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Frump’s Lucky 7 College Football Picks: Week 5, 9-29-2012

September 29, 2012

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So, as usual, Frump took the first two weeks to get a feel for the college football landscape this year. Week 3 we went 4-3 against the spread (ATS); Week 4 was dominated by wedding festivities (no (betting) action); and now we head into week 5 sitting at 57%, 3 points shy of Frump’s lofty 60% ATS winning percentage goal for the season.

We’re not counting on that, obviously. We’d be thrilled to even maintain our current 57-58% rate, but why not to aim high, right? With that in mind, let’s go ahead and take a quick look at the seven games Frump likes for Week 5 (in no order):

N.C. State at Miami -2.5; O/U 56.5

Kicking things off with a bit of Raleigh flavor,  N.C. State (3-1) travels down to sunny south Florida to take on the Miami Hurricanes (3-1) before what’s sure to be yet another tepid, non-capacity crowd at Sun Life Stadium.

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, despite the best efforts of the local sports radio community,  the U tends to have a bit of trouble  drumming up the kind of fan enthusiasm, passion and support that one might expect from such a prestigious college football program. And that should play an important role in Frump’s pick of Under 56.5.

There’s not a heap of series history here; N.C. State is 5-7-1 all time against Miami. The relevant angle for the Under, however, is what these two teams have done against comparable competition this year, and — in the case of Miami — where they’ve done it.

The total in each of N.C. State’s three games against FBS competition would meet the Under 56.5 today, including a strong 10-7 win @ UConn in Week 2. Miami, on the other hand, has been hitting Overs on the reg (3-0). All three of  the Hurricanes games against FBS competition (Boston College, Kansas State, Georgia Tech) have smashed Over 56.5 (72, 65, 78, respectively). All three of those games have also, however, been on the road.

The lone home game for Miami up until today saw the Canes beat Bethune-Cookman 38-10 in Week 3. After an emotional, hard fought win against @ Georgia Tech last week, expect Miami to return home to the lukewarm confines of Sun Life Stadium, where a similarly-styled performance from two teams still seemingly trying to find their way should help Frump win with the Under here.

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Vanderbilt coach James Franklin gets a little sassy when asked about his relationship with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham…

September 17, 2012

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Since last night’s Lions-49ers game, and yesterday afternoon’s Tom Coughlin-Greg Schiano bust up, have made post-game sportsmanship — and/or the lack thereof — so topical yet again, how convenient is it that college football’s equivalent happens to be on tap this Saturday?

Last year’s Vanderbilt-Georgia game nearly saw the Commodores upset the Dawgs in Nashville. As you’ll see below, it also nearly saw Vandy head coach James Franklin get his head ripped off by enraged UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Fortunately, the end result was simply Georgia head coach Mark Richt getting a face full of “whine” from Franklin, but there’s little doubt tensions remain.

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Former Miami Hurricane football player Dan Sileo is slightly concerned about the state of Miami football

September 13, 2012

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In case you missed it, Miami took a pretty epic beating at the hands of Kansas State last weekend. What was supposed to be a fairly competitive game saw the Canes pummeled 52-13 in Manhattan, and — while I haven’t spoken to any personally — I’m sure such a result left many Miami fans wondering just how long it might be until their beloved program gets back to its rightful place amongst college football’s elite.

One such fan, and former Hurricane defensive tackle in fact, is Mr. Dan Sileo. Sileo actually began his playing days at Maryland in 1983, where he apparently broke the school’s bench press record previously held by NFL Hall of Famer Randy White. Not surprised.

Shortly thereafter, however, Sileo was kicked off the team after allegedly tossing a fellow student off the first-floor balcony of his dorm. I’m sure no one questioned Sileo’s passion, though.

Not willing to let his people tossing skills go to waste, Sileo soon made his way down to Coral Gables in 1984, but only after a summer tour with the Bridgeport, Connecticut chapter of the Hell’s Angels (seriously, all this is on his Wikipedia page, so you know it’s true).

Once with the Hurricanes, Sileo managed to keep his scholarship long enough to become part of what Sports Illustrated voted “The Most Hated Team of All Time”. After one year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, Sileo left people tossing behind and eventually found his true calling as a radio host for 560 WQAM, a Miami-based sports radio outlet.

Needless to say, the passion is still there. The sanity, of course, remains in question. After all, it’s not everyday one hears kicks to the groin and/or eye gouging offered as motivational advice to college football players. But hey, it’s all just fun and games when confined to the epic meltdown of a man that still holds the title of strongest man in Miami Hurricanes football history, right?

