Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:28 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
I turned 30 recently, and it's somewhat of an odd age. On one hand, I realize that I'm not a kid anymore, but at the same time, I sure as hell don't feel like a full-fledged adult yet. Still, the signs are starting to creep in, and they're scary. Just the other day the words "kids these days" came out of my mouth, and they came out in a direct, non-sarcastic tone.
I don't want to turn into that person that compares the world of today with the world of my youth, or how things were when I was younger. I'm afraid that when it happens I'll officially be old.
This is not a fear that Nick Saban has. He's in full-blown "back in my day" mode at the moment, particularly when it comes to questioning the toughness of today's football player. Following his team's win against Ole Miss on Saturday, the Alabama taskmaster went on a bit of a rant about it.
"That's what I tell the players all the time, and they hate to hear it, but now I'm going to say it publicly so they can really get upset about it," said Saban.
"You're telling the other guy you're beating me up, I'm hurt and I'm going to stay down here. It's just like a boxer. If you go down, get up. If you've got to come out for a play, come out for a play. But that's just me. I'm old-fashioned. I know they don't make 'em like they used to. ...
"But a guy lays on the ground and eight trainers go out there and everybody thinks he's hurt and he gets up and runs off the field. When I played, my coach, you wouldn't want to meet him on the sideline. So if you stayed down, you'd better really be hurt."
While Saban brings up some good points -- I'm tired of guys rolling around on the ground like they've been shot because they have a cramp -- he also misses one giant one completely. He also has horrible timing considering Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand being paralyzed over the weekend.
Still, the one point Saban truly misses on is one he kind of makes. It's true, they don't make players like they used to anymore. The players of today are bigger, stronger and faster than the ones of the past. Which means that collisions are more violent, and will lead to more injuries. Bones are still bones, after all, and those things can break.
Saban could just ask his own wide receiver Julio Jones, who finished the South Carolina game with a broken hand. Is that tough enough for Saban?
Some other things Saban thinks they just don't make like they used to? First, hair gel. "They're all scented now and make me smell girly." Then there are scholarship limits. "Why the hell can't I sign every player in the country!? If they want to come here, why can't I have them?"*
*Those last two quotes may not actually be true.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:16 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's another gorgeous day across the country, but it's starting to get just a little bit chilly. You should still bring the sunscreen. All times are Eastern.
Boston College at No. 16 Florida State , 12:00, Tallahassee, FL: Low 70s, clear
Illinois at No. 13 Michigan State, 12:00 , East Lansing, MI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy
Missouri at No. 21 Texas A&M, 12:00 , College Station, TX: Low 70s, clear
No. 15 Iowa at Michigan , 3:30, Ann Arbor, MI: Low 60s, partly cloudy
No. 12 Arkansas at No. 7 Auburn , 3:30, Auburn, AL: Low 70s, clear
Texas at No. 5 Nebraska , 3:30, Lincoln, NE: Low 70s, clear
No. 10 South Carolina at Kentucky , 6:00, Lexington, KY: Low 60s, clear
No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin , 7:00, Madison, WI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy
Mississippi State at No. 22 Florida , 7:00, Gainesville, FL: Low 60s, clear
Late night kickoffs
Ole Miss at No. 8 Alabama , 9:00, Tuscaloosa, AL: Low 50s, clear
No. 24 Oregon State at Washington , 10:15, Seattle, WA: Mid 40s, partly cloudy
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Big 12, Big Ten, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Kickoff Weather, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Pac-10, SEC, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington, Wisconsin
Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:15 pm
Posted by the College Football Blog Staff
Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Les Miles would look like the endgame genius against Urban Meyer and Florida? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore sprains his knee when he trips while running onto the field during pregame ceremonies, and all of a sudden, the Broncos must face San Jose State with a brand new quarterback. Boise coach Chris Peterson blames San Jose State and their groundskeeping for the mishap, and feeling untold amounts of shame, SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre forfeits the game. Moore recovers fully for the Broncos' next game, and Boise's march to a 12-0 regular season continues unabated. -- Adam Jacobi
As the closing seconds count down on the scoreboard at Ross-Ade Stadium, Tim Brewster looks up at it to see the final score: Purdue 37, Minnesota 13. Knowing that these are probably the last few seconds that he'll spend on a sideline COMPETING and FIGHTING with the Gophers, his emotions get the best of him. Danny Hope begins to make his way to midfield to meet the coach, but instead Brewster bursts into tears and sprints off the field. He then hides in a supply room deep within the bowels of the stadium, refusing to come out until eventually Minnesota AD Joel Maturi lures him out by promising he's not going to fire him. Brewster then opens the door and comes out, his face red and blotchy, covered in tears. "Really?" he asks Maturi. "No, you're totally fired," says Maturi before kicking him in the groin. -- Tom Fornelli
Arizona's slide continues after falling to Oregon State despite getting some help from the replay officials. This time, facing Washington State, the home officials give the Wildcats a taste of their own medicine and refuse to replay a game-winning touchdown that was actually an incomplete pass. Mike Stoops has no timeouts, and the Cougars quickly kick the extra point to pick up that elusive first conference win. It is later revealed that the replay official was Washington State alumnus Drew Bledsoe, who emerges from the booth in full Wazzu regalia and facepaint. The Pac-10 finds no fault in this. -- Chip Patterson
With Texas trailing Nebraska 24-7 just before halftime, Mack Brown makes his way over to Colt McCoy who is watching the game from the sidelines. "Listen, I need you to come to the locker room at halftime. Give these boys a pep talk." McCoy agrees, but Brown was lying. Instead Brown locks Garrett Gilbert in a shed -- hey, it's popular in Texas -- and convinces McCoy to put on Gilbert's uniform. McCoy then goes out and leads Texas to a comeback victory, finding James Kirkendoll for the game-winning touchdown with, you guessed it, one second left on the clock. -- Tom Fornelli
Michigan's defense pitches a shut out against Iowa. The Big House rocks as Denard Robinson totals 600 total yards of offense and the Wolverines bounce back from the loss to "Little Brother" with a performance for the ages as the Wolverines reclaim a spot in the Top 25 with a 48-0 win over the Hawkeyes. Adrian Clayborn, struck with grief, eats 400 cheeseburgers on the ride home and gives up on the NFL for a career in the lawn and garden industry. Turns out Clayborn is quite the green thumb. -- Chip Patterson
The Kansas football team shows up to an empty Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Head coach Turner Gill and his Jayhawks were under the impression that their game would be played on Saturday, and thanks to various elaborate pranks by Kansas State fans, they had no idea that they had been scheduled to play on Thursday night. KSU coaches, upon finding out that Kansas had not appeared for the game, dressed their scout team in KU colors and had them put up token opposition. Somehow, they also had a scout team Turner Gill. The garbage-time touchdown Kansas State allowed to its double agents was a sublime touch. -- Adam Jacobi
McNeese State trots into Death Valley on Saturday night and shines under the lights. LSU quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson combine for an NCAA-record 11 interceptions, five of which are returned for touchdowns. The other six picks are hideous arm-punts that prevent the Tigers from finding the end zone once. Patrick Peterson returns 4 kick offs for touchdowns, but LSU falls 35-28. -- Chip Patterson
Emboldened by reports that he was coaching with his job on the line, Tim Brewster leads his team to an emotional 35-34 victory over a frisky Purdue squad... then rips off five more wins to finish the season, culminating in a 55-0 revenge win over Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota's 7-5 (6-2) record and a host of other conference losses among the rest of the Big Ten vault the Gophers into the Rose Bowl, making them the first five-loss team to earn a trip to Pasadena. A month before the game, Brewster announces that he's leaving the Gophers to coach his beloved Texas Longhorns; Mack Brown has retired, as expected, but the program was stunned when defensive coordinator (and presumptive next head coach) Will Muschamp pulled a simultaneous "sympathy retirement." The Gophers hire Mike Leach on the spot, and the new Pirate Gophers stun Oregon on January 1st, 45-31. -- Adam Jacobi
