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College Football Playoffs – Did ‘The Thirteen’ get it right?

Ultimately, yeah. I think they did.

Earlier in the week, it was revealed that the four teams to play in the inaugural College Football Playoff are; No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State.

As I said, I think they did get it right. How they got there however, has left me gobsmacked.

As recently as last week, TCU held the No. 3 ranking and Baylor held the No. 4 spot. This week Baylor fell to No. 6 after beating Iowa State 55 – 3. WUT?! Now, in my opinion (and surely that of any sane CFB enthusiast), TCU should have never been ranked ahead of Baylor since Baylor beat TCU, and head to heads matter don’t they? DON’T THEY? Nope. Total mind fuck. Such a liar, Condy.

I have a sneaking suspicion that ‘The Thirteen’ may have tried at the last moment to rectify that situation with a ‘Oh, you thought we didn’t get it right, how fucking fascinating?’ type decision. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Either way, both Big 12 contenders Baylor and TCU did not make the Playoff.

Ohio State fielded a third string Quarter Back and won 59-0 over a ranked opponent to win the Big Ten Championship, so I’m okay with them joining the three other Conference Champions in the College Football Playoff, cos, you know. Baylor and TCU didn’t win their championship game.

The Big 12 has no championship game.

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Hmmmmmmm.

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College Football Opening Weekend 2014

My life has infinitely improved with the re-introduction of college football. I did nothing this past weekend except eat, sleep and watch football. IT WAS AMAZING.

No. 9 South Carolina v No. 21 Texas A & M

Texas A & M DESTROYED No. 9 South Carolina 52 – 28.  TAMU quarterback Kenny Hill completed 44 of 60 passes for 511 yards and 3 touchdowns, breaking my boy Johnny Football’s previous school record for yards in a single game. Kenny Hill had a nice time of it out there with plenty of open receivers, a great offensive line and South Carolina’s piss poor secondary helping him out. Truly, the game was won in the very first drive, and it was obvious South Carolina’s defence had nothing.  I know it was only the first game, but sophomore Kenny Hill looked like a fucking stud out there. It was glorious. He had 72% completion against the blitz, and his poise and decision making was that of a somewhat more seasoned QB. Genius recruiter Kevin Sumlin’s team, offensively looks brilliant, and Kenny Hill certainly seems suited to Sumlin’s style of play, where more than half of their gained yardage came after the catch. Ah. Football.  I can’t help but comment that South Carolina’s preseason ranking appears to be fucked.

No. 2 Alabama v West Virginia

With the loss of A J McCarron to the NFL, Alabama had fifth year senior (seriously, shouldn’t have graduated by now??) Blake Sims at QB. He threw one interception, but otherwise looked solid. Alabama’s defence is still as bad as it was last year – West Virginia wide recover Kevin White finished up with 9 catches and 143 yards because defending against him was apparently a little too much like hard work. ‘Bama went on to win 33 – 23, the game being a lot closer than that score suggests. It was also possibly the most boring game I watched.

The best thing about this game was the ESPN Camera dedicated to Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin and his rollercoaster of emotions. SO MANY FEELS.

No. 12 Georgia v No. 16 Clemson

Let’s go ahead and copy + paste my post from last year since once again this was the game of the weekend for me. Honestly, that game could have gone for another 2 hours and I still would have been sad to see it end.

Three words for you…. Todd Gurley, Heisman. Junior Todd Gurley was first scorer after a 5 play, 57 yard drive.  He also ran a 100 yard kick off return for TD making him the only player in UGA history with 2 career 100 yard kick off return TDs.  While he only touched the ball 5 times in the first half, he touched it that many times in the first drive of the second half, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Gurley finished with 293 yards and 4 touchdowns. You go Todd Gurley.

One of the most interesting reviews of the weekend was a dropped ball by Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett. The ruling on the field was that Bennett was down before the ball came free (he was). The call was reviewed and overturned by some person who may or may not have been drunk since there was absolutely no evidence to overturn the call on the field. Poor form drunky. 

Georgia QB Hutson Mason went on to score the very next drive after great plays by Michael Bennett and Todd Gurley, while Clemson went on to three consecutive 3 and out drives. Clemson back-up QB Deshaun Watson was then put in for Cole Stoudt (Sunshine?) and showed his arm early in the second with a pretty, pretty 30 yard pass for touchdown. That drive – 6 plays for 78 yards, not a bad start for the young man, not good for Cole Stoudt who was later intercepted by red shirt freshman Aaron Davis in an important drive that tied the game at 21-21 going into the break.

Georgia ended up winning the game in a 45 – 21 blowout, and Clemson fans face palming became my new favourite thing.

Honourable mention to freshman running back Nick Chubb who was impossible to bring down in a 47 yard TD run in the 4th.

No. 1 Florida State University v Oklahoma State University

Reigning Heisman winner, crab leg connoisseur, and No. 1 Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston really did nothing to remind people why he won the trophy last year. He threw two interceptions in the fist half, was too slow releasing the ball and was sacked twice. He did manage to score off a 28 yard run which included some hurdling of team mates and was vaguely impressive, finishing up with 25 completions for 40 attempts and 370 yards.

FSU receiver Rashad Greene had 203 rushing yards in this game and scored Jameis Winston’s only passing touchdown. No one else is worth mentioning. I’m not even kidding.

Underdog Oklahoma State are in a rebuilding year but the unranked, very young team showed a lot of heart and managed to stay in the game by doing a really nice job limiting FSU’s running game.

No. 14 Wisconsin v No. 13 LSU

How did LSU even win this game? I still don’t even know what happened. Okay, that is not exactly true. What happened was Wisconsin had the lead in the third quarter 24 – 7. Then BOOM. Fake Punt, 30 yard field goal, 21 unanswered points. Les Miles.

