Archive for December, 2011

Oklahoma Beats Iowa in the Insight Bowl

Posted by    |    December 31st, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Interesting perspective from an Iowa fan on the beating Iowa took last night against the Sooners of Oklahoma.


B1G 24 Pac: The New Big Ten/Pac-12 Partnership

Posted by    |    December 31st, 2011 at 5:30 am

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced a scheduling partnership on Wednesday encompassing football and basketball with plans to apply it to other sports.  Starting in 2017, each Big Ten school will play a Pac-12 counterpart annually in football.  In a shocking development, this pretty awesome setup was the brainchild of former Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther, who butchered Illini football schedules for close to two decades.  (Why would a Big Ten team ever schedule a neutral site game in Detroit against Western Michigan 4 weeks after they visited Ann Arbor?!  Why?!)

All orange-and-blue-tinged befuddlement aside, the Big Ten and Pac-12 entering into a scheduling arrangement is a natural extension of the link that they have because of the Rose Bowl and a way to add some high profile games to their respective football and basketball schedules without further expansion.  Some thoughts:

1. TV Advantages – Having all teams participate in one inter-conference football game per year is a way to build a critical mass of quality games during September that can be guaranteed to the conferences’ TV partners while still giving each individual school enough flexibility to maintain rivalries (particularly Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, USC and Stanford with Notre Dame) and schedule the requisite MAC-rifice games.  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany indicated that the Big Ten/Pac-12 games would likely be played during 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of the season.  That would provide 4 “challenge” games during each of those weeks where one could be placed into every time slot.  This can provide some real value to the respective TV packages of the Big Ten and Pac-12, as at the very least ABC/ESPN would avoid getting stuck with a Michigan/Ohio State vs. Random MAC School game in the 2:30 pm Central Time national window during the third week in September.  The Big Ten Network and the nascent Pac-12 Network would also likely get multiple inter-conference games per year for both football and basketball, which could help each network get penetration into the other network’s home region. (more…)

Texas-Cal Football Post Mortem: Defense

Posted by    |    December 30th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

It’s the late third quarter and the Horns are holding on to a shaky 14-10 lead. They punt from their own end zone after just missing on a 3rd and 18 throw to Goodwin at midfield. The punt dribbles feebly from Tucker’s leg like the third shake of your wang after you’ve been sipping Concord Grape Juice and Marvin Jones brings it to the Texas 27 yard line. Dark clouds descend. Admit it, you thought we were going down 17-14, right? Well, I did.

The Texas defense didn’t think so.

Three plays later, it’s Texas ball on Cal’s 44 yard line after these three plays that took all of 39 seconds: incompletion to Sofele, Keenan Robinson -2 yard tackle for loss followed by a Cal personal foul, Adrian Phillips sack and strip of Maynard that’s recovered by Chris Whaley. Momentum, that treacherous bitch, returned with profuse apologies and made us pancakes. Texas promptly drove for a score borne on the sweet feet of Marquise Goodwin and the power bunions of Cody Johnson.

Game over.

A totally dominating performance by a Texas defense that deserves all of the love for our Holiday Bowl victory. They showed what they’re capable of when the offense, even when sputtering, can protect the ball, offer up some long fields to defend, and provide a lead. For that, they receive the coveted Led Zeppelin, for generally rocking the arena and aggressive mud sharking.

The numbers are straightforward enough: 5 forced turnovers, 6 sacks, 13 tackles for loss. Cal averaged 2.8 yards per play while amassing 195 yards from scrimmage, Isi Sofele was irrelevant with 52 yards on 20 carries, and the excellent Keenan Allen’s longest play downfield went for 21 yards. Indeed, Cal’s two elite WRs, our biggest pre-game concern, combined for just 10 yards a catch. Manny’s greatest triumph was blitzing while simultaneously preventing a quality downfield passing offense from breaking out of dink-and-dunk mode. When you can’t punish us over the top for bringing five or six, you’re in for a long evening. I was surprised to see Cal not attempt to spread us out a bit, but that goes against Tedford’s play-action orientation and I suppose it would have exposed Maynard to some brutal shots. (more…)

2011 Holiday Bowl Featuring The University of Texas vs California

Posted by    |    December 29th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

This year’s Holiday Bowl between UT and Cal was unmemorable, especially when compared to previous Holiday Bowl games.
Two plays stood out that we could find footage of.  The first was a trick pass play from receiver Jaxon Shipley to quarterback David Ash. The second play involved Kenny Vacarro’s sack of Cal’s quarterback. Enjoy!







Texas-Cal Open Game Thread

Posted by    |    December 28th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Brown and Bergeron go Beast mode.

Hook ‘em Horns.