Thursday, October 31, 2013

Covering Dixie: Connor Shaw, Bret Bielema, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - All your Halloween candy are belong to us. 



Connor Shaw returns. 
South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw returned to practice on Wendsday after missing Monday and Tuesday due to a virus. (AP/ESPN)

Nothing Compares to You.
Arkansas Fight's Doc Harper warns readers about comparing first year Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema to other SEC head coaches.

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day. 
Bruce Feldman names Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel as one of "The Scariest players in college football. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney also makes the list. (CBS Sports)

Weird Science.
A study names LSU fans as the most volatile fans in the SEC. (AL.com)


Injuries


D.J. Humphries injured.
Florida left tackle D.J. Humphries will miss 2-4 weeks due to a sprained MCL. (ESPN)

Insanity


Miners vs. Aggies.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE previews UTEP vs. Texas A&M.




Nick Saban gives high marks to LSU starting QB Zach Mettenberger.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban had some positive things to say about LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger during an SEC teleconference on Wednesday.


"I think he's played really, really well this year so far," Saban said on Wednesday's SEC teleconference. "They've got a very, very talented offense. Balance. They can run it, throw it. They've got big-play guys.

"He's the guy that makes it all happen based on how he executes what they do. He's probably playing as well as any quarterback in our league."

Alabama will host LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9.

(via AL.com)

The Ruins: Baylor, Quinton Bundrage, Oklahoma, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big 12 emerging from the ruins of the old. 



There's a possibility, but no chance.
Mark Seymour looks at a "Hypothetical Matchup" between Baylor and Ohio State. (Our Daily Bears)

Bundrage Against the Machine.
Tommy Birch profiles Iowa State wide receiver Quinton Bundrage. (The Des Moines Register)

Wideout of the blue.
Mike Vernon profiles Kansas wideout Rodriguez Coleman. (The Topeka Capital-Journal)

If I should die before I wake, feed Jake.
Kellis Robinett profiles Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters. (The Wichita Eagle)

Land Thieves vs. Honey Thieves. 
Ryan Aber looks ahead to next Thursday's showdown between Oklahoma and Baylor, and the "challenge" the Bears' offense will give the Sooners' defense. (The Oklahoman)

The Safety Dance. 
Gina Mizell profiles Oklahoma State safety Shamiel Gary. (The Oklahoman)

Mountaineers vs. Horned Frogs.
Frogs O' War previews West Virginia vs. TCU. 

Insanity

Undercover of the Night.
Evan G. Jones presents the best of the Twitter trend #ThingsUnderBaylorsTarp, inspired by the news that Baylor will remove the "This is Bear Country" tarp covering the south endzone for the home games against Oklahoma and Texas. (Cowboys Ride for Free)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

(UPDATED) FAU head coach Carl Pelini resigns after attending drug-related social event, reportedly admitted to drug use.

Carl Pelini has resigned as head football coach of Florida Atlantic. His defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis has also resigned. ESPN's Brett McMurphy is reporting on Twitter that the resignation comes after Pelini and Rekstis attended " a recent social event where marijuana was used."





FAU was 2-6 this season, and 1-4 in conference USA. Carl Pelini is the brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, and served as his DC.

UPDATE: South Florida Sun Sentinel reporter Dieter Kurtenback is reporting that Pelini and Rektis have admitted to drug use.




(via ESPN)


Covering Dixie: Connor Shaw, Justin Worley, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.



Generally, I don't like starting "Covering Dixie" with injury or medical news, but there were a few notable medical/injury-related stories that I felt needed to be dealt with before the usual shenanigans started.

Medical/Injuries


Shaw sits out practice.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw misses practice on Monday and Tuesday due to the virus that forced him to sit out of the start of the Gamecocks' win over Missouri last Saturday. (AP/ESPN)

Worley out indefinitely.
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley is out indefinitely following surgery to repair his right thumb. The thumb was initially injured in the Volunteers' win over South Carolina two weeks ago, and was reportedly more severely injured in the team's loss to Alabama last Saturday. (AP/ESPN)

Franklin upgraded.
Missouri QB James Franklin's status has been upgraded  to "questionable" for Saturday's game against Tennessee. Franklin injured his shoulder in the Tigers' win over Georgia on Oct. 12. (ESPN)

News and notes


I've seen the future, and it will be.
Bill Bender projects an Alabama vs. Florida State BCS title game, and a South Carolina vs. Stanford Sugar Bowl. (The Sporting News)

I've seen the future, and it works.
Braden Gall predicts that the Cleveland Browns will draft Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel. (Athlon Sports)

There can be only one.
Alabama cornerbacks Bradley Sylve and Cyrus Jones are locked in a competition for the Crimson Tide's starting CB position. (AL.com)

Sealed With a KISS?
Florida tries to simplify its playbook after two straight losses. This is never a good sign. (The Gainesville Sun)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Georgia looks to go for three wins in a row against Florida. Don't hold your breath. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Cowbells vs. Cocks.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls previews Mississippi State vs. South Carolina.


