Sports Brew Top 25 Championship Week Edition

Two top five teams, a bitter rivalry, an ending that may be the craziest in the history of college football. I normally start this post with the top 25 but I wanted to post some pictures of the aftermath from The Iron Bowl. What. A. Game.

An Alabama fan looking on in stunned disbelief

An Alabama fan looking on in stunned disbelief

Chris Davis returned the missed field goal for the winning TD vs Alabama

Chris Davis returned the missed field goal for the winning TD vs Alabama

Auburn fans storm the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn fans storm the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.



Even in defeat A.J. McCarron is winning by receiving a kiss from Katherine Webb

Even in defeat A.J. McCarron is winning by receiving a kiss from Katherine Webb

1. Florida State (12-0) – ACC Championship Game vs #18 Duke


2. Ohio State (12-0) – Big 10 Championship Game vs #7 Michigan State

The Buckeyes were happy to see Auburn win (plus the Auburn/Bama radio calls)

3. Auburn (11-1) – SEC Championship Game vs #4 Missouri

Yes, we have to post this video.

4. Missouri (11-1) – SEC Championship Game vs #3 Auburn

5. Alabama (11-1) – IDLE this week

It took a miracle to knock Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide off.  Too bad there isn’t a 4 team playoff this season.

6. Oklahoma State (10-1) – This week vs #17 Oklahoma

7. Michigan State (11-1) – Big 10 Championship Game vs #2 Ohio State

8. Northern Illinois (12-0) – MAC Championship Game vs Bowling Green

9. South Carolina (10-2) – IDLE this week

10. Baylor (10-1) – this week vs #25 Texas

11. Stanford (10-2) – Pac 12 Championship Game at #12 Arizona State

12. Arizona State (10-2) – Pac 12 Championship Game vs #11 Stanford

13. Oregon (10-2) – IDLE this week

14. Clemson (10-2) – IDLE this week

15. UCF (10-1) – This week @Southern Methodist

16. Louisville (11-1) – Won 31-24 (OT) at #23 Cincinnati

17. Oklahoma (9-2) -This week @ #6 Oklahoma State

18. Duke (10-2) – ACC Championship Game vs #1 Florida State

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe celebrates his team's berth in ACC Championship Game

19. UCLA (9-3) – IDLE this week

20. Wisconsin (9-3) – IDLE this week

21. LSU (9-3) – IDLE this week

22. Fresno State (10-1) – Mountain West Championship Game vs Utah State

23. Cincinnati (9-3) – Lost 31-24 (OT) vs #16 Louisville

24. Texas A&M (8-4) – IDLE this week

25. Texas (8-3) – This week @ #10 Baylor

Three Biggest Games to Watch this weekend

1. SEC Championship Game:

#3 Auburn vs #4 Missouri (Saturday on CBS at 4:00 pm) My money is on Tigers to win

2. Big 10 Championship Game:

#2 Ohio State vs #7 Michigan State (Saturday on Fox at 8:00 pm)

3. ACC Championship Game:

#1 Florida State vs #18 Duke (Saturday on ABC at 8:00 pm)

The BCS Championship Game is down to 3 scenarios this weekend.

#1 If Florida State and Ohio State win their respective league championship games, then it will be the Seminoles vs the Buckeyes.

#2 If one of the top two teams lose, then the SEC Championship will decide the second participant. Even though Alabama is ahead of Missouri in the BCS rankings, the Tigers should leapfrog the Crimson Tide if they defeat Auburn on Saturday.

#3 If Duke and Michigan State defeat Florida State and Ohio state, all hell will break loose.  It would be a fitting end to the BCS era.  Of all the years to have a playoff, this year would have been it.  If this scenario occurs, the SEC Champion is assured of one spot.  Now, here comes the fun deciding which team will be its opponent.

Depending on how they lose, Florida State and Ohio State will make the case that they had to play an extra game when a one-loss team like Alabama didn’t. Alabama will make the case that they lost on a fluke play at the end of a road game at their bitter rival that is a top 5 team. Oklahoma State’s loss to West Virginia is crippling and I don’t envision a scenario in which they would leap frog Alabama. Same with Baylor and their one loss to Oklahoma State. Michigan State’s one loss is to Notre Dame, but they would be a league champion with one loss.  The case for Northern Illinois is they would be 13-0 (if they win the MAC Championship) and deserve the opportunity. Although I don’t envision scenario #3 occurring, it’s still fun to think about how many fans will be pissed off.

Heisman Trophy Top 5 (no particular order)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: 218/317 for 3,490 yards; 35 TD, 8 Int & 134 rush yards with 3 rushing TD.

