Bowl Season Starts Today and I’ve Got Your Winners

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Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck leads the Broncos against Air Force on the "Smurf Turf" in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (-1) vs Louisiana-Lafayette (O/U 61) – These are two evenly matched teams that will open the 2014 bowl season. Both average about 31 points per game and surrender about 28 per game.

Trends: ULL is 7-1 straight up in their last eight and 5-1-1 against the spread in their seven games… Nevada is 4-2 SU in their last six games and their total has been UNDER in 14 of their last 18 games.

The Pick: ULL will have a decided home-field advantage but I like the Wolfpack to cover.

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Sean Kugler has UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl against Utah State today.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl UTEP (+10.5) vs Utah State (O/U 46) – The Aggies had won five straight before being blown out by a hot Boise State team. UTEP was just 2-10 last season under Sean Kugler who has turned the program around with a 7-5 record this year.

The Miners have a solid running game but they will be facing one of the top defenses they’ve seen all season.

Trends: UTEP is 5-2 straight up in their last seven games and their total has gone UNDER in five of their last six games… USU is 5-1 SU in their last six games and their total has gone OVER in four of their last six.

The Pick: I like the Aggies to cover and I like the UNDER.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah (-3.5) vs Colorado State (O/U 57.5) – The Utes enter having lost three of their last five games while the Rams have won four of five. The question in this one is about level of competition.

Did Utah’s Pac-12 schedule prove a better prep than did Colorado State’s MWC schedule? What worries me is that the Rams are very explosive offensively and Utah gives up over 26 points per game.

Trends: Utah is 9-4 straight up in their last 13 games and has beaten CSU in five straight meetings… The Rams have gone 9-1 SU in their last 10 and their total has gone OVER in four of their last five.

The Pick: I like the Rams getting the points and I like the OVER.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan (+1) vs Air Force (O/U 58) – The Falcons were 2-10 last while the Broncos were 1-11. It goes without saying these two teams had the biggest turnarounds in college football in 2014. Because of Air Force’s dynamic triple option, Western Michigan has had to revamp its’ entire defense over the last 11 days which can always create some anxiety.

The Broncos score over 34 points per game though and have a great running back as well as solid receivers. Will the step up in competition hurt WMU though?

Trends: WMU is 6-1 straight up in their last seven games… Air Force is 5-1 SU in their last six games and the total has gone UNDER in six of their  last nine games.

The Pick: I want to go with Air Force badly but I think the Broncos cover in a shootout. Take the OVER as well.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl South Alabama (-3) vs Bowling Green (O/U 53.5) – The Falcons give up 34 points per game and they surrender over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing per game as well. While that looks dire for Bowling Green they could take advantage of a Jaguars’ team that scores just 21 points per game.

I expect a lot of points in this game despite both teams hitting the UNDER a lot recently.

Trends: South Alabama is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games and is 1-4 straight up in their last five… BGSU is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games and is 2-4 SU in their last six games. Both teams have seen the total go UNDER for most of their recent games.

The Pick: Take South Alabama to cover and the OVER.

College Football Bowl Games and NFL Action Highlight Saturday Lineup

Saturday’s football lineup has both NFL and college as the NFL enters Week 16 and college football starts its bowl season.

While the first round of college bowl games does not have the marquee names or matchups, every game can be riveting when there is a wager on the line.

According to data taken from Bovada and sportsbook.com, Saturday’s lineup includes two NFL games and five bowl games.

College Bowl Games

New Orleans Bowl – Louisiana Lafayette vs. Nevada

According to topbet and betonline, this matchup is a pick’em with the point total at 62. This is a neutral site, but ULL has a big edge playing in their home state. On any other neutral field, Nevada is a 3.5-point favorite.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Utah State vs. UTEP

The Utah State Aggies are 10-point favorites with a point total sitting on 44.5. The Aggies will start a fourth string quarterback but nevertheless will likely cover.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl – Colorado State vs. Utah

Utah is favored by 3 points with the point total at 58. Colorado State will be without Jim McElwain it head coach, but it will be the strong pass rush of Utah that will be the game changer. Utah looks too tough for CSU.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Air Force vs. Western Michigan

Western Michigan is favored by 1.5 points with a point total sitting on 56.5. Both teams will run and run effectively in this matchup. A number of points will be scored in this matchup and the OVER is the way to go.

Camellia Bowl – Bowling Green vs. South Alabama

South Alabama is favored by 2.5 points with the point total on 54. South Alabama will feel like this is a home game. Rain is expected which will push both teams towards a running game.

