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LSU-Alabama Post-game
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Auburn Florida Georgia LSU Pitt Pittsburgh Steelers Texas A&M Notre Dame

I think my only other blog this week will be for the top 25. Feel free to check out my updated Alabama rivalry post or the Mississippi St. one. I personally like the Mississippi St. one better.

As a Tiger fan, Iíve never been more sickened by two games in a 10-month period in my life than LSUís two losses to Alabama this year. Iíve been sickened by, for example, losing 9 games in the 1992 season, but I canít think of two specific games as frustrating in that short a period of time. That period of time (that was one of 6 consecutive seasons without a winning record or bowl game for LSU) seemed to last a lot longer since it lasted from ages 7 to 13, by the way.

The cumulative losses to teams like Alabama and Florida still get at me, so something like this just re-opens old wounds. Iíd be better able to blow it off if we had finished 14-0 last year of course. As I mention in the rivalry blog, there is a difference of opinion as to LSUís main rival, but for me there is no question itís Alabama. Iím not as crazy about it as the average Auburn fan probably is; but still, if they could win only one game, Iíd pick that one.

Also, for some strange reason, Iím cursed with knowing a bunch of Alabama fans. I lived in Louisiana my whole life until moving to California in 2004, but I guess because someone thought alleged football championships would translate into a good education, a few people from my high school went there, and then some home-grown Bama fans (at least they have an excuse) went to my undergraduate school.

Of course the offense in the bowl game was just useless, and the coaching staff did nothing about it. Itís a miracle that LSU was within two scores until late in the fourth quarter in that oneÖ. But at least I didnít have much hope for a win as the game went into the second half. What made that really bad was the effect it had upon 13 games that otherwise would have comprised the best season in generations if not the best season in LSU history. And it also gave Alabama (and Nick Saban) another national championship to claim in a year in which LSU went to Tuscaloosa and beat the Tide no less.

Todayís game unfortunately forced me to have hope even though I had written it off as a loss before kickoff. LSU was moving the ball, getting first down after first down with the lead, and for some godforsaken reason, apparently it was decided to settle down and kick a field goal (which was missedÖ the reason LSU won the regular-season game last year was Alabamaís repeated settling for field goals they had a good chance of missing) with a minute and a half left. But if you can move the ball with pass plays when the defense knows youíre going to have a pass play, why not keep doing it when the defense is unsure and perhaps even expecting runs? You donít have three boring runs in the middle of the field. And then on defense, how could they not be prepared for a screen pass? Alabama is like the Bill Cowher Steelers with that play. Itís mind-boggling. I was too frustrated to notice, but if the approach to defense changed for the winning Alabama drive, that was foolhardy too.

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The Beeze's College Football Wrap Up 11-4-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NCAA Notre Dame LSU Alabama Kansas State Les Miles SEC Big12 Big10 Pac12 Big East Louisville Everett Golson Kenjon Barner

Well, some might say it would be foolish if I didn't start off with the weekend's biggest game...Of course it wasn't the biggest game in my world...It was the biggest game in the great big hype machine...(#1) Alabama at (#5) LSU...Miles vs. Saban...The rematch of the rematch...LSU has been overrated all year...'Bama has had an easy schedule so far...So what would we get Saturday with these two "power house" programs, and these two coaching "Geniuses"...

More of the same over-hyped crap!

Good defense for the most part...Sloppy offense...Alabama was up 14-3 at the half...But in the second half, LSU Quarterback, Zach Mettenberger started doing something we haven't seen from him before...He started playing like a confident, big-time college QB...While the Tide's A.J. McCarron seemed to fall apart, and look like crap...

