Brother’s Bowl Bonanza

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NICK’S PICKS = CAPS   Adam’s Picks = Bold

Gildan New Mexico Bowl:

  • WASHINGTON ST v. Colorado St

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:

  • USC v. FRESNO ST

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

  • San Diego St v. BUFFALO

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:

  • TULANE v. LA Lafayette

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl:

  • EAST CAROLINA v. Ohio

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:

  • Oregon St v. BOISE ST

Little Caesars Bowl:

  • BOWLING GREEN v. Pittsburgh

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl:

  • Northern Illinois v. UTAH ST

Military Bowl:

  • MARSHALL v. Maryland

Texas Bowl:

  • MINNESOTA v. Syracuse

Fight Hunger Bowl:

  • Washington v. BYU

New Era Pinstripe Bowl:

  • NOTRE DAME v. Rutgers

Belk Bowl:

  • North Carolina v. CINCINNATI

Russell Athletic Bowl:

  • Louisville v. MIAMI FL

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl:

  • Kansas St v. MICHIGAN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl:

  • NAVY v. Middle Tennessee

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:

  • Ole Miss v. GEORGIA TECH

Valero Alamo Bowl:

  • Oregon v. TEXAS

National University Holiday Bowl:

  • ARIZONA ST v. Texas Tech

AdvoCare V100 Bowl:

  • Arizona v. BOSTON COLLEGE

Hyundai Sun Bowl:

  • UCLA v. Virginia Tech

AutoZone Liberty Bowl:

  • Mississippi St v. RICE

Chick-fil-A Bowl:

  • Texas A&M v. DUKE

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl:

  • GEORGIA v. Nebraska

Heart of Dallas Bowl:

  • NORTH TEXAS v. UNLV

Capital One Bowl:

  • South Carolina v. WISCONSIN

Outback Bowl:

  • LSU v. Iowa (can’t choose against the Hawks)

Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO:

  • STANFORD v. Michigan St

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl:

  • BAYLOR v. UCF

Allstate Sugar Bowl:

  • ALABAMA v. Oklahoma

AT&T Cotton Bowl:

  • Missouri v. OKLAHOMA ST

Discover Orange Bowl:

  • Ohio St v. CLEMSON

BBVA Compass Bowl:

  • Vanderbilt v. HOUSTON

Godaddy Bowl:

  • BALL ST v. Arkansas St

VIZIO BCS National Championship:

  • Florida St v. AUBURN

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LISTEN: Oh’s Knows #19 // Brother’s Bowl Bonanza! (12-18-13)

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A good ole fashion sibling rivalry! Like most families, it’s all about competing. And the Oh’s Knows Brothers are no different. Because there’s a bar tab on the line, these guys needed a way to make the greatest time of the year just a little more interesting. Listen to the guys pick their locks, upsets and sure wins of this College Football Bowl Season. One by one. Adam vs. Nick. May the best man win!

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What we learned heading into Bowl Season // Ranked 1 to 10

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1. BCS National Championship Game – Florida State vs. AuburnFSU-Auburn

Still trying to wrap our heads around Auburn in the National Title Game. They sure have surprised people as of late, but will that momentum wear off in a month from now when these two meet up? Florida State seems like absolutely no one can stop them, probably why Vegas is giving Auburn 8.5 points – instead of it’s usual two in a half scores that the Seminoles have been favored the majority of the season. A few questions to think about going into this Championship game. Does Auburn have anymore miracles up their sleeves? And/or will Jameis Winston’s Heisman victory (going out on a limb and calling it) go to his head? Tough to think Auburn has a shot in this one, but hell they’ve pulled off crazier upsets.

What we learned last weekend: Florida State just trains rolls everyone they play.

2. Rose Bowl – Stanford vs. Michigan StateMSU-Stan

This is Old School football. Michigan State has the best defense in all of College Football, and now finally a quarterback who can “manage” the game. Stanford has beat some of the nation’s best teams this year – in the Pac 12, but they have a nice little defense too. This just might end up being the best BCS bowl game of them all. That’s best – not most exciting. Almost 20 years ago Stanford put a whooping on the Spartans, 38-0 in the Sun Bowl, should be a lot closer this time as Stanford is favored slightly. (-1.5)

What we learned last weekend: Michigan State students are crazy.

