December 27, 2013 |
The controversy over "Duck Dynasty" has worked its way from public air waves into the halls of the Alabama State House, with one lawmaker promising to introduce a resolution backing the actor who was recently suspended for remarks that offended some as racist and homophobic. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family in the show, was suspended from the show by the A&E Network for remarks he made to a magazine comparing homosexuality to bestiality and that African Americans were happier working in the fields before welfare.
December 13, 2013 |
Settle down, Alabama fans, it looks like Coach Nick Saban isn't going anywhere, at least if you believe quarterback AJ McCarron. “I messed with coach, saying he's getting too old to start up again somewhere else,” McCarron said on ESPN's "College Football Daily" on Thursday. “He told me he's not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough. She runs that house. And she's not allowing coach to leave either. I think he'll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.” Rumors have been rampant in the last couple of weeks that Saban would be leaving Alabama to take the head coaching job at Texas.
December 11, 2013 |
Of the top two teams in the final regular-season ranking, one almost got left out of the preseason rating and the other didn't win a Southeastern Conference game last season. Who said picking champions was easy? Rankman's preseason top two, Stanford and Alabama, would have made our final four if the playoff started this year. Clemson made the Bowl Championship Series top 14 to qualify for the Orange Bowl but just missed our cut, which allowed Oregon to grab the last at-large spot in the FCS (Fictional Championship Series)
December 4, 2013 |
This just in: The man who gets paid to know is suddenly a know-nothing. Blame it on the sinister Bowl Championship Series master plot to faucet-drip the suspense until the last Harris pollster is tracked down at a bar singing his college fight song on a tabletop. The final BCS season, true to its murky form, has turned all of us second-guessers into guessers. "No matter where you live, you just have to watch it all," Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS, said this week.
December 4, 2013 |
A murder trial is held and the defendant is convicted. After hearing the mitigating and aggravating circumstances of the crime during the sentencing phase of the case, the jury concludes that the death penalty is not an appropriate punishment for the crime. The jury votes instead for a life sentence. But after deliberations are over, the judge overrides the jury's verdict and sentences the defendant to death anyway. Afterward, on the campaign trail, the judge boasts that he is tough on crime, and a stoic supporter of capital punishment, and suggests the electorate should reward him for these positions with another term.
December 4, 2013 |
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the obvious omission was caught and the decision was made to replace the original No. 14 with Florida State. The name of the school that was going to be 14 and got knocked completely out of the top 25 will not be revealed out of respect for the citizens of Fort Worth.
December 1, 2013 |
Auburn's shocking upset of No.1 Alabama on Saturday thrilled a nation as it shook up the last two weeks of the final BCS season. Florida State and Ohio State moved into the top two spots in the release of the next-to-last Bowl Championship Series standings as the schools moved closer to berths in the BCS title game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. Florida State is first with a BCS average of .995, with Ohio State second at .950. Auburn is third at .923, followed by Alabama in fourth at .854 and Missouri in fifth at .843.
November 30, 2013 |
Now that your heart rates have retreated to somewhere near normal, didn't we tell you the Bowl Championship Series (almost) always works out? Shoot, after days like Saturday, why are they even scrapping it for next season's playoffs? (We're kidding). And what if we told you biggest loser Alabama might still be coming to the Rose Bowl thisseason, just not for the title game Jan. 6? College football simply can't get crazier, or better. It started in the morning when No. 3 Ohio State held off Michigan's two-point conversion to win, 42-41, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
November 29, 2013 |
The kids are all right, but now it's time for senior leadership. This year's Heisman Trophy race, in case you missed it, has become muddled. The bids of non-seniors Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty all got sacked last week in losses. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is the top player on the nation's No. 2-ranked team, but his Heisman candidacy has been impaired by an investigation into a possible sexual assault. The Florida state attorney may not make a decision about whether to charge Winston until after Heisman ballots are due, so what's a Heisman voter to do?
November 24, 2013 |
The last title chase in Bowl Championship Series history has been narrowed to three undefeated teams and a few one-loss teams still clinging to hope. Previously undefeated Baylor and one-loss Oregon stepped aside this weekend with humiliating road losses to Oklahoma State and Arizona. Unbeaten Ohio State and one-loss Auburn happily filled the standings vacuum but still need help in the next two weeks. Alabama and Florida State remained firmly entrenched in the top two spots in Sunday's release of the BCS standings.