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Random bowl thoughts ...

Posted on: December 28, 2008 5:27 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2008 5:46 pm

I really want to believe that Miami and Florida State have turned the corner. I really do. After watching them back-to-back on Saturday in bowl games, though, that is clearly not the case.

Florida State's defense is worthy of its predecessors, but is probably losing that unit's best player Everette Brown. Offensively, the line still has to be game-planned around. Quarterback Christian Ponder is inconsistent. When he does get the ball out smoothly, Ponder has (had) one reliable receiver in Greg Carr.

There's a reason only one quarterback (West Virginia's Pat White) has started and won four bowl games. Did you see Miami freshman Jacory Harris against Cal in the Emerald Bowl? He did an admirable job until that killer fumble deep in his own territory. All it did was decide the game. Harris had to know that he either has to go down in that situation or throw the ball away. His struggle allowed the ball to come loose and Cal to win.

Coach Randy Shannon deserves a lot of the blame for mismangement of the clock in the final two minutes but Harris didn't do his team any favors either. The freshman had no urgency to his step. With a chance to run out of bounds near midfield, he elected to cut toward the middle of the field. That wasted more time and showed how much this raw talent has to learn.

In his second career college start, Harris lost for the first time in 32 starts dating back to high school. There are better days ahead. I think.

 Please, someone, make Cal's Jahvid Best the 2009 Heisman frontrunner. I don't care if Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford come back. Best right now is the best tailback in the country. After rushing for 186 yards against the Canes, the sophomore ended No. 2 on Cal's single-season rushing list.

  More on White: It almost seemed like coach Bill Stewart was trying to showcase his quarterback for the pros in the Meineke Bowl. While White will go down as one of the Mountaineers' all-time great, he will not be a quarterback in the NFL. I like to compare him to the guy whose record he broke, Brad Smith of the New York Jets. White passed Smith on the all-time rushing list for quarterbacks. He will never be known as a passer.

Most likely, White will make an NFL roster as a slash-type player similar to Smith or Ted Ginn Jr. of Miami.

While you consider White's numbers from Saturday, don't forget these lines against Pittsburgh (15 of 28, 143 yards, two interceptions), South Florida (14 of 23, 141 yards) and Colorado (10 of 14, 43 yards).

 After Wisconsin's pitiful showing against Florida State, is the Big Ten's rep on the line again or what? Going into Sunday the conference was already tied for the second-worst bowl record this season (0-1).

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 11:08 pm

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Dude.  There are lies.  damn lies.  and statistics.  UT gonna wax Ohio St. then you get back on here and talk about the Big 10.  Penn St. gonna get blitzed by USC. Keep posting stats to make you feel better though.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:45 pm
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Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:09 pm

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I second all your thoughts.  On the Wisconsin game vs FSU, it was clear throughout the game that Wisconsin was playing FSU pretty even with the exception of the punting game.  With LOUSY starting field position throughout the first half the Wisconsin offense played even against the FSU defense, UNTIL the stupid Wisconsin coach went brain dead before the half and started trying to pass the ball with 1 minute left on the clock.   He gave FSU great field position and a chance at 7 points.

The roughing the kicker call caused Wisconsin to give up. I am not a Wisconsin fan, but that call was HORRENDOUS, and locked the game up for FSU.  Anyone who says bad zebra calls don't affect the outcome of games are dead wrong. 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 5:45 pm

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Seems like the Big 10 teams in bowls are consistently the underdog.  Obviously you can take Ohio State out of that, but Penn State is playing USC, Michigan State gets Georgia, Northwestern gets Missouri etc.  Last year Michigan drew Florida, and Illinois got USC.  It would be one thing if they were the favorites in any of these games and they were losing, but most of the matchups have each Big Ten team as the underdog.  This has been relatively true over the past few years with few exceptions.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 4:21 pm

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Why is it so hard for some fans to be objective?  Everyone, and I mean everyone, except die-hard Big 10 fans, know that this was an incredibly down year for the Conference.  It's winner, PSU, didn't play a decent team outside the Conference (OSU was not yet a decent team), it's 2nd best team, Ohio State, got destroyed by it's best OOC opponent, and the rest of the Conference had many more embarrassing losses than "good' wins.  Heck, they even had a losing record against Notre Dame, who their fans love to berate.  Down years happen.   Admitting when the Conference is down will help your argument when it does get good again, as people won't think "Oh great, another disillusioned Big 10 fan." before even reading what you wrote. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2008 1:43 pm

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Yes they are on their way back...from Prison!

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 1:36 pm

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I'm sure it was nice beating up on the 9th best team in the big 10.  Way to take advantage of the mismatch.  You should be glad that OSU got a BCS berth so you didn't lose to a better team instead of one that shouldn't have even been in a bowl.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 1:32 pm

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The Big Ten also consistently plays the hardest bowl schedule in the country along with the SEC.  This year they played the hardest schedule once again according to RPI ratings and the SEC has the hardest in the computer polls.  Most of that has to do with matching up even ranks in bowl games but then being thrown off by the Big 10 getting 2 teams into the BCS year after year.  You then end up with lower Big 10 teams playing up in bowl games.

Playing a harder bowl schedule added in with all your teams getting bumped up year after year adds up to what's going on with their record.  Add in the fact they have to travel much farther than the SEC, Big 12 or USC typically does and it makes it even more difficult.  I would have put my money on OSU last year if they had played in Ohio.  Or how about all of USC's Rose Bowl games in basically their back yard?

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 1:00 pm

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Mountaineer fans might not leave at halftime, but they definitely looked bad at the end of the UC game : )

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:57 pm

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Why they give you a heisman vote I don't understand.  All of your articles make rash generalizations and don't look at the big picture, and you're so conference oriented it's a joke.

So a quarterback with low yardage in a game equates to bad?

So one good game on a RB makes them a front-runner for the Heisman? (How long did it take you to say something about Shonn Greene from Iowa who didn't have just one good game, but several.  So now we can throw out those quarterbacks since this is someone not from the Big 10.  While I'm not a Big 10 person you really need to pull your head out of your ass and realize good football is all over the country, and stats don't tell it all... which you know but won't say.  Case in point lets list amazing stats for one game of one guy we like, but then the other guy we'll just list a few bad games.  Thats fine if you want to do that, but tell the whole story for once, if you looked at those stats you looked at them for all games if you're worth a damn at research, quit filtering it all to your advantage.

Can't believe you get a paycheck for this garbage, although I completely understand that you write it for contraversy and news so CBS gets money.

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