College football is back!
After six long, hard days there will be 35 bowl games in 24 days, and the first three are on Saturday.
You’re not going to watch all of them (unless you want to end up with Lou Holtz and Mark May as your only friends) so TWIT-Pac’s winter cousin is here with a look at the games with direct ties to the Arizona Wildcats and the Pac-10.
Pace yourselves, my friends.
(All times Arizona/Mountain and all listed games on ESPN and ESPN3.com.)
Las Vegas Bowl
#10 Boise State (11-1) vs. #19 Utah (10-2) – Wed. Dec. 22, 6 p.m.
1) We still abide by the No Corporate Sponsor Names rule.
2) The Pac-10 only has four bowl teams this year so we’re expanding things to include the Pac-12.
3) The only thing that made the people of Vegas happier than landing Boise State was being able to invite someone other than BYU for the first time in six years.
#14 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. ARIZONA (7-5) – Wed. Dec. 29, 7:15 p.m.
The Wildcats lost two assistant coaches to Colorado. OSU’s offensive coordinator was just named West Virginia’s head-coach-in-waiting. If you can’t afford to go to the bowl you might be able to get a job coaching in it.
#18 Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6) – Thu. Dec. 30, 8 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine a bowl game with a greater disparity in motivation. What could the Huskers possibly gain by beating the Huskies again? They are already the undisputed kings of Husk.
#3 TCU (12-0) vs. #5 Wisconsin (11-1) – Sat. Jan. 1, 3 p.m.
The Pac-10 team has been replaced by a Mountain-West-turned-Big-East team. It’s just not right.
#4 Stanford (11-1) vs. #13 Virginia Tech (11-2) – Mon. Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m.
This will be the fourth time a Pac-10 team has traveled across the country to play in the Miami-based bowl. Washington won following the 1984 season and USC won after 2002 and 2004. The point is clear: If you’re going to travel this far you may as well win the thing.
BCS Championship Game
#1 Auburn (13-0) vs. #2 Oregon (12-0) – Mon. Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.
I love college football enough to embarrass the next guy, but January 10? If this keeps up, someday we’re going to end up watching the Groundhog Day Bowl.
The over-extended delay is just begging for a sloppy game between two rusty teams. If you’re going to take five full weeks off you should give the teams an extra quarter to get warmed up.
As far as the game itself, it’s just the Pac-10’s third appearance in the BCS title game while the SEC has been there seven times, winning the previous six (including the last four years). Put aside any distaste you have for Nike U and root really, really hard for the Pac-10 to pull this out.
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I wasn’t planning on writing anything about the UA/NAU basketball game because there wasn’t supposed to be anything worth writing about.
That was a little uncomfortable, wasn’t it?
When the Cats travel to North Carolina State on Sunday I think it’s safe to say they’re going to see some zone. Derrick Williams is now up to 75% shooting from behind the arc. If the Arizona’s “plan” against a zone is just to pass the ball around the perimeter and jack up 3’s, shouldn’t he be the guy doing the jacking?
But how does Williams play 32 minutes and only grab three rebounds? Getting dominated on the glass makes the jacked 3’s look even worse.
The Cats’ December funk has officially reached three games and the team will have a long cross-country flight to think about it. This is the last chance to get a decent non-conference win (and a precious road victory) so the funk needs to be left in Tucson.
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