Saturday, November 16, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Bye week TV guide
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- As you are probably well aware by now, the St. Louis Rams are on bye this week meaning that you as a Rams fan have a few options.
You can find something constructive to do, of course, or you can do what millions of others will be doing and watch football. If you're looking for advice on the former, you've come to the wrong place. If you want some of the latter -- and if you're here reading this you probably do -- then please read on.
Unfortunately this isn't a great slate of college football games. It would take a pretty hefty upset for any of this weekend's games to steal the show but that doesn't mean you draftniks out there can't get a little glimpse of the future. Here's a few games and prospects to keep an eye on as we sprint toward the college football finish line.
Texas Tech vs. No. 5 Baylor, 7 p.m. ET on FOX -- The Bears are just plain fun to watch offensively but they also have their share of prospects. The Rams are likely going to need an influx of young talent on the interior of the offensive line in 2014 and Baylor guard Cyril Richardson is an intriguing prospect. Plus, this is the one game for a highly-ranked team where an upset seems even remotely possible.
Syracuse at No. 2 Florida State, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC or ESPN2 -- The Seminoles are just plain fun to watch and though this should be a blowout, there are plenty of high-level future NFL players in Tallahassee. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, offensive tackle Cameron Erving and especially safety Lamarcus Joyner are worth watching.
No. 25 Georgia at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS -- One of only two games matching ranked teams this week but also a number of future NFL players on the field. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray might be an intriguing mid-round option come draft time.
No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 24 Texas, 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX -- The other battle of ranked teams should be a shootout. The Cowboys feature talented cornerback Justin Gilbert.
No. 1 Alabama at Mississippi State, 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN -- The Crimson Tide should roll but as always they have prospects worth watching. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a player that certainly bears watching for Rams' fans.
Two matchups stand out above the rest.
Kansas City at Denver, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC -- The 8-1 Broncos look to end the Chiefs' nine-game winning streak and get a leg up in the AFC West Division race.
San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX -- The Niners look to bounce back from last week's loss to Carolina and try to stay within striking distance of Seattle in the NFC West race.
A roundup of Friday's Rams stories on ESPN.com. ... After the Ram-blings, we took a look back at the 10 games the Rams have played so far and what could have been. ... Naturally, after that we looked ahead at the final six games and offered some predictions on how they could play out. ... Finally, in this week's Redskins watch, we got some insight from general manager Les Snead on how he goes about keeping tabs on Washington and what could become of their additional first-round pick in May.
If you don't mind, we're going to go somewhere else in this part first. By now, you probably read, watched or read and watched all there is to see about the "Batkid" story but if you haven't here are a few links with various takes on one of the best stories you're ever going to see. Hats off to the people of San Francisco who supported Miles' wish and showed up to make it a special day for him.
Here's the story from ABC news.
Here's a photo slideshow of Batkid's big day.
Here's the timeline and updates from the day.
There are plenty of great stories on this great story out there, all worth reading.
Back to football, at stltoday.com, Bryan Burwell and Bernie Miklasz hand out some Rams' awards.
The Post-Dispatch also takes a look at the upcoming negotiations for the Rams' radio rights.