Archive for December, 2012

Monday Edition

Here are you four Monday topics for you to start the week and New Year’s Eve


This was the scene in the Bronx for the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 38-14 in the game.

First Quarter: NBA

1. NBA scoreboard
2. Memphis Grizzlies (19-8) @ Indiana Pacers (17-13), 2 pm
3. Atlanta Hawks (19-9) @ Houston Rockets (16-14), 6 pm
4. Brooklyn Nets (16-14) @ San Antonio Spurs (24-8), 6 pm

Second Quarter: 4Q – College Basketball Top 14

1. Duke Blue Devils (12-0), LW-1
2. Michigan Wolverines (13-0), LW-2
3. Arizona Wildcats (12-0), LW-4
4. Kansas Jayhawks (11-1), LW-5
5. Creighton Bluejays (12-1), LW-6
6. Cincinnati Bearcats (12-1), LW-3
7. Wyoming Cowboys (12-0), LW-7
8. Louisville Cardinals (12-1), LW-8
9. Wichita State Shockers (12-1), LW-11
10. New Mexico Lobos (13-1), LW-13
11. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (10-1), LW-14
12. Illinois Fighting Illini (13-1), LW-10
13. Indiana Hoosiers (12-1), LW-12
14. Missouri Tigers (10-2), LW-9

Dropping Out: None

Third Quarter: New Year Eve Bowls

1. Music City Bowl: North Carolina State Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4 ACC) v. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4, 5-3 SEC), 11 am/ESPN
2. Sun Bowl: Southern California Trojans (7-5, 6-4 PAC-12) v. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7, 5-3 ACC), 1 pm/CBS
3. Liberty Bowl: Iowa State Cyclones (6-6, 3-6 Big XII) v. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (10-3, 7-1 CUSA), 2:30 pm/ESPN
4. Chick-fil-A Bowl: 8 LSU Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC) v. 14 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1 ACC), 6:30 pm/ESPN

Fourth Quarter: NFL

1. AFC Playoff Teams: 1 Denver Broncos (13-3), 2 New England Patriots (12-4), 3 Houston Texans (12-4), 4 Baltimore Ravens (10-6), 5 Indianapolis Colts (11-5), 6 Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
2. NFC Playoff Teams: 1 Atlanta Falcons (13-3), 2 San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1), 3 Green Bay Packers (11-5), 4 Washington Redskins (10-6), 5 Seattle Seahawks (11-5) 6 Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
3. 4Quarters Most Impressive Team of the Weekend: Minnesota Vikings (10-6) (Win 37-34 v. Green Bay Packers)
4. 4Quarters Most Disappointing Team of the Weekend: Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) (Lost at Denver Broncos 38-3)

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4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Jerry and Mike Go Bowling! (Dec. 31 Bowls)

Saturday wasn’t a good day for Jerry and I to go bowling. We both went 0-for-5 and have worse records to show for it. Oddly enough Air Force, Oregon State and TCU gave us false hope for wins with the Beavers and Horned Frogs having double digit leads at one point. Hopefully New Year’s Eve will yield better results.

Again, instead of giving you each bowl game all at once we’ll give you are picks in a daily dose of them.

Monday – December 31, 2012
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tennessee): North Carolina Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4 ACC) v. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4, 5-3 SEC), 11 am/ESPN
M – Hey look another team playing with an interim head coach! At least for NC State those in those situations have been decent in their bowl games. This game will be difference I feel because James Franklin has Vandy at a level in which they are getting better each year under his watch. The Wolfpack have talent but they are also playing in the ‘Dors hometown which will make this bowl experience feel like a road game (NC State karma for bowl games in Charlotte?). The Pick: Vanderbilt 24 North Carolina State 16
J – NC State has the biggest win of this season between the two teams with a last-second one point win over Florida State on October 6th (swigs 1/5 of Captain) while Vanderbilt has continued their remarkable turnaround under James Franklin. It’s a contrast of styles offensively as the Wolfpack rely on the arm of Mike Glennon while the Commodores strength is in the backfield with Zac Stacy. Vanderbilt has made it this year with a strong defense and they should be up to the task for Glennon as they surrender only 175.8 yards through the air, 3rd best in the SEC behind only Alabama and Georgia. I think the Wolfpack make it tough, but the Commodores will finish with an unexpected 9-win season. The Pick: Vanderbilt 30 North Carolina State 27

Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas): Southern California Trojans (7-5, 5-4 PAC-12) v. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7, 5-3 ACC), 1 pm/CBS
M – Could USC lay an egg in the Sun Bowl? Without a doubt given how cocky/clueless Lane Kiffin can be at times. This won’t be an issue of talent because the Trojans are loaded with NFL draft picks galore. However could Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack be what ails Southern Cal? Intrigue is abound but in the end USC wins this bowl. The Pick: Southern California 42 Georgia Tech 24
J – While the Trojans have had an immensely disappointing season, they appear to have a long-term solution at QB in freshman Max Wittek. After an impressive debut against Notre Dame where he looked sharp and only Lane Kiffin’s goal-line coaching prevented them for a win, he’ll remain under center for this one as Matt Barkley continues to recover from his injury. The Yellow Jackets did a fine job against another high-powered offense in their last game against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. With that said, they have not seen receivers like Marquise Lee and Robert Woods. The Pick: Southern California 34 Georgia Tech 14

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tennessee): Iowa State Cyclones (6-6, 3-6 Big XII) v. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (10-3, 7-1 CUSA), 2:30 pm/ESPN
M – I know Cody Green and Tulsa have had a good season, but when they’ve faced BCS teams they’ve struggled this year. Interesting note here is this bowl is a rematch of a game played in Ames to open both teams seasons in which Iowa State won 38-23. I’d say each school are in different places but the ‘Clones won’t lack motivation with Paul Rhodes leading them. I’m staring the face that the Golden Hurricanes might want revenge. The Pick: Iowa State 31 Tulsa 28
J – On paper this should be a win for the Golden Hurricane as the powerful rushing trio of Trey Watts, Ja’Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton continues to carry them but this is one of the games where the coaching can swing the outcome. That’s not to say that Bill Blankenship isn’t a good coach but I’m a huge believer in Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads and his teams always seem to play up to the competition. It doesn’t make sense but Iowa State finishes with their first winning record since 2009. The Pick: Iowa State 23 Tulsa 21

Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, Georgia): 8 LSU Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC) v. 14 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1 ACC), 6:30 pm/ESPN
M – Clemson has tons of offensive talent, they seem to be in this bowl a lot so they’ve got that going for them. Unfortunately the ACC does little to prep them for Les Miles LSU Tigers of the SEC. The Tigers will make this an ugly game and render Tajh Boyd useless. The Pick: LSU 27 Clemson 23
J – I know its sacrilege to pick against an SEC defense, especially one LSU’s track record, but you can’t name a handful of offenses in the nation who are more explosive than Clemson’s. I just get the feeling that if Dabo Swinney’s squad can get out to an early 10-14 point lead, it’s gonna be very hard for that LSU offense to come back. The Pick: Clemson 34 LSU 20

Rankings are from BcS Standings

Current Bowl Record: Mike (6-13), Jerry (8-11)
Regular Season Total: Jerry (92-49), Mike (92-49)

Previous Bowl Pick’em Results

Current Bowl Results –

Gilden New Mexico Bowl: Nevada 48 Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo 15 Utah State 41
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: BYU 23 San Diego State 6
Beef “O” Brady Bowl St. Petersburg: Ball State 17 UCF 38
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: East Carolina 34 Louisiana-Lafayette 43
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Washington 26 Boise State 28
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl: Fresno State 10 SMU 43
Little Caesars Bowl: Western Kentucky 21 Central Michigan 24
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20
Belk Bowl: Cincinnati 48 Duke 34
Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl: Baylor 49 UCLA 26
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Ohio 45 Louisiana-Monroe 14
Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers 10 Virginia Tech 13 F/OT
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Minnesota 31 Texas Tech 34
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Rice 33 Air Force 14
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia 14 Syracuse 38
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Navy 28 Arizona State 62
Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas 31 Oregon State 27
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU 16 Michigan State 17

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4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Jerry and Mike Go Bowling! (Dec. 29 Bowls)

Jerry now has a two game lead in our fight for bragging rights as he went 2-1 to my 1-2, thankfully Texas Tech came back to save face for both. I will admit I started rooting for Minnesota despite them not being my pick. Today we’ve got five games on tap and we won’t have any more separation since we both like the same five teams.