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3. Orange Bowl – Clemson vs. Ohio StateClemson-OSU

Oh poor Urban Meyer. Said no one. Ever. Ohio State should probably make sure they win out before blaming the BCS. That would have been a viable argument had they actually gone undefeated. Now that we got that out of the bag. This should actually be a pretty good game! With some real athletes in the secondary, the most fun thing to watch will be Sammy Watkins run wild. As long as the Buckeyes players don’t get ejected should be a nice matchup. Even though we just bashed Ohio State – they are pretty good. Carlos Hyde anyone?

What we learned last weekend: Ohio State can’t stand the heat.

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4. Sugar Bowl – Oklahoma vs. AlabamaOkla-Alabama

Sources say this is Nick Saban’s last game at Alabama. Wait – we aren’t ESPN. Who knows what the hell Nick Saban is going to do or where he will be next year. As much as you’d love to say it will be a distraction for Saban and his Alabama football players, it won’t be. Saban is too damn good. It’s weird to think that we almost feel bad that Alabama isn’t in the National Championship game. They did win fair and square and barely and unbelievably to Auburn – but because of that means they still aren’t one of the top two teams in all of college football? Doubt it.  Oh, Oklahoma will be at this game too. Should be alright – but Bama will run away with this one.

What we learned last weekend: Nick Saban looked/sounded pretty comfortable on the Gameday set.

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5. Chick-fil-A Bowl – Duke vs. Texas A&MDuke-A&M

This is one of the most interesting match-ups of the entire bowl season. This Duke team will most certainly be nothing like what Johnny Football  has ever seen before. Wait Duke? Johnny just turned 21 and he’s got a lot of time to get himself into trouble and not be in shape when this game rolls around. Do we think that will happen? No. But shoot, crazier things have happened with this guy. Duke got crushed by Florida State, sure – but do you think they really want this dream season to end getting blown out in the first bowl game they’ve made since.. Well last year. But they don’t go often. And they aren’t relevant often. So let’s not mess this up Duke, we’re pulling for you.

What we learned last weekend: Johnny Football likes to gamble.

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6. Cotton Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. MissouriOkST-Miss

Both of these teams have to be less than impressed than the way their bowl bids turned up. Don’t get us wrong, the Cotton Bowl is a great game and it will be fun playing at Jerry’s World – but this time last week their AD’s were probably booking hotels in Florida for a BCS game. Oklahoma State really dropped the ball losing to Oklahoma, losing out on winning the Big 12 and Missouri was one of the hottest teams in the league who would have loved nothing more than arriving in Florida representing the SEC with their middle fingers to the air. Old Big 12 rivals will meet in what’s sure to be a shootout.

What we learned last weekend: Neither team is sure if they want to win the final game of the season.

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7. Outback Bowl – Iowa vs. LSUIowa-LSU

Yes. We are a bit bias. But – this is a sneaky good game for people who don’t know a ton about College Football. If this game is half as exciting as the last time they met in 2005, you’ll get your money’s worth. On paper, LSU is a heavy favorite (-8.5). But Kirk Ferentz is one of those coaches that A) loves being the underdog – and B) loves the more time you give him to prepare, because it only make’s him better. You’re thinking, “Yeah, no shit.” But not all coaches love having a month off. Shoot, Nick Saban had a month to prepare for Iowa and the Miami Dolphins in 2005 – but how’d that work out for you Nick? Be sure to tune into this game on New Year’s Day. The contrast of speed on each side of the ball should be enough to entertain you.

What we learned last weekend: You can’t lose when you don’t play. But you can win! Kinda..

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8. Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin vs. South CarolinaWisc-SC

Kirk Herbstreit tried to keep telling everyone that Wisconsin was one of the most underrated teams in the nation. That might have been true back before they got beat by Penn State. They still have a football program? We are looking at this game as the first of three Big 10/SEC Challenge bowl games. (Nebraska v. Georgia and Iowa v. LSU) The last time South Carolina showed up to the Capital One Bowl they got whooped up on by the Big 10. But the last time the Gamecocks played a Big 10 team in Florida Jadevon Clowney almost killed a running back. He’s had a quiet year this year, and James White won’t be having any of that. So let’s do this B1G.

