Did the Committee Get it Right?

The picks are in: Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama are your top four teams in college football. The committee debated and made an absolute statement by putting Alabama in over Ohio State and here’s why:

When you take the two teams and compare their schedule, Ohio State has the wins. They have a statement win over Penn State, Michigan State and won their conference beating Wisconsin. Alabama has wins over LSU, Mississippi State, and (I will put it in there) Florida State. I know that FSU sucks this year and is in absolute disarray right now with Jimbo Fisher leaving but I still count that win because 1. Francois got hurt in the fourth quarter and the game had already been decided, and 2. If you watched that game Alabama absolutely beat up on Florida State especially while Francois was in. That game was a statement of itself and hurting Francois meant nothing in the outcome. With a healthy Francois I think FSU has the talent to be a top 10 team so hypothetically I’m throwing them in there, if you don’t want to that is understandable.

In the past the committee has stressed to get in you have to win your conference. I know Alabama didn’t win theirs. They didn’t even make it, I know that, but the committee knew what they were doing the whole time. If they wanted to give OSU a chance to make the playoff they would have moved them up further after the Michigan week. They were sitting at #9 that week, and if the committee felt they should be in they would’ve moved them up to #6 or #7, essentially making the Big Ten Championship a play-in game. They knew all along that OSU didn’t deserve to be in there because they had the Iowa game playing over and over in the back of their mind. Snubbed?? I would not say that. Unfortunate?? Definitely.

Here’s another reason they chose Alabama. MONEYYYY. Money makes the college football playoff go round. With all the controversy this year as to what teams should be in, I am positive that all of the games will break records in viewership.

Here’s an interesting little thought about the SEC championship game that a lot of people didn’t think about. Georgia lost to Auburn at Auburn, Georgia avenged that loss in Atlanta. So if you think about it, each team won on their home turf. So what then, round 3???? See who gets in? In a way, they did just that.

Alabama and Clemson will meet for the third time in a row and I can’t wait for the showdown. Personally I think Alabama is the best team in the country behind Clemson. I know I’m a little bias but I think they have too much talent and too good of a coach to not be. If you think Nick Saban is going to let Clemson walk all over them you’re just wrong. I expect an absolute bloodbath that game. There’s one reason Bama blew it late last year and that man is currently (well not exactly) playing on Sundays and his name is Deshaun Watson. Experience won in that case. Watson had been there before as a Sophomore against Bama and he lost. The next year against a true freshman Jalen Hurts he was not going to let the same thing happen. Now the roles are reversed. Hurts, a sophomore, played in the National Championship game last year and I can bet you he’ll use that experience to help him this time around. On the other hand, Kelly Bryant has never played in that big of a game before. However, he had sat behind Watson for quite some time and obviously didn’t miss a beat when they lost him to the draft. I think that was too good of a game to pass up and the committee knew that. 

I can’t wait for next year though to watch Georgia-Auburn part III because that’ll be a game for ages. An experienced Jake Fromm who already as a true freshman has taken the reigns from someone everyone thought was going to be a god, Jacob Eason, and took them to the CFP. Kirby Smart is the PERFECT fit for that school. Plus another year with Jarrett Stidham at Auburn and Gus Malzahn staying is going to be fun to watch so mark your calendars.

Will Texas Football Rise From the Ashes?

Growing up during the Mack Brown era, winning seasons was a way of life. It so happens that the first season I actually remember is the year Vince Young scrambled for a 9 yard touchdown on 4th down to defeat USC in the National Championship Game.

The 8 years that followed featured 4- 10 win seasons, 7 bowl game appearances, 5 bowl wins, 1 National Championship appearance, and only 1 losing season. Since Mack Brown resigned after the 2013 Alamo Bowl, Texas has had two 5-win seasons and two head coaches.

After hiring Tom Herman from Houston last January, Texas fans were already talking about the College Football Playoff. Herman had compiled a 22-4 record in 2 years as the head coach of the Houston Cougars. Fans expected Herman to replicate those 2 years in his first year at the helm of the Longhorn football program. Unfortunately for Longhorn fans, this was not the case.

The first game under Tom Herman started with a bang. Maryland’s quarterback Tyrell Pigrome threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Holton Hill. After that, it was all Maryland. Maryland scored 27 unanswered points and Texas fans’ morales changed in an instant. Texas ended up dropping their first game under Tom Herman 51-41. Questions circulated about offensive/defensive play calling, the personnel being used, and issues with the kicking game.

Little did we know that this would be the beginning of a season that no one expected.

Tim Beck’s offense displayed little to no progress throughout the year. It’s ridiculous. The same plays were called time and time again, regardless of the success rate. They had trouble finishing drives in the end zone, closing out drives with 6 points became something Horns fans could only dream of, especially from inside the red zone.

