2019 NCAA Football thread : "Do More."

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There was some amazing games today. Alabama and Auburn was really nuts and the IU/Purdue game was really tightrope end.

Lynn Bowden deserves to get some national props and a big tip of the hat to UK offensive coordinator Eddie Grand (& head coach Mark Stoops) for completely re-doing their offense on the fly and moving Bowden a WR/KR into full time Wildcat QB (literally this time). UK went 5-2 with this crazy scheme, including a loss to Tennessee they could have won. In that time, Bowden has run for over 1100 yards and scored 11 TDs on the ground from QB. They had to do this as they lost their two top starting QBs at that point.

I'm sure some pro scouts have been paying attention and curious to see where Bowden is at the combine before the draft. If his 40 time comes out good, I bet he goes up the draft board quite a bit.

earlnash, Sunday, 1 December 2019 03:33 (ten months ago) link

I'm sure FSU is going to back up the bank truck to try to hire Stoops away and I do think he is a good coach, but I kinda hope that he hangs around. UK will probably match the money and he has a shot to build something there that would be unique. Why work in Bobby Bowden's shadow when you can become Bobby Bowden.

earlnash, Sunday, 1 December 2019 03:38 (ten months ago) link

The Iron Bowl was epic. It was delectable to see Saban so angry and helpless. Also, a great showing for the Key & Peele East West Bowl, with JaTarvious "Boobie" Whitlow and Smoke Monday making some great plays.

Jaylen Waddle presumably didn’t pay much attention to the postgame locker room speech from coach.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 1 December 2019 05:37 (ten months ago) link

earlnash doing the lord's work in this thread w/r/t Lynn Bowden: 22 carries for 284 yards and 4 TDs yesterday

i won't delude myself into thinking Kentucky should be a centerpiece of any college football thread, but w/ Smoke, Rose and Rodriguez back next year, plus the return of Terry Wilson, things are looking bright in the LEX. (i'm assuming Bowden will leave after this season, which he should.)

as for non-UK content: as always, anyone but Ohio State, please. I'll be rooting for LSU (and Georgia, if available)

alpine static, Monday, 2 December 2019 06:24 (ten months ago) link

Given the dominance of a handful of perennial powerhouse teams, the only way to inject any real excitement into the college playoffs would be to expand it to at least eight teams, with extra preference given to conference champions. Ideally I'd drop one regular season non-conference game and hold a sixteen team tourney that included all the mid-major champions and more power five at-large seeds.

The only way to make this year's playoffs less exciting would be to replace LSU with Georgia or Alabama. (btw, ty Auburn, well done)

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 8 December 2019 18:51 (ten months ago) link

16 would be the ideal, but I doubt it would ever happen. I think really 8 would be feasible. They have one more round of games next week after the conference playoffs. Top 4 seeds get a home game. Winners and losers seed into Bowl games with 2 games being the final 4. Same deal on National title game. That would be easy to do. Football is tied to the owners of the Bowls and the power conferences they really have quite a bit of clout in this setup.

I'd think that 'bonus' home game would be tempting.

earlnash, Sunday, 8 December 2019 23:34 (ten months ago) link

I think really 8 would be feasible.

Especially if college athletes can finally start to earn some monetary compensation connected to their athletics.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 December 2019 04:33 (ten months ago) link

btw, ty Auburn, well done

Thank Mississippi State. They ended Tua's year.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 December 2019 17:07 (ten months ago) link

spoken like a true Crimson Tide fan, JF. but thanking Mississippi State for Tua's injury implies that Mississippi State players were personally to blame for his injury, when all they were doing was playing a football game, same as the Tide. I'm pretty sure some players on teams opposing Bama got hurt this year, too. Auburn, otoh, scored more points and won the game.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 December 2019 17:25 (ten months ago) link

It was a tackle in a football game (one he arguably shouldn't have still been playing in), but I place no blame on the Bulldogs players. I'm just saying Tua never made it out of Starkville to make it to Auburn, where the difference would have been significant.

Anyway, I don't care who wins as long as Clemson goes down.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 December 2019 17:57 (ten months ago) link

No doubt there are several alternate realities in which the Tide beats Auburn and takes this year's championship. Along with alternate realities in which the Oregon Ducks... but wait, this is getting out of hand.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 December 2019 18:07 (ten months ago) link

every game has a normal probability distribution for (team1_points - team2_points). for alabama or any school with the best players, the distribution is usually shifted +21 or so points with a sigma of 10 or fewer points. so alabama should really be asking that they play each team in a best of 2000 series each week, to be certain the brilliant median score difference shines through for the playoff committee.

$1,000,000 or 1 bag of honeycrisp apples (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 9 December 2019 21:52 (ten months ago) link

or maybe the point of sports isn't to determine which team is better. perhaps the point is to tell stories. stories about a catfish'd linebacker or a coach named Derbis that really likes jesus. or maybe a catfish'd linebacker who also really likes jesus. maybe this is the point of sports.

$1,000,000 or 1 bag of honeycrisp apples (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 9 December 2019 21:56 (ten months ago) link

Alabama was not looking all the dominant this year before they lost Tua. LSU beat them very very easily. And let's not forget how badly Clemson beat Bama last year in title game. Fuck Saban.

