Author: Chris Dufresne

Rankman’s Friday Mailbag: Are Helton’s 15 minutes already up? Why did God curse UCLA football?

I gave a letter to the postman, He put it in his sack. And by the early next morning, He brought my letter back. She wrote upon it: Return to sender, address unknown. No such number, no such zone. (Scott and Blackwell) Unbuckling this week’s bag: The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Rankman’s Picks, Week 5

It took a couple of warm-up weeks but Rankman, after going 4-1 against the spread last week, has finally figured out gambling. It’s almost time to mortgage the house and spend the kids’ college money. We’ll give it one more week just to be sure. The trick, we figured out, is to take Stanford and the 3 against UCLA and then wait for a fluke, meaningless, fumble return for TD with the clock at 0:00 to turn a push at 16-13 into a 22-13 pay off. See how easy it is? This week we’re staking victory on errant an Frisbee toss from the stands at Clemson to distract Louisville’s kicker on a last-second field goal for the win. The key, folks, is studying these teams and making intelligent decisions based on sound information. This week’s games are Notre Dame-Syracuse, Tennessee-Georgia and Louisville-Clemson. Plus a bonus, over\under pick on one of these games we this is O-V-E-R. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Rankman’s Super Duper Ranking\comments, Week 5

This is the week where idioms and cliches convene for the annual lazy-language convention. Where push comes to shove, rubber meets the road, wheat gets separated from chaff, only the strong survive, jigs are up, the going gets tough, men are separated from boys, the fat lady sings, you can’t keep a good man down, feet are put to the fire and don’t it make your brown eyes blue?  Six schools in Rankman’s top 10 face each other in match-ups where no one gets out alive, lines get drawn in the sand and teams have to dig deep. Or, as a player who once melded two cliches into one, said, “Our backs are against the driver’s seat.” Anyway, it should be fun, a kick, a hoot, donnybrook and a blast. Louisville v. Clemson; Wisconsin v. Michigan and Stanford v. Washington. Go ahead, fellas, and make your cases.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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SEC Outsider: LSU makes right move in “interim” Orgeron–now good luck trying to get rid of him

Louisiana State named Ed Orgeron as interim coach on Sunday and posted a picture of him on its website. His mouth was wide open, it looked like an “O,” which is also his nickname. He goes by others, one of which is “Mad Man.” So if you’re keeping score: LSU fired Les Miles, aka “Mad Hatter,” after a 2-2 start, and replaced him with the “Mad Man” from Larose, La. Perfect. “Wide open” also perfectly describes the throttle on Orgeron’s motor. The guy is a non-stop, walking, 24-hour energy drink. When LSU athletic director Joe Alleva shrimp-canned Miles on Sunday, knowing he’s the only coach in the BCS era to lead a two-loss team to the national title, there was little doubt who would babysit the rest of this season. Orgeron, the Tigers’ defensive line coach, may be the greatest  “interim” coach of our times. Coach gets fired on an early-season Sunday? Call “O.” The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Pac Tracks: Rankman ranks league’s coaches so far, from first to Helfrich and\or Helton

The latest Pac 12 coaches’ ratings, released Monday, likely had many people questioning the sanity of the author. Who released these ratings? Me. There is a lot of discussion these days about coaches and just how much they mean to success. The answer is: everything.  Some Pac 12 coaches are doing better than others. Here’s the list: The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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