Tag Archives: Nick Saban

Bayou Guy Can Handle BYU

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O Ed If Only Passion Decided Football Games

By John Ventola

One thing about the beginning of the collegiate football season each Fall—-every team starts the year with a clean slate. After eight months (nine months in the case of teams that did not appear in a bowl game), the expectation and excitement of seeing if offseason changes and improvements can fulfill conference and national aspirations reaches a fever pitch by early September. Continue reading

Alabama Clemson Face Off In CFP Rematch

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Saban Can Tie Bear with Sixth National Title

By John Ventola

The third College Football Playoff championship game will be played tonight in Tampa between No. 1 ranked, unbeaten Alabama, and No. 3 ranked (before CFP semifinals), once beaten Clemson. Continue reading

Alleva Needs To Alleviate LSU Coaching Scrutiny

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Coaching Drama Now Annual Thanksgiving Tradition

Louisianans can be excused for backing away from the Thanksgiving feast in front of them for the second consecutive year. Just like 2015, the turkey and cranberry was again served this year with a large helping of drama, courtesy of the LSU head football coaching position. Continue reading

LSU Has To Focus On Next Three Games

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Important Part Of Coach O’s Audition Starts Tonight

Alabama defeated LSU for the sixth consecutive time last Saturday, temporarily stemming whatever momentum interim coach Ed Orgeron had built up in three home victories. While the Tigers’ effort and defense showed up, the offense was, well, offensive. Six first downs, 125 yards of total offense and 33 yards rushing will almost always result in an L in the record ledger. Continue reading

Miles Needs To Make Better Decisions Recruiting QBs

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Etling Potential And Recruitment Of Haskins Keys Optimism

By John Ventola

LSU’s two football national championship over the past thirteen years were both led by steady quarterbacks. Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn were each skilled quarterbacks, athletes that proved to be dependable field generals while leading talented teams to titles. Neither was flashy, their biggest contribution being how they carried out the game plans of Nick Saban and Les Miles by keeping miscues to a minimum. Continue reading

Alabama Should Roll To Fourth Title Under Saban

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CFPII Should Be Competitive Matchup

By John Ventola

The night is finally here. The second College Football Playoff championship game will be played in Glendale, Arizona between No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, clearly the most dominant teams of the 2015 football season. Continue reading

LSU Victory Provided More Than Drama And Emotion

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Miles Survives While Richt Is Fired

By John Ventola

In what will go down as the most tumultuous month in LSU athletics history, Tigers football Coach Les Miles was criticized, scrutinized, and given a supposed last game victory ride off the field on the shoulders of his players. The win, and the vocal support of the Tiger Stadium home crowd Saturday, forced a locker room job reprieve from LSU president King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva. Continue reading

Time To Take Hard Look At Miles Despite Hefty Buyout

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Sloppy Play And Unimaginative Calls Doom LSU

By John Ventola

LSU lost a third straight game for the first time in sixteen seasons Saturday as Ole Miss easily defeated the Tigers 38-17 in Oxford. While losing three straight is an uncommon occurrence, sloppy and seemingly unmotivated performances by this year’s Les Miles contingent have become weekly lowlights for LSU’s faithful. Continue reading

Saban Outcoaches Miles Again As Bama Dominates LSU

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Separation Saturday Not Kind To Major Unbeatens

By John Ventola

Domination. Pure and simple. What I had personally hyped as a battle between two “rock’em sock’em” Deep South football powers, turned into a lopsided Alabama victory that puts the Tide in control of its own destiny for another CFP semifinal spot this season, their top runner in Heisman Trophy talks, and Leonard Fournette looking for somewhere to run. Continue reading

Time For LSU-Alabama To Settle Things On Football Field

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Tiger Tide Rivalry More Than Football

By John Ventola

LSU will face Alabama tonight in a critical Southeastern Conference (SEC) game that will not only play a key role in deciding this season’s eventual league winner, but go a long way in determining the 2015 College Football Playoff (CFP) champion. Continue reading