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  posted on 4/22/2010 at 10:12 PM
Alright, the NFL draft is happening, spring camps are winding down with this upcoming Saturday's spring games closing spring football for most teams.

So what else is happening? Changes to the BCS? Big Ten going to raid the Big East and go to 12, 14 or 16 teams?!? PAC 10 to follow suit, Utah...who's going where?

Coaches who's in who's out?

What's going on with your favorite team or conference?

I honestly haven't read one bit of college football news since the national championship game.

It's Time. Oh sorry, don't mean to bring up any bad memories Volunteer fans.

 
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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 07:28 AM
I've been waiting for this thread.

Kentucky's spring game is tomorrow, the beginning of the Joker Phillips era and Operation Win.

The best things that Joker has done since the retirement of Rich Brooks is to hire OL coach Mike Summers. Summers had been the OL coach for Bobby Petrino at Louisville, the ATL Falcons and at Arkansas. He's a good recruiter that has put quite a few quality linemen in the NFL.

The hiring of Rock Oliver from the Bengals as the strength coach. He was strength coach at UK for basketball coach Rick Petino and has a reputation for a drill Sargent attitude in the weight room. The basketball teams were always the best conditioned team on the court and I expect to see similar results in football

 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 08:10 AM
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Updated: April 23, 2010, 3:06 AM ET

BCS releases automatic bid formula

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Bowl Championship Series released its formula for determining how conferences, such as the Mountain West, can earn an automatic bid to the big-money bowls.

The BCS disclosed Thursday it has three ways to measure conference strength. They are the ranking of the highest-ranked team from a conference in the final BCS standings, the final regular-season computer rankings of all the teams in a conference and the number of teams from a conference in the top 25 in the final BCS standings.

These are compiled over a four-year period, and the conferences are measured against each other.

Six conferences -- the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC and Pac-10 -- have automatic bids that are contractually bound through the 2013 season.

Another conference could earn an automatic bid if it hits certain targets in all three categories.

For the first two categories, the goal for leagues such as the MWC and the Western Athletic Conference is to be ranked among the six best conferences in the country.

A points system is used in the third category that takes into account how each team in a conference is ranked at the end of the season. Using those points, each conference is given a grade, and for a conference to earn an automatic bid to the BCS, its grade needs to be about 50 percent.

"By putting out the data, we're hoping we can uncomplicate it," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said.

The BCS is in the middle of a four-year evaluation period. Hancock said the MWC is making a push to earn automatic-bid status for the 2012 and '13 seasons. Automatic bids for the next four-year cycle of the BCS, which will start in 2014, have not been determined

Utah and TCU both earned BCS bids the past two seasons.

"The Mountain West has had two great years," Hancock said. "They have a chance."

The conference rankings for the past two seasons were not released, but the general information is available and no doubt those inclined to crunch numbers will be trying to figure out where each conference stands entering next season.

Hancock stressed that the rankings can change dramatically from year to year because conferences are being judged against each other.

So another big year by the Mountain West in 2010 -- when TCU, BYU and Utah are again expected to have strong teams -- is far from guaranteed.

While the conference rankings the BCS uses to determine how another league can earn an automatic bid have been spelled out for years, BCS officials have been criticized by not giving details of how the formula is put together and what exactly needs to be done to qualify.

Hancock said the BCS released the formula to try to become more transparent.

The BCS also released its revenue distribution for the past bowl season, which was obtained by the AP in January.

The five non-automatic qualifying conferences -- the MWC, WAC, Sun Belt, Mid-American and Conference USA -- split a record $24,723,000. TCU and Boise State received BCS bids last season, marking the first time two teams from leagues outside the big six played in the marquee bowl games since the BCS was implemented in 1998.

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They mention a lot of Mountain West and hardly any WAC in this article, but I must think this should be nicknamed "The Boise State Rule."

One thing is for sure...more stuff for college football fans to argue about. YES!

Appears to be a conference vs. conference aggregate score over four years of play...hmmm.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 09:06 AM
Oregon only ranked 16th???? WTF

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 12:26 PM
Will Bama repeat? Big question here...I hope they do but it will be a really tough road.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 02:05 PM
a rebuilding year for my Gators, 3 guys in 1st round of draft, i am sure the other Pouncy will go soon as well. Anyhow, they will reload and be a force next season. that being said, still looking for the SEC to win it again.

Will be interesting to watch USC sans Carroll this year. I gather Joe Paterno will keep doing his thing again.

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 10:36 AM
Football ! Auburn had their spring game last Saturday and it was, of course, incredibly vanilla but I hate I missed it. WANEE !!! Cam Newton was pretty much kept under wraps. Everything was scripted. All for QB's got reps. I'm comfortable with any of them. We can win with any of them but Newton is 6'6", 250 lbs, runs like a deer and has a cannon for an arm. You can't coach that kind of physical talent. He has it all and we didn't sign him to sit on the bench. Also we stole the number 1 O lineman in the state from Bama. Reese Dismukes, a center from Spanish Fort.

Met an Auburn student at Wanee. Works with an organization that held a banquet of some sort the week of Xmas which was a few days before we signed Newton. Gus Mahlzahn (our OC) was there and they chatted. He asked Gus what his feelings were IF we did, indeed, sign Newton. Gus said if that did come to pass then we would be in Atlanta without a doubt. BOLD ! It's gonna be fun at any rate !!!

Bama will be tough to beat but it will happen by someone. You're not gonna win all your regular season games every year. The law of averages will catch up and it will this year. The question is... Who will it be ? I certainly hope it is AU ! But I do think it will be down to Bama and Auburn in the West although Arky will make a lot of noise and LSU might too.

The SEC East is WIDE ASS OPEN ! The Gators will always have the talent so I'm picking 'em but UGA, UT, USC... hey guys make a move ! Hey Bill, what kind of noise will the Cats make ? Can they take a run at it ? Saw Big Al at Wanee and he doesn't think the Vols will be very good.

We open with Arky State (WHACK !!!) and then go to Miss State on a Thursday night. This has TRAP GAME written all over it. Watch out ! Then come Clemson and South Carolina back to back at home. September is gonna be very interesting to say the least.

FOOTBALL !!!!

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 09:39 PM
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Hey Bill, what kind of noise will the Cats make ? Can they take a run at it ?



It'll be interesting this year we lost 4 from the OL. But as I posted before Mike Summers is the new OL coach.

Soph RB Donald Williams was impressive in the spring game ran for over 100 yds. He had some good plays last year as a Freshman and could give Derrick Locke a run for starting TB.

It's a three man battle for QB between Mike Hartline, Ryan Mossakowski and Morgan Newton. All three played well but none really stood out.

It will be interesting to see this season. One of UKs problems through the years has been a lack of speed. We've started getting speed the last few years, now with Rock Olivar as the new strength and conditioning coach we will have the size and strength to be competitive. And as you say the SEC East will be wide open this year and could be the year the Cats play in Atlanta in December.

Bird can't wait to see you and Melodye and luke in Lexington in October

 

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  posted on 4/26/2010 at 08:50 PM
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Updated: April 23, 2010, 3:06 AM ET

BCS releases automatic bid formula

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Bowl Championship Series released its formula for determining how conferences, such as the Mountain West, can earn an automatic bid to the big-money bowls.

The BCS disclosed Thursday it has three ways to measure conference strength. They are the ranking of the highest-ranked team from a conference in the final BCS standings, the final regular-season computer rankings of all the teams in a conference and the number of teams from a conference in the top 25 in the final BCS standings.

These are compiled over a four-year period, and the conferences are measured against each other.

Six conferences -- the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC and Pac-10 -- have automatic bids that are contractually bound through the 2013 season.

Another conference could earn an automatic bid if it hits certain targets in all three categories.

For the first two categories, the goal for leagues such as the MWC and the Western Athletic Conference is to be ranked among the six best conferences in the country.

A points system is used in the third category that takes into account how each team in a conference is ranked at the end of the season. Using those points, each conference is given a grade, and for a conference to earn an automatic bid to the BCS, its grade needs to be about 50 percent.

"By putting out the data, we're hoping we can uncomplicate it," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said.

