Saturday College Football Open Thread

Last night, I made an "investment" that there would be less than 70 total points scored in the Oklahoma State-Iowa State game. I've been "investing" on Okla State all year but the line was 28 on the road, so I laid off. On my mind was the news earlier in the day that Oklahoma St.'s head woman's basketball coach and his assistant had died in a plane crash. I was thinking if it is on my mind, I imagine it was on the mind of the Okla St. athletes.

Okla. St., who was positioned to play in the BCS championship game if they could beat Oklahoma at the end of the season, lost in 2OT to Iowa State last night. The BCS is yet again in disarray. We need only one more occurrence to make it perfect chaos - LSU losing to Arkansas. Then you would have 3 one loss SEC West teams. There should be a playoff, and the players should be paid with the windfall.

Here are my picks today - Missouri -18 over Texas Tech, Cal +19 over Stanford (3 units), Miami (Fla) -1 over South Florida, Cinn. -3 over Rutgers, Oregon -15 over USC (3 units), Ohio State -7 over Penn State (3 units), Tennessee +1 over Vandy (2 units), BC +25 over Notre Dame (2 units), Florida State -17 over Virginia (2 units), Texas A&M -31 over Kansas (2 units)

5pm update - forgot the best bet - Oklahoma (-16) over Baylor (10 units). Game is tonight.

Open Thread.

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    I'm rather proud of my team's performance (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Farmboy on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 09:53:32 AM EST
    last night. They had no chance of winning, according to the experts.Heck, there were folks wondering if ISU could even beat the spread. This isn't a surprise, since from the beginning of the season sports people have been suggesting that if the Big 12 folds, Iowa State belongs in a conference like the Missouri Valley or North Central, because they can't compete against BCS teams.

    However, just like they did in earlier games this year against teams they had no chance of beating - teams like Iowa, UConn, and Texas Tech - Coach Rhoad's guys wouldn't give up. Despite many mistakes, in play after play they just kept working until it was all over and they were on top.

    Last night's victory also means that the Cyclones are bowl bound for the seventh time since 2000. Not too shabby for a "mediocre" team.

    Okay I'll grant you (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by brodie on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:43:17 AM EST
    that since they beat the #2 team (even if very overrated) and since they are now at 6-4 with wins over Iowa and UConn they qualify for an upgrade from mediocre.  And ISU did show true grit in coming from well behind to beat the Cowboys.

    Way to go Clones! (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:24:06 PM EST
    No doubt there was a hot time in Campustown last night.

    That win will make my ISU grad brother happy.  Hopefully it gives him something else to gloat about besides the Iowa game!  Glad for Coach Rhoads too.  His Dad was our FB coach in HS and Paul used to hang out on the sidelines on Friday nights.  

    I wouldn't count that bowl yet--they may be bowl eligible but nothing is certain until those invitations go out.  Can't decide how I would feel about rematch of the (real) Corn Bowl.  


    There'll be a rematch - (none / 0) (#31)
    by Farmboy on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:05:24 PM EST
    on Sept. 8th, 2012. Until then, be well! ;-)

    My brother is a usually-laconic ISU (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:19:03 AM EST
    grad.  But he e-mailed this was the event of a decade.  

    I am proud for you and (none / 0) (#15)
    by Amiss on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 02:54:58 PM EST
    I would bet your brother is flying high. I don't know much about football outside of Fla and FSU, but I just dont like Oklahoma, dunno why either.

    Well, I have some happy news to share: (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Anne on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 07:30:30 PM EST
    my daughter's boyfriend is asking her to marry him tonight!

    They've been together for almost 5 years, been saving madly to buy a house, and marriage was always the plan, but he didn't want to formally ask until he could put a nice ring on her finger.

    Well, last week, he won $10,000 in the PowerBall lottery, and while he is setting some of it aside for the house fund, he went out and bought a gorgeous ring, and he will ask her at dinner tonight.

    She has no idea, and my husband and I have been struggling mightily to keep the secret.

    He's a fine and decent young man, who loves my daughter dearly; they've been living with us for the last 2 years while they've been saving, and I can honestly say that I love my future son-in-law as if he were my own son.

    Cheers, everybody!

    Congratulations (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by Zorba on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 07:35:30 PM EST
    to all!

    And cheers to you all! (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by christinep on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 09:17:11 PM EST
    What wonderful tidings to have & to share.  One thing about weddings and new beginnings...as with a new baby and all new love, everyone smiles to hear the news. The promise it embodies is a message about hope for all of us. Thank you for telling the happy news.

    What good news. (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by caseyOR on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:45:24 PM EST
    Congratulations to the young couple. Starting a life together, becoming family, is such a hopeful thing to do.

