So Aurthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons need a new head coach and who better to go after than USC’s Pete Carroll. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet… Carroll doesn’t need the money, but doesn’t everyone have a price? Yes, the Trojans have set the standard in college football for the last 6 years. Yes, he has won 2 National Championships. Yes, he has won a record 6 Pac-10 titles. Yes, he just completed back to back Rose Bowl victories. And yes….. they may be ranked number 1 when the season starts next year. But hasn’t he done all he could do? Sure he could continue to win a few more years, but isn’t it all downhill from here? He has set the bar so high that anything but a National Championship at USC is somewhat of a disappointment. As an SC and college football fan, I would hate to see him leave. He is great for the school and even better for college football. But unfortunately folks, whether it’s the Falcons or someone else, I think the inevitable is near.
Maybe the Buckeye players needed some of the passion displayed by their fans. After a second straight blowout loss in the BCS title game, fifteen people were arrested for setting off fires and vandalism around the Ohio State campus. Most of the arrests were on charges of disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, though two were expected to be charged by arson investigations. Trash bins were set on fire and several other fires were seen around and on campus. I say, how can you blame them? Slowly becoming known as the Buffalo Bills of College Football, it’s got to be just as frustrating for the fans as it is for the entire team. Here’s what I can’t wait for… a Buckeye Championship! Can you believe what we’ll see if they actually win!? ————————>
1- BCS Title Bowl – Another Buckeye title game, another blowout. Unfortunately, they need to do a better job of being on the other end. LSU faster and deeper in almost every position. Looked close early, but critics were out at halftime. 38-24 LSU… got it wrong.
2- The Rose Bowl – Well, if Pete Carrol decides to leave and go to the NFL, he is certainly going out in style. A sixth straight Pac-10 title and another Rose Bowl victory. The Illini not even in the same league as SC in this one. They do everything to back up their claim as the best team in college football. Never close, the Trojans shut down the juice. 49-17 USC… nailed it!
3- The Sugar Bowl – Surprise, surprise! Another Eddie lock, another Eddie win! Was there ever a doubt? Nobody really thought Hawaii had a chance did they? Maybe the best team in the country, Georgia made Colt Brennan look like a third string freshman. That’s why a WAC team should never play in a title game. 41-10 Georgia… nailed it!
4- The Fiesta Bowl – Kansas doing it the unconventional way, with defense! Coming in as a high scoring team, they score 17 points off turnovers and win their first BCS game in their football history. Tech had chances early, but they looked like the Hokies we saw in the beginning of the season, not at the end. 24-21 Kansas… got it wrong.
5- The Orange Bowl – Kudos to the Mountaineers! No coach? No problem. Great heart and effort against a Sooner team that many claimed to be the best in the country. Stoops a great coach, but maybe bowling is just not his thing. 48-28 West Virginia… got it wrong.
6- Capital One Bowl – Could this season be any weirder for the Wolverines? After a miserable start to the season, they go into next year with arguably the most momentum. They carry their coach off the field, while Florida leaves the field scratching their heads. Over a ten point favorite, Tebow and company get exposed! Maybe NOT the best team in the country next year! 41-35 Michigan… got it wrong.
7- Cotton Bowl – Missouri making their case they deserve to be in a BCS game. Arkansas making their case as well… An embarrassing game for the Razorbacks. Did this team really beat LSU. Great ending to a great season for the Missouri Tigers. 38-7 Missouri… nailed it!
8- Gator Bowl – Like I said, should be an entertaining game throughout. Evenly matched and well played on both sides, one of the best bowl games of the year. Virginia had a chance, but the better team ended up on top. 31-28 Texas Tech… nailed it!
9- Outback Bowl – Vegas knew what they were talking about in this one. Favored by 3.5, the Vols find a way to win a tight one by 4. A disappointing end to a disappointing season for the Badgers. 21-17 Tennessee… nailed it!
10. Chick-Fil-A-Bowl – Never a doubt that this would be a low scoring close one. Two rivals who wished they had better seasons trying to make something out of it with a bowl win. Auburn squeaking it out. 23-20 Auburn… nailed it!
Recap: When you’re good, you’re good. Another above .500 hundred effort by yours truly. 6-4 to end a great season and another lock nailed!
A breakthrough year for the Kansas Jayhawks ends on a high note. After losing their final regular season game to the Missouri Tigers, Mark Mangino’s squad beats a strong Virginia Tech team to win the 2008 Orange Bowl. The Jayhawks intercepted Virginia Tech’s Sean Glennon twice and held off the Hokies for a 24-21 victory, their first major bowl win. Todd Reesing didn’t have the greatest game, going 21/38 for 219 yards, 1 Td, 1 Int, but Kansas’ defense came through with 3 interceptions and 17 points off turnovers to cap one of the best seasons in the history of Kansas football, finishing an impressive 12-1. As for the Hokies, they lose their 4th straight BCS game, ending their season at 11-3.
1- BCS Title Bowl – Ohio State better than everyone thinks. LSU not as good as everyone thinks. Close throughout, but look for the Buckeye defense to be the difference. Take Ohio State +4.5..
2- The Rose Bowl – Another Rose Bowl, another USC appearance. The Trojans one of the hottest teams in the nation. Illinois with their hands full, but they did beat the number one team in the nation earlier in the year. SC more powerful, more talented, more experienced. Illinois won’t know what hit them early, may make a run late. I like USC -14.
3- The Sugar Bowl – Maybe the second hottest team in the nation, the Georgia Bulldogs look to feast on some Warriors. Hawaii has their hands full. They will realize what it’s like to play a real team. Georgia routs. My lock! Take Georgia -9.
4- The Fiesta Bowl – Not a bad consolation game for a team who thought they were on their way to the national championship game. Still have a lot to play for, Kansas will have their hands full proving to the nation they are a football powerhouse. Virginia Tech getting better as the season progressed should take care of business. I like Virginia Tech -4.
5- The Orange Bowl – No championship game… no head coach either. Rodriguez leaves and so will the Mountaineer’s winning records. The Sooners, already the favorites in this one, should cruise past a West Virginia team coming off their worst losses of the season. Their coach and their last game. Take Oklahoma -8.
6- Capital One Bowl – The best three loss team in the nation, the Florida Gators look to start their national championship run for next year with this years bowl game. Michigan may have found their new head coach, but they won’t find a way to beat the faster, more talented Gators. Take Florida -10.5.
7- Cotton Bowl – Missouri with a lot to prove, will come out with guns blazin’ in this one. Arkansas happy to be there, won’t know what hit them. The Tigers the better team, but they have to find a way to stop Run DMC. Razorbacks will keep it close early, but won’t be able to outscore the Tigers. Take Missouri -3.5.
8- Gator Bowl – Should be an entertaining game throughout. Evenly matched, the team to make the least errors will prevail. Both Texas Tech and Virginia looked good at times throughout the season, but inconsistent play prevented better records. I like Virginia +6.
9- Outback Bowl – Badgers started off the season strong, tailed off in the middle, and finished strong. Better than their record indicates, but inconsistent play was their downfall. Tennessee should have beaten LSU in the last game of the year, but costly turnovers blew the game. Turnovers will decide this one as well. The Vols learned their lesson. I like Tennessee -3.5.
10. Chick-Fil-A-Bowl – Two teams who underachieved this year, look for an entertaining game. Close throughout, the better and more experienced coached Auburn team will prevail over Clemson. Take Auburn +2.
After a somewhat lengthy search, the Michigan Wolverines have finally found their guy. Rich Rodriguez, who helped turn the West Virginia football program around, has been officially named head coach. He built West Virginia into a Big East power, winning the conference championship this year for the fourth time in five seasons and going 60-26 overall in his tenure as the head coach. The 11th-ranked Mountaineers (10-2) will play in their second BCS game in three seasons, but Rodriguez is not expected to coach them in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. What? I don’t know about you guys, but doesn’t something seem wrong with that? And what’s this quitting and hiring crap when the season isn’t officially over? Dorrell gets fired by UCLA before its bowl game and announces he will not be there to coach. Now this. Does anyone care about the players? I’m not a betting man, but what chance do the Mountaineers have against Oklahoma now?!? As if they didn’t have their hands full to begin with. Well Rich, at least you know you left your program on a high note… a loss to a 29 point underdog at home…
The time is finally here. The time of year where everyone complains that their team didn’t make it. The time of year where two teams love the BCS and how it works, while all the others can’t wait for a playoff system. Without further ado, here are the BCS matchups: Rose Bowl – The Trojans getting sick of playing in the granddaddy of them all, Illinois there for the first time since 1983. Sugar Bowl – Colt Brennan and his Warriors finally on the big stage, their chance to prove they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as BCS conference teams, while Georgia comes in as one of the hottest teams in the league. Fiesta Bowl – The Sooners can’t quite make the championship game, but almost always in an important bowl game at the end of the year. West Virginia better forget about their last loss to the powerhouse team known as Pitt, SOONER rather than later. Orange Bowl – Kansas chosen over Missouri, even though they lost to them. Virginia Tech playing their best football of the season. BCS Championship Game – Not since I used to work at DMV have I seen this much backing in. Both Ohio State and LSU probably surprised to be in this one, but neither one complaining. This the result of a crazy last day of a crazy season. … Stay tuned for my picks for these and 5 additional bowl games, coming soon…
1- (3) Oklahoma at (7) Missouri – Goodbye championship game, goodbye BCS game. I said there would be a letdown playing against a tougher opponent and that’s exactly what happened. 38-17 Oklahoma… nailed it!
