published Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

5 at 10: Bowl pickings and trends and Who's with us?

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    Georgia head coach Mark Richt, center, is doused by defensive end Ray Drew (47), flanker Chris Conley (31) and free safety Marc Deas (23) after their 45-31 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Bowl pickings

It was a great New Year's. Unlike last year when the bowls were scattered around New Year's Day, Tuesday was filled with bowl offerings, and three of them — wins by Georgia, South Carolina and Stanford — were highly entertaining games.

Before we get to the standings of the Bowling for Bowl Success extra-ganza, did you realize the 5-at-10's picks are unbeaten in 2013. That's right we offered the following nine picks yesterday and all of them hit. Yes. All of them. If you had played the following nine games — for entertainment purposes only of course — in a parlay you would have gotten a 300-to-1 return on your entertainment investment. That makes our against the spread picks in the bowl season a staggering 30-13 and our overall mark this year an eye-popping 81-34-2. We may have to start wagering something more than entertainment, huh?

Oklahoma State -16.5 over Purdue

Michigan +5.5 over South Carolina

Northwestern -1.5 over Mississippi State and over the 50

Georgia -8 over Nebraska and over the 61

Stanford -5.5 over Wisconsin and under 49

Florida State -14.5 over Northern Illinois

Now for the bowl contest standings and remember if your numbers don't jive with what we have please let us know. (Side note: Only two people — the Mrs. 5-at-10 and Dawg747 picked Georgia Tech to beat USC, and that includes Spy, who is a personal friend of Tech coach Paul Johnson. Dude we are so telling PJ that you picked against him.)

Third-quarter scores

Tiger (3/4/3/20/10) 40

*Mrs. 5-at-10 (5/0/9/12/10) 36

ThatIDoKnow (3/0/3/20/10) 36

TennFlyer (-3/4/3/20/10) 34

Roadrunner (1/4/3/12/10) 30

JVFan (-1/-2/3/20/10) 30

Deboman (1/8/-3/12/10) 28

Joe S. (3/0/3/12/10) 28

SportTalk's Quake (3/0/3/12/10) 28

Onetimer (1/0/-3/20/10) 28

McPell (1/-4/-3/20/10) 24

Player (3/-4/3/12/10) 24

OTWatcher (1/4/-3/12/10) 24

5-at-10 (3/0/-3/12/10) 22

StuckinKent (3/0/-3/12/10) 22

Weena (-1/0/3/20/10) 22

DL560429 (-3/-4/-3/20/10) 20

Junkman (1/0/-3/12/10) 20

Sir Drinks Alot (1/0/-3/12/10) 20 — great board name by the way

Jordan Rules (-1/0/-3/12/10) 18

Addicted to Chalupa (1/4/-3/4/10) 16

*Dawg747 (-1/0/3/4/10) 16

WarEagle (-1/0/3/4/10) 16

Bluto (-1/0/3/12/0) 14

Hookshot (-1/0/3/12/0) 14

Skunk (-1/0/3/12/0) 14

FE to the C (-1/-2/3/12/0) 12

Jay K (1/0/-3/4/10) 12

June Jones (-1/0/-9/12/10) 12

Orangeguy (3/4/-9/4/10) 12

RollTide (1/0/-3/4/10) 12

TommyT (3/0/-3/12/0) 12

BlueOval (-3/-4/3/4/10) 10

Hustler (1/0/-3/12/0) 10

Spy (1/-4/-3/4/10) 8

Sportsfan (1/4/-3/-4/10) 8

Harold (-1/0/3/4/0) 6

Jim T. (-1/0/3/4/0) 6

StrongWilly (1/-4/-3/12/0) 6

Green Acres (1/0/-3/-4/10) 4

Dools (-1/0/-3/4/0) 0

Believer (-3/0/-9/4/0) -8

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    South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (14) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ace Sanders during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Michigan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. South Carolina won 33-28. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Bowl trends

For the most part the latter half of the bowl season has been played with energy and passion. (Yes, Mississippi State fans have every right to bemoan their team's showing Tuesday, but still.)

