Thursday, November 22, 2007

Who to root for

My buddy Matt James found this on an Illini fan discussion board. who knows, if we get the right breaks Illinois might even sneak into the Rose Bowl.

I figure there is about a 1/10 of 1% chance of us notmaking a BCS bowl but just to be on the safe sidethese would be the ideal results for the upcominggames this week:

#1 LSU hosts #33 Arkansas - Go Razorbacks (+12). Iwant to play in the Rose Bowl and we need an LSU lossto make it happen.

#2 Kansas vs. #4 Missouri - Go Tigers (+2). Helps ourSOS and eff Kansas.

#3 West Virginia hosts #20 Connecticut - GoMountaineers (-17). A West Virginia wins locks up the Big East title and assuresthat the Big East will only get 1 BCS bid.

#5 Ohio State - Idle

#6 Arizona State hosts #11 USC - Go Sun Devils (+31/2). A USC loss should allow us to move up a spot inthe BCS.

#7 Georgia @ #48 Georgia Tech - Go Bulldogs (-3 1/2).It would be better to have Georgia play LSU in the SECchampionship game at the Georgia Dome. Also just incase Hawaii wins out we need the teams just ahead ofthem in the human polls to stand their ground.

#8 Virgina Tech @ #16 Virgina - Go Hokies (-3). Itwill be easier to pass Virginia if they lose, plus theHawaii factor from above comes into play.

#9 Oregon @ #52 UCLA - Depends on who wins the USC/ASUgame on Thursday. If USC wins we probably want Oregon(-2) to win. If ASU wins we probably want Oregon tolose to pretty much guarantee that the PAC 10 onlygets 1 bid.

#10 Oklahoma hosts #38 Oklahoma St. - Go Sooners(-12). Hawaii factor and I like the Sooners chances ofwinning the Big 12 championship game and getting usinto the Rose Bowl.

#12 Florida hosts #32 Florida State - Go Gators (-14).Hawaii factor and we want 3 SEC teams in the top 14.

#13 Texas @ #51 Texas A&M - Go Longhorns (-5). Hawaiifactor and we want 4 Big 12 teams in the top 14.

#14 Boston College hosts #67 Miami - Go Eagles (-141/2). If BC were to lose this game and then win theACC Championship game that could give Hawaii/ BoiseSt. an automatic bid.

#15 Hawaii hosts #19 Boise St - Go Broncos (+4). AHawaii loss is huge and I'm not worried about Boise Stgetting into the top 12.

#17 Illinois - BEAT BOWL OPPONENT!!!!

#18 Tennessee @ #28 Kentucky - Go Wildcats (-2 1/2).We don't want Tennessee to jump us and a loss getsGeorgia to the SEC Championship game.

#21 Wisconsin - Idle #22 Clemson @ #47 South Carolina - Go Tigers (-2 1/2).I'm a little worried that they might somehow squeakback into the top 14 but a loss would help Hawaii inthe computers so go Clemson.

#23 South Florida @ #76 Pittsburgh - Go Bulls (-11).See above

#24 Cincinnati @ #92 Syracuse - Go Bearcats (-19). SOSbe damned, see above.

#26 Auburn hosts #50 Alabama - Go Tigers (-6). seeabove.

There it is. Print it out, laminate it and take it tograndmas for Thanksgiving. Feel free to debate themerits of each game and try to sway me the other way.

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