What we learned last weekend: Who knows with the SEC – Big Ten can be exciting though.. with Gus Johnson.

9. Fiesta Bowl – UCF vs. BaylorUCF-Baylor

Well it was a good ride Central Florida. Vegas has no faith in you as they are favoring the Baylor Bears by just a little bit. (-17.5) But we believe in you! We watched you beat South Carolina this year, this might be a good game! Wait? What? Oh. They didn’t? Sorry UCF – I could have sworn you won that game. It was close and you were right in it! I must have had a few too many to drink that day at the bar. We’ll actually be going into this game. Lot’s of pro quarterback potential here. Looking to start our Mock Draft soon. No, no not really. But you should watch. Think of it as the Boise State vs Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl back in 2007. Anything is possible!

What we learned last weekend: It’s great time of the year to be a Baylor Bear. Unless your RGIII.

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10. Alamo Bowl – Oregon vs. TexasOregon-Texas

Rounding out our Top 10. Oregon and Texas? When I saw this game I thought to myself, “Whoa remember when these teams played for National Championships? Not against each other. But remember it was separate occasions just a few years ago?” A home game for Texas, I think it’s really the only thing they have going for them and the only chance they might have against this high powered Oregon offense. It seems as if Mack Brown won’t be around for this one, and I’ve watched enough Texas football to know they have a terrible defense. So.. If I was a Texas fan I’d just bank on that whole home game thing. Looks like Vegas doesn’t believe in a bowl-field advantage, (see what I did there?) and is giving Oregon two scores. I’ll take that action. For entertainment purposes only.

What we learned last weekend: Texas fans believe. They seriously believe until the very, very end.

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Looking Ahead to The Championship Week of College Football

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Time to put it all on the table.  Dreams will be realized.  Tears will be shed. Nick Saban will be sitting at home.  This is Championship Week, where the best of the best come to play.  Besides the ACC, nothing looks completely set in stone and any team could pull it out.  Auburn is looking for its third straight miracle finish to take home the SEC crown, while the Big 10 just wants to prove all the critics wrong.  Here’s what we’re watching this weekend:

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  • OB-FC655_mascot_G_20091216233940Big 12 – Two games this weekend control the fate of the automatic bid for the Big 12. The first is the Bedlam Series between the Oklahoma schools.  Win and OSU is in the title game.  However, if they lose, the winner of the second game between Texas and Baylor will determine the Big 12 championship.  Who doesn’t want to see Bryce Petty and Co. in the BCS?
  • SEC – Not surprisingly, the state of Alabama is represented in this one. The surprising thing is that it will be Auburn, not Alabama representing the west in the title game.  Newcomer Missouri comes in from the east, even though they’re farther west than Auburn (and we thought the Big 10 was confusing).  133890719_crop_650x440Winner of this one will be hoping for either an Ohio St or Florida St loss so they can sneak into the National Title game.
  • Pac 12 – Interesting stat about this matchup; its the only major conference championship game that isn’t played in a neutral location. That may prove to be the difference for the Sun Devils, as they are 7-0 at home this season and  looking to redeem their sole Pac 12 loss at Stanford.
  • ACC – This could prove to be the most lopsided loss of the weekend by far.  734-v1MvS.AuSt.55Duke is trying to convince critics that they can be a football school too, while Florida St is looking to make it one half of the first non-SEC title game in 7 years.
  • Big 10 – Old School Big 10 football v. The Flashy Spread Scheme of New.  Defense v. Offense.  Last season the championship had a big ole asterisk next to it, as third place Wisconsin had no business being in the game, yet dominated Nebraska along the way.  Now that OSU is off of probation and the Legends Division presents a worthy opponent, there will be no need for any asterisk’s and we should be in for a treat.

