Previewing the Big Games: College Football Week 2

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

After a very eventful first week of the college football season, with title contenders showing that they have some more work to do, we’re already at the eve of the second week. Opening jitters should be moving out of the way by now, and the truth (positive or negative) should start to shine through starting here. We have some big games to look forward to, but there are three that stand out above the rest, and those are the games I’ll be breaking down here. When the weekend is over, I’ll be back to break everything down yet again, hopefully improving on my 2-1 prediction record from last week.

No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee: With both teams on the rise and coming off of impressive performances last week, eyes are set on this game, with people looking to the future. The winner shows that they might be a legitimate contender on the season, while the loser goes back to the drawing board.

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Photo Credit: tennessee.247sports.com

Photo Credit: tennessee.247sports.com

Tennessee rushed for 399 yards last week, nearly having three players top the 100-yard mark, with Alvin Kamara going for 144, Jalen Hurd getting 123 and QB Joshua Dobbs getting 89 yards of his own. It was the school’s best single-game rushing performance in over 20 years, but now, that running game goes up against an Oklahoma run defense that ranked 11th in the country last season in yards allowed and 10th in yards per game allowed. The Volunteers won’t reach 400 rushing yards again this week, but if they can get some sort of consistency with their three-headed monster, you have to like their chances. [Read more…]

College Football’s Five-Star Follies

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

As the 2013 college football season draws to a close Monday night in Pasadena, die-hard fans across the country with nothing to do will turn their attention to analyzing, debating, bragging and cursing over the college recruiting season that will ramp into full swing from now until National Signing Day. Blue Chip high school football players across the land will get their turn in the spotlight, and get their money’s worth (the pun is there, intended or not), as sports writers, TV personalities and amateur prognosticators sitting on their couches in mustard stained jerseys predict who will have the No. 1 recruiting class.

Photo Credit: NOLA.com

Photo Credit: NOLA.com

After Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game, the guessing is just about over. Alabama most likely wrapped up yet another No. 1 ranked recruiting class, and if so it will be their third in a row according to ESPN.com’s metrics. In fact you have to go back to 2007 for the last time that an Alabama recruiting class was ranked out of the top three on ESPN’s recruiting class trackers. In a highly visible love affair with Alabama, Rivals.com has ranked the Crimson Tide’s recruiting class No. 1 every year since 2008 with 2010 being the lone anomaly. A repeat this year would give ‘Bama a ridiculous six years in a row with the top spot and they almost certainly solidified their case with the commitment of No. 8 overall recruit, 5-star safety, Tony Brown out of Beaumont, TX. They currently have 25 commitments with four 5-stars, 14 4-stars and 7 3-stars. [Read more…]

Daily Randomness: January 2, 2014

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

Random Car of the Day: Koenigsegg Agera R

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Random CEO of the Day: Sophia Amoruso [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing: Itchy And Scratchy Predictions 9/20/13

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

Stephen Thomas’ brand new CD “Magic Wife Dust” is now available HERE! His sports-humor commentary can be heard nationwide, weekdays on The Nick Bonsanto Show on the Sports Byline USA radio network. You can subscribe to the Here’s The Thing podcast on iTunes and/or Podbean for free.  The transcripts will appear here.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

It’s Friday, which everyone knows means two things: First, sports radio hosts across the country are having their weekend prediction shows, and second, men across the country will be disagreeing with those predictions, yelling at the radio, and scratching themselves.  Wanting to stay ahead of the curve, I’ve been scratching since Wednesday, and wanting to join in the fun, I’ll make some predictions of my own.

See, Here’s The Thing; Since I’m taking my past prediction success rate of nearly 27% and dropping sportsbook gold all over the place here, you should pick up a pencil and write these down, and for efficiency’s sake, you can use that pencil to continue scratching uninterrupted.  Work smarter, not harder. Anyway, here we go: I predict that college students across the country will get on TV Saturday by being shirtless in the stands with messages painted on their chests, but not remember it Sunday due to the Everclear Cheerios they had for breakfast.  I predict Johnny Manziel will do something on the field that makes his supporters love him more, and his haters compare him unfavorably to Freddy Kreuger.  At halftime, Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner will announce he’s traded The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to Detroit for the rights to the next season of “Hard Core Pawn.”  Raiders fans will be despondent over Peyton Manning destroying their defense, but will quickly forget about it and go back to stabbing each other.  The Yankees will stay just enough in the Wild Card race that fans everywhere can continue to hate them for another week. The refs in the Auburn-LSU game will obviously be cheating for Auburn OR for LSU, depending on which fans you ask.  In Vegas, guys who’ve lost at sports betting 632 weeks in a row will continue to believe in their “system.” Then they will scratch themselves.

Look, you want winners? Take the Yankees, the 49ers, the Dolphins, Notre Dame, and whoever will somehow screw over Cleveland by winning. Of course, if you’re looking for winners on which to wager your hard earned money, you shouldn’t be taking advice from a guy who tells knock knock jokes for a living and spent ten minutes this morning looking for his lost socks. True story.

Find me on the web at MiddleAgedMarriedGuy.com, Facebook as Comedian Stephen Thomas, or follow me on Twitter @15Stephen15.  For The Nick Bonsanto Show, I’m Stephen Thomas, and that was The Thing.

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PSDC Random Stat of the Day

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man 

With the 49-42 loss to Alabama yesterday, Texas A&M failed to repeat last season’s success and beat the Crimson Tide in consecutive games. In seven seasons under head coach Nick Saban, only LSU has managed to accomplish it winning consecutive games in 2010 and 2011 by a combined margin of six points.

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Gary Patterson Doesn’t Think Les Miles is Much of a Disciplinarian

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

The TCU Horned Frogs and LSU Tigers open the season against each other on Aug. 31 in a make-Jerry-money event called the “Cowboys Classic.” It’s an intriguing matchup to start the season but now there might be a little more on the line.

LSU running back Jeremy Hill received two more years of probation for his role in a bar fight back in April. The arrest violated the terms of the probation he was already serving for a “carnal knowledge” misdemeanor. As most of you know by now, LSU head coach Les Miles decided to let his team vote whether or not Hill would be on or off the team. Guess what they decided. Hill is a Tiger once again.

Devonte Fields, arguably TCU’s best player, will not be participating in either of the Horned Frogs’ first two games after being suspended for violating unspecified team rules in the spring.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson doesn’t think Les Miles is much of a disciplinarian. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Draft Review: Seattle Seahawks, Rounds 4-7

By Tony James
PSDC Writer

Round 4, Pick 123: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Tennessee Titans, Rounds 4-7

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

Round 4, Pick 107: Brian Schwenke, OC, California

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Houston Texans, Rounds 2-3

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Round 2, Pick 57: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Arizona Cardinals, Rounds 2-3

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

Round 2, Pick 45: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Philadelphia Eagles, Rounds 2-3

By Conor Bailey
PSDC Writer

Round 2, Pick 35: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

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