We're finishing up our vacation, so we're going to move quickly.
From the "Talks too much" studios, here we go.
Cincinnati's Anthony McClung (6) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Duke's Anthony Young-Wiseman (21) defends during the first half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
From Fresh Fish
What bowl picks do you like the most? There's no way you would bet on every bowl game, even for entertainment only. So which game coming do you like the best?
Thanks and Happy New Year.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to stay a while, don't cost nothing.
So far we're 11-7 after going 3-2 on the three games yesterday. Going into today, the game we liked best so far was Duke last night. Yes, the same Duke team that was getting 9.5 points and flopped in the final minute in the worst against the spread beat of the yea. Duke turned a 34-34 game into a 48-34 loss in the kast 44 seconds, including a fluttering interception return for a TD by a defensive lineman to cover the 9.5 spread with 14 seconds left.
This is the least confident the 5-at-10 has felt picking games this season. Sure, everyone rides cycles of entertainment, but Duke measured high on every betting gauge we use. That's why it's called gambling, for entertainment purposes only of course.
We're planning on picking all of the New Year's Day games next Tuesday, so here's what we have until then. And Fish makes a fair point, while we're only four games over .500 in the bowl season compared to the 51-21-2 mark we posted during the regular season, picking every game is not the same as liking every game. During the regular season we'd pick the five best picks from almost a hundred different plays; picking every bowl offers little room for error and less room for selection.
Here are the games we like:
Texas Tech minus-13 over Minnesota — Minnesota is the worst team in these bowls; Texas Tech limped to the finish, but the coaching changeover may actually lift the Red Raiders. The over 56 may be the best play, too.
Syracuse plus-4 over West Virginia and under the 73 — Gang, this is a bet against West Virginia (which, yes, we were on the band wagon for the first six weeks) and the weather. The Orange have one of the nation's most underrated quarterbacks in Ryan Nassib. Also, the forecast for Saturday's kick is 60 percent chance of snow, 15 mph winds and highs in the low 30s.
Oregon State minus-3 (buy the half) over Texas — Want to know which coach has the best bowl winning percentage with more than four trips? Yep, Oregon State's Mike Riley.
La. Monroe minus-7 over Ohio — We've made a lot of entertainment on the Warhawks this fall. And with Kolton Browning healthy, La. Monroe is a tough out. We're scared of the total at 60, so we'd likely go under
Here are the rest of the picks:
Rutgers plus-3 over Virginia Tech (buy the half) and love the under 42
Rice plus-3 over Air Force
Arizona State minus-13 over Navy
TCU minus-2.3 over Michigan State
Vandy minus-7 over NC State (buy the half)
USC minus-9 over Georgia Tech
Iowa State minus-1 over Tulsa
LSU minus-5 over Clemson
(And yes we have decided go against the ACC in force.)
From Joe S.
Do you think you're funny? When was the last time you weren't sucking up to the SEC?
You'll see when the bowls are done — SEC = Overrated.
Thanks for stopping by, and OK.
Sorry the Grinch came calling around the Joe S. grounds, but lighten up with the "suck it" talk.
And the SEC may be overrated, properly rated or underrated depending what metric you use. And that's open for debate.
But one thing we hope changes in the coming year and in the future is the default mechanism where if any one today has a differing point of view, rather than debate the merits of each view or even agreeing to disagree, it's straight to the "You're a homer" or "You're biased" or "Suck it."
What happened to dialogue or debate? You say the SEC is overrated Joe, and your supporting statement to back-up that premise is "Suck it." Thanks for adding to the discussion.
Hey, this is our 5-at-10, and banter and differing points of view make it fun. But raising a point and then supporting it with "Suck it" is middle school mockery and stupid. (And while we fully endorse almost all things middle school, including the square pizza, we can't endorse stupid.)
We think the SEC was actually a little underrated this year considering that more than half of the first round will likely come from the country's most talented conference. Does that mean Alabama's going to win next month? Not necessarily, but it's at least a talking point with more value that "Suck it."
Happy New Year.
From several of you,
What were the top five 5-at-10 moments this year?
Gang, it's been a great year, and we'll answer this question in an expanded Monday, end-of-the-year 5-at-10.
As we compile our list, what were some of your favorites?
A very quick thought Top 5 ESPNers:
1) Kirk Herbstreit
2) Joe Lunardi
3) Buster Olney
4) Jay Bilas
5) Scott Van Pelt
Honorable Mention: John Gruden, Brad Edwards, Rece Davis, Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, Mike Wilbon....I probably could find some others. Probably leaving some off. I like a lot of guys on ESPN. I like guys that don't annoy me when they talk and sound intelligent when they do, and I am left with, "Huh...hadn't thought of that before." The 5 at 10 does this as well....even when I argue with him, I feel like the discussion is enlightening.
Bottom 5 ESPNers:
1) Skip Bayless
2) Stephen A. Smith
3) Colin Cowherd
4) Trevor Matich
5) Jesse Palmer
Honorable Mention: Mark May, Robert Smith
Hmmm....lots of college football guys on the Bottom Five. Not sure if that's accurate. Probably some NFL guys or college basketball guys belong on this list, but I can't think of any off the top of my head that I really can't stand. Really after number three, it is not that big of a deal. And, strangely, I listen to Cowherd a lot. But he grates on my nerves....When I hear him talk (and a lot of guys on this list), I think, "Huh? I have six reasons that you are completely wrong and that's right off the top of my head!" Then when people disagree with him, Cowherd calls them "looney," even when he is proven wrong. Such as his constant argument this year that USC was the best team in college football, despite growing evidence to the contrary from early on in the year. He admitted he was wrong in about a two minute spill, but spent months mocking people who thought that their lack of depth could be a problem. Bayless and Stephen A. I try to turn off if I see them....
Fair point. We listed our top ESPNers on Thursday, so let's do our bottom five right now.
Skip Bayless is the Bizarro Nick Saban when it comes to ESPN folks. He's simply awful and there may be debating who is the ultimate worst, but Bayless is so bad everyone has to acknowledge his badness.
2) Chris Berman
3) Stuart Scott
4) Brent Musberger (sorry we think he's atrocious and it gets magnified because he does a lot of big games)
5) Lee Corso, Mike Ditka, Lou Holtz, Bob Knight, et al. (being a cartoon character is OK, but lets at least pretend we're going to do a little research)
Bonus: Thing we'd change first — ESPN is the center of the college football world, yet other than Rece Davis, the college football wrap up show is junk.
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...