Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
2009 Final Top 25 Teams (taking from the final AP and USA Today Coaches polls):
- Alabama (14-0) - Unanimous #1 to close out the 2009 season, after a strong win over Texas, who was playing without the AT&T player of the year, QB Colt McCoy in the title game! BCS Title Game - Beat Texas 37-21.
- Texas (13-1) - Life without QB Colt McCoy was on display during the BCS Title Game and everything wasn't alright, but there was still a fight in the Longhorns none the less ... BCS Title Game - Lost to Alabama 21-37.
- Florida (13-1) - The Tim Tebow era ends one game away from the BCS Title Game, which is better than the Outback Bowl folks ... was it coach Urban Meyer's last game coaching the Gators? BCS Sugar Bowl - Beat Cincinnati 51-24.
- Boise State (14-0) - A great finish for the Broncos with a payback win over TCU in the Fiesta Bowl; this is a young Broncos team and Boise should carry the #1 top non-BCS team banner into the next decade of college football ... BCS Fiesta Bowl - Beat TCU 17-10.
- Ohio State (12-2) - Sophomore QB Terrelle Pryor certainly had his best game so far with the 2010 Rose Bowl win; the next two years should get interesting in Columbus with experience at QB for coach Jim Tressel heading into 2010! BCS Rose Bowl - Beat Oregon 26-17.
- TCU (12-1) - The Horned Frogs fall in their first BCS bowl ever, but they played well in 2009 as the top MWC team; the MWC is playing solid football again this past bowl season, with the Fiesta Bowl loss the only bowl loss the conference had in two bowl seasons! BCS Fiesta Bowl - Lost 10-17 to Boise State.
- Iowa (11-2) - The Hawkeyes closed out the 2009 season with another win in a bowl game for coach Kirk Ferentz, OC Ken O'Keefe and DC Norm Parker, who have all been together for the past 11 seasons ... BCS Orange Bowl - Beat Georgia Tech 24-14.
- Penn State (11-2) - The Nittany Lions are the right team for #8 and become the top rated team not to play in a BCS bowl in '09. How many more bowl wins does the all-time head coach Joe Paterno have left in Happy Valley? Capital One Bowl - Beat LSU 19-17.
- Cincinnati (12-1) - The Brian Kelly era ended after a 12-0 regular season, then the Bearcats coach bolted for Notre Dame to replace Charlie Wies and much of the staff is either headed for Notre Dame or Buffalo now, a new era of Bearcats football begins in 2010 ... BCS Sugar Bowl - Lost to Florida 24-51.
- Virginia Tech (10-3) - The Hokies didn't win the ACC title, but they closed out the 2009 season as the Top ACC team in the final polls ... Chick-Fil- A Bowl - Beat Tennessee 37-14.
- Oregon (10-3) - The Ducks enter 2010 with the opportunity to be top dog in the Pac 10, after ending USC's eight year ride at the tip of the conference pecking order in '09, but 2009 will be remembered most for book end losses to open and close season ... BCS Rose Bowl - Lost to Ohio State 17-26.
- Brigham Young (11-2) - The Cougars will enter the next decade looking to battle everyone in the up and coming MWC looking for BCS status in the next decade ... Las Vegas Bowl - Beat Oregon State 44-20.
- Georgia Tech (11-3) - The Yellow Jackets are headed in the right direction after finishing the second year under coach Paul Johnson with the ACC Title, but work is to be done in finishing strong in bowl games ... BCS Orange Bowl - Lost to Iowa 14-24.
- Nebraska (10-4) - The Cornhuskers ended the decade with an impressive bowl win in coach Bo Pelini's second season, raising him to 3-0 in bowl games for Nebraska, but are the Cornhuskers ready for prime time in 2010 and competing with the nation's best? This is a team that lost in Lincoln to Iowa State 7-9 ... Holiday Bowl - Beat Arizona 33-0.
- Pittsburgh (10-3) - The Panthers pick up their first bowl win, since the 2002 season and the Dave Wannstedt program in his fifth season completes back to back bowl trips ... Meineke Car Care Bowl - Beat North Carolina 19-17.
- Wisconsin (10-3) - The Badgers finish the 2009 season with a bowl win and their first win of the season vs. a Top 25 team. Can coach Bret Bielema in his fifth season in 2010? Champs Sports Bowl - Beat Miami-FL 20-14.
- LSU (9-4) - Phil Steele was right picking the Tigers #17 in '09, LSU was young at QB in '09 and had the look of a team not ready for prime time in the #1 SEC this season ... Capitial One Bowl - Lost to Penn State 17-19.
