Saturday, September 29, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #5

The only Top Ten team that won easily on a historic weekend was Ohio State. LSU eventually pulled away from in-state rival Tulane, USC needed to recover on onside kick to survive at Washington, Wisconsin withstood a late charge from Michigan State and California required an Oregon fumble inside the endzone to escape with a victory from Autzen Stadium.

And they were the lucky ones.

In other developments, Oklahoma lost on a last-second FG at Colorado. Florida also was defeated on last-second FG. The defending champs were thwarted by Auburn for the second consecutive year, this time in Gainesville. West Virginia came up just short in its comeback bid at South Florida on Friday night. Texas, playing with fire for the past month, finally got torched as Kansas State trounced the Longhorns in Austin.

All these crazy games result in some wacky reasoning in the Top Ten. Oregon loses this week and enters the ranking while Boston College remains undefeated and drops out. I think it's reasonable to say there is no dominant team in college football this year. It's all about which team(s) will play smart and execute down the stretch.

Week 6 brings a boatload of huge matchups. Thursday night has undefeated Kentucky visiting South Carolina. Saturday afternoon brings Big 12 rivals Texas and Oklahoma together for the Red River Shootout. One team will start conference play 0-2. The game with the biggest BCS implications will be Florida at LSU. Other great contests should be Virginia Tech at Clemson, Cincinnati at Rutgers and Nebraska at Missouri. Upset alert: Wisconsin at Illnois.

Top Ten Teams
College Last Week
1) Louisiana State
1
2) Southern California 2
3) California
9
4) Ohio State
7
5) Wisconsin
8
6) Oregon
-
7) Oklahoma
3
8) Florida
4
9) South Florida
-
10) West Virginia
5

Dropped out: #6 Texas, #10 Boston College


Andre' Woodson's record-setting streak of most consecutive pass attempts without an interception finally ended this week. Still, the gunslinger from Kentucky rises to the top of the Heisman Hopefuls. Darren McFadden quickly returns to the discussion after a good performance. P.J. Hill, the sturdy Wisconsin RB, debuts in the top five. Run-DMC's and Hill's ascension come at the expense of a couple Mountaineers. Not only did West Virginia lose but star QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton had subpar performances on the national stage. White, it should be noted, was hampered by a leg injury during the second half. Colt Brennan threw three TD but also a career-high five picks.


Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Andre' Woodson
QB
Sr.
Kentucky
Darren McFadden
RB Jr. Arkansas
Colt Brennan
QB Sr. Hawaii
Tim Tebow
QB So. Florida
P.J. Hill
RB
So. Wisconsin

Dropped out: Pat White, Steve Slaton

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Seattle Superbad Remix

That giant sucking sound emitting from the Pacific Northwest? The Mariners not only tolerating terrible baseball but actively encouraging it:
General manager Bill Bavasi and manager John McLaren will return for the 2008 Mariners season.
$113 million payroll, no playoff appearances in six seasons and two knuckleheads leading this team for one more year.

Willie Williams in Trouble Again

The long and sad story of linebacker Willie Williams has taken another twist for the worst.

"ESPN College Football Live" reports this afternoon that the troubled star has been dismissed from Louisville. Allegedly a police officer pulled over Willie's vehicle and found marijuana. Earlier this year Williams transferred from West Los Angeles Community College to Louisville after athletic director Tom Jurich personally approved the decision. Undoubtedly Jurich informed Williams that due to his criminal past he would be held to a higher standard.

In 2004 Williams was among the most heavily-recruited high school football players in the country. But his on-the-field talent came with some heavy baggage. From 2000-2004 he was arrested 11 times, including felony burglary for which Williams was sentenced to 18 months probation.

During a well-documented visit to the University of Florida Willie inappropriately hugged a woman, fought in a bar and set off fire extinguishers inside a hotel. Eventually Williams signed with Miami. After redshirting his first season Williams played in a handful of games in 2005 before requesting a release from his scholarship.

Now it seems Willie will never play college football again.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Gap Between Sports and Entertainment Narrows... and We All Suffer as a Result

ESPN College Football
50 Cent, Kelly Rowland and Perry Farrell
[If someone finds a link to this please contact me]

MLB Playoffs
Dane Cook


NBC Sunday Night Football
Faith Hill



College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #4

Louisiana State easily defeats South Carolina, Southern California cruises against Washington State and Oklahoma mauls Tulsa. Business as usual for the nation's elite.

