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  posted on 11/29/2006 at 08:49 PM
This week winners of the ACC, Big East, Big 12, CUSA, MAC, SEC and Sun Belt.

Thursday
Ohio vs Central Michigan (-3.5) - 7:30 ESPN
- Ford Field Detroit. Miami took care of business last week vs Mia, Oh with a back up QB (Bower, Illinois transfer). I have not heard if Austin Everson will be back at QB this week or not. Either way, Kalvin Mcrae and defense is the key to their team. McRae is first OU back in 30 years to rush for back to back 1000 yard seasons. Last week he ran for nearly 200 yards and 2 long TDs, he is also the leading receiver. The OU D allows just 16.2 ppg. Central Michigan is more diverse with QB LeFevour very important to their success. He has a great TD-INT ratio and is the teams #2 rusher. They also have 2 very capable RBs to go along with a great MAC receiving corp. Central Michigan also has special teams edges, but the Central Michigan D is not as solid as OU. OU's Frank Solich is in his 2nd year and CM's Brian Kelly is in his 3rd. This is the first time either team has been in the MAC Title game.

Friday
Southern Mississippi vs Houston (-4.5) - 8:00 ESPN2
Robertson Stadium, Houston Texas. This is the home field of Houston. These teams met earlier this year with S Miss winning 31-27. That was Houston's only conference loss. Kevin Kolb is a 4 year starter at QB for Houston. He holds nearly all of Houston's passing records (topping Andre Ware and David Klingler). This year he has a 25-3 TD/INT ratio and is completing nearly 70% of his passes - Kolb is the CUSA offensive player of the year. They have a very capable running game and Kolb is a running threat as well. The Houston D would be called average. Kolb is 1-3 in his career vs Southern Miss. I think Jeff Bower has the longest tenure of any CUSA coach. He has 13 straight winning seasons. S Miss has been CUSA Champs in '03, '99, '97 and '96 when they shared it with Houston. This year S Miss is led by Fr RB Damion Fletcher, he is a CUSA first teamer. They have been playing 2 QBs of late who spread the ball out to many receivers. Southern Miss would have the defensive edge, but both offenses might have their way here.

Saturday
UConn at Louisville (-27) - 12:00 ESPN
-UConn trying for 5th win after missing out on bowl shot last week. UConn led throughout last week vs Cincy, but TOs killed them and Cincy won with :10 left. Louisville needs a win here and a Rutgers loss for the Big East Title. Louisville impressed last week vs Pitt.

Georgia Tech vs Wake Forest (-2.5) - 1:00 ABC
- Alltel Pavilion, Jacksonville FL. Last year GT won 30-17 and GT held the ACC's leading rusher, Wake's Chris Barclay, to season low 24 yards. Comparing common foes, GT has huge edges in yards and points, where Wake has defecits. GT is going for it's 3rd ACC Title (90 & 98). This is Wake's first ACC Title since 1970. Tashard Choice has been an important part of GT's offense lately and he will likely be called on to take pressure off inconsistant and error prone Sr QB Reggie Ball (46% comp). Wake Forest has outscored opponents away from home 168-80 and have gone 6-0 away this year. It is increbile for Wake to be in the ACC Title game especially when you consider their experienced starter at QB (Mauk) was lost for the year in game 1 and their top-notch RB (Andrews) in game #2. Instead they went with a Fr QB and a converted WR at RB. By the numbers, GT has all the edges, but Wake might have "IT".

Army - Navy (-20.5) - 2:30 CBS
- Philadelphia. This is the 107th meeting, Navy leads 50-47-7. Army has lost the last 4 being outscored 176-54. Since the season ending injury to QB Brian Hampton, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Endada (yeah) has filled in nicely, although in those 3 starts he has faced only Duke, E Mich and Temple. Army might be a little better than that, but not much. The rivalry factor might elevate them just a little. Navy is leading the NCAA in rushing and takes on a poor Army rush D. Army has lost 5 straight since their win over VMI. Army is 3-8 and was hoping for a bowl game this year (accepted Pointsettia bowl before season started). You have to wonder how long does Navy coach Paul Johnson plan to stick around as he should be considered for some of the major DIA openings.

