Posted on: November 27, 2009 6:25 pm

Told you about Mark Ingram

Didn't I? In my Heisman story Thursday, I unveiled my vote. Four names. None of them "Mark Ingram." He's a nice running back on a great team, but a Heisman candidate? He shouldn't be that. And maybe he's not after that debacle against Auburn.

My Heisman candidates remain golden:

1. Toby Gerhart.

2. C.J. Spiller

3. Colt McCoy and Dexter McCluster (tie)

No Tim Tebow, either. His candidacy is a damn joke, as is any voter that falls for it.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 14, 2009 2:08 pm

OSU = football school. Cincinnati? Um ...

Listen to me. I'm not this mean. I don't intend for this to be as petty as it's going to sound. But I have to tell you one, just one, of the differences between a big-time football school like Ohio State ... and a smaller sibling like Cincinnati.

It's a detail, but details matter. Here it comes:

I'm eating the pregame meal before the Iowa-at-Ohio State game, and they have a McDonald's McFlurry station set up. Plus McDonald's iced coffee. That's in addition to a solid meal of BBQ and potato salad and so forth.

That's now. Last night, at the West Virginia-at-Cincinnati game, they also served BBQ. Fine dinner. But at halftime, their idea of nourishment was to scoop the leftover baked beans into a tin and set the tin on a table, next to a pile of paper plates. Here you go, media. Eat up.

At halftime of this OSU game, I expect more McDonald's. Maybe some pizza.

Just noting. There's money at OSU. And there's cold baked beans at Cincinnati. As far as analogies go, that's a good one.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Baked beans
Posted on: October 31, 2009 6:01 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

You hear me, Big Ten people? Not a damn word about any SEC conspiracies.

That Iowa-Indiana game was the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Questionable calls went to Iowa. A touchdown for Indiana was reversed on replays that never came close to showing enough proof to reverse the call on the field.

I'm saying it: I firmly believe those Big Ten referees, whether on their own or at the behest of the league, did what they had to do to keep the Big Ten's only BCS title candidate undefeated. And given how bad Iowa was for 3 1/2 quarters, they had to do a lot.

If you're a Top 25 voter and you don't vote Iowa down -- as in, worse than last week -- after this game, then you didn't watch the game. Or you didn't know what you were watching.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 22, 2009 7:22 am

Kiffin's right -- Urban was a douche

Lane Kiffin deserved to be crapped on for his antics this summer, and lots of us crapped on him pretty good.

But when Kiffin is right, he's right. Which means that the dude in the dumper today is Florida's Urban Meyer.

After Tennessee put up a surprising fight Saturday, and Florida looked shockingly unimpressive, Meyer basically blamed his team's play on the swine flu. The second I heard those comments, I felt sick myself. Because that's crap.

Kiffin was out of line all preseason by saying stupid stuff about Florida, but now Meyer is out of line for saying ... stupid stuff about Florida. And stupid stuff about Tennessee, too. Blaming that game on the flu was a weak move by Meyer, and Kiffin called him on it this week by saying, "After we're not excited about a performance, we'll tell you everybody was sick."

Good for Kiffin.

Urban Meyer was a douche, and Kiffin called him on it.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 14, 2009 5:10 pm

OSU player hurt. Like it matters.

This is what happens when I'm nice to a school. That school lets me down.

Last week I was nice to Oklahoma State. Really nice. Too freaking nice, obviously, because I wrote that Oklahoma State, after beating Georgia, had the terrific defense to support its terrific offense.

How does Oklahoma State repay me? By giving up 45 points Saturday in a loss to Houston. And so now OSU tailback Kendall Hunter is hurt for the Rice game, and I'm supposed to care. Or any of us is supposed to care.

Forget that. Oklahoma State football committed the cardinal sin of losing horribly one week after receiving nice treatment from me. Remind me not to be nice to Oklahoma State again. Or to anyone, for that matter.

I need a bunny rabbit to kick.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 10, 2009 8:21 am
Edited on: September 10, 2009 8:46 am

FSU athletes are dumb -- THAT'S the story

So I'm reading the latest story on Florida State vs. the NCAA -- a story that makes someone, and that someone is the president of FSU, look like a liar -- when it finally occurred to me what's wrong with this whole thing:

FSU athletes were cheating in a class on music history.

Who cheats in a class on music history?

Who needs to cheat in such an easy class?

If I'm the NCAA, I'm expanding this investigation to look at the entire FSU program -- and to make sure the school isn't admitting non-qualifiers to its school. Because if more than 60 FSU athletes in 10 sports had to cheat in a class on music history , well, that's an athletic department with some really stupid athletes.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 8, 2009 4:42 pm

BCS needs to address its Big East issue

If this week's polls are any indication of the kind of season on tap in college football, the BCS is about to get embarrassed. Badly.

The Big East, a member of the BCS, has one ranked team ... No. 23 Cincinnati.

The Mountain West, a non-member of the BCS, has three ranked teams: No. 9 BYU, No. 16 TCU and No. 17 Utah.

Yet the winner of the Big East is guaranteed a spot in the BCS bowls, while the winner of the Mountain West is not. That's a problem, if this week's polls are any indication of the kind of season that takes place.

And the ACC isn't very good either. By the way.

I still don't like Boise State, even undefeated in December, as a national title contender. Not when its best win all season could end up being against an Oregon team that is now unranked.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS
Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:24 pm

Let me tell you something about Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. -- They're serious about football. They're serious about Mike Gundy. And they're serious about T. Boone Pickens.

And all of it is related today, the day the Cowboys open what could be the biggest football season in school history.

Understand, while some of the rest of the country has mocked Gundy for his "I'm a man" hysteria, and while some have wondered what Pickens could possibly have been thinking by donating nearly $200 million to the OSU athletic department, people here aren't questioning squat .

And I get it.

The campus is beautiful. The stadium is immaculate. And Gundy is a rock star. Or, given his background, a country star. Whatever -- he's huge here. One tailgating section paid homage to Gundy, and to whoever the tailgating fan was, by sporting an enormous birthday sign that proclaimed, "I'm a man! I'm 40 today!"

More than three hours before kickoff, the parking lots are filling up. These people are serious about this football team, and Pickens made it possible, and Gundy made it come to fruition.

So if you're one of the people who have mocked Gundy or questioned Pickens, have at it. But in Stillwater, they're not mocking or questioning. They're supporting. Because they're grateful.

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