The BCS is in the middle of a four-year evaluation period. Hancock said the MWC is making a push to earn automatic-bid status for the 2012 and '13 seasons. Automatic bids for the next four-year cycle of the BCS, which will start in 2014, have not been determined

Utah and TCU both earned BCS bids the past two seasons.

"The Mountain West has had two great years," Hancock said. "They have a chance."

The conference rankings for the past two seasons were not released, but the general information is available and no doubt those inclined to crunch numbers will be trying to figure out where each conference stands entering next season.

Hancock stressed that the rankings can change dramatically from year to year because conferences are being judged against each other.

So another big year by the Mountain West in 2010 -- when TCU, BYU and Utah are again expected to have strong teams -- is far from guaranteed.

While the conference rankings the BCS uses to determine how another league can earn an automatic bid have been spelled out for years, BCS officials have been criticized by not giving details of how the formula is put together and what exactly needs to be done to qualify.

Hancock said the BCS released the formula to try to become more transparent.

The BCS also released its revenue distribution for the past bowl season, which was obtained by the AP in January.

The five non-automatic qualifying conferences -- the MWC, WAC, Sun Belt, Mid-American and Conference USA -- split a record $24,723,000. TCU and Boise State received BCS bids last season, marking the first time two teams from leagues outside the big six played in the marquee bowl games since the BCS was implemented in 1998.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5126561





They mention a lot of Mountain West and hardly any WAC in this article, but I must think this should be nicknamed "The Boise State Rule."

One thing is for sure...more stuff for college football fans to argue about. YES!

Appears to be a conference vs. conference aggregate score over four years of play...hmmm.


I like how the MWC is getting a shot at AQ through consistent greatness at the top and decent strength in the middle. I also believe that conferences who frequently disappoint should be at risk of losing their AQ status. So short of just giving the MWC and automatic bid and taking the pool to 7, this is a good thing.

People don't respect the WAC because Hawaii's break-though was a fluke, but programs like Utah and TCU are very solid and have achieve very respectable levels, as has Boise, but my opinion (and the opinion of many people) is that the WAC is not on the same level as the MWC and therefore it will be very very hard for them to ever get an AQ status in this system - rightfully so too. It isn't just how the best team in the conference finishes in the rankings it is also how many other teams from the conference rank in the top 10 and also top 25, the WAC teams beyond Boise just don't have any consistency in this area.

The 3rd new criteria, the points system, isn't going to help the WAC either. Take two years ago for instance, the MWC went 5-1 vs the PAC 10 in regular season. Given a similar schedule, the WAC doesn't have 5 different teams that are good enough to beat 5 different teams from a BCS conference. Now if Boise were to figure out a way to join the MWC, now that would really be something! If the current trend of mega-conferences and conference championship games is going to continue (and with the money that is involved I can't see it stopping at this point) then I think it is only a a matter of time until the MWC and PAC 10 raid the WAC. Before the MWC formed many of these teams were together in the original WAC back in the late 1990s. It will probably happen again at some point.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2010 at 09:27 PM
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Damn, is it that time already?

Big Ten expansion is definitely what I'm watching, although all signs are nothing will happen for 12-18 months. I am tired of the Notre Dame flirtations but really they are the one school that makes the most sense for the league. B10 could add ND alone and boost revenues substantially, so they wouldn't have to go to 14 or 16 members. Still, I think ND is far-fetched... Rutgers sort of seems like the most likely candidate, and I'd be completely unexcited about that if it wasn't for the fact that they're close enough to NYC so that I could see games there, which would be a treat. Mizzou would also make sense, and so would UConn (if not so much from a basketball standpoint). But anyway, once that Big Ten expansion bomb drops, it will definitely change the NCAA FB landscape in a big way. Now there's talk of the SEC expanding along with the B10, assuming that does happen. It could be a chaotic 2 years in college football...


I haven't followed too closely on the Big Ten expansion rumors just because so many teams have been mentioned who knows which way it will go.

But here is the thing. The conference already has 11 teams, they play 8 league games (4 non-con) and miss 2 league opponents each year. The ADs are not going to like losing any of the "money games" (home games vs tomato cans), so what happens?

