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Lucius
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 10:40 pm:   

Well, I'm sitting here this morning thinking about college ball, so I think I'll just write down what's on my mind regarding the coming season.

ACC--it's the usual battle twixt the Hokies and Canes in one division, and I think the Canes, despite Coker, can deal with the Vickless Beamer Boys. The other division is wide open. Fla St could win but so could Clemson and BC. Lets say...Clemson.

SEC--I think it's gonna take another year for Meyer to get his system right at Fla and they have brutal stretch in their schedule, but I think they might win the east. Auburn and LSU are still gonna be ahead of Bama in the west. I like LSU to win the division and the conference title. They could be in the BCS NC game.

Big Ten--the usual suspects. Mich, Ohio, Iowa. Neither Purdue or Wisc plays either Mich or OSU, which should make them contenders. But I don't think Wisconsin does much. Purdue might be a threat. I like OSU.

Big 12 -- Okla v Nebraska in the title game. Who wins? Who cares.

Big East -- well, this year I think Louisville gets what they were predicted to get last year. Pitt could upset them, but I just keep getting flashbacks to Wannstadt standing on the sidelines, wearing that baffled look that he did so often in the NFL.

Pac 10 -- fuck the Pac 10.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 10:43 pm:   

Oh, yeah.....the Miami pick is absolutely just spitting in the wind.... ;)
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Darren
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 07:38 am:   

So you're steering clear of Texas, eh? I think you could be right.

Georgia reloads well and may be a threat in the SEC east.

Agreed about Auburn and LSU...winner of that game just might be in the BCS national championship.

But I'm rooting like FUCK for Bama!:-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 07:44 am:   

I thought BC got shafted last year; they were better than the crappy bowl they got.

I have a bad feeling that this is going to be an awful rebuilding year for the Eagles, but a fellow alum I just spoke to told me their schedule is larded with pattycake teams, so I'm not sure what to think. At any rate, not a likely contender for their division.
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Darren
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 07:44 am:   

Of course even if Bama manages to fill the holes on D, fix the offensive line woes for good (I think they are, but we'll see), and find themselves with a capable QB, they've got to play LSU, Tenn, Fla, and Ark on the road. Ouch.

It may only be the pathetic non-conference schedule -- Louisiana Monroe, Duke, Fla Int., Hawaii -- that gets them in a bowl.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 08:12 am:   

Texas' success will depend on how quickly their new QB gets into the swing of things. With Ohio State coming early in the season, I'm not sure if he (Snead or McCoy) will be ready.

I'll be rooting hard for Texas, of course, but word is OU is back and has the inside track for the division. If their QB has improved and if Peterson is healthy, then OU success is hard to argue with.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   

No QB named Snead is ever going to beat the Buckeyes. McCoy...maybe.

My pick is based solely on Bomar's progress.

"Of course even if Bama manages to fill the holes on D, fix the offensive line woes for good (I think they are, but we'll see), and find themselves with a capable QB..."

Lot of Big Fucking Ifs... :-)

Georgia's always tough, but Fla's got their number.

BC has a wussy schedule, that's why I think they may have shot to get destroyed in the championship game...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 01:29 pm:   

Speaking of Big Fucking Ifs, you see all these folks picking Tennessee? Huh? All they've done in the off-season is suspend players.
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Darren
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 07:18 am:   

It's the Christly Return of Cutcliff.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 07:38 am:   

Yeah, but that's not gonna get it. His Corpulence, Fullmer, is gonna have another tough year.
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Darren
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 12:29 pm:   

And I'm gonna love every entry in the loss column.:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 12:36 pm:   

Just y'all take care of y'all's business, y'heah?
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Darren
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 04:44 pm:   

We'll do what weezuns can, but if Nascar is anywheres neah home that weekend, fooooor-fuckin'-git it!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 11:13 pm:   

You kidding me, boy? Ain't been no Nascar since No. 9 passed... :-)
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 10:49 am:   

Still confident about MI, huh? I'll believe it when I see it. OSU will be great, Iowa will be better. Dunno where my BADgers will fall in the final rankings but I could see them going 9-3, maybe 10-2 if they get a lucky break against the Wolverines.

