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Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:30 am
 

DODDCAST: Talking NCAA changes and NCAA records

Posted by Chip Patterson

In this week's edition of the Doddcast, Dennis Dodd and Adam Aizer review Miami's first home loss ever on a Thursday, and credit Mike London for the recent success at Virginia. History was also made in Houston, with Case Keenum breaking Graham Harrell's career touchdown record in a nine-touchdown performance against Rice. Dodd breaks down the NCAA reforms approved this week, discuss Kansas State's chances against Oklahoma, and the crazy state of SEC/Big 12/SEC/Big 12 Missouri.

Nothing is off limits this week as Dodd, an admitted die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, even weighs in on the historic Game 6 Thursday night. They also answer some listener emails, so be sure to submit your question to podcast [at] cbsinteractive [dot] com 
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Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Case Keenum sets another NCAA record in 73-34 win

Posted by Chip Patterson

On a night when one of the nation's most prolific passers needed an above average night to tie Graham Harrell for most career touchdown passes, Houston quarterback Case Keenum had an extraordinary night and shattered the NCAA record. Houston battled through an early Rice charge and rainy conditions to burn the Owls for 655 yards and a 73-34 win.

Keenum finished the night completing 24 of 37 throws for 534 yards and nine touchdowns, adding yet another record to his six-year career as a Cougar. Just a week ago, Keenum became FBS's career leader in total offense during Houston's 63-28 win over Marshall. So it wasn't surprising to see the star quarterback repeat a similar performance against Rice on Thursday night.

Rice jumped out to an early 17-7 lead in the first quarter, recovering a Keenum fumble for a touchdown. But the sixth-year senior answered quickly, tossing a 57-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Edwards on the final play of the period. From there it was all standard-issue Cougars offense, as the speedy attack wore down Rice and pulled away over the next 45 minutes of game time. Edwards continued to be a target of choice for Keenum on the record-setting night, finishing with 318 yards and five touchdowns - both career highs for the senior.

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Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 4:20 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Week 8

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The latest college football polls are out and now it's time to rip them to shreds. Senior college basketball writer Gary Parrish has been calling out voters in the major hoops polls for thinking a little bit too far outside of the box when it comes to their AP ballots every week.

With the football season starting, I thought I'd steal take the baton on the idea from my colleague and keep all of the writers across the country who vote honest. I've come to know a good number of these people through time and twitter but relationships do not matter, bad votes do.

AP Poll           Coaches Poll           Harris Poll           BCS

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com)

Poll reactions: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC

Rodney Dangerfield "No respect" team of the week: Southern Miss

  The Golden Eagles are ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2004 in the Coaches Poll but are just "receiving votes" in the AP. Voters must not be aware of them shutting down June Jones' offense on Saturday, holding SMU to just three points and 330 yards. They're behind teams like West Virginia (blown out by Syracuse) and Arizona State (lost to Illinois, blown out by Oregon) for some reason. Yes, they're a Conference USA team so they have to fight for respect a lot more than others but they should be on everyone's ballot at 6-1.

Overrated: Nebraska

  To be fair, it's hard to figure out where to slot Nebraska because of the mediocre group of teams outside of the top 10-12 or so. The blowout loss to Wisconsin looks even worse now and having to come back and beat Ohio State is not a ringing endorsement for a top 15 team given their troubles in the passing game. We'll figure out if they deserve a high-ranking after Saturday but until then, they probably should be behind Virginia Tech and even Texas A&M.

California Craziness

A trio of voters from California (CSN Bay Area/CBSSports.com's Ray Ratto, San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner, LA Daily News' Scott Wolf) are an interesting voting block. Some would call them progressive, others would call them extreme and just about everybody else will call them crazy given their fluctuations in their ballots each week. All three are consistently in Pollspeak's group of "extreme voters" so we'll highlight the most baffling decision(s) out of each.

  I swear that Wilner just likes being the one in this space in order to gloat to his Bay Area compatriot Ratto. First off, teams that are on his ballot that shouldn't be: Auburn (17th), Washington (21st), Texas (23rd). Teams not on his ballot that should be: Houston, Michigan, Penn State. Also head-scratching: Auburn above USC, Kansas State 19th, Virginia Tech one spot behind Washington, Arkansas ahead of Stanford, South Carolina in the top 12, Georgia in the top 15.

What were you thinking? Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant

  Conner's top 20 isn't bad at all, aside from Nebraska being ahead of both Michigan State and Wisconsin. The bottom five is disastrous however. Arizona State is 20th, followed by West Virginia, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Penn State. He was the only voter to rank the Fighting Zookers despite losing back-to-back games to Ohio State and Purdue and has one-loss Penn State dead last on his ballot. Conner is also the only one to leave USC unranked.


Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Davey O'Brien Award semifinalists announced

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We've reached the point of the college football season where those preseason watch lists we all remember from a few months ago start to whittle down to lists of semifinalists, and today we've got the 16 remaining contenders for the Davey O'Brien Award. The Davey O'Brien Award is given out annually by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to the best quarterback in the nation, and with all the great quarterbacks we've seen so far this season, it's not easy to cut this group down.

