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NCAA Football: Jacksonville State at Florida State
Jacksonville State plays in their first bowl game.
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Bowl week has arrives on Saturday. It will be an abbreviated Random Thoughts since there was only one game last week. It was another wild and wacky ending to Army-Navy.

ARMY 17 NAVY 11 - STILL don’t know if he got in or not.

The Black Knights were up 10-3 when one of the oddest looking scoop and scores occurred. Army’s Kalib Fortner stripped the Navy QB and the ball bounced straight up and into his hands. He would sprint 77 yards for the score. Army would go up 17-3 with a little over 7 minutes to play.

But doggoneit if the Midshipmen did not come back to make it close. Navy converted a 4th & 7 on their own 44, via the forward pass. Four straight completions ended in a touchdown but they had a missed two-point conversion. Army started their drive with two straight false starts and ended up punting after three unsuccessful attempts to get a first down. The Middies again took to the air and got all the way down to 1st & Goal at Army 6 yard line, but could not get the tush push from the 2 yard line.

The Cadets took over at their own half yard line with 3 ticks on the clock. The smart play was to run out the clock on a safety. Which takes us to...

VEGAS WINS AGAIN!

The Army-Navy game is always a low-scoring affair. The Over/Under on the game was sitting at 27.5 points.

MOST GULLIBLE FAN BASE OF THE WEEK

NAME OF THE WEEK

Florida Edge Princely Umanmielen who is in the transfer portal.

STATS OF THE WEEK

  • WKU has been to bowl games 9 out of the last 10 seasons, including the “Year of Captain Trips”. 2018 was the one year they missed. The Hilltoppers are 6-2 in that span.
  • How bad was Arkansas’s rushing game this year? QB KJ Jefferson was the leading rusher at 447 yards. The highest total by a running back was AJ Green with 312. No Razorback rusher had more than 2 rushing TDs. As a team, the Hogs had only 9 scores via the ground attack. 50 individual players had ten or more rushing touchdowns this season including Jalen Milroe at 12.
  • Former Wazzu QB Cam Ward is a hot commodity on the free agent market. But a little caveat for potential buyers: Ward led the nation in lost fumbles this season. He lost 7 of 11 - remember that was mostly against PAC-12 defenses.
  • What could have been: Nebraska led the nation in turning the ball over with 31. They also have the dubious distinction of most lost fumbles with a mind-boggling 15. The Cornhuskers lost their final four games of the season to finish 5-7. Three of those defeats came by a field goal. The other was by 7. Had just one or two turnovers gone the other way, Nebraska might be prepping for their first bowl game since 2016.

NOT THE FLEX IOWA THINKS IT IS

PUNCTUATION MISTAKE OF THE WEEK

GAMEDAY SIGN OF THE WEEK

THE WACKY WORLD OF DESI

Patriot head coach Bill Belichick was the guest picker on College GameDay. I suppose all the dumbass comedians with no movie credits were all busy.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • New Mexico State (10-4) QB Diego Pavia injured his elbow in the CUSA title game. His status is unknown at this time.
  • Tulane (11-2) Willie Fritz is gone and took half the damn staff with him. However, all the coaches sans Fritz will coach in the bowl. Interim Tulane coach is Slade Nagle.
  • Jamey Chadwell (41-6 over the last four seasons) and NMSU’s Jerry Kill named CUSA Co-Coaches of the Year

COUSINS

  • Troy (11-2) - Well, it was fun while it lasted. Tulane has absconded with Troy head coach Jon Sumrall. It sure would be nice when places like Tulane do not take Troy coaches. West Virginia I get, but Tulane? Former UAB coach Bill Clark might be a candidate. Other possibilities include UGA asst Dell McGee, Auburn DBs coach Zac Etheridge, and Ravens asst Tee Martin. Defensive coordinator Greg Gasparato will serve as the interim head coach for the bowl game against Duke (+7.5).
  • South Alabama (6-6) - Bad news for the Jags. USA’s top WR Caullin Lacy (91 catches, 1,300-plus yards) is in the transfer portal. The starting QB for Eastern Michigan (also 6-6) is also in the TP. No word on whether either one will play. On one hand, a bowl can be a perfect stage to show your skills. On the other hand, is there some resentment from teammates?
  • Jacksonville State (8-4) - Top JSU edge rusher Jacksonville State Jaylen “J-Rock” Swain did not play in the season finale. The Gamecocks (-3) meet up with Louisiana Lafayette in Nawlins.

