Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 3:52 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While life in the Big 12 seems to be stabilizing a bit with the addition of TCU to the conference, the schools agreeing to share revenue and grant television rights to the Big 12, and even getting Texas to ditch the idea of high school games on the Longhorn Network, there's still a pretty sizeable question mark looming over the conference.
What is Missouri going to do?
The school announced recently that it is going to weigh all of its options when it comes to its conference affiliation, with many believing that the school plans on becoming the 14th member of the SEC. News that some Mizzou supporters are for, and others are against. Still, the only people I know of who have taken out an ad in a newspaper about it is the Kansas City Sports Commission. The group dedicated to sports in the Kansas City area put an open letter to Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton in the Kansas City Star.
Unfortunately for the Kansas City Sports Commission, I'm not sure how much impact this letter will actually have.
It's not as though Mizzou just up and decided it wanted to look around this week. It's been a decision that has no doubt been in the works for at least a year, as the school flirted with the Big Ten last year when Nebraska and Colorado left the Big 12, and has been mentioned with the SEC for months now.
While the school is saying that it's not ruling out remaining in the Big 12, I can't help but think it will only happen if both the SEC and Big Ten say no first.
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 2:41 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet. Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.
This is a bit of a bizarro week in your college football diet, as most of the big games on Saturday will be taking place earlier in the day while our nighttime offerings lack some of those bolder flavors we all love. But that's fine, because with some of the entrees you'll be served during the day, you might not have enough room for that 32-ounce steak once dinner comes around.
Though hopefully you have room for one of those steaks at breakfast.
#3 Oklahoma vs. #11 Texas - ABC 12pm ET
This is a pretty wonderful way to start the day, isn't it? There are a lot of great rivalries in the world of college football, and this one has to be considered one of the best. For years the winner of this game basically helped decide who was going to win the Big 12, and it will go a long way in deciding the conference champion again this year. Also, Texas finds itself ranked near the top ten once again after a terrible 2010 season, and while things seemed to have turned around in Austin, this game will be the first real indication of how far the Longhorns have come. - Tom Fornelli
#13 Georgia Tech vs. Maryland - ESPNU 12pm ET
The Yellow Jackets keep scoring in bunches and riding their offense to methodical wins, while Maryland desperately is trying to put the pieces back together following a pair of home losses. The Terps offense finally got back in a groove against Towson, particularly getting a boost from the return of wide receivers Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler. Maryland's high-tempo offense must keep drives alive in order to give their defense time to rest on the sideline. Additionally, the defense must get stops on third down or Georgia Tech will slowly wear down Maryland on both sides of the ball. Let's casually call this one "The Friedgen Bowl" since former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said he "could care less about Maryland" and "is flying a Georgia Tech flag now." - Chip Patterson
North Carolina vs. Louisville - ESPN2 12pm ET
Louisville's offense is struggling, averaging less than 20 points per game and ranking dead last in the Big East. The matchup against North Carolina's talented front seven will provide plenty of work for the Cardinals inexperienced offensive line. Louisville's greatest strength on defense might be their secondary, but this Tar Heels team has become uncharacteristically run-heavy. The emergence of Gio Bernard has changed the face of the offense, as the redshirt freshman will look to continue his streak of 100+ yard games to four. Something that hasn't been done by a North Carolina running back since Ethan Horton in 1984. - CP
#1 LSU vs. #17 Florida - CBS 3:30pm ET
What happens when a Honey Badger smells blood? We may find out when Tyrann Mathieu and the rest of the LSU defense hosts a Gator attack missing John Brantley and still licking the wounds from its strangling at the hands of Alabama. Whatever hope Florida has will rest in their defense shutting down the Bayou Bengals' power-running game, but the return of the bruising Spencer Ware from a hamstring problem won't help them. - Jerry Hinnen [Video Preview]
#20 Kansas State vs. Missouri - ABC 3:30pm ET
