College Football Top 25, Championship Week

College Football Top 25, Dec 2-Dec 8 Photo Credit: Marvin Fong, Cleveland Plain Dealer 1. Florida State 2. Ohio State 3. Auburn 4. Alabama 5. Stanford 6. Missouri 7. Oklahoma State 8. South Carolina 9. Michigan State 10. Northern Illinois 11. Baylor 12. Clemson 13. LSU 14. Oregon 15. Oklahoma 16. UCF 17. Louisville 18.

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The Good, Bad and Swamped Up Edition of CFB Recap, Week 13

Photo Credit: footbasket.com. The Baylor dichotomy is going to be a new term for me. Either Baylor blows people out, or Baylor gets blown out. There is no in-between. Last Saturday at Oklahoma State, Baylor was on the receiving end of a vicious beat down. 49-17, in fact. It ruined Baylor’s chances at a miraculous

College Football Top 25, Week 14

College Football Top 25, November 25-December 1 1. Alabama 2. Florida State 3. Ohio State 4. Auburn 5. Stanford 6. Clemson 7. Oklahoma State 8. South Carolina 9. Missouri 10. Northern Illinois 11. Fresno State 12. Baylor 13. LSU 14. Michigan State 15. Texas A&M 16. UCF 17. Wisconsin 18. Oregon 19. Oklahoma 20. Louisville

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The Good, Bad and OMG Edition of CFB Recap, Week 12

Photo Credit: Shanna Lockwood, USA Today College football in week 12 was awesome, right? There are a lot of stories that are emerging, some that are seriously captivating. The story of the year used to be Auburn football, and what Gus Malzahn has accomplished in nine months as their head coach. He has taken a

2014 NBA Draft Discussion Thread

Welcome to our first live draft thread, and the start of a new era. This is the Two Guys, All Sports rundown of the 2014 NBA Draft. Refresh using F5 for updates on the draft and discussion (which will be plenty).

And for the record, Jason and I have no draft picks this year (he’s a Mavs fan, me a Trail Blazer).

7:10 p.m.: Bill Simmons with the quote of the night about Cavs’ first overall pick. Draws a good laugh out of Jason and I.

7:28 p.m.: Now discussing ideas in the draft. (Justin) I talked to a friend of mine about the Bulls getting Russ Smith from Louisville, that sounds very ideal. P.S.: Why would ESPN host the NBA Draft at 7:00, and not have the actual draft start til 7:30? I find it perplexing.

7:32 p.m.: Commissioner Adam Silver at the podium to welcome the fans to the NBA Draft. Cheers for the commissioner (I wonder why), jeers for the Spurs. Shocking in its own way I suppose.

7:34 p.m.: Cavs are now on the clock. The big question now resides: Jabari Parker (mine and Jason’s pick) or Andrew Wiggins (the higher ceiling)?

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Andrew Wiggins, SF (Kansas)
Krueger: Ironic, considering Dan Gilbert vilified LeBron for leaving and drafted the best prospect since James. Tremendous pick for the Cavs, who now have a guard that can complement the immense talent of Irving. Cavs are now in position to contend the playoffs for the first time since LeBron left. Only question is where will he start, SF or SG? A+

Jason: He’ll start at SF with Deng leaving. You can’t go wrong with either Wiggins or Parker because they can fit in with Kyrie. A+

2. Milwaukee Bucks – Jabari Parker, SF/PF (Duke)
Krueger: In my opinion, Parker is the more NBA ready prospect compared to Wiggins. Elite scorer and rebounder, and I’ve never felt more sure in a top overall pick to be an All-Star than Parker. Loved him at Duke, and he may thrive in Milwaukee. A+

Jason: Again, you can’t go wrong with Jabari. He was my first overall pick, and the most NBA ready player. He can do things outside and inside, which is a rarity in the league. A+

3. Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Embiid, C (Kansas)
Krueger: Not what I had in mind here, but it fills a vital need for the 76ers who want a rim protector like Embiid. I think Embiid’s facial expression for the first part of the pick was hilarious, but nevertheless, hope Embiid makes it work in Philadelphia. A-

Jason: Wow, divided poll with Embiid there. Not my personal choice with his injury history, reminds you of Greg Oden nowadays and what could have been. Fills a big need on the Sixers though. B+

4. Orlando Magic – Aaron Gordon, PF (Arizona)
Krueger: Gordon has potential to be a monster, but he needs a ton of polishing up to do. He’s a world class defender, but a subpar shooter. B+

Jason: Him, Vucevic and Oladipo could be scary together. Good defender who can provide a spark for the Magic. B+

5. Utah Jazz – Dante Exum, PG/SG (Australia)
Krueger: I haven’t seen much of Exum’s footage, but this pick gives the Jazz backcourt some, well, Jazz. He’s an SG that will immediately complement Burke and possibly become an elite PG if the Burke project doesn’t work. A-

Jason: I think Exum is gonna be awesome. Him and Burke, their shooting/passing will be tremendous together. Utah gets the draft right as of late. A

