Friday, November 8 2013 3:25 PM EST2013-11-08 20:25:07 GMT
(RNN) - Well, this is about the fifth weekend of "Game of the Century" match-ups this season and I, for one, am tired of "Games of the Century". "Games of the Century" should be limited to one per century.More >>
How many Games of the Century were there last century? Bunches.More >>
Friday, November 1 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-11-01 16:03:37 GMT
Week 10 Well, we're officially half-way through the regular College Football season and about 4 months away from pretending to crown a National Champion. Even though a large number of teams are takingMore >>
It's a weak week for college football, but a great one for horse racing. Embrace what's beautiful, everybody.
Thursday, October 24 2013 6:00 AM EDT2013-10-24 10:00:12 GMT
The Line King's old friend Oail A. "Bum" Phillips passed away last week. He didn't know me, but he was still my friend. More >>
The Line King takes time out to remember the late Bum Phillips, the product of a generation that gave us the sort of man you don't see so much anymore: a great American, a great Texan and a great coach. More >>
Thursday, October 10 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-10-10 16:55:26 GMT
As The Line King points out at every opportunity, College Football has completely imploded from the grand spectacle it once was and morphed into a 3-hour reality show.More >>
What was wrong with having the Gator, Cotton, Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls played on the same day? Who cares if they overlapped? Half the fun was switching back and forth.More >>
(RNN) - The Presidential election is finally over and if you think Mitt Romney supporters were bummed out, be glad you're not a fan of the Troy University Trojans. Troy became the first FBS team since the NCAA began keeping statistics to amass more than 700 yards and LOSE (Baylor gained exactly 700 earlier this season and lost to West Virginia in another egregious example of no-defense football).
Troy got 721 yards to be exact. Romney would have loved that Electoral College number.
Troy also scored 38 points against the University of Tennessee. Not Middle Tennessee, not Tennessee Tech, not Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma – the Big Orange, which gained 718 total yards (the most in its school history), 530 thru the air (again, another proud record) in a victory that didn't make anybody very happy.
If one of your beloved $EC schools plays Troy, be sure to tune in or better yet, buy a ticket and go, because the Trojans have an amazing history of spectacular collapses against $EC teams.
In 2003, the Trojans turned the ball over seven times (twice in the red zone) in an 11-8 loss to Mississippi State.
In 2007, Georgia mounted two, not one, but two 1-yard (ONE YARD!) touchdown drives to defeat Troy 44-34.
In 2008, the Trojans were stomping (that's an understatement) L$U 31-3 in the second half, only to lose (or choke) 40-31.
Earlier this season, Troy yielded two TDs of more than 50 yards and gave up a fourth-down 25-yard TD in a 30-24 loss to Mississippi State at home.
But The Line King has digressed, vented and there isn't much humor in losing – or winning the way Tennessee did last week. Just ask Romney supporters or the Trojan and Tennessee fans who have taken to social media or the World Wide Web demanding the heads of the Troy defensive coordinator and the Tennessee head coach.
And speaking of Romney supporters, stay classy, Mississippi.
Arkansas at South Carolina (-14), Noon, CBS
Talk about disappointing seasons. SoCar had visions of Miami, then the wheels feel off in Red Stick. The wheels, the coach and his lady friend fell off a Harley Davidson Hog on an Arkansas back road last spring. At least the Visor doesn't ride motorcycles – at least none that we know of, so let's go with him again (I know, it's scary).
Missouri (+3.5) at Tennessee 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Tennessee gave up approximately a half-a-mile last week against the aforementioned Sunbelt Conference also-ran Troy Trojans. Both teams have been real disappointments, but Mizzou has cooler uniforms and held Florida to 14 points last week, so take the Tigers again (I know, it's scary).
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida (-26), 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Florida won last week 14-7. That's what I said: 14 to 7!!! And the Gators only ran 56 plays. It wasn't too long ago they ran 56 plays a quarter. ULL runs an up tempo game and has a head coach with an ego the size of Epcot Center. Let's give the Gators another chance, again (I know, it's scary).
Vanderbilt (+3) at Mississippi, 7 p.m, ESPNU
Black Bear fans were so distraught after being humiliated on National TV, they were still marauding the streets on Tuesday night (try that story and stick to it). There's a lot to play for in this game – relative to the storied football histories of both schools. The Vandy fan has his sight set on the Music City Bowl (so he won't miss the men's basketball game later that night against North Greenville). With a win, the Liberty Bowl looks like a lock for Ole Miss – Memphis is kind of like New Orleans. There is too much on the line for Mississippi to come through – take the ‘Dores again (I know, it's scary).
Georgia (-15.5) at Auburn, 7 p.m, ESPN2
Barn looking to close out a memorable season and there's plenty to build on next season with two impressive wins over UL-Monroe and New Mexico State. The Dawgs are the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of CFB. More "For Sale" signs have been placed on Mark Richt's lawn this year than in the remainder of the city of Athens itself. But here they sit, on the verge of the $EC Championship Game. Barn has installed additional fire hoses to use…maybe as early as the second quarter. Take the Dawgs again (I know, it's scary), lay the points and pray that no more "For Sale" pop up on Richt's lawn.
Johnny Football at Alabama (-13.5), 3:30 p.m., CBS
At any moment of a game, Texas A&M's Johnny Football can looks like a Rodeo Clown without the barrel. You would think it'll be interesting, but every time we say that about Bammer, they open a can of whup. Let down after L$U? Emotionally drained now faced with a QB with a severe case of Restless Legs (plural) Syndrome. The Line King hasn't had a good track record with Bammer, so this might be their kiss of death. Take the Red Elephants again (I know, it's scary) and hope JF has the flu or something.
Mississippi State (+14) at LSU 7 p.m., ESPN
Mississippi State is perpetually stuck in Middle Earth and having just been embarrassed by Johnny Football, the Dogs might be looking for some redemption and pride. L$U hasn't lost consecutive games since Curly Hallman was in control. Most L$U fans have conveniently forgotten those days of half-empty Tiger Stadiums and rainy Saturday nights – it rained a lot during that era. The Tigers have owned this series, but maybe not 14 points worth. Take the Bulldogs – not that scary.
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Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:45 GMT
Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.More >>
The Auburn offense didn't slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game.More >>
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:40:52 GMT
Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia...More >>
Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.More >>