Thursday, December 31, 2009
We have seen plenty this past 2009 and cheers to a better 2010 to each and all ...
Iowa State vs. Minnesota kicks off a 5 p.m. on the NFL Network. It is nice to see the in-state school in a bowl game in coach Paul Rhoads first season.
The MWC, Big East and Big Ten are off to good starts in th 2009-10 bowl season.
Have a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve and a great new year in 2010.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Texas Tech Red Raiders fire Mike Leach - ESPN
Dec 30, 2009 ... Texas Tech fired coach Mike Leach on Wednesday, two days after he was suspended by the school as it investigated his treatment of a player ...
Dec 16, 2009 ... Former Kansas football coach Mark Mangino will be paid $3 ... Comparing what he'd have gotten had they terminated him "without cause" with ...
Roady's Humanitarian with Bowling Green vs. Idaho from Boise, Idaho at Bronco Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
from San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium
7 p.m. on ESPN/ESPN Radio
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
It's certainly been an odd week so far in College Football with the news at Florida and now Texas Tech
Assuming Urban Meyer is indeed coming back after his leave, you know it's going to be his call at the end of the day. Most signs point to Chuck Heater ...
Ex-Gators cast doubt on Urban Meyer's sub - USA Today (blog)
To understand Meyer's flip-flop, one must first understand his past - SI.com
Florida's Interim Coach Is Like Meyer, but With a Passion All His Own - New York Times
With signing day a little more than five weeks away, Urban Meyer's decision to take a leave of absence as Florida coach has created uncertainty with some of ...
Urban Meyer's gridiron guessing game - Palm Beach Post (blog)
The lawyer for Mike Leach says the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in how he treated a player with a "mild" concussion. ...
Texas Tech has suspended coach Mike Leach from all duties following a complaint from a player and his parents regarding Leach's treatment of the athlete ...
The Prime Time Game on ESPN tonight:
Orlando, Fla. at the Florida Citrus Bowl
Kickoff is Dec. 29Th at 7 p.m. Central Time
The Wisconsin Badgers didn't fare well last year in Orlando vs. Florida State, so will the trip to face the Hurricanes be better in 2009? Maybe a prime time game for the Badgers will allow them to play better, than last year's day game in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl?
Our Pick: Miami-FL 34, Wisconsin 32
The Tune up Game before tonight's Prime Time game on ESPN:
A Pac 10 vs. MAC showdown in Washington D.C. When is the last time a MAC team won a bowl game? Heck, the same can be said for UCLA, who have not been stellar in bowl games either. UCLA was only 3-6 in the Pac 10 in '09, 6-6 overall. Temple finished 7-1 in the MAC East, tied with Ohio U for first place. The Owls were 9-3 overall.
Our Pick: Temple 27, UCLA 24
Monday, December 28, 2009
Oops, there is a Bowl Game today on ESPN2, we can't forget the Independence Bowl, the eleventh bowl for '09-'10 season
Georgia defeated in-state rival Georgia Tech, but overall, had a very disappointing 2009 season. Texas A&M is rebuilding under second year coach Mike Sherman, who made the move from the NFL to the college game.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
- December 19Th - New Mexico, Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28 (2 OT) from Albuquerque, N.M. in University Stadium
- December 19Th - St. Petersburg pres. by Beef 'O' Brady's, Rutgers 45, UCF 24, from St. Petersburg, Fla. at Tropicana Field
- December 20Th - R+L Carriers New Orleans, Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss 32, from New Orleans in the Louisiana Superdome
- December 22Nd - MAACO Las Vegas, BYU 44, Oregon State 20, from Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium
- December 23Rd - S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia, Utah 37, Cal 27 from San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium
- December 24Th - Sheraton Hawaii, SMU 45, Nevada 10, from Honolulu at Aloha Stadium
- December 26Th - Little Caesars, Marshall 21, Ohio 17, from Detroit at Ford Field
- December 26Th - Meineke Car Care, Pitt 19, North Carolina 17, from Charlotte, N.C. at Bank of America Stadium
- December 26Th - Emerald, USC 24, Boston College 13, from San Francisco and AT&T Park
Next up: the 2009-10 College Bowl season's tenth bowl game on ESPN
- Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl - Kentucky vs. Clemson from Nashville, Tenn. at LP Field
Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Central Time on ESPN
The SEC kicks off their bowl season vs. the ACC, who are 0-2 in bowls thus far, with the Kentucky Wildcats. The Clemson Tigers were within a possession of winning the ACC Championship and a bid in a BCS bowl.
Kentucky finished tied for fourth in the SEC East at 3-5 with South Carolina. The Wildcats were 7-5 in the regular season. Clemson finished runner-up in the ACC title game and 6-2 in the Atlantic Division, 8-5 overall.
Kentucky finished 7-6 in 2008 and won 25-19 over East Carolina in last year's Liberty Bowl. The Wildcats are 8-5 lifetime in bowl games and are looking for their fourth straight bowl games, with the streak starting in '06 with a 28-20 win vs. Clemson in the Music City Bowl. The Wildcats are lead by coach Rich Brooks, who is in his seven season in Lexington.
Clemson was 7-6 in 2008 and fell short 21-26 in last season's Gator Bowl to Nebraska. Coach Dabo Swinney is in his first full season at the head of the Tigers program, after taking over for Tommy Bowden in the middle of the 2008 campaign. The Tigers have lost three straight bowl games and are 15-16 overall.
