NCAA Football 2013-2014 discussion

Just reading the Stanford-ND summary in Paris airport. "Lyons intercepted an underthrown Rees pass late in the fourth..."

With defensive injuries, that's the story of ND's season! Glad they kept it close.

What a crazy day given the scores I'm seeing!

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The biggest question here is, what the hell does Auburn do as an encore after THAT? A fumblerooski involving the ref and the cast of "Wings"? The world's first trampoline-eligible touchdown? Multiball?

And lest I forget...

WOOOO [size=1]Sh*tty, Inconsequential[/size] BOWL ELIGIBLE!

(Watch for #72 in the back of the endzone at around the :13 second mark. He is my new spirit animal.)

That sesame street gif is incredible

Prederick wrote:

(Watch for #72 in the back of the endzone at around the :13 second mark. He is my new spirit animal.)

Awesome. He is in a happy place...

And with only 29 yards rushing, Andre Williams' Heisman campaign comes to a crashing halt as probably does A.J. McCarron's. It is now Jameis Winston's to lose.

Kinda fitting that at least, as of right now, there will not be an SEC team in the NCG. However, Michigan State might have something to say about that next week in the Big 10 title game.

Coolbeans wrote:

And with only 29 yards rushing, Andre Williams' Heisman campaign comes to a crashing halt as probably does A.J. McCarron's. It is now Jameis Winston's to lose.

Spoiler:

Hey, Jameis takes what he wants.

Coolbeans wrote:

It is now Jameis Winston's to lose.

Don't think his play on the field is the primary factor at this point.

Stele wrote:
Coolbeans wrote:

It is now Jameis Winston's to lose.

Don't think his play on the field is the primary factor at this point.

Actually, there was a recent article where they polled some voters and they said the recent legal stuff would be a non-factor at this point.

I'd be glad to see him get it but I think the Heisman is a farce as well. Means nothing, really.

karmajay wrote:

I'd be glad to see him get it but I think the Heisman is a farce as well. Means nothing, really.

Let Teddy Bridgewater have it then. :p

Stele wrote:
karmajay wrote:

I'd be glad to see him get it but I think the Heisman is a farce as well. Means nothing, really.

Let Teddy Bridgewater have it then. :p

I'd rather give him the consolation prize of getting drafted by the Bucs next year

Carlbear95 wrote:
Abu5217 wrote:

Still in a bit of shock over here. What a game. I don't know that I have seen an ending like that since The Big Game back in 1982.

FTFY

Go Bears. So good to see that Cal fired its coach after a 3-9 2012 season and end up as one of the worst teams in college football while Auburn 3-9 2012 season and subsequent firing puts them as one of the best.

Apples and oranges. Saint Gus is coaching his players in his system. Chizek didn't get the system and didn't bother to find anyone that got it which explains last season. Gus came in and didn't have to rebuild anything. It doesn't hurt that there are at least three years worth of Top 10 recruiting class on campus, and he was involved in recruiting a bunch of those guys. Not too surprised by the results because he's not taking over a rebuilding project.

I am surprised that Gus beat Saban without Cam.

Enix wrote:

Verdict: OMFG THIS MIGHT BE THE GREATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND IN HISTORY

Did I call it or what?

My karmic payback is that I missed the last play of the Ala-Auburn game. Dinner was ready (I was with my family at my parents, and my sis and her husband were there), and my BIL and I both decided that there was no way Saban would get that one second and even if he did there was no way he'd try a 57-yard FG.

I'm pulling for Duke, Sparty and Auburn just to get a rematch and really grind the gears of you SEC haters.

[size=7]Playoff can't get here soon enough.[/size]

i38warhawk wrote:

Apples and oranges. Saint Gus is coaching his players in his system. Chizek didn't get the system and didn't bother to find anyone that got it which explains last season. Gus came in and didn't have to rebuild anything. It doesn't hurt that there are at least three years worth of Top 10 recruiting class on campus, and he was involved in recruiting a bunch of those guys. Not too surprised by the results because he's not taking over a rebuilding project.

I am surprised that Gus beat Saban without Cam.

Apples and Oranges only in the sense that yes, no coach coming in to Cal would have taken us to the Rose Bowl let a potential national championship matchup, but you don't fire a coach after a disappointing 3-9 season and not only show no improvement but devolve into one of the worst teams in FBS and most definitely the worst in the major BCS conferences in one season. Clearly Auburn's personnel was better than its 3-9 record last season indicated. Cal was better than its 3-9 season last year as well. Our players weren't playing up to their standard and that could be laid on Tedford. A 4 or 5 win season would have been fine, I certainly wasn't expecting Auburn like results. However we have been out of the game by halftime in all but one FBS game this year.

Carlbear95 wrote:
i38warhawk wrote:

Apples and oranges. Saint Gus is coaching his players in his system. Chizek didn't get the system and didn't bother to find anyone that got it which explains last season. Gus came in and didn't have to rebuild anything. It doesn't hurt that there are at least three years worth of Top 10 recruiting class on campus, and he was involved in recruiting a bunch of those guys. Not too surprised by the results because he's not taking over a rebuilding project.

I am surprised that Gus beat Saban without Cam.

Apples and Oranges only in the sense that yes, no coach coming in to Cal would have taken us to the Rose Bowl let a potential national championship matchup, but you don't fire a coach after a disappointing 3-9 season and not only show no improvement but devolve into one of the worst teams in FBS and most definitely the worst in the major BCS conferences in one season. Clearly Auburn's personnel was better than its 3-9 record last season indicated. Cal was better than its 3-9 season last year as well. Our players weren't playing up to their standard and that could be laid on Tedford. A 4 or 5 win season would have been fine, I certainly wasn't expecting Auburn like results. However we have been out of the game by halftime in all but one FBS game this year.

Why is Carl making Arkansas posts now?

i38warhawk wrote:

I'm pulling for Duke, Sparty and Auburn just to get a rematch and really grind the gears of you SEC haters.

I'm pulling for Duke, mostly because of the novelty of Duke being anywhere near the top 25, much less in it.

And I'm kinda sorta rooting for a way for an SEC team to get back into the title game. If the SEC's streak is going to end, I'd rather it end in early January than in late November.

The flip side, of course, is that FSU and OSU (so far) have done exactly what they were supposed to do: Beat all comers, and badly. I'm OK with an FSU-OSU game. They're both good teams, and it should be a good game.

I would rather see a non-SEC team beat an SEC team in the title game as well. Mostly because we'll never hear the end of it if no SEC team plays in that game. If it's a terrible game the champion will be illegitimate.

And after the last few weeks I'm kind of pulling for Auburn, my anti-SEC bias being set aside because I like the way they play. A little Oregon-ish on offense with some amazing luck / last minute plays. I don't care if it's Duke or Michigan State that has to pull through, but I hope one of them does. I'm not excited about Florida State / Ohio State.

Best case scenario is both teams lose and we finally get Auburn vs. Northern Illinois.

FSU has been dominant in the ACC, and Ohio State has gone undefeated two years in a row. I want the SEC in the title game, but it's hard to argue against those two getting a shot. Too bad the playoffs start next year. Heck, if they were this year, we'd get those two teams plus two SEC representatives.

I am in the "kinda hoping an SEC team makes the title game" camp as well. (Provided, of course, that the Noles are the opponent). I, too, would like to see an SEC team lose the Championship game than not even make the game. That way, should (FSU) win, the streak would have been stopped, not just ended.

Although I wouldn't mind facing off against tOSU, I think that would be an exciting game. It will be interesting to see if Sparty has the horses on D to slow down Hyde (who is a beast). I think that's the only way we have an SEC team in the MNC, as I just don't see FSU going down to Duke. (Although crazier things have happened)

Might as well get to it. Your weekend schedule:

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

SEC: No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 3 Auburn, 4 p.m. (CBS) (at ATL)

PAC 12: No. 7 Stanford at No. 11 Arizona State, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

ACC: No. 20 Duke vs. No. 1 Florida State , 8 p.m. (ABC) (at Charlotte)

BIG 10: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Michigan State, 8:17 p.m. (Fox) (at Indianapolis)

TOP 25 (aka Big 12 games)

No. 17 Oklahoma at No. 6 Oklahoma State, noon (ABC)

No. 25 Texas at No. 9 Baylor, 3:30 (Fox)

... and nothing else, unless you like Big East and CUSA football, and no one admits to either.

Verdict: Nothing can live up to last week. This isn't awful by any stretch, but there's a lot of neutral site football, which sucks a lot of the life out of college football games.

Hey. Louisville @Cincinnati on Thurs night. The last Keg of Nails game ever.

Well at least the last one scheduled. No out-of-conference contract has been announced for these two rivals that have played for decades against each other in multiple conferences as they moved from Metro to CUSA to Big East, and now AAC together.

f*ck fairness. It wasn't fair when Alabama got back into the game in 2010 over Oklahoma St. and the SEC was handed a guaranteed title, but plenty of people were happy about that sh*t. Now no SEC team in the title game seems just as fair. :p

Stele wrote:

f*ck fairness. It wasn't fair when Alabama got back into the game in 2010 over Oklahoma St. and the SEC was handed a guaranteed title, but plenty of people were happy about that sh*t. Now no SEC team in the title game seems just as fair. :p

Now Stele, tell us how you really feel. C'mon, don't hold back.

Baylor stomps Texas.
OU looses a close one in Stillwater after Josh Heupel calls too many pass plays for Trevor Knight.

boogle wrote:

Baylor stomps Texas.

I kindof hope this happens, since beating Baylor and finishing in the top 25 would guarantee yet another year of Mack Brown Football. A loss and we might get lucky.

The USC job has been filled by Steve Sarkasian, until today the coach of Washington.

This may be a good hire, but it's certainly not the splash hire that members of the press were expecting. I'm a little confused why they didn't just go ahead and give Ed Orgeron a full year.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

The USC job has been filled by Steve Sarkasian, until today the coach of Washington.

This may be a good hire, but it's certainly not the splash hire that members of the press were expecting. I'm a little confused why they didn't just go ahead and give Ed Orgeron a full year.

If Orgeron beat Notre Dame OR fUCLA, it was probably his job. Losing to both, especially the way he lost to fUCLA, put him in the same bucket as everyone else. I'm a little surprised though that they didn't wait longer to see what happens with Sumlin/Franklin/Del Rio talk, but I'm not surprised Orgeron is out.

Best part of this is where it leaves the Great Traitor tosh lupoi and all the recruits he stole to hand deliver to the serpent sarkesian. May he wallow in his misery on his brand new boat.

Of equal importance, Jim Mora (now coach at fUCLA), is an Alumni of UW and was open about his disappointment in not getting the UW job a few years back. Don't be surprised to see Mora trading powder puff blue for purple next year.

Was it really a joke?

Breaking: Jim Grobe out at Wake Forest.

That's a shame. He's a great guy who ran a good program (i.e. kids graduated and largely stayed out of trouble), but he just couldn't win enough games. All of those recent Duke wins sure didn't help his case.

Anyone know of a good MAC head coach or an SEC assistant who wants to turn around a perennial underachiever?

Carl - Well, USC did already see that they weren't getting Sumlin, since he extended with us over the weekend. No idea what their other targets told them; "No", I'm guessing.