Monthly Archives: December 2009

College Football Bowl Picks: Standings thru Dec. 30

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

With Idaho dramatically defeating Bowling Green and Nebraska’s domination over Arizona, only Russell and David stayed in the same place.

STANDINGS
Name – Winner, Over/Under, Total Points

1. Russell – 10-5, 10-5, 30 pts
2. Tom – 8-7, 8-7, 24 pts
3. David – 8-7, 7-8, 23 pts
–  Greg – 8-7, 7-8, 23 pts
5. Matt – 7-8, 7-8, 21 pts
6. Jake – 6-9, 8-7, 20 pts
7. Craig – 7-8, 5-10, 19 pts

2 points = winner
1 points = over/under

Picks for the next two days, ten games:

Day Russell Tom David Greg Matt Jake Craig
Thursday:

Air Force vs. Houston

O/U = 62

Houston

Under

Houston

Over

Air Force

Over

Houston

Over

Houston

Over

Houston

Under

Houston

Over

Thursday:

Stanford vs. Oklahoma

O/U = 56.5

Oklahoma

Over

Stanford

Over

Stanford

Under

Stanford

Over

Stanford

Over

Stanford

Under

Oklahoma

Under

Thursday:

Missouri vs. Navy

O/U = 52.5

Missouri

Over

Missouri

Over

Navy

Over

Missouri

Over

Navy

Under

Missouri

Under

Missouri

Under

Thursday:

Minnesota vs. Iowa State

O/U = 48.5

Minnesota

Under

Minnesota

Under

Minnesota

Under

Iowa State

Under

Iowa State

Under

Minnesota

Over

Iowa State

Under

Thursday:

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee

O/U = 48.5

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Over

Tennessee

Over

Virginia Tech

Over

Friday:

Northwestern vs. Auburn

O/U = 54.5

Auburn

Over

Auburn

Under

Auburn

Under

N’Western

Under

Auburn

Under

Auburn

Over

Auburn

Under

Friday:

Penn State vs. LSU

O/U = 44

Penn State

Over

Penn State

Over

LSU

Under

Penn State

Over

LSU

Over

LSU

Over

LSU

Over

Friday:

Florida State vs. West Virginia

O/U = 60.5

West Virginia

Under

Florida State

Under

Florida State

Under

West Virginia

Under

West Virginia

Under

Florida State

Under

Florida State

Under

Friday:

Ohio State vs. Oregon

O/U = 51.5

Oregon

Under

Oregon

Over

Oregon

Under

Oregon

Over

Oregon

Over

Oregon

Over

Oregon

Over

Friday:

Florida vs. Cincinnati

O/U = 57

Florida

Over

Florida

Over

Florida

Under

Florida

Over

Florida

Over

Florida

Over

Florida

Under

 

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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College Football Bowl Picks: Standings thru Dec. 29

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

Russell rolls on and goes 4-0 for Tuesday.

STANDINGS
Name – Winner, Over/Under, Total Points

1. Russell – 8-5, 9-4, 25 pts
2. Matt – 7-6, 7-6, 21 pts
3. David – 6-7, 7-6, 19 pts
–  Tom – 6-7, 7-6, 19 pts
5. Craig – 7-6, 4-9, 18 pts
– Greg – 6-7, 6-7, 18 pts
–  Jake – 5-8, 8-5, 18 pts

2 points = winner
1 points = over/under

Picks for the next two days, seven games:

Day Matt David Russell Craig Greg Tom Jake
Wednesday:

Idaho vs. Bowling Green

O/U = 68

BGU

Under

Idaho

Under

Idaho

Under

BGU

Under

Idaho

Under

Idaho

Under

BGU

Under

Wednesday:

Arizona vs. Nebraska

O/U = 40

Arizona

Over

Nebraska

Over

Nebraska

Under

Arizona

Under

Nebraska

Under

Nebraska

Under

Nebraska

Over

Thursday:

Air Force vs. Houston

O/U = 62

Houston

Over

Air Force

Over

Houston

Under

Houston

Over

Houston

Over

Houston

Over

Houston

Under

Thursday:

Stanford vs. Oklahoma

O/U = 56.5

Stanford

Over

Stanford

Under

Oklahoma

Over

Oklahoma

Under

Stanford

Over

Stanford

Over

Stanford

Under

Thursday:

Missouri vs. Navy

O/U = 52.5

Navy

Under

Navy

Over

Missouri

Over

Missouri

Under

Missouri

Over

Missouri

Over

Missouri

Under

Thursday:

Minnesota vs. Iowa State

O/U = 48.5

Iowa State

Under

Minnesota

Under

Minnesota

Under

Iowa State

Under

Iowa State

Under

Minnesota

Under

Minnesota

Over

Thursday:

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee

O/U = 48.5

Virginia Tech

Over

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Over

Virginia Tech

Under

Virginia Tech

Under

Tennessee

Over

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

College Football Bowl Picks: Standings thru Dec. 28

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

It was only a matter of time for Russell to make his way to number one.  Only three points separate the top six, and there are plenty of games remaining.

STANDINGS

Name – Winner, Over/Under, Total Points

1. Russell – 6-5, 7-4, 19 pts
2. Matt – 6-5, 6-5, 18 pts
–  David – 6-5, 6-5, 18 pts
4. Greg – 6-5, 5-6, 17 pts
5. Craig – 6-5, 4-7, 16 pts
–  Tom – 5-6, 6-5, 16 pts
7. Jake – 4-7, 6-5, 14 pts

2 points = winner
1 points = over/under

Picks for the next four games:

Day Matt David Russell Craig Greg Tom Jake
Tuesday:

Temple vs. UCLA

O/U = 46.5

Temple

Under

Temple

Under

UCLA

Over

UCLA

Under

Temple

Under

UCLA

Under

UCLA

Over

Tuesday:

Miami (FL) vs. Wisconsin

O/U = 57.5

Wisconsin

Under

Miami

Under

Wisconsin

Under

Miami

Over

Miami

Under

Miami

Under

Miami

Over

Wednesday:

Idaho vs. Bowling Green

O/U = 68

BGU

Under

Idaho

Under

Idaho

Under

BGU

Under

Idaho

Under

Idaho

Under

BGU

Under

Wednesday:

Arizona vs. Nebraska

O/U = 40

Arizona

Over

Nebraska

Over

Nebraska

Under

Arizona

Under

Nebraska

Under

Nebraska

Under

Nebraska

Over

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

NCAA: From Signal Caller to Head Coach

By Greg Brzozowski, WSOE Sports

When I heard Urban Meyer was stepping down from the University of Florida as the head coach due to health reasons, I already had the perfect coach in mind for the Gators to hire. His name… Tim Tebow!

Yes, I believe that the soon-to-be former quarterback for Florida should forego the NFL Draft and become the new head coach at his alma mater. It works out perfectly for the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. Earlier this season, Meyer said that he sees Tebow coaching one day in the future, most likely at Florida, and all be it he has no prior coaching experience, it’s a near perfect time for him to inherit the position now. If there’s one job that Tebow would be perfect for, it’s this Gators position now for these reasons.

Meyer leaves the same year Tebow is graduating after spending four years under his coach’s personal guidance, where he ran his offense, knew his schemes, and definitely racked his coach’s brain about everything he knew about football. He knows the life of a college football player at the most publicized level through his own experience and would know how to relate with his players still on his team and what recruiting methods work through the discussions he had with those same players and coaches. We all know he’s a great and inspiring speaker and that the school loves him, considering they engraved his speech after the Ole Miss loss last year into their fricken stadium. He wins on every level he’s ever played at and knows the ins and outs of every SEC team, player, and coach. I think Florida at least needs to offer him the job. Forget bringing in a guy from another school that would change their system, which has proven great results for the school. You bring in Tebow and draw him away from the NFL with this argument: in the pros, he might not even play quarterback because scouts question his ability to run a pro styled offense, with many visualizing him as a fullback, linebacker, or wildcat QB (much like a Michael Vick or Pat White), meaning he would have to change his game completely.

But if he stayed at Florida, he would have the opportunity to be the youngest coach ever in the history of college football, make a decent salary comparable to what he’d make as an average NFL player (after all the revenue he made for UF in four years, they would owe him), and get to do what he loves (being in football and being a leader). If he were to catch fire, become a top-notch coach, and have a long and amazing career, he would smash Joe Paterno’s record for all time wins and go down as one of College Football’s greatest players and coaches ever. Not to mention from a fan’s perspective, it would be the closest thing to a player coach as we’ve seen in a long time and the most interesting thing to maybe ever happen in sports. I know I would tune in for every Gators game if Tebow were coaching. Just imagine, the Georgia Dome, for the SEC Championship, a jubilant 23 year old coach drenched in Gatorade shakes an embarrassed Nick Saben’s hand after winning his first conference championship and heading to another BCS Championship game, this time, manning the sidelines. I don’t know about you, but I would give anything to see that happen.

Unfortunately, I know this will not happen. Tebow will be in a pro city next season in an uncertain role and Florida will find a somewhat suitable replacement for Meyer. But if there is one thing that Tim Tebow has done in his time in college, it’s make fans believe that he can do anything and everything. Maybe we’ll get to see him try.

