Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:27 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Memphis has been looking for an invitation to the SEC (really) but they're not the only program looking to take a big step up in competition.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego State is all but begging for an invite to the Big 12. Athletic director Jim Sterk has passed information about the school and surrounding television market to Big 12 officials, including interim commissioner Chuck Neinas.
“We’ve been proactive as far as getting information out and just making sure their folks know what a valuable commodity San Diego State is,” Sterk told the Union-Tribune. “We’ve been able to show how well we capture the San Diego television market in the last couple of years and have a program that’s really on the rise and have a lot of things going for it. We’re a member of the Mountain West Conference, and we think it’s a very good conference. But if things realign, you never know how the sands are moving.”
The Big 12 officially welcomed TCU to the league on Monday, adding the school in the wake of Texas A&M's departure to the SEC in 2012. The league may continue to expand, possibly back to 12 members, or choose to remain at 10. Leaders are still waiting on a decision from Missouri, which is mulling their conference affiliation options and could choose to follow the Aggies to the SEC.
BYU, Louisville and West Virginia are the schools frequently brought up if the Big 12 is to expand again but Sterk wanted to make officials aware that San Diego State is just as close geographically to schools such as Texas as BYU is.
“If they look west, who knows what happens?” Sterk said.
Neinas is familiar with the school, having advised former athletic director Jeff Schemmel to hire football coach Rocky Long in 2006 as part of his consulting business.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 8:51 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While we've known it was going to happen for nearly a week now, the Big 12 and TCU made things official on Monday, announcing that TCU would join the conference and replace the soon-to-depart Texas A&M.
“Joining the Big 12 connects us not only to schools with whom we share a rich tradition in sports, but also to schools committed to academic excellence,” TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said in a release. “Over the past six years, TCU has seen unprecedented success in academics and athletics. Participating in this conference allows us to strengthen the core of the TCU experience, which includes providing students with major opportunities in a personalized environment. It is very much in line with our overall goal to create a world-class university.”
“We are excited to add TCU to our lineup of prestigious members,” said Big 12 Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas. “Not only do they bring an excellent football program to our Conference, but numerous other programs that have been successful on a national level as well.”
TCU will officially become a member of the Big 12 on July 1, 2012 and be the conference's tenth member. Of course, that could change by the time July 2012 gets here, as nobody is really sure what Missouri plans on doing before then. Should Missouri leave the Big 12 for the SEC, then odds are that TCU won't be the only school joining the Big 12 when next July gets here.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:55 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The latest college football polls are out and now it's time to rip them to shreds. Senior college basketball writer Gary Parrish has been calling out voters in the major hoops polls for thinking a little bit too far outside of the box when it comes to their AP ballots every week.
With the football season starting, I thought I'd steal take the baton on the idea from my colleague and keep all of the writers across the country who vote honest. I've come to know a good number of these people through time and twitter but relationships do not matter, bad votes do.
AP Poll Coaches Poll Harris Poll
(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com)
Poll reactions: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC
Rodney Dangerfield "No respect" team of the week: Kansas State
You would think that the coaches (or sports information directors) that vote in the Coaches Poll would appreciate what Bill Snyder has done at Kansas State this year. The Wildcats are undefeated so far this season with wins at Miami and against Baylor and Missouri. They don't have much of a passing game (115th in the country) but do have a good ground game, even without the services of former former five-star running back Bryce Brown. Not sure then why the coaches have Kansas State 18th then, one spot below where they are underrated in the AP Poll. They're below South Carolina and Nebraska, both of whom are one-loss teams that have more issues. This is the ultimate "don't get no respect" program but Snyder has them playing hard and playing tough this season.
First of all, no one expected Auburn to be sitting 3rd in the SEC West with only two total loses approaching the halfway mark in the season. They're one of only two teams to play three teams that are currently ranked in the top 25. They are, however, not supposed to be one of them. The Tigers are just barely in the top 25, ranked 24th in the AP Poll and unranked in the Coaches. Once again, some kudos for the latter for keeping them out. Gene Chizik's group has gotten lucky in most of their wins - they're 80th in total offense and 105th in total defense - and really only the South Carolina one is notable. That's why it's funny to see Jon Wilner put them 12th and Andy Staples to rank them 17th. Too high gentlemen, act more like Brett McMurphy who has Auburn unranked.
