Posted on: October 9, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:00 am
As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 6, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .
0:26: Ricky Dobbs led a brilliant touchdown drive capped by a 6-yard pass to Greg Jones with 26 seconds left to give Navy a 28-27 win and hand Wake Forest its second straight last-minute loss.
4: Total number of touchdowns by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (two passing, two rushing) as Georgia snapped a four-game losing streak, routing Tennessee 41-14.
12: USC's Robert Woods caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-35 loss to No. 19 Stanford on a last-second field goal.
194: Points scored by Army this season after defeating Tulane 41-23. That's 10 more than the Black Knights scored all of last season.
198: Career-high rushing yards by Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton in Auburn's 37-34 victory over Kentucky. Newton had four touchdowns and deftly guided the Tigers 88 yards in the final 7:22 for the game-winning field goal.
334: Career-high passing yards by Terrelle Pryor in Ohio State's 38-10 victory over Indiana. Pryor also had three touchdowns, giving coach Jim Tressel his 100th victory on the Buckeyes' sideline.
393: Number of passing yards by Oregon State's Ryan Katz in the 29-27 upset victory over Arizona. Kats also had two passing touchdowns and a rushing TD in the victory.
462: Number of passing yards by Taylor Potts in Texas Tech's 45-38 victory over Baylor. Potts, who completed 15 straight passes on one point in the first half and finished 42 of 59, guided an offense which gained 635 total yards.
1999: Syracuse is off to its best start since 1999 and matched the number of conference wins its has had each of the past four seasons with its victory over south Florida. The Orange are now 4-1.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 3:50 pm
Sure the games are tentative and we are months from the start of the season, but that won't stop me from breaking down week-by-week of what to watch for in the SEC.
Sept. 11: Two huge out-of-conference matchups highlight this huge day in sports. Not only do we have Michigan at Notre Dame, Stanford at UCLA, Florida State at Oklahoma, Miami at Ohio State, but three key games involving SEC schools. No. 1 -- Oregon at Tennessee: Pac-10 vs. SEC matchups don't happen very often. Can Oregon put offseason issues behind them or will Derek Dooley earn his first big win as coach? No. 2 -- South Florida at Florida: Last year when USF beat Florida State they put up billboards claiming it is now part of the Big Four. Is this the year USF shocks the Gators in The Swamp? John Brantley's first real test. No. 3: The biggest of them all -- Penn State at Alabama: These two teams have had some epic history. The 1979 Sugar Bowl and 1989 blocked field goal game come to mind. The teams haven't played since 1990, so expect this to be one of the biggest games of the year.
Sept. 18: Florida at Tennessee. Urban Meyer vs. Lane Kiff ... Oh what could have been a great rivalry between the two coaches. Either way this one is always huge. Both schools and fans don't like each other very much no matter who is coaching. Two other games to watch ... Arkansas at Georgia. Last year's game was won by Georgia 52-41. Ryan Mallett's first really big game of the season to see how legit the Razorbacks will be this year. Clemson at Auburn: For two schools only four hours apart this will be the first time they meet in the regular season since 1971. ACC vs. SEC is always fun.
Sept. 25: West Virginia at LSU. It's hard to believe, but these two schools have never played each other. By this point, we'll know how good LSU is and if it can be a real contender in the SEC. This will be the Mountaineers real first game. Gotta love those LSU night games with the hostile crowd welcoming in the opponents. Make sure you are in front of the TV for this one. Alabama at Arkansas: If the Razorbacks get past Georgia, this one will be their biggest game of the season, especially since they get the defending champions at home.
Oct. 2: Florida at Alabama: Seven of the last 11 times these teams have met was in the SEC Championship game, but the two haven't played in Tuscaloosa since 2005. Could be a conference title game preview. If both teams are ranked in the Top 10, this might end up as one of the games of the year in college football. Tennessee at LSU: Another classic east vs. west division matchup. The last three games have been classic -- Tennessee 30-27 (2005); LSU 28-24 (2006) and LSU 21-14 (2007). At this point, we'll know if either team has a chance to win the SEC.
Oct. 9: LSU at Florida: Another huge West vs. East division game. LSU has lost three of the last four in the series, including last year's 13-3 game in Baton Rouge. This is a tougher task for the Tigers as they go to Gainesville, but expect this game to be another classic matchup.
Oct. 16: Mississippi State at Florida: With the Bulldogs on the up swing and only losing 29-19 last year, this could be the year Mississippi State gives the Gators a real run for its money ... or it could be a 42-10 blowout by the Gators.
Oct. 23: Alabama at Tennessee: Remember last year's 12-10 win by Alabama that featured two blocked field goals? Get ready for another defensive battle, this time the Vols get the defending champs at home. Georgia at Kentucky: The Wildcats shocked Georgia 34-27 in Athens last year, so this game has a little more meaning than a usual SEC matchup. Georgia would love a little payback, while Kentucky looks to cap a three-game home stretch (Auburn on the Oct. 9 and South Carolina on Oct. 16).
