Monthly Archives: October 2019

J3C College Football Top 25 (after week nine)

A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs.

Oklahoma’s defense returned to its familiar “offensive” self  and put the Sooners in the position of needing some help if they want to be among the final four … Alabama got the perfect patsy to break in a backup QB … LSU and Auburn provided one of the more interesting games of the year, one that can be interpreted in a couple of ways.  Did Auburn look good in defeat?  Or did LSU look less impressive despite winning?  I lean toward the latter as they escape with a three point win against a team led by a QB that appears badly overmatched against upper tier defenses.  But for the narrative behind him, I struggle to imagine that a QB change wouldn’t be coming (or have already occurred) on The Plains … Both Notre Dame and Texas supplied crash & burn outings … So did Arizona State, just a lot fewer people cared …

Elsewhere, Tennessee got a badly needed win but not without a fair bit of help from an opponent that appeared to largely quit at the first opportunity.  Apparently the Gamecocks didn’t want the fluke win over Georgia to save Muschamp … Georgia Tech and Ole Miss avoided losses, which doesn’t happen on the same weekend all that often.

And with that, let’s see what we see in the latest J3C College Football Top 25 … (last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Ohio State (5)
  4. LSU (3)
  5. Penn State (6)
  6. Florida (7)
  7. Oregon (11)
  8. Georgia (9)
  9. Utah (12)
  10. Oklahoma (4)
  11. Auburn (8)
  12. SMU (14)
  13. Baylor (15)
  14. Michigan (19)
  15. Cincinnati (17)
  16. Minnesota (18)
  17. Notre Dame (10)
  18. Iowa (20)
  19. Wisconsin (16)
  20. Appalachian State (21)
  21. Boise State (22)
  22. Memphis (24)
  23. Wake Forest (Un)
  24. Kansas State (Un)
  25. Texas (13)

Dropped out: Arizona State (23), Navy (25)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Recovered from my road trip (I think), and back with four songs debuting in latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Nero Forte – Slipknot, The Great Divide – Light The Torch, Sing Along – Sturgill Simpson, What’s Left – Fight The Fade

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Like You Were Alive – The Motorleague, Echoes – Ignite The Fire, Without You – Cold, Blurry – Crown The Empire

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen adds including the aforementioned Slipknot, new Another Lost Year, the latest from Kingdom Collapse and more.    You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week eight)

Another week, another team takes a tumble.  Another player too.

Down goes Wisconsin in the biggest upset of the season so far and the biggest upset in Big 10 play in over 35 years.  If you bet that one right straight up please send me some lottery numbers … Alabama avoids a shock on the scoreboard in Knoxville despite suffering a major shock on the field.   The outcome of the college football playoff may rest on the recuperative powers of Tua’s ankle … Florida and Georgia endured the weather to keep the stakes high for their annual showdown in Jacksonville … BYU adds to their case for being the most unpredictable team in the country, at the expense of Boise … Missouri somehow manages to let Vandy find a conference win

Elsewhere, Georgia Tech gets a win that may do more to hurt Miami’s coach than it does to help their own … and in Oxford, Ole Miss does Ole Miss things often enough to let another win get away.   At least The Grove was great, because what passes for football there isn’t worth the time nor trouble, much less the drive across two states.  My lifetime record at Vaught-Hemingway stands at 0-3 😦

And with that, let’s see what we see in the latest J3C College Football Top 25 … (last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. LSU (3)
  4. Oklahoma (4)
  5. Ohio State (5)
  6. Penn State (7)
  7. Florida (8)
  8. Auburn (9)
  9. Georgia (10)
  10. Notre Dame (11)
  11. Oregon (12)
  12. Utah (14)
  13. Texas (15)
  14. SMU (18)
  15. Baylor (19)
  16. Wisconsin (6)
  17. Cincinnati (20)
  18. Minnesota (21)
  19. Michigan (16)
  20. Iowa (22)
  21. Appalachian State (24)
  22. Boise State (13)
  23. Arizona State (17)
  24. Memphis (Un)
  25. Navy (Un)

Dropped out: Washington (23), Tulane (25)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Just in time for me to enjoy while on the road for a few days, four songs debut with latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Yuve Yuve Yu – The Hu (f. From Ashes To New), Tension – Random Hero, Paranoid – Royal Bliss, Another Life – Any Given Sin

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Welcome Home – Hellyeah, Prison – Wage War, Fake – The Grave Denial, Stay Ready – Adelitas Way

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a half dozen adds including the aforementioned Royal Bliss, new House of Shakira, and more.    You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week seven)

My crystal ball must have been on the fritz.

