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Old 08-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #57
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The curse of the Big 10?
In 2006 the Wisconsin Badgers went 11-1 with their only loss to Michigan who finished the season 11-1 and #3 in the BCS. Unfortunately the Badgers were left out of the BCS due to the limit of 2 teams per conference rule, as #1 Ohio State (12-0) also went to the BCS bowls.

In 2010 #9 Michigan State (11-1) was left out of the BCS bowls as #5 Wisconsin (11-1) and #6 Ohio State (11-1) both went to the BCS.

Now it 2011, the Big 10 fields three great teams again. #1 Penn State (12-0), #3 Michigan State (12-0), and #6 Illinois (10-1).

The loser of the Big 10 title game won't drop much in the standings, and if it is Penn State odds are they will stay ahead of the Fighting Illini due to their H2H victory over Illinois. The sad loser of the Big 10 season will be the one team that is ranked lowest in the final BCS poll of the season, due to the new selection procedure of taking the highest possible candidate most of the time.

Only time will tell, but at least there won't be a controversy about who deserves to be in the title game. Oh wait, there are 4 undefeated teams with 3 from BCS conferences? Darn..
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:39 PM   #58
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Championship Week Recap
ACC Florida State shocked the world as they upset #10 Virginia Tech 23-20

Big 10 #3 Michigan State won the right to their first ever BCS National Championship Game with a hard fought closer than it looks 31-21 victory over #1 Penn State

C-USA #23 Houston busted #14 Southern Miss's BCS hopes with a 28-21 OT victory.

MAC Miami (Ohio) defeated Northern Illinois 19-3 to win the MAC

PAC 12 #1 Oregon overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to win the first ever Pac 12 conference championship game 45-38 in double overtime over #21 Arizona.

SEC #15 South Carolina shocked #5 Alabama 43-17 to earn a Sugar Bowl Berth.

Final BCS Standings
NCAA Football Rankings - BCS Rankings - Updated: Dec 4, 2011
13Michigan State130
42Penn State121
916South Carolina112
1110Boise State102
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:11 PM   #59
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Bowl Outlook

BCS National Championship #2 Oregon (13-0) vs #1 Michigan State (13-0)
Rose Bowl #4 Penn State (12-1) vs #6 Stanford (11-1)
Sugar Bowl #9 South Carolina (11-2) vs USF (8-4)
Orange Bowl #24 Florida State (9-4) vs #7 Oklahoma (10-2)
Fiesta Bowl #3 Missouri (12-0) vs #11 Boise State (10-2)
Capital One Bowl #8 Alabama (11-2) vs #5 Illinois (10-1)
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State (7-5) vs #10 TCU (11-1)

Bowl Previews

#2 Oregon (13-0) gets their second straight shot at the national title while #1 Michigan State (13-0) makes their first ever BCS Bowl Appearance. Oregon appears to be the favorite, but it will be a great game no matter who wins.

While to many the true Rose Bowl is taking place as the BCS National Championship at the Sugar Bowl, this consolation warmup Rose Bowl featuring #4 Penn State (12-1) and #6 Stanford (11-1) is a very nice treat. Stanford has the edge with their passing attack, but Penn State is full of surprises, the Lions weren't even picked to win their division let alone go 12-1 this season.

#9 South Carolina (11-2) already took out what people considered the best 1 loss team of the land in Alabama, now they face arguably one of the worst conference champions this year in USF. If it's not over by the half South Carolina is doing something wrong.

#24 Florida State (9-4) will get their chance at revenge for their beat down at the hands of #7 Oklahoma (10-2) earlier this year. Oklahoma is the odds on favorite, but people said that about Virginia Tech in the ACC Title game also.

#3 Missouri (12-0) is at the middle of a dream season, and #11 Boise State (10-2) wants to play spoiler. Boise State is making their third trip to the Fiesta Bowl while Missouri is making their second, their first one was back in 1972 where they lost to Arizona State.

Boise State only made it to the BCS thanks to some kind non-AQ rules, since USF and Florida State where both AQ conference champions and ranked below #12, Boise State only had to be ranked in the top 16 and the highest ranked non AQ champion. They had an easier road than Missouri, but there is doubt about their quality since their two losses were to non AQ's #25 Nevada (10-2) and #21 Tulsa (8-4).

Missouri is the favorite, but Boise State's Kellen Moore looks to take advantage of the weak Missouri pass defense which was horribly exposed in the Border War against Kansas. If Boise State was not a non AQ, or Missouri wasn't one, then Boise State would most likely be the favorite, as Boise State has only lost 2 games when Kellen Moore has played healthy. (2008 Poinsetta Bowl, 2010 vs Nevada).

In the high lite of the non BCS bowl season, #8 Alabama (11-2) and #5 Illinois (10-1) face off in a classic SEC vs Big 10 battle, but it is also a highly featured bowl where both teams are ranked higher than a BCS bowl (Sugar Bowl). Alabama would have went to the Sugar had they not dropped the SEC Title game, Illinois only lost to Penn State all year, but due to that and being the 3rd big 10 team in the top 5, they are not allowed into the BCS Bowls this year.

Alabama looks to make up for their loss to South Carolina, but Illinois looks like the favorite as Alabama's offense appears soft.

For the fourth straight year TCU finished in the top 11 of the BCS rankings, and for the second time of those four they aren't going to the BCS. Their only loss was to Boise State, who is actually the only team to defeat TCU since 2008. (Boise beat TCU in January 2010, and also in the 2011 regular season), and they finished higher in the BCS than Boise but due to the non AQ conference champion rules, Boise State gets to go to the Fiesta Bowl and TCU has to return to the Maaco Las Vegas bowl, where they face Arizona State (7-5). TCU is the huge favorite, but Arizona State played a stacked schedule against #2 Oregon, #3 Missouri, #22 Arizona, #5 Illinois, and Utah (9-3).

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Old 08-09-2011, 07:21 PM   #60
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MWC granted temporarily exempt status
Thanks to the efforts of the TCU Horne Frogs and the Boise State Broncos, the MWC has earned itself an exemption granted by the BCS to be an AQ conference for the 2012 and 2013 bowl seasons. While the loss of the TCU was a concern, the addition of Nevada and Hawaii and Fresno State seemed to offense the balance as in a unanimous vote the BCS committee made the MWC the 7th AQ conference.

The MWC was desired by the Fiesta Bowl, but surprisingly the Orange Bowl also wanted a piece of the action. The only bowl to not want anything to do with the MWC? The Sugar Bowl. Apparently a SEC vs MWC matchup is not desired, although nobody can blame the SEC after Boise State took care of their pride and joy Georgia earlier this year.

The MWC bid will be an at large, much like the Big East's, who keeps their BCS status until 2013 when all conferences will be reviewed again.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:35 PM   #61
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Conference realignment
Despite stories and rumors, the deadlines came and went and the only moves for 2012 will be TCU to the Big East, and Hawaii/Nevada/Fresno, the WAC co-champions, to the MWC.

Texas, Texas A&M, and others appear to still be talking to other conferences, but the real team to consider plucking for the Big XII appears to be the unappreciated Missouri Tigers. If the MWC could pluck the Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks, especially now that they have BCS status, one must wonder if the MWC would be the 3rd or 4th best conference in the nation.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:36 PM   #62
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I will play the Fiesta Bowl tonight. Moore scares me, I hope I can get some stops or else this game is gonna be worse for my heart than KU/MU was
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Another Classic Fiesta Bowl
Talk about the Fiesta Bowl and everyone has two classic memories. The 2003 double overtime national championship game between Ohio State and Miami, and the 2007 overtime matchup between Boise State and Oklahoma won by a two point conversion.

Well the 2012 version might not be as ground breaking as those two magnificent upsets, but it lived up to the hype.

Boise State, the first non AQ to make three BCS Bowl games, and also the first to make a BCS bowl game with a loss, came in feeling destined to go 3-0 in the BCS Bowl games, against Missouri who was making it's BCS debut.

The first quarter was all defense, until James Franklin nailed a 18 yard bullet to J. Jackson for a 18 yard TD to put MU up 7-0 with 42 seconds left in the first.

Missouri harassed Kellen Moore all day

MU followed up with a field goal to start the second quarter, but Boise State responded like they always do. Kellen Moore completed a beautiful 40 yard pass to T. Shoemaker in the endzone to make it 10-7.

Shoemaker's beautiful TD catch to put Boise on the board

With no time left on the clock at the end of the second quarter, Kellen Moore threw a hail mary that was caught by M. Burroughs to put Boise State up 14-10 at the half.

Boise State and Missouri traded TD's in the third, but the difference was M. Frisina's 50yd FG and Boise State took a 24-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

With all eyes on them, Missouri tied the game on a 4 yard catch by Wes Kemp with just over 4 minutes left in the game. TJ. Moe added to the score later on a 50 yard option rush to make it 31-24 MU with just 2:14 left in the game.

Kellen Moore marched his team down the field to tie the game with 1:14 left, but Missouri's James Franklin did the same and put Missouri on top 38-31 with just 0:28 left.

Then at the end of the game, T. Shoemaker hauled in a 25 yard pass and Boise State nailed the PAT to make it 38-38, overtime for the 3rd time in Fiesta Bowl history.

Missouri took possession first, and relied on G. Ressel's foot to make it 41-38 when he sank a 47 yarder.
Bosie State took possession next, and went for the home run. Kellen Moore launched it deep, but it was picked off by M. White, who just went down and Missouri defeated Boise State 41-38 in overtime to win their first ever BCS Bowl and finished undefeated for the first time ever.

M. White saves the day for Missouri, picking off Kellen Moore

Jan 1, 2012 - MU at BSU
#3 Missouri (12-0)73721341
#11 Boise State (10-2)0141014038
Team Stats Comparison
457Total Offense485
170Rushing Yards59
287Passing Yards426
20First Downs18
Scoring Summary
0:42(MU) J. Jackson 18 yard TD reception from J. Franklin (PAT)70
4:49(MU) G. Ressel 48 yard FG100
4:25(BSU) T. Shoemaker 40 yard TD reception from K. Moore (PAT)107
0:00(BSU) M. Burroughs 53 yard TD reception from K. Moore (PAT)1014
4:32(BSU) M. Frisina 50 yard FG1017
2:02(MU) D. Moore 2 yard rush TD (PAT)1717
0:23(BSU) M. Burroughs 23 yard TD reception from K. Moore (PAT)1724
4:00(MU) W. Kemp 4 yard TD reception from J. Franklin (PAT)2424
2:14(MU) TJ Moe 50 yard rush TD (PAT)3124
1:27(BSU) M. Burroughs 25 yard TD reception from K. Moore (PAT)3131
0:28(MU) J. Jackson 24 yard TD catch from J. Franklin (PAT)3831
0:00(BSU) T. Shoemaker 29 yard TD reception from K. Moore (PAT)3838
------(MU) G. Ressel 47 yard FG4138

Missouri POTG: James Franklin 28/40, 287 yards, 3 TD.
T. Ruth: 14 pancakes, 0 sacks

Boise State POTG: Kellen Moore 15/21, 412 yards, 5 TD, 1 Int
M. Burroughs 8 catches for 168 yards and 3 TD

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Old 08-10-2011, 05:20 PM   #64
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BCS Bowl Results
BCS NC: #2 Oregon defeated #1 Michigan State 40-37 in OT
Fiesta Bowl: #3 Missouri defeated #11 Boise State 41-38 in OT
Sugar Bowl: #9 South Carolina defeated USF 31-20
Rose Bowl: #6 Stanford throttled #4 Penn State 45-10
Orange Bowl: #24 Florida State got revenge over the #7 Oklahoma Sooners 46-30
Capital One Bowl: #5 Illinois proved their merit over #8 Alabama 44-3
Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State toppled overrated #10 TCU 27-3

Final Coaches Poll of the Year
NCAA Football Rankings - Coaches Poll - Updated: Jan 10, 2012
41Michigan State131
64Penn State122
711South Carolina122
910Boise State103

Oregon was also voted the AP Champion with 45 votes, Missouri finished 2nd and received 20 votes for 1st place

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