Saturday, December 08, 2007
First round playoff game
#5 Georgia Bulldogs (10-2) vs. #4 Oklahoma Sooners (11-2)
Oklahoma favored by 6.5
Game to be played at the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
Virgil of The Ship of Fools
Two of the best, and most inconsistent, teams in the nation match-up in the second game of the tournament. Both of these teams have looked dominant for long stretches of the season, but both have inexplicable losses to inferior teams, with Oklahoma losing to Colorado and Texas Tech, and Georgia losing to South Carolina and Tennessee. Both teams favor the ground game, so this will be a tough match-up between UGA's Knowshon Moreno and Oklahoma's tandem of DeMarco Murray and Allen Patrick. In the end, I favor Matthew Stafford, who has the experience of two full seasons under center in the tough SEC over redshirt OU frosh QB Sam Bradford. Stafford's experience and ability not to make mistakes ends up being the difference. Georgia wins a close one.
Georgia 20 Oklahoma 17
Jon of Complete Sports
This sounds a little funny to say since they are ranked #4, but I think Georgia has flown under the radar a bit this year. I mean, despite being a 2-loss team in the SEC, hardly anyone talked about these guys in the National Championship talk. Yes, South Carolina and @ Tennessee aren't great losses, but look at who they beat: They won at Florida, they stomped Auburn, they beat Kentucky (who happened to beat LSU). This is a talented football team. Matthew Stafford is enormously talented, and Knowshon Moreno and Thomas Brown are an excellent 1-2 duo at RB. They have playmakers offensively, and they're talented defensively. Oklahoma is obviously a very good team, but I like Georgia to be able to pressure Sam Bradford, cause some turnovers, and then allow some of the playmakers offensively to make plays.
Georgia 27 Oklahoma 24
Graig of Money Shot
This is a very interesting matchup as these are two of the most storied programs in college football. I like Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno making plays for the Bulldog offense. However, young guys tend to make mistakes when the spotlight is on them. The way Oklahoma came out and dismantled Missouri in the Big 12 championship game makes me think that the big, physical Sooner defense frustrates the young kids from Georgia. Sam Bradford doesn't turn the ball over and the OU ground game mauls the Georgia front 7. This game won't be that close.
Oklahoma 38 Georgia 16
Rick of Stiles Points
Gosh darn, this may be the toughest game to pick....the Dawgs were playing some great ball at the end of the season...Knowshon Moreno is one dynamic back and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez has the defense playing well....the Sooners were one concussion away from playing for the national title....if Sam Bradford does not get hurt against Texas Tech, they would have won that game.....this will be a back-and-forth game, but in the end, Oklahoma wins real close....
Oklahoma 24 Georgia 23
Well, there is a tie and Zach must have still been partying from The Big Picture's birthday party on Friday....so, I went to a higher source to break the tie - my 76-year-old dad, Ignatius....he didn't give a reason, he didn't give a score - all he said was Oklahoma....so a decision has been made....So Let It Be Written - So Let it Be Done - the Roundtable rules 3-2 in favor of Oklahoma advancing and playing Ohio State in the one semi-final...check back Wednesday for our thoughts on the Virginia Tech-Missouri game....
Friday, December 07, 2007
As a kid, this day was recognized....but as time has moved forward and veterans from that great generation have died, today's kids do not understand the impact of this day.....just like September 11, 2001, December 7, 1941 should never be forgotten....a total of 2,403 died that day....God Bless America and God Bless those who died on this horrific day....
Thursday, December 06, 2007
First round playoff game - #8 Kansas Jayhawks (11-1) vs. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) - Ohio State - 8.5
Game to be played at the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit
Zach of The Big Picture
Hello, Kansas. Welcome to a game with a real football team. The Jayhawks' schedule had enough cupcakes for a successful bake sale. When KU actually meets a solid team, with real coaches, real players and real fans, things aren't gonna go so well. Ohio State's defense will be too much for Todd Reesing and co. to put points up on. And Beanie Wells is gonna run all day over Kansas' D. All OSU in this one.
