Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The 2014 Season is Upon Us

Well it’s here. The 2014 College Football season kicks off this week. But for some reason I’m weirdly, apathetic. And I can’t figure out why.

I have to admit it bothers me that I’m not more excited. Is it an age thing? Do I have sports burn out after another great college basketball season, a foray into baseball betting, an exciting World Cup, did I, gulp, mature? I just don’t know. What I do know is I’ve searched high and low for a reason.

My season prep hasn’t changed. I’ve obsessed over MGoBlog bits of information about Michigan football. I’ve read Phil Steele’s blog three times a day every day. I’m even suffered through Countdown to Kickoff.  
I haven’t had the desire or the fire to get back on the horse after a long, long off-season. Several times this spring and summer an idea for a post popped into my head. But, when I’d sit down to write, nothing came out.

So here we are. Kick-off week and I’m searching for words. Any words. The right words. Are these them?
They are what they are. I suppose.

I’m not sure what the season will bring. I’m sure at this Saturday’s season kick off with Vegas Cyclown and NV Nole all will get right in the my world again. We’ll fire up the smoker at 7 am. Ice down the beer and crack one open at 9:00 am (that’s how we do it on the West Coast). We’ll flip between Iowa State vs North Dakota St and Michigan vs that team that shall not be named.

Which brings up an issue I have. Come with me for a minute.

Fuck you Dave Brandon! I mean really! Why the hell would you ever schedule this game again?  At least it’ll count this time as they’ve moved up a division. But still. Now I’m going to have to sit through those damn highlights again. It’s like you’ve jammed a hot poker into the faint scare that remained from that gut-wrenching wound six years ago. So, F U Brandon!

Damn! That felt good.

Thanks for coming with me on that little journey there. I needed that. Wait, was that a? I think it just might have been. It might have been the spark I needed to get this season cooking.

By the time we’re all locked onto the stage built by the Home Depot, the fire will be burning and I’ll be praying that history won’t repeat itself.

I can’t quit you College Football. You complete me. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: That's a Wrap

It's required that you play this as you read the wrap up.

Well the 2013-14 College football season is in the books. The BCS is finally no more. And the PS Bowl-A-Thon is put to bed after another exciting bowl season.

First and foremost, I'd like to thank B1G for stepping up this bowl season and helping me out with all the posts. His insight and humor was a welcome change of pace for all of you I'm sure.

PS Bowl-A-Thon Pick EM
I also believe a congratulations is in order to one Jim Gentleman as the victor in this year's PS Bowl-A-Thon Pick Em! Jim's Jim Gentleman's Winning Picks entry correctly picked 20 of the 35 games and earned the most point. Congrats Jim!

Here's a look at the final standings:
Pick Set
Correct Picks
Possible Points
1Jim Gentleman's Winning Picks  Jim Gentleman20 of 35372372
2Bowl Movement  Steve21 of 35370370
3Just Win Baby!  Travis20 of 35360360
4You all suck (as much as me)  Jody F20 of 35358358
5SEC Guy  SEC Guy17 of 35352352
6Weisman for Heisman  Royalhawks7717 of 35320320
7Daddyofthemack Daddy  Justin17 of 35292292
8* Meggs & Jansen Comedy Hour  Erik16 of 35288288
9Flip a Coin  Terrence16 of 35249249

We are..ah..not so good at the picking

Monday, January 6, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Vizio BCS National Championship

It all ends tonight and Dan Wetzel finally gets his way.

The When/Where:
Vizio BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA, January 6, 2014, 8:30 pm ET ESPN

The Who:
(1) Florida State Seminoles (13-0, 8-0 ACC) @ (2) Auburn Tigers (12-1, 7-1 SEC)

The Why:
You know the story. Auburn slides into the #2 BCS slot by upsetting Alabama on the "Kick Six" and beating Missouri in the SEC championship game. Florida State dominated a weak schedule, albeit barely tested during that schedule, to sit atop the final BCS poll.

Florida State enters its 42 bowl game all time and a shot at it's third national title (93, 99). They are on a five bowl game win streak.

Auburn completes an improbably turnaround and enters its 38th bowl game. They are also looking to claim their third national title (57, 2010). 

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013; Godaddy.com Bowl

godaddy.com baby!

The When/Where:
GoDaddy.com Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, January 5, 2013, 9:00 pm ET

The Who:
Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5, 5-2 Sun Belt) @ Ball State Cardinals (10-2, 7-1 MAC)

The Why:
Godaddy.com bowl takes the winner of the Sun Belt and the #2 team from the MAC. With ULL, and NIU darting off to other bowls Arkansas State returns and Ball State makes an appearance.

Ark State returns without it's head man again and is in it's second straight bowl game and third all time. Ball State heads to it's second straight bowl and seventh all time. 

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:

Saturday, January 4, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: BBVA Compass Bowl

BBVA Compass is a bank. Who knew?

The When/Where:
Saturday, January 4th at 1 p.m. EST. Birmingham, AL. ESPN.

The Who:
Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4, 4-4 SEC) @ Houston Cougars (8-4, 5-3 AAC)

The Why:
The Bowl features (endures might be the better word) the #9 SEC team and the new American conference. Vandy actually came in 8th in the conference and Houston finished 4th.

Vandy pretty much lost to who they were suppose to lose too. They did upset #15 Georgia mid-season. 

Houston doesn't have a marquee victory to it's name. They fell to the top of the AAC and an engagement to BYU. 

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:

Friday, January 3, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Cotton Bowl

 He's a man.

The When/Where:

Friday, January 3rd at 7:30 p.m. EST.  AT&T Stadium, Dallas, TX. FOX.

The Who:

#13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2 7-2 Big 12) vs. #8 Missouri Tigers (11-2, 7-1 SEC)

The Why:

Both of these teams had their eyes set on a BCS bowl bid, but after Mizzou lost to Auburn in the SEC title game, and the Cowboys lost to In-state rival Oklahoma, they ended up in the Cotton Bowl.  Despite the BCS disappointment, this is a big game for both teams as the former Big 8 and Big 12 rivals meet for the 45th time. 

The Cowboys started the season off at 3-0 but dropped their first Big 12 game to lowly West Virginia in a very bad lost.  However, “I’m a man” Mike Gundy replaced starting QB J.W. Walsh with Clint Chelf and the Cowboys rattled off 7 straight wins including a drumming of former national title contender Baylor in Waco.  The Cowboys lost to double digit underdog Oklahoma at home in the last game of the year. Bedlam indeed.

Mizzou lost a heartbreaker to SEC foe South Carolina at home in overtime, but recovered from the loss and rolled through the rest of their SEC schedule.  The Tigers earned a spot in the SEC title game in only their second year in the league.  In that game, Mizzou was gashed by Auburn's high powered offense and lost in a shootout 59-42. 

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf and Mizzou’s James Franklin are both dual threat Quarterbacks who could be problems for both defenses out of the pocket. 

A key matchup for both teams will be Wide Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for Mizzou and Defensive Back Justin Garret for Oklahoma State.  Mizzou relies on Green-Becham to draw coverage away from other receivers and to open up the run game. If future first round draft pick Justin Garret, can lock him down one on one look for Mizzou’s offense to struggle. 

Look for Missouri Defense End Michael Sam who was named AP first-team All-America and SEC defensive player of the year after ranking among the national leaders with 10 1/2 sacks and 18 tackles for loss to have a big game against the Oklahoma State spread

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:

Missouri has played up their move to the SEC to a nauseating level.  And to be honest, I still think they made a mistake. Nonetheless this game for Mizzou is kind of like when you go back to your High School Reunion and want to show your old girlfriend what she is missing out on.

On the flip side, Oklahoma State is carrying the flag of college football freedom against the much talked about SEC. However, I don’t like Mike Gundy.

Did I mention I live in Missouri?

The Vegas Edge:

Oklahoma State is a 1.5 point favorite with an over/under of 62. 

The Sweatpants Verdict

I think this game means more to Mizzou than Oklahoma State. If Bowl games are about who wants it more than I smell an upset.

Mizzou 31  Okla. State 30.

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Discover Orange Bowl

Wait so Discover isn't like you anymore, but like a relative who apparently doesn't know your voice on the phone? I'm confused

The When/Where:
Discover Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL, January 3rd, 2014, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN

The Who:
(12) Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1 ACC) @ (7) Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1, 8-0 B1G)

The Why:
The Orange bowl takes the ACC champ and a BCS at large. With FSU heading to the title game, runner-up Clemson steps in to take on at large Ohio State.

