Sunday, September 30, 2012

Geno Smith impresses, Pat Fitzgerald isn't satisfied, Johnny Manziel, and more.


Welcome to the Fallout -  SWRT's wrap-up of Saturday's scores and related news.

Eight is Enough.
West Virginia starting quarterback Geno Smith's eight touchdowns vault the Mountaineers over Baylor in a 70-63, and possibly puts him very much into serious Heisman Trophy contention. (Dr. Saturday)

Dawgs outlast Vols. 
Three turnovers and poor performances from the defense and special teams made Georgia's 51-44 win over Tennessee  "harder than it should have been." Because Bill King said so. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Frank Schwab ponders whether Georgia can depend on its high scoring offense to take the SEC crown. Uh, that would be a negative, Frank. (Dr. Saturday)

Tougher than the Rest.
Banged-up Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller manages to help the Buckeyes fend off Michigan State 17-16. (The Columbus Dispatch)

This just in...
Ohio St. HC Urban Meyer doesn't like Michigan. (The Detroit Free Press)
I Ain't Ever Satisfied.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald wasn't too satisfied with the Wildcats defense in a 44-29 defeat of Indiana, The Hoosiers manages to outscore the Wildcats in the second half with 29 points over the Wildcats 24. (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Bringing home the bacon.
Iowa brings  Floyd of Rosedale back to Iowa City after a two-year residence in Minneapolis with a  31-13 win over Minnesota. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
A three-touchdown performance from Johnny "Mugshot" Manziel leads Texas A&M to its first SEC conference win over Arkansas, which would have actually meant something if it hasn't happened the Razorbacks total meltdown of a season. (Good Bull Hunting)

Insert Desmond Howard joke here.
Oregon State manages to squeak by Arizona with the aid of  a late-fourth quarter touchdown to win 38-35.  (AP/ESPN)

Georgia Tech, WTF?
Georgia Tech embarrasses itself in a 49-28 loss to Middle Tennessee state. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


Oh Crazy Town, Where Art Thou?
The Big Ten needs to find itself via through a one hit wonder like Crazy Town, whose "Butterfly" made them relevant for 15 seconds in 2001. Because Johnny Ginter said so. (Eleven Warriors)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mark Dantonio vs Urban Meyer, Matt Barkley, Taysom Hill, and more.

Game Day Goulash

Making a good first impression.
BYU gets back on the winning track as quarterback Taysom Hill leads the Cougars to a 47-0 romp over Hawaii in his first time as a starter. (The Deseret News)

I'm not over you just yet.
Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio is still upset with Ohio State HC Urban Meyer over the later's getting defensive end  Se'Von Pittman to flip his commitment from the Spartans to the Buckeyes. The two teams meet each other in East Lansing, Mi. Saturday Afternoon. (The Detroit Free Press)

Dissecting Matt Barkley. 
Trevor Wong puts USC QB Matt Barkley under the microscope to see why the at-one-time Heisman Trophy winner-apparent has struggled in the first month of the season. (Conquest Chronicles)

Gundy in stealth more.
Oklahoma State HC Mike Gundy continues to remain silent on whether Cowboy starting quarterback Wes Lunt will have recovered enough from a knee injury to play in Saturday night's game against Texas. (AP/

Smokey vs. Uga. 
Charles Odum previews the Tennessee-Georgia game. (AP/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And if the AJC has to depend on the AP for a preview of a UGA game, toy know how downhill that paper has gone.)

It's too late to stop now.
Roger Clarkson profiles retired Georgia HC Derek Dooley, who at 80 is maybe even more active than when he was coaching the Bulldogs. (The Athens Banner Herald)

Hoosiers vs. Wildcats. 
Teddy Greenstein previews 2-1 Indiana vs 4-0 Northwestern. (The Chicago Tribune)


Oh Henry!
Florida high school senior running back Derrick Henry commits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (


The answer: Kathryn Richt, a tan, and a ping pong table.
The question: "Name three things Mark Richt has not lost control of." (Rocky Top Talk)

Friday, September 28, 2012


A.J. McCarron, Todd Gurley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.

McCarron's rising Tide. 
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron's Heisman Trophy stock is on the rise. Because Cory McCartney said so. (

Take a Chance on Me.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama offensive lineman Chance Warmack. (
Round up the usual suspects.
Matt Hayes names Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll, Louisiana Tech HC Sonny Dykes, and Alabama defensive coordinator as possible candidates to replace John L. Smith as Arkansas HC. (The Sporting News)

The Hurdy Gurly Man.
Georgia HC, Tennessee HC Derek Dooley, and Vanderbilt HC James Franklin, ring in on UGA tailback Todd Gurley. (USA Today)

I have to praise you like I should. 
Georgia announces that the Stanford Stadium home radio booth will be renamed the “Larry Munson Broadcast Suite,” in honor of the late "Legendary Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs." (Get the Picture)

Miller's Crossing.

