Archive for year 2009

College Gridiron 365 Power Rankings

The top eight ranked teams remain unchanged but Rivalry weekend came early in Palo Alto and Stanford choked at home to bitter rival Cal despite another 100-plus rushing game and 4 TDs by Heisman candidate Toby Gerhart. Also dropping out of the rankings, Wisconsin got nipped on the road in Evanston by a very good Northwestern Wildcat team. LSU tumbled seven spots after losing to Ole Miss. Utah and BYU moved into the rankings, just in time for their “Holy War” this weekend–one of the best rivalry games in college football.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (11-0). The Gators overwhelmed Florida International, 62-3, but now they have to get down to business with Florida State coming to the Swamp this weekend and the SEC title game next week vs Alabama.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (11-0). ‘Bama had a breather against Tennessee Chattanooga to the tune of 45-0. It won’t be the same this weekend on the road against instate SEC rival Auburn.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (12-0). The Longhorns crushed a fading Kansas Jayhawk squad at home, 51-20, and then struggled but prevailed against Texas A&M on the road, 49-39.
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Fourth and inches …

How stupid can you be, Jimmy Clausen? The most visible Notre Dame football player on and off the field gets clocked by some idiot in South Bend last weekend following the Irish double overtime loss to Connecticut … you really have to question Clausen’s maturity and character. What in the heck is he doing at a bar early on Sunday morning when he has to prepare for Stanford and travel across the country this week? Where is his commitment to his teammates, his coaches, and the school? This incident is just further evidence that Charlie Weis’ days are numbered at Notre Dame.

And with Weis on his way out of South Bend, , how stupid could Notre Dame have been for renegotiating his contract before he had even completed his first season back in 2005? Try $18 million stupid …

Who will be the new head coach of Notre Dame? My source within the university community there insists it will be Jon Gruden. Practically everyone else is saying it’ll be Brian Kelly. I think my source is just close enough to be falling for a decoy, though. Kelly is a far more logical choice to revive the program. Besides, would Gruden even want the ND job?
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College Gridiron 365 Power Rankings

The top five ranked teams remain unchanged from last weekend, but Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State and Utah all choked. It all comes down to this Saturday to see which two teams will be slugging it out for the national championship in Pasadena on January 7. We know it will be the winner of the SEC title game vs. Texas–unless the Longhorns pull a choke job of their own against Nebraska. If that happens, either TCU or Cincinnati could be elevated to instant national title contender status, and Cornhusker Nation will be in a state of euphoria.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (12-0). The Gators put the exclamation mark on the final regular season game of Bobby Bowden’s career, dominating the Seminoles, 37-10. Florida will play Alabama for the SEC title this weekend.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (12-0). The Tide struggled in a tough rivalry game against Auburn (26-21) after RB Mark Ingram was lost to an injury late in the first half. Up next: Florida in Atlanta.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (12-0). The Longhorns struggled but prevailed against Texas A&M on the road, 49-39, thanks to a standout performance by Heisman candidate QB Colt McCoy. The Cornhuskers are the only team standing in Texas’ way of playing in the national championship game.
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4th and inches …

Ranking the best six coaching vacancies …

1. Notre Dame. Tradition, facilities, respected academic institution, a hefty budget, commitment to win it all, exclusive NBC television contract, and easier access to the BCS than any other program.

2. Virginia. Top-notch academic reputation, ACC affiliation guarantees solid schedule, fantastic recruiting market in DC/Maryland/Virginia, one of the best looking uniforms in college football, and nowhere to go but up for a new head coach.

3. Louisville. Big East affiliation guarantees solid schedule along with annual instate rivalry game vs SEC’s Kentucky, solid facilities with commitment to continue upgrading, only a few years removed from national championship conversation, Johnny U’s alma mater.
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4th and inches …

NEW MEXICO BOWL Dec. 19
Fresno State vs. Wyoming
The Bulldogs’ rushing game will shred the Cowboy defense, but Wyoming should find a way to prevail.

ST. PETERSBURG BOWL Dec. 19
Rutgers vs. UCF
The Scarlet Knights will simply out-joust the Knights in Saint Pete.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL Dec. 20
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders have been on a roll the last half of the season and will continue rolling right over Southern Miss in the Big Easy.

LAS VEGAS BOWL Dec. 22
BYU vs. Oregon State
This has all the makings of a high scoring shootout but the Beavers will persistently gnaw away at the Cougar defense for the win.
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4th and inches …

NEW MEXICO BOWL Dec. 19
Fresno State vs. Wyoming
The Bulldogs’ rushing game will shred the Cowboy defense, but Wyoming should find a way to prevail.

Result: The Cowpokes got me off to a great start by pulling off the upset in two overtimes, 35-28. They did a nice job mitigating FSU’s rushing attack, holding them to 197 yards rushing—144 from standout RB Ryan Matthews. The Bulldogs were averaging 231 per game.

ST. PETERSBURG BOWL Dec. 19
Rutgers vs. UCF
The Scarlet Knights will simply out-joust the Knights in Saint Pete.

Result: Rutgers took a 9-point lead to the locker room at halftime and kept extending it thru all 4Qs. Final score: 45-24.
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