Posted tagged ‘SEC’

Stanford Uses Good “Luck” Charm in Orange Bowl Blowout

January 3, 2011

The Stanford Cardinal proved tonight what most of us on the West Coast always knew: if not for the Oregon Ducks, they would be playing for a National Championship.

In its first BCS bowl game in more than ten years, Stanford survived a close first half to blowout the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orange Bowl, 40-12.

With the victory, the #4 Cardinal reached 12 wins for the first time in the school’s history. Now the question remains: what’s next for Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck?

From ESPN:

Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns Monday night to lead Stanford past Virginia Tech (No. 13 BCS, No. 12 AP) 40-12.

It was a performance reminiscent of Elway, the former Stanford quarterback who is expected to become the Denver Broncos’ chief football executive this week. He served as an honorary captain, and ex-Stanford QB Jim Plunkett was also on hand to lend support.

The Cardinal (12-1) likely will end the season ranked in the top 5 for the first time since the unbeaten 1940 team finished No. 2. Their success comes only four years after they went 1-11 and hired Harbaugh as coach to lead a turnaround.

Big Ten = The Little Sisters of the Poor

January 1, 2011

That’s right…I said it!

Gordon Gee, how do you like your Big Ten now? What’s that? Was the Big Ten 0-5 today?

At least the Wisconsin Badgers showed up for their game. Hopefully you’re Ohio State Buckeyes show up for the Sugar Bowl…instead of getting stuck at the tattoo parlor!

Congrats to the TCU Horned Frogs on winning the 2011 Rose Bowl! Now, can we get a playoff system in place???

Cam Newton Cleared to Play

December 2, 2010

The NCAA has ruled that a violation of Cam Newton’s amateur status has occurred, but the violation will not cause the front runner in the Heisman Trophy race to miss any playing time.

Newton has been cleared by the NCAA to compete, saying it was his father Cecil Newton and former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers, who violated the rules.

From SI.com:

Cam Newton can play. Auburn’s wins from this season won’t be vacated, and the Tigers can face South Carolina on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game without the specter of Newton’s eligibility hanging overhead. Newton can win the Heisman Trophy. Those are the immediate repercussions of Wednesday’s decision by the NCAA to declare Newton eligible despite the fact that Newton’s father, Cecil, tried to sell his commitment to Mississippi State for a six-figure sum during his recruitment from junior college.

The longer-ranging repercussions are less cut-and-dried.

Say What You Will About Boise State…

September 6, 2010

…the team from the Pacific Northwest who plays on the “Smurf Turf” can play with the big boys!

Tonight, the Boise State Broncos went on the road to a “neutral” site game, jumped out to an early lead, fell behind in the second half, but came back to defeat Virginia Tech, a top ten team from a BCS conference. Did I mention that this “neutral” site game was played less than 300 miles from the Virginia Tech campus? Say what you will about Boise State…they aren’t going away anytime soon.

Yes, some will say that the referee’s handed Boise State the game (I disagree) but the game was entertaining and wasn’t decided until the final minute. It most definitely lived up to the hype that has surrounded it over the past couple of weeks.

I’ve heard people say that they’re sick of Boise State. That if they played a “real” schedule, they would go 8-4 every year. That they are bad for college football. In the end, I have to disagree with these people. Other than three games a year, Boise State is mandated to play the schedule they do during the season. yes, they don’t play the schedule that a team in the SEC, Big 10, Big 12 or Pac 10 play. But, when they play in big games, they’ve won, beating Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Virginia Tech.

Are they bad for college football? I don’t think so. They have come out of obscurity to become a team that has consistently gone to bowl games, and even BCS bowl games. Yes, compared to other top teams out there such as Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Texas and more, they may not be able to compete week in and week out with the pure talent of these teams. But, they’re playing the hand their dealt and you have to respect the job that the team and especially the coaching staff has done to build this successful program.

Who knows. This is only the first game of the season and they COULD lose a game, dropping them right out of the National Championship picture. Only time will tell. That’s why they play the game, right?

Feel free to chime in with your comments. I’m sure that Boise State will be discussed quite often between now and January.

Arkansas Razorbacks Broadcaster Fired for Wearing Florida Gators Hat

August 17, 2010

Broadcaster Renee Gork has been fired after she was spotted wearing a Florida Gators hat at a recent news conference with Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino.

They sure do take their football seriously in the SEC!

From ESPN:

Gork, a Florida graduate, said it was an innocent mistake to have the hat on in the first place and that she sent a letter of apology to Petrino, who remarked during the press conference that he wouldn’t be answering any more questions from her while she was wearing that hat.

“It wasn’t a stunt I was trying to pull, and I wasn’t trying to get any attention. It was just a dumb mistake,” said Gork, who added that her station (KAKS Hog Sports Radio) fired her because it didn’t appear that she would be allowed to cover practice any longer.

Big 10 Officials Vs. SEC Officials. Whose Worse?

October 31, 2009

Until this morning, I would have favored the SEC in the battle. But after witnessing the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. the Indiana Hoosier this morning, I’m not so sure anymore.

I’m not a fan of either school, but this has been the most pathetically officiated game I have had the opportunity to witness in recent memory. The job done by this crew is downright embarassing. It the SEC suspended their crew for a couple of games, then this crew should take the rest of the season off!

There have been at least three calls that have gone against the Hoosiers, most recently a touchdown that was overturned after further review. Remember, you must have CONCLUSIVE evidence that a call is incorrect to have the play overturned. This has been reiterated numerous times during the game. An earlier TD was taken away from the Hoosiers which should have been overturned in favor of a touchdown. Now, a touchdown that was called good, only to be overturned. I’m at a complete loss for words.

Has anybody else been able to catch this game on ESPN? Is it obvious that every call is going the direction of the #4 Hawkeyes? Am I just crazy? :)

And…don’t get me started on the TERRIBLE calls that have been made throughout the MLB playoffs. At least they have been consistently bad for all teams in those games!

Florida #1 in First BCS Rankings

October 18, 2009

UPDATE: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

ESPN has posted the initial BCS rankings for 2009:

1. Florida

2. Alabama

3. Texas

4. Boise State

5. Cincinnati

6. Iowa

7. USC

8. TCU

9. LSU

10. Miami

Very interesting to say the least. It’s nice to see Boise State at #4 but I am very surprised to see USC at #7. Yes, their loss to Washington was bad, but they did win at Ohio State and Notre Dame. Also, seeing at Cincinnati at #5 is great for their program. What a surprise they have been and they have been VERY good so far!

I’m still not sold on Iowa but they will have a couple of tough tests left. TCU could also make some noise if they defeat BYU this coming weekend. LSU and Miami are right where they should be.

Any thoughts on the standings?

From Fox Sports:

The Gators were the top-ranked team in the first BCS standings of the 2009 season, holding a slight lead over their SEC rivals, .989 to .953. Despite struggling to get past unranked Arkansas on Saturday, Florida was ranked No. 1 in each of the three components used to determine the BCS standings — the Harris poll, the coaches poll and the computer rankings.

Would-be BCS buster Boise State is ranked fourth, and has strong support from both the human voters (No. 5 in both the Harris and the USA Today polls) and the computers (No. 5). Cincinnati, meanwhile, is ranked fifth and doesn’t face a ranked team the rest of the way. While that soft schedule won’t help them in the computers, the Bearcats are looking like a decent bet to finish the season undefeated.

Undefeated Iowa is ranked No. 6, in large part because of the strength of its showing in the computer polls; the computers have the Hawkeyes ranked No. 3, while the human voters are considerably less enamored of the Big Ten frontrunner.

USC, TCU, LSU and Miami round out the rest of the top 10.

From USA Today:

The Gators are No. 1 in both the USA TODAY Coaches’ poll and the Harris Interactive polls used in the formula and they are the top team in the computer rankings. The polls and computers have the Crimson Tide  second.

Texas, Boise State and Cincinnati round out the top five followed by unbeaten Iowa.

Boise State is making the highest debut as a team from a league that does not get an automatic berth. The best previous debut was Utah at No. 7 in 2004.

First BCS Rankings: Who’s #1?

October 17, 2009

UPDATE: ESPN has just announced that Florida is #1 in the first BCS rankings for 2009.

UPDATE 2: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

Sunday, October 18, marks the release of the first BCS standings for 2009. Hold on to your hats, this could be fun!

We almost had a complete upheaval of the top ten this weekend, but #1 Florida and #2 Texas both hung on to win their games. Overall, it was a pretty scary day all around, not just in wins and losses, but for individual players themselves.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Colt McCoy looked terrible throwing for under 150 yards, only one touchdown and one interception. To make things worse in the same game, last year’s Heisman winner, Sam Bradford, re injured his shoulder and judging from the reaction of his coach, Bob Stoops, I would have to assume that he will miss the rest of the season. At 3-3, Oklahoma is having its worst season in recent memory and they appear that they may have to carry on without their team leader.

If not for a last minute drive by Tim Tebow, who knows how the Florida/Arkansas game would have ended. I’ve got to give it to Tebow, he can play and knows how to fire up a team. I’m just not sold on Florida this year. Two straight weeks they could have easily lost their game if not for some late heroics. And what about the Texas Longhorns??? I mentioned McCoy’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day already but looking at the season so far as a whole, they are the most unimpressive undefeated team in the nation right now. I’m pretty sure that they will lose at least one game in their conference and it could happen as early as next week.

As much as it pains me to say it, Alabama looks very impressive and in National Championship form. They dispatched of South Carolina today with some great defense and the running game looks equally good. Virginia Tech said goodbye to any chance they had of a National Championship with their loss at Georgia Tech. USC had Notre Dame on the verge of a blowout until they decided to let them back in the game (and nearly win if not for a last second goal line stand). If not for the hiccup against Washington, USC could easily have their hat in the ring for the top spot in the BCS. Alas, they will have to settle for 4th at best (you can see my predictions below).

And the team from the land of the Smurf Turf had some major problems putting away Tulsa on Thursday night. They really need some blowout victories, and an undefeated season, to have any chance at at a BCS National Championship game. Heck, they might even get passed by TCU for a BCS Bowl bid if the “frogs” go 12-0 this year. The Broncos looked great against Oregon to open the season, but they’ve played down to the level of their opponents the past two weeks and with a weak schedule, any more games like this could easily relegate them  to a non-BCS game.

Anyways, it will be interesting to see how the players fall tomorrow afternoon when the standings are finally released. I’m looking forward to seeing how both the AP and Coaches poll shift this week, but what will play the most important role is the computers. I’m no expert, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and make my predictions how I see the top ten playing out:

1. Florida

2. Alabama

3. Texas

4. Boise State

5. USC

6. Cincinnati

7. Iowa

8. LSU

9. Miami

10. TCU

To be the best, you have to beat the best. And at this time, Florida is still the team to beat until someone knocks them off their pedestal.

I strongly believe that Alabama is the number one team in the country right now, but can’t see enough voters changing their ballots to drop Florida out of the number one spot. I also see USC leapfrogging Boise State based upon their quality wins over Ohio State and Notre Dame. I’m most intrigued where teams like Cincinnati, Iowa and Miami end up. It’s pretty much a crapshoot after the top 4-5.

It will be interesting to see how it all ends up, though. Personally, I would love to see a lot of upsets the rest of the way and Boise State sneaking into the National Championship Game. Yes, it’s a dream that will most likely NEVER come true, but it would still be fun to finally see someone stick it to the BCS!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m in favor of a playoff. Whether it be an 8 or 16 team playoff, let them fight it out on the field to determine who really is #1.

Thoughts?

Referees Give #1 Florida Gators a 23-20 Win

October 17, 2009

UPDATE: Virginia Tech knocked off by Georgia Tech! Check out my BCS predictions here.

UPDATE 2: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

Arkansas played well.

Florida played awful.