Again, instead of giving you each bowl game all at once we’ll give you are picks in a daily dose of them.

Saturday – December 29, 2012
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas): Rice Owls (6-6, 4-4 CUSA) v. Air Force Falcons (6-6, 5-3 MWC), 10:45 am/ESPN
M – Rice is playing in its home state against a service academy. Well I see nothing but average when I look at the Owls record in 2012. I think Air Force will play keep away and frustrate Rice and Troy Calhoun’s team will take home the trophy. The Pick: Air Force 28 Rice 17
J – Both teams run the ball extremely well as Air Force has 5 players who have run for over 400 yards and the Owls have 3 with 500+. Neither team stops the run all that well with the Falcons giving up 4.6 yards per carry and Rice giving up a Conference USA worst 5.1. The game may come down to which team can make those 1 or 2 throws to swing the game. The Pick: Air Force 30 Rice 26

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, New York): West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) v. Syracuse Orange (7-5, 5-2 Big East), 2:15 pm/ESPN
M – The house that George built again hosts a bowl game which I must say doesn’t look out of place in the Bronx. So credit the Yankees for designing the stadium so a football field doesn’t look odd, however it does make the rich richer (even if they are cutting payroll for them). Ok, onto the football game at Yankee Stadium in which an old Big East team plays a soon to be ACC team. Geno Smith and the ‘Neers will do whatever they like against the Orange in this game. The Pick: West Virginia 45 Syracuse 14
J – I’ll leave the Yankee jokes to Mike on this one.  I think fans may be in for a surprise in this renewed Big East rivalry in the Bronx. Syracuse is a little better than their record indicates and I can’t help but think West Virginia is playing out the string after falling from of the top of the poll in mid-October. Both teams can score but Dana Holgorsen’s defense cannot be trusted. The Pick: West Virginia 47 Syracuse 44 

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (San Francisco, California): Navy Midshipmen (8-4) v. Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5, 5-4 PAC-12), 3 pm/ESPN2
M – Todd Graham has survived the current wave of coaching changes and apparently will coach the Sun Devils. Unlike the Pinstripe Bowl this game does look odd at the home of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. I think Navy will get Arizona State, it mainly has to do with coaching because talent wise ASU has that (on and off the field). The Pick: Navy 23 Arizona State 13
J – One thing I’m sure of: everyone is rooting for our Armed Forces against Todd Graham. Each team offensive’s strength is their opponent’s defensive weakness. In college football, always trust the passing game because the secondary play is not as strong. The Pick: Navy 20 Arizona State 14

Valero Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, Texas): 23 Texas Longhorns (8-4, 5-4 Big XII) v. 13 Oregon State Beavers (9-3, 6-3 PAC-12), 5:45 pm/ESPN
M – I really enjoyed the Alamo Bowl when I attended in 2005 when Nebraska faced Michigan in what turned out to be a future Big Ten contest. This bowl celebrates its 20th anniversary with a team from up the road and a newcomer, it’s also one of the few pre-New Year Day games with ranked opponents. The Longhorns are 1-0 in the Alamo Bowl having beat Iowa 26-24 in the 2006 edition. Mike Riley’s had a great bounce back season and no matter the QB I think the Beavers win plus Mack sent two players home Friday. The Pick: Oregon State 27 Texas 14
J – On paper this is an equal matchup, but between the lines it’s a different story. Mike Riley definitely has instilled a great mindset with this group, who has been able to overcome the initial loss of QB Sean Mannion and then backup Cody Vaz, which has brought back the return of Mannion. The Beavers are aiming for a 10-win season while Texas is simply trying to “salvage” their season as the rumors continue to swirl around Mack Brown. This Longhorns team has been playing tight and I get the feeling that playing the bowl game in their home state won’t help. The Pick: Oregon State 33 Texas 21 

