Friday, October 24, 2008

I Hate Rocky Top

But how I looooovvvvveeee to beat them.

2007, Alabama 41 UT 17


2005, "Rocky Stop"


2002, Ending the streak with a 34-14 stomping up in Knoxville


1990, Unranked Bama upsets #3 UT in Knoxville


Just for fun, and because I share his sentiments, the best interview EVER

Thursday, October 23, 2008

TCG Top 25

Time for this week's poll:

1 Texas (12) 396
2 Penn St (1) 377
3 Alabama (3) 375
4 OU 330
5 USC 320
6 Oklahoma St 306
7 Florida 302
8 Texas Tech 299
9 Georgia 274
10 Utah 254
11 Ohio St 238
12 LSU 236
13 Boise State 216
14 TCU 163
15 USF 147
16 Missouri 145
17 Tulsa 125
18 Kansas 103
19 Pittsburgh 96
20 Ball State 94
21 BYU 92
22 Georgia Tech 87
23 Boston College 55
24 Florida State 53
25 Minnesota 39

Others Receiving Votes:
Virginia Tech (21), Northwestern (20), Michigan St (15), Cincinnati (8), Oregon (8), Arizona (3), Maryland (2), Vanderbilt (1)

Dropped out:
Virginia Tech #17, Michigan St #18, UNC #19, Wake Forest #22, Vanderbilt #23

And my ballot:

1. Texas
2. Alabama
-- I'll admit, I'm a little nervous about this weekend. Fat Phil needs a big win badly, and he has a niche for getting one a year. Combine that with our second half struggles, and there could be trouble... then again, fuck Rocky Top, we win big.
3. Penn St.
4. Florida
5. Oklahoma
6. Texas Tech
-- Time to see if the Red Raiders are for real when they visit Kansas this weekend.
7. Utah

8. Georgia
9. USC
10. Oklahoma St.
11. LSU
12. Boise St.
13. South Florida
14. Michigan St.
15. Ohio St.
16. Pitt
17. TCU
-- Nation, meet the Horned Frogs and their vicious defense.
18. Missouri
19. Kansas
20. BYU
21. Georgia Tech
22. Ball St.
23. Tulsa
24. Boston College
25. Minnesota

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

TCG Top 25

A whole lotta shakin' going on in the TCG Top 25 this week.

1 Texas (9) 415
2 Alabama (8) 412
3 Penn St 397
4 OU 336
5 USC 330
6t BYU 325
6t Florida 325
8 Texas Tech 307
9 Oklahoma St 281
10 Georgia 273
11 Missouri 256
12 Utah 250
13 LSU 226
14 Ohio St 197
15 Boise State 193
16 Kansas 185
17 Virginia Tech 141
18 Michigan St 123
19 UNC 114
20 USF 84
21 Ball State 74
22 Wake Forest 72
23 Vanderbilt 47
24 Tulsa 46
25 Georgia Tech 27

Others Receiving Votes:
TCU (22), California (16), Florida State (14), Pittsburgh (14), Oregon (9), Minnesota (8), Northwestern (3), Cincinnati (2), Notre Dame (1)

Dropped out:
Auburn #25

My ballot:

1. Alabama
2. Texas
3. Penn St.
If the Nittany Lions get out of Columbus unscathed next weekend, I'm penciling them in for the BCS National Championship Game.
4. Florida
5. Oklahoma
6. BYU
7. Texas Tech
A little too close for comfort against Nebraska, but those are the kind of games the Red Raiders lost in the past.

8. Utah
9. Georgia
10. USC
11. Oklahoma St.
I would have the Cowboys higher, but Missouri got a couple of bad bounces and breaks in that game. Not that Okie St. isn't good, but I wanna see more before I put them in the upper echelon.

12. LSU
13. Missouri
14. Kansas
15. Boise St.
16. South Florida
17. Virginia Tech
18. Wake Forest
19. Michigan St.
20. Ohio St.
21. Pittsburgh
22. North Carolina
23. Ball St.
24. Vanderbilt
25. Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane are the only team in Conference USA that possess a winning record. They could end up yet another unbeaten mid-major jipped by the BCS.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

So the Tony Franklin experiment is over

Auburn canned new OC Tony Franklin today, ending a half-season of mind-numbingly inept offense.

