Tag:BYU
Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 10:59 pm
 

By the numbers: Week 11's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

0:16: Time remaining when Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge scored to lift the Golden Gophers past Illinois 38-34. Eskridge scored three touchdowns on the day, the last one on a 2-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive engineered by quarterback Adam Weber. The quarterback kept it alive with a key 29-yard scramble on a third-and-10 play.

4: Number of receiving touchdowns by Luke Ashworth in BYU's 49-10 victory over Colorado State. Ashworth hauled in TD passes of 62, 7, 36 and 8 yards, one shy of the school record for touchdowns in a game. The scoring receptions were the only catches Ashworth had.

6: Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record five touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas defeated UTEP 58-21. In what could be his final home game at Razorback Stadium, Mallett tied the school record for touchdown passes for the fourth time in his career. The junior has now set or tied 35 school or stadium records at Arkansas in less than two full seasons at the school.

37: Length of the game-winning field goal by sophomore Maikon Bonani in overtime to give South Florida a 24-21 win against Louisville as the Bulls become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season. Bonani's winning kick avenged a missed field goal that would have won the game with time running out.

83:
 Points scored by Wisconsin in an 83-20 rout of Indiana. Montee Ball ran for three touchdowns in his first career start and Scott Tolzien threw for three more. Wisconsin put up the most points by an FBS school this season and matched the highest scoring total by a team in a Big Ten conference game since Ohio State's 83-21 victory over Iowa in 1950.

201: Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor ran 20 times for a career-high 201 yards and a touchdown as Navy defeated Central Michigan 38-37.

212: South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Gamecocks past Florida, clinching the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time in school history.

221: Ryan Broyles broke a tie with Clayton for the school record for career receptions, breaking Mark Clayton's old record. Broyles also broke Clayton's record for career touchdown catches with 32. He finished with eight catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over Texas Tech. He also matched Clayton's records with eight 100-yard games in a season and 15 in a career.

318:
Yards passing by Dan Persa in Northwestern's 21-17 upset over Iowa. Persa also had two touchdowns. Persa capped a 91-yard drive with a perfect pass to Arby Fields, who beat Micah Hyde in the left corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD with 1:22 to play.

1,009:
 Total yards combined in Western Michigan's 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan's Alex Carder threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns, while Alex Gillett ran for 159 yards and passed for 214 for Eastern Michigan while accounting for four touchdowns.

 

Posted on: November 25, 2008 8:19 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2008 8:35 pm
 

Notre Dame and the bowl picture

If Rutgers beats Louisville on Dec. 4 and Notre Dame loses to USC, the Irish are going to be the most sought after 6-6 team in history.

First, let's assume in all scenarios that Notre Dame loses to USC. And remember Notre Dame falls in the pecking order for Big East bowl placement.

Now if Rutgers beats Louisville that would give the Big East six teams with at least 7 wins and six Big East bowl slots. Which means a 6-win Notre Dame team can not take the place of a 7-win team. So the Big East picture would look like this -- Cincinnati to BCS, West Virginia/Pitt winner to Sun Bowl, West Virginia/Pitt loser to Meineke Car Care Bowl, Connecticut to International,  Rutgers to Papajohns.com and South Florida to St. Pete Bowl.

So what happens to the Fighting Irish? 

Well, they would have to find a home in a bowl that has an open slot due to conferences not being able to fill.

-- Texas Bowl could have a Big 12 slot. So this might be a home for the Irish. Notre Dame vs. a C-USA team (Rice/Houston/Tulsa) on the NFL Network. Half the country wouldn't even be able to watch Notre Dame. So much for TV ratings.

-- Poinsettia Bowl will have an open slot because it won't be able to fill its Pac-10 slot, but it has a backup deal with the WAC. So scratch that one.

-- Papajohns.com and Independence Bowls will have slots to fill from the SEC, but they have a backup contracts with the Sun Belt. According the Palm Beach Post, both the PapaJohns and Independence must fill it with a 6-6 Sun Belt team unless there is another 7-5 team out there without a bid. So scratch those two. The Independence is going to have a slot on the Big 12 side too, but it looks like they will land Louisiana Tech.

-- Hawaii and Emerald Bowls will have an open slots because it won't be able to fill its Pac-10 slot. So maybe Notre Dame could meet Hawaii in lovely Honolulu. Hey, there are worse places you could be on Dec. 24. Or maybe even San Francisco on Dec. 27 against a team from the ACC -- Clemson? Boston College? Maybe even .... Notre Dame vs. Miami (Fla.).

The biggest problem with the Hawaii, Emerald and Texas Bowls is that a MAC team is going to grab one of these slots. The MAC has three slots and assuming Ball State is in the Motor City and Buffalo is in the International -- either Western Michigan or Central Michigan will be in one of these games with the other in the GMAC Bowl. Both teams have more than 7 wins, so they have to be in a bowl over Notre Dame.

Now all this above becomes moot if Louisville beats Rutgers, because then Notre Dame can take a Big East slot and will most definitely be in El Paso, Tex in the Sun Bowl to play Arizona/Oregon/California or Oregon State.

But if Louisville wins, the Irish will have to scramble, but it looks like the Hawaii, Texas or Emerald Bowls are going to be their best chance to land. Hawaii Bowl pays the least, Emerald Bowl pays the most.

Your guess is as good as mine.

Notes

... It doesn't look like Boise State is going to land in the BCS, so that means either stay home at the Humanitarian Bowl or opt out and find another place to play. If it decides to stay home, the Broncos would be matched up against ACC No. 8, which could be Wake Forest or Maryland. If it decides to find a new home, the Poinsettia Bowl would be the best place for them. The Poinsettia Bowl would need a replacement for a Pac-10 team and would match up the undefeated Broncos vs. either BYU or TCU, whichever team the the Las Vegas doesn't take. This could end up being one of the best non-BCS bowl games of the year with the WAC Champions vs. the second-best Mountain West team. Call in the Non-BCS Bowl.

...  Speaking of Clemson. If the Tigers win their last game they will be bowl-eligible at 6-6 and become very attractive in the bowl world. According to The State, Meineke bowl director Will Webb said he can foresee Clemson chosen as early as the Champs Sports Bowl, which gets the third at-large ACC pick. “There are just an awfully lot of people who are going to be interested in Clemson, us included,” Webb said. Remember, ACC No. 3 doesn't mean third-place team out of the ACC, it means that bowl gets the third pick.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 22, 2008 10:49 am
Edited on: September 22, 2008 2:56 pm
 

Non-BCS Schools Making Their Mark

Every year a non-BCS team makes a move and challenges for a BCS Bowl.

This year we have more than just one and they are all making their mark in the latest CBSSports.com 120 poll.

Could two of them crash the party this year? Anything is possible, but the decision would fall on the bowls.

According to the BCS rules:

The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:

  A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or,

  B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.

No more than one such team from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference shall earn an automatic berth in any year. If two or more teams from those conferences satisfy the provisions for an automatic berth, then the team with the highest finish in the final BCS Standings will receive the automatic berth, and the remaining team or teams will be in the pool of teams eligible for selection by the bowls as at-large teams.

But, a second team COULD be picked as an at-large squad if the bowls decided they wanted to go that route. So if Boise State and BYU both finished in the Top 10, only one would earn an automatic slot. 

Imagine the pressure on the Rose Bowl to either take Boise State, undefeated and ranked in the Top 10, or a two-loss Pac-10 team to preserve its Big Ten vs. Pac-10 tradition. Let the debates begin.

BYU remains the highest-ranked non-BCS team at No. 10, while conference mate Utah (4-0) checks in at No. 18. There is a good chance both teams are undefeated when they meet on Nov. 22. Imagine how big a game would be for the conference where the winner is guaranteed a spot in a BCS Bowl.

But don't count out TCU just yet. The Horned Frogs are also 4-0 and jumped from No. 42 to No. 30 this week. They meet Oklahoma this weekend, which will either enhance or squash any talk of an undefeated season.

"You get to 4-0, and not many people in the country are 4-0," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "You do it any way you can. You should never look the gift horse in the mouth, so we're happy where we're at, and we've got to get healthy and get ready for a good Oklahoma team."

Over in the WAC, Boise State joined Fresno State into the Top 25, moving up 10 spots to No. 19 after beating Oregon. Most people wrote off the Broncos this year, including me, but they were very impressive with freshman quarterback Kellen Moore.

"With Kellen, when you give him time to see things, he'll usually find the right guy," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "The credit goes to Kellen and the O-line and the receivers played well, I thought they made some pays for him. We needed that against a team like this."

Boise State (3-0) and Fresno State (2-1) meet in the final game of the season in Boise on Nov. 28. This is another game that could have major BCS bowl implications, especially if the Broncos keep winning.

Now everybody knows East Carolina's story and even though they lost to N.C. State, they are still ranked at No. 20. A BCS bowl is still possible, but they are going to need lots of help because Conference USA play isn't going to help them move up the rankings.

But the other C-USA team to watch out for is Tulsa. Who sits at No. 28 at 3-0. The Golden Hurricane could run through conference play and finish undefeated, but its unlikely they would move up far enough to crack into a BCS Bowl.

And last but not least, but Ball State is now 4-0 and ranked No. 40. The Cardinals moved up 15 spots after beating Indiana 42-20. Could Ball State run through the MAC and finish undefeated? Of course they could. But don't think for a minute we'll be watching Ball State vs. Missouri in the Fiesta Bowl.

As for some of the biggest fallers:

-- West Virginia fell 30 spots from No. 21 to No. 51 after losing to Colorado and falling to 1-2.

-- Tennessee fell 25 spots from No. 27 to No. 52 after losing 30-6 to Florida and falling to 1-2.

 

Posted on: May 6, 2008 10:48 am
 

Early BCS Projections, Part 2

With Dennis Dodd's updated Spring Top 25, let's take a look at part 2 of the early, early BCS projections:

BCS: Ohio State vs. Georgia. The top two teams in the nation would meet in Miami for all the marbles. Obviously this is an early projection, but for now let's assume Dodd's top 2 teams remain there all season.

The Rose Bowl would get first choice of all the replacement teams, but they love to keep that Big Ten vs. Pac-10 tradition, so expect them to take another Big Ten team if they can -- maybe Illinois or Wisconsin. Now if USC is the Pac-10 representative, I'm not so sure they take Illinois in a rematch game. Wisconsin vs. USC would be there best choice, but it IS possible for them to take a Big 12 team, not likely, but if Missouri is way up there, maybe Top 4, it could have a Missouri vs. USC game.

Now the Sugar Bowl also would lose an anchor team (SEC Champ), so it would get second choice of all the remaining teams. And you better believe if Florida is ranked in the Top 7, the Gators and Tim Tebow are heading to New Orleans.

So now we need to put the rest of the conference champs in place. ACC Champ -- projected Clemson -- heads to the Orange Bowl; Big 12 Champ -- projected Oklahoma -- heads to the Fiesta Bowl.

So this is what we have:

BCS: Ohio State vs. Georgia
Rose: USC vs. Big 10 No. 2 (Wisconsin/Illinois) or Missouri
Orange: Clemson vs.
Sugar: Florida vs.
Fiesta: Oklahoma vs.

Now the rest of the selection for 2009 is as follows -- Fiesta, Sugar and Orange. With the Fiesta getting first choice, they probably would pass on West Virginia to avoid a rematch, but could take Arizona State, if the Sun Devils finish high enough in the final standings. Now if Missouri ends up in the Rose Bowl, then Wisconsin in the Fiesta would be the most logical choice.

Next up is the Sugar Bowl, and they would snag West Virginia (Big East champs) or Missouri. West Virginia travels well, Pat White's final game or the prospects of taking the Big 12 runner up with a potential Heisman Trophy winner in Chase Daniel.

The Orange gets the final pick and still could end up with Missouri if everybody elses passes or West Virginia depending on who the Sugar Bowl takes in front of them.

Now here is the big kicker -- BYU. They could be the BCS party crasher this year. They will start out in the preseason Top 20, could easily run through their conference games. Their non conference games are Northern Iowa, Utah State, Washington and UCLA. Now, they beat UCLA last year and the game is in Provo, but still could lose and they travel to Washington on Sept. 6. If BYU qualifies, they most likely will be headed to Miami, unless the Fiesta Bowl shocks everybody and takes them with the first selection after the replacement picks.

BCS: Ohio State vs. Georgia
Rose: USC vs. Illinois/Wisconsin/Missouri
Orange: Clemson vs. West Virginia/Missouri/BYU
Sugar: Florida vs. West Virginia/Missouri
Fiesta: Oklahoma vs. Arizona State/Wisconsin/BYU

 

 
 
 
 
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