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

NCAA Football: Army at Navy Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

For defeating both Air Force and Navy, Army wins the Commander-in-Chiefs trophy.

  • Air Force (8-4) - The Falcons face James Madison (-2.5) in the Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Army (6-6)
  • Navy (5-7)
boxers

ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION

Eliminated: Everybody except Alabama, Texas, Washington, Michigan - yes, that means you too, FSU.

A way WAY WAY too early look at the College Football Playoff (CFP) picture:

Odds to win the 2023 National Championship:

  1. Michigan +195
  2. Alabama +205
  3. Texas +260
  4. Washington +700
  • ACC - Florida State fans are a bunch of whiny little b*****s.
  • Big 12 - Nevada hired Texas co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Jeff Choate as their new head coach. Will he be distracted?
  • Big Ten - Word has it that Michigan is trying to re-up Cheater McCheaterson. My money is on him skipping off to the NFL.
  • PAC-12 - UCLA has the indignity of being the first Power-5 to play in a bowl.
  • SEC - Roll Tide.
  • Indies - Notre Dame
  • Non-Power 5

NON-POWER 5 QUAGIMRE

  • It was worse than we expected. Although none of the non-P5 teams really deserve a spot in a New Year’s 6 bowl this year, Liberty (13-0) was rewarded for weak scheduling. Oregon will crush them.

RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

This whole Florida State outrage thing has gone WAY beyond the stage of ridiculousness and into idiocy. Peter Burns made a good point that the CFB Selection committee could have saved themselves a headache had they ranked UGA fifth and FSU sixth. I would have taken it a step further as I don’t believe this Seminoles team is even in the top 10. They should have been totally honest and ranked Florida State much lower. They will get killed by UGA and you know they would have lost to many others ranked below them. I have a feeling ESPN had a hand in this ranking because they wanted all that stupid DRAMA during the CFP reveal show and to get eyeballs on the upcoming Orange Bowl.

saban u mad

As for the protests, I really think this is just the latest thing to be angry about and to anonymously lash out at people on social media. Otherwise, I don’t know what they think they are going to accomplish. The CFP is not going to shrug, gaze at their shoes, and say “aw, shucks. We’re sorry, folks. Florida State, you’re in.” Furthermore, the temper tantrums are not going to change anything in the future because college football is moving to 12 teams next year. I also suspect that this is just a lot of Bama Hate®.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to whatever idiots voted Mike Gundy as Big XII Coach of the Year. Really? So Steve Sarkisian’s coaching job this year rated on the ‘meh’ level for you? Was it Okie Lite’s 26-point home loss to South Alabama that put him over the top? Or maybe the 42-point November surrender to 6-6 Center Florida? Fkng ridiculous.

Since these morons cannot get it right, let’s do it for them.

KK’s COACHES OF THE YEAR:

  • SEC - Nick Saban, Alabama
  • B12 - Steve Sarkisian, Texas
  • PAC - Kalen DeBoer, Washington
  • ACC - Mike Norvell, FSU
  • B1G - Harbaugh did not even coach six of UM’s games. Day crapped the bed once again. Franklin disappoints and underwhelms once again. Ferentz is a walking punchline. So, we are going with David Braun of Northwestern who did an amazing job to get to 7-5 with such a short time to prepare.
  • AAC - Rhett Lashey, SMU
  • C-USA - Jerry Kill, New Mexico State
  • MAC - Chuck Martin, Miami (OH)
  • MWC - Barry Odom, UNLV
  • SUN BELT - Curt Cignetti - James Madison

HEISMAN HYPE

It turned out pretty much like we thought it would. Personally, I am glad neither of the 24 year olds won. The downside is now we have to listen to the bragging from the corndogs and Brian Kelly-jock sniffers.

If you notice in the photo above, they break voters down by region. The Southeast was the only region to not put Harrison fourth. They have him at six (IMHO, still too high). Let’s get real. CFB fans in the Southeast are the ones who watch the most football on Saturdays. They are the knowledgeable ones. They don’t take their cues from ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10. I’d love to see who they put fourth and fifth.

