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Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:51 pm
 

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 7

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.

Breakfast


Main Course - #13 Michigan State vs. Illinois - Noon - Big Ten Network


Yes, the morning menu is still incredibly light this week.  You'd think I'd be beyond complaining about it at this point since it's been this way all season, but I assure you, I am not above complaining about anything .  Though this Michigan State and Illinois game isn't as unfulfilling as it may seem at first glance.

Michigan State is 6-0, after all, and coming off of a very big win against Michigan.   Illinois has also played well lately, with a win not many saw coming on the road against Penn State last week.  Also, let's not forget that the Illini gave Ohio State a very tough time in Champaign a few weeks ago.

There's enough cause to believe that another upset may be in the works this weekend.  First of all, Michigan State is coming off that Michigan win, and there could be a letdown this weekend.  Second, it is Michigan State.  Completely unexpected losses at home against teams they should beat after getting off to a good start to the season wouldn't exactly be a new phenomenon for the Spartans. 

Side Orders: If you don't get the Big Ten Network, and don't have the choice of watching Michigan State and Illinois between Ro-Tel and Velveeta commercials, there are other options.  Florida State and Boston College square off in Tallahassee,  or you could tune in to what could be Tim Brewster's last game when Minnesota takes on Purdue.   Of course, if you want to watch that game I'd suggest spending three hours talking to some sort of counselor instead.  Maybe you should watch Syracuse and Pitt instead, just to see if you should actually take this Syracuse team seriously.

Lunch


Main Course - #7 Auburn vs. #12 Arkansas - 3:30pn - CBS


Now that Alabama has lost, it leaves the door open to a couple of teams in the SEC West.  Auburn is one of them. Arkansas, who has already lost to Alabama, has an outside chance, but to make the most of it, a win over Auburn is a must have.

Of course, even if there wasn't so much on the line for both teams in this game, I'd recommend tuning in just to watch Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett face off.  In other words, expect a lot of points, and what could turn out to be a very exciting, back and forth affair.

Auburn's pass defense left a bit to be desired against Kentucky last week, and don't think that Bobby Petrino didn't pick up on a few things when watching the game tape.  The Auburn defense is going to need to play very well if the Tigers want to leave this one with their perfect record still intact.

Side Orders: There are a couple of other dishes available in the afternoon, including the one that's often best-served cold, which Nebraska is hoping to give Texas tomorrow afternoon.  There's also Michigan and Iowa in the Big House, which will be a defining game for the Wolverines.  We find out if Michigan is either a good team that lost a tough game against a rival last week, or it's still the same old Michigan we've grown accustomed to the last few years.

Dinner


Main Course - #18 Wisconsin vs. #1 Ohio State - 7pm - ESPN


It's been a while since the Buckeyes found themselves ranked as the best team in the country, but if they're not careful, it's not going to last long.  The Buckeyes have gotten off to a 6-0 start this season, but this is the first real test they'll have faced.  Yes, Miami was a tough game, but that was at home and Miami has proven to be pretty average this season.

This is the road, at night, at Camp Randall Stadium.  Ohio State's defense hasn't faced a punishing ground game like it'll be seeing against Wisconsin with John Clay and company.  Ohio State has only ventured outside of Columbus once this season, and that was what turned out to be their worst game of the season against Illinois.

And trust me, it's a lot easier to win in Champaign than it is in Madison.

Side Orders: Kentucky nearly knocked off Auburn at home last week, and it will try to do this same this week when it hosts South Carolina.   The Gamecocks are coming off their biggest win ever, so a let down could be in order.  There's also Florida looking to end its two-game losing streak taking on Mississippi State and old friend Dan Mullen, and the Crimson Tide look to take out their frustrations from last week against Ole Miss and its new mascot.

Late Night Snack


Oregon State may have had some troubles with non-conference foes like TCU and Boise State, but it's off to a nice start in conference play.  They look to improve to 3-0 in the Pac-10 when they head to Washington to take on the Huskies Saturday night on ESPN.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Florida wants you to stop using its logo

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's a brand new trend taking place in the state of Florida where colleges go after state high schools for using their logos in their sporting programs.  First Florida State went after Southeast High School in Bradenton for using both the Seminoles nickname, and the spear head logo that Florida State uses.  Now Florida is going after another high school who is using the Gators name and logo, Palm Beach Gardens.

