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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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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Best and Worst of the Weekend

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6a00e54ef2975b883301156fad992e970c-500wiNicholas:

BEST // Michigan State beats Ohio State to win Big 10 Championship and play in Rose Bowl for first time in 25 years.

WORST // USA’s Wold Cup Draw – Will be playing in “Group of Death” with Germany, Ghana and Portugal.

Adam:

BEST // Watching Texas vs. Baylor with a plethora of Longhorn fans after Oklahoma upsets Oklahoma State.

WORST // Passing out at 9pm on Saturday night – unable to catch the end of Big 10 Championship or One Direction on Saturday Night Live.

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Throwback Thursday // 5th of December

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Each Thursday we’re taking Instagram to the streets. And to this blog. Remembering the good ol’ days – cause if any good therapist will tell you, it’s best to live in the past.

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Nick O.

Just over a year ago, the Oestreich family from Iowa drove down to see the Oestreich son in Texas. On the 18 hour drive from Iowa to Texas, there are numerous numerous things to see and do. One of them, apparently being break into The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Please let me know if there are any words that shouldn’t be more intertwined in a sentence than “Family, Memorial and Break-In.” But yeah, that happened. Nothing like a quick felony charge pitstop on a family road trip. Go Sooners!

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Adam O.

The model citizen of the family, didn’t have to break in this stadium to grab this picture. You wouldn’t of guessed it by looking at him, but young Adam got to sit in the sky boxes with the Gold Club Texas members for this Texas vs. Baylor game last year at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Free food. Free drink. I can’t ever go back to a College Football game with the peasants. Treated like royalty at one of the richest schools in the country was definitely a treat. And a 100point shootout with no defense was pretty cool too.

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Looking Ahead to the 12th Week of College Football

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Football started early this week as Northern Illinois avoided an upset against Ball St 48-27 last night.  This Thursday isn’t quite as exciting as last weeks was, although a Georgia Tech, Clemson showdown is nothing to scoff at.  And even though the Hawks are off this week, there’s still a good slate of games to catch for the weekend.  Here’s what to watch:

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  • Iowa St. v. Oklahoma – JOKES! ISU is going to lose by 40.  Move along now.
  • 106597163_crop_650x440Michigan St. v. Nebraska – It’s hard to believe, but the Cornhuskers control their own destiny in the Legends division.  A win, however, will not be easy, as the leagues best defense comes to town in the Spartans.  This promises to showcase all the glory (or boredom) of Big 10 football.
  • Georgia v. Auburn – The Tigers are trying to get back to the Cam Newton glory days.  Getting rid of Gene Chizik was a good start and now they are 9-1.  A win here would set them up for a showdown against #1 Alabama, where the winner would advance to the SEC title game.
  • Mack_Brown_Texas_Horns_up2Big 12 Battles – Two very important Big 12 games with league title implications are on the slate this week.  The first has Oklahoma St traveling to Austin to face a Texas team that is somehow undefeated in Big 12 play (I hate ISU, but they were screwed in that one).  A Texas win would narrow down the field to 2 for the title, while a Texas loss is just what fans want, so they have an excuse to get rid of Mack.  The night game is a faceoff of teams traveling in opposite directions.  The Red Raiders have lost 3 straight, after starting the season 7-0.  Meanwhile, Baylor has beat every team they’ve faced handily, as Oklahoma was no contest last week.  My prediction: this one won’t be close.
  • Stanford v. USC – Remember when Daniel Tosh, err I mean Lane Kiffin was fired?  All USC has done since then is go 4-1 and set themselves up for a Gameday stop as Stanford comes to town.  The Trojans are hoping they can catch the Cardinal off guard, after their impressive win over the Ducks.  A win here for Stanford would add to an already spectacular résumé.

Oh’s Knows’ The Steve Lattimer Game of the Weak:

THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12) at THE COLORADO BUFFALOES (3-6, 0-6 Pac-12) 

The Pac-12 gets no love you say? What about Stanford you say? What about all the East Coast bias?

MV5BMTM0ODI4NjA2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzQ3OTQzOA@@._V1._SX640_SY742_Well how about you toughen up the cupcakes you got down there in the bottom of your division. You’re only as good as your weakest man right? Now listen up – take a knee, helmet’s not a chair.