Recruiting


Cashier goes Crimson.
Alabama high school senior offensive lineman Josh Cashier commits to Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. (AL.com)



Nick Saban has no time for your foolish little Twitter feed.

Nick Saban with acolyte A.J. McCarron. 


Here's some bad news for those that have been hoping that Alabama head football coach Nick Saban would join the growing number of coaches on Twitter. Saban has announced that he has no time for you or your Twitter feed.

"I've never considered joining Twitter, nor do I know why anybody would," Saban said. "There's a lot of people that do and I guess that I'm one of the ones in the minority."

Saban and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier are the only members of the SEC's head coaching ranks not on Twitter. Don't expect either one to be shouting "YESSIR!" or posting fishing pics on Twitter to skirt annoying NCAA regulations on head coaches commenting on recruits.

(via AL.com)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Bo Pelini, Iowa, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.



Fight the Future.
Off Tackle Empire's weekly bowl projections still has Ohio State still being shut out of the BCS title game by Alabama and Florida State, and having to settle with facing Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Michigan State is projected to face South Carolina in a "Sparty vs. Cocky" Capital One Bowl, while Wisconsin is projected to face Missouri in the Outback Bowl.

Back on the Chain Gang.
Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini winds back on the Coaches Hot Seat top ten list.

Bucky vs. Herky.
Iowa tries to stay focused on this Saturday's home game against Wisconsin, and not on possibly becoming bowl eligible this weekend. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Iowa player profile of the day.
Mark Morehouse profiles Iowa running back Mark Weisman. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Bosch League.
Nick Baumgardner profiles Michigan freshman offensive lineman Kyle Bosch. (mLive.com)

Your love is like a roller coaster, baby.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit describes the Michigan offense as being "a roller coaster ride." (mLive.com)

Hanging By a Moment.
Northwestern's bowl eligibility is at stake following four straight losses. (Lake the Posts)

A.J. McCarron and Katherine Webb visited a haunted house Monday evening.


A.J. McCarron, Katherine Webb, and a Warehouse 31 ghoul. Photo via AL.com.

SEC power couple A.J. McCarron and Katherine Webb decided to use some of their Alabama bye week downtime on Monday to visit a Birmingham area haunted house. The Alabama starting quarterback and his Hardees' spokeswoman  girlfriend were seen together at Birmingham's Warehouse 31. McCarron had reportedly been looking for haunted houses to visit via Twitter, and was invited by "fans and cast members" of the attraction to check it out.

Warehouse 31 owner and operator Jason Sills explains how things came about.

 "It started early in the day," Sills said. "I guess AJ must have made a tweet this morning around 10 a.m. We jumped on there and told him to come out to Warehouse 31. We got fans and cast members to post."

One of the cast members reportedly wore an Auburn jersey to "frighten" McCarron, an ironic move considering Webb is an Auburn grad.


(via AL.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Bret Bielama, Todd Gurley, Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron, Connor Shaw, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us. 



This behavior's not unique.
Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema's complaints over the game video sent by Auburn's coaching staff to him is the latest brush-up in a feud the first-year Razorbacks head coach has had with Tigers' first-year head coach Guz Malzahn. (AP/ESPN)

The Hurdy-Gurley Man.
Things are looking positive for Georgia tailback Todd Gurley to return to the field for the Dawgs' all-important showdown against Florida in Jacksonville. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Heisman watch.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron make the list of CBS Sports' top five Heisman Trophy candidates. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota tops the list.

Prime Time Live.
CBS schedules LSU vs. Alabama is scheduled for kickoff at 8:00 PM EST on Nov. 9. It's the third year in a row that the pivotal showdown between the Tigers and Crimson Tide has been scheduled for a prime time kickoff. (AL.com)

A likely story.
First-year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones claims that the Vols' referring to Alabama last week as simply "The Red Team" was done with respect, and not meant as a putdown. (AL.com)

I have to praise you like I should.
South Carolina starting QB Connor Shaw named SEC offensive player of the week. (AL.com)

Tougher Than Leather. 
Andy Johnson declares Connor Shaw the "toughest QB in (the) SEC." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Landon on Water.
Alabama safety Landon Collins had been named the SEC defensive player of the week. (AL.com)

All or Nothing?
Pat Dooley declares that Florida's season is at stake in this coming Saturday's game against Georgia in Jacksonville. (The Gainesville Sun)

Great Expectations.
Ole Miss goes into its bye week with the hopes of making it to a "big time bowl," according to Rebels' starting QB Bo Wallace. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Recruiting


He's just not that into you.
JUCO offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Arkansas to Texas A&M. (Arkansas Fight)

In more positive Razorback recruiting news...
Arkansas high school senior defensive end Jake Hall commits to Arkansas' 2014 recruiting class. (Arkansas Fight)

Insanity


Who's watching the Watchmen?
Jessica Smarr mocks the media's coverage of Johnny Manziel. (The Battalion)

To Hate Like This is to Be Happy Forever.
Dawg Sports provides a "field guide" on how to hate Florida. Do you really need a guide to do that? 