6. Boston Celtics – Marcus Smart, PG/SG (Oklahoma State)
Krueger: This pick means either Bradley is going to be a backup, or Smart is going to be a budding project. Either way, prime Rondo with raw Marcus Smart means great business for the Celtics. All Boston has to do is get somebody in the frontcourt and Boston could be back. Only means more Bill Simmons’ Celtics fandom on ESPN. Yeesh. B+

Jason: This pick means Rondo (and NBA fans around the world) will have some fun here. Scary, scary combo and Simmons’ expression tells it all. A

7. Los Angeles Lakers – Julius Randle, PF (Kentucky)
Krueger: I watched Randle a ton since I live in Kentucky, and he is everything the Lakers need. Especially since Pau is likely leaving for a winning team. How Randle wants to handle the pressure of being a Laker, though, is up to him. He has great tools as a PF, but need more moves offensively to become a true threat to complement an aging Kobe. B

Jason: He didn’t take a single jumpshot in the NCAA Tournament. I agree with Justin though. B

8. Sacramento Kings – Nik Stauskas, SG (Michigan)
Krueger and Jason: We love this pick. We were really high on Stauskas, who improved tremendously over the past year to get Michigan one shot away from back-to-back Final Fours. He has underrated ball handling, and great shooting. For a team that needed offense badly, Stauskas is the right choice. A

9. Charlotte Hornets – Noah Vonleh, PF (Indiana)
For the record, I think the Charlotte Hornets coming back is awesome. ANYWAY

Krueger: He’s raw, and that goes against anything I’ve believed in drafting a player. He may have a high ceiling, and he could be a first round pick. Vonleh is a well-rounded athlete though, and he’ll be expected to complement Al Jefferson. B-.

10. Philadelphia 76ers – Elfrid Payton, PG (UL-Lafayette)
Krueger: I saw him play v. Louisville on Dec. 7. He’s a great defender and mover, and a problem solver. He can be a great asset to the 76ers with his scoring as well, and this opens the door for MCW to move to SG. B+

11. Denver Nuggets – Doug McDermott, SF (Creighton)
Another shooter for the Nuggets, and he will be great with the guard system at Denver and Brian Shaw as the head coach. I don’t think McDermott wants to be comparable to Sczerbiak or Adam Morrison, though. B+

12. Orlando Magic – Dario Saric, PF (Croatia)
Krueger/Jason: He’s not coming for two years, and he’s another guy we haven’t heard about much lately. A McDonald’s AA with solid double-double potential on any night. C+ for the fact he may not come for another two years, but B overall on the selection.

Update: Doug McDermott traded to Chicago for 16 and 19 picks later tonight. Not sure how I feel about him going to Chicago, but he is offense that they need.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves – Zach Lavine, PG (UCLA)
Krueger/Jason: A blue-chipper who could transition to SG with Kevin Martin testing free agency. His athleticism makes him an interesting, his size even moreso. B

Update: Philly and Orlando trade picks. So Elfrid Payton is going to Orlando, Saric to Philly.

14. Phoenix Suns – TJ Warren, SF (NC State)
Krueger/Jason: The lifeblood of the Wolfpack gets a nice home at Phoenix, who is sleeping as a potential contender in the Western Conference sooner or later. He has incredible moves and trickery in his shot, making him a likable target with the Suns’ Dragic and Bledsoe. A-

15. Atlanta Hawks – Adreian Payne, PF (Michigan State)
Krueger/Jason: Head-scratching pick because of the amazing depth Atlanta has at the frontcourt. Not a bad pick because Payne is a good player, but you have to wonder who is leaving among Brand, Millsap or Horford. B-

15b. NBA – Isaiah Austin, C (Baylor). Crowd gives a standing ovation to Austin, whose career ended with a diagnosis of Marfan syndrome. Heartbreaking as I think he had a future in the NBA otherwise. A++

16. Chicago Bulls (going to Denver) – Jusuf Nurkic, C (Bosnia)
Krueger/Jason: Again, don’t know much about Nurkic. It gives the Nuggets a great force in the paint, and could complement some offense with the defense of Hickson and McGee. B-

17. Boston Celtics – James Young, SG (Kentucky)
Krueger/Jason: Not much you can say about this pick. A shooter that can get the job done, and be a bench player to complement Avery Bradley. B

18. Phoenix Suns – Tyler Ennis, PG (Syracuse)
Krueger/Jason: Interesting pick, given that the Suns may not get Bledsoe back and still has Goran Dragic to work with. But Ennis has incredible poise and smarts for a player his age, and we felt he was so underrated in this draft. Excellent pick by the Suns, but you have to wonder who will be moved later on. B+

19. Chicago Bulls (also going to Denver) – Gary Harris, SG (Michigan St)
He essentially replaces Aaron Afflalo, and at this point in the draft is a good steal. Denver has a lot of shooters again, and if you think the West is scary last year, NOW you have Phoenix drafting a lot of good pieces AND Denver becoming a unit that can bust 150 on any given night. A-

20. Toronto Raptors – Bruno Caboclo, SF (Brazil)
I really thought Shabazz or Capela was a lock here. Fran seems to be sold on Caboclo’s innate raw ability to be good in the league. Raptors needed a 3, and he can be a budding project in the Raptors’ house. B-

