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August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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Can you believe it?  We are 24 days away from the start of the 2012 College Football season.  Nuts.  Last season, the SEC made it SIX championships in a row (Florida-2, Alabama-2, Auburn-1, LSU-1).  Will this be the year some other conference breaks through and wins a title?  Could be, here are some things to look for this season, including my pick for the title, Heisman and best-looking quarterback…ok, not really.

1.  Seriously, Will The SEC Win It All Again?

For those of us in Texas, the SEC talk is a bit maddening, and with the addition of Texas A&M to the conference, it won’t go away.  While most people think the SEC is just a NFL division these days, they do have weaknesses and even their best teams can be beaten.  Look for the same names to be challenging for a championship again, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas, who all start the season in the top-10 of the coaches poll.  Do I think the streak continues?  No.

2.  What Freshmen Will Make The Biggest Impact On Their New Teams?

There are a few that come to mind, but the first one I think about is Dorial Green-Beckham.  This guy has an NFL-body already, and should do great on a pass-happy Mizzou team.  Another youngster to watch is Wes Lunt from Oklahoma State.  While I don’t think he is a Heisman winner, Lunt will be THE man for Mike Gundy’s Cowboys this season.  One more is Mario Edwards at Florida State.

3.  What Team That Switched It’s Conference Will Make The Biggest Splash?

Hmm, just to give you an idea, here they are:  West Virginia, Texas A&M, Missouri, Fresno State, Hawaii, UMASS, Nevada, South Alabama, TCU, Temple, Texas State, and UT-San Antonio.  Ok, so there they are.  While I think WV is a good pick, it is the obvious pick, and we aren’t gonna do that, so give me TCU.  They will be favored in their first seven games, and could be undefeated before taking on OSU on October 27.  They have play-makers returning from a team that was a bit under the radar last season.

4.  Who Will Be The Player NO ONE Knows Now But Will At The End of the Season?

Jeff Tuel, Quarterback, Washington State.  Ok, so the Cougars have been HORRIBLE the past decade really, but there is ONE reason Tuel is the guy to watch, Mike Leach.  Did you forget that Leach was now the head coach of the Cougars? That automatically gives Tuel about 4,600 yards and 39 TD’s, give or take.  If anything, it will be fun to watch Wazzu this year.

5.  Who Will Be The Most Disappointing Team of 2012?

Last year, I picked Texas A&M as that team and they didn’t disappoint, finishing 7-6 after being ranked in the top 10 preseason.  This year, I think Oklahoma has a CHANCE to be the team.  The expectations are HIGH for this team, meaning disappointment could happen easily.  While the schedule looks “not too bad”, they still have to play Texas, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, and West Virginia.

6.  Who Will Be The Surprise Team of 2012?

The Tennessee Volunteers were sure bad last year, but a schedule that does not include Auburn, LSU and Arkansas sure does look good in an already tough SEC schedule.  Could they push for an East crown in the SEC?  Perhaps, 19 starters are back from last season.

7.  Who Will Win The Heisman Trophy?

It is going to be VERY hard to stop Matt Barkley from winning it, but there are a few other guys who will have a chance:
– Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
– Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
– Matt Barkley, QB, USC  (My 2012 Heisman winner pick)
– Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

8.  Who Will Win The National Title?

Well, the playoff that is coming will be good, which is the best way to determine this thing, but again, it’s not here yet.
My Pick:  Michigan over LSU – I have no idea why, but I think Shoelace has a crazy good year and things start off well with a HUGE win over Alabama.

Dark Horse Title Pick:  Kansas State – A great quarterback with a scrappy defense.

 

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2012 MLB Awesome Rankings #3

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

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It has been a GOOD two weeks since we have last updated the Awesome Rankings.  Make that three weeks.  That has given me PLENTY of time to realize that the Rangers are about as consistent as the Texas weather.  Hot one day, cold the next, ok, maybe not a good metaphor.  Anyway, after the Rangers looked awful against the Angels earlier this week, they now have a six game lead over their division rivals.  Weird. Anyway, here are the awesome rankings this week:

1.  Cincinnati Reds (65-41):  The BEST record in baseball, and winners of four in a row including nine out of their last 10.  Aroldis Chapman is a legit relief man, while the offense is unforgiving with Votto, Bruce and Phillips.  A 4.5 game lead over upstart Pittsburgh is looking good right now.

2.  Atlanta Braves (61-45):  The Bravos made a trade at the deadline for Paul Maholm, which will be a great pickup for them in the run for the playoffs.  Another well-balanced team, the Braves are just two games behind the Nationals, but lead the NL Wild Card chase.  9-1 over their last ten games.

3.  Washington Nationals (63-43):  I would take this team in a seven-game series over a bunch of teams, which is why they are No. 3 in this countdown.  The real question that everyone wants to know is, will the Nats shutdown Stephen Strasburg.  Something tells me that if they are in the race for a division crown, and they need a gutsy performance, they will call on the young flame-thrower.

4.  Texas Rangers (62-43):  Putting them here means they are the “best team in the American League” at this point in my mind.  While I do believe they are VERY good, the Rangers are inconsistent.  Bad pitching and horrible hitting have turned into “ok” pitching and “ok” hitting for the time being. This is the last time I’ll put them in on “what they could be”. 

5.  New York Yankees (62-44):  Last countdown’s No. 1 team, the Yankees will definitely be a playoff team, it just remains to be seen if they are a World Series winner just yet.  Injuries have hurt, but they are getting better.

6.  Pittsburgh Pirates (60-45):  Man I like this team, and HOPE they can hang on to a playoff spot.  The pitching is great, the offense is timely.  Big series right now with the division-leading Reds.

7.  Chicago White Sox (58-47):  Not sure how they keep doing it, but they do.  Winners of 8 of their last 10, the Palehosers are keeping the Windy City (Southside at least) afloat until football gets rolling.

8.  Los Angeles Dodgers (57-50):  Just a matter of time until they catch the Giants, in my humble but accurate opinion.  Hanley Ramirez was a great pickup, so was “gamer” Shane Victorino.  The pitching staff remains tough too.

9.  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (57-50):  Just saw them Wednesday against the Rangers.  These two teams will slug it out til the end.  I would NOT be surprised if LAA catches, then passes the Rangers.  Not saying it will happen, but def wouldn’t be surprised.

10.  Oakland A’s (58-49):  Another FUN team to watch that seems to be legit this late in the season.  Just five games back of the Rangers and NO ONE seems to be talking about them, just what Oakland wants.  The West is wild.

Bottom Four:

1.  Houston Astros (35-72):  After trading EVERYONE away, they may not win 50 games this season.

2.  Colorado Rockies (38-66):  Whoa, I am not even sure what to say.  They are bad.  Maybe they can play the Astros soon.

3.  Chicago Cubs (43-61):  It is amazing the depth of sucktitude the NL has.  Top three teams are NL teams on this list, and bottom three.  Ouch.

4.  Kansas City Royals (44-61):  Only a matter of time until they showed up here.  They did host a great All Star Weekend I guess.

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