Monthly Archives: October 2015

The DudeYouCrazy Viewing Guide, Week 9


This is a big college football weekend! No, there are no glamorous, beautiful, (I hate this word) epic top-10 matchups that can shatter the playoff picture, but there are a TON of good games that will go a long ways towards shaking down divisions (Pac-12 North, ACC Coastal, SEC East), and even more upset potential in stupid conferences (looking at you, Big Ten). There are weird games, mid-majors against P5 teams, and everything else you could want for a Halloween weekend filled with overtly cheesy ESPN graphics. TO THE GAMES!

Thursday is of interest.

If you follow my work, you know why. North Carolina at #23 Pitt (7, ESPN) is the first of three consecutive weeks of the Coastal’s three undefeated contenders going head-to-head. We pair that with ‘sneaky could still be good but at this point likely aren’t good’ West Virginia at #5 TCU (7:30, FS1). For God’s sake, will someone go ahead and put TCU out of its misery?

Even the nightcap has some intrigue, as disappointing Oregon travels to disappointing Arizona State (10:30, ESPN). 

Saturday nooners: I mean…not horrible? 

The SEC has two entertaining ones, as #19 Ole Miss at Auburn (ESPN) and South Carolina at Texas A&M (SECN) both tee up early. Ole Miss still controls its destiny in the West, but has (this is amazing) lost 5 straight road games as the favorite. Texas A&M had glow-in-the-dark helmets for Halloween…but won’t be wearing them, because, you know…noon.

Otherwise, there are three B1G games featuring middle-of-the-road teams, and two ACC games doing the same, with one including #17 Florida State hosting Syracuse (ABC). Stick to your SEC roots here.

Cocktail Party Simulcasts: Possible fun, but eh.

If Verne chokes out any chance of a Georgia East title in the first quarter, your contingency plan is as follows:

#12 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 3:30, ESPN: Oklahoma State is probably number 2 in my fraud rankings to this point in this season (Iowa exists). Texas Tech should be able to score with them in Lubbock. If nothing else, the O/U is 79 and the spread is only 3. That’s your typical Big XII football right there!

#3 Clemson at N.C. State, 3:30, ABC: Clemson, by many metrics, has been the best team in college football this year. Dabo Swinney has attacked the ‘Clemsoning’ meme to an almost embarrassing extent. Weird things happen to ACC favorites in Raleigh, although State’s 5 wins (Troy, Presbyterian, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Wake Forest) are about as fraudulent as 5 wins can possibly be.

Maryland at #10 Iowa (ESPN2) and #12 Oklahoma at Kansas (FS1) are also mid-afternooners, but we’re talking some hot garbage by then. Switch back to Georgia/Florida at this point, and curse the injuries, Verne, and, of course, the Florida Gators.

Early evening, pre #PACtion: kinda weak.

A lot more ‘well, this could be fun, but probably won’t be’ games to note.

The headliner for SEC fans is Tennessee at Kentucky (7:30, SECN) in a game that will likely determine third place in the SEC East, project calls for Butch Jones’ head or annoying Tennessee hype heading into November, and Kentucky’s bid for bowl eligibility.

Beyond that? I hate to do it, but #9 Notre Dame is the headliner. They travel to Philly to take on undefeated #21 Temple with GameDay in the house. This at least caused my favorite Hatin’ Ass Spurrier quote of the season.

If GameDay needs help shooting in Philadelphia, they might wanna call Marvin Harrison.

#15 Michigan at Minnesota (7, ESPN): This just feels like a stupid one where Michigan could stumble.

Miami at #22 Duke (7, ESPNU): Hoping for a motivated Miami “it was Al Golden, not us” performance in front of the packed house of 32,000 in Durham.

Vanderbilt at #18 Houston (7, ESPN2): THIS GAME’S IN HOUSTON!?!?! It was bad enough for Vandy when we realized a) Houston was good and b) this more or less represents Vandy’s SoCon Challenge game for the year. Having said that, watch Vandy pull some BS and win.

Nightcaps are my new addiction.

And Washington State is 3-1 in the Pac-12. #8 Stanford at Washington State (10:30, ESPN) probably won’t be a game, but if it is…it decides the Pac-12 North (actually, probably not, because Wazzu has no chance of going 8-1 in that league, right?)

And actually, that’s it! Give me November, where all of the games are meaningful, the weather is cold, and the football is above average.

 

 

 

#FloridaHateWeek 2015. It Begins.


I HATE FLORIDA.

Ahem.

If you’re new to the site, I feel like it’s important that you know that about me. I hate Florida. Everyone on this site hates Florida. And, truth be told, most Florida fans hate Florida too. Hell, even Steve Spurrier’s long standing hatred of Georgia stems from his inferiority complex about having played for Florida and the rest of his team not showing up that day UGA beat the doors off of him.

Andrew wrote about it here last year.

That’s right. The man who brought Florida to prominence briefly as a player, and permanently as a coach, hates Florida too. And so should you.

Go Dawgs.

SEC Stock Report, Week 9


We covered a lot of this in the DudeYouPodcast, which has still yet to win any awards, but the SEC race is starting to take shape.

As of right now, Ole Miss and LSU control their respective destinies in the West, and Georgia and Florida do in the East. GUESS WHAT: we’ll know who’s going to win the East (barring unforeseen dumbassery) by 7 o’clock on Halloween. I don’t know how I feel about that.