2- UCLA at (7) USC – SC had over 400 yards of offense and made the Bruins look like a high school football team. Never close, but never a blow out either. Trojans got the yards but not the points. Another season, another Rose Bowl appearance. 24-7 USC… got it wrong.
3- (5) Virginia Tech at (14) Boston College – Screw my gut instincts! BC showing more and more they are a mediocre team. Tech handling business on the road. 30-16 Virginia Tech… got it wrong.
4- Oregon State at (18) Oregon – Looked like a blowout early, give credit to the Ducks for fighting back. Not quite enough gas in the tank though. State wins in OT. I win another lock! 38-31 Oregon State… nailed it!
5- (17) Tennessee at (2) LSU – The good news is I didn’t lose another LSU pick. I didn’t win it either. The Tigers lucky just to win. Ainge completing a couple of great passes… to the other team. Bring on the Buckeyes. 21-14 LSU… pushed.
6- Washington at (10) Hawaii – Like I said, the Warriors squeak this one out. Brennan leads Hawaii to a BCS game, coming from behind against a fiecty Huskies team. 35-28 Hawaii… nailed it!
7- Pittsburgh at (11) W. Virginia – I guess they were looking ahead. Pitt stuns their rivals. Adios championship game. Another number 2 team goes down. Has anyone seen West Virginia’s offense? 13-9 Pittsburgh… nailed it!
8- Arizona at (12) Arizona State – Should have won by more, State squeaks it out. Erickson should be coach of the year in the Pac-10, but can’t help feel the season could have been better. No BCS game for the Devils. They can blame SC for that. 20-7 Arizona State… got it wrong.
9- (19) BYU at San Diego State – They handle business on the road the way they should. Showing that they are an above average team, BYU remains in the top 25 with a convincing win. 48-27 BYU… nailed it!
10. Army at Navy – I said it would be a blowout and that’s exactly what it was. Army no match for Navy this year. 38-3 Navy… nailed it!
Recap: Damn I’m good! 6-3-1 not too shabby. Nailed my lock of the week. Looks like I’ll be quitting my job and soon just be betting on college football…
1- (9) Oklahoma at (1) Missouri – Strong game by Mizzou last week, look for a bit of a letdown this week. Sooners more experienced in big games. I like Oklahoma -3.
2- UCLA at (8) USC – Rose Bowl on the line. Bruins must get off to a good start if they want a chance to win this. Won’t happen! SC will win, just a matter of how much. Take USC -18.5.
3- (6) Virginia Tech at (12) Boston College – Tech looking good, but my gut says go with BC. They are due for a monster game and this is their chance to shine at home. I like Boston College +5.
4- Oregon State at (18) Oregon – As much as I would like to think the Ducks can find a way to win, they won’t. Beavers win a close one. My lock! Take Oregon State -1.
5- (14) Tennessee at (5) LSU – Once again the Tigers screwed me last week! It took me all year, but this is the one. LSU looks to rebound. Vols won’t know what hit them. I like LSU -7.
6- Washington at (11) Hawaii – They think I am crazy, but I believe this one to be closer than most people think. The Warriors squeak it out and keep their BCS Bowl hopes alive. Take Washington +14.
7- Pittsburgh at (2) W. Virginia – Looking better and better every week. They may take Pitt a bit too lightly, looking ahead to the National Championship game, but Mountaineers win. Not by as much as people think though. I like Pittsburgh +29.
8- Arizona at (13) Arizona State – Almost always a good game between these two teams, don’t expect anything less this time. Close throughout with the home to pulling away at the end. Take Arizona State -7.
9- (21) BYU at San Diego State – How BYU doesn’t blow them out I don’t know. This game should be close for only a quarter. Prove you belong in the top 25! I like BYU -16
10. Army at Navy – Always entertaining, Navy the much better team. Close early, blowout late. Navy runs away at home. Take Navy -14.
Just 3 days after leading his team to an improbable victory over the number 1 team in the nation, Arkansas Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt resigns. Nutt, 50, said he was hopeful his departure would unify the state. What? According to him, the state had been torn with turmoil surrounding the football program and his resignation was to help them overcome this problem. This all started during the winter after the loss of key recruits and a very popular assistant coach. More trouble mounted for the coach as the Razorbacks lost their first three Southeastern Conference games. Couple that with a turmoil-filled off-season, and low and behold, the State of Arkansas was in shambles! I am all for college football and dedication, but if the State is in crisis because the football program is having a couple of down years……… Well, I guess if I lived in Arkansas, I wouldn’t have much more important things to worry about either. Defensive coordinator Reggie Herring will coach the team in its bowl game.