Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New t-shirt for Michigan fans who want a Harbaugh to be the next Wolverines head coach.

Shirts Without Random Triangles

Photo via SB*Nation.


From the "Well, this didn't take long" dept. comes a t-shirt for those Michigan fans who have already decided in their own minds who the eventual successor to the embattled Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke should be. Alternative Hero, an online clothier that specializes in “weekly limited edition t-shirts on the internet,” has released a t-shirt for Michigan fans who wish to either San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, or his brother, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, lead the Wolverines back into something resembling national prominence.

The shirt turns the Michigan "Block M" and transforms it into a Harbaugh "Block H." The shirts are on sale week for $18.00. They'll be gone after that, as Alternative Hero only sells its designs on a one-week, limited edition basis. Presumably because it takes a week for a cease-and-desist court order to be delivered.

(via SB*Nation)


On Michigan, Brady Hoke, and Dave Brandon.

I've been trying to figure how the right way to handle the Michigan situation involving head coach Brady Hoke's handling of quarterback Shane Morris' head injury on Saturday.

Incidents like this is why my enjoyment is college football blogging has been waning lately. The more serious off-the-field issues (or in this case, on-the-field medical-related issues) have started to fully overshadow the the trivial in comparison stories like coaches laying down smack on other programs, or alternate uniforms of dubious fashion sense.

Stories like the Morris affair at Michigan, or Jameis Winston's alleged sexual assault, or the whole Sandusky scandal at Penn State get harder to for me to write about every time, I've ended up avoiding writing about them a lot of times, if only because I feel like all I'm doing is regurgitating what has already been written about.

At this point, it looks like Hoke is not going to survive as Michigan head coach, and will probably be gone by January at the latest. Program supporters were calling for Hoke's dismissal before the Morris incident, and the calls for his job have only gotten louder as college football analysts and commenters have jumped on the anti-Hoke bandwagon.

Dave Brandon needs to be replaced as well. Brandon was a college athletics outsider when he was hired, coming to Michigan in 2010 after serving as CEO of Domino Pizza. Brandon is currently being criticized for his part in the Morris affair, including the perception that he is hanging Hoke out to dry.

Nick Baumgardener of mLive.com criticized Brandon for not being at Hoke's weekly press conference on Monday, where Hoke was left to handle tough questions about the Morris incident on his own.

"On Monday afternoon, Brandon allowed his head football coach to step to a press conference podium in an absolute no-win situation. Hoke was unprepared, unsupported and left there to face live bullets.
Alone. 

On Monday afternoon, Brandon threw Hoke -- a man he hired in 2011 -- under the bus, and hung him out to dry." 

Baumgardner points how Hoke tried to defer comments oh Morris' possible medical condition until the medical report on Morris was released. The report, which confirmed Morris has suffered "a probable minor concussion" was finally released at 1:00 AM ET on Tuesday Morning.

Michigan needs to clean house. Brandon and Hoke both need to go. Mishandling of a medical situation like Morris' this goes further in placing a darker shadow over college football. 



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Charlie Weis is an ex-Kansas head coach.

Charlie Weis is an ex-Kansas head coach. The University of Kansas fired the now-former head coach on Sunday morning.


Missouri QB Maty Mauk collides with Steve Spurrier on the sidelines.

Missouri starting quarterback Maty Mauk had a run-in on the sidelines with South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier during the Tigers' 21-20 upset win over the Gamecocks. Literally.

Jim Harbaugh is officially the Michigan version of Jon Gruden.

Jim Harbaugh. Photo via FOX Sports.


Michigan suffered a humiliating 30-14 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. It was the first time the Wolverines lost the Little Brown Jug to the Golden Gophers since 2005. The good news for Michigan is that things can't get much worse for the program and its embattled head coach Brady Hoke after losing to Minnesota on Saturday.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Ole Miss, Florida, and (sigh) Kenny Chesney.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 5 Saturday edition. 



Comin' to Your City? 
An Ole Miss win over Memphis could guarantee the Rebels a visit from ESPN College GameDay next Saturday. It would be the first trip to Oxford for the GameDay crew. The currently 3-0 Rebels will face Alabama next weekend. (College Spun)

Orange Crucial?
With Florida off this weekend, Pat Dooley looks ahead to the Gators' road game against Tennessee next weekend. Dooley says the a Florida win over Tennessee is "crucial" for a team he describes as finding itself "at the crossroads." (The Gainesville Sun)


Insanity


Kenny Chesney Hate Piece #1.
Connor Tapp expresses outrage that  Kenny Chesney is today's ESPN College GameDay celebrity picker. Tapp once suggested that Williams-Brice Stadium needed to be demolished following a concert by the perennial college football jock-sniffer. (Garnet and Black Attack)

To All the Teams I've Loved Before.
Rodger Sherman lists all the teams that Chesney has shown affection to. (SB*Nation)

O Vols, Where Art Thou.
Dawg Sports compares the past five Tennessee head coaches to characters from Joel and Ethan Coen's masterpiece Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney's Ulysses Everett McGill isn't one of those characters.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Florida AD Jeremy Foley won't decide on Will Muschamp's fate until after end of season.

