Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bowl Pool Update: December 29, 2010

We're getting to the meat of bowl season. Three more games today, four tomorrow, and four on New Year's Eve. Shit is getting real, yo. So, wha happen since our last update?

Air Force 14, Georgia Tech 7
Last year I waxed intellectual about the dreaded "no-shows" of bowl season. We got a classic one on Monday, as Georgia Tech took an early 7-0 lead and then proceeded to not just take their foot off the gas pedal, but brake, come to a complete stop, put the car in park, pull out a pistol, and shoot themselves in the face. GT was probably the better team but gakked this one away in hilarious fashion. This was typified by the following sequence: GT takes the second half kickoff and goes on an 18-play, 77-yard drive inside the Air Force five yard line, before fumbling the ball away at the Falcon two. Air Force goes three and out, but punt returner Daniel McKayhan loses his mind and decides to try and field a punt going over his head, at which he fails spectacularly, gifting the ball to the Falcons around midfield. The Tech D forces another three and out, and McKayhan again muffs the punt, which Air Force recovered at the 14-yard line. They scored four plays later. All told, the turnover count in this one read "Georgia Tech 5, Air Force 0."

N.C. State 23, West Fuckin' Virginia 7
Turnovers were again the story here, as the teams combined to put the ball on the ground eight times, five by WV and three by NCSU. The difference was that NC State only lost one, while the 'Eers lost 4 out of their 5. Add in a pick by Geno Smith and WV lost the turnover battle, 5-1, negating their advantage in yards per play. Turnovers will kill you. This is, after all, a football game.

Iowa 27, Missourah 24
Blaine Gabbert put the ball in the air 57 times, and the vast majority of those throws were very productive, aided by Iowa obstinately (and predictably) staying in their base 4-3 cover-two defense against Missourah's spread formations. However, Gabbert threw two incredibly costly picks: the first was an INT in the Iowa endzone after Mizzou had driven 70 yards inside the Hawkeye 15, when a TD on that drive would have tied the game right before halftime. The second came with the Tigers nursing a 4-point lead with under six minutes to play. Oh yeah, the big problem with that one is that Micah Hyde returned it 72 yards for a touchdown, providing the winning points for Iowa. These offenses were diametrically opposed: Missourah threw for 434 yards; Iowa 200. Iowa rushed for (at least) 225 yards; Missourah 78. Neither team fumbled and each quarterback threw two picks. Missourah's, obviously, were much more costly.

In the pick 'em, the most obvious thing you can notice about the top 15 below is that my previous posts completely screwed up the possible points remaining. Well, not completely: you get a correct sense of who has more points left than whom, I just didn'y give everyone the full number of points available to begin with. Because I'm stoopid. It's a harmless error, but yes, it makes me Tyrone.

1MarianneSharp 1Take a Guess7-4212300
2Silent VelcroJoel M.7-4172377
3Todd McShay's PicksTake a Guess10-1165430
5Chokin' on ApplesauceYours Truly7-4145386
5Little Orphan AlyAly6-5145375
5Shablagoo!BringTheCrunchMatt N.7-4145416
5Leave me alone JacksonMike N.5-6145309
9katemunger 1Take a Guess5-6143305
10Dantonios heart attackersElliott7-4141417
11I can haz Cam Newton?Todd8-3140440
13The D.E.N.N.I.S. SystemBen6-5133406
14christmas aleScott5-6123399
15astro1305 1Javy4-7122300

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