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Probably (update: *Not?*) Why Mustafa Isn’t Practicing

April 10, 2012

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Mustafa Greene - NC State

Considering I wasn’t in the room when the decision was made to hold Mustafa Greene out of practices recently, chalk this up to speculation. However, knowing Tom O’Brien and his disciplinary history, it’s not hard to connect the dots when you see the public record below.  [...]

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Did Georgia QB Aaron Murray get sacked on Spring Break?

March 20, 2012

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Is this Georgia Quarterback Aaron Murray getting caught in the sack by his teammates on Spring Break?

First and foremost, let Frump make this clear: We don’t know if this picture is actually of Georgia’s Heisman Hopeful quarterback, and all around good guy, Aaron Murray. Moreover, we’re not claiming it is. We just know that a lot of folks are. And, of course, that just about anything is possible on Spring Break.

Georgia players seem to be particularly susceptible to the wild and bizarre this time of year. Dawgs offensive lineman Watts Dantzler had quite an adventure on a Greyhound bus while returning from his Spring Break festivities, for instance. And then Senior cornerback Branden Smith got nabbed for possession of the green stuff in Alabama, apparently on his way down to Spring Break hot spot Panama City, Florida.

Assuming that is Murray with the epic “deer in headlights” look up there, the good news is that his most serious offense appears to be failing to use a coaster in such a classy establishment. That and maybe not locking the door.

Sure, one might question just what the hell that other dude is doing in the bed beside him, but Frump’s not here to pass judgement on anyone’s fetishes. Especially while on Spring Break.

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Gus Malzahn’s wife almost made me an Auburn fan…

November 26, 2011

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Out of sympathy for Gus Malzahn, that is.

Listen, we’ve all known that guy that’s with that girl. That girl that, you know, despite whatever good qualities she may have, just kind of makes you feel a little sorry for said guy when it’s time to go home. The guy that’s just kind of hanging on. Lost. Waiting, hoping for some guidance or impetus. Some way out of what at least seems to be an inescapable situation. Well, that guy may very well be Auburn Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn.

As you can see from the video above, Kristi Malzahn is, well, quite a handful, and her little Christ-side chat with Dr. Ronnie Floyd at The Summit (a Southern Baptist megachurch conference for evangelical-leaning Christians) shed quite a bit of light on several issues (in chronological order):

  1. How bad it sucks to raise kids
  2. How bad the Auburn fanbase sucks
  3. How bad Lou Holtz’s slurred speech sucks
  4. Why Gus Malzahn spends so many late nights at the office
  5. How bad it sucked that Auburn only scored 22 points in its win over Oregon for the 2010 BCS Championship, and why Gus Malzahn sucks because of it
  6. Kristi Malzahn’s secret, forbidden love for Cam Newton
  7. How Cam Newton was recruited for less than two weeks
  8. How bad Auburn running back Michael Dyer sucks
  9. Potential recruiting violations
  10.  More potential recruiting violations
  11.  The level of intelligence of Auburn’s football team, and the populace of the State of Alabama in general
  12. The intensity of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry, and how much it sucks
  13. Even more potential recruiting violations committed by Auburn’s football program
  14.  How awesome LSU is
  15.  How awful we all should feel for Gus Malzahn
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Video: Tennessee’s Marching Band and Possibly the Worst Halftime Performance in College Football History

October 11, 2011

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There wasn’t much to be particularly happy about on Rocky Top at the end the 1st half last Saturday evening. The Volunteers had played the Georgia Bulldogs to a somewhat pedestrian 6-6 stalemate heading into the locker room, but, nevertheless, there was still a lot of energy in the Knoxville night; still hope for the future and the second half of SEC football that lay ahead.

And then the band took the field.

Listen, we all know that halftime performances can be a bit drab, prompting the creative forces in charge to take risks; to think outside the box in an effort to keep butts in the bleachers and — if nothing else — help curb America’s growing obesity problem. Having said that, there is never a reasonable excuse for the liberties taken at Neyland Stadium over the weekend. Never a rational reason to subject 100,000+ rabid football fans to a Tennessee-themed reworking of Victor Fleming’s 1939 fantasy musical classic, The Wizard of Oz.

That’s right, Volunteer fans watched in captive horror as their “Pride of the Southland” marching band conducted a dialogue-rich reenactment of Dorothy and her dog “Smokey’s” trip down the “Checkerboard Road” in search of a way back to Rocky Top. Replete with embarrassingly lame jokes about Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, and even the evening’s guest in the form of the “Wicked Witch of Georgia,” I think they may have even thrown in a still incomprehensible jab at Texas A&M (around the 6:15 mark).

Out of bounds, Vols. Out. Of. Bounds.

