I don't think they could beat the professional 'bama team though.
Rumors are flying that Alabama has challenged the SuperBowl Champions to a pay per view event after they win their 7th title for the true world championship. The line at this time if played would be Alabama -1. ;-)
Now watch. I bet I hexed them. ;-(
My Tigers are sucking big time. Not sure they can win another game this season. In fact, word is, they’ve hired Dog the bounty hunter to see if he can find their defense. :-)
My alma mater, Utah State, is now 5 - 1 and is averaging over 51 points per game on offense!
Their only loss was in their opener @ then #9 ranked Michigan State when they gave up the winning score in the last few minutes.
There are several conferences that own the SEC in bowls.
Maybe so, but wait until they play North Dakota State!
I got lost when they changed things from D1 and D2 to whatever the 'ell it is today.
University of Alabama University of Arkansas Auburn University University of Florida University of Georgia University of Kentucky Louisiana State University University of Mississippi Mississippi State University University of Missouri University of South Carolina University of Tennessee Texas A&M University Vanderbilt University
Weak conference EXCEPT for the Tide? You gotta be joking me.
The SEC has 5 BCS National championships. They are 9-2 in title games. One of those losses came when LSU lost to Alabama. No other conference has a winning record nor more than 2 wins. There are 5 schools with BCS national championships.... Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida and Tennessee.
For the football powers in the SEC it's national championship or bust. Winning the salad bowl or fruit bowl means nothing to them.
I understand your reasoning. I really do. The problem is, ‘bama removed you have no one else to pin that claim on with any sincerity.
Saban is a master. He’s proved that. Alabama is men amongst boys. No doubting that. Aside from that, they get beat often outside conference play when ‘bama isn’t playing. As long as it’s not a Lafayette tech type appointment. Which it often is durning season games. The real world results don’t support the claim the SEC rules.
Almost got it right, they put LSU in between...8^)
Polls now have Clemson 3, Notre Dame 4, LSU 5, MI 6...
They are indeed the 800 pound gorilla in the room when bama is present. But, many of the other teams from year to year get so over rated. That isn’t particular to the SEC. you see it every where. Look at the mountain ears. They suck with their one sided approach. But, for some reason, had the polls fooled.
This isn’t a knock on the SEC. I enjoy watching that conference more then any other. The good teams are explosive on offense and stingy on defense. But, they don’t over shadow all the conferences when going head to head, as implied.
Things sure have changed between when my wife and I went there and when my daughter went there. At that time, the top three sports were hockey, hockey and hockey.
Now it's basketball, football and I wish we had a decent hockey team.
Since the BCS was formed the SEC has 11 national championships.
Florida has 2 of those LSU has 2, Tennessee and Auburn both have 1.
That's 6 national championships, twice as many as any other conference WITHOUT including Alabama.
It's case closed, numbers don't lie, the SEC is the dominant force in college football.
On a side note, I knew the wisdom most SEC fans posses was lacking. I'll prove it right now. Who wouldn't rather chase cheerleaders around versus running around the field patting other men on the butt? You can claim infinite athletic ability and, probably be right. But, the guy setting on the couch with the pretty cheer leader, watching those infinite men chase each other around, gets my nod for the undisputed champ. :^) EVERY TIME.
Really, I'm finished joshing you guys for a while. Before I go, Year end and Year out, I would guess the SEC probably has the best team. And, with 'Bama, they are probably going to dominate the play off series. I see their dominance and presence no where else in the SEC. Or, any other conference. There is no comparison when on the field. Their weight program and position coaching is dominant. And, the complete execution of what Saban demands shows all that.
Good luck fellas and God Bless
Is the SEC a great football conference? Yes. Is it the best? Many years probably. Is it dominant? Maybe in rabid fan bases, but not necessarily in football. As WV said above, if nothing else maybe recent vintage Bama should be considered a dominant team, but otherwise the facts are lacking. And... let's not even get started with the BCS manure. When the clown circus committee gives you an auto bid every year, and on occasion two bids, you ought to win some. Having said that, they did at least come out and win quite a few of the one-game playoffs.
