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September 30, 2009

Weekend on the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 2:19 am

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We’ve already had a crazy start to the college football season.  For the first time since I’ve been watching college football, I’m glad I’m not a voter for the polls.  After the top three, who knows! 

College Football Thoughts:

–          Hey Ole Miss!  What was that?  It sure looked like Houston Nutt wants Jevan Snead to come back another year.  24 scouts were in attendance for that!  I do think the Rebels were shafted in the polls.  To drop from 4 to 21 is ridiculous.  The only reason for the massive drop is because of the national media using the “overrated” word all month.  If the voters believed they were number four, and now think they’re overrated, they are hypocrites!  USC lost to a worse team, while the Rebels lost to an SEC team coached by Steve Spurrier on national TV on a Thursday night.  Why is USC still in the top ten?  One answer- they’re USC.  They’ll try anything to get them back in title contention.  The bias towards USC is disgustingly similar Notre Dame.

–          I think I take the unpopular stance with Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) this week.  Sure his play calling cost them the game against a “Top 5” team, but Bullies fans now know that they can expect that innovative play calling in the future when he gets more talent.  It worked at Florida for Mullen, and it will work in Starkville when he fits in the pieces.  I liked the risks, even though the reward sucked.  He’ll win those games in the future.  State fans should love that Mullen plans on coaching like he did at Florida.  That’s confidence.

–          Alabama has won their last three by 100 points.  They average 234 rushing yards per game and allow 47 per game.  That’s a championship formula, and they could arguably be the best team in the country right now.  Sorry Timmy Dynamite.

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–          Speaking of…… I thought the country was going to have a vigil and a moment of silence for Tebow Saturday.  I haven’t seen that much of an overreaction since people thought Twister was going to be a good movie.  Despite the near death experience, Tebow is now one rushing touchdown behind Herschel Walker for first all time in the SEC.  He had two on the ground Saturday.  By the way, for those who think Tebow hasn’t been dynamic again this year, think again.  He does have 11 touchdowns against three turnovers.  Plus, he beat death!  SEC Commish Mike Slive announced today that from now on, concussions will be called Tebow’s.

–          Mark Richt (Georgia) is 35-4 against non- conference teams.  Too bad Okie State is one of those losses, because the Dawgs would be #4 in the country.  While LSU may be vulnerable this week, Georgia NEEDS to cut down on their penalties (10 per game) and turnovers (3 per game) if they want to get back in the hunt

–          Chris Todd (Auburn) has 1012 yards passing and 11 touchdowns.  In 2008, Tommy Tuberville’s Tigers had 1985 passing yards and 7 touchdowns on the season.  I hope the Memphis Tigers have already reached out to Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn. 

–          It’s too bad for Tommy West (Memphis).  We’ve all said it, and you hear it over and over again.  He’s a great guy.  GREAT guy.  But his tenure in Memphis is over.  The thing about Tommy is that he understands.  As he told me Monday, it affects him, but he can’t let it affect his coaching.  He’s been doing this for 30 years.  He’s not stupid.  He knows it’s part of the business.  The best thing this week for Memphis fans is that Tommy won’t quit on the team.  He’ll continue to do his best to get the team better each week.  Now it might not work, but he won’t quit, like Tuberville did at Auburn last year.  And some think Tuberville should come to the Tigers.  What a horrible idea!  Three quick replacement names without any deep research- Malzahn, Steve Spurrier Jr. (South Carolina Passing Game Coordinator), Shane Beamer (South Carolina Special Teams Coordinator).  Spurrier and Beamer both have the potential to be a Skip Holtz.  Why not?  Their fathers are both innovative coaches and Hall of Famers.  I’ll take that chance.

–          Speaking of fathers, Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech) is a special teams genius.  His Hokies have 74 non-offensive touchdowns in the last 11 seasons.

–          FREE MITCH MUSTAIN! 

–          The Houston Cougars are in first place in the Big XII South.  2-0 with 1091 yards of offense in two games against the nations 2nd best division.  Case Keenum for Heisman.

–          Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) for Heisman!  It was a gutty effort by Clausen that may have saved Charlie Weiss’s job this year.  On the season, Jimmy Dynamite has 1122 yards, 10 touchdowns, and one interception.

–          The Texas Longhorns are averaging 540 yards per game, but Colt McCoy doesn’t have near the production he had last year.  Through four games, he has 42 incompletions.  Last year, he had 44 after eight games.  He has nine touchdowns and five interceptions.  Last year after four games, he had 14 td’s and one pick.  Colt had just 7 interceptions all of last season.  Don’t crown him Heisman just because you felt sorry for him and his Longhorns last year.

–          Florida State CANNOT bring Bobby Bowden back next year.  Too bad the old man thinks he can still coach.  They need to figure out a painless way to cut ties.  The Seminoles are 2-2 for the first time since 1989, they’ve lost 4 of 5 at home, and their coach doesn’t even know who they’re playing.

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These two pictures are both Bowden!  At least he hasn’t aged.

–          Ralph Friedgen will be gone soon.  Maryland has more turnovers than touchdowns (13-11).

NFL Thoughts:

–          Why have 0-3 teams only made the playoffs three times since 1990?  Because 0-3 teams usually suck!  It’s the most overrated stat in football.  Seven teams are currently 0-3, and only one has a shot of the playoffs- the Titans.  Maybe Carolina could make it, but they won’t unless Jake Delhomme retires today.

–          Mark Sanchez (Jets) became the first NFL quarterback to start a season 3-0 in his rookie year.  I think the Jets have the pieces for a run at the Super Bowl.  They also have a coach that will take over for Bill Belichick as the most hated coach in the league.  I love it.  Can’t wait to see them in New Orleans this weekend.

–          The Texans are a fraud!  They were supposed to make the playoffs last year and this year.  They have one September win in the last two seasons.  Rush defense might be the problem this year.  190 yards allowed against the Jets, 240 in Nashville, and 184 against Jacksonville.  Gary Kubiak’s seat should be heating up.

–          The Chiefs have lost 26 of 28.  Up next are the Giants and Cowboys.  Good luck.

–          Kevin Kolb (Eagles) became the first NFL quarterback to have 300 or more yards passing in his first two starts.  I certainly thought Kurt Warner accomplished the feat with the Rams.  Warner had 309 and 275.  DeSean Jackson has 3 touchdowns for the Eagles and they’re all over 60 yards.  His shortest touchdown is 64 yards.

–          The Browns have been outscored 94-29 this year.  They have one offensive touchdown.  It’s the only touchdown they’ve scored offensively in the last 37 quarters.  That’s 9 and a quarter games!

–          The Ravens are my Super Bowl pick and have been since preseason.  I didn’t even know how good this offense was going to be.  Wow!  They’re like Auburn.  Joe Flacco has six touchdowns in three games.  Last season, it took him nine games to get number six.

–          The Patriots have won sixteen straight regular season games against the NFC.  Tom Brady had his 200th career touchdown pass in the win over Atlanta.  He’s the 27th quarterback to accomplish the feat.  Brett Favre and Peyton Manning are the only other active players in the top 27.  Favre is first with 469 and Manning is fourth with 340.  Brady should finish the season 21st, one spot behind Steve Young.

–          Ben Roethlisberger lost for the first time in the NFL in the state of Ohio.  He’s 11-1 after the loss at Cincinnati.  Big Ben has at least one interception in each of his last five regular season games.  In that span he has seven picks and five touchdowns.

–          The Broncos have allowed a total of 16 points in three games.  Last year they held only two teams under 16 points.

–          Three teams fired their offensive coordinators in the offseason- Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo.  They’re a combined 1-8.

–          Top 5– 1. Ravens 2. Giants 3. Jets 4. Vikings 5. Saints

–          Bottom 5– 5. Raiders 4. Bucs 3. Chiefs 2. Browns 1. Rams

–          Quarterback of the Week: Peyton Manning (IND) 24-35, 379yds, 4td’s, Int

–          Running Back of the Week: Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) 23-119, 3td’s

–          Wide Receiver of the Week: DeSean Jackson 6-149, TD

–          Hot Seat: Zorn (WAS), Fox (CAR), Cable (OAK), Jauron (BUF), Kubiak (HOU)

–          Richardgardner.com is a website providing sports betting opinions.  Richard is hosting a charity NFL picks contest for media around the country.  This week, I was 7-9 against the spread which was good for 52nd place.  I want to apologize to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I will be better in upcoming weeks.  The weekly winners receive $250 for their charity and the year end winner will get $5000 with second place receiving $2500.  I hope I can raise some money for the great people at St. Jude!  Check out richardgardner.com.  On the season, I have a 26-22 record which puts me in a tie for 32nd overall.

The Sports Bar Big SEC Coaching Power Ranking

COACH (TEAM)- LAST WEEK

1. Nick Saban (ALA) 2

2. Gene Chizik (AUB) 1

3. Urban Meyer (FLA) 3

4. Dan Mullen (MSU) 6T

5T. Mark Richt (UGA) 8

5T. Bobby Petrino (ARK) 4

7. Steve Spurrier (SC) 11

8. Les Miles (LSU) 9

9. Rich Brooks (UK) 6T

10. Houston Nutt (MISS) 5

11T. Lane Kiffin (UT) 10

11T. Bobby Johnson (VAN) 12

13. Tommy West (MEM) 13

 

The Big SEC Quarterback Ranking

QB (TEAM)- LAST WEEK

1. Chris Todd (AUB) 2

2. Greg McElroy (ALA) 3

3. Tim Tebow (FLA) 4

4. Jordan Jefferson (LSU) 6

5. Ryan Mallett (ARK) 1

6. Stephen Garcia (SC) 9

7. Joe Cox (UGA) 5

8. Jevan Snead (MISS) 7

9. Mike Hartline (KEN) 8

10. Tyler Bass (MEM) 10

11. Larry Smith (VAN) 12

12. Tyson Lee (MSU) 11

13. Jonathan Crompton (TEN) 13 

Words to Live By

You’re not going to have a platinum record every time you put a song out, but it’s the going for it that is really the pot of gold. As I’ve gone along, as I’ve experienced life, I’ve learned that it’s the going after it that’s the really awesome thing.”– Brett Michaels

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There’s plenty happening in Tunica this weekend.  For a complete list of events and attractions in Tunica, Mississippi, click on the link below.  Get easy access to the casinos, golf courses, and all other entertainment.

http://www.tunicamiss.com/ 

Here are some coming attractions: 

Chicago (Harrah’s) 800-946-4946

Date: October 02

In 1967, Chicago musicians Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera formed a group with one dream, to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns. Their dream turned into 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1), and sales of more than 120 million records.