Monday, October 28, 2013

A.J. McCarron complains about disrespect from Tennessee, is a hypocrite.



Alabama starting quarterback was a little miffed about Tennessee following the Crimson Tide's 45-10 vivisection of the Vols on Saturday. It had to do with Tennessee players referring to Alabama as "The Red Team" in the way Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer refers to Michigan as "The Team Up North."

"I never really say anything about the other team, but I kinda took this personal," McCarron said. "I felt disrespected. To say we don't deserve the respect of calling us Alabama and calling us 'red team' and for their head coach to come out and say they can play against anybody.

"I don't think we're just anybody. We won two national championships in a row and we're undefeated right now. So we're not just anybody."

This is the same McCarron who said earlier last week that Tennessee was "just another school," and that that he, like his Sith master head football coach, Nick Saban thought of the opposing team as being "faceless."

Obviously other teams are "faceless" to McCarron, but the "faceless teams must bow down and acknowledge Alabama and its greatness. Hypocrisy at it's finest.

(via AL.com)

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban,Johnny Manziel, Georgia-Florida week, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.

Rhodes Hall in Atlanta.


Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
Alabama remains atop the BCS standings. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Bye, Bye, Bye.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban describes how he expects his team to handle its bye week. The Tide's next game is Nov. 9 against LSU. (AL.com)

Tougher Than Leather.
Sam Khan Jr. discusses how Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel has added "toughness" to the list of words to describe him after a four-touchdown performance against Vanderbilt a week after injuring his shoulder against Auburn. (ESPN)

Jeremy spoke in class today. 
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson named SEC freshman of the week fort the second time this season. (AL.com)

How You Remind Me.
Mark Weiszer reminds everyone that Georgia does not have a special teams coordinator. This is why Florida will beat Georgia this coming weekend. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

To Hate Like This is to Be Happy Forever. 
Dawg Sports reminds everyone that it's Georgia-Florida week.

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Andy Hutchins looks at how Florida could still win the SEC East. (Alligator Army)

Insanity


It's My Party.
Johnny Manziel would invite Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, and Ron Gronkowsi to a party. Chip Patterson believes Johnny Videobomb might have mentioned those three to generate internet chatter. Like JFF really needs to namedrop Charlie Sheen to do that. (CBS Sports)


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ohio State marching band salutes Hollwood Blockbusters in another amazing halftime show.


If you thought that the Ohio State marching band's tribute to Michael Jackson was mind-blowing last week, then you haven't seen anything yet. The band's halftime show this week was it's "Hollywood Blockbuster" salute. This time, the band played selections that paid tribute to The Man of Steel, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Jurrassic Park, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Of course, the band couldn't help throw a few jabs at Michigan, including a pirate ship battle where a Buckeye galleon sends a Michgian pirate ship to Davey Jones' Locker.



Meanwhile, the Ohio St. had it's own salute to Hollywood by reenacting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Penn State. 

(HT @Johnny11W)

The Fallout: Missouri and Texas Tech fall, Nick Saban, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Week 9 edition.

Guess who's back, back again? JFF. Tell a friend.


And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.
Missouri falls to 7-1 as it falls to South Carolina in a double overtime 27-24 loss. (AP/ESPN)

The Blame Game.
David Morrsion places the blame for Missouri's loss to South Carolina on Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel reigning in starting quarterback Maty Mauk in the fourth quarter. (The Columbia Daily Tribune)

And now you've given me nothing but shattered dreams. 
Texas Tech suffers its first loss to season as it falls to Oklahoma 38-30. (AP/ESPN)

Tidal Wave.
Alabama crushes Tennessee 45-10 (AL.com)

It Wasn't Me.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban denies involvement with 20 school organizations having their block seating privileges suspended in the Bryant-Denny Stadium student section for Alabama's victory over Tennessee. Saban had criticized Alabama fans for leaving early in the second half of games earlier in the week. (AL.com)

Nick Saban IS NOT leaving Alabama for Texas.
Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. (AL.com)

Injured shoulder? What injured shoulder?
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel laid to rest any concerns about his injured shoulder by throwing for 305 yards, and scoring four touchdowns (three of them TD passes) in the Aggies' 56-24 win over Vanderbilt. (ESPN)

Buckeyes crush Nittany Lions. 
Ohio State destroys Penn State 63-14 in the Nittany Lions' worst loss since 1899. (AP/ESPN)

Stylin' & profilin'?
ESPN's Austin ward describes Ohio State's 63 points scored on Penn State as "style points." I'd describe it more as a case of you can take Buckeye HC Urban Meyer out of Florida, but you can't take the Florida out of Urban Meyer.

