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Sunday, December 8, 2013

College Football Week 15: Championship Saturday


B1G Championship Game
#10 Michigan State over #2 Ohio State 34-24
What the What? MSU went up early and looked to be a dominant team ready to take this thing. Then, the Fighting Urban Meyers Fought back from down 17 to go up 24-17 and I along with most of the country surely thought that OSU was going to cruse to the BSC Title Game. But, with about 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter Sparty hit a FG and made it a 4 point game. Michigan State then dominated the 4th quarter, put up 14 points and ended the nation’s longest winning streak. Awesome job by a dominant MSU defense, especially late in the game and this will lock them into their first trip to the Rose Bowl in over 20 years. Bigger picture though, this hurts the B1G in that they will only have MSU in the Rose Bowl and no representative in the Title Game or any other ‘major’ bowl game.  Sound about right though since the B1G is the weakest of the major conferences. However, I’ll be looking forward to Sparty vs. The Cardinal in Pasadena come January as that will be an awesome matchup of defense and ball control.

SEC Championship Game
#3 Auburn over #5 Missouri 59-42
Ya know, if it wasn’t Auburn I’d be really happy for that program. They hired an awesome coach, brought in a new offense, and turned around a program in peril. The Tigers (Auburn) have somehow won the SEC Championship with an option attack and a lack of a dominant defense. This game overall was a lot closer than I thought it would be but once Auburn figured out that Mizzu couldn’t stop their run game it became the Tre Mason show. Auburn’s RB (see below) became the focus of the offense and with Nick Marshal only occasionally throwing the ball and also running all over the place, Missouri didn’t have much of a chance. To their credit though they kept it rather close and for only their second year in the SEC Missouri has to be happy with this finish and a possible trip to the Sugar Bowl in their future. The only thing I’m really concerned about is the fact that the SEC is turning into the Big-12 of the late 90s. A ton of offense and not a whole lot of defense. Come on guys. A 10-7 game is just as awesome as this 100+ point game. ESPN can rest easy, there will now be an SEC team in the BCS National Title Game.

BIG-XII Championship
#17 Oklahoma upsets #6 Oklahoma State 33-24 and #9 Baylor rolls #25 Texas 30-10
Um, so a two for one here since the Big-12 doesn’t have a Championship Game. With Oklahoma’s upset win, OSU was shut out of a BCS game and then the Baylor/Texas game actually meant something. If the Cowboy’s of OkState had beaten OU, then the Baylor/Texas game would have been pointless. However, the Belldozer of OU once again saved the day despite being the 3rd QB off the bench and OU gave both Texas and Baylor a chance to win it all. Baylor is now the Big-12 champ and headed for the Fiesta Bowl. Pretty much that’s how it all played out. I didn’t watch either of these games, so…
Honorable Mention to:
#23 Fresno State’s 24-17 win over Utah State to win the Mountain West.


MAC Championship Game
Unranked Bowling Green over #14 Northern Illinois 47-27
What the What? NIU was headed for a BCS game; now their dreams have been crushed by a Bowling Green defense that would not let up. Two turnovers by the Huskies and a 17 point 4th quarter form Bowling Green broke the hearts of NIU fans.

BEAT DOWN OF THE WEEK A.K.A. The weekly Florida State Discussion

ACC Championship Game
#1 Florida State over #20 Duke 45-7
So yeah, we all knew this was coming since the spread was about 29+ points and FSU was expected to win this game even if they would have started their second string players. Winston didn’t have the greatest start, but he didn’t need to since Duke was just over matched all game long. FSU gained 569 yards of total offense to Duke’s 239 and if it weren’t for their 3 turnovers, they would have racked up even more points.

I picked Rutgers and I won it with a 31-6 beat down of the S. Florida Bulls. That takes me to 11-3 on the year and a very successful Pillow Fight season. Thank you Rutgers for delivering this win for me. And thank you dear reader for another exciting year of pillow fights.

Auburn RB Tre Mason. Let the stats speak for themselves: 46 carries for 304 yards and 4 TD in a SEC Championship Game. He won’t win the Heisman (Presented by Nissan) but he should be invited to New York.

My picks go…
8-2. So a strong finish for me to finish out the year. I missed on OSU and OSU. (States of Ohio and Oklahoma).

We’ll be back next week for Bowl Games and Predictions!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

College Football Week 14 a.k.a. Rivalry Week!

Man up and get ready to draw some un-sportsmen-like penalties cause it’s Rivalry Week! There were a ton of great games on Saturday and we should all be happy to be college football fans since we were treated to some awesome contests all day long.

Let’s be honest… this year is all about Auburn now; and the love that God has for the Tigers. Not only were they saved by a tipped Hail Mary against Georgia, they were also treated to a Nick Saban mistake and a 109 yard missed FG return. I have never in my life seen something like that and man am I glad I was watching when Alabama’s dreams got flushed down the toilet.

We’ll skip the formalities of sections this week and just starting calling them like we see them. This dear reader is Rivalry Week!

With all apologies for this being posted late due to a huge computer conversion at work… Let’s kick it off!

THE IRON BOWL - #4 Auburn over #1 Alabama 34-28
Oh man what a game! 21-21 until the 4th quarter when Alabama’s AJ McCarron connects with Amari Cooper for a 99 yard TD pass to go up by 7 with 10 minutes to play. Alabama’s defense for yet another win right? Nope! Auburn goes 7 plays 65 yards and a TD to tie it at 28 with 32 seconds to go. Alabama gets it, goes on a long run and the clock runs out. Wait no. Saban challenges and says his man stepped out with :01 to go. Sure enough that genius is right and Alabama brings in a red-shirt Freshman to kick a 57-yard FG… the kick is up… the kick is… short. Auburn sent a man back to return it and he comes out as we all get ready for overtime. But… he keeps running… he’s got the sideline… Chris Davis… he’s going to go… 109 yards for the TD with no time left!!! Auburn wins! Auburn wins! Oh my God I can’t believe it! Seriously though, that was a great game and one of the greatest endings you’ll ever see in any competitive sport. Wow!