- Utah (10-3) - The Utes finished third in the ever improving MWC behind TCU and Brigham Young in '09 ... Poinsettia Bowl - Beat Cal 37-27.
- Miami - FL (9-4) - The Hurricanes closed out the third season under coach Randy Shannon with too many ups and downs lead by youth at QB ... Champs Bowl - Lost to Wisconsin 14-20.
- USC (9-4) - The Trojans finish the season with another bowl win in the Pete Carroll era, but like the previous decade, could the USC program be entering a new era with a new coach? Emerald Bowl - Beat Boston College 24-13.
- Mississippi (9-4) - The Rebels were a team, like Oklahoma State, that was supposed to make noise in the Top 10 in '09, not quite ready for prime time behind senior QB Jevon Smeed ... Cotton Bowl - Beat Oklahoma State 21-7.
- West Virginia (9-4) - The Bill Stewart era wraps up his second full season with a loss, unlike the Fiesta and Mieneke Car Care bowl wins the previous two seasons ... will success become more difficult as Rich Rodriquez players exit Morgantown? Gator Bowl - Lost to Florida State 21-33.
- Texas Tech (9-4) - Despite the dismissal of coach Mike Leach near the eve of the Red Raiders bowl game, Tech takes care of business with remaining staff, but 2010 will be a new era for Red Raiders ... Alamo Bowl - beat Michigan State 41-31.
- Central Michigan (12-2) - The Chippewas' close out their senior season on top in the MAC as the coach Butch Jones era closes and a new era remains an unknown ... GMAC Bowl - beat Troy 44-41.
- Navy (9-4) - The Midshipmen deserve recognition at #25 over the final candidates and were clearly the top independent program in the FBS in 2009 ... Texas Bowl - beat Missouri 35-13.
Some final notes for the 2009 College Football Season ...
- Florida State (7-6, 4-4 ACC) - Head coach Bobby Bowden and defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews closed out their respective careers on top defeating West Virginia, as both retire to allow the Jimbo Fisher era to begin in 2010 at Florida State ... Gator Bowl - Beat West Virginia 33-21.
- Oklahoma (8-5, 5-3 Big 12) - Sooners coach Bobby Stoops saw his season slide right out of the gate, when their 2008 Heisman Trophy QB was injured early in the opening season loss to BYU. A solid offensive line is always important for success in the BCS ... Sun Bowl - Beat Stanford 31-27.
- Oklahoma State (9-4, 6-2 Big 12) - The Cowboys were supposed make a run as a Top 10 program in 2009, but they didn't get out of the gate well, after a nice win over Georgia to open the season and closed the season on the decline ... Cotton Bowl - Lost to Ole Miss 7-21.
- California (8-5, 5-4 Pac 10) - The Cal Golden Bears never got on track in Pac 10 play, after opening 3-0 with a wins vs. Maryland, Eastern Washington and @ Minnesota ... Poinsettia Bowl - Lost to Utah 27-37.
- Georgia (8-5, 4-4) - The Bulldogs didn't compete for any titles in the SEC in '09, but they did beat in-state rival Georgia Tech to close out the regular season and finish better in ... Independence Bowl - Beat Texas A&M 44-20.
- Oregon State (8-5, 6-3 Pac 10) - The Beavers didn't close out the 2009 season very well missing a Rose Bowl bid vs. Oregon and now talk begins that with Carroll looking to a move to the NFL, will coach Mike Riley be headed to Southern California in the new decade? Las Vegas Bowl - Lost to BYU 20-44.
- Clemson (9-5, 6-2 ACC) - The Tigers finished #24 in the final AP poll, but they slip, losing to in-state rival South Carolina in the final regular season game in coach Dabo Swinney's first full season at the helm... Music City Bowl - Beat Kentucky 21-13.
- Notre Dame (6-6) - The Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis couldn't get it done in '09 and the administration said enough, after five seasons, making the decisions to dismiss and declining a bowl game in '09. Season ended after regular season, no bowl for the Irish.
- Arizona (8-5, 6-3) - The Wildcats were in the mix, surprisingly, for the Pac 10 title in '09, but the close of the 2009 season was eye opening, but not in a kind way with a blowout loss and goose egg ... Holiday Bowl - Lost to Nebraska 0-33.
- C-USA - While Houston and East Carolina have had some outstanding highlights in '09 and '08, respectively, again the conference was shut out of the final Top 25, with both division winners losing in the '09 bowl season.
