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College Football Week Eight Awards

October 30, 2012

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Kansas State QB Collin Klein strikes a Heisman-like pose as he slips away from a West Virginia defender, in the Wildcats’ 52-14 thumping of WVU.  (AP Photo)

Game of the Week: Texas Tech 56-TCU 53 in 3 OT.  Another offensive shootout in the Big 12 as the Red Raiders prevailed in this back-and-forth contest.

Offensive Player of the Week: Collin Klein – QB – K-St.  Klein emerged as the Heisman front-runner, passing for 323 yards and 3 TD’s and rushing for 4 more scores in the dominating win over the Mountaineers.

Defensive Player of the Week: Kevin Minter – LB – LSU.  The hard-hitting linebacker accounted for 12 tackles, 1 sack and an INT in the Tigers’ 24-19 come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M.

My Top 25

  1. Alabama (7-0)
  2. Oregon (7-0)
  3. Florida (7-0)
  4. Kansas State (7-0)
  5. Notre Dame (7-0)
  6. LSU (7-1)
  7. Oklahoma (5-1)
  8. Ohio State (8-0)
  9. USC (6-1)
  10. Florida State (7-1)
  11. Oregon State (6-0)
  12. Georgia (6-1)
  13. Mississippi State (7-0)
  14. Clemson (6-1)
  15. Texas Tech (6-1)
  16. Louisville (7-0)
  17. Rutgers (7-0)
  18. South Carolina (6-2)
  19. Stanford (5-2)
  20. Michigan (5-2)
  21. Boise State (6-1)
  22. Texas A&M (5-2)
  23. Texas (5-2)
  24. Wisconsin (6-2)
  25. West Virginia (5-2)

College Football Week Seven Awards

October 20, 2012

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel eludes a Louisiana Tech tackler during the Aggies 59-57 shootout win late-Saturday night. (AP Photo)

Week Seven wasn’t so kind once again to a pair of top-5 teams as #3 South Carolina and #4 West Virginia both fell to conference foes.  This week may bring more upheaval as Alabama, Florida and Kansas St. all face tough competition in the form of Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia, respectively.

Game of the Week: LSU 23-South Carolina 21.  A back-and-forth contest that came down to the final minute.  The Tigers placed themselves back in the SEC and National Title hunt with their gritty win over the Gamecocks.  South Carolina has a chance to do the same this week down in the Swamp against the BCS #2 Florida Gators.

Offensive Player of the Week: Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M.  “Johnny Football” accounted for an SEC – record 576 total yards as A&M outlasted a game-La Tech squad.  The freshman is playing beyond his years, leading the Aggies to a Top-20 ranking.

Defensive Player of the Week: Khaseem Greene – LB – Rutgers.  Greene had a monster game against the Orange of Syracuse, accounting for 14 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and an INT.  Greene’s been a huge reason why the Scarlet Knights are off to an undefeated start in the Big East.

My Top 25

  1. Alabama (6-0)
  2. Oregon (6-0)
  3. Florida (6-0)
  4. Notre Dame (6-0)
  5. Kansas State (6-0)
  6. LSU (6-1)
  7. Oklahoma (4-1)
  8. Ohio State (6-0)
  9. USC (5-1)
  10. South Carolina (6-1)
  11. Florida State (6-1)
  12. Oregon State (5-0)
  13. Georgia (5-1)
  14. Mississippi State (6-0)
  15. Clemson (5-1)
  16. Louisville (6-0)
  17. Texas Tech (5-1)
  18. West Virginia (5-1)
  19. Rutgers (6-0)
  20. Texas A&M (5-1)
  21. Cincinnati (5-0)
  22. Stanford (4-2)
  23. Michigan (4-2)
  24. Boise State (5-1)
  25. Texas (4-2)

 

College Football Week 6 Awards

October 12, 2012

Separation Saturday has come and gone, leaving a wave of upsets in it’s wake.  Number 3, 4, and 5 went down, showing that pre-season rankings are not a good indicator of how the season will play out.  There were a number of high-profile match-ups, highlighted by Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Florida, and West Virginia-Texas.  This weeks’ games are not as glamorous, but offer the potential for more shocking upsets.

Game of the Week: WVU 48-Texas 45.  The Mountaineers continued their offensive onslaught in this back-and-forth contest with the Longhorns.  West Virginia has shown they are a force in not only the Big 12, but the entire country, as well.

Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller – QB – Ohio St.  The sophomore signal-caller led the Buckeyes to an explosive 63-38 victory over Nebraska.  Miller only passed for 127 yards and 1 TD, but his legs provided 186 yards and a TD, including a 72-yard scamper, to propel the Bucks to a huge win.

Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Sharpe – DE – Syracuse.  Sharpe had 7 tackles, including 4 sacks, in the ‘Cuse victory over Pitt in Friday primetime.

My Top 25:

  1. Alabama (5-0)
  2. Oregon (6-0)
  3. South Carolina (6-0)
  4. West Virginia (5-0)
  5. Florida (5-0)
  6. Notre Dame (5-0)
  7. Kansas State (5-0)
  8. Ohio State (6-0)
  9. LSU (5-1)
  10. USC (4-1)
  11. Florida State (5-1)
  12. Oregon State (4-0)
  13. Oklahoma (3-1)
  14. Texas (4-1)
  15. Georgia (5-1)
  16. Clemson (5-1)
  17. Stanford (4-1)
  18. Louisville (5-0)
  19. Mississippi State (5-0)
  20. Rutgers (5-0)
  21. Texas A&M (4-1)
  22. Cincinnati (4-0)
  23. Boise State (4-1)
  24. Michigan (3-2)
  25. Baylor (3-1)

College Football Week Five Awards

October 5, 2012

What a wild and exciting weekend in college football.  The offenses put on a dazzling show as record-setting performances permeated the college gridirons.  With a fantastic schedule on tap this weekend, college football is heating up as autumn settles in.

Game of the Week: Texas 41-Oklahoma State 36.  So many choice games to choose from.  WVU-Baylor, Wisconsin-Nebraska, Tennessee-Georgia.  Ultimately, it came down to this Big 12 match-up of border rivals.  Texas RB Joe Bergeron scored a controversial TD in the final minute to pull off the W.  Texas has two huge contests looming with the likes of the Mountaineers and Sooners.

Offensive Player of the Week: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia.  The numbers are just sickening.  His 45-51 performance, with 656 yards and 8 TD’s, vaulted Smith into the early Heisman lead.  A tough Longhorns’ D awaits him this Saturday in Austin.

Defensive Player of the Week: Mike Mauti – LB – PSU.  The senior linebacker totaled 6 tackles, 2 INT’s, including a 99-yard Pick 6, and combined for a sack in the Nittany Lions dominating win over Illinois.

My Top 25

  1. Alabama (5-0)
  2. Oregon (5-0)
  3. LSU (5-0)
  4. Florida State (5-0)
  5. Georgia (5-0)
  6. South Carolina (5-0)
  7. Texas (4-0)
  8. West Virginia (4-0)
  9. Kansas State (4-0)
  10. Notre Dame (4-0)
  11. Florida (4-0)
  12. USC (3-1)
  13. Ohio State (5-0)
  14. Oklahoma (2-1)
  15. Clemson (4-1)
  16. TCU (4-0)
  17. Oregon State (3-0)
  18. Louisville (5-0)
  19. Stanford (3-1)
  20. Mississippi State (4-0)
  21. Nebraska (4-1)
  22. Rutgers (4-0)
  23. UCLA (4-1)
  24. Northwestern (5-0)
  25. Boise State (3-1)

College Football Week Four Awards

September 26, 2012

It was an exciting week of high-profile games, highlighted by the prime-time matchups of Notre Dame-Michigan and Florida State-Clemson.  Week five will bring a slew of conference battles, led by the Big 10’s slate of Ohio State-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Nebraska.

Game of the Week: Florida St. over Clemson, 49-37.  The Seminoles re-established their rightful place among college football’s elite programs with a come-from-behind win over Clemson.  The ‘Noles need to avoid the proverbial let-down game this Saturday vs. in-state rival South Florida.

Offensive Player of the Week: E.J. Manuel – QB – FSU.  Manuel stamped his name as an early Heisman contender with 380 yards and 2 TD’s through the air, and an additional 102 yards on the ground.

Defensive Player of the Week: Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame.  The senior defensive leader for the Irish had another strong game in the wake of the tragic losses of his grandmother and girlfriend.  Te’o continues to be a huge force as the Irish try claw their way back into the Top 10.

