Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:37 PM
Posted Friday, August 09, 2013 12:05 AM
Some of the most entertaining football is when the 1A "bigboys" have to play the 1AA squads.....and yes the dirty little secret is this: other than the top 10 teams in 1A, there just isn't that much separation anymore between 11-40 when in comparison with the Top 10 teams in 1AA.
One of my favorite things to do is watch a headcoach sweat when his supposed "tune-up game" turns into a potential reason for termination..........
Lets see if we can spot a few week one 1A/1AA matchups that can cause a few ulcers.........lines are taken from 5dimes:
1) North Dakota State (+14) @ K-State The back to back national champs of 1AA go to K-state for a Friday night matchup. NDSU has a bunch of guys back, and are quickly becoming one of the most dominate squads in recent memory.......KSU has lost a huge amount of talent from last year....no more Optimus Klein, no more solid defense. This game boils down to Snyder's JC recruiting class vs a 1AA juggernaut. I am going with the Bizon here.......NDSU +14
2) Old Dominion (+13) @ East Carolina ODU throws the ball all over the field......and then they throw it some more. East Carolina has a slew of guys back 9/9 on each side of the ball. I actually watched Georgia Southern come back from 21 down to beat ODU in the round of 8 last season........the defense is far from impressive for ODU, and if that no-huddle passing game bogs down, then those are some fast three and outs. I would like to see an over number here......Lean ECU
3) Eastern Washington (+24) @ Oregon State I would have loved to see this matchup last season..... EWU lost several key guys to the NFL, and even though they will go hard and put some pressure on, Oregon State is solid this season. However, if you are going to get the Beavs, you can get them early in the season.....Don't get caught nappin OSU, Ewash still has enough offensive firepower and attitude to hang around for awhile........ EWU (+24) in backdoor style
4) Appalachian St @ Montana (-2) This one is an all 1AA matchup, but one heck of a rivalry. You can tell by my avatar that I am biased on this one, and I will be in Washington-Grizzly Stadium for this one......a rare 7:05 start time. The Griz got their QB back (acquitted from rape charges) and the defense and O-line are stacked. It may be a homer pick, but I wouldn't bet against the Griz in this one.......they are hungry and ready for a title run this season. Montana by 14.
Posted Friday, May 10, 2013 12:12 PM
Man, I like this one a lot. Obviously, QB play is paramount to the Cowboys having success, but with 2 guys that are capable in Clint Chelf and JW Walsh, that looks to be taken care of......even though I would have liked Wes Lunt at the trigger instead of transferring out.
Could this be the year that OSU puts a top-flight defense on the field? Tough to put up any eye -popping D numbers in the Big 12, but this unit should be able to average in the 24-28ppg allowed range....and that is enough to get them 10 wins.
Here is what I got on the Pokes' season:
1) Miss State not sure they cover the 12.5, and Reliant stadium can play a little slow, but should post 35 on MSU.W
2) @UTSA I like Larry Coker, and UTSA is bowl capable, but this is apples and oranges. Pokes' roll. W
3) Lamar this game shouldn't be played. 70+ W
5) @West Virginia The Mountaineers will miss Geno, and Clint Trickett doesn't fit the bill. W
6) Kansas St. Tough to like KSU to do much this year, especially in Stillwater with a rebuilt D. DD Win. W
8) TCU I like TCU to make some noise this year with Pachall back and a solid D....but on home turf, TCU will find it tough to score enough. W.
9) @Iowa State The Pokes' should remember the loss at Ames 2 years ago that may have cost them a shot at the National Title. Week 9, Iowa State is not deep..... DD W
10) @Texas Tech At Tech, late in the season......history tells us that anything can happen in Lubbock. 1st year coach Kliff Kingsbury should be comfortable by now....TOSSUP
11) Kansas I like Heaps at QB for KU, and Weiss will have the Jayhawks better than last year, but this is an azz-kicking. Blowout W.
