PGWU OT: Acid Trip in a Closet!


I know this has nothing to do with football, but it is one of the funniest clips I have ever seen on YouTube.  Check back tomorrow and this weekend for a pod cast devoted to the BCS vs Playoff debate.  I will have a special guest in  for this one.  Here it is and it is definitely Not Suitable For Work!

NO WAY, NOOO WAY! What is this Gaabage!

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Week 12 in the WAC


Week 12 WAC Preview:

The WAC is not a conference that we can talk about having a lot of “marquee” games, but the Fresno St. and Nevada game certainly lived up to that billing.  QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for 153 yards and passed for 171 and a touchdown as the Wolfpack downed the Bulldogs to keep them in the top 25 and poised for the big matchup with Boise St. for the conference Championship.

The Broncos took care of business against their in state rivals, the Idaho Vandals.  Also, LA Tech and Utah St. kept their bowl eligibility hopes alive with wins over New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.  That being said, the conference will more than likely only be represented by 4 teams in the post season:  Boise St., Nevada, Fresno St. and Hawaii.

Nov 6, 2010; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Titus Young (1), left, is congratulated by quarterback Kellen Moore (11) and safety Jason Robinson (5) after scoring on an 83-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Hawaii Rainbows at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Hawaii 42-7. Photo via Newscom

Friday night’s matchup between Boise St. and Fresno St. is the “marquee” matchup for week 12 and it marks the 2nd week in a row that Boise St. will play in a primetime Friday night game.  At least they are getting the TV spotlight that they used to crave.

Weekly Tid Bit:

I would argue that Boise St. was the most impressive of the undefeated teams remaining in the FBS.  I know, I know…they only played Idaho, but hear me out.  They are the only team that “did what they were supposed to do”.  Auburn was pushed at home by a very mediocre Georgia team.  TCU, only a week removed from crushing Utah, struggled against San Diego St, and Oregon escaped Cal w/ their most lackluster offensive performance of the year….and spare me the “Cal plays tough at home comments”.  They’re 5-5.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             5-0                                       9-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Nevada                               4-1                                       9-1

Fresno St.                           4-2                                       6-3

Louisiana Tech                 4-3                                       4-6

Utah St.                               2-4                                       4-6

Idaho                                   1-4                                       4-6

New Mexico St.               1-5                                       2-8

San Jose St.                      0-5                                       1-9

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow on Twitter @isbnrustypettit

BCS or College Playoff?


PAC 10 Preview


Add one part Pete Carroll dashing to the NFL and one part a stronger conference as a whole, and what do you get? A wide open Pac-10. And I mean, WIDE open. There are a ton of teams with legitimate shots at taking the prized crown in the West. The 2010 season is predicated on one thing: experience. Experience in age and experience in position will determine this year’s champion. Here is a preview, from my predictions in order of finish, worst to first.

10. Washington State

I like Paul Wulff, I think he’s a good coach. But the talent simply isn’t here.

Both lines are solid, and I don’t see much dropoff from the skill positions, but there is a lack of playmaking ability on this squad.  Quarterback Jeff Tuel isn’t bad by any means, but he’s no Jake Locker, either. The rest of the offense is no more than a “bleh”.

I’m actually excited to watch the front seven of the defense and how well they can hold ground, but this secondary can only hope for mediocre. They may be the opposite of Kiffin’s USC defense; well-coached but not enough talent to play close.

9. UCLA

This team is not built to win now. It is a program trying to find an identity.

Starting quarterback Kevin Prince is the cornerstone. His success is dire to where UCLA goes, not just this year, but in the seasons to come. I believe in Prince. I do not believe in the running attack. Underclassmen at both the running back and fullback position will hinder the Bruins’ progress.

This defense can hold for three quarters, maximum. But three quarters to this team will seem like an eternity, as the time of possession with no ground control will be the demise. Watch out though, because this team is well-coached and might make some noise in 2011 and beyond.