My Top 25

  1. Alabama (4-0)
  2. LSU (4-0)
  3. Oregon (4-0)
  4. Florida St. (4-0)
  5. Georgia (4-0)
  6. South Carolina (4-0)
  7. Texas (3-0)
  8. West Virginia (3-0)
  9. Stanford (3-0)
  10. Kansas St. (4-0)
  11. Notre Dame (4-0)
  12. Florida (4-0)
  13. USC (3-1)
  14. Oklahoma (2-1)
  15. Ohio St. (4-0)
  16. TCU (3-0)
  17. Clemson (3-1)
  18. Louisville (4-0)
  19. Michigan St. (3-1)
  20. Oregon St. (2-0)
  21. Miss. St. (4-0)
  22. Nebraska (3-1)
  23. Rutgers (4-0)
  24. Baylor (3-0)
  25. Wisconsin (3-1)

College Football Week One Awards

September 8, 2012

The opening weekend slate of games were short on drama, and long on sloppy play, but it was good just to have the game back on TV.  Alabama destroyed Michigan to stake their claim for #1.  Week two should bring plenty of intriguing match-ups, highlighted by both SEC-newcomers, Missouri and Texas A&M, as they host Georgia and Texas A&M, respectively.

Game of the Week: Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech, 20-17 in OT.  Va Tech was in danger of actually losing a game dominated by defense and special teams, two key areas the Hokies seem to specialize in.  However, the Hokies kicked a FG in the closing seconds of regulation and in OT to knock off their ACC Coastal rivals.

Offensive Player of the Week: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia.  What a huge game for the senior signal-caller.  He finished 32-36 for 323 yards and 5 total touchdowns in the Mountaineers rout over Marshall.

Defensive Player of the Week: Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama.  Milliner led the Crimson Tide’s demolition of Michigan with 5 tackles, 4 pass deflections and an INT. 

My Top 25

  1. Alabama (1-0)
  2. USC (1-0)
  3. LSU (1-0)
  4. Oregon (1-0)
  5. Florida St. (1-0)
  6. Oklahoma (1-0)
  7. Georgia (1-0)
  8. Arkansas (1-0)
  9. West Virginia (1-0)
  10. Michigan St. (1-0)
  11. Clemson (1-0)
  12. Wisconsin (1-0)
  13. South Carolina (1-0)
  14. Ohio St. (1-0)
  15. Nebraska (1-0)
  16. Texas (1-0)
  17. Virginia Tech (1-0)
  18. Michigan (0-1)
  19. Kansas St. (1-0)
  20. Oklahoma St. (1-0)
  21. TCU (0-0)
  22. Notre Dame (1-0)
  23. Louisville (1-0)
  24. Florida (1-0)
  25. Boise St. (0-1)

College Football Is Back, Baby!

August 29, 2012

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College football fans, our long wait is over.  After enduring months of the Penn State tragedy, BCS shake-ups, and off-field player shenanigans, the season is finally set to kick-off tomorrow night.  Is this the year the SEC is finally shut out of the BCS title?  Will Matt Barkley’s decision to return to campus pay off for him and the Trojans?  Will Urban Meyer find his magic again in Columbus?  All these questions and more will be answered in the next few months.  Here’s a look at how I see the season playing out.

SEC Champions:  LSU over Georgia in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

Big 12:  Oklahoma will battle through an injury-plagued O-Line to win the new-look Big 12.

Big 10:  Denard Robinson wills Michigan to a mild upset of Wisconsin in the Big 10 Title Game.

Pac-12:  USC over Oregon in an instant classic.

ACC:  Florida State over Virginia Tech.  The Seminoles regain their rightful place amongst the college football elite.

Big East:  Teddy Bridgewater will lead Louisville atop the Big East standings.

BCS National Title:  USC rises from the ashes of their NCAA sanctions to knock off LSU, and end the SEC’s 6-year run of BCS Title dominance.

Rose Bowl:  Oregon vs. Michigan

Orange Bowl:  Florida State vs. Louisville

Fiesta Bowl:  Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin.  However, if Boise State knocks off Michigan State, the Broncos will take on OU in a rematch of their 2007 classic.

Sugar Bowl:  Alabama vs. Texas in a battle of college football blue bloods.

Heisman:  Matt Barkley – QB – USC.  His decision to snub the pros will pay off to the tune of a Heisman and a national title.  I also see Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Montee Ball of Wisconsin, and Denard Robinson of Michigan joining him in NYC.  My longshot pick is Aaron Murray of Georgia.  The ‘Dawgs schedule is as manageable as you can get in the brutal SEC.  If he can get some backfield help to go along with their strong receiving corps, Murray can make a bid for college football’s ultimate individual award.