Joel A. Erickson profiles Auburn right tackle Patrick Miller. (


Arkansas injury report.
Arkansas  safety Eric Bennett, tight end Chris Gragg, and cornerback Tevin Mitchel will miss the Razorbacks first in-conference meeting with Texas A&M. (


Rejected Mississippi State alternate uniforms.
You can already tell how bad this one's gonna be. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Stanford falls, Taylor Kelly, Taysom Hill, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front - SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.
Washington hands Stanford its first loss of the season with a  late-fourth quarter rally to win 17-13. (ESPN)

Things Can Only Get Better?
Justin Karp wonders "Just how good" Arizona State can get this season. (Pacific Takes)

The second-to-next best thing?
Brad Denny wonders if Arizona St. quarterback Taylor Kelly is the Pac-12's best QB not named Matt Barkley. (House of Sparky)

You can run but you can't hide.
Arizona St. head football coach Todd Graham's drug policy for his team includes mandatory drug testing for all members of the Sun Devil team. (

Action Jaxon. 
Ben Haber profiles Arizona St. defensive lineman Jaxon Hood. (House of Sparky)

Ready to Start?
 Struggling BYU may name QB  Taysom Hill as the starter for the Cougars' game against Hawaii. (The Deseret News)


UCLA's Zumwalt out. 
UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt will be out for the Bruins' game against Colorado due to a gash on his forehead that was the product of a crash on a scooter. (The Los Angeles Times)

Montee Ball cleared, Mark Weisman, Brady Hoke, and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Ball cleared for takeoff. 
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has been medically cleared to play in Saturday's game against Nebraska. (ESPN)

Walk-on the Wild Side.
Mark Morehouse profiles Iowa fullback-turned running back Mark Weisman, who has been one of the biggest surprises and few bright spots of the Hawkeye's 2012 season. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

As Good As It Gets? 
Graham Filler asks whether Saturdays cross-division game between Ohio State and Michigan State will be the best Big Ten game of 2012. And it's only September. (Off Tackle Empire)

Things will be different this time.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller explains how things will be different in Saturday's game against Michigan State than they were in the Spartans' 10-7 win over the Buckeyes last season. (The Columbus Dispatch)

When Irish eyes are forcing turnovers. 
Notre Dame's 4-0 start this season can be attributed to improvement in forcing turnovers. (ESPN)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke talks about the positives about his defensive line coming out of the Wolverines' 13-6 loss to Notre Dame. (The Detroit Free Press)

Attack of the Two-Headed Wildcat.
Kenn Ruby asks whether Northwestern can continue its winning ways with the QB tandem of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian. (

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Ben Glicksman lists Minnesota and Northwestern as being "intriguing underdogs" with a shot at a BCS bowl. Northwestern may have an outside chance, but try to tell me the Gophers could make the Rose Bowl with a straight face. (

Nebraska joins the paint a hashtag-on-the-field craze.

What's the most shocking thing you could ever think of coming out of Nebraska?

Okay, what's the second most shocking thing you could ever think of coming out of Nebraska? Hint: it involves that internet-refining creature from the Twitterverse, the hashtag. Yes, Nebraska has gone and done joined the craze of painting a hashtag on the field by doing so on the turf of Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osbourne's retirement announcement is only a couple of days old, and this happens. Coincidence? The Husker faithful will come face to face with the #Huskers on the field this Saturday as the team welcomes Wisconsin for its first visit as a fellow Big Ten Member.

There's no telling what the more tradition-minded Husker fans will take this. But if Alabama ever painted #ROLLTIDE on the field of Bryant-Denny Stadium, you'd be hearing the shouts of PAWLLLL! all the way to Mongolia.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Ohio State weaning itself off MAC teams?

Ohio State may have fewer MAC schools to kick around on future schedules. The coming switchover from the BCS to a playoff system is the main cuprit for the Buckeyes wanting to wean itself off of schools from the non-BCS conference.

''We're changing our philosophy because we're obviously going to move into a playoff structure that I don't think all of us really understand yet, how the committee's going to work,'' (Ohio St. athletic director Gene) Smith said earlier this week. ''Many of us are assuming it's going to work similar to the (NCAA tournament) basketball committee, so your non-conference schedule will come into consideration as they evaluate whether or not you're going to be one of those final four teams.''

While college football fans tired of seeing the Buckeyes feast on so-called "cupcake" programs might approve of the move, Ohio St. would be sacrificing playing against the closest thing it has to in-state competition. Six of the MAC's current thirteen members (Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State and Miami (Ohio), Ohio, and Toledo) are located in Ohio.

(via AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Arkansas AD backs John L. Smith, Tyler Bray, Bo Wallace, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.

Stand By Your Man.
Arkansas athletic direcror Jeff Long says embattled Razorback head football coach John L. Smith has his full support for this season. As for next season...well he cross that bridge when he gets there. (CBS Sports)

I feel the pain of everyone. Then, I feel nothing. 
Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier says he "understands" the frustration over the Tigers' 1-3 performance so far this season. (

The last, best hope.
Tennessee's hopes to avoid a mid-season collapse like 2011 depend on star QB Tyler Bray, and whether or not he can stay healthy, both mentally and physically. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Dooley on Tennessee-UGA.
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley talks about Saturday's big showdown against Georgia. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
Steve Oliver says Georgia is "displaying national championship promise. Which it usually does before hopes come crashing down the most devastating of ways possible. (

Insane Georgia secondary recruiting violation of the day. 
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo gets charged with a secondary recruiting violation after he took a recruit and his mother to the NCAA Tennis Championships held on the UGA  campus without paying the entry fee. Sadly, it's not a big enough of a violation to fire him. (The Sporting News)

Freeze warning. 
Alabama's defense is getting ready to take on the new Ole Miss HC Huge Freeze's faster, no-huddle offense. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is "hot and cold."
Because Don Kausler Jr. said so. The bigger question: does Bo Wallace change his mind like a girl changes clothes? (

Don't Worry, Be Happy.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls tells Mississippi State fans to chill out over not-so-spectacular wins over the Troy and South Alabama, as the Bulldogs are still 4-0.

