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Friday, December 31, 2010

Bowl Games I'm Looking Forward to

#4: Notre Dame vs. Miami: These two teams might have similar records but don’t be deceived, they’re headed in two separate directions. Notre Dame finished on a high note winning the final three regular season games. The Irish dominated a #14 ranked Utah team, whooped up on Army, and then stole a road win against an always-physical USC squad. The Hurricanes on the other hand, not only lost its final two games of the season but also saw their Head Coach, Randy Shannon get fired…OUCH. Notre Dame wants a win to roll into the offseason on a strong note. Miami needs this win for a morale booster. I’m an ACC guy, but my head tells me Notre Dame will pull off the victory.

#3: South Carolina vs. Florida State: Both of these teams improved from a season ago and finished atop their respective divisions. The future looks bright for Jimbo Fisher down in Tallahassee, and Steve Spurrier was finally able to take the Gamecocks to the SEC Championships (for the first time in school history!). Unfortunately I’m choosing against the ACC again; South Carolina wins this one.

#2: Florida vs. Penn State: All eyes will be on this matchup as two of the most storied coaches in college football history square off against each other. I don’t care if anybody disagrees with me on this, but I think Joe Paterno is good for college football. I don’t care how old a coach is; if he’s still got it, he’s still got it. I hope he continues coaching until he’s 100 years old. On the other sideline, Coach Urban Meyer has already accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. I think he’s earned the right to take a break; the guy’s won two National Championships--a lot of schools don’t even have 1! Florida’s 7-5 record was the worst record under Coach Meyer’s tenure. And while this isn’t the way he wanted to go out, I believe the Gators will dominate Penn State in all facets of the game.

#1: Wisconsin vs. TCU: This is the matchup I’m most looking forward to. You have such a high-powered offense in Wisconsin and a physical, hard-nosed defense with TCU. On paper, TCU puts up more rushing yards per game than it’s Big 10 counterpart, but Wisconsin’s James White and John Clay might be the best 1-2 punch in all of college football. However, TCU might boast the best defense in all of college football. The Horned Frogs only surrender around 11 points per game. I think this game will be a slugfest with TCU delivering the knockout punch!  

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 College Football: Surprises & Disappointments

We’re quickly coming to the end of the College Football season. Many teams surprised me along the way, while others disappointed. Here are a few of those teams:

Wisconsin: The Badgers make this list because these guys have been good for the past few seasons but lacked consistency. The skeptics have been critical of Brett Bielema ever since he took over for Coach Alvarez, but this season Bielema finally proved he IS the right man for the job. The Badgers’ offense was explosive in 2010, averaging around 43 ppg. In fact, the Badgers scored 70 points or more three times this season. IMPRESSIVE.

Maryland: Here was a squad that finished dead last in the conference last season with only 1 ACC win. This season, the ‘Terps made a huge rebound with a second place finish in the Atlantic. I bet a huge contract extension is in the works for Coach Friedgen now….Oh wait, never mind.

North Carolina: Many thought UNC’s season was over before it even began when several of the team’s stars were ruled ineligible before the LSU game. However, as the season progressed the Tar Heels were never completely out of the conversation in the ACC race. And even without offensive threat Greg Little, this offense still amassed some solid yards. The Tar Heels ranked 25th in passing yards within the FBS (during the regular season). UNC ended up going 7-5, but it makes you wonder how their season would have gone if they played with a full roster this year.

Texas: Coming off of a 13-win season and finishing runner-up in the BCS National Championship Game from a season ago, to a 5-7 record and finishing dead last in the Big 12 South this season. Earlier this preseason I predicted Texas to take a slight dip suffering three losses (and even then, people thought I was out of my mind). But did anyone see the Longhorns losing 7 games this season?

Iowa: The Hawkeyes underachieved this season, which is partly to blame on poor coaching and the team’s inability to finish games. If you take a look at Iowa’s conference losses you’ll notice that the Hawkeyes had the lead in the fourth quarter. In three of those losses, Iowa surrendered the lead within the last two-minutes of the game.

Georgia: I had high hopes for the DAWGS this season and even though Georgia finished 3rd in the East, they could have done much better. Yes, I know not having superstar A.J. Green for the first four games hurt the maturation process for young signal-caller Aaron Murray, but this team was deep in other positions. Georgia played tough against South Carolina, Arkansas, and Auburn despite losing in all three of those contests. However, you have to raise an eyebrow at the Bulldogs’ losses to Colorado and Mississippi State. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

2010-11 Bowl Schedule (In BLUE)

It's time to release my college football predication for the 2010-11 College Bowl Season. Happy Holidays, everybody! 

New Mexico

uDrove Humanitarian
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Ohio vs. Troy

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville

MAACO Las Vegas
Utah vs. Boise State

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Navy vs. San Diego State

Sheraton Hawaii
Hawaii vs. Tulsa

Little Caesars
Florida International vs. Toledo

AdvoCare V100 Independence
Air Force vs. Georgia Tech

Champs Sports
West Virginia vs. NC State

Missouri vs. Iowa

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
East Carolina vs. Maryland

Illinois vs. Baylor

Valero Alamo
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Army vs. SMU

New Era Pinstripe
Kansas State vs. Syracuse

Franklin American Mortgage Music City
North Carolina vs. Tennessee

Bridgepoint Education Holiday
Nebraska vs. Washington

Meineke Car Care
South Florida vs. Clemson

Hyundai Sun
Notre Dame vs. Miami

AutoZone Liberty
Georgia vs. UCF

South Carolina vs. Florida State

Northwestern vs. Texas Tech

Florida vs. Penn State

Capital One
Alabama vs. Michigan State

Gator Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Michigan

Wisconsin vs. TCU

Tostitos Fiesta
Connecticut vs. Oklahoma

Stanford vs. Virginia Tech

Ohio State vs. Arkansas

Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio)

AT&T Cotton
LSU vs. Texas A&M

BBVA Compass Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky

Kraft Fight Hunger
Nevada vs. Boston College

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Oregon vs. Auburn

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Week 14 Results

Big Twelve: 1/1 = 100%
ACC: 1/1 = 100%
SEC: 1/1 = 100%
Big Ten: 0

It was an exciting 2010 College Football Season, now it's time to go BOWLING! My Bowl picks will be coming soon...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Week 14 Predictions (In BOLD) All Conferences

Saturday, December 4th:

ACC Championship:
Florida State
Virginia Tech

Big Ten:
Fresno State

Big Twelve Championship:

SEC Championship:
South Carolina