Here's what we can glean from the recent spat of SEC bowl activity:

South Carolina: The Fighting Spurriers are trending way up after their emotional, come-from-behind Outback Bowl win over Michigan. Consider what Steve Spurrier's team returns next fall: Dylan Thompson and Connor Shaw are arguably two of the SEC's top six returning QBs (Johnny Football, Jeff Driskel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray being the others and Murray still may elect for the draft) and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the best player in college football. In fact, we're prepared to start the Clowney for Heisman campaign now. (And if you did not see Clowney's leveling hit on Vincent Smith, then here you go. Enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-r34-RE0Tk.)

Vandy: Another team trending way up. Repeat these words — Vandy wins nine games. If James Franklin gets Vandy to a third consecutive bowl game in 2013, he has to be the hottest coaching candidate anywhere, right? Right?

Georgia: The Bulldogs showed some motivation in a nice Capital Bowl win over a feisty Nebraska team. But it's still a little difficult not to be disappointed with this bunch if for no other reason than this Georgia team has as much talent as any team in the country, including Alabama. There are arguably a dozen NFL starters on this Georgia team, and if Aaron Murray elects to go pro, the Bulldogs will be projected as the No. 3 team in the East next year. A 12-2 year is good stuff, but it still kind of feels like a missed chance some way.

Mississippi State: A 7-0 start had Dan Mullen's name on every coaching short list in the country and the Bulldogs as a trendy pick for a potential BCS game. A little more than two months and a 1-5 finish later and it's tough not to think the Bulldogs missed a chance at special things with a talented and heavy load of upperclassmen.

LSU: Wow, it's tough to remember a time when Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger were competing neck-and-neck for the job as Georgia's starting QB, huh? After mass defections from a talented front seven — LSU will lose three NFL ready defensive linemen and stud duck linebacker Kevin Minter — and a dearth of plays from Mettenberger and an over-talented but under-achieving offense makes this seem like a Tigers team about to take a step backward.

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NFL Power plays

Heading into the first round of the NFL playoffs, we'll have our final power poll on Thursday.

Today, after seven franchises — or roughly 22 percent of the league — fired their head coaches, let's have an NFL coaches draft. Hey, we love the draft. You know this. So the only thing better than a real draft or a mock draft about a real draft is a mock, pretend draft that we completely make up.

Who's with us?

OK, we'll do it by record of course, and the only folks that are not eligible to be picked are the 25 guys that are currently under contract as NFL head coaches. Remember, this is not who we think will end up coaching at these spots, this is done as if the teams got to pick.

Kansas City: Jon Gruden. It's time for Chucky to get back into the game, and the Chiefs need a ton of help. Chief among KC's wish list is something to energize a pained fan base that even cheered when their own QB got injured.

Philadelphia: Bill Cowher. The only way to replace someone who was an offensive guru that was your franchise's winningest coach of all time is to get a defensive-minded guru with a Super Bowl ring.

Cleveland: Chip Kelly. The Browns have stock-piled a load of talent. So they decide to got after Kelly and hope Brandon Weeden can operate his spread attack.

Arizona: Andy Reid. The Cards are screaming for offensive help and they need some quarterback

Buffalo: Lovie Smith. All dude did was win 10 games with Jay Cutler at quarterback at Chicago and he got run out of town for it.

San Diego: Nick Saban. After taking the job, Saban hits the free agency trail and lands seven of the top 12 "recruits" out there in the offseason.

Chicago: After combing the Yellow pages to see if there are any more Harbaughs out there and weighing heavily whether to go after Ditka — DITKA! — the Bears go after Mike Holmgren.

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This and that

— OK, we're about to be done with the day-to-day operations of the college football season. Tear. We need to find some college hoops storylines; who's got any suggestions?

— As our SEC ace David Paschall tells us here, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jan/02/dogs-ogletree-announces-for-nfl/ has declared for the NFL draft. Here are the other SEC underclassmen reportedly leaving school early: Arkansas guard Alvin Bailey and running back Knile Davis, Tennessee's trio of Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson (not official, but we all know it's coming), Florida safety Matt Elam, Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier, former LSU corner Tyrann Mathieu and punter Brad Wing, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore. There will be several more in the coming days.

— Tonight's pick: Well, we're putting our perfect 2013 record on the line, and again motivation is the key. That said, we think Coach Boom will have the Gators ready and will cover the 13.5.

