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College Football Championship…And Then There Were 2…

College Football Championship Clemson vs AlabamaAlthough we are sad that the 2016 – 2017 college football season is coming to a close, the country cannot wait for the Alabama – Clemson rematch on Monday night in Tampa.

Many of the Talking Heads had predicted from day 1 that this rematch would happen. The Tide and Tigers gave us a historic battle last year for the National Championship game and there is no reason why it won’t happen again. Explosive offense ( Clem-and-Son) vs. a stone wall defense (Alabama). Experienced Heisman candidate QB (Watson) vs. inexperienced freshman QB (Hurts). Legendary coach (Saban) vs. one of the finest young coaches in the country (Ya Ba Dabo).

College Football 2015…Where Is The Controversy???

College Football Drama

Geez…talk about college football and a ho-hum ending to an electric season! Everything has just fallen into place and there is nothing to piss and moan about. Everyone wanted upsets on Conference Championship Saturday – that didn’t happen – chalk ruled the day. There were like 14 major coaching vacancies and everyone from Brian Kelly, to Chip Kelly, to even R. Kelly (that’s rapper R. Kelly is case you didn’t know) were mentioned to be on the move. Again, nothing dramatic happened and slots got filled with little to no fanfare. Yesterday, Navy beat Army for the 14th time in a row…no drama there, and in the nightcap, Alabama RB Derrick Henry won the Heisman…as expected.

College Football 2015 – Championship Saturday…The ACC Refs Blow it…AGAIN

College Football A to ZNo matter what or who you listened to this week, sports talk radio or ESPN, all the Talking Heads were hoping for chaos yesterday in the conference championship games.

I truly believe Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell of ESPN wanted upsets just so they could criticize the Playoff Committee! Last night after the games they acted pissed that there were no upsets! Sorry boys…chalk ruled the day and you are going to have to find something POSITIVE to talk about today for 4 hours!

College Football 2015 – Recapping Week 13…The Stage Is Set

For all the pissing and moaning that has gone on for the last few weeks about the playoff committee, no one can complain today about where their teams are at. When the rankings come out on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM on ESPN, Clemson will be #1, Alabama #2, Oklahoma #3, and Iowa #4 – same as last week! We were hoping for a lot of upsets over the Thanksgiving weekend that would totally shake up the rankings, but that did not happen. A lot of sphincter muscles got tight, but, the big upsets did not happen. South Carolina almost shocked the world but Clemson prevailed. A lot of fans were hoping Iowa could get knocked off but the Cornshuckers could not spring another upset. Notre Dame needed a big win at Stanford but fell short. And the biggest question of the week was, “When will LSU fire Les Miles”? That too was answered last night when when AD Joe Alleva said that Miles will remain the Head Coach.

So, with that said, what is left for this weekend – Conference Championship Saturday? Of the 7 conference championships that will be decided Saturday, only 3 will have playoff implications – the ACC (Clemson vs. UNC), the SEC (Alabama vs. Florida), and the Big 10 (Iowa vs. Michigan State). If Clemson wins, they are in the Final 4 and will be the #1 seed. Should Clemson lose, will UNC make the final 4? If UNC wins, will Clemson fall to #4 and still get in? The SEC Championship game should be a walkover. ‘Bama wins easily (27-3), the Gators just can’t score. The true play in game is in the Big 10. The Iowa – Michigan State winner is in the CFP and the loser goes home empty (the Rose Bowl game ain’t a bad consolation prize). It’s hard to believe that Iowa is in this position – the preseason prognosticators had them going 6-6 with the easiest schedule in major college football! On the other hand, it’s tough to pick against Sparty! This should be a nail biter! When it is all said and done, the Final Four will be Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, and…drum roll please…Michigan State!

What did we learn this past weekend? Oklahoma may be playing the best football in the country right now. I haven’t trusted “Big Game Bob” for the last several years but this team is really, really good! Clemson is vulnerable. If they continue to turn the ball over (fumbles) they are primed to get beat. Derrick Henry (RB from Alabama) will win the Heisman Trophy. Yesterday he toted the rock 46 times for 271 yards – start engraving the trophy now! National Coach of the Year should go to Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly. No team had had as many injuries as the Irish have had this year and he continues to bring in new players that have kept ND in the playoff hunt. Although they fell short yesterday, the Irish faithful have got to be proud of what the team has accomplished this year. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz is very deserving also, but, the Hawkeyes did not have to play Ohio State, Michigan State, or Michigan this year! Everyone was looking forward to the Ohio State vs. Michigan game – the first of many between Harbaugh and Meyer but that was one sided early as the Luckeyes crushed the Wolverines. Maybe next year Jim! OSU played their best game of the year but last weeks debacle versus Sparty cost them a chance to repeat as National Champions. Looks like the Big 12 somewhat resembles the SEC. In the last few weeks they have all beat up on each other and knocked each other out of the title chase! Sound familiar?

Time for a little humor. Pretty soon we will be bombarded with Bowl games, most of which will be teams with a .500 record…or worse! A To Z has some bowl games that will never happen but sound interesting:

In the Century Link Ben Franklin Bowl UNC plays Baylor. First team to 100 wins! In the Nyquil ZZZ Bowl, we have Boston College vs. Florida. First team to 12 wins (over/under in this game is 21). In the AARP Retirement Bowl, Virginia Tech plays Missouri. Beamer vs. Pinkel in their final game – thanks for the memories! In the GPA IQ Bowl we have Stanford versus Duke. The Contrast Bowl matches Texas Tech and Navy – all pass vs. all run! This years Transfer Bowl pairs Michigan and Ole Miss – my transfer QB is better than your transfer QB! In the Remembrance Bowl, Oregon plays Ohio State – remember, this is the game we wanted LAST year! And finally, in the Coaches Hot Seat Bowl, sponsored by Tabasco Hot Sauce, Georgia meets LSU. Every time one of these schools lose a game, the fans want their coach fired!!!

A To Z Top 25:

  1. Clemson 12-0
  2. Alabama 11-1
  3. Oklahoma 11-1
  4. Iowa 12-0
  5. Michigan State 11-1
  6. Ohio State 11-1
  7. Stanford 10-2
  8. FSU 10-2
  9. Notre Dame 10-2
  10. UNC 11-1
  11. Baylor 9-2
  12. Oklahoma State 10-2
  13. Northwestern 10-2
  14. Oregon 9-3
  15. Ole Miss 9-3
  16. Florida 10-2
  17. TCU 10-2
  18. Temple 10-2
  19. Michigan 9-3
  20. Utah 9-3
  21. Navy 9-2
  22. Houston 11-1
  23. Memphis 9-3
  24. LSU 8-3
  25. USC 8-4

Conference Championship Saturday:

SEC – Alabama vs. Florida

ACC – Clemson vs. UNC

Big 10 – Iowa vs. Michigan State

AAC – Temple vs. Houston

PAC 12 – Stanford vs. USC

Conference USA – Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky

Mountain West – San Diego State vs. Air Force

After this great weekend, all that’s left is the traditional Army – Navy game, the beginning of the coaching carousal, and then the bowl season kicks off! It’s been a truly remarkable year with great story lines, an emotional roller coaster ride, and broken dreams. We have seen coaching legends (Spurrier, Beamer, and Pinkel) ease into retirement and others on the weekly hot seat. There have been great individual performances and surprising team accomplishments. No matter what happens to close out this year, college football is the greatest game of all!

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