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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: October 23, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 3:43 pm
 

By the Numbers: Week 8's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 8, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

1: Western Kentucky earns its first win of the season, beating Louisiana-Lafayette 54-21, ending the nation's longest losing streak of 26 games.

5: A school-record touchdowns by Washaun Ealey in Georgia's 44-31 victory over Kentucky. Ealey finished with a season-high 157 yards on 28 carries before getting banged up late in the fourth quarter. His five rushing scores broke the school record of four, set most recently by former running back Robert Edwards in 1997. Ealey also matched Edwards' record for total touchdowns in a game set in 1995 against South Carolina.

3: Maryland safety Antwine Perez had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and Danny O'Brien threw for three touchdowns to lead the Terrapins to a 24-21 victory over Boston College.

166: Career-high rushing yards for Andre Ellington as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Georgia Tech in a 27-13 win.

172: Career-high rushing yards by Alex Green as Hawaii ran past Utah State 45-7. Green also had four touchdowns on runs of 2, 17, 36 and 60 yards for the Warriors.

176: Rushing yards by Arkansas' Knile Davis to go along with three touchdowns in the 38-24 victory over Ole Miss.

209: Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead TCU past Air Force 38-7. Wesley had more yards by himself than the nation's No. 1 rushing offense as the Frogs piled up 377 yards on the ground.

210: Rushing yards by Alexander Teich to lead Navy to its third victory against Notre Dame in the last four seasons, a 35-17 rout.

321: Passing yards by Jordan Wynn in Utah's 59-6 thrashing of Colorado State. The sophomore quarterback went 23 of 29 and reached the 300-yard mark for the third time in his career.

327:
Totals yards of offense by Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the 44-7 victory over Duke. Taylor had 280 yards passing and three touchdowns and is now less than 100 away from becoming the school's career leader in total offense.

 

Posted on: May 10, 2010 10:00 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2010 10:10 am
 

Video Podcast: Big Ten expansion

Earlier Monday a report came out from a Kansas City radio station that the Big Ten had extended initial offers to Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

Rutgers' athletic director Tim Pernetti released a statement on the report saying: "We are a proud member of the Big East Conference. It is not our place to speculate on any reports on the expansion plans of any other conference." And Nebraska said there has been no offer whatsoever.

So while speculation about the Big Ten continues to flood the message boards and talk radio, Adam Aizer and I got a chance to talk with senior writer Dennis Dodd (Full story) about the report and what to expect next from the hottest topic of the offseason.

Watch it here:

Posted on: November 23, 2009 2:04 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history


History is being made at Nevada.

And with a win at Boise State on Friday, the Wolf Pack will make the Broncos' BCS hopes history.

With both teams undefeated in conference play, the WAC basically ends up with a conference title game, which will be played the day after Thanksgiving.

Beating Boise on the blue turf won't be an easy task, but the Wolf Pack are one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, winning eight consecutive, while averaging 51.6 points per game during the stretch.

Nevada blasted New Mexico State 63-20 this past weekend, moving up to No. 42 in this week's CBSSports.com 120. It has also scored 70 against Idaho, 62 against San Jose State and 52 against Fresno State in recent weeks.

That's quite a difference from a team that started 0-3, including a 35-0 loss to Notre Dame in the season opener.

"We're taking a lot of momentum," Nevada coach Chris Ault said about playing at Boise State. "We have to ... They're the target that everybody shoots for. I'm proud we're playing for a championship. You can't ask for anything more. I'm really proud of this football team. To win eight straight and get to the championship game, this is exciting."

Nevada entered into the record books this weekend becoming the first team in NCAA history to have three 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has 1,129 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns, running back Vai Taua has 1,185 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, while Luke Lippincott has 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns.

The school even has a cool little video on its website to recognize the accomplishment.

"It's a compliment to our backs and our offensive line and our quarterback. Things like that don't happen because of one person," added Ault.

Overall, the Wolf Pack's "Pistol" offense leads the nation with 373.2 yards rushing per game and a 7.7-yard average. Georgia Tech is second with 314.1 yards per game, while Navy is third at 282.6.

The pistol offense is a hybrid of the shotgun and single back where the quarterback lines up in a shotgun, with the running back directly behind him. There are also three wide receivers in the formation with one tight end.

"We ran the ball but nothing like what we are seeing with this offense," said Chris Vargas, a former Nevada quarterback told the MercuryNews.com. "It is pretty special what these guys are doing this year. Even in the heyday of 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust-the Oklahoma Sooners and running the wishbone and all that type of stuff-you never saw a team that had three guys go for a thousand yards."

Nevada will need its high-powered offense to be clicking to beat Boise State, which comes into the game with its own lethal offense. The Broncos are ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring, averaging 44.4 points per game.

The Wolf Pack have also never won the WAC outright, only sharing the conference title with the Broncos in 2005.

Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish continue their freefall, dropping to No. 54 after losing to Connecticut. They have lost four consecutive and are on the verge of missing a bowl game. At 6-6, they aren't guaranteed a slot and might get passed over if Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette or Bowling Green pick up their seventh win. Rules state seven-win teams must be selected over six win teams.

Army

The Black Knights are on the verge of making a bowl (if it beats Navy) for the first time since losing in the 1996 Independence Bowl, but according to CBSSports.com, they have the worst schedule in the nation.

The 120th-ranked schedule features Eastern Michigan (0-11), Duke (5-6), Ball State (1-10), Iowa State (6-6), Tulane (3-8), Vanderbilt (2-10), Temple (9-2), Rutgers (7-3), Air Force (7-5), VMI (FCS team) and North Texas (2-9).

That is five opponents ranked in the bottom 18 and three in the bottom five -- Vanderbilt (No. 102), Tulane (No. 106), North Texas (No. 115), Ball State (No. 117) and Eastern Michigan (No. 119).

Notes

... Despite not being ranked in the AP Top 25, Nebraska (No. 24) and Northwestern (No. 25) cracked the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120. Nebraska beat Kansas State to reach the Big 12 title game and Northwestern knocked off Wisconsin.

... Three nine-win teams are not in the Top 25, but are on the verge of getting in. Houston is ranked No. 30, Central Michigan is No. 31 and Temple is No. 33.

... The highest-ranked team with a losing record is Wyoming at No. 69. The 5-6 Cowboys can become bowl-eligible with a victory over Colorado State in the regular-season finale on Friday.

Posted on: December 8, 2008 1:47 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise


Let the complaints begin.

We all know about Texas' beef with the BCS system. The Longhorns feel they should be in the BCS National Championship over Oklahoma because they finished with the same record and beat Oklahoma on a nuetral field.

We will continue to hear that talk through the New Year.

But what about Boise State?

The Broncos are ranked No. 9 in this week's CBSSports.com 120, but they will be left out of the BCS Bowl picture as a two-loss Ohio State will meet Texas in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Poinsettia Bowl, which will feature the Broncos and No. 11 TCU, will have two higher ranked teams than the Orange Bowl (No. 12 Cincinnati and No. 19 Virginia Tech). The Holiday Bowl will have No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Oregon.

"As long as the Ohio State players and coaches aren't tired of coming to the Valley of the Sun, we're not tired of having them," Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker said. "The university is the same, but the players all are different. It's just another version of that great tradition, and anytime you can match up a co-Big Ten champion against a No. 3 program that people think should be playing for the national championship, it seemed like a natural."

Welcome to the bowl system -- it's not about how many losses you have or where you are ranked. It's all about tickets, TV ratings and marketability. And that hurts Boise State.

Last year, the Georgia/Hawaii Sugar Bowl had the lowest TV ratings of any BCS game, the year before it was Oklahoma/Boise State. And in 2005, if was the Utah/Pittsburgh Fiesta Bowl.  

The Fiesta Bowl had the choice to take Utah or Boise State instead of the Buckeyes, but President John Junker chose to go with the Buckeyes even though they've played there four times since 2003.

"It was (discussed)," Junker said of Ohio State's visits to the website Cleveland.com. "But it's not like it's professional football. Obviously in the years that (Ohio State has) appeared, it's always a different group of players with the changes on their roster."

