AROUND THE NATION
Yeah, we get it, Nick Saban. You’re the college football god, it’s your world and we’re just lucky enough to live in it. So often his self-serving act is enough to drive yours truly insane. The arrogance. The condescending comments. Ugh, brutal. But, you know what, when a man’s right, he’s right … and no problem here with his thoughts about the College Football Playoff rankings after being asked a question about it. Every single word that he uttered is correct, and the funny thing is, most not waving a “Roll Tide” flag won’t get that. Instead, they’ll get wrapped up in the arrogance and the condescending comments. One thing to remember, sometimes the bully is right.
Anyone else notice the roller-coaster cruise that Michigan State has been taken on by voters since the start of the season? The Spartans kicked off 2015 ranked sixth, slowly moved up to third, then second … and began dropping back down right after. So where do they stand now? Exactly where they started, No. 6 in both polls, and in the first CFB rankings seventh. Why even bring it up? Umm, because the Spartans haven’t lost a single game this season. They’re 8-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten, heading into Saturday’s game at conference rival Nebraska.
Not for nothing, but with all the QB talk going on around my town, about Sam Bradford’s performance and whether or not he should remain as the Eagles’ starter and, if not, who would replace him, Thursday night’s SEC affair at Missouri proved an awakening. As in, uh, Dak Prescott seems like he’d be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. The guy can throw, run, think on his feet, make quick decisions, produce and, carrying 235 chiseled pounds on a 6-2 frame, take a pounding. Oh yeah, the big fella carried the visiting Bulldogs to victory against the Tigers, racking up better than 350 total yards and recording his 100th TD as a collegian.
The ACC showdown at Clemson between the CFP No. 1 Tigers and visiting Florida State, ranked 16th, takes top billing among valued seats this week, with StubHub offering ’em at $131 to start. No other game is even close, with the No. 8 TCU at No. 14 Oklahoma State matchup between Big 12 unbeatens being, amazingly, just $64 per ticket. Even bigger surprise, Notre Dame tickets last week in Philly were going for well over $200. This week, with the Irish at Pittsburgh, they’re only $90.
Temple’s What 2 Watch vs. SMU