Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Insight Bowl: Iowa (7-5) vs. Missouri (10-2)


After 100 years, Iowa-Missouri resumes in Tempe for the 2010 Insight Bowl. It should be a good Big Ten-Big 12 match up between the Hawkeyes and Tigers.

Prediction: Iowa 24, Missouri 15

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Top non-BCS Bowl of the 2010-11 College Bowl season from Las Vegas

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl

Utah (10-2, 7-1 MWC) vs. Boise State (11-1, 7-1 WAC)
Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium
Dec. 22 - 7 p.m.
ESPN or ESPN3.com

ESPN has it's top broadcasting crew for what should be an outstanding bowl game from the Utah Utes from the MWC and the Boise State Broncos from the WAC. The top runner-ups from each conference square off in Las Vegas in the 2010 MAACO Bowl.

The Utes will join the Pac 10 in 2011, while the Broncos will move to the MWC, as the Utes and BYU exit. Sorry Bronco fans, our choice are the Utes from Utah.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-5) heading into the final OOC tune up in basketball before the Big Ten season opens next week vs. Illinois


The Fran McCaffery era will soon open up Big Ten Conference play next week. The Hawkeyes (6-5) final OOC tune up will take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday night, when Iowa hosts Louisiana Tech (9-4). It's Bobblehead Night featuring Iowa coach Fran McCaffery live from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where the first 3,000 in attendance will receive a bobblehead of Iowa's head coach.

The Hawkeyes are very young, with only one senior and two juniors, with previous Big Ten experience on the Iowa roster. They could have picked up a couple more victories, but they came up short @ Wake Forest (6-5) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and the Hawkeyes missed an opportunity at home vs. in-state rival, Iowa State (10-2).

A YOUNG SQUAD - U of I Athletics
Iowa's roster of 15 players includes six freshmen, two sophomores, five
juniors and two seniors. The freshmen are
Melsahn Basabe (6-7, 225), Cody Cox (6-4, 190), Roy Devyn Marble (6-5,190), Zach McCabe (6-7, 225), Darius Stokes (6-7,190) and Branden Stubbs (6-2, 170). The sophomores are Eric May and Cully
Payne
. In addition, juniors Bryce Cartwright (6-1, 180) and Jordan Stoermer (6-2,185) are in their first year at Iowa. Cartwright played as a rookie at Fresno State and Paris JC (Texas) his sophomore campaign. Stoermer played his first two seasons at Kirkwood CC (Iowa).

The play of Iowa's three freshmen (pictured is 1 Melsahn Basabe) and Juco transfer have made Iowa basketball exciting none the less. The Big Ten will be very challenging, but it should be more interesting as Iowa seeks to become relevant again in college basketball.

December 21, 2010 - Live Blogging From Carver-Hawkeye Arena - U of Iowa Athletics
December 21, 2010 - A Year Older, A Year Wiser - U of Iowa Athletics

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Another four days of College Football bowls,with Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg on Tuesday


Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl

Southern Mississippi (8-4, 5-3 C-USA East) vs. Louisville (6-6, 3-4 Big East)
from St. Petersburg, Fla. and Tropicana Field
Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Central Time
ESPN or ESPN3.com

Not the best bowl game of the week, which we would suggest will be Wednesday night, in the Las Vegas Bowl, when Boise State and Utah square off. Of the four bowl games between Tuesday and Christmas Eve, this is the only game spotlighting a BCS team, though it is a Big East team at that and one with a losing conference record.

If this game interests you, here are some news stories on the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl Game ...

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl pits Southern Miss against Louisville ‎- Kansas City Star
... as the Golden Eagles will collide with the Louisville Cardinals on December 21st in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, ...
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Louisville (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (8-4)
‎ - ESPN (blog)
Bowl notebook: 2 injured players attend practice
‎ - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Despite the Golden Eagles logo, we will root for Southern Miss in this one!

Other Games this week ...

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl

Utah (10-2, 7-1 MWC) vs. Boise State (11-1, 7-1 WAC)
Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium
Dec. 22 - 7 p.m.
ESPN or ESPN3.com

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Navy (9-3) vs. San Diego State (8-4, 5-3 MWC)
San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 23 - 7 p.m.
ESPN or ESPN3.com

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii (10-3, 7-1 WAC) vs. Tulsa (9-3, 6-2 C-USA West)
Honolulu at Aloha Stadium
Dec. 24 - 7 p.m.
ESPN or ESPN3.com

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Monday, December 20, 2010

The Hawkeyes arrive in The Valley on Monday, just in time to avoid Iowa's latest winter weather


The University of Iowa football team left the Eastern Iowa Airport for Phoenix and The Valley on Monday in preparation for the Tuesday, December 28Th Insight Bowl game with the Missouri Tigers. The Hawkeyes are slight underdogs heading into a classic Big Ten-Big 12 match up.

December 20, 2010 - Insight Central: Hawkeyes are Excited, Appreciative - University of Iowa Athletics

Iowa (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. Missouri (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 North)

Over 100 years ago, the Iowa-Missouri football series ended after 12 games. The story was "Iowa stopped playing the Tigers because of racial threats against its 1st black player."

It should be an interesting Game 13 in the series in the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Tigers zero in on Iowa
‎- Columbia Daily Tribune (blog) - Dave Matter
Gary Pinkel said he's been cleared to practice when the team arrives in Tempe, Ariz., later this week. MU's contingent leaves for the Insight Bowl on ...

December 20, 2010
- Clayborn Recognized as Consensus All-American - U of I Athletics

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Defensive coordinator Norm Parker for Iowa will hopefully make his first trip in 12 years to Desert as Iowa heads to Insight Bowl vs. Missouri

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is completing his 12Th season 2010 at Iowa this season. He enjoyed nine seasons previously, as offensive line coach under former head coach J. Hayden Fry from 1981 to 1989. Ferentz's right hand man on defense over the past 12 seasons at Iowa has been Norm Parker, who has been coaching college football as an assistant or coordinator, since 1968.

Heck, I began watching college football during the 1974 season, which was my first season as a Hawkeye ticket holder. Thank you, Mom and Dad. Unlike many coaches in today's college game, Norm Parker has been coaching longer than I have been following college football.

Well, back to Norm Parker, Iowa's defensive mastermind as defensive coordinator ...

Iowa has made two trips previously to the Desert during the Kirk Ferentz era (1999 to 2010). In 2004, the Hawkeyes traveled to Arizona State to play a non-conference game with the Sun Devils. Earlier this season, the Hawkeyes traveled to Tucson to face the Arizona Wildcats. In both cases, Norm Parker missed the trips due to health reasons, battling diabetes.

Well, with the Insight Bowl birth with the University of Missouri, Norm Parker will hopefully get that first trip as Iowa's defensive coordinator to the Desert. The always colorful Norm Parker sat down with the Media this past week for the first time, since missing much of the 2010 season, due to medical reasons associated with diabetes.

Insight Central: A Method to Their Madness - University of Iowa Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- When the Hawkeyes take on No. 14 Missouri in the Insight Bowl, they'll have a key part of their defense back in the press box. ...

December 17, 2010 - Watch Ferentz, O'Keefe, Parker Live - The University of Iowa Athletics
"Before, when I was coaching, it was all about wins and that kind of stuff.
Now it's about being around the guys. I like being around the young guys. I like
being around the coaches. I like being out of the house."
- DC Norm Parker
Norm Parker says he'll be back in 2011 - ‎Washington Post
Defensive coordinator Norm Parker being out because of diabetes was the most ... Parker, Iowa's 69-year-old defensive mastermind, was hospitalized by the ...

Hawks' Parker: 'This is really where I want to be' - Quad City Times
IOWA CITY - If ever there were doubts in Norm Parker's mind about his future, all of them sifted away quickly Oct. 23. Iowa's 68-year-old defensive ...

