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March 20, 2019

PiRate Ratings NCAA Tournament For Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

North Carolina Central

97.2

0.0

North Dakota St.

97.9

-0.7

St. John’s

106.2

0.0

Arizona St.

107.9

-1.7

Schedule

Both Games on Tru TV

6:40 PM EDT

16- North Carolina Central vs. 16- North Dakota St.

30 Minutes After the Conclusion of the First Game

(approximately 9:15 PM EDT)

11-Arizona State vs. 11-St. John’s

 

Thursday’s Schedule

Time

Game

TV

Location

12:15 p.m.

(10) Minnesota vs. (7) Louisville

CBS

Des Moines

12:40 p.m.

(14) Yale vs. (3) LSU

truTV

Jacksonville 

1:30 p.m.

(12) New Mexico St. vs. (5) Auburn

TNT

Salt Lake City 

2 p.m.

(13) Vermont vs. (4) Florida St.

TBS

Hartford 

Approx. 2:30 PM

(15) Bradley vs. (2) Michigan St.

CBS

Des Moines 

Approx. 2:55 PM

(11) Belmont vs. (6) Maryland

truTV

Jacksonville 

Approx. 3:45 PM

(13) Northeastern vs. (4) Kansas

TNT

Salt Lake City 

Approx. 4:15 PM

(12) Murray St. vs. (5) Marquette

TBS

Hartford 

6:50 p.m.

(10) Florida vs. (7) Nevada

TNT

Des Moines 

7:10 p.m.

(15) Abilene Christian vs. (2) Kentucky

CBS

Jacksonville 

7:20 p.m.

(11) Saint Mary’s vs. (6) Villanova

TBS

Hartford 

7:27 p.m.

(16) Fairleigh-Dickinson vs. (1) Gonzaga

truTV

Salt Lake City

Approx. 9:20 PM

(15) Montana vs. (2) Michigan

TNT

Des Moines 

Approx. 9:40 PM

(10) Seton Hall vs. (7) Wofford

CBS

Jacksonville 

Approx. 9:50 PM

(14) Old Dominion vs. (3) Purdue

TBS

Hartford 

Approx. 9:57 PM

(9) Baylor vs. (8) Syracuse

truTV

Salt Lake City 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2018

PiRate Ratings Spreads For NCAA Tournament Games of Wed., March 14

Higher Seed Lower Seed Spread
UNC-Central Texas Southern -2.8
Arizona St. Syracuse 1.9

Tournament Schedule

All Times Eastern Daylight

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018
TIME Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
6:40 PM 16 UNC-Central 16 Texas Southern Dayton, OH truTV
9:10 PM 11 Arizona St. 11 Syracuse Dayton, OH truTV

 

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018
TIME Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
12:15 PM 7 Rhode Island 10 Oklahoma Pittsburgh CBS
12:40 PM 3 Tennessee 14 Wright St. Dallas truTV
1:30 PM 4 Gonzaga 13 UNC-Greensboro Boise, ID TNT
2:00 PM 1 Kansas 16 Penn Wichita, KS TBS
2:45 PM 2 Duke 15 Iona Pittsburgh CBS
3:10 PM 6 Miami (Fla.) 11 Loyola (Chi.) Dallas truTV
4:00 PM 5 Ohio St. 12 South Dakota St. Boise, ID TNT
4:30 PM 8 Seton Hall 9 North Carolina St. Wichita, KS TBS
6:50 PM 1 Villanova 16 Radford Pittsburgh TNT
7:10 PM 5 Kentucky 12 Davidson Boise, ID CBS
7:20 PM 6 Houston 11 San Diego St Wichita, KS TBS
7:27 PM 3 Texas Tech 14 Stephen F. Austin Dallas truTV
9:20 PM 8 Virginia Tech 9 Alabama Pittsburgh TNT
9:40 PM 4 Arizona 13 Buffalo Boise, ID CBS
9:50 PM 3 Michigan 14 Montana Wichita, KS TBS
9:57 PM 6 Florida 11 St. Bonaventure Dallas truTV

 

Friday, Mar 16, 2018
TIME Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
12:15 PM 7 Texas A&M 10 Providence Charlotte CBS
12:40 PM 2 Purdue 15 Cal St. Fullerton Detroit truTV
1:30 PM 4 Wichita St. 13 Marshall San Diego TNT
2:00 PM 2 Cincinnati 15 Georgia St. Nashville TBS
2:45 PM 2 North Carolina 15 Lipscomb Charlotte CBS
3:10 PM 7 Arkansas 10 Butler Detroit truTV
4:00 PM 5 West Virginia 12 Murray St. San Diego TNT
4:30 PM 7 Nevada 10 Texas Nashville TBS
6:50 PM 8 Creighton 9 Kansas St. Charlotte TNT
7:10 PM 3 Michigan St. 14 Bucknell Detroit CBS
7:20 PM 1 Xavier 16 UNCC/Tex Sou. Nashville TBS
7:27 PM 4 Auburn 13 Charleston San Diego truTV
9:20 PM 1 Virginia 16 MD-Baltimore Co. Charlotte TNT
9:40 PM 6 TCU 11 Ariz.St./Syracuse Detroit CBS
9:50 PM 8 Missouri 9 Florida St. Nashville TBS
9:57 PM 5 Clemson 12 New Mexico St. San Diego truTV

 

Note: Virginia’s outstanding 6th Man De’Andre Hunter is out for the season, and this will knock the Cavaliers down a few notches in our criteria.  If you have not submitted your brackets yet, you might take this into consideration, as the Cavaliers have lost a potent weapon that could play anywhere on the floor.  He was to Virginia what John Havlicek was to the Boston Celtics in the 1960’s, the 6th man that was the secret sauce of Red Auerbach’s extended success.  Without Hunter, Virginia reverts back to a great defensive team that lacks enough offensive power to beat an athletic opponent the likes of Arizona or Cincinnati.  Hunter was instrumental in helping the Cavs secure two wins over Syracuse, and road wins against Miami and Virginia Tech.

 

The PiRates New Criteria Shows Beginner’s Luck

Did you read our lengthy piece yesterday pertaining to our brand new paradigm?  The PiRates scrapped our old, archaic system of picking brackets and debuted our new mostly statistical metric based criteria.

We were not sure how successful it might be in the first year of its existence, and we are sure we will need to tweak it some in the ensuing years, but we started out with a bang last night.

We hit both games and basically called how St. Bonaventure would send the Sons of Westwood home to SoCal.  We wrote that we believed the Bonnies would force turnovers on the Bruins, which would be the deciding factor in the game, and it was spot on.

We are reminded that a broken watch is also correct twice a day.

 

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2010

2010 Pac-10 Football Preview

Go to www.piratings.webs.com where we beat the spread 60.4% in 2009!

 

2010 Pac-10 Conference Preview

Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott attempted to shake the college football world in June by luring Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado to form the Pac-16.  Instead, he had to settle for just CU and Utah.

Southern California made more headlines after the football season than during it, and they continued to stay in the news all summer.  After being placed on major probation, the Trojans will not be eligible for the postseason.  They lost several players who were allowed to become eligible immediately at other schools.  It cost Athletics Director Mike Garrett his job.

Pete Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks before this all came to a head.  So, who is the honest-to-a-fault replacement?  Who is the guy that has been hired to run a clean program?  LANE KIFFIN!  Yes, the ex-Oakland Raiders coach, who left Alameda County in a cloud of controversy.  The ex-Tennessee Volunteers coach, who left the Vols looking at possible probation.  He brings Ed Orgeron with him.  Is the death penalty still an option in football?

USC is out of the bowl picture, and now the league will need six bowl eligible teams other than the Trojans to fulfill their contractual agreements.  This league is so balanced; any of the top seven teams could win the conference championship.  The Oregon Ducks lost Jeremiah Masoli, and still the PiRate Computer shows them to be the most powerful team in the nation in week one.  That aside, we cannot see Oregon, or any other Pac-10 team running the table in conference play, and we believe that two losses will earn a piece of the title.

Note: The PiRate Ratings are not meant to be used to predict the outcome of future games.  They are usable only as a basis for the current week’s games.  We do not use these ratings to make our selections.  They are only a starting point.  The predictions given below, as for every college conference and NFL division, are not taken from the ratings themselves.

Predictions

Pos Team P10 W-L
1 Oregon 7-2 10-2
2 Arizona 7-2 10-2
3 Oregon State 6-3 7-5
4 California 6-3 9-3
5 Southern Cal 5-4 8-5
6 Stanford 5-4 7-5
7 Washington 4-5 6-6
8 U C L A 4-5 5-7
9 Arizona State 1-8 3-9
10 Washington State 0-9 1-11

 

BCS (Rose) Bowl: Oregon

Alamo Bowl: Arizona

Holiday Bowl: California

Sun Bowl: Washington

Las Vegas Bowl: Stanford

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Oregon State

 

 

Team By Team Breakdown

Team Arizona Wildcats
               
Head Coach Mike Stoops
               
Colors Cardinal and Navy
               
City Tucson, AZ
               
2009 Record              
Conference 6-3
Overall 8-5
               
PiRate Rating 116.0
               
National Rating 21
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 7-2
Overall 10-2

 

Offense: The biggest loss on this side of the ball is offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, who took over at Louisiana Tech.  Arizona couldn’t move the ball until Dykes brought the “Air Raid” offense to Tucson in 2007.

The Wildcats have two very capable quarterbacks.  Starter Nick Foles led ‘Zona to the brink of the Pac-10 Championship last year, coming up just short in overtime against Oregon.  Foles passed for 2,486 yards and 19 scores and should post better numbers this year.  Backup Matt Scott is a dual-threat runner-passer.  He forces opponents to prepare for two different game plans.

Coach Mike Stoops can call on multiple players to line up at receiver.  He can go with two tight ends or no tight ends and has talented choices both ways.  Juron Criner led the ‘Cats with 582 receiving yards, and he will get plenty of help from David Douglas, Bug Wright, and tight ends A.J. Simmons and David Roberts.

The Wildcats used a trio of backs last year and should continue to split the carries.  Keola Antolin led with 637 on the ground and caught 17 short passes. Nic Grigsby added 567 yards with an eye-popping 7.2 yard average.

A senior-dominated offensive line should continue to open running holes and protect the passers.  Arizona surrendered just 13 sacks in 2009.  Center Colin Baxter earned 1st Team All-Pac-10 honors last year, and he should be an early draft pick next Spring.

Can Arizona continue their dominance on this side of the ball without Dykes calling the plays?  We say they can.  Look for the Wildcats to score 26-30 points and gain 375-400 yards per game.

Defense: Stoops loses his defensive coordinator as well; his brother Mark went to Florida State.  He also loses seven starters, including his top four tacklers.  The biggest concern is at linebacker, where there will be three new players in the starting lineup.  Two of the projected starters were junior college players last year, and the third saw limited action here.  None of the graduated players were top caliber, so the drop in production could be minimal.

The front line should be quite good.  Ends Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed return to anchor the perimeter.  Elmore finished third in the league with 10 ½ sacks. 

The secondary returns a 1st Team All-Pac-10 performer in cornerback Trevin Wade.  Wade led the team with five interceptions and nine passes broken up.

The Wildcats are expected to take a small step backward on this side of the ball, but we believe the defense will regress less than the offense improves.  Arizona may control the clock more in an attempt to help the defense.  Look for 21-24 points and 300-325 yards allowed, or about the same as last season.

Schedule: Outside of league play, Arizona has one easy game, one difficult game, and one interesting game.  They start off at Toledo on Friday night, September 3.  The Rockets will test the new defense.  They host The Citadel the following week, and they should light up the scoreboard.  The following week, Big Ten contender Iowa visits Arizona Stadium. 

The Wildcats face Oregon in Eugene and Stanford in Palo Alto.  We could see Stoops and company coming up one game short again this season, but win double-digit games, as long as the defense gels.

Team Arizona State Sun Devils
               
Head Coach Dennis Erickson
               
Colors Maroon and Gold
               
City Tempe, AZ
               
2009 Record              
Conference 2-7
Overall 4-8
               
PiRate Rating 99.0
               
National Rating 62
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 1-8
Overall 3-9

 

Offense: The Sun Devils suffered through consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1946-47, and if they don’t right the ship this year, it could be the end for Coach Dennis Erickson.  After starting his ASU tenure at 8-0, he has gone 11-18 since.

A lack of offense has been the reason for the decline in Tempe.  With just three starters returning on this side of the ball, it could spell doom for State this year.  They lost their top runner, top passer, and top two receivers, so you have to consider this a rebuilding season.

The Sun Devils will switch to a no-huddle, wide-open offense under first-year offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.  Piloting that attack could be one of three players.  Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet was thought to be the front-runner, but Brock Osweiler and Samson Szakacsy are battling for the starting nod.  Look for Erickson to use Szakacsy as a running threat off the bench, and we believe Threet will open as starter.

There will be a two-man platoon at running back as well.  Cameron Marshall should start.  He rushed for just 280 yards and two touchdowns last year as the top reserve.  True freshman Deantre Lewis will get a hard look at supplanting Marshall.  He will see action right away.

Keeping with the program, ASU will rotate receivers, because they have several decent but no great pass catchers.  Kerry Taylor and Gerell Robinson are the two most experienced receivers, but they combined for just 49 catches and 537 yards.

