Week 7 college football picks … the latest dose of ‘poison’

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Poison — a band and something the media keeps giving to Nick Saban’s players

Remember when Alabama coach Nick Saban said he didn’t even know “Why do we even play?” because of all of the predictions and picking and thinking by the media.

Well, now he’s sick of the “poison” the media has been giving his players.

After Texas A&M made it uncomfortable, the top-ranked Crimson Tide prevailed, 27-19, at College Station, Texas.

A venting Saban said after the game:

“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys. All that stuff you write about how good we are. All that stuff they hear on ESPN. It’s like poison. …  It’s like taking poison. … Like rat poison.”

His team is ranked No. 1, and Nick Saban says praising his players is like giving them poison? Well, I guess it’s like when you have a rose and it has a thorn. You know, just like every night has its dawn. Just like every cowboy sings a sad, sad song. … Just listen to the Poison, players, unplugged …

And here’s another dose of poison for all you players out there … as I make my picks for Week 7 of the college football season.

 

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

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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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Would Les Miles or Chip Kelly replace Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss?

Ole Miss targetsOle Miss is in a tight spot with the resignation of Coach Hugh Freeze.

Though the university said the current NCAA trouble isn’t the reason for Freeze’s departure, it certainly will be a reason for the difficulty finding a replacement.

The NCAA alleges 21 charges of misconduct involving academics, boosters and recruiting. Ole Miss already has a self-imposed bowl ban for this season, and it likely will find out further sanctions by the NCAA in September or October.

And ask anyone around college football (outside of Ole Miss) about what kind of coach interim Matt Luke will be, and they’ll be quick to say, “Who is Matt Luke?”

Though the walls are crumbling in Oxford, not all is lost for the Rebels.

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Not just a Nutt job: Houston files suit against Ole Miss

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Perhaps it was too easy for Ole Miss to say, “Problems? … We have a Houston.”

Former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a federal lawsuit against his former school. He is claiming current Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, athletic director Ross Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell conducted a campaign to pin most of the school’s current NCAA violations on him

Ole Miss is being investigated by the NCAA for multiple violations that have occurred under both Nutt and Freeze.
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SEC Media: Do not feed the Saban … questions

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Nick Saban

The SEC Media Week starts Monday and there’s a decent chance we can see another classic rant from Alabama coach Nick Saban.

The event, which continues through Thursday (July 10-13), will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

Once again, the Worldwide Leader (ESPN) and South-wide Leader (SEC Network) will be there to film enough content to get them both through July and August. Every coach, player, fan, fellow reporters … all will be part of the conglomeration of content.

But beware of Saban.

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July practices? NCAA examines 14-week schedule

Under one of the models of consideration, the schedule would remain with 12 games with two bye weeks.

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ESPN outbids Fox to keep Jesse Palmer

ESPN signs PalmerSo weeks after laying off around 100 or more on-air and website talent, ESPN can celebrate beating out Fox Sports to keep Jesse Palmer.

I guess this is what you call  “melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts.”

Palmer reportedly signed a seven-figure, multiyear contract, according to a report in The Sporting News.

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If Nick Saban was a Disney princess, he would be …

SabanDo you get annoyed with those quizzes on Facebook that ask you who you are? Like “What Star Wars character are you?” or “So you think you a ‘Friends’ fan?”

Today I saw a post that asked me “What kind of Disney princess are you?” I personally didn’t care. But I know someone who probably does: Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

So I filled out the questionnaire as Nick would do.

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VOTE: Would you swap Jim Harbaugh for Nick Saban?

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What if Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh swapped jobs?
If you believe that Nick Saban is the greatest coach in college football today, you’re either an Alabama fan or you pay attention to facts.

Saban has led a team to a five national championships since 2003 (LSU after 2003 regular season; Alabama after 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 regular seasons).

He started at LSU in 2000 and led the Tigers to the title in 2003 (game in 2004). He started at Alabama at 2007 and led the Tide to a title after 2009 season. Granted those are two schools alway have a lot of talent, but that is still quick work. And Alabama has been consistently among the top 5 recruiting schools since he has been there.

He’s done so well that a few years ago Saban reportedly turned down a lucrative offer Texas. He later denied it and said, “I’m just too damn old to start over somewhere else.”

But what if, for the 2017 season, Saban indeed started over with a new school? In fact, what if you traded him with the coach from another team? Which team would win a national title first?

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Go East, Auburn … and take Alabama with you

Auburn TigersAuburn has no problem with moving to the SEC East. In fact, one could say it wants to move to the SEC East, since the Auburn people seem to be the only ones suggesting it every year.

Pat Dye here. Gus Malzahn there. 

You can bet the so-called “soft” SEC East looks tempting to the Tigers.

But what if rival Alabama also made the jump? Still tempting?

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