1/11/2016

there's always one more; national championship biased pick.

Oh hey....

Thought I'd let you know, rooting for Clemson tonight.


Despite U of A's record against #1 ranked underdogs...

12/31/2015

PSUgirl, the possibility of successfully navigating the 2015-16 Bowl Season is approximately 3,720 to 1; Results for 2015 - 16 Biased Bowl Picks.

Never tell me the odds.


St Petersburg Bowl
Connecticut 10 - Marshall 16

PSUgirl pick: Herd (9-4)


Hyundai Sun Bowl
Miami 14 - Washington State 20

PSUgirl pick: Cougars (10-4)


Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Washington 44 - Southern Miss 31

PSUgirl pick: Golden Eagles (11-4)


New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Duke 44 - Indiana 41

PSUgirl pick: Hoosiers (11-5) ...so close!


Camping World Independence Bowl
Virginia Tech 55 - Tulsa 52

PSUgirl pick: Hokies (12-5)


Foster Farms Bowl
Nebraska 37 - UCLA 29

PSUgirl pick: Huskers (13-5)


Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Navy 44 - Pitt 28

PSUgirl pick: Midshipmen (14-5)


Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota 21 - Central Michigan 14

PSUgirl pick: Gophers (15-5)


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
California 55 - Air Force 36

PSUgirl pick: Falcons (15-6)


Russell Athletic Bowl
North Carolina 38 - Baylor Bears 49

PSUgirl pick: Bears (16-6)


NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Colorado State 23 - Nevada 28

PSUgirl pick: Wolf Pack (17-6)


AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas Tech 27 - LSU Tigers 56

PSUgirl pick: Red Raiders (17-7)


Birmingham Bowl
Auburn 31- Memphis 10

PSUgirl pick: Memphis Tigers, that is. (17-8)


Belk Bowl
Mississippi State 51 - NC State 28

PSUgirl pick: Wolfpack (17-9)


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Texas A&M 21 - Louisville 27

PSUgirl pick: Aggies (17-10)


National University Holiday Bowl
Wisconsin 23 - USC 21

PSUgirl pick: Badgers (18-10)

Strong are we with the Picks, but not that strong; Final Installment of 2015 - 2016 Biased Bowl Picks.

The final picks are in (or are they?)...

We were doing pretty well... up until the Texas Bowl... darn Texas.

But here are the picks through the last bowl game; bias abounds!

December 31st


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Houston Cougars (12 - 1) vs Florida State Seminoles (10 - 2) 

Atlanta, GA / Georgia Dome
12:00 pm ESPN


This has the potential to be an interesting game. Houston has had a solid season and I’m intrigued to see how they match up against FSU - could be a *peach* of a game. The Cougars have caused me some pain in the past few years, and, I’ll admit, my distain for the seminoles has mellowed a tiny bit - but there’s enough ancient bile built up for me to pick the - Cougars.


Capital One Orange Bowl
(Playoff Semifinal)
Clemson Tigers (13 - 0) vs Oklahoma Sooners (11 - 1) 

Miami Gardens, FL / Sun Life Stadium
4:00 pm ESPN

I’m conflicted here. Notwithstanding their perfect season, the Tigers are not favored in this game, which does, technically (ie Penn State-ily), make them the *underdog* - and I definitely have some ancient bile simmering for the sooner(be anyone else)s - but (there’s always a but) I’m going for the “destruction of the perfect season


Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
(Playoff Semifinal)
Alabama Crimson Tide (12 - 1) vs Michigan State Spartans (12 - 1) 

Arlington, TX / AT&T Stadium
8:00 pm ESPN


This is a loyalty pick - I fully admit that I was rooting for Iowon’t in the B1G game - but that’s over now and the B1G must represent. The Spartans are getting absolutely no respect from the national media - completely ignoring their record (with their one loss to the officiating crew). And there’s also the whole “saban playing his old team” - pity LSU and the Dolphins aren’t also in the mix. So yeah, Spartans.


