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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, Happy New Year 2012 Edition

The fellas are back to ring in the new year and break down all the gridiron wonderfulness happening across this great. ‘Tis indeed the season for smackin’, and the NFL playoffs are arriving right on schedule.  FootballSickness.com’s Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah break down all four wild card games, touch on some of the organizational changes, review and preview all the big college bowls, and even foreshadow some NFL Draft Sickness, which will hit warp speed in a little over a month. For now, though, it’s all about the games on the field, and to be on the field you have to GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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1000 combined passing yards in one playoff game, anyone?

The COLLEGE SICKNESS PODCAST, 2011 Episode 2

Another fantastic week of barnburners is behind us, with another fast approaching.  Lots of good intra-conference games again this week, including the annual Alabama/Florida game, an Auburn/South Carolina tilt, and the big one at Camp Randall as the Huskers are in town to take on the Badgers.  We’ll tell you who dominated enough to become SICKNESS APPROVED! last week, and give you the latest Heisman hoopla.  And, of course, we’ll preview all the big ones coming up on Super Saturday, week 5.  As always, we highly recommend that you GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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RGIII is balling.

The SICKNESS 5: So Many Options

Finally! All the early season scrimmages are out of the way, and it’s time for some BIG BOY FOOTBALL! Some national title hopes will be dashed, and some big names will be made. Just look back to last week and the wild rush the Irish and Wolverines gave us. I expect to see some more late-game hand wringing, and crazy crowd noise. You know the drill… GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

3 LSU at 25 Mississippi St

Les Miles looks to lead the Tigers to 3-0.

What a tasty Thursday night matchup to get the juices flowing for the weekend! The Bulldogs had their hearts torn out by the “Never Say Die” Auburn Tigers. Chris Relf, all 6’4 230lbs of him, could not break the goal line at the buzzer to tie the game. Now they turn their attention to another strong SEC foe in the LSU Tigers. Even without the starting QB and a top receiver, the Tigers have gotten off fast. They rolled Oregon and Northwestern State and look like a juggernaut. Defensively, they are shutting down both the run and the pass, 8th and 20th respectively. Something has to give since Mississippi State is the 5th best offense in the country. Their bugaboo is defensively. They are atrocious against the run, and that is where this game will turn. LSU is one of the most physical teams in the country. They will bang a multitude of running backs at the Bulldogs on the way to another big early season win. LSU 37 Mississippi St 24.

Tennessee at 16 Florida

The first big test for either of these teams comes Saturday. It brings back fun memories of Fulmer and Spurrier, Manning and Wuerffel. Those were fun to watch, and I have a feeling this will be too. Tyler Bray comes off a HUGE performance against the Cincinnati Bearcats and now has to face a defense finding its way under new coach Will Mushcamp. On the other side, John Brantley has been OK as well, but playing FAU and UAB is not going to make any Gators break a sweat. And they haven’t, winning by a combined score of 80-3. Are they for real? Not this week. I think Derek Dooley has got his team rolling. They have won 6 of their last 7 games going back to last season. His kids are buying into what he is selling, and they’ll see the fruit of their labors down in The Swamp. Tennessee 24 Florida 21.

17 Ohio St at Miami

Ten years ago, hell, ten months ago this would’ve been a marquee matchup. But after the Summer of Sanctions, we’re not quite sure what we’ll see down at The U. Miami is shorthanded, but welcomes back Captain Inconsistency, Jacory Harris. The Buckeyes are 2-0, but those two wins came against in-state rivals Akron and Toledo. The one thing I can be sure of is that this game won’t be pretty. Miami’s turnover issues popped up again in their loss to Maryland. Ohio State’s been able to run the ball, but their offense lacks big plays. They needed a punt return touchdown to hang on against Toledo. Ohio State is the more physical team here, and in games where the teams seem to be evenly matched, that tends to win out. Ohio State 27 Miami 23.

15 Michigan St at Notre Dame

The fact that I’m still trying to convince myself that the Irish can beat the Spartans, tells you how far the program has fallen. I like Tommy Rees as a player and leader. But it’s hard to see how they can bounce back against Michigan State after assuming the position versus the Wolverines. The Spartans bring back an extremely experienced offense lead by Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, and running back Edwin Baker. Their defense was a question mark leading into the season, but has done well so far against some easy foes. If the Irish can’t get off to a quick start, this could get away from them fast. Michigan State 31 Notre Dame 24.

