Bowl Game Picks

Originally posted on Armchair College Football:

Jules Bowl Picks

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl-Nevada vs. UL Lafayette- Nevada
Gildan New Mexico Bowl-Utah State vs. UTEP- UTEP
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl- (22) Utah vs. Colorado State- Utah
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl-Western Michigan vs. Air Force- Western Michigan
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl-South Alabama vs. Bowling Green- South Alabama
Miami Beach Bowl- BYU vs. Memphis- Memphis
Boca Raton Bowl- Marshall vs. Northern Illinois-Marshall
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl- Navy vs. San Diego State-Navy
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl- Central Michigan vs. WKU-Western Kentucky
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl- Fresno State vs. Rice-Fresno State
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl- Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech- LA Tech
Quick Lane Bowl- Rutgers vs. North Carolina- North Carolina
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl- NC State vs. UCF-NC State
Military Bowl- Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech-VA Tech
Hyundai Sun Bowl- (15) Arizona State vs. Duke-Arizona State
Duck Commander Independence Bowl- Miami vs. South Carolina-Miami
New Era Pinstripe Bowl- Boston…

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Going Bowling: Picking every game

Originally posted on Northbound Sports Report:

If you’re like us, then you’re watching the New Orleans Bowl right now as it kicks off bowl season. After a rather unimpressive showing in last year’s picks, Bryce & Dan are back to make more. This time Brett joins us to fill out the roster. Here’s every bowl game, with viewing info, and our professional football watchers picks:

Bowl Location Date/Time TV BRETT DAN BRYCE
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome Dec. 20 11 a.m. ESPN Nevada ULL ULL
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State vs. UTEP Albuquerque, N.M. University Stadium Dec. 20 2:20 p.m. ESPN Utah State UTEP Utah State
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Colorado State Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 20 3:30 p.m. ABC Rado St Utah Utah
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air Force Boise, Idaho Albertsons Stadium Dec. 20 5:45 p.m. ESPN AF

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Gary Andersen surprisingly leaves Wisconsin to take Oregon State coaching job

Originally posted on Fan Buzz:

The college football coaching carousel keeps on spinning and the latest move is a pretty big surprise. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen has left the Badgers to fill the vacancy at Oregon State after Mike Riley left the Beavers for Nebraska.

Wisconsin announced Coach Andersen’s departure this afternoon and will begin the coaching search immediately. AD Barry Alvarez held a press conference this afternoon and said it’s possible that he would coach the Badgers in their bowl game — like he did after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.

Alvarez also said in his press conference today that he wanted a coach with previous head coaching experience, making it unlikely that an assistant is promoted into that position from the current staff. He also…

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2014-15 Bowl Schedule

Originally posted on Game Time Nation (206):

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December 20

New Orleans Bowl: Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, La., ESPN, 11 a.m.

New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Utah State, Albuquerque, N.M., ESPN, 2:20 p.m.

Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State vs. Utah, Las Vegas, 3:30 p.m.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Air Force, Boise, Idaho, ESPN, 5:45 p.m.

Camellia Bowl: Bowling Green vs. South Alabama, Montgomery, Ala., ESPN, 9:15 p.m.

December 22

Miami Beach Bowl: BYU vs. Memphis, Miami, ESPN, 2 p.m.

December 23

Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, Boca Raton, Fla., ESPN, 6 p.m.

Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State, San Diego, ESPN, 9:30 p.m.

December 24

Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN, Noon

Hawaii Bowl: Rice vs. Fresno State, Honolulu, ESPN, 8 p.m.

December 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Dallas, ESPN, 1 p.m.

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An Inclusive College Football Playoff

Originally posted on Meadow Muffins of the Mind:

Well, the latest rankings experiment has more or less concluded.  So I won’t beat that horse here.  But how would a 16 team tournament really look in a more practical world?  So as a fun cross check, I messed around a bit:

  • I aggregated three publicly available rankings.  Kenneth Massey and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer ratings along with the AP Poll.  Normalizing, racking and stacking them – you get something like this – I only rank the top contenders and the conference champs to get to a list of contenders for the national title (scale 0 to 1):
    1. Alabama – 1.000
    2. Oregon – 0.966
    3. TCU – 0.899
    4. Ohio State – 0.892
    5. Florida State – 0.877
    6. Baylor – 0.873
    7. Mississippi State – 0.830
    8. Michigan State – 0.815
    9. Ole Miss – 0.812
    10. Kansas State – 0.732
    11. Georgia – 0.731
    12. Georgia Tech – 0.694
    13. Arizona – 0.673
    14. Auburn – 0.663
    15. UCLA…

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