Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo vs San Diego State

SDSU vs Buffalo in Boise!

Buffalo vs. San Diego State Preview:

The Bulls face the Aztecs in Boise on December 21, 2013 on ESPN. Here are some notes on each team.

San Diego State Offense: The Aztecs started off 0-3 but then rallied to win the next 7 of 8 before losing to UNLV.  Quinn Kaehler, Junior from San Ramon, CA, started the past 10 games after Adam Dingwell got benched after the Ohio State loss. Kaehler has thrown for 2,796 yards with 17 TD compared to 9 INT’s. Kaehler has completed 60.1 percent of his passes. Adam Muema, the junior from Covina, CA, has rushed for 100+ yards in five games this season. He rushed for 233 yards vs. New Mexico.

Buffalo Offense: Buffalo started out the season on a sour note. They lost to Ohio State, 40-20, then went to Baylor and got crushed 70-13. They did win seven straight until the loss vs. Toledo. Sophomore QB, Joe Licata, has thrown for 2,628 yards and 21 TD’s compared to 7 picks with a completion rate of 59.1. Branden Oliver is 6th in the NCAA in rushing attempts (282) and 2nd in the MAC in rushing yards (1421).

San Diego State Defense: On the defensive side, J.J. Whittaker is a monster! He has three interceptions on the season with one of them, returned for a touchdown! He is third in the MWC with 11 passes defended.

Buffalo Defense: The San Diego State O line will have a big task in Boise with trying to control Khalil Mack. The senior from Fort Pierce, Florida, is 3rd in the FBS with five forced fumbles and is first in the FBS, of all time, with 75 tackles for losses. Mack has 94 tackles along with 3 INT’s for the year.

Prediction: This game will be run, run, run with a little passing in the middle. I expect Muema to get 15+ carries and if he can get past Khalil Mack, I expect the Aztec to win this game. I’m going with San Diego State 27, Buffalo 14

NFL Team Rankings.

Who are the top of the NFL Rankings? Well, find out here! 

Bryan Nolen’s first ever NFL Rankings (Through Week 8):

1. Denver Broncos: What can you say about this team? Just so strong all around! Star QB in Manning, pretty solid running game and excellent wide outs in Thomas, Welker, Decker, etc. Defense is very strong and is even strong now since Von Miller came back.

2-Seattle Seahawks- I know they haven’t played yet, this week, but they are still my #2 team in the rankings. Russell Wilson has stood out as the best QB that came out of the 2011 draft class. Marshawn Lynch is a workhorse and they yet to have Percy Harvin play a game with them. He could come back Monday at the earliest! Their secondary is outstanding with Sherman, Johnson and others. Earl Thomas, Safety, is a interception machine.

3-Kansas City Chiefs- I know they are undefeated but I just think that they are not the best in the NFL. Really impressed with the job Andy Reid has done. Dwayne Bowe and company provide some targets for QB Alex Smith. They only beat Cleveland by 6 so I am little skeptical.  

4.-New Orleans Saints- I am really impressed with this team. Drew Brees is year after year getting better and better. Lance Moore along others bring Brees big targets and then the big man. Jimmy Graham is Drew Brees’ best friend. Sean Peyton comes back and they are back to winning like nothing ever happened. 

5- Indy Colts- I know that you guys are probably saying really? The Colts are at five? They beat Denver! Yes I know that, They also beat Seattle, but they lost to Miami! They have lost Reggie Wayne for the season with a torn ACL, so I just don’t feel good about this team. 

6- New England Patriots- Tom Brady and company just keep rolling. They beat the Dolphins 27-17 after scoring 27 unanswered points. Tom Brady wasn’t worried and he just kept the offense in tact and they cruised to victory.

7-Green Bay Packers- I like this team. I really do, but the injuries are just killing them! James Jones with the knee, Randall Cobb done for a couple months and Jermichael Finley could be done for his career! Aaron Rodgers is a unbelievable QB but he needs his WR’s.

8-San Francisco 49ers- The Niners had no problem beating the Jags in London, 42-10. Kap threw for one and ran for couple scores and Frank Gore was just rumbling through the horrid Jags defense. 

9-Cincinnati Bengals- What a performance by Andy Dalton on Sunday afternoon. He threw for a career high 4 touchdowns and they crushed the Jets, 49-9. Marvin Jones came in to the game with 3 touchdowns caught all season. He caught 4 yesterday. Their division is pretty bad, so they will have no problem winning the conference. 

10-Detroit Lions- What a performance by Calvin Johnson on Sunday! 329 yards receiving! He was only 6 yards shy of breaking Flipper Anderson’s record of 336 receiving yards. They were down 30-24 with 1:12 left in the game. Stafford connected with Kris Durham and then connected with Calvin Johnson to bring it down to the one with 15 seconds left in the game. Stafford made the fake spike work and ran in for the touchdown. He finished with 488 passing yards while Dez Bryant got into 2 altercations with his teammates and coaches.