21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Mitch McGary, PF (Michigan)
So the Thunder just got another monster in the paint to match Ibaka, Adams and simultaneously replace Perkins next year. That’s…kinda scary. A+

22. Memphis Grizzlies – Jordan Adams, SG (UCLA)
A UCLA guy for Memphis. But besides being a Bruin, he can be a good defender and be the next Tony Allen. Shocking that he is chosen over Kyle Anderson though. B-

23. Utah Jazz – Rodney Hood, SF (Duke)
If Gordon Hayward stays with the Jazz, this is a good pick to back him up for the time being. Hood has great leadership skills and can score. B

24. Charlotte Hornets – Shabazz Napier, PG (UConn)
The Miami Heat have to be cringing right now. Hornets have a guy to complement Walker (who was a teammate with Napier on the 2011 NCAA Championship team), and we love everything about Shabazz. He is a born bred GAMER when he steps on the court, and he has a lot of heart. A, given the choice now.

25. Houston Rockets – Clint Capela, PF (Switzerland)
One of the foreign players that we liked in this draft because he can be a double-double fella, and complement Dwight. I’m not sure what this pick means considering the Rockets are attempting to bring LeBron into Houston. C+

Update: Charlotte trades Napier to Miami for #26, #55 and 2015 2nd rounder. Wow.

26. Miami Heat (going to Charlotte) – PJ Hairston, SG (Texas Legends/UNC)
The Hornets don’t get Napier, but they got an equally great asset in Hairston who can score. We still have to see about whether or not Hairston can avoid getting out of trouble. B-

27. Phoenix Suns – Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG (Serbia)
He’s one of the best international players in this draft, and he adds an actual SG to the Suns lineup. The best name in the NBA though. B-

28. Los Angeles Clippers – CJ Wilcox, SG (Washington)
Bonafide shooter for the Clippers, and something to complement the style of the team. Wilcox faces being either third string at SG or PG. Clippers might deal him. C+

29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Josh Huestis, SF (Stanford)
Great defender, and could be the defender of the Thunder to backup Durant. B-

30. San Antonio Spurs – Kyle Anderson, SF (UCLA)
I really thought Cleanthony was going here, but this isn’t a bad pick by any means. Anderson is long and versatile, and will fit him well with the Spurs’ system. B-

That’s the end of the first round. ONTO THE SECOND.

31. Milwaukee Bucks – Damien Inglis, SF (France)
32. Philadelphia 76ers – KJ McDaniels, SF (Clemson)
33. Cleveland Cavaliers – Joe Harris, SG (Virginia)
34. New York Knicks – Cleanthony Early, SF (Wichita State)
35. Utah Jazz (going to Memphis) – Jarnell Stokes, PF (Tennessee)
36. Milwaukee Bucks – Johnny O’Bryant, PF (LSU)
37. Toronto Raptors – DeAndre Daniels, SF (UConn)
38. Detroit Pistons – Spencer Dinwiddie, PG (Colorado)
39. Philadelphia 76ers – Jeremi Grant, SF (Syracuse)
40. Minnesota Timberwolves – Glenn Robinson III, SF (Michigan)
41. Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokic, PF (Serbia)
42. Houston Rockets – Nick Johnson, SG (Arizona)
43. Atlanta Hawks – Walter Tavares, C (Cape Verde)
44. Minnesota Timberwolves (going to Brooklyn now) – Markel Brown, SG (Oklahoma State)
45. Charlotte Hornets – Dwight Powell, PF (Stanford)
46. Washington Wizards (Traded to Los Angeles Lakers) – Jordan Clarkson, PG (Missouri)
47. Philadelphia 76ers (going to New Orleans) – Russ Smith, PG (Louisville)
48. Milwaukee Bucks – Lamar Patterson, SG (Pittsburgh)
49. Chicago Bulls – Cameron Bairstow, PF (New Mexico)
50. Phoenix Suns – Alec Brown, C (Green Bay)
51. New York Knicks – Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF (Greece)
52. Philadelphia 76ers – Vasilije Micic, PG (Serbia)
53. Minnesota Timberwolves – Alessandro Gentile, G (Italy)
54. Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to New York) – Nemanja Dangubic, SF (Serbia)
55. Miami Heat – Semaj Christon, PG (Xavier)
56. Denver Nuggets – Roy Devyn Marble, SG (Iowa)
57. Indiana Pacers (Traded to New York) – Louis Labeyrie, PF (France)
58. San Antonio Spurs (Traded to Philadelphia) – Jordan McRae, SG (Tennessee)
59. Toronto Raptors – Xavier Thames, PG (San Diego State)
60. San Antonio Spurs (Traded to Brooklyn) – Cory Jefferson, SF (Baylor)

College Football Top 25, Championship Week

College Football Top 25, Dec 2-Dec 8

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1. Florida State
2. Ohio State
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
5. Stanford
6. Missouri
7. Oklahoma State
8. South Carolina
9. Michigan State
10. Northern Illinois
11. Baylor
12. Clemson
13. LSU
14. Oregon
15. Oklahoma
16. UCF
17. Louisville
18. Duke
19. Texas A&M
20. Wisconsin
21. Fresno State
22. Arizona State
23. Cincinnati
24. UCLA
25. Texas

Outside Five (26-30): Notre Dame, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, Georgia

BCS Bowls:
National Championship: Florida State vs. Ohio State
Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Baylor
Sugar Bowl: Missouri vs. UCF
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Northern Illinois
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State

My Heisman Vote: Jameis Winston, Florida State QB

Unbeaten count: 3
ACC: #1 Florida State
Big Ten: #2 Ohio State
MAC: #10 Northern Illinois

The Good, Bad and Swamped Up Edition of CFB Recap, Week 13

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The Baylor dichotomy is going to be a new term for me. Either Baylor blows people out, or Baylor gets blown out. There is no in-between.

