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College Football Week 8 Review

By: Will Johnson

This week was truly insane. Five Top 10 teams lost and eight in the Top 25. One team even refused to play! Let’s check out this week’s headlines.

 

Grambling St. Players Refuse to Play

The turmoil surrounding the Grambling State University football program has reached new heights this week. After firing their head coach earlier in the year and starting the season 0-7, the entire team refused to play their next game against Jackson St. As a result of these actions, Grambling St. will forfeit the game to Jackson St. and will have to pay a $20,000 fine. It seems as if the team was unsatisfied with the job interim head coach, George Ragsdale has done. Today, the team sent a letter to the athletic director, which outlined their complaints of the program. This letter included criticisms of the athletic complexes and the jerseys, both of which are stated to be detrimental to the player’s health. In fact, it seems as if the jerseys have caused multiple incidents of Staph Infection. This incident is a disgrace for both the program and the university. The NCAA needs to seriously punish Grambling State for putting their players’ health in jeopardy. Hopefully, Grambling St. and the NCAA can work together to clean this problem up as quickly as possible.

Game of the Week

Boy I was wrong. Florida St. hammered Clemson yesterday (51-14) and showed the country that it deserves to be in the BCS National Championship Game discussion. Jameis Winston had by far his best game of his season throwing for 444 yards and 3 TDs, if not for his one interception in the second quarter, his night would have been flawless. Explosive playmakers, Tahj Boyd  (156 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) and Sammy Watkins (68 yards and 1 TD), were unable to counter to Winston’s coming out performance. The game started badly enough for Clemson when, after a 22 yard touchdown pass from Winston to sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and a 28 yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo, Boyd was sacked and fumbled the ball leading to a 37 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by defensive lineman, Mario Edwards. The Tigers responded with a 3 yard touchdown grab by Sammy Watkins, but by halftime the game was 27-7 and too far out of reach for the boys from South Carolina. Last night’s outstanding performance puts famous Jameis and his million dollar smile right in the thick of Heisman Trophy hunt and Florida St. marching towards their first title game appearance since 2000.

Famous Jameis had his coming out party against a #3 seeded Clemson
Courtesy of Bleacher Report

 

Upsets Show Depth in SEC

Five Top 25 SEC teams lost yesterday (LSU 24-27 to Ole Miss, Texas A&M 41-45 to Auburn, South Carolina 21-23 to Tennessee, Georgia 27-31 to Vanderbilt, Florida 17-36 to Missouri), and four of whom were heavy favorites going into the game (Florida was not). While this does hurt the chances of the SEC repeating as BCS National Champions for the eighth straight time, it does show the depth of the conference. When you are playing tough games week in and week out, you are going to lose eventually. It now looks as if there is only one “easy win” within the conference, Kentucky, and under the leadership of Mark Stoops, they have been putting together a monster class headlined by Drew Barker (a four-star QB out of Hebron, Kentucky) and Denzel Ware (a four-star DE out of Crestview, Florida) and are ranked #16 in ESPN’s Recruiting Polls. Soon, there will be no more pushovers within the SEC. And while this week proved that Alabama is the only title-contender within the conference (I need to see more from Missouri’s new starting quarterback, Maty Mauk), the SEC showed that it truly is the most powerful conference in the nation.

QB Maty Mauk has clear potential Courtesy of Fox Sports
QB Maty Mauk has clear potential
Courtesy of Fox Sports

Rest of the Top 25

Alabama 

Alabama (#1) won 52-0 over Arkansas – Kenyan Drake (104 yards and 2 TDs) and Derrick Henry (111 yards and 1 TD) led the Alabama offense that rushed for 350 yards. Alabama’s defense held Arkansas to only 256 yards and caused 3 turnovers.

Oregon

Oregon (#2) won 62- 38 over Washington St. – Marcus Mariota improved his case for the Heisman Trophy with almost 400 yards of total offense and 3 total touchdowns. Oregon had over 600 for the third straight game as it gets ready for UCLA next week. Connor Hallaway threw for 557 yards and 4 touchdowns (as well as 4 interceptions) in a losing effort.

Ohio State

Ohio St. (#4) won 34 – 24 over Iowa – Ohio St. scored 24 second half points to overcome a 17-10 halftime deficit. Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the one that put the Buckeyes ahead for good. Damon Bullock had 300 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns as Iowa dropped to 4-3 on the season.

LSU

LSU (#6) lost 24-27 to Ole Miss – Zach Mettenburger threw 3 first half interceptions leading LSU to a very poor offensive  performance. The LSU defense was unable to stop Ole Miss quarterback, Bo Wallace, who threw for 346 yards.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M (#7) lost 41-45 to Auburn (#24) – Despite Johnny Manziel’s 5 touchdowns and 500 all-purpose yard day, Texas A&M was unable to overcome Auburn. The Texas A&M defense could not stop Auburn’s rushing attack led by Tre Mason (178 yards and 1 TD) and Nick Marshall (100 yards and 2 TDs)

Louisville

Louisville (#8) lost 35-38 to UCF – UCF pulled off a stunner when sophomore quarterback, Blake Bortles, threw his second touchdown of the night to Jeff Godfrey with 16 seconds left. Despite the fact that Teddy Bridgewater threw for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns, his quest for the Heisman trophy came to an end today.

UCLA

UCLA (#9) lost 10-24 to Stanford (#13) – Stanford used the old ground and pound yesterday to physically dominate UCLA, as Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns. Stanford’s defense stifled Brett Hundley (2 INTs) and the UCLA offense (266 total yards).

Miami

Miami (#10) won 27-23 over North Carolina – I talked about this in my preview for this week

South Carolina

South Carolina (#11) lost 21-23 to Tennessee – In a defensive battle (both teams held under 350 total yards), Tennessee needed Michael Palardy’s 19 yard field goal (third of the day) to upset South Carolina. Michael Davis (137 yards and 1 TD) carried South Carolina’s offense.

Baylor

Baylor (#12) won 71-7 over Iowa St. – The Baylor Bear’s scored over 69 points for the fifth time this season as they dominated a severely under-matched Cyclones team. Heisman candidate, Lache Seastruck, had his fifth 100-yard game and added two touchdowns for the Bears.

Mizzou

Missouri (#14) won 36-17 over Florida (#22) – In Matty Mauk’s first game as a starter, he threw for 295 yards and a touchdown to help the Tigers preserve their undefeated season. The Gator offense was unable to do anything against the Missouri defense as they only had 151 yards of total offense.

Georgia

Georgia (#15) lost 24-27 to Vanderbilt – Georgia was upset for the second straight week as Vanderbilt scored 17 points in the 4th quarter to erase a 14-point deficit. Preseason Heisman candidate, Aaron Murray, had his worst game of the season throwing for only 114 yards and an interception. Georgia’s rushing game also was hurting with the injury to sophomore sensation, Todd Gurley.

Texas Tech

Texas Tech (#16) won 37-27 over West Virginia – The Red Raiders scored the last 21 points to overcome the Mountaineers. Freshman quarterback, Davis Webb, threw for 462 yards and 2 touchdowns to keep Texas Tech undefeated. Next week Texas Tech will have a showdown against Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Fresno State

Fresno St. (#17) won 38-14 over UNLV – David Carr had another great game throwing for 412 yards and 4 touchdowns. UNLV was in striking distance until Carr threw for a touchdown to Davante Adams (221 yards and 4 TDs) with 9 minutes remaining. With the win Fresno St. kept its quest for a BCS Bowl alive.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma (#18) won 34-19 over Kansas – Oklahoma rebounded from last weeks trouncing from Texas with a convincing victory. The Sooners kept the Kansas offense to only 201 yards and just 16 yards passing.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech (#19) was off this week, they play Duke next week.

Washington

Washington (#20) lost 24-53 to Arizona St. – The Sun Devils moved into first place in the PAC-12 South by completely shutting down Keith Price (217 yards passing) and the Husky offense. Washington was only able to make 12 first downs and had a 24 percent 3rd Down conversion rate. Senior running back, Marion Grice, led the way for Arizona State with 195 yards of total offense and 3 touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving).

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma St. (#21) won 24-10 over TCU – The Cowboys overcame their worst offensive performance of the season by shutting down the TCU offense. They caused four turnovers and held TCU to only 325 yards of offense. John Stewart had a 95-yard punt return to get the Oklahoma St. festivities rolling.