1 Oklahoma at 5 Florida St

Doak Cambpell will be like old times this weekend.

It’s been a long time since Doak Campbell Stadium has been electric. It will be this weekend as the Sooners come a-calling. Landry Jones is leading an offensive beast. Florida State has rolled up some impressive numbers against schools with directions in their name. Last year, the Seminoles rolled into Norman, and left with their dignity barely intact. Hopefully, that experience has prepared them better for this meeting. They’ll have the revenge factor helping them get juiced up for this game. Unfortunately, revenge and crowd noise will help early but eventually the players have to take over. E.J. Manuel is an exciting quarterback to watch, nut he hasn’t played a game of this magnitude yet. Expect some jitters and possibly an early mistake from him. The defense will have to hold early, to give him time to settle in. Even so, there are just too many weapons on the OU side, both offensively and defensively. Boomer Sooner! Oklahoma 38 FSU 21.

Other games: 24 Texas at UCLA, 18 West Virginia at Maryland, 21 Auburn at Clemson, 6 Stanford at Arizona. Last week 4-1. Overall 6-4.

 

The COLLEGE SICKNESS PODCAST: 2011 Conference Previews

All the pride and pageantry of college football is back, even if the NCAA handled everything so poorly this offseason that we were all forced to focus on the negative.  We’ll get back to that in the offseason, because we’re here to talk about the game on the field, thank you very much.  Head of College Sickness Sen Sogah and Editor-In-Chief Ryan Burns take you around the country, stopping to visit with some special guests along the way.  They’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks leading up to the season.  Take a seat on the Sickness Virtual Bus, and GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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BIG TEN PREVIEW EDITION

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INAUGURAL, FIRST ANNUAL PAC 12 SPECIAL EDITION

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE PREVIEW w/Mark Ennis (BigEastCoastBias.com)

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ACC PREVIEW EDITION w/Michael Felder (In The Bleachers)

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SEC PREVIEW EDITION with Jordan Grove (1210 AM The Score)

 

 

 

 

COLLEGE SICKNESS: The FootballSickness.com Preseason Top 25

We’ve heard it before: preseason rankings don’t mean a thing. You’re right!  But who doesn’t love a list of any kind?  If you’ve got the SICKNESS, this is the stuff you need to get your fix.  Here at FootballSickness.com, it’s our job to bring you what you want.  We’re like altruistic pushers.  So without further ado, here are the top 25 teams in the country… at least until they play a game.

If we had to pick today, we foresee something like this.

1. Alabama- It doesn’t matter who the QB is this year. The defense is SICK!!

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2. Oklahoma- Jones, Broyles, Stills, Jefferson= Rebirth of Boomer Sooner

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3. LSU- If the QBs don’t turn it over, the Bayou Bengals are primed to roll

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4. FSU- It didn’t take long for Jimbo to get back to old school Seminoles football. Kill the QB!

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5. Oregon-Offense will score enough. Defense just needs to be average.

What? It's his Lucky beard.

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6. Stanford- Luck, Luck, Luck. Rinse. Repeat…

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7. Boise St- Doesn’t matter what color they wear at home, as long as Kellen Moore shows up

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8. Arkansas- So much speed. Up to Tyler Wilson to make it count

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9. Nebraska- Best defense in the B1G. Offense is the key

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10. Texas A&M- Bringing back the same team that served the Sooners

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11. Wisconsin- They were only missing a QB. Enter Russell Wilson

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12. Oklahoma St- They have the offensive side figured out, but they can’t stop anyone

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13. South Carolina- Should be higher, but their QB is Stephen Garcia

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14. Virginia Tech- QB Logan Thomas 6’7 260. Watch out!

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15. TCU- Defense is never the question for the Frogs. But for the first time in awhile, QB is.

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16. Penn St- Let the quarterbacks shake themselves out. Rest of team is solid.

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17. Mississippi St- More physical than pretty, but damn sure effective

Chizik & Malzahn: gurus or beneficiaries? We'll soon find out.

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18. Northwestern- Dan Persa returns to lead the Wildcats in the Leaders Division

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19. Notre Dame- Brian Kelly is the right man for the Irish. So is WR Michael Floyd

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20. Auburn- Coach Malzahn will have to get a QB up to speed quickly. The SEC waits for no one

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21. Utah- Sheik pick in the Pac12 South. But it’s much more physical than the MWC. Not sure they’re ready

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22. West Virginia- Now that the drama is over, look out for Geno Smith

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23. Arizona St- They will have to ride their defense if they want to get to the Pac12 Title game

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24. Michigan St- Lots of questions on D, but have a senior QB and that is worth a lot in college football

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25. USC- Even on probation, the Trojans have a pretty good squad, and a darn good QB.

The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, Summertime Sickness Edition

Summer is setting in and it is HOT on the FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, Summertime Sickness Edition! FootballSickness.com’s Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah wax semi-poetic on all the latest football happenings, including the NFL and its players closing in on labor peace, and the NCAA’s plan to eat itself with preposterous rules and witch hunts (Oregon). New this week, the Fantasy Sickness segment, where Burns is joined by @RumfordJohnny of 2MugsFF.com, a fine fantasy football site and friend of the Sickness, and last but not least, a little contest surprise buried in there for our listeners. Guess you’ll have to listen now. GET YOUR HELMET ON!

 

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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST: Benjamin Franklin Edition

It’s All About The SICKNESS, Baby! FootballSickness.com’s Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah talk football, with a green tint. They go into depth on the latest NCAA happenings, the Oregon fiasco(s?), the apparent CBA progress, and, of course, find a way to tie it all back into the Sickness. The season is coming, folks. You can smell it. It’s time to…GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST: Sweater Vest Edition

It’s been awhile since we went twelve rounds on some College Sickness, and it’s high time.  Fortunately, Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor and company are here to help us out with a topic.  FootballSickness.com’s Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah break down the OSU situation, drop some notes from around the country, and get after it in the usual fashion.  GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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"Pssst. Coach. I don't know about you, but...I'm about to be OUT."

 

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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, Offseason Episode 5

Time to enjoy the California Love Special Offseason Edition 5 of The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST. Plenty of talk about the shenanigans around the college football world, from the Sweater Vest to the Fiesta. Some fun NFL Draft topics, including the Sickness Staff mock drafts. And, of course, there are the legendary stylings of Burns & Sogah themselves. You know you want some. GET YOUR HELMET ON!

 

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Money, money, money by the pound!

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Instant Reaction

For those of us with the College Football Sickness, Christmas comes twice a year. There’s obviously the traditional December 25th date, but to recruitniks it also comes on the first Wednesday of February. The national title hunt begins each year on National Signing Day. Coaches wake up early and don’t stop sweating until all the prospective commits fax in their National Letters of Intent. Today was no different, and we’ll try to make sense of everything that happened.

The best class in the country according to Scout.com went to the 2011 BCS Champion Auburn Tigers. That’s a nice double for Gene Chizik to sleep on tonight. They’re led by top 5 QB Kiehl Frazier who should help to fill the void left by the departure of Cam Newton. Florida State, USC, Ohio State, and Texas rounded out the top 5.

USC was the most interesting story of the day. Even with all of the sanctions looming over the program, Lane Kiffen signed 31 players. It was a stroke of brilliance by the young coach. He spent most of the regular season and weeks leading up to today, letting kids transfer to open up scholarships. That allowed him to fill up a huge class this year with the next couple of years up in the air. The Trojans are still the king of SoCal. Something that was certainly in doubt just 8 months ago. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Snicker.)

Bruin fans are hoping Brett Hundley can be the cornerstone to a turnaround.

Across town in Westwood, things were a bit low key. For the Bruins, today wasn’t about quantity, but rather quality. The cream of the crop was blue chip quarterback from Chandler, AZ, Brett Hundley. Many view him as the savior of the program. Let’s hold off on those expectations. He’s still a 17-year old kid that should be enjoying the rest of his senior year in high school rather than starting the winter quarter at UCLA. But with the uncertainty at that position, Bruin fans will be looking for some early results. This is the do or die year for Coach Neuheisel and his retooled coaching staff. 8 wins seems like the consensus total to keep his job.

There are some loose ends still to be cleared up. The number one player in the country, Jadeveon Clowney, did not make a decision yesterday. Word is that he wants to wait until his birthday, Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, he truly doesn’t know where he wants to go, as opposed to last year’s calamity involving Seantrell Henderson. My call this morning was South Carolina for Clowney, but after seeing the class that rival Clemson put together, the Tigers certainly have to be looking a lot better today.

So the coaches can now sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Spring practice will start in 2 months and it will be the start of another run to the BCS Title Game in the renovated Rose Bowl. If today was any example, it won’t be without many more twists and turns.