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College Football 2014 Recapping Week 14-Chaos Avoided…For Now!

It could’ve turned the college football world upside down. It could’ve ruined the world we call SEC football. It could’ve made a mess out of the inaugural college football playoff system.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda…DIDN’T! WHEW! What a wild ride yesterday turned out to be in the wacky world of college football.

My college football Top 25 rankings were changing by the hour and at one time, we were on the verge of seeing #1 go down, #3 go down, and #4 go down ( #2 was never tested ). If that happened, could you imagine the mess the college football playoff committee would have on their hands? Could you imagine all the crap we would have to listen to from the ESPN Talking Heads? I can just hear Danny Kanell saying that a 3 loss Clemson team deserves to be in the Final Four. Or Heather ( I have no business being on national TV ) Dinich saying ” I had Arizona in my Top 4 from day one”! Thank goodness Alabama stormed back and took out Auburn! Mississippi State losing really didn’t turn things upside down. They were on the brink of not making the Final Four anyhow. So after all the upsets yesterday, Alabama remains #1, Oregon stays at #2, FSU holds down the #3 spot, and TCU moves to #4 – it’s not that complicated! Don’t tell me Ohio State should be in the #4 spot. They have had to come from behind in each of the last 2 weeks versus sub .500 teams, non bowl eligible teams ( Indiana and Michigan ) while teams AHEAD of them are playing Top 25 teams. We are just splitting hairs with the teams that are in the number 4, 5, and 6 spots. They all get their shot this weekend to make their case, make their statement, make it tough for the committee.

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!

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“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!

College Football 2014-Recapping Week 9…And Then There Were 3, Really Only 2

Sure, there are 3 undefeated teams still in the hunt, but can we really count Marshall? We are now down to 2 – #1 Mississippi State and #2 FSU that matter is the grand scheme of playoff contention. I’m not cracking on Marshall, but they don’t have the schedule, nor do they play a non conference schedule that would help boost them in the playoff picture. Sorry! The real dilemma becomes with the 17 one loss teams! The good news is that so many of these 1 loss teams have to play each other down the stretch and the committee may not have as tough a time with their selections as you may think. On Tuesday night the committee will release their first Top 25 power ranking. The top 4 at this point is a no brainer – Mississippi State, FSU, Alabama, and Auburn. Guess what? Alabama has to play MSU and Auburn. Mississippi State has ‘Bama and Mississippi left to play. Auburn has Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama coming up. They could all beat up on each other and open the door for Notre Dame and Oregon. Or ND could lose to Arizona State and USC and open the door for TCU and Michigan State. And Oregon could lose to Stanford and Utah which could bring Georgia in the fold. And Michigan State could lose to Ohio State and let Kansas State sneak in. Or TCU could lose to West Virginia and Kansas State and now a 2 loss team from the SEC West gets back in the picture! The possibilities are endless at this point – let’s just watch it all unfold and enjoy the wackiest year ever.

Last week I said this was going to be a “chalk” week – a week in which all the favorites win. Close but no cigar! Those dang Tigers down in Baton Rouge spoiled the party and made Les Miles look like a genius ( which we know he is not ) again by upsetting #3 Mississippi. A night game in Baton Rouge…A game in which LSU has no chance…Final score – LSU 10 and Mississippi 7. Good Bye Mississippi, thank you for playing! I predicted Utah to beat USC…and they did! There was one hell of a game on the plains last night as Auburn withstood everything South Carolina threw at them and they hung on for a 42-35 win. SC had their chances but 2 interceptions in the end zone cost the Gamecocks. Mississippi State kept their perfect season in tact with a hard fought win at Kentucky 45-31. Michigan State rips arch rival Michigan 35-11 to keep their faint Final Four hope alive. Oregon, getting back on track and looking the Ducks of old, put 59 points on Cal…but gave up 41. How about those 82 freaking points TCU threw on Texas Tech. The Big 12 is going to be fun in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the WILD, WILD WEST! Ohio State goes to Happy Valley and needs 2 OT’s to nip Penn State. K State slams Texas 23-0. What if they had beaten Auburn? Would Kansas State be sitting at #1 or #2? UCLA needing 2 OT’s to beat hapless Colorado? Who is better…the 2 Arizona schools or the 2 Mississippi schools? And West Virginia keeps winning and will continue to spoil someone’s season. No news from FSU, ND, Georgia, or Duke – all byes this week.

