BCS Shakeup

Yesterday during Part 1 of the 2 weeks of “Rival Week” there were 4 great games. I went 2-2 in my picks but I still picked the upset of the year. Thats right I picked Nevada over Boise! My other correct pick was Nebraska’s win over longtime rival Colorado. The other games I took Pitt and Bama who both came close but just couldn’t get it in the end. And I still think that this BCS Shakeup is just beginning with (8)Ohio State hosting Michigan, (5)LSU going to (12)Arkansas and (13)Oklahoma taking on  (9)Okie State. Of those 3 match ups the highest chance of upset appears to be the Battle for the Golden Boot (LSU vs Arkansas)simply because of the Razorback offense and gunslinger QB Ryan Mallet and his ability to find the open receiver down field. Another reason especially in the SEC is the factor of home-field advantage with the game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock where the 54,000 Arkansas faithful will be giving LSU all that they can handle. 


 My other game that I have a good pick for is my Hokies over the Wahoo’s who haven’t touched the Commonwealth Cup since 2003 (There only win vs Tech in the last 10 years). Another reason I want to keep an eye on this game (which will be available to those of you down in ACC Country on Raycom but for people up North like myself we must use ESPN3 or ACC Network online) is that it is Senior Day in Blacksburg and it will be Tyrod Taylor’s last run out to Enter Sandman and his last time touching the Hokie Stone. Because if this I expect a very motivated and productive Taylor in the Hokies win today! With the shakeups in the real BCS I have some changes to my rankings and I can now put some bowl projections out. I still have the top 3 as follows: 1. Oregon 2. Auburn 3.TCU then at 4-10 there are a few changes. 4 LSU 5. Wisconsin 6. Stanford 7. Ohio State 8. Oklahoma State 9. Michigan State and 10. Nebraska

Now here are my BCS Bowl Projections:

BCS Championship. : Oregon vs Auburn

Sugar Bowl: LSU vs Ohio State

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs West Virginia

Rose Bowl:Stanford vs Wisconsin

Orange Bowl: TCU vs Virginia Tech

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)
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 !!!