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  1. Now that it looks like the BIG XII will survive after all and drastic conference realignment and expansion will not take place, it looks like two conferences will need new names. Big Ten - call it the Big Midwest Conference. Big XII - just go back to calling it the Southwest Conference again. Although Iowa State is far from Southwest. Now its your turn. Suggest new names for the BIG XII and Big Ten here.
  2. Most of you who pay attention to college football as much as I do are aware of the current talks of conference expansion involving the Big Ten mainly and when they do make a change it will affect the Big East, Big XII, Pac Ten, and possibly the SEC. The following is my idea of what should take place. It is a drastic overhaul of the alignment of teams and conferences. Each one of the three new divisions would compete for a seperate championship. NCAA Division 1A ACC Atlantic Division Florida State Maryland Wake Forest Boston College North Carolina State Pittsburgh West Virginia East Carolina Coastal Division Virginia Tech Miami (FL) North Carolina Duke Virginia Central Florida Memphis Cincinnati BIG MIDWEST (formerly the Big Ten) Land Division Connecticut Iowa Notre Dame Nebraska Rutgers Syracuse Penn State Minnesota Lakes Division Illinois Northwestern Indiana Purdue Michigan Michigan State Ohio State Wisconsin BIG XVI (formerly the BIG XII) North Division Missouri Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Oklahoma Oklahoma State Brigham Young Utah South Division Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech Baylor Texas Christian Houston New Mexico Southern Methodist PAC 16 (formerly the Pac 10) North Division Oregon Oregon State Washington Washington State Boise State Colorado Fresno State Nevada South Division Arizona Arizona State California Stanford San Diego State Nevada Las Vegas California Los Angeles Southern California SEC West Division Alabama Auburn Arkansas Louisiana State Mississippi State Ole Miss Kentucky Louisville East Division Tennessee South Carolina Florida Vanderbilt Georgia Georgia Tech South Florida Clemson NCAA Division 1B WAC Colorado State Wyoming Hawaii Idaho New Mexico State San Jose State Utah State Air Force Louisiana Tech Western Kentucky C-USA Marshall Rice Southern Miss Tulane Tulsa Alabama Birmingham Texas El Paso South Alabama Georgia State Arkansas State Middle Tennessee Troy MAC Akron Bowling Green Ball State Buffalo Central Michigan Eastern Michigan Western Michigan Kent State Miami (OH) Northern Illinois Ohio Toledo Southland Central Arkansas McNeese State Nicholls State Northwestern State (LA) Sam Houston State Southeastern Louisiana Stephen F. Austin Texas State Louisiana Monroe Louisiana Lafayette Texas San Antonio Colonial Delaware James Madison Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire Northeastern Rhode Island Richmond Towson Villanova William & Mary Temple Big Sky Eastern Washington Idaho State Montana Montana State Northern Arizona Northern Colorado Portland State Sacramento State Weber State Southern Illinois Western Illinois Northern Iowa Southern Appalachian State Chattanooga Citadel Elon Furman Georgia Southern Samford Western Carolina Wofford Florida Atlantic Florida International North Texas Independents Army Navy NCAA Division1C BIG SOUTH Charleston Southern Coastal Carolina Gardner-Webb Liberty Presbyterian Stony Brook Virginia Military Institute Old Dominion Bucknell Georgetown Lafayette Lehigh Ivy Brown Columbia Cornell Dartmouth Harvard Pennsylvania Princeton Yale MEAC Bethune-Cookman Delaware State Florida A&M Hampton Howard Morgan State Norfolk State North Carolina A&T South Carolina State Great West / Valley Illinois State Indiana State Missouri State Cal Poly Southern Utah UC Davis North Dakota State South Dakota State North Dakota South Dakota Northeast Albany Bryant University Central Connecticut State Duquesne Monmouth Robert Morris Sacred Heart St. Francis (PA) Wagner Colgate Fordham Holy Cross Ohio Valley Austin Peay Eastern Illinois Eastern Kentucky Jacksonville State Murray State Southeast Missouri State Tennessee State Tennessee Tech Tennessee-Martin Youngstown State Pioneer Butler Campbell Davidson Dayton Drake Jacksonville Marist Morehead State San Diego Valparaiso SWAC Alabama A&M Alabama State Alcorn State Arkansas-Pine Bluff Grambling State Jackson State Mississippi Valley State Prairie View A&M Southern University Texas Southern So these are my changes and this is my overhaul. Let me know what you think
  3. So I was delving through Phil Steele's College Football Preview a few days ago and took note of a column found on each teams page that listed each team's last 5 bowl games played. A few games really caught my eye: 1947 Harbor Bowl - San Diego State vs. Hardin-Simmons1935 Sun Bowl - New Mexico State vs. Hardin Simmons1983 California Bowl - Northern Illinois vs. Cal State Fullerton1962 Sun Bowl - Ohio vs. West Texas A&M1972 Tangerine Bowl - Kent State vs. Tampa All of these games involved one team that is not or has not been to my knowledge a NCAA D-1A/FBS team. I did not know that in the past some bowl games involved teams that fit into this category. Does anyone have some further explanation on this topic? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