Jeremy Foley. Via Dr. Saturday.


If you're a Florida fan hoping that Gator head coach Will Muschamp will be fired midseason like Ron Zook was in 2004, you're going to be disappointed. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says any decision on Muschamp's continued employment in Gainesville will be made after the 2014 season is completed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Play the Game: Jameis Winston, Chris Petersen, Amari Cooper, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 5 Thursday edition. 

Week 5 starts up with two high-profile conference games. Texas Tech goes to Stillwater, Ok. to face Oklahoma State (7:30 PM ET, ESPN), and UCLA travel to Tempe, Az. to face Arizona State (10:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 1). If that wasn't enough, former FCS Division powerhouses Appalachan State and Georgia Southern play their first Sun Belt conference game against each other in Statesboro, Ga. (7:30 PM ET, ESPN U).

The Elephant in the Room.
David Cornwell, the attorney representing Jameis Winston says Winston  will cooperate with FSU's Title IX-mandated investigation of rape charges against the Florida State starting quarterback dating back from December of 2012. (ESPN)

The Petersen Principle.
Jeremy Crabtree investigates whether first year Washington head coach Chris Petersen will be able to duplicate the recruiting success he had with Boise State using his "Our-Kind-Of-Guys" method of recruiting with the Huskies. (ESPN)

Breakdown Through to the Other Side.
The Macon Telegraph's Seth Emmerson and The Knoxville News-Sentinel team up to break down Saturday's Tennessee-Georgia matchup.

The best there is?
Roll 'Bama Roll makes the argument that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is the best player in college football.

Insanity


Shake Your TAILGATE.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE previews Arkansas and Texas A&M's game on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx. The disturbing pictures of the Razorback head coach Bret Bielema (along with some disturbing GIFs in the comments section) make for some interesting times for your nightmare closet.

Kliff Kingsbury compared to Anna Kournikova, and not in a good way.



Barry Trammel doesn't sound like he's a Kliff Kingsbury fan. The Oklahoman columnist used his Wednesday column to give a serious smackdown to the second-year Texas Tech head coach, whom he compared to retired Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nick Saban takes shots at critics of his hiring of Lane Kiffin.

Hail Saban! 

Photo via al.com.


From the "How Do You Like Me Now?" comes Alabama head coach Nick Saban having his way with the media for the criticism he got from some its quarters for hiring Lane Kiffin as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kennedy Estelle is an ex-Texas Longhorn, dismissed from team.

Kennedy Estelle is an ex-Texas Longhorn. The junior offensive lineman is the latest player dismissed by first-year Texas Head coach Charlie Strong.

Estelle was dismissed for the ever-vague "violation of team rules." He is the ninth player dismissed from the Longhorn football program by Strong this year.

(via ESPN)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Covering Dixie: Amari Cooper, Will Muschamp and Jeff Driskel, Mississippi State, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 

Amari Cooper for Heisman?
Chuck Culpepper profiles Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, and his potential to be a contender for the Heisman Trophy this season. (The Washington Post)

Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Andrew Gribble also looks at Cooper's Heisman chances, going as far as asking three Heisman voters what their philosophies are involving a WR as a Hesiman candidate. (al.com)

Too close for comfort?
Zach Abolverdy believes Florida head coach Will Muschamp needs to "stop codling" Gator starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. (The Gainesville Sun)

Forde Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
Pat Forde predicts Texas A&M will make the inaugural College Football Playoff, along with Florida State, Oklahoma, and Oregon. Something tells me it's too soon to count out Alabama of the CFP equation yet. (Yahoo! Sports)

There's only you and me, and we just disagree. 
David Ching, on the other hand, has 'Bama making the CFP. Texas A&M winds up in the Orange Bowl, on the outside looking in. (ESPN)

Welcome to the Pleasuredome. 
Mississippi State's upset win over LSU helps elevate the Bulldogs' Oct. 4 game against SEC West rival Texas A&M into one of the "marquee" games on the Week 6 schedule. (al.com)


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Fallout: Blake Sims, Lane Kiffin and Blake Sims, Nick Saban and Blake Sims, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Week 4 edition.

Y'all should be lucky that I resisted the urge to channeling Monty Python's "Spam Song" with three Blake Sims-related links today.