Who wants this game more is the real question in many bowl games. Will it be the Wildcats who have won 5 of the last 7 games this season? Or, will it be Clemson, who have lost two straight, after a six game winning streak in the middle of the season?
- Kentucky Wildcats 28
- Clemson Tigers 26
Florida coach Urban Meyer told to the Gators he is not resigning but taking an indefinite leave of absence. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be ...
Louisville AD Tom Jurich understands if Strong is interested in ... - The Canadian Press
Meyer's Situation Is Not the First - New York Times (blog)
If the decision is primarily due to coach Urban Meyer's health? That he is leaving college football, then we want to wish him a speedy recovery. However, remember when Florida basketball coach Billy Donavan was ready to step away from the basketball position at Florida to leave for the NBA? There was plenty of drama with that on again, off again saga.
Stay tuned ...
Saturday, December 26, 2009
We were pleased with both Utah and SMU in their respective bowl wins in the Poinsettia and Hawaii bowls, respectively ...
Wed., Dec. 23: Poinsettia in San Diego, Mountain West vs. Pac-10, Utah 37, California 27
Thu., Dec. 24: Hawaii in Honolulu, C-USA vs. WAC, SMU 45, Nevada 10
Saturday, December 26, 2009, there three more bowl games up for display, all on ESPN ...
- Sat., Dec. 26 at 12 p.m. Central Time
Little Caesars Bowl from Detroit
MAC vs. Big Ten (C-USA fills the Big Ten void): Ohio U vs. Marshall
- Sat., Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. Central Time
Meineke Car Care Bowl from Charlotte
ACC vs. Big East: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh
- Sat., Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Central Time
Emerald Bowl from San Francisco
Pac-10 vs. ACC: Southern California vs. Boston College
Our Picks for Saturday, December 26, 2009:
- Ohio U. 30, Marshal 24
- North Carolina 33, Pittsburgh 28
- Boston College 28, USC 25
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The College Bowl spotlight continues on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 with the MACCO Las Vegas Bowl: BYU vs. Oregon State
A 7 p.m. kickoff from Las Vegas on ESPN on Tuesday, December 22ND ...
12/22/2009 - Maaco Bowl Las Vegas The Matchup: OREGON ST. (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) vs. BYU (10-2, 7-1 MWC) Dec. 22, 2009, 5 PM PT, ESPN Sam Boyd Stadium Las ...
Iowa Basketball: When does two years equal the past 13 months? The answer is in a recent story in The Gezette
Iowa has signed four players for the 2010-11 season. Will another roster spot be soon opening up in Iowa City for the Hawkeyes?
Hawkeyes' Tucker suspended indefinitely - Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Anthony Tucker's continuning trouble with alcohol has resulted in his indefinite suspension from the Iowa men's basketball team. ...
Hawks step up in Tucker's absence - Quad City Times
Hawkeyes win, questions remain - Burlington Hawk Eye
Iowa's Anthony Tucker Arrested for Public Intoxication - Bleacher Report
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday Bowl Game tonight, after busy day in the NFL with Steelers vs. Packers going down to the Wire
7:30 p.m. Central Time kickoff on ESPN
New Orleans Bowl from New Orleans, LA
Sun Belt vs. C-USA
Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Mississippi
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sat., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Central Time
St. Petersburg Bowl from St. Petersburg, Fla.
Big East vs. C-USA: Rutgers vs. Central Florida
The 2009-10 College Football Bowl Season kicks off on Saturday, December 19, 2009 through Thursday, January 7, 2010
- Wyoming wins if the game is 28 points or less
- Fresno State wins, if they can force enough points and make it a shoot out, over 35 points
- MWC is a better conference than the WAC and will be going for its third straight win, since San Jose State's 20-12 win over New Mexico in the 2006 New Mexico Bowl
Our pick: Wyoming 30, Fresno State 25... Go Cowboys and Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Iowa's Pat Angerer (43) intercepts a pass intended for Wisconsin's Travis Beckum (9) during the second half of this NCAA college football game, Saturday, ...
Sunday, December 6, 2009
- Boise State
Clearly, everyone has Alabama #1 and at the top of the list after Alabama defeated Florida 32-13 in the SEC Championship game. Can we project RB Mark Ingram #1 in the Heisman ballots too?
The trouble comes for #2 in the final rankings. Who has Texas beat in 2009? Does the 2009 Big 12 Championship game with Nebraska warrant reconsideration for TCU, Cincinnati or Boise State as the #2 team, in place of Texas? Texas defeated Nebraska 13-12 on the final second with a 46 yard field goal in the Big 12 Championship game.
It would be more apparent today that the two non-BCS teams should get cracks at the BCS programs. Judging from the Texas-Nebraska game, TCU can be projected to be equal on defense to Nebraska and better on offense to the Cornhuskers. Place TCU in place of Nebraska vs. Texas and the projected outcome would be a TCU win over Texas. TCU beat Georgia Tech's final opponent (Clemson) on the road and took out Top 25 teams Brigham Young on road and Utah at home in MWC play.
The Big East conference game in a way came down to a miscue on a late extra point kick. Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 45-44 in the final minutes, after the Panthers missed their final extra point to take a six point lead. The Bearcats made all of their final possession marching down field to score their final touchdown and win by 1.
