Apparently the ACC and Big East both added/lost teams today.
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Apparently the ACC and Big East both added/lost teams today.
Here's a good look at the mascots in an image provided by Boston
College blogger Eagle in Atlanta-
Here's a pretty cool link about a day in the life of Clemson football from the writers, editors, photographers and any other assistance that could be found at the Greenville Times. Nice feature!
This is the beauty of college football, and for once the media associated with a particular team do it a little justice, giving life to all the fans, officials, players, support groups, vendors... everything.
Tradition matters and it's what makes the game unique.
We still love the Gamecocks, but dang... this link kind of puts the school's historical football performance in perspective-
This is South Carolina Football
The link is from a Clemson bloggers' website.
Resource favorite part:
And no one should forget the fact that Carolina went two consecutive seasons without winning one conference game, not one (1998 and 1999). Carolina had an impressive string of 21 consecutive games with a loss snapped in 2000 by beating New Mexico State (then let the rest of the country know what Carolina football was all about by tearing down the goal-posts).
In theory the entire purpose of CollegeFootballResource.com
is to gather and efficiently organize and categorize college football
links, so as to gather in one place the collective power of college
football's presence on the internet. Obviously, we do a little
more because that's where our passion takes us, but in the meantime, it
might be smart to hold up to our end of the bargain on the most basic
and fundamental purposes here.
PS-We've added a new link category, "grab bag" to help us put some links out there that may not be so easily categorizeable or that would clutter the existing setup. For example, there are about a million Nebraska and Alabama websites made by the programs' fans. Most of them are outdated, or old, or whatever. But if I start some new link page with important links to such programs, I'm not going to list all 3,000 Nebraska websites I've run across, instead option for maybe the local paper, the official website, and any prominent message board/recruiting websites. Everything else is probably destined for the grab bag.
What's neat about grab bags is that they're full of goodies if you're looking for something in particular. So maybe the official Nebraska website doesn't have information on some team in the 1970's, but hey, Joe Fan has a section within his own site about that team. Bingo!
So we'll work on building that up, too.
Onto the links-
In perusing the list of blogs on the aforementioned CFB blog community at TTLB/NZBear, it appears I have neglected at least one major CFB blog, FanBlogs.com.
The reason for this is that in going through my team specific CFB blogs
listing, I forgot to check out the more generic CFB blogs listing and
add those to the tracker. Big oops. What that also means is
that by not listing FanBlogs, we've also neglected many other blogs
that are within the generic CFB blogs link category.
We'll be more inclusive next month, promise!
The ball is rollin'.
Fresh off CFR's fun but tedious idea to track any/all college football blogs' rankings in the NZBear blog rankings at the top of each month, Brian from mgoblog takes it one step further and creates a CFB community page at NZBear.
We highly recommend you bookmark that page. It's useful because it lists a decent handful of college football blogs, and also shows recent posts from any blogs listed in there. It might get annoying at times as some of the bloggers are crossover, such as wildly popular BoiFromTroy who for every one CFB post, has 20 others about things not college football. You'll just have to do your best to separate the wheat from the chaff, or maybe you'll grab onto some of the other topics posted. ParadigmBlog and StraightBangin' have interesting takes on politics, for example.
From now on I'll try listing any CFB blogs that I add to my links database in a post, so that Brian from mgoblog can add those to the community page, since he now runs it. Great idea and effort on his part, though, and we love the Desmond Howard picture, even if it's not a very universal, harmonious, catch-all college football picture to represent the group. But hey, it's his page!
As for the rankings, that page doesn't appear to show the ecosystem rankings of the blogs already added to it, so I will continue to track them as promised, unless I get super-lazy.
Nice job, Brian.
Not a whole lot going on and HeismanPundit took an interesting but forgiven departure this week.
I really want to get into who I would have voted for in last year's Heisman race, and why. Hopefully that's coming up next Friday.
New feature, and I think a good one.
At the beginning of each month, we'll list some of the prominent CFB bloggers' status on a blog tracker called NZBear. It watches blogs and ranks them by traffic or referrers, we're not sure exactly, but a lot of the more prominent bloggers point to it.
Anyway, if you want to get listed on next month's ranking feature, 1)register your blog here so NZBear can begin tracking you, and also add its code to your blog somewhere 2)let us know you want to be on next month's rankings list.
This should be fun, we can watch how much these college football blogs grow during the season. I think college football blogging is a major growth industry of sorts on the internet/blogosphere. Join the fun!
Mike over at BlueGraySky has an interesting and well-researched piece about how the Elite 11 quarterbacks have fared over the years (titled 'Top Guns')
For those scratching their heads, the Elite 11 is a quarterback camp
out in California that brings together 11 of the nation's best prep
It's kind of a 'who's who' event for the high school passers and recruitniks.
As you can see from the piece, the Elite 11 quarterbacks collegiate outcomes have been a mixed bag.
Yes, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart was an Elite 11 quarterback, but so was well-traveled John Rattay.
Here is a list of this year's Elite 11 campers-
Zach Frazer, Cody Hawkins, Isiah Williams, Neil Caudle, Pat Devlin, Mitch Mustain, Jake Locker, Kevin Riley, Josh Freeman, Jevan Snead, Matthew Stafford and Tim Tebow.
Yes, that list has 12 quarterbacks.
To those of you who have stopped by this week, thank you and I hope you continue to walk this way. CollegeFootballResource.com has a lot to offer any college football fan. Our index of college football links is unparalleled, and they're tailored to assist fans in appreciating the game. Be sure and check them out.
We also have a built-in blog, and also a growing index of college football blogs.
If you have followed us for more than a week, you know this entry created a firestorm of sorts, here. We had the audacity to say Boise State is more or less a better football team than Georgia, and that it would win their season-opening matchup.
Anyway, site traffic was heavy thanks to people stopping by after transcripts of the famous post hit various UGA and Boise State message boards. But surprisingly, traffic has remained steady well after people stopped coming by via the message boards. In other words, many of you continue to stop by of your own volition. THANK YOU.
Look at the traffic the last week... June 24 was the big day at nearly 2,000 hits. Since then, look at this steady flow of traffic---
June 25: 1397 hits
June 26: 832 hits
June 27: 925 hits
June 28: 1023 hits
June 29: 1286 hits
June 30: 842 hits (and counting)
I am curious, for any of you who have stopped by, or are regular, what do you like about Resource? What could be better? What links are underrepresented? Do you have any links you could share with us that you find interesting? Any other comments or suggestions?
Feel free to comment below or email us---
Check out this piece about Big Six member Utah's future OOC schedulemaking.
The Utes (Ute? What's a Ute?~My Cousin Vinny) have added Big Six colleague member Louisville for two games in 2007 (road) and 2009 (home), and also Pac-10 contender Oregon for two in 2009 (road) and 2011 (home).
Imagine that, scheduling two BCS conference teams, one a top 10 squad and another a team that has been in the top 10 and won its conference within the last five seasons. This really shouldn't be considered courageous, but compared to many college football teams and their pathetic scheduling gimmicks, this is something to behold.
Additionally, Utah is talking to Texas about a game down the road.
Check out Louisville's offensive output its last 6 and 9 games of last year-
Here are links to some Marshawn Lynch videos I just found
We were just emailed a new website called gamedayisnow, apparently it's a companion site to a radio show.
We'll add them to our links very soon. As always, feel free to send us links you think would fit into what Resource is about, mostly college football.
Thank you also, to all those of you who have sent us links. We are grateful.
For some shallow and facile
commentary on the recent blogstorm/brouhaha about Boise State/Georgia,
Sophistication, self-loathing and the ESS EEE CEEE, be sure and take
some time to read HeismanPundit's work today---here, here, here and here.
The big thing is HP fleshes out the Big Six and Sophistication a little more. We like it because there's some kind of consistent criteria applied to the concept. Not so shallow after all.
More dissection fun, here we go, this time another "Ask CFN" (hopefully this isn't another Monday ritual for us every year)-
I’m so sick of you always disrespecting the Pac 10 and always pumping up the SEC and other conferences. The Pac 10 is every bit as good. Didn’t Oregon State almost beat LSU at LSU? Didn’t Arizona State blow out everyone’s favorite Iowa team? How about what USC has done to all the big boys for the last three years? Your bias is getting ridiculous. – JT
Just out of curiosity, I wonder why you didnt mention arizona state was 3-0 against the big10, and also why you didnt mention Oregon states dismantling of ND, and ND team that beat SEC power Tenessee AT Tennessee and also beat Big 10 champ Michigan. Or that the pac10 had the highest bowl winning % of any major BCS conference. Sorry to inform you of the facts. – JA
A: First of all to all of those with a short memory, we were the only ones that consistently had Arizona State ranked ahead of Iowa last year after the blowout loss.First off, a caveat on the Pac-10/SEC schedule. In the Pac-10, its members play all but one conference member every year. In the SEC their members are in two divisions, made up of six teams, of mixed quality, and only face three of the other division's six teams. Any given SEC team may draw all the crappy teams from the other division, or all the good ones. Or a mix.
