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The College Football Playoff picture becomes more clear, yet fuzzy in other ways.

Alabama v Auburn
“Is this your first day??”
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The members of the College Football Playoff Committee breathed a heavy sigh of relief after the Iron Bowl referees misinterpreted the rules one final time. The Crimson Tide will not be participating in the CFP. Minnesota was a longshot, but their door was closed as well. However, the committee’s job is not over yet.

Auburn 48 Alabama 45 - The Crimson Tide made several mistakes, as did the officials. The SEC has put out an Amber Alert out on an M.I.A. replay official.

Wisconsin 38 Minnesota 17 - Minnie was a cute Little Engine That Could story but there were just too many hills to get over. PJ Fleck is a good coach that brings energy and fire to his team. Watching video of his practices reminds me a bit of Nick Saban in that there is never any walking. It’s run everywhere. He might be a candidate to replace the GOAT when he finally hangs it up after the 2026 season.

Ohio State 56 Michigan 27 - the Wolverines looked like they had some fight in them early but the ‘Eyes were too much for them once again. Jim Harbaugh is 47–17 at Michigan but 0-5 vs anOSU. He’s been awful quiet this season. Shea Patterson is a senior and there is no clear-cut replacement for him at QB. You have to wonder if Harbaugh will make a jump back to the NFL.

Utah 45 Colorado 15 - Utah won big as they should but they just don’t feel like a Top 6 team.

Oklahoma 34 Oklahoma State 16 - Jalen Hurts took a backseat to Kennedy Brooks who ran 22 times for 160 yards and a TD. Hurts ran for 61 and passed for 163. It would seem Okie head coach Lincoln Riley realized he need to dial Jalen back a bit and save his quarterback for the post-season.

Baylor 61 Kansas 6 - Nobody is talking about the Bears and with good reason. Their schedule is a joke. That said, BU is playing pisst off and could be a playoff darkhorse. On the losing side, Les Miles first season at KU finished with an identical record to what the Jayhawks accomplished last season at 3-9 (1-8). In case you are wondering: five-years $2.775 million a year, with retention bonuses in 2020 and 2022 for Crazy ol’ Les.

SEC

Mississippi State 21 Ole Piss 20 - In an entertaining game that was full of the typical chippiness, hard-hitting and trash-talking, the annual Egg Bowl came down to yet another bizarro ending. MSU struck first (and second) behind the running of Kylin Hill, who looked like he was on his way to a 300-yard night. On the Bullies fourth possession of the game, Hill’s number was called on 11 of 13 plays of a 74 yard drive to go up 14-0. [Hill had 59 yards on the drive which seemed to take a lot out of him. He would finish with 132 yards]. However, Ole Miss would not roll over as the Southern Dandy John Rhys Plumlee would lead back-to-back second quarter scoring drives to knot it up at 14 all.

The second half was sloppy, full of penalties, punts and two turnovers apiece. With the Rebels down 21-14, Matt Luke made the odd decision to bench Plumlee in favor of Matt Corral with 7+ minutes to go (JRP had done nothing wrong to this point. IMHO, Luke is and has been trying to play both QBs so one does not transfer). Corral promptly threw an interception on his fourth play from scrimmage. That should’ve been the end of but this is the Egg Bowl. Thanks to some serious YOLO passes and two drop interceptions by MSU, Corral led OM down to the two-yard line where he connected with Elijah Moore for a touchdown. The sophomore receiver, thinking he was in the NFL, proceeded to get down on all fours and mimicked a dog urinating which rightfully earned him a 15-yard flag. The kicker missed the 35-yard extra point attempt that would have tied the game with 4 seconds to go (college kickers, amirite?).

While the OM kicker probably should have made the XP, this meltdown is squarely on Moore and his bush league antics.

Near the end of the game, Vols WR Juaun Jennings hits a Commodore out-of-bounds, drives him into the bench, gives him a few shots on the ground, knocks his helmet off, and steps on his face. How he was not ejected - by the officials or by Jeremy Pruitt - is beyond me.

Tennessee 28 Vanderbilt 10 - UT beat a horrendously awful VU team for the first time in the last four tries. I guess it was good to get that monkey off their back but they celebrated like it was the Super Bowl. How sad is it when beating Vandy is grounds for wild celebration?

Jarrett Guarantano got back to his usual crapiness, completing 6-of-17 passes for 120 yards with a touchdown and an interception. See you next October, Sir Crapiness.