Boise State finished the regular season with a 42-7 win over New Mexico State in WAC play to finish undefeated in the regular season for the third time in four seasons. Boise State's marqee win was in the season opener at home vs. Oregon 19-8.
Congratulations to other conference championship game winners:
- Georgia Tech in winning the ACC Championship game in a 39-34 win over Clemson
- East Carolina in winning the C-USA Championship game in a 38-32 win over Houston
- Central Michigan in winning the MAC Championship game in a 20-10 win over Ohio U
The BCS Title Game would be better off as follows:
- #1 Alabama vs. #2 TCU, but most will project it a SEC vs. Big 12 affair again.
- We would suggest TCU would give Alabama a far better game than Texas.
Our Picks for the best BCS Bowl Lineup for the 2009-2010 season:
- BCS Title Game: Alabama vs. TCU
- Rose: Oregon vs. Ohio State
- Fiesta: Texas vs. Boise State
- Orange: Georgia Tech vs. Iowa
- Sugar: Florida vs. Cincinnati
Our final Top 25 teams at the conclusion of the 2009 regular season:
- Alabama (13-0, 9-0* SEC)
- TCU (12-0, 8-0 MWC)
- Texas (13-0, 9-0* Big 12)
- Florida (12-1, 8-1* SEC)
- Cincinnati (12-0, 7-0 Big East)
- Boise State (13-0, 8-0 WAC)
- Oregon (10-2, 8-1 Pac 10)
- Ohio State (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
- Iowa (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten)
- Georgia Tech (11-2, 8-1* ACC)
- Penn State (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten)
- Virginia Tech (9-3, 6-2 ACC)
- LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
- Brigham Young (10-2, 7-1 MWC)
- Arizona (8-4, 6-3 Pac 10)
- West Virginia (9-3, 5-2 Big East)
- Miami-FL (9-3, 5-3 ACC)
- Pittsburgh (9-3, 5-2 Big East)
- Oregon State (8-4, 6-3 Pac 10)
- Oklahoma State (8-4, 6-3 Pac 10)
- Utah (9-3, 6-2 MWC)
- Stanford (8-4, 6-3 Pac 10)
- USC (8-4, 5-4 Pac 10)
- Wisconsin (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten)
- Central Michigan (11-2, 9-0* MAC)
* Conference title game win or loss counted in conference record
Final kudos for one team for each conference in pecking order:
- ACC - Clemson (8-5, 6-3* runner-up)
- Big 12 - Nebraska (9-4, 6-3* runner-up)
- Big East - Rutgers (8-4, 3-4)
- Big Ten - Northwestern (8-4, 5-3)
- C-USA - East Carolina (9-4, 8-1* champion)
- Independents - Navy (8-4)
- MAC - Ohio U. (9-4, 7-2* runner-up)
- MWC - Air Force (7-5, 5-3)
- Pac 10 - California (8-4, 5-4)
- SEC - Mississippi (8-4, 4-4)
- Sun Belt - Troy (9-3, 8-0 champion)
- WAC - Nevada (8-4, 7-1)
* Conference title game win or loss counted in conference record
The 2009 regular football season had some wonderful moments. The Iowa Hawkeyes went 9-0 for the first time in the school's history, but injuries caught up to them in the tenth game. Overall, college football was down in many ways. Alabama appears to be clearly the team to beat nationally. They had an outstanding regular season and coach Nick Saban had his troups ready for every test this season. Congratulations to TCU, Texas, Cincinnati and Boise State for undefeated regular seasons as well.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
"It is critical to this program and to its place in this university and
college football that we compete at the highest level, that we compete for
national championships." - Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick
First, is it realistic for an Independent in major College Football to compete for national championships in the current landscape and at the 85 scholarship limit for FBS schools?
Our first choice for the University of Notre Dame head football job would be Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern University. Think how Ara Parseghian, who coached at Northwestern for eight years prior to moving onto University of Notre Dame, did in South Bend?
Rumor has it that AD Jack Swarbrick is partial to a defensive minded coach. Well, former NU linebacker, defensive assistant turned head coach Pat Fitzgerald would appear to fit that bill better than anyone in our opinion. The academic standards at Northwestern would go hand and hand with the standards at the University of Notre Dame.
Of course, the challenge may be getting Pat Fitzgerald to move on from his alma mater, but the success of Ara Parseghian would be a good role model to pattern young Fitzgerald after.
Other articles on the Notre Dame search and Pat Fitzgerald ...
Can Notre Dame find its savior? - National Football Post
Similarly, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, whose offense is gimmicky, hasn't been mentioned, but he's an intense, defensive-minded leader who has performed ...
The next Irish football coach will not walk into one of the nation's best ... - ESPN
The Next Notre Dame Coach is... - 1070 The Fan - Indianapolis
Charlie Weis never adjusted to college - The Detroit News
We know many say Brian Kelly, head coach at Cincinnati, but clearly Pat Fitzgerald is the head coach that Notre Dame should take a very close look at. The post-Weis era will be a challenge for whoever the University of Notre Dame land.
As a person more partial to Boston College, rather than Notre Dame, we would suggest Fitzgerald as a great candidate to build the passion of Irish Football back up. Fitzgerald's passion for the sport of college football would be a great selling point, in our opinion. His recruiting has been on the upswing and South Bend should only enhance his ability to recruit.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Boise State is the final undefeated team, but appears clearly out of contention for the BCS title game for this year, based on the current BCS poll.
