Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 3 wrap up

Things are heating up, with more conference action happening, to allow for cross-conference rivals in November (and the FCS cupcake that comes with some of them).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 2 wrap up

Ah, the September doldrums, where only the desire for valuable TV content (and needing to account for late-season schedule spots for Notre Dame) brings out any of the conference games.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

TV guide to college football

In this day and age, just about every college football game is televised in some capacity, especially now that online streaming is a widely available option.  Yet, in the midst of all of the different channels, apps, websites, licenses, sublicenses, and brandings, some folks still have some issues figuring out exactly where they can find the game they want to watch.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 1 wrap up

Amazingly, in a weekend full of big games, there was only one Power 5 conference game.  Ohio State put the beat down on Indiana after a sluggish start.

Controls destiny:
Ohio State (1-0) has a tiebreaker over Indiana.

Needs help:
Indiana (0-1) needs 2 Ohio State losses.

Week 2 will see 3 conferences games, with the ACC, SEC, and Pac-12 joining the action.

Monday, September 4, 2017

#CFB - 9/4/17

Had a little ol' rivalry game up near ol' DC.

Friday, September 1, 2017

#CFB - 9/1/17

Welcome to September, and the season has officially begun with plenty of shade and trash talk!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What to Watch: Week 1

Thursday, August 31
8 PM
#2 Ohio State at Indiana, ESPN, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN3.  Megacast in week 1.

Friday, September 1
8 PM
#8 Washington at Rutgers, FS1.

9 PM
Utah State at #9 Wisconsin, ESPN.

Saturday, September 2
Akron at #6 Penn State, ABC.

Kent State at #5 Clemson, ESPN.

Maryland at #23 Texas, FS1.

12:20 PM
Cal at UNC, ACC Network.

3 PM
NC State vs. South Carolina, ESPN.  The Belk Kickoff game is Charlotte, NC.  The Championship of Life is up for grabs.

3:30 PM
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma, FOX.

#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida, ABC.  The Cowboys Kickoff Classic.  One of three ranked vs. ranked matchups this weekend

Temple at Notre Dame, NBC.

6:15 PM
App State at #15 Georgia, ESPN.

7:30 PM
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue, FOX.  From the Colts stadium in Indy.

8 PM
#3 FSU vs. #1 Alabama, ABC.  The first Chick-fil-a Kickoff game, from the new stadium in Atlanta, which will also be host to the national championship game.  The second of three ranked vs. ranked matchups.

9:30 PM
BYU vs. #13 LSU, ESPN.  From Houston New Orleans.

Sunday, September 3
7:30 PM
#22 WVU vs. #21 Virginia Tech, ABC.  From the Redskins stadium.  The third and final ranked vs. ranked matchup.

Texas A&M at UCLA, FOX.

Monday, September 4
8 PM

#25 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech, ESPN.  The second Chick-fil-a Kickoff game, from Atlanta.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Championship of Life

On November 21, 2016, as Tennessee was already out of contention for the national and SEC championships, Butch Jones referred to his team as "Champions of Life".  Of course, he didn't wait until the season was over, having made this claim prior to the regular season finale against Vanderbilt.

Naturally, Vanderbilt won that game, and became the new "Champions of Life".  We're here to track the "Champions of Life" as they defend that title game by game.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What to Watch: Week 0

A new rule has basically added another week to the football season.   As you probably know, any team that travels to Hawaii gets a 13th game, an extra home game to offset the expense.  Now, they can play that game the weekend before Labor Day.  Add that to the new Australian kick off game, and we have Week Zero.

Saturday, August 26
2:30 PM
Oregon State at Colorado State, CBS Sports Network.

3 PM
Portland State at BYU, ESPN.

6 PM

Hawaii at Massachusettes, 11 Sports.  I literally just found this channel on my guide.  It's 597 on Verizon Fios.

7:30 PM
USF at San Jose State, CBS Sports Network.

10 PM
Stanford vs. Rice, ESPN.  This is the Australian kick off game.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tony's 2017 Predictions

Well, the preseason AP Poll was just released today - and we are just 5 days from the beginning of "Week Zero" (10 days from the start of the season proper). With the season now upon us, it's time for me to make my predictions for the 2017 season.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Power 5 Non-Conference Games

Let's keep a scorecard of how the Power 5 conferences do against each other this year.

UPDATED on September 19.  All conference match-ups are complete outside of the ACC/SEC Challenge.

The ACC/SEC Challenge (9 games)

September 2
NC State vs. South Carolina
Florida State vs. Alabama

September 4
Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech

September 9
Auburn at Clemson

September 23
Syracuse at LSU

November 25
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Louisville at Kentucky
Clemson at South Carolina

SEC leads, 3-1

ACC vs. Big Ten (4 games)

September 2
Louisville vs. Purdue

September 9
Northwestern at Duke
Pitt at Penn State
Indiana at UVA

Tie, 2-2.

ACC vs. Big 12 (3 games)

September 3
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech

September 16
Baylor at Duke
Oklahoma State at Pitt

ACC wins, 2-1.