Guess what, Hawkeye fans? Norm's coming back in 2011, if it's up to him - DesMoinesRegister.com (blog) - Sean Keeler
Other than being without a right foot, Norm Parker says he moves "like a rabbit." Iowa City, Ia. — If Norm has his way, he'll be coming back. ...

Norm Parker committed to coaching - Iowa City Press Citizen
Norm Parker rolled into the auditorium of the Iowa football complex Friday afternoon, shuffling along with the assistance of a walker. ...

Norm Parker is like Iowa's version of Joe Paterno. Despite health and age, he doesn't want to step aside and give up coaching. He enjoys being around young student-athletes and remaining active in college football.

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The 2010-11 Bowl Season begins with a Trifecta of Blow Outs to start off Bowl Play

The New Mexico Bowl kicked off the 2010-11 Bowl line up with the soon to be FBS Independent, BYU from the Mountain West Conference, taking on a C-USA West opponent, UTEP. The Gazette headline in the Sunday print newspaper said it all: "BYU caps a big turnaround", as the BYU Cougars (7-6) defeated the UTEP Miners (6-7) 52-24. More news on the New Mexico bowl win from Albuquerque.

It was a coming out party for the BYU Cougars , after a sub prime start with 1-4 start in 2010. Next year, the BYU Cougars will be an Independent, no longer affiliated with the MWC. The Cougars will join Army, Navy and Notre Dame as the four FBS Independents in Division I.

The independent BYU Cougars will kick off the 2011 season at Ole Miss (4-8, 1-7 SEC East in '10). BYU's 2011 schedule

The Cougars were lead in 2010 by freshman QB Jake Heaps. There should be a lot of excitement for BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall in 2011, with a young signal caller back and the hype entering College Football as the newest FBS Independent.

In 2012, the BYU-Notre Dame series will begin, among the top two FBS Independents, outside Army-Navy.

Next up in the opening day Trifecta of college bowl games took place in Boise, ID with the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl. The MAC runner-up Northern Illinois faced off from team WAC fourth place team, Fresno State, on the Smurf blue turf, home of the Boise State Broncos.

Northern Illinois 40, Fresno State 17 - news

With the win, the NIU Huskies (11-3, 8-0 MAC West), who lost their head coach, Jerry Kill, to the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Humanitarian Bowl and the 2011 season, finish an outstanding 2010 season. Tom Matukewicz lead the Huskies as the interim head coach for the bowl game and 40-17 win over Pat Hill and Fresno State.

The Fresno State Bulldogs (8-5, 5-3 WAC), under coach Pat Hill for his 15Th season in 2011, will regroup and face a solid OOC schedule next season, with Cal, @ Nebraska, Ole Miss and @ San Diego State among FBS opponents. The Bulldogs will head to the MWC in time, but remain in the WAC for 2011, due to a $5 million buyout clause.

The finale of the blowout first weekend of the 2010-11 college bowl line up was live from New Orleans in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl. The MAC representative, Ohio U. Bobcats vs. the Sun Belt co-champion, Troy Trojans. It was all Troy (8-5, 6-2 Sun Belt), in a 48-21 win over Frank Solich's boys from Athens, OH. The Trojans lead 38-7 at the half over Ohio U. (8-5, 6-2 MAC East). More news on the Troy win over Ohio U.

Next Bowl Game in 2010-11:

Beef O' Brady's Bowl from St. Petersburg
Southern Mississippi (8-4, 5-3 C-USA East) vs. Louisville (6-6, 3-4 Big East)
St. Petersburg, Fla. at Tropicana Field
Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Central Time on ESPN

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Iowa vs. Missouri in the Insight Bowl

The final BCS Ratings are out. The BCS Title Game will pit #1 Auburn (13-0) vs. #2 Oregon (12-0) for the BCS Championship.

For the Iowa Hawkeyes, an invitation to the Insight Bowl has been extended and the Hawkeyes will face the Missouri Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 North). Interesting match up, after the 2005-08 series between the two opponents was canceled, when Missouri opted out of the first two games.

Iowa has not played Missouri for over 100 years. Missouri leads the all-time series with a 7-5 record.

Here's the full 2010-11 bowl line up. The Big Ten, Pac 10 and SEC all send two teams to BCS bowls this season.

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The BCS is about getting #1 and #2 in the BCS Title Game, but the rest of the Bowl Line up would look better like this for 2010-11 Bowl Season


It will be a great 2011 BCS Title Game:

#1 Oregon Ducks (12-0) vs. #2 Auburn Tigers (13-0)

Champions of the Pac 10 vs. the SEC Champ on January 10Th on ESPN!

Yes, we know the #1 BCS team is Auburn, but our #1 is Oregon ...

But, once the BCS gets the 2011 Title Game right, we would like to see the following match ups for the 2010-11 Bowl Season:

The Remaining BCS Bowl Games:

Sugar Bowl: #3 TCU (12-0) vs. #6 Ohio State (11-1) - 1/4/11 on ESPN

Orange Bowl: #12 Virginia Tech (11-2) vs. unranked Connecticut (8-4) -1/3/11 on ESPN

Fiesta Bowl: # 9 Oklahoma (11-2) vs. #8 Arkansas (10-2) - 1/1/11 on ESPN

Rose Bowl: #4 Stanford (11-1) vs. #5 Wisconsin (11-1) -1/1/11 on ESPN

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How would we like the to see the Non-BCS Bowl Games? Official announcements are Sunday, December 5Th ...

New Mexico Bowl

BYU (6-6, 5-3 MWC) vs. UTEP (6-6, 3-5 C-USA West)
Albuquerque, N.M., University Stadium
Dec. 18 - 1 p.m.
ESPN

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl

Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC West) vs. Fresno State (8-4, 5-3 WAC)
Boise, Idaho, Bronco Stadium
Dec. 18 - 4:30 p.m.
ESPN

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Ohio U. (8-4, 6-2 MAC East) vs. Florida International (6-6, 6-2 Sun Belt)
New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome
Dec. 18 - 8 p.m.
ESPN

Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl

Louisville (6-6, 3-4 Big East) vs. Southern Mississippi (8-4, 5-3 C-USA East)
St. Petersburg, Fla., Tropicana Field
Dec. 21 - 7 p.m.
ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl

#19 Utah (10-2, 7-1 MWC) vs. #10 Boise State (11-1, 7-1 WAC)
Las Vegas, Sam Boyd Stadium
Dec. 22 - 7 p.m.
ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

San Diego State (8-4, 5-3 MWC) vs. Navy (8-3)*
San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 23 - 7 p.m.
ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

#24 Hawaii (10-3, 7-1 WAC) vs. Tulsa (9-3, 6-2 C-USA West)
Honolulu, Aloha Stadium
Dec. 24 - 7 p.m.
ESPN

Little Caesars Bowl

Middle Tennessee (6-6, 5-3 Sun Belt) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3, 8-0 MAC West)
Detroit, Ford Field
Dec. 26 - 7:30 p.m.
ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

Air Force (8-4, 5-3 MWC) vs. North Carolina (7-5, 4-4 ACC Coastal)
Shreveport, La., Independence Stadium
Dec. 27 - 4 p.m.
ESPN2

Champs Sports Bowl

Maryland (8-4, 5-3 ACC Atlantic) vs. #23 West Virginia (9-3, 5-2 Big East)
Orlando, Fla., Florida Citrus Bowl
Dec. 28 - 5:30 p.m.
ESPN

Insight Bowl

Iowa (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. #15 Nebraska (10-3, 6-2 Big 12 North)
Tempe, Ariz., Sun Devil Stadium
Dec. 28 - 9 p.m.
ESPN

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

East Carolina (6-6, 5-3 C-USA East) vs. Boston College (6-6, 5-3 ACC Atlantic)
Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium
Dec. 29 - 1:30 p.m.
ESPN