Here's our take on the current Top 25 in College Football ...
- Florida Gators (12-0, 8-0 SEC) - They will face #2 Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC) in the SEC title game this Saturday. Did you know that Tim Tebew's first bowl game was vs. Iowa in the 2006 Outback Bowl? The Gators would match up extremely well vs. Iowa, better than 2006, when the Gators beat Iowa 31-24 in Tampa.
- Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) - The Crimson Tide are a little dinged with star sophomore RB Mark Ingram tending to an injury. The game with the Gators in the SEC title game will be a challenge for the Crimson Tide. It would be interesting to see coach Nick Saban and Alabama face off in a bowl game this season. Saban faced Iowa, when he was at LSU in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. The Hawkeyes pulled off the upset 30-25 on the final play. Could a Bama-Iowa match up be on the horizon?
- Texas Longhorns (12-0, 8-0 Big 12) - The Longhorns will face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 6-2 Big 8) in the Big 12 title game. A loss by the Longhorns would have to go down as the biggest upset in Big 12 title game history. The Longhorns and Hawkeyes faced off in the 2006 Alamo Bowl, when the Longhorns beat Iowa 26-24. It's not likely the Hawkeyes will see the Longhorns in a bowl game this season.
- TCU Horned Frogs (12-0, 8-0 MWC) - The Horned Frogs need help to find a spot in the BCS title game. They actually could fall out of the Top 4, if Cincinnati gets enough love in the Bearcats final game. A TCU-Iowa bowl game is possible, but not expected at this point.
- Cincinnati Bearcats (11-0, 6-0 Big East) - The Bearcats close out the regular season @ Pittsburgh (9-2, 5-1 Big East) in what is basically the Big East championship game, where the winner will represent the Big East in the BCS. Can the Bearcats make it two year in a row?
- Boise State Broncos (12-0, 8-0 WAC) - The Broncos have finished 12-0 in two of the three past seasons now, with a strong season in '09. Could an Iowa-Boise State match up be on the horizon in the Fiesta Bowl? Many are pinning their hopes on such a match up in the Valley of the Sun this season.
- Oregon Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac 10) - The Ducks close out the regular season Thursday when the host in-state rival Oregon State (8-3, 6-2 Pac 10), in what is basically the Pac 10 championship game. The winner will represent the Pac 10 in the Rose Bowl vs. the Big Ten champ, Ohio State (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten).
- Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) - The Buckeyes are waiting to learn the news of who from the Pac 10 will face the Buckeyes in the 2010 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena. The Buckeyes captured the Big Ten birth this season with a OT win at home vs. Iowa two weeks ago.
- Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) - The Hawkeyes need some help to figure in the at-large spot in the BCS bowls. An upset in the Big 12 title game would not likely be good for a Big Ten at-large team. Many are projecting Iowa vs. Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. We will find out next Sunday.
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2, 7-1 ACC) - The Yellow Jackets will face Clemson (8-4, 6-2 ACC) in the ACC title game. The Yellow Jackets are going for their third straight win over the Tigers.
- Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) - The Nittany Lions are sitting and waiting to see, if they may be the 2Nd Big Ten team picked as an at-large BCS bowl invitee. Some project that the Nittany Lions may favor higher than Iowa for the Orange, should the Orange go with a Big Ten team as their at-large pick. Despite losing head to head to the Hawkeyes, the Nittany Lions may be favored in the Orange?
- Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3, 6-2 ACC) - The Hokies regular season has concluded, but they will represent the ACC in a bowl game this season. The Hokies closed out the regular season with a 42-13 win @ Virginia (3-9, 2-6 ACC) that may be the final nail on the Al Groh era at UVA!
- LSU Tigers (9-3, 5-3 SEC) - The Tigers closed the regular season with a 33-30 OT win vs. Arkansas (7-5, 3-5 SEC). The Capital One Bowl is a likely spot for the Tigers. Could a rematch be on track vs. Iowa, who squared off in 2005 in Tampa?
- Pittsburgh Panthers (9-2, 5-1 Big East) - Despite the loss 16-19 loss @ West Virginia (8-3, 4-2 Big East) this Thanksgiving weekend, the Panthers still have a lot to play for. This week, the Panthers host #5 Cincinnati (11-0, 6-0 Big East) for a birth in a BCS bowl game. This would be the first BCS bid for Pitt, since the 2004 season, under former coach Walt Harris.
- Oregon State Beavers (8-3, 6-2 Pac 10) - Can the Beavers play in their first BCS bowl game with a win @ Oregon? The Beavers @ #7 Oregon (9-2, 6-1 Pac 10) for the Pac 10 title and the birth in the Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State.
- Brigham Young Cougars (10-2, 7-1 MWC) - The Cougars closed out the regular season with a solid 26-23 OT win over MWC and in-state rival Utah (9-3, 6-2 MWC). Could a bowl bid with Arizona be on the horizon again for the Cougars?
- Miami-FL Hurricanes (9-3, 6-2 ACC) - The Hurricanes closed out the regular season with a 31-10 road win @ South Florida (7-4, 3-3 Big East). The Hurricanes await a bowl bid for the second straight season.