Assuming they keep 4 non-con and make a 12 team conference then each team would miss 3 league opponents each year, just as all the other big conferences do (play 73% of your league opponents). I'm not a fan of that kind of set-up, but have grown accustomed to it.

What I don't understand is in the current structure we have going to 14 or even 16 teams, how is it supposed to work? We have a 12 game regular season schedule here where there is currently room for 8 league games, in a 14 team league teams would only play 61.5% of the fellow conference members. A 16 team league means teams only play 53% of conference teams; how would you determine a division or league champion in this method with any credibility at all?

Here is a way I think it could work. Say you have a 16 team conference with two divisions. Play everyone in your division, plus one cross-division team (a designated rival to play every season) and then 4 non-conference. In the conference standings you only count divisional games, not the cross-division game. In this system you would have head-to-head and results on the field determine who is the best in each divisional since everyone plays eachother and the standings are made up of only games played against eachother. Then you have a league title game of the two divisional winners. If larger conferences are unavoidable, then that is a system that I could support, however, as I've documented how the current conference championship system is flawed, I can certainly see alot of problems here too (such as best 2 or 3 teams in one league being in same division, rematches and second chances in title games).

What makes me most upset is these expansion plans aren't in the interest of getting the best football and rewarding the best teams really, it isn't about what happens on the field at all really. It is just figuring out a way to bring in the most revenue possible no matter how the teams end up getting there, just ensure the season ending conference title game is as big of a blockbuster as possible gets all the focus. Like everything else, follow the money.



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  posted on 4/26/2010 at 09:36 PM
I was telling Andy that I think the SEC is more compelling to me this year. I don't really need alot of hype to get excited about a conference race. The fact that one or two of the divisional winners aren't givens adds alot more to the chase and makes it more interesting to me. The competitiveness in the East will be very close and I see the west being very very close. It's going to be a good one for sure. Florida might not be able to win the East, but they'll still be good enough to help determine who may or may not win it. And the road in the west still goes through Tuscaloosa, but that road looks steeper with lots of twists for the boys from Bama this season.
 

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  posted on 4/27/2010 at 12:53 PM
Bama will have it's test's...it's always tough in the SEC, then the SEC Championship, then, the Natl game..
the Big Ten? ...a pitiful conference. maybe should disband and re-distribute those teams.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2010 at 01:25 PM
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People don't respect the WAC because Hawaii's break-though was a fluke, but programs like Utah and TCU are very solid and have achieve very respectable levels, as has Boise, but my opinion (and the opinion of many people) is that the WAC is not on the same level as the MWC and therefore it will be very very hard for them to ever get an AQ status in this system - rightfully so too.


Yeah, you're right. That wasn't Boise State that beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl a few months ago...

 

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People don't respect the WAC because Hawaii's break-though was a fluke, but programs like Utah and TCU are very solid and have achieve very respectable levels, as has Boise, but my opinion (and the opinion of many people) is that the WAC is not on the same level as the MWC and therefore it will be very very hard for them to ever get an AQ status in this system - rightfully so too.


Yeah, you're right. That wasn't Boise State that beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl a few months ago...


And TCU beat an undefeated Boise St in 2008 so where does that leave us? I think Boise is a great program, just understand what I'm saying, which I think you do.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2010 at 03:15 PM
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Bama will have it's test's...it's always tough in the SEC, then the SEC Championship, then, the Natl game..
the Big Ten? ...a pitiful conference. maybe should disband and re-distribute those teams.


Well Brent, one thing is for sure you are short on provocative opinions around here.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2010 at 03:25 PM
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I even heard one insane rumor that Texas was having talks with the Big 10. Any of y'all heard that one?

I keep hearing Clemson's name being tossed around in SEC expansion. I think they'd fit like a glove...



Perhaps the regional aspect and appeal of the sport in this day and age is outdated. I personally like the regional ties that teams have to parts of the country and certain states.

I did hear the Texas to the Big Ten rumor, it certainly doesn't fit my concept of what college football landscape should look like. I don't mind thinking about conference realignment from time to time, but speculation can kind of run wild if you let it.

