Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:32 pm

Game day weather updates, Week 6

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Short version: warm and clear. It's beautiful everywhere today. This is Mother Nature's way of apologizing in advance, so plan on seeing it snow bloodflakes by Thursday. Anyway, as usual, all times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Indiana at No. 2 Ohio State, 12:00, Columbus, OH: Mid 70s, clear

Minnesota at No. 20 Wisconsin, 12:00, Madison, WI: Mid 70s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina, 3:30, Columbia, SC: Mid 80s, clear

No. 17 Michigan at No. 18 Michigan State, 3:30, East Lansing, MI: Low 70s, clear

No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M, 3:30, College Station, TX: Upper 80s, clear

Evening kickoffs

Oregon State at No. 9 Arizona, 6:00, Tucson, AZ: Upper 80s, clear

No. 10 Utah at Iowa State, 7:00, Ames, IA: Mid 70s, clear

No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida, 7:30, Gainesville, FL: Low 70s, clear

No. 8 Auburn at Kentucky, 7:30, Lexington, KY: Upper 60s, clear

Late night kickoffs

No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami, 8:00, Coral Gables, FL: Upper 70s, clear

Southern California at No. 16 Stanford, 8:00, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 70s, clear

Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 5:15 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 6

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 - #2 Ohio State vs. Indiana - Noon - ESPN

You know what the real problem is with the ACC and Big East being so awful/mediocre this year?  It really leaves the early menu of games leaving a lot to be desired.  I mean, I have Ohio State and Indiana as the morning's best option.

Think about that for a second.  Ohio State and Indiana.  A game which hasn't seen the Hoosiers get within more than 19 points of the Buckeyes in every meeting since 2002 -- though the teams didn't meet in 2007 or 2008.  The good news for Indiana is that the 19-point loss came last season, with Ben Chappell at quarterback.

The Hoosiers offense has been very impressive this season, but the Buckeyes will be by far their biggest test six weeks into the year.  Considering that we can't be sure just how healthy Terrelle Pryor is, and the struggles the Buckeyes had in Champaign last week, this game could prove to be more interesting than you'd think.

Side Orders: Should that game go the blowout route, your other options Saturday morning would be the ACC fare of North Carolina State and Boston College.   One is a team looking to rebound from its first loss, the other is a team that is having its three quarterbacks pick a number between 1-10 to see who gets to start.  If you prefer something else, you can watch Georgia and Tennessee fight to see which school's season is more far gone than the other.  It's a must win for Mark Richt, because a loss to Tennessee at home would only send him to the hospital with third-degree burns on his backside.


Main Course - #19 South Carolina vs #1 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS

If there's one thing I think we can all be certain at this point of the college football season it's that Alabama is the best team in the country.  There's a bit of a gap between them and Ohio State and Oregon, but after the Ducks, things drop off quite a bit.  That being said, going in to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks shouldn't be a cakewalk for the Tide.

What I think will be the key to this one is if Marcus Lattimore can do anything against the Alabama defense.  While the Alabama defense is barely giving up nine points a game, they are allowing an average of 101 yards per game on the ground. 

Though even if the Gamecocks do get a ground game going, they still have to stop Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, which no one has done to this point ('Bama is averaging 230 yards a game rushing).  Considering the Gamecocks allow 128.3 yards a contest on the ground, I'm not sure they're up for the challenge either.

Side Orders:
Listen, if people are taking this Michigan/Michigan State game so seriously that they're willing to die in order to see it, maybe you can take a few hours of your Saturday and do the same.  There is never a bad time to watch Denard Robinson play football, as he is without question the most dangerous one-man show in the sport right now.  If that's not good enough for you, check out Arkansas and Texas A&M.   One team has a quarterback who lives up to the hype, and the other has a quarterback who lives up to the hype on one series and then proceeds to get that hype lodged in his throat, suffocating himself and his team.  See if you can tell which one is which.


Main Course - #14 Florida vs. #12 LSU - 7:30pm - ESPN

This game will be interesting for plenty of reasons, but perhaps none more so than the battles between the fans in the seats.  Watch as LSU and Florida fans argue about which team's offensive coordinator is going to drive some student to the top of the nearest bell tower with a sniper rifle sooner.  Then watch the other fan base tell them that if their offensive coordinator climbed up that same tower he'd only manage to fall out before getting a single shot off.

Then watch both fan bases fall into each other's arms in tears, unified in despair.  Then they'd smile when both agreeing that if it were Les Miles atop that tower, he'd kill 40 people before going to trial and being found not guilty on some technicality.

Side Orders: Though the rivalry between Florida State and Miami has lost some of its luster the last few years, the fact is both teams come into this game ranked and looking to stay on top of their respective divisions in the ACC.  Or you can watch Stanford try to run its win streak over USC to three games in Palo Alto as Ed Orgeron yells incoherently from home thanks to that staph infection in his leg.