Stanford at Cal (-29) - 3:00 Fox Sports Net
- "The Big Game". Cal lost 2 in a row and has accepted the Holiday Bowl. Stanford is 1-10. It is almost impossible to see how Stanford can even make this a game, but I think I'd take the points here.

USC (-13.5) at UCLA - 4:30 ABC
-These two play for the Victory Bell. This series has gone in streaks. UCLA has not beat USC since 1998 when they won 8 straight from 1991-1998. Last time they played at UCLA it was close 29-24 (USC -22.5). Last year a 9-1 UCLA team was buried 66-19. USC wins and they likely will face Ohio St for the National Title. USC's D has been GREAT since the loss to Oregon St. UCLA will face question at QB between now healthy Olson or backup Cowen who has started last 6. UCLA does not look capable of pulling the upset, but do have a decent front 7.

Florida (-3) vs Arkansas - 6:00 CBS
- Georgia Dome, Atlanta. The last time Arkansas won their only outright SEC West crown they faced Florida in the Title game (34-3 UF). Arkansas has been in SEC Title game twice and lost both. Florida has been SEC Champ 5 times, losing 2, since the SEC Title game was conceived. Florida has not been playing well virtually all year. The numbers show Leak as having a good season (64% 21-11 ratio), but for anyone watching the games you know those numbers are misleading, as his career numbers have been. Never-the-less he is much better than what Arkansas has to offer at QB and it was QB play that clearly lost the LSU game last week. Arkansas did use the "Wildcat" formation (McFadden at QB) quite a bit last week vs LSU with a lot of success. The only problem is they showed so much of it that now Florida and DC Charlie Strong knows they will probably get a bit dose of it. But that does not mean they can stop it. Arkansas has defenses edges in my mind, but Florida D is not bad at all. This is a great match-up of Arkansas' #1 rush O vs Florida's #1 rush D (SEC rankings). Florida may go for it often in usual FG situations, hard to predict how that will work out. Arkansas seems like the better team here, but if Florida plays up to their ability for 4 quarters they may be able to win.

Rutgers at West Virgina (-10) - 7:45 ESPN
- Rutgers controls their own destiny in the Big East. West Virginia can not win the conference now with the loss to USF last week. Pat White has multiple injuries, although he says he will play. HC Rodriguz was not certain earlier this week. It was good to see Rutgers rebound with nice win over Syracuse last week and this Rutgers team is for real. That is as long as QB Teel doesn't throw it away. That has only happened once this year and that was their only loss (Cincinnati). Rutgers has the better D in my opinion, but I don't think that they matche up very well here vs White and Slaton. Some great offensive skill players here (Ray Rice, Brian Leonard, White, Slaton, Reynaud, Myles). West Virginia has been religated to spoiler role, but could still secure a BCS at large bid with a win.

Nebraska vs Oklahoma (-3.5) - 8:00 ABC
- Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Oklahoma needed Texas to lose 2 conference games in order for them to be here and thanks to Kansas St and A&M here the Sooner are. As some have already stated, Oklahoma could have not only Big 12 Title on the line, but a National Title shot had the officials in Oregon not gave away the game. But that does not matter now. Adrian Peterson will not play despite him saying he would play if Oklahoma reached the conf title game. They have been fine without him as JUCO Allen Patrick, rFr Gutierrez true Fr Brown have filled in very very well. It is a testiment to the often criticized Oklahoma OL from earlier this year. Paul Thompson is doing ok, and has had some good and not so good moments. Recievers Kelly, Iglesias, TE Finley have been setting up lately. Both teams are playing in their 4th Big 12 Title games and historically these two have dominated their previous conference, the Big 8. These teams used to meet every year form 1928-97, but they are not scheduled every year now. Nebraska may have as deep a RB corp as Oklahoma, Nebraska has had 4 RBs top 100 yards in a game this year. Sr QB Zac Taylor is also playing very well. These teams actually appear fairly even, Oklahoma's D might get more pub, but the "Blackshirts" have reasserted themselves this year. Both have very solid special teams units.

