Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:02 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.
Admittedly the menu this week is not as artery-clogging as last week's, but that's probably a good thing. After the five-day all-you-can-eat buffet that was the first week of the season, we should all eat a bit lighter this week. Of course, just because we won't be feasting on meals guaranteed to shorten our life spans, that doesn't mean there aren't some tasty entrees at our disposal.
Let's take a look at what we have to dine on this Saturday.
#8 Wisconsin vs. Oregon State - ESPN 12pm ET
It's hard to imagine two seasons starting in such opposite directions. Oregon State dropped an overtime thriller to Sacramento State, while Wisconsin breezed to victory over UNLV. If these teams play at the same level tomorrow, this could be a historic blowout. And we all like watching touchdowns by the bucket, don't we? - Adam Jacobi
#17 Michigan State vs. FAU - ESPN2 12pm ET
Howard Schnellenberger's five-game road trip to kick off his farewell season rolls into Detroit to face a Spartan team looking to rebound from a sluggish start. This was supposed to be a home game for FAU, but with the $70-million stadium in Boca Raton still under construction the contest was moved to Ford Field. After coaching from the press box last week due to complications from hip surgery, Schnellenberger will return to the sideline and try to inspire more than 137 yards of offense for the Owls. Michigan State fans will also want to see more cohesion out of the Spartans, who committed eight penalties and never really hit their stride against an inferior Youngstown State squad. - Chip Patterson
Auburn vs. #16 Mississippi State - SEC Network 12:21pm ET
It won't have the divisional title implications of the Georgia-South Carolina matchup, but both the Tigers and Bulldogs will be fighting every bit as tooth-and-nail for a victory here as their Eastern counterparts will later in the day. Dan Mullen's State team wants to cement its status as a legitimate West division factor but simply can't without a win over the brutally inexperienced Tigers; Auburn, meanwhile, is in desperate danger of being branded a one-year wonder if they follow up their escape from Utah State with a loss in one of the most winnable games on their SEC slate. - Jerry Hinnen
#23 Penn State vs. #3 Alabama - ABC 3:30pm ET
If Penn State fans want some respect from the national media for this team, the Nittany Lions are going to have to earn it on the national stage, hosting No. 2 Alabama. The Tide is loaded again this year, but like PSU, there's some QB drama at Bama. Watch to see if McCarron or whoever else the Tide throws out there on Saturday can handle what promises to be a maniacally loud Beaver Stadium. - AJ
#13 Oregon vs. Nevada - FX 3:30pm ET
After getting embarrassed by LSU's defense in the opener, I expect Mark Helfrich to have the attack meter all the way turned up against the Wolf Pack. Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, and Co. have not derailed from their 2010 form, it just seems these massive SEC defenses are the Ducks' kryptonite. After a frustrating loss, coaches will want to take advantage of every single snap against their next opponent. You will want to watch this game because Oregon will put the foot on the gas pedal (Cliff Harris!) and never let up for four quarters. - CP
Air Force vs. #25 TCU - Versus 3:30pm ET
You can be sure that TCU didn't exactly enjoy having the entire country see Baylor tear its defense apart last Friday, and the unit is going to look to save some face against Air Force on Saturday afternoon. This game will also mark the beginning of the final year of Mountain West conference play for the Horned Frogs, and I'm sure they'd like to go out with quite a bang. - Tom Fornelli
Georgia vs. #12 South Carolina - ESPN 4:30pm ET
Well, this is it: the defining game of Mark Richt's Georgia tenure. Lose it, and any shred of momentum from the "Dream Team" offseason or hope of a divisional title (most likely) is gone. Win it, and the Dawgs suddenly sit in the East catbird seat with the SEC's easiest schedule on tap. It's either the miserable end for one of the sport's most visible coaches, or the giddy start to a stunning reclamation project, with no in-between ... and Stephen Garcia's involved, too. A must-watch. - JH
#24 Texas vs. BYU - ESPN2 7pm ET
The Big 12 of the future! Does BYU win the game in hopes of gaining a Big 12 invite, or does it show its true Big 12 street cred by allowing Texas to walk all over it? Tune in to find out! Seriously, though, this will be a much better indication of how improved Texas is this year than last week's game against Rice. BYU is fresh off a nice road win against Ole Miss and should provide a much tougher test for the Longhorns. - TF
USC vs. Utah - Versus 7:30pm ET