Though when you see the 16 names who made the cut below, you'll have a hard time arguing against any of them.

Matt Barkley, USC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Seth Doege, Texas Tech
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Keith Price, Washington
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

It's a pretty nice group, and there isn't anybody in it who I'd argue should be taken out.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:45 am
 

Big 12 Poll Reactions, Week 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.


(AP/Coaches)

3/4. Oklahoma State

We have a new top dog in the Big 12 this week following Oklahoma's loss, but for the first time this season there isn't a Big 12 team ranked first in either of the polls. Though I doubt Oklahoma State minds all that much, as it'll gladly accept the jump in both polls. The Cowboys are also ranked third in the BCS, and with LSU and Alabama getting together in a few weeks, as long as they can handle Baylor and Kansas State -- which will not be easy -- Oklahoma State will find itself in the top two.

10/12. Kansas State

The Wildcats are finally starting to get the respect they deserve for being 7-0 on the season, even if it isn't nearly enough. As is usually the case, I'm not exactly thrilled with how the Coaches feel about Kansas State. Yeah, the Wildcats are finally in the top ten in the AP, but the coaches have them 12th behind five teams with a loss on the season. One of those teams is Michigan State, who may have just beaten Wisconsin, but needed a hail mary to do so and lost to a mediocre Notre Dame team earlier this season. I don't always agree when teams like Houston, from a non-BCS conference, are ranked so low, but I understand it. However, this is Kansas State. A BCS conference team that is playing in a Big 12 conference that has six teams ranked in the BCS standings right now. You'd think being 7-0 might mean a bit more. Good news for the Wildcats is that it does in the BCS, where they find themselves 8th.

11/9. Oklahoma

As expected, the Sooners took a big drop following their loss at home to Texas Tech, but I think the voters basically got this one right. It was not a good loss at all, but the Sooners shouldn't be punished too much for it. This also keeps the Sooners in a good position because if they can win out, with games against Texas A&M, Kansas State and Oklahoma State all remaining on the schedule, they'll climb right back up the rankings.

16/16. Texas A&M

The Aggies are the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country, and as I've said in weeks before, I don't agree with A&M being ranked ahead of so many schools who have lost less games than it has. Still, considering the losses came against Arkansas and Oklahoma State, I'm not going to complain too loudly. Just as long as the Aggies realize that if the passing game struggles in the coming weeks like it did against Iowa State on Saturday, it won't be this high for very long.

19/22. Texas Tech

Funny things happen when you beat Oklahoma. Though Texas Tech totally deserves this ranking, as its two losses on the year came against Kansas State and Texas A&M, and those losses were by a combined 12 points. So the Red Raiders have been a better team than they've been given credit for all season, and if you don't believe me, just remember that Tech was a 28-point underdog going into Norman on Saturday. That's right, a team that was averaging over 40 points per game was a 28-point underdog. I guess people were expecting Oklahoma to score 70.

Others Receiving Votes

Texas (26 AP/49 Coaches votes), Baylor (47 AP/29 Coaches) 
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:00 pm
 

VIDEO: Case Keenum's road to redemption, records

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After suffering a season-ending ACL tear last fall, Case Keenum has led the Houston Cougars to a 6-0 start. Click to watch Keenum describe his incredible journey back to the football field.

I think the process of recovery from a torn ACL doesn't really get enough respect, on account of its relative prevalence in college sports these days. This isn't like the days of Gale Sayers, where one blown knee can ruin the most talented player in the sport; medicine is far, far advanced. And yet, surgery can only get these guys so far into their recovery process; from there, it's still day after day, week after week, and month after month of agonizing rehab -- and then piling on extra conditioning as soon as your knee can handle it, just to get back into game shape. 

Past that, I definitely laughed at the players and coaches being mystified at Keenum's monogamist tendencies, long before his actual marriage. This is college we're talking about, and Keenum's not just some guy, nor just some athlete, nor just some quarterback, nor just some starting quarterback -- he's en route to being the most prolific passer in the history of college football. To stay committed to the woman who's now his wife through all that? That's a level of dedication most of us can't even contemplate. Kudos to you, Mr. Keenum. 

Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Golden Arm Award trims list to 10 quarterbacks


Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the top senior (or graduating 4th-year junior) pared its list of contenders to 10 on Wednesday. And look out: the field this season is absolutely loaded with deserving candidates. It really might be the best crop of candidates in the award's history. Here's a breakdown of all ten in alphabetical order, and whether we think each of them has a shot at taking this coveted award home.

Nick Foles, Arizona: Foles isn't going to win this award, not with Arizona struggling so badly, but his career's been better than you think. Foles is currently at 7,932 yards passing and 54 touchdowns on his career with an outside shot to hit 10,000 yards and 70 TDs before it's time for him to hang up his Wildcat helmet.  