What's in a name?
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls polls readers on whether Mississippi St. fans should use the term "Dogs" or "Dawgs" for the team. Hint: If it's not related to a certain academic institution in Athens' Ga., it ain't a Dawg.

North Carolina goes red, white, and blue for Military Appreciation Day.

Your Ricky Stanzi memorial America, love it or leave it moment of the day.

North Carolina will be celebrating "Military Appreciation Day" during Saturday's home game against Idaho. Of course what better way than to transform the classic UNC icon on the 50-yd line into a star-spangled tribute to those who serve to keep America free" The Tar Heels' helmets will feature a similar decal.

(via Lost Lettermen)

Texas A&M's "Aggie Style" take on "Gangnam Style."

What's the worst thing that could happen if you put "Gangnam Style" in the hangs of one of the newest, yet already most annoying, schools in the SEC? A Texas A&M "Aggie Style" video, of course.

Midnight Yell practice? Check. Male cheerleaders Yell Leaders? Check. Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin embarrassing the crap out of himself and all of upper academia? Check.

Dangit, Aggies. Quit making us already regret the SEC agreeing to let you in.

(via Dr. Saturday)

A Wisconsin "Gangham Style" parody? Of course there is.

Wisconsin is in panic mode right now. It lost to Oregon State. Overhyped quarterback Danny O'Brien has been benched in favor of Joel Stave. Tailback Montee Ball is dealing with a concussion. What's the best thing that Wisconsin students can do at a time like this?

Make a pathetic "Gangnam Style" parody video, of course.

This is obvious proof Wisconsin's less-than-spectacular September has really begun to wear on the student population, resulting in a reaction that's somewhere in between denial and a total disassociation with reality.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Riley Nelson, Chris Young, Stanford vs.Washington, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front - SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.

Thursday Night's Alright for Fighting.
Stanford and Washington State get ready to face each other Thursday night. John Reid give the tale of the tape on how the Cardinal matches up against the Huskies. (The San Jose Mercury News

Under Pressure?
Conquest Chronicles ponders whether or not USC, Trojan head football coach Lane Kiffin, and starting quarterback Matt Barkley are able to handle the pressure to succeed put upon them by the media.

I've got a little list, I've got a little list.
Oregon State tops Bruce Feldman's list of " the most pleasant surprises thus far in the college football season." Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson and USC defensive end Morgan Breslin. (CBS Sports)

Chow Time.
Hawaii HC Norm Chow makes a return to BYU, where he served as an assistant coach for 27 years. The Warriors face the Cougars Friday evening. (The Deseret Times)

Mr. Nelson, will you please sit down?
Injured BYU starting QB Riley Nelson should sit out the Cougars' game against Hawaii. Because Brad Rock said so. (The Deseret News)

Only the Young. 
Brad Denney interviews Arizona State safety Chris Young. (House of Sparky)

On the Road Again.
David Piper previews Oregon's first road game of the year as it gets ready to face Washington State. (Addicted to Quack)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tavarres King calls Aaron Murray "a nerd."

Aaron Murray: Does this look like a nerd to you?

What does Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King think of Bulldog quarterback, Aaron Murray? He thinks Murray's "a nerd."

“He’s a nerd,” said wide receiver Tavarres King, one of Murray’s closer friends. “He’s always studying, and he already knows so much. It’s hard to even talk to him outside of football because it’s always going to get back to football, whatever we’re talking about.”

It's hard to think of Murray being a nerd with all of those dorky pictures of him on the internet. But, Dawg wideout Michael Bennett gets into a little more detail about Murray's supposed "nerdy" habits.

"Said wideout Michael Bennett: “He’s got some weird study habits when it comes to quarterback. He’s in here [at the football complex] all the time. He spends a weird amount of hours in here. … Sundays he’s in here real early. Saturdays he comes back here right after a game. He’s here five or six hours a day. It’s all football with him.”

Nerdy or not, those tend to be the habits of very successful quarterbacks. Murray's habits sound very much like those of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Both of which are Super Bowl champions. Don't be too surprised if you see Murray holding up the Lombardi Trophy someday.

(via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 

Tyler Bray's body language, Connor Shaw is a throwback, Aaron Murray is a nerd, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.

Tigers vs. Frogs.
LSU will open it's 2013 season by facing TCU in the 2013 Cowboys' Classic in Arlington.  (FBSchedules)

Least. Shocking. News. Of. The. Week.
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo will reportedly have their suspensions lifted in time for Saturday's game against Tennessee. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The ghosts of 2004. 
Before Saturday's Tennessee-Georgia game, UGA head football coach Mark Richt talks about how the team is in a situation like 2004, when the Vols came to Athens and upset the Bulldogs. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is a nerd.
Because Bulldog wide receiver Tavarres King said so. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Body Talk.
Mike Strange says that Tennessee needs to get a "director of body language" to handle star quarterback Tyler Bray's issues with handling adversity. Methinks Strange had watched The O'Reilly Factor a little too much. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Well surprise, surprise, surprise! 
Bruce Feldman lists Florida as one of the 2012 season's most pleasant surprises thus far. (CBS Sports)

A Few Small Repairs.
Texas A&M is looking into the possible expansion of Kyle Field. They should probably work on winning an SEC in-conference game first. (CBS Sports)

South Carolina QB Connor Shaw is declared to be "the ultimate throwback."
Because Chris Low said so. Translation: he's not Stephen Garcia. (ESPN)

The Old Ball Coach being The Old Ball Coach.
South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier is feuding with The State columnist Ron Morris once again. (Dr. Saturday)

Mosely on down. 
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama LB C.J. Mosely. (

Men on Films.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls reviews the ESPNU SEC Storied documentary Croom, on former Mississippi State HC Sylvester Croom.

