coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
On 08/31/2013 08:49 AM in NCAA Football

College Football Blitz!

Ladies and gentlemen college football Saturday is here!

Last year here at Bang The Book.com we did our own version of a college football pregame and we are back this year.

We proudly announce The COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLITZ!

We will have the college football blitz every Saturday for two hours leading up to kickoff.

I will be your host, Cole Ryan, and I will be providing the latest betting information, college football news, pictures, video and everything that is college football!

I will be jamming in as much information as possible so make sure to stop by and enjoy the show! I will also attempt some picks along the way and keep records for those of you brave enough to follow along during the season!

Feel free to stop by share info, chime in with your own predictions or just take in all the information for a great winning day of college football as we bang the book!

Cole

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btb Posts:2233 Followers:159
08/31/2013 09:36 AM

welcome back cole. looking forward to all the information you provide... Dont forget Sundays during regular season we will have the NFL blitz as well so all you cappers this is the place to find the latest info, news, trends, sharp action etc

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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 09:58 AM

It's good to be back btb!

We will also have the NFL Blitz as mentioned, leading up to kickoff and that is not all! This year we are also adding week long preview threads loaded with information on the biggest games of the week.

Like this one for Georgia vs Clemson

Now with all of that being said it is time for COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLITZ!!!!

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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:00 AM

Let's get started with the No. 1 team in the country!

Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA
Kickoff: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET
Line: Alabama -18, Total: 45.5


No. 1 Alabama begins its quest for a third straight national title on Saturday afternoon when it meets Virginia Tech at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Eventual Heisman winner Mark Ingram led the Crimson Tide to a 34-24 win-and-cover over Virginia Tech in 2009 at the Georgia Dome, outgaining the Hokies 498 to 155 in total yardage. That began a run of three BCS Championships in four years for Alabama, which once again has a championship roster with returning star QB AJ McCarron, 1,000-yard WR Amari Cooper and 1,000-yard RB T.J. Yeldon. Seven starters return from the last year’s dominant defense as well. Off a huge 7-6 letdown season in 2012, the Hokies need QB Logan Thomas to find consistency, and they’ve yet to find a bell-cow in their crowded RB committee. The Tech defense should be excellent with nine returning starters, but star CB Antone Exum is doubtful for the opener as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in January. Since taking over at Alabama, head coach Nick Saban is 14-4 ATS (79%) in non-home games in the first half of the season, and since 2009, his team is 19-7 ATS (73%) in all non-home games and 12-6 ATS (67%) in non-SEC tilts. On the flip side, Virginia Tech is 8-18 ATS (31%) overall in the past seasons, including 4-10 ATS (29%) in non-home games and 3-6 ATS (33%) outside the ACC.

Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron (2,933 pass yds, 30 TD, 3 INT) led the nation in passing efficiency last season and still has WR Amari Cooper (1,000 rec. yds, 11 TD) as his go-to receiver. RB T.J. Yeldon (1,108 rush yds, 12 TD) propels the No. 16 ground game (228 YPG), which lost three starters on the offensive line. For the second straight season, Alabama led the country in both total defense (250 YPG) and rushing defense (80 YPG), while ranking second in scoring defense (10.9 PPG allowed). DE Ed Stinson (3 sacks, 5 QBH) is the lone returning starter on the defensive line, but LB C.J. Mosley (107 tackles, 4 sacks) will dominate the middle again with OLB Adrian Hubbard (7 sacks, 3 FF). CB Deion Belue (40 tackles, 7 PD) and safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (5 INT) and Vinnie Sunseri (54 tackles) are all top-notch defenders.

The Hokies are coming off their worst campaign in two decades, as the offense ranked 83rd in the nation in both yards (377 YPG) and points (25.1 PPG). Head coach Frank Beamer is hoping new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler can work miracles with erratic QB Logan Thomas (51% completions, 2,976 pass yds, 18 TD, 16 INT). Both starting offensive tackles and his top three receivers are gone, but the Hokies do get back senior WR D.J. Coles (480 rec. yds in 2011) who missed last year with a knee injury. Top RB J.C. Coleman (492 rush yds, 4.5 YPC) returns, but he gained 50 rushing yards just once in 2012, and is questionable to play on Saturday because of an ankle injury. The excellent Virginia Tech defense (333 YPG, 18th in FBS; 99 TFL, T-9th in FBS) is stacked again though. DE James Gayle (5 sacks) and LB Jack Tyler (119 tackles) headline a fierce front seven, but the secondary may struggle without CB Antone Exum (5 INT).

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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:02 AM

At COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLITZ we will also be sharing the latest tweets with great info from around the net!


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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:03 AM

Everyone is picking some upsets in week 1


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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:04 AM

UMass Minutemen at Wisconsin Badgers (-44.5, 53.5)

If Gary Andersen can repeat at Wisconsin what he accomplished in his last head coaching job, Saturday's season opening non-conference game against visiting Massachusetts will be only the beginning of great things in Madison. Andersen, 49, comes to Wisconsin from Utah State, where he orchestrated a remarkable turnaround that saw the school win 26 games in his four seasons after winning just six in the previous three years. He replaces Bret Bielema, who won 68 games in his seven years before departing to Arkansas.