Speaking of the wondrous 6 points, the Longhorns couldn’t rely on kicker Josh Rowland to put up 3 points. Rowland finished the year 10 of 17 on field goal attempts with 2 of them being blocked.

On a higher note, Todd Orlando’s defense progressed significantly throughout the season. After giving up 51 points in the season opener, the next highest number of points they gave up was 34. They held five ranked teams to under 30 points, yet only one of those games was capped off with a victory.

Junior punter Michael Dickson was my MVP for the Horns this season. Dickson, a Ray Guy Award Finalist for the second time, punted 73 times with 32 downed inside the 20 yard line, 34 punts of 50-yards or more, and a long of 76 yards. As great of a player as Dickson is, the punter is never thought of to be the team MVP. Throughout this season, there was one constant: Dickson’s incredible punting abilities.

The first year under Tom Herman was unexpected to say the least. Reaching a bowl game for the first time in 3 years will hopefully be a confidence booster going into next season. All of this being said, I have faith in Tom Herman moving forward. He is a proven coach with an excellent track record and I believe he is the right man for the job. The freshman class, led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, has the potential to lead Texas back in to the college football spotlight that Horns fans dream of year after year.

WATCH OUT KRIS BRYANT AND BRYCE HARPER WEARING THE SAME JERSEY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LITTLE LEAGUE

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Good LORD what a beautiful sight! Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper in the same jersey just gets me the hell going. Couple of Vegas boys sittin’ back drinking some brews talking about how many championships they’re gonna win together in Chi-town for the best fan base in sports??? Doesn’t get better than that.

I mean come on as a Cubs fan you love to see this kind of a tweet. When I first saw this I showed my friend and said “Check this out. I can’t wait for them to be in the same jersey out on the field.”

Harper has been a big Chicago fan his entire life. He loves the Windy City. His dog is named “Wrigley” for god’s sakes.

Just picturing it now gives me the chills. I hope to god the Cubs can squander enough cash to pay Harper and Bryant the 12 bajillion dollars they deserve.

One more year, that’s all I have to wait to see that bearded beauty in the royal blue and white pinstripes with a big ole’ “C” on his chest.

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MY CFB PLAYOFF TOP 4

Let me just say that I am not a big fan of the way the college football playoff teams are selected. I don’t even know how I would fix it but I just don’t like it at all. I would love to make it an 8 team playoff and just stretch out the games an extra week, it would be an easy fix. There are more than 4 teams each year deserving to fight for the natty. Look at Penn State last year or USC, both teams coming into the postseason red hot but neither of them could make it due to losses in September. Just pick the 4 best teams and don’t look so much into all of the other politics of it. Here’s my top 4 after this weekend’s games

1. Alabama

I don’t even see an argument here. Even when Georgia was at 1 it didn’t make any sense. Bama is so obviously the best team in the country. They have the experience, the best coach in history, and the most amount of talent in the country. Bama faces a tough test next week against Auburn but even with a loss, they probably get in. That won’t be an issue though. Alabama will wipe the floor next week at the Iron Bowl and get ready for another top 10 face off with Georgia in the SEC Championship. All that Bama really has to do over the next 2 weeks is win 1 game and they’ll be in.

2. Oklahoma

I think there is something to say in the rankings for a team with the best player in the country (excluding Saquan Barkley). They have 1 loss to a very solid Iowa State team who has actually been surprisingly decent especially after they beat Oklahoma. The Sooners might not have the best defense but Baker Mayfield is literally never out of a game. They get West Virginia next weekend at home possibly without an injured Will Grier which won’t be a problem then the Big 12 title game against TCU most likely. Oklahoma should win out and get into the playoff and get the respect they and Baker deserve.

3. Clemson/Miami

These teams are completely interchangeable for me because they play in the ACC Championship in two weekends. Miami gets Pitt on Friday after Thanksgiving and Clemson gets a solid South Carolina team. Assuming neither of these teams trip up next weekend the winner of the ACC Championship game will get into the playoff. Even if Miami loses the ACC Championship and that is their only loss they’re not getting in as a 1 loss team most likely. Clemson will get in even with a horrible loss at Syracuse. That’s the Dabo effect and some recency bias. I love Miami but something tells me they can’t be counted on. I could totally see them losing to Pitt but if not Clemson should take care of them. Clemson will be in.