Robert Griffin III, Baylor: On statistics alone, nobody's having a better year thus far than Robert Griffin III; RG3 has gone for 142-182, 1950 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only interceptions, combining both production and efficiency better than anybody else in the field. Also, Griffin isn't just a fourth-year junior on track to graduate; he graduated after his third year at Baylor with a degree in political science, and is currently in grad school for corporate communications. Griffin is a strong contender for this award thus far.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma: It wasn't that long ago that Jones was thrust into the starting role for Oklahoma, taking over for Sam Bradford in 2009 after the returning Heisman winner suffered a major shoulder inury (twice). And yet even though Jones is slightly off his pace from his brilliant 2010 campaign, he's already over 10,000 yards on his career with 80 touchdowns (and a legitimate shot at topping triple digits there). Also, Oklahoma's undefeated with an inside track at another national championship bid. 

Case Keenum, Houston: If Keenum's knee had stayed healthy in 2010 and he'd have set all those all-time career marks then, he probably would have taken home the Golden Arm award over Scott Tolzien. As it stands now, Keenum might not be a finalist for the trophy; the competition is that much better this year. Still, Keenum's on pace for more astronomical numbers, and if the voters feel like saluting a record-breaker, Keenum could definitely be in the mix here. 

Andrew Luck, Stanford: It would sound pretty much derogatory to describe Luck as the pre-anointed No. 1 pick of the NFL draft, but being that some NFL fans want their teams to tank on the season in order to draft Luck (to his chagrin), it's clearly true -- and for good reason. The Stanford senior has his team undefeated and rolling thus far, and he's third in the nation in passing efficiency. If Stanford can make it to the Rose Bowl this year, look for Luck to be a finalist for this award.

Kellen Moore, Boise State: Moore has been so indispensable at QB for Boise State that it almost seems unfathomable that he won't be there next year. Moore has racked up a 44-2 record as a starter with the Broncos, and it would be a shock if he doesn't get to 50 wins for his career. Moreover, his QB play has elevated the BSU offense to judo in football form, able to skillfully counteract anything and everything a defense throws at it, and usually without undue exertion. Boise will likely need to run the table in order for Moore to have a chance to win this trophy.

Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M: Tannehill's probably not even going to be a finalist without an insane last half of the season and a Big 12 championship under his belt, but even being on this list is a heck of an accomplishment for a guy who was playing wide receiver 52 weeks ago. Tannehill's numbers in the 13 games (essentially one full season) since taking over for Jerrod Johnson? 290-440, 3355 yards, 26 TD, 12 INT. Not too shabby, but not a game-changer in this class of candidates.

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State: The 28-year-old quarterback is back in Stillwater with his favorite target, Justin Blackmon, and as a result the Cowboys are undefeated and ranked fourth in the initial BCS standings, with wins over Texas, Texas A&M, and a surprising 6-1 Louisiana Lafayette already under their belt. Weeden's only ranked 17th in passing efficiency nationally (and sixth among Golden Arm Award candidates), so he's going to need to find a way to stand out from the pack. 

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin: In terms of passer efficiency, Wilson leads the entire nation with a ridiculous 210.93 rating thus far. Sure, he's also got an offensive line full of mashers and an elite stable of tailbacks behind him, but numbers are numbers, and Wilson's numbers are phenomenal. It'll be interesting to see if the voters punish Wilson for his departure from North Carolina State and one-year shot with Wisconsin, but if he's on this short list of contenders, he's probably in good shape.

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: Given the slate of competitors already mentioned above, it seems pretty clear that Tyler Wilson is not winning this award. He's been doing a fine job of helping Razorback fans adjust to life without Ryan Mallett under center, at least, and with any lucky he'll be back for his senior campaign to take another run at this trophy when the field isn't quite as crowded.

Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: October 14, 2011 10:40 am
 

Report: Big East voting on exit fees Friday

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the Big East pursues a conference model that includes 12 football-playing schools, one obstacle that seems to be holding up the process is the league's exit fees. With an unknown future, the six remaining football schools have been noncommittal towards increasing the exit fees, which would make it more difficult to leave. At the same time, potential Big East targets such as Navy and Boise State would like to see some more commitment from the conference before joining.

According to a Sporting News report the conference has scheduled a call on Friday that would include a vote on "dramatically increasing the exit fee for universities wishing to leave for other conferences."
A source close to the league told Sporting News the meeting will ask schools to approve a change in the league bylaws that would require a school to pay three times its annual share of league television revenue in order to depart.

Under the league’s current deal, that would raise the buyout to between $15-17 million. If the league were able to gain a TV contract even close to the one it recently declined from ESPN -- $1.4 billion over 9 years – that escape clause would become even more substantial.
The report also includes a detail that Louisville may decline to participate in the call. The Cardinals have been the most realistic defector of the remaining six, as they have targeted as a potential replacement for MIssouri should the Tigers leave the Big 12. Louisville's vote is not needed to issue a change in the withdrawal fees, Big East bylaws require just a 75 percent vote for approval.

Until the exit fees are raised, it will be near impossible to convince other schools to join arguably the most volatile conference in FBS play. However, the addition of the service academies would be a big step forward towards securing the league's future. Once you get the service academies you can start working towards bringing in programs that would help maintain the Big East's status as a BCS automatic qualifier.

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