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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

We made it.

After more than four months of college football and 100s of games, the season has finally come to an end. And after watching 35 bowl games over a three-week period (raise your hand if you saw at least part of every bowl game), it's time to remember some of the great individual performances of the past month.

Here are the best in this year's All-Bowl Team:

QB: Andrew Luck, Stanford, Orange Bowl: He had a tremendous performance against Virginia Tech, throwing for 287 yards with four touchdowns, including three in the second half to blow open a 14-13 game at halftime. Luck almost had the perfect game, completing 18 of 23 passes. Luck is joined by a few others on this team that helped him have such a special game.

RB: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Poinsettia Bowl: The freshman ran for 228 yards on 28 carries to lead the Aztecs to their first bowl victory since 1969. Hillman had four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1, 22 and 37 yards, while also catching a 15-yard touchdown reception.

RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa, Insight Bowl: The freshman was filling in for suspended starter Adam Robinson and ran for 219 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns in the victory over Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Coker scored on runs of 1 and 62 yards.

WR: Marcus Sales, Syracuse, Pinstripe Bowl: The junior had a career game, catching five passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns. He scored on catches of 52, 36 and 44 yards as Syracuse holds on to beat Kansas State 36-34.

WR: Terrence Toliver, LSU, Cotton Bowl: Jordan Jefferson threw for only 158 yards, but 112 of it came at the hands of Toliver. The wide receiver also had three touchdowns, scoring on passes of 42, 2 and 41 yards in the win over Texas A&M.

TE: Coby Fleener, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The backup tight end had a career game against Virginia Tech, catching six passes for 173 yards with three second-half touchdowns.

OL: (tie) Drew Schaefer, Colin Porter, Cody Habben, Senio Kelemete and Ryan Tolar, Washington, Holiday Bowl and Chase Beeler, Dave DeCastro, Derek Hall, Jonathan Martin and Andrew Phillips, Stanford, Orange Bowl: This was too close to call. Washington's offensive line racked up 268 yards rushing against Nebraska's great run defense, including Chris Polk's 177 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Stanford had its way with Virginia Tech's defensive line, opening up huge holes for the running game and giving Luck time to throw.

Defense

DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, Sugar Bowl: Heyward had a strong performance against Arkansas, recording six tackles with two sacks and forcing a fumble in the win over Arkansas.

DL: Nick Fairley, Auburn, BCS National Championship: In one of the biggest performances of the bowl season, Fairley shut down the Oregon running game, while recording five tackles, three for a loss and forcing a fumble.

DL: Bruce Miller, UCF, Liberty Bowl: The senior went out with a bang, recording eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, helping the Knights hold Georgia to just six points in the Liberty Bowl.

DL: Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois, Humanitarian: Coffman had a game for the ages, recording six tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and forcing a fumble in the 40-17 against Fresno State.

LB: Shayne Skov, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The sophomore was all over the field against Virginia Tech, recording 12 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss.

LB: Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Arnick had a great game against the high-powered Hawaai offense, recording 10 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Arnick returned one of his INTs 54 yards for a touchdown in the 62-35 win.

LB: Tank Carder, TCU, Rose Bowl: The stat line might not be the best -- six tackles, three for a loss, but Carder made one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, knocking down a two-point conversion to preserve the Horned Frogs' 21-19 victory over Wisconsin.

DB: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, Cotton Bowl: The freshman was all over the place against Texas A&M, recording seven tackles, forcing two fumbles, recording a sack and an interception late in the game.

DB: Ahmad Black, Florida, Outback Bowl: Black had a great game for the Gators, recording six tackles and two interceptions. His returned his second INT 80 yards for a touchdown to clinch a 37-24 victory over Penn State.

DB: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, Sun Bowl: Smith was getting more wide open than the Hurricanes receivers, recording three interceptions to go along with seven tackles.

DB: Micah Hyde, Iowa, Insight Bowl: Hyde had one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, interception Blaine Gabbert late in the fourth quarter and returning it 72 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa a 27-24 victory. Hyde also added six tackles.

P: Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, Sugar Bowl and Brad Langley, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (tie): These two had almost identical games. Breeding had seven punts for 43.7-yard average with four punts inside the 20-yard line. He had two punts in the fourth quarter downed at the 4-yard line to help keep Arkansas in the game. Langley had seven punts, 43.4-yard average with five punts inside the 20. His last punt was knocked down at the 10-yard line with 3:06 to go.

K: Casey Barth, North Carolina, Music City Bowl: Barth not only finished the game 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points, but he hit a 39-yarder as time expired to send the game into overtime and then hit a 23-yarder in OT to beat Tennessee.

KR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Never mind that Hilton had the biggest play in FIU's history, converting a 4th-and-17 with the hook and lateral play. He makes this squad for his 34.8-yard average on five kick returns, including a 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter to get the FIU rally going. The Golden Panthers would eventually win 34-32.