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois: 212/329, 2457 yards; 22 TD, 5 Int & 1,788 rush yards and 20 TD.

3. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College: 2,102 rushing yards and 17 TD.

4. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 138/210 for 1, 759 yards; 21 TD, 5 Int. 891 rushing yards with 8 rushing TD.

5. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: 388/552 for 4,462 yards; 45 TD, 5 Int & 136 rushing yards with 2 rushing TD.

My gut tells me if Florida State wins the ACC Championship then Jameis Winston is a lock to win it. Winston was not charged in the December 2012 sexual assault case that came to light earlier this year. There will be some media folks who do not vote for him, but not enough to keep another Red-shirt Freshman QB from winning it.

Jordan Lynch is the long-shot underdog that I would love to see win it. He plays at a school that is not well-known and is most-likely BCS bound for a second consecutive season. He’s well over 4000 yards of total offense and over 40 combined TD. He truly is the Northern Illinois offense and is a lot of fun to watch.

I’m not too sure about the other candidates, but we shall see says the blind man.  Looking forward to a great Championship Saturday!

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Sports Brew top 25 Week 13

Ricardo Louis catches the game winning hail mary TD from Nick Marshall on 4th & 18.

Ricardo Louis catches the game winning hail mary TD from Nick Marshall on 4th & 18.

Just because, here is the catch of the year that Auburn Wide Receiver Ricardo Louis made vs Georgia this past weekend.

*Our most sincere apologies for not posting a poll for the past two weeks*

1. Alabama (10-0) Won 20-7 @ Mississippi State, this week vs Chattanooga

2. Florida State (10-0) Won 59-3 vs Syracuse, this week vs Idaho

3. Ohio State (10-0) Won 60-35 @ Illinois, this week vs Indiana

4. Baylor (9-0) Won 63-34 vs Texas Tech, this week @ #11 Oklahoma State

5. Auburn (10-1) Won 43-38 vs Georgia, this week IDLE

6. Missouri (9-1) IDLE, this week @ Ole Miss

7. Oregon (9-1) Won 44-21 vs Utah, this week @ Arizona

8. Clemson (9-1) Won 55-31 vs Georgia Tech, this week vs Citadel

9. Northern Illinois (11-0) Won 48-27 vs Ball State, Won 35-17 @ Toledo (Wed night)

10. Michigan State (9-1) Won 41-28 @ Nebraska, this week @ Northwestern

11. Oklahoma State (9-1) Won 38-13 @ Texas, this week vs #4 Baylor

12. Texas A&M (8-2) IDLE, this week @ #24 LSU

13. South Carolina (8-2) Won 19-14 vs Florida, this week vs Coastal Carolina

14. UCF (8-1) Won 39-36 @ Temple, this week vs Rutgers

15. Louisville (9-1) Won 20-13 vs Houston, this week vs Memphis

16. Fresno State (9-0) IDLE, this week vs New Mexico

17. Stanford (8-2) Lost to #25 USC 20-17, this week vs California

18. UCLA (8-2) Won 41-31 @ Washington, this week vs #19 Arizona State

19. Arizona State (8-2) Won 30-17 vs Oregon State, this week @ #18 UCLA

20. Wisconsin (8-2) Won 51-3 vs Indiana, this week @ #22 Minnesota

21. Duke (8-2) Won 48-30 vs Miami (FL), this week @ Wake Forest

22. Minnesota (8-2) IDLE, this week vs #20 Wisconsin

23. Oklahoma (8-2) Won 48-10 vs Iowa State, this week @ Kansas State

24. LSU (7-3) IDLE, this week vs #12 Texas A&M

25. USC (7-3) Won 20-17 vs #17 Stanford, this week @ Colorado

The BCS Championship Race is Down to The Final Four

Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor are all undefeated and the top four teams in the BCS standings.  But, only two can play for the national championship.  Which two will it be?  Right now, Alabama and Florida State are the top two ranked teams but let’s take a look at each team’s remaining schedule and see who has the easiest path.

Alabama: Chattanooga, at #5 Auburn, SEC Championship Game (vs #6 Missouri or #13 South Carolina)

Florida State: Idaho, at Florida, ACC Championship Game (vs #21 Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina or Miami (FL)

Ohio State: vs Indiana, at Michigan, Big Ten Championship Game (vs #10 Michigan State or #22 Minnesota)

Baylor: at #11 Oklahoma State, at TCU, Texas (no championship game)

At first glance it looks like Florida State has the easiest path to Pasadena. Next easiest path is a coin toss between Ohio State and Baylor followed by Alabama.  The Crimson Tide face a tough task in playing two top 15 teams in back-to-back weeks. You never know what can happen in the world of college football, but at this point I would put my money on Alabama and Florida State holding on to those top two spots.  A college playoff this year would have been a lot of fun to see.