NFL Saturday Lineup

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

The Eagles are favored by 7.5 points with the point total sitting on 50.5. Philly has the edge in motivation as they try to maintain pressure on the Dallas Cowboys and find a way to secure a wildcard berth if not the NFC East title. The Eagles will look to shut down the Redskins offense and use their up-tempo offense to put a number of points on the board.

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are favored by 1.5 points with the point spread on 41. The defense for the 49ers is always tough. The San Diego offense is not the best. The Chargers have not lived up to expectations, nor have the 49ers. The play here is the UNDER.

Firing of Pelini Speaks Volumes for Where College Football is Today

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Pelini
Even a winning percentage of .713 couldn't save Pelini in Nebraska.

If I had told you seven years ago that your university’s head football coach would have a record at your school of 67-27 (winning percentage of .713) and that he’d be fired for said record, what would you have said?

Let me answer that for you. What you would likely ask are the following questions.

Did we win a national championship? No.

Did we win a conference championship? Um, no.

Did we win a division title? Yes! Yes you did! You won four of them. One in the Big Ten and three in the Big 12!!

Great! Did we win the conference title games? Oooohh, that would be no.

Did we have any Heisman Trophy winners? Nope.

So we won a lot of big games then huh? Well, there’s the problem.

You mean we fired our coach because he couldn’t win big games? Bingo. And the fact that he was a total jerk on the sidelines…

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Former Huskers' QB Scott Frost could be a leading contender to take over Nebraska.

This is what we have come to now in big time college football. You win nine or ten games a season but it isn’t nearly good enough and that’s exactly what happened with Nebraska.

The above narrative was about Bo Pelini if you haven’t figured that out by now. No titles, and losing all of the big games will get you shown the door regardless of what else happens.

The same thing has rung true at Florida where Will Muschamp has already cleaned out his office and at Michigan where Brady Hoke learned of his dismissal yesterday.

What’s different about those two situations however is that both had poor seasons that were used to support their respective ousters.

Muschamp and Hoke each had 11-2 seasons but the other years were anything but successful and in two proud football universities like those two, average and poor are not accepted.

What Nebraska has to realize is what many programs fight to accept and that’s that the good ol’ days are gone. There are plenty of Big Red fans who’d love to see a return to the option rushing attack of Tom Osborne but that isn’t realistic.

Football has changed drastically since Osborne left the sidelines and the faster the fan base recognizes this, the better. They must also accept the reality that Lincoln, Nebraska is not one of the top destinations any longer prized recruits to come.

If I can go to Tallahassee or Baton Rouge or Austin or any other warm climate why wouldn’t I? This just isn’t unique to Lincoln though. Other traditional powerhouses will lose recruits to teams in the south because of lower academic standards and a greater path to the NFL as well.

The top candidate to come to Lincoln appears to be Oregon Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost. Not only did he lead the Huskers to a National Title but he’s from Lincoln and his Ducks run the ball very well which would clearly make the traditional fan base happy.

The only hang-up here is do you want to follow up a first-time coach with another first-time head coach? That’s what Nebraska would be doing with the hiring of Frost. Other candidates will include Troy Calhoun of Air Force and possibly Craig Bohl of Wyoming who built a dynasty at North Dakota State. He’s also a former Huskers’ player.

One thing is for certain; the Huskers need to get this right and they need to get it done before the Gators and Wolverines bring in coaches they are targeting.

Thanksgiving Day NFL and College Football Lineup

Thanksgiving has arrived and that means family, friends, fowl, fixings and football.

The NFL tradition of playing on Thanksgiving continues today with three great games. Add to that two college football games and bettors have a smorgasbord to choose from.

For some football fans and odds makers alike, this Thanksgiving lineup is the best there has been in quite some time especially when it come to the three NFL games.

NFL Thanksgiving Day Games

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

According to Bovada and topbet, the Lions are favored by 7 points with the total points sitting on 47.5. The offense for Detroit has sputtered of late, but their defense comes to play each week, which could make the UNDER almost automatic in this game. However, Chicago could win this outright and receiving a touchdown is almost too much to pass up in this bitter rivalry.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas is favored by 3 points, with the point total at 55. Both teams are tied for first place in the NFC East with identical records. The Dallas offense led by DeMarco Murray is explosive and can put up points just as well as the Eagles offense can. Defensively both teams have struggled at times this season. Could a last possession score determine the winner, stay tuned.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are favored by one point, with the point total on just 40. This game is for all intents and purposes a tossup. The teams have identical 7-4 records and trail Arizona by two games in the NFC West. The teams have split the past 4 head-to-head games, with each game won by the home team. A late field goal wins this one.