UMass head coach Charley Molnar expects marked improvement in his team, which was outscored 482-152 in its first season in the FBS. Sophomore Mike Wegzyn, who threw more interceptions than touchdowns last season, will lead an offense that will be without tight end Rob Blanchflower (undisclosed) and running back Jordan Broadnax (knee) for this game due to injury. Ricardo Miller, a senior transfer from Michigan, will start at tight end and Stacey Bedell will start at running back.

Key betting stat: Badgers are 0-6 ATS in their last six non-conference games.

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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:05 AM

Clowney set back in game one? No worries

How many times did you see Jadeveon Clowney’s hit this summer? Honest question. How many times were you in a sports bar, an airport or your living room when “The Hit” -- with Michigan RB Vincent Smith’s helmet landing somewhere near Naples -- appeared on a screen near you?

South Carolina’s junior defensive end is still the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft, pretty much no matter what. He is still a legitimate Heisman contender, still among the favorites.

No, he didn’t look quite right on many plays Thursday night in South Carolina’s 27-10 win against North Carolina, but the fact that he’s taking heat for his perceived lack of conditioning (potential factors could have included a pregame stomach bug he’d been dealing with, or the fact that he says he often has stamina issues in opening games) says more about the expectation level surrounding him -- in part because of that highlight clip against Michigan -- than it does about his ability to have a dominant 2013 season.

"You kidding me?" one opposing coach said via text, when I asked him during the lightning delay what he thought about Clowney's play. "I don’t think they’re going to cut him."

Probably not. And more important for the Gamecocks, the strength they showed at positions around Clowney indicates that they are a very real SEC title contender and a dark horse for the national title.

One Gamecocks staffer told me earlier this week that he was concerned about the offense, but it was really sharp early on and it was stout enough to sit on the ball in the second half and play keep-away from the Heels' offense. That plan worked well against Clemson’s tempo in last season’s win over the Tigers, and it was a similar setup versus North Carolina.

I remember talking to offensive line coach Shawn Elliott back in the spring and he was atypically optimistic about what sort of line the team would field. You could see why after watching it Thursday. A line that averages 322 pounds owned the line of scrimmage against a so-so UNC defensive line, fueling a 6.0 yards-per-carry average (which is a still-solid 4.1 even if you take away sophomore RB Mike Davis’ 75-yard touchdown run).

There’s a different toughness and attitude that’s visible when observing the line from play to play. The entire time I was covering the South Carolina beat, from 2007-11, the eternal question was, "When is Steve Spurrier going to find a quarterback and an offensive line?" Both areas are no longer liabilities, for sure.

Davis lived up to his billing, thanks to Spurrier’s suggestion, as one of my top 50 breakout players. His 75-yard touchdown run in the second half showed some breakaway speed that the position had been missing; Marcus Lattimore, good as he was, might have been caught from behind after about 25 or 30 yards. Receiver is something of a concern, and position coach Steve Spurrier Jr. told me this week that they’re really missing a jitterbug-type wideout like Ace Sanders, but Shaq Roland’s early statement on the 65-yard first-quarter touchdown pass showed he might be ready for a step up as a sophomore.

The defense’s performance, even amid a so-so effort from Clowney, shows that there is a lot more to the unit than No. 7. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo "Whammy" Ward subbed all over the field against North Carolina’s tempo offense (a good sign for the unit’s depth), and the D held the Tar Heels to just 3.7 yards per play. Four D-linemen other than Clowney had a share of a sack. Clowney didn’t flash in the highlights or the statistics, but UNC deserves some of the blame for that, as QB Bryn Renner got the ball out quickly most of the game and there were several running plays directed away from him.

It’s worth remembering that during last season’s impressive campaign, Clowney still had four games in which he didn’t record a sack, including the bowl game against Michigan, scene of “The Hit.” Elite defensive ends such as Clowney can make a consistent impact, but it isn’t as if they’re going to blow up a play on each series. It’s going to be a seasonlong struggle for Heisman voters to measure his value versus those of QBs who touch the ball on every offensive play.

Clowney will have a big stage next weekend on which to bounce back, as the Gamecocks travel to Athens to play Georgia. How he plays in that game figures to have a much bigger impact on his Heisman candidacy than the UNC game. “I guess he needs to prove them wrong next week,” one of South Carolina’s assistants texted me early Friday morning.

In the meantime, there’s no reason to be any less optimistic about the potential for Clowney and the Gamecocks this season than there was Thursday morning.

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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:06 AM

Nick Saban is 6-0 ATS in season opening games since taking over at Alabama. VirginiaTech's Frank Beamer is just 1-5 ATS over that span.

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coleryan Posts:12114 Followers:20
08/31/2013 10:07 AM

Phil Steele picks

No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs at No. 8 Clemson Tigers
Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. ET, ABC

The marquee game of the week showcases two top-10 teams equipped with high-powered offenses. Georgia returns nine starters from an offense that averaged nearly 38 points per game, including All-SEC performers at quarterback (Aaron Murray) and running back (Todd Gurley). On the other side, Clemson has quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins back from a unit that averaged 41 points per game (PPG) a year ago.

The Tigers do have the experience edge on the defensive side with six returning starters compared to just three for Georgia, but I rate the Bulldogs just as talented. The teams last met in 2003, which was a 30-0 Georgia win and marked the last time the Tigers were shut out in a game, a span of 128 contests.

Expect an offensive shootout, but Georgia -- despite playing on the road and having a big game against South Carolina on deck -- will once again prove that the SEC reigns supreme.

Pick: Georgia 38, Clemson 37

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