The Outsiders.
Kevin Scarbinsky discusses how Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and starting quarterback Blake Sims have silenced their critics following Alabama's 42-21 win over Florida. Sims threw for 445 yds., with four touchdowns in the win over the Gators. (al.com)

The past is prologue.
Lars Anderson looks back at Alabama head coach Nick Saban's high school quarterbacking days as he looks at Sims breakout performance against Florida on Saturday. (al.com)

Record Breaker.
Christopher Walsh recounts Blake Sims' record breaking performance as he became the Alabama QB with the most single-game passing yards in a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Saturday Down South)

It's gettin' hot in here. 
Michigan's second loss of the season against Utah results in a possible quarterback controversy between Devin Gardner and Shane Morris, and more heat on Wolverine head coach Brady Hoke. (The Detroit Free Press)

A Taste of Hunnicutt.
Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt becomes the all-time leading scorer in school history as the Sooners beat West Virginia 45-33. (The Norman Transcript)

A Night to Remember.
Tom Shatel looks at Nebraska's 41-31 win over Miami, which was charged with emotional energy from the legendary history between the two programs. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Florida State expands Jameis WInston's suspension, will now be out for entire Clemson-FSU game. (UPDATED)

Florida State announced late Friday night that quarterback Jameis Winston's first-half suspension for the Clemson-FSU has been expanded for the full game.

Winston was suspended following an incident where Winston shouted out a line from a profanity-filled internet meme. The suspension had been criticized by some as being too lenient. 



 The expanded suspension comes in a week there the NFL has undergone criticism for its handling of recent incidents involving players such as former Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray, and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.

UPDATE: CNN's Rachel Nichols is reporting via Twitter that Winston's suspension is due to Winston being "not entirely truthful" to the school. What Winston was "untruthful" about is unclear.


(via The Student Section)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Play the Game: Jim Mora Jr., Jameis Winston fallout, David Ash, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 4 Friday edition. 

Birds beat Cats.
Auburn holds off Kansas State 20-14. (AP/ESPN)

I love to dance a little sidestep.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. is keeping his decision on whether Brett Hundley or Jerry Neuheisel will be the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Arizona State. (Dr. Saturday)

Backup to the Future.
Florida State quarterback Jameis WInston's first-half suspension for Saturday's game against Clemson gives Matt Minnick reason to look back at the Seminoles' history with backup QB's stepping up to lead the team on the field. (Tomahawk Nation)

I Will Remember You.
Burnt Orange Nation looks at the career of former Texas starting QB David Ash, who is ending his football career due to the lingering effects of a concussion.

Redshirt Diaries.
Kyle Austin profiles Michigan State redshirt freshman defensive end Demetrius Cooper. (mLive.com)

A Few Small Repairs.
Texas A&M will replace the playing surface at Kyle Field following damage to the grass caused by a reported 7-10 inches of rainfall in the College Station area last week. (ESPN)

Gonna dress you up in my love.
Brian Favat gives his suggestions for Boston College uniforms. (BC Interruption

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Matt Brown scoffs at claims that BYU could win the Big Ten this season if it was a member. (Land-Grant Holy Land)

Insanity


Shake Your TAILGATE.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE previews Texas A&M's trip to SMU. It also tries to show some of the good in Craig James heart.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt fired for alleged use of "unknown substance."

Matt Wallerstedt is an ex-Texas Tech defensive coordinator. ESPN is reporting that according to its sources  Wallerstedt was fired by the school Thursday morning.

 WWL sources, Wallerstedt had been sent home on Monday after alledegly "being under the influence of an unknown substance while on campus."

Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Smith is expected to replace Wallerstedt.


 (via ESPN)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FSU suspends Jameis Winston for obscene outburst.

Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson following the quarterback's obscene outburst in the university's Student Union.

In a joint statement, FSU interim president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox released a joint statement regarding the suspension.

 "As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," the joint statement said. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

Winston is reported to have jumped on a table in the FSU Student Union and shouted a obscene phrase associated with an internet meme Tuesday afternoon.

