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The defending National Champion Crimson Tide have been waiting to enact revenge for months – all the more reason for the large number of denials of such revenge from Tuscaloosa this week. For A&M, it ranks among the most anticipated games played on campus. And for Johnny Heisman it’s show me the money time. If Manziel can fool and fluster the Bama defense again, he’ll get to ply his Hollywood lifestyle in a city much larger than College Station next year. If the Tide win, the road to a fourth title in five years cleared one major obstacle.
How do you explain Texas? Prognosticator/College Football Guru Phil Steele thought the Longhorns had the right formula to go 12-0. Mack Brown has been pointing to this season – for seasons. Yet UT allowed a school record 550 rushing to BYU in a humiliating 40-21 loss in Provo, UT. The “effort[?]” cost defensive coordinator Manny Diaz his job, is Mack soon to follow? Perhaps the perfect balm is headed to Austin. Ole Miss jumped into the Top 25 this week, and wants revenge for the 66-31 pasting they got from Texas last year in Oxford. Add in the fact their from the newly hated SEC, and a victory over the Rebels would be pretty sweet.
If you think Mack Brown’s seat is hot, let me introduce you to Lane Kiffin. The boy wonder – who accomplished less to achieve more than any unworthy son in unworthy son history. Kiffin got the surprising, yet still telling, “vote of confidence” from Southern Cal AD Pat Haden long before the season started, but a lackluster win at Hawaii and an embarrassingly pathetic loss at home to lowly Washington State [7-6!], and Kiffin’s as good as gone. UCLA, your reservation is ready.
Sports Illustrated is releasing a five-part article on violations in the football program at Oklahoma State dating back to 2001, the year Les Miles arrived. Paying players, a bounty program run by coaches, fixing grades and all the usual academic fraud, or callously – the usual “big-time” college football stuff.
All this is a part of the discussion in the second Inside College Football podcast. Hope you can give it a listen.