Saturday, November 30, 2013

Game Day Goulash: Bo Pelini, Johnny Manziel, Alabama-Auburn, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Week 14 edition. 

Burning Down One Side?
Tom Shatel on Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini's behavior during and after the Cornhuskers' 38-17 loss to Iowa: "I just saw a man set himself on fire." (The Omaha World-Herald)

The Back-Up Plan.
LSU manages a late-game 31-27 win over Arkansas via a 99-drive led by backup quarterback Anthony Jennings. Jennings replaced starting QB Zach Mettenberger, who was injured in the fourth quarter. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Bigger Than the Beatles?
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum calls Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game " "It's the biggest Iron Bowl I've ever seen." (AL.com)

How Will the Wolf Aggie Survive?
James Sullivan ponders whether Texas A&M could "survive in the SEC" if starting QB Johnny Manziel entered the 2014 NFL Draft. (Bleacher Report)

The Past is Prologue.
Pat Dooley looks to the past to find games where a lowly Florida team upset a highly-touted Florida State team. (The Gainesville Sun)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Game Day Goulash: A.J. McCarron, Bo Pelini,

Game Day Goulash - Black and Blue Friday edition. 

The Egg Bowl and I.
Mississippi State defeats Ole Miss 17-10 in overtime to reclaim the Egg Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Longhorns stomp Red Raiders.
Texas defeats Texas Tech 41-16. (AP/ESPN)

Hit That Perfect Beat.
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron strives for that elusive perfect season as he prepares to lead Alabama against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. (USA Today/rgj.com)

Chickens vs. Tiggers.
South Carolina and Clemson both try to keep their conference title hopes intact when the two in-state rivals face each other on Saturday. (CollegeFootballTalk)

The ghosts of football past.
Tom Shatel resurrects memories of the firing of former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich was he makes his argument that Bo Pelini should retain his job as the current Cornhusker head coach. Unfortunately  for Pelini, Shatel's argument centers the doubts on Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst's ability to hire a coach that can regularly win 11-12 games a year.   (The Omaha World-Herald)

Let's Stay Together.
Iowa and Iowa State agree to continue their in-state rivalry series through 2021. There were concerns that the series would fall by the wayside due to Big Ten expansion. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Recruiting


Texas A&M recruiting.
Mississippi JUCO offensive lineman Avery Gennesy commits to Texas A&M's 2014 recruiting class. (Good Bull Hunting)

The Gold Standard.
Andrew Gribble profiles legendary Alabama announcer Eli Gold. (AL.com)

Insanity


Send Away the Tigers.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE previews Texas A&M vs. Missouri as Johnny Manziel and the Aggies try to avoid their third loss of the season to a Tiger-nicknamed team.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Goulash - Brady Hoke, Johnny Manziel, Hutson Mason, and more.

Thanksgiving Day Goulash - Happy Thanksgiving y'all!



It's the Thanksgiving edition of "Game Day Golash." I hope you and you loved ones have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  

Stand By Your Man.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says head coach Brady Hoke's job is not in jeopardy despite a lackluster 2013 season. (ESPN)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day. 
NFL draft analyst says Texas A&M's loss to LSU will not affect Aggie starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's potential 2014 NFL Draft status is he decides to enter the Draft after the end of the college football season. (NFL.com)

I'm With You.
ESPN college football analyst David Pollack is among the former Gerogia players who have called QB Hutson Mason to show their support in his first career start this Saturday against Georgia Tech. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The Devil You Know.
Eric Adelson profiles Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, who has led the Blue Devils to a possible spot in the ACC championship game this season. (Yahoo! Sports)

Black Friday on My Mind.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini discusses preparations for Friday's rivalry game against Iowa. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Katherine Webb, Hutson Mason, and more.

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



It Wasn't Me.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin denies reports that he said that  starting quarterback Johnny Manziel would decide before the Aggies' bowl game whether or not to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Johnny Fauxball.
Alexander Smith discusses how Missouri is planning for its final regular season game against Texas A&M, and tries to uncover which player is being used to simulate Johnny Manziel in practice. (The Columbia Missourian)

It's Awkward. 
Katherine Webb expresses her nervousness as she gets ready to attend her first Iron Bowl game ever. The woman made famous by Brent Musburger ogling during the 2013 BCS title game is Auburn graduate, but says she'll be rooting for boyfriend A.J. McCarron and Alabama. (AL.com)

All we need is just a little patience.
David Ching profiles Georgia QB Hutson Mason, and how he dealt with being Aaron Murray's backup for the past two seasons. Mason will get his first career start at Georgia against rival Georgia Tech on Saturday following Murray's ACL injury last weekend. (ESPN)

Potential awkward moment of the weekend.
South Carolina will honor defensive end Jadeveon Clowney alongside the Gamecock seniors on Saturday, as he presumably plays his final game in Williams-Brice Stadium. (ProFootballTalk)

Seven the Hard Way.
Ron Higgins looks at how the SEC managed to win seven straight BCS titles. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Eight Arms to Hold You?
B.J. Bennett looks at how Vanderbilt managed to turn around its 2013 season despite a disappointing start and multiple injuries. The Commodores could have their first back-to-back season with eight regular season wins since 1927-1928 if they defeat Wake Forest on Saturday. (Southern Pigskin)




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Ruins: David Ash, Damien Williams, and more.