Travis Tritt (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: October 03

Billy Currington (Fitz) 800-766-5825

Date: October 16

Kenny G (Goldstrike) 888-245-7529

Date: October 17

Miranda Lambert (Goldstrike) 888-245-7529

Date: November 07

Darius Rucker (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: November 11 

Have a Great Week!

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September 16, 2009

Tranghese equals very good Investment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 5:37 pm

When making a financial decision you should always way your options. For what you are dishing out, are you getting equal or better value in return? In the case of the University of Memphis’ hiring of Mike Tranghese the answer is obvious….YES!
The former Big East Commissioner, who stepped down in June after 30 years on the job, is now a consultant for the University of Memphis. Tranghese actually started his association with the U of M in early August and will make $5,000 per month over the course of the next half year.
The hiring of the former Big East “Big Boss Man” brings instant credibility to the School’s pursuit of a spot in a BCS Conference. What could be better than to have a guy who has run a BCS Conference for 30 years? Not much. Tranghese can help direct buddy R.C. Johnson, School President Dr. Shirley Raines, and other school officials and Big Boosters as to what direction they need to go in. Should they dump a lot of money into the Football program? Would an On-Campus Stadium be a selling point to a BCS Conference? There are many questions that need to be addressed and answered, and Tranghese is the right guy to answer them. Tranghese also has plenty of pull. His word means a whole heck of a lot. This is the best move R.C. Johnson has made in some time.
Now the obvious question from everyone is “when can we expect some movement within the Conferences”? Tranghese has made it pretty clear that he doesn’t expect anything significant until the current Television contracts run their course, and even then, there are no guarantees. Now some will say this is a hire to quiet all the recent negativity surrounding the Tigers Football program and the recent NCAA investigation and sanctions. While it does give Memphis fans a little something to get excited about, this is a move of necessity to begin the process. It’s Johnson being proactive. It’s a move that already has one Orlando Columnist questioning whether or not Memphis pulled a fast one on the University of Central Florida.
Remember what I said earlier. When you are making a financial commitment of any size, you need to weigh the pro and cons before pulling the trigger. This one was a no-brainer.

The Sports Bar – Tuesday 9/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 9:22 am

Jeff’s Top 10 Teams Regardless of Record…

T-10. Texas Tech/Houston
9. Virginia Tech
8. LSU
7. Cal
6. Penn St.
5. Ole Miss
4. Alabama
3. USC
2. Texas
1. Florida

Heck Yeah, Hell No!

1. Ohio State choked on Saturday against USC…
2. Nick Stevens will play before halftime this weekend…
3. Auburn will beat 1 of the top 3 teams in the SEC West…
4. Ryan Mallett will throw at least 50 passes this week…
5. Jeff will include BYU in his “Top 10” sometime this year…

All Weekend on the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 3:40 am

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Love to hear that the Tigers are being PROACTIVE in trying to prepare themselves for the next movement in conference realignment.  It’s inevitable so they might as well be ready this time.  The easiest move would be to kick Notre Dame out of the Big East and have Memphis replace them.  What do they bring to the table?  Prestige?  So what!  Memphis is better in basketball, and it would be great to just knock Notre Dame down a notch.  Tell them to go join Conference USA!

College Football Notes You Might Not Know:

–          Mark Dantonio (Michigan State) looks like Neil Diamond.  He tied Bill Snyder (Kansas State) for the worst performance a day after getting a new contract.  M-State lost to Central while K-State lost to Louisiana Laffeyette.

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–          Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State) would win the Heisman if Mike Gundy could get out of the tan bed, become a man, and figure out how to get Dez the ball.  In two games, he has eight catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.  He’s also returned a punt for a score.  He should have 8-162 every week.

–          Kevin Sumlin (Houston) was 5-0 against Oklahoma State as an assistant with Oklahoma.  Seems like he had a pretty good idea about what the George Hamilton of college coaching was planning.  It was the first win for Houston against a top five program since 1984.  Okie State has lost 3 straight when ranked in the top 5.

–          Speaking of coaches who have had great rants, Dan Hawkins is on a $2.5 million hot seat.  That could be the cost of his buyout.  After losing to Nebraska to end last season, he said, “Next season- 10 wins and no excuses.”  Well, he’s 0-2 with losses to Colorado State and Toledo.  Toledo had 624 yards.  Looks like the Buffs will have to run the table now.  Not easy with road games at Texas and Oklahoma State.  Not easy with Wyoming coming in this weekend either.  Texas ONLY beat the Cowboys 41-10, and led 13-10 at the half.  Colorado is a 7 point favorite.

–          In his last three games, Jimmy Claussen (Notre Dame) has 1052 yards, 12 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

–          In two weeks, Idaho State is 0-2.  They lost at Arizona State and Oklahoma.  They have amassed 81 TOTAL YARDS of offense this season.  81!

–          Nick Stephens (Tennessee) must really be bad.

–          Terrelle Pryor (The Ohio State) reminds me of Mike Vick.  He can do a whole lot that generally generates very little.  Ohio State has lost six straight against top five teams.

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–          A week after my disappointing trip to Stillwater, although I did pass through the home of Carrie Underwood in Checotah, OK, I laughed when I watched Pokes Kicker Danny Bailey win the DBag of the week award.  He trotted out in the awful puke orange jersey wearing bright and shiny gold shoes.  His field goal attempt wasn’t close.  If you wear gold shoes on a football field, you best be golden!  Not so much Bailey!

–          A close second on DBag kicker of the week- Jason Olesnavage of Michigan.  Rich Rodriguez took a delay of game penalty to give his kicker a better angle- DOINK!  Not even doink!  He missed like Michael Spurlock used to miss receivers.  He almost broke the play clock.

–          Do you think Nick Saban is working on kick coverage this week?  Do you think any player is exempt from that unit this week?  The Tide have allowed a touchdown on a return in each of the first two games.  He should call Frank Beamer.  His Hokies ran one back against the Tide and had another against Marshall on Saturday.

–          Nebraska has won 6 straight.  It’s their longest winning streak since 2001.

–          Can Auburn really be 4-0 heading to Knoxville?  West Virginia comes in as a dog Saturday and Ball State will follow next weekend.  Gus Malzahn to Memphis?  It just might be too late.  It’s the first time Auburn has gone back to back with 500 yard games since 1970.  Last year the Tigers had seven offensive touchdowns against the SEC all season.  They had six against State

–          Steve Spurrier is 1-4 against Georgia since coming to South Carolina.  He was 11-1 as the head coach at Florida against the Dawgs. 

–          Timmy Tebow has 45 rushing touchdowns in his career.  He’s four shy of Herschel Walker’s SEC record.  He tied Cadillac last week and is one away from equaling Kevin Faulk’s 46.  What’s amazing is that he’s done it as a quarterback.  What’s also amazing is that Herschel’s 49 touchdowns on the ground don’t come close to the best of all time in college football.  Here’s the list:

1. Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio) (1996-99): 73 career rushing tds
2. Ricky Williams, Texas (1995-98): 72
3T. Anthony Thompson, Indiana (1986-89): 64
3T. Cedric Benson, Texas (2001-04): 64
5. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1996-99): 63
6. Eric Crouch, Nebraska (1998-01): 59
7. Marshall Faulk, San Diego State (1991-93): 57
8T. Steve Owens, Oklahoma (1967-69): 56
8T. Ken Simonton, Oregon Sate (1998-01): 56
10T. Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (1973-76): 55
10T. Chester Taylor, Toledo (1998-01): 55
10T. DeAngelo Williams, Memphis (2002-05): 55

–          The SEC has a 13-2 (.867) non-conference record after two weeks of the 2009 season, the best winning percentage in the nation.  The Big Ten is second at 18-4 (.818).

–          SEC teams are outscoring opponents 202-64 in the fourth quarter.

 

NFL Thoughts:

–          Brodie Croyle was 16-10 as a starter at Alabama.  He’s 0-9 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

–          Shaun Hill is 8-3 as a starter for the 49ers after they went to Glendale and beat the Cardinals Sunday.  As the saying goes, “All Shaun Hill does is win football games.”

–          Jake Delhomme should retire to stud.  He was one just a few years ago, but his decisions and ability are taking a slide.  He had 5 turnovers Sunday for the Panthers as Carolina got smoked by the Eagles.  He has 11 turnovers in his last two starts.  That’s worse than Jonathan Crompton!  Jake got a five year extension this year at the age of 34.

–          Mark Sanchez had a good game in his debut as the Jets waxed the Texans.  He was 12-15 for 191 yards and a touchdown on third down alone.

–          Not as good of a debut for Jay Cutler with the Bears.  Cutler threw four picks and is 17-21 in career games.  His record was worse at Vandy.  It’s been since high school that Cutler has won anything.

–          The Falcons are 8-1 at home under Mike Smith after beating Miami.

–          In 11 games with the Cowboys, Roy Williams has two touchdowns- both against Tampa.

–          Don’t get too excited Cowboys fans about your win against the Bucs.  Tampa racked up 450 yards of offense.  The Cowboys are, at best, third in their own division.

–          The Rams were thrown a bagel by the Seahawks Sunday.  St. Louis has scored 16 or fewer points in 13 of their last 17.  Plus, they’ve now lost 11 straight.

