Tag: Vanderbilt Commodores
Posted: September 30, 2014
A look back at Week 5 of the college football season.
1. I was high on UCLA entering the season, picking them to go to the playoff. I seriously reconsidered after seeing their first two games of the year. But Thursday night was a statement win. Perhaps I was too early to write them off. The next two weeks will tell with Utah and Oregon ahead. Mr. Hundley is going to need to play like he did Thursday for the Bruins. He is capable of it, so the Rose Bowl should be excited if it is unbeaten Oregon versus unbeaten UCLA.
2. Florida State struggled against NC State and giving up 41 to the Wolfpack does not seem like a good thing, but I am not off the Seminoles making the playoff. … Read More »
Posted: September 17, 2014
Random thoughts on the upcoming weekend of college football.
1. The weekend gets off to a fast start on Thursday with the Auburn Tigers traveling to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats. This is one of two games between top 25 teams and it is in prime time on Thursday night. Both teams come in 2-0. Auburn’s easy week 1 win over Arkansas looks even better after Arkansas shredded Texas Tech. I still am not sure what to make of this Wildcat team. I guess we find out Thursday. Bill Synder Stadium should be rocking for this one.
2. On Friday, UConn takes on South Florida in Tampa. Unfortunately for the Bulls, there are probably 10 high school games within 5 miles of Raymond James that will be better … Read More »
Posted: September 15, 2014
A look back at Week 3 of the college football season.
1. Ok, I was wrong. The schedule appeared light, but three Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents; USC, Virginia Tech, and Louisville. Additionally, UCLA barely escaped against a down Texas team. Further, the only match-up of Top 25 teams was a good one as South Carolina beat Georgia. I think both of those teams have some work to do on defense. I believe that I wrote…I don’t see any other game where a Top 25 team is challenged with the possible exception of East Carolina at Virginia Tech. Not exactly on the nose, but I did allude to one of the upsets, so at least there is that.
2. Did Vanderbilt really have to rally with two TD’s in the 4Q, the second coming with … Read More »
Posted: September 10, 2014
Random thoughts on the upcoming weekend of college football.
1. If you thought last week’s schedule was light, check out this week. Only one game between Top 25 teams…Georgia at South Carolina. I don’t see any other game where a Top 25 team is challenged with the possible exception of East Carolina at Virginia Tech. Not good. Maybe it is a good weekend to score some points with the significant other….nah, bad games are still better than the mall.
2. Syracuse at Central Michigan – First, how is this game in Mt. Pleasant? Second, would you believe that these teams enter the game undefeated. Yup, it is true. That is about the only thing about this game that I find intriguing.
3. Massachusetts at Vanderbilt – One of these … Read More »
Posted: September 2, 2014
1. The first Quest trip of the year got off to a lovely start (picture as much sarcasm as possible and then multiply by 100). Eleven of us sat in the Swamp for 5 hours and saw 10 seconds of football. Thank you mother nature. I can’t fault the officials for postponing / canceling this game but it sure did suck. The first Gator game for the kids was not to be this year. A lot of money was spent flying, staying, eating, and shopping in Gainesville and we had a good time, but we did not see anything more than one kickoff. I certainly hope this is not foreshadowing of the year to come. Stat of the night…In the six hours around kickoff, there were over 1,100 lightning strikes … Read More »
Posted: August 27, 2014
1. The Quest begins Week 1 with the annual Gainesville trip, family in tow. Here’s to hoping it does not cost as much as last years trip to Syracuse….too late! But on the plus side, the kids first Gator game. Let’s hope it’s not another Georgia Southern debacle.
2. Al has no chance of gaining ground in the overall standings this year. I am ahead and not looking back….ever!
3. I love the SEC Network starting off with a bang. Thursday night doubleheader… Texas A&M at South Carolina (great opening game) and then Temple at Vanderbilt (they all can’t be premier games). I hope Aggie fans enjoyed last year, because without Manziel, this year they are going to realize how tough the SEC really is.
4. I came within an hour of being stranded in Europe in … Read More »
Posted: January 7, 2014
I now present the definitive Top 25 poll. Each week I will poll myself, tabulate the results, and then present them.
The number in () is last week’s ranking. The number in  is my preseason ranking.
1. Florida State 14-0 (1) 
2. Auburn 12-2 (3) [-]
3. Michigan State 13-1 (4) [-]
4. Alabama 11-2 (2) 
5. Missouri 12-2 (6) [-]
6. South Carolina 11-2 (9) 
7. Oklahoma 11-2 (11) 
8. Stanford 11-3 (5) 
9. Oregon 11-2 (7) 
10. Clemson 11-2 (15) 
11. Ohio State 12-2 (10) 
12. LSU 10-3 (13) 
13. Central Florida 12-1 (19) [-]
14. Baylor 11-2 (8) 
15. Oklahoma State 10-3 (12) 
16. UCLA 10-3 (16) [-]
17. … Read More »
Posted: November 12, 2013
Oklahoma at Baylor – The Baylor offense came to play as we all expected they would. What was surprising was the Baylor defense. The Sooners struggled to get things going and were never able to find their offensive rhythm being held to 237 total yards and only 10 offensive points. The Bears move to 8-0 and now that their schedule has some meat to it, may finally get into the national title conversation.
