BCS Bowl Picks

NOTE: (This post was meant to be published on December 29th but due to problems with posting I was unable to get it up until today enjoy !)

Hey everyone ! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!! I apologize for not posting anything in ages but like all of you I have been busy. Anyway the BCS games are here and I as you can imagine am all pumped up not only cause Virginia Tech found their way into the Sugar Bowl with Michigan but also for the rest of the games. From the Orange Bowl, Clemson vs West Virginia to the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State vs Stanford nearly every BCS game has the potential to be an instant classic! In addition to the 4 BCS Bowls there is also a game I am calling the “Snub Bowl”… aka the Cotton Bowl featuring Kansas State and Arkansas, two teams that could easily compete with any of the 8 teams in BCS Bowls.

We’ll pick the games in order of when they will be played so it’ll start with the “Grand Daddy of them all” the Rose Bowl with Wisconsin taking on Oregon.

Rose Bowl:Oregon vs Wisconsin, January 2nd 2012 @ 5pm:

The ultimate contrast in styles. You get a classic Big 10 power vs PAC 12 speed matchup. For Wisconsin it’s going to be all about running the ball down Oregon’s throat. They should be able to this against Oregon’s 45th ranked rush defense allowing 137 ypg on the ground. For Oregon its going to be their quickness and athleticism on offense. But more specifically the Ducks will have to capitalize on early opportunities, moving the ball shouldn’t be a problem with their 5th ranked offense that moves for an average of 515 ypg. I believe this game will be high scoring but will go to an overall better Wisconsin team. WISCONSIN

Fiesta Bowl:Stanford vs Oklahoma State,Janurary 2nd 2012 @ 8:30 pm :

The 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the BCS Standings. Oklahoma State was 6 points away from playing LSU in the National Championship game. However they will settle for the tough challenge of facing the highly regarded Stanford Cardinal and their QB Andrew Luck. I expect Stanford to win simply because of the weakness of Oklahoma State’s defense. With that said the Cowboys brilliant tandem of QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon will be tested like never before with a tough and experienced Cardinal defense. So the pick from me is the Cardinal in Andrew Luck’s final collegiate game. STANFORD

Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech vs Michigan,January 3rd 2012 @ 8:30 pm:

On Selection Sunday for the BCS bowls I like many members of Hokie Nation was glued to the message boards on TSL (Techsideline.com) for the latest news. Once wind off the Sugar Bowl came out I felt two things.. 1. Holy crap is this really happening? 2. YES a BCS Bowl ! But what the “Experts” on ESPN are saying about VT not being worthy or deserving let me ask you What the Hell has Michigan done ??? They lost to a weak Iowa team and a decent/ above average Michigan State. Sure they beat Nebraska but the Hokies only lost to one team all season. As a VT fan I am loving the role of the Underdog simply because in recent years Tech has been listed as the favorite and been embarrassed. This year I believe Tech will rain on the Wolverines parade in what will likely be RB David Wilson and CB Jayron Hosley’s last game in the Maroon and Orange Tech will triumph in the national spotlight. VIRGINIA TECH

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs West Virginia,January 4th 2012 @ 8:30 pm:

The classic ACC vs Big “Least” matchup. Clemson started and finished the year strong but had a few crucial mishaps in the middle portion of the season. West Virginia on the other hand is the best of the losers that currently make up the Big East.  The Mountaineers had a tough matchup with LSU early in the year and went on to fall 2 more times over the coarse of the season. I like Clemson big time in this matchup even though WVU is 7th in passing yards per game (341.8 yards) I feel that the Tigers rushing attack and speed will just dominate the weak Mountaineers. CLEMSON

Cotton Bowl:Kansas State vs Arkansas,January 6th 2012 @ 8 pm:

Two teams that should be in the BCS will square off in the legendary Cotton Bowl. Both schools will bring busloads of people to nearby Cowboys Stadium in Dallas making for a very loud and hectic environment. The game will come down to the 3rd phase… not offense nor defense but each team special units. And the clear advantage in that category goes in the way of the Razorbacks with WR Joe Adams returning punts for the Hogs look for him to get his 4th Return for a TD.It also helps that Arkansas lost to the two titans playing for the crystal ball (Bama and LSU). ARKANSAS

BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs LSU, January 9th 2012 @ 8:30 pm:

The epic and highly anticipated rematch of the game many referred to as the “Game of the Century”, Bama and LSY finally meet again. What people took away from this amazing battle the 1st time around was that Defense does indeed win games and championships. Both LSU and Alabama are ranked either 1st or 2nd in nearly every defensive category in the country. This stalemate between defenses and the shutting down of the opposing offense the game came down to the special teams units of the 1st and 2nd ranked teams. The advantage fell in the favor of the Bayou Bengals who went on the win the game after kicking woes from the Tide. I expect a very similar game the 2nd time around but I do see one difference… A TD will be scored maybe not by the offense but perhaps by one of the incredible punt returners. Between the Tigers’ Tyrann “Honeybadger” Mathieu and the Tide’s Marquis Maze don’t be surprised if you see multiple TD’s in the return game by either team. Now for the moment of truth; and THE PICK is LSU! LSU

NCAA Rivalry week

At the end of november there are a couple of things that I look forward to. One of course being Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. But this year I am looking forward to the best matchups around the College football circuit or as most people know it Rivalry week. This year the marquee matchups will be the Iron Bowl down in Alabama between Auburn and Bama and the Civil War up in the Northwest between the Ducks of Oregon and the Beavers of Oregon State. But besides the big boys there are many other games that you should keep an eye on. Like the annual Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia. This game is always a good close game but this year it will have BCS game implications with the winner potentially getting a ticket to Tempe, AZ for the Fiesta Bowl.

This is War!!!

 What I love about rivalry is that it’s all about the heart. Big Hits, Emotion and just pure mayhem can be seen in almost every game around the country. What also makes these games special is that they are played at the end of the season which gives them added significance. Like in this years edition of the Iron Bowl. If Auburn wins they are still in the hunt for a national title but if the Crimson Tide can protect their home turf the Tigers title hopes would be crushed. The stakes are similar in the Civil War with the Ducks looking to continue their historic season with a victory in Corvallis,OR. Another game that will have a big implication is Boise vs Nevada. This will be the final test or chance for Boise to prove themselves against a good opponent. Boise will probably win this game but don’t count out Nevada remember this is Rivalry week and anything can happen. But imagine if Boise were to lose…. They would be done and chaos would break loose. You would have another at large spot with TCU claiming the 1st position you would have a battle between the Big 10 teams. Both Michigan State and Ohio State look worthy I would give OSU the edge though.
 
   I have decided to pick the rivalry games for both week 13 and week 14 (ONLY THE RELAVENT ONE’S)
 
WEEK 13
 
WVU vs PITT : PITT
Auburn vs Bama: BAMA
Colorado vs Nebraska: Nebraska
Boise State vs Nevada: Nevada
UVA vs Va Tech: Hokies
Michigan vs Ohio State:OSU
Michigan State vs Penn State: Penn St
 LSU vs Arkansas : ARKANSAS
South Carolina vs Clemson: Clemson
Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State: Okie State
 
Week 14
 Oregon vs Oregon State: Ducks
Auburn vs South Carolina: Auburn
 
 
Happy Turkey Day to Everyone and Enjoy the games !!!