–          Top 5- 1. Ravens 2. Eagles 3. Giants 4. Vikings 5. Saints

–          Bottom 5- 1. Rams 2. Chiefs 3. Bucs 4. Lions 5. Texans

–          Quarterback of the Week: Drew Brees (Saints) 26-34, 358 yards, 6 touchdowns

–          Running Back of the Week: Adrian Peterson (Vikings) 25-180, 3 touchdowns

–          Wide Receiver of the Week: Santonio Holmes (Steelers) 9-131, TD, 8 first downs

–          Richardgardner.com is a website providing sports betting opinions.  Richard is hosting a charity NFL picks contest for media around the country.  In my first week, I was 9-7 against the spread which was good for 22nd place.  I want to apologize to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I will be better in upcoming weeks.  The weekly winners receive $250 for their charity and the year end winner will get $5000 with second place receiving $2500.  I hope I can raise some money for the great people at St. Jude!  Check out richardgardner.com.

 

Random Thoughts:

–          For the past month, Paddy Harrington has had an adventure hole each weekend.  It’s amazing how he has a great chance to win the FedEx Cup despite some of the holes he has had.

–          The Memphis Tigers Basketball team made cartoon news in the Billings Gazette.  Wow!  People in Billings, Montana, are all fired up about the Tigers and John Calipari’s decision to leave.  These cartoons were taken from three separate days in the newspaper.

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–          Beyonce is flawless!  She was the only redeeming quality of the MTV Video Music Awards this week.  She’s probably the only redeeming thing about MTV these days.  To quote Lt.Frank Drebin from Naked Gun, “She had legs you could lick on for a day.”

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–          Kanye was thinking of himself again?  That’s weird.

–          Are Mark the Chef and I alone in our thinking that Khloe is better than Kourtney?  Kourtney might be hotter, but there’s just something about that Khloe.

–          I don’t think I’ve cut grass in ten years!  I’m happy to say that I don’t plan on ever doing it again.  The worst chore ever!  I’d rather clean bathrooms.  I used to get $20 a lawn.  What are the kids making today?  Don’t think they’ve gotten the pay raise they deserve!

–          I’ve watched the first two Jay Leno shows.  I’m not a huge fan of Jay’s Tonight Show work, but so far, pretty decent.  His opening monologue is still a bit cheezy and fake, but his guests have been great and the interviews have been much more interesting than the fluff crap he had on the Tonight Show.  The show actually has a little edge.  Now granted, it’s only been two shows.  We can’t be too far away from a random zoo guy coming on with “crazy” animals that Jay’s scared of.  BORING!  Johnny Carson was the only host that has ever made that segment hysterical.

 

The Sports Bar Big SEC Coaching Power Ranking

COACH (TEAM)- LAST WEEK

1. Gene Chizik (AUB) 5

2. Urban Meyer (FLA) 1

3. Nick Saban (ALA) 2

4. Bobby Petrino (ARK) 3

5. Rich Brooks (UK) 8

6. Houston Nutt (MISS) 9

7. Bobby Johnson (VAN) 7

8. Les Miles (LSU) 10

9T. Dan Mullen (MSU) 4

9T. Mark Richt (UGA) 12

11T. Lane Kiffin (UT) 6

11T. Steve Spurrier (SC) 11

13. Tommy West (MEM) 13

 

The Big SEC Quarterback Ranking

PASSING                              Att          Cmp       Int           Pct.         Yds         TD                          Last

1. Mallett (ARK)                  22           17           0              77.3        309             1                           2

2. Tebow (FLA)                   39           25           0              64.1        425            5(2 Rush TD)       8

                This Week- (15-24, 237yds, 4TD/71rush, TD/Fumble)

3. Hartline (KEN)               27           18           0              66.7        222             2                              4

4. McElroy (ALA)              54           33           1              61.1        471                 2                           7

                This Week- (18-24, 241yds, TD)

5. Todd (AUB)                     49           27           0              55.1        441                2                          3

                This Week- (10-23, 186yds)

6. Jefferson (LSU)              48           31           0              64.6        310              3(52rush)              5

                This Week- (20-29, 138yds/10rush)

7. Relf (MSU)                          21           12            2              57.1        152         3(134rush/TD)       6

                This Week- (5-11, 77yds, 2INT/52rush)

8. Cox (UGA)                         54          32            2              59.3        363             3(fumble)              11

                This Week- (17-24, 201yds, 2TD, INT)

9. Garcia (SC)                        75           44           2              58.7        461               2                            12

                This Week- (31-53, 313, 2TD, INT, 42rush)

10. Snead (MISS)                22           12           2              54.5          175               2                              10

11. Smith (VAN)                  42           21           1               50.0         241         1(Rush TD)                 9

                This Week- (11-24, 88yds, INT/Rush TD)

12. Crompton (TEN)       54           34           5              63.0        326         5                                        1

                This Week- (13-26, 93yds, 3INT)

13. Hall (MEM)                   52            28           3              53.8        203         0                                   13

                This Week- (13-22, 93, INT)

Others: Burns (AUB / 55rush, 4TD, 1Pass TD), Lee (MSU / 15-24, 150yds, TD)

 

Words to Live By

You’re not going to have a platinum record every time you put a song out, but it’s the going for it that is really the pot of gold. As I’ve gone along, as I’ve experienced life, I’ve learned that it’s the going after it that’s the really awesome thing.”– Brett Michaels

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There’s plenty happening in Tunica this weekend.  For a complete list of events and attractions in Tunica, Mississippi, click on the link below.  Get easy access to the casinos, golf courses, and all other entertainment.

http://www.tunicamiss.com/ 

Here are some coming attractions:

Chicago (Harrah’s) 800-946-4946

Date: October 02

Travis Tritt (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: October 03

Billy Currington (Fitz) 800-766-5825

Date: October 16

Kenny G (Goldstrike) 888-245-7529

Date: October 17

Miranda Lambert (Goldstrike) 888-245-7529

Date: November 07

Darius Rucker (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: November 11

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Don’t forget to join me every Thursday afternoon at Tunica National for our three person scramble.  $25 gets you nine holes of golf, a dinner following your round and an opportunity at great prizes, including $150 in promotional chips at the Fitz Casino for closest to the pin.  This is the FINAL week to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.  Just call 662-357-0777 or 866-833-6331.

Have a Great Week!

September 14, 2009

SEC and Memphis Predictions

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 10:50 pm

We asked all the Sports 56 hosts to make their picks for the 2009 season, both the SEC and the Tigers…Here is what everyone thinks:

-Peter Edmiston

Memphis: 6-6 (4-4)
Losses: Ole Miss, at Southern Miss, East Carolina, at Tennessee, at Houston, at Tulsa

SEC East

Florida: 12-0 (8-0)
Losses: none

Georgia: 9-3 (6-2)
Losses: at Oklahoma State, at Arkansas, Florida (neutral)

Tennessee: 8-4 (4-4)
Losses: at Florida, at Alabama, at Ole Miss, Georgia

South Carolina: 4-8 (2-6)
Losses: at NC State, at Georgia, Ole Miss, at Alabama, Tennessee, at Arkansas, Florida, Clemson

Kentucky: 5-7 (1-7)
Losses: Florida, Alabama, at South Carolina, at Auburn, at Vanderbilt, at Georgia, Tennessee

Vanderbilt: 4-8 (1-7)
Losses: at LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, at South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida, at Kentucky, Tennessee

SEC West

Alabama: 12-0 (8-0)
Losses: none

Ole Miss: 10-2 (6-2)
Losses: Alabama, at Auburn (Nutt always seems to lose one he shouldn’t)

LSU: 9-3 (5-3)
Losses: at Georgia, at Alabama, at Ole Miss

Arkansas: 8-4 (5-3)
Losses: at Alabama, at Florida, at Ole Miss, at LSU

Auburn: 6-6 (2-6)
Losses: at Tennessee, at Arkansas, at LSU, Ole Miss, at Georgia, Alabama

Mississippi State; 3-9 (0-8)
Losses: at Auburn, at Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia Tech, Florida, at Kentucky, Alabama, at Arkansas, Ole Miss

-George Lapides

Memphis: 6-6 (5-3)

SEC EAST

Georgia: 10-2 (8-0)

Florida: 11-1 (7-1)

Vanderbilt: 6-6 (3-5)

South Carolina: 6-6 (2-6)

Kentucky: 6-6 (2-6)

Tennessee: 5-7 (2-6)

SEC West

Ole Miss: 11-1 (7-1)

Alabama: 10-2 (6-2)

Arkansas: 9-3 (5-3)

LSU: 8-4 (4-4)

Auburn: 5-7 (2-6)

Mississippi State: 2-10 (0-8)

-Dave Woloshin

Memphis: 8-4 (5-3)

SEC East

Florida: 12-0 (8-0)

Georgia: 10-2 (6-2)

South Carolina: 7-5 (4-4)

Tennessee: 7-5 (2-6)

Kentucky: 7-5 (3-5)

Vanderbilt: 5-7 (2-6)

SEC West

Alabama: 11-1 (7-1)

LSU: 10-2 (6-2)

Ole Miss: 9-3 (6-2)

Arkansas: 7-5 (3-5)

Auburn: 5-7 (1-7)

Mississippi State: 2-10 (0-8)

-Brett Norsworthy

Memphis: 9-3

Wins: Middle TN St., UT-Martin, Marshall, UCF, UTEP, Southern Mississippi, ECU, UAB, Tulsa

Losses: Ole Miss, Tennessee, Houston

SEC East

Florida: 12-0

Wins: Charleston Southern, Troy, Tennessee, at Kentucky, at LSU, Arkansas, at Mississippi St, Georgia, Vandy, at South Carolina, FIU, Florida St.