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

Ash officially done for season.
Texas quarterback Davis Ash is officially out for the remainder of the 2013 season as he continues to recover from a concussion received in the game against BYU on Sept. 7. He last appeared in a game on Sept. 21 against Kansas State. (CBS Sports)

Damien Williams is an ex-Sooner.
Oklahoma has removed running back Damien Williams off the team. He was suspended last week for "violation of team rules." (The Oklahoman)

We are not amused.
How are Williams' former teammates reacting to his dismissal? Not too well. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Bears vs. Frogs.
Mark Seymour previews Baylor at TCU. (Our Daily Bears)

Recruiting


Oklahoma recruiting.
Texas high school junior defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin commits to Oklahoma's 2015 recruiting class. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, Brady Hoke, recruiting and more.

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



What, me worry?
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says that  he's "not coaching to save my job or anything else." He probably should be. (AP/ESPN)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Eleven Warriors wonders if Michigan is missing former head coach Rich Rodriguez as it compares his record to that of current head coach Brady Hoke.

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Brendan Stiles projects Ohio State vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl, and Wisconsin vs. Clemson in the Orange Bowl for the Big Ten's BCS bowl representatives. (Hawkeye Drive)

Kicking the Bucket.
David Woods previews Purdue vs. Indiana. Well, somebody had to do it. (The Indianapolis Star)

It's getting Ott in here.
The Lincoln Journal Star profiles Iowa defensive end Drew Ott. 

Black and Blue Friday.
Corn Nation previews Friday's Iowa vs. Nebraska game.


Recruiting


Parker Heese Can't Lose.
Iowa high school senior defensive end Parker Heese commits to Iowa's 2014 recruiting class. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Avoiding the rush.
Michigan scores it's first commitment for its class of 2016 with Illinois high school sophomore offensive tackle Erik Swenson. (The Detroit Free Press)

Covering Dixie: Will Muschamp, Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, and more.

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

The USS Alabama.


What, me worry?
Florida head coach Will Muschamp says he's not concerned about being fired following a dismal 2013 season. (ESPN)

You should be.
Muschamp has bolted to the top of the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is at no. 10.

The sun will come out tomorrow...
Meanwhile, Muschamp discusses what effect Florida's annus horribilis will have on recruiting. (The Gainesville Sun)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Gregg Doyel defends Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's status as "an all-time great" in the wake of his poor performance against LSU.  (CBS Sports)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Michael Rand explains why the Minnesota Vikings' 26-26 tie against the Green Bay Packers may have helped the Vikings out by putting them in position to draft Johnny Manziel. (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

I have to praise you like I should.
Roll 'Bama Roll profiles Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron as part of its "Salute to the 2013 Alabama Seniors." 

Peaking at the right time?
Dan Wolken discusses McCarron's late emergence as a serious Heisman Trophy contender. (USA Today)

Scouting the enemy.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban says nice things about Auburn fullback Jay Prosch. (AL.com)

Come on to the Future. 
Brandon Larrabee projects an Auburn vs. Central Florida in the Sugar Bowl to go along with the now-seemingly inevitable Alabama vs. FSU BCS title game. (Team Speed Kills)

Stand By Your Man.
Georgia players show their support for QB Hutson Mason as he makes his first career start in the all-important Clean Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry against Georgia Tech. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Recruiting


Avoiding the rush.
Missouri high school senior QB Rafe Peavey makes an early sign-up to Arkansas 2014 recruiting class. (Arkansas Fight)

Insanity


Iron Bowl Bingo.
A little game to help you pass the time while watching the Iron Bowl if Alabama starts thumping Auburn pretty bad. (AL.com)


Monday, November 25, 2013

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Brady Hoke, Bo Pelini, and more.

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

Not much today, but it's there. 

So close, and yet so far away.
Ohio State inches closer to second place Florida State in the BCS standings, but is still on the outside looking in at third place. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

It's getting hot in here?
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is on the hot seat. Because Rob Oller said so. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Topdog, Underdog?
Steven M. Sipple calls Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini to be an "underdog coach."  (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Covering Dixie: Aaron Murray's injury, A.J. McCarron's Heisman Trophy stock, Will Muschamp, and more.

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



Murray to undergo surgery. 
Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ACL that occurred in last Saturday night's Bulldog win over Kentucky. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Ready for his close-up.
Mark Weizer profiles Georgia QB Hutson Mason, who will take over for Murray as starting QB in this Saturday's regular season-ending game against Georgia Tech. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Jerry Hinnen discusses Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel's poor performance in the Aggies' loss this past Saturday to LSU. (CBS Sports)

Alabama still reigns supreme.
Alabama sits atop the BCS standings once again. Auburn comes in at no. 4, Missouri at no. 5, and South Carolina at no. 10. (AL.com)

Rising to the occasion.
Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron's stock rises in the race for the Heisman Trophy as contenders like Manziel and Oregon starting QB Marcus Mariota underperform in Week 13, and as Florida State starting QB Jameis Winston continues to deal will accusations of sexual assault. (AL.com)

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end.
Kevin Scarbinsky recalls the 1989 Iron Bowl game between Alabama and Auburn, the first ever played at Jordan-Hare stadium. Auburn defeated Alabama 30-20. (AL.com)

Nothing Compares 2 U.
Ohio-born Alabama center Ryan Kelly says that the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game isn't on the level of the Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl. (AL.com)

I Woke up this morning,  I had them Statesboro Blues. 
How did Florida fans take the embarrassing loss to Georgia Southern? Not too well. (Alligator Army)

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
Robbie Andreu discusses what Florida needs to do to fix the the football program after a disastrous season and the loss Georgia Southern. (The Gainesville Sun)

Same as it ever was.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn maintains his regular approach in game preparation as he prepares The Tigers for this weekend's Iron Bowl. (AL.com)

I'm Movin' On.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and his team try to put this past Saturday's loss to Missouri behind him as they begin preparing for the Egg Bowl rivalry game against Mississippi State. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)


Report: Florida head coach Will Muschamp will not be fired this season.

Sad Will Muschamp looking sad.


Florida head coach Will Muschamp will reportedly be back to coach the Gators in 2014. This despite the worst season in the team's history in decades, which has included, injuries, losing to Georgia Southern this past weekend, and losing to Georgia three years in a row.

According to an Orlando Sentinel source, the University of Florida would not fire Muschamp, but that his coaching staff will undergo "significant changes" following Saturday's end of the season rivalry game against Florida state.

Steve McClain, a University of Florida senior administrator also told the Sentinel that "athletic director Jeremy Foley stands by his endorsement of Muschamp." Translation: expect Brent Pease to be an ex-Florida offensive coordinator by the end of next week. 

The Gators are 4-7 this season, and 3-5 in the SEC. This will be the first season since 1989 that the Gators won't be playing in a bowl game of BCS title game.

(via The Orlando Sentinel. HT: College Spun)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Fallout: Baylor falls, Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Week 13 edition.

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.
Baylor's hopes for a BCS title were brutally dashed as Oklahoma State thumped the Bears 49-17. (ESPN)

Tigers beat Aggies. 
LSU finds a way to shut down Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel as the Tigers beat the Aggies 34-10. (AP/ESPN)

Aaron Murray injured.
Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the Bulldogs' 59-17 win over Kentucky. He's expected to miss next Saturday's Georgia-Georgia Tech game. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

My Wish Came True.
Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron fulfilled a lifelong dream to throw a pass to younger brother, 'Bama tight end Corey McCarron during the Crimson Tide's Senior Game 49-0 romp over Chattanooga. (AL.com)

All hope is lost.
Arizona ends Oregon's Pac-12 title hopes as the Wildcats defeat the Ducks 42-16. (AP/ESPN)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Drew Sharp ponders whether Big Ten Legends Division title winner Michigan State can topple Leaders Division title winner Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 7. (The Detroit Free Press)


Recruiting


Alabama recruiting news.
Arkansas high school senior defensive tackle Josh Frazier commits to Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. (AL.com)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Game Day Goulash, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Week 13 edition.

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? 
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin says that the Aggies' starting quarterback Johnny Manziel will make a decision on whether to leave school early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft before the Aggies' bowl game. (USA Today)

I'm a lucky man, with fire in hand. 
Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray credits "a little bit of luck" to his consecutive game starting streak. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Giving Back.
Nick Saban and his wife Terry were on hand to help dedicate the 15th home built by the Alabama head coach's Nick's Kids charity teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for Tuscaloosa for a family displaced by the April 2011 tornado that devastated the Tuscaloosa area. (AL.com)

Eyes on the Prize.
Michigan State could punch it's ticket to the Big Ten Championship by defeating Northwestern and clinching the Legends division. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel, Alabama-Auburn, and more.

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


  
A Brief History of Time.
Dude You Crazy takes a look back at the college career of Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray as he prepares to play his game ever in Stanford Stadium against Kentucky on Saturday. 