  1. QB Jayden Daniels (4th FULL YR with RS, LSU)
  2. QB Michael Penix (6th YR, started college in 2018, Washington) - Doesn’t that was-it-a-touchdown-or-was-it-a-fumble play Penix had against Penn State when he was a Hoosier feel like a ten years ago?
  3. QB Bo Nix (5th FULL YR, never redshirted, Oregon) - Auburn Nix seems so long ago that it’s almost as if he is a completely different person from Oregon Nix. Oh, by the way. That spike against Arkansas is still a fumble.
  4. WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (3rd YR, anOhio State) - HEADLINE: Nation’s Third Best Receiver Takes Milroe’s spot in NYC!
  5. QB Jordan Travis (6th YR, started college in 2018, FSU) - Sympathy votes?
  6. QB Jalen Milroe (3rd YR, Bama)
  7. RB Ollie Gordon (2nd YR, Oklahoma State) - Token running back.
  8. RB Cody Schrader (Mizzou)
  9. RB Blake Corum (Michigan)
  10. QB JJ McCarthy (3rd YR, Michigan) - Okay, what a-hole used a first place vote on this JAG??

OTHERS

Below are some players who were at some point during the season Top 5 candidates:

  • QB Carson Beck (4th YR, Georgia) - Did not even make the top 10: The Bama Effect.
  • QB Caleb Williams (3rd YR, Southern Cal) - A disastrous season left him off the list as well.
  • QB Dillon Gabriel (4 FULL YR with RS, Oklahoma) - Disappeared after back-to-back losses to Kansas and Okie Lite.
  • QB Drake Maye (3rd YR, UNC) - Poof!
  • QB Sam Hartman (6th YR, started college in 2018, Notre Dame) - Has someone filed a missing person report? Maybe we need a senior wellness check?
  • QB Shedeur Sanders (3rd YR, Colorado) - Remember this guy?
  • QB Quinn Ewers (RS-SO, Texas)

EPILOGUE

Here is an interesting stat that I believe relates to what Daniels did for his team. LSU punted the ball 21 times on the 2023 season - tops in the nation. That total was 9 times less than the next closest team, Liberty. Oregon had 30, Washington had 38.

Another note of interest is that the top three vote-getters were all transfers. However, two of them should have been long gone off to their NFL clipboard carrying duties by now.

DRAMA

  • Poor little Deion. He was all LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! for half the year, doing Aflac commercials, and talking smack. Then the world came crashing in around him and now he wants a little privacy. Just like poor Meghan and Harry. They go on a World Tour and do a narcissist Netflix special just to say “WE WANT OUR PRIVACY! Hey, you! Sir! SIR! Excuse me, SIR! YES, YOU! WE WANT OUR PRIVACY!”
  • Although hired away by Indiana, Curt Cignetti had planned to coach JMU in their bowl game. However, it appears that the administration has told him ‘thanks, but no thanks’. Acting head coach Damian Wroblewski will take the reins.
  • The Red River Shootout will be preserved until at least 2036 as Texas and Oklahoma have come to an agreement with the Cotton Bowl to continue their series in the Dallas stadium. Gotta be a bucket list, right? Maybe after I find a winning lottery ticket on the sidewalk.
  • Despite being in the Transfer Portal, JMU starting QB Jordan McCloud is still planning to play in the Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Apparently, Ole Miss’s 2024 schedule leaked out and SEC Commish Greg Sankey did not throw a fit like he did when UGA’s slipped out. More on Bama’s 2024 schedule below.
  • Oregon and Oregon State are working on a deal to continue the “Civil War”.