There's nothing out of the ordinary taking place in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. It's early in the fourth quarter and the Alabama Crimson Tide have a healthy 24-6 lead over the Rebels, but then suddenly a bright, white light can be seen in the sky. Those who notice it assume that it's a comet or meteor passing by the planet, but it keeps getting bigger and bigger before everyone suddenly realizes it's coming right for them. As it gets closer, it becomes clear that it is some kind of UFO, in fact, the space ship actually looks like a piece of fried calamari. It lands at the 50-yard line, and out comes Admiral Ackbar. Knowing immediately what's taking place, the new Ole Miss mascot makes a break for it before he is apprehended by members of the Rebel Alliance. The Rebel Alliance then holds a trial on the field, determining whether or not the Bear shall live. This does not please Nick Saban. After a few minutes Saban walks briskly up to Admiral Ackbar, takes his gun, and executes the Bear himself before saying, "There. NOW GET THE HELL OFF OF MY FIELD." Ackbar and his soldiers sheepishly retreat to their ship and take off. Not even the Rebel Alliance wants to mess with Nick Saban. -- Tom Fornelli
Tags: Admiral Ackbar, Adrian Clayborn, Alabama, Alien Invasions, Arizona, Boise State, Chris Peterson, Colt McCoy, Danny Hope, Denard Robinson, Drew Bledsoe, Garrett Gilbert, Insane Predictions, Iowa, Iowa, James Kirkendoll, Jarrett Lee, Joel Maturi, Jordan Jefferson, Kansas, Kansas State, Kellen Moore, Kirk Ferentz, Les Miles, LSU, Mack Brown, McNeese State, Michigan, Mike Leach, Mike MacIntyre, Mike Stoops, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, Ole Miss Mascot, Oregon, Oregon State, Patrick Peterson, Purdue, San Jose State, Texas, Tim Brewster, Turner Gill, Urban Meyer, Washington State, Will Muschamp
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:51 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.
Main Course - #13 Michigan State vs. Illinois - Noon - Big Ten Network
Yes, the morning menu is still incredibly light this week. You'd think I'd be beyond complaining about it at this point since it's been this way all season, but I assure you, I am not above complaining about anything . Though this Michigan State and Illinois game isn't as unfulfilling as it may seem at first glance.
Michigan State is 6-0, after all, and coming off of a very big win against Michigan. Illinois has also played well lately, with a win not many saw coming on the road against Penn State last week. Also, let's not forget that the Illini gave Ohio State a very tough time in Champaign a few weeks ago.
There's enough cause to believe that another upset may be in the works this weekend. First of all, Michigan State is coming off that Michigan win, and there could be a letdown this weekend. Second, it is Michigan State. Completely unexpected losses at home against teams they should beat after getting off to a good start to the season wouldn't exactly be a new phenomenon for the Spartans.
Side Orders: If you don't get the Big Ten Network, and don't have the choice of watching Michigan State and Illinois between Ro-Tel and Velveeta commercials, there are other options. Florida State and Boston College square off in Tallahassee, or you could tune in to what could be Tim Brewster's last game when Minnesota takes on Purdue. Of course, if you want to watch that game I'd suggest spending three hours talking to some sort of counselor instead. Maybe you should watch Syracuse and Pitt instead, just to see if you should actually take this Syracuse team seriously.
Main Course - #7 Auburn vs. #12 Arkansas - 3:30pn - CBS
Now that Alabama has lost, it leaves the door open to a couple of teams in the SEC West. Auburn is one of them. Arkansas, who has already lost to Alabama, has an outside chance, but to make the most of it, a win over Auburn is a must have.
Of course, even if there wasn't so much on the line for both teams in this game, I'd recommend tuning in just to watch Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett face off. In other words, expect a lot of points, and what could turn out to be a very exciting, back and forth affair.