Mettenberger lead the Tigers to a 17-14 lead...No thanks to his head coach, Les Miles he kept making risky calls...Calls he is known for making, and usually screw his team...Like the fake field goal he called, that Alabama was fully expecting, and stuffed it right away...The On-side kick, that his kicker botched...Going for a fourth and short late, instead of kicking a field goal, and adding to his team's lead...He kept giving Alabama chances to stay in the game...And they did, with little time left...Because Miles, who's defense had been pressuring McCarron the whole second half...And had been playing tight, press coverage, decided to rush 3, and go all prevent defense...You know, prevent D, that prevents nothing...All the sudden McCarron is completing passes, and leading the Tide on 72 yard game winning drive...

21-17 Alabama...LSU players, you did well...Your coach didn't! Alabama, got the win, but some weaknesses were shown...

- The big game for me, was of course, (#3) Notre Dame at home versus Pitt...The Irish were coming off their huge win at Oklahoma, and I along with many feared a letdown...For 3 quarters the Defense was not what we have seen all year...Even Manti Te'o seemed off, until the fourth quarter...The offense which has been inconsistent most of the season, was again Saturday...After 3 quarters Pitt was ahead 20-6...But this time, coach Kelly didn't turn to veteran QB Tommy Rees to try and finish it...Rees had been in earlier, and threw one of his classic picks...Kelly Stuck with the kid, Golson, and we saw another stage of his growth...

Golson used his arm and his legs to get the Irish back...Passing for 227 yards and 2 TD's...And running for 74 yards and another TD...And also the game tying 2-point conversion...Mind you, this wouldn't have been possible had the Irish defense not stepped up and done what they have done all year...They took control of the game back...Then it was overtime...

The first both teams traded field goals...The second, Cierre Wood fumbled while airborne, about to cross the goal line, and the Irish were held off the board...The ND defense held their ground, forcing Pitt to kick a game winning field goal...Wide right...Holy Shit...Third OT, Pitt is held to a field goal...Golson and company drive the ball to the goal line...And then he punched it in on a QB sneak...Irish win 29-26, and go to 9-0...

I saw people on Twitter bashing ND, as usual...One twat saying Irish fans have to feel dirty about the whole undefeated thing...These are the same people that always say, "a win is a win" when their shitty team squeaks out a win...But there's always a double standard when it comes to ND...Fuck that, one standard will do just fine...Notre Dame is 9-0...All that matters is wins and loses, and is doesn't matter how you get them...So Blow me!

- (#2) Kansas State remained undefeated after beating (#24) Oklahoma State 44-30...This game wasn't as close as the score shows...And had K-State not pulled Collin Klein in the 3rd Quarter after an undisclosed injury, I'm assuming the Wildcats would have extended the lead a bit more...By that point Klein had passed for 245 yards and rushed for 64 more, with a TD...By the way he seemed on the sidelines, it didn't appear like a major injury, but Coach Snyder declining to discuss it after the game, has to make K-State fans worry a little...

- In the 'What the Fuck is defense Game' (#4) Oregon went down south to face (#17) USC....The first punt in this game didn't occur until mid-way through the fourth quarter...The Ducks put up 730 total yards of offense, while the Trojans racked up 615 yards...But the stand out player, without a doubt, had to be Oregon's Kenjon Barner, who rushed for 321 yards and 5 TD's, leading the Ducks to a 62-51 victory...

Seriously, Oregon is a fucking offensive, ass-kicking machine, but they should be worried about their defense...Sooner or later, they're going to have a game where some one D's up on them, and they won't be able to play backyard football..."Next team that scores, wins!"

And Trojans...That was the most points ever to be scored on any USC team...EVER...Your team isn't going to win shit, but at least you can hold your heads high knowing that you have that record!

(#12) Oklahoma bounced back from last weeks loss to Notre Dame, and topped Iowa State 35-20...

(#7) Florida squeaked past Missouri 14-7...I've got a feeling the Gators hearts weren't in it after last week's loss to Georgia, ending their perfect season...

(#16) Texas A&M throttled (#15) Miss State 38-13...This one may have just proven that up until last week's loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs haven't played anyone...Now after the Aggies Johnny Manziel passed for 311 yards, and rushed for 129 and 2 TD's, Miss State will have to face an angry LSU next week...

