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NFL Football: Who Ate My Sandwich + Week 16 Picks


Remember that ham-fisted sandwich analogy we laughed about weeks ago? No? Well, I likened an NFL season to a well made sandwich, one that you enjoy more with every bite. But now, we’re staring at crust people, CRUST. All we’ve got left is this week, next week, and the whirlwind that is the NFL Playoffs.

Before we move forward, I wanted to thank everyone here at the DYC team for another great year, but especially all our new and old readers. This has been a great year for the site and podcast, and it’s only going to get better from here.

Now, on to the PICKS.

As always, home teams in BOLD

Jaguars (-3.5) over Titans

This is it. The final argument against Thursday night football. Good. Grief. If you’re gambling on this game, close this webpage and seek help immediately. In July, when I’m ignoring baseball, I’ll point to this to remind myself that more football isn’t always the answer. Ugh.

Eagles (-7.5) over Washington Professional Football Team

Jay Gruden has moved to the ‘openly trying to get fired’ phase of his Washington tenure, at a near record pace. A Jim Zorn-esque tour de force that continues to find new lows for the Dan Snyder era.

Chargers (+1) over Niners

Ladies and gentlemen, the newest coach of the Michigan Wolverines*…

*I mean, if he says yes. He probably won’t, so brace yourselves for THAT Michigan fans.

Falcons (+6) over Saints

I need this. Plus, LOOK AT ALL DEM  POINTS. I don’t know who wins this game, but I do know I’m looking forward to betting against the Big 10 NFC South representative in the playoffs.

Dolphins (-6.5) over Vikings

Miami throwing it’s hat in the ring for ‘team that gets frisky late, engendering irrational offseason confidence in fans and pundits”.

Ravens (-6) over Texans

Can JJ Watt play quarterback? Aren’t we as a nation ready to find out?

Lions (-8.5) over Bears

The Bears are starting Jimmy Clausen Sunday. So, how was the Marc Trestman era for you?

Never forget:

Panthers (PICK) over Browns

I’m not out on JFF yet, but that was NOT an encouraging start to what may yet be a promising career. Small sample size and all but this…this was not good.

Packers (-10.5) over Buccaneers

Related to the last pick, are we sure Mike Evans wasn’t making JFF look good down in Aggieland? Cause he’s the only watchable thing in Tampa these days.

Steelers (-3) over Chiefs

Be less dependable Steelers. I swear, every week is a coin flip with this team. At least they show you early who they have chosen to be.

Patriots (-10) over Jets

That’s a WHOLE bunch of points for a division game. Then again, it’s the Jets.

Rams (-5) over Giants

Odell Beckham is the only reason to watch any part of this game.

Bills (-6) over Raiders

Do me a quick favor. Close your eyes, and think about every Bills fan you knew at the start of the season. Shouldn’t take long. Now, open your eyes and search twitter for #BillsMafia, particularly those time stamped for last Sunday. Crazy, right?

Cowboys (-3) over Colts

Jinxing like you read about.

Seahawks (-7.5) over Cardinals

Bruce Arians is hands down Coach of the Year, but I gotta think this whole “next guy who can physically throw a football” quarterbacking system has problems against this Seattle team, which has turned it on down the stretch like the Spurs.

Broncos (-3) over Bengals

Go ahead and bet against Peyton Manning at night. Really good way to lose money.

Last Week: 9-5-1

Season: 79-63-5

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Let’s Get One Thing Straight: We Don’t Want Bobo To Leave


Our crew at DudeYouCrazy (sans Jason Smith) has spent much of the past three weeks vehemently defending Mark Richt and his program at the University of Georgia. When you’re consistently an upper-echelon contender in the best conference in America in said conference’s golden era, you don’t look for the ‘grass is greener’ alternative. Any objective observer knows Georgia has been a couple of breaks in a couple of years away from the promised land.

The same theory applies, and holds even more water, with oft-unfairly-maligned offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

If Bobo is offered the Colorado State head coaching job, he would be a fool not to accept. Andrew and Daniel both covered this very well. New Florida coach Jim McElwain left a stable of versatile offensive talent in Fort Collins, allowing a new coach to step in and replicate McElwain’s juggernaut, balanced, multiple, get-your-hands-to-the-playmakers offense. A couple years of sustained success, and Bobo is a top head coaching candidate in his early 40’s. Perhaps even a sure-fire winner as a Mark Richt replacement.