IN THE QUITTER HOLE

  • Former Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen has committed to Mississippi State. He has at least one year of eligibility remaining. With Will Rogers hitting the road, expect Shapen to be Clanga-clangs starter.
  • Duke quarterback Riley Leonard has officially committed to Notre Dame. Funny note here is that the Irish will be playing at Texas A&M Aug. 31, 2024. The Aggies new coach, Mike Elko, is Leonard’s former coach at Duke.
  • Boise starting QB Taylen Green announces he has committed to Arkansas.
  • Former Oregon and Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough has committed to the Louisville Cardinals for his final college football season.
  • Former UCF/Okie QB Dillon Gabriel/Gabriel Dillon commits to Oregon.
  • QB Brock Vandagriff transfers from Georgia to Kentucky.
  • Ohio State has lost a third running back with DeaMonte “Chip” Trayanum either looking for greener pastures or more money from anOSU. He transferred in from Arizona State before the 2022 season as a linebacker but ended up moving to running back midway through his first year as a Buckeye. The news of his departure comes as a surprise as he was expected to be their lead running back next season, especially if TreVeyon Henderson (status TBD) and Miyan Williams (already declared) enter the NFL draft.
  • It might be easier to tell you who is NOT leaving Texas A&M. The latest and most notable: OL Chase Bisontis, 3 years of eligibility remaining; DL Fadil Diggs, 1 year; DB Tyreek Chappell, 2 years; DL LT Overton, 2 years, S Jardin Gilbert, 2 years.
  • Remember how TAMU signed 2022 4-star TE Jake Johnson because his brother QB Max Johnson was brought in as a transfer? Now, they both want out. Max has already committed to North Carolina.
  • Former TAMU WR Raymond Cottrell is heading to Kentucky.
  • Georgia CB Nyland Green, 2 years
  • Arkansas RB Raheim “Rocket” Sanders (209 rushing yards, 2 TD), 1 year.
  • Boise starting QB Taylen Green, 2 years - he’d be better off staying where he is.
  • Miami TE Jaleel Skinner (1 rec, 9 yards), 3 years. Remember this guy from crootin? Didn’t work out so well, huh?
  • Florida running back Trevor Etienne (753 rushing yards, 8 TD), 2 years.
  • Mississippi State tailback Jo’Quavious Marks, 1 year.
  • Duke has six starters in the TP. Yikes!

PEACE OUT

  • So Cal QB Caleb Williams will sit out the Holiday Bowl. It’s probably a good idea with his draft stock plummeting and the defensive minded Louisville as the opponent.
  • Florida State WR Johnny Wilson wants no part of the Georgia secondary. Florida Man is already making a list of excuses for when the ‘Noles get obliterated in the Orange Bowl.
  • AAC commissioner Mike Aresco must see the writing on the wall because he is retiring from his position on May 31, 2024.
  • Old man Sam Hartman will not play for Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl.

PEACE IN!

  • Oregon Bo Nix will play in the Fiesta Bowl. It’s a smart move because he will light up Liberty and improve his draft stock.
  • Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks, who was fourth among FBS players with 1,443 rushing yards this season, has decided to return to school for a fifth season for some reason. I can’t imagine his draft stock will improve any. Also, running backs don’t last long in the NFL. The sooner you get there, the better.

DECLARED FOR THE NFL DRAFT

Oh, yeah. This dude ^^^ is a first rounder fer sure.

  • UNC QB Drake Maye
  • Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and teammate cornerback Nate Wiggins
  • Penn State defensive end Chop Robinson, potential first-rounder
  • From the Gators wide receiver Ricky Pearsall and center Kingsley Eguakun
  • Missy State WR/KR Lideatrick “Tulu” Griffin

The deadline for early entry into the NFL Draft is Jan. 15, 2024.

KOACHES KORNER

  • Is ULM TRYING to lose? For some odd reason, Looziana-Monroe hired New Mexico’s offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent as their next football coach. Because, you know. That New Mexico offense is like, BOOM! SO impressive. Right? Vincent graduated from West Alabama. He coached high school ball around Alabama in places such as Spain Park and Spanish Fort (all them Spains). He then moved up to South Alabama and eventually landed at UAB as OC. He became interim coach after Bill Clark’s untimely retirement and went 7-6. What about that resume excited ULM is beyond me. I mean, why not go get someone like crazyass Ed Reed? At least he would be fun. All I can guess is that they are paying Vincent around $80,000/year.
  • New Mexico has hired former BYU and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall. He has been out of coaching since faceplanting in Charlottesville (36–38) and stepping down following the 2021 season.
  • It must be Recycle Week in college football. Middle Tennessee has brought former Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason on board as their new head guy. At least he knows his way around town.
  • Speaking of retreads... Duke has insanely hired Manny Diaz who barely kept his head above .500 at Miami. And he is supposed to win at Duke??
  • Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl announced his retirement as head coach of the Cowboys after a 10-year tenure in which he went 60–60. After two years of tough times rebuilding, Wyoming only had one losing season in the last eight, and that was the Bizarro World 2020 Captain Trips season. Unfortunately, the AD went lazy and promoted Defensive Coordinator Jay Sawvell. I would say that should set them back ten years.
  • Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney takes over at JMU. He led the Crusaders to four straight Patriot League titles and playoff appearances from 2018-22. This season, they lost to both Boston College and Army by only three points each.
  • Gustavo Malzahn got an extension at Center Florida for going 6-6. Others earning extensions include Oregon’s Dan Lanning and Army’s Jeff Monken.
  • Baylor retained Dave Aranda for another year despite going 3-9. He is 23–25 in four seasons.
  • Shady Trooper Taylor is serving as the interim head coach for Duke.
  • During the off-season, Urban Meyer may take on a second job as a grief counselor because he very good at not caring.
  • Fat F*** Phil Fulmer is so fat that when he goes out, he carries pesos in one pocket and Canadian dollars in the other.
Black and White TV