Joe Gargan (dandydonweiner), Monday, 9 December 2019 22:23 (ten months ago) link

i will never forget

$1,000,000 or 1 bag of honeycrisp apples (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 9 December 2019 22:44 (ten months ago) link

i'm glad ND could actually get 11 wins, but at what cost: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5z9iv8

$1,000,000 or 1 bag of honeycrisp apples (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 9 December 2019 22:52 (ten months ago) link

They're playing my alma mater in Orlando and I already hate ND with the fire of 1,000 suns

Joe Gargan (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:06 (ten months ago) link

I like how that video extolling Ames, Iowa mentions its city water supply as one of its many fabulous local wonders. Twice! It also wants us to know that the weather is good in the springtime, without saying that spring is sandwiched in between a wretched winter and a torrid summer and only lasts about six weeks.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 02:08 (ten months ago) link

No argument here. Alabama was average this year, and there's not a Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts in the pipeline right now. We'll see how Tua's brother does, but I suspect the game plan will no longer revolve around a superman qb.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 02:10 (ten months ago) link

dandy, cyclones' chances have improved (not saying they weren't already good). chip long has left.

$1,000,000 or 1 bag of honeycrisp apples (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 22:59 (ten months ago) link

We have a good team this year and will be even better next year. But I don't see the Clones beating ND.

I can't wait to watch Saban run up the score on Ole Miss next year. He hates Kiffin as much as I hate ND.

Joe Gargan (dandydonweiner), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 23:20 (ten months ago) link

army and navy, combined passing in the first half: 2-for-2, 11 yards

mookieproof, Saturday, 14 December 2019 22:00 (ten months ago) link

From its inception to 2017, the game was sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise and officially known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.[8] After Restaurant Brands International acquired Popeyes in 2017, they declined to renew sponsorship. Elk Grove Village, Illinois — "home to the largest industrial park in the United States" — picked up the sponsorship in 2018, renaming the bowl as the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.[9]

mookieproof, Friday, 20 December 2019 18:46 (ten months ago) link

mercy rule in a national semifinal

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 December 2019 22:40 (ten months ago) link


johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 December 2019 22:55 (ten months ago) link

lawrence is getting brutalized

johnny crunch, Sunday, 29 December 2019 02:40 (ten months ago) link

Clemson O-line is not winning consistently, but the OSU O-line has had consistent success.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 29 December 2019 02:49 (ten months ago) link

football move indicator that lights up when football moves are happening

Cojones in Motor Oil (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 29 December 2019 04:07 (ten months ago) link

These two teams are pretty even. OSU has better athletes on defense.

Oklahoma could not beat Auburn, they looked slow as usual on defense by comparison to LSU.

earlnash, Sunday, 29 December 2019 04:09 (ten months ago) link

I think that targeting penalty is a bit extreme. I could see that being the result on a second play by same player or maybe a total across a season, but it does seem a bit like 'get out of jail free' card in football and seems to make impact in a bunch of games.

earlnash, Sunday, 29 December 2019 04:10 (ten months ago) link

headhunting used to be an integral part of the game, but permanent brain damage has long been an integral part of the game, too, so... which is more important in the long run: affecting game outcomes, or reducing the prevalence of traumatic brain injury?

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 29 December 2019 04:17 (ten months ago) link

good game, impressed by clem to come back

johnny crunch, Sunday, 29 December 2019 05:05 (ten months ago) link

nothing quite like MAC and Sunbelt also-rans doing battle in the mobile alabama/GMAC/go daddy/dollar general/lendingtree bowl on a random monday night in january

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 03:21 (nine months ago) link

It was dumb of the NCAA to schedule the championship game so late, right after divisional weekend, the most exciting weekend of NFL football

525,600 gecs (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 04:08 (nine months ago) link

Joe Brady in the box with a headset, looks like he should be a dude in a madden tournament

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:52 (nine months ago) link

I'm picking the Tigers to win.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:56 (nine months ago) link

this whole game is one big zaxby's commercial

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:07 (nine months ago) link

with a fanboat drive-thru

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:10 (nine months ago) link

this game, if late, is still very good

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:34 (nine months ago) link

James Skalski could be called for targeting while standing still

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:12 (nine months ago) link

this LSU team is one we're gonna remember forever.

jamarr chase is just a sophomore, jeez. my chief rooting interest is for him to get to 300 yds.

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:28 (nine months ago) link

head ref has david byrne vibes

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:45 (nine months ago) link

like this is his first game, and he'll go home to journal about how profoundly strange american football is

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:47 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

enjoying this new trend of 'sure, our coach is a racist abuser, but look at all the money we saved by making him take a paycut'

mookieproof, Friday, 3 July 2020 21:05 (three months ago) link

"I don't think we can take this away from our players, take this away from our state and our country," Orgeron said. "We need football. Football is the lifeblood of our country."

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:43 (three months ago) link

It's definitely the life blood of his bank account.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 19:46 (three months ago) link


His bank account is going to take a hit, I assume.

Ira Einhorn (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 16 July 2020 02:12 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

washington state is apparently cutting players who signed *or retweeted* the pac-12 players list of demands. amazing

Am told multiple other #WSU players who shared the "#WeAreUnited" graphics have been released from the team, as well. https://t.co/OA0Hg3aroo

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 2, 2020

mookieproof, Sunday, 2 August 2020 23:37 (two months ago) link

Among complaints from Colorado State athletes staffers: Coaches have told players not to report COVID-19 symptoms, threatened players with reduced playing time if they quarantine and claim CSU is altering contact tracing reports to keep players practicing https://t.co/OMjaq7GFsK

— Kevin Lytle (@Kevin_Lytle) August 4, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 22:51 (two months ago) link

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