Sorry Boise State, take your undefeated record and higher ranking somewhere else. But don't feel bad for them, because Ohio State coach Jim Tressel doesn't.

"I've got to be honest with you, I didn't feel for them, because I'd rather go," Tressel said of Boise State. "I'm a compassionate guy, but to an extent ... I'd rather the Buckeyes be there."

Boise will now take its show on the road to San Diego in what could be one of the best non-BCS games on the schedule.

Notes

... San Jose State (No. 70), Bowling Green (No. 80), Arkansas State (No. 84) and Louisiana-Lafayette (No. 92) are the only bowl-eligible teams not playing this postseason.

... The Hawaii Bowl features two of the lowest-ranked teams in the CBSSports.com 120 -- No. 65 Notre Dame vs. No. 67 Hawaii.

... Florida Atlantic is the lowest-ranked team is the lowest-ranked team in a bowl game at No. 85. The Owls lost to Arkansas State 28-14 a few weeks ago, but didn't make a bowl game.

 

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Posted on: November 25, 2008 8:19 pm
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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: October 6, 2008 11:50 am
Edited on: October 6, 2008 2:01 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- UNC making its move


For a school known for Dean Smith, Michael Jordan and four national championships in men's basketball, football is now getting the attention in Chapel Hill.

With its 38-12 victory over previously unbeaten Connecticut, North Carolina has jumped into the CBSSports.com 120, moving up 15 spots to No. 21.

They also cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2001, sliding into the No. 22 ranking. The Tar Heels won eight games that year and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

Being ranked is quite an accomplishment for a team that usually finds itself at the bottom of the ACC, winning a few games a season.

But thanks to second-year coach Butch Davis, two very good offensive weapons in Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate, and a defense allowing 19 points a game, the Tar Heels find themselves in position to win double-digit wins for the first time since Mack Brown's team in 1997.

UNC's only loss is a three-point defeat to Virginia Tech. Since the Hokies are in their division, it will be hard for the Tar Heels to get to the ACC title game, but moving up the rankings and improving their bowl standing are definitely possible.

They don't have Wake Forest, Florida State or Clemson on the schedule and it gets Georgia Tech (Nov. 8) and Boston College (Oct. 25) at home.

"This team is headed in the right direction," said quarterback Cam Sexton. "All the pieces are in place. Last year we were just feeling each other out. But we did not come here to win four games. We're not where we want to be. The only thing we have to do as a team is to remain focused. I think this team has a lot of potential, and the leadership needs to keep us focused."

It has one more non-conference game this weekend ... vs. Notre Dame. The Irish moved up to No. 38 this week in the CBSSports.com 120 poll.

The only other ACC team ranked higher than the Tar Heels right now is Virginia Tech, checking in at No. 17. Wake Forest is ranked No. 23.

Oklahoma State (No. 18), Pittsburgh (No. 22) and Northwestern (No. 25) also joined the Tar Heels in the rankings this week.

Other notes

-- Two undefeated schools are just outside the Top 25. Tulsa (5-0) is No. 26 and Ball State (6-0) is No. 27. Strength of schedule is definitely hurting these two schools as Tulsa's is 104th, while Ball State's is 88th.

-- The strange case of Maryland. What can you say about this team? The are up and down every week. After losing to Middle Tennessee State, the Terps fell, but then jumped back up with victories over California and Clemson. Things should have been easy against the worst team in the ACC, but Maryland got shut out 31-0 to Virginia! Maryland fell back to No. 52.

-- Fresno State fell out of the Top 25 and all the way down to No. 43 after losing 32-29 to Hawaii. Every time I pick Fresno to win the WAC, I curse them. Me and every other media member that falls into the preseason hype.

-- The team with the best record ranked the lowest -- Western Michigan (5-1) at No. 58. Despite having five wins, they dont have won impressive victory. The Broncos beat Northern Illinois (No. 99), Idaho (No. 119), Tennessee Tech (FCS), Temple (No. 93) and Ohio (No. 118).

-- Only two winless teams remain -- Washington (No. 103) and North Texas (No. 120).  

 
 
 
 
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