Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Well here we go. Three teams remaining in the race for the Big 12 football championship with two games remaining. This should be fun. Baylor, Kansas State and TCU are all tied for first place with 6-1 records. All three are favored this week with TCU having the toughest test in heading to Austin Thursday to face the Longhorns. While I still cannot get over the absence of Texas A&M on UT's schedule for Thanksgiving week, I would expect Texas to be fired up nonetheless. Texas has won three straight in convincing fashion to become bowl eligible. They also swamped the Horned Frogs 30-7 last year in Lubbock, something TCU has not forgotten. TCU has a lot riding on this game and will need a full effort to beat a Texas team that is looking to keep up their good play of late. Baylor and Kansas each have opponents that will certainly want to play spoiler in rivals Teas Tech and Kansas, but even playing closely will be surprising. The key for both teams is staying healthy as they have to play each other in the finale in Waco on December 6. TCU meanwhile finishes with Iowa State in Lubbock so, unless there is a major surprise, each of the three teams remaining in the Big 12 race have one more tough game. But let's see what happens. As for the rest of the conference, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia are probably the only other teams to be bowl eligible this year. The Sooners have a shot at ten wins and should be focused on whipping rival Okie State, who is reeling, and then wining their bowl game. Texas is all about building momentum for year two under Charlie Strong, while West Virginia needs to continue the good play this season as they look to contend next year. An expected win Saturday over Iowa State and then a bowl win will give the Mountaineers eight wins for the season which would double last year's total. The other four? Play the kids, play hard and give yourselves something to build on.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Here goes: Temple +11 at PSU Iowa -3.5 at Illinois IU +7 at RU Georgia Tech +3 hosting Clemson Rice +21.5 at Marshall Wake +17 at NC State Utah +8 at Stanford Miss State +8.5 at Bama Texas -3 at OKie state MSU -12 at Mary ASU -10 at Oregon State Good luck
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Penn State -7 at IU Georgia -10 at Kentucky Georgia Tech -3.5 at NC State Duke -4 at Cuse Duke-Cuse under 51 Troy -7 hosting Ga State Army +4.5 vs UConn WSU-Oregon State over 61 FSU -20.5 hosting UVA Wash +6 hosting UCLA BC +3 hosting Lou LSU +6.5 hosting Bama MSU -4 hosting OSU Utah +8.5 hosting Oregon Good luck everyone.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The national focus regarding Florida State football seems to be on anything but tomorrow's game against a slid Louisville squad. From the controversy over the second to last play in the Notre Dame game to continued off-the-field problems for FSU players and the recent unveiling of the playoff rankings, there are plenty of distractions for the undefeated defending national champs. Say what you want about Jimbo Fisher, and he is giving plenty of fodder to critics, he has proven the ability to keep his players available, when perhaps some of them should not be, and focused when there is a task at hand. Beating Louisville will go a long way toward wrapping up the ACC Atlantic Division while solidifying the Noles' placement near or at the top of the rankings. Of course the Cardinals have something to say about that. Their defense will pose a challenge to FSU, especially when FSU runs the ball. Well, tries to run the ball. This game should come down to how well the Cardinals defense stops the FSU passing attack. If they can prevent Jameis Winston from getting into a groove they had an excellent chance of pulling the upset. As for the Louisville offense, you have to wonder if they can keep up. There really is no previous game to look back on from this season as the offense is at its healthiest now in time for the biggest game of the year. Expect coach Bobby Petrino to pull out all stops as he must see this game as a way to return to his past glory. The game should be fun and I feel will go down the wire. Can FSU hold on as they barely did against ND?
Monday, October 27, 2014
As the first ranking of teams by the final four committee approaches--the announcement comes tomorrow--the bad side effects of such a system have made themselves apparent. The only focus of the national media--when not moralizing on off-the-field issues--is on the teams still in the running for final four spots. Well not all the teams. Nobody is saying boo about teams like Utah. But the point is, they will not write about the actual games themselves nor any races for conferences championships or bowl berths. Players? You have to be a screw up. Quick, who lead the two divisions of the Big Ten? What are the two divisions of the Big Ten? ACC Coastal? Pac 12 South? Did you know Colorado State is 7-1? Georgia Southern 6-2? That Indiana RB Tevin Coleman has 1192y rushing? That Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty has thrown for 2871y and has a 24-4 TD-INT ratio? That Louisville S Gerod Holliman and Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson each have eight interceptions. But the only thing that matters, seemingly, is the number of SEC West teams that deserve a spot in the final four. Hours are spent trying to determine which teams will "win out" even though we are always wrong guessing eventual records of teams. Let the games play out and CELEBRATE the season as it unfolds.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Let's get to it. Iowa +4.5 at Mary West Virginia +8 hosting Baylor KSU +7.5 at OU Florida Atlantic +4.5 hosting Western Ken Duke -3 hosting UVA Air Force -9 hosting New Mex Cincy -13 hosting SMU Cal +7 hosting UCLA MSU -17 at IU Ark +3.5 hosting Georgia Okie State +10 at TCU Wash +21 at Ore Good luck