Baylor stays unbeaten.
Baylor cruises to 7-0 with a 59-14 win over Kansas. The Bears face Oklahoma in two weeks on Nov. 7. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Longhorns Ride the Lightning.
Texas beats TCU 30-7. Gameplay was halted for three hours during the second quarter due to lightning. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Ducks Amuck.
Oregon defeats UCLA 42-14. (AP/ESPN)

Gopher broke.
Minnesota upsets Nebraska  34-23. (AP/ESPN)

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on the Hot Seat?
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on the Hot Seat. (The Lincoln Journal-Star)

Stanford cleavers Beavers.
Stanford defeats Oregon State 20-12. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Welcome to the new age.
The Atlanta Falcons release new drawings for its new stadium, which will also be the future home for the SEC championship. (Yahoo! Sports)





Saturday, October 26, 2013

Johnny Manziel becomes "Johnny Videobomb."

Time to add another entry to the long list of nicknames for Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel..."Johnny Videobomb." Johnny Football garners this one for his actions following the Aggies' win over Vanderbilt, where he decided to have a little fun with the camera while his head football coach, Kevin Sumlin, was being interviewed.



Think Sumlin's gonna make Manziel run up and down the stadium steps for this? Me neither.

(via Deadspin)

Game Day Goulash: Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, Taylor Martinez, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Week 9 from Outer Space edition. 



Cougar Town.
BYU beats Boise State 37-20. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

If you're going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
With its win over Boise St., BYU secures an invite to the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 27. (Vanquish the Foe)

We were merely freshmen.
Chris Low profiles Florida State starting quarterback Jameis Winston, with lots of reminders that the freshman QB is still a freshman. (ESPN)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
An AP preview of Vanderbilt at Texas A&M reminds everyone that Aggie starting QB Johnny Manziel is playing with an injured shoulder. (AP/FOX Sports)

Ready to Start?
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez will reportedly start in the Cornhuskers' game against Minnesota. Martinez has been out for the past three games with a turf toe injury. (ESPN)

Chelf Life.
Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf will reportedly start against Iowa State. (ESPN)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Baylor to unleash "Blackout" for Nov. 7 showdown with Oklahoma.

Uncle Phil's Misguided Children 

Be afraid, Baylor fans. Be very afraid. The school has declared the Nov. 7 showdown with Oklahoma to be "blackout game." Which, judging from the image that Baylor Football released on Twitter, means that the Bears will be donning all black uniforms courtesy of Uncle Phil's Misguided Children at Nike.  



The game will have huge ramification in the race for the Big 12 championship. Which of course means that Baylor just went and jinxed it with calling for a blackout.

(via College Spun)

Nutter Butter flip-flops will melt your brain.


The latest fad on Facebook is recipie sharing. Well, something had to replace Farmville and Mafia Wars, I guess. It's usually something I ignore (unless it involves bacon), but every so often, you find something that's both so mind-numbingly banal, and absolutely brilliant at the same time that it sends the brain into total shutdown mode to prevent your mind from exploding.

To that end, I give you...Nutter Butter flip-flops.


I'm just going to simple stare at this for a while, and cry as my individual brain cells die off one by one.

(Thanks to Marsha Siso for sharing this. I think)

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us. 



Bulldogged.
Mississippi State defeats Kentucky 28-22.

Nobody's Fault But Mine.
Ken Bradley claims that Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron "only has himself to blame" for not being as high on the Heisman Trophy watch list this season. (The Sporting News)

What's a Paladin?
LSU starting QB Zach Mettenberger explains how he knows what a Paladin, the mascot for this week's LSU opponent Furman, is. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Recruiting


Texas A&M recruiting.
Arizona high school senior defensive end Qualen Cunningham commits to Texas A&M's class of 2014. (Good Bull Hunting)

 

Injuries


South Carolina injury report.
Connor Tapp looks at which injured South Carolina players are likely to play in this week's game against Missouri, and which are not. Note: this came very close to being listed under "Insanity." (Garnet and Black Attack)

 

Insanity


'Dores vs. Aggies.
The Good Bull Hunting TAILGATE preview for Vanderbilt at Texas A&M. If you can't figure out why this is listed under "Insanity," prepare to be shocked.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Which BCS top ten schools are most in danger of an upset in Week 9?

Which BCS top ten schools are most likely to go down in an upset? SWRT ranks the Week nine games involving the BCS top ten by which games are most likely to fall.

 1. (10)Texas Tech @ (15) Oklahoma
 Okay, Texas Tech getting beat by Oklahoma probably wouldn't technically count as an upset. But the  Red Raiders are the higher-ranked team, so it winds up at the top of the list.

 2. Penn State @ (4) Ohio State
 Penn State is the third-ranked team in the Big Ten Leaders division. It has a much talked-about freshman quarterback in Christian Hackenberg, and a chip on its shoulder due to not being bowl eligible. This could be the last game on the Buckeye's schedule where can be logically be considered as vulnerable.

 3. South Carolina @ (5) Missouri
 South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw's injury is the prime reason that this game doesn't get ranked higher on the list. Despite that, this game will show whether the hype machine around Mizzou is real or not.

4. (6) Stanford @ (25) Oregon State
Oregon State's only loss came to Eastern Washington in possibly the WTF game of Week 1. This is a road game for Stanford, so the Cardinal could find itself in a tricky situation.

