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

Week 12 in the Big 12


  Big 12 Title Game Talk

This has been a strange and ever changing season in the Big 12.  The South is flipped upside down from what every “expert” predicted and the North, well it’s the North.  It’s almost certain that Nebraska will face Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Title game, a rematch of the October 23 battle which Nebraska won.  There are some scenarios that involve other teams in the Big 12 Championship game though. 

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Running back Roy Helu Jr.  of the Nebraska Cornhuskers weaves his way through the Kansas Jayhawk defense during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

The North is a two team race.  Nebraska heads to Kyle Field this weekend for a game with the red hot Texas A&M Aggies, which they very well could lose.  The Huskers then face the Colorado Buffaloes, rivalry games bring out the best in teams.  For Nebraska to lose their spot in the Title game, they have to lose both of these games and Missouri has to win their final 2.  Missouri has to travel to Ames, IA this weekend for a battle with the Cyclones, then to Kansas City, MO for the Jayhawks.  I hope it comes down to that game for Mizzou, but I seriously doubt it.

The South is still a little more open than the North.  Oklahoma State has a one game lead over Oklahoma and Texas A&M, but they hold the tie breaker over the Aggies.  The Cowboys need to beat the Sooners in two weeks and they represent the South, simple as that.  OSU faces the Jayhawks this Saturday in Lawrence, KS, which should be an easy victory.  Oklahoma needs to win out and they are in the title game again.  Texas A&M needs some help.  The Aggies need to win out and get the Sooners to beat the Cowboys.  Baylor is officially eliminated from the race, but they are still fun to watch.

The Big 12 Top to Bottom

1. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1) Big 12 record 5-1   Should put up 50 against the Jayhawks.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-1) Big 12 record 5-1  Face a very hot Texas A&M team, hopefully they are ready to play.

3. Missouri Tigers (8-2) Big 12 record 4-2  Always struggle in Ames, will this year be any different?

4. Texas A&M Aggies (7-3) Big 12 record 4-2  Can they slow down the Husker rushing attack, if so the Aggies win.

5. Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) Big 12 record 4-2  Heading to Waco for a battle with the Bears will be tough.

6. Baylor Bears(7-3) Big 12 record 4-3  Can RG3 run all over the Sooners D?

7. Kansas State Wildcats (6-4) Big 12 record 4-3  Head to Boulder, CO after a mistake filled loss to Mizzou.

8. Iowa State Cyclones (5-6) Big 12 record 3-4 Can they pull of the upset and ruin the Tigers chances?

9. Texas Longhorns (4-6) Big 12 record 2-5  This team is horrible, will they struggle with FAU this weekend?

10. Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5) Big 12 record 3-5 They play Weber St this weekend, wherever that is.

11.  Kansas Jayhawks (3-7) Big 12 record 1-5  The Jayhawks need to slow down the Cowboys offense, they do that and who knows what’ll happen.

12. Colorado Buffaloes (4-6) Big 12 record 1-5  The Buffs beat the Cyclones last week and get a similar offering this week from KState.

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 13: Interim head coach Brian Cabral prepares to lead Cody Hawkins  and the Colorado Buffaloes onto the field to face the Iowa State Cyclones at Folsom Field on November 13, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Cabral made his debut as interim head coach after head coach Dan Hawkins was fired this week as Colorado defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Top Big 12 Performances: Week 11

Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M  Ran like an animal, scoring 4 TD’s in the process.  One of the reasons the Aggies pulled out the win.

Brandon Weeden QB Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State  This connection has done it all year and it didn’t stop in the Texas game. 

Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri  Looked great running and passing the ball.  He looked comfortable in the pocket.

Aldon & Jacquies Smith DE Missouri  This duo wreaked havoc on the KSU QB last week and combined for a sack/strip and fumble return for a TD.

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Carson Coffman  of the Kansas State Wildcats is sacked by Brad Madison  and Aldon Smith  of the Missouri Tigers during the game on November 13, 2010 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Landry Jones QB Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma  These 2 could match the Weeden/Blackmon combo, if they continue on the pace they are on.

Cody Hawkins QB Colorado  His dad just got fired and he had a great game.  He deserves a little credit.

Week 12 Picks

Oklahoma State @ Kansas- The Cowboys have too much offense and the Jayhawks don’t have enough for this game to be close.  I’ll take Okie State 52-20.

Kansas State @ Colorado- The inconsistency of each of these teams drives me crazy.  I think the Wildcats have a few less, so I will take K-State 33-23.

Weber State @ Texas Tech- I’m not wasting my time with this one, TTU wins 45-13.

Florida Atlantic @ Texas- Texas is fighting for a bowl appearance, they inch closer with a win here, I’ll take Texas 39-13. 

Missouri @ Iowa State Jack Trice has been a tough place for Mizzou, but I like Gabbert to lead the Tigers.  Give me MU 35-24.

Oklahoma @ Baylor This will be a fun game full of playmakers, I like the Sooners 40-31.

Nebraska @ Texas A&M Tannehill has been a blessing at QB for the Aggies, but the TAMU D and running game will win this one. A&M wins 24-20.

 Big 12 Bowl Projections

Insight Penn State vs Oklahoma This would be a dream matchup for the Insight Bowl and a pretty entertaining game. 

Texas Baylor vs Michigan Denard Robinson and Robert Griffin III in the same game?  The stadium might implode due to awesomeness!!

November 15, 2008: .#10 Robert Griffin, QB of Baylor.in action during the NCAA Football game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas A&M Aggies at the Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, TX. .Baylor wins 41-21 over Texas A&M .Manny Flores/CSM Photo via Newscom

Alamo Missouri vs Arizona  This game would be entertaining.  Two great offenses led by two great QB’s.

Pinstripe Kansas State vs West Virginia Daniel Thomas and Noel Divine, the only reasons I would watch.  Each team has a great grandpa for a coach as well. 

Holiday Texas A&M vs Oregon State  I love this game.  Fun offenses and each team has a first rounder on defense.  I’d watch!

Dallas Football Classic Northwestern vs Texas Tech  I like the Northwestern QB and TTU RB Baron Batch, but other than that this game is boring.

Cotton Nebraska vs Alabama  Big time matchup!  Nebraska is pissed after losing to the Cowboys in the Big 12 Title game.  Alabama says bring it.

Fiesta Oklahoma State vs Pitt  Oklahoma State would roll the Pitt Panthers.  The Cowboys have too many weapons on offense for Pitt to keep it close.

Written by Jason Madson.  Follow on Twitter @I_AM_JMAD.

BCS or College Playoff?


PGWU Heisman Watch: Week 12


It’s getting down to crunch time in the 2010 Heisman race. We have, in my opinion, 3 players out ahead of every body else. As always we will give you our top 5, plus a handful of players on the outside looking in. You will notice quite a few Oklahoma State Cowboys mixed into this list.

In The Discussion:
Denard Robinson QB Michigan- Electrifying player that can do almost anything with the ball in his hands, needed to win more ballgames though.
Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State- If the Cowboys keep winning and he keeps playing great, he could very well be invited to the presentation.
Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas- He has the stats, just not enough wins to take the award home this year.

TOP 5

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys rushes for a nine yards during the third quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

5th Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State

STATS-  226 Carries 1356 Yards 16 TD 17 Receptions 90 Receiving Yards

The heart and soul of the Cowboy offense, he contributes something different every week.  Finally getting the recognition he deserves his senior season.  This isn’t a lifetime achievement award though.  He has the stats and the top 10 team to prove he belongs here.

Remaining Schedule: November 20 @ Kansas,  November 27 Oklahoma

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

4th Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State

STATS-  84 Receptions 1430 Yards 16 TD 4 Rushing Attempts 77 Yards 1 TD

Just ridiculous!  His stats and playmaking ability are just that.  Blackmon leads the nation in Receiving yards, TD and Yards per game and is second in receptions.  This kid has made people forget about Dez Bryant in Cowboy country.

Remaining Schedule: November 20 @ Kansas,  November 27 Oklahoma

Nov 6, 2010; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore (11) reacts after a Broncos touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Hawaii Rainbows at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Hawaii 42-7. Photo via Newscom

3rd Kellen Moore QB Boise State

STATS-  2588 Yards 71.9 Completion %  24 TD 4 Interceptions

Mr. Efficiency is what I like to call Kellen Moore.  He makes all the throws without mistakes and has tremendous stats.  I know this is discussed every week, but he is usually out of the game in the 3rd quarter du to how bad the Broncos are beating their opponents.  His weak schedule really hurts him in my opinion.

