Remembering how good college football’s week No. 1 was, week No. 2 really was embarrassing. Come on, that’s the best we can come up with? Alabama vs. Western Kentucky, no contest. Central Florida vs. Michigan, ridiculous. Georgia Tech vs. Mercer, doubly shameful. Georgia vs. Nicholls, just wait a minute.
I guess you’re still snickering about my opening week football prognostications. I picked ten games and got five wrong, but five right. And if you’re honest, you didn’t pick Oklahoma to lose to Houston, LSU to lose to Wisconsin or Notre Dame to lose to Texas either. So let’s just go on to the next week and see if things improve.
Hey there, and it is I again with my 34th straight year of Norman’s No-Nos where I pick the losers in 10 top college games. You’ll note by going back in the annals of my column that my prognostications are unerringly right on. I think I’ve had a success rate of 97 percent. Maybe it was 80 percent. One of those.
The 2016 Shorter football team is no one’s sideshow, and the team will carry that into its first game of the season. It doesn’t matter if the Hawks are playing a top conference opponent or one of the best teams in the Football Championship Subdivision.
We’ve been talking about college football’s opening week because we think there’s never been anything like it. It’s a Super Weekend that lasts into the Monday of the next week with a plethora of top-notch games. Hey, it’s the best weekend in college football history.
Don’t sleep on Georgia State University. Late last week when nobody was looking, the crafty people who hold the purse strings and also pull the strings at GSU up and bought Atlanta Braves Stadium (Turner Field) and the 70 acres surrounding it.
College football is the only big time sport in America that has no governing body or commissioner. The NCAA is a completely independent organization that may or may not be doing the best thing for the sport.
My sports Bible has always been Sports Illustrated magazine. That’s the true word as far as I’m concerned. So when my copy arrived this week, there was no question that college football is almost here. On the front was a full cover featuring Deshaun Watson of Clemson with a teaser saying “The Heisman? Sure, but Watson wants a bigger prize: The title that slipped away last season.”
I guess it’s no big deal that Georgia Tech athletics director Mike Bobinski stayed only three-plus years before announcing his leave-taking this week to accept the same job at Purdue University (another dead-end school). Bobinski’s legacy is that he doesn’t have one. He did fire basketball coach Brian Gregory and hired Memphis coach Josh Pastner, and managed not to get along with football coach Paul Johnson, but that’s about it.
The NCAA narrowed its original list of 517 nominees for the annual Woman of the Year award to 142 Wednesday with the announcement of the conference selections for the award with the Lady Hawks' own Ayana Walker earning recognition as one of the picks from the Gulf South Conference.
The Shorter University Department of Athletics announced the hiring of Chad Reid as its new head cheerleading coach Wed-nesday afternoon following the departure of Rachel Magness earlier in the summer.
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High school football players and coaches experience their range of distractions in a year. Whether it’s remaining studious in school or the expectations of a new season, most teams have a lot on their plate.
ESPN, at no one’s request, has issued a list of seven college football teams they say needn’t ever bother playing this season — that have absolutely no chance of winning the championship. The network thought through the list and has reasons for each one, but it’s still a silly list.
The Shorter University track team will double its exposure in the NCAA national spotlight this week as 12 Hawks and Lady Hawks will carry the school’s banner in the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Athlon is out with its annual preseason rankings in college football, and there are six SEC teams listed in the top 25. The ACC has four, and the Big Ten placed four. To no one’s surprise, Alabama was chosen to reload and sit atop the pile, followed by Florida State, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan. Tennessee was No. 7, LSU ninth and Ole Miss 10th.
With college football more than three months away, don’t think that slows Las Vegas down one bit. Vegas issued its first official odds of the season for some of the top games of the year and what’s especially interesting are the games for the loaded first week of the college season.
The Berry College softball team scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning in game one to defeat Emory University 5-1. Berry, however, could not defeat the Lady Eagles twice, as the team fell 5-4 in eight innings in the regional final.