5. Tennessee @ (1) Alabama
If it wasn't for the fact that Tennessee beat South Carolina, and barely lost to Georgia, I wouldn't even think of ranking this game as high as I am. Still, the Vols' have shown that they're a dangerous team under first-year head coach Butch Jones, and the Tide aren't going to be able to sleep on them this week.

6. (12) UCLA @ (3) Oregon
No, I'm not sold on first-year UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jr. I saw enough of him coaching the Atlanta Falcons to do that. On the other hand, I'm not sold on Oregon managing to go undefeated this year, either. And the Ducks might be in for a letdown two weeks before the big showdown with Stanford.

7. (9) Clemson @ Maryland
Clemson got exposed last weekend. The Tigers' final conference game with Maryland could find them exposed even more.

8. (7) Miami @ Wake Forest
Wake Forest beat North Carolina State and Maryland in ACC play, but lost to Boston College and Clemson. The Demon Deacons could pose a threat to the Hurricanes, who just edged North Carolina last Thursday.

9. North Carolina State @ (2) Florida State
FSU can probably handle NC State, who are 3-3, but 0-3 in conference play.

10. (8) Baylor @ Kansas
 Things have to go right for Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks at some point, right? Not this weekend, though. It's hard to see Kansas being the ones to derail Baylor. The only hope for Weis is that the Bears are looking ahead to Oklahoma in two weeks.



Sorry, girls. Charismatic Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel is engaged.



Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel has become the latest Domer to melt the internet thanks to this photo from the Irish's victory over USC last Saturday. The USC defense knocked McDaniel's helmet off, and out popped the kind of photo photographers would sacrifice their firstborn to Molloch to get.

Of course, McDaniel has become popular with the ladies (and probably some guys as well), thanks to his charismatic good looks. Sadly for all, McDaniel is engaged. Worse, his fiance is a real life woman. (Yes, that's a Manti T'eo joke, thank you.)




Oh well. Just remember, girls. There's more men for you out there.

(via USA Today)

Covering Dixie: Todd Gurley, Johnny Manziel, Vanderbilt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.


 

The best there is! The best there was! The best that ever will be!
Former Georgia and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton declares Georgia tailback Todd Gurley  to be “the best running back on the planet…pro football or college football.” (Dude You Crazy)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
ESPN media gadfly Paul Finebaum says that Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel is his favorite to win the Heisman Trophy for a second consecutive time. (The Dallas Morning News)

Up in the Air.
Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin says that no decision has been made over whether Austyn Carta-Sanmuels or Patton Robinette will be the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Texas A&M. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Recruiting


I'm OK, you're OK.
Pete Yolk describes Arkansas recruiting under first-year head football coach Bret Bielema as being just "OK." (SB*Nation)

Injuries


Florida injury report.
Florida backup linebacker Jeremi Powell will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL suffered during the Gators' loss to Missouri. (ESPN)


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Unquiet on the Western Front: Keanon Love, Ka'Deem Carey, Colorado, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front - Your Pac-12, Mountain West, and BYU extravaganza. 

Lowe and behold.
Jason Quick profiles Oregon wide receiver Keanon Lowe. (The Oregonian)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Jack Follman predicts an Oregon vs. Alabama BCS title game, and a Stanford vs. Ohio State Rose Bowl. (Pacific Takes)

Carey On Wayward Son. 
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey has been named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week. (Arizona Desert Storm)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
John Henderson looks at 3-3 Colorado's chances for a bowl bid. (The Denver Post)

Duck Hunt.
Bruins Nation looks at what UCLA needs to do to beat Oregon.

Recruiting


Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Arizona lands a pair of class of 2014 commitments with Arizona high school senior wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie and Florida HS senior offensive tackle Levi Walton. (The Arizona Daily Star)

"Roll Tide Roll" painted on University of Tennessee's "The Rock."



If you're one of the people who think that the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry has become irrelevant in the era of Crimson Tide dominance in the series under its head football coach Nick Saban, then think again. It still matters to some anonymous 'Bama fan or fans, who took the time and effort to travel to Knoxville for a little bit of "Troll Tide"-ing by painting "The Rock" on the University of Tennessee campus.

"The Rock" is a cherished instrument of free speech on the University of Tennessee campus. But this message probably won't go down well, and probably won't last long, either. This isn't the first time a rival school's fans have defaced The Rock, thought Univ. of Tennessee officials might want to consider taking steps to make sure it's the last.

(via CBS Sports)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray on Todd Gurley, Maty Mauk, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.



The Return of the King?
Sources tell CBS Sports that Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel will play in the Aggies' game against Vanderbilt on Saturday.  Manziel injured his shoulder during the Aggies' loss to Auburn last Saturday.


The glass is half-empty.
Based on the current "ESPN Experts" poll Joshua Davis says that Manziel won't win back-to-back Heisman Trophies. (Fansided)

The Glass is half-full.
On the other hand, The Dallas Morning News says a USA Today survey has Manziel "still in the running."