Wisconsin QB Tanner McEvoy quite literally lost his shit in the second half, throwing 8 completions from 24 attempts for only 50 yards, and got picked off twice. That was that. 

Everything else…..

No. 3 Oregon beat South Dakota 62 – 13

No. 4 Oklahoma beat Louisiana Tech 48 – 16

No. 5 Ohio State beat Navy 34 – 17

No. 6 Auburn beat Arkansas 45 – 21

No. 7 UCLA beat Virginia 28 – 20

No. 8 Michigan State beat Jacksonville State 45 – 7 

No. 11 Stanford beat UC Davis 45 – 0 (COME ON!)

No. 15 USC beat Fresno State 52 -13

No 17. Notre Dame beat Rice 48 – 17 

No. 20 Kansas State beat beat Stephen F Austin 55 – 16

No. 22 Nebraska beat Florida Atlantic 55 – 7

No. 23 North Carolina beat Liberty 56 – 29

No. 24 Missouri beat South Dakota State 38 – 18

No. 25 Washington beat Hawaii 17 – 16

Penn State beat University Central Florida 26 – 24 in Dublin

+ a whole lot of scores nobody cares about. 

Also, Eastern Michigan played on a grey field. It was weird. 

The one where I weigh in on Johnny Football

On Sunday ‘Outside the Lines’ reported that Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly being paid for signing his name on sports memorabilia back in January when he was in Florida to attend the BCS National Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame. This, just the latest in what has been a busy summer for Johnny Football.

The issue with this is that by being paid for signing his name, Manziel would be in breach of NCAA amateurism bylaw 12.5.2.1 (accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product) which, could result in Manziel being ruled ineligible.

The NCAA does not allow the student athletes to profit from self promotion as such an act would insinuate professional status as opposed to amateur.

Now, here is where I get on my high horse and call bullshit on the NCAA. I sincerely hope that if Johnny Manziel did what was claimed, he gets away with it. Because this shit is ridiculous.

I get that this is a rule. If the rule was broken, of course the player breaking the rule should face the consequences. That would be fine if the rule in question was not blatantly stupid. This rule may have been appropriate at a time when schools weren’t raking in millions as a result of the players. They pimp these players out and the players can’t benefit from said pimping? How you gonna do that? Fair, the NCAA is not.

It could be argued that the players do get paid by the school in terms of their scholarship (board, tutorial etc.). However, when you compare what a player like Johnny Manziel is costing the school per annum (lets say $80 000)  to the schools revenue from ticket sales, merchandise, media, etc. (the school made $119,702,222) something feels a little off, no?

Hear me out, none of these kids – and let’s remember, they are kids – know if they will make the No Fun League and be earning millions when their college days are done. They are just one bad tackle away from a career ending injury, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to benefit from their careers at college level if everyone else is? Being paid for your signature or likeness does not make you a professional athlete. They are still at school, amateur status is implied. The rule is redundant.

What upsets me the most about this is that the school and the NCAA made Johnny Manziel ‘Johnny Football’. They allowed the constant media attention – hell, why wouldn’t they when they can see the $$$$, and now they are going to try to bring him down. If they want to keep the amateurism in college sport, how can they justify allowing Manziel the constant media scrutiny he has to face daily? He is a student athlete, the school should be protecting him. Yah, the dude has done some questionable things, but he is a kid! Didn’t we all? We just didn’t have our mistakes or whatever as “Breaking News” on Sportscenter.

Fortunately, at this time none of those involved in the alleged money exchange will cooperate with the NCAA, and are not obligated to do so. The NCAA will check Manziels accounts for large payments, but without the cooperation of those involved or direct evidence of money changing hands there is little they can do. So for now, Manziel is safe from ineligibility.

I have an idea for these NCAA assholes. Pay the kids, then they won’t have to break the rules. Problem solved.

Alabama QB AJ McCarron to drive pace car at Talladega

Roll Tide.

As if a second BCS National Title wasn’t awesome enough, Alabama Quarter Back AJ McCarron will be the honorary Pace Car driver at the NASCAR Aaron’s 499 race on Sunday at the famous Talladega Super Speedway, driving a modified GT Mustang. The guy sure does live a charmed life eh?

Personally I’m hoping he brings his girlfriend, former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb (which we know he will, as if she would miss a publicity opportunity). It will give Darrell Waltrip someone to obsess over rather than Danica Patrick.

Word of advice AJ, it’s ‘Dega. Screw the 55 limit and drive it like you stole it.

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Australian Jesse Williams to Seattle in NFL draft

22 year old, Brisbane raised defensive tackle and University of Alabama alum Jesse Williams will become the first indigenous Australian to play in the NFL after being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft as the 137th pick overall.

Williams, at 191cm, 147kg and nicknamed ‘Tha Monstar’ was predicted by many experts to be drafted in Thursday’s first round. It wasn’t to be and Williams heard 136 names announced before finally hearing his own.

Williams was not able to run at the NFL combine after undergoing knee surgery following the BCS Championship game in which Alabama annihilated Notre Dame 42 – 14 in January. Roll tide. Being the second procedure on his knee (he also underwent surgery in 2011), it is likely that the injury was detrimental to his draft stock. Teams are cautious, but Seattle, having already drafted defensive tackle Jordan Hill in the third round, had very little to lose by signing Williams as 137th pick. Seattle also added DT Tony McDaniel during free agency, so Williams will certainly add depth to the Seattle side. If he stays fit, he should be a great fit at the Seahawks.

Go Hawks.

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