Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:46 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. They call it Bedlam for a reason. Seriously, Saturday night's game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State lived up to the hype, particularly in the fourth quarter and the closing minutes. Over the final 15 minutes the two teams combined for 40 points, 31 of which came in the final five minutes. When the dust cleared Oklahoma emerged victorious, and there was a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South. Though odds are that when the BCS rankings come out on Sunday, Oklahoma will be ranked the highest and therefore be on its way to Dallas for the Big 12 title game.
2. Which is where they'll find Nebraska. Nebraska took any possible drama out of the race for the Big 12 North and disposed of it on Friday afternoon, smacking Colorado around to the tune of a 45-17 victory. Of course, the Big 12 wasn't on hand to reward the Cornhuskers for their division championship because the conference was afraid. Seriously, I don't know if you heard, but Nebraska and the Big 12 aren't exactly BFF.
3. Missouri still has BCS hopes. It's a long shot, sure, but the Tigers still have a chance to sneak in to a BCS game now that Boise State has lost, and depending on what happens next week. It wouldn't be a bad consolation prize for Gary Pinkel's team. By the way, did you know that Missouri has four 10-win seasons in school history and three of them have come with Pinkel in charge? He's a keeper.
4. Somebody is getting fired in Texas. You know, something told me that if Texas could manage to get a win against Texas A&M on Thursday night and become bowl eligible, even though the season would be seen as a failure overall, the good will of beating the Aggies might save some jobs. I doubt that's going to be the case anymore. Sorry, Greg Davis. I'm not sure you deserve it, but somebody has to be the scapegoat, and I don't think Mack Brown is falling on his sword.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:11 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 1:11 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. And then there was one (state). As if the rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State needed any more significance in the state of Oklahoma, next week's game between the rivals will determine who wins the Big 12 South. Should Oklahoma State win, then the Cowboys will be headed to Dallas -- don't let Justin Blackmon drive -- and it's settled. If Oklahoma wins, things get a little dicey depending on what happens between Texas A&M and Texas. Should the Aggies and Oklahoma win, that would leave all three teams tied at 6-2 and we'd have to go through a whole mess of tiebreakers to determine which team would win the division.
2. The North is still undecided. All Nebraska had to do on Saturday night was beat Texas A&M and they'd clinch the Big 12 North. Well, I guess Nebraska didn't want to make it easy on us, instead picking up about 40 more penalties than points, and causing Bo Pelini to burst about 18 eardrums. Now, the Cornhuskers still control their own fate thanks to a win against Missouri earlier this season. If they beat Colorado this week, then they're going to Dallas. If they don't, well then they need Kansas to beat Missouri. In other words, they should probably win.
3. The Big 12 isn't happy about Nebraska leaving. At least that's the impression that I got on Saturday night. Now the 'Huskers didn't get 46 penalties called against them like I implied earlier, but they did pick up 16 penalties for 145 yards. Some of them were deserved, but not all of them. While I don't really condone Bo Pelini screaming obscenities into the side judge's ear all night long, I could understand why he was so upset. I'm sure the Aggies committed a few penalties as well, but they were only called for two.
4. Colorado is still alive for a bowl game. This is one of those things that I see in the standings and think to myself "that can't be right. Somebody messed up." But it's true. Thanks to the Buffaloes second straight win in the post-Hawkins era, they find themselves at 5-6 on the season. That means beating Colorado next week would not only kill Nebraska's conference hopes, but send the team bowling as well. I wonder if Dan Hawkins will go to that game?
5. Texas should play in the Sun Belt. It seems to be the only conference whose representatives they can beat in Austin these days.
6. Oklahoma can play well on the road. Sure, it was against a Baylor team that has stumbled coming down the stretch, but the Sooners have had problems with just about everybody on the road. Until Saturday night, anyway. The Sooners came out firing on all cylinders and blasted the Bears, 53-24, and the game wasn't even that close. Baylor scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter while the Sooners were on cruise control.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:54 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud is currently the school's all-time leader in completion percentage, and finds himself second all-time in passing yards (6,777), touchdowns (42) and total yards (8,044). All totals that Arnaud will never have a chance to add to, as the school announced on Wednesday that the quarterback's career is over.
