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: November 10, 2008 11:57 am
Steve Spurrier took the two-headed quarterback to a whole new level this past weekend vs. Arkansas.
Chris Smelley and Stephen Garcia both saw time in the victory over Arkansas, but instead of alternating series or quarters, the two alternated plays. Spurrier kept up the pattern much of the opening period with Smelley starting and then Garcia coming in every other play.
If you think this is something new for Spurrier ... it's not. He did the same thing while he was at Florida in 1997, rotating Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson in the victory over Florida State.
"It was interesting," said Smelley. "We practiced it a little bit this week. We weren't exactly sure how we were going to do it, but it worked out. We got the win, which is what we came out here to do. You hear people talk about getting into a rhythm and all that stuff, but I think we felt pretty good out there. It didn't take away from our performance."
Smelley finished with 148 yards passing and a touchdown, while Garcia had 71 yards passing and a touchdown and 35 yards rushing and a score.
"You don’t see a lot of guys doing it," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "(Spurrier) likes it because he gets to talk to them on the sideline and send the play in. It gives them an idea of what they need to do and he’s very good at doing it."
With the victory, coupled by losses from Georgia Tech, Maryland, California and West Virginia, South Carolina jumped into the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120, moving from No. 38 to No. 25.
It has won six of its past seven games and with just two games remaining -- at Florida and at Clemson -- the Gamecocks find themselves in great position to play in a New Year's Day bowl game.
Assuming Florida and Alabama will both wind up in a BCS bowl and Georgia being the top pick of the Capital One Bowl, the Gamecocks could find themselves in either the Outback against a Big Ten team or the Cotton Bowl against a Big 12 opponent.
But first up for the Gamecocks will be trying to get past the No. 3 ranked Gators this weekend.
"I would say Florida has a better team this year than they had two years ago that won the national championship," Spurrier said. "They're a stronger team, it appears right now, than two years ago. Two years ago you felt like you had a chance and a lot of teams had chances. Certainly Florida won the close ones two years ago that led them all the way through to the national championship. Now they are sort of blowing out people pretty regularly."
And don't think for a second, Spurrier is tipping his hand on which quarterback he will start or how he will use both of them.
Other teams that made the leap into the Top 25 this week: Pittsburgh, landing at No. 21 after beating Louisville 41-7; Cincinnati, jumping from No. 34 to No. 22 after beating West Virginia in overtime 26-23 and Oregon State, landing at No. 23 after beating UCLA 34-6.
How low can you go?
Tennessee took quite a tumble this week, falling from No. 61 to No. 94 after losing to Wyoming 13-7. How bad a loss is it? Heading in to the game with the Vols, Wyoming was averaging 10.8 points a game. It was shutout against BYU and New Mexico, but did score 35 points against San Diego State. Wyoming now could earn a bowl bid if it beats UNLV and Colorado State the last two weeks of the season.
Kansas also fell from No. 26 to No. 46 after losing 45-35 to Nebraska. The Jayhawks were in the Top 25 most of the early part of the season, but have lost three of its past four. It could keep falling too as they play Texas and at Missouri to close out the season.
... Military academy watch -- Air Force is No. 37 at 8-2; Navy is No. 56 at 6-3 and Army is No. 99 at 3-7.
... FI who? Florida International, which was No. 120 the first three weeks, has now jumped up to No. 96 after winning four of its last six. The Golden Panthers still have a shot to become bowl-eligible and maybe snag its first bowl game in school history. If it wins out and finishes 7-5, FIU could be headed to the Papajohns.com Bowl or Independence Bowl to replace an SEC school.
... Utah vs. San Diego State will be the No. 8 ranked team playing the No. 119 ranked squad.
Posted on: February 5, 2008 12:20 pm
Is there such a thing? Well, there should be.
Christmas Eve is the day when kids get all excited because Santa is coming tomorrow and hoping to get the presents they asked for.
Signing Day Eve is the day when adults get all excited because the five-star recruit they've been drooling over the past two months, might put on the hat of their favorite team. I'm sure Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame fans all over the country will have trouble sleeping tonight, because they don't know what tomorrow will bring.
I can't make any promises, but here is what I bring today .... rumors:
As reported by the Bleacher Report, the nation's No. 1 wide receiver Julio Jones, might be signing with Alabama.
The website said he was spotted at the LSU-Alabama basketball game in Tuscaloosa on Saturday with Alabama commits Burton Scott and Robert Lester.
Jones has basically narrowed his choices down to Oklahoma, Florida State and Alabama. Texas Tech also had a shot, but he canceled his visit this weekend to Lubbock. He will announce his plans at 11 a.m. on ESPNU's recruiting show.
As for the nation's top quarterback Terrelle Pryor, its down to Ohio State and Michigan.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Terrelle Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he is 80 percent sure he'll announce his college choice Wednesday afternoon on National Signing Day.
That pretty much means Oregon is out, considering he never visited the campus. So it's all coming down to Ohio State or Michigan.
Darrell Scott, the nation's No. 1-rated running back, is expected to choose between Colorado and Texas.
According to the Daily Camera, Scott told several recruiting services last month he was leaning toward Texas because it offers the chance to play early, tradition and warm weather. In interviews last fall, Scott told the Daily Camera and other media outlets he was heavily favoring Colorado because of early playing time and the fact his uncle, freshman wide receiver Josh Smith, is already a Buff.
The only other undecided player left on CSTV.com's Top 25 is Quinton Coples, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound, defensive lineman from Virginia.
Coples has a handful of schools to choose from, including Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina and N.C. State. Mike Farrell, from Rivals.com, reported there are also strong rumors that he is headed to join the Tar Heels, but Coples has publicly denied that he is committed, and he is scheduled to announce on Signing Day.
Stay tuned, tomorrow is a big day.