Late Night Snack

The Washington Huskies look to build on any momentum they picked up by beating USC on the road last week against an Arizona State team that couldn't headbutt its way to a victory against Oregon State.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:49 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan

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?
Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:18 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 3:33 pm

Everybody watched Alabama and Arkansas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Did you watch Alabama and Arkansas on CBS last Saturday?  I'll bet you did.  I mean, you're reading a blog about college football, and you wouldn't be doing that if you didn't love college football, so it would make sense that you watched the biggest game of the weekend.  Though even if you weren't reading this right now I'd feel pretty safe betting that you had watched the game because it drew the highest rating for an afternoon college football game on CBS in the last seven years.

The game drew a 5.2 rating and 12 share, the highest for any game on CBS since Florida and Florida State squared off on November 29, 2003.  Those numbers are a fancy way of saying that 5.2% of homes with a television in this country were watching Alabama's comeback, and that 12% of the televisions that were actually in use -- some people are silly enough to go outside or read a book -- were watching the game.

In other words, people love college football, and I can't blame them.  It's awesome.

With that in mind, be sure to tune in this weekend as CBS has a doubleheader ready for you when LSU hosts Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by FLORABAMA -- also known as Florida and Alabama -- at 8 p.m. ET.

Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:42 pm

Alabama men busted for selling fake tickets

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It wasn't easy to get a ticket to Razorback Stadium to see Arkansas and Alabama on Saturday as there wasn't a seat in the house available thanks to a sell out.  However, that didn't stop some optimistic fans from heading to the stadium with hopes of picking up a few tickets from a scalper outside.  Some were successful, other weren't. 

Then there were those who were successful but later found out that they weren't.

Two Alabama men are facing fraud charges, after allegedly scalping counterfeit tickets at Saturday's Razorback football game at the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

Police arrested Jermaun Woods, 25, and Josephus Hawkins, 41, both of Birmingham, AL. Victims say the two men were scalping counterfeit tickets for hundreds of dollars each. The two men were arrested with more than $2,000 in cash on them.

The victims pointed out the people who sold them the tickets to police and they were arrested, and now they hope they can keep other people from being deceived.

There were several reports of ticket fraud at Razorback Stadium on Saturday and the local police believe there were plenty of other victims out there who haven't come forward yet, though they'd like them to.

As for the tickets Woods and Hawkins were selling, they looked real enough except for one minor but very important factor.  The sections and seat numbers listed on the tickets don't actually exist, which makes it extra hard to find your seat.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:53 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 5:57 pm

Breaking down the SEC division races

Posted by Chip Patterson

For the last four years, the winner of the SEC Championship game has gone on to compete and win the National Championship.  With the conference play heating up and a rematch of Florida-Alabama ahead in Week 5, here is a breakdown of the division races in the SEC. 


Florida Gators (4-0, 2-0)
So far...: The Gators got a slow start with a lot of questions after uninspiring victories over Miami and South Florida, but the last two games have shown a relentless defense and an offense that is beginning to find an identity.  That identity is looking like it includes the multi-talented freshman quarterback Trey Burton, who scored six times (5 times rushing, once receiving) against Kentucky.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 2 - at Alabama; October 9 - vs. LSU; November 13 - vs. South Carolina
Outlook: The biggest game of the season for the Gators will be their visit to Tuscaloosa on Saturday.  The rematch of the last two SEC Championship games has huge implications for both division races.  If the Gators fall to the Tide, they will likely need to win the rest of their division games to ensure a trip back to Atlanta for the title game.  An upset win over Alabama puts the Gators in the drivers seat for the title game, and likely would bring the Gators back into the national title discussion. 

South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1)
So far...: The Gamecocks burst on the scene with impressive victories and an improved offense that had Ol' Ball Coach running his mouth around the conference once again.  Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore has proven to be a game-changing back already, and until the 35-27 loss to Auburn, quarterback Stephen Garcia finally looked ready for a true breakout season.  Now the Gamecocks have a quarterback controversy on their hands, and their toughest challenges of the year left on the schedule.

Toughest challenges ahead: October 9 - vs. Alabama; November 6 - vs. Arkansas; November 13 - at Florida

Outlook: If they had been able to knock off Auburn on Saturday night, South Carolina would have been a frontrunner to knock Florida off its throne atop the SEC East.  Unfortunately, the loss has put them in a can't-lose scenario if they want to get reach their first SEC Championship Game in school history.  Looming dates against Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida in the Swamp will make it difficult to keep the loss column thin.  If they can get pull off an upset or two and get some help from, they could enter the Florida game with a chance to steal the division.

Pretenders: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia 


Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0)
So far...:  Alabama left very little doubt on Saturday who is the best team in the nation.  Being pushed up against the ropes on the road by a very talented Arkansas team, the defending champs battled back into the game and escaped Fayetteville with a victory.  After being down 17-7 at halftime, the Alabama defense (which had not allowed a TD all season until that game) tormented Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas offense in the second half.  Mallet was picked off three times and the Tide defense only allowed three points after halftime while Mark Ingram led the charge for Alabama to reclaim the lead and a win.

