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Urban Meyer to Notre Dame?

Wait.  Before you pop the champagne corks, let me flush this one out.

I only have one source have two sources saying that Urban is heading out.

Here are some things to consider, though.

1.  Urban Meyer’s buyout clause is only $500,000.  Notre Dame sneezes at that kind of money when it comes to buying championships coaches.

2.  Urban may have suggested, by implication, that Notre Dame is his dream job.  That comes from a guy who says “I’m not leaving X for anywhere” and actually means “The movers came last weekend and my house is empty.”  He wants that job.

3.  Urban Meyer>Bob Stoops.  Do you really want to debate this one?  Fine.  Talk to the Honorable Corrine Brown.YouTube Preview Image

4.  $50,000,000 over 10 years or $25,000,000 over 5 years.  Yeah, that’s a five million a year base salary.  Plus, a Nike Contract, three “projects” (read: JUCO players), and $1.2 m for a national championship. Urban’s current base salary: $4m.   [Editor's note: states secrets privilege invoked, information redacted]

5.  The SEC is getting crowded.  Urban knows he can count on Kiffin, Richt, and Surrier every year and plays the odds on getting Saban, Nutt, or Miles every other year.  Kiffin is hellbent on crushing Meyer and he knows it.  There’s nothing quite as unsettling as knowing that someone has your number.

What does this mean? Well a few things.

1.  I will be in Neyland next year for the Florida game.  Florida – Tebow and Meyer= Ole Miss.  Year Two of the Reign of Kiffin at home against my generation’s most hated rival?  I’m bringing my Florida fans with me. I may even buy their tickets for this one.

2.  Bob Stoops is going to have some ‘splaining to do.  It’s like when you try to upgrade your dating profile at your fiancee’s expense.  You usually end up on the couch.  You may end up single.

3. Pete Carroll better have this year’s ND game edited and made into a commemorative DVD.

4. The Tennesse-Notre Dame rivalry is back.  With a vengeance.

5.  Or I am completely and totally wrong on all of these points and Brian Kelly will be the next head coach of Notre Dame.

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 9

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 9

Through 25 October 2009

Things stabilized a bit this week in the world of college football, but there was still a little shuffling as a few teams took it in the teeth and others managed to hang on when it looked like all was lost.   Thus, below are the changes to my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for Week 9.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here it is:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Texas
3 Florida
4 Southern Cal
5 TCU
6 Iowa 2
7 Penn State 1
8 LSU 1
9 Cincinnati
10 Boise State
11 Oklahoma State 1
12 Mississippi 1
13 Georgia Tech 1
14 Oregon 1
15 Pittsburgh 1
16 Ohio State 2
17 Virginia Tech
18 Houston 2
19 Miami (Florida) 8
20 Oklahoma 1
21 Utah 1
22 South Carolina 3
23 Notre Dame
24 Arizona NR
25 West Virginia NR
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Texas Tech (#19), Kansas (#24).

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 7

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 7

Through 11 October 2009

Glory be!  Yes, I have succumbed to my inner instincts and have made a change at the very top of my ballot this week.  As for the rest of the changes in the world of college football represented in my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for this week, hopefully most are fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my ballot:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 2
2 Florida 1
3 Texas 1
4 Southern Cal 2
5 Boise State
6 LSU 2
7 TCU
8 Ohio State
9 Penn State
10 Iowa
11 Virginia Tech
12 Miami (Florida) 1
13 Cincinnati 1
14 Kansas 2
15 Notre Dame
16 Oklahoma 1
17 Oklahoma State 1
18 Nebraska 2
19 South Carolina NR
20 Mississippi 8
21 Oregon 1
22 Pittsburgh 1
23 Georgia Tech NR
24 Houston NR
25 Auburn 6
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Wisconsin (#21), Missouri (#24), Georgia (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 6

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 6

Through 4 October 2009

After the games of this past weekend, my ballot seems to have settled down a bit near the top, but the back end continues to be a bit of a rollercoaster.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for week 6 of the 2009 season:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama
4 LSU
5 Boise State
6 Southern Cal
7 TCU
8 Ohio State
9 Penn State 2
10 Iowa
11 Virginia Tech 1
12 Mississippi 1
13 Miami (Florida) 6
14 Cincinnati
15 Notre Dame 2
16 Kansas 4
17 Oklahoma 8
18 Oklahoma State 3
19 Auburn NR
20 Nebraska 2
21 Wisconsin NR
22 Oregon NR
23 Pittsburgh 1
24 Missouri NR
25 Georgia 10
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: UCLA (#16), Houston (#18), California (#23), Michigan (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 3

Due to trials, funerals, and numerous other obligations, this will probably be my only post this week.  I will, however, be back next weekend after the Florida Game to commiserate or celebrate (after the UCLA disaster, I’m afraid I know which it will be).

