Ref to ESPN’s Cubelic: I don’t play that

CubelicCole Cubelic came close to being penalized during the Florida A&M-Arkansas game Thursday night in Little Rock, Ark., and he wasn’t even playing.

Reporting from the sideline and trying to demonstrate how to get out of a three-point stance, Cubelic backed into the side judge. Side judge was immediately unamused … but seemed to calm down when he saw the microphone.

Week 1 college football picks … ‘Why do we even play?’

Week 1 picks
Why you guys picking games?

Nick Saban addressed rhetorically, profoundly, and angrily during a tangent/rant earlier this month to media members about predictions and picks.

Said Saban: “You guys make all these predictions about everything, about guys who are going to be great players, that have been here for two years. Who’s gonna win all the games? I don’t even know why we play. Why do we even play?”

I have no clue. I’m down with just picking who wins and not playing the games. But that’s just me. I’m clueless.

But so Nick and everyone else won’t have the desire to not play the games, I’ve decided to make my picks without even thinking. That way it won’t really feel like a prediction, even though it is.

(It’s not really prediction if you don’t think about it, right?)

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My-King, Messiah, Cheeseman make 2017 Preseason All-Name Team

All-Name team members
My-King Johnson (left); Divine Deablo (right)

They might not all be good players — some might not even play — but they all have winning names.

After poring through all the rosters for the Power 5, we’ve come up with the 2017 Preseason College Football All-Name team.

One is a king, one is a prince, one is a Messiah, and one is a Cheeseman.

So even if they don’t play, may these names be remembered.

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Harvey flooding forces LSU-BYU to move from Houston to New Orleans

LSU BYUThe flooding issues in Houston as a result of devastating Hurricane Harvey has forced the LSU-BYU season-opener, the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, from Houston’s NRG Stadium to the Superdome in New Orleans.

ESPN, which will televise the Saturday, 8:30 p.m. CT contest, made the announcement Monday evening. The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., also reported the switch.

This marks the second season in a row that weather changed the LSU schedule. Last season, Hurricane Matthew caused LSU’s game against Florida to be relocated from Gainesville, Fla., to Baton Rouge.

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ESPN: Arkansas has unhappiest fan base in SEC

Sad ArkansasESPN recently released its “happiness index,” which uses certain criteria to gauge the fan sentiment at 128 FBS programs. No surprise Alabama tops the SEC, but, apparently, there are some sad hogs at Arkansas.

The Fan Happiness Index takes into consideration the program’s power, rivalry dominance, coaching stability, recruiting trend, revenue growth, and buzz (specifically the percentage of positive fan Tweets).

In other words, if your team has been a winner consistently for the last four seasons, then, congratulations, you and all your fellow fans are happy.

ESPN=Captain Obvious.

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Will college football’s 2017 opening weekend match 2016?

Opening weekendThe 2016 opening weekend of the college football was hyped as one of the biggest in history. And it didn’t disappoint.

Expected to be the biggest games of that weekend included:

  • Alabama vs. USC
  • Clemson at Auburn
  • LSU vs. Wisconsin
  • UCLA at Texas A&M
  • Georgia vs. North Carolina
  • Arizona vs. BYU
  • Notre Dame at Texas

 

But only two of those games grabbed the attention it deserved: LSU-Wisconsin and UCLA-Texas A&M. Notre Dame-Texas was a fun game to watch, but neither team looked nearly as good as advertised. Clemson struggled with Auburn but prevailed as expected (Furthermore, it went on to be national champs).

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UCLA’s Rosen: School, football ‘don’t go together’

UCLAUCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, considered to be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and an economics major, said in an interview with Bleacher Report that football and education don’t mix.

The Heisman hopeful said trying to play football while working on a college degree is like trying to do two two full-time jobs at the same time.

Said Rose: “There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements.

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On-The-Way-Out-West: Odds are against Pac-12 coaches

Pac-12Sensing a little Pac-12 bias in these odds. And that’s a bad thing for the conference.

SportsBettingDime.com has placed odds on which coach will get fired first this season (not counting Hugh Freeze). The top three coaches are from the Pac-12.

And you can bet the athletic directors from those three schools have Chip Kelly’s number on speed dial.

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Preseason polls: Alabama, Ohio State, FSU, USC fill up top 4

Alabama Nick Saban
Nick Saban

Two preseason polls were released Thursday, and Alabama was at the top of both of them. This is getting to be quite redundant.

The Crimson Tide, which fell to Clemson in the national championship game earlier this year, is once again the preseason favorite in the ESPN and the Amway Coaches’ polls. Florida State, Ohio State and USC are in the Top 4 in both polls. No surprise, right?

Maybe, but there are some noticeable differences between the coaches and ESPN voters.

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Devon Gales making progress, throws football

How about some good, inspiring news?

Former Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales, who suffered a fractured vertebra while covering a kickoff against Georgia almost two years ago, is making progress in his recovery.

As reported by Yahoo Sports, Gales posted on his Instagram account his first game of catch since the injury.

PUT ME IN COACH IM READY!!!!!

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