Thursday, December 11, 2014

NCAA Bowl Games 2014 | Which Teams Play In Which Bowl Games?

NCAA Bowl Games 2014
Well, the outside of the Army-Navy game this weekend, the college football regular season has come to a close, and the bowl game matchups have all been announces. Let’s take a look at some of them, not counting the playoffs or major New Years Bowls. Those will be saved for a different day.

Boca Raton Bowl, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois- The Thundering Herd were one 2-point conversion away from an undefeated season and possibly a New Years Eve or later bowl game. Instead, they are stuck in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 23 against Northern Illinois. This will be a really good game. Very high scoring, and whoever has the ball last is going to win.

Sun Bowl, Arizona State vs. Duke- The Sun Devils have been the luckiest team in America in 2014. The Blue Devils are a program on the rise. The Blue Devils should win this game unless Arizona State gets lucky again.

Independence Bowl, Miami (FL) vs. South Carolina- This bowl game usually features teams whose seasons did not go a planned, and this year will be no different. Both these teams underachieved this season, and both are looking to end it on a high note. Expect South Carolina to win a low scoring contest, something to the tune of 20-17.

Pinstripe Bowl, Boston College vs. Penn State- The Nittany Lions make their glorious return to the postseason after a bowl ban due to the darkest hour in American sports history, the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State has played really hard this season for first-year head coach James Franklin, and Boston College is in for a fight if they expect to win this game. Expect Penn State to come out on top though.

Holiday Bowl, Nebraska vs. USC- This game is basically the pretenders vs. the rollercoaster. Nebraska has played the role of pretender all season and USC has been as up and down as any team in the nation. The questions for this game are can USC stop the Nebraska rushing attack and can they throw the ball well enough? If they can do those two things, they will win this game as Nebraska is without a real head coach in this game due to the firing of Bo Pelini.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Badgers Part Of Conference Championship Weekend 2014

Badgers Championship Game
Well, we have reached the final week of the college football season, also known as “Conference Championship Saturday” and there is plenty left to be decided as far as the playoffs are concerned, meaning the final four teams that will get to play for the national championship. So lets take a look at these games

Arizona and Oregon, PAC-12 Championship- For Oregon, this one is very simple, they win, their in. Arizona has been really lucky at time this season, luck like that usually runs out in the big moments. This should be an easy win for the Ducks.

Iowa State and TCU- This one is not a conference championship game, but this one does have national championship implications. TCU has no choice but to win this game, and they must win convincingly. Fortunately, that should happen. I expect TCU to win by several scores.

Kansas State and Baylor- This is another huge game with playoff implications. This is a chance against a great team for Baylor to make a statement and sneak in to the playoffs. Final score, Baylor by three.

Florida State and Georgia Tech, ACC Championship- Despite being the defending national champions, despite carrying the nations longest win streak, the Seminoles currently sit number three in the polls. This can be a good game if the Yellow jackets can control the clock early and prevent the Seminoles from getting up early. Still, I expect the Seminoles to win this game by two scores.

Wisconsin and Ohio State, Big Ten Championship - Oh the Gophers are getting closer to winning that game against the Badgers every year. But, the Badgers prevailed and they will take on Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. J.T. Barrett will miss this game as well as the postseason for the Buckeyes, so it is going to take a great gameplan for them to win this game. Badgers should win this game.

Alabama and Missouri, SEC Championship - This one may turn out to be the blowout of the day. I do not see how Missouri can win this game. Final score, Alabama with the mercy rule.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Badgers Need No Stinking Quarterback In 2014 | Random NCAA Notes

Badgers Quarterbacks 2014
As those of you who read this blog on a weekly basis no, I have spent a great deal of time making jokes of the Badgers current quarterback situation. Well last Saturday Melvin Gordon decided that to completely deem the Badgers quarterback is irrelevant. Gordon set an NCAA record with 25 carries for 450 yards and four touchdowns. By the way, Joel Stave finished 7-11 for 46 yards and a touchdown. I still say the quarterbacks need to play better because Gordon is not going to run for 450 yards every week. The Gophers slipped up against Ohio State last week, but it is no big deal as right now the Buckeyes are one of the hottest teams in America. I still think the Gophers may actually finally have what it takes to beat the Badgers this season for the first time in quite a while.

I originally ruled out Oregon after their crushing loss at home against Arizona. But somehow they have crawled their way back and now find themselves on the inside track to the playoffs this season. Also crawling their way back in has been Alabama. At halftime of the Arkansas game, I thought we were watching the beginning of the end for the mighty Crimson Tide under nick Saban. But they gathered themselves and fought their way right back into the playoffs. Auburn has ran into some struggles this season after last season’s miracle run. Still, they are not out of it yet and could still win the SEC, although with two losses already the playoffs may be unlikely.

Todd Gurley Comes Back To Bulldogs and Random Notes

 Over in the SEC East Todd Gurley returned for Georgia. On his first touch coming off his suspension, Gurley returned a kickoff for a touchdown but is was brought back due to a holding penalty. His day got worse and he tore his ACL, effectively ending his season. Florida has finally made a decision on head coach Will Muschamp, he will not return in 2015. Many have been calling for the hiring of Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen. You know what, that kind of crap sickens me. These big poster schools can not stand let someone else have the spotlight for five minutes. Let the man at least finish the season before you make any such demands.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Race To Big Ten Championship 204 | Do The Badgers Have A Shot?

Big Ten Championship 2014
So how are things going in Big Ten football right now? The race to the Big Ten Championship game has turned into one of the most entertaining conference races in the nation. Let’s examine where we stand.
The Big Ten East division is a two horse race between Ohio State and Michigan State. Both teams currently sit at 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in Big Ten play. Ohio State fell off of the map for a while after their early season debacle against Virginia Tech and Michigan State almost blew it against Purdue a few weeks back. These two teams are headed for high noon this Saturday at 7 p.m. Central time in East Lansing. The winner of this game will play in the Big Ten championship.

The Big Ten West division is an entirely different story. Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin all have serious chances at it. Nebraska. This one is far from over as all of these teams have to play the other three to finish the season. This is going to be the best race coming down the stretch in the nation. It may not impact the National Championship game, but it does have a competitive appeal to it. Of the four, I would put my money on Nebraska as they seem to have the best package of the four teams to offer. After that Minnesota followed by Wisconsin. I put Minnesota above Wisconsin because of the complete ineptitude of the Badgers quarterbacks right now, as I have written about previously this season on this blog. Iowa in my opinion is the least likely of the four to win this division. I will predict that Nebraska plays Michigan State for the Big Ten Championship in Chicago in December and gets hammered when they do.