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Sports Brew Top 25 Week 10 Part Deux

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe celebrates his team's upset of previously ranked Virginia Tech.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe celebrates his team’s upset of previously ranked Virginia Tech.

Normally when I do the Sports Brew Top 25 I don’t get a lot of feedback, but this week I received some from the Captain and D-Stat.  These guys are fans of Duke and were wondering why I left them off the Top 25 this week. The Blue Devils (6-2) defeated Virginia Tech for the first time since 1981, breaking a 12-game losing streak and won a road game vs a ranked team for the first time in 42 years.  The victory clinched what will most certainly be the first consecutive bowl seasons in the program’s history.  Not bad, right?

The victory was about as ugly of a win you’ll ever see.  Now, I’m the first person that always says I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day but this game takes the cake.  387 to 198 deficit in total offense, 39:27 to 20:33 in time of possession and the Blue Devils were 0-11 on third down.  Duke QB Anthony Boone was 7/25 for 107 yards and 4 Int.  Seriously, how did they win this game?  Defense and special teams.  The Blue Devil defense bent but didn’t break.  They intercepted Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas four times and didn’t surrender a point until very late in the third quarter. Duke kicker Ross Martin became the first FBS kicker to make two 50 plus yard field goals in the same game this season (51 and 53).  Duke has an open date this weekend and will finish their season vs N.C. State, #6 Miami, FL, AT Wake Forest and AT North Carolina. There’s a good chance the Blue Devils will end up with 8-9 wins and be ranked.

Minnesota upset Nebraska this past weekend.

Minnesota upset Nebraska this past weekend.

Minnesota is a second team I gave serious consideration to putting in the Top 25 this week.  The Gophers victory over Nebraska this past weekend also made them bowl eligible (6-2), but it was how they did it.  The Gophers went old school and ran the ball down the Cornhuskers throats.  54 rushes for 271 yards and three rushing touchdowns, including the dagger with 48 seconds remaining in the game.  This was Minnesota’s first victory against Nebraska since 1960. However, they’ve been doing this with their head coach Jerry Kill taking a leave of absence due to game day epilepsy seizures.  (Five of them since he began coaching at Minnesota). Tracy Claeys has been the acting coach  and has had a calming effect on the team after a rocky 0-2 start in Big Ten play.  Minnesota plays at Indiana this weekend.  

Games to Watch This Weekend

1. #6 Miami, FL @ #3 Florida State

2. #20 Oklahoma State @ #16 Texas Tech

3. #18 Michigan @ #12 Michigan State


Looking Ahead

Next week (Thursday and Saturday) may end up being the best of  the college football season.  You have #13 Oklahoma at #5 Baylor, #2 Oregon at #7 Stanford and#15 LSU at #1 Alabama.