(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie: Mark Richt and Mike Bobo, Jeff Driskel, Bret Bielema, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 



Stand By Your Man.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt defends offensive coordinator Mike Bobo over criticism over his play calling in Saturday's Bulldog loss to South Carolina. (The Athens Banner-Herald)  

A Nightmare to Remember.
Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel recalls his first game under center against Alabama in 2011. The Crimson Tide destroyed the Gators 38-10. (al.com)

The difficult we do immediately.  The impossible takes a little longer. 
Alabama will try to end its streak of 15-quarters without a turnover by the defense as it prepares to face Florida on Saturday. (al.com)

Hero of the Day.
Randy Rosetta profiles LSU walk-on defensive back Luke Boyd, who is an active duty Marine who served in Afghanistan. Boyd is attending LSU as part of the Marine Enlisted Commissioner Education Program (MECEP), a program designed to give Marine officer candidates a chance to attend college while on active duty. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Bring on the Cats.
Auburn prepares to face Kansas State on Saturday. (al.com)

I Made It Through the Rain?
An AP story looks at the possibility that Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema may have finally turned the Razorback football program around. (AP/Saturday Down South)

#SECSpeed vs#MACtion. 
Adam Ford previews Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas. NIU is 3-0 against Big Ten schools in the past two years, with wins over Iowa, Purdue, and Northwestern. (Arkansas Fight)

Throwback to the Future?
Good Bull Hunting looks at a rumor that Texas A&M will sport throwback uniforms honoring the national title-winning team of 1939.

Insanity


Use Your Delusion.
Mack Dalton has an imaginary interview with Florida head coach Will Muschamp. (Saturday Down South)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

West Virginia places CB Daryl Worley on indefinite suspension.

Daryl Worley. Photo via wvmetronews.con.


West Virginia has placed cornerback Daryl Worley on indefinite suspension for the ever-vague "violation of team rules."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Family Day

Sorry for the silence today. Had some family business to deal with. See y'all tomorrow!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Fallout: Brent Hundley and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Week 3 edition.

Brent Hundley injury.
UCLA starting quarterback Brent Hundley suffered a hyperextented left elbow during the Bruins' 20-17 win over Texas. (SI.com)

The Georgia-South Carolina game. 
In the words of the late, great, Lewis Grizzard: "Frankly, I don't want to talk about it. (Dr. Saturday)

I Ain't Ever Satisfied.
Good Bull Hunting shares its disappointment  with Texas A&M's 38-10 win over Rice, in which the Aggies beat the Owls by only 28 points.

Please come to Boston, and get upset.
Boston College gets its first home win against a top ten team since 1989 with a 37-31 win over USC. For context, Matt Ryan was four years old in 1989. (Dr. Saturday)

Insanity


B1G and fun. Just not at the same time.
Spencer Hall provides a list of "Fun activities besides Big Ten Football." Included includes such items as "Watching "The Room" and then defending its artistic value to a large group of people," and "Wondering about things like, what would happen if you poked Brady Hoke in the tummy?" (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Billboard for AAA Bail Bondsman includes a Tennessee shout-out.

Remember the joke about the reason Tennessee wears orange so its fans can travel from the deer stand to the games at Neyland Stadium, and back to jail without having to change clothes? Keep that in mind when looking at this billboard pimping a AAA Bail Bondsman service in Knoxville.


There's really nothing more you can say about this one, can you?

(via College Spun)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Star Wars enters the galaxy of college sports apparel.


Photo via starwars.com.


From the "why did this not happen before now" dept. comes word that Star Wars has finally succumbed to the Dark Side of the Force and has gotten into the college apparel business.

The Star Wars official site hypes the new line with all the pompousness you would expect from a media property eaten by a Sarlacc bought by Disney.


"Whether a member of an undefeated empire or part of a rebel alliance, collegiate sports fans know what it means to be part of a legacy. Now college sports fans can celebrate their school pride with the power of the Force sporting a new collection of apparel and accessories featuring iconic designs from the Star Wars saga! Everything you need for an intergalactic sports showdown: T-shirts, caps, throws, outerwear, lunchboxes, coolers, and more featuring each college’s unique graphics and favorite Star Wars characters like Yoda, Darth Vader, stormtroopers, and more. Gear up the friends and family for the next home game or make the jump to lightspeed with your own Star Wars tailgate at a campus not too far, far away…"

Shirts will be available in Kohl's and Old Navy, among other retailers. Schools represented include Alabama, USC, Boise State, and Georgia. In other words, this is your lucky day, Chris Conley

And yes, Ole Miss Star Wars gear will be available.  If there's not an Admiral Ackbar Ole Miss t-shirt, we riot. 

(via @insideNU)

Lane Kiffin's Alabama bio page gets hacked, calls him a "Coaching Idiot."



Someone hacked into Alabama football's official website and played around with offensive coordinator's bio. Don't worry about going over to check it out live, it's already been cleaned up.

The shocking thing isn't that the hacking into Kiffen's bio happened. It's that it took this long for it to happen.

(via College Spun EDIT: The hack was originally discovered by @PickSixPreviews)

Play the Game Tonight: Taysom Hill, Amari Cooper, Bret Bielema and Brady Hoke's job security, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 3 Friday edition. 