It's just too bad we can't have 8 play, so we could actually feel decent that the championship was decided on the field.
BTW...WV...I am in your camp, or was at one time, about the cheerleader thing. ;-)
Who has won the NIT for the last 24 years?
That's right....nobody cares just like nobody cares who won the Holiday Bowl.
Ask Ohio State if they are happy when they win the Rose Bowl when its not the national championship. Ask Texas fans if they are happy when they win the Cotton Bowl under the same conditions?
Only championships really matter to big time football programs.
Not a deflection....it is the truth. If you want to play your game on just winning then that game is just as easy to play. The SEC has a winning record against every conference except the Big East. They are 4 games under 500 against the Big East. As of the 2015 bowl season, The SEC is 38-20 vs the ACC, 46-28 vs. the Big 10, 37-30-1 vs. the Big 12 and 8-7-1 vs. the Pac 12. This information is current though the 2015 bowl season.
They were: 9-2 overall in 2016 7-7 overall in 2017 4-5 overall in 2018
No other conference comes anywhere close to these records. They are still the dominant conference and it will only be getting better. With Dan Mullen at Florida and Jimbo Fisher at A&M the conference is going to be even stronger.
BTW....Texas, just the name alone is big time football. How many HS Stadiums get filled to capacity to the tune of 18,000, 19,500 and Alamo Stadium @ 23,000.
I call that Big Time Football.
Also, there’s the SEC...and everyone else. Go Gators!
I remember rolling down to play the mighty SEC Bulldogs several years ago in a BCS bowl. We had them 28-0 before I ever finished making my popcorn.
Following year, we rolled into a BCS bowl against the Sooner's. Beat them so bad we redefined butt whooping in the Websters dictionary
2 years later rolled into a BCS bowl against Clemson. They had to install an extra score board by halftime to keep up with our scoring.
Proving our dominance didn't stop with the SEC. In WV we used to chase the cheerleaders and wipe the field of posers. Regardless of conference. We made the SEC clean our cleats in out of conference play and in bowl games, after the game to remove their jersey's from them. We made the ACC hand wash our underwear EVERY TIME we played them. After the game no doubt. And, we made the Big 12 prep our pads and load the plane after we took them behind the wood shed.
Come on boy's, say it ain't so! I dare you. :^) If we had Rich Rod we'd been national champs by now. Man, I miss those days. Now all we can do is finish mid conference every year because our coach doesn't know what a running attack is. Talk about going from hero to zero. One thing I'll never forget is the year we played Oklahoma, LSU was picked ahead of us to play in the BCS title game regardless of being a 2 LOSS team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 It was a conspiracy to protect the SEC from another butt whopping like we gave the MIGHTY Bulldogs 2 years before :^)
Now you can wake up and apologize because I WAS a young man at one time in the long ago past. That was THEN this is NOW. Make certain your hip waders are within reach if you watch Alabama football because sooner or later the TIDE will come rushing in. All due fun and respect for you as I hope you know......:-)
....and will do so for the for see able future. Just a different game watching the SEC. You can feel the dominance. What other team can bench their starting QB who had a record of 26-2 with a true freshman (Tua) who crushes opponents? This and all at the same time 'Bama' loses its top 2 coordinators after their BCS victory over Georgia last year.
Amazing team that plays as a TEAM. If someone on the Tide turns the ball over the ENTIRE team turned that ball over and they admitted such and their anger to erase THEIR mistakes rises considerably. YFP himself could....well ...lets not get carried away. He could be interviewed to carry the Gatorade. ;-)
Add to it, the two Big 12 teams that hopped leagues recently came right in holding their own, which is just more evidence that points to the SEC dominance being more in hype than substance. Those teams should have been doormats if the SEC was so dominant.
It comes from CBS sports.
Why don't you post up a conference that historically has a more dominant record?
I'll be waiting.