At any rate, here is my preliminary ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 for all to attack, without comment:

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Southern Cal
3 Texas
4 Penn State
5 Alabama
6 Mississippi
7 California
8 Boise State 3
9 LSU 3
10 Miami (Florida) 4
11 Oklahoma 2
12 TCU 3
13 Brigham Young 3
14 Nebraska 3
15 Ohio State 7
16 Iowa 4
17 Pittsburgh 1
18 Georgia 1
19 UCLA 3
20 Notre Dame 10
21 Kansas 2
22 Oklahoma State 13
23 Virginia Tech 1
24 Cincinnati 1
25 Utah 1
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Clemson (#21).

Sorry to be so brief, but duty calls…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 2

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by—as you might imagine—CBS Sports.

Week 2

Through 8 September 2009

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After the past week in the world of college football, there have been a bunch of changes, mainly at the back end of my poll.  The other biggie is the Oklahoma Sooners who plummeted after losing to BYU.  In addition, the entire back end of my poll pretty much emptied out as a result of a ton of teams losing.  Thus, there are some new faces, and a few that have departed.

Unfortunately, I am starting a multi-week trial today and am already running behind in getting this posted.  Given my trial schedule, it is doubtful that I will get much of substance posted for the next week or so.  Be that as it may, most of my changes should be fairly obvious.   Either way, here’s my ballot:

My Ballot for the Week


Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Southern Cal up 1
3 Texas up 1
4 Penn State up 1
5 Alabama up 2
6 Mississippi
7 California up 1
8 Ohio State up 1
9 Oklahoma State up 4
10 Notre Dame
11 Boise State up 3
12 LSU
13 Oklahoma down 11
14 Miami (Florida) up 5
15 TCU
16 Brigham Young up 6
17 Nebraska up 3
18 Pittsburgh up 5
19 Georgia down 8
20 Iowa up 1
21 Clemson up 3
22 UCLA up 3
23 Kansas up 3
24 Virginia Tech down 8
25 Cincinnati up 1
Dropped Out: Illinois (#17), Rutgers (#18).

Alas, I simply don’t have time to post any real explanations aside from “this is what I think,” but such is life…

You can view the final results of this week’s poll over at CBS Sports later this week and check out an analysis of how the collective blogging brain-trust arrived at this week’s result.  If you’re craving even more BlogPoll goodness, you can also check out how other bloggers voted and see how your team fared across the Blogosphere.

Oh, yeah, and if I ever figure out who it is that keeps spamming the comments here at the Gate with random crap offering links to porn sites, Viagra shipped to your home, or moneymaking schemes, I’m going to find his address and tell Eric Berry that the jerk said something nasty about his mother…

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2009 CBS BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Preseason

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by—as you might imagine—CBS Sports.

Preseason Prognostications

Through 20 August 2009

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Well, it’s been almost nine months since last I posted a BlogPoll ballot, and let me tell you that it feels mighty good to be back in the saddle again.  This does not, however, mean that I have suddenly gained any sense or am any more reliable.

As a general rule, I consider preseason ballots to be dubious at best.  They are based upon little more than rumor and innuendo.  There is little to no basis for selecting one team over the other.  Thus, as Hooper has pointed out, this is little more than a turkey shoot.  That said, here’s my preseason Top 25 for everyone to attack:

My Ballot for the Week


Rank Team
1 Florida
2 Oklahoma
3 Southern Cal
4 Texas
5 Penn State
6 Ole Miss
7 Alabama
8 California
9 Ohio State
10 Notre Dame
11 Georgia
12 LSU
13 Oklahoma State
14 Boise State
15 TCU
16 Virginia Tech
17 Illinois
18 Rutgers
19 Miami (Florida)
20 Nebraska
21 Iowa
22 Brigham Young
23 Pittsburgh
24 Clemson
25 UCLA

Explanations after the jump…

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