Monday, November 17, 2014

Badgers Need No Stinking Quarterback In 2014 | Random NCAA Notes

Badgers Quarterbacks 2014
As those of you who read this blog on a weekly basis no, I have spent a great deal of time making jokes of the Badgers current quarterback situation. Well last Saturday Melvin Gordon decided that to completely deem the Badgers quarterback is irrelevant. Gordon set an NCAA record with 25 carries for 450 yards and four touchdowns. By the way, Joel Stave finished 7-11 for 46 yards and a touchdown. I still say the quarterbacks need to play better because Gordon is not going to run for 450 yards every week. The Gophers slipped up against Ohio State last week, but it is no big deal as right now the Buckeyes are one of the hottest teams in America. I still think the Gophers may actually finally have what it takes to beat the Badgers this season for the first time in quite a while.

I originally ruled out Oregon after their crushing loss at home against Arizona. But somehow they have crawled their way back and now find themselves on the inside track to the playoffs this season. Also crawling their way back in has been Alabama. At halftime of the Arkansas game, I thought we were watching the beginning of the end for the mighty Crimson Tide under nick Saban. But they gathered themselves and fought their way right back into the playoffs. Auburn has ran into some struggles this season after last season’s miracle run. Still, they are not out of it yet and could still win the SEC, although with two losses already the playoffs may be unlikely.

Todd Gurley Comes Back To Bulldogs and Random Notes

 Over in the SEC East Todd Gurley returned for Georgia. On his first touch coming off his suspension, Gurley returned a kickoff for a touchdown but is was brought back due to a holding penalty. His day got worse and he tore his ACL, effectively ending his season. Florida has finally made a decision on head coach Will Muschamp, he will not return in 2015. Many have been calling for the hiring of Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen. You know what, that kind of crap sickens me. These big poster schools can not stand let someone else have the spotlight for five minutes. Let the man at least finish the season before you make any such demands.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Race To Big Ten Championship 204 | Do The Badgers Have A Shot?

Big Ten Championship 2014
So how are things going in Big Ten football right now? The race to the Big Ten Championship game has turned into one of the most entertaining conference races in the nation. Let’s examine where we stand.
The Big Ten East division is a two horse race between Ohio State and Michigan State. Both teams currently sit at 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in Big Ten play. Ohio State fell off of the map for a while after their early season debacle against Virginia Tech and Michigan State almost blew it against Purdue a few weeks back. These two teams are headed for high noon this Saturday at 7 p.m. Central time in East Lansing. The winner of this game will play in the Big Ten championship.

The Big Ten West division is an entirely different story. Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin all have serious chances at it. Nebraska. This one is far from over as all of these teams have to play the other three to finish the season. This is going to be the best race coming down the stretch in the nation. It may not impact the National Championship game, but it does have a competitive appeal to it. Of the four, I would put my money on Nebraska as they seem to have the best package of the four teams to offer. After that Minnesota followed by Wisconsin. I put Minnesota above Wisconsin because of the complete ineptitude of the Badgers quarterbacks right now, as I have written about previously this season on this blog. Iowa in my opinion is the least likely of the four to win this division. I will predict that Nebraska plays Michigan State for the Big Ten Championship in Chicago in December and gets hammered when they do.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NCAA Top Picks At The Mid Point | The Best Players And Coaches

NCAA Football
Well, we have reached the halfway point of the college football season, so here our my mid-season awards. As we all know, things can change from game to game, but here are my top picks for NCAA football at the midway point of 2014.

Heisman Trophy Front Runners

1. Dak Prescott/QB/Mississippi State
2. Marcus Mariota/QB/Oregon
3. Shane Carden/QB/East Carolina
4. Rakeem Cato/QB/Marshall
5. Bo Wallace/QB/Mississippi

As you can see, these are all quarterbacks here. Prescott may not technically be the best player in the nation, but he is the biggest difference maker on the best team, so right now, is the Heisman Trophy leader in the clubhouse. Mariota and his Ducks will probably have to settle for the Rose Bowl again.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Senquez Golson/DB/Mississippi
2. Damien Wilson/LB/Minnesota
3. Paul Dawson/LB/TCU
4. Gerod Holliman/S/Louisville
5. Nate Orchard/DE/Utah

Senquez Golson is causing all sorts of problems in that Mississippi secondary for opposing quarterbacks. He is second in the nation in interceptions. Damien Wilson has been one the reasons for Minnesota’s defense holding strong despite a lackluster offense at times. Paul Dawson is yet another one of Gary Patterson’s excellent linebackers.

NCAA Football Coach of the Year

Dan Mullen/Mississippi State
Hugh Freeze/Mississippi
Ruffin McNeill/East Carolina
Doc Holliday/Marshall
Jerry Kill/Minnesota

Right now Dan Mullen is the runaway favorite for coach of the year followed by his in state counterpart Hugh Freeze. Ruffin McNeill has kept the Pirate focused since the big win over Virginia Tech and Marshall is having the best season that nobody cares about.

Friday, October 17, 2014

NCAA Top 25 for October 2014 | Mississippi State Hits The Top Spot

NCAA top 25
Time now for my NCAA top 25 rankings. If I can pat myself on the back, I told you so about Mississippi state. Will Florida State keep their lofty rankings by winning big? Will will Wisconsin come back on this list? Who knows. Meanwhile, we're looking forward to seeing who wins this week.  

1. Mississippi State- I called it, boy did I call it. Now Gators fans are calling for Florida to hire Dan Mullen as the new head coach.
  2. Mississippi- If Mississippi State has the best resume in America, their in-State counterparts have the second best resume.
  3. Florida State- Needs to make a statement this weekend against Notre Dame
  4. Baylor- In prime position to win the Big 12 after that wild finish against TCU
  5. Auburn- They now find themselves out of the playoff at the moment after the fiasco this weekend against Mississippi State
  6. Notre Dame- Loser in the Florida State –Notre Dame game this weekend falls out of the National Championship picture.
  7. Oregon- They will win the Pac-12 as a consolation prize
  8. Michigan State- They almost pulled the “oops” game last weekend.
  9. Marshall- The quietest unbeaten left.
10. Alabama- I’m not impressed with the Tide this season at all. If Brandon Allen’s arm was a little stronger, they would have lost again last weekend.
11. Georgia- The Bulldogs keep on trucking along.
12 TCU- Well it was fun while it lasted.
13. Arizona- The luck finally ran out for the luckiest team in America..
14. Oklahoma- This appears to be another dull season for the Sooners and yet another Fiesta Bowl invite.
15. Washington- First place in the Pac-12 is on the line this weekend against Oregon.
16. Ohio State- Here come the Buckeyes. They might just pull this off after all.
17. Kansas State- Will probably have to settle for the Cotton Bowl.
18. Georgia Tech- Needs to get back on tract after the Duke loss.
19. Nebraska- They are gunning for either the Rose Bowl or the Capital One Bowl at this point
20. Duke- Probably the one of the stories of the season so far. This Duke team is 5-1.
21. Minnesota- In prime position to win the Big Ten right now.
22. Oklahoma State- this may be the quietest team in the country right now.
23. Rutgers- Not much to say about this team.
24. East Carolina- A lot of offense, and no defense.
25. Kentucky- 5-1 right now, which is why I rank them.