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2012 College Football Playoff Schedule

Now that all the major bowls are finished, it’s time to set the playoff schedule. I know I am dreaming and playing in a fantasy world, but what the heck, miracles do happen and one day the joke of a governing body ( the NCAA ), will get off their fat wallets and fix this great sport. We know their is one game to go – the BCS National Championship game – but those two teams are the top 2 seeds for our “mock” playoff system. In my dream, the bowl games leading up to today have set up the brackets for the 8 team playoff schedule. The selection committee ( me ) met today ( selection Sunday aired on ESPN at 8 PM – wait, don’t we have that in another college sport??? ) to determine the remaining 6 teams to complete the field of 8. Based on computer BS, strength of schedules, coaches polls, national polls…blah…blah…blah…blah, my “eye test” has determined the following top 8 teams:

#8 Georgia

#7 South Carolina

#6 Florida

#5 Stanford

#4 Texas A&M

#3 Oregon

#2 Alabama

#1 Notre Dame

Teams that are kicking and screaming that they deserve to be in the tournament ( bubble teams – ever hear that phrase before?? ) are FSU, Clemson, Kansas State, Louisville, and LSU. FSU played an awful schedule and only beat Clemson on their resume, Clemson lost to FSU and South Carolina ( they did pull off one of the greatest upsets of all time by beating LSU ), Kansas State lost 2 of their last 3 games and looked bad in doing so, Louisville plays in a weak conference although they did look impressive in beating Florida, and LSU has Les Miles to thank for their 8 second half 3 and outs versus Clemson and all of his bone head calls versus Alabama for 2 of their 3 losses.

On to the tournament and the pairings are set. The top half of the bracket has #1 ND vs. #8 Georgia and#4 Texas A&M vs. #5 Stanford. The bottom half of the bracket has #2 Alabama vs. #7 South Carolina and #3 Oregon vs. #6 Florida.

Notre Dame’s front 7 and Georgia’s “O” line slug it out all game long. Aaron Murray plays like..Aaron Murray and throws 3 second half interceptions. The Irish grind it out and use a ball control offense coming up with critical third down conversions to squeak out a 21-17 victory and advance. Stanford, coming off a big win against Oregon is very well prepared for the Johnny Football Show. They stymied the Duck’s prolific offense and felt confident going into the game that they could slow down the Aggies. The one thing they didn’t realize is that A&M is fast AND physical. In the end, the Aggies wear down Stanford and with 2 late fourth quarter TD’s, beat the Cardinal 31-13. That sets up the semi final match-up with ND and Texas A&M.

In the other half of the bracket, Alabama takes on South Carolina. Let’s flashback to the last time these two teams met. Two years ago, South Carolina completely dominated the Tide and steam rolled over them. Unfortunately, Carolina couldn’t rebound after that game and lost the following week to Kentucky. This time it’s different for the Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks starting QB, Connor Shaw, is out with foot surgery and his back up ( Dylan Thompson ) can’t move around quite as well. The Tide’s defense smothers him time after time and stymies their ground attack also. Clowney has another Heisman type of game but it’s not enough as AJ McCarron and their vaunted running attack lead the Tide over the Gamecocks 27-16. In a battle of fast and faster, Oregon out runs the Gators 41-20. Florida fails to generate any consistent offense and once again has numerous stupid personal foul penalties that keep the Duck’s drives alive. The one time dream match-up ( Alabama vs. Oregon ) for the BCS National Championship game is now set – for the play off semi finals.

It’s Saturday, January 19 and the national semi finals are set. After last weeks great quarter final games, we are ready for the semi final games with #1 Notre Dame playing #4 Texas A&M and #2 Alabama up against #3 Oregon. In the first game of the day Alabama takes a page out of Stanford’s playbook and physically dominates Oregon. The Ducks played a weak schedule this year and have never faced the speed and size of a team like ‘Bama. Oregon gets stuffed up the middle, gets strung out on the edge, and has no time to drop back and throw. On the other side of the ball, Alabama runs, runs, and runs some more all over the Ducks and punishes them for 325 yards on the ground. AJ only has to pass the ball 15 times and completes 13 of them for a 31-10 Tide victory. After much speculation this week, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly bolts after the game and takes his circus to Cleveland! Undefeated ND now is about to face one of the hottest teams in all of America – the Texas A&M Aggies. ND has dodged bullets all year long but Johnny Football comes out firing grenades! After scoring on their first 2 drives, the Irish fall behind 17-3 after the first quarter. Brian Kelly and the Irish keep their composure and work the game to a 20-17 half time deficit. The Irish electrify the crowd as they take the second half kick off and go 102 yards for the go ahead TD. As we move to the 4th quarter the Irish are clinging to a 27-26 lead. With 1:02 left in the game the Aggies get the ball back on their own 27 yard line. After a couple of first downs, the Aggies are left with 3 seconds and the ball on the Irish 48 yard line. Manziel drops back, rolls right, rolls left and Manti T’eo dives at him. He somehow slips through the hit and throws a bomb into the end zone. It’s hauled in by A&M and the Aggies move on with a dramatic last second come from behind victory! The luck of the Irish finally runs out and the Aggies move on to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of another Johnny Football miraculous victory.

2012 Heisman Trophy Contender’s Johnny Manziel, Manti Te’o and Collin Klein

The  2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders

  • Johnny (Football) Manziel, a redshirt freshman quarterback and Business Major at Texas A&M

District 28-4A MVP (unanimous selection)
Class 4A First Team All-State (AP)
San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year
Sub-5A First Team All-Area (SA Express-News)
No. 1 QB in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
DCTF Top 300
PrepStar All-Region
Super- Prep All-Region
Parade All-American
National High School Coach Association Football Player of the Year
Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year

  • Manti Te’o, a senior Graphic Design Major at Notre Dame and star “Fighting Irish” linebacker

2012 Butkus Award2012 First Team All-American (AFCA, CBS Sports)
2011 FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year
2011 Second Team All-American (AP, WCFF, Phil Steele, Rivals.com, CNNSI)
2011 Second Team Academic All-American (Capital One)
2010 Second Team All-American (CNNSI)
2009 Freshman All-American (CFN)
2009 Second Team Freshman All-American (Rivals.com)

  • Collin Klein a Senior at  Kansas State who is majoring in Business and Finance and star quarterback for the Wildcats

Tied with Ricky Williams for most rushing TDs in a single season by a Big 12 player(27)
Tied with Ricky Dobbs for most rushing touchdowns in a season by an FBS QB
Holds K-State single-season record for most rushing yards by a QB
Holds K-State single-season record for most rushing TDs
2011 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
2011 All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated

College Football 2012 – Recapping Week 11, Or, The Tide Turns!

What a great day for college football yesterday as we witnessed some classic battles. The T.V. gurus finally got it right with their scheduling as South Carolina kicked things off at noon, followed by Alabama at 3:00, then we got to see LSU at 7:00, Notre Dame at 8:00, and the Ducks bringing it home at 10:00. In between there were several other wonderful games for us to watch scattered throughout the day. It seems like for the last few weeks, all the key games have been on at about the same time of day and you couldn’t focus on any 1 game. I don’t mind bouncing back and forth between 2 games, but, 4 key games all at the same time slot is very frustrating! Let’s get to the action.

The much anticipated game between Texas A&M at Alabama was the game of the day and lived up to it’s hype. A&M was on a bit of a roll and Johnny Football has become the media darling.

‘Bama was coming off an emotional struggle with LSU and we all wondered if they could bounce back quickly from that road victory. The Aggies jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead with Johnny Football running like Johnny Musso and passing like Joe Namath leaving the Crimson Tide reeling. When they finally shook off the LSU hangover, they started playing like a Nick Saban coached team.

Unfortunately for the Tide faithful, they turned the ball over 3 times and when they had a chance to win the game late, a goal line interception ruined their undefeated season and the college football rankings were turned upside down. In the meantime, Kansas State, not sure if Heisman hopeful Collin Klein could play, were thrilled to see him on the field at TCU. Collin turned in another rock solid performance as he lead to Wildcats to a possible number 1 ranking with the Tide going down to defeat. ND, coming off a tough win versus Pitt, did what they had to do on the road at arch rival BC and took care of business allowing themselves to move up a notch in the polls. Oregon whipped up on another soft opponent as they dismantled Cal. Oregon State lost for the second week in a row, Louisville lost their first game of the year on the road to an improving Syracuse squad, and Mississippi State lost for the third week in a row. South Carolina won impressively at home against Arkansas, a team that has owned them over the last few years and the Florida Gators pulled a rabbit out of their hat winning at the horn against La. Lafayette.  FSU on Thursday eeks one out at Va. Tech, Clemson whips up on a poor Maryland team and LSU, UCLA, Stanford, and Nebraska all post excellent wins.

As the season sadly begins to wind down ( although there are a ton of great games to go ), I want to point out some of the disparities in scheduling that is causing many of the problems in college football today with the BCS and the polls in general.

Until we get a true playoff system, balanced scheduling, and conferences that make sense, we will continue to have controversy and turmoil.

BCS College Football National ChampionshipAt this point in time I hope K State, Oregon, and ND all remain undefeated with Alabama sitting out there with just one loss. Which 2 teams will go on to play in the BCS National Championship game? K State vs. Oregon? Oregon vs. ND? ND vs. K State? What about a 1 loss Bama team? Steve Spurrier said it best when he said ” winning the SEC is harder than winning the national championship”. No truer statement has ever been said. Let’s look at some of the scheduling disparities this year. Mississippi State opens the season with Jackson State, Auburn, @ Troy, South Alabama, @ Kentucky, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and gets our hopes up. Reality then sets in as they lose 3 weeks in a row to Alabama, Texas A&M, and LSU. Thank you for playing! LSU, with a vanilla opening schedule to their season has 5 consecutive weeks of Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, and more Ouch!! How would you like some of that Oregon? The Georgia Pussycats – I mean Bulldogs. With only 2 competitive games on their schedule this year ( humiliated at South Carolina and squeaked one out versus Florida ) they have played the likes of Buffalo and Florida Atlantic with Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech left to play before their showdown with Alabama in the SEC championship game. Me-freaking-ow! Talk about a tough 3 game stretch, how about South Carolina? They had Georgia at home before going on the road at LSU and Florida, and now have Clemson on the road to finish their year. Texas A&M, in it’s first year of SEC play gets introduced to a 4 game conference stretch by playing LSU, @ Auburn, @ Mississippi State, and @ Alabama. Nice introduction! Alabama, opens with a made for T.V. neutral site game with Michigan, has home games with Mississippi State and Texas A&M, and road games versus Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and LSU. Holy cow sports fans!! The Florida Gators only had to play @ Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, a neutral site game with Georgia, and have their season ending match-up with FSU left to play.  Kansas State had 2 early season gimmes against Missouri State and North Texas before having to go on the road to beat Oklahoma, West Virginia, and TCU. Along with the rest of their Big 12 schedule they still have to play Baylor and Texas.

College Football Notre Dame, which typically plays one of the toughest schedules in America year after year, has had to get through Michigan State, Michigan, The “U”, Stanford, BYU, and Oklahoma to remain perfect to date. With their nemesis USC left to play in their season finale, ND has done the unthinkable this year and is now one upset away from going to the BCS National Championship game! Oregon has had to “struggle” with powerhouses Arkansas State, Fresno State, and Tennessee Tech to remain perfect for the 2012 campaign. With only 1 competitive game to date ( a 62-51 track meet with USC ), they have games left against Stanford and Oregon State before heading to the PAC 12 championship game. FSU has had to play perennial powers Murray State, Savannah State, and South Florida. They gave one away at N.C.State and Clemson has been their only other competitive game. They finish the year with rival Florida in the Sunshine State Showdown! Clem-And-Son, squeaked by a poor Auburn team to open the season and then has played Ball State, Furman, and a poor ACC schedule to go 9-1. All they have left is their in state rival ( South Carolina ) on the calendar and that match-up has been one-sided the last 3 years!

Am I honking the SEC? Yes I am! But the point is they play the best competition, the best schedule, and have the best athletes in all of America. The SEC haters got their wish yesterday when the Tide got beat by Texas A&M. For the SEC to win it’s seventh consecutive national championship, there has to be one more upset along the way. There is no doubt, a one loss SEC team deserves to play in the BCS National Championship. As I pointed out in this rant, there is no scheduling parity, conferences make no sense, teams don’t play equal number of games, some leagues have a championship game and others don’t. As long as the NCAA allows this to happen, we will continue to have turmoil and controversy. Put me in charge of the NCAA and I could fix this problem in one day!

A To Z Top 25:

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

On the out side looking in : Toledo 8-2, Ohio 8-3, Northwestern 7-3, Wisconsin 7-3, Texas Tech 7-3, Cincinnati 7-2, Kent State 9-1, San Diego State 8-3, Tulsa 8-2

WEEK 12 TOP GAMES:

#1 Kansas State @ Baylor

#14 Stanford @ #2 Oregon

#6 Ohio State @ Wisconsin

N.C. State @ #12 Clemson

#13 Oklahoma @ West Virginia

#20 USC @ #16 UCLA

#21 Rutgers @ Cincinnati

With just a few weeks left to go, it is crunch time. Your dreams of a conference championship season, beating your arch rival, a shot at a huge payday in a bowl game, or a chance to play for the BCS National Championship, hinges on every snap of the ball. What if Stanford upsets Oregon? What if K State losses on the road? What will the BCS look like then? ND versus Alabama for the BCS National Championship?? WOW, way too many scenarios!! Stay tuned…..

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2012 – A RECAP OF WEEK 10

 

If you are a true college football fan or just a fan of a certain team, yesterday you rode the emotional roller-coaster! Which one of the following emotions best describes your feelings?

a.) ecstasy and on cloud 9

b.) highly upset and scratching your head in bewilderment

c.) nervous, uncomfortable, worried sick

d.) drained and relieved

e.) all of the above

If you chose (e), then you must have watched Notre Dame versus Pitt, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State, Oregon against USC, and LSU vs. Alabama. Yesterday once again proved why we love the game of college football so much and if those bumbling idiots called the NCAA would tweak the system to give us a true playoff, it would be the greatest sport of all!

Let’s start with Kansas State and Oklahoma State. That sickening thud you heard last night was the hearts of Wildcat nation hitting the turf as Heisman front runner Collin Klein went down with an injury in the third quarter. K State won in dominating fashion but we do not know the extent of Collin’s injury. Stay tuned….. If Collin can’t go next week at TCU, K State could be in trouble. The Big 8 has been wild this year and it will be a tall task for the Wildcats to come away with a win on the road. Could we see another BCS shakeup? Something tells me that Coach of the Year, Bill Snyder will have his team prepared! Kansas State is drooling for a match-up against Alabama, Oregon, or Notre Dame and it’s defense will stymie TCU. Doesn’t defense win championships?

Next gut-wrenching game is Oregon and USC. Watching this game was more like watching a US Open tennis match! Up and down, back and forth, and balls flying everywhere. My neck hurts from going side to side! In the end, Oregon amassed 730 yards of total offense to handle the Trojans. Kenjon Barner rushed through the porous Trojan defense for an astounding 321 yards and 5 touchdowns. Heisman hopeful QB Matt Barkley of USC did all he could as he passed for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns. Game, set, match – Oregon wins! After crushing weak opponent after weak opponent, Coach Phil Knight’s Nike hype machine finally faced a formidable team. With Stanford, Oregon State, and the PAC 10 championship game still ahead, are we getting closer to the “dream” match-up for the BCS National Championship game between Oregon and Alabama? The Ducks versus the Tide. Offense vs. defense. The offensive guru vs. the defensive guru. SEC vs. PAC 10. Sunflower yellow and lime green uniforms versus blood red uniforms. I am getting chills already! There is still a lot of football to be played. Stay tuned…..

You know the old saying, a cat has 9 lives. Well, how many lives do the Irish have? Notre Dame, coming off a HUGE win on the road in Norman last week looked lethargic for most of the day playing NOT to lose against the Pitt Panthers. Pitt, with nothing to play for, played like the Steelers. As we all know, it is very tough coming off an emotional win on the road to play at home the following week against a team that you are supposed to beat by 3 touchdowns. Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish battled all game long and finally persevered in 3 OT’s to secure the victory. With upcoming win-able games against Boston College ( always a thorn in the Irish side ) and Wake Forest, the Irish cannot afford to look ahead to the season finale against their dreaded rival from the left coast, the hated Trojans. Win ’em all, and the Irish give themselves a chance to play for the BSC National Championship. Lose just one game and you are playing for a bowl game payday. How many more lives do the Irish have? Only time will tell.

Alabama and LSUdid the “Mad Hatter” have under that hat last night? Apparently, not a dang thing!! You have to feel sorry for Tiger nation as LSU played their hearts out last night only to have their coach make one bad decision after another. Asking a field goal kicker to attempt one far past his limit?? A fake punt?? A fake field goal?? An on side kick after you had just seized momentum?? I’m sorry, I do not usually criticize coaches, but it is time for the powers at LSU to make a coaching change. There is too much talent there, too many in state athletes, and too much money from it’s fan base, to allow this to continue any longer. Even Nick Saban said in an post game interview that the best team last night didn’t win. What’s that tell you? LSU was out coached…..again! The team that won the game was the team that was more prepared, better coached, and more disciplined. ‘Bama did not flinch when the game was on the line. They acted like they had been there before, managed the clock to perfection, and sucked the life out of the LSU faithful and the night game mystique of Tiger Stadium. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger had been criticized all year long but last night, he turned in the best performance of his young career. We need to add a column to his stat line – dropped balls. This problem has plagued the Tiger wide receivers all year long and last night was no different. At the end of the day, the LSU decision makers need to open up their pocketbooks and terminate Les Miles. Then, they need to jump on their private jet and TOUCHDOWN in Boise, Idaho. Chris Peterson is one of the top 5 coaches in America and it would be scary good to see the things HE could do with all of that talent in the Bayou State. Think ‘Bama nation would be worried if that were to happen?

A TO Z TOP 25

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

WEEK 11 KEY GAMES:

#14 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama

#3 Kansas State @ TCU

#4 Notre Dame @ Boston College

#6 Georgia @ Auburn

#17 Mississippi State @ #8 LSU

Arkansas @ #9 South Carolina

#10 Louisville @ Syracuse

#11 FSU @ Virginia Tech

#13 Oregon State @ #16 Stanford

Penn State @ #18 Nebraska

Once again, we are loaded with great games and there is so much riding on each and every one of them. How does Alabama respond after their slugfest with LSU as they face Johnny Football and the red hot Aggies? Will K State overcome the loss of star QB Collin Klein? Does ND take care of business and pummel hapless BC? Do the Tigers of LSU line up and smash Miss. State? Does Beamer Ball have a trick up his sleeve for FSU?

Hope you got a chance to see the out pouring of love in Columbia, S.C. on Monday as the Gamecock faithful had a celebration for Marcus Lattimore as he turned 21. Too bad he couldn’t be there for his birthday party but he is still in the hospital recovering from yet another devastating knee injury. We can only hope that one day, Marcus will be running wild all over Williams Brice Stadium again!

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College Football 2012 – Recapping Week 9, Or, When Irish Eyes Are Smilin!

Recap College Football Week 9All we heard all week long was how Boomer Sooner was going to dismantle the Irish and put an end to their dream season. The Talking Heads all had ND as a 2 touchdown dog and not giving them any chance to go into Norman against “Big Game Bob”. Well, “Big Game Brian” and the ever so focused Fighting Irish looked like Hurricane Sandy as they swept through the Midwest by storm and surgically took apart Sooner Nation! The Irish played “Big Boy” football as they controlled the line of scrimmage and red-shirt freshman QB Everett Golson played like a poised veteran and came up with several critical 3rd down conversions to lead the often criticized offense to victory. Their defense gave up a lot of underneath passing yards but in the red zone, they locked up Landry Jones and the Sooner running game. Manti Te’o played like a Heisman hopeful needs to play in big games and has now solidified himself as the number 2 contender for college footballs most prestigious award.

Marcus Latimore Suffers Devasting Blow to the Knee

What a sickening scene in Columbia, South Carolina yesterday as star running back Marcus Lattimore went down in the second quarter with a gruesome leg injury. It just tears your heart apart that the young man had to work so hard to get back on the field this year after last year’s devastating knee injury, for it to happen again. I truly applaud the sportsmanship shown by BOTH teams ( the Tennessee faithful should be proud of their young men ) as they surrounded Marcus as he lie in agony on the field. That just goes to show you the respect everyone has for this outstanding young man and for what he means to the sport of college football. Tweets came in from all around the country from supporters and well wishers shortly after the injury and we can only hope Marcus has a speedy recovery. No matter what happens from this point forward, Mr. Lattimore will be successful in the bigger game – the game of life!

South Carolina Football: An Open Letter to Marcus Lattimore Read Here

More notes from week 9. Four more undefeated teams go down as Ohio, Oregon State, Mississippi State, and Rutgers lose for the first time while Louisville barely escaped to remain undefeated. Texas pulls one out against….lowly Kansas. Florida fumbled and bumbled all over the field ( just like South Carolina did against them last week ) to hand the SEC East crown to Georgia. Once again, Georgia can’t beat South Carolina but benefits from the easiest schedule in the East to advance to the SEC championship game. Boise State wins for the seventh time in a row! Duke had their bubble burst at FSU but is still a great story this year. Missouri finally gets their first SEC victory. Bet they didn’t think it was going to be that hard!! Hey Michigan nation, Arizona wants to thank you for running Rich Rod out of town. What has happened to the state of Colorado football? Weren’t you once a top program contending for championships? And ‘Bama keeps rolling….. And Oregon plays no one…..

Coaches on the “Hot Seat”. Let’s start with Mack Brown of Texas. The once mighty Longhorns have fallen off over the last few years and how much longer will they put up with this inept defense? Mack may be the governor of the state, but, he better start winning – now and BIG or he will be out of office! Gene Chizek of Auburn. He rode the coat tails of SCam Newton to a national championship and a fat contract but has fallen on hard times since then. With the Crimson Tide “owning” the state of Alabama now, the folks from Auburn won’t put up with this mediocrity much longer. I smell a HUGE buy-out coming soon! John L. Smith of Arkansas. This has been a season long disaster for Arkansas with the Bobby Petrino scandal, the Smith hiring / bankruptcy issue, and all of their injuries. The Hogs were a pre-season Top 10 program. This isn’t going to end very well for Coach Smith. Derek Dooley of Tennessee. Coach Dooley was put in a very bad place from the start replacing the hated Lane Kiffin who had just replaced Phillip Fulmer. The program was under a ton of scrutiny and the cupboards were bare. Even though Coach Dooley is 1-14 in SEC league play, he truly deserves one more year and hopefully the Vol nation sees this also.

On the other side, coaches that are having great years and deserve all of the accolades include: Bill Snyder ( Kansas State ), Frank Solich ( Ohio ), Charlie Strong ( Louisville ), Brian Kelly ( Notre Dame ), Chris Peterson ( Boise State ), David Cutcliff ( Duke ), Dan Mullen ( Mississippi State ), Will Muschamp ( Florida ), Pat Fitzgerald ( Northwestern ). How can you not include Nick Saban for the Coach of the Year? These are just some of the men that won’t have to worry about where their next paycheck will be coming from!

HEISMAN UPDATE:

1. Collin Klein QB – Kansas State

2. Manti Te’o LB – Notre Dame

3. Matt Barkley QB – USC

4. AJ McCarron QB – Alabama

5a. Geno Smith QB – West Virginia

5b. De’Anthony Thomas RB – Oregon

5c. Teddy Bridgewater QB – Louisville

5d. Taj Boyd QB – Clemson

Still a ways to go but Mr. Klein is separating himself from the pack at this point.

A TO Z TOP 25:

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

Best of the rest: Northwestern 7-2, West Virginia 5-2, UCLA 6-2, Kent State 7-1, Cincinnati 5-2

WEEK 10 KEY GAMES:

#1 Alabama @ #5 LSU

Oklahoma State @ #2 Kansas State

Pitt @ #3 Notre Dame

#4 Oregon @ #18 USC

#14 Oklahoma @ Iowa State

#17 Texas A&M @ #16 Mississippi State

#22 Texas @ #20 Texas Tech

#25 Nebraska @ Michigan State

It is going to be electric in Baton Rouge on Saturday night as the Tigers host their dreaded division rival from Alabama. Not only is the SEC West title on the line, but a potential BCS National Championship game is with in reach of this game’s winner. Finally, Oregon will play someone in a meaningful game. The Trojans have their backs against the wall and we will see how they respond after yesterday’s debacle. How will the Irish bounce back after their much hyped game against Oklahoma? What if Alabama, Oregon, and K State all go down?? Notre Dame #1??? WOW – what a year it has been and so much more to come!!!! It all comes down to Saturday!

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