- USC Trojans (8-3, 5-3 Pac 10) - The Trojans close out the regular season hosting Arizona (8-3, 5-3 Pac 10) in a final Pac 10 showdown of the regular season. The winner will finish in the top half of the conference.
- California Golden Bears (8-3, 5-3 Pac 10) - The Cal Bears close out the regular season @ Washington (4-7, 3-5) in a final Pac 10 showdown of the regular season. The Huskies don't have a bowl game, so the Golden Bears need to be careful up North.
- Houston Cougars (10-2, 6-2 C-USA) - The Cougars will face the East Carolina Pirates (8-4, 7-1 C-USA), who are the defending C-USA champs, in the C-USA title game. The Cougars are coming off a 73-14 blow out vs. Rice (2-10, 2-6 C-USA) to close out conference play.
- Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) - The Cornhuskers will face #3 Texas (12-0, 8-0 Big 12) in the biggest game in the coach Bo Pelini era. Pelini is in his second season at Nebraska. A win in the Big 12 title game would be huge for the Husker nation. The Huskers are coming off a 28-20 win @ rival Colorado (3-9, 2-6 Big 12).
- Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) - The Cowboys crashed and burned their BCS opportunity with a 0-27 loss @ Oklahoma (7-5, 5-3) over the Thanksgiving holidays. A solid bowl bid is likely, but the health of the Cowboys team is weakening, after a physical game with in-state rival OU.
- Stanford Cardinal (8-4, 6-3 Pac 10) - The Cardinal ended Notre Dame's (6-6) regular season with a 45-38 home win to close out the regular season. Stanford has not been bowl eligible, since the '01 season. Coach Jim Harbaugh is in his third season at Stanford.
- West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) - The Mountaineers pulled off a 19-16 home win over Pittsburgh (9-2, 5-1 Big East) in Big East play. The Mountaineers close out Big East play @ Rutgers (8-3, 3-3 Big East) to end the regular season this weekend.
- (tie) Clemson Tigers (8-4, 6-2 ACC) - Next up for the Tigers is a ACC Championship game match up vs. Georgia Tech (10-2, 7-1 ACC). The Tigers are coming off 17-34 loss @ in-state rival South Carolina (7-5, 3-5 SEC), who has lost 10 of the last 12 vs. the Tigers.
(tie) Utah Utes (9-3, 6-2 MWC) - The Utes concluded the regular season with a 23-26 loss @ Brigham Young to close out MWC play. The Utes await their seven straight bowl bid to close out the 2009 season.
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Creighton Bluejays pushed the Michigan Wolverines into OT in Orlando on Thanksgiving. But, too many mistakes cost the Jays down the stretch.
Ott's Thoughts: Michigan 83, Creighton 76 (OT) - White and Blue Review
Except Creighton fans could say the same thing. The Bluejays out rebounded Michigan for the better part of 45 minutes. The Jays shot better than UM. ...
Michigan Holds Off Creighton in Overtime - New York Times
Michigan 83, Creighton 76 - USA Today
Recap: No. 15 Wolverines 83, Jays 76 (OT) - Detroit Free Press
Friday, November 27Th on DirecTV today
- Rutgers at Louisville 10:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD)
- Temple at Ohio 10:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD)
- Illinois at Cincinnati 11:00 a.m. ABC (HD) - Tough times for the Fighting Illini!
- Wyoming at Colorado State 1:00 p.m. Mtn.
- Alabama at Auburn 1:30 p.m. CBS (HD) / Online
- Memphis at Tulsa 2:30 p.m. CBSC (HD)
- Nebraska at Colorado 2:30 p.m. ABC (HD) - A Thanksgiving Family Tradition
- Pittsburgh at West Virginia 6:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
- Nevada at Boise State 9:15 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
RB: John Clay, junior Wisconsin and Brandon Saine, junior, Ohio State
RB: Evan Royster, junior, Penn State and Adam Robinson, freshman, Iowa
WR: Blair White, senior, Michigan State and Tandon Doss, sophomore, Indiana
WR: Keith Smith, junior, Purdue and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, junior, Iowa
G: Dace Richardson, senior, Iowa and Jon Asamoah, senior, Illinois
G: Justin Boren, junior, Ohio State and John Moffitt, junior, Wisconsin
T: Bryan Bulaga, junior, Iowa and Kyle Calloway, senior, Iowa
T: Gabe Carimi, junior, Wisconsin and Dennis Landolt, senior, Penn State
T: Jared Odrick, senior, Penn State and Mike Neal, senior, Purdue
T: Christian Ballard, junior, Iowa and Karl Klug, junior, Iowa
E: Brandon Graham, senior, Michigan and O'Brien Schofield, senior, Wisconsin
LB: Navarro Bowman, junior, Penn State and A.J. Edds, senior, Iowa
LB: Pat Angerer, senior, Iowa and Ross Homan, junior, Ohio State
LB: Greg Jones, junior, Michigan State and Sean Lee, senior, Penn State
CB: Amari Spivey, junior, Iowa and Brandon King, senior, Purdue
CB: Sherrick McManis, senior, Northwestern and Donavan Warren, junior, Michigan
S: Tyler Sash, sophomore, Iowa and Brad Phillips, senior, Northwestern
S: Kurt Coleman, senior, Ohio State and Brett Greenwood, junior, Iowa
Coach of the year: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Offensive player of the year: John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
Defensive player of the year: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Newcomers of the year: Offense: Adam Robinson, RB, Iowa. Defense: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
Sunday, November 22, 2009
- Florida (11-0, 8-0 SEC)
- Texas (11-0, 7-0 Big 12)
- Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC)
- TCU (11-0, 7-0 MWC)
- Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0 Big East)
- Boise State (11-0, 6-0 WAC)
- Georgia Tech (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
- Ohio State (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
- Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac 10)
- Pittsburgh (9-1, 5-0 Big East)
- Iowa (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten)
- Penn State (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten)
- Oklahoma State (9-2, 6-1 Big 12)
- Virginia Tech (8-3, 5-2 ACC)
- LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
- Oregon State (8-3, 6-2 Pac 10)
- Clemson (8-3, 6-2 ACC)
- Miami-FL (8-3, 5-3 ACC)
- BYU (9-2, 6-1 MWC)
- Utah (9-2, 6-1 MWC)
- USC (7-3, 4-3 Pac 10)
- California (8-3, 5-3 Pac 10)
- Houston (9-2, 5-2 C-USA)
- North Carolina (8-3, 4-3 ACC)
- tie Nebraska (8-3, 5-2 Big 12)
tie Mississippi (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Iowa Hawkeyes have played some outstanding football in 2009, despite detractors nationally in the media over the course of the 2009 season. Iowa (9-2, 5-2 in the Big Ten) will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-5, 3-4 in the Big Ten) for the annual battle for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy at Kinnick Stadium. It's a 11 a.m. kickoff on ESPN.
