Graham Watson

  • Texas Bowl: It's a Southwest Conference matchup of 6-6 teams

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    Texas Bowl Arkansas (6-6) vs. Texas (6-6) Houston Dec 29, 2014

    If you have to pit two 6-6 teams against each other, you might as well do it with a historical rivalry in mind.

    Texas and Arkansas are two former Southwest Conference rivals that used to engage in some epic games, but the two teams haven’t played since 2008. However, this game has the potential to get Arkansas on the right side of this rivalry after losing the last two in the series.

    And Arkansas has to be feeling pretty confident after winning two of its final three — both wins against to 25 teams — become bowl eligible.

    It’s fair to say Arkansas was the best 6-6 team in the country and it certainly played the toughest schedule with eight of those opponents ranked in the Top 25. However, the Arkansas offense, especially its running game, always seemed to be step-for-step with its competition. That’s due in part to Arkansas gigantic offensive line, which allowed the running game to average 220.3 yards per game, which ranked 28th in the country.

    Vegas odds: Arkansas (-6.5)


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  • South Carolina secures another winning season with 24-21 win against Miami in Independence Bowl

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    South Carolina managed to salvage a winning campaign out of an otherwise dismal season with a 24-21 win against Miami in the Independence Bowl.

    The Gamecocks now have had seven consecutive winning seasons and three consecutive bowl wins.

    After falling behind 6-0 early in second quarter, South Carolina responded with 17 points and never looked back. The South Carolina defense, which has struggled most of the season, forced two turnovers, including a key fumble in the fourth quarter that the Gamecocks’ offense turned into the game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

    That Duke Johnson fumble, which was recovered by Gerald Dixon, gave the Gamecocks the ball on the Miami 29-yard line. South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson found Pharoh Cooper who made a spectacular 25-yard catch and Thompson ran the ball in from the 2-yard line on the next play.

    The score gave South Carolina a 24-14 lead, and even though Miami responded with a touchdown, it wasn’t enough.

    Cooper finished the game with nine catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. It was his second-highest single-game yardage total of the season.

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  • Late interception gives Arizona State a 36-31 win against Duke in the Sun Bowl

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    For the third consecutive season, Duke failed to earn the bowl win that has eluded the program for the past 53 years.

    A late Kweishi Brown interception on quarterback Anthony Boone ended Duke’s hope of a late win as the Blue Devils fell to Arizona State 36-31 in the Sun Bowl.

    Prior to that interception, Boone had led his team back from a 30-17 deficit in the fourth quarter and the Blue Devils briefly had taken a 31-30 lead with 5:03 remaining.

    However, on the kickoff, Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage ran the ball back 96 yards to set up Demario Richard, who scored the game-winning touchdown off an option pass by quarterback Taylor Kelly.

    It was Richard’s fourth touchdown of the day, which tied a Sun Bowl record.

    Early, Arizona State looked like it was going to run away with the game taking a 20-3 lead midway through the second quarter. But a touchdown pass from Boone to Shaquille Powell and a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jamison Crowder cut the Sun Devils’ lead to just three at halftime.

    This is the second straight year Duke has lost a bowl game on an interception. Last year, Texas A&M’s Toney Hurd picked off Boone and ran it back 55 yards for the game-winning score.

  • Virginia Tech earns a measure of redemption with 33-17 win against Cincinnati

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Virginia Tech’s winning streak remains intact.

    The Hokies, who came into Saturday’s Military Bowl game against Cincinnati with a 6-6 record, needed a win to preserve its streak of consecutive winning seasons, and did so with a 33-17 victory that secured the program’s 22nd consecutive winning season.

    The win was a little surprising considering Cincinnati, which was trying to win 10 games for the third time in four seasons, came out hot on offense with quarterback Gunner Kiel slinging the ball with precision against a spotty Virginia Tech secondary.

    But once the Virginia Tech defense settled down and started mixing up its looks, Kiel started to struggle and threw two interceptions. In the third quarter, the defense knocked Kiel out of the game with a vicious shot to the midsection that left him on the ground for several minutes.

    Kiel fumbled the ball on the play and Virginia Tech scored to turn a 10-point lead to what was ultimately an insurmountable 17-point lead.

    With Kiel out, Cincinnati’s offense came to a screeching halt and Virginia Tech’s defense was able to salt away the game.

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  • Texas A&M wins bowl singing competition with a little 'Bump N' Grind'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Liberty Bowl doesn’t start until Monday, but Texas A&M already can claim at least one victory against West Virginia — in the singing competition.

    Texas A&M posted a video of offensive lineman Caden Smith belting out Matchbox 20’s “3 am,” to help secure what we believe was a tie in the competition before running back Trey Williams killed a rendition of R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind” for the win.

    It was so good, it felt like we were all back in 1994 (and we didn't see nuthing wrong).

