Tag:Ohio State
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 9, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:00 am
 

By the Numbers: Week 6's Best Performances

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: September 18, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 1:38 am
 

By the Numbers: Week 3's best performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 3, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

5: A LSU record number of field goals by Josh Jasper and number of interceptions by the Tigers defense in the 29-7 victory over Mississippi State.

10: Vanderbilt snapped a 10-game conference losing streak dating back to 2008 with a 28-14 victory over Ole Miss. The Commodores have beaten the Rebels four of the past six seasons.

14: Seconds remaining when Arkansas' Ryan Mallett threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Greg Childs to lift No. 12 Arkansas over Georgia 31-24.

16:
A school-record consecutive completions by Terrelle Pryor in Ohio State's easy 43-7 victory over Ohio. Pryor, who also ran for a touchdown, completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards and two scores with two interceptions.

181: Daniel Thomas rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 34 carries, and Kansas State rallied to beat Iowa State 27-20.

287: Passing and rushing yards by Nebraska freshman Taylor Martinez in Nebraska's pounding of Washington 56-21. Martinez ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, threw for another 150 yards and a score.

295: Combined rushing yards by Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure (180) and QB Nathan Scheelhaase (115) in the 28-22 victory over Northern Illinois. LeShoure and Scheelhaase combined for 53 rushing yards on a fourth quarter drive that set up a 32-yard field goal by Derek Dimke that provided the winning points.

528: School-record rushing yards by Oregon in the 69-0 victory over Portland State. LaMichael James led the way with 227 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

722: Total yards by Oklahoma State in the 65-28 victory over Tulsa. Brandon Weeden passed for 409 of the yards with six touchdowns. The total yards broke the school record of 717 set against Kansas during Barry Sanders' Heisman Trophy season in 1988.

Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: June 22, 2010 11:25 am
 

Alabama is No. 1 ... by EA Sports

As everybody is starting to churn out preseason college football rankings, the Crimson Tide earned another No. 1 spot.

This one isn't as prestigious as the AP poll, but the folks in Tuscaloosa who own PS3s will be happy as Alabama is ranked in the top spot for the upcoming release of EA Sports' NCAA Football '11.

Ohio State is No. 2, while Texas is No. 3. Oregon is No. 4, but if can still play with Jeremiah Masoli on the game that would make sense. Boise State rounds out the top 5. You can see all the preseason rankings here.

Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Huskers' Crick headlines Outland, Nagurski Lists

Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick is one of six players named to both the Outland and Nagurski Preseason Watch Lists for the upcoming season.

Jared CrickThe Outland Trophy goes to the nation's best interior lineman, while the Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player.

Crick, who was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season, is joined by DTs Sam Acho, Texas; Marvin Austin, North Carolina; Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson; Stephen Paea, Oregon State and Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss.

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed all of 2009 battling overcoming Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, also made the Nagurski Watch List. The former All-American looks to return to the field for his senior season.

North Carolina placed four players on the Nagurski list, including Austin, LBs Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant and DE Robert Quinn. Alabama has three players -- S Mark Barron, DE Marcell Dareus and LB Dont'a Hightower.

Ohio State and Oklahoma placed three players on the Outland list, the most of any school. Guards Justin Boren, Bryant Browning and center Mike Brewster represent Ohio State, while Oklahoma placed offensive tackled Cory Brandon, center Ben Habern and DT Adrian Taylor on the list.

The Nagurski Trophy will be on Dec. 6, while the Outland Trophy will be announced Dec. 9.