Oct. 30: Florida vs. Georgia. It doesn't matter what the records are or who is playing at quarterback, get to Jacksonville to experience The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Nov. 6: Alabama at LSU: At this point of the season, we'll know who is challenging Alabama in the West. Arkansas? Auburn? Or LSU? If it's LSU, get ready for an epic SEC game.
Nov. 13: Georgia at Auburn: Auburn's final home game of the season before it takes on Alabama. While this is Georgia's last road game before it gets Georgia Tech at home the final week. Georgia has won four in a row in the series, including 31-24 at Athens last year.
Nov. 20: South Carolina at Troy: Troy loves taking on SEC teams, but usually is on the losing end. But this time, the Trojans get South Carolina at home and just might be able to pull off the upset. Also if South Carolina loses this one and is sitting at 6-5, get ready for the "Fire Steve Spurrier" chants.
Nov. 26: Auburn at Alabama: The annual Iron Bowl is always one of the best traditions in college football. No explanation needed.
Posted on: January 30, 2009 1:27 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2009 1:29 pm
As we get closer to National Signing Day on Feb. 4, most of the big names have already decided where they are going. But there are still a handful of 5-star recruits who have yet to make a decision.
One of the biggest ones, according to Maxpreps.com and Tom Lemming is D'Andre Kirkpatrick, from Gadsden, Alabama. The 6-foot-4, 185 defensive back is ranked 12th overall by Lemming.
Some other big names ...
Jelani Jenkins, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker from Olney, Maryland, is one of the most sought-after recruits. He most recently visited Penn State. According to the online newspaper Gazette.net, the Nittany Lions could be the frontrunner, especially since Jenkins' high school teammate Mike Wallace decided to sign there. In a story in the USA Today, Jenkins' dad said "It's down to Florida, Penn State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Southern Cal."
Jarvis Jones, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker from Columbus, Georgia, still hasn't made up his mind. Along with the Bulldogs and Gators, he is also still considering LSU, Texas and USC. According to the Shreveport Times, Jones will head to Baton Rouge for a visit this weekend.
Edison High School in Fresno, California had three players named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and two have already found homes to play college ball.
Safety T.J. McDonald committed to USC, cornerback Cliff Harris gave a verbal to attend Oregon, but wide receiver Rolando Jefferson hasn't made a decision yet. Jefferson has visited Arizona, Oregon, Utah and Fresno State, but Georgia Tech is also in the mix.
Posted on: August 1, 2008 2:48 pm
The preseason Coaches poll is out and surprise, surprise -- Georgia is No. 1.
Actually its not that big of a surprise. Most expected Georgia to be ranked in the top 2. What I do find somewhat surprising is Ohio State is No. 3. Is there an anti-Buckeyes movement among the coaches? Or is there just a love for USC. I'm sure the community users have an un-biased answer.
Not that it really matters because the Buckeyes will play No. 2 USC on Sept. 13. I'm pretty sure the winner will by No. 1 or No. 2 after that game and all this preseason nonsense will mean nothing.
The defending national champions check in at No. 6, right behind Oklahoma (No. 4) and Florida (No. 5). That makes three SEC teams in the Top 6.
The biggest surprise to me is Clemson at No. 9 -- that's pretty high for a team that has high expectations every year, but always falls short. The Tigers are pretty stacked this year, especially at running back, so I'm sure the coaches see them as the class of the ACC.
BYU checks in at No. 17, which is pretty good for them to make a run at that BCS bowl. They won't have far to go to get into that top 12 if they finish the season undefeated.
A few teams with losing records last year, got votes in the preseason poll -- Nebraska (5-7) got 17 votes and Notre Dame (3-9) got 5 votes. Arizona (5-7) and Colorado (6-7) each got one vote.
Potential BCS Bowl Predictions (based solely on the Preseason Poll, which we know means nothing, but it sure is fun):
BCS Title -- Georgia vs. USC
Rose: Ohio State vs. Arizona State
Orange: Clemson vs. West Virginia
Sugar: Florida vs. Missouri
Fiesta: Oklahoma vs. BYU
Posted on: May 6, 2008 10:48 am
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
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
Posted on: March 14, 2008 2:25 pm
It's hard to get geared up for college football season in the middle of March, especially with all the big conference tournaments going on and Selection Sunday on the horizon, but can you believe some schools are in spring practice?!?!?!?
I mean, it's March. Tourney time, baby! Bubble watch ... Automatic bids ... filling out your tournament bracket ... not watching football.
Some schools like Clemson, North Carolina, South Florida, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Arizona, etc. have been playing spring football for a week now!
Georgia's got a spring outlook on its site, even though its team is still playing in the SEC Tournament. I guess football rules at Georgia. But, you already knew that.
Vanderbilt's spring game is March 29. How many people in the state of Tennessee will be excited by that if the Commodores are still alive in the Elite Eight?
Hey listen, I love college football too, but I'm just not ready to start following spring practices. Not yet, I just can't do it. Give me a call around April 1 when we are down to the Final Four, then I can turn my attention to college football.