For the #FireBobo crew, here is what you stand to lose:

- An offense that has spent just two years out of the top four among SEC teams in scoring over the past eight years: Those two years were the 2009 Joe Cox abomination, where output slipped to a still-respectable 28.9 points a game (7th in the conference), and 2013, where all SEC offenses scored at record clips and Georgia finished 5th. You may recall injuries to Todd Gurley, Aaron Murray, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, Justin Scott-Wesley, and Chris Conley in 2013, and that may have had a downwards effect on pulling the Dawgs all the way down to a paltry 36.7 points a game.
– Continuity with an underclassman quarterback taking over next year: Brice Ramsey has looked great in spot duty this year. With the losses of Gurley, Conley, and Bennett, do you want a young QB to lose two years’ education in a system tailored to allow him to make easy throws to open targets? Especially when those targets lack the experience of the past two years’ receiving corps?
– Recruits. I try not to buy into recruiting too much, but you have the next ‘can’t miss blue chipper’ in Washington QB Jacob Eason set to arrive on campus in the spring of 2016. Do you want him to reevaluate if he wants to move 3,000 miles to play ball when Pac-12 offenses are putting more QB’s in the league than anyone right now?

I’ll stick with the guy whose offense has finished in the top four in SEC total offense every year since 2011, even through the proliferation of the no huddle hurry up in the league, thank you very much.

Georgia Football: Why Mike Bobo Should Take the Colorado State Job if Offered


  1. He’s under-appreciated at Georgia.  Look at fan sentiment and look at his compensation.  Now contrast that with records he continues to set.  Does he have a lot of talent at his disposal?  Yes.  But he gets that talent.  Further, as this year showed, he adapts to that talent.  He may get a raise out of this interview with Colorado State and he may decide to stay, but shouldn’t he get a raise without this song and dance?  He orchestrated the SEC’s best offense in a year following the departure of the best QB (statistically) the league had ever seen and while going without the best player in the country for most of the year.
  2. Colorado State is a great first gig.  They’ve got enough momentum to benefit in recruiting, but expectations remain reasonably low.  He would have success there.
  3. He’s a big name there.  Period.  Jim McElwain was a big hire for them.  Mike Bobo would be as well.
  4. It is a stepping-stone job.  See: McElwain.  But seriously, do well at Colorado State and other schools will call within a few years.  Is Georgia Southern (who had interest in Bobo previously) that type of job?  Maybe, maybe not.  But Colorado State definitely is.
  5. Bobo needs a stepping stone.  The danger for Bobo is getting hotter and hotter and jumping to a job that’s too big (at least right off the bat).  Ask Muschamp what that’s like.  Who was the last coordinator to jump to a HC role at a major, major program and have success?  I’m not being a smart-ass.  I’m actually asking.  The only ones that come to mind are folks who wait forever and then move in (Jimbo).  Bobo isn’t Richt’s successor if the Dawgs hire from within in the future; Pruitt would be.  Just look at the paycheck.

 

 

To be clear: no part of me wants Bobo to leave.  Not even an ounce.  I think he would be incredibly hard to replace.  He was born in Augusta, played four years at Georgia served as a G.A. for two years, went a away for one and came back in 2001.  Further, he’s forty years old and has been the offensive coordinator at a national power for eight seasons.  That’s a hard resume to top.  And the on-field performance will be equally difficult to replicate.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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Georgia Football: Bobo Gone?


Over the last 12 hours, news of Mike Bobo being targeted by Colorado State has gone from speculation to rumor to confirmed by Athletic Director Greg McGarity. This morning, Seth Emerson (among others) reported confirmation, and the reaction from the Bulldog fans I know has been disheartening to say the least.

So many people have come out of the woodworks to say they are hoping he takes the job, that they want Bobo gone. I am also full of hope, but of a much different variety. I hope that he’s using this offer to step his pay up in Athens, and that the architect of the number 1 scoring offense in the SEC gets more properly compensated.

