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4th and inches … Game week 2 notes

Are you kidding me?

Division 1-AA James Madison 21   #13 Virginia Tech 16

Division 1-AA South Dakota 41   Minnesota 38

Division 1-AA Gardner-Webb 38   Akron 37 OT

Check out this James Madison fan in the stands video as the clock ran out on the Hokies. It looks like the only fans left in the stadium are JMU supporters …

Ouch …

Stanford 35  UCLA 0

Kansas 28   #15 Georgia Tech 25

USC when they had something to play for in 2008 …

USC 52  Virginia 7 (road game)

USC on probation in 2010 …

USC 17  Virginia 14 (home game)

Close calls …

#17 Auburn  17 Mississippi State 14

#23 West Virginia 24  Marshall 21 OT

Rolling out the welcome mat for their new conference mates …

California 52   Colorado 7

Folks, we have a clear Heisman Trophy leader after two weeks of play

Michigan’s Denard Robinson broke his own school record of single game rushing yards for a quarterback with 258 yards (28 carries, 2 TDs) in the Wolverines’ 28-24 win over Notre Dame. Robinson also passed for 244 yards (24-40, 1 TD) giving him 502 total yards for the game.

Last week, Robinson racked up 383 yards (29 carries, 197 yards, 1 TD, 19-22 passing, 186 yards, 1 TD) in Michigan’s win over Connecticut. That’s 455 yards rushing, 885 total yards and zero turnovers to start the season.

Little wonder why embattled head coach Rich Rodriguez is finally cracking a smile.

Although he’s not a Heisman candidate in my book … Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick had a similar dominating performance against Colorado State, racking up 402 total yards (161 yards rushing on 11 carries, 2 TDs, and 21-30 passing, 241 yards, 2 TDs) in just over three quarters of play.

Kaepernick had 366 total yards in the Wolfpack win over D-11A Eastern Washington last week. His line: 26-37, 306 yards, 2 TDs, 11 carries, 60 yards, 2 TDs.

Dropping out of Heisman contention … Miami QB Jacory Harris after tossing four interceptions in the Hurricanes’ 36-24 loss to Ohio State and Florida State QB Christian Ponder (11-28, 113 yards, 2 INTs) in the Seminoles 47-17 loss to Oklahoma.

Case Keenum’s 31- game streak of tossing at least one TD pass came to a screeching halt in the Houston Cougars’ 54-24 win over UTEP on Friday night. Keenum was injured late in the third quarter trying to make a tackle after he tossed an interception. The last time Keenum was held without a touchdown pass was on November 10, 2007 against Tulsa.

So much for BYU’s 2-QB experiment? The Cougar signal calling tandem of junior southpaw Riley Nelson and true freshman right hander Jake Heaps ended when Nelson took all the snaps in the second half of the team’s 35-14 loss to Air Force. BYU’s anemic 88 yards passing was the school’s worst output thru the air since 2003 during the program’s dark days under former head coach Gary Crowton.

Nelson is a gifted, hard-nosed runner who has more of a tuck-it-and-run mentality while Heaps has the patience and field vision to sit in the pocket and read through his progressions.

Cougar fans are anxious to find out whether or not Bronco Mendenhall will go with one quarterback against Florida State on the road next Saturday – and who that QB will be. BYU fan boards are over 90% in favor of handing Heaps the keys to the offense.

Week 3 Game Picks

Once again, there are only five games this week where we’re not on the same page with our picks.

I’ve been bullish on Arizona since last season and I think they’ll win a close one at home against Iowa.
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4th and inches … Game Week 3

Best Games of the Week

Iowa Hawkeyes at Arizona Wildcats. I’ll say it again: This could be a preview of the 2011 Rose Bowl Game.

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Washington Huskies. This game’s a litmus test for Steve Sarkisian’s squad and for the Huskers.

