#26 Auburn Tigers: College Football 77 in 77

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What did we just learn from Joe Paterno? Erecting a statue for someone while they’re still alive and their legacy is not yet fully formed is risky business. And sometimes backfires. There’s already a Cam Newton statue at Auburn. Again, something scandalous could arise, especially given Newton’s past history.

The Bo Jackson statue I’m cool with; his career is long over.

As for the Auburn Tigers this college football season, a step forward? 2011 was rebuilding from the title year of 2010, so now better things are expected. Even though they’re breaking in a new coordinator on each side of the ball

Go here for the Auburn Tigers men’s basketball season preview

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#67 Southern Miss Golden Eagles: College Football 77 in 77

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Southern Miss did something last year no one else in college football could do- beat Houston and Case Keenum. Although it ended up being more of a morale boost than anything else (despite a school record 12 wins they still ended up in the Hawaii Bowl), the Conference USA Championship game win was still very impressive, as it shut out UH from any remote chance of the BCS.

Such are the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, who are becoming one of the more important college football programs in C-USA. They are the alma mater of Brett Favre after all.

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#72 Colorado Buffaloes: College Football 77 in 77

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Last year I was not very high on the Colorado Buffaloes heading into college football season, and the C Buffs did not disappoint going 3-10 and losing 7 in midseason. Well actually, they did disappoint, quite a bit, just not me because I had zero expectations for Jon Embree’s group. I have a similar negative outlook for them this year, I predict a seventh straight losing year in Boulder.

Colorado will be one of the youngest teams in the nation, and starting over with a new quarterback; one that we’re not even sure on, so they’re going to have some major issues.

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#75 Duke Blue Devils College Football 77 in 77

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Once again, the Duke Blue Devils figure to not be a factor in what should be a wide open ACC. Unlike their rivalry brethren North Carolina, Duke seems unable to make themselves relevant, and at least respectable, in college football to go along with their elite status in college basketball. On this end of Tobacco Road, there hasn’t been a bowl since ’94 and a league co-championship since ’89.

Don’t expect either of those things to change this season.

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LSU Honey Badger Video, App, Song Drinking Game

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Watching the college football national title game Monday night, you might have noticed that Brent Musburger referred to LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu as “the Honey Badger” as much as possible.

And when I say “you might have noticed” I actually mean it was painfully obvious to anyone who watched even a nanosecond of the game. Was he trying to be hip? Did he not know the player’s actual name? Does he just love the nickname? Was he trying to kill by alcohol poisoning the people playing the “Musburger says Honey Badger” drinking game?

Or has a generation of mindless acronyms instead of original nicknames (A-Rod, D-Will, I-Rod etc.) made us all go bucknuts when we hear an actual nickname for an athlete?

Watch two Honey Badger videos after the jump. Both narrators are men with extremely homosexual sounding voices by the way.

For more on the actual player, and the story of how he got his nickname go here

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Beware LSU Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu, Physically and Psychologically

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Funny thing about tonight’s college football national title game, the biggest star on one side, LSU, their Heisman Trophy finalist is actually a cornerback: Tyrann Mathieu.

Another funny thing about the game, he’s trying to get a psychological edge by looking up the names of mothers of Alabama football players for some trash talking on the field.

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BCS Title Game #1 LSU vs. #2 Alabama: Brutally Honest Preview

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You may wonder why this preview is going up 5 days in advance of the big heavyweight bout. We’re at the point where every bowl game except the big one, the one that really matters, has been played.  Yes, the Cotton Bowl between Arkansas and Kansas State should be a fun one to watch. Much closer to being a true BCS bowl than tonight’s Orange Bowl between the so-called “best teams” from the ACC and Big East.

When talking ACC and especially Big East football, “airquotes” are often required. The ACC is 2-12 all-time in BCS bowls and the Big East simply needs to be stripped of their AQ. There’s no other way- West Virginia this year and UConn last year tell us that BE football is simply not allowed to have nice things.

And yes, there’s a couple other bowls left I didn’t mention that that you haven’t heard of, featuring teams that NO ONE cares about and NO ONE will watch.

So if the Cotton Bowl is a dud…well, let’s just get to the rematch, and this one is for all the Mardi Gras beads.

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Four Crimson Tide Defenders You’ll See in the NFL

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Tomorrow night’s college football national title game will feature numerous future NFL players on both sides of the ball- especially defense. Here are four Alabama Crimson Tide names you should get to know between now and draft day.

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LSU’s Morris Claiborne Should be a Top 5 NFL Draft Pick

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LSU is certainly becoming CBU these days. Louisiana State University is Corner Back U. Patrick Peterson left Baton Rouge early to become a two-phase NFL star with the Arizona Cardinals, and the Tigers didn’t miss a beat.

Morris Claiborne is looking like a top 5 NFL draft pick this year, and the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu will be a franchise player in a couple years.

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#1 LSU Tigers vs. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide: BRUTALLY HONEST Game Preview

Simply put, if you’re not excited about this game, then you really are with the terrorists.

Maybe not, I think even the Al Qaeda cells in Jalalabad and Tora Bora will tune in for #1 LSU Tigers vs. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. This is why college football has the best regular season in all of sports, you have an in-season de facto national title game.

Over 600 media credentials have been issued for this weekend, extremely high yes, but more than 800 were issued in 1993 at the Notre Dame vs. Florida State #1 vs. #2 game in South Bend. Irish head coach Lou Holtz invited all of them to his home for a BBQ dinner the Thursday before.

Will Nick Saban do the same?

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#2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers: Brutally Honest Game Preview

You can argue that any of these three teams (LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide) are the true kings of college football. Each of them have a legit case to be #1. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, Wisconsin Badgers and Boise State Broncos belong in the discussion too. Don’t forget about the Stanford Cardinal either.

My choice in the preseason remains the same today- ‘Bama. They have the most pure talent of anyone, and that is an NFL defense they have. The Tide could probably do a much better job than the New England Patriots in opponents pass yards per game. You could just say I have a man-crush on this entire team.

If that’s possible. I think it is.

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#3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #14 Arkansas Razorbacks: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Get ready for the first of two college football national championship “elimination games” this weekend. In the SEC, you have #3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #14 Arkansas Razorbacks. Both have legit national title aspirations as do the #7 Oklahoma State Cowboys and #8 Texas A&M Aggies. In both conferences, you have other teams in the mix for the big prize, but eventually they’ll beat up on each other, and you may have only one left standing from each league. But don’t forget the Wisconsin Badgers from my neck of the woods and the Stanford Cardinal out west. Either/both of those squads could derail a SEC/Big 12 Challenge title game.

Getting back to Saturday, this really is going to be classic, offense vs. defense, big on big, eleven on eleven. So who do I have in the Arkansas offense vs. the Alabama defense (#2 in the nation in points allowed) ? Read on…

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