Oregon St at Hawaii (-7.5) - 11:00 ESPN
- Hawaii going for 10th win this year, while Oregon St can amazingly win 10 games with a win here and in the bowl. Both teams have accepted their bowl bids. Hawaii knows they will be facing Arz St. Last week before facing Purdue Hawaii said that it was the biggest game in school history. They had just cracked the top 25 rankings and a loss to Purdue would show UH was a fluke. Purdue made them work for it (won by 7 as 17pt favorite). QB Brennan deserves to be in NY as a Heisman invite. He is on pace to own several NCAA passing records if he returns next year. Joe Tiller, who has seen many many good QBs, told June Jones "that is the best QB I've ever seen" last week before walking off the field after the game. Hawaii's defense is playing very well this year, very physical, making plays when they need to. Leonard Peters is a missle at safety. Oregon St's improbable climb to 8-4 started after they dropped back to back PAC 10 games. At 2-3 the fans and the media where ready to throw in the towell, but the team and the staff never quit. Matt Moore is having a great year by his standards and a very good year by most others. Oregon St is off their Cival War rivalry where they won an emotional game over the Ducks. This should be another fantastic game, I encourage all to watch this game if you had not seen Hawaii play lately.

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 03:16 PM
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Rutgers at West Virgina (-10) - 7:45 ESPN
- Rutgers controls their own destiny in the Big East. West Virginia can not win the conference now with the loss to USF last week. Pat White has multiple injuries, although he says he will play. HC Rodriguz was not certain earlier this week. It was good to see Rutgers rebound with nice win over Syracuse last week and this Rutgers team is for real. That is as long as QB Teel doesn't throw it away. That has only happened once this year and that was their only loss (Cincinnati). Rutgers has the better D in my opinion, but I don't think that they matche up very well here vs White and Slaton. Some great offensive skill players here (Ray Rice, Brian Leonard, White, Slaton, Reynaud, Myles).



I have not jumped off the Rutgers bandwagon, but, I don't see WVU losing 2 in a row, especially at home, nor do I see a 10 point loss here from either. BTW, what do you think? Do you think the USF victory over WVU was a statement about the strength of this conference?

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 03:28 PM
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Georgia Tech vs Wake Forest (-2.5) - 1:00 ABC
- Alltel Pavilion, Jacksonville FL. Last year GT won 30-17 and GT held the ACC's leading rusher, Wake's Chris Barclay, to season low 24 yards. Comparing common foes, GT has huge edges in yards and points, where Wake has defecits. GT is going for it's 3rd ACC Title (90 & 98). This is Wake's first ACC Title since 1970. Tashard Choice has been an important part of GT's offense lately and he will likely be called on to take pressure off inconsistant and error prone Sr QB Reggie Ball (46% comp). Wake Forest has outscored opponents away from home 168-80 and have gone 6-0 away this year. It is increbile for Wake to be in the ACC Title game especially when you consider their experienced starter at QB (Mauk) was lost for the year in game 1 and their top-notch RB (Andrews) in game #2. Instead they went with a Fr QB and a converted WR at RB. By the numbers, GT has all the edges, but Wake might have "IT".



The secret is out about Tech. Neutralize Ball and you've also neutralized C Johnson. Choice rushed for 140 yards against UGA and they were able to muster 1 touchdown. Tech will not, and cannot win this game without all cylinders clicking IMHO. And They won't. Rattle Reg (which isn't that hard to do) and he melts down pretty fast. As a UGA fan, that's really fun to watch. The Tech D is overrated. Go back and look at the schedule. And Stafford, threw for 171 yards against them, and to wide open receivers mostly. IMHO Tech will have to score in the 30's to beat Wake Forest and they won't do that. I like Wake's offense way too much in this game. I like Wake w/ the points and am calling a win outright. And, I bet you were surprised to hear that from me, eh?

