• 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

  • Welcome to November in the SEC: Can anyone survive with only one loss? October 30, 2014
    Our Five Burning Questions for Saturday now that the CFP standings are out: 1) Will Ole Miss recover in time to play Auburn? After a gut-wrenching 10-7 loss at LSU  last Saturday night, Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC) was beaten up both physically and emotionally. But the Rebels got a lift Tuesday night when the […]
  • Four SEC West teams in the CFP top six; but it won’t last October 29, 2014
    Impressions of the first Top 25 released by the College Football Selection committee Tuesday night: As expected there were four SEC teams ranked in the top six: 1) Mississippi State, 3) Auburn, 4) Ole Miss, 6) Alabama. But now reality hits home: each of those four teams has two games against the other three in […]
  • Buckle up your chin straps as we head into a November to remember October 26, 2014
    There is really only one thing we learned on the last Saturday in October: Everything that has happened in college football has been merely to set the table for a November that we are going to long remember. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,  the 12-member selection committee for the College Football Playoff will release its first […]

RSS Recent posts from Mark Blaudschun, A Jersey Guy

  • Can you say D word for SF Giants? October 31, 2014
    Stuff that happened this week that a Jerseyguy noted: Aside from a terrific an riveting Game 7, did anyone outside of San Francisco and Kansas City really pay attention to the World Series, which has become a regional event in…Read more →
  • Just Asking: Could Big 10 get shut out of Final Four? October 30, 2014
    Ten questions going into the last month of the college football regular season. 1. If the first week of the college football rankings don’t mean anything why have rankings this early? A. The selection  committee rankings were released on Tuesday?  Lots of chatter–Notre…Read more →
  • Do Eagles have a chance against Hokies? October 29, 2014
    The numbers suggest that Boston College has more than a reasonable chance of winning when it  faces Virginia Tech on Saturday. Better record, arguably the same, if not better talent. A better QB in Tyler Murphy, with more experience. But the…Read more →