Si, Al puede hablar dos lenguas: basquetbol y futbol Americano.
Well, the college football bowl season really caught me napping. I had no idea that so many bowl games were played before Christmas day. There used to be just one or two, back in the day. Fortunately, I just noticed that the three bowl games that have been played did not feature ranked teams, so I can breathe a sigh of relief, because my plan was only to predict games with ranked teams. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I also ran out of time yesterday and didn’t have a chance to predict the two men’s college basketball games that were played last night, not that anyone should have needed a crystal ball to predict those outcomes. A big congratulations to Kentucky for their 2000th win, by the way. As a Tar Heel fan, I’m seething with jealousy and can only hope that we reach 3000 before Kentucky does.
So, today I have my first ever “bilingual” predictions post. By “bilingual,” I don’t mean that I’ll be providing a Spanish version (sorry, Jose) but that I’ll be predicting basketball games and football games in this post. By the way, what the heck is Georgia Tech doing playing basketball right now? They need to realize that sometimes I can’t write until after lunch. Needless to say, by the time I finish this post, their game with Kennesaw State will be over, dammit. So, I won’t be calling that one.
With this slighly dissatisfying state of affairs, I’ll get right down to business.
The Broken Down Car Bowl is tonight in Las Vegas
Tonight’s Bowl Game: Maaco Bowl, Los Vegas
No. 18 Oregon State vs. No. 14 Brigham Young. I just want to go on record that I think naming bowls after their sponsors is one of the worst ideas ever. Who wants to play in a bowl named after spark plugs or a tire? And, sorry Chik-Fil-A, but there were peaches in Georgia years before you opened your fundamentalist churches restaurants in Atlanta. Anyway, I digress.
If you compare records, it would look like Oregon State, with four losses, doesn’t have a chance. However, this is one of those rare times when I have to go with the Pac 10 team because they’re a Pac 10 team. Sure, Brigham Young beat Oklahoma and Utah, but Oklahoma turned out to be way overrated. Brigham Young also lost to Florida State and, frankly, I don’t see where Oregon State would ever have done that.
Tonight’s Men’s Basketball Games
California at No. 1 Kansas
. This could be a very good game. Although I’m
This Marshall is the stuff of Al's UNC basketball nightmares
still a believer that Kansas deserves its No. 1 ranking in the weakest college basketball year ever*, they aren’t infallible. I think California can hang with them for about 35 minutes, but then Kansas will put it away.
No. 9 Michigan State at No. 2 Texas. I’m hoping to participate in the live blog for this one, so everyone will have a chance to make me eat these words, but I just don’t think this game will be that close or that exciting. The top 2 teams in the Big 12 are just way better than the top 2 teams in the Big 10 this year. Sorry, Mr. Sensei, but that’s how I see it.
SIU-Edwardsville vs. No. 4 Purdue. It’s amazing to me, a native of North Carolina, that SIU needs two campuses. To me, that would be like ECU-New Bern or WCU-Blowing Rock. Anyway, the Boilermakers will win this one easily.
Marshall at No. 10 North Carolina. I had a nightmare last night that a team called Crenshaw beat UNC. Yes, my mind is just full of really weird associations. I just hope that it was nothing but a bad dream.
Maine at No. 11 Connecticut. The Black Bears vs. the Huskies–now there’s a nice wintry mascot match up. However, I think that the Huskies are a little faster than the Black Bears and this should be an easy one for them.
No. 16 Butler at UAB. Sorry, ESPN, but I just can’t jump on your Butler bandwagon. You pimp them every year and it’s getting tiresome. I’m picking UAB for the “upset” here.
Cleveland State at No 17 Ohio State. Saturday, Cleveland State surprised me by only losing to WVU by 2 points. It still doesn’t stop me from picking Ohio State, though.
South Alabama at No. 18 Florida. Dammit Florida, you couldn’t “chomp” the Spiders? Jose was right about you. I’m giving you one more chance by predicting that you’ll beat the Jaguars and after that, if you don’t win, I’m going to taunt you mercilessly for the rest of the season.
Texas A&M at No. 19 Washington. This is anybody’s game. The teams are pretty evenly matched. My deal is that I’ve yet to see Washington play more than one or two great games a year. Most of the time, they seem to show up and go through the motions. I think this will be one of those games.
Southern Methodist vs. No. 20 UNLV. It’s interesting that they scheduled a UNLV basketball game on the same day the Las Vegas Maaco Bowl is being played. Good thing it’s not being played there. SMU is doing pretty well this year, but so is UNLV. I think they’ll take this one over in the second half and win.
Western Carolina at No. 23 Clemson. Wow, WCU has won a lot more games than I thought they had. I don’t think they’re a match for Clemson at home, though.
Well, there you have my first bilingual post. As one of the basketball fans I admire most in the world would say, “Some great action tonight. T.T.Y.L.”
*This statement does not necessarily reflect Al’s opinion but rather those who remember what young, silly KU fans said about 2008-2009.