The referees were the worst. *A close second goes to the two missed kicks by the Arkansas kicker who could have won the game for them*

I’m not a Razorbacks fan, or a Gators fan, just a college football fan. This was embarrassing to watch. Usually, you see one or two bad calls in a game. But in this game, there was bad call after bad call including two on a 4th quarter drive that got Florida back in the game and eventually the win with a 29 yard field goal with only 9 seconds left to play.

Nice attempt at the hook and lateral on the kickoff, though, by Arkansas.

So Florida hangs on. Texas hangs on. Alabama and Virginia Tech still to play. Who’s number one?

I’m not going to downplay how good the SEC is. They are the best conference in all of college football. But they ONLY PLAY EACH OTHER.

Most of the teams play patsy schedules, outside of their own conference. I saw during the game today that the announcers were talking about the BCS Championship game and how if all the teams end up with one or even two losses, that an SEC team should automatically play a Big 12 team. Honestly, that would probably be a GREAT game. But it should not be automatic because the teams play in the Big 12 and SEC.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: WE NEED A PLAYOFF! That’s all I can say. Whether it be an 8 or 16 team playoff. It’s necessary. Look at a couple years ago when Boise State upset Oklahoma. Last year when Utah routed Alabama. Just because teams play in conferences that are considered “weaker” than others, they get no respect. I would love to see the teams play it out on the field, and not amongst voters and computers.

Just my opinion. What’s yours?

Syracuse Upsets UConn in 6 OT

March 13, 2009

I can safely say that last night, i saw one of the greatest games in NCAA Basketball history. The Big East Tournament showdown between Syracuse and UConn is no doubt an instant classic that people will be talking about for years to come!

March Madness may “officially” kick off next Sunday on “Selection Sunday” (although, I’ve always believed that March Madness begins with the Conference Tournaments), but it was Madness in New York last night, that’s for sure!

It’s hard to imagine that Syracuse won the game, after not holding a single lead in any of the first 5 OT. Yet, the Orangmen were able to come out and start the sixth OT with an 8-0 run that sealed a victory.

I was speechless last night, and, for the most part, I’m still speechless this morning. Did anyone else watch? What are your thoughts?

From USA Today:

The tumult of March goes on this weekend, and there is too much happening to stop and savor a single college basketball game. But this one, we must.

A classic — a true classic, not one just to fill a slot on ESPN — deserves special notice, before it is placed to stay in the inner sanctum of great games.

They played for 3 hours and 46 minutes and six overtimes in the last quarterfinal of the Big East tournament, neither Connecticut nor Syracuse willing to give, as Thursday turned to Friday in Madison Square Garden. But at 1:22 a.m., Syracuse finally won 127-117, mostly because somebody eventually had to.

“I’ve got no words to describe it,” Orange coach Jim Boeheim would later say. “I can’t imagine being involved in a better basketball game.

“I’m more proud of this team tonight than any team I’ve ever coached. We had nothing (left).”

By 1:22 a.m., who did?

Sheer numbers only say so much, but we can begin there.

There were 209 shots taken — 26 of them blocked.

And 93 free throws put up.

Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn scored 34 points, but that wasn’t the remarkable part. He played 67 minutes. “I can’t feel my legs right now,” he said afterward.

The game was tied 22 times. Syracuse never led in any of the first five overtimes.

Eight players fouled out, four on each team.

What that meant is that in the sixth overtime, Syracuse had to turn to a walk-on guard named Justin Thomas, who had played 18 minutes all year. When he grabbed a rebound, it was his first of the season.

By the sixth overtime, the Orange had to call on 6-4 Harris for the center jump. All the big guys were gone. It was the only jump ball Syracuse won all night.

The game ran so long, when Boeheim tried to recall one of the strategic moves, he finally had to admit, “I forget when that was.”

The irony? The whole issue was a millisecond from being settled in regulation. That would have been on a nice, routine buzzer-beating jump shot by Eric Devendorf, which appeared to give Syracuse a 73-71 win. The celebration went on long enough for Devendorf to leap onto the press table and lead the fans in a chant.


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