By and large I agree with the rest of your picks, though I don't know enough about the Big East to make any prediction. Oh, and USC will win the Pac-10 again. Yawn.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 11:04 am:   

I'm not confident about Michigan. But they're very talented and now and then Lloyd Carr manages not to blow a big game. I like OSU to win the conference. As for the BADgers (TM), I think they caught their breaks last year, and this year chance will catch up to them. But I hope they do well enough to give Auburn a rematch.

Iowa will be better than OSU? I don't think so.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 02:48 pm:   

Well, we'll have a much better idea about Iowa vs. OSU at the end of September. I don't think OSU's gutted D is going to be up to their full potential by that point, though their O will be rock solid. Iowa's D should be scary right out of the blocks, though. Plus it's a home game for the Hawkeyes.

Wisconsin has a few problems: A) their starting QB is adequate, but not stellar, B) his backups are, well, Wisconsin backup QBs, C) the receiving corps is young and not terribly fast. That said, the D should be one of the best in the nation and the RB situation is going to be just fine, probably outstanding as the season progresses. The OL is going to blow holes through the opposition. Really boils down to the passing game, which is shaky. Still, I think they comfortably go 9-3.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 04:30 pm:   

Any list that includes Bowling Green, Western Ill, San Diegos State, Buffalo, Illinois, Indiana, isn't a schedule, it's a picnic with a pick-up game. A decent high school team could punch out six wins against that bunch, so when you talk about "blowing holes in the opposition," picture me rolling in the aisles. What opposition? 9-3 is almost a given vs that schedulette. That's maybe the weakest major college schedule I've ever seen. The BADger players should all wear 7 AT ONE BLOW t-shirts. :-) Bet they'll be walking tall coming into the Big House.

You're always on Iowa, man. But every year the air goes out of that balloon...Maybe this is the year, but I don't think the defensive cupboard is exactly bare at OSU.

Anyway, it's nice to be able to practice the obsession again...

How 'bout them Cougars!
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 05:16 pm:   

Next year....

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2006-07-27-florida-leak-tebo w_x.htm?csp=34
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 05:55 pm:   

"You're always on Iowa, man. But every year the air goes out of that balloon..."

Tell that to Florida and LSU! :-)
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 05:56 pm:   

Dunno what to think of the cougars. They've done well recruiting this last year, for sure. Problem is, if their defense is as sieve-like as it has been, they're still in trouble.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 06:00 pm:   

And, yeah, the BADger's schedule is among the most pathetic in DI football, no doubt. It'll give the young WRs a chance to warm up and get ready for some real football. :-)

If Zook could coach as well as he recruits, Illinois could be a contender. Too bad he's a black-hole for talent. Sucks it in faster than the speed of light, but no one ever sees it.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 10:16 pm:   

I don't think western ill's gonna get 'em ready for the Wolverines.


"Tell that to Forida and LSU..."

Yeah, but FLa and LSU have won NCs within memory, whereas Iowa has won zilch...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 11:15 pm:   

And my latest memory of Iowa in a major bowl, a BCS bowl, was in the Orange and that wasn't pretty...

Iowa has a nice little team, but when they get on a major stage they turn on their toes....
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 09:50 am:   

I'm not saying that Iowa is going to win the NC, I'm just saying that I think they're better than OSU. We'll know at the end of September, and I'll eat my crow if I'm wrong. You know I'm good at eating crow, Lucius - it's a dish I enjoy often! :-)

On another note, is this the year that Clemson finally lives up to the hype?

And is Arizona State still over-rated?

To me, it looks like the NC is wide open. I don't see a clear favorite, though LSU sure looks strong on paper. Should make for an interesting year.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 11:17 am:   

I think Clemson's got a real good team -- whether they'll choke or not, who can say, but the talent is there.

ASU--they have only chance to upset USC in the Pac 10 but I doubt they will.

