The sheer weirdness of 2017 college football is a sure sign of the Apocalypse. But not a fiery Armageddon, no, if 5 weeks of this insanity has taught us anything, it’s that the world will end because all the things that we used to count on — gravity, the rising and setting of the sun, Cam Newton will be involved in another controversy — will suddenly stop being true.
At least a few things have been consistent this year:
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With 1/3 of the season in the books, Igno Rants has hit mid-season form. Unfortunately, the slate of games for this weekend has not as arguably the best of the bunch starts at 10:30 ET on Friday night. There’s still much to discuss, carry on about, and general ballyhoo so crank up the ol’ podcast Victrola and settle in for a listen.
It was a week when too many of the big boys struggled to look mighty against inferior opponents. Not so with Auburn and Alabama (and, OK, Georgia too, we suppose). Both on the scoreboard and statistically, these teams thoroughly dominated their SEC foe — thereby pleasing both Carey & Jeremy.
Yes, yes, yes. We know who they are, Missouri and Vanderbilt. But a flawless gem is still flawless even if you find it in a pawn shop.
Plus, a new weekly thought puzzle: Who’s not “safe” as an SEC Head Coach?
Like the inevitable, next sequel in the Fast & Furious franchise, week 3 was all hype and very little substance. True, we had some surprise games thanks to Texas and Memphis (?!), but there was a lot of deflation going on.
More to the point, how do you compare performances against non-Power 5 teams? Is it the quality of the stats line, despite what the scoreboard says? Or are the PF/PA columns the only ones that really matter?
While the Gus Bus tries to stop devolving into an Oregon Trail disaster of misery and dysentery, Auburn gets a week of cupcake delights against Mercer. Likewise, Alabama tries to get healthy hosting the Rams of Colorado State.
Luckily, there’s some exciting action going on outside the Magnolia State. Check out Carey & Jeremy’s wishes for Bama and Auburn, plus their picks on Tenn/Fla, Louisville/Clemson, LSU/MSST, and Texas/USC!
Stop me if you heard this one recently: Alabama handled an overmatched team easily, but looked sloppy doing it. Auburn, filled with expectations, failed to put together a coherent offensive performance even while its defense looked good. A ho-hum Saturday for Bama and what’s become more of the same for Auburn has this Igno Rants podcast wondering: what’s left to talk about?
Thankfully, UGA, Oklahoma, Lamar Jackson (with Louisville in tow), and Southern Cal did some interesting things!
It looks like most of our audience will be directly under the baleful gaze of Irma this weekend and through the start of next week. Be safe, be smart everyone! And by that I mean get everything ready today so you can enjoy the quality football games on Saturday!
Jeremy & Carey break down the weekend’s matchups with Fresno St. and Clemson, and give their picks. Who do you like in this weekend’s big games?
Whelp, after week one we still have 50% of CFB teams among the ranks of the unbeaten. Queue the mass hysteria for how to pick the Top 4!
Already in mid-season form, Jeremy waxes excitedly about the fabulous upsides of Auburn’s big win over Georgia Southern, while Carey laments the many miscues in Bama’s victory over FSU.
We also have our first coach on the Hot Seat (you get three guesses who and the first two guesses don’t count, as Papa Igno Rant always says).
It’s finally GAME WEEK for the 2017 season (for games that don’t involved koala bears), and we couldn’t be more excited! Jeremy & Carey talk about the Auburn and Alabama teams, what you can expect from each this year, and introduce some exciting new characters for the season, including the suave and sexy Chittlin’ Z!
There were a lot of games we thought would be good, but weren’t (Clemson/Ohio State, Auburn/Oklahoma, LSU/Louisville). And some that were unexpectedly good (USC/Penn State, Idaho/Colorado State).
And then there was Brent Musburger lauding, then defending, then backpedaling over Oklahoma’s Mixon.
Brent Musburger should have avoided talking about the Joe Mixon incident and just stuck with objectifying women.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) January 3, 2017
Your two Igno Rant hosts talk all the bowl action, plus recap the Bama and Auburn games!