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|Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Washington State
|Albuquerque, N.M.||Dec. 21, 2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State vs. USC
|Las Vegas||Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Buffalo vs. San Diego State
|Boise, Idaho||Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
UL Lafayette vs. Tulane
|New Orleans||Dec. 21, 9 p.m.||ESPN|
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg
Ohio vs. East Carolina
|St. Petersburg, Fla.||Dec. 23, 2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Oregon State vs. Boise State
|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
|Detroit||Dec. 26, 6 p.m.||ESPN|
|San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Utah State
|San Diego||Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m.||ESPN|
Maryland vs. Marshall
|Annapolis, Md.||Dec. 27, 2:30 p.m.||ESPN|
Syracuse vs. Minnesota
|Houston||Dec. 27, 6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Fight Hunger Bowl
BYU vs. Washington
|San Francisco||Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs. Notre Dame
|Yankee Stadium||Dec. 28, noon||ESPN|
North Carolina vs. Cincinnati
|Charlotte, N.C.||Dec. 28, 3:20 p.m.||ESPN|
|Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami vs. Louisville
|Orlando, Fla.||Dec. 28, 6:45 p.m.||ESPN|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Kansas State vs. Michigan
|Tempe, Ariz.||Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
MIddle Tennessee vs. Navy
|Fort Worth, Texas||Dec. 30, 11:45 a.m.||ESPN|
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss
|Nashville, Tenn.||Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Oregon
|San Antonio, Texas||Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m.||ESPN|
|National University Holiday Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Arizona State
|San Diego||Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Boston College vs. Arizona
|Shreveport, La.||Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Hyundai Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
|El Paso, Texas||Dec. 31, 2 p.m.||CBS|
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice vs. Mississippi State
|Dec. 31, 4 p.m.||ESPN|
Duke vs. Texas A&M
|Atlanta||Dec. 31, 8 p.m.||ESPN|
|TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Nebraska vs. Georgia
|Jacksonville, Fla.||Jan. 1, noon||ESPN2|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNLV vs. North Texas
|Dallas||Jan. 1, noon||ESPNU|
|Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
|Orlando, Fla.||Jan. 1, 1 p.m.||ABC|
Iowa vs. LSU
|Tampa||Jan. 1, 1 p.m.||ESPN|
|Rose Bowl Game
Stanford vs. Michigan State
|Pasadena, Calif.||Jan. 1, 5 p.m.||ESPN|
|Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Baylor vs. UCF
|Glendale, Ariz.||Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl
Alabama vs. Oklahoma
|New Orleans||Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
|Arlington, Texas||Jan. 3, 8 p.m.||Fox|
|Discover Orange Bowl
Clemson vs. Ohio State
|Miami Gardens, Fla.||Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|BBVA Compass Bowl
Houston vs. Vanderbilt
|Birmingham, Ala.||Jan. 4, 1 p.m.||ESPN|
Ball State vs. Arkansas State
|Mobile, Ala.||Jan. 5, 9 p.m.||ESPN|
|BCS National Championship Game
Florida State vs. Auburn
|Pasadena, Calif.||Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
My picks are bold and italicized
Mizzou (-14 ½) at Kentucky 11am ESPNU
What can I say about Kentucky football that hasn’t already been said about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Mizzou wins 38-14.
Vandy at Florida (-10) 11am Fox Sports Net
I’m very surprised Florida gets 10 points considering they are on a three game losing streak. Vandy also had a bye week to prepare for the Gators, while Florida was in a dog fight with Georgia last weekend. Last week, Florida’s offense did show signs of life for the first time since the Arkansas game. I like Vandy to cover, but I’ll go with the Gators winning 21-20.
Auburn (-7 ½) at Tennessee 11am ESPN
Once again, a line that really surprises me. I thought Auburn would get at least -10 after getting (-7 ½) last week at Arkansas. The early game on the road usually favors the road team and I think Auburn handles UT, 31-20.