Contact Information:
Greg Brzozowski
WSOE Sports
gbrzozowski@elon.edu

College Football Bowl Picks: Standings thru Dec. 26

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

The standings didn’t change too much after one day, but here are how they look.

1. Matt – 5-4, 5-4, 15 pts
2. David – 4-5, 6-3, 14 pts
3. Russell – 4-5, 5-4, 13 pts
4. Craig – 4-5, 3-6, 11 pts
– Greg – 4-5, 3-6, 11 pts
– Tom – 3-6, 5-4, 11 pts
7. Jake – 2-7, 4-5, 8 pts

2 points = winner
1 points = over/under

Picks for the next four games:

Day Matt David Russell Craig Greg Tom Jake
Sunday:

Kentucky vs. Clemson

O/U = 52.5

Clemson

Under

Clemson

Over

Clemson

Under

Clemson

Over

Clemson

Under

Clemson

Over

Clemson

Under

Monday:

Georgia vs. Texas A&M

O/U = 64.5

Texas A&M

Over

Georgia

Over

Georgia

Under

Georgia

Under

Georgia

Under

Georgia

Under

Georgia

Under

Tuesday:

Temple vs. UCLA

O/U = 46.5

Temple

Under

Temple

Under

UCLA

Over

UCLA

Under

Temple

Under

UCLA

Under

UCLA

Over

Tuesday:

Miami (FL) vs. Wisconsin

O/U = 57.5

Wisconsin

Under

Miami

Under

Wisconsin

Under

Miami

Over

Miami

Under

Miami

Under

Miami

Over

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

College Football Bowl Picks: Standings thru Dec. 25

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

Through the first six bowls, most of us have nothing to brag about.  Hopefully we won’t embarrass ourselves.

STANDINGS:
Name – Winner, Over/Under, Total Points 

1. Matt – 3-3, 4-2, 10 pts
2. David – 2-4, 4-2, 8 pts
– Tom – 2-4, 4-2, 8 pts
4. Russell – 2-4, 3-3, 7 pts
– Greg – 2-4, 3-3, 7 pts
6. Craig – 2-4, 2-4, 6 pts
7. Jake – 1-5, 3-3, 5 pts

2 points – winner
1 point – over/under

NOTES:
– David is the only one that thinks Marshall will defeat Ohio, while Greg is the only one to take the over (49.5 points)
– The UNC-Pittsburgh picks will shake up the standings (over/under is 44.5 points):
UNC, over – Tom, David, and Jake
Pittsburgh, over – Craig, Greg, and Matt
Pittsburgh, under – Russell
– Everyone has USC beating Boston College, but David stands alone for taking the under (44.5 points)

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

2004 NFL Draft

By Tom Waterman

Now almost six years removed from the now infamous 2004 NFL Draft that featured one of the most prominent Quarterback classes of all-time. We are all now faced with the question of which one of those quarterbacks is the best. Here is a quick recap of the players.

Drafted with the first pick overall was Eli Manning out of the University of Mississippi. As we all remember, Manning was subsequently traded to the New York Giants mere hours after being selected by the San Diego Chargers. So far in his career, Manning has led the New York Giants to two NFC East titles, a Super Bowl victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots, and to four consecutive (possibly soon to be five) playoff appearances.

Along with the success of his team, Manning has continued to improve each year in the league and now regarded by most as one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

Eli Manning Career Stats:

124 Touchdowns

85 Interceptions

56.7% completion percentage

79.3 QB rating

50-35 as a starter

Drafted with the fourth pick that year was Philip Rivers out of North Carolina State University. Rivers, who was originally drafted by the New York Giants, was ultimately traded to the Chargers for Eli Manning and is now in his fourth season as the starter for the San Diego Chargers. He has led his team to two AFC championship appearances, and has also had four consecutive seasons with at least 20 touchdowns and 3,000 yards passing.

Philip Rivers Career Stats:

103 Touchdowns

45 Interceptions

62.9% completion percentage

95.3 QB rating

44-18 as a starter

Not to be forgotten, also drafted with the tenth pick that year was Ben Roethlisberger out of the University of Miami Ohio. Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl Rings with Steelers and quarterbacked the first playoff team to win three consecutive road playoff games in route to winning the Super Bowl.

Ben Roethlisberger Career Stats:

123 Touchdowns

80 Interceptions

63.4% completion percentage

91.6 QB rating

Regardless of what you value more, team success or individual statistics. People all are of a differing opinion of which quarterback is better. Either way, this QB class of 2004 will certainly go down as one of the best of all time. So which quarterback would you want on your team?

