Saturday, December 27, 2008
Today is the day!
The Emerald Nuts Bowl is tonight! While Cal and Miami might be playing football in a baseball stadium on a field that is only big enough for one side line, the real excitement lies in the EN commercials. Just to get you in the mood for tonight's festivities we thought we would give you a taste of some of the EN classics.
Enjoy the game. Enjoy the commercials more!
Oh and we can't forget this one. It's an ad for ACC football and Lemon Lime Gatorade shot the last time Cal played a Big East team. (Good stuff at 1:00)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We extend the following gifts and wishes to these college football programs.
Texas and freshman safety Blake Gideon - A second chance at an interception that would have ended the "Miracle in Lubbock" and given the 'Horns a January trip to Miami over Glendale.
Miami of Ohio - Mike Haywood without his great offensive play calling skills.
Arizona Wildcat Fans- The three year extension you just gave Mike Stoops back. Trust us you will want it back after next year. Seems Wildcat fans have forgotten this Stoops isn't Bob.
USC and Pete Carroll - Independence from the Pac Ten. As an independent the Trojans would enjoy a schedule without 0-12 Washington and 2-10 WAZZU.
The State of Washington - A victory against a FBS school located outside the borders of the Evergreen State.
Ohio State - A BCS game against a team outside of the SEC. Done! Maybe you won't have to change the locker room combination this year.
Auburn - Like the sibling that can't compete for his parent's affection our gift to the Tigers is self confidence, not a new coach. Just because your brother isn't sick anymore and is starting to beat you up again doesn't mean you suck! Just means you were never as good as him.
Michigan - A historic season. Wait that WAS 2008! OK, how about a Sheraton Hawaii Bowl invitation for '09 and a QB that can run the spread option.
Baylor - A transfer from the Big 12 South to the Big 12 North. The Bears will shine with freshman QB Robert Griffin but not as brightly as they would playing the foes in the Big 12's northland.
Texas A&M - A formation that allows an eligible 12th man. Maybe they can sneak one in on the Piedmont A 11 offense.
Arizona State - An offensive line that can protect a QB and the ability to win ANY big game. Littl' Elway better have pop's legs.
Indiana - A 2009 schedule packed full of Northwestern and FCS programs.
UCLA and Rick Neuheisel - About 14, 15, maybe 16 less interceptions from a starting quarterback.
Vanderbilt - Knowledge that the season is 12 games long, not six. Season ending losses to Miss. State, Tennessee, and Duke left a gash on a great start to the season.
Kansas State - A spring recruiting class full of freshmen. Ron Prince's experiment to sign 19 JC transfers this year reeked of desperation and didn't turn out so well.
West Virginia - 4 more years of Pat White.
Notre Dame - A victory in a bowl for the first time since 1993.
Merry Christmas to all...
...and to the Irish a good night.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The College Football Guys BCS Picks show is here and just in time for Christmas!
Join the College Football Guys as they preview and pick this year's BCS games. Also find out how the 2007 Capital One Bowl means anything to this years BCS slate!
Click here! Press play and enjoy!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Bowl season is here!
Our College Football Bowl Picks Show is here too!
Listen to our latest podcast to find out who we picked in this year's bowl games.
Click here. Press play and enjoy. We know this one is long, but once you press play we guarantee you won't want to push stop!
REMEMBER, if your think our picks are crazy you can challenge us in the College Football Guys ESPN Bowl Mania group!
How? Easy. 1.) Create an entry. 2.) Go to our group here and add your entry. 3.) Sit back and enjoy the games.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Alas it is on the horizon. A Saturday with no football!
No more tailgates. No ESPN College Gameday. No beautiful co-eds. No band playing our favorite song! It is all gone.
What to do? It has been over three months since we have been without. We are all at a bit of a loss here. How is a man to fill his Saturday without college football?
Let us help you out and offer a few suggestions.
First and most important, if you value your companionship with your significant other, do something with your wife, girlfriend, fiance! Who is that you ask? That is the cute little thing (way to cute for you we might add) that has been patiently waiting to get you back on Saturdays.
She has listened to you yell at the TV. Put up with your drunkenness at all the tailgates. Limited her comments when she caught you drooling over a young co-ed and even fixed you dinner a time or two.
TAKE HER OUT!
Now if you don't have a "significant other" and you:
a. Don't have finals to study for.
b. Live in an area of the country where it is too cold to do anything outside.
c. Believe the only joy that comes from the holiday season is shopping on Christmas Eve.
d. Have already defended your favorite program's NCAA '09 National Title 10 times.
e. Live in a spotlessly clean home.
f. Are hopelessly addicted to your 47" flat screen HDTV.
Here is some TV programing that might cure your withdrawal symptoms. Please check your local listings for times in your area.
Are you an ACC fan? Now is your chance to scout next year's schedule. This weekend is the semi finals for the FCS championship. Richmond plays at Northern Iowa, 4pm EST on ESPN. Just in case you are lost Friday night, Montana plays at JMU, 8pm EST on the "Deuce."
Big 12 fans - Storm Chasers; Sean and Reed bring their teams closer to tornadoes than ever before, 2pm CST on Discovery and we must never forget King of the Hill, 3pm CST on FX.
For SEC fans, CMT has you covered with the 12 Days of Redneck Christmas, 5pm EST.
CMT is also helping West Virginia fans with Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza at 9:30pm EST. It is rumored that Mountaineer head coach Bill Stewart is co-hosting.
Bill Dance Outdoors on Versus at 1pm EST gives us a nice review of the 2008 Tennessee football season. In case you don't get a chance to catch it, we have posted it below.
Kind of reminds you of Ol' Fulmer, don't it?
Layla Kiffin says goodbye on Bravo's 7pm PST airing of Real Housewives of Orange County.