Remaining Schedule:  November 19 Fresno State, November 26 @ Nevada

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Cam Newton  of the Auburn Tigers runs for a gain against the Chattanooga Mocs November 6, 2010 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

2nd Cameron Newton QB Auburn

STATS- 2038 Yards 68.2 Completion % 21 TD 6 Interceptions 1297 Rushing Yards 17 Rushing TD

If the whole investigation never takes place, he walks away with the Heisman Trophy easily.  It did happen and this may sway quite a few voters in different directions.  Hands down, Cam Newton has been the most spectacular player in college football, but with the whole pay-to-play allegations arising, I just can’t make him my winner at this time.  I honestly think this is going to hurt his chances to win.

Remaining Schedule:  November 26 @ Alabama, December 4 SEC Championship Game vs South Carolina

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 13: LaMichael James  of the Oregon Ducks runs with the ball against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

1st LaMichael James RB Oregon

STATS- 225 Carries 1422 Yards 17 TD 10 Receptions 149 Yards 1 TD

After watching most of the Cal-Oregon game on Saturday night, LaMichael James earned my vote.  He had a leg injury, but the team still leaned on him throughout.  His tough running in the 4th quarter helped run out the clock to seal the Ducks victory.  He left the game on crutches Saturday night, but luckily for the Ducks they have a bye this week.

Remaining Schedule: November 26 Arizona, December 4 @ Oregon State

Bowl Projections: Week 12


Dec 18 2010….New Mexico Bowl-  TOLEDO vs NEVADA

Dec. 18, 2010….Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl- FRESNO STATE vs OHIO

Dec. 18, 2010….R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl- FIU vs SMU

Dec. 21, 2010….Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl- LOUISVILLE vs SOUTHERN MISS

Dec. 22, 2010….MAACO Las Vegas Bowl- ARIZONA STATE vs AIR FORCE

Dec. 23, 2010….Poinsettia Bowl- UTAH vs NAVY

Dec. 24, 2010….Sheraton Hawaii Bowl- TULSA vs HAWAII

Dec. 26, 2010….Little Caesar’s Bowl- NORTHERN ILLINOIS vs ILLINOIS

Dec. 27, 2010….PetroSun Independence Bowl-  BYU vs GEORGIA TECH

Dec. 28, 2010….Champs Sports Bowl- SYRACUSE vs MIAMI(FL)

Dec. 28, 2010….Insight Bowl- PENN STATE vs OKLAHOMA

Dec. 29, 2010….EagleBank Bowl- CLEMSON vs UTEP

Dec. 29, 2010….Texas Bowl- BAYLOR vs MICHIGAN

Dec. 29, 2010….Valero Alamo Bowl- MISSOURI vs ARIZONA

Dec. 30, 2010….Armed Forces Bowl- EAST CAROLINA vs SDSU

Dec. 30, 2010….New Era Pinstripe Bowl- KANSAS STATE vs WEST VIRGINIA

Dec. 30, 2010….Music City Bowl- NORTH CAROLINA vs OLE MISS

Dec. 30, 2010….Pac Life Holiday Bowl- TEXAS A&M vs OREGON STATE

Dec. 31, 2010….Meineke Car Care Bowl- MARYLAND vs SOUTH FLORIDA

Dec. 31, 2010….Brut Sun Bowl- CAL vs NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Dec. 31, 2010….AutoZone Liberty Bowl- UCF vs KENTUCKY

Dec. 31, 2010….Chick-Fil-A Bowl- FLORIDA STATE vs MISSISSIPPI STATE

Jan. 1, 2011….Dallas Football Classic- NORTHWESTERN vs TEXAS TECH

Jan. 1, 2011….Outback Bowl- SOUTH CAROLINA vs MICHIGAN STATE

Jan. 1, 2011….Capital One Bowl- OHIO STATE vs ARKANSAS

Jan. 1, 2011….Konica Minolta Gator Bowl- IOWA vs FLORIDA

Jan. 1, 2011….Rose Bowl- TCU vs WISCONSIN

Jan. 1, 2011….Tostitos Fiesta Bowl- OKLAHOMA STATE vs PITT

Jan. 3, 2011….Orange Bowl- VIRGINIA TECH vs STANFORD

Jan. 4, 2011….Allstate Sugar Bowl- LSU vs  BOISE STATE

Jan. 6, 2011….GMAC Bowl- TROY vs TEMPLE

Jan. 7, 2011….AT&T Cotton Bowl- NEBRASKA vs ALABAMA

Jan. 8, 2011….PapaJohns.com Bowl- GEORGIA vs UCONN

Jan. 9, 2011….Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl- ARMY vs UCLA

