOP 25:

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

WEEK 8 KEY GAMES:

Arkansas @ #1 Alabama

#5 FSU @ #3 Clemson

UCF @ #6 Louisville

Auburn @ #7 Texas A&M

#8 UCLA @ #10 Stanford

#9 LSU @ Mississippi

#11 South Carolina @ Tennessee

TCU @ #13 Oklahoma State

Iowa State @ #14 Baylor

#22 Florida @ #15 Missouri

#16 Texas Tech @ West Virginia

#17 Georgia @ Vanderbilt

USC @ Notre Dame

Game Of The Year #3 has FSU going to the other Death Valley – Clemson. HUGE national implications with ACC bragging rights and the winner has a leg up for the BCS title game. Didn’t this game used to be called “The Bowden Bowl”? In a monster PAC 10 game, UCLA goes to Stanford. This game lost a little luster yesterday when Stanford tripped up at Utah. Still a very big national game! Louisville can win their conference championship by beating UCF. If UCF were to win ( and they can ), we won’t have to listen to Louisville fan any more this year! How will Georgia respond now that their BCS title game hopes have vanished? Can Florida bounce back from a tough loss at LSU and burst Missouri’s bubble? With a Missouri loss, will the Gamecocks inch closer to the SEC East title? Can the remaining unbeatens remain…unbeaten??

It’s already been a great year, things really start heating up now! The controversy and water cooler talk should be interesting next week! Stay tuned and keep that remote close by!!!

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