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Tempe, Arizona): TCU Horned Frogs (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) v. Michigan State Spartans (6-6, 3-5 B1G), 9:15 pm/ESPN
M – Points will be at a premium and hopefully the BWW button is on stand-by should it be needed. I’ve watched both teams play a handful of times on TV and I feel for those who’ll watch because of what I just said. Le’Veon Bell is a hammer but other than that Michigan State doesn’t have much. Same is true for TCU on offense. That’s your Insight for the rebranded Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Pick: TCU 14 Michigan State 10
J – TCU is another team that has been competitive all year and is better than their record would have you believe while the Spartans have been a huge disappointment all season. Michigan State’s big challenge will be stopping the Horned Frogs duel-threat QB Trevone Boykin while TCU must stop Spartan superback Le’Veon Bell. They appear well-equipped for the challenge, they give up the fewest rushing yards in the Big 12 with just over 100 yards per game. Gary Patterson is 6-2 in bowl games against teams other than Boise State, I think he makes it 7 here and I keep wondering when he moves up the coaching ladder as he deserves. The Pick: TCU 28 Michigan State 20

Rankings are from BcS Standings

Current Bowl Record: Mike (6-8), Jerry (8-6)
Regular Season Total: Jerry (92-49), Mike (92-49)

Previous Bowl Pick’em Results

Current Bowl Results –

Gilden New Mexico Bowl: Nevada 48 Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo 15 Utah State 41
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: BYU 23 San Diego State 6
Beef “O” Brady Bowl St. Petersburg: Ball State 17 UCF 38
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: East Carolina 34 Louisiana-Lafayette 43
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Washington 26 Boise State 28
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl: Fresno State 10 SMU 43
Little Caesars Bowl: Western Kentucky 21 Central Michigan 24
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20
Belk Bowl: Cincinnati 48 Duke 34
Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl: Baylor 49 UCLA 26
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Ohio 45 Louisiana-Monroe 14
Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers 10 Virginia Tech 13 F/OT
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Minnesota 31 Texas Tech 34

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4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Jerry and Mike Go Bowling! (Dec. 28 Bowls)

Yesterday we both were 2-1 in which we both whiffed on UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. Today we’ve got contrast in which I like Louisiana-Monroe and he like Ohio. We both agree on Rutgers taking the Russell Athletic and Texas Tech big in Houston.

Again, instead of giving you each bowl game all at once we’ll give you are picks in a daily dose of them.

Friday – December 28, 2012
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, Louisiana): Ohio Bobcats (8-4, 4-4 MAC) v. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt), 1 pm/ESPN
M – This isn’t anything against Frank Solich or Ohio in what I’m about to say. But Louisiana-Monroe has tangled with the big boys and has a SEC victory (you could say the win against Arkansas at a “neutral” site fueled the free fall). They can score, just look at the point totals produced (not just against so-so defenses like Auburn and Baylor) this season against everyone. Kolton Browning has been a handful for everyone and will be for the Bobcats as well. The Pick: Louisiana-Monroe 38 Ohio 24
J – Another good battle of mid-majors in Shreveport. Louisiana-Monroe sparked Arkansas’ collapse had Auburn dead to rights before kicking did them in and traded punches with Baylor while Ohio went into a hostile environment in Happy Valley and beat Penn State going away in the season opener. This game comes down to whether the Warhawks can slow down the Bobcats duel-threat QB Tyler Tettleton and RB Beau Blakenship, one of the nation’s best backs. Todd Berry’s got a game squad but I’ve got a soft spot for Ohio, so … The Pick: Ohio 33 Louisiana-Monroe 29

Russell Athletic Bowl (Orlando, Florida): Rutgers Scarlett Knights (9-3, 5-2 Big East) v. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6, 4-4 ACC), 4:30 pm/ESPN
M – I know give Frank Beamer time and he’ll come up with a game plan to beat you. While you’re probably right and this is an opponent that VA Tech could exploit but this isn’t a classic Hokie team as shown by the results. I don’t like this Rutgers team but I do like them more than who they’re playing. The Pick: Rutgers 20 Virginia Tech 13
J – The Scarlet Knights went 9-3 and won a share of the Big East in the first season after Greg Schiano (cut to Bucs fans banging their heads on the desk) and this game appears to be theirs for the taking against a Virginia Tech team that outside of a win against Duke and a hard-fought loss to Florida State has look largely uninspired this season. Expect Rutgers bowl-game winning streak to extend to 6. The Pick: Rutgers 27 Virginia Tech 14

