Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The national focus regarding Florida State football seems to be on anything but tomorrow's game against a slid Louisville squad. From the controversy over the second to last play in the Notre Dame game to continued off-the-field problems for FSU players and the recent unveiling of the playoff rankings, there are plenty of distractions for the undefeated defending national champs. Say what you want about Jimbo Fisher, and he is giving plenty of fodder to critics, he has proven the ability to keep his players available, when perhaps some of them should not be, and focused when there is a task at hand. Beating Louisville will go a long way toward wrapping up the ACC Atlantic Division while solidifying the Noles' placement near or at the top of the rankings. Of course the Cardinals have something to say about that. Their defense will pose a challenge to FSU, especially when FSU runs the ball. Well, tries to run the ball. This game should come down to how well the Cardinals defense stops the FSU passing attack. If they can prevent Jameis Winston from getting into a groove they had an excellent chance of pulling the upset. As for the Louisville offense, you have to wonder if they can keep up. There really is no previous game to look back on from this season as the offense is at its healthiest now in time for the biggest game of the year. Expect coach Bobby Petrino to pull out all stops as he must see this game as a way to return to his past glory. The game should be fun and I feel will go down the wire. Can FSU hold on as they barely did against ND?
Monday, October 27, 2014
As the first ranking of teams by the final four committee approaches--the announcement comes tomorrow--the bad side effects of such a system have made themselves apparent. The only focus of the national media--when not moralizing on off-the-field issues--is on the teams still in the running for final four spots. Well not all the teams. Nobody is saying boo about teams like Utah. But the point is, they will not write about the actual games themselves nor any races for conferences championships or bowl berths. Players? You have to be a screw up. Quick, who lead the two divisions of the Big Ten? What are the two divisions of the Big Ten? ACC Coastal? Pac 12 South? Did you know Colorado State is 7-1? Georgia Southern 6-2? That Indiana RB Tevin Coleman has 1192y rushing? That Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty has thrown for 2871y and has a 24-4 TD-INT ratio? That Louisville S Gerod Holliman and Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson each have eight interceptions. But the only thing that matters, seemingly, is the number of SEC West teams that deserve a spot in the final four. Hours are spent trying to determine which teams will "win out" even though we are always wrong guessing eventual records of teams. Let the games play out and CELEBRATE the season as it unfolds.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Let's get to it. Iowa +4.5 at Mary West Virginia +8 hosting Baylor KSU +7.5 at OU Florida Atlantic +4.5 hosting Western Ken Duke -3 hosting UVA Air Force -9 hosting New Mex Cincy -13 hosting SMU Cal +7 hosting UCLA MSU -17 at IU Ark +3.5 hosting Georgia Okie State +10 at TCU Wash +21 at Ore Good luck
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
What does this guy have to do to get suspended? Clearly he is challenging his head coach and school--but they do not care. After all, by consistently pushing off any investigation into this kid's multiple mistakes and potential crimes they are encouraging him to do more and more. And with the NCAA so toothless they can probably continue to push the envelope in keeping him on the field. The ACC is keeping quiet as they have only one program anyone respects so why bite that hand? Just as we saw with Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel, the powers that be clearly want this guy on the field and will continue to stall until they can release something inconsequential after the fact. That they're doing this encourages others to do the same--and we are now being overrun by Heisman winners embarrassing the sport instead of representing what is good about the it--and the future is daunting. The fact that two undefeated national powers are squaring off Saturday night and all anyone wants to talk about is this idiot's mistakes is sad and pathetic.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Here we go (and yes I need to present my results so far at some point soon): Northwestern +4 at Minny Rice -1.5 at Army FSU -24 at Cuse Cincy +17.5 at Miami Georgia Tech -3.5 vs Duke Clemson -10 hosting Lou Aub -3 at Miss St UNC +17 at ND Bama -9.5 at Arkie Wash +3.5 at Cal LSU +1 at Florida LSU under 47 A&M -3 hosting Miss Air Force +7.5 at Utah State Good luck
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Where do we go from here Florida fans? Just when you thought that maybe the dysfunction of last year had been exorcised by the team's fourth quarter rally this past Saturday that led to a 10-9 win over Tennessee and a 3-1 record, you had to pay attention to the news and realize that whatever good vibes you may have felt were long gone. More importantly a member of the Gators family--the backup QB that led rally--is being accused of sexual assault. And then as that QB Treon Harris is suspended while the Gainesville police are investigating the charges, the third string QB Skylar Mornhinweg gets into a fight with a teammate that requires minor medical treatment. With Florida fans already looking to tar and feather starting QB Jeff Driskel for his awful play, the team is treading water with LSU on the horizon. Obviously that what's-his-name Meyer coach made some deal with the devil for national championships and the devil is still collecting. Hopefully the accusations against Harris are proved false. If not, Florida needs to do right by the victim. As for the rest of the nonsense, the team needs to stay focused and stay out of trouble. Fight hard and climb to 7-8 wins and try desperately to turn the page on past troubles.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Does anyone want to be in the top ten? After the carnage Thursday night through yesterday the polls look a lot different than they did last week. The number of undefeated teams is shrinking rapidly and projected final fours need to be written in pencil. Who did survive? Well last year's championship battlers Florida State and Auburn are now 1-2 in the coaches' poll. Baylor, who has not played anyone, is third and Mississippi moved up seven spots to fourth. Notre Dame, Mississippi State (boy the Egg Bowl this year will be must watch TV), Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Georgia round out the top ten. Oregon, at 11th, finds itself out of the top ten while its slayer Arizona sits at 13 behind TCU. This is a fluid process and teams like TCU can prove they are real with continued good play and wouldn't you know it, they have Baylor scheduled for next week. This promises to be a crazy season although this past weekend was especially so.