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Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
Another roller coaster chapter in the story of Jalen Milroe and the Crimson Tide.
Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images

kraESPN could not have asked for a better two playoff games. They were exciting full blown Bowltastic entertainment. Never before have both games been decided on the final play, much less inside the 15 yard line.

CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl: Michigan 27 Alabama 20 (OT) - Outcoached. Outplayed. The Crimson Tide finished with only 288 yards, due in large part to allowing six sacks and 10 tackles for loss, but also because of some bad play-calling and insufficient in-game recognitions on both sides of the ball. This game almost felt like the Alabama coaching staff and team had not watched any film of their opponent beforehand.

I am curious if OC Tommy Rees has ever heard of a slant play? Jalen Milroe was held to 116 yards passing and no touchdowns. UM’s J.J. McCarthy threw 3 touchdown passes and will go on to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons where he will stumble around to three seasons of 6 to 8 win campaigns.

If there is any consolation for the Tide, it is that Alabama gave Michigan their toughest game of the season.

CFP Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl: Washington 37 Texas 31 - U-Dub went up 34-21 in the 4th and seemed in control. But the ‘Horns would not go down quietly. Quinn Ewers put together two long touchdown drives to draw within six points. After an exchange of field goals and a Huskies punt, Texas got the ball back at their own 31 with 41 seconds to go. The Longhorns got down to the 13 yard line but could not punch it in.

NY5.5

Cotton Bowl: Mizzou 14 Ohio State 3 - After starting QB Kyle McCord wussed out and transferred to Syracuse, anOSU was forced to go with a guy wearing a No. 33 jersey for some reason. That lasted midway through the first quarter when he got hurt, putting a true freshman from South Dakota in charge. For Mizzou’s part, they struggled against the stout Buckeyes defense. The score was stuck on 3-0 until Tigers RB Cody Schrader scored a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. On their next possession, Mizzy would drive 97 yards while eating up over 6 minutes of play, resulting in Brady Cook finding Luther Burden for a 7 yard TD.

Ohio State ends back to back seasons with losses to Michigan and in a bowl for first time since 1990-91.

Peach Bowl: Ole Miss 38 Penn State 25 - PSU trailed by three at the half but OM scored 18 straight in the second half to run away with the win. Jaxson Dart passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns.

STFU! PART UNO

Orange Bowl: Georgia 63 Florida State Excuse Makers 3 - As I am sure you know, Florida Man and all his apologists have been on a 4-week bender of whining and complaining about their exclusion from the CFP. Well, the chickens have come home to roost.

You knew the excuses were coming but it doesn’t hold as much water when you consider UGA was missing a few folks too - not to mention their starting MLB and defensive quarterback Jamon Dumas-Johnson who was lost to injury in November.

At every level, the Dawgs were dominating. UGA’s back-up quarterback, who moved up from QB3 after QB2 transferred out, had two touchdown passes. Even at the end, Will Muschamp’s walk-on son was gashing up the middle for big gainers. It was a great showing by Georgia, but let’s get real: Alabama, Ole Miss, Missouri, and dare I say LSU and perhaps Tennessee would have beaten this Seminoles team as well.

Which leads to STFU! PART DEUX:

Where is a good strong meteorite when you need one? We all knew Florida Man would be blaming the opt outs for the loss. But now we also have to listen to the Dwags fans all saying “bAma Is LuCkY tHeY DonE HafTa PLaY uGa aGaiN!” smh

STFU! PART TROIS

To add to the case against FSU that they are a top 4 squad, the team that the ‘Noles so proudly shut out in the ACCCG got their rear ends handed to them by the PAC-12’s sixth place team who has a horrendous defense and their star QB in street clothes.

Holiday Bowl: Southern Cal 42 Louisville 28 - On their first possession, the Cardinals drove the field to score a touchdown. At that point, Twitter had an overload of idiots running to their phones to oh so cleverly tweet about how “mAybe loUisVilLe aiNt So bAd aFtEr aLL” and ‘fSu sSHut ThiS teAAM OUt!” Those tweets did not age so well as the Trojans scored the next 21 points with the 2024 No. 1 overall draft pick Caleb Williams and leading rusher MarShawn Lloyd on the sidelines. So Cal QB Miller Moss set a Holiday Bowl record and tied both Southern Cal and Pac-12 bowl game records with six touchdown passes against that same Louisville defense held the ‘Noles to one touchdown (rushing) and three field goals. In all honesty, this is the best and most spirited that this Southern Cal team has looked in months, perhaps all year.