Of those 20 champions, over half (11) have come from the SEC. You think it's just Alabama? Of the 14 SEC schools, five have won BCS Championships (and frankly, it should have been six had UGA not blown it last year). In the last five years, every one of the SEC schools (even lowly Vandy) was ranked in the Top 25 at some point, and 10 of them (Florida, USC, Mizzou, Bama, UGA, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, MSU, and LSU) were Top 10 teams at some point.
Find me another conference that even approaches that level of depth!
Now, on a series note, I don’t own hip waders. We are so high up, the tide can’t touch us. No need for preventive measures of speculation. Boom!!!!!
The SEC fears is. The ACC trembles at our mention. The Big Ten reinvented their rushing attack getting away from us. While Iowa State takes us in the wood shed. SMH.
SEC dominance? Nah. However, The SEC minus bama could compete for high school bragging rights. That’s something right there to be proud about. :^)
Anybody that says the SEC is not dominant in D1 schools must be standing on their heads. C'mon. Granted there are some great programs out there in every conference. You must remember the SEC schools like all else play many games within their own conference thus the win loss record. They lure and sign the best players in the country. How could they not be the best year in and year out? We're beating a dead horse here.
Or even Lou Holtz.
Not at SC, though. :-)
My kind of coaches.
No need to wait. The SEC has the best bowl record all time, no way around that. See the link for bowl records by conference. You know what it doesn't show? A Grand Canyon sized chasm between the SEC and all the other conferences that would match this proclaimed dominance.
"Find me another conference that even approaches that level of depth! "
By comparison, the Big 12 has had every team ranked in the last 5 years by the AP, except Kansas. So approaching that level is no issue. I didn't check any other conferences because I knew the Big 12 would either equal that level or be very close. Again, we go back to, being slightly better does not exactly make one dominant.
We might even hit one of their players when he comes over to our sideline:)
Only older guys will know what that is a reference too. Good old Woody, and it is not what the younger ones are thinking.
I remember seeing replays of Woody string lining that player. Now I know you jest about Ohio State. The Tide can send their band to play Ohio and they would be favored. All joking aside Alabama just looks too good and they can get beat but not when it counts. If someone upsets them and they still make the playoffs they are a lock to win the BCS. You realize how good they are when everyone yearns for them to get beat. Some people may get happy as the Tide has a rough patch coming up in Tennessee, LSU, Miss. State and Auburn. If they get through them unscathed its ALL over.
I’ve watched Tua’s brother play. He’s as good, and I think better, than Tua is. When jalen leaves, I’ll have to look at the backup. But Saban excells at filling in the holes.
Aaaaah, what happened the last time Ohio State played Alabama?
Oh, that is right - Ohio State 42 / Alabama 35...8^)
Never mind, I’ll do it for you. Nothing is pertinent except the next time. :-).
Hopefully we will see...8^)
Ohio State will always be in the mix because after their one loss the committee always finds a way to weasel them into the playoffs.
Anyone that thinks OSU beats Alabama this year is watching a different game than the rest of the country. Speaking of OSU....I didn't think it was possible to dislike a team more but when they hired Coach Smarmy it happened. If there is a more insufferable human being than Urban Meyer I'd like to know.
He’s good. But not NC good.
Can’t see A&M in NC game for the next 5 years at least. Mullins may be able to put together a strong team in that time.
Bama will stay strong for a while.
Unless Malzahn can find a QB to fit his scheme, he won’t be there much longer. Even if a he recruits some strong DBs. He does have a couple of strong freshman RBs that fit the scheme. But that’s 2 maybe 3 years down the road.
...and Tunney beat Dempsey. This Alabama team will rooolllll tide over them in a walker with Jalen Hurts in as QB. Tua will take them apart and will be on the bench with 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. C,mon. Give it up: Alabama is just too damned good and you know it, but you can always hope. I go through this every year. Like I said, even if you beat them they are still better than you because that will be the only time you will ever beat them. ;-)
Even if you beat them they are still better. LMFAO!