Raise your hand if you thought before the season started that Kansas State and Missouri would be pegged as a game appearing on a national network during the middle of the season. Okay, now put your hand down, liar. Missouri has been a bit up and down this season as James Franklin has grown accustomed to filling Blaine Gabbert's shoes, and he doesn't have the easiest defense to go against this week. Then there's Kansas State which has caught just about all of us by surprise so far this year, as Bill Snyder has once again lifted this program back into Big 12 contention. - TF
#21 Virginia Tech vs. Miami - ABC/ESPN 3:30pm ET
Both of these teams need a win if they plan to contend with Georgia Tech for the Coastal Division title, but neither team has put together a truly impressive performance that makes me think they could. It will be a chance for both teams to prove (to themselves, really) that they belong at the top of the ACC. Miami has been wildly inconsistent on both sides of the ball this season, but get a huge boost with preseason all-conference safety Ray-Ray Armstrong returning from suspension. The Hokies' offense will need more than David Wilson to beat the Canes, and that responsibility falls on quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas' development has taken longer than some expected, but this would be a great time for him to grow up and lead VT to a huge home win over their longtime rivals. - CP
Penn State vs. Iowa - ABC/ESPN 3:30pm ET
This has been a rather one-sided affair over the last decade or so, but give Iowa-PSU credit: the games are generally exciting, with six of the last 10 meetings featuring either single-score margins or a 4th quarter lead change. Expect more of the same this week, with Iowa bringing the conference's most prolific passing game (seriously) to town and Penn State hoping to turn their offensive fortunes around against a surprisingly green Hawkeye defense. - Adam Jacobi
#10 Arkansas vs. #15 Auburn - ESPN 7pm ET
Last year's meeting produced an SEC regulation-time record 108 points, and judging by Tyler Wilson's 500-yard passing day last week (and Texas A&M's 381 yards rushing), Arkansas looks ready to do their part for a repeat performance. But this time, the Tigers have to hope their improving defense can keep them out of a shootout--a struggling passing game has Gus Malzahn's unit leaning heavily on Michael Dyer and ground-out first downs. - JH
Northwestern vs. #12 Michigan - Big Ten Network 7pm ET
If it weren't for that Russell Wilson fellow over in Madison, this game might feature the best two QBs in the conference, as Dan Persa leads the Northwestern charge against visiting Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. Persa shined in his first week back from that Achilles injury last year, but missed the last few minutes for precautionary reasons after an awkward tackle. Can Northwestern make headway against a newly re-energized Michigan defense, or will the Wolverines keep rolling along? - AJ
#7 Stanford vs. Colorado - Versus 7:30pm ET
Colorado isn't terribly good this season but the Buffaloes are rebuilding their program under new head coach Jon Embree and do have several weapons Stanford has to contain. The Buffs are 36th in passing offense and sophomore Paul Richardson is averaging 95 yards receiving a game. As always though, the reason to tune into this game is Heisman candidate Andrew Luck and a balanced attack that can beat you through the air or on the ground. Plus, you never know when something like this is going to happen and make you say wow. - Bryan Fischer
#14 Nebraska vs. Ohio State - ABC 8pm ET
Before this season, this game looked like the second half of a brutal conference opening for Nebraska. Wisconsin held up its end of the bargain last week by beating the Huskers 48-17, but Ohio State is hardly the challenge it used to be without Terrelle Pryor and a host of other stars. If Nebraska's going to show it belongs among the Big Ten elite, it has to bring the pain against a reeling OSU ballclub this week. - AJ
LATE NIGHT SNACK
BYU vs. San Jose State - ESPNU 10:15pm ET
Not exactly a marquee matchup, I know, but it's football and it's on your television. Plus, aside from getting pasted by Utah a few weeks ago, BYU hasn't played a game this season that didn't come down to the final minutes, so the possibility of some midnight HAM is totally in play here. - TF
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Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:06 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Man vs. Woman vs. Machine is a feature that runs every Thursday afternoon. It is here that Tom Fornelli fights against the rising tide of female empowerment and technology to ensure that men everywhere can at least claim that college football is still theirs. He does this by picking a set of games against the spread against his girlfriend, Lynn, and his Playstation 3.
