Not a lot going on right now as I wait on the edge of my seat for Saturday's match up between Northern Illinois and Fresno State. But we have had a few things go down this week that caught my attention, and not especially in a good way.
That's all for today. Time to get to the closet and see if I can find that old BYU cap from 30 years ago that I bought because I thought Jim McMahon was cool.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Now we have no less than 35 bowl games and it's touch and go if you're going to have the 70 teams reach that 6 victory plateau needed to get those 15 extra practices in that coaches value as much as spring ball. Hell, we even have a bowl game being played in New York City this year. While I realize that New York does a really nice job at Christmas, who wants to go watch a bowl game being played in Yankee Stadium at the end of December? What comes next, participation ribbons for everyone?
So, whether they are needed or not, the bowl season kicks off next Saturday with 3 games that, while not being compelling, will be at least somewhat interesting.
That's it for this week. Next week we'll have a few bigger match ups, including teams that you've probably heard of. The (possibly) biggest bowl winner of the season will happen also when the Las Vegas Bowl hosts 2 teams that were considered legitimate threats to bust down the door of the BCS party. Talk to you on Sunday.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I finished up the regular season pretty much the same way I started, going 3-1 straight up, but only 2-2 against the spread. For the year, I'm 73-21 but only 41-44 playing against Vegas. As I've said before, good thing I'm not a gambler.
In the final contest, in this week of uninteresting games, UCONN clinched the Big East automatic qualifier despite an 8-4 record. No two ways about it, the Big East shouldn't be granted a BCS game this year, shouldn't have last year and probably won't until TCU joins the league in 2012. The Huskies probably wouldn't have been better than Texas Tech this season, let alone teams like Missouri, A&M and Michigan State which will be playing in bowl games carrying much less prestige. But, that is the system that currently exists, and will continue as long as it's lining the pockets of corrupt NCAA and BCS organizations.
This afternoon we'll hear the bowl announcements and shortly after we'll begin the annual whinefest of Missouri fans bitching about where our Tigers are being sent. Naturally, a lot of fans will boycott, perpetuating our yearly snubs. Oh well, that's a topic for another day. Next time we'll take a look at all 35 match ups. Have a great Sunday and keep warm.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
PowerMizzou, a pay site that I love for the work we get from Gabe and Pete, but the message board, which supposedly is full of rabid Missouri fans has become completely unreadable. Tigerboard has always been a bit over the edge and continues, but at least it's a free site where fans from all schools are welcome. Missouri Tiger fans have always been their own worst enemies, but that's a topic for another day and I'll quit my own whinefest now.
There are some other games that would normally be worth picking, but this year they were damn hard to find. Arizona/Arizona State, USC/UCLA are pedestrian matchups at best. I had to look to the Big East, which should NEVER be mentioned in a football blog to find 2 teams with winning records playing. Yes, mighty UCONN travels to South Florida in a match up of 7-4 teams. Due to being at home, the Bulls are a 1 point favorite. I admit, I probably won't watch one second of this game, but I think they'll do just a touch better than that. I'm taking USF to win and cover, 31-27.
That's all I've got for now. Hope your holiday was great and you enjoy the weekends match ups. I can't say that I especially will, but I've got next week off at work, and that always puts a spring in my step. See you next weekend.
Monday, November 29, 2010
To see how far this has fallen, we rolled into Arrowhead Stadium yesterday at 10:00 am for the 11:30 kickoff in a morning game broadcast on Fox Sports. Missouri opened as a 28 point favorite, and despite the records, this is almost always a game that comes down to whoever has the ball last. But not yesterday. Missouri jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and 21-0 by halftime. They held the jayhawks to 141 yards of offense and dominated both lines of scrimmage. Frankly, the game was never in doubt, and while some would say it makes for a boring game, there's a lot to love about destroying your rival. The Tigers opened as a 28 point favorite, but I didn't believe they would cover. Since the final margin was in fact 28, the game was a push and didn't figure in, on what was a pretty mediocre week for me. I wound up 5-1 straight up, pushing me to 70-20 for the year, but 2-3 against the spread and 39-42 for the season. I need some luck this week as a few regular season games as well as conference title games remain to be played.