Too soon? Probably, but the outcry from the fanbase was insane... and that offense was really bad. I don't think it was a bad hire, I just think Franklin didn't adapt his system to his players very well (or, at all). I'm sure if they had given him another year or two, what with recruits and experience, it would've worked.

But, patience is hardly a virtue in the world of SEC football, so Mr. Franklin goes. It's almost painful talking to friends who pull for the Tigers, their voices ache when they speak of the offense wasting the efforts of a world-class defense. Almost, because the fuckers still have that six-game winning streak to hang over my head.

The question now is where do the Tigers go? Tommy Tuberville has had six different offensive coordinators since he took over Auburn in 1999, and the only time the offense really did anything worth a damn was when they had the all-universe backfield of Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown.

Whatever they do, they better pray it works fast.

TCG Top 25

Here's this week's edition of TheCollegeGridiron.com's Top 25:

1 OU (12) 418
2t Alabama (4) 393
2t Missouri 393
4 LSU (1) 373
5 Texas 359
6 Penn St 350
7 BYU 304
8 USC 292
9 Texas Tech 277
10 Georgia 257
11 Florida 250
12 Utah 227
13 Vanderbilt 213
14t Kansas 186
14t Ohio St 186
16 Boise State 177
17 Oklahoma St 160
18 Virginia Tech 113
19 USF 98
20 Michigan St 97
21 UNC 82
22 Tulsa 54
23 Ball State 51
24 Wake Forest 43
25 Auburn 42

Others Receiving Votes:
Illinois (29), Georgia Tech (26), Northwestern (19), Wisconsin (15), Oregon (12), Florida St. (9), Kentucky (5), California (5), Pittsburgh (4), TCU (4), Clemson (3)

Dropped out:
Wisconsin #20, Oregon #21, Fresno St #22, UConn #23

And here's my ballot:

1. Oklahoma
2. Alabama
3. Missouri
4. Texas
5. LSU
6. Penn St
7. BYU
8. Texas Tech
9. Utah
10. Florida
11. Georgia
12. USC
13. Vanderbilt
14. Kansas
15. Boise St.
16. South Florida
17. Virginia Tech
18. Oklahoma St.
19. Wake Forest
20. Michigan St.
21. Ohio St.
22. Northwestern
23. Pittsburgh
24. North Carolina
25. Ball St.

Notes:
  • First time I've ranked Ohio St. all season, the change to Terrell Pryor at QB was a very smart one.
  • Ball St... wow.
  • Vanderbilt has a legit shot at winning the SEC East... stockpile your apocalypse supplies now.
  • With the right teams losing, the Utah/BYU end-of-season showdown could be for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

TheCollegeGridiron.com Top 25

So a few of us over at TheCollegeGridiron.com decided that we would start our own poll because hey... who doesn't have a poll nowadays? There are 20 pollsters, all of whom are college football nuts and watch/digest as much pigskin action as possible, so we figure it'll be a pretty solid poll.

First, here's the consensus top 25 (first place votes in parenthesis):

1. OU (10) 438
2. Alabama (7) 427
3. Missouri 407
4. LSU (1) 395
5. Texas 376
6. Penn St 364
7. BYU 322
8. USC 305
9. USF 298
10. Texas Tech 295
11. Georgia 257
12. Florida 233
13T. Utah 216
13T. Auburn 216
15. Ohio St 183
16. Kansas 169
17. Boise State 149
18. Vanderbilt 122
19. Oklahoma St 104
20. Wisconsin 99
21. Oregon 95
22. Fresno State 74
23. UConn 61
24. Virginia Tech 47
25. Michigan St 45

And here's my ballot:

1. Oklahoma
2. Alabama
3. Missouri
4. Texas
5. LSU
6. Penn St
7. BYU
8. South Florida
9. Texas Tech
10. Utah
11. Auburn
12. Georgia
13. Florida
14. USC
15. Kansas
16. Boise St.
17. Vanderbilt
18. Fresno St
19. Virginia Tech
20. UConn
21. Oregon
22. Oklahoma St
23. Wake Forest
24. Kentucky
25. Michigan St