Arnaud hurt his knee during Iowa State's loss to Colorado on Saturday, and it turns out he's going to need surgery to completely restructure the entire knee, ending his season and his career.
“We had a strong feeling that he suffered serious injuries and the doctors just confirmed it,” said Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. “He remains a co-captain on this football team and continues to receive treatment and rehabilitation before surgery. Austen is doing everything he can to help our football team beat Missouri, he is that kind of selfless person."
Obviously this is terrible news for Arnaud, and it's not good news for the Cyclones either. Iowa State currently finds itself at 5-6, just a win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season. Something that seems a lot harder to accomplish against Missouri without its starting quarterback.
Jerome Tiller will start for Arnaud.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:01 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Linemen, defenders, running backs, and quarterbacks have all had their day in the "award announces smaller list of potential winners from larger list" sun, so now it's time for the guys that catch the ball. First, the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award , given to the nation's outstanding wide receiver:
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Randall Cobb, Kentucky
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
A.J. Green, Georgia
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
Julio Jones, Alabama
Aldrick Robinson, SMU
Greg Salas, Hawaii
Jordan White, Western Michigan
And the eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award , due the nation's top tight end:
George Bryan (Jr., North Carolina State)
Michael Egnew (Jr., Missouri)
Ladarius Green (Jr., Louisiana)
Daniel Hardy (Sr., Idaho)
Lance Kendricks (Sr., Wisconsin)
Allen Reisner (Sr., Iowa)
Luke Stocker (Sr., Tennessee)
D.J. Williams (Sr., Arkansas)
What's interesting about contrasting the two lists in how many names pop off the firts list and don't pop off the second one. Of course, of course, the first is wide receivers and the second is tight ends. But whereas Green, Jefferey, and Jones are all universally considered first-round talents and players like Blackmon, Broyles, Salas, and White are all putting together flatly ridiculous statistical seasons (oh, and Cobb is only leading the nation in all-purpose yardage, and incredible talents like Michael Floyd and Jeff Maehl didn't make it), the tight ends are ... well, they're around. The No. 1 TE in receiving yardage is Egnew, followed by Green, and neither is exactly a household name. The early draft projections don't feature any of the tight ends listed above ... or any at all.
It's probably a one-year fluke. But as with the lack of workhorse running backs among the nation's top offensive skill players , it also speaks to how dominant the spread offense has become in college football. There just aren't as many traditional tight ends playing college football ... and it appears to be having an impact on the quality of the position overall.
Tags: A.J. Green, Alabama, Aldrick Robinson, Allen Reisner, Alshon Jeffery, Arkansas, Biletnikoff Award, D.J. Williams, Daniel Hardy, George Bryan, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Jeff Fuller, Jordan White, Julio Jones, Justin Blackmon, Kentucky, Ladarius Green, Lance Kendricks, Louisiana, Luke Stocker, Mackey Award, Michael Egnew, Missouri, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Randall Cobb, Ryan Broyles, SMU. Greg Salas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Western Michigan, Wisconsin
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Texas A&M might actually be good. Which is insane to contemplate considering the way the Aggies' season started, and the roller coaster interception ride that was Jerrod Johnson at the start of the season. But since Mike Sherman finally decided to replace Johnson with Ryan Tannehill, the Aggies have won four in a row -- averaging 41.25 points a game while doing so -- and now sit in second place in the Big 12 South. It's possible that if the Aggies can beat Nebraska at home next week, and then a Texas team that does nothing but lose in Austin on Thanksgiving, they could end up playing for the conference title.
2. Of course, Oklahoma State will have to lose twice for that to happen. Something that doesn't seem all that likely considering the way the Cowboys have been rolling through the Big 12 this season. Aside from the loss to Nebraska last month, not much has gotten in the Cowboys way this season, as they became the latest team to beat Texas in Austin on Saturday night. If they can beat Kansas next week -- and something tells me they will -- they'll be hosting Oklahoma on the 27th with the Big 12 South on the line. Well, assuming that Oklahoma beats Baylor next week, and considering how the Sooners struggle on the road, that's not a sure thing.
