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Forty-eight years ago, I wanted to be Joe Namath. Sunday, I wanted to be Aaron Rodgers. It was 48 years ago last Thursday that Joe William Namath delivered on his pre-game “guarantee” and left the Orange Bowl in Miami waving his right index finger following the 19-point-underdog New York Jets to a 16-7 victory over … Continue reading Rodgers works different magic and conjures up titles from yesteryear

Which College Coaches REALLY Earned Their Money in 2016-2017?   I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that any coach in college football other than Colorado’s Mike McIntyre should have even been considered for Coach of the Year – an award he won. Of course, the College Football Playoff coaches didn’t arrive their via some … Continue reading Which College Coaches REALLY Earned Their Money in 2016-2017?

On the same day this week when it was announced that Steve Spurrier had become only the fourth person to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Game as both player and coach he was jeered. You think that bothered him? As he walked on the field for the national championship game coin toss … Continue reading Ah, the sweet music of those boos to Spurrier

It was more about the Tigers than the Zebras, but if Alabama had beaten Clemson in Monday Night’s Title Fight we’d have been talking more about the officials’ seeming reluctance to call targeting on the Crimson Tide. Luckily, Clemson’s steely resolve and unwillingness to be denied makes for a more positive story line for this … Continue reading One flaw in an otherwise spectacular evening of college football

We shouldn’t have worried about Alabama-Clemson II living up to Alabama-Clemson I. As it turned out, it was better. A 21-point fourth quarter, culminating with offensive MVP Deshaun Watson hitting Hunter Renfrow on a 2-yard scoring pass with one tick left on the Raymond James Stadium clock, gave No. 2 Clemson a 35-31 come-from-behind victory … Continue reading Some rematches work, some don’t; Alabama-Clemson II did — and then some

Coker, Drake and Henry are no longer around and neither is Kiffin, who since the “mutual” parting has been refused admittance to the Alabama coaching box by Saban to help his friend Sarkisian communicate with freshman Hurts. And that’s why it’s not hard to pick Clemson in the rematch.

Aside from Nick Saban, the most talked-about, high-profile player or coach in the arena Monday night for college football’s national championship game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson will be a guy who’s not even there. His first name is Lane. His daddy is Monte. Their last name Kiffin is part of football … Continue reading No Kiffin on Raymond James throne Monday: Saban’s banishment shows that Lane and Monte are nothing at all alike

It was like a playoff win. When you measure the residual fallout from Florida’s timely Outback Bowl victory you can easily label is one the one of most important of Jim McElwain’s brief era. However, with the rest of the state schools closing in on Gator Country, there isn’t much time. The UF’s recruiting universe … Continue reading McElwain answers his critics with bowl win

Well, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban apparently couldn’t spend another seven days with Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator. Not surprised – Kiffin has that effect on people. Saban, whose No. 1 Crimson Tide seeks a second consecutive College Football Playoff National Championship against No. 2 Clemson next Monday at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, … Continue reading Lane Kiffin is his own worst enemy

If I was a betting man, I’d make book on this: Ohio State will be back in the national championship picture in 2017, if not the College Football Playoff National Championship Game when it is played on Jan. 8, 2018 at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The reason? Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes’ coach certainly didn’t like … Continue reading Been there, done that: Urban Meyer knows how to make changes and win national championships

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