Category Archives: Big 12
If, like me, you like to get a decent feel for top teams across the nation as we try to project the first College Football Playoff, then I have some friendly advice for you: clear out your DVR, and set about eight games to record this week.
Next week’s schedule does absolutely nothing, as the contenders based on this weeks rankings play, respectively: Vanderbilt, Colorado, Boston College, bye, Western Carolina and Washington State. Ole Miss at Arkansas is the only game that provides even a modicum of intrigue for top-1o teams, and if there was ever justification for going to 9-game conference schedules…yeah, look ahead to next week.
(And there’s my Viewing Guide for the week of Nov. 22.)
Thursday Throwdown (Singular, and It’s a Stretch)
Technically, there are three games on the national networks on Thursday, but only Cal at USC (9, ESPN) is worth taking time out of your busy schedule to watch. And that’s really only worthwhile if you’re into four and a half hour games where something crazy is bound to happen. #PACtion! Sign me up!
Bloodies on North Campus- Noon Games
There are actually ranked vs. ranked games hitting your TV sets early in the day! One involving a Minnesota program, where the only context I have is the following GIF.
1) DISCLOSURE: ***I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY FOR PUTTING A B1G GAME #1, BUT WE DON’T WANT OUR PLAYOFF TAINTED BY OHIO STATE AND URBAN MEYER. ESPECIALLY AN OHIO STATE TEAM THAT GOT DESTROYED AT HOME BY GODAWFUL VIRGINIA TECH*** #8 Ohio State at #25(really?) Minnesota (noon, ABC/ESPN): Go Gophers.
Well his name ain’t Jerry Hug, Iowa.
— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) November 8, 2014
2) #19 Clemson at #22 Georgia Tech (noon, ESPN/ABC): Deshaun Watson is back, and Clemson can prove they’re criminally underranked, and that Georgia Tech is criminally overranked, all in one tidy little football game.
3) South Carolina at Florida (noon, SECN): CFI.
4) Virginia Tech at #21 Duke (noon, ESPNU): Playoff implications, kinda. 2014 is a strange world.
Mid-Afternoon Tilts: Chugging Your Favorite Domestic and Saying “F*** Auburn” Every Third Sentence
There’s one big one you can watch on mute due to the announcers, and a bunch if you have a second TV and no radio.
1) #1 CLANGA at #5 Alabama (3:30, CBS): I said it yesterday: Clangabama sounds like an EDM band comprised of handbells.
2-5) Not bothering to post context for any of these games, although all have varying levels of playoff/SEC/hilarity interest: Washington at #14 Arizona (3:30, FOX), #16 Nebraska at #20 Wisconsin (3:30, ABC) — okay, one sidenote: Nebraska had a bye and dropped three spots in the CFP rankings. LOL B1G! – Kentucky at Tennessee (4, SECN), where someone gets to or close to bowl-eligible.
A #5? There was supposed to be a fifth game? Oklahoma at Texas Tech (4, ESPN) may be fun. Northwestern at Notre Dame (3:30, NBC), as always, if you’re into that kind of crap.
Lights On, Sun Down, Bourbon in Flasks- Go Dawgs
1) #9 Auburn at #15 Georgia (7:15, ESPN): If you’re not among the 92,746 at Sanford Stadium, you may miss kickoff for OU/TT…so, yeah. I guess that’s game #2.
2) #3 Florida State at da U (8, ABC): Wherein Miami exceeds its combined attendance for the whole season in one game. People smarter than I think Miami can/should/will win this game.
3) Mizzou at #24 Texas A&M (7:30, SECN): Go Aggies.
4) #17 LSU at Arkansas (8, ESPN2): Overdue Arkansas. Two plodding offenses. Arkansas should’ve won last year. LSU is confusing. Les Miles. Fun.
Enjoy the games, folks!
Georgia Football: Georgia’s College Football Playoff Case, UGA Climbs In The Rankings, and More! – Daily Dose of Dawg
Georgia’s College Football Playoff Chances
Let me start off by saying that I think Georgia’s chances are slim to none, but crazier things have happened in college football, i.e. 2007. I think you can go ahead and lock in Florida State, the Pac-12 winner, and the Big 12 winner, so for that last spot, I think it will be between the SEC and the Big 10. If you’re a Georgia fan, you’re really just hoping everybody in the top-14 starts losing, but really you need Ohio State and Nebraska to both lose one. Then, I think you’re hoping Alabama wins out, Mississippi State collects two losses, and that you beat a 1-loss Alabama in the SEC Championship (yes I know, Missouri still has to lose a game, but if they’re really able to beat Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Arkansas, I’ll eat my own hand). At this point, all the top SEC teams and all the top Big 10 teams have two losses, and with Georgia having just won the SEC Championship, they’d have a very good case. I know their losses are awful, but it would be hard to leave them out fresh off an SEC Championship win if they had the same amount of losses as all the other top SEC and Big 10 teams.
