NCAA college football 2017-18: Official thread

Ags to Omaha! After making the Supers three years in a row, we finally break through in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year! Whoop!

Now I want to see Sam Houston come back. Sorry, Abu, but I have a ton of friends who went there.

No worries. Obviously I don't share your sentiment, but I get the rooting interest.

Yeah , FSU baseball! Will they maybe possibly win a championship this year?

karmajay wrote:

Yeah , FSU baseball! Will they maybe possibly win a championship this year?

Would love it - Great way to send out Mike Martin on top.... but FSU baseball. History says we are going to lose the next two

^^^ Yup. FSU Baseball, inventors of 2 and a Q in Omaha.

Still an amazing turnaround to end the season and just get to the CWS.

Yeah and handed Louisville their first ever home ACC series loss a couple​ weeks ago...

No offense I hope you guys are 0-2 this weekend.

Louisville vs A&M opening game should be fun. Fed and I are just destined to be adversaries it seems.

Beat the hell outta Louisville!

Aaron Rodgers finally returns to the Cal campus. Was in town and instagrammed a few pics around campus and with new HC Justin Wilcox (who was an assistant when Rodgers was here). This was the first time he's been back since his very public disagreement with the University's handling of the Tedford situation. As any Cal fan would point out.. that was the start of "Butte Community College" during his pregame intro clips.

Beat the hell outta Louisville!

Good game for a minute there when you cut it to 5-4 after the 5-0 start. Cards prevail 8-4 though.

Stele wrote:

Good game for a minute there when you cut it to 5-4 after the 5-0 start. Cards prevail 8-4 though.

Yeah, hopefully we can play better defense on Tuesday. Good luck!

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Stele wrote:

Good game for a minute there when you cut it to 5-4 after the 5-0 start. Cards prevail 8-4 though.

Yeah, hopefully we can play better defense on Tuesday. Good luck!

I feel your pain. FSU was in charge of their game with LSU, taking an early lead then matching every LSU score.

Until the 8th inning, where they had two errors on the same play allowing the tying run to score. One batter later and LSU had a lead they would not give up.

Errors have been the teams Achilles Heel all season, and you can't give away runs in Omaha.

A&M down 4-1 in the 6th to TCU. What's going on over there Fed?

Edit: TCU pitcher with 11 strikeouts. Damn.

Stele wrote:

A&M down 4-1 in the 6th to TCU. What's going on over there Fed?

Edit: TCU pitcher with 11 strikeouts. Damn.

We faced TCU in back to back Supers the last two years. I'm really hoping they don't eliminate us for a third year in a row. I'm pretty busy today, so I'm unable to really follow the game, unfortunately.

TCU is a hell of a baseball program, if anyone didn't know. The math above means they've made the World Series three years in a row now.

Ugh. To the loser bracket we go.

Really good game except for a 2 out walk and then an injury delay where the first pitch after a long break was a HR for 3.

2-1 we might have come back from but not 5-1.

At least we're still playing but 3 in 3 days is a tall order.

Well that was some sh*t. 4 out/safe tags all against Louisville. One replayed and failed to overturn that gave TCU 2 runs. The other 3 not allowed to be replayed but clearly wrong. And we lost by 1.

What a godawful way to have your season ended. Baseball is so dumb sometimes.

Just over 30 days till kickoff and still no chatter? ARISE THREAD!!

As is now tradition, we will start with BBQ talk. Cal opens @UNC on Saturday September 2. Its a noon kickoff on saturday which should be absolutely horrible for Cal fans and players who are not used to the heat and humidity, on top of the time difference.

But back to BBQ. I will be probably flying out on Thursday staying through Labor Day. Because its a day game, the plan is to just stay in Raleigh and drive to Chapel Hill morning of the game and come back to Raleigh after the game. Any must hit spots for southern porky BBQ in the triangle area? Any other restaurants I should check out?

Lets *try* to leave Texas vs. NC bbq out of the conversation (ahem Fed).

I don't believe I have debated the virtues of Texas BBQ versus other regions.

Spoiler:

Because it's not up for debate.

How have we not discussed Hugh Freeze and the coming return to the basement for Ole Miss?

Fedaykin98 wrote:

How have we not discussed Hugh Freeze and the coming return to the basement for Ole Miss?

They still have an opportunity to thump Cal on their way down this year and again when Cal plays @Oxford in 2019 when they are starting to rebuild.

UNC is only 90 minutes away. We should hang out.

Edit:
Although if it's labor day weekend I think I'm at a cousin's wedding. Dammit.

Carlbear95 wrote:

As is now tradition, we will start with BBQ talk. Cal opens @UNC on Saturday September 2. Its a noon kickoff on saturday which should be absolutely horrible for Cal fans and players who are not used to the heat and humidity, on top of the time difference.

Just to get this out of the way: You make barbecue with pork. That stuff they serve in Texas? It's good, but it ain't 'cue.

OK, now.

Franklin Street is your main drag through Chapel Hill. That's where the bulk of the student restaurants are, and you can walk from there to Kenan Stadium. (It's maybe 10 minutes.) Make sure to walk through campus. It's a beautiful place.

