Tag:Wisconsin
Posted on: September 7, 2008 9:26 pm
 

TBDPITL Week #2

Here they are.  The monkeys aim and throw for Week #2.

1. USC - The class of the nation.  OSU will not fare well.

2. Georgia - Beat a decent Central Michigan squad.

3. Missouri - First cupcake.

4. Ohio State - Second cupcake, and didn't look good.

5. Texas - Second cupcake.

6. Florida - Miami?

7. Wisconsin - Second cupcake.

8. Louisiana St. - Nothing new.

9. Auburn - A win against a legit team.  How refreshing!

10. Penn St. - Buried Oregon St.  Impressive.

11. Oklahoma - Not much trouble with Cincy.

12. Alabama - Tulane?  Hmmm.

13. East Carolina - Are they for real now?

14. Fresno St. -  Wiscy will be the test

15. Oregon - 66 points? Yeah, that'll do it.

16. South Florida - A rare Big East winner.  And here comes Kansas.

17. Texas Tech - Beat Nevada, yawn.  Wake me up when they play Kansas and Texas.

18. Kansas - Jayhawks play their first and only decent team since Missouri in USF. Will they be Oregon or Auburn?

19. Arizona St. - Smacked Stanford around.  Not bad.

20. Wake Forest - Almost lost to Ole Miss.  Just what we need , another SEC contender.

21. Illinois - After Week 2, their loss to Missouri doesn't look so bad.

22. Virginia Tech - After what East Carolina did to West Virginia, Virginia Tech doesn't look so bad.

23. UCLA - Nothing new.

24. Utah - UNLV hung around for a little while anyway.

25. BYU - Lucky to beat a poor Washington team.

Posted on: September 3, 2008 5:26 pm
 

TBDPITL Week 1. I really mean it this time.

Ok, in the interest of full disclosure, here are my votes.

1. USC - Trojans don't need a 1AA tuneup.  Ask Virginia.

2. Georgia - Georgia beats cupcake #1

3. Missouri - Tigers move up with big win over Illinois

4. West Virginia - See Georgia

5. Ohio St. - See Georgia

6. Texas - See Georgia

7. Florida - Memo to Hawaii.  Never visit the SEC again.

8. Wisconsin - See Georgia

9. LSU - Appy State learned LSU is not Michigan

10. Oklahoma - See Georgia

11. Auburn - Ok, so it's not a state-wide thing with Louisiana-Monroe

12. Alabama - Alright Saban, you impressed me.

13. Fresno St. - Damn Bulldogs!

14. Oregon - Ducks roll. Or should I say waddle?

15. Penn St. - Big win over Coma Carolina

16. USF - See Georgia

17. Texas Tech - Yeah, you shoulda been here in my preseason poll

18. Kansas - See Georgia

19. Cincinatti - See Georgia

20. Arizona St. - See Georgia

21. UCLA - Not completely convinced but beating TN has to be worth something

22. East Carolina - Note to Big East.  Scoop up the Pirates.  NOW!

23. BYU - Missed you in preseason poll. Sorry Cougs.

24. Utah - Yeah, Michigan's O is new but the Utes beat up their D too.

25. Wake Forest - A rare ACC winner last week.

Barbarian Report on the big week by Utah, East Carolina, and Fresno State on the way!

Posted on: July 13, 2008 2:08 pm
 

Barbarians Fare Well in Pre-Season TBDPITL Poll

Well the preseason edition of The Best Damn Poll in the Land has hit the Internet.  Without sounding overly self-congratulatory for the small part I played in it, I thought it was pretty good.  Kudos to the Greek as the driving force and poll-master.  I was especially pleased that two barbarians were listed.  If you didn't know, barbarians are those non-BCS schools that have the audacity to appear in polls and upset the pre-ordained order of the Bowl Championship Series.  My positition has always been that these teams get short shrift from the media and coaches and are openly conspired against by the BCS schools to be kept out of the end of the year bowl money give-aways.  But IMHO, just like the original barbarians storming and eventually sacking Rome, these non-BCS schools will eventually win out and get a playoff so they have a fair shot at a true national championship.

So in addition to my obvious Rutgers/Big East bias which I will try to keep under control, I plan on doing my best to see that these "non-tradtional" schools get a fair shot in the poll.    So here's a brief overview of this year's Huns, Vandals, Visigoths, and Franks.  I'll try to do updates on the teams that appear in the TBDPITL or on the "Receiving Votes" list.

1.  Fresno State - Frankly I didn't know a lot about them until Kansas St. turned yellow and dropped them from their schedule.  Apparently the Wildcats don't like getting stomped by a WAC team.  So Rutgers got them for their opener on Labor Day this year.  After doing a little research on the Bulldogs, I am scared, big time.  Veteran quarterback, solid running game, and a defense that has been described as "chippy."  What that translates to in my book, is a defense that causes problems and beats people.  Coach Pat Hill's motto is any team, any place.  After Rutgers, they play Wisconsin at home.  I'm calling an upset here Badger Ballers, be ready.  Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous team.  If they beat Rutgers, Wiscy, and UCLA this year, expect to see them in the top 10, maybe top 5.

2. BYU - Really happy to see them at #16.  They just missed in my poll.  Two straight 11-1 seasons but you hear nothing about them from the media.  Well you're hear about them from me.  QB Max Hall almost hit 4,000 yards last year with 26 TD's.  Freshman of the year RB Harvey Unga ran for 1,227 yards and 44 catches for 655 yards. 17 total TD's.  Defense hurt by graduation.  Games against Washington and UCLA could put them  on the radar.  My pick for the Mountain West this year.

3. Utah - A major obstacle on BYU's path.  The Moutain West crown will be decided by BYU at Utah this year.  Solid O-line, if senior QB Brian Johnson cuts down on ints, he's a force, and offense has a 1,200 yard rusher in Darrell Mack.  Defense was 18th in the nation and has a veteran secondary.  The Utes will be looking to upset Rich Rod and Michigan in the opener, and could do it.

4. East Carolina - I've been politicking to get them into the Big East.  Love this team and their football tradition.  Last year beat barbarian hero Boise State in the Humanitarian Bowl.  UCF may be the trendy pick for Conference USA.  I like the Pirates.  Skip Holtz' two QB rotation causes problems.  Defense needs to improve over last year.

5.  Boise State - Everyone's non-BCS hero due to their monumental victory over Oklahoma two years ago.  Ian Johnson's still there and is a force at RB.  QB controversy needs to be resolved, and replacing he who blocks out the sun, Ryan Clady will be difficult.  Defense looks solid.  If Fresno State wants to be the big dog in the WAC, this is the team who presently carries around the big bone.  Expect Hawaii to fall off the radar this year.

6. Troy - The real Trojans. Sorry USC but you really should be the Southern Californians.  How do you like this OOC schedule: LSU, Ohio St., and Oklahoma St.  Why do our pollsters like them?  Well they stayed within 10 of Georgia last year for one.  Good receivers but breaking in new QB and RB.

So there they are, this year's favorite Barbarians according The Best Damn Poll in the Land.  Rape, Pilllage, and Plunder boys.  Every time you knock off a BCS team, you get us that much closer to a national playoff.

Posted on: July 7, 2008 4:52 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Courtesy of the Greek, I have been honored with selection to the group of pollsters for this top 25 CFB poll.  I am thrilled by the opportunity to prove that I know as little about who the best 25 teams are as the mavens of the AP, Coaches, Harris Interactive polls, and that stupid computer.

This reminds me of a stock market theory that says the market does what it wants to do, and that a group of dart-throwing monkeys can pick stock winners just as well as some high-powered stock brokers.  What can I say, I was always partial to the winged monkeys in the Wizard of Oz.  So it is my honor to be one of your dart-throwing monkeys this season.  Without further adieu, here are my preseason submissions to the Best Damn Poll in the Land.  Feel free to critcize, laugh, applaud, or respond inappropriately.

1.  Southern Cal   - The Trojans are loaded.  Don't expect another loss to Stanford

2.  Georgia - SEC Champions ride Jersey kid Moreno to the Championship

3.  West Virginia - The whole O line is back plus Pat White.

4.  Ohio State - Twice burnt  by the Buckeyes.  You're working your way up this year.

5.  Missouri -  TIgers turn the tables on the Big 12 South.

6.  Texas - The Longhorns are back. 

7.  Florida - Tebow's better, but not enough to get by Georgia.

8.  Wisconsin - Wiscy's good, but OSU's better still.

9.  Louisiana St. - QB?

10.  Virginia Tech - ACC champs, good D, offense?

11.  Auburn -  The spread takes root in Alabama.

12.  Oklahoma - Sooners lose 2 out of three to Lone Star teams.

13.  Tennessee - Florida, Auburn, and Georgia hand Vols their only losses.

14.  Oregon - Quack Attack!  Ducks come up roses.

15.  Clemson - Lose to Hokies in ACC Championship

16.  Rutgers - My homer pick.  Hey! Fuhgedaboudit!

17.  Penn St. - Joe's last hurrah.

18.  South Florida - Bulls are #3 in Big East,  just barely.

19.  Kansas - Schedule's a lot tougher this year.

20.  Fresno St. - The Bulldogs may have a nasty surprise in store for some BCS teams.

21.  Cincinnati - Strong showing against Sooners gets Bearcats noticed.

22.   Arizona St. - Losses to Georgia, Southern Cal, and Oregon early hurt.

23.  Illinois - The fourth best in the Big 10.

24.  Alabama - Saban hits the turning point.  The Tide is rising.

25.  Pittsburgh - Wannstedt's recruiting finally pays off.  Pitt joins the Big East party. 

 
 
 
 
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