The college football season is here! And in this infographic, I make my predictions for the 2014 college football season. The infographic called Geek Alabama College Football Predictions 2014 shows the schedule for Alabama and Auburn football. Plus I make my predictions for the 2014 Iron Bowl, 2014 SEC Championship Game, and the College Football Playoffs with a national champion! So, do you agree with my picks, or disagree?
On August 14th, SEC Network will launch, and the launch is going to be big! Since the Southeastern Conference is a football powerhouse, and the SEC has fans all across America and the world. The SEC Network is a channel that basically must be carried on all cable and satellite providers, especially in the southeast! If any cable or satellite providers do not carry the SEC Network when August 14th rolls around, that provider can expect many subscribers to cancel their service, the passion for SEC Football is that deep!
Here in Alabama, not being able to see Alabama or Auburn play on TV because the local cable and satellite failed to pick up the SEC Network is like shooting yourself in the foot, because people will switch providers to be able to chant War Eagle or Roll Tide. So far, most cable and satellite providers have announced that they will pick up SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14th. And for the ones who have not announced a deal to carry the SEC Network, they are getting tons of comments from people on social media, I am looking at you DirecTV!
Today, even Cable One announced they are going to carry the SEC Network. And other providers are still in negotiations. Charter is still trying to finalize a deal, Suddenlink has not made a announcement about the SEC Network, Verizon FIOS has no deal to carry SEC Network as well. So far, DirecTV has gotten the most criticism on social media for not finalizing a deal to carry the SEC Network. Some DirecTV subscribers have already cancelled their service because no deal to carry the network has been made. And many more subscribers have threatened to cancel their DirecTV service if the SEC Network is not carried on August 14th.
Let’s make this simple and painless, if you want to operate a cable or satellite provider in Alabama and the southeast, you must have the SEC Network in your lineup, or you will not be staying in business for very long! Football is a big thing in the southeast, and DirecTV, Suddenlink, Verizon FIOS, and other providers with no announcement to carry the SEC Network needs to make an announcement ASAP. Each day closer to launch day on August 14th, more and more people are going to drop your service and switch to someone who will carry the SEC Network. It’s this simple, carry the SEC Network, or lose a lot of your customers, the choice is yours!
Today, ESPN and the upcoming SEC Network released 30 second ads for each school in the SEC Conference. In this ad series called Take It All In, each video shows a popular sports tradition or feature on each SEC school campus. And for the two SEC schools in Alabama, the videos were good! The Alabama video features Bear Bryant speaking in the background while seeing people wearing the classic houndstooth. The Auburn video features the campus and Toomer’s Corner all decorated with lots and lots of toilet paper.
So, which SEC Network Take It All In video do you like the most? Alabama, Auburn, or another SEC school. Enjoy the Alabama and Auburn videos below. And to learn more about the SEC Network, which launches on August 14th, go to: getsecnetwork.com
It has been an interesting week across the sports landscape in Alabama, especially college football. Alabama faced Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and Auburn faced Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game. In my opinion, both Alabama and Auburn blew their bowl games. Yes, I thought both Alabama and Auburn had excellent chances to win their bowl games. But mistakes from both teams resulted in loses. Before you read my thoughts, enjoy episode 13 of The Southern Geek where I talk about this post.
I thought Auburn played an excellent first half inside the Rose Bowl. They controlled Florida State’s offense and Jameis Winston and the QB really struggled during the first half. Auburn QB Nick Marshall and their offense pounded the ball and the score was soon 21-3. But while watching the game, I knew Florida State had a chance to come back, and they did. Florida State scored a touchdown and it was 21-10 at the half. But I still had confidence Auburn could control the game and win it, I was wrong! After what must have been a dicey locker room speech for Florida State during halftime, they came out swinging during the 2nd half.
The 3rd quarter of the game was mostly even for both teams. Both sides had possessions and both sides were mostly punting the ball away. But the 4th quarter was Florida State’s shining moment. It induced a 100 yard run for a touchdown, Auburn interception, Auburn committing a pass interference penalty in the endzone, and the Auburn defense falling asleep at the wheel. What happened Auburn, you had Florida State for three-quarters. It was like during the Georgia and Alabama games where they came back in the fourth quarter, expect this time there was no miracle.’
Auburn ran out of luck, and they watched Florida State raise the crystal football. Most of the country, who are SEC haters, instantly celebrated because the SEC lost! ESPN, Fox Sports, and other sports networks and radio shows have pounded away at the SEC because they are really happy they lost! I would not be surprised if the staff at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol even celebrated. The smack talk against the SEC has been at record levels since the Auburn loss. How many times the celebration song from Kool and the Gang has been played today. It’s a celebration, the SEC is not the best conference in sports right now, not for now at least. The honor goes to the ACC.
Auburn gave up the biggest lead ever in BCS Championship history, and they deserved to lose. I still give props to the team and Gus Malzahn for the great season. I never fought Auburn would reach the national championship game. I thought they would win 7-8 games and go to a bowl game. Some Auburn fans still rolled Toomer’s Corner last night even though Auburn lost.
I know most Alabama fans were rooting for Auburn last night, but there were some fans saying “Roll Noles Roll” last night. You know your team also blew it in the Sugar Bowl as well right? Alabama was dominated by Oklahoma and they never had a good chance. Why does Alabama always lose their bowl games when it’s not the BCS National Championship game? Did the Iron Bowl loss really effect them that much? Surely, they did not want to be embarrassed like when they lost to Utah. So to sum things up, both Alabama and Auburn had great seasons, but both teams failed to finish. And the entire country thanks Alabama and Auburn for losing so the SEC could finally lose, celebration!
So with college football now over until Fall 2014, could the state of Alabama concentrate on more pressing issues. Like creating more jobs so we are not the second worst job creating state in the country. Or how about having the Alabama Legislature passing some bills that would help poorer people be better off. How about the legislature and leaders concentrate on helping East Alabama prosper so Anniston/Oxford is not the second worst performing metro area in America, or Gadsden is not the fourth poorest city in America, or Sylacauga/Talladega is not the fifth poorest region in America. Alabama needs to concentrate on different things other than college football. Maybe it was a good thing both Alabama and Auburn lost their bowl games.
One thing is for sure, I am glad the BCS is now a thing of the past. I look forward to the college playoff system in 2014!
Here is my latest The Southern Geek vlog video! This video talks about my thoughts about Auburn winning the 2013 Iron Bowl, by the way, congrats to Auburn for being SEC champs! The video also talks about my thoughts about The Sound of Music Live and the life of Nelson Mandela. Enjoy the video!
- The Southern Geek – Vlog Episode 9 / My Little Pony, Day of the Doctor, Family Guy (geekalabama.com)
- Sunday Discussion: The Miracle Auburn Iron Bowl Win (geekalabama.com)