Friday, August 31, 2007
Here's what the season looks like based on that simulation.
NCAA '08 end of regular season rankings:
3. West Virginia
5. Virginia Tech
7. Boise State
8. Penn State
11. Ohio State
12. Florida State
14. Texas A&M
23. Notre Dame
Rose Bowl: Penn State (Big Ten Champions) vs. USC (Pac-10 Champions)
Final score: USC wins 51-13
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech (ACC Champions) vs. West Virginia (Big East Champions)
Final score: West Virginia wins 31-28
Sugar Bowl: Louisville (At-large) vs. Michigan (At-large)
Final score: Louisville wins 27-20
Fiesta Bowl: Arkansas (At-large) vs. Boise State (At-large)
Final score: Arkansas wins 35-21
National championship: Nebraska (BCS No. 2) at LSU (BCS No. 1)
Final score: LSU wins 34-17
MVP: Matt Flynn, QB, LSU — 23-30, 311 yards, 3 TDs
National champions: LSU Tigers
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
John David Booty, QB, USC
Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State
Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
Sam Keller, QB, Nebraska
After much goading and prodding, the Baker's Dozen is back for year ten. I was going to retire the Baker's Dozen with SHS being a non-factor now in high school football, but unfortunately, too many people say they can't live without this weekly feature (not really sure I believe that), so here we go.
Springdale over Jefferson City
Springdale Har-Ber over Lawton MacArthur
LR Central over West Memphis
Bryant over Benton
Pulaski Academy over Forrest City
Mountain Home over Stuttgart
Nashville over Hope
Watson Chapel over Malvern
Fayetteville over Batesville
Star City over Rivercrest
Charleston over Ozark
LR McClellan over LR Hall
FS Southside over Greenwood
2. LR Central
7. FS Southside
See ya next week,
Thursday, August 30, 2007
For some reason, this brings to mind the Music City Bowl in 2002. After an inteception by Minnesota, the Minnesota DB could be seen streaking by Carlos Ousley, who was busy tending to his jammed finger.
Turns out I forgot Auburn, a team that will certainly be bowling this season. See the revised predictions. Hog fans will not be happy.
BCS Title Game: USC v. Michigan
Sugar Bowl: LSU v. Texas
Rose Bowl: Penn State v. Cal
Orange Bowl: West Virginia v. Virginia Tech
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma v. Louisville
SEC Bowl Predictions:
Liberty Bowl: Alabama v. Southern Miss
Independence Bowl: South Carolina v. Kansas State
Music City Bowl: Arkansas v. Boston College
Peach Bowl: Tennessee v. Florida State
Cotton Bowl: Auburn v. Oklahoma State
Outback Bowl: Georgia v. Ohio State
Capital One Bowl: Florida v. Wisconsin
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The beginning of football season begs some of the most serious questions of all:
Where are you tailgating?
What are your beverages of choice?
What are you cooking?
Those, plus any other tailgating, drinking, and football weekend party questions you dare ask or answer. Share your game weekend preparations, customs, and party information here.
You can't argue against science. Here is an interesting article that set up the new EA Sports College Football 2008 and simulated an entire season. Interesting stuff, and hopeful news for the Hogs. Hogs wind up as Fiesta Bowl winners over Boise State and wind up 4th in the rankings. McFadden wins the Heisman and Doak Walker and is named to the first team All-American team. Luigs wins the Rimington. Jose Valdez is a seond team All-American.
Hope it's accurate.
In other news, London Crawford apparently has been improving, and is also the starting gunner on the punt team. I have no idea why.
The Arkansas passing game took another hit yesterday when Marcus Monk had a second scope on his injured knee. Apparently he felt another "pop" and then had trouble bending his knee. The first word from the scope is he had two pieces of cartilage removed from the injured area, but the areas that had previously been worked on showed good healing.
Monk is definitely out for Troy and has been listed as "questionable" for Bama. I'll go out on a limb and say he'll be back for Auburn, but will probably struggle with this all year. That would be about par for our injury situation thus far.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"Cameras can find someone throwing objects onto the field and can zoom in on a fan running onto the playing surface. The fan could be assessed a fine later, he said."
Luckily, the money for the system comes from the United States Government, part of a $350,000 anti-terrorism grant. Sure wouldn't have to waste the Razorback Foundation's money for that.
Programming Note: The 2003 Arkansas-Kentucky game, of 7 overtime fame, will be replayed tonight at 11:00 PM on ESPN Classic. Set your DVR if you can't stay up that late. Not sure I can watch that one again. It wore me out the first time.
Jamaal Anderson played well last night in an NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. 2 sacks, 5 unassisted tackles. It seemed like he was all over the field. Yes, it was preseason, but it was against the first team Bengals and the sacks were against Carson Palmer. Would have been nice to see him terrorizing SEC backfields for one more year, but with that kind of performance and the kind of scratch he signed for, you can't blame him. He made the right decision.
Lots of former Hogs on the field last night. Bobbie Williams started for the Bengals at right guard. Caleb Miller also started for Cincy at middle linebacker. In addition to Jamaal, I saw Chris Houston on a few plays and on special teams for the Falcons.
Also has LSU playing for the national title and Florida in the BCS as well.
Monday, August 27, 2007
It just launched today, and there have been some glitches, but you can link to it from Hogwired. Here is the link:
While we're linking, here is the run against Georgia that, to me, launched Darren's stellar career. It's sick. I couldn't find the one with Larry Munson's voice over. If I do, I'll edit this post.
1. Notre Dame
3. Wake Forest
Herbstreit also picked Alabama as his sleeper pick in the SEC West. Houston Nutt doesn't register as one of Herbstreit's 7 best game day coaches. Shockingly, David Lee doesn't make it as one of his 7 best playcallers.
Herbstreit really must hate Arkansas because he didn't even rank the ladies of Fayetteville in his Top 10 prettiest co-eds. 8 of his 10 come from the SEC. Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Mississippi State are all left out.
I had this discussion with some of the Razorpod crew, but what are your thoughts. My belief is that 8-4 would be a huge disappointment for this team. With all of the talent on offense - not to mention the nation's best running back corps (I'm including Peyton Hillis and Michael Smith in that characterization) - I don't see how the Razorbacks can claim an 8-4 regular season as a successful one.
After all, the Hogs play 4 cupcake (and I mean awful, worthless, JV cupcakes) in non-conference. Add in the two Mississippi schools and there's 6 wins out of the gate (and wins that Arkansas could probably get with a lot of second and third team players on the field). South Carolina and Kentucky come to Fayetteville, and both should be wins if you're comparing talent and intangibles (i.e. home field advantage).
But to finish 8-4 would mean that the Hogs dropped its remaining 4 games. That would put the Hogs at 4-4 in conference play, and likely in 4th place in the SEC West. To me, that's unacceptable - although I know that those who love mediocrity will absolutely disagree.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Note: Even if you can read, it's pretty cool.
Please get a life.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
1. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
2. Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way - SCORE. 3. If at first the game - or the breaks - go against you, don't let up... put on more steam.
4. Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.
5. Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle... for this is the WINNING EDGE.
6. Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.
7. Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.
Read a short bio on General Neyland here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Neyland
The Hog's come in at third in the West, behind "the immortal Casey Dick."
Note that the feature story is on South Carolina - maybe Logan isn't so crazy after all. 15 of 16 top returning tacklers back on defense, and a senior, if slightly trouble, quarterback. Sounds like a recipe for success.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
"Senior defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry felt pretty good about a stop he made in practice one day. That is, for the time it took Saban to climb all over him.
Gilberry learned by wasting a step that he turned a one-yard loss into a three-yard gain. He also learned to listen to the message, not the manner in which Saban delivered it.
"Let me try to be as blunt and common as possible," said Gilberry, who will graduate in December after 3½ years with a degree in communications. "Coach Saban's delivery, you can compare it to a missile, coming at you at 800 knots. Is that clear enough for you? There's no ducking. I can assure you. If you were in a hole, you'd still feel it. The best thing to do is stand there with your arms open and take it head on. There's no running from it."
That's exactly the response that Saban wants. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, he wants his players focused on the moment, not on the emotions surrounding it.
That's exactly the response that Saban wants. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, he wants his players focused on the moment, not on the emotions surrounding it."
"The only concern lies at cornerback where Chris Houston departed a year early. If Houston was back right now, look out. This defense would probably be one of the nation’s best. As it is, I’m not worried at all."
Thursday, August 16, 2007
In Sports, 'G' Is The Scarlet Letter
By Michael WilbonThursday, August 16, 2007; Page E01
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
5. Virginia Tech
8. West Virginia
4. Virginia Tech
4. West Virginia
6. Virginia Tech
USC, arguably, has the easiest road to the BCS. If they get past Cal on November 10th, the Trojans will finish the season undefeated and a lock for the BCS title game. They're the most balanced team on both sides of the ball, and may be the best Trojan team of the Pete Carroll era (if you believe Jim Harbaugh that is).
But imagine these scenarios:
West Virginia (4) and Louisville (5) and Rutgers (12). This thing could play out like last season and they could all beat each other thereby leaving each of them out of the BCS title mix. But what happens if one runs the table? West Virginia seems the most likely of the three to do it by virtue of getting Louisville at home on November 8th.
Texas (8) and Oklahoma (9). Neither one of these teams will lose before they play on October 6th and neither one will lose after, meaning that the winner will finish the season undefeated, barring a defeat to Nebraska in the Big XII title game (which won't happen).
Michigan (6). Penn State, at Wisconsin and Ohio State stand between Lloyd Carr getting the axe and an undefeated season. I like the Wolverines to run the table, although Chad Henne is 0-3 against the Buckeyes.
Virginia Tech (7). I don't know squat about the Hokies except that I hate them. I always have, which is why writing this is so painful. If the Hokies beat LSU on September 8th in Baton Rouge, they could certainly run the table. They get Boston College, Miami and Florida State at home, and have to go to Clemson and Georgia Tech.
LSU (2). The Tigers have the toughest road to the BCS title game of anyone ranked in the Top 5. They have to play Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn and Arkansas at home and they go on the road to Alabama (with Nick Saban on the other side) and Kentucky (with a really good offense). LSU's defense is outstanding, so we'll see. Les Miles is their coach, and while this team can run on auto-pilot, if he has to coach in a close game, LSU is in trouble.
I believe that if USC and LSU run the table, they'll both get in by virtue of their strength of schedule. That said, I think you can make a sensible argument that USC, West Virginia, Texas, Michigan and LSU could all be undefeated at year's end.
I know, I know, it's never happened. But there's a first time for everything, isn't there?
We won't really know what this will look like until the first BCS rankings are released. But remember, no team ranked outside the BCS Top 12 when the first poll is released has ever made it to the BCS title game. Theoretically, everyone ranked inside the SI Top 15 has the potential to make it . . . and that includes Boise State.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Tennessee at Florida (Sept. 25)
Florida at LSU (Oct. 6)
Florida v. Georgia (Oct. 27)
South Carolina at Tennessee (Oct. 27)
LSU at Alabama (Nov. 3)
Alabama at Auburn (Nov. 24)
That's two lists that ESPN has produced that do not feature any key Hog games. I'm beginning to think that outside of McFadden, the Hogs will get very little early season respect from the pundits.
QB - Andre Woodson, Kentucky
RB - Darren McFadden, Arkansas
FB - Owen Scmitt, West Virginia
WR - DeSean Jackson, Cal
WR - Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State
TE - Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M
OT - Sam Baker, Southern Cal
G - Will Arnold, LSU
C - Steve Justice, Wake Forest
G - Andrew Crummey, Maryland
OT - Jake Long, Michigan
DE - Lawrence Jackson, Southern Cal
DT - Glenn Dorsey, LSU
DT - Sedrick Ellis, Southern Cal
DE - Tommy Blake, TCU
LB - Keith Rivers, Southern Cal
LB - James Laurenaitis, Ohio State
LB - Ali Highsmith, LSU
CB - Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
CB - DeJuan Tribble, Boston College
S - Kenny Phillips, Miami
S - Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame
PK - Sam Swank, Wake Forest
P - Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech
KR - Marcus Thigpen, Indiana
It's the worst kept secret in Razorpod-land that Jimmy G spent a few years in Norman on the campus of OU. No one is quite sure what all he did there besides cheer on Howard Schnellenberger and long for the return of Brian Bosworth. In that spirit, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsline.com has his OU season preview. He raises questions about the QB position, and observes the aftermath of Rhett Bomar.
My prediction is that the Sooners, thanks to one of the easiest schedules in the country, finish 10-2 and find themselves in the Cotton Bowl. They won't beat Texas, but they should handle Texas A&M, Texas Tech and OK State, their three toughest conference opponents. If the Sooners get past Miami on September 8, they could roll up an 11-1 record. The Big XII is pitiful this season.
Monday, August 13, 2007
19. Miami at Oklahoma (Sept.8)
18. Florida St. at Clemson (Sept. 3)
17. UCLA at USC (Dec. 1)
16. Tennessee at Cal (Sept. 1)
15. Boise St. at Hawaii (Nov. 23)
14. TCU at Texas (Sept. 8)
13. LSU at Alabama (Nov. 3)
12. Florida St. at Virginia Tech (Nov. 10)
11. West Virginia at Rutgers (Oct. 27)
10. Nebraska at Texas (Oct. 27)
9. Tennessee at Florida (Sept. 15)
8. USC at Nebraska (Sept. 15)
7. Michigan at Wisconsin (Nov. 10)
6. USC at Cal (Nov. 10)
5. Louisville at West Virginia (Nov. 8)
4. Virginia Tech at LSU (Sept. 8)
3. Texas v. Oklahoma (Oct. 6)
2. Ohio St. v. Michigan (Nov. 17)
1. Florida v. LSU (Oct. 6)
No mention of the Hogs against Tennessee or LSU.