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29 Dec 2011

SDA: Bowl Spectacular II

by Brian Fremeau and Robert Weintraub

Bowl season has featured a few pretty solid games between teams that rarely see the spotlight. Now it is time for a few more of the traditional power programs to get in on the action. As long as they’re interested, that is. For a handful of programs in this next set, the bowl game may simply be a bitter reminder of blown opportunities earlier in the year. Oklahoma, Florida State, and Texas A&M all spent some time in the top 10 this season, and none are too pleased to be relegated to pre-New Years Day games after falling short of lofty goals.

There are a few interesting nuggets in the next set of bowls. FSU and Notre Dame reunite to swap stories of the glory days. Robert Griffin III will have a chance to cap a spectacular season against Washington. Tulsa and BYU represent two of the future flag-bearers for non-AQs. Cincinnati and Vanderbilt celebrate their surprisingly strong seasons in the Liberty Bowl. Georgia Tech and Utah square off in El Paso for a battle of strength against strength. 11 bowl games in the next three days: is there a more perfect way to get excited to ring in the new year?

Previews

Champs Sports Bowl: No. 25 Florida State (-3) vs Notre Dame (Thursday, 5:30 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Florida State
Has the Ball ...
When Notre Dame
Has the Ball ...
Category FSU
(8-4)
Irish
(8-4)
FSU
Off
Irish
Def
FSU
Def
Irish
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 8 13 34 17 8 22
2011 FEI Rk 12 21 52 18 13 22
2011 S&P+ Rk 13 10 50 12 6 18
2011 FPA Rk 3 69
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 57 3 9 10
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 48 28 18 34
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 33 14 11 16
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
55.6% Run
(85th)
52.8% Run
(95th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 41 24 18 18
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
33.8% Run
(57th)
28.8% Run
(87th)

Only a few months ago, this matchup might have been a good bet to occur in a BCS bowl game, what with the Seminoles and Irish garnering preseason accolades after solid inaugural campaigns from their respective coaches last year. But Florida State was hampered by injuries and growing pains, Notre Dame was curbed by devastating turnovers, nine losses were accumulated between them, and here they are on the undercard on Thursday, December 29. Ah well, there will be plenty of preseason love next year. Irish fans are hoping the future begins now at the quarterback position after seeing Andrew Hendrix’s cannon arm and fleet feet in relief action during the season. Florida State’s offense may feature as many as nine freshmen on the field at once, four on the offensive line. The defenses are expected to control the game for both teams, and as the Seminoles proved in their regular-season finale against Florida, the defenses might be responsible for most of the scoring as well. FSU’s edge on special teams may be the difference in a low-scoring affair.

Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 15 Baylor (-9.5) vs Washington (Thursday, 9:00 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Baylor
Has the Ball ...
When Washington
Has the Ball ...
Category Baylor
(9-3)
Huskies
(7-5)
Baylor
Off
Huskies
Def
Baylor
Def
Huskies
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 36 64 2 97 95 44
2011 FEI Rk 36 69 1 94 86 33
2011 S&P+ Rk 19 65 3 89 78 35
2011 FPA Rk 82 94
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 12 92 58 51
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 3 74 86 28
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 5 52 93 38
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
60.5% Run
(56th)
55.8% Run
(82nd)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 4 106 60 27
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
36% Run
(37th)
32.7% Run
(66th)

Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III won’t need to sport the Superman socks against the Washington defense. The Huskies played four games this season against offenses ranked in the top-20 in OFEI -- they gave up an average of 45 points in those games, all losses. Baylor has the nation’s best offense, with Griffin slinging the ball to the tune of 333 yards per game. He also added 644 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. His favorite target, Kendall Wright, hauled in 101 catches for 15.6 yards apiece. Turnovers doomed the Bears in two of their losses, as they coughed up eight combined against Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Baylor had a negative turnover margin in only one other game this season. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Washington wins without winning the turnover battle, but maybe the Huskies can summon some of their bowl magic from last season, when they beat Nebraska as an 11.5 point dog. Unfortunately, this year, they likely won’t be facing a disinterested opponent.

Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl: BYU (-2) vs Tulsa (Friday, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When BYU
Has the Ball ...
When Tulsa
Has the Ball ...
Category BYU
(9-3)
Tulsa
(8-4)
BYU
Off
Tulsa
Def
BYU
Def
Tulsa
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 47 40 51 39 43 45
2011 FEI Rk 50 58 61 61 51 55
2011 S&P+ Rk 37 24 51 25 33 26
2011 FPA Rk 51 47
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 60 11 25 42
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 45 33 65 29
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 56 28 43 31
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
58.1% Run
(67th)
62.6% Run
(44th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 32 32 49 36
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
32.2% Run
(70th)
34.9% Run
(48th)

Tulsa’s 2011 campaign went pretty much as predicted. The opening slate against the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation put the Golden Hurricane in a hole, but it prepared them well to make a nearly-undefeated run through Conference USA. Senior quarterback G.J. Kinne threw 19 touchdowns and only six interceptions in conference play, and running back Ja’Terian Douglas was one of the league’s most productive on the ground despite only getting nine rushing attempts per game. BYU had a nice first season of independence, winning nine games, but didn’t beat any good teams (0-3 versus FEI top-60 teams). Quarterback Jake Heaps was benched at midseason and elected to transfer at the end of the year, but junior Riley Nelson was solid in his absence. Where BYU will really challenge Tulsa is on the defensive end -– the Cougars forced three-and-outs on 40 percent of opponent drives this season, the 16th best rate in the nation.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State (+1.5) vs Rutgers (Friday, 3:20 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Iowa State
Has the Ball ...
When Rutgers
Has the Ball ...
Category ISU
(6-6)
Rutgers
(8-4)
ISU
Off
Rutgers
Def
ISU
Def
Rutgers
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 71 31 81 28 56 52
2011 FEI Rk 59 24 80 4 39 56
2011 S&P+ Rk 89 60 101 18 64 106
2011 FPA Rk 77 27
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 78 34 57 103
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 105 16 30 101
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 107 21 34 110
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
59.1% Run
(61st)
56.3% Run
(80th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 69 12 46 77
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
35.7% Run
(39th)
24.8% Run
(101st)

Iowa State played only a few games against top opponent-adjusted defenses and played their game of the year in the upset win over Oklahoma State. Rutgers represents the best defense they’ll have faced in terms of both raw and opponent-adjusted metrics, and the Cyclones will likely struggle to move the ball. Rutgers was a top-15 defense in forcing three-and-outs, as well as in limiting opponent available yards and value drive opportunities. Beyond that, the Scarlet Knights won five games due almost exclusively to the defense generating field position or scoring themselves. Rutgers scored 40 percent of their offensive points on drives started in opponent territory this season. As long as Iowa State protects the football and makes them drive the length of the field, they’ll be fine. Protecting the football has been precarious, though, with quarterbacks Steele Jantz and freshman Jared Barnett combining to throw 15 interceptions against only 17 touchdowns on the year.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Wake Forest (+6.5) vs Mississippi State (Friday, 6:40 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Wake Forest
Has the Ball ...
When Mississippi St.
Has the Ball ...
Category Wake
(6-6)
MSU
(6-6)
Wake
Off
MSU
Def
Wake
Def
MSU
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 63 50 41 21 89 69
2011 FEI Rk 53 52 34 36 64 87
2011 S&P+ Rk 69 39 61 34 73 56
2011 FPA Rk 80 45
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 80 28 72 43
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 41 45 78 24
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 64 46 84 25
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
55.1% Run
(88th)
62.6% Run
(45th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 38 31 57 63
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
32.5% Run
(68th)
43.4% Run
(15th)

It was the Bulldogs' misfortune to have a promising squad stuck in the crucible of the finest division in all the land, the SEC West. Ironically, it was an early-season loss not to one of the big powers, but to Auburn, that sent the Bulldogs on the decline. The game where quarterback Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line as time expired on the Plains. MSU struggled to the bowl-eligible minimum six wins, and usually got them only when tailback Vick Ballard could find room to work. He averaged 112 yards per game in wins, and exactly half as much in losses. The Bulldogs are traditionally a good bowl team, as seen a year ago when the Dogs walloped Michigan in the Gator Bowl. Wake is strong in postseason play as well, having lost only once in six tries since 1992. For the Deacs to upset MSU, quarterback Tanner Price will have to continue his stretch of mistake-free play. Price hasn't thrown an interception since before Halloween, and finished an improved sophomore season with 20 touchdowns against nine picks. Price will look to top receiver Chris Givens often in an attempt to exploit MSU's 88th-ranked pass defense.

