Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Sunday Afternoon Tailback


This week’s record: 4-2; for the season: 78-27. 


The final College Football Playoff rankings are out today:  These teams are in, in this order:  Clemson, Bama, Mich. State and OU.  On New Year’s Eve, Clemson plays OU; Bama plays Michigan State


The Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to…Michigan State.  Sparty prevailed over Iowa 16-13 in the Big Ten Championship.  Michigan State did it with another gutsy, end-of-the-game finish with a 22-play, 82-yard brutally grinding running drive that ate up just more than nine minutes.  Bama has its work cut out for it when it faces Sparty on New Year’s Eve.  This is a never-say-die team as there is in CFB.

Heisman Watch:


·         Alabama running back Derrick Henry ran 44 times for 189 and a TD in the SEC Championship game.  The junior passed former Georgia superback Hershel Walker for the SEC single season rushing record.


·         Clemson QB Deshaun Watson passed for three TDs and ran for two more, piling up 420 yards of offense, as Clemson upheld its claim to #1 and won the ACC title by whipping North Carolina 45-37 in Charlotte.


·         Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey accumulated 461 yards, running, catching, returning and passing.  He scored a running TD, caught a pass for a TD and threw for a TD in the PAC 12 Championship game as the Cardinal beat USC 41-22.  McCaffrey’s performance gave him 3,496 all-purpose yards for the season and vaulted him past the great Barry Sanders for the all-purpose, single season record set by the great Barry Sanders in 1988.


The 81st Heisman Trophy will be presented to the outstanding college football player of the season by the Heisman Trophy Trust this coming Saturday night at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.



Looking ahead to next weekend: It’s the annual Army-Navy game, plus the FCS, Div. II and III continue their playoffs.



Check this link for the schedule.  It’s the best link for college football on TV:



Sources:; Associated Press



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Conference Championship Weekend Picks, starring Eminem, Katy Perry, Little Feat and others

Last week’s record: 7-5; for the season: 74-25. 


“I come from Detroit and I’m not a smooth talker.”-Eminem.  The MAC Championship:  Bowling Green vs. N. Illinois in Detroit.


While QBs like Deshaun Watson, Trevone Boykin, Baker Mayfield, et al have garnered the spotlight this season, Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, due to lack of TV/media coverage, has somewhat quietly gone about the business of being one of the very best QBs in the FBS.


The Falcons will need Johnson on-point on Friday when they face the Huskies in the Motor City.  N. Ill. Running back Joel Bouagnon has rushed for more than 1,200 yards this season and has 18 TDs. 


The Huskies have been in the MAC title game six straight seasons.  They won it last year; B.G. won the championship in 2013.


Either B.G. or N.I. will ultimately heed the words of that great and wise philosopher, sociologist and political scientist of our time, Eminem, “Success is my only [12-letter descriptor] option, failure’s not.”—and prevail.


Projected winner: Bowling Green.



“Well, you can drop me off on Peachtree, I got to feel that Georgia sun.”—Little Feat.  The SEC Championship:  #2 Alabama vs. #18 Florida in Atlanta. 


As if those SEC arteries weren’t already hardened enough from all the tailgate food this season, Tide and Gator faithful can swing by the world famous Varsity Drive In, just up the street from the Georgia Dome, and chow down on some chili dogs and cheeseburgers prior to the game.


This is the eighth time the two teams have met in the SEC Championship, dating back to the first one in 1992.  The record is Gators 4, Tide 3.


Behind a stingy defense, former Bama OC and Florida HBC Jim McElwain will do his best to derail the Derrick Henry Express.


However, as Bama’s last three SEC opponents have discovered, Derrick is a full-grown adult male who does not tire easily after dozens of carries because he does not think the ball is very heavy


Projected winner:  Bama.



“Back home again, in Indiana.”—Jim Nabors.  The Big Ten Championship:  Iowa vs. Michigan State in Indianapolis.


The #4  Hawkeyes, perhaps the surprise team of the FBS, roll into Coltsville to face # 5 Sparty.  Iowa is undefeated; Sparty has one loss by one point.


How close could this be???  Iowa and Michigan State have a combined average 33.5 points per game.  The Hawkeyes and the Spartans are tied 14+ in turnovers.  Plus, the contest will see two terrific coaches in Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and State’s Mark Dantonio.


It’s so close, that on this one, Coach Jim Bob reaches out to his great friend Doc who has a coin flip app on his phone….


Projected winner:  Michigan State.



“In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina.”—James Taylor.  The ACC Championship:  #1 Clemson vs. # 10 North Carolina in Charlotte.


The Tar Heels have an easy drive to Charlotte to face Clemson’s Heisman candidate QB Deshaun Watson and the Tigers.


The Tigers have won 15 in a row, dating back to last year.  The Heels have reeled off 11 wins in a row, a U.N.C. record.


This game may come down to turnovers—and the Tigers have committed seven in the last two games.


Projected winner:  North Carolina.



“Greetings, loved ones, let’s take a journey.”—Katy Perry.  The PAC 12 Championship.  #20 U.S.C. vs. # 7 Stanford in Santa Clara.


Coming off rivalry wins last week---Stanford over Notre Dame and the Trojans over UCLA---the Cardinal and the Trojans go at it in the Bay Area.


Fans will get to see two prolific TD-throwing QBs in Stanford’s Kevin Hogan (23 TDs) and S.C.’s Cody Kessler (27).


S.C. may have an emotional boost now that I (interim) BC Clay Helton, this week, was crowned HBC.


But, to paraphrase Forrest Gump’s momma, cool is as cool does, and HBC’s don’t get much cooler and smarter than Cardinal HBC David Shaw.


Projected winner:  Stanford.



"I’ve seen miles and miles of Texas.”—Bob Wills/Asleep At The Wheel.  The I-35 Bowl: Texas @ #12 Baylor.


Longhorn fans will leave Sodom & Gomorrah on the Lower Colorado for Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos as the Longhorns play the Bears.


Until the Big 12 gets its own championship game, this is what we’ll have to settle for in early December.


In Biblical terms, this really may be a David vs. Goliath duel in Waco, given the disparity in the two teams: Texas at 4-7; the Bears at 9-2.


Injured QBs play a big part of the plotline in this one: UT lost its starter last week; the Bears will now go with their third string QB.


In terms of offensive potency, there is a much greater distance between Baylor and Texas than 102 miles down the middle of the U.S.’ busiest interstate highway.


Projected winner:  Baylor



Sources:; A-Z



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