Bowl Games Opening Day Open Thread: New Mexico* Bowl and Potato* Bowl
The Arizona jerseys today are beyond hideous:
Helmets don't even match.
If the players were not wearing helmets I would think that was a picture of some Illinois players.
I have nevada & utah state winning.
Utah State & the best QB name west of the Mississippi, Chucky Keaton win 31-23.
This sounds extremely odd, but defense wins games and Arizona actually has a better and more explosive defense than Nevada.
Arizona 42 Nevada 41
I think it's odd that you're predicting defense to be deciding factor in a game where you're predicting 80+ points being scored.
LOL at using Arizona and "explosive defense" in the same sentence. This defense makes our 2010 defense look good.
Not calling the Nevada offense the pistol today? Ok, that's a little overboard.
I like football games where I can enjoy what happens no matter what. So little stress.
TD Nevada, this is going to be a shootout folks.
would think nevada is a good matchup for them as the 3-3-5 is specifically designed to stop the spread right?
"Hey guys, let's set up a bowl in the most glamorous tourist spot we can think of. Maybe a T-shirt company will sponsor." -New Mexico Bowl coordinators
Nevada pushing around a PAC 12 team up front.
The more I watch Arizona this year the more convinced I am that IF Jeff Castel had come with Rich to Michigan as originally planned our record would've looked something like this during his tenure:
Horrific defense, inept special teams and turnovers are Arizona's calling card this year. Just like we used to be. And there is one constant between Arizona and Michigan and it aint the defensive coordinator.
playing ten yards off every play. I'll never understand that.
Yeah, but it's a sample size of one season. Casteel also won two BCS bowls as a DC and had a top 5 D in the nation in 2007.
Don't blow it for me Rich
Probably a bad decision on my part
Gator Bowl flashbacks!!!!! AHHHHHHHH
Truly unbelievable. I will never understand how Rich Rodriguez's teams fumble this much. It can't just be coincidence at this point.
Agreed. Turnovers are most definitely NOT random.
with red facemasks = no good.
Glad I only put one confidence point on Arizona.
lol, Scott is not a better fit than Denard or Pat White for the RR offense
Dumb comment by the announcer.
I've seen high schools with nicer stadiums then that place. Saline's Hornet Stadium is nicer.
I thought, hey--it'll be fun to watch this, see how things are cooking for ol Rich Rod. Watched a couple of plays of them getting outrun on D and saw the sour look on his face and thought: I am very out of here.
Starting to wonder why Arizona was an 8 point favorite in Vegas. That's what I get for basing my bowl selections on Vegas odds, I guess.
It was up to 9.5 by yesterday.
That looks familiar
Tony Gibson is the worst db coach ever. He sucks. I have no idea how he maintains a job at any level.
He is best buds with RR
RR's team throwing punches at each other now....
Classy moves on the sideline.
For fighting with their own team?
It's actually accounted for in hockey rulebooks (misconducts for each, but you have to leave one on the bench and trust/watch to see that he won't get played).
yeah, that was all kinds of disturbing
I loved Rich and defended him right up until his situation became untenable, but the lack of discipline seems to be a recurring problem for his teams.
We have a ball game now.
in the Gildan no defense bowl.
Football was so much more enjoyable to watch back in the days when we didn't waste 5 minutes reviewing plays to put it down on the 1 inch line. Instant replay really has become a bit much.
Come on. Lets see if we can top 100 points in this game...
I think that it was very gracious of Nevada to actually nearly aid Scott in getting a touchdown - you cannot beat that sort of selfless sportsmanship....*shuffles papers*....lack of good blocking.
In any case, the Wolf Pack and the Wildcats are now tied 21-21 with about 10 minutes left in the first half...I mean, second quarter.
The sideline reporting is not.
It's so cute when Arizona attempts to load the box.
That's exactly how we used to look. I Brett Bielema was laughing his ass off when we did that.
Is it just me or is spotting the ball extremely sketchy this year? How was the a first down without even measuring? And don't get me started on the NW game this year.
Also, tackle someone. Anyone.
Zona ties it back up at 28. These teams could combine for 100 points by the end of regulation.
Yeah, Arizona's RB is pretty good
Nevada cheerleaders are sure good lookin' and have some nice moves.
Wow! I would love to see a game breaker like this in Ann Arbor at RB in the future!
Yeah with Casteel Rich Rod will actually have a competent defense...they said
The announcers are talking about fake punts. That requires the defense to force a punt.
Nevada easily converts on 4th and 1. I am thoroughly amused and entertained by this game.
Refs missed a REALLY bad hold on the QB draw before. D-line got tackled from behind
One would think these defenses would be more used to seeing a running QB. That move appears to be Kryptonite so far.
31-28 Nevada at the half.
Holy cow, a field goal attempt. I bet they fake
I am SO happy to not have that tire fire of a defense anymore. Watching this game makes me even more thankful we have Mattison and Hoke who preach the basics. The tackling in this game has been just awful.
I feel like he nailed it when he said that watching the first half was like, "watching flag football." Thank God for Mattison and company!
Looks like Illinois 2010. So glad we rid ourselves of this crap.
