Saturday, November 24, 2007

Three Games to Watch Outside of Chestnut Hill

Les Miles = Blue. And maize.

Virginia Tech at Virginia Noon, ESPN2. The Commonwealth Cup is incredibly important to BC fans because they will face the winner next weekend in the ACC Championship. I am still massively skeptical about VT's offense, even if it did perform well against Georgia Tech and they put up 44 on Miami. Chris Long and the rest of the Cavaliers - at home, on Senior Day - will be looking to end a long losing streak against their intrastate rival. What's the best case scenario for BC? Good weather in Jacksonville and another team to show up. I avoid biases as much as possible, but, as a resident of NoVa myself, I feel more compelled to cheer for the 'Hoos than the Hokies. Since I can't endorse cheering for injuries (at least not openly), put this game in PIP during the BC-Miami game.

Tennessee at Kentucky 1:30, CBS. If the Vols win, they get to play LSU. The question on that game, though, is which LSU shows up? Will they be inspired or will they quit on a lame duck coach (I'm still arguing hard that Les Miles is the choice for Michigan, in case you are wondering)? 12 hours ago, LSU lost their chance to play for the national championship at home and now is looking for what I assume will be a spot in the Roses or Fiesta (depending on what happens with the Big 12 Carousel these next few weeks). Playing in Pasadena doesn't have the lore for an SEC team that it does for the Pac-10 or BigTen. I'm giving this game to Tennessee and we'll see next week in Atlanta.

Kansas at Missouri 8 p.m. ESPN360. Yes, the game of the century isn't available on regular cable. Awesome. Let's break down some scenarios for the BCSCG. Kansas wins, beats Oklahoma next week, they go to New Orleans. Kansas wins, loses to Oklahoma next week, likely goes to the Orange Bowl after West Virginia goes to New Orleans. Missouri wins, beats Oklahoma, New Orleans. Missouri wins, loses to Oklahoma, its Ohio State-West Virginia in New Orleans; Oregon-LSU (last month's National Championship showdown) in Pasadena; Oklahoma-Hawaii in the Fiesta (have fun with the WAC, again, guys); ACC Champ-Kansas in the Oranges (I'm not gonna write it); Georgia/Tennessee-ACC Runner-up (if it's a BC-VT showdown in Jax) in the Sugar Bowl. Hawaii and the ACC Runner-up are the last two choices and could be flip flopped.

Oh, right, game analysis. Chase Daniel should win the Heisman if he can get to the National Championship, but I'm pretty sure the race is over after McFadden's performance last night. Tebow and McFadden are the two best players, but they haven't been able to guide their teams very far (neither will make a BCS, neither plays for the conference championship). Daniel has his team in the driver's seat with some impressive numbers. If he is the reason they win tonight, he's number one on my ballot. (Which I don't have)

I love this time of the Season.

1 comment:

  1. FYI Dave... I watched Kansas v Missouri on ABC. HD. How did you not get it on regular cable?

    Oh, and wasn't it technically @ Kansas? Just sayin'...