January 1st


Outback Bowl
Northwestern Wildcats (10 - 2) vs Tennessee Volunteers (8 - 4) 

Tampa, FL / Raymond James Stadium
12:00 pm ESPN2


Northwestern has had a roller-coaster season - or as “roller-coastery” as a 10 & 2 season can be. They’ve looked quite capable against some good teams and, well, not so against, well, not so good teams - but they seem to find a way to win (most of the
time). I’ve developed a distaste for Fitz over the years, however, this is a B1G pick for me - Wildcats.


Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlMichigan Wolverines (9 - 3) vs Florida Gators (10 - 3) 
Orlando, FL / Citrus Bowl
1:00 pm - ABC

Blech. 2 teams with new coaches having *super* seasons. I get a little miserable just thinking about the all the sycophantic commentary these teams will garner in the next few years. Not to mention the pleated khakis. Gators.


Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10 - 2) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (11 - 1) 
Glendale, AZ / University of Phoenix Stadium
1:00 pm - ESPN


Battlefrog? What a shame TCU isn’t in this game. But, oh how I adore these games where I’m truly rooting for the game suspending act of nature. It takes a lot for me to choose the Urbanites, but then those Domers have always be over-achievers. Buck(nut)s.


Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual 
Iowa Hawkeyes (12 - 1) vs Stanford Cardinal (11 - 2) 
Pasadena, CA / Rose Bowl
4:30 pm - ESPN


So I’m guessing that it’s taken me just about 6 years to stop *blaming Iowa* - or at least to stop blaming them for all the strife in the world. Although I’ll admit I was hoping they’d drop a game during the regular season, I was definitely rooting for them in the title game, and I’ll continue rooting for them in the Rose Bowl. Would be a B1G validation. Hawkeyes.


Allstate Sugar Bowl

Ole Miss Rebels (9 - 3) vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (10 - 2) 
New Orleans, LA / Mercedes Benz Superdome
8:30 pm - ESPN


I’ve been rooting for Ok State all season and I see no compelling reason to stop now. After all, their coach is a man. Pokes.


January 2nd


Taxslayer Bowl
Penn State Nittany Lions (7 - 5) vs Georgia Bulldogs (9 - 3)


Jacksonville, FL / Everbank Field 
12:00 pm - ESPN

This is an obvious choice, of course. PSU hasn’t played against georgia since we had a #14 quarterback and there was a Garrity on the team... wait a minute. PENN STATE.NITTANY LIONS!!!


AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Kansas State Wildcats (6 - 6) vs Arkansas Razorbacks (7 - 5) 

Memphis, TN / Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
3:20 pm - ESPN


With no real bias for or against either programs, this is a match-up that boils down to the coaches - and Bert makes it a super easy pick. Wildcats.


Valero Alamo Bowl
TCU Horned Frogs (10 - 2) vs Oregon Ducks (9 - 3) 

San Antonio, TX / Alamodome
6:45 pm - ESPN


Not Oregon’s best season ever (remember when we used to regard a 3 loss season as a disaster? Ah, those were the days.), but on the (not as) bright side it resulted in a reduced assault on our retinae when watching CFL. While I did spend a few games rooting against the Frogs this year, they’re still one of my favorites. and besides, Tailgate Maven really dislikes Oregon. Horned Frogs.


Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
West Virginia Mountaineers (7 - 5) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (6 - 6) 

Phoenix, AZ / Chase Field
10:15 pm - ESPN


Don’t hate me but I find Holgorsen kinda hilarious - in an entertaining way - even if he is, obviously, Norwegian (maybe Danish). My age-old bias against WVU seems to be dissipating - it’s not gone, mind you, it’s just not strong enough to sway me in this match-up or against Todd Graham. Mountaineers. 

12/27/2015

There may be hope after all; early results for biased bowl picks

Not too bad of a start for the biased picks...

