I have created an LGM College Bowl Mania League. First place wins a nifty prize.
League Name: Lawyers, Guns and Money
So I find this interesting (no link, but you can find state by state data here):
Setting aside the utterly unscientific nature of such polls, I’m mildly surprised by the Ducks’ nationwide dominance. I would expect the Ducks to be favored because a) the Ducks are higher ranked, and b) they just won an exciting game on ESPN, while Ohio State hasn’t played since November 21. The extent of the dominance (68-32) is higher than I would have expected, but I’m especially surprised by its geographic extent. Ohio State unsurprisingly wins Ohio, and it does better in the Midwest states of the Big 10, but it gets crushed in border states that don’t have Big 10 teams (71-29 in Kentucky, 70-30 in West Virginia). Even in the other Big 10 states Ohio State doesn’t do particularly well; apart from the 50-50 tie in Iowa, the closest it comes to winning a state is taking 45% in Illinois (and it takes only 35% in Michigan). Are there perhaps two dynamics operating here, with general Big 10 sympathy on one level contradicted by local resentment of Ohio State on another? If so, it’s interesting that the pattern doesn’t appear to be replicated in Pac 10 states, all of which support the Ducks at a pretty high clip (including 82% in Washington, where I’d expect the most resentment).
I suspect the answer may be thus: Ohio State graduates are simply more objectively loathsome than Oregon graduates. Thoughts?
The most consequential Civil War game ever played will begin shortly. It’s fair to say that over the past six or seven years, the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry has utterly displaced the Oregon-Washington rivalry that dominated my college and graduate school years. It’s all right, everything is all right, the struggle is finished. I have won the victory over myself. I hate the goddamn Beavers.
Go Ducks, go Phils, go have a safe and happy Halloween!
Open thread for all three…
It should go without saying that I a) substantially agree with all of Scott’s critiques of major NCAA athletics, and b) will be cheering heartily today for both the Cats and the Ducks. For the former, I think this exchange is appropriate:
Moe: All right, Homer, I’m not gonna lie to you. There’s a good
chance you can beat Tatum. But you gotta visualize how
you’re gonna win, okay?
[dreams on about his victory]
Announcer: A congenital heart defect has apparently felled Tatum moments
before he could step into the ring.
Go Cats! Go Ducks!
…. Question; do people actually beat rented mules, or is that just an expression?
Holy crap. Not only did we not break Oregon State’s hallowed PAC-10 record of futility, thanks to Idaho (for whom one of my future brothers-in-law works for), but on the heels of the 16-13 upset of USC, Washington is in the rather unlikely position of being back in the national top-25.
Unlike my colleague Dr. Farley, I will not be blogging much on the (American) football program of my alma mater. (Perhaps it’s because we suck?) I fully expected the University of Washington to not win against LSU yesterday. Indeed, this speaks to the new depths that this formerly glorious program has reached when I walk away from that game thinking “hey, we only lost by a touchdown or so, that’s great!”
It was the 15th straight loss for the Huskies, tying a Pac-10 record set twice previously by Oregon State. The first 14 Washington losses came under Sarkisian’s predecessor, Tyrone Willingham.
Mike Bellotti is stepping down as Oregon’s football coach to become the school’s athletic director, and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly will be promoted to head coach.
Bellotti, who has coached the Ducks for the last 14 seasons, takes over his new position July 1, replacing athletic director Pat Kilkenny. Kelly becomes coach on March 30, the opening day of spring practice.
The moves first were announced in December, but no timetable was set for the transition.
Bellotti will serve in the interim as senior counselor to Kilkenny, who will step down June 30.
Oregon’s athletic department scheduled a news conference Saturday to discuss the transition. Bellotti would not comment until then.
Bellotti, 58, has gone 116-55 as coach of the Ducks. This past season Oregon went 10-3 with a 42-31 win over Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks finished the season ranked No. 10.
Not really much question that Bellotti was the finest head coach the Ducks have ever had.
The Knows Pickers win it! If the winner would furnish me with an address, I will furnish s/he with an appropriate prize. I’m almost (but not quite) inclined to give a prize for last, too; 9-25 is impressive in its own right.
|1||Dr. Squid Knows Pickers, C. Carrell||20-14||402|
|2||Ain’t That Pretty At All, R. Cobeen||17-17||368|
|3||Foggy Bottom Line, S. Scott||19-15||356|
|3||long time lurker, J. DeLange||18-16||356|
|5||enelson44, E. Nelson||18-16||354|
|6||Cookie Monsters, J. Lobasz||18-16||353|
|7||Schwyzer, H. Schwyzer||20-14||341|
|8||Bishus, O. Bishus||18-16||333|
|9||Gaw, C. Gaw||21-13||331|
|10||g, s g||21-13||330|
|11||Evan, E. Robertson||19-15||329|
|12||gj manatees, b. junge||17-17||320|
|13||Tha Crusha, T. Militano||16-18||319|
|14||Seals, C. Seals||18-16||310|
|15||penasquito, W. Wyatt||15-19||299|
|16||husker doo, c. rasmussen||17-17||291|
|17||Kooistra, K. Kooistra||18-16||282|
|18||Samoan Napoleon Trefoil, J. M||16-18||281|
|19||Minnesota Venturas, J. Fecke||15-19||278|
|20||jmack, J. Mackin||13-21||271|
|21||Jshinola, J Shinola||16-18||270|
|22||Smith, P. Smith||16-18||269|
|23||B, J B||15-19||264|
|24||The Usual Suspect, E. Gomez||16-18||261|
|25||Drunken Warthogs, S. Ehrlich||15-19||259|
|26||Go green, go white, W. Chum||12-22||258|
|27||Girding the Nittany Loins, D. Stefanon||14-20||252|
|28||Pootie Tang, D. Raskin||13-21||248|
|29||EV_Debs, B. Alpers||12-22||240|
|29||Dr. Awkward, Z. Keane||14-20||240|
|31||Fraud Guy, E. Cerevic||15-19||233|
|32||Cincinnati Bearded Ducks, R. Farley||16-18||231|
|33||Stay Classy, C. M||15-19||225|
|34||With the Russians, too, D. Merrill||15-19||224|
|35||Ottawa Rough Riders, K. Witter||13-21||191|
|36||kodos423, k. crockett||12-22||179|
|37||smith, m. smith||11-23||148|
|38||Ducking Minerva, M. Power||9-25||128|