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.