Franklin Street restaurants I can recommend: Time-Out Restaurant (enormous chicken biscuits and good mac-n-cheese), Carolina Coffee Shop (which dates back to the 1920s or so) and Mama Dips (legendary fried chicken; it's a block off of Franklin). If you want to gaze upon more UNC basketball history than you can digest in one sitting, I'd suggest Time-Out and Sutton's Drug Store. (Sutton's food isn't great; just cheap.)

By reputation, Crook's Corner and Elaine's are two of Chapel Hill's best upscale restaurants. The town has a lot of good dining. (If something in Carrboro looks good, keep in mind that Carrboro is literally next door to Chapel Hill. You can go from one to the other and never know you've crossed the town line.)

For barbecue, check out Allen & Son, which is a ways out of town. (It's north of I-40.) By reputation, it's one of the best BBQ joints in NC.

Durham (about 10 miles from Chapel Hill) has a ton of good restaurants, too -- 9th Street, Brightleaf Square and downtown. (You ought to walk Duke's West Campus, or at least drive over and see Duke Chapel; Cameron is disappointing from the outside.)

I don't know Raleigh well enough to recommend more than one really good chicken place (Beasley's; try the custard mac-n-cheese).

One thought: It's Labor Day weekend, and most UNC students live relatively close to home, so the place might clear out relative to some other weekends. Chapel Hill will still be crowded, but it probably won't be jammed, if that makes sense.

Another thought: Raleigh has lots of museums, but Chapel Hill and Durham to me are much more interesting and have better restaurants (that I know about; Raleigh is slowly catching up, and N.C. State's campus is cool in some spots, too). I'd suggest spending the day Friday in Chapel Hill and Durham, then having dinner in Raleigh. If you have specific tourist destinations - museums (art or otherwise), bookstores or whatever, give me a category and I'll give you some ideas.

Finally: Early September in N.C. is hot and humid. Fair warning.

Happy travels!

Is Northern AL the only area that uses white barbecue sauce? I love the stuff.

Also, wifeofmanta and I are excited for hitting up Atlanta for our opener. It should be a good start to the season.

I do feel a bit bad for Ole Miss... not that bad... I mean don't do that crap with your company phone... really don't do it at all, but basic common sense says get a $20 burner phone if you want people to not discover your phone calls. Surely he had the money to do so.

manta, jealous that you and wifeofmanta are heading to ATL. We were going to go (me, Mrs. Abu and Son of Abu the Eldest) but with tickets at $350-$400 each, there was no way. Have fun (but not too much fun!) and GO NOLES!

I hope we'll go to the 2018 kickoff game. Maybe we can meet up.

manta173 wrote:

Is Northern AL the only area that uses white barbecue sauce? I love the stuff.

Uh, yeah? I guess. Never heard of white sauce on barbecue. But, hey, people cook beef and call it barbecue, so what the hell do I know, right?

P.S. I'm not knocking the white sauce. If I were in NoAla and ordering BBQ, I definitely get it. When in Rome ...

NC has cole slaw with white or red sauce that must be served on BBQ. Pretty jarring the first time I ordered a BBQ sandwich here. Didn't even know red cole slaw existed before that

Enix wrote:
manta173 wrote:

Is Northern AL the only area that uses white barbecue sauce? I love the stuff.

Uh, yeah? I guess. Never heard of white sauce on barbecue. But, hey, people cook beef and call it barbecue, so what the hell do I know, right?

P.S. I'm not knocking the white sauce. If I were in NoAla and ordering BBQ, I definitely get it. When in Rome ...

I can mail ya some... Bob Gibson's is the most popular, but I prefer it more vinegar-ey...

Looks like we'll actually be staying in Chapel Hill, and driving to Raleigh for day trips. Did some of my own research and Crook's Corner, Allen and Son, and Beasley's are all on the short list for me. Also looks like Saltbox Seafood in Durham is something I really want to try.

As far as other activities, given we are such wimps with weather, we generally look for indoor things to do. We almost always stop by a local Costco to see what different stuff they have, try to hit up a farmers market as well as local non-chain grocery stores. The State Farmers Market in Raleigh is right up our alley. The museum of natural history in Raleigh looks like a pretty big deal as well. Since we're staying in Chapel Hill I may also try for the UNC Baketball Hall of Fame. Unsurprisingly I've read there's a dearth of Jordan stuff there, but aside from ucla hard to think of a more storied program.

I think you've got things pretty well staked out, Carlbear. Museum of Natural History and the state Farmers Market are both good stops. And the Triangle has plenty of Costcos.

A couple of other indoor suggestions: The NC Museum of History has a great WWI exhibit right now. (I've been meaning to go.) If art is more your thing, the Nasher Gallery at Duke (open to the public) is one of the best smaller museums in the southeast.

I think Duke Chapel is open to the public, too. Or you can just drive by and marvel.

I think you might be SOL on the UNC Basketball Hall of Fame, though. I saw today that the Dean Dome will be closed (annual maintenance) through Labor Day weekend. Might want to call/email and confirm. If it's closed, Sutton's and Time-Out have more Carolina basketball crap on its walls than you can imagine.

NC State has a basketball HOF in the old Reynolds Coliseum on campus. Duke might -- I'm not sure about that.

None of these schools has a football HoF for obvious reasons.

(stupid double post)