- Sun Belt - Troy wins the Sun Belt title, but the Trojans lose in the top bowl for conference bragging rights with a 41-44 loss to Central Michigan, from the MAC, in the GMAC Bowl.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
BCS #2 Texas (13-0) vs. BCS #1 Alabama (13-0)
The Rose Bowl
2 in the final poll and an underdog in this BCS title game, but if recent history is any factor, the Longhorns are in exactly the perfect spot. ...
BCS title game a family affair for Mack, Watson Brown - Cookeville Herald Citizen
BCS Championship pre-game doo-dads: No. 1 vs. 2 - Dallas Morning News (blog)
Numbers favoring underdog Longhorns - ESPN (blog)
Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The BCS Title Game is one day away; tonight the final non-BSC Bowl, GMAC Bowl, between two conference champions
from Mobile, Ala. and Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. Central Time on ESPN
Georgia Tech ran into a big, athletic defense that had had over 40 days to prepare. When quarterback Ricky Stanzi was healthy, Iowa was the best team in the ...
Iowa's Adam Robinson (32) leaps over Georgia Tech's Mario Butler (2) in the second half of the Orange Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Land Shark Stadium ...
Citi BCS National Championship Game
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
It's Great to be a Hawkeye: Iowa wins first ever BCS bowl with 24-14 win over Georgia Tech in 2010 Orange Bowl!
Stymied by Iowa's swarming defense, Georgia Tech found itself out of options...
Iowa, Georgia Tech looking for redemption in Orange Bowl - USA Today
Nesbitt, Dwyer leads Tech's offense against Iowa's stingy defense in tonight's Orange Bowl.
Morehouse's keys to Iowa victory
VIDEO: The Hawkeye Hummer
Hawkeyes need to seize this night in Miami
PHOTOS, VIDEO: Hawkeye Huddle
Almost as important as the Rose Bowl
- Special teams - Hard for Iowa to win without doing well here
- The Line of scrimmage - offense, as well as defense
- Either teams rushing attack - can one team control the line of scrimmage?
- Big Plays - always big in bowl games
- Coaching adjustments and preparation - two of the finer head coaches in FBS (Iowa's DC Norm Parker deserves mention, as well)
The absolute key of the game would appear to be Iowa's offense vs. Georgia Tech's defense.
- 69% of those polled by the OrangeBowl organization at 4:14 pm picked Iowa to win.
Of course, if it is based on butts in the seats, it would appear Iowa should be the favorite over Georgia Tech, rather than a four point underdog.
If we played right now, we would say Georgia Tech 28, Iowa 24. Of course, it's hard not to say Iowa by 6 points in a game that should be important for both programs.
The Orange Bowl should be a good football game this evening. It should be competitive and both programs likely will be good candidates to make some noise in 2010, as well.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl kicks off on Monday, January 4Th at 7 p.m. Central Time on Fox and ESPN Radio in a great match up between two 12-0 conference champions from non-BCS programs from the WAC and the Mountain West.
from Glendale, Ariz.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
"Last year I had Iowa #34, which was higher than any other magazine and they
finished #20 coming off a 6-6 non-bowl year. This year they have a great back 7
on defense with my #5 LBs and #11 DBs and I rate their D #8 overall. They do
have to play Ohio State and Penn State on the road (Michigan
State and Wisconsin also) but are a stronger team."
"28. Georgia Tech: Tech showed LY that they could play with anyone knocking
off 3 ranked teams and that was the first year of HC Paul Johnson's systems.
They have 18 starters back and will have one of the top offenses in the
Saturday, January 2, 2010
- Florida State's coach Bobby Bowden and DC Mickey Andrews go out winners
- Joe Paterno wins his 24Th bowl game as head coach at Penn State
- Northwestern still hasn't won a bowl game, since the 1940s, after losing in OT on the final play
- Ohio State picks up from last trip to Pasadena and wins the 2010 Rose Bowl
- Florida rolls on Cincinnati in what could be Urban Meyer's final game as the Gators head coach; while the Bearcats were without their coach who faulted to Notre Dame
January 1 Bowl Results:
- Outback Bowl: Auburn 38, Northwestern 35 (OT)
- Capital One Bowl: Penn State 19, LSU 17
- Konica Minolta Gator: Florida State 33, West Virginia 21
- Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: Ohio State 26, Oregon 17
- Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
It's January 2Nd and the tradition of non-BCS bowls still on the bowl landscape is front and center. Ouch? Five bowls on January 2Nd are on tap, with the best non-BCS, after January 1 bowl game slated for January 6Th between two conference champions: the Sun Belt vs. the MAC.
