Hate the damn Fox NFL music.
Cotton Bowl open thread
Will the next football game there be the Michigan-Bama game? (not counting pre-season games)
Gotta say, based on the general ineptitude of the RomoSapiens, these are the best two teams that will face off in Dallas for the whole of next year . . .
I hope the band is ready for a lot of TV time--and that Kansas State is ready to lose by 40.
The Sugar Bowl picked the better team
Arkansas wasn't eligible to be in the BCS since there were already 2 SEC teams picked.
They definitely would have torched the Michigan secondary. But their defense is not nearly as good as Virginia Tech's defense. So it would hopefully still have been a competitive game.
I'm looking forward to the Gus Johnson call
You're not married yet.
I have the sneaking suspicion that KSU doesn't quite show up for this one, but in any event, please let it be more competitive than the Orange Bowl.
Kansas State is going to show up for this one, Arkansas is just way better.
This is K-State's biggest game in a long time.
For a bowl that used to be really prestigious, this isn't the most glamorous matchup ever.
I'm kind of picturing the network execs - "You want me to sell advertising to what matchup again ? ? ? "
I would say 6 vs. 8 is a pretty nice matchup. I know you mean it's not name programs but just looking at the ranks makes it look like a BCS game. Hate to bring it up but both teams are higher ranked then Mich, VTech, WVU, or Clemson.
KSU wins in a close one.
Am I the only one who thinks that FOX does a much better job in terms of presentation than ESPN (sans the NFL music)?
Yeah, except I never got the point of that robot guy who they show when they come back from a commercial break
I agree. Robot sucks but I loved the entrances, bands, etc. They do a much better job of showing the atmosphere than ESPN, IMO.
Much better. Their HD is super crisp too.
OK so how many people did like me and took the over?
Look for the Cotton bowl to be a BCS game in the next year or two.
If they did that they would allow a 3rd SEC team I bet
Please, with how far up the SEC's ass the media is, I wouldn't be surprised if they changde the name of the NC to the SEC national championship
Look for the BCS to disappear in its current form in a couple of years. The old bowl tie-ins are going to reextend to every game except the title game. The AQ conferences don't want to deal with the headaches anymore.
I actually would like just having everything being bowls and the BCS standings only used for the title game
That's what is probably going to happen.There's no reason for the BCS to organize all of these games for the conferences when it opens the big conferences up to challenges from lower tier conferences when it can just organize a national title game instead.
...the first time in a few bowls there has been great play in the backfield from a team.
That being said, Arkansas tries to kamikaze its way to a first down and fails.
EDIT: Thus far, Arkansas DBs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Clemson DBs
Those slo-mo clips of yelling fans and dancing cheerleaders sure were purty.
I'm pulling for KSU, but Arkansas is just too good; better than Oklahoma, who wrecked KSU. Not saying that Arkansas will necessarily destroy KSU, but SEC tends to dominate of late.
We'd have destroyed KSU. Ark ought to, but I'd love to see them lose.
...and no score. It's almost like both teams are actually playing defense here.
May leave Ark at halftime for a better paying coaching job
Calling time out on 2nd and 28 seems like a poor idea.
K-State now facing 2nd and 33. Incredible!
I sense a draw play by KSU here...
EDIT: Sack. Fumble. Razorbacks ball. Awesome drive by KSU.
Is DD Jones, DaQuinta Jones? Is that what that guys name was? Or did that guy go to Texas Tech and Arkansas had Pearlie Graves. I can't remember
He is, in fact, DaQuinta Jones.
Geez, what's up with KSU actually playing defense?
Also, what's up with Arkansas going full up MANBALL? Aren't they more of a passing team?
This game is terrible. Only 3 points. Games are only good if each team has at least 14 in the first quater.
No, they're only good if one team has 40 and the other 3 at then end of the 1st.
This game has a high degree of MANBALL (lots of running and stiff D). Probably one of the most MANBALLish bowl games this season.
Edit: 2 minutes late :'(
Lots of defense being played on both sides - something is amiss among the bowl gods, I think.
EDIT: Just like that, 10-0 Arkansas. Rather poorly defended kick return goes for a TD. If nothing else, we're in the 2nd quarter before the first special teams gaffe - that's better than most bowls to date this season.
SEC Speed Strikessss Again!!!
blocks in the back on the return.
....which conference the crew is from. Some conferences apparently don't believe in such calls.
they called a horrible block in the back on the k-state punt return just before that one
Joe Adams likes punt TDs.
He also like it when his team gets away with some very borderline blocks in the back.
Just stack the box and laugh.
Kind of like VT did against us?
Running the wildcat deep in your own territory makes me fearful for the future of the passing attack in KSU's game.
Something tells me that any "passing attack" at KSU is a delicate relic that none dare mention for fear that it may shatter at any moment.
don't look at it the wrong way, and NEVER EVER bump the table that it rests on.
Slow clap for KSU #5
....wondering how you mortgage your home to get a completed pass to an open receiver on 3rd down...
EDIT: Say what you will - KSU is apparently just good enough on defense to minimize the bleeding in comparison to other games most of us have watched this bowl season.
Two handoffs and a QB sneak fail to crack the end zone. 13-0 Hogs.
Somehow K-State has even fewer yards after that drive.
...on -150 yards total offense before halftime?
I am interested to see if K-State can get over 1 yard/play by halftime.
...but as you know, it's a whole three feet. Some teams give all they have for a whole three feet. KSU literally likes to play a game of inches in bowls.