Clemson fell to FSU and South Carolina this year. Two top ten ranked teams. Ohio State took it's only loss to B1G and Rose Bowl champs Michigan State. All three, respectable losses.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Allstate Sugar Bowl

The Sugar Bowl featuring Football Royalty.

The When/Where:
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Superdome, New Orleans, LA, January 2nd, 2013, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN

The Who:
(11) Oklahoma Sooners (11-2, 7-2 Big XII) @ (3) Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC)

The Why:
Ah the Sugar Bowl. A bit of a classic match up as well. Blue Blood football if you will. These two teams have 22 National Championships between them (OU - 7, Bama - 15)

Oklahoma dropped two in conference play and yet kept their ranking high enough to collect a BCS bowl bid. They enter their 47th bowl game all-time and boast a 27-18-1 record.

Well we all saw "The Return", so we know how Bama got it's loss. This will mark Bama's 61st bowl game all time. They will look to extend their winning record of 35-22-3.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

The only way you can outscore this game is in Pin Ball.

The When/Where:
Wednesday, January 1st at 8:30 p.m. EST. Glendale, AZ.  ESPN

The Who:
#15 Central Florida Golden Knights (11-1, 8-0 AAC) vs. #6 Baylor Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big XII)

The Why:
The Fiesta Bowl loves a good mismatch. Here, both teams are making their BCS Bowl debut.  The Fiesta Bowl didn’t actually become a New Year’s Day bowl until the 1980’s.  It was the 1986 Fiesta Bowl between Penn State and Miami that secured its spot among the big boys.

UCF won the American Athletic Conference outright with an unblemished 8-0 record. They beat Louisville and survived against South Florida to win it. They also beat Penn State in the non-conference portion of the schedule but lost to the Gamecocks by a 28-25 score for their only stumble.

The Baylor Bears won the Big XII conference regular season with a loss in Stillwater, Oklahoma as their only miscue. Wins against Texas and Oklahoma were highlights for Art Briles' program that hadn't won an outright title since its SWC days.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
The Bears feature the nation’s #1 scoring offense, proving that it wasn’t just RGIII. QB Bryce Petty leads an offense that averages over 600 yards per game. He has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. RB Lache Seastrunk is again over 1,000 yards and has 11 touchdowns even though he was injured for two games. SR WR Tevin Reese is expected back and he makes Baylor even better with 33 catches and 8 touchdowns.

The Knights counter with their own prolific QB Blake Bortles. He has thrown for 3,280 yards, 22 touchdowns and 7 ints.  The Knights only overage 33 ppg and 432 yards per game.  Bortles spreads the ball around to his receivers and even RB Storm Johnson can catch the ball.  George O’Leary seems to have resurrected his career in Orlando.

Do I really need to go into defenses?

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
I’ve been to both Waco and Orlando. I have friends rooting for both schools.  However, I like a good underdog and UCF is definitely that.

The Vegas Edge:
Vegas casinos are seeing a lot of action on Baylor as a 16.5 point favorite and the over. That’s not surprising given what Baylor did to UCLA last year and the fact that UCF looks to help stack up the points. Its between 70 and 72, which is a lot of points, but doable.

The Sweatpants Verdict
UCF’s defense has not seen anything like this Baylor offense. I don’t think they can contain them. The question is whether Bortles can score as well and keep this close.

Baylor 45 UCF 30.

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio

So yeah this is totally a thing.

The When/Where:
Wednesday, January 1st at 5 p.m. EST. Rose Bowl, Pasadena. ABC.

The Who:
(5) Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 7-2 PAC 12) @ (4) Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 8-0)

The Why:
It's the one every little B1G and Pac-12 fan dreams of. The Grandaddy of them all. 

Stanford returns as not only the Pac-12 champ, but the reigning Rose Bowl champ. Falling to Utah and USC on the road is why Stanford is here and not in the Championship game. 

The Spartans make the trip to Cali for the first time in 24 years. After shutting down Ohio State in the B1G championship game. A loss to Notre Dame early in the year and a weak schedule keeps the Spartans out of the big one.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You: