Super Bowl XLVI Preview

A battle for legacies will take place this Sunday in Indianapolis as the Patriots and Giants square off in Super Bowl XLVI.  Full breakdown of all Super Bowl scenarios as well as the hiring of Brian Johnson as Utah’s next Offensive Coordinator on today’s show with special guests Anthony Dinwoodey Morris and John Wells Stevens.

NFL Conference Championship Preview, Tim Tebow, and the Worst National Championship Game of All Time

Could this NFL season be any better?  Honestly, what else could we ask for?  We have witnessed the greatest offensive explosion in league history with transcendent play from three Hall of Fame quarterbacks while watching the rebirth of a storied franchise under the direction of what once was a “#1 Pick” bust and an up-and-coming coach (49ers) and one of the most exciting and divisive stories in the history of sports (Tim Tebow).   My goodness.  In addition to a full breakdown of past, present, and future NFL Playoff games, I also spend some time on the College National Championship game, Tim Tebow’s future, the current state of the NBA, and I certainly take a poke at the tackiness of Hank Haney’s upcoming book on Tiger Woods.

College Bowl Game Analysis

Listen in for the most comprehensive College Bowl Game breakdown that doesn’t include Mark May and Lou Holtz (you can thank me later). Anthony Dinwoodey Morris, Dougie Christison, Jr., and Michael Scott Gatrell join me to discuss Alabama v. LSU, Robert Griffin III, and D.A. Points….I mean….De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon.

Les Miles and Nick Saban At It Again

Before this last weekend I was absolutely convinced that Alabama and LSU were the two best teams in college football.  That opinion actually hasn’t changed, but after watching Oklahoma State put a monster beat-down on preseason favorite, Oklahoma, I changed my mind about who should play in the title game.  Listen, you can explain and analyze the Alabama position and the Oklahoma State position, and both can make you think that each team can and should deserve a shot at the BCS Championship.  In the end, Alabama had their shot against LSU and dropped that close game at home.  Oklahoma State lost a close game on the road after one of the most tragic incidents in sports history that had to have affected them.  Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State deserve a shot against LSU.  Give me a playoff.

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Coach Shuffling, Championship Rematch, and a Quest for Perfection

John Wells Stevens lends his soothing voice to the program to discuss the glorious return of the NBA, the Packers quest to perfection, and the thrilling close to the college football season….and some brief commentary on the Robert Allenby v. Geoff Ogilvy upcoming cage match at Wrestle Mania.

Urban Meyer, the Businessman

Urban Meyer is going to be the head coach at THE Ohio State University next season (and seriously, Ohio State, drop the “THE”…everyone thinks you’re arrogant pricks because of it…somebody needed to tell you…).  Why is it that Urban Meyer always does this dance?  He goes to a school and everyone falls in love with him.  The dude is a ridiculously good football coach, and has a contagious, vibrant, charismatic personality that we all can’t resist.  Then he makes the fans of said school feel like he is loyal to the death (I think Utah and Florida come to mind), and then he leaves for something better. Having said all this, I don’t fault the man at all for using Utah as a stepping stool (the dude built Utah football to what it is today, quadrupled his salary, coached the most transcendent college fb athlete of this generation, and won two national titles), and I believe that he couldn’t maintain expectations at Florida any longer after two National Championships in his first five seasons leaving him with nothing left to prove.

Now, we could argue all day if Florida or Ohio State is the better coaching job, but let’s instead focus on the following: as amazing as Florida is, Ohio State spends and makes the most money of any football program/athletic department and plays in an “easier” conference than Florida.  Translation: Urban Meyer just got to take a year off from coaching, leaving Florida beloved and heralded, and believed to be one of the best college football coaches of all time, and now he gets to coach an even more storied program, with more money and resources, an easier road to the National Championship….oh…..and…..they’re going to pay him $40M over 7 years ($5.714M per year for you math majors out there, more than any coach in the business).  Urban Meyer is a businessman, and his business is positioning himself to be in the best and most lucrative place in all of college football.  I hate him and I love him for it.

