Louisville and Kentucky at some point in the last 20 years became one of the best rivalries in college basketball. One has owned the SEC for years (for the most part). And the other, the ACC (again, for the most part).
Both have a national championship win in the last 5 years. Both have made the final four several times in the last 10 years. And the teams, and fans, apparently hate each other.
How Kentucky and Louisville embraced the hate in college basketball's most heated rivalry
I never knew how deep the hate went between these two team's coaches (Pitino v Calipari in current form), the fans, the towns, hell even the states, over a rivalry that seems to have culminated specifically into college basketball. If you are a fan of either of these teams, I recommend checking this article out, if you don't know the history of the rivalry. Interesting stuff.
..I fall on the side of Kentucky.
PowerPlay Wrote: Out of curiosity (or really for the conversation of it), are these numbers anywhere close to the norm? And I mean specifically for the Heisman winners.
Good question. For 2016, Lamar had:
PASSING: 30 passing tds, 9 ints, 3390 yards, 57.6% completion and 153.3 rating.
RUSHING: 21 rushing tds, 1538 yards, 6.6 avg.
Far as I know, Jackson is the only qb to win the Heisman that had at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards.
For total offense, that's where he shined. Only Ty Detmer in 1990 ever had more. 5,022 vs 4,928. So Lamar had the 2nd most all time total offense numbers, for Heisman winners. I imagine his TD numbers where tops or right up there too.
Seattle got lucky a few times in that win. But their defensive play made them deserving. Good thing the penalty kicks were exciting enough, because that game was fairly boring for the entire regulation.
Oh yeah, very well deserved. Was certainly my favorite player to watch all year.
What about Fiesta Bowl?
Buckeyes, for sure.
Peach Bowl will be Washington Huskies v Alabama Crimson Tide.
Fiesta Bowl will be Ohio State Buckeyes v Clemson Tigers.
Can't say I'm surprised, after last week's rankings. Prepare yourself for another Alabama national championship. :/ Coming from a win over Ohio State.
So who do you think will win each game?
My bets for the win are:
Peach Bowl- Washington Huskies. By a small number.
Fiesta Bowl- Ohio State Buckeyes. I'm going with a win over 2td's.
I would love to see Washington win, more than anything in sports right now. But the Tide rolls all, unfortunately. If you feel confident though, bet on it. You will clean up. :)
Seattle. Especially now that Rawls is back and healthy. Then its a tie for second with Dallas, Pats, Oakland and Steelers.
Here's 2003 - 04: teamrankings.com/nba/stat/points-per-ga...
And here's 2016 - 17: teamrankings.com/nba/stat/points-per-ga...
Crazy to see the Mavs go from best to worst in a little over a decade. :/
For team sports, if it's not the clear cut most demanding, it's gotta be tied or right up there. Failing to think of a better one. Baseball, no way. Basketball, nope. Football, depends on the position. But not really. Lots of breaks. I assume we are excluding Olympic sports? If not, I would put Water Polo right up there. Wrote a thread while that was going on, talking about how brutal and difficult that sport is. Though it is quite similar to hockey, just in water.
Soccer and tennis are both more cardio intensive. But less fighting, and no heavy gear or hard as hell ice. So nope again. :)
For individual sports though, MMA/UFC reigns supreme. Nothing requires more athletic ability and pushes you harder, in every single category. So hockey pretty much wins for team sports. But not for individual sports. Good points though. Good thought experiment.
An update on this race, ESPN just released their team's vote ballot, with 5 games to go:
Derek Carr - 41 votes
Matt Ryan - 37 votes
Tom Brady - 36 votes
Ezekiel Elliott - 27 votes
Dak Prescott - 17 votes
Ryan got the most #1 votes, with 4. This seems pretty right to me.