Category Archives: College Football

Your game day (non-Dawg) post

Here’s what the football gods have in store for us today.

It’s not as dramatic as week six, but there are still games that caught my eye:

  • Oklahoma State at Texas.  How much did last week take out of the Longhorns?
  • Auburn at Arkansas.  Another data point to evaluate the middle of the SEC.
  • Vanderbilt at South Carolina.  Somebody gets to win their first (and probably only) conference game.
  • Alabama at Mississippi State.  Can Leach screw with Saban?
  • Ole Miss at Tennessee.  The Vols are feeling pretty good about themselves right now, but all I can feel about this game right now is that the two teams stand a decent shot of breaking the Neyland Stadium scoreboard.

What’s got your attention.  The comments are there for you.

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Your (non-Dawg) game day post

Today’s menu:

It’s a regular smorgasbord:  the Red River Shootout at noon, along with the battle of the SEC West teams that got smoked last week, followed by Penn State-Iowa at four (take the under), wrapping up with night games at Kentucky and TAMU.

What are you looking for today?

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Elite chaos

I was going to post something about how this chaos narrative that’s sweeping through our national punditry is undercut by Alabama’s and Georgia’s utter dominance through five games, but David Hale did such a good job of it that I’m outsourcing my post to his.

But the scariest thing about Saturday for the rest of the college football world was that it hardly seemed like the ceiling for Alabama and Georgia. They played dominant football while seemingly having more in the tank.

Indeed, you’re either elite or you’re not. And right now, that’s a particularly exclusive club with membership offers to just two teams.

I know it’s just the first week of October, but the irony of college football’s grand poobahs debating a 12-team playoff during a season that looks like the national champion should be decided in the SECCG is rich indeed.

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Your (non-Dawg) game day post

If last week’s schedule lacked a little firepower, that isn’t the case today.

Plenty of tasty stuff, for sure.  Particular games of interest for me, in chronological order:

  • Michigan at Wisconsin.  Is Harbaugh’s team for real?
  • Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech.  Was the North Carolina win a mirage?
  • Cincinnati at Notre Dame.  It feels like the Irish have been living on borrowed time all season.
  • Ole Miss at Alabama.  The 2021 edition of the Tide isn’t as good as the 2020 version, but is the 2021 Ole Miss defense better than last season’s?  If so, this could get real interesting.
  • Florida at Kentucky.  Can the ‘Cats go to 3-0 in the conference?  History says nope.
  • Auburn at LSU.  It sort of seems like the wheels are about to come off one of these two’s wagon, but I have no idea which.

Thoughts on the day?  Have at it in the comments.

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Your (non-Dawg) game day post

Today’s slate of games:

Not exactly brimming with drama, but there are certainly a few games worth watching:  Notre Dame-Wisconsin and Texas A&M-Arkansas both involved showdowns between ranked teams; LSU-MSU will let us gauge how bad Bo Pelini was last year; Kentucky-South Carolina is one of those measuring stick games; and North Carolina-Georgia Tech may be good for a chuckle or two.

Then, there’s the Meteor Game.  Speaking of chuckles.

What’s on your agenda today?

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Chaos is entertaining.

Moving a little slow today (that’s what getting back at 1:30 in the morning will do for a soul), so I haven’t yet had the chance to dig into yesterday’s replays, but I will say that I’m very much not surprised at the media’s reaction to the day’s doings.  And really, it’s kind of funny to watch the progression from the early season “it’s gonna be the same old, same old in the CFP” to the sudden embrace of chaos.  Florida’s pressing of Alabama until the very end is the primary source of that, of course, but the struggles of programs like Clemson and Ohio State have fed into the latest narrative.

Read, for example, Dan Wolken’s take, which, ironically, is a defense of Alabama still being the king (which I admit I’m still buying into).

And yet, if you’re trying to create a scenario where somebody other than Alabama wins the College Football Playoff this year, the first few weeks of the season have not exactly given us a lot of options. If not Alabama, then who?

An Ohio State team with a verifiably bad defense that had another scare this week against Tulsa?

A Clemson team struggling to score touchdowns against everybody?

An Oklahoma team that couldn’t impose its will on Tulane and Nebraska?

Notoriously unreliable programs like Georgia and Oregon?

Every college football season, we reach a point where certain results seem so random that it’s impossible to make sense of where these teams stand and it’s easier to just throw your hands up and declare that everybody’s mediocre.

But this season, it’s actually happening! At least for the moment, even the good teams aren’t looking very good.

Over at The Athletic, Nicole Auerbach ($$) bumped Florida up to number four on her Top 10 list, despite the loss at home, because the Gators “went toe-to-toe with the program that sets the standard for the sport”.

I do think 2021 is shaping up as a season without a truly dominant team, unlike the two seasons that preceded it.  I’m just not sure that’s enough to guarantee the uncertainty that the media is yearning for.  We’ll see.

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Your (non-Dawg) game day post

Here’s how the day’s festivities shape up:

Long, busy Saturday there.  Who’s staying up for the Hawai’i game?

No doubt the Alabama-Florida meeting tops my games of interest list, but Auburn-Penn State is another I’ll keep an eye on.  What tickles your fancy?

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Your (non-Dawg) Game Day post

Today’s slate of games:

That is a rather full day.

Oregon-Ohio State is probably the game with the biggest early stakes, but I’ll be hoping for amusing outcomes in the Tennessee and Georgia Tech meetings.  Texas-Arkansas might be fun.  And we might find out a little something about Kentucky and Mizzou.

What’s of interest to you?

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“Players aren’t getting bought; they’re asking you to buy.”

Sally Jenkins argues that NIL compensation hasn’t ruined college football, despite arguments to the contrary.

Change is not invariably bad, and the legal change that allows college athletes to profit from their own name, image and likeness (NIL) will not crumble stadiums. Despite the NCAA’s scarifying prediction that it would lead to the immediate death of autumn, the season is coming on. As the ground gets firmer in the cold, tailgaters will enjoy the warming delights of bourbon outdoors before noon and stadium crowds will bob in their warring colors as they issue their guttural incantations, as they ever have. On the field, the players will be as fervent as they ever were, lusting for success, trying on stardom but still young and rehearsing for adulthood.

The NIL market is in its early days, but it’s safe to say almost nothing has gone as the naysayers threatened. Despite all the vertigo over NCAA rule book upheavals, the money is not changing college sports for the worse…

The doomsday scenario preached by shortsighted NCAA officials was that NIL would be ruinous. It would disillusion a public in love with “amateurism,” poison team chemistry, tank smaller schools and leave obscure athletes and minor sports unfunded while a handful of NFL-bound stars in power conferences commandeered megadeals…

It’s hard to deny she has a point there.  This doesn’t look like disillusionment to me.

I still believe a major reason schools and the NCAA fought NIL compensation was out of fear that player compensation would become normalized in the minds of the public, making it harder to cry wolf over the possibility that they would eventually pay college athletes directly.

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Signs of normalcy, part one

Nothing says college football is back, baby, like Twitter losing its collective mind over Brian Kelly botching a famous John McKay joke about execution.  That makes him a man who lacks a sense of humor (like we didn’t know that), not history’s greatest monster.  (And for making me defend Kelly, thanks a lot, Twitter).

Now this, on the other hand, is funny.

David will be here all week, folks.  Try the veal!

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