Two Mountain West opponents meet in the First Addition of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl on December 29th, 2015 in Tucson. While the game will be televised on the teams’ local stations of the teams involved, it will also be available via live stream through Campus Insiders.
Nevada (6-6) and Colorado State (7-5) did not play each other during the regular season due to the conference’s unbalanced schedule rotation. They will get their chance on Tuesday. There should be plenty of offense in this one, which isn’t a bad thing when you’re trying to get a bowl game over for the people.
Bowl: Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Teams: Nevada Wolfpack vs Colorado State Rams
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Vegas Line/Total: Rams -3.5 / O/U 55.5
11/28/15 @ San Diego State L 14-31 P 17 U 48.5
11/21/15 @ Utah State L 27-31 W 14 O 54.5
11/14/15 San Jose State W 37-34 OT W PK O 52.5
11/05/15 @ Fresno State W 30-16 W -4 U 54
10/24/15 Hawaii W 30-20 W -7.5 U 54
10/17/15 @ Wyoming L 21-28 L -6 U 55.5
10/10/15 New Mexico W 35-17 W -4 U 53.5
10/03/15 UNLV L 17-23 L -6 U 57
09/26/15 @ Buffalo W 24-21 W 3 U 53
09/19/15 @ Texas A&M L 27-44 W 32 O 65
09/12/15 Arizona L 20-44 L 9.5 O 63
09/03/15 UC – Davis W 31-17 L -23.5 U 59.5
11/28/15 @ Fresno State W 34-31 L -10.5 O 60.5
11/21/15 @ New Mexico W 28-21 W -3 U 56.5
11/14/15 UNLV W 49-35 W -7.5 O 58
11/07/15 @ Wyoming W 26-7 W -9 U 55.5
10/31/15 San Diego State L 17-41 L 3 O 52
10/17/15 Air Force W 38-23 W 3.5 O 54.5
10/10/15 Boise State L 10-41 L 14.5 U 60
10/03/15 @ Utah State L 18-33 L 6 O 50
09/26/15 @ UT San Antonio W 33-31 L -9 O 56
09/19/15 vs Colorado L 24-27 OT P 3 U 56.5
09/12/15 Minnesota L 20-23 OT W 4 U 59.5
09/05/15 Savannah State W 65-13 W -51 O 66
December 24, 2009 – Hawaiʻi Bowl – Nevada 10 – 45 SMU
January 9, 2011 – Fight Hunger Bowl – Nevada 20 – 13 Boston College
December 24, 2011 – Hawaiʻi Bowl – Nevada 17 – 24 Southern Miss
December 15, 2012 – New Mexico Bowl – Nevada 48 – 49 Arizona
December 20, 2014 – New Orleans Bowl – Nevada 3 – 16 LA–Lafayette
December 20, 2014 – Las Vegas Bowl – Rams 10 – 45 Utah
December 21, 2013 – New Mexico Bowl – Rams 48 – 45 Wash St.
December 20, 2008 – New Mexico Bowl – Rams 40 – 35 Fresno St.
December 22, 2005 – Poinsettia Bowl – Rams 30 – 51 Navy
December 31, 2003 – San Francisco Bowl – Rams 21 – 35 BC
Nick Rolovich accepted the head coaching position at Hawaii, so wide receivers’ coach Jim Hofer will be taking over duties in his place.
Things can only improve this year as Nevada ranks 87th in the nation, scoring only 26.1 points a game. Inconsistent play at the quarterback position has plagued the Wolf Pack throughout the year. QB Tyler Stewart only completed 180 passes for 2064 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In any success that they did have, they counted on their running game. Two 1000-yard rushers, tailbacks James Butler and Don Jackson, were absolute workhorses for the Wolf Pack offense. Butler tallied 1156 yards on 184 carries and found the end zone eight times, while senior Don Jackson ran for 1026 yards on 220 carries for another eight touchdowns.
While the passing game struggled, Hassan Henderson and Jerico Richardson managed to give a little balance to the offense through the air. Henderson recorded 50 catches for 709 yards and four touchdowns. Richardson, the team’s leading receiver, caught 64 passes for 707 yards and five more end zone appearances. Tight end Jarred Gipson had only 19 grabs, but five of those were good for scores.