A trio of voters from California (CSN Bay Area/CBSSports.com's Ray Ratto, San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner, LA Daily News' Scott Wolf) are an interesting voting block. Some would call them progressive, others would call them extreme and just about everybody else will call them crazy given their fluctuations in their ballots each week. All three are consistently in Pollspeak's group of "extreme voters" so we'll highlight the most baffling decision(s) out of each.
Three in a row for Wolf! He pulls into the lead in the race to the top/bottom of the California Craziness derby. Wisconsin is 8th, lowest on any ballot in the country, while West Virginia is right behind them ranked 9th, highest on any ballot. Florida is still a top 15 team according to Wolf, despite quarterbacks that were born in the 1990's who have barely taken any snaps. Undefeated Illinois is 22nd, behind two-loss Notre Dame, while Auburn is 17th. Undefeated Kansas State is 24th (see above) and SMU is on the ballot at 25th. Yeah...
What were you thinking? Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Ron, I feel for you. You probably have to watch Memphis Tigers football closely and have to do so more often than anyone. That's rough but you still have to vote in the AP Poll. You didn't turn in a ballot this week, causing some angst back in the office for those that coordinate and release the thing we have to rip to shreds every Monday on CBSSports.com. Remember, every vote counts and, unlike the state of Florida, we know how to count them. Thanks! (P.S. if you want me to email a reminder, I'll do so!)
Our tech team at CBSSports.com is pretty awesome and came up with this neat tool to take a look at team and region bias in the AP Poll. Check it out below, it's a fun thing to play around with.
Tags: ACC, Andy Staples, AP Poll, Auburn, Baylor, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Bill Snyder, Brett McMurphy, Bryan Fischer, Bryce Brown, Coaches Poll, Florida, Gene Chizik, Harris Poll, Illinois, Jon Wilner, Kansas State, Memphis, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Non-BCS, Notre Dame, Pac-12, Poll Attacks, Ray Ratto, Ron Higgins, Scott Wolf, SEC, SMU, South Carolina, The Poll Attacks, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:18 am
Edited on: October 9, 2011 1:19 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.
WINNER: Football in the state of Oklahoma
You know, we can't be sure how happy Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are to still be in the Big 12 considering all the flirting the schools did with the Pac-12, but at this point we really have to wonder why in the world would either school want to leave the Big 12? They're tearing the conference apart, as both schools combined to outscore their opponents 125-45 this week and are a combined 10-0 this season. Considering how bad Texas looked against the Sooners on Saturday, it's evident that the Longhorns are still a year or two away from competing for the Big 12. This conference belongs to the state of Oklahoma for at least that long.
LOSER: The Eyes of Texas
Oh the horror those eyes had to see on Saturday. Those images were burned into their retinas and are guaranteed to appear in nightmares and therapy sessions for years to come. The five turnovers, three defensive touchdowns by the Sooners, and Landry Jones took any optimism the Longhorns may have had after the first month of the season and buried it all beneath a sea of fried foods.
WINNER: Collin Klein
The reemergence of the Kansas State football program is not only one of the most unexpected storylines of the Big 12 season, but it's also one of the most welcome. While Bill Snyder and the Kansas State defense deserve a lot of the credit, we can't forget the quarterback who is conjuring up memories of Ell Roberson with the 3 touchdown performance like the one he had against Missouri on Saturday in Manhattan.
LOSER: The Jayhawks defense
I use the term "defense" incredibly loosely there. In five games this season the Jayhawks defense is yet to give up less than 24 points in any of them, and that 24 point game came in the opener against McNeese State. Since then it's been 42 points to Northern Illinois, 66 to Georgia Tech, 45 to Texas Tech and then 70 to Oklahoma State. You know what kind of offense you need to have to win games when your defense is giving up 49.4 points per game? Any offense playing Kansas that week.
WINNER: Terrence Ganaway
With the exploits of Robert Griffin and his favorite target Kendall Wright, the Baylor running back has been lost in the shuffle a bit through Baylor's first five games. That was not the case on Saturday, as Art Briles used the running game to wear down the Iowa State defense and keep his defense off the field. It worked out pretty well for Briles, as his running back rewarded him with 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.
LOSER: Robert Griffin's Heisman chances
RG3 didn't exactly have a bad game on Saturday, as he threw for 212 yards while rushing for an additional 107 yards and finished the game with 3 touchdowns. Still, when you play for Baylor, a team that isn't exactly a household name, you need to have monster performances all year long to keep the Heisman spotlight on you. Particularly when guys like Landry Jones, Brandon Weeden and Andrew Luck are all playing for undefeated teams and having huge games.
WINNER: Texas A&M's confidence
The Aggies may not have completely erased the memories of their collapses over the last two weeks, but although they let Texas Tech get within five points in the final minute on Saturday night, all that truly matters is that the Aggies held on to get the win. More importantly, the offense did not disappear in the second half and it kept doing what had made it successful in the first half. Quite a change from what we saw from this team against Oklahoma State and Arkansas.
LOSER: Texas Tech fans
Do we know that it was Texas Tech fans that did it for sure? No. Are we relatively confident that it was? Well, who else was in Lubbock this weekend that would have done it? What happened to the Texas A&M bus this weekend was despicable and embarrassing for the Big 12 as a whole, and college football itself. You can be upset that Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12, but guess what? The Big 12 is going to survive, and you still have a home there, so why exactly you feel the need to wipe your own excrement all over a bus is beyond me.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Arkansas, Art Briles, Baylor, Big 12, Bill Snyder, Brandon Weeden, Collin Klein, Ell Roberson, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kendall Wright, Landry Jones, McNeese State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Robert Griffin, Terrence Ganaway, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tom Fornelli, Winners And Losers
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:48 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The sun is out, the leaves are brilliant, the wind is crisp, the days are warm, and the nights are cool. You can call it "autumn," but it's really football season. Mild weather and sunshine abound today, so by all means enjoy; this might be the best weekend of weather all year. All times are eastern.
Maryland at No. 12 Georgia Tech, 12:00, Atlanta, GA: Mid 70s, clear
Connecticut at No. 16 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Lower 70s, clear
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas, 12:00, Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl): Lower 80s, partly cloudy, storms
Kentucky at No. 18 South Carolina, 12:20, Columbia, SC: Mid 70s, clear
No. 23 Florida State at Wake Forest, 12:30, Winston-Salem, NC: Upper 60s, clear
No. 19 Illinois at Indiana, 2:30, Bloomington, IN: Low 80s, clear
Boston College at No. 8 Clemson, 3:00, Clemson, SC: Upper 70s, clear
Miami at No. 21 Virginia Tech, 3:30, Blacksburg, VA: Low 70s, clear
Missouri at No. 20 Kansas State, 3:30, Manhattan, KS: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, storms
Kansas at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 3:30, Stillwater, OK: Low 80s, partly cloudy, storms
No. 22 Arizona State at Utah, 3:30, Salt Lake City, UT: Low 50s, mostly cloudy
No. 17 Florida at No. 1 LSU, 7:00, Baton Rouge, LA: Upper 70s, partly cloudy
Vanderbilt at No. 2 Alabama, 7:00, Tuscaloosa, AL: Mid 70s, clear
No. 15 Auburn at No. 10 Arkansas, 7:00, Fayetteville, AR: Mid 70s, clear
Iowa State at No. 25 Baylor, 7:00, Waco, TX: Mid 80s, cloudy, storms
No. 12 Michigan at Northwestern, 7:00, Evanston, IL: Upper 60s, clear
No. 24 Texas A&M at Texas Tech, 7:00, Lubbock, TX: Low 70s, cloudy, storms
No. 7 Stanford at Colorado, 7:30, Boulder, CO: Low 40s, cloudy, rain
Ohio State at No. 14 Nebraska, 8:00, Lincoln, NE: Mid 70s, cloudy, storms
Tags: ACC, Adam Jacobi, Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Football Weather, Gameday Weather, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Kickoff Weather, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pac-12, SEC, South Carolina, Stanford, Tailgate Weather, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UConn, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Weather Updates, West Virginia
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 3:52 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While life in the Big 12 seems to be stabilizing a bit with the addition of TCU to the conference, the schools agreeing to share revenue and grant television rights to the Big 12, and even getting Texas to ditch the idea of high school games on the Longhorn Network, there's still a pretty sizeable question mark looming over the conference.
What is Missouri going to do?