Auburn boosters call in to CNBC's 8pm EST showing of the Suze Orman Show to ask if paying $5.1 million to buy out one of the most successful coaches in the SEC is a sound financial decision. Suze's reaction is priceless.
Cal fans will find An Inconvenient Truth airing on Discovery at 1pm PST.
For those Notre Dame, Washington, WAZZU, Syracuse, Iowa State, Michigan, SMU, and North Texas fans, Trainwrecks is on Spike at noon EST. If you need something in prime time Mission Impossible III is on TNT at 11pm EST.
For Oregon, Cal, Missouri, Army, Central Michigan and every other programs that donned ugly uni's this year, What Not To Wear is on TLC at 4, 5, and 6pm EST.
Bottom line: Whatever you do, don't forget the Heisman Trophy Presentation is at 8pm EST on (where do you think?) ESPN.
Don't worry. This weekend is just a practice for January as Bowl Season begins bright and early at 11am EST, Saturday, December 20th!
Go 6-6 or better. Accept bowl invite and get free goodies!
The list of goodies that players are getting to attend bowl games this year came out this week and can be found here.
Best reward for going 7-5 on the season: Insight Bowl is giving players a 26" Vizio LCDs and Bulova watches.
Worst gift package: Watch from the Cotton Bowl. Really? That's it? To think this bowl wants to be a BCS bowl.
Most interesting gift: How about a "custom-woven" afghan from the EagleBank Bowl, or a "commemorative belt buckle" from the Texas Bowl.
You think this stuff is good, remember that each program is allowed to match the gifts in dollar value and the athletes get to pick those!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's that time of year again!
Bowl season is upon us! Thirty-four bowl games have been slated and 68 teams begin preparations for the postseason. Athletic departments are busy buying "gifts" for their players, fans are excitedly booking trips and packing for vacation hot spots of El Paso, Boise and Shreveport!
Excitement is in the air!
However we here at the College Football Guys objectively looked at the slate of bowl games and notice that there are a lot of games that you should probably avoid watching. The advent of two MORE bowl games this year gives teams that are 2-5 in conference (USF) a chance to go bowling and also brings us some terrible and unappealing match ups.
Since we all clamor for a playoff in college football, we have devised our own "Worst College Bowl Playoff Bracket" to determine the worst bowl in college football this postseason.
We have decided to break this down into four regions with four games each. The "Sleeper Sixteen of College Bowls."
Join us as we set our brackets up and take the time to vote for which match up/bowl you find the least attractive, in each reagion. Next week we will narrow it down to the final four!
Texas Bowl - Rice vs. Western Michigan. Luckily this match up is on the NFL Network so it won't interrupt actual sports programing on your basic cable provider.
New Mexico Bowl - Nothing says excitement more than #5 WAC, Colorado State vs. #5 MWC, Fresno State in cold Albuquerque, NM. Could be worse. Imagine New Mexico/New Mexico State.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl - Rematch of a Hurricane Ike displaced game played Sept. 13th between Air Force and Houston in rainy Dallas. A game that included ZERO pass completions for Air Force.
Insight.com Bowl - (7-5) Kansas vs. (7-5) Minnesota. The Golden Gophers finished the season 0 for 4 including embarrassing home losses to Michigan (29-6) and Iowa (55-0).
R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: (6-6) Southern Miss. vs. (8-4) Troy. The victor gets the "Best SEC Cupcake Trophy."
Independence Bowl: (6-6) Northern Illinois vs. (7-5) La Tech in Shreveport, LA. Writing more would be a waste of characters. Definitely the number one seed in our books.
PapaJohns.com Bowl: (6-6) NC State vs. (7-5) Rutgers. The Bracket's sixteen seed. Birmingham, AL gave this one a line.
Autozone Liberty Bowl: No matter how much Autozone and the Liberty Bowl Committee have paid "The Worldwide Leader" to shill the game this year, (6-6) Kentucky isn't turning on any dials outside of Lexington.
EagleBank Bowl: The Nation's Capital kicks off bowl season at 11:00am EST on the 20th. That's right 11am! That is 8am PST! Whoever talked Navy into trading sunny San Diego for this bowl tie-in should be given the award for "Salesman of the Year."
Motor City Bowl: FAU vs. Central Michigan. Since when did a 6-6 record in the Sunbelt become good enough to be bowl eligible?
International Bowl: Buffalo vs. U Conn. Yeah Buffalo is a cute story this year, but who cares about a bowl played in Canada, AFTER New Year's Day.
Roady's Humanitarian Bowl: (7-5) Maryland vs. (7-5) Nevada. Four words: Boise. December. Smurf Turf. Plus we guess the selection committee forgot that Maryland lost to Middle Tenn State and Nevada was defeated by the Aggies of New Mexico State.
majicJack St. Petersburg Bowl: (6-6) Memphis vs. (7-5) USF. Does anyone know anyone who plays for Memphis? USF is an impressive 2-5 in Big East play.
Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Iowa. Doesn't quite scream Tennessee/Wisconsin of years past.
Champs Sports Bowl: It took Wisconsin three missed extra point tries and overtime to defeat FCS Cal Poly at home. Florida State is 6-4 without its two FCS victories.
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Boston College vs. (6-6) Vanderbilt. This is interesting if you like to watch Vanderbilt continue to drive its season off a cliff. The Commodores are 0-2 vs. the ACC. BC should present a bigger challenge than Duke and Wake.
Editor's note: The Sheraton Hawaii and Pioneer Las Vegas Bowls just missed this list and only because they are played in actual tourist destinations. Look for NBC to make a run at ESPN for broadcast rights to another Notre Dame defeat.
Click here to submit your entry and join our group!
Don't forget, Monday, December 15th we will reveal our Bowl Predictions Show!