As for crow, I have a special recipe for Crow Kafka. Let me know when you're ready for it. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006 - 11:41 am:   

Coker has suspended four Cane players for the opener with Fla State. Another sympton of loss of program control. He's got to go.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 12:59 pm:   

Rhett Bomar kicked off the OU football team:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2537332

All banks and government offices in Austin will be closed tomorrow for the parade.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 01:14 pm:   

That makes it interesting, but Thompson's obviously pretty good. You might want to tone down the parade.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 01:46 pm:   

That's really a big deal. Bomar was expected to compete on a pro level in another couple of years, but his life may have seriously changed. Wonder what he'll do.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 07:11 am:   

I saw the OU spring game. Their backup, Halzle, played like crap.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 08:10 am:   

The other guy, Thomphson, is going to start.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 08:28 am:   

Yeah, Thompson is good. He had one horrible game last year when they lost to TCU in their opener, and was relegated to wide receiver to make way for Bomar. But word is he's better than the OU fans are giving him credit for.

The other guy kicked off the team was the projected starting Center. That's not going to help either.

I wonder if Bomar will try to get on with a semi-pro or arena team until he's old enough for the NFL. You're right, that's a major blow to the kid's life plan. All jokes aside about the parade, I'd rather my Horns play against him than have this sort of thing happen.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 08:50 am:   

I imagine he could play I-A or something, unless the NCAA kills him,,,which they probably will. Maybe semi-pro is his only option.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 06:22 am:   

You notice how many players have been suspended by their teams this pre-season? The starting TE of OSU marcel frost is the latest. OSU? Suspending a starter for the season? It's time to start breaking out those winter coats in hell. Okla...Same deal. Someone must have sent out a message, only Bobby Bowden didn't get his copy.

Maurice Claret, huh? Pretty chilling. A hatchet, a bullet proof vest. Vodka and an arsenal. Sounds like the cops might have stopped a spree murder.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006 - 06:56 am:   

I can't belive the path Claret's life has taken. Sueing this NFL is one thing, but he's been on a steady decline ever since.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006 - 07:13 am:   

It sounds as if he was going to settle a few scores and then off himself. He foresaw an adulthood of giving no look chest to chest handshakes to other superstars, and when that bubble popped, he had nothing
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006 - 10:37 am:   

Have you been keeping up on the Clarett stories? Apparently, he was cruising the neighborhood where one of the witnesses in his robbery trial lived. Is this guy bats or what?

Can anyone think of a faster plummet from campus hero to sociopath, from icon to con?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006 - 11:20 am:   

Lawrence Phillips.

Yeah, he's snapped, and I'm sure that's why the high bond.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006 - 08:42 pm:   

I see the Badgers starting QB had to have knee surgery.
Well, they say he'll be back, but there goes the Mich game.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - 04:05 pm:   

UT-Fla
Miami-Lville
UM-ND
LSU-Auburn

Week 3

Mmmmmmmmm....
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Darren
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 07:28 am:   

Deeelicious!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 07:42 am:   

I didn't mention USC-Nebraska, We don't mention the Pac 1O in this house.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 04:05 pm:   

USC - Nebraska.

Is there any way they can both lose?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 04:31 pm:   

SDE --- Stadium Destroying Event.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 11:02 am:   

Lucius, just remember when ROCKY BALBOA comes out, not to be too hard on old Sly. After all, he's a 'Cane...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 11:18 am:   

Everybody's got a black sheep. What can I say?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 03:17 pm:   

Look at early commit list: :-)
how they get that monster out of Houston?


2006 Player Commitments - Miami (FL)
NAME POS HT WT HOMETOWN GRADE
Sam Shields WR 6'1" 179 Sarasota, FL 83
Kylan Robinson RB 6'1" 217 Tampa Bay, FL 82
Chaz Washington DT 6'3" 295 Destrehan, LA 80
Graig Cooper RB 5'11" 188 Memphis, TN 79
Ian Symonette OT 6'9" 340 Houston, TX 79
Matt Bosher K 6'1" 180 Jupiter, FL 78
Ryan Hill CB 6'0" 178 Tallahassee, FL 78
Josh Holmes DT 6'2" 255 San Diego, CA 78
Jason Fox TE 6'7" 250 Crowley, TX 77
Steven Wesley DE 6'3" 225 Bartow, FL 77
Tervaris Johnson S 6'2" 203 Opa Locka, FL 77
Dedrick Epps TE 6'4" 234 Richmond, VA 75
Colin McCarthy ILB 6'1" 215 Clearwater, FL 75
Chavez Grant CB 5'10" 169 Miami, FL 70
Daniel Stegall QB 6'2" 180 Greenwood, AR 67
Joel Figueroa OG 6'5" 330 North Miami, FL 40
Richard Gordon TE 6'4" 235 Miami, FL 40
Chris Lewis DE 6'3" 240 Fresno, CA 40
Complete Conference Signing Lists
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 - 08:59 am:   

Man, that guy should move to Center and head straight to the Browns!
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 - 09:06 am:   

:-)

You know anything about him? Or about Jason Fox?
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 06:38 pm:   

Nope. I'll admit I don't follow high school recruiting that heavily unless Texas is making a lot of noise about a player.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 - 01:50 pm:   

sorry, missed a bunch of this while I was on vacation.

