Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

We'll be back tomorrow with our full slate of picks for a monster Week 14, but we're giving you our TCU vs. Texas pick and a little dose of Turkey Day nostalgia as we look back on an inter-Lone Star State rivalry that we actually cared about...

Texas over #6 TCU: The Longhorns are finding their stride under Charlie Strong and the Horned Frogs have been playing with fire for a month. It's time for Texas to remind TCU who the big brother is.

Enjoy the holiday, kids.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wager Wednesday

We're back, baby! Ole Miss turning into Ole Miss again was the only thing separating us from a 7-0 record in Week 13, so let's keep it going and snag our first undefeated week of 2014...

Virginia (-2) at Virginia Tech: The Hokies have nowhere to go but up after the worst game in college football history.

The Pick: Virginia Tech.

Michigan (+20) at Ohio State: They literally could not make this line high enough for me to pick the Wolverines. The Pick: Ohio State.

BIG 12
TCU (-6.5) at Texas: The Longhorns have been beating in-state rivals on Thanksgiving since the Mayflower landed. Why stop now? The Pick: Texas.

Stanford (+4.5) at UCLA: Stanford is 6-0 against unranked teams and 0-5 against ranked ones. Guess what UCLA is. The Pick: UCLA.

LSU (-2.5) at Texas A&M: We really don't care about this one, but since the GOTW and Mortal Locks snagged the rest of the noteworthy SEC match-ups we're stuck with it. The Pick: LSU.

Auburn (+9.5) at Alabama: I don't think the Tigers have a chance in Tuscaloosa, but I know better than to lay 9.5 points in a rivalry game of this magnitude. The Pick: Auburn, +9.5.

Mississippi State (-1) at Ole Miss: The Bulldogs are playing for a shot at the SEC West title, a potential Playoff berth, and a Heisman invitation. The Rebels are stumbling across the finish line like one of those high school cross country kids that has to get carried in a Gatorade add after pooping his pants. A one-point spread is free money. The Pick: Mississippi State.

Maryland is Turning Cole Field House into a Practice Field

CBS Sports - Maryland has big plans for Cole Field House, once the legendary home of Maryland basketball from 1955-2002. On Friday, the school unveiled plans for a $155 million renovation to the historic building that will give the Terps football team an indoor facility and provide support services to the entire school.

Well it took four or five years, but we've finally reached the intersection of conference realignment, football TV contracts, and Under Armor's takeover of America. Here it is in one sentence:

Maryland is turning Cole Field House, one of the most legendary basketball arenas in ACC history, into a practice facility for a mid-tier Big Ten football team.

I'm gonna be sick...but at least it looks cool:


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DC's Top 10: Week 14

1. FLORIDA STATE (11-0): The Seminoles could very easily be 5-6 right now. Instead they're on their way to another undefeated regular season and keep coming back from the dead like Rocky fighting Ivan Drago. At some point we're all just going to have to turn into the Soviet crowd and begrudgingly respect this 27-game run.

2. ALABAMA (10-1): The loss to Ole Miss looks worse by the week, but the Tide still look like the team to beat in the SEC West. If they can top a reeling Auburn team, at home, and avenge last year's Iron Bowl thriller then they're all but guaranteed a Playoff berth.

3. OREGON (10-1): The Ducks have been the most quietly dominant team in the country since losing to Arizona, but it doesn't matter as long as the selection committee continues to love them. Their sole loss looks better with each Wildcats win, so they're a lock for the Playoff no matter who they beat in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

4. BAYLOR (9-1): The selection committee hates the Bears, but we still love them. If they end the season with convincing wins over Texas Tech and Kansas State they belong in the Playoff over TCU. Period.

5. MISSISSIPPI STATE (10-1): The biggest obstacle to that Big 12 Playoff berth? Your Mississippi State Bulldogs. If State wins the Egg Bowl, which looks likelier by the second, and Alabama wins the SEC, can we really lock an 11-1 Bulldogs team out of the tourney for losing by five in Tuscaloosa. In any other year, maybe. In a year when the entire SEC West is going bowling? Absolutely not.

Lafayette Tops Lehigh in 150th Meeting

Lehigh Valley Live - In his last game in a Lafayette uniform, on the grandest of stages in the 150th edition of The Rivalry in front of 48,256 at Yankee Stadium, Ross Scheuerman put on a show.

The Leopards senior took a career-high 45 carries for a new school and Patriot League single-game record with 304 rushing yards and three touchdowns, leading Lafayette to a 27-7 win over Lehigh. Scheuerman accounted for every single one of Lafayette's first 63 yards of the game.

I'm happy for you Lafayette, I really am, but this isn't a blog about the Leopards winning a historic victory...I just needed an excuse to post two things:

1. This awesome article from the New York Times about the history of the rivalry (how about The Grey Lady coming in hot with some of 2014's best college football coverage?).

2. Two FCS teams from rural Pennsylvania just sold out Yankee Stadium...and the New York Yankees can't.

Hey, as long as we're talking Yankees...

(H/T @flwnnbw)

Monday, November 24, 2014

DC's Top 10 Recap: Week 13

1. ALABAMA (Beat W. Carolina 48-14):

2. OREGON (Beat Colorado 44-10): Marcus Mariota put up 396 yards of total offense and 4 TDs as the Ducks laid waste to another Pac-12 opponent, outgaining the Buffs 597 to 226 in Eugene. Oregon, who has typically started slow against weaker opponents this decade, jumped out to a 30-3 halftime lead, slamming the door on Colorado early and inching closer to a collision with UCLA in the conference title bout.

3. FLORIDA STATE (Beat Boston College 20-17): I can't even get mad anymore. The Florida State Seminoles can not be killed. Jameis Winston's band of survivors rolled their win streak to 27 on a last minute field goal in rainy Tallahassee. Winston threw for 281 yards and a score, but the story of the day was the Eagles ground game. BC gashed the Noles front seven all day, rushing for 240 yards and keeping the ball out of Winston's hands for 34 minutes. It wasn't enough on Saturday, but if that's the blueprint for beating FSU the Noles might have some trouble in the ACC Championship Game.

4. MISSISSIPPI STATE (Beat Vanderbilt 51-0): Maybe Dak Prescott is healthy after all. The Bulldogs QB rebounded from a terrible outing at Alabama to throw for 193 yards and 3 TDs, and added another TD on the ground in a drubbing. The shutout was the largest by State in an SEC game since 1936, when they beat Sewanee 68-0.

5. TCU: Did Not Play.

Service Academy Round-Up: Week 13

ARMY 42, FORDHAM 31: At least we know Army could win the Patriot League. The Black Knights rode a key blocked punt and 382 rushing yards to a win over a tough Rams team at Michie, overcoming an early 10-0 deficit and avoiding another FCS loss before the Navy game. Larry Dixon led Army with 158 rushing yards and 3 TDs.

SAN DIEGO STATE 30, AIR FORCE 14: The Falcons slim chance at reaching the Mountain West Championship Game slipped away in San Diego, thanks largely to a sloppy four turnover performance from the offense. Air Force rallied back from an early 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead before halftime, but had no answer for the Aztecs air attack (ironic) after the break. San Diego State outgained Air Force 502-329, getting 326 yards through the air. The Falcons host division-leading Colorado State in their regular season finale this Friday.

Idle: Navy

Season Over: Coast Guard, Merchant Marine