- Seniors remain resilient - UI The Daily Iowan
- Iowa football: Hawkeyes will settle for any kind of win vs. Gophers - DesMoinesRegister.com
- Iowa, ISU still look good in bowl picture - Spencer Daily Reporter
- Minnesota Coach Tim Brewster’s memory is pink and hazy - Gazetteonline
Our prediction for today's battle:
Look for Floyd of Rosedale to remain in his southern home for another year!
"Eventually, I knew the shots would start to fall," Gatens said, referring to his 19-percent shooting in the Iowa basketball team's first two games. ...
Men's basketball: Hawkeyes cruise to first victory of season - DesMoinesRegister.com
Hawkeyes await shooting thaw - Burlington Hawk Eye
Saturday, November 14, 2009
What the AP has to say about this week's game:No. 15 Iowa (9-1) at No. 10 Ohio State (8-2), 3:30 p.m.
(ABC)Line: Ohio State by 14.Series Record: Ohio State leads 44-14-3.Last Meeting: 2006, Ohio State, 38-17.What's at StakePretty simple, really: The Big Ten's automatic Bowl Championship
Series berth in the Rose Bowl. The winner will also be assured of at least a
share of the conference title with a one-game lead with one game left (Iowa
hosts Minnesota, Ohio State is at Michigan). Both teams are coming off emotional
games, the Buckeyes winning 24-7 at Penn State and the Hawkeyes falling for the
first time this season at home against Northwestern, 17-10.Key MatchupIowa QB James Vandenberg vs Ohio State's defensive line. All
season long, DTs Doug Worthington and Todd Denlinger and DEs Thaddeus Gibson and
Cameron Heyward have applied heat. With Vandenberg making his first career start
in relief of injured Ricky Stanzi (ankle), those four will try to harass
Vandenberg. How the youngster — and his line and offensive coaches — handle it
will determine the outcome.Players to watchIowa: DEs Adrian Clayborn and Broderick Binns can pen in Ohio
State QB Terrelle Pryor if they keep him off the edge. MLB Pat Angerer will
likely have a few collisions with Pryor too. RB Brandon Wegher must consistently
gain yards to wear down Buckeyes defense and keep ball away from the offense. TE
Tony Moeaki and WR Derrell Johnson-Kouliano need to keep defense honest to keep
pressure off Vandenberg.Ohio State: Pryor is coming off a homecoming at Penn State that
was a huge success. No room for a letdown here. K Devin Barclay hasn't faced a
must-make FG since taking over for the injured Aaron Pettrey (knee). Can RBs Dan
Herron and Brandon Saine run against Iowa's stout defense?Facts & FiguresOhio State has won 10 of the last 11 meetings by an average
score of 34-17. ... Iowa has won four games by three or fewer points for the
first time in program history. ... Don't expect much scoring: Only a reviewed
(and still debated) Penn State rushing touchdown last week prevented the
Buckeyes from their fourth shutout of the year. Seven of Iowa's opponents have
scored 17 or fewer points. ... Iowa won 13 straight games before last week's
loss, its longest since a 20-game streak from 1920-1923. ... The Buckeyes can
clinch a share of their fifth straight Big Ten title, a feat accomplished only
twice before. Ohio State won six in a row (1972-77) and Michigan five
consecutive (1988-92). ... The Hawkeyes have won their last six road
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tough day for this Iowan: the Hawkeyes fall in Football, later the U.S. House passes Health Care bill
Cidsports: Sadly, the tight end and H-Back may have gave away the play with theNorthwestern 17, Iowa 10: The Fifth Quarter - DesMoinesRegister.com
Iowa players said after Saturday's 17-10 loss that the redshirt freshman from Keokuk had few to no game reps with the No. 1 offense. On the bright side, ...