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Arizona 45 - New Mexico 37
PSUgirl pick: Lobos (0 - 1)

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
BYU 28 - Utah 35
PSUgirl pick: Utes (1-1)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Appalachian State 31- Ohio 29
PSUgirl pick: Mountaineers (2-1)

AutoNation Cure Bowl
San Jose State 27 - Georgia State 16
PSUgirl pick: Spartans (3-1)

R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Arkansas State 28 - Louisiana Tech 47
PSUgirl pick: Bulldogs (4-1)

Miami Beach Bowl
South Florida 35 - Western Kentucky 45
PSUgirl pick: Hilltoppers (5-1)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Akron Zips 23 - Utah State Aggies 21
PSUgirl pick: Zips (6-1)

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
Toledo 32 - Temple 17
PSUgirl pick: Owls (6-2)

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Boise State 55 - Northern Illinois Huskies 7
PSUgirl pick: Broncos (7-2)

Go Daddy Bowl
Georgia Southern 58 - Bowling Green 27
PSUgirl pick: Falcons (7-3)

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee 31 - Western Michigan Broncos 45
PSUgirl pick: Blue Raiders (7-4)

Hawai’i Bowl
Cincinnati 7 - San Diego State 42
PSUgirl pick: Aztecs (8-4)

12/23/2015

Luke, these are my bowl picks; 2015 - 2016 biased bowl picks, 2nd edition

The games so far have been quite competitive and entertaining - here's hoping the sequels are just as good...


December 26th


St Petersburg Bowl
Connecticut Huskies (6 - 6) vs Marshall Thundering Herd (9 - 3)
St Petersburg, FL / Tropicana Field
11:00 am - ESPN

Despite the 6-6 record, Connecticut did have a marquee win this season; beating Houston was huge for the program, and, arguably, the playoff committee. But these are biased picks, remember, and for this match-up I have to dig a little deeper, like into other sports and stadium cheers. So I’ll go against the basketball school and for the “We Are!” team. Herd.


Hyundai Sun Bowl
Miami Hurricanes (8 - 4) vs Washington State Cougars (8 - 4)
El Paso, TX / Sun Bowl
2:00 pm - CBS

I have spent the last 4 years struggling to come to terms with disappointment and disillusion, and realizing that sometimes bad jobs happen to good people. But hey here’s silver lining for you - we no longer have to root for the hurricanes! In the beginning of the season I would have had a bit of a dilemma when picking a team - but now I have no hesitation in picking Wazzu - Swing your gosh-darn sword. Cougars.


Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Washington Huskies (6 - 6) vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9 - 4)
Dallas, TX / Cotton Bowl
2:20 pm - ESPN

I wish I knew how to type out the indecisive noises I am currently making. The Huskies were a bit Jekyll and Hyde this year - and ended with two strong wins. And yet I find myself leaning toward the mid-major contestant. Golden Eagles.


New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Duke Blue Devils (7 - 5) vs Indiana Hoosiers (6 - 6)
Bronx, NY / Yankee Stadium
3:30 pm - ABC

This is a “basketball” match-up - when you have to look twice at the sports ticker to figure out it’s a football game. Indiana is easily the B1G’s (if not FBS’) *so close!* team of the year. They took the top teams to the wire and played solid football in the process. Easy, albeit a B1G, choice: Hoosiers.


Camping World Independence Bowl
Virginia Tech Hokies (6 - 6) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6 - 6)
Shreveport, LA / Independence Stadium
5:45 pm - ESPN

The Golden Hurricane as a mascot still befuddles and amuses me; similar to the Zips, I have some questions. Questions that I will save for another day. Va Tech is the sentimental favorite here - and with it being Beamer’s last game ever - suppose I should pick the Hokies.


