Request: Please pretty please call it the Peach Bowl in the open thread.
Car Care Bowl Open Thread
Or alternatively, "Damn Sponsors Bowl Open Thread"
Its called the Car Care bowl? And then there's a Fight Hunger Bowl as well? tremendous.
What's the status on the Northwestern QB situation? Dead? Partially dead? Walking wounded? Zombie QB, get the shotgun?
Zombie QB (Persa) in the shotgun.
The random car parts bowl makes me sad cause Jordan Mabin is injured and cannot play. His dad is a close friend of mine and I tried every way I knew how to get Lloyd to offer him back in 2007 but he refused cause Jordan was too short and the only DB slot they had left (allegedly) was reserved for T Wolf. When Northwestern offered his dad shut down the recruiting process (he was a DBack himself at Louiseville) and accepted. My thinks Jordan would've looked very good in a winged helmet over the past few years and would've helped the decimimated secondary a bunch. But we'll never know.
He's a great, great kid who is going to graduate this year and while this year didn't turn out as good as he planned he's still hopeful of getting an invite to the combine by which time he should be fully recovered.
Is it just me or do this bowl season's matchups really suck? I'm not interested in watching the vast majority of these bowls, and the games between teams like UCLA and Illinois are just laughable. Illinois went 0-6 in the second half of the season, and not only are they going to a bowl, but the coaching staff is pissed because they got fired.
I guess there are two watchable games - GT vs. Utah (I love watching the option) and Virginia vs. Auburn (Gus Malzahn's offense is fun, even though he's headed elsewhere).
That's what people were saying about the whole bowl season, but most of the games have turned out to be very entertaining - or at least, very close.
I love watching the triple option too. My friend doesn't understand my fascination with it, but if you know the reads, it's fun to know where the ball is going beforehand. NW is generally pretty fun to watch too, if only because I can actually root for the Big Ten.
You gotta believe Persa's going to shred the nation's 114th ranked pass defense (worse than Baylor!!). I could see the game being fairly low scoring (20 point range), though, as TAMU has been in a late-season swoon. Go Cats!
They're running an ad trying to sell tickets to the game we're watching?
You still feeling confident Mr. Big 12? NW will give you a run for your bowl pick em' money today however I don't know if that will equal a win.
Anyone else worried that Northwestern won't be able to handle Texas A&M's SEC Speed?
The "much-maligned TAMU defense" allows 2nd and 23 to become 1st and 10.
The same defense just facemasked someone too - 1st and 10 again!
Pat Fitzgerald has the best WTF face I've ever seen. I can't wait for the pictures of that to hit the internet.
"Play the percentages and punt...." From their 40 yard line?
He played just a couple hours from Ron Zook, The Puntmeister. That knowledge rubs off on you.
Are watching the genesis of Texas A&M's SEC speed or a bad Northwestern secondary?
Let's be fair, Northwestern's secondary isn't bad, it's really bad.
As I type, A&M scores on a 30ish yard pass.
Confused Pat Fitzgerald is confused
Defense In Alamo Bowl <<<<<< Smell of Burning Rubber?
EDIT: Nice dead run by Persa there. Northwestern is having its way with this defense.
DOUBLE EDIT: I wonder if this is part of Texas A&M's Master Plan to collapse in the 1st half this time, and this drive is meant to throw everyone for a loop.
As soon as I saw this live I thought about asking someone on the blog to gif it. his face was priceless.
It doesn't feel like a 2-QB system - this is more like 1 and 1A.
Northwestern should just blitz the rest of the entire game. They obvs can't cover the pass so they might as well pressure.
Is that the play where the whole D-line finds itself behind a still-erect Tannehill?
Coach Fitz says "buckle up"
Pat Fitzgerald just told the half-time reporter to buckle up. Guess he reads MGoBlog.
Fowler was about to drop "Uh Oh! Better get Macco!' That would have been priceless.
Come on NW! I have no personal issue with Texas A&M, but I would like to see the B1G have a good bowl season (though I am not overly optimistic).
Does anyone else think the fact that A&M is 6-6 makes their "here we come, bitches" commercial sound really stupid?
They obviously don't remember the second half of almost every game they played.
Is it just me or can Persa only throw the ball about 30 yards.
This must be what zone coverage with really big zones looks like. More non-existence in the Wildcat secondary.
EDIT: Just like that - TD Texas A&M. So far, the B1G is in "wounded puppy" mode this bowl season.
Wow, the Big Ten looks bad :(
Wow....Northwestern is outmatched in every phase of the game and at every postion on the field.
This is depressing. But it would be more depressing if it wasn't how all of Texas A&Ms wins started
I guess being in the SEC does do something to a team.
You get the rare pleasure of scheduling McNeese State as a non-conference game, looking at their schedule in 2012.
Persa sacked even though he saw the blitz coming from half a mile away. Time for me to switch to the Sun Bowl in hopes of an ACC win.
Two yard passes, two straight sacks and a 30 yard punt. Unbelievable.
I think Pat is going to cry!
Will Northwestern ever win a bowl game?
Northwestern definitely came to play...someone else.
Northwestern's band just played the theme from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That should be worth a few scores.
"They were not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways...
Brave, brave, brave, brave Northwestern..."
Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!
This is really embarrassing for Northwestern.
That monkey must feel really awkward on the sidelines now.
Better offensive line: Northwestern or air?
EDIT: There is a reason Colter is generally in on the option plays, right? Right.
Tried to switch to the Sun Bowl but Danielson is talking about the SEC. Either I use the mute button or it's back to Northwestern.
When DOESN'T Danielson talk about the SEC? Dude is obsessed with them and is the same guy that rooted for Florida to get in the NC game over us and then Alabama over Oklahoma State. CBS is to SEC as is NBC is to Notre Dame.
I am not a coach, but over 45 minutes into regulation is a little late to find your rhythm on offense unless you're banking on Texas A&M mounting a collapse that would surely end up enshrined on FAILBlog tomorrow...
Well, it IS Texas A&M we're discussing...
I thought Dan Persa was the ish. Why is Fitzgerald switching em out? what i miss?
To GERG/stuffed animal motivational tactics? Good Lord, they're doomed.
Can A&M fall apart again?
And here comes NW!
....or at least, this is the impression you get by looking at the TAMU sidelines. The 53-50 4OT tragedy against Kansas State, for example...
TAMU is pretty terrible at bleeding clocks.
A Texas A&M FG and 33-22 is how it will end up unless Northwestern pulls off something utterly miraculous, folks.
If Northwestern played like they did at the end, they would've destroyed A&M. Too bad they let A&M run all over this offense until the 4th quarter. Still think Northwestern and Iowa should have won their games...