8. Arizona State

I am not to high on Pac-10 teams who have major questions on the offensive side of the ball. Steven Threet as the quarterback? Not sold. Cameron Marshall as a premier back? Tag me skeptical.

This is a shame, considering ASU has what is possibly the best defensive line in the conference. The linebackers are a question, yes, but the back line is not. But defense isn’t the issue here.

As good as I expect the defense to play, I’m just not sure this offense can keep up with the Oregons and USCs of the world. Having not one senior manning the offensive line is not a good sign.

A decent team, but the Pac-10 is loaded with playmakers.9. UCLA

This team is not built to win now. It is a program trying to find an identity.

Starting quarterback Kevin Prince is the cornerstone. His success is dire to where UCLA goes, not just this year, but in the seasons to come. I believe in Prince. I do not believe in the running attack. Underclassmen at both the running back and fullback position will hinder the Bruins’ progress.

This defense can hold for three quarters, maximum. But three quarters to this team will seem like an eternity, as the time of possession with no ground control will be the demise. Watch out though, because this team is well-coached and might make some noise in 2011 and beyond.

7. Stanford

Much like California, experts question the loss of a premier back, in this case Toby Gerhart. That loss will be more than made up for in quarterback Andrew Luck, who I expect to have a huge season. Though the running back production will obviously be lacking, the big-play expectations should make up that difference.

Questions are in the defense, which include major position changes at linebacker (ex-fullback Owen Marecic starting at ILB), and corner (ex-receiver Richard Sherman). This scares me. There are high-powered offenses in this conference. Can the Bears stand up to the challenge?

6. Washington

Two words: Jake Locker. He is the consensus #1 pick in the NFL draft right now. It’s not all hype. He is really good. And he is getting better.

The receivers he has are explosive enough, but is his backfield? Chris Polk is a promising tailback, but the right side of the offensive line is a concern. This pro-style offense is delectable to scouts, but does it translate to Pac-10 wins?

Depth issues on the front line plague the Huskies, and if the defense can’t control the clock and hand Locker the ball, does this future NFL prospect’s talent mean much? Look for time of possession to be the key in all Washington games this year.

5. California

The biggest gripe against the Bears is that they disappoint. Whenever anyone expects them to make the leap, they blow it. Well, I don’t expect them to win this league, but they should be formidable.

The one aspect of Cal’s offense everyone if looking to is replacing Jahvid Best. Don’t worry about it. Junior Shane Vereen will do his job. Returning three of their top four wide-outs is a positive as well.

The problem is at quarterback. Kevin Riley must make big plays. Throwing down the field and opening up this offense is the one key to the Bears’ success.

Ironically, giving up the big plays is this defense’s biggest weakness, which is the reason why I don’t have Cal ranked above Arizona. The quick strike can cripple this team. Pac-10 teams with good tight end play and deep threats can destroy this questionable Cal secondary and linebacking group.

I expect the Bears to play every game close, but give up that one play or two that keeps them from Rose Bowl contention.

4. Arizona

When looking at the Wildcats this year, look to one man: Nick Foles. He should thrive this year. If running back Nic Grigsby stays healthy, expect him to open up the offense and make Arizona a high-flying threat. The receivers are there, and a big, over-powering offensive line should provide adequate protection.

Then there is the defense. I’m not too wild about this “Cheetah” formation they are playing with, which features four defensive ends manning the entire line. Look, when you need a gimmick as your go-to as a defensive game plan, something is wrong. Will tinkering and scheming make up for an inexperienced front seven? I’m not sure this can hold up against offenses like Oregon’s.

3. Oregon State

Everyone is down on the Beavers because of their non-conference schedule. They start the season by playing TCU and Boise State, who combined to go 25-0 in the 2009 regular season. They may (and should) lose both games. But those losses will help the Beavers in the Pac-10.

The offense is anchored by a strong running back and receiving unit, but the question is whether or not sophomore Ryan Katz is the answer at quarterback. The O-line shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but accuracy and consistency from Katz is.