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Urban Meyer at Ohio State and Trent Richardson Winning the Heisman

First time participant, long time listener, Michael Rice joins the program to discuss the Heisman race, the BCS Championship picture, Urban Meyer, and the Pac 12 South Division.  Make sure to stay hydrated during the show, and know you can hit pause if you need to take a bathroom break.

If LSU Wins the National Championship, They May be the Greatest Team in College FB History

New BCS Standings:

1- LSU – 1.000 (Previous Rank – 1) (Remaining Schedule- Arkansas, SEC Championship*)
2- Alabama – .9491 (3) (@Auburn, SEC Championship*)
3- Arkansas – .8985 (6) (@LSU, SEC Championship*)
4- Oklahoma State – .8408 (2) (Oklahoma)
5- Virginia Tech – .7842 (8) (@Virginia, ACC Championship*)
6- Stanford – .7711 (9) (Notre Dame, *Pac 12 Championship)
7- Boise State – .6881 (10) (Wyoming, New Mexico)
8- Houston – .6684 (11) (@Tulsa)
(* game still TBD)

Three teams that were in last week’s top 5 dropped games that they were favored to win (Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State in OT, Oregon lost to USC after missing a 40 yard field goal to send the game to overtime, and Oklahoma lost by a touchdown to Baylor).  All three teams with a great chance to make it in the title game…now, Oklahoma State probably is the only team remaining that can still get in.  We look destined to have an LSU v. Alabama rematch, but LSU still has to play #3 Arkansas and then a super hot Georgia team in the SEC Championship (if Arkansas beats LSU this Saturday….please consult this incredibly simple explanation of SEC title game tie-breakers…http://sec.xosdigitallabs.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/134195/sec-divisional-tie-breaker.aspx).  If they win out during the regular season, they will most likely face Alabama in the BCS title game (however, Bama plays at Auburn for their final game of the year….although Auburn isn’t remotely impressive right now, absolutely anything can happen in that game…including the poisoning of historical trees as referenced in a previous post….is Alabama actually in the same time continuum as the rest of us?).  LSU’s path to winning the title this year is insane.  They will have defeated 9 ranked opponents, four of which will have been ranked #2 or #3 when they faced them (http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/99/lsu-tigers).  That’s buck wild.  We should all probably offer some gratitude to the college football gods for what they have given us this season.

Why Did You Do This To Me, Mike Gundy?

#2 Oklahoma State lost a stunner tonight to a mediocre Iowa State team, greatly affecting the BCS Championship picture.  I got some crap after I picked an LSU-Bama rematch for the title game in last week’s podcast.  As of right now, Bama is 3rd in the BCS Standings and will obviously pass up OK State if they can handle Georgia Southern tomorrow (to play Auburn the next week….although Alabama should win that game handily, you just never know in that game.  Maybe a fanatical old man will destroy a famous landmark at Auburn because he cares more about Alabama football than human beings…oh wait…that already happened).  The question remains, can Oregon jump Bama even though they both only have one loss and each of those losses came to the same team (LSU)?  Can Oklahoma get back into the mix if they beat Oklahoma State in a few weeks?  Oregon’s showdown with USC tomorrow just got a whole lot bigger.  Prediction: Oregon wins by three or more touchdowns, or USC wins a close game.

How Old Will Mike Gundy be on January 9, 2012?

New BCS Standings:
1- LSU – .9933 (Previous Rank – 1)   6- Arkansas – .7974 (8)
2- Oklahoma State – .9642 (2)          7- Clemson – .6935 (9)
3- Alabama – .9099 (3)                     8- Virginia Tech – .6755 (10)
4- Oregon – .8755 (7)                       9- Stanford – .6747 (4)
5- Oklahoma – .8400 (6)                  10- Boise State – .5959 (5)