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
Georgia players try to defend embattled Bulldog defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Wildcats suspended. 
Kentucky suspends defensive end Jason Hatcher and defensive back Cody Quinn for Saturday night's road game against Georgia, and suspends wide receiver Demarco Robinson indefinitely. The ever-vague "violation of team rules" is the reason given for the suspensions. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Dave Sheinim with yet another article on how Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel may leave school early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (The Washington Post)

In the Line of Fire.
Matt Scalici explains what's it's like to be at a Nick Saban press conference when the Alabama head football coach explodes over a stupid question of comment made by a reporter. (AL.com)

Don't Believe the Hype.
Charles J. Dean tries to splash water on the idea that next weekend's confrontation between Alabama and Aubrun will be the biggest Iron Bowl in History. (AL.com)

Rocky Top vs. Brick House.
Will Shelton previews Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt. Well, someone had to do it. (Rocky Top Talk)

Insanity


Better than a football game?
Good Bull Hunting's Cuppycup vs. Internet legend LSU Freek in the GIF Duel 2013. Cuppycup goes with Mike the Tiger in Life of Pi, while Freek inserts Johnny Football into the infamous "Aggie Dance" scene of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Sorry Cuppy, LSU Freek wins hands down. (Good Bull Hunting)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel's legacy, Mike Evans, Les Miles, and more.



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



Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Gary Laney explains how Texas A&M's final two games of the regular season against LSU and Missouri could be the defining moments of  starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's legacy. (AL.com)

Don't You Forget About Me. 
Glenn Guilbeau profiles Texas A&M, other potential Heisman Trophy candidate, wide receiver Mike Evans. (The Shreveport Times)

C.J. Mosley item of the day. 
Roll 'Bama Roll profiles Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Every silver lining has a touch of gray.
Tennessee will wear its "smokey gray" uniforms for the second time this season when the Volunteers play Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Vols wore the unis in their loss to OT Gerogia earlier in the season. (Mr. SEC)

Don't Talk Dirty to Me.
LSU head coach Les Miles asks Tiger fans not to sing "distasteful lyrics" traditional LSU Tiger Band standards like "Tiger Rag." It and other traditional LSU songs have been shelved in recent seasons due to bad behavior by the fans in the bleachers. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Recruiting


He's just not that into you.
Alabama high school senior cornerback Stephen Roberts flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Alabama to Auburn.(AL.com)

Stuckey in the Middle With You.
Mississippi JUCO defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey commits to Auburn's 2014 recruiting class.  (AL.com)


Insanity


Aggies vs. Tigers.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE for Texas A&M vs. LSU. Guess why it's here.




Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn't think Nick Saban will leave Alabama for Texas.

Tex. Governor Rick Perry in his Yell Leader days at Texas A&M.



Governor Rick Perry of Texas was in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area recently attending the annual Republican Governors Association meeting. During an interview with Phoenix station KNXV-TV anchor/reporter Christopher Sign, a discussion arose around the speculation Alabama head football coach Nick Saban might leave Tuscaloosa to coach the Texas Longhorns. Sign is an alumni of the University of Alabama, while Perry is an graduate and former male cheerleader Yell Leader for Texas A&M.


"So is Saban going to go to the University of Texas?" Perry asked.

Sign didn't think that was in the cards.

"I'm with you," said Perry, a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M. "But what if it's $12 million a year? That's some pretty good bait." 

It figures that Perry would try to play both ends of the table when it comes to Saban.

Here's video of the conversation.



( via KNXV-TV, AL.com)



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Big Tentacles: Jerry Kill, bowl projections, and more.

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



Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill discusses the adjustments he's made in his life following suffering a series of epileptic seizures in October. (ESPN


New Year's Day bowl projections.
Off Tackle Empire's latest BCS bowl projections sees Ohio State facing off against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, Michigan State vs. Missouri in the Capital One Bowl, Wisconsin vs. South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, Iowa vs. Georgia in the Gator Bowl, and Minnesota vs. Rice in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Green Thoughts.
Mark Snyder profiles Michigan running back Derrick Green. (The Detroit Free Press)

 

Insanity


Future Shock.
Rodger Sherman looks into the future of Northwestern football, and it is not pretty. (Sippin' on Purple)

A.J. McCarron featured on cover of new edition of Sports Illustrated.


Photo via AL.com.


Be afraid, 'Bama fans. Next week's edition of Sports Illustrated will feature Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron on the cover. Not that I'm saying that the SI cover curse exists but look what happened to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Playoffs after B.J. and Justin Upton appeared on the cover of SI in October.

As for the story inside, SI senior writer L. Jon Wertheim discusses the idea that McCarron should be considered one of the best college QB's of all time. Obviously, two straight BCS titles will put any QB in that category.

(via AL.com)

University of Georgia dining hall window shows school not dealing with loss to Auburn very well.




There's an argument to be made that the Georgia and its fanbase suffer from some form of post traumatic stress disorder. The Bulldogs'  loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game last season apparently still haunts the team. Now, last Saturday's devastating loss to Auburn looks to join it as this image from this UGA Dining Hall window shows.

(via The War Eagle Reader)

Covering Dixie: Mark Richt, Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel, and more.