If you can’t win ball games you can’t win viewership. Enough said. What’s that? The SEC has a couple teams who haven’t won conference games? Yeah, but they are on the East Coast. And they got Bama. And other teams that aren’t Oregon and Stanford.

Listen. Calling it right now. These teams will find a way to lose. Both of em. First time in the history of College Football. Maybe.

Oh yeah they are going to put up points. Lots of points. They both sling the rock relentlessly but also rank 2nd and 5th worst in all of College Football for points against. But you don’t got time for that.

Trying to save you here. Defense wins you championships  not offense. Just ask Trent Dilfer. And the ’03 Chicago Cubs. Or me. Steve Lattimer.

No place at the table for the Pac-12. Better luck next year when there’s a playoff system. But you’ll probably still get screwed then too. And always remember, “The NCAA will be testing on Saturday.”

But not for Marijuana.

The Texas Two-Step: What we learned/Looking ahead – CFB

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What We Learned // College Football Week 7

We didn’t catch much of the football that happened this weekend, which is probably why this is coming out later than usual, but there were some good games to be had and upsets coming out of nowhere.  Here’s what we learned in Week 7:

  • 201310121853680057741-p5The Cardinal Hangover – After beating a great Washington team last week and having this upcoming weekend’s matchup circled, as the UCLA Bruins come to town, the Cardinal forget that they had to play a game against Utah.  The Utes weren’t caught by surprise, well unless you count them being surprised that they actually won.  Either way, the Cardinal continue to live up to the big game spotlight, but always find a way to lose one or two throughout the year to keep themselves out of the title talk.
  • The Quack Attack – Give credit to the Huskies.  They held on tight through three quarters to the faster and much more experienced Ducks.  Once the fourth quarter came around though, they proved why they’re the best of the West, putting the ball in the endzone twice to seal the deal on their trip to Seattle.
  • Mack’s Still Here – I think everyone in the college football world, even Mack Brown himself, was surprised by this outcome.  After last week’s sloppy, disappointing, questionable (I can go on and on) win over Iowa State, no one could have expected the Longhorns to travel up north to Dallas and pull out a win.  However, that’s exactly what they did, quieting all the critics… at least for one more week.
  • Proving Their Worth – At the season halfway point, Missouri and Texas A&M are continuing to show how worthy of additions they are to the league.  Missouri is undefeated and has a stifling defense to boot, while the Aggies only loss is to the Crimson Tide, a team they knocked off last year.  So far this is the only good thing to show from conference realignment (no, definitely not Legends and Leaders).

Looking Ahead To The 8th Week, College Football 

After a bye week, for both Iowa and us, we’re back to watching a weekend’s worth of football.  Good news, looks like there are some great games to catch this weekend.  Here’s what to watch in week 8:

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  • Missouri v. Florida – The QB matchup looked a little different for this one when the schedule’s were announced at the beginning of the year.  Both teams are onto their backups, as Missouri is looking to continue their magical run this year and showing their worth in the loaded SEC.  Meanwhile, Florida is looking to remain relevant in the title game picture, where a loss would surely put them out of contention.
  • UCLA v. Stanford – Can Stanford redeem themselves after that horrendous showing last week?  Only time will tell, but it won’t be any easier this week as UCLA looks to stay undefeated and set themselves up for a title game showdown against the Ducks.iowa-osu-tippass-mfjpg-a114de14466b625a
  • Iowa v. Ohio St – Both teams were off last week and while that was a must needed rest for the Hawks, it won’t get any easier.  Good news is that the defense still hasn’t allowed a rushing TD all year.  Bad news is that even if they shut down Carlos Hyde, Braxton will still be able to light it up through the air.  Here’s to praying that this one will actual remain a decent game.
  • Auburn v. Texas A&M – A&M has kind of flown under the radar after that loss to Alabama early in the year.  All they’ve done since is continue to win and show that they can’t be forgotten about.  Auburn meanwhile is looking to regain their form from the national title winning season.
  • Florida St. v. Clemson – The big one.  What we’ve all been waiting for.  Famous Jameis and the Seminoles are traveling to “Death Valley” to take on Tahj Boyd and the Tigers.  This may be the best game we will be seeing the rest of the season as these two electric offenses face off.  Winner of this one will have positioned themselves perfectly for the second half of the season and will be the unanimous choice for the #3 team in the nation, possibly even #2.