Christopher Wilson

  • Final 2014 Bowl Projections

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 12 days ago

    I do not envy the selection committee. They got no help from the games this weekend, as TCU, Baylor and Ohio State all won, with the Buckeyes looking great without J.T. Barrett at quarterback. Projections and explanations below, with a bolded name and # signifying an accepted bid:

    New Years Six Games

    Rose (January 1 in Pasadena, CA) [Semifinal]: #2 Oregon vs. #3 Florida State

    Sugar (January 1 in New Orleans, LA) [Semifinal]: #1 Alabama vs. #4 TCU

    Cotton (January 1 in Arlington, TX): Ole Miss (at-large) vs. Baylor (at-large)

    Fiesta (December 31 in Glendale, AZ): Arizona (at-large) vs. Boise State (Group of 5 rep)

    Orange (December 31 in Miami, FL): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Michigan State (highest ranked non-champ from Big Ten or SEC)

    Peach (December 31 in Atlanta, GA): Ohio State (at-large) vs. Mississippi State (at-large)

    · Florida State is probably going to be third.

    · Ole Miss takes the spot projected to go to Wisconsin.

    · Staying with Alabama over Oregon as number one, but don’t be surprised if the Ducks jump. The important thing for both is that the Tide will be relatively close to home in New Orleans while Oregon stays out west in Pasadena.

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  • Bowl Projections: Week 14 Edition

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 15 days ago

    One more weekend to go, and we can agree that:

    1) Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are all in with wins.

    And that’s it! There was a ton of movement with the J.T. Barrett injury, Mississippi State’s loss and TCU jumping up to third in the latest rankings, so let’s go below where I will attempt to explain how Ohio State or Wisconsin could end up in the Outback Bowl. As with previous editions, we’re going to assume favorites win every game. Will this happen? Absolutely not, but it’s a better system than trying to pick individual results.

    Bullet points with a few more explanations after the list. A * and italics denote the team is filling in for a conference that didn’t meet all of its obligations. A # and bold name designate an accepted bid:

    New Years Six Games

    Rose (January 1 in Pasadena, CA) [Semifinal]: #2 Oregon vs. #3 Florida State

    Sugar (January 1 in New Orleans, LA) [Semifinal]: #1 Alabama vs. #4 TCU

    Cotton (January 1 in Arlington, TX): Baylor (at-large) vs. Ohio State (at-large)

    Fiesta (December 31 in Glendale, AZ): Arizona (at-large) vs. Boise State (Group of 5 rep)

    Orange (December 31 in Miami, FL): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Michigan State (highest ranked SEC/Big Ten non-champion)

  • Bowl Projections: Week 13 Edition

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 23 days ago

    First off, let us offer congratulations to the following teams that clinched bowl eligibility since last week's projections: Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Washington, Houston, Middle Tennessee, San Diego State, Western Kentucky, Ohio and Texas State. There might not be spots for all of them when the music stops, but at least they gave themselves a chance.

    The biggest shift from last weekend comes from Ole Miss’ defeat at the hands of Arkansas. A few of the ramifications:

    · As mentioned above, Arkansas is now bowl eligible. What a ridiculous pair of games for the Hogs.

    · Ole Miss is eliminated from SEC West contention.

    · Michigan State is almost certainly guaranteed a spot in the New Years Six with a win versus Penn State this weekend.

    As with previous editions, we’re going to assume favorites win every game. Will this happen? Absolutely not, but it’s a better system than trying to pick individual results.

    Bullet points with a few more explanations after the list. A * and italics denote the team is filling in for a conference that didn’t meet all of its obligations. A # and bold name designate an accepted bid:

    New Years Six Games

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  • Bowl Projections: Week 12 Edition

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 29 days ago

    For the sake of being completely honest at the jump, these projections are considerably more difficult to put together than they were last year. The BCS system wasn’t great at crowning a champion everyone agreed on but it was easy to predict with its ordered system of picks that meant you could tell who would get stuck with UConn. That’s gone, replaced by the top six games all being chosen by a committee with rules on who gets in but not in which games they necessarily have to play. With no previous editions to lean on, it’s tough to tell how things are going to be arranged, but we will try.

    As with previous editions, we’re going to assume favorites win every game. Will this happen? Absolutely not, but at least it’s a consistent tool to use in what will surely be a bonkers final three weeks of the season.

    Bullet points with some attempts at explanations and some eligibility projections after the list. A * denotes the team is filling in for a conference that didn’t meet all of its obligations. A # and bold name designate an accepted bid:

    New Years Six Games

    Sugar (January 1 in New Orleans, LA) [Semifinal]: #1 Alabama vs. #4 Baylor

    Cotton (January 1 in Arlington, TX): Ohio State vs. TCU

  • 2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 14

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 4 mths ago

    The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)

    All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

    These games take place the Thanksgiving weekend of November 29.

    There are so many awesome games this week, we’re going to approach it speed-round style. It’s a holiday weekend; try to catch a few minutes of each.

