Posted on: December 7, 2009 11:37 pm

Heisman Trophy

Your 2009 Heisman Finalists:

RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford

RB Mark Ingram, Alabama

QB Colt McCoy, Texas

QB Tim Tebow, Florida

DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

The fact Suh was invited to New York is a breath of fresh air.  He has been absolutely dominant, and it's awesome to finally see a Defensive player invited since Woodson won.  However, Woodson won due to his return abilities as much as his defensive abilities.  Suh is here solely on his defensive prowess. 

I think Gerhart deserves to win, but I think Ingram will ultimately win.  I think east coast voters will split McCoy/Ingram.  Southern voters will go mostly Ingram, but some will go Tebow. Midwestern voters will mostly go McCoy, but some will go Suh.  West Coast voters will moslty go Gerhart, but some will go Suh.

If I had a vote in the Heisman my vote would go:

1. RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford

2. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

3. RB Mark Ingram, Alabama

4. QB Case Keenum, Houston

5. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State

Posted on: November 2, 2009 1:32 pm

The BCS Standings and Heisman Contenders

The BCS Standings were released yesterday for the third week, and Florida is a near-unanimous #1 if not for one sneaky computer that is holding out for Iowa.  Texas took over for Alabama at #2, but they are very close and there is a huge gap between Alabama and Iowa at #4. Iowa is still the computer's darling despite falling in the polls this week.  Cincy, TCU and Boise round out the undefeated teams.  Boise State seems to be getting no credit from the computers for their win against Oregon, seeing as Oregon is higher in the computer polls.  Oregon is the king of the one-loss teams after dismantling USC this week.  USC despite the loss is still ranked #12 in the standings. 

Some oddities of the polls: Despite being ranked 13th in the Harris and 12th in the AP, Ohio State is ranked 21st by the computers, bringing them in at #16.  Oklahoma is ranked 19th by Harris and 20th by the AP, but is only ranked in one computer (at #17) which is good for 28th in the computers.  Wisconsin is sitting at 24/22 (harris/ap) but is 19th in the computers, thanks to two computers having them at #15.  South Florida is the only unranked team in the BCS standings. 

Heisman Rankings:
1.  QB Jimmy Claussen, ND - 164.2 Passer Rating, 66.9% Comp, 2318 Passing Yds, 19 TD (1 Rush), 2 INT
2.  QB Case Keenum, Houston - 159.3 Passer Rating, 71.6% Comp, 3293 Passing Yds, 28 TD (3 Rush), 5 INT
3.  RB Mark Ingram, Alabama - 1004 Rush Yds, 8 TD's, 6.6 Yards Per Carry, 19 catches 186 yds 3 TD
4.  QB Kellen Moore, Boise - 171 Passer Rating, 67.4% Comp, 1905 Passing Yds, 25 TD (1 Rush), 2 INT
5.  QB Tim Tebow, Florida - 153.7 Passer Rating, 64.7% Comp, 1323 Passing Yds, 551 Rush Yds, 4 Yards per carry, 18 TD (8 Rush), 4 INT

I think Colt McCoy of Texas has been pedestrian this year, his Interceptions are up, his rushing totals are down, but he has some time to make up the defecit, and his last performance against Oklahoma State should be a good spot to turn things around.  Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State is one guy I think deserves to be there, but ultimately may fall short due to his team.  Case Keenum can't lose another game or else he may be finished.  Granted the loss wasn't his fault (51-for-76 536 yds and 5 TD's in the loss to UTEP).  In his 3 biggest games, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State, he is 109-for-156, Completing 69.9% of his passes, racked up 1235 passing yds, 56 rushing yds, and has 10 TD (2 Rush) to 4 INT.  All wins, by the way.  Keenum is a great QB, with a terrible defense.  Tebow hasn't been Superman , but his team is undefeated and he looked great against Georgia.  If a defensive player were to ever get consideratio, DT Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska would be that guy.  He eats offensive lineman for breakfast.  He has 49 tackles, 13 for loss, 5 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Interception, 7 Pass Breakups and 14 QB Hurries.  This is while getting double and triple teamed.  He'll have to settle for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards.
Posted on: September 29, 2009 6:27 pm

What Happened to the ACC?

 Seriously, the ACC is maybe 7th in your conference power rankings right now.  They just look pathetic week in and week out.  Virginia Tech is the top team by default.  Miami looks like they can be slowed down.  Florida State is the perfect example of the ACC, they can defeat BYU on the road big, but nearly lose to Jacksonville State and then lose to South Florida without their star quarterback.  Georgia Tech looks like their option has been figured out.  Clemson is Clemson, Dabo Swinney or Bowden, it doesn't matter.  UNC has no offense and can't seem to get Greg Little the ball enough.  I don't know what to think of both Boston College and Wake Forest, neither are impressive.  NC State has yet to play a road game, but are 3-1.  I guess Russell Wilson is starting to play well, and South Carolina's defense shut down Ole Miss, so it is more impressive now.  Then there is Duke, Maryland and UVA, and so far only Duke has a win against an FBS school. 

This conference is mired in a stretch of mediocrity, and somehow Virginia Tech keeps rising to the top.  You can't honestly say Virginia Tech has looked great in any of their games (i'm not including the Marshall beatdown), but they found ways to win, and I guess that's all that matters.  The conference has had some ups and downs in recruiting since the season started.  Maryland has lost a lot of local talent to the likes of Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers recently, but Virginia Tech did just get a big commitment from the #6 S Nick Dew. 

Early Weekend Preview:
Clemson at Maryland - Clemson comes to College Park, and should be the heavy favorite.
#6 Virginia Tech at Duke - Pretty brutal early schedule for the Hokies, Duke is a nice break.
Virginia at North Carolina - UVA will be 0-4, count on it.
Florida State at Boston College - Interesting to see if Boston College is for real this year.
NC State at Wake Forest - This features the #2 and 3 QB's in the ACC statistically, I'd take NCSU.
#25 Georgia Tech at Mississippi State - MSU has a great defense, not sure if it's ready for the Triple Option.
#8 Oklahoma at #17 Miami (Fl.) - Could be game of the week if Sam Bradford is back. 

Heismna Watch:
1. QB Colt McCoy, Texas - 71% Comp. 1145 yds, 9 TD/5 INT, 61 rush yd 1 TD
2. QB Case Keenum, Houston - 69.4% Comp, 1160 yds, 8 TD/2 INT, 43 rush yd 3 TD
3. QB Tim Tebow, Florida - 64.7% Comp, 643 yds, 6 TD/1 INT, 271 rush yd 5 TD
4. QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati - 70.5% Comp, 1223 yds, 11 TD/2 INT, 38 rush yd 2 TD
5. QB Jimmy Claussen, Notre Dame - 65.8% Comp, 1122 yds, 10 TD/1 INT

Jahvid Best, RB Cal, fell off the face of the planet this week against Oregon as he was completely shut down.  He still has to be in consideration, but he has some ground to make up.  Kansas QB Todd Reesing is quitely putting up great stats again in Lawrence.  Georgia WR A.J. Green has been impressive averaging 107 ypg and has 4 TD's so far.  So long Jonathan Dwyer, Max Hall and Jacory Harris, you have a ton of work to do to get back in the race
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