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Sports Brew Top 25 Week 10


1. Alabama (8-0) Won 45-10 vs Tennessee, this week IDLE

2. Oregon (8-0) Won 42-14 vs #25 UCLA, this week IDLE

3. Florida State (7-0) Won 49-17 vs N.C. State, this week vs #6 Miami, FL

4. Ohio State (8-0) Won 63-14 vs Penn State, this week AT Purdue

5. Baylor (7-0) Won 59-14 AT Kansas, this week IDLE

6. Miami, FL (7-0) Won 24-21 vs Wake Forest, this week AT #3 Florida State

7. Stanford (7-1) Won 20-12 AT Oregon State, this week IDLE

8. Auburn (7-1) Won 45-10 vs Florida Atlantic, this week AT Arkansas

9. Clemson (7-1) Won 40-27 AT Maryland, this week AT Virginia

10. Northern Illinois (8-0) Won 59-20 vs Eastern Michigan, this week AT UMass

11. Missouri (7-1) Lost 27-24 (2OT) vs #19 South Carolina, this week vs Tennessee

12. Michigan State (7-1) Won 42-3 AT Illinois, this week vs #18 Michigan

13. Oklahoma (7-1) Won 38-30 vs #16 Texas Tech, this week IDLE

14. Texas A&M (6-2) Won 56-24 vs Vanderbilt, this week vs UTEP

15. LSU (7-2) Won 48-16 vs Furman, this week IDLE

16. Texas Tech (7-1) Lost 38-30 AT #13 Oklahoma, this week vs #20 Oklahoma State

17. Fresno State (7-0) Won 35-28 (OT) AT San Diego State, this week vs Nevada

18. Michigan (6-1) IDLE, this week AT #12 Michigan State

19. South Carolina (6-2) Won 27-24 (2OT) AT #11 Missouri, this week vs Mississippi State

20. Oklahoma State (6-1) Won 58-27 AT Iowa State, this week AT #16 Texas Tech

21. UCF (6-1) Won 62-17 vs UConn, this week IDLE

22. Louisville (7-1) Won 34-3 AT South Florida, this week IDLE

23. Wisconsin (5-2) IDLE, this week AT Iowa

24. Houston (6-1) Won 49-14 AT Rutgers, this week vs South Florida

25. UCLA (5-2) Lost 42-14 AT #2 Oregon, this week vs Colorado

New to Rankings: Louisville, Wisconsin, Houston

Dropped From Rankings: Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Oregon State



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Sports Brew Top 25 Week 9

The Heisman Trophy Race may be down three candidates (left to right) Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel

The Heisman Trophy Race may be down three candidates (left to right) Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel

1. Alabama (7-0) Won 52-0 vs Arkansas, this week vs Tennessee

2. Oregon (7-0) Won 62-38 vs Washington State, this week vs #17 UCLA

3. Florida State (6-0) Won 51-14 AT #13 Clemson, this week vs N.C. State

4. Ohio State (7-0) Won 34-24 vs Iowa, this week vs Penn State

5. Baylor (6-0) Won 71-7 vs Iowa State, this week AT Kansas

6. Missouri (7-0) Won 36-17 vs Florida, this week vs #22 South Carolina

7. Miami, FL (6-0) Won 27-23 AT North Carolina, this week vs Wake Forest

8. Stanford (6-1) Won 24-10 vs #17 UCLA, this week AT #25 Oregon State

9. Texas Tech (7-0) Won 37-27 AT West Virginia, this week AT #18 Oklahoma

10. Northern Illinois (7-0) Won 38-17 AT Central Michigan, this week vs Eastern Michigan

11. Fresno State (6-0) Won 38-14 vs UNLV, this week AT San Diego State

12. Auburn (6-1) Won 45-41 AT #20 Texas A&M, this week vs Florida Atlantic

13. Clemson (6-1) Lost 51-14 vs #3 Florida State, this week AT Maryland

14. Michigan State (6-1) Won 14-0 vs Purdue, this week AT Illinois

15. Virginia Tech (6-1) IDLE, this week vs Duke

16. Nebraska (5-1) IDLE, this week AT Minnnesota

17. UCLA (5-1) Lost 24-10 AT #8 Stanford, this week AT #2 Oregon

18. Oklahoma (6-1) Won 34-19 AT Kansas, this week AT #9 Texas Tech

19. Michigan (6-1) Won 63-47 vs Indiana, this week IDLE

20. Texas A&M (5-2) Lost 45-41 vs #12 Auburn, this week vs Vanderbilt

21. LSU (6-2) Lost 27-24 AT Ole Miss, this week vs Furman

22. South Carolina (5-2) Lost 23-21 AT Tennessee, this week AT #6 Missouri

23. Oklahoma State (5-1) Won 24-10 vs TCU, this week AT Iowa State

24. UCF (5-1) Won 38-35 AT Louisville, this week vs Connecticut

25. Oregon State (6-1) Won 49-17 AT California, this week vs #8 Stanford


A Weekend That Dashed National Title Hopes

For many teams, this past weekend served as a reminder that the college football season is a long road with many speed bumps along the way. Several title contending teams slipped up and for all intents and purposes, have lost their national title hopes.  Those teams include Louisville, Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina and Clemson.  Georgia lost their chance a week ago with a home loss to Missouri.  A total of four SEC teams, an ACC team and Louisville.  (Granted Louisville’s chances were very slim, but….they had a chance).

Is the Heisman Race Down to Three Candidates?

Even with two losses Johnny Manziel is in the Heisman discussion.  Why you ask?  Well, when you consider in both losses the Aggies put up 41 and 42 points respectively and Manziel himself totaled over 500 yards of offense in both losses.  Let that sink in for a moment, one man totaled over 500 yards of offense and his team still lost those games.  That is incredible.  Another incredible stat, Manziel has 5 career games in which he has amassed over 500 yards of offense.  As we stated on Twitter, that is #absurd.  Manziel’s stats for the season: 159-217 (73.3 %), 2289 yards, 18 TD, 7 INT and 486 yards rushing with 6 rush TD.