Last Saturday at Oklahoma State, Baylor was on the receiving end of a vicious beat down. 49-17, in fact. It ruined Baylor’s chances at a miraculous national championship bid, possibly the Big XII if the Cowboys win out.

Add on to the week were some massive blowouts, and some of them likely surprised you. Texas A&M – and Johnny Manziel – both collectively fell on their face against LSU, and wreck their BCS/Heisman hopes respectively. After regaining the Pac-12 North’s driver seat, Oregon was hijacked ferociously by Arizona, giving the Cardinal back the top spot in the division. Even Florida, once discussed to be a fringe top-10 team, ended up as one of the 10 worst. Georgia Southern, a team that didn’t earn a single passing yard, beat the Gators to knock them out of bowl eligibility.

In stupendous irony, the Georgia Southern Eagles happened to beat the Gators without taking flight. The Eagles did not have a single passing yard to account for, making the Gators’ loss much more embarrassing.

The most stunning of all? Not one, but two teams scored 80 points this week in the same conference. North Carolina laid 80 down on the newest FBS member Old Dominion, while Florida State got a nice tune-up against Idaho in scoring a school-record 80. South Carolina and Clemson got their tune-ups before their rivalry game this Saturday, winning with a combined score of 122-16.

So that said, it is a great week to hate somebody. All these rivalries, from the Iron Bowl to the Egg Bowl, things are going to get personal. But before you knockout your annoying sibling who happens to support your rival, enjoy this light-hearted reading. Please, I encourage you.

With apologies to Tony Carter and Tom Brady, here are the best and worst of week 13 in college football!

Best Player of the Week: Derek Carr, Fresno State QB
He may not be his brother – the former #1 overall pick David Carr – but Derek is making a name for himself as the quarterback of the Bulldogs. The senior, in his final home game at that, shattered all kinds of marks last Saturday against New Mexico, throwing for 522 yards and seven touchdowns en route to a 69-28 win over New Mexico. Even better? Fresno State set a school record with 820 total yards. An eye-popping performance for a man who, in spite of recent bad performances from the likes of Mariota and Manziel, could propel himself into potential Heisman discussion.

Best Team of the Week: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Statement made, faxed and hand-delivered by head coach Mike Gundy to the Big XII. Despite a now humiliating loss to West Virginia early in the season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys propelled themselves into national championship talk with a dominant 49-17 win over Baylor. What seemed like the unstoppable was slowed down after three 3-and-outs, and two forced fumbles. The defense also Baylor’s offense without a touchdown through three quarters, and got several opportunities falling in their favor (two fourth-down stops and three recovered fumbles, most converted into touchdowns), which brought the Cowboys to a win.

Best Play of the Week: Fresno State fumblerooskie
Derek Carr may have been the main headline for Fresno State last week, but this play deserves some recognition. In a play that honors 1982 Nebraska to absolute perfection, Isaiah Burse took ‘The Annexation of Puerto Rico’ to the house for a 28-0 lead. It would eventually end in a 69-28 victory for the Bulldogs, thanks to this amazing play from Burse.

It’s been a good year for Fresno State, especially if you can pull off a trick play like the fumblerooski.

Record-Breaking Performance of the Week: Keenan Reynolds, Navy QB
What a game Navy and San Jose State had last Friday on ESPN. Coincidentally, what a platform for quarterback Keenan Reynolds to make a name for himself. Reynolds made college football history by putting up insane running-back line stats, rushing 36 times for 270 yards and seven – count ‘em, seven – touchdowns in a 58-52 win over the Spartans. This puts Reynolds at 26 rushing touchdowns, one shy of tying the FBS record held by Collin Klein.

One Spectacular Feat of Awesomeness: Not one, but two 80-point games
If you are a fan of the ACC, you loved the offensive output that almost every single team laid out this week.

Miami posted 45 in a win over Virginia. Georgia Tech scored 66 on Alabama A&M. But two teams, North Carolina and Florida State, made a lot of noise by scoring 80 points each in their games. North Carolina posted 80 through three quarters in a 80-20 whooping of Old Dominion. Florida State, in wake of playing at Florida and in the ACC championship the week after, got a nice tune-up with an 80-14 win over Idaho, the most single-game points ever in school history.

And now, it’s time to turn to something that is worth looking away from (or towards, if you’re a masochist.) Here are the college football fails of the week.

