Monday Morning Quarterback for August 19th 2013

This week’s Monday Morning Quarterback focuses on College Football and preseason rankings.  Does a preseason #1 ranking equal a National Championship?

Since the AP began polling in 1950, there have been 10*** schools who were ranked preseason #1 who have gone on to finish the season ranked number one.

In the BCS era, two teams (Florida St. in 1999 and USC in 2004), started and finished the season ranked #1.  ***It has to be said that USC’s title in 2004 was vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

This year, as expected, Alabama has been ranked #1 in AP Poll, and given their success over the last few years, they have a good chance to finish the year #1 once again.  Check out the article on the preseason AP top 25.

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Can Bama make it 3 championships out of the last 4 years?  The last time Bama started and finished the season ranked #1 was in 1978 during the Bear Bryant era.  As my good friend Donney Jackson would say, “That’s why they play the games”!

That is it for this week.  Tune in Thursday night at 7pm for episode 1 of the season 2 of the Steve Black Show on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/steveblackshow/2013/08/22/the-steve-black-show.

 

 


For the NCAA elite programs, its all about the Dollar

How would your business like to have a revenue of $163 million? If you want to know what that feels like ask someone in the University of Texas athletic department. USA Today released the list of top school revenue athletic programs and the Longhorns were #1.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/schools/finances/

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Not to be out done, the SEC had 5 programs in the top 10 with: Auburn, LSU, Texas A & M, Florida, and Alabama. Speaking of Alabama, they need the money since they spent nearly a million dollars on food alone for the national title game. You can  read more about the cost of winning a national title in style by clicking the Yahoo article below.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/alabama-spent-3-4-million-attend-national-championship-202707796.html

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If your wondering about Kentucky? They were ranked #18, 1 spot ahead of Louisville, which isn’t bad for a basketball school. #BBN

Spring is here!!!

Spring is HERE!!!  It is that time of the year in which most college football programs have concluded their Spring practices with their annual Spring Football Game.  According to published records, here are the top ten schools who had the most attended Spring game.

 

Auburn_Tigers31.  Auburn University:  83,401

 

alabama-logo2.  University of Alabama:  78,315

 

Tennessee_Volunteers53.  University of Tennessee:  61,706

 

Nebraska_Cornhuskers4.  University of Nebraska:  60,174

 

Arkansas-Razorback-Logo15.  University of Arkansas:  51,088

 

Kentucky_Wildcats26.  University of Kentucky:  50,831

 

texas-longhorns-logo7.  University of Texas:  46,000

 

TexasAMAggies8.  University of Texas A&M:  45,212

 

Georgia_Bulldogs19.  University of Georgia:  45,113

 

ohio-state-wp-210.  Ohio State University:  37,643**

**Game played in Cincinnati, Ohio