Category Archives: College Football

Your weekly non-Dawg game day post, 11/12 edition

Of all the Saturdays this season, this is certainly one of them.

Mississippi State

#1Alabama

12:00 PM

You think Mississippi State could… ah, forget it.

South Carolina

Florida

12:00 PM

Agent Muschamp returns to the scene of the crime, hoping to inflict chaos on the SEC East race.  And, yes, I’m using the term “race” loosely here.

Kentucky

Tennessee

12:00 PM

Forget it, Booch.  It’s November.

Georgia Tech

#14Virginia Tech

3:30 PM

Misery loves company, right, Dawg fans?

#24LSU

#25Arkansas

7:00 PM

This week, in the Ed Orgeron Job Interview Tour…

#20USC

#4Washington

7:30 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but this looks like a great game.

Toss in your own observations in the comments.

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There are times when I think college football has a death wish.

So here’s a Dennis Dodd piece that, as is often the case, leaves me shaking my head.  Start with the questionable premise that college football games take too damned long.  You know why?  Well, don’t blame commercials, peeps, because they’re already baked into the cake.

We can talk about endless commercial breaks, but with TV being TV, that’s old news. The number of commercials basically remains static (see below). Reality TV has proven to be some of the highest-rated television. Whether its “Big Brother” or Alabama-Tennessee, those programs are — in some ways — always profitable platforms for commerce.

Nah, here’s the real problem.

Tempo teams run more plays. More plays mean more first downs. More first downs mean more stoppages of the clock. College football is unique in that it stops the clock to spot the ball after each first down.

Record scoring (30.3 points per team) means more frequent stoppages. That means the average game is halted 10 times for traditional scores (touchdown or field goal). In the nation’s highest-scoring league (Big 12), that number is 11.5 stoppages per game.

“The games are taking a long, long time,” said Baylor coach Jim Grobe. “The way we throw the football around, playing a team that is talented offensively that can make for a long game.”

Yep.  It turns out college football’s real faux pas here is giving us too much college football.  I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Just to give you a benchmark against which to judge the absurdity of this line of thought, consider that the NFL, in the face of declining ratings, is pondering the possibility of cutting back on advertisements as a means of shortening game broadcasts.  Eh, what do those guys know about marketing, anyway?

Meanwhile, Mike Gundy wants the networks to know he’s got his heart in the right place.

“I think it’s fair to start talking about the length of games,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “The pace of offenses, increased plays, number of attempted passes and maybe — more so in our league — is affecting the games.

“I’m a little surprised we haven’t heard much from the networks on this. There’s probably a fairness to talking about games being 12-minute quarters instead of 15 based on the amount of time the clock is stopped based on forward passes that are incomplete.”

Oklahoma State, by the way, leads the nation this season in game length average.  Maybe Gundy’s just looking for a little more Saturday quality time with the family.

Of course, no discussion about improving the college football product would be complete without Bob Bowlsby weighing in, so here’s your typical Bowlsby contribution to the discussion:

Bob Bowlsby said game length has gotten the attention of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee that he chairs.

“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”

I, for one, welcome our new holistic overlords.  Good to see they’re on the mother.

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I can’t wait to see the marketing for this.

Absent for eight years now, there are plans afoot for the Hula Bowl to make a comeback in 2018… in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The “I’ve got some ocean front property to sell you” jokes would write themselves, wouldn’t they?

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Beauty before age

Evidently there’s a trend towards hiring younger head coaches going on.

When searching for a new head football coach, schools have been showing a greater desire to hire an up-and-comer, like Tom Herman or P.J. Fleck, rather than a veteran with a long record of success, such as Les Miles.

The average age of the head coaches hired by FBS teams last season was 43.2 years old, the youngest in the past six years. Eight of the 26 new hires were under 40 when they accepted the job.

In 2010 and 2011, the average age of the 48 coaches hired by FBS schools was a touch over 47, including eight under the age of 40.

Interesting, I guess.  But it’s the thinking behind the trend that’s so amusing.

Potential is often more appealing to those hiring a coach than an extensive resume, according to Daniel Parker, the vice president and managing director of sports for Parker Executive Search, based in Atlanta. Parker helps programs identify coaching candidates and hire them.

“Bringing in somebody that’s got a lot of energy, that’s going to change the program, recruit really well, work really hard, that does something for the fan base. It re-energizes the athletics department. Re-energizes the fans,” Parker said.

You know what a re-energized fan base means — mo’ money!

Best of all, if or when the young whippersnapper doesn’t work out, you can always dump him and find another young ‘un to re-energize the fans again.  Time it right and you can make winning championships almost irrelevant to your business plan.

And here I thought Greg McGarity was clueless.  Turns out he’s just a little ahead of the curve.

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Your weekly non-Dawg game day post, 11/5 edition

Let’s face it — college football has had better looking Saturdays this season than today.  But you post with the slate you have, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Vanderbilt

#9 Auburn

12:00 PM

How many points will Auburn have to score before you say Vandy has no chance of winning?

Georgia Tech

#21 North Carolina

12:30 PM

Dawgs beat the Heels, Jackets. Just sayin’.

#11 Florida

Arkansas

3:30 PM

Arkansas’ defense is turrible. Florida’s ain’t. That should be your ball game.

#1 Alabama

#13 LSU

8:00 PM

Coach O versus Junior. Good times.

#10 Nebraska

#6 Ohio State

8:00 PM

On thing I can say with confidence: after this one, the Big Ten will have one less team in the top ten.

Feel free to chime in with anything else in the comments.

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College lives matter?

Interesting quote here:

Washington State receiver Gabe Marks provided a thoughtful response when asked why there are fewer college football players involved in the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick.

“College football players are more, if you could believe it, they’re more of a number than NFL players are even. You know what I mean?” Marks said. “The NCAA and schools kind of like can monitor everything that college athletes do. Twitter and stuff like that. It would be kind of scary if you are a college athlete and you tried to take a stand and then the athletic director or something like that, or your coach comes and says, ‘Hey, what are you doing? That’s super un-American,’ or something like that.

“You’d probably be scared of the consequences that could be enforced on you at that point and a lot of guys in college and in the NFL don’t really want to get into the trouble of it, you know what I mean? Because it’s a pretty big stance you take and there’s a lot of backlash that comes with that. Kids don’t want people hating them, let’s be honest. A grown man has more of a ability to be just like ‘Whatever, I believe what I believe in.'”

Leverage and control, baby.  That’s what college football is all about.  And that’s why what happened at Missouri last year generated the reaction it did.

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Your weekly non-Dawg… er, no Dawg game day post, 10/22 edition

Focus, people.  There’s still plenty of college football being played today.

#22North Carolina

Virginia

3:00 PM

You may not care, but my other alma mater is playing today.  Still hard to get a handle on North Carolina, which for now represents Georgia’s sole quality 2016 win.

TCU

#12West Virginia

3:30 PM

West Virginia’s ranked twelfth?  How did that happen?

#6Texas A&M

#1Alabama

3:30 PM

The SEC West is running out of time to bring the Tide back to earth.

#17Arkansas

#21Auburn

6:00 PM

This looks to be a good gauge of where both teams stand now.

Mississippi State

Kentucky

7:30 PM

Mississippi State gets a chance to prove it’s worthy of the SEC West.

Tennessee State

Vanderbilt

7:30 PM

Is there such a thing as a trap game for the Commodores?

#16Oklahoma

Texas Tech

8:00 PM

What do I predict?  Scoring.  Lots of scoring.

#23Ole Miss

#25LSU

9:00 PM

I guess we’ll find out what kind of job Coach O is doing.

Add your thoughts in the comments.

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