Ohio State 28 Kansas 7
Virgil of The Ship of Fools
The two one-loss teams that have taken the most flack for the weakness of their schedules match-up. To be honest, I was never a big believer in Kansas. I think if this team had to face Texas OR Oklahoma (or Texas Tech for that matter) in conference play, they would have been exposed earlier than they were by Mizzou. Couple that with the fact that defense was barely a rumor this year in the Big 12, and you have a team that would be at a serious disadvantage. I think that Chris Wells and the OSU offensive line would simply be too strong for a Kansas team that really only played one power-running team all year (Texas A&M).
Ohio State 31 Kansas 17
Graig of Money Shot
The first thing that jumps out at me regarding this matchup is the homefield advantage. While Kansas has been a great story this year, the fact remains that in their biggest game of the year, with the crowd noise in their favor, they laid an egg. What are they going to do in Detroit when 90% of the crowd is wearing scarlet and gray? I think Jim Tressel will find a defensive package that confuses Todd Reesing and forces him to turn the ball over. While Todd Boeckman isn't necessarily going to light the sky on fire, the power running of Beanie Wells will be too much for the Jayhawks defense. The big offesnive line for the Buckeyes will wear down the Jayhawk defensive front seven and be able to chew up a lot of clock in the second half. The Fightin' Mangino's may get a junk touchdown or two at the end but I expect Tressel's Boys to end the dream season for Kansas
Ohio State 34 Kansas 17
Jon of Complete Sports
With Hawaii missing out on the BCS top 8, Kansas is the closest thing that we have to an underdog, "Cinderella" type team. With an explosive offense led by QB Todd Reesing and RB Brandon McAnderson, they'd pose a legitimate threat to knock off the top seed. However, Kansas hasn't played a defense like the Buckeye's this year. Led by James Laurinities, they're fast, and they're really talented. Reesing would be able to make some plays and move the ball, but it would be imperative that they get off to a fast start. I project Ohio St. to be able to stake claim to an early lead, and then just give the ball to Chris Wells. The Buckeyes will use that combination, stout defense and running the football, which has worked so well for them this year.
Ohio State 27 Kansas 17
Rick of Stiles Points
This is a match-up of teacher vs. student....many don’t know that Bear Mangino was a graduate assistant under Jim Tressel at Youngstown State University.....one thing for sure, Bear will be well prepared for this game as he is one of the diligent planners....the Fighting Manginos are ready for the big stage after playing that Missouri game on national television.....I could see this game being close early on....Tressel knows that he could outmuscle the Fighting Manginos and wear them down as the game goes on.....it would be a battle of field goals early on with the halftime score being 13-6 OSU.....Kansas will have use some trick plays and make sure the ball gets in the hands of Aqib Talib when he is on offense....but in the end, OSU will wear this team down....in the fourth quarter Chris Wells will take over and finish with 170 yards....I love the Bear, but Tressel and Ohio State are the way better team....
Ohio State 26 Kansas 13
So a decision has been made....So Let It Be Written - So Let it Be Done - the Roundtable rules in favor of Ohio State advancing and playing the winner of Georgia-Oklahoma.....check back Monday for our thoughts on that game....
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Basically I used the final BCS poll to determine who would participate in the 8-team tournament (personally I would rather have a 16-team tournament, but because of time constraints I decided to go with an 8-team tourney).....The seven games will be held at neutral bowl sites.....these bowls are as follows: Rose (title game); Orange and Sugar (semi-finals); Fiesta, Cotton, Peach, and Motor City (first round games).....
Let me explain this, I added the Cotton Bowl into the mix because within a few years, that bowl game will be held at the new luxurious Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington....plus, the Cotton Bowl was once an elite bowl game.....the Peach Bowl is held in a big time city, Atlanta - however, it has to go back to its original name - the Peach Bowl, not this Chick-Fil-A Bowl.....
Finally, I decided it would be nice to have a game up north....no better place than Ford Field in Detroit which hosted a Super Bowl.....so that is the bowl set-up....this way all these major bowl bigwigs will not be crying about the money they would be losing.....