Auburn's pass defense left a bit to be desired against Kentucky last week, and don't think that Bobby Petrino didn't pick up on a few things when watching the game tape. The Auburn defense is going to need to play very well if the Tigers want to leave this one with their perfect record still intact.
Side Orders: There are a couple of other dishes available in the afternoon, including the one that's often best-served cold, which Nebraska is hoping to give Texas tomorrow afternoon. There's also Michigan and Iowa in the Big House, which will be a defining game for the Wolverines. We find out if Michigan is either a good team that lost a tough game against a rival last week, or it's still the same old Michigan we've grown accustomed to the last few years.
Main Course - #18 Wisconsin vs. #1 Ohio State - 7pm - ESPN
It's been a while since the Buckeyes found themselves ranked as the best team in the country, but if they're not careful, it's not going to last long. The Buckeyes have gotten off to a 6-0 start this season, but this is the first real test they'll have faced. Yes, Miami was a tough game, but that was at home and Miami has proven to be pretty average this season.
This is the road, at night, at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State's defense hasn't faced a punishing ground game like it'll be seeing against Wisconsin with John Clay and company. Ohio State has only ventured outside of Columbus once this season, and that was what turned out to be their worst game of the season against Illinois.
And trust me, it's a lot easier to win in Champaign than it is in Madison.
Side Orders: Kentucky nearly knocked off Auburn at home last week, and it will try to do this same this week when it hosts South Carolina. The Gamecocks are coming off their biggest win ever, so a let down could be in order. There's also Florida looking to end its two-game losing streak taking on Mississippi State and old friend Dan Mullen, and the Crimson Tide look to take out their frustrations from last week against Ole Miss and its new mascot.
Late Night Snack
Oregon State may have had some troubles with non-conference foes like TCU and Boise State, but it's off to a nice start in conference play. They look to improve to 3-0 in the Pac-10 when they head to Washington to take on the Huskies Saturday night on ESPN.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Bobby Petrino, Boston College, Cam Newton, Dan Mullen, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, John Clay, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Ryan Mallett, Saturday Meal Plan, South Carolina, Syracuse, Texas, Tim Brewster, Wisconsin
Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:52 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Man, you lose one game in two years and suddenly everybody thinks they know how to beat you.
Alabama is hoping to rebound from its loss against South Carolina last weekend when they host Ole Miss this weekend, but according to the Rebels' defensive tackle Jerrell Powe, it isn't going to happen. You see, Mr. Powe watched the game against South Carolina and now he knows the secret formula for beating the Crimson Tide.
"I think they got exposed, you know what I mean? Showed that they're a one-dimensional team, that they run the ball really well, and I think South Carolina did a good job of stuffing the run and they really couldn't get nothing going after they got stopped," Powe said. "I think they tried to come out and do the same thing they did against Arkansas - tried to wear South Carolina down with the run - but I think South Carolina did a great job of persevering through the whole game."
Wow, Powe cracked the secret code. Who knew Alabama was a running team? I always thought that Mark Ingram won the Heisman last season for his tremendous pass-blocking skills.
Listen, figuring out that stuffing Alabama's ground game is the key to beating them isn't a revelation. It's actually doing it that matters, which is something that nobody had done until the Gamecocks did it last week. So you'll have to excuse me if I don't have much faith in Powe and the Rebels this weekend, as last I checked the Rebel defense was 103rd in the nation allowing 32.6 points per game.
And those games include losses to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt. Something tells me that if you can't stop Jacksonville State at home, you aren't going to be able to beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:40 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Sadly, the movement for Admiral Ackbar as Ole Miss' new sideline prowler was shut down after a powerful student movement, and now we must look at other options that will not be trademarked by Lucasfilm. It's true that the leader of the Calamari star fleet would have served as an intimidating figure for the Rebels, lurking on the sideline carefully watching the game through his oversized squid-eyes. Just imagine how useful he could be for fake punts and other trick plays, with the ability to inform head coach Houston Nutt that "It's A Trap!"
But the voting opens today for the Ole Miss community to voice their preferences on the new mascot. The vote will not ultimately determine the selection, though this is the most democratic step in the decision process. The student-run mascot selection committee has narrowed it down to these three candidates.