Foster Farms Bowl
Nebraska Cornhuskers (5 - 7) vs UCLA Bruins (8 - 4)
Santa Clara, CA / Levi’s Stadium
9:15 pm - ESPN

Can not get used to the fact that the 5 - 7 teams are in the bowls this season; it just seems wrong. That said, the Huskers are a very good 5 - 7 team, and they ended the season playing quite well. No strong bias against *YouClugh*, but I will say that their uniforms have been (mostly) icky this year. Let’s go - Huskers.


December 28th


Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Navy Midshipmen (9 - 2) vs Pitt Panthers (8 - 4)
Annapolis, MD / Jack Stephens Field at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
2:30 pm - ESPN

Hahahahahahahahahaaaahhhhaaaaaa - There would already be so many reasons to pick Navy, do I even have to State the obvious? Do I? Ship on Pitt - should be sufficient. Midshipmen.


Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota Golden Gophers (5 - 7) vs Central Michigan Chippewas (7 - 5)
Detroit, MI / Ford Field
5:00 pm - ESPN2

The B1G’s 5 - 7 game is strong this year. I love saying “chip chip chippewa” when discussing Central Michigan - but I have to pick Minnesota. A bowl win would/will be a good end to a very emotional season. Gophers.


December 29th


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
California Golden Bears (7 - 5) vs Air Force Falcons (8 - 5)
Fort Worth, TX / Amon G Carter Stadium
2:00 pm - ESPN

For some strange reason I’m having a tough time picking a team for this one. But look, military academy, in a military bowl game = military pick. Falcons.


Russell Athletic Bowl
North Carolina Tar Heels (11 - 2) vs Baylor Bears (10 - 2)
Orlando, FL / Orlando Citrus Bowl
5:30 pm - ESPN

I have a loooooooooong standing bias against the tar heels - even if they have had a good year. Baylor has had a terrible time with injuries - hopefully one of their quarterbacks will be healthy enough to play in the game - but no matter - Baylor gets my pick. Bears.


NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Colorado State Rams (7 - 5) vs Nevada Wolf Pack (6 - 6)
Tucson, AZ / Arizona Stadium
7:30 pm - ASN (Campusinsiders.com)

The brand new Arizona Bowl is 41st bowl game and the first “digitally focused” ... ever. The game will be streamed live on Campusinsiders.com for the national audience. One has to wonder if this isn’t the future of sports broadcasting. Regarding these two teams, I’ll utilize a super fancy high-tech criterion focused methodology - Nevada wears blue. Wolf Pack.


AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7 - 5) vs LSU Tigers (8 - 3)
Houston, TX / NRG Stadium
9:00 pm - ESPN

My goodness - what a match-up. It was not that long ago that *Le Sou* were in the midst of playoff talk - only devolve into a thwarted *Coup de Les* and a December bowl game. The Red Raiders have had a very competitive season - scoring a lot of points along the way. I could type some more about defensive strategies, positional depth, and turf science but you already know I’m going to pick Kingsbury, errrr, the Red Raiders.


December 30th


Birmingham Bowl
Auburn Tigers (6 - 6) vs Memphis Tigers (9 - 3)
Birmingham, AL / Legion Field
12:00 pm - ESPN

“Tiger, tiger, burning bright. In the forest of the night...” or noon. Two teams of tigers - each sporting (primarily) blue uniforms. I seem to be in a mid-major mood this year. Picking the Tigers. Memphis Tigers, that is.


Belk Bowl
Mississippi State Bulldogs (8 - 4) vs NC State Wolfpack (7 - 5)
Charlotte, NC / Bank of America Stadium
3:30 pm - ESPN

Everyone knows I’m a big fan of moooooarrrr cowbell - but I find the *clanga* more of a thunka than the melodious peal of the traditional (ie the one my dad rang) cowbell. Plus, NC State is my favorite triangle school. Wolfpack.


Franklin American Mortgage Music
City Bowl Texas A&M Aggies (8 - 4) vs Louisville Cardinals (7 - 5)
Nashville, TN / Nissan Stadium
7:00 pm - ESPN

I have to dig deep to find some bias in this one. Interestingly, any pro or con bias I might have is for A&M. My dad was a fan of the “12th Man” tradition and I’ve always liked Reveille; on the other hand... Jackie Sherrill. But, I think that the good outweighs the negative on this one - Aggies.


