Saturday, November 24, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #13

"McFadden has a chance to throw a wrench into both BCS and Heisman races with a huge game at #1 LSU next week."

Run-DMc did not disappoint, leading the Arkansas Razorbacks to a thrilling 3-OT victory over #1 Louisiana State. Running the Wild Hog formation for most of the game McFadden's team gashed the Tigers defense for 385 yards on the ground. With LSU now out of the national championship picture West Virginia emerges at the #2 team in the country. They hosted a very good Connecticut team on Saturday and blew it out of the water. As good as the Mountaineers have been all season they won't be #1 when the polls are released tomorrow.

Missouri jumped to an early lead against Kansas in the annual Border War and held on for the win in a titanic battle between top five teams.

Should either the Tigers or Mountaineers slip next week look for Ohio State, already in the gate with a 11-1 and Big Ten title, to play in its second straight championship game. If both Missouri and West Virginia should both fall it would only be fitting for a such a ridiculous year. In that case Georgia, despite not being eligible for the SEC championship, would likely play in New Orleans.

Looking ahead to the final week of the regular season... West Virginia needs to defeat Pittsburgh. A win and the Mountaineers advance to the BCS title game. Oklahoma and Missouri meet up in San Antonio to determine the Big 12 crown. The Sooners handed the Tigers their own lone loss this season. If Missouri wins it's in the title game. LSU and Tennessee hook up in Atlanta to determine the SEC championship. On the other end of the country Hawaii hosts Washington. The Rainbow Warriors seek to finish the year undefeated and earn a BCS bowl berth. Staying in the west USC looks to avenge last year's loss against crosstown rival UCLA. Also in the Pac-10 California and Stanford will play The Big Game.

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

Dropped out: #7 Oregon, #8 Arizona State

Darren McFadden's stats from Friday: 32 carries, 206 yards, 3 TD and a touchdown pass. Simply put it was a game for the ages, on the road, against the best team in the country, in front of a national audience. Tim Tebow, Chase Daniel and Pat White also had excellent individual efforts in leading their teams to victory. Tebow, despite his gaudy numbers, failed to register a marquee win this season. Daniels has a chance to be remembered with a great performance and a win in the Big 12 championship against powerhouse Oklahoma. White plays a decent Pittsburgh team. No matter how well he performs the game will likely lack the magnitude to thrust him into the Heisman lead.

Heisman Hopefuls

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

Dropped out: none

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