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College Football Week 1…The Mayhem Begins!

We’ve been waiting since January and the 2014 College Football season has finally arrived. And what a start to a new season it was! We saw in week 1 contenders, pretenders, Heisman performances, blowouts, nail biters, poor calls, amazing plays, comebacks….all on the opening weekend. And we still have games tonight as Tennessee hosts Utah State, Baylor vs. SMU, and on Labor Day Monday Miami plays Louisville.

College Football Week OneThe wacky world of College Football kicked off on Thursday night with a highly anticipated game between 2 SEC heavyweights, Texas A&M at South Carolina. SC was a big favorite and a team many had picked to win the East. They were coming off 3 straight 11 win seasons in a row. A&M lost Johnny Football, their top wide out in Mike Evans, and key offensive lineman. On top of that, they had the worst defense in the SEC last year. The atmosphere was freaking electric in Williams Brice Stadium. No problem for the Aggies as they came in and shredded the Gamecock defense. Kenny Hill lit up the SC secondary and Carolinas defense looked like last years version of the A&M defense!

Sport Shorts – What the hell is going on here?

Typically, this is a down time in the world of sports. The NBA is finally over, most of golf’s majors are done, the chance of a triple crown winner has once again vanquished, and we as a nation are desperately waiting for the upcoming football season. Usually, the only thing that keeps our sporting interest this time of the year are a few MLB pennant races. But lately there have been several intriguing stories to occupy our time.

sports news and UpdatesThe NBA had has it’s share of headline news the past few months. The Sterling nightmare is a soap opera/black eye for the league and just won’t go away. Please Donald, sign the sale papers and go to some nursing home where you belong! The summer of big name player movement perked our interest for the last few months. Melo did his dog and pony show only to remain in the Big Apple. I thought it was about winning for him? Let’s be real. The only thing that matters to 99.9% of all players is the check! Stay in NY where it is all about you. ‘Bron toyed with the media for months and finally said adios to the fun in the sun to return home to sunny, warm, rich, titletown…..CLEVELAND! OK, he has a sense for family, home, and giving back to his community. I admire that. He has his rings now and the thought of winning an NBA title in C Town will certainly add to his legacy. Even if he does win an NBA title there, he will still be behind MJ…SORRY! Cleveland is in the midst of making a huge move by shipping off their #1 pick this year, their #1 pick from last year, and possibly their #1 pick in ’15 or ’16 to bring in Kevin Love. With LeBron, Irving, Love, and a mix of other off season free agent pick ups, Cleveland has gone from the outhouse to the penthouse in just a few months!

Staying with the NBA, I can’t believe Kevin Durant walked away from Team USA citing being tired and worn out. Was he afraid of being injured like team mate Paul George? Look, these guys play year round, they have to so they can stay in shape. The chances of getting hurt on the playground is much higher there than on the court with world class athletes. This just smells like the build up of his summer of 2016 dog and pony show whens he becomes a free agent and the world will be kissing his…..I want to go home….to Washington for a BRINKS truck full of $$$$!

College Football – 2014. Ranking The Top Coaches

College Football A - ZSo, you have been named AD at your favorite university and your first priority is selecting a new head football coach.

If you could pick any coach out there, who would it be? There are so many excellent coaches in today’s game to choose from, the selection process is tough. Are you looking for the seasoned, proven HC? Do you want the “hot” up and coming coordinator? Someone with a defensive background? An offensive guru? There are a lot of factors that go in to making the best selection for your school especially now that coaches salaries have climbed up to the $5,000,000 per year level. If A To Z were picking a new HC, below are my top candidates:
Nick Saban Alabama1.  Nick SabanAlabama. How can Nick not be #1? National Championships. A plethora of  All-American’s. Top recruiting classes year after year. Nick’s overall coaching record is 170-57-1 with stops at Toledo ( 9-2 ), Michigan St. ( 34-24-1 ), LSU ( 48-16 ), and Alabama ( 79-15 ). Could you imagine how many BCS National Championships he could have won had he stayed at LSU?? Not taking anything away from ‘Bama, but he would have owned recruiting in Louisiana and the Southeast. Louisiana is a hotbed for recruiting and Nick would have closed the door on the state to any outsiders! Hmmm……