Worst Team of the Week: Florida Gators
Really, Florida? It’s absolutely stunning that this even happened. Losing injuries is one thing, especially if it’s your starting quarterback, a multiplicity of your best defenders, and even resorting to a third-string quarterback against Georgia Southern. It’s another thing to lose to said Georgia Southern team that didn’t even get a single passing yard. There can’t be a plausible way that head coach Will Muschamp survives this loss, this season and all these injuries.

Worst Play of the Week: Florida Gators block each other
If you want to define Florida’s loss to Georgia Southern in one photo, this is the perfect one to use.

In a way, it’s symbolic of not only Florida’s season, but their own offense shooting each other in the foot. Ouch.

One Unspecatular Fail: Bryce Petty stumbles and falls
If you want to summarize Baylor’s performance against Oklahoma State Saturday, all you need to do is look at this play:

So there you have it: four good and bad things that happened in the week of college sports. We love sports, we live for sports too. But most importantly, we care as a whole. Until next time, enjoy this gif of the week from another LSU fan. Geaux Tigers!

College Football Top 25, Week 14

College Football Top 25, November 25-December 1

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Auburn
5. Stanford
6. Clemson
7. Oklahoma State
8. South Carolina
9. Missouri
10. Northern Illinois
11. Fresno State
12. Baylor
13. LSU
14. Michigan State
15. Texas A&M
16. UCF
17. Wisconsin
18. Oregon
19. Oklahoma
20. Louisville
21. USC
22. Duke
23. Arizona State
24. Cincinnati
25. East Carolina

Outside Five (26-30): UCLA, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Minnesota

BCS Bowls:
National Championship: Alabama vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Ohio State
Orange Bowl: Michigan State vs. South Carolina
Sugar Bowl: Baylor vs. UCF
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Fresno State

My Heisman Vote: Jameis Winston, Florida State QB

Unbeaten count: 5
ACC: #2 Florida State
Big Ten: #3 Ohio State
MAC: #8 Northern Illinois
Mountain West: #9 Fresno State
SEC: #1 Alabama

A Time To Reflect for #Freberg13

It is a very sad time in college right now, with a lot of finals, studying and freezing weather all creating an ugly era for us as students. We’re always stressed, we’re always nervous, and we’re always freezing (sometimes caffeine-dependent, with all the coffee and Red Bull we put ourselves through.)

With Dr. Freberg’s social media class, I didn’t have to worry about putting my body through all of that stress whatsoever. Everything was easier, and she went out of her way to always accommodate for us, the student. Taking her social media class was a very unique experience compared to any other course I had taken at the University of Louisville, something that I think all professors should take note from.

Early in the semester, she showed us statistics regarding peer recommendations and how they are more trustful to customers than advertising. She definitely follows through on this with having the class work on Twitter.

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She definitely encouraged us to help each other through Twitter, and being able to realize how helpful social media can be not just for the class, but for us personally and professionally. This kind of interaction helped us not only understand the ins and outs of social media, but remind us when assignments were due and carrying conversations on Twitter using the class hashtag ‘#Freberg13.’ To be able to teach a class as dynamic as social media is and actually implement goes a longer way for students than just looking at textbooks. In a way, it was our own personal experiment that delivered a lot of success.

Freberg also did something that not a lot of professors do; bring in relevant guest speakers, and bringing them in by tenfold. From Joey Wagner to Adam Lefkoe to Amanda Hortbert, she brought in a lot of different personalities/speakers from multiple realms in the Communication Department to accommodate for our needs in the Communication Department. They weren’t just someBringing in these guest speakers not only helped us gain insight in their fields of interest, but gave us the most important thing in the Communication Department: connections! As much as being in the job market is about doing things yourself, the first step is always ensuring those connections who can help you get in your field of interest.

To emphasize the ‘real-world’ feel on what our social media class brings, she also has us working with ‘clients’ to try and improve their social media brand. It’s been stressful at times, but it’s a resume-builder for us and gives us an idea of what we should expect from the working world when we graduate.

Bottom line is this: my social media class, known only as #Freberg13, was awesome. It definitely gave me a sense of what I needed to expect from the real-world when I graduate in May and start looking for a ‘big boy’ job. I sure feel like one after taking this class now.

The Good, Bad and OMG Edition of CFB Recap, Week 12

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College football in week 12 was awesome, right? There are a lot of stories that are emerging, some that are seriously captivating.

The story of the year used to be Auburn football, and what Gus Malzahn has accomplished in nine months as their head coach. He has taken a 2-10 team into a 10-1 group heading into their much anticipated Iron Bowl against Alabama. The Auburn Tigers are now in position to not only steal the SEC West, but possibly a national championship bid.

Now the title of ‘greatest story of the year’ could be lured over to Los Angeles, where Ed Orgeron has completely turned the USC football program around in a very short amount of time. What was once a dark shadow looming over the program is now cast by a bright light after the firing of Lane Kiffin. This can be attributed by the group losing only one game, a narrow four-point loss to rival Notre Dame. But since then, the Trojans have racked off big wins over Oregon State, Cal and now Stanford. They’ve also regained footing in the top 25, and could be in position to sneak into the Pac-12 championship if the dominoes fall in place. That’s awesome.

With apologies to you and me, here is a recap of college football from week 12!

