Friday, October 31, 2014

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon to announce his resignation on Friday afternoon.

Dave Brandon is an ex-University of Michigan athletic director, or at least will be shortly. The Detroit Free Press and Detroit television station WXYZ are among the media outlets that have reported the embattled AD will that he will resign at the end of the year during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Brandon has come under intense criticism this season because of his handling of the Michigan football program. The most notable issue of contention has been the handling of a concussion suffered by Wolverine quarterback Shane Morris during a home loss to Minnesota on Sept. 27.

Members of the University of Michigan student body have expressed displeasure with Brandon over rising prices of student section tickets. Michigan alumni have also chimed in about the state of the Wolverine football program, which has of record of 3-5, and is coming off of a humiliating loss to Michigan State last weekend.

(via The Detroit Free Press)


Kid dressed as @FauxPelini wins Halloween.

It seems that we have a winner in the 2014 Internet Halloween contest, and it's not even close. It's a kid dressed up as Twitter legend @FauxPelini.



There's your future Nebraska head coach, folks.

(via @FauxPelini)

Bruce Pearl dressed as Gus Malzahn? Bruce Pearl dressed as Gus Malzahn.

Auburn held its version of Midnight Madness on Thursday night. As this is the first season under new head coach Bruce Pearl, the event was dubbed - wait for it -  "Pearl Jam. (Eddie Vedder, please call your lawyers.)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Could Indiana-Michigan be Brady Hoke's Waterloo Sunset?

There's not much for Indiana fans to celebrate football-wise this season (other than the tipofff of the college basketball season, of course). The Hoosiers are 3-4 this season, with zero wins in Big Ten conference play. That could change this weekend, the Hoosiers goes on the road to face 3-5 Michigan.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NCAA declares that Todd Gurley must sit out two more games.

I haven't been more disgusted with college football and the NCAA as I am right now.

From ESPN: 

"Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out two more games for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia, the NCAA ruled Wednesday."

Georgia is appealing the decision, but its doubtful Todd Gurley will be playing this weekend in th Georgia-Florida game.

Meanwhile, the NCAA has generally ignored the ongoing shenanigans of FSU quarterback and sexual deviant Jameis Winston, which includes stealing and shouting sexually-related obscenities in a public place. Disgusting.

(via ESPN)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rod Smith is an ex-Ohio State running back, dismissed from team.

Rod Smith is an ex-Buckeye. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the now-former Ohio State running back has been dismissed from the team after allegedly failing a drug test. This has yet to be formally announced by the school.

Snith had 24 carries for 101 yards during the 2014 season,  with four touchdowns.

(via The Columbus Dispatch. HT: Land-Grant Holy Land)

Bad Halloween Costumes: Jameis Winston and a crab.



From the "Things you should have seen coming" department comes this happy couple dressing up as Football's Shame Florida State starting quarterback Jameis Winston and a crab. Well, dressing up as a just a package of crab legs may have been either too esoteric, too disturbing, or a combination of the two. 

On the positive side, it was probably a good thing "White Jameis" decided it was a good idea not to hide the fact that he was, in fact, white. Which is more that can be said for the at least one white person dressing up as ex-Baltimore Raven Ray Rice.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yes, there are t-shirts calling for Michigan AD Dave Brandon to be fired.

Shirts Without Random Triangles



 An anonymous "Michigan donor" has underwritten the printing of 2,000 t-shirts calling for the firing of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. They will be distributed to University of Michigan students to wear at this Saturday's home game against Indiana.

The goal is for the t-shirts to be seen during the Big Ten Network's broadcast of the game on Saturday. While it's not the exposure that a game on ESPN or ABC would get, it's probably enough to be somewhat embarrassing to the University of Michigan school administration.

The t-shirts feature the phrase "We Support THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM,"  which is taken from a famous speech to Wolverine players in 2983 by legendary head coach Bo Schembechler. It also includes, naturally the hashtag "Fire Dave Brandon."

The T-shirts aren't up for sale, apparently. Though don't be shocked if one or two pops up on eBay in the coming weeks.

(via Lost Lettermen)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brady Hoke apologizes for stake-planting incident at Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State game.

The "Michigan Stake" before being planted in Spartan Stadium Turf. Via Mike Wilson.


Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden decided to plant a stake into the turf on the field before the start of the Michigan-Michigan State game. This was an unfortunate decision, considering that a) Michigan St. are nicknamed the Spartans, and b) Michigan St. has defeated Michigan in six of the past seven meetings between the two in-state rivals.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Billy Donovan has Will Muschamp's back at Florida.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp got a show of support on Friday from the Gators men's basketball  Billy Donovan. The Gators men's basketball coach gave his support to Muschamp while talking to ESPN's Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg.



"Certainly coming toward the end before [Urban Meyer] left, I think Will walked into a very challenging situation. I think everybody knew that," said Donovan, who appeared Friday on the ESPNU College Basketball podcast with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg. "I think he built in a style of play his first year, and I think he saw a huge jump in his second year. Last year what happened, and I give Will a lot of credit, I don't think enough people have talked about this, people look at their record a year ago and how difficult and challenging it was. As a head coach, he never, ever made one excuse for his players or for himself with the amount of injuries they had. It was totally impossible to overcome the level and the talent of the players that he had.

"And I will tell you this: I am a huge Will Muschamp fan. I really respect him as a man. I respect the way he goes to work every day, and the way he's tried to deal and address his team. Certainly in these situations, they are always challenging. But as a man, he is a great guy and I think he's an outstanding football coach. I don't know enough about the X's and O's in football to probably pass an opinion on that. But I do know Will Muschamp is a man, and there's nobody rooting harder for him than I am because he's all about the right things."


Florida has a bye in Week 9, and faces its biggest SEC East rival, Georgia, in Jacksonville next weekend. 

(via ESPN)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Florida-inspired T-Shirt declares "Muschamp Must Go"

Shirts Without Random Triangles

Via Shirts Are Cool.


Shirts Are Cool, the company that brought the Florida Gators-themed "This Team Make Me Drink" t-shirt is cashing in on Gator fan frustration once again. This time it's with the more direct declaration that "Muschamp Must Go." It can be yours for $20.00, or $22.00 for the XXL version.

(Via Shirts Are Cool)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze, North Carolina, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 9 Thursday edition.

The only ranked team on the schedule for Thursday night is East Carolina, which hosts UConn at home at 7:00 PM EST (ESPN U). For those looking for a game that involved more traditional powerhouse schools, Miami plays Virginia Tech at 8:00 PM EST (ESPN).

Banhammer of the Gods?
Dan Wetzel calls on NCAA president Mark Emmert to throw the book at North Carolina after a report documented a cheating scandal involving athletes at the school that went on for 18 years. (Yahoo! Sports)

A New Hampshire Yankee in King Starkville's court.
Ivan Maizel profiles Mississippi State head coach and New Hampshire native Dan Mullen, and how  his more blunt coaching style has brought him success in the SEC, and the number one ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. (ESPN)

Native Son.
On a related front, Edward Aschoff looks at roots of Mississippi-born Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. (ESPN)

Bad omen for Mississippi St. of the week.
Bill Connelly points out that eight teams that had reached the number one spot in the AP poll went on to lose their first away game of the year. This is bad news for Mississippi St., as it goes on the road to face Kentucky this coming Saturday. (SB*Nation)

Long way to the top?
Doc Harper ponders whether Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is a candidate to succeed Mike Slive as SEC commissioner. (Arkansas Fight)

Heavy Nova. 
Rutgers starting quarterback Gary Nova believes that success in the Big Ten for the Scarlet Knights is  "within reach," as long as the team pays attention to detail. (The Omaha World-Herald)

The Incredible Mr. Lippett.
Kyle Austin profiles Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett. (mLive.com)



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

(UPDATED): "Block M" on the University of Michigan Diag painted Spartan Green.

Photo via mLive.com.


The Michigan State marching band has a tradition each year where it holds a "Sparty Watch" the week of the Michigan-Michigan St. rivalry game. Band members hold an around-the-clock vigil to prevent Michigan fans from vandalizing the  Spartan statue on the Michigan St. campus.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Bo Pelini, Nick Hill, and more.

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



All I Need Is a Miracle.
Shawn Windsor says Michigan head coach Brady Hoke needs an upset win against Michigan State this weekend to "start saving his job." (The Detroit Free Press)

Too Close for Comfort?
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini criticizes ESPN's relationship with the SEC. (NFL.com)

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Mike Jones predicts Michigan State and the Big Ten will be on the outside looking in at a College Football Playoff featuring Ole Miss playing  Oregon in the Rose Bowl, and Florida State vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Spartans land in the Cotton Bowl against fellow CFP outsider TCU. (Off Tackle Empire)

Don't call it a comeback! 
Adam Rittenberg warns the Big Ten that Ohio State is rolling back into the conference title picture, and putting the early-season loss to West Virginia in the rear view mirror . (ESPN)

Rolling in the Deep?
Doug Lesmeruses ponders whether Ohio St. has enough depth on its roster to be a B1G or CFP title-winning team. (cleveland.com)

Nick of Time.
Joe Rexrode profiles Michigan St. running back Nick Hill. (The Detroit Free Press)

Los Lobos. 
Rutgers and Wisconsin have made agreements to face New Mexico in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Both will be home game for the B1G schools. (FBSchedules.com)


Monday, October 20, 2014

Les Miles has a potty mouth, cusses in post-game press conference.

LSU head coach Les Miles dropped some not mama-approved language during his post-game press conference on Saturday. The Mad Hatter was asked by a reporter at the conference if "Do you and (LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron)put any thought at all in to next year at (quarterback)?

Miles response was legendary.



Miles might have to sit down with the president of LSU over that one.

(via SB*Nation)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Steve Spurrier expresses relief that South Carolina doesn't have Mississippi State or Ole Miss on its schedule this season.

Steve Spurrier. Photo via GamecockCentral.com.


South Carolina is getting ready to face Auburn this coming Saturday. It's a team the Gamecocks have never beaten while Steve Spurrier has been the team's head coach.  While Spurrier admits Auburn will be a formable challenge for his team, the Old Ball Coach seems happy to have missed playing the unbeaten two-headed monster of Ole Miss and Mississippi State this season.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Matt Jones, and more.

Play the Game Tonight: Week 8 Saturday edition.

Sadly, today is being dominated by the same stories that have put a stranglehold on college football this week: the alleged involvement of Florida State starting quarterback Jameis Winston and Georgia tailback Todd Gurley with memorabilia dealers.

Bo, you don't know Diddley!
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher criticizes former Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson for comments that Jackson made about contraversial FSU starting quarterback Jameis Winston. (Gamedayr)

None of the above. 
Another former Heisman Trophy winner, Hershel Walker, says that he would not put either Winston or Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on his Heisman ballot if he were voting on the award today. (ESPN)

All we need is just a little patience.
University of President Mark Schlissel asks supporters of the Wolverine football program to be patient while the school is reviewing the performance of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. (ESPN)

Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales. 
Robbie Andreu sits down for a Q&A session with Florida running back Matt Jones. (The Gainesville Sun)


Friday, October 17, 2014

ESPN College GameDay names Ken Griffey Jr and Brett Favre as celebrity pickers for Notre Dame-FSU game.



What could possibly be the most awkward edition of ESPN College GameDay possibly just got more awkward. It was bad enough that GameDay is broadcasting from Florida State, where controversies surrounding starting quarterback Jameis Winston have been swirling around the football program like a Seminole Wind this weekend. Now it's been reported that Ken Griffey Jr and Brett Favre have been    chosen to be the obligatory GameDay's celebrity game pickers this weekend.

Favre only one obvious connection to FSU - the infamous sexting incident involving former New York Jets "Gameday host" and FSU Cowgirl Jenn Sterger.

In light of the allegations of FSU interfering with the police investigation of sexual assault allegations brought against Winston, this could be one of the most tone-deaf moments in ESPN history.

(via Fansided)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dan Mullen slams websites calling for college football coaches to be fired.

Dan Mullen. Photo via Jackson Clarion-Ledger.


College football fan-created websites calling for the dismissal of one underperforming head football coach or another have been popping up ever since the infamous Fire Ron Zook first appeared on the Internet almost as soon as Zook was hired to replace Steve Spurrier at Florida.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

University of Michigan board of regents to discuss Wolverine athletic director Dave Brandon job performance during meeting on Thursday.



Is Dave Brandon's hot seat about to get hotter? The University of Michigan Board of regents is set to discuss the recent controversies surrounding the embattled Michigan athletic director, who has come under fire for the football programs lackluster record, dwindling attendance at Wolverine home games, and how treatment for the head injury to Wolverine quarterback Shane Morris in the loss to Minnesota was handled.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Photo of Ole Miss DE Robert Nkemdiche allegedly using a bong surfaces on internet.

From the "things you don't want to show up on the internet after possibly the two best weeks in your school's recent history" department comes a photo of Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche allegedly partaking of a bong.



According to Lost Lettermen, the image comes from a Tennessee fan who conveniently posted it to the Rivals.com Tennessee football site, Volquest.com just in time for Tennessee's road game against Ole Miss this weekend. (Volquest.com has since deleted the thread the photo was posted in.)

Jackson Clarion Ledger beat writer Hugh Kellenberger reported on Twitter that Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze was aware of the both the existence and the story behind the Nkemdiche bong photo, including when and where it was taken.





(via Lost Lettermen, SB*Nation)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

AP and USA Today Coaches Polls released.

The polls are out. Mississippi State leapfrogs over Florida State to the top of both polls after the Bulldogs' 38-23 win over Auburn.

AP Top 10

1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State
3. Ole Miss
4. Baylor
5. Notre Dame
6. Auburn
7. Alabama
8. Michigan State
9. Oregon
10. Georgia
11. Oklahoma
12. TCU
13. Ohio State
14. Kansas State
15. Oklahoma State
16. Arizona
17. Arizona State
18. East Carolina
19. Nebraska
20. Utah
21. Texas A&M
22. USC
23. Stanford
24. Clemson
25. Marshall

USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25

1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State
3. Ole Miss
4. Baylor
5. Notre Dame
6. Michigan State
7. Alabama
8. Auburn
9. Oregon
10. Georgia
11. Oklahoma
12. TCU
13. Ohio State
14. Kansas State
15. Oklahoma State
16. East Carolina
17. Arizona
18. Arizona State
19. Nebraska
20. Stanford
21. Texas A&M
22. Clemson
23. Utah
24. Marshall
25. USC


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Your Scary Clown of the Day, courtesy of Tennessee.


Courtesy of  @GoVolsExtra, here is a scary Tennessee clown.
In case you ever wanted to know what it would like if Ronald McDonald and Shoney's Big Boy had a baby, well, here it is.

(via @GoVolsExtra)

Jameis Winston should be benched after announcement of disciplinary hearing, charges of school interference in sexual assault investigation.

Commentary

As of right now, FSU starting quarterback Jameis Winston is still scheduled to start in today's game against Syracuse. He shouldn't be after yesterday's news that he is facing a school disciplinary hearing involving the sexual assault allegations he faced late year.

No charges were brought against Winston, but new allegations of that the investigation into the case was hampered by both Tallahassee police and by officials from FSU were reported by FOX Sports on Friday night.

It's an embarrassment for both the school and college football that Winston is playing today. While Winston was never formally charged in the sexual assault case, the disciplinary hearing should have been enough reason to bench him today.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mental health day.



Burned out today. Will be back tomorrow.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

(UPDATED):Todd Gurley placed on indefinite suspension by Georgia.


Major bad new out of Georgia. The school has suspended tailback Todd Gurley in what's described as "an alleged violation of NCAA rules." Few details are available.

UGA released the following statement.

" University of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley has been indefinitely suspended from competition by the UGA Athletic Association during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.
"I¹m obviously very disappointed," said UGA head football coach Mark Richt. "The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri."

This pretty much jeopardizes Gurley's chances for Heisman Trophy, and could derail the rest of UGA's season.

UPDATED 5:59 PM: Bruce Feldman is reporting that Guley's suspension may involve accepting "extra benefits" from "memorabilia brokers."



Yes, there's a Jon Gruden to Michigan meme, via 1984 media guide.

Via SB*Nation.


It only took a couple of weeks or so, but there's finally a solid internet meme involving Jon Gruden as a candidate for Michigan head coach. A University of Dayton public relations major discovered Gruden's bio in a Dayton Flyers football media guide from 1984, where Chucky laid out what he would like to do in the future.



 Of course, the idea of Gruden as Michigan head coach isn't completely new. There's a Facebook page supporting the idea that dates back to 2010. This discovery of the younger version of Chucky's bio should provide enough fuel until Gruden finds a way to roll this into squeezing more money out of ESPN.

(via SB*Nation)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Florida fan gift guide: A drinking shirt with a football problem.

Shirts Without Random Triangles



Looking for a present for that Florida fan in your life currently drowning in a sea of misery? Shirts Are Cool has this blue and orange t-shirt to help them drown their sorrows in an adult beverage instead. It's yours for $20.00 ($22.00 for XXL).

(HT: @OurTwoBits)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Big Tentacles: Christian Hackenberg, Hayden Fry, J.T. Barrett, and more.

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



I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Christopher M. Logue declares that Penn State starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg will be a "future NFL Hall of Famer." (Views-Reviews-Sports)

Hunting Hackenburg. 
Joshua Hanschke looks at how Michigan's defense is preparing for Hackenberg and the Penn State offense. (Maize N' Brew)

Pour Some Sugar on Me?
Off Tackle Empire's Mike Jones predicts Michigan State will face Florida State in the Sugar Bowl as part of the inagurial College Football Playoff, with Auburn meeting Baylor on the other side of the CFP bracket in the Rose Bowl.

Ahead of the Curve. 
Black Heart Gold Pants looks at how legendary former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry called for a four-team playoff format for college football way back in 1985.

Lack of student participation: It's not just for Michigan anymore. 
Michigan State Mark Hollis announces disappointment for the student section at Spartan Stadium not being completly filled up during last Saturday night's 27-22 win over Nebraska. (ESPN)

Bad officiating? I'm shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!
David Jones uses a blown call in Saturday's Rutgers-Michigan game to criticize the state of officiating in Big Ten games. (pennlive.com)

Grin and Barrett. 
Tim May profiles Ohio State starting QB J.T. Barrett. (The Columbus Dispatch)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Florida QB Treon Harris under accused of sexual assault, suspended from Gator football program,.

Florida has indefinitely suspended quarterback Treon Harris, who is being investigated by Gainesville, Fl. police for accusations that he sexually assaulted a person described as being "a female student."

According to ESPN, The University of Florida Police Department is working in conjunction with the Gainesville Police Department to investigate the incident, which alleged to have happened in a University of Florida residence hall early Sunday morning.

Harris, who led Florida to a come-from-behind win over Tennessee on Saturday, is suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities.

(via ESPN)

Georgia freshman cornerback arrested for shoplifting, dismissed from team.

Kleptomania runs wild!

Shaq Jones is an ex-Georgia freshman cornerback. Jones was dismissed from the Bulldog football program following an arrest on charges of "theft by shoplifting."

No details about the arrest have been released. Jones posted a $1,500 bond from Clarke County (Ga.) jail 4:35 PM on Sunday afternoon. He was dismissed from the team two hours later.

“We have certain expectations and standards that we require of all of our players,” coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “When those expectations and standards are not met, the opportunity to be a part of our program is sacrificed.”

Jones has played in only one game this season, against Troy.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Fallout: Week 6 chaos edition.

Welcome to the Fallout - Week 6 Sunday edition, with lots of extra fallout. 



Week 6 began with an ESPN College GameDay for the ages, and that was before Katy Perry pretty much owned Saturday Selections. (Best to retire the segment now, ESPN. Ain't nothing gonna top Katy Perry.) Then the real fun began:

Mississippi State upset Texas A&M. I'm going to assume aTm buries those white and chrome Adidas nightmare unis in the same hazardous waste dump that Georgia buried its black helmets from the 2009 loss to Florida.

Florida defeats Tennessee. In any other year, this isn't an upset. This was, however, Tennessee's best chance since 2004 to beat the Gators, and it couldn't. The hot seat talk about Vols head coach Butch Jones should be starting up pretty soon.

As for Florida, we may have seen the end of the Jeff Driskel era in Gainesville. His replacement as quarterback, Treon Harris, may give the Gators what it takes for a non-upset victory over Georgia in a few weeks.

Ole Miss upset Alabama. Possibly the greatest moment in modern (i.e. post-ESPN) history? Certainly the greatest night for whatever bar Katy Perry decided to celebrate the Ole Miss victory in on Saturday night.

Notre Dame defeats Stanford. Not quite an upset, as the Irish were ranked higher than the Cardinal, but it pretty much shatters the Cardinal's chance for a spot in the College Football Playoff. (OR DOES IT?)

TCU takes down Oklahoma. Barring a hiccup by Baylor, the Sooners are probably on the outside looking in of the CFP.

Best-chance scenario for Oklahoma to get back in the CFP running: The Sooners beat Baylor, with an additional Baylor loss somewhere down the line.

Rutgers defeats Michigan.  By this point, this shouldn't be an upset. The fact Michigan kept it close should have been a positive. As things stand in the wake of the Shane Morris incident, this game has pretty much sealed Brady Hoke's fate at Michigan.

As for Rutgers, A win over Michigan is a landmark win, even with a on-the-ropes Michigan. It gives the Scarlet Knights a little proof to back the idea that "Delany's Folly" (i.e the admission of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten) might almost have been worth it. 

Georgia Tech defeats Miami. That awkward moment when you realize that the Georgia Tech-Georgia game may have actual CFP national title implications for both the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets.

Michigan State defeats Nebraska. With all the chaos on Saturday, this game should have brought the Spartans back completely into the CFP picture. The fact that the Cornhuskers almost came back in the fourth quarter may keep Sparty on the outside looking in.







Saturday, October 4, 2014

Play the Game: BYU falls, Matt Jones, Kirk Ferentz, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 6 Saturday edition.

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. 
BYU suffers its first loss of the season, and starting quarterback Taysom Hill for the rest of the season to a broken leg, as Utah State upset the Cougars 35-20. This game will most probably end BYU's chances to make the College Football Playoff this season. (AP/ESPN)

Orange crushed at home. 
Louisville handily defeats Syracuse 28-6. (AP/ESPN)

Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales.
Robbie Andreu sits down for a Q&A session with Florida tailback Matt Jones (The Gainesville Sun)

Herbie vs. Sparty.
Noah Trister previews the huge cross-division showdown between Nebraska and Michigan State. A Michigan St. loss could put it out of the running for a CFP spot. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Seriously trying to figure out how to make an Oasis "Supersonic" reference involving Elsa and the doctor in the helicopter here, but drawing blanks. 
Penn State head coach James Franklin traveled to a high school game via helicopter. (College Football Talk)

Insanity


When Kirk met Ned. 
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost have a debate over coaching philosophies. Special appearance by former Iowa QB and noted outdoorsman James Vandenberg. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Arizona upsets Oregon. The loser: Michigan.

Photo via azcentral.com


Arizona shook up the College Football Playoff apple cart on Thursday night with a win over Oregon. At the same time it helped mark another red letter day in the ongoing annus horribilis that is Michigan's 2014 college football season. 

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez coached Michigan from 2008-2010. He alienated hordes of Michigan supporters before being fired in January of 2011 by Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. Brandon replaced RichRod with the now under fire Brady Hoke. 

Brandon's decision to ditch Rodriguez has started to come back to haunt both him and Michigan. Hoke started out strong in 2011 - with a team mostly of players recruited under Rodriguez. It's been downhill since then. In contrast, Rodriguez started has gone 8-5 seasons in his first two seasons at Arizona, with two bowl wins. On top of that, the Wildcats have now beaten Oregon two seasons in a row. 

As for Oregon, the team Arizona actually beat Thursday night, they're not completely out of the CFP yet. It will take another loss to knock them out completely. 

It's looking more and more like Brandon made the wrong decision in not giving RichRod at least another season in Michigan. Hoke, the man Brandon picked to succeed RichRod, has failed to produce after his first season in Ann Arbor. 

(via ESPN)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Ole Miss, Dave Brandon, Nick Marshall, and more.


Play the Game Tonight - Week 6 Thursday edition.

Three games on tonight. Central Florida at Houston, Florida Atlantic at Florida International, and to cap off the night, Arizona vs. Oregon.

Why don't you have a seat over there?
Ole Miss is under investigation by the NCAA for rules violations in a number of sports, including college football. (Yahoo! Sports)

I Will Not Go Quietly. 
Embattled Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says that he had no plans to resgin amid calls for his removal from office following the Shane Morris incident last Saturday. He also said that he doesn't plan of firing equally embattled Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. (ESPN)

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. 
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says that Tiger starting quarterback Nick Marshall is being encouraged to improvise on the field. (al.com)

Headed for a Heartbreak?
Bill Connelly ponders whether Oklahoma at TCU would be a bigger potential upset than Baylor at Texas. Remember when Baylor beating Texas was considered an upset? (SB*Nation)