Losses: None

Tennessee: 8-4

Wins: Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio, Auburn, South Carolina, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Kentucky

Losses: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss

Georgia: 11-1

Wins: Oklahoma St., South Carolina, ASU, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee Tech, Auburn, Kentucky

Losses: Florida

South Carolina: 5-7

Wins: N.C. State, South Carolina St., Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Losses: Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida , Clemson

Kentucky: 6-6

Wins: Miami University, U of L, LA Monroe, Mississippi, Eastern Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Losses: Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia

Vanderbilt: 5-7

Wins: Western Carolina, Mississippi State, Rice, Army, Georgia Tech

Losses: LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee

SEC West

Alabama: 10-2

Wins: Virginia Tech, FIU, North Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Chatanooga, Auburn

Losses: Ole Miss, LSU

Arkansas: 7-5

Wins: Missouri State, Texas A&M, Auburn, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina, Troy, Mississippi State

Losses: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, LSU

Auburn: 6-6

Wins: Mississippi State, WVA, Ball State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Furman

Losses: Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Alabama

LSU: 9-3

Wins: Washington, Vanderbilt, Louisiana Lafayette, Mississippi State, Auburn, Tulane, Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas

Losses: Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss

Ole Miss: 11-1

Wins: Memphis, Southeast Louisiana, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama, UAB, Arkansas, Northern Arizona, Tennessee, Mississippi State

Losses: Auburn

Mississippi State: 2-10

Wins: Jackson State, Middle Tennessee

Losses: Auburn, Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia Tech, Florida, Houston, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss

-Eli Savoie

Memphis: 7-5 (5-3)

Wins: at Middle Tennessee State, UT-Martin, Marshall, at UCF, UTEP, East Carolina, UAB

Losses: Ole Miss, at Southern Miss, at Tennessee, at Houston, at Tulsa

SEC East

Florida: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: Charleston Southern, Troy, Tennessee, at Kentucky, at LSU, Arkansas, at Mississippi St, Georgia, Vandy, at South Carolina, FIU, Florida St.
Losses: None

Georgia: 8-4 (6-2)
Wins: South Carolina, Arizona St, LSU, at Tennessee, at Vandy, Tenn tech, Auburn, Kentucky
Losses: at Oklahoma St., at Arkansas, Florida, at Georgia Tech

South Carolina: 7-5 (3-5)
Wins: at NC State, Florida Atlantic, South Carolina St, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, at Tennessee, Clemson
Losses: at Georgia, Ole Miss, at Alabama, at Arkansas, Florida

Tennessee: 7-5 (3-5)
Wins: Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio, Auburn, Memphis, Vandy, at Kentucky
Losses: at Florida, Georgia, at Alabama, South Carolina, at Ole Miss

Vanderbilt: 5-7 (2-6)
Wins: Western Carolina, Mississippi St, at Rice, at Army, Kentucky
Losses: at LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, at South Carolina, Georgia Tech, at Florida, at Tennessee

Kentucky: 4-8 (0-8)
Wins: Miami-Ohio, Louisville, La-Monroe, Eastern Kentucky
Losses: Florida, Alabama, at South Carolina, at Auburn, Mississippi St, at Vandy, at Georgia, Tennessee

SEC West

Ole Miss: 11-1(7-1)
Wins: at Memphis, SE La, at S. Carolina, at Vandy, Alabama, UAB, Arkansas, at Auburn, Northern Arizona, Tennessee, at Miss St.
Losses: LSU

Alabama: 10-2(7-1)
Wins: FIU, North Texas, Arkansas, at Kentucky, S. Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, at Miss St., Chattanooga, at Auburn
Losses: Virginia Tech, at Ole Miss

Arkansas: 9-3 (5-3)
Wins: Missouri St., Georgia, Texas A&M, Auburn, E Michigan, S. Carolina, Troy, Miss State, at LSU
Losses: at Alabama, at Florida, at Ole Miss

LSU Tigers: 8-4 (4-4)
Wins: at Washington, Vandy, Louisiana-Lafayette, at Miss St, Auburn, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, at Ole Miss
Losses: at Georgia, Florida, at Alabama, Arkansas

Auburn: 6-6 (2-6)
Wins: Louisiana Tech, Miss St., West Va, Ball St, Kentucky, Furman
Losses: at Tennessee, at Arkansas, at LSU, Ole Miss, at Georgia, Alabama

Mississippi State: 4-8 (1-7)
Wins: Jackson St, Houston, at Middle Tennessee, at Kentucky
Losses: at Auburn, at Vandy, LSU, Ga Tech, Florida, Alabama, at Arkansas, Ole Miss

-Greg Gaston

Memphis: 8-4 (5-3)
Wins: @MTSU, UT-Martin, Marshall, @UCF, UTEP, East Carolina, @Tennessee, UAB,
Losses: Ole Miss, @Southern Miss, @ Houston, @ Tulsa

SEC East

Florida: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: Charleston Southern, Troy, Tennessee, @Kentucky, @LSU, Arkansas,
@Mississippi State, Georgia (Jacksonville), Vanderbilt, @South Carolina,
Florida International, Florida State
Losses: None

Georgia: 8-4 (6-2)
Wins: South Carolina, @Arkansas, Arizona State, @Tennessee, @Vanderbilt,
Tennessee Tech, Auburn, Kentucky
Losses: @Oklahoma State, LSU, Florida (Jacksonville), @Georgia Tech

Tennessee: 7-5 (4-4)
Wins: Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio, Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
@Kentucky
Losses: @Florida, Georgia, @Alabama, Memphis, @Ole Miss

Kentucky: 6-6 (2-6)
Wins: Miami, OH.(Cincinnati), Louisville, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State,
Eastern Kentucky, @Vanderbilt
Losses: Florida, Alabama, @South Carolina, @Auburn, @Georgia, Tennessee

South Carolina: 4-8 (2-6)
Wins: Florida Atlantic, S.C. State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt
Losses: @N.C. State, @Georgia, Ole Miss, @Alabama, @Tennessee, @Arkansas,
Florida, Clemson

Vanderbilt: 3-9 (0-8)
Wins: Western Carolina, @Rice, @Army
Losses: @LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, @South Carolina, Georgia
Tech, @Florida, Kentucky, @Tennessee

SEC West

Alabama: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: Virginia Tech, Fla. International, North Texas, Arkansas, @Kentucky, @Ole
Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, @Mississippi State, Chattanooga, @Auburn
Losses: None

Ole Miss: 11-1 (7-1)
Wins: @Memphis, SE Louisiana, @ South Carolina, @ Vanderbilt, UAB, Arkansas,
@Auburn, Northern Arizona, Tennessee, LSU, @Mississippi State
Losses: Alabama

LSU: 9-3 (5-3)
Wins: @Washington, Vanderbilt, Louisiana, @Mississippi State, @Georgia, Auburn,
Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas
Losses: Florida, @Alabama, @Ole Miss

Arkansas: 7-5 (3-5)
Wins: Missouri State, Texas A&M (Arlington), Auburn, Eastern Michigan, South
Carolina, Troy, Mississippi State
Losses: Georgia, @Alabama, @Florida, @Ole Miss, @LSU

Auburn: 5-7 (2-6)
Wins: Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Ball State, Kentucky, Furman
Losses: West Virginia, @Tennessee, @Arkansas, @LSU, Ole Miss, @Georgia, Alabama

Mississippi State: 3-9 (1-7)
Wins: Jackson State, @Vanderbilt, @MTSU
Losses: @Auburn, LSU, Georgia Tech, Houston, Florida, @Kentucky, Alabama,
@Arkansas, Ole Miss

-Keith Parker

Memphis: 7-5 (5-3)
Wins: @Middle TN, UT-Martin, Marshall, @UCF, UTEP, ECU, UAB
Losses: vs.OM, @So Miss, @UT, @Hou, @Tulsa

SEC East

Florida: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: Charlston So., Troy, UT, @UK, @LSU, ARK,  @MSU, UGA, VAN, @SC, FLA Int’l, Florida St.

Georgia: 10-2 (7-1)
Wins: @ OK ST, SC, @ ARK, Arizona St., LSU, @TN @VAN, TN Tech, AUB, UK
Losses:   vs.FLA, @GA Tech

Tennessee: 8-4 (4-4)
Wins: W KY, UCLA, Ohio, AUB,  SC, Memphis, VAN, @UK
Losses: @FLA, UGA, @ALA, @OM

South Carolina: 6-6 (3-5)
Wins: Fla Atl, OM, SC St., UK, VAN, Clem
Losses: @NC St., @UGA, @ALA, @UT, @ARK, UF

Kentucky: 6-6 (2-6)
Wins: Miami OH, Louisville, LA Monroe, MSU, Eastern KY, @VAN
Losses:   UF, ALA, @SC, @AUB, @UGA, UT

Vanderbilt: 4-8 (1-7)
Wins: Western Carolina, @Rice, MSU,  @Army
Losses: @LSU,  OM, UGA, @SC, GA Tech, @UF, UK, @UT

SEC West

Alabama: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: vs. VA Tech, Fla Int’l, North Texas, ARK, @UK, @OM, SC, UT, LSU, @MSU, UT Chat, @AUB

Ole Miss: 10-2 (6-2)
Wins: @Memphis, USL, @VAN, UAB, ARK, @AUB, N Arizona, UT, LSU, @MSU
Losses: @SC, ALA

LSU: 8-4 (4-4)
Wins: @Wash, VAN, UL Laf, @MSU,  AUB, Tulane, LA Tech,  ARK
Losses: @UGA, UF, @ALA, @OM

Arkansas: 7-5 (3-5)
Wins: MO St.,  vs.TX A&M, AUB, E Mich, SC, Troy, MSU
Losses:UGA, @ALA, @UF, @OM, @LSU

Auburn: 5-7 (2-6)
Wins: LA Tech, MSU, Ball St., UK, Furman
Losses: WVU, @UT, @ARK, @LSU, OM, @UGA, ALA

Mississippi State: 2-10 (0-8)
Wins: JSU,   @MTSU, @UK
Losses:  @AUB,@VAN, LSU, GA Tech, Houston, UF, @UK, ALA, @ARK, OM