Speaking of bad behaivor.

Georgia 52 Georgia Tech 7 - This score is VERY deceiving. The Yeller Jackets (3-9) are in full rebuild and have the talent on par with a mid-to-lower-level non-Power 5 team. Jake Fromm was sub-.500 passing at 14-of-29. D’Andre Swift lost two fumbles and hurt his shoulder. Dominick Blaylock had a muffed punt. And freshman wide receiver George Pickens (see above) was ejected for fighting and will miss the first half against LSU. Tech was handed so many opportunities but their ineptness stopped them from cashing in. UGA recovered in the second half and poured it on. They are fortunate they were not playing a better team. Oh, by the way... LSU is up next.

Kentucky 45 Louisville 13 - UK gave a decent Cardinals team a pretty good lashing. I am not a fan of an offense that depends mainly on its running quarterback but the ‘Cats and Lynn Bowden find a way to make it work against certain teams. The Kentucky QB completed one of two pass attempts but ran for 284 yards and four TDs on 22 carries. Someone named Christopher Rodriguez added 125 yards on 9 carries as the Wildcats grounded out 517 yards rushing while engineering only 4 yards via the forward pass.

Florida 40 Florida State 17 - The Gators had not beaten FSU in the Swamp since 2009. Not much else to say here about a game that used to have national implications.

LSU 50 Texas A&M 7 - Kellen Mond was horrid, completing 10 of 30 passes to teammates and four to guys in yellow pants and white jerseys. Joe Burrow had another big game (23/32-352-3 TD-0 INT) solidifying the Heisman. The Tigers outgained the Aggies 553 to 169.

Missouri 24 Arkansas 14 - If you want to build a case for kicking these two teams out of the SEC, just show the replay of this ugfest. For some perplexing reason, Arky started their fifth different quarterback of the season and eighth in the last two seasons with similar results. The Hogs have not won an SEC game since October 28, 2017. They are 1-23 in conference play over the past three seasons, and 4-20 overall in the past two campaigns. 7-6 Bert seasons aren’t looking so bad now, huh? For Mizzou, they finish a miserable 6-6 with a bowl ban, and a fired head coach.

Clemson 38 South Carolina 3 - If these two teams played and nobody watched, does it still count?

This about sums it all up for Nebraska.

STILL NOT BACK

Iowa 27 Nebraska 24 - The Iowa kicker celebrated a game-winning 48-yard field goal by wagging his finger and blowing a kiss in the direction of Nebraska coach Scott Frost who tried to ice the Hawkeye by calling consecutive timeouts. The Cornhuskers put a wrap the 2019 campaign with another losing season (5-7) and another early vacation. In two seasons in Lincoln, His Holiness Savior is 9-15 overall and 6-12 in conference play. Iowa (9-3) has won five straight over their corn rival - the longest streak in the series for the Hawkeyes.

Texas 49 Texas Tech 24 - The Longhorns got win number seven against the sadass Red Raiders (4-8). They’ll probably go to some lame bowl game, win big, and then wag their asses around like they are some big superpower.

Duke 27 Miami 17 - The ‘Canes (6-6) humiliated themselves one last time blowing a 17-13 fourth quarter lead. The ‘U’ finished last in the nation in third-down conversions at 26.35%. Have a great Christmas, Dan Enos.

SILLINESS

Virginia 39 Virginia Tech 30 - The Cavs snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Hokies for the honor of getting pulverized by Clemson in the ACCCG. Their fans rushed the field and it’s a good thing they did because the good times are over for them for 2019.

OTHER STUFF

Northwestern 29 Illinois 10 - It was Senior Day in Champaign with the Illini still riding a high off earning their sixth win. I guess they thought they could just show up and the last place Wildcats would just roll over. Or maybe they were upset that only immediate family decided to show up for the game. Pat Fitzgerald’s worst Northwestern team in 14 years picked up their first B1G win of the season and third overall over an unjustifiably overconfident and unprepared Illinois. Great job, Lovie.
Central Michigan 49 Toledo 7 - Former Bama OC and Florida head coach Jim McElwain will be up for some Coach of the Year awards after leading CMU from 1-11 a year ago to 8-4 and a MAC West title in his first season at the school. The Chippewas are led by former Tennessee QB Quinten Dormady now in his ninth year of eligibility.
West Virginia 20 TCU 17 - WVU upset the Frogs in Fort Worth, knocking them out of bowl eligibility. Both teams finish 5-7. Only six of the ten B12 teams will be playing on into December.
Michigan State 19 Maryland 16 - Sparty barely eked out a home win on Senior Day against a 3-win Terps team that had been outscored 217-38 the last four weeks to finish 6-6. Michigan State averaged only 22.0 ppg (107th in the nation) and had one play of 50+ yards all year. Mark Dantonio may have one more game to coach before MSU politely asks him to retire.