Then Hillary is the President or better than the President
Love it. SEC Cool Aid to the bitter end. :)
A&M hasn’t won a championship since 1939 and it’s been almost 40 years since Georgia’s last title. Mullen took Mississippi State to the #1 ranking and made them a contender almost every year. What he’s done at Florida this year is amazing, I feel pretty good about him bringing a title back to Gainesville.
Obviously I’m not alone. Lol
Thanks for that heads up about Purdue when it was 14-6. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. They played to win right to the end, no prevent defense here. This team started out 0-3 and who followed them? Now they have won 4 straight with OSU being the gold ring.
However....if they make it to the end with just one loss the committee will figure out a way to put them in as they travel so well and generate lots of money.
So false, last year they were left out with one loss to Iowa, and with this embarrassing lost to Purdue they will be left out again, trust me... They'll likely be dropped out of top 10 right now...
Hell, they'll be lucky to beat Michigan by the way they played yesterday... They're defense is suspect without Boza, and MI is labile to smoke them this year...
The Boilers 3 losses are by a combined 8 pts. Their 4 wins are by a combined 99, including last night's 29 pt Buckeye whoopin'. I have zero expectations that this team will win out. Their next 4 games are tough and the last is against IU which is always emotionally charged. I just want them to compete. Laying down and dying without a fight is impossible to cheer for.
Aug 30 Northwestern Lost 27-31
Sep 8 E. Michigan Lost 19-20
Sep 15 Missouri Lost 37-40
Sep 22 Boston College Won 30-13
Sep 29 @Nebraska Won 42-28
Oct 13 @Illinois Won 46-7
Oct 20 Ohio St. Won 49-20
But they were horrible on offense! Going into the game they were averaging 51.7 points per game, second in the country, trailing only Alabama.
They were also averaging almost 500 yards per game on offense.
But yesterday they gained only 194 yards and only 50 of those were in the second half.
They intercepted Wyoming's first pass of Q3 and took it down to the WY 3, then got a TD. Later in Q3 they got a 99 yard kickoff return for another TD.
Other than that and a fast, long drive on their first possesion, they were pathetic.
Just 3:30 into Q2 and my Aggies lead 42-3!
Yet another USU score on a drive of less than one minute!
The Aggies sophomore QB, Jordan Love, is now 15-21 for 343 yards in a little more than one quarter!
485 yards of offense in less than one half!
In the first half!
NM recovers and runs in it in for a TD.
Yeah, this definitely warrants a double-lung payback, Hawkarcher....
Some people have it Alabama/ Alabama/Alabama/LSU. ;-)
1. Alabama (60) 2. Clemson (34) 3. LSU (6) 4. Notre Dame (45) 5. Michigan (23) 6. Georgia (28) 7. Oklahoma (36) 8. Washington State (55) 9. Kentucky (22) 10. Ohio State (57)
As good as Alabama is, and they are, LSU has been playing lights out football. Also this is in Tiger Stadium a tough place for any team to win. Could be the game of the year. I hope so just to keep from falling asleep when Alabama plays.
North Dakota State. #22
That's a big number considering they didn't score a point in the entire 4th quarter. They are no joke but then again Louisville is not what you would call steeped in football talent. Anyway you cut it 77 against anybody when you are taking your foot off the gas in the 2nd half is impressive.
You need to be more specific.
Ferris State Bulldogs.
As of last week, they were ranked #2 in DII.
We’ll see after this weeks win.
Just saw your post. I would say Bama 16-0 at the half. ;-) I though the game would be closer in yards than this and I figured maybe 14-10 Bama at the half. I did not think LSU would get shut out. I thought Bama would win but a close and physically brutal game. I did not predict a blowout and left room for a upset truthfully if LSU played a perfect game. They are playing anything but perfect but neither is Alabama. I am a Tide man in football and hope they extend their lead and win it.
Bama/ Georgia for the SEC Title in 2 weeks IF Bama can take care of MISS. State next week which should be a foregone conclusion.
