Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Will the return of starting quarterback Caleb TerBush (pictured above) help propel Purdue to a huge victory over rival Notre Dame? Don’t count on it.
By Josh Kramer
Week 1 ended up providing a little fun. As is typically the case though, it was littered with blowouts. Even the “marquee” matchup (Alabama vs Michigan) ended up being a butt-whipping. Unfortunately, Week 2 doesn’t get a whole lot better. Blame the current BCS system (which will not be around that much longer) for turning non-conference play into mismatch play as teams look to pad their resumes with lopsided victories.
Here are the marquee matchups:
Purdue at Notre Dame: Fighting Irish by 10
Headline: Fighting Irish “outfight” Purdue for the Shillelagh Trophy. Continue reading
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Tagged Aaron Murray, Alabama Crimson Tide, Alamo Bowl, Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo, BCS, Big Ten, Caleb TerBush, Georgia Bulldogs, Keith Price, Les Miles, LSU Tigers, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Missouri Tigers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Odell Beckham, Oregon State Beavers, Purdue Boilermakers, Robert Griffin III, Robert Marve, SEC, Sheldon Richardson, Shillelagh Trophy, Tommy Rees, Tyrann Mathieu, Washington Huskies, Wisconsin Badgers, Zach Mettenberger
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. With the arrival of Mark Lyons (pictured above), the Arizona Wildcats are not only a favorite to win the Pac-12, but they are also a contender to make a deep run in March.
By Josh Kramer
Now I already know what you all are thinking. Who isn’t already keeping an eye on the Wildcats when it comes to college basketball? Calipari’s “Traveling All- Stars” have appeared in two consecutive Final Fours and of course cut down the nets in April. I am not talking about Lexington’s Wildcats though. I am referring to the Arizona Wildcats.
So the Pac-12 this past season in terms of hoops was an utter embarrassment. The Washington Huskies took home the dubious honor of becoming the first team in the modern era of the NCAA tournament to win a power-conference regular-season championship and not receive an at-large bid. Well that was the past. The Pac-12 will be far stronger during the 2012/2013 season in large part due to to two familiar faces: UCLA and Arizona. Today though, I am focused on Lute Olson’s former employer.
After a disappointing season in which they lost in the opening round of the NIT, the expectations are once again high in Tucson. First of all the Wildcats are led by one of the best coaches in America that is still flying under the radar, Sean Miller. Miller is another coach that was produced from the coaching gold mine that is Xavier University. This guy did a remarkable job in leading the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in 2011 and helping mold Derrick Williams into a lottery pick. Things looked bleak for Arizona though with the transfer of point guard Josiah Turner. In actuality, things just got a whole lot better.
I am not sure Arizona knows what they are getting in former Xavier star Mark Lyons. Continue reading
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Tagged Arizona Wildcats, Derrick Williams, Josiah Turner, Kentucky Wildcats, Lute Olson, Mark Lyons, MoMo Jones, Nick Johnson, PAC 12, Sean Miller, Solomon Hill, Tu Holloway, UCLA Bruins, Washington Huskies, Xavier Musketeers
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Kemba Walker (pictured above) was the face of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Who will be the face of the 2012 version of March Madness?
By Josh Kramer
Two and a half months later and “Throwback Saturdays” are still going strong. Welcome to edition ten of our weekly throwback day. What was happening on March 24, 2011? How about on March 24, 2010? I have a gut feeling that March Madness was discussed in some facet. Let’s take a look back and see what the major happenings were and how accurate I was with my analysis.
One year ago..
Sweet 16: Day 1 Predictions
Here is a snippet..
Connecticut vs San Diego State: Can you say Kemba? UConn has won 7 straight and are a perfect 10 and 0 in tournament play on the year heading into tomorrow’s showdown with a very talented and higher seeded San Diego Aztecs team. Now I realize that most of the national media has been grilling the Big East. I mean who wouldn’t. The conference began the tourney with 11 teams and only 2 still remain as we begin the Sweet 16. Let me state though, both of the teams still standing went 9 and 9 in conference play. Name me another team that is still standing in this bracket that went 500 in conference play. I will do one even better. Name me a team that did not finish in the top 4 of their conference that is still alive. But back to the topic at hand. San Diego State is also on a hot streak of their own having won 7 consecutive games. 43, 25, and 30 sums it up for me though when looking at this matchup (Jimmer’s point totals vs SDSU this year). Though the Aztecs play very solid defense and also have a very well-rounded scoring attack, they have failed to slow down teams with elite scorers all year. Good luck slowing down Kemba. At least one Big East team will find their way into the Elite Eight. And it will be the UConn Huskies as they gut out 3 point victory behind the Kemba Show.
