Author Archives: Josh Adams

  • Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Dec. 3)

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    AlabamaWell fans, we have reached the end of the 2012 college football regular season. This year has had a variety of teams occupying the top spot in college football and Notre Dame ended up #1 when the music stopped. The Irish will take on the SEC Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game that is sure to be one of the most watched in history. While Alabama has one loss, other one loss teams like Kansas State, Florida and Oregon will play in lower tier BCS bowl games. If there was any year for a playoff system in college football, this would be the one. Let’s do a hypothetical final four projection and see if we end up with the same BCS Championship game. Read Full Story »

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  • Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Nov. 26)

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    Theo RiddickThe regular season is over and the SEC has shown once again why it is by far the best conference in college football. With Florida’s convincing victory over Florida State in Tallahassee, it put the Gators in the position to possibly play in the national championship if Notre Dame would’ve fell to USC. While the Irish played dream killer to the Gators BCS title hopes Saturday night, the SEC will have Georgia or Alabama playing Notre Dame for the whole enchilada on January 7th.

    Here’s the thing, they’re are several deserving teams that could be in Georgia or Alabama’s place. The farce about the way the BCS is set up is it’s not how you lose, it’s when you lose. Take Oregon for instance, they lost to Stanford late in the year.  Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week – (1) Notre Dame at USC

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    Notre Dame-USCAll eyes turn to Hollywood Saturday night as the long time rivals Notre Dame Fighting Irish battle the reeling USC Trojans. These two programs have engaged in some historic games throughout their rivalry. Usually, one or both of these teams are highly ranked and this game has national title implications. This year is no different, but it has bucked the recent trend of USC being the team that is ranked.

    The Irish have put together a remarkable run in 2012 and a win over USC would propel them into the BCS Championship. The only thing that stands in their way to glory is a USC team that went into this season ranked #1, but have had several disappointing losses and have put their head coach’s job in jeopardy. While USC may not be as deep with talent due to scholarship reductions, they have some dangerous weapons on offense that could give the stout Irish defense all they can handle. Read Full Story »

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  • Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Nov. 19)

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    Kevin HoganIt must be tough to be a travel agency in either Manhattan, Kansas or Eugene, Oregon this week. After Baylor and Stanford all but ruined the Wildcats and Ducks chances of playing in the BCS Championship game, it’s anyone’s guess who will play for all the marbles in January. The SEC is big-time back in the national championship picture, and the winner of their conference championship is all set to play in the title game. Barring an unforeseen upset by Auburn or Georgia Tech this weekend, Alabama and Georgia will be one of the most anticipated conference championship games in the history of college football.

    Notre Dame is #1. This would’ve been unthinkable at the start of the season, and they were dead to rights against Pitt earlier this year. Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week – (13) Stanford at (2) Oregon

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    Oregon-StanfordWith Alabama failing to win last week against Texas A&M, the door opened for Kansas State and Oregon to play in the BCS Championship Game. Both the Wildcats and the Ducks have hard conference games this week, with K-State playing Baylor and the Stanford Cardinals traveling up to Eugene and facing off against the high-flying Ducks offense. Both games will be a challenge and it wouldn’t shock anybody if one or both of these teams were upset.

    Baylor is looking more and more like a trap game to me for Kansas State, but Stanford will be hungry with Rose Bowl dreams and will attempt to stymie the rushing and passing attack of the Ducks. Read Full Story »

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  • Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Nov. 12)

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    Johnny ManzielWhat a weekend for the Texas A&M Aggies. The boys from College Station proved they belong in the SEC with a stunning upset of Alabama last Saturday night. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel reminded me of Doug Flutie and Brett Favre in the way of avoiding the sack and extending the play in order to find the open receiver against the Tide. A&M will be a force to be reckoned with in the SEC as long as Manziel lines up under center for the Aggies, and they might just bring home a national championship to College Station before his career is over. It’s hard to believe he’s only a freshman. It should give schools like Tennessee and Auburn faith that the right recruit can quickly turn your teams fortunes around.

    Alabama’s loss had a serious ripple effect on the polls and the BCS standings. Kansas State and Oregon are #1 and #2 in the BCS, but as we saw with Alabama, there are no guarantees they will meet in January. Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week – Penn State at (16) Nebraska

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    Nebraska-Penn StateWhile looking at the top 25 schedule for Saturday, it quickly dawned on me that this week is pretty much a dog week (whenever ESPN College Gameday is on an aircraft carrier, that’s a pretty good sign). I think the top 2 teams (Alabama, K-State) will run roughshod over their two opponents (Texas A&M, TCU). Oregon and Notre Dame have two cupcake games Saturday, so the top four should remain unchanged.

    I then took a look at the Big 10 and saw a matchup between two programs that normally would have big time bowl ramifications. Nebraska and Penn State are two of the most successful programs in college football, and their fan bases are some of the most dedicated in the country. Read Full Story »

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  • Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Nov. 5)

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    Kenjon BarnerAll of the unbeaten teams stayed unbeaten this past Saturday. Alabama and Notre Dame were taken to the absolute limit by LSU and Pitt, but used skill and in the Fighting Irish case a little luck to keep their perfection intact. LSU seemed to have Alabama’s offense on the ropes in the 2nd half, but AJ McCarron and the Tide Offense drove almost the length of the field in 90 seconds to keep their record unblemished. Notre Dame was taken to the brink by a scrappy Pittsburgh team, but a missed field goal in OT kept the Fighting Irish in the national title hunt.

    Kansas State can no longer be overlooked as a national title contender. What was impressive about their win against Oklahoma State was they didn’t have their Heisman contender, QB Collin Klein for the bulk of the 4th quarter as he suffered a wrist injury.  Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week – (24) Oklahoma State at (2) Kansas State

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    The 24th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys visit the 2nd-ranked Kansas State Wildcats in the Game of the Week. Read Full Story »

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  • Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Oct. 29)

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    Manti Te'oOh boy, some team in college football is about to get royally jobbed. Until we get the playoff system in place either Oregon, Kansas State or Notre Dame could potentially go undefeated and not have the opportunity to compete for the national title. As we are FBSchedules.com, let’s take a look at these three teams schedules and do a little odds making on who will end up shooting for a “moral” victory in January.

    Kansas State remaining schedule (Oklahoma State, at TCU, at Baylor, Texas)

    Odds on playing in BCS Championship: 60%

    TCU has been struggling since they had to send their QB to rehab, Baylor will be like an all you can eat offensive buffet for QB Collin Klein, and Texas might be tough as Mack Brown might be coaching for his job. I think Oklahoma State has a chance at an upset this Saturday. No one is playing better than Klein, so if he continues his high level of play, K-State will write it’s own destiny in 2012. Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week: (5) Notre Dame at (8) Oklahoma

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    Oklahoma SoonersIt’s quite a weekend of good matchups in college football. In the Big 12 K-State vs. Texas Tech, the SEC has Georgia vs. Florida and Alabama vs. Mississippi State, the Big Ten features Ohio State vs. Penn State and in the ACC, the surprising Duke Blue Devils and Florida State face off with first place at stake.

    What sticks out though is the odd October non-conference matchup between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The teams agreed to a home and home matchup for 2012 and 2013, and the Fighting Irish travel to Norman, OK for their toughest test of the season. It’ll be a battle of two historic programs who both field top 10 teams. If Notre Dame wins, their national championship hopes stay alive in 2012, and they bring a tough as nails defense to face QB Landry Jones and an experienced Oklahoma team that is determined not to lose twice at home this season. Here’s what to look for between these two teams in Norman on Saturday: Read Full Story »

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  • College Football – Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Oct. 22)

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    Collin KleinNCAA football can be the most frustrating sport to watch in the world. What can look like an even, intriguing match-up going into the game can quickly progress into a blowout. Last Friday, most people would have given West Virginia and South Carolina a fighting chance in their games with Kansas State and Florida. Instead both teams were blown out of the water despite the considerable amount of talent each has on their rosters.