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Pat Summit, cast as the Good Witch, has every right to be upset

But wait, there’s more. Obviously not content with embarrassing merely themselves, someone in Tennessee’s music department decided that legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summit should be cast as the Good Witch (and the basketball team as the munchkins, apparently). Indeed, Coach Summit was even tasked with asking Neyland’s capacity crowd to click their heels three times and say “There’s no place like Rocky Top” (I’m not making that up; see around 7:00).

By now, of course, the Tennessee crowd was becoming cannibalistic. The kindest of Georgia fans probably offered their condolences, but most knew the damage was irreparable (and delighted in that fact). The positive energy had been sucked out of Neyland as quickly and as violently as Dorothy had been sucked into Oz.

With the home crowd still reeling from the ten minutes of halftime hell they’d just sat through, any home field advantage was now lost. Tennessee would go on to lose 20-12, gaining just 33 yards in the 2nd half, and in game that saw Georgia’s defense hold the Volunteers to -20 rushing yards for the entire contest. It may very well be only the second time in college football history where a marching band has played a pivotal role in the outcome of a game.

Leave the novel reinterpretations of The Wizard of Oz to bored Pink Floyd fans, okay, Vols?

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The 2011 Boise State – Georgia Hype Video Is Probably the Best Frump’s Ever Seen…

August 19, 2011

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In the interest of full disclosure, it’s also probably the only “hype” video Frump’s ever seen, but that fact doesn’t necessarily detract from its quality.

Indeed, this “neutral site” game in Atlanta’s Georgia dome is one of the marquee match ups of the 2011 College Football season’s opening weekend, so I guess the above theatrics are somewhat warranted. Notwithstanding the ever rising temperature of Georgia coach Mark Richt’s hot seat, the fact that the Broncos must win in order to preserve any realistic shot at a BCS Title berth means there’s plenty of savory plot lines to keep even the most casual of fans entertained. The start of Boise State QB Kellen Moore’s 2011 Heisman campaign is just gravy.

Right now most oddsmakers have the spread set at Boise State -3, Over/Under 52, which suggests this game will be a far cry from the teams’ last meeting in Athens back on September 3rd, 2005. The Dawgs dominated — despite the reservations of most “experts” — a clearly outmatched Boise team in Athens 48-13 back then, but a lot has changed over the past six years, and UGA fans would be foolish to expect a similar result on the 6th anniversary of that previous beat down.

That said, I don’t think it’s at all unreasonable for the Georgia faithful to expect a win, and there’ll be no surprises if this one to comes down to the last few possessions. The bigger surprise may very well come in the form of Georgia Sophomore QB Aaron Murray (Freshman All-American last year) outshining, however slightly, the likes of Heisman-hopeful Moore in what could easily become a shootout.

I like Georgia +3 here, and Over 52, with a scoreline that might look eerily similar to the inverse of last year’s Boise-Virginia Tech thriller. Here’s to hoping for, if nothing else, the same level of excitement/entertainment.

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South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery is apparently ready to blow up

August 4, 2011

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Alshon Jeffrey shows off his moobs in the South Carolina locker room

L-R: Alshon Jeffrey, Devin Taylor, Marcus Lattimore, Melvin Ingram

 

By nearly all accounts, South Carolina Gamecocks WR Alshon Jeffery is the best receiver in the SEC, if not the nation.

Already named to several preseason All-America teams, 2010′s Biletnikoff runner-up is poised for another BIG, high-flying, TD reception-filled season of Saturdays — assuming he isn’t moved to DE prior to the Gamecocks September 3rd opener against ECU that is.

Devin Taylor (#98)  is listed at 6’7″, 260; Jeffery (#1) at 6’4″, 239. Not buying it.

There’s just no way Devin’s got Alshon by 20+ pounds.  Indeed, it’s quite possible Mr. Jeffery has been stealing food from the Gamecocks’ First-Team SEC and All-American DE. That or Alshon simply bailed on South Carolina’s pre-season conditioning programs.

Lance Lewis

At this rate, ECU's Lance Lewis may prove to be the most dynamic WR on the field for the Pirates' opener against South Carolina

For a bit more perspective on Alshon’s alarming pooch, consider that Sophomore RB Marcus Lattimore checks in at around 6’0″, 232. With that in mind, I’m thinking Jeffrey’s pushing 270 right about now.

Either way, I doubt those moobs will affect Alshon’s performance too much this season — he’s got another 30-days to shape up for ECU, after all. Then again, I suppose it’s possible that Jeffery could be mailing his Junior year in to a certain degree; protecting himself for the 2012 NFL Draft, where he should be one of the first three WR’s off the board.

We’ll find out soon enough.  Until then, however, let’s call a spade a spade, and Alshon Jeffrey fat.  No need to sugar coat it. The proof is in the pudding, and so too, apparently, is Alshon Jeffery.

