• Some advice before the first CFP rankings: Relax.

    Tonight the 12-person selection committee for the new College Football Playoff will release its first Top 25 rankings. Those rankings will begin what promises to be a very intense debate over which four teams make the playoffs. Before those rankings are released and this debate begins please let me offer this piece of advice: Relax. […]

  • Winston’s conduct threatens to take joy out of FSU season

    Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is an embarrassment to himself, his family, his teammates, his coaches, his university and everybody who cares about college football. And yes, that includes the media who cover it. When Winston, who had already been part of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, was caught shoplifting and then […]

  • Time to start thinking of college athletics in a different way

    The NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted Thursday to allow the 65 schools in the top five conferences to have more autonomy when it comes to making rules. So now what? Let’s start here. The world as we know it in college athletics is not coming to an end. But it is going to […]

  • New rule: You hit a female and you’re done

    I don’t know Devonte Fields, other than the fact that he is a great football player for Texas Christian University. He has already been chosen as the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. He was the conference’s defensive player of the year as a freshman in 2012. Fields missed most of the 2013 […]

  • LSU’s Les Miles: “I like us”

    Hoover, AL–Some quick thoughts on Day 3 of SEC Media Days. 1. When the media’s preseason vote is announced on Thursday, Alabama will very likely be picked as the projected champion of the SEC West with Auburn, the defending conference champs, second. But I’ve written this before and today I’ll write it again: Don’t sleep […]

  • Five Burning Questions as SEC Media Days begin

    I remember the first time more than 500 members of the press showed up for the circus (and I mean that affectionately) that is SEC Football Media Days. I don’t remember the year but I do remember thinking: “This is ridiculous. It can’t possibly get bigger than this.” Again, as usual, I was very, very wrong. Here’s how […]


RSS Tony’s articles for AJC Sports

  • New CFP rankings are set up for a very intense finish November 26, 2014
    With only one team in the CFP Top 10 losing last week (Ole Miss), no changes at the top were expected when the new rankings were released Tuesday night. There weren’t. The top seven from a week ago stayed the same. But this much is clear: The final two weeks of the regular season are […]
  • Friday is going to be a big, big day November 23, 2014
    What we learned on the Saturday before Thanksgiving: 1) Friday is going to be a significant day: Games on the Friday after Thanksgiving traditionally bring good ratings and that will certainly be the case this Friday as the winners of both the SEC East and the Pac-12 South will be decided. At 2:30 p.m. on […]
  • Can Mizzou win 10th straight on road? Georgia sure hopes not November 20, 2014
    The SEC schedule looks a little thin with only three conference games and five non-conference games that probably won’t be competitive. Still, some big things could happen: 1) Can Missouri win its 10th consecutive game on the road? Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC) needed 589 total yards and a goal line stand on its 1-yard line […]

RSS Recent posts from Mark Blaudschun, A Jersey Guy

  • BC needs to finish with flourish November 23, 2014
    The Boston College Eagles have lost 5 games this season. Four of them at home–Clemson, Colorado State, Pittsburgh and Louisville. On Saturday, the Eagles lost to defending national champion and No. 1 (in the coaches and writers poll) Florida State.…Read more →
  • CFB Playoffs: Eight would be enough November 20, 2014
    Things a  Jerseyguy noted this week: We haven’t gone through one cycle of the new 4-team college basketball playoff system and already one of the power brokers-ACC commissioner John Swofford–has raised the question about an 8 team playoff being the…Read more →
  • Gators should make Duke’s Cutcliffe a Godfather offer November 18, 2014
    On Thursday night, ESPN’s College Football Game of the Week will be an Atlantic Coast Conference battle between Duke and North Carolina. If I were Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, I would be watching. Foley, if you didn’t know, is…Read more →