Monday, December 8, 2008
In this week's podcast find out what the College Football Guys think about the BCS lineup. Did the BCS get the championship right? Why does "Dr. Dorf" think Utah and Boise State should play for the national title? What are TCFGs thoughts on the coaching moves throughout the country? Unlike the shows on TV we will give you our Heisman Trophy selections.
All this and much more on this week's edition! Click here. Press play and enjoy!
Don't forget! Next week will be our annual Bowl Preview Show!
The ACC should find a Florida high school football stadium to host their championship game in. The game's move from Jacksonville to Tampa this year produced an attendance that only a minor league baseball team would be proud of. Which is pretty handy considering they might want to consult some minor league teams for promotional ideas to attract more fans through the gates. Here are our thoughts:
10. Dollar beer.
9. Free Frank Beamer bobble head dolls to the first 8,000 fans.
8. "Michael Vick, Bring Your Dog to the Game Day."
7. Schedule an FCS program.
6. Collectible "Bowden Bowl" T-shirts from the early 2000's. Limited quantity. When there gone there gone!
5. Option to buy 2 tickets to the ACC Basketball Championship Game to the fan that wears the best Mike K. costume to the game.
4. Chance for a fan to win a $100,000 scholarship from Dr. Pepper. Wait. Scratch that. Already tried it.
3. Parachutists that land in Orlando instead of Raymond James Stadium.
2. Doug Flutie #22 Rosaries given to the first 2,222 fans.
1. Winning team splits the ACC conference's share of the $17 million BCS payout with any fan that turns in their used ticket stub.
Auburn showed the world this week how much of an attention seeking, step-brother they are to Alabama. Why would you fire a coach with 8 winning seasons, one 13-0 season, and six straight victories against your rival? The decision seems obvious. Auburn fans don't want the world to think that Arkansas has the SEC's most juvenile and obnoxious fans. It looks as though the lunacy of two programs is Mississippi's gain.
Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke of loyalty this week. Yes, you read that right! Nick Saban, "The King of Loyalty" criticized SEC football programs for being too quick to jump ship. Don't believe us? Here (at 1:35) is the video to prove it.
|Nick Saban press conference 12-03-08|
Rudy Carpenter taught us that getting thrown out of a girl's high school basketball game is no way to prepare for a rivalry game. However Rudy's lack of focus may have allowed Mike Stoops to take his home off the market.
Steve Sarkisian was named the next coach of the University of Washington. We will see if Husky fans find him an offensive genius when calling the plays for a team that had no player find the end zone more than four times this year.
Best use of a white out: West Virginia players and fans choice to honor Pat White with a "White Out" showed the nation what college football should be about.
Best revival of a uniform tradition: Pete Carroll's decision to bring the crimson uniforms to Pasadena for a UCLA home game. While some schools try soo hard to find the next "hot" thing (Oregon), sometimes all you have to do is reach back in the closet.
Worst new uniform of the weekend: One advantage to the new camouflage and black uniforms Army broke out this weekend is that dirt and grass stains are less obvious. The equipment managers for Army found this particularly helpful this weekend after Navy plowed the field with the Black Knights.
Go NAVY! Beat ARMY!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
2. Oklahoma 70 (1)
3. Texas 67
4. USC 64
5. Alabama 62
6. Utah 61 (1)
7. Penn State 58
7. Boise State 58
9. Texas Tech 55
10. Ohio State 48
11. TCU 43
12. Cincinnati 42
13. Oklahoma State 35
13. BYU 35
15. Oregon 31
16. Georgia Tech 29
17. Georgia 28
18. Pittsburgh 21
19. Virginia Tech 19
20. Mississippi 18
20. Michigan State 18
22. Ball State 13
23. WVU 7
23. Missouri 7
Others receiving votes: Northwestern - 5, Boston College - 5, Buffalo - 2, ECU - 2
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Its that time of year again! Time to start stumping for your favorite team to make it into the BCS Championship.
This year it seems the decision has already been made. The reservations booked. The BCS will select Oklahoma (provided they take care of the Tigers this weekend in cold KC) to play the winner of the SEC Championship Game to play in their title game.
Is this the correct decision?
Last we checked there are three other one loss BCS programs that have been left out of the equation here.
Texas and coach Mack Brown have used every media outlet they could find to plead their case to the nation and the voters. Big Mack has been on every sports show on the "World Wide Leader." A banner, provided by Texas boosters, was flown around the campus of Oklahoma State on Saturday. Texas has done everything short of interviewing with "60 Minutes" and making a guest appearance on "The View." (It is rumored that Elizabeth Hasselbeck has a HUGE crush on Colt McCoy.)
While we recognize that we do not possibly carry the same influence, it is time that someone attempts to make a case for USC.
Today we will look at why the University of Southern California (every time I read that I break into a Keith Jackson voice) deserves a shot at the BCS Championship Game.
The Trojans are a team built to make any SEC fan proud. Their defense first mentality this season has made them THE defense in college football. The Trojans defense has first round NFL talent in nearly every position and might just shut out Daunte Culpepper and the mighty Detroit Lions.
The Trojans rank number one in every major statistical defensive category. They have allowed only 10 touchdowns all season! Seven of which were scored in 2 games. USC has held nine opponents to 10 points or less including three shut outs. They are giving up a mere 3.4 yards a play.
The Men of Troy traveled over 2200 miles to hand Virginia a 52-7 home opening whoopin'. The Trojan's turned around and dominated, now 10-2 Ohio State, 35-3. A Buckeye program that returned 19 starters from a team that played in the 2008 BCS Championship Game. USC's annual rivalry game against Notre Dame resulted in a complete embarrassment for a once proud Irish program. USC held ND without a first down until the final play of the third quarter.
USC's collection of non conference victories is more impressive than Alabama's Clemson, Tulane, Arkansas State, and Western Kentucky. SEC fans will scream, "The Tide defeated Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and LSU all on the road!" How great was that home advantage this year? Lets not forget that Wyoming and Georgia Tech took care of business in Knoxville and Athens and it took LSU the largest comeback in school history to overcome Troy in Baton Rouge. Remember, the mighty SEC is only 6-10 against BCS programs this year.