After a mega-weak regular season schedule, ‘Ville finishes the season on a 3-game losing streak.

Fiesta Bowl: Oregon 45 Liberty 6 - BIG SHOCKER!

SEC


Tampa Bowl: LSU 35 Wisconsin 31 - Whodathunk that it would be LSU’s defense that wins the game? The Tigers twice fell behind by 14 points only to tie it up. Wisky retook the lead late in the third quarter with a field goal but had the clamps put on them in the fourth. Meanwhile in the final frame, Garrett Nussmeier led the Bayou Bengals on a 8 play 98 yard drive for the winning touchdown.

Citrus Bowl: Tennessee 35 Iowa 0 - The Vols went with former 5-star Nico Iamaleava at QB. He was okay passing but not great (12/19-151-1 TD-0 INT). He did score three rushing touchdowns but netted only 27 yards on 15 carries. The real work came from the UT run game that piled up 232 yards of rushing and three TDs, led by Dylan Sampson with 133 yards. Iowa was held to 60 yards passing with two interceptions and 113 on the ground with a fumble. Seriously. If this game does not open the eyes of Iowa administrators to the state of their football program under Kirk Ferentz, nothing will.

This about sums up the end of the Jimbo era in College Station: a long sad walk off the field after giving it your all.

Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State 31 Texas A&M JV 23 - If you ever went to a sporting event in the days before the interwebz, you probably heard a guy at the stadium declaring “you can’t tell the players without a program!” This game might have been the first event in a long time in which that was 100% true. Playing without 30+ scholarship players due to opt outs, transfers, and injuries, the Aggies were forced to use several freshmen and a few walk-ons. With QB Conner Weigman out with an injury and serial quitter Max Johnson already in Chapel Hill, TAMU turned to Jaylen Henderson at quarterback who promptly went out and broke his arm on the first play of the game. The Aggs were forced to go with freshman QB4 Marcel Reed who had thrown 3 career passes. He played a decent game (20-33, 361 YDS, 1 INT), but the thin TAMU defense could not hold back the Cowpokes’ 570 yards of offense. The Aggs had two chance to draw closer but a pair of 4th quarter turnovers ended the threats.

Gator Bowl: Clemson 38 Kentucky 35 - This match-up was one of the tighter ones of the week. It was a slugfest for three quarters, and then a track meet at the end. UK led 14-10 at the half and made it a two score game with third quarter’s only touchdown of the game. Unfortunately, the Wildcats could not hold onto that lead as the Tigers blew up for 28 fourth quarter points as opposed to 14 for Kentucky. Phil Mafah scored all four of Clemson’s touchdowns, including the game-winner with 17 seconds left.

Music City Bowl: Maryland 31 Auburn 13 - The Plain War Tiger Men Eagles did not record a first down until they were already in a 21-0 hole. The Terps forced four turnovers while committing only one of their own. It was a disgraceful display from the Aubies. Srsly, why would anyone want to play for this fool coach? On the other sideline: congrats to Locks!

2024 SEC

Alamo Bowl: Arizona 38 Oklahoma 24 - I don’t know about you, but I went to bed around 11:30pm ET on Thursday when Okie went up 24-13 midway through the third quarter looking firmly in control. Woke up that morning to see that the Sooners gave up a scoop snag & score and threw an interception on the consecutive possessions. Zona followed up the second turnover with a field goal to tie it up. After a 4 & out by the Sooners, the ‘Cats drove 95 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Continuing the meltdown, Oklahoma fumbled on the next series to set Arizona up for another TD at the 19 yard line.

OTHERS

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: West Virginia 30 UNC 10 - The Mountaineers scored on their first play from scrimmage to take a 7-0 lead. Their second score came on a 78 yard punt return that put them up 14-3. WVU was dominant in the second half that allowed them to pull away from the Tar Heels and claim the victory in Charlotte. The West Virginia defense tallied seven sacks, 11 FTL, two interceptions, and a recovered fumble.

A few months ago, the WVU fans wanted Neal Brown out. Now he has the Mountaineers at 9 wins for the first time since 2016 and a bowl win. With Texas and Oklahoma leaving the B12, who knows what they will do in the coming years.

