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Tyler Bray's star in rising.

Tyler Bray's star in rising.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 12, 2011

Saturday's Tennessee victory over Cincinnati is turning out to be a milestone in the career of Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray. His performance in the game has made media pundits look at him as more than just the sophomore QB with the goofy back tattoo and lot of potential, to being considered as one the best QB's in the SEC (if not the entire NCAA). ESPN's Chris Low had this to say about Bray's performance on Saturday. "The 2012 season was supposed to be the year when Tennessee would return to serious contention in the SEC. But after two games this season, it’s obvious the Vols are plenty explosive on offense, improving on defense and dead-set on being a factor in the East race this season. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray has been sensational. He threw four more touchdown passes Saturday in Tennessee’s 45-23 win over Cincinnati and has now thrown 22 touchdowns in his past seven games dating back to last season. He has NFL arm talent, but has also been much more accurate this season." Internet gadfly Clay Travis went totally out on the proverbial limb and declared that "Tyler Bray is the best quarterback in the SEC." "I told y'all this last week and you blew up my Twitter feed with condemnation. Then Bray went out and broke Peyton Manning's record for consecutive games with 2+ touchdowns en route to passing for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He was 34-41 on the game and he's now 51-65 for 698 yards with 7 touchdowns and no picks on the season. He's on pace for 4188 yards and 42 touchdowns this season. He's the real deal." Travis also brought up the idea that Bray would leave school in 2013 for the NFL Draft. While that's a possibility, it could prove costly to Bray's transformation into an elite-level NFL QB in the long run. He might want to truly follow Manning's path, and stay in school for his senior season. Bray's real test on whether or not he's ready to be truly considered the SEC's best QB and potentially biggest star comes this Saturday, when Tennessee faces Florida on the road in The Swamp. A solid performance there would be a benchmark to truly determine his level of development. Combined with a victory against the Gators, it could pave his way to being considered one of the best QB's in the NCAA. (via Outkick the Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, A.J. McCarron, Gene Chizik, and Tyler "Bray-K 47?"

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, A.J. McCarron, Gene Chizik, and Tyler "Bray-K 47?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 12, 2011

 (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? So what else is new? (Rivals.com) The difficult we do today. The impossible take a little longer.  Mark Richt says Georgia will "get better exponentially." Meaning sometime after he's and his band of idiots assistant coaches are fired. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) We have a winner? Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's performance in the Tide's victory against Penn State seems to put him in the lead for the full-time Alabama starting QB job. (al.com) In a foul mood. Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik wasn't too happy with the personal fouls handed down to his players by the officials in Saturday's win over Mississippi State. (al.com) Where Did It All Go Wrong? Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen dissects Mississippi State's loss to Auburn by finding fault with the team's tackling and play calling. (The Clarion-Ledger) Bring on the Vols. After two weeks of taking down non-conference cupcakes opponents, Florida looks forward to facing its first SEC opponent in Tennessee on Sept. 17. (The Gainesville Sun) Tyler Bray's new nickname? Someone over at Rocky Top Talk decided to give Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray the nickname of "Bray-K 47." Uh, needs some work. (Rocky Top Talk) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Kain Colter, an ex-Cy Hawk Trophy, and more.

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Kain Colter, an ex-Cy Hawk Trophy, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 11, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Thoughts and prayers go out to Minnesota head football coach and his family following his seizure on Saturday. Good Days Bad Days.  Despite going 7-5, the Big Ten didn't look too well against out-of-conference opponents in many places. (Off Tackle Empire) Turn On the Bright Lights. Denard Robinson stole the spotlight as Michigan makes the first night game in the Big House truly memorable with a stunning last-minute victory against Notre Dame. (ESPN) The Mark of Kain. Kain Colter once again subbed for a still-recovering Dan Persa while Northwestern romped over Eastern Illinois 42-21. (The Chicago Times) Whisper Tames the Lion. Penn State falls to Alabama in a 27-11 loss at home. (Dr. Saturday) They took my saddle in Houston. Purdue loses to Rice 24-22 thanks to a blocked field goal attempt. (The Indianapolis Star) And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. (Not to mention my trophies) Iowa fails to overcome Iowa State in a triple-overtime loss 44-41. Afterwards Iowa State inadvertently destroyed the interim Cy-Hawk Trophy. (Quad-City Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Northwestern's 9-11 tribute.