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



The Blindsided. 
Georgia head coach Mark Richt claims that neither he nor Bulldog defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn't expect Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to throw deep for what resulted in the game winning touchdown in last Saturday's Auburn victory over Georgia. (ESPN)

It Wasn't Me. 
Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray denies trying to lobby for the Dawgs to don black jerseys for Seniors Night and his last game at Stanford Stadium. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day. 
Former Texas A&M head coach Jackie Sherrill discussed Aggie starting QB Johnny Manziel on The Tim Brando Show. (The Dallas Morning News)

Clowney and Davis miss practice. 
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney missed practice on Tuesday due to complications from aggravating bone spurs in his right foot. Gamecock running back Mike Davis also missed practice due to an ankle injury. (AP/ESPN)

Kickstart My Heart.
Michael Casagrande profiles Alabama punter Cody Mandell. (AL.com)

He's just not that into you.
Arkansas redshirt sophomore defensive back Ray Buchanan Jr. plans to transfer to another school after the end of the season. His father is former NFL safety Ray Buchanan. (Arkansas Fight)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dancing in the Ruins: Mack Brown, Baylor, and more.

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


Texas head coach Mack Brown on the hot seat?
Texas head coach Mack Brown on the hot seat. (The Dallas Morning News)

Sobering fact of the day.
Baylor hasn't beaten Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Ok. since 1939. (The Waco Tribune)

Building a Mystery.
Rock Chalk Talk ponders whether Kansas can build on its upset of West Virginia with a win over Iowa State.

Recruiting


Oklahoma recruiting. 
Junior college defensive end/outside linebacker Devante Bond commits to Oklahoma's 2014 recruiting class. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Injuries


Drango out for Baylor-Oklahoma State.
Baylor offensive lineman Spencer Drango will miss Saturday's road game against Oklahoma State following surgery to repair a back injury. (Our Daily Bears)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Mark Richt, Hutson Mason, and more.

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



Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Sam Khan Jr. explains why Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel controls his own destiny in the race for a second consecutive Heismam Trophy. (ESPN)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Brandon Larrabee projects an Alabama vs. Florida State BCS title game, and a Auburn vs. Central Florida Sugar Bowl. The SEC vs. Big 12 Sugar Bowl deal can't come soon enough. (Team Speed Kills)

Not Back in Black.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt says there are no plans for the team to don black jerseys for this Saturday's Senior Night game against Kentucky. (Bulldog Illustrated)

Inherit the Wind?
David Ching predicts that current Georgia backup QB Hutson Mason could "inherit (an) ideal situation" if and when he takes over next year as the Bulldogs' starting QB. This is thanks to having starters like tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall returning next season. (ESPN)

No Price Too High.
Tickets for the Nov. 30 Alabama v.s Auburn "Mother of All Iron Bowls" are already going for as high as $3,000 from ticket brokers. (AL.com)

Brick House vs. Rocky Top.
Will Shelton previews Saturday's Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee game. (Rocky Top Talk)


Recruiting 


He's just not that into you.
California high school senior offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao flips his class of 2014 commitment from Alabama to USC. (AL.com)





Cam Newton emblazoned on 2013 Iron Bowl tickets.




Auburn will host the 2013 edition of the Iron Bowl rivalry game between the Tigers and Alabama. That means it gets to choose the artwork for the tickets, and is emblazoning them with former Auburn  Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Cam Newton. It's just a friendly reminder that the Tigers were the last non-Alabama team to win the BCS title back in 2010.

(via Throw the Flag)

Big Tentacles: Mark Dantonio, Bo Pelini, Joel Stave, and more.

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



I've seen the future and it will be.
Kevin Causey BCS projections have Michigan State facing Oregon in the Rose Bowl, and Ohio State facing Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Which basically means that Causey is predicting the Spartans will upset the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game. (The Crystal Ball Run)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Attention. 
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio discusses the extra attention from television that the Spartans are getting with their surprising success this season. (The Detroit Free Press)

Stand By Your Man.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. will start against Penn State. This despite a three-turnover performance in the Cornhuskers' loss to Michigan State on Saturday. (AP/ESPN)

Back on the Chain Gang.
Meanwhile, Pelini finds himself back in the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings top ten at no. 9. Five Big Ten coaches find themselves on the list, including Indiana's Kevin Wilson(no. 8), Iowa's Kirk Ferentz (no. 14), Illinois' Tim Beckman (no. 16), and Purdue's Darrell Hazell (no. 17). Future Big Ten member Maryland's HC, Randy Edsall, is at no.15.

A Whiter Shade of Pale.
Ohio State announces plans to wear all-white uniforms in the regular season-ending game against Michigan. Well, all-white with red numbers, apparently.  (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Not so golden anniversary.
Mike Hlas looks back at the Notre Dame-Iowa game that was scheduled for Nov. 23, 1963, but was canceled due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the day before. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Stave By Zero. 
Jeff Potrykus profiles Wisconsin starting QB Joel Stave. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Getting to Know You.
Bucky's 5th Quarter's Zach Miller takes a look at Wisconsin's Week 13 opponent Minnesota as the Badgers prepare for the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe with the Golden Gophers.
 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Covering Dixie: Mark Richt in denial, Will Muschamp on the Hot Seat, Johnny Manziel, and more.