The Nevada defense is giving up 27.1 points and 188.8 rushing yards a contest. Ian Seau has nine sacks, and Dameon Baber has six interceptions for Nevada. The Wolf Pack are plus eight in turnover margin this year.
The Rams finished third in the Mountain West, winning their last four games to get here, and have beaten Nevada in 11 of the last 13 meetings. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who was Georgia’s offensive guru the last eight seasons, has the offense pointed in the right direction and is a big reason why Colorado State hung tough all year.
The major recipient of Bobo’s teachings is quarterback Nick Stevens. Stevens set the program’s sophomore record, passing for 2369 yards and a Mountain-West leading 21 touchdowns. The sophomores 12 interceptions on the year shows there is still room for improvement.
The bulk of Colorado State’s running game was lead by two running backs. Senior Jason Oden ran for 695 yards on 146 carries and five touchdowns and will be playing in his college football finale. Sophomore tailback Dayln Dawkins lead the team with 805 yards and reached pay dirt twice, while freshmen Izzy Mathews also pitched in by scoring five touchdowns on only 85 attempts.
After being banged up through the middle part of the season, big-play wide receiver Rashard Higgins is back to his old ways. Higgins has caught a touchdown in his last four games, pushing his total to eight. The graceful Higgins reeled in 65 catches and 932 yards for the year. His counterpart, senior Joe Hansley, caught 26 balls for 384 yards and eight more scores.
All-Conference middle linebacker Cory James leads a defense that allowed 27.2 points a game, ranking 7th in the Mountain West. The Rams allowed 394.2 yards a game, with the lion share of that yardage coming via the run (208.1 yards a game). If Colorado State wants to keep Nevada on the sidelines, they will have to show improvement against a stout running attack on Tuesday.
This game features two teams from the same conference, which is very rare for a non-playoff bowl match-up. Nebraska and Oklahoma squared off in the Orange Bowl in 1979, that was the only other year in bowl history that featured teams from the same conference.
Nevada finished the season with two straight losses and struggled to score consistently. The Wolf Pack struggles to throw the ball, so they will need to get the ground game going early if they hope to stay with the Rams.
Colorado State finished the season on a high note and have a more balanced attack. With the progression of their sophomore quarterback and a sound running game, the Rams will test Nevada’s inconsistent defense all game long.
Both teams played with average defenses this year, so I expect that this game could be close. Colorado State and Nevada need to play mistake-free football and take advantage of field position if they want to come out victorious in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.
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Any minute now, Jimmy Butler will make a decision on whether to take the Bulls' standing long-term max salary offer. If he does, it can be no shorter than three years guaranteed, which means that Butler -- though he has spent four years with the Bulls -- cannot become an unrestricted free agent until 2018 at the earliest. There's one other option: Butler can sign the Bulls' one-year qualifying offer for $4.4 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
This is a really tough decision if Butler indeed wants to leave Chicago, and it shows the immense power teams retain of the first half of top players' careers. Due to the arcane max offer provision the Bulls used -- soon to be known as the Butler Rule, of course -- Chicago essentially controls the first seven years of Butler's career, with the qualifying offer his only escape hatch.
That is a valid escape hatch. Greg Monroe used it to ensure he wouldn't be forced to remain in Detroit longer than five years. Certainly, $4.4 million is not chump change, though it's far under Butler's market value. Qualifying offers are based on 125 percent of the players' previous salary; since most restricted free agents are coming off of rookie deals, these are typically fairly low. Butler was the last pick of the first round in 2011, so his qualifying offer is especially low compared to others in similar situations.
On the open market, Butler would command a max salary: roughly $17 million a year for a player with four years of NBA service. And indeed the Bulls have offered that fair market value!
The problem for Butler is that if he becomes a free agent again in 2016, his max salary would be $22 million. Hence why Butler reportedly sought a one-year deal with the Lakers. He wants to go back to the well once the salary cap explodes in a year. The Bulls have effectively prevented that. If Butler wants to take a one-year deal and hit free agency in 2016, Chicago has ensured that one year will be played in red and black and that it won't cost the Bulls much at all.
It's impossible to feel too bad for Butler. The deal on the table would pay him $90 million over the next five seasons to play basketball in one of America's finest cities for an exciting new coach on a rather good team.