Cougars beat Cougars. 
BYU defeats Houston 33-25. (AP/ESPN)

Cause for concern?
Brad Rock shares his concerns about the ability of BYU starting quarterback Taysom Hill to stay healthy for the entire 2014 season after another physical performance in Thursday night's win over Houston. (The Deseret News)

Shuffle off to Buffalo.
Baylor goes on the road for the first time this season as it faces Buffalo in the confines of UB Stadium in...Buffalo, NY. (8:00 PM, ESPN) (AP/The Fresno Bee)

Late for the party. 
Cincinnati finally begin its 2014 season by hosting Toledo at home. (7:00 PM, EPSNU) (Hustle Belt)

I have to praise you like I should.
Alabama right tackle Austin Shepard and tight end Brian Volger are among the Crimson Tide players that share their praise for teammate, Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper. (al.com)

Job security? What job security?
Patrick Rishe looks at buyout clauses for college football head coaches who are either on the Hot Seat or are hovering around it. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema should be lucky for a $12.8 million-dollar buyout in his contract through the 2015 season that could ensure him job security. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke should be concerned for his current position due to a $3 million-dollar buyout. (Forbes)

My Bad.
Michigan State starting quarterback Connor Cook takes the blame for the Spartans' collapse in last Saturday's loss to Oregon. (mLive.com)

Off week? What off week?
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will spend his bye week Saturday by serving as an in-studio analyst for CBS on the Tiffany Network's Inside College Football and College Football Today. (al.com)

The Marshall Morgan Album. 
Ethan Burch profiles Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan as he goes for the SEC record for consecutive field goals made. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Coming Out of the Dark. 
Aaron Yorke previews Penn State at Rutgers (8:00 PM ET, BTN). It's the first Big Ten conference game for the Scarlet Knights, and the first game for the Nittany Lions since the NCAA lifted its postseason ban on the program. (Off Tackle Empire)

Nick Saban reviews Alabama QB Jacob Coker's progress.

Hail Saban! 

Jacob Coker. Photo via al.com.


Alabama starting quarterback Jacob Coker went 15-of-24, with 202 yards and one touchdown in The Crimson Tide's  41-0 destruction of Florida Atlantic last Saturday. It was his first time leading the Tide's offense for the former transfer from Florida State.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Play the Game: Todd Gurley, Nick Saban, Kyle Flood, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 3 Thursday edition. 

There are two games on the schedule tonight. Louisiana Tech at North Texas (8:00 PM ET, CBS Sports), and Houston at BYU (9:00 PM ET, ESPN).


Could Star Trek prevent Kenny Hill's parents from trademarking "Kenny Trill?"


Kenny Hill. Photo via San Antonio Express-News.

The parent of Texas A&M starting quarterback Kenny Hill are trying to trademark their son's preferred nickname, "Kenny Trill." This isn't too much of a surprise, as the family of Hill's predecessor at TAMU, Johnny Manziel, did the same with "Johnny Football."

The only possible thing standing in their way of cashing in protecting the rights to their son's moniker - Star Trek

As Trek fans probably know by now, the Trill were one of the varied and sundry alien species scattered throughout the Federation. The best known being  Jadzia Dax, one of the main characters of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the show's first six seasons.

Photo via StarTrek.com. All rights reserved.


Besides the prominent streak of spots on either side of their neck and foreheads,  the Trill were known for being the host of another alien species which they had a symbiotic relation with that preserved the memories of their previous hosts.

A challenge from Paramount, the studio behind Star Trek hasn't happened yet, but Hollywood media conglomerates have a history of being somewhat anal-retentive when it comes to trademarks. For proof of this, see Disney's recent issues with Deadmau5 over his attempt to trademark his Mau5head mask.

(via The San Antonio Express-News)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

University Iowa campus police tells knock-knock jock to Iowa State campus police in Twitter.

2013 Iowa-Iowa State game. Photo via Clone Chronicles.


Iowa and Iowa State are preparing to the two school's annual battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy this coming Saturday. It would appear the person running University of Iowa campus police department's Twitter account is getting ready as well. The following tweet was sent out by @UIowa_Police to  the @ISUPD.



Perhaps unwisely, @ISUPD gave the traditional reply.







Considering that Iowa's first two games weren't exactly blowouts against lesser opponents (the Hawkeyes barely got by Ball State in Week 2), maybe this bit of trolling might have been unwise. On the other hand, Iowa St. did lose its season opener to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State 34-14. So all bets are probably off on whether the Hawkeyes or the Cyclones will come out victorious on Saturday.

(via College Spun)

Monday, September 8, 2014

NCAA ends sanctions on Penn State.