Arkansas Razorbacks at Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs’ secondary will be tested to the core by Ryan Mallett.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan State Spartans. ND needs win to keep fair weather Irish fans on the bandwagon.

Arizona State Sun Devils at Wisconsin Badgers. A great Pac-10/Big Ten matchup. This one’ a toss-up.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at North Carolina Tarheels. This game will help decide ACC Coastal Division winner.

Texas Longhorns at Texas Tech Red Raiders. The magic that happened two years ago in Lubbock will be tough to repeat.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Oklahoma State Cowboys. Instate battle of Big O’s and Shaky D’s.

Clemson Tigers at Auburn Tigers. Hold that Tiger, hold that Tiger. Which one? Home team wins.

California Golden Bears at Nevada Wolfpack. Hungry Wolf Pack ready to ambush Cal in Reno. Bet on it.

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Toughest hill to climb on game day … the Massachusetts Minutemen. They play at Michigan. Good luck containing Denard Robinson.

Blowout waiting to happen with the first kickoff … Utah at New Mexico.

Coach who needs a “W” the most this week … It’s a tie between Dan Hawkins and Tim Brewster. HawkinsColorado Buffaloes host Hawaii and Brewster’s Golden Gophers host USC. Both are likely to chalk up a loss on Saturday.

Week 3 Pick Results

Finally getting into my prognosticating groove … Picking Arizona over Iowa enabled me to tie Dienhart.

Had I stayed true to my first impressions this week, I would have taken Michigan State over Notre Dame.
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4th and inches … Game week 3 notes

What’s working / What’s not …

1. Michigan State trick play in OT/Mark Dantonio’s ticker

2. Michigan QB Denard Robinson / Michigan’s defense

3. BYU true frosh QB Jake Heaps / 2-QB rotation with junior southpaw QB RIley Nelson

4. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett / Georgia Bulldogs’ secondary

5. Brutus the Ohio State Buckeye mascot / Rufus the Ohio Bobcat mascot

Props to MSU’s Mark Dantonio for his gutsy call fake field goal in overtime vs. Notre Dame. Check it out …

Check out this fan’s ground level view video of Rufus the Bobcat attacking Brutus the Buckeye on Saturday …


Arizona's close win over Iowa wasn't a surprise here ... I've been saying for weeks the Hawkeyes vs. Wildcats matchup could very well be a preview of the 2011 Rose Bowl Game. I had Arizona ranked #13 last week - the AP poll has them at #14 this week after their win over Iowa.

Houston's Case Keenum is out for the year ... and with his injury the Cougars kiss goodbye their hopes for a BCS bowl game, the C-USA title, and a host of NCAA passing records. Pretty sad for the Houston team and their fans. And so much for college football fans who were looking forward to a huge season finale shootout at Texas Tech on Nov. 27.

No doubt about who rules the state of Texas ... Sure would be great to see TCU (45-10 over Baylor) and Texas (24-14 over Texas Tech in Lubbock) face off against each other this year. TCU and Texas A&M should play each other, too. Every year. I guess I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the old Southwestern Conference rivalries ...

Heisman Watch - Last game stats

1. Denard Robinson, Michigan. 241 yds passing, 2 TDs, 1 int. and 104 yds rushing, 1 TD

2. Ryan Mallet, Arkansas. 21-33, 380 yds passing, 3 TDs

3. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State. 181 yds rushing, 2 TDs

4. Nick Foles, Arizona. 28-39, 303 yds passing, 2 TDs, 1 int.

5. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada. 10-15, 181 yds, 1 TD, 148 yds rushing, 3 TDs

6. Kellen Moore, Boise State. 20-30, 370 yds, 2 TDs, 1 int.

CG365 Sweet Sixteen – Week 3

The Iowa Hawkeyes fell to #17 and Texas A&M bolted into the Sweet 16. The top five remain unchanged. Best games this week include #1 Alabama at #9 Arkansas and Oregon State at #3 Boise State. More >