Campus Insiders believes that if UGA just wins out, they’ll be in. Video here.
College Football Playoff Rankings Announced
Last night, the third ever College Football Playoff rankings were announced, and Georgia came in at #15.
Here are the complete rankings:
If you’re a Georgia fan, you are VERY pleased about being at #15. If Georgia is going to make any more significant moves, though, it probably won’t happen until after next week. The farthest they can really move up if they beat Auburn is #13 because not enough 2-loss teams in front of them really have a good shot at losing. If Ohio State loses to Minnesota, and Georgia really looks strong beating Auburn, I could see them jumping the Buckeyes, however.
Tuesday Player Interviews
Yesterday, a few players met with the media, and here’s what they had to say:
***Videos courtesy of Logan Booker of Bulldawg Illustrated
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November football is neat, and you’ve already missed two nights of #MACtion when this goes live.
Thursday Night Snuff Films
#21 Clemson at Wake Forest (7:30, ESPN): It’s a damn shame that Wake and Vanderbilt’s six-year series picked THIS year to end, because man it would be comical. The Deacs average 1.1 yards per rush for the season. Clemson, on the other hand, is vastly underranked at #21. One loss to Georgia, one overtime loss AT Florida State, and that’s it?
Georgia, More XII Fun, and Easy-to-Avoid B1G? Good Noon Slate.
1) #20 Georgia at Kentucky: (noon, ESPN) I said on Tuesday’s #DudeYouPodcast that I felt Georgia’s history consisted of looking a gift horse in the mouth and getting its head bitten off. That leads me to believe this will be a blowout in the Dawgs’ favor, and that feels like a weird tune to be singing.
2) #12 Baylor at #15 Oklahoma: (noon, FS1) Regardless of whether I’m 100% right or 100% wrong about Georgia/UK, this game should be on your radar. In reasonable scenarios, Baylor is still very much in the national title hunt. In apocalypse scenarios, Oklahoma is. OFFENSE! POINTS! STOPPAGES OF PLAY!
3) Presbyterian at #11 Ole Miss (noon, SECN): If you’re in the area, tickets on StubHub are starting at $8! Go enjoy The Grove on a budget!
3b-t4) Whatever floats your boat, although the first two should really be the only things on your radar. #22 Duke/Syracuse is better suited as a basketball game, but Duke is officially interesting. Minnesota was leading the B1G West until losing to Illinois, but Iowa/Minnesota is on the Deuce if that’s your bag.
3:30: Wherein Option Four Involves Michigan.
1) #10 Notre Dame ‘at’ #9 Arizona State (3:30, ABC): You know the deal. We can’t comfortably live in a world where Notre Dame is a contender, and Arizona State has a chance to put all that away. Impressively, their D won them a game against a solid Utah team last weekend, so perhaps the days of giving up 62 to UCLA are behind them?
2) Texas A&M at #3 Auburn (3:30, CBS): Actually, a decent week to get your break from curse doctor Uncle Verne. Seriously, he carries a Marshall Morgan voodoo doll, and you won’t convince me otherwise.
3) #23 West Virginia at Texas (3:30, FS1): Any chance to watch West Virginia WR Kevin White is worth it, as is a chance to watch the Charlie Strong transformation-in-progress.
Shoutout to Tennessee Martin at #1 Mississippi State as well, because I’m genuinely interested to see if Dak Prescott’s turnovers become a real storyline.
Dude, Holy S**t.
What a nightcap slate. If you’re picking a time to do anything besides football, its before dark.
1a) #7 Kansas State at #6 TCU (FOX, 7:30): I’ve said it before: If TCU wins this game, they’ll be in the playoffs. K-State still has a tough road to hoe. This is going to be a fun one.
1b) #5 Alabama at #16 LSU (CBS, 8): “Death Valley under the lights is where dreams go to die.” – Les Miles “LSU is going to be playing like a top-1o team by November.” – Chad Floyd “F*** y’all.” – Nick Saban
1c) #14 Ohio State at #8 Michigan State (ABC, 8): I’ve been hard on the B1G this year, but let’s give them credit where credit is due: they have a game on the schedule with very real implications! It’s a 50/50 proposition that the winner of this game makes the CFP, which is nuts.