Insight Bowl: Iowa (+14) vs No. 19 Oklahoma (Friday, 10:00 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Iowa
Has the Ball ...
When Oklahoma
Has the Ball ...
Category Iowa
(7-5)
Oklahoma
(9-3)
Iowa
Off
Oklahoma
Def
Iowa
Def
Oklahoma
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 38 9 32 11 53 14
2011 FEI Rk 32 11 38 15 44 16
2011 S&P+ Rk 47 7 32 8 57 15
2011 FPA Rk 56 6
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 45 7 36 14
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 30 12 95 27
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 32 5 69 18
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
55.9% Run
(81st)
52.3% Run
(99th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 24 10 84 20
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
35.2% Run
(45th)
16.7% Run
(120th)

The Sooners, at their best, were one of the top teams in the nation in 2011, but they sure had trouble playing their best with any level of consistency this season. Texas Tech stunned Oklahoma in Norman in October, but couldn’t get in the win column for the rest of the year. The Sooners routed Kansas State and Texas, but were humiliated by rival Oklahoma State in the finale. Iowa couldn’t drum up any momentum themselves, never stringing together more than two wins in a row at any point. The Hawkeyes defense was a letdown all year, ranking 101st in third-down conversion prevention and allowing nearly 27 percent of opponent drives to last at least 10 plays, the worst rate in the nation. Oklahoma doesn’t usually work methodically down the field though -- if they’re motivated, they’ll be able to move the ball at will and control the game. They are better than Iowa at pretty much every stat category we track, and were really only victimized by opponents with big-play potential this season. That is not a strong suit for the Iowa offense.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Northwestern (+10) vs Texas A&M (Saturday, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Northwestern
Has the Ball ...
When Texas A&M
Has the Ball ...
Category NW'ern
(6-6)
Texas A&M
(6-6)
NW'ern
Off
Texas A&M
Def
NW'ern
Def
Texas A&M
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 56 18 25 30 94 19
2011 FEI Rk 48 23 15 33 85 17
2011 S&P+ Rk 59 16 22 20 92 19
2011 FPA Rk 91 55
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 37 15 79 15
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 22 22 115 35
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 20 22 106 29
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
62.7% Run
(42nd)
58.3% Run
(65th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 42 9 111 6
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
35.7% Run
(40th)
22.9% Run
(106th)

The Aggies are a team in upheaval -- they're headed for a new conference with a new coach (Kevin Sumlin), and playing this one with an interim coach (Tim DeRuyter) who himself is off to a new gig after the game (Fresno State). Got all that? What should remain consistent is the Texas A&M passing attack, led by Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 28 touchdowns and 285 yards per game, albeit with a worrying 14 interceptions. Speedy wideouts Jeff Fuller and Ryan Swope should find room to operate against a mediocre Wildcats pass defense (62nd nationally in yards per game, but only five teams gave up more yards per attempt). Northwestern's record of showing gumption in bowl games (if not winning -- the program's last bowl win came in 1949) combined with A&M's penchant for blowing leads this season has made this a popular upset pick nationally, at least against the spread. Dan Persa takes his 74.2 percent completion rate and top-10 quarterback rating to Houston, where he should find wideouts Jeremy Ebert and Drake Dunsmore in space against the 113th-ranked pass defense. He'll need time to throw, though -- the Aggies had 43 sacks this season, one behind national leaders Cincinnati. A&M is also tied for the fewest sacks allowed with eight, a ratio that would ordinarily lead to a far better record than 6-6.

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech (-3.5) vs Utah (Saturday, 2:00 PM ET, CBS)

OVERALL When Georgia Tech
Has the Ball ...
When Utah
Has the Ball ...
Category Ga. Tech
(8-4)
Utah
(7-5)
Ga. Tech
Off
Utah
Def
Ga. Tech
Def
Utah
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 42 55 21 10 59 100
2011 FEI Rk 41 56 10 19 58 110
2011 S&P+ Rk 28 57 14 16 59 107
2011 FPA Rk 86 23
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 8 16 94 109
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 31 19 43 103
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 21 16 92 102
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
87.4% Run
(second)
65.3% Run
(30th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 17 22 72 113
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
60% Run
(fourth)
35% Run
(47th)

