College Football Preview

On a somewhat soft SEC grid schedule this weekend, there are two top games, while the rest of the lineup falls into the interesting-only-if-you-are-a-fan-of-the-school category. The two big games are No. 9 Florida (6-1 overall, 4-1 in league play) at Georgia (6-2, 3-2) and No. 8 Tennessee (6-1, 2-1) at South Carolina (5-2, 3-2).

Most of the pre-game talk in Jacksonville, Fla., where the Florida-Georgia game has been played every season since 1926, has been about the nickname of the game rather than the game itself. In an attempt to spin the reputations of their schools and fans, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida requested the networks broadcasting Saturday’s battle for the Eastern Division lead not to use the games famous moniker – the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Amazingly, CBS and ESPN caved, promising their announcers would refrain from using the nickname and, apparently, to ignore or not mention the copious drinking going on at the famous and prolific tailgate parties prior, during and after the game.

The question at the Tennessee at South Carolina game is: Can Steve Spurrier make it two in a row? Before Spurrier arrived and the Vols lost to the Gamecocks last year, Tennessee owned South Carolina, having won all 12 of their meetings since S.C. joined the SEC. The matchup between the Vols’ pass-happy offense and the Cocks’ tough defense will be interesting to watch. Tennessee, behind AB Erik Ainge, ranks eighth nationally in passing offense, while S.C.’s secondary ranks eighth nationally in passing defense.

Other league games on tap this week include No. 7 Auburn (7-1, 4-1) at Ole Miss (2-6, 1-4), Florida International (0-7) at Alabama (5-3, 2-3), Vanderbilt (3-5) at Duke (0-7), Kentucky (3-4, 1-3) at Mississippi State (2-6, 0-4) and La.-Monroe (1-6) at Arkansas (6-1).

This week’s college football TV schedule kicks off tonight with Texas El-Paso at Tulsa at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Saturday’s weekend TV lineup, other than pay-for-view is as follows:

Oklahoma at Missouri, 11 a.m. (ABC)
Notre Dame at Navy, 11 a.m. (CBS)
N.C. State at Virginia, 11 a.m. (WB)
Michigan St. at Indiana, 11 a.m. (CSS)
Northwestern at Michigan, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Illinois at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Northern Ill. at Iowa , 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Auburn at Ole Miss,11:30 a.m. (JEFFERSON PILOT)
BYU at Air Force, 1 p.m. (VS)
Miami at Georgia Tech, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Georgia at Florida, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
North Texas at Troy, 2:30 p.m. (CSS)
Southern Cal at Oregon, 2:30 p.m. (FSNS)
Wake Forest at N.C., 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Texas at Texas Tech, 6 p.m. (TBS)
Florida St. at Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
La.-Monroe at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennessee at South Carolina, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)

1 comment for “College Football Preview

  1. Ceci
    November 9, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    This is a long article, it’s a lawsuit filed in Winston County against the NCAA, SSA and EPA. The newspaper is not online but I have included contact information at the end.

    Mark Townsend files lawsuit against NCAA, SSA, and EPA

    By Melica Allen
    Managing Editor
    DOUBLE SPRINGS – Haleyville resident Mark Townsend has filed a civil lawsuit in Winston County Circuit Court against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Social Security Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

    Townsend alleges that the NCAA, SSA and EPA have and are negligent and wanton in their suppression of breaking the spirit of citizenship of the great state of Alabama.

    Count one alleges the NCAA has entered into contract with public schools and national television media, which fail to show the raising of the flag and national anthem before each game.

    Townsends contends that Nascar, NHRA, drag racing, NFL football and major league baseball all televise raising of the flag and the national anthems before their respective events.

    The lawsuit contends the NCAA has signed contracts with public schools to show the marching band being equal in contract with public schools’ football teams. However, the band members of public schools are not shown on television at half-time.

    Count one also indicates that the NCAA, approved by the Secretary of Education of the United States Department of Education, by oath swears to be fair to all public schools and all states. Townsend noted the NCAA placed sanctions on the University of Alabama because an alumni gave money to a recruit, while at the same time the University of Michigan has track members who have won the Naked Mile event in which every year as many as 3,000 people run naked in front of 10,000 spectators on the campus of Michigan, which is fuel for sexual predators and is breaking the law.

    The NCAA demands all schools in all states K-12 to meet the same core courses.

    “I don’t think every state should be required to have the same curriculum. Alabama may need something different than California or New York,” Townsend said. “The state Boards of Education should have this power, not a foreign corporation to choose their own states needs.”

    Count one indicated the number of students who are labeled learning disabled because of the “one shoe fits all approach” demanded by the NCAA can fill up Legion Field or Bryant Denny or Jordan Hare stadiums. The NCAA through Education Testing Services, who has board members on both NCAA and ETA, prove this power together creates about 25 percent of all students in public schools to be learning disabled. This power is breaking Social Security Administration, according to Townsend’s lawsuit.

    Count two says the SSA has paid millions of tax dollars to a private company to educate the public as to why the citizens of the United States should be aware of what could be the death of the SSA. It is stated that in 1999 total tax collection for the United States was $499 billion. The total education expenditure was $294 billion, plus two billion added fo the extra 150,000 new learning disabled students. The total cost to educate learning disabled students is over one-half of the United States Education expenditure budget.

    Count three alleges the EPA has ruled that materials of Gerald’s Metals in Bear Creek as hazardous materials. Townsend contends that the Haleyville landfill in Winston County is three-quarters full of Gerald’s Metals’ hazardous waste. EPA after denying Haleyville the right to a Subtitle D landfill also denied Gerald’s Metals the right to dump in a Subtitle D landfill in Walker County and then denied Gerald’s Metals the right to dump their waste in South Alabama hazardous waste landfill and then forced Gerald’s Metals to bury their remaining waste on site in Bear Creek.

    The EPA still lets the landfill be open to certain waste, count three points out. The ground water filters through this waste and goes into source for drinking water of Marion County.

    Townsend asks that:
    The United States flag be raised on television at all events involving Alabama public schools;
    The marching bands of Alabama public schools get their fair share of television time at half-time;
    Let the Alabama State Board of Education set their own curriculum, pick their own text books, determine their own need for the learning disabled and let the children have physical education which includes playing games such as “tag” without foreign corporations like NCAA saying no.
    Demands the SSA to place the number of learning disabled students and its effects on Joe Taxpayer on their website where all people can understand;
    Make EPA present to this court the history of Gerald’s Metals in the great state of Alabama and all foreign states that Gerald’s Metals has operated;
    Send a clear message that the great state of Alabama will stand sovereign for our children and our citizens and will not deny our state motto: “Dare us Defend our Rights.”

    Townsend said the reason he decided to file the lawsuit at this particular time was due to the political season, “With the political season in full swing, it will bring more attention to the cause,” he commented.

    “All three entities are tied together in that they are squandering tax payer monies. That is why I have named them defendants in the lawsuit.”

    Townsend said he is being told that the teamsters union is going to endorse the lawsuit. “When the teamsters stand up for something, people pay attention. The teamsters in my opinion, is the most powerful group in the United States. My dad was a teamster.”

    Townsend believes the lawsuit will be heard within 60 to 90 days.

    Winston County News, Volume twenty, number 11, Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Mid-South Newspapers, Inc., P.O. Box 577, Double Springs, AL 35553

    205 489-2501 Double Springs
    205 486-9461 Haleyville

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