in town for free camps
Happy New Year's Day (Observed) to all!
I know it's early, but there's quite a bit going on today in the world of bowls, so I figured an early start might be warranted.
At noon on ESPNU, we will have the Ticketcity Bowl, featuring a 12-1 Case Keenum (Houston) versus 9-3 Penn State.
Incidentally, Ticketcity.com has tickets available for its own bowl, so if you're within an hour or so of Dallas and can get to a computer right now, there's still time!
I don't know what to really say about this - this might very well be the first time Houston has actually played a team of note this year, or at least a team that can actually mount a concerted effort on the defensive side of the ball. I have a feeling that offense might be a big part of this game, and if that is the case, Penn State is in trouble if they let even a few TDs happen, for the Nittany Lions have had trouble with offense, needless to say. You may laugh at me for this, but I picked Houston in this game - PSU defends well, but Houston scores just enough to best a usually pathetic PSU offense.
NOTE: If you do not have ESPNU, this will be on ESPN3.com as well.
Other games today:
1 PM, ABC - Outback Bowl - Michigan State versus Georgia
1 PM, ESPN - Capital One Bowl - Nebraska versus South Carolina
1 PM, ESPN2 - Urban Meyer (Gator) Bowl - Ohio (yes, that one) versus Florida
5 PM, ESPN - Rose Bowl - Wisconsin versus LaMichael James' Legs (Oregon)
8:30 PM, ESPN - Fiesta Bowl - Stanford versus Oklahoma State
...and don't forget:
Tomorrow at 8:30 PM, man....GO BLUE!
What do you guys think?
I'm thinking Brian Kelly is gone. Reasons:
1. Another 8-5 season this year. Improvement over Weis, but not good enough for ND.
2. Brian Kelly is a national joke now. Turning purple on TV all season long, taking shots at his players, not taking responsibility for poor performances, death of student filming practice, etc. All of that reflects poorly on ND.
3. Supposedly pissed off some very prominent alumni at the USF game this year. Apparently Kelly brushed them off and was very brash and rude with them and the alumni didn't take too kindly to that.
4. Most importantly, they'll be lucky to go 6-6 next season. They lose their top offensive threat in Floyd, maybe their #2 threat in Eifert, have huge QB questions, lose 3 starting OL, lose all of their starting secondary (2 CBs, 1 FS, 1 SS), lose a starting LB, lose a starting DE, lose their offensive coordinator and lose their quarterback's coach. Not the situation you want to be in when your job is on the line and you're facing a murderous schedule. They have to play at Michigan State, at Oklahoma, at Boston College and at USC. That's on top of travelling to Ireland for the season opener against Navy and travelling to Soldier Field to take on Miami. We play them in South Bend, and they also play Stanford, BYU, Pitt, and Wake Forest at home. That schedule will destroy them.
FWIW, most of the posters over at NDNation want Kelly gone after next season and think that he'll be fired. Most are also resigned to their next season just being a placeholder until they can hire a new coach.
Frankly, I love this turmoil and ineptitude at Notre Dame. It's always entertaining to watch and rejoice in.