Friday, December 28, 2007

Third annual thebowl.challenge: Paper devils?

I kind of wish SMQ had made this post before our bowl picks had to be made. He only predicts a 34-29 Longhorn victory, but his points made me extremely leery of ASU. According to the broadcast last night, ASU QB Rudy Carpenter basically talked trash to the Texas players all week at the various functions players have to go to before bowl games. That ... didn't work out so well for Rudy. The Sun Devils got down 21-0 after one quarter and ended up getting outrushed 300-22 on the way to a 52-34 Longhorn victory. A flurry of 4th quarter passing from ASU's backup ended up nudging ASU over 300 yards passing, but total yards still totalled out to a 474-327 (5.5 to 4.2 in yards per play) advantage for Texas. ASU's five turnovers didn't help. But it was an overturned turnover (wow, palindrome-ish) that ended up being the story of the game: with Texas up 21-0 and ASU driving, Carpenter threw a rather careless lateral that Texas scooped up, destroying any momentum the Devils had accumulated. BUT: Texas assistant (and Mack Brown's step-son) Chris Jessie pulled a Bartman and apparently touched the ball, resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which gave ASU the ball back. The Sun Devils scored on the next play to make it 21-7. Personally, I though the replay made it fairly clear that Jessie didn't actually touch the ball (and Jessie stressed this over and over in a postgame interview), which made the determination by the officials somewhat puzzling. For what it's worth, LD from Gunslingers thinks the call stunk all-around.

As for the pick 'em: for what I assumed was damn near a 50/50 game (hence my confidence value of "2" on Texas), an astonishing 20 out of 33 entrants picked Arizona State, and while only two of the 13 Texas backers put double-digit confidence on the game, eight people laid double-digit wood on the Sun Devils, including 22 by Schill, 24 by S. Lawrence, 25 by coworker Ben, and a mind-a'sploding 31(!!!) by Joanna.

On tap for tonight:
5:00 PM on ESPN: Michigan State vs. Boston College
8:00 PM on NFL Network: TCU vs. Houston
8:30 PM on ESPN: Oregon State vs. Maryland

1Football in the GroinJ. Morgan7-1379119
2The Dur's picks = FAILJ. Wise7-1385115
3Charlie Weiss CatKristin4-4390104
4lick my houston nuttsKevin6-2390103
5Do me, I'm gayTodd5-3400100
7WestenderThe Cave5-339098
8Simply The VestJeff7-140492
9Special Education ConferenceAndrea6-243488
10Chereth CutestoryJack7-141187
11The DDustin3-538673
12Joel defends hate crimesThe Dur5-342470
13Suck on Effervescent CocksRyan5-342169
15Tackle Football PicksFred4-437161


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