Why I should root for Ohio St.

Saturday, 1 November 2014, 5:58 | Category : Football
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That’s right, I said it. In this week’s upcoming Big Ten championship game, I should be rooting for the team I despise above all others to win and check its ticket to the inaugural College Football Playoff. In fact, I should also root for all the other teams I so regularly root against- Alabama, Florida St., and Oregon. If these four teams win, we think the Big XII has a good shot at being locked out of the playoff (despite what Nate Silver says).

The reason for this change is that the general consensus is if the Big XII finds itself the odd power five conference out of the playoffs, it will feel more pressure to  add a conference championship game to help bolster the odds that a Big XII team will get into the playoffs. This, of course, would mean expanding to at least twelve teams- probably BYU’s best chance of getting into a power five conference.

BYU is among the short list of likely schools to be picked up during the next wave of expansion, but it is hardly a lock. While it would seem logical for the Big XII to expand westward (assuming they are going to be able to steal any schools from the B10 or SEC), they have already committed to the east by picking up West Virginia. Even if they are not able to pry any of the ACC (often viewed as the weakest of the power five) teams away due to the new $52 million exit fee, they still have Cincinnati and possibly UConn patiently awaiting their turn. Geographically this doesn’t make much sense, but it allows the Big XII to expand into new, big markets.

On the other hand, BYU does have plenty going for it. It stacks up at or near the top of the Big XII in enrollment, average GPA, sports offered, facility sized, and probably more. And though it is a little farther removed, BYU has a national fan base (with more fans than either Cincy or UConn). If it can find the right pairing, perhaps the Big XII would prefer to start moving westward (assuming they expand) where there are a few more available options in case they continue expanding down the road. Some possible BYU pairings are (in no particular order):

  • Colorado St. helps them regain a presence in the state but not much else
  • Air Force also in Colorado is decent, but the Falcons are really loyal to the Mountain West
  • UNLV provides good basketball and access to a large market
  • New Mexico has solid basketball and much closer proximity to the rest of the conference
  • Boise St. brings the only other real football program and a growing basketball program, but they are very distant from the rest of the conference and don’t reside in a very large market
So in the interest of BYU, I should root for Ohio St. I should, but I won’t.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012, 20:44 | Category : College, Football
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Penn-alized, Penn St football, NCAA penalties

Yesterday, the NCAA announced unprecedented penalties and sanctions against the Penn St. football program. Many people are satisfied with these penalties. Others feel the NCAA did not go far enough. I, on the other hand, think it’s a load of crap.

The crimes committed at State College, while heinous and loathsome, are not under the jurisdiction of the NCAA. These were crimes committed by men involved with the Penn St. football program, but they were not related to the program itself. Those involved are receiving their punishments, but their actions did not benefit the football program.

Now I have no problem if the school had chosen to self-inflict penalties, or even if the state had since it is a public school. But the NCAA is unilaterally expanding its power and control over universities into realms that no longer directly influence athletic programs. If they can get involved in this case, where will they draw the line?

The crimes committed at Penn St. were reprehensible, but since when do two wrongs make a right?

(Check out an opposing view by my intern Ethan.)

Bowl Picks and Picks Winners

Monday, 9 January 2012, 22:49 | Category : College, Football
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The college football season has come to an end.  It’s weird how anti-climactic it was for me.  There were a lot of great games I really enjoyed, but there was nothing on the line other than my picks.  I liked watching but just didn’t care who won.  There were a couple games I cared about (and both were very exciting), but there were no greater implications.  Yes it’s great to have a bowl win, especially classics like the Sugar Bowl, but it really doesn’t mean anything.

The only game that truly had anything on the line was the championship game, and I don’t like either of those teams.  And even though Bama thoroughly thumped LSU, even my wife (who doesn’t care much for sports) asked why does this game mean more than the one LSU won.  Why don’t they have a third game to decide the winner between the two?  But I already went into great detail on my thoughts on a college football playoff.

On to the winners.  We’ve been making picks (10 per week and bowls) all year long.  Out of a total of 175 games, we have our final scores: Jimmy-111, me-104, Lindsey-99, Spencer-96, and Karl-93.  Jimmy owned us.  Everyone else was really close, except for Jimmy who ran away with it.  (Note: Karl missed an entire week, which could have taken him up to third.)

In our Bowl Mania group, my buddy Jayson won for the second year in the 94.3% on ESPN.com.  I’ll have to get him to write a guest post on here.  For the record, Jayson guessed 25 out of 35 correct.  That ties Karl, but Jay won by 14 points.  I like the confidence picks for Bowl Mania because it adds another element to the picks.  Nice job, Jayson!

Finally, here are our bowl picks.  This was also very close, but Karl redeemed himself with a nice victory.

Jimmy Trevor Spencer Karl Lindsey
Record 24/35 23/35 24/35 25/35 18/35
Temple vs. Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming
Ohio vs. Utah State Ohio Utah St Ohio Ohio Utah St
Fla Int’l vs Marshall Fla Int’l Fla Int’l Fla Int’l Fla Int’l Fla Int’l
Nevada vs. 21 So Miss So Miss So Miss So Miss So Miss So Miss
Missouri vs. UNC UNC Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou
W. Michigan vs. Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue WMU WMU
Louisville vs. NC State NC State Louisville NC State NC State Louisville
Toldeo vs. Air Force Toledo Air Force Air Force Toledo Air Force
Cal vs. 24 Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas Cal
Notre Dame vs. Florida St FSU FSU FSU ND FSU
Washington vs. 12 Baylor Baylor Baylor Baylor Baylor Baylor
Rutgers vs. Iowa St Rutgers Iowa St Iowa St Rutgers Rutgers
Miss St vs. Wake Forest Miss St Miss St Miss St Wake Wake
Iowa vs. 14 Oklahoma Okla Okla Okla Okla Okla
Texas A&M vs. N’western A&M A&M A&M A&M A&M
GA Tech vs. Utah Utah Utah GA Tech GA Tech Utah
Cincy vs. Vanderbilt Cincy Cincy Cincy Cincy Cincy
Illinois vs. UCLA Illinois UCLA Illinois Illinois UCLA
Virginia vs. 25 Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn UVA Auburn
19 Houston vs. 22 Penn St Penn St Houston Houston Houston Penn St
17 Michigan St vs. 16 Georgia Georgia MSU Georgia MSU Georgia
20 Nebraska vs. 9 So Carolina Nebr. Nebr. So Car So Car So Car
Ohio St vs. Florida Ohio St Florida Florida Flordia Florida
10 Wisconsin vs. 5 Oregon Oregon Wisc. Oregon Oregon Oregon
4 Stanford vs. 3 Oklahoma St OSU OSU OSU OSU Stanford
13 Michigan vs. 11 VA Tech VA Tech Michigan VA Tech Michigan Michigan
23 West Virginia vs. 15 Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson
8 Kansas St vs. 6 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
SMU vs. Pitt Pitt SMU Pitt SMU Pitt
Arkansas St vs. No Illinois NIU NIU NIU Ark St Ark St
2 Alabama vs. 1 LSU Bama LSU LSU Bama LSU
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