College Football

TCU vs. Texas

The TCU Horned Frogs are favored in this matchup by 6.5 points with the point total on 56.5. Texas has not beaten major opponents but has gained a great deal of confidence with winning four of its past five games overall.

The Longhorns defense is No. 12 in the nation in yards allowed per play at 4.6. That is one reason, according to sportsbook.com and betonline, the UNDER has cashed so many times for Texas. The Longhorns could surprise the Horned Frogs and not only cover, but win outright.

LSU vs. Texas A&M

LSU is favored by 3 points, with the point total on 50.5 in this matchup. The offense for LSU has done little all season. The Texas A&M Aggies have not faced such a strong defense this season and that could prove too much for their offense to handle. The Tigers should cover this with the points staying UNDER.

Saturday Sports’ Bullets for You to Ponder

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Madison Bumgarner and the Giants have achieved dynasty status in my opinion.

There are s many things going on this time of year in the sports’ world that I just can’t find one to focus on so why not give you my thoughts and the latest news in the form we all appreciate? Let the bullets fly!

-One of the more hotly debated subjects this past summer was whether or not we should consider the San Antonio Spurs a dynasty. First of all, that term is thrown out way to often and while the Spurs under Gregg Popovich have been consistently good, I don’t view them as a dynasty.

-What does constitute a dynasty is the San Francisco Giants who have now won three World Series titles in the last five seasons. Some will make the argument that a dynastic team needs to at least have back-to-back titles somewhere in their championship run. I don’t see it that way. Bruce Bochy and company are a dynasty in my mind.

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LeBron has to be glad to have that first home game out of the way.

-I really don’t blame LeBron James for that rock concert turned basketball game the other night in Cleveland. I mean, yes, he’s to blame for some of the craziness that has followed him from Cleveland to Miami and back to Cleveland but what about these fans? Aren’t these the same ones who burned his jersey and took to social media with hate-filled rants? Apparently everything is OK as long as we return home.

-It may have been a surprise to some on the outside but the resignation of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon wasn’t that shocking at all to those in the know around Ann Arbor. The Michigan fan site www.MGoBlog.com came into the possession of emails between Brandon and disgruntled fans. For a savvy businessman like Brandon to even reply to these was bad enough but his communications were immature and unwarranted.

-As for Michigan going forward, look for a permanent AD to be in place in the next six weeks and a new head coach in place in time for the recruiting push in January.

-I have a feeling Ole Miss goes down for the second week in a row today. Their defense hasn’t given up more than 20 points yet this season but Auburn hasn’t scored less than 20 points since Gus Malzahn took over as head coach. Factor in the loss of linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and the diverse and up tempo Tigers’ offense and I just have a feeling the Rebels go down.

-Tomorrow of course brings us Brady vs Manning XVI and with both players shining brightly right now with their play it will be very interesting to see who blinks first. My gut tells me that Manning will put up better numbers but look for the Patriots to get the running game going early which will keep Denver’s pass rushers on their heels. Tom Brady just doesn’t lose at home either.

-If Kobe Bryant isn’t suspended for his use of the ‘N-word’ directed at Dwight Howard then all of the goodwill that Commissioner Adam Silver has built up will have been for nothing. The argument will be made that black players use that word as a “term of endearment” with fellow black players. Let’s be clear; that was not Bryant’s intent when he caught on camera. Let also not forget that Bryant has been fined in the past for gay slurs as well. Silver simply can’t tolerate this behavior from any player let alone his stars.

Seminoles Continue to Live Dangerously

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Jameis Winston threw three interceptions last night but still rallied the 'Noles past Louisvile.

During the 2013 season, the Florida State Seminoles faced very few moments of urgency. They trailed in the first half at Boston College before storming back to win and then in the national championship game they trailed Auburn by 11 points at the break. We know how that ended…

The 2014 season has seen the Seminoles in far different scenarios. Already through eight games Florida State has trailed in half of them. Last night was no exception as the ‘Noles came back from 21-0 down in the first half to defeat Louisville 42-31. This game was seen as the Seminoles’ last serious hurdle in terms of remaining unbeaten.

FSU will host Virginia next Saturday then play their final road game of the season at Miami. Home games against Boston College and Florida round out the season. Certainly anything can happen especially with those two rivalry games but the Seminoles will be favored heavily in all of their final four games.

