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Big Chief's College Football Diary: Who might slip & fall
by Deke Bellavia, firstname.lastname@example.org, @dekebigchief,posted Nov 20 2013 9:37AM
Call it a diary if you want, but my notes are written on napkins, sticky squares, in my phone and iPad, and I oftentimes write things down on my hands. But, what I write down is major. Folks, I'd like to think I've seen some of the best football at all levels.
If I had to choose which level I would watch, if I had only one to view...that question would be the hardest ever for me. I love high school, college and professional football; each one is special in its own right. But, there is something awesome about what goes down on Saturday afternoons.
This past weekend Jumbo (Steve Korte) and I went to an historic game...where the SLU Lions won their first conference title in 52 years. The Lions knocked off the powerful Sam Houston State Bearkats 34-21. It was a very good game with an even better atmosphere.
While at the Lions game, I was able to keep up with other games on my mobile devices and by way of the television monitors in the SLU stadium. Man, what a day for CFB (college football). So, here are some of the high points from my football diary this past weekend.
Is this hoops or football?
How about this? Last year the U won the ACC basketball title. And this season the Duke Blue Devils could very well play for the ACC Title in football. Is this right? How does that happen? Well, Coach David Cutcliff, who is now without question a lead candidate for coach of the year, can lead the Duke Blue Devils to the ACC title game, if they win their last two games against Wake Forest and UNC. The FSU Seminoles will be waiting in the ACC title game.
The Devilish Blue Guys are now 8-2, ranked in the Top 25 and I'm not talking about Coach K and his team!
He loves L.A. & Louisiana too!
Out West, give it up for a man who is not taking for granted a second chance. The late great Luther Vandross once sang, "love is better the second time around." Well, second chances sometimes produce better outcomes and results.
After a disappointing stint in Oxford as the Ole Miss Rebels head football coach, Ed Ogeron, is now in a position to become the full time head coach of the USC Trojans. One of the greatest programs in all of sports needed a breath of fresh air. They got one in Coach O.
All the hype about who the next coach of the mighty USC program will be could be just that... hype. If interim Coach Ed "BaeBae" Ogeron continues to win, he will be hard pressed not to have that interim tag removed and replaced with just plain Head Coach.
Since taking over in early October, Ogeron has guided the Trojans to a 5-1 mark with their only loss a 14-10 setback to Notre Dame. The Trojans just knocked off #5 Stanford 20-17, and now if they win out, can land in the Pac 12 Title game.
What USC A.D. Pat Haden knows is that the Trojans love their coach and if Ogeron stays, look for him to land one of the best recruiting classes in the Pac 12. He could very well pull off a few big nationally ranked players too. So I hear!
Right place right time for Ricardo
No one ever would have thought a team that lost their last 10 conference games going into the season could win the SEC...did they? Before the start of the 2013 CFB season, the Auburn Tigers were riding a 10 game SEC losing streak including a 0-8 SEC mark last year.
This past Saturday in the deep South's oldest rivalry, the Tigers almost had their ruby slipper taken off. But in the Nick Marshall of time, Auburn remained alive. QB Nick Marshall threw up a prayer on fourth and 18. That prayer was answered after two Georgia defenders tried to make a play on the football.The ball was tipped and low and behold WR Ricardo Louis trailed the play only to catch the tip and take the ball in for a 73 yard reception.
The prayer on the plains has the Tigers in position to host one of the biggest games ever between Auburn and that other team from the same state. Man oh man, what a game that one should be.
Slip and fall?
Well, for some two teams it's all about a few more wins. For others they must win and hope someone slips and falls. The #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide has two possibly three more games...and so do the FSU Seminoles. Simply put, if they win out, they'll play for the final BCS Title.Should one of them slip up, the door would open up. But, which team walks through that opened door remains unclear.
Ohio State is facing the reality that they could win 25 straight games and not play for the National Title.
If the high powered Baylor Bears run the table, could they be the team that sneaks in the title game, should either Bama or Florida State slip up? And, what if it comes down to a few one-loss teams? What about a 12-1 SEC Title winning Auburn team? Or, what about a Big 12 one-loss Oklahoma State team?
Hang on, college football lovers. It's 'bout to get real up in here!