Steve Spurrier2.  Steve SpurrierSouth Carolina. I don’t care that he is 70 years old now. I don’t care that he failed in Washington. He is the greatest interview in the game as well as being one of the greatest college football coaches in history. His overall coaching record is now 219-72-2 with stops at Duke ( 20-13-1 ), Florida ( 122-27-1 ) and South Carolina ( 77-39 ). USC is gunning for their 4th straight 11+ wins seasons in a row. Are you kidding me? A mediocre program at best ( with an awesome fan base ) prior to Mr. Superior arriving there, the Gamecocks are a force annually in the tough SEC East and growing nationally. Just ask Clem-And-Son about what Spurrier has done at South Carolina.

Chris Peterson Washington3.  Chris PetersenWashington. We are very anxious to see what he will do outside of Boise State. I have said for years now that he is a premier coach and should have gotten out of Boise years ago. He built a powerhouse on the Blue Turf and many of the Big Boys were scared to play them ( just ask Big Game Bob ). What could he have done at LSU? Chris is an offensive genius and with all that talent in the Southeast, Mr. Saban may have been in trouble! In his 9 years at Boise, Petersen compiled a staggering 92-13 record. Let’s see how that translates in the now very tough PAC-12. I have a feeling it won’t take long for the Huskies to become a power!

College Football: 60 Days To 2001!!!

College FootballFinally, the countdown can begin! It’s officially 60 days until Steve Superior and the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Johnny Manziel less Texas A&M Aggies at the rocking Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina!

It will be an electric atmosphere with “Cocky” getting the Gamecock faithful jacked up and 2001 blaring – the greatest opening in all of college football. ESPN will be there, a national audience will be watching, and the greatest game in the land will start another season. And what a season it shapes up to be! Many of the Talking Heads have penciled in Oklahoma as the pre-season #1. Some have FSU repeating while many others see the Tide in the top spot. And then there is Auburn, loaded and ready for year 2 under Gus Malzahn. What about the high flying Ducks out west? Baylor should be right behind Oregon averaging 52 points per game!

This truly could be one of the most unpredictable years in recent memory. Our national champion could have ( and probably will have ) 2 losses. The only certainty this year is that it will be decided on the field of play, not by a biased vote or some computer ranking. Even though only 4 teams get to be in the playoff, that is a starting point for an eventual 8-12 team playoff structure.

Scheduling is the biggest factor in having a chance to win a national championship. The reason why I say this years champion may have 2 losses is so many of the top programs have tough schedules this year. In years past, a soft Ohio State like schedule got you in prime position to hang around the top of the polls week after week. Win and hope someone at the top losses. Keep winning with some style points along the way and you can back door your way to the title game. Not in 2014! Let’s look at some of the top programs and their schedules for 2014.

College Football 2013 – Recapping Week 9

CLANK…That sickening sound you hear, when the game is on the line, and your kicker hits the upright for a game tying or winning field goal.

EERIE SILENCE…That sudden lack of noise when a collective group of fans (60,000), in unison, become dead quiet when your kicker misses a game tying or winning field goal. Your dream season abruptly ends and you are left speechless.