TEEVEE

So. We all wanted to be out from under the thumb of CBS. Right? Well, welcome to the Wonderful World of Disney. You probably witnessed their modus operandi with the rest of us on that ridiculous CFP reveal show in which they announced the top 3 and then jumped down to #6. This is the new reality. On Wednesday, the four-letter network is airing a two-hour special schedule release show. The opponents have already been announced. This is TWO frickin’ hours just to tell us the dates! And you just know Alabama will be last. I advise you to #BoycottRevealShows.

But don’t fret. RBR has you covered so you don’t have to waste two hours of your life. Most of the Alabama 2024 schedule has been figured out. Because the way the calendar falls in 2024, every SEC team will have two bye weeks. It seems pretty positive that the week before LSU will probably be one.

08/31/24 vs WKU
09/07/24 vs USF
09/14/24 at Wisconsin
09/21/24 TBA
09/28/24 vs Georgia
10/05/24 TBA
10/12/24 TBA
10/19/24 at Tennessee
10/26/24 TBA
11/02/24 TBA/likely bye
11/09/24 at LSU
11/16/24 vs Mercer
11/23/24 at Oklahoma
11/30/24 vs Auburn

TBA: vs Missouri, vs South Carolina, at Vanderbilt

THIS WEEK

Below are the Bowl Games for this week up until next Monday night:

Saturday, Dec. 16

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Georgia Southern vs Ohio 10am/11am ESPN - WAKE UP!
New Orleans Bowl: Jacksonville State vs ULL 1:15pm/2:15pm ESPN - RichRod has not won a bowl game since 2015.
Guacamole Bowl: Miami-OH vs App State 2:30pm/3:30pm ABC - in Orlando, FL
New Mexico Bowl: NMSU vs Fresno 4:45pm/5:45pm ESPN - Y’all tired of me talking about Jerry Kill yet?
LA Bowl: UCLA vs Boise 7:30pm ABC - Is Chip Kelly in trouble?
Independence Bowl: Cal vs Texas Tech 8:15pm/9:15pm ESPN - Lovely downtown Shreveport! Bring back he Weedwhacker!!

Monday, Dec. 18

Charlotte Bowl: WKU vs Old Dominion 1:30pm/2:30pm ESPN

SABAN vs. POP & BEAR

Nick Saban left Pat McAfee speechless, which is no easy feat. You can just see the awe on his face. The G.O.A.T., y’all. Appreciate him while you can.

Below is a count of career FBS/Division I-A win totals for coaches.

For those of you new to RBR Random Thoughts, we count all on-field wins at the FBS/Division I-A level. So, before you go squawking about Frank Beamer, 42 of his wins came at Murray State. Mack Brown had six victories in one season with Appalachian State when they were still in what was known at I-AA (FCS today). Brian Kelly won 118 games with something called Grand Valley State. So, let’s stop talking about his win record with such reverence. In addition, we don’t recognize NCAA sanctioned forfeits. If you won on the field, it counts in our books.

Rank Name Years Wins Losses Ahead/Behind
1 Joe Paterno 46 409 136 112
2 Bobby Bowden 40 346 123 49
3 Bear Bryant 38 323 85 26
4 Pop Warner 44 319 106 22
5 Nick Saban 27 297 70 -
6 Mack Brown 33 276 143 -21
7 LaVell Edwards 29 257 101 -40
8 Tom Osborne 25 255 49 -42
9 Frank Beamer 33 238 121 -59
10 Lou Holtz 30 236 115 -61


Mack Brown’s Tar Heels are a three point underdog to West Virginia.