LSU is still the class of college football, but plenty of teams proved this week that they deserve a shot at the BCS Championship Game.  #2 Oklahoma State pulverized (66-6) the same Texas Tech team that beat #5 Oklahoma, and #4 Oregon controlled previously #4 Stanford 53-30 on Stanford’s home field. Several tough games remain for the top teams left…Oregon still has to play USC (don’t be shocked if USC figures out a way to win this game…Oregon is also on track to have to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game, most likely facing Arizona State), LSU has #6 Arkansas on November 25th (winner plays in the SEC Championship Game, most likely against a surging Georgia team), and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State square off on December 3rd.  If LSU and Oklahoma State win out, we’ll see them in the BCS title game, we know this for certain (and you know I desperately want to see Mike Gundy at age 44 winning a BCS Championship – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoMmbUmKN0E), but several possible match-ups still exist, including an Alabama v. LSU rematch (not complaining).  Hey NBA and NBPA, we don’t miss you right now.

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All Eyes on Penn State

Tomorrow at 12pm ET, Penn State University squares off against #19 Nebraska in what initially was an incredibly important Big 10 game.  The events of the last week have left some wondering if the game should even be played.  Questions swirl as we get closer and closer to kickoff…will the Penn State student body behave themselves?  How much has the whirlwind week effected the Nittany Lions players?  Will there be protests before and/or during the game?  What we do know is that Mike McQueary has now been asked to keep his distance from the program and is rumored to be in protective custody because of multiple threats to his life.  We also know that it is going to be an emotional day for so many.  Let’s hope that some may feel the healing power of sports.

Paterno Out at Penn State

It’s the right thing to do, plain and simple.  This has been a week filled with stories, commentary, and opinions from people all over the country about what should happen at Penn State.  The more I hear, the more disgusted I am.  Paterno and other Penn State officials had numerous opportunities to right this situation and get the authorities involved.  Sandusky was first investigated in 1998, and Penn State allowed him to remain a part of their campus.  McQueary saw the most heinous of acts in 2002 in their own locker room, and they still allowed Sandusky to remain a part of their campus.  Even after they all testified to a grand jury almost a year ago there are still several reports that Sandusky has been on campus as recent as last week using the Penn State athletic facilities.  Because of this, more young boys were harmed and scarred for the rest of their lives.  Relieving Joe Paterno of his football duties may have been a “quick fix” to the problem, but it needed to happen to begin the healing process for the entire Penn State community.  The new school president and new head football coach are both going to need to be special people to clean up this mess and return a good name to Penn State University.

LSU v. Alabama National Chamionship Rematch?

LSU v. Oklahoma State?  LSU v. Stanford?  LSU v. Oregon? LSU v. Alabama?  Oklahoma State v. Oregon?  Stanford v. Oklahoma?  The BCS Championship picture is far from being clear right now with at least eight teams still with a very plausible shot to play for the title.  Doug Christison and Mikey Gatrell join me to breakdown all of the BCS Championship scenarios as well as their picks for this upcoming Saturday.

The Graham Anderson Show 11.2.11 Part Deux

The college football landscape is about as good as it has ever been.  LSU v. Alabama (seriously, if you were being recruited by these two schools….would you honestly pick to play for Saban over Les Miles?) with dozens of possible variations for the National Championship soon to be decided by the likes of Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon, and maybe Boise State (fat chance).

The NFL has somehow found a way to match the excitement of college football and is making me not miss my beloved NBA (did you hear that David Stern?!?!  I don’t need you!!!).  I give my predictions for each division champion, wild card teams, and I absolutely pay homage to maybe the most unbelievable athlete body in the history of human athletes….Terrell Owens.

The Graham Anderson Show 11.2.11

The University of Utah won a Pac-12 game!!!  After an 0-4 start, the U finally put all the pieces together to beat a not that fantastic Oregon State squad last Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.  John White IV dazzled with 200+ yards rushing and Jon Hays, well, he didn’t turn the ball over four times.  Can this team win out in conference play?  Which team will show up this week at Arizona?

As for the Cougs, a tough loss to a semi-struggling TCU team last Friday night.  Many starting to complain about the mistakes made by Riley Nelson, sort of forgetting the disaster that was BYU’s special team play.  For now, Nelson is QB1….I think people are more interested to know if that’ll be the case come September, 2012.  The next two weeks will quite possibly be the most boring weeks in the history of BYU football….I can’t wait!