Hot seat

BLACK SUNDAY

  • Note: It is high time Dabo and Orgeron quit riding the coattails of their assistants. I will be actively campaigning Brent Venables and Joe Brady for every job opening on social media. I recommend you do the same.
  • Mizzou did not even wait for Black Sunday, firing Barry Odom a mere 17 hours after the conclusion of the Tigers’ season against Arky on Friday. Despite the 6-6 season, you could see this program was circling the drain. They need a complete overhaul including a serious culture change beyond the football team. If you have read RBR over the years, you are probably aware of my distaste for the hiring of Odom. It was a lazy lazy hire.
  • Another lazy hire was Matt Luke at Ole Miss. But the poor guy was doomed from the beginning. He was their Mike Shula - a clean OM-lovin’ coach hired to weather them through probation and some rough years. The move to fire him was a bit unexpected. The buyout for Luke and his staff (incl. OC RichRod and DC Mike MacIntyre) is in the range of $17 million. Why he got a such a big buyout to begin with is a post for another day. Luke went 15-21 and 6-18 in the SEC.
  • Mike Bobo is expected to get the axe at Colorado State. Some talk has centered around the administration wanting to keep him but the fan base is incensed. The former UGA quarterback and OC could not build on what Jim McElwain (4-8, 8-5, 10-2) had created in Fort Collins. Bobo had three straight 7-6 (MWC 5-3) seasons with a bowl loss, followed by 3-9 in 2018, and 4-8 this year.
  • Charlie Strong is out at USF after going 10-2, 7-6, and 4-8. That may not sound so bad except his Bulls lost 14 of their last 18 games and were 3-14 vs. teams that finished with a winning record. Alabama could use some more defensive analysts...
  • Boston College fired Steve Addazio after seven seasons of mediocrity. He never won more than seven games in a season - something that happened five times in his BC tenure. The Eagles are 6-6 this year.
  • Arizona State’s Herm Edwards fired three coaches among his offensive staff.
  • Whoever the UTSA coach is got canned. Not that anyone noticed...
GOLF: JUL 29 PGA - RBC Canadian Open - Third Round Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

COMFY CHAIR

  • Rumors of Lane Kiffin to Arkansas are unfounded.
  • Some murmurs have been going around that Clay “Don’t Call Me Todd” Helton will be returning to Southern Cal for another season. Two things contribute to this: yet another new AD and the buyout. New AD Mike Bohn is their fourth since 2010 (it still blows my mind they hired Lynn Swann who had zero administration experience). It is rare when a new administrator comes in and fires a football head coach in the first few months unless it’s an obvious move. The issue of buyouts is something we are seeing much more around the country as of late. ADs are becoming more hesitant to fire coaches with big buyouts. They would rather ride out a few more lousy seasons and knock down the buyout to a reasonable amount. Arkansas is a poster child for this, now with two former head coaches on their payroll through 2020.
  • On Thanksgiving morning, reports surfaced that MSU’s Joe Moorhead would be out after two years in Starkville (Hmm... the morning of the Egg Bowl. I wonder where this rumor originated...). He had long been connected to the opening in Rutgers, closer to his hometown of Pittsburgh. However, after the win over Ole Miss, the Bullies head coach emphatically stated “This is my team, this is my school, this is my program. You’ll have to drag my Yankee ass out of here.”
  • Stranger things have happened than Rutgers and Greg Schiano finally working out a deal but that is what they did. I guess they figured they needed each other more than they originally thought. Sources say the sides agreed to an eight-year, $32 million contract. No word on the private jet...
  • In a surprising move, Washington coach Chris Petersen has stepped down and will move into advisory role. Petersen is only 55 and had three straight seasons of double-digit wins - two of which were Pac-12 Championships - before this year’s 7-5 setback. Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has already been named successor. You may recall Lake’s name was floating around as a possible hire by Nick Saban in recent years. This is sound a lot like the Bob Stoops-Lincoln Riley situation in that UW did not want to lose their coach-in-waiting.