So, it's an off week for most of college football, except for a few remaining games and some conference championship match ups. We'll take a look at those later this week. In the meantime, have a great week.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
following the game. Quarterback Taylor Martinez reportedly quit and rejoined the team this weekend, and whether he plays or not, he's not going to be near 100%. The hicks open as a 24 point favorite, and like Mizzou, I think this line is just too high, considering they're playing a Colorado team that has improved dramatically since former coach Dan Hawkins was fired. I'd love to go with my heart and call for the upset, but I just can't. I do however believe that this one will be much closer than expected. I'm picking the corn to win 21-17.
In the other out of conference game, Texas Tech hosts the Houston Cougars, who still need a win to gain bowl eligibility, and with 35 bowl games, God knows we need as many eligible teams as possible. Tech opens as a 10 point favorite. This is another game that holds absolutely no interest to me, but I do think that the Red Raiders post their 7th win and cover...barely. I'm taking Tech to win, 35-24.
That's all I've got for this week. Good luck to your team, unless you root for either Nebraska or kansas. In that case, have a shitty Thanksgiving and your turkey is as dry as the Sahara. :^) Talk to you on Sunday or Monday.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Speaking of the Buffs, they hosted K State yesterday, still clinging to a faint hope of reaching bowl eligibility. There was no line on this game, but I fully expected the Wildcats would put Colorado out of their misery. However, tailback Rodney Stewart rushed for 195 yards, caught 2 passes for 50 and threw a 23 yard touchdown pass as the Buffs swept past the kitties 44-36. Interim head coach Brian Cabral is making a strong case for the job as Colorado is 2-0 since firing Dan Hawkins. If they somehow can pull out a win next week in Hooterville, I don't see why he wouldn't get the opportunity.
In one of the week's 2 non-conference tilts, Texas Tech notched their 6th win against a hapless Weber State team 64-21. If the Red Raiders are selected for a bowl game, and I have no reason to believe they won't be, it will mark their 17th straight bowl appearance, top streak in the conference. Tech closes their season at home next week against Houston.
I'll have to get started early for next weeks games, since we have a Thursday and Friday matchup. Have a great holiday week folks and we'll talk about Wednesday or so.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
There is very little in-between this week as we roll toward the end of the season. The seven Big XII teams that have qualified for bowl games are now playing for style points and bowl positioning. 4 more teams still have at least a punchers chance of getting to six wins, and only one poor miserable bastard of an athletic department has a program that has no hope of getting to six wins and very little of getting to four. Any guesses who I might be talking about? Well of course, it's my 2nd favorite team next to the Oakland Raiders. Every Tiger fan realizes I mean the kansas jayhawks. The last 2 weeks have been quite kind to the peckerheads as they rallied from 28 points down 2 weeks ago to pull out their first conference win in over a year against the Buffalo's of Colorado. They then backed that up with a solid defensive performance against hick nation last week as they fell, but a much shorter distance than expected, 20-3. It's senior day in Larry and Oklahoma State is coming to town to send off a graduating class that just 3 short years ago left Miami as Orange Bowl champs. Since that day they've won 16 games in 3 years. 9-1 Okie Lite comes in as a 24 point favorite. I see no way the beaks keep it that close, but they've probably provided me with more losses than anyone this year. However, I'm going to do what Tiger fans do and lead with my heart. Take the Cowboys to cover and win, 48-13.My guys travel north to Ames this weekend to face the Cyclones, who are as desperate as anyone in the country. The Clones blew a golden opportunity to qualify for their 2nd bowl game in a row last week as they fell 34-14 in Boulder. They've lost starting quarterback Austin Arnaud for the season in the process and HAVE to win this weeks game if they're to continue practicing next week. Missouri got back on track a bit last weekend as they withstood a 4th quarter rally by the K State Wildcats and hung on for a 38-28 win in the final game at Faurot Field for this season. The Tigers have been devastated by injuries on the defensive side of the ball and plagued by inconsistancy on the offensive side. The Tigers open as 11 point favorites but I don't expect the Cyclones to go down without a fight. I'm picking Mizzou to win, but fail to cover, 31-24 on a late touchdown run from Kendial Lawrence.