Best Player of the Week: Boston College RB Andre Williams
Boston College has supplanted himself as the surprise team in the ACC this season, and a main part of it is running back Andre Williams. Williams had a monstrous day for the Eagles, running the ball 42 times for a school and ACC record 339 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 win over North Carolina State. While the opponent was small in terms of stature, Williams’ performance was simply gargantuan.

Best Play of the Week: UCF’s JJ Worton vs. Temple
Say what you will about UCF and their narrow wins, but their survival instinct is top notch. With Temple on the verge of pulling off a gigantic upset against the Knights, receiver JJ Worton made one of the most spectacular catches you will see this season to tie the game at 36.

It was to add to an amazing day for the redshirt junior, a third touchdown catch that tied the game and, eventually, led the Knights to a comeback win against the Temple Owls 39-36.

Most Impressive Team: USC Trojans
The Trojans are simply rolling right now behind their interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Since he inherited the team after Lane Kiffin’s firing, they are now 4-1, their lone loss a four-point defeat against Notre Dame. But one thing is for sure: the offense looks a lot better now than it did under Kiffin, and USC is playing with a lot of intensity and passion for their interim. The Trojans have won five of their last six games, including wins over Arizona, Oregon State and recently, a massive upset against Stanford that may cost the Cardinal a shot at the Pac-12 championship. Now the Trojans could be on the verge of sneaking a Pac-12 South championship away from Arizona State and/or UCLA, as they play Colorado before meeting their crosstown rival Bruins in the regular season finale.

One Spectacular Feat of Awesomeness: Auburn’s Immaculate Deflection
This is one of those plays that will likely live forever in the annals of college football history. We’ve seen a lot of amazing plays this season, from Allen Robinson’s sensational sideline grab against Michigan to Manziel’s impossible airball against Alabama. But the final offensive play of the Auburn Tigers against rival Georgia will live forever in the annals of college football, an amazing play that is just simply defined by one word: wow.

TV Credit: CBS Sports

The fact that Nick Marshall, an Auburn QB who used to play defensive back for Georgia, was the passer on this game-winning touchdown is an amazing silver lining that will forever define this 2013 edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Soon as this play finished, this was the clear choice to be mentioned in this category.

And now, for the gag reel, for something to turn your eyes away from (or towards, if you’re a masochist)… the college football FAILS of the week.

Worst Team of the Week: Southern Mississippi
To put it briefly, Southern Mississippi football is simply struggling. Without Brett Favre and/or Larry Fedora to keep the program alive, the Golden Eagles have struggled more than any other team in the past two seasons. And it continued last Saturday when the Golden Eagles lost to Florida Atlantic 41-7, making it their 22nd straight loss. It’s the longest in school history, and matches an eerily similar 22-game winning streak Urban Meyer has with the Buckeyes. Talk about

Worst Play of the Week: TCU called for ‘Illegal Equipment?’
It’s been a rough year for TCU fans, especially those, like me, who picked the Horned Frogs to be the dark horse of a wide-open Big XII conference. It reached the absolute lowest point for the Horned Frogs last week against Kansas State, as they were called for ‘illegal equipment’ on the field. What does that mean? A knife? A battleaxe on the field?

It might be a misleading penalty, as two ‘#2′s’ were on the field for the Horned Frogs to field a punt. It resulted in a five-yard penalty. Which resulted in a fourth-and-one opportunity that Kansas State converted. Which resulted in a game-winning field goal that knocked TCU out of bowl eligibility. And, it does not get any better for them as TCU gets to host rival Baylor in their season finale.

Georges St. Pierre’s ‘Not Impressed With Your Performance’ of the Week: Texas vs. Oklahoma State
This is painful to say, but the Texas Longhorns have confused me so much this season. They lost to Ole Miss and BYU to start the year, with Mack Brown on a white-hot seat as the head coach and allowing tons of rushing yards. They then rebound with a win over Oklahoma, and follow it up with a nice winning streak that kept the Longhorns in position to win the Big XII. And then this happens against Oklahoma State, a 38-13 loss to the rival Cowboys. Case McCoy had one of his worst performances in his brief career with three interceptions. A defense that was thought to be cured with problems went into recurrence, as the Longhorns gave up almost 400 yards, and were down 28-10 at halftime. While Mack Brown’s head coaching seat was temporarily safe, it may start to get warmer with their final two games against in-state rivals Texas Tech and Baylor. What happens in those two games could lead to a new head coach in Austin.

One Unspectacular Fail: Texas Chest Paint
I share no quarrels when a fan paints his body in the name of supporting his team. I get it, especially in college circles where passion is unrivaled in America (especially in Texas.) But this guy may want to examine his own team’s logo after botching it in spectacular fashion:

I appreciate the effort, but just make it a little bit slimmer and more realistic.

So there you have it: four good things and four bad things from the opening week of college football. We laugh for sports, we cheer for sports, we even cry for sports. But most importantly, we care about sports. And I care just as much by making my work fun and exciting. If you have any nominations – spectacular or otherwise – reach me via Twitter or email. Until next time, enjoy this gif of the week from Diesel the Husky of Northern Illinois!