4. Ohio State/Wisconsin

Yeah, I can’t believe it either but I think Ohio State will sneak into the top 4. Lets see how: Ohio State will handle Michigan next weekend and Wisconsin will finish at 12-0 after wasting their time next Saturday against Minnesota. Wisconsin doesn’t seem legit to me; they have played absolutely no one and you can say they beat Michigan but that’s the only ranked team they’ve played, they played them at home, and Michigan was only ranked because of Jim Harbaugh’s presence. I can see Ohio State as a double digit favorite against Wisconsin in Indy and when Ohio State beats Wisconsin, the Badgers will be out of the playoff with that terrible strength of schedule. I think everyone can agree that a 2 loss Ohio State team is still better than a 1 loss Badger squad. Ohio State needs Bama to beat Auburn which will knock them out, Bama to beat Georgia in the SEC title game which would knock them out, and hope the committee sees them as better than either a 2 loss Clemson team (which they will) or a 1 loss Miami team (still to be seen).

First 2 out with no chance

Above I have the teams that still have a possible chance. You can say Auburn does and Georgia does but I’m just assuming they lose to Bama because it’s Bama. I really only see a path for those 6 teams so here are the top 2 teams that don’t have a path to the playoff.

  1. Penn State

This Nittany Lion team is absolutely legit. They lost 2 games on the road to ranked teams by a combined 4 points. Just tough luck for James Franklin. They have the best running back that I’ve seen since Reggie Bush in Saquan Barkley and a very capable quarterback in Trace McSorley. They will not be playing in the Big 10 championship game like last year and will probably finish at 10-2. A 2 loss team that doesn’t win their conference title just doesn’t have a path and that’s the tough part about a 4 team playoff because this team is legit.

2. USC

The Trojans are in a very similar position to Penn State except they’ll have a chance to play in their conference title game. They have a top 5 NFL pick also in Sam Darnold and are an exciting team to watch. USC obviously wont get into the playoff but I’d love to see a USC and Penn State bowl game rematch, wouldn’t you?

WHAT IS THE POINT OF EVERYONE HATING ON LEBRON?

Call me crazy but Lebron James is in the midst of his best season ever. Here we go, cue the haters!! I know what you’re gonna say, “He’s playing in a weak Eastern Conference blah blah.” WELL HE PLAYS 40 MINUTES A GAME! Cry me a river man, why can’t anyone sit back and appreciate his greatness? Who knows how many years left we have watching the King so why are we trying to evaluate every single aspect of his game? The 15 year vet is the NBA villain yet again for no reason.

Sure, maybe I follow Nick Wright and maybe he is a bit excessive, but we’re out here everyday trying to defend someone who has legitimate credentials to pass as the greatest player of all time.

“People really forget how trash basketball was in the 80’s” – Nick Wright 

Look, what Lebron puts on social media should only help his stature. He’s just the biggest troll in the world with his tactics and his corny sayings. Those Arthur memes make it so easy to love him even more. He is always one-step ahead of everyone else. His Instagram stories that go viral while he’s working out are hilarious and make me want to run through a brick wall for him.

All I hear in the Lebron vs. Jordan arguments are “6 RINGS!!!! 6 RINGS!!!” First off lemme start by saying congrats… Because that’s literally your only argument. Jordan won in an era where athletes weren’t at the top of their game and no one trained nearly as hard as the players do today. I would agree that the game has gotten softer, but what makes you think a 6’8 250 lb. behemoth of a man couldn’t dominate back then too? The reason people hate him is because he is everything everyone wants to be. FACT. 3-5 in the finals? SO. WHAT. Eight (8 YES YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY) straight finals against teams with the most elite talent and coaching in the NBA, and he is able to consistently showcase jaw-dropping numbers year in and year out.

I can’t even believe I’m writing this right now. If someone told me they don’t like Lebron because he’s a whiner who asks for every call I’d consider throwing up in front of them. All of the best athletes ask for every call. You ever see Tom Brady throw a fit about something? It’s every other play man. Saying he begs for calls couldn’t be more irrelevant and I still hear this on a consistent basis. HE IS ENTITLED TO EVERYTHING IN THE NBA. THERE I SAID IT. Lebron James has single handedly changed the sport and whether you hate it or not, you should respect it.

I cannot stress this enough, the best player in the world still holds his crown because of his uncanny ability to perform at an elite level in all aspects of the game. He is a bully on the court. He’s better than Jordan, better than Magic, no other way to describe it. He is the greatest athlete the world has ever seen.

A National Championship game in November

God do I love Duke. That’s no joke. Call me a bandwagon, call me a scumbag that’s up to you but I love Duke and there’s nothing you can say that’s gonna change that. Grayson Allen? God. JJ Reddick? GOAT. I get why people hate Grayson Allen but man is he great. He embraces everything that all villains have to. He’s sooooo damn clutch. 37 points in the third game of the season vs the #2 team in the Country!? I need more of that in college basketball. Granted, I know they were playing MSU so I cheered in silence and rooted for my school but was a bit disappointed with their play.