Jameis Winston may have had his Heisman moment on a national stage on the Saturday night game of the week. Florida State traveled to previously undefeated and #3 ranked Clemson and just demolished them.  Winston’s stats from that game were also #abusrd; 22-34, 444 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT and 1 rushing TD.  On the season Winston is 112-157 (71.3%), 1885 yards, 20 TD, 3 INT and 3 rushing TD.

I wish I was able to see more of Marcus Mariota aka Oregon games.  Seeing the final scores of those games and seeing highlights probably don’t do this man justice.  We shall call him, Mr. Consistency because he consistently kicks the other teams ass! Period, end of statement. The closest game Oregon has played this season is when they traveled to Washington and escaped with a 21 point victory and was the only game this season the Ducks haven’t scored over 50 point in a game (ONLY scored 45).  Check out Mariota’s stats: 123-197 (62.4%), 2051 yards, 19 TD, 0 INT and 493 rushing yards with 9 rushing TD.  Really, the only knock on Mariota this season is his completion percentage isn’t as high as it should be.  That is what you call nitpicking.

Games To Watch This Weekend

#17 UCLA @ #2 Oregon

#22 South Carolina @ #6 Missouri

#8 Stanford @ #25 Oregon State

#9 Texas Tech @ #18 Oklahoma

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October 18th Podcast Part 2

Part 2 of the October 18th Podcast

NFL Week 6, Part II.  The San Diego – Indianapolis snoozefest and dap for Reggie Wayne hitting 1k.  Jim Irsay goes full idiot with Peyton Manning (6.52).  Peyton Manning’s body of work, fair criticism, and respecting the anchor of the franchise.  The Irsay backpedal plus taking ownership for organizational shortcomings (12.34).  Changing the model, moving on with respect, and a tale of two QB’s.  John Fox, the cheap shot, and being thankful for success (17.16).  Tony Dungy’s theory, making it personal, plus Tommie Harris and the the ex-girlfriend analogy.  Moving on to the new cornerstone – Andrew Luck.  Manning family funny money – Cooper Manning and David Wilson go to Vegas (29.00).  Redskins – Cowboys (35.04).  Giving the Cowboys credit, unmasking the Redskins flaws, defensive progression, and RGIII rolls out.  Orakpo on hold, special teams disasters, and missed opportunities (42.26).  The what what in the butt punt butt-fumble non-call.  The Captain returns to FedEx for Redskins-Bears (54.24).  The Kirk Cousins question and the meaning of 2013 – finding out what you have in RGIII and what needs to be build around him.  The manifestation of the cap penalties, a special teams landslide, and Dwayne Harris torches the Redskins.  Setting up the Redskins name debate and journalism versus advocacy – reporting the story versus becoming part of the story (1.02.51).  Redskins and Giants fans – friends in low places.  The Sports Brew NCAA Football Top 25: Florida State vs. Clemson, the Oregon – Alabama question, Johnny Manziel gets tweaked, and Marcus Mariota for the Heisman.  Wrapping up with beer, the Captain goes bodyguard, and going from the DD to the DE  (1.11.53).  NFL Week 6, Part II, MP3 Format.

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October 18th Podcast Part 1

Part 1 of the October 18th Podcast

NFL Week 6, Part 1.  The return of the moo!  Patriots – Saints (3.03).  Outscheming the Saints – Aqib Talib takes out Jimmy Graham.  The resiliency of the Patriots and the mark of a good team – finding ways to win.  Kenbrell Thompkins, the big mitts, and a clutch game winning grab.  Props for the Patriots defense, the Saints golden opportunity, and an inability to close out the Pats (11.51).  Remembering Patriots vs. Broncos – the intentional safety.  Gutsy calls, onions, and Brady’s third time is the charm. A wild night for Boston sports – the Red Sox and the Patriots rally to victory (22.06).  Arnold and the yes fest.  Denver – Jacksonville (26.28).  Respecting your opponents plus Peyton Manning, football politician.  Justin Blackmon goes big time as the Garbage Statistician.  The challenge of Paul Posluszny and Jacksonville’s PP overload.  A Giants interlude, the Eli Manning question plus the Rueben Randle – David Wilson funtime Twitter fued (35.29).  Moving Hakeem Nicks, Randle’s mistakes, and the problem with picks.  Chiefs vs Raiders (44.48).  The Chiefs D goes big and Alex Smith goes game manager.  49ers vs Cardinals.  Dear Arizona, can you cover Vernon freaking Davis?  Wrap up and going old school with a two part Sports Brew.  10-18-13, Part 1.

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