Final: Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 - ESPN
Big Ten: Iowa's perfect season ruined by Northwestern - Los Angeles Times
Northwestern topples No. 8 Iowa 17-10 - Chicago Tribune
The country has been hit by a “difficult economic shock” over the last year.
He said huge government spending efforts like the stimulus bill haven't helped,
and said the government was on an “unsustainable” course - Rep. John
Boehner (R-Ohio), the House minority leader
A summary of HR 3962 provided by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce states that HR 3962 would include sliding scale affordability credits, ...
When the smoke cleared last night in the House of Representatives, the score
was Speaker Pelosi 220 and the American People 215 - The Examiner
It is also worth noting that in its preliminary score of HR 3200, CBO found that in 2019 there would be “about 17 million nonelderly residents uninsured ...
In its preliminary score of H.R. 3962, the Congressional Budget Office noted
that, in 2019 there would be “about 18 million nonelderly residents uninsured
(nearly one third of whom would be unauthorized immigrants).” Thus, unless the
number of illegal immigrants is projected to be fewer than 6 million individuals
in 2019—nearly half the illegal immigrants currently estimated to be in the
U.S.—the CBO score presumes illegals would have health coverage, raising further
questions as to whether or not said coverage would be taxpayer-funded - The
"A lot of things, we've actually improved since it was (the earlier) HR 3200." Among the improvements are the provisions Loebsack and his fellow Iowa ...
The Hawkeyes will face a tough road in Columbus next Saturday for the Big Ten title and the right to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl. A win by Iowa over Ohio State, which would be the first win for the Hawkeyes in Columbus, since 1991, would clinch the Big Ten tie breaker and the bid for the Rose Bowl.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) host the Northwestern Wildcats (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, in front of a national audience on ESPN. The game is a 11 am Central Time kickoff.
He's done a great job of leading our football team." Senior quarterback Mike Kafka has done the same for Northwestern, leading the Big Ten in passing yards ... - ESPN
The Hawkeyes last win over Northwestern was a 62-10 win during Iowa's last and only 8-0 Big Ten run in 2002. The Wildcats have been a thorn for coach Kirk Ferentz, who is 4-4 as the Iowa head coach in this series. The Wildcats have won two straight in Iowa City and 3 of the past 4 in the series.
The Hawkeyes, #4 in the BCS, look to continue their historical run looking to get to 10-0 for the first time in the school's history. Iowa has the second longest FBS wining streak at 13, sandwiched in between #1 Florida and #3 Texas, in the latest CIDsports rankings.
- Line of scrimmage - who runs the ball effectively and who is able to get a pass rush/pressure going
- Turnovers - Iowa's defeat at Kinnick in '08 to the Wildcats was fueled by 5 Hawkeye turnovers. Iowa was a -3 vs. IU last week, but won 42-24 any how
- Special teams and field position
- Red Zone production
Sunday, November 1, 2009
- Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC)
- Boise State (8-0, 3-0 WAC)
- Cincinnati (8-0, 4-0 Big East)
- Florida (8-0, 6-0 SEC)
- Iowa (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten)
- Texas (8-0, 5-0 Big 12)
- TCU (8-0, 4-0 MWC)
Of the Top 6 BCS conferences, only the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC are represented. The ACC and Pac Ten have at least one loss or more among their members. Of the non-BCS conferences, the C-USA, MAC and Sun Belt have no representatives on the final seven, so it's up to the MWC or WAC member to carry the torch for the non-BCS teams. None of the three Independents are undefeated. Standings
So, entering November, who should be the Top 7 in College Football, why?
- Florida Gators - The Gators are the defending BCS champions of a year ago. They hold the longest win streak in college football, losing to Ole Miss 30-31 in the fourth game of 2008 season. The Gators last OOC loss was in the Capital One Bowl at the end of the 2007 season, 35-41 to Michigan of the Big Ten. Florida already has locked up the SEC East spot in the SEC title game. Final three regular season games: @ South Carolina (4-4, 3-3 SEC), vs. Florida International (2-6, 2-3Sun Belt) and the in-state rivalry game vs. Florida State (4-4, 2-3 ACC). SOS rankings: #5 CBSSports and #27 Sagarin.
- Iowa Hawkeyes - The Hawkeyes were 9-4 in 2008 and lost all four games by a total of 12 points. Iowa's last out of conference loss, was a 20-21 squeaker at Pitt in '08, prior to current QB Ricky Stanzi taking over from former Hawkeye QB Jake Christensen. The Hawkeyes in 2009 mirror very well with Alabama of 2008, as Phil Steele has pointed out before and during the 2009 season. The Hawkeyes beat the SEC's South Carolina 31-10 in last year's Outback Bowl. They have the second longest winning streak among FBS members. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 in 2009 in games trailing, while entering the fourth quarter. This week, Iowa scored 28 unanswered points vs. IU to beat Indiana at home 42-24. Unlike fellow Big Ten member, Ohio State, the Hawkeyes have beat a SEC opponent in bowl participation. For some number, OSU has never beat a SEC team in a bowl game, ever. Iowa's remaining games in the Big Ten are: vs. Northwestern (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten), @ Ohio State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) and vs. trophy game rival Minnesota (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten). SOS rankings: #12 CBSSports and #22 Sagarin.