I dug a pretty deep hole for myself in the first week of the season. After picking 15 games that week, I found myself three games behind both Woman and Machine. I don't know what happened that week, maybe it was because I hadn't seen any teams play this season, and I didn't have much to base my selections on. Maybe I just wanted to make this competition more challenging.
I don't know.
All I do know is that I'm out of the hole. Yes, it took a month, but after Machine imploded on its own, I have now caught Woman. This week I overtake her and reclaim the throne for men everywhere.
Oregon (-24 1/2) vs. Cal - Thurday, 9pm (All times Eastern)Man - Ever since losing to LSU the Ducks offense seems to be on a mission to prove that the opening night debacle was a fluke. I don't think it was, but I also don't doubt Oregon's ability to put up 60 on Cal. So while I'm leery of this spread, I'm rolling with it anyway. Pick: Oregon
Woman - "How am I supposed to make this pick without an advance peek at the Ducks new sexy-time home jerseys? Here's how: Eight of the last 11 games between the two schools have been decided by 10 points or less." Pick: Cal
Machine - The Machine prefers the hippies who live amongst the trees, not in them. Oregon in a rout, 49-17. Pick: Oregon
Georgia Tech (-15 1/2) vs. Maryland - Saturday, 12pmMan - I don't think Maryland is going to win this game, but I really feel that at some point the Terps are going to play a game on offense that is much better than anything we've seen the last few weeks. I'm hoping that it's this Saturday, because I'm taking those two touchdowns. Pick: Maryland
Woman - "Maryland, you're up against a team averaging 50 points a game, half your defense is sidelined, you have freshmen playing in their places, and your offense is still trying to 'find itself' - kinda hard when it can't stay on the field for more than thirty seconds. But hey, how 'bout them uniforms!" Pick: Georgia Tech
Machine - The option offense that Georgia Tech runs is a reminder of a world in which The Machine did not exist, therefore The Machine refuses to acknowledge it even exists. Maryland wins 27-20. Pick: Maryland
Oklahoma (-9 1/2) vs. Texas - Saturday, 12pmMan - There's a part of me hoping that Texas can pick up a win this weekend just because I think it'd make the rest of the Big 12 season incredibly interesting, but even though we already know Bryan Harsin knows how to beat Oklahoma, I'm just not convinced that the Longhorns are ready for this yet. Pick: Oklahoma
Woman - "Just heard an analyst say the Red River Rivalry is a traditionally close game. Really? I checked scores and the winner has prevailed by 10 or more points 7 times out of the last 10 years. With an experienced Landry Jones pitted against a QB committee, it's gonna be 8 out of 11." Pick: Oklahoma
Machine - We have a clean sweep here, as The Machine tells us that Landry Jones will throw for 428 yards and 4 touchdowns as Oklahoma knocks off Texas 37-20. Pick: Oklahoma
Virginia Tech (-7 1/2) vs. Miami - Saturday, 3:30pmMan - I feel like I'm reading a story about another Miami player being lost for the season every day, and even though the Hokies got a wake-up call from Clemson last week, I still think Virginia Tech is a superior team to Miami. Pick: Virginia Tech
Woman - "A blood rivalry in one of the toughest venues in the country. Miami's got a strong defense but the Hokies need to get the taste of Clemson out of their mouths. They'll win but it won't be a runaway. (And hey, Hokies: bonus points for anyone who posts a pic of David Wilson's tricked-out maroon and burnt orange 1978 Thunderbird. I am jonesing to see it.)" Pick: Miami
Machine - The Machine isn't worried about Virginia Tech's performance last week, but it does seem concerned about all the "viruses" that Miami is dealing with on its injury report. Tech wins 31-17. Pick: Virginia Tech
Kansas State vs. Missouri (-3 1/2) - Saturday, 3:30pmMan - Bill Snyder has made me a believer in the Wildcats, as has Arthur Brown and that defense. James Franklin has not done the same for the Missouri offense. You want to give me points with a team I believe in at home? I'll take them. Pick: Kansas State
Woman - "So, Vegas is picking a .500 team on the road over an undefeated top-20 team? I guess not enough people were betting." Pick: Kansas State
