Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:00 am
 

D-1A Football Tournament--Round 1

The bracket has been finalized. While the rest of the country focuses on who gets invited to all the pointless bowls, I will be focusing on how the champion should be decided. A couple of things to point out. First, Arkansas and Michigan St. swapped where they would have been placed because two SEC teams would have met too early in the tournament. It was better to drop Mich. St. one than drop Arkansas two. Second, Nevada was given priority by the WAC Bowl Committee and therefore receives the automatic bid as WAC champion. Boise St. still gets in based on their poll ranking. The Big 10 (which turned out a three-way tie) had the same predicament. 

I will do my best to play out the matchups every week to see how this bracket will go. I will try to be unbiased (although I would love to see Va. Tech win it all). If you have any feedback on how these games should play out, let me know.



 1) Auburn (13-0, SEC)     Last Week: 2
16) Florida International (6-6, Sun Belt)     Last Week: 16

9) Oklahoma (11-2, Big 12)     Last Week: 10
8) Michigan St.  (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 7

4) Wisconsin (11-1, Big 10)     Last Week: 4 
13) Connecticut (8-4, Big East)     Last Week: 14

12) Nevada (12-1, MWC)     Last Week: 12
5) Stanford (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 5

3) TCU (12-0, MWC)     Last Week: 3
14) Central Florida (10-3, C-USA)     Last Week: 15

11) Virginia Tech (11-2, ACC)     Last Week: 11
6) Ohio St. (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 6

7) Arkansas (10-2, At Large)     Last Week: 8
10) Boise St. (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 9

15) Miami (OH) (9-4, MAC)     Last Week: Unranked
2) Oregon (12-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

Dropped Out: Northern Illinois (Lost to Miami (OH))

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:28 pm
 

Fed Up

So, typically, I have been dedicating this space to bashing on the BCS. While I still hate that system, something has come up that is even more pathetic: the NFL. I don't understand the penalties that the "powers that be" are dishing out. Today, Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan were fined $25,000 for fighting during the Houston/Tennessee game yesterday. Last week, Richard Seymour was fined $25,000 for punching Ben Roethlisberger in the jaw after a touchdown pass. Let's put things in perspective. Johnson's salary for this year is $5.5 million, Finnegan's is $2.7 million and Seymour's is $3.8 million. On the flip side, James Harrison of the Steelers was fined $75,000 earlier this year for a hit that did not draw a flag during the game. Now, every time he looks at the QB wrong, a flag comes in. What Johnson, Finnegan and Seymour did deserves at least a three-game suspension (probably more). At least Harrison's was during an actual play. At least I can give the NFL one thing: their calls are consistent...consistently BAD!
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:21 am
 

The Unofficial College Football Bracketologist

It hurts to be wrong. Eight months ago, I guaranteed that the winner of the Boise St./Virginia Tech game would play for the national championship. Unfortunately, the Boise Bus broke down this week. But, in our tournament, both are still alive. Some day . . .

For now, we are left to wonder, "what if?" The bracket will be finalized next week after some terrific matchups. Here are the games to look forward to this week that will determine the bracket.

1) Oregon at Oregon St. (Civil War)
2) Auburn vs. 18) South Carolina (SEC Championship)
20) Florida St. vs. 12) Virginia Tech (ACC Championship)
10) Oklahoma vs. 13) Nebraska (Big 12 Championship)
Connecticut vs. South Florida
Southern Methodist at Central Florida (C-USA Championship)
24) Northern Illinois vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship)



(Rankings are based on AP standings and conference records.)


1) Oregon (11-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

16) Florida International (6-5, Sun Belt)     Last Week: 16



9) Boise St. (10-1, At Large)     Last Week: 3

8) Arkansas (10-2, At Large)     Last Week: Unranked

 

4) Wisconsin (11-1, Big 10)     Last Week: 5 

13) Northern Illinois (10-2, MAC)     Last Week: 13

 

12) Nevada (11-1, MWC)     Last Week: Unranked

5) Stanford (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 7

 

3) TCU (12-0, MWC)     Last Week: 4

14) Connecticut (7-4, Big East)     Last Week: Unranked

 

11) Virginia Tech (10-2, ACC)     Last Week: 12

6) Ohio St. (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 8

 

7) Michigan St.  (11-1, At Large)     Last Week: 11

10) Oklahoma (10-2, Big 12)     Last Week: Unranked

 

15) Central Florida (9-3, C-USA)     Last Week: 14

2) Auburn (12-0, SEC)     Last Week: 2



Dropped Out: LSU (Lost to Arkansas), Alabama (Lost to Auburn), Oklahoma St. (Lost to Oklahoma), Pittsburgh (Lost to West Virginia)

Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:23 am
 

The Unofficial College Football Bracketologist

Welcome to Thanksgiving week. A lot of questions will be resolved with games Friday and Saturday. Forget about shopping on Friday. The Iron Bowl will be the only place ot be. Also on Friday, we will have Oregon/Arizona and Boise St./Nevada. On Saturday, we get LSU/Arkansas, Oklahoma/Oklahoma St., West Virginia/Pitt and the Big 10 three-way tie gets resolved. For now, on to the bracket.

(Rankings are based on AP standings and conference records.)


1) Oregon (10-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

16) Florida International (5-5, Sun Belt)     Last Week: 16



9) Alabama (9-2, At Large)     Last Week: 11

8) Ohio St. (10-1, At Large)     Last Week: 8

 

4) TCU (11-0, MWC)     Last Week: 4

13) Northern Illinois (9-2, MAC)     Last Week: 13

 

12) Virginia Tech (9-2, ACC)     Last Week: 12

5) Wisconsin (10-1, Big 10)     Last Week: 6

 

3) Boise St. (10-0, WAC)     Last Week: 3

14) Central Florida (8-3, C-USA)     Last Week: 14

 

11) Michigan St. (10-1, At Large)     Last Week: 10

6) LSU (10-1, At Large)     Last Week: 5

 

7) Stanford (10-1, At Large)     Last Week: 7

10) Oklahoma St. (10-1, Big 12)     Last Week: Unranked

 

15) Pittsburgh (6-4, Big East)     Last Week: 15

2) Auburn (11-0, SEC)     Last Week: 2



Dropped Out: Nebraska (Lost to Texas A & M)

Posted on: November 15, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 10:01 am
 

The Unofficial College Football Bracketologist

We almost ended up with pandemonium last week. If the Cal Bears could have pulled off that upset, there is no telling where we would be right now. Meanwhile, the Cam Newton saga continues. What will happen if he is deemed ineligible? Do all of their wins from this season turn into losses? Would that make LSU undefeated? We've still got a lot of football left to be played. Here is this week's updated bracket.

 

Note: Pittsburgh and Florida International are in over Syracuse and Troy, respectively, because of their better conference record.

(Rankings are based on the AP poll, the best there is, and conference standings.)


1) Oregon (10-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

16) Florida International (4-5, Sun Belt)     Last Week: Unranked




9) Nebraska (9-1, Big 12)     Last Week: 9

8) Ohio St. (9-1, At Large)     Last Week: 8

 

4) TCU (11-0, MWC)     Last Week: 4

13) Northern Illinois (8-2, MAC)     Last Week: 15

 

12) Virginia Tech (8-2, ACC)     Last Week: 12

5) LSU (9-1, At Large)     Last Week: 5

 

3) Boise St. (9-0, WAC)     Last Week: 4

14) Central Florida (7-3, C-USA)     Last Week: 13

 

11) Alabama (8-2, At Large)     Last Week: 11

6) Wisconsin (9-1, Big 10)     Last Week: 6

 

7) Stanford (9-1, At Large)     Last Week: 7

10) Michigan St. (9-1, At Large)     Last Week: 10

 

15) Pittsburgh (5-4, Big East)     Last Week: 14

2) Auburn (11-0, SEC)     Last Week: 2

 
Dropped Out: Troy (Lost to Florida International)

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:09 am
 

The Unofficial College Football Bracketologist

Another week down, another fact proven: one slip-up can bring a world of change to the bracket. One thing I will never get. Boise St. gets bumped from #2 to #4 in the polls, jumped by TCU and Auburn. I understand TCU going ahead, but why Auburn? This past week, Boise thumped a fairly good Hawaii team while Auburn took down...Chattanooga!? Please tell me, which win was more impressive? Some things just can't be explained, I guess.

(Rankings are based on the AP poll, the best there is, and conference standings.)


1) Oregon (9-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

16) Troy (5-3, Sun Belt)     Last Week: 16



9) Nebraska (8-1, Big 12)     Last Week: 9

8) Ohio St. (8-1, At Large)     Last Week: 8



4) Boise St. (8-0, WAC)     Last Week: 2

13) Central Florida (7-2, C-USA)     Last Week: 13



12) Virginia Tech (7-2, ACC)     Last Week: 12

5) LSU (8-1, At Large)     Last Week: Unranked

 

3) TCU (10-0, MWC)     Last Week: 4

14) Pittsburgh (5-3, Big East)     Last Week: 14

 

11) Alabama (7-2, At Large)     Last Week: 5

6) Wisconsin (8-1, Big 10)     Last Week: 7

 

7) Stanford (8-1, At Large)     Last Week: 10

10) Michigan St. (9-1, At Large)     Last Week: Unranked



15) Northern Illinois (7-2, MAC)     Last Week: 15

2) Auburn (10-0, SEC)     Last Week: 3



Dropped Out: Utah (lost to TCU), Oklahoma (lost to Texas A&M)

Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:23 pm
 

The Unofficial College Football Bracketologist

Welcome to Week 3 of the Bracket.

We've got some fresh blood in this week's bracket. Among those new teams is the VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES!!! Let's see how long they can stay. As a reminder, any team that wins their conference is in. 5 at large teams complete the 16 team field. There will certainly be some more shake-ups in next weeks bracket, so make sure to check back.

Here is this week’s updated bracket. As always, feedback is appreciated.

(Rankings are based on the AP poll, the best there is, and conference standings.)


1) Oregon (8-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

16) Troy (4-3, Sun Belt)     Last Week: 16


9) Nebraska (7-1, Big 12)     Last Week: Unranked

8) Ohio St. (8-1, At Large)     Last Week: 10

 

4) TCU (9-0, MWC)     Last Week: 4

13) Central Florida (6-2, C-USA)     Last Week: Unranked

 

12) Virginia Tech (6-2, ACC)     Last Week: Unranked

5) Alabama (7-1, At Large)     Last Week: 7

 

3) Auburn (9-0, SEC)     Last Week: 3

14) Pittsburgh (5-3, Big East)     Last Week: 15

 

11) Oklahoma (7-1, At Large)     Last Week: 12

6) Utah (8-0, At Large)     Last Week: 8

 

7) Wisconsin (7-1, Big 10)     Last Week: 9

10) Stanford (7-1, At Large)     Last Week: Unranked



15) Northern Illinois (7-2, MAC)     Last Week: 14

2) Boise St. (7-0, WAC)     Last Week: 2

 

Dropped Out: Michigan St. (Lost to Iowa), Missouri (Lost to Nebraska), Florida St. (Lost to North Carolina St.), East Carolina (Lost to UCF)

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:35 pm
 

The Unofficial College Football Bracketologist

Welcome to Week 2 of the Bracket.

Another week, another team jumping both Oregon and Boise St. in the BCS poll. What a joke! Luckily, we have the true method for determining the national champion right here.

Here is this week’s updated bracket. As always, feedback is appreciated.

(Rankings are based on the AP poll, the best there is.)


1) Oregon (7-0, Pac-10)     Last Week: 1

16) Troy (4-2, Sun Belt)     Last Week: 16


 
9) Wisconsin (7-1, At Large)     Last Week: 10

8) Utah (7-0, At Large)     Last Week: 9

 

4) TCU (8-0, MWC)     Last Week: 4

13) East Carolina (5-2, C-USA)     Last Week: 14

 

12) Oklahoma (6-1, At Large)     Last Week: 3

5) Michigan St. (8-0, Big 10)     Last Week: 8

 

3) Auburn (8-0, SEC)     Last Week: 5

14) Northern Illinois (6-2, MAC)     Last Week: 15

 

11) Florida St. (6-1, ACC)     Last Week: 12

6) Missouri (7-0, Big 12)     Last Week: Unranked

 

7) Alabama (7-1, At Large)     Last Week: 7

10) Ohio St. (7-1, At Large)     Last Week: 11

 

15) Pittsburgh (4-3, Big East)     Last Week: Unranked

2) Boise St. (6-0, WAC)     Last Week: 2

 

Dropped Out: LSU (Lost to Auburn), West Virginia (Lost to Syracuse)

 
 
 
 
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