Jan. 10, 2011….BCS Championship Game- AUBURN vs OREGON

Pregame Warm-Up Game Day: Week 11


It’s Saturday!  That means College Football, food and alcohol.  I’ll be doing all 3 today in Columbia, MO as I watch my Missouri Tigers face the K-State Wildcats.  This is going to start a string of 3 straight Mizzou games I will attend.  This week, then we are traveling up to Ames, IA next Saturday for Iowa State and then the Kansas Jayhawks and Tigers face off at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov 27.  Enough about my obsession with the Tigers.  Here are some games to watch today and my weak predictions for each of them.  Comment if you will, I’ll comment when I get home.

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 23: Missouri Tigers fans swarm the field after upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbia, Missouri. The Tigers beat the Sooners 36-27. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Southern Miss @ UCF  I like the Knights to take a high scoring C-USA battle, 38-28 UCF.

K-State @ Missouri I’m worried about Daniel Thomas gashing the Tigers for big yards today, but I’m rolling with Mizzou 35-24.

Virginia Tech @ North Carolina  Hokies and Tar Heels have been playing well lately, this should be a good one, I’ll take the Tar Heels 24-20.

San Diego State @ TCU  I’m going out on a limb here, TCU won’t lose, but SDSU will keep it close.  TCU 31-20.

Texas A&M @ Baylor Points, Points and more points in this game.  RG3 is a freak for Baylor and Tannehill has been a great change for TAMU.  I like TAMU 41-30.

South Carolina @ Florida I’m not sure what to think of Florida, so I will pick them here.  Gators 30-27.

Mississippi State @ Alabama I like the Bulldogs this season, but I don’t see them winning today. Bama takes it, 24-17.

Oklahoma State @ Texas Okie State is ridiculously good at scoring points and Texas’ D isn’t good at stopping teams.  Cowboys roll 42-27.

The SEC Round Up: Week 11


As we head into week 11 of the 2010 FBS season, a lot of questions, concerns, distractions arise as QB Cam Newton established himself as the best player in the country with the perks of being in an investigation of money or recruiting issues. Is the 2nd ranked team in the nation Auburn distracted? I bet you they are, we’re all human this type of stuff is going to be running thru their heads today, tomorrow and throughout the game. The question we’re all asking is if Cam Newton can once again block out these allegations and play some ball on Saturday. He’s clearly the favorite to win the Heisman trophy this year unless he is guilty of his allegations than he’ll be looking into some NFL employment instead.

With that being said we got some intense games upon us this weekend as; but I’ll get into those in a minute, first of all lets look at the power rankings of the SEC as of today.

Power Rankings
1. Auburn
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Arkansas
5. Mississippi State
6. South Carolina
7. Florida
8. Georgia
9. Kentucky
10. Ole Miss
11. Vandy
12. Tennessee

Lets take a look at this week’s games in the SEC

OLE MISS @ TENNESSEE – Anyone else think the Volunteers want to just forget this season even happened? They haven’t won 1 game yet in the SEC and I don’t see them winning this week despite there at home. Masoli will find a way to win in this one, as they’d have to keep winning to have a shot at some bowl game. Ole Miss wins this game but it’ll be closer than people think. OLE MISS 27 Tenn 17

VANDY @ KENTUCKY – Randall Cobb and the Wildcats will look forward to taking care of business against Vandy this week. Once they get their passing game going there’s no stopping Kentucky, it won’t be close. KENTUCKY 36 Vandy 17

GEORGIA @ (2) AUBURN – Is this going to be Auburn’s trap game? Are all these distractions going to catch up with their star studded QB Cam Newton or is he going to block that out and lead his undefeated team to victory? I go for the latter and say’s Cam Newton dominates once again but it’ll be a shootout with both offenses being scary good. Newton and company do their part but AJ Green get’s his. AUBURN 54 Georgia 43

LA MONROE @ (5) LSU – Seriously can LSU get another easy break, sort of? 2 of the past 3 weeks they played teams outside their conference and lets face it there not competition. The Tigers should be able to cruise to victory in this one, but like Appalachian State declared, you never know. LSU 35 LA Monroe 14