I wouldn’t worry about the defense, though. While there is some youth on the defensive ends, the linebacker and corner positions should hold up the fort.

But will a 1-2 start derail this team’s focus? Head Coach Mike Riley has his work cut out for him, though if he can stay the course with a talented team, expect them to make waves.

2. USC

Pete Carroll was a great college coach, don’t get me wrong, but recruiting was the key to his success. USC routinely fielded more talent than the guys on the other side if scrimmage, and in college football, talent usually wins out.

New head coach Lane Kiffin isn’t without talent. But he is without experience. While I like the Trojans’ chances as regaining Pac-10 superiority, the youth is a problem. USC has only ten returning starters from 2009, replacing twenty-six lettermen.

The inexperience starts at offensive line. Freshman Seantrel Henderson mans the right tackle position, and he is a synopsis of what USC is this season: highly recruited, loads of talent and potential, but unproven. This includes underclassmen at right guard, defensive end, both safety positions, tight end, and of course, sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley.

I expect Barkley to be solid, but is Kiffin a good enough coach to lead an inexperienced team to a Pac-10 title? I say no, but talent should get them close.

1. Oregon

The obvious red flag here is the absence of last year’s starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Due to off-the-field discretions, Masoli was dismissed from the team and suspended for the 2010 season (ultimately being ruled eligible to play for Ole Miss). So the big question for Oregon is who is the quarterback, and can he replace Masoli?

That quarterback is Darron Thomas, and don’t you worry about him. I fully expect the Ducks’ offense to be the class of the conference, with a strong running game backed by sophomore tailback LaMichael James (1,546 yards last year) and a solid receiver core. Oh, and the offensive line might be one of the nation’s best. This offense will light up the scoreboard.

So will the defense hold up their end of the bargain? With an offense like Oregon’s, I look to the defensive backs, who will be up against an offense who is behind and passing more often than not. And their DBs are stacked. With three returning starters, gaining ground on the Ducks defense should be no easy task. Look for big things in Eugene.

Written by Jay Fisher @jfishsports on Twitter

ACC SEC Combo


As the resident ACC and SEC guy here with the Pre-Game Warm-Up I feel it is my duty to inform the masses about the best storylines to follow each week in southern football. This is a thin week for the ACC as most of the teams take on programs that they should beat. The first league contest of Duke-Wake Forest is upon us but there won’t be many folks clamoring for a post game report from BB&T Field.
 
While the league is lacking in depth you do get two of the top five national storylines coming straight out of the sunshine state of Florida. Both are stories of redemption, tales of teams rebuilding from their glory days of just a decade ago.
 
For the Seminoles we’ve got Christian Ponder and one of the most high powered offenses in the nation traveling out to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the Sooners. This game takes the redemption angle as Jimbo Fisher attempts to return the ‘Noles to prominence. Oklahoma’s defense will be in for a struggle coming off of a disappointing outing against Utah State this FSU offensive line is smallish but they’re experienced and under coach Rick Trickett they’re as mean as they come.
 
An added wrinkle to the FSU game will be the Stoops brothers doing battle for the first time. Bob Stoops is the general controlling the Sooners squad while younger brother Mark Stoops is a colonel for Jimbo Fisher controlling the defense. Mark worked for Bob, he knows a lot of about his older brother’s ways so expect him to have fed Fisher plenty of info into the Sooners’ defensive looks. Expect to see new, exotic blitzes and coverage schemes from the Oklahoma side as they try to confuse a defense that, by and large will mirror the schemes they’ve faced in practice.
 
The second major storyline is the Hurricanes trip to the Horshoe at Ohio State for a match up of top 12 opponents. Jim Tressel’s Buckeye’s enter at the #2 squad in the nation and they look the part from top to bottom with talent and experience across the board. We’ll get a look at guys like Cameron Heyward and Terrelle Pryor who are among the elite talents in the nation. On the Miami side there’s talent as well with Allen Bailey and a receiving core that, outside of Arkansas, might be the best collection of pass catchers in the nation.
 