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



Denial is not a river in Egypt. 
Georgia head coach Mark Richt refuses to place the blame for the Bulldogs' heartbreaking last-minute loss to Auburn on the team's defense. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Movin' on up to the bottom.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp moves up to second place on the Coaches Hot Seat rankings of...well, coaches on the hot seat. First-year Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema lands at no. 12.

Everyday's the same. Nothing ever change. I can't stand it, but I can't do anything.
Alabama remains atop the BCS Standings. Auburn is in sixth place, with Missouri in eighth, South Carolina in eleventh, Texas A&M in twelfth, and LSU at no. 22. (AL.com)

Don't Believe the Hype. 
The Nov. 30 Alabama at Auburn game is already being declared to be "The Mother of all Iron Bowls." (AL.com)

I've got a little list, I've got a little list.
Kent Faulk provides a list of words or phrases Alabama has trademarked, including "Roll Tide,"'Bama," and"Rammer Jammer." (AL.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel Item of the Day.
A look at the evolution of Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel from last season to this one. (AP/The Dallas Morning News)

The Downward Spiral?
Greg Gabriel declares that Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin should turn down any offer to become head coach at USC because it would be a "downward move." (National Football Post)

Cashing in?
Thanks to Baylor head coach Art Briles' recent contract extension,  Kevin Sumlin could wind up getting ready for "big payday" whether he stays at Texas A&M or goes elsewhere. (The Dallas Morning News)

What about me?
John Roach asks if LSU is "underrated in the BCS standings. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Fallout: Auburn, Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Energy Vampire Weekend edition.



I'm not saying the Week 12  of the college football season was a soul-sucking Energy Vampire Weekend, but given the option of either watching Atlanta-Tampa Bay on TV or going antiquing, I'd pick the later.

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.
Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshal's last-minute 73-yard pass to wide receiver Ricardo Lewis lead the Tigers to a 43-38 win over Georgia. (AP/ESPN)

Last night, I had me a nightmare. 
Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray describes Auburn's last-minute win against the Dawgs as "a nightmare." You'd call it a nightmare too if you watched the play and realized that your last meaningful college football game may be in Shreveport. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Every day's the same. Nothing ever change. I can't stand it, but I can't do anything.
Nebraska's 41-28 loss to Michigan State causes Dirk Chatelain to reflect on the holding pattern the Cornhuskers have been in since 2009. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Trojans chop down Tree. 
USC upsets Stanford 20-17 via a field goal kicked with 19 seconds left in the game. (ESPN)

Triple your pleasure, triple your fun.
Michigan defeats Northwestern in a 27-19 triple-overtime win. (The Detroit Free Press)

Baby better come back later next week, 'cause you see I'm on a losing streak.
Florida loses its fifth game in a row as it falls to South Carolina 19-14. (The Gainesville Sun)

Winning Ugly.
Alabama defeats Mississippi State in a lackluster 20-7 effort. (AL.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Rich Cimini ponders whether the New York Jets should stand behind starting QB Geno Smith, or leave him by the wayside and draft Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel. Can we not go there, please? (ESPN)

Bears beat Red Raiders.
Baylor stays perfect with a 63-34 win over Texas Tech. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Game Day Goulash: Jameis Winston case, Von Miller on Johnny Manziel, Mack Brown on Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Week 12 edition.

The elephant in the room.
Florida state attorney William Meggs says that a decision to proceed with criminal charges against Florida State starting quarterback Jameis Winston's involvement in an alleged sexual assault. (ESPN)

Bruins beat Huskies.
UCLA defeats Washington 41-31. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller describes Texas A&M  starting QB Johnny Manziel as being "not an easy guy to sack." Miller attended Texas A&M, but left school a year before JFF came to town. (NFL.com)

Don't You Forget About Me. 
Texas head coach Mack Brown has a little message for those saying Alabama head coach Nick Saban is going to take his job: "Nick's not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick. So I don't have to worry about that. And if I do my job, there won't be any job to be open to get, so I think that's the other thing." (CBS Sports)

McCarron On Wayward Son. 
NFL Network draft analyst Bucky Brooks declares that Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron will be a first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. (AL.com)

Nothing Left to Lose.
Mark Snyder looks at today's Michigan at Northwestern game, which features two teams who were thought to be Big Ten Legends division title contenders, but which have both struggled during the season. (The Detroit Free Press)

De'Runnya Up That Hill.
Mike Herndon profiles Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson. (AL.com)




Friday, November 15, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Da'Shawn Hand, Steve Spurrier, and more.