I didn’t think Alabama would be worried on Saturday, for all of about nine minutes even …   After the win over Notre Dame at home, I thought Georgia had a loss (or two) ahead.  (Georgia looks vulnerable to any team that has an offense with a consistent pulse)I didn’t think it’d come at home at the hands of a backup QB and then a 3rd string QB though.  They’re still alive but their margin for error is now near zero … Oklahoma survives rivalry week, though Texas certainly made things interesting for them … Louisville and Wake Forest tried to break the scoreboard, instead it’s just Wake that ends up broken …

Elsewhere, Tennessee made Mississippi State look pretty helpless.  Or hapless … Ole Miss might ought to consider trying one of their two QBs, or maybe both, at defensive back, they couldn’t be much worse than what’s out there … Georgia Tech did their darnedest to get South Florida’s coach fired.   Under the previous regime the Jackets didn’t employ a special teams coordinator.  Under the new regime, they apparently don’t employ a defensive coordinator.  Much has been made on North Aveneue about “the 404”.  What nobody knew is that’s apparently the number of yards they hope to hold opponents to … in a half.

Reordered and revised, time to roll out the latest J3C College Football Top 25 … (last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. LSU (4)
  4. Oklahoma (3)
  5. Ohio State (6)
  6. Wisconsin (7)
  7. Penn State (11)
  8. Florida (8)
  9. Auburn (12)
  10. Georgia (5)
  11. Notre Dame (9)
  12. Oregon (13)
  13. Boise State (14)
  14. Utah (16)
  15. Texas (10)
  16. Michigan (17)
  17. Arizona State (18)
  18. SMU (23)
  19. Baylor (22)
  20. Cincinnati (24)
  21. Minnesota (25)
  22. Iowa (19)
  23. Washington (Un)
  24. Appalachian State (Un)
  25. Tulane (Un)

Dropped out: Wake Forest (15), Virginia (20), Memphis (21)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Delayed by some technical difficulties, but not denied entirely.  Three songs debut (and one re-enters) with latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Without You – Cold, Just Tell Me Something – All That Remains (re-entry), Twisted Carousel – Jaron Cox, Skipping Stone – Charm City Devils

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Faith – Ghost, House of Gold – Atreyu, Fix This – Nonpoint, Break The Curse – Redlight King

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen adds including the aforementioned Cold, new music from The Who (!), new music from The Hu (f. From Ashes To New), the latest Lullwater, new Tygers of Pan Tang, and more.    You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week six)

A relatively slow week with many of the top teams on a bye, thought an important game or two did happen.

Florida continues an on-going tradition of not looking like a top tier team but somehow winning big games.   At some point I think I have to give them credit for that … Michigan/Iowa wasn’t exactly a thriller but it was a game that will have down the line bowl impact when we get to that point … On behalf of sane college football fans everywhere, I’d like to offer a thank you to the Cincinnati Bearcats …

Elsewhere, Tennessee surprised Alabama for a brief while.  Faint comfort but better than expected at least … Georgia Tech kept their shot at a 1-win season alive in fine fashion … Ole Miss made the upcoming UT/Vandy tilt look like an instant classic in the making …

Shuffle ’em up and let’s see what teams are next in line for the J3C Top 25 jinx … (last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Oklahoma (3)
  4. LSU (4)
  5. Georgia (5)
  6. Ohio State (6)
  7. Wisconsin (8)
  8. Florida (9)
  9. Notre Dame (11)
  10. Texas (10)
  11. Penn State (11)
  12. Auburn (7)
  13. Oregon (13)
  14. Boise State (15)
  15. Wake Forest (18)
  16. Utah (17)
  17. Michigan (19)
  18. Arizona State (22)
  19. Iowa (14)
  20. Virginia (23)
  21. Memphis (Un)
  22. Baylor (Un)
  23. SMU (20)
  24. Cincinnati (Un)
  25. Minnesota (Un)

Dropped out: Washington (16), Oklahoma State (21), UCF (24), Michigan State (25)

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