Arkansas at Ole Miss (-16) 11:21am SEC Network
Arkansas is 2-7 against the spread this year. Their two covers were Louisiana-Lafayette to open the season and, somehow, Texas A&M at home. Ole Miss has Troy after Arkansas so this isn’t a trap game and Ole Miss is coming off a bye week. There is literally nothing to tell me that Ole Miss won’t cover the -16 this weekend. I’ll go 41-17 and Mississippi gets bowl eligible.
Appalachian State at Georgia (-40) 12:30pm ESPN3
Appalachian State has really fallen since they beat Michigan at the Big House a few years back. The score all depends on when Georgia calls off the dogs. Georgia should cover with a 52-10 victory.
Mississippi State at Texas A&M (-16 ½) 2:30pm CBS
All I care about in this game is that IF Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott decides to play, he plays really well after his mother lost her battle with cancer earlier this week. He has yet to decide whether or not he will play. As you can imagine, football takes a back seat to real life in situations like this. Thoughts and prayers are with him during this hard time. Texas A&M wins 49-24.
LSU at Alabama (-12 ½) 7pm CBS
The “Nick Saban to Texas” story is no distraction for Alabama. Really, nothing is ever a distraction for Alabama. 30-17 Crimson Tide.
Mississippi State at South Carolina (-12) 11:21 SEC Network
There is no reason for me to believe State is going to cover. USCe held a much better Mizzou offense to only 17 points in regulation. They could easily hold State under that. 31-10 Cocky.
Georgia (-3) vs. Florida in Jacksonville 2:30 CBS
This one is tough to pick. These teams are so deep into their third string I don’t know anything about them. I’ve heard Muschamp will get another year no matter what, but if he loses this game, he might as well not even sit down his seat will be so hot. I’ll go with Florida 22-21.
Auburn (7 ½) at Arkansas 5pm ESPN 2
Arkansas has covered two spreads all year! Seriously, Louisiana-Lafayette and A&M are the only covered spreads for the Razorbacks and if JFB had really wanted to cover for the Aggies he could have. Malzahn will keep it Christian as he runs Arkansas into the ground this week. This is the best representation of the game (Arkansas is the black knight). 49-14 War Eagle.
Tennessee at Mizzou (-10 ½) 6pm ESPN
James Franklin is scheduled to play, which should be a good thing for the Tigers. Matty Mauk was serviceable in his relief appearance, but Franklin is undefeated on the season. 35-24 Mizzou
Alabama State at Kentucky (-27 ½) 6:30 CSS
You need to go to football rehab if you watch this game. I wonder if there will be more fans at Kentucky basketball’s scrimmage against Transylvania the night before, or the football game Saturday. The Wildcats get them some SWACtion and Alabama State gets a pay day. 35-7 Cats.
UTEP at Texas A&M (-47) 8pm ESPN
First off, HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THAT LINE. Arkansas was -13, so how bad is UTEP? I do have a guarantee bet, this game will not start on time on ESPN. Who does the TV scheduling for ESPN (the worldwide leader in games joined in progress)? You can probably watch the first quarter on ESPNnews because by the time it actually gets switched over to ESPN it will be over. 63-17 JFB.
It’s hard to say, but you may have to be okay with the NIT this year. I’m not saying you need to be okay with a first round upset to a Bob Morris type team, but a nice run in the NIT is okay.
The biggest obstacle will be the schedule. Arkansas’ best non-conference game this year (outside of Maui) is SMU. Matter of fact, the only non-conference teams that are projected to make the tournament this year are SMU, Syracuse and possibly California. Arkansas may not even get to play Syracuse if they don’t get past California in the first round at Maui. This team could end up like the 09-10 and 10-11 Virginia Tech teams that won 25 and 22 games respectively, in a tougher conference, and were left out of the tournament.
I automatically give Arkansas nine non-conference wins, with toss up games SMU and all of the Maui games. We just don’t know how this team is going to do when they travel to Maui. Best case scenario in Maui is Arkansas beats California, loses to Syracuse, and defeats the loser of Gonzaga/Baylor second round match up. Worse case is they end up in the last place game with Chaminade and destroy their SOS.