— Congrats to the Mocs wrestling program for hosting the Southern Scuffle, which is a really great event for the city. If you're a fan of wrestling that does not include turnbuckles, masks and Gordon Solie, swing by McKenzie Arena today for wall-to-wall wrestling.

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Today's question(s)

Bring whatever you like as we get back into the swing of things.

Holiday stories, best Christmas presents, did you see a good movie over the break, feel free to discuss.

As for talking points, here are three:

If you were an NFL owner, who are you going after as your head coach?

Who you got: Russell Wilson or RGIII in the NFC wildcard matchup this weekend?

If you were Jadeveon Clowney, and obviously the No. 1 overall player/NFL prospect in college football, would you look to the courts to get into the NFL now?

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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ordinaryguy said...

jg right behind on the clowney thing, but hell will freeze over before he takes the draft issue to court...he is the most dominant player I have seen at that position in many many years (and I am considerably older than most of the staff at the TFP...if I own a team I would seriously consider Andy Reed, he can't help that he was saddled with the most over-rated player of the last half century in Michael Vick...All this junk about Gruden is getting silly, btw he is good on MNF, but as a college anaylist he is subpar,he kept on and on about how USC beat Clemson LAST WEEK...Speaking of the worldwide leader, suprised nobody caught the huge screw up during the Rice/Air Force game when the female announcer referred to the Rice helmets showing the "stars and bars" when she meant to say stars and stripes...

January 2, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
chas9 said...

Hoops story lines: The sick play of Russdiculous, potential national POY.

If you want it to be SEC, how about how Harrow went from no-show to dazzling in the Louisville game? If he continues to improve his (and the team's) game, he could be UK's MVP, not one of the five-star freshmen.

If you want a negative Cats' story, it's worst free throw shooting team ever, and how many games that'll cost 'em.

If Kentucky is too much of the same, try Mizzou's dandy Pressey.

If it has to be The Big Orange, it's who can be Maymon?

January 2, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.
dawg747 said...

Ten Cup: As usual a great 5@10. Loved, LOVED, LOVED!!! the way the dawgs scored 22 unanswered points to put away the Corn Shuckers. As for the GT-USC game there is no way I can ever pull for a Kiffin. Don't know what it is about the dude but I just do not like him. If he were still at UT they would be on probation and i believe it will not be long before he has USC there again if he lasts that long.

January 2, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5,

I warned you about Logan Thomas and Geno Smith and I shoulda said something about how overrated Taylor Martinez is. But ... who knew the Big Integer was really just that bad. Even when Martinez had time to throw, and that was often, he acted like he'd been dropped on a yard full of hot charcoal briquets. Couple that with a bad throwing motion and he's as erratic as Nuke LaLoosh.

OK, a couple of questions for you, 5. What's been worse, replacement ref officiating or bowl season officiating? From the dude slowly sticking up his arms after a Southern Cal field goal try clearly did not go through the uprights to dude looking straight down at the nose of the football still two inches away from the stick and signaling first down for Michigan, the officiating has been a-trow-shuss.

And how many Big Orange folks were cheering on the Old Gold and White on Monday?

January 2, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay-

Thank you yesterday for the explinations. Also, the latest DMNs should be arriving between now and Friday.

No interest in the Bowls. Sorry.

Learned recently "The Trey" will be carrying Mocs/Yellow Jackets at 7PM EST tonight. I know the Mocs have about as much a chance as snowball in the Devil's Domain but I have a friend who is currently attending GT so if they win, I will be doing a happy dance all over her Facebook page.

I have two favorite Christmas gifts. The first came in 1991 when my parents networked with family members to pool together the purchase of a Super Nintendo at a time when we were not doing to hot financially. I got seven wonderful years out of it and even after I upgraded to a Playstation (1), I felt very quessy about selling it. However, I am planning on now selling it along with the games on the account I want to get rid of stuff I no longer use, enjoy, etc.

The other one was three years ago, when my mom decided to take 1/2 of our home movies from the "8mm era" and convert them onto a DVD. As she put, it costed approximately one car payment to have it done.

January 2, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.
chas9 said...

OK. I admit N. Illinois is better'n I thought.

On dawg's deserved dogging of Kiffin, remember my question for Friday: Putting the emotional manure aside, would Johnny Volsfan take Kiffin today over Mr. Butch?

