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NCAA Football We’re Betting on Alabama

The arrival of the 2013 NCAA College football season began on August 29th.   Thus far,  the much anticipated season  has been  filled with high scoring shootouts, rivalry games, heralded school traditions, and triple options.

As we enter week five of the NCAA college football 2013 season,  I have already starting thinking ahead to the “big game.”   If I was “going to bet on college football right now,” I’d pick Alabama and Oregon to face off in the this seasons BCS National Championship game in Pasadena on January 06, 2014.

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

College Football Highlights

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??????????

It’s Finally here…College Football 2013!!

College Football Kick Off

Williams Brice Stadium. Cocky. Steve Superior. 2001 blaring. The smell of tailgating ( and ice cold adult beverages ).

South Carolina GamecocksA rivalry on opening day. The start of another college football season is just a few days away now as the Gamecocks of South Carolina host the other Carolina, the North Carolina Tar Heels at 6PM on ESPN.

The second game of the evening at 9PM should also be a pretty good match-up also between Mississippi and Vanderbilt.

For USC ( that’s the University of South Carolina – NOT Southern Cal ), they must get off to a quick and decisive win. Expectations are running high in Columbia and with the talent they have plus a somewhat favorable schedule this year, 2013 gives them their best shot ever of competing for the BCS National Championship.

Any time you have an SECACC game, the game intensifies even more! No love there!! Plus, Steve Spurrier has done a great job recruiting in North Carolina over the years and plucked the states number 1 QB away from them last year. Can’t wait – it will be electric on Thursday evening in Columbia.

If that doesn’t get your juices flowing, then wait till Saturday! I will not be able to sleep on Friday as I anxiously wait for the titanic struggle between Buffalo and Ohio State.

It doesn’t get any better than this sports fans! Two powerhouse. Two elite programs. Two teams eying for the BCS National Championship. Two teams from premier conferences. All the cards are on the table and let’s see who flinches first! Dang, I just realized that I was talking about Clemson and Georgia, NOT Ohio State and Buffalo. Sorry – my bad!

NCAA Football

WOW! Georgia at Clemson to help kick off the new season. These 2 schools battle each other 365 days a year. On the field and in the recruiting wars the Bulldogs and the Tigers ( I should say Pussycats – the real Tigers reside in Baton Rouge ) have an on going rivalry. This year though, this game takes on even more meaning. Both schools have a legitimate shot at winning it all and the loser of this game will have a tough time realizing their dream this year. Even if Georgia wins, they have South Carolina the following week and on 9/28 they play LSU! If Clemson wins, they still have FSU and South Carolina on the horizon.

College Football Kickoff  2013This game could truly be an ESPN instant classic. Both teams have plenty of offensive weapons and Heisman candidates. I can see a 41-40 OT game on Saturday night and the winner is……….?

Another interesting game as the 2013 season kicks off is between Virginia Tech and #1 Alabama. The Hokies have been a little down the last few years and a win over the Tide would vault them back into national prominence. A Tech win would also strenghten the ACC conference. Right now it is Clemson and FSU carrying the torch for the league. If Beamer Ball can pull off the upset and The “U” has a big year, the ACC could very well end up being the second best conference in America.

Guess what? It ain’t gonna happen! The Tide, lead by Heisman hopeful quarterback AJ McCarron rolls 38-13.

One other game to keep an eye on Saturday is Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. Mississippi State is a hard team to read, they can win 6 games in a row and then lose 5 in a row. OK St. may be the best team in the Big 12 and the Big 12 is struggling on the national scene. A middle of the pack SEC team versus an elite Big 12 team – an interesting day one game.

The last big game of the day matches LSU and TCU. This should be a very entertaining game. Both teams are ranked in the pre-season polls and both are searching for an identity. LSU lost several key players to the NFL but they have a wealth of young talent. Their biggest question mark is their offense and whether or not the “Hat” will open it up and throw down field. They have a punishing running attack, a QB with a big arm, and some speed on the outside. In most polls, LSU is ranked between 12-14. A big win on Saturday and a victory over Georgia in a few weeks will make these Tigers a top 5 team as most of the teams ahead of them ( except for Ohio State ) all have to play each other.

So, if these games don’t get your juices flowing, you are not breathing and in the upright position! Maybe week 2 will get you going – Florida vs. Miami, South Carolina vs. Georgia, and Notre Dame vs. Michigan.

As we say down here in the south….There are 4 seasons – College Football, Recruiting, Spring Football, and Summer ( or Shrimping if you are from Baton Rouge )! Let the games begin!!

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In case you missed it: South Carolina Restaurant NCAA Violations

A South Carolina restaurant is going to need to print some new menus following what will surely be thorough conversations with the South Carolina and Clemson compliance departments.

The Daniel Island Grille in Charleston, SC., offers Clowney’s Turkey Avocado Wrap, Tajh Boyd Chicken Quesadillas and Sammy Watkins Reuben, which is not exactly cool with NCAA rules.

Considering the importance of Jadeveon Clowney to the Gamecocks and Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins to the Tigers, it’s not surprising the universities will be taking every possible step to retain the eligibility of their stars.  Read more here

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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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How To Schedule a BCS National Championship

One of the fascinations I have with college football is the schedules of the top teams and the power conferences.

