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.