Oregon at Stanford – For the second year in a row, the Cardinal has crushed the Ducks hopes at a national title. Stanford pounded on Oregon jumping out to a 26-0 lead before holding back a late rally by the Ducks. Time of possession in this game was 42:34 to 17:26. The Cardinal shut down the high … Read More »
Posted: October 22, 2013
Wow what a week. Six of the top 12 teams go down, with three losing to unranked teams. Things in the SEC looked upside down with Tennessee, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Ole Miss winning while Florida, Texas A&M, Georgia, South Carolina, and LSU lost. Lots of really good games. This was a great week to be on your couch all day Saturday.
Miami at North Carolina – Does any Top 10 team look less like a Top 10 team than Miami? Nov 2 versus FSU is looming large, but I would not put it past the Canes to lose to Wake.
UCF at Louisville – The Cards got the exact scenario they needed this weekend which amounted to chaos. That was their only hope of getting into the title game with their anemic schedule. … Read More »
Posted: September 12, 2013
TCU at Texas Tech – This is a game to look forward to. Texas Tech has put up some points in its first two games, but TCU’s defense should play better than either SMU or Stephen F. Austin. This will be a measuring stick game for TT. Excitement is high with new coach Kingsbury. This game should give an indication if TT will make some noise in the Big12 this year. I still do not know what I am getting with TCU. TCU did not play well in the opening game to LSU and the 10 point final margin is misleading. Starting QB Pachall is out for awhile. This game is important for both schools and is the ESPN Thursday night game. Once the Pats are whipping up on … Read More »
. Posted: September 3, 2013
North Carolina at South Carolina – I think everybody got what they expected in this game, at least on a team level. SC was never in jeopardy of losing, but did not quite dominate. The interesting note on this game was the reaction to the play of Jadeveon Clowney. I will reserve judgment until next week. He has earned a pass from me on this one. Let’s see how he plays against Georgia.
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt – This was every bit the game that I thought it would be. This back and forth game kept me awake and riveted. This game could springboard Ole Miss into a very successful season and the top recruiting classes they have brought in, could be as advertised. But it is only one … Read More »
Posted: September 3, 2013
Greetings, and glad the season has finally begun….and begun I mean all the Monday (or Tuesday) morning quarterbacking can begin. I’m probably as good at this, as I am making my weekly picks in our pool. So I am going to take a different spin on it this year. My take away blog will not result in an updated poll, or positional rank of teams….but will just be some random (and in some cases, deep) thoughts. Here goes:
First and foremost, my currently living situation does not have a large enough TV to watch football, nor does the acoustics of the room do the sport any justice. I have made a note that my new man cave (coming to a theatre near you on September 15th), will take care of both. It will also include a fully functioning … Read More »
Posted: August 2, 2013
For the record, I have had the highest “best bet” percentage over the previous 3 seasons in a “fairly legal” college football pool that’s been running for many years. The pool really doesn’t exist though, sssshhhh! The reason I tell you this, is because I have never been the champion of the pool at the end of the season, nor have I won an individual week of the pool in the last 8+ years, which means Im very good at making 3 or 12 picks a week, and terrible with the other 9 games. Are you hearing me? With that said, you can probably eliminate my picks after humoring yourself with reading them. I do believe this can be a very complicated year with several undefeated teams at the end, causing the perfect clusterfoch to end the BCS. I can … Read More »
Posted: July 23, 2013
With NFL training camps opening this past weekend, I am getting really antsy for football season. The first college games kick off on Thursday, August 29 and I have already looked at the schedule.
During the season, I try not to get too far ahead in looking at the schedule and prefer to live in the moment of the current week. But that is just impossible now as there is nothing to keep my interest from wandering to opening weekend.
With that being said, let’s look ahead to some of the better games of the weekend and there are some good ones in Week 1.
Thursday, August 29
Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt – This is a very exciting game and while that would normally be a sarcastic comment with these two teams, this year it is not. These are … Read More »
We arrived in Nashville, the 7th most dangerous city in the US (per Forbes.com based on violent crime data compile in 2009 by the FBI). There has been a lot of off season hype and excitement around the Vanderbilt program since Coach James Franklin took over in 2011 and took Vanderbilt to a bowl game last year.
Jarrett & Al’s interview with Fish N’ Stats on Radio56 Memphis about our lead up to the trip to Ole Miss.
Al & Jarrett speak with Dan Harralson from Inside College Football
Date: July 24, 2012 | This year’s first trip was easy; Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt was an SEC school high on the list of places to visit. Vanderbilt was attractive due to it being an up and coming program, the excitement surrounding Head Coach James Franklin, its unique pregame experience, and its location, Nashville, which is fairly close in travel time to New York City.