In a matchup seemingly devised by statheads. Tech brings its triple-option rushing attack to El Paso to face a Utes run defense that is seventh in the nation in rushing yards allowed. Only Alabama gave up fewer touchdowns on the ground. Playing in the pass-happy Pac-12 inflated those numbers some, but the Utes have been stellar. So can Tevin Washington and company get untracked? Paul Johnson's system has proven to be susceptible in bowl games, as he is 0-3 in the postseason at the Institute. Part of that perhaps comes from opponents having more time to prepare for the unique Georgia Tech scheme. The key will likely be how often Washington can convert on pass plays to keep Utah from jamming the box and shutting off the middle of the field. Tech's 3-4 defense has been trampled by power running teams like Virginia Tech and North Carolina this season, and Utah is dependent on the ground game, led by the "Wolf Man," John White, since quarterback Jordan Wynn went down early in the season with a shoulder injury. Replacement Jon Hays, a transfer from tiny Nebraska-Omaha (he left when the school dropped its football program), won't beat Tech with his arm. But, like Washington, Hays needs only to make enough plays in the passing game to prevent Utah from becoming totally one-dimensional.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Cincinnati (+2.5) vs Vanderbilt (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ABC)

OVERALL When Cincinnati
Has the Ball ...
When Vanderbilt
Has the Ball ...
Category Cincinnati
(9-3)
Vandy
(6-6)
Cincinnati
Off
Vandy
Def
Cincinnati
Def
Vandy
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 25 49 26 36 49 54
2011 FEI Rk 22 47 21 52 31 41
2011 S&P+ Rk 44 41 40 28 48 59
2011 FPA Rk 14 54
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 20 39 41 13
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 58 29 77 78
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 51 18 99 74
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
61.3% Run
(50th)
65.8% Run
(29th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 21 59 16 15
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
36.9% Run
(32nd)
40.1% Run
(23rd)

With a little luck, Vandy could have easily gone 8-4 and been in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl later in the evening. Staying in-state and playing in any bowl game is gravy in NashVegas, however, where the 'Dores have appeared in only four bowl games in the school's history. James Franklin turned a 2-10 doormat into a feisty, physical squad that went toe-to-toe with the SEC's imposing defenses, especially once Jordan Rodgers (whose older brother Aaron you may be familiar with) took over at quarterback. Rodgers' athleticism gave Vandy a second running option along with tailback Zac Stacy (third in the SEC in rushing), which will be crucial against Cincy's tough run defense. The Bearcats are ranked sixth nationally, and are allowing just 2.64 yards per carry. The 'Cats are weak against the pass, but are the nation's best at getting to the quarterback, with 44 sacks. This makes Rodgers' escapability even more critical. The wild card is Cincy quarterback Zach Collaros, who was thought lost for the season with a broken ankle, but apparently is ready to give it a go after aggressive rehab. If he can approach full capacity, the 'Cats will be far tougher to stop than if fill-in Munchie Legeaux plays. Side note -- UC is practicing for the game in its indoor bubble, a facility not possessed by the crosstown professional Bengals.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois (-2.5) vs UCLA (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Illinois
Has the Ball ...
When UCLA
Has the Ball ...
Category Illinois
(6-6)
UCLA
(6-7)
Illinois
Off
UCLA
Def
Illinois
Def
UCLA
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 59 85 91 96 9 66
2011 FEI Rk 54 93 106 114 5 48
2011 S&P+ Rk 35 67 94 87 11 42
2011 FPA Rk 116 50
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 96 106 13 38
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 84 49 13 20
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 86 73 7 28
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
62% Run
(47th)
67.9% Run
(22nd)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 59 61 21 64
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
44.1% Run
(12th)
38.2% Run
(30th)

Rick Nieuheisel and Ron Zook were sitting on two of the hottest seats in the country at the beginning of the year, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that neither one kept his job. What is surprising is how each team got here. Illinois pulled off the rare feat of qualifying for a bowl game back on October 8th and not winning a single game since. UCLA "won" the Pac-12 South division despite giving up nine more points per game in conference play than it scored. Illinois’ offense was a major disappointment down the stretch, averaging less than five yards per pass attempt and less than four yards per rush in the second half of the season. Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was a little more efficient as a passer in his sophomore season, but couldn’t find the same magic on the ground as he did last year. The Bruins weren’t particularly effective against any of the strong defenses they faced this year, and Illinois will be one of their toughest tests yet.