Now to the match-ups....in addition to myself, Zach of The Big Picture, Graig of Money Shot, Jon of Complete Sports, and Virgil of Wasting Company Time will breakdown each dream match-up....since there are just 5 of us, the team with the most votes will win that match-up and move on.....our first match-up will be tomorrow when #1 Ohio State plays #8 Kansas in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit.....here are the other first round match-ups.....
- #6 Missouri vs. #3 Virginia Tech at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta
- #7 Southern Cal vs. #2 LSU at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas
We will be breaking down the other 3 first round match-ups next week.....so check back tomorrow and see who takes the first step in becoming the true National Champion of college football.....
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
So a year has passed and Carr voted Ohio State #1.....there were six other Big Ten coaches who voted in the final poll: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Bill Lynch, Indiana; Joe Tiller, Purdue; Ron Zook, Illinois, and Sleeze Ball Tressel.....with this being Carr’s final season at Michigan, Bielema, Lynch, Tiller, and Zook all voted Michigan in the Top 25 - usually around #23 or #24.....it was obvious these coaches voted for Michigan to at least make the Top 25 because they wanted to support their fellow Big Ten school and let Carr at least finish in the Top 25 in his last year.....all the Big Ten coaches voted that way except Senator Sleezeball Tressel and his no brained little brother at Michigan State - Dantonio (photo - left) ....
I would have no problem if Tressel didn’t want to vote for Michigan, but he is always talking about supporting the fellow Big Ten schools, yada, yada.....he says one thing, but does another.....would it have hurt him to vote Michigan #25 being that it is Carr’s last season?.....where is his support for the Big Ten now?....Carr showed his support by voting Ohio State #1......
This is typical Tressel....he comes across as Mr. Nice Guy who is always using the words “honor” and “respect”, but when the camera is off of him, he is a slippery sleeze....he is a fake...and that goes the same for his little brother in East Lansing.....in the end I blame Michigan for taking Tressel’s shit for the last few years.....that is why Michigan needs to hire a coach, like a Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, or Jim Harbaugh, who will not allow that smug midget bastard in Columbus to shit all over the Maize and Blue anymore....
Monday, December 03, 2007
Zach of The Big Picture
Here goes...1. Chase Daniel 2. Darren McFadden 3. Dennis Dixon 4. Tim Tebow 5. Colt Brennan....I've always been a proponent of the best player on the best team. Daniel is just that (Zach sent his vote in on Wednesday). His numbers are good enough, his team is strong enough...basically, it's just Daniel by default at this point. McFadden has the celebrity factor. He's been a star for years, so a strong game against LSU gets him bumped higher than he probably deserves. Dixon would have won if he stayed healthy. The Bay Area-native was unstoppable running the spread option. Tebow should probably be higher based on his numbers, but if he's the best player in the country and surrounded by top-tier talent, Florida shouldn't have three losses. Brennan's numbers are unreal, but he's been play JV teams.
Graig of Money Shot
1. Tim Tebow - You either love the kid or you hate him, but you can't deny that he's a great football player. The Heisman Trophy doesn't go to the best pro prospect or the most valuable to their team. It goes to the signature player of the season. That is Tim Tebow.
2. Pat White - White is going to be the QB of a potential BCS champion and is definitely the most exciting player in the country. He does it with his legs, his arm, and his good decision-making. 3. Chase Daniel - He had one big moment to show the country how good he is (against Kansas) and he was completely dominant. Daniel has a strong, accurate arm and is leading the #1 team in the nation into the Big XII Title game, he deserves to go to New York.
4. Darren McFadden - Don't get me wrong, McFadden is going to be sweet in the NFL, but he just didn't have a Heisman-quality season. Yes, he did have a signature game vs. LSU but he also has been inconsistent with his production, highlighted by his 43 yard performance vs. Auburn.
5. Colt Brennan - Colt should have won it last year in my opinion but I digress. He's been banged up this year but should go to New York as a tribute to his great career.