Texas Bowl

Northwestern (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. Texas Tech (7-5, 3-5 Big 12 South)
Houston, Reliant Stadium
Dec. 29 - 5 p.m.
ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl

#14 Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 South) vs. Washington (6-6, 5-4 Pac 10)
San Antonio, Alamodome
Dec. 29 - 8:15 p.m.
ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

Army (6-5)* vs. SMU (7-6, 6-2 C-USA West)
Dallas, Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Dec. 30 - 11 a.m
ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Kansas State (7-5, 3-5 Big 12 North) vs. Syracuse (7-5, 4-3 Big East)
Bronx, N.Y., Yankee Stadium
Dec. 30 - 2:20 p.m.
ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Miami-FL (7-5, 5-3 ACC Coastal) vs. Georgia (6-6, 3-5 SEC East)
Nashville, Tenn., LP Field
Dec. 30 - 5:40 p.m.
ESPN

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

#16 Missouri (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 North) vs. Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac 10)
San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 30 - 9 p.m.
ESPN

Meineke Car Care Bowl

Clemson (6-6, 4-4 ACC Atlantic) vs. South Florida (7-5, 3-4 Big East)
Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium
Dec. 31 - 11 a.m.
ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl

North Carolina State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (7-5)
El Paso, Texas, Sun Bowl
Dec. 31 - 1 p.m.
CBS

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Kentucky (6-6, 2-6 SEC East) vs. UCF (10-3, 7-1 C-USA East)
Memphis, Tenn., Liberty Bowl
Dec. 31 - 2:30 p.m.
ESPN

Chick-fil-A Bowl

#22 Florida State (9-4, 6-2 ACC Atlantic) vs. #20 South Carolina (9-4, 5-3 SEC East)
Atlanta, Georgia Dome
Dec. 31- 6:30 p.m.
ESPN

TicketCity Bowl

Illinois (6-6, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. Baylor (7-5, 4-4 Big 12 South)
Dallas, Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1 - 11 a.m.
ESPNU

Outback Bowl

Penn State (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. Florida (7-5, 4-4 SEC East)
Tampa, Fla.Raymond James Stadium
Jan. 1 - 12 p.m.
ABC

Capital One Bowl

#7 Michigan State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) vs. #11 LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC West)
Orlando, Fla., Florida Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1 - 12 p.m.
ESPN

Gator Bowl

Michigan (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. #21 Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC West)
Jacksonville, Fla., Municipal Stadium
Jan. 1 - 12:30 p.m.
ESPN2

GoDaddy.com Bowl

Miami-OH (9-4, 7-1 MAC East) vs. Troy (7-5, 6-2 Sun Belt)
Mobile, Ala., Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Jan. 6 - 7 p.m.
ESPN

AT&T Cotton Bowl

#17 Alabama (9-3, 5-3 SEC West) vs. #18 Texas A&M (9-3, 6-2 Big 12 South)
Arlington, Texas, Cowboys Stadium
Jan. 7 - 7 p.m.
FOX

BBVA Compass Bowl

Pittsburgh (7-5, 5-2 Big East) vs. Tennessee (6-6, 3-5 SEC East)
Birmingham, Ala., Legion Field
Jan. 8 - 11 a.m.
ESPN

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Temple (8-4, 5-3 MAC East) vs. #13 Nevada (12-1)
San Francisco, AT&T Park
Jan. 9 - 8 p.m.
ESPN

* Have one more regular season game on 12/11 - Army (6-5) vs. Navy (8-3)

As previously mentioned the times are all Central Time

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Our final CIDSports College Football Top 25, after 14 weeks of the College Football as regular season concludes for all, but Army-Navy game on Dec. 11

It has been an interesting season, with all the non-AQ talk falling short as we hit late November. Boise State (11-1, 7-1 WAC) nearly got it done, but a Week 13 date @ Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1, 7-1 WAC) cost the Broncos dearly for the BCS in 2010.

The Oregon Ducks (12-0, 9-0 Pac 10) have played outstanding all year, as has the top non-BCS program in 2010: the TCU Horned Frogs (12-0, 8-0 MWC). The BCS title game should be outstanding this season. The rest of the BCS bowl line up will likely do better with some adjusting, but that is for another post.

Others jumped from the preseason unrated programs to the Top 25 in 2010: Michigan State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten), Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1, 7-1 WAC), Missouri Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 North), Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 South), Texas A&M Aggies (9-3, 6-2 Big 12 South), South Carolina Gamecocks (9-4, 5-3 SEC East), Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4 SEC West), West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East), Hawaii Rainbows (10-3, 7-1 WAC) and

Several teams surprised in 2010, especially Auburn Tigers (13-0, 8-0 SEC West), Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 8-1 Pac 10) and Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC West), who were all outside our preseason Top 25, but will finish 2010 in a BCS bowl. Congratulations to all three programs, especially Auburn for an undefeated season and a date with Oregon in the BCS title game.

Other programs didn't hit form in 2010, especially our preseason #7 Texas Longhorns (5-7, 2-6 Big 12 South), preseason #23 Cincinnati Bearcats (4-8, 2-5 Big East), preseason #25 Houston (5-7, 4-4 C-USA West). All three programs will be home for the Holidays in 2010.

We can't forget other programs, who will still bowl in 2010, but are not in the final regular season Top 25. Our preseason #4 Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten). preseason #5 Florida Gators (7-5, 4-4 SEC East), preseason #11 Miami-FL (7-5, 5-3 ACC Coastal), preseason #14 Georgia Bulldogs (6-6, 3-5 SEC East), preseason #16 Brigham Young Cougars (6-6, 5-3 MWC), preseason #17 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 3-5 Big 12 South), preseason #19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6, 4-4 ACC Coastal), preseason #20 Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) and preseason #22 Pittsburgh Panthers (7-5, 5-2 Big East).

The season will likely be remembered most for conference realignment talk.


  • Nebraska is leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten in 2011. Colorado is joining Utah from the MWC and moving to the Pac 10

  • The Big Ten and Pac 10 conferences will have 12 programs and new championship games

  • The Big 12 will lose two teams, so they will go to a nine game conference schedule, as the Pac 10 has enjoyed for several years and lose their conference championship game

  • BYU is becoming an Independent, joining Army, Navy and Notre Dame as the only Independents in FBS

  • Boise State is moving to the MWC from the WAC

  • But the MWC will be losing programs: BYU, Utah and TCU

  • TCU is the latest to join the list and will move to the Big East in 2012

  • Fresno State and Nevada will follow Boise State as WAC schools moving to the MWC

  • Will Hawaii stay or go? Talk in November is Hawaii wants to move for football only ...