Northern Illinois

N. Illinois (#23) won 38-17 over C. Michigan – N. Illinois continued its streak of 19 straight regular season victories going with a commanding win over the Chippewas. Jordan had 316 yards rushing (as well as 155 yards passing) and 4 total touchdowns in the win.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin (#25) won 56-32 over Illinois – Wisconsin used their punishing rushing offense, led by Melvin Gordon (142 yards and 3 TDs) and James White (98 yards and 2 TDs) to overpower the Fighting Illinois. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 249 yard in a losing effort.

QB Marcus Mariota leads the pack in Hesiman Hopefuls after this week Courtesy of Zimbio
QB Marcus Mariota leads the pack in Heisman Hopefuls after this week
Courtesy of Zimbio

 

Heisman Power Rankings

In the thick of the season the Heisman Hopefuls show themselves and this week the men were separated from the boys.

1) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – has been spectacular every Saturday, and this week was no different accounting for almost 400 yards of total offense and 3 touchdowns.

Season Stats: 2051 passing yards and 19 TDs with 493 yards rushing and 9 TDs

2) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St. – had his coming out this week against Clemson throwing for 444 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Season Stats: 1885 yards and 20 TDs

3) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – he was injured for almost a quarter and still put up gigantic numbers (454 yards passing and 4 TDs plus 48 yards rushing and 1 TD)

Season Stats: 2289 yards passing and 18 TDs with 486 yards rushing and 6 TDs

4) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St. – with the loss to E. Washington to start the season people have not been paying attention to Oregon St., but Sean Mannion leads the nation in passing and had another great week yesterday against Cal (481 yards and 4 TDs)

Season Stats: 2992 yards and 29 TDs

5) Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St. – kind of reminds me of Case Keenum from a few years ago. Being in a non-BCS conference hurts him, but always puts up big numbers, like last week against UNLV (412 yards and 4 TDs)

Season Stats: 2276 yards and 23 TDs

What a performance QB Jordan Lynch turned in Courtesy of Sports Illustrated
What a performance QB Jordan Lynch turned in
Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

 

Player of the Week

Jordan Lynch, QB, NIU 316 yards rushing and 3 TDs with 155 yards passing and 1 TD

 

Conclusion

What a crazy week in college football. I expect next week will be a lot different, but watch out for Oregon against UCLA.

Top Ten Heisman Hopefuls 2013

By: Jon

10. David Ash – Texas

David Ash
David Ash

As a Texas fan, I had to put my quarterback on this list. Texas, a probable top 15 team this year, has the talent to be a top ten and possibility a top five team. If Texas reaches there potential, it is because of Ash and his dual threat ability at quarterback. Last year, Ash threw for about 2700 yards and 19 touchdowns, while only throwing 9 INT. Ash will be able to throw effectively because of Texas’s solid running game lead by Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, and Johnathan Gray. The BIG12 has been known for their offensive prowess and defensive ineptitude, which will help pad Ash’s stats. Texas will be seen on TV every game thanks to their TV network, which will help spread his name and reputation as a quarterback. If Ash can have big games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma St, he may be the dark horse for the Heisman trophy.

9. Kevin Hogan – Stanford

Kevin Hogan
Kevin Hogan

After replacing Josh Nunes at quarterback midway through last year, in only 6 games Hogan threw for about 1100 yards and 9 TD, while only throwing 3 INT. Hogan averaged 40 yards per game on the ground even though he had Stefan Taylor taking most of the touches. With Taylor on the Arizona Cardinals, the Stanford offense will have to go through Hogan if they want to live up to their potential. The Stanford Cardinal is believed to be a top five team this year and have the ability to reach the National Championship Game. Although he will not put up huge numbers in the PAC-12 like the BIG 12, he will be able to win the award if he wins the game. Although he is not currently a big name, the sophomore will definitely turns heads and make a name for himself this year.

8. Aaron Murray – Georgia

Aaron Murray
Aaron Murray

Georgia’s senior play caller has a lot of pressure on him to perform and lead Georgia to a BCS bowl. After starting for the past three years, Murray has steadily improved his game, numbers, profile. After throwing for about 3900 yards and 36 touchdowns, Murray’s should be able to produce the numbers needed to win the award. SEC defenses will not be able to totally key on Murray because of the emergence of Todd Gurley. If Murray can lead Georgia to wins over Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, Florida, and reach the SEC conference final for the third straight year, he will put himself in great shape to win the award. With the amount of high profile games he will be playing, he will not have to worry about being overlooked or underrated.

7. DeAnthony Thomas – Oregon

DeAnthony Thomas
DeAnthony Thomas

The first non-quarterback on the list, DeAnthony Thomas has the ability to put up major numbers for the Oregon Ducks this season. After totaling 1150 yards, Thomas will be forced to put up similar numbers to Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James, if Oregon wants to be a major factor once again. Thomas will have the possibility to total 2500 yards from scrimmage while scoring 25 TD. Thomas does not have the publicity of other candidates, but will be able to make up this problem with his numbers and skills. Although a quarterback has won the last three trophies, Thomas may have a chance to win if Oregon challenges for the PAC-12 crown.

6. Tajh Boyd – Clemson

Tajh Boyd
Tajh Boyd

Clemson’s senior quarterback, Tajh Boyd, has a chance to become the first Clemson Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy. The dual threat quarterback has the ability to put up incredible stats as seen from his 2012-2013 season where he threw for 3900 yards, 45 total TD, and 500 rushing yards. As the leader of the Tigers once again and having talented WR Sammy Watkins, Boyd should be able to improve on his already impressive stats. Boyd can become a major threat to last year’s winner, Johnny Manziel, if he can lead Clemson to a win over Georgia and claim the ACC title.

5. Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney has the chance to become the first defensive player to win the award since Charles Woodson in 1997. The 6’6″ 256 pound defensive end has the ability to lead South Carolina to an SEC championship. After recording 13 sacks last year, Clowney has the ability to totally disrupt an entire offense with his tackling and his ability to rush the quarterback. Clowney already is a well-known player after the hit he laid on Vincent Smith last year during the Outback Bowl.

4. Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville

Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater

The senior quarterback is going to have to put up huge numbers if he is going to win the Heisman Trophy. After a huge win against Florida during the Orange Bowl, Teddy Bridgewater was put on the map. However, he is going to have trouble staying on the map of the lack of notable games he is playing this year. Louisville most notable game this season is against Rutgers. Let me repeat that….their biggest game is against RUTGERS. Teddy will be forced to put up huge numbers, even more than the 3800 yards he threw for last year. However, the talented quarterback does have the ability to put up the necessary stats to win this award if Louisville can run the table.

3. Braxton Miller – Ohio State

Braxton Miller
Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller’s best chance of winning the Heisman Trophy is because of the success Ohio State will have this season. Ohio State should go undefeated this season as their only difficult game this season is at Michigan during the last week of the season. If both teams are undefeated going into that week and Miller has a huge game leading Ohio State to the Big 10 championship, he will have a great chance at winning the Heisman. Miller may be able to reproduce what Troy Smith did in 2006. Team success is not the only reason why Miller is a Heisman candidate this season. Last year he combined for 3300 yards and 28 TD, even though he was occasionally hurt. This year Miller should be able to put up similar numbers to what Manziel totaled last year.

2. Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M

Johnny "Football" Manziel
Johnny “Football” Manziel

The current owner of the Heisman Trophy, Johnny Manziel is attempting to become the first player since Archie Griffin in 1975 to win back-to-back Heismans. Johnny is the best duel threat quarterback in college with his accurate arm and quickness. After a remarkable first year where he totaled over 5000 yards and 47 TD, Johnny Manziel will attempted to replicate these stats. Although Manziel can repeat these stats, Texas A&M’s schedule does not help his chances of reclaiming the trophy. Last year, Johnny had one of the best performances of the year when he upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This year A&M will be playing Alabama early in the season so the matchup will not be as anticipated as last year. Unless LSU is undefeated or fighting for the SEC championship with A&M and Alabama and A&M beats LSU and Alabama, Manziel will not be given the same credit as last year.

1. AJ McCarron – Alabama

AJ McCarron
AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron, the three time BCS champion and boyfriend of supermodel Katherine Webb, will win the 2013 Heisman Trophy. McCarron has a chance to win four championship during his collegiate career, which is extremely impressive. McCarron is probably the most underrated player in college sports. Last year, McCarron threw for 3000 yards, 30 TD, and only 3 INT while playing in a run first offense. This year, Alabama will play more up tempo and throw the ball more often. Nick Saban should rely more on his star quarterback and solid wide receivers. With solid wide receivers Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood, and Kenny Bell and the loss of Eddie Lacy, Alabama will be a better team if they throw the ball instead of their usual ground and poundHis increase in numbers and Alabama’s record should lead McCarron to the Heisman podium next winter

All stats are from ESPN.com