#ALABAMA

  • Alabama had a nice little nucleus of assistants finally coming together and now ST/OLB coach Coleman Hutzler wants to screw it up by taking the defensive coordinator position with Clanga-clang. Nick Saban will once again be looking for a replacement assistant. Hutzler is expected to remain with the Tide through the postseason, though no official announcement has been made.
  • The CBS Sports All-America team includes LB Dallas Turner and CB Kool-Aid McKinstry as first teamers. The second team has OL JC Latham, CB Terrion Arnold, and PK Will Reichard.
  • Turner was also named SEC Defensive Player of the year. Reichard was voted Special Teams Player of the Year. LSU’s Jayden Daniels is the Offensive Player of the Year
  • Coach of the Year, Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri. WHAT.EVER.
  • Safety Caleb Downs was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year. OT Kadyn Proctor joined Downs on the SEC All-Freshmen team.
  • It’s become an annual tradition: the Lou Groza Award for top kicker once again snubbed Reichard. I suppose being the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer isn’t good enough. The guy who won is from Miami-OH where I am so sure he had so many big pressure kicks to make! BTW, that guy missed an extra point this year (35-36). Reichard was 53 of 53. In addition, the RedHawks kicker has only attempted two kicks this year longer than 44 yards and made only one field goal of 50 yards or more. Reichard had three from 50+.
  • Reichard is the NCAA all-time scoring leader with more to come.
  1. PK Will Reichard, Alabama 539
  2. QB Keenan Reynolds, Navy 530
  3. RB Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 522
  4. RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin 500
  5. PK Austin Seibert, Oklahoma 499
  6. PK Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State 494
  7. PK Christopher Dunn, North Carolina State 491
  8. PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn 480
  • And the snub train rolls on. No Alabama players were named to Walter Camp All-America first team. Kool-Aid, Latham, and Turner were relegated to the second team. Turner fell short of the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player, which was given to NC State’s Payton Wilson. The teams are voted on by “131 FBS head coaches and sports information directors” - but you know that means the SIDs or some other peon staffers are doing it. Bama Hate is real.
  • Alabama players heading to the Transfer Portal include WR Ja’Corey Brooks and HOLY COW DL Isaiah Hastings! I totally forgot he was even on the team! In two seasons, Hastings has made all of ONE game appearance, which came in 2022 against ULM. Brooks began the season as a starter but his playing time quickly diminished to mostly special teams. He has only 3 catches for 30 yards, but also blocked a punt against Ole Miss. A shoulder injury knocked him out of the LSU game and he has been on the shelf ever since. Brooks will always be remembered for the game-tying touchdown pass with 24 seconds to go in regulation in the 2021 Iron Bowl. That play pretty much clinched the Heisman for Bryce Young.
  • Another M.I.A. DL in the ol’ QH is Anquin Barnes who played in three games in two seasons.
  • WR Thaiu Jones-Bell is also in the TP but he wasn’t even on the Crimson Tide team this season. Apparently, he was medically redshirted for 2023 (who knew?) but was removed from the Tide’s online roster back in August and did not count against the 85 player limit.

GAME 14: Monday, January 1, 2024 - ROSE BOWL, CFP SEMIFINAL

Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) vs Michigan Wolverines (13-0)

Pasadena, CA ~ 4:00pm/5:00pm ESPN

  • The Wolverines have had controversy on top of controversy this season. Fortunately for them, they have had a cakewalk schedule with only games against Penn State and Ohio State being of any concern. UM was destroying every team in their path until the cheating scandal broke. Then near the end of the season all of a sudden for some reason, the games got a little closer.
  • Alabama is 3-2 all-time against Michigan. Nick Saban at Bama is 2-0 versus the Wolvies - the 35-16 Citrus Bowl beatdown at the end of the 2019 season and a similar 41-14 thumping in the 2012 JerryWorld Kickoff game.
  • The weather forecast is probably too far out to predict, but it should be mid 60s by kickoff.
  • TV Announcers will indeed be Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit with the lovely and talented Laura Rutledge on the sidelines. Holly Rowe will be out there somewhere roaming around as well. [The Sugar Bowl will be the far superior Sean McDonough on the call with Greg McElroy. Molly McGrath and Katie George are on the sidelines.]
  • Chris Stewart will likely be play-by-play lead on Alabama Radio.
  • Michigan is a 1.5 point favorite over the Tide. The Over/Under is around 45.5.

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