-Tyler McLellan

SEC East
Florida: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: Charlston So., Troy, UT, @UK, ARK, @MSU, UGA, VAN, @SC, FLA Int’l, Florida St.
Loss: @ LSU

Tennessee: 9-3 (5-3)
Wins: W KY, UCLA, Ohio, AUB, UGA, SC, Memphis, VAN, @UK
Losses: @FLA, @ALA, @OM

Georgia: 7-5 (4-4)
Wins: SC, Arizona St., LSU, @VAN, TN Tech, AUB, UK
Losses: @OK ST, @ARK, @UT, vs.FLA, @GA Tech

South Carolina: 6-6 (3-5), 4th in SEC East
Wins: Fla Atl, OM, SC St., UK, VAN, Clem
Losses: @NC St., @UGA, @ALA, @UT, @ARK, UF

Kentucky: 5-7 (2-6)
Wins: Louisville, LA Monroe, MSU, Eastern KY, @VAN
Losses: @Miami OH, UF, ALA, @SC, @AUB, @UGA, UT

Vanderbilt: 3-9 (0-8)    
Wins: Western Carolina, @Rice, @Army
Losses: @LSU, MSU, OM, UGA, @SC, @GA Tech, @UF, UK, @UT

SEC West

Alabama: 12-0 (8-0)
Wins: vs. VA Tech, Fla Int’l, North Texas, ARK, @UK, @OM, SC, UT, LSU, @MSU, UT Chat, @AUB

LSU: 10-2 (6-2)                                                           
Wins: @Wash, VAN, UL Laf, @MSU, UF, AUB, Tulane, LA Tech, @OM, ARK
Losses: @UGA, @ALA

Ole Miss: 9-3 (5-3)
Wins: @Memphis, USL, @VAN, UAB, ARK, @AUB, N Arizona, UT, @MSU
Losses: @SC, ALA, LSU

Arkansas: 8-4 (4-4)  
Wins: MO St., UGA, vs.TX A&M, AUB, E Mich, SC, Troy, MSU
Losses: @ALA, @UF, @OM, @LSU

Auburn: 5-7 (2-6) 
Wins: LA Tech, MSU, Ball St., UK, Furman
Losses: WVU, @UT, @ARK, @LSU, OM, @UGA, ALA

Mississippi State: 4-8 (1-7)
Wins: JSU, @VAN, Houston, @MTSU, @UK
Losses:  @AUB, LSU, GA Tech, UF, @UK, ALA, @ARK, OM

-Rob Fischer

Memphis: 5-7 (3-5)
Wins: Middle Tennessee State, UT-Martin, Marshall, UTEP, UAB
Losses: Ole Miss, UCF, Southern Mississippi, Eastern Carolina, Tennessee, Houston, Tulsa

SEC East

Florida: 11-1 (7-1)
Wins: Charleston Southern, Troy, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FIU, FSU
Losses: LSU

Georgia: 11-1 (7-1)
Wins: Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Arkansas, ASU, LSU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Tennessee Tech, Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia Tech
Losses: Florida

Tennessee: 7-5 (3-5)
Wins: Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio, Auburn, South Carolina, Memphis, Vanderbilt
Losses: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Kentucky

South Carolina: 5-7 (3-5)
Wins: Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, South Carolina State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt
Losses: North Carolina State, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Clemson

Vanderbilt: 5-7 (2-6)
Wins: Western Carolina, Mississippi State, Rice, Army, Kentucky
Losses: LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida, Tennessee

Kentucky: 6-6 (2-6)
Wins: Miami University, Louisville, Louisiana Monroe, Mississippi State, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee
Losses: Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Georgia

SEC West

Alabama: 11-1 (7-1)
Wins: Virginia Tech, Florida International, North Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Chatanooga, Auburn
Losses: Ole MIss

LSU: 10-2 (6-2)
Wins: Washington, Vanderbilt, Louisiana Lafayette, Mississippi State, Florida, Auburn, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas
Losses: Georgia, Alabama

Ole Miss: 10-2 (6-2)
Wins: Memphis, Southeast Louisiana, Vanderbilt, Alabama, UAB, Arkansas, Auburn, Northern Arizona, Tennessee, Mississippi State
Losses: South Carolina, LSU

Arkansas: 7-5 (3-5)
Wins: Missouri State, Texas A&M, Auburn, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina, Troy, Mississippi State
Losses: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, LSU

Auburn: 5-7 (2-6)
Wins: Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Ball State, Kentucky, Furman
Losses: WVA, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, Alabama

Mississippi State: 2-10 (0-8)
Wins: Jackson State, Middle Tennessee State
Losses: Auburn, Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia Tech, Houston, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss

-Will Askew

Memphis: 5-7, 4-4 CUSA, losses Ole Miss, @Middle, @Southern Miss, East Carolina,
@UT, @Houston, @Tulsa

SEC East

Florida: 12-0 (8-0) 
Losses: None

Georgia: 9-3 (6-2) 
Losses: @Oklahoma State, @Arkansas, Florida

Tennessee: 8-4 (4-4)
Losses: @Florida, Georgia, @Alabama, @Ole Miss

South Carolina: 4-8 (2-6)
Losses: @NC State, @Georgia, Ole Miss, @Alabama, @Tennessee, @Arkansas, Florida, Clemson

Vanderbilt: 5-7 (2-6)
Losses: @LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, @South Carolina, Georgia Tech, @Florida, @Tennessee

Kentucky: 5-7 (1-7)
Losses: Florida, Alabama, @South Carolina, @Auburn, @Vanderbilt, @Georgia, Tennessee

SEC West

Alabama: 11-1 (7-1)
Losses: LSU

Ole Miss: 11-1 (7-1)
Losses: Alabama

LSU: 9-3 (5-3)
Losses: @Georgia, Florida, @Ole Miss

Arkansas: 8-4 (4-4)
Losses: @Florida, @Alabama, @Ole Miss, @LSU

Auburn:  5-7 (2-6)
Losses: WVU, @Tennessee, @Arkansas, @LSU, Ole Miss, @Georgia, Alabama

Mississippi State: 1-11 (0-8) 
Wins: Jackson State

September 7, 2009

Both Tigers and Rebels will learn from Game

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 2:28 pm

For three quarters the Rebels and Tigers battled like Backyard Rivals should. Despite the fact that Ole Miss has dominated the win total in their long standing series (which unfortunately, for the moment, came to an end today), the game’s have been fairly competitive. The unfortunate thing for the Tigers is usually the Rebels wear them down because of depth, and usually superior size, and pull away in the end. That was the case Sunday Afternoon at Liberty Bowl Stadium. The Tigers defense should be applauded for the job they did. By no means was the 45-14 Final score indicative of how close the game was until the Fourth Quarter.
I feel this was the type of game that can springboard both teams. For the Rebels, they go into an early bye week knowing they have plenty of work to do. They will look at the game tape, analyze their mistakes, and become a better team for it. I think most players understand that if Ole Miss was playing an SEC team with similar size and depth, the Rebels would have lost and dropped significantly in the polls. Jevan Snead will get this mediocre game out of his system and will become the type of Quarterback everyone is expecting him to be.
For the Tigers, they will be able to take plenty of positive vibes from the loss. Sure, the play of Arkelon Hall was miserable, but this is a game that can be broken down and mistakes corrected. If Hall is passed up for Will Hudgens or any other Quarterback, the fact is nobody will face a better defense the rest of the season than what the Rebs offered up on Sunday. The Tigers running backs were very good. The Defense was outstanding until they 4th when they were plumb tuckered out. This team showed me some very positive signs. So instead of dwelling on what went wrong, Tigers fans should focus on what went right. This is a game that should be beneficial for both teams in the long run.

September 2, 2009

On the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 9:54 pm

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It’s week one of the college football season, so it’s time for my SEC and Tigers picks plus some bold predictions for the upcoming season.

SEC East

1.     Florida (11-1 / 7-1) Lone loss at LSU

2.     Georgia (11-1 / 7-1) Lone loss vs. Florida

3.     Tennessee (7-5 / 3-5) Lose at Kentucky

4.     South Carolina (5-7 / 3-5) Beat Ole Miss

5.     Vanderbilt (5-7 / 2-6) Beat Kentucky

6.     Kentucky (6-6 / 2-6) 4th Straight Bowl Win

SEC West

1.     Alabama (11-1 / 7-1) Lone loss at Ole Miss

2.     LSU (10-2 / 6-2) Lose at Georgia and Alabama

3.     Ole Miss (10-2 / 6-2) Lose vs. LSU

4.     Arkansas (7-5 / 3-5) 0-4 on Road in SEC

5.     Auburn (5-7 / 2-6) Beat MSU and UK

6.     Mississippi State (2-10 / 0-8) Win at MTSU

SEC Champ: Florida

Memphis Tigers (5-7 / 3-5) Win at MTSU

Bold Predictions:

–         Rich Brooks announces retirement prior to Tennessee game and Wildcats beat Vols for first time in 25 years

–         If Rich Rodriguez is fired at Michigan, Les Miles will be the head coach of the Wolverines

–         4 teams will have a new coach to start 2010

–         Randall Cobb will start a game at Quarterback for Kentucky

–         LSU beats Florida

–         Joe Cox will have third best numbers of any QB in the SEC behind Tebow and Snead.  He’ll be better than Mallett because of turnover differential

–         Tim Tebow wins the Heisman, a Nobel Peace Prize, a Pulitzer, SI Man of the Year, Employee of the Month, an Olympic Gold Medal, and Humanitarian of the Galaxy.

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Random Thoughts:

–         Those new batting helmets do look ridiculous.  David Wright looks like a 4 year old boy in a big league helmet.