4) Virginia at #2 Florida State (6:30, ESPN): It’s Florida State 2014, so this’ll be close until Florida State makes it…not so.
And then, the beauty of the Pac-12 exhibits itself in all its radiant glory, as #4 Oregon visits #17 Utah (10, ESPN) in a very real threat for the Ducks. Good Utah DL vs. mediocre Oregon OL? I smell an upset.
Enjoy the games, folks!
Coach of the Year
Dan Mullen is clearly the front-runner for Coach of the Year, but if you are looking for a power ranking of other possible contenders, then Bleacher Report has the list for you. My dark horse (who I wouldn’t mind taking over for Saban once he retires) is Colorado State coach Jim McElwain who has turned around the Ram program in just two seasons. McElwain coached Alabama’s offense during the 2009 championship run, and is one of the few pro-style coaches left. Mark my words, he is going to get a big time job in the coming future. Here is the full list.
BCS or Playoff
We are all going to miss the BCS once we see the final four teams in a couple of weeks. The BCS took the human element out of the equation, so people with agendas could not put some one loss Pac-12 team over a one loss SEC team. I do not care what the people on the playoff committee tell you, they are all rooting for specific teams, and they all have specific agendas that they tend to. Here is what the BCS standings would look like at this point in the season.
SEC Playoff Nightmare
Imagine if Georgia beats Auburn. Then they beat the West representative in the SEC title. Do you think the Dawgs would get in to the playoff just because they won the SEC? Personally, I think the two losses to anemic opponents will over shadow any win going forward. Georgia would play spoiler to the SEC if they decide to win out, and would open the door for a one loss Big Ten/Pac-12/Big-12 representative to take the SEC’s spot. Here is the worst playoff scenarios for the SEC.
So, Georgia is heinously underranked at #11 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
How does Georgia sneak into the top 4, based on teams ahead of them losing? (Again, we’re going to assume that Georgia wins out, including wins against Auburn and an SEC West team currently ranked ahead of them:
SEC West (4)
1. Mississippi State
4. Ole Miss
Based on Ole Miss’ ranking of 4, it’s clear the committee is taking a ‘who have you beaten?’ approach. MSU still has Ole Miss and Bama, Auburn still has Ole Miss (on Saturday), Georgia, and Alabama, Ole Miss still has Auburn and MSU (and is in good shape with both at home), and Alabama still has MSU and Auburn (also both at home).
Georgia gets two wins against those four (projecting Auburn and then Alabama in Atlanta), and make no mistake: the Dawgs are in.
2. Florida State
7. Michigan State
10. Notre Dame
Florida State and Notre Dame both have Louisville on their schedule, and we’re all big Bobby Petrino fans.
Oregon’s still-suspect O-line and D leave them vulnerable to another L. They’ve gotten through the meat of their schedule, but host nemesis Stanford this week. They also have a Pac-12 championship game against someone with a good offense from the South (Arizona/Arizona State/UCLA?)
Michigan State is in if they beat Ohio State on Nov. 8. I’m conceding a spot there.
Notre Dame? Just ugh. Georgia, based on strength of schedule, would jump them with two top-5 wins.
The XII? (2)
9. Kansas State
Notably, they still have to play each other, so that’s good. TCU visits West Virginia this week as well, but closes with Kansas, Texas, and Iowa State. K-State has a much tougher road, visiting TCU, WVU and Baylor between November 8-29. This will sort itself out if TCU loses in the next two weeks.
… And if Georgia Loses?
I honestly expected Georgia to come in at 7 behind the big four from the West, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. Georgia’s best chance with a loss (let’s assume to Auburn) is a big win in the SEC Championship game coupled with multiple losses for the rest of the West.
Nobody’s leaving the SEC Champ out, and two-loss carnage will provide that for a two-loss Georgia team.
For that to play out, one quick way of it happening:
MSU: losses at Bama and Mississippi.
Auburn: (assuming they beat Georgia) loss to Georgia in SECCG, wins otherwise.
Alabama: loss to Auburn (still has a tricky game at LSU too.)
Ole Miss: loss to Auburn this week. Perhaps at Arkansas?
Basically Georgia would need to be the top two-loss team in the SEC with another loss.