Hogs, Tigers, Badgers, and Tar Heels Advance in Tournament

Allen SmithContributor IAugust 8, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks talks with his team during a time out against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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LSU dominates Georgia Tech

This game was pretty much a squash.  Georgia Tech couldn’t get anything done on offense only producing 109 yards of offense, of which they rushed 30 times for a pathetic 61 yards.  Passing was even worse believe it or not going 4 of 11 for only 48 yards.


Jordan Jefferson on the other hand had a great game going 14 of 19 for 226 yards.  The rushing attack for LSU didn’t do anything spectacular going for 81 yards on 19 attempts but did put one in the endzone.  The defense of LSU was giving no room for Georgia Tech to operate in the air or on the ground.  This was total domination, LSU cruised 34-3.


Georgia lets one get away in Madison


Georgia’s offense was efficient and effective leading to 17 points in the 1st Half.  The game turned when on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, Wisconsin fumbled the ball in the red zone, Georgia only managed a field goal to take a 20-14 lead.  From that point forward Georgia managed nothing on offense or defense.  Of seven third down opportunities Wisconsin converted five of them. 


Wisconsin woke up in the second half controlling the tempo with the run game going 128 yards rushing, but did its most damage through the air, passing for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Once Wisconsin took the lead late in the 3rd 21-20, they never looked back, and outdistanced the Dawgs 28-20.


Too big a hole for Pitt


Pitt went down early in the game mainly due to 3rd down offense and defense at one point allowing UNC to go 4 for 4 on 3rd down offense and only converting 2 of 8 on their 3rd down offense.  Give credit to the Panthers when down 28-7 they scored quickly to get it to a two touchdown deficit. They then recovered one onside kick, scored a touchdown, recovered another onside kick, but wasn’t able to convert.


North Carolina looked awesome in the first half but when conservative and wasn’t as crisp in the second half.  UNC finished with 328 yards of total offense going 17 of 28 passing for 242 yards and a touchdown.  They will meet Ohio St. in the first round.


Mallett has a field day with Penn State defense


Ryan Mallett went 16 of 24 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His clutch passing was evident on 3rd downs with the Hogs offense going 5 of 6 on 3rd down conversions.  All around a great day for the Hogs offense, only issue a couple of turnovers but they didn’t amount to any offensive production by Penn State.


The Hogs defense was surprising holding the “Spread HD” offense of Penn State to just 126 yards of total offense, and allowing Penn State to rush for -1 yards on 16 attempts.  Yes, that isn’t a typo, -1 yards.  Penn State got whipped on all sides of the football, allowing Arkansas to cruise to a easy 28-3 victory.


To view a somewhat score by score recap go here (scroll down to the comment section)

To view the bracket as is go here


The next games will be simulated on August 11th.