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Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) looks to pass the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second half at Tiger Stadium

Ole Miss says they’ve never lost a party, but they certainly lost momentum last week after an upset loss to LSU. With this Saturday’s kickoffs, the season will finally be into November, which means a loss now could end that dream of a trip to the College Football Playoff. Tuesday saw the release of the first set of College Football Playoff rankings, which means every team knows how they are viewed by the committee. What’s left is to see what those teams in the Top 10 do with that information.

What We Learned Last Week

Bad Bo Returns

Bo Wallace didn’t have even a remotely decent outing last Saturday night when the Rebels went strolling into Baton Rouge. It was the senior signal caller’s worst game of the season so far finishing 14 of 33 for 176 yards. He threw 1 TD pass against 1 INT. Wallace will certainly have to be better against a strong Auburn defense Saturday night. He had played so well all season he was almost due for an off-night. For the hopes of the Ole Miss faithful, let’s hope the trend doesn’t continue.

Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) looks to pass the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second half at Tiger Stadium

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TCU And K-State Dominate The Big 12

If the Big 12 had a title game, these would be the teams in it based on performances so far. The Wildcats however will pay a visit to Fort Worth on November 8th, and we might just see the battle we’ve been waiting for. The nasty TCU offense versus the stout K-State defense will be a match-up any college football fan can enjoy.

Kansas State Wildcats mascot Willie Wildcat celebrates with fans during a 23-0 win against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium

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2014 Lacks an “Elite” Team

The slew of 1-loss teams this year shows that college football lacks a truly elite team. Although Mississippi State and Florida State both retain undefeated records, both are far from complete teams. The Seminoles are 104th in the nation running the ball, while the Bulldogs have been vulnerable through the air. Mississippi State needed every weapon they could find last Saturday while on the road in Lexington against an improved Kentucky team. November will be an interesting month as teams try to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The problem is no dominant team exists, which makes picking four teams for a playoff an even more difficult of a task.

Stat of the Week:

TCU put up 82 points behind 785 yards of total offense in the Horned Frogs’ beat-down of the Red Raiders last Saturday in Fort Worth.

TCU Horned Frogs running back Kyle Hicks (21) during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium

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What We Are Looking Forward To

From The Plains to The Grove

Saturday night in Oxford, we will learn a lot about Ole Miss and Auburn. Has Bo Wallace and company recovered from their worst game of the season at LSU? On top of that, how will they cope with some of the injuries suffered in Baton Rouge? Auburn hasn’t looked quite the same since they were dismantled by Mississippi State on October 11th. Both teams do share the weight of being ranked in the Top 4 of the initial College Football Playoff rankings. A loss here by Auburn would take them out of the race for the SEC west crown, while a loss by the Bulldogs would leave things wide open in the division.

 Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs onto the field for the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Jordan Hare Stadium

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How the Top 4 Handle the Pressure:

On Tuesday, the initial College Football Playoff rankings were released. The SEC West is well represented at the top, but there is still a lot of football to be played.

1. Mississippi State

Big games against Alabama and Ole Miss await the Bulldogs, and both will be on the road. Dan Mullen has this team rolling with an offense that can score with almost anyone. They have been a bit suspect on pass defense, which will be tested even more down the stretch.

2. Florida State

The Seminoles possess the easiest remaining schedule of the current Top 4. A dangerous game this Thursday night at No. 25 Louisville awaits Winston and the ‘Noles’ 104th-ranked run offense.

3. Auburn

Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia all await the Tigers during the month of November. Even worse, all three are on the road. Nick Marshall and company will have their hands full if they want to stay in the CFP race.

4. Ole Miss

The Rebels will have to shake off the LSU loss quickly to get ready for Auburn this Saturday. Should they get past the Tigers, an Egg Bowl showdown with Mississippi State could be all that stands between them, an SEC West title, and likely a trip to the first annual College Football Playoff.

Outside looking in: Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State, Notre Dame

TCU Heads to Morgantown

At this point, there is no argument that TCU is an outstanding football team. They have absolutely demolished teams scoring an average 50.4 ppg. It’s a struggle to call a team elite that blows a 21-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining like they did against Baylor. ESPN’s College GameDay heads to West Virgina for this week’s match-up that will put outstanding Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett against junior Horned Frog signal-caller, Trevone Boykin.

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma State

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Nike LeBron 11 "What The"

WHAT THE *$#@?” is an instinctive reaction to something shocking, whether it’s good or bad. We’ve all exclaimed it in moments when no other words could seem to express our reaction. In 2007, Nike designers decided to take this phrase and create a play on words with the iconic Nike Dunk.

What would it represent? It would mash together classic designs and colorways from past Nike Dunks. This idea made its way to the Nike basketball team in 2012 with the “What The Kobe”, and now the LeBron XI is getting the honors.

It’s been 11 years since the original LeBron James signature shoe dropped, and a lot has happened since then. World championships, MVPs, big “decisions”, and much more. LeBron’s trusted pair of Nike kicks have been there every step of the way continuing to grow and evolve with him and his game.

