2011 MAACO Bowl: Boise State -vs- Arizona State

Written December 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Thursday night- no new Parks and Rec, so you’ll have to do with the next best thing. No, not Whitney… for God’s sake, we’re not savages. It’s Bowl Season!!

Vegas!!!

The Basics: Thursday, 8:00 PM ET on ESPN, from Las Vegas. SISU (11-1, 6-1 MWC) and Arizona State (6-6, 4-5 PAC12).

The History: After two years, Eric begged not to have to cover this game. Shows you what he knows- it’s the 20th anniversary!! Woot!! Oh, and this is the game that 6-6 teams with losing conference records should go to.

Southern Idaho State University- No lie, the Broncos got screwed for the second straight year. One loss, and you head to Vegas for a December game? Well, they’ll have better luck next year in their directionally challenged conference, I’m sure. That’s assuming, of course, that they can find someone to a) replace Kellen Moore and b) kick field goals. After being a target for every west coast head coaching opening, I’m sure Chris Peterson chose to stay with the smurf turf for a reason. Their season opened with a great win over Georgia, but they stumbled against TCU due to the aforementioned special teams issues. If we know anything, though, it’s that SISU can beat anyone if they’ve got a bucketload of time to prepare.

Arizona State – Started out so well, beating a Southern Cal team that ended up in the top 5 at the end of the year. But then, it all fell apart, culminating in the loss of their head coach (“retirement”) and a fiasco in finding the new guy.  Four straight losses, including to an interim coach at rival Arizona, and change was on the way. In case it turns into basketball, you should be aware that QB Brock Osweiler is 6’4″. If it stays a football game, it’s probably relevant that he’s got 3600 yard passing. Oh, and Votaze Burfict. That is all.

Fun Facts- As you know, Boise State has never played Ohio State. So there’s that. But on the other hand, Vico reminds us how awesome the last time the Buckeyes and Sun Devils met was (Howdy, Fick!)

Who We Got?

  • Chris- Broncos
  • Eric- Broncos
  • Jim- Broncos
  • JoeD- Broncos
  • Mali- Broncos

The Week That Were: 11.26.11

Written November 27th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Lots of holiday options for this week’s soundtrack, but I’m that guy that thinks Christmas music should be banned until at least December. So, given all of the rumors of this past week and the results from yesterday’s Ohio State game, the R&B genius of Sam And Dave make a return as we give thanks and look to the future.

Ah, Thanksgiving weekend. When thoughts turn to leftover turkey and pie and… football. While the NFL takes front stage on Thursday, and even with the “exciting news” that the NBA is “back, baby!!!”, this weekend was all about the college game. It’s the weekend that puts the best of both worlds together- family and friends gathering together to break bread and then scream at each other because someone had to go to that school just to be different.

And we got three days of amazing games, starting with the end of an era. Because of future schedule issues between the SEC bound aTm and the Big Integer anchor Texas Longhorns, the Turkey Day Tradition saw its last episode end in a classic fashion. This was supposed to be THE year for the Aggies, but failure after failure on their farewell tour led to a mentality where the UT game was a must win to maintain dignity before heading to the 4-8 seasons that SEC play was sure to bring.

Texas’ struggles are also well known (and well documented), and there was a contingent of Longhorn faithful who were as tired of their staff’s decisions regarding offensive and defensive play as some Ohio State faithful have been as of late.  For this to end the way that it did highlights the beauty of the rivalry and the reason that college football is the heart of the lives of so many:

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Silver Bullet Points Breaks Wind

Written September 14th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Your weekly update from the Ohio State press conference as well as notes from around the world of college sports- this week, we take a pointed look at the NCAA after the jump.

Usually we reserve soundtracks for TWTW, but someone emailed me a song today that I thought I’d share. They described it as “a warning to South Beach re: Mr. John Simon“… enjoy.

Creating its own hurricane…

Buckeye News

  • Injury Updates- At the presser today, Coach Fickell mentioned that one of the reasons Braxton didn’t play on Saturday was that his prep was impacted somewhat by being dinged up last week. Today, though, several Buckeyes reported that Brax seemed healthy and ready to go.  They also reported that Nathan Williams practiced healthy, so it would be difficult to imagine him missing out on Saturday.  Jamaal Berry is back on the kick off return team, which must mean that his hammy is better.  At this point, though, there’s no word on how “Philly” is after leaving the game with a leg injury- although Coach Fickell said that he “didn’t look good”.
  • Captain, My Captain- Only two captains this week; Florida native Mike Brewster and sixth hear senior Tyler Moeller will serve as game day leaders.
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MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Boise State

Written December 21st, 2010 by Eric

Utah (10-2. 7-1 MWC) vs. Boise State (11-1, 7-1 WAC)

December 22, 2010 8:00 PM ET ESPN

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

History

The Las Vegas Bowl is played annually in Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada (shocking).  It was started in 1992 (after a 10 year stint as the “California Raisin Bowl”) and originally was a battle between the Big West Conference and the MAC conference.  The Big West – a California only conference – split in 1996 and several of its teams moved to the WAC.  At that point, the Las Vegas Bowl began to select a WAC team to face off against an at-large opponent from wherever they could be found.

In 1999 the WAC ran into trouble.  For 2 years the conference had been made of 16 (!!!) teams split into two divisions, which was further split into 4 quadrants.  Realizing that this was completely untenable, several teams split off and joined with a couple non-WAC teams to form the Mountain West Conference – currently the youngest conference in D-1A.  When that split occured, the Las Vegas Bowl changed their alignment to choosing a MWC team to face an at-large opponent.  In 2001 this became a matchup between the Mountain West and the Pacific 10, and has been that way ever since.

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Strength Of Schedule, Continued

Written December 2nd, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Quick follow up on President Gee’s comments last week regarding TCU and Southern Idaho State’s schedule; particularly that schools outside of the Big Ten and SEC don’t have the same week to week challenges as their “bigger” brothers.

President Gee has stepped away from those comments somewhat, saying

What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.

God, I love that guy. He also talked about upcoming announcements regarding future schedules that Buckeye fans should be excited about, and about reaching out to the real “Little Sisters Of The Poor” to give them the respect they deserved.

Elsewheres, Ken Gordon at the Dispatch has a great article today looking more closely at the schedule strength, and compares not only overall schedules, but the competition in and out of conferences. While you’ve probably read that Ohio State and Boise’s schedule strengths are pretty close this year, what Ken points out is that… Read More

Silver Bullet Points Looks Ahead

Written November 30th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Scoping it out...

No press conference this week, but we do have Tress’ thoughts from after The Game and so forth

Buckeye 411

  • Award Winners- Congrats to the members of the Ohio State team who were honored with All Big Ten accolades by the conference’s coaches. The Buckeyes led the conference with ten winners, including first team Boom Herron, Mike Adams, Dane Sanzenbacher, Cam Heyward, Brian Rolle, Ross Homan, Chimdi Chekwa, and Jermale Hines. Second Team honors went to Justin Boren and Mike Brewster, with Honorable Mention given to Barclay, Pryor, Posey and Simon.
  • Tress Talk- On Michigan

Michigan is among the elite programs and will be and their record will reflect that in the course of time but, you know, we all have our ups and downs in a period and so forth and it’s highly competitive. It’s going to become more competitive because we’re adding Nebraska. The world changed when we added Penn State. The world changes even more when we add Nebraska. The world changed when Dano (Dantonio) went over to Michigan State. There’s constantly changes, but Michigan will be back, we don’t have to worry about that.

  • Game Award Winners – Terrelle Pryor was the Offensive Player of the Week, and former Wolverine Justin Boren earned Lineman of the Week honors. Jermale Hines won Defensive POTW, while Nathan Williams was the Attack Force POTW. Jordan Hall was singled out for his efforts on Special Teams, and Hines won the Tatum award for big hit (personally, I would have gone with Berry’s block on the KO return, but what do I know?)
  • Not All Better, But A Start- Since Earle Bruce was fired, the Buckeyes are now 11-11-1 in The Game. You read that right, Tressel has now overcome the hole Coop dug for us. Here’s to seven more.
  • Award Winners Continued- TP2 was only honorable mention, something that obviously did not meet his expectations.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- Looking back at the season-

REPORTER: Jim, obviously you talk all the time about you want to get better over the course of a year. To be 11-1, where do you feel like this team is in achieving this goal and just how good of a team do you think you are at 11-1 at the end of the season?

COACH TRESSEL: Not good enough to be the outright Big Ten champions and automatic bid to the Rose Bowl and all those things that you shoot for, but we’re pretty fair, and I believe we’re a top ten football team and probably going to get to play a top ten football team and see if we’re allowed to stay in the top ten is what I would guess, but I think it goes beyond that.

Sometimes the ball bounces funny and you end up undefeated or you end up losing however many, and our guys just kept working and whatever came their way, they handled it and pressed on and handled adversity and handled success as it came. They need a little break and they need to take a deep breath and then they need to think about playing against one of the top teams in the nation wherever we play, whoever it is. We’ve had — really we’ve had 13 games in 2010. We played a pretty good Oregon team on the first day of the year, so it’s been a lot of fun.

  • Bowling For… Signs point to a Sugar Bowl match up against either South Carolina (again!) or Arkansas (for the first time). We’ll keep you up to date on the details when things are announced on Saturday, but will offer this travel advice: When in N’awlins, 1) 11W speaks truth, 2) this guy does not.
  • Let There Be Lights-Kicking and screaming, the Horseshoe is being dragged into the modern age.  Plus: Late night games equals more “socializing”. Minus: You know this has everything to do with television revenue…
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- Again, presented without commentary or context

But who cares what I think. See ya

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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

The Week That Were: 11.13.10

Written November 14th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Time once again to take a look back at all the fancy doin’s in the realm of college football.  This week’s theme music reminds you to not call it a comeback…


Some sad news to end the weekend: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Southern Miss players who were shot last night following their game. Word is that they’re stable, and we hope their recovery goes well.

Speaking of injuries, Northwestern’s QB Dan Persa ruptured his Achilles on the winning TD toss, as Iowa went down to defeat at the hands of the Purple yet again. Interestingly enough, he was not tackled on the play. This is the second year in a row that a QB has gotten injured in this epic (?) match up between the Hawkeyes and Wildkitties; you’ve got to hope that wonder if Persa’s backup has an attractive mom as well. Persa will be missed- he played with a ton of heart and skill, and had just the right amount of moxie. Read More