UTEP @ (14) ARKANSAS – Ryan Mallett put on an air show last week, and it’s a lock where he’d do it again; the razorbacks should have no problem with UTEP as their at home and playing a non-conference opponent. I say Childs has a big game to help the Razorbacks get this win. ARKANSAS 47 UTEP 21

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06: Ryan Mallett  of the Arkansas Razorbacks celebrates after a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(22) SOUTH CAROLINA @ (24) FLORIDA – Spurrier gets back in the swamp to try and get the victory. This years gamecocks are a different team from year’s past; I mean they put up points on the board and with Florida struggling and although they’re at home I see Garcia and company taking the victory from the Gators. Garcia has been on a roll lately and is having probably his best season yet, don’t see why it’ll stop now, Garcia to Jeffery all game. SOUTH CAROLINA 36 Florida 24

(17) MISSISSIPPI STATE @ (11) ALABAMA – Another big game amongst the ranked in the SEC, both sitting at 7-2 and Alabama pretty much out of the title game already; both are looking for big bowl game to get into. Mark Ingram hasn’t been the RB we’ve seen last year, Richardson has been struggling too past few weeks and Mississippi State has been playing stingy defense, I say it’ll be low scoring and whoever has the 1st turnover in the 2nd half will end up losing. MISSISSIPPI STATE 23 Alabama 20

Written by Brandon “BEE” Salamat.  Follow him on Twitter @TruGentleman808.

WAC Report: Week 11


Week 11 WAC Preview:

The most impressive thing about the Bronco’s 42-7 win over Hawaii was not that they scored 42, but that they only allowed 7 points to the number 1 passing offense in the league.  Boise has an easier task this week against their cross state rivals when they play the Vandals.

The big conference game of the week is in Fresno as the Bulldogs host the Wolfpack of Nevada in a late kickoff at 10:30 ET.  Fresno St.’s defense will face its toughest test of the year so far as Nevada has the 2nd ranked offense in the nation.  Right now the Wolfpack sit at 21 in both the coach’s and the AP pole, but a big win on the road could help them and the conference move up in the eyes of the voters and make the Thanksgiving Day Weekend matchup with Boise St. all that more interesting.

In other conference action:  look for LA Tech and Utah St. to both win on the road against New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.

Weekly Tid Bit:

Interesting how TCU’s big win over Utah was given so much more press than Boise’s win over Hawaii.  Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s a bigger win, but it is still baffling for a team like Boise to be so impressive week in and week out and still getting ‘leap-frogged’ by other teams….oh, and VA Tech is back on top of the ACC in case anyone is wondering.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             4-0                                       8-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Fresno St.                           4-1                                       6-2

Nevada                               3-1                                       8-1

Louisiana Tech                  2-3                                       3-6

Idaho                                   1-3                                       4-5

Utah St.                              1-4                                       3-6

New Mexico St.                1-4                                       2-8

San Jose St.                       0-4                                       1-8

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

Bowl Projections: Week 11


I love bowl projections.  Every week you get different matchups, some you like and others you don’t.  As we go into week 11 in college football, here is how all of the 247 bowl games would line up if played today.  Check the site later this week, as I will release my college football bracket, IF they were to have a playoff.

Dec 18 2010….New Mexico Bowl-  AIR FORCE vs NEVADA

Dec. 18, 2010….Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl- FRESNO STATE vs TOLEDO

Dec. 18, 2010….R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl- TROY vs SMU

Dec. 21, 2010….Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl- LOUISVILLE vs SOUTHERN MISS

Dec. 22, 2010….MAACO Las Vegas Bowl- ARIZONA STATE vs UTAH

Dec. 23, 2010….Poinsettia Bowl- SDSU vs NAVY

Dec. 24, 2010….Sheraton Hawaii Bowl- EAST CAROLINA vs HAWAII

Dec. 26, 2010….Little Caesar’s Bowl- NORTHERN ILLINOIS vs NORTHWESTERN

Dec. 27, 2010….PetroSun Independence Bowl-  BYU vs CLEMSON

Dec. 28, 2010….Champs Sports Bowl- SYRACUSE vs MIAMI(FL)