Vandy vs. Aggies.
Good Bull Hunting previews Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt. Not the TAILGATE, but a more saner first look at this cross-division match-up.

Back to Good?
Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray says that he believes Bulldog tailback Todd Gurley will be back on the field for the Nov. 2 Georgia-Florida game. Gurley has missed the past three games, including the Dawgs back-to-back losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

On your Mauk. 
Rock M Nation profiles Missouri starting QB Maty Mauk. 

Use Your Delusion.
ESPN analyst Danny Kannell ranks Oregon and his alma mater Florida State in front of Alabama. Saying illogical things like this is why ESPNU canceled  UNITE, Danny. (AL.com)

Curb Your Enthusiasm. 
Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn tries to temper the growing expectations of Tiger fans after the team's unexpected success this season.  (AL.com)

Bulldogs vs. Wildcats.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls previews Mississippi State vs. Kentucky.



Recruiting


YESSIR! YESSIR! Three bags full!
Texas high school junior defensive tackle Daylon Mack commits to Texas A&M's 2015 recruiting class. (Good Bull Hunting)

You get a line, I'll get a pole. We'll go fishing in The Catfish Hole.
Jeremy Crabtree looks at the role the Fayetteville, Ak. restaurant The Catfish Hole plays in the recruiting process at Arkansas. (ESPN)

Insanity


The JFF-Files.
Fletcher Massie looks into how Johnny Manziel is able to recover from injuries that would seemingly end the seasons of other football players. (Good Bull Hunting)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Big Tentacles: Gary Andersen on Joel Stave, Brady Hoke, Bo Pelini on Taylor Martinez, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.



Stand By Your Man.
Wisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen says that he's happy with the progress of Badger starting quarterback Joel Stave. This despite some iffy moments in the Badgers' win over Illinois. (The Milwalkee Journal-Sentinel)

Bye, Bye. Bye.
Michigan HC Brady Hoke says that the Wolverines plan to stay focused on its in-state rivalry game against Michigan State during the team's bye week. (The Detroit Free Press)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Off Tackle Empire's weekly bowl projections sees Ohio State playing Oregon in the Rose Bowl, and Wisconsin playing Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The Buckeyes get bumped from facing Alabama in the BCS title game (where OTE had them going last week) by Florida State.

We are not amused.
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison expresses his displeasure over the Wolverines' defense during the team's 63-47 win over Indiana. (The Detroit Free Press)

Ride On Track?
Nebraska HC Bo Pelini says that Cornhusker starting QB Taylor Martinez is "on track" return to the field on Saturday after missing the past three games due to a turf toe injury. (The Lincoln Journal-Star)

Yes there are two paths you can go by. But in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on.
Jesse Collins looks at both the positive and negative directions Nebraska can go down during the remainder of the season. (Off Tackle Empire)

Christian Hackenberg's spotlight moment?
Barry Leonard Jr. explains how Penn State starting QB Christian Hackenberg could put himself in the spotlight by leading the Nittany Lions to a win over unbeaten Ohio St. (Victory Bell Rings)

Covering Dixie: Dee Ford, Johnny Manziel, Will Muschamp vs. Ron Zook, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.



There's a possibility, but no chance.
Following Auburn's win over Texas A&M, Tiger defensive end Dee Ford believes that the team can "win it all." Alabama, would like to have a word with you, Dee. (AL.com)

I have to praise you like I should.
Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall has been named the SEC offensive player on the week. (College and Magnolia)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Roy Bragg declares that the one thing that can Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel is the Aggies' defense. (The San Antonio Express-News)

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. 
Alex Scarborough explains why it will take a while for first-year Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema to rebuild the Razorbacks football program. (ESPN)

Muschamp vs. Zook.
Andy Hutchins compares the records of current Florida head football coach Will Muschamp to former Gator HC Ron Zook. This can't be a good thing. (Alligator Army)

Defending the indefensible.
SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw defends that the NCAA's controversial targeting rule. (AL.com)

Defending the indefensible, part deux.
T. Kyle King tries to defend the Georgia defense.


(Dawg Sports)


Insanity


How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...
Tennessee Hate Week brings up all the reasons Alabama hate not just the Vols, but anything Tennessee related. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Nick Saban declares resurgent Tennessee "a very good football team."

Nick Saban with acolyte A.J. McCarron.


Tennessee has yet to beat Alabama since Nick Saban came to Tuscaloosa to coach the Crimson Tide. The Volunteer football program has been a disaster during the Saban era, and is now going through its third coach since Phillip Fulmer was fired in 2008.

Still, the Vols are 4-3 under first-year head coach Butch Jones, and are coming off an upset win over South Carolina. It's enough for Nick Saban to take notice.

"Right now, Tennessee is emerging as a very good football team," Saban said at his weekly news gathering. "In their last two games, they've had an opportunity to beat Georgia and beat South Carolina last week. I think Butch Jones has done an outstanding job there. When a team improves like they've improved, it's always the sign of good coaching."