Admittedly, KY's free throw woes aren't the worst ever, but Vandy's are close (58.6%). And here's a serious (downer) story--how bad the SEC is this year. So far, its teams have lost to Troy, Alabama A&M, Elon, Rhode Island, Winthrop, Marist, Youngstown State, Southern, Mercer and Virginia. Yes, Virginia. They're terrible these days.

January 2, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
Todd962 said...

The Clowney hit was the type that makes you involuntarily gasp and scream. "Oh snap!" I am surprised the Michigan training staff wasnt as quick to check if Vincent Smith's head was still in the helmet after that hit. His poor momma probably felt that one.

And somebody pointed out in the Twitterverse that the last time the team formerly known as the Doremats won 9 games, it was still not possible for women to vote in the United States, 1915. In an attempt to confirm this I visited the Vanderbilt football Wiki page to discover this years team broke about every record and losing streak the team had. James Franklin seems to have figured something out over there in Nashville and they likely wont be the Doremats any more.

January 2, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.
BackupQB said...

Clowney is ridiculous, but the route of the courts would drag out until the draft. I like RW vs RG3 - a step slower with the injury. If I'm an NFL GM, I look at Reid, who was sabotaged by the inconsistency of Vick. Personally, I'd like to see Gruden come back ... Maybe because of the UT coaching search debacle, but I'd like to see Chucky put up or shut up - his ego is growing with every rumor.

Speaking of ego, how about Lane Kiffin! How much longer does he survive in LA? The fans on their message board are killing him - late to the bowl dinner; unmotivated team tanked it against a 6-7 opponent that had to petition to get in the bowl game; players tweeting about how they hated going to El Paso - his smugness, lack of discipline, win-at-all-costs lack of class mentallity are off the charts. I thought Al Davis was a crazy old kook in his latter years, but ... Al Davis was right ... And way smarter than Mike Hamilton. Kiffin is a fraud.

June Jones

January 2, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
compspeed said...

Must agree with Todd962 on the Clowney hit. We were in a room of about 20 couples and even the ladies in the room went "oh snap' on "the hit". That hit is worthy of it's own catch phrase being added to the lexicon, such as "I'm going to go all Clowney on you!" or "He just got Clowneyed!" Granted it may not get to the same level as "Munsoned" but hey, it is worthy....

January 2, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.
Astropig said...

"Speaking of ego, how about Lane Kiffin! How much longer does he survive in LA?"

Kiffy is on life support in LA.With dad wisely getting out while the getting is good,the Trojans had better come out smokin' in '13 or this time next year we will be discussing the new USC(W) regime.

"The Clowney hit was the type that makes you involuntarily gasp and scream. "Oh snap!" Clowney is a special player. One day we will look back at the 2011-2012 SC team and realize that the HBC assembled some top shelf talent. Scary to think what a team with a healthy Lattimore,Clowney,Ace Sanders and two good quarterbacks could be next year...

"James Franklin seems to have figured something out over there in Nashville "

He seems to connect better with his players than any coach that I have seen on the west side in my lifetime.Vandy has traditionally went with proven commodities as head coach,but getting a young buck like Franklin may have been the answer all along.I'm happy for the 'Dores for their special season,but I have to believe that they take a step back in '13.The schedule is mildly tougher and they lose a lot of seniors (including Aaron Rodgers) at QB.The SEC is a tough place to break in a new QB and inexperience could cost them a couple of games.

I've been watching CFB since the Flintstones were first run TV and I have never seen a worse call that the phantom first down awarded to Michigan yesterday.I mean this was 1990 Colorado-Missouri bad.If the refs in that one don't get a reprimand,then the teams should just agree to ref their own games in the future.

January 2, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
jgreeson said...

OG —

We agree that Andy Reid deserves another shot. Combination of Vick, being one place too long and some personal issues doomed him in Philly. Dude can coach.

9er —

Thanks for the list, and we're intrigued about the lack of SEC success. Stink-a-fide.

Want to know what would improve SEC hoops overnight? Let Saban, Miles, Butch, Coach Boom, Richt and Malzahn all come out and say either directly or indirectly that bad hoops and worse home crowds are hurting the January recruiting efforts. That'd turn the worm.

