Category: OKTC

Stephen A. Smith, ESPN Walk Racial Fault Line

This morning Stephen A. Smith was in a “First Take” debate about whether or not Kobe Bryant would play in the season opener. That’s par for the first take course, a “debate” that no one really cares about and that has no lasting significance, delivered with stereo sound histrionics and Bay of Pigs level crisis threat. Ordinarily no one would… Read more »

Why I Left Politics For Football

In my final two years of high school, I was an avid devotee of the long campaign season of the Republican and Democratic primary elections. I did have a horse in the race—albeit a horse of jettest black hair—so while I wore shirts and buttons and held signs and donated money, I would have been… Read more »

Sneaking Into Stadiums – The Little Known Art

By Ryan Cranford In honor of Georgia-Florida week (it’s only fitting that I’m smoking a nice cigar in the fall air as I write this, probably left over from so many hopeful victories that didn’t occur), a certain aspect of college football student life can be brought to the forefront…. sneaking into stadiums. Let me… Read more »

Pick 6

6 things you need to know before this weekend’s games 1) Conference bragging rights… Every year we hear the debate: can the best college team in the country compete with the worst team in the NFL? The resounding answer is no and should always be no because 19 year old boys aren’t beating grown men… Read more »

Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M (Part Two)

You can read part one of Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M here. Twenty minutes before kickoff of LSU-Texas A&M there are no tickets to be found in College Station. This is alarming. And incredibly rare. Given the size of the stadiums and the relative lack of enforcement against the practice, there are generally lots of tickets for sale on… Read more »

Gruden Watch: Will I Shave My Head Or Will Erin Andrews Sing Rocky Top?

Jon Gruden fever has swept across the Volunteer state. Right now when you go to www.hirejongruden.com — go ahead and click — it actually redirects you to the main University of Tennessee sports site. The Gruden Fever — Gruver?–  has replaced the perpetual malaise of the Derek Dooley era, when the question has been the same… Read more »

Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M (Part One)

It’s still pitch black at six on an October morning in Houston. The lobby of the Hotel ZaZa, near Rice University’s campus in Houston’s museum district, is completely empty except for one girl, a former sorority sister at Texas A&M named Natalie, who is wearing a maroon skirt and sitting alongside a cooler full of liquor. It’s… Read more »

Numbers Game: Odds of National Title Contenders Finishing Undefeated

Before we hit the panic button on a scenario where 3 power conference teams finish undefeated, take a deep breath to realize there’s still a ton of football left to be played.  To help restore the peace, here are the odds of each team finishing unbeaten given their remaining schedule. I’ve omitted Rutgers, Louisville, and… Read more »

Starting 11: Natalie Portman’s Cleavage Wins Weekend

The Derek Dooley era at Tennessee is officially over barring a win at South Carolina. If Dooley loses to South Carolina, I think Dave Hart will fire him on Sunday night or Monday morning. I’ll write on UT’s candidates in greater detail later this week — Jon Gruden is still target number one — but… Read more »

Is Jon Gruden UT’s Nick Saban?

If Derek Dooley’s Vols lose at South Carolina this weekend, his tenure as Tennessee coach will come to a merciful close. That’s because like Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer before him, Dooley will be fired after a South Carolina loss and allowed to coach out the remainder of the season. The Vols would still have a… Read more »

LSU-Texas A&M Beats “Primetime” Tennessee-Bama Game

Last week OKTC told you that the reason LSU at Texas A&M was kicking off at 11 in the morning was to protect the Baylor-Texas rating on ABC. The Baylor at Texas game on ABC — featuring multiple plugs for the Longhorn Network no less — kicked off at seven central time. The LSU at Texas A&M game should have… Read more »

BCS Standings Week Two: Alabama and Florida Remain On Top

Week two of the BCS standing are here and it’s beginning to look like the final two years of the BCS won’t end without controversy. Why is that? Because Oregon and Kansas State will be substantial favorites for their remaining five regular season games each. Kansas State will be substantial favorites over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State,… Read more »

An Alabama Fan’s Plight Growing Up In Big Orange Country

By Eric Taylor I never knew how big an Alabama football fan I was until I moved to Tennessee. I pulled for Alabama as a child, but it wasn’t until I moved from the safe confines of God’s state — Alabama — to the state of Volunteers, Davy Crockett coon hats and songs about a… Read more »

Pointspread Dominance: Alabama Still Chasing USC

Most dominant college football team is a subjective argument. Each season a team gets off to a hot start and we’re ready to call them the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, there is one constant to gauge relative strength to the competitive set; the vegas pointspread. Roll Tide is apropos considering Alabama is in… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: Saban’s Retirement Fund

By the time you read this I’ll be in the air on my way to Houston. I’ve got my wife and two other couples in tow — including one A&M grad to show us around — and we’ll be waking up at dawn on Saturday to head over for the LSU-Texas A&M game. We have… Read more »

SEC Releases 2013 Football Schedule

Today the SEC released the 2013 football schedule. You can find that schedule here, and we’ve also replicated it below and added some early commentary. Here goes with the seven non-rival cross division games, which are really the only games that can fluctuate now: Florida gets Arkansas Georgia gets LSU Kentucky gets Alabama Ole Miss gets Mizzou… Read more »

Linemaker Poll: Week of October 15

The BCS unveiled their rankings this past weekend but how does the first installment match up with the way Vegas ranks the field? Each week the most talented bookmakers and industry insiders in Vegas collaborate to produce the Don Best Linemaker poll. The major difference between the Vegas poll and those of the AP/Coaches is… Read more »

Can Tennessee steal Gruden from ESPN?

If I had a dollar for every time I heard a Tennessee fan say, “Let’s just pay Jon Gruden 7 million dollars,” I would have around 7 million dollars. I can remember thousands of outraged students chanting Jon Gruden outside Gate 21 on that fateful winter night when mattresses burned in the streets and Lane… Read more »

The Five Stages of Southern Male Fall Wedding Grief

“We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else.”
-Sigmund… Read more »