Author: Chris Dufresne

No. 6 Florida State

I miss Bobby Bowden’s renegade Seminoles, who did plenty of good and bad things on and off the field. The difference was Bowden could tell armed robbery jokes better than anyone and get most matters reduced to running extra stadium steps. I visited Bowden in December of 2006 in advance of a third-tier bowl game against UCLA. It was down year, with more to come, and the sense was it might be time for Bobby to go. He had a mess of military books on his shelf, so I asked Bowden to rank his all-time generals.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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No. 7 Oklahoma

Everyone knows the Oklahoma Sooners are from Norman. God knows, this year, they don’t do business in Dodge City. Whoa, look at what they’re busting right out of the barn: Houston, UL Monroe, Ohio State, Texas Christian, Texas, Kansas State. Their schedule maker sounds more like a widow maker.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here. ...

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TMG tabs “Rankman” to cover national outbreak of SEC football

PRESS RELEASE: TMG College Sports is pleased to announce today it has filled the posted opening for writer to chronicle\monitor\second guess and otherwise disabuse the Southeastern Conference. TMG elected to go in house and hire its former copy boy: Rankman. Before you cough up your grits, consider: It’s true this venerable participle dangler was born in surf’s up Southern California, far from Toomer’s Corner, but also true he has covered every SEC national title victory starting with Tennessee’s in 1998. Rankman has poked his share of fun at the SEC,  yet recent emails released by WikiLeaks revealed a secret, puppy-love crush for the league that concocted  the BCS and then gerrymandered the system to its advantage. A psychiatrist once told Rankman his sleights of the SEC were likely an overcompensation reflex to appease his left-coast upbringing and readership. The Pac 12’s failure, however, to satisfactorily provide for its fans has allowed “SEC-creep” to infiltrate the hearts and minds of  Southlanders from San Pedro to Pico Rivera. “Because I have DirecTV, which doesn’t carry the Pac 12 Network, I have probably seen more SEC games in the last five years,” Rankman admitted to TMG. “I watched  so much SEC on TV it almost became like Stockholm Syndrome in that I basically fell in love with my captors.” The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a...

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No. 8 Tennessee

Tennessee football’s future is bright orange again and this season has all the ingredients to be out of this world, which reminds Rankman of his favorite astronaut drink as a kid–TANG. All the Vols need to do to win big is add water. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs will be the straw that stirs this drink. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here. ...

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No. 9 Michigan State

Hey, Spartans, why those long, upper-peninsula  faces? Pull yourself together lads and tell yourself things will be finer than Magic in 1979. Losing a big game isn’t the worst thing to ever happen. Consider this: Spartan warriors from ancient times weren’t allowed to live with their wives until age 30. There is absolutely zero-zilch-squat shame in losing to Alabama in last year’s semifinals of the College Football Playoff, the “Wonder Bread” of innovative post-season names. Wait, what, you lost 38-0?  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here. ...

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