Friday, December 24, 2010

Bowl Picks (Part 2)

Little Ceasars Bowl

Florida International(6-6) vs Toledo(8-4)        Connor.FIU                   Josh/Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.Toledo

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Tulsa(9-3) vs Hawaii(10-3)           Taylor.Tulsa           Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash.Hawaii

Independence Bowl
Air Force(8-4) vs Georgia Tech(6-6)         Josh/Connor/Ranny/Taylor.AF         Nash/Andrew.GT

Champs Sports Bowl
West Virginia(9-3) vs NC State(8-4)        Josh/Connor.WVU          Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.NCSU

Insight Bowl
Iowa(7-5) vs Missouri(10-2)             .Iowa            Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.Mizzou

Military Bowl
Maryland(8-4) vs East Carolina(6-6)         Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.Mary         .ECU

Texas Bowl
Illinois(6-6) vs Baylor(7-5)      Andrew.Ill             Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash/Taylor.Bay

Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State(10-2) vs Arizona(7-5)       Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash/Taylor.OK State       Andrew.Zona

Armed Forces Bowl
SMU(7-6) vs Army(6-6)          Josh/Connor/Taylor.SMU          Ranny/Nash/Andrew.Army

Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse(7-5) vs Kansas State(7-5)             Ranny/Andrew.Cuse             Josh/Connor/Nash/Taylor.KSU

Music City Bowl
North Carolina(7-5) vs Tennessee(6-6)             Josh/Connor/Ranny/Andrew/Taylor.UNC            Nash.Tenn

Holiday Bowl
Nebraska(10-3) vs Washington(6-6)              Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.Neb             .Wash

Meineke Car Care Bowl
USF(7-5) VS Clemson(6-6)           Josh/Ranny/NashTaylor.USF               Connor/Andrew.Clem

Sun Bowl
Miami(7-5) vs Notre Dame(7-5)         Josh/Connor/Nash/Taylor.U                       Ranny/Andrew.ND

Liberty Bowl
Georgia(6-6) vs UCF(7-5)              Josh/Connor/Ranny/Nash.UGA           Andrew/Taylor.UCF

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Florida State(9-4) vs South Carolina(9-4)          Nash.FSU           Josh/Connor/Ranny/Andrew/Taylor.USC

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bowl Picks (Part1)

Bowl season officially starts tomorrow. We have given our first round of picks.

New Mexico Bowl:
BYU(6-6) vs UTEP(6-6)               Ranny/Connor/Taylor.BYU                 Josh/Nash/Andrew.UTEP

Humanitarian Bowl:
Northern Illinois(10-3) vs Fresno State(8-4)               Andrew/Nash/Josh/Ranny/Connor/Taylor.NIU          .FSU

New Orleans Bowl:
Ohio(8-4) vs Troy(7-5)          Ranny/Connor/Taylor/Josh.Ohio              Nash/Andrew.Troy

St. Petersburg Bowl:
Southern Miss(8-4) vs Louisville(6-6)          Taylor.So Miss            Josh/Andrew/Nash/Ranny/Connor.L’ville

Las Vegas Bowl:
Utah(10-2) vs Boise State(11-1)         .Utah           Andrew/Nash/Josh/Ranny/Connor/Taylor.BSU

Pointsettia Bowl:
Navy(9-3) vs San Diego State(8-4)       Josh/Andrew/Nash/Ranny/Connor/Taylor.Navy          .SDSU

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Watch This..... Or Not

There are 34 bowl games in 2010-2011. In my opinion 34 bowl games is overkill. Some of these bowl games have gotten to ridiculous. 6-6 is bowl worthy. Essentially this awarding mediocrity. To show my frustration I am going to give you the worst 5 bowl games this bowl season. 
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: December 18
Troy (7-5) vs Ohio (8-4)
What a way to spend your saturday night. The primetime game Saturday night has the winner of the Sun Belt, yes the winner of the Sun belt is (7-5), against the #5 C-USA team, The Ohio Bobcats. It does not get much worse then this. This will be a snore-fest from start to finish. 
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: December 24
Tulsa (9-3) vs Hawaii (10-3)
Same thing every single year. Hawaii gets to take on some average mid-major every year at home. Both of these teams are pretty good, but really its the same old, same old.
Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl: December 26
Toledo (8-4) vs Florida International (6-6)
The only thing somewhat appealing about this game is the name of the bowl.... enough said. Bowl: January 6
Middle Tennessee State (6-6) vs Miami (OH) (9-4)
The only reason anyone will watch this game is because of the commercials.
Liberty Bowl: December 31
Georgia (6-6) vs UCF (10-3)
Put an SEC team up against a C-USA team, not that tough to guess what the outcome is going to be. I do not care which SEC team it is. If they can make a bowl game, and are playing any team from the C-USA, they will win by a lot. UCF does not stand a chance, even if they are 10-3.-Josh Neighbors

Friday, December 10, 2010

Brothers in Arms

Army vs. Navy
For the last few years Navy has dominated this rivalry game, gone onto their bowl game, and left Army to think about their disappointing season. This year it is not the case. Army is 6-5, and already in The Armed Forces Bowl. Army has a great triple-option running attack in which 6 players have rushed for over 100 yards total this season. Sophomore quarterback Trent Steelman has played very solidly in this system. He has passed for 837 yards, and has rushed for 620 yards, making him the second leading rusher on the team. This dynamic rushing attack needs to be efficient if they want to have a chance at beating Navy.
Navy looks a lot like Army, except they are a little bit stronger in each position. They are a triple-option style offensive team. The offense is directed by early-season Heisman contender, Rick Dobbs. Dobbs leads the team in rushing with 806 yards and has run for 13 touchdowns. He has also thrown for 10 touchdowns. Navy has 8 rushers over 100 yards on the season. Navy is 45th in points allowed per game. Army is 55th in points allowed per game. Navy is just a little bit better in each aspect of the offense and defense, and that is why I think they will win this game.-Josh Neighbors

Army vs Navy Army.Taylor                    Navy.Josh/Andrew/Connor/Ranny/Nash

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Results Week 14

A quality week all-around. This was the last week of regular season picks. Now it is on to the bowls.

Ranny Kennon: This week(15-5) overall(170-70)

Connor Jones: This week(14-6) overall(168-72)

Josh Neighbors: This week(15-5) overall(160-80)

Taylor Bostic: This week(17-3) overall (145-95)

Andrew Reed: This week(13-7) overall(144-96)

Nash Wiley: This week(13-7) overall(137-103)

Cuse For Concern?

#8 Michigan State and #7 Syracuse face-off in the garden tonight. Syracuse has not yet played a ranked team. The first ranked team they play, is one of my early Final Four picks. The one thing about Syracuse that is very impressive is the consistency of their 2-3 zone defense. They rotate well to the ball, and cause problems for opposing teams offense. The other thing, or person I should say, on Cuse is Rick Jackson. This is a guy who is averages double-figures in point and in rebounds. He averages 13.1 point and 12.4 rebounds a game. Michigan State will need to key-in on Jackson. Junior guard Scoop Jardine needs to feed the ball inside to Jackson early and often. Jardine averages 12 points and 7 assists a game. One final not about Syracuse, they are a very deep team. They have so many guys who can come off the bench and give a solid few minutes of play.

The Spartans are 6-2. Regardless of there 2 blemishes, I still think they are one of the top 3 teams in the country. Kalin Lucas is an All-American in my mind. I have said it before, but I think this game will come down to Michigan State's guard play. The have so many good guards who can step in and be big threats. Korie Lucious, Durrel Summurs, and Kieth Appling are key players in Michigan State's offense. I think the  MSU bigs will be able to hold off Rick Jackson, and get MSU a 9-point win.-Josh Neighbors

Monday, December 6, 2010

Old Story New Faces

This is one of my favorite events in college athletics. The Jimmy V Classic. Great basketball, promoting a great cause. The Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research is my favorite charity  and I encourage you to donate money for a very worthy cause. I also encourage you to watch Coach Jim Valvano's very inspiring ESPY speech. Now to the basketball. The 1st matchup has the 2008 National Championship game. #14 Memphis and #4 Kansas square-off in a battle of un-beatens. We will find out if Memphis is for real. They are a relatively un-tested team. They also are another one of those young, reloaded teams. This team finds leadership in their junior guard/forward Wesley Witherspoon. He is averaging almost 14 points, and about 5 rebounds a game. Now amazing numbers, but getting the job done. The core freshman on this team, are key pieces to this team. Freshman guard Joe Jackson is averaging 12 points and over 4 assists a game. Guard Will Barton is averaging about 12 points and 4 rebounds a game. These guys will have to give more then usual if Memphis wants a shot at winning this game.

Kansas is a very strong team. They are averaging about 90 points per game. That is 3rd best in the NCAA. Not only that, but they average the most assists per game and have the highest field goal percentage in the country. So its pretty obvious why Kansas is 7-0. They play quality team basketball. Junior forward Marcus Morris averages almost 19 points, and 7 rebounds a game. He is the leader of this team skills wise. Also the experience of Kansas gives The Jay Hawks the edge. The Hawks start 3 juniors, a senior, and a sophomore. This is why I like Kansas by double digits.-Josh Neighbors

Saturday, December 4, 2010

No Rest For The Weary

It is a huge weekend in the world of college sports. In basketball we get a rematch of last years National Championship game, as Butler travels to Duke. Also, UNC goes to Kentucky to face The Wildcats. In football, it is conference championship week. There are BCS implications in just about every game. Here are your saturday story lines.

Butler @ #1 Duke, Izod Center:
This one should be interesting. There is some bad blood between these two teams after last years National Title game. Butler was literally an inch away from become champions, but that is a thing of the past. Gordon Hayward is no-more, and the Bulldogs have had a rough start this year. Duke comes into this game riding a massive off of Michigan State on Wednesday night. Duke is going to win this game, they have too much fire-power. My only concern is the fact they had only 2 full days to prepare. Michigan State wore Duke out in a hard fought game. Kyrie Irving may still be a little bit injured, and he has to guard a great shooter in Shelvin Mack. Butler will fall to 4-3 after today's game, but do not be surprised to see a close game into the 2nd half.

#11 Kentucky @ Butler:
UNC continues to struggle, and that trend will continue. Kentucky is way to loaded for Carolina to hang with. Harrison Barnes is the best player on UNC as a freshman. Kentucky has 3 star freshman. Doron Lamb, Brandon Knight, and Terrence Jones. UNC does not have enough defense to stop the great Kentucky players. For the 2nd consecutive year, Kentucky may have the most talented team in the country.


#2 Oregon @ Oregon State:
Civil War time. Nothing better then this rivalry. Nothing like a beat down in Corvalis on the last weekend of the season. Oregon State has no chance. 1 Rogers brother limits them. The Beavers are very 1 dimensional. On the other side of the ball, Darren Thomas and LaMichael James are the best 1, 2 punch in the country. Oregon State's defense will have no answer for them. I like Oregon by at least 21.

The other half of our saturday preview will be coming later.-Josh Neighbors.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Picks Week 14

Due to the lack of college games this weekend, we have added some pro picks in. This is the last round of picks before bowls.

Arizona State vs Arizona               .ASU              Nash/Josh/Taylor/Andrew/Ranny/Connor.AU
Illinois vs Fresno State          Nash/ Josh/.Illinois           Taylor/Andrew/Ranny/Connor .FSU
Rutgers vs West Virginia         .RU               Taylor/Nash/ Josh/Andrew/Connor/Ranny.WVU
Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati          Nash/Josh/Andrew/Ranny/Connor/Taylor.Pitt         .Cinci
Oregon vs Oregon State         Nash/Josh/Andrew/Ranny/Connor/Taylor.Oregon           .OSU
Auburn vs South Carolina           Ranny/Connor/Taylor/Josh.AU            Nash/Andrew.USC 
Washington vs Washington State        Nash/Ranny/Andrew/Connor/Josh.Wash           .WSU
Florida State vs Virginia Tech           .FSU Andrew/Ranny          Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.VT
Connecticut vs South Florida        Ranny/Josh.UConn         Nash/Andrew/Connor/Taylor.USF
USC vs UCLA             Nash/Ranny/Josh/Connor/Taylor.USC                .UCLA Andrew
UNLV vs Hawaii          .UNLV         Nash/Ranny/Josh/Andrew/Connor/Taylor.Hawaii
Houston vs Philadelphia         .Houston         Nash/Ranny/Josh/Andrew/Connor/Taylor.Philly 
Jacksonville vs Tennessee         Nash/Ranny/Andrew/Connor/Josh/Taylor.J’Ville           .Tenn
Denver vs Kansas City          Andrew/.Den              Nash/Ranny/Connor/Josh/Taylor.KC
Oakland vs San Diego      Andrew/Taylor.Oak          Nash/Ranny/Josh/Connor.SD
Atlanta vs Tampa Bay           Nash/Ranny/Andrew/Josh/Taylor.Atl          Connor.TB
Buffalo vs Minnesota        Ranny/.Buff           Nash/Connor/Josh/Andrew/Taylor.Minn
Dallas vs Indianapolis            .Dallas       Nash/Ranny/Connor/Andrew/Josh/Taylor.Indy
Pittsburgh vs Baltimore         Nash/Josh/Taylor.Pitt        Ranny/Connor/Andrew.Baltimore
New York Jets vs New England        Nash/Andrew/.NYJ       Ranny/Josh/Connor/Taylor.NE