Tire Fire Alert: Week Eight

October 18, 2013

Whilst doing my research for the Week Nine installment of the Tire Fires blog, my eyes could not be averted from the potential defensive wreckage in the SEC this weekend. Last week, I pointed to the Missouri-Georgia game with both teams prone to scoring and surrendering big numbers. We’ll continue that trend, but in particular, let’s focus on the atrocious run defenses being trotted out against a pair of teams who are quite efficient on the ground. Nothing silences a large, raucous crowd better than Tire Fire defense being burnt to a crisp by the opposing team’s run game, and . . .

Tire Fire Alert: Week Three

September 12, 2013

Over the past few seasons, The Solid Verbal has spoken, retroactively, about the most egregious weekly performances in the world of college football.  These lowlights, referenced lovingly as “tire fires”, have become a regular part of the podcast, as well as the sport’s lexicon.  In late 2011, EA Sports felt compelled to add a “Tire Fire Offense” badge to its NCAA 12 video game, offering a small pat on the back to gamers with poor offensive aptitude.  In real college football, though, tire fires should never be considered notable or noble achievements.  Fans around the country, from Iowa to… Iowa, . . .

Our Top 10: South Carolina (5)

August 28, 2013

This might be Steve Spurrier’s best team.  His swagger at SEC Media Days was evident.  His road schedule is workable.  His defense features Jadeveon Clowney, one of the most fearsome figures in all of college football.  This could be the year. But should you buy the hype?  How much of South Carolina’s expectations are linked directly to Clowney’s legend, and are experts looking past obvious flaws because of his game-changing abilities?  Hear Ty and Dan talk with Andy Staples from SI.com about the Gamecocks’ chances in 2013: