The Night of Knights

While the sports world was watching one Knight, the Scarlet Knights were (on that elusive NFL network) running up and down the field in the Texas Bowl.

It's all so interconnected - Bob Knight, coach at Texas Tech was vying to become the all time winningest coach in NCAA Men's basketball (he didn't) while the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers were playing in the Texas Bowl, vying to complete the greatest season in the school's long (longest) football history with a win (they did). It was a fun game to watch. I gotta say, Rutgers is an excellent team and they looked very poised and ready last night; plus, their red uniforms look really good on TV. R U rah rah! 6-4.

In the other two games, the ill clad golden bears of Cal stomped on the Aggies - 6-5.

and, the OSU (no, the other one) Cowboys washed away the rolling Tide with a last minute field goal - 6-6.

Five games today (it's like New Year's Light) starting at 1pm- and, although it does mark the debut of the Big Ten this Bowl Season, none of the games really tempt me to cut out of work early or to tune away from Days of our Lives (what is EJ going to do????) - But Saturday hosts a few interesting match ups - Navy/BC - Longhorns/Hawkeyes (just for the carnage) - Georgia/VA Tech.

One game on Sunday (Smurf Turf) and then it's New Year's Day and 12 hours of football. Please begin the chilling of the chip dip now.

oops, missed one

in my haste to report the bowl game results, I missed one.

The Chippewa Chippewon the Motor City Bowl. A Central Michigan team playing in Detroit - continuing the theme of nepotism throughout the bowl season -

Good job CMU- sorry I missed you.

oh, and that tips the biased prediction meter to 5-4 which is good, because we didn't do so well last night...


Big Night

Three Bowl games tonight - December 28th - that magical college football night - I remember in 1999 PSU played on the 28th, against Texas A&M - I didn't get the channel that the game was on so I went to a local Bella Vista bar/restaurant by myself - had dinner and quietly watched the game. I was sitting in front of one of the TVs - and really didn't move the entire game. After PSU had sealed the win, I happily closed my tab, gathered my stuff and made my way out of the now crowded joint - on my way out, to my surprise, multiple people "high fived" me, a few saying "we were watching you" - I guess I wasn't as "quiet" as I thought I'd been.

So, to all of those Rutgers fans who must go out tonight to be able to see their Scarlet Knights - I bid you "R!U! rah rah R!U! rah rah!" Everyone who is a fan of college football and didn't actually go to KSU - is a Knight fan tonight (or at least they should be).

The match ups tonight look pretty good -

Shreveport, La. Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Alabama (6-6)

San Diego Dec. 28, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cal (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (9-3)

Houston Dec. 28, 8 p.m. (NFL)
Rutgers (10-2) vs. Kansas State (7-5)

And then sometimes it bites you in the butter

Yesterday was sort of a bad karma day (hopeful that today is better) - I had a really nice time with friends for a post christmas christmas, but, other than that - the day was not my favorite.

As evidenced by the final score of the emerald bowl.



Sometimes false humility pays off

My Phillyblog Fantasy Football team, despite a not-so-great performance in the final weekend, finished in first place - winning the regular season head-to-head and playoff! Woo hoo!

Post Christmas Bowl Game update

LAS VEGAS BOWL - So, the Ducks and their puce yellow helmets couldn't contain the cougar offence- 1-1

NEW ORLEANS BOWL- The Owls of Rice fell to the soapy sudsy men of Troy - 1-2

PAPAJOHN'S.COM BOWL - mmmm pizza - The Bulls charged past the Johnny Depp wannabes - 2-2

NEW MEXICO BOWL - Los Lobos lost - 3-2

ARMED FORCES BOWL - Clearly, Utah was the more American choice - 3-3

HAWAII BOWL - The Warriors and their quarterback chieftan slashed past ASU - 4-3


On my way to Happy Valley

Heading home for the holidays. I'll be back next week to report how I've done on bowl predictions.

Also, my Fantasy Football teams are doing well - one (which finished the "regular season" in first place) is in the championship game this weekend - the other (in a points only league) is in 2nd place. Both teams' efforts will be, very likely, thwarted, single handedly, by LaDanian Tomlinson - but you still get a Yahoo! trophy for 2nd place, so I'm not too bitter.

Las Vegas Bowl

I want to clear up a few things about my Oregon prediction. This in no way suggests that I'm actually rooting for the Ducks - it's just that I (ever so slightly) like them better than the BYU Cougars. I do not have a deep set loathing for the Ducks - but they were part of the debacle of 1994- and for that they have been on my "don't root for them unless it can help PSU list" ever since. I'm breaking with that tradition this year because I just can't root for BYU - and Oregon's season has been defined by outrageous officiating - which is something we're familiar with - so I'm giving them the edge on this one.

LAS VEGAS BOWL Las Vegas Dec. 21, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon (7-5) - Cougars vs Ducks. BYU has a nice record - and Oregon suffered the most egregious not nice thing by college football officials this year - but... I really hate Oregon’s uniforms, but... My final choice is Oregon


Poinsettia Bowl - 2006

I watched a little of the game - it wasn't as competitive as some may have thought. Northern Illinois looked totally outclassed at in every aspect of the game - except for punt blocking - they do that well.

It's early, but the biased bowl prediction record is 1 - 0.

Next game is Thursday - Dec. 21st.

Here's my prediction...

San Diego - Dec. 19, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
TCU (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5) - Horned Frogs vs Huskies. One of many illitrative match ups. As we all know, the horned frog shoots a red colored substance from it’s eyes when attacked; that’s pretty wicked. Plus they wear purple. So, I’m going with TCU.


Outback Bowl Media Day

Read quotes from players such as Dan Connor, Deon Butler and Jeremy Kapinos, about the upcoming bowl game, on goPSUsports.com

Dan Connor - destined to be the best?

Check out the story on pittsburghlive.com about Danny's future.

Connor was just named first team All American on the Sporting News' team (Brown & Posluszny were named to the second team).


ESPN.com - Posluszny two-time All American

Posluszny and Jarrett honored by AP for second time

Poslusny named to AP All American Team

Once again Poz has been named to an All America Football Team. Other Lions were named to the 2nd and 3rd teams (Connor, Brown, Kapinos...) - The Big Ten had a huge showing in the list.

There are so many AA teams named these days. Poz was named 2nd team linebacker on SI.com - I believe that there are 4 other lists - but it's nice that the kids get recognized, regardless.


Who's Gonna Win? PENN STATE!

and some other teams...

Year old hat tip to EDSBS - Bowl Predictions based solely on personal bias. Last year my grudges/leanings/basically unsubstantiated hatred earned a 61% average - not too bad.

This year we've got 32 Bowl games - hosting nearly half of the college football pool - making it necessary to learn some new mascots, etc.

College Football on Fox? Non-BCS games after New Year’s? Are they going to make the kids play on a soccer pitch in Toronto?

Many questions eminate from this year’s games - Let’s take a look...

San Diego - Dec. 19, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
TCU (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5) - Horned Frogs vs Huskies. One of many illitrative match ups. As we all know, the horned frog shoots a red colored substance from it’s eyes when attacked; that’s pretty wicked. Plus they wear purple. So, I’m going with TCU.

LAS VEGAS BOWL Las Vegas Dec. 21, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon (7-5) - Cougars vs Ducks. BYU has a nice record - and Oregon suffered the most egregious not nice thing by college football officials this year - but... I really hate Oregon’s uniforms, but... My final choice is Oregon

New Orleans Dec. 22, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Troy (7-5) v. Rice (7-5) Trojans vs Owls. Troy - they like to slip-n-slide together - not too cool. At Rice they have a pithy little Owl cartoon that disses upcoming opponents. Let's go Owls! Rice.

Birmingham, Ala. Dec. 23, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
South Florida (8-4) vs. East Carolina (7-5) - Bulls vs Pirates. Pizza on the internet - that makes me think of football. Pirates are very "in" this year - but I can't muster the energy to root for Easy U - so I'll say South Florida.

Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
New Mexico (6-6) vs. San Jose State (8-4) Lobos vs Spartans - How unfair is this? New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl. And how sad will it be if they lose? And I think they will lose - a friend of mine used to live near San Jose- so that's good enough to me.

Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Tulsa (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5) - Golden Hurricane vs Utes. We don’t ask for experience; we give it. You can’t read it in a book; you live it! I gotta say, not a big fan of the mental image that a “golden hurricane” congers - but in support of our troops, I’m going to go with Tulsa.

Honolulu Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Arizona State (7-5) vs. Hawaii (10-3) - The rainbow warriors now just call themselves the Warriors (bor-ring) - Warriors vs Sun Devils - With all of these sprirtual images in play, at the very least they’re gonna make it rain, or volcanos errupt - or something. I’m thinking that Hawaii will be best suited to weather the elements. With that and home team advantage, I'm picking: Hawaii.

Detroit Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Central Michigan (9-4) vs. Middle Tennessee State (7-5) - Chippewa vs Blue Raiders. Middle Tennesse State? who? whaa? Central Michigan had a pretty good season - I see them winning over the MTS Raiders. C Mich.

San Francisco Dec. 27, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Florida State (6-6) vs. UCLA (7-5) - seminoles vs Bruins. ahh how the mighty have fallen - gotta give props to the Bruins for making 2006 yet another year of controversy - I’m looking for UCLA to crush the seminoles. UCLA

Shreveport, La. Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Alabama (6-6) - Cowboys vs Crimson Tide. Bama's getting a new coach next year - asserting their Independence from the Shula era, I say "Roll Tide." Bama

San Diego Dec. 28, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cal (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (9-3) - Golden Bears and the Aggies. Cal was way overrated at the beginning of the season - the Aggies pulled off an improbable upset late in the season. Oh this is another horrible choice. but - Aggies?

Houston Dec. 28, 8 p.m. (NFL)
Rutgers (10-2) vs. Kansas State (7-5) - Scarlet Knights vs Wildcats The NFL network? Maybe Schiano will jump straight to the pros and faagetabbout college ball - Steelers? Anyway, I’ll be rooting for the Scarlet Knights - Rutgers

Nashville Dec. 29, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Clemson (8-4) vs. Kentucky (7-5) - Tigers vs Wildcats - Any year in which CU defeats fsu, and in which they are paired up with a team I care nothing about, they get my vote for the bowl game. Tigers

El Paso, Texas Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (CBS)
Missouri (8-4) vs. Oregon State (9-4) - Tigers vs Beavers. More Tigers? I gotta say, I'm very disappointed with the match ups for Oregon State and South Carolina this year - they could have been much more entertaining - they could have played each other (snicker) - Regardless, OSU is up against Mizzou this year - OSU beat USC (the other one) - which was huge - but Missouri had a fine season. Any Bias against the pac ten is easily negated by anti big 12 sentiment. hmmm - eenie meenie - Mizzou!

Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
South Carolina (7-5) vs. Houston (10-3) Gamecocks vs Cougars. Again with this Houston team - and again with Coach Spurrier (hate him) - but, I have to thank SOS for not changing jobs and going to another team this year - I'd hate to see a team that I dislike, get a decent coach, and I'd really hate to see a team that I somewhat like get him as coach - since I don't give a rat's backside about USC - I'm going to say "thank you" to Coach Spurrier and say that the Gamecocks are gonna win (just watch for the blocked kicks). South Carolina.

Tempe, Ariz. Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. (NFL)
Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) - Golden Gophers vs Red Raiders. It ain’t gonna happen, but I’ll go with Minne.

Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Maryland (8-4) vs. Purdue (8-5) - Turtles and Boilermakers. Go Home Maryland, Go Home! I have no reason other than conference loyalty and the "we beat them" factor - but I say Purr - Do!

Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 30, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Navy (9-3) vs. Boston College (9-3) - Midshippmen vs Eagles. Navy's done well this year and heck, support our troops!- Navy

San Antonio Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Iowa (6-6) vs. Texas (9-3) - Hawkeyes vs Longhorns. Oh this has the potential to be very, very bad. So very bad. Texas

Atlanta Dec. 30, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Virginia Tech (10-2) vs. Georgia (8-4) - Hokies vs Bulldogs. Georgia had 2 unbelievable losses this season - and I have a long lived distain for the Hokies - this is a really tough one. VA Tech.

Boise, Idaho Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Nevada (8-4) vs. Miami (6-6) - wolf pack vs hurricanes on the Smurf Turf - Gotta go against Miami - Nevada

New Year’s Day Games - “Let’s syncronize our watches”

Tampa, Fla. Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Penn State (8-4) vs. Tennessee (9-3) Nittany Lions vs Volunteers

Penn State forever, moldy old men. Penn State

Dallas Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m. (Fox)
Auburn (10-2) vs. Nebraska (9-4) - Tigers v Cornhuskers. Both teams have had, for them, disappointing seasons. Many folks listed Auburn as their National Championship team, but the Tigers failed to produce. I say they rebound in the bowl game. Auburn.

Orlando, Fla.Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Wisconsin (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-3) - Badgers vs Razorbacks. Should go with conference loyalty, but wisky broke our coach this year. And Houston Nutt is one of the all time greatest names in football, ever. I hate the idea of pulling for an SEC team, again (and again) - but I'm going with Arkansas - I hope they kick out of bounds 14x in a row. Arkansas.

Jacksonville, Fla. Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Georgia Tech (9-4) vs. West Virginia (10-2) - Yellow Jackets and Mountaineers - Tech showed some brilliance this year - but if their qb gets rattled - it all unravels - The Mighty Mountaineers (with hairs in their ears) - have speed, and Pat White does a mean (spirited) pitt panther imitation - so I think I'll give the BE the advantage on this one - WVU

Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ABC)
USC (10-2) vs. Michigan (11-1) - Trojans and Wolverines. I hate it when they make me do this - It really depends on whether both teams actually show up for this one - I think they will - but it's still gotta sting. As much as I hate the idea - I'll be rooting for (the other) blue. um

Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
Boise State (12-0) vs. Oklahoma (11-2) broncos v sooners. As a PSU fan, I have a certain connection to undefeated/unheralded teams - But the Sooners are tough - This is Boise State's chance to make a name for themselves apart from the blue turf - I still think they fall a little short - Oklahoma -

Miami Jan. 2, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Wake Forest (11-2) vs. Louisville (11-1) - Demon Deacons vs Cardinals - Again with the spiritual symbolism. Wake isn't being given much of a chance in this one - for that reason, I'd like to see 'em win. WF.

New Orleans Jan. 3, 8 p.m. (Fox)
LSU (10-2) vs. Notre Dame (10-2) Tigers and Irish - In the Big Easy. If LSU is on this will be an unlucky day for the Irish. That’s what I’m hoping for. Hate notre dame. LSU

Toronto Jan. 6, Noon (ESPN2)
Cincinnati (7-5) vs. Western Michigan (8-4) Bearcats - Broncos. Toronto, eh? On Epiphany no less - those wacky canadians - My understanding is that they will be playing the game on an American football sized field - but there will be beer tents. Cinci is losing their coach - I know little to nothing about the broncos of western Michigan - I'll go for the city team rather than the directional team - Cincinnati.

Moble, Ala. Jan. 7, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Southern Miss (8-5) vs. Ohio (9-4) Golden Eagles v Cougars. Really nothing to say about this one, except I'm going to extend my dislike for the land mass west of PA and go for So Miss.

Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 8, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Ohio State (12-0) vs. Florida (12-1) - buckeyes and Gators. This is the big one - the National Championship. The BCS is taking a lot of heat for this pairing - and as a big fan of all things anti-BCS, I'm almost tempted to root against the gators. But my heart is with the underdog - but are they really the underdog - UF won the basketball national championship last March (i was totally rooting for them then - Yea Noah!) - they don't deserve another championship (they'll never shut up about that) - but tosu won the NC in 2002 - that's too soon and they're just so slimy - and I really don't want Evil Sweatervest McCheatypants to win - he's just not that good (they'll never shut up about that) - So it's a horribly difficult choice, based mostly on not-nice vibes - but my pick is Florida - now go out and disappoint me, guys, I know you can.

All American, Paul Posluszny named PSU MVP

Team Captain, Paul Posluszny, was named team MVP at the Nittany Lions' annual football banquet.


ESPN poll about BCS

ESPN.com has a poll regarding the BCS results - I participated - and below is a snip of the answers (my choices were the #1 answers on each of these questions) - I find the result of #8 to be rather impressive (and #7 rather interesting)- are you listening College Football? There were about 150,000 "votes" at the time I took the poll.

6) Which is the best team not playing in a BCS bowl?

34.0% Wisconsin
33.0% Auburn
23.0% Arkansas
10.0% West Virginia

7) Which is the worst team playing in the BCS?

54.4% Notre Dame
23.9% Wake Forest
17.2% Boise State
4.5% Oklahoma

8) Does college football need a playoff system?

90.0% Yes
10.0% No

I'm not saying that I'm brilliant or anything...

EDSBS - Archive - BOOM.

or that I'm "happy" about results of the BCS rankings - but I will say, that, a month ago, when no one gave Florida a chance - i did. As evidenced by my comment on this thread on Every Day Should Be Saturday (click on link above).

Magic plays a big role in College Football - UF's win over South Carolina (and Coach Spurrier) was nothing short of miraculous - a miracle forged, of course, from a never die attitude and awesome athletic ability - but a miracle, all the same. Wins, like the one over USC, affect the mentality of a program - the kids learn that they can win, no matter what -

And Florida has.

Bowl Schedule 2006-7

NCAA Football - Scores & Schedule - Yahoo.com

Gonna steal EDSBS's idea again (with totally biased Bowl Predictions) - coming soon.

Penn State v Tennesse - Outback Bowl

GoPSUsports.com - Official Home of Penn State Athletics