NFL MVP Poll Question

College Football Bowl Picks: Standings through Dec. 21

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

Three bowl games have been played, and we are all TIED.  You’ll see that we didn’t get off to a great start by the standings.

Here is how our point system works.

2 points – winner
1 point – over/under

STANDINGS:
Name – Winner, Over/Under, Total Points 

1. Craig – 1-2, 1-2, 3 pts
– David – 0-3, 3-0, 3 pts
– Greg – 1-2, 1-2, 3 pts
– Jake – 1-2, 1-2, 3 pts
– Matt – 1-2, 1-2, 3 pts
– Russell – 1-2, 1-2, 3 pts
– Tom – 1-2, 1-2, 3 pts

NOTES:
– Nobody picked Middle Tennessee State to upset Southern Mississippi last night.
– Everyone thinks Oregon State will defeat BYU tomorrow night.
– Jake is the only one to pick California over Utah for Wednesday night.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

College Football: My Bowl Predictions

By David Aneser, WSOE Sports

*Picks highlighted in bold

Date/time (all ET) Bowl Matchup
Sat., Dec. 19  2:30 p.m. New Mexico Wyoming vs. Fresno State O/U – 55
Sat., Dec. 198 p.m. St. Petersburg Rutgers vs. Central FloridaO/U – 44.5
Sun., Dec. 208 p.m. New Orleans Middle Tennessee vs. Southern MississippiO/U – 58
Tue., Dec. 228 p.m. Las Vegas Brigham Young vs. Oregon StateO/U – 60.5
Wed., Dec. 238 p.m. Poinsettia Utah vs. CaliforniaO/U – 53
Thu., Dec. 248 p.m. Hawaii SMU vs. NevadaO/U – 73
Sat., Dec. 261 p.m. Little Caesars Ohio vs. MarshallO/U – 49.5
Sat., Dec. 264 p.m. Meineke Car Care North Carolina vs. PittsburghO/U – 44.5
Sat., Dec. 268:30 p.m. Emerald Southern California vs. Boston CollegeO/U – 44.5
Sun., Dec. 278 p.m. Music City Kentucky vs. ClemsonO/U – 52.5
Mon., Dec. 285 p.m. Independence Georgia vs. Texas A&MO/U – 64.5
Tue., Dec. 294:30 p.m. EagleBank Temple vs. UCLAO/U – 46.5
Tue., Dec. 298 p.m. Champs Sports Miami (Fla.) vs. WisconsinO/U – 57.5
Wed., Dec. 304:30 p.m. Humanitarian Idaho vs. Bowling GreenO/U – 68
Wed., Dec. 308 p.m. Texas Missouri vs. NavyO/U – 52.5
Wed., Dec. 308 p.m. Holiday Arizona vs. NebraskaO/U – 40
Thu., Dec. 31Noon Armed Forces Air Force vs. HoustonO/U – 62
Thu., Dec. 31Noon Sun Stanford vs. OklahomaO/U – 56.5
Thu., Dec. 316 p.m. Insight Minnesota vs. Iowa StateO/U – 48.5
Thu., Dec. 317:30 p.m. Chick-Fil-A Virginia Tech vs. TennesseeO/U – 49.5
Fri., Jan. 111 a.m. Outback Northwestern vs. AuburnO/U – 54.5
Fri., Jan. 11 p.m. Capital One Penn State vs. LSUO/U – 44
Fri., Jan. 11 p.m. Gator Florida State vs. West VirginiaO/U – 60.5
Fri., Jan. 15 p.m. Rose Ohio State vs. OregonO/U – 51.5
 Fri., Jan. 1

8:30 p.m.

 Sugar  Florida vs. Cincinnati

O/U – 57

Sat., Jan. 2noon International South Florida vs. Northern IllinoisO/U – 50
Sat., Jan. 22 p.m. Papajohns.com South Carolina vs. ConnecticutO/U – 51.5
Sat., Jan. 22 p.m. Cotton Mississippi vs. Oklahoma StateO/U – 50.5
Sat., Jan. 25:30 p.m. Liberty East Carolina vs. ArkansasO/U – 63.5
Sat., Jan. 29 p.m. Alamo Michigan State vs. Texas TechO/U – 60.5
Mon., Jan. 48 p.m. Fiesta TCU vs. Boise StateO/U – 55
Tue., Jan. 58 p.m. Orange Georgia Tech vs. IowaO/U – 51
Wed., Jan. 67 p.m. GMAC Troy vs. Central MichiganO/U – 63.5
Thu., Jan. 78 p.m. BCS title game Alabama vs. TexasO/U – 45

Contact Information:
David Aneser
WSOE Sports
daneser@elon.edu