A shirt celebrating Kansas State beating Oklahoma? Of course there is.

Shirts Without Random Triangles

There three things inevitable in life - death, taxes, and t-shirts celebrating college football team's victories over other college football teams. And the above t-shirt celebrating last Saturday's Kansas State win over Oklahoma is of no exception. Wildcat fans can put this shirt on and party like it cost $19.99, which is exactly the Kansas State's official store website is selling them for.

And while I'm on the subject, here's a memo to Frank Schwab: Stop acting so smug and claiming there are "certain rules" about printing shirts that K-State broke in doing so.

"Now, there has to be certain rules to this. A team that has never been to a bowl game beats a (then) top 10 team? Print those T-shirts. A FCS team beating one of the most historic programs in the sport? Go nuts. Bowl games, championships -- all fair game.

But not a win like this, Kansas State.

This was, for the record, the 18th time K-State has beaten Oklahoma (the Wildcats have lost 71 times to OU, but still). Have a little fun, celebrate the win, maybe even send some taunting texts to that OU fan in your life. But please K-State fans, don't get the shirt. You'll thank us later."

Bull. I've seen enough of these shirts in my lifetime to know that any game is fair game for a game victory t-shirt. Especially if it's a college rival with a little bit of the "entitlement" syndrome. It's called capitalism, Frank. Deal with it.

(via Dr. Saturday)

David Ash surprises, Bob Stoops on the ropes, Steele Jantz seeks redemption, and...Trace Atkins?

Dancing in the Ruins - (SWRT's regular look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)

Kick Ash.

Bruce Feldman named Texas starting quarterback David Ash as one of " the most pleasant surprises thus far in the college football season." (CBS Sports)

Texas is underrated.
Because Trey Scott said so. (The Dallas Morning News)

Frogs vs. Tigers in 2013. 
TCU will face LSU in 2013's Cowboys Classic in Arlington on Aug 31, 2013. (

Time for  cool change?
Ray Dozier thinks Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops needs "to make serious changes" if he wants to stay off the Hot Seat following last Saturday's loss to Kansas State. (Blatant Homerism)

Turnovers are for breakfast, not football.
John Shinn looks at Oklahoma's issues with turnovers. (The Norman Transcript)

Redemption Song. 
Iowa State QB Steele Jantz is looking to make up for last season's disappointing performance in Big 12 conference play as the Cyclones prepare to face Texas Tech. (The Ames Tribune)

Bears vs. Mountaineers.
Mark C. Moore previews Baylor's first encounter with its new Big 12 neighbor West Virginia. If you can call a school that's about 1,300 miles away a "neighbor."  (Our Daily Bears)

Your "America, love it or leave it" moment of the day. 
Country music star Trace Adkins will be performing the National Anthem before Saturday's Baylor-West Virginia Game. (The Smoking Musket)

Could You Be the One? 
Andrew Doughty ponders if Kansas running back James Sims is the answer to getting the Jayhawks back on track. (Rock Chalk Talk)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Montee Ball's hopes, Gordon Gee's spending habits, Venric Mark, and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Ball hopeful for Saturday. 
Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball is hopeful that he will be medically cleared to play in this Saturday as the Badgers take on Nebraska. (The Milwalkee Journal Sentinel)

Notre Dame-Michigan no more?
Notre Dame and Michigan's annual rivalry game looks to be the durst casualty in the Irish's new partnership with the ACC. (ESPN)

(Just for the record, SWRT will keep Notre Dame news in "Big Tentacles" until the end of the season.)

The Blind-Sided.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he was "blindsided" by Notre Dame's decision to opt out of the Irish-Wolverine rivalry game. (The Detroit Free Press)

Will the Wolverine Survive?
After two big losses to Alabama and Notre Dame, Graham Filler wonders if Michigan will be able to win even eight games in 2012. That projection is a far cry from the team some picked to go to the Rose Bowl. (Off Tackle Empire)

Gee is for Graft?
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee's use of school funds for his own purposes, such as travel and entertaining, are coming under scrutiny. (The Dayton Daily News)

Analyze This. 
Bob Hunter analyses Ohio St. head football coach Urban Meyer's handling of press conferences, compares to that of ex-HC Jim Tressel. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Making a Mark.
Chris Kue  profiles Northwestern tailback Venric Mark, one of the reasons for the Wildcats' success in rushing this season. (The Chicago Tribune)

Ta'Jarvis Fuller is an ex-Fighiting Illini.
Illinois defensive back Ta'Jarvis Fuller is off the team after a case of the ever-vague "violation of team rules." (The Chicago Tribune)

The Sims. 
Joe Rexrode profiles Michigan State tight end Dion Sims. (The Detroit Free Press)

Urban Meyer is Batman.