Thanks to the Admiral for the tip…

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LSU’s Compliance Office Offers Some Unsolicited Advice to UNC, Boise State, Ohio State, et al

May 5, 2011

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I’m not sure if the folks down in Baton Rouge ever got a handle on that pesky “Glory Hole” problem, but I’ll be damned if they run afoul of NCAA regulations anytime soon — thanks to “The Most Compliant Man In the World,” of course.

Somewhat convenient timing, it being Cinco de Mayo and all, I suppose. Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” may or may not be flattered, but I imagine compliance nerds the NCAA over respect LSU’s efforts here.

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Video: A.J. Green Picking Up His 2011 Porsche Panamera 4S

May 1, 2011

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WR A.J. Green with Marvin Lewis, head coach of the BengalsIt appears Braves pitcher Derek Lowe isn’t the only professional athlete in Georgia with a weakness for Porshe’s new Panamera 4S sport sedan.  Well, we assume that new Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green — the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft — hasn’t fully moved out of Athens yet, but it should be a smooth ride when he does.

Here’s a nice video of the former Georgia Bulldog standout picking up his “hard” wheels at a dealership not too far from Athens — about a month ago.

But yeah, before anyone jumps the gun — i.e. starts making jersey jokes and what not — this is a good time to remind you youngsters about the power of income potential when you sit down to negotiate your first big loan.  That and the importance of signing endorsement deals with Nike and Gatorade, and stuff, but let’s just take it one step at a time.

Now, while I’m still not sold on the Panamera, and swear it may very well be the world’s first Sport Sedan-Station Wagon crossover, I do truly hope A.J. fares better in his new ride than Derek Lowe has.

Fanly advice, A.J.: Don’t let the lovely lady friend drive it — that was cute of you to tease her like that, though.

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Russell Wilson Granted Release From N.C. State — Can Officially Pursue Football Elsewhere

April 29, 2011

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Russell Wilson has been released to pursue playing football elsewhere this seasonFollowing up on Frump’s speculation from last week, Russell Wilson has apparently been released by N.C. State to pursue the potential of playing college football elsewhere this season.

According to Austin Johnson of PackPride.com, Wilson had this to say:

“Although I remain undecided on the option of playing college football this coming season, I believe it is in the best interest, of [everyone] to end any speculation of my return. It has become apparent that the time has come for the program to move on without me.

With one more season of college eligibility remaining, I will continue to explore and consider all my options.”

Not an easy pill to swallow for N.C. State fans, but I’m not sure either party (N.C. State’s football program or Russell Wilson) had a viable alternative.

The specifics of why Frump feels this way are highlighted in the post referenced above, but as a quick synopsis:

  1. With a talent like Mike Glennon (a Junior) developing, waiting in the wings (possibly threatening to transfer), Tom O’Brien and the Wolfpack football program couldn’t afford to wait on Wilson’s (a RS-Senior) late return from minor league baseball, and still guarantee him the starting QB position this season. Politics, team chemistry, yadda, yadda, yadda, so O’Brien anoints Glennon as the starter.
  2. Frump’s big assumption in all this: Russell Wilson has a better chance of playing “big league” professional football than he does playing in the big leagues of professional baseball.
  3. Given two, it’s vitally important for Russell Wilson to play college football this year and, most importantly, start at the QB position (for no other reason than to pad his already impressive resume and improve his standing in the eyes of scouts).
  4. While we think Russell Wilson would love to do that at N.C. State, we imagine he also understands Tom O’Brien’s perspective on the situation.
  5. Points 1, 2, 3, and 4 obviously lead to quite a conflict of interests, however benign.
  6. As such, this late in the game, releasing Wilson to pursue other possibilities — and concurrently killing any potential distraction caused by the possibility of his return — makes a lot of sense for both Russell Wilson and N.C. State football.

Again, you can review Frump’s more detailed opinion here…

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Quick Draft Thoughts: Part 1

April 29, 2011

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No fancy intro here.  Four observations from your humble and unreliable correspondent.

Lets get to it…

1.  Finally something to watch on Thanksgiving

Best pick of the night belonged to the Detroit Lions.  Hands down.   My favorite pick.  The most entertaining thing to watch in all of football is a dominating defensive tackle (see Suh’s performance against Texas in the 2010 Big XII title game and Fairley in this year’s National Title).  The goat of previous drafts, the Lions have hit 3 home runs in recent years with Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and now Nick Fairley….with a foruth pick that could make it a grand slam should Ciaran man-crush and ceiling poster boy Matty Stafford ever prove not to be made out of beautiful fine crystal.  That aside…

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