With a Big 12 loss tonight the MAC and the Sun Belt are the conferences with the best bowl records this year and it'll be decided on the field in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Not sure if anybody saw this, but Edwin Baker is turning pro. Kind of surpriisng because he had a down year. Perhaps he saw that Bell was going to be the workhorse next year. Not sure if it hurts sparty too much, but Baker gave us problems the last 2 years.
Yeah, I saw that. I don't think it hurts them too much. It will really hurt them if another RB gets hurt, but Baker lost his starting spot to Bell. They have good depth at RB as well. I'm guessing that Baker could see that his carries were going to go down next year even more, and decided to bolt while that productive sophomore season was even fresher in mind. Plus, he is fast and well built, so the pro scouts will like that.
And now for some schadenfreude: remember Baker's preseason goals of 2,000 yards and 22 TDs? HAHAHAHAHAHA
That could be a break for us against them. We've generally done well against inside runners, but speedy guys with the ability to get to the edge (like Baker) have given us some problems. In our game against them this year, Baker had 167 rushing yards and Bell had 20.
What about the fact that the interior of our line will be new next year, but we return all edge D players including three freshman that started this year?
True, that could change things a lot next year. But it seems like for a long time (going back to Carr), it's been the speedy backs that have hurt us. The big Ron Daynes never really did that much. Maybe it's just my perception.
This is already good game territory.
Edit: Blocked kick returned for 2!?
Well, did not see that coming...
KANSAS STATE'S ON THE BOARD!!!
2 points the hard way. Please don't score again.
Guidry just did the 'gotta eat' DRob hand motion. Why is everyone doing this now? I saw Sparty doing it repeatedly in their bowl game.
This has been brought up a few times here. Apparently, it's from a Youtube video and then some NFL guys started doing it. Now it's just a thing a lot of football players do. It's still Denard's in my heart though.
I'm really impressed with the job Petrino's done, but I can't help thinking that it's got to be frustrating for him to have to compete against Alabama and LSU in the same division. I can't see him staying there long-term.
I think the not winning your division actually may be keeping him there longer. Imagine if he got to the NC game; he would probably be gone in second.
If Arkansas was smart they would go to the Big XII. They would rule that conference if they played in it now
If I were Texas, I'd have him on my shortlist to replace Mack Brown. He's doing very well while recruiting in basically the same region.
Arkansas starting to stretch the field...don't know why they didn't do that from the beginning. That's their advantage in this game.
Vintage KSU: suck and then get big TO.
Just like that we have a game again. They've had some drops, but I think KSU has actually looked decent so far. The drops have been on wide open passes because they knew Arkansas would be keying on the run. Snyder will have them ready for the second half.
KSU has like 60 yards of offense in the entire 1st half and are down by 10. Sure their D as been playing well, but their effort is even more woeful than ours was.
They also have 5 drops on plays that would have either kept drives going or been big plays in their own right. This isn't a case of nothing is working. They're getting guys open. If they catch those balls and make Arkansas pay for focusing on the run so much, this is a completely different game at this point. Catch a few of those and suddenly running lanes start opening up.
Yeah, but that's assuming that drops aren't normally part of their team dynamic. I honestly haven't watched them enough to know if holding onto the ball during the passing game is a big deal season long, but I believe all the stats suggest that they are primarily running team. Thus I wouldn't be surprised if they have struggled with various aspects of the passing game throughout the year. That might just be an aspect of their offense much like getting big turnovers is part of their defense for whatever reason.
That is a valid point. I am currently a student at Michigan, but was born and raised in Manhattan, KS, and hence have followed KSU all year. The drops are unusual for them. The issue has been accuracy in the passing game. Snyder called Klein a running back who happens to throw the ball occasionally. His accuracy has looked fine hitting wide open receivers, but has struggled when there is coverage. Usually that has meant when they've been able to get receivers wide open due to their running game, they've been able to throw the ball too. Right now they're getting guys open, and in those conditions I think their offense is set to take a big step forward.
It does hurt them that they've had great field position all year long due to true freshman Tyler Lockett, a 2011 all-american return specialist. He's injured for today's game, and Tramaine Thompson hasn't been able to match Lockett's production (and showed his inexperience with catching the ball ont he 2 yard line).
With the prevalance of head injuries in football today it really peeves me off that football players dont buckle their helmet straps correctly or at all. Helmets function best when properly used and players hould be forced to wear them correctly. I don't think it would've helped there but i'm sure it could help in some situations
looks pretty bad. I hope he recovers all right.
I just turned the game on and this is not what I wanted to see. I hope he's ok.
Giving the thumbs up is a good sign
How long has this halftime been? Seems like it's been forever.
KSU back in it, thrashed the Ark D there first series of second half, still down 19-16.
It's unbelievable how much this game has turned since that blocked extra point.
TD Razorbacks with 3:57 left in the 3rd, back up by 10.
I need KSU bad
gutless punt for 17 yards, arkansas is already gained that much back. zook would be proud
Of blitzing on a majority of 3rd downs is driving me insane. Then to punt it away on 4th & 5 after burning a timeout is ludicrous. That 5 yard penalty would have helped that kick.
I just don't understad playing so far off the line and giving a team easy 10 yard outs when the QB isn't that good of a passer. At least try and make him beat you deep or in tight windows.
I've always liked Gus Johnson. Lately, though, he's started to be a parody of himself. He barks at everything like Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room.
Missed FG. Not looking good for KSU.
On 1st and 2nd down when you are passing it all over them!? And then miss the f'ing field goal?
I'm not surprised that Joe Adams (Arkansas player) didn't give an answer but I do like that they asked him who would win in the championship game. It is pretty rare for a team to have played both BCS championship game teams.