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston, Texas): Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 2-6 B1G) v. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 4-5 Big XII), 8 pm/ESPN
M – Minnesota is a team I’ve seen in person the past two seasons and like where Jerry Kill has the program heading. I don’t like this match-up for the Golden Gophers who have a decent pass defense but haven’t seen an offense like Texas Tech. Also the Red Raiders are playing in their home state and will have enough to make it feel like an away game for Goldie unless I’m overlooking the “snowbird” factor. The Pick: Texas Tech 45 Minnesota 20
J – There should be concerns for the Red Raiders coming into this game with an interim coach and an extremely leaky defense but their quick-strike offense should carry them quite easily against a Golden Gopher team that struggled almost all year to score. The Pick: Texas Tech 38 Minnesota 10 

Rankings are from BcS Standings

Current Bowl Record: Mike (5-6), Jerry (6-5)
Regular Season Total: Jerry (92-49), Mike (92-49)

Previous Bowl Pick’em Results

Current Bowl Results –

Gilden New Mexico Bowl: Nevada 48 Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo 15 Utah State 41
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: BYU 23 San Diego State 6
Beef “O” Brady Bowl St. Petersburg: Ball State 17 UCF 38
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: East Carolina 34 Louisiana-Lafayette 43
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Washington 26 Boise State 28
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl: Fresno State 10 SMU 43
Little Caesars Bowl: Western Kentucky 21 Central Michigan 24
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20
Belk Bowl: Cincinnati 48 Duke 34
Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl: Baylor 49 UCLA 26

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Friday’s Weekend Primer

Getting you set for the Weekend

Holiday Bowl Football
Baylor made it look easy in their 49-26 Holiday Bowl victory over UCLA on Wednesday night. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

First Quarter: NBA

1) NBA Scores
2) Houston Rockets (16-12) @ San Antonio Spurs (22-8), 7:30 pm
3) Los Angeles Clippers (23-6) @ Utah Jazz (15-15), 8 pm
4) Philadelphia 76ers (14-15) @ Golden State Warriors (19-10), 9:30 pm

Second Quarter: 4Quarters College Football Weekend Bowl Schedule

1) Independence Bowl: Ohio Bobcats (8-4, 4-4 MAC) v. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt), 1 pm/ESPN
2) Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-3, 5-2 Big East) v. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6, 4-4 ACC), 4:30 pm/ESPN
3) Meinke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 2-6 B1G) v. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 4-5 Big XII), 8 pm/ESPN
4) Bowl Schedule with five bowls on Saturday

Third Quarter: NFL Week 17

1) NFL Scoreboard
2) Green Bay Packers (11-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (9-6), Noon/FOX
3) Houston Texans (12-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (10-5), Noon/CBS
4) Dallas Cowboys (8-7) @ Washington Redskins (9-6), 7:20 pm/NBC

Fourth Quarter: Weekend Links

1) Rex gone if changes not made?
2) Baseball Hall of Fame voting upcoming 
3) Michael Silver on a on going NFL hiring problem
4) Awful Announcing gives you your week’s NFL broadcast teams

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4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Jerry and Mike Go Bowling! (Dec. 27 Bowls)

Both of us took a loss when Western Kentucky decided to go for it on fourth and two instead of trying for the field goal that send the game to OT. With that said today is our first day of multiple bowl games in one day. Three are on the schedule Thursday from Washington D.C. to Charlotte and finishing in San Diego.

Again, instead of giving you each bowl game all at once we’ll give you are picks in a daily dose of them.

Thursday – December 27, 2012
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Washington, D.C.): 24 San Jose State Spartans (10-2, 5-1 WAC) v. Bowling Green Falcons (8-4, 6-2 MAC), 2 pm/ESPN

M – WAC versus MAC match-up in our nation’s capital in a game that honors our military. San Jose State is without its head coach who moved to Boulder. I don’t think that matters as the ten win Spartans go to D.C. and pick up win number 11 which will be celebrated for awhile by the school. The Pick: San Jose State 27 Bowling Green 21
J – This is a sneaky interesting bowl matchup. SJ State gave Stanford a run for it and Bowling Green made Florida all sorts of uncomfortable. Both these teams have terrific defenses, each giving up 15 points per game. The big question coming into this game is how will the Spartans play with their former head coach Mike MacIntyre now at Colorado? The difference will be Spartan QB David Fales, one of the nation’s top 10 in passing yards this year along with 31 TD and only 9 INT. The Falcons best shot to win will be a steady rushing attack of Anthon Samuel and John Pettigrew to keep the SJSU offense off the field. The Pick: San Jose State 30 Bowling Green 21 