The “What The” LeBron takes inspiration from these sneakers to create the ultimate mashup of LeBron’s sneaker history. You’ll find 20 different graphics on these and 28 different style elements. These are a combination of fine art, basketball performance, and a history book about one of the greatest players to ever live.

Get the Nike LeBron 11 on September 13 at 8AM EST at FinishLine.com.

LeBron 11 Low “Lava”

There has been no shortage of LeBron James news this summer after he decided to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. All of this buzz hasn’t distracted Nike from pumping out fresh new LeBron 11 drops though. Lows have been in for a few years now, and Nike is showing the LeBron 11 low a lot of love with its recent releases.

Next up is the “Lava” colorway, which definitely brings the heat when it comes to style. The Lava color sits perfectly on a combination of light, dark and magnet grey that will have you turning heads whether you rock these on the courts or streets.

On top of getting a dope colorway, you still get a shoe that is designed for a King from a performance standpoint. This includes an upper made up of Hyperfuse, which cuts down some of the weight from the mid version of the 11. You also get a phylon midsole and rubber outsole for ultimate comfort and traction when you’re going hard on the basketball courts. 

Nike has treated us to a lot of LeBron 11 colorways this year, but where do these “Lavas” rank amongst them? Let us know in the comments!

Get the Nike LeBron 11 Low on August 16th and 8AM EST at FinishLine.com.

 

 

Nike KD VI Elite “Hero”

Sports have long played a major role in our society. There is something about them that bring us together, inspire us to be great, and challenge us to push ourselves to limits we never believed we could reach. Whether its in a small town rec league or in the NBA, basketball is more than just a sport to millions of fans across the world.

This means that the players who represent their favorite teams become more than just professional athletes, they become heros. We aspire to be like them on and off the court and hold them in the same regard as our favorite superheroes when we were growing up. Instead of fighting crime, they are fighting the injuries, the odds against them, and the opposing team.

Every so often a player comes along that reaches a level where they become a hero to basketball fans everywhere, not just in their team’s city. Kevin Durant fits this description and is a hard guy to root against. He’s taken his young franchise to contender status while lighting up the scoreboard night in and night out.

He earned his first league MVP this year. But heroes don’t play for personal glory. They do it for the team and fans. So you know KD has a championship on his mind.

He’ll need to break out every basketball super power he has to get there, and Nike has done their best to give him a shoe that’ll get the job done. The KD VI Elite takes his sixth signature shoe to a new level with a lighter weight and better fit. This “Hero” addition stands out with turbo green, vivid pink and lucid green.

You can get your pair of the Nike KD VI Elite on May 9th at 8 AM EST on finishline.com.

Jordan CP3.VII AE Performance Review

Nightwing from WearTesters takes the Jordan CP3.VII AE Basketball Shoes to the court.

Taking a closer look at traction, cushion, fit, materials, ventilation, and support, Nightwing provides a thorough performance review of Chris Paul’s 7th signature sneaker. He also does a compare and contrast of the CP3.VII AE versus the CP3.VII, giving you some surprising details you won’t want to miss.

The Jordan CP3.VII AE Basketball Shoes are available now on finishline.com.

10 Awesome Boston Marathon Facts

With the Boston Marathon just days away, we reached out to our friend, and New England native, YoAnty, to tell us what makes the Boston Marathon so awesome. Check out 10 Awesome Facts About the Boston Marathon in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

YoAnty is a Boston native who has a passion for sneakers and vlogging. You can follow him on Twitter here: @YoAnty1

You can pick up the latest Boston Fan gear here.

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For everyone other than trend setters, keeping up with the trends is hard enough when they seemingly switch and change daily. It’s either simplicity or complexity, or a combination of the two. Luckily, there are shoe brands like Converse, adidas, and Nike that do a pretty good job of keeping up to say the least.

Converse Chuck Taylor

If there’s any entity in the world that adheres to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” axiom, it’s Converse with their Chuck Taylor model. Remaining virtually unchanged since being introduced in 1917, the only modifications this silhouette receives is usually in the form a new color or pattern on the upper. Since it’s printed season, the brand has crafted a special colorway of the shoe, featuring a cartoony floral print, showcasing a luminous purple and white.

 Air Max Thea

Nike’s foray into the printed upper game comes in the form of a re-imagination of the Nike Air Max Thea. Released in grey, pink, and black colorways, the Thea displays a completely printed upper marked by tiny painted polka dots that stretch from the forefoot to the back of the sneaker. Don’t forget to show off your Air Maxes with #AirMaxMondays after the weekend ends.

Nike Benassi

If you have one too many sneakers in your closet (haha who are we kidding?), and need some slides for summer, the Nike Benassi JDI Slide Sandals have got the camo look down, and will keep feet comfortable hanging by the pool.

Catch up on the print craze, and grab a pair of new kicks before the trend is overly popular, and you know, therefore uncool.

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