Preseason Countdown: Alabama (6)

September 3, 2009

Throughout August and September we will be counting down the top 25 teams (as listed here) going into the 2009 season.  For the moment, let’s focus our attention on Alabama.  Not on the textbook scandals or dubious fishing trips, though.  Those are none of your concern, OK?  (Thanks.)  We’re talking strictly about the action on the field. First Impressions When Nick Saban bolted for Alabama, you just know that the Crimson Tide would instantly become a perennial contender in the world of college football.  Say what you want about the man, but he is nothing if not an elite football . . .

August Countdown: LSU (12)

August 21, 2009

Throughout August, we will be counting down the top 25 teams (as listed here) going into the 2009 season. Today, we venture deep into the bayou, where beads are like currency, Nick Saban is the enemy, and purple and yellow is an acceptable color combination at social gatherings. First Impressions Les Miles is the kind of guy that doubles-down on every single hand of blackjack.  If he wins, he celebrates like a teenager after his first beer buzz.  If he loses, well, then you don’t want to be the dealer. Miles has brought this mentality to Baton Rouge — a . . .

August Countdown: TCU (20)

August 10, 2009

Throughout August, we will be counting down the top 25 teams (as listed here) going into the 2009 season. Today we strap on our spurs and travel to Forth Worth, TX to talk about a college that may or may not have actual horned frogs roaming the premises, but whose website definitely has a picture of a cheerleader that looks like the chick from The Bachelorette.                           First Impressions Oh, how quickly we forget TCU‘s 17-16 victory in the revered Poinsettia Bowl over Boise State last year — . . .