Tag:Alabama
Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:17 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Mike Riley is in Boise and TCU's corner

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that Boise State has gotten past Oregon State it's entirely possible that when the regular season ends both Boise and TCU could be undefeated.  Which, depending on how the rest of the college football landscape unfolds, could create some BCS chaos.  For argument's sake, let's pretend that Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon all finish the season with a loss and TCU and Boise are the only unbeatens left standing.  Also known as The Doomsday Scenario amongst the BCS.

Would you put them in the BCS title game?

A lot of people wouldn't, preferring a one-loss Alabama or what have you, as they'd argue that Boise State and TCU didn't play the same quality of competition.  Which is a valid argument -- unless you've seen a Tennessee or Georgia game this year -- that has a lot of merit, and one that I might be inclined to agree with.

Still, if either school is looking for someone to stand up and sing their praises, they won't have to look further than the head coach of the team that both of them have beaten this year: Mike Riley.

Although Riley artfully dodged choosing between them Saturday, he did make a fairly significant statement after the news media scrum dissipated. Riley said that Boise State and T.C.U. were worthy of their top-five rankings, something that some coaches from high-profile programs have been hesitant to admit.

“I give both T.C.U. and Boise tons of credit to be where they are,” Riley said. “I would not in any way begrudge their positions one bit. They’re both fine programs with really good players; they’re good teams, and they’re well coached.”


Riley even went on to say that both Boise and TCU's defenses are "about as quick and fast as we've played against ever."  Considering some of the USC defenses Riley has faced during his years in Corvallis, that's not praise to be taken lightly.

Neither are Boise State and TCU.



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.

For more breaking news and analysis follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNCAAF or subscribe to our RSS Feed.

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.]

For more breaking news and analysis follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNCAAF or subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Arkansas takes 10-point lead over Alabama at half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The blockbuster matchup between No. 1 Alabama and host No. 10 Arkansas has, at the half, tilted in the Razorbacks' favor. Arkansas leads 17-7 on the strength of two Ryan Mallett touchdowns, and Alabama has been hurt by two uncharacteristic interceptions by QB Greg McElroy.

Early in the game, Arkansas drew first blood with a magnificent pitch-and-catch from Mallett to Ronnie Wingo:

At that point, Alabama responded with an equal display of force, as Mark Ingram reminded everybody that he is, in fact, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner:

But both quarterbacks threw awful end zone interceptions, killing great scoring chances for both teams, and another bad pick for Alabama gave Arkansas the ball near midfield late in the second half. Mallett drove the team down the field with his rifle of an arm, and the 6'6" quarterback stretched across the goal line on a 1-yard sneak to push the lead to 17-7 with under 20 seconds left.

And that's where we stand now.

The game's not over, not by a long shot; both Ingram and Trent Richardson are running with a purpose for the Crimson Tide, and Mallett's probably still got some head-scratching throws left in him today. But we're 30 minutes in, and Arkansas has a double-digit lead. Coming into this game, the Razorbacks would have been thrilled to be where they are now.

Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:55 am
 

Game day weather updates, Week 4

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Conditions look ideal everywhere but Auburn and LSU. All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Georgia Tech at North Carolina State, 12:00, Raleigh, NC: Lower 90s, partly cloudy

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 16 Stanford at Notre Dame, 3:30, South Bend, IN: Lower 60s, partly cloudy, breezy

No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas, 3:30, Little Rock, AR: Lower 80s, partly cloudy

Evening kickoffs

No. 8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati, 6:00, Cincinnati, OH: Upper 60s, clear

No. 12 South Carolina at No. 17 Auburn, 7:45, Auburn, AL: Lower 80s/Upper 70s, scattered thunderstorms

No. 24 Oregon State at No. 3 Boise State, 8:00, Boise, ID: Mid 80s at kickoff, lower 70s by halftime, clear 

Late kickoffs

No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 LSU, 9:00, Baton Rouge, LA: Upper 70s, chance of thunderstorms

California at No. 14 Arizona, 10:00, Tucson, AZ: Mid 80s, clear

No. 5 Oregon at Arizona State, 10:30, Tempe, AZ: Lower 90s, clear

Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Insane Predictions: Week 4

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 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 Mike Pouncey would screw up a baker's dozen worth of snaps in one game? 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.

Highly Unlikely

The Michigan State Spartans lose Kirk Cousins to an injury during the first quarter of their game against Northern Colorado.  His replacement, freshman Andrew Maxwell is dealt the same fate early in the second quarter and the Spartans go into the half trailing 21-10.  After quarterback-turned-WR-turned-back-i
nto-QB-because-of-emergency-in-this
-scenario Keith Nichol succumbs to a horrible stomach virus in the locker room, interim head coach Don Treadwill calls on punter Aaron Bates to lead the team in the second half.  Bates comes out and throws for 300 yards three touchdowns and kicks another three field goals as the Spartans roll to a 40-21 victory. -- Tom Fornelli

Temple upsets Penn State in Happy Valley. There's really no excuse for this happening; even with Temple starting out 3-0 and PSU looking average with true freshman Robert Bolden at QB, Penn State is still highly favored in this contest. But the Temple front seven (led by returning MAC Defensive Player of the Year DE Adrian Robinson) gives the Nittany Lions' enough fits that Temple goes into halftime leading by 10, Bolden gets benched, Kevin Newsome performs worse in relief, and the Owls shock Happy Valley, 27-20. -- Adam Jacobi

