The Week That Were: 10.22.11

Written October 24th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

There are lots of options for today’s soundtrack, but I’m going with this one for reasons that should be clear later.

Apologies for the tardiness of this week’s recap…  you say “bye week”, I say “rock climbing trip to the beach“. So, yeah… I didn’t get to see what might be the play of the season in the B1G. If you’re like me and have been living under or on a rock, a) I’m sorry and b) here’s how it went down:

The game was a great one for college football fans, and for the conference overall… for the national audience to see such a back and forth game between two top teams can’t help but counteract the “B1G And Slow” meme that seems to linger no matter the quality of the programs within the conference. Read More

Valero Alamo Bowl- Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

Written December 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

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Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big12) vs. Arizona (7-4, 4-5 PAC10)

December 29, 20109:15 PM ET ESPN

History: Ok, let’s just get right to the question that you’re all surely asking- No, the Alamo Bowl does not have a basement. It does, however, have its fourth sponsor in the seventeen years that it’s been a part of the college postseason. The game has had an interesting history; it has hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes on four different occasions, last year it was the “make sure no one is locked in a closet” game, and our new conference brothers gained the appropriate hatred for TTUN en route to one of the more interesting finishes in college football bowl history.

Historically a match up that includes a Big Ten squadron, this is the first year that a team from the PAC10 joins the festivities on the riverwalk. Little known fact- the 1993 National Championship Game between Minnesota State and West Texas State was held in the Alamo Dome.

Bill Cowher, keeping busy

Oklahoma State

During the season, we give toOSU a hard time for their reliance upon their generous benefactor, energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, kidding our Cowboy readers that their team exists only due to his copious bags of cash. If you think that we’re not going to continue this trend in our preview, you obviously haven’t been reading this website.

43 year old coach Mike Gundy’s offensive prowess is well known (tops in the NCAA), and the 2010 version of the Cowboys did not miss a beat, especially at receiver. After sending Dez Bryant to the professional Cowboys, Stillwater’s squadron replaced him with Justin Blackmon, who managed 100 yards in each of the 11 games he played in (missing one due to a DUI). Blackmon also has 18 scores (NCAA best) on 102 catches for 1665 yards on the season.

Defensively, the Cowboys are a bit more of a mystery, although they managed a pick-six against Oklahoma, as well as one of the most awesome  interceptions I’ve ever seen.

TBPU/Buckeye Connections: Interestingly enough, in their last trip to the Alamo Bowl, the Cowboys were introduced to the Shot-Ginn. Thanks again to Vico for the highlights. Read More

The Week That Were: 11.27.10

Written November 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s the soundtrack for this week’s journey through the recent past. It’s from one of my favorite artists, and the greatest Thanksgiving movie ever ANDIWILLFIGHTYOUIFYOUDISAGREE. Ahem.

Although I usually don’t take requests, I almost made an exception for Coach Rodriguez.

What a great week of football- three days worth of collegiate goodness, interspersed with some NFL stuff, lots of food, and the occasional neighborhood game. Although, this year things ended up being a little messy.

There, there... let it all out...

I guess you could say that the mess all started on Thursday, when our friends in burnt orange managed to lose their rivalry game against the Aggies.  As you can imagine, the good folks at Shaggy Bevo are taking this well, particularly given that most of the losses happened in Austin.

The Longhorn’s collapse is the first time in recent memory that a team has gone from the BCS championship game to not even being bowl eligible.  As a “fun fact”; this BCS season will be without the following names: Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Les Miles, with the jury still out on whether Bobby Stoops gets an invite.  You know who’s going to be at the BCS Ball?  Jim Tressel.  Again.

Fridays’ games were just as exciting, with Auburn performing the “Greatest Iron Bowl Comeback Ever To Be Vacated” against ‘Bama after being down 21-0 in the first quarter.  Granted, Alabama QB McElroy was injured in the second half, but the Tide followed their protocol and inserted the next person with the same haircut. Read More

The Week That Were: 10.09.10

Written October 10th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

This weeks’ post comes with a soundtrack:

Not all that original, so if you want to get your “Gospel” on and hear the song that was going through my head all day yesterday, this is the link for you.

Almost perfect.

Like a no-hitter blown at the last minute, yesterday was this close to being the apex of the college football season. Ohio State won, as you know, and so many other teams failed to meet expectations (or came back to reality), all in all pretty good. Before we get to the good stuff, let’s get the disappointment out of the way. Read More

The Week That Were- 9.18.10

Written September 19th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

This is being written on September 19th… that’s right, “International Talk Like A Pirate Day“. So, who better to lead us into this weeks’ recap than everyone’s favorite buccaneer, Mike Leach:

Of course, to get the full effect of the day, you’ll need to use the Pirate Translator for this webpage. Avast!

Speaking of Pirates, in the first half East Carolina looked to be adding their name to the list of teams to beat Virginia Tech. Hey, Broncos- that “big win against Virginia Tech” sure is helping your national championship hopes, isn’t it? Well, there’s always that game against powerhouse Oregon State coming up.

Since we’re talking about “out of conference games”- We suspected that UConn had lost quite a bit of their fastball from last year (their DB coach is now in Georgia), and had those suspicions reinforced in Ann Arbor a couple of weeks ago. The game this Saturday against the Cosby Chaneys of Temple proved it… you can stop calling the Huskies a “Big East Contender”, unless it’s immediately followed by derisive snickering.

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