PR: Rishard Matthews, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: It was quiet for punt returners during the bowl season, but Matthews returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to give Nevada a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

All-Purpose: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Johnson had a career-high 326 all-purpose yards to break the NCAA career record in the win over Hawaii. Johnson finished with 98 yards rushing, 101 yards receiving, 109 on kick returns and 18 on punt returns. He also scored on a 67-yard run and a 9-yard reception.

Miss a bowl game? Recap all 35 games with the CBSSports.com individual bowl pages.

Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

We made it.

After more than four months of college football and 100s of games, the season has finally come to an end. And after watching 35 bowl games over a three-week period (raise your hand if you saw at least part of every bowl game), it's time to remember some of the great individual performances of the past month.

Here are the best in this year's All-Bowl Team:

QB: Andrew Luck, Stanford, Orange Bowl: He had a tremendous performance against Virginia Tech, throwing for 287 yards with four touchdowns, including three in the second half to blow open a 14-13 game at halftime. Luck almost had the perfect game, completing 18 of 23 passes. Luck is joined by a few others on this team that helped him have such a special game.

RB: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Poinsettia Bowl: The freshman ran for 228 yards on 28 carries to lead the Aztecs to their first bowl victory since 1969. Hillman had four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1, 22 and 37 yards, while also catching a 15-yard touchdown reception.

RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa, Insight Bowl: The freshman was filling in for suspended starter Adam Robinson and ran for 219 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns in the victory over Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Coker scored on runs of 1 and 62 yards.

WR: Marcus Sales, Syracuse, Pinstripe Bowl: The junior had a career game, catching five passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns. He scored on catches of 52, 36 and 44 yards as Syracuse holds on to beat Kansas State 36-34.

WR: Terrence Toliver, LSU, Cotton Bowl: Jordan Jefferson threw for only 158 yards, but 112 of it came at the hands of Toliver. The wide receiver also had three touchdowns, scoring on passes of 42, 2 and 41 yards in the win over Texas A&M.

TE: Coby Fleener, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The backup tight end had a career game against Virginia Tech, catching six passes for 173 yards with three second-half touchdowns.

OL: (tie) Drew Schaefer, Colin Porter, Cody Habben, Senio Kelemete and Ryan Tolar, Washington, Holiday Bowl and Chase Beeler, Dave DeCastro, Derek Hall, Jonathan Martin and Andrew Phillips, Stanford, Orange Bowl: This was too close to call. Washington's offensive line racked up 268 yards rushing against Nebraska's great run defense, including Chris Polk's 177 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Stanford had its way with Virginia Tech's defensive line, opening up huge holes for the running game and giving Luck time to throw.

Defense

DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, Sugar Bowl: Heyward had a strong performance against Arkansas, recording six tackles with two sacks and forcing a fumble in the win over Arkansas.

DL: Nick Fairley, Auburn, BCS National Championship: In one of the biggest performances of the bowl season, Fairley shut down the Oregon running game, while recording five tackles, three for a loss and forcing a fumble.

DL: Bruce Miller, UCF, Liberty Bowl: The senior went out with a bang, recording eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, helping the Knights hold Georgia to just six points in the Liberty Bowl.

DL: Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois, Humanitarian: Coffman had a game for the ages, recording six tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and forcing a fumble in the 40-17 against Fresno State.

LB: Shayne Skov, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The sophomore was all over the field against Virginia Tech, recording 12 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss.

LB: Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Arnick had a great game against the high-powered Hawaai offense, recording 10 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Arnick returned one of his INTs 54 yards for a touchdown in the 62-35 win.

LB: Tank Carder, TCU, Rose Bowl: The stat line might not be the best -- six tackles, three for a loss, but Carder made one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, knocking down a two-point conversion to preserve the Horned Frogs' 21-19 victory over Wisconsin.

DB: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, Cotton Bowl: The freshman was all over the place against Texas A&M, recording seven tackles, forcing two fumbles, recording a sack and an interception late in the game.

DB: Ahmad Black, Florida, Outback Bowl: Black had a great game for the Gators, recording six tackles and two interceptions. His returned his second INT 80 yards for a touchdown to clinch a 37-24 victory over Penn State.

DB: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, Sun Bowl: Smith was getting more wide open than the Hurricanes receivers, recording three interceptions to go along with seven tackles.

DB: Micah Hyde, Iowa, Insight Bowl: Hyde had one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, interception Blaine Gabbert late in the fourth quarter and returning it 72 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa a 27-24 victory. Hyde also added six tackles.