Yeah, Stocco had surgery. He'll be out the first three games, from what I understand. He's supposed to be ready for MI, last I heard. If not, we're in trouble. Donovan blows and Sherer is young (though talented, from what I've seen). The kid they picked up this year, Tolzein, apparently has the strongest arm out of all the BADgers QBs, but he's fresh out of high school, so I can't see them throwing him to the wolves unless Donovan gets injured.

On the other hand, we did pick up Everidge from KSU. He's got more raw skill than any QB UW has ever had. Interested to see how he plays in 07, though we could use him NOW!
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 - 02:22 pm:   

Stocco coming into the UM game without much practice? Better pray for a muddy field and a downpour.

This thing they're doing on ESPN, playing the season in advance, is surely the dumbest thing ever. Late in the season they have SC and Tex 1 and 2. Astonishing.
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Minz
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 - 06:27 pm:   

I dunno what to expect from the BADgers. The D could actually be a monster. If they stay even relatively healthy, all three units are really strong (and that DL unit could be devastating, given its depth. Just beat the crap out of the other team). But the offense? Who the heck knows, even if Stocco is in there. Redshirt frosh runner. lost our top 3 WR. Our top two TEs. Our only RB. Gonna be interesting. And I sure do wish Everidge was able to play this year (Stocco might never play another snap).

Rest of the conferences, things are pretty wide open. TX got a big Bomarlicious boost on their chances, though Cornholers could be spoilers. SEC will produce two contenders out of their five big dogs, though given the schedules, I can't predict which it'll be (OK, I'll say Auburn and UGA, though neither will make NC game). Miami better watch its ass--I think FSU might be ready to do it this year (as much as it pains me to say it), and VT &/or BC will at least keep it interesting. OSU or MI will emerge out of BT this year, and there'll be the one sleeper team outta da BT. I'm hoping it'll be UW (it could, though I'd want big odds on that bet). Since I think it can't be Purdue, that'll probably be who it is.

And the absolute worst:
Frigginfragginfargin Golden Showers will probably be in the mix right to the end. gotta hope Carr murders them in week 3, or it could get very unfortunate. Got as good a chance as anyone. the best and worst thing about their schedule is that by the end of Sept, we'll know if they're in the mix for NC game (only USC to play after that and that's their last game of the year). Gotta hope and pray they have two losses by Oct 1.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 - 07:15 pm:   

Michigan's gone back to playing an attacking defense which should help them against ND.

Just so long as Coker goes, it'll be a good season at the U.
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Minz
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 06:37 am:   

And I read an article over the weekend how the whole UM team bought into the offseason conditioning program--after blowing so many leads last year--and as a whole the team's leaner and faster. (OL down from 330 to about 310, etc)

Of course, they still have the finest gameday coach in all of football, so I find myself having a hard time believing they'll deliver a BT title. But it could be their year. BT has a lot of good, experienced QBs this year (which is why I'm skeptical about Penn St--having lost Robinson, who was almost their entire offense last year)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 06:41 am:   

No, you're right. It's probably OSU or UM in the big ten, and probably OSU because of the LC factor.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 09:46 am:   

Michigan State looks really sneaky to me this year . . . Iowa looks not so sneaky. PSU is a has-been. Purdue? Not a chance.

I'm seriously hoping that the Wolverines whup ND. Then, if UW wins the next week, they look really good. If they lose, they have a good excuse. :-) I have a hunch MI/WI is going to be a close game again.

There's a lot of hype about the cornholers this year. I'm beginning to believe some of it. Maybe they are contenders?