BYU vs Florida: On paper, this game appears to favor the Cougars. They put up over 80 points a game. They have the edge on the boards. And I could go on. But not so fast. BYU has not been the same since the dismissal of starting center Brandon Davies for breaking University rules. Well this will be the first NCAA Tournament game where this vacancy in the paint really hurts. It will also be the first game in the tournament where BYU plays a team seeded higher than 11th. The Gators are very deep and talented, and will be the loan SEC team to nab a spot in the Elite Eight. The Jimmer Show has to end at some point. Plus Bobby Knight laid out how you stop Jimmer on SportsCenter. You better believe that Florida Coach Billy Donovan took notes on what the legend said. I am going to stick with my original pick in this one as well. Gators by 2 in a thriller (To finish reading this post, click this link). Continue reading
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Tagged Arizona Wildcats, Big East, Billy Donovan, Bob Huggins, Bobby Knight, Brad Stevens, Brandon Davies, Butler Bulldogs, BYU Cougars, Cincinnati Bearcats, Connecticut Huskies, Darryl Bryant, Derrick Williams, Duke Blue Devils, Florida Gators, Jimmer Fredette, Joe Mazzulla, John Calipari, John Wall, Kemba Walker, Kentucky Wildcats, Kenyon Martin, NCAA Basketball, San Diego State Aztecs, Washington Huskies, West Virginia Mountaineers, Wisconin Badgers
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The top matchup this week has to be the Stanford vs Oklahoma State Fiesta Bowl date. I have a feeling Andrew Luck (pictured above) will play a large part in the outcome.
By Josh Kramer
Please somebody explain to me why it is called “Capital One Bowl Week?” We are now entering Week 3 of bowl season. Why isn’t it “Capital One Bowl Month?” I would love to hear the reasoning. 12 bowls down, and 23 to go. 19 games will be played between now and next Thursday. Strap in, because the beat will not stop until January 9th as we start to hit the “real” bowl games.
Florida State vs Notre Dame (CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL)
–Fighting Irish by 3
Headline: Brian Kelly brings home a second straight bowl game victory to South Bend.
-Let’s just call this the “Year Away Bowl.” Both of these teams had lofty expectations to play in BCS Bowl games this year. Neither was ready. Notre Dame is slightly closer to being ready in my opinion though. Continue reading
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Tagged ACC, Andrew Luck, Auburn Tigers, Baylor Bears, BCS, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Braxton Miller, Brian Kelly, BYU Cougars, Case Keenum, Cincinnati Bearcats, Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Houston Cougars, Illinois Illini, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Isiah Pead, Landry Jones, Michael Dyer, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Mike Johnson, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon Ducks, PAC 12, Penn State Nittany Lions, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, SEC, South Carolina Gamecocks, Stanford Cardinal, Texas A&M Aggies, UCLA Bruins, Urban Meyer, Utah Utes, Vanderbilt Commodores, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Huskies, West Virginia Mountaineers, Wisconsin Badgers, Zach Collaros
Photo courtesy of blog.seattlepi.com. Can Matt Barkley (pictured above) help USC avenge last year's tough loss to Notre Dame?
By Josh Kramer
We have entered the second half of regular season play. It is no secret who the contenders are. In addition, the Heisman frontrunners have moved up the totum pole at a blistering pace. Clemson continues to roll in the ACC. Stanford seems to be in great shape behind their star quarterback Andrew Luck. Wisconsin continues to score at a blistering pace with Russell Wilson running the show. And the SEC seems like it is going to come down to a date in Tuscaloosa November 5th. Lots to look forward to. But lets take a look at Week 8.
Here are the marquee matchups.
Auburn at LSU: Tigers by 17
Headline: LSU wins the battle of the Tigers as they continue to prep for the November 5th duel in Tuscaloosa. Continue reading
Posted in NCAA Football
Tagged ACC, Andrew Luck, Auburn Tigers, Big Ten, Brian Kelly, Cam Newton, Clemson Tigers, Heisman Trophy, Jim Harbaugh, LSU Tigers, Matt Barkley, Michigan State Spartans, NCAA Football, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Orange Bowl, PAC 12, Robert Woods, Russell Wilson, SEC, Stanford Cardinal, USC Trojans, Washington Huskies, Wisconsin Badgers
In the biggest surprise on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected Jake Locker (pictured above) with the 8th overall pick.
The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books. It only took a little over 3.5 hours, but it is was well worth it. The always exciting event started with a bang with the introduction of a record number of invitees to the actual event (25), and this year’s Hall of Fame Class. Following the introduction of all the players, Goodell took the stage to some loud and pronounced boos. As if nobody saw this coming. People in New York are generally unforgiving to begin with. With the current state of the NFL, I was surprised that the boos did not last even longer. Either way, Goodell handled it well. He and the owners want football too. I think we will have it come September. Continue reading
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Tagged Aaron Rodgers, Aldon Smith, Atlanta Falcons, Auburn Tigers, Ben Roethlisberger, Blaine Gabbert, Brady Quinn, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Cecil Newton, Cleveland Browns, Jake Locker, Jamarcus Russell, Jimmy Clausen, Jon Gruden, Julio Jones, Mel Kiper, Michael Vick, Missouri Tigers, NFL, NFL Draft, Roddy White, San Francisco 49ers, Shannon Sharpe, Super Bowl, Tennessee Titans, Tom Brady, Washington Huskies
Portland Trailblazer's star Brandon Roy (pictured above) was back to his old tricks yesterday in leading Portland to a huge Game 4 victory over Dallas.
I will admit that I am not typically the fairy tale guru. I also am not the type of guy that likes to cry at cliché moments or during tear jerker movies. But yesterday in Portland, was truly a thing of beauty regardless of if you are a fan of the Trailblazers, the Mavericks, or some other NBA team. Continue reading