Friday, July 17th, 2009 at
The Matador can’t help but feel sorry for folks like Mr. Walker. So if you are reading this ‘Tione, go to Reno before your arraignment, sign some of those fake checks and place some money on the 2010 BCS National Championship game futures. If you go to jail, by the time you get out, you will have a little next egg.
Now, the favored to win the 2010 BCS National Championship Game is Florida at 2/1. It’s a solid bet, but before you jump on the Gator bandwagon, consider these other teams:
Texas (8/1): The Longhorns will have a potent offense and will simply win by outscoring their opponents. To be a solid contender, the defense must step up their play and pray opposing offenses have bad days.
Oklahoma (6/1): Oklahoma has a strong Heisman Trophy winner QB, two 1000 yard rushers in the backfield, two players with hands in TE Jermain Gresham and WR Ryan Broyles, but with all that talent, the Sooners have questions as to who will block for them since the O line is young, inexperienced, and untested. The defense returns 9 and showed signs of great improvement towards the end of the season and even held Florida below their scoring average.
Ohio State (11/1) & Penn State (35/1): The Big 10 hasn’t been getting much respect these days, but if any of these two teams go undefeated, the winner will be in the BCS National Championship game. I’m leaning towards Penn State simply because their schedule is fairly weak and they play Ohio State at home. JoePa could end the season with the championship trophy in hand.
Notre Dame (25/1): It pains me to say this, but ND is returning a very strong and seasoned offense. Weis will finally get his team back to where ND should be. This team has the schedule to go far. If they can upset USC, there will be BCS and possibly National Championship talk brewing in South Bend.
USC (7/1): It is inevitable USC will lose one game in the regular season. They have seven consecutive Pac 10 titles yet have only one BCS Title during that span. Either the team is overrated or they don’t get the respect they deserve. Anyway, with a new QB in Aaron Corp and an untested defense, this will certainly be an uphill battle.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 at
What do these bowl games have in common: Florida State 42 – Wisconsin 13, Missouri 30 – Northwestern 23, Kansas 42 – Minnesota 21, Georgia 24 – Michigan State 12, USC 38 – PSU 24, Texas 24 – Ohio State 21? Thats right, they all feature Big 10 football teams losing in them. Just one of the Big Ten’s best and brightest has won their bowl game and that comes from the mighty Iowa who trounced a woefully overmatched South Carolina squad, 31-10. Pollsters thought so much of Iowa that they haven’t been ranked all season long.
So after a thrilling finish at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where the hopes and dreams of all in the Buckeye nation are driven and crushed painfully into the ground yet again, like any good Ohio sports fan’s dreams should be, that makes the mighty Big Ten conference 1 for 7 in bowl games. 7 bowl games played and this conference can only muster one win, and that game could have been most Big 10 teams homecoming game the way South Carolina played its last 3 games this year.
As down in the dumps as people say the ACC and Pac-10 are in football these days, even they as conferences put up more of a fight than the pantywaists in the Big 10. Four bowl wins for the ACC and the Pac-10 went a perfect 5 for 5 in their bowl games.
So much for the Big Ten being the midwest powerhouse…more like the midwest pussycats.
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