Monthly Archives: October 2011

J3C College Football Top 25 (after week 9)

The weekly war of attrition that makes college football’s regular season the best in all of sports continued on Saturday, as one by one the pretenders are separated from the contenders.  Or, sometimes, more than one.

No outcome anywhere surprised me more than what GT did to Clemson.  I’ve admitted elsewhere that I wouldn’t have taken GT +25 points, much less believed the eventual outcome.  I’m not sure there’s anything that would sum this game up better than the simple phrase “Clemson turned into Clemson” … Speaking of being who you are,  was there any more predictable surprise than the missed FG by Vandy that cost them at least an overtime chance against Arkansas.  It would have to suck to be a Vandy fan, probably for the best that relatively few people suffer from that tragic fate … The latest installment of the WLOCP went off almost as expected in Jacksonville Saturday.  If you were actually surprised by the outcome then you probably hadn’t seen the Gators play lately.   Not even a fairly pedestrian bunch of Dawgs dragging around the collective weight of recent disappointment & a spectacularly flailing special teams unit could manage to let this one get away, not when the situation at QB for Florida is as bad as it obviously is.  I won’t begrudge anybody for celebrating the win but I’d recommend keeping it in perspective.  Right now, at least until the gutsy (if inept when injured) Brantley gets healthy, I think Vanderbilt is probably as good or better than the Gators … Speaking of teams with problems at QB, how much worse can that get in Knoxville?  CDD looks even more confused now, having burned the redshirt on alleged QB-of-the-future Justin Worley in a bad loss a week ago, only to have Worley fizzle so badly against an undermanned South Carolina that he has to once again put Simms back in the lineup.    It’s time for the Nash Nance era to begin, it’s not as though he could be that much worse than the clearly not-ready-for-primetime Worley, and it might be merciful for Coach Doofus to stop jerking Simms around so much … The Stanford-USC overtime finish was an interesting way to wrap up a busy day of college football.  It might have been a better story if USC pulled off the upset but I can’t deny that seeing the what-just-happened look of disappointment on Kiffy’s face was one of the highlights of the day for me … It’ll take a more astute observer than me to figure out how Iowa State beat Texas Tech like a rented mule just a week after TT zipped out of Norman with a win.  Games like that reinforce my longstanding policy of never betting on college football, trying to anticipate how a bunch of 18-22 year old kids are going to respond to a situation seems like a direct route to heartache to me … I guess all that’s left now to update the Top 25 one more time before we get the showdown that’s been looming on the schedule for weeks.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (2) LSU
3. (4) Oklahoma State
4. (3) Stanford
5. (5) Boise State
6. (6) Oregon
7. (11) Oklahoma
8. (8) Arkansas
9. (9) Virginia Tech
10. (12) Nebraska
11. (16) Houston
12. (7) Clemson
13. (14) South Carolina
14. (17) Michigan
15. (10) Michigan State
16. (19) Penn State
17. (13) Wisconsin
18. (21) Arizona State
19. (15) Kansas State
20. (23) TCU
21. (Un) Washington
22. (25) West Virginia
23. (22) USC
24. (Un) Georgia
25. (Un) Georgia Tech
Dropped Out: Texas A&M (18), Texas Tech (20), Syracuse (24)

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Exclusive: Kyng Premiere Video for “Falling Down,” Announce Tour Dates with Black Tusk and Monstro – Revolver Magazine

I raved about these guys after seeing them back in the summer, now you finally see for yourself with a new video featuring live performance footage. Doesn’t seem to be imeddable so you’ll have to follow the link but it’s worth the trip.