- Texas Longhorns - The Longhorns have the third longest winning streak in FBS, behind Florida and Iowa. The Longhorns avenged their lone loss in '08 when they beat Texas Tech in game 3 of the season, 34-24 in Austin. The Longhorns last OOC loss was a 7-24 vs. Ohio State at home in '06. The Longhorns avenged that loss last year in the Fiesta Bowl, beating the Buckeyes 24-21. The final four remaining regular season games for the Longhorns are: vs. UCF (4-3, 2-2 Sun Belt), then three final Big 12 games: @ Baylor (3-5, 0-4 Big 12), vs. Kansas (5-3, 1-3 Big 12), @ Texas A&M (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) and a possible Big 12 title game, if the Longhorns take care of business in the Big 12 South. SOS rankings: #31 CBSSports and #43 Sagarin.
- Alabama Crimson Tide - The Crimson Tide have taken care of business in '09 thus far. The Crimson Tide were undefeated in the regular season in '08, but lost 20-31 to Florida in the 2008 SEC title game, then lost 17-31 to Utah to end the 2008 season in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Nick Saban is in his third season as head coach at Alabama. Ironically, his final game at LSU was a 25-30 loss vs. Iowa in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, where Iowa won on the final play of the game. The Hawkeyes have done that once this season @ MSU. A rematch of Iowa's Kirk Ferentz vs. Alabama's Nick Saban, who beat Ferentz in his first Big Ten game as Iowa's head coach, could be very interesting in a bowl game or title game, for that matter. LSU faces it's biggest SEC West game this week vs. LSU (7-1, 4-1), which could determine who plays Florida in the SEC title game. The Crimson Tide are coming off bye week. After LSU, the Crimson Tide face games @ Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3 SEC), vs. Chattanooga (a 5-3 FCS program, 3-3 Southern) and @ Auburn (6-3, 3-3 SEC). SOS rankings: #34 CBSSports and #36 Sagarin.
- Cincinnati Bearcats - The Bearcats continue to remain undefeated in '09. This is despite the loss of QB Tony Pike to injury, which happened in '08, as well. Further, the Bearcats began the '09 season with a new DC Bob Diaco, former Iowa player at LB, and ten new starters on defense, from a team that went 11-3 and represented the Big East in the BCS bowl lineup in '08. The ACC's Virginia Tech beat Cincinnati though in the Orange Bowl last season, 20-7, which is the Bearcats last loss. The Bearcats last regular season loss in the OOC was a 26-52 loss early in '08 at Oklahoma (Big 12). The Bearcats have four more regular season games: vs. UConn (4-4, 1-3 Big East), vs. West Virginia (6-2, 2-1 Big East), vs. Illinois (2-6, 1-5 Big Ten) and @ Pittsburgh (7-1, 4-0 Big East) for a challenging slate for the Bearcats to close out '09. SOS rankings: #46 CBSSports and #74 Sagarin.
- TCU Horned Frogs - The Horned Frogs come from the MWC and last year, the MWC represented the non-BCS conferences, since Utah went undefeated and beat TCU 13-10 at home in conference play in '08. The Horned Frogs went to Poinsettia Bowl in '08 and beat Boise State 17-16 to finish 11-2 in '08. TCU's lone OOC loss in '08 was at Oklahoma (Big 12) 10-35 before beginning conference play in '08. TCU has won four straight bowl games, with wins over Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Houston and Boise State. TCU closes out the regular season in conference play: @ San Diego State (4-4, 2-2), vs. Utah (7-1, 4-0), @ Wyoming (4-4, 2-2) and @ New Mexico (0-8, 0-4). SOS rankings: #40 CBSSports and #46 Sagarin.
- Boise State Broncos - The Broncos are undefeated in the past two regular seasons ('08 and '09), but they have one big loss, a 16-17 loss in Poinsettia Bowl to close out '08 vs. TCU. The Broncos have lost back to back bowl games with losses vs. East Carolina (C-USA) 38-41 in the Hawaii Bowl to end '07 and of course last year's loss vs. TCU (Poinsettia). The Broncos last OOC regular season loss was @ Washington (Pac Ten) in '07 10-24. Boise State may end up undefeated in '09 and they have an impressive 19-8 season opening win vs. Oregon, 19-8, but it is hard to see the Broncos with a resume for a BCS title game in '09. The Broncos close out conference play in '09: @ Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-3), vs. Idaho (7-2, 4-1), @ Utah State (2-6, 1-3), vs. Nevada(5-3, 4-0) and vs. New Mexico State (3-6, 1-3). Will the Broncos close out WAC play on top? SOS rankings: #85 CBSSports and #80 Sagarin.
We begin November play in Week 10. There is plenty of action to play out to determine most of the conference champs and who are #1 and #2 in the BCS race for a date in the Pasadena's Rose Bowl BCS title game.
Breakdown of conferences: (Bowl eligible, bowl eliminated)
- ACC - 3, 0
- Big 12 - 3, 0
- Big East - 3, 0
- Big Ten - 4, 0
- C-USA - 1, 1
- Independents - 1, 0
- MAC - 3, 4
- MWC - 4, 1
- Pac 10 - 3, 1
- SEC - 5, 1
- Sun Belt - 1, 0, x
- WAC - 2, 0
x - Western Kentucky cannot become for bowl eligible in '09.
Eight programs are already home for the Holidays in '09: Rice, Miami-OH, Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico, Washington State and Vanderbilt.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Iowa 42, Indiana 24 in 2009.