Palm Beach Gardens has used the name, logo and insignia for years, but it seems that Florida has decided it's time for them to stop, issuing a cease and desist order to the school through Collegiate Licensing Company.  CLC is a company in Atlanta that offers licensing protection to Florida and over 200 other schools.

Which isn't exactly music to the ears of principal Robert Egley, who himself is a Florida graduate.

"Initially, everyone was really upset by it," Egley said . "Why now? Surely there are other battles they can fight.  Legally, I understand it, but do battle with other people who are making money off it. We don't make a dime. We're just proud to be Gators."

Egley says he sent a letter to the CLC explaining that the school makes no money from using the logos or name, but said that it didn't matter and they may as well comply because the school can't "weather this storm."

Now, Florida does come off as kind of a jerk in this situation, since there really is no competition between the two schools.  It's not like there are people buying shirts from Palm Beach Gardens as a cheaper alternative for Florida gear.  Still, the school does have its reasons.

If the school doesn't police its trademark, and a hundred other schools begin using it, then the school would have a hard time proving that the logo truly belongs to the University of Florida.  Which would mean they'd lose a lot of money from merchandising.

Though who knows how much it's going to cost Palm Beach Gardens to get rid of all their current logos and produce new jerseys, equipment and everything else with a new one.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Miami fans go punching each other (again)

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It was only five short weeks ago that the nation was treated to a giant brawl in the stands for the Miami-Florida A&M game. We're guessing it was Hurricane-fan-on-Hurricane-fan violence, mainly because the Rattlers don't actually have fans. But here's the thing: that's a game that Miami won, 45-0.

So if the Miami fans get punchy during a victory, what happens in their next home game when they witness a Miami loss to hated rival Florida State? What's that? Oh, more punching, it would appear:

It should be known that we do not condone fighting in the stands; that is illegal and crime doesn't pay. However, if some other fans just so happen to be exchanging knuckle sandwiches, we do approve of documenting the fighting and uploading it to YouTube. You know, so as to help law enforcement or whatever.

In fact, if the caption on the video is to be believed -- "When I asked a Police Officer why it took so long to respond, she stated 'this is happening all over the stadium'" -- then it's a shame that we've only got one video of fanpunching from last week's game. Come on, people! Do it for the greater good of society! Show us the punching. DO IT.

Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:07 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 2:09 am
 

What I learned from the ACC (Oct. 9)

Posted by Chip Patterson

1. Florida State Is In The ACC Driver's Seat - Everyone seemed to bail on the Seminoles after getting run by the Sooners, but Florida State is actually sitting pretty well after steamrolling the Hurricanes 45-17 in Miami.  The FSU committee-style running game continues to succeed, with the Seminoles racking up 298 yards rushing against Miami.  Jermaine Thomas rushed 16 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Chris Thompson added 14 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown.  The Seminoles may not be the air-attack that was projected before the season, but they are still dangerous.
 
2. No Reason To Panic In Raleigh - Emotions run high the N.C. State fan base, and as great as things looked before the Virginia Tech game, the Hokies did their best to pop the Wolfpack's balloon with their 41-30 come from behind victory.  But no need for worry, the Wolfpack are right back on track with their 44-17 rout of Boston College on Saturday.  Russell Wilson was grooving, completing 38 of 51 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns.  No worries, one home loss does not mean N.C. State is still not a dangerous threat in the ACC.

3. The Tar Heels' Unlikely Hero -  North Carolina running back Johnny White's journey has taken him all over the field for the Tar Heels in his career.  White has lined up at running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and on the coverage team in his tenure at Chapel Hill.  In the midst of NCAA investigation-related suspensions, White has emerged as one of the cornerstones of the North Carolina team at starting running back.  White continued his run in the 21-16 victory against Clemson with 89 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving with two touchdowns.  White was not expected to contribute like he has, but the senior has stepped up in tumultuous times for the Heels.   