That's eight in a row for the Aggies and the fifth time this year they've scored 56 points or more!
Seems to have turned it around and getting back to their 2012-14 caliber when they first hired Wells. He appears to be back with a pretty solid club. Before then they were a terrible football team but made a few coaching moves (Wells) which has since have people raising their eyebrows a bit. They're never going to go to the BCS but at least you can watch some quality football in a program that before Wells was a joke.
Then, because of his success, Wisconsin hired him away from USU and that's when Wells took over.
One nice thing about this year's team is that both the offense and defense are solid.
The offense is 2nd in the nation in scoring @ 50.1 ppg, trailing only Alabama at 50.3 ppg.
They also are 2nd in scoring drives that took less than a minute, with 19, again trailing only Alabama.
On defense, they lead the country in three-and-outs and are second in forced turnovers. They are 2nd in TD's scored by the defense.
Andersen had a 11 win season IN 2012 but before that he was sketchy at best IMO. I checked them out and Wells with the pro type offense he has instituted has them on a winning track throwing the ball all over the field thus these lopsided wins. I watched some tape on Jordon Love and he can throw and has some wheels, although I guess you know he is injured. I think in their conference they are going to be a perennial power pulling some good HS players into a winning program that highlights Wells pro type that otherwise players would have passed on. I will keep an eye on them just for fun.
When Andersen came to USU in 2009, he inherited a program that was a joke. I saw them play in person a couple of times and they were so bad it was embarrassing.
No one can turn a program that bad around overnight, but never-the-less, in the four years he was the Aggie coach, their record was 4-8, 4-8, 7-6, and 11-2. That's when the Badgers hired him and Matt Wells took over.
Its demented to think ANY college team even the mighty Alabama can beat a NFL team...
No college team could be remotely competitive against any NFL team.
1963. College All-Stars beat the Lombardi lead Green Bay Packers 20-17. How the hell did that happen? Talk about putting your foot in your mouth. As a matter of fact the College All Stars beat the NFL teams 8 times. Proves one thing: ANYTHING can happen. Ask Donald Trump.
Yet that game is no longer played because in the end, it was not competitive.
Then there's this:
The quality of the NFL today is light-years above what it was then.
How about the Steeler's 1975 SuperBowl Champions? Rated one of the best NFL teams ever assembled. Competitive? They beat the College All Stars in the dying moments of the game 21-14. Mahomes comes in as a rookie fresh out of college and is considered by many to be the next coming. How many college tackles guards LB running backs have come right in and played at the top of the game. Scan the country of this years teams and find the best players at each position, players that will break in and start at every position in the NFL. Not as far fetched as you would think. College programs and players are NFL prepped to the pro type offenses and defenses. Years ago they were tricked out high octane offenses like Bill Yeoman's Houston Cougars which gave defenses fits but never fully caught on in the Pro's. Times then were different, yes. Times today are much the same.
How many of the Alabama draft eligible guys get to the NFL.
And then, how many do not?
Then, how many NFL players are drafted or signed as UFA's, FROM ALL colleges, make it to NFL rosters and then actually play in a game?
Go through this years rookie starters throughout the NFL and you will have more than enough players to field a team. That is my point and my only point. NFL players are one year and many times 2 years closer on early outs to enter the pro's. You're giving me opinions and I am giving you facts. College ball players today start many times right from the jump. BTW...until they are signed in the NFL they are all college players in waiting.
Bama may be in different shape today. Or Miami. Lol ;-)
But hey, you guys know way more about the SEC and NFL than I do. Lol
As for Saban, screw him like he did the Dolphins when he LIED to them and the nation publicly when he said he wasn't leaving... Hey, I used to like him when he was here at Cleveland as Belecheets defensive coordinator, but after that lie and fiasco I lost all respect for him... Should be named Satan rather than Saban...8^)
#4 on the list is UTAH STATE!
4. Utah State.
The Aggies are a combination of two things no one wants a piece of: overdue and over.
