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Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:41 am
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PODCAST: The Free Bruce Podcast with Jarrett Lee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Bruce Feldman and Bryan Fischer breakdown all of the week's thrilling action, including USC's win over Notre Dame, Stanford rolling over Washington, Michigan State's exciting hail mary and discuss whether LSU-Alabama could play a rematch in the BCS title game. Then, the guys are joined by LSU starting quarterback Jarrett Lee to talk about next week's big game, what's it like playing for Les Miles and just how good that Tigers defense is.

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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 3:32 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Week 9 Picks: Who do you like?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Each week, the CBSSports.com college football staff offer their choice for the week's Expert Picks. But before we make our selections for Week 9, we spin the wheel o' games to select a handful of contests we want your take on. You can see the results of the voting each Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Inside College Football, which airs on CBS Sports Network. 

Yes, that's right, you can have your opinion heard on the internet and television. Why that's like having two Adam Sandlers in the same movie, but a billion times better!

We've got some excellent games for you to choose from as well, like USC/Stanford, Oklahoma State/Baylor, Kansas State/Oklahoma and Michigan State/Nebraska just to name a few. So we ask you, dear readers, who do you like this weekend?

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 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:21 am
 

PODCAST: Week 8 Review

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Well, that was exciting, wasn't it? Week 8 turned college football on its head with the Wisconsin-Michigan State Hail Mary epic, Texas Tech's shocker in Norman, and even Syracuse and Louisville throwing the Big East wide open. In this edition of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast, Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst talk through all the Week 8 upsets and more: is Penn State legit? Can Oklahoma State run the table? Is USC a match for Stanford?

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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 24, 2011 12:48 am
 

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 8

Posted by Adam Jacobi

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


(AP/Coaches)

9/10. Michigan State

Three weeks ago, Michigan State wasn't even ranked (and didn't deserve to be). Now, with a spree of wins over Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the Spartans have earned their way to the highest rank in the Big Ten and an inside track on the Legends Division title. If MSU had closed out the win on Saturday without any drama, I'd say this spot was too low; as it was, the finish was a little miraculous for voters' tastes, and this spot in the polls is just fine.

12/11. Wisconsin

The shocking aspect of Wisconsin's loss to Michigan State was that without Montee Ball, this Badger offense is rather pedestrian. Obviously, you can't pin a blocked punt and blocked field goal on Russell Wilson or anybody else on the offense, but still: with Ball out, the Spartan defense didn't have to sell out to stop the run, and what ensued was a full abdication of the "best quarterback in the Big Ten" throne by Wilson, and a loss to show for it. As for the ranking, you hate to see a team that loses on a miracle drop very far, but at the same time, Wisconsin never led in the second half and never had the ball with a chance to win. This spot in the polls is just about right, and will continue to be so until the Badgers beat a highly regarded opponent.

13/13. Nebraska

Nebraska keeps hanging around here in the mid-teens, and as long as it keeps winning, that's fine. We're still looking for a signature win out of the Huskers, and a home game against Michigan State this week will be a perfect opportunity for the Huskers to prove they belong in the upper echelon of the polls. Win this one, and Nebraska's got a major leg up in the division title chase. Lose, and what's really the difference between Nebraska and some borderline Top 25 school? The name on the uniform? The conference affiliation? What? Because it certainly won't be anything on the field.

17/17. Michigan

The Wolverines' loss to Michigan State in Week 7 actually looks quite a bit better now that MSU went out and dethroned Wisconsin the week after, but it still doesn't inspire much confidence in Michigan's ability to put up a ton of points on a very good defense. Still though, the rest of the polls are such a mess at this point that a one-loss Michigan squad ought to be a little higher than 17th in the land at this point.

21/19. Penn State

Don't look now, but Silas Redd is running roughshod on the Big Ten; in Penn State's 4-0 start to conference play, Redd is averaging 26 rushes, 141 yards, and a score per game. If he can keep up that kind of workhorse production against the back half of PSU's slate, it's going to make Matt McGloin's job a lot easier. That all said, it's rather Big East-ish to have a lone conference leader ranked around 20th in the nation, and it's generally a sign that the team's reign atop the conference is near an end. Still, this ranking is fair, and will be until the Nittany Lions dispatch a high-level opponent -- and no, Iowa certainly doesn't count.

Also receiving votes: Illinois (2 AP votes, 22 coaches votes), Iowa (14 coaches votes) 
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 9:17 pm
 

SEC poll reactions, Week 8

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

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


(AP/Coaches)

1/1. LSU

We'd like to think that even if Oklahoma had completed their failed comeback against Texas Tech, the Bayou Bengals' annihilation of a top-20 Auburn team (as opposed to a mighty struggle at home vs. an unranked team with two home losses) would finally resulted in their taking over as a consensus No. 1. But fortunately for clarity's sake, the Red Raiders finished the job. And even if Alabama wasn't on a bye themselves, that consensus wasn't going to change during LSU's off-week--the Tigers have a 49-10 advantage in first place votes in the AP, and a 41-18 edge in the Coaches.

2/2. ALABAMA

The Crimson Tide should have passed the decisively less-impressive Sooners weeks back, but there's no doubt plenty of thanks being sent Lubbockward after the Red Raiders made the Tide's consensus move to No. 2 it official. (Then again, knowing the relationship between the Tide fanbase and Tommy Tuberville, maybe not.) What's interesting is that the Tide have enough support for a short fall in the event of a loss to LSU--the 122-point margin between the Tide and No. 3 Oklahoma State is wider than the margin between the Cowboys and No. 6 Clemson.

8/8. ARKANSAS

The Razorbacks move up two spots in both polls but find themselves in the same broad position as last week: the second-highest one-loss team behind Oregon. It's a strong show of support for the Hogs that even after an unimpressive win over Ole Miss -- one that required overcoming a 17-0 first-half deficit and a last-minute interception to preserve the victory -- Arkansas still moved past plummeting Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But as we said last week, if forced to pick between the Hogs and Ducks in a one-loss head-to-head, we think the Hogs deserve the nod.
14/14. SOUTH CAROLINA

Oh, Coaches poll. We wish there was a better explanation for jumping Kansas State past the Gamecocks on the basis of a win over Kansas and Carolina's bye week than "Oops, we kind of messed up by having that undefeated team so low last week, better fix it" ... but we know there isn't. At least Michigan State's leapfrog past the Gamecocks makes more sense. The Spartans jumped the Gamecocks in the AP, too, but Carolina stayed put thanks to West Virginia's freefall. Given that the Gamecocks' loss came to a now three-loss team at home and that their signature win is a three-point escape at Georgia, they can't have any complaints about sticking at 14th.

22/21. GEORGIA

The Bulldogs didn't play this week, but still got a two-slot bump in the AP and leapt into the Coaches at No. 21. Guess it helps when so many bottom-rung top-25 teams -- Auburn, Illinois, Washington, Georiga Tech -- absorbed lopsided and/or embarrassing losses. But the Dawgs can't gripe about not being higher, not when their best win is still over 3-4 Tennessee.
 
 
 
 
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