11-Dallas Cowboys- See No. 10

12-Chicago Bears- Much needed bye week for the bears as they are dealing with injuries to their main event guys. Jay Cutler has a groin injury and is at least out for 3 more weeks. Lance Briggs has a shoulder injury and Charles Tillman has had some injuries as well. 

13-Oakland Raiders- They might be the most surprising team of the NFL this season. Terrelle Pryor just works for this Raiders offense. Dennis Allen comes back to coach this surprising team which is 3-4 on the season. They beat Pittsburgh 21-18 as Pryor, on the first play of the game, rushed for a 93 yard touchdown to make it 7-0. That was the longest run, by a QB, in NFL history.

14-Arizona Cardinals- Bruce Arians bring his magic to the Cardinals after interning with the Colts last season. They beat the Falcons, 27-13 to go .500 on the season. Fitzgerald caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown, and became the youngest in NFL history to reach 800 career catches at 30 years, 57 days. 

15-Miami Dolphins- This team looked like it was going to be amazing at the beginning of the season but they just have fizzled out. They won the first three but since have lost the last four. Ryan Tannehill has been struggling and Mike Wallace is getting frustrated. They need to get to work and they need to get to work quickly. 

16-Carolina Panthers- This is one of the teams that just seems like there is something there that is not right. Cam Newton looked fantastic on Thursday night but I just don’t have a good feeling about this squad. They have one big weapon (Steve Smith) and they have some good DB’s but I just feel that they are missing a piece, in order to become a playoff contender. 

17-San Diego Chargers- Another team that is missing that one big star to become a playoff contender.

18-Philadelphia Eagles- QB nightmare for Chip Kelly. Good Luck Chip and welcome to the NFL!

19-New York Jets- Geno had a bad game on Sunday so he will have a good game next week! Stats don’t like folks! Check em out!

20-Buffalo Bills- Like the Eagles, QB nightmare. Kolb is done for the year. Manuel is iffy for a couple more weeks, Tuel is the backup and Thad Lewis is Thad Lewis.

21-St Louis Rams- Tim Tebow, Brett Frave, for crying out loud Rams organization, bring in Vince Young!

22-Cleveland Browns- Jason Campbell looked pretty good on Sunday. He will start week 9 and could start for the rest of the season!

23-Baltimore Ravens- What a offseason for the Ravens and it wasn’t a good offseason. They lost Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, among others. From a Superbowl championship team, to a team that is trying to even get to .500, the Ravens have some work to do.

24-Tennessee Titans- Jake Locker is back but will Kenny Brit get traded? Find out Tuesday.

25-Washington Redskins- RG3 doesn’t look the same after the torn ACL in the playoff game vs. Seattle.

26-New York Giants- 2 in a row for the G-men! 

27-Houston Texans- Case Kennum looked impressive in the lost to Kansas City but after a bye week, They will go and face Andrew Luck and the Colts!

28-Atlanta Falcons- Julio  Jones is done for the season and Gonzalez should of stayed retired. 

29-Pittsburgh Steelers- They should’ve fired Todd Haley at the end of last season. They are paying for it now.

30-Minnesota Vikings- QB Nightmare! Freeman hurt, Cassel sucks and Ponder is just………

31-Tampa Bay Bucs- Oh Greg Schiano…… He is on the hot seat that is so so so hot! Doug Martin is injured, they don’t got a QB, they are in a world of hurt but hey, they are not as bad as the Jags!

32- Jacksonville Jaguars- Just bring in Tim Tebow. You already suck. Might as well suck and get money for it!

NFL Week 7 Recap

Week 7 is in the books and it was a great day for the Jets, Colts and Cowboys fans while the Jags stayed winless and the Rams lost their starting QB for the year. Lets look back at Sunday’s games.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta: Atlanta won 31-23 but Tampa Bay looked decent for a change. Doug Martin, RB for Tampa Bay, got hurt in the middle of the 3rd with a shoulder injury. He did not return. He said, after the game, that the X-Ray’s looked fine and the shoulder was not separated. Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes to Jacquizz Rodgers to boost the Falcons over the winless Bucs.

Cincinnati at Detroit: Andy Dalton threw for a career high 372 yards in the win vs the Lions on the road. Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards and 155 of them were to Calvin Johnson. The two of them rallied from 11 down to tie the game up but Mike Nugent’s 54 yard field goal for the Lions, sealed the deal.

Buffalo at Miami: Mario Williams’ huge sack led the Bills go down the field, late in the game, for a game winning field goal by Dan Carpenter. Thad Lewis, who started for the injured E.J. Manuel, threw for 202 yards in the win vs Miami. Miami has now lost 3 in a row after starting the season 3-0.