Toughest challenges ahead: October 2 - vs. Florida; October 9 - at South Carolina; November 6 - at LSU; November 26 - vs. Auburn

Outlook:  The tests are far from done for Alabama, but thankfully the two most threatening opponents remaining on the schedule (Florida and Auburn) both have to travel to Tuscaloosa.  After watching their performance on Saturday, it is hard to imagine many situations that don't involve Alabama back in the SEC Championship game.  However, South Carolina and LSU are both talented teams playing in hostile territory and those games should not be taken lightly.  If Auburn and Alabama don't slip, they could enter the Iron Bowl with the division title on the line.   

Auburn Tigers (4-0, 2-0)
So far...:  The Tigers are quickly becoming one of the darlings of the SEC.  For the third week in a row, Auburn has been locked in a nationally televised nail-biter and emerged victorious.  The 17-14 win over Mississippi State was not impressive by any means, but the overtime victory against Clemson and Saturday's upset of South Carolina have bumped the Tigers to No. 10 in the nation and now a relevant part of the SEC Championship discussion. 

Toughest challenges ahead: October 16 - vs. Arkansas; October 23 - vs. LSU; November 26 - at Alabama

Outlook:  Cam Newton has officially arrived as one of the premiere quarterbacks in college football this season, and as long as the 6-6 250 pound signal-caller is scoring five total touchdowns like he did against South Carolina, Auburn will always have a chance.  The Tigers have the benefit of getting Arkansas and LSU at home, but this team cannot afford another performance like Mississippi State and expect to win.  If they play to their potential, Auburn could find themselves heading into the Iron Bowl with a shot to return to the SEC title game for the first time since 2004.

LSU Tigers (4-0, 2-0)
So far...:  LSU's defense has proven to be one of the best units in the nation.  Their offense, on the other hand, is about as productive as a late Friday afternoon.  With no good option at quarterback (Jarrett Lee is not a "good" option, just not as a bad) the Tigers have relied on their defense and return game to spring them out to an early No. 12 national ranking.

Toughest challenges ahead: October 9 - at Florida; October 23 - at Auburn; November 6 - vs. Alabama; November 27 - at Arkansas

Outlook:  If the Bayou Bengals are for real, they will get a chance to prove it in October in their road games against Florida and Auburn.  If LSU can take care of business away from Death Valley, they will make the November 6 show down with with Alabama a lot more interesting.  It is hard to support a team with no offense as a conference title contender, but they have at least earned the right to be in the discussion.

Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1, 1-1)
So far...:  Until halftime of Saturday's game against Alabama, Ryan Mallet looked like the best pro quarterback in college football, and the Razorbacks looked ready to have one of the most successful seasons in the programs history.  Unfortunately, the second half unraveling has temporarily overshadowed Arkansas' impressive start.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 16 - at Auburn; November 6 - at South Carolina; November 27 - vs. LSU

Outlook: Arkansas had not played a truly challenging team before Alabama, so there is a lot left for this team to prove.  The defense looked fired up and strong in the first half against the Tide, but it is unknown if they will be able to repeat the same performance on the road against a team like Auburn or South Carolina.  The Razorbacks made for a good story, but it is hard to believe that Alabama's comeback did not break their spirits a little.  Difficult to imagine that they will be able to reach that level of energy the rest of the season.

Pretenders: Mississippi State, Ole Miss

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 8:02 pm

Two 4th quarter INTs doom Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If Ryan Mallett's Heisman candidacy was kick-started by his game-winning touchdown drive at Georgia last week, it was just as surely ruined by his 4th quarter collapse, as top-ranked Alabama escaped No. 10 Arkanas with a 24-20 win.

Mallett's first three quarters were perhaps his most impressive as a Razorback; he carved the Alabama defense to the tune of 21-28 passing, 313 yards, one passing touchdown (and another on the ground), and one rather ill-advised interception in Alabama's end zone. His fourth quarter? 4-10, 44 yards, and two back-breaking interceptions. One was returned by Robert Lester to the Arkansas 11 yard line and led to Alabama's go-ahead touchdown; the next would seal the game, as Arkansas never got the ball back.

If anybody's Heisman candidacy was helped in today's game, it's probably Mark Ingram; people assumed Ingram's campaign to repeat as Heisman winner was completely derailed by his two games missed at the beginning of the season. Ingram rushed for 157 yards on 24 carries today, including an electric 54-yard touchdown in the first half, and he added 27 receiving yards on two catches. If he was feeling any ill effects from his knee surgery from before the season, it wasn't immediately evident today.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:49 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:52 pm

Crucial INT leads to Alabama's first lead, 24-20

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As expected, No. 1 Alabama has made a game of it in Fayetteville. No. 10 Arkansas held 'Bama to a field goal, pushing the score to 20-17 Arkansas.

Holding Alabama to three was critical for the Razorbacks, because Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett just threw a horror show of an interception, one that Robert Lester returned to the Arkansas red zone. Three rushes later, Mark Ingram plowed into the end zone, and all of a sudden, it's 24-20 Alabama, marking the Crimson Tide's first lead of the entire game.

Now, for the second week in a row, Mallett is being tasked with putting together a game-winning drive against SEC competition. He succeeded against Georgia. Can he now against one of the best defenses in the country?

[Update, 6:49 p.m.: No sir! Mallett has just thrown another interception, his third on the day. Barring disaster, Alabama will come away with a win.]

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