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The Cardinals just couldn't hang on to the upset over Florida State.

Great teams always find ways to win and so far in 2014 this is exactly what FSU has done. Despite all of the controversy surrounding Jameis Winston for one thing after another and then the more recent allegations against running back Karlos Williams, the Seminoles have persevered. That doesn’t mean some luck hasn’t come their way either.

Most notably was the pass interference call against Notre Dame. While I believe it was the right call, it was still a stroke of luck that it was even called in the first place. There was also the Clemson game in which Winston sat out for his stupid decision to yell obscenities in the FSU Student Union. In that game, the Tigers missed field goals which would have won them the game rather than forcing them to overtime where the Seminoles prevailed.

Last night was no different as the bounces once again went the way of Florida State. Winston threw three interceptions but on one of those he forced the interceptor to fumble the ball back to FSU. Then there was the mishandled snap near the goal line where the ball seemed to roll free for an eternity before FSU tight end ick O’Leary fell on it for a touchdown.

How long can the Seminoles keep living dangerously? My guess is that they’ll survive the final four games but the real test will be when they enter the four-team playoff where they will likely face an SEC team. There’s no question Florida State can win the national title again but the doubts are much greater than they were last year at this time. Will luck and all the bounces continue to go their way? Only time will tell at this point.

Gurley Will Return But I Have Issues With the NCAA

The fact that I have issues with the NCAA is not shocking.They are easily one of the most incompetent and over-judicious bodies I’ve ever seen. Georgia’s Todd Gurley can attest to this. I do not excuse Gurley one bit for signing collectibles and then taking money for his signature because he knew it was wrong and did it anyway. The problem I have is how easily the NCAA has just cast aside Florida State’s Jameis Winston.

The FSU signal caller has far more of his stuff than does Gurley on the website where their wares are hocked. Yet amazingly, the NCAA seems to be uninterested in this fact and takes Winston’s word that he didn’t accept money.

So let’s see; Gurley signed far less stuff and was paid. Winston has been in trouble since he set foot on the Florida State campus yet no one believes he accepted money. Actually, no one can prove he accepted money. I mean, I’m sure the Beats headphones Winston wears all over the place were purchased with money he found lying on the street right?

College and Pro Football are on the Docket as Well as the World Series

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The committee that decides who plays for this trophy unveils their first final four this week.

Saturday brings me to the blog and to the fact that I can’t believe we have less one week until we hit November. Didn’t college football just kick off? Do you believe the first week of the season was actually in August? I was always told that time goes faster the older we get but I didn’t exactly expect a supersonic jet ride.

Today I’m catching my breath with thoughts on college and pro football as well as the Fall Classic which may actually end before November gets here believe it or not.

College Football

This Tuesday the 13-person college football playoff committee meets and reveals their top four teams. The committee is now actually down to 12 as Archie Manning had to step aside due to health issues. I for one am about as excited for this as I am a root canal but it creates talking points though doesn’t it?

Let’s be real here; there is still a lot that can happen and perhaps some of that chaos will continue today with Ole Miss and Mississippi State both on the road in the SEC. One of the top people I lean on for college football insight is Stewart Mandel who now writes for Fox Sports after years with Sports Illustrated.

Mandel argued this week that it’s very possible that two of the five major power conferences will get shut out in the ‘final four’ and he isn’t wrong. But I question the politics that will be involved by the committee. Mandel believes the Big Ten and Pac-12 will be on the outside looking in even with a potential one-loss Ohio State or Michigan State or even Oregon.

No one argues the SEC and more specifically the SEC West is the most dominant conference in football but there are two questions that come from this. First is whether or not the teams will knock each other off so badly that no one is left with less than two losses and secondly will there be ‘SEC overkill’ in the eyes of the committee.

Remember, good match-ups are great for the fans but they are even more important for the television networks. How would a final four of Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU and Florida State look versus let’s say a final four of Florida State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Auburn?

Don’t ever dismiss the politics in collegiate athletics my friends.

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Ned Yost has leaned heavily on his bullpen and rightfully so.

The World Series

The Kansas City Royals took a 2-1 lead last night in the World Series with a 3-2 win over the Giants in San Francisco last night. For the second straight game the Royals’ bullpen shut down the Giants which has become a trend throughout the season and now into the playoffs. It’s a very common theme where the Royals get a lead and take that lead into the sixth inning.