  4. BARNSTORMING TOUR ?? Ideas, thoughts ?? Personally I love it. Think it's a win-win for everybody.
  5. I found this jersey design on a facebook page so that speaks for itself as for the validity. Apparently Miss. State has switched from Russell to Adidas as its uniform supplier. I was fine with the old uniforms and thought that the only uniform change would be the move to the more stylized MState banner on the helmet that was the work of Joe Bosack. I dig Bosack's new Miss. State logos but I do not care for the new jerseys if this is in fact valid. It is not a picture of an actual jersey, but instead it is a computerized image. Do you like the new look and do you think you can trust this as being true?
  6. After seeing this package, my first thought is "tobacco products."
  7. U Conn's Edsall Wants 9th Big East Team Just read this article regarding a possible expansion by one team in the Big East. The possible suitors seem to be East Carolina, Memphis, or Central Florida, all of C-USA affiliation. My question is this, if C-USA were to get raided by one team, who would they then turn to go back to twelve league members? My first two guesses that came to mind were New Mexico State and Troy. I thought this article was a nice read, one I had expected to eventually surface. Anyone else's thoughts on how the shakedown may occur if the Big East were to go to at least 9 teams?
  8. Thanks footballfiji !! Your reply was thoroughly in-depth and went above and beyond my expectations for an answer. Good job of explaining it to me. Kudos.
  9. I love the sport of college football with a insatiable passion, but there is one part of it I just wish would cease to exist. I have always resented the concept of 1A (FBS) teams playing against 1AA (FCS) teams. Although I understand the reasons why these matchups occur, I still dream of a season in which 1A teams exclusively only play one another. But that ideal got me to thinking ... considering bye weeks and a full 12 game schedule for each team, would it be logistically or mathematically possible for 120 teams to play only one another without having a matchup against a IAA team? I hope I stated this question and scenario in a way in which you can understand what I mean. Thanks in advance for your responses.
  10. I have one more question that I originally intended to include in my first post but forgot to do so. There was one player from the visiting team last nite that really seemed to have a penchant for penalties and picking a fight. Right off the top of my head I know of 5 times throughout the game that he was sent to the penalty box, or what the Seawolves as announcer liked to call "the Crescent Cooler". Upon further research on this goon from the Florida Everblades, #17 Brad Herauf, I found out he lead the ECHL in penalty minutes in the 05-06 season. So, I am asking if there is a set number of times you can be sent to the penalty box before being out of the game, ala fouling out in the NBA?
  11. Thanks to each and all of you who have answered this post so far. I am learning alot and it is fun and fascinating to learn about the game of ice hockey. A special thanks goes out to Geoff for giving me a concrete answer on the question about the red shorts. Thanks again.