 

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Nebraska vs Oklahoma (-3.5) - 8:00 ABC
- Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Oklahoma needed Texas to lose 2 conference games in order for them to be here and thanks to Kansas St and A&M here the Sooner are. As some have already stated, Oklahoma could have not only Big 12 Title on the line, but a National Title shot had the officials in Oregon not gave away the game. But that does not matter now. Adrian Peterson will not play despite him saying he would play if Oklahoma reached the conf title game. They have been fine without him as JUCO Allen Patrick, rFr Gutierrez true Fr Brown have filled in very very well. It is a testiment to the often criticized Oklahoma OL from earlier this year. Paul Thompson is doing ok, and has had some good and not so good moments. Recievers Kelly, Iglesias, TE Finley have been setting up lately. Both teams are playing in their 4th Big 12 Title games and historically these two have dominated their previous conference, the Big 8. These teams used to meet every year form 1928-97, but they are not scheduled every year now. Nebraska may have as deep a RB corp as Oklahoma, Nebraska has had 4 RBs top 100 yards in a game this year. Sr QB Zac Taylor is also playing very well. These teams actually appear fairly even, Oklahoma's D might get more pub, but the "Blackshirts" have reasserted themselves this year. Both have very solid special teams units.


I really want Nebraska to win and feel that they are the better team. Or, I'd like to think so. OK, so, work with me on this one - QB, no question, Zac Taylor. Running game? See, this is where I have a problem. I guess you can't argue with numbers but OU's last three games have been against Tx Tech, Baylor & OSU. But you know, the Huskers are among the top rushing teams in that conference too. Both have done it against some good defensive teams too. As far as D is concerned, Nebraska's been giving up too many points for comfort level. But I don't believe this is going to be a defensive struggle either. I didn't get to see the Nebraska v. USC game - how close was that? I just have a hard time believing, with the passing efficiency of Zac Taylor that Nebraska has the possibility of losing this game by 3.5 points. Well, whaddya think? Have I convinced myself that Nebraska will win?

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Army - Navy (-20.5) - 2:30 CBS
- Philadelphia. This is the 107th meeting, Navy leads 50-47-7. Army has lost the last 4 being outscored 176-54. Since the season ending injury to QB Brian Hampton, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Endada (yeah) has filled in nicely, although in those 3 starts he has faced only Duke, E Mich and Temple. Army might be a little better than that, but not much. The rivalry factor might elevate them just a little. Navy is leading the NCAA in rushing and takes on a poor Army rush D. Army has lost 5 straight since their win over VMI. Army is 3-8 and was hoping for a bowl game this year (accepted Pointsettia bowl before season started). You have to wonder how long does Navy coach Paul Johnson plan to stick around as he should be considered for some of the major DIA openings.



Not to take anything away from the actual playing of this game, but, I think the biggest question here is if Paul Johnson will go to Alabama or not. He's got ties to the south, being the former HC at Valdosta State and they were darn good under him.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 04:01 PM
God love those Cajuns...Something tells me there's gonna be alot of tickets to be had on craigslist and ebay! And if Arkansas beats UF that could mean the top ranked SEC team is NOT playing in the Sugar bowl...Oh my word, I think I have the vapors!
This was on ESPN.com

Report: LSU to play in Rose Bowl

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU fans are buying Rose Bowl tickets in droves, gobbling up 32,000 pre-sale orders at $135 per ticket even though their Tigers have not yet been officially invited to the game.


Baton Rouge television station WAFB reported that No. 5 LSU will play in the Rose Bowl presented by Citi on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The station, citing information from a member of the Rose Bowl Board who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reported the Tigers will play either Michigan or Southern California.


"That's not true," Rose Bowl CEO Mitch Dorger told the Shreveport Times on Wednesday night. "We have not made any final decisions at all. I think some people have gone out on a limb and are making assumptions. We will make our decision on Sunday."


LSU athletic director Skip Bertman also would not confirm the report.