Machine - James Franklin goes off for 410 total yards and 4 touchdowns as Mizzou puts an end to Kansas State's unbeaten season, 38-14. Pick: Missouri
LSU (-13 1/2) vs. Florida - Saturday, 3:30pmMan - Here's a better bet for this game: How long until Jeff Driskel decides he doesn't want to play football. I mean, the freshman began his career last week coming on for an injured John Brantley against Alabama. This week he gets the LSU defense. That is no way to begin a career. Pick: LSU
Woman - "Les is more." Pick: LSU
Machine - The Machine has no concept of fear, so it obviously has no idea what Jeff Driskel is going to be dealing with on Saturday night. Florida wins 24-20. Pick: Florida
Arkansas (-10 1/2) vs. Auburn - Saturday, 7pmMan - If this game is anything like the contest between these two schools that we saw last year, it's going to be very fun, and it's not going to be over before midnight. Still, the more I think about it the less I feel like I can trust the Auburn offense to keep up with Arkansas after Michael Dyer collapses from exhaustion following his 83rd carry in the third quarter. Pick: Arkansas
Woman - "Auburn pulled it out against a scattered South Carolina last week but they were just staving off the inevitable. The Tigers are still last in the SEC in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense and first in the hearts of an Arkansas team that wants revenge. (By the way, I have unearthed some rare NSFW archival footage of native Auburn fans watching last year's Auburn/Arkansas game. Particularly fascinating are the propane tanks inside the house. Now I know how Margaret Mead must have felt when she first set foot in Samoa.)" Pick: Arkansas
Machine - The Machine doesn't see quite the same shootout we saw last year, but there's not a whole lot of defense in this one either. Arkansas overpowers the Tigers in the end and wins 41-30. Pick: Arkansas
Northwestern vs. Michigan (-5 1/2) - Saturday, 7pmMan - Northwestern is just a different team with Dan Persa, and I feel like this could be the toughest test the Michigan defense has faced all year. I'm not sure who is going to win or lose, but I'm pretty sure it's going to come down to the final minutes, so I'm taking the points. Pick: Northwestern
Woman - "Northwestern has committed a lot to its 'Persa Strong' campaign. Maybe too much. They'll slap on some Kinesio and stick him out there again but I'm betting he's sidelined before the end of the third quarter and this becomes a blowout." Pick: Michigan
Machine - Apparently The Machine reads Denard Robinson's now deleted Twitter account, as Denard struggles on Saturday night and Northwestern prevails 33-20. Pick: Northwestern
Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M (-6 1/2) - Saturday, 7pmMan - So far this season I've seen Texas Tech struggle at times with Kansas and Nevada the last two weeks. Sure, I've also seen Texas A&M collapse against Oklahoma State and Arkansas, but Texas Tech isn't Arkansas or Oklahoma State. The Aggies right the ship this week. Pick: Texas A&M
Woman - "Before the pick: After 70 years, we need a little sad goodbye music to commemorate the end of this historic rivalry. Okay, back to business. Hey, Aggies, once burned, shame on you. Twice burned, are you flipping kidding? I'm not putting my hand into the flames a third time, especially when I'm getting points." Pick: Texas Tech
Machine - The second half collapses end this week, as the Aggies have a relatively easy time in Lubbock, winning 45-27. Pick: Texas A&M
Nebraska (-10 1/2) vs. Ohio State - Saturday, 8pmMan - I honestly have no faith in either one of these offenses right now, but I'm more confident that Nebraska actually has an offense. I'm not sure I can say the same about Ohio State. Pick: Nebraska
Woman - "After last week's respective debacles, this game feels like I'll be watching two bloodied fighters hoping the other taps the canvas first. The Buckeyes might put up a fight for the first five minutes but the Huskers ground and pound will drop them soon enough." Pick: Nebraska
Machine - Nebraska enjoys Big Ten games at home a lot more than it does on the road, and the Huskers knock off Ohio State 24-20. Pick: Ohio State
StandingsSeason Record (Last week)
1. Woman 34-21 (6-4)
2. Man 34-21 (7-3)
3. Machine 29-26 (6-4)
