With Week 13 officially in the books, we’ll make this one very short and extremely sweet.
As was the case last week, there are just teams that have emerged from the carnage that was the 2012 regular season unbeaten and unscathed.
Notre Dame, thanks to its win over cross-country rival USC, sits at a perfect 12-0 and has earned a spot in the BcS title game in Miami Jan. 7 and damn that’s a long ways away. Likewise, Ohio State is a perfect 12-0 thanks to its win over That School Up North. Unlike the Irish, however, the Buckeyes will be on the outside of the BcS title game window looking in thanks to, well, ya know.
And, just to spice things up a bit because, quite frankly, voting on just two teams two weeks in a row would be (even more of a) bore, we’ll toss in Alabama and Georgia as well.
Sitting at No. 2 and No. 3 in the most recent BcS rankings, the Tide and Bulldogs will throw down in the SEC championship game, with the winner (probably) getting the Irish in the BcS title game.
Anyway, and without any further ado, who ya got? On the final full weekend of the 2012 season (#sadface), who should be the No. 1 team in the country?
Vote below, and bitch about Notre Dame/the SEC/the Luckeyes/Oregon’s exclusion below that.
Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24
As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.
From the university:
The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits. During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle. In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles. He later corrected his account and since apologized.
As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.
Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”
The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.
Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.
He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.
But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.
Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:
Steve Spurrier finishes 16-7 as a head coach against Georgia, the team he loved to beat and tweak. But the Bulldogs won the last one by 32.