While the Tennessee may not be as serious a threat to smash 'Bama's hopes for a third consecutive BCS title as its next opponent, LSU may be, the Vols are certainly on the level of a resurgent Auburn team to give the Crimson Tide a serious challenge.

(via The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

A.J. McCarron recalls Terrence Cody's memorable field goal block from 2009 Alabama-Tennessee game.

A.J McCarron. Photo via AL.com


What does the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry game mean to Crimson Tide starting quarterback A.J. McCarron? Not much, apparently, as a recent interview with AL.com would indicate.

"Just another school. I don't think about them any more than I do anybody else," McCarron said. "Just another week, another game. That's the way we need to prepare for it."

Pressed further on the subject, Nick Saban's number one acolyte responded with further Saban-speak.

 "Not for me," McCarron said. "I play on this team, so every week is rivalry week to me because it's the next opponent on the list and they're trying to keep us from our goal, so it really doesn't matter to me."

Of course McCarron lets his guard down when asked about epic field goal block during the final seconds of the 2009 Tennessee-Alabama game by former Alabama nose tackle and current Baltimore Raven Terrence Cody. McCarron is one of few current Alabama players who was on the the first BCS title-winning team of the Saban era.

"Yeah, that was a crazy moment," said McCarron, who was a freshman being redshirted that season. "They were doing construction then in that one end zone. I can't remember if I was standing on the bench or something, trying to see it and couldn't see it because I was stuck all the way in the back and then I heard everyone cheer and thought something must have gone right and then watched the replay. 

"It was a great moment for our school and it led to the first national championship in a long time."

That admission gives hope that McCarron still hasn't been purged of emotion, and is still human.

(via AL.com)

Miami dodges NCAA bowl ban bullet, loses scholarships.

It's judgement day for Miami as the NCAA finally deals out punishment over the scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro giving improper benefits to former players. The good news for Miami is that it escapes a bowl ban. The bad news: The U will lose nine scholarships over then next three years.

Miami has been under self-imposed sanctions, which have included sitting out the ACC championship game last season, and not going to bowl games for the past two seasons.

The sanctions come two-and-a-half years after the beginning of the NCAA investigation.

(via ESPN)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Joel Stave, Northwestern, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football. 



So close, yet so far away.
Ohio State ranks fourth in the first BCS standings of the season. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

I have to praise you like I should.
The Big Ten names Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon as its offensive player of the week. Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough is named Big Ten defensive player of week. (The Detroit News)

Survival of the fittest (and I use that term loosely). 
Northwestern and Iowa both find themselves in a must-win situation to preserve their Legends division title hopes seasons as the Wildcats travel to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Baby better come back later next week. 'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak.
C.E. Bell lashes out at people mocking Northwestern's three-game losing streak. (Off Tackle Empire)

Why's everybody always pickin' on me?
Andrew Coppens  looks at the lack of respect given to Wisconsin starting quarterback Joel Stave. (Madtown Badgers)

While the Cat's Wolverines' away...
Michigan Stadium will host a game between Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Members Slippery Rock and Mercyhurst on Oct. 14, 2014. The Wolverines have a bye week that weekend. (The Detroit Free Press)

Injuries


Michigan injury report. 
Michigan loses offensive guard Joey Burzynski for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL suffered during the Wolverines' win over Indiana on Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press)

Texas QB David Ash out for TCU due to "lingering effects of a head injury."



Texas has announced that quarterback David Ash will sit out Saturday's road game against TCU due to what's being described as "lingering effects of a head injury." Ash suffered a concussion during the Longhorns' Sept. 7 loss to BYU. His only game since the injury was on Sept. 21 against Kansas State, which he was unable to finish.

The amount of time Ash has missed on the field has brought suggestions from CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli that it may be wiser for Texas to shut Ash down for the remainder of the season.

Longhorn QB Case McCoy will continue to start for Texas in Ash's absence.

(via CBS Sports)

Connor Shaw injured, won't need surgery.



South Carolina's SEC East title hopes took a big hit in Saturday's shocking loss to Tennessee. Potentially worse for the Gamecocks was that starting quarterback Connor Shaw left the game with an sprained left knee. The good news for Shaw and the Gamecocks is that he won't need surgery. The bad news is that he probably won't be able to play in next Saturday's now-big showdown with SEC East leading Missouri. (Yes, that still boggles the mind saying that).

(via USA Today)

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Nick Saban, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like MildewThe SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us. 



The Song Remains the Same.
Alabama sits atop the first BCS rankings of the 2013 season. Missouri lands at no. 5. (ESPN)

Unproductive thought experiment of the week.
According to Team Speed Kills, Alabama would face Ohio State if the College Football Playoff semifinals, which begin next season, were held today. Florida State and Oregon would be in the other playoff.

