Posted on: December 19, 2009 10:49 am

My College Football Bowl Picks & NFL Mock Draft

That's right, a little non-basketball coverage from Dantheman. I've completed my college football bowl picks (along with two other guys who write for my site) and my 2010 NFL Mock Draft.

In the bowl picks, I have a couple of upsets. I have UNC taking down PITT, TEM over UCLA, and FSU over WVU. You can see them all here .

For Today's Bowl Games (All my picks ):
Fresno State over Wyoming
Rutgers over UCF

In the NFL Mock Draft , I have Ndamukong Suh going #1 overall to St. Louis and Eric Berry going #2 overall to Tampa Bay.

2010 NFL Mock Draft Top 5 Picks (Full Mock ):
1. STL- Ndamukong Suh
2. TB- Eric Berry
3. CLE- Jimmy Clausen
4. DET- Gerald McCoy
5. KC- Russell Okung

And for those wanting my basketball coverage, check out my last blog. I have my picks for today's games , along with Ricky Keeler's, posted on the site.
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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: December 6, 2009 1:10 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2009 1:11 pm

To the Gators, Tebow: Thank You

This probably sounds corny to half of the people reading. Some will understand, some won't.

As a Florida fan. I have experienced two basketball national championships, two football championships, and a Heisman Trophy winning season over the last five seasons. Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey, and Al Horford were an incredible team and went back to school for each other , an incredible display of selflessness in today's world shaped by athletes like Carlos Dunlap.

Our football team, outside of Percy Harvin, all returned to try to win another championship.

Tim Tebow was the most selfless person I've ever seen in the national spotlight. Yesterday he cried after losing to Alabama, but who can blame him? Would you not cry in the same situation? I know I would.

The defense was incredible until yesterday. Led by Brandon Spikes and Joe Haden, I believed our defense was one of the best I've ever seen.  The entire starting defense could conceivably be picked by a NFL team.

Tebow is one of the best to ever play the game. I will let others rank him when it's all said and done, but I enjoyed watching his career play out before us. Even in defeat, he graciously took an interview crying. I hate all the jokes about his tears, because their unfair.

As for Alabama, being a Florida fan living near Tuscaloosa isn't a great thing right now. Even with that, congratulations to the Crimson Tide. Florida's defense didn't show up and got whipped all over the field. Tebow couldn't pull a miracle because Alabama kept him on the sideline. Nick Saban's strategy worked and Urban Meyer's didn't.

22 straight wins is a hell of a run. All great runs have to come to an end, but I was hoping this one could last one more year. It was fun to watch and be a part of. As a Florida fan, I can't show any more gratitude than this by thanking the team.  The team is one of the best in SEC history. Next time you see 22 wins in a row think of these Gators. 

Thank you Gators. It was a fun ride. Thanks for taking all of us Gator fans along with you.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 9, 2009 10:38 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 11:08 pm

Source: Tebow will "definitely" play vs LSU

David Pingalore from Orlando's WKMG-Channel 6 is reporting that Tebow will play tomorrow night against LSU. Just thought I'd let everyone see the report straight from the source.

My Pick:
Will Tebow play? We don’t know. I’m guessing he will. All early signs are good and the Florida doctors are documenting how the plane ride goes and whether he has any symptoms during or after it. Either way Florida is in trouble. LSU, at home, is virtually unbeatable. Either the nation’s longest winning streak is going down or one of the most incredible stats in sports is ending (LSU’s 32 consecutive home night wins). Florida survives. Remember the blocked kick to beat South Carolina during their first championship run? Expect a game where Florida has to do all the little things right defensively and on special teams to survive unblemished.

Pick: Florida 26, LSU 24

Here's my other picks for Saturday.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: August 18, 2009 6:44 pm

Ranking the top 20 Current College RBs

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Yesterday I released my preseason quarterback rankings for college football and got a pretty large amount of feedback. Now it’s time for the running back rankings.

The top choice is pretty easy. Most people will agree that Jahvid Best is the top running back at the collegiate level right now. He’s the featured part of California’s offense and will be one of the main reasons they do or do not win the Pac 10 this season. After that everything is thrown up in the air.

Obviously Noel Devine, Kendall Hunter, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Jonathan Dwyer are going to be somewhere on the list, but in what order? That’s just part of the decision making process I had to go through. Other decisions included how to evaluate players that were in multi-running back offenses like USC and Florida. Both teams got one player on the list. Also, how do you evaluate running backs that play in weaker conferences?

Again, just like the quarterback list, only players that have been in college for at least a year and have played enough to be evaluated for a list like this are included. That means zero incoming freshman are included. It’s completely unfair to evaluate a prospect without seeing him player against the top level of collegiate competition. Every player looks like a superstar on the highlight film. Most players below were starters last season and all of them saw a large amount of game time.

Without further adieu, here’s my running back list:

1. Jahvid Best (CAL): Best is the top running back in college football hands down. Every time I hear someone speak of him the phrase “darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate” is used to describe him. I’m not sure how a guy that everyone knows about can be a darkhorse, but I guess Best falls under that category. Last season he rushed for 1,580 yards and 15 TDs. This year I expect him to be even better. His Heisman chances will probably come down to his game against USC on October 3rd.

2. Noel Devine (WVU): Devine has been overshadowed a bit in his time at West Virginia by Steve Slaton and Pat White. With White’s graduation both are gone, meaning he will be the main feature of the Mountaineers offense. Coming out of high school Devine looked a guy that could develop into one of the best collegiate running backs ever. So far he hasn’t lived up to those expectations, but he should have a great year this year. Last season he had 1,289 yards.

3. Jonathan Dwyer (GT): Georgia Tech’s triple option attack suits Dwyer just fine. Last season on 200 carries Dwyer rushed for 1,1395 yards and 12 TDs. In the Yellow Jackets final four regular season games Dwyer topped 128 yards every single time and scored seven touchdowns.  His second season in the offense should be even better. Last season Virginia Tech was the only ACC team to completely shut him down. The Hokies come to Atlanta on October 17th.

4. Jacquizz Rodgers (OREST): Last season Rogers announced his existence to the world in an incredible game against USC.  How about this stat line: 37 carries, 186 yards, 2 touchdowns.  In games where Rogers had 20 carries or more the Beavers were 7-2. His short size is what makes him a fan favorite because people can’t believe how good he is at 5-7. Overall last season he had 1,253 yards and 11 TDs. Personally, I can’t wait until Rodgers and Oregon State travel to USC on October 24th.

5. Kendall Hunter (OKST) : The Cowboys offense is going to be deadly with Hunter, Zac Robinson, and WR Dez Bryant back. Last season Hunter rushed for 1,555 yards and 16 touchdowns while helping lead Oklahoma State to a 9-4 record. This season Hunter should be even better with defenses focused on slowing down Robinson and Bryant–the guys who garner the most media attention. The one thing Hunter can work on is being a bigger factor in the passing game. He scored only once last season on a reception.

6. LaGarrette Blount (ORE): Blount is a human highlight film. Last season against Arizona State he actually had a play where the Sun Devils thought he was down and stopped pursuing him; allowing Blount to keep running and score a touchdown. On the play he kept his feet driving and his knee never touched. When watching Blount play that’s the one thing you will notice about him: his legs never quit driving. He breaks a large number of tackles and seems always poised to make the big play.

7. C. J. Spiller (CLEM): Last season Spiller received the fewest amount of carries he’s gotten in any year he’s been at Clemson with just 116. That resulted in his lowest rushing yards total, but do not be fooled by the low output. When he gets into the open field his breakaway speed takes over and nobody is catching him. He’s also a menace on kick returns when the Tigers elect to put him back deep. Any time Clemson can get Spiller the ball in space they will because there’s a very good chance it will result in a touchdown.

8. DeMarco Murray (OU): Murray scored 14 touchdowns last season playing in the best offense in college football season history. He was second on the Sooners in rushing–behind Chris Brown–but totaled 1,002 yards. This year Bob Stoops will hope to get the Sooners running game going once again. When Murray missed the national championship game against Florida, Oklahoma struggled in the redzone. It’s hard to tell whether having Murray would’ve made any difference, but he certainly wouldn’t have hurt anything.

9. Chris Brown (OU): Since Oklahoma’s rushing duo was so dominant last season I don’t think it’s fair to separate them by too much. Brown rushed for 20 TDs last season which was only surpassed or equaled by four other players. The Sooners offensive line helped make things easier for both Brown & Murray but their numbers are still very impressive. This season they are looking to repeat their success and bring home a national championship (and a win over Texas).

10. Joe McKnight (USC): It’s hard to pick one running back out of USC’s stable of talented backs, but McKnight is easily the most gifted. He only scored twice last season because of the way Pete Carroll rotates his running backs, but he made a ton of tremendous plays. Every single time McKnight had 10+ carries in a game last season he rushed for 99 yards or more. Overall last season on just 89 carries he rushed for 659 yards. Against Ohio State he was one of the biggest stars offensively for the Trojans.

11. Evan Royster (PENNST): Royster is another running back with breakaway speed. Last season he ran for 1,236 and 12 touchdowns while almost leading Penn State to an undefeated regular season.  Royster scored six touchdowns in the Nittany Lions first two game of the season and then scored only six the rest of the season.  In the Rose Bowl against USC (Penn State’s biggest game) Royster had six carries for 34 yards before injuring his left knee and leaving the game.

12. Jeffrey Demps (FLA): Last season as a freshman Demps averaged an incredibly 7.8 yards per carry.  He scored seven touchdowns on 78 carries and was an integral part of Florida’s national championship run. While splitting carries with Chris Rainey, and even at times USC transfer Emanuel Moody, Demps was probably the most impressive Florida running back due to his speed. Most casual fans don’t realize that Demps also runs track for the Gators.

13. Charles Scott (LSU): Scott began the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate due to four straight 100+ yard games to begin the season.  Those hopes came crashing down after Florida held him to just 35 yards on 12 carries. Scott has pretty nice agility for a guy his size (234 lbs) and can run over anyone who gets in his way in Jerome Bettis type fashion. He finished the season on a high note by rushing for three touchdowns in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl.

14. Derrick Washington (MIZZ): Washington gets less attention than Kendall Hunter, Chris Brown, and DeMarco Murray because Missouri isn’t a national championship contender, but he’s a speedy running back that can make a lot of big plays. Last season he had 1,036 yards and 17 touchdowns. Those numbers can’t be ignored, even in the defensively challenged Big 12 conference. Without Chase Daniel to threaten defenses with his arm, he might have a harder time getting anything going on the ground.

15.Da’Rel Scott (MD): Scott was most of the Maryland offense last season. He rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns. He had four 100 yard rushing games last season but the opponents were Delaware, Middle Tennessee State, N. C. State, and North Carolina. Not exactly the toughest opponents to show out against. Still, overall the season was a success with a 5.4 average per carry. In Maryland’s opener against California Scott will get his chance to shine.

16. Mark Ingram (AL): Ingram is the third player on this list–along with Demps & McKnight– in an offense that likes to use multiple backs on a game to game basis. In 2008 he was behind Glenn Coffee, the newest San Francisco 49er, but should get the bulk of the carries of this year for the Crimson Tide. Last year Ingram rushed for 728 yards and 12 touchdowns. He only received double digit carries in seven games but managed to rush for 63 yards or more in all of them.

17. Michael Smith (ARK): Smith became one of the nation’s best running backs last season as a junior. After playing behind Felix Jones and Darren McFadden he finally got his chance to shine and took full advantage of the oppurtunity.  Last season he rushed for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns. His best game was against Kentucky in a 21-20 loss where he had 35 carries for 192 yards and a touchdown. I can’t wait to see what he does for an encore against the SEC’s tough defenses.

18. MiQuale Lewis (BALL): Lewis was a very important part of Ball State’s undefeated regular season in 2008, although quarterback Nate Davis garnered most of the media publicity. He rushed for a NCAA high 22 touchdowns and 1,736 yards. It’s hard to judge just how great he is against MAC defenses, but–like I’ve said in the case of some smaller conference quarterbacks that put up big numbers (example: Tim Hiller)–those numbers are impressive against anyone.