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia (+2.5) vs Auburn (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN)

OVERALL When Virginia
Has the Ball ...
When Auburn
Has the Ball ...
Category Virginia
(8-4)
Auburn
(7-5)
Virginia
Off
Auburn
Def
Virginia
Def
Auburn
Off
2011 F/+ Rk 57 60 55 67 45 64
2011 FEI Rk 44 73 51 93 34 58
2011 S&P+ Rk 53 63 70 71 29 49
2011 FPA Rk 101 10
2011 Rushing S&P+ Rk 74 56 17 28
2011 Passing S&P+ Rk 77 72 46 32
2011 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 89 64 13 23
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
60.1% Run
(58th)
73.9% Run
(12th)
2011 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 71 81 58 29
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
32.8% Run
(65th)
35.4% Run
(43rd)

The last game before the new year arrives pits last year's BCS champs against a surprise package making its first bowl appearance since 2007. It wasn't a totally shocking fall for Auburn PC (post-Cam), but the fallout from the 7-5 season cost the Tigers both coordinators. Ted Roof is gone to UCF, while Gus Malzahn will wait until January 1 before helming Arkansas State. Throw in the suspension of top rusher Michael Dyer, and Gene Chizik's squad has gone from the top of the college pyramid to floatsam in 12 short months. Whether the Wahoos can take advantage is likely dependent on quarterback Michael Rocco's ability to shrug off a disaster in the season finale against rival Virginia Tech -- a 38-0 whipping that cost UVA a division title. Virginia's offensive line was stellar all season until the last game, and should find the Auburn defense a far easier opponent. Roof's unit gave up 195 yards per game on the ground, second-most in the SEC after Ole Miss. Auburn could use its third starter of the season at quarterback in this one, as freshman Kiehl Frazier has progressed in practice, and can't be worse than Barrett Trotter or Clint Moseley. Frazier is a run-first, run-second, and run-third quarterback, which plays into UVA's hands, as its run defense allowed just 3.7 yards per carry this season.

Picks

The Picks
(* - "Fred Edelstein Lock of the Week")
Team Spread Opp. Rob F/+
Florida St. -3 Notre Dame Fla. St. Fla. St.
Baylor -9.5 Washington Baylor* Washington
BYU -2 Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa
Iowa State +1.5 Rutgers Iowa St. Rutgers
Wake Forest +6.5 Miss. St. Miss. St. Wake
Iowa +14 Oklahoma Iowa Iowa
Northwestern +10 Texas A&M Texas A&M NW'ern
Ga. Tech -3.5 Utah Utah Ga. Tech
Cincinnati +2.5 Vanderbilt Vandy Cincy*
Illinois -2.5 UCLA UCLA Illinois
Virginia +2.5 Auburn Virginia Virginia
Season-long Results
("Fred Edelstein Lock of the Week" record in parentheses)
Last Week
Season Total
F/+: 7-5 (1-0) 78-73-1 (9-6)
Rob: 7-5 (1-0) 80-61-1 (7-7-1)

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 29 Dec 2011

4 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2011, 9:15am by Will Allen

Comments

1
by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 12/29/2011 - 7:39pm

Two bad beats this past week in flukey games: Western Michigan kept getting first and goals and then getting pushed back 30-40 yards, echoing my Chutes and Ladders marathon with my nephew on Christmas, and allowing a crappy Purdue (Purdue!) team to cover, and then Toledo gives up a weak last minute TD pass on 4th and long but pulls out a win on a botched 2 point conversion (while blowing any chance to cover the 3 point spread in OT). At least I had the overs.

2
by Mr. X (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2011 - 12:12am

Congrats on getting the FSU game correct.

3
by Tom Gower :: Fri, 12/30/2011 - 2:03am

Last week 5-7 (0-1), and 1-2 counter-consensus. Ignore what I said about two counter-consensus picks, as I missed Purdue, the only one that was right, for no good reason.

Missed out on FSU-ND and UW-Baylor. I'll take Tulsa, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, I don't even want to think about this game actually existing UCLA, and Auburn. Sooners and Tigers are counter-consensus picks, and I'll make Auburn my Edelstein lock.

4
by Will Allen :: Fri, 12/30/2011 - 9:15am

Any defensive coach from last night's Baylor/Washington game, if he has an ounce of self-respect, is contemplating ritual suicide this morning. Spielman was the anylast, and I thought by the fourth quarter he was going to go down to the sidelines and start punching people out, he took it so personally.