Love this time of the year with all the bowl games on television. I'm a diehard Buckeye and Big Ten fan. The one time a year I rout for Michigan, and right now they are letting me down. Let's go Blue! :yahoo:
The first quarter of the Oklahoma/Alabama game was rather like watching the ferry sink with your '55 Chevy convertible on it. Pretty dismal...but they eventually did make a good account of themselves. There's a lot of "what ifs", but after all, the idea is to play all four quarters.The fun of college games is to see which teams show up. Some teams just don't seem to handle the layoff, long wait etc. well and they either come out flat or so excited they forget how to play. If they play a team that's really ready to play, it's a lousy game.
Of course, sometimes the matchups just aren't even but realistically most teams that make it to a bowl game have the ability to play pretty good football. It's just that the elite teams do it every week and the also rans only play well some of the time. Part of that is the elite teams have 2-3 deep players that could start for anyone else so if the first string gets tired or injured, the second or third guy is just as good.
I didn't see the first part of the Alabama/Oklahoma game last night. It was 28-0 when I turned it on but I'll give Oklahoma a lot of credit. They played Bama even the rest of the game and crept back into it. Evidently they were too wound up at the start but once they decided to play, they were pretty good. Albama was just Bama, should go ahead and move to the NFL and be done with it.
I agree. I hate that crap after a score or a big hit. Some college players act like they are preparing for the NFL. I would much rather see them score a TD, hand the ball to the referee and head for the sideline. The BS really irritates me. I haven't seen an NFL game in over two years. The kneelers are the ones who sent me away and the BS and the kneelers have kept me away. NFL leadership hasn't helped any either.Well it's all over till it starts again in the fall. I'm talking college football. It's my favorite. I have been losing interest in the pros for a while now. I can't stand the whiny showboating look what I just did attitudes!:banghead: As of late the college kids are doing it too. Needs to be a lid put on all this crap for sure!
Yeah I know there is still one more game!! I could care less which one wins. Well, actually, I'd like to see 'Bama fall!:thumbup1gif: One thing for sure though. It's amazing how well the recruiting works down south!
The ticket prices for the Alabama - Clemson game might reflect the dislike for the showboating is spreading,,,I agree. I hate that crap after a score or a big hit. Some college players act like they are preparing for the NFL. I would much rather see them score a TD, hand the ball to the referee and head for the sideline. The BS really irritates me. I haven't seen an NFL game in over two years. The kneelers are the ones who sent me away and the BS and the kneelers have kept me away. NFL leadership hasn't helped any either.
I only watch college football and NASCAR. I do not care for ESPN at all. I watch Army football on CBS Sports and then find another game to watch to fill the Saturday afternoon in the Fall. ESPN also has the Big 10 channel, the SEC channel and next fall the ACC channel.I blame ESPN for all the showboating that is going on in the NFL and College Football. Everyone wants to be on the "highlight" on ESPN.
Heck, there was a really good article years ago on college football teams moving up in divisions, just so they could be seen on the ESPN ticker that shows at bottom of the screen. Athletic Directors wanted the free advertising, to help get better recruits, win more games, get more $$ for Coaches/facilities/ticket sales.
I haven't watched ESPN in years. Hate how they are biased towards SEC in College Football, Yankees/Red Sox in baseball, and pretty much ignore any NBA teams that don't have LeBron or Steph Curry. And don't get me started on hockey...ESPN failed there.
In the end it's all about viewers/TV/money/contracts.
With the raiding of the home of the DC Solar CEO and also the company headquarters on December 21st, Chip Ganassi shut down the 42 team for the Xfinity series, which is really unfortunate because the driver slated to drive the 42 in Xfinity, Ross Chastain, really deserved a shot at a good ride with a good team.I only watch college football and NASCAR. I do not care for ESPN at all. I watch Army football on CBS Sports and then find another game to watch to fill the Saturday afternoon in the Fall. ESPN also has the Big 10 channel, the SEC channel and next fall the ACC channel.
I'm not a fan of either school so I could just sit back and enjoy watching it. I agree with your analysis, particularly on the Alabama run game and the Clemson defense. Venables did have a great plan but when Alabama left the run game, it played right into the Clemson plans. The fake field goal was stupid- the announcers picked up on it, Clemson picked up on it and probably half the people watching thought it was coming. It's also amazing to me that with Alabama's run at the top of college football they don't have a decent kicking game. Any decent college team should have a kicker that's pretty solid from 40 yards in. Over 40 yards on a consistent basis takes a pretty good kicker, long snapper, holder but I'll bet Saban is looking at the soccer team for a kicker or recruiting out of HS. I would be. . .Wow, I can honestly say I did not see that happening with Clemson and Bama last night.
I thought Bama was getting too much love from Vegas with the 14+ spread vs. Sooners (OU covered), and thought 5.5 points over Clemson was a little high...
But considering how Bama just manhandles teams in the trenches, I did not think Clemson would win as they did last night.
A few observations from watching the game:
- Felt like Clemson was doubting themselves early in that game, even after getting the pick-six, and going up early. It was as if they were waiting for Bama to explode...which they did not. As the game wore on you could see their confidence growing.
- Saban gambled last night with the fake field-goal, in much same way he gambled with on-side kick a few years ago. When Bama lined up for the FG, even my daughter said, "look Dad, Clemson is playing for a fake...they have defenders off the ball..." I think Saban knew his defense was not going to stop Clemson, and he needed touchdowns instead of field-goals.
- Saban was uncharacteristically calm on the sidelines last night. No throwing headsets, and just a simple "god damnitt" on Tua's first interception that turned in to a pick-six. Did he know it was only a matter of time...
- Bama's offensive coordinator did himself no favors. When you are gashing Clemson's defense for 7-10 yards on zone runs, you should...wait for it...KEEP RUNNING THE BALL! Why did Bama get away from the run game? Gash Clemson, run the ball, control the clock, wear down their defensive line, keep the game close, then drop in some play-action to get the kill.
- Venables had an OUTSTANDING defensive game plan. Dialing up blitzes, mixing coverages...made Tua have to think...and forced errors. And they came up HUGE on fourth downs.
- My daughter noticed Bama was getting no pressure on Clemson's QB with just a four man rush. He had plenty of time in the pocket to survey the field and make throws.
The big question in my mind after watching last night's game...did we just witness the beginning of the end of the Alabama dynasty?
If Clemson had won a close game, or even won with a last second score as they did a few years back, none of this "end of Bama" conversation would be happening. But Bama got soundly beaten, by 28 points.