Another team that has already qualified for the post season was the team that I watched last weekend in Columbia. The Wildcats travel west to Boulder to face a Colorado team that won it's first conference game last weekend against Iowa State. This had to be a good sign for interim head coach Brian Cabral, who would like to have the job. The fact that he could probably be had fairly cheaply is another. The Buffs need to close out with a win this week and next at Nebraska to qualify for a bowl game. As much as I'd love to see that, I just don't believe they have a prayer. For some reason, there's no line for this game but I see Bill Snyder going for win # 7 and a chance to move up in the bowl pecking order. K State 34, Colorado 24.
That's about all I've got for this week. I did want to say thanks to those who've been reading this. This is my 100th post. I've been somewhat amazed at the number of hits this has been receiving. If you get a spare few minutes, I hope you'll stop by my website at www.merlinsedge.com Thanks and we'll talk again on Sunday.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
For the week I went 4-2 straight up but just 2-4 against the spread. For the year I'm 65-19 straight up but fell to 37-39 against the point spread.
My other strike happened in Waco as Texas A&M came to town facing a Baylor team that's qualified for it's first bowl game in 16 years. A&M has come a long way since the Missouri game as Ryan Tannehill has taken over as trigger man for the Aggies. They've moved their record to 7-3 and 4-2 in conference and host Nebraska next week. Baylor is now 7-4 and closes their season next weekend at home against Oklahoma. Then they can do something they haven't done since 1994. Sit home and wait to see which bowl selects them.
Speaking of Okie Lite, they moved to 9-1 yesterday, continuing this nightmare season for the Longhorns as they beat Texas in Austin by a score of 33-16. Changes will be coming following this season for a UT team that currently sits at 4-6 and needs to win out to become eligible for a bowl game. In Austin, they aren't familiar with the term "rebuilding".
The other game that I nailed was in Norman, where the Sooners brought Texas Tech back to Earth with a dominating 45-7 win. Next week the Sooners bring their 4-2 conference record to Waco, needing to win so their season finale at Stillwater is for the division title. Tech falls to 5-5, but should have no problem getting bowl eligible as their last 2 contests are at home with non conference opponents Weber State and Houston.
Once again, some big games next week as some teams are facing must win games if they want their seasons to continue after Thanksgiving. Have a great week and we'll talk again on Thursday.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Coach Pinkel is a victim of his own success now. After that 7-0 start, anything less than 10 wins is going to be considered a failure. The OC, David Yost is taking the lions share of the blame right now, which I can't disagree with, along with the quarterback Blaine Gabbert, which while I can't completely agree with, is understandable. Missouri needs this game badly. A loss now and a final regular season record of 8-4 is staring the team in the face, which is going to make for a very disappointed fan base. Win Saturday, and you should be guaranteed at least a 9 win, and very possibly a 10 win regular season. I'd take that every September if you offered it to me.
We all knew it was going to happen at one time or another and this week the Colorado athletic department finally did the merciful thing and put a bullet in the head of Dan Hawkins career as the Buff's head coach. Sometimes you'll see a team use this as motivation to win in support of a popular coach that's been terminated. I don't look for that here. The Clones come in as 2 point favorites in this one and need 1 more win in their last 2 games to reach bowl eligibility again. I don't think they want their season to depend on beating Missouri next week, despite the Tigers recent struggles. I think ISU wins and covers easily. Take the Cyclones, 31-21.
In Norman, the suddenly vulnerable appearing Sooners host the guys that my team played last weekend, the Red Raiders from Texas Tech. OU is out of the national championship picture now after last weeks loss to A&M but a BCS bid is still within their grasp. Big game Bob wants the trip to the championship game and he needs a win badly this week to ensure the chance. This isn't good for coach Tommy Tubberville's Raiders. Oklahoma enters this game as a 15 point favorite. I'm taking the Sooners to win and cover 38-10.
That's all I've got for this week. I'm heading back to 8 hour shifts next week which should make it much easier to write. Have a great weekend folks, unless you're fans of Mr Burns.