But none of that seemed to matter to LSU fans itching for a trip to Pasadena. More than 16,000 tickets for the Rose Bowl were pre-sold between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday night, LSU ticket manager Brian Broussard told the Shreveport Times, bringing the total of LSU Rose Bowl pre-sales to 32,000.


The school said on its athletics Web site that it is also taking orders for the FedEx Orange Bowl and the Capital One Bowl. On its athletics Web site, the school said it has 19,500 ticket requests for the Orange Bowl and another 17,000 for the Capital One Bowl.


LSU, which went 10-2 in the regular season but finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference West Division, would become the first SEC team to play in the Rose Bowl since Alabama in 1946.

If the second-ranked Trojans beat UCLA on Saturday, they almost certainly would finish second in the Bowl Championship Series standings and play No. 1 Ohio State in the national championship game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 8.

A USC victory would also relegate third-ranked Michigan to the Rose Bowl, where it was thought the Wolverines might get a rematch with No. 12 Notre Dame.



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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 04:10 PM
Thanks to Nebish for providing a season's worth of good info.... I enjoyed your posts....

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 04:16 PM
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same here.

I never posted but read 'em all.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 04:24 PM
I've got a funny feeling about Nebraska-Oklahoma, or, maybe it's just indigestion.

Truly, without the Oregon hose job, the Sooners would be 11-1 and one could argue that one bad half against Texas (the Sooners led 10-7 at half only to lose 28-10) has kept them from an undefeated season. They lose Peterson and still they have won all those games. Their defense is solid and NU's has been spotty at times.

Still, virtually every time there's been some kind of "statement" game since Zac Taylor has been there, the Huskers have either won or always been on the winning side of "the number."

Cold, night game in KC, with expectations of six inches of snow today makes me think this will be a close game anf NU is getting the points. If NU can slow the OU running game I think they win outright. Guess my greenbacks will be on Big Red.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 10:43 PM
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same here.

I never posted but read 'em all.


Well, that is cool - thank you. I have enjoyed talking about college football here. I have some good friends who like college football, but honestly not as much as the people here. I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts and learned some things in the process. So thank you for that.

And the season isn't over...there are still bowl games!

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 10:51 PM
I don't feel confident picking any of the big games this week. I can make arguements for both sides. I am just going to sit back with pizza, wings, my football buddy, maybe the wife (she likes college football alot too) and enjoy the games. Sometimes when I bet a game I find myself wanting a team to win so bad that I do not enjoy the game as much.

The only game I am likely betting is Hawaii.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 08:02 AM
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I've got a funny feeling about Nebraska-Oklahoma, or, maybe it's just indigestion.

Truly, without the Oregon hose job, the Sooners would be 11-1 and one could argue that one bad half against Texas (the Sooners led 10-7 at half only to lose 28-10) has kept them from an undefeated season. They lose Peterson and still they have won all those games. Their defense is solid and NU's has been spotty at times.

Still, virtually every time there's been some kind of "statement" game since Zac Taylor has been there, the Huskers have either won or always been on the winning side of "the number."

Cold, night game in KC, with expectations of six inches of snow today makes me think this will be a close game anf NU is getting the points. If NU can slow the OU running game I think they win outright. Guess my greenbacks will be on Big Red.


Hmmmm....didn't know about the snow. Well, in that case, you can throw out (no pun intended) my rationale about the passing game. If the weather does turn nasty then you are right, (not that you're not right anyway) itwill come down to the D. I still like Nebraska in this game. This will be a good game though.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 08:27 AM
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Florida (-3) vs Arkansas - 6:00 CBS
- Georgia Dome, Atlanta. The last time Arkansas won their only outright SEC West crown they faced Florida in the Title game (34-3 UF). Arkansas has been in SEC Title game twice and lost both. Florida has been SEC Champ 5 times, losing 2, since the SEC Title game was conceived. Florida has not been playing well virtually all year. The numbers show Leak as having a good season (64% 21-11 ratio), but for anyone watching the games you know those numbers are misleading, as his career numbers have been. Never-the-less he is much better than what Arkansas has to offer at QB and it was QB play that clearly lost the LSU game last week. Arkansas did use the "Wildcat" formation (McFadden at QB) quite a bit last week vs LSU with a lot of success. The only problem is they showed so much of it that now Florida and DC Charlie Strong knows they will probably get a bit dose of it. But that does not mean they can stop it. Arkansas has defenses edges in my mind, but Florida D is not bad at all. This is a great match-up of Arkansas' #1 rush O vs Florida's #1 rush D (SEC rankings). Florida may go for it often in usual FG situations, hard to predict how that will work out. Arkansas seems like the better team here, but if Florida plays up to their ability for 4 quarters they may be able to win.