40th in nation pay? COME ON MAN. If he goes, I obviously wish him well, but I hope this is a move to get his pay more in line with newest coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Bobo is a commodity that is hunted every year, but this is the first time I can recall such envoys getting to the interview stage. Now, I’ll wait for someone to correct me in the comments on that, or just tell me why I’m wrong about Bobo because #FireBobo. Whatever happens, no one should debate that Mike Bobo as both a player and a coach has been a damn good dawg.

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The DudeYouCrazy Bowl Game Viewing Guide, Vol. 1


Jeepers, there are too many bowls.

I really have no good way to present this to you in a manner that will excite you, and my only hope of Bowl Viewing Guide Vol. 1 not falling on blind eyes is that you share our obsession with amateur football’s highest level (and/or the betting thereof).

Week 1 is intended only to give you a solid excuse to sit in a recliner, drink bourbon, and ignore your siblings’ children. With one ranked team (Utah, at 22) and one Power 5 team (again Utah, of the Pac-12), these games are good for absolutely nothing else.

Saturday, Dec 20

Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), New Orleans Bowl, 11AM, ESPN: Wait. The bowl game located in NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA starts at 10am local time? Even seasoned revelers such as all Louisianans and people from Reno won’t make kickoff for that.

Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5), New Mexico Bowl, 2:20, ESPN: Ranked the bowl season’s least watchable bowl by SBNation’s Bill Connelly. Utah State was shut out by Tennessee before Chuckie Keeton went down with injury, so I can’t figure their third stringer is much count. I got nothing.

#22 Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2), Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30, ABC: Luckily, the New Mexico Bowl is paired on TV with the best matchup of the day. Utah’s defensive line is a havoc-creating problem, and Colorado State is explosive even without new Florida coach Jim McIlwain. Rams WR Rashard Higgins, he of 1640 receiving yards this year, is the best player you’ve never heard of.

Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3), Idaho Potato Bowl, 5:45, ESPN: According to the same article linked above, this is the third-most even bowl matchup. I feel like Boise is just the place for a five-overtime meaningless bowl game.

South Alabama (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (9-4), Camellia Bowl, 9:15, ESPN: So, a team that goes 5-3 in the Sun Belt gets in over an 8-0 Georgia Southern? Go away, NCAA. Well, Southern doesn’t have to travel to Montgomery, AL for the inaugural Camellia Bowl (spoken in ‘Gone With The Wind’ accent).

Monday, Dec 22

BYU (8-4) vs. Memphis (9-3), Miami Beach Bowl, 2:00, ESPN: The ‘Monday while people are still working during the week of Christmas game’, this game is played on the gravesite of the Orange Bowl, at… MARLINS PARK!

This game becomes must-see TV if this abomination goes off for touchdowns. Oh, and Memphis is pretty good.

Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2), Boca Raton Bowl, 6:00, ESPN: Boca Raton, FL, population 84,392, has a bowl game between two conference champions in its first year.

The first annual DudeYouCrazy.net bowl is accepting sponsorship bids now. We can seat about 9,000 at Grady High School. The game will be played in the coveted 2:15am timeslot, and ESPN WILL CARRY IT!

(This is actually the most compelling game on this list, I think.)

Navy (7-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5), San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, 9:30, ESPN: You may notice that I typed the sponsor’s whole title for the first time here. That’s because the San Diego County Credit Union feels its clients need a bowl game in their honor. San Diego is absolutely one of two cities (Miami being the other) in the U.S. where this is deemed acceptable.

Wednesday, Dec 24

Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5), Bahamas (!!!) Bowl, noon, ESPN: Two directional midwestern state schools get to travel to the Bahamas. Customs agents in the Central time one, that white powder is NOT tarmac snow.

Fresno State (6-7) vs. Rice (7-5), Hawai’i Bowl, 8:00, ESPN: Christmas Eve is definitely the destination bowl game day of the year. Perfect background fodder to which one blacks out on eggnog. No, Fresno’s record is not a typo. They now join Georgia Tech as the only teams with losing records to participate in bowl games, a distinction I hate seeing the Jackets lose.

All told, these games rank 38, 36, 32, 30, 29, 27, 16, and 13 on Connelly’s rankings. DRAMA!

We’ll be back for the post-Christmas/still-not-great games next week.

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