THIS AND THAT…When are the Cornshuckers going to lose?? For 6 straight years they have been a 4 loss team under Bo. They are now 7-1 and I am beginning to worry! Are we on track for another Duke – FSU ACC Championship game? Seriously, Duke in the title game for the second year in a row? There has to be an investigation in Durham – this can’t be happening. Who does Coach Cut think he is…Steve Spurrier? Congrats to the entire Blue Devil family! Did you see those disgusting uniforms that Illinois wore yesterday? I guess when you are as irrelevant as they are, it doesn’t matter what you wear…but they did upset previous 1 loss Minnesota…and they stayed at a Holiday Inn Express over the weekend. In an era of wide open offenses, no huddle offenses, ridiculous passing statistics, and little to no “D” being played, some of the top players in the country are running backs. Think about the gaudy numbers that Todd Gurley ( Georgia ), Melvin Gordon ( Wisconsin ), Ameer Abdullah ( Nebraska ), David Cobb ( Minnesota ), Mike Davis ( South Carolina ), Leonard Fournette ( LSU ), and TJ Yeldon ( Alabama ) are putting up. Like Gene Stallings of Alabama once said ” you want to know how to win football games? Run the ball”. “You want to know how to win football games? You stop the run”. HEISMAN UPDATE…Dak Prescott ( QB Mississippi State ), Marcus Mariota ( QB Oregon ), Ameer Abdullah ( RB Nebraska ), Amari Cooper ( WR Alabama ), and Melvin Gordon ( RB Wisconsin ).

A To Z TOP 25:

  1. Mississippi State 7-0
  2. FSU 7-0
  3. Alabama 7-1
  4. Auburn 6-1
  5. Notre Dame 6-1
  6. Oregon 7-1
  7. Michigan State 6-1
  8. Georgia 6-1
  9. Mississippi 7-1
  10. TCU 6-1
  11. Kansas State 6-1
  12. Ohio State 6-1
  13. Baylor 6-1
  14. Arizona 6-1
  15. Arizona State 6-1
  16. Nebraska 7-1
  17. ECU 6-1
  18. Oklahoma 5-2
  19. Utah 6-1
  20. LSU 7-2
  21. Clemson 6-2
  22. Duke 6-1
  23. Marshall 8-0
  24. West Virginia 6-2
  25. TIE UCLA 6-2, Louisville 6-2, Boise State 6-2, Georgia Tech 6-2

WEEK 10 KEY GAMES:

  • NR Arkansas @ #1 Mississippi State
  • #2 FSU @ #25 Louisville
  • #4 Auburn @ #9 Mississippi
  • #5 Notre Dame @ NR Navy
  • NR Stanford @ #6 Oregon
  • NR Florida vs. #8 Georgia
  • #10 TCU @ #24 West Virginia
  • NR Oklahoma State @ #11 Kansas State
  • NR Illinois @ #12 Ohio State
  • NR Kansas @ #13 Baylor
  • #14 Arizona @ #25 UCLA
  • #19 Utah @ #15 Arizona State
  • NR Purdue @ #16 Nebraska
  • #17 ECU @ NR Temple
  • #18 Oklahoma @ NR Iowa State
  • #22 Duke @ NR Pittsburgh
  • NR Virginia @ #25 Georgia Tech

No doubt, this will be another “Shake Up Saturday”.  FSU has a lock on the Final Four. But if Bobby Petrino can pull a “Les Miles” out of his “Hat” and upset the Seminoles on Thursday night, the Top 10 will be rocked! #4 Auburn could go down, #10 TCU could go down. Arkansas will pound you with a punishing ground game – could they upset #1 Mississippi State? #14 Arizona could get beat by #25 UCLA and #15 Arizona State could lose to #19 Utah. As I write this story next Sunday, the Top 5 could be…#1 Alabama, #2 Notre Dame, #3 Oregon, #4 Georgia, and #5 Kansas State! Call the doctor…I think I’m gonna crash!!!

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College Football 2014…The Road To The Final Four

We are getting down to crunch time now as the first of several power rankings will come out on 10/28 giving us an indication where the panel is leaning towards for our first “playoff” in college football. I am sure that there will be a lot of controversy when we see what the Top 4 teams look College Football A to Z like but the reality is, there is a ton of football to be played. Let the season play out! Let the top teams beat up on each other and teams will eliminate themselves, it’s that simple. Right now, if the season were to end today, my Final Four is FSU, 2 teams from the SEC (WEST), and Notre Dame. It’s not that complicated. However, as I said earlier, many of these teams have to play each other and they will knock themselves out of the hunt. The SEC haters out there can’t fathom 2 or 3 teams from the SEC in the Final Four, but that is just your blindness to the fact that the SEC, in particular the West this year, is SUPERIOR to all other teams out there. This is a down year for the ACC and FSU is struggling. Oklahoma was the preseason #1 and they already have 2 losses. The Big 12 will now start beating up on each other and their conference champion will have 2 losses. The PAC 12 was supposed to be the premier conference this year. UCLA was the media darling and they have 2 losses ( should have 1 or 2 more ). What has happened to the Stanford machine? Oregon may still be the best team in the conference but how can you give up 41 points to Cal and expect to be a Final Four contender? And then there is the Big 10. A conference that screams for respect but gets none and deserves none. I think America is finally catching on and realizing that this is a dinosaur conference. Michigan State goes on the road and loses it’s chance for national recognition versus Oregon. Ohio State loses it’s only non conference game of significance against an awful Virginia Tech team. You only have to ask yourself this one question. What would Oregon, FSU, Ohio State, or Michigan State do if they played in the SEC? Would they be 6-6? Would they be 7-5? Would they even be talked about nationally? Put Georgia in any conference in America and they would be undefeated ( as long as they didn’t have to play South Carolina ). Put Mississippi or Mississippi State in any other conference in the country and they would be undefeated – oops – they are in the SEC West and are still undefeated!! How about Alabama? I guarantee they would be undefeated in any other conference. Trust me, LSU or Arkansas would at WORST be 6-1 in any other conference. Think Texas A&M would be a 3 loss team in the ACC? Or the Big 10? A To Z On Sports is the VOR – Voice Of Reason when it comes to college football!