12) @Texas Obviously, a loseable game for OSU....but I am not drinking the Texas cool-aid until I see David Ash play like a Division 1 Quarterback. Would not be surprised at all to see OSU favored in this one. TOSSUP
13) Baylor Light up the scoreboard boys......OSU in a shootout, but the margin is still 2 td's. W
15) Oklahoma Stoops' and the boys haven't won a big game in so long I can't remember. I expect OU's bowl fate to already be determined, and OSU playing for a shot at the Big 12 title. Also, I think that there is a very good chance that big game Bob is coaching in his last regular season game. Not even going to rank this one as a "toss up". W
To recap: 10 wins, 2 tossups. The biggest thing that I like about the Pokes' is the schedule. It looks like 3-0 going into a bye, and then a trip to WVU for a measuring stick game, then back to Stillwater for a favorable matchup vs KSU. At this point, 5-0 or even 4-1 is acceptable in my book, then the stretch run begins with big tests at Tech and at Texas....then another bye before Bedlam.
The Defense should be even better this season, with experience nearly every where.....and if it is, then that will be enough to hold serve in several of these Big 12 shootouts.
Oklahoma State Cowboys OVER 9 wins (-130)
Posted Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:54 PM
I think it is safe to say that there is a bit of collusion going on here.......looks to me like the Corporation's stance on letting Tebow play in the NFL is to run him to Canada or the Arena League.
It is very hard for me to believe that there is no one out there that will give a proven winner a chance....no, he is not the prettiest passer.....but the guy wins games, and brings a compete level that few QB's in the league do.
Seriously, can you remember a QB that has had a winning record in his first year as a starter and won a playoff game, that has been chucked to the gutter by everyone in the "League".
It appears that no one really cares about winning any longer. Is success defined by how your team looks, as opposed to how it preforms? Nothing better than getting the guy that can throw the ball 60 yds from his knee at the combine, but is a clusterf***k when the chips are down. The sad part is that Jamarcus Russell has gotten more positive press for his comeback effort over the last month than Tebow has for his charity work during the same period. Pretty telling on whom is writing the sports columns these days.
If a team is all set at QB then do not even consider Tebow...but the following squads have no excuse, other than they are scared of the NFL/ESPN media machine: Bills, Dolphins, Cleveland, Jax, Tennessee, KC, Oakland, Eagles, Vikings, Tampa, Arizona.
These teams stink, and usually are nowhere near a contender year in and year out. It is humorous in a way...the Raiders love controversy and public guys....but won't go near the biggest controversial public guy of them all. Good luck with Terrell Pryor....looks like 4-12.
Probably the best fit for Tebow would be in Philly under Chip Kelly. He is big and fast, and could be a dangerous player in an unconventional offense. Vick will most likely be hurt early in the year, and will not be a run threat down the stretch...good luck Philly....7-9 at best.
Tebow is better than Jake Locker right now, and the rest of the teams on the list need some guts.
But hey, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a perfect release point and a cannon arm. Good luck with your 3-13 Buffalo.
So, my point is this: it does not make logical sense that Tebow is not going to be given a legit shot at starting in the NFL this fall. Usually, when things do not make sense, there is some political BS going on behind the scenes, and in this case it looks to be the big libs over at ESPN and in the front office of the NFL do not like the idea of a squeaky clean, openly religious starting QB in their "League".
The idea of a Tim Tebow as a public face of the NFL is too 1950's and not enough 2013 for the "League". It simply is too risky to let him play....
Posted Wednesday, September 05, 2012 02:17 AM
Teams that were impressive in my eyes:
1) Arizona RichRod has a keeper in his QB Scott..that guy can run and throw...good stable of RB's, Arizona is dangerous.
2) LSU I get it...everyone out there is saying no shit...but they hammered a pretty good offensive team in UW. The LSU offense is much better than last year with the new QB.
3) Alabama Another no shit call. But they are good. Real good.
4) Oklahoma State Even though they got beaten handily @ Zona, Wes Lunt QB can play for OSU. Yeah, there were some turnovers, but OSU is fast and physical, and as early as next season Lunt will have them in the top 5.
5)North Dakota State NDSU at Colorado State yesterday made me a nice wad of cash. This is an FCS team that can compete at the FBS level. The NCAA should put them in a bowl game. Colorado St scored on their first possession...and they didn't score again...NDSU 22-7, and it could have been worse.
6) Georgia Nice win for Georgia......lots left to prove.
7) Kansas State They played great...Collin Klien takes a ton of hits, but the K-State defense was nasty to the Canes....I was impressed, that was a dominant performance.
Teams that Disappointed:
1) Arkansas John L Smith is bad. They should have looked the other way on firing Bobby P.
2) The ENTIRE BIG 10. I would break them all out one by one but that would be incredibly redundant. Wisconsin can't throw, Nebraska D is shitty, Michigan is lazy, Penn State is snakebit, Iowa may have the worst offense through two weeks that I have ever seen. Michigan St and Ohio State are both 2-0, but I am not buying that trash yet. And don't forget the Illini getting crushed late last night either to ASU.
3) Oregon. I know they are good, but they aren't covering at home....and that is something new for the Ducks.
4) Utah Uninspired, horrible offense. Keep on running the wildcat formation and wasting 2nd down. They had huge advantages on the outside vs Utah State and refused to take the matchup.......embarassing play calling by new OC Brian Johnson. Get aggressive or quit.
5) Iowa I had to mention them again. 4th year senior QB and no fucking TD's through two weeks. Shame on you Iowa.
6) Notre Dame Nice win vs Purdue. Way to pull your starting QB again Kelly......here comes the carousel. Amazing....history repeating.
Fun week. Back to the Grind.
First of all, QB Tettleton for Ohio lit up PSU.......lights out on 3rd down in the second half. Pretty impressive.
Now for the main point of this post.
I grow weary of the "lynch Penn State" attitude. Sandusky's crimes were as bad as it gets, and the
coverup was bad as well.....the guilty parties are behind bars, the conspirators of the coverup are being investigated, and the
figurehead of the school is dead.
The hard truth concerning this matter is as follows: the crimes committed by
Sandusky were criminal matters and not matters that the NCAA should have
concerned themselves with at all. The individuals involved with the
coverup were all terminated, Sandusky is in prison, and Paterno is dead. The need for the NCAA to pile on and get their pound of flesh is irrelevant.
Personally, I don't understand how further sanctions concerning the
football program were warranted. Is the loss of scholarships and bowl
games really appropriate? Did ESPN not put Penn State on national TV
and sell advertising space last Saturday?.....so what exactly were the punishment and sanctions
I cannot understand how punishing the current players and fans with sanctions has
anything to do with combating child abuse...it just seems like a petty
attempt at making the NCAA look like "do gooders" to the American
If the NCAA would have dished out the death penalty to PSU, then I would have at least understood the decision. I would have disagreed, but I would have understood.......but to cripple the program, and yet continue to rake in that TV revenue along with a cut of the gate and merchandise sales is an indefensible position for the NCAA bureaucrats to take. "Oh yeah, you guys can still play, but you are going to lose".....what does that say about the NCAA themselves??? Cripple you with my right hand and collect with my left??? Utter nonsense and garbage.
It seems to me that any governing body or association that piles on the
guilty parties ad nausea in these types of situations have a specific
agenda, and it has nothing to do with helping the victims or aiding in
the healing process. The motives are political in nature......let us
not overlook just how much money is at stake when the powers that be
divide up Penn States revenues for the foreseeable future.
For the NCAA to involve itself in a sanctioning of PSU athletics concerning a criminal act perpetrated by a PSU employee is ludicrous. Sandusky's crimes were not on par with paying
players, academic fraud, or gambling....they were abhorrent crimes against human
beings..... not infractions against something as questionable as the
integrity of the NCAA. That is why Sandusky is doing 40 to life in a federal prison, and why the loss of scholarships and bowl games are ridiculous in comparison. Apples and oranges, pure and simple.
Sandusky's crimes were rightfully punished under our laws, the
laws of the State of Pennsylvania, USA. For many people that is not good enough. Many would
like to see everyone associated with Penn State football in any fashion
drawn and quartered. I do not understand this phenomenon....what
possible good does that do? What need does that satisfy? At what point does all of the media coverage and political grandstanding become telling of the purveyors?
The Penn State public scandal is over. It is time to move on and let the victims begin the healing process.
Prayers and support for the victims, and Punishment for the wrongdoers. Those are the basic humanitarian functions that we need to be focused on providing as a society; anything else is irrelevant.