Utah State is overdue in the sense that injuries and bad luck limited their production in 2015 and 2016. Rollover points aren’t real, but they might be for Utah State, a team on an eight-game win streak in which they’ve averaged over 50 points a game and destroyed everything in their wake.
They’re over in the sense that they are literally over, beating the spread by 13 points a game in 2018.
Most of that is due to the players, but some credit should also go to offensive coordinator David Yost for his aggressive schemes, play calling, and hair. "
I mean, Alabama's the best team in the country.
They're Good. They're VERY good. But they aren't THAT good!
When you light up LSU to the tune of 29-0 in Death Valley no less as they did 2 weeks ago you are beyond any descriptive adjective. This team is built to kill, kill swiftly and demoralize your ancestors. They passed GREAT and collected their 200.00 long ago. I have witnessed some great college teams in the past but this monster is of freakish dimensions and proportions Any team that plays them even close will be a testament of how good they could play on their worst nightmare of a day. Could they be upset? Of course, but play them a thousand times and that one win will be your one and only wish you made from the Jeanie on the beach. I also believe this team could beat any All American squad they could put together this year because they have the best QB in the world and their cohesiveness is simply awe inspiring. They are the Tide and the Rip Tide at that and they know it. Should they go undefeated they will displace the incredibly talented '95' Cornhusker's who I believe was the best college team ever. Possible.
Think I like them? ;-)
Sorry, couldn't help myself...8^) But tired of hearing it all year long until somebody tags them...
No they were not unbeatable in 2015 which I think is obvious. I thought then and I know now that the '95' Nebraska team was unbeatable. I think any team is beatable in a season until you prove otherwise. I believe Alabama may take their place right next to the Cornhuskers as the best team ever if they go undefeated. If they lose a game but win the BCS, Nebraska is safe at the top IMO but it would not detract from the Tide still being a great team. Hey, they have a rough patch coming up and two could get rung up on them. I guess we will see. I admire this team and all the great teams in history both College and Pro's. Watching athletics at such a high level is enjoyable and I give those teams the props they deserve and some I hated and cheered against. At the end of the day the great teams remain great and my emotional attachment means nothing when I applaud their success. They deserve it. Btw I hated that cocky Nebraska team but when you flood the NFL with 27 players your watching something special and man they played like it. In College football I am a Tide man since Joe Namath. Like the song goes "that's just the way it is, some things will never change".
BTW...I would take that 28.5 in a heartbeat because the Bills or any other NFL team is not going to keep Tua off the scoreboard. You think Mahomes is good? Take a gander at the next level in QB'S. ;-)
Still over 4:00 to go in Q3 and USU is up 59-17 and has 686 yards on offense despite getting off to a sleepwalking start!
The Tide rung up their 2nd shutout in as many weeks against Miss. State who has the 2nd best rated defense in the entire nation giving up 14 pts. per game. the Tide played terrible scoring just 24 pts. although with seconds remaining on the 4 yd line they ran the ball 4 times and MS took over at the 1. Oh....Tua was out and Jalen Hurt could not play so the Tide had to play their 3rd string QB with 10 minutes remaining but the game was never in doubt. Still they looked ordinary and beatable but the MS defense had something to say about that. They are tough.
USU romped, despite starting half asleep.
Over 800 yards of offense!
62 POINTS scored!
Jordan Love, their QB was 32-42 for 491 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters. The bad news for the rest of the conference is that Love is just a Sophomore!
804 yards total offense and over 2,200 yards of offense in the past three games alone.
CSU is next, then BSU follows in Boise.
You're omitting a very important stat. Aside from one secondary player not one starter in the secondary was over 5'6" tall on the opposing team when they compiled these phenomenal numbers. The exception was 5'7". I would not call that skying or scraping your elbow on the rim. If they ever witnessed the size of a SEC team defense like last nights Miss. State they would have a heart attack from the doorway dimensions alone, and the game would be called while the band was half into the intro of playing Sweet Home Alabama. ;-)
They will likely be favored against BSU, but the Broncos will be a test for them. That game will tell us a lot about how good the Aggies really are.