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–         However, this is just another example of baseball players being the biggest D-BAGS in sports.  I’m speaking from experience too!  It’s all about how they look- Goatee, Flat Brim, Eye Black, Long Pants, Baggy Pants, Dirty Helmet, Chewing Tobacco.  Remember how base coaches complained about wearing helmets last year?  They’ve gotten over it.  MLB players need to do one of two things.  Either wear the darn thing and be safe, or look good and stop whining about pitches coming inside while you’re digging over the plate!

–         Hell’s Kitchen is a must watch.  Three people I’d love to have drinks with at one time- Chef Ramsay, Piers Morgan, and Simon Cowell.  I’d just like to sit on a patio somewhere people watching and hear them critique everyone.

–         Shaq might be the best ambassador of any professional sport in our country.  He is very valuable to the NBA and they need to realize it.

–         Urban Meyer told College Football Live on ESPN Wednesday that his favorite Tim Tebow joke is: Tim Tebow walked into a McDonalds and ordered a Whopper and they went and got him one.

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There’s plenty happening in Tunica this weekend.  For a complete list of events and attractions in Tunica, Mississippi, click on the link below.  Get easy access to the casinos, golf courses, and all other entertainment.

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Here are some coming attractions:

Carlos Mencia (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: September 04

Carlos Mencia, superstar/stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today’s most lauded entertainers and feared comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience.

 

B.B. King (Gold Strike) 888-245-7529

Date: September 05

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 76, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever.

 

Jon B. & Damon Williams (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: September 12

These Comedians material is universal and there’s something for all ages. There popularity has provided them the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business.

 

Chicago (Harrah’s) 800-946-4946

Date: October 02

In 1967, Chicago musicians Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera formed a group with one dream, to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns. Their dream turned into 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1), and sales of more than 120 million records.

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Don’t forget to join me every Thursday afternoon at Tunica National for our three person scramble.  $25 gets you nine holes of golf, a dinner following your round and an opportunity at great prizes, including $150 in promotional chips at the Fitz Casino for closest to the pin.  Just call 662-357-0777 or 866-833-6331. 

Have a Great Week!

Happy Football Season!

In which I preview the SEC with Hot Women

Filed under: Uncategorized — Will Askew @ 5:32 pm

SEC East

6.  Kentucky

On offense:  Reportedly, QB Mike Hartline has come along well in camp.  At running back, Alfonso Smith and Derrick Locke should be a solid duo, but if they are banged up, as is the case at the moment, expect freshmen Jonathan George and Donald Russell to try and pick up the slack.  At wideout, they have the best player on their offense, Randall Cobb, who will line up everywhere.  The line is extremely athletic, which will mean it will pass block pretty well…opening up holes for the running game should be a problem.

On defense:  The defensive line was a major strength last season, but the suspension of Jeremy Jarmon really hurts.  At linebacker, senior Micah Johnson returns after a very solid year last year.  Watch out for Danny Trevathan at outside linebacker to make a lot of plays.  In the secondary, Trevard Lindley is the best corner in the SEC.  He’ll be an extremely high draft pick.  He’ll erase half the field, but other than that, it’s a question mark.

Prediction:  5-7, 1-7 SEC

Key Player:  D-line.  The team must deal with the loss of Jeremy Jarmon.

Comparison:  Any Kardashian sister other than Kourtney or Kim.  Pretty good looking, but they’ll never be close to as hot as their sisters (UK basketball).

5.  Vanderbilt

On offense:  This is the area of major concern for the Dores, especially at QB.  Larry Smith will start, but much like last year, expect McKenzie Adams to come in if the offense gets bogged down.  There is a lot of excitement around the running game’s three incoming freshmen–Zac Stacy, Warren Norman, and Wesley Tate.  The three should be very solid players in the future.  At wideout, it’s a disaster.  Two players the Dores were looking to, Justin Wheeler and Terrence Jeffers-Harris, will not play–Jeffers-Harris is ineligible and Wheeler is out for the season with a knee injury.  John Cole and Alex Washington will have to pick up the slack.  On the offensive line, all five starters return, led by tackle Thomas Welch.

On defense:  This is a pretty solid defense, and very opportunistic.  Horrible news came earlier this week though, when lineman Stephen Stone broke his foot and will be out four games.  Broderick Stewart, Greg Billinger, and Adam Smotherman will have to pick up the slack.  The strength of the defense may be in the linebacking unit–Memphis natives Chris Marve and John Stokes and junior Patrick Benoist are this unit, although Stokes is coming off a shoulder injury.  Brent Trice has had a really good camp as well.  In the secondary, it’s all about Myron Lewis.  Ryan Hamilton is a very solid safety, though.

Prediction:  5-7, 2-6 SEC

Key Player:  It’s all about the QB.

Comparison:  Tina Fey.  Never going to be on anyone’s Hottest lists, but cute in a nerdy way.

4.  South Carolina

On offense:  They’d better hope Stephen Garcia stays healthy.  Garcia has a ton of talent.  He has to avoid mistakes, though, after throwing 8 picks last year in only three starts.  After him, there’s nothing.  At running back, there’s a huge hole.  True freshman Jarvis Giles is probably the best back they have…they have no proven talent at the position.  After losing Kenny McKinley, there’s also a big question at wide receiver.  What they do have, though, are a lot of big, physical receivers.  On the line, the team brings back a lot of experience…unfortunately, it’s a lot of experience giving up sacks.

On defense:  Up front, Clifton Geathers was ready to break out and be a star–until he was suspended for getting in a nightclub fight.  Radi Ajiboye is the team’s best defensive tackle, but he is suspended for the first three games after an arrest in the spring.  Eric Norwood is one of the best linebackers in the country, and though he’s fighting a sprained wrist at the moment, should be fine.  Stephon Gilmore and Akeem Auguste are young corners who are unproven.  At safety, though, the team is strong.  It will be because of the defense if this team wins.

Prediction:  4-8, 2-6 SEC

Key Player:  QB.  If Spurrier messes with the QB situation or Garcia gets hurt, they’re done.

Comparison:  Alicia Silverstone.  Was once everybody’s it girl and among the sexiest women alive, but lost it in a big way.

3.  Tennessee

On offense:  This team needs some production from either Jonathan Crompton or Nick Stephens.  They have tools, but haven’t done anything on the field when given a chance.  At running back, the Vols are loaded.  Monterrio Hardesty, David Oku, and (if he can avoid being ineligible) Bryce Brown are a very talented trio.  The best player on the offense, at least right now, is Gerald Jones at WR.  Brandon Warren is a former stud recruit that was severely under-utilized last year.  A good group, but not going to blow anyone away, and it won’t be helped by the loss of Austin Rogers.  Josh McNeil anchors a big, physical o-line that should be pretty good at what it’s asked to do–run block.

On defense:  The team finished third in the country in defense last year, so that wasn’t the problem.  Chris Walker and Ben Martin will be speedy coming off the ends for the Vol defense…one of the big strengths of the defensive line should be Ed Orgeron, who’s one of the best d-line coaches in America.  At linebacker, Rico McCoy is looking to parlay this year into being a high draft pick a la Jerrod Mayo.  Other than him, there’s not a ton to like at LB.  The secondary is awesome.  Eric Berry may be one of the top three players in the country, and they have some talent around him, too.

Prediction:  8-4, 4-4 SEC

Key Player:  QB.  It’s obvious.

Comparison:  Britney Spears.  Used to be the hottest girl on Earth, but stuck with Federline too long and became a hot mess.  On the road to recovery with a nice new workout regimen.

2.  Georgia

On offense:  It’s not easy replacing the #1 pick in the NFL draft, and Georgia will find that out this year.  However, Joe Cox is a winner, and a solid game manager.  Behind Cox, there’s a ton of young talent.  At running back, Caleb King is ready to take over for Knowshon Moreno, though he’s banged up at the moment.  Behind him, Richard Samuel is a capable backup.  AJ Green is one of the SEC’s best wideouts, and should have another great season.  Outside of Green though, there’s not a lot.  The o-line should be vastly improved from last year.  Trinton Sturdivant is back after missing last season, Clint Boling is ready to be a star.  Every person on the line but Sturdivant can play multiple positions, too.  One of the best in the SEC.

On defense:  The defensive line has the best pair of tackles in the SEC with Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins.  Justin Houston had a hgue spring at end, but the other side is a question.  At linebacker, undersized Rennie Curran will once again be a tackling machine.  Also, watch for Marcus Washington.  An extremely good group of LBs.  The defensive backfield is bolstered by the return of Reshad Jones.  Bryan Evans will play the other safety spot.  Brandon Boykin will be asked to replace Asher Allen, who’s off to the NFL.

Prediction:  9-3, 6-2 SEC

Key Player:  WR.  They have to have someone to throw the ball to other than AJ Green.

Comparison:  Anna Kournikova…One of the hotter women around, but they always leave you wanting a bit more.

1.  Florida

On offense:  I don’t think I need to mention how strong the QB situation is with the world’s greatest human Tim Tebow and Jeff’s favorite human John Brantley.  At running back, they’ve got more speed than anyone in the country with Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, with Emmanuel Moody providing a more punishing option.  If there is a question on this team, it’s at receiver, where the team lost Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy.  They do return one of the best tight ends in the country in Aaron Hernandez along with wideout Deonte Thompson.  Riley Cooper is an extremely solid option also.  On the o-line, the Pouncey twins are back, and while the team will be hurt by the loss of Phil Trautwein, it should be solid.

On defense:  Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap are awesome defensive ends.  The team may have the best group of linebackers in the country led by Brandon Spikes, and maybe the best secondary in the country as well.  Really, defending national champion defenses shouldn’t return this many players.

Prediction:  12-0, 8-0 SEC

Key Player:  Receiver.

Comparison:  Brooklyn Decker.  Great to look at, great to talk to, and really, when you come up with a flaw, you’re just nitpicking.