ACC vs. Pac-12 (1 game)

September 2
Cal at UNC

Pac-12 wins, 1-0

SEC vs. Pac-12 (2 games)

September 3
Texas A&M at UCLA

September 16
Ole Miss at Cal

Pac-12 wins, 2-0.

SEC vs. Big Ten (2 games)

September 2
Michigan vs. Florida

September 16
Purdue at Missouri

Big Ten wins, 2-0.

SEC vs. Big 12 (2 games)

September 9
TCU at Arkansas

September 16
Kansas State at Vanderbilt

Tie, 1-1.

Big Ten vs. Pac-12 (3 games)

September 1
Washington at Rutgers

September 9
Nebraska at Oregon
Minnesota at Oregon State

Pac-12 wins, 2-1.

Big Ten vs. Big 12 (3 games)

September 2
Maryland at Texas

September 9
Iowa at Iowa State
Oklahoma at Ohio State

Big Ten wins, 2-1.

Big 12 vs Pac-12 (2 games)

September 16
Texas at USC
Arizona State at Texas Tech

Tie, 1-1.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Predictions

These predictions are purely from a fan perspective and really don't have a lot of information behind them.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 Season Look-Ahead

Hello, once again. With the preseason Coaches Poll just released, and the AP due in about 2 weeks, I thought I'd start looking ahead to the 2017 season.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

2007: The Bizarro Season

When someone uses the argument that "every game matters" in college football, no season is a better example of that than 2007.  That year, from the very first week, no team was safe, especially if they were ranked #2.  It was an exciting - and ever changing - road to the national title, with new twists and turns every week.

Still, ten years later, I'm not even sure if everyone is aware of just how crazy that season was.  SB Nation calls it the best college football season ever.  It certainly is a standard that I have measured every season since against.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#CFB - 6/28/17

Since it's the offseason, I let some tweets build up before making this post.  A little bit of everything in this round up.

Monday, June 19, 2017

#CFB - 6/19/17

Today's Twitter round up includes some broadcasting news, the beginning of the next NCAA controversy, and some ACC analysis.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

#CFB - 6/17/17

Not a lot trickling out of Twitter today, but I managed to find a few good pieces.

Friday, June 16, 2017

#CFB - 6/16/17

New feature, still working out the title to see which version I like.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

#CFB - 6/15/17

I'm starting a new feature at the blog, where I post tweets that catch my eye in relation to college football.  I imagine this will be a bigger feature the closer we get to the actual season.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

National Title-Winning Coaches Update

First off, I commend Bob Stoops for identifying when the time was right for him to leave and congratulate him on an outstanding career with Oklahoma. He’s taken a few “character chances” in the last 3-4 years, but he’s generally been one of the good guys in the sport. Best of wishes moving forward, Big Game Bob!

That being said, we are down to 4 active coaches who have won a national title. Back in January, I promised I would break down the head-to-head history. With Bob’s retirement, my job just got a little easier 😊.

An analysis of Mark Richt's tenure at Georgia

To the casual college football observer, Mark Richt is a respectable head coach.  He coached the Georgia Bulldogs for 15 years, and only had one losing season (a 6-7 mark caused by a bowl loss).  Nine of those seasons had 10 or more wins.

But one thing Richt always gets dinged for in a coaching discussion is his inability to get Georgia to the national title, and even the inability to win the SEC championship, even though Georgia was in the perceived weaker SEC East.

I thought I would take a look at Richt's tenure at Georgia just to see if any of those message board claims have any merit.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Butterfly Effect Games: Win the Battle, Lose the War

As I wrap up this set of Butterfly Effect games for this off-season, I'm going to do something different. Here is a look at a few different games that gave a program a short-term boost, but may have hindered things in the long term.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Butterfly Effect Games: 2011 Oklahoma State at Iowa State

Continuing on in our look at how certain games may have shaped college football history, we come to what is perhaps the game that gave us the College Football Playoff.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Butterfly Effect Games: 2017 Edition, Part 1

A few years ago, I looked at three games and speculated what might have been had they gone the other way. Now, with a few more years of hindsight, I figured I’d take a crack at a few more. 

First up: the 2008 South Carolina at Clemson game.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ACC-SEC Challenge 2016 outcome

I can't believe I forgot about this business from the season until now.  We entered the season with 9 ACC vs. SEC games scheduled.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Trip to the College Football Multiverse - Part 3

Hopefully you've enjoyed the first two parts, where we explored what the smaller championship game scenarios might have looked like under past systems. The "alternate universe" trilogy ends right here, with a look at what might have been under a bigger playoff.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trip to the College Football Multiverse - Part 2

Continuing on in our "alternate championship" series, we find ourselves at the predecessor to the CFP - the Bowl Championship Series!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Trip to the College Football Multiverse - Part 1

When looking back at college football, one of the funnest - and most time-consuming - things to do is wonder "what if". Well, let's take one more look at the season that passed and see just how it might have gone down in an alternate universe.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

2016 Season in Review

As a college football fan, this is always the toughest part of the year. There are 229 days between the CFP Championship Game and the beginning of the 2017 season (counting the "Week 0" slate). If there's any silver lining, however, at least this is the time for the blogs to have some fun!