#3 Ohio State over Michigan 42-41
I really thought Michigan was going to pull this one out of their ass and trip Ohio State up. 21-21 at half and really most people thought the Buckeyes were just going to pull away in the second half. Sure enough they were up 35-21 going into the 4th quarter and just running all over Michigan’s defense. (393 rushing yards on the day). Somehow the Wolverines tied it at 35 with 5 minutes to go but then fell behind by 7 again with just over 2 minutes to go in the game. Then, Michigan gets the ball and drives it home for a TD on a 2 yard pass; extra point ties the game. Um, wait. Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke says, ‘Fuck that! We’re going for the win! 2-point conversion time!’ What? Would you look at the balls on this guy?! He knew his defense wouldn’t be able to stop Ohio State starting from the OT 25-yard line, so why not right? Fuck it! Go for it! I didn’t really like the play they called based on watching the game and how it played out and I’m really sad the Michigan didn’t quite make it. But damn! That was one ballsy call from Hoke and he gained some respect from me on Saturday. Fuck Ohio State!

The Civil War - #13 Oregon over Oregon State 36-35
That was close. It took Oregon till :29 left in the game to take to lead for good. This was one hell of an interesting 4th quarter. The Ducks led 24-20 to start it and then there were four lead changes until Oregon finally won it. Quack! To say that Oregon got off track after losing at Stanford on November 7th would be an understatement. They went from legit National Title contender to barely sneaking by a .500 Oregon State team. Oh, and the uniforms in this game… wow. I thought Oregon State was Syracuse from the mid 90s at first then Oregon per their usual wore some alternative of an alternative look. Whatever. This was an entertaining game and didn’t need to be played on a Friday; come on PAC-12.

#9 Baylor over TCU 41-38
Ok, I’ll admit I didn’t know this was a rivalry that’s been played since 1899. I mean Baylor really hasn’t become relevant until the past few years and TCU wears purple and has a frog as a mascot. Baylor led 34-17 at one point before TCU fought back and pulled within 3 to open the 4th quarter. It took a(nother) Baylor INT in the final minute of the game to seal it up and send Baylor to a 10-1 before a de-facto  Big-12 Championship next week at Texas.

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate - Georgia over Georgia Tech 41-34 in 2OT!
Glory Glory to Ol’ Georgia and To Hell With Georgia Tech! Oh man. This was a down year for Georgia but wins over Tennessee, Florida and now Georgia Tech make it all the easier to stand. Georgia will finish 8-4 and head to a bowl game with a beat up team and nothing to play for but this week they can smile knowing that they stuck it to Tech this year. Again, I didn’t give them much of a chance really and after falling behind 20-7 the chances seemed even worse. But, once the Dawgs settled down in the second half they tied it up with 10 points in the 4th quarter and then won it in OT. Go Dawgs!

THE VICTORY BELL - #24 Duke over North Carolina 27-25
Let’s just get it out there… Duke has 10 wins for the first time EVER! Next week will be their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game EVER! This is the first time Duke has been Bowl-eligible in back-to-back years… EVER! Ross Martin’s 27-yard FG with 2:22 to go was the biggest 3-pointer at Duke since Christian Laettner and it will set up a David vs. Goliath matchup next week that I pray becomes the biggest upset in ACC history! GO DUKE! 

THE VICTORY BELL (no, this is another Victory Bell not the one in the game above that Duke won) #22 UCLA over #23 USC 35-14
That’s two in a row for the Bruins over the forever in search of a coach Trojans of USC. (Although today it looks like they’ve found a new one… again).  Seems like USC is going to be in transition for a while but hopefully (for them) they’ll stay competitive in the process. Two turnovers and not a whole lot of offense though in this one from the Trojans and UCLA looks like they may just be a team on the rise in the PAC-12 with a decent defense and an offense that seems to control the ball and tempo fairly well.

LEGENDS TROPHY - #8 Stanford over #25 Notre Dame 27-20
Now this was the definition of a back and forth ballgame. Stanford never really lost the momentum or the lead but the Irish just kept it close and kept chipping away. Each team had some stalled drives and two turnovers but Stanford’s run game was really the deciding factor. The Cardinal dominated in total yardage and avoided a hangover loss to the Irish before heading into the PAC-12 Championship game against Arizona State next week.

THE PALMETTO BOWL - #10 South Carolina upsets #6 Clemson 31-17
I don’t really see this as an upset since (and maybe this is because of where I live) a lot of people were saying Carolina was favored to win this one. And, win they did making it 5 straight over Clemson. This quickly turned into the Connor Shaw and Mike Davis show as Carolina put a beating on Clemson on Saturday spoiling Clemson’s hopes for a BCS Bowl (unless crazy things happen this weekend). I say good for the Cocks and it was a nice finish to Connor Shaw’s tenure there finishing with an amazing 15-0 record at home.

Honorable Mentions to:
Land of Lincoln Trophy - Northwestern over Illinois 37-34 – Northwestern didn’t win a whole lot this year so it’s nice to see them get a win here at the end.
San Jose State’s 62-52 upset win over #16 Fresno State to spoil Fresno’s undefeated season.
Golden Boot - #17 LSU over Arkansas 31-27.
The Commonwealth Cup – Virginia Tech over Virginia 16-6. This game used to mean something outside of the Commonwealth.
The Apple Cup – Washington over Washington State 27-17. Go Apples!