GIF Credit: SB Nation

College Football Top 25, Week 12

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Photo Credit: ESPNU Broadcast

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Auburn
6. Oregon
7. Texas A&M
8. Northern Illinois
9. Fresno State
10. Stanford
11. Clemson
12. Missouri
13. South Carolina
14. Michigan State
15. UCF
16. Louisville
17. Oklahoma State
18. Wisconsin
19. Oklahoma
20. LSU
21. UCLA
22. Ole Miss
23. Minnesota
24. USC
25. Duke

Outside Five (26-30): Arizona State, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas

BCS Bowls:
National Championship: Alabama vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Ohio State
Orange Bowl: Auburn vs. Clemson
Sugar Bowl: Stanford vs. UCF
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. Northern Illinois

Heisman Race:
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB
2. Jameis Winston, Florida State QB
3. Bryce Petty, Baylor QB
4. Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB

Unbeaten count: 6
ACC: #2 Florida State
Big Ten: #3 Ohio State
Big XII: #4 Baylor
MAC: #8 Northern Illinois
Mountain West: #9 Fresno State
SEC: #1 Alabama

Social Media and Crisis Management

With the ever expanding presence of social media, crises have been more and more abundant from company to company. And because of how fast you can spread messages, it’s just as easy to handle these accordingly as you do when it does happen. A combination of using social media and crisis management together will make your life in a company much easier.

A recent example of when it happened, somewhat personal because I am a fan of the team, is the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal. After news of Martin’s departure due to bullying from fellow teammates, the Dolphins, for better or worse, handled the situation accordingly. Thinking quickly, they used a combination of social media and crisis management to issue a statement regarding the matter.

Despite other issues that have surfaced such as neglect from the front office and other pawns in this in the team (including general manager Jeff Ireland), the Dolphins were very swift in addressing the manner. This is key from a company standpoint, because ignoring the black clouds that hover over your brand is not a proper way to conduct business and can leave a black eye. You have to address what you can, when you can, and so in a timely fashion.

As mentioned though, social media can also bring about crises itself. Home Depot was recently under fire for its racist tweet the company posted on the set of ESPN’s College Gameday. They subsequently followed it with apologies and termination of those who posted or were affiliated with the tweet.

These are just two good examples of what it takes to be effective in combining both social media and crisis management. But it’s also a reminder to all of us that social media does not make us all invincible. We should always be conscious about how tweets or posts can come off, intentionally offensive or otherwise. Working in social media can be a fun job to have, but it’s up to us, especially the generation that grew up with social media, to make sure that we utilize it properly.

The Good, Bad and RTR Edition of CFB Recap, Week 11

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Photo Credit: Kelley Cox, USA Today

With the last year of the BCS coming to an abrupt end, it’s only befitting that its culmination comes with more chaos. Which is what happened Thursday with the loss of Oregon, who was once a shoe-in for the long awaited dream match with Alabama. But once again, rival Stanford arrived in Palo Alto to save the day … for Florida State, at least.

So now, once again, it appears that our national championship could be set with Bama vs. the Seminoles. But then again, you didn’t expect Alabama to lose to Texas A&M last season, or the Seminoles to lose to North Carolina State. BCS chaos appeared Thursday, but it would certainly come full circle if one – or both – would lose by December 7th. Then the debate becomes this:

Do you take Ohio State, an undefeated team who’s only legitimate opponent so far has been Wisconsin? Northwestern appears to be tailing off into bowl ineligibility, while Michigan continues to struggle. Their only noteworthy afterwards could likely be a matchup against Michigan State, and even then that could be stretching. But would you deny a 25-game winning streak?

Do you take Baylor, a similarly undefeated team who, by season’s end, will have played Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas. Again, not the best resume in the world, but they are absolutely crushing opponents with ease with a lightning fast, seemingly unstoppable offense and a vastly improved defense. If Oregon can’t be in the BCS title game, Baylor would be a similar opponent to test either the Florida State or Alabama defense. But would you deny their ability to squash both good and bad competition?

Or do you take Stanford, a team that even with one loss, has a way better resume on paper than the two. They don’t wow you with style points, but wins over Washington, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Oregon would all be very hard to deny. Plus a matchup between Alabama and a similarly styled Cardinal team would be awesome for smashmouth football fans. Would you deny fans what they want to see?

It’s a unique equation that makes college football so special. Every game matters, especially the biggest ones.

With apologies to the Miami Dolphins and Stanford/Baylor fans, here is a recap of college football from week 11!

Best Player of the Week: Bryce Petty, Baylor QB
Move over, Robert Griffin III. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty could be moving his way into a potential Heisman campaign after a solid performance against the Oklahoma Sooners, totaling 250 yards (204 passing, 45 rushing) and five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in a 41-12 rout. This gave the Bears not only their second win ever over the Sooners, but their continual ascendance has given the Bears their highest ranking in over 60 years. Oh, and they’re also the owners of the college football heavyweight championship, for those who love pro wrestling.

Best Play of the Week: Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham vs. Kentucky
It’s been a rough year for Kentucky, with a lot of young, inexperienced players going against top veteran groups. It didn’t help that Missouri came to town, and bludgeoned them 48-17. The play of the game came from Missouri’s star receiver Green-Beckham, when the 6’6″ giant caught the ball while Kentucky S Eric Dixon wrapped him prematurely. An awesome catch that both highlights Missouri’s greatness and Kentucky’s struggles this season.