Say Bat-fans, are you unsure about the direction of the Batman film franchise now that Christopher Nolan is done with his Dark Knight trilogy? Are you wondering who the abomination that causes desolation that is the Time-Warner media empire can get to replace Christian Bale as the caped crusader? Worry no more, because the internet has given you an answer to your prayers, along with a bold new direction for the series.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your new Batman - Urban Meyer.

I am of course anxiously awaiting the sequel, with Lane Kiffin as the Joker, Gigi Meyer as Batgirl, and Les Miles as (who else?) The Mad Hatter.


Todd Gurley, Derek Dooley, Joker Phillips, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew


The Hurly-Gurley Man.
Georgia tailback Todd Gurley has been named SEC  Freshman of the Week. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Bring on the Night.
The Oct. 6 Georgia-South Carolina game has been scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 PM EDT. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Lives in the Balance.
Alabama's starpower-lacking 2012 squad is described as being "more balanced." (

This used to be a funhouse, but now it's run by evil clowns. 
Auburn defensive back Demetruce McNeal declares the Tigers' 2011 defense to have been "a clown show." (Saturday Down South)

Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat? 
Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat. (The Macon Telegraph)

Joker Phillips on an even hotter seat?
Joker Phillips on an even hotter seat. (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

Arizona to debut copper alternate helmets during game against Oregon St.

If you were anxiously waiting for Arizona to debut the Wildcats' much talked-about copper helmets then wait no further. Wildcat head football coach Rich Rodriguez has announced that the helmets will make their game debut this Saturday for the Wildcats' first Pac-12 home game against Oregon State.

"It is our first Pac-12 home game this year, so we're going to break out the copper helmets," Rodriguez said, referring to Saturday's game against Oregon State (7 p.m., Arizona Stadium).
"Copper is not going to replace our school colors or anything, but I think it is a tribute to the mining industry in our state."
While most of RichRod's players were enamored with the shiny new helmets, center Kyle Quinn was a little more reserved about the new headgear, noting  that "With linemen, they get torn up anyway." Though he does admit that he likes the reasons for why the helmets were created.

"Being a history major, I know the importance of what copper is to the state and how important the mining industry is," Quinn said. "So it's going to be great to represent that and go out and play a great game on Saturday."

It's nice to know that at least one player gets that the helmets are supposed to be more than just your average alternate protective headgear. 

Jimbo Fisher calls Heisman hopefuls "show dogs."

Jimbo Fisher with E.J. Manuel.

FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher has a possible Heisman Trophy candidate on his hands with Seminole starting quarterback E.J. Manuel. That don't expect you can Fisher to orchestrate a massive Heisman campaign like the one centered around former FSU QB Christian Ponder. It seems that he has either moved on from such bawdy schemes, or  wasn't too crazy about them in the first place.

In a recent interview, Fisher has a term for Heisman hopefuls - he called them 'show dogs.'

''Like I say, that's for show dogs,'' Fisher said in response to a question at his weekly media availability. ''If you want to parade him around and do all that, I'd rather have a hunting dog.

''When I let him out that truck, he's ready to go,'' Fisher said. ''I think that's what he is and I think he understands that. He's mature enough to understand that.''

Hopefully Manuel is mature enough to be called a 'hunting dog.' Otherwise there are gonna be some very awkward moments down in Tallahassee.

(via AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Monday, September 24, 2012

TCU has a familiar-sounding new bumper sticker slogan - Roll Damn Toad..

The above photo is of some new TCU bumper stickers. I may be wrong, but I could swear I've heard the"Roll Damn Toad," or something pretty darn close too it, being used somewhere else. Some school in Tuscalooda, Al., maybe? TCU might want to consider putting guards on the trees around campus. And if you're a TCU supporter, you might want to avoid going to Krystal for a while.

(via Frogs O' War)

Landey Jones, Geno Smith and Casey Pachall, Wes Lunt, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins

We're in the same boat on the same sea, and we're sailing south on the same breeze.
After Oklahoma's loss to Kansas State on Saturday, the Sooners find themselves in the same position as USC with dwindling chances of winning a BCS title this season. (Dr. Saturday)

My bad.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones takes the blame for the Sooners' loss to Kansas St. (The Oklahoman)

New Kids on the Block.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and his TCU counterpart Casey Pachall are helping the Big 12 fill the void left behind by departing QB's Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), and Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State). (The Austin American-Statesman)

Wes Lunt injury update. 
Oklahoma St. head football coach Mike Gundy says injured QB Wes Lunt could play on Saturday against Texas. (The Sporting News)

For the defense.
Jeff Howe looks at Texas' defense. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Colin "Optimus" Klein transforms Kansas St. into contenders.

Kansas St. QB Collin Klein on Saturday night. (Source: The Skiatook Journal)

NFL scouts were at Saturday's Kansas State-Oklahoma game to check out Sooner quarterback Landry Jones. But it was starting quarterback Collin Klein who stole the show, by helping the Wildcats shake the world of college football by defeating  the fifth ranked Sooners 24-19.

Klein has helped make the world take notice of K-State this as Big 12, and possibly even BCS title contenders. While the world may be shocked with Klein's performance, and his improvement from last season, his fellow teammates have taken notice, and have dropped a few nicknames on him.

"People need to quit being surprised by Collin," said K-State wide receiver Chris Harper. "Collin is Collin. He's got these nicknames and they're all true: 'Honey Badger ... Optimus Klein,' whatever you want to call him, it's all true because he's all of that. He can do whatever he wants to do. If he wants to play for K-State basketball and go out there and start, he could do that.