Today, the twist on the stock report will be divisional rankings, predicting for remaining opponents and doling out odds for winning the division.

East

  1. Florida 6-1 (4-1): Georgia, Vanderbilt, at South Carolina, FAU, Florida State– Pretty simple. If Florida wins on Saturday, they’re going to cruise to the SEC Championship at 11-1 or 10-2. Even if they lose to Vandy or SC. ODDS: 79%
  2. Georgia 5-2, (3-2): Florida, Kentucky, at Auburn, Georgia Southern, at Georgia Tech– Nothing between 7-5 and 9-3 will surprise me at this point, but I’m holding out hope that 10-2 is still attainable. More on what it’ll take to beat Florida later this week. ODDS: 18%
  3. Tennessee 3-4, (1-3): at Kentucky, South Carolina, North Texas, at Missouri, Vanderbilt– I’m now a heavy BUY on Tennessee for the rest of the year, their defense looked terrific at Alabama on Saturday. I think they win out (and thus finish 2nd in the East if Georgia falters). They would need a tiebreaker with the Dawgs (meaning UGA beats Florida then loses elsewhere) to make it. ODDS: 3%
  4. Kentucky 4-3 (2-3): Tennessee, at Georgia, at Vandy, Charlotte, Louisville– Probably blew its outside shot to reach Atlanta with its loss at Mississippi State, as their road would include Florida losing out in the SEC. Or crazy tiebreakers. The goal for Kentucky, as has been all season, is bowl eligibility. ODDS (of bowl): 80% (of SEC East) 0%
  5. Missouri 4-4 (1-4), South Carolina 3-4 (1-4), Vandy 3-4, (1-3): We’re just going to lump these together. As we’ve done for about a month now. It’s highly likely that none of these teams reach a bowl. All three have tricky nonconference tilts (BYU, Clemson, Houston, respectively). South Carolina scheduled a win against the Citadel, but can they win two at A&M/at Tenessee/Florida/Clemson? Hell no. Mizzou hasn’t scored a touchdown since October 3. ODDS (for any of the three to reach a bowl. Just one of them.) 14%

West

  1. Alabama 7-1 (4-1): LSU, at Mississippi State, Charleston Southern, at Auburn– even with LSU on the schedule, the Tide still has the easiest road among the West’s contenders. And they defend the pass well again. And I’m not willing to bet against them, ever. ODDS: 55%
  2. LSU 7-0 (4-0): at Alabama, Arkansas, at Ole Miss, Texas A&M– brutal. Not gonna talk about Leo Fournette, because Brandon Harris is maybe becoming the type of QB that gives Alabama fits? He can escape the pocket and push the ball downfield. I still don’t enough have faith in Kevin Steele as a DC to coordinate wins against Ole Miss and A&M to close, Alabama notwithstanding. ODDS: 28%
  3. Ole Miss 6-2 (3-1): at Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, at Mississippi State– They still technically control their own destiny in the West. They have their toughest remaining opponent in Oxford. They could finish 6-6 against this schedule. Or, obviously, 10-2. ODDS: 14%
  4. Texas A&M 5-2 (2-2): South Carolina, Auburn, Western Carolina, at Vandy, at LSU– So…realistically, at LSU is the only likely loss left on A&M’s schedule. To get to Atlanta, they’d need a 3-way tiebreaker at 2 losses with Bama or Ole Miss (who beat them) and LSU (whom they would have to potentially beat). Even given their anemic performance and the inexplicable play of Kyle Allen the past two weeks…that can happen. ODDS: 3%.
  5. Arkansas 3-4 (2-2): UT Martin, at Ole Miss, at LSU, Mississippi State, Mizzou– Let’s assume they beat UT Martin and Mizzou. They can win one of the other three, right? Then, do they go to a bowl game and DESTROY someone like they did Texas last year? And we deal with top-15 Arkansas again next year? Make it happen Bert! ODDS (bowl): 61%.
  6. Mississippi State 6-2 (2-2): at Mizzou, Alabama, at Arkansas, Ole Miss– snuck into the top 25 with a win over Kentucky, and could end up winning 9 games if things break right. Let’s tip our caps to Dak Prescott and Dan Mullen, noting that I have yet to see this team play this season. ODDS (SEC West): 0%, (playing spoiler vs. Alabama): 11%. 
  7. Auburn 4-3 (1-3): at Texas A&M, Georgia, Idaho, Alabama– The 4OT loss to Arkansas may have crippled their postseason efforts. I’m all about that result. ODDS (of making a bowl): 42%, because I’m scared as hell of that game on Nov 14.

DudeYouPodcast 141: UGA Bye Week Recap


UGA was off, but college football was ALL THE WAY ON. Join us as we break down all the action from across the land and kick off #FloridaHateWeek in style.

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DudeYouPodcast 140: UGA Bye Week – NBA Over/Unders


Georgia gets the weekend off, and so we quickly review the slate of games, and get down to the business of picking NBA over/unders for the 2015 season. If you like the NBA, you’ll love the breakdown, but if you don’t love the NBA, you’ll like hearing two of your favorite podcasters argue.

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Subscribe for free, and leave a 5-star review to hear your words on the air.

Email us at tips@dudeyoucrazy.net.

Love this? Hate it? Think I’m an idiot? Don’t just curse at me under your breath, head to the Dude You Podcast iTunes page, and leave a 5-star review to make sure I know it, and have your voice heard on the air. Follow me at @dpalm66.

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