3. Missouri is still alive. The Tigers ended their two-game skid with an impressive 38-28 win over Kansas State on Saturday, which means they still have a chance to get to Dallas, even if it is a remote one. Not only would the Tigers have to beat both Iowa State and Kansas the next two weeks, but they'd need Nebraska to lose to Texas A&M and Colorado too.
4. Colorado should fire Dan Hawkins every week. Seriously, hire him on Sunday and then fire him on Monday, because it seemed to work out very well for the Buffaloes this week. The Buffs had their best game since beating Georgia back on October 2nd, which coincidentally, was the last time they actually won a game. Even Cody Hawkins seemed to be celebrating his new independence from his father, throwing for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's not only Senior Day in Columbia, Missouri this afternoon, it's also "Nobody Wants To Play Defense Day." Both Missouri and Kansas State are doing just about anything they want with the ball in the first half, as the two teams have combined for 462 yards of total offense and 35 points in the first half, taking turns on long drive after long drive.
Still, there was one huge play at the end of the first half that may go a long way in deciding the victor of this game, as it seems is one defensive stop is all it's going to take. Kansas State drove over 70 yards in the final minutes of the half before facing a first and goal at about the half-yard line. Quarterback Chase Coffman then fumbled the snap and it was recovered by Missouri, who ran one play and then went to the locker room for halftime.
It's somewhat fitting that the first defensive stop came on a play in which the defense did nothing but fall on a football.
Blaine Gabbert is doing it all for Missouri, completing 11-of-13 passes for 98 yards and a score, and also rushing for 70 yards on 9 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run. On the Kansas State side of the ball, the Wildcats may have discovered a star at quarterback. Collin Klein had a huge day against Texas last week, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and he's doing a lot of the same things today. Klein has shared snaps with Coffman throughout the first half, and has picked up 79 yards on eight carries, continually gashing the Missouri defense for more than ten yards at a time.
It'll be interesting to see if either defense feels like showing up in the second half, though, to be honest, I'm fine with the shootout.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:22 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's definitely fall these days, and the wind will be whipping across the heartland. All times are Eastern.
No. 13 Iowa at Northwestern , 12:00, Evanston, IL: Mid 50s, scattered showers
Indiana at No. 6 Wisconsin , 12:00, Madison, WI: Low 50s, scattered showers
Kansas State at No. 20 Missouri , 12:30, Columbia, MO: Mid 40s, cloudy, windy
No. 15 Utah at Notre Dame, 2:30 , South Bend, IN: Low 60s, scattered thunderstorms
No. 16 Virginia Tech at North Carolina , 3:30, Chapel Hill, NC: Mid 60s, clear
Penn State at No. 8 Ohio State , 3:30, Columbus, OH: Upper 60s, partly cloudy
Georgia at No. 2 Auburn , 3:30, Auburn, AL: Low 70s, clear
Texas Tech at No. 19 Oklahoma , 3:30, Norman, OK: Mid 50s, partly cloudy, windy
San Diego State at No. 3 TCU , 4:00, Ft. Worth, TX: Mid 50s, partly cloudy, windy
No. 23 Texas A&M at Baylor , 7:00, Waco, TX: Upper 40s, clear, breezy
No. 22 South Carolina at No. 24 Florida , 7:15, Gainesville, FL: Upper 50s, clear
No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Alabama , 7:15, Tuscaloosa, AL: Upper 50s, scattered showers
USC at No. 18 Arizona , 8:00, Tucson, AZ: Upper 60s, clear
Late night kickoffs
No. 21 Nevada at Fresno State , 10:15, Fresno, CA: Mid 50s, clear, breezy
Tags: Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Big 12, Big Ten, Florida, Fresno State, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Kickoff Weather, Mississippi State, Missouri, MWC, Nevada, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pac-10, Penn State, San Diego State, SEC, South Carolina, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, Utah, Virginia Tech, WAC, Wisconsin
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet. Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.
