HSJ Bowl Movement

New Orleans Bowl Dec. 20, 11:00am ET, ESPN
Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (-1.5) (Played in New Orleans, LA)

This is a game of sin. When you think of Nevada you think of Las Vegas. When you think of Louisiana you think of people hunting alligators and the debauchery of New Orleans. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won three consecutive New Orleans Bowls in what amounts to a home game for them. In fact, ULL is one of six schools to have won bowl games the last three years. The others are heavyweights Florida State, South Carolina, Michigan State, Oregon, and Texas A&M. Things will change this year, though. Cody Fajardo and the Wolf Pack offense will rip through the Cajun defense like water through the Lake Pontchartrain levees.

Pick: Nevada 41 Louisiana-Lafayette 27

New Mexico Bowl Dec. 20, 2:20pm ET, ESPN
Utah State (-10.5) vs. UTEP (Played in Albuquerque, NM)

Most people don’t realize that UTEP is in the state of Texas. With this game being played in Albuquerque, UTEP definitely has a home terrain advantage. The Miners boast a powerful running game and will be looking to control the clock in this game. On the other side, Utah State has used more quarterbacks than the NBA has used Kardashians. The Aggies are on their fourth quarterback, freshman Kent Myers, and he’s played pretty well. Look for UTEP to control the game in the early going, but for Utah State to eventually take the lead in the second half and hold on for the victory. The key is for Myers and the Aggie offense to avoid turning the ball over. With a couple of turnovers, the UTEP running game and Aaron Jones will pull the upset. With a month to prepare for the game, Myers will not give the game away.

Pick: Utah State 31 UTEP 21

Las Vegas Bowl Dec. 20, 3:30pm ET, ABC
Utah (-4.5) vs. Colorado State (Played in Las Vegas, NV)

This is another interesting matchup early in the bowl season. You have a Colorado State team that just lost its coach to an SEC school. CSU actually bragged that as part of the coach’s buyout, they get to play a road game at Florida. Utah is a school that snuck into the PAC 12 when Colorado escaped from the Big 12. They did have a common opponent in Colorado this season. Colorado State blew out the Buffaloes but Utah had a bit of a struggle before winning by less than a touchdown. Sometimes, games come down to intangibles. On paper, Utah appears to have the better team mainly due to its defensive front seven, but other than that these teams appear evenly matched. The intangibles in this game appear to be that Colorado State considers collecting a large buyout for its coach a victory. To brag about something like that means that the game is actually secondary. Take the Utes, and the points.

Pick: Utah 27 CSU 14

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 20, 5:45pm ET, ESPN
Western Michigan (Pick) vs. Air Force (Played in Boise, ID)

This is one of those games played on blue turf, which makes it really hard to watch. It’s also crazy that neither team made a bowl in 2013 when they combined for a 3-21 record. Yet, here they are, playing each other on blue turf this bowl season. This is a very difficult game to pick, so I’ll just go with Western Michigan since our service academies should no longer play football.

Pick: Western Michigan 28 Air Force 23

Camellia Bowl Dec. 20, 9:15pm ET, ESPN
South Alabama (-2.5) vs. Bowling Green (Played in Montgomery, AL)

Dino Babers is still in shock after his Bowling Green Falcons lost three games in a row down the stretch. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Bowling Green played on different nights of the week instead of just Saturdays. Their schedule lined up like an NBA schedule. South Alabama, however, had their own problems, especially on the offensive side of the football, where they averaged just over 20 points a game. Look for South Alabama to hold Dino’s squad in check, mainly because Bowling Green sounds like some kind of croquet or jarts team.

Pick: South Alabama 21 Bowling Green 6

Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 22, 2:00pm ET, ESPN
BYU vs. Memphis (-1) (Played in Miami, FL)

This is an interesting game. There’s no doubt about it, BYU is not a good football team. They aren’t as physical as they have been in past years and they have absolutely no speed at the offensive skill positions. The Cougars did manage to scrape together a four game winning streak to end the season on a high note after a horrendous start. Memphis, on the other hand, has been kind of a trendy mid-major this year with a defense that has surrendered just 17 points per game. BYU does have one advantage in that the game being played in Miami, which is probably third on the list of places where college students can get in trouble behind New Orleans and Las Vegas. Still, we at HSJ don’t believe that’s enough of an advantage for BYU to pull the upset.

Pick: Memphis 41 BYU 7

Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 23, 6:00pm ET, ESPN
Marshall (-9.5) vs. Northern Illinois (Played in Boca Raton, FL)

Marshall scored 66 points against Western Kentucky for their greatest offensive game of the season. It was also their only loss of the season. Northern Illinois has won at least 11 games for five seasons in a row. In watching Marshall this year, they seemed like a solid football team and probably have more talent than Pitt and West Virginia. They won some close ones down the stretch until that collapse against Western Kentucky. Northern Illinois, though, is just used to winning. They would win against Marshall, Pitt, or West Virginia, all similar teams.