Speaking of preseason prognostications, here's a lovely "prequel" to Quinn winning the Heisman:

http://www.sportspickle.com/features/volume5/2006-0816-quinn.html

And, finally, is this the year that Urban Meyer gets the gators to click?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 10:07 am:   

I hope Quinn get his ass broke.

I still think it's Texas and OU in the big 12. Despite Bomar, I like OU. That shit can pull a team together.

That's the trouble with the BADgers. Always lookin' for a good excuse. ;) Frankly, I think Michigan beats them soundly.

Schedule's against Fla this year. Next year, when Teebow takes over at QB, that's the year.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 10:26 am:   

The Husker hype may be premature. I heard they have no returning starters on the O line, and this is in the wake of a 117th place finish in rushing last year.

Their D should be solid.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 10:40 am:   

117th? Well, my, that's not so good.

I hope you're right. I'd hate to have to see them actually win. That would be a shame.

OU is an enigma to me. I can't figure out how good they're going to be, but I've largely ignored them for the preseason. What do they have going besides Peterson? I'm not trying to dis them, I just don't know (I'll save my dissing for ND, NE, and TN).
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 11:50 am:   

They got a hell of a defense and a pretty solid OL.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 12:45 pm:   

You could say the same about the BADgers . . . but the BADgers don't have Adrian Peterson! :-(

And is Auburn really going to be as good as some people are predicting? They don't seem to live up to the hype their given, kind of like ASU, but not as bad.

I guess this is the year where I'm really skeptical about all the hype about everyone. Maybe that's because I have this gut feeling that it's a wide-open season and several "unknowns" are going to rise to the top and surprise people.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 12:58 pm:   

I don't know about Auburn. The LSU game will tell that story. But Auburn's had two undefeated seasons in the conference in recent years and speaks to the quality of the program. Dont let last years game fool you--that was an emotion game. Wisc had something to prove and for Auburn it was ho-hum. They're a good team, but good enough to beat LSU....That's why they play the games. :-)
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 01:25 pm:   

You're right, that should be a great game. And Auburn has been a powerhouse. I don't doubt that they're a good team, but are they as good as all the sporting prophets think they are?

Time will tell. I'm just antsy for the season to start. Every time I see the countdown ticker on the ESPN website, I want to cry.

I think I'll go stare at it again . . . through my tears . . .
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 01:33 pm:   

If I had to pick, I'd go for LSU. I think they're more talented. But the game's at Auburn....

Soon, grasshopper, it will be the time of my pigskin. March is the time for tears, not late August.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 12:56 pm:   

Anyone but ND, anyone but ND, anyone but ND...
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 01:20 pm:   

ND will stumble, then fall.

Been hearing from a lot of sources that Weiss is a pig, and I'm not referring to his physique. e.g., when Oglesby verbaled to WI, Weiss apparently sent a nasty text message to the kid, chiding him for making a poor choice, with the strong implication that he would regret his choice. I'll be *that* will change the kid's mind! Moron. Anyway, there's more, but I'll forebear.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 01:33 pm:   

He's been doing that all along. I guess reporters get the same treatment -- even local ones from the South bend papers got banned from commenting on his weight gain.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 01:49 pm:   

He probably eats them if they get out of line. "Get in my belly!"

Rumor: Stocco might be all healed up and ready to go for the BG game.

Too bad our starting fullback is out for the year now. Ouch.

And, as if anyone cares, I officially like Bielema. He's claiming that we'll see six freshmen getting playing time and possibly six more. He essentially said "if they earn it, they play. I don't care how long they've been here, if people aren't consistent in practice, they aren't going to be consistent in the game." So he's giving starting jobs and primary backup jobs to the people who deserve it, regardless of tenure. Alvarez tended to not play freshmen, outside of a few notable exceptions, so I think this is a good thing - let the players play on their merit, not their seniority. Like I said, as if anyone cares. Well, maybe Minz does. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 02:29 pm:   

I'm sure Minz will join in the cheerleading apres Worldcon.