Dawg —

Great GT pick. Simple excellent.

Spy —

The bowl officiating has been Gene Chizik-levels of bad. And that's saying something.

JMC —

That's an excellent Christmas gift story. Thanks, and we can remember getting our first Intelevision game set, Nintendo all the way up to our Xbox. Good times.

Todd962 —

Clowney is a monster. Period. If we were Aaron Murray, we'd go pro just because Clowney can't.

And if James Franklin's coaching in Nashville in August 2014, we'll buy you lunch (unless he takes the Titans job that is).

Backup Jones —

Kiffin was exposed as a rotten play-caller which is amazing. We knew he was a jerk and all the baggage, and that's he's a big-time recruiter — these are undeniable.

But his offensive "prowess" is a Paul Bunyan-sized myth. Dude barely managed 200 yards of offense with a team dotted with NFL players against a Tech team that allowed 500-plus yards to MTSU for crying out loud.

Which was more impactful, the good Clowney did for himself Tuesday or the bad Kiffin did for himself Monday? Discuss.

— 5-at-10

January 2, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
jharvey1984 said...

Jay, Been a while since I posted but had to chime in on the Clowney hit. I dont think I have ever seen a hit like that. Smith's helmet went 15 yards for gods sake. When it first happened I thought he had killed Denard Robinson. Anyways, to my question. Since the helmet came off shouldnt that have been dead ball right away and the fumble would not have counted? Was this a bad call (not as bad as the previous play - uuuggghh) that went SC's way, or do I just not understand that rule? thoughts?

January 2, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
chas9 said...

Todd and comp--I noted The Hit, but the words "Oh, snap" will never cross my lips. It's OK for the ladies, I guess. The first word out of my mouth was "Holy" and you can guess the second one. And the traveling doormat has moved about 180 miles east on I-40.

Fiver-- great idea about the pointy ball coaches supporting roundball at their schools.

January 2, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

"we can remember getting our first Intelevision game set, Nintendo all the way up to our Xbox."

I keep forgetting how much of a difference seven years can make. I vagely remember the Intelevision (along with the Commador 64) when the old 2600s were the "in" thing. My first system was actually the 5200 which unfortunately wore out parts wise. I then later got the original NES in 88 I believe, then SNES, followed by Playstations 1 and 2. Still have yet to upgrade. ^^()

January 2, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, saw something I've never seen before rolling down the Florida Turnpike yesterday--a gold semi and trailer painted Golden Domer gold. Across the top side of the trailer was painted green "Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football." Across the bottom--"11 National Championships, 7 Heisman Trophy Winners."

The rig was an eye catcher and tastefully turned out, but there was still plenty of room to include the Irish bowl game mark of 15 and 16.

January 2, 2013 at 1:01 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

To answer, partially, your questions, 5, I'll say I say "Skyfall" and I'll take Russell Wilson. "Skyfall" is really, really good.

I actually have a good and heartwarming Christmas story, but it is a little long, so I'll spare ya.

If I were an NFL owner, why not take a shot at Bruce Arians, Chuck Pagano's fill-in with the Colts this season?

January 2, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

I've been saying since the UCLA game of his year at UT that Kiffin was an absolutely terrible play caller. I've yet to see anything to make me change my mind.

Harrow is the key to Kentucky being good. He has been from the beginning. If Harrow keeps on playing well, they will be good. Louisville's pressure made Kentucky look bad. My real question is whether the Cats that were down 17 are the real Cats or if the Cats that came back and nearly won it are the real Cats. We won't know for a really long time, because there are only a handful of respectable teams in the SEC- Florida, and Missouri, and then maybe Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Alabama. Someone else may sneak in there, but from here those five plus Kentucky are the only teams with a real chance at the NCAA Tournament.

Can't wait for the Bubble Talk to get here. It's getting closer. On MLK, I'll pick my six teams that I think have a shot at the national title. Traditionally, I have three of the four Final Four teams in that pool of six, and always the champ. We'll see about this year....this year looks more clear cut than usual to me so far.....

Taking the six year old boys to the UK-Eastern Michigan game tonight. They've never been to Rupp before and are excited about going. Should be a lot of fun. And we'll get out just in time to listen to UF-UofL on the radio as we drive home. Then, once I'm home and the kids are in bed, I can watch UF-UofL on the TV while watching the replay of GT-Chattanooga on ESPN3.

Yes, this is going to be a good night. Late night, but a fun one....

January 2, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
chas9 said...

Stucky--A little early bubble talk. I agree with your analysis altogether, but I will add that if I had to wager just now, I'd say The Crimson Elephants and The Black Bears don't go to the prom this year. I think KY has to be the team that roared back. Cal won't settle for less drive and Harrow is better each game. Have fun at Rupp. Dress the kids in orange so you an find them if they wander off.

January 2, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

If most of that defense goes out the door and Murray follows suit, might the Bulldogs be the fourth-best team in the SEC East? They'll still have Gurley and Marshall in the backfield but the quarterback cupboard is fairly bare after Murray. Christian Lemay? Hutson Mason? Really?

January 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Been in and out over the holidays, have a very ill relative in Knoxville. BOWLS: Sorry I am not convinced N.Ill. should have been there but it's all his-story now. I was sickened by the interviewing of the clown who jumped ship on them for...NCSTATE, Yes THE NCSTATE which both Tennessee and Vanderbilt beat in 2012. NO NO NO, No real Vol Van, Johnny or Johnette would take Kiffin over Butch! All who would are...well...just pretenders. GATech obviously even at 6-7 WANTED to be in the Sun Bowl. SC looked really embarrassing...Oh that's right, they are! Clowney's hit, NOT FUNNY but the men from Columbia,SC won the game. NFL-Chucky WILL BE an NFL coach next year according to some Twitteristic Expert on the SPORTSANIMAL earlier today. I believe it but don't know where. Reid and Lovie both deserve to be somewhere and let's see how well it goes for the teams they leave.

January 2, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Compspeed —

We can verb Clowney. Or sound Clowney be the adjective — "that hit was soooo Clowney" — and make Jadeveon the verb?

We're in. Dude is from another planet... the planet Pain.

Astropig —

And this is open to the rest of the group: Is there a chance that instant replay has made officials worse? They know they have a crutch and try to make the safe call rather than the best call. (That said, there's no way to explain away dude that missed the first down call — and did anyone else think, "Dude, does he have money on this one?" — no we didn't either.)

Jharvey —

Hope this finds you well. It's our understanding that a helmet liftoff like that one means the ref calls the play rather than the ball being dead instantly. The difference here of course is since the Michigan guy was Jadeveoned and we all know Jadeveon moves at the speed of sound, he still would have been able to make that play.

Here's our question, if Jadeveon had knocked the Michigan helmet through the goalposts shouldn't that been worth at least three points and maybe even five points. How maybe field goals have you seen? How may helmets have you seen legally knocked through the up rights?

JMC —

We can remember summers with the Intelevision sports games, football, baseball, basketball and boxing in particular. We can also remember the summer we got addicted to Nintendo because of Mike Tyson's Punchout.

FE to the C —

Did that 18-wheeler also have room for "Like Kevin Costner, ND football has been overrated since 1988" anywhere?

Spy —

Arians is a nice call, and we should apologize to the group because Tony Dungy should be high on our list.

And UGA is no worse than third — Vandy has some big shoes to fill, too.

Stuck —

Enjoy tonight. Rupp's a special joint.

9er —

Never too early for bubble talk. The Auburn Tigers.... Not on the bubble.

Livn(Large)

Concur about Northern Illinois, and it made us question the polls, too. Look at the rankings and compare it to the point spreads: Stanford was ranked No. 7 yet was a 5-point favorite over unranked Wisconsin; FSU was ranked No. 12 and was a 14-point favorite over No. 15 Northern Illinois.

Huh?

January 2, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
chas9 said...

Ray Lewis is calling it quits. Did he ever have a hit like Clowney's? I heard Chuck Norris has ordered a JC jersey.

Don't sell out Auburn yet. They beat Tennessee Tech and Furman.

January 2, 2013 at 3:23 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Chuck Norris doesn't fear death; he fears Jadeveon Clowney.

And we sold Auburn years ago. Rhode Island, Winthrop and pass the spring football practice schedule.

— 5-at-10

January 2, 2013 at 4 p.m.
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