Saturday, September 01, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #1

Appalachian State throws a giant wrench into the top ten, as well as derailing Michigan's national titles hopes on the first day of September. The Mountaineers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of college football when a blocked Wolverine field goal attempt at the end of the game sealed App. State's 34-32 win.

California and Georgia receive boosts in this week's rankings. The Bears of Berkeley avenged last year's blowout in Tennessee, defeating the Vols in a 45-31 slugfest. Meanwhile Bulldogs pulled away from Oklahoma State to win comfortably in Athens.

Next week introduces some highly-anticipated matchups. Labor Day brings the pigskin to Monday night, as the Bowden Bowl pits Florida State versus Clemson. Saturday's showdown between LSU and Virginia Tech will go long way toward defining each teams' BCS aspirations. Also the contest between Oklahoma and Miami will answer some big questions. Can Randy Shannon lead the Hurricanes out of Big 12 country with a win? Was the Sooners' dominance tonight a fluke or a sign of things to come?

Top Ten Teams
College Last Week
1) Southern California 1
2) Louisiana State
3) West Virginia
4) Louisville
5) Florida
6) Texas
7) Wisconsin
8) California
9) Oklahoma
10) Georgia

Dropped out: #4 Michigan

Even as I type Colt Brennan has already thrown for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns... in the first half! Michael Hart, despite his gutsy performance on Saturday, drops out of the Heisman discussion following Michigan's historic loss. The second part of West Virginia's two-headed monster, dual-threat QB Pat White, enters the top five. Louisville's Brian Brohm, Cal's DeSean Jackson, Missouri's Chase Daniel, Florida's Tim Tebow and Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray all made huge statements to start the season.

Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Darren McFadden RB Jr. Arkansas
Colt Brennan QB Sr. Hawaii
John David Booty QB Sr. Southern California
Steve Slaton RB Jr. West Virginia
Pat White
QB Jr. West Virginia

Dropped out: Michael Hart

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