THE WACKY WORLD OF DESMOND HOWARD

Bold represents endangered. Bold and strikethrough are eliminated. Bold strikethrough and italicized had poor seasons.

  • DESI - 1. Georgia (SEC Champs), 2. Clemson (ACC Champs), 3. Oregon (PAC Champs), 4. Wisconsin (B1G Champs); Iowa State (B12 Champs); Clemson over Georgia in the CFP final.
  • CORSO - 1. Alabama (SEC Champs), 2. Clemson (ACC Champs), 3. Utah (PAC Champs), 4. Ohio State (B1G Champs); Oklahoma (B12 Champs); Alabama over Utah.
  • HERBIE - 1. Alabama (SEC Champs), 2. Clemson (ACC Champs), 3. Ohio State (B1G Champs), 4. Texas (B12 Champs); Washington (PAC Champs); Alabama over Clemson.

MY PICKS

  • 1. Clemson (ACC Champs), 2. Alabama (SEC Champs) 3. Ohio State (B1G Champs), 4. Georgia; Oklahoma (B12 Champs); Washington (PAC Champs); Alabama over Georgia.

BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

  • Duke (5-7) - The Blue Devils salvaged the season with a 27-17 win over a disintegrating Miami. Despite the record, the season might not be over for Duke (see LET’S GO BOWLING section below).
  • New Mexico State (2-10) - The Aggies had one last faceplant in a 49-28 loss to Liberty. Unfortunately, Bama has scheduled these bums for 2021 as well.
  • Southern Miss (7-5) - The Screaming Eagles fell at FAU! 34-17 and await a bowl invitation.
  • Western Carolina (3-9)
  • BONUS: Tennessee won and wrap the season at 7-5.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • UL-Laf (10-2) - ULM put a scare into Laffy but missed a 35-yard field goal with two seconds left (college kickers, amirite?). The Ragin’ Napiers face Appy State in the Sun Belt Championship game.
  • Hawaii (9-4) - The Rainbow Warriors beat up Army 52-31 in a non-conference game. They head back to godforsaken Boise to face the Smurfs in the MWCCG. These two played a regular season game in Potatoville back in October with BSU winning 59-37.

COUSINS

  • Troy (5-7) - The Trojans had their season put out of its misery at the hands of Appy State 48-13. Troy regressed from Neal Brown’s juggernaut (three straight seasons of double-digit wins) in Year 1 under Bama grad and former Auburn OC Chip Lindsey.
  • South ALLLLLLLLLLabama (2-10, 1-7) - The most baffling result of the Sun Belt season belongs to the struggling Jags who pulled off a 34-30 upset over bowl-bound Arkansas State who is 7-5 (5-3).

THAT ANNOYING STEP-BROTHER WHO PICKS HIS TEETH AT THE DINNER TABLE AND THEN MOVES ON TO HIS TOES

UAB (9-3) - The Blazers head to the C-USA title game against FAU! after sliding by North Texas 26-21. There is no way in Hades that Bill Clark is still the coach at Birmingham U in 2020, is there???

RS-Patriot

SALUTE OUR TROOPS

A chance for two 10-win military academies.

  • Navy (9-2) - The Midshipmen gave Houston (4-8) one last thumping in the Cougars’ house 56-41. Despite a 7-1 conference record, it is Memphis who takes the division title. Next up is the game that needs no nickname. In two weeks, it’s Army-Navy.
  • Air Force (10-2) - The Falcons defeated Wyoming 20-6 but Boise wins the division.
  • Army (5-7) - The Black Knights lost at Hawaii 52-31. If they can somehow eke out a win against Navy, they will likely be the final bowl team (see LET’S GO BOWLING section below).
boxers

CONTENDERS

CHEERING GUIDE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES:

With Alabama eliminated from the playoff, it’s all relative to who you hate the least as who to root for.