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Arkansas, Arthur Brown, Auburn, Big 12, Big Ten, Bill Snyder, Bryan Harsin, Cal, Clemson, Dan Persa, David Wilson, Denard Robinson, Florida, Georgia Tech, James Franklin, Jeff Driskel, John Brantley, Kansas, Kansas State, Landry Jones, LSU, Man vs Woman vs Machine, Maryland, Miami, Michael Dyer, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pac-12, SEC, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tom Fornelli, Virginia Tech
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 4:23 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While the biggest game on the schedule this week is likely the Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas, it's not the only interesting matchup taking place on Saturday. So in the latest episode of CBSSports.com's College Football Podcast, Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst get together to talk about that game along with others like Michigan/Northwestern and Missouri/Kansas State as a couple of teams look to stay unbeaten. They also preview an SEC West battle between Arkansas and Auburn, and wonder whether or not LSU and Nebraska will blow out Florida and Ohio State.
All that and more!
Listen below, download the mp3, pop out the player to continue browsing, and subscribe to the CFB Podcast in iTunes if you like what you hear.
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:18 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 4:25 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
As the Ohio State booster saga takes yet another turn, CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd wonders what is going on in Columbus? In this edition of the Doddcast, Dennis and Adam Aizer discuss the ongoing situations at Ohio State and preview the week ahead in college football.
South Carolina will give Conner Shaw a start against Kentucky, and an improving Texas team gets their toughest challenge yet in the Red River Rivalry. Dennis and Adam also discuss Boise State's chances of playing in a national championship, and break down the defensive side of the ball for Wisconsin.
For all this and more, including Dennis' latest thoughts on the Heisman race, tune in to this week's edition of the Doddcast.
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Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:54 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
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Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:27 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
By all accounts, the most lopsided matchup in the Big Ten on Saturday was Michigan's 58-0 crushing of Minnesota. Second place: Wisconsin beating Nebraska by 31 points. And with the bronze medal, we have the story of Nebraska DT Chase Rome, who did an admirable job of exerting his dominance and imposing his will on a most worthy opponent: a paper towel dispenser at the Madison airport, hours after the Cornhuskers lost to the Badgers.
Unfortunately, we don't have video of the 6'3", 295-pound Rome beating the metaphorical snot out of an inanimate object, but we do have the next best thing: a police record, since the incident landed Rome a ticket from the Dane County sheriffs:
On the "What A Big Man You Are" scale, where 1 is giving somebody a sympathetic hug and 10 is leaving anonymous comments on the Internet threatening to beat up anybody who disagrees with you, Rome's assault on the doomed towel dispenser is at least an 8.5. If he yelled insults at the dispenser at any point in the process, though, we're creeping up into the 9 range.
There's been no mention of disciplinary action against Rome that's gone through Nebraska's RapidReports feed as yet, and that's probably fine; as crimes go, Rome's is awfully minor, and the exact type of situation that would merit extra conditioning drills for a considerable amount of time (as long as it's the player's first offense against team rules or the law, anyway). We don't want to see football players thinking it's okay to vandalize bathrooms -- or really anything, for that matter -- but we also don't want to see the hammer dropped on players for the type of insignificant, impulsive behavior that has typified young men their age for time immemorial.