Marcus Lattimore is held to less than 70 yards rushing by the Auburn defense. Lattimore only ran for 57 yards against Southern Miss, but when the Gamecocks have really needed yards this season, they turn to number 21.  He will likely get at least 18 carries, and the Tigers did give up 140 yards to Clemson's Andre Ellington, but look for the defensive line to step up and shut down Lattimore at home in primetime. -- Chip Patterson

Severely Unlikely

Mike Leach makes it through the entire broadcast of the Houston - Tulane game without some reference to "symptoms of concussion" followed by awkward silence that lasts as long as an equipment shed is wide. -- Chip Patterson

With his team trailing 24-21 late in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, Nick Saban calls a timeout as his team is marching down the field looking for the go-ahead touchdown.  "I've had an epiphany, gentleman.  I'm not here to win football games, I'm here to make you all better men and better human beings.  Sometimes being the bigger man means letting the other man have his moment in the spotlight."  Saban then forces Greg McElroy to kneel four straight times to end the game. -- Tom Fornelli

Boise State sets the post-WW2 single-game record for most team yardage (pre-WW2 may be a touch out of reach) in their victory over Oregon State, 94-0. Kellen Moore and the rest of the Broncos' starters play every snap, even after Oregon State puts in their second stringers in the 4th quarter. Following the game, Chris Peterson then throws his headset at the press box and yells, "Are you not entertained?!" Boise does not budge in the polls. --Adam Jacobi

Completely Insane

During the third quarter of a listless win at Washington State, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will disappear from the sideline for several minutes, and television cameras will catch him talking on his cell phone. He will claim to have been speaking with old college friends since the game was "boring," but anonymous sources with knowledge of Kiffin's cell phone records will later tell reporters that Kiffin was trying to negotiate a deal to rejoin Pete Carroll in Seattle as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal falls through when Kiffin asks for $17.5 million a year. -- Adam Jacobi

Oregon State takes Boise State to overtime on the legendary Smurf Turf.  In overtime, Chris Peterson calls a trick play that finishes with Kellen Moore crossing into the end zone to win the game.  Upon crossing the goal line, Moore rushes over to the cheerleaders and drops to one knee... where he proposes to Buster Bronco.  The horse says "neigh." -- Chip Patterson

With the USC Trojans up 14-0 on Washington State in the first quarter, Matt Barkley finds Ronald Johnson for a 67-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0.  Lane Kiffin then decides to just kick the extra point. -- Tom Fornelli

Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: September 24, 2010 11:08 am
 

Alabama - Michigan to play in Dallas in 2012

Posted by Chip Patterson

It had been rumored several weeks back that there were discussions between Alabama and Michigan to arrange a neutral-field game in the future, likely in the monstrous 100,000+ seat Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

On Thursday night, Alabama head coach Nick Saban all but confirmed that the match up between the two legendary programs, and even spoke about other negotiations for future non-conference arrangements.

“It hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re going to play Michigan in Dallas probably for sure,” Saban said.  

Saban also said the Crimson Tide will look to set up Atlantic Coast Conference opponents for neutral-site games in Atlanta for 2013 and ’14. Alabama has been in search of a marquee opponent for the 2012 season for months, with speculation ranging from Miami to Texas Tech, from Notre Dame to the Wolverines, and potential venues in Atlanta, Dallas or even Jacksonville, Fla.

"Probably for sure" is about as much of an 8th grade confirmation as you are going to get out of Saban, who has been in this game long enough to know how to say things without saying them.  This falls right in line with the trends of recent years that have top-tier programs facing each other in early season non-conference battles.  

These marquee matchups in September are great for the sport, giving fans a reason to get hooked from week one rather than ease their way into the schedule.  The games also are chances for teams to get on the national radar early, especially if they have plans of competing for a national championship.

                         

For more breaking news and analysis follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNCAAF or Subscribe to our RSS Feed

Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Alabama D 'licking their chops' to get to Mallett

Posted by Chip Patterson

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide have spent this week preparing for what will arguably be one of their toughest tests of the season traveling to face the high-octane Arkansas offense in Fayetteville on Saturday.  Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallet has been described as "the best pro quarterback in college football" for his strong arm and proficient passing ability.

Alabama's defense has been among the best in the nation so far in 2010, allowing only one touchdown in the first three games.  One of Mallet's strengths is his ability to hang tight in the pocket, and wait for his receivers to get open.  A strength that Alabama's defense is hoping to turn into a weakness.

"As a pass rusher, you do get excited when you know you're going to play against a guy who's going to sit in the pocket and try to execute his offense to the best of his abilities," Damion Square said. "Yeah, it does excite me as a pass rusher."


"Right now, we're licking our chops," Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris said. "We're ready to play and show the world what we can do against one of the top teams."

It's Arkansas' first ranked opponent all season, with their toughest competition coming in their 31-24 win over Georgia.  When Georgia stormed back to tie the game, Mallet silenced the home crowd with three passes that covered 73 yards and scored a touchdown all with less than a minute remaining.  

While Alabama's defense has been stellar, their secondary is arguably the weakest piece of the unit.  It will be crucial for the Crimson Tide to put pressure on Mallet to keep him from connecting with his receivers for game-changing deep plays, especially with a rowdy home crowd that will be hungry for an upset.  Mallett has a chance to solidify his status as a Heisman frontrunner with a big game.  But more importantly, the Razorbacks have a chance to get a game ahead of the Crimson Tide in the SEC West.  They way both of these teams have been playing this season, the road to the SEC Championship game appears to run right through Fayetteville this Saturday.

For more breaking news and analysis follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNCAAF or Subscribe to our RSS Feed 

 

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com