-Then there is the undefeated team, no one talks about...(#10) Louisville...Why is no one talking about the Cardinals...Because they play in the Big East...Big deal, they blew out Temple 45-17...That's what good teams are suppose to do...Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater passed for 324 yards and 5 TD's...But the real question from this game is, how did they give up 17 points to Temple?

-As I'm writing this, UCLA is beating the hell out of (#22) Arizona...It's 59-10...Not what I was expecting...Feel free to update me on the score, I won't be wasting anymore time on that...

- (#11) Oregon State is up 36-19 on Arizona State, and the Sun Devils just threw a pick with under 6 minutes left, so I'm going to chalk up another win for the Beavers...( edit: 36-26 final )

- (#20) Nebraska snuck out of East Lansing with a 28-24 comeback win over Michigan State...I didn't see the game...I didn't see any highlights yet, but I saw Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell tweet that the refs in this game were "the toughest team we've faced all year." And something like the refs beat them...The tweet has been deleted, of course...I'm sure a coach got to him...He better lock it down, because in the NFl that shit will get you fined and suspended...

- TCU went for two during the first overtime at (#21) West Virginia, and converted, knocking off the Mountaineers 39-38...

-Staying in the Big-12, (#23) Texas beat (#18) Texas Tech 31-22...I was expecting this to be a big-time scoring affair...I was also expecting Tech to come out on top of what I thought would be a shootout...College Football...Just never know what's going to happen....

-Lastly, all those who hate (#19) Boise State will be happy, as the Broncos were upset by San Diego State 21-19...

That's it for now...Feel free to drop in your 2 cents...See ya Monday...

The Beeze.†

LSU-Alabama Pregame & Other Thoughts
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Arkansas Clemson Florida Les Miles LSU Michigan Michigan St. Nick Saban Oklahoma Oklahoma St. South Carolina Texas

Iíll start off by mentioning a couple other writings of mine that might provide some interesting backstory. I wrote the first last week about Les Milesí record at LSU, but it also compares his record to that of other coaches, including Sabanís at LSU and Alabama. Then of course there is my blog about the LSU/Alabama rivalry, dominated for decades by Alabama but controlled by LSU for much of the first decade of the 21st century before becoming competitive again of late.

This is unrelated, but I also wanted to share a couple of links about Marcus Lattimore. Spurrier got a bit of criticism for his sort of backhanded acknowledgement of Dabo Swinneyís kind words about Lattimore. Dabo didnít go quite as far as ďHog LadyĒ though. The SEC isnít just great defenses and running backs, you have to love the fans and personalities as well.

Back to the important goings on, we do have two of the most successful active head coaches with their current programs facing one another, and of course LSU was fortunate to have had them both.
If youíll look at the stats I gave in the Les Miles blog, I think itís an even bigger coaching match-up with Urban Meyer at a new school and with Pete Carroll in the NFL. Itís harder to argue there are other guys doing as well or better.

There was a time where the Red River Rivalry had two coaches that were at about the same level Miles and Saban are now, but I think both Texas and Oklahoma have gone a little downhill in recent years. And there was never a point where that game featured two programs with a combined 3 national championship and one runner-up in 5 seasons, with of course one runner-up in that time (LSU last year) as well. (It took 10 seasons for Oklahoma and Texas to accumulate two national championships and three runners-up between them; two national championships and one runner-up took place in the six seasons between 2000 and 2005.)

Of course, when Urban Meyer was still at Florida, his game against the Tigers in 2009 represented 4 combined championships since 2003. So that was bigger at the time, especially being that Saban hadnít won one at Alabama yet.

Saban and Miles followed similar trajectories on their way to LSU. A little bit of NFL experiences, but they were hired from being the head coaches at second-fiddle state universities. I donít mean to take anything away from them, but the great programs in Michigan and Oklahoma are not the ones that end in ďStateĒ, although Sparty has a little more of a substantial history.

