Sure, there’s games on Monday, but the weekend has been so amazing that we just couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle for our reflections on the games of note. Plus, are we really all that excited about a game that’s all technical and stuff? I thought not. Obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack… happy Labor Day.
Whew… I’ve got to admit, I should have been working out with Coach Mick during the offseason. Saturday found me trying to knock the rust off of my college football regimen, although I can definitely say that I was well hydrated. I’m guessing that’s what happened during the livechat- I hadn’t prepared enough, and brought the jinxation. You can breathe a sigh of relief, though- when I caught the replay on Sunday, my presence made no difference in the outcome… Baby steps, right?
From the looks of things, a number of teams were still in “preseason” form, and didn’t have their moves down pat just yet. For instance, while I’m sure that Dabo Swinney’s mom is sure proud of him for leading his fellers to victory over North Carolina State, she certainly couldn’t have been too excited that his first steps leading the team onto the turf ended up in a faceplant. That, combined with this excellent display of exuberance are enough to remind Volunteer fans that their team still has some work to do. Which is good… no one likes to peak during the first weekend of games- well, no one outside of the B1G, that is (more later).
Some of the butterflies were even evident in the Southern Idaho State University trip to East Lansing. Sure, the B1G represented well, as Michigan State showed many why they are a favorite for the conference title… but the game turned out to be “off-script” for both teams. For instance, no matter how hard they tried, Rob Harley’s new squadron couldn’t “Sparty” the game away. Shocker. Oh, and SISU broke their streak of beating out of conference teams when they have a ridiculously long time to prepare… effectively ending their bid at a BCS bowl until they join a legitimate BCS conference in the Big Eas…. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t bring myself to type that. The game also gave us a pretty amazing interception- as always, Tim Burke has ALL the great screencaps and stuff from the weekend’s events.
Saturday’s festivities kicked off with Notre Dame pounding the living stuffing out of Navy in their game in the Emerald Isle… Brian Kelly, why you no like America? And then, your boys let this happen?
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Throughout this bowl season, tBBC’s team looks at all the bowls to give you enough info to convince your family it’s worth watching. Enjoy!
The Basics: 5:30 PM ET on ESPN, from Boise Idaho. Ohio (9-4, 6-2 MAC) and Utah State (7-5, 5-2 MWC.
Ohio Bobcats- Frank Solich’s team made it all the way to the MAC championship as the East representative, and fell apart late to drop a heart breaker to Northern Illinois. They’re 39th in the nation in passing yardage, led by QB Tyler Tettleton’s 3100 yards and WR LaVon Brazill’s 1100 yards receiving.
Utah State Aggies – Rushing attack led by Robert Turbin’s 1400 yards is sixth in the nation. Took the defending national champs to the wire in the season opener, and destroyed Wyoming 63-19 early in MWC play.
Fun Facts- The Buckeyes have never played in this game, nor played Utah State (home of impressive gender role research). Brady Hoke believes he’s undefeated against the Bobcats (he’s wrong); Brandon Hanning is still a punk.
Who We Got?
The bowl game previews continue with…
History: The New Orleans bowl marks its 10th anniversary this year by welcoming the Ohio Bobcats and the Troy Trojans to the Big Easy. The Trojans are no strangers to this particular bowl setting, having competed in the New Orleans Bowl in both 2006 and 2008, winning in their first trip and losing in the second. The universities from North Texas and Southern Mississippi are the most familiar participants in the bowl game, with both having made visits on four occasions. North Texas played in the first four New Orleans bowls but was only victorious in one of the contests. Interestingly, the “estimated economic impact” of the game is $15 million, and I’m sure New Orleans continues to appreciate every bit of it.