Military Bowl: Virginia Tech 41 Tulane 20 - On a messy rainy day, the Green Wave took an early lead on a slippery scoop ‘n’ score. Tulane returned the favor on a wet bar of soap punt muff that the Hokies converted into a TD one play later. This game had 8 fumbles with 5 lost. Yep, it was going to be that kind of day. VaTech took advantage of their smaller opponent by running the ball down their throats with a massive 50 rush attempts that went for 362 yards. QB Kyron Drones had 176 on the ground while RB Bhayshul Tuten accounted for 136 and two scores.

Sun Bowl: Notre Dame 40 Oregon State 8 - Both teams had multiple quitters including both starting quarterbacks and THE OSU head coach. It just goes to prove what depth can do for a team. The Irish back-ups dominated the Beaver back-ups. ND had more total yards (448 to 197), yards per play (6.8 to 4.5), and first downs (23 to 10).

Pop-Tarts Bowl: Kansas State 28 NC State 19 - K-State led 21-7 in the second quarter but allowed the ‘Pack to score 12 straight points to make it a close one going into the 4th quarter. However, the Wildcats clamped down on NC State in the final frame to hold on for the win. Wolfpack QB Brennan Armstrong amassed 117 rushing yards in the first half but was limited to only four in the second. True freshman KSU quarterback Avery Johnson (no relation) made everyone forget Will Howard in a hurry. In his first start, Johnson threw for 178 yards, rushed for 71 and accounted for three touchdowns.

Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers 31 Miami-FL 24 - Soft. I cannot recall seeing a more emotionally fragile team than the ‘Canes. After trailing 14-0, Miami scored 17 straight for the lead. That is when the Scarlet Knights blocked a punt and recovered for a touchdown. At that moment, you could see the Miami team collectively hang their heads as if to say “here we go again”. It was only a four point deficit in the third quarter but the game felt like it ended right there. The U would go 3 & out on their next two series and then turn it over on downs. Meanwhile, Rutgers was piling up the points. UM would eventually score a garbage time TD with 27 ticks to go. The Hurricanes recovered an on-side kick but could do nothing with it.

OTHER STUFF

Liberty Bowl: Memphis 36 Iowa State 26 - A game of streaks saw Memphis score 19 straight, followed by 13 for ISU, the Tigers back with 17, and then the Cyclones closed it out with 13. ISU finished the game with 0 yards rushing, -4 from the QB and 4 from the only other Cyclone rusher in the game on 12 attempts. That’s bad, right? It’s funny how every year, the talking heads lazily float the name of the Cyclones’ Matt Campbell as a coaching candidate at a bigger program. And yet, he is still in Ames. He is 18-20 over the last three seasons.

Fenway Bowl: Boston College 23 SMU 14 - UCF castoff QB Thomas Castellanos ran for 156 yards and 2 scores.

Phoenix AZ Bowl: Kansas 49 UNLV 36 - One of the craziest stat lines of the week came from KU’s Jason Bean who went 19-28, 449 YDS, 6 TD, 3 INT. Vegas put up a good fight - which meant Bean had to keep slinging it.

Tuscon AZ Bowl: Wyoming 16 Toledo 15 - One of the good guys in college football, Cowboys coach Craig Bohl, goes out a winner after his kicker booted the game winner at the buzzer. The retiring Bohl won three straight FCS Championships with North Dakota State before taking on a near impossible task of building a respectable program in Laramie. In ten seasons with Wyoming, he went 61–60. But if you leave out his first two rebuilding seasons, his Cowpokes were 55-42 with six bowl appearances and 4 wins. The only losing season he had in the last eight was the bizarro year of 2020 in which they went 2-4. Bohl also helped develop QB Josh Allen into a first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.

Bohl is being replaced by his DC Jay Sawvel who has never been a head coach. So many lazy ADs out there...

First Responder Bowl: Texas State 45 Rice 21 - 6 turnovers? Yep, that usually spells disaster.

DICK MOVE OF THE WEEK

Mizzou hotdog WR Luther Burden runs over a ref and then flexes over him. Most normal human beings would have gone over to make sure the guy was okay. Ya know, you may want a PI call later in the game. It couldn’t hurt to check on him instead of posing for the cameras.

MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION

FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN!

BEST BOWL TROPHY OF THE WEEK

The only thing that would make this trophy better would be if it was an actual functioning toaster.