Finally lets look at everyone's favorite barometer when judging the beauty pageant that is college football, "Who did you lose to?"
Everyone knows this answer. We even warned of it! USC lost at Oregon State 27-21. A game where the Trojans were listless and outplayed in the first half, taking a 21-0 deficit to the locker room. They outscored the Beavers 21-6 in the second half but it wasn't enough. Oregon State used this victory as a spring board to their season as they came one game shy of reaching the Rose Bowl and a Pac Ten Championship. Are college football teams allowed to have bad days?
Ask Florida if they played their best, at home, against Ol' Miss this year. Their complete third quarter meltdown led to a Rebel victory, yet the Gators still play on.
USC did what it could to make it to the BCS Championship Game. If not for a first half meltdown in Corvalis, USC would be smelling more than roses this year.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Oklahoma State may not have brought true bedlam to college football, but the Cowboys sure helped contribute to the opening of Pandora's box on the BCS.
This week's podcast by the College Football Guys answers the question everyone has been talking about: Did the BCS get it right between Texas and OU?
Plus: What is up with the SEC this year? Preview of the SEC, Big 12, ACC, Conference USA, and MAC Championships. TCFGs Heisman favorites. Notre Dame in crisis. How are OU and Ohio State the same?
All that and more on this controversial edition of the College Football Guys. Just click here. Press play and ENJOY!
It is no wonder the Big 12 conference is getting so much love this year. Watching the end of a Big 12 game is like watching the end of a March Madness game. Both Kansas/Missouri and Nebraska/Colorado games were decided in the final minute. Kansas with a play from Todd Reesing that would make Flutie proud and Nebraska with a 57 yard field goal! One can only hope the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game brings as much excitement.
How fast has the luster faded from the MIGHTY SEC? With a victory over rival FSU, Florida avoided an Almost College football Conference weekend sweep of the SEC. South Carolina, Georgia and the former darlings of Vanderbilt each lost their regular season finales. Their defeats brought the SEC's record to 6-10 vs. BCS programs this year and 4-6 vs. the ACC. Before Florida's victory on Saturday night the last BCS program the SEC defeated was at Arizona State on September 20th! Since that game the SEC has lost to Texas, Wake (twice), West Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson as well as non-BCS "powerhouse" Wyoming.
Notre Dame found out Saturday night who the true five star athletes are. USC's dominance of the Irish was not defined enough in the 38-3 score. The true stat is the 91 yards of total offense the Trojans held ND to. The Irish could muster only 9 yards in the first half and achieved their first, first down on the last play of the third quarter. NO ONE can argue that recruiting web sites and magazines have been inflating Notre Dame classes for years in an attempt to sell subscriptions and memberships. There isn't a single player on ND's roster that would start for USC.
The "Mad Hatter," Les Miles at LSU, was out "Hatted" this weekend by Arkansas. Razorback QB Casey Dicks threw a 24 yard TD pass with 22 seconds remaining to win the game for the Hogs. It is safe to say that the luck, er "great calls," of 2007 just weren't there for the Tigers in 2008.
Who says that Houston Nutt is the only "Right Reverend" in the SEC? Georgia coach Mark Richt sure looked like he was doing plenty of preaching on Saturday when he made his teamtake a knee and gather 'round after the third quarter. We all know the only reason teams go into the locker room at halftime is so the band can use the field.
Rick Neuheisel will start winning at UCLA when he finds a QB that throws more touchdowns to players in powder blue and gold than the opposition. Arizona State returned three Kevin Craft interceptions for touchdowns on Friday night (Craft's 17th, 18th, and 19th INT for the year to 7 TD's). Add the 71 yard fumble return for a touchdown you have an NCAA record for four defensive scores in one game. Remove the mistakes? UCLA wins 9-6.
Several uniform issues that came up this weekend. Since when did it become popular for kickers to color coordinate their shoes with their uniforms? Just goes to show that flipping through Eastbay catalogs takes up a majority of a kicker's practice/film study time. We wonder if these kickers ever get jealous of their girlfriends' shoe collection.
Seems that University of Missouri/Columbia researcher, David Brunsma findings were true in "that student uniforms have no direct effect on substance use, behavioral problems, or attendance." While he was talking about uniforms in the classroom of K-12 students he could have easily done his research on the results of college football programs wearing alternative uniforms. Especially ones that are piss yellow.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I know that two of our voters/hosts would adamantly disagree with OU moving on and they will argue their case on our Week 15 podcast.
1. Alabama 73 (2)
2. Florida 69
3. Oklahoma 65 (1)
3. Texas 65
5. USC 61
6. Utah 60
7. Boise State 57
8. Penn State 56
9. Texas Tech 55
10. Ball State 52
11. Ohio State 47
12. TCU 40
13. Oklahoma State 37
14. Cincinnati 35
15. Missouri 31
16. BYU 29
17. Georgia Tech 25
17. Oregon 25
17. Georgia 25
20. Pittsburgh 15
20. Boston College 15
22. Mississippi 14
23. Virginia Tech 9
23. Michigan State 9
Others receiving votes - Northwestern 2, Tulsa 2, West Virginia 1, Troy 1
Friday, November 28, 2008
How can one word have so much meaning?
To the college football fan, bedlam is a rivalry game played between two schools from the plains of Oklahoma.
However, according to Webster's Dictionary bedlam is "a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion."
Saturday night in Stillwater, OK the Cowboys of Oklahoma State have the chance to truly release bedlam on college football and unleash a storm on the BCS.