Exclusive: Kyng Premiere Video for “Falling Down,” Announce Tour Dates with Black Tusk and Monstro – Revolver Magazine.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week 8)

What’s this I see?  A Top 25 team that lost?  TWO of them? Oh my goodness, maybe there’s a team with a pulse outside of the top few after all?  Or, more likely, there just aren’t as many as I thought.  One thing for sure, there isn’t one fitting that description in Atlanta, where the Bumblin’ Bees return home with another reality check to deposit.  Let me see if I can make it clear enough for DRad & Co: either show me a special teams coach next season or show me a new head coach, I really don’t care which at this point.  CPJ’s curmudgeon routine is a lot more palatable when he’s playing I-AA teams (or equivalents) than when he has to take the marginal talent he’s acquired & play something that resembles an actual BCS-conference opponent … It isn’t really that much better in Knoxville, where Derek Doofus inexplicably decides to burn the redshirt on the supposed QB of the future in a game that was long since lost.  The Justin Worley era begins, almost fittingly enough, with a fumble on his first official play as a Vol.  Maybe CDD has already reached the conclusion that I’m coming to: there really isn’t much future on Rocky Top, at least not with him at the helm.  There’s only so long the whole “we’re fragile” routine is going to fly, and I believe it’s already beginning to circle (the drain) for a landing … Too young, not enough experience, playing in an incredibly hostile environment, etc.  No, those aren’t the weekly list of excuses for another loss by the Vols, they’re the conditions that Texas Tech faced and overcome against Oklahoma.   I’m not exactly feeling celebratory about it, I’ve got little use for the Red Raiders after the screwjob they gave to Mike Leach but it’s hard not to notice how some teams overcome the odds while other use the odds against them as an excuse for mediocrity … I thought margin of victory was taken out of the BCS formula?  Apparently Stanford didn’t get the memo, because the beatdown they put on Washington was pretty epic stuff.  I’m not saying they ran up the score, I’m just saying that a 44 point win over a nationally ranked team has to get into the subconscious of some voters somewhere … Are the Kansas Jayhawks one of the best arguments for a relegation system for college football? With yesterday’s 59-21 pummeling at the hands of arch-rival Kansas State, they’ve now given up 42 or more points in six straight games.  Maybe the next B12 realignment meeting should consider trading them for a nearby DII school or something, at least in football …  On the bright side, at least I get a chance to rearrange the deck chairs on the S.S. Mediocrity this week, as the list of pretenders adds a couple of names and the list of contenders gets a little bit shorter.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (3) LSU
3. (4) Stanford
4. (7) Oklahoma State
5. (6) Boise State
6. (8) Oregon
7. (9) Clemson
8. (10) Arkansas
9. (13) Virginia Tech
10. (15) Michigan State
11. (2) Oklahoma
12. (12) Nebraska
13. (5) Wisconsin
14. (14) South Carolina
15. (16) Kansas State
16. (19) Houston
17. (17) Michigan
18. (20) Texas A&M
19. (22) Penn State
20. (Un) Texas Tech
21. (23) Arizona State
22. (Un) USC
23. (Un) TCU
24. (Un) Syracuse
25. (11) West Virginia

Dropped Out: Auburn (18), Washington (21), Georgia Tech (24), SMU (25)

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“Lindsay leads Spartans to key region win”

Some good local press about the young QB I’ve been watching all season.

Lindsay leads Spartans to key region win | Online Athens.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week 7)

Another week in the books helps separate the contenders from some pretenders.  Probably nowhere was that more evident than in Charlottesville, where Georgia Tech was abruptly sent crashing back to Earth with a lackluster performance.  The QB regressed,  the defense was physically dominated and the special teams remain anything but.  In other words, it was another Saturday under CPJ … They’re probably feeling about the same way in Ann Arbor today after Michigan lost for the fourth straight year to rival Michigan State.  New coach Brady Hoke, your reality check is ready … UGA manages to hold off might Vandy, although under the lights in Nashville things can get a little strange no matter what sort of team you take in there … In Knoxville, Operation Oh-For-October continued without a hitch, although the Vols defense appeared to be game enough for almost a half.  Not even a visit by Peyton Manning could do much for a team playing without it’s two best players, and certainly not against a team rolling like LSU is right now … In Clemson they have to be breathing a sigh of relief after rallying to beat Maryland in a shoot out, although I figure they’re also wondering how the heck they got in such a whole in the first place … Auburn beats Florida in game where 7 different players took snaps at QB … and in Columbia, Steve Spurrier might be too depressed to throw a single visor after losing star RB Marcus Lattimore for year to a knee injury.  Tough break for one of the best players in the country, hate to see that.  Gamecock fans may hate to see the lack of options other than relying on inconsistent QB Connor Shaw even more … Meanwhile fans of consistency are probably going to enjoy another week of sameness in the upper elevations of my weekly Top 25, unchanged in the top 10, although I’ll admit to being pretty tempted to flip flop a couple of spots.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (2) Oklahoma
3. (3) LSU
4. (4) Stanford
5. (5) Wisconsin
6. (6) Boise State
7. (7) Oklahoma State
8. (8) Oregon
9. (9) Clemson
10. (10) Arkansas
11. (12) West Virginia
12. (13) Nebraska
13. (15) Virginia Tech
14. (14) South Carolina
15. (17) Michigan State
16. (18) Kansas State
17. (11) Michigan
18. (25) Auburn
19. (Un) Houston
20. (24) Texas A&M
21. (Un) Washington
22. (23) Penn State
23. (21) Arizona State
24. (16) Georgia Tech
25. (Un) SMU