    Auburn at Alabama (TBD)

    Could easily be for the SEC West title again. It might seem wise to predict this will not match the theater of last year, but between Kick Six in 2013 and Cam Newton’s comeback in 2010, I wouldn’t bet against fireworks.

    LSU at Texas A&M (7:30 p.m., Thursday)

    Eschew your family and whatever the NFL game is for a good old-fashioned SEC West battle. Les Miles’ team has won the last two, as the Bayou Bengals stand as the only SEC puzzle Johnny Manziel and Kevin Sumlin couldn’t solve (0-2 with more picks than touchdowns in his Aggie career). Will Manziel’s heir at QB1 and Sumlin fare any better this time around?

  • 2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 13

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 4 mths ago

    The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)

    All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

    These games take place the weekend of November 22.

    (If you have to take a weekend off this season, this is probably the Saturday. With so many rivalries in Week Fourteen, there are a lot of FBS vs. FCS games and as you’re about to see, the pickings were a little slim when putting this together.)

    USC at UCLA (TBD)

    Wisconsin at Iowa (TBD)

    North Carolina at Duke (7:30 p.m., Thursday)

    Northern Illinois at Ohio (8:00 p.m., Tuesday)

    Bowling Green at Toledo (8:00 p.m., Wednesday)

    Other games to consider:

    Louisville at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m.)

    Oregon State at Washington (TBD)

    Oklahoma State at Baylor (TBD)

    Minnesota at Nebraska (TBD)

  • 2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 12

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 4 mths ago

    The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)

    All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

    These games take place the weekend of November 15.

    Auburn at Georgia (TBD)

    Florida State at Miami (FL) (TBD)

    Nebraska at Wisconsin (TBD)

    Oklahoma at Texas Tech (TBD)

    South Carolina at Florida (TBD)

    Other games to consider:

    East Carolina at Cincinnati (7:00 p.m., Thursday)

    Should Central Florida falter in a post-Bortle world, these two teams have the talent to step up and take the American title. Pirate quarterback Shane Carden is the best in the league, while Cincinnati returns seven players who notched at least 400 yards from scrimmage in addition to senior left tackle Eric Lefeld.

    Pittsburgh at North Carolina (TBD)

    Clemson at Georgia Tech (TBD)

    Virginia Tech at Duke (TBD)

    Arizona State at Oregon State (TBD)

    Northwestern at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m.)

    Michigan State at Maryland (8:00 p.m.)

    Ohio State at Minnesota (TBD)

  • 2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 11

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 4 mths ago

    The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)

    All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

    These games take place the weekend of November 8.

    Alabama at LSU (TBD)

    Ohio State at Michigan State (8:00 p.m.)

    Baylor at Oklahoma (TBD)

    UCLA at Washington (TBD)

    Texas A&M at Auburn (TBD)

    Other games to consider:

    Notre Dame at Arizona State (TBD)

    A rematch of last year’s entertaining neutral site clash at Cowboys Stadium, where Notre Dame broke a 27-27 tie to prevail 37-34. This match up was the cause of a minor kerfuffle when former Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson (now in the same role at Texas) publicly admonished the Irish for possibly maybe trying to move or cancel this game.

    Iowa at Minnesota (TBD)

    Northern Illinois at Ball State (8:00 p.m., Tuesday)

  • BLS Investigation: Which Astros game did the characters in 'Boyhood' attend?

    Christopher Wilson at Big League Stew 4 mths ago

    In the incredible movie “Boyhood,” Ethan Hawke’s character takes his kids to an Astros game. In the grand tradition of analyzing what real game movies are filmed at, I sat down with Baseball Reference to figure out which game it was.

    Our clues?

    Roger Clemens was pitching at home against the Brewers and Jason Lane hits a homer. If you do some searching around the internet, they will tell you it’s this game, a 5-2 Brewers win on August 18, 2005. (Hawke’s character in the movie says the Astros won, but we’ll allow that parts of the movie may have been fictionalized.) After checking game logs, this is the only game where Clemens pitched against the Brewers and Lane homered.

    However, this cannot be the game. Why?

    I was thinking about that scene at the Astros game, where that guy hits a home run. You couldn’t possibly have known that was going to happen.

  • 2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 10

    Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday 4 mths ago

    The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)

    All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

    These games take place the weekend of November 1.

    Stanford at Oregon (TBD)

    Florida State at Louisville (7:30 p.m., Thursday)

    Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville, TBD)

    Auburn at Ole Miss (TBD)

    Northwestern at Iowa (TBD)

    Other games to consider:

    Cincinnati at Tulane (8:00 p.m., Friday)

    This takes place Halloween night in New Orleans. I don’t think we need to go much further on the potential weirdness that could occur.

    North Carolina at Miami (TBD)

    Everyone is really a potential favorite in the Coastal (except Virginia), but this pits perhaps the two most talented teams in the division against one another. These two actually tied for the division crown in 2012 but neither was eligible for the postseason, which sent Georgia Tech to the title game.

    Texas at Texas Tech (TBD)

    Arizona at UCLA (TBD)

    Wisconsin at Rutgers (TBD)

    USC at Washington State (TBD)