The Pac-12 officially kicks off conference play and it should be a good one as former BCS busters Utah will try and prove they can play with the conference's most storied program from the get-go. USC's record-setting pair of quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods won't have much time to throw the ball around as the Utes have a very good front seven this year. Old friend Norm Chow also returns to the Coliseum, this time with a solid quarterback in Jordan Wynn, so it should be a fun league opener. - Bryan Fischer
Michigan vs. Notre Dame - ESPN 8pm ET
The first night game in the history of the Big House has plenty to offer everyone. How will Michigan's defense perform this week now that it might have to play an entire 60 minutes, and do so against a Notre Dame offense that features a lot more weapons than Western Michigan's did. Also, will Denard Robinson have an encore performance of his game against the Irish last year? That's the one that made him a household name last September when he accounted for 502 yards of total offense and 3 touchdowns. - TF
LATE NIGHT SNACK
UCLA vs. San Jose State - 10pm ET
Rick Neuheisel cares. He might be the only one at UCLA who cares, but he really does care passionately about his alma matter. The Bruins hope to turn things around after their disappointing loss to Houston in which the defense looked like a mess. San Jose State isn't the most appealing opponent but it's the only late night game on Saturday and the Bruins should get the offense going no matter who's in the backfield. - BF
Tags: Adam Jacobi, Air Force, Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Big 12, Big Ten, Bryan Fischer, BYU, Chip Patterson, Cliff Harris, Dan Mullen, Darron Thomas, Denard Robinson, FAU, Georgia, Howard Schnellenberger, Jerry Hinnen, Jordan Wynn, LaMichael James, LSU, Mark Helfrich, Mark Richt, Matt Barkley, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Mountain West, MWC, Nevada, Norm Chow, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon, Pac-12, Penn State, Rice, Rick Neuheisel, Robert Woods, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Saturday Meal Plan, SEC, South Carolina, Stephen Garcia, TCU, Texas, Tom Fornelli, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Utah, Utah State, WAC, Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Youngstown State
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:15 pm
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
(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: Baylor
Really coaches? Excuse me, really sports information directors voting for the coaches? I understand you might have a few concerns about Baylor after letting TCU back into the game but that's no excuse for keeping the Horned Frogs in the poll (#25) while leaving the Bears out (#26). Would hate to have something to compare the two teams in some way... like say their head-to-head match up last week.
Overrated: Auburn, Texas, Florida
All three won this past weekend but the competition each faced was mediocre and Auburn barely managed to get a win. Each team is in the coaches poll but at least the AP voters got things right and dropped the defending national champs out. Well, some did that is. Fox-1370 Radio's Rob Long and Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo both put the Tigers at 16th, which makes me want to pull what little hair I have out. 25? Sure. 16? No. And shame on WATE-TV's Jim Wogan who had the Gators as a borderline top 10 team and ahead of Texas A&M and Nebraska.
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.
Week one and we're going to look at Wilner with an eyebrow raised. First off, Jon is very nice and has been on top of the recent realignment rumors from the Pac-12 angle. But he's got a ballot that is way out there. First off, Virginia Tech and Arkansas are unranked, he has West Virginia, BYU, Georgia, Air Force and Hawaii ranked higher than anyone. No argument with having Texas A&M at #4 but Northwestern at #18 might be a stretch too.
What were you thinking? USF
Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette is a funny guy on twitter (@Hlas) but perhaps he needs to adjust his voting habits. USF was fifth despite Notre Dame doubling their yardage and the win coming by three in a rain-shortened game. And don't forget that the team you ranked sixth, Baylor, allowed 48 points and were flagged 11 times for 116 yards worth of penalties.
#1 in your heart: Boise State
Just four teams received #1 votes this week, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and Boise State. Can't attack anybody for that given each's performance this week but it still might be a stretch to put the Broncos on top. Wolf and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Tom Murphy were the two who were championing the team from the blue turf.
