December 10, 2008

Bowls Galore


With blog hits and interest in college football starting to shift away from it's breakneck pace during the annual three week period of shit known as mid December (until the Bowls start), the downward slide into the sporting abyss begins. We could sit here and chat about next year’s Husker juggernaut, but as you probably haven’t noticed…I really don’t care that much anymore. So with that, the already widening gap between new posts is going to continue to grow as we wind down and kill the mothership of the Husker hating movement.

I’ll probably prepare a preview of next year in the coming weeks, just as I’ll do my annual look back on my predictions and how the season shook out. (That should rattle the cage enough to get some of you clowns to chime in.) But in the end, this blog is on life support, and a mysterious ghostly guy with a flowing black robe and unrecognizable face just knocked on the door, holding a large sickle.

So with that being said, lets fast forward through the Creighton basketball losses and the national news stories of politicians who are (gasp) crooked. Let’s take a quick look at the Big 12’s unimpressive seven bowl games. As I claim during my annual August predictions, please remember these are for entertainment purposes only.

ALAMO BOWL - #25 Missouri vs. #22 Northwestern
*I’ve heard Missouri’s season described as disastrous, disappointing and a complete failure. With that being said, 2 of their losses were to 2 of the best 3 teams in the nation, while the other 2 were against bowl teams…one on the last play and one on the last drive. Northwestern brings a bit of a different wrinkle to stereotypical Big 10 speed or lack thereof. Because Northwestern runs the spread, look for the Tiger defense to continue to struggle. Collin Cowherd said today on air that picking bowls is easy, because you always want to decide based on who wants to be there and who doesn’t. I’m guessing Missouri would rather sit through a live taping of Deal or no Deal than be in San Antonio. Northwestern should come out fired up and pissed off due to Iowa’s selection over the Cats. Even then, Mizzou’s superior speed should be more than NU can handle….barely.

BEL prediction: Missouri 54 - Northwestern 41



HOLIDAY BOWL - #13 Oklahoma State vs. #15 Oregon
* As I’ve stated before, I have always loved the Holiday Bowl. Not sure why, but the matchups were always good and there is no city on earth cooler than San Diego. This might be one of the best matchups of the bowl season. Oregon hasn’t exactly blown people away in recent weeks, although they did look very good vs. Oregon State. Okie State has weapons galore, but I’m not sure they’ve seen a running team like Oregon. I haven’t seen the Vegas lines as of yet, but I can’t imagine they would be too far apart. Both teams had lopsided victories in mid level bowls last year. I’d be shocked if they separate that much this year. But…since Okie State is a bit more battle tested….

BEL prediction: Oklahoma State 45 - Oregon 38



INSIGHT BOWL – Kansas vs. Minnesota
* Yeesh. With the exception of their loss in Lincoln, KU at least can claim their losses have come to some pretty good opponents. As we saw in Kansas City 2 weeks ago, the Jayhawks’ potential rides squarely on how hard Todd Reesing plays. Whether Sodd gets excited over the JV scrimmage of Phoenix area bowl games is another story. The Gophers have parlayed a 7-1 record into a 7-5 nosedive that would make Greg Norman proud…including a 55 point home drubbing to a very mediocre Iowa team just before Thanksgiving. Not that KU is that much of a talent-laden superpower, but they certainly have more weapons than anything Minnesota has seen since they stepped off the field in Columbus. I hate to say this…but the KU bowl win streak against pathetic bowl competition looks to continue, and the redleggers will continue to pound their sweater vests in search of respect.

BEL prediction: Kansas 51 - Minnesota 17



GATOR BOWL - Nebraska vs. Clemson
* I’m not going to lie to you…I don’t know that many Clemson fans. However I do know a few things: They hate South Carolina, Their baseball team is good, They fired a Bowden and their education rankings are one of the lowest in the nation. How else can you explain fans in orange swarming to a shitty city to watch their 5 loss underachieving team take on a mediocre former champion? Well, for one they’ve won their last three games…granted they were against a rival and two horrible ACC teams in Duke and Virginia. (not Tech). I do know they also have some pretty good athletes on defense. They also have to be salivating over your crappy 5 walk-on playing ass on the defensive side of the ball as well. Despite the fact that Nebraska sucks balls, this is a pretty good matchup for a Clemson team that was supposed to turn a corner this year. Revenge for 1982 my ass.

BEL Prediction: Clemson 31 - Nebraska 17


COTTON BOWL - # 20 Mississippi vs. #8 Texas Tech
* Another pretty good matchup that doesn’t look that good at first glance. Everybody points to Tech’s insane offense and 11-1 record. And yes, they were the only team to beat Texas…pretty much anywhere. But Tech has a bad habit of playing down to the competition, especially when there isn’t much to play for. (See Baylor 2 weeks ago or the hicks last month.) Ole Miss is another one of those SEC teams that plays defense like a mother, but has trouble scoring points…well, at least against good teams. But they’ve scored 31 or more points in three straight games. Something tells me the Rebs will have something to prove, and Texas Tech will be more worried about fielding Mike Leach questions.

BEL Prediction: Mississippi 42 - Texas Tech 38



FIESTA BOWL - #3 Texas vs. #10 Ohio State
* Texas is really really really pissed off. Usually when teams get slighted..or feel they get slighted, they tend to slink off to their bowl game, and continue to wonder what might have been. But I’ve spoken to quite a few UT fans in recent weeks, and if their players are 1/100th as pissed off as their fans…then you may as well get ready now to click over to the History Channel after the first quarter. OSU was destroyed by USC, and I’d argue to say Texas isn’t that far away from USC, if they’re even behind them at all. This is to me, the most lopsided of all the BCS games.

BEL Prediction: Texas 41 - Ohio State 21



BCS CHAMPIONSHIP - #2 Oklahoma vs. #1 Florida
* If Nice guys finish last, Bob Stoops should be favored by triple digits in this one. I saw with my own eyes the offensive power that Oklahoma has in its arsenal, and I’m not exactly sure what Florida has to match it. Granted, Tim Tebow is unlike anybody OU has ever seen, I have trouble thinking they’ll be able to keep up with the pace that OU runs with. The key is Florida putting pressure on Sam Bradford…who let’s face it..we don’t know how he does under pressure, because he never comes under pressure. Florida is good but not great in sacks and tackles for loss. Not nearly good enough to get to Bradford as Texas did way back when. This should be close, but I’d be shocked if OU was challenged past the 3rd quarter.

BEL Prediction: Oklahoma 41 - Florida 27

20 Comments:

Anonymous ohf said...

mizzou sucks. way to be a pussy and shut the blog down as your team slips back into mediocrity after your pinnacle 9-4 season with your heisman winning qb.

3:58 PM  
Blogger A J said...

You have no room to talk in light of your 300+ day hiatus from this blog right about mid October of last year.

Not sure what happened right about then. Regardless, I think you are hardly the person to be giving lectures on vagina induced behavior.

PS - I "shut it down" the day after Mizzou beat you 52-17. And so goes your theory....

5:43 PM  
Anonymous ohf said...

still a pussy thing to do aj regardless... thought you were above such behavior... i guess i was wrong... 62-21

6:17 PM  
Blogger A J said...

The blog is going away...not me. Well..at least in the long term.

I'll leave it at that.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Damien said...

Is there a reason that when we almost beat a team or do them, they are deemed uninterested? I agree with OHF, you are a vag. I will be cheering for every single Big 12 team this bowl, except for your Tigers. Even though you will beat Northwestern by at least 21 points.

10:51 AM  
Blogger A J said...

Good.

I don't want to live in a world where NU fans are rooting for my team.

Not now, not ever.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel better, AJ--I wouldn't cheer for Missouri if they were playing Hitler.

Bob

12:03 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Thanks Bob. That makes me feel like I've done my job.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous SDHusker said...

I am cheering for every B-12 team during the bowl season. The games have been played folks, Missouri got an ass basting by OU just like NU and several other have this year. And we can't forget that home invasion of 52-17 we suffered at the hands of MU that would be pointed out if I didn't mention it!

Now don't get me wrong, I won't be shedding any tears, kicking the dog or taking shots of home made hooch like you Missouri hicks would when any of the other B-12 teams lose but I do want to see everyone win!

I would like nothing better than to see the B-12 run the table and shove greatness right down the throats of ESPN and all those SEC ass pumping announcers throats! Damn those guys suck! If that takes rooting for MU, OU, UT, OSU, KU,TT to win then GO TIGERS, Sooners, Horns, Cowboys, Jayhawks, Raiders, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph!

Sorry Buff fans but you guys will only be watching this year! Sucks don't it lol!

And if any of you are interested in picking the Bowl games jump on in!

http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/bowl/register/joinprivategroup_assign_team?GID=8461&P=bopel

1:30 PM  
Blogger broker0625 said...

I rooted for Mizzou against OU AJ. I'm not kissing your ass, its just that the North looks like a bunch of pussied compared to the South right now. It doesn't do any good for any of the North teams to lose to south teams. Not in the national picture, or for recruiting. Same goes for bowl games. Everybody should root for the Big 12 to win every game. Period.

Trent

1:56 PM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

You want to see a great walk-on program???

That Hitler team has a strong one.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous SDHusker said...

You bet the South is better and as a wise old man said back when the conference was being formed it would give the South an undeniable advantage just because of recruiting. But no! All you other coward sob's went along for the ride and look what we have now!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, this place is really dying!

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What have you done to my blog?
It is M E L T I N G.......!!!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A) Don't quote Cowherd, he is a moron. I'm not surprised you listen to him. You probably also love Rome and his idiot callers.

B) I put a lot of stock in your predictions. After all, you predicted the Huskers would have 4 wins this season. How the fuck does someone miss a prediction by 4 games in college football. You sure do know your college football.

1:15 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tired cheering for Missouri when they played OU and again when they played Kansas. Truly! Because I wanted to see a North team with some cajones do something.

Unfortunately, I now know how you must have felt all those years, aj. It's just not a program that inspires great fanaticism.

I'm fully expecting Northwestern to beat the tigers, because it does appear that they've lost all sense of TEAM over the last few games. Pinkel doesn't seem to know how to fix things and, it's just conjecture, but Daniel seems to have lost the team.

Not good heading into a bowl game, but they should still win if only because it's a Big 10 team.

Since the rest of the bowl games all look winable by the Big 12, I would hate it if the Tigers were the only loss in a 6-1 bowl record.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous SDHusker said...

AJ, who is the fat lady you have hired to sing when this shit house shuts down? You may want to get her warmed up because the blog is going down fast!

5:09 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Everytime one of you gets loose with your "how does your 4 win prediction look now?" line...I laugh.

Can you imagine in 2001 or so looking forward to a day where you would be bragging to me about 8 wins?

I said 4 wins because you suck. Don't kid yourself...you still suck...other teams just suck more.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suck comes and Suck goes. Sure NU has suffered the suck for the last half decade or so, but in all reality it has been a small price to pay for the three decades that just did not suck. Especially that one decade, you know, after the 80s. Slim pickens in the suck sighting sector. I think we all have seen, with your slightly misguided yet harmless help, that yes, there is still some lingering suck the boys in Scarlet and Cream, but they are starting to slip the suck and switch to swagger. This year we have seen NU's suck to swagger quotion come into balance and next year you will definitely seen the balance tipped to the side of swagger once again. I feel very confident that within a few years the Whole Cornhusker state will be swelling with swagger and your hate for us will be rekindled.

HATE ON AJ, HATE ON!

7:25 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Perhaps....

7:52 PM  

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