Archive for November, 2014

One More Chance At Bowl Eligibility

November 26, 2014

There was a lot of hope in Lexington as Kentucky started the football season 5-1 (with the one loss being in overtime at Florida). But since then 5 consecutive losses in the rugged SEC have left the Cats on the verge of another losing season. Kentucky visits Louisville Saturday at noon. The Cards have had a good season in the ACC, and will be big favorites.

In basketball, the Kentucky men and women continue undefeated. The women had a close 3-point win at Central Michigan. Otherwise, the games have not been close.

It’s too early to stick a fork in the Blue Jackets, but things need to turn around soon. Despite the return of Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus has gone 0-3 since my last post on hockey.

Still #6

November 26, 2014

Ohio State is still ranked #6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. To make the playoffs, they have to be in the top 4 when the final rankings are announced in early December. Beating Michigan and winning the Big Ten Championship game are necessary but probably not sufficient for a move up. So, we have to hope some of the top 5 lose.

Florida State is undefeated but has had a lot of close games. Saturday the Noles play host to Florida. Gators Coach Will Muschamp is leaving, and I’ll be hoping the Gators can pull off an upset in what is likely to be an emotional game.

Tomorrow night, TCU visits Texas. This is not your father’s Texas Longhorn team. But playing at home, UT can make a statement with an upset of the Horned Frogs.

Saturday afternoon is the Egg Bowl as Mississippi State visits Oxford to play Ole Miss. The Rebels have collapsed after a great start to the season, and last week were routed by lowly Arkansas. But the talent is there, and a good bit of redemption would be earned with a win over their cross-state rivals.

Auburn is another team that started out great, then faded. Saturday night the Tigers take on #1 Alabama, in a rematch of the game last year that featured Auburn’s last-minute kickoff return for a touchdown. That’s probably enough motivation for the Tide to take care of business, but we’ll see.

Another big rivalry game Saturday night is Oregon at Oregon State. The Beavers need one more win for bowl eligibility, and had a nice upset win over Arizona State two weeks ago.

Basketball Underway

November 19, 2014

The Kentucky men were dominant last night in Indianapolis in a rout of Kansas. Kentucky’s talent level has been described as “scary”, and with so many great players, Coach Calipari has implemented a “platoon” system. While there is still a good bit of youth on the team, the Wildcats look head-and-shoulders above everybody else. They just have to maintain the intensity level they showed last night.

The Kentucky women came from 14 points down to beat Baylor in Rupp Arena Monday night. The SEC is even better than normal in women’s basketball this year, so a conference title may prove elusive. But Coach Mitchell definitely has another fine team this season.

I got to see Ohio State last night for the first time, as they pulled away from Marquette. The Bucks committed a lot of turnovers, but their shooting was better than has been typical lately.

I haven’t gotten to see the Ohio State women yet. They lost their opener at Virginia, but are rebuilding. Georgia visits Columbus tonight, and will be a good test for the Buckeyes.

The Lexington GlobalTuner #2 will be off the air indefinitely. After several hours of work I determined that the CI-V interface that allows the computer to control the radio has failed. I will probably replace it eventually, but they are not cheap. The Icom PCR-1000 continues to be online as “Lexington Kentucky”

One Losing Streak Ends, Another Doesn’t

November 19, 2014

The Blue Jackets got up to nine losses in-a-row, tying a franchise record. A 4-3 win in Philadelphia Friday night finally ended the streak. Sergei Bobrovsky was back between the pipes Saturday and Columbus beat San Jose 2-1. But last night the Jackets were shutout by Detroit 5-0. Columbus is in last place in the Metropolitan division. But with Bobrovsky back, they have a chance to make some progress as long as they can generate some kind of offense. There are still a lot of skaters injured.

Kentucky has now lost 5 football games in-a-row and has fallen below .500. If the Cats can beat Louisville on November 29th, they will finally become bowl eligible.

Ohio State on the other hand has continued to win since the head-scratching loss to Virginia Tech. Last night the latest playoff standings were announced, and the Buckeyes are sixth. So it is not out-of-the-question that OSU could end up in the final four, if teams above them rack up some losses.

But A Rough Couple Weeks

November 3, 2014

The Blue Jackets pulled out a nice 5-4 win in San Jose on October 23rd, as Mark Letestu scored the game winning goal with 20 seconds left. But Columbus hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since. Injuries have continued to mount, and none is bigger than the loss of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

In the meat of the SEC schedule, Kentucky has now lost three in-a-row, to LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. Only one more win is needed to become bowl eligible. Remaining opponents are Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville.

Ohio State continues to roll along since the loss to Virginia Tech, and is 4-0 in the Big Ten along with Michigan State. Those two get together Saturday night in East Lansing. This will probably determine the Big Ten East champion.