National University Holiday Bowl
Wisconsin Badgers (9 - 3) vs USC Trojans (8 - 5)
San Diego, CA / Qualcomm Stadium
10:30 pm - ESPN

This is a tale of two seasons. I don’t think many teams have had a quieter year than Wiscy; they’ve posted a decent record, but without much notation. While, true to form, the Trojans, on and off the field, have been headline/message board fodder; they’ve weathered some major and emotional distractions. Still, gotta go B1G. Badgers.

12/17/2015

These ARE the picks you are looking for! 2015 - 2016 Biased Bowl Picks.

The wait is finally over! Our biased college bowl picks are back!

So without further ado, the first installment (there will, of course, be three)...

December 19th

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Arizona Wildcats (6 - 6) vs New Mexico Lobos (7 - 5) Albuquerque, NM / University Stadium 2:00 pm - ESPN

How great is it to start off with an easy one. Don’t have too much of a problem with either program, but I’m not a big fan of coach rod - and I don’t care if people are now thinking that he isn’t soooooo bad. Plus - it’s the New Mexico Bowl. Lobos.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
BYU Cougars (9 -3) vs Utah Utes (9 - 3) Las Vegas, NV / Sam Boyd Stadium 3:30 pm - ABC

I love the name of this bowl game - Royal Purple - It’s almost like they should be playing in Minneapolis... not in Sin City. Both teams will likely pull out the Playbook of Mormon and the secret Under Armour, but I think Utah will win the (latter) day. Utes.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State Mountaineers (10 - 2) vs Ohio Bobcats (8 - 4) Montgomery, AL / Cramton Bowl 5:30 pm - ESPN

Interestingly enough, both Appalachian State and Ohio are parties to some of the greatest moments in college football history... September 1, 2007, Michigan Stadium - and the rogue Bobcat mascot that decked Brutus. I’m go with Appalachian State in remembrance of the greatest day in the history of college football... plus, PSU plays them in 2 years. Mountaineers.

AutoNation Cure Bowl
San Jose State Spartans (5 - 7) vs Georgia State Panthers (6 -6) Orlando, FL / Orlando Citrus Bowl 7:00 pm - CBSSN

Georgia State Panthers vs SJSU... I really don’t have a trace of bias against either of these teams. Maybe, if I stretch it I can say that I’m not rooting for any georgia teams this year... or panthers. Spartans.

R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9 - 3) vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8 - 4) New Orleans, LA / Mercedes Benz Superdome 9:00 pm - ESPN

Arrrgghhh - another one where I’m kinda stumped. Used to have trouble remembering Ark State’s mascot on the FBS Sporcle quiz... and yet I find Terry Bradshaw tiresome - oh but the 1970s Steelers supersede that. Bulldogs.

December 21st

Miami Beach Bowl
South Florida Bulls (8 - 4) vs WKU Hilltoppers (11 - 2) Miami, FL / Marlins Park 2:30 pm - ESPN

This is one where my heart and my head are at odds. Clearly the Hilltoppers are my bias pick, but I also know that the Bulls are a tough, well balanced team, that I kinda follow because of the Steven Bench connection. But the Bulls did beat Temple this year (which further emphasizes that they are a strong team)... Gotta go with Big Red... Hilltoppers.

December 22nd

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Akron Zips (7 - 5) vs Utah State Aggies (6 - 6) Boise, ID / Albertonsons Stadium 3:30 pm - ESPN

I’m a fan of the Zips - of their mascot, that is. But, seriously, I have to ask... when does a kangaroo zip? When it’s closing its pouch? When it’s trying to frighten off the Amish Mafia? I can’t answer these questions, but I can pick Akron to win on the Smurf Turf. Zips.