"People who doubt him, just accept what he is, and that's a great athlete."

Someone needs to tell Harper that "Honey Badger has already been taken by some guy named Tyrann Mathieu, and his absence from college football this season doesn't mean that it's available. "Optimus Klein," however is permissible, and appropriate for the on-the-field leader of the Kansas St. offense.

There's no word on the NFL scouts in attendance thoughts on Klein, but the Detroit Lions may want to take a look at "Optimus," should they decide their QB Matthew Stafford needs a good backup next season. They already have Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, after all.

(via ESPN)

Denard Robinson, Wisconsin's James White, Michigan St., and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

The Blame Game.
Drew Sharp claims that Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges' play calling is hampering Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson's on-the-field performance. (The Detroit Free Press)

Wisconsin's White knight?
Wisconsin may have to depend on running backs James White and Melvin Gordon against Nebraska on Saturday if tailback Montee Ball is still unavailable due to a head injury during the Badgers' win over UTEP. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

I see the future, and it will be.
Off Tackle Empire's weekly Big Ten Bowl predictions have Michigan State. facing USC in the Rose Bowl, and Notre Dame talking on LSU in the Sugar Bowl. It also sees Iowa and Indiana staying home with the banhammered Ohio State and Penn State.

In search of Sparty's mojo. 
Joe Rexrode asks if Mich. St. can get it's passing game back on track. (The Detroit Free Press)

Falling Into Black.
Iowa football has entered "a black hole." Because Mike Hlas said so. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Notre Dame recruiting.
Texas high school receiver Tori Hunter Jr., the son of the Angels outfielder, has committed to Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class. (The Chicago Tribune)

US Navy SEALs help Northwestern put success in perspective.

The Big Ten has taken it on the chin in more ways than one this season. But Northwestern has managed to go 4-0 with a schedule which includes three wins over BCS conference teams Syracuse, Vanderbilt,  and Boston College. Don't expect the Wildcats to be bragging about their accomplishment. The team learned how to put success into perspective during training camp from a  training session with members of the US Navy SEALs.

 "Every operation the SEALs go into, they expect to be victorious," quarterback Kain Colter said. "When they complete a mission successfully, they won't be jumping for joy. We expected to win these first four games and as we go into Big Ten, we expect to win games, expect to win the conference."

That kind of perspective will probably be helpful for Northwestern as it dives into Big Ten conference play against Indiana this coming Saturday. The Wildcats can't expect teams like Michigan and Michigan St. to be down for long.

(via The Chicago Tribune)

Aaron Murray is hot and under-appreciated, Steve Spurrier on Connor Shaw, and more. ,

Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.

Alabama stays on top, LSU drops a notch. 
The latest USA Today Coaches Poll has Alabama still at no. 1, with LSU dropping to third after being leapfrogged by Oregon. Georgia and South Carolina come in at fifth and sixth respectively. Florida is twelfth, and Mississippi St. rounds out the SEC representation on the list at no. 19. (USA Today)

Rage Against the Machine.
Ole Miss is the next team in line to face the Alabama Juggernaut. (

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is hot.
Because Jonathan Branch said so. Actually this is in regards to his performance Satruday against Vanderbilt. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

On the other hand...
Aaron Murray is "under-appreciated." Because Fletcher Proctor said so. (

It's a trick - there's two of them!
Saturday Down South profiles Georgia tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who have picked up the slack resulting from the dismissal of former Bulldog TB Isaiah Crowell.

Please Please Me.
South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier says he is "pleased" with the performance of Gamecock QB Connor Shaw during Saturday's win over Missouri. (AP/The Sporting News)

Thank you Fleetwood Mac, for helping Arkansas to love again.
Arkansas Expats recalls the optimistic Fleetwood Mac hit "Don't Stop" at it tries to deal with the abomination that is the Razorbacks' 2012 season.

Taking it in for a tune-up.
Florida HC Will Muschamp is using the Gators' bye week to focus on making improvements to the Gators before LSU comes to town on Oct. 6. (The Gainesville Sun)

The only easy day was yesterday.
Tennessee gets ready to face Georgia as it enters the heart of its SEC conference schedule. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Things Can Only Get Better.
"Texas A&M football good enough, will get better." Because Robert Cessna said so. (The Bryant-College Station Eagle)

Mark Richt dances a little sidestep over Ogletree and Rambo suspensions.

Mark Richt - Now you see him, now you don't. He comes and goes.

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo have been suspended since the beginning of the Bulldog's 2012 season for separate off-the-field incidences. Since then, UGA head football coach Mark Richt has been playing it fast and loose as to when the duo would be reinstated. With the aplomb of the Governor of Texas in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Richt continued to dance his little sidestep around the issue on Sunday.

"Richt has never clarified how long the suspensions will last. On Sunday he continued his weekly ritual of not updating the status of the two defensive stars.

"We'll figure it out in pregame warmup I guess, just like last week," Richt said."

Despite Richt's coyness of the issue, it wouldn't be too much of a shock if Ogletree and Rambo were reinstated for next Saturday's game against Tennessee. Georgia hasn't missed the pair for the first four games of the season (at least not on the surface), but it hard to say the Dawgs ain't missing them at all,

(via AP/

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Alabama blows FAU's mind (69 Times).

