The stage is set for Pasadena as the 'Noles will play Auburn in the final BCS national championship game. This matchup certainly features two very different styles of play as Auburn's offense is centered around running the football out of the spread, while Florida State is more of a traditional, por-style offense. Gus Malzahn got his team rolling at the right time as the Tigers are starting to look like a team of destiny. The Tigers will need all the help they can get against a Florida State team that has not trailed in the second half this season.
Many people (mostly FSU fans) were appalled at Heather Cox's line of questioning while interviewing Jameis Winston after the ACC Championship game. While it can be argued that she went "too far" with her questioning, the other side of the coin is that she is a reporter and it is her job to ask the "tough questions." Click the link and decide for yourself.
There were some crazy finishes yesterday in the NFL. Every game in the Northeast was covered in snow and perhaps that added to the madness. Baltimore and Minnesota traded a couple blows in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter as the lead changed five times. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers amost beat the Dolphins on a crazy lateral play. Proof that putting a Super Bowl in New York is simply asinine. Jeff also expresses his desire to attend the Army vs Navy game.
The matchup everyone is looking forward to seeing the national championship game will be Auburn's rushing attack against Florida State's athletic defense. Jeremy Pruitt was brought in as defensive coordinator at Florida State in part, because his defense is adept at stopping spread offenses. With one month to prepare, it will be interesting to see how the "Ho Par Ho" fares against Gus Malzahn. On the other side of things, does Auburn continue to run fast-paced against Florida State? Do they really want to give Jameis Winston more possessions with the football?
This segment is all about Urban Meyer's unwavering love for his players. Sit back and enjoy. Also, here is a picture of Urbie eating some comfort food after his loss to Michigan State. You're welcome. Feel free to email us a caption of this photo if you feel so inclined. One would think that you could get a better post-game meal than Papa Johns at the B1G Championship game, no? It must suck to be the guy that has to drive that golf cart.
Jeff takes some issue with David Cutcliffe's reaction to Jimbo Fisher keeping his starters in the game for as long as he did. Did Cutcliffe actually believe that his team had a chance to win? We all are competitive around here, but we all know when we are outmatched. Cutcliffe is a very smart man, but surely he knew his team's fate before taking the field. No need to be upset at Fisher, he needs to get his kids reps before heading into a month's worth of time not playing in a game. At least you have reached the ACC Championship game before Miami, and for that we applaud you Sir Cutcliffe!
Florida State has a chance to break some records with their offense. They need 27 points against Auburn to break the NCAA scoring record for all-time points scored in a season. The Seminoles could aslo have a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time since Warrick Dunn and have an outside chance of getting three receivers to reach the 1,000 yard mark. That is pretty remarkable, especially when you consider that the starters barely played in the second half of many games this season.
In this week's Vision Check, Jeff takes a closer look at the SEC Championship game. What used to be the conference that most resembled professional-style football, featured two teams that played zero defense and proceeded to combine for over 100 points. Auburn rushed the ball 74 times for 545 yards. No that is not a typo, the SEC Championship resembled something out of Arena football, instead of the respectable style of play that has lead to the conference's earned reputation of greatness.
With only 30 days to prepare, its time to go to the chalk board and draw up the X's and O's for the Seminoles matchup with Auburn. Will Floirda State be able to slow down Auburn's running game? Gus Malzahn's offense is very dependent on timing and rhythm, and could be hurt by the long layoff. Pruitt's defense will need to be as disciplined as the have been all season with all of the motion and misdirection that Auburn runs. See you in a month?
The ACC Championship game is tomorrow and we will be at the Midtown Pass Sports Bar and Lounge watching the Noles take on the "Fighting Cutcliffes." FSU goes to Pasadena with a victory and will play either Ohio State, Missouri or Auburn depending on the outcome of each game. In other sports news, Robinson Cano was signed by the Seattle Mariners for a Brinks truck every year for the next decade, Gary Kubiak was fired from the Houston Texans after loisng to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chris Petersen is leaving the Boise State Broncos for Washington.
You can't talk conference championships and upcoming bowl games without talking about the money involved. There is no question that winning is good for business and FSU will certainly see much more profit than recent years with a victory in Pasadena. As for the rest of the ACC, the conference could really benefit from Clemson getting an at-large big in a BCS game. Ah, so this is the reason Darren Rovell has a job at ESPN.
Hey folks, look! The World Cup groups have been released and the United States could not have less of a chance. They will have to play Ghana, Germany and Portugal who only has the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo. Yes the JCS did a soccer segment today, and we have no shame about it. Perhaps all of you who did not enjoy it should take a step back and become more secular.
Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports joins the program to give his football picks for the weekend. Lee has some interesting takes this weekend and some of his picks might surprise you. Will the 'Noles cover against Duke? Can Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes punch their ticket to Pasadena with a win over the Michigan State Spartans?
Following up on Lee Sterling's segment is a very important conversation between Jeff and Tom. I'm not going to tell you what it is about though, you're just going to have to tune in for yourself and find out. Ok I admit, I was not listening so I have no idea what happens during this segment, but if you're a true fan of the JCS you will listen regardless.
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Time to preview the 'Noles matchup with Duke tomorrow in Charlotte. It would be FSU's 14th ACC Championship title and will ensure a trip to Pasadena to play for a national championship. Remember in the preseason when it was all about Clemson? Last year's Co-Atlantic Division champs have not enjoyed a great season, and instead are hoping for an at-large berth, but after losing to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks once again, those BCS hopes are not very likely.
Is there any scenario in which Jimbo Fisher is not the head coach at Florida State next season? While he is enjoying his best season as a head coach in Tallahassee, if he wins a national championship, Jimbo could quickly become a hot commodity in college football. Do not put it past Texas to go after coach Fisher, and they can offer him lots of cash money. This is not something Seminole fans even want to consider right now, but it is a possibility.
Wrapping up the week it is time for another edition of "The Famlily Pick(nic)" and this week Mom and Jeff have quite a few differences in their picks:
Jeff - Jets vs Raiders - Mom
Jeff - Lions vs Eages - Mom
Jeff - Cardinals vs Rams - Mom
Jeff - Cowboys vs Bears - Mom
Jameis Winston is the ACC Player of the Year and it should come as no surprise. Tajh Boyd magically received one vote and Jeff might have an idea of who that person could be. If you enjoy segments that peel back the magical curtain of sports talk radio than this is the one for you. Hopefully the gentleman from Clemson is not tuning in. Actually, it would be more fun if he did.
When is it ok to wear a scarf? The weather will be cold and wet in Charlotte this weekend, but unless you are "dressed to the nines" (do people still use that expression) it is not permissable for a male to wear a scarf. Please refrain from wearing any extra material around your neck. This message is brought to you by the Jeff Cameron Show.
Does this weekend's game against Duke warrant any kind of "maintain?" Considering the opponent and the season's body of work, there really is not any need to do any maintaining. If you're one of the few heading up to Charlotte, have fun and let loose. Just remember, no scarves guys.
There is a growng sentiment around the national media that the longer the sexual investigation cloud hovers over Jameis Winston, the more it hurts his chances of winning the Heisman trophy. Winston still has yet to be charged with anything, yet it appears at least some voters will not even include him on the ballot.
The FSU basketball team could not pull off the win last night against Minnesota in the ACC/B1G challenge. Turnovers and missed free throws really hurt the 'Noles last night as they could not get out of their own way. Credit the Gophers for capitalizing on those turnovers and turning them into points. Florida State is going to have to start winning these types of games if they want any chance of playing in the tourney come March.
Jameis Winston is the ACC Player of the Year, but will the allegations of sexual assault that currently surround him hurt his chances for the Heisman trophy? If he is not charged, what will be the reaction? It is very difficult to remove a stain like this one, even if Winston is indeed completely innocent.
FSU basketball currently sits a 5-3, with a difficult four-game stretch on the horizon. With an even more difficult conference schedule, the upcoming stretch will be very important for the 'Noles' tournament chances. This might be enough basketball talk for now, seeing as how the football team is on the verge of playing for a national championship.
Jacoby Ellsbury pulled a Johnny Damon yesterday when he left the Red Sox to sign with the Yankees. A left-handed batter, Ellsbury could really enjoy playing in the new Yankee Stadium which features an absurdly short porch in right field. New York also added left-handed catcher Brian McCann, who above all things, will tell you the correct way to play the game. Especially if you're Jose Fernandez and you hit a home run.
It appears that the State Attorney's Office in Florida has finally come to a decision in the sexual assault investigation involving Jameis Winston. We will all know tomorrow at 2 PM when Wille Meggs speaks with the media. One way or the other, it will be nice to get all of these off-field distractions away from the Florida State football team that is having its best season in over a decade.