4. Virginia Tech's BCS Hopes Are Not Dead - Another team that got written off early, the Virginia Tech Hokies are still alive after falling out of the polls early in the season.  With a 2-0 conference record, the Hokies are still at the top of the ACC, competing for a spot in the Orange Bowl.  After last week's comeback win against N.C. State and the 45-21 deconstruction of Central Michigan, VT has the confidence back to step up and reclaim their spot among the nations elite.  No Ryan Williams has been no problem for Beamer's crew, with Darren Evans and David Wilson rising to the occasion in his absence.  

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:32 pm
 

Game day weather updates, Week 6

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Short version: warm and clear. It's beautiful everywhere today. This is Mother Nature's way of apologizing in advance, so plan on seeing it snow bloodflakes by Thursday. Anyway, as usual, all times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Indiana at No. 2 Ohio State, 12:00, Columbus, OH: Mid 70s, clear

Minnesota at No. 20 Wisconsin, 12:00, Madison, WI: Mid 70s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina, 3:30, Columbia, SC: Mid 80s, clear

No. 17 Michigan at No. 18 Michigan State, 3:30, East Lansing, MI: Low 70s, clear

No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M, 3:30, College Station, TX: Upper 80s, clear

Evening kickoffs

Oregon State at No. 9 Arizona, 6:00, Tucson, AZ: Upper 80s, clear

No. 10 Utah at Iowa State, 7:00, Ames, IA: Mid 70s, clear

No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida, 7:30, Gainesville, FL: Low 70s, clear

No. 8 Auburn at Kentucky, 7:30, Lexington, KY: Upper 60s, clear

Late night kickoffs

No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami, 8:00, Coral Gables, FL: Upper 70s, clear

Southern California at No. 16 Stanford, 8:00, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 70s, clear

Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:59 pm
 

FSU rap video from 1998 is AMAZING(ly bad)

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the unfortunate side effects of the iconic Super Bowl Shuffle the Chicago Bears recorded in 1985 was that it spawned numerous, uniformly inferior knockoffs. If it was the late '80s and your team was any good, well, they were probably "rapping" about it.

That fact, then, is just about the only thing saving this Tomahawk Rap that the Florida State Seminoles recorded before the 1988 season:

See? It was 1988 back then. So we'll just leave that alone...

...okay, no we won't. The lyrics are horrendous, even by promotional standards. The beat could be the lousiest in all of rap history. And as the players themselves, okay, remember about 5-10 years ago, when the trend in Hollywood was to have a scene of a rapping old person (with other old people dancing) in the promos for lame movies to show how zany they were? That's what that part with Chip and Pete (that'd be Chip Ferguson and Peter Tom Willis) is like. They are no better at rapping than your average octogenarian.

Other than that, the video is filled with people applying a marginal amount of rhythm to describing things they do on a football field, with one notable exception: Deion Sanders. Sanders, of course, is most famous for his song "Straight To My Feet" with Hammer on the Street Fighter soundtrack in 1994. It is unknown whether Sanders ever played football professionally.

Oh, and as the 7th Floor notes, Miami coach Jimmy Johnson showed this video to his Hurricanes before their game with the top-ranked 'Noles. Miami -- after they stopped laughing, presumably -- went out there and beat the living hell out of FSU, 31-0. So that pretty much did it for team rap videos.

Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 5:15 pm
 

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 6

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.

Breakfast

Main Course - #2 Ohio State vs. Indiana - Noon - ESPN

You know what the real problem is with the ACC and Big East being so awful/mediocre this year?  It really leaves the early menu of games leaving a lot to be desired.  I mean, I have Ohio State and Indiana as the morning's best option.

Think about that for a second.  Ohio State and Indiana.  A game which hasn't seen the Hoosiers get within more than 19 points of the Buckeyes in every meeting since 2002 -- though the teams didn't meet in 2007 or 2008.  The good news for Indiana is that the 19-point loss came last season, with Ben Chappell at quarterback.

The Hoosiers offense has been very impressive this season, but the Buckeyes will be by far their biggest test six weeks into the year.  Considering that we can't be sure just how healthy Terrelle Pryor is, and the struggles the Buckeyes had in Champaign last week, this game could prove to be more interesting than you'd think.