In effect, Manager Ned Yost has shortened official nine-inning games to essentially games that are just six or seven innings. This isn’t new; the Yankees did it during the great run of five World Series titles when the bullpen would take over and then hand the ball to John Wetteland and then Mariano Rivera. If the Giants are going to stay in this series they must get out early or this thing will be over in five.

Pro Football

Remember my preseason picks? Ya, that selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a wild-card team isn’t looking so good now is it? The Bucs have been competitive in most of their games but for the most part it has been nothing like I thought it would under new coach Lovie Smith.

 

It’s a Good Time to Talk About a Little of Everything in Sports

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Quit messing around MLB'ers! The game can speed up simply because of you.

If it sin’t already obvious to you I enjoy discussing football, both college and pro, more than any other sport. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the other sports because I do. Its just that I’ve always had a special place in my heart for football. Today I’ll certainly touch on that but I also have some thoughts on baseball and that’s where I’m going to start.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced yesterday that he will be forming a committee that will have the sole purpose of finding ways to speed up the game. I find this development very interesting because I’m pretty sure THERE ARE ALREADY THINGS IN PLACE TO SPEED UP THE GAME BUT THEY ARE NOT ENFORCED.

Sorry for the ‘all caps’ there but this is like having water to put out a fire yet you don’t use it for stupid reason. If you want to see games move along then let’s get pitchers back on the hill after talking to the sky for thirty seconds. Let’s get hitters back into the batter’s box rather than adjust their cups and re-velcro their batting gloves for a minute and a half between every pitch.

How about we stop specializing the game so darn much? Why do managers feel it necessary to make pitching changes based on so many factors that a nuclear physicist would get dizzy?

The fixes are already there for baseball but Selig, in one of his last parting moves of idiocy, wants a committee to investigate it. Sheesh.

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Steve Bisciotti laid out his case yesterday but according to ESPN, it has holes.

Late yesterday, Baltimore Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti spoke to the media in regards to the handling of the Ray Rice situation and the recent ESPN Outside the Lines report. Bisciotti claims that Ray Rice’s camp manufactured the story that OTL reported. Bisciotti hadn’t even finished speaking and already ESPN reporters were standing by their story.

At it’s core, this is still about a man knocking a woman out cold. The waves that came from that punch are still rippling throughout the league and society in general. What is obvious is that the Ravens did two things; they clearly lobbied Goodell for a lighter suspension for Rice and they had access to the video a lot sooner than they originally claimed. If it can further be proven that the NFL conspired to keep this incident and video in particular under wraps than this is very far from over.

Michigan Head Football Coach Brady Hoke made it clear in his press conference on Monday that he believes this team still has much to play for and that includes a Big Ten title. I certainly don’t fault Hoke for being positive because that’s what coaches have to be when the chips are down. The numbers unfortunately say something much different however.

Hoke’s Wolverines are as bad offensively as it can get. They’ve scored just one offensive touchdown against a power five conference school in their last three games and that was a late TD against Kansas State in their bowl game. Devin Gardner has actually gotten worse in recent games dating back to last year. His decision-making is poor at best and he struggles mightily any time Devon Funchess isn’t available.

Michigan still has trips to East Lansing and Columbus this season among other Big Ten games and I honestly don’t see this offense getting any better anytime soon.

Five Fearless Predictions for College Football 2014

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Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will survive the loss of Braxton Miller and still win ten games.

There are any number of adjectives I could use to describe my predictions for college football 2014 but ‘fearless’ just seems right. After all, they are fearless. I mean, it isn’t like I should ‘fear’ any repercussions should my predictions prove untrue right?

Enough lip service. Here are some predictions sure to come true for college football this year.

1. Ohio State still wins 10 games despite the loss of Braxton Miller. Have you seen the Buckeyes’ schedule? The two biggest road games are at Navy in the opener and at Michigan State in what most expect will be for the Big Ten East Division title. While the loss of Braxton to season-ending shoulder surgery is a tough pill to swallow, it’s not like Urban Meyer suddenly forget how to recruit and how to coach. Even with a redshirt freshman quarterback I expect Ohio State to still win ten games.

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Trevor Knight was great in last year's Sugar Bowl but I have concerns this season.

2. Oklahoma doesn’t make the Final Four. Everyone is jumping on the Sooners’ bandwagon and it all has to do with Trevor Knight’s performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Let’s think about this for a second; Alabama was playing a meaningless game after their difficult and heart-breaking loss to Auburn. They went from the number one team in the land and potential SEC Champ to a Sugar Bowl bid. Oklahoma Tech could have beaten Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year based on this theory. Knight is a nice QB but I expect some less than good games along the way. Don’t be surprised to see the Sooners lose one or two they probably shouldn’t. One loss is enough to cost them a Final Four bid.