Come on man: Boise State
At the same time we're on some for having Boise State too high, my colleague over at SI.com Andy Staples has State ranked lower than anybody at 12th. You get points back for comparing the Broncos to the fantastic TV show Freaks and Geeks but get on the bus with everybody else Andy! You can probably discuss why the team should be where you ranked them better than anybody in the country but that doesn't mean you won't land on this list for putting the team as low as you did. Perhaps we'll run into each other and can discuss over some barbecue or Chick-Fil-A
Tags: ACC, Air Force, Alabama, Andy Staples, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Boise State, Bryan Fischer, BYU, Florida, Gary Parrish, Georgia, Hawaii, Jim Wogan, Jon Wilner, Kyle Ringo, LSU, Mike Hlas, Nebraska, Non-BCS, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pac-12, Ray Ratto, Rob Long, Scott Wolf, SEC, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, The Poll Attacks, Tom Murphy, USF, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 12:44 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
After the Big 12 narrowly escaped its demise last summer, the remaining ten schools in the conference came to a gentlemen's agreement about staying together and keeping the Big 12 alive. Now that Texas A&M seems intent on leaving for the SEC, we can all see how binding that verbal agreemement between the schools last summer was.
Which is why Texas Tech president Guy Bailey feels that the conference needs to come up with something a bit more solid. As in signing your name on a sheet of paper and agreeing to a contract solid.
"It's incumbent on us to be aggressive in assuring the future of the conference," Bailey told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "If not, we're going to be in the same boat again next year or the year after.
"We do have to do get something to secure our future... and that probably means putting your name on the dotted line. Doing that in a legally binding way is pretty important."
In other words, this way when a school decides it wants to leave the Big 12 in the future, it's going to cost that school quite a bit of money to do so.
As for where the conference is now, Bailey said that the Big 12 needs to plan on Texas A&M leaving, and that means finding a school to replace the Aggies. The list of candidates are the same ones you've heard before: BYU, Houston, Notre Dame -- that noise you hear is Jim Delany laughing and saying "good luck with that" -- Air Force and TCU.
I'd say the most likely candidate to eventually join the Big 12 would be Houston. There's no doubt that Houston would like to move up from Conference USA to a BCS conference, and the state of Texas would love to add another one of its schools to a BCS conference as well. The concern with Houston is the school's athletic facilities, though the possiblity of both the basketball team and football team playing in the professional venues of the Houston Rockets and Houston Texans has been proposed as a solution.
Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Several non-AQ conferences have held their preseason media days and polls, and it won't surprise anyone to learn that the Mountain West's edition has anointed newcomers Boise State the league favorites in their first MWC campaign.
The Broncos earned 28 out of a possible 31 first-place votes, with reigning champion TCU picking up three nods to finish second in their final MWC preseason poll before 2012's jump to the Big East. Air Force placed third, followed by San Diego State.
Personally, we'd have slid the Aztecs into the third slot* thanks in large part to Ronnie Hillman, the explosive sophomore running back who was named to the MWC's preseason all-conference team, also announced Tuesday. But it was the Broncos who predictbably dominated the list of honorees, earning a conference-high seven selections. In addition to Kellen Moore (who was named the preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year), the Broncos were also saw less-household names like safety George Iloka, defensive end Shea McLellin and offensive tackle Nate Potter.
TCU picked up four selections, including preseason Defesnive Player of the Year Tank Carder. No doubt the MWC itself is hoping the media have their predictions right; having the Broncos oust the Frogs in the two teams' only shared conference season would be a feather in the league's cap as TCU departs (and the MWC fights for a BCS automatic berth.
But as mentioned, the MWC isn't the only league that's been busy issuing its preseason polls. Checking in on two of their non-AQ brethren:
MAC: The Mid-American Conference held its Media Day Tuesday and announced the league's press had selected up-and-coming Toledo the league favorite for 2011. The Rockets return a league-high 18 starters in the third season of Tim Beckman's tenure, including dynamic receiver/returner Eric Page, a Biletnikoff Award Watch list member.
But the Rockets were far from a slam dunk choice, gaining only five of the 13 votes cast for MAC champion. Reigning divisional champions Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) each picked up three nods, with Ohio and Western Michigan each picking up a token vote. All in all, seven different teams earned votes as champions of one division or the other--promising a well-heated MAC race this fall.