  • If the WAC doesn’t add an eighth football school by 2012, the conference won’t lose its FBS status? Texas-San Antonio and Texas State are joining the WAC and moving to FBS

  • Congratulations to North Texas for hiring former ISU head coach Dan McCarney and electing to remain in the Sun Belt Conference, rather than move to the WAC

Final Regular Season CIDSports Top 25

  1. Oregon Ducks (12-0, 9-0 Pac Ten) - #9 preseason

  2. Auburn Tigers (13-0, 8-0 SEC West) - unranked

  3. TCU Horned Frogs (12-0, 8-0 MWC) - #8 preseason

  4. Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 8-1 Pac 10) - unranked

  5. Wisconsin Badgers (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) - #10 preseason

  6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) - #2 preseason

  7. Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) - unranked

  8. Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC West) - unranked

  9. Oklahoma Sooners (11-2, 6-2 Big 12 South) - #18 preseason

  10. Boise State Broncos (11-1, 7-1 WAC) - #3 preseason

  11. LSU Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC West) - #12 preseason

  12. Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2, 8-0 ACC Coastal) - #6 preseason

  13. Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1, 7-1 WAC) - unranked

  14. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 South) - unranked

  15. Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3, 6-2 Big 12 North) - #15 preseason

  16. Missouri Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 North) - unranked

  17. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3, 5-3 SEC West) - #1 preseason

  18. Texas A&M Aggies (9-3, 6-2 Big 12 South) - unranked

  19. Utah Utes (10-2, 7-1 MWC) - #13 preseason

  20. South Carolina Gamecocks (9-4, 5-3 SEC West) - unranked

  21. Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4 SEC West) - unranked

  22. Florida State Seminoles (9-4, 6-2 ACC Atlantic) - #21 preseason

  23. West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) - unranked

  24. Hawaii Rainbows (10-3, 7-1 WAC) - unranked

  25. Navy Midshipmen (8-3) - #24 preseason

The Final Regular Season FBS Game of the 2010 season:

Army (6-5) vs. #25 Navy (8-3)

December 11, 2010

@ Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA

Kick-off: 2:40pm Central Time on CBS

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

A season not to be for the Iowa Hawkeyes

After a solid 11-2 season in 2009, prospects for the 2010 season were high in Iowa City, Hawkeye fans and many through college football. But, the Hawkeyes will head into the final game of the season at 7-3 and 4-3 in the Big Ten, after a disappointing 17-20 loss to #8 Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa witnessed 26 seniors take the field for the last time at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday vs. Ohio State. It was Senior Day and a tribute to our men and women in are Armed Services. As a Hawkeye fan, Hawki97 in Section 130 put on YouTube:



Iowa had opportunities, like each and every game, since 2008, but Ohio State finished strong to give Iowa their fourth loss of the 2010 season. Iowa has lost four games by a total of 15 points in 2010. The Hawkeyes lost four games by a total of 12 points in 2008. Iowa has not been defeated by more than 7 points, since the 2007 season.

Football Releases from the U of Iowa:

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mike Daniels gets sack and forces IU to another field goal

Iowa 6, Indiana 6 in the middle part of the second quarter in Bloomington ...
  • Both QBs have thrown a interception
  • Iowa gives up nice KOR to near mid field
  • Iowa's passing game out of sync
  • Running game good with Coker and Rogers, but red zone plays don't use it
  • Iowa looks tentative at times on defense and defending KOR

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Iowa takes early 6-3 lead in the Second Quarter @ IU in Bloomington

Iowa's placekicker Mike Meyer hits 27 yard field goal early in the second quarter to put up Iowa 6-3. Meyer, a true freshman, hit a 23 yard field goal on the first drive for Iowa.

Iowa's passing game in the red zone hasn't accomplished much, thus far, @ Indiana.

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Iowa 3, Indiana 3, in Bloomington at the end of the first quarter

Iowa using freshmen running backs Marcus Coker and Brad Rogers, converted fullback, in replacement for injured sophomore RB Adam Robinson, in Bloomington.

Iowa has had some miscues early, including a INT of a Ricky Stanzi pass.

Iowa running game looks strong, but passing game doesn't look in sync yet.

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Iowa ends IU's second drive with a INT on Ben Chappell

IU adds fire with late hit out of bounds, late in first quarter in Bloomington. Iowa will have ball for third drive of game, after INT of Ben Chappell pass.

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Iowa throws INT with Ricky Stanzi making mistake at midfield

Ricky Stanzi throw number three of the season on second drive of game @ Indiana. IU has ball, in 3-3 game.

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IU responds with a FG to tie game up 3-3 in the First quarter vs. Iowa

Iowa defense gives up two penalties, including a 15 yard pass interference, as Iowa forces IU to a FG. Iowa's linebackers and corners are going to be tested today in Bloomington ...

3-3, first quarter Iowa @ IU.

Up next, Hoosiers kick off.

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Iowa takes 3-0 lead on first drive, when drive slows in Red Zone



Nice drive running the ball for the Hawkeyes. Three pass plays, with two misses in the end zone slow Ricky Stanzi and the Hawkeyes. Nice running by true freshman #34 Marcus Coker for Iowa. Iowa true freshman Mike Meyers with short FG for 3-0 lead.

Iowa up 3-0 over IU, as Iowa will kickoff to IU for first time, early in the 1st quarter.

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First Saturday of November will shake up things a bit in College Football

Iowa and UNI play in Indiana on Saturday, while Iowa State hosts Nebraska for the final time in Big 12 play. How will the State of Iowa's three regent institutions open November?

You have Joe Paterno going for win 400 at Penn State, while Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and IU's Bill Lynch battle head to head for win 100.

Saturday, November 6th (times are Central Time)
  • Air Force at Army 11:00 a.m. CBSC (HD)
  • Illinois at Michigan 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD)
  • Iowa at Indiana 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD)
  • Louisville at Syracuse 11:00 a.m. MASN / SNY / ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable)
  • Maryland at Miami (FL) 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD)
  • Minnesota at Michigan State 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD)
  • North Carolina State at Clemson 11:00 a.m. ESPN-GP *2 / ACC Network
  • Wisconsin at Purdue 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD)
  • Florida at Vanderbilt 11:21 a.m. SEC Network / ESPN-GP
  • Baylor at Oklahoma State 11:30 a.m. FSN (HD) (affiliates)
  • Idaho State at Georgia 11:30 a.m. ESPN-GP *2 / WSB Atlanta
  • UT-Chattanooga at Auburn 12:00 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / PPV (AL & TN) *8
  • UNLV at BYU 1:00 p.m. MTN (HD)
  • Alabama at LSU 2:30 p.m. CBS (HD) / cbssports.com
  • Hawaii at Boise State 2:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD) / ESPN 3D
  • Navy at East Carolina 2:30 p.m. MASN (HD)
  • Nebraska at Iowa State 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 / ESPN-GP *2
  • North Carolina at Florida State 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 / ESPN-GP *2
  • Northwestern at Penn State 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 or ESPN2 *7
  • TCU at Utah 2:30 p.m. CBSC (HD)
  • Washington at Oregon 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 / ESPN2 *7 / ESPN-GP *2
  • California at Washington State 3:00 p.m. FSNW / CSCA / FCS Pacific (cable)
  • Fresno State at Louisiana Tech 3:00 p.m. ESPN-GP / WSN (cable)
  • Nevada at Idaho 4:00 p.m. ESPN-GP / CSCA / (cable)
  • Wyoming at New Mexico 5:00 p.m. MTN (HD)
  • Arkansas at South Carolina 6:00 p.m. ESPN (HD)
  • Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
  • Oklahoma at Texas A&M 6:00 p.m. FSN (HD)
  • Oregon State at UCLA 6:00 p.m. Versus (HD)
  • Louisiana-Monroe at Florida International 6:30 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / (CSS & CST) (cable)
  • Arizona at Stanford 7:00 p.m. ABC *1 (HD) or ESPN-GP *2
  • Missouri at Texas Tech 7:00 p.m. ABC *1 (HD) or ESPN-GP *2
  • Tennessee at Memphis 7:00 p.m. CBSC (HD)
  • Texas at Kansas State 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
  • Colorado State at San Diego State 9:00 p.m. MTN (HD)
  • Arizona State at USC 9:30 p.m. FSN (HD)

Games not selected for nationally available networks.

  • Akron at Ball State 12:00 p.m.
  • Boston College at Wake Forest 2:30 p.m. espn3.com
  • Colorado at Kansas 1:00 p.m.
  • Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky 3:30 p.m.
  • Marshall at UAB 3:00 p.m. CSS (cable)
  • New Mexico State at Utah State 2:00 p.m. CW30 (cable)
  • Rice at Tulsa 1:00 p.m.
  • SMU at UTEP 8:00 p.m.
  • Southern Miss at Tulane 2:30 p.m.
  • Temple at Kent State 1:00 p.m.
  • Troy at North Texas 6:00 p.m.
  • Virginia at Duke 11:00 a.m. espn3.com
  • Northern Iowa at Indiana State, 2:00 p.m.