Alabama managed to show the world on Saturday that Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry was incorrect when he claimed that the Crimson Tide was beatable, and that the Owls could beat them. Alabama showed Henry the error of his ways with a 40-7 FAU whalloping  on Saturday. That it took sixty-nine players to do so is merely a trivial matter, as 'Bama head football coach Nick Saban rested his starters to give their backups some playing time and some in-game experience.

“We got to play a lot of players today,” coach Nick Saban said. “Those things are going to benefit us down the road.”

He thought the backups played better than they did a week ago, even though FAU scored a late touchdown and Arkansas never scored."

That FAU actually scored against the reigning BCS champions is probably proof that the team isn't that bad of a cupcake program, but still isn't quite up to the respectable opponent level of South Florida or Central Florida. But like the Tide's backups, The Owls gained valuable experience in being Alabama's last non-conference opponent before it jumps into SEC competition.


Oklahoma's upset, Wisconsin's freshmen, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout SWRT's  Sunday wrap-up of  Saturday's action.

Chokelahoma.Sixth-ranked Oklahoma falls to Kansas State 24-19. (ESPN)

Oklahoma is "not a championship-contending team."
Because Berry Tramel said so. (The Oklahoman

Iowapocalypse Now.
After a devastating 32-31 loss to Central Michigan, Iowa is "unorganized, undisciplined and lucky to be .500." Because Marc Morehouse said so. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Arkansas 35-26 home loss to Rutgers pretty sends the Razorbacks further down the downward spiral. (Arkansas Expats)

Tide Blows FAU's Mind (69 Times).
Alabama uses 69 players in the Tide's 40-7 blowout victory against FAU as it gives its backups some playing time. (

Send Away the Tigers.
LSU edges out Auburn 12-10. (ESPN)

Local Heroes.
Wisconsin manages to avoid being upset by UTEP on Saturday by depending on the redshirt freshman Milwaukee-area talent of quarterback Joel Stave and tailback Melvin Gordon. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

I don't want to spoil the party, but I just did.
Notre Dame defeats Michigan 13-6 on Wolverine QB Denard Robinson's birthday. (The Detroit Free Press)

Buffaloes trample Cougars. 
Colorado manages to get its first win of the year as it defeats Washington State 35-34. (The Denver Post)

Georgia crushes Vanderbilt 48-3.
The Bulldogs are now 2-0 against James Franklins in the SEC. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Purple Reign
Northwestern is now 4-0 as it defeats South Dakota 38-7. The Wildcats begin Big Ten conference play on the road at Indiana next week. (The Chicago Tribune)

Beavers beat Bruins. 
Oregon State upsets UCLA 27-20. (Building the Dam)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nick Florence, Terry Bowden, and more.

Game Day Goulash

Florence + the Machine.
Baylor manages to avoid being upset by Louisiana-Monroe in a 47-42 win. Bears starting quarterback Baylor starting quarterback Nick Florence's  four touchdown passes helps the Bears avoid being upset by Louisiana-Monroe in a 47-42 win over the Warhawks. (ESPN)

Michigan vs. Notre Dame.
Michigan tries to avoid the fate of Michigan State last week as it faces Notre Dame in South Bend. (The Detroit Free Press)

Standing in the Shadows of Love.
Heather Dinich explains the challenges facing the ACC as it strives to get from under the shadow of the SEC. (ESPN)

You Could Have Been with Me.
Don Kausler Jr. explains how Florida Atlantic could have had current Akron head football coach Terry Bowden as its head football coach instead of Carl Pelini. (

In the Still of the Night.
Georgia prepares for its second night game in a row in Starford Stadium as it faces Vanderbilt Saturday night. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Patrick Vint points out that Iowa's two wins this season were against schools with "Northern" in its name. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Hail Columbia! 
Missouri travels from Columbia, Mo to Columbia SC as it faces South Carolina. (The Kansas City Star)

Duck Amuck.
Aaron Fenfress previews today's Arizona-Oregon showdown. (The Oregonian)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Joel Stave, Bo Pelini, Anthony Hitchens, and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Stave the Last Dance for Me.
Wisconsin puts quarterback Danny O'Brien on the bench in favor of redshirt freshman Joel Stave on Saturday as the Badgers host UTEP. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Back in the Chase.
Nebraska defensive tackle Chase Rome has returned to the team. He had quit the team after the Sept. 8 loss to UCLA. (ESPN)

All men are mortal. All college football coaches are men. Therefore, all college football coaches are mortal.
Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini's health scare last Saturday gives Jesse Collins reason to pause and consider the medical risks college football coaches put themselves through. (Off Tackle Empire)

Love Can Build a Bridge. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens, whose life possibly as close to being a Hawkeye version of The Blind Side as you are going to get. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Ohio State can go undefeated in 2012.
Because Bruce Feldman said so. Too bad the Buckeyes are banhammered from any postseason play in 2012. (CBS Sports)

And the crowd goes mild.
A Lion Eye looks at Illinois' difficulties at maintaining good attendance figures in the wake of last Saturday's home win over Charleston Southern. The Illini have reportedly only drawn 40,000 fans its two home games this season.

Northwestern preview. 
Rodger Sherman previews Northwestern's home game against South Dakota. (Sippin' on Purple)


Penn State recruiting.
Georgia high school senior cornerback Kasey Gaines commits to Penn State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Sporting News)

Ohio St QB Braxton Miller has "more talent" than Tim Tebow. Because Urban Meyer said so.