Dropped Out: Illinois (19), Baylor (20), Texas (22)

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Gaines: Region 8-A football race rages on | Online Athens

A look at the race for the GHSA Region 8-A title, written by a young man I really enjoy watching come into his own as both a sportswriter & a broadcaster.

Gaines: Region 8-A football race rages on | Online Athens.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week 6)

The gap between the upper echelon of college football & the rest of the pack was on full display this past weekend with the average margin of victory for Top 10 teams being just over 34 points per game.  And that’s with 6 of the 9 active going against teams with winning records, two of them playing ranked opponents.  Parity my ass, not at the top of the food chain there isn’t.   There’s plenty of it just below the top, where it seems that “also receiving votes” has become synonymous with “also ran”. I”m not sure where that was more evident on Saturday, in Knoxville or in Atlanta.

UGA treated the dogs like a worn out chew toy for most of the second half in a game that looked a bit like the Somebody Has Gotta Win It Bowl.  Yes Dawg fans, you won the game & put yourself back in the hunt for the SEC East, but do you really want any part of Alabama or LSU?   That’s not a reward, that’s punishment.  Don’t believe me?  Watch what those two teams will do to UT as they participate in the 2nd annual Oh-for-October campaign, although at least the hand injury suffered late will keep Tyler Bray’s winning percentage relatively high … In Atlanta, Georgia Tech held on to beat a Maryland team that is most notable for the bizarre uniform combinations they can roll out.  The passing has disappeared once the conference schedule rolled around & that’s not good, since the Jackets have yet to see much of the upper half of the ACC.  It’s nice that they’re 6-0 for the first time since Bobby Dodd’s last season but I’m not sure that means a heck of a lot given the schedule … What LSU did to Florida is illegal in probably half the states in the union, but if they lock up the Tigers then they’d have to consider putting Oklahoma & Oklahoma State on death row for what they did to Texas & Kansas respectively.   Speaking of the poor Jayhawks, it’s downright cruel to think that they will go from giving up 70 points to the Cowboys to seeing how many the Sooners decide they want to score.  It seems quite possible that the 64 points GT hung on KU earlier this year will end up being no better than the 3rd best performance against them this year … I guess there’s nothing left for me to do but rank ’em for another week but I really think there ought to be some extra spots inserted between the top handful and all the rest, they’re hardly playing the same game at this point.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (2) Oklahoma
3. (3) LSU
4. (4) Stanford
5. (5) Wisconsin
6. (6) Boise State
7. (7) Oklahoma State
8. (8) Oregon
9. (9) Clemson
10. (11) Arkansas
11. (12) Michigan
12. (14) West Virginia
13. (13) Nebraska
14. (17) South Carolina
15. (15) Virginia Tech
16. (19) Georgia Tech
17. (21) Michigan State
18. (22) Kansas State
19. (23) Illinois
20. (24) Baylor
21. (Un) Arizona State
22. (10) Texas
23. (Un) Penn State
24. (25) Texas A&M
25. (16) Auburn

Dropped Out: Florida (18), Florida State (20)

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