Week 2 opponent Air Force takes on Rice.
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
All respect to the cadets, but this bowl pits 6-6 air force against 6-6 rice. Nobody should watch this abomination of a bowl game.
Beat the Owls!
Also, Sam Mcguffie is a wide receiver for Rice.
It's more annoying to me to see yet another bowl game being a home game for someone. I wouldn't mind the B1G and Midwest teams always playing 1000 miles away if the other team wasn't playing in their home state more often than not.
The small bowl games wouldn't exist without it. B10 teams get screwed more often because we all travel so well, whereas other teams need to be close to home for fans to show.
Typically it doesn't matter too much, but since bowl game performance and other periferal things like recruiting class rankings play such a big role in team rankings in the preseason and on I wish there was some token effort made for parity and fairness in location for the major bowls.
I believe Delany proposed "home" games to the higher seed in the new playoff format in the sense that the highest local bidder would get it. So, IIRC, if Michigan happened to be a 2 seed and played a 3 or 4 the game would be played as close to AA as possible going to the best venue/bid ratio. At one point I think he outright proposed the higher seed play at home. This is all I really want in a CFB postseason, be it a BCS/Bowl system or playoff/Bowl system. It really just comes down to fairness for me as all the majors are either in the weather of a "cold weather school" opponent or in their area and indoors, still essentially making it a home game. Sometimes both when you have a team like UCLA make the Rose Bowl. I've always argued that no playoff is even needed if you just did away with pre-season polls. Don't reward teams for past efforts and assumption. Wait until a determined week or amount of games played by all and then vote/rank. This keeps a trash team like USC from still hanging around the top 10 with 2 losses by week 6, etc. Then, keep the old bowls all you want but have the title game played in home stadium of the top team. If a Bama is #1, you play in the decent weather of the south. If a Michigan, nd, osu, etc is #1 you actually force a warm weather school to play a game of meaning in cold weather for the first time in history. It only seems fair to me but that's my rant. Just have a love/hate thing with the Rose Bowl. UCLA and usc can ride bikes to the game and any B10 school has a cross country trip and timezone issue to deal with before the ball is snapped.
The small bowl games wouldn't exist without it.
All the more reason not to do it. We don't need more than about 25 or so bowls, tops.
But the host cities like the economic boost bowls bring, especially in the current climate.
The Pizza Pizza bowl doesn't draw huge crowds, but it still means a lot more people in downtown Detroit the day after Christmas than there would otherwise be.
It seemed unusual when I first heard Beth Mowins do a game, but she actually is well prepared and seems to do all of the pregame interviews that give her items to fill in as the broadcast progresses.
I would rather hear her on a broadcast than someone like Matt Millen, who I KNOW is a idiot.
A better example of a good, well informed female announcer would have been Doris Burke. She is tremendous.
Beth Mowins on the other hand is horrible. Absolutely dreadful. I actually tuned into this game at 11:45 and then immediately switched the channel because I heard Mowins doing the intro. I have no more interest in watching the game. She is that bad.
I can see why Air Force does not want to pass.
Also, two former opponents in bball are going at it, with WMU currently giving NC State all it can handle in Raleigh. The Wolfpack D, as we saw in A2, sucks.
I don't mean to thread jack, but if this game isn't cutting it for you, tune into the Duke-Santa Clara game. Santa Clara is hanging tough with Duke and is only down by 2 at the half.
I doubt Duke loses this game at home, but if Santa Clara somehow pulls through, Michigan should vault up to #1. Hey, we can dream can't we?
Already a thread on the afternoon basketball games.
Well, at least two teams who suck are evenly balanced, so the game is competitive. 14-7 AF at the half.
How can the economy suck so badly when so many mediocre football programs get so many awful-looking uniforms for so many lower-tiered bowl appearances?
Those air force uniforms aren't new. And they look great.
They wore them for Navy and I like them too.
Duke is not playing well at all against a clutzy Santa Clara team.
It's taken me a half to notice all of Air Force's names on their jerseys are names of planes.
The Air Force players look like my nephew's Lego space fighter guys.
I'm still mad Minnesota lost.
On 3rd and 11? Do you even have any plays without the play action?
Air Forces O coordinator seems to have had a Borges day, they have non play action plays but he seems to have forgotten them.(which sucks because Blaine Morgan is a classmate of mine)
Going to courthouse Monday to legally change last name to F-22 Raptor (or maybe C-17 Globemaster III).
Pretty sure he never uses his mouth guard.
by our old friend Sam McGuffie. Just became the first player ever to gain 1000 rushing and receiving in a career. Good for him.
Congrats Sam! First Rice Owl to get 1000 rushing and 1000 receiving in their career.
Nice to see him rebound after last season where he didn't play much due to injury. Guy got a lot of hate (unjustified) when he transferred, nice to see him do well.
I don't remember him getting much hate at all. Most people were understanding of his situation.
It comes and it goes.
So, in summary a nice 48-yard run where the defense momentarily forgot about the tight end, pass incomplete, pass incomplete and then a short rush for six. Result: field goal. Why could that drive describe anyone of dozens in the games played to date this bowl season?
I think Louis C.K is Rice's football coach.
but it still doesn't inspire confidence in me to know that AF put up 422 yards and 25 points on us in our own stadium, when all they could manage against a 6-6 Rice team was 214 total yards and 14 points.
so many things change during the course of a season, the comparison is irrelevant. Do you think they would put up 422 on us today? Of course not. Notre Dame didnt come close to that lind of yardage against us. Does that mean that AF has a better offense than ND?
Air Force has been a total Jekyll and Hude outfit this season. Today the evil offense showed up, I wouldn't read anything else into it.