How is this possible you ask? If OSU is victorious Texas Tech will represent the Big 12 South in the conference championship game next weekend in Kansas City. That's right folks, Texas Tech would finish the season 11-1, the same record as Texas. Thanks to a last second touchdown by Michael Crabtree a couple weeks ago the Red Raiders have a tie breaker advantage.
With a victory Saturday night, OSU leaves title contenders Texas and Oklahoma sitting on the sidelines, unable to play for their own conference title, and essentially locked out of the BCS Championship Game.
Who then is your national title match up? Until now it has been assumed that the BCS Championship game would come down to the champions of the SEC and Big 12, this year's best conferences. But, lets assume Texas Tech defeats Missouri in the Big 12 Championship, would the BCS really accept a team that lost by 43 just last week? We think not.
What match up then, in this new "Big 12 champion free world," makes the BCS Championship Game legit?
Assuming Alabama and Florida make it into the SEC Championship without incurring any other loses this weekend, the BCS will place them as one participant, but who shall they play?
If Oregon State defeats Oregon, USC experiences the same fate as Oklahoma and Texas, no conference championship.
This leaves us with just one option, Penn State. Another one loss Big Ten team sitting in the clubhouse watching and waiting for someone to pull a "Greg Norman" as the leaders finish.
Deja Vu all over again! A slow, Big Ten team that most will say an undefeated Utah and Boise State stand a better chance against the SEC foe. How much more of this can we take as college football fans?
The choice is yours this weekend. If you are a fan of a college football playoff, then you need to see the Cowboys set bedlam loose this weekend by defeating Oklahoma. If you love your BCS then a Sooner victory allows for the perpetuation of the system with minimal damage.
Will "uproar and confusion" prevail late Saturday night in Stillwater, or will the BCS bring "clarity" to the outcome of college football?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
It is blowing in like a tornado through an Oklahoma city.
In this week's podcast, find out what the College Football Guys think about the Sooners bringing a storm back to college football. Who should be the winner of the Big 12 South? Who will be in the BCS Championship? Is Utah deserving of a BCS Championship bid? Is there really only 3 SEC teams in the top 25? Find out who will win Bedlam in Stillwater. Who will bring home the prized Milk Can in Boise?
Monday, November 24, 2008
FSN's national broadcast of the Apple Cup, a battle of two teams with a combined 1-20 record, confirmed what your local news already knows - Americans LOVE train wrecks!
NBC knows this too! That's why they continue to renew their TV contract with Notre Dame. What is still unknown is which Notre Dame contract will last longer - Charlie's or NBC's?
Even though San Diego State fired head coach Chuck Long, his words from the beginning of the year may have served as prophesy. Wisconsin, playing at home, on Senior Day, needed a missed extra point attempt to beat Cal-Poly in OT, 36-35. This begs the question, "Is Cal-Poly better than Notre Dame?"
This weekend we figured out how the ACC should crown their champion.
1. Write the name of each program mathematically alive for an ACC division title on separate pieces of paper.
2. Fold them up and place them in a hat.
3. Have Doug Flutie draw a single piece of paper out.
4. The name of the program revealed will represent the ACC in a BCS game. No need for an ACC championship. It would muddy the water further and it doesn't make money anyway.
5. Then it is up to the chosen program to beg for mercy from the BCS bowl selection committee to be match against the Big East champ. This will be the ONLY way to prevent the ACC from losing another BCS game (1-9 since the BCS was created).
Not even the meteorologist in Mike Leach could predict the storm that hit the Red Raiders in Norman.
Did you know Joe Pa is getting hip replacement? Didn't know if you knew since it was only mentioned 412 times before, during, and after the Penn State/Michigan State game.
Minnesota showed us that the only way to close a stadium is the "Golden Gopher Way." After starting the season 7-1, Minnesota has dropped their last four games. Three of which were played in the Metrodome. A stadium that will no longer be the home of the mighty Golden Gophers as they move into their new digs on campus in '09. Iowa's 55-0 victory in Minneapolis, on Saturday was a COLD reminder of the team Gopher fans want to leave behind as fast as the empty Metrodome.
Andrew Aguila, kicker for the CMU Chippewas, is really Inigo Montoya. All six fingered men should be on high alert!
It is official, with a 2/OT loss to the Washington State Cougars, the Washington Huskies became the WORST 2008 team in NCAA Division I-A (FBS) football!
Speaking of NCAA worsts: Another week, another terrible uniform in college football. Vegas Gold? Can anyone tell us why?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The bottom of the poll is all over the place. It has been extremely difficult to rate 20-25. Cas' ballot puts Ol' Miss at #22 and LSU at #25 and NO ACC teams in the top 25.
1. Alabama 73 (2)
2. Oklahoma 69 (1)
3. Florida 68
4. Texas 62
5. Utah 60
6. USC 59
7. Boise State 58
8. Texas Tech 57
9. Penn State 54
10. Oklahoma State 46
11. Ball State 45
12. Missouri 44
13. Georgia 40
14. Ohio State 39
15. TCU 34
16. Cincinnati 32
17. BYU 26
18. Oregon State 20
19. Michigan State 15
20. Georgia Tech 12
21. Oregon 9
21. Northwestern 9
23. Western Michigan 8
24. West Virginia 7
24. Florida State 7
Others receiving votes - Tulsa (6), Pittsburgh (6), Ol' Miss (5), Boston College (3), LSU (1).
Friday, November 21, 2008
Have a friendly wager with the guy from accounting this week? You know, the guy you can't stand, who is so confident that his rival school is going to beat yours this weekend.
If you do let us know. We would love to help you embarrass your co-worker, wife, friend or family on our blog. Let us know what the wager is and send pictures of the results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us help you up the ante this rivalry week!
Think hard and be creative. You never know what might be at stake...
Currently waiting for payment on a wager from earlier this year? Let us know how we might be of service.