    Thanks, everybody! (none / 0) (#29)
    by Anne on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:58:44 PM EST
    I was hoping to be able to stay up to see the ring on her finger, but I think I have to call it a night!

    Hope you are right (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 08:22:04 AM EST
    about UT. A loss to Vandy would result in another coaching change, or at least some loud demands. And that does not help recruiting.

    Sorta glad OSU lost to (none / 0) (#2)
    by brodie on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 09:17:25 AM EST
    a fairly mediocre ISU team as it exposed them for the overrated team they are and so probably put to bed their championship game hopes.  The Cowboys didn't strike me as #2 caliber except for some occasional brilliance from their QB and top receiver Blackmon.  I think there are 3 PAC-12 teams which are easily better (Ducks, SoCal and Stanford) along with Boise.

    The Ducks can improve their chances for a rematch with LSU with a thumping of SC today though I think that's unlikely unless it rains.  The Trojans are much better on defense against the run this year and QB Barkley is more confident and consistent.  Could be a great game.

    Stanford (none / 0) (#11)
    by womanwarrior on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:57:22 PM EST
    Yeah, and why don't you think Stanford can bounce back to beat Cal, BTD?

    They can (none / 0) (#13)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 02:24:08 PM EST
    I think by less than 19 though.

    Still haven't learned (none / 0) (#16)
    by rdandrea on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 05:40:52 PM EST
    to take the points when betting on a Penn State game.

    You will someday.


    I bet them last week (none / 0) (#17)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 06:00:47 PM EST
    Expected a letdown frankly.

    Where is your boy Urban... (none / 0) (#24)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 09:29:28 PM EST
    going to end-up?  I heard on the interwebs that he recently bought property in State College.  Boy, that would really p.o. those Ohio Staters.  

    Ohio State (none / 0) (#30)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 09:20:50 AM EST
    Agree with Chris Matthews pt 2: (none / 0) (#4)
    by brodie on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:34:54 AM EST
    Today on Katarina Witt's msnbc show, Chris, formerly the "thrill up my leg" guy, made a couple of interesting comments about Obama:

    1.  Starting with his massively attended inauguration O seemed to consciously want to distance himself from his enthusiastic base, both in the words of the speech and in the tone.

    2.  O and Michelle don't seem to enjoy being president and First Lady or life in the White House, certainly not to the extent JFK and his wife and Clinton and Hillary did.

    Matthews also repeated a theme he's made before, that O doesn't seem to want to cultivate political contacts -- should- be strong congressional allies rarely or never get phone calls from Obama.  Sounds uncomfortably Carteresque and credible.

    I'm beginning to be a firm believer in the Psychic Twins (my go-to experts) prediction that O is going to be a one termer.

    Pres. Obama doesn't look all that (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:22:24 AM EST
    comfy outside of the WH: Washington Post

    any Scoobty Doo fans? (none / 0) (#7)
    by Capt Howdy on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:19:04 AM EST
    I know (none / 0) (#9)
    by Capt Howdy on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:33:16 AM EST
    its a lot.  just fishing

    LAT re LASO Natalie Wood/media: (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:14:38 PM EST

    Kotaro Kato, a reporter for Japan's Nippon TV, said he was covering the event not because of Wood's celebrity but because other media outlets were covering the event. "In Japan, Natalie Wood is not so popular," Kato said. "But I think people may be interested because the story is catching such fire in the U.S."

    I think this Captain (none / 0) (#14)
    by Amiss on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 02:51:35 PM EST
    is looking for another 15 minutes and most of the folks around here do as well. He lives in St. Augustine and I think he just got bored.

    Michigan beats Nebraska. Next up: OSU. (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 02:00:03 PM EST

    I have not been able to get Corrente to (none / 0) (#18)
    by caseyOR on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 06:29:52 PM EST
    load for the last two days. Is anyone else having this trouble?

    Strange (none / 0) (#21)
    by Zorba on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 07:37:11 PM EST
    I can't get there, either, casey.

    Oregon goes down to USC. (none / 0) (#26)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:40:09 PM EST
    Wide left.  

    Baylor up 8 on Oklahoma with 3 minutes left.

    University Nebraska-Lincoln gets creamed by Michigan.  Ohio State loses to PSU.  The Hawkeyes finally get a road win against our (conference appointed) most hated rival.  

    Quite a day--starting off with Coach Corso letting the f-bomb fly on College Game Day.  

    Oklahoma coach (none / 0) (#28)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:00:07 PM EST
    outsmarts himself.

    Baylor wants to go overtime. Oklahoma calls timeout. Baylor scores a touchdown with the time Oklahoma saves them.