 

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I even heard one insane rumor that Texas was having talks with the Big 10. Any of y'all heard that one?

I keep hearing Clemson's name being tossed around in SEC expansion. I think they'd fit like a glove...



Perhaps the regional aspect and appeal of the sport in this day and age is outdated. I personally like the regional ties that teams have to parts of the country and certain states.

I did hear the Texas to the Big Ten rumor, it certainly doesn't fit my concept of what college football landscape should look like. I don't mind thinking about conference realignment from time to time, but speculation can kind of run wild if you let it.


Pretty much what I thought. The first thing I thought of was how that could possibly disrupt the Oklahoma/Texas game. It would be sad to lose that one....


I'm sure special games like that would be preserved, but then what about A&M? If they made those two games annual match-ups then they'd only be allowed 2 other non-con games in a 12 game/8 game schedule. A&M would be home-and-home, OU would be neutral, so that means in some years Texas would only have 2 of their 4 non-con games be home as opposed to 3 of 4 typically now...Texas makes WAY too much money on their home games to let that happen. Losing the home game revenue for just one game is a major hit to the budget. Although, maybe the financial splash of moving to the Big Ten would offset some of that, still don't see Texas accepting only 50% of their games at home every other year.

The other thing lost in all of that discussion I think, the Big 12 would move mountains in order to keep Texas within their conference. We're talking about one of the top 5 or 6 premier programs in the country. Big 12 would never let it happen.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2010 at 11:49 PM
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Bama will have it's test's...it's always tough in the SEC, then the SEC Championship, then, the Natl game..
the Big Ten? ...a pitiful conference. maybe should disband and re-distribute those teams.


"... a pitiful conference." Dang. I guess all the Bamers are getting fat headed now after winning the NC (good thing for ya that Colt McCoy got hurt or guess what, UT is #1). Easy there; it wasn't too long ago Alabama was losing to Louisiana Monroe. How about that Sugar Bowl game against Utah...

Alabama will be good this season but I don't see them winning it all again. They have the bulls eye on them plus they lost a lot of players on defense.

 

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I honestly haven't read one bit of college football news since the national championship game.


Somehow I find this incredibly hard to believe....

 

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  posted on 4/27/2010 at 11:54 PM
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Damn, is it that time already?

Big Ten expansion is definitely what I'm watching, although all signs are nothing will happen for 12-18 months. I am tired of the Notre Dame flirtations but really they are the one school that makes the most sense for the league. B10 could add ND alone and boost revenues substantially, so they wouldn't have to go to 14 or 16 members. Still, I think ND is far-fetched... Rutgers sort of seems like the most likely candidate, and I'd be completely unexcited about that if it wasn't for the fact that they're close enough to NYC so that I could see games there, which would be a treat. Mizzou would also make sense, and so would UConn (if not so much from a basketball standpoint). But anyway, once that Big Ten expansion bomb drops, it will definitely change the NCAA FB landscape in a big way. Now there's talk of the SEC expanding along with the B10, assuming that does happen. It could be a chaotic 2 years in college football...


What about Cincinnati joining the B10?

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  posted on 5/9/2010 at 10:03 AM
Week 1 TV schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 2
Towson at Indiana, 7:30 pm Big Ten Network
Minnesota at Middle Tennessee, 7:30 pm ESPNU
Marshall at Ohio State, 7:30 pm Big Ten Network
Southern Miss at South Carolina, 7:30 pm ESPN
Pitt at Utah, 7:30 pm Versus
USC at Hawaii, 11 pm ESPN

Friday, Sept. 3
Arizona at Toledo, 8:00 pm ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 4
Colorado vs. Colorado State, 1:00 pm Mtn.
Purdue at Notre Dame, 3:30 pm NBA
Texas at Rice, 3:30 pm ESPN
Washington at BYU, 7:00 pm CBSC
Oregon State vs. TCU (in Arlington), 7:45 pm ESPN
North Carolina vs. LSU (in Atlanta), 7:00 pm ABC
Cincinnati at Fresno State, 10:00 pm ESPN2
Wisconsin at UNLV, 11:00 pm Versus