Ah and here it is...the SEC Championship. First let me say that many people who are from SEC schools always root for school then conference. Not me. There are very few instances where I can see myself rooting for Florida, Auburn, or the school from that state that's underneath North Carolina. And, I just want to go on record as saying that I called Arkansas from day 1 of this. Modest little bastard aren't I?

On the surface, Arkansas is not the same team that played USC earlier in the year and Florida has played up/down to the level of competition all year long. Would it be fair to say that the SEC East is down this year? Hmmm. That would be a tough one. Arkansas only played Tennessee and won - convincingly. And Tennessee, piled 51 on my beloved Dawgs and seemingly limped to the end of the season. Auburn beats Florida then Tuberville, who can't keep his mouth shut (hint hint Urban), redirects the teams focus and then their offense, that was highly overrated anyway, gets pounded by Georgia. And Florida beats LSU who is, arguably, playing the best ball in the SEC right now. Oh, who cares if the division is up or down this year. The 2 teams that deserve to be playing for the championship, are. Can you remember a game where the QB play has been boiled down to an intangible factor? I mean, Arkansas can run the ball better than Florida and neither has much of a passing attack. Neither one is really that good in Pass Defense and Florida leads the SEC in Rushing and Scoring Defense. Interestingly enough Florida leads Arkansas in both total Defense and total offense. but here's the kicker IMO. the closest Florida has come all year to playing a team who concentrates on the run close to Arkansas is LSU. Despite Arkansas loss to LSU, I still feel that they're success this year is their ability to run the ball with so many different weapons. There's no doubt McFadden is awesome. The Florida D will wear down and if Arkansas jumps out to a quick 2 or 3 touchdown lead, highly improbable but stranger things have happened in this game, Leak is not enough of passer to bring them back. I do believe this game will be close and Florida will play better than they have all year. But, in the end I like Arkansas to win outright.

BTW, I don't bet on sports either. Never have. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 09:39 AM
While we are patting ourselves on the back, my post from 5/29/06:

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I want to go out on a limb here with Arkansas this year. Not that I make assumptions like this on being "due", but Arkansas has to come up with a good year. I think they were playing well down the stretch even though they went 2-3. The 3 losses were close against Georgia, South Carolina and LSU - not bad teams to have close losses to when you are a team like Arkansas. I like their personel and this will be Houston Nutt's last year if they don't come out strong.

So I will say that they will win the SEC West this year. I won't go any further than that, but the whole SEC is not out of the question. In the SEC West most people love Auburn and it is hard not to. LSU has the toughest schedule and I don't know much about Bama this year (except they are at Arky).

And USC better watch out when they come to Fayetteville 9/2.


 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:12 AM
I had several hit and miss predictions, for fun here are some of the more entertaining ones:


The Misses:
8/18
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I'm calling for Notre Dame's 42 game streak over Navy to end this year. What you think about them apples?


7/18 - I'm glad I was wrong on this one.
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Miami 11-1 or 10-2 (unfortunately, Miami will be back this year)


8/25
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I called Arizona to beat USC last year, maybe I was just a year early or temporarily insane. I'll go back on them and say they get it done this year at home and beat the Trojans in week 4.



8/6
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West Virginia will be left out because they will lose atleast 3 games this year, losses will include Maryland and Louisville.



8/11
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I've already made my feelings known on West Virginia. Write it down: Maryland will beat them 3rd game of the year.