I went with New Mexico State and… nailed it! Moves me to 10-2 on the year and NMS to 2-10! Jeez Idaho is bad! I mean real bad! 24-16 was the final in case anyone out there cares about that sort of thing. Idaho somehow found a way to lose despite outgaining the Aggies and winning the turnover battle. Both the Vandals and Aggies are done for the year and finish a combined 3-21. Wow.

Next week is Championship Week so obviously we won’t be having an appearance from any of our pillow fight contenders. I’ll save declaring a Pillow Fight Champion until next week, but in the mean time I’ll pick Rutgers (5-6) to take out S. Florida (2-9) in the only matchup featuring two teams with less than 6 wins next week. So, Rutgers is a powerhouse as far as pillow fights go and could just get bowl eligible; which of course would eliminate them from Pillow Fight Championship contention.  

Jordan Lynch; Northern Illinois QB, who went 5/17 for 39 yards and a TD. Nice right? Oh, he also ran the ball 27 times for 321 yards and 3 TDs. Say what you want about his competition in the MAC, but Lynch has thrown for 2,457 yards this year and 22 TDs. He’s run for 1,755 yards and 20 TDs. Those are Heisman numbers. See Timmy Tebow and Mark Ingram or even RGIII or Johnny Football.

My Picks Go…

Real poorly as I went 5-5 this week. I thought Texas A&M would take MizzU and I, like a lot of people, went with Alabama. Oh well. Better luck next week. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

College Football Week Thirteen

Unlucky week thirteen! Or as I like to call it the week that Florida hit rock bottom and the week before Rivalry Week. A lot of teams decided to either take this week off or as we like to call it, play a crappy opponent at home to sell tickets and rest starters while picking up a win. Others decided to take the week off in another way and get beaten on their way to division titles (I’m looking at you Oregon and UCLA)

Anyway, I wasn’t as hyped for this week since the next two weeks we’ll get to watch games that matter to the teams and players a lot more as we head to Rivalry Week!  

With all apologies to Aaron Murray’s ACL… Let’s kick it off!

Games of the Week:

#17 Arizona State over #14 UCLA 38-33.
And out of seemingly nowhere, Arizona State has won the PAC-12 South. This game was pretty much a summary of UCLA’s season in that they just couldn’t quite put it all together. The Bruins were down 35-13 at half and came powering back in the third but just couldn’t overcome that first half deficit and ended up losing by five. Arizona State has to be feeling a sense of relief after seeing its offense fall asleep in the second half managing only 3 points and their special teams repeatedly getting gashed on punts and kicks.  ASU now really just has to regroup, stay healthy and beat Arizona next week before a meeting with Stanford in the PAC-12 Championship Game.

#20 Oklahoma over Kansas State 41-31
I really didn’t expect this game to be that close and when K-State took a 27-24 lead into the 4th quarter I thought they may have a chance at it. Unfortunately, OU scored 14 to open the 4th quarter and then held on to win it by 10. K-State really needed more than 24 rushing yards in the game and two interceptions killed a couple of drives. Oklahoma can be beaten and really hasn’t lived up to some of their expectations this year. But all will be forgotten in two weeks if they can get by Oklahoma State.

Honorable Mentions to:

Navy over San Jose State 58-52 in Triple OT

Duke over Wake Forest 28-21. A win for Duke Next week against North Carolina will give them 10 wins for the first time EVER!

Miss State’s 24-17 OT win over Arkansas. On the road, goes to OT, good win.

Boston College over Maryland 29-26. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. Hail Mary!

Rivalry Watch!

#19 Wisconsin over #25 Minnesota 20-7
This year gave the Badgers 10 straight wins over the Gophers of Minnesota. Of course that means that Ol’ Paul Bunyan’s Axe once again resides in Wisconsin. Say what you want about the B1G, but I love these dumb little trophies they play for all the time. The Golden Gophers play in (and lose) a lot of trophy games every year and each time I just laugh a little inside; and a lot on the outside. Anyway, Wisconsin's defense held Minnesota's offense to just 185 total yards, and just 83 passing yards. That combined with Minnesota’s three turnovers led to a really long afternoon for the Gophers and a decade long losing streak against Wisconsin.

Upset of the Week:

Unranked Arizona over #5 Oregon 42-16
I couldn’t really decide whether to put this here or bring back the 'biggest loser' section for Oregon this week. Some of their players (DeAnthony Thomas) this past week were caught publicly saying that they didn’t want to play in the Rose Bowl because they had “been there won that.” Well guess what guys; now you don’t have to worry about ‘going there and playing that.’ I get that some of them want to go and win bigger championships and they want to motivate the team, but you’re the PAC-12. Every year you’re goal is to go and win the Rose Bowl. Now, after laying an egg in Tucson the Ducks go home needing to regroup. Too many mistakes in this game, turnovers, bad defense, and just a total lack of ability to even keep up with a much lesser opponent in Arizona.  

#10 Oklahoma State over #4 Baylor 49-17
What’s this? I’m going to talk about Baylor? Well ok… Look Baylor was and is still a bunch of smoke and mirrors. They led the nation in points for because of wins against: Wofford, Buffalo, UL Monroe, W. Virginia, K-State, Iowa State, Kansas, a falling Texas Tech team and Oklahoma. Out of that list, pick one team other than Oklahoma that is a “threat” to any legitimate top 25 team. Anyone? No? That’s because Baylor feasted on a weak ass schedule this year and rode it to a 9-0 start. OK-State just gave them some competition and that was that. The result you see is a 49-17 blowout loss to send them to 9-1. Now I’m not saying that Baylor’s offense is not entertaining, but as a team they’ve been playing pretender all year long. Oh, and as long as OK-State wins the battle of the state of OK two weeks from now… hello Big-XII Championship!

