A view from the stands

A view from the stands

Thursday, November 6, 2014

College Football Previewing Week #11

Did you catch it? Two thirds of the regular season has gone bye bye. Here it is, Week #11...

We've got nice little theme here this week... It's very simple "Win... You get to stick around, stay a part of the conversation. Lose, tough $h!+, better luck next year." simple as that... 

And while that's always the theme, we've got heavyweight bouts all day on Saturday.

We get it kicked off at 11:00 a.m.

Baylor @ Oklahoma (Line: Baylor +5)

It's simple, Baylor, you already have one loss. 1st in offense this, points that, defense this, turnovers that... AHH! Save it! I don't give a damn. If you want to keep your hat in the ring for one of those playoff spots, you are just going to have to walk into Norman and kick someone's ass... simple as that. 

Oklahoma, you were supposed to be somebody this year, 2 losses... looks more like you're just another somebody else. Now you got somebody on your doorstep ready to kick your ass... Let's find out a little more about who you are.

2:30 p.m.

Texas A&M @ Auburn (Line: Texas A&M +23.5)

A&M, you're the perfect example of what not to be. Yeah, you came out and put it on South Carolina, You felt real good about yourselves, didn't you?... You could have stayed hungry, could have stayed pissed off and focused... instead, you started coming up with your own nicknames and focused on the flare and the "razzle dazzle". And what happened? You got your ass whooped all over the place. Here's a chance to show something. You gonna do it? Or you gonna be focused on how your jersey's look?

Auburn, excellent game last week on the road at Ole Miss, but let's call a spade a spade, you got a little lucky with that Treadwell fumble...

Side: For those of you who missed it, Sophmore, Laquon Treadwell played a hell of a game for Ole Miss, he was getting blocks, and making some big time catches (He had 10 on the day, which was a career high for him) He was just flat out getting after it... It was an outstanding performance on the evening. His 10th catch came in the 4th quarter with 1:37 left to go, Ole Miss Trailing by 4, 35-31, he broke 3 tackles and took it in for the touchdown (Or so we thought), The Rebel fans went wild, but Treadwell was motionless on the field. He got snapped backward by the tackle and then was hit from the front. WATCH IT HERE. As a fan of the game, it hurt to watch, but you could at least find some peace by saying "at least he got the TD"... Until the replay showed that the tackle from behind caused him to 1. dislocate his ankle. 2. break his leg (fibula). Fumble INSIDE the 1 yard line!!!! and then 4. Take a shot to the head... At which point in time you COULD NOT help but feel for the guy, Absolutely everything that could go wrong for the man did. He played so well that game, and to see it end like that... it was tough... The result was, Auburn recovered the fumble in the end zone and since Ole Miss was out of time outs, they were able to take a knee to win the game 35-31. It was just a tough way to see a game end...

Let's get back to this week... Auburn, you've been pretty good and you got a little lucky last week, but that's alright, cuz right now you got yourself a seat riding shotgun for this playoff. You just simply need to keep proving why you're there. Aggies are in town... are you going to screw around? Or are  you going to drop the hammer on them?

 Notre Dame @ Arizona State (Line: Notre Dame +2.5)

Clear the ring and call in Mills Lane....  In one corner we've got the 1 loss Irish who feel they were cheated out of a win against Florida State, in the other corner, the 1 loss Sun Devils who tend to get a little tougher at home and may be a little hungry to avenge last years loss to the Irish.

This is it, can't have 2 losses and expect to stay in the conversation with the big boys. A loss here for either is going to send them packing for one of those 2nd Tier bowl games in late December. In short, I expect a fight.... Literally.... "Let's get it on!"

6:30 p.m.

Kansas State @ TCU (Line: Kansas State +6)

...Speaking of fights... I could say the same thing here... Loss vs. Loss, Sorry, but a Loss here and you gotta go. We're going to have whole lot of Purple in this one. Who's the real "Purple People Eaters" this year?

When I think of Bill Snyder (K-State) and Gary Patterson (TCU) I think of two guys with that run their programs with pure class and integrity.... and that's great in all (I really do respect the way they run their programs), but that's just going to have to take a back seat this week, because we ain't got time for no choir boy $h!t... it's time to get nasty... Or it's time to go home.

What's it going to be?

7:00 p.m.

Alabama @ LSU (Line: LSU +6.5)

... It's amazing to think this game is "second fiddle" to one or two of these other games this week. However, I assure you the boys on the field in this one couldn't disagree more. Tell LSU they are out of it... Go ahead, tell em... They may actually enjoy "being out of it", with nothing to lose these guys are very dangerous people. I don't know if they're going to win or not, but I do know when it's all said and done, they are going to physically punish Alabama. The Tide will know they were down in Death Valley. By the way... this is Lane Kiffen's first trip ever to Tiger Stadium. He should have a good time calling plays down there...

As for Alabama... I would have some words of warning for these guys, but it's just another day for them. These guys live with a target on their back, There's always someone coming for them week in and week out. This time it just so happens to be the guys from the county jail psych ward.

Ohio State @ Michigan State (Line: Ohio State +3.5)

One more Loss vs Loss battle to thin out the crowd....

Boy's I don't know how to tell you this, but you need to win this just to tag along with the rest of the big boys... You don't get to be up there with them... you just  get to tag along...

Bottom line, you don't need to just win the game... You need to win the damn game!

Everyone's taking Michigan State, and when all the signs point that way, it's easy to see why. However, that's usually the best time to go the opposite way, remember last year in the Big 10 Championship, everyone was taking Ohio State...

.... Week 11... Load 'em up, We're getting down to it, and we're playin for Keeps!

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