- January 2, 2010 at 11 a.m. Central Time on ESPN 2
International Bowl: South Florida vs. Northern Illinois
from Toronto, Canada and the Rogers Centre
- January 2, 2010 at 1 p.m. Central Time on ESPN
Papajohns.com Bowl: South Carolina vs. UConn
from Birmingham, Alabama and Legion Field
- January 2, 2010 at 1 p.m. Central Time on FOX
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
from Arlington, Texas and Cowboys Stadium
- January 2, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Central Time on ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina
from Memphis, Tenn. and the Liberty Bowl
- January 2, 2009 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
from San Antonio and the Alamodome
Also today is a full slate of college basketball, while the Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1 in conference) host the Minnesota Golden Gophers from Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 3:05 pm (also on Big Ten Network). On Sunday, the bowl games will take a break for the final week of the NFL (Week 17).
Two solid BCS bowl games for Monday and Tuesday:
- Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU
from Glendale, Ariz.U. of Phoenix Stadium
January 4Th, 7 p.m. Central Time kickoff on FOX/ESPN Radio
- FedEx OrangeBowl: Iowa vs. Georgia Tech
from Miami and Land Shark Stadium
Jan. 5Th, 7 p.m. Central Time kickoff on FOX/ESPN Radio
The final non-BCS bowl game between the Sun Belt champion vs. the MAC champion on Wednesday:
- GMAC Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Troy
from Mobile, Alabama and Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Jan. 6Th, 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN
The final college football game of the 2009-10 season will be on Thursday with the BCS Title Game. Sorry, but drop the National Championship Game in the title ABC/ESPN. We have a BCS System, not a playoff system. While we would suggest the National Championship Game would be fitting in a +2 system, with the traditional bowl line up being reinstated. The #1 vs. #2 in the BCS is scheduled for Thursday.
Citi presents the BCS Title Game: Texas vs. Alabama
from Pasadena, Calif. and the Rose Bowl
Kickoff: Jan. 7Th at 7 p.m.
The 2009 College Football season is winding down. It's been an interesting year in college football, certainly there has been a wide share of drama and intrigue. It's nice to welcome in the New Year and the next decade of College Football and there should be plenty to talk about in the off season heading into the kick off of the 2010 college football season!
Friday, January 1, 2010
and the New Year
Our New Year's Day snacks before the Grandaddy of all Bowl Games!
- at 10 a.m. Central Time, the Outback Bowl : Northwestern vs. Auburn from Tampa, Fla. at Raymond James Stadium, a match up of the Big Ten vs. SEC on ESPN, in a match up against two defensive minded football coach in Pat Fitzgerald and Gene Chizik.
- at Noon Central Time, Capital One Bowl: Penn State vs. LSU from Orlando, Fla. at the Florida Citrus Bowl, another match up of the Big Ten vs. SEC on ABC, as Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions face Les Miles and his Tigers ... which team will roar?
- at Noon Central Time, the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State from Jacksonville, Fla. at Municipal Stadium, a match up of the Big East vs. ACC in coach Bobby Bowden's final collegiate game!
There is of course one more final Bowl Game to celebrate the New Year tonight!
So far in the 2009-10 college bowl games, the 2009 game results:
- New Mexico: Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28 (2 OT)
- St. Petersburg pres. by Beef 'O' Brady's: Rutgers 45, UCF 24
- R+L Carriers New Orleans: Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss 32
- MAACO Las Vegas: BYU 44, Oregon State 20
- S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia: Utah 37, Cal 27
- Sheraton Hawaii: SMU 45, Nevada 10
- Little Caesars: Marshall 21, Ohio 17
- Meineke Car Care: Pitt 19, North Carolina 17
- Emerald: USC 24, Boston College 13
- Gaylord Hotels Music City: Clemson 21, Kentucky 13
- AdvoCare V100 Independence: Georgia 44, Texas A&M 20
- EagleBank: UCLA 30, Temple 21
- Champs Sports: Wisconsin 20, Miami 14
- Roady's Humanitarian: Idaho 43, Bowling Green 42
- Pacific Life Holiday: Nebraska 33, Arizona 0
- Bell Helicopter Armed Forces: Air Force 47, Houston 20
- Brut Sun: Oklahoma 31, Stanford 27
- Texas: Navy 35, Missouri 13
- Insight: Iowa State 14, Minnesota 13
- Chick-fil-A: Virginia Tech 37, Tennessee 14
The MWC and Big East teams are undefeated in bowl play thus far, better than all other conferences. The Big Ten has three games to pick up from the Golden Gophers fall on New Year's Eve. Congratulations to coach Paul Rhoades and the Iowa State Cyclones in finishing 7-6 and winning the Insight Bowl for the second time in school history.