Braxton Miller. Via USA Today

How does Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller compare to Buckeye head football coach Urban Meyer's most famous acolyte, Tim Tebow? Pretty well, according to Meyer.

 "Very similar guys," Meyer said. "They're both competitive human beings. They're both very talented people. Braxton has more talent. Tim is probably more of a grinder."

Meyer could be doing his expected role as Buckeye HC to pimp for his starting QB. Then again, Meyer could be finally admitting what most of the free world already knew about His Tebowness, in that his on-the-field qualities are more in his will to win than in anything remotely resembling a traditional NFL-style QB.

(via USA Today)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Wilson, Jarvis Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.

Finally, some good news for Arkansas.
Arkansas starting quarterback Tyler Wilson has been cleared to play in Saturday's Razorback game against Rutgers. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Where did it all go wrong for Arkansas?
Bobby Petrino, duh. (

Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation.
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones says he's ready to play in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Florida: Threat or menace?
Florida's resurgence in SEC conference play could be a threat to the conference's BCS title dominance. Because Matt Hayes said so. (The Sporting News)

Well, that didn't take long...
Missouri head football coach is mad at Paul Finebaum for the radio gadfly's comments about Tiger QB James Franklin. (

Send Away the Tigers. 
Allen Kenney previews the LSU-Auburn game. (The Crystal Ball Run)

Vols vs. Zips.
Joel Hollingsworth previews Tennessee's game against Akron. (Rocky Top Talk)

Kentucky HC Joker Philips on the Hot Seat?
Kentucky HC Joker Philips on the Hot Seat. (Team Speed Kills)

If you could see him through my eyes...
Despite making zero interceptions this season, Alabama defensive back Robert Lester is "a lot better player now than he was two years ago." Because Alabama HC Nick Saban said so. 

University of Minnesota celebrates multiculturalism...kind of.

Like many fine institutions of higher learning in America, the University of Minnesota tries to promote the ideas of diversity and multiculturalism wherever it can.  So what better way to illustrate those principles central to our modern world than at a Minnesota Golden Gopher football game? It where people of all races, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds come together and...

Uh, you're doing it wrong.

(HT: @AdamJacobi)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Denard Robinson, Kain Colter vs. Trevor Sieman, recruiting, and more.

Big Tentacles -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Denard Robinson  is "the best player on the field."
Because Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
Phillip Rossman-Reich explains why the Northwestern quarterback controversy between Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian may not be a quarterback controversy after all. (Lake the Posts)

Michigan State "will finish in the top ten."
Because Eastern Michigan head football coach Ron English said so. EMU faces Michigan St. on Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press)

Iowa running back curse item of the day. 
Brian Bennett looks at Iowa's continuing problems with keeping its running backs off the injury list. (ESPN)


Ohio State recruiting. 
North Carolina high school senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis verbally commits to Ohio State. (Eleven Warriors)

Connor Shaw to start, John L. Smith in the red, Tyler Bray, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew

- The SWRT roundup of SEC news.

I want my SEC!
There could be an SEC Network launched as early as 2014. (CBS Sports)

Shaw returns for Mizzou.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is expected to be recovered from re-injured right shoulder to start against Missouri on Saturday. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

No he can't read my poker face.
Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray was reportedly frustrated with the results of the Vols' loss to Florida last Saturday, even if his legendary lack of showing any emotion on the field said otherwise. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Your Hawgageddon moment of the day.
Arkansas head football coach John L. Smith reportedly owes over $25 million dollars in debts resulting from a failed real estate deal. (USA Today)

Foster the People.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama kicker Cade Foster. (

Them's fighting words!
Mel Kiper Jr. says "Alabama is a little overrated." (

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
LSU and Alabama will not have a BCS title rematch this season. Because Stewart Mandel said so. (

Tiger vs. Tiger.
Chris Fuhrmeister previews this Saturday's LSU-Auburn game, from a War Eagle point of view. (College and Magnolia)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A.J. McCarron comes clean about his bow tie fetish.

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron before the Alabama-Michigan game.

There were two big questions that the media wanted to know when Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron popped into the Alabama media room after practice on Tuesday afternoon. One was about his right throwing hand, which got stepped on while recovering a fumble during the Tide's victory over Arkansas. "It's good," and "Ready to go," McCarron said. The other was about his disturbing new  off-the-field fascination with bow ties.

McCarron has been spotting wearing the bow ties publicly several times since the season began. He was wearing one when he arrived at Cowboys Stadium before Alabama's dismantling of Michigan. He was more recently spotted wearing one before the Western Kentucky game. 

McCarron went into a little depth about the new bow tie fetish.

"I'm actually getting more and more," McCarron said. "It's actually gotten pretty cool. It's just something. I like doing different things. Everybody wears a tie, so I wanted to try something different.

"Actually, my mom and everybody in my family, that's what they got me for my birthday. I really didn't get to choose what I got. They all got me that. It's definitely been pretty cool, though."
Does he have a favorite?

"I just got a bunch of new ones," McCarron said. "I got a breast cancer bow tie and then a leukemia colored bow tie. I got a bunch of cool ones that we'll see."

As for how McCarron looks with the bow ties, it's a toss-up. It's somewhere between a pimp, Pee Wee Herman, and Chet from the Brooklyn season of MTV's The Real World. In other words, it's a look that can go horribly wrong when not worn appropriately and in the right situation.