Northwestern's 9-11 tribute.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 10, 2011

Northwestern honored the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with  helmets displaying the Northwestern N with an American flag motiff. There was a similar N at midfield. Northwestern beat Eastern Illinois 42-21, in quarterback Kain Colter's second straight start replacing the still ailing Dan Persa. (via The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Game Day Goulash: Mark Richt, Trent Richardson, Tyler Wilson, and more.

Game Day Goulash: Mark Richt, Trent Richardson, Tyler Wilson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 10, 2011

 Tiger By the Tail. Arizona State squeaks by #21 Missouri 37-30 in overtime. (ESPN) We Didn't Start the Fire. University of Georgia president Michael Adams says the SEC was not responsible for initiating Texas A&M defection from the Big 12 Conference. (The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Letting off some steam.  I Am the 12th Man has a few words regarding Baylor's attempot to block Texas A&M's defection to the SEC. (I Am the 12th Man) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Yadda Yadda Yadda. (The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Back for More.  Alabama running back Trent Richardson is ready to continue where he left off last year when Alabama faces Penn State in Happy Valley on Saturday. (The Columbus Ledger Enquirer) Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Because Arkansas Expats said so. They said that about former Razorback QB Ryan Mallett too. How'd that work out? (Arkansas Expats) On the Road.  Purdue travels to Houston looking for it's first 2-0 start since 2007. (The Journal and Courier) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Auburn not bothered by possible expansion-related move to SEC East.

Auburn not bothered by possible expansion-related move to SEC East.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 9, 2011

Fly East, War Eagle? With Texas A&M as a future SEC member school an almost inevitability, and a probable search for a 14th member school following on its heels, the question of division realignment will obviously come to pass. Should the SEC add a 14th member school west of the Mississippi River, it would most certainly mean that Auburn would be headed over to the SEC East. Auburn's president, Jay Gouge, isn't bothered by the possibility. "If that's what it took, if you ever went to 14 (SEC members) and needed to make it work, that wouldn't be something I would be upset about," Gogue said. "I don't see any real difference. We already play Georgia, a longtime rival." Gogue said a benefit would be Auburn renewing annual games against old rivals Florida and Tennessee. If Auburn went to the East, Auburn would pick Alabama to be an annual cross-division partner, Gogue said." Moving to the SEC East would seem to be a win-win situation for Auburn, as it would retain its coveted rivalry games between Alabama and Georgia. Any negatives would come from the competitive balance of the divisions, and the lowered possibility of an unbeaten team coming out of the East. It would also most certainly mean the end of the annual meeting between Alabama and Tennessee. But that's no concern of Auburn's. Of course, the point is moot if the SEC finds a member school East of the Mississippi River. Then Auburn could look forward to bi-annual trips to College Station. (via The Birmingham News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Stephen Garcia,  Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Stephen Garcia, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Under the radar. Alabama running back Trent Richardson and his backups, Eddie Lacy and Jalston Fowler, have escaped the spotlight surrounding Saturday's Alabama-Penn State game. (al.com) Back in the Saddle Again. Embattled South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia will be back as the starting QB against Georgia. (CBS Sports) Keeping them down on the farm.  South Carolina's recent success on the field is directly related to it's ability to recruit in-state players. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) In Memory Yet Green.  Arkansas will commemorate  the tenth anniversary of 9-11 with a "Red, White, and Blue Out," asking fans to wear red, white, or blue, depending on where they sit in the stadium. (Dr. Saturday) Shepard out.  LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard will be suspended for the Tigers' games against Northwestern State and Mississippi State. He'll be eligible to play in time for the road game against West Virginia. (The Times Picayune) The Usual Suspects. Tony Barnhart runs down the list of possible candidates for the SEC 14th school. Special Appearance by Texas as Kaiser Soze. (CBS Sports) Work in Progress.  Tennessee's running game still has a few wrinkles to be ironed out. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. Mark Richt's on the Hot Seat. (Dr. Saturday) All the King's Men. Why is Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Blame the underperforming assistant coaches he's mostly handpicked. (ChuckOliver.net) Check, please. Senator Blutarsky compares Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and his offensive strategy to The Cheesecake Factory, and not in a good way. (Get the Picture) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 8, 2011