A time to find that co-worker in your office that attended your rival school and start bombarding him with emails, prank phone calls, and text messages of all the most original rivalry jokes you have ever heard.
Many of these jokes seem so original and witty until you open your eyes to the world outside your state and see that most are just generic rivalry jokes used by every single school in the country.
So for those of you that don't have any good jokes, we are here to help. The following should get you through the morning, that is assuming these aren't used on you first! After lunch you are on your own...
Q: What does the average (hated university) student get on his SAT?
Q: How do you get an (hated univ.) Graduate off your front porch?
A: Pay him for the pizza.
Q: What did the (hated univ.) grad say to the (beloved univ.) grad?
A: "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order please?"
(Hated Univ.) Player Finds Suspicious Powder
(Hated univ. city) News Report: Football practice in hated city was delayed on Monday for nearly two hours. One of the offensive players, while on his way to the locker room, happened to look down and notice a suspicious looking, unknown, white powdery substance on the practice field. The head coach, (insert name), immediately suspended practice while the FBI was called in to investigate. After a complete field analysis, the FBI determined that the while substance unknown to the players was the goal line. Practice was resumed when the FBI decided that the team would not be likely to encounter the substance again.
Q: How do you get to (hated city) from (beloved city)?
A: You go north until you smell it and west until you step in it.
Q: Did you hear about the (Hated univ.) terrorist sent to blow up the (beloved univ.) team bus?
A: Burned his lips on the tailpipe.
Q: What's the only sign of intelligent life in (hated city)?
A: (Beloved City), (Correctly calculated # of) Miles.
Q: What do (hated univ.) cheerleaders and (hated univ.) quarterbacks have in common?
A: They're always on their backs.
Q: What do you get when you breed a (hated mascot) and a groundhog?
A: Six more weeks of bad football.
Q: What do you call a good looking girl in (rival city/campus)?
A: A Tourist.
Then of coarse my favorite of all rivalry jokes:
(Rival Coach), after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded (hated univ.) flag in the window. "This house is yours for eternity, Coach," said God. "This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here."
(Hated Coach) felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a three-story mansion with a black and gold sidewalk, 50-foot tall flagpole with an enormous (beloved univ.) flag and, in every window, a (beloved univ.) logo.
(Hated Coach) looked at God and said "God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was a good coach, I won (insert any accolades). So why does (beloved coach) get a better house than me?"
God chuckled, and said "(Hated coach), that's not (beloved coach)'s house, it's mine!"
Thursday, November 20, 2008
There has been PLENTY of articles bashing the 0-10 Huskies and the 1-10 Cougars the last couple of days, weeks, and months. In the words of Cougar alum, Keith Jackson, this Saturday's Apple Cup is sure "...to go down as an all-time, all-timer." We here at The College Football Guys do not wish to pile on further. We know, we know, your asking "Are you guys feeling OK?"
Honestly how much more can you pour on to two programs that have fallen from national prominence faster than a pair of crocs on anyone besides Tim Tebow? In 2001 Washington was Rose Bowl champions and finished number 3 in the country. From 2001-2003, Washington State finished each season with ten wins and a top ten ranking. This included a 28-20 defeat of #6 Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl.
What has gone wrong since has been the subject of MANY media articles this week. Today we want to give the fans of the Cougars and Huskies a release from the negative and a feeling of hope again. A sense of pride and a reminder of how great it is to be a Dawg and a Coug. With that said it is time to take a look at some of the "Glory Days!"
Cougar fans will want to go to 2:23 for full enjoyment!
Cheer up fans! Glory Days haven't passed by yet!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
You have been warned!
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez tells all of us to "Get a Life!" In his weekly press conference this week, R-Rod suggested the following, "It's amazing some of the things that people would say [on a message board] or yell at you of a personal nature. You almost want to tell them, 'Get a life.'"
He went on to suggest that there are a lot more important things out there to talk about, like the economy. That might be so, but it seems that even the president-to-be finds time to talk a little college football. Perhaps he should "Get a Life."
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Those wishing for a college football playoff better hope he doesn't. Without Obama "throwing his weight around," change in the way college football ends its season isn't going to happen anytime soon.
How is that you ask?
In case you haven't noticed, ESPN just acquired rights to the BCS bowl games through 2014. The BCS has money through 2014 and we can go ahead and stop talking about this playoff thing actually happening before 2014.
What we can talk about now is if ESPN "management" will muffle any of its commentators who actually want a playoff... Only time will tell.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Join The College Football Guys for this week's podcast as we ride out the calm before the storm.
Find out what TCFGs thought of this weekend's action. Who will win Texas Tech/Oklahoma? What will happen in Happy Valley? Does Boise State, Utah, and Ball State really have a shot to stay undefeated for another week? What is the most meaningless rivalry game scheduled for this "Rivalry Weekend?"
All this and soo much more in less than 30 minutes!
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Monday, November 17, 2008
We now know that one of Phil Knight's cars must be a classy '78 Firebird. That is the only explanation we will accept for these Duck uniforms. Oregon you make this blog too easy for us.
Michigan fans, Relax! Just because you have lost 8 games for the first time in program history doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Lots of football power houses have lost eight games in a season. Washington, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, SMU, have and look how far they have come from the depths of defeat...
Colorado fans thought they were at a WWE match this weekend, as someone thought it would be cool to bring a laser pointer to the game and actually use it. I think Buff fans thought they were playing Tech this weekend.
Every weekend Notre Dame wins, they are "turning the corner" in the minds of the pundits and fans. Every weekend the Irish lose, it is "the end of the world! Charlie should be fired!" Make up your minds people!
Though not as thrilling as last year, the USC/Stanford game still came with a quirky ending. Down 45-17, Jim Harbaugh decided to use the last play of the game to kick a field goal. Seeing this USC coach, Pete Carrol called a time out to "ice the kicker." After the break Harbaugh trotted the offense back on to the field and Cardinal QB Alex Loukas threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to make the final score 45-23. The spread for the game just happened to be 23 points. Do you think someone might have reminded Jim that there are plenty of Stanford boosters and alumni that had Stanford to cover?