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  • Independence Bowl: Only one of Miami and South Carolina will finish above .500

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Duck Commander Independence Bowl Miami (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6) Shreveport, La. Dec 27, 2014

    This is yet another bowl game between teams that fell short of expectations this season.

    Miami has been rebuilding under coach Al Golden and has yet to progress to the level that fans expected when he was hired. In fact, the 6-6 season is his worst since his first campaign in 2011 when they were ineligible for the postseason.

    South Carolina was picked to finish first in the SEC East, but was blasted by Texas A&M in the season opener and never fully recovered. The 6-6 campaign was the worst in coach Steve Spurrier’s tenure since 2007 when they didn’t qualify for a bowl game. Two of his teams have finished 7-6, but the last was in 2009. The Gamecocks have won 11 games in each of the last three seasons.

    South Carolina will have its hands full with Miami’s top three offensive threats in quarterback Brad Kaaya, running back Duke Johnson and receiver Phillip Dorsett, who led the team with 31 catches for 826 yards and nine touchdowns.

    Vegas odds: Miami (-3.5)



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  • Sun Bowl: Arizona State and Duke can clinch back-to-back 10-win seasons

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Hyundai Sun Bowl Arizona State (9-3) vs. Duke (9-3) El Paso, Texas Dec. 26, 2014

    It’s hard to believe there was a point where Arizona State and Duke were contending for division titles with 8-1 records, but both teams unexpectedly lost two of their final three games to hand over their divisional title hopes.

    In the case of No. 15 Arizona State, the Sun Devils were poised to possibly play in the College Football Playoff if it could have won out in November and then toppled Oregon.

    While the Sun Bowl is a tough consolation prize after being in the running for a shot at the national title, it does give Arizona State a chance at its first back-to-back 10-win seasons since the early 70s and Duke has a chance for back-to-back 10-win seasons for the firs time in program history.

    Duke boasts a similar offensive weapon in receiver Jamison Crowder, who has 78 catches for 942 yards and six touchdowns and also is a threat on special teams. However, Crowder does not have a consistent quarterback who can get him the ball. Anthony Boone was one of the worst passers in the ACC and struggled mightily in the Blue Devils’ two losses down the stretch with three interceptions to two touchdowns.


  • Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State tries to break its bowl losing streak against Rice

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Hawaii Bowl Fresno State (6-7) vs. Rice (7-5) Honolulu Dec 24, 2014

    The reason this bowl was ranked the worst of all the bowls this season by the Dr. Saturday staff is pretty simple — it’s not a good game and these are not good teams.

    Both team’s records are products of subpar teams playing even worse teams and scraping by with wins. Fresno State got into its conference title game just because it wasn’t as bad as everyone else, though it did nearly blow a 28-0 lead against Hawaii, which would have cost the Bulldogs that championship spot. Rice had a chance to play for its conference title but lost 76-31 to Louisiana Tech in the final game of the regular season. In fact, of Rice’s seven wins, only one came against a team with a winning record and that was UTEP.

    So now we bring these mediocre teams together and hope that the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii will somehow make this game just a little bit better.

    Vegas odds: Rice (-2.5)


    Fresno State is the only team to earn a bowl berth this season despite a sub .500 record.


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  • Dr. Saturday's most popular posts in 2014

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    It’s been a great year for college football as we’ve made our way through the first season that will culminate in the inaugural College Football Playoff. In the months since the season began, there have been several stories that have made an impression on Dr. Saturday readers and generated our highest traffic of the season.

    Here’s a look at the top 20 stories that made Dr. Saturday successful in 2014:

    1. Ranking the bowl 1-38 (excluding the national championship) (Dec. 7) Following the announcement of the bowl matchups, Dr. Saturday looked at each game and decided which were the ones worth watching and which ones were a pass. Here’s a hint, spend your Christmas Eve with your family, not watching the Hawaii Bowl.

    And here is the best of the rest:

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  • Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky set to put on an offensive display abroad

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Miami Beach Bowl Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5) Nassau, Bahamas Dec 24, 2014

    There is probably no better reward for finishing 7-5 than heading to the Bahamas to play a bowl game.

    Both teams were overjoyed at the opportunity to spend a week in the Caribbean, but will the bowl appreciate having two middling teams duke it out in Thomas Robinson Stadium?

    The positive is f you were looking for a high-scoring bowl, this is it. Western Kentucky set 25 different school records this season, including total yards (6,303) and points scored (528). It comes into the game ranked third in the FBS in passing yards per game (365.0) and sixth in total offense (525.3) and scoring offense (44.0).

    Most of those fantastic numbers are thanks to quarterback Brandon Doughty, who was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year after leading the FBS with school records of 4,344 passing yards and 44 touchdowns.

    However, for as good as the Hilltoppers are on offense, they are equally as terrible on defense. They finished tied for 119th out of 125 FBS schools with 39.3 points allowed per game.

    Vegas odds: Western Kentucky (-3)



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