Just saying it demands respect and it usually makes opponents from other conferences (especially the Big Ten) shudder. However, the Big 12 believes it is on a level playing field with the SEC — the winner of the last six BCS Championship Games.
So after Oklahoma navigates a tough schedule, including a road victory in Morgantown, a tough game with Texas and avenges a loss with Oklahoma State, the Sooners will be a clear-cut pick for the title game.
That may not sound like a huge shocker, but whom the Sooners will face and eventually lose to in the big game is a surprise.no comments
LSU has removed star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu from the team just weeks before opening up what looked to be a promising 2012 season. Mathieu was shown the door as a result of violating what Les Miles confirmed to be team and school rules, although the details of the reasoning at this point are noting more than speculation and unconfirmed reports.
“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Miles said. “We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences.
For those who are just checking out our site for the first time, I feel I should inform you that Mathieu has been one of our favorite players to cover since we launched the site last summer. We have done a number of posts discussing what he brings to the field, his chances to become a Heisman player and so much more. So the news actually hits some of us pretty hard too. We can only imagine how the team reacts to this news as well.
“It’s hard because we all love Tyrann," Miles said. "We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him.”
Yeah, we're all going to miss him. Especially Verne Lundquist!no comments
In this, the Bowl Championship Series era of college football, the Southeastern Conference has been king. It has been well documented, especially by the folks who work for the network in Bristol, Connecticut, that the SEC has only lost one BCS title game since 1998, and that loss came last year…at the hands of another SEC school.
To take it a step further, of the six consecutive BCS titles won by the SEC, three schools from the West Division have reigned supreme: Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Only Florida under Urban Meyer has broken the stranglehold representing the East Division.
With all of that being said, with recent history being on the side of the West Division, it would be simple to plug in a school from the West as one half of a potential BCS title matchup. Heck, before Bobby Petrino took his wild ride in April, a logical choice would have been to pick Arkansas. Oops.
But picking a team from the SEC West is too easy. In fact, I don’t think a team from the SEC West even wins the conference this year. As one half of my BCS title game prediction, I’m picking Georgia to win the conference and head off to play for the crystal football.
Here’s where I pull off a prediction that has me going out on a bit of a limb, though: Georgia won’t win said crystal football.no comments
We all knew this was coming, right? At some point former Arkansas coach was going to sit down and bear his soul in an Oprah-on-the-couch type interview. He was going to talk about how apologetic he was, and how disappointed he was in himself that he hurt his family. He was going to talk about how everything that happened in the past six months- his affair, his firing, his familial troubles since- have put into perspective what’s really important in life.
Again, we just knew it was coming, even if no one was exactly sure when.
Well, that “when” was today, and the Oprah’s couch in this case was a four-minute sit down with ESPN’s Joe Schad that aired on ESPN. In it, Petrino basically reiterated everything that was said in the opening paragraph above, without sharing any real new insight. He’s sorry. He’s apologetic. He can’t believe he did this to his family. Of course the particulars that we as fans did want details- mainly why he made the decisions that he did- were mostly glossed over.
Man, college football is a truly sublime sport sometimes. There are days and weeks and moments where you hear a piece of news, and simply can’t believe it’s real. Sometimes the truth really does seem stranger than fiction.
A perfect example of this phenomenon popped up yesterday, when a disgraced former coach took a disgraced administrative position at Arkansas. Basically, it was a match made in disgrace heaven.
The job is believed (though not confirmed) to be the role of “On Campus recruiting coordinator” a position which was last held by a former Arkansas volleyball player named Jessica Dorrell. By now you know that Dorrell was also the mistress of Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino, and got the job in large part because of her, ahem, “interpersonal relationship” with him. When it was revealed that Dorrell was with Petrino on the epic motorcycle accident that eventually cost him his job, she too left the university also.
Well, apparently Dorrell’s position has been finally filled, and filled in the most unintentionally funny way possible.
Simply put, life is full of so many great mysteries. Does Bigfoot really exist? Why was the can opener invented 48 years after the can? Why did Thurston Howell III and his wife pack so many darn suitcases for a three-hour tour? These are questions that we may never get answered.
But as we get set for the kickoff of college football season, the sport we love so much has given us a query just as flummoxing as any of those mentioned above. That question? What the heck did the LSU Tigers do in the off-season to sour so many people?
Although it’s been just under a month since the Freeh Report was released and over three weeks since the NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State, incredibly, the fallout from the two events has never seemed to end. From players transferring and staying, recruits reaffirming their commitments or looking elsewhere and the Paterno family keeping their name in the headlines as well, this is a story that simply won’t go away.
Of everyone that had anything to do with the fallout at Penn State though, one of the few groups of people who’ve remained auspiciously quiet throughout this entire process are the ex-players.
We're talking about the BCS Championship game here, so why wouldn't there be controversy? Well, if I'm right we're about to see some major controversy as Oklahoma takes on and eventually takes down 'Bama in the BCS National Championship game in Miami this coming January.
Why the controversy? Well, just a few weeks back I picked West Virginia as the Big 12 Champion over Oklahoma and that means a head-to-head win over the Sooners in Morgantown. But this is the BCS and formulas and computers matter more than on the field results.
Don't think so? Just look back a season ago to see how 'Bama made the national title game despite losing to LSU in the regular season, or how about the other team in my BCS Championship game matchup, Oklahoma. They've managed to not win the Big 12 before and make the National Championship game.
The reason I've got them in over the Mountaineers is they'll finish the season with a slightly better formula thanks to the non-conference matchup with Notre Dame in Norman. The Mountaineers "best" matchup is against Maryland in their non-conference slate, so I say advantage Sooners.
Let's also set one thing straight here, I don't see any single team running the table this season. LSU and 'Bama have difficult schedules and play each other so someone has to lose at least once and more than likely one will lose twice. Florida State is prone to losing a game it shouldn't as of late (Virginia last year anyone?) and that could well come on a trip to Blacksburg, VA to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Oregon and USC will knock each other off, and the Big Ten is loaded with trap games for both Michigan and Wisconsin and even if they enter the B1G Championship game undefeated, one has to lose to the other, right?no comments
Earlier today it was announced that the 2012 Penn State uniforms would be breaking with tradition and feature player names on the back of the jerseys. They'll also feature a blue ribbon on the front to recognize the victims of child abuse.
The names may or may not be a one time thing moving forward, but O'Brien made the reason clear as to why he chose to put the names on the jerseys for the first time.
"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," said O'Brien. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I'm deeply committed to honoring Penn State's traditions, while building a bright future for our football program."
Apparently the move to add the names came from a decision made by the players that are there now and if O'Brien's statement holds true it may be the one and only time we see this.
As for the blue ribbons?no comments