That said, if we're looking at where battle lines will be drawn in upcoming labor negotiations, the fact that Butler can't decide where he works for the first seven years of his NBA career without risking a minimum of $13 million (the difference between his 2015-16 max and the qualifying offer) is certainly a problem for players.
The money is there for just about everyone: superstars, mid-rung players, role-playing vets and team owners. Money should really not be an issue in 2017, when either side can re-open the collective bargaining agreement that governs the NBA's transactional rules. Control will be an issue. And for players, the vagaries of restricted free agency are the biggest limit on self-control (next to the draft itself, which isn't likely going anywhere). Instead of quibbling over a percentage point or two, attacking the rules that make it so easy for teams like the Bulls to control their draft picks for half of their careers might be in the players' union's best interest.
Teams that don't like building with high draft picks might be willing allies in the fight. Consider that because New Orleans was real bad for one year, they won much more than just the right to draft Anthony Davis. Because of restricted free agents and special contract cut-outs for incumbent teams, they also won the rights to lock him up for eight full years. Add in the age minimum (which theoretically makes higher picks less risky) and the deck is really, really stacked in favor of teams who hit home runs in the draft.
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Justin Timberlake performs his new single "Can't Stop The Feeling" at the Ericsson Globe on May 14, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo: Michael Campanella/Getty Images, 2016 Getty Images)
Justin Timberlake announced on Twitter on Sunday night that he will headline the halftime show at this season's Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
It will be the third time that Timberlake, who has won 10 Grammy Awards, headlines a Super Bowl halftime show, the most of any individual entertainer. He also performed at Super Bowl XXXV as a member of the pop group *NSYNC and at Super Bowl XXVIII with Janet Jackson, during which he briefly exposed her breast in a controversial incident called a "wardrobe malfunction."
The FCC mandated a delay on live performances thereafter.
Timberlake announced that he will be performing during Super Bowl LII, which will kick off from U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4, 2018, in a short video clip on Twitter alongside Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
A singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, Timberlake most recently was nominated for an Academy Award for his song "Can't Stop the Feeling," which was released in 2016 as part of the soundtrack for the animated movie "Trolls." Timberlake also provided the voice for one of the main characters in the movie.
Timberlake's 2013 album "The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience" was nominated for best pop vocal album at the Grammy Awards in 2014, one of his seven nominations that year. He won three categories, including best music video for his song "Suit & Tie" alongside rapper Jay-Z.
The 36-year-old Timberlake is expected to release a new album in early 2018, according to Variety, and will star alongside Kate Winslet in Woody Allen's upcoming film "Wonder Wheel," which is scheduled to be released Dec. 1.
It is immediately unclear whether anyone will join Timberlake on the halftime stage.JOIN THE CONVERSATION
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At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ latest contest …
What happened: Michigan State, Part II, only more painful. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) saw their old Central Street demons return to bite them, and at all the wrong times in the 17-10 overtime loss Saturday. Empty possessions. Missed field goals. No sync at line of scrimmage in the run game. Dropped passes. Timing issues with quarterback Nate Stanley and his receivers. Akrum Wadley, who ran wild in the Chicago suburbs two years ago, was snuffed by purple jersey after purple jersey (90 rushing yards on 26 carries), and Plan B never got off the runway.
What it means: These Hawks are just good enough to break your heart. With three league losses — all by a touchdown or less — on the ledger, a West division crown seems unlikely, even if it isn’t mathematically off the table yet. Linebacker Josey Jewell and safety Brandon Snyder were missed in a contest where an enforcer to shadow mobile Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (192 passing yards, 23 rushing yards) could’ve swung the game. A consistent run game and a powerful defense will serve you well on the road. Youth and inconsistency typically don’t.
Projected record: Massey Ratings — 7-5; TeamRankings.com — 6-6
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Projected postseason destination: Holiday Bowl, Dec. 28 in San Diego versus a Pac-12 opponent.
Up next: Minnesota visits Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. If there’s a silver lining after another gloomy trek to Evanston, it’s that the middle of the Big Ten West is a mess, a mash of 6-6-ish squads. The Fighting Flecks are physical and can run the ball, but the Gophers’ passing game is all over the map, which means the Goldy (4-3, 1-3) can most certainly be had. Matchups with the Gophs, Purdue (Nov. 18) and Nebraska (Nov. 24) look more than manageable, on paper. Then again, at this time last week, we were saying the same thing about Northwestern.Share
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