Entertainer of the Year

The writers for theunofficialreview.com have voted, and their player of the year candidate is, wait for it…Jimmer Fredette! Okay, seeing as though all of us have attended BYU, I don’t think anyone is surprised, but let’s look at why we all voted this way. Each of the other candidates for player of the year is definitely talented and each of them has helped his team to impressive seasons. However, there are several reasons why we selected Jimmer (and not just because we have been smitten with Jimmer Mania). So let’s look at them tête-à-tête.
Out of the four major candidates Jared Sullinger is the only forward, making it difficult to compare him to the other three. He has indeed had an incredible season, more than a dozen double-doubles, a conference championship, and a number one seed. This award has predominately been awarded to forwards the last fifty years, only eight times has it gone to any other player, and four of those times the player doubled as either a guard/forward or forward/center. Considering that this is Sullinger’s debut year I would easily nominate him freshman of the year, but in terms of forwards he doesn’t stick out as much as he has been hyped to. San Diego States Kawhi Leonard has one point less per game, but more rebounds, blocks, steals, and assists per game. JaJuan Johnson from Purdue has posted comparable numbers to both of them.
Nolan Smith and Kemba Walker swapped places half way through the season. Kemba was projected as a candidate for player of the year early on, but lost significance as the season wore on, excepting his performance in the Big East tournament. Nolan Smith on the other hand, was only noteworthy the second half of the season. Both of them had their strengths compared to the other main candidates; Smith had the most assists per game, and Walker had the most steals per game, and both put up more than twenty points per game. However, none of the other candidates come anywhere close to Jimmer’s ppg.
At a whopping 28.8 points per game Jimmer Fredette is the nation’s leading scorer, not to exclude his 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 3.5 rebounds per game. The other Cougars have talent, but nobody stands out more than the Jimmer. After finishing third in the nation in points per game last year, Jimmer contemplated entering the draft, but for the enjoyment of not just BYU fans, but of all college hoops fans, Jimmer came back for the best senior season imaginable. He was voted AP All- American at the beginning of the season, and he has been relevant ever since. Unlike the other players in the race, Jimmer both started and stayed in the conversation for player of the year, and magnified his importance as the season rolled on. And let’s face it, EVERYBODY loves to watch Jimmer play. Whether he is breaking ankles, squeezing between defenders, or launching it two steps past the half court line, Jimmer is the most entertaining player to watch, and linguistically his name has been adapted to every part of speech. Even the opposing teams enjoy watching him. After Jimmer dropped 49 points on Arizona, their head coach gave him a hug. When Jimmer hit a half court shot and finished with 47 points in Utah, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Don’t forget this kid came out of high school a two star recruit, and came off the bench his freshman year. Not only is he our player of the year, we thank him for coming back and giving us something to watch in college basketball this year.


WEEK 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS

Friday, 17 September 2010, 17:00 | Category : College, Football
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Ark (12) @ Georgia  11 am

Both very competitive teams, I would generally give the advantage to Arkansas. I do think the Bulldogs have something to prove after last week’s offense failed to deliver, but I still think Arkansas will come out on top by less than two touchdowns

Florida (10) @ Tennessee 2:30 pm

Florida did better against South Florida than against Miami (OH). I think they are working out major kinks, but I think the Volunteers are reeling from last week’s lost and with that well directed energy, they will beat the Gators.

Nebraska (8) @ Washington 2:30 pm

The Cornhusker’s offense is too explosive for the Huskies. Jake Locker will keep the game worth watching, but in the end Nebraska’s rushing game will leave it a pretty decisive victory for Nebraska.

Air Force @ Oklahoma (7) 2:30 pm

Oklahoma looked much better against the Seminoles than they did against the Utah State Aggies, but then again the Falcon’s triple option destroyed BYU. If their offense is half as affective against the Schooners that it was against the Cougars, this game will be fun to watch until the end, but I still give Oklahoma the advantage.

BYU @ Florida State 2:30 pm

As a BYU student I want to give the Cougars a chance, but judging by last year’s game in Provo against the Seminoles, BYU has the odds stacked against it. Both teams are coming off a major loss. I think the winner will be the team that optimizes learning from last week’s lessons. I have to favor Florida State, but if I’m wrong I will be celebrating.

Clemson @ Auburn (16) 6 pm

For sure the Tigers will win. Clemson has started strong in the season, but neither of the teams they have played are relevant. Auburn did well against Ark State, but struggled with Mississippi State. Both teams will do well, but Auburn’s home-field advantage will secure the win by two touchdowns or more.

Texas (6) @ Texas Tech 7 pm

Both teams started the season with two wins, and their statistics look similar, but Texas Tech has a grudge. Texas has dominated the Big XII, and this time the Red Raiders get home-field advantage, where their throwing game is most potent. This will be a high scoring gaming, but in the end Texas Tech will win.

Notre Dame @ Michigan State 7 pm

This is the Spartan’s first real game of the season, and the Fighting Irish’s third. Notre Dame is struggling to regain some of the national fame it has lost in the last several years. Due to last week’s last second loss to Michigan, and two weeks of real playing time to their advantage, Notre Dame will beat Michigan State.

Iowa (9) @ Arizona (24) 9:30 pm

Possibly the most exciting match up of the weekend. Both teams have had easy season opening wins, but both teams boast premier defenses, and their offenses look pretty good too. This game will be exciting to watch, and the score will stay pretty low and close the whole time, but in the end the Iowa will take it by a field goal.

Wake Forest @ Stanford (19) 10:15 pm

The Demon Deacon’s numbers look impressive, so do the Cardinals. Stanford not only has the home-field advantage, they also have a brick wall for a defense. Wake Forest’s offense appears intense, but the Cardinal’s defense will evaluate its true worth. Cardinals will win easily.

Matchup                                        Karl (60%)  Spencer(80%)Jimmy(70%)Trevor(80%)

Georgia v. Arkansas                     Ark                 Ark                     UGA                Ark

Tennessee v. Florida                   UF                   Tenn                   UF                  Tenn

Washington v. Nebraska          Neb                  Neb                     Neb                Neb

Oklahoma v. Air Force              Okl                   Okl                       Okl                 Okl

Florida St. v. BYU                       FSU                 FSU                      FSU                BYU

Auburn v. Clemson                     Aub               Aub                      Aub                Clem

Texas Tech v. Texas                    Texas           Tech                     Texas             Tech

Michigan St. v. Notre Dame    Mich St.        N.D.                     N.D.               N. D.

Arizona v. Iowa                            Iowa             Iowa                      Iowa             Iowa

Stanford v. Wake Forest            Stan              Stan                       Stan               Stan

The Unofficial Reaction: BYU’s Independence

Wednesday, 1 September 2010, 2:33 | Category : College, Football
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Its official!  BYU is leaving the Mountain West and will join the West Coast Conference (WCC) for all sports other than football starting the 2011-12 season.  Wed., September 1, BYU will hold an official press conference announcing the move.

The whole process has been a real chess match between BYU and the MWC.  Earlier this summer BYU pushed for the remaining members of the WAC to sign an agreement to stay in the conference for at least five years so that it would remain a vaiable conference for BYU’s other sports to compete in.  To counter BYU’s potential move to the rival conference for all other sports besides football, the MWC raided their rival conference.  They were forced to reconsider.  Now that they are going ahead with it anyway, Utah State loses out big for being loyal to the WAC and BYU.  My sympathies.

Alas, BYU’s decision to move forward with the leap into the wild was released a day before the deadline set by the MWC.  If you don’t know a lot about the WCC, check them out at their official site and the omniscient source.  The conference is made up of other private, religious institutions, which ironically enough will make scheduling changes to accomodate BYU’s no playing on Sunday stance.  Last season BYU was often referred to as the second best team in the west, behind WCC’s Gonzaga.  The WCC’s is prominent as a basketball conference, but they do not offer four other sports sponsored by BYU.  It is unknown what will happen with those sports.  BYU is also a significantly larger school than the other members of the WCC.  Other than those differences, the WCC and BYU are great fit for each other.

Jimmy pretty well summed up the rest of the situation in his latest post.  The biggest concern for me is that they do not have any bowl contracts.  Due to their nationwide fan base, it should not be too difficult to land a bowl game of some sort.  Even if they end up in bowl games worse than the Las Vegas Bowl (which is really saying something), they will not have to divide their winnings with a conference.   As Spencer commented, along with more earnings from contracts with ESPN and viewership on their own network, BYU games will simply be more available to a larger portion of its fan-base.  Even though they won’t have the same agreement with the BCS as Notre Dame has, BYU will have to go undefeated if they want to appear in a BCS bowl either way.

My biggest concern is scheduling.  They have proven they can schedule real opponents (i.e. Oklahoma, Florida State, Washington, and Texas), but the real problem will be scheduling later in the season when most teams are in conference play.

The Unofficial Reaction is its a smart, sensible decision worth all the risks and criticism.

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