Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 Bowl Season: Alamo Bowl

As the bowl season approaches, be prepared to win your office pool, or just have successful picks in general. With each game, a confidence number is included, which shows how confident I am in my pick. It works like most pools do, with 35 being the game I am most confident in, and 1 being the game I am least confident in.

ALAMO BOWL

Oklahoma State (10-2) over Arizona (7-5)

Confidence: 32

After talking about Oklahoma, lets talk about their friends over in Stillwater, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They come in as the obvious favorite as they have won 3 more games than the Arizona Wildcats. The key to this game will be which team can pass the ball more efficiently. I think that Oklahoma State has the advantage at quarterback with Brandon Weeden, who has thrown for 4000+ yards on the year and 32 TDs. But don’t be quick to overlook Nick Foles, QB for Arizona. He has posted a QB rating of around 145, and has been battling injuries all year. These weeks of rest should be good for Foles. Back to Weeden, two numbers stand out: 2 and 3. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 2nd in the nation in passing offense, and 3rd in the nation in points scored. More often than not, the man under center is responsible for these numbers, good or bad, and in this case, it’s all good for Weeden. Another good match up in this game to look for is the matchup of the receivers. For Oklahoma State, they have Justin Blackmon, who has become a can’t miss NFL prospect who is high on the draft boards of many teams. For Arizona, Juron Criner has been huge in the passing game, and his presence alone helps the offense. In this game, I see Weeden and Blackmon each having big games, and I think that Foles will be a little rusty after dealing with what he has dealt with all year. Look for the Oklahoma State Cowboys to come out on top.

 

Written by: Jackson Fust

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2010 Bowl Season: Fiesta Bowl

As the bowl season approaches, be prepared to win your office pool, or just have successful picks in general. With each game, a confidence number is included, which shows how confident I am in my pick. It works like most pools do, with 35 being the game I am most confident in, and 1 being the game I am least confident in.

FIESTA BOWL

Oklahoma (11-2) over Connecticut (8-4)

Confidence: 33

The team that benefited from the Big 12 title game as discussed above was this Oklahoma Sooner team. They have put together a great season after the key departure of QB Sam Bradford, who has performed well in his first season of NFL action. After such a loss many felt that they would have a disappointing season, but QB Landry Jones has done a great job of filling in for Bradford, leading Oklahoma to having the 4th best passing attack in the country. On the flip side, Connecticut has had an eventful season as the race for the Big East title came right down to the last day and included a 3-way tie at the top. For the Huskies, the name of the game has been running. They have run over opponents, and that has been key in their 8 wins. Their passing game has been mediocre as they are 112th in passing offense, which is a polar opposite from Oklahoma. I think that Oklahoma will open up the field and Landry Jones will pick apart the Huskies secondary, and lead the Sooners to a win.

 

Written by: Jackson Fust

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2010 Bowl Season: Holiday Bowl

As the bowl season approaches, be prepared to win your office pool, or just have successful picks in general. With each game, a confidence number is included, which shows how confident I am in my pick. It works like most pools do, with 35 being the game I am most confident in, and 1 being the game I am least confident in.

HOLIDAY BOWL

Nebraska (10-3) over Washington (6-6)

Confidence: 34

Nebraska has had a good season with 10 wins, but they came just short of a Big 12 Title. Even though there are plenty of teams who would like to have had ten wins this year, you have to believe this Cornhusker team is disappointed, giving up a lead to Oklahoma in the title game, coming so close to a BCS berth, which would have been their first since 2000, when they played in the Fiesta Bowl. For Washington, they had high hopes as a dark horse, after all, they had future #1 draft pick Jake Locker. That plan kind of fell through, as they went .500, with the highlight of their season being beating USC on a last second FG. Nebraska has had such a strong season running the ball, and look for this game to be much the same. The Huskies should get a good dose of Taylor Martinez and Roy Helu Jr., the ‘Huskers QB and RB respectively. Washington’s defense has been shaky against the run, which is why I see Nebraska coming out on top. Not to mention that this is one of the bigger mismatches of the 2010 bowl season.

Written by: Jackson Fust

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2010 Bowl Season: Las Vegas Bowl

As the bowl season approaches, be prepared to win your office pool, or just have successful picks in general. With each game, a confidence number is included, which shows how confident I am in my pick. It works like most pools do, with 35 being the game I am most confident in, and 1 being the game I am least confident in.

LAS VEGAS BOWL

Boise State (11-1) over Utah (10-2)

Confidence: 35

The Broncos had a heartbreaking season this year, as they lost a tight game to Nevada in the last part of the 2010 season. Not to be forgotten, Utah has also had a tough luck season. They were undefeated going into a game at home against TCU, and they got blown out. The week after, the hangover was evident as they lost to a less than impressive Notre Dame squad. I think this match up is somewhat disappointing, as I would have liked to see either of these teams play a school from a major conference and prove their worth, but they get each other. I think that Utah can potentially keep it close, but in the end, you have to believe that Boise State will be too much. Kellen Moore has the second best passer rating in the country, behind Auburn’s Cam Newton, and he has some of the best receivers in Titus Young and Austin Pettis. They are also in the top 6 passing yards and points scored, and not to be overlooked is their defense, which may surprise some as they have allowed 13.6 points per game, which is good for fourth in the NCAA. Looking over all of the matchups, I feel that Boise has the advantage, which is why I have them as my most confident pick.

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Quick Picks: NCAA Football Week 14

Not too many games this week as many teams finish off their seasons. Here are the quick picks for week 14.

(1) Auburn over (19) South Carolina—– Look for Cam Newton to lead his team to an undefeated season, next stop: Oregon

(2) Oregon over Oregon State—– Oregon knows they can’t get caught get looking ahead to the National Championship

(13) Nebraska over (9) Oklahoma—— The combination of Helu and Martinez will overpower the Sooner defense.

(11) Boise State over Utah State——– Disappointing end to such a great season, time for the Broncos to send the seniors out on a win

(15) Virginia Tech over (21) Georgia Tech—— Tyrod Taylor looks to lead his Hokies to an 11-game winning streak to end the season going into Bowl Season

(17) Nevada over Louisiana Tech—— A loss to Hawaii kept the Wolfpack from being a legit National Title contender.

Arizona State over (23) Arizona——– ASU QB Brock Osweiler is going to put up some numbers in this rivalry game.

(24) West Virginia over Rutgers——– West Virginia trying to get the Big East BCS bid

(25) Northern Illinois over Miami (OH)——— This Northern Illinois squad has quietly put together 10-2 season. 8-0 in the MAC

 

Written by: Jackson Fust

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