Honorable Mention to Georgia Southern going to the Swamp and taking out Florida 26-20. I really loved this. I couldn’t look away. Geo. So. went 0-3 passing all day. Let me repeat: Zero pass completions on only Three attempts. They said, “Hey Florida! We’re going to run the ball now. It’s either going to be an option left, an option right, or an option up the middle. Nothing else! Oh, and we’re even going to miss two extra points. Ok, you ready?” And Florida couldn’t stop it. An even better stat is that Florida paid them $550,000 to come play this game. Classless as always, as the Geo. So. guys gathered to sing their alma mater, the Florida PA announcer cranked up the volume on the stadium speakers to overpower the team. They sang on! The Eagles sang on! Hahahaha. Fuck Florida.

Beat Down of the Week: (A.K.A. The weekly Florida State discussion)

#11 South Carolina over Costal Carolina 70-10!
Cock-a-doodle-do! Connor Shaw and company put up 70 over a (now) 10-2 Costal Carolina team from the Big South Conference. It got ugly quick with Carolina putting up 28 in the first quarter and then pulling starters in the second quarter taking a 42-7 lead into the half. Carolina just wanted to get out healthy as they look to take the state next week against Clemson at home in Columbia.

For you math majors out there Carolina won by 60, which means that technically #2 Florida State over Idaho 80-14 was actually a bigger beat down. And it was. But really, I didn’t want to have to break down the numbers on that game or even talk about FSU this week. Alas, this section of the blog has been turned into just that.

Honorable mention to North Carolina for putting up 80 points on Old Dominion in an 80-20 victory.

Pillow Fight of the Week:

UConn for the Win! The Huskies avoided a winless season by going on the road and taking out Temple 28-21. In true American Conference style, Temple took a 21-0 lead into half time as the philosophy frat boys got good and sauced in the stands then forgot about defense and gave up 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters to lose it by seven. Better to have sucked and lost than to have never sucked at all? Either way, UConn got the winning TD off a 59 yard pick 6 with under 5 minutes to go and now sit at a mighty 1-9 but with this have pushed my pillow fight predictions to 9-2 on the year.

Next week we’re going with two teams so bad they aren’t even in conferences: 1-10 Idaho at 1-10 New Mexico State. Idaho as you know just got blown out by FSU while New Mexico State just got blown out by Florida Atlantic (55-10). So really this comes down to statistics which lean slightly towards NMState. In the battle of the mascots I like Idaho Vandals over State Aggies. So really it’s a coin toss. I’ll take the Aggies at home to take out the Vandals of Sucking and move to 2-10 on the year.

Player of the Week:

Navy QB Keenan Reynolds. It was Friday Night Lights in Navy’s 58-52 3OT win over San Jose State, but Reynolds went off for 7 rushing TDs on 36 carries for 240 yards and one passing TD. (only 4/6 for 46 yards out of the option attack). Reynolds becomes the fourth quarterback in Navy history to run for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. He also became the ninth quarterback in NCAA history to score at least 20 rushing touchdowns. He has 26 on the season, one shy of tying the NCAA mark.

My Picks Go…

8-2! So pretty damned good this week. I did miss on Baylor and Oregon State but correctly picked LSU and Arizona State. I’ve got two weeks to go but so far I’ve realized that I should have been betting about 10 bucks a week this year and I probably would have made some good cash. And at 9-2 on the year in my pillow fights I can say that I’ve kept pace with Duke. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

College Football Week Twelve

So yeah. That happened. That is the key word this week kids. THAT. Just that. The that that I’m referring to here of course is the deflection TD catch made by Auburn WR Nick Marshal with 25 seconds to play putting a dagger in the hearts of Georgia fans and proving that God indeed has sought to punish the Bulldogs this year. We’ll get back to THAT in a moment.

The other THAT happened just outside of Chicago when Michigan kicker Brendon Gibbons and his holder rushed onto the field and nailed a 44 yard FG as time literally expired to send the game to OT where Michigan would win it 27-19 proving that God indeed lets the sun shine on sinners in Michigan from time to time. Oh, and Texas decided to take a week off again, South Carolina found out Florida isn’t dead yet, and Duke took control of the ACC Coastal Division. THAT proves God indeed hates the ACC Costal and wishes to watch its coaches and fans cry as Duke takes on FSU in the ACC Championship Game. (Presented by Dr. Pepper) Seriously, Duke has trips to Wake and North Carolina between them and a title birth. The apocalypse comith.

With all apologies to whomever came up with all the bad alternate uniforms this week… Let’s kick it off.

Games of the Week:

#7 Auburn over #25 Georgia 43-38
Fuck THAT. Seriously, Georgia came storming back in this game from 20 points down and I wanted to THAT is bullshit! But THAT just happens sometimes. Who am I kidding? God hates Georgia this year.
believe that they were going to pull it off. And then, they did. Aaron Murray punched it in with his heart from 5 yards out and Georgia was on top 38-37. Then Auburn QB Nick Marshall quite literally threw the ball up for grabs and the Georgia defenders knocked it away from WR Nick Marshall downfield. Ballgame. But wait… somehow like the JFK “magic bullet theory” the ball deflected up and then downfield. The ball then landed in Marshall’s hands without him even knowing that it was there. Marshall then ran into the end zone giving Auburn a 43-38 victory.