In other developments, Penn State's offense lays an egg in Ann Arbor. The Nittany Lions lose to Michigan 9-14 and drop out of the Top Ten. Boston College supplants PSU in the Top Ten. Florida escapes Mississippi with a close win. Wisconsin emerges victorious but for the second straight week make things difficult for itself. The Badgers drop down a notch.

Week 5 is a good week for football games. The marquee matchup involves two high-octane Pac-10 offenses as Cal heads to a hostile Autzen Stadium to play Oregon. On Thursday night South Florida hosts West Virginia. Other noteworthy contests include Alabama at Florida State and Michigan State at Wisconsin.

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

Dropped out: #9 Penn State


Another remarkable effort by Darren McFadden goes for naught as Arkansas suffers a second consecutive loss. Run-DMC is knocked out of the Heisman Hopefuls, though no fault of his own. If the Razorbacks get back on track, expect Darren to return to the discussion. Colt Brennan did not play due to injury. He flip-flops with Pat White for the top spot. Tim Tebow enters the top five but it's still a wide open race. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon has a chance for national recognition if he plays well and leads the Ducks to victory over Cal.


Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Pat White
QB
Jr.
West Virginia
Colt Brennan
QB Sr. Hawaii
Andre' Woodson QB Sr. Kentucky
Steve Slaton
RB Jr. West Virginia
Tim Tebow
QB So. Florida

Dropped out: Darren McFadden

Saturday, September 15, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #3

Southern Cal pounds Nebraska on the road while LSU and Oklahoma remain dominant at their respective homes. Louisville loses an in-state shootout with Kentucky, sending the Cardinal out of the Top Ten.

In other developments, Ohio State pulled away in the second half to win comfortably at Seattle. The Buckeyes victory over Washington thrusts OSU into the rankings. Defending champs Florida destroy Tennessee at The Swamp and Texas eeks out another win.

Week 4 is a bit of a downer. The best game on paper is South Carolina at LSU. Other noteworthy contests include Arizona at Cal, Kentucky at Arkansas and Penn State at Michigan.

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

Dropped out: #5 Louisville


Despite Darren McFadden's gutsy 200 rushing yard, 2 TD performance his Arkansas squad lost a heartbreaker at Alabama. Still, the most dynamic player in the country remains on top, although the margin of error for the Razorbacks is zero. Andre' Woodson proclaimed himself the best collegiate QB in Kentucky -- and perhaps the nation -- by leading the Wildcats to a historic win. Steve Slaton scored three TD on Thursday at Maryland, but two of them were short yard scampers -- courtesy of a couple of explosive runs by true freshman RB Noel Devine.


Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Darren McFadden RB Jr. Arkansas
Colt Brennan QB Sr. Hawaii
Pat White
QB Jr. West Virginia
Steve Slaton
RB Jr. West Virginia
Andre' Woodson
QB Sr. Kentucky

Dropped out: John David Booty, Brian Brohm

Sunday, September 09, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #2

LSU's thumping over Virginia Tech has the Tigers taking the top spot from the idle Trojans of USC.

In other developments, Oklahoma's thrashing of Miami catapults the Sooners six spots up to #3. Georgia falls from the Top Ten after being upset at home by South Carolina. The Bulldogs are replaced at #10 by the dominant defense of Penn State.

Week 3 brings a marquee matchup of two historic programs. #2 Southern California heads to Nebraska to play the Cornhuskers, a game which will have huge implications on the Top Ten. Another interesting contest pits SEC rivals #6 Florida and Tennessee. Finally, Kentucky hosts in-state opponent #5 Louisville. This showdown may showcase the two best QB's in the country.

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

Dropped out: #10 Georgia


McFadden and Booty had a bye week, which gave an opportunity for other players to demonstrate their talents. Still, it's hard to punish great players who didn't get chances to play. Brennan and Louisville QB Brian Brohm continued their respective aerial assaults, the latter earning a spot on Heisman Hopefuls. White continued to rack up numbers as a dual-threat QB, overshadowing his running mate Steve Slaton.


Heisman Hopefuls

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

Dropped out:

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Slight Delay

The latest edition of College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls will be posted later in the week. Until then, here's a hilarious clip from my favorite show:

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
2
3) West Virginia
3
4) Louisville
5
5) Florida
6
6) Texas
7
7) Wisconsin
8
8) California
10
9) Oklahoma
9
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