Let us move on to SEC play. I have five automatic loses and they are road games at Tenn, LSU, Mizzou, Kentucky, and Bama. I have eight automatic wins and that’s being more generous than Nevin Shapiro recruiting for Frank Haith. That includes road wins at UGA and State. Games Arkansas has to win if they even want to be in the NCAA discussion.
There are five toss up games. They are home games with FLA, Kentucky and LSU. The only reason these are toss up games is because of Arkansas’ record at BWA last year. Road toss up games are Vandy and A&M.
To add all that up, Arkansas is 17-5 (8-5) in games that I think we know the outcome. If they lose to SMU early, that could set the tone for the season and we may not even be talking NIT, so let’s say they win. I honestly don’t think Maui is going to go as well for the Hogs as it did in ’05. They lose to California and then play Minnesota. Gopher fans will be shocked if their team goes .500 this year, so hopefully Arkansas can pull that one out. Arkansas will then play the Dayton Flyers who were 17-14 (7-9 A-10) and one would think Arkansas should win a game. Arkansas could walk out of Maui 2-1, but what did they really win? Who did they really beat? Once again, Arkansas’ best non-conference win could be SMU. The NCAA selection committee that Jeff Long isn’t the chairman of will HATE that.
Arkansas is now 19-6 as we move on to the toss up games in the SEC. Best case scenario we beat LSU at home and beat either Kentucky or Florida. We go 1-1 in road toss ups Vandy and A&M. Arkansas is now 22-8 (11-7). Will wins against SMU, Mizzou (home), FLA or Kentucky (home), LSU (home) carry Arkansas to the NCAA tournament? Arkansas would then hope they play two more quality teams in the SEC tournament and defeat them as well.
Anything is possible with Hawgball. A .500 team won four games in four days to make the tournament in 2000. Because of the schedule, don’t be surprised if you see Arkansas’ name on the “first four out” list and Bud Walton is hosting NIT games come March.
The White team defeated the Red team 112-102 in a game where there was no rhythm and flow, just like the courtside DJ. These are my takeaways from the scrimmage:
The new hand-check automatic foul rule may ruin college basketball, just like the targeting rule is ruining college football. It’s a problem that needs to be fixed, but the rules committee overreacts with the rule change. Arkansas will not play a game in less than two and a half hours this year. Some games may take three or more if the games are called this tight. This may play into Arkansas favor, however, because of their depth.
Alandise Harris is still the same “beast” I covered in high school. Ever since I saw him drill that game winning three at Catholic my senior year (his sophomore year), I knew he was going to be a special player. It’s a shame that Pelphrey didn’t see that. Harris had a game high 26-points along with nine rebounds. He has to be a starter.
Rashad Madden didn’t impress me once again. He did play a team high 37 minutes, but had six turnovers to eight assists. That isn’t a bad ratio, but for a junior you want those turnover numbers down a little more. He still isn’t a great shooter, but that’s okay Madden, I’m not either.
Jacorey Williams was the surprise of the game for me. He was 9-11 from the field with 21 points, but only had one rebound. At 6-8, all you can say about one lonely rebound is “c’mon man.”
The human highlight reel that is Michael Qualls was in mid-season form already. He had a couple of nice dunks and should see significant playing time again. If Coach Anderson has Harris and Qualls on the floor at the same time, somebody on the other team is probably going to get put on a poster.
Fred Gulley is the guy I wish would take the PG job and make it his. He had no turnovers in 33 minutes of play, but only two assist. He shot lights out 9-13 from the field and 5-6 from the land of plenty to finish with 24 points.
Newcomers Bobby Portis and Moses Kinglsey were exactly what was advertised. Finally, some guys with height, that are willing to rebound and have a post presence.
Now for the fans, of the 3,500 that showed up, only half of those stayed past halftime. Shout out to the football team, you aren’t the only team on campus that gets treated like that.