All I Do is Win.
Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron is a winner. Because Tim Letcher said so. (Rant Sports)

I Will Remember You.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban pays tribute to former Washington HC Don James, who passed away on Sunday. James was Sabans' HC at Kent State, and gave Saban his first coaching job as a graduate assistant. James led Washington to a national title in 1991. (AL.com)

Where Do We Go From Here?
Texas A&M tries to move on following loss on Saturday to Auburn. (AP/The Washington Post)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's hopes for a second consecutive Heisman Trophy shouldn't be hurt by the Aggies' loss to Auburn, according to Rob Goldberg. (Bleacher Report)

Hitting the Mauk.
First-time Missouri starting QB Marty Mauk helped lead the Tigers to a win over Florida. (The Columbia Daily Tribune)

Rum, Sodomy, and the Lashlee.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee discusses the Tigers' upset win over Texas A&M. (AL.com)

 I Will Not Go Quietly.
Georgia HC Mark Richt says that he will fight for the SEC East title "until it’s over." Hint: It's probably over. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Actually surprising item of the day.
Mark Richt isn't back on the Coaches' Hot Seat top ten list yet. 

Did I Leave Wisconsin for This?
First-year Arkansas HC Bret Bielema admits that "this is getting a little old" following the Razorbacks dropping their fifth straight loss to Alabama. (AL.com)

Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the day.
Florida HC Will Muschamp  declares that Florida is "not a very good football team." It's probably still good enough to beat Georgia in two weeks at ESPN College GameDay's Chris Fowler called the "Worlds Largest Outdoor Physical Therapy Session" on Saturday. (The Gainesville Sun)






Sunday, October 20, 2013

Computer ranks Missouri no. 1 team in the country, Alabama ranked second.








The latest argument for the Butlerian Jihad comes from the computer-based Massey Ratings system, which names Missouri as the no.1 college football team in the nation above Alabama. The Tide are ranked second, which may be the only logical ranking in this allegedly logic-based system.


The rest of the Massey Ratings top five are Florida State, Clemson, and Oregon. UCLA, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas A&M - which all lost on Saturday - finish out the top ten. Massey ranks undefeated Ohio State is eleventh,

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the USA Today coaches poll, voted upon by mere humans, has Alabama firmly established on top as the number one team in the country. Oregon, Florida St., Ohio St., and Baylor (ranked 16th by Massey) finish out the top five. Missouri is ranked seventh, behind sixth-ranked Miami (Fl.).

(via AL.com)

Welcome to the Fallout - BCS chaos, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - The sky is falling edition.

What's the best way to describe yesterday's chaos in college football? Does the term "Russian meteor" ring a bell? 



Crawling Through the Wreckage.
Graham Watson tries to look for "winners and losers" amongst Saturday's upset-laden proceedings. (Dr. Saturday)

Double Trouble.
Texas A&M deals with the shock of a 45-41 loss to Auburn, and a shoulder injury to starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. (USA Today)

Horseplay.
Adam Jacobi looks at whether an uncalled horse collar tackle by Auburn linebacker Kris Frost to Manziel played a role in the Aggies inability to score a last-minute touchdown. (SB*Nation)

Muddying up the waters.
Pat Forde looks at how Florida State's 51-14 smackdown of Clemson will impact the battle for a spot in the BCS title game. (Yahoo! Sports)

Rebel Yell.
Ole Miss' 27-24 upset of LSU removes the Tigers from the ranks of the undefeated, and possibly out of the BCS and SEC East title picture. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Murder on Music Row (or at least as close as possible to it).
Vanderbilt upsets Georgia in yet another special teams disaster for the Bulldogs. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Shaw injured in Gamecock loss.
Tennessee upsets South Carolina 23-21 in a game where Gamecock starting QB Connor Shaw lef the game with a sprained knee injury. (ESPN)

Cardinal bash Bruins.
Stanford takes UCLA out of the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-10 victory. (AP/ESPN)

The more things change, the more things stay the same.
In the midst of upheval in college football this weekend, Alabama destroys Arkansas 52-0. (AL.com)

The Downward Spiral.
Northwestern suffers its third straight loss in a 20-17 upset to Minnesota . (The Chicago Tribune)

Domers beat Trojans.
Notre Dame defeats USC 14-10, showing the Trojans that yes, having Ed Orgeron as your head coach is a bad thing. (AP/ESPN)

Pretty in Pink.
The pink helmet-clad Oregon Ducks defeat Washington State 62-38. (AP/ESPN)

Dodging the bullet. 
Ohio State manages to escape the upset bug with a 34-24 win over Iowa. (AP/ESPN)


Injuries


Boise State injury report.
Boise State starting QB Joe Southwick suffers a broken ankle during the Broncos' 34-17 win over Nevada. He could be back this season, according to Boise St. HC Chris Petersen. (Mountain West Connection)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Here's Bill Murray destroying Lee Corso.


You either saw it on ESPN College GameDay, or you've heard about it. Bill Murray demolishing Lee Corso dressed up as Chief Osceola while picking FSU to beat Clemson. The chances this was scripted are way high, but it doesn't matter it had to be done.



Now if we can get Bill Murray can go and talk to Bill Snyder.

(via Awful Announcing