BEST MARKETING IDEA OF THE WEEK

Oh, by the way, Jalen Milroe just graduated with a degree in business and entrepreneurship. Terrion Arnold also frequents the halls of Bidgood and Alston and should be on his way to a degree completion.

OLD MAN OF THE WEEK

An asterisk record, but his grandkids must be so proud.

WHAT WAS THAT, DABO?

Be sure to read the panicked replies from the Pizza Party Cult. It is LOL.
#NeverDabo

CRAZIEST FAN BASE OF THE WEEK

None of the above statements are exaggerations. They literally sold out of every beer in the stadium and outdrew SMU in attendance. Many people probably don’t realize that TSU has almost as big an enrollment as the University of Alabama and more than Auburn University.

A CLOWN, A MOUSE, AND A GOAT WALK INTO A BAR...

The jokes write themselves.

CFB > NFL

If you are not aware, WVU fans chant “EAT S**T PITT!” And guess what?? The pearl-clutching administrators don’t try to stop their good times! What a concept. Here is a longer version from earlier this year.

PREGAME PREP OF THE WEEK

WORST TRICK PLAY OF THE WEEK

MOST ENTERTAINING SHAMELESS PLUGS OF THE WEEK

Thread^^^

The Duke’s Mayo Bowl was a three hour commercial for their brands and I must admit, it was pretty fun viewing. Play-by-play guy Matt Barrie, color Dan Mullen, and sidelines dude Harry Lyles were having a good time with the whole taste-testing, etc.

A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER

AT LEAST IT WASN’T MAYONNAISE

For some reason, Lincoln Riley let his players dump eggnog on him. The mayo thing is funny because it has already become a tradition. I am a little torn over the eggnog bath. It’s great to have fun at a bowl game but what message is this planting in his players head? Will the players lose a smidge of respect/fear for their coach? What happens the next time he yells at someone? So Cal finished a disappointing 8-5, sixth in the Pac-12.

A challenge for you all: see if you can tell me what you think that substance looks like in comments without getting Vox’d. GO!

BEST BOWL MASCOT 1

The Original wacky mascot.

BEST BOWL MASCOT 2

A nice dig at Senor El Pop-Tarto↓↓↓ who was hyped as the first edible mascot and in the end was a bit of a letdown.

BEST BOWL MASCOT 3

I’m getting serious Rick & Morty vibes. Anyone?

IF IT WASN’T FOR BAD LUCK, I WOULDN’T HAVE NO LUCK AT ALL

He really got... Creamed. Eh? EH?? See what I did there?

PICK OF THE WEEK

MOST APPROPRIATE REACTION OF THE WEEK

BLOWN CALL OF THE WEEK

Inquiring minds need to know: How in the BLEEP do officials miss this?

NAME OF THE WEEK

  • Tulane OL Prince Pines - sounds like the name of a golf course.

KEY & PEELE HALL OF FAME NAME OF THE WEEK

  • Arizona WR Montana Lemonious-Craig

STATS OF THE WEEK

  • Kansas committed a bowl record 18 penalties for 216 yards in their win over UNLV.
  • Texas State (8-5) is now 1-0 in bowl games. 2023 was their second-ever winning season since Texas State transitioned to FBS in 2012. Coach G.J. Kinne will be a hot commodity if he can duplicate or improve next season.
  • Punting yards by Ohio State and Mizzou in the first half: 563. Total offense by Ohio State and Mizzou in the first half: 188 yards. Both teams punted 8 times each for a combined 712 yards.
  • An Ohio State was held to 203 total yards — their fewest in 103 games (2015 Michigan State). They also snapped 88-game streak of scoring a touchdown.
  • Alabama’s 44 sacks allowed this season were the most in the past 35 years of the program.

GAMEDAY SIGN (OF THE APOCALYPSE) OF THE WEEK

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • New Mexico State (10-5) - Mere moments after Jerry Kill “stepped down” from the Aggies, the NMSU AD lazily promoted wide receivers coach Tony Sanchez as the new head coach. Sanchez had previously screwed up UNLV with five seasons (2015–2019) of losing record teams that totaled out 20 wins and 40 losses. How can an AD make such a smart and bold move in hiring Kill and then turn around two years later with this turd hiring?
  • Tulane (11-3) New coach Jon Sumrall is bringing along his defensive coordinator Greg Gasparato and two other defensive assistants from his Troy staff.
  • Jamey Chadwell (41-7 over the last four seasons)

COUSINS

  • Troy (11-3) - Despite their success on the field, the Trojans came up with the 112th ranked 2024 recruiting class according to 247’s composite rankings.
  • South Alabama (7-6) - It appears head coach Kane Wommack does not like the direction that the program is going. This past week, he fired his linebacker coach, running back coach, offensive line coach, and wide receiver coach. The former offensive line coach, Gordon Steele, was a Tide analyst from 2018-2020 and is the son of Bama DC Kevin Steele. USA’s 2024 recruiting class is ranked 96th.
  • Jacksonville State (9-4) has the 128th class.
  • UAB (4-9) - 106th.

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

The B-2 Stealth Bomber is 69 feet long, 17 feet high and has a wingspan of 172 feet, roughly half the length of a football field.

  • Air Force (9-4) - The Falcons have the 148th ranked recruiting class.
  • Navy (5-7) - 129th including TE Will Miles from McGill Toolen (Mobile, AL).
  • Army (6-6) - 164th
boxers

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

Moneyline to win the 2023 National Championship:

  1. Michigan -185
  2. Washington +154

BOWLING RECORDS

  • ACC - 5-6
  • Big 12 - 5-4
  • Big Ten - 5-4
  • PAC-12 - 5-3
  • SEC - 5-4

NON-POWER 5 QUAGIMRE

  • For much of the season, most people thought that Tulane was the best non-Power 5 team in the land. That was until SMU thumped them in the AACCG. Then everyone thought the Mustangs were the ones who deserved that moniker. And then the Fenway Bowl happened when SMU got beat by one of the worst bowl eligible teams (Boston College) from the weakest P5 conference (the ACC). If the best non P5 cannot beat the dregs of the weakest P5, how can they convince us into using auto-bids in the CFP?
  • And then there is the CFP Committee’s Inclusive Participation Trophy given to Liberty and their lame schedule. Of course Oregon destroyed them. It is difficult to imagine this Flames team winning a single game in what was the final version of the SEC West.

RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

Non-Alabama Fan Bases of the Week:

1. West Virginia - The Mountaineers were playing in UNC’s back yard of Charlotte, NC. Even so, there was a sea of yellow and navy blue in the crowd as WVU fans took over.

2. Virginia Tech - Despite heavy rainfalls and miserable conditions, the Hokies stuck it out and cheered their team to a big victory.

3. Texas State - Bobcats fans turned out, turned beers, and had a good ol’ fashioned rowdy Texas day.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to these self-centered so-and-so’s who opt out but STILL hang around for all the bowl fun. I suppose it is the choice of each individual coach, but how much do you think the Buckeyes resented Marvin Harrison Jr. standing on the sidelines in perfect health while his team struggled to record a single point in a humiliating Cotton Bowl defeat? There have been several instances of guys like Harrison who healthy opt-out but, yeah, Imma travel with the team, stay in a nice hotel room, go to the attractions, get all kinds of swag, but when the whistle blows, “No, fam. I’m out.” I can’t stand Chris Fallica but he put it pretty well:

Some of these coaches need to grow a pair and leave these opt-outers at home.

DRAMA

QUITTER HOLE

  • From the LOL Dept: DJ Uigeleeleiele is has decided to transfer to Florida State for his 9th season of college football. One of two things will happen: 1) He will suck like we all know he sucks and Florida Man will throw another fit, or 2) He beats Clemson and wins the ACC leaving the Pizza Party Cult in tears of regret and anger.
  • Clanga clang CB Decamerion Richardson pulled an “Etienne” by transferring to Ole Miss. He had 43 solo tackles, 36 assists, 1 sack and 7 pass defensed for Missy State in 2023. He did not miss a single game for Bully over the last three seasons. He has one season remaining.
  • Former Tennessee cast-off/Liberty QB Kaidon Salter has entered the TP. He was named Conference USA MVP.

PEACE OUT

  • WR Keon Coleman was perhaps the last of many Florida State player to b*tch out on his team. He plans to give it a go in the pro ranks.
  • Former Incarnate Word/Washington State QB Cam Ward will not transfer anywhere as he has declared for the draft.

PEACE OUT... OR WAS IT?

