Friday, January 22, 2010

The Future...

Now that we're finally done with the decade that no one ever knew what to call, it's time to look ahead at what is in store for college football in the twenty-teens. A couple of ESPN analysts took their best shot at it. Here are a few nuggets of the relevant predictions:

Mark Schlabach says:

The Big Ten is exploring the possibility of adding a 12th team, and I'm betting it will be Missouri before the 2011 season. With 12 teams, the Big Ten can split into two divisions and stage a conference championship game. Who can't wait to flock to Detroit or Minneapolis in early December? With Missouri leaving, the Big 12 will add TCU to its lineup of schools. Not to be left out, the Pac-10 will add Boise State and Utah, giving it 12 teams and a moneymaking championship game. The Big East will react by adding Memphis, East Carolina, Central Florida and Temple.

Tim Griffin says
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We’ll see some realignment in the league as Missouri leaves for the Big Ten and TCU is added to fill the Tigers' place. That move will give Big 12 leaders an excuse for realignment that eventually will be selected from a blind draw of plans at Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe’s desk. The Osborne Division will have Nebraska, Colorado, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. The Royal Division will give a home to TCU, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State. After four years of play, that grouping will prove so unpopular that the old divisional format will be adapted with TCU joining the South Division and Oklahoma State moving to the North.

Graham Watson says:

Mountain West will get an automatic bid. This isn’t some huge revelation here. The play of the Mountain West the past couple seasons has it on the path to an automatic bid and if the rest of the conference can catch up -- which it should with good coaches such as Brady Hoke and Dave Christensen -- the MWC should be a shoo-in for an automatic berth.

What are your predictions?

Friday Roundtable

The other night, I turned on the TV to find a nice little mid-week treat...one of the HBO's was playing "Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze". It brought back a lot of memories, and it got me thinking about how I've gone about prioritizing different aspects of my life at different times in my life. So I'll pose the same question to you that I asked myself that night:

What were you more obsessed with: Ninja Turtles at age 7, or TCU football at age 23?

Follow-up question: Why were Beebop and Rocksteady replaced with Tokka and Rahzar in the TMNT movies?

Frogzilla getting his Lott Trophy tomorrow

At halftime of tomorrow's basketball game against UNLV (tip is at 5pm), Jerry Hughes will be presented with the Lott Trophy, which is presented annually to the defensive player that best represents the acronym I.M.P.A.C.T. (integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity...thank you, wikipedia). This will likely be your last chance to scream "Huuuuuuuuuuuuuughes" before he is drafted by the Cowboys (wink, wink, other Jerry- I know you read our blog).