August 12, 2008

2008: Grading the non-conference schedules


We've created a vicious cycle in college football. Sure we all love the fact that just about every game is on TV nowadays. And because coaches and athletic directors want their teams to look good on TV, so they schedule a lot of limp fish opponents. Because wins beget bowl games. Bowl games begets job security. Job security begets more money. Thus, more money is insured by wins. You spin me right round baby right round, like a record.

No longer do college football teams across the country take chances. Or, well, rarely do they. Have you noticed how boring Septembers have become, except for the occasional Appy State upset of Michigan or Ohio State showdown with Texas?

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December 31, 2007

And the Season Ends

SHREVEPORT, La. - If there is any word that Alabama coach Nick Saban uses more than any other, its the term "finish."

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Tide Finishes

SHREVEPORT, La. — Alabama’s 30-24 victory over Colorado in Sunday’s Independence Bowl couldn’t have been scripted any better for the Crimson Tide.

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December 30, 2007

Back the Other Way

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, Colorado just got the ball back with 8:39 remaining and down 27-17.

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Coming down the wire

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, Alabama now stands 87 yards from a 17 point lead.

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Dive! Dive!

SHREVEPORT, La. - Football should take its cue from Hockey.

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Turning of the Tide?

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, after that touchdown at the end of the first half, Colorado probably hoped it could take the ball and score on Alabama at the start of the second.

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You Can't Trust a Buffalo

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, credit the Buffaloes for stopping Alabama on its last drive of the half.

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Oh those turnovers

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, nothing like a John Parker Wilson interception to make a game a little more interesting.

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Flippin with the Tide

SHREVEPORT, La. - It's a party Louisiana style -- if you're Alabama.

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Quick Start for the Tide

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, this looks the the Alabama of six games ago.

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That Dizon guy?

SHREVEPORT, La. - Before the game, I to hear Jordon Dizon's name on every Alabama offensive play.

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Pull the kid!

SHREVEPORT, La. - Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins might be testing his father and Buffaloes head coach Dan's patience early.

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Colorado's band

SHREVEPORT, La. - Gotta give Colorado an A+ for gameday presentation.

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Back in Shreveport...

SHREVEPORT, La. - Well, Alabama probably never thought it would be back in Shreveport at the Independence Bowl.

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November 04, 2007

So long from T-Town

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well that was a close one.

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November 03, 2007

Before I go to the field

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tied ball game here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Bama keeps it up

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It took Alabama 3:07 to go 80 yards and score again to put it at 27-17, Alabama.

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Matt Flynn

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The LSU quarterback is clearly having a tough game.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Just when you think Nick Saban appears to be beaten, he morphs into "Supercoach".

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Oh my...

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Looks like LSU QB Matt Flynn has a case of the pick offs.

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What a momentum shift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A long touchdown by Alabama, then an interception on the next play.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama hasn't been dominated like this all season long.

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Spoke too soon

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well, just when I talk about Glenn Dorsey being healthy, he goes out and gets hurt.

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Dorsey is playing

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well, Glenn Dorsey is indeed lined up on the LSU defensive line.

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Saban Bowl?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Never during my time covering the Tide has the opposing team outnumbered Alabama fans in Tuscaloosa.

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September 29, 2007

Down goes Bama

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The cheers rained down from one side of the stadium as the other was sprinkled in crimson and teal specks. After Florida State recovered an onside kick with 59 seconds remaining ensuring its victory, the Seminoles fans screamed in unison, “Bobby Bowden”.

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Seminoles strike

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, it's always about the turnovers.

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Fourth quarter program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, Nick Saban always talks about his fourth quarter conditioning program.

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A Prince Hall sighting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - He has been in Nick Saban's doghouse all season,

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Finally, a touchdown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, we have an offensive sighting, finally.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - What a half.

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QB controversy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, fourth times a charm for the Seminoles.

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Offensive futility

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, Jimbo Fisher was one of Nick Saban's first choices to join his staff as offensive coordinator at Alabama.

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Welcome to the River City

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Supposedly Jacksonville is the River City.

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September 23, 2007

Dawgs Hunker Down

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - So ends the perfect season.

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September 22, 2007

Tie game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well, Alabama does have a flair for the dramatic.

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We've seen this before

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well, Alabama is down by 10 points in the fourth quarter as Georgia is leading 20-10.

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Hunker down

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There is a reason why Georgia coach Mark Richt is 22-3 on the road in the SEC.

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And we're back

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nothing like a little turnover to spice things up.

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No scoring?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Wow, Alabama didn't score in the first quarter?

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Matthew Stafford looks as cool as a cucumber.

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One legendary coach...

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Hello from Tuscaloosa, home of Nick Saban and another late kick-off.

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September 16, 2007

Bye Bye from T-Town

TUSCALOOSA, Ala - Well, we had a white knuckler here in Tusclaoosa, with the Crimson Tide coming out on top.

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September 15, 2007

Crimson nation is happy

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There were no game defining missed field goals. There were no, “should we go for it?” moments. There were no "deer in the headlights" looks coming from the Alabama sidelines.

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We have a game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - I'd hate to be in the Alabama locker room following this game.

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Getting tight

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nothing like a turnover to create a little drama.

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Tiffin hits

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Last season, Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin was considered the goat against Arkansas.

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Swarming defense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nick Saban has maintained that he wants his defense to have an aggressive ball-hawking nature.

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Hello from Sabanville

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Greetings from the druid city, more commonly known to college football folk as Tuscaloosa.

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