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West Virginia Mountaineers to Battle Orangemen of Syracuse in Pinstripe Bowl


The extension of an old rivalry will occur in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday, December 29 in Yankees Stadium.  The West Virginia Mountaineers and Syracuse Orangemen played against each other annually until this year, when the Mountaineers moved to the Big 12 Conference.   West Virginia’s attack is led by quarterback Geno Smith, who has completed 350 of 490 passes (71.4%) for 4,004 yards with 40 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, along with 63 carries, 155 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The Mountaineers are #7 in scoring offense, but #116 in scoring defense out of 124 teams. 

Geno Smith.

Quarterback Geno Smith makes the West Virginia Mountaineers one of the most explosive offensive teams in the nation.

Image by USAToday.com

The Orange are #21 in total offense, and their defense is somewhat shaky, but not quite as shaky as the Mountaineers’ defense.

West Virginia Mountaineers: (7-5) :     Roby’s Ratings:   (6.57)

Syracuse Orangemen:  (7-5):                 Roby’s Ratings:   (4.45)

Prediction:  A high scoring affair with the West Virginia Mountaineers winning by 3

(H/T:  MadduxSports.com)

(c) Copyright Shayn Roby 2012

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Bears Torch Bruins (Oso) Oh So Soundly in Holiday Bowl.


The Baylor Bears blasted the UCLA Bruins in every phase of the game in a 23-point shellacking of their fellow members of family Ursidae.  Before the game was over, Nick Florence had broken the single-season passing record of Robert Griffin III en route to the 49-26 pasting of the (bear)ly conscious Bruins in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. 

Nick Florence, leader of the Baylor Bear attack.

Nick Florence of Baylor led his Bears to a 49-26 pasting of the UCLA Bruins.

Image by MySanAntonio.com

(H/T:   Yahoo Sports)

(c) Copyright by Shayn Roby 2012

Red Raiders to Face Golden Gophers in Meineke Car Care Bowl


Time will tell if the Texas Tech Red Raiders can avoid being distracted by the whirlwind of coaching changes in the same manner that the Cincinnati Bearcats were able to on Thursday night in the Belk Bowl against Duke.  The Bearcats are the culprit in stealing away coach Tommy Tuberville, who signed with the Bearcats to replace the departed Butch Jones, who had left Cincy for the Orange City of Knoxville, Tennessee.  The Red Raiders (7-5) started the season off in promising fashion with a (4-0) start this season, but ended it with a horrid (1-4) stretch.  The Red Raiders will be facing the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (6-6) who started off at (4-0) as well this season, but finished up with an awful (2-6) stretch.  The Red Raiders, who average 37.8 points per game on offense, are led by quarterback Seth Doege, who has passed for 3934 yards and 38 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. 

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege

Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege has thrown for 38 touchdowns this season.

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The game in Houston figures to be a high-scoring affair, with the Red Raiders prevailing.

Texas Tech Red Raiders:   (7-5):     Roby’s Rating:   (7.88)

Minnesota Golden Gophers: (6-6):  Roby’s Rating:   (3.21)

Prediction:  Texas Tech Red Raiders by 5

(H/T: TexasTech.com)

Who Deserves to Play in BCS Title Game?….By the Numbers.


Before these numbers are released, first a disclaimer must be given.  Notre Dame is undefeated and therefore, by moral sports reasoning and ethical consideration, DOES deserve to play for the BCS National Championship in football.  They defeated Pac-12 leader Stanford and beat Oklahoma:  the 2nd place team in the Big 12, which at least statistically is the top league in the country.

Running back Theo Riddick helped Notre Dame beat USC 22-13 to claim a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

Running back Theo Riddick helped Notre Dame beat USC 22-13 to claim a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

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Yesterday, Notre Dame claimed one of the two spots in the BCS title game by beating USC 22-13 and finishing its season with a perfect 12-0 mark.  Both Alabama and Georgia also moved  one step closer to claiming the other remaining slot in the National Championship game.  The Crimson Tide spanked Iron Bowl rival Auburn 49-0, while Georgia beat up on weak ACC stepbrother Georgia Tech 42-10.  Notre Dame’s victory over Southern Cal made Florida’s victory over ACC (Almost Competitive Conference) co-leader Florida State irrelevant with respect to the BCS National Championship game.

When one loss teams play for national title games that are void of a playoff system of qualification for said game, there is often controversy about which one loss team is worthy to face the undefeated team.  The reality of the situation is that the winner of the Alabama/ Georgia game to determine the SEC Champion will also be the game that determines who claims the remaining spot in the BCS National Championship game.  Below is a composite score for each team that might have a legitimate argument for appearing in the big game that uses a formula that is composed of a hiearchy that uses point differentials, results of non-conference games, and conference standings as a point of reference.

1. Alabama:  Composite Score of 31.73

2. Oregon:  Composite Score of 30.39

3. Georgia:  Compostie Score of 23.92

4. Kansas St.: Composite Score of 21.82

5. Notre Dame: Composite Score of 16.2

6. Florida:  Composite Score of 15.64

7. Ohio St.: Composite Score of 15.12 (On probation and not eligible for post-season)

8. Stanford: Composite Score of 13.13 (Two losses, but playing for Pac-12 Title)

These composite scores were arrived at by using winning percentages of conferences during the season.

1. Big 12:  0.867                      7. WAC:  0.537

2. SEC: 0.857                          8. MAC: 0.500

3. Big 10: 0.708                      9. Sun Belt: 0.425

4. Pac 12: 0.686                     10. MWC: 0.414

5. Big East: 0.641                   11. CUSA: 0.250

6.  ACC: 0.571

For those that crow about the SEC being in another BCS title game, the conference has yet to lose one since the current BCS format was adopted in 1998.  Just as Notre Dame is in the big game because they are unbeaten, when there is a doubt the SEC champion should get the nod. In championship games under the current format the SEC is UNBEATEN.  Just like on the basketball court in the neighborhood, WINNER STAYS UP.

Texas Schools Make Impact in their New Homes


Texas A & M Aggies
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At the beginning of the 2012 football season, many college football fans were skeptical that Texas A &M was good enough to be considered as an equal with SEC powerhouses like Alabama, LSU, Florida, or even Georgia.  Of course, that kind of speculation was laid to rest with A & M’s 29-24 victory over The Crimson Tide two weeks ago.   By the same token, the same kind of talk was being circulated around by Longhorn and Sooner fans about whether the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs belonged in the Big 12 as well.  Now at least the Longhorn fans know the answer to that question.  The answer is a resounding “Yes”, after the Horned Frogs beat the Longhorns in Austin on Thanksgiving night by a score of  20-13.  It was the first time that TCU had beaten Texas in 20 years. http://lindyssports.com/college-football/big-12/article/headline/tcu-beats-texas-for-first-time-in-20-years/57272

Indeed, the changing of the landscape of college football from a Texas perspective may have not been that dramatic.  Texans can now watch A & M compete on a stage with the premiere football powerhouses of the nation in the SEC, and the Big 12 received another quality Texas program in TCU that will keep the level of competition high for years to come.

Frogs Beat Horns 20-13
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