Do not bring up the 2003 Fiesta Bowl BCS Championship game as these players were 11-14 years old sitting in elementary and middle school classrooms, largely not fans of either team, possibly not even watching the game at that point. Instead of hearkening back to a bad call look forward to the match up of an established power in Ohio State against a one time college football juggernaut trying to claw their way back to glory.
 
When we look to the SEC the storylines, like the passion, comes by the boatloads. Here’s a quick run down of the most intriguing storylines heading into this week’s games.
 
Auburn against Mississippi State makes the cut, not so much because of the status as the first SEC West contest but rather because of the Dan Mullen and Cam Newton angle. Mullen in the second year coach at Mississippi State, the same man that orchestrated the offense for both of Florida’s most recent national titles. Newton is the former heir apparent to Tim Tebow handpicked by Mullen to replace the Gator legend. Both will meet in an SEC contest but without a single tie to Gainesville, the Swamp or the orange and blue.
 
Florida taking on a South Florida squad full of guys that couldn’t get recruited or get into UF would never be a story ordinarily but this week this storyline gets a nod due to some of tidbits involved. The Gators are a supremely talented squad that has looked stagnant on offense for over a season since the departure of Dan Mullen. Steve Addazio has had his issues in play calling and with guys like Aaron Hernandez, Riley Cooper and Tim Tebow gone it appears that Addazio’s offensive prowess has taken another step backwards as they flailed against Miami of Ohio. An angry USF team dismantled Florida State in Tallahassee a season ago and the scrappy bully comes into the Swamp wanting to show another Florida team they’re ready to play. Quarterback BJ Daniels and new head coach Skip Holtz will wear the underdog crown well as they look to add a second Florida pelt to their belt.
 
The Bama-Penn State storyline should be about to historical powers battling it out. Classi uniforms. Old school coach running a new school offense in Joe Pa. New school coach running an old school offense in Nick Saban. Instead we’ve got a freshman quarterback for the Nittany Lions, an inexperienced secondary for the Tide and two of the games’ biggest stars; Marcell Dareus and Mark Ingram, both from Bama, suspended for this contest. Bama should still roll late in this game but early expect to get well acquainted with both Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, the Tides new running back combo with Ingram out.
 
Finally, the storyline that everyone has got their eyes on is the Georgia-South Carolina game. The line on this game has moved considerably since the publicizing that the Dawgs stand out wideout AJ Green will be suspended for this contest and two others. Sadly this news takes the storyline off the match up of the Gamecocks and the Dawgs and puts Green and his jersey selling in the middle of the bullseye. The complexion of the game changes as the receiver edge goes from Georgia to the Gamecocks duo of Alshon Jeffrey and Tori Gurley. Garcia is a junior, squaring off against Aaron Murray the freshman and this will be a noon game to definitely watch. I can speak from experience, noon time in Columbia is the hottest place that I’ve ever been in my life.
Written by Michael Felder @InTheBleachers on Twitter

Big East


Overview:
I am sure most will agree with me when I say this was a disastrous weekend for the Big East. Three of what were considered the top teams in the conference was beaten by out of conference foes and each didn’t look at all impressive in those losses. All most all hope is lost for a national champion out of the conference as Pitt failed to pull out a victory against Utah. Connecticut looked unprepared and terrible against Michigan and there are real issues on that defense. Cincinnati looked equally as horrible as they were handled by Fresno State. All three teams have some major issues that need to be corrected in a hurry, both Cincinnati and Pitt need to stabilize their offensive lines and Connecticut needs to plug some holes on defense.
While those teams were disappointing West Virginia, South Florida, and Syracuse looked pretty good. Both West Virginia and South Florida started slow against weaker opponents but ended strong. Syracuse had a nice win against Akron and while they are a while away from contending it was nice to see them working their way back. Also don’t discount the young Rutgers team that could be a year or two away from national contention.
Stand out Players:
The best performance was that of South Florida’s quarterback BJ Daniels who threw for an accurate 264 yards and 2 touchdowns. Daniels looked in complete control all game and didn’t need to make any major plays on the run. Noel Devine had a nice game with 111 yards but he could have did more damage but it’s likely the Mountaineers are trying to save Devine for the games later down the road.
Looking Ahead:
The biggest game on the schedule is South Florida against #4 Florida. The Bulls need to travel to the Swamp and take on the perennial powerhouse Florida but there are questions surrounding the Gators. While Florida has superior talent things didn’t seem to click for them last week with new quarterback John Brantley under center. Can the young but talented Bulls pull off the upset? The rest of the conference is playing lesser opponents that they should easily handle.
This was a quick oven heater for our upcoming podcast. Stop by Friday morning to listen to our in-depth analysis on most of these topics. Can Pitt rebound from it’s opening day loss and get back into the National Title picture? How much trouble is Cincy in? Can South Florida pull off the major upset?
Written by Jon Dove @NFLMocks on Twitter

