Sunday, December 02, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: End of Regular Season

It was only appropriate that at the conclusion of this wild regular season in college football that both #1 and #2 were toppled. Missouri once again fell to Oklahoma, this time in the Big 12 Championship, ending the BCS title hopes of the Tigers. West Virginia, meanwhile, suffered a devastating upset at home against rival Pittsburgh.

Ohio State is now the consensus #1 in the country. But now the question remains: who will play the Buckeyes for the championship? Many pundits favor the LSU Tigers, which beat Tennessee on Saturday to secure the SEC championship. Other candidates include Pac-10 co-champion USC, Kansas, Georgia, Virginia Tech and even unbeaten Hawaii.

Personally I'm going with the Sooners. Oklahoma handed Missouri its only two losses of the season. The second contest was on the national stage and killed Mizzou's dream season. Furthermore, it was thorough blowout of the top team in the land. Contrast that with LSU. The Bayou Bengals needed two late turnovers the SEC to take care of the Volunteers. Admittedly though the Tigers were banged up. Still it was a "show me" game and LSU failed to impress like Oklahoma.

Regardless, the postseason picture will be made crystal clear this afternoon. Then the arguments will really start to begin.

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

Dropped out: none

Sam Bradford had arguably the best season ever for a freshman QB. Tim Tebow racked up numbers beyond comprehension. Darren McFadden proved what many thought last year: he's the best player in college football. While many favor the dual-threat from Florida, Tebow failed to lead his team to a marquee win. The biggest victory for Florida was against Kentucky. Meanwhile Run-DMc had a performance for the ages in an instant classic 3-OT thriller against LSU. Darren accumulated over 2,000 yards and 20 TD for the season despite being the focal point for a one-sided Arkansas offense. He could've had 3,000 yards if former head Houston Nutt would have let McFadden run wild. However, the coach was shrewd enough to compliment Darren with Felix Jones. Conversely, Florida coach Urban Meyer had no problem with keeping Tebow late in blowout games, which inflated some of Tim's gaudy numbers.

Heisman Hopefuls

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

Dropped out: Chase Daniel

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