  • LSU vs UGA (SECCG) - If by some miracle Georgia wins, there could be two SEC teams in the playoff. This scenario would cause some entertaining temper tantrums in other parts of the country which would be hilarious. However, Kirby is not the most popular person in these parts these days. Success for him does not help Alabama.
  • Ohio State vs Wisky (B1GCG) - Should the Buckeyes lose, they probably still get in. However, a loss might help motivate them in the playoff. If this team wins it all, you know there will be a-holes out there trying to credit Urban and sweep under the rug what a unrepentant tool he is. f Urban and f Fox Sports.
  • Clemson: vs UVa (ACCCG) - The Tigers’ season has been a cakewalk and they have had no major injuries because of it. That’s what you get when you have a 12-game exhibition season. A loss might just knock them out of the CFP. Wahoowa!
  • Oklahoma vs Baylor (B12CG) - The winner of this one could get in, though neither 1-loss team feels worthy. You may feel tempted to root for Jalen Hurts, but do you really want the narrative of “transfer from Bama and good things happen” out there?
  • Utah vs Oregon (PACCG) - The Utes also had a lame schedule in a lame league. To show how top-heavy this conference is, nine of the twelve PAC-12 finished with losing conference records. Other than feeling they are unworthy and will give someone an easy first round game, the Utes might be the least hated of this group.

NEWLY ELIMINATED:

  • Alabama ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ENDANGERED

  • Utah
  • UGA
  • Oklahoma, Baylor
  • Clemson

RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

Tonight, Tuesday, the College Football Playoff Committee will release their fifth poll. It made no sense that anOSU leapfrogged LSU last week except for enticing TV matchup purposes - which is NOT their job. I would be surprised to see any of the top four change. Below is how I predict the CFPC will rank the teams:

  1. Ohio State
  2. LSU
  3. Clemson
  4. Georgia
  5. Utah
  6. Oklahoma

Five Southeastern Conference teams are currently ranked in the AP.

  1. LSU
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Georgia
  5. Utah
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Florida
  8. Baylor
  9. Alabama
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Auburn

There are lots of whiners out there that want an 8-team playoff. Almost all of them hate Alabama. The punchline here is if the CFP was 8 teams this year, Alabama would probably still get in and the Iron Bowl will have meant nothing. How can I say this? Because either Okie or Baylor will lose this Saturday and undoubtedly drop below Bama. And if UGA gets hammered hard enough, they could too.

Here is my after-14-weeks-half-ass Top 6 rankings.

  1. LSU
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. UGA
  5. Alabama
  6. Okie

LET’S GO BOWLING

  • 40 bowl games; 80 spots.
  • 80 teams have six or more wins but one of them is Mizzou who is ineligible. So, guess what? Some lucky bowl team gets to invite a team with a losing record!!! Army, currently 5-7 could sneak in there with an upset of Navy, but that is highly improbable. Should Army lose, we move onto all the 5-7 teams with the tiebreaker being Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), making Duke the leading candidate.
  • The SEC has nine bowl eligible teams with Missy State joining Alabama, LSU, Fla, UGA, Aub, TAMU, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

SEC BOWL TIE-INS & AFFILIATIONS

  1. College Football Playoff Semifinal: LSU
  2. First pick: Sugar Bowl vs. Big 12. Possible match-up: Alabama or UGA vs. Okie or Baylor.
  3. Second pick: Citrus Bowl vs. Big Ten or ACC. Possible match-up: Alabama or UGA vs. Wisconsin.

The SEC will assign teams to the respective bowls in this pool.

  • Liberty Bowl vs. Big 12
  • Belk Bowl vs. ACC
  • Music City Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten
  • Outback Bowl vs. Big Ten
  • Gator Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten
  • Texas Bowl vs. Big 12

* Birmingham Bowl (vs. AAC) and the Independence Bowl (vs. ACC) are out of luck.

TOILET BOWL

  • AKRON DOES IT! A 52-3 shellacking at the hands of 6-6 Ohio preserves an imperfect Triple Golden Sombrero of a 0-12 record. Congratulations to the appropriately named Zips.
  • Arkansas and Rutgers were the only P5 teams unable to reach at least 3 wins. One of the Hogs wins was a 7-point stinker over FCS Portland State (5-7). New Jersey U did not play any FCS teams, giving the Worst P5 Team crown to the Razorbacks.

STATS OF THE DAY

  • Air Force recorded their 400th victory in program history. Their all-time record stands at 400-329-13 in 64 seasons.
  • The last Virginia QB to lead the Cavaliers to a win over Va Tech was Matt Schaub (now 38 years old).
  • UVa becomes the seventh different ACC Coastal champs in seven years: 2013: Duke, 2014: Georgia Tech, 2015: UNC, 2016: Virginia Tech, 2017: Miami, 2018: Pitt, 2019: Virginia.
  • USF and Center Florida were both officially accessed 11 penalties but the total would have been much higher if not for several offsetting and multiple penalties called on plays. Tempers flared between the rivals on a few different occasions, before and during the game as several scuffles broke out. The pundits of these two teams will call it “emotional” or “chippiness”. More apt terms might be “undisciplined” and “out of control”.

