Early Christmas Trash: Running With The Devils

Well, you might not know it, but there is a HUGE bowl game tonight! Yes, it is the Grandaddy The All Except All The Others, the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl. From, of all places, Las Vegas! And in this fascinating game, my team, the Arizona State Sun Devils have the pleasure of getting their asses whipped up one side and down the other, by my team, the Boise State Broncos.

We have talked about both of these teams enough this year that there is nothing shocking to report for tonight’s game. Boise is 11-1, with only a one point last second loss to a very good TCU team blemishing their record. Kellen Moore and crew are well coached by Chris Peterson and their defense is bigger and faster than given credit for. The Devils also have a very good quarterback, Brock Osweiller and a couple of excellent receivers. Their running game and middle and deep defense are all very spotty and suspect though. They had good personnel in those areas, but were decimated by injuries in practice before the season started. ASU has a problem with speed, and Boise has got that in spades. The only hope is that the Devils pull one out of their rear for coach Dennis Erickson in his final game. I would not bet a plug nickel on that though. Game starts at 8 pm EST and is on ESPN.

Also tonight is the NFL Network Thursday offering, this week with Houston at the Indianapolis NotQuitePeytons. The Colts are coming off their first win of the year, and actually played a solid game last week. But the Texans have been holding their own and growing with rookie TJ Yeats taking over at QB for the injured Matts Schaub and Leinart. If Indy can play tough defense, they might have a chance at home. But I doubt it, Houston’s running game, led by Arian foster, is too much.

We will likely scare up some new Trash for Saturday’s NFL extravaganza, but for now hoop it up here!

14 replies
  1. rosalind says:

    yeah, trash! what once was OT is now on topic, namely the big so cal news today that QB Matt Barkley is returning to USC instead of cashing in and going pro.

    the number of times he said he “prayed on the decision” i began to get a timmy tebow the 2nd vibe. he also gave a big shoutout to his girlfriend, so perhaps he did it for love.

    while i’m constitutionally incapable of rooting for USC outside of National title games, i will be watching their season with interest.

  2. emptywheel says:

    I think the Colts stand a better than decent chance. They’ve always loved screwing with Texas. And they might be stupid enough to endanger their position in the Luck League to do it.

  3. bmaz says:

    @rosalind: I really like Barkley though; did before he came back, and I love a kid that loves the college game that much to come back when he would be an easy top five pick. And, you know, what Ohio State, Tressel and its players did over numerous years was WAY worse than Reggie Bush and Pete Carroll. Yet USC got the shit kicked out of them with a two year ban and a gob of scholarships yanked. The Buckeyes got a paltry one year ban and hit a lot less hard on scholarships. Bogus!

    One key thing though, the big stud offensive tackle that was supposedly staying or going with Barkley, Matt Kalil, declared for the draft. So that is a big loss.

  4. rosalind says:

    “this week with Houston at the Indianapolis NotQuitePeytons”

    or as I refer to them, the Indianapolis AlmostAndrews!

  5. bmaz says:

    @Jason Leopold: Whoa. Awesome. Can’t wait for that! I saw Van Halen at a $1.93 concert that was hosted by 93 FM KDKB here and only announced a day, maybe two, before the show. Was within a month of the release of the first album. Only song I had heard was the Kinks cover of You Really Got Me, but it sounded good on the radio, and was cheap, so we went down. Holy Fuck! They blew the place up. Just unreal. We all kept looking at each other, going “Can you fucking believe this?!?!”

  6. Jim White says:

    Forkers need to bring in Escobedo. This is getting out of control, and I can say that from only seeing the score (it’s a family night and TV is on something else while we decorate the tree).

  7. Jason Leopold says:

    @bmaz: Oh man! Did you know Gene Simmons (KISS) produced that album? People must have been blown away by Eruption, which still sounds revolutionary. One of their best performances was at the US Festival in the 82 or 83. Definitely check out some old clips on that. I’ll hook you up with the new tracks. You will be really surprised at how great it sounds.

  8. rosalind says:

    in a fitting coda to the conclusion of the McCourt Ownership era, Mother Nature re-arranged the “Think Blue” sign at Dodger Stadium.

    and the real life inspiration for Jerry Maguire, sports agent Leigh Steinberg, has been engaged in his own version of “tossing the keys to the bank”…and the bank has bit back:

    Leigh Steinberg — the sports agent who’s repped Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Aikman and Steve Young — is a wanted man for skipping a court hearing involving an alleged $1.4 million in unpaid rent.

    The company claims Steinberg stopped paying his lease back in 2009 — and says it has been next to impossible to serve him with a subpoena because he’s constantly surrounded by bodyguards.

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