If they win @ CSU and @BSU, the MWC Championship will be played in Logan.
I might have to fly up for that one!
Where in the world did you get those stats for the SJSU DB's? Their roster lists none of their DBs as being 5' 6" and a majority of their DBs are 6' tall or more.
I had to get you to respond quickly somehow. ;-) The Bronco's from what I have read have been very inconsistent this year, coming from behind and falling into deep sleeps at times. The way USU is scoring you fall asleep and your going to wake up in the locker room. I will be on top of that game. USU has a breather coming up and you will see players benched early if the score gets out of hand.
It was Senior Day in Logan yesterday, so with the Aggies up by 42 at the end of Q3, Wells cleared his bench and let all of the scrubbies get in some playing time.
Watch the game highlights shown in the video here.
Watch the speed the Aggies have, then esp. watch Love's TD throw at the 2:11 mark when he's about to be blown up on his own goal line by a SJSU blitz.
And then there's this:
Three times yesterday, USU scored on drives which lasted less than one minute!
That makes an amazing twenty-two times they've done that this year.
On the first long SJSU TD pass it was an great throw to a covered receiver.
Their is no defense for a perfectly thrown pass.
On the second SJSU TD pass, it occurred in the 4th quarter when USU had their scrubs in the game in garbage time.
Schools which have 'Aggies' as their teams' name were originally founded as state agricultural colleges. So 'Aggie' is a spin off from 'Agricultural.'
Interestingly, today and for the past several decades, the College of Agriculture @ USU is the smallest college in the University. I suspect that's also the case at Texas A&M, New Mexico State, UC Davis and the others.
When I was at USU, some pointy-headed idiots in the administration tried to dump the name 'Aggies' and change it to 'Highlanders.' There was even a presentation at halftime at a football game that featured the new 'Highlander' mascot, et.al.
That effort did not sell well with the USU student body and in the middle of that halftime show, some students ran out onto the field carrying a banner that said, "Highlander is Faggy, We Love Aggie."
Game, set, match!
That was the end of the 'Highlander' idea!
No. 23 Utah State is too well-mannered to come out say it.
But the Aggies and their supporters must be thinking it.
College football playoff committee, what took you so long?
Utah State finally made it into the Top 25 in the CFP rankings this week, and all it took was a nine-game winning streak, a third consecutive 600-yard game and a team that ranks in the top 10 in 16 FBS statistical categories while playing in a conference that traditionally shows well in the bowl season.
It seemed about time.
The Aggies (9-1, 6-0 in the Mountain West Mountain division) will travel to play the Colorado State Rams (2-4, 3-7) on Saturday. A victory will set up a winner-take-all game for the division title at Boise State next week, provided the Broncos get past New Mexico on Friday night.
Lest the Aggies put the cart before the Bronco, Colorado State has won the previous two games between the two, and the Aggies have not won in Fort Collins since 2012. "In the past, they have been a challenge for us, and we are not going to look past them," junior tight end Dax Raymond said.
Utah State's numbers are staggering.
The Aggies enter the Colorado State game as the highest scoring team in the FBS at 51.3 points a game, ahead of Oklahoma, Alabama, Houston and Clemson. If you blink, you might miss a point or six. The Aggies have 23 scoring drives of less than one minute, tops in the nation.
Utah State is coming off its most prolific game in school history when they broke multiple school records in 62-24 victory over San Jose State last week. The Aggies gained a school-record 804 yards total offense against the Spartans, the third highest total in any FBS game this season, while setting school season records with 513 points and 68 touchdowns.
The 804 yards broke a school record that stood for ... three weeks. The Aggies had 704 yards in a 61-19 victory over New Mexico on Oct. 27 and followed that with 601 years total offense against Hawaii in a 56-17 victory on. Nov. 3.
If it has taken the public and the pollsters this long to notice, it does not seem to bother the craftsman of the Aggies' success, coach Matt Wells, who is in his sixth season.
"We have our own expectations internally, and I've always said they're higher than anybody else can put on us," Wells said.
"The outside world didn't put very high expectations on us. You don't really use that as an emotional motivation because at some point, that's going to wear off and your habits, your discipline, are going to going to kick in. So much of that is developed in the offseason and then quite frankly, those predictions come out in July, so it doesn't really matter."
Quarterback Jordan Love and running back Darwin Thompson are the influential players on offense. Love threw for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters against San Jose State and has completed 202-of-303 passes for 2,676 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. He has three interceptions. He is No. 10 in the FBS in passing efficiency with a 164.4 rating.
"That calmness you see when he's in the pocket, that's how he is 24/7," Raymond said. "I don't think I've ever seen him anxious, angry, happy or sad. He's just mellow, perfect, which is what you need from a QB."
Thompson has rushed for 842 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 7.8 yards per carry, and he had a double-triple against San Jose State -- 140 yards rushing and 115 yards receiving, with three touchdowns total. Wide receiver Ron'quavion Tarver has a team-best 50 receptions for 531 yards and six touchdowns.
Despite the series history, Colorado State does not appear capable of putting up much resistance if recent play is the guide. The Rams have lost three in a row while giving up 56, 34 and 49 points, beginning with a 56-28 loss at Boise State on Oct. 19.
Colorado State has given up an average of 463.9 yards a game, ranked. No. 114 of the 129 FBS teams. Nevada rolled up 636 yards in total offense, 404 passing, in a 49-10 victory against them last Saturday.
"We have our last home game against one of the best teams in the country, but at the end of the day we have to get these guys ready to fight," Colorado State coach Mike Bobo told reporters.
"I have to do a better job of calling plays, and we have to do a better job of stopping people defensively."
The Rams have utilized two quarterbacks this season, redshirt sophomore Collin Hill redshirt senior K.J. Carta-Samuels. Hill, used as a reserve in the early season, has thrown for 519 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions while starting the previous two games."
Then there's this.
The Aggies average margin of victory, @ 29.4 ppg, is higher than 63 FBS teams are scoring per game.
Think about that for a minute
One of the Terp's RBs has touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards!
What was that that someone here said about how really good teams should beat the snot out of the pumpkins?
They looked better on their last drive, but can they keep that up?
Another Pick Six for the Aggies today and it's a 20-10 lead.
Teams are not going ROLL every week. The better teams can play poorly but still manage to win. CSU is playing tough or is USU just playing down.
Need I say more;)
USU fumbled the catch on the punt and CSU recovers. Then two plays later they get a TD and USU trails, 24-23!
Aggies get the ball on their own 28 with 1:36 to go, then go the length of the field for their first offensive TD of the game and take the lead with :43 to go!
USU 29 - CSU 24!
CSU scores a TD on a Hail Mary as time runs out and wins, 30-29!
It was ruled the CSU receiver went out-of-bounds, then came back on the field before he caught the ball.
USU wins 29 - 24!
Are you saying OSU deserved that win after the Syracuse QB missed a wide open receiver from the 2yd line going for two and the win in overtime? They could have easily just Kicked the extra point and tied the game but I give the Syracuse coach credit. No tie... win or lose.
But what's impressive to me is that this team's offense, which was leading the country in scoring, scored not one TD until the last minute.
Yet with the game on the line, for the 24th time this year, they scored on a drive which lasted less than one minute!
Bring on the Broncos!
After what happened today, they'll start all pumped up and totally confident.
They sucked like this @ WY last month, yet won anyway.
Then they went on a Search and Destroy run in their next few games and blew out every team they faced.
Boise State, Watch Out!
The receiver clearly went OB with BOTH feet before he caught the ball.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bobby Petrino has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at the University of Louisville amid a disappointing 2-8 season.
Vice President and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra announced the change Sunday, naming safeties coach Lorenzo Ward as the team's interim head coach.