COLLEGE KICKER... WHO CAN KICK???

One of the best kept secrets in college football is tucked away in Winston-Salem, NC. On Saturday, Wake Forest kicker Nick Sciba missed a field goal. So, what’s the big deal, you ask? It was his first miss of the season. A week ago against Duke, the sophomore set an NCAA record of 32 consecutive made field goals going back to last season. Against Syracuse this past Saturday, he extended that record to 34 before missing a 48-yarder. In two seasons with the Demon Deacons, he is a perfect 94 of 94 on extra points.

So here is the plan. I am going to need some of you to put on some Wake Forest gear, go to the campus and find this guy. When you do, start harassing him and call him derogatory names, creating a hostile environment. Then he can transfer to Alabama on the Justin Fields waiver and be eligible next year.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to the Greg Sankey and the SEC for not granting Tua Tagovailoa a waiver to travel with Alabama to Auburn, meaning he counted against Tide’s 70-player limit. What a bunch of narrow-minded horses**t. As much as Tua has done for the SEC brand over the last three years, you would think they could make an exception for a guy who clearly is not going to play or give Alabama an unfair advantage.

HEISMAN HYPE

With the exception of TWO YEARS, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Often times voters fall in love with someone and refuse to REALLY look at what a player has accomplished.

WHO WILL WIN

CLARIFICATION: This section is not who deserves to win. It is who the slobbering press and other voters will callously crush on (see last year).

  1. Joe Burrow (QB LSU Sr.) - This dude has his eyes on the prize. He wants nothing more than to face his former team Ohio State for the National Championship. Should that happen, you’d be a fool to bet against him.

WHO SHOULD WIN

CLARIFICATION: This section IS for who deserves to win it.

  • Burrow

Runner-Ups

This one is a runaway. There is really no need to invite anyone else to NYC. But ESPN has to have their big dog and pony show.

  • Chase Young (DE anOSU Jr.) - I thought about this “it ain’t jus’ fer qwaterbacks” statement the media keeps trying to make. While Young is an excellent player and will surely be a top 5 pick in the next NFL Draft, as a defensive end he basically has one job: rush the backfield. He doesn’t have to call plays or even drop into coverage. Frankly, his position is probably one of the easiest on the field.
  • Justin Fields (QB anOSU Soph.)
  • Jalen Hurts (QB Oklahoma Sr.)
  • Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama Jr.)
  • J.K. Dobbins (RB anOSU Jr.)
  • That Clemson running back

If I had a vote:

  • Burrow
Cupcakes

THE SICK REPORT

  • No injuries for Clemson for the 14th straight week. Must be nice playing in the ACC (AllCupCakes).

DRAMA

  • ICYMI: Missouri’s bowl ban for 2019 season was upheld by appeals committee. That’s what you get for self-reporting and cooperating with the NCAA, Mizzou!!! North Carolina stonewalled the NCAA for a decade and didn’t even get slapped on the wrist. For more information, google “Will Wade LSU basketball”.
  • Former TCU and Samford head coach, and Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan died at 69. He had been suffering from cancer since 2003. It got really bad in 2011 and he retired from Samford after the 2014 season.
  • Former Florida starting QB Feleipe Franks posted on his Instagram: “I plan on exploring my options of entering the NFL draft or playing my final year elsewhere.’’ I think that’s a typo. He must have meant “XFL”. Yeah, that’s gotta be it.
  • Not surprisingly, South Carolina QB Jake Bentley will grad-transfer.
  • Penn State WR Justin Shorter is jumping ship. The former 2018 5-star was hoodwinked into going to Happy Valley by none-other than career opportunist Josh Gattis. Shorter had 12 catches in 10 games this season but was never a significant part of the offense.
  • Remember Kicker Brandon Ruiz who spurned Bama to go to Arizona State? Yep, he is grad-transferring for his final two seasons of eligibility. After being the regular kicker for his first two seasons, Ruiz has not played this season due to what was called a “lower extremity injury”.
  • When Urban Meyer drives on highways, he slows down at accidents so he can get a good look... and laugh.
  • Fat F*** Phil Fulmer recently purchased Arena Football League season tickets in the All-You-Can-Eat section. In related news, the Arena Football League has filed for bankruptcy and has ceased operations.
Black and White TV

EYEBALLS

College GameDay and SEC Nation will both be in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

(Below is a list of FBS Championship Games. If you REALLY need to know about the first round of the FCS playoff, you can find the details here.)