Taking a brief moment from Winston talk, we delve into some brief NBA discussion to let you know what is going on around the association. While many, if not all of you do not give a $%it about professional basketball, I could not care less. Not only do I love basketball, but it is also the only time I ever get on the air, so just shut up and enjoy my beatiful baritone of a voice. Thanks for listening!
Mike Tomlin was fined a hefty amount of $100,000 for "sideline-gate." Was he actually guilty of distracting Jacoby Jones along the sideline? Perhaps the most incriminating evidence is Tomlin's big smile on his face directly after the incident in question. Regardless, this seems much more harmless than Jason Kidd's ridiculous acting job of spilling a glass of soda on to the court.
The sexual assault investigation involving Jameis Winston comtinues to be covered in a very strange manner. There was a time when the accused were innocent until proven guilty and in this case there have not been any arrests. The way this situation is being covered, it is as if Winston is awaiting trial, when in fact he has yet to even be charged with a crime. Hopefully this all gets cleared up as soon as possible, so we can all stop jumping to conclusions either way.
Ed Orgeron is not going to be the head coach at USC and this makes the cajun very angry. How careful would you be if you were in Pat Haden's unfortunate situation of having to inform this crazy jack ass that he will not be retaining his head coaching duties next season? May I remind you that this is the same dude that challenged any player who did not want to play for him at Ole Miss to a fight.
Jeff is joined by FSU women's soccer coach Mark Krikorian. While the JCS is not always talking soccer on the show, Krikorian has been outstanding and the girls are once again competing for a national championship. Make sure you check out their semi-final this Friday against Virginia Tech. The soccer program has been without a doubt the most consistent program at Florida State.
Ira Schofell of the Tallahassee Democrat joins the show as per usual on Tuesdays. The Seminoles are on the verge of playing for a national title for the first time in over a decade and this gives these two gentlemen plenty to chew on. You can also hear Ira every Wednesday night on Seminole Headlines, along with his print-media cohort Corey Clark.
FSU has loads of NFL-level talent currently on their roster. How many of those guys will declare for the draft after this season? Luckily, Jameis Winston has to stay after this year, but what about guys like Kelvin Benjamin and Timmy Jernigan? Even Rashad Greene and Nick O'Leary could declare early. This is a pretty good problem to have. It means that Floirda State is pretty damn good.
FSU basketball tips off tonight in Minnesota for the ACC/B1G challenge. We at the JCS will be choo chooing are way through this one as it is the rubber match for a series tied a 4-4. Bring it on Gophers!
Time to preview the Seminoles big game against the Gophers! Leonard Hamilton will lead his team against Rick Pitino Jr's squad. Can the 'Noles get a win in the barn? Temperatures a sure to be miserable in the same place they filmed "Fargo" but "Choo Choo" nonetheless.
The 'Noles are 29 point favorites over Duke in the ACC Championship game. Will Florida State have this game covered by the half? Let's not forget that Duke does indeed have three all-conference defenders compared to just one at FSU. The "Fighting Cutcliffes" might have a bit more than they can handle with the Seminoles, and by "might have" I mean the 'Noles are going to win by 50.
After some very pertinent and important discussion about coffee, we talk "coach of the year" in college football this season. Jimbo Fisher is not on the list, but David Cutcliffe is. He did win ten games at Duke, which is damn near an impossibility. Perhaps Urban Meyer and his 24-game winning streak belongs in the conversation, but he is a douche, so screw him. Oh, and screw Phil Jackson.
We are back after a crazy Thanksgiving weekend as far as college football in concerned. One of the most bizarre endings you will see to a football game happened in the Iron Bowl against Auburn and Alabama. WIth much speculation as to who will be ranked second, one thing is certain, that Florida State is going to be playing for a national title barring any crazy upset against Duke in the ACC Championship. Who will meet the Seminoles in Pasadena? Will it be Ohio State, Missouri or Auburn?
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher joins the show to talk about being 12-0 and beating Florida. Coach Fisher is now a combined 7-1 against rival schools Florida and Miami. Listen to coach as he breaks down some of the plays and turning points from the game this past Saturday. FSU now plays Duke in the ACC Championship, and with a victroy will play for it all in Pasadena. It feels ery strange to being saying all of this, us folk from the "lost decade" are not used to this kind of stuff.
The All-ACC teams were released today, along with news that Jim Grobe is retiring after 13 seasons at Wake Forest. Grobe did a commendable job while at Wake Forest, especially when you consider he was able to win a conference title during his tenure. Something the University of Miami still has yet to do (sorry, not sorry Canes). The All-ACC first team offense featured many 'Noles like most would expect, but Lamarcus Joyner is the lone Seminole on the first-team defense. Did FSU get snubbed?