Nagurski Watch List

Sam Acho, Texas, DT; Prince Amukamara, Nebraska, CB; Marvin Austin, North Carolina, DT; Akeem Ayers, UCLA, LB; Allen Bailey, Miami, DE; Mark Barron, Alabama, S; Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma, DE; Nick Bellore, Central Michigan, LB; Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB; Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson, DE; Curtis Brown, Texas, CB; Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State, LB; Tank Carder, TCU, LB; Bruce Carter, North Carolina, LB; Adrian Clayborn, Iowa, DE; Jared Crick, Nebraska, DT; Marcell Dareus, Alabama, DE; Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, CB; Brian Duncan, Texas Tech, LB; Chris Galippo, USC, LB; Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB; Brandon Harris, Miami, CB; Mario Harvey, Marshall, LB; Mark Herzlich, Boston College, LB; Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, DE; Dont'a Hightower, Alabama, LB; Ross Homan, Ohio State, LB; Justin Houston, Georgia, LB; Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson, DT; Janoris Jenkins, Florida, CB; Tejay Johnson, TCU, S; Greg Jones, Michigan State, LB; Aaron Williams, Texas, CB; Thomas Keiser, Stanford, LB; Noah Keller, Ohio, LB; Shiloh Keo, Idaho, S; Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State, DE; Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue, DE; Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB; Mark LeGree, Appalachian State, S; Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, LB; Chris Marve, Vanderbilt, LB; Cliff Matthews, South Carolina, DE; DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson, S; Marcus McGraw, Houston, LB; Josh McNary, Army, DE; Carmen Messina, New Mexico, LB; Von Miller, Texas A&M, LB; Bruce Miller, UCF, DE; Dontay Moch, Nevada, DE; Mike Mohamed, California, LB; Rahim Moore, UCLA, S; Stephen Paea, Oregon State, DT; Patrick Peterson, LSU, CB; Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss, DT; Robert Quinn, North Carolina, DE; Adrian Robinson, Temple, DE; Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh, DE; Kenny Rowe, Oregon, DE; Robert Sands, West Virginia, S; Tyler Sash, Iowa, S; J.K. Schaffer, Cincinnati, LB; Kelvin Sheppard, LSU, LB; Aldon Smith, Missouri, DE; Craig Stevens, Auburn, LB; Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina, LB; Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB; J.T. Thomas, West Virginia, LB; Trevin Wade, Arizona, CB; J.J. Watt, Wisconsin, DE; Korey Williams, Southern Miss, LB; Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut, LB; Anthony Wright, Air Force, CB; Alex Wujciak, Maryland, LB.

Outland Trophy Watch List

Sam Acho, Texas, DT; Marvin Austin, North Carolina, DT; Tim Barnes, Missouri, C; Colin Baxter, Arizona, C; Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech, C; Chase Beeler, Stanford, C; Clint Boling, Georgia, T; Justin Boren, Ohio State, G; Cory Brandon, Oklahoma, T; Mike Brewster, Ohio State, C; Bryant Browning, Ohio State, G; Marcus Cannon, TCU, T; Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin, T; James Carpenter, Alabama, T; Jurrell Casey, USC, DT; Anthony Castonzo, Boston College, T; Thomas Claiborne, Boston College, G; Jared Crick, Nebraska, DT; Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, T; Art Forst, Rutgers, G; Marcus Forston, Miami, DT; Orlando Franklin, Miami, T; Anthony Gray, Southern Miss, DT; Lawrence Guy, Arizona State, DT; Ben Habern, Oklahoma, C; Kyle Hix, Texas, T; Rodney Hudson, Florida State, G; Omar Hunter, Florida, DT; Rod Huntley, UTEP, G; Zach Hurd, Connecticut, G; Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova, T; Andrew Jackson, Fresno State, G; Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson, DT; Carl Johnson, Florida, G; Barrett Jones, Alabama, G; Ben Jones, Georgia, C; Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU, C; Karl Klug, Iowa, DT; Ben Lamaak, Iowa State, C; DeMarcus Love, Arkansas, T; Ryan McMahon, Florida State, C; Ryan Miller, Colorado, G; Drake Nevis, LSU, DT; Kristofer O'Dowd, USC, C; Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin, T; Stephen Paea, Oregon State, DT; Alan Pelc, North Carolina, G; Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh, T; Ken Plue, Purdue, G; Nate Potter, Boise State, G; Mike Pouncey, Florida, C; Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss, DT; Matt Reynolds, BYU, T; Trevor Robinson, Notre Dame, T; Stephen Schilling, Michigan, G; Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah, G; Nate Solder, Colorado, T; Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma, DT; Zane Taylor, Utah, C; Bo Thran, Oregon, T; Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple, DT
Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State, G; Lee Ziemba, Auburn, T.

Posted on: January 12, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2010 6:10 pm
 

Early Preseason Top 10 for 2010

It's a little early, but time to give my preseason Top 10 for 2010. Lots of things can change, but here is what I got for now:

Mark Ingram1. Alabama: The team will lose some starters on defense, including Terrence Cody, Rolando McClain and Javier Arenas, but there is still a ton of talent on that side of the ball. And look at all the starters back on offense. QB Greg McElroy, RB Mark Ingram, RB Trent Richardson and WR Julio Jones. The schedule works nicely in Alabama's favor too with home games against Penn State, Florida and Auburn. Three landmines which could prevent it from repeating -- at Arkansas (Sept. 25), at Tennessee (Oct. 23) and at LSU (Nov. 6).

2. Ohio State: If the Buckeyes can play like they did in the Rose Bowl, they will find themselves in the BCS championship game next year. Ten starters are back on offense, including Terrelle Pryor, the entire backfield and both wide receivers. Five starters back on the offensive line will be huge too. Ohio State gets Miami (Fla.) at home on Sept. 18 which will be the early test. The season likely comes down to the final three games of the season -- Penn State (Nov. 13), at Iowa (Nov. 20) and Michigan (Nov. 27)

3. Boise State: This is all you have to know about Boise being ranked this high: 21 of 22 starters from a team that went 14-0. Kellen Moore will be entering his junior season after one of the best seasons in college football -- 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The defense was great last season and only loses cornerback Kyle Wilson. Assuming Boise goes undefeated in conference play for the third consecutive season, there are two big games on the schedule -- at home against Oregon State and Virginia Tech in Maryland on Oct. 2. Could this be the year the Broncos get into the title game?

4. Oregon: Another team that will be loaded with returners, including all 11 on offense. The Ducks offense was very explosive last year and should be again with the return of QB Jeremiah Masoli and RB LaMichael James. Keep an eye on the defense with the return of all three linebackers. The biggest holes to fill will be on the defensive line and replacing cornerback Walter Thurmond. The Ducks get a quick test playing at Tennessee on Sept. 11. The Pac-10 schedule will be tough again, especially with road games at USC (Sept. 30), at California (Nov. 13) and at Oregon State (Nov. 27).

Ricky Stanzi5. Iowa: The Hawkeyes showed in the Orange Bowl what a difference Ricky Stanzi makes at quarterback. With him back along with running backs Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher and wide receivers Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt, Iowa will challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten title. The defense will again be one of the best in the country, especially in the secondary with Tyler Sash coming back. The schedule works perfectly for Iowa in its run to the a perfect season, getting Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State all at home.

6. Nebraska: Yes, Ndamukong Suh will be gone, but he wasn't a one-man team. One of the best defenses in the nation last year will be strong again with the return of DE Pierre Allen and DT Jared Crick. The key will be on offense if QB Zac Lee and RB Roy Helu can keep the ball moving. With the return of four offensive lineman, the Cornhuskers should be in great shape to challenge for the Big 12 Championship. Biggest game of the season will be Oct. 16 vs. Texas.

7. TCU: The Horned Frogs should be strong again with a team that returns a ton of players. It won't be easy to find a replacement for DE Jerry Hughes. With Andy Dalton back for one more season at quarterback and the return of WR Jimmy Young, the team should still be in great shape for another run at a BCS bowl. Obviously the conference has gotten better and a big game at Utah looms. So far TCU has only two non-conference opponents in Baylor and SMU, but it still has to find two more games.

8. Texas: The Longhorns won't be as good as they were this year. Too many key players will be gone, but Texas still has a nice group of returners back and should find itself in the Top 10. QB Garrett Gilbert got something to build on for next year with his appearance in the title game against Alabama. All the running backs return and a good core of wide receivers are back too. Earl Thomas is gone at safety, but Blake Gideon returns. The hardest part to replace will be the defensive line with the loss of Sergio Kindle. Oct. 2 vs. Oklahoma and Oct. 16 at Nebraska will be the season.

9. (tie) Virginia Tech: The defense lost some key players during the offseason, including Kam Chancellor and Jason Worilds, but the Hokies always just plug in newcomers and never miss a beat. The good news for Virginia Tech will be the return of sophomore running back Ryan Williams and junior Darren Evans, along with QB Tyrod Taylor. With those three back, the Hokies should be able to run all over opposing defenses. The Boise State game looms on Oct. 2 before huge road games at North Carolina and at Miami (Fla.)

Robert Quinn9. (tie) Miami, Fla.: The offense is there for the Hurricanes to make a serious run at the ACC title. QB Jacory Harris returns with wide receivers LaRon Byrd and Leonard Hankerson. A big question mark will be at running back, where Craig Cooper might miss the entire season due to a knee injury. The defense must get better at the linebacker position, but the secondary returns four strong players, including Brandon Harris at corner. Two huge out of conferences games will test Miami early -- at Ohio State (Sept. 11) and at Pittsburgh (Sept. 25).

9. (tie) North Carolina: Don't laugh, here is a team that returns nine starters on a great defense and 10 starters on offense. Defensive lineman Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin will anchor the front seven with linebacker Quan Sturdivant controlling the middle of the field. The offense must get better, so with T.J. Yates and WR Greg Little back for one more season ... this is their chance. The Tar Heels play LSU in Atlanta during the opening weekend (Sept. 4), so we'll see how good this team is.

The rest of the Top 25 (alphabetical order): Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Rutgers, Utah, USC, Wisconsin, West Virginia

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.

 

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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