I know you couldn't tell if you have been following the news in college football this week, but there are actually games to be played on Saturday. I know, I didn't believe it either, but it's true. There's more to college football than just off the field issues concerning agents, players asking for money, and the NCAA possibly punishing those players because the only people allowed to make money from this sport are the NCAA, not those punk kids who make it for them.
But I promise you, there are games ON the field as well. Here are some of the best ones for you to watch on Saturday in between updates on what Cam Newton may or may not have done.
Main Course - Northwestern vs. #13 Iowa - Noon - ESPNLooking at this game on the surface, it doesn't seem all the impressive. Northwestern is currently in eighth place in the Big Ten, and has lost three of its last four games. What's the big deal?
Well, Iowa isn't out of the Big Ten title hunt. This game means a lot to the Hawkeyes for both their BCS aspirations and it provides therapeutic value. You see, Northwestern has been a thorn in Iowa's side for years now, as Northwestern has won four of the last five meetings. That includes last season when the Wildcats knocked Ricky Stanzi out for the last three games of the regular season, and handed Iowa its first loss. Which eventually led to Stanzi missing the Ohio State game and a chance to win the Big Ten.
Side Orders: Not a lot of great choices this morning, but not as terrible as it has been in recent weeks. There's Missouri and Kansas State who both have a remote chance to win the Big 12 North, but a loss in this game would kill either's chance. There's also Miami taking on Georgia Tech, and the 'Canes can't afford to lose if they want a chance to play for the ACC title. If those don't do it for you, I guess you could watch West Virginia and Cincinnati in the latest installment of "The Big East Presents: Something That Is Supposed to Resemble Football."
Main Course - #2 Auburn vs. Georgia - 3:30pm - CBSListen, you've spent all week hearing about Cam Newton anyway, so why wouldn't you want to actually watch him play this week against Georgia? I mean, when you think about it, you can't really be sure how many more chances you'll get to see Newton play at Auburn, so you should probably take advantage while you still can.
Oh, and there's also the fact that Auburn is still alive for a national championship, and with a win against Georgia, the Tigers would wrap up the SEC West and a trip to Atlanta.
As for Georgia, hard as it is to believe given the way it started the season, is only one win shy of being bowl eligible. What a better way to do it than by knocking off the top team in the conference and destroying any chance they have to play for a national title?
Side Orders: There are some other quality non-Cam Newton related games going on during the afternoon as well. Ohio State hosts Penn State, looking to keep hopes alive for a Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl. Oklahoma looks to right the ship at home against Texas Tech, and Virginia Tech can just about wrap up the ACC Coastal with a win at North Carolina.
Main Course - #24 Florida vs. #22 South Carolina - 7:15pm - ESPNThe SEC East has been wide open all season long, but finally, it all comes down to one game on Saturday night in Gainesville.
Even though it's been a down season for Florida compared to recent standards, the Gators still have a chance to get to Atlanta and win another SEC title should they get past the Gamecocks. On the flip side, Steve Spurrier still has a chance to win the SEC East and the SEC for the first time as head coach at South Carolina.
South Carolina hasn't played well since knocking off Alabama last month, but it still has a chance to salvage the season if it can knock off the Gators.
Side Orders: Plenty of other good games going on Saturday night if you prefer to look elsewhere. Alabama can shake off the disappointment of last week's loss against LSU by knocking Mississippi State down a peg, and speaking of disappointment, Texas can boost its morale with a win over Oklahoma State as well. There's also Oregon looking to stay undefeated at Cal, Arizona hosting USC and Stanford rolling in to Arizona State in the Pac-10.
Late Night SnackListen, I've developed a slight infatuation with Colin Kaepernick this season. It's just every time I see him running down the field I can't help but think of an ostrich, and this amuses me to no end. Why? I don't know, it just does. Tune in to see Kaepernick and Nevada take on Fresno State on Saturday night and find out if you see it too.
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