The Pro Combat Unis, just say no.
If you watched the whole Fiesta Bowl so that you could see if you could survive it (like I did), then you need not read any further because there's no need to relive it. I would have never picked TCU had I known pregame that they were going to roll out that terrible uniform (pictured above) again. It was supposed to be a one time deal. If you use them in a big game bad things will happen. Ask Miami how the Champs Sports Bowl went or ask UF how wearing the white helmets worked out for them in the SEC Championship.
I picked TCU because I did not expect their WRs to turn into Featherstone and drop game tying TD's. Boise St only ran one trick play. It came on 4th and 9 in Broncos territory when the punter converted the throw to a wide open back up TE for 29 yards. That play kept the drive alive and ended with the go ahead score for Boise St. Thus ends all excitement in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. I'm really not even joking around here. The TD run which gave Boise St the 17-10 lead (also the final score) came at the end of a drive of 78 yards with 7:21 to go in the game. The final 7:21 of the game saw 88 total yards from both teams. Two of the most explosive offenses in college football gave us two (2) combined offensive TDs. Good defense? Hardly. It appeared that Boise St's Kellen Moore and TCU's Andy Dalton were attempting to have a contest to throw the ball downfield the furthest with no WR in the area. If the ball was thrown further than ten yards WRs on both teams acted as if their hands had retracted into their wrists, so, had Moore and Dalton come closer to those WRs with the errant throws nothing good would have happened anyway. The running games of both teams racked up a total of 113 yards on 52 attempts for a whopping 2.17 yards per carry. Speaking of rushing, hey Broncos, you weren't fooled by the Andy Dalton sideways QB draw (more like a crawl)? Coach Patterson will try it again . . . on the same drive, ON THE NEXT PLAY, with the same results. A 3 yard pass on 3rd and 9 later, the Horned Frogs kicked a FG to tie the game at 10. The FG was kicked from the Boise St 12 yard line. So let's analyze that. Before the back to back QB crawl plays, it was 1st and 10 from the BSU 16 and TCU came away with 3 points--like that wasn't going to come back to haunt them. Dalton also threw 3 INTs in the game, all with tragic results for his squad. The first INT came only a couple minutes into the game. It was a pick six. The throw was so bad that every 8 year old with the NCAA Football 10 game was shouting NOOOOOO! You never throw it to that outside WR with a DB shading him on a slant because the DB will ALWAYS jump the route and take it to the house. Brandyn Thompson, the guy who brought the first INT back, hauled in another Dalton throw at the BSU 22 in the fourth quarter to kill that TCU drive. It set up the Boise St drive with the trickeration play and eventual game winning TD. TCU had not one but two chances to tie the game after that score. One opportunity was the unthinkable drop by TCU I mentioned already above. The second occasion was a chance to make Dalton a hero. BSU pinned TCU at their own 1 yard line with a punt. Dalton had driven TCU down to the Boise St 30 and then threw a pick at the BSU 14 on 1st down. That ended the game finally, mercifully. I will give the Broncos defense a lot of credit for being the difference in winning the game. If they drop all the INTs, TCU probably scores on at least one of those drives. Am I short changing the TCU defense? Probably, but the Horned Frogs certainly didn't look all that great on pass defense when Kellen Moore had wide open WRs and simply missed them. If you think I'm being unnecessarily harsh, consider the fact that I haven't said anything about what I think Tebow and the Gators would have done to these teams.
Why else was this game so hard to watch? FOX. Every producer associated with the broadcast should be promptly fired and never allowed around a TV production again. I have never seen so much of the bands (not even during the Bayou Classic, which is a game I love), the crowd, the dance teams and upskirted cheerleaders during a football game. Those groups were on camera more than the players. The way the cameras bounced around between those groups and the actual game, I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be watching anymore. The game was boring but FOX managed to actually kill a bowl game. Live. Just as the NFL killed the Super Bowl and made the commercials more important than the game, FOX turned the sidelines and stands of the Fiesta Bowl into the entertainment. I was more interested in what the camera was going to cut to next than the WR screen play both teams ran that wasn't working or the 2 yard run plays that weren't working either. At halftime, they gave an unexpected closeup to a member of the Boise St band playing the cowbell. She's blind before you start laughing--not that FOX was going to say anything.
I don't expect Georgia Tech v. Iowa to be much better or worse than the Fiesta Bowl (Fox is broadcasting the Orange Bowl) so this is the only preview you will get: GA Tech QB Josh Nesbitt throwing the ball should be considered a trick play. Iowa doesn't score many points (but finds ways to win) even when QB Ricky Stanzi is healthy and apparently, Stanzi will play. Iowa has a better defense than GA Tech and the Yellow Jackets have a better offense than the Hawkeyes. In that scenario, you take Iowa--Lincoln is. I'll take Iowa also because if you stay disciplined and play assignment football on defense, you stop the triple option dead in its tracks (if Kirk Ferentz is worth any of the millions Iowa is paying him, he knows this and has pounded it into the Hawkeyes' brains for weeks now) and force Nesbitt to try beat you with his arm and I like the odds there.