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) Remember the Alamo (Bowl). Arizona seeks redemption for a humiliating 36-10 loss against #7 Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl when they face the Cowboys again Thursday night. (Arizona Sports) Criner out. Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner will miss Thursday night's game against Oklahoma St. due to illness. (Arizona Sports) I'm Not Over. Analysis of #14 Oregon following the Duck's loss to #3 LSU. (Addicted to Quack) Hold That Tiger. Arizona State (#23) gets ready to face #19 Missouri and its quarterback, James Franklin. (Arizona Sports) Heat of the Moment.  Arizona State won't have to worry about the  heat affecting players wearing their all-black uniforms on Friday night, according to an expert. (Arizona Sports) Having the new neighbors over.  Colorado gets ready to host its first fellow Pac-12 member when the Buffaloes face Cal and its quarterback, Zach Maynard. (The Denver Post) Tall, Tall Trees.  A look at Stanford's tight ends, the shortest of whom stands 6'6. (San Jose Mercury News) You know Chris Petersen's who really invented Napster? The Boise State victory against Georgia reinterpreted as The Italian Job. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley on SEC expansion.

Derek Dooley on SEC expansion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 7, 2011

Derek Dooley, the quotable Tennessee head football coach and style guru, had a few things to say about Texas A&M joining the SEC, and it's affect on the conference. "I'm not a decision-maker, and I'm a traditionalist. I think we had a real good thing, and I hope we don't disrupt it too much and we preserve that this is a special league. One of the reasons it's so special is we don't day-trade our teams. We'll see, but the landscape is changing. "It's that old saying - it's not about the money, it's about the amount." That last part is as truthful as truthful can get. (via Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas A&M will be an SEC school, barring Baylor lawsuit.

Texas A&M will be an SEC school, barring Baylor lawsuit.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 7, 2011

It's all over but the shouting. And the lawsuits. The SEC has announced that Texas A&M will become its thirteenth member school. But the move won't happen until a legal challenge from Big 12 member school Baylor is settled. “We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action,” said Florida President Bernie Machen, chairman of the SEC leaders. “The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2.” The Big 12 member school in question is Baylor, who has suddenly grown too big for its britches following a shockingly successful 2010 season, and a massive upset win over TCU last Friday.  "Baylor, a member of the Big 12 conference, is rightfully worried that the departure of A&M (also a Big 12 member) will cause the league to crumble. Most observers expect Big 12 schools Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech to leave, probably for the Pac-12 conference. Baylor could be a school left in the dust, dealing with the devastating loss of big media contracts and possible access to the already crooked college football postseason championship system." The president of Baylor, by the way, is Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor in the Whitewater/Monica-Lewinsky investigation against Bill Clinton.  Baylor's attempt to stop the inevitable is pretty much short-sighted. In the end, it's probably a power play to end up in a BCS conference by hook or by crook. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Tyler Bray, Les Miles, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Tyler Bray, Les Miles, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Abandon all ye hope who enter here.  Chuck Oliver lays out the reasons why Georgia lost so badly to Boise State on Saturday, and exposes program-wide problems that he says will continue to hamper the Dawgs all season. (ChuckOliver.net) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Duh. (Athens Banner-Herald) Where it matters most.  Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's performance issuess during the offseason were absent as he led the Vols to a 42-16 win over Montana. (Knoxville News Sentinel) What's past is past.  Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen says he isn't focused on revenge against Auburn for the Cam Newton brouhaha in facing the Tigers on Saturday. (The Birmingham News) "Les Miles can coach." Because Dan Wetzel said so. (Rivals.com) The hart of the matter. Tennessee picks Dave Hart as its new athletic director. (Knoxville News Sentinel) We're in the same boat on the same sea.  Alabama and Penn State find themselves facing the same issues regarding settling on a starting QB as they get set to face each other in Happy Valley on Saturday. (The Montgomery Advertiser) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mark Cuban, Dominique Whaley, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mark Cuban, Dominique Whaley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)     I've seen the future and it will be. Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops sees 16-team superconferences as "the direction that the world's going." Other Big 12 coaches chime in as well. (ESPN) Stay Together for the Kids.  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants the Big 12 to stay together, and gives reasons why he thinks superconferences are a bad idea. (CBS Sports) Desperate But Not Serious. Baylor has started a "Don't Mess With Texas Football" campaign to try to prevent the Big 12's breakup. A "Baylor for the Mountain West" campaign would probably been a better idea. (Burnt Orange Nation)  From out of nowhere. Berry Trammel looks back at Oklahoma tight end's Dominique Whaley's time at NAIA school Langston, and marvels that the Sooner walk-on is the same player that scored four touchdowns against Tulsa. (The Oklahoman) Still a few bugs to be worked out. Despite a 46-14 pummeling of SMU, Texas A&M still has to make improvements with the defense and special teams. (The Austin American Statesman) Fade to Gray. ESPN's Paul Lukas wasn't too impressed with the grey jerseys Oklahoma State unveiled on Saturday. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness: Texas IS NOT joining the ACC.

Expansion Silliness: Texas IS NOT joining the ACC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

Expansion rumors have gone from the silly to the absolutely insanely ludicrous. There was an actual rumor about Texas joining the ACC running around on Monday. ACC commissioner John Swofford quickly put the kibosh on it. "Atlantic Coast Commissioner John Swofford shot down a report Monday night that his league was considering adding Texas, Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers. “I need to read more to see what we’re doing,” Swofford said laughing. “That’s news to me.” Orangebloods.com quoted a source Monday night that the ACC, trying to fend off a potential raid by the SEC – who might take Virginia Tech – would look to add Texas along with Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers for a 16-team league. Swofford spoke to reporters from CBSSports.com, SI.com and the New York Post at halftime of the Miami-Maryland game." Texas in the ACC? Seriously, Orangebloods?  The ACC? Did Chip Brown and the OB crew really hear that rumor? Texas in the ACC makes less sense than Junior Samples in a Speedo. This is definetly s case of "The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources." (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Who's responsible for those Maryland uniforms?

Who's responsible for those Maryland uniforms?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

Monday night Under Armour single-handily won the WTF college football uniform race it's in with Nike via Maryland. The unis, based on the state flag of Maryland, resulted in much chatter over the Internet, along with possible mental and retinal scarring. The only question left is to find out who was responsible for that fashion Freudian nightmare. Luckily, a few suspects have already been rounded up. Garth Brooks Commander Susan Ivanova Harvey Dent (AKA Two-Face) The Doctor, sixth regeneration   Duo Dasmel Police Commissioner Bele Freddie Mercury Harley Quinn (via Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Brady Hoke,  James Vandenberg, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Brady Hoke, James Vandenberg, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Those who can't play, coach.  Still-recovering Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa served as an unofficial QB coach while on the sideline for the Wildcats' victory against Boston College. (The Chicago Tribune) Hoke and Glory. First-year Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is getting ready for his first game leading the Wolverines against Notre Dame. (Rivals.com) Twin sons of different mothers? Wisconsin gets ready to face Oregon State, which runs an offense that is said to be "almost identical" to that of the Badgers' offense. (Wisconsin State Journal) Same as it ever was. Penn State's QB controversy continues, even with showdown against Alabama looming ever closer. (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Words Get in the Way.  Some conservatives and traditional Catholics were none too happy about Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's cursing during the Fighting Irish's loss to USF on Saturday. (Deadspin) In other colorful language news, Michigan State players got a good halftime tongue-lashing after a "sluggish" first half against Youngstown State on Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press) Making a good first impression. Black Heart Gold Pants' Adam Jacobi was impressed by Iowa QB James Vandenberg's first start against Tennessee Tech. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Is that a promise or a threat? Meanwhile, Iowa's defense is described as "promising" after Saturday's victory over Tennessee Tech. (Quad City Times) That Don't Impress Me Much. Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini wasn't all too thrilled with his team's performance in the season opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga. (The Omaha World Herald) Kicking it old school (well, throwing it, actually).  Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez is still trying to get used to the old school style option that Nebraska made famous. (The Omaha World Herald) Jim Delany says the Big Ten is happy with twelve members. Translation: Delany would sacrifice Melanie Collins to Cthulhu if he would get Notre Dame to join. (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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