Tuesday, January 8, 2008

January 2nd & 3rd - 2 games

the Fiesta Bowl
Wednesday, January 2nd, 8:00pm
Glendale, Arizona
West Virginia
(10-2)_____Big East____364.93
(11-2)_____Big 12____409
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
12@ Cincinnati298.97W, 28-237Missouri331.01W, 41-31
13Connecticut232.43W, 66-2114Missouri331.01W, 38-17
8Mississippi State191.93W, 38-136Texas275.96W, 28-21
9@ Rutgers146.23W, 31-34@ Tulsa164.04W, 62-21
3@ Maryland134.68W, 31-1410Texas A&M130.38W, 42-14
11Louisville106.21W, 38-3113Oklahoma State112.55W, 49-17
4East Carolina89.72W, 48-72Miami (Florida)46.59W, 51-13
1Western Michigan-65.04W, 62-2411Baylor-139.20W, 52-21
6@ Syracuse-156.53W, 55-148@ Iowa State-155.31W, 17-7
2@ Marshall-158.83W, 48-233Utah State-209.20W, 54-3
5@ South Florida316.42L, 13-211North Texas-309.82W, 79-10
14Pittsburgh76.94L, 9-1312@ Texas Tech195.22L, 27-34
5@ Colorado93.37L, 24-27

Both the Mountaineers and Sooners are about equal here - some so-so losses, some quality wins...

Mostly up for both teams, but West Virginia looked awful in the last week of the season.

The Line: West Virginia +8.5

The Story: Both these teams are going to be dealing with spectres in this game. West Virginia not only lost the cakewalk that would've gotten them to the championship game, but they lost their head coach too. Oklahoma is returning to the place of their defeat at the hands of Boise State in the classic last year. I think this one will be closer than people are making it out to be - the Mountaineers can still play some mean D and you can bet they're going to be itching to put their best foot forward. With that said, I think the Sooners are stronger overall and should be able to hang on at the end.

The Call: Oklahoma by 9

The Result: West Virginia 48-28 = Ladies & Gentlemen, I think the Mountaineers are going to be just fine without Rich Rodriguez. Gutsy performance on all sides of the ball for them, while the Sooners fell in the post season once again, due a lot in part to sloppy play. Bob Stoops is still one of the best coaches in the country, but you gotta wonder about all those BCS bowl losses in the last 5 years.

the Orange Bowl
Thursday, January 3rd, 8:00pm
Miami, Florida
(11-1)_____Big 12____322.17
Virginia Tech
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
9@ Texas A&M130.38W, 19-1114Boston College313.79W, 30-16
11@ Oklahoma State112.55W, 43-286@ Clemson293.25W, 41-23
8@ Colorado93.37W, 19-1413@ Virginia254.75W, 33-21
1Central Michigan67.05W, 52-711Florida State200.76W, 40-21
6@ Kansas State43.11W, 30-2410@ Georgia Tech154.13W, 27-3
10Nebraska29.14W, 76-391East Carolina89.72W, 17-7
3Toledo-104.62W, 45-1312Miami (Florida)46.59W, 44-14
7Baylor-139.20W, 58-105North Carolina7.58W, 17-10
12Iowa State-155.31W, 45-73Ohio-44.8W, 28-7
4Florida International-322.15W, 55-37@ Duke-205.27W, 43-14
2Southeastern Louisiana-W, 62-04William & Mary-W, 44-3
13Missouri331.01L, 28-362@ Louisiana State460.13L, 7-48
9Boston College313.79L, 10-14

Even though it didn't make it to the Big 12 Championship game, the Jayhawks still only have 1 loss on the whole season. The Hokies have bounced back in a big way from their losses on the way to the ACC championship.

Progress favors the Hokies.

The Line: Kansas +3.5

The Story: I think the Jayhawks can hang with the Hokies for most of this one, but Beamer Ball will get them in the end - the boys from Blacksburg are just too good on special teams. Look for their D to score at least once too.

The Call: Virginia Tech by 10

The Result: Kansas 24-21 = 3 interceptions, a defensive TD, a blocked FG, and a fake punt - textbook Beamer Ball. By Kansas. (Did you see how livid the coach was that they were using his playbook against him?) All the credit to the Jayhawks on a fantastic season.

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