  12. Growing up in rural central Mississippi, I never really had the chance to be exposed to the game of hockey. Sure I saw the highlights on Sportscenter and occasionally saw games on tv, but that was the extent of my knowledge. This past summer I moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and tonite I attended my second minor league hockey game of the season. The team is the Mississippi Seawolves of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The games are played in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Gulfport. My first game was an 8-2 Seawolves rout over the visiting Pensacola Ice Pilots on November 16th and tonite's game ended 4-4 as the Seawolves lost to the Florida Everblades 3-0 in the shootout. I first went to a game just out of curiousity and to give it a chance and I was blown away by the speed, nonstop action, hits, sounds, fights, and pure display of athletic skill. I do have a few questions and observations that I hope a few of you more seasoned hockey enthusiasts can help answer. #1 - As I mentioned, tonite's game went into overtime and then to a shootout. Had someone scored in the OT would it have been over under sudden death rules ala the NFL or would you play out the remainder of the 5 minute OT? Also, when I first saw in the shootout that FLA scored after our attempt failed, I thought it would be over. But they kept alternating shots until FLA got up 3-0. So do you play to a minimum of best 3 of 5? #2 - How does the minor league to NHL system work? I have noticed that after players leave MS, they go play for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Then their NHL team is the Tampa Bay Lightning. So is the ECHL the equivalent of a AA minor baseball team, Norfolk like a AAA and Tampa Bay obviously the major league destination? Is there a league below the ECHL or is that the lowest level? Also, I saw on the Florida Everblades website that they are an affiliate of both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers. So I figure a minor league team can have multiple pro parent teams, possibly. #3 - (And final) This bugged the stew out of me all nite long. The opposing team's goalie wore blantantly red shorts during the game. Why is this such a big deal, you may ask? Well, because the Florida Everblades color scheme is primarily navy blue with green trim. Being the obsessor over logos and details to uniforms that I am, I complained about the red shorts to my fiance at least 5 different times. Why the red shorts? Was a minor league equipment manager having a bad day or was it something else? I am doing my best to learn all the rules and regulations of the game because I really love watching it live and I want to be a knowledgable fan of the game. If they make a Hockey For Dummies book I need to make the purchase. Thank you for your time in reading this post. Please feel free to help me with some of my inquiries. Have a GREAT New Year.
  13. OK, here's my spin on this endeavor. NEW NAMES New Orleans Bowl = Bayou Bowl New Mexico Bowl = Land of Enchantment Bowl GMAC Bowl = Gulf Coast Bowl Bowl = Southern Steel Bowl or Magic City Bowl Car Care Bowl = Hornet Bowl Las Vegas Bowl = Sin City Bowl Texas Bowl = Lone Star Bowl REVERTED NAMES Hawaii Bowl = Aloha Bowl Insight Bowl = Copper Bowl Champs Sports Bowl = Tangerine Bowl Chic-fil-A Bowl = Peach Bowl Capital One Bowl = Citrus Bowl
  14. Actually, bucco_B, the current Insight Bowl was formerly known as the Bowl and even before that known as the Copper Bowl. The Humanitarian Bowl was once known as the Bowl, then just as the MPC Computers Bowl. This year it went back to the name Humanitarian Bowl.
  15. I thought it would be an interesting project to take the average points for and average points against of each team in the 32 respective bowl match-ups. After reaching the avg. PF and avg. PA, match Team A's PF to Team B's PA and then average for the predicted team score and vice-versa for the other team. I realize this is NOT a very accurate indicator of how the game's score will turn out, because of the fact that teams usually play few common opponents along with several other factors. Nonetheless, this was a fun project and I hope you enjoy browsing the results. Feel free to comment, as you like. Poinsettia Bowl Utah: avg. PF= 26 and avg. PA= 16 Navy: avg. PF= 40 and avg. PA= 37 Predicted Outcome: 32-28 (Utah) New Orleans Bowl Florida Atlantic: avg. PF= 30 and avg. PA= 34 Memphis: avg. PF= 29 and