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December 6, 2010, 11:04 AM
Lots of matchups B10 vs. SEC matchups coming in the Bowl season.

Ohio State vs. Arkansas

Buckeyes have an obvious advantage on defense, but Arkansas has the edge on offense IMO. I'm not sure how balanced Arky is on offense though. Haven't watched them enough. If the Auburn game is any indication, Arkansas' defense has a tough time with mobile quarterbacks. I'd give OSU about a 3 point edge.

Michigan St. vs. Alabama

This game is balance against balance. Both teams can run and throw, and both can play defense at a pretty high level. I'm not sure about this one, but I'll give 'Bama a 1 point edge because of Julio Jones.

Penn St. vs Florida

Penn State looks much improved with their new QB. Florida just looks terrible in every facet of the game. Anything can happen by bowl time, but I'd say PSU by 10.

Michigan vs. Miss State

This is a serious missmatch. Miss State will score at will like every other team that has played Michigan. It just depends on whether Michigan can get the offense going. They looked impressive for about 14 minutes against Ohio State...Miss State by 17.

2-2 would be a pretty good assumption. Thoughts?
December 6, 2010  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE:

Lots of matchups B10 vs. SEC matchups coming in the Bowl season. Ohio State vs. ArkansasBuckeyes have an obvious advantage on defense, but Arkansas has the edge on offense IMO. I'm not sure how balanced Arky is on offense though. Haven't watched them enough.

Arky's running game is strong. They absolutely pounded LSU in the 4th qtr. That was the key to the win. I tend to think Mallett will be the key. Re-watch the Bama game. For a guy as talented as he is, he has made more than a couple absolutely horrible throws in key situations. If he is on track late, Arky will be hard to beat.

But I do expect OSU to put up some points.

December 6, 2010  11:14 AM ET

I'll give you my guess at the betting lines when they come out.

Ohio St by 3.5
Alabama by 9
Penn St/Fla a pick
Miss St by 2.5

2-2 looks pretty likely

December 6, 2010  01:20 PM ET

I tend to agree with JP's assessment in general.

tOSU will have to play a terrific game to beat Arky, though. Petrino seems to have them on the strong upswing here at the end of the season.

PSU-UF will hinge on whether Meyer continues to try to force Brantley's skillset onto a spread O scheme. If he does, UF loses. If he commits to playing Jordan Reed, UF can win but even then I think it'll be close.

December 6, 2010  02:19 PM ET

Just some initial thoughts:

tOSU v. Arkansas - Even if tOSU slows up Arkansas, they're still going to score some points. I think it depends on which Terrell Pryor shows up. If it's last years Rose Bowl, they'll win. Otherwise it may look like Arkansas v. Texas A&M from earlier in the year.

Michigan St. v. Alabama - If Saban can keep the Tide motivated, this won't even be a game. But that's a big if. Lot's of guys looking to the pro's already.

Penn St. v. Florida - Florida's defense wins this game as long as Florida's offense can score 20 points.

Michigan v. Mississippi St. - Looks like Dan Mullen isn't going anywhere. If Stanford wasn't in the Orange Bowl, I wonder if he wouldn't have already been named the Michigan head coach? Anyway, as for the game, if Mississippi St. can hold Robinson under 100 yards rushing, they should win. Otherwise, it might be a shoot out which will be something new for Mississippi St.

December 6, 2010  08:10 PM ET

Big Ten runs the table. Whoa...minus TSUN, again.

December 6, 2010  08:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Big Ten runs the table. Whoa...minus TSUN, again.

Do they not give drug tests where you work?

December 6, 2010  08:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Do they not give drug tests where you work?

ROFLMAO!!!!

Ms G...please..... LOL

December 6, 2010  10:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Do they not give drug tests where you work?

You're pretty terrible at sensing someone just posting something to be silly. Clearly I would not be making a broad statement like that considering I feel the SEC is the toughest conference.


That being said.

PSU wins, Miss State, pure loyalty. :) I think that Michigan St and Bama will be closer than people think, but I think Sparty can pull it off. The real iffy one I think is going to be tOSU and Ark. That should be a decent game, but I'm thinking Arkansas in this one.

December 6, 2010  10:19 PM ET

The Big 10 has a solid chance at going 4-0 in these games.

I'll take Ohio State over Arkansas.

Penn State and Florida are both in off years, but I think Florida is having an "off-er" year if you will.

Michigan State and Bama should be a good one. I think this is the game where the Big-10 could get tripped up. But I like the Spartans body of work this year better.

Michigan and Miss St. I also like the Big-10 team here.

Although every single one of these games could go either way. For all I know, the SEC might go 4-0 in these games. But in my mind, the Big-10 team should be the slight favorite in all these matchups.

December 6, 2010  10:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You're pretty terrible at sensing someone just posting something to be silly. Clearly I would not be making a broad statement like that considering I feel the SEC is the toughest conference. That being said.PSU wins, Miss State, pure loyalty. :) I think that Michigan St and Bama will be closer than people think, but I think Sparty can pull it off. The real iffy one I think is going to be tOSU and Ark. That should be a decent game, but I'm thinking Arkansas in this one.

Come on Ms. G. I'm just giving you a hard time.

December 6, 2010  10:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You're pretty terrible at sensing someone just posting something to be silly. Clearly I would not be making a broad statement like that considering I feel the SEC is the toughest conference. That being said.PSU wins, Miss State, pure loyalty. :) I think that Michigan St and Bama will be closer than people think, but I think Sparty can pull it off. The real iffy one I think is going to be tOSU and Ark. That should be a decent game, but I'm thinking Arkansas in this one.

I was just messing with you G.

December 6, 2010  10:41 PM ET

A game against UF proves how good of a time you really are. A top 25 team destroys UF (Bama, USC, and FSU) or at the very least whips the Gators good but it is a close game (MSU and LUS).

If Penn State is not a top 25 team watch out...

December 6, 2010  10:47 PM ET
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A game against UF proves how good of a time you really are. A top 25 team destroys UF (Bama, USC, and FSU) or at the very least whips the Gators good but it is a close game (MSU and LUS). If Penn State is not a top 25 team watch out...

USC isn't in the top 25. Heck, they aren't even bowl eligible.

Unless you mean South Carolina.

I always find it amusing when SEC fans try to play it off like South Carolina is USC.

December 6, 2010  10:51 PM ET
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The Big 10 has a solid chance at going 4-0 in these games.I'll take Ohio State over Arkansas.Penn State and Florida are both in off years, but I think Florida is having an "off-er" year if you will.Michigan State and Bama should be a good one. I think this is the game where the Big-10 could get tripped up. But I like the Spartans body of work this year better.Michigan and Miss St. I also like the Big-10 team here.Although every single one of these games could go either way. For all I know, the SEC might go 4-0 in these games. But in my mind, the Big-10 team should be the slight favorite in all these matchups.

4-0 is highly highly highly improbable. Ohio St. for one has never beat an SEC team in a bowl game. So history is going against them in this one from the get go. There is a first for everything. Arkansas' offense is firing on all cylinders since the whooping Auburn put on them. There defense is actually playing decent. Ohio St. doesn't have enough offense to keep pace in this game with Arkansas' offense and make no mistake about it Arkansas will score points. Arkansas had problems containing Newton when they played against Auburn, but Pryor isn't in Newton's league when we talk about mobile strong armed QB's. Arkansas by 4.

Michigan St and Alabama could be a good game, but most of Michigan States success this year was the product of a lot of luck. Think LSU's season when they last won it all. The luck is bound to run out sooner or later. The X factor though is this does Michigan State show up pissed off because of getting snubbed by the BCS or do they come in all down because of getting the snub. A fired up Michigan State could make this an entertaining game. A down team because they didn't get picked gets killed by Alabama. A fired up Sparty with something to prove is a toss up. A whiny Sparty because they didn't get picked loses by 17.

Mississippi St vs. Michigan. The question with this game is does either team have enough defense to stop the other team from scoring. Mississippi State did hold Auburn to their lowest scoring game of the season, but that was before Newton was firing on all cylinders. They have played well as a unit defensively. Michigan though has a dynamic playmaker at the QB position in Denard Robinson. Can Michigan's offense score enough points to make up for what their defense is going to give up? My gut is the Bulldogs will stop Michigan more times than Michigan will stop the Bulldogs. MSU by 10

Penn St and Florida. Sorry Gator fans but that offense is terrible. I'm not sure if Dan Mullen was the real genius behind the Gator offense all those years or what, but since he left Florida's offense hasn't been near the same even last year. They needed to make a choice weeks ago either commit to their system and bench Brantley for one of their more dynamic running QB's and run the spread option, or modify the offense to take advantage of Brantley's strength as a passer. Florida's glaring weakness is who gets the first on 3rd and short. All of Florida's running backs are as likely to get dropped for a 4 yard loss as breaking off a 60 yard TD. Penn State is always a well coached team and will come into this game prepared. I think the offense has gotten better over the last few weeks of the season and Florida has stayed the same or maybe gotten worse. Penn State wins easily if Florida hasn't made a decision about what they want to do on offense by 13. If Florida makes a decision either to play to Brantley's strength or put him on the pine for the more dynamic backup's and stick with the spread option then this a more competitive game, but still a PSU win by 3.

December 6, 2010  10:54 PM ET
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USC isn't in the top 25. Heck, they aren't even bowl eligible.Unless you mean South Carolina.I always find it amusing when SEC fans try to play it off like South Carolina is USC.

Considering USC (South Carolina) is 79 years older than USC (Southern California) I would say its pretty safe to say USC (South Carolina) is USC.