College TV announcers still don't know the difference between college and NFL replay rules! NCAA coaches have no red "hankies" to throw at officials. All reviews come from the replay booth, regardless if it is the last or the first two minutes of the game. Announcers, if you need to study up, here is a guide that might help.
If you look in the dictionary under jerk most SEC fans will tell you that Steve Spurrier's face is the only entry the book needs. It must be extremely gratifying for those same fans to watch Spurrier, the inventor of "style points," receive the largest beat down of his career this weekend. The defeat came at the hands of none other than his alma mater and the program responsible for his reputation. Look on the bright side Steve, plenty of golf courses have great winter rates right now!
If you paid any attention to college football this weekend you learned of a great story of Florida State's Myron Rolle and his attempt to win a Rhodes Scholarship. FSU and the NCAA have worked out a way for Rolle to attend the interview and play against Maryland on Nov. 22nd. Congrats to both for figuring this out, now it's time to come up with your best interview questions to ask Rolle.
Here is ours: "It has been said that a man's reputation is formed by the company he keeps. Explain to the committee how a brilliant man like yourself justifies playing on a team that has widespread academic fraud and teammates that recently thought it was acceptable to beat up students in the school cafeteria?"
Myron Rolle reminds us of this old Sesame Street skit:
Oregon wasn't the only ones that had some ugly black uniforms this weekend. FSU had their own ugly black uni's as well. BTW, Florida State, blackouts are only cool if black is one of your official school colors and Oregon next time you try a blackout let your fans know that they need to wear black as well.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Major difference in this week's rankings compared to the rest is the emergence of the Pac Ten and MAC into the top 25. This is because NO ONE knows what is going on in the ACC. While the only upsets this weekend of ranked teams all happened in the ACC, were they really upsets? Probably not.
1. Texas Tech 75 (3)
2. Alabama 71
3. Florida 67
4. Texas 62
5. Oklahoma 59
5. USC 59
7. Penn State 54
8. Boise State 53
8. Utah 53
10. Oklahoma State 49
11. Ball State 46
12. Missouri 45
13. Ohio State 40
14. Georgia 39
15. BYU 35
16. Michigan State 30
17. TCU 27
18. Cincinnati 26
19. Pittsburgh 21
20. LSU 17
21. Oregon State 11
22. Maryland 7
23. Oregon 7
24. Boston College 6
24. Central Michigan 6
Others receiving votes, Western Michigan - 5, Miami - 4, UNC - 1
Friday, November 14, 2008
ESPN is reporting that there was a brawl in the student union Wednesday afternoon involving members of the Florida State football team and the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
We here at The College Football Guys just happened to have hidden cameras in the Florida State Student Union and captured the fight on the following video.
We are still trying to figure out why Michael Jackson was just standing around singing.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here is your updated graph:
i. Notre Dame hasn't beat a winning program in almost two years. They are 1-15 in the last 16 games against top 25 teams. Fans are getting worried that things might not be headed in the right direction. Can you imagine what the above graph will look like if the Irish lose to Navy, AGAIN!
On the opposite end of the country, Washington fans have breathed a sigh of relief as they begin the process of moving forward without Ty. Optimism is high as the chance to start over again is now a reality.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The state that brought us "change" in the White House, brings the country change to college football! A Big Ten team will not be in the BCS Championship game this year!
Celebrate good times!
Join The College Football Guys in this week's podcast as we discuss life without a Big Ten team. How good did Texas Tech look? They also talk about the playoff that the Big 12 schedule and SEC championship has given us. It is indeed a great time to be a fan of college football.
Don't forget, Stanford fans, this is the last weekend to receive a refund for those season tickets. That and SOO much more!
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Is your life worth your favorite team? It appears that LSU's loss on Saturday night had something to do with the death of this couple...
Something tells me that they didn't go to school at LSU, Alabama, or even a nearby JC.
Be careful out there! Sad, sad day.
This week we learned that Joe Pa can't figure out the BCS. We think he solved the puzzle on Saturday. It's real simple Joe, JUST WIN!
After John Parker Wilson scored Alabama's first touchdown Saturday, in "Death Valley," against LSU. He earned a "celebration penalty" for making the "Call me" motion with his hand. It appears that LSU idiots, er fans, once again found the cell phone number of an opposing SEC player, posted it on the Internet, and called repeatedly. That made us wonder what Tiger fans had to say to JPW, that was so important. The following are the ten most creative messages left by genius Tiger fans.
10. "Is Mike Hunt there?"
9. "Parker, Is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it."
8. "John Parker Wilson? More like Sara Jessica Parker."
7. "This is Nicolas Sarkozy, and I love that Sara Palin!"
6. "Do you have Fat Albert in a can?"
5. "You wouldn't happen to have a spare roll of toilet paper would you?"
4. "Hi. This is Jeni. You remember me from this weekend right? You don't?! (sniffle) Well I went to the doctor today (sob) and he ran a bunch of tests and said I am (bawl) pregnant, and it's (weep) yours."
3. (Deep breaths) "Luke I am your father! Luke!"
2. "Why do you keep calling me! You called me! What do you want!"
1. (After one bottle of bourbon) "John Parker Wilson, you ain't nuttin' but a bunch of Tiga' Bait! We goin' beat that Tide A** on Sata'day!"
Speaking of smart people from Louisiana, did anyone else find it interesting that Brett Helms (Center for LSU), was CBS' Scholar of the Game with a whopping 3.0 GPA? Seriously? There was no other player on either the Alabama or LSU sidelines with a higher GPA?
We still haven't learned why the SEC hates USC so much. This year the Trojans show all the classic signs of an SEC team - great defense. Minus the "Fluke in Corvallis," USC has allowed opposing offenses to score ONLY 33 points! The Trojan defense ranks 1st in the nation in Passing Defense, Total Defense and Scoring Defense, allowing less than a touchdown a game (6.67)! If that doesn't scream SEC football, we will never know what does.
We learned last week that beating Michigan, in "The Big House," was no longer enough to keep Toledo Tom's job. Now we wonder if beating Tennessee, in Neyland Stadium, is going to be enough to save Wyoming Coach Joe Glenn's job? Maybe his Cowboys' performance is just expected these days in Laramie, as Coach Glenn is 3-1 verse the mighty SEC in his tenure at Wyoming.
Will someone please inform Mountaineer fans that the game of football is 60 minutes long! With Cincinnati leading 20-7 and less than 4 minutes remaining in the game, WVU turned the ball over on downs inside the Cincinnati 10 yard line. Mountaineer fans hit the exits. They didn't get far. When the Mountaineers scored 13 points in the final 1:11 of the game fans began pouring back into the stands for overtime. Remember WVU fans, "It ain't over until, the fat lady sings!"
Whoever still believes that recruiting magazines and web sites don't embellish Notre Dame's prospects and national rankings to sell subscriptions to rabid Irish fans hasn't watched a game of college football lately.
We think Wake Forest's gold uni's should have stayed back in 1956, but we will let you decide.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Seriously where are your priorities?
Just kidding! CONGRATULATIONS and hurry back!
1. Texas Tech 50 (2)
2. Florida 47
2. Alabama 47
4. Texas 44
5. Oklahoma 42
6. USC 40
7. Penn State 36
8. Oklahoma State 34
9. Boise State 34
10. Utah 34
11. Georgia 31
12. Ohio State 28
13. Missouri 27
14. Ball State 23
15. Michigan State 22
16. TCU 20
17. BYU 19
18. UNC 14
19. Cincinnati 13
20. LSU 12
21. Pitt 10
21. Florida State 10
23. South Carolina 5
24. WVU 4
25. Georgia Tech 2
Other receiving votes: Tulsa 1, Cal 1
Thursday, November 6, 2008
All we can say is bring your buns and wienies on Friday night as Tiger fans pretend to be Philly fans and torch the Tiger Manor Condominiums in the name of revenge!
More signs the housing market sucks everywhere.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
A buzzword that has been at the forefront of our presidential election for well over a year now and with the election of Barack Obama as our 44th president last night, the word change might just become the most used word of 2008.
With the ousting of, Tommy Bowden at Clemson, Ty Willingham at Washington, and Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee, change and hope for a brighter future have become buzzwords around campus in Clemson, Seattle, and Knoxville.
"The only thing that remains constant in life is change." While this is true, there are some important things to think about when facing change within a college program.
In some cases change has proven to be a good thing.
In Gainsville, Gator fans decided enough was enough with Zooker, lets give young Urban a chance. One title and a Heisman trophy winner later, Myer's spread option has turned college football upside down.
In Tuscaloosa, Tide fans said no more to Alabama native Shula in favor of a coach with no Crimson in his blood. Some may argue that only the color of money flows through Saban's veins. None the less, so far, so good.
Trojan fans chose an unsuccessful NFL wash out, Pete Carroll, over a former NFL coordinator in hopes of change. We all know the success that has brought LA.
Sometimes the answer is no change at all. A storm is recognized for what it is, a weather system, not the inhalation of the sun and the end of life as we know it.
Players involved in off the field incidents in the off season combined with the apparent lack of success on the field, Joe Pa was questioned repeatedly before the season began if this would be his last year. A 9-0 Nittany Lion title contender has shut those rumblings up.
During the off season, plans were made in Tallahassee to ensure a successor was in place to replace their legend. The question was no longer who is next, but when. A quick start to the 2008 season has silenced those questions.
Sometimes change just isn't the answer.
Squeaky voiced Chuck Amato was asked to leave NC State in 2006. What Wolfpack fans really should have done is signed Phillip Rivers to a long term deal.
The administration at Colorado State thought their program was bigger than it is and asked long time coach Sonny Lubick to step down. Needless to say the Rams still play on Sonny Lubick field, but not to the level they have grown to expect.
Arizona State relieved themselves of a coach that couldn't "win the big games" and replaced him with one that hasn't won a big game yet. Dennis' Sun Devils have lost 6 in a row for the first time in program history.
Once the decision has been made to change, two important things must be addressed.
The first is the easiest to figure out. Recognize who you are. What have you done in the past and why you want change? Is change really necessary? The move of firing a coach can be so simple sometimes that the root of the problem is never discovered and never addressed.
The second issue is the most important; assessing who you want to be as a program and putting a plan together to get there. This involves goal setting, developing strategies and setting standards that will usher in the desired results. This is most difficult phase of the process, because without it, the change you seek ends up being no change at all.
So remember Clemson, Seattle, and Knoxville, if you do not fully understand who you are, why you want a change and where you want to go, you might end up fulfilling another famous prophesy. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results."
Never has one word ever meant more than in the world of college football. Listen to The College Football Guys latest podcast as they discuss Texas Tech's last second upset of #1 Texas. Florida's big win over Georgia. Could a one loss TCU team find its way into a BCS game? Will Tech be able to hold up against Okie State? Can Bama win in the "Return of Saban Bowl?" Finally, what advice does Captain Compete have for us this week?
All that and so much more!
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Now celebrate by voting some more!
Who should be this year's Heisman Award winner? Cast your ballot on the right hand margin of this blog.
But before you vote, review some last minute campaign ads that will help you make your decision. The last video makes us think that Colt McCoy took his '.45 and shot every Soldja Boy record he could find.
In case you missed this last year... "Crank that Crabtree!"