I wanted to talk about Miles vs. Saban head-to-head and mention a few notes about the series overall before assessing this seasonís game.

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Week 9 Top 25 and Commentary
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Georgia Kansas St. Louisville LSU Nebraska Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio St. Oregon Stanford Tulsa

Top 25

rank / team / prior

1 Notre Dame 2

2 Alabama 1

3 Ohio St. 5

4 Kansas St. 4

5 Oregon 6

6 Florida 3

7 Louisville 12

8 LSU 8

9 Oregon St. 7

10 Georgia 21

11 S Carolina 15

12 Florida St. 16

13 Stanford 18

14 Toledo 13

15 TX Tech 9

16 Clemson 22

17 Boise St. 17

18 Nebraska Ė

19 Níwestern Ė

20 Miss. St. 11

21 Rutgers 10

22 Texas 20

23 TX A&M 25

24 Oklahoma 14

25 Tulsa Ė

Out of rankings: (20) W Virginia, (24) USC, (25) Wisconsin

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Iím going to write separately about LSU-Alabama. For now, Iíll just mention that while I expect LSU wonít win, I had the same feeling the last time a coach I particularly dislike as a person brought a top-5 team to Baton Rouge. LSU may also have benefited from that experience. I certainly hope the Tigers are at a higher level than Mississippi St. is, and that was probably the best team Alabama has played by far. I believe that South Carolina and Florida are both better teams (or at least South Carolina was).

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The Mad Hatterís Mad Accomplishments (so far)
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Florida Georgia Les Miles LSU Michigan Nebraska Notre Dame Ohio St. Oklahoma Ole Miss Penn St. Texas

I was talking to a Florida fan the other day, and shortly after we talked about Spurrier, he mentioned that Miles wasnít doing a very good job at LSU.

Iím as frustrated as a lot of LSU fans with some issues. Clock management at the end of certain games against Ole Miss and Tennessee, refusing to give Jarrett Lee a chance in the BCS championship game in January, sticking with former OC Gary Crowton as long as he did, and so on.

But the man wins games and somehow finds a way to take teams that donít seem particularly strong and have them win 7 of 8 or 6 of 7 and so forth. There was sort of a 2-year rebuilding process after the national championship, but take away Leeís interception affliction in 2008 and a couple two-point losses in 2009, and those teams have similar records to the teams in Milesí other 5 full seasons before this one.

The gold standard in recent coaching stints is Pete Carroll at USC, who went 110-20. I think Miles would have to have a few 1- or 0- loss teams in a row to even come close to 85% (Carroll won 84.6%), but heís competitive with or ahead of other recent luminaries, particularly if you limit it to tenures in the last 10 years or those that (have) lasted longer than his. Iím not looking at career winning percentage but only at a particular school.

Saban (Ala.) 62-12 (83.8%)*
Spurrier (Fla.) 122-27-1 (81.7%)
Meyer (Fla.) 65-15 (81.3%)
Tressel (Ohio St.) 94-22 (81.0%)
Miles (LSU) 71-17 (80.7%)*
Stoops (Okla.) 144-35 (80.4%)*
Brown (Texas) 146-41 (78.1%)*
Richt (Ga.) 122-39 (75.8%)*
Carr (Mich.) 122-40 (75.3%)
Saban (LSU) 48-16 (75.0%)

*=active; record and percentage as of Week 8

Before I continue, I wanted to mention that of course I realize winning 70 games is nothing like winning 150 or 400. Being able to keep ahead of the other great programs over a decade or more is no easy task. Urban Meyer seemed to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown after 6 seasons at Florida.

But nonetheless, this is pretty good company to be in as far as how often your team wins games, and any fan of these teams will tell you that.

These are some historically great coaching tenures that had lower winning percentages (ties counted as half a win) than Miles has had so far:

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