OT, but listening to SVP talk about the dissolution of the Big East brought up a question for me: Why do schools (in this case Nova) not want other schools in their city/state (in this case St. Joes) in their conference? It seems like it would be a great rivalry. And it just seems like it wouldn't make a significant difference in recruiting, especially in basketball where any team can win the title or at least make the final four regardless of conference affiliation.
from a C-7 perspective, it would hurt their attempts at a TV deal
If they added Xavier, St. Joes, and someone else, wouldn't the conference be good enough and spread out enough to justify a TV deal that brings in a lot of markets?
Wow did that Nevada play look familiar. I thought Roy Roundtree had that copyrighted.
Believe it or not, but Arizona's pass defense has actually improved from last year: 119 to 116 in the nation.
32 first downs halfway through the 3rd...that is incredible
Watchin some really horrible Arizona D, ah, the memories....
if only we'd had casteel!
NCAA first down record in 3...2....1....
So at this point in which I'm writing, Nevada has run 75 plays and had 32 first downs. They're getting a first down on 42% of their plays and scored on 4 of those plays. Wow
I feel sick watching this. Too much offensive sugar, not enough defensive batter.
I was a moran for picking Rich Rod's team over a Nevada team that is usually coached pretty well. Their coach has been their a long ass time.
Three down linemen.
Everyone knows Mike Stoops left the cupboard bare . . .
While this is a good zinger, you probably aren't wrong. Arizona football isn't typically a paragon of talent. And Tony Gibson automatically negates any talent you have. On the whole team. He's that bad.
I mean it's not like Arizona was a powerhouse last year. This team was 110 in the nation last year and they don't have Mattison this year. What else were people expecting.
But they do have the almighty Jeff Casteel!...
Butler!! Feisty goats they are.
Are they going to beat the NCAA record?
Maybe it is the combination of ibuprofen and pseudoephedrine, but I think I just saw someone make a good stop on that return.
Drop watching this game. Butler leading Indiana with 4 minutes left on CBS
I didn't know indiana was bowl eligible.
That was great form on that throw
Why punt? your defense is a sieve, I'd take every chance to keep the ball in my offense's hands, field position be damned
Apparently, so Nevada can eat 4 minutes off the clock to bring the ball back to where you would have turned it over on downs if you failed to convert on 4th.
Do they have an ugly cheerleader?
Not so soon...
Not so fast my friend!
3 turnovers, and you still pull the game out. Now that's what I'd call a WOW experience. I'm happy for RR, but not sad at all that the guys playing for him are wearing Arizona helmets.
Well that was a crazy series of events.
Holy fuck. Is anybody still watching this?
Arizona is going to pull it out. The Nevada coach was rightly livid after two blown calls by the refs on the previous TD.
WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED?! I WAS WATCHING THE BASKETBALL GAME!
Arizona had the ball with ~1:40 to go, drove right down the field and scored; they had a sequence where they ran the exact same play along the sideline four times in a row for 10 yards a pop. Recovered onside kick. Big pass to the Nevada 22, then two more plays to score with 0:19 to go. Game over.
They're not going to score a combined 100 points. We needed another FG.
Watching that last couple minutes, I think that may be one of the first times we witnessed a team not only melt down, but indeed sublimate and disappear into the air like so many molecules right before our eyes.
I'd say that it was a sublime experience.
lulz, I'm glad we have a defense
One lucky onside kick recovery later, and Arizona wins the game.
Defense wat is defense.
Yeahhh I got 6 points from Arizona!
I missed the end of the game watching basketball. How did Zona win?
Marched down the field in the two-minute offense, scored, helped by a couple PI flags including one in the endzone for the automatic 1st down on the 2, recovered onside kick, marched down the field again.
Neither of these teams could play defense to save their lives, but that was an incredibly fun game to watch. Congrats to RR on the win, but Nevada had one of the worst breakdowns I think I've seen in college football. Losing a 13-point lead in a minute and a half, to a team without a timeout, is the definition of falling apart.
Common theme with Ault these past 7 years or so. The only season he didn't choke away at least 2 games, was 2010 year we (engineering alum) had a RS senior Kaep. I'm not irrational, I'd gladly take 8-4 and playing second fiddle to Boise -please don't leave- but these choke jobs are infuriating. Whether it's shit clock management or crappy D, the conservative atmosphere the Ault has is sickening.
P.S. Ault needs to take some notes from a Redskins game.
Just wow! Good for Rich! If he ever saw the light and got a real defense he would have world beating teams.
Great for Rich Rod. Hopefully that's the start of some good things for Zona on his watch.
I agree, but holy hell RR's got to figure the defensive thing out or he's going to crash and burn eventually there too.
He had good to great defenses at WV. I'm sure hell be fine considering he has the one DC he was able to work with again.
I'm convinced the Pac-12 doesn't play defense. Lump the Big 12 in there as well.
glad for Rich Rod. wasn't a good fit for Michigan, but he will do good things at Arizona.
I am doing my part by watching the Potato Bowl and eating potato chips
Tough breaks for Toledo losing a couple of their top players to injury early on. And does anyone else like both of these teams helmets? I especially like the USU ones when you see them close up.
This games was 13-9 like 4 minutes of game time ago.