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) Thank goodness for the SunBelt! I had warned my old editor friend Skeeter Brown that picking nothing but $EC games was a road to ruin and the first week of picks has left me feeling like a Civil War minie-ball is lodged in a lower limb.
I can still function, but at some point ol' Saw Bones will be pulling out his tool of trade and handing me a stick to chew on and that's not a very good feeling. It's sad when you have to rely on SunBelt teams to pick you up off the mat, but they helped me break even and I thank them for that.
Special thanks to Skeeter for editing out last week's Tulane pick, one of the few I got right. But that's the breaks in this business. Word to the wise, Tulane might be a team to watch out for – not to win a ton of games, but Curtis Johnson will have his team playing above their talent level most of the season
This week, I favor all teams that wear purple – in case of a tie (Washington v. LSU), I go with the more attractive cheerleaders.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Georgia State at Tennessee, TBD, PPV
After last week's triumph, Big Orange fans have returned to their usual delusional state of mind. They will see Bill Curry on the sidelines and think they are playing Bammer. And come on Double D, how about tucking in your shirt! This is the $EC, not the fraternity flag football league. Forget this game exists.
Auburn at Mississippi State (-3), Noon ET, ESPN
A noon kick-off the first weekend in September in Starkvegas cannot be good for anyone. I think it qualifies as a level of hell in Dante's Inferno. I'll take the Bulldogs (Maroon is kind of like purple) – guessing that they won't find a way to lose to Barn this year.
East Carolina (+22.5) at South Carolina, 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Here is another game that could have a number waaaay out of line. SoCar is only 3-5 versus the Pirates the last eight games. I am wearing purple and taking ECU.
Florida at Texas A&M (-1.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Wow, Florida is a road dog to the 12th Man – who have been yell-practicing since last May. I am sure that $EC Death Star homers are all over Florida, so I'll go with the Aggies.
Western Kentucky at Alabama (-40.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Bammer proclaims dominance over the SunBelt – again. The Crimson Tide has played every SB team, with the exception of one … Lots of red uniforms in this game. Take the Tide and get another national championship tattoo.
UTEP (+7.5) at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. ET, FSN
In an attempt to relive its glory years, Old Mississippi re-enacts the 1967 Sun Bowl…oh yeah, they lost that game. Mike Price gets busted for yelling "Roll Tide Roll" in The Grove. Orange and Blue combine to create something similar to purple, so take the Miners.
Washington at LSU (-23.5), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
This is one of only two games worth attending on the ol' Agriculture & Mechanical College's home schedule – look it up. Next week? Idaho. Take the Purple Tigers.
Louisiana-Monroe (+30.5) at Arkansas, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Another case of 4 million Hog fans taking the Hogs and about 10 ULM fans taking the War Birds. Another upper-half SunBelt team getting a ton of points, so take them – and Maroon is almost purple.
Kent State (+7) at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. ET, CSS
Seriously, outside of Old Mississippi what $EC team would only be a 7-point favorite over a MAC school? If you are insane enough to care about this game, take the Golden Flash and hope they don't run in the wrong direction.
Georgia at Missouri (+3.5), 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2
I actually drove to Athens and put a "For Sale" sign in Richt's yard; next Monday the moving trucks start showing up. Georgia is like the $EC version of Oklahoma State – just not good enough. Take Mizzou.
Vanderbilt at Northwestern (+3.5), 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Last week, the Vandy fan was oh so close to achieving glory. What excuse are Death Star fans going to have after a Big Ten team stomps an $EC team? Actually, both these teams don't count. Take the purple.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy (-3) 8 p.m. ET, No TV
OK, so here is Troy again. My thoughts are nobody cares about this game outside of Pike County, Alabama and Larry Blakeney has NEVER lost a home opener AND that includes games against Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma State (two were ranked in the Top 25). So ride the Trojans until they break and give the 3 points.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:22:19 GMT
Texas A&M makes a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football. Florida State and Alabama lost some support in the first poll of the regular season...More >>
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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 >>