The offensive line took a beating with the unexpected loss of loss of guard Zach Schlink to a career-ending knee injury.  Backup guard Jon Hargis was already out with an ACL injury, so there is going to be some depth issues in the line.  Center Garth Gerhart is the only experienced lineman left.

With a new offense and several new players, it looks grim for the Sun Devils this year.  We don’t believe they can improve on last year’s mediocre numbers.  Call it 17-21 points and 300-325 yards per game this year.

Defense: Things don’t look much better on this side of the ball, as ASU lost five of their top six tacklers, including most of their best pass defenders.  In a pass-happy league, this spells trouble.

Arizona State needs a spectacular pass rush this year, and they have two excellent tackles that could fit the bill.  Lawrence Guy and Saia Falahola combined for 8 ½ sacks.  End James Brooks has the potential to be a pass rushing stud, and we believe he will lead the Devils in sacks this year.

Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict is nursing a bad ankle in August practice, but he should be ready for the season.  He is the only returning starter to the linebacking unit.  Burfict is strong against both the run and pass.

The secondary was one of the best in the league last year, holding opposing quarterbacks to just 53% completions and 189 yards.  All four starters are gone (combined for six interceptions and 18 passes broken up).  Former starter Omar Bolden returns to his cornerback spot after missing 2009 with an injury.  The other projected saw action last year, so the fall-off shouldn’t be severe.

Arizona State gave up just 21 points and 298 yards per game last year, which would have been good enough for a 9-3 record with a decent offense.  Expect those numbers to suffer some this year.  We’ll call for 23-26 points and 320-340 yards allowed per game.

Schedule: The Sun Devils will go 2-1 outside of the Pac-10.  They host Portland State and Northern Arizona, and they play at Wisconsin.  In conference play, they fortunately host Washington State; that is their only sure win in the league.  They get two bye weeks in conference play, so a road game against Cal and home game with UCLA following those bye weeks will give the coaching staff time to come up with solid plans.  Maybe, they can get one more conference win, but we cannot see ASU sniffing bowl eligibility this year.

Team California Golden Bears
               
Head Coach Jeff Tedford
               
Colors Blue and Gold
               
City Berkeley, CA
               
2009 Record              
Conference 5-4
Overall 8-5
               
PiRate Rating 112.5
               
National Rating 31
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 6-3
Overall 9-3

 

Offense: Coach Jeff Tedford has consistently put together well-balance, high-scoring offenses in Berkeley.  His Bear teams average 30 points per game year in and year out.  He has an experienced quarterback, a running back sure to top 1,000 yards rushing, and a stable of excellent receivers.  His offensive line is talented and very experienced.  So, it is easy to be optimistic about this season’s attack side.

Quarterback Kevin Riley won’t challenge the league’s top passers in passer rating, total yards, or touchdown passes, but the senior knows how to move his team.  Expect Riley to pass for 3,000 yards this year.

The Bears lost Jahvid Best who went to the NFL a year early.  Best was injured last year, and Shane Vereen took his place in the lineup for the last four games.  He finished the season with 952 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 25 passes.  Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson will get some touches as well.  In limited action last year, he averaged 6.8 yards per rush.

Marvin Jones and Jeremy Ross will not team to catch 150 passes, but both can get open deep and burn a secondary for a quick score.  Tight end Anthony Miller is one of the top three at his position in the Pac-10, and he should improve on his 26 receptions of 2009.

The offensive line returns four starters that have combined for 70 career starts.  Tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Matt Summers-Gavin form a great pair of outside blockers.

Cal should top last year’s offensive averages by a little.  Tedford’s teams usually score 28-33 points per game, and we will go for 31-35 this year with 400+ yards of total offense per game.

Defense: The Bears were too generous on this side of the ball last year, and it led to a conference average of 28 points allowed.  Six starters return, but there are enough holes on this side to keep Cal from contending for a top 10 finish.

The Bears switched to a 3-4 defense last year, and the front seven performed well against the run.  Even with 31 sacks, the pass defense gave up almost 270 yards per game.

Up front, two starters return to the three-man trench.  Nose tackle Derrick Hill controls the middle and commands more than one blocker to move out of the way.  You won’t see his name high up in the defensive stats, but he deserves an assist every time the inside linebackers get in on a stop.  End Cameron Jordan dumped quarterbacks six times last year, and he will have to step it up with the departure of Tyson Alualu, a first round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Linebackers Mike Mohamed and Mychal Kendricks return after finishing one-two in tackles a year ago (combined for 183).  Both proved dangerous against the run and dropping off into the underneath pass zones.

The secondary was a weak point in 2009, and two starters must be replaced.  Cal picked off just 11 passes, but they knocked away several.  Unfortunately, the top pass defenders have moved on.  Safety Sean Cattouse intercepted one pass and broke up three; he leads the group this season.

Cal just doesn’t have enough talent on this side of the ball to consistently stop the great offenses in this league.  Look for the Bears to surrender 25-28 points and 375-400 yards.

Schedule: Cal should go 3-0 before league play begins.  The Bears host UC Davis and Colorado before jogging over to Reno to take on Nevada in what should be a great game.  Road games with Arizona, USC, and Oregon State will be tough, and home games with Oregon, Stanford, and Washington won’t be easy.  We’ll call for a 6-3 conference mark and 9-3 overall.  In a wild season, 6-3 could actually challenge in the wild Pac-10.

Team Oregon Ducks
               
Head Coach Chip Kelly
               
Colors Green and Yellow
               
City Eugene, OR
               
2009 Record              
Conference 8-1
Overall 10-3
               
PiRate Rating 126.2
               
National Rating 1
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 7-2
Overall 10-2

 

Offense: Is it possible that the Ducks can contend for the national championship after booting Heisman Trophy candidate Jeremiah Masoli off the team?  The PiRate computer says the Ducks are the number one team on September 1 (*–see note at the end about why the PiRate Ratings are used for just the next week of the season and are not meant to be used to look forward).

Second year head man Chip Kelly had to deal with the loss of a key weapon after one game last year and found an even better replacement.  Tailback LaMichael James rushed for 1,546 yards and 14 touchdowns after LeGarrette Blount opted for a boxing career that lasted one punch.  James could carry the ball 300 times this season and threaten the 2,000 yard mark if there wasn’t such great depth here.  True freshman Lache Seastrunk and sophomore Kenjon Barner could top 1,000 yards rushing if they either was the starter.  Look for the Ducks to top 200 yards, maybe 250, on the ground this season.

Making the running game all the more powerful is the return of the entire starting offensive line.  It is the best run-blocking line in the league and ranks with Ohio State and Wisconsin as one of the best run-blocking fronts in college football.  Both guards, Mark Asper and Carson York, should make either 1st or 2nd Team All-Pac-10.  Tackle Bo Thran will do so as well.

Filling the big shoes of Masoli will not be easy, but Kelly has two talented possibilities.  Pure drop back passer Nate Costa has worse knees than Joe Namath, but the senior has started and won in the Pac-10 before.  Sophomore Darron Thomas has the tools to be another Masoli, but he has to learn to cut down on mistakes.

Whoever starts at quarterback will have a decent group of receivers on hand.  D.J. Davis, Lavasier Tuinei, and Jeff Maehl all return after starting last season and combining for 100 receptions.  Oregon will use more play-action passes this year, and we expect the yards per catch to increase.

It looks like another big year on this side of the ball for the Ducks.  We think they can top 40 points per game, but we believe Kelly may try to control the clock a little more this season to help his defense.  We’ll call for 35-38 points and 410-440 yards per game.

Defense: The Ducks gave up 73 scrimmage plays per game last year and still made it to the Rose Bowl.  Expect Kelly to address this and try to hold onto the ball more this year.  If this defense can defend 10 fewer plays, Oregon could run the table.

Eight of the top nine tacklers return from last year including the Pac-10’s sack leader.  End Kenny Rowe made 11 ½ sacks and 15 total tackles for loss.  He knocked down four passes as well.  To the inside, Brandon Bair made 8 ½ tackles behind the line.

Two potential 1st team all-conference players line up at linebacker.  Spencer Paysinger and Casey Matthews can blitz and disrupt plays and can cover their pass zones as competently as anybody.  The duo combined for 162 tackles, 4 ½ sacks, 12 ½ total tackles for loss, and 13 passes defended.

The secondary is better than the other two units and the best in the league.  The move of former starting linebacker Eddie Pleasant to safety makes the Ducks tough against the run and the pass on the back line.  Pleasant will blitz and get to the QB, and he will get his paws on a half dozen or more passes.  Cornerback Talmadge Jackson intercepted four passes and broke up six.

Oregon has the pieces in place to improve considerably on this side of the ball, but the Pac-10 offenses as a whole are even better this year than last.  Look for the Ducks to give up 18-23 points and 325-350 yards per game.

Schedule: Oregon will get off to a quick 3-0 start before Pac-10 play begins.  The Ducks open with New Mexico at home, visit a rebuilding Tennessee in week two, and host Portland State the following week.

We give the Ducks the leg up on Arizona in league play because the two teams face off at Autzen Stadium, one of the best home field advantages in college football (The Ducks’ winning percentage at home is more than 20% better than on the road in the 21st Century).  We think UO will not be able to run the table, because the Pac-10 is just too balanced.  Look for them to stumble once or twice.  The Beavers will be waiting for revenge in the Civil War on December 4.

Team Oregon State Beavers
               
Head Coach Mike Riley
               
Colors Orange and Black
               
City Corvallis, OR
               
2009 Record              
Conference 6-3
Overall 8-5
               
PiRate Rating 113.7
               
National Rating 24
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 6-3
Overall 7-5

 

Offense: The Beavers have improved offensively the last four seasons, going from 27.8 points and 360 yards in 2006 to 31.5 points and 411 yards last year.  Look for a small retreat this season.

OSU lost quarterback Sean Canfield to the New Orleans Saints, and his replacement is a lightly experienced Sophomore.  Canfield passed for almost 3,300 yards and 21 touchdowns, and new QB Ryan Katz will not duplicate those numbers.

The best running back in the State of Oregon and best in the Pac-10 resides in Corvallis and not Eugene.  Jacquizz “Quizz” Rodgers raced for 1,440 yards and 21 touchdowns and also caught 78 passes last year.  Coach Mike Riley will use Rodgers to take the heat off Katz and force secondary defenders to cheat up.

James Rodgers is to pass catching what Quizz is to running.  He is the best in the Pac-10.  Last year, he led the league in receptions by 21 catches!  His 91 receptions went for 1,034 yards.  His presence will make it easier for Jordan Bishop and Markus Wheaton.

An experienced offensive line returns four starters including Freshman All-American tackle Michael Philipp and senior center Alex Linnenkohl, a three-year regular.

If Katz can develop and take enough heat off the running game, the Beavers have a championship-caliber offense.  We think he will have some growing pains, but by mid-October, OSU will be tough to stop.  Call it 28-33 points and 400-425 yards per game.

Defense: The Beavers have come up short by one game the last three years because they have not been able to stop the elite teams.  Against the rest, their defenses have looked outstanding.

For OSU to challenge this year, the pass rush has to improve.  The Beavers had just 17 sacks last year, and they return three starting linemen who should lead the team and move that number past 20.  Tackles Stephen Paea and Brennan Olander are even better against the run, and opponents will not find much success running the ball inside.  End Gabe Miller needs a breakout year after sharing the lead with Paea for the QB Sacks lead with three.  He needs to approach double digit sacks if the Beavers have a chance to make it back to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 47 years.

Linebacker is a bit of a concern with the departure of their top two tacklers.  Dwight Roberson, Tony Wilson, and Keith Pankey are not all-conference performers.

Three starters return to a better than average secondary.  Safeties Cameron Collins and Lance Mitchell combined 142 tackles and 14 passed defended.  Cornerback James Dockery intercepted two passes and knocked away eight others.  New cornerback Brandon Hardin saw extensive action last year intercepting a pass and batting away four others.

Oregon State has to step it up and come up with better defensive efforts against the top teams in the league.  They padded their stats against the weaker teams.  There is no way their defensive numbers will be as good as last year, but they could still compete for the Pac-10 title.  We’ll predict 25-28 points and 350-375 yards allowed per game.

Schedule: Who made this schedule?  He should be tarred and feathered.  OSU must play both TCU and Boise State.  When this schedule was made, those two teams were already powerful.  The third non-conference team is Louisville, and when they were put in the schedule, they were as good as the other two.  The Beavers will be out of the national title picture before October.

In league play, the best thing going for OSU is that they get USC and Oregon at home.  The bad news is they get Arizona, Washington, and Stanford on the road.  They will need five conference wins to be bowl eligible.  We’ll say they get six.

Team Southern California Trojans
               
Head Coach Lane Kiffin
               
Colors Cardinal and Gold
               
City Los Angeles, CA
               
2009 Record              
Conference 5-4
Overall 9-4
               
PiRate Rating 110.9
               
National Rating 34
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 5-4
Overall 8-5

 

Offense:  Cue the organ music.  It’s time for the daily soap opera brought to you by the makers of Probation Suds.  On today’s episode of How Lame Can You Get, we find Lane Kiffin delaying the signing of papers to release ex-players and recruits who do not want to stay in LA.