(Images via: Clarion-Ledger)
What are your thoughts on the new mascot choices in Oxford? Let us know in the comments below.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:49 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 Saturday in the bathroom.
Main Course - Clemson vs. #16 Miami - Noon - ESPN2
Okay, so once again breakfast has a lot of weak sauce in it this week, but we promise you that lunch and dinner are going to be a lot better. Just remember what your mom used to tell you: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So eat this up because you're going to need it to help prepare you for the rest of the day.
Just beware that while the Miami looks good using too much Jacory Harris in it can cause indigestion.
Side Orders: This morning we offer some sides that should fill you up, but will probably leave you hating yourself for eating it later. There's Ohio State steamrolling Illinois, and our "Ninth Place in the SEC" special, Mississippi and Kentucky. If you already hate yourself, try some of the Minnesota and Northwestern.
Main Course - #8 Oklahoma vs. #21 Texas - 3:30pm - ABC
Now that you've choked down your breakfast we can reward you with the real food for the day. We're offering our Red River Rivalry this afternoon which is chock full of red meat deliciousness. Just remember that the Longhorn can be somewhat tough and inconsistent.
Texas has a lot on their plate this week, as they are coming off a rather embarrassing loss at home to UCLA last week, and a similar performance against Oklahoma this weekend could destroy the rest of their season.
Side Orders: If you're not sure you can handle all the beef in our main course we do offer plenty of other options this afternoon. There's Michigan State hosting Wisconsin in a game that will give us a better idea of what either team is really about this season. There's also North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, or if offenses that set the game of football back 80 years are more your style, there's always LSU and Tennessee. My advice is to just watch Patrick Peterson in that game.
Main Course - #1 Alabama vs. #7 Florida - 8pm - CBS
We didn't lead you astray with our Alabama and Arkansas last week, and we promise you that this week's Florabama won't disappoint either. Alabama has already faced it's first real test of the season, but this week they are the test. Florida is 4-0 but didn't wow any of the critics until last week's Trey Burton-centric dismantling of Kentucky.
If the Gators can manage to get past the Tide they'll officially be back in the national championship picture.
Side Orders: It's not a bad night when your second choice features another two top ten teams. If fowl is more your taste, then try the Oregon and Stanford. The Pac-10 doesn't have a championship game, yet, but this game basically is just that. Two high-scoring offenses finally get to test two defenses that have proven sturdy thus far. If you prefer something a bit more old-fashioned we're also offering Iowa and Penn State.
Late Night Snacks
Nevada and Colin Kaepernick are two things you'll probably be hearing about quite a bit in the coming weeks, as they're essentially the last thing standing between Boise State and an undefeated season. So why not check them out when they travel to Vegas to take on UNLV?
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Colin Kaepernick, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Jacory Harris, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Patrick Peterson, Penn State, Saturday Meal Plan, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Trey Burton, UCLA, UNLV, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin
Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:59 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
it's been a tough year for Ole Miss. First the school was refuted in its bid to add the mighty Admiral Ackbar to the fold, and then they lost to Jacksonville State in the season opener. Now, after three weeks they're 1-2 and 0-1 in the SEC, seemingly destined to finish at the bottom of the conference standings. Which just wasn't supposed to happen with Houston Nutt running the program.
Nutt was supposed to make the Rebels a contender in the SEC West, and he's done anything but, which is causing many members of the Rebel alliance to question their leader. Though they may want to reconsider their position once they hear what the Grand Poobah of all things Ole Miss, Archie Manning , has to say about Nutt.
Manning expressed compassion for the Rebels' humble beginnings and confidence in Nutt's ability to turn things around.Having Archie Manning in your corner has to feel good for Nutt, but all those happy feelings are washed away quickly when just looking at the Rebels' schedule for the remainder of the year. There's no guarantee they'll beat Fresno State in Oxford this weekend, and then after that they still have road trips to Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU.
So it's going to get worse before it gets better.