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Battle for 100: Kirk Ferentz vs. Bill Lynch, as #14 Iowa @ IU


The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) face the Indiana Hoosiers (4-4, 0-4 Big Ten) in Bloomington on Saturday at 11 a.m. Both head coaches are going for 100Th win as head coaches. Kirk Ferentz is in his 15Th season, 12Th at Iowa, while Bill Lynch is in his 18Th season and fourth season at IU.

Further, it is Senior Day in Bloomington, since IU's final Big Ten home game will be played at FedEx Field vs. Penn State later this month, on November 20Th.

The Hawkeyes are two games away from being perfect. In those two losses, @ Arizona and vs. Wisconsin, special teams woes and miscues cost Iowa dearly. The key on the road in Bloomington will likely be special teams and turnovers.

Iowa will be without sophomore running back Adam Robinson, due to a concussion in last week's Michigan State game. Iowa is banged up this season at two key positions: running back and linebacker. Two true freshmen will start for Iowa in key positions: RB Marcus Coker and MLB James Morris. Iowa is without three key players in the LB position that started the season, including a fourth player in the middle.

The Hawkeyes need to play sound football. IU will likely look to get into a shootout in Bloomington. IU is very dangerous in a shootout, as last year's game turned out to be for three quarters.

Iowa shutdown Michigan State last Saturday, with outstanding defense. Iowa would do well to beat IU with defense on Saturday. Iowa has an offense that should get some points over IU.

Prediction:

#14 Iowa 24
IU 7

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Who is Bowl Eligible heading into November in College Football?

Well, we know USC is ineligible, but here are the following teams that are bowl eligible thus far, heading into November 2010. A look at the standings in the FBS via ESPN.

  • Four schools in the ACC: Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech
  • Five teams in the soon to be smaller Big 12: Baylor, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
  • None yet in the Big East per ESPN, but Syracuse should be.
  • Five teams in the Big Ten: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin
  • Central Florida in C-USA is eligible
  • No FBS Independents are eligible at the present time, but Army and Navy are both 5-3
  • Four schools in the MAC: Northern Illinois, Ohio U, Temple and Toledo
  • Three schools in the MWC: San Diego State, TCU and Utah
  • Three schools in the Pac 10: Arizona, Oregon and Stanford
  • Six programs in the SEC, including five from West alone: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State, with South Carolina in East
  • None yet in the Sun Belt
  • Three programs in the WAC: Boise State, Hawaii and Nevada

There are some programs heading into November that will be home for the Holidays already:

  • Minnesota in the Big Ten
  • Memphis from C-USA
  • Five programs in MAC: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan
  • Three teams in the MWC: New Mexico, UNLV and Wyoming
  • Washington State in the Pac 10
  • Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt
  • Two programs in the WAC: New Mexico State and San Jose State

Happy Halloween: enjoy the tricks and treats ... we will see more added to the lists in the month of November.

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Happy Halloween: Week 9 closes with only a few BCS teams undefeated and a new Top 25 heading into November in College Football


Happy Halloween 2010!

Only five teams remain undefeated heading into November among the 120 FBS teams. The Big Ten's (Michigan State) and the Big 12's (Missouri) last remaining undefeated team fell in Week 9 in Iowa City and Lincoln, respectively.

Only two BCS programs are undefeated overall: Oregon and Auburn! Three non-BCS programs remain undefeated with Boise State, TCU and Utah. TCU and Utah square off in Week 10.

In conference races, there are undefeated programs in conference play, as we head into November:

  • Virginia Tech (6-2) is 4-0 in the ACC Coastal division

  • Pittsburgh (5-3) is 3-0 in the Big East

  • Central Florida (6-2) is 4-0 in the C-USA East division

  • Northern Illinois (7-2) and Toledo (6-3) are both 5-0 in the MAC West division

  • TCU (9-0) and Utah (8-0) are both 5-0 in the Mountain West

  • Oregon (8-0) is 5-0 in the Pac 10

  • Auburn (9-0) is 6-0 in the SEC West division

  • Hawaii (7-2) and Boise State (7-0) is 5-0 and 3-0, respectively, in the Western Athletic

Other conference races, where one loss leads the way, heading into November:

  • Florida State (6-2) is 4-1, with Maryland (6-2) and North Carolina State (6-2) both 3-1 in the ACC Atlantic division

  • Nebraska (7-1) and Missouri (7-1) are both 3-1 in the Big 12 North race, but Cornhuskers own the tiebreaker right now

  • Baylor (7-2) is 4-1, with Oklahoma (7-1) and Oklahoma State (7-1) both 3-1 in the Big 12 South division

  • Michigan State (8-1) and Ohio State (8-1) are both 4-1 and don't face one another in the Big Ten race, while Wisconsin (7-1) and Iowa (6-2) are both 3-1

  • Houston (5-3) and SMU (5-4) are both 4-1 in the C-USA West division race

  • Temple (7-2), Ohio U. (6-3) and Miami (OH) (5-4) are all 4-1 in the MAC East division race

  • Troy (4-3) is 3-1, with Middle Tennessee and Florida International both 2-1 in the Sun Belt

There is one division in a conference race where two losses leads the way heading into November. The SEC East is lead by South Carolina (6-2) at 4-2. None of the nations FBS Independents have fewer than three losses heading into November. Navy and Army are both 5-3, while Notre Dame is 4-5, with only three games left for the Fighting Irish.

CIDSports Top 25 after Week 9

  1. Oregon (8-0, 5-0 Pac 10) 1 - Clearly playing outstanding football during the 2010 College Football season and control their own destiny. Week 9: Won 53-32 @ USC (5-3, 2-3 Pac 10). Next: vs. Washington (3-5, 2-3 Pac 10) in Week 10.

  2. Auburn (9-0, 6-0 SEC West) 4 - It's time to give coach Gene Chizik and the Tigers the credit they deserve as the only remaining BCS and SEC program undefeated. Week 9: Won 51-31 @ Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4 SEC West). Next: vs. Chattanooga (5-3, 4-2 Southern), a FCS program, in OOC play in November.

  3. Boise State (7-0, 3-0 WAC) 2 - Sorry Broncos' fans, but Oregon and Auburn each deserve a higher ranking based on conference schedule and overall play on the field. Two bye weeks are nice! Week 9: Won on Tuesday night 49-20 vs. Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2 WAC). Next: vs. #24 Hawaii (7-2, 5-0 WAC) in Week 10, against a program they are 8-1 and undefeated at home vs. Warriors.

  4. TCU (9-0, 5-0 MWC) 3 - The Horned Frogs lost two games in '08, one in '09, so can they continue to trend throughout '10? Week 9: Won 48-6 @ UNLV (1-7, 1-3 MWC). Next: @ #6 Utah (8-0, 5-0 MWC) in the MWC showdown of the year. The away team is 1-4 during this series in the conference.

  5. Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC West) 5 - We do have the Crimson Tide the Top One Loss program, despite there disappointing loss at South Carolina earlier in the season. Week 9: Bye week. Next: @ #11 LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC West) in a game that will likely knock out the loser in the SEC West race.

  6. Utah (8-0, 5-0 MWC) 6 - The Utes opened the season at home with Pitt and now they have the biggest conference home game coming up in Week 10. Week 9: Won 28-23 @ Air Force (5-4, 3-3 MWC). Next: vs. #4 TCU (9-0, 5-0 MWC), in a game last year the Utes were blown out 28-55.

  7. Wisconsin (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) 9 - Only loss was in the Big Ten opener @ Michigan State. Week 9: Bye week. Next: @ Purdue (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten) against a team in year two under coach Danny Hope that is banged up from a physical standpoint, due to injuries.

  8. Ohio State (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) 10 - The Buckeyes haven't lost more than one game in conference play, since '05. This year, the loss was first road game in Big Ten @ Wisconsin. Week 9: Won 52-10 @ Minnesota (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten). Next: Bye week, before final three weeks of vs. Penn State, @ Iowa and vs. Michigan.

  9. Oklahoma (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 South) 12 - The Sooners are playing some young freshmen this year and have only one blemish, a road loss @ Missouri in Week 8. Week 9: Won 43-10 back home in Norman over Colorado (3-5, 0-4 Big 12 North). Next: @ Texas A&M (5-3, 2-2 Big 12 South), in a key road test.

  10. Nebraska (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 North) 13 - The Cornhuskers are in the driver's seat in the Big 12 North, with only a disappointing home loss vs. Texas in Week 8. Week 9: Won 31-17 vs. then #8 Missouri (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 North). Next: @ Iowa State (5-4, 3-2 Big 12 North), against a team that pulled out a 9-7 upset win in Lincoln last year, under coach Paul Rhoads now in his second season for the Cyclones.

  11. LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC West) 11 - The Tigers don't get a lot of respect, but on the field they didn't get it done @ Auburn in conference play. Week 9: Bye week, after first loss @ Auburn. Next: vs. #5 Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC West).

  12. Stanford (7-1, 4-1 Pac 10) 14 - The Cardinal need help in Pac 10 play, since Oregon is rolling and gave Stanford it's lone loss. Week 9: Won 41-0 @ Washington (3-5, 2-3 Pac 10). Next: vs. #13 Arizona (7-1, 4-1 Pac 10).

  13. Arizona (7-1, 4-1 Pac 10) 16 - Despite a loss against Oregon State, the Wildcats can get to the Rose Bowl, if they can win out in the Pac 10. Week 9: Won 29-21 @ UCLA (3-5, 1-4 Pac 10). Next: @ #12 Stanford (7-1, 4-1 Pac 10), in the game that will likely determine, if Oregon is in a race in the Pac 10.

  14. Iowa (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) 17 - The Hawkeyes two losses @ Arizona and vs. Wisconsin can be highlighted by poor special teams play. Week 9: Won 37-6 at home over former #7 Michigan State (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) to knock out the Big Ten's final undefeated team. Next: @ Indiana (4-4, 0-4 Big Ten), where Iowa has won 5 of the last 7 in series.

  15. Michigan State (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) 7 - The Spartans don't play Ohio State this season, but the Hawkeyes put a dent in the Spartan armour. Week 9: Lost 6-37 @ former #17 Iowa (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten). Next: vs. Minnesota (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten) at home to clean up things.

  16. Oklahoma State (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 South) 18 - The Cowboys are playing far better than some thought they would heading into 2010. Week 9: Won 24-14 @ Kansas State (5-3, 2-3 Big 12 North). Next: vs. Baylor (7-2, 4-1) for a huge division game, something the Bears haven't encountered typically during the history in the Big 12. Next: vs. #t25 Baylor (7-2, 4-1 Big 12) that will determine plenty in the Big 12 South race.

  17. Missouri (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 North) 8 - The Tigers picked up a nice home win over Oklahoma, but the game in Lincoln knocks the Tigers back in the Big 12 North. Week 9: Lost 17-31 @ then # 13 Nebraska (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 North) to close out the conference history with the Cornhuskers on a familiar note. Next: @ Texas Tech (4-4, 2-4 Big 12 South).

  18. Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 SEC West) 19 - The Bulldogs only blemishes are vs. Auburn and @ LSU. Week 9: Won 24-17 vs. Kentucky (4-5, 1-5 SEC East). Next: Bye week before hitting the road @ Alabama, against the defending BCS champ.

  19. Arkansas (6-2, 3-2 SEC West) 20 - The Razorbacks only blemishes are vs. Alabama and @Auburn. Week 9: Won 49-14 vs. Vanderbilt (2-6, 1-4 SEC East). Next: @ South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC East), in a game that the Razorbacks could real play the role of spoiler.

  20. South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC East) 22 - The Gamecocks and coach Steve Spurrier have an opportunity to win their first SEC division title in the SEC this season. Can they keep the wheels going in this race? Week 9: Won 38-24 vs. Tennessee (2-6, 0-5 SEC East). Next: vs. #19 Arkansas (6-2, 3-2 SEC West), in a huge inter-SEC game that has a huge impact on the East race.

  21. Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-0 ACC Coastal) 21 - The Hokies are the only remaining team in conference play undefeated, after a dismal start in 2010, the Hokies have won six straight. Week 9: Bye week. Next: vs. Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-2 ACC Coastal).

  22. North Carolina State (6-2, 3-1 ACC Atlantic) 24 - Coach Tom O'Brien is a good coach and picked up a big Thursday night win in conference play to close out October. Week 9: Won 28-24 vs. former #15 Florida State (6-2, 4-1 ACC Atlantic). Next: @ Clemson (4-4, 2-3 ACC Atlantic)

  23. Florida State (6-2, 4-1 ACC Atlantic) 15 - The Seminoles are enjoying their first season under new coach Jimbo Fisher. Week 9: lost 24-28 @ then #24 North Carolina State (6-2, 3-1 ACC Atlantic). Next: vs. North Carolina (5-3, 2-2 ACC Coastal) for Homecoming in Tallahassee.

  24. Hawaii (7-2, 5-0 WAC) nr - The Rainbows lead the WAC and have a huge opportunity in November to make some major noise. Week 9: Won 45-10 on Homecoming vs. Idaho (4-4, 1-2 WAC). Next: @ #3 Boise State (7-0, 3-0 WAC) in a huge game with national ramifications, as well as impact in conference play.

  25. (tied) Baylor (7-2, 4-1) nr - The Bears lead the Big 12 South, with only three games remaining. Could history be written in 2010? Week 9: Won 30-22 @ Texas (4-4, 2-3 Big 12 South). Next: @ #16 Oklahoma State (7-1, 3-1 Big 12 South) in even a bigger road game in back to back weeks for Bears.

    (tied) Nevada (7-1, 2-1 WAC) 25 - The Wolf Pack only lost was at Hawaii in conference play. Week 9: Won 56-42 vs. Utah State (2-6, 0-4 WAC). Next: @ Idaho (4-4, 1-2 WAC).

Out of the Top 25 after Week 9: former #23 Miami (FL) (5-3, 3-2 ACC Coastal) lost 19-24 to Virginia (4-4, 1-3 ACC Coastal).

We head into November with some outstanding races ahead. Will a non-BCS program get into the BCS Title Game this season? Will the Pac 10 and SEC allow one to get through the season unblemished?

peace

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Big Game in the Big Ten on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium: Iowa vs. Michigan State


#17 Iowa (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) is a -6.5 favorite over #7 Michigan State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten). The Hawkeyes won the last meeting in this series, as well as the last meeting at Kinnick Stadium in this series, a 34-27 2 OT win in 2007.

How much momentum will the return of defensive coordinator Norm Parker have for the Hawkeyes on Saturday? Iowa is coming off a 30-31 heartbreaking loss vs. Wisconsin. Michigan State is coming off a come from behind 35-27 victory @ Northwestern last week. Iowa needs a boost!
This game will be close, if history repeats itself. Kirk Ferentz first Big Ten victory as a Big Ten head coach came at Kinnick Stadium in 2000 over Michigan State. Iowa needs a victory on Saturday, if the Hawkeyes desire to remain in the 2010 Big Ten title race.

Prediction:

#7 Michigan State 34
#17 Iowa 42

  • Did you know that MSU lost @ Minnesota in 2009?