 

I would’ve been happier had MSU been able to come away with the win but we all live and learn. Hopefully that’s what this team will do because I was pretty unimpressed if I’m being honest and here’s why. I guess I’ll start out with what they did well. I thought Jaren Jackson Jr. was awesome in that game. He played like the 5 star talent he is, hitting clutch 3’s in big moments and making plays down low that included finishing some big and 1’s and dishing the ball outside. One thing I thought he could’ve improved on was rebounding. Duke was absolutely out bodying State on the boards and I really am convinced had MSU been able to take away some of those offensive rebounds from Duke they would’ve. There’s your good. Here’s the bad.

 

Two words: Miles. Bridges. DUDE! What are you doing?? He played scared the whole night except for that one stint where he hit 2 three’s in a row. He did that thing where he slapped the floor with both hands and stuck his tongue out, opened his eyes all big and I stood up and said “JUST GIVE ME THE NATTY RIGHT NOW!” I was fired up as was all of Spartan Nation. Not so fast I found out. After that outburst from Miles he went soft. He had NO answers for that 2-3 zone and as a sophomore no doubt NBA talent you have to be able to create your own shot, move the ball, just do something. You can’t just stand at the wing and when you get the ball either throw up a 3 or pass it off. ATTACK BIG MAN. Bridges is a freak of nature one of the most pure athletic talents I’ve ever witnessed but he didn’t use it in that game. He looked scared. He needed to penetrate that zone and put shots up or create something to find  the open man.

 

Here’s what MSU needs to do in the future to win. They need to be as physical as Duke, and they need to find ways to create open shots, and then when they get the opportunity they need to sink them. If Josh Langford wants to be a successful 2 guard he needs to be able to hit shots consistently. Rebounds and scoring. That’s going to be the biggest needs for the Spartans if they want to live up to the hype that’s been placed on them this season. Turnovers and mental mistakes will be fixed you have my word. Izzo will not put up with that and I have no worries about that.

 

These two teams will meet up again I can promise that. And when they do, Izzo’s gonna take a win from Coach K. 13 and 2 baby. Izzo’s climbing back. You heard it here first.

UCLA Officially Led the Nation in Steals Before the Season Even Started

Last week, LiAngelo Ball and two teammates were arrested in China for shop lifting. The players have since been released due to the ever so brave negotiation tactics of former television celebrity Donald Trump. His valiant efforts that spared the boys of 10 years (fake news) in prison for shoplifting thankfully have not gone unnoticed. Unless of course you ask Trump himself. Who made sure amidst all of what could be keeping a man like him busy, to acknowledge his own “heroic” efforts.

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Spanning to the other end of the Big-Baller Spectrum we find LaVar Ball sitting in silence, a sound he is not much familiar with. LaVar, who is yet to comment on the investigation of his son, mentioned to reporters that he is expecting to have a meeting with Trump sometime in the near future. However, this meeting seems doubtful to occur for two men with such loaded agendas of course. You know, since one man is busy running one of the most powerful organizations in the world, and the other busy pretending to be the President of the United States.

Oh to be a fly on the wall for that meeting. Picture it now. White House staff just finished prepping the oval office for it to welcome the biggestpolitical(?) news channel, ESPN.

 

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I’ll digress before I venture too far into the idea of Stephen A. Smith and Donald Trump struggling to land subtle verbal jabs on one another over the loud mouth of the UCLA star’s father.

 

“They will have to earn their way back,” said Coach Steve Alford of his three recently suspended players. What does this mean?

 

Well for basketball purposes this means that Steve Alford is pretty pissed about having to sit some of his players for something stupid and something that he couldn’t care less about. Classic coach line to say that they will have to earn it back. Alford’s quote translates almost perfectly to normal fan language as “I’ll wait until things blow over before they play again so I don’t look bad and the school doesn’t get mad at me.” You don’t keep a member of the First Family of Chino Hills on your roster if you’re Steve Alford and UCLA unless you’re looking for any sort of attention you can get. Which is exactly why UCLA was over in China anyway, looking for rich Chinese family’s attention with the hopes of them sending their children over-seas to the prestigious academics of the Pac-12.

 

And for us? Well it means that we’re now responsible for sitting back and reflecting on how good the next episode of the Kardashian’s Ball’s reality show is going to be when it eventually airs on Facebook. Does this mean UCLA is screwed for this season? Is LiAngelo now going to be the most relevant Ball? It’s too soon to tell for either of those but a few things I do know…

 

I do know that LaVar Ball has long been the face of the Ball’s big brand. I do know that LaMelo dropped 92 on a bunch of high school kids that none of us can name one time. And I do know that Lonzo is starring in his new role on the Lakers bench. What I didn’t know? That LiAngelo was even part of the family before this stunt.

 

I’m not saying that I don’t think what you think I’m saying, but stay woke on everyone mistaking this possible conscious decision as an “inexcusable lapse of judgement.”

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