That was the scene last night in Columbia, Missouri when in Double OT, Missouri misses a chip shot field goal to send the game into a 3rd OT and the ball bounces off of the left upright sending Gamecock Nation into a frenzy. In what should have been billed as the Game of the Day in college football, the South Carolina Gamecocks stormed back from a 17 point 4th quarter deficit behind injured QB Connor Shaw to force OT. Shaw was hurt last week in Carolina’s upset loss at Tennessee. Had Carolina won that game we would have been looking at the number 5 team in the country hosting the number 6 team in the country and a HUGE SEC East showdown with national implications. But in this suddenly crazy season it did not materialize that way and Missouri stole the national spotlight. Truly, in a year in which the SEC is beating up on and kocking each other off, Alabama is now clearly carrying the torch for the conference. All of the SEC haters out there must be loving this scenario now. If ‘Bama somehow loses 1 game, the SEC will most likely be out of the BCS National Championship game for the first time in like… 14 years!!! Missouri – WELCOME TO THE SEC!!! Now you have to deal with Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas A&M if you want a piece of that “RED” team and a chance to play for the BCS title!

Yesterday was another wild day in the world of college football. How about Duke over Va. Tech? Just when you thought Beamer Ball was back, the Hokies offense failed to show up and the Dookies are on their way…. to another bowl game????? Just when you thought Nebraska may become significant again, they fail to show up at Minnesota and the Gophers left the Black Shirts wondering if they have the right coach in place. Newsflash to Husker Fan….Just like Clemson fan, you are not a national power anymore. Stop living in the 80’s! Undefeated Texas Tech ain’t undefeated anymore as Big Game Bob and Boomer Sooner took out the #10 team. The scare of the day was The”U” scoring late to avoid disaster at the hands of Weak Forest. UCLA plays well for a half and then the Ducks roll in the second half to eliminate the Bruins title hopes. I thought with a week off and coming off an upset win over Michigan that Penn State would be primed for Ohio State. Instead, the Buckeyes demolished the Nittany Lions and scored a lot of national “style points”. However, unless things completely go haywire at the top, there is no way OSU gets to play for the big ring. Their schedule is pathetic and the conference is weaker than ever. Clemson looked lethargic coming off an embarrassing loss to FSU and let the depleted Maryland Terrapins hang around before they out classed them down the stretch.

Heisman Update: We are getting closer to narrowing the choices for the top individual prize in college football. Jame..is.. he or is.. he not Winston a viable candidate? Does 1 game suddenly thrust you in the talk? Let’s see what he does this week versus the Hurricanes. The pecking order at this time is #1 Marcus Mariota. #2 is AJ McCarron. #3 is Johnny Manziel – period. The rest of the names are tied for 4th. Mariota leads the top offense in the land and he will win it or lose it it on November 7th when the Ducks play at Stanford. AJ McCarron is so underestimated and gets no love because of his surrounding cast. He is a leader on the field, makes no mistakes, and does everything asked of him to win championship after championship. By the way, isn’t that why you play the game? Johnny Manziel is having a better season statistically than last year when he won the Heisman. His off the field problems have hurt him but he is lighting it up right now despite nagging injuries and a porous defense.

A To Z Top 25:

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

WEEK 10 KEY GAMES:

#6 Miami @ #3 FSU

Tennessee @ #10 Missouri

#11 Auburn @ Arkansas

#12 Oklahoma State @ #19 Texas Tech

Mississippi State @ #16 South Carolina

#23 Michigan @ #22 Michigan State

Georgia @ Florida

Huge game in the Sunshine State as Miami playes FSU. Winner of this game stays in the BCS title game chase while the loser is on the outside looking in. Can Missouri bounce back after their heartbreaking loss to the Gamecocks? Is Auburn for real? Does Auburn control the SEC  in a weird kind of way ( knock off Georgia and bring South Carolina back into the picture for the East title – knock off hated Alabama and turn the SEC upside down )? Will Arkansas give up 52 points for the third week in a row? Does the battle of Michigan do anything for the dismal Big 10? Can you believe that the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” ( Georgia and Florida ) has no national meaning this year?

Something to think about….It is awfully ironic that Alabama plays LSU in 2 weeks ( 11/9 ) and both of these schools have a bye this week. And, Oregon plays Stanford on 11/7 and both of these schools have byes this week. Did the schedule makers guess right when they put these schedules together?

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