  • Coach Mark Dantonio has yet to win a bowl game as coach of the Spartans

  • Iowa has won at Kinnick Stadium over MSU each game played, since 1989
Saturday, October 30Th (times are Central Time)


  • Clemson at Boston College 11:00 a.m. ESPN-GP *2 / ACC Network (cable)

  • Louisville at Pittsburgh 11:00 a.m. MASN (HD) / SNY / ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable)

  • #23 Miami (FL) at Virginia 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD)

  • Northern Illinois at Western Michigan 11:00 a.m. ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable)

  • Northwestern at Indiana 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD)

  • Oklahoma State at Kansas State 11:00 a.m. FSN (HD)

  • Purdue at Illinois 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD)

  • Syracuse at Cincinnati 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD)

  • VMI at Army 11:00 a.m. CBSC (HD)

  • Tennessee at #22 South Carolina 11:21 a.m. SEC Network / ESPN-GP

  • San Diego State at Wyoming 1:00 p.m. MTN (HD)

  • Tulsa at Notre Dame 1:30 p.m. NBC (HD)

  • #16 Arizona at UCLA 2:30 p.m. FSN (HD)

  • Ball State at Kent State 2:30 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / Fox 8 (cable)

  • California at Oregon State 2:30 p.m. DirecTV 617 / FCS Pacific (cable)

  • Duke at Navy 2:30 p.m. CBSC (HD)

  • East Carolina at Central Florida 2:30 p.m. MASN / (BHSN / WITN) (cable)

  • Florida vs. Georgia 2:30 p.m. CBS (HD) / cbssports.com

  • Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo 2:30 p.m. ESPN-GP / Time-Warner (cable)

  • #7 Michigan State at #17 Iowa 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 or ESPN (HD) *7

  • #8 Missouri at #13 Nebraska 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 or ESPN (HD) *7

  • Troy at Louisiana-Monroe 2:30 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / (CSS & CST) (cable)

  • Wake Forest at Maryland 2:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD)

  • San Jose State at New Mexico State 3:00 p.m. ALT2 / Aggie Vision / ESPN-GP

  • Toledo at Eastern Michigan 3:00 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / STO *8

  • #4 Auburn at Ole Miss 5:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)

  • New Mexico at Colorado State 5:00 p.m. MTN (HD)

  • Baylor at Texas 6:00 p.m. FSN (HD) (affiliates)

  • Kentucky at #19 Mississippi State 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD)

  • #14 Stanford at Washington 6:00 p.m. Versus (HD)

  • Vanderbilt at #20 Arkansas 6:00 p.m. FSS / SUN / ESPN-GP *2

  • #6 Utah at Air Force 6:30 p.m. CBSC (HD)

  • Michigan at Penn State 7:00 p.m. ESPN (HD)

  • #10 Ohio State at Minnesota 7:00 p.m. ABC *1 (HD) or ESPN-GP *2

  • #1 Oregon at USC 7:00 p.m. ABC *1 (HD) or ESPN-GP *2

  • Colorado at #12 Oklahoma 8:15 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)

  • Utah State at #25 Nevada 9:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD)

  • #3 TCU at UNLV 10:00 p.m. CBSC (HD)

  • Idaho at Hawaii 10:30 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / Oceanic PPV

Games not selected for nationally available networks.

Akron at Temple 12:00 p.m.
  • Bowling Green at Central Michigan 2:30 p.m.
  • Florida International at Florida Atlantic 3:00 p.m.
  • Houston at Memphis 6:00 p.m. CSS (cable)
  • Kansas at Iowa State 1:00 p.m. - Traditional Game Time in Ames with no TV!
  • Louisiana-Lafayette at Ohio U 2:00 p.m.
  • North Texas at Western Kentucky 2:00 p.m.
  • Texas Tech at Texas A&M 2:30 p.m.
  • SMU at Tulane 2:30 p.m. KDAF-TV (cable)
  • UAB at Southern Miss 11:00 a.m. CSS (cable)
  • UTEP at Marshall 2:00 p.m. TBA
  • Washington State at Arizona State 6:00 p.m. TBA
  • William & Mary at North Carolina 2:30 p.m. espn3.com
  • Not a fan of OOC games against FCS opponents this late in the season. Conferences need to do a better job of scheduling conference game during the season. Of course, this could have been a bye week for some teams. It's Halloween weekend ~ so, keep it safe and enjoy the 2010 College Football season.

    peace

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    Iowa Hawkeyes lose Heartland Trophy for at least a couple of years, after 30-31 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium


    The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) and Wisconsin Badgers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) will not play football again, until after the 2012 season. Next season, the Big Ten will add Nebraska, as the 12Th member, and break up into to separate divisions costing the annual series between the Hawkeyes and Badgers. Off course, if both are successful in winning their division they can

    Iowa 30, Wisconsin 31 - as the Hawkeyes lose for the third time, since 2002 in the series and the series is now knotted up 42-42-2 throughout the years.

    Saturday of Week 8 was an interesting day in College Football, with the #1 team in the BCS Poll falling in Missouri. Other teams, like Texas, Iowa and West Virginia fell at home. Iowa State knocked off Texas 28-21 in Austin, while Syracuse beat West Virginia 19-14 in Morgantown.

    Football Releases from the University of Iowa:

    It wasn't a good Saturday for Iowa, as penalties and special teams cost Iowa dearly. Wisconsin played a solid game. Iowa had an early extra point blocked, a field goal attempt was blown and penalties hurt special teams.

    "The real things that hurt us were the special team's gaffes. There's a
    lot of football left. We have a good team, but we have to play better and play
    cleaner. There are still five games left; this game is going to hurt awhile, for
    good reason, then we'll have to move on."
    - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

    No question, failure to call a "safe punt" defense on the final drive by Wisconsin was key to Iowa's loss at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa will have to regroup and get ready fast, since the Big Ten's top team, Michigan State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will come to Kinnick Stadium this Saturday.

    peace

    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    Are you ready for Some Football? Not NFL, but some outstanding College Football in Week 8

    Saturday, October 23rd
    Times are Central Time

    Duke at Virginia Tech 11:00 a.m. ESPN-GP *2 / ACC Network (cable)
    Indiana at Illinois 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD)
    Iowa State at Texas 11:00 a.m. FSN (HD)
    Michigan State at Northwestern 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD)
    Notre Dame at Navy (Meadowlands) 11:00 a.m. CBS (HD) / cbssports.com
    Penn State at Minnesota 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD)
    Purdue at Ohio State 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD)
    Rutgers at Pittsburgh 11:00 a.m. SNY (HD) / MASN / ALT / ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable)
    Syracuse at West Virginia 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD)
    Temple at Buffalo 11:00 a.m. ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable)
    Ole Miss at Arkansas 11:21 a.m. SEC Network / ESPN-GP
    Florida Atlantic at Arkansas State 12:00 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / (CSS & CST) (cable)
    Wyoming at BYU 1:00 p.m. MTN (HD)
    Arizona State at California 2:30 p.m. FSN (HD)
    Connecticut at Louisville 2:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
    Georgia Tech at Clemson 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 / ESPN (HD) *7 / ESPN-GP *2
    Houston at SMU 2:30 p.m. CBSC (HD)
    LSU at Auburn 2:30 p.m. CBS (HD) / cbssports.com
    Nebraska at Oklahoma State 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 / ESPN-GP *2
    Western Michigan at Akron 2:30 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / STO *8
    Wisconsin at Iowa 2:30 p.m. ABC *1 / ESPN (HD) *7
    Central Michigan at Northern Illinois 3:00 p.m. CSNC (HD) / ESPN-GP *2
    Louisiana-Monroe at Middle Tennessee 3:30 p.m. ESPN-GP
    Hawaii at Utah State 4:00 p.m. ALT / ESPN-GP
    Washington State at Stanford 4:00 p.m. DirecTV - 617 / FCS Pacific (cable)
    Colorado State at Utah 5:00 p.m. MTN (HD)
    Alabama at Tennessee 6:00 p.m. ESPN (HD)
    South Carolina at Vanderbilt 6:00 p.m. FSS / SUN / ESPN-GP *2
    Texas A&M at Kansas 6:00 p.m. FSN (HD)
    UAB at Mississippi State 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
    Georgia at Kentucky 6:30 p.m. ESPN-GP / (CSS / CST / Insight (KY)) (cable)
    North Carolina at Miami (FL) 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
    Air Force at TCU 7:00 p.m. CBSC (HD)
    Fresno State at San Jose State 7:00 p.m. ESPN-GP
    Oklahoma at Missouri 7:00 p.m. ABC (HD)
    San Diego State at New Mexico 9:00 p.m. MTN (HD)
    Washington at Arizona 9:15 p.m. ESPN (HD)
    Games not selected for nationally available networks.
    Ball State at Toledo 6:00 p.m.
    Eastern Michigan at Virginia 5:00 p.m. espn3.com
    Illinois State at Northern Iowa 4:00 p.m. KWWL (Iowa Cable) for Homecoming
    Kansas State at Baylor 2:30 p.m.
    Kent State at Bowling Green 2:30 p.m.
    Marshall at East Carolina 3:15 p.m. (CSS / WITN) (cable)
    Maryland at Boston College 12:00 p.m. espn3.com
    New Mexico State at Idaho 4:00 p.m.
    Ohio at Miami (Ohio) 12:00 p.m.
    Rice at Central Florida 2:30 p.m. BHSN (cable)
    Texas Tech at Colorado 2:30 p.m.
    Tulane at UTEP 8:00 p.m.
    Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Lafayette 4:00 p.m.