The NCAA has announced that it is lifting the sanctions that were applied to Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The Nittany Lions football team will be eligible to take part in the 2014 postseason, and will have its full allotment of 85 scholarships restored.

(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie: Maty Mauk, Kevin Sumlin, Steve Spurrier, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



Jim Delany tries to stay upbeat despite awful Week 2 for Big Ten.

Jim Delany. Via Bleacher Report.


Week 2 of the 2014 college football season is one the Big Ten probably wants to forget. The conference went 0-3 in high-profile out-of-conference games (Michigan St. @ Oregon, Michigan @ Notre Dame, Virginia Tech @ Ohio State). The Michigan St. loss was considered a blow to the B1G's chances of getting a team in the first College Football Playoff.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Big Ten and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Was Saturday the worst day in Big Ten History? If not, it was pretty darn close. Even though eight of the conference's 14 teams won yesterday, it was the three biggest games on the schedule that could signal the B1G's absence from the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Connor Cook, Blake Bell and Trevor Knight, Brock Hekking, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 2 Saturday edition. 



Wolf Packed.
Nevada hands Washington State its second straight loss as the Wolf Pack defeats the Cougars 24-13. The Mike Leach Hot Seat talk may officially commence. (ESPN)

Panthers punish Eagles.
Pittsburgh defeats Boston College 30-20 in an ACC conference game. (ESPN)

Go B1G or go home.
The Big Ten's hopes for a berth in the first College Football Playoff are on the line as Michigan State faces Oregon. (ESPN)

Kitchen is the Cook. Whoa eh oh. 
Joe Rexrode profiles Michigan State starting quarterback Connor Cook as he prepares to lead the Spartans on the field against Oregon. (The Detroit Free Press)

Oh Captain! My (Honorary) Captain!
Michigan St. men's head basketball coach Tom Izzo is the honorary captain for the Spartans for the game against Oregon. (The Detroit Free Press)

Knight Shift. 
Berry Tramel profiles Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell, the man who replaced him as starting QB of the Sooners, Trevor Knight, and how he change has been mutually beneficial for both players. (The Oklahoman)

Living on Tulsa Time. 
Ryan Aber looks at the benefits for Oklahoma as it goes on the road to play in-state All-American Conference school Tulsa.

Mullett Kintyre.
Rodger Sheman pays tribute to Nevada defensive end Brock Hekking and his platinum blonde mullett. (SB*Nation)


Friday, September 5, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Jameis Winston, Kenny Hill, Mark Dantonio, and...Snoop Dogg?

Play the Game Tonight - AKA The feature formerly known as Game Day Goulash.

Fa shizzle.


Yes, "Game Day Goulash" is getting a makeover. The name was inspired by the 1982 song by Kansas, most famous for a video with two hooded figures playing chess with a fantasy-themed chess set that escaped the Franklin Mint. 

Of course how it works tomorrow when games are played in the afternoon, that's another question. So this is at least sticking around for the Friday night games.

The elephant that's still in the room.
Florida State is conducting an investigation required by Title IX into the alleged 2012 rape accusations made against Seminole starting quarterback Jameis Winston. (ESPN

New Found Glory.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Kenny Hill discusses his new-found fame. (ESPN Dallas)

Dissecting Dantonio.
Brian Bennett profiles Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio ahead of the Spartans massive Week 2 showdown against Oregon. (ESPN

Madison, so much to answer for.
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen defends his handling of Joel Stave's struggles which capped off a rough week for the Badgers following the team's season-opening loss to LSU. (ESPN Wisconsin)

Kleptomania runs wild!
The Seattle Seahawks are accused of swiping the play that Auburn used to tie up the game during last season's Iron Bowl. (Shutdown Corner)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Snoop Dogg Lion Dogg predicts USC will defeat Stanford in Saturday's Pac-12 cross-division matchup. (College Spun)

To Dance with the Red Wolf.
Will Shelton previews Tennessee vs. The Arkansas State Red Wolves. (Rocky Top Talk)

Insanity


Aloha, Oy!
Dawg Sports proclaims Oregon St. vs. Hawaii (10:30 PM ET, CBS Sports Network) as the Week 2  "National Game of Disinterest."

A Few Small Repairs.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE previews Texas A&M's home opener in the partially-remodled Kyle Field against FCS Subdivision school Lamar. Yes, the Chip Brown quote about TAMU not joining the SEC is still there.

What do Wolf Packs dream of when they take a little Wolf Pack snooze?
CougCenter provides a TAILGATE-esque guide to Washington State's Friday night opponent, Nevada. Yes, Nevada is called the Wolf Pack, and yes, there is a Hangover reference.

Mark Richt denies sending taunting letter to Clemson fan.

On Thursday, Deadspin posted a story about a Clemson fan who had allegedly sent a "trash-talking" letter to Georgia head coach Mark Richt earlier in the summer.

Following the Bulldogs' 45-21 romp over the Tigers. The fan reports receiving an equally trash-taunting reply from Richt in the mail.

Photo via Deadspin.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nick Saban explains Alabama's adoption of a no-huddle offense.

Hail Saban!

Nick Saban, Dark Master of product placement. Via al.com.


Alabama dipped a toe into the Dark Side on Saturday when it went with a no-huddle offense on several plays against West Virginia. The Tide didn't go the Full Monty hurry-up no-huddle, it was a noticeable change in direction.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, one of the HUNH offense, explained why the offense went no-huddle this past weekend.

"We weren't really trying to go fast," coach Nick Saban said. "We can go fast, but to me, for us, it was a communication issue. It's easier to communicate when you're going no-huddle because you just have code words and short words for plays and passes and that kind of stuff. It eliminates the communication in the huddle, it makes it easier for the quarterback, so that's the reason that we went to it to settle Blake (Sims) down in the game."

Whether this adoption of the no-huddle is a result of a moment of clarity on Saban's part, the influence of first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, or a strange polymoprphing of both is unknown. It will be interesting to see if this is a trend that continues throughout the season.

(via al.com)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Covering Dixie: Todd Gurley, Blake Sims, Hutson Mason, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



Started from the bottom, now I'm here.
Georgia tailback Todd Gurley shoots to the top of the ESPN Experts list to the top Heisman Trophy candidates after the his performance in the Bulldogs' victory over Clemson. Texas A&M starting quarterback Kenny Hill comes in at no. 5. (ESPN)

I have to praise you like I should.
Georgia Heisman Trophy-winning running back declared Todd Gurley "the best running back in college football." (Gridiron Grit)

Hutson's Bay.
Cory Brinson looks at Georgia starting quarterback Hutson Mason's performance in Georgia's Week 1 victory over Clemson. (The Blawg House)

Mastrole of the House.
Quarterback "guru" Ken Mastrole gives a positive assessment of Alabama quarterback Blake Sims. (al.com)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Doc Harper declares Arkansas' Sept. 13 road game against Texas Tech as a "must win." Don't hold your breath. (Arkansas Fight)

Rebel Rebel.
Christian D'Andrea profiles Vanderbilt's cross-division rival Ole Miss as the two school prepare to face each other on Saturday. (Anchor of Gold)

Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Garnet and Black Attack reviews video of South Carolina's offense in the Gamecocks' Week 1 loss to Texas A&M.

Injuries


Tennessee injury report.
Tennessee offensive lineman Jacob Gilliam will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. (Rocky Top Talk)

Wisconsin QB Joel Stave's status clarified as having "throwing issues."

The situation involving Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is either clearing up or getting murkier. Badger head coach Gary Andersen admitted that Stave was not actually injured, as previously reported. It's looking more like a case of what commonly called "the yips."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Florida players munched the night away during rain-soaked suspended season opener.

What did Florida players do in the storm-soaked downtime of the eventually suspended season opener against Idaho. According to Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, they ate. A lot.

Wisconsin QB Joel Stave dealing with lingering shoulder injury, is out indefinitely.

Joel Stave. Photo via WKOW.


Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen announced via statement on Tuesday that junior quarterback Joel Stave has been "shut down" indefinitely due a shoulder injury.

Kenny Hill barred from taking photos with fans by Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Kenny Hill. Via football.com.



If you were hoping to get that selfie of Texas A&M starting quarterback Kenny Hill to go with the one of you and Johnny Manziel, then you're out of luck. According to The Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman Aggies' head coach Kevin Sumlin has put the kibosh on Hill indulging fans with their requests for photos.

Big Tentacles: J.T. Barrett and DeSean Hamilton, Devin Gardner, Tevaun Smith, Christian Hackenberg, and more.

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



We were merely freshmen.
Ohio State starting quarterback J.T. Barrett and Penn State wide receiver DeSean Hamilton share the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for their performances in Week One of the 2014 college football season.  (Eleven Warriors)

Doghouse go Baugh.
Ohio State suspends redshirt freshman tight end Marcus Baugh two games for what Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer calls "stuff." Yes, there is an even more vague term than "violation of team rules." (Eleven Warriors)

Done, done, and on to the next one. 
Doug Lesmerises ponders whether Virginia Tech will provide "a better idea about" the 2014 Ohio State team better than Week One opponent Navy did. (cleveland.com)

Eyes on the Prize.
Penn State starting QB Christian Hackenberg  improved his chances for the Heisman Trophy with his performance this weekend in the Nittany Lions' win over Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland. Because Dustin Hockensmith said so. (PennLive.com)

