Charles Barkley

Manziel has Charles Barkley ‘really close to saying Roll Tide’


How polarizing is Johnny Manziel?  So much so that he’s pushing a dyed-in-the-wool Auburn fan to the brink of the unthinkable.

Charles Barkley played his college basketball at Auburn before embarking on a Hall of Fame NBA career.  Now one of the most popular — and polarizing, oddly enough — analysts in the hoops game today, Barkley has remained a staunch supporter of his alma mater and its athletic programs.

A true Auburn fan, of course, is pro-anything that goes up against the Alabama Crimson Tide, which would seemingly include Texas A&M this weekend in the latest edition of the Game of The Century.  Thanks to the reigning Heisman winner, though, Barkley is thiiis close to getting his houndstooth on.

“Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible,” Barkley said during a Chicago radio interview Wednesday, by way of “He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend.

“I never thought I would say those words. I am so close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’ Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I’m really close to saying ‘Roll Tide.'”

What it is that’s sticking in Barkley’s craw regarding the A&M quarterback is unclear, but it’s stuck so far up wherever it is that it has him mentioning Manziel in the same breath as a twerking Miley Cyrus.

And has him not really caring how a near “Roll Tide” will play on The Plains.

“They’re not going to be happy,” Barkley said of AU fans. “But let me tell you something. Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus.

“I just think that Johnny Manziel has done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months.”

(insert glass house reference here)

So, congratulations Johnny Football.  Look what you and your shenanigans and hijinks have gone and done.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.