P: Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, Sugar Bowl and Brad Langley, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (tie): These two had almost identical games. Breeding had seven punts for 43.7-yard average with four punts inside the 20-yard line. He had two punts in the fourth quarter downed at the 4-yard line to help keep Arkansas in the game. Langley had seven punts, 43.4-yard average with five punts inside the 20. His last punt was knocked down at the 10-yard line with 3:06 to go.

K: Casey Barth, North Carolina, Music City Bowl: Barth not only finished the game 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points, but he hit a 39-yarder as time expired to send the game into overtime and then hit a 23-yarder in OT to beat Tennessee.

KR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Never mind that Hilton had the biggest play in FIU's history, converting a 4th-and-17 with the hook and lateral play. He makes this squad for his 34.8-yard average on five kick returns, including a 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter to get the FIU rally going. The Golden Panthers would eventually win 34-32.

PR: Rishard Matthews, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: It was quiet for punt returners during the bowl season, but Matthews returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to give Nevada a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

All-Purpose: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Johnson had a career-high 326 all-purpose yards to break the NCAA career record in the win over Hawaii. Johnson finished with 98 yards rushing, 101 yards receiving, 109 on kick returns and 18 on punt returns. He also scored on a 67-yard run and a 9-yard reception.

Miss a bowl game? Recap all 35 games with the CBSSports.com individual bowl pages.

Posted on: July 13, 2010 8:22 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 8:24 am
 

Defensive players to watch in Heisman race

Ndamukong Suh did something that most defensive players never get to do ... earn Heisman Trophy votes. Suh finished fourth last season behind Mark Ingram, Toby Gerhart and Colt McCoy.

He was the first defensive player to finish that high since Charles Woodson won the award for Michigan in 1997. Numerous players have earned votes, like A.J. Hawk, LaVar Arrington and Glenn Dorsey, so it is not uncommon for a player to finish in the Top 10.

Here are a handful of guys that have the best chance to earn votes for this year's Heisman, which will be handed out Dec. 11 in New York.

Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: After earning MVP honors in the Orange Bowl, Clayborn was a guy I thought could definitely be on some Heisman watch lists. He recorded 36 solo tackles with 20 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season. Iowa's defense will be strong again and some experts have the Hawkeyes challenging for the national championship this year. It won't be because of the offense, so look to the defense for somebody to be the leader. Enter Clayborn. Oct. 2 vs. Penn State and Nov. 20 vs. Ohio State will be the two biggest games of the season for Iowa.

Jared Crick, Nebraska: He'll have to follow one of the greatest Nebraska defensive players in history in Ndamukong Suh, but Crick will definitely make a name for himself in 2010. The first-team All-Big 12 member recorded 9.5 sacks last season, while also having 15 tackles for a loss. He also recorded 73 tackles, including 42 solo. As great as Crick is, hopefully the voters' won't penalize him because of what Suh did last year because he deserves to be judged on his own merit. With Nebraska ranked in the Top 10 in most preseason polls, Crick could definitely follow Suh and earn votes at the end of the season. Oct. 16 vs. Texas will be the Huskers biggest challenge of the season.

Von Miller, Texas A&M: The first-team All-American might end up being the best defensive player in the nation. Listen to the season this kid had -- led the nation is sacks (17) and finished fifth in the nation in tackles for a loss. Against Texas he had 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and even broke up two passes. He is expected to be a finalist for numerous defensive awards, so if Miller and the Aggies can make some waves in the Big 12, I expect him to finish in the Top 10 of the Heisman voting. It all comes down to a strong finish as the team faces Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas in three of the final four games.

Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh: With the Panthers projected to be a force in the Big East, look for the senior to improve on his numbers from last season. Romeus racked up a team-high eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss. The first-team All-Big East performer and Hendricks finalist just might be able to garner some votes if the Panthers are near the Top 15 most of the year. Keep an eye on how Romeus does in the team's biggest games -- at Utah (Sept. 6), Miami (Sept. 23), West Virginia (Nov. 26) and at Cincinnati (Dec. 4).

Patrick Peterson, LSU: Peterson is a great cover corner, earning first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American honors last year. Two of the best receivers in the country last year A.J. Green and Julio Jones combined for just seven catches when covered by Peterson. The junior also ranked third in the SEC in passes defended with two interceptions. As great a player as he is, to really get the eyes of the Heisman voters, he'll need to improve the INT numbers and make some game-changing plays in the SEC. The nation will get to see Peterson right off the bat in the season opener against North Carolina on Sept. 4. Of course the clash vs. the Gators will be Oct. 9 and the Tigers play Alabama on Nov. 6.

Greg Jones, Michigan State: Here's all the numbers you need from Jones -- 154 tackles, which ranked third in the nation (11.85 per game). The consensus first-team All-American also finished fifth in the Big Ten and 30th in the nation with nine sacks and 51st with a team-high 13.5 tackles for a loss. Jones is a beast, but the problem with linebackers and the Heisman race is, too many players have great tackle numbers. Still, keep an eye on Jones, especially when he faces Wisconsin (Oct. 2), at Iowa (Oct. 30), and at Penn State (Nov. 27).