As I’ve asked most of the Pac 10 fans that fire-bombed me all week, this year, would you rather play a schedule with USC, Cal, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, or LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Alabama? You’re flat-out nuts if you’d rather play the SEC schedule this year. However …
1) I never said the Pac 10 sucks this year. In fact, I’d argue that it’ll battle the ACC as the most even league in the nation and overall, is probably going to be second behind the SEC. Once again though, Cal’s schedule (Sacramento State, at Washington, Illinois, at New Mexico State, Arizona, at UCLA, Oregon State, Washington State, at Oregon, USC, at Stanford) would be a dream for most BCS conference teams.
2) Oregon State didn’t beat LSU. Coffee is for closers only. Quit bringing up that loss. USC almost lost several games last year, but they didn’t. Losses are losses.
3) Notre Dame isn’t in the Pac 10, and the win over Tennessee has nothing to do with you. That was a weird game coming in the middle of the SEC schedule with the Vols losing their starting quarterback, Erik Ainge, early on. It’s easy to forget what a shell of its self that Irish team was for the bowl game after the Ty Willingham fiasco.
4) You may only bring up last year’s great Pac 10 performances if you also bring up UCLA’s loss to Wyoming, Oregon State’s loss to Boise State, and possibly the worst loss by a bowl caliber BCS conference team, Oregon’s home loss to Indiana.
5) And finally … just because USC is the best team in America, that doesn’t mean the Pac 10 is/was great.
Adding them to this post first, but then to the blog. Proving that we actually do some work here at CFR.
Amazingly, all links are loaded.
Check our "Updates/What's New Here" function to see where they went, or just have fun clicking around within all our links. That's what we're here for.
Last week, Heisman Pundit declared blogger revolution. Soon others followed. Things seem all well in bloggy-land.
Then things got crazy.
First, CFR and HP had their say on the upcoming Boise State/Georgia matchup here and here. Then, mgoblog got batty and launched this broadside.
Then, the weekend came and everyone jumped into the water proclaiming skepticism of HP and also CFR.
This morning, HeismanPundit answered back extensively: vinegar.
For a condensed version of the above, you have EDSBS.
What does CFR think?
We think mgoblog was way off base in considering the thoughtful posts and backed-up justification of HeismanPundit shallow and facile. I read both posts mgoblog pointed to and found them almost the complete opposite of what HP was being accused of. Talk about facile.
Mgoblog takes offense to the creation of HP's Big Six, asking 'how
would he know'? if they're really sophisticated. Well, as HP said
before, no less than Pete Carroll, one of the elite coaches in the
game, was on record giving quite heavy praise for Boise, a team that
for whatever reason is taking a beating as somehow unworthy of HP's Big
Six. HP also brought up those teams' records last year---just two
losses that weren't head to head.
In response, I've also created the Big Six tracker on here just to
keep tabs throughout this season. Some of the things expressed by
HP and CFR are awaiting the actual games to be played. In the end
are the outcomes we talk about predictions? Well, yeah, since the
games haven't been played. But asking 'how am I to know', after
having just read justification from the previous season and an offering
of what will happen the next based on that justification, that's your
answer. Actually, your answer is to watch the games!
This sophistication argument is legitemate, and is not going
away. We've presented the outline this preseason, giving you, the
reader, time to prepare and watch these teams and see what we're
talking about during the regular season.
As far as using numbers or film as justification, I'm sure I'll try
and get some film if I have any just sitting around and manage to load
it on here. Until then I don't think written play-by-play of what
22 guys are doing each quarter of a second is really worth your time.
I could sit around and use numbers, too, but I did that once and was
accused of not having real justification. Catch-22 here, if you
ask me, from the fickle forever-cautious skeptic types who live what
amounts to a fairly numb existence.
Lastly, part of helping people along to understand something is to get ahead of the argument, as HP and CFR have done. Saying your say afterwards, and being right, has the unfortunate effect of making one a Moday-morning quarterback and people will still not believe you. At least if your arguments are presented before, people have the time to watch them either develop or disappear and analyze their merits in real time.
At least, he's treading dangerously towards that territory.
Last week HP said from that point out, the slate was clean, everything thereafter was fair game as basis to evaluate the CFB punditry and chattering class.
This week's "Ask CFN" has several nutty QandA's. We'll respond later today, but first we gotta get some sleep. Damn Sunday nights.
Just read it and ruminate for a bit.