    #6 Oregon won on Thursday night at home vs. UCLA 60-13, while on Friday night College Football witnessed South Florida traveling to Cincinnati to beat the Bearcats 38-30. There are some outstanding top 25 match ups in Week 8.
    • LSU @ Auburn, Pick: LSU
    • Oklahoma @ Missouri, Pick: Oklahoma
    • Wisconsin @ Iowa, Pick: Iowa 28, Wisconsin 17
    • Nebraska @ Oklahoma State, Pick: Oklahoma State
    peace

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Oregon 60, UCLA 13 in Thursday night College Football in the Pac 10

    #2 Oregon certainly has an offense today, in contrast to the performance in Boise in the 2009 season opener. After Thursday night's performance in Eugene, it may be getting harder and harder to not vote Oregon #1 right now in College Football.

    Why Oregon will beat UCLA on Thursday - ‎ESPN (blog)
    This week the Oregon Ducks will play their first-ever game as AP No. 1, but don't expect the Ducks' stay at No. 1 to be short-lived. Since No. ...
    No. 1 Ducks romp over UCLA 60-13 ‎ - The Associated Press

    Interesting to see that Colorado and Utah will be joining both Arizona and Arizona State in the same division of the Pac 10, soon to be Pac 12. The Pac 8 has come a long way and it is a little interesting that the four newest members are all in the same division ...

    Conference reveals two-division setup for football as Pac-12 - The Statesman Journal
    It's a whole new world in the Pac-10, er, Pac-12 Conference ...

    peace

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Two big games heading into Saturday in College Football



    Times are Central Times


    Thursday, October 21st

    • UCLA at # 2 Oregon, 8:00 p.m. on ESPN (HD) / ESPN 3D

    Friday, October 22Nd

    • South Florida at Cincinnati, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2 (HD)

    There will be some outstanding Top 25 and other match ups on Saturday, but two games will wet the appetite as we head into Week 8 of the 2010 College Football season.

    peace

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    Michigan State at 3-0, Iowa and Purdue at 2-0: The Road is Long ...

    The Tony Barnhart Show on CBS College suggests that the Road to the Title in the Big Ten is through Iowa City, with Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State all scheduled to visit Kinnick Stadium before the Big Ten season is concluded.

    "I'm not looking at the race; I hope our players aren't. To me, there is no
    race yet. We're two games into it...tortoise and the hare and all that stuff;
    it's a long race. And right now I know we have a tough game Saturday, that's as
    far as I've looked
    ."
    - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

    Ferentz: March to Big Ten title is a `long race' - The University of Iowa
    Iowa won't look at standings with No. 10 Wisconsin coming to town ...

    Big Ten Standings




    1. Iowa 2-0

    2. Purdue 2-0








    Kirk Talks Wisconsin - The University of Iowa
    Ferentz word-for-word from his Tuesday visit with the media

    Ferentz Press Conference Transcript (Oct. 19) - pdf

    Some other recent Hawkeye news:

    Ferentz: Parker could return next week - The Gazette
    Defensive coordinator Norm Parker could return to the office next week depending how his rehab goes this week, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz ...

    peace

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    ESPN: BCS Countdown talking Iowa vs. Wisconsin


    Look for a classic game in a series that Iowa leads 42-41-2 on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

    Hawkeyes host Badgers as part of Family Weekend ...

    Both Iowa and Wisconsin are pretty good in run defense. Iowa's defensive line is among the nation's best, as is Wisconsin's offensive line. Strength vs. Strength.

    Does defense win out on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium?

    Iowa has a good set of wide receivers per ESPN. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt are talented and they have the #3 rated QB in senior Ricky Stanzi throwing to them. The Big Ten Conference honored Iowa's Stanzi on Monday.

    Senior helped direct Iowa's offense to 38 points on the road ...

    Kirk Live Tuesday - The University of Iowa
    Iowa's head coach to meet the media, talk Iowa-Wisconsin at 12:30 Iowa time ...

    Hawkeyes No. 15 in First BCS Poll - The University of Iowa
    Iowa one of four Big Ten teams in college football most elite list ...

    peace

    Like in Basektball in 2006, the University of Minnesota dismiss football coach Tim Brewster in the middle of the season


    The University of Minnesota forced out a basketball coach after five straight losses in 2006 and now after six straight losses in football... Tim Brewster is out at the U!

    Monson resigns as coach at Minnesota - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
    Nov 30, 2006 ... MINNEAPOLIS -- Dan Monson resigned as the men's basketball coach at Minnesota on Thursday, one day after the Gophers' fifth straight defeat ...

    Tim Brewster out as Minnesota coach - Associated Press
    Tim Brewster, who arrived as coach at Minnesota in 2007 promising to take the Golden Gophers back to the Rose Bowl, was fired Sunday, one day after his ...
    Rand's list includes these fine coaches.
    1. Chris Petersen -- Boise St. head
    coach. Doubtful he would come, but may need a new and BIGGER challenge.
    2. Leslie Frazier -- close second, current Viking Associate Head Coach and
    Defensive Coordinator GREAT CHOICE
    3. Jerry Kill -- Northern Illinois
    University Head Coach
    4. Mark Farley -- University of Northern Iowa head
    Coach
    5. Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas football coach. He is a good one with a
    bright and bigger future.
    - Michael Rand

    Mid-day talker: 5 candidates to replace Brewster -- one reader's opinion - Star Tribune
    Tim Brewster is out. That decision -- while one that shouldn't be taken lightly -- was the easier part of the equation ...

    Look at the University of Kansas, when they hired Terry Allen from UNI in 1997. Jumping from FCS to FBS is a tall step from FCS to a BCS school. Jerry Kill would be a better choice than Mark Farley. By the way, Farley went with Allen to KU, before returning to UNI to replace Allen's unsuccessful successor. Kill was at Southern Illinois, a FCS school, a couple of years ago and has done a nice job at Northern Illinois the past two and half years.

    Who sees Boise State coach Chris Petersen at Minnesota next season?

    Leslie Frazier does have prior head coaching experience at the college level, as well a brief stint at Illinois as an assistant coach. Does the University of Minnesota want to go with a defensive minded coach?

    peace