Belk Bowl (Charlotte, North Carolina): Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3, 5-2 Big East) v. Duke Blue Devils (6-6, 3-5 ACC), 5:30 pm/ESPN
M – Could these two schools known for basketball be destined to be ACC mates someday soon? Who knows but I do think Duke will have a case of the Munchies (Cincinnati’s star QB) as the Bearcats get the win. Congrats to the Blue Devils who will be back to a bowl sooner than it took them this time. The Pick: Cincinnati 35 Duke 14
J – Wait, Duke gets to play in North Carolina for the postseason in football too? Come on! Anyway, David Cutcliffe has done a phenomenal job getting this Duke program to respectability again but the Blue Devils will have all sorts of problems containing Munchie Legaux and George Winn. The Pick: Cincinnati 34 Duke 14

Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl (San Diego, California): Baylor Bears (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) v. UCLA Bruins (9-4, 6-3 PAC-12), 8:45 pm/ESPN
M – Defense as is the Holiday Bowl tradition will be optional as the Bears and Bruins meet in the latest meeting between the Big XII and PAC-12. Both teams will score at will on the other but I feel UCLA has a few more defensive playmakers whole get Baylor to commit a few more mistakes. The Pick: UCLA 45 Baylor 35
J – This one of the more enticing bowl games of the season, two explosive offenses with two really good coaches (yes, I said it, Jim Mora Jr. is a really good college coach). We know about the exploits of Baylor’s video game offense but this game will be decided as to whether they can stop the Bruins 1-2 combo of Brett Hundley through the air and Johnathan Franklin on the ground. I don’t expect that to happen, but I’m very hopeful for a repeat of this. The Pick: UCLA 47 Baylor 36

Rankings are from BcS Standings

Current Bowl Record: Mike (3-5), Jerry (4-4)
Regular Season Total: Jerry (92-49), Mike (92-49)

Previous Bowl Pick’em Results

Current Bowl Results –

Gilden New Mexico Bowl: Nevada 48 Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo 15 Utah State 41
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: BYU 23 San Diego State 6
Beef “O” Brady Bowl St. Petersburg: Ball State 17 UCF 38
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: East Carolina 34 Louisiana-Lafayette 43
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Washington 26 Boise State 28
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl: Fresno State 10 SMU 43
Little Caesars Bowl: Western Kentucky 21 Central Michigan 24

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Thursday w/ 4Quarters

Almost done with the week here are four Thursday topics for you to enjoy (Post 420 har har har)


Central Michigan defeated Western Kentucky 24-21 Wednesday night at the Little Caesars Bowl. Photo by Carlos Osorio/AP

First Quarter: NBA

1) NBA scoreboard
2) I think we’ve finally adjust to those awful Christmas uniforms worn
3) Dallas Mavericks (12-16) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (21-6), 7 pm/TNT
4) Boston Celtics (14-13) @ Los Angeles Clippers (22-6), 9:30 pm/TNT

Second Quarter: College Football

1) Western Kentucky plays to win the game instead of trying the tying FG as Central Michigan wins the Little Caesars Bowl
2) Milarty Bowl: San Jose State Spartans (10-2, 5-1 WAC) v. Bowling Green Falcons (8-4, 6-2 MAC), 2 pm/ESPN
3) Belt Bowl: Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3, 5-2 Big East) v. Duke Blue Devils (6-6, 3-5 ACC), 5:30 pm/ESPN
4) Holiday Bowl: Baylor Bears (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) v. UCLA Bruins (9-4, 6-3 PAC-12), 8:45 pm/ESPN

Third Quarter: NFL

1) NFL scoreboard
2) Sunday should be a full day of fun in the National Football League.
3) 4Q: Suck Game of the Week: Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) @ Tennessee Titans (5-10)
4) 4Q: Not Quite Good Enough to Mention Friday Match-up: Baltimore Ravens (10-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

Fourth Quarter: Thursday Links

1) Hot Stove Tracker
2) NFL Pro Bowl teams
3) The White and Blue Review looks at the unfortunite end to Josh Jones of the Creighton Bluejays career
4) Here is Lance Guidry’s pregame speak to the Hilltoppers

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