SEC West

6.  Mississippi State

On offense:  Yeesh.  They’ve got the coaching there for what may eventually be a pretty good system, but it may be rough this year.  Tyson Lee, at least for now, is the starter, but Chris Relf and Tyler Russell are making a strong run at it, especially Relf.  Russell eventually will be the starter…though maybe not this year.  At running back, the team’s best player, Anthony Dixon, returns.  Dixon, though, has had some off the field problems this offseason with a DUI and reportedly showing up out of shape.  He should be fine.  Meaning, he’d better be fine.  At receiver, Brandon McRae is the leading returner, but watch out for true freshman Chad Bumphis to make an impact eventually.  Derrek Sherrod is the best returning blocker on the o-line, which returns three starters.  How good they are is up in the air.

On defense:  If State is to win anything this year, they’ll have to do it with defense.  It starts up front with tackle Pernell McPhee.  the Dogs are quick up front, but haven’t been all that productive.  The linebackers are the strength of the entire football team, with Jamar Chaney coming back.  KJ Wright led the team in sacks last year, and JUCO Chris White should be an instant contributor.  The secondary has to replace Derek Pegues, with Zac Smith trying to fill the spot.  Keith Fitzhugh, who led the team in tackles, is gone as well.  Charles Mitchell, one of the team’s top recruits from last year, needs to step up.

Prediction:  1-11, 0-8 SEC

Key Player:  O-line.

Comparison:  Renee Zellwegger.  Was considered hot for a minute there, but now you see her, and you don’t know why.

5.  Auburn

On offense:  At QB, Gus Malzahn will go with Chris Todd, which can’t get too many fans excited.  However, if anyone can make Todd good, it’s Malzahn, whose Tulsa teams lit it up over the last few years.  At running back, Ben Tate returns, and true freshman Ontarrio McCaleb should get a lot of carries.  Mario Fannin is the best player on the offense, and he’ll be asked to do a bit of everything.  Tim Hawthorne could be really good for Auburn in the new system as well.  Up front, Lee Ziemba anchors a very versatile line.  Overall, though, it’s a wait and see approach.

On defense:  The team will most definitely miss Senderrick Marks up front, but they do return DE Antonio Coleman, who’s going to be an extremely disruptive force.  Michael Goggans is another one of the strengths of the line on the other end.  At linebacker, you haven’t heard of a bunch of guys, but they should be a great tackling unit.  Watch for Adam Herring.  In the secondary, there are a lot of questions as to whether or not guys can come back from injury–Aarion Savage is coming back from a knee injury, Mike McNeil for a broken leg, and Zach Etheridge a bit banged up.

Prediction:  5-7, 2-6 SEC

Key Player:  QB.

Comparison:  Jessica Simpson.  Went through a rough breakup and got kind of plump there for a minute, but you get the sense that she’s not that far off.

4.  Arkansas

On offense:  On paper, the hogs should have one of the best offenses in the SEC.  Ryan Mallett should be one of the best QBs in the SEC (remember I predicted he’d go to NY for the Heisman before he’s done), and the team is set at RB with Michael Smith, D’Anthony Curtis, and Broderick Green.  The team returns a great tight end in DJ Williams, Joe Adams, who could eventually be a really good player, and Jarius Wright, a rising soph.  On the o-line, the team will most definitely miss center Jonathan Luigs, but they do return a massive line led by Wade Greyson.  If there is a weakness, though, the line is it.

On defense:  Malcolm Sheppard is a beast on the defensive front.  Jake Bequette and Zach Stadther are two young linemen on the rise, but the team did struggle to stop the run last season.  The linebackers should be much improved from last season.  Jerry Franklin, Wendel Davis and Freddy Burton make up a very talented group of linebackers, but they did struggle to tackle running backs last year.  In the secondary, the team will really miss the presence of Isaac Madison, who tore up his knee earlier this week in practice.  Ramon Broadway is a tremendously talented corner who should get better as the season goes along.  The d-backfield isn’t great, but it’s okay because they won’t have to face all that many great passing teams.

Prediction:  8-4, 4-4 SEC

Key Player:  Replacement for Madison at corner.

Comparison:  Keira Knightley.  Gorgeous, but maybe just a bit thin.

3.  LSU

On offense:  The key is Jordan Jefferson.  While it’s believed that he’s improved a lot in the offseason, he remains somewhat of a question mark for a team whose QB play was awful last year, not that it’s all their fault.  At running back, the team has one of the top returning rushers in the league in Charles Scott and a very capable backup in Keiland Williams.  The receiving corps may be one of the best in the entire nation.  Brandon LaFell is going to be a first round pick, Reuben Randle is the latest in the Julio Jones/AJ Green mold, and freshman Russell Shepard will get time as well.  Terrance Tolliver was one of the top recrutis in the country a couple of years ago but hasn’t panned out as of yet.  Loaded at wideout.  On the o-line, it all starts with Ciron Black.  He’s a stud at LT, and the team is strong on the other side as well with Joseph Barksdale.  The team won’t be quite as good at run-blocking without Herman Johnson, though.

On defense:  The team had waaaay too much talent to be as bad as they were in ’08…John Chavis and his Mustang package come in to try and remedy the situation.  The team is replacing Tyson Jackson and Kirston Pittman on the line, but bring back Charles Alexander and a budding star in Drake Nevis.  At linebacker, they have to replace a great player on Darry Beckwith, but think they have their man in Jacob Cutrera.  The team’s top 3 returning tacklers from last year are all linebackers, so this should still be an excellent unit.  The d-backfield has no shortage of speed, especially Chad Jones and Ron Brooks.

Prediction:  9-3, 5-3 SEC

Key player:  QB and middle of o-line.

Comparison:  Scarlett Johansson.  My goodness, she’s got a lot of physical gifts.

2.  Alabama

On offense:  The biggest question marks on this team are at QB and O-line.  Greg McElroy replaces John Parker Wilson, but people seem to think he’s going to be pretty good.  He’s a good game manager, and was an excellent high school QB.  There’s nothing proven at all behind him though.  At running back, the team is loaded, despite the loss of Glen Coffee to the NFL.  Mark Ingram, Terry Grant, Trent Richardson, and Roy Upchurch are all capable running backs, and Greg McElwain will make sure the RBs get carries.  At receiver, the team has Julio Jones and Mike McCoy, who was supposed to be the team’s #1 target last year.  McCoy had a disappointing year last year.  The biggest question on the offense is on the o-line, where the team lost three starters, including all-league performers Antoine Caldwell and especially Andre Smith.  James Carpenter will start off at LT.  While the team has a stable of quality o-linemen, they might not hit their stride until next year.

On defense:  The Tide will be scary good defensively, and it all starts up front with Terrence Cody.  Cody’s numbers aren’t there, but there can be no doubt that he was dominant last year, occupying 2 blockers every play.  They’ll stuff the run.  Getting to the passer may be an issue, though, and the Tide will count on Brandon Deaderick to do it.  At linebacker, Rolando McClain and Donta’ Hightower lead an excellent group.  Watch out for Jerrell Harris as well.  The team has good corners in Javier Arenas, Kareem Jackson, and Dre Kirkpatrick, and Justin Woodall is a nice player, but they will really miss Rashad Johnson defensively.

Prediction:  11-1, 7-1 SEC

Key player:  O-line

Comparison:  Angelina Jolie…She went through a phase there where she made some shockingly crazy decisions–making out with her weird brother, wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck, Billy Bob Thornton–but is now rocking it.

1.  Ole Miss

On offense:  There can be no doubt that Jevan Snead will be one of the top 2 QBs in the SEC.  Behind him, there’s not much.  At running back, the team is extremely deep.  Brandon Bolden, Cordera Eason, Enrique Davis are all of the teams backs, while Dexter McCluster is the team’s leaning returning rusher.  McCluster leads the receiving corps, as he’s kind of a David Palmer-ish kind of guy.  Shay Hodge is the team’s leading returning receiver, and while he’s not the most flashy guy in the world, but he’s steady.  On the o-line, the team will miss Michael Oher dearly, but John Jerry is back on the other side.  Bradley Sowell will be the guy trying to step in to replace Oher.  Keep your eyes on Bobbie Massie…maybe not so much this year, but he’s going to be a stud.

On defense:  One of the top defensive lines in the country.  Greg Hardy is one of the nation’s best pass rushers…if he can stay on the field.  Ted Laurent clogs up the middle, and while the team will definitely miss Peria Jerry, they have a ton of talent on the line, and reportedly, Jerrell Powe is looking better.  At linebacker, Patrick Trahan and Jonathan Cornell lead a solid starting three, but there’s not too much depth behind them.  The secondary is fast, and cobbled together with a lot of guys who started at different positions…this is the weakness of the defense, though.

Prediction:  11-1, 7-1 SEC

Key Player: Secondary and left side of the o-line.

Comparison:   Megan Fox.  She’s probably the hottest thing going right now, but you wonder about her staying power…and every once in a while, she slips up and says something ridiculous.

PAC 10–Hollywood Stars

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PAC 10

10.  Washington State

On offense:  My goodness, the QB situation was a horror show last year.  Their leading returning passer, Kevin Lopina, threw for no touchdowns and 11 picks last year.  He is not the favorite.  Soph Marshall Lobbestael is…and the coaching staff is pretty excited about what he can become eventually.  At running back, they actually have some talent.  Dwight Tardy is the starter and Cal transfer James Montgomery is the backup, although look for him to eventually get the job.  Jeshua Anderson is a track star at receiver, and watch for Johnny Forzani, a transfer from Canada who’s also extremely fast.  The wideouts have a lot of speed, but not much proven talent.  Kenny Alfred is probably the team’s best player, and he is the lone bright spot on a terrible offensive line.

On defense:  The defense yielded 247 yds/game on the ground last year, which was worst in the country.  This is the main problem on a pretty bad unit.  The linebackers run well, and soph Louis Bland is a nice player in the middle.  The secondary is probably the strength of the defense, although that’s not saying much, as the Cougars allowed 13.3 yds a completion last year, one of the worst marks in the country.