Dallas at Philly: In a surprisingly defensive game, Tony Romo and the Cowboys traveled to Philly, got the win, and remained first place in the NFC East. Without the star running back in DeMarco Murray, Romo knew he had to preform and he did. Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown in his 100th career NFL start. Nick Foles got hurt for the Eagles on the final play of the third quarter and with Michael Vick hurt, Matt Barkley had to came in. Barkley, the rookie from USC, was 11-20 and threw three picks in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys were missing DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer but that did not matter as they continued the streak of nine straight losses for the Eagles at home.

Chicago at Washington: Unlike the Dallas/Philly game, this was a shootout. Robert Griffin III and the Skins drove the ball down for the go ahead score with 0:45 seconds left in the game. Jay Cutler got injured early in the second quarter with a groin injury so Josh McCown came into the game. This was McCown’s first action since 2011 but it did not look like it. McCown was 14-20 with 202 yards in the air and a score. Matt Forte rushed for 91 yards and 3 scores while Devin Hester returned a punt 81 yards to the house. Hester tied Deion Sanders’ record in returning touchdowns as the Bears went into Washington D.C. and came out with a win.

St Louis at Carolina: Cam Newton threw for 204 yards and one touchdown in a heated game between the Rams and the Panthers. Sam Bradford was carted off in the fourth quarter and later revealed that he tore his ACL. Bradford, who is in his fourth year of the NFL from Oklahoma, is schedule to get an MRI tomorrow to officially announce the details of the injury. The Rams are schedule to workout multiple QB’s tomorrow.

San Diego at Jacksonville: Chad Henne throws for 318 yards in the loss to San Diego 24-6. Philip Rivers was 22-26 and completed the first fourteen pass attempts in the win. He also became the second QB in franchise history to pass for 30,000 yards in his career. Ryan Matthews rushed for over 100 yards and one score as the Chargers have won consecutive games for the first time this season.

New England at New York: Geno Smith threw for 233 yards as the Jets beat the Pats in OT, 27-24. The Jets beat New England for the first time in six tries and broke the streak of the Patriots beating AFC East teams for the 12th straight time. Rob Gronkowski made his debut for the Pats catching eight balls for 114 yards but no TD’s. Nick Folk missed a 56 yarder in OT but it was waved off after a controversial call for unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that moved the ball 15 yards closer for New York and Folk converted on the following attempt for the win.

Cleveland at Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers passed for 260 yards and three scores while Eddie Lacy rushed for one as well. He was without two of his best receivers in James Jones and Randall Cobb and he lost one in this game. Jermichael Finley  left on a stretch with 10 minutes left in the game and was sent to the hospital. As of Monday afternoon, he was still in the ICU but was walking and had feeling in all of his extremities.  Brandon Weeden struggled once again and we could be seeing Jason Campbell for the struggling Browns.

San Fran at Tennessee: Colin Kaepernick threw for 199 yards as San Fran beat Tennessee 34-17 for their forth straight win en route to London. Niners were up 17-0 at the half and they just took it from there. Jake Locker returned for the Titans 3 weeks ahead of schedule as he tried to rally the Titans. They outscored San Fran 17-7,  but it was just to late, They have now lost 3 straight games.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes and Shawn Suisham hit the game winning field goal to make Pittsburgh 2-4 on the season. Joe Flacco  was 24-34 for 214 yards and drove down the field to hit Dallas Clark with the one yard pass to make it 16-16. They didn’t waste enough clock though as Roethlisberger drove the Steelers down the field and Suisham kicked the 42 yard field goal for the win.

Houston at Kansas City: Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a 7th straight win in front of there crazy crowd 17-16. Case Keenum started for the first time in his career as Matt Schuab was hurt and TJ Yates was his backup. They held Keenum to a goal line stand but they had one last shot with 1:46 left. Keenum made the rookie mistake and threw it into tight coverage for the interception. Kansas City went to 7-0 for the first time since 2003 and in the Super Bowl era, all 31 teams that have gone 7-0, have gone to the Super Bowl. Nine of those, have gone on to win it.  Arian Foster left the game early in the second with a hamstring injury and did not return.

Denver at Indy: It was a special night for Peyton Manning as he returned to the stadium he built. There was one thing he wanted that he did not get. A win. Andrew Luck and company beat Denver 39-33 for the Broncos’ first loss of the season.  Luck threw for 3 touchdown and rushed for one score while the former QB of the Colts threw for 386 yards in the loss. Luck has not lost consecutive games in his career. Colts led 26-14 at half but Manning and Denver would not give up. Manning hit a 31 yard pass to Demaryius Thomas and then hit Knowshawn Moreno for the one yard score with 8:44 left to play. Reggie Wayne left the game late in the fourth with a knee injury and it was announced that he tore his ACL which would end his year. Denver was on the verge of scoring, down 39-33, but Ronnie Hillman fumbled on the two yard line  and the Colts recovered and went on for the victory.