The school announced recently that it is going to weigh all of its options when it comes to its conference affiliation, with many believing that the school plans on becoming the 14th member of the SEC. News that some Mizzou supporters are for, and others are against. Still, the only people I know of who have taken out an ad in a newspaper about it is the Kansas City Sports Commission. The group dedicated to sports in the Kansas City area put an open letter to Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton in the Kansas City Star.
Unfortunately for the Kansas City Sports Commission, I'm not sure how much impact this letter will actually have.
It's not as though Mizzou just up and decided it wanted to look around this week. It's been a decision that has no doubt been in the works for at least a year, as the school flirted with the Big Ten last year when Nebraska and Colorado left the Big 12, and has been mentioned with the SEC for months now.
While the school is saying that it's not ruling out remaining in the Big 12, I can't help but think it will only happen if both the SEC and Big Ten say no first.
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 3:16 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Missouri has a decision to make about what conference they'll be in for the forseeable future after the school's Board of Curators gave their chancellor the ok to pursue any and all options. Head coach Gary Pinkel jumped on the Tim Brando Show to give his thoughts about realignment and talk about where his program's future lies.
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 2:41 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet. Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.
This is a bit of a bizarro week in your college football diet, as most of the big games on Saturday will be taking place earlier in the day while our nighttime offerings lack some of those bolder flavors we all love. But that's fine, because with some of the entrees you'll be served during the day, you might not have enough room for that 32-ounce steak once dinner comes around.
Though hopefully you have room for one of those steaks at breakfast.
#3 Oklahoma vs. #11 Texas - ABC 12pm ET
This is a pretty wonderful way to start the day, isn't it? There are a lot of great rivalries in the world of college football, and this one has to be considered one of the best. For years the winner of this game basically helped decide who was going to win the Big 12, and it will go a long way in deciding the conference champion again this year. Also, Texas finds itself ranked near the top ten once again after a terrible 2010 season, and while things seemed to have turned around in Austin, this game will be the first real indication of how far the Longhorns have come. - Tom Fornelli
#13 Georgia Tech vs. Maryland - ESPNU 12pm ET
The Yellow Jackets keep scoring in bunches and riding their offense to methodical wins, while Maryland desperately is trying to put the pieces back together following a pair of home losses. The Terps offense finally got back in a groove against Towson, particularly getting a boost from the return of wide receivers Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler. Maryland's high-tempo offense must keep drives alive in order to give their defense time to rest on the sideline. Additionally, the defense must get stops on third down or Georgia Tech will slowly wear down Maryland on both sides of the ball. Let's casually call this one "The Friedgen Bowl" since former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said he "could care less about Maryland" and "is flying a Georgia Tech flag now." - Chip Patterson
North Carolina vs. Louisville - ESPN2 12pm ET
Louisville's offense is struggling, averaging less than 20 points per game and ranking dead last in the Big East. The matchup against North Carolina's talented front seven will provide plenty of work for the Cardinals inexperienced offensive line. Louisville's greatest strength on defense might be their secondary, but this Tar Heels team has become uncharacteristically run-heavy. The emergence of Gio Bernard has changed the face of the offense, as the redshirt freshman will look to continue his streak of 100+ yard games to four. Something that hasn't been done by a North Carolina running back since Ethan Horton in 1984. - CP
#1 LSU vs. #17 Florida - CBS 3:30pm ET
What happens when a Honey Badger smells blood? We may find out when Tyrann Mathieu and the rest of the LSU defense hosts a Gator attack missing John Brantley and still licking the wounds from its strangling at the hands of Alabama. Whatever hope Florida has will rest in their defense shutting down the Bayou Bengals' power-running game, but the return of the bruising Spencer Ware from a hamstring problem won't help them. - Jerry Hinnen [Video Preview]
#20 Kansas State vs. Missouri - ABC 3:30pm ET