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



Troy Aikman on Johnny Manziel

Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Troy Aikman says that he believes Texas A&M starting QB will have success in the NFL. "There's no doubt in my mind that with his playmaking ability, he was doing it last year as a freshman against good competition,….I think he'll be successful when he gets his opportunity."(The Sporting News)

All aboard for funtime.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban dismisses claims about his being too serious-minded. "I don't really mean to be serious," Saban said. "But sometimes when I'm serious, I'm having fun too." (AL.com)

Kiper on McCarron.
ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. discusses important a good performance in the Senior Bowl from Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron will be for his 2014 NFL Draft stock. (AL.com)

How to get kicked out of the state of Florida. 
Pat Dooley makes the argument that Steve Spurrier has done a better head coaching job at South Carolina than the did at Florida. (The Gainesville Sun)

The Gator Hunter.
Zach Abolverdi profiles Florida fullback Hunter Joyer. (The Gainesville Sun)

From the "don't act like you didn't think this was going to happen" dept...
Ethan Burch compares Auburn starting QB Nick Marshall to former Auburn starting QB Cam Newton. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Next Position Please.
Doc Harper analyzes which position Arkansas freshman running back Korliss Marshall should remain at his current position, or should be moved to safety. (Arkansas Fight)

Recruiting 


Talk to the Hand.
Virginia high school senior defensive end Da'Shawn Hand,  Rivals.com's no. 1 ranked prospect in the country, commits to Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. (Rivals.com)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Coveirng Dixie: Will Muschamp, Johnny Manziel, Bret Bielema, and more.

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



Stand By Your Man.
 Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says in an online statement that he's " a thousand percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program." Translation: Muschamp's chances of being an ex-Florida head football coach by the end of the season just went up a thousand percent. (ESPN)

Is this a bad thing or an even worse thing?
Team Speed Kills compares Will Muschamp's tenure in Florida to that of  Rich Rodriguez's three years as Michigan head coach.

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Drake performed at the American Airlines center on Sunday. Yes, Texas A&M starting quarter back was in attendance. (The Dallas Morning News)

A Few Small Repairs.
With the final Texas A&M home game of the 2013 season out of the way, work is beginning on a $450 million renovation project which will expand Kyle Field's seating capacity to 102,500. (Dr. Saturday)

The past is prologue. 
Mark Weiszer looks at Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray's success against Auburn. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Bielema denies accusations.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema denies claims made by Florida center Jon Harrison that an Arkansas player had shouted racial slurs at him during the Gator win over the Razorbacks on Oct. 5. (Mr. SEC)

Poetry corner.
Red Cup Rebellion celebrates Ole Miss' game versus Troy on Saturday with William Butler Yeats' "No Second Troy." 


Insanity


Hungry Like the Wolf Rough Collie.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE presents it's version of The Hunger Games, with Johnny Football as Katniss Everdeen. Yes, Katniss is a girl. Deal with it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Ohio State, Nebraska, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and it's influence over college football.



Standing his ground.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke defends his play-calling during the Wolverines' loss to Nebraska. (The Detroit Free Press)

In a Funk?
Zach Travis analyzes whether Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk's role in the Wolverines' woes this season. (Maize N Brew)

Brutus vs. That Stupid Tree?
Off Tackle Empire's updated weekly bowl projections have Ohio State facing Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Now get in the Pitt and try to love someone!
Tim May profiles Ohio St. defensive back Corey "Pitt" Brown. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Life of Ryan.
Kyle Rowland profiles Ohio St. linebacker Ryan Shazier. (Eleven Warriors)

 On the Road Again.
Iowa's coaching staff is using the Hawkeyes' bye week to hit the recruiting trail. (The Quad City Times)

That name sounds familiar. 
Darnell Dickson profiles Nebraska offensive lineman Mark Pelini. Yes, he's Cornhusker head coach Bo Pelini's nephew. (The Lincoln Journal Star)







Wall Street Journal columnist tired of Alabama, openly roots for Auburn.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban with QB A.J. McCarron.


Wall Street Journal sports columnist Rachel Bachman is tired of Alabama and its winning ways.  Bachman recently wrote an "open letter" to Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn calling him and the Tigers "Our Last Chance" to stop a third consecutive Crimson Tide BCS title.

Bachman describes Alabama as being " simply so good, so methodical, that they seem to remove the element of chance." in other words, she's tired of 'Bama being so fracking dominant, and is ready for someone to try to knock them off. It looks as though she's tapped Malzahn to be her white knight in blue and orange in her crusade against a third straight 'Bama BCS title.

"Coach, this is where you come in. 

Your Tigers host Alabama on Nov. 30, and could be the only thing standing between the Crimson Tide and yet another appearance in the national title game—which, I think we can agree, is getting a bit tedious. That's why you need to prevent it from happening. You need to take back the state of Alabama."

Bachman goes on to praise the Malzahn for his bringing back Auburn to national prominence in his first year as the Tigers' head coach after the team all but fell off the map when Cam Newton left for the NFL. She also gave a shout out to first-year starting QB Nick Marshall.

"Your quarterback, first-year starter Nick Marshall, steamrolled the Volunteers with 214 rushing yards while passing almost not at all: He completed three passes for 35 yards, a touchdown and an interception. That is the power of zone-read plays: Marshall repeatedly fooled Tennessee about whether he would keep it, pass or hand it off to running back Tre Mason." 