    The common denominator that both the Gamecocks and the Mountaineers had were losing the previous week. It’s tough for a team of 18-23 year-olds to rebound and get mentally together in a week. The best coaches can coax and inspire the players to set a different goal when the national championship is out of the picture. What’s unfortunate for the SC and WVU fans is their coaches failed to get their message across. The hangover lasted two weeks, and might just last the rest of the season. Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week: (4) Kansas State at (13) West Virginia

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    Geno SmithThe 4th-ranked and undefeated Kansas State Wildcats visit the 13th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday night in a big time Big 12 battle. Both of these teams reflect their two quarterback strengths. K-State relies on a ground and pound type offense led by QB Collin Klein. West Virginia has used the precision passing of QB Geno Smith to lead a high powered offensive game plan that has put eye popping numbers on the scoreboard.

    The Mountaineers offense was derailed last week in Lubbock by Texas Tech and looks to rebound quickly at home. K-State was challenged at Iowa State last weekend, but emerged with a victory over an inspired Cyclones team. The challenge for both WVU and K-State is to play their type of game and not play into the others strength. It should be a fascinating contrast of styles, and a huge Big 12 victory for the winner. Here’s what to look for between the lines in Morgantown. Read Full Story »

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  • College Football – Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward (Oct. 15)

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    Seth DoegeIt’s amazing to me the amount of talent that is spread around college football in 2012. It almost makes ranking recruiting classes irrelevant. The fact that a school like Kansas State, located in Manhattan, KS, can field a more competitive team than USC, located in Los Angeles, CA, shows that there is no substitute for good old fashioned coaching players up.

    It is much more apparent in NCAA football than the NFL how much coaching matters. There’s such a difference that more times than not, a successful NCAA coach can’t hack it in the NFL (Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier etc.). College coaches have the opportunity to turn a raw talent into a NFL draft pick. Read Full Story »

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  • Game of the Week – Stanford at Notre Dame

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    Stanford-Notre DameThe nation’s eyes will once again be treated to images of Touchdown Jesus and fighting leprechauns as #17 Stanford comes to South Bend to tangle with the #7 Fighting Irish. Stanford won a shootout last week with Arizona 54-48, while Notre Dame drubbed the Hurricanes 41-3 in Chicago last Saturday. The last three match ups in this rivalry resulted in wins for Stanford, but Notre Dame is firing on all cylinders and ready to out muscle the Cardinal and keep their national championship hopes alive. This series has been dominated as of late with Stanford pushing around Notre Dame in the trenches. The Fighting Irish have put together a string of stingy defensive performances with only giving up six or less in the past three games. Here’s what to look for Saturday in South Bend: Read Full Story »

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  • College Football – Monday’s Rewind and Look Forward

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    Florida-LSUEvery year in college football there’s always a weekend that separates the contenders from the pretenders. This past weekend seemed to be 2012’s nominee.

    LSU took it’s perfect record and #4 ranking into the swamp in Gainesville and was bruised and battered by the Gators defense. Third ranked Florida State went into Raleigh and were shocked by a gritty NC State team in the fourth quarter. Fifth ranked Georgia visited sixth ranked South Carolina and quickly fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter, and proceeded to get it’s doors blown off by the Gamecocks. Read Full Story »

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  • Big Ten Game of the Week – Northwestern at Penn State

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    Penn State-NorthwesternOn Saturday, Penn State hosts Northwestern in the Big Ten Game of the Week (12 p.m. ET, ESPN).

    This is a pivotal game for each team. Northwestern has gotten of to a great start, but holes in their defense could be their downfall. Penn State had early struggles against Ohio and Virginia, but regained their sea legs with a convincing win at Illinois last week. While Penn State has dominated the win-loss record for the series, most of the recent games have been back and forth. Here’s what to look for Saturday… Read Full Story »

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