Raise your hand if you thought before the season started that Kansas State and Missouri would be pegged as a game appearing on a national network during the middle of the season. Okay, now put your hand down, liar. Missouri has been a bit up and down this season as James Franklin has grown accustomed to filling Blaine Gabbert's shoes, and he doesn't have the easiest defense to go against this week. Then there's Kansas State which has caught just about all of us by surprise so far this year, as Bill Snyder has once again lifted this program back into Big 12 contention. - TF
#21 Virginia Tech vs. Miami - ABC/ESPN 3:30pm ET
Both of these teams need a win if they plan to contend with Georgia Tech for the Coastal Division title, but neither team has put together a truly impressive performance that makes me think they could. It will be a chance for both teams to prove (to themselves, really) that they belong at the top of the ACC. Miami has been wildly inconsistent on both sides of the ball this season, but get a huge boost with preseason all-conference safety Ray-Ray Armstrong returning from suspension. The Hokies' offense will need more than David Wilson to beat the Canes, and that responsibility falls on quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas' development has taken longer than some expected, but this would be a great time for him to grow up and lead VT to a huge home win over their longtime rivals. - CP
Penn State vs. Iowa - ABC/ESPN 3:30pm ET
This has been a rather one-sided affair over the last decade or so, but give Iowa-PSU credit: the games are generally exciting, with six of the last 10 meetings featuring either single-score margins or a 4th quarter lead change. Expect more of the same this week, with Iowa bringing the conference's most prolific passing game (seriously) to town and Penn State hoping to turn their offensive fortunes around against a surprisingly green Hawkeye defense. - Adam Jacobi
#10 Arkansas vs. #15 Auburn - ESPN 7pm ET
Last year's meeting produced an SEC regulation-time record 108 points, and judging by Tyler Wilson's 500-yard passing day last week (and Texas A&M's 381 yards rushing), Arkansas looks ready to do their part for a repeat performance. But this time, the Tigers have to hope their improving defense can keep them out of a shootout--a struggling passing game has Gus Malzahn's unit leaning heavily on Michael Dyer and ground-out first downs. - JH
Northwestern vs. #12 Michigan - Big Ten Network 7pm ET
If it weren't for that Russell Wilson fellow over in Madison, this game might feature the best two QBs in the conference, as Dan Persa leads the Northwestern charge against visiting Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. Persa shined in his first week back from that Achilles injury last year, but missed the last few minutes for precautionary reasons after an awkward tackle. Can Northwestern make headway against a newly re-energized Michigan defense, or will the Wolverines keep rolling along? - AJ
#7 Stanford vs. Colorado - Versus 7:30pm ET
Colorado isn't terribly good this season but the Buffaloes are rebuilding their program under new head coach Jon Embree and do have several weapons Stanford has to contain. The Buffs are 36th in passing offense and sophomore Paul Richardson is averaging 95 yards receiving a game. As always though, the reason to tune into this game is Heisman candidate Andrew Luck and a balanced attack that can beat you through the air or on the ground. Plus, you never know when something like this is going to happen and make you say wow. - Bryan Fischer
#14 Nebraska vs. Ohio State - ABC 8pm ET
Before this season, this game looked like the second half of a brutal conference opening for Nebraska. Wisconsin held up its end of the bargain last week by beating the Huskers 48-17, but Ohio State is hardly the challenge it used to be without Terrelle Pryor and a host of other stars. If Nebraska's going to show it belongs among the Big Ten elite, it has to bring the pain against a reeling OSU ballclub this week. - AJ
LATE NIGHT SNACK
BYU vs. San Jose State - ESPNU 10:15pm ET
Not exactly a marquee matchup, I know, but it's football and it's on your television. Plus, aside from getting pasted by Utah a few weeks ago, BYU hasn't played a game this season that didn't come down to the final minutes, so the possibility of some midnight HAM is totally in play here. - TF
Tags: ACC, Adam Jacobi, Alabama, Andrew Luck, Arkansas, Auburn, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Bill Snyder, Blaine Gabbert, Bryan Fischer, BYU, Chip Patterson, Colorado, Dan Persa, David Wilson, Denard Robinson, Ethan Horton, Florida, Georgia Tech, Gio Bernard, Gus Malzahn, Iowa, James Franklin, Jerry Hinnen, John Brantley, Jon Embree, Kansas State, Logan Thomas, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michael Dyer, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Non-BCS, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pac-12, Paul Richardson, Penn State, Quintin McCree, Ralph Friedgen, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Ronnie Tyler, Russell Wilson, San Jose State, Saturday Meal Plan, SEC, Spencer Ware, Stanford, Terrelle Pryor, Texas, Texas A&M, Tom Fornelli, Towson, Tyler Wilson, Tyrann Mathieu, Utah, Virginia Tech, WAC, Wisconsin