Saturday, November 17, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #12

One buckling knee collapses Oregon's entire season. Dennis Dixon's ACL injury dooms the Ducks at Arizona. Before Thursday night Oregon was on course to play in the BCS title game. Now it might not even win its own conference.

Another title contender, Oklahoma, falls tonight in Lubbock to Mike Leach's high-powered Texas Tech offense. Sooner QB Sam Bradford was knocked out early in the game and OU never recovered.

LSU and Kansas control their own destiny but the journey to New Orleans won't be easy (as college football fans have witnessed all season long). Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio State and Arizona State still cling to BCS championship hopes. Out of those teams Missouri has the best shot of leapfrogging either the Tigers or Jayhawks. Mizzou finishes the regular season against Kansas. If they win that contest and the Big 12 title game Missouri's resume will likely be impressive enough to rank either #1 or #2.

Looking ahead to Week 13... a Thanksgiving meeting between USC and Arizona State in the desert will go a long way toward clearing the Pac-10 picture. On Black Friday Arkansas hopes to leave the LSU Tigers black and blue and pull off the huge upset. The marquee matchup of the week is between Big 12 teams, as Kansas and Missouri hope to earn a berth to the conference championship -- and perhaps the BCS title game. Meanwhile Virginia vs. Virginia Tech is a battle between top-15 teams. Also Tennessee vs. Kentucky will determine the winner of the SEC East. Staying in the south, first-year Alabama coach Nick Saban hopes to lead the Crimson Tide to a victory over Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

Top Ten Teams
College Last Week
1) Louisiana State
2) Kansas
3) Missouri
4) West Virginia
5) Ohio State
6) Georgia
7) Oregon
8) Arizona State
9) Oklahoma
10) Florida

Dropped out: none

Dennis Dixon's unfortunate season-ending knee injury dashes his hopes of winning the Heisman. Tim Tebow, the first QB in Division I history to throw and run for 20 TD in the same year, has solidified his position atop player of the year rankings. Chase Daniel had another excellent afternoon tossing the pigskin. He threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns, leading Missouri to a comfortable win and setting up a huge showdown against Kansas next week. Chris Wells has quietly had an excellent season for Ohio State. In today's contest against arch-rival Michigan, the one nicknamed "Beanie" rumbled for 222 yards and two scores. For the season Wells has 1463 rushing yards and 14 scores. This week Darren McFadden was shut down on the ground by a stout Mississippi State defense (28 carries, 88 yards). He did, however, make a 57-yard TD catch. McFadden has a chance to throw a wrench into both BCS and Heisman races with a huge game at #1 LSU next week.

Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Tim Tebow
Chase Daniel
Darren McFadden
Chris Wells
So.Ohio State
Pat White
Jr. West Virginia

Dropped out: Dennis Dixon, Matt Ryan

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