Friday, December 6

PAC-12, The 49ers half-empty stadium, Crappiest Part of the Bay Area, CA
Oregon vs Utah 7pm/8pm - ABC - Finally, a PAC game worth watching.

Saturday, December 7

B12, JerryWorld, TX
Oklahoma vs Texas (just kidding) Baylor 11am/noon ABC

SUN BELT, Boone, NC
UL-Laf at Appy State 11am/noon ESPN - Billy Napier alert.

MAC, Detroit Rock City
Miami (OH) vs Central Michigan 11am/noon ESPN2 - Jim McElwain alert.

C-USA, Boca
Birmingham U at FAU! 12:30/1:30 CBSSN - Lane Kiffin alert.

AAC, Memphisito
Cincinnati at Memphis 2:30/3:30 ABC

SEC, Bryant-Denny East
Georgia vs LSU 3pm/4pm CBS

MWC, Smurf Village
Hawaii at Boise 3pm/4pm ESPN

ACC FARCE, Charlotte
Virginia vs Clemson 6:30/7:30 ABC

B1G, Indianapolis
Wisky vs Ohio State 7pm/8pm FOX

#ALABAMA

FROSH

Offensive guard Evan Neal, LB Shane Lee (2 solos, forced fumble and recovery, QBH) and LB Christian Harris (3 solo, 2 asst, QBH) got their usual starts. DE Byron Young got another start but had no stats.

  • P Ty Perine - three punts of 47, 41, 47 yards. (happy face emoticon)
  • DB Jordan Battle - 1 solo.
  • TE Jahleel Billingsley - no stats because of Aubie holding.
  • DB DeMarcco Hellams - no stats.
  • LB King Mwikuta - no stats.
  • DL Justin Eboigbe - no stats.
  • Defensive tackle DJ Dale was injured and did not play.
  • Side Note: DB Scooby Carter is still on the official roster.
RANK NAME YEARS WINS LOSSES BEHIND
1 Joe Paterno 46 409 136 162
2 Bobby Bowden 44 346 123 99
3 Bear Bryant 38 323 85 76
4 Pop Warner 49 311 114 64
5 LaVell Edwards 29 257 101 10
6 Tom Osborne 25 255 49 8
7 Nick Saban 24 247 65 -
8 Mack Brown 30 244 123 -3
9 Frank Beamer 29 238 121 -9
10 Lou Holtz 33 236 112 -11

SABAN VS MACK

It was a rare weekend in which Bama lost and UNC won. Despite this anomaly, Nick Saban holds a 3 win lead in career wins as a FBS/I-A coach over Mack Brown.

GAME 13: ?

Alabama vs ???? - ??? BOWL

#RollTide

POLL:

There are currently three job openings in the SEC. All have their plusses and minuses.

  • Arky has some good tradition and fans willing to spend money but the campus is so remote from everything which makes recruiting difficult. The program is in absolute shambles and requires a major overhaul. Facilities and personnel need upgrades. The Hogs really need a splashy hire. On the plus side, the new coach should be have free reign to build this program into whatever he wants.
  • Mizzou should be dominating their region in recruiting. Of the top 10 in-state croots for 2020, seven are committed - none to the Tigers. The fan interest in Mizz football is a bit passive and lacks the manic kind of loyalty needed. It’s more like a day at the park. With St Louis and Kansas City both about 2 hours away, this could be a good gig for the right kind of coach who can market his program to the masses.
  • Ole Miss has a hungry fan base who is willing to shell out the bucks and show up for the games. Saturday football is part of the culture in Oxford, but these fans can be a bit pushy... irrationally so. The best man for this job will have to possess a strong personality and the cajones to tell some boosters to go pound sand.

Poll

Which open SEC job is most attractive?

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  • 14%
    Arkansas
    (53 votes)
  • 27%
    Missouri
    (102 votes)
  • 57%
    Ole Miss
    (211 votes)
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