SUN BELT: The SBC doesn't issue a media vote, but last week the league's coaches released their own picks for the 2011 Sun Belt standings, with an unfamiliar name at the top: FIU.
Behind co-preseason Offensive Player of the Year (and CBSSports.com College Football 100 member) T.Y. Hilton, the Golden Panthers usurped usual league overloards Troy, receiving five of the nine votes in the poll. And in maybe the quirkiest single vote in any of those polls mentioned in this post, someone is very high on Western Kentucky; despite going 2-10 last year (and 2-22 the past two seasons), the Hilltoppers received one first-place vote.
*Yes, despite the devastation in the SDSU receiving corps. Between a veteran line, Hillman, and senior QB Ryan Lindley, they'll be fine.
Tags: Air Force, Eric Page, FIU, George Iloka, Jerry Hinnen, Kellen Moore, Miami (Ohio), Mountain West Conference, Nate Potter, non-AQ, Norhtern Illinois, Ohio, Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, Shea McLellin, Sun Belt, T.Y. Hilton, Tank Carder, Tim Beckman, Toledo, Troy, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 12:42 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Keeping the watch lists coming here at the Eye on College Football, with the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announcing the initial list for the prestigious Doak Walker Award. The award, which was first given to Washington's Greg Lewis in 1990, celebrates the nation's top running back.
Oregon running back LaMichael James won the award last season, and he is back on the watch list for 2011. In the award's history, only two players have won in back-to-back years: Ricky Williams (1997-1998) and Darren McFadden (2006-2007).
Here is the rest of the watch list, which will continue accepting nominations through October
Tags: ACC, Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Boise State, Boston College, BYU, Cincinnati, Clemson, Doak Walker, Doak Walker Award Watch List, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Non-BCS, North Texas, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pac-12, Pittsburgh, Rice, San Diego State, SMU, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Tulane, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Washington, Watch Lists, Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:49 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 5:01 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Attention college football fans: do you live in Honolulu, Hawaii, or Laramie, Wyoming? Have you seen a trophy that looks like this?
If so, please contact the athletic departments at either Hawaii or Wyoming. That's the "Paniolo Trophy," created by a group of Hawaii fans with Wyoming roots in 1979, when the then-Rainbows-now-Warriors joined the WAC and began playing Wyoming on an annual basis. Informally known as "the Cowboy," the trophy was awarded to the winner of the Hawaii-Wyoming game for nearly 20 years until the WAC-Mountain West split in the late '90s.
With the Cowboys and Warriors due to be reunited under the MWC banner in 2012, the two teams would like to start playing for the Cowboy again.
There's just one little problem: no one knows where it is:
Wyoming, which won the last five meetings, was thought to have had it. But Wyoming associate athletic director Kevin McKinney said, "We have looked everywhere for it here and it is not to be found. (We) were talking about it and we seem to remember that it had been damaged and was in a shop over there for repairs."
This is the sort of thing that has sometimes happened in the annals of college football. But usually it's back in the early 20th-century when 112-year-old equipment manager Adolphus Buttlifson got confused and threw the trophy in the river and put the dead cat in the trophy case, or something similar. Was it that hard to keep track of a heavy, sculpted cowboy used as an award for winning a college football game in 1997?
Apparently, it was. Since Hawaii seems committed to finding trophies for its resumed series (the "Kuter Trophy," given to the winner of the annual meetings between the Rainbows and Air Force, has been located and seems on its way to being returned to service), though, maybe "the Cowboy" will turn up.
To the pawn shops!
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:22 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
We already knew Lloyd Carr and Eddie George had made it. But the National Football Foundation today announced the other 13 players and one coach that have also been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame for the 2011 class.
Here they are, listed alphabetically with a short bio from the original 2011 Hall of Fame ballot:
Carlos Alvarez, wide receiver, Florida
1969 consensus First Team All-America and ranks as Florida’s all-time career leader with 2,563 receiving yards. . . Two-time All-SEC, setting eight conference records in 1969. . . First Team Academic All-American.
