Saturday, November 25, 2017

Chip Kelly named as new head coach as UCLA.


From the "Well, this didn't take long" dept. comes word that UCLA has found a replacement for the recently fired Bruins head coach Jim Mora.  Chip Kelly, most recently head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, has been hired by the school as its new head football coach.

Mike Riley is an ex-Nebraska head coach.


Mile Riley is an ex-head coach. Nebraska fired Riley, the head coach of the Cornhuskers on Saturday, a day following an embarrassing 56-14 loss to Iowa on Friday.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Bret Bielema is an ex-Arkansas head coach.


 If you needed anymore proof that the SEC is a harsh mistress, consider the case of Bret Bielema, who was reportedly fired as he walked off the field in what turned out to be his final game as head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Butch Jones is an ex-Tennessee head coach.


If you had Tennessee firing Butch Jones in Week 11 of the 2017 of the college football season, then today is your lucky day. Tennessee announced Jones had been fired on Sunday afternoon a day after the Volunteers were trounced by Missouri 50-17.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Clemson among five ACC bowl-eligible teams.


 Week 10 of the 2017 college football season has been completed, and time is running out for ACC teams wanting to earn eligibility to a postseason. Clemson, North Carolina State, Miami (FL.), Virginia Tech, and Virginia are the only conference teams with at least six wins, the number required to be considered bowl eligible.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Georgia and six other SEC teams bowl eligible, rest of conference still technically in the race.


The biggest surprise for the SEC in Week 10 of the 2017 season is that all fourteen conference members technically are still in the race to become bowl eligible. Even 3-3 Florida has a shot winning out and earning a bowl invite.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Virginia Tech joins Clemson, NC St., and Miami among ACC bowl eligible teams.

Virginia Tech joined North Carolina State, Clemson, and Miami as the only four ACC teams that are currently bowl eligible. Because of bye weeks for Boston College and Louisville, only Virginia and Wake Forest will have a chance to join them in Week 10.

Bowl projections (unless otherwise noted) are from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

Six or more wins (Bowl eligible)


ACC Atlantic


North Carolina State (6-2, conference 4-0)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 30, Jacksonville, FL.)

Kirk 2017 Sun Bowl vs. Utah (Dec. 29, El Paso, TX.)

Clemson (7-1, conference 5-1)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Ohio State (Jan. 1, 2018, Pasadena, CA. (College Football Playoff semifinal no. 2 vs. no. 3)

Kirk: 2018 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2018, New Orleans, LA. CFP semifinal no.1 vs. no. 4)

These projections were made before the first CFP Committee Rankings were released on Tuesday.

ACC Costal 


Miami (FL.) (7-0, conference 5-0)

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Orange Bowl vs. Georgia (Dec. 30, Miami, FL.)

Kirk: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Texas (Dec. 28, Orlando, FL.)

Palm still going with the "ICWYDT" pick of Mark Richt-coached Miami, and Richt's former employer, Georgia.

Virginia Tech (7-1, conference 3-1) 

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa St. (Dec. 28)

Kirk: 2017 Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame (Dec. 30)

Bowl featuring ACC school vs. independent school wth a business arrangement with ACC. This has got be the most mind-numbing projection of the week.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


ACC Atlantic 


Boston College (5-4, conference 3-3)

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 vs. NC State

Nov. 18 vs. UConn

Nov. 25 @ Syracuse

UConn is the opponent that Boston College is most likely to get its sixth win.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)

Kirk: 2017 Quick Lane Bowl vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 26, Detroit, MI)

The Pinstripe Bowl would probably be the preferred bowl here, as it would be the bowl that BC supporters would be more likely to attend.

Wake Forest (5-3, conference 2-3)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Notre Dame

Nov. 11 @ Syracuse

Nov. 18 vs. NC State

Nov. 25 vs. Duke

Millions of college football fans hope that Wake can get it's sixth win over Notre Dame, presumably knocking the Fighting Irish out of the CFP semifinals.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 28, Annapolis, MD.)

Kirk: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy

Rare agreement between Palm and Kirk here.

Louisville (5-4, conference 2-4) 

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia

Nov. 18 vs. Syracuse

Nov. 25 @ Kentucky

There shouldn't be a problem for Louisville to get at least one win before the end of the season.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Sun Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 29)

Kirk: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. South Carolina (Dec. 30)

Louisville vs. South Carolina would probably be the better matchup here.

ACC Costal 


Virginia (5-3, conference 2-2) 

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 11 @ Louisville

Nov. 18 @ Miami

Nov. 24 vs. Virginia Tech

In theory, Virginia should be able to chalk up the sixth win it needs for guaranteed bowl eligibility. In reality, all four the Cavilers' upcoming opponents will be strong challengers.

Projected bowl and opponent

Ken Bonagura, ESPN: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Houston

Palm and Kirk project Virginia being on the outside looking in this upcoming postseason. Bonagura's ESPN partner, David M. Hale, projects a Military Bowl with Navy vs. Virginia.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)

ACC Atlantic 


Syracuse (4-4, conference 2-2) 

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Florida State

Nov. 11 vs. Wake Forest

Nov. 18 @ Louisville

Nov. 25 vs. Boston College

Two wins in this stretch are feasible, but will have to be hard-fought.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Nebraska (Dec. 27)

Pinstripe Bowl a logical postseason landing place for the Orange.

ACC Costal 


Georgia Tech (4-3, conference 3-2)

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Virginia

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia Tech

Nov. 18 @ Duke

Nov. 25 vs. Georgia

Virginia and Duke may be the best places for Georgia Tech to earn the necessary wins for bowl eligibility

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 29, Charlotte, NC)

Kirk: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Vanderbilt

The Yellow Jackets apparently fated to be in the Belk Bowl

Pittsburgh (4-5, conference 2-3)

Next three games

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 9 vs. North Carolina

Nov. 18 @ Virginia Tech

Nov. 24 vs. Miami

We enter the territory of teams under .500. Two wins for Pitt are going to be hard to get here.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Duke (4-5, conference 1-5)

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 @ Army

Nov. 18 vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 25 @ Wake Forest

There's a possibility for two win in Duke's last three games, but it will have to pull off an upset or two to do it.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. Florida Atlantic (Dec. 27, Shreveport, LA.)

Kirk: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. UAB

Consider: Neither Palm or Kirk projected currently 5-3 Virginia getting a bowl bid, but project 4-5 Duke getting one. Only logical explanation for this would have to be Duke getting the academic waiver.
















Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ohio St., Penn St., four other Big Ten teams are bowl eligible.

Five Big Ten teams are bowl eligible following week five. The quintet of teams with six or more wins  so far in the 2017 season includes Ohio St., Penn St., Michigan St.  Michigan, and Wisconsin. Northwestern has five wins, and could join the above schools as early as next week.

Bowl projections (unless otherwise noted) are from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and Jason Kirk of SB*Nation

Six or more wins (Bowl eligible)


Big Ten East


Ohio State (7-1, conference 5-0)

Next four weeks

Nov. 4 @ Iowa

Nov. 11 vs. Michigan State

Nov. 18 vs. Illinois

Nov. 25 @ Michigan

Iowa. Michigan State, and Michigan will not be pushover games for Ohio St.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Clemson (Jan 1, 2018. Pasadena, CA. College Football Playoff semifinal no. 2 vs. no.3)

Kirk: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Georgia

It would appear the dream of seeing a Rose Bowl sans both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 has faded for the season.

Penn State (7-1, conference 4-1)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Michigan St.

Nov. 11 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 18 vs. Nebraska

Nov. 25 @ Maryalnd

Michigan St. is the biggest stumbling block for Penn State's chances of getting back into contention for the College Football Playoff on its schedule.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2018, New Orleans, LA. (CFP semifinal no. 1 vs no. 4)

Kirk: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma (Dec. 29, Arlington, TX.)

Kirk's projection is the saner of the two bowl projections.

Michigan State (6-2, conference 4-1)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Penn St.

Nov. 11 @ Ohio St.

Nov. 18 vs. Maryland

Nov. 25 @ Rutgers

The safe bet is that Michigan St. goes 2-2 in the last four games of the season. But, as many teams have learned, betting against Sparty is never a good idea.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. Auburn (Jan 1, 2018, Orlando, Fl.

Kirk: 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. LSU

The Citrus Bowl sounds like the best place for Michigan St. this season.

Michigan (6-2, conference 3-2)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Minnesota

Nov. 11 @ Maryland

Nov. 18 @ Wisconsin

Nov. 25 vs. Ohio St.

Minnesota, Maryland, and Wisconsin are the easiest games on the remainder  of the Nittany Lions' schedule.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Outback Bowl vs. LSU (Jan. 1, 2018, Tampa, FL.)

Kirk: 2018 Outback Bowl vs. Auburn

More agreement here, at least for the bowl Michigan may be headed for.

Big Ten West


Wisconsin (8-0, conference 5-0)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Indiana

Nov. 11 vs. Iowa

Nov. 18 vs. Michigan

Nov. 25 @ Minnesota

Wisconsin is getting  overlooked for the CFP. Most logical reason is that the CFB media sees the Badgers being 2017's version of 2015 Iowa.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Fiesta Bowl vs. USC (Dec. 30, Glendale, AZ.)

Kirk: 2018 Peach Bowl vs. Central Florida (Jan. 1, 2018, Atlanta, GA.)

The Fiesta Bowl is most definitely the more perforable projection here.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


Big Ten East


None

Big Ten West


Northwestern (5-3, conference 3-2)

Next four weeks

Nov. 4 @ Nebraska

Nov. 11 vs, Purdue

Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota

Nov. 25 @ Illinois

While no one should ever feel too overconfident of a team's ability to get to six wins, of All of these games are winnable for Northwestern. Get the win, then it's all about avoiding the Quick Lane Bowl.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm:  2017 Holliday Bowl vs. Arizona (Dec. 28, San Diego, CA.

Kirk: 2017 Forster Farms Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 27 @ Santa Clara, CA.)

Northwestern vs. Stanford...NERD BOWL1

Four games (Magic number: 2)


Big Ten East 


Maryland (4-4, conference 2-3)

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Rutgers

Nov. 11 vs. Michigan

Nov. 18 @ Michigan St.

Nov. 25 vs. Penn St.

The only easy game for Maryland is Rutgers.

Projected bowl and opponent

Eric Single, SI.com: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)

Only one of five prognosticators surveyed had Maryland going to a bowl.

Big Ten West

Nebraska (4-4, conference 3-2)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Northwestern

Nov. 11 @Minnesota

Nov. 18 @ Penn St.

Nov. 24 vs. Iowa

Northwestern and Minnesota are where the best chances for the Cornhuskers to earn the two wins they need to become bowl eligible.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Pinstripe bowl vs. Syracuse.

Mike Riley is probably toast when the season  ends, if not sooner.

Minnesota (4-4, conference 1-4)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Michigan

Nov. 11 vs. Nebraska

Nov. 18 @ Northwestern

Nov. 25 vs. Wisconsin

Underperforming Nebraska and Northwestern teams may be the best places on Minnesota's upcoming schedule to earn two wins.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Boston College

Kirk: None

Disappointing projected end to P.J. Fleck's first season as head coach of the Golden Gophers

Three wins (Magic number: 3)


Big Ten East


Rutgers (3-5, conference 2-3)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Maryland

Nov. 11 @ Penn St.

Nov. 18 @ Indiana

Nov. 25 vs. Michigan St.

With Rutgers we enter the  "The impossible takes a little longer" territory.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Indiana (3-5, conference 0-5)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Wisconsin

Nov. 11 @ Illinois

Nov. 18 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 25 @ Purdue

The chances for Indiana to go to a bowl look to be higher than those of Rutgers.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 29, Nashville, TN.)

There is a chance this could be a case of a 5-6 team getting a bowl bid through academics.

Big Ten West


Purdue (3-5, conference 1-4)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Illinois

Nov. 11 @ Northwestern

Nov. 18 @ Iowa

Nov. 25 vs. Indiana

Purdue will need to beat Illinois and Indiana, and pull an upset of either Northwestern or Iowa for a the Boilermakers to earn a bowl bid.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Maybe next season, Purdue.






Monday, October 30, 2017

Alabama, Georgia, and five other SEC teams are bowl eligible.


South Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi State joined Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, and LSU into the ranks of SEC teams securing bowl eligibility with their respective sixth wins. Texas A&M is 5-3, and the only team in the conference that needs one more game for bowl eligibility.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jim McElwain is an ex-Florida head coach.


ESPN is now confirming reports that Florida has fired head football coach Jim McElwain.

How fired is your SEC team's head coach?

With reports of Florida's Jim McElwain becoming an ex-Flordia head coach, it seemed to be a good time to see which other SEC head coached may be joining him.

Is Jim McElwain era over at Florida?


Jim McElwain. Image via si.com. 


If you had Tennessee's Butch Jones as the first SEC head coach to be fired in your office pool, then you may have just lost. There are reports that Florida is ready to fire or has already fired head coach Jim MeElwin.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Penn St., Ohio St., Michigan St., and Wisconsin are the only bowl eligible teams going into Week 9.


Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin are the only four teams in the Big Ten that are currently bowl eligible. The only team that can join them in Week 9 is Michigan, which should seal the deal with a win against Rutgers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

TCU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St. are bowl eligible.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have joined TCU in the bowl eligibility. Iowa State and West Virginia could join them in Week 9, though it won't be easy.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Miami joins NC State and Clemson as the ACC's bowl eligible teams.

Miami joined North Carolina State and Clemson in the bowl eligible club in Week 8. Louisville and Virginia could join them in Week 9. Six other teams are still in the bowl eligibility hunt.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Auburn and LSU join Alabama and Georgia among the SEC teams that are bowl eligible.


Week 8 of the college football season saw the  number of bowl eligible teams in the SEC double from two teams to four. Auburn and LSU joined Alabama and Georgia as teams who have won at least six games this season, making them eligible for postseason play.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

USC, Washington, and Washington St. are bowl eligible.

USC joined Washington and Washington State in the ranks of bowl eligible teams. The bad news for the Pac-12 was that Washington and Washington St. suffered their first losses of the 2017 season, putting the conference's chances for a representative into the College Football Playoff in jeopardy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clemson and NC State are bowl eligible.

You had one job, Clemson. Go undefeated, and you were certain to be part off the College Football Playoff semifinal. Now losing to Syracuse makes that one job a bit harder.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Ohio St., Penn St., and Wisconsin are bowl eligible.


Last week Penn State was the only Big Ten school that was bowl eligible. Week 7 saw Ohio State and Wisconsin become bowl eligible through winning six games on their schedules.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Alabama and Georgia remain the SEC's only bowl eligible teams.


The SEC survived the chaos than engulfed the rest of college football in Week 7. Alabama and Georgia stayed unbeaten, and remain the only bowl eligible schools in the conference.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph strip their shirts off at Oklahoma State homecoming event.

Mason Rudolph and Mike Gundy. Image via The Comeback.



Ever seen a grown head football coach shirtless. Joey?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

USC could join Washington and Washington St. in the becoming bowl eligible this weekend.

The Pac-12 is the only conference besides the SEC to have two teams that have made it to bowl eligibility in the 2017 season. Washington and Washington State are both currently 6-0 as they head towards the season-ending Apple Bowl rivalry. Eight other Pac-12 schools are in the running to become bowl eligible. USC the only team that could earn a sixth win for bowl eligibility in Week 7.


Six or more wins (bowl eligible)


Pac-12 North


Washington (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Washington is bowl eligible, and there is a good chance the Huskies make it to the College Football Playoff semifinals (even if Jerry Palm didn't think so this week). Getting there will be the hard part. The struggling Arizona State will host Washington on Oct. 14. The Huskies have a bye in Week 9, then host UCLA on Oct. 28. A resurgent Oregon team comes to Seattle on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29, Arlington, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Georgia

Jerry Palm currently projects a CFP featuring Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Penn State. This despite knowing darn well that the two Big Ten schools play each other on Oct. 28, and one team will most certainly knock the other team out of contention for a CFP berth.

Jason Kirk of SB*Nation is more rational, picking Washington to face Clemson in the 2018 Sugar Bowl (and picking Wisconsin to face Alabama in the 2018 Rose Bowl over both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions).

Washington State (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Its nice to see both Washington and Washington St. unbeaten. It's too bad that it can't stay this way, thanks to the two schools facing each other in the Apple Bowl on Nov. 25.

In the present, Wazzou is preparing to face Cal on the road in Berkley on Oct. 13. There is a chance the game could be postponed due to smoke from the fires raging in Northern California.The Huskies return home to host Colorado on Oct. 21, then go back on the road to face Arizona on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28, San Antonio, Tx.)

Projected opponent: 

TCU

Pac-12 South 


None

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


Pac-12 North


None

Pac-12 South 


USC (5-1, 3-1 conference)

USC lost its only game of the 2017 season so far to Washington St. in Week 5.  Its CFP chances would seem to depend on winning out the rest of the season, then winning the PAc-12 title.

To that end, the Trojans host Utah on Oct. 14, followed by the annual rivalry game vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 21 in South Bend. USC stays on the road to face Arizona State on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30, Glendale, Az.)

Projected opponent: 

San Diego State

The Pac-12 being shut out of the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since 2011 is a beautiful thing. The closest the Pac-12 getting to the Rose Bowl Game on the New Years Six bowl level involving facing the Group of Five representative in Glendale is even better.

Four games (Magic number: 2)


Stanford (4-2, 3-1 conference)

Like Washington St. @ CalStanford's game this Saturday against Oregon might be postponed due to the currently raging fires in Northern California's affect on the air quality in the area. Stanford has a bye in Week 8, then travels to Oregon State on Oct. 26. The Cardinal remains on the road facing Washington St. on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Holliday Bowl (Dec. 28, San Diego, Ca.)

Projected opponent: 

Michigan.

Wait, Pac-12 bowl schadenfreude gets better, as the Holliday Bowl is the de facto Pac-12/Big Ten Rose Bowl showdown of the year.

Oregon (4-2, 1-2 conference)

See above about Oregon's road game vs. Stanford on Saturday. Beyond this weekend, Oregon travels to UCLA on Oct. 21, then hosts Utah on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Foster Farms Bowl (Dec. 27, Santa Clara, Ca.)

Projected opponent: 

Minnesota

Row the corn dogs!

Pac-12 South 


Utah (4-1, 1-1 conference)

Utah travels to USC this weekend. The Utes then host Arizona State on Oct. 21. A road game against Oregon finishes up the month on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, El Paso, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Louisville

Well, somebody has to play Louisville.

Three games (Magic number: 3)


Cal (3-3,  0-3 conference) 

Again, see above about the potential for the California fires' affect on the Washington St. Cal this weekend.

Cal is also scheduled to host Arizona Oct. 21. The Golden Bears go on the road to face Colorado on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl: (David M. Hale, ESPN)

Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26, Dallas, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Purdue

Hale was the third bowl prognosticator I went to in search of someone who predicted Cal would go to a bowl.

Pac-12 South

Arizona (3-2, 1-1 conference)

Arizona hosts UCLA this Saturday. It travels to Cal on Oct. 21,  then host Washington St. on Oct. 28.
UCLA and Cal are going to have to be the places Arizona pick up some wins.

Projected bowl: (Kyle Bonagura and David M. Hale, ESPN)

2017 Cactus Bowl (Dec. 26, Phoenix, Az.)

Projected opponent:

Kansas State

ESPN was the third site I had to go in finding someone who projected Arizona going to a bowl this postseason.

Colorado (3-3, 0-3 conference) 

Colorado was being considered as earning a spot in the CFP this season. Then reality hit, and the Buffaloes are at the bottom of the Pac-12 South (and this despite having a better overall record than 2-3 Arizona State). Colorado will begin trying to right the ship this weekend as it travels to Oregon State. The road trip continues with the Wildcats being hosted by Washington St. on Oct. 21. It's back home to host Cal on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Cactus Bowl

Projected opponent: 

Texas

Colorado and Texas both have to be downcast about how their seasons turn out if this happens.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Penn State is bowl eligible. When does the rest of the Big Ten join it?


Week six passed with only one Big Ten team, Penn State, qualifying for a college football bowl in 2017. Nine other schools with three or more wins still have a reasonable chance at making a bowl this season.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TCU one game away from bowl eligibility.

The Big 12 chances of having a representative in the 2017 College Football Playoff took a huge hit when Iowa State upset Oklahoma in Week Six. Not only has Jerry Palm downgraded Oklahoma in the CFP, but had downgraded the Sooners out the New Year Six bowls altogether.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Watch the new trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," because why not.

Film Trailers

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi poster. Image via @starwars. All rights reserved.



From the "Everybody Else Is Going It So Why Can't We?" department comes the new trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

ACC Bowl Eligibility Watch: Clemson is officially bowl eligible.

Clemson became the first and only ACC to qualify for bowl eligibility. It might stay that way this weekend, as most of its fellow ACC members face tough games in week 7.

Six wins (Bowl eligible)


ACC Atlantic 


Clemson (6-0, 4-0 conference)

Projected bowl: 

2018 Rose Bowl Game (College Football Playoff semifinal) (Jan. 1, 2018)

Projected opponent: Ohio State

Jerry Palm projects both Ohio State and Penn State making it to the CFP semifinals. Don't hold your breath, as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have to face each other on Oct. 28.

ACC Costal: 


None


Five wins ( Magic number: 1)


ACC Atlantic 


North Carolina State (5-1, 3-0 conference)

The toughest part of NC State's 2017 schedule is arguably over the next three games. The Wolfpack travels to Pittsburgh on Oct. 14, have a bye in Week 8, then travel to Notre Dame on Oct. 28. NC State hosts Clemson on Nov. 4.

Rough patch aside, NC State should be bowl eligible by October's end.

Projected bowl

2017 TaxSlayer Bowl (Dec. 30, Jacksonville, Fl.)

Projected opponent: 

Tennessee
There are probably scenarios where NC State could make it to a New Years Six bowl, but they all probably involve the Wolfpack winning at least four of its remaining six games, and having Miami (Fl.) and/or Virginia Tech drop a few big games before the ACC title game.

ACC Costal


Virginia Tech  (5-1, conference 1-1)

Thanks to a Week 7 bye, Va. Tech will have to wait until Oct. 21, for its first chance to become bowl eligible at home against North Carolina. The Hokies face Duke on Oct. 28, then Miami on Nov.4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28, Orlando, Fl.)

Projected opponent:

Oklahoma

Palm projects the Hokies facing the Sooners in the Camping World Bowl.  There is still a possibility of Va. Tech making it to the Orange Bowl if Miami drops more than one game the rest of the season.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)


ACC Atlantic 


Louisville (4-2, conference 1-2)

At first glance, Louisville looks like it could win at least the one game needed to become bowl eligible. The Cardinals face Boston College on Oct. 14, followed by  a struggling  FSU. Wake Forest finishes up the month on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Sun Bowl (Dec 29, El Paso, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Utah

Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2 conference)

Wake Forest is the first possibility in the ACC this season where a team that is 4-2 after Week 6 fails to make it to bowl eligibility. The Demon Deacons have a Week 7 bye, then travel to Georgia Tech on Oct. 21, and host Louisville on Oct. 28. Notre Dame travels to Raleigh on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl (Jason Kirk, SB*Nation)

2017 Independence Bowl (Dec. 27, Shreveport, La.)

Projected opponent: Northwestern

There are worse bowl scenarios than this one involving Northwestern. There is, however, a certain suspicious feeling that pops up in the back of my mind then a sportswriter projects Northwestern playing any similar "smart" school.

ACC Costal


Miami (Fl.) (4-0, 2-0 conference)

Miami's home game vs. Georgia Tech was pushed back until Oct. 14. The Hurricanes then host Syracuse on Oct. 21, then Travel to North Carolina on Oct. 28. Getting another win in October is doable, which is a good thing as Virginia Tech comes to town on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Orange Bowl (Dec. 30, Miami. Fl.)

Projected opponent

Auburn

I look at the remainder of Auburn's schedule, and feel an Orange Bowl is a stretch. Kirk projects a Miami-Penn State Orange Bowl.

Virginia (4-1, conference 1-0)

Virginia has a number of winnable games on its schedule during the remainder of October. The Cavilers  travel to North Carolina on Oct. 14, host Boston College On Oct. 21, and finish out the month traveling to Pitt on Oct. 28.

Projected Bowl: (Kirk)

2017 Military Bowl (Dec. 28. Annapolis, Md.)

Projected opponent: 

Navy

Palm didn't have Virginia going to a bowl game this postseason.

Duke (4-2, 1-2 conference)

Duke is on a two-game losing streak, and has a tough three-game stretch ahead of it. The Blue Devils host a 1-3 but still dangerous Florida State on Oct. 14, then remain at home on Oct. 21 to host Pitt. Duke ends a rough month on the road facing Virginia Tech on Oct. 28.

Duke needs two wins for bowl eligibility, bit it doesn't feel like it will make it there in October.

Projected bowl:

2017 Independence Bowl

Projected opponent: 

Tulane


Three wins (Magic number: 3)


ACC Atlantic 


Syracuse (3-3, conference 1-1)

Syracuse hosts Clemson on Oct. 14. has a bye, then travels to Miami on Oct. 21. The Orange stay on road as it travels to FSU on Nov. 4.

Bowl eligibility would probably have to involve Syracuse pulling off a big upset somewhere.

Projected bowl:

None

ACC Coastal 


Georgia Tech (3-1,  conference 2-0)

Two of Georgia Tech's three wins have over ACC conference rivals. The Yellow Jackets will have a rough October, as it travels to Miami (Fl) on Oct. 14, host Wake Forest on Oct. 21, and end the month back on the road against Clemson.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Military Bowl

Projected opponent:

Navy













Sunday, October 8, 2017

Alabama and Georgia are bowl eligible.


Alabama and Georgia remained unbeaten following Week 6, both becoming bowl eligible. 5-1 Auburn could join them with a win in Week 7. Kentucky is also 5-1, but has a bye next weekend.

As for the rest of the SEC, it could be two or three weeks before one of the 4-2 or 3-3 teams can obtain the six wins needed to be bowl eligible.

Here is where the SEC teams with three or more stand at the moment. Projections are from CBS Sports' Jerry Palm

Six wins (bowl eligible)


SEC West


Alabama (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Projected bowl :

2018 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La., Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent:

Penn State (5-0)

Palm's projection for 'Bama's Sugar Bowl opponent has changed from Ohio State to Penn State, with the Buckeyes facing Clemson in the 2018 Rose Bowl Game. Personally, I have doubts as to whether two Big Ten teams like Penn St. and Ohio St. can snatch up two College Football Playoff spots when they have to face each other on Oct. 28.

SEC East


Georgia (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Projected bowl: 

2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (Arlington, Tx., Dec. 29)

Projected opponent:

Washington (5-0) 

Oklahoma's loss has not only altered whom Palm projects Georgia's bowl opponent would be, it's changed the bowl game that Palm projects the Bulldogs would go to From the 2018 Peach Bowl to the 2017 Cotton Bowl. His projection last week was for Georgia to face Penn St. in the Peach Bowl.

Georgia's last Cotton Bowl appearance was in 1984, when the Bulldogs beat Texas 10-9.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


SEC West


Auburn (5-1, 3-0 conference)

Being 3-0 in the SEC means little at the moment, as Auburn faces three road games in a row. The Tigers first travel to LSU on Oct. 14, then to Arkansas Oct. 21, then go from a Week 9 bye to face Texas A&M at Kyle Field on Nov. 4.

Auburn should be bowl eligible before it hosts Georgia on Nov. 11, but going 3-0 before facing the Bulldogs could be asking too much. The

Projected bowl:

2017 Orange Bowl (Miami, Fl.. Dec. 30)

Projected opponent: 

Miami (Fl.)

Palm upgrades Auburn from the 2018 Outback Bowl to the Orange Bowl, a New Years Six bowl game.

SEC East


Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 conference)

Kentucky has a bye week in Week 7, then travel to Mississippi State on Oct. 21, come home to face Tennessee on Oct. 28, Then host Ole Miss on Nov. 4. All three games are going to be hard to win.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tn. Dec. 30)

Projected opponent:

Texas Tech

Projection switches from Independence Bowl to Liberty Bowl.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)


Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 conference)


Asking for Texas A&M to win two of its next three games may be harder than it looks. The Aggies travel to Florida on Oct. 14, have a bye in Week 8, then host SEC West division opponents Mississippi State on Oct. 28, then Auburn on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Texas Bowl (Houston Tx., Dec. 27

Projected opponent: 

West Virginia

No change from last week.

LSU (4-2, 1-1 conference)

Will LSU be able to secure bowl eligibility between now and its Week 9 bye week? The Bayou Bengals host the fellow SEC Tiger team Auburn on Oct. 14, then travel to Ole Miss on Oct. 21. The Tigers' lackluster performance means a a 1-1 split is the most reasonable projection.

The next game following the bye week is a road game vs. Alabama on Nov. 4. If LSU is 4-5. after 'Bama, all bets will be off as to whether the Tigers will be able to make it to six wins this season.

Projected Bowl:

2018 Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fl. Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent: 

Purdue

It's an upgrade from the Liberty Bowl, I guess.

SEC East


South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 conference)

Is South Carolina out of the SEC East division title race at 4-2? Maybe not, as the Gamecocks face Tennessee on Oct.14, comes off a bye wee head home to host Vanderbilt on Oct.28, then travel to Georgia on Nov. 4.

Projected Bowl:

2017 Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC, Dec 30)

Projecteed opponent:

Florida State

Three wins (Magic number: 3)


SEC West 


Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 conference)

Mississippi State hosts BYU on Oct. 14, Then Kentucky on Oct. 21. Mississippi St. ends October on the road against Texas A&M on, Oct. 28.

Projected Bowl:

2018 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent:

Michigan State

Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 conference)

Week 6 was a bye week for Tennessee, which needed it after being shellacked by Georgia the previous weekend. There are absolutely no probable wins over the next three games for the Vols. They host South Carolina on Oct. 14, then head to Alabama for Third Saturday in October time on Oct. 21. Tennessee remains on the road to face Kentucky on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl: 

2017 TaxSlayer Bowl ( Jacksonville, Fl, Dec. 30)

Projected opponent: 

North Carolina State

Slight upgrade for Tennessee, bowl wise.

Vanderbilt (3-3, conference 0-3)

Vandy visits Ole Miss on Oct,14, , then stays on the road to play South Carolina on Oct. 21. The Gamecocks host Western Kentucky on Oct. 28. Nothing here can be easily be called a probable win.

Projected bowl:

2018 Birmingham Bowl

Projected opponent: 

South Florida









Saturday, October 7, 2017

Iowa State defeats Oklahoma. The winner: Big Ten and Pac-12's Rose Bowl hopes.




The Rose Bowl is traditionally a matchup between representative teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12. With the Rose Bowl being a College Football Playoff semifinal this season, there has been a chance that neither team made it to the game this season. At east until Iowa State beat Oklahoma.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kirby Smart's "Lockdown Georgia" tweet is the Most Awkward Sports Tweet of the Day.

Kirby Smart. Image via Dawg Sports. 



Congratulations to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart for what has to be the most awkward sports tweet of the day.

QB Justin Fields, no. 1 overall prospect for 2018, commits to Georgia.

2018 Recruiting

Justin Fields. Image via The Marietta Daily Journal.


High school senior quarterback Justin Fields, ranked the no, 1 prospect in 247Sports.com's 2018 composite national rankings, has announced his commitment to Georgia during a prep rally held at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. on Friday.


Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick arrested for second time on marijuana-related charges.

Natrez Patrick in 2016. Image via Online Athens.

You knew that the good news coming out of the Georgia football program wouldn't last forever. Bulldog linebacker Natrez Patrick faces two misdemeanor charges, including one for marijuana possession, after being arrested late Thursday evening,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oklahoma, TCU, and four other Big 12 teams seem headed for bowl eligibility.

Baker Mayfield. Image via USA Today.


Six Big 12 teams (Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, West Virginia, and Texas Tech) have three or more wins so far this season, and most seem well on the way to bowl eligibility. There's still a chance for 2-2 Texas and Iowa State to join them, but to be honest, the Longhorns have the better chance of the two teams.

Washington, Washington St., and seven more Pac-12 schools at least halfway to bowl eligibility


The 2018 Rose Bowl game is a College Football Playoff semifinal this season. At the moment it means the traditional Big Ten vs. Pac-12 matchup is probably not going to happen.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Big Ten Bowl Eligibility Watch: Penn St. could be bowl eligible this weekend.


There are currently nine Big Ten teams with at least three wins going into Week 6 of the college football season. Penn State could become the first bowl eligible team in the B1G this season with a win over Northwestern this weekend.

Monday, October 2, 2017

ACC Bowl Eligibility Watch, Week 5: Clemson one win away from bowl eligibility.

The ACC Bowl Eligibility Watch is set up to indicate how ACC teams are to six wins, the magic number (in theory) to become eligible for an appearance in the upcoming postseason. Tough with 39 bowls needing 78 spots to fill, the chances a 5-8 team gets a bowl invite is a distinct possibility if there aren't enough teams with six-plus wins.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Alabama and Georgia are on the brink of becoming bowl eligible.


Alabama and Georgia are still in the driver's seat when it comes to making it to the SEC Championship Game. In Georgia's case, this naturally means it will lose three of its next four games, and wind up watching Bama play Florida for the SEC title.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Mountain West Bowl Eligibility Watch - Post Week 3

2017 Bowl Eligibility Watch - Mountain West 


There are only four Mountain West schools with a winning record following Week 3 of the college football season. Expect that number to rise as conference play begins.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., TCU three games away bowl eligibility.

Big 12 Bowl Eligibility Watch - Week 3


This first Big 12 Bowl Eligibility Watch is focusing on the teams with two and three wins following Week 3. Seven out of the conference's ten teams fit those qualifications. If you're Kansas, Texas. or Baylor. you might want to start to worry. Well, maybe not Texas.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bowl Eligibility Watch 2017 - American Athletic Conference post Week 3.

South Florida is the current favorite among American Athletic Conference teams to make it to a New Year's Six bowl came. It's the only 3-0 team in the conference, with three 2-0 teams, and three 2-1 teams.


Five Big Ten teams halfway from becoming bowl eligible.

Bowl Eligibility Watch - Big Ten Week 3


The 2018 Rose Bowl is hosting the College Football Playoff semifinal pitting the no. 2 and no. 4 teams in the final CFP Selection Committees' rankings of the 2017 season. It could very well mark only the fifth time since 2002 that a B1G team would not represent the conference in Pasadena.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech ahead of other ACC teams in race for bowl eligibility

Bowl Eligibility Watch- ACC Week 3 


Hurricane Irma caused a number of ACC teams postponing or canceling games over the past two weeks. Miami@Florida State was postponed from last weekend, and both schools canceled non-conference games in Week 2. A Georgia Tech road game against  Central Florida was also canceled.

Auburn backup QB Sean White dismissed following public intoxication arrest.

Sean White. Image via al.com.



Sean White is an ex-Tiger. The Auburn backup quarterback was dismissed from the team following an arrest on charges of public intoxication.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bowl Eligibility Watch: Four SEC teams three wins away from bowl eligibility.


Bowl Eligibility Watch 2017
Is Week 3 too early to check in on the bowl eligibility of SEC teams? Well it probably is, but it's still  interesting to see which teams look like sure-fire on their way to a bowl game, and which teams surprisingly are gonna have to work harder to get there.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dave Pasch in a mullet wig? Why yes, please.


Greg McElroy, Dave Pasch, and Tom Luginbill. Image via @bubbaprog. 

What happens when an Oklahoma State@Pittt football game goes horribly one-sided? You don mullet wigs, of course. That's what happened during the 2nd quarter when the Cowboys were blanking the Panthers 35-7, and ESPN announcing crew Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy, along with sideline reporter Tom Luginbill, donned some really scraggly mullet wigs to honor the real-life mullet of Oklahoma St. head coach Mike Gundy.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Most Hateable Games of the Week - Week 3


Week 3 begins on Thursday night, and while the season is still young there are games on the schedule where it's nigh impossible to root for either team to win. These are the Most Hateable Games of The Week.

Monday, September 11, 2017

SEC Fallout: Bret Bielema, Kevin Sumlin, Mack Womack, and more.


SEC Fallout

Hot seat? What hot seat?

Doc Harper ponders whether Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is in the hot seat following the Razorbacks 28-7 loss to TCU. (Arkansas Fight)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 Postseason Projections: Loss to Oklahoma damages Ohio State's chances for the College Football Playoff.


2017  Postseason Projections

Last week, the postseason bowl projectors SWRT is following said Ohio State would make it to the College Football Playoffs. One embarrassing loss to Oklahoma later, and the college football postseason landscape looks a whole lot different.

Georgia places kicker Rodrigo Blankenship on scholarship.


Rodrigo Blankenship. Image via DawgNation. 


Rodrigo Blankenship is an ex-Georgia walk-on. The bespectacled kicker has officially been placed on scholarship by Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 Postseason Projections: Is Oklahoma State fated to go to the 2017 Cotton Bowl?




Oklahoma State is getting prepared to face South Alabama on the road in Mobile, Al.  on Friday night. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of the 2017 postseason bowl projections SWRT is following have the Cowboys heading to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in December.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 postseason projections: Will Ohio St. make it to the CFP semifinals?


Will Ohio State make it back to the College Football Playoff this coming postseason? That's what four of the five pundits SWRT are following say. The one naysayer has the Buckeyes going to South Beach and the Orange Bowl.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 Postseason Projections: Will Clemson return to the CFP Semifinals?


Clemson shocked many in the college football universe by defeating Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff title game last January. The majority of notable pundits see the Tigers back in the CFP again this season, though somewhat divided as to whether the team goes to the 2018 Sugar Bowl, or the 2018 Rose Bowl.


2017 Postseason Projections: Will Alabama be headed to the 2018 CFP/Sugar Bowl?


 The pundits have released their college football postseason projections following Week 1's games. Naturally, most of them have Alabama in the College Football Playoff yet again. The majority of pundits have 'Bama heading to New Orleans for the CFP semi-final/2018 Sugar Bowl. As to whom the tide will be facing, however, the pundits are less united.

The most hatable games of Week 2 of the 2017 college football season.

Week 1 of the college football season is mostly Power 5 teams demolishing smaller Group of 5 or lower teams. Things start to heat up as some schools face a tougher opponent from either another P5 conference or a in-conference opponent. It will still result in games where viewers would really rather watch US Open tennis or worse...baseball.

Here are the five most hatable games of Week 2.

Iowa @ Iowa State
12:00 PM EST, ESPN 2

The fact that an in-state rivalry game such as Iowa-Iowa State is played traditionally played in Week 2 of the college football season should be enough evidence  that everything about this rivalry is wrong. The game is so traditionally bad Spencer Hall and Ryan Nanni gave it the dubious name "El Assico" a couple of years back. That is a fitting title for a rivalry upper-to-mid level Big Ten team versus a traditionally bottom-level Big 12 team.

In-state rivalries have a knack for being ugly, but "El Assico" takes this to a level of being notoriously unwatchable. Despite the Iowa leading the series 42-22, and trouncing Iowa St. last season, don't expect this game to be easy for the Hawkeyes to win, or even come out of it with a shred of dignity.

BYU @ Utah
10:15 PM EST, ESPN 2

BYU's football and basketball programs has garnered a reputation as being "dirty teams" in recent years. The basketball rivalry with Utah has gotten so bad that former Utah basketball coach Larry Krystowaik cancelled the 2016 iteration of the on-the-court rivalry on the grounds of "safety concerns."

The current agreement between the two schools to face each other in football runs out in 2022. The complexities of Power 5 school scheduling could cause the series back into hibernation. Dirty play on the gridiron could cause deal to end sooner than expected.

Georgia @ Notre Dame
7:30 PM EST, NBC

The last (and only) time Georgia faced Notre Dame is when the Bulldogs beat the Fighting Irish in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. It's tempting to say 1981 was the last time both teams were relevant at the same time, but to be honest, it would be more like sometime during the Clinton administration at the latest. The old guard will get into this game, but virtually no other CFB fans will.

Nebraska @ Oregon
4:30 PM EST, FOX

The only time Oregon has beaten Nebraska in the seven game the two teams has faced each other was in 1953. Oregon is trying to rebuild following a disappointing 2016 season, while Nebraska still hasn't accepted the possibility that it will remain a 9-4 at best for the near future.

Florida Atlantic @ Wisconsin
12:00 PM EST, BTN

Lane Kiffin's first game as head coach of Florida Atlantic ended with the Owls getting keelhauled by Navy. Will facing Wisconsin this week result in a different outcome? Watchable only if you really want to see Lane Kiffin have his lunch handed back to him.


Big 12 Fallout: Baker Mayfield, Tom Herman, Anu Solomon, and more.

Big  12 Fallout

Don't Look Back in Anger.

Oklahoma starting quarterback Baker Mayfield looks back at the adjustments he made following the Sooners' loss to Ohio State in 2016. The Sooners face the Buckeyes on the road once more this coming Saturday. (The Oklahoman)

Texas Misstep.

Pat Forde looks at Texas and Baylor's embarrassing losses in Week 1 of the college football season. (Yahoo! Sports)

Baby I'm Burning?

Texas first-year head coach Tom Herman finds himself at no. 6 in the latest  Coaches' Hot Seat rankings following the Longhorns' Week 1 loss to Maryland. Kansas head coach David Beaty is ranked no. 17 on the list, followed by Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury to finish out the site's uh, "Top 20."

One Hit To The Body.
Barry Tramel reviews the Big 12's disastrous first week of the 2017 college football season, and claims that It's possible that the league's reputation never has been lower. (The Oklahoman)

The Anu Look.

Kendall Kaut breaks down the performance of Baylor starting QB Anu Solomon in the Bears'   48-45 loss to Liberty. (Our Daily Bears)


Monday, September 4, 2017

SEC Fallout: Kevin Sumlin, Will Muschamp, Jake Fromm, and more.

SEC Fallout


Hot seat? What hot seat? 

Texas A&M Board of Regents member Tony Buzbee says its time for the school to part ways with head coach Kevin Sumlin following a 45-44 collapse against UCLA. (The Houston Chronicle)

Your questions have become tiresome!

Alabama linebacker Sean Dion Hamilton silences critics concerned about his ability to recover from a torn ACL suffered in the 2016 SEC Championship Game by leading the Crimson Tide in tackles in its season opener against Florida State. (al.com)

Seven the Hard Way.

Alabama names seven players as its players of the week following its win over Florida St. (al.com)

Cornerback to the Future? 

Mark Zenitz profiles Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace, a former walk-on who made is case to be a starter with a two-tackles and one interception performance against FSU . (al.com)

Charlotte Sometimes.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp explains how playing neutral-site games in Charlotte, NC's Bank of America Stadium benefits the Gamecocks' recruiting efforts. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Fromm Here to Eternity.

Chip Towers profiles Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who took over for the Bulldogs following QB Jacob Eason's injury during the 31-10 team's win over Appalachian State. Fromm will make his first start in UGA's road trip to Notre Dame this coming Saturday. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


Monday, August 28, 2017

Florida suspends freshman WR James Robinson for season opener against Michigan following possession of marijuana citation.

Florida WR James Robinson. Image via Eleven Warriors. 

More bad news for Florida. Freshman wide receiver James Robinson has been suspended for next Saturday's season opener against Michigan as a result of being cited for marijuana possession last week.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The most hatable games of week one of the 2017 college football season.


In every week of the college football season, there are games in which viewers without a horse in the race can at least find a reason to root for one team over another. Or more likely, find a reason to root for one team to lose to the other.

Then there are the games where a viewer can find both teams so unlikable. These are the games that make a football fan openly hope Bane shows up to turn the field into a massive sinkhole, hurling players, coaches, and the like to the great underground unknown.

This series is to point out to the college football universe which teams are the most hatable of the week. Or in this case, two weeks,

Week one of the college football season technically begins on Saturday, with five relatively insignificant games (for now at least) on the schedule. Things get kicking into full speed on Thursday, Aug. 31, with more of the bigger teams starting their season, mostly against below pay-grade Group of Five or FCS teams.

Michigan vs. Florida 
Sept. 2, (3:30 PM EST, ESPN)

How do make a game instantly hatable? Make it Big Ten vs. SEC. Better yet, a Michigan team that's some have pegged for the Big Ten title, but will still manage to lose the Big Ten East to Ohio State, or worse - Penn State.  Then add a Florida team bound to underperform during the season, but still find a way to beat out the other six teams in the SEC East and make it to the SEC championship game. Hold it at AT&T Stadium, the billion-dollar temple Jerry Jones built for his ego, and let the hate begin.

Appalachian State at Georgia
Sept. 2 (6:15 PM EST, ESPN)

Speaking of Michigan, the 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the infamous game where then FCS-level Appalachian St. upset Michigan. Now the Mountaineers face Georgia, another SEC team that always seems to underperform. In a game like this, the hate all be on UGA's side, as it will find a way to get even it's most diehard fans mad at the Bulldogs if the game is anything but a blowout. In any scenario, expect an ugly game with no one really happy about the outcome.

Ohio St. at Indiana
August 31, (8:00 PM EST, ESPN

What's the closest you can get to a Big Ten vs. SEC game? How about a game with a Big Ten conference game between a traditional Big Ten frontrunner vs a traditional Big Ten bottom feeder.

Liberty at Baylor
Sept. 2, (7:00 PM EST, FS2)

Liberty hired Ian McCaw, Baylor's former athletic director, to serve at it's current AD. This was after McCaw had resigned from Baylor over the sex scandal that still hangs overt the school. There really no likable teams here.






Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nick Linder is an ex-Miami Hurricanes center.

He's Just Not That Into You

Nick Linder. Image via The Palm Beach Post.


Nick Linder is an ex-Hurricane. Miami  head football coach Mark Richt announced Tuesday that the center is leaving the football program following his graduation from the university next week. He reportedly plans to transfer to another school, where he will have one year of eligibility left.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Illinois adds four-star DT prospect Calvin Avery to its 2018 recruiting class.

2018 Recruiting

Calvin Avery. Image via 247sports.com.


Illinois has added a twelfth member to its 2018 recruiting class. Dallas, Texas high school senior defensive tackle Calvin Avery committed to the Fighting Illini on Friday.

Friday, August 4, 2017

SEC Fallout: Nick Saban and Da'Shawn Hand, Malik Willis, Luke Del Rio, and more.


SEC Fallout - Aug. 4 2017 edition.

The Da'Shawn Hand-off approach. 
Nick Bromberg defends Alabama head coach Nick Saban's decision not to suspend Da'Shawn Hand following the defensive lineman's DUI arrest on August 29. (Dr. Saturday)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Michigan adds three-star CB prospect Sammy Faustin to its 2018 recruiting class.

2018 Recruiting

Sammy  Faustin. Image via Land of Ten.


Michigan has another prospect for its 2018 recruiting class. Naples, Florida high school senior cornerback Sammy Faustin became the thirteenth player to commit to the Wolverines on Wednesday.

Indiana adds three star athlete prospect Reese Taylor to its 2018 recruiting class.

2018 Recruiting

Reese Taylor. Image via scout.com.


Indiana has added a fourteenth member to its 2018 recruiting class. Indianapolis, Indiana high school senior quarterback Reese Taylor announced his commitment to the Hoosiers via Twitter on Wednesday.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Miami (Fl.) to face Central Michigan in 2019.


Miami (Fl.)  has announced that it has scheduled a home game against MAC school Central Michigan for the 2019 season.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Missouri adds three-star QB/athlete Cam Taylor to its 2018 recruiting class.

2018 Recruiting

Cam Taylor. Image via seccountry.com.


Missouri had added an eighth prospect to its 2018 recruiting class. Montgomery, Alabama high school rising senior quarterback/athlete Cam Taylor announced his commitment to the Tigers via Twitter on Sunday.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Alabama adds four-star OT prospect Tommy Brown to its 2018 recruiting class.

2018 Recruiting

Tommy Brown. Image via USA Today. 


Alabama has added a seventh prospect to its 2018 recruiting class. Santa Ana, California high school rising senior offensive tackle prospect Tommy Brown committed to the Crimson Tide on Friday.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hugh Freeze is an ex-Ole Miss head coach.


Hugh Freeze has resigned as head coach of Ole Miss. The action comes after officials at the school uncovered what ESPN describes as "a pattern of phone calls to a number associated with a female escort service."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Big Ten Fallout - Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman, Bob Bowlsby, Mike Gundy, and more.


Big 12 Fallout - 7/18/2017 Edition


If that's your best, your best won't due. 
In his Big 12 Media Days speech, Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby says that member programs need to be focused on "winning national championships," as opposed to just producing "good, competitive football team(s)."  (The Clarkesberg Exponent-Telegram)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Celebrating Bastille Day with classic George Steinbrenner Sports Illustrated cover.


Image via si.com. All rights reserved.

What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than with this legendary Sports Illustrated featuring the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dressed up as Napoleon Bonaparte riding a white horse?

You can  read the cover story here, detailing Steinbrenner's return to the Yankees front office following a two-and-one-half year exile due to involvement with gambler Howard Spira.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dan Mullen's SEC Media Days shoe game is still strong.

Image via @osmattmurschel. 



Its time to put any fears aside as to whether or not Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's SEC Media Days shoe game would be as strong as it has been in recent years, because it most definitely is.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Four-star CB prospect Adonis Otey decommitts from Tennessee 2019 recruiting class.


He's Just Not That Into You

Adonis Otey. Image via dnj.com.


From the  "He's Just Not That Into You" department comes word that Murfreesboro, Tennessee rising junior high school cornerback prospect Adonis Otey has decommitted from Tennessee's 2019 recruiting class. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kentucky adds four-star OLB prospect Xavier Peters to its 2018 recruiting class...maybe.


2018 Recruiting

Xavier Roberts. Image via Land of 10. 


Kentucky had added a 15th commitment to its 2018 recruiting class. West Chester, Ohio rising high school senior outside linebacker Xavier Peters announced his commitment to the Wildcats on Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Georgia adds no. 1 RB prospect in country Zamir "Zeus" White to 2018 recruiting class.


2018 Recruiting

Zamir White. Image via The Charlotte Observer. 


 Laurinburg, North Carolina rising high school senior running back Zamir "Zeus" White, ranked by 247sports.com as the no. 1 ranked RB prospect for 2018, committed to the Georgia on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Illinois adds Australian punter Blake Hayes to 2017 recruiting class.

2017 Recruiting 

Time for some last-moment 2017 recruiting news straight from Australia?  Illinois has a 27th member to its 2017 recruiting class with the addition of Melbourne, Australia punter Blake Hayes.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Alabama adds four-star CB prospect Jalyn Armour-Davis to its 2018 recruiting class,


2018 Recruiting

Jalyn Armour-Davis. Image via sec country.com.


Ready for some Alabama recruiting news? Mobile, Alabama high school rising senior cornerback prospect  Jalyn Armour-Davis became the fifth commitment to the Crimson Tide's  2018 recruiting class on Friday.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ed Orgeron wants you to be prepared for a hurricane.

Ed Orgeron. Image via si.com.



Hurricane preparedness is serious business in Louisiana, especially after the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron recently joined Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for a public service announcement on the issue, and to promote the state's getagameplan.org website and app.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Iowa St. adds three-star OLB prospect Gerry Vaughn to its 2018 recruiting class.

2018 Recruiting

Gerry Vaughn. Image via hudl.com.

Iowa State has just added a tenth member to its 2018 recruiting class. Tucker, Georgia high school rising senior outside linebacker Gerry Vaughn committed to the Cyclones on Sunday.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ohio State adds four-star DT prospect Matthew Jones to its 2018 recruiting class.


2018 Recruiting 

Matthew Jones. Image via 247Sports.com.

Ohio State added a fourteenth commitment to its 2018 recruiting class on Saturday. Brooklyn, New York high school rising senior defensive tackle Matthew Jones announced his commitment to the Buckeyes during a one-day camp on the Ohio State campus.

UTSA adds three-star OG prospect Terrell Haynes to its 2018 recruiting class.


2018 Recruiting

Ready for some Group of Five recruiting news? UTSA has added a fifth member to its 2018 recruiting class. Arlington, Texas rising senior high school offensive guard Terrell Haynes announced his commitment to the Roadrunners via Twitter on Saturday.