The coaching carousel has begun to revolve as Steve Sarkisian has left Washington for Southern Cal. This means that Ed Orgeron will not remain the coach for the Trojans. Orgeron will have to go elsewhere if he feels the need to remove his shirt and challenge his team to a fight. (Yes that actually happened when Ed was at Ole Miss). Certainly a tough loss for Washington, who was on the rise. Oh by the way, FSU is the number one ranked team in the country.
Seminole Basketball continues to be competitive on the hardwood. They lost a tough one to Florida last Friday, as Ian Miller's desperation heave hit back-iron as time expried. FSU could prove to be more than just a bother this season in the ACC as they have lineups that will pose issues for many teams. Florida State will host Minnesota tomorrow night in the B1G/ACC challenge.
Vernon Davis claims he brought down by his very sensitive appendage yesterday. That cannot feel good and Davis expressed as much after the game. Two weeks ago Cardials' running back Andre Ellington was tackled by his dreadlocks, although I'm fairly certain he would prefer that every time compared to what happened to poor Vernon Davis yesterday.
If Ohio State can beat Michigan State, they in all likelihood will be playing for a national championship. All that stands in Florida State's way is a game against Duke in Charlotte, North Carolina. Perhaps the 'Noles will get the opportunity to end Urban Meyer's win streak at Ohio State. Are the Buckeyes the least impressive 24-0 team of all-time? Duke is enjoying a great season under Cutcliffe, but still find themselves a 29-point underdog to Florida State for this weekend's game.
This week's "Vision Check" focuses on Jim Grobe and his career at Wake Forest. Grobe announced his retirement earlier this afternoon and spent 13 seasons as the head coach in Winston Salem. Wake Forest does not have the resources to compete with bigger schools, yet somehow Grobe found a way to win a ACC Championship. Granted it was during a time when the bigger schools in the conference were not pulling their respective weights.
We replay Jeff's interview with Jimbo Fisher. Coach Fisher seem's very pleased with the current state of his team. One must the beg the question, why? Well maybe it is because he has the best team in the country and a kid at quarterback who is about to win a Heisman. No, there is not much to be upset about right now in Tallahassee.
FSU basketball got a big win last night against tenth-ranked VCU despite turning the ball oer 25 times. Perhaps it was just a good matchup, but the Seminoles pushed the ball with ease up and down the court, getting easy, high-percentage looks. The 'Noles improved to 4-0 on the season and will take on Michigan later this afternoon in Puerto Rico.
Nothing new to report regarding the investigation concerning Jameis Winston. Hopefully this investigation gets wrapped up soon. More talk about FSU basketball as they take on Michigan later this afternoon in Puerto Rico.
How log should the starters play on Saturday against Idaho? With Jacob Coker done for the season, it might be wise to get Sean Maguire as many reps as possible. FSU does not want to be in a situation where Maguire is forced into action without having any prior experience.
Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports joins the program as he is prone to do on Fridays. If you're a gambling man, make sure you tune in for this segment of head over to Lee's site to help make your decisions a bit easier as you head into the holidays.
Jeff and Tom talk about the college football weekend. The Seminoles are favored by a very big number against Idaho, will they cover? How does FSU handle playing in what is potentially another blowout this weekend?
Jeff is not a fan of Norther Illinois' Jordan Lynch. Lynch continues to put up huge numbers in MACtion play and while he is basically a video game player against that competition, he is not among the elite players in college football. Please stop putting him in the conversation for the Heisman trophy. We all saw first-hand what Lynch was last season when he played Florida State in the Orange Bowl and did absolutely nothing.
The FSU basketball team gets things started against Michigan and Tom and Jeff do their best Gene Deckerhoff and Keith Jones impressions. On the football field, the Seminoles are 57 point favorites over Idaho tomorrow on senior day in Tallahassee. Can you actually get in trouble for pretending to do play by play?
Jeff talks about the way in which this investigation of sexual assault involving Jameis Winston has been handled. Social media and blogs have certainly changed the way things are covered and it seems we proclaim people guilty until proven innocent. In all fairness to the city of Tallahassee, this is not a city used to handling situations like this.
Time for another edition of "The Family Pick(nic)" Jeff currently holds a four game lead over Mom. Let's see who they pick this week:
Jeff - Pittsburgh vs Cleveland - Mom
Jeff - St. Louis vs Chicago - Mom
Jeff - Denver vs Mom - New England