Fisher DeBerry, coach, Air Force
Coached 1984-2006 ... Winningest coach in Air Force history, leading Falcons to three conference championships. . . Led Air Force to 12 post-season berths and three-time conference Coach of the Year. . . Named National Coach of the Year in 1985, coaching 16 All-Americans, 127 All-Conference players and 11 Academic All-Americans.
Doug English, defensive tackle, Texas
Member of three bowl teams, including 1973 Cotton Bowl championship team. . . Two-time All-SWC selection. . . Member of two Southwest Conference championship teams (1972, 73). . . Averaged 10 tackles per game.
Bill Enyart, fullback, Oregon State
Named First Team All-America in 1968. . .Set school record with 1,304 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 1968. . .1968 Hula Bowl MVP and two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967-68).
Marty Lyons, defensive tackle, Alabama
1978 consensus First Team All-America who led team to 1978 National Championship at Sugar Bowl. . .Helped team to four consecutive bowl wins and three conference championships. . .1978 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Russell Maryland, defensive tackle, Miami
1990 unanimous First Team All-America selection and Outland Trophy winner. . .Led Miami to four consecutive bowl berths and national championships in 1987 and 1989. . .Registered 45-3-0 record during career.
Deion Sanders, cornerback, Florida State
Two-time unanimous First Team All-America in 1987 and 1988. . . 1988 Jim Thorpe Award winner. . . Returned four interceptions for touchdowns in career. . . Holds school records for most punt return yards in a season and in a career.
Jake Scott, defensive back, Georgia
Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968. . . 1968 SEC Most Valuable Player. . . Twice led the SEC in interceptions and still holds the SEC record with two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game.
Will Shields, offensive guard, Nebraska
1992 unanimous First Team All-America and 1992 Outland Trophy winner. . .Key to three Huskers’ NCAA rushing titles (1989, ’91, ’92). . .Led team to four bowl berths and back-to-back Big Eight titles in 1991 and 1992.
Sandy Stephens, quarterback, Minnesota
1961 consensus First Team All-America who led team to 1960 National Championship and back-to-back Rose Bowl berths. . . Nation’s first African-American All-America QB and 1961 Big Ten MVP. . . Fourth in 1961 Heisman voting.
Darryl Talley, linebacker, West Virginia
Named unanimous First Team All-America in 1982. . .Considered the most prolific tackler in school history holding the school’s record for career tackles (484). . .Member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
Clendon Thomas, running back, Oklahoma
Led Sooners in scoring during two seasons (1956-1957) as part of 47-game winning streak ... Won two national titles under Bud Wilkinson ... in 1957 was named consensus All-American, finished ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting
Rob Waldrop, defensive lineman, Arizona
Two-time First Team All-America, garnering consensus honors in ’92 and unanimous laurels in ’93. . . Winner of Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland awards and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (1993). . .Led Cats to three bowl berths.
Gene Washington, wide receiver, Michigan State
First Team All-America who led State to back-to-back national championship seasons (1965-66) and undefeated season in ‘66. . . Led MSU to consecutive Big Ten titles. . . Led team in receptions for three-straight seasons.
Tags: Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, Bill Enyart, Carlos Alvarez, Clendon Thomas, College Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame class of 2011, Darryl Talley, Deion Sanders, Doug English, Eddie George, Fisher DeBerry, Florida, Florida State, Gene Washington, Georgia, Jake Scott, Lloyd Carr, Marty Lyons, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Rob Waldrop, Russell Maryland, Sandy Stephens, Texas, West Virginia, Will Shields
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:54 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The Mountain West released its television schedule for the 2011 season today. It's surprisingly robust, with every single conference game being televised on The Mtn, Versus, or the CBS Sports Network. While that's not exactly the SEC's deal, let's not forget that we're still talking about every game being nationally televised, which just so happens to be more than the Big 12 has ever delivered for its members. Additionally, every game will be televised on HD where available. It's good to see that even as the conference is in flux with its membership, it still takes as good of care of its television-watching fans as possible.
At any rate, the full list is here, and some key games are listed below (all times Eastern).
CBS SPORTS NETWORK GAMES
Sept. 10, 2:00 pm: San Diego State at Army
OTHER NOTABLE GAMES
Sept. 3, 8:00 pm, ESPN: Boise State vs. Georgia at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA