Posted on: October 30, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 11:26 pm
As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 9, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .
3: Touchdowns each by Ryan Lindley and Brandon Sullivan in San Diego State's 48-38 victory over Wyoming. Lindley also had 365 yards as the Aztecs are bowl-eligible for the first time since 1998.
5: Freshman quarterback David Piland passed for a career-high five / touchdowns and Houston routed Memphis 56-17.
142: Rushing yards by Montel Harris in Boston College's 16-10 victory over Clemson. The victory stopped a five-game losing streak, which was the Eagles' longest losing streak since 1998.
158: Jared Hassin's rushing yards to lead Army over VMI 29-7 . It was Hassin's third straight 100-yard rushing game.
164: Johnny White's total yards rushing in North Carolina's win over William & Mary 21-17 . White also had a 67-yard touchdown run with 5:27 to play.
180: UCF's Ronnie Weaver career-high rushing yards in the 49-35 victory over C-USA rival East Carolina.
184: Career-high rushing yards by South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore in the victory over Tennessee. He also had his 11th rushing touchdown of the season.
215: Rushing yards by North Texas' Lance Dunbar in the 33-6 victory over Western Kentucky . Dunbar also had three touchdowns in the first game under interim coach Mike Canales.
313: Total yards rushing and passing by Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase in the 44-10 victory over Purdue . The quarterback ran for 118 yards and threw for 195 and four touchdowns.
307: School-record rushing yards by Roy Helu Jr. in Nebraska's 31-17 victory over Missouri. Helu ran for touchdowns of 66, 73 and 53 yards.
409: School-record number of passing yards by Ryan Mallett in Arkansas' 49-14 victory over Vanderbilt. Mallett topped his own record of 408 yards, set last year against Georgia, and finished 27 of 44 passing.
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 11:09 am
For some schools the jump isn't that big. If they could just earn one or two more victories, they would be in line for one of the 35 postseason games .
A squad like Miami (Ohio) or Western Kentucky would need a complete turnaround, but here are five schools I think could get to 6 or 7 wins and make a bowl.
N.C. State (5-7): The offense is there with the return of quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receivers Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer, but the big question mark is the defense. The Wolfpack averaged 30.3 points per game last year, but also allowed 31.2 ppg and 361 yards a game. Not good. And with only three starters returning on defense we might be in for a lot of 34-31 games. But still, the out-of-conference schedule isn't too tough with Western Carolina, at UCF and Cincinnati at home. A bowl game should be in sight toward the end of the season when the Wolfpack have to play three of their last four on the road.
Colorado (3-9): The one that has to improve the most on my list, but with eight Big 12 bowl bids, the Buffaloes should be in line for one of them. With eight starters back on offense and seven on defense the Buffaloes better get to a bowl game of the folks in Boulder are not going to be happy. Quarterback Tyler Hansen looks like he might finally take over the starting role from Cody Hawkins. Rodney Stewart returns for his junior season and will be looking to improve on his 804 yards rushing from last year. Two very good receivers are back too, along with the entire offensive line. Defensively, seven starters are back, including cornerbacks Jalil Brown and Jimmy Smith. The schedule doesn't do Colorado any favors as it plays at Colorado State, at California, Hawaii and Georgia to open the season. Then add in trips to Oklahoma and Nebraska and Colorado has one of the tougher schedules in the conference.
Washington (5-7): This one was easy. The Huskies should easily make a bowl this season and it would be a major disappointment if they didn't. Senior Jake Locker is back at quarterback and is on most people's radar as a possible No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Eight other starters are back on offense, including running back Chris Polk, who had 1,113 yards rushing as a freshman. A solid offensive line and good receivers should allow the Huskies to compete with anybody in the Pac-10. The defense is a little shaky (ranked 9th in the Pac-10 in points allowed with 26.7 ppg) and the key will be the secondary as Desmon Trufant, Adam Long and Nate Williams all return. I'm more concerned with the start of the schedule -- at BYU, Syracuse, Nebraska and at USC to start the year.
Purdue (5-7): All eyes will be on Miami transfer Robert Marve at quarterback. The kid has talent and will have a great wide receiver to throw to with the return of Keith Smith (91 catches). The Boilermakers biggest issue in the offseason will be the running game. Starting back Ralph Bolden tore his ACL in March and his return is slim, so the rushing attack falls on Al-Terek McBurse (known by fans as ATM). He is a very good kick returner, but can he handle the load of an entire season? On defense, the front seven is very strong and is led by DE Ryan Kerrigan. Seven wins shouldn't be that hard to get, especailly when they play Western Illinois, Ball State and Toledo in three of the first four. (Season opener is at Notre Dame).
Mississippi State (5-7): This is the year for Dan Mullen's crew to get back to its first bowl game since 2007. The Bulldogs were close last year, losing a heartbreaker to LSU (30-26), staying with Florida for three quarters before losing 29-19 and being tied with Houston at 17 until eventually losing 31-24. Four starters are back on the offensive line, so whoever wins the quarterback job in the fall Chris Relf or Tyler Russell should be protected. Defensively the Bulldogs should be better, especially with the return of DE Pernell McPhee. This team won't be competing for the SEC title, but I feel they can get to that 6-6 mark and make a lower-level bowl.