The Pregame Warm-Up Podcast: Legends & Leaders, Coaching Carousel part 2 and Bowls.


This week we poke fun at the Big Ten’s division names and new logo, trying to figure out why they did it.  We discuss more changes in the coaching ranks and  talk about a few of the upcoming bowl games, including the Letdown Bowl, which features Boise State and Utah.  I’m joined this week, as always, by Michael Felder from InTheBleachers.net and Jon Dove from NFLMocks.com.

Here is the Will Muschamp press conference:

WAC Report: Week 8


Week 8 Wac Preview:

Light week in the WAC with only 3 games on the slate but that doesn’t mean it won’t be interesting.  The Hawaii vs. Utah St. match up could be one of the most explosive offensive matchups we can see in the country this season.  Also, Fresno St. is quietly putting a decent season together with only losses to Ole Miss and Hawaii on their record thus far.

HONOLULU - DECEMBER 2:  Viliami Nauahi #36 (right), Greg Salas #36 (center), Keoni Steinhoff #78 (left) and other players of the Hawaii Warriors perform the Warrior dance, the Haka, before the game against the Washington Huskies on December 1, 2007 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii won 35-28 and finished the season undefeated at 12-0.  (Photo by William Branlund Jr./Getty Images)

Predictions for the week:   Look for Hawaii to win a shootout…Fresno St. keeps gaining some momentum against  San Jose St….and finally…not that anyone cares, but New Mexico St. will upset Idaho this weekend for their 2nd win of the year.  Is it really any “upset” to beat Idaho??

Weekly Tid Bit:

The Nevada loss to Hawaii certainly did not help the conferences standing among the nation’s voters in the press or in the coaching ranks…come to think of it, the computers didn’t like it either.  Boise St. is about where I thought they would be, even though I don’t agree with it.  3rd place is the perfect spot for them as far as the BCS is concerned.  High enough to throw them a bone, but out of the big game.  Ask yourself this…Have the top 2 teams done anything this year to surprise you, i.e. make you think they were better than they were in the Pre-season??  (Most importantly, have they won any games that they shouldn’t have?)  Then ask yourself, with the two teams that were ranked above Boise St. before the season losing, have the Broncos done anything to disappoint you, or make you think they weren’t as good as you originally thought??  Chew on it for a minute.

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Kellen Moore  and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                3-0                                       5-2

Boise St.                             1-0                                       5-0

Fresno St.                          2-1                                       4-2

Louisiana Tech                2-1                                       3-4

Nevada                               1-1                                       6-1

Idaho                                  0-1                                       3-3

Utah St.                              0-2                                       2-4

New Mexico St.                 0-2                                       1-5

San Jose St.                      0-2                                       1-6

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

WAC Report: Week 7


Week 7 WAC Preview:

This won’t be the most telling week for a conference trying to gain recognition, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t learn some things.  The most intriguing matchup is when Nevada takes their 6-0 record to the islands to take on Hawaii.  The Warriors come in with the #1 rated passing attack in the country and the Wolfpack ranks 78th against the pass. 

Though this game may not rank up there with Iowa vs. Michigan and other BCS showdowns this weekend, I believe it is crucial for the WAC.  The Nevada/Boise St. matchup at the end of the season will mean a lot more to computers and voters alike if the two teams are undefeated when they meet on Nov. 26th.

Boise State Broncos celebrate with fans after their NCAA football game with the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho September 25, 2010. REUTERS/ Brian Losness (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Speaking of the Broncos, they should continue to roll against San Jose St. this weekend and remain at #3 in both polls…that is unless, either Oregon and Ohio St. are kind enough to take one on the chin.  By the way, with all the talk of Kellen Moore and the offense, it should not be over looked that coach Peterson owns the 2nd ranked defense in the country.

Weekly Tid Bit:

As most people like to point to the overall strength of the conference as the main reason that the WAC doesn’t get very much national attention, it is important for teams like Hawaii and Fresno St. to make as much noise as possible to show more depth.  However, in my opinion, the team that had the best potential to do this was Utah St.  Too bad it didn’t play out that way…they were so close.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                 2-0                                       4-2

Nevada                               1-0                                       6-0

Boise St.                             1-0                                       5-0

Fresno St.                           1-1                                       3-2

Louisiana Tech                  1-1                                       2-4

Idaho                                   0-0                                       3-2

Utah St.                               0-2                                       2-4

New Mexico St.                 0-1                                       1-4

San Jose St.                        0-1                                       1-5

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

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