#13 UCLA over Washington 41-31
Anyone ever heard of THAT Myles Jack kid from UCLA? Well he used to play linebacker. (and still does since he recorded 5 tackles in the game) This week he ran for 59 yards and 4 TDs pushing UCLA to an 8-2 record. They needed him to since Washington just kept hanging around on Friday night. UCLA led by ten at the half, the end of the third, and when it mattered at the end of the game; you just got the sense though that Washington was going to find a way to pull the upset. In the end they didn’t and UCLA just needs to get by Arizona State next week then USC to win the PAC-12 South.

Honorable mentions to:

#10 South Carolina surviving Florida 19-14

Maryland’s 27-24 OT win over Virginia Tech

Upset of the Week:

USC over #4 Stanford 20-17
THAT explosion you heard last night was the sound of Stanford’s season being blown to shit off the right foot of USC kicker Andre Heidari who drilled a 47 yarder with :19 to go putting the Trojans up by 3. Stanford is out and Oregon is back in control of the PAC-12 North. And, despite having such a weird season, USC is now sitting at 8-3 and looking to wreak some more havoc in two weeks against UCLA. Stanford meanwhile still has to survive Cal and Notre Dame and hope for a loss by Oregon at Arizona or at home to finish the year against the Beavers of Oregon State. The Pac-12 just got a whole lot weirder and Stanford just got caught in a classic trap game. They turned the ball over 3 times and USC defense really showed up as a unit on Saturday. There were some key plays that Stanford just could not convert on and USC refused to be put away.

Beat Down of the Week: (A.K.A. The weekly Florida State discussion)

#2 Florida State over Syracuse 59-3
Did you know THAT FSU is outscoring opponents 53-11 this year? With two games to go (Idaho at home then a trip to Florida) they may be on pace to set some kind of record. Poor Syracuse didn’t even sniff the end zone and only managed to avoid a shutout with a 32 yard FG with under eight minutes left in the game. Really the only thing that could derail Florida State is a huge upset from Florida or Jameis Winston’s potential arrest for something that allegedly happened two years ago.

Pillow Fight of the Week:

Kent State 24-6 over Miami (OH). Miami (OH); you mean 0 and 10 right? MAC rival Kent State shot them down with 7 points a quarter and sent Miami (oh shit) to 0-10 and into contention for a Pillow Fight Championship (seriously, they’re 126th in the country in points for and are being outscored 33-10) this year as we get closer to deciding the worst team in college football. Of course this winning pick takes me to 8-2 on the year and sends us to next week where…

I’ll take an American Conference Armageddon! 0-9 UConn travels to 1-9 Temple in a ‘somebody has to get a conference win this year’ matchup. I’ve ridden a hot streak this year picking dog mascots so I’ll stick with it and pick UConn to get a win on the road over the Owls of Temple. Judging by the statistics this is a bad pick, but Pillow Fights aren’t won by math geeks; they’re won by teams with heart and those who play in weak ass conferences.

Player of the Week:

Our man Kapri Bibbs, yes THAT Kapri Bibbs, from last week had another hell of a game (291yds and 6 TDs). However, I don’t like to go back-to-back on these so we’re giving it to: UCF WR J.J. Worton who had a career high 179 yards on 10 catches for 3 TDs on Saturday helping to move UCF to 8-1 and 5-0 in the American conference keeping them ahead of Louisville.  

My Picks Go…

6-4… again. Ok, so I really didn’t see Stanford losing, so THAT happened. Also, I picked Texas (dumbass), and really I didn’t think North Carolina had a shot. The fourth one? Yeah Duke. Duke won. Duke is 8-2. Let THAT sink in.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

College Football week 11

Well Alabama won their annual street fight with LSU (no surprise there) and Oregon FSU is still in the title hunt as well. Really Stanford made the biggest play to get back in the conversation this weekend and no one was happier about that than the idol Buckeyes who got to sit at home and watch. Clemson is behind the eight ball, Missouri (really? Missouri?) needs to hope they land a miracle in the SEC Championship game and all Alabama has to do is survive Auburn in the Iron Bowl at the end of the year. So it comes down to Alabama’s world and everyone else just living in it. Oh yeah, also known as College Football. The Big-12 is still interesting. Not great, but interesting; and the PAC-12 just got a whole lot more interesting this weekend as well. The ACC is FSU’s to lose and the B1G is a cluster fuck that nobody really cares about since the Ohio State will just win a chess match against a bunch of checkers players.

Stop the presses! Duke beat NC State and has moved to 7-2 and with that the Blue Devils are guaranteed their first winning season since going 8-4 in 1994. Really? They had a winning season in 94?

With all apologies to Baylor who I’m still not talking about in this blog… Let’s kick it off.

Games of the Week:

#5 Stanford over #3 Oregon 26-20
Whoa! Hold on now! I thought it was Death, Taxes, and Oregon’s offense as the things we could count on
in this world. Stanford had other plans. Stanford had two things going for them: Defense and clock control. Oregon had the ball for less than 18 minutes in the game and Stanford’s Defense was huge keeping the Duck’s scoreless in the first half for the first time in 55 games. Oregon did come back though and with a blocked FG that turned into points followed by an onside kick recovery, then a quick score, Stanford’s lead was down to 6. However, more clock control and power running allowed them to end the game without giving Oregon another shot. This week made it two years in a row that Stanford has derailed the Duck’s season and they looked really good doing it too. Oh, and if Oregon is going to contend in the future, they MUST learn how to tackle on defense. Way too many yards after contact for Stanford players on Thursday night. That tree is still creepy.

#22 Arizona State over Utah 20-19
Staying in the PAC-12… ASU has had an interesting season and now thanks to a 13 point 4th quarter comeback, find themselves at 7-2 and in control of the PAC-12 South. They do still have to go to UCLA, but that is a winnable game and they may just be in the conversation when it comes time to play Stanford in the conference title game. However, The Sun Devils haven’t looked the best at times, and they have already lost to Stanford this year. Either way, Utah gave them all they could handle on Saturday and nearly came away with the upset.

Pittsburgh upsets #23Notre Dame 28-21
I’m starting to come around on ole Pitt. I like the way they play ball; gritty, coal mining style football. They should have beaten ND last year but a blown call allowed the Irish to escape and go on to be undefeated. This year they got some measure of revenge and played one hell of a second half to upset the Irish. Pitt really just controlled the clock, capitalized on some Notre Dame mistakes and then just played a clean game. They only went 3-13 on third downs which is not good, but Pitt isn’t a really good team. But, they are playing hard and on any given Saturday a team that plays hard and doesn’t turn the ball over has a chance.

Honorable Mentions to:

Nebraska’s 17-13 win against Michigan handing them their first home loss in the Brady Hoke era.

K-State’s 49-26 upset win over free falling #25 Texas Tech

Texas’ OT win over West Virginia. How is Texas still in this? Each week I think it’s over and they just hang around. Oh well. The corpse of Mac Brown must still have some life in it.

Upsets of the Week:

Virginia Tech over #11 Miami 42-24
After getting smacked down and beat up by FSU last week, Miami just didn’t have enough players or enough gas to compete with Virginia Tech for 60 minutes. Now that’s saying something since VT has laid some stinkers themselves this year but still find themselves at 7-3. Of course Miami didn’t help themselves very much either turning the ball over twice and managing only 28 rushing yards on the afternoon. Two of Miami’s TDs came on passes of over 80 yards so those can be chalked up to defensive miscues or even dumb luck. In the end, Miami now finds themselves with two ACC losses and trips to Duke and Pitt still to come. VT meanwhile just needs Georgia Tech to take a loss and they could be in control of the ACC Costal.

Vandy over Florida 34-17
You can say FU was banged up and this was a good shot for Vandy, but snapping a 22 game losing streak against the Gators and winning in Gainesville for the first time since 1945 is an upset. History alone should have gotten Florida the win. Will Must-Not-Be-A-Champ and crew turned the ball over 4 times on the afternoon and now find themselves with a 4-5 record with trips to Carolina and FSU still to come. I see their next appearance on the blog to come in the section below. On the flip side all is sunny in Nashville these days and Vandy is about to go to their third straight bowl game after beating both Georgia and Florida for the first time since pretty much forever.
Beat Down of the Week:

#2 Florida State over Wake Forest 59-3
Yeah, it needs to be said. Florida State is good. Are they Alabama good? Maybe. Maybe not. Are they Top 3 good? Oh yeah, without a doubt. Is Wake bad? To be sure. But Florida State has a really good team this year and barring a major upset from Syracuse, Idaho or Florida (really? Idaho?) they should coast to the ACC Championship Game and on to a National Championship bid. Oh and Wake had 7 turnovers in this game compared to just 8 first downs. FSU broke their previous home record for points scored (56) and tied a school record for INTs (6) in this game as well.

Pillow Fight of the Week:

North Dakota over Northern Colorado 24-21 for the win! I really don’t know what’s worse: the fact that North Dakota doesn’t have a mascot or the fact that their logo looks like a rip-off of Notre Dame’s. Either way they created a late turnover and then put up 7 points with under 3 to go for a big time Big Sky win. Of course more importantly it gets me to 7-2 on the year in the pillow fights.

Next week I had some ideas in mind until I saw it. The Golden Egg of pillow fights! Once again the MAC has brought us two teams with laughable records pitted against one another… wait for it… on a Wednesday night! Wednesday! They are so desperate to get people to watch they’re going to compete with reality TV and Modern Family. Anyway Miami (of Ohio) and their 0-9 record will travel to Kent State who is sporting a 2-8 mark coming off a 16-7 loss to Akron. Oh man… this is a tough pick. I’ll stick with the home team and take the Golden Flashes to gut out a win. Go Kent (not a) State!

Player of the Week:
Remember last week when I picked the Old Dominion QB as our player of the week? His name was Taylor Heinicke. Well this week he had another hell of a game throwing for 533 yards and 4 TDs with 20 rushing yards and a TD as well. I think he should be in the Heisman (Presented by Nissan) conversation; except for the fact that he plays for Old Dominion. Seriously though, go look at his numbers side by side with FSU QB and ESPN lover boy Jameis Winston. Anyway, I’m not giving this week to him. I’ll go with Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs! Not only does Kapri have one hell of a cool name, he also had 4 TDs on Saturday off of 30 carries and 312 yards. Sick numbers Kapri.

Honorable Mention to: Georgia QB Aaron Murray who on Saturday set the all time SEC mark for touchdown passes at 115. He still has three games to play and should put that record out of reach for a few years. Behind him now are: Danny Wuerffel, Peyton Manning, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow. Not a bad list there when it comes to college QBs. Congrats Aaron!

My Picks Go…

6-4. Yeah I didn’t put a whole lot of time into this so I missed on: Miami, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and Michigan. I stand by those Michigan and TT picks though since both of those teams should have won their games. Why do I ever pick Notre Dame? If I ever do they are sure to lose. Oh well. 7-2 on the year for pillow fights still. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

College Football Week Ten

Not a whole lot of competition on Saturday to speak of and not a whole lot of surprises either. OSU is good, FSU is good, Clemson is good, and Alabama and Oregon had Bye Weeks. That’s what we know. What we learned was that somehow Texas is still in the driver’s seat in the Big-12 and that Michigan State’s defense may have the only chance of stopping Ohio State when it comes time for the B1G Championship game.  Both Notre Dame and Nebraska proved that with a little faith in God you can win a football game and Southern Mississippi proved that there are bad football teams and then there’s 50 feet of crap and then there’s Southern Miss.