3. Florida State drops an unexpected game. By all accounts, the Seminoles could be better than they were last year but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. If you had to point to a game where the opponent could give them trouble, you’d say Oklahoma State, Clemson, Miami and Florida. I have a feeling they are going to stunned by an unexpected foe however. Don’t rule out a road loss to NC State or Louisville. Both environments will be rocking.

4. Michigan’s Brady Hoke will lose to both Michigan State and Ohio State. Again. I like Brady Hoke and I think  a lot of the Michigan faithful does as well but I think there’s one major problem with him and that’s that I don’t know how good of a coach he really is. Look at the losses in his time in Ann Arbor and you’ll notice multiple losses to Urban Meyer, Kirk Ferentz, Bo Pelini and Mark Dantonio. There’s no shame in losing multiple games to those coaches but at some point you have to start questioning whether he can get it done with his great recruiting classes. This year won’t be any better as the Wolverines have to go to both Columbus and East Lansing.

5. South Carolina wins the SEC. Yup. That’s what I said. South Carolina wins the SEC. The first clue was the fact that Head Coach Steve Spurrier has been flapping his trademark gums more than usual of late. Dating back to his days coaching the Florida Gators, that’s a sure sign that he likes his team. Secondly, the Gamecocks avoid both LSU and Alabama on the schedule. Their only two tough road games are at Auburn and at Florida. Normally I’d add Clemson to that list but Spurrier has owned the in-state Tigers. I like USC to win the SEC Title game over Alabama.

Incidents in College Football and Basketball Prove Fans Have Lost It

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Rashaan Evans has felt the wrath of Auburn fans after he chose to attend Alabama on signing day.

I don’t know when it happened exactly but I’m quite sure that college sports’ fans and fans in general have pretty much jumped the shark. Maybe ‘jumping the shark’ isn’t the right way of saying it. Lost their minds? There, that sounds much better.

This past week has shown us that fans of college sports teams have gone overboard with their level of enthusiasm.

In one case, Oklahoma State University basketball star Marcus Smart flew into the stands at Texas Tech University. Smart had hustled down court to block a lay-up attempt when his momentum carried him into the seats behind the basket.

Smart was getting to his feet when he clearly heard something directed at him that must not have been very nice. Smart’s head whipped around to see a man in a Texas Tech polo flapping his gums at Smart.

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Smart was suspended for three games which is fair. Fan Jeff Orr should be banned from games period.

Smart lost his cool and shoved the fan. While I believe Smart was wrong, I also believe that if he were my child, I would have had no problem with his actions. Tech ‘superfan’ Jeff Orr admitted he called Smart a “piece of crap” yet Smart claims it was a much more racial comment.

Either way, Orr needs to be removed by the University, not himself from all future Red Raider events at least for the year. He claimed he will not attend any more basketball games this year home or away but it should be a decision the university makes, not him.

In the world of college football this past week we have yet another sign of fans who take things way too seriously. Last Wednesday of course was National Signing Day for those players signing a national letter of intent. Basically, this is where they decide where they are going to take their football talents.

It really has become a national holiday of sorts which is sad unto itself, but it took an even sadder step when a young man from Alabama committed to play for Alabama.

In most situations we’d think that any young man from the state of Alabama who chooses to play for the Tide would be loved and worshipped. This is not the case because this young man, Rashaan Evans, is from Auburn, Alabama.

Yes, that Auburn.

The Tigers were so sure that Evans was going to sign with them that they had already posted a bio page on their website for him.

Evans, who is a five-star linebacker, instead chose to play for the Crimson Tide. In the week that has passed since his announcement, Evans has been chastised and criticized on social media and even in person in some cases.

Auburn fans are not taking his decision well and are not only taking it out on him but on his parents’ business as well. So bad has it been that Auburn fans have gone to school board meetings at Evans’ high school in order to get him suspended.

His teachers have reported that they have been asked to fail him or find ways to get him in trouble and he’s even been told by fans that they want him to blow out his knee in the first game.

As sad and disturbing as this is, it’s probably even worse knowing many of these “fans” probably have never even attended a class at Auburn let alone graduate from the school. Are these people so desperate that they take to harassing a teenager?

None of this should really surprise us though should it? And that I find sad as well.