December 6, 2010  10:57 PM ET
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4-0 is highly highly highly improbable. Ohio St. for one has never beat an SEC team in a bowl game. So history is going against them in this one from the get go. There is a first for everything. Arkansas' offense is firing on all cylinders since the whooping Auburn put on them. There defense is actually playing decent. Ohio St. doesn't have enough offense to keep pace in this game with Arkansas' offense and make no mistake about it Arkansas will score points. Arkansas had problems containing Newton when they played against Auburn, but Pryor isn't in Newton's league when we talk about mobile strong armed QB's. Arkansas by 4. Michigan St and Alabama could be a good game, but most of Michigan States success this year was the product of a lot of luck. Think LSU's season when they last won it all. The luck is bound to run out sooner or later. The X factor though is this does Michigan State show up pissed off because of getting snubbed by the BCS or do they come in all down because of getting the snub. A fired up Michigan State could make this an entertaining game. A down team because they didn't get picked gets killed by Alabama. A fired up Sparty with something to prove is a toss up. A whiny Sparty because they didn't get picked loses by 17.Mississippi St vs. Michigan. The question with this game is does either team have enough defense to stop the other team from scoring. Mississippi State did hold Auburn to their lowest scoring game of the season, but that was before Newton was firing on all cylinders. They have played well as a unit defensively. Michigan though has a dynamic playmaker at the QB position in Denard Robinson. Can Michigan's offense score enough points to make up for what their defense is going to give up? My gut is the Bulldogs will stop Michigan more times than Michigan will stop the Bulldogs. MSU by 10Penn St and Florida. Sorry Gator fans but that offense is terrible. I'm not sure if Dan Mullen was the real genius behind the Gator offense all those years or what, but since he left Florida's offense hasn't been near the same even last year. They needed to make a choice weeks ago either commit to their system and bench Brantley for one of their more dynamic running QB's and run the spread option, or modify the offense to take advantage of Brantley's strength as a passer. Florida's glaring weakness is who gets the first on 3rd and short. All of Florida's running backs are as likely to get dropped for a 4 yard loss as breaking off a 60 yard TD. Penn State is always a well coached team and will come into this game prepared. I think the offense has gotten better over the last few weeks of the season and Florida has stayed the same or maybe gotten worse. Penn State wins easily if Florida hasn't made a decision about what they want to do on offense by 13. If Florida makes a decision either to play to Brantley's strength or put him on the pine for the more dynamic backup's and stick with the spread option then this a more competitive game, but still a PSU win by 3.

I think you're OSU-Arkansas prediction is very reasonable. History isn't working in their favor, and I truly feel that if Arkansas and Auburn were to play today, Arkansas would win. They've been phenomenal of late. So with that said, I will agree with your Arkansas over tOSU pick.

I feel like you're reasoning for taking Bama over MSU though is very SEC biased. There is no way to predict that MSU will come out playing a lackluster game simply because they are sad they aren't in the BCS. I'm basing my opinion for that game based sheerly on overall results from this season. I'll take Michigan State in that game.

Michigan and Mississippi State could go either way. But I feel Mississippi State is the most overrated team in the country. They're biggest "quality" win came @ Florida when they were #22 in the country. Florida as we all know turned out to be an average team at best this year. But, Michigan really hasn't been anything special either, so that game is probably a push.

Penn State and Florida, I just can't see Florida winning. You seem to agree with me on that, to an extent.

So with that said, I will reevalutate my picks to a 3-1 Big 10 advantage, with a very possible 2-2 result.

December 6, 2010  10:59 PM ET
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Considering USC (South Carolina) is 79 years older than USC (Southern California) I would say its pretty safe to say USC (South Carolina) is USC.

Considering USC's superior sports and academic tradition, I think it's more than safte to say USC is the University of Southern California.

December 6, 2010  11:02 PM ET
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USC isn't in the top 25. Heck, they aren't even bowl eligible.Unless you mean South Carolina.I always find it amusing when SEC fans try to play it off like South Carolina is USC.

I did that on propose despite the court order, there is only one team with those initials that is bowl eligible and it is coached by the tOVT himself.

However, there is only one real USC like the court order says.

December 6, 2010  11:09 PM ET

Type in "USC" into google search. Which school is mentioned more? And discount anything involving recent news' stories, as that would just make USC's advantage over south carolina even greater.

USC national championships- 114
South Carolina national championships- 7

USC acceptance rate- 23%
South Carolina acceptance rate- 64%

I'm sorry, which school is the real USC again?

 
December 6, 2010  11:27 PM ET
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Type in "USC" into google search. Which school is mentioned more? And discount anything involving recent news' stories, as that would just make USC's advantage over south carolina even greater.USC national championships- 114South Carolina national championships- 7USC acceptance rate- 23%South Carolina acceptance rate- 64%I'm sorry, which school is the real USC again?

Who cares? They're both USC when you don't want to type out University of Southern California or University of South Carolina. I don't know if it's more ridiculous that I responded to this or that someone started it.

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