Some better predictions:

6/18
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Texas Tech will go 8-4, A&M will start 9-0. Oklahoma and Texas both look strong, toss up between them to win the B12. Either probably not good enough to win a National Title.



7/18
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NC ST 5-7 (and Amato is fired before year is over)


7/18
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Georgia Tech 9-3 or 8-4 (I like this team alot this year and would not be surprised if they play in the conf title game)


8/16
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The closer we get to the season the more I'm getting a Georgia Tech feel.



9/10
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I feel very strongly that Michigan is going to beat Notre Dame this week



 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 03:14 PM
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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 03:32 PM
I'm probably the only if not one of the few Sooner fans in NYC. Have been an OU fan since "the game of the century in 1971" [yes, when I had hair!]Unfortuneatly Neb. won that one 35-31.
 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 03:38 PM
Todays internet rumor is that former UT offensive coordinator and current Kentucky QB coach will be taking the HC job at Tennesee Tech.

Hate to see him go after what he's done with Andre Woodson this year. But on the other side of the coin maybe he gets some HC experience and perhaps replace Rich Brooks when he retires.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 10:02 AM
That is too bad, if it's true, about Randy Sanders. I really don't like to see good assistants only stay somewhere for a year and then move on. It would be hard to not pass up a good head coaching opportunity however. I'm not sure if Tennessee Tech is a good opportunity or not really.

Kentucky's offense has impressed me this year; Bill would you give most of that credit to Sanders?

By the way, when I was going through those old posts I saw where you predicted Kentucky to have 7 or 8 wins this year - nice. I think I only had them 6-6.


Watched MAC and CUSA Title games. Both games were close for awhile, but the teams with the better offenses beat the teams with the supposed better defenses. Despite losing by 2 scores or more, both OU and S Miss had chances to win those games before the 4th quarter, but just didn't happen. OU played a majority of the 2nd half with their 3rd string QB and S Miss had to play most of 2nd half without super fr RB Fletcher.

Looking forward to the games today! I wish that snow storm was moving through Kansas City tonight! It is just supposed to be cold. I'm glad they sometimes the Big12 Title game outside rather than always in a dome.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 10:41 AM
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That is too bad, if it's true, about Randy Sanders. I really don't like to see good assistants only stay somewhere for a year and then move on. It would be hard to not pass up a good head coaching opportunity however. I'm not sure if Tennessee Tech is a good opportunity or not really.

Kentucky's offense has impressed me this year; Bill would you give most of that credit to Sanders?

By the way, when I was going through those old posts I saw where you predicted Kentucky to have 7 or 8 wins this year - nice. I think I only had them 6-6.


Watched MAC and CUSA Title games. Both games were close for awhile, but the teams with the better offenses beat the teams with the supposed better defenses. Despite losing by 2 scores or more, both OU and S Miss had chances to win those games before the 4th quarter, but just didn't happen. OU played a majority of the 2nd half with their 3rd string QB and S Miss had to play most of 2nd half without super fr RB Fletcher.

Looking forward to the games today! I wish that snow storm was moving through Kansas City tonight! It is just supposed to be cold. I'm glad they sometimes the Big12 Title game outside rather than always in a dome.


I give the credit to the improved play of Andre Woodson. Whether it was Sanders coaching or the fact that Woodson lost his starting job to Curtis Pulley in spring practice and Andre woke up and got his head out of his rear. I think it's a little of both.

I posted this on a UK board about Sanders. If it's true and he goes to TT, he'll get some HC experience and should be the leading candidate to replace Rich Brooks when he retires. Plus we should never lose to UT as long as Phil Fullmer is there.

As far as our record goes I thought we'd beat someone we shouldn't (UGA) but I thought we would beat S Carolina

 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 09:01 PM
Well, these games today have made it interesting.....

UCLA beats USC.......

Nebraska funbled one away to start the game on the 2 yard line - down 14-0 in the 2nd...

Arkansas punt returner turns a deep punt into a touchdown - for Florida....they called it a bonehead play - and that was being nice......