Big 10


Overview:
The first weekend of College Football is in the books and it yielded decent results for the Big 10. Most of the teams did as expected and handled lesser opponents while one team had a very impressive win. Michigan was the big winner this weekend handing Connecticut a 30-10 loss while launching Denard Robinson onto the national scene. Many experts were expecting a win for Connecticut but Michigan showed their offensive fire power and came up with the win. While Michigan impressed another Big 10 team continued what seems to be long run of disappointments. Illinois went into half time with a 13-3 lead over the favorite Missouri. Things looked good as the offense was able to move the ball under new quarterback Nate Scheelhaase but things fell apart in the second half and Scheelhaase ended the game with 3 interceptions.
Stand out Players:
This week had a few unexpected players come up big and a few that we knew were going to be solid. Terrelle Pryor had an excellent game against Marshall and looked like he was very comfortable in the pocket as he continues to develop as a complete quarterback. Jon Clay rumbled for 123 yards on 17 carries and punching in 2 touchdowns. Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan had a major impact on the game against Notre Dame, compiling 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and contributing on the recorded safety.
Then there were the surprise breakout performances by Denard Robinson, Rob Bolden, and Le’Veon Bell. Robinson probably had the best weekend of any Big 10 player filling up the stats sheet with 385 total yards in Michigan’s impressive victory against Connecticut. Nearly 200 of the yards came on the ground as he looked like an unstoppable force. He truly has Michigan and College Football buzzing about what could be a bounce back year for the Wolverines. Penn State did the unthinkable and started true Freshman Rob Bolden and he didn’t disappoint. He looked calm and collected as he went 20-29 for 229 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The fans in Happy Valley are very excited about this youngster and are expecting big things from him this year. Le’Veon Bell filled in for the injured Larry Caper and had an impressive debut. He rushed for 144 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns. He looks like he will be the big play threat out of the Michigan State backfield.
Looking Ahead:
Next weekend is going to be statement weekend for the Big 10 as #1 Alabama, #13 Miami, and Notre Dame all come knocking. The top game has to be the Alabama vs. Penn State game as the Lions travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the defending National Champs. Alabama is going to be a heavy favorite but maybe the Freshman Bolden can pull off the unthinkable. Either way it should be an interesting game as two of the most storied schools battle it out. A very close second is the match-up of two very talented quarterbacks in Terrelle Pryor and Jacory Harris. Miami has to travel to Ohio to take on the #2 ranked team in the nation but this team has a ton of talent and if Harris can avoid turnovers they could easily upset the Buckeyes. Another good match-up pins two more storied schools in Michigan vs. Notre Dame. Both teams are coming off of opening day wins and are hoping to rebound from a few disappointing season.
This was a quick oven heater for our upcoming podcast. Stop by Friday morning to listen to our indepth analysis on most of these topics. What are Penn State’s chances to pull off the upset? Can Michigan’s secondary handle the Notre Dame offensive attack? Who’s the better quarterback, Terrelle Pryor or Jacory Harris?
Written by Jon Dove @NFLMocks on Twitter