Southern Cal received two years probation for numerous recruiting violations, and they brought in a coach that already had the NCAA investigators burning the midnight oil.  Eight key players and recruits left, able to become immediately eligible at other schools.

With all that aside, the Trojans still have lots of talent.  If enough have chips on their shoulders, and the team stays healthy, they could even take it out on the rest of the nation and run the table.  We think that is unlikely.

Quarterback Matt Barkley had a fine freshman season.  He completed 60% of his passes for 2,735 yards and 15 touchdowns.  He also threw 14 interceptions.  Backup Mitch Mustain was once considered the best quarterback prospect in the nation, and he started half a season at Arkansas as a freshman.

While there isn’t a Marcus Allen, Anthony Davis, Ricky Bell, or Charles White on this roster, USC has several talented running backs even with the loss of their 1,000 yard rushing starter from last year.  Junior Marc Tyler may be about to emerge and live up to his press clippings.  Allen Bradford, C.J. Gable, and fullback Stanley Havili will all see action as ball carriers.  Havili is a threat as a pass catcher too.

The Trojans lost their top two receivers, but they have a lot of talent ready to step in.  Ronald Johnson and Brice Butler have some game experience, and tight end Jordan Cameron could emerge as a force in the middle of zones.

Only two starters return to the offensive line, and a projected starter has gone while the getting was good.  All the new starters were highly sought recruits, so the drop in talent won’t be that much.

USC’s offensive numbers could go up a little this year, because Kiffin will run up the score on teams that have no chance.  Expect 27-31 points and 400 total yards.

Defense: The Trojans lost too much on this side of the ball to dominate or even compete for the Pac-10 title in our opinion.  You don’t replace Taylor Mays, Josh Pinkard, Kevin Thomas, and Everson Griffen with untested recruits and expect the same results.

Jurrell Casey and Nick Perry give the Trojans a good base to rebuild the defensive line.  Perry’s eight sacks tied for the team lead.  Wes Horton is a decent end, but he is not all-conference material.

All three starting linebackers return, but the Trojans are now a bit thin here due to a couple of defections.  Chris Galippo, Malcolm Smith, and Michael Morgan are the best trio in the league.

There are no returning starters to the secondary, and in the Pac-10, that will get you beat.  Cornerback T.J. Bryant will be the leader of this unit, but he will not come close to matching Mays or Thomas.  Shareece Wright was supposed to start in 2008 and again in 2009, but he’s been off the field for two years due to injuries and ineligibility.

Southern Cal gave up 11 more points and 118 more yards in 2009 than in 2008.  That trend will continue this year, but the weakening will be less.  Call it 21-25 points and 325-350 yards allowed.

Schedule: USC will play 13 games without going to a bowl thanks to an opening game at Hawaii.  They host Virginia and Notre Dame and play at Minnesota.  The Trojans could go 4-0, but we will call for 3-1.

In league play, USC travels to Stanford, Arizona, and Oregon State.  They host Oregon, Cal, and Washington.  They have the talent and swagger to play spoiler, but we think the personnel losses and general malaise creeping into this program will cause them to settle in the middle of the pack.  Remember, they were tied for 5th last year at 5-4.  We will call for a repeat in 2010.

Team Stanford Cardinal
               
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
               
Colors Cardinal and White
               
City Palo Alto, CA
               
2009 Record              
Conference 6-3
Overall 8-5
               
PiRate Rating 117.9
               
National Rating 18
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 5-4
Overall 7-5

 

Offense: The Cardinal finished in a tie for second last year thanks to an offense that topped 200 yards both on the ground and through the air.  With eight starters returning, even with the loss of their star running back, they should field another excellent offensive squad in 2010.

Expect the Cardinal to look more like many of the great teams from their past this year.  They will pass the ball with great effectiveness thanks to the return of the next Jim Plunkett.  Andrew Luck passed for 2,575 yards as a true freshman with 13 touchdowns to just four picks.  Expect Luck to top 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this year and challenge Jake Locker for 1st Team All-Pac-10 and 1st Team All-American (like the good ole days when Plunkett and Sonny Sixkiller banged heads).

Coach Jim Harbaugh is licking his chops over the return of both starting wideouts and one of his two starting tight ends from last year.  Chris Owusu is a serious deep threat every time he catches the ball, but he has to cut out all the drops.  When he held onto the ball last year, he averaged 18.4 yards with his 37 receptions.  Ryan Whalen just missed 1,000 yards, ending with 926 on a team-leading 57 catches.  Tight end Coby Fleener caught 21 passes, and he will get more looks this year.

Replacing Toby Gerhart’s 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns couldn’t be replicated with any back in the NCAA.  He was so consistent, in the manner of Larry Csonka and Jim Taylor, and that will be missed more than anything.  At this point in the preseason, Harbaugh has said that as many as six backs could see the field.  Jeremy Stewart, Stepfan, Taylor, and Tyler Gaffney appear to have a slight edge at the moment, but true freshmen Anthony Wilkerson and Ricky Seale and redshirt freshman Usua Amanam (the quickest back on the team) still have a real shot.  Don’t forget fullback Owen Marecic.  He will see action on both sides of the ball, as he has been moved to linebacker.

The offensive line ranks just behind Oregon for the best in the league.  Four starters return from a unit that gave up just seven sacks and opened holes for backs to run for 5.3 yards per attempt.  Andrew Phillips and David DeCastro make the best guard combo in the league.

Stanford will throw the ball more and run less this year.  The consistency may suffer a bit, but there will be days when this team cannot be stopped.  Look for the Cardinal to challenge for top scoring team in the league and once again score 35-40 points per game while gaining 425-450 yards per game.

Defense: Like many of the contenders in this league, Stanford doesn’t have a championship-caliber defense to match its offense.  As a result, the Cardinal will get in offensive shootouts with four or five opponents.  Remember, they beat Oregon last year 51-42, giving up an amazing 570 total yards and still winning.

Harbaugh brought in NFL veteran defensive coach Vic Fangio to rework the defense.  The Cardinal will switch to the same 3-4 defense Fangio used with the Baltimore Ravens.  He couldn’t bring Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, and Terrell Suggs with him.

All 3-4 defenses must have a big, strong nose guard to occupy more than one blocker and defend the middle.  Sione Fua fits that bill.  At 6-2 and 307, he will protect his linebackers behind him.  Ends Brian Buicke and Matthew Masifilo have starting experience, and former end Thomas Keiser dropped back one line.

Keiser anchors a solid quartet of linebackers.  He finished third in the league with 15 total tackles for loss (9 QB sacks) and should be a terror blitzing from outside.  Marecic will start next to him.  We think these two will work well together.

Three starters return to a secondary that gave up 265 passing yards per game last year.  If the front seven can improve on the 21 QB sacks of last year, this quartet should post better numbers.  Cornerback Richard Sherman led SU with 10 passes defended.  Strong safety Delano Howell supplied great run support.

With Gerhart, Stanford still saw opponents run three more scrimmage plays per game than they enjoyed.  The defense had to defend 68 plays per game.  If that number goes up into the 70’s, it is bad news.  The offense needs to help the defense out and have more time-consuming drives. 

We look for SU to give up 23-27 points and 375-400 yards per game this year. 

Schedule: A home game with Sacramento State kicks off the season.  Two weeks later Wake Forest comes to Stanford Stadium.  The Cardinal follow that up with a visit to South Bend to take on Notre Dame.  We figure the Cardinal will be 2-1, but they could be 3-0.

The defense just doesn’t have enough for us to place SU among the top three in the league this year.  We think they will have a chance in every game—a chance to win and a chance to lose.  Only a home game with Washington State is a given.  They should split the other eight Pac-10 contests and finish 5-4, earning another bowl bid.

Team U C L A  Bruins
               
Head Coach Rick Neuheisel
               
Colors Blue and Gold
               
City Los Angeles, CA
               
2009 Record              
Conference 3-6
Overall 7-6
               
PiRate Rating 109.4
               
National Rating 39
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 4-5
Overall 5-7

 

Offense: Year two saw Coach Rick Neuheisel turn his alma mater’s team around, winning seven games and the inaugural Eagle Bank Bowl after going 4-8 the year before.

The UCLA running game was too weak to take the heat off a very good West Coast passing game.  The Bruins improved slightly from 83 to 115 yards per game, but that mark beat only Washington State.

Watch for UCLA to implement the Pistol Offense into their repertoire this year and run the zone option.  Can sophomore quarterback Kevin Prince run the option?  He’s dealing with a strained back muscle in practice.  He suffered a broken jaw in a game last year, so this may not be the best fit for him.  Richard Brehaut is not a runner either.  Juco transfer Darius Bell is the one true dual threat quarterback on the roster, and he could eventually emerge as the go to guy.

No running backs on this roster will strike fear in the defenses of the league.  Johnathan Franklin led the Bruins with 566 yards.  We expect true freshman Malcolm Jones to eventually become the lead back.

The passing game should continue to be strong thanks to the return of Nelson Rosario and Taylor Embree.  They both caught more than 40 passes last year.  Rosario is big and fast, and he can burn defenses with a long gainer any time.

The offensive line welcomes back four starters, and if Micah Kia can regain his effectiveness from 2008.  He missed last year with an ACL injury.  This group doesn’t have a real star, but they will be improved and cut down on the 29 sacks they allowed.

UCLA should improve their scoring average from 22 to about 24-26 points per game.  We expect them to top 350 yards per game as well.

Defense: The Bruins finished second in the league against the pass and fifth overall, but seven starters were lost to graduation.  There is rebuilding to do on this side of the ball.

After an a broken right foot ended end Datone Jones’ season, the Bruins were left with having to replace their entire defensive line.  Jones had four sacks and seven other tackles behind the line, and there isn’t a player on the roster capable of replacing him, much less all-conference end Brian Price.  Price was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and runaway leader in tackles for loss in the Pac-10.

Only one starting linebacker returns as well.  Akeem Ayers is a borderline all-conference performer.  He defends well against the run and the pass, and he is a fantastic blitzer.

Three starters return to the back line, where the Bruins were tough against the pass last year.  They were greatly helped by a pass rush that recorded 44 sacks.  The one lost starter was a 4th Round NFL draft choice, but UCLA returns a certain 1st Round pick.  Rahim Moore is a difference maker at free safety; he is better than Taylor Mays who went in the 2nd round of this year’s draft.  Moore led the nation with 10 interceptions and batted away seven other passes.

We expect UCLA to be more generous on this side of the ball and give up 26-30 points and 340-370 total yards per game.

The Bruins have one of the best kicking combos.  Punter Jeff Locke and placekicker Kai Forbath will both play in the NFL.  Forbath is the best kicker in college football, and he may be better than 90% of the NFL kickers.

Schedule: The Bruins have a difficult non-league schedule.  They must face Kansas State and Texas on the road and Houston at home.  They will be lucky to go 1-2.

UCLA gets five home conference games and could win three or four of them.  Road games with Cal, Oregon, and Washington won’t be fun.  It looks like a sub-.500 year in Westwood.

Team Washington Huskies
               
Head Coach Steve Sarkisian
               
Colors Purple and Gold
               
City Seattle, WA
               
2009 Record              
Conference 4-5
Overall 5-7
               
PiRate Rating 115.6
               
National Rating 22
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 4-5
Overall 6-6

 

Offense: It has been eight seasons since the Huskies last posted a winning record and went to a bowl.  That 2002 team rode the arm of Cody Pickett tossing to Reggie Williams and won seven games.  With the talent returning in Seattle this year, seven wins would be a disappointment.  UW returns nine offensive starters, including the possible first pick in next year’s NFL Draft, so second year coach Steve Sarkisian could reverse that bowl drought this year.

Jake Locker is a lot like John Elway.  Aside from the accurate rifle arm and great wheels, he could choose to play baseball if a lousy NFL team chose him in the draft.  Let’s hope the comparison ends there.  Elway never played on a winning team nor played in a bowl game at Stanford.  Locker has one more shot to avoid the same fate.  He should top 3,000 yards per game through the air this season and possibly pass for 25 or more touchdowns.  And, maybe some Seattle DJ will right a ballad about him like they did for Sonny Sixkiller.

Just about every wideout that caught a pass last year returns, and that makes UW a very scary team.  This group of receivers ranks in the top five in the nation.  In Jermaine Kearse, Locker has a target to bring out the mad bomber in him.  Kearse averaged 17.3 yards on his team-leading 50 catches.  James Johnson and Devin Aguilar teamed up to make 81 receptions.  Tight end Kavario Middleton will be sorely missed after being dismissed for violating team rules.

The task of helping keep defenses honest falls on running back Chris Polk.  Polk rushed for 1,113 yards last year.  Locker rushed for over 500 yards when you factor out sacks and crossed the goalline seven times.

The offensive line is a bit small, but they are quick and rely on zone blocking to open running lanes.  Four 2009 starters return including Ryan Tolar and Cody Habben.  Tolar can play guard or center and will start at center this season.

The Huskies should average around 30-35 points and 400 total yards this season.

Defense: Eight starters return to a defense that improved by eight points and 62 yards per game last year.  Two of those three graduated defenders were last year’s starting ends.  Tackle Alameda Ta’Amu would be the perfect nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.  He will line up next to Cameron Elisara.  Not many teams will run the ball up the middle.

UW returns two quality linebackers in Cort Dennison and Mason Foster.  Both will have to increase their tackles by a couple dozen if the Huskies are to make a run at the Pac-10 title.  Alvin Logan was scheduled to be the third linebacker, but chronic injuries have forced him to give up football.

The secondary returns all four starters and almost the entire second string as well.  Though not among the best in the league, they can rotate and stay fresh.

Washington will once again struggle at times on this side of the ball, but there should be enough improvement to shave a little off last season’s numbers.  Look for 23-26 points and 375-400 yards allowed.

Schedule: The Huskies don’t have any pushover non-conference games this year.  They open at BYU and then host an improving Syracuse and Big 12 North favorite Nebraska.  A 2-1 mark would be an accomplishment.  UW must go on the road to USC (where the Trojans will be out for revenge), Arizona, Oregon, and Cal.  They could lose all four of those games.  Home games with Oregon State, Stanford, and UCLA will be tough as well, and we think they will lose one of them.  Call it a 4-5 league mark, and if they start 2-1, they will return to a bowl game. 

Team Washington State Cougars
               
Head Coach Paul Wulff
               
Colors Crimson and Gray
               
City Pullman, WA
               
2009 Record              
Conference 0-9
Overall 1-11
               
PiRate Rating 92.9
               
National Rating 79
               
2010 Prediction              
Conference 0-9
Overall 1-11

 

Offense: Where have you gone Jason Gesser?  Washington State has been one of the weakest teams in FBS football the last two seasons, finishing with back-to-back 11-loss seasons.  The Cougars have averaged less than two touchdowns per game these last two years.  Their total yardage from the last two years combines was more than 70 fewer yards than Houston gained last year.

WSU will field an improved offense this season, but they are so far behind the rest of the league, they are still guaranteed to finish 10th in scoring and total offense.  Coach Paul Wulff had to take the redshirt off quarterback Jeff Tuel after four games last year, and then Tuel went down for the year five games later.  In those five contests, he completed 59% of his passes for 789 yards and six touchdowns.  Backup Marshall Lobbesteal has never recovered 100% from a knee injury he suffered in 2008.

The Cougars return their three top receivers and four of their top five, led by Jared Karstetter, who grabbed 38 passes for 540 yards and six TDs last year.

WSU has had no semblance of a running game the last two seasons.  Last year’s mark fell to 71 yards per game.  Of course a lot of that can be attributed to the offensive line allowing an astronomical 53 sacks.  But, then again, defenses did not have to worry about the run and could sell out to the pass.  James Montgomery has survived multiple injuries in and around his knees and almost had to give up football.  The former Cal transfer says he is healthy enough to play.  When 100%, he was a game-changing back.  Chantz Staden is another former starter trying to come back after missing all of 2009.

The offensive returns four starters, but it is still the weakest in the conference by far.  Expect this unit to give up a lot of sacks again this year, but they should improve on the horrible showing of last year.

There is nowhere to go but up for this offense.  WSU will top 14 points per game this year.  Call if 16-18 points and 275-300 total yards.

Defense: The defense gave up 38.5 points per game last year, and that represented a five point improvement over 2008!  The Cougars actually gave up 69 more yards per game than the year before.  With a much improved defensive line, State will improve by a couple more points. End Travis Long led WSU with six stops for loss. 

Linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis led the Cougars with 84 tackles, but he recorded just 4 ½ for losses.  He’ll have two new starters joining him in the second line of defense, and this remains a weak unit.

The secondary returns half of its 2009 starters, and this remains the weakest pass defense in the league by far.  WSU gave up 276 passing yards per game, and enemy passers completed 66.8% of their passes against them.

Look for an improved line to allow WSU to improve their numbers.  Expect 33-36 points and 450-475 total yards allowed per game.

Schedule: Washington State goes on the road for two of its non-conference games, and they will lose both games.  They open at Oklahoma State and play at SMU two weeks later.  A home game with Montana State is sandwiched in between, and it is a must-win game.  MSU is not a weak FCS team. 

We don’t see the Cougars breaking the losing steak in Pac-10 play.  They beat a winless Washington team in 2008, and that is their only conference victory in the last two years.  We believe it will be their only conference victory in three years.

*–The PiRate Ratings cannot be used to look forward past the next week of the college football season.  These ratings are good for just the current week, because the computer program uses more than game scores to determine the ratings.  Based on depth and personnel, some teams have regression factored into their rating due to predicted depth issues.  Other teams may have an advancement programmed into their rating due to certain personnel issues (star players recovering from injury, new system to learn, etc.)

Coming Tomorrow: The Big 12 almost ceased to exist this summer after losing Colorado to the Pac-12 and Nebraska to the Big Ten.  Can the Cornhuskers conclude their tenure in the league with a title?

March 9, 2010

March Madness Update–Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Look At The Big Six Conference Tournaments

 

All Times Given Are Eastern Time

Atlantic Coast Conference

Site: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

Dates: March 11-14

Opening Round

Thursday, March 11

G1 #8 Boston College (15-15) vs. #9 Virginia (14-15)  12 Noon

G2 #5 Wake Forest (19-9) vs. #12 Miami (Fla) (18-12) 2 PM

G3 #7 Georgia Tech (19-11) vs. #10 North Carolina (16-15) 7 PM

G4 #6 Clemson (21-9) vs. #11 North Carolina St. (17-14) 9 PM

Quarterfinals

Friday, March 12

G5 #1 Duke (26-5) vs. Game 1 Winner 12 Noon

G6 #4 Virginia Tech (23-7) vs. Game 2 Winner 2 PM

G7 #2 Maryland (23-7) vs. Game 3 Winner 7 PM

G8 #3 Florida State (22-8) vs. Game 4 Winner 9 PM

Semifinals

Saturday, March 13

Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 12:30 PM

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner 2:30 PM

Championship Game

Sunday, March 14

Semifinal Winners 1 PM

Maryland doesn’t strike us as a team that can get to the title game, even though the Terps have the best talent.  We like Clemson to sneak through the brackets and become Duke’s opposition for the ACC Championship.

You cannot ignore North Carolina.  They could get to the semifinals without much extra from what they’ve done this year.  If they play just a little more intelligently, they could get a third chance at Duke.  However, we’re sticking with Clemson to play Duke.

Big East Conference

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York City

Dates: March 9-13

Opening Round

Tuesday, March 9

G1 #9 South Florida (19-11) vs. #16 DePaul (8-22) 12 Noon

G2 #12 Connecticut (17-14) vs. #13 St. John’s (16-14) 2 PM

G3 #10 Seton Hall (18-11) vs. #15 Providence (12-18) 7 PM

G4 #11 Cincinnati (16-14) vs. #14 Rutgers (15-16) 9 PM

Second Round

Wednesday, March 10

G5 #8 Georgetown (20-9) vs. Game 1 Winner 12 Noon

G6 #5 Marquette (20-10) vs. Game 2 Winner 2 PM

G7 #7 Notre Dame (21-10) vs. Game 3 Winner 7 PM

G8 #6 Louisville (20-11) vs. Game 4 Winner 9 PM

Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 11

G9 #1 Syracuse (28-3) vs. Game 5 Winner 12 Noon

G10 #4 Villanova (24-6) vs. Game 6 Winner 2 PM

G11 #2 Pittsburgh (24-7) vs. Game 7 Winner 7 PM

G12 #3 West Virginia (24-6) vs. Game 8 Winner 9 PM

Semifinals

Friday, March 12

Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner 7 PM

Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner 9 PM

Championship Game

Saturday, March 13

Semifinal Winners 9 PM

It’s impossible for a team to win five games in five days, so don’t count on any of the bottom seeds making it to Saturday night.  West Virginia has the power and intensity to win this tournament, and their possible semifinal match with Pittsburgh would be the best game in the tournament.  Villanova is much like Texas; they have the talent, but they aren’t putting it together on the floor.

Louisville’s finish over Syracuse gives the Cards momentum.  We just don’t think they can take out the Mountaineers in the quarterfinals.  The one team that can advance continually might be Marquette.  Still, we look for a Syracuse-West Virginia title game.

Big 12 Conference Tournament

Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City

Dates: March 10-13

Opening Round

Wednesday, March 10

G1 #8 Colorado (15-15) vs. #9 Texas Tech (16-14) 12:30 PM

G2 #5 Missouri (22-9) vs. #12 Nebraska (14-17) 3 PM

G3 #7 Oklahoma State (21-9) vs. #10 Oklahoma (13-17) 7 PM

G4 #6 Texas (23-8) vs. #11 Iowa State (15-16) 9:30 PM

Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 11

G5 #1 Kansas (29-2) vs. Game 1 Winner 12:30 PM

G6 #4 Texas A&M (22-8) vs. Game 2 Winner 3 PM

G7 #2 Kansas State (24-6) vs. Game 3 Winner 7 PM

G8 #3 Baylor (24-6) vs. Game 4 Winner 9:30 PM

Semifinals

Friday, March 12

Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 7 PM

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner 9:30 PM

Championship

Saturday, March 13

Semifinal Winners 6 PM

Kansas needs to prove it is the best team in the land, and we see the Jayhawks waltzing through this tournament with little opposition.  Missouri is the one team capable of knocking them out, but they are a year away from being really good.

Texas appears to be spent, and we don’t think the Longhorns will put it together—this week.

Big Ten Conference Tournament

Site: Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Dates: March 11-14

Opening Round

Thursday, March 11

G1 #8 Michigan (14-16) vs. #9 Iowa (10-21) 2:30 PM

G2 #7 Northwestern (19-12) vs. #10 Indiana (10-20) 5 PM

G3 #6 Minnesota (18-12) vs. #11 Penn State (11-19) 7:30 PM

Quarterfinals

Friday, March 12

G4 #1 Ohio State (24-7) vs. Game 1 Winner 12 Noon

G5 #4 Wisconsin (23-7) vs. #5 Illinois 2:30 PM

G6 #2 Purdue (26-4) vs. Game 2 Winner 6:30 PM

G7 #3 Michigan State (24-7) vs. Game 3 Winner 9 PM

Semifinals

Saturday, March 13

Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner 1:40 PM

Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner 4:10 PM

Championship

Sunday, March 14

Semifinal Winners 3:30 PM

This should be the most competitive of the big tournaments.  Any of the top four seeds could win this; it will depend on which one can play the best for three days.  Purdue is the one team vulnerable to an upset in the quarterfinals, but Illinois beating Wisconsin wouldn’t be an upset.  That’s a tossup game after the Badgers won Sunday.

Pac-10 Tournament

Site: Staples Center, Los Angeles

Date: March 10-13

Opening Round

Wednesday, March 10

G1 #8 Oregon (15-15) vs. #9 Washington State (16-14) 11 PM

Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 11

G2 #4 Arizona (16-14) vs. #5 UCLA (13-17) 3 PM

G3 #1 California (21-9) vs. Game 1 Winner 5:30 PM

G4 #3 Washington (21-9) vs. #6 Oregon State (14-16) 9 PM

G5 #2 Arizona State (22-9) vs. #7 Stanford (13-17) 11:30 PM

Semifinals

Friday, March 12

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner 9 PM

Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner 11:30 PM

Championship

Saturday, March 13

Semifinal Winners 6:15 PM

The most important part of this tournament is the play of Arizona State.  The Sun Devils are in the Big Dance if they defeat Stanford Thursday night.  A loss to the Cardinal puts them in the middle of the Bubble.  With St. Mary’s reducing the available bubble invitations by one, ASU better win.

As far as the rest of this tournament goes, Washington could be the team to watch.  The Huskies underperformed all year, and they get their second chance to prove they belong in the Field of 65.

Cal is not a big favorite.  The Bears are one of the weakest regular season Pac-10 champions in years, probably since 1985.

Southeastern Conference Tournament

Site: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

Dates: March 11-14

Opening Round

Thursday, March 11

G1 W4 Alabama (16-14) vs. E5 South Carolina (15-15) 1 PM

G2 E3 Tennessee (23-7) vs. W6 L S U (11-19) 3:15 PM

G3 E4 Florida (20-11) vs. W5 Auburn (15-16) 7:30 PM

G4 W3 Arkansas (14-17) vs. E6 Georgia (13-16) 9:45 PM

Quarterfinals

Friday, March 12

G5 E1 Kentucky (29-2) vs. Game 1 Winner 1 PM

G6 W2 Ole Miss (21-9) vs. Game 2 Winner 3:15 PM

G7 W1 Mississippi State (21-10) vs. Game 3 Winner 7:30 PM

G8 E2 Vanderbilt (23-7) vs. Game 4 Winner 9:45 PM

Semifinals

Saturday, March 13

Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 1 PM

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner 3:15 PM

Championship

Sunday, March 14

Semifinal Winners 1 PM

Kentucky isn’t a 40-minute team.  However, when they play well for 30 minutes, they are just about unbeatable.  The Wildcats can sweep through this tournament with 25-28 minutes of playing to their potential.

Florida and Ole Miss must get to Saturday to be on the safe part of the bubble.  That would mean Ole Miss would probably have beaten Tennessee while Florida would have eliminated Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs might need to win the tournament, even though they are the number one seed in the West Division. 

Tennessee and Vanderbilt have not done well in this tournament in years.  The Vols have reached the final round a few times and even won it back in 1979, but Vanderbilt has never reached the finals much less won it since its renewal in 1979.  Their lone tournament win came in 1951.  This is the year where they have the talent to make it to Sunday for a third try at Kentucky, but the Commodores never seem to have any gas left in the tank when this tournament commences.

If any team from the back of the pack challenges, it could be Georgia.  The Bulldogs were good enough to compete with Kentucky at Rupp Arena and blew out Tennessee and Vanderbilt.  If they get by Arkansas Thursday, it wouldn’t be a shock if they could upset Vanderbilt and give either Mississippi State or Florida a great game on Saturday.  A Georgia-Kentucky title game would be something worth watching.

We tend to believe Kentucky will face Florida for the title on Sunday.

September 22, 2009

The Best Week Of The Season For College Football

Every year, there is one week of the college football season where the schedule presents more than a dozen games that are not just interesting, they are foretelling.  While the season’s final two weeks usually mean everything, usually a mid-season week turns out to be the week where teams either put up or shut up.  We here at the PiRate Ratings believe this is that week.  Let’s look at the 25 games where we see a major interest in watching or listening to this week. 

 

Thursday Night

7:30 PM: Ole Miss at South Carolina—The Rebels play their first important game of the year after clobbering two patsies.  The Gamecocks aren’t a Top 25 team, but in Columbia, they are tough to beat.  It won’t hurt that USC had already played a Thursday night game.  This should be a high scoring game, weather permitting (chance of thunderstorms), and it could be another one of those recent SEC “Arena Football League Games.”

The PiRate computer says Ole Miss should win by 13.3, while the old Mean rating picks the Rebels by 5.  Vegas has Ole Miss by 3 as of midday Monday.  PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

Saturday Games (all times EDT)

12 Noon: Indiana at Michigan—This Hoosier team is 3-0, but make no comparison between it and the cardiac kids of 1967, or even the Bill Mallory teams of 1987 and 1988.  We’ll soon find out if it is another version of the 2007 team.  Indiana struggled to beat Eastern Kentucky and Western Michigan.  Michigan could be on the verge of challenging Penn State, Iowa, and Ohio State for conference supremacy.  They proved themselves valid with a win over Notre Dame, and now they get a chance to move upward.  The PiRate computer picks Michigan by 20.3, and the Mean picks the Wolverines by 14.  PiRate Viewer Rating: B

 

12 Noon: Michigan State at Wisconsin—In August, it looked like this game could be a battle of unbeaten teams, but the Spartans have slipped up with a 1-2 start.  This game becomes a must-win game for MSU, because they face Michigan next week.  Coach Mark Dantonio’s team could be looking at 1-5 or even 1-6 if they slip up this week.  As for the Badgers, this is their sixth consecutive year starting 3-0.  Except for 2006, the season hasn’t finished up like it started.  This could be the pivotal game in the UW coaching career for Bret Bielema.  A win here sets them up for a huge rivalry match at Minnesota next week where a win would send the Badgers to Ohio State with a chance to move into Rose Bowl contention.  Wisconsin avoids Penn State and gets Iowa and Michigan at home this year.  A loss could start the ball rolling toward 7-5 or even 6-6. PiRate Rating: Wisconsin by 0.6/Mean: Wisconsin by 4/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

12 Noon: South Florida at Florida State—We’ve been looking at this matchup for quite some time.  This should be a hard-fought thriller.  USF has wanted a shot at any of the three big teams in the Sunshine State, and the economy has made this one possible.  Florida State’s opening game loss to Miami could be explained.  The letdown against Jacksonville State wasn’t totally surprising.  The 26-point win at BYU was a shock.  That makes Miami look all the more talented.  USF has yet to play quality opposition, and this game will give us a good gauge of the ACC against the Big East.  If the Bulls can win this one, then they should be 5-0 when they host Cincinnati on Thursday, October 15.  PiRate Rating: FSU by 14.3/Mean Rating: FSU by 9/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

12 Noon: Fresno State at Cincinnati—Fresno State has played well in losses to Wisconsin and Boise State, but now they face the hardest game on their schedule.  We don’t think the Bulldogs have much chance of adding another big upset to their 21st Century resume, but we do see this as a gauge game.  Cincinnati has looked like a Top 10 team and maybe contender for the National Championship Game through three games.  If Cinti can do to Fresno State what they did to Rutgers, they will move into the Top 12.  If they cannot win by more than three touchdowns, then it makes Boise State look all the more better.  PiRate Rating: Cinti by 21.7/Mean Rating: Cinti by 20/PiRate Viewer Rating: A

 

12 Noon: Southern Mississippi at Kansas—The Golden Eagles aren’t ranked, but Coach Larry Fedora has a strong team in Hattiesburg.  Southern Miss is 3-0 after their great comeback win over Virginia.  Tough road games remain against Houston, Marshall, and East Carolina, so they probably have little or no chance of running the table and sneaking into the BCS Bowl picture.  Kansas will vie with Missouri and Nebraska for the Big 12 North title this year.  They just missed the last two years, and a big win in this game could set the table for finally breaking through.  An impressive win here, followed by wins over Iowa State and Colorado would have the Jayhawks at 6-0 when Oklahoma invades Lawrence on October 24.  KU QB Todd Reesing may be the best passer without much chance of getting drafted.  At 5-11, he’s considered too small for the NFL.  PiRate Rating: Kansas by 17.1/Mean Rating: 14/PiRate Viewer Rating: A

 

12 Noon: North Carolina at Georgia Tech—This game is interesting because the Tar Heels catch Georgia Tech coming off a disastrous road loss to Miami.  If Coach Butch Davis has UNC ready to challenge on the national scene, then the Heels need to do something close to what Miami did to the Yellow Jackets.  They will stack the box to take away the option and force Josh Nesbitt to beat them through the air.  It can be done, but it won’t be easy.  A Tech win means the winner of the Virginia Tech-Miami game will be in the driver’s seat in the Coastal Division.  PiRate Rating: Tech by 1.9/Mean Rating: Tech by 2/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

12:20 PM: L S U at Mississippi State—The AP and USA Today polls have LSU at number 7, but the Tigers are only the fourth highest-ranked SEC team.  The win at Washington looks much more impressive now, but the lackluster win over Vanderbilt becomes a great comparison here.  New Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen saw his Bullies stop Vanderbilt in Nashville more impressively than LSU’s win over the Commodores in Tiger Stadium.  This game hasn’t been close since Jackie Sherrill was coaching in Starkville.  We think it might be this year, and with some lucky bounces, MSU could actually be there at the end.  PiRate Rating: LSU by 15.9/Mean Rating: LSU by 12/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

1:00 PM: Marshall at Memphis—Here’s a game that should determine a bowl spot for the winner and doom the loser to the wrong side of .500 for the season.  We think Marshall is primed to break out and save Coach Mark Snyder’s job this year.  It’s been six years since the Thundering Herd last enjoyed a winning season, and we see at least seven wins in their near future.  This is the C-USA opener for both teams.  The schedule sets up well for Marshall if they can win this road game.  They get East Carolina and Southern Miss. at home, and it wouldn’t be a big surprise to us if they could sneak into contention in the East.  PiRate Rating: Marshall by 3.5/Mean Rating: Marshall by 2/PiRate Viewer Rating: B+

 

3:00 PM: UNLV at Wyoming—The Rebels have never been a Division 1-A (FBS) heavyweight.  The 2000 season is the only good year they’ve had since moving up in classification 30 years ago.  UNLV has a chance to get back to a bowl game this year, as long as quarterback Omar Clayton can remain healthy.  On a gimpy knee, he guided the Rebels to a comeback victory over Hawaii.  This becomes a must win game, and Wyoming is beatable.  However, in Laramie, the Cowboys play tough.  Tell Mack Brown that the Cowboys are an easy pushover.  One slip up by UNLV this week makes their bowl hunt much more difficult.  PiRate Rating: UNLV by 3.4/Mean Rating: UNLV by 5/PiRate Viewer Rating: B

 

3:30 PM: Arkansas at Alabama—Arkansas’s passing game will show everybody whether Alabama’s pass defense is national championship caliber.  We don’t expect the Hogs to threaten an upset here, but this game should tell us whether Alabama is good enough to run the table and get to the SEC Championship Game for a second consecutive season.  To this point in the season, Alabama has actually looked like the top team in the conference if not the nation.  If the Tide is going to rise and become the South’s elite, they need to win this one by 20 or more points.  PiRate Rating: Bama by 20.8/Mean Rating: Bama by 20/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

3:30 PM: California at Oregon—The Bears didn’t look like a championship caliber team in their win at Minnesota last week, while Oregon handled Utah.  Cal has a home date with Southern Cal next week, but the players better concentrate on this game.  Autzen Stadium is still one of the toughest places to play as a visitor, and Oregon isn’t Washington State.  If Cal doesn’t come out ready for bear, the game with Southern Cal could be for 5th place in the standings.  Jahvid Best needs to put two good halves together to move up on the Heisman Trophy list.  PiRate Rating: Cal by 15.5/Mean Rating: Cal by 3/PiRate Viewer Rating: A+

 

3:30 PM: TCU at Clemson—With BYU and Utah losing to BCS conference teams this past weekend, the Horned Frogs may be the last legitimate shot for a Mountain West team to make it to a BCS Bowl Game.  A win at Clemson could move TCU up into the top 12.  We don’t think this Horned Frog team has the same tough defense as the recent teams in Ft. Worth.  Clemson could easily be 3-0 today, but several questionable miscues cost them against Georgia Tech.  After watching Miami destroy Tech, could the Yellow Jackets be overrated, and thus could Clemson not be as tough as they were supposed to be?  This game may not supply the answers, but at least the winner will move up on the early bowl bubble.  PiRate Rating: Clemson by 4.5/Mean Rating: Tossup/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

3:30 PM: Pittsburgh at North Carolina State—We here at the PiRate Ratings must remain impartial, as the only thing we truly root for is to be correct when we pick games.  However, a couple of us would be happy if Dave Wannstedt had a BCS Bowl team.  This may be Pittsburgh’s best team since 1982.  Then, again, this could be another year like 2000.  We should have a lot more evidence to make that call after this game.  The Panthers have a one-two punch in quarterback Bill Stull and blazing fast running back Dion Lewis.  North Carolina State is a little better than average but not the juggernaut they were seven years ago.  It Pittsburgh can win in Raleigh, a double-digit win season is possible.  PiRate Rating: Pitt by 2.0/Mean Rating: 6/PiRate Viewer Rating: B+

 

3:30 PM: Miami (Fla.) at Virginia Tech—This game is the one of the top three of the day.  Two games into the season, this edition of Hurricanes is more like Camille than a tropical depression.  Quarterback Jacory Harris may be the top passer in the ACC, and he may soon move high up on the list of NFL prospects in the next couple of years.  He has a live and accurate arm, and his ability to pass on the run makes it difficult to sack him.  Virginia Tech beat Nebraska last week in a close game, and the Hokies have won 38 of the last 43 games at Lane Stadium.  If Miami can win this game, it will set up an even more interesting battle against Oklahoma next week.  PiRate Rating: Virginia Tech by 6.7/Mean Rating: Virginia Tech by 4/PiRate Viewer Rating: A+

 

4:30 PM: Troy at Arkansas State—There are two key games in the Sunbelt Conference this week.  Troy has been the Southern Cal of the SBC as of late, but the Trojans may not be quite as strong this year.  Arkansas State had an extra week to prepare for this game and gets the Trojans in Jonesboro.  These teams have split the last four games in this series, and the Red Wolves have what it takes to pull off the mild upset.  An ASU win throws this race wide open.  PiRate Rating: Troy by 2.4/Mean Rating: Troy by 1/PiRate Viewer Rating: B

 

6:00 PM: Florida at Kentucky—Two years ago, Kentucky upset number one LSU in Lexington.  No, we don’t expect a repeat Saturday.  The Wildcats start a grueling stretch of games that call for the Cats to play Alabama, at South Carolina, and at Auburn after this game, so UK could easily be 2-4 when Louisiana Monroe comes to town on October 24.  Florida needs something to show the pollsters and computers that they deserve their lofty ranking.  What should be an unbelievable year like Nebraska in 1995 could fail to materialize over the lack of all-conference receivers.  Can Tim Tebow do it all on the offensive side?  Think Larry Csonka with Bob Griese’s arm.  You bet he can lead the Gators to Pasadena in January.  PiRate Rating: Florida by 32.7/Mean Rating: Florida by 20/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

6:00 PM: Colorado State at BYU—Had the Cougars won last week in a grueling game, we were prepared to check this game as a possible letdown game and go with the Rams and the points.  The Cougars exited Lavell Edwards Stadium thoroughly bewitched, bothered, and bewildered after losing to Florida State 54-28.  Colorado State is 3-0 for the first time since 1994.  That team went 10-1 in the regular season including a 28-21 win at BYU.  We don’t expect a repeat in 2009, but a good showing could be the next step on the long climb back to the top in the MWC.  The Rams should win eight games this year, but this won’t be one of them.  PiRate Rating: BYU by 16.9/Mean Rating: BYU by 16/PiRate Viewer Rating: B+

 

7:00 PM: Arizona State at Georgia—Arizona State has never played in an SEC stadium (unless you count the 1951 visit to then Southwest Conference member Arkansas).  In their only two games against SEC teams, the Sun Devils lost at home to Georgia last year and at home to LSU in 2005.  ASU Coach Dennis Erickson knows a little about winning in the Deep South, having claimed a national title at Miami.  He may have an average squad or some degree better, but wins against Idaho State and Louisiana Monroe has yet to prove anything.  Georgia has already played three tough games, winning two SEC battles already.  The Bulldog defense has yet to shut anybody down, but the offense has looked impressive in wins over South Carolina and Arkansas.  This game will tell us a lot more about these two conferences as the season progresses, but it should be exciting itself.  The weather could be a major factor as well.  PiRate Rating: Georgia by 15.6/Mean Rating: Georgia by 7/PiRate Viewer Rating: A

 

7:00 PM: Army at Iowa State—Say What?  This game is an important one?  You betcha!  It looks like the “trade” of Gene Chizik to Auburn for Paul Rhoads could prove to be a win-win decision.  Iowa State could be looking at a possibility of sneaking into the eighth or ninth Big 12 bowl slot if they can win this game.  Kansas State, Texas A&M, Colorado, and Baylor present winnable games if the Cyclones can stop the option game of the Cadets.  On the other side of the equation, Army needs only to become bowl eligible to earn a guaranteed bowl bid.  The Cadets are 2-1 and have winnable games left against Tulane, Vanderbilt, Temple, VMI, North Texas, and of course Navy.  If Army wins this game, then we are confident in saying they will earn their first bowl trip since 1996.  This game becomes, in essence, a bowl qualifier.  That’s why it makes our list of the key 25 games this week.  PiRate Rating: ISU by 12.4/Mean Rating: ISU by 10/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

 

7:00 PM: Middle Tennessee at North Texas—This is the second key Sunbelt Conference game this week.  Middle Tennessee is the only SBC team to own four wins on the road against teams from BCS conferences, and the Blue Raiders made it number four last week by winning at Maryland (the second consecutive win over the Terps).  North Texas showed signs of life this year in winning at Ball State and giving Ohio U a great battle, but quarterback Riley Dodge went down with an injury in the third quarter of that game.  He missed last week’s blowout loss at Alabama, but he will return this week.  He gives the Mean Green a chance in this game.  PiRate Rating: Middle Tenn by 8.7/Mean Rating: Middle Tenn by 8/PiRate Viewer Rating: B

 

7:30 PM: Arizona at Oregon State—Both teams lost to undefeated, out-of-conference opponents last week, but the winner of this game could challenge in the Pac-10.  We don’t think either can go on the road and beat both Cal and USC (both play these two powers on the road), but the winner of this game should stay in contention for one of the Pac-10’s top four bowls.  PiRate Rating: Oregon State by 3.9/Mean Rating: Oregon State by 2/PiRate Viewer Rating: B

 

8:00 PM: Iowa at Penn State—Could this game be for the Big 10 Championship?  It’s possible.  Iowa stumbled out of the gate with Northern Iowa, but impressive wins over Iowa State and Arizona have the Hawkeyes 3-0 for the third time in four years.  This is more than just any big game for Penn State; the Nittany Lions came into this game last year ranked number three at 9-0 and lost 24-23 in Iowa City.  Penn State is undefeated again and ranked number five this time, but Joe Pa’s team has played three patsies.  The winner of this game will be the leader in the clubhouse in the Big 10, but with Michigan, Ohio State, and even Wisconsin still around, they won’t have it wrapped up.  PiRate Rating: Penn State by 5.6/Mean Rating: Penn State by 4/PiRate Viewer Rating: A+

 

9:00 PM: Washington at Stanford—Can you believe this game?  Washington is the second ever team to crack the AP poll rankings in September after being winless the year before (Florida in 1980).  Stanford is close to being 3-0, and the Cardinal have not been this good since 2001.  Simply put, the winner of this contest is going to a bowl game this year.  You’ll see two great quarterbacks in this one.  Stanford’s Andrew Luck is just a freshman, but he’s averaging 9.3 yards per pass attempt and completing 62.3% of his passes.  Washington’s Jake Locker is leading the Pac-10 in total offense.  PiRate Rating: Stanford by 9.5/Mean Rating: Stanford by 8/PiRate Viewer Rating: A

 

9:15 PM: Texas Tech at Houston—These teams haven’t played each other since the Southwest Conference days, and it should be one of the most exciting games of the season.  You have two teams that average better than 400 passing yards per game.  Houston’s Case Keenum has a shot at an NFL career in a couple of years, while Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts may be the best quarterback Coach Mike Leach has placed in his offense.  PiRate Rating: Texas Tech by 6.2/Mean Rating: Texas Tech by 3/PiRate Viewer Rating: A-

December 31, 2007

NCAA Football Computer Simulated Playoffs–Championship Game

 

The NCAA Computer Simulated National Championship Playoff Final

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Southern California Trojans

Simulated date: January 12, 2008

How They Got Here

Oklahoma                                                       

Defeated Florida 50-48 in 3ot in the Fiesta Bowl

Defeated Ohio State 27-20 in the Sugar Bowl

Southern Cal

Defeated LSU 45-24 in the Cotton Bowl

Defeated Arizona State 35-17 in the Orange Bowl

FINAL SCORE: Southern Cal 38  Oklahoma 24

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Southern California

3

7

14

14

 

38

Oklahoma

7

10

7

0

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

USC: David Buehler 41 yd. FG 1st qtr. 9:33  USC 3 OU 0

OKL: Chris Brown 74 yd. run, Hartley Kick 1st qtr. 9:15 OU 7 USC 3

OKL: Malcolm Kelly 5 yd. pass from Bradford, Hartley Kick 2nd qtr. 10:09  OU 14 USC 3

USC: Fred Davis 42 yd. pass from Booty, Buehler Kick 2nd qtr. 4:01  OU 14 USC 10

OKL: Garrett Hartley 44 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 0:00  OU 17 USC 10

OKL: Chris Brown 12 yd. run, Harltey Kick 3rd qtr. 11:03 OU 24 USC 10

USC: Ronald Johnson 99 yd Kick Return, Buehler Kick 3rd qtr. 10:50  OU 24 USC 17

USC: Clay Matthews 29 yd. block punt return, Buehler Kick 3rd qtr. 7:49  USC 24 OU 24

USC: Chauncey Washington 4 yd. run, Buehler Kick 4th qtr. 8:59  USC 31 OU 24

USC: Terrell Thomas 67 yd. interception return, Buehler Kick 4th qtr. 4:12 USC 38 OU 24

Team Statistics

Stat

USC

OKL

FD

18

23

Rushing

39-157

33-96

Passing

258

318

Passes

16-27-0

27-46-2

Sacks-Yds

0-0

4-21

Fum-Lst

0-0

1-0

Punting

6-41.7

6-33.3

Punt Ret.

4-11.3

3-5.0

Kick Ret.

5-35.6

7-19.4

Penalties

6-50

7-55

T O P

26:12

33:48

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

Chauncey Washington

19

92

17

1

 

Stafon Johnson

13

46

11

0

 

Joe McKnight

5

19

6

0

 

John David Booty

2

0

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Brown

20

109

74

2

 

Allen Patrick

7

10

5

0

 

Sam Bradford

5

-11

10

0

 

Manuel Johnson

1

-12

-12

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

USC

 

 

 

 

 

John David Booty

15

26

0

227

1

Desmond Reed

1

1

0

31

0

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Bradford

27

46

2

318

1

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Davis

5

117

42

1

 

Patrick Turner

7

90

19

0

 

Desmond Reed

1

24

24

0

 

Vidal Hazleton

2

21

13

0

 

Stanley Havili

1

6

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Manuel Johnson

11

137

25

0

 

Malcolm Kelly

6

80

21

1

 

Chris Brown

4

51

19

0

 

Juaquin Iglesias

4

38

12

0

 

Allen Patrick

2

12

9

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Jackson

13 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 sacks

 

Terrell Thomas

4 tackles, 1 Int. for TD

 

Clay Matthews

bk punt and return for TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Curtis Lofton

7 tackles, 1 TFL

 

D.J. Wolfe

5 tackles, 1 PBU

 

Lendy Holmes

5 tackles 

 

Player of the Game: Lawrence Jackson

December 26, 2007

NCAA Football Playoffs Computer Simulation–Semifinal Round

 

College Football Computer Simulation

 

NCAA Playoffs-Semifinal Round (simulated Date: 1/1/08)

 

SUGAR BOWL

 

Oklahoma 27  Ohio State 20

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Oklahoma

0

10

14

3

 

27

Ohio State

0

10

0

10

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

OSU: Chris Wells 6 yd. run, Pretorius Kick 2nd qtr. 11:43  OSU 7  OK 0

OK: Garrett Hartley 37 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 7:10  OSU 7  OK 3

OSU: Ryan Pretorius 42 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 3:07  OSU 10  OK 3

OK: Manuel Johnson 13 yd. pass from Bradford, Hartley Kick 2nd qtr. 0:11  OSU 10  OK 10

OK: Juaquin Iglesias 96 yd. kick return, Hartley Kick 3rd qtr. 14:47  OK 17  OSU 10

OK: Jacob Gutierrez 6 yd. run, Hartley Kick 3rd qtr. 8:39  OK 24  OSU 10

OK: Garrett Hartley 40 yd. FG 4th qtr. 10:00  OK 27  OSU 10

OSU: Ryan Pretorius 51 yd. FG 4th qtr. 7:46  OK 27  OSU 13

OSU: Todd Boeckman 17 yd. run, Hartley Kick 4th qtr. 5:18  OK 27  OSU 20

 

Team Statistics

Stat

OKL

OSU

FD

21

17

Rushing

41-177

39-122

Passing

216

259

Passes

17-30-0

19-37-2

Sacks-Yds

0-0

1-6

Fum-Lst

0-0

0-0

Punting

4-41.5

6-39.0

Punt Ret.

3-8.6

3-7.7

Kick Ret.

3-45.7

4-19.3

Penalties

4-30

5-45

T O P

30:17

29:43

 

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Brown

13

82

34

0

 

Allen Patrick

17

79

15

0

 

Jacob Gutierrz

8

19

6

1

 

Sam Bradford

3

-3

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Boeckman

15

59

17

1

 

Chris Wells

18

40

6

1

 

Maurice Wells

4

12

5

0

 

Ray Small

1

11

11

0

 

Brandon Saine

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Bradford

16

28

0

209

1

Joey Halzle

1

2

0

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Boeckman

19

36

2

259

0

Chris Wells

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Manuel Johnson

7

84

13

1

 

Juaquin Iglesias

4

73

22

0

 

Malcolm Kelly

3

37

16

0

 

Chris Brown

2

15

9

0

 

Sam Bradford

1

7

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Robiskie

8

132

38

0

 

Brian Hartline

8

87

17

0

 

Maurice Wells

3

40

15

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Reggie Smith

4 tackles. 1 TFL, 1 Int.

 

Curtis Lofton

4 tackles, 1 QBH

 

Nic Harris

4 tackles, 1 Int.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

James Laurinitis

12 tackles

 

Malcolm Jenkins

5 tackles, 1 PBU

 

Anderson Russell

4 tackles

 

 

 

ORANGE BOWL

 

Southern California 35  Arizona State 17

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Arizona State

7

7

3

0

 

17

Southern Cal

0

7

14

14

 

35

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

ASU: Chris McGaha 43 yd. pass from Carpenter, Weber Kick 1st qtr. 12:45  ASU 7  USC 0

ASU: Michael Jones 19 yd. pass from Carpenter, Weber Kick 2nd qtr. 9:17  ASU 14  USC 0

USC: Chauncey Washington 8 yd. run, Buehler Kick 2nd qtr. 3:09  ASU 14  USC 7

ASU: Thomas Weber 39 yd. FG 3rd qtr. 12:56  ASU 17  USC 7

USC: Chauncey Washington 14 yd. run, Buehler Kick 3rd qtr. 6:11  ASU 17  USC 14

USC: Patrick Turner 62 yd. run, Buehler Kick 3rd qtr. 2:14  USC 21  ASU 17

USC: Chauncey Washington 5 yd. run, Buehler Kick 4th qtr. 13:26  USC 28  ASU 17

USC: Desmond Reed 59 yd. punt return, Buehler Kick 4th qtr. 9:04  USC 35  ASU 17

 

Team Statistics

Stat

ASU

USC

FD

14

20

Rushing

24-55

52-318

Passing

259

151

Passes

20-43-1

14-22-0

Sacks-Yds

3-22

0-0

Fum-Lst

1-0

2-0

Punting

6-41.5

3-42.0

Punt Ret.

2-8.5

4-21.3

Kick Ret.

3-19.0

2-21.5

Penalties

6-40

7-60

T O P

24:43

35:17

 

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

ASU

 

 

 

 

 

Keegan Herring

13

51

9

0

 

Dimitri Nance

7

22

8

0

 

Kyle Williams

1

4

4

0

 

Rudy Carpenter

3

-22

-5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

Chauncey Washington

32

174

19

3

 

Joe McKnight

16

67

13

0

 

Patrick Turner

1

62

62

1

 

Stanley Havili

2

9

5

0

 

John David Booty

1

6

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

ASU

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Carpenter

20

43

1

259

2

 

 

 

 

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

John David Booty

14

22

0

151

0

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

ASU

 

 

 

 

 

Chris McGaha

6

98

43

1

 

Michael Jones

5

61

19

1

 

Tyrice Thompson

4

59

20

0

 

Rudy Burgess

2

23

14

0

 

Kyle Williams

2

15

10

0

 

Keegan Herring

1

3

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Davis

7

73

14

0

 

Patrick Turner

5

60

15

0

 

Stanley Havili

1

10

10

0

 

Vidal Hazelton

1

8

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

ASU

 

 

 

 

 

Dexter Davis

8 tackles, 1 TFL

 

Robert James

7 tackles

 

Troy Nolan

5 tackles

 

 

 

 

 

 

USC

 

 

 

 

 

Sedrick Ellis

9 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks

 

Terrell Thomas

4 tackles, 1 Int.

 

Desmond Reed

4 PR, 85 yds & 1 TD

 

 

 

Next: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

 

Oklahoma vs. Southern California

 

Results will be posted New Year’s Eve

December 13, 2007

2007 NCAA Football Playoffs–Quarterfinals Simulation

 

College Football Computer Simulation

 

NCAA Playoffs-Quarterfinal Round (simulated Date: 12/22/07)

 

FIESTA BOWL

 

Oklahoma 50 Florida 48 3 OT

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

OT

Total

Florida

7

10

0

15

16

48

Oklahoma

3

3

13

13

18

50

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

OKL: Garrett Hartley 37 yd. FG 1st qtr. 9:37 OU 3  FLA 0

FLA: Cornelius Ingram 6 yd. pass from Tebow, Ijjas Kick 1st qtr. 3:12  FLA 7  OU 3

FLA: Tim Tebow 4 yd. run, Ijjas Kick 2nd qtr. 11:39  FLA 14  OU 3

OKL: Garrett Hartley 41 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 8:08 FLA 14  OU 6

FLA: Joey Ijjas 40 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 2:15  FLA 17  OU 6

OKL: Jermaine Gresham 27 yd. pass from Bradford, 2-pt try failed 3rd qtr. 13:02 FLA 17  OU 12

OKL: Chris Brown 3 yd. run, Hartley Kick 3rd qtr. 3:11  OU 19  FLA 17

OKL: Malcolm Kelly 23 yd. pass from Bradford, 2-pt. try failed 4th qtr. 10:29  OU 25  FLA 17

OKL: Allen Patrick 49 yd. run, Hartley Kick 4th qtr. 6:52  OU 32  FLA 17

FLA: Percy Harvin 32 yd. pass from Tebow, Ijjas Kick 4th qtr. 4:12  OU 32  FLA 24

FLA: Percy Harvin 29 yd. run, Tebow run for 2 4th qtr. 0:47  OU 32  FLA 32

FLA: Tim Tebow 7 yd. run, Ijjas Kick OT1  FLA 39  OU 32

OKL: Chris Brown 1 yd. run, Hartley Kick OT1 FLA 39  OU 39

OKL: Garrett Hartley 42 yd. FG OT2  OU 42  FLA 39

FLA: Joey Ijjas 36 yd. FG OT2  OU 42  FLA 42

FLA: Louis Murphy 14 yd. pass from Tebow, 2-pt try failed OT3  FLA 48  OU 42

OKL: Sam Bradford 1 yd. run, Brown run for 2 OT3  OU 50  FLA 48

 

Team Statistics

Stat

FLA

OKL

FD

23

25

Rushing

42-197

48-233

Passing

289

279

Passes

24-42-0

25-39-0

Sacks-Yds

0-0

1-6

Fum-Lst

0-0

1-0

Punting

5-39.2

4-40.0

Punt Ret.

3-9.7

4-8.5

Kick Ret.

6-19.5

5-20.6

Penalties

6-35

7-45

T O P

28:44

31:16

 

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Tebow

18

93

20

2

 

Percy Harvin

16

78

29

1

 

Kestahn Moore

8

26

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Allen Patrick

27

161

49

1

 

Chris Brown

16

72

15

2

 

Jacob Gutierrez

3

5

3

0

 

Sam Bradford

2

-5

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Tebow

24

42

0

289

3

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Bradford

25

39

0

279

2

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Percy Harvin

10

135

32

1

 

Cornelius Ingram

7

80

18

1

 

Andre Caldwell

4

47

15

0

 

Louis Murphy

2

23

14

1

 

Kestahn Moore

1

4

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm Kelly

5

84

23

1

 

Juaquin Iglesias

6

54

12

0

 

Manuel Johnson

6

59

14

0

 

Jermaine Gresham

4

52

27

1

 

Joe Jon Finley

2

18

11

0

 

Allen Patrick

1

7

7

0

 

Chris Brown

1

5

5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Joiner

7 tackles, 1 PBU

 

Dustin Doe

7 tackles

 

Derrick Harvey

4 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Curtis Lofton

10 tackles, 1 TFL

 

Reggie Smith

7 tackles, 1 PBU

 

D. J. Wolfe

6 tackles

 

 

 

CAPITAL ONE BOWL

 

Arizona State 20  Virginia Tech 16

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Arizona State

0

7

3

10

 

20

Virginia Tech

0

6

10

0

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

VT: Jud Dunleavy 38 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 8:55  VT 3  ASU 0

ASU: Michael Jones 17 yd. pass from Carpenter, Weber Kick 2nd qtr. 3:59  ASU 7  VT 3

VT: Jud Dunleavy 31 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 0:00  ASU 7  VT 6

VT: Tyrod Taylor 3 yd. run, Dunleavy Kick 3rd qtr. 11:48  VT 13  ASU 7

VT: Jud Dunleavy 35 yd. FG 3rd qtr. 6:02  VT 16  ASU 7

ASU: Thomas Weber 41 yd. FG 3rd qtr. 2:32  VT 16  ASU 10

ASU: Thomas Weber 37 yd. FG 4th qtr. 8:54  VT 16  ASU 13

ASU: Tyrice Thompson 71 yd. pass from Carpenter, Weber Kick 4th qtr. 3:21  ASU 20  VT 16

 

Team Statistics

Stat

ASU

VT

FD

17

16

Rushing

40-155

41-143

Passing

236

160

Passes

17-29-1

15-26-1

Sacks-Yds

2-11

0-0

Fum-Lst

2-1

1-0

Punting

6-39.0

6-42.5

Punt Ret.

4-9.5

5-12.6

Kick Ret.

4-18.8

5-21.0

Penalties

4-30

7-55

T O P

29:01

30:59

 

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Keegan Herring

20

102

17

0

 

Dimitri Nance

14

49

9

0

 

Chris McGaha

1

11

11

0

 

Kyle Williams

2

1

2

0

 

Rudy Carpenter

3

-8

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Tech

 

 

 

 

 

Branden Ore

26

88

11

0

 

Tyrod Taylor

12

49

12

0

 

Kenny Lewis

2

5

3

0

 

Sean Glennon

1

1

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Carpenter

17

29

1

236

2

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Tech

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Glennon

14

23

1

151

0

Tyrod Taylor

1

3

0

9

0

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Tyrice Thompson

3

93

71

1

 

Chris McGaha

7

64

13

0

 

Michael Jones

3

39

17

1

 

Rudy Burgess

3

32

18

0

 

Kyle Williams

1

8

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Tech

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Morgan

5

66

18

0

 

Justin Harper

5

48

11

0

 

Eddie Royal

3

32

14

0

 

Branden Ore

1

8

8

0

 

Greg Boone

1

6

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Robert James

9 tackles, 1 QBH

 

Troy Nolan

6 tackles, 1 Int.

 

Dexter Davis

3 tackles, 2 TFL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Tech

 

 

 

 

 

Xavier Adibi

8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

 

Cam Martin

6 tackles, 1 sack

 

Barry Booker

6 tackles, 1 TFL

 

 

 

COTTON BOWL

 

Southern California 31  LSU 21

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Southern Cal

10

14

7

0

 

31

L S U

0

0

7

14

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

USC: David Buehler 37 yd. FG 1st qtr. 11:45  USC 3  LSU 0

USC: Chauncey Washington 27 yd. run, Buehler Kick 1st qtr 6:27  USC 10  LSU 0

USC: Fred Davis 79 yd. pass from Booty, Buehler Kick 2nd qtr. 8:42  USC 17  LSU 0

USC: Stanley Havili 12 yd. pass from Booty, Buehler Kick 2nd qtr. 1:47  USC 24  LSU 0

LSU: Trindon Holliday 94 yd. Kick Return, David Kick 3rd qtr. 14:49  USC 24  LSU 7

USC: Fred Davis 12 yd. pass from Booty, Buehler Kick 3rd qtr. 3:56  USC 31  LSU 7

LSU: Craig Steltz 48 yd. Interception Return, David Kick 4th qtr. 14:11  USC 31  LSU 14

LSU: Jacob Hester 5 yd. run, David Kick 4th qtr. 2:00  USC 31  LSU 21

 

Team Statistics

Stat

USC

LSU

FD

19

12

Rushing

40-164

27-99

Passing

281

158

Passes

22-36-1

16-33-2

Sacks-Yds

1-5

4-22

Fum-Lst

2-1

2-1

Punting

3-35.7

8-42.0

Punt Ret.

6-11.5

2-11.5

Kick Ret.

3-19.7

6-30.7

Penalties

6-45

4-25

T O P

33:19

26:41

 

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

Chauncey Washington

20

98

27

1

 

Joe McKnight

8

27

6

0

 

Stafon Johnson

6

21

7

0

 

Stanley Havili

1

11

11

0

 

John David Booty

2

10

9

0

 

Desmond Reed

3

-3

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

L S U

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Hester

14

80

12

1

 

Keiland Williams

3

17

8

0

 

Trindon Holliday

4

13

5

0

 

Ryan Perriloux

2

11

9

0

 

Matt Flynn

4

-22

-3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

John David Booty

22

36

1

281

3

 

 

 

 

 

L S U

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Flynn

13

26

1

135

0

Ryan Perriloux

3

7

1

23

0

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Davis

4

109

79

2

 

Patrick Turner

8

80

16

0

 

Vidal Hazleton

7

64

13

0

 

Stanley Havili

2

17

12

1

 

Joe McKnight

1

11

11

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

L S U

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon LaFell

8

94

18

0

 

Early Doucet

5

52

14

0

 

Demetrius Byrd

2

13

9

0

 

Jacob Hester

1

-1

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Jackson

7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL

 

Sedrick Ellis

4 tackles, 2 sacks

 

Terrell Thomas

4 tackles, 1 Int., 1 PBU

 

 

 

 

 

 

L S U

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Steltz

7 tackles, 1 Int. for TD

 

Danny McCray

5 tackles

 

Ali Highsmith

4 tackles, 1 PBU

 

 

 

ROSE BOWL

 

Ohio State 28  West Virginia 17

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Ohio State

7

7

7

7

 

28

West Virginia

0

10

0

7

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

OSU: Chris Wells 8 yd. run, Pretorius Kick 1st qtr. 10:03  OSU 7  WVA 0

WVA: Patrick White 26 yd. run, McAfee Kick 2nd qtr. 12:11  OSU 7  WVA 7

WVA: Pat McAfee 49 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 6:09  WVA 10  OSU 7

OSU: Chris Wells 11 yd. run, Pretorius Kick 2nd qtr. 1:54  OSU 14  WVA 10

OSU: Brian Robiskie 33 yd. pass from Boeckman, Pretorius Kick 3rd qtr. 6:33  OSU 21 WVA 10

OSU: Chris Wells 6 yd. run, Pretorius Kick  4th qtr. 10:11  OSU 28  WVA 10

WVA: Steve Slaton 21 yd. pass from White, McAfee Kick 4th qtr. 4:32  OSU 28  WVA 17

 

Team Statistics

Stat

OSU

WVA

FD

20

16

Rushing

45-211

39-180

Passing

173

132

Passes

14-24-1

12-23-1

Sacks-Yds

0-0

0-0

Fum-Lst

0-0

1-1

Punting

4-43.3

6-40.7

Punt Ret.

4-8.0

3-7.3

Kick Ret.

3-18.0

5-20.2

Penalties

4-25

6-50

T O P

34:39

25:21

 

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Wells

21

129

18

3

 

Maurice Wells

16

59

10

0

 

Todd Boeckman

6

20

12

0

 

Brandon Saine

1

3

3

0

 

Ray Small

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Slaton

19

75

11

0

 

Patrick White

14

73

26

1

 

Noel Devine

2

19

16

0

 

Owen Schmitt

3

11

5

0

 

Jarrett Brown

1

2

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Boeckman

14

24

1

173

1

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick White

12

23

1

132

1

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Robiskie

4

75

33

1

 

Brian Hartline

4

56

18

0

 

Rory Nichol

3

22

9

0

 

Ray Small

2

13

8

0

 

Maurice Wells

1

7

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Dorrell Jalloh

4

64

22

0

 

Steve Slaton

2

29

21

1

 

Darius Reynaud

4

26

11

0

 

Owen Schmitt

2

13

10

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

James Laurinaitis

12 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 PBU

 

Marcus Freeman

7 tackles

 

Anderson Russell

4 tackles, 1 Int.

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Reed Williams

6 tackles, 1 TFL

 

Ryan Mundy

6 tackles

 

Johnny Dingle

5 tackles, 1 QBH

 

 

Next Up: Semifinals

 

Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Ohio State

 

Orange Bowl: Southern California vs. Arizona State

December 7, 2007

2007 NCAA Football Playoffs–Round One Simulation

 

College Football Computer Simulation

 

NCAA Playoffs-1st Round (simulated Date: 12/8/07)

 

GATOR BOWL

 

Florida 34 Georgia 24

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Florida

10

7

14

3

 

34

Georgia

7

3

7

7

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

FLA: Tim Tebow 4 yd. run, Ijjas Kick 1st qtr. 8:42   Fla 7  Ga. 0

GA: Sean Bailey 16 yd. pass from Stafford, Coutu Kick 1st qtr. 3:11  Fla 7  Ga 7

FLA: Joey Ijjas 37 yd. FG 1st qtr. 0:13  Fla 10  Ga 7

FLA: Andre Caldwell 13 yd. pass from Tebow, Ijjas Kick 2nd qtr. 11:21  Fla 17  Ga 7

GA: Brandon Coutu 46 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 0:00  Fla 17  Ga 10

GA: Knowshon Moreno 10 yd. run, Coutu Kick 3rd qtr. 10:47  Fla 17  Ga 17

FLA: Brandon James 98 yd. kick return, Ijjas Kick 3rd qtr. 10:35  Fla 24  Ga 17

FLA: Tim Tebow 11 yd. run, Ijjas Kick 3rd qtr. 6:59  Fla 31  Ga 17

FLA: Joey Ijjas 33 yd. FG 4th qtr. 9:38  Fla 34  Ga 17

GA: Mohamed Massaquoi 21 yd. pass from Stafford, Coutu Kick 4th qtr. 2:30  Fla 34  Ga 24

Team Statistics

Stat

FLA

GA

FD

21

17

Rushing

42-185

33-112

Passing

214

228

Passes

18-27-0

22-41-2

Sacks-Yds

0-0

1-7

Fum-Lst

1-0

1-1

Punting

3-41.7

5-39.6

Punt Ret.

3-7.8

1-9.0

Kick Ret.

4-21.3

6-18.7

Penalties

4-25

5-35

T O P

29:01

30:59

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Tebow

16

75

11

2

 

Percy Harvin

15

66

10

0

 

Kestahn Moore

10

39

7

0

 

Jarred Fayson

1

5

5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Brown

16

63

13

0

 

Knowshon Moreno

11

43

10

1

 

Shaun Chappas

2

5

4

0

 

Brannan Southerland

1

3

3

0

 

Sean Bailey

1

2

2

0

 

Matthew Stafford

2

-4

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Tebow

18

27

0

214

1

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Stafford

22

41

2

228

2

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Percy Harvin

4

56

19

0

 

Andre Caldwell

5

52

16

1

 

Louis Murphy

3

40

17

0

 

Cornelius Ingram

3

37

16

0

 

Kestahn Moore

1

15

15

0

 

Jarred Fayson

2

14

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Mohamed Massaquoi

5

71

21

1

 

Sean Bailey

5

60

18

1

 

Tripp Chandler

5

41

10

0

 

Mikey Henderson

4

35

12

0

 

Knowshon Moreno

2

13

8

0

 

Thomas Brown

1

8

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Spikes

9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

 

Dustin Doe

6 tackles

 

Jermaine Cunningham

5 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Dannell Ellerbe

7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH

 

Reshad Jones

5 tackles

 

Asher Allen

4 tackles

 

 

 

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL

 

West Virginia 27 Kansas 25

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

West Virginia

0

10

7

10

 

27

Kansas

6

7

6

6

 

25

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

KAN: Scott Webb 39 yd. FG 1st qtr. 5:51  Kan 3  WVa 0

KAN: Scott Webb 37 yd. FG 1st qtr. 1:10  Kan 6  WVa 0

KAN: Brandon McAnderson 6 yd. run, Webb Kick 2nd qtr. 11:37  Kan 13  WVa 0

WVA: Pat McAfee 48 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 6:09  Kan 13  WVa 3

WVA: Noel Devine 58 yd. run, McAfee Kick 2nd qtr 0:53  Kan 13  WVa 10

KAN: Scott Webb 40 yd. FG 3rd qtr. 12:19  Kan 16  WVa 10

WVA: Pat White 2 yd. run, McAfee Kick 3rd qtr. 4:39  WVa 17  Kan 16

KAN: Scott Webb 37 yd. FG 3rd qtr. 1:02  Kan 19  WVa 17

KAN: Marcus Henry 64 yd. pass from Reesing, 2-pt try failed 4th qtr. 9:12  Kan 25  WVa 17

WVA: Pat McAfee 34 yd. FG 4th qtr. 7:16  Kan 25  WVa 20

WVA: Steve Slaton 18 yd. run, McAfee Kick 4th qtr. 0:32  WVa 27  Kan 25

Team Statistics

Stat

WVA

KU

FD

19

22

Rushing

47-251

37-185

Passing

159

211

Passes

13-23-1

18-33-0

Sacks-Yds

0-0

1-7

Fum-Lst

2-0

1-0

Punting

6-40.5

4-37.3

Punt Ret.

3-10.3

4-5.0

Kick Ret.

6-22.5

5-20.0

Penalties

6-39

5-40

T O P

32:37

27:23

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Pat White

21

91

12

1

 

Steve Slaton

19

79

18

1

 

Noel Devine

5

75

58

1

 

Owen Schmitt

2

6

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon McAnderson

19

112

21

1

 

Jake Sharp

13

70

12

0

 

Todd Reesing

4

3

5

0

 

Dexton Fields

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Pat White

13

23

1

159

0

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Reesing

18

33

0

211

0

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Darius Reynaud

8

113

27

0

 

Dorrell Jalloh

2

21

13

0

 

Steve Slaton

2

19

11

0

 

Owen Schmitt

1

6

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Henry

3

85

64

1

 

Dexton Fields

6

53

12

0

 

Derek Fine

3

32

12

0

 

Brandon McAnderson

4

29

10

0

 

Dezmon Briscoe

2

12

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Reed Williams

9 tackles

 

Marc Magro

7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

 

Mortty Ivy

7 tackles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Mortensen

8 tackles, 2 TFL

 

Mike Rivera

7 tackles, 1 PBU

 

James Holt

7 tackles, 1 TFL

 

HOLIDAY BOWL

 

Southern California 45 Hawaii 24

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Southern Cal

14

14

3

14

 

45

Hawaii

3

0

7

14

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

USC: Chauncey Washington 8 yd. run, Buehler Kick 1st qtr. 9:42  USC 7  Haw 0

USC: John David Booty 1 yd. run, Buehler Kick 1st qtr. 5:28  USC 14  Haw 0

HAW: Dan Kelly 40 yd. FG 1st qtr. 2:55  USC 14  Haw 3

USC: Joe McKnight 8 yd. run, Buehler Kick 2nd qtr. 11:44  USC 21  Haw 3

USC: Fred Davis 14 yd. pass from Booty, Buehler Kick 2nd qtr. 4:57  USC 28  Haw 3

HAW: Jason Rivers 17 yd. pass from Brennan, Kelly Kick 3rd qtr. 8:38  USC 28  Haw 10

USC: David Buehler 49 yd. FG 3rd qtr. 1:43  USC 31  Haw 10

USC: Chauncey Washington 6 yd. run, Buehler Kick 4th qtr. 13:12  USC 38  Haw 10

USC: Keith Rivers recovered fumble in end zone, Buehler Kick 4th qtr. 11:58  USC 45  Haw 10

HAW: Ryan Grice-Mullen 18 yd. pass from Brennan, Kelly Kick 4th qtr. 6:08  USC 45  Haw 17

HAW: Davone Bess 11 yd. pass from Brennan, Kelly Kick 4th qtr. 2:33  USC 45  Haw 24

Team Statistics

Stat

USC

HAW

FD

26

22

Rushing

42-223

19-40

Passing

255

444

Passes

23-36-0

37-56-2

Sacks-Yds

0-0

5-27

Fum-Lst

0-0

1-1

Punting

1-38.0

3-40.3

Punt Ret.

3-5.7

0-0

Kick Ret.

4-23.0

8-21.3

Penalties

6-40

4-27

T O P

34:22

25:38

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

Chauncey Washington

19

153

24

2

 

Stafon Johnson

12

46

11

0

 

Joe McKnight

5

19

8

1

 

Stanley Havili

2

7

4

0

 

John David Booty

4

-2

-1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

Kealoa Pilares

11

63

19

0

 

Daniel Libre

3

4

4

0

 

Colt Brennan

5

-27

-2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

John David Booty

23

35

0

255

1

Desmond Reed

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

Colt Brennan

37

56

2

444

3

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Turner

13

133

18

0

 

Stanley Havili

6

79

20

0

 

Fred Davis

3

34

15

1

 

Vidal Hazelton

1

9

9

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Grice-Mullen

12

172

30

1

 

Davone Bess

8

103

19

1

 

Jason Rivers

7

85

20

1

 

Daniel Libre

4

41

15

0

 

C.J. Hawthorne

4

36

13

0

 

Kealoa Pilares

2

7

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Southern Cal

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Rivers

7 tackles, 1 Fum Rec for TD

 

Rey Maualuga

6 tackles, 1 TFL

 

Lawrence Jackson

5 tackles, 2 sacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Patek

8 tackles, 1 PBU

 

Solomon Elimimian

6 tackles

 

Adam Leonard

5 tackles, 1 TFL

 

OUTBACK BOWL

 

Arizona State 38 Missouri 30

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Total

Missouri

7

9

7

7

 

30

Arizona State

0

3

21

14

 

38

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

MO: Jeremy Maclin 21 yd. run, Wolfert Kick 1st qtr. 7:29  Mo 7  ASU 0

MO: Safety–ASU holding penalty in end zone 2nd qtr. 13:48  Mo 9  ASU 0

MO: Martin Rucker 17 yd. pass from Daniel, Wolfert Kick 2nd qtr. 9:25  Mo 16  ASU 0

ASU: Thomas Weber 51 yd. FG 2nd qtr. 0:03  Mo 16  ASU 3

MO: Jeremy Maclin 43 yd. pass from Daniel, Wolfert Kick 3rd qtr. 10:09  Mo 23  ASU 3

ASU: Michael Jones 21 yd. pass from Carpenter, Weber Kick 3rd qtr. 8:11  Mo 23  ASU 10

ASU: Justin Tryon 61 yd. Interception return, Weber Kick 3rd qtr. 5:41  Mo 23  ASU 17

ASU: Keegan Herring 9 yd. run, Weber Kick 3rd qtr. 1:17  ASU 24  Mo 23

ASU: Kyle Williams 14 yd. pass from Carpenter, Weber Kick 4th qtr. 9:56  ASU 31  Mo 23

ASU: Keegan Herring 24 yd. run, Weber Kick 4th qtr. 6:40  ASU 38  Mo 23

MO: Chase Daniel 7 yd. run, Wolfert Kick 4th qtr. 2:20  ASU 38  Mo 30

Team Statistics

Stat

MO

ASU

FD

23

22

Rushing

37-161

39-132

Passing

296

278

Passes

27-40-2

19-33-1

Sacks-Yds

3-15

2-14

Fum-Lst

1-0

2-1

Punting

4-36.1

3-39.1

Punt Ret.

1-12.0

3-10.7

Kick Ret.

6-20.8

5-22.0

Penalties

7-55

4-30

T O P

33:16

26:44

Individual Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Yds

Long

TD

 

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Temple

22

110

14

0

 

Chase Daniel

9

18

8

1

 

Jeremy Maclin

2

24

21

1

 

Jimmy Jackson

3

7

3

0

 

Danario Alexander

1

2

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Keegan Herring

19

77

14

2

 

Dimitri Nance

16

66

17

0

 

Kyle Williams

1

4

4

0

 

Rudy Carpenter

3

-15

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp

Att

Int

Yds

TD

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

Chase Daniel

27

40

2

296

2

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Carpenter

19

33

1

278

2

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Rec

Yds

LG

TD

 

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Rucker

8

85

17

1

 

Chase Coffman

8

82

17

0

 

Jeremy Maclin

4

73

43

1

 

Will Franklin

4

33

11

0

 

Tommy Saunders

2

15

9

0

 

Danario Alexander

1

8

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Jones

6

132

34

1

 

Chris McGaha

7

74

15

0

 

Rudy Burgess

4

53

18

0

 

Kyle Williams

2

19

14

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Defensive Players

 

 

 

 

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

William Moore

7 tackles, 1 PBU

 

Sean Weatherspoon

6 tackles, 1 TFL

 

Justin Garrett

4 tackles, 1 Int.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Tryon

5 tackles, 1 Int for TD

 

Troy Nolan

5 tackles, 1 Int.

 

Robert James

5 tackles, 2 sacks

 

Coming Next:  The Quarterfinals (Elite Eight)

 

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Florida

 

Capital One Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Arizona State

 

Cotton Bowl: L S U vs. Southern California

 

Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. West Virginia

 

Look for the results of this round to be posted the week of Saturday, December 15, even though this round is simulated to take place on December 22.

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