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Comment 28 Jan 2015

They're closer than I expected, but on the other hand, the Carolina-Arizona match-up was against two of the smaller market teams.  I couldn't find the rating numbers, but in terms of viewers - Lions-Cowboys, 42 million, Bengals-Colts 28.3 (same as OSU-Bama), Ravens-Steelers 28.0, Panthers-Cards 21.7.  Similar patterns in the prior years - top wild-card weekend game is in the 40s, avg viewers in the low 30s.

That is against OSU-Bama, which is about the best matchup you could plan for in college football.  Would Mississippi St - Michigan St have fared nearly as well?

Comment 27 Jan 2015

I would hardly say terrified.  If you recall the NC game set a record for Vegas betting on an NCAA game, and that still pulled only 20% of the action of the most recent Super Bowl.  Give me a college game anyday, but the truth is college is a much younger brother of the pros.  If the NFL wants Monday and Saturday for playoffs, the CFP will move to a Tuesday or Friday.  There is no way one will go up against the other, and the NFL will always win.  Realize at the least that the NFL owns a good chunk of the CFP venues (Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta).

Comment 14 Jan 2015

There is some speculation that Zeke got hot when Cardale's big arm stretched the field. Hard to say if he just developed over the year, or if that made a big difference...

Comment 13 Jan 2015

The guy has been on fire, and unflappable, his stock may never be higher.  As a pro-prospect, he feels scarily similar to JaMarcus Russell (though perhaps Cardale has learned a lot more, earlier, about developing a work ethic).  Good luck to him either way.

Comment 08 Dec 2014
I'm not sold on Baylor vs a defense with a pulse. This may be one of those odd bowls where a shootout is predicted and winds up 17-13. Tennessee is probably better than their record, but Iowa isn't totally overmatched. Maryland with Diggs is also above average. Illinois is toast. I think 4-5 or 5-4, but that may be a lot optimistic.
Comment 04 Dec 2014

I think he'll surprise some people.  He has been working in the shadow of the great Nike factory, sprinkled in some 9 and 10 win seasons at a school known for finishing last in the conference, and won more bowl games than he's lost.

It's easy to poke fun (and I don't begrudge anyone doing it), but I would ask, really, who else would you have hired that would have actually taken the job?  It is probably not a top-20 position.

Comment 03 Dec 2014

Top wins (your estimation may vary)

TCU: KState, OU, at WVU, Minnesota

OSU: at Michigan St, at Minnesota, at Maryland, at Penn St (sub in at Navy if you like).

Tough comparison... but our best wins were road wins, even tho they were close.  TCU has a little more quality up top without the benefit of the Wiscy win.  With it I think we move on, if you don't give too much credence to quality losses...

Comment 15 Oct 2014

If Miss St & Auburn (lost to MSU) win out, both will go, Auburn will have wins over Ole Miss and Alabama (and Georgia) and a decent looking road OOC win at K-State.  Not likely that happens, but AU will be at worst #3 in that scenario.