I'm special, so special. I've got to have some of your attention. Give it to me.
Penn State place kicker San Ficken named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. (PennLive.com)

The Constant Gardner. 
John Niyo profiles Michigan starting QB Devin Gardner. (The Detroit News)

I'm not over you just yet. 
Michigan defensive end Frank Clark describes the end of the series between Michigan and Notre Dame as "a slap in the face. (The Detroit Free Press)

 Standing in the Shadows of Love?
Drew Sharp believes that the final regularly scheduled meeting between Michigan will be overshadowed by Michigan State's road game against Oregon. (The Detroit Free Press)

Wide Open Spaces. 
Marc Morehouse breaks down Iowa's wide receivers Tevaun Smith, Kevonte Martin-Manley, and Derrick Willies, who helped Iowa in its 31-23 Week One win over Northern Iowa. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Fixing a Hole...with a Leak.
Maryland names Marcus Leak as its starting WR following the season ending injury of Tavion Jacobs. (The Washington Post)

Please let's forget the past. The Future looks bright ahead.
Zach Wingrove previews Wisconsin's Week Two opponent Western Illinois. Because thinking about the loss to LSU still hurts. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Just the facts. 
Travis Miller provides a fact sheet for Purdue's Week Two opponent Western Michigan. (Hammer and Rails)


Injuries


Maryland's Jacobs out for season.
Maryland loses WR Tavion Jacobs for the season due to an injury to his right knee. (The Washington Post)



Is Michigan State the Stanford of the Big Ten?

Thanks to the College Football Playoff, Saturday's early season showdown between Michigan State and Oregon could be the closet thing the Big Ten and Pac-12 get to a traditional Rose Bowl game this season. The B1G's chances of making the inaugural CFP are considered shaky by some pundits, and there are only four spots being fought over by five conferences.

Shocker: Urban Meyer isn't satisfied with Ohio State's Week One performance.

Urban Meyer during Aug. 30 Ohio St. game vs. Navy. Photo via cleveland.com.


Think Ohio State head coach is satisfied with the Buckeyes' Week One performance in the team's 34-17 neutral site win over Navy? Child, please. This is Urban Meyer we're talking about.

Frank Beamer says Ohio State has "SEC Speed," compares J.T. Barrett to Braxton Miller.


J.T. Barrett. Via cleveland.com.


Frank Beamer is dropping some heavy praise on Ohio State. Or maybe he's dumping on the Big Ten. Either way, the Virginia Tech head coach complimented the Hokies' Week Two road opponents for a trait more associated with SEC schools - the legendary "SEC Speed."

Monday, September 1, 2014

Game Day Goulash: Bryce Petty, Georgia, Michigan State, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Labor Day edition.

Yes, there's a game today. Miami (Fl.) gets the privileged of being the first opponent of the second Bobby Petrino era at Louisville (8:00 PM ET, ESPN).

Bears ride Ponies. 
Baylor christened its brand-new $266 million-dollar McLane Stadium with a 45-0 victory over SMU. (The Waco Tribune)

I Won't Back Down.
Baylor starting quarterback Bryce Petty says that a bruised back won't keep him out of the Bears' next game on Saturday against FCS school Northwestern State. Petty was initially injured during Baylor's first series of the game. (USA Today)

Vols victorious.
Tennessee wins its season opener over Utah State 38-7. (Dr. Saturday)

Rest assured it will not last, take a turn for the worst.
Mark Weiszer takes a look at the national attention Georgia has been receiving following its season opening win over Clemson. People should probably wait until after Georgia plays South Carolina in two weeks to see if Dawgs are really contenders for the College Football Playoff.  (The Athens Banner-Herald)

In my mind I'm panicking in Carolina.
Pete Iacobelli looks at how South Carolina and Clemson both faced defeat in Week one of the college football season for the first time in 15 years. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Will they or won't day.
Expect a decision to be made on whether Florida's rained-out season opener against Idaho will be made up in the next few days. The game was suspended due to unsafe field conditions following a two hour and 48 minute rain delay and a second heavy rain storm following the first play of the game.  (The Gainesville Sun)

Analyze This!
Joe Tuohey analyzes Michigan State's season-opening win over Jacksonville State. (The Only Colors)

Last Chance for a Thousand Years (more or less).
Michigan and Notre Dame prepare for the two schools' last scheduled meeting. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)


Media


All a-Twitter over Baylor.
Mark Seymour looks at Twitter reaction to Baylor's destruction of SMU from Baylor's  Rammstein-esque run-in on the field to Tre'Von Armstead's touchdown celebration penalty for throwing the ball into the Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band. (Our Daily Bears)