  • On Wednesday, Tennessee QB Joe Milton announced on social media that he would opt out of the Citrus Bowl just days before kickoff. He wrote the typical now-cliched “thank yous” and “love” and “fambly” etc. However, it is sounding like he might have been convinced/coerced/tricked (whatever you want to call it) into the decision so that the team can move onto former 5-star Nico Iamaleava - a move Josh Heupel probably should have made after the TSIO second half meltdown. Lest I remind you, Heupel started Milton over Hendon Hooker two years ago and probably would have stuck with him had he not gotten injured.

PEACE IN!

  • Star tailback Devin Neal informed the Kansas coaching staff that he’ll be returning to the Jayhawks for the 2024 season. He ran for 1,209 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns.

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

KOACHES KORNER

  • Bama WR coach Holmon Wiggins is rumored to be heading to TAMU. No official word yet.
  • Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz has received a contract extension from the school through 2028. So, of course he’ll go 8-5 next season.
  • Some reports have it that Colorado DC Charles Kelly is heading to Auburn for the same role. Nothing official has been confirmed as of yet.
  • Notre Dame has hired LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock who was with Tigers coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame 2010-2016. After five years in Cincinnati under coach Luke Fickell and tutoring QB Desmond Ridder, Denbrock reunited with Kelly in Baton Rouge in 2022 and helped Jayden Daniels to a Heisman trophy season. His next project will be former Duke QB Riley Leonard.
  • Texas A&M has hired Jay Bateman as Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach. I loved him in Ozark. Former Kansas State QB Collin Klein will serve as Offensive Coordinator. He has been a K-State assistant coach since 2017.
  • Arkansas State head coach Butch Jones visited Alabama practice a few days before the Rose Bowl.
  • What’s the difference between a bowling ball and a stripper? Urban Meyer doesn’t have a bowling ball buried in his crawl space.
  • When Fat F*** Phil Fulmer was a teenager, his mom used to find cook books under his mattress.
Black and White TV

TEEVEE

THIS WEEK

Below is the complete College Football schedule for the week:

Monday, Jan. 8

CFP National Championship Game in Houston: Michigan (-4.5) vs Washington 6:30pm/7:30pm ESPN

SABAN vs. POP & BEAR

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 71 -
6 Mack Brown 33 276 144 -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 lost their 4th straight bowl game which is the longest streak in school history. He is 38-27 (24-19 ACC) in his second stint at UNC. But, yeah, Heels. Hang on to this old relic.

#ALABAMA

  • During Rose Bowl warm-ups, it had been reported that Elijah Pritchett was with the ones at left tackle. Kadyn Proctor started and played every snap. This mystery was solved Tuesday morning when it was reported that the true freshman tore a ligament in his right ankle last week but still gutted it out.
  • It should be no surprise that All-American Dallas Turner has said he is ready for the draft.
  • Caleb Downs was named the 2023 Shaun Alexander Freshman Football Player of the Year. We get him for TWO! MORE! YEARS! Y’ALL!
  • Charlie Potter reported last week that Alabama seniors Trey Amos, Quandarrius Robinson, and Kristian Story intend to return to Tuscaloosa for fifth years in 2024. Amos we already figured out since he did not participate in Senior Day in November. Q we suspected because he came on strong at the end of the season. But Story’s situation is curious. He got some real “non-garbage” playing time late in the season and did not look good. Nothing is official yet and Potter’s article is REALLY hard find. Stay tuned. [ED.NOTE: only Amos would be a Super-Senior. Q and Story have a redshirt and played three full seasons.]
  • So far, Alabama has added CB Domani Jackson (Southern Cal), DL LT Overton (Texas A&M), and OL Naquil Betrand (Texas A&M) as transfers. Jackson and Overton should contribute right away. Betrand - a 2023 signee - may need some fine-tuning.

GAME 1: Saturday, August 31, 2024

Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0) vs WKU Hilltoppers (0-0)

Tuscaloosa, AL

Well, we made it through another wild and wacky college football season with one final game to go. Thanks to all you readers who make this undertaking worthwhile with your jokes, insights, puns, silly opinions and thoughtful opinions. Final Signing Day is Feb 7 and spring practice starts sometime in mid-March. Unless I get Vox’d between now and Labor Day, Random Thoughts will return in the fall.

Poll

Despite the outcome of the Rose Bowl, what did you think of this season?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    It sucked.
    (44 votes)
  • 16%
    It was okay.
    (115 votes)
  • 26%
    Entertaining.
    (179 votes)
  • 50%
    I still loved it. Can’t wait til August 31!
    (346 votes)
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