 

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  posted on 12/3/2006 at 12:16 AM
So, who's it gonna' be?

OSU - Michigan
OSU - Florida

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  posted on 12/3/2006 at 12:17 AM
Getting ready for Hawaii game to start.

I believe that Florida will be #2 in the BCS tomorrow.

Florida only trails Michigan by .04 in the computers (.890 compared to .930). Florida's computer average is going to increase while Michigan's will either stay the same or decrease (USC lost who beat ND who Michigan beat). Anyway it seems like Florida is going to atleast decrease it's gap Michigan if it does not overtake them all together in the computer average.

I don't know if Florida is going to be #2 in both the Harris and Coaches poll, but their point values are going to greatly increase. Right now #3 Michigan has 2614 in the Harris and 1445 in Coaches. #4 Florida has 2528 in the Harris and 1405 in the Coaches. So Florida is only trailing Michigan in human poll points by 86 and 40 points respectively. Teams that are idle have got jumped before and I think it will happen this time.

You hear about people "voting for a matchup". I see people voting for Florida rather than putting Michigan in the rematch position.

Now that the season is over and we know everything that has happened everyone can say who they think #2 should be. I think it should be Florida and the BCS will agree with me tomorrow.

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  posted on 12/3/2006 at 10:57 AM
How fun was that WVU/RU game?

I wholeheartedly hope that FLA is the #2 team. I don't want to see another OSU/MICH matchup.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2006 at 03:26 PM
I like the Michigan team, but by comparing them to Florida they are no better or more deserving in my mind. Florida has won ugly and stumbled their way to some wins, but Michigan has not had too many impressive wins either.

7 of Michigan's wins have been over teams with 6 or fewer wins. 5 of those teams had losing records. Amoung those wins, few were impressive or inspiring (like Ball St, Northwestern, Penn State and if you watched the Iowa and Minnesota games you would throw those ones in too). Penn State was down to their 3rd string QB, but Michigan won 17-10. Wisconsin and Notre Dame are the only feathers in their cap. Unless you count MAC Champ Central Michigan and losing to Ohio St.

Would people still like Michigan so much if they had lost to Ohio St by 11? Michigan's "garbage" drive was kept alive by questionable pass interference on 4th and 16. They got the TD and 2 pt conversion with 2:16 left.

Florida on the other hand only faced 3 teams with losing records (including IAA Western Carolina) and 4 teams with 6 or fewer wins. If you want to give Michigan credit for Central Michigan then you have to give Florida credit for their victory over CUSA East Champ Southern Miss.

Florida's proverbial feathers in the cap include LSU and Arkansas. I think most would agree that LSU and Arkansas are better than Notre Dame, although some might debate that Wisconsin ranks up there with LSU and Arkansas.

After that looking at what remains, Florida's schedule still has more bright spots. Such as:

at Tennessee instead of Michigan's win at Penn St
at Florida St instead of Michigan's win at Minnesota
Alabama instead of Michigan's win vs Iowa

Then Florida has wins over 7 win Kentucky and South Carolina and win over 8-4 Georiga.

Michigan had their chance to beat Ohio St and they could not. To me Florida is not much different than Michigan and now they deserve their shot. Just a quick NFL comparison here, Michigan - Ohio St BCS Title game would be like taking the AFC champion loser and rematching them in the Super Bowl rather than using the NFC Champion - does that make sense? No neither does #1 & #2 in the Big 10 being #1 & #2 in the BCS at the end of the year. Until they fix the BCS we are left with discussions like this, but Ohio St - Florida seems the most logical to me.

There are 62 coaches who vote in the Coaches poll. Each vote is worth 25 points and there was only a 40 point gap there last week.

114 people vote in the Harris poll. Each vote there is also worth 25 points and there was only an 86 point gap there.

I think it is very easy to see how Florida can overtake Michigan in the human polls with just a couple people changing their mind. Now with USC losing points there are going to be more points to be had for both Michigan and Florida, but I see Florida getting more.

 
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