Jon of Complete Sports
1. Tim Tebow - He's only a sophomore and his team is not in the national title hunt... two strikes against him. But the numbers are just too good to ignore. He's got a mind-boggling 51 total TDs (29 passing, 22 rushing) and nearly 4000 total yards (3132 passing, 838 rushing). Oh, and he erased any doubt that there might have been about his throwing ability, as he has completed 68.5% of his passes. The numbers are just too good for him not to be my Heisman pick.
2. Chase Daniel - He had led Missouri into the National Title Hunt (I am writing this before the Oklahoma/Missouri game). Who would have thought that would happen before the season began? He's been an extremely efficient and effective passer... nearly 4000 yards through the year, 33 TD, 9 INT, and he has completed over 70% of his passes. Not bad.
3. Darren McFadden - Perhaps the most talented player in college football. The Razorbacks have struggled at times this year, but through no fault of McFadden. He has rushed for over 1700 yards (nearly 6 YPC) and run for 15 TDs. Oh, and just for good measure he's also thrown for 4 TD passes.
4. Dennis Dixon - What could have been! If he hadn't gotten hurt then Oregon might be playing for the national title and Dixon might be the Heisman winner. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but I can't put Dixon lower than 4th. He was fantastic all year long as a dual-threat QB. The running was there as it always has been (583 yards, 9 TD), but he also became an efficient thrower, with 20 TDs, 4 INT, and completing over 2/3 of his passes.
5. Todd Reesing - If Kansas had beat Missouri he'd have a solid shot at the Heisman, but as it is he should still get some recognition for an outstanding year. In leading the resurgence of Kansas he threw for over 3200 yards, and had a fantastic 32/6 TD/INT ratio.
Virgil of Wasting Company Time and The Ship of Fools
1. Tim Tebow - You simply cannot ignore 51 total TDs. His team is pretty overrated, but he carried the offense all year.
2. Darren McFadden - He has to be thinking "what the hell do I have to do to win this award?" Last year he was "too young" as a sophomore, this year he is going to lose the trophy to a sophomore. Some NFL team is going to get a NASTY running back in April's draft.
3. Colt Brennan - We have to take him and Hawaii seriously now. Those last two games (Boise and Washington) were pretty impressive.
4. Chase Daniel - That was a pretty bad performance in the biggest game of his season. I have been touting this guy all year over on EC, but I'm afraid that championship game is going to cost him.
5. Dennis Dixon - In many ways, the fact that Oregon completely fell apart once he went down is the greatest evidence of his value.
Rick of Stiles Points
1. Darren McFadden - McFadden was out of the Heisman picture during the middle of the season, but he turned in on late in the season with his record breaking performance against South Carolina and his one-man show against LSU....
2. Tim Tebow - this kid could do everything.....he really is a fullback who can throw like a quarterback....he will clearly be the front runner next year.....
3. Todd Reesing - if Reesing played for Ohio State or USC, he would have won the award this year....but because he played for Kansas, many will overlook him....he is deserving of being in the top 5.....
4. Dennis Dixon - it showed how much D2 meant to his team....after going down with a knee injury the Ducks lost 3 straight and not only dropped out of the national title picture, but also the BCS.....
5. Armanti Edwards - you remember this kid - the QB from Appalachian State......yes, I know I-AA has its own Player of the Year award, but this kid is something special....I have watched at least 6 Appy State games over the last two seasons and he impresses me more each time.....how this kid ended up at a I-AA school amazes me....the kid does not get rattled....and he is much more than just a scrambling QB.....they kid can pass too....
Well, there are our thoughts....now for the voting and this year's winner.....
1. Tim Tebow - 21 points (3 first place votes)
2. Darren McFadde - 18 points (1 first place vote)
3. Chase Daniel - 12 points (1 first place vote)
4. Dennis Dixon - 8 points
5. Colt Brennan - 5 points
6. Todd Reesing - 4 points
6. Pat White - 4 points
8. Armanti Edwards - 1 point
So in the end, Florida's Tim Tebow would get the Kings of the Roundtable Heisman Trophy....