Early warning to be prepared for some knockdown, dragged-out fights this weekend.
Notre Dame-Miami, Georgia-Auburn, Clemson-Florida State … yeah, those are big games. But I’m talking about the altercations involving fans. If this Saturday is anything like last Saturday, well, now we’re really talking “Bedlam.”
At his weekly press conference on Monday, Saban was clear: “If our players think anything of (the college football playoff poll), then that could be an issue. These are the things we try to categorize as the poison that you really don’t want your players to be focused on.”
I say, “Double standard!” Perhaps Alabama needs to consider a Saban buyout.
But seriously, though, if McElwain beats Georgia on Saturday — instead of being worked, 42-7 — no doubt Florida officials would conveniently excuse the phantom death threats. As the saying goes: Winning cures all ills … including outrageous public claims and doses of “poison.”
It’s time to pick, again without thinking. Took a beating last week just like everyone else. But I’ve invested a lot of time into this, at least 3-5 minutes this month. So, I’m not giving up.
Already heading into Week 8, I’m still at 78 percent. That’s not horrible.
So no matter what anyone thinks, I’m not bringing in Colin Kaepernick to make my picks this week, OK? Did you read that?? I can still make it through the rest of the season without bringing in someone else.
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.
A few things you might have missed during the REAL opening weekend of the college football season.
Howard quarterback Caylin Newton, brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback and Heisman winner Cam Newton, led Howard, a 45-point underdog, to a 43-40 victory over UNLV. Caylin Newton had 330 yards total offense and three touchdowns.
But the real winners were those few who bet on Howard.