True, Marshall did well against Tennessee, another SEC program crawling from the wreckage of a couple of dismal seasons. However, that's something totally different than competing against an Alabama rolling on full cylinders. Bachman might want to look instead to Florida State, Ohio State, or Baylor to stop Alabama, which probably won't happen, either.

Bachman's anti-Alabama column reminds me that I go to The Wall Street Journal for my sports news and opinion in the same way I go to former Arkansas head coach John L. Smith for financial advice. Which means I don't.

(via The Wall Street Journal, HT: AL.com)


Covering Dixie: Nick Saban, Will Muschamp, A.J. McCarron, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - It's the SEC's world. Deal with it. 





There's a possibility, but no chance.
Nathan Rush gives "10 Reasons Why Nick Saban Will Be the Next Coach At Texas." Note: If you're using The Longhorn Network as a reason why Saban would leave 'Bama for Texas, you've already lost your argument. (Athlon Sports)

Absurd A.J. McCarron article of the day.
Kevin Scarbinsky wonders if Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron can be appreciated without trying to "pimp" him for Heisman Trophy consideration. Scarbinsky argument against McCarron being considered for the Heisman is that he shares a conference with that Johnny Manziel guy. (AL.com)

Who's Better, Who's Best?
Florida is ranked no. 3 on The Sporting News' list of the "Top head coaching jobs in college football. Texas tops the list, with Alabama coming in at no. 4, LSU at no. 6, and Georgia at no. 10. This is why The Sporting News is now an online-only site. (AL.com)

Raise the Titanic.
Edward Aschoff looks at what Florida and its head coach, Will Muschamp, need to do to right the Gators' sinking ship in Gainesville. (ESPN)

Murphy a "game-time decision."
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy is being listed as "a game-time decision" for Saturday's game against South Carolina. Murphy is dealing with a shoulder injury suffered in the Gators' loss to LSU on Oct. 12. (ESPN)

It's Not Right, But It's Okay.
Doc Harper says Arkansas fans have a right to be upset with the Razorbacks' performance this season. (Arkansas Fight)

The Trouble With Gurley.
Brandon Marcello looks at what Auburn needs to do to stop Georgia tailback Todd Gurley. (AL.com)

Home Decorating


Decorating, Aggie Style. 
Good Bull Hunting shows how you can "AggSwag" your domicile with upscale Texas A&M-centric accents, as opposed to that Johnny Manziel Fathead you're just dying to get. Fatheads are so Two-thousand-and-late, dude.



Drew Brees calls Johnny Manziel "a heckuva player," believes he'll be a starting QB in NFL.

Johnny Manziel doing Johnny Manziel things.


Texas A&M starting quarterback has a big name in his corner when it comes to supporting his chances to be an NFL starting QB. New Orleans Saints starting QB Drew Brees said the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is " is a heckuva player" during an interview with FOX Sports.com.

“He’s got all the playmaking ability to be a great player. [There are] guys like [Manziel] in this league. Russell Wilson and his ability to run the football and extend plays outside the pocket and throw the ball down the field. Intermediate [routes], I mean he can do it all.”

Brees and Manziel share the characteristic of being considered "undersized" as quarterbacks. That didn't stop Brees from leading the Saints to a Super Bowl XLIV victory (against a Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, no less). It would be hard to bet against Manziel chances in the NFL given what he's accomplished on the field in college football.

(via FOX Sports)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez, and more.


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



The Thrill is Gone.
The extended honeymoon looks to be over for Michigan head coach Brady Hoke after the Wolverines' second straight loss this past weekend against Nebraska. (Off Tackle Empire)

Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. 
With Ohio State set to face Illinois this Saturday, Austin Ward looks at the evolution of Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller since his first game against the Fighting Illini in 2011. (ESPN)

The Men That Would Be King.
Ohio St. offensive coordinator Tom Herman and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi are among the assistant coaches whom Kevin Causey believes should be given the chance to become a head coach somewhere in 2014. (The Crystal Ball Run)

Climbing Jacob's Ladder.
Jeff Potrykus profiles Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Know Your Enemy.
Zach Miller takes a look at Wisconsin's Week 12 opponent Indiana. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Bye, Bye Bye.
Iowa uses its bye week to prepare for its final games of the regular season against Michigan and Nebraska, which could go a long way in defining the Hawkeyes' 2013 season. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Injuries

 

Martinez gone for season.
Nebraska starting QB Taylor Martinez' college football career may be over due to a worsening foot injury. (ESPN)

Indiana injury report.
Indiana running back Tevin Coleman may miss this Saturday's game against Wisconsin due to a ankle sprained in the Hoosiers' win over Illinois. (ESPN)

Mark out for rest of season.
Northwestern running back Venric Mark will miss the rest of the season due to a fracured ankle. (ESPN)