Dec. 28, 2010….Insight Bowl- ILLINOIS vs TEXAS A&M

Dec. 29, 2010….EagleBank Bowl- GEORGIA TECH vs TULSA

Dec. 29, 2010….Texas Bowl- KANSAS STATE vs MICHIGAN

Dec. 29, 2010….Valero Alamo Bowl- MISSOURI vs OREGON STATE

Dec. 30, 2010….Armed Forces Bowl- UTEP vs AIR FORCE

Dec. 30, 2010….New Era Pinstripe Bowl- IOWA STATE vs WEST VIRGINIA

Dec. 30, 2010….Music City Bowl- MARYLAND vs OLE MISS

Dec. 30, 2010….Pac Life Holiday Bowl- BAYLOR vs ARIZONA

Dec. 31, 2010….Meineke Car Care Bowl- FLORIDA STATE vs SOUTH FLORIDA

Dec. 31, 2010….Brut Sun Bowl- CAL vs NORTH CAROLINA

Dec. 31, 2010….AutoZone Liberty Bowl- UCF vs GEORGIA

Dec. 31, 2010….Chick-Fil-A Bowl- NORTH CAROLINA STATE vs MISSISSIPPI STATE

Jan. 1, 2011….Dallas Football Classic- PENN STATE vs OKLAHOMA

Jan. 1, 2011….Outback Bowl- IOWA vs ARKANSAS

Jan. 1, 2011….Capital One Bowl- MICHIGAN STATE vs ALABAMA

Jan. 1, 2011….Konica Minolta Gator Bowl- OHIO STATE vs SOUTH CAROLINA

Jan. 1, 2011….Rose Bowl- TCU vs WISCONSIN

Jan. 1, 2011….Tostitos Fiesta Bowl- NEBRASKA vs PITT

Jan. 3, 2011….Orange Bowl- VIRGINIA TECH vs STANFORD

Jan. 4, 2011….Allstate Sugar Bowl- LSU vs  BOISE STATE

Jan. 6, 2011….GMAC Bowl- ARKANSAS STATE vs TEMPLE

Jan. 7, 2011….AT&T Cotton Bowl- OKLAHOMA STATE vs FLORIDA

Jan. 8, 2011….PapaJohns.com Bowl- KENTUCKY vs UCONN

Jan. 9, 2011….Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl- ARMY vs UCLA

Jan. 10, 2011….BCS Championship Game- AUBURN vs OREGON

Gameday: Week 10


It’s week 10, and I still have horrible internet service!  Thanks Time Warner Cable.  Since I am posting this from my Blackberry, let’s dive right into the top games and a few storylines to keep an eye on. 

Baylor looks to continue their magical season this week in Stillwater, OK.  The Bears face a Cowboys team that will get their top playmaker back in Justin Blackmon.  Look for a lot of points to e scored in this game and a few mind blowing plays by RG-3.  I like Bears to win a tight one.  If Baylor does win this game, look for their confidence to skyrocket and be a big time contender in the Big 12 South.

The Arizona Wildcats head to Stanford for a battle with The Cardinal.  This game has the potential to be a very good one.  One thing to keep an eye on is the Stanford defense getting pressure on a self proclaimed 100% healthy Nick Foles.  If they can get to Foles at all, Stanford should be in good shape to pull out the W.

The Razorbacks and Gamecocks square off in Columbia, SC in an SEC inter-division battle.  Look for points to be scored in bunches, but if the Gamecock secondary can coax Arky QB Ryan Mallett into a mistake or 2, that could be the difference.  The loss of WR Greg Childs for the Razorbacks is huge, but they have weapons to spare.  I like the Razorbacks to outscore the Gamecocks.

Baton Rouge, LA is the site off a huge SEC West battle, as the Alabama Crimson Tide face the LSU Tigers.  This game features some big time, future NFL talent.  The LSU defense is loaded with players that will head to the next level, Patrick Peterson, Kelvin Sheppard and Drake Nevis to name a few.  Those talents on the Tiger Defense will battle with top prospects like: Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.  Bama, in my opinion, has too much on both sides of the ball for this game to be close.  I like the Crimson Tide to take this game easily, simply because LSU can’t score.

The biggest game of the week has to be the Mountain West battle between TCU and Utah.  This is an elimination game, as the loser has no shot to make the BCS.  I like both these teams a lot, TCU’s speed is unrivaled and Utah is about as complete of a team as their is.  I know that TCU is 0-3 in Salt Lake City and Utah is a great team, but I like TCU to take a very tight game, it’s gonna come down to the last possesion. 

Other games to keep an eye on:

Maryland @ Miami

Navy @ ECU

Hawaii @ Boise State