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 Playoff Semifinal Preview

By Andrew Canan
PSDC Contributor

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Saban vs Meyer. Mariota vs Winston. Storylines that TV executives could have only dreamt of when the College Football Playoff started to become a reality. Now, here we are. The countdown to the first College Football Playoff Semifinal game is now down to mere hours. Will Nick Saban get Alabama and the SEC back to its standard hoisting of the championship trophy in January? Will Jameis Winston and the ‘Noles complete the all-so-difficult feat of repeating as national champions? Can Marcus Mariota lead the Ducks to their first national championship? Can Urban Meyer lead the Buckeyes and the Big Ten to their first championship since 2002? We will have answers to all of those questions and more in a little less than two weeks. Before then, let’s take a quick look at the matchups we have before us.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs Ohio State

What else is there to say about Alabama and Nick Saban except that they’ve been the program every other program can only hope to emulate. Winners of three of the last five national championships, they are certainly at the top of the college football mountain. This year has been no exception. [Read more…]

College Football: Apple Cart Turned Over…Again

By Bob Cole
PSDC Litigator

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Once again the apple cart has been turned over in college football. In yet another exciting weekend of football that had three highly desirable games being played at once, the standings will likely be shaken up by the playoff committee this Tuesday. [Read more…]

Pac-12 Shifts Again: Oregon Back in Driver’s Seat

By William Boor
PSDC Writer

Just when you thought you understood the Pac-12, the entire landscape changes.

It was only a week ago when Stanford dominated Oregon and appeared ready to coast into the Pac-12 Championship game. But then, USC – a team that has won four straight games and is playing really well for interim coach Ed Orgeron – squeaked out a 20-17 victory over the Cardinal.

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Terrill, AP

While a lot of people knew USC had the talent to compete with Stanford, most figured the Cardinal – who had beaten the Trojans four straight times – would ultimately get the victory. [Read more…]

Quick Reaction: Stanford 26, Oregon 20

By William Boor
PSDC Writer

Oregon fans were chanting, “We want Bama.”

College football fans and media experts were excited to watch Oregon’s blur offense take on Alabama’s power attack in the National Championship game.

Seemingly everyone thought Marcus Mariota would waltz his way to a Heisman Trophy.

Oregon running back DeAnthony Thomas thought the Ducks could score 40 points.

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However, the Stanford Cardinal had different thoughts as the beat the Ducks 26-20.

For the second straight season, the Cardinal upset the Ducks and shook-up the BCS picture. While the final deficit was only six points, the game was hardly that close. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – The BCS Is Out! (Perfect Schwarzenneger Voice) 10/21/13

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.

College football just went through a crazy weekend, with half of the Top 10 losing, key injuries dotting the landscape, and Brent Musberger somehow making it through an entire telecast without clumsily hitting on some players 23 year old girlfriend. After all of the carnage and my favorite part – Notre Dame beating USC, hey PPPLLLLLLT! to you, USC! – the BCS rankings made their initial entry onto the 2013 season stage. [Read more…]

Pac-12 College Football Week 7 Storylines

By William Boor
PSDC Contributor

Believe it or not, Week 7 of the college football season is already upon us.

Although it feels like the season just started, conference play is in full swing. Every Pac-12 team is in action this season and there are a few things to keep your eye on.

A new era
The post-Lane Kiffin era will begin on Thursday night when USC plays host to Arizona. It is yet to be determined if the Ed Orgeron coaches the Trojans beyond 2013, but either way, fans in Los Angeles hope the post-Kiffin Trojans perform similar to the pre-Kiffin ones.

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Cream of the Crop
Everyone knows Oregon is a good football team. The question though, is how good? The Ducks are 5-0 and have scored 50 or more points in every game this season, but have yet to be tested. Saturday’s road bout against Washington is a big test for the Ducks and also will provide some clarity as to how good the Ducks truly are.

Repeating as conference champions is not easy and Stanford is going to get everyone’s best shot this season. After a narrow escape last week, it will be interesting to see how the Cardinal respond on the road against Utah. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 37: Devonte Fields

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 37 – Devonte Fields (So.), DE – TCU


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Fields my not have the stats that Breslin or others on this list have, but what Fields possess is productivity at a youthful age.  In his first season on a college campus, Fields was voted AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 53 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. As a freshman he accounted for 34 percent of the Horned Frogs’ sacks last season – the highest percentage of any freshman defensive player in the nation. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Draft Review: Carolina Panthers, Rounds 4-7

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

Round 4, Pick 108: Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta State

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Buffalo Bills, Rounds 2-3

By Reid Kerr
PSDC Original Ginger

Round 2, Pick 41: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Round 2, Pick 46: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon

Round 3, Pick 78: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

Analysis: Two strong picks in areas of need for the Bills. After Stevie Johnson, Buffalo’s wide receiving corps is more of a corpse. Woods has the potential to step in as a starter and help out from day one, which would be a huge benefit to Manuel, Kolb, or whoever the starting quarterback winds up being. Goodwin’s also got the talent to contribute, especially for a team as thin at the wide out spots as Buffalo. The Bills addressed their deficiency at quarterback twice in the off-season with Kolb and Manuel, and tried to help out the league’s 26th-best passing offense with two high picks on receivers.

The pick of Alonso was a bonus, with the Bills getting a potential starting linebacker with one of the extra picks they got from St. Louis in their first round trade. Alonso should fit pretty well into the Bills new defense.

With four good picks in the first three rounds, Buffalo addressed areas of need, although it would have been nice to see them grab some help on the offensive line. The big question now is how many of these high picks will they be able to hit on, and who’ll stick.

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Indianapolis Colts, Rounds 4-7

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

Round 4, Pick 121: Khaled Holmes, C, USC

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