Sunday, Sept. 5
Tulsa at East Carolina, 2:00 pm ESPN2
SMU at Texas Tech, 3:30 pm ESPN

Monday, Sept. 6
Navy vs. Maryland, 4:00 pm ESPN
Boise State vs. Virginia Tech (in Landover), 8:00 pm ESPN

Projected week 1 odds according to J Howell's power ratings:

Below are the projections for the NCAA IA football games through
the games of 9-6-2010. Games against non-IA teams are excluded.
The favorite is listed first with the projected margin of victory
(i.e., the line) in parenthesis. 'TP' represents the total number of
points expected to be scored in the game and 'Odds' represents the odds
of the favorite winning straight-up (not against-the-spread).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ohio State (-23) vs. Marshall (TP=46 Odds=.874)
Southern California (-16) @ Hawaii (TP=52 Odds=.755)
Utah (-6) vs. Pittsburgh (TP=50 Odds=.603)

South Carolina (-9) vs. Southern Mississippi (TP=49 Odds=.657)
Middle Tennessee State (-3.5) vs. Minnesota (TP=51 Odds=.560)
Iowa State (-3) vs. Northern Illinois (TP=49 Odds=.551)


Friday, September 3, 2010

Arizona (-14) @ Toledo (TP=58 Odds=.703)


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Florida (-38) vs. Miami (Ohio) (TP=51 Odds=.966)
Texas (-34.5) vs. Rice (TP=62 Odds=.899) @ Houston, TX
Alabama (-29.5) vs. San Jose State (TP=46 Odds=.935)
Texas Christian (-11.5) vs. Oregon State (TP=51 Odds=.691) @ Arlington, TX
Oklahoma (-30) vs. Utah State (TP=58 Odds=.886)

Louisiana State (-9.5) vs. North Carolina (TP=46 Odds=.673) @ Atlanta, GA
Cincinnati (-11) @ Fresno State (TP=58 Odds=.660)
Oregon (-28) vs. New Mexico (TP=55 Odds=.874)
Georgia (-24.5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (TP=55 Odds=.842)
Brigham Young (-20.5) vs. Washington (TP=54 Odds=.799)

Nebraska (-30.5) vs. Western Kentucky (TP=52 Odds=.917)
Clemson (-31) vs. North Texas (TP=55 Odds=.900)
Wisconsin (-14.5) @ Nevada-Las Vegas (TP=54 Odds=.721)
Auburn (-18.5) vs. Arkansas State (TP=49 Odds=.803)
Oklahoma State (-25.5) vs. Washington State (TP=55 Odds=.853)

Missouri (-13.5) vs. Illinois (TP=56 Odds=.703) @ St. Louis, MO
Connecticut (-4) @ Michigan (TP=52 Odds=.564)
Kentucky (-3.5) @ Louisville (TP=51 Odds=.562)
Michigan State (-13.5) vs. Western Michigan (TP=54 Odds=.708)
Troy (-9.5) vs. Bowling Green State (TP=57 Odds=.642)

Notre Dame (-7) vs. Purdue (TP=54 Odds=.610)
Northwestern (-3.5) @ Vanderbilt (TP=45 Odds=.567)
UCLA (-0.5) @ Kansas State (TP=50 Odds=.509)
Mississippi State (-14) vs. Memphis (TP=52 Odds=.725)
Colorado (-3) vs. Colorado State (TP=51 Odds=.547) @ Denver, CO

Syracuse (-1) @ Akron (TP=50 Odds=.517)
Alabama-Birmingham (-1) vs. Florida Atlantic (TP=57 Odds=.519)
Army (-4) @ Eastern Michigan (TP=48 Odds=.568)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Texas Tech (-24.5) vs. Southern Methodist (TP=61 Odds=.817)
East Carolina (-8.5) vs. Tulsa (TP=56 Odds=.627)


Monday, September 6, 2010

Virginia Tech (-2) vs. Boise State (TP=51 Odds=.536) @ Landover, MD
Navy (-9.5) vs. Maryland (TP=50 Odds=.658) @ Baltimore, MD

Refresher, head coaching changes for 2010:

HEAD COACHING CHANGES FOR 2010
SCHOOL - OLD COACH - YRS - NEW COACH (former position)
Akron - J.D. Brookhart - 6 - Ron Ianello (Notre Dame Receivers Coach)
Buffalo - Turner Gill - 4 - Jeff Quinn (Cincinnati Off. Coor.)
Central Michigan - Butch Jones - 3 - Dan Enos (Michigan State RB Coach)
Cincinnati - Brian Kelly - 4 - Butch Jones (Central Michigan Head Coach)
East Carolina - Skip Holtz - 5 - Ruffin McNeill (Texas Tech Def. Coor.)
Florida State - Bobby Bowden - 34 - Jimbo Fisher (Florida State Off. Coor.)
Kansas - Mark Mangino - 8 - Turner Gill (Buffalo Head Coach)
Kentucky - Rich Brooks - 7 - Joker Phillips (Kentucky Off. Head Coach)
Louisiana-Monroe - Charlie Weatherbie - 7 - Todd Berry (UNLV Off. Coor & QB Coach)
Louisiana Tech - Derek Dooley - 3 - Sonny Dykes (Arizona Off. Coor.)
Louisville - Steve Kragthorpe - 3 - Charlie Strong (Florida Def. Coor.)
Marshall - Mark Snyder - 5 - John "Doc" Holliday (WVU TE/FB Coach)
Memphis - Tommy West - 9 - Larry Porter (Louisiana State RB Coach)
Notre Dame - Charlie Weis - 5 - Brian Kelly (Cincinnati Head Coach)
San Jose State - Dick Tomey - 5 - Mike MacIntyre (Duke Def. Coor.)
South Florida - JimLeavitt - 13 - Skip Holtz (East Carolina Head Coach)
Southern California - Pete Carroll - 9 - Lane Kiffin (Tennessee Head Coach)
Tennessee - Lane Kiffin - 1 - Derek Dooley (Louisiana Tech Head Coach)
Texas Tech - Mike Leach - 10 - Tommy Tuberville (Auburn Head Coach)
UNLV - Mike Sanford - 5 - Bobby Hauck (Montana Head Coach)
Virginia - Al Groh - 9 - Mike London (Richmond Head Coach)
Western Kentucky - David Elson - 7 - Willie Taggart (Stanford RB Coach)

 

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  posted on 6/3/2010 at 08:55 PM
See if we can get a little cfb talk here. I think the ACC has the most intrigue entering the season.

First off, out of the gate the ACC is involved in several of the most marquee non conference games in the first 2 weeks: VT vs Boise, UNC vs LSU, Miami at Ohio St, FSU at Oklahoma. Adding to the test, all those games neutral site or away from home. We'll get to see just how good the supposed contenders of the ACC stacks up with other top flight teams of the nation.

Second, over the last 2 years I have not been down on the ACC, never called it weak or boring. I think in 2008 we saw great competition within the conference, just not at a top ten type level. There seemed to be more separation between upper and lower tier teams last year. This year could be the one where the ACC reemerges as a nationally respected and strong league with many teams fighting for top 15 position.

We know the story lines. In the coastal:

Georgia Tech has an ACC Title and been to two premier bowls under Coach Johnson and with only rare exception, they continue to be an offensive juggernaut. Some key pieces are missing this year, but that never hurt Johnson's consistency at prior stops. Jackets should be formidable once again.

Virginia Tech does what they do, win double digit games every year. 2010 could be the year Beamer Ball gives way to dangerous offensive power to win games.

Miami is on the upswing, still in rebuilding mode, waiting to break out. This is the Canes strongest team in years which means trouble for everyone else in the league.

UNC isn't just for basketball anymore. The bar has been raised and Heal fans have big expectations. Improvement doesn't always take the form of a straight line and after regressing last year, this team is ready to build on the 2008 success and perhaps compete for a divisional and conference crown.

Duke wins 5 games last season, as many as the last 3 prior years combined. They might take a step back this year, but don't doubt they'll trip up a team or two they shouldn't along the way.