Giving credit to a coach for playing Freshman...How forward thinking. Every coach in the SEC, including Fulmer, has been doing that since forever. Welcome to the 20th (not 21st) century. Even Joe Paterno beat you to it. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 02:33 pm:   

Charlie Weiss will bring his piggish self to PTI any minute now.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 08:23 am:   

Hey Minz -- check this out BADger guys

http://www.teambabyentertainment.com/modules.php?name=catalog&file=product_info& products_id=166
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 10:56 am:   

Bad news. Our starting WR, Marcus Randle El, is out for the season, as is our starting fullback, Chris Pressley.

What is it with the BADgers and fall camp injuries?

And we had a couple kids leave the team. The bummer is Dion Foster, whom I thought might turn out to be a decent RB if he learned some things about lateral motion - he's a great north to south runner. Apparently he didn't like being a sophomore and a 4th string RB at the same time.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 11:26 am:   

Wow. That's rough. But it happens to everyone--you lose players before the season starts. It's true of the Canes, the Gators...The Canes lost Willie Williams, though not to injury, And they's lost some other guys. How you deal with injuries and program drop-outs is part of how of you win.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 04:19 pm:   

In some ways I'm glad (not for the injuries, mind you). This gives some youngsters the opportunity to step up and get some needed experience. Randle El and Pressley both have a redshirt left, so they can come back in '07 to what may be the best team Wisconsin has ever seen (I'm serious about that). If the BADgers are ever going to make a serious run for an NC, it will be in '07. Now I'm very curious to see how they do this year. Bielema seems to have the right attitude, letting kids know that this is their chance to step up and deliver for the team.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 04:40 pm:   

I'm not trying to bust your bubble, but show me--I'd be flabbergasted if a team with a rookie QB can win the NC.

"Bielema seems to have the right attitude, letting kids know that this is their chance to step up and deliver for the team."

What other attitude can he have?

"Omigod! It's over!" :-)

But you're right, there is a wooly side to this bad news.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 12:26 pm:   

Everidge isn't a rookie . . . new to the team, yes, rookie, no. :-)

I'm hoping it's a similar situation to the one we had with Calhoun coming in and tearing it up after getting previous experience with another program.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 01:01 pm:   

new to team, new to offense, new to conference....

Maybe not a rookie, bur rookie-ish. And you know there's a vast difference between QB and RB.

Next weekend....
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 03:54 pm:   

Luckily it's a busy week at work for me. Next thing you know I'll be on the futon screaming. Can't wait.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 04:34 pm:   

Me, neither.

I seriously can't wait for the third weekend. Mich-ND. Fla-Tenn, Miani-Louisville, and LSU-Auburn
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 11:08 am:   

I'm ready for the steamrolling of North Texas this weekend, but I'm really looking forward to week 2 when Ohio State comes to town. Win or lose, I think it'll be a great game.

BTW - Mack just announced that Colt McCoy will officially be the opening day starter.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 11:13 am:   

Yippie tai yai yea! :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 01:55 pm:   

Do I have to watch ND-Ga Tech?

Nah....
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Darren
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 07:10 am:   

Five more days! Actually three. But what a shitty first week schedule.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 08:39 am:   

It's still hard for me to believe in my heart of hearts that there really are Texans who name their sons "Colt." That he became a QB is also a little too perfect.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 08:56 am:   

It gets better. He's actually a transvestite named Kiki McQueen. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 12:47 pm:   

Watching a UT football game reminds me of those old Beverly Hillbillies shows when the big Hollywood studs all used to be named Dash Riprock and Bolt Upright. I think the same writers are contributing names to the Longhorns media guide.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 12:56 pm:   

I don't think that Josh is going to be happy with that!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 01:01 pm:   

The U-FSU may get postponed or moved, depending on Hurricane Eduardo. If not it'll probably be played on a sloppy field, which sucks.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 01:32 pm:   

Is it going to be a hurricane now? Last I heard it was shooting its load over Cuba.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 01:33 pm:   

There's a lot of water between Miami and Cuba -- it could reload.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 06:49 am:   

Ernesto looks like a fizzle.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 08:17 am:   

Yeah, it might fuck up the Dolfin game.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 01:02 pm:   

I just wanna say...you guys know I am a secondary ND fan. I think that the media has jinxed the Irish good; all this NC talk is going to doom them to a 4 loss season, Quinn or no Quinn.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 01:12 pm:   

Doomed isn't the word I'd use. But media or no media, they have a tough schedule and a lot of teams are going to be shooting for them.

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