It has been announced today that Bret Bielema is the next head football coach at the University of Arkansas.
I did not see that one coming.
For Bielema, from a football perspective, I feel that this move makes no sense. He has led the Badgers to three consecutive Rose Bowls and has led a respectable program. With Penn State irrelevant due to NCAA sanctions, the only major competition in the near future in Wisconsin’s division is Ohio State. Continue reading
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has come under criticism for saying that Norther Illinois does not belong in a BCS bowl game.
They became eligible after winning the Mid American Conference and finishing ranked in the top 16.
For conferences who do not automatically qualify for the BCS, teams become eligible for one of the ten slots in BCS bowl games by being ranked in the top 16 at the end of the regular season. Continue reading
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I’ve never made excuses for Ohio State’s rules violations in 2010. Tressel needed to be out when everything came to light. The players who broke the rules were allowed to play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl after it had been known that they had sold memorabilia. Their suspensions were moved to the beginning ofthe 2011 season. Some of the players had suspensions increased for additional violations. Terrelle Pryor left the program. For the other players, they served their suspensions and returned to the field. They were able to play in last year’s bowl against Florida. Continue reading
I have decided to switch up my strategy this year. In past seasons, I’ve tried to pick upsets. They can make you look like a genius, but the odds are against you picking the right ones. If you tend to stay with favorites, and they lose, the loss will hurt most other people as well. One exception to this is if there is a star player whose not going to be with his team. Syracuse big man Fab Melo is not eligible to play in the tournament. I think that this will really hurt the Orange and that they are an attractive upset pick for the second round. They play a Kansas State team whose beaten Missouri twice. A lot of pools reward you for picking upsets, and I think that this pick is worth the risk. Even if Syracuse wins this game, I don’t see them making it much further and picking it wrong probably won’t hurt you that much.
Indiana had a key senior tear his ACL in the Big Ten tournament which will affect a team that is under experienced in the tournament. I only like them to win one game.
As an Ohio State fan, I’ve said earlier in the season that this team has been a huge disappointment at times and I think that the region breaks down well for the Bucks.
Everyone seems to be picking Kentucky. They’re a great team, but when everyone seems to lean one way in pools, I struggle to go with the rest of the crowd. I can put them in the national championship game, but I just can’t pick them to win it all.