Second Round of Playoffs – USC vs. Alabama

The Tide could be rolling in on the team from Southern California.  This matchup pits two vaunted defenses against two workman like offenses.  USC’s offense has shown sparks of brilliance followed by shades of ineptness, while Alabama has relied on a strong running game to pound their opponents into submission.  Look for a low scoring affair with a slight advantage going to the home team Crimson Tide.

Alabama

Record: 13-1

Points per Game Margin (points for minus points against): +18.15

Most Points Scored in a Game: 49

Most Points Allowed in a Game: 31

RPI Power Ranking: 9

Conference Champion: No

USC

Record: 12-1

Points per Game Margin (points for minus points against): +29.75

Most Points Scored in a Game: 69

Most Points Allowed in a Game: 27

RPI Power Ranking: 8

Conference Champion: Yes

ALABAMA WINS!!!!!!

Voting Closes on December 28, 2008

Second Round of Playoffs – Texas vs. Utah

The second game of the second round has no real surprises as far as the matchup goes. Texas is set to take on Utah. A one-beaten against an unbeaten. Look for a the Utes to keep the ball out of Colt McCoy’s hands. The advantage goes slightly to the Longhorns, but no one would be surprised if Utah pulls out a win.

Texas

Record: 12-1

Points per Game Margin (points for minus points against): +25.32

Most Points Scored in a Game: 56

Most Points Allowed in a Game: 39

RPI Power Ranking: 1

Conference Champion: No

Utah

Record: 13-0

Points per Game Margin (points for minus points against): +20.16

Most Points Scored in a Game: 63

Most Points Allowed in a Game: 28

RPI Power Ranking: 4

Conference Champion: Yes

TEXAS WINS!!!!!!

Voting closes on 12/27/2008

Second Round of Playoffs – Penn State vs. Buffalo

The second round is here and we have at least one unexpected participant. The story of the playoffs is the Buffalo Bulls. They thrashed the Oklahoma Sooners in the first round and are ready to tame the Penn State Nittnay Lions. Do they still have the magic? Can Turner Gill rally his troops and get them to play over the heads again? It’s the new guard versus the old in this one.

Buffalo

Record: 9-5

Points per Game Margin (points for minus points against): +1.7

Most Points Scored in a Game: 43

Most Points Allowed in a Game: 42

RPI Power Ranking: 53

Conference Champion: Yes

Penn State

Record: 12-1

Points per Game Margin (points for minus points against): +27.75

Most Points Scored in a Game: 66

Most Points Allowed in a Game: 24

RPI Power Ranking: 6

Conference Champion: yes

BUFFALO WINS!!!!!!

Voting Closes on December 27, 2008

Ohio State Advances

Ohio State Trounce the Red Raiders!

Ohio State Trounces the Red Raiders!

The Buckeyes looked painfully ineffective in the first half of their playoff matchup against Texas Tech, but something got into them in the second half. They opened up the offense and stifled the Red Raiders. They won in impressive fashion. Final score is 38-21. The Florida Gators are next up for the Buckeyes.

Playoff Schedule

The second round of the playoffs starts tomorrow.  I will be posting two games tomorrow and two games on Wednesday.  I’m going to make it a little harder to win to try to simulate a real playoff.  Each game will be open for just four days of voting as oppossed to seven.  In round three it will be two days of voting and then for the championship it will be one day of voting.  So you have to be focused if you want to win.

Gators Win

Gators Chomp Trojans

Gators Chomp Trojans

Score: 55-14

The Trojans from Troy were no match for Tim Tebow and the mighty Florida Gators (or is that the Florida Gators and the mighty Tim Tebow).  It was a contest early on, but the other Gators decided to start playing just for the heck of it, and they game quickly got out of hand.  The SEC champs now await the winner of the Ohio State/Texas Tech game.  

Alabama and USC Advance to Second Round

Tide Rolls into Second Round of Playoffs

Tide Rolls into Second Round of Playoffs

 

 

 

Alabama needed two overtimes and a blocked extra point to win over Virginia Tech, 38-37.  An impressive flurry of scoring put Virginia Tech ahead going into the fourth quarter, but Bama pulled some offensive magic of their own in the final three minutes.  Both defenses buckled down and made the other team earn every inch of the 25 yards needed to score in the first overtime. The second overtime saw Alabama score first with one-handed touchdown pass.  The extra point was tacked on, and then came Tech.  A run off left tackle for 25 yards and a score looked like the game was headed for a third overtime, but a bad snap from center on the extra point, gave Alabama’s ends enough time to break through and block the kick.  Game over.  The Tide will play today’s winner, USC.     

Trojans Smother Bearcats

Trojans Smother Bearcats

 

 The USC/Cincinnati game appeared like it would be a blow out on paper, and appearances didn’t lie in this case.   Cincinnati’s only points came on a snap that flew over USC’s punters head and out the back of the end zone.   Ugly does not begin to describe the magnitude of the Bearcats ineptness in this game.  It’s hard to find anything positive to say when the final score is 72-2.  The Trojans played everyone on their roster.  The starters were on the bench by halftime.  They are well rested for their matchup against the Crimson Tide.