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What We Learned // College Football Week 13

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Conference title games, or parts of them were set this week.  Ohio St v. Michigan St is a sure fire thing for the Big 10. Arizona St. clinched their spot for the Pac 12 and Florida St did the same in the ACC.  The SEC is still wide open though, as Missouri and South Carolina battle for one spot, while Auburn and Alabama face off in the Iron bowl for the other in the final week of football.  Here’s what else we learned this week:

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  • Change is Needed – Non conference football has gotten ridiculous.  Alabama won by 49, Florida St dropped 80, and North Carolina played a ten minute quarter because Old Dominion was so embarrassed.  It’s one thing in September, but never should games be this bad in Week 13.  I can’t wait until it’s gone.
  • 112313-CFB-OKLAHOMA-STATE-CLINT-CHELF-DC-PI_2013112400090981_660_320Title Dreams Crushed – Baylor was riding high all year as Cinderella in the fairy tale Disney movie that is college football.  But on Saturday the clock struck midnight on their dreams to play for a national title game, as Oklahoma St. dismantled them.  They still have one of the most exciting offenses and winning out will most likely put them in a BCS game, but it looks like they’ll have to settle for an at-large birth.
  • Iowa = Second Half Team? – Going into halftime with the Hawks down 14, I wanted to switch the game off and carry on with my life.  I knew the script.  We aren’t a second half team.  There was no chance we were going to comeback.  Then Kirk did something no one could have predicted.  He made changes in the locker room and good ones too!  The Hawks came out with a resurgence and knocked off Michigan and put themselves into contention for the Outback bowl with a win over Nebraska in the process.
  • Cats-WinOregon Can’t Stand the Heat – The Pac 12 title game was given to them on a silver platter.  All they had to do was take care of business in the desert.  They couldn’t get anything going though and didn’t even stand a chance against the Wildcats.  A season that was looking so promising just a few short weeks ago is now looking like a disappointment in Eugene.  At least they have cool uniforms.

BARNEY STINSON LEGEN-WAIT FOR IT-DARY PLAY OF THE WEEK:

Barney Stinson follows a lot of “Bro Codes.”

“A bro will do anything he can to get to the end zone”

Technically that isn’t correct. The real Bro Code Article #85 states “A bro saves a bro from the friend zone.” But, close enough.Brocode_cover

You know who follows the new, updated version of the Football Bro Code? Todd Gurley. He put the team on his back dude.

We talk a lot about legendary around here. We may or may not overuse it. But we do our best to once a week pick that one play you will remember for years. Or days. Hopefully you’ll remember it until next week.

At the end of the year we will (or will not) have a bracket style playoff of the Barney Stinson Most Legendary Play of the Year.. And you better believe Todd here will be in the running for champion.

Channeling is inner, not money taking Reggie Bush – Todd goes airborne, sacrificing his body and doing anything he can to get in to that end zone. Demetry James would be so proud.

Looking Ahead to the Lucky Number 13th Week of College Football

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*100th career Oh’s Knows post.. Seems like it was just yesterday. Double lucky!

The end of the season always brings big time games to the plate… well unless you’re in the top 3.  On paper, Chattanooga, Alabama’s opponent, is 8-3.  Then you realize that yeah, that’s in the FCS.  Not good.  Florida St may be playing just as bad of a team, as 1-9 Idaho comes into town.  Looks like there will be plenty of time for another round of hangman on the Seminoles sidelines.  Ohio St. at least has a conference game so it’s not exactly their fault the Big 10 is awful with Indiana coming into town.  But alas, there are some decent games to keep you busy this weekend.  Here’s what to watch in week 13:

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  • Michigan v. Iowa – Expect a nice brisk game this Saturday when the Wolverines make an appearance at Kinnick Stadium, where they’ve played fairly poorly in recent years.  It must have something to do with the pink locker room.  Nevertheless, both teams have something to prove this week, which should make for a good game.  The Hawks have a chance to go 8-4 this year and show that they’ve turned the corner from last year.  On the other hand, what does Michigan have left to prove you ask?  Oh yeah, just that they aren’t as terrible as they’ve looked in recent memory.  Good luck with that.  Go Hawks!
  • Minnesota v. Wisconsin – This could be the first time in umm ever, that both teams in this matchup are ranked.  The Golden Gophers would love nothing more than to crush the BCS dreams of the rival Badgers, while those pesky Badgers want to prove that the Gophers aren’t actually as good as the record shows.  Get ready for some good ole Big 10 football.-2230ac2713c34521
  • SEC Showdowns – Has there been a week this year that hasn’t had a fantastic SEC matchup.  This week we are lucky enough to get two.  It starts at 2:30, when A&M travels to Death Valley to take on LSU.  Both of these teams could have just as easily been perched atop the division right now, but are instead battling to stay relevant.  A loss for the Tigers would put them below .500, while an A&M loss would diminish the already slim chances for Johnny Football to get his 2nd Heisman.  The other newcomer from the Big 12, Missouri, travels to Mississippi to take on, umm, what’s Ole Miss’ mascot again?  Nevermind.  Its not important.  Anyways, Missouri needs to win out to take the division, whereas Ole Miss just wants to prove that they can contend with the top dogs of the SEC.
  • 7821206Arizona St v. UCLA – Big time Pac 12 South division (take notes Big 10; geography is key) implications.  Win and you’re in for the Sun Devils.  A loss, however, would set up a crazy three way scenario for rivalry week.  UCLA and USC both need the Bruins to win so that they can continue to keep those ever so slim chances of a Pac 12 title game afloat.
  • Baylor v. Oklahoma St – This could be it.  The Big 12 Championship could be determined this weekend.  Grab your popcorn and a Bud and get ready for the best game of the weekend.  The Bears travel to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys.  A Baylor win will continue to solidify their status in the BCS standings and, barring a setback against UT, would give them the conference crown.  Meanwhile, Oklahoma St. would also put the ball in their court (have basketball on my mind) for the conference title.

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OH’S KNOWS’ THE STEVE LATTIMER GAME OF THE WEAK:

Pretty much laid it out for you. Stay away from the top teams in the nation this week. Be cultured. Watch some other games you may not watch. Don’t care if you roll tide or like potatoes. Alabama v Chattanooga and Florida State v Idaho should have no place at the table. For anyone.

Watch this clip instead. Tell me you aren’t jacked up and didn’t cry a single tear. And I’ll show you a liar.

Oh – and always, always remember. “The NCAA will be testing on Saturday.”

What We Learned // College Football Week 11

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Finally a shakeup in the BCS.  The Ducks were sent packing in the late edition of Thursday night football, after the Bears’ domination of OU.  Famous Jaemis lead his team to an easy victory and the #2 spot in the BCS polls.  Here’s what we learned this week.

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  • Stanford’s One of the Best – Stanford put on a show for the home crowd and showed their worth one Thursday night, albeit a late rally by Oregon in the 4th made this one closer than it actually was.  They’ve now beaten five ranked opponents and one has to wonder if they could jump one of the unbeatens in the BCS rankings.  It might be hard for them, however, considering they lost to the lowly Utes of Utah.
  • Baylor Passes First Test – What was more impressive in this one?  The offense or defense?  While the O sputtered in their first couple of drives, the D contained the Sooners’ attack.  At the end of the 2nd quarter the offense finally turned it around and scored on 3 straight drives to basically put this one in the bag.  Up next are the slipping Red Raiders.1110_SPO_FOOTBALL_11-1024x711
  • Bowl Eligible – The Hawks became bowl eligible this weekend with a big win over the Boilermakers. Looking at the record (6-4), some may say this season has been kind of disappointing.  However, considering how close the games have been and the combined opponents’ record of our losses (32-3), I’d say it’s been a pretty good year for a young team.  “In Kirk We Trust!”
  • The Best Around – After that dominating performance over LSU can one even make a case that there is anyone better than the Bama.  Yes, if the Aggies had a defense they might have lost, but we can’t count that against them.  They’ve beaten every team on their schedule since and beaten them handily.  They have two weeks before they play another tough matchup; at Auburn. #RollTide

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BARNEY STINSTON’S LEGENDARY PLAY OF THE WEEK:

Because how often are you going to hear, “Muffs it.” And “Take it all the way,” in the same sentence? Gross.