Georgia Isn’t Robin Hood Anymore

By Bryan Harvey When you’re young, people tell you all sorts of stories that focus on identity, both the hiding of it and the revealing of it. I grew up reenacting scenes from popular Robin Hood folklore in the woods behind my parents’ house. I would do this with friends, cousins, and siblings, and in… Read more »

Pregnant in a Sundress: Football With a Baby Bump

I woke up on the first Saturday of the 2011 college football season feeling very much like I did on my wedding day – full of excitement and anticipation. (Of course, I did in fact attend an Alabama football game on my actual wedding day. Yes, really).  Regardless, I was up early, bouncing around the… Read more »

Big 12 Television Contracts Likely to Protect League

I’ve been arguing for several years that the Big 12’s future as a major conference is grim. Texas A&M’s departure to the SEC helped to make that prediction a reality. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State departing to the Pac 12 could make that even more true. But here’s an interesting twist that isn’t getting very much attention,… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Makes Picks, You Make Money

Last week Vinnie Verno went 2-3 on his picks. But this week? Well, he’s back with a vengeance. While you’re checking out Verno’s picks, be sure to check out our new odds page on OKTC. We update the spreads all day long and give you a one-stop shop to check up on things. Wacky Vegas… Read more »

Why Baylor Doesn’t Suck

All right, everyone. I didn’t want it to come to this, but you’ve all left me no choice.   As a loyal Bear, I cannot just sit back and watch all of you heartlessly slander my faithful alma mater.  Is it wrong? Yes. Do we deserve it? No. Why not? I don’t know, but please… Read more »

Mountain Boys: Coach Gullion

The coach squints and his eyes focus right through me, gazing at something I cannot see.    Ghosts.    You’d think in a place this quiet there wouldn’t be naysayers, but the ghosts always come out.    “I hear what they say.” The coach says quietly.   Two words ease out of his mouth like… Read more »

Why Baylor’s Claims Against the SEC Have No Merit

Baylor University is threatening to sue the Southeastern Conference and Mike Slive personally over Texas A&M’s move to the SEC. Last night the SEC formally accepted A&M’s bids contingent on the release of outstanding legal claims. The Big 12 has waived all rights to sue the SEC over Texas A&M’s addition and so had all… Read more »

CBSSports.com’s Goal: Own College Sports

Last week CBS hired former ESPN insider writer Bruce Feldman. Bruce is a really good guy, well respected by everyone, and he didn’t deserve the Mike Leach mess that fell down around him after 17 years at ESPN. In losing Feldman ESPN lost something much more important than a writer, it lost a great deal of legitimacy.… Read more »

Baylor’s Last Refuge: Don’t Mess With Texas Football

Pity poor Baylor. Notch your school’s biggest win in decades and your head is still on the conference realignment chopping block. So the Baylor Bears have struck back with a weak, misguided, and entirely self-serving plea: “Don’t Mess With Texas Football.” What Baylor’s slogan really should be is, ‘Don’t Mess With Baylor Football.” How well… Read more »

Missouri In Play as SEC’s 14th

With approval of Texas A&M’s addition to the SEC now official and the continuing drama unfolding in the Big 12, the SEC has cast its gaze in the direction of Missouri. As OKTC was the first to report, Texas A&M initially approached the SEC to inquire about membership in the conference. The SEC, worried about a potential lawsuit for tortious… Read more »

I’ll Admit It, I Was Wrong. LSU Outclassed Oregon

Alright well I’m here to own my LSU-Oregon prediction. All of what I said was incorrect. Lee way outplaying Thomas, LSU wore down Oregon and LSU played smarter and more composed then Oregon. I didn’t see this smackdown coming, especially after Oregon lost to Auburn. I thought the Ducks would be fired up and make some… Read more »

LSU Dominates Oregon, Should Be Number One Team in the Country

ARLINGTON, TEXAS LSU came to Texas and did what LSU does — the fans drank heavily and the team won a big football game. Saturday morning at a downtown Dallas hotel, a bellhop threw up his arms in dismay. His luggage cart had been commandeered by LSU fans — instead of luggage the cart was loaded… Read more »

Western Kentucky and Kentucky Play Worst Football Game of All-Time

Western Kentucky vs. Kentucky is the worst game featuring an SEC team in the modern era. It’s also the worst game I’ve ever seen in person. And I watched it all. Worst of all, I got to Nashville’s LP Field at 11:45 AM. That’s eight hours and thirty minutes before kickoff. Or roughly as long… Read more »

Ranking the Hotness of Pac 12 Punters

A few weeks back our own Meredith Hornsby wrote a thought provoking piece on the hotness of the SEC quarterbacks.  It’s a very funny column that’s worth another read, but it also made me a little sad on the inside.  Why do QB’s get all of the attention ALL of the time?  Why doesn’t anyone… Read more »

Oregon Will Outlast LSU

Finally football is back. It’s been a long offseason, lockout in the NFL and scandals in college but now all that is in the rear view mirror. The NFL is back next Thursday and college football kicked off last night. Tomorrow comes the big time matchup in the Cowboy Classic between Oregon and LSU. Oregon is… Read more »

What Happens if the 2011 SEC Season Is Played 50,000 Times?

OKTC is thrilled to have the best game pickers in the nation, Prediction Machine, as our partner for the 2011 season. Last season the Prediction Machine went 11-0 against the spread in the NFL playoffs and put up a nearly 70% winning percentage in college football lock games. How do the guys do this? With a computer… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Week One Picks

The man, the myth, the legend Vinnie Verno will be giving y’all five locks of the week every week during college football season. Already Danny Sheridan is jealous as hell. In fact, let’s not kid ourselves, there’s an 80% chance that Vinnie Verno is Sheridan’s source when it comes to Cam’s bag man. College football… Read more »

Mountain Boys: Week One, at Arab

I am in Marshall County, about 15 miles east of the Brewer campus.  I am walking across the stadium parking lot of the Arab High School Knights, and a buzz is rippling through the Indian summer air.  The high rise lights are already turned on.  Off to the side, sandy-haired teens recline in a pickup… Read more »

The Five Secrets of Southern Football Womanhood

In the south, college football is a way of life. Children are raised to say “Go Dawgs!”, “Roll Tide!”, “War Eagle!” and “Go ‘Dores!” (okay, maybe not) before they can walk, and although it usually sounds like baby jibberish, parents shriek with joy when their little one utters those battle cries. Saturdays are Football Days,… Read more »