2011 Hawai’i Bowl: Nevada -vs- Southern Miss

Written December 24th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

It’s a Christmas Eve tradition… gathering around the fire with family, celebrating the sacred moments of a fun, old fashioned holiday, and watching unbearably crappy football to avoid conversation with that one uncle who’s been at the egg nog since noon.

Logo by Ms. Swift's 4th Grade Class

The Basics: Saturday, 8:00 PM ET on ESPN, from Honolulu. Nevada (7-5, 5-2 WAC) and Southern Mississippi (11-2, 6-2 CUSA).

The History: Wow, has it really been two years since we visited the beautiful islands? Man, have changed since then- new writers, new jobs, there and back again with the website… but here we are. Mele kalikimaka and all that- Oh look! Nevada’s playing! Thank goodness for consistency, right?

Nevada- A rushing powerhouse, and the gods that brought the “pistol” to the NCAA vernacular, the Wolfpack are 8th in the nation in rushing yards with 251.8 per game. While not the 3/1000 monster they had several years, their three headed monster has about 700 yards each for the season, to go with @1500 yards in the air for their QBs. The Pack had a huge “win” in their one point loss to Texas Tech, and were blown out by Oregon and Boise State.

Southern Miss – When we last saw the Golden Eagles, they were ending Houston’s BCS Buster run and getting WAAAAY ahead of themselves. A solid defense that ranks 29th nationally for in points against, they have a win against a solid Virginia team to counterbalance the head scratcher versus UAB. Look for Austin Davis to try to add to his 3331 passing yards for the Eagles to be successful.

Fun Facts- Are you lucky enough to be in Honolulu for the break? Good news… There are PLENTY of tickets available for this one.  And yes, Nevada will be financially responsible for selling all of their tickets- you can bet we’ve got this cued up as an example for “why the bowls are not working”. Oh, and be sure to enjoy the beans

Who We Got?

  • Chris- USM
  • Eric- USM
  • Jim- Nevada
  • JoeD- USM
  • JoeL- USM
  • Mali- USM

The Week That Were: 11.27.10

Written November 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s the soundtrack for this week’s journey through the recent past. It’s from one of my favorite artists, and the greatest Thanksgiving movie ever ANDIWILLFIGHTYOUIFYOUDISAGREE. Ahem.

Although I usually don’t take requests, I almost made an exception for Coach Rodriguez.

What a great week of football- three days worth of collegiate goodness, interspersed with some NFL stuff, lots of food, and the occasional neighborhood game. Although, this year things ended up being a little messy.

There, there... let it all out...

I guess you could say that the mess all started on Thursday, when our friends in burnt orange managed to lose their rivalry game against the Aggies.  As you can imagine, the good folks at Shaggy Bevo are taking this well, particularly given that most of the losses happened in Austin.

The Longhorn’s collapse is the first time in recent memory that a team has gone from the BCS championship game to not even being bowl eligible.  As a “fun fact”; this BCS season will be without the following names: Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Les Miles, with the jury still out on whether Bobby Stoops gets an invite.  You know who’s going to be at the BCS Ball?  Jim Tressel.  Again.

Fridays’ games were just as exciting, with Auburn performing the “Greatest Iron Bowl Comeback Ever To Be Vacated” against ‘Bama after being down 21-0 in the first quarter.  Granted, Alabama QB McElroy was injured in the second half, but the Tide followed their protocol and inserted the next person with the same haircut. Read More