1 9. Toby Gerhart (STAN): Gerhart’s coming out party was in 2008. He rushed for 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season including eight 100+ yard performances. Against USC, in a 45-23 loss, Gerhart rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. Not bad against the best defense in the country. Against lowly Washington State Gerhart scored four touchdowns and had 132 yards rushing.  In the two years before ‘08 Gerhart had only totaled 515 yards rushing.

20. James Starks (BUFF): Starks was one of the main reasons Buffalo was able to turn around their football program by winning the MAC last season. Head coach Turner Gill will probably feed Starks the ball even more than last season (272 carries) and give him a chance to lead FBS in rushing. Last season he had 1,333 yards and 16 touchdowns in just 12 games. In the last nine games he’s played he’s scored a touchdown. Due to missing the Army game last season his streak is only seven consecutive Buffalo games.

Among Others Considered: Corera Eason (MS), Anthony Dixon (MISSST), Ben Tate (AUB), Jake Sharp (KU), Nic Grigsby (AZ), Stefan Johnson (USC), Vic Anderson (LOU), Harvey Unga (BYU), Matt Asiata (UTAH), Damon Fletcher (USM), Bryce Beall (HOU), Vai Taua (NEV), Daniel Porter (LATECH), Reggie Arnold (ARKST), DuJuan Harris (TROY), Chris Rainey (FLA), Brandon Minor (MICH), John Clay (WISC), Darrell Scott (COL)

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: August 17, 2009 2:27 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2009 2:27 pm

Ranking the top 20 Current College Football QBs

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It’s hard to rank college quarterbacks because unlike their pro counterparts the strength of each schedule is not even close to being equal.  Some quarterbacks shine due to the conference they play in. Some would argue Colt Brennan from Hawaii, the quarterback that shattered many NCAA passing records, benefited from playing against the softer defenses of the WAC. Other quarterbacks are system quarterbacks. Some argue that Texas Tech QBs like Graham Harrell fall under this category and for the most part this cannot be argued. Every year head coach Mike Leach is able to find a quarterback that seems to put up mind numbing totals.

What I’ve tried to do is put together my personal list of the best 20 college quarterbacks today. I’m sure many will disagree with this list but it took a lot of time and effort to come up with. How do you evaluate a college quarterback anyways? How much do passing stats mean? How much do rushing yards mean? That’s the kind of questions I had to ask myself when making this list.

I also had to put together a few basic rules. First of all freshman quarterbacks weren’t eligible. Even if I had flown all across the country and evaluated every freshman QB it still wouldn’t be fair to compare those evaluations to game situation stats from the guys below. Secondly any quarterback that has not started or played considerable minutes at any point in their collegiate career is not eligible for the list. As the season continues both freshman and new starters will be eligible, but for now it wasn’t fair to include either.

Please post comments below. Here’s my preseason list of the best 20 college quarterbacks in the country:

1. Tim Tebow (FLA): It’s hard not to go with a guy who has won two national championships and a Heisman Trophy at #1. Tebow is the ultimate college athlete. He can pass well and run over linebackers. He’s one of the most freakish athletes in college sports history. When his team was down after a loss to Ole Miss it was Tebow that stood up and changed the course of the entire season. His speech after that game took the Gators to new heights, including a second national championship in three seasons.

2. Sam Bradford (OU): The Sooners entire offense revolved around Bradford last season. Sure Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray ran well, but the threat of the passing game helped open up the running game (and vise versa).  He became just the second player–behind Tebow–to win the Heisman Trophy as a Sophomore. The key ingredient for Bradford was his incredible offensive line last season. He was able to stand in the pocket all day and make throws.

3. Colt McCoy (TX): McCoy finished second in Heisman Trophy voting last season despite a killer schedule and incredible stats. He actually led the Longhorns in rushing last season and led them to victories over Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State. A last second loss to Texas Tech derailed his Heisman hopes and Texas’ national championship aspirations. This year he is among the big headliners in college football, along with Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford.

4. Max Hall (BYU): Hall doesn’t get the big headlines because he’s playing for BYU, in the Mountain West, and not Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, or USC. But take my word on this: If you want an underdog Heisman Trophy candidate this year, take Hall. He takes on Oklahoma to begin the year with a chance to really get his name on the radar. On September 19th, Hall takes on Florida State in Provo and gets TCU at home in October. Winning the Mountain West and finishing the season with one loss could get the Cougars in a BCS game.

5. Zac Robinson (OKST): Last season Robinson was the forgotten man in the Big 12 behind Heisman Trophy winner Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Missouri’s Chase Daniel.  This year the Cowboys are ranked in the top ten to begin the season and have national championship aspirations. One of the main reasons for that is Robinson. He’s got a big arm and wide receiver Dez Bryant back. Statistically he struggled in the bigger games last season (outside OU). He threw just one touchdown against Texas & Texas Tech combined.

6. Jevan Snead (MISS): One of the biggest surprises in college football last season was Snead. The scary part is that his play got stronger as the season continued. In his first six starts he threw only 9 touchdown passes, but in his final seven starts he threw an incredible 18 TDs. The most telling stat was that he threw only two INTs in his final five games of the season.  This season, in his second season in Houston Nutt’s scheme, Snead should be even better.

7. Daryll Clark (PSU): Clark isn’t flashy but doesn’t turn the ball over. Last season he threw only six interceptions compared to 19 touchdowns. The one problem with Clark is his lack of game changing plays (as already mentioned) and his inconsistency. Against Iowa–the Nittany Lions only loss of ‘08, he threw for just 86 yards and completed just nine passes.  This season Penn State has a favorable schedule and a chance to run the table. If they do Clark could be a darkhorse Heisman candidate.

8. Case Keenum (HOU): Keenum gets the lowest amount of publicity out of anyone to this point because he plays in Conference USA. Let’s face it, Houston is never even going to be like Hawaii was for Colt Breenan for Keenum. He won’t be on the big stage at all this season–barring an undefeated season for the Cougars. Last season his biggest game was against Oklahoma State where he threw four TDs.  Overall in 2008 he passed for 44 touchdowns  and 11 interceptions.

9. Dan LeFevour (CMU): One of the best rushing-passing threats in the entire country plays in the MAC. Last season LeFevour threw 21 TDs and 6 INTs and had three 100 yard games rushing.  He threw for 2, 784 yards but didn’t capture much publicity because Buffalo won the MAC. Every year he’s completed a higher percentage of his passes including 66.8% last season. This year his best chances at gaining national publicity are against Arizona in the opener and against Michigan State the next week.

10. Todd Reesing (KAN): Two seasons ago Reesing was a Heisman Trophy candidate going into the Border War game against Missouri. After the Jayhawks lost that game he was hailed as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate for 2008, but Kansas struggled for most of the year. This season Kansas is the favorite to win the Big 12 North and Reesing is one of the main reasons. Over the past two seasons he has thrown for 65 touchdowns. The problem for Reesing is in games against Oklahoma and Texas last season he threw just 3 TDs and 2 INTs.

11. Russell Wilson (NCST): After a horrible start to his 2008 season, Wilson finally found himself and his game against East Carolina. he was injured in the opener against South Carolina and didn’t play again until week three against Clemson. Against the Tigers he threw his one and only interception of the entire season. In the last nine games he played in–he did not play against South Florida–Wilson threw 17 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Beware though. This year the spotlight and pressure will be on.

12. Terrelle Pryor (OHST): He’s got a long ways to go to become a dominant passer (or even dominant quarterback) but he’s already one of the best playmakers in the game. His offensive gifts are mind-boggling and his ability to make plays with his feet is what sets him apart from everyone else. Last season he threw 12 TDs and rushed for 6 more while leading Ohio State to the Fiesta Bowl. This season he should be even better after an entire offseason taking starter repetitions.

13. Juice Williams (ILL): Juice Williams reminds me a lot of former Bears QB Rex Grossman. “Good” Juice or “Bad” Juice, which are you going to get? The Illinois quarterback played well last season despite the Illini’s dismal 5-7 record.  His completion percentage has to improve from 57.5% this year and his touchdown to interception ratio needs to get better. The good parts of his game included a 451 yard passing performance against Missouri and a 462 yard game against Minnesota.  He even topped the 100 yard mark on the ground twice.

14. Rusty Smith (FAU): Last season Smith was a disappointment. Sure, he threw 24 touchdowns but that was nothing compared to his 32 touchdown season in 2007.  This kid can play though. Against Texas in the Owls opener he was 15 of 31 for 253 yards. Not bad for such a large disparity in talent. The problem with Smith is consistency. Against Michigan State a few weeks later he was 8 of 34 in a 17-0 loss.  This year I expect him to bounce back and have a huge senior season.

15. Jimmy Clausen (ND): It looks like Clausen is finally developing into the player everyone thought he would become when he came out of high school.  Last season he threw 25 TDs and 17 INTs although it should be pointed out that five of those TDs came against Hawaii’s defense in the Irish’s bowl game. Against stiff competition like USC Clausen struggled most of the year. The Trojans had the best defense in the country last season, but 11 of 21 for 41 yards is still a lousy game against anyone.

16. Jake Locker (WASH): Last season Locker was injured most of the year as the Huskies struggled to a pitiful 0-12 record. When he was on the field his passing was not very impressive–53.8%–but his Tim Tebow-like style gets attention. He had three rushing touchdowns in three full games. In a 28-27 loss to BYU Locker had his best game with two rushing touchdowns. The problem is his 08 season is most remembered for an uncalled celebration penalty (where Locker did nothing wrong) that ended up helping cause a game winning blocked extra point by the Cougars. If he stays healthy this year the Huskies could make a run at a bowl game.

17. Tim Hiller (WMU): Hiller is too often forgotten when it comes to naming some of the best quarterbacks in the country. Once again–like Keenum, LeFevour, and Smith–he plays in a weak conference (the MAC) and doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Hiller threw 36 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions last season. Against Nebraska and Illinois, the two  BCS teams Western Michigan played last season, Hiller threw for 4 TDs and 1 INT. In a season defining performance against Central Michigan Hiller threw for 471 yards. That’s impressive, no matter how good the competition is.

18. Robert Griffin (BAYLOR): Griffin has to work on his passing skills, especially against better defenses, but is one of the top playmakers in the Big 12.  He threw 15 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions last season, but his best weapon is his legs.  In 12 games last season he ran for 13 touchdowns.  Against Washington State, one of the worst BCS teams in the history of college football, Griffin ran for 217 yards on 11 carries. That’s almost twenty yards per carry.

19. Kellen Moore (BOISE): Moore wasn’t suppose to be this good, this fast. This year he will be a sophomore with extremely high expectations after leading the Broncos to an undefeated regular season as a freshman.  This season Boise State is expecting to compete for a spot in a BCS game, and Moore is one of the main reasons why.  The opener against Oregon on Thursday night–in front of the entire country–will be Moore’s chance to shine on the Blue Turf in Boise.

20. Tyrod Taylor (VT): Taylor is clearly not the best passer in the world (2 TDs, 7 INTs last season) but is very impressive when scrambling. He ran for 738 yards last season and 7 TDs. Sean Glennon began the season as the starter at QB for Virginia Tech but struggled out of the gate against East Carolina. Frank Beamer then revised his decision to redshirt Taylor by playing him the rest of the season. This season I expect him to have better passing numbers and scare defenses even more when running.

Among Others Considered: Patrick Pickney (ECU), Cody Hawkins (COL), Matt Grothe (USF), Josh Nesbitt (GT),  Riley Skinner (WF), Jordan Jefferson (LSU), T. J. Yates (UNC), Thaddeus Lewis (DUKE), Kevin Riley (CAL), Lyle Moevao (OREST), Jeremiah Masoli (ORE), Jarrett Brown (WVU), Tony Pike (CIN), Levi Brown (TROY), Christian Ponder (FSU), Ricky Stanzi (IOWA), Adam Weber (MIN), Jerrod Johnson (TXA&M), Jacory Harris (MIA), Andy Dalton (TCU), Omar Clayton (UNLV), Ryan Lindley (SDST), Trevor Vittatoe (UTEP), Austin Davis (USM), Colin Kaepernick (NEV), Greg Alexander (HAW), Andy Schmitt (ECU), Tyler Sheehan (BG), Corey Leonard (ASU)

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Quarterbacks
Posted on: May 11, 2009 8:46 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2009 5:15 pm

Best Current College Football Coach Bracket: Rd 1

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We ask which player is the best. We ask which player is the fastest and which player can jump the highest. Yet it seems like we never give the coaches enough credit for what they do.

It is the college football coaches–not the players–that are there every single season and become the face that represents the entire football program. College football coaches make the gameplan, put the players in the right spots, and control whether they have a consistent program or not. Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Colt McCoy are great but a year from now the only three guys that you know will still be around at Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas are their head coaches (unless they change schools or retire).

So, which current coach is the best?

That’s what we are here to find out. Over the next few weeks I am going to run a tournament to find out which current college football coach is the best. The 16 coaches in the field were chosen by voters here

Now the first round of voting is underway! Here are the matchups and the link where you can vote.

First Round Matchups:
1 Urban Meyer vs. 16 Jim Grobe
8 Bobby Bowden vs. 9 Joe Paterno
4 Bob Stoops vs. 13 Steve Spurrier
5 Nick Saban vs. 12 Les Miles
3 Mack Brown vs. 14 Bobby Petrino
6 Jim Tressel vs. 11 Mark Richt
7 Frank Beamer vs. 10 Butch Davis
2 Pete Carroll vs. Chris Petersen

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: May 5, 2009 1:24 am

Playing Out the Season: Week 1

This is all part of my Playing Out the Season . If I get enough interest (and votes) then I will add mid major games .

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech:
Alabama dominated Clemson in the first game of the season in 2008. Now they get Virginia Tech in Atlanta. The Hokies are the ACC favorites and should be ready.  Alabama will be breaking in a brand new quarterback, Greg McElroy. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor is developing nicely for Frank Beamer’s offense. ACC Games | SEC Games

Miami (FL) at Florida State:
One of the greatest rivalries in college football has been relegated to a forgotten week one game on Monday night. Both teams have high hopes for the season once again. The winner stays undefeated and moves to a perch where the favorites sit atop the ACC. ACC Games

Oregon at Boise State:
Last year Boise State announced its resurgence by pummeling Oregon. This year the Ducks actually have to travel to Boise. This will be one of the more interesting games of week one. Can Oregon get its revenge? Pac 10 Games

BYU at Oklahoma:
In 2008 Oklahoma had to avoid an upset bid by TCU. The Horned Frogs had a stout defense but not much on offense. BYU has a loaded offense but not much on defense. The Cougars aren’t afraid to play anyone and their showing it with a tough out of conference schedule this year. Big 12 Games

Georgia at Oklahoma State:
This is another rematch, but this one is from two years ago when Georgia won 35-14. The Bulldogs began last season #1 in the country with national championship game aspirations. This year they are breaking a new quarterback and new running back. Oklahoma State is loaded offensively with Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter, and Dez Bryant all back. Big 12 Games | SEC Games

Other Games to Watch:
Arizona-Central MichiganMississippi-MemphisLSU-Washington   | Cincy-Rutgers | Minnesota-Syracuse | Ohio St-Navy

Conferences to Vote on for Games:
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac 10 | SEC

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: April 22, 2009 3:38 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2009 3:43 pm

Playing out the entire College Football season

I made a post about this last week but I haven't received anywhere near the votes I need to keep doing this. I have come up with an idea that allows college football fans to play out the entire college football season, one week at a time. Every single game of the entire year will be voted on until we have crowned a fan national champion.

The big games in week one include:

Oklahoma State-Georgia
Florida State-Miami
Alabama-Virginia Tech
Oregon-Boise State

In order for this to work I need at least 1,000 votes on the big games. The only way for that to happen is for everyone that likes the idea to link it out to other places on the internet by posting it on message boards, sending it to friends, and etc. I think it can be a great thing if everyone will come together and help.




Just help out any way you can. Thanks everyone!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or