Let’s break down the schedules of the contenders ( and pretenders ) to see who has the best shot to reach the Final Four:

  • FSU – @ Louisville, H vs. Virginia, @ “The U”, H vs. Boston College, and H vs. Florida. Put it in the books…they are in with that cream puff schedule…unless Jameis gets…you can fill in the blanks here
  • Mississippi – @ LSU, H vs. Auburn, H vs. PC, @ Arkansas, H versus Mississippi State. Win ’em all and you are in! Lose just 1, and you still have a chance. This is what I mean by the current top teams having to knock each other off down the stretch.
  • Mississippi State – @ Kentucky, H vs. Arkansas, H vs. Tennessee, @ ‘Bama, H versus Vanderbilt, @ Ole Miss. Holy cow! Win all of these games and you lock down the #1 seed for the Final Four. Lose 1 and you should still get in. How HUGE could that final game of the year, the Egg Bowl versus Mississippi be? What would Oregon, Ohio State, and Michigan State do with a schedule like that?
  • Alabama – @ Tennessee, @ LSU, H vs. Mississippi State, H vs. Western Carolina, H vs. Auburn. No question, win against that type of schedule, and you surely deserve to be in! Lose 1 and it will be up to the committee!
  • Notre Dame – @ Navy, @ Arizona State, H versus Northwestern, H vs. Louisville, @ USC. With their schedule already, if the Irish can win out, there is no doubt they will be in. Everyone knows that they should have beaten the convicts if not for a questionable “home” call.
  • Georgia – Florida ( neutral site ) in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, @ Kentucky, H vs. Auburn, H vs. Charleston Southern, H vs. Georgia Tech. Thanks to South Carolina’s inability to hold a lead, they should be a cruise to the SEC East title and a shot for the SEC crown. If Georgia runs the table, it will be hard to keep them out of the Final Four!
  • Auburn – H vs. South Carolina, @ Ole Miss, H vs. Texas A&M, @ Georgia, H vs. Samford, @ Alabama. Are you freaking kidding me? If they win out, they should be the #1 team in the country!!
  • Oregon – H vs. Stanford, @ Utah, H vs. Colorado, @ Oregon State. Win out and they still may be on the outside looking in. If any of the SEC teams ahead of them falter, they may sneak in. If I were them, I would be scared to death of going to Utah!!
  • Michigan State – The face of the Big 10. H vs. Meechigan, H vs. Ohio State, @ Maryland, H vs. Rutgers, @ Penn State. The winner of the MSU versus OSU game may still be in the race, the loser is definitely out. The weakness of the Big 10 as well as their soft non conference schedules will ultimately be their downfall.
  • Ohio State – @ Penn State, H vs. Illinois, @ Michigan State, @ Minnesota, H vs. Indiana, H vs. Meechigan. See note above. Their debacle against Va. Tech looks worse week by week!
  • Kansas State – H vs. Texas, H vs. Oklahoma State, @ TCU, @ West Virginia, H vs. Kansas, @ Baylor. Although they are on the outside looking in, if they were to win out and the Big Boys ahead of them all knock each other out, the Wildcats could edge their way in. If not for their turnovers vs. Auburn, they could be undefeated with a GREAT shot at playing in the Final Four.
  • TCU – H vs. Texas Tech, @ West Virginia, H vs. Kansas State, @ Kansas, @ Texas, H vs. Iowa State. If not poor a poor decision by their coaching staff against Baylor, they could still be undefeated and knocking on the Final Four door! The Kansas State game will determine not only the Big 12 championship, but also if anyone from that conference has a Final Four chance.
  • Baylor – H vs. Kansas, @ Oklahoma, H vs. Oklahoma State, @ Texas Tech, H vs. Kansas State. They had a shot, but losing at West Virginia will cost them any hope of a Final Four birth. Even if they win out, it may not be enough. In a weird way, West Virginia controls who will win the Big 12. They already beat Baylor and can end the dreams of both TCU and Kansas State!

So there you have it. The contenders and the pretenders for our first ever National Championship playoff. Like I said, there is a lot of football to be played. Hang on for the ride, kick back, and watch it all play out.

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