Pick: Northern Illinois 44 Marchall 35

Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23, 9:30pm ET, ESPN
Navy vs. San Diego State (-2.5) (Played in San Diego, CA)

San Diego State is basically playing a home game in this bowl game. Their opponent, Navy, shouldn’t be fielding a team at all. It is time for the service academies to give up playing football. On the field, both teams are run heavy, with Navy running that service academy triple option game. Look for the superior athletes of the Aztecs to take over this game in the second half.

Pick: San Diego State 22 AFA 17

Bahamas Bowl Dec. 24, 12:00pm ET, ESPN
Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky (-3) (Played in Nassau, Bahamas)

This game really isn’t a good idea. The Bahamas would be better suited hosting a badminton tournament or maybe some beach volleyball exhibitions. Western Kentucky did play one of the more exciting games this year when they squeaked by an overrated Marshall team by one point. Central Michigan relied on the lunch pail type of defensive effort to go bowling this year, and they are hanging their hat on a victory over a Big 10 team. Let’s not kid ourselves, though. Western Kentucky has better players and should win this game going away.

Pick: Western Kentucky 49 Central Michigan 0

Midseason Exlusive Report: Big Wins for State of Texas Programs

We are nearing the midpoint of the 2014 season. Let’s take a look back at the biggest wins for the major college football programs in the state of Texas:

Baylor
The Bears scored a home win over TCU by a field goal. While this was a great win, the Bears’ defense proved suspect by giving up a whopping 58 points.

Houston
Houston has improved after a rough start that saw them lose to UTSA and give a game away to a poor BYU team. The Cougars got things going with a 28-24 win over Memphis.

Rice
Rice lost a lot of seniors off last year’s squad and had a tough schedule to open things up in 2014, but the Owls have won three straight including a 41-21 pasting of Army.

North Texas
North Texas is another team that lost a lot of senior leadership off last year’s team. Their 43-6 win over SMU has been their bright spot so far this season.

SMU
The Mustangs have yet to win a game but seem to be turning things around after the departure of June Jones. Their recent effort against East Carolina was by far the Mustangs’ best game of the year.

Texas
The Longhorns best win came after pulling away from struggling Kansas in the second half during Charlie Weis’ last game as the coach of the Jayhawks. The Horns avoided becoming the Jayhawks’ second conference win in 32 games.

Texas A&M
The Aggies opened up the college football season with a road victory over top ten ranked South Carolina. The Gamecocks has won 18 straight home games before the Aggies came to town.

Texas Christian
The Frogs appear to much improved on offense but have taken a step back on defense. Gary Patterson’s new offense put up enough points to beat a tough Oklahoma team.

Texas El Paso

The Miners opened up the season with a 31-24 win over the Lobos of New Mexico.

Texas San Antonio
The Roadrunners opened the season with an upset win over the Houston Cougars in Houston. UTSA has struggled of late, but Larry Coker’s bunch came out ready to play in game one.

Texas State
After a disappointing loss to Illinois, Dennis Franchione’s squad went on the road to Tulsa and escaped with a 37-34 victory.

Texas Tech
The Red Raiders thwarted a last minute drive by the Miners to hold off UTEP in El Paso, 37-34, to move to 2-0 on the season. Unfortunately, the schedule toughened up a bit after the first two games.

Predicting the Final SEC Standings

This is a simple exercise. You look at every team’s schedule and assign points for every game for a sure win, probable win, tossup, probable loss, and definite loss. You add up the points and have your standings at the end of the year.

Since the eastern division is much weaker than the west this year, some inequalities are evident in the result. For example, Arkansas, which looks much improved, will probably see its win total be within one of Vanderbilt’s this year, despite Vanderbilt being the worst SEC team in years. Four of the five lowest win totals will be in the east despite only two cross division games per team.

SEC East Final Standings

1. Missouri (6.5)

Wins over Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida.
Probable win over Georgia
Tossup vs South Carolina
Probable loss to Texas A&M

2. South Carolina (5)

Wins over Georgia and Vandy
Probable wins over Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee
Tossup vs Missouri
Probable loss to Auburn
Loss to Texas A&M

3. Georgia (4.25)

Win over Vandy
Probable wins over Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida
Tossup vs Kentucky
Probable losses to Missouri and Auburn
Loss to South Carolina

4. Kentucky (3)

Win over Vandy
Probable win over Tennessee
Tossup to Georgia
Probable losses to South Carolina, LSU, and Mississippi State
Losses to Missouri and Florida

5. Florida (2.75)

Win over Kentucky
Probable win over Vandy
Probable losses to Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and USC
Losses to Missouri and LSU

6. Tennessee (2.5)

Probable wins over Florida and Vandy
Probable losses to Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Kentucky
Losses to Alabama and Missouri

7. Vanderbilt (0.5)

Probable losses to Tennessee and Florida
Losses to Mississippi State, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky

SEC West Final Standings

1. Texas A&M (6.5)

Wins over South Carolina, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Probable wins over Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri, and LSU
Tossup vs Auburn

2. Auburn (6)

Win over Arkansas
Probable wins over LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia
Tossup vs Texas A&M

3. Alabama (4.75)

Win over Tennessee
Probable wins over Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Mississippi State
Tossup vs LSU
Probable losses to Texas A&M and Auburn

4. LSU (4.5) (Tie)

Win over Florida
Probable wins over Kentucky and Arkansas
Tossups vs Mississippi State, Mississippi, and Alabama
Probable losses to Texas A&M and Auburn

4. Mississippi State (4.5) (Tie)

Win over Vandy
Probable wins over Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi
Tossup vs LSU
Probable losses to Texas A&M, Auburn, and Alabama

6. Mississippi (3.75)

Win over Vandy
Probable wins over Tennessee and Arkansas
Tossup vs LSU
Probable losses to Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi State
Loss to Texas A&M

7. Arkansas (1.25)

Probable losses to Mississippi State, Mississippi, LSU, Georgia, and Alabama
Losses to Auburn, Missouri, and Texas A&M

SEC Power Rankings

After the dust has settled from week one, we churned up the computer and came up with the first edition of the SEC power rankings. These are fluid rankings and can shift week to week based on each team’s performance, but these rankings are usually a great way of predicting the SEC champion. Teams outside of the top five or six have virtually no chance of winning the conference.

1. TEXAS A&M (99.22)

The Aggies had the best performance in all of college football in week one. They looked unstoppable on offense and much improved on defense.

2. GEORGIA (98.50)
The Bulldogs kept the game close and pulled away in the fourth quarter behind a dominate running game and strong defense.

3. MISSOURI (97.83)
Maty Mauk is the real deal. The running games looks strong in the post Henry Josey days. Defensively, they seem to be doing a fine job of replacing some losses up front.

4. AUBURN (95.33)
Gus needs to be concerned about his defense after that unit was dominated by a weak Arkansas team for over a half of football.

5. FLORIDA (90.00)
The ranking here is incomplete, but Florida’s offense did look better last weekend than they did all last year. Defensively, Coach Boom has a harem of talent out there.

6. TENNESSEE (88.45)

Neyland was rocking as the Vols turned in a powerful performance against a tough Utah State squad.

7. ALABAMA (84.50)
It could be a long season for Nick Saban. The defense is strong, but looks to be the slowest in the SEC. Poor quarterback recruiting is finally catching up with the Tide.

8. MISSISSIPPI STATE (82.67)
Along with Florida, this ranking can move more than any other team in the conference. The computer might have the Bulldogs underrated a bit due to the ineptness of Southern Miss, but State will be strong this year.

9. LSU (82.33)
The Tigers struggled for three quarters against a slow Big 10 team. This looks to be the year all those defensive losses catch up to Les Miles.

10. KENTUCKY (81.5)
This is the highest Kentucky has been ranked in years. The Stoops they have is building something nice in basketball land.

11. SOUTH CAROLINA (77.67)
The Ol’ Ball Coach looked lost in week one. Hopefully, the Gamecocks can rebound, but they look like they are reverting back to Cocks of before the Lou Holtz years.

12. MISSISSIPPI (77.41)
The Rebels have talent splattered here and there, but they have the worst quarterback situation in the conference outside of Tuscaloosa.

13. ARKANSAS (66.67)
It’s time to end the Bret Bielema experiment. His weekly embarrassing quotes are more newsworthy than his football team. Bring back John L. Smith.

14. VANDERBILT (50.0)
The most disappointing team in college football after week one.

CrazyLegs Harris lets his South Carolinuts hang

2014 crazy legs harris gon go to work
A dancin playa with a dream aint here to do no damn twerk
No more stiff arms to the dirt No more stiff arms cause they hurt No more soil on my shirt No more Pantene I’m usin Pert

 

Yea ima corner crazy legs move so fast
Yea ima corner people said I wouldn’t last
Maaad that I’m so skinny
maaad that I drink henny
21 now playin corner so Steve spurrier suck my jimmy

 

Had a problem last yr with some shitty d coachin       
Now here come this hater Yates tryin to do some Aggie poachin
He fucked up our game, technique, & our personnel
U Ridin out to Boise? Sheeeeeit Sucka go to hell    

HSJ MarcelHater               

Yo I still got deshazor workin fo me on the other side

Still got Floyd & HoMat who need a handicap ride

They Tryin to run them wheel routes up over a playas head
Somebody grab them diapers yo HoMat just shit the bed
U think I should dance faster? Naw Dylan caint spin it
HoMat covered in shit and now he fingerpaintin in it

 

Yea ima corner crazy legs move so fast
Yea ima corner people said I wouldn’t last
Maaad that I’m so skinny
maad that I drink henny
21 now playin corner so Steve spurrier suck my jimmy

 

 HSJ DevanteTJo

New position coach goin hard and gettin physical

Mighta gone too hard doc says my nuts look atypical

Terry Joseph say we good crazy legs we get restructured                                                                                               

Hellsyeacoach watchmedance OSHIT my testicle ruptured                                                                                                      

Oh mane my grapes is hurtin Gurl no more squritin Mane my grapes is swollen now Crazy Legs in this chair ROLLIN

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Ghostboyghostboy I hear the people say u toast                                                                                                                       But hold up mane justin manning birfday I got to host…

Come thru fo the bash

Ghostboy gon spend that cash

comeon girl bounce that ass Naw im cool its just my nuts not a rash  

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