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.


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.