Side Orders: Should that game go the blowout route, your other options Saturday morning would be the ACC fare of North Carolina State and Boston College.   One is a team looking to rebound from its first loss, the other is a team that is having its three quarterbacks pick a number between 1-10 to see who gets to start.  If you prefer something else, you can watch Georgia and Tennessee fight to see which school's season is more far gone than the other.  It's a must win for Mark Richt, because a loss to Tennessee at home would only send him to the hospital with third-degree burns on his backside.

Lunch

Main Course - #19 South Carolina vs #1 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS

If there's one thing I think we can all be certain at this point of the college football season it's that Alabama is the best team in the country.  There's a bit of a gap between them and Ohio State and Oregon, but after the Ducks, things drop off quite a bit.  That being said, going in to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks shouldn't be a cakewalk for the Tide.

What I think will be the key to this one is if Marcus Lattimore can do anything against the Alabama defense.  While the Alabama defense is barely giving up nine points a game, they are allowing an average of 101 yards per game on the ground. 

Though even if the Gamecocks do get a ground game going, they still have to stop Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, which no one has done to this point ('Bama is averaging 230 yards a game rushing).  Considering the Gamecocks allow 128.3 yards a contest on the ground, I'm not sure they're up for the challenge either.

Side Orders:
Listen, if people are taking this Michigan/Michigan State game so seriously that they're willing to die in order to see it, maybe you can take a few hours of your Saturday and do the same.  There is never a bad time to watch Denard Robinson play football, as he is without question the most dangerous one-man show in the sport right now.  If that's not good enough for you, check out Arkansas and Texas A&M.   One team has a quarterback who lives up to the hype, and the other has a quarterback who lives up to the hype on one series and then proceeds to get that hype lodged in his throat, suffocating himself and his team.  See if you can tell which one is which.

Dinner

Main Course - #14 Florida vs. #12 LSU - 7:30pm - ESPN

This game will be interesting for plenty of reasons, but perhaps none more so than the battles between the fans in the seats.  Watch as LSU and Florida fans argue about which team's offensive coordinator is going to drive some student to the top of the nearest bell tower with a sniper rifle sooner.  Then watch the other fan base tell them that if their offensive coordinator climbed up that same tower he'd only manage to fall out before getting a single shot off.

Then watch both fan bases fall into each other's arms in tears, unified in despair.  Then they'd smile when both agreeing that if it were Les Miles atop that tower, he'd kill 40 people before going to trial and being found not guilty on some technicality.

Side Orders: Though the rivalry between Florida State and Miami has lost some of its luster the last few years, the fact is both teams come into this game ranked and looking to stay on top of their respective divisions in the ACC.  Or you can watch Stanford try to run its win streak over USC to three games in Palo Alto as Ed Orgeron yells incoherently from home thanks to that staph infection in his leg.

Late Night Snack

The Washington Huskies look to build on any momentum they picked up by beating USC on the road last week against an Arizona State team that couldn't headbutt its way to a victory against Oregon State.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:06 pm
 

FSU defense dominating Deacs early, lead 10-0

Posted by Chip Patterson

No longer having the luxury of quarterback Riley Skinner, Wake Forest has reverted back to an offense that relies heavily on misdirection and the occasional trick play.  In order to properly defend against the Demon Deacons, it requires a disciplined and fundamentally sound approach from the entire defensive unit.  Florida State's defensive prowess has not been more evident than in the first half against the Demon Deacons.

The Seminoles have held the Wake Forest offense to just 75 yards of total offense and a 0-6 third down efficiency.  Florida State's offense was supposed to put on a show against the same defense that gave up 68 points to Stanford and 48 to Duke.  But the Demon Deacons' offense has kept the game interesting, refusing to give up the big play to Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

But in order to climb back into the game, Wake Forest needs to figure out a way to move the ball.  Florida State may be slowed down, but they have not been stopped.  The Seminoles will continue to add to their lead until this game is out of reach if Wake Forest cannot find the end zone.

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