avg. PA= 31 Predicted Outcome: 32-31 (Memphis) Papa Johns Bowl (I refuse to recognize the need for .com in the bowl name) Southern Miss: avg. PF= 28 and avg. PA= 24 Cincinnati: avg. PF= 37 and avg. PA= 19 Predicted Outcome: 31-24 (Cincinnati) New Mexico Bowl New Mexico: avg. PF= 25 and avg. PA= 21 Nevada: avg. PF= 36 and avg. PA= 33 Predicted Outcome: 29-29 (Overtime) International Bowl Rutgers: avg. PF= 31 and avg. PA= 22 Ball State: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 26 Predicted Outcome: 29-27 (Rutgers) GMAC Bowl Tulsa: avg. PF= 39 and avg. PA= 35 Bowling Green: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 30 Predicted Outcome: 35-34 (Tulsa) Las Vegas Bowl Brigham Young: avg. PF= 31 and avg. PA= 19 California Los Angeles: avg. PF= 23 and avg. PA= 23 Predicted Outcome: 27-21 (Brigham Young) * UCLA won regular season meeting 27-17 Hawaii Bowl Boise State: avg. PF= 43 and avg. PA= 20 East Carolina: avg. PF= 30 and avg. PA= 30 Predicted Outcome: 37-25 (Boise State) Motor City Bowl Purdue: avg. PF= 33 and avg. PA= 25 Central Michigan: avg. PF= 34 and avg. PA= 36 Predicted Outcome: 35-30 (Purdue) *Purdue won regular season meeting 45-22 Holiday Bowl Texas: avg. PF= 36 and avg. PA= 25 Arizona State: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 20 Predicted Outcome: 29-28 (Arizona State) Champs Sports Bowl Boston College: avg. PF= 29 and avg. PA= 20 Michigan State: avg. PF= 34 and avg. PA= 27 Predicted Outcome: 28-27 (Boston College) Texas Bowl Texas Christian: avg. PF= 27 and avg. PA= 19 Houston: avg. PF= 36 and avg. PA= 30 Predicted Outcome: 29-28 (Texas Christian) Emerald Bowl Oregon State: avg. PF= 28 and avg. PA= 23 Maryland: avg. PF= 25 and avg. PA= 22 Predicted Outcome: 25-24 (Oregon State) Car Care Bowl Wake Forest: avg. PF= 28 and avg. PA= 23 Connecticut: avg. PF= 28 and avg. PA= 19 Predicted Outcome: 26-24 (Connecticut) Liberty Bowl Mississippi State: avg. PF= 22 and avg. PA= 25 Central Florida: avg. PF= 38 and avg. PA= 28 Predicted Outcome: 32-25 (Central Florida) Alamo Bowl Penn State: avg. PF= 31 and avg. PA= 18 Texas A&M: avg. PF= 29 and avg. PA= 26 Predicted Outcome: 29-24 (Penn State) Independence Bowl Alabama: avg. PF= 27 and avg. PA=22 Colorado: avg. PF= 28 and avg. PA= 29 Predicted Outcome: 28-25 (Alabama) Armed Forces Bowl Air Force: avg. PF= 29 and avg. PA=19 California: avg. PF= 28 and avg. PA= 26 Predicted Outcome: 28-24 (Air Force) Humanitarian Bowl Georgia Tech: avg. PF= 26 and avg. PA= 19 Fresno State: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 27 Predicted Outcome: 27-26 (Georgia Tech) Sun Bowl South Florida: avg. PF= 36 and avg. PA= 21 Oregon: avg. PF= 37 and avg. PA= 24 Predicted Outcome: 30-29 (South Florida) Music City Bowl Kentucky: avg. PF= 37 and avg. PA= 30 Florida State: avg. PF= 23 and avg. PA= 22 Predicted Outcome: 30-27 (Kentucky) Insight Bowl Indiana: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 27 Oklahoma State: avg. PF= 33 and avg. PA= 29 Predicted Outcome: 31-30 (Indiana) Chic-fil-A Bowl Clemson: avg. PF= 34 and avg. PA= 18 Auburn: avg. PF= 24 and avg. PA= 15 Predicted Outcome: 25-21 (Clemson) Outback Bowl Tennessee: avg. PF= 33 and avg. PA= 28 Wisconsin: avg. PF= 31 and avg. PA= 23 Predicted Outcome: 30-28 (Wisconsin) Cotton Bowl Missouri: avg. PF= 40 and avg. PA= 25 Arkansas: avg. PF= 40 and avg. PA= 26 Predicted Outcome: 33-33 (Overtime) Gator Bowl Texas Tech: avg. PF= 41 and avg. PA= 26 Virginia: avg. PF= 24 and avg. PA= 19 Predicted Outcome: 30-25 (Texas Tech) Capital One Bowl Florida: avg. PF= 43 and avg. PA= 24 Michigan: avg. PF= 26 and avg. PA= 20 Predicted Outcome: 32-25 (Florida) Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma: avg. PF= 43 and avg. PA= 18 West Virginia: avg. PF= 39 and avg. PA= 17 Predicted Outcome: 30-29 (Oklahoma) Rose Bowl Southern California: avg. PF= 31 and avg. PA= 16 Illinois: avg. PF= 29 and avg. PA= 20 Predicted Outcome: 26-23 (Southern Cal) Orange Bowl Kansas: avg. PF= 44 and avg. PA= 16 Virginia Tech: avg. PF= 29 and avg. PA= 15 Predicted Outcome: 30-23 (Kansas) Sugar Bowl Georgia: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 21 Hawaii: avg. PF= 46 and avg. PA= 24 Predicted Outcome: 34-28 (Hawaii) BCS National Championship Louisiana State: avg. PF= 39 and avg. PA= 20 Ohio State: avg. PF= 32 and avg. PA= 11 Predicted Outcome: 26-25 (Ohio State) Most avg. PF= Hawaii (46) Most avg. PA= Central Michigan (36) Least avg. PF= Mississippi State (22) Least avg. PA= Ohio State (11)