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:

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MAC News & Notes Week 4


Last week had some very impressive showings in the MAC.  Big wins by Temple, Miami(OH) and UCF highlighted week 3.  Hard fought losses by Ball State, Kent State and Northern Illinois show how deep this conference truly is.

Last Weeks Best Performance

Temple had the biggest win of week 3, with a 30-16 victory over UConn.  The Owls have now won 8 straight home games and start a season 3-0 for the first time since 1979.  Bernard Pierce had a huge day for Temple.  The Owls running back had 169 yards and 3 TD.  The biggest play of the game from the Temple defense.  Temple DE Adrian Robinson stripped UConn RB Jordan Todman on 3rd and short, then took the ball to the house for a 24 yard strip and score.  The Owls never looked back from there.
STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls carries the ball during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 19, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Looking Ahead to Week 4

It is Big Ten week in the MAC, as almost every conference member plays an opponent from the Big Ten Conference.  The only exceptions being Miami(OH) travels to Columbia,MO to battle the struggling Tigers, Ohio travels to Marshall and Buffalo heads to UConn.  This could be a very tough week for the MAC to find wins, as the Conferences best team heads to Penn State and an extremely tough crowd.  Bowling Green heads to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines.  This will be a tough game for the Falcons.  Ohio travels to take on Marshall. The Akron Zips head to Indiana to face the Hoosiers, the list just goes on an on of tough games for the MAC this week.

Ranking the MAC

East 1. Temple  2. Miami (OH)  3. Bowling Green  4. Ohio  5. Kent State  6. Buffalo  7. Akron

West  1. Toledo  2. Northern Illinois  3. Central Michigan  4. Ball State  5. Western Michigan  6. Eastern Michigan

Week 4 Picks

Temple @ Penn State  Penn State wins 24-17

Bowling Green @ Michigan  Michigan wins 44-20

Ohio @ Marshall  Ohio wins 24-23

Buffalo @ UConn  UConn wins 30-14

Akron @ Indiana Indiana wins 38-13

Miami(OH) @ Missouri  Missouri wins 52-21

Northern Illinois @ Minnesota Minnesota wins 20-16

Central Michigan @ Northwestern  Northwestern wins 24-17

Toledo @ Purdue Toledo wins 21-20

Ball State @ Iowa Iowa wins 45-10

Eastern Michigan @ Ohio State Ohio State wins 59-6

Writen by Jason Madson @isbnJMAD on Twitter

PGWU Weekend Review


As most of you were watching college football on Saturday, I was enjoying my bachelor party.  I didn’t get to watch much college football, so I spent yesterday and this morning watching the games I recorded.  Here is my version of how the past weekend in college football played out.

Nebraska crushed the Huskies and embarrassed Jake Locker, 56-21.  20% completion percentage is a joke.  If I were playing the Huskers, my gameplan would be to run the football, a lot.  This is the first time I have seen Jared Crick this year and I think he is good, but not the great player everyone is making him out to be. Taylor Martinez is extremely fast around the corner, I would put one of my safties as a spy on him every play, prove you can beat me with your arm.  Nebraska has a Dallas Clark clone in WR/TE Mike McNeill, he is a threat all over the field. 

Houston’s chances of being a BCS buster were crushed by UCLA this week, 31-13 Bruins win.  Case Keenum played in this game, after having concussion symptons during the week, and might be out for quite a while longer now.  He was injured trying to make a tackle on an INT return by UCLA LB Akeem Ayers.  He injured his right leg, but that is all we know at this point.  Keep your eye on freshman QB Terrance Broadway, who stepped in after Keenum’s backup was hurt as well.  He is going to be a good one.  UCLA shored up their rush defense for this week atleast, holding Houston to a little over 100 yards this week.  Bruin RB Johnathan Franklin had a huge game with 158 yards and 3 scores.

Ohio State did what they were supposed to do against Ohio, 43-7 was the final.  Terrelle Pryor had a good game, but 2 INT worries me a little.  The combo of Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine provide a good punch for the Buckeyes.  Add in the rushing ability of Pryor and they have the makings of a very good running game.  I love the Buckeye defense,  they are solid from front to back.

Wisconsin struggled withe the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, but get the win 20-19.  Jay Valai is a hero this week after blocking the game tying extra point.  This raises some questions about the legitimacy of Wisconsin being ranked this high.  The Sun Devils are a team they should lined up and out muscled on every play, especially at home.  Scott Tolzien was his usual accurate self for the Badgers, connecting on 76% of his passes.  

Oregon State holds on to beat the Louisville Cardinals, 35-28.  The Beavers have an offense that is loaded with play makers, but a horrible defense.  Quizz Rodgers had a great game on the ground, gaining 132 yards and 2 scores.  He also caught a pass for a score.  The Beavers were saved by a late INT by Sr. CB James Dockery. 

Arizona proved the doubters wrong this week, beating Iowa 34-27.  Nick Foles threw for 303 yards and distributed the ball to 11 different targets last week.  They made Iowa’s defense look silly in the first half.  Big play’s helped the Wildcats out as well, an INT  return for a TD by Trevin Wade and a KR for a TD by Travis Cobb and a blocked punt helped Arizona out tremendously.  I am very impressed with Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi though, he looks like a better decision maker this season.  Iowa RB Adam Robinson was a non-factor the whole game.

Missouri gets an ugly win, beating San Diego State late 27-24.  This game was one to forget for Mizzou fans, and Blaine Gabbert for that matter.  The Tigers did get the win, but Gabbert threw 2 costly INT’s in the games final quarter.  He did connect with WR TJ Moe on a game winning 68 yard TD with 51 seconds left in the game.  Aztecs RB Ronnie Hillman had a very memorable game.  He rushed for 228 yards and 2 scores, one a 75 yard run, the other for 93.  The Tigers had a big time injury in this game when star DE Aldon Smith suffered a broken fibula, he hopes to be back for the Big 12 conference opener against Colorado.

Oklahoma barely slipped by Air Force,  27-24.  The Falcons gashed the Sooners with their running game, gaining 357 yards on the ground.  They averaged close to 6 yards per rush.  Landry Jones was solid in this game, throwing for 254 yards and a TD.  The Sooners leaned on RB DeMarco Murray, and he didn’t let them down.  Murray had 148 total yards and 3 scores.  Sooners WR Ryan Broyles had a solid receiving game as well.

Written by Jason Madson @isbnJMAD on Twitter