Prediction:  1-11, 0-9 PAC 10

Key Player:  Defensive line.  Simply must not allow teams to run the ball at will like they did last year.

Hollywood Star:  Gary Busey.  Used to be a respectable actor, but fell of the rails and is now completely insane.

9.  Washington

On offense:  It’s a shame that Jake Locker missed most of last season.  Last year was supposed to be his breakout year.  He’s back this season, and watch for him to run less.  At running back, Chris Polk is back after a shoulder injury.  At receiver, everyone is back, and have a really bright future ahead of them.  The offensive line is not good though.  The Huskies have to replace three starters, all in the middle.  They need to be able to protect Locker.  He’s the season.

On defense:  Senior Daniel Te-ONesheim is a really good defensive end, finishing 2nd team all Pac 10 last year.  The bad thing is, he doesn’t have much help up front.  At linebacker EJ Savannah and Mason Foster lead a really good group of linebackers, but the problem is in the secondary.  The Huskies finished 115th in the country in pass defense last year.

Prediction:  3-9, 2-8 PAC 10

Key Player:  Offensive line.  If they can protect Locker, they could win as many as four games.

Hollywood Star:  Christopher Walken.  Used to be one of the best…now, is reduced to starring in anything that will pay him.  He’s become a caricature of himself.

8.  Arizona

On offense:  Have a big hole at QB, where they have to replace Willie Tuitama.  Matt Scott, though, has a lot of great tools, especially his speed.  Nick Grigsby and Keola Antolin lead a pretty talented backfield.  At the receiver postition, the best player is TE Rob Gronkowski, who’s going to be playing on Sundays.  Delashaun Dean and Terrell Turner are two returning WRs trying to replace Mike Thomas.  On the o-line, the team will struggle after losing LT Eben Britton to the NFL.  The line is massive, but has had problems getting banged up in the past.

On defense:  DC Mark Stoops has 10 starters returning from a really good defense.  Junior Brooks Reid is a very disruptive force on the outside of the d-line, while Earl Mitchell is solid on the inside.  Vuna Tuihalamaka, Xavier Kelly, and Sterling Lewis are very fast linebackers who are a bit undersized, but must stay healthy.  In the secondary, Devin Ross is a shutdown corner, while soph Trevin Wade is deceivingly good on the other side.  A good coverage unit.

Prediction:  5-7, 3-6 Pac 10

Key Player:  QB.  Must replace Tuitama with some threat to throw.

Hollywood Star:  Macaulay Culkin.  Used to be a star…now where the hell is he?

7.  Stanford

On offense:  Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck and Tavita Pritchard, last year’s starter, are battling it out to see who plays QB.  Toby Gerhart is the star of the offense at TB, is a bruiser who’s extremely productive.  There is a big question mark at wideout, as the team has no really talented guys at the position.  The o-line does have to replace two NFlers, but remains a stout run blocking unit who must learn to pass protect better.

On defense:  Erik Lorig and Tom Keiser bookend a solid defensive line…but they really struggled to stop the run late last year.  Linebacker Clinton Snyder is one of the league’s top players at the position, but the Cardinal lack experience outside of him at LB.  In the secondary, Bo McNally is a top playmaker at safety, but they lack great corners.

Prediction:  5-7, 4-5 PAC 10

Key Player:  QB.  They have to have some sort of run/pass threat.

Hollywood Star:  Ed Helms.  Kind of nerdy, but somehow is on the cusp of having a pretty nice career.  Probably won’t ever be a huge star though.

6.  Arizona State

On offense:  The main issue right now is to try and find someone to replace Rudy Carpenter at QB.  Carpenter started 43 straight games for the Sun Devils.  Danny Sullivan is the leader at this point, but keep your eyes on Brock Osweiler, a true freshman who’s 6’8, 237 pounds.  ASU finished 113th in the country last year in rushing offense.  Ryan Bass will come off the bench, and has lots of potential.  The receivers are a sure-handed group who have good speed, but the o-line just doesn’t block very well.

On defense:  Lawrence Guy and Dexter Davis make up two members of one of the league’s best lines.  Davis brings a ton of pressure from one side, but the Sun Devils will have to find someone on the other side.  Mike Nixon and Travis Goethel anchor a linebacking corps that is good also.  The corners are solid but the safeties are a little questionable.

Prediction:  6-6, 4-5 PAC 10

Key Player:  QB.  Who replaces Rudy Carpenter?

Comparison:  Joaquin Phoenix.  You never know what you’re going to get.  Could be the best actor in Hollywood, but he’s completely pilled out most of the time.

5.  UCLA

On offense:  The Bruins are going to struggle on offense despite good coaching.  Kevin Prince takes over at QB, a redshirt freshman who’s got a bright future ahead of him.  This year, though, he could struggle.  At running back, there’s very little experience.  The strength of the offense is the receiver unit…the Bruins do return their top three pass-catchers from last year.  Soph Taylor Embree will be a future star.  The offensive line, though, is one of the worst in the big 6 conferences.  By all accounts, the unit does look better than the atrocious line from last year, but may still struggle.

On defense:  Despite the woes of the offense, the defense should be extremely difficult to score on.  The Bruins have an All-American candidate at every level of the defense, starting up front at tackle with Brian Price.  At linebacker, Reggie Carter is a great player in the middle.  Alterraun Verner is one of the best cover corners in America, while Aaron Hester mans the other side…expect him to get a lot of balls thrown his way this year.  FS Rahim Moore will be a star…though maybe not this year.

Prediction:  7-5, 5-4 Pac 10

Key Player:  O-line.  For this team to make significant strides, they have to block better.

Comparison:  Casey Affleck.  The young kid has already done some really nice things, but you get the sense his best days are still ahead.  And he’ll never be as big a star as his brother.

4.  Oregon State

On offense:  The quarterback situation is interesting.  On one hand, Lyle Moevao is the more mobile of the two QBs, a playmaker who’s sometimes maddening with his decision-making.  On the other hand, Sean Canfield looks like a QB, but has fallen way short of expectations…better pocket passer though.  Jacquizz Rodgers is the star of the offense at tailback, and if you need any evidence, go back and watch the USC game tape from last year.  James Rodgers is a do-everything weapon on offense, much like a poor man’s Percy Harvin–run, catch, he’ll do it all.  On the o-line, the loss of four starters makes this a rebuilding situation, but should be solid on the right side, especially center Alex Linnenkohl.

On defense:  Stephen Paea is a budding star on the defensive line at tackle, but other than that there’s not too much to like after losing three starters.  Keaton Kristick is great as the strongside linebacker, and Keith Pankey and Dwight Roberson will battle for the starting spot on the other side.  The defensive backfield, though, must replace all four starters and rebuild.

Prediction:  9-3, 6-3 Pac 10

Key Player:  DBs.  Must grow up quickly.

Comparison:  John C. Reilly.  Consistently gets the most out of his talent, and can be in any style of movie.

3.  Cal

On offense:  Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion are the prospective starters at QB…Mansion has the higher ceiling but is just a freshman.  At running back, they are set.  Jahvid Best is a Heisman contender and one of the best players in the country.  Nyan Boateng and Marvin Jones lead a group of quality receivers.  On the o-line, they have to replace the best center ever to play at Cal, Alex Mack.  RT Mitchell Schwartz does have a very bright future at RT.

On defense:  Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan may be the best pair of ends in the PAC 10.  At linebacker, though, the Bears must replace three of the four starters from their 3-4.  A solid run-blocking unit.  In the secondary, all but one letter winner is back from a pass defense that finished #6 nationally in pass defense.

Prediction:  9-3, 6-3 Pac 10

Key Player:  QB.

Comparison:  Jim Carrey.  Wants deperately for you to take him seriously, and at times you really do.  But he’s still what he always was.  Goofy.

2.  Oregon

On offense:  Jeremiah Masoli has perfected running the spread option attack.  He’s an extremely good scrambler.  LeGarrette Blount is in his first season as starter after the loss of Jeremiah Johnson, while Andre Crenshaw will be a steady backup.  The receivers have lost four of last season’s top 7 pass catchers.  However, the tight ends are very solid, led by Ed Dickson.  The big question mark on the offense is the o-line, where the Ducks are painfully thin.

On defense:  Will Tukuafu leads a defensive line that has to endure a lot of major hits.  Spencer Paysinger and Casey Matthews lead a very solid group of linebackers.  Jairus Byrd and Patrick Chung are gone in the secondary, but the Ducks do bring back a talented group.

Prediction:  10-2, 9-1 Pac 10

Key Player:  Coach.  Will Chip Kelly be an able replacement for Mike Belotti?

Hollywood Star:  Jessica Alba.  She may not ever be a great actress, but my God, is she fun to look at.

1.  USC

On offense:  The only question on either side of the ball is at QB, where Aaron Corp, Matt Barkley, and to a lesser degree, Mitch Mustain are all battling for the position.  Corp had the inside track until his injury about a week ago, when Barkley took over.  Barkley really struggled last night in the Trojans’ scrimmage.  Barkley has the job for now.  Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight lead one of the most talented backfields in the country.  Damian Williams, who has turned out to be by far the best player out of the vaunted ’06 Springdale class, is great at wideout, where USC returns nine of the top 10 receivers.  Meanwhile, the o-line is two deep at every position.  If all five starters got hurt or suspended, the second team would still be excellent.  All comes down to the QB.

On defense:  On the defensive line, four of the top 5 sackers are gone, so the pass rush may be a little lackluster.  They are starting three juniors and a sophomore, so look out next year.  At linebacker, it could be better, having lost Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga.  Chris Galippo and Malcolm Smith will try and fill the gap.  In the secondary, though, they’re stacked.  Safety Taylor Mays may be the best defensive player in America, and stars for a secondary that gave up only 4.5 yds/attempt last year.

Prediction:12-0, 9-0 Pac 10

Key Player:  QB.  It’s obvious.

Hollywood Star:  Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie.  You have to watch them.  The two biggest stars in the world.

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