Most Impressive Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
It would have been too easy to say Stanford or Baylor this week, so I’ll highlight a team that is shocking everybody in the nation right now. The Golden Gophers, without their head coach Jerry Kill, have turned on the jets to an 8-2 record, their last win a 24-10 victory over rival Penn State. If you think it’s crazy that Minnesota is on the verge of potentially playing in the Big Ten Championship, Duke also could be in position to be in the ACC Championship. Yes, that Duke Blue Devils football team.

One Spectacular Feat of Awesomeness: Florida’s Ahmad Fulwood with a circus catch
It simply has not been a great season for the Florida Gators. At 4-5, they are potentially looking at missing their first bowl with two of the final three games at South Carolina and a home meeting with Florida State. But Florida wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood had a phenomenal catch that could not be replicated a million times over if you tried.

GIF Credit: Gifulmination.com

I count three, maybe four, tips on that one play. It was just simply awesome, and one of the craziest plays you will see this season.

And now, for the gag reel, for something to turn your eyes away from (or towards, if you’re a masochist)… the college football FAILS of the week.

Worst Team of the Week: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Nothing has gone right for the Texas Tech football team since their game against Oklahoma a few weeks ago. They lost a close one to the Sooners on the road, but then followed it up with a 52-34 loss to top Big XII team Oklahoma State. This possibly is the lowlight of the season now, as the Red Raiders, last week, lost 49-26 to Kansas State. It’s now three losses in a row, all of which has taken Tech from a Top 10 team to unranked. Their next opponent? Baylor. Good luck guys.

Worst Play of the Week: Ohio’s Tyler Tettleton goes down for a safety… wait, what?
There is not a lot wrong with Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, who looks like a certified first-round pick barring any miracles. In last week’s game versus Ohio, though, there was a lot wrong. As Khalil Mack was about to sack quarterback Tyler Tettleton, Tettleton threw it out of bounds. But it didn’t make it back to the line of scrimmage, so it should have been intentional grounding and a loss of down. Instead, this happens. The ref, who even looked at Tettleton and followed the play, called the right penalty. Instead of giving Ohio the ball, they ruled it a safety three yards behind the line of scrimmage.

Georges St. Pierre’s ‘Not Impressed With Your Performance’ of the Week: Oregon vs. Stanford
This nomination goes more towards Oregon than Stanford. Entering the game, it was almost an assumption that the Ducks would blow right by the Cardinal with a dominant offense. Add on the fact that Stanford had little offensive consistency, and it was possibly going to lock up a conference championship and BCS Championship berth.

Stanford said otherwise. Behind a gameplan that seems very unconventional now (three tight end sets? Running the ball 45 times with one running back? Get out of here), the Ducks just simply had no answer for the physicality and toughness of the Cardinal offensive front and defense. Oregon had multiple costly turnovers, stagnant on offense, and just could not find a way to stop Tyler Gaffney and the Cardinal from running it between the tackles. Oh, and Oregon’s ‘dominant’ offense was held to zero points through three quarters, while Stanford marched to a commanding 26-0 lead.

One Unspectacular Fail: Minnesota breaks their Victory Bell in win over Penn State
Rivalries are the lifeblood of college football. From the Iron Bowl to the Apple Cup, they are cherished and passionate among fanbases. When Minnesota upset Penn State at home to go to 8-2, the Golden Gophers won yet another rivalry this season in the Governor’s Victory Bell. However, they may have carried their passion a little too far as they broke their own rivalry trophy.

It’s okay though, at least Minnesota winning the game is a good form of compensation.

So there you have it: four good things and four bad things from the opening week of college football. We laugh for sports, we cheer for sports, we even cry for sports. But most importantly, we care about sports. And I care just as much by making my work fun and exciting. If you have any nominations – spectacular or otherwise – reach me via Twitter or email. Until next time, enjoy this gif of the (year) from LSU’s dinosaur fan!

GIF Credit: SB Nation

Top 25 College Football: Roll Tide Roll Edition

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Photo Credit: Chris Granger of Nola.com.

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. Texas A&M
9. Northern Illinois
10. Fresno State
11. Clemson
12. Missouri
13. South Carolina
14. UCF
15. Louisville
16. Michigan State
17. Oklahoma State
18. Wisconsin
19. Oklahoma
20. LSU
21. UCLA
22. Ole Miss
23. Minnesota
24. Miami
25. Texas

Outside Five (26-30): Ball State, Nebraska, Arizona State, Duke, USC

BCS Bowls:
National Championship: Alabama vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Ohio State
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. UCF
Sugar Bowl: Auburn vs. Fresno State
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. Oregon

Heisman Race:
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB
2. Jameis Winston, Florida State QB
3. Bryce Petty, Baylor QB
4. Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB

Unbeaten count: 6
ACC: #2 Florida State
Big Ten: #3 Ohio State
Big XII: #4 Baylor
MAC: #9 Northern Illinois
Mountain West: #10 Fresno State
SEC: #1 Alabama