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the break is over

By jheater
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 at 2:40 pm in upcoming game.

Well, I had some time off and I’m back. Geez, time flies. Of course, it is kind of strange because college football is the only sport that runs through its regular season, then takes a month off before playing its last game. Think how strange it feels when the NFL takes two weeks between the championship games and the Super Bowl. Now double that.

So first a little housework. Here are the results of the second week of Jay’s NCAA Tournament football.

ROUND TWO

Bracket One

Oklahoma at Ohio State Ohio State wins 20-14
Cal at BYU Cal wins 35-31

BRACKET TWO
Notre Dame at Louisville Notre Dame wins 23-20
West Virginia at LSU LSU wins 17-14

BRACKET THREE

Wisconsin at Michigan Michigan wins 28-17
Virginia Tech at Boise State Virginia Tech wins 31-28

BRACKET FOUR

Boston College at USC USC wins 35-20
Tennessee at Florida Florida wins 17-10

As you can see, Cal has made the Elite Eight but needs to beat Ohio STate. Good luck.

Out at Cal’s practices, it’s too bad about Byron Storer. Great kid who totally loved the game. It will be interesting to see how Cal adjusts to not only the loss of Storer at fullback, but on special teams. Cal is down both Storer and Marcus O’Keith (turf toe). They both were key special teams players.

The practices have looked very sharp. I think the players are ready to roll again. The USC loss now is in the rear view mirror and the players realize they will be on a national stage against a traditional NCAA power. For the seniors, it is a chance to show off their skills to NFL scouts and they are well aware of that fact. They want to play well.

Both Tom Schneider and Andrew Larson have been kicking very well and it appears they have very fresh legs. That could be important since A&M has the No. 2 ranked kickoff return team in the country. Those kicks have to get into the end zone.

Of course, if many of you are like me, you are wondering why the heck the Holiday Bowl didn’t sign up Texas. What a matchup that would have been. Geez, do they think Cal fans wouldn’t have bought tickets to that matchup? Poor Texas. Well, maybe it would be better to say HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Talk about a major screw job. The Cotton Bowl doesn’t want in favor of Nebraska? HA HA HA HA HA HA. The Gator Bowl doesn’t want them, the Holiday Bowl doesn’t want them. The Alamo Bowl against a 6-6 Iowa team that has lost five of six. Sounds like Cal-Texas Tech. Good luck.

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  • Anonymous

    Jay,

    I would have liked to see Texas vs Bear and I think we would have matched-up well. TAMU worries me as we have had defensive problems with spread/option offenses in the past. Should be a tight game.

  • DC Bear Fan

    Seems pretty likely that the holiday bowl took A&M because they knew Texas fans wouldn’t travel to San Diego. They’ve been to LA each of the last 2 yrs; hard to see them coming back to SoCal for a third year in a row, for a lower tier bowl. A&M, by contrast, has a rabid fan base that is coming off a no-bowl year and is sure to show up in force in San Diego.

  • GoBears82

    Seemed to have missed round 1. So how do you determine who wins each round? You could use my technique of playing NCAA ’07. Cal won the National Championship already. Of course, I helped.