College Football 2013I have to laugh when passionate fans scream for respect for their beloved university when, if you look at their schedule, they have beaten no one of significance and do not play a game versus a team that can help them move up in the standings. Our “vote for me” system reeks of havoc and until there is a 8 – 12 team playoff system in place, we will always have voting controversy. So strategic scheduling plays a huge factor in positioning your team to get into a BCS game.

Let’s take a look at some of the schedules of top teams this year. We are going to play a game called….Name that schedule.

Who plays…..Va. Tech, Colorado St., Georgia St., Chattanooga, Texas A&M, and LSU? If you guessed Ohio State you would be WRONG!! The correct answer is….Alabama. I am disappointed in the Tides non conference schedule. In the powerful SEC, you do need a couple of breathers, but this is a little soft for the defending national champions.

Who plays….Miami, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, and FSU? If you guessed Ohio State you would be wrong again!! If you said the Florida Gators….BINGO! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, and Ouch! If the Gators can somehow win 4 of these matchups, they deserve to be a top 2 team.

Who plays….Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, and Florida? If you guessed Ohio State you would be wrong for the third straight time! What’s the matter with you??? However, if you said the Georgia Bulldogs, you know your team! I have complained about Georgia’s schedule for the past few years but the schedule makers nailed them this time around. Take care of this brutal schedule and you have a chance to play for the top prize!

Who plays….Georgia, North Carolina, Clemson, and Florida? Don’t even think about saying Ohio State!!! The answer we are looking for is South Carolina. This could be the year for the Gamecocks if they can get off to a quick start. With 3 straight road games in October and 4 straight home games in November, the Steve Superior lead Garnett and Black will make national noise this year. Remember the last time the ‘Cocks played the Tide?

Who plays….Rice, Sam Houston, SMU, UTEP, Alabama, and LSU? Seriously, Ohio State, I think NOT!! This schedule belongs to Texas A&M. The first 4 games on this list are very questionable on strenght – it does sound like an Ohio State type of schedule, doesn’t it? The Aggies have a unique schedule this year. Home for 4 games, on the road for 2, home for 4 more, and then they finish with 2 on the road. Their whole season hinges on the 9/14 home game rematch with ‘Bama – good luck this time!!

Who plays….Buffalo, San Diego State, Cal, Florida A&M, has 1 competitive road game ( Michigan – the last game of the year ), and plays only 1 other game that has meaning ( ??? ) Wisconsin? O wise one, I hope you said Ohio State. With one of the worst schedules in the history of modern day college football, the Luckeyes should run the table again for the second straight year. Luckeye fans will be screaming for R-E-S-P-E-C-T but how can the voters realistically think this team is worthy of playing in the BCS National Championship game with a putrid schedule like this?? Urban and the decision makers at Ohio State need to take a hard look at the Little 10 and start getting some games with the “BIG BOYS” before clamoring that the Little 10 deserves to be on par with SEC!

Who plays….Central Michigan, Akron, UConn, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio State? I think you are catching on now. I know you said Michigan. Although this is a weak non conference schedule, the overall schedule is better than their fraud nemisis. And Brady thinks the Little 10 deserves to be on par with the SEC??? C’mon man!!!!

Who plays….Wyoming, So. Miss.,UCLA, South Dakota St., @ Michigan, and does not play Ohio St.? If you are staying with a Little 10 team and guessed Nebraska, you got it right. Oh how the mighty have fallen. We used to talk about Nebraska playing for the national championship year after year. Now they are a regular 4 loss team annually and it ain’t going to get any better any time soon.

Who plays….UMass, Tennessee Tech, Arizona St., BYU, no Michigan, and Ohio St.? You got this game down pat now if you said Wisconsin! And this is the Little 10’s third/fourth best team! They couldn’t finish fourth in the SEC East!! They couldn’t finish fourth in the SEC West!! If you want to be relevant, play relevant teams. Don’t load up on Creampuffs! Get out of conference and play someone from the SEC, a top PAC 12 team, or an ACC contender.

The SEC or the Little 10? Really, is there any comparison? The Luckeyes may fall into a top spot just because all of the powerhouse teams have to play each other on a weekly basis. Ohio State is at best a 3 or 4 loss team in the SEC – period.

Let’s look at the schedules of some of this years other top contenders:

Oregon – Nicholls, Virginia, Tennessee, Cal, Colorado. REALLY?? They also play UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon St. – 3 competitive games all year.

Clemson – Georgia, FSU, South Carolina. 3 national games that could propell them high in the standings. The rest of the ACC schedule is Ohio State like.

Notre Dame – Oklahoma, Michigan, USC, and Stanford. Win ’em all and the Irish will be a top 5 team!

Stanford – San Jose St. and Army but then they have UCLA, Oregon St., Oregon, USC, and ND. This could be the year the play in the BCS National Championship game if they can get through this schedule!

Louisville – A darkhorse team with maybe the top QB in the land, however, how can they be a #1 team with games against Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, FIU, Temple, UCF, South Florida, Houston, Memphis, Cincy, UConn, Kentucky, and Rutgers?

So, the question has to be asked after reading this. Do you load up with Creampuffs ( Ohio State ), or, do you load your schedule with top teams week after week ( Florida ) to put yourself in the best possible position to be voted into the BCS National Championship game?

Please, let the games begin!!

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