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
Toledo Rockets (9 - 2) vs Temple Owls (10 - 3) Boca Raton, FL / FAU Stadium 7:00 pm - ESPN

T for Temple U... U...niversity! Fight! Fight! Fight! for the Cherry and the White; for the Cherry and the White we will Fight! Fight! Fight! The Owls and Coach Matt Rhule have had a fantastic, historical, season. Yes, their success began with a win over our own dear Lions, but, having been at that game, I can say that there was nothing *flukey* about it - they flat out beat us. And, as I have certainly not yet “made up my mind about Toledo” I must choose the Owls.

December 23rd

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Boise State Broncos (8 - 4) vs Northern Illinois Huskies (8 - 5) San Diego, CA / Qualcomm Stadium
4:30 pm - ESPN

I still kinda <3 Boise - blue field and all. With no bias for or against NIU, I’ll have to pick the Broncos.

Go Daddy Bowl
Georgia Southern Eagles (8 - 4) vs Bowling Green Falcons (10 - 3) Mobile, AL / Ladd-Peebles Stadium 8:00 pm - ESPN

Bird on bird action. You’ve probably heard/read this before, but - you know what really bothers me about Bowling Green? That there’s no *green* in their uniforms... not even close to green. But then Georgia Southern doesn’t wear green either, and they’re from georgia. Falcons.

December 24th

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7 - 5) vs Western Michigan Broncos (7 - 5) Nassau, Bahamas / Robinson National Stadium 12:00 pm - ESPN

Doesn’t this sound like the absolute best time ever? Fried chicken AND a tropical destination? Pretty evenly matched teams, record-wise and on the bias scale. Will have to use a completely arbitrary measure for this one and go with the *blue* team. Blue Raiders.

Hawai’i Bowl
Cincinnati Bearcats (7 - 5) vs San Diego State Aztecs (10 - 3) Honolulu / Aloha Stadium 8:00 pm - ESPN

Another fun trip for the teams and fans - I mean, Detroit and the Bronx are great and all, but I’m guessing O’ahu is a little better. Now, regarding this match-up - since we played SDSU this year (chocolate themed tailgate was delicious) - this pick is rather easy. Aztecs.

11/24/2014

Beer, Chocolate and Steak! Oh My! - The BCS Tailgate; Penn State vs michigan state

... Oh how can we forget you? When there is always something there to remind us...

Yes! The BCS is back! - if only in tailgate form.

This year we'll be "food (& drink) ifying" the BCS with *Beer* *Chocolate* & *Steak* with a selection of yummies including (but not limited to): teriyaki steak kabobs; beer & chocolate banana bread; beer & cheese soup; chocolate mixed nuts brittle bars; beer; and, hot chocolate, and maybe some more chocolate.

Penn State celebrates Senior Day sparring with the spartans of michgian state. Kick-off is at 3:30pm so the parking lots will open at 8am. We'll be there bright and early and setting up around 9am.

Come on over and join us for a beer (& some chocolate) or more - we'll be in the Green (Press Box/West side) Lot - contact us if you need more specific directions.

The current forecast is for cold... and breezy (yay! my favorite!) with possible drizzle/rain in the evening (booooooooo!) - so wear layers and bring some rain resistant/proof gear, but make sure it's Blue and White because msu... wears green... wears white.

And do not fear - the fire pit will be near.



...never be free
...whoa a whoa a whoa

10/29/2014

Noble and brave and true - All Saints (especially Joseph) tailgate; PSU v maryland

... I sing a song of the great tailgates...

PSU is back in action this week, tipping off a November full of football!

And our theme this week is Italian! Sausage scalopini, mini chicken parms, Italian inspired desserts, and much more.

The 12pm kick-off means the lots open at 7. We'll be there soon after, but as the weather report is rather ick we probably won't be up and running til closer to 8.

But come on by and look for us in the green lot (press box side) - contact us for directions, as necessary.

All are welcome and we hope to see you.