Virginia has alot to prove. The once proud institution falls on hard times and is looking for a savior. Coach Mike London has the resume, how soon can he field a competitive team?

Now the Atlantic might appear to be weaker, but part of that might just be that some of the teams aren't as appealing, such as steady and always underrated Boston College. Hopefully Mark Herzlich returns to the field at full strength this season.

FSU for the first time in eons Bobby Bowden won't be coaching the Noles. So Jimbo gets his turn to right the ship that has gone far far off coarse. It is FSU, the talent is ready and willing.

Clemson without CJ Spiller can't possibly compete for a Division or Conference Title right? Not so fast. A QB with a year under his belt (assuming he doesn't leave for a baseball career) and very good RBs who can get the job done, Tigers can't be discounted very easily.

Seems like so many years ago Maryland was making big noise in the ACC, well in fact it was many years ago. Can "the Fridge" put something like that together again? Maybe not that, but atleast tripling last year's 2 win total is very attainable.

NC St looked to be trending upward off a 2008 bowl appearance and QB Russell Wilson was being hyped as the ACC's best QB entering last year. Injuries slowed Wilson's progression a bit, but in year 3 as a starter he could easily reestablish himself as a top shelf ACC QB.

Wake Forest's success from 3 and 4 years ago made us forget how Jim Grobe had to grind out some tough seasons to get that ACC Championship. One thing is for sure, Grobe knows how to build a team and knows how to do it right. It will be tough this year withou QB Skinner, but it isn't wise to bet too strongly against Grobe.

If you know me, you know that I love all of college football. The ACC though, at this early point in the year has really captivated my mind, lot's of stuff to look forward to and speculate about with these teams this season.

 

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  posted on 6/4/2010 at 11:31 AM
No takers?

How about conference expansion, that will surely prompt some replies. The latest:

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Pac-10 Expansion: Moves Could Devastate Big-12

Brett Stephen
Written on June 04, 2010

In a bold, and somewhat crazy move, the Pac-10 is allegedly preparing to make a blockbuster move and extend offers to six schools.

The six schools are alleged to be Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

This would be epic for the Pac-10, but absolutely devastating for the Big-12 if it comes to fruition.

The move would surely make the Pac-10 the strongest conference (although some will still make an argument for the SEC) and would ultimately make the Big-12 a non-BCS conference.

The departure of these six institutions from the Big-12 would almost certainly force other schools from the conference, especially Nebraska, to jump ship, leaving teams like Kansas and Kansas State as the “power teams” of the conference.

Missouri has already said that it will not commit to the Big-12 if these changes occur.

Based on previous comments made by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, you can expect to see these Pac-10 offers countered in an attempt to remain the top conference in college football.

At conference meetings, Slive reiterated that the SEC would be “thoughtful and strategic” in their reaction to the Pac-10’s alleged offers. He also said that the SEC is “a very special league” that has had “special success” but added that it is “not complacent.”

Look for the SEC to make counter offers to four of these six institutions, with the exception of Texas Tech and Colorado.

The addition of Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would make the SEC hands down the best athletic conference in college football.

Either way you slice it, these six schools, and especially the aforementioned four, are in a great position right now as they are in a virtual no-lose situation.

If nothing happens, and the Big-12 stays intact, they remain in one of the top academic and athletic conferences in the country.

If they make a move west to the Pac-10, they bolster their own academic status and definitely enhance the athletics of their new conference.

If they move east to the SEC, they become part of what will be an untouchable power conference athletically and lose nothing academically.

Only time will tell, but this will undoubtedly become an absolute war between the Pac-10 and the SEC.

The battles that will inevitably take place off the field may top any Pac-10/SEC matchup that has ever been played on the field and unless these rumors turn out to be 100% false, the Big-12 can start preparing for an absolute blood-bath.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/401264-pac-10-expansion-moves-could-devi state-big-12


 

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  posted on 6/4/2010 at 01:32 PM
Just got my Ticket for VT vs Boise State , September 6

 

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  posted on 6/4/2010 at 04:53 PM
PAC 16 with those 6 teams added would be insane. This is crazy talk. I was hoping some additonal western US teams would move into PAC 10 but not 6 from the Big 12.

 

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