Games of the Week:

Nebraska escapes Northwestern 27-24
Just throw it up and pray! –or- Just knock it down! These are the two truisms of the Hail Mary.  But, at Nebraska, it seems like once a year they get a prayer answered in the end zone. Nebraska’s Freshman QB Long Name the 3rd looked good but made a few mistakes as well, but in the end did enough for the win. Poor Northwestern! They started the year 4-0 and ranked #19 and now find themselves 4-5 with 2 tough games coming up against Michigan and Michigan State.   

#18 Oklahoma State over #15 Texas Tech 52-34
Speaking of reeling… Texas tech may want to have a bit of a gut check this week. Two losses in a row with Baylor and Texas still left to play? Not good. This game started off fairly well but was really over by the third quarter. OKSU was pretty balanced on offense and just kept mixing up the attack. Texas Tech’s defense looks small and really got worn down in the second half.  The Cowboys are back in the conversation in the Big-12 but they also have Baylor, Texas, and Oklahoma left to play.

Honorable mention to:
West Virginia’s 30-27 OT win over TCU. The Horned Frogs scored 10 points in the final 4 minutes of regulation but just didn’t have anything in OT.

Rivalry Watch!

North Carolina over North Carolina State 27-19!
It’s like a pillow fight, but with tobacco spitting and hair pulling. Bad Football since 1894 and no trophy? Still, it was the best rivalry of the weekend if you ask me. (Meaning game; since FSU Miami was a joke.) NC State scored more times, but they were all field goals and North Carolina just kept getting TDs. As lame as that sounds, it was the story of the day. Long drives from NC and some key first downs vs. The Puppy Pack, two turnovers and some field goals.

Upset of the Week:

Boston College over Virginia Tech 34-27???
Was this really an upset? I mean VT did lose to Duke last week. Also, they turned the ball over four times. You can’t so that.

Beat Down of the Week:
So yeah this should go to Ohio State’s 56-0 smack down of Purdue, but that’s way too obvious. So instead we’ll go with #17 Northern Illinois’ 63-19 beat down of U Mass. NI Who? NIU! With a 9-0 record and one hell of an offense at this point, (44.2 points a game) NIU is making a play for the BCS this year. Well that is if they can stay undefeated and ahead of #16 Fresno State in the standings. Guess we’ll find out next week when Ball State comes to town and the MAC picture becomes a lot clearer.

Pillow Fight of the Week:

Georgia over Florida 23-20. God what an ugly game! Georgia was up 23-3 at half and rolling with the
return of Todd Gurley, but he gassed himself out after not playing for more than a month and was more or less useless in the second half along with the rest of the Georgia offense. Oh, and then the defense was as bad as it’s been all year. But, luckily the Dawgs were playing Florida and they keep shooting themselves in the foot week after week. This was a pillow fight among the big boys and man was it painful to watch. So Georgia goes to 5-3 and my pillow fight picks go to 6-2; making me pillow fight bowl eligible.

Next week, by request, we look to the Big Sky Conference. I’ll take (2-7) North Dakota over (1-8) Northern Colorado. So that means I’m taking a team without a mascot (formally the Fighting Sioux) over the Bears. Seriously, after being stripped of their “offensive” nickname, North Dakota can’t even pick a new one until 2015 by state law. Weird. Anyway, the Big Sky sure isn’t a powerhouse conference, and this matchup is a classic pillow fight in the making.

Player of the Week:

Taylor Heinicke from Old Dominion! Who? Yeah that guy. Anyway, he went: 28 for 35 for 293 yards and 6 TDs! Also he ran the ball for 33 yards giving the Monarchs a big 6th win on the year. Now they aren’t in any conference, so they’re going Bowling at the end of the year.

Biggest Loser:

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles. These guys are fucking bad! In 2011 they won Conference USA with a 12-2 record and then won the Hawaii Bowl over Nevada 24-17. This year they are 0-8 and have been out scored 357 to 102! That’s: 45-13. They’re so bad, not even Brett Favre is writing checks this year. Wow. That is one shitty football team.

My Picks Go…
7-3 on the week thanks to Tech schools (Virginia and Texas) both of whom lost winnable games, oh and I backed NC State for some reason against North Carolina.  6-2 on the year in Pillow Fights as well so I’m riding about a 78% accuracy mark on the year. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

College Football Week Nine

Well not a whole lot of shocking upsets this week which is good, because October has been crazy so far. The PAC-12 settled down and as we all expected Oregon has pretty much put that conference on lock down; much like Alabama in the SEC. Missouri stumbled on their way to grabbing the SEC East title but still aren’t out of it. And, The B1G might as well just hand OSU the trophy now since not even the scrappy Penn Staters have the ability to slow them down. FSU is still the “class” of the ACC and will probably ride their freshman QB all the way to the Orange Bowl. (Wait, what about Miami? They’re good right? No.) Really your only question is in the “Big”-12. Baylor, OU, and TT, were all in the mix at the start of the day (oh and Texas is still 4-0 in conference play somehow) and Baylor remains at the top at this point. So we’ll all have to wait for Thursday Nov. 7th when OU goes to Baylor before we can make a call on that one.

The BCS was announced this past week and I can’t say anything there shocked me; because it’s the BCS. I’ll be so happy when that shit goes away. Of course having Condoleezza Rice picking my playoff teams doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence, but… we’ll wait and see. Also, was I alone in thinking Barry Alvarez was dead? I thought he died.

With all apologies to Penn State’s defense… Let’s kick it off.

Games of the Week:

#21 South Carolina over #5 Missouri 27-24 in Double OT
Whew! For those of us that were afraid Missouri was going to skip right on through the SEC East in just their second year in the league; rest easy. USC has come to the rescue. What is it with South Carolina QBs? Remember Garcia who was drunk every weekend? Now they have Connor Shaw who you could shoot in the leg on Thursday and he would still find a way to play on Saturday. Shaw came off the bench in the second half with the Cocks trailing 14-0 and then led TD drives of 65, 69 and 63yds in the 4th quarter. After Mizz missed on their OT FG attempt, Shaw then ripped off his shirt, charged into the stands and impregnated half the girls of the Missouri chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.  

#15 Oklahoma over #10 Texas Tech 38-30
Now this was a very entertaining game. OU QB Blake Bell-Dozer was about to be pulled in the first half until he led his team on 16 play 97 yard drive to tie the score. OU looked BAD at the start of this game then built a 21-7 lead. Then, TT woke up and went up 28-21 before the Sooners went up 35-24. The Red Raiders had a shot at the end but some slightly off passes and some decent defense kept OU ahead and got them the win. Tech is not out of this Big-12 race just yet since they still have Texas, Baylor, OK State and K-State still to play.

#7 Miami over Wake Forest 24-21
Yeah. Miami isn’t that good and could be THE most overrated team in college football. No, I’m not forgetting Baylor, Missouri, or Auburn. I’m looking at you Miami! It took Miami until under a minute in the game to squeak a FG in and survive Wake. I’m calling it right now: Duke 24 Miami 21 on November 16th!

Honorable mentions to:
#17 Fresno State surviving San Diego State 35-28 in OT. What a Mountain West Battle for the Ages! Zzz…
Minnesota’s 34-23 upset of #24 Nebraska. The Golden Gophers are 6-2! 

Rivalry Watch!

#1 Alabama crushes Tennessee 45-10.
No trophy because, ya know, the SEC has so much class… This used to be an awesome rivalry before league play but now it’s just fun to watch Alabama stomp UT every few years.

Upset of the Week:

Duuuuuuuuke! over #14 Virginia Tech 13-10!
We all love to make fun of Duke Football. But The Blue Devils are about to go to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history on the heels of beating not only a Top-15 VT (first win over a ranked team since 1994 and a road ranked team since 1971!) it was their first win over VT since 1981!!! How did they do it? Four INTs from Virginia Tech, two 50+ yard field goals, and a defense that held on in the 4th quarter. So even in their victory, they did it in classic Duke style. Sloppy. Two stats here: Duke is the first team since at least 2000 to win a game with a completion percentage below 30 percent and at least 4 Ints. And, Duke kicker Ross Martin is the first FBS kicker this season with two 50-yard field goals in the same game. Wow! You can’t make this shit up.

Beat Down of the Week:

#2 Florida State over North Carolina State 49-17.
The score does not indicate how bad this game was. I was forced to watch the first half of this game while waiting on a weather delay in Oklahoma so I got to see FSU put up 42 of those points in the first half while NC State looked disinterested. Seriously, the “Wolf Pack” looked like a bunch of mutts who were trying to play and not get hurt. It was UGLY!  

Pillow Fight of the Week:

Colorado State over Hawaii 35-28. Nooooooo! Damn you Hawaii! 0-7 really? Where’s the Warrior Spirit I promised my readers? I guess 29 rushing attempts for 32 yards doesn’t get it done in the MWC either. Wow. Even coming off a bye week and playing at home? Too much hula hula, not enough blocky blocky.  Hawaii is bad. They are 92nd in points for and 109th in points against in the nation this year. Ouch. We’ll have to keep an eye on them the rest of the year and maybe give them another shot at a pillow fight win.

But not this week. Cause this week we’re going to get sloshy gross drunk at THE WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR COCKTAIL PARTY!!! Woooooo! Grab some co-eds, some Wild Turkey, a few hotdogs, some Red Bull, a case of Natty Light and let’s fuckin’ do this! Both Georgia and Florida come in UNRANKED and sporting 4-3 records. I’ll take my Dawgs, cause, fuck it. This is a good ol’ fashioned rivalry that this year will be played more for pride than position. Garb some rocks and stuff em deeeeeep into your pillow case, cause this week it’s going to be game on in Jacksonville.

Player of the Week:

Oklahoma State RB Desmond Roland. 26 carries for 219yds and 4 TDs. What? Good for you 
Desmond. Now that was against Iowa State, but still… nice day overall.  OKSU finds themselves in the Top-20, Rowland had a breakout game this week, and he could be a big part of this team going forward.

Honorable Mention: In all seriousness: Connor Shaw QB at South Carolina. 20 for 29 and 3 TDs, all in one half of play.

Biggest Loser:

The BYU Athletic Department.
Let me explain. BYU just beat Boise State 37-20 (on a Friday) and then right after the game BYU announces that with its 6th win on the year they have accepted a bid to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27th. It's the ninth straight season that the Cougars have become bowl eligible under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, and they've gone 6-2 in the first eight bowl games. So why in the hell would they accept a Bowl Bid in October? You’ve got 6 wins. You could get up to 10 right? Wouldn’t you want to hold out and maybe play in a bigger bowl against a better opponent? I don’t get accepting a lesser Bowl Bid in October just because you can. You’ve gone to 8 straight bowls the last 8 years. Why settle on the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl? Just sounds dumb. Fucking cue the Mormon girl!

My Picks Go…

7-3 on the week but I missed the pillow fight dropping me to 5-2 on the year. Meh. Whatever. I backed Oklahoma this week and that paid off but Nebraska let me down. Guess the Gophers of Minnesota have a bit of fight still left in them; unlike Northwestern.