Rahim Moore, UCLA: Moore is one of the best safeties in the nation, earning first-team All-American honors after recording 10 interceptions in 13 games. It was the first time a player had at least 10 INTs since 2003. If Moore can record double-digit picks again and has UCLA in the hunt for the Pac-10 title, than he has a shot to get a few votes. The problem will be that the Bruins aren't expected to win more than 6 or 7 games with a schedule that consists of road game against Texas, California, Oregon and Washington.

Greg Reid, Florida State: The biggest long shot on my list is mostly known for his special team play instead of his secondary play. Reid led the nation with a 18.4-yard punt return average and also averaged 25.5 on kick returns. The only chance he gets some Heisman attention is to explode in the return game like Raghib Ismail did and get some interceptions on defense (had just two last season).

Posted on: April 1, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Purple turf coming to LSU?

The folks in the LSU athletic department are having a little fun this April Fools' Day.

On the cover of their website, LSUSports.net, there is a story about Tiger Stadium switching to purple turf for the 2010 season!

This wouldn't seem out of the realm of possibility would it? We have blue turf in Boise and Eastern Washington is trying to install red turf. But purple turf? Imagine those night games at LSU with the team wearing purple uniforms. The opponents would have a hell of time trying to play defense.

From the LSU official release:

"This wasn't just a knee-jerk reaction," Marcus Davidson, Assistant to the Associate in the Office of Athletic Branding, said. "It was a perfect storm of factors.  Not only will field maintenance be easier for our grounds crew, but being able to project purple and gold to a national television audience is an opportunity for branding that will make Tiger Stadium the greatest place to watch a sporting event in the world."

For you Seinfeld fans, you'll be happy to know that Art Vandalay, the President and CEO of Vandalay Industries, will be installing the new turf. (I thought Vandalay was an architect, not a turf installer).

 "We've been speaking on the virtues of colored turf for years at various conventions and we finally have the perfect partner in LSU. The field is going to be amazing. Although we have never done a project with our turf on anything more than municipal parks, we are confident that 'Tiger Turf' is going to be a staple of all collegiate athletic fields.  The possibilities are endless.  I see a future where grass will cease to exist."  

Good stuff LSU, very creative.


Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 30, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 3:50 pm
 

Week-by-Week in SEC Football

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. 4: Opening weekend of the season. If you want to get excited about Alabama playing San Jose State or Florida vs. Miami (Ohio), go ahead, but I'll be watching LSU vs. North Carolina in the Kickoff Classic in Atlanta. LSU's offense was horrendous last season, while North Carolina's defense was one of the best. So with Jordan Jefferson having a full season under his belt at quarterback, things have to get better for the Tigers, right? North Carolina is one of my teams to watch as it returns a ton of starters and will ranked in the preseason Top 20.

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: May 28, 2009 4:28 pm
 

CWS: Five to keep your eye on

With the College World Series beginning Friday, here are five players to keep your eye on for the next couple of weeks:

5. Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee: The sophomore was named first-team All-America and is one of 30 players up for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. Bentz was close to winning the triple crown, leading the nation in average (.482), home runs (28). He ranks 25th in RBI with 72. Brentz has also pitched this season, going 5-3 with a 4.78 ERA.

4. Mike Leake, Arizona State: The junior pitcher became the first Pac-10 player to win conference pitcher of the year in consecutive seasons. He enters the CWS with a 14-1 record and a 1.24 ERA. He also has 128 strikeouts in 115 2/3 innings, while walking only 18.

Stephen Strasburg3. Jared Mitchell, LSU: The two-sport star (plays wide receiver for the Tigers) is expected to be a top pick in the upcoming draft. He is currently hitting .326 with a team-leading 30 steals. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Twins out of high school, but opted to go to LSU to play football and baseball.

2. Dustin Ackley, North Carolina: The first baseman, who is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, is hitting .399 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI. Ackley was named ACC player of the year and is one of only two players in school history with 300 hits and 200 runs scored.

1. Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State: The projected No. 1 pick by the Nationals in the upcoming draft is having a phenomenal season. He is 13-0 with a 1.24 ERA and has 180 strikeouts in 102 innings. He recently set the Mountain West Conference records for strikeouts in a season and career (360). He was named national player of the week five times